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Yes! To Local Control and Local Decision Making!

July 13, 2017

Our grass roots opposition to the Northern Pass finally has a chance to weigh in on the consequences of the current Northern Pass plan. On NHPR’s EXCHANGE (7/10/17), Gov. Sununu said, “Let’s maintain local control and local decision making.”  He was referring to another town’s decisions, but here’s to equal rights for all towns in NH.

Perhaps the July 1 storm, which gutted roads the Northern Pass wants to bury the line under, could give Governor Sununu pause to realize that local citizens have valid reasons for burying the NP line down I93, where an intentionally designed median exists to house the underground line.

We all got a taste of the inconvenience of having commuter and school bus transportation roads torn up, detours and slow moving one-way traffic. Now, two weeks later, road crews continue with repairs just to make the roads passable. More time will be needed to finish the job.

Comment letters continue to arrive at the Site Evaluation Committee and appear on the SEC website: www.nhsec.nh.gov/projects/2015-06-comments.htm. Local people continue to implore the Site Evaluation Committee to recognize the threat to the health and safety of Grafton County residents the current NP proposal promises.

Every season is unique here in NH and draws visitors from all over the world. They always comment on the sheer beauty of a drive through our state, through our little towns. Summer visitors love our attractions, the chance to fish, swim, hike, bike, kayak. They enjoy our waterfalls, and especially our trees and the fact that it is so much easier to breathe up here.

To appreciate what we have here, all it takes is a drive south or west of New England to be met with a network of power lines in place of trees, lots of intersecting superhighways, and congested roadways.

We need to stand up for this land, not just for ourselves and our livelihood, but for all the people who count on being able to come here to relax, re-energize and breathe.

Let Gov. Chris Sununu know your concerns at State House, 107 N. Main St., Concord, NH 03301.

Also the SEC, c/o Pamela Monroe, Administrator, 21 S. Fruit St., Suite 10, Concord, NH 03301 or email: Pamela Monroe@sec.nh.gov.

“Vaccines Revealed” now available FREE

July 13, 2017

In January, “Vaccines Revealed”, a series of nine videos, unraveled the damage done by promoting, and even demanding as a requirement to attend school, that our children succumb to potentially life challenging or lethal vaccines. Here is an opportunity to view the whole series, led by peer reviewed researchers, for FREE, at www.vaccinesrevealed.com/free/.

Pharmaceutical companies and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) deny or suppress research studies regarding the cautionary use of vaccines. The CDC owns over 50 patents to vaccines – a major conflict of interest when establishing protocols. Top officials in the CDC continually move to executive positions in pharmaceutical companies and back again to work at the CDC. Of even greater concern is that in 1989, Big Pharma obviously greased the wheels for Congress to pass a law that people cannot sue Big Pharma for injury resulting from pharmaceuticals they produce.

General consensus in the series was that vaccines are potentially healthy but they need to be given one at a time, they must not contain aluminum or mercury, and they must not be given too early. Researchers and physicians cited newborns receiving their first vaccine before they left the hospital. It appears that the practice of giving too many at a time and at too young an age, is what has fed Autism rates. However, today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols include 46 doses of vaccine by the age of 5, 26 doses in the first 18 months, 69 doses from birth to age 18. This protocol is mandatory for entrance to schools and some forms of employment.

At issue today is the fact that the vaccines carry substances such as thymerisol (mercury), aluminum,formaldehyde, and other substances to stimulate an immune response. Many of these substances cross the blood brain barrier and result in neurogenitive diseases like Autism, Lyme disease, Bowel disease, ADHD, Shaken Baby Syndrome , vision and hearing problems, and more. Safer, more expensive vaccine mediums are available but one must know enough to ask for them.

In the 1950s, one in 1000 children came down with autism in the U.S. By 2000, the ratio was 1:250. By 2014, the ratio was 1: 68. By 2032, if the rise continues, 1:2 children born will be autistic, including every male childborn.

Also noted was the possible link between Chickenpox vaccine and the rising incidence of Shingles in adults. Formerly, when children contracted chickenpox naturally (a benign disease), they also provided adults around them with a natural booster of chickenpox and protection against shingles. Without the natural exposure, adults become vulnerable to Shingles, a more serious disease.

