Monthly Archives: August 2016

The BEST elephant charities, where your dollars do more good.

As an ardent supporter of animal rights, it is no secret that I am passionate about helping them. Through all our efforts, the poaching has not abated.   Add to that the disgusting murder of elephants by trophy hunters such as Donald Trump’s arrogant sons, and it has become quite the mission for me to help in any way I can.

I’ve begun to notice the massive number of emails coming to my email box asking for financial support for elephants.

African ElephantsThere are so many, and many I have not heard of. They seem to be popping up everywhere. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND EVERYONE CHECK THEM OUT BEFORE DONATING to be sure our dollars do the most good. Thus I began a small study, to find who is valid, who is not, who is actually getting results.

You’ll read/hear the term NGO. NGO’s are a non-governmental organization is any non-profit, voluntary citizens’ group which is organized on a local, national or international level.

This article below is rather good.

The upshot: Of the global NGOs, Wildlife Conservation Society is credited with doing the most effective work in Africa. Their overhead is relatively low and they are very hands-on and partnering with governments, thus not handing off to other charities.

Another that looks good is an on-the ground organization in Africa is African Parks: From the article linked at the bottom of the post, “NGOs like African Parks, which take on the management of protected areas in partnership with governments, are increasingly attracting donor funds because they are accountable for their actions. In signing formal public-private partnership (PPP) agreements, they secure full management responsibility for a protected area and are held responsible for what happens under their watch”.

As always, my favorite, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust does amazing work and it’s a multi-pronged operation – saving orphaned elephants and reintegrating into the wild, with anti-poaching units, air units, and dog units. They also help other animals.

Something I want to learn more about is how we can be proactive in immediate governmental bans on ivory worldwide.  The ‘phase in’ thinking isn’t helping and the need is immediate and desperate.

I’ll be posting more on these groups as I find links and will also post here and on Facebook and Twitter.

http://magazine.africageographic.com/…/elephant-charities-…/

Choose Your Toothpaste Wisely

Last night, there was a piece on the evening news about how over-diagnosed thyroid cancer is.  While thyroid disorders have sky-rocketed, the information on the piece was that a thyroid cancer diagnoses shouldn’t be treated with an immediate knee-jerk reaction.  However, this is important to note:  Thyroid disorders HAVE sky-rocketed.  Why?  The toxic chemicals we are exposed to daily affect our body and especially, the thyroid.   And the thyroid, a small butterfly-shaped gland in our neck area, is very powerful when it comes to regulating our entire system. There are a multitude of serious problems that are caused by a malfunctioning thyroid gland. One of the worst chemicals for the thyroid is fluoride.

The history of fluoride is rather checkered.  You will find those who extol it’s virtues, yet the truth is well hidden.   Fluoride is a toxic byproduct of aluminum production.   Alcoa and other companies pushed the sale of their toxic byproduct to municipalities for the water supply and municipalities bought it.  AlcoaSludgeAnd yet Alcoa has a history of toxic contamination of air and water worldwide. Within this article, is an interesting interactive map that will show how much damage they’ve done. (I had some problem trying to paste the actual interactive map directly.)  They’ve been fined over and over again by the US government and other governments for toxic air and water polution.  So exactly why would we think their toxic byproducts are safe, when their actual operations are not safe?  Now, most communities in the US are subjected to fluoride in their water.

We have done all we can do to eliminate fluoride in our life, for about 10 + years now.  We use an under-sink filtration unit to rid our water of fluoride and metals.   I lug jugs of that water upstairs to our bathroom and keep in a glass dispenser, so that we do not take in any fluoridated water.  Our pets haven’t had it in years either.

But beware:  Fluoride is in more places than our water.  It’s in our toothpaste and mouth rinses as well.   Again, we stopped using any toothpaste with fluoride about 10 years ago as well.  The dentist was initially alarmed, but guess what?  Our teeth and gums are better and better!  (Remember, dentists are no different than medical doctors and veterinarians who are trained to think only one way and who never become involved in any sort of continuing education.  They just buy what the pharmaceutical industry sells them. ) We have used Weleda Salt Toothpaste for a long time.  It’s a German brand and is mainly baking soda with a bit of mint.  At that time Weledathose years ago, it was the only thing I could find that really fit our requirements.  Now, it appears there are more options.

Here is a toothpaste scorecard that you might find helpful.

I am a voracious label reader.  I read every ingredient of all that we use, then research to determine what is a risk, or the level of risk, of buying and using the product.  My trips to the market take way longer than most, if I’m shopping for a particular ‘new’ item.

However, in a world where we have government that is controlled by lobbyists, where we have legislators who are loyal to corporate money more so than to the people they represent, I strongly recommend that everyone do the same.  Until we can get corporate money OUT of our government (fingers crossed for this election cycle) and overturn Citizens United, we are all subject to more and more contamination that is the result of greed.

(Posts will not be daily but please be sure to continue to follow us.  I’m hoping to do 2 or 3 a week, based on my work load from my ‘real job’.)

 

Wow! I’m BACK!

So, perhaps I’ve been a bit busy with other stuff lately, but now, I’m back and going to try to do better.  The discipline it takes to do a daily blog post was getting in the way of my actual day-job.  So I’m going to give it another try.

I’m still on my health and wellness path for myself, my husband and our pets.  I’m still on my path, both spiritually and physically.

Something occurred off and on in the past 4 months that puzzled me.  I have never had an issue with acne.  Suddenly after a trip to visit our friend in Southwest Florida in April,  I had a nasty out break on my face, near my nose.  It was a truly difficult to eradicate it.  I finally was able to get rid of it and never could figure where it came from – my diet was the same, my facial products were the same.   Then about 6 weeks later, it happened again.  And about 4 weeks after that, again.  I never put two and two together until last weekend.

Before every outbreak, we’d visited our friend up in SW Florida.  I’d always noticed that the towels and sheets had an obnoxious perfume-y smell.  I bring my own pillow. However, I did use the towels and washcloths provided to wash my face.  Then it dawned on me.   It’s the detergent!

Your home is filled with poisons!

Your home is filled with poisons!

The maid evidently loads the machines up with product, and with dryer sheets.  There is so much detergent embedded in the fabrics, it never washes out completely.  Actually, I’d done a load of our laundry in their washer/dryer a year ago and it took 4 washings at home to get the stench of the perfumed detergent out of our clothing – and I’d brought our own gentle, organic detergent with us!

Once I’m home, my face starts to heal.  In investigating, I found that, according to an article on Dr. Mercola’s site :

“The detergent you’re using may contain a cocktail of potent cancer-causing chemicals, some of which the manufacturer doesn’t even have to list on the label. This loophole reduces the odds that you’ll ever discover what’s in there.

“Four of the worst offenders are:

  1. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)/sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
  2. 1,4-dioxane
  3. NPE (nonylphenol ethoxylate)
  4. Phosphates”

NOW I know what is happening to my skin!   As soon as I am away from the toxins, my skin clears up.

Obviously, this isn’t the only toxin in your home, but it’s a place to start.  My go-to for cleaning products for the home is the the Environmental Working Group .  Their database is a great starting point for any decisions for a healthy home environment.

Another thing I do is to use white vinegar instead in the fabric softener dispenser.  It keeps the clothes smelling fresh, with no perfumes.  No, you don’t smell like a pickle!  It also helps to cut any residue that might still linger on clothing or linens.