Stars Speak For Nature

Almost a year ago Conservation International launched an awareness campaign featuring some of the world’s best-known celebrities speaking as nature (and elements thereof) with the goal of educating one and all about the need to take care of our planet.

The concept is great, the messages are fabulous and the imagery is stunning (and best viewed in HD full-screen).

People can argue all day long about climate change and wonder if we Humans have really done this, or does it really exist. But, there are simple truths. Chief among them is that Humans do indeed pollute our home, our planet, our Earth.

Take a look around. The burger wrapper in the street. An oil spill off the coast. The mess of paint on the ground. The soot captured in the atmosphere. The raped forests which are not replenished. Radiation spills. On and on and on. If one opens one’s eyes one can see what we Humans are doing to the home on which we all live.

Whether or not one financially supports this type of cause, as an individual it really does not take much to become more aware of and about the environment and to effectively do something about it and to then get others to help. There are ideas at the Conservation International site aptly named Nature is Speaking. There you can also watch the other videos , download incredible animated posters for your desktop, and more.

There is only one Planet Earth and it is up to each one of us to take care of it.

Yosemite Valley - Half Dome
Yosemite Valley – Half Dome

After all, it is a place of great beauty and incredible wonder.

Over For Now.

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Drugging the World – Big Pharma and Huge Profits

Anyone who watches television or reads magazines and newspapers has undoubtedly seen the endless number of invitingly happy ads convincing people that they need drugs to be or get better.

Drugs to (supposedly) cure anything that ails a body.

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The problem is that the human body does not appreciate drugs in the system. The vast majority of drugs, factually, cannot be safely used.

And most drugs only mask the symptoms of what ails the patient, while, in many cases, causing other issues.

Consider the types of warnings (called possible side effects) that are announced (by law) with various drug ads:

Anxiety; bizarre behavior; black or bloody stools; bloody or dark urine; chest pain; constipation; decreased sexual desire or ability; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; exaggerated reflexes; hallucinations; increased sweating; joint pain; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; new or worsening agitation, panic attacks, irritability, aggressiveness, impulsiveness, hostility, inability to sit still or an exaggerated feeling of well-being, restlessness; painful erection; severe allergic reactions; severe or persistent headache; severe or persistent nausea; stomach pains; sudden accidental death; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tiredness; tremors; trouble sleeping; unusual or severe mental or mood changes; vomiting; weight loss; worsening of depression. The list goes on and on.

Despite the warnings, pills are consumed every second of every day.

Why, when drugs can wreak so much havoc, is the annual worldwide sale of prescription drugs approximately $1 Trillion? (Note: the U.S. takes in close to one-third of the international drug revenue total while making up only five percent of the world’s population.)

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Simply stated, vitamins and natural herbs are relatively inexpensive while drug patents are immensely profitable with the average drug company earning about a 15 percent net profit, substantially higher than almost every other industry that exists…anywhere.

Couple that with the fact that pharmacuetical companies pay kickbacks to medical practitioners for writing drug prescriptions.

All the while, these same ads make idiotic statements like “(fill-in-the-blank) drug is believed to” do something, or “(fill-in-the-blank) drug is thought to do” this other thing. Big Pharma does not even know for sure what happens!

There are safe alternatives to popping pills. Without the side effects. It only takes a little bit of research to avoid the numerous pitfalls connected to drugs.

One place to start is The People’s Chemist, a former medicinal chemist for big pharma who became, through his work and research, a Mother Nature health advocate.

Over For Now.

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