Frequently cited was the fact that in the years before vaccines were introduced, people woke up to the effects that general hygiene, water sanitation, and sanitized food handling, etc., reduced disease before vaccines were even produced. So, there is a question as to how much vaccines have eliminated and how much illness and death they have caused.

Because controlled, peer reviewed studies have been suppressed; only recently have they begun to be revealed. More studies of Amish children and Home Schooled children who have not received a battery of vaccines need to be encouraged and openly available to the public.

One such study is Jackson State University’s, “Pilot Comparative Study on the Health of Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Children”, led by epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Mawsom. The study of 666 Home Schooled children (39% were unvaccinated), found that fully vaccinated children may be trading the prevention of certain acute illnesses (chickenpox, whooping cough) for more chronic illnesses and neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD and Autism).

Sweden has banned mandatory vaccinations, citing serious health concerns and the fact that they violate a citizen’s constitutional right to choose their own health care.

What can we do to inform ourselves? We can take the time to review above studies and share what we learn with our neighbors and friends. We can choose health care providers who inform themselves beyond the CDC and Pharmacy labels.

There will be more video presentations as more physicians come forward with the results they are seeing in their practice and more research is finding ways to be published. Unfortunately, physicians risk losing their license to practice, researchers have difficulty getting their findings published, and both groups may lose teaching positions/livelihood.

However, the tide is turning, the public is becoming more informed and actively demanding to have competent research on the safety and efficacy of every vaccine, and parental rights to decide what goes into and stays out of our bodies. We can support physicians and research that honor scientific inquiry.

Sobering news. For many of us, the clear wake up call continues.

 

Spring! Time for New Beginnings!

May 26, 2017

It’s Spring! Time to hike! The woods are alive with Painted Trillium, little Yellow Wood Violets, Wild Oats, Goldthread, and more!

While Fish and Game notes there have been almost as many rescues so far this year as for all of 2016, the good news is that more people are getting out and hiking. The physically fit are not the only ones on the trails. This spring, I am also meeting more of the not so physically fit on the trail, people who have decided to get out there and shape up! Their energy and delight in the forest is obvious and welcome!

To fully enjoy hiking, Hikesafe.com is an excellent website for information about hike planning, gear, hikes with kids, and hiker insurance. The first rule of thumb is to Carry Out What You Carry In. This includes orange peels, tissues, water bottles, etc. Our gift to the forest is that we Leave No Trace behind us.

The White Mountain Guide lists every trail in the White Mt. National Park, tells how to get to the trailhead, what you can expect on the trail terrain, the elevation gain, total mileage, and connecting links. This book with 4 maps is available in AMC Visitor centers,  book stores and State Park Visitor Centers. Many small trail guides for local areas are also available in book stores, general stores, the Rey center and specialty shops near the hiking area. Always ask.

Footgear needed depends on the hike. For well packed gravel trails like Smart’s Brook, the Flume Nature Walk, Lincoln Woods, or Mt. Agazziz, sneakers are fine.  A safer option for rocky trails and the granite slabs of higher elevations is a sturdy hiking boot with vibram sole that grips granite and gives support for awkward steps.

Best to start with short hikes on easy terrain. This gives you time to figure out what feels best for you, how much water and snacks you need, time to check out hiker information, perhaps join a local group, and gradually figure out what works best for you and your family.

Keep an eye out for Coltsfoot, the little yellow ray flower people often mistake for dandelion. This early bloomer puts up its flower first and the leaves that give it its name come later. You’ll find it along roadsides and gravelly places.

Wherever you find yourself, enjoy spring’s abundant welcome! May we each be inspired to honor and protect our forests, land and waters so that abundance will continue to flourish.

Northern Pass Ugly Truth Comes Out!

April 27, 2017

The ugly truth is that the Northern Pass proposal is a scam to benefit Eversource and Hydro Quebec, not to provide NH with clean, renewable energy. HQ energy under the current NP plan would come at great cost to the environment, to neighborhoods, home landscaping, home water lines crossing Route 3, and wetlands. Installation of the line would jeopardize businesses, people commuting from their homes, school buses and tourist travel as Route 3 and other roads were torn up. All so that Eversource would profit from the rent money for the line, not the people of NH.

The Department of Energy Supplement to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) advises that fully buried transmission lines could use the already disturbed median corridors in place, for example in I93. Those wide medians were designed for just such projects in the interests of the general public. The NP project has consistently refused to consider using I93.

