Glyphosate – unsafe on any plate (Monsanto)

 
 
Glyphosate was Originally Patented to Clean Pipes, Like Drano – 1964

Glyphosate is the presumed active ingredient of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller and other commercial glyphosate-based herbicide formulations. s. However, it was first patented in 1964 by Stauffer Chemical Company in Westport, Connecticut as a chelator, for removing unwanted mineral deposits from metal pipes like Drano.

Monsanto Discovers Weed-killing Properties – 1974

A few years later, glyphosate was also found to be an effective herbicide by Monsanto’s John E. Franz and brought to market by the St. Louis-based company in 1974 as a non-selective, water-soluble herbicide with a specific mechanism of action: the directed interruption of plant development through metabolic poisoning.

Today, generic glyphosate formulations are produced by at least 100 manufacturers and can be found in more than 750 products worldwide, with Monsanto still dominating the market with more than $4.75 billion in sales in 2015 alone

Glyphosate also binds (chelates) vital nutrients such as iron, manganese, zinc, and boron in the soil, preventing plants from taking them up. This could have serious implications for humans, farm animals and pets that consume genetically engineered Roundup Ready crops, as it could negatively affect the nutritional value of food.

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Where Else Has Glyphosate Been Found?

Glyphosate Residues Found in Food, Urine, Breast Milk, Rainwater, Rivers, Tap Water and Tampons – But the FDA Has Never Conducted Proper Widespread Testing

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Making Friends As An Adult

 
Get Out Of The House
Don’t stay home tethered to your computer or TV. Now is the time to establish and solidify friendships for the years ahead. Once you venture out, you’ll find there are other people who are just as eager to make friends as you are.

Don’t Quit Before You Start
Many adults have the mistaken impression that everyone else is already paired up, like Noah’s Ark, and no one else is looking for new friends. Contrary to the myth perpetuated by popular culture, most friendships don’t last forever. Thus, you need to continually replenish your “stock” of friendships.

Engage With People
Pick up the phone at least once a day to speak to a friend. If you work, arrange to have lunch with someone at least once a week. If you work at home, arrange to have coffee or lunch with someone at least twice a week. Turn off all electronics for a couple of hours each day and see if you find yourself more engaged with people.

Risk Reaching Out
Don’t be embarrassed about being lonely or friendless. You’re certainly not the only one. Moreover, don’t let shame or embarrassment stop you from reaching out to new friends. Otherwise, your friendlessness will become a vicious cycle.

Don’t Take Rejection Personally
People need to overcome the idea that they are the only one seeking friendships and that rejection, if it occurs, is personal. Sometimes another individual’s dance card is simply already filled up with family, work and other friendships.

Take Things Slowly
Don’t fall prey to expecting too much too soon or acting too needy. Give friendships time to blossom by being open, honest and showing interest in other people.

Make Your Friendships A Priority
Unfortunately, many women look at their friendships as discretionary compared to their responsibilities to families and careers. For this reason, they fail to allocate time for friendships. It isn’t selfish or indulgent to make time for friendships. Having close friendships makes a woman happier –and better wife, mother and worker.

Pursue Your Passions
Making friends is more a function of circumstance rather than age, per se. No one is more attractive to others than someone who is engaged in life. Whether you join a gym, take an art course, sign up for dancing lessons or volunteer at a nonprofit, find something that stirs your passions and places you in regular contact with the same people week after week. Friendships will follow.

Look For Acquaintances First
Every friendship starts off with the exchange of a smile, question or comment. Best friends don’t grow on trees and real relationships take time to nurture. As two people get to know each other, they will fall into a comfortable groove.

Try An Intergenerational Friendship
Perhaps you have limited yourself by looking for people who are just like you. You can expand your pool of potential friends by seeking out people who are little bit different, in terms of age or lifestyle. Is there an elderly neighbor on your block who might welcome your company, or a young mother who would love to have some adult companionship once in a while? Intergenerational friendships yield valuable payoffs on both sides.

Join A Group Or Several Groups
Become active in your community: There is life after the PTA and scouting. Can you become a friend of the library? Participate in local government by serving on a committee. Join an existing book group or cooking club, or start one of your own. Go to meetup.com to find out about various interest groups; they are catalogued by zip code.

Turn Your Virtual Friendships Into Real Ones
Perhaps you are spending too much time behind your computer screen. Find out if any of your online friendships have the potential to be face-to-face ones. Do some of your Twitter or Facebook friends live nearby? As an added bonus, reducing the amount of time you spend online will give you more time and motivation for forming real friendships.

Find A Travel Tribe
It can be a few college roommates, the women in your book club, several cousins or one best friend. Select an individual or group to travel with whose company you enjoy, and with whom you can relax and be yourself. If you can’t stand being with someone over lunch or have the feeling someone may be a frenemy, don’t even think about including her! Together, pick an irresistible destination for a girlfriend getaway, perhaps a beach, spa or cruise, where you can bond and nurture your frienships.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

14 Ways To Bust Out Of A Creativity Rut

 

Go for a walk.
A stroll alongside nature is like playtime for adults — in the same way that children experience some of their most imaginative moments on a playground or in a sandbox, adults can utilize the physical space to let their minds wander freely and stumble across any idea that arrives organically. And keeping moving proves far more productive than the alternative. Researchers at Stanford University recently found that walking helps boost creative inspiration by 60 percent when compared to sitting.

