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Everyone needs a little help sometimes.  There's no other way to acknowledge this than by paying it forward.  As recent research published in BMC Public Health points out, volunteering can result in lower feelings of depression and increased overall well-being. Examine your own talents and use them to help others, noting that people become more grateful as givers rather than receivers.

 
Bottled Water is a Scam...
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Multinationals have made billions off the myth that tap water is unhealthy. Here's what they don't want you to know. The biggest con job perpetrated on the consumer is not some shady operation selling bogus cures through TV infomercial's. America’s biggest snake-oil salesman is actually the beverage industry, or Big Bev, which resells the simplest and most vital product for thousands of times its value. That product is drinking water. Multinationals like PepsiCo, the Coca-Cola Company and Nestle rake in a combined $110 billion a year selling bottled water worldwide. In the U.S. alone, more than half the population drinks bottled water, which accounts for about 30% of liquid refreshment sales, far exceeding the sales of milk and beer (only soft drinks sell more).

Read more:

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/14/bottled_...

 
Volunteer...
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volunteer

Everyone needs a little help sometimes.  There's no other way to acknowledge this than by paying it forward.  As recent research published in BMC Public Health points out, volunteering can result in lower feelings of depression and increased overall well-being. Examine your own talents and use them to help others, noting that people become more grateful as givers rather than receivers.

 
GLOBAL FOREST WATCH...
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The latest satellite technology, open data, and crowd sourcing are being implemented to better manage our forests. According to data from the University of Maryland and Google 2.3 million square kilometers of tree cover from 2000-2012 of forest was lost every minute for twelve years. Read more: http://www.wri.org/news/2014/02/releases-global-forest-watch-…

 
SPRING GREENING...
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Finally spring is almost here and so are a lot of tucked away items we use or used.  Many have been forgotten or kept for personal reasons. A great way to create a green spring is by following a few simple tips:

De-clutter: You don't have to get rid of everything but think how often you use it.  If it has been more than a year you may want to fix it up, donate or recycle it.

Clean naturally: 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1/4 tsp. of tea tree oil and 1/4 teaspoon of lavender oil makes a great natural disinfectant.  A lemon cut in half and baking soda pored on the fruit makes a great natural scrubber for dishes and stains.

Use commercial car washes: This is actually a more efficient way to preserve our water. Hand washing at home uses 80-140 gallons of water yet, at your local car wash only an average of 45 gallons are used.

Shade your windows: Simple and much more effective and cost effective than blasting your heater or air-conditioner.

Compost:  Not only will your garden appreciate it but you will be contributing less to landfills. Grass clippings, fruit and veggie scrapes, even cardboard and newspaper can all be thrown into your compost.

Grow your own: Not only will you save money on fresh veggies and fruit but you will also know exactly went into the soil and on your plants since you grew them yourself.  If you don't have a garden look into a community plot.

 
Herbs to the RESCUE for Winter Blues...
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Here are some tips for days of cloudy, grey coldness winter days bring. Break out the power of scent to overcome the blues.  By diffusing or dabbing a few drops of essential oils you can help to create emotionally uplifting effect around your home. Here’s a list of fragrances you might want to try:

1. Citruses: The essential oils of lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, and oil are familiar scents that bring sunshine to the heart.  In addition to using the essential oils extracted from these fruits in the ways mentioned above, peeling (and consuming) these fruits, can provide a similar, immediate mood enhancing surge.  Other citrus-derived oils include bergamot and neroli.

2. Happy herbs and spices: Rosemary, sweet basil, and cinnamon oils are also familiar scents that, for many, induce a sense a well-being.  Another, simmer a pot of water sprinkled with a spoonful of cinnamon on your stovetop to create a yummy, comforting fragrance in your home.

3. Mints: The scents of peppermint and spearmint are both familiar and refreshing to many people.

4. Florals: Lavender and geranium oils are recommended for emotional uplift.  While the scent of lavender is familiar to many, geranium oil is frequently used in massage oil blends and in many aromatherapy therapeutic treatments. A few friendly warnings: these oils are powerful, so a few drops go a long way. Also, to avoid skin irritation, do not apply oils directly to skin.  Always mix them in a massage-grade carrier oil.

 
Is the US at Risk for Mega Drought Future?
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Places like California are facing extremely dry conditions, but these aren't nearly as extreme as some periods in the 12th and 13th centuries.  Scientists are comparing this to simulate climate change in decades to come. The study suggests events unprecedented in the last millennium may lie ahead. Read more: http://m.bbc.com/news/science-environment-31434030

 
Wine: It Has Benefits...
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Many of us love a glass of red wine once in a while. But do we know what it provides for us health wise?  Many studies have suggested beneficial effects on the heart, anti aging, and even mental health.  According to Cornell University archeologists, wine making began sometime between 6000-4000 B. C. in Mesopotamia and coastal areas of the Caspian Sea.  Hippocrates even promoted wine as a part of a healthy diet.  Woman absorb alcohol more rapidly than men due to lower body water content and different levels of stomach enzymes.  So moderation for a man may be 2 glasses and for a woman 1 (depending on weight).  A glass of wine, each night with dinner, according to "Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010" is considered healthy.  So, check out wine tasting or sip on a glass of wine with friends or family.  In moderation your body and spirit with benefit. 

 
Is Music Therapeutic?
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There are many studies being done on music's effect on the brain, especially focused on debilitating diseases   Music has been shown to reduce pain, relieve stress, boost immunity, and it's fun.  So pick up the guitar, your hand drum, plunk away at the piano, sing in the shower or just turn the radio on.  You will be surprised how the positive affects of music make you feel.
http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/white-seeber-grogan-the-remedy-chicks/fend-off-alzheimers-dementia-find-your-keys/

 
The Amazing California Elephant Seals...
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Each year thousands of seals migrate to their birthing, breeding, and resting ground at the Piedras Blancas rookery near San Simeon off of Highway 1.

Here are some fun facts:

1) Adult seals spend about 90% of their lives in the sea.

2) They normally dive to 1,000 or 2,000 feet, but can reach depths up to 5,000 feet.

3) Seals molt their entire outer layer of skin once a year on the beach instead of in the water to minimize the loss of body heat.

4) While on land, they will often stop their breathing and dramatically lower their heart rate to conserve energy, which can often make them appear to be dead.

5) While on shore, elephant seals flip sand onto their bodies to keep cool and protect their skin from the sun. Don't miss a chance to visit this wildlife experience

 
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