Richard Widhu of Nashua noted in a Letter to the Editor of the Union Leader on 4/25/17 that the 2015  EIS advised that burying the line along existing medians could also bring 3,766 more construction jobs and 544 more permanent jobs. Why on earth would the Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) even consider any other option if they responsibly served the people of NH?

Estimated cost would be 1 ½ times that proposed by the Northern Pass. However, considering all the blasting, well replacements, wood clearing costs, and law suits filed against NP to put up 135’ towers for the proposed above ground line and undergrounding through secondary roads, there will certainly be additional costs that magically appear at the end of the project if the current plan is approved.

We have to keep in mind Eversource’s masterplan as explained by president, Bill Quinlan, “The Northern Pass is just the first of many projects we have planned for NH.” Indeed, the Northern Pass is the North-South backbone of Eversource’s future projects. Other projects will utilize all that land HQ has bought up in the state and the big plan is to have several arms reaching out across the state East and West, a giant cobweb of power lines bisecting the NP line and utterly destroying the beauty, livelihood, health and harmony of our state.

With the Eversource/HQ plan, NH would lead the country in expanding an archaic energy transmission system and would be so submerged in what it cost that we would not have the resources to explore clean, renewable energy that SAVES the Earth and all life therein.

That is, UNLESS we New Hampshire citizens actively say, “NO to Northern Pass!”  Send your letter to the Site Evaluation Committee, c/o Pamela Monroe, Administrator, 21 S. Fruit St., Suite 10, Concord, NH 03301 or email: Pamela.Monroe@sec.nh.gov.

Change of Seasons Watch

October 27, 2016

I caught the virile virus that recently cut in on us. The virus’ own dance took my breath away doing the Choke. This variation on the theme of strange viruses was relieved only by a fast drink of warm water. Others reported a similar effect.

Change of seasons sets us up for these exchanges when days can’t decide whether to be warm or cold and wind pops up to complicate things. All of a sudden, a migrating bluejay seems to be settling in from the north; the driveway hosts a flock of juncos pecking their hearts away at gravel treasures; and fall’s first pregnant mouse met its demise in the attic trap’s peanut butter lure.

Climate change, international travel, and tensions over possible election results, leave us vulnerable to increasing variations of viruses and flu.

Here are a few things we can do to protect each other from change of season ailments:  Avoid getting chilled. Be prepared for sudden changes in wind and weather by keeping a hat and sweater/fleece and gloves in the car when setting out, even on warm days. Keep everything that still moves moving with regular exercise- walking, doing stairs, lifting weights or whatever exercises we can dream up. Drink plenty of water and eat lots of fruits and vegetables to keep everything moving through our digestive tracts.

If we start to feel the signs that we are coming down with something, it is even more important to keep everything moving, in this case moving on out! Our bodies need easy food to digest, plenty of soups, cooked fruits, hot lemon water, herbal Echinacea teas, and whatever else has worked in the past. We can respect others by not singing, cheering or otherwise forcefully exhaling disease on unsuspecting folks until we know we are fully recovered.

We have had a spectacular fall- a full three weeks of vibrant color that had us all driving more slowly just to take it in. Here’s to a healthy November that inspires us with the true spirit of Thanksgiving for life that we share.

 

Here’s to Recognizing the Milieu for Health and Happiness

July 5, 2016

We feel challenged by earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, strong winds and usually reach out to those around us to pool our resources and support each other. Great kindnesses are reported. We reach to save the world and all therein.

The spin side of this is that when we are not threatened by such events, we tend to indulge ourselves with less concern about saving the world. Healthwise, the Earth is in crisis. Take your pick: threatened water, not only in limited supply, but by contaminants; weakened soils; lack of sustaining work for many people; weak infrastructures, such as old dams and bridges in need of repair or removal; increasing senior population in need of health care; dwindling sea foods from contaminated oceans; increased transport of viruses and insects no longer contained locally due to travel ease; questions about our chemtrail footprint and more, threaten our health.

In the last century, Tielhard de Chardin wrote about the Divine Milieu and Dietrich Bonhoeffer gave us A Testament to Freedom. Both document how crucial to our health is our ability to be kind to people everywhere, not only in the US. Today, writer Rebecca Solnit, in A Paradise Built in Hell, documents the “Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster.”  Solnit researched five US catastrophes: hurricanes, earthquakes, and 9-11. She found that most people are altruistic in such situations.

