GMO Right to Know in Oregon with Guest David Bronner

GMO Right
Coming up in these midterm elections, Oregon is set to vote on a GMO Right to Know Bill that if passed would require manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to label raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering.

 

Sara Gottfried and Pedram Shojai wanted to know more about what is going on in Oregon and how this could affect the rest of the country. David Bronner reached out to our team and was happy to inform us about the bill and what affect it could have. He also mentions the tough opposition the bill faces. Would food products that clearly list GM origins change your eating habits?

 

Designing a Healthy Work Environment

healthy work

Do you sometimes feel sluggish at work? I definitely have those moments. I thought that incorporating exercise into my daily routine would help with those moments. Theoretically, I thought I that I could avoid the afternoon slump if I exercised every day. Being a post-grad newbie to the 9 to 5 workforce, I decided to try what I could to increase my happiness during work. It was hard to keep up and often times, I’d skip a day or two… or three. But I did notice that I had more energy. So to combat my “laziness” and bad habits, I began to tinker with when I exercised. At first, I exercised as soon as I got home – but then I realized that I was way less likely to work out if my day was stressful. Even though I knew exercise could be therapeutic, it was still a mental struggle. Then I made the decision to set my morning alarm to an earlier time in hopes that I would have enough time to go for a nice morning run. I did this for a while consistently and it worked well for me. It was like a fresh cup of coffee that my body brewed every morning.

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India invests in solar energy

Coal India Limited, the world’s largest coal manufacturer, is set to invest $1.2 billion in the development of solar power plants.

Coal India is a publicly owned company and the current prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, does have a “Clean India” campaign to clear out the trash that lines many Indian cities and investing in solar is certainly a good step to make India cleaner in its energy use. Already Coal India is known for keeping a check of its carbon footprint. This is also a good way for an established company to change and grow as public opinion starts to change on fossil fuels. This is also a good move for India as it has its own domestic market in the production of solar panels.

Such a large investment in solar power plants from India will help show that solar and other sustainable energy sources are feasible sources for the future. India is the second most populous country in the world with 1.25 billion people. Having sustainable energy be a large percentage of their energy source could set a great example for many other nations to invest similarly. That the government is making the investment takes a lot of pressure away from private companies that are afraid of investing in a market in which they don’t see instant profits. But once the initial set-up costs are out of the way, the private energy companies will perhaps feel better about moving towards cleaner and more sustainable energy production techniques.

Solar Energy
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Further on the Topic of Robin Williams

Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried share updates on the gongs they recently started. They then dive into a further discussion on Robin Williams which started in the episode with Shawn Stevenson. We received some messages that took concern with Shawn’s statement that suicide is a “selfish” act. Pedram and Sara continue the conversation on this sensitive subject. Pedram discusses his experiences knowing people to have taken their own lives. Sara discusses how the news of Robin Williams affected her family. Most importantly, if you are suffering from depression and thinking of taking your own life, please seek help!
 

The Hike to Chino Canyon, Palm Springs

Hike

Our journey began on an arid Tuesday in Palm Springs. Most of us (Pedram, Summer Bock, Tom O’Bryan, Dave Asprey, Abel James and Alyson Bridge) had been stuck at this golf resort for over four days and we were looking for a sweet escape. We were sane enough to feel the insanity creeping up and we had to do something about it. So we decided to take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the top of Chino Canyon at Mt. San Jacinto State Park and unplug for the day.

We thrive in the presence of nature and suffer in its absence. Only when we reached the top of Chino Canyon and looked down at the miles and miles of endless forest did we realize that we had deprived ourselves of real nature. Yes, the golf course at the resort was nicely designed and maintained, but we weren’t hungry for that. We needed something wild… something worth exploring.

The trip to Chino Canyon really did feed us – emotionally, mentally, and physically. We hiked a good six miles. Stopped at a peaceful meadow to enjoy our lunches. We packed lots of organic blueberries, bananas, cucumbers, carrots, wild salmon, and almonds. We shared everything. And it was awesome! We kicked off our shoes and soaked in the sunshine. There was no cellphone reception… and I was so grateful for that. It was so refreshing to be “off the grid”, even if it was only for eight hours.

I wanted to share some photos of our hike with you in the hopes that this will inspire you to go out and have a journey of your own.

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Talking Trash: How to Sort Your Waste

That’s a lot of waste:

Did you know that the average person produces 4.3 pounds of waste per day? No? Now, imagine how much waste is produced if there are 7,253,563,313 billion people who live on this Earth.

It’s time to take out the trash.

Waste Management

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The Health Bridge Show: Sofa Series Episode 1

Sofa Series
Last fall, Pedram Shojai, Ken Cook, and Abel James all visited Sara Gottfried at her home and we recorded a long conversation that lasted nearly two hours. Here is the first two parts of that conversation. They discuss how Ken started the Environmental Working Group and what EWG aims to do. How can we live sustainably? Are we aware of all of the various toxin and chemical exposure events that take place through everyday life? Can technology help control certain issues?

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Embracing Healthy Family Practice with The Wellness Mama

Family

Katie, the Wellness Mama, joins Sara Gottfried and Pedram Shojai on The Health Bridge. As you may already know, Katie is the mother of five children and it’s tough being a mom. In this episode, these three health and wellness gurus share parenting tips and strategies to teach our children healthy habits.

 

 

How do we make sure our kids (and perhaps even us) are eating healthily despite the fact that most kids’ menus are filled with unhealthy options? Is it possible to encourage children who hate vegetables to give them a go? And how do we make sure our kids are getting enough activity if all they want to do is play video games?

You’re really going to have to watch or listen this episode to get the full picture. However, we want to provide you with a great resource for healthy recipes for kids’ meals. Super Healthy Kids has an index of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snack ideas. If you’re looking to spice things up for your family, give this resource a try. Sometimes we have to be creative when it comes to encouraging our children to eat more fruits and veggies. It’s not an easy feat, but nothing is impossible. Good luck!

 

 
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The future of Urban Living – Waste, Recycling, and Conservation

Is this recyclable or is that recyclable? The take home message that I really try to emphasis with people is that it’s not really whether it is recyclable. Most everything is recyclable. The real question is if it’s recycled.” says Emily Hanson.

We get the chance to interview Emily Hanson, Community Relations Manager of the the industry-leading company GreenWaste. Based in the Bay Area of California, GreenWaste has been pushing the envelope of efficiency in both recycling and conservation since 1991. Their headquarters in San Jose is one of the most innovative processing facilities in the world, capable of sorting and recovering 98% of recyclable materials and 75% of trash for a total facility diversion rate of 88% for household and commercial waste. What makes GreenWaste unique is that they process garage and recyclables side by side. Before GreenWaste, the garbage from San Jose residents went straight to landfill! [Read more...]

Air Pollution and Mercury Raise Risk of Autism in Children

Recent studies link exposure to air pollution during pregnancy to the rise in autistic children. Pregnant women exposed to diesel particulates and mercury were twice as likely to have a child with autism. Can we clean up our act in hopes of a brighter future?

It’s not unknown that air pollution affects brain development, but the first ever large-scale national study proves that there is a strong link between the prevalence of toxins and the development of mental disorders. The study of more than 22,000 women led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that those exposed to pollutants such as diesel particulates and mercury during pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child with autism. These findings are extremely important for many reasons, but there is one core reason that should alarm all of us. Our economy runs on diesel! The big rigs that bring food to the shelves of our local supermarkets are fueled by diesel. Furthermore, an increasing number of passenger cars now employ diesel engines. So you see how all of this ties in? More diesel use means more pollution… and a higher risk of autism in children. [Read more...]