School Food

Health vs. Convenience: A Look At Modern Public School Lunches


health |helTH|

noun

the state of being free from illness or injury


Health is very important to me, as it should be for every one of us. But unfortunately, ever since the Golden Age of American history, what I believe has happened is a new ideal has set its roots in the minds of the masses – that is:


convenience |kənˈvēnyəns|

noun

the state of being able to proceed with something with little effort or difficulty


With that said comes the inception of the “TV dinner”; the brainchild of Swanson, marketeers, and the now present convenience-driven-mindset. These prepackaged meals came resting on Alzheimer-Aluminum, ready to be popped into the oven; until the dawn of the Microwave Era and its children – Microwave-Safe-Hormonal-Plastics.

Skip forward a few decades and you now arrive to a world that has pushed forward the ideology of convenience, shape-shifting into the psychologically weaponized buzzword we deem Instant Gratification. We’re drowning in processed snacks and quick-death-fast-foods – all to please our manipulated way-of-life…

Wi-Fi Flowers

Thoughts on Wireless Radiation

I have concerns when it comes to wireless radiation. As a technology contractor, I’m exposed to this form of radiation all the time; there are even times when I feel the damage being done – whether or not that’s just all inside my head, I cannot substantiate… but when I start to get headaches after spending hours surrounded by laptops and access points… I start to wonder.

10 Shocking Facts about the Health Dangers of Wi-Fi

Five ninth-grade young women from Denmark recently created a science experiment that is causing a stir in the scientific community. The experiment earned the girls top honors in the regional science competition and the interest of scientists around the world.

Most of my contract work is done inside school districts. This adds another layer of concern, because the environment becomes more of a health-risk for everyone involved; especially with young developing minds that don’t have the skeletal & tissue structure to protect against all forms radiation. Let’s add another layer upon this picture and start handing out laptops to all the individual students as well (in another post I will detail my thoughts about these 1:1 laptop programs). Online there’s a growing voice behind not allowing Wi-Fi inside of school districts; Teacher Unions all over the world are speaking out about the dangers of Wi-Fi. Even a class of students from Denmark presented a science experiment which finds that plants won’t grow near Wi-Fi routers signals.

Fluoride, No Health Panacea

Letter to the Editor About Fluoride
Published in the Red Oak Express on February 10, 2015.

There are many issues our country is riddled with, but today I would like to talk about something that directly affects us here in Southwest Iowa every single day. That is water fluoridation (the addition of fluoride to our water supply). I propose that the towns of Montgomery County stop the fluoridation of our municipal waters on these grounds: ingestion of fluoridated water does not help prevent tooth decay, fluoride is not an essential nutrient, fluoride increases the chance of dental fluorosis among youth, and high amounts of fluoride toxicity can lead to various health risks including neurodegeneration, increase of bone fractures, thyroid diseases, male infertility, endocrine disruption, and much more.

Since the inception of water fluoridation in the 1950’s, there have been protests against it, but recently this trend has been growing. Portland, Oregon, has stopped the practice and many other smaller communities across the United States have come to the same consensus. Worldwide, over a 150 communities, since 2010, have stopped water fluoridation. This even includes such nearby locations as Crete, Norfolk, and Wahoo, Nebraska; and Lake View, Iowa. The state of Israel has adopted the movement to end fluoridation of water, as have various cities throughout Australia, Canada, and England. Many communities throughout Ireland, including Dublin, are now pushing for government reform on the country-wide mandatory fluoridation. In fact, most developed nations do not fluoridate their waters; Japan doesn’t fluoridate their water, nor does 97% of western Europe. The United States fluoridates more water than the rest of the world combined.

The most startling report I have seen recently has been from Harvard. A study from 2012, by Harvard School of Public Health, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, has demonstrated a link between areas with high water fluoridation and significant lower IQ scores among children; the conclusion supports possible “adverse effects of high fluoride exposure on children’s neurodevelopment.” 42 other studies throughout the world have also come to this conclusion.

There is just too much information for me to cover in this letter, but my goal is to get the word out there, and to get the people talking and thinking about this issue. Please, I highly suggest you research the issue yourself so you can come to your own conclusion. For more information, I would highly encourage you to check out fluoridealert.org, which has information and sources to help you understand all the issues regarding this form of mass medication.

Grassland by Moyan Brenn

Cultivation of Good Health

The Beginning Pursuit Towards the Good Life

Cultivation of Good Health

My piece was published in the Red Oak Express – Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (Vol. 148, No. 45)

There is a reoccurring theme in which I have been surrounded by – and that is the need to cultivate good health. I use the word cultivate, because health is acquired by the development of persistent routines used to promote a status of well-being; free from mental and physical injury and illness. It is actually quite simple what needs to be done, but unfortunately we have become very distracted by modern conveniences, technologies … and even a degradation of culture and society. How much time do we allocate to meditation; and don’t let preconceived notions of meditation be off-putting. I’m not talking about quitting your job, traveling to India, and becoming a yogi to reach “enlightenment” … What I mean is, how often do you sit through a moment of self-reflection and introspection; how often do you reflect upon your thoughts, ambitions, needs, and desires? How often do you journal and/or process through a personal dialogue; to map and weave between the complications in your life? How often do you appreciate the relationships and the little things in which we start to take for granted?

So on, and so forth.

I declare we cut through our personal static and work on bringing our lives back into balance – to focus on easing the cries of our subconscious mind … and like any good mother would, nourish our beginnings. Let us start anew; let us pursue good health – because good health is the greatest of God’s gifts.

“Gnōthi seauton”

 

Photo credit: Moyan Brenn (Grassland)