Yet we need to continually remind ourselves to figure out how we can best share and care for each other and the Earth. Lists rating the top ten healthiest/happiest countries in the world vary depending on the bias and due diligence of each researcher but some countries crop up on everybody’s list. US is on nobody’s top ten list. Okinawa in Japan gets top billing for health. Several people on Okinawa live 110 yrs. with a big plus for quality of life.

We could learn from common habits found in top ten picks. They have strong, inclusive social networks and feelings of social responsibility that permeate the culture. This includes acceptance of a higher tax base that funds health care and education. Fewer people work long hours; they enjoy gender equality, have low crime rates, less corruption, and more jobs. Top tens also tend to have transparent governments, safe water quality and more public trust.

Top tens value plenty of exercise. They walk, use public transport or bikes, daily practice Tai chi or some form of movement that keeps everything moveable tuned up.  Okinawans favor plant based diet as their foundation, eating lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, and seaweed; small amounts of protein (fish/meat/eggs/nuts/seeds), fat, and alcohol.

Health and happiness depend less on how much we have and more on how much we share and care for each other all over the world every day. Time to reorient selfies with others.

Antibody Building Beats the Flu

October 30, 2015

Whether we have chosen to have a Flu Shot or not, it’s time to fortify our immune systems for whatever comes down the pike. If you have already had a flu shot, know that it takes a couple of weeks to build the antibodies needed for the three strains included in your flu shot. If strain number 4 hits, your body may be too busy to build the antibodies needed against strain 4. Here are some general precautions we all can take to develop needed immune support for whatever comes down the pike.

Drink plenty of tap water.

Eat bright fruits and vegetables, powerful antibody builders: fresh oranges, kiwi, frozen berries, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, peppers, and the whole rainbow out there. Probiotic food builds friendly bacteria in our digestive tracts: plain yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, pickles. Whatever your cultural background, there’s a probiotic you have probably enjoyed on special occasions.

Zinc helps to maintain a healthy immune system. Turkey, crab, mushrooms and legumes are all high in zinc. Plenty of garlic helps white blood cells to reproduce and strengthens antibodies. Wild Salmon and flax seed oil are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. They bump up antibody protection by multiplying phagocytes and white blood cells, our body’s main line of protection that engulfs unwelcome invaders.

Beware the routes Flu Viruses use to enter our bodies. Watch the number of times you touch your hands to your face each minute, maybe 20+; check it out. Combine that observation with a card game in which cards are shuffled and dealt for a few hours, or a soccer ball, basket ball, or tennis ball, handled and passed through many hands, or a handshake. Suddenly, regular handwashing makes sense.

Choose some form of exercise: walking, stairs, morning bicycle pumps in bed, swimming, birdwalks, anything you can dream up that stimulates your heart to pump those antibodies freely throughout your body. Get out in the sun as often as possible and soak up free Vitamin D. Socialize, keep engaging the people you meet or work with, friends you can laugh or sing with, all essential to building a strong immune system. And get enough sleep to keep antibodies strong and prolific.

This is kitchen table talk, time to figure out what combinations work best for you, time to enjoy the magical coming winter snow season, the spellbinding mornings, and, as we move full circle, time to claim another year in robust health.

Giving Thanks

November 15, 2012

While many of us grew up with contrived enactments of the “First Thanksgiving” in our schools and churches, hopefully even more of us will give thanks this year for the groundswell of people who do want to figure out a way to share our world while there is still time to reclaim the world’s vast resources.

 It would have been a rich heritage that saw our early settlers giving thanks to the indigenous people who helped them to survive that first year. Instead, it is devastating to realize that our settlers celebrated their massacre of over 700 Pequot men, women and children. After the massacre, Governor Winthrop issued a proclamation for settlers to give thanks for their victory. There was nothing about coming together with Indians and giving thanks for sustenance with a shared feast.

 Hopefully, this Thanksgiving, we are not celebrating other conquests. Hopefully, we will be moved to give thanks for our sustenance and pray that we will be able to use our energies to figure out a way to share the earth’s bountiful resources strategically so that our world’s disparate population can claim healthy lives with enough water, food and energy. Our goal is that everyone be “safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.”

