Nov 15 2010

Relying on nature to take the lead in health care brings results.

Once you start realizing how important food is as a “medicine,” you will surely run into Dr. Joseph M. Mercola, a medical doctor and surgeon, who is well versed in health care from an organic viewpoint. Dr. Mercola is well known as a New York Times Best Selling Author and openly lists his credentials, which you can review by clicking here.

Dr. Mercola lectures about dangers to health as well as promoting beneficial ways to protect the body and mind in a proactive manner. I signed up on his web site for his newsletter and always learn something new when it arrives in the e-mails. This article on McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets arrived last week and I am including it here for your convenience. I want to get this information out to you as soon as possible, just in case you still believe taking a child to McDonald’s is a good, fun thing to do. We thought so as well, but changed our minds once we learned about the use of processed foods in restaurant settings:

The Chicken Which Should be Banned

Posted By Dr. Mercola | November 08 2010

Do you put dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent made of silicone, in your chicken dishes?

How about tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a chemical preservative so deadly that just five grams can kill you?

These are just two of the ingredients in a McDonalds Chicken McNugget. Only 50 percent of a McNugget is actually chicken. The other 50 percent includes corn derivatives, sugars, leavening agents and completely synthetic ingredients….

Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

There’s no doubt about it. Processed food like that from McDonald’s is just not part of a healthful diet – in fact, much of it cannot even pass for real food.

After reviewing the above article I am very grateful I can say I have never had a Chicken McNugget from McDonald’s. If you can’t say the same at least you can commit to never having another one again.

This sentiment was echoed by Federal Judge Robert Sweet in a lawsuit against the restaurant chain back in 2003 when he said:

“Chicken McNuggets, rather than being merely chicken fried in a pan, are a McFrankenstein creation of various elements not utilized by the home cook.”

At the time, Time Magazine reported that Judge Sweet “questioned whether customers understood the risks of eating McDonald’s chicken over regular chicken.”

That was seven years ago, and I still wonder whether or not McDonald’s customers truly understand the risks they take when consuming fast food on a regular basis.

If you missed Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Super-Size Me, I highly recommend you watch it with your entire family. It’s a real-life illustration of just how dangerous – life threatening, in fact – an excessive fast food diet can really be. And “excessive” consumption is likely far less than you imagine: Eating fast food just twice a week DOUBLES your risk of developing insulin resistance, compared to eating it just once a week, for example. Insulin resistance, as I’ve discussed on many occasions, is one of THE primary driving factors behind most of the diseases we currently struggle with, from diabetes to cancer and heart disease…

The truth is, McDonald’s fare contain non-food ingredients that can seriously harm your health.

This shouldn’t come as any great surprise. After all, how healthful can something be that shows no signs of decomposing after being left on a counter for more than a decade?

Clearly there’s more chemicals in there than actual, real foodstuff.


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If you have an interest in Dr. Mercola’s best
selling book, hover your mouse over this link:

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Nov 02 2010

Lyrebirds are one of the unusual creatures found in Australia.

The lyrebird might as well be called the “Liar Bird” as it is accomplished in copying other bird calls and even sounds not found in nature like a buzz saw! As if its unusual tail feathers aren’t enough, the lyrebird gets plenty of attention by being an expert at imitation. The lyrebird can mimic the songs of other birds and successfully sound like a flock of birds by appearing to make a chatter of many bird calls all at once. In addition, the lyrebird can also create animal noises, the human voice, machinery, explosions and musical instruments. An array of lyrebird musings have been captured in the following video. To enjoy the exhibition, click play:

The range of this lyrebird is amazing. How amusing it would
be to be walking through all of this Australian vegetation
and hear these noises from the otherwise shy lyrebird.

If you have a little person in your life, they might enjoy the story of Silvertail, the lyrebird. If you think so and want to preview the book, just hover your mouse over the following link:  Silvertail, the story of a lyrebird

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Jun 06 2010

For engaging wildlife photos go to this web site.

The Red Fox is a mammal that is loved for its beauty and cunning. Fox have beautiful fur and they are very smart. They are also very graceful when they run. Fox are shy and avoid humans if possible. Just our footsteps on the ground can scare them into moving away from us when we walk near one of their hiding places.

A famous American Artist, Winslow Homer, used to paint in his studio in Maine that was out in the country near the ocean. He was able to observe many birds and animals in their natural surroundings. Here is a painting showing a fox in winter who is being chased by some crows. Winslow Homer never taught in schools or privately as he worked alone in his studio. Even without that exposure to students, he has influenced generations of American Artists. He was known for his direct observation and depiction of nature.

Winslow Homer once said, “Look at nature, work independently, and solve your own problems.” That sounds like good advice to me. If you would like to learn more about Winslow Homer, refer to the entry found here.

From Wiki-pedia: Winslow Homer. The Fox Hunt, 1893.
Oil on canvas, 96.5 × 174 cm (38 × 68½ in).
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

If you live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or if you take a trip there, you can go to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and stand in front of this painting to enjoy the effects of light and color. Does The Fox Hunt make you feel cold to look at it? I think Winslow Homer did a fine job of making anyone who looks at this painting feel like they are looking at a cold day in a northern winter in Maine.

Here is a heartwarming video about a man who saved a fox named “Cropper” that was injured in an accident:

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