This is an article I wrote for Juno Magazine.
Nearly a year ago, the newly elected governor of Wisconsin was trying to push through legislation that would remove many liberties that I hold dear. The citizens responded with enormous protests, numbering 100,000 at times.
It seemed like overnight that our city started living in a constant state of protest. Everywhere we went there were signs, drumming, songs, fundraisers and bumper stickers. Many children were even dressed in T-shirts that read “Teach me how to protest”, while others camped out in the Capitol with their parents.
My family joined in the protests, with my newborn son snug against me in a baby carrier. My daughter, then 2 years old, would dress up as Elmo, her favourite character, and parade around with a sign. She basked in the attention she received, as people took her photo and spoke with her. Numerous children joined in these peaceful protests. I wondered what impact this would have on them and their notion of participating in the democratic process.
As you can tell by my last post, I’ve been looking for ways to keep our exposure to electromagnetic fields very low. Most recently, I am now scrutinizing cell phones and towers.
I just purchased a trifield meter with magnetic, electric, and radio/microwave detection. I do own a cell phone, but I really limit my use of it and it is rarely turned on. After testing it with the trifield meter, I decided to purchase a new one with a much lower SAR rating(specific absorption rate). As shown in the photo, the detector maxed out at over 100 milligauss when my old phone was making a call. Continue reading
Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution
I’m reading the book Zapped and would recommend it for people who want to learn more about electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and how to safeguard yourself against them. The author, Dr. Ann Louis Gittleman tells of numerous people who have experienced ill health with symptoms including ADD, fatigue, depression, cancer, thyroid dysfunction, and more. There is a quiz in the beginning to help assess your exposure to EMFs from cell phones, wi-fi, and our electronic gadgets, and then a room-by-room guide to mitigating exposure.
I haven’t checked her sources yet, so I’m not sure of the quality of the research, but the book is certainly a great step towards learning more on this important topic and gaining insights into how to improve the situation.
Here is a video presentation given by Dr. Gittleman, entitled “Your Home, Your Health.”
Manufacturers use an estimated 80,000 chemicals in products used around the home today, in everything from softeners in plastics to preservatives in cosmetics to treatments for stain-resistant upholstery. Unfortunately, few of these chemicals have been thoroughly tested, and the long-term health effects of their use are largely unknown. What’s more, a growing body of evidence links chronic diseases such as cancer, asthma, autism and reproductive problems to the chemicals in our homes, food, water and air. Although the situation can seem daunting, several simple precautions can help safeguard your family. Start by reducing your exposure to these three common chemicals.
‘Tis the season to collect seeds! My kiddos and I have been saving seeds from our favorite garden delights to help replicate these results next years. I took a class last weekend by John Holwart of Moonwise Herbs and he motivated me to start a nice seed collection. As I am quickly discovering, the sky is the limit. Many of our neighbors are happy to pass along their dead marigold flowers. Just beware of hybrid seeds, because the offspring are a wild card.
This video is a good way to get your feet wet if you want a brief introduction.
I had been feeling a bit ungrounded since we returned from Bulgaria a few days ago, so it was time to go out foraging with the kids. At ages 1 1/2 and 4, they both find it an engaging and fun activity.
My toddler son enjoyed bagging and sampling crab apples and working in tandem with my daughter. They were both pretty good at gathering acorns without blemishes and caps. Given that it was our first attempt at harvesting acorns, I got some basic info from James Churchill. Continue reading