 

The Value of Emptiness

August 24, 2012

  Culturally, our program is to have more, be full, enjoy abundance. We have full houses, full refrigerators, full plates, full attics, full barns, full schedules. We associate emptiness with feelings of loneliness and deprivation: empty-nest, empty-stomach, empty-headed, empty-handed. Lao Tzu, the Chinese sage, frames emptiness quite differently. He talks about the beauty of an empty bowl, made to hold our food, but in being used, can never be filled up. He points to doors and windows that make a room livable. What would happen if we gave our stomachs more empty space during the day? Would that space make our digestion more dynamic?

 Each time I have moved and begun to ready the house for others by removing all extraneous junk, I appreciated how a sense of calm accompanied cleared surfaces, such as an exposed grain of wood, or and empty shelf here and there. My eye was drawn to robust plants remaining after the cull and I would invariably think: this is how I should live: clutter-free.

 It’s the same with eating. The more we stuff each corner, a little bit here and there, gradually obliterating every inner surface of our bodies, the more fatigue and common ailments we take on. When we take a moment to observe, free of the extraneous junk, and appreciate the hum of an unencumbered body, we begin to know about eating.

 What kind of breakfast gets the kids confidently out the door for school? What sends them out punching or clinging? What kind of lunch keeps you alert for your work, able to negotiate sudden changes, challenges? What lunch leaves you sluggish or scattered? What cravings distract you when you have projects to complete. Does dinner frame your evening?

 Many of us aspire to reach a point where we are always able to make wise choices, an inhuman goal. A more resilient attitude would be to begin again with each wide-awake moment, and let go of all the moments in between. We all go back and forth with wise and foolish choices (and all the in betweens) at different moments.

 It’s up to each of us to figure out what constitutes “nourishment” for ourselves. Once we figure that out, we’ll be in position to honor all the ways we can keep each other well nourished, and we may just have the healthiest year ever!

Climate Change and the Threat of Northeast Blackouts

July 28, 2012

Does anyone notice that the same arguments that people use to deny that climate change is happening are also used to justify the effects of air and water pollution, harmful medicines, genetically modified food, and power lines, etc., on our health?

 Here they are: * It’s not true, the science is flawed or incomplete. * It may be happening but it’s not harmful. * It may be happening and may cause some harm, but to stop it will cost the economy too much in the long run. * Repair costs for problems will be passed on to consumers, not the corporations.

 It’s sort of like saying, whatever compromises health can be justified. Somehow, the pivotal factor seems to be some corporation’s ability to make huge profits. Even the cap and trade dance needs to be watch-dogged.

 Cap and trade was originally set up so that specific sources of air pollution would be given a certain number of allowances. Facilities that have pollution control systems and come in under the allowable limit have pollution credits which they can then sell to facilities that pollute. Supposedly, this allows polluters to gradually make costly improvements on their systems. Some polluters do try to upgrade to less pollution but others just go right on polluting, knowing it’s cheaper to just buy credits than to upgrade.

 We don’t need more reports to convince us that climate change is happening. We can see for ourselves the crazy intensive rain and lightening patterns right here in NH.

 I shudder at the possibility of plugging into Hydro Quebec’s hugely centralized energy grid that would make NH vulnerable to massive Northeast blackouts in the future. Quebec’s grid is planned to span all the New England states. That’s a huge area that would be affected. When you consider that Quebec has over 200 dams and dykes to generate power from their rivers, one intense storm can wreak havoc gouging out those rivers, roads and facilities, and polluting water supplies. 

Canada has been gradually buying up power in NH, most recently with the purchase of National Grid of NH to Canadian owned Liberty Utilities for $285 m, according to the Concord Monitor. More power slipping out of the communities of NH.

 Everywhere I go in Northern NH, Irene’s calling card brags about the damage it did last September, lifting rocks and shifting soil as it carved out river banks, dumped rocks and debris that destroyed campgrounds and roads and made some hiking trails impassable. Costly repairs were made; other areas were abandoned or put on a list for ‘later.’

 We can expect more dramatic natural or conflict driven events that challenge our health and way of living. Bottom line is: the more localized we are, the safer we’ll be to recover. The Northern Pass project is not just about property rights and health effects of high voltage; it’s a stealthy link to potential natural catastrophic phenomena. The more centralized we become, the more vulnerable we are to major effects. Bigger is not better. Silence gives consent to corporation coffers. Your voice and vote count. Will we choose short-term access to more power and corporate greed or long-term access to the possibility of  healthy lives and autonomous community resilience?