Stanford study finds walking improves creativity
Stanford researchers found that walking boosts creative inspiration. They examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person’s creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when walking.

Experiment in the kitchen.
Set those recipe cards aside and see what new cuisine combinations you come up with by just using what’s in your pantry and refrigerator. Creating meals for different times of the day or for different occasions can really open your mind to the infinite possibilities within the culinary world and beyond.

“Just like making music or poetry, cooking requires understanding interconnectedness and harmonies,” said Faisal Hoque, author of “Everything Connects: How To Transform And Lead In The Age Of Creativity, Innovation And Sustainability,” in a recent Business Insider article. “Understanding the relationships between the ingredients and their interactions is crucial to creating a successful dish. This conscious openness is precisely what is at the heart of any creative process regardless of what we do and the medium we use.”

How Learning To Cook Can Boost Your Creativity

Read a book for fun.
Go ahead — dive head-first into that novel that’s been waiting on your bookshelf the past few months! Immersing yourself in the story will require active engagement and concentration, taking you away from the frustration you’re feeling from your creativity block. As the story absorbs your attention, you’ll visualize its plot line, absorb its message and develop new insights of your own that just might help you find what you’ve been searching for.

Why Reading Makes You More Creative

Get sweaty.
One of the best way to get those creative juices flowing again is to get your blood pumping. Our minds naturally relax when we are physically active, allowing for less stress and more wandering. A recent study found that people who were more active were also more successful creatively, thanks to their ability to solve problems and come up with new ideas.

The impact of physical exercise on convergent and divergent thinking

Think happy thoughts.
Surprise, surprise — we do some of our best creative thinking when we are in a positive mood. According to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a happy mood has the ability to help us free our minds, thus opening us up to thinking more imaginatively.

“Having a positive mood affects your attention — it can broaden your visual field, literally,” said Dr. Adam Anderson, the lead author of the study. “A negative mood results in tunnel vision, making you focus on just the things you are anxious about — everything else falls out of this focus and doesn’t matter.”

Happy Emotions Boost Creativity

Ask yourself, “What if?”
If you need a creativity boost in the short term, asking yourself questions that require a little counterfactual thinking could help open your mind to new perspectives. Simply take completed events from the past and imagine different outcomes, deleting existing details while adding some of your own. Re-painting that mental picture can also erase other thoughts currently blocking your mind from where you’re trying to go.

The Functional Theory of Counterfactual Thinking

Daydream a little.
Pushing yourself to solve a problem can sometimes drive the solution further away. Instead, let your mind wander. Research has shown not only that the brain continues to work on problem-solving during a daydream, but also that creative solutions may be discovered through general, unconscious thought. So take a break from that aggravating question coursing through your mind — the answer will come to you soon enough

Experience sampling during fMRI reveals default network and executive system contributions to mind wandering.

Indulge in a little “me” time
Psychologist Rollo May once said, “In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude.”

Often times a lack of inspiration isn’t the culprit of a creativity rut, but rather overstimulation in general. Allowing yourself space physically, mentally and emotionally for reflection can create a new sense of clarity as well as a dose of inspiration. Embrace solitude and focus on the thoughts you can suddenly hear among the silence.

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Write in a journal.
Sometimes one of the best ways to sort though a mind racing with thoughts is to put pen to paper and write it all down. Journaling not only provides emotional relief, but also allows for you to see your thoughts in a tangible space and make sense of them from a new perspective. Giving them room to breathe will also allow for new thoughts and ideas to trickle in and fill that newfound space.

Why You Should Keep a Journal (and How to Start Yours)

Step outside your comfort zone.
For those who are naturally creative minds, it’s imperative that you continually challenge yourself with new tasks in order to grow. Novelty can be one of the best sparks for creativity, whether than means testing out a new hobby or avoiding the use of patterns or solutions from the past. Take on each day and project with a new view, and don’t be afraid to push those boundaries and see what happens.

What’s New? Exuberance for Novelty Has Benefits

meditate
The benefits of meditation are far from limited to stress relief and relaxation. A study published in Frontiers in Cognition found that open monitoring meditation (where the individual is receptive to all thoughts and sensations without focusing on any particular one) improved participants’ divergent thinking, a key component of the creative process. Not only are college students using meditation to channel their creative power, but many businesses are now jumping on the meditation bandwagon as well, encouraging their employees to use the technique as they search for new ideas.

Meditation makes you more creative

Surround yourself with all things blue.
There’s a reason we love gazing up at the sky and out at the sea so much — the pretty blue hues put us in a relaxed mood and help our minds wander to the most creative of places. A University of British Columbia study found that while the color red helps develop sharper memories, the color blue helps unlock your imagination.

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Effect Of Colors: Blue Boosts Creativity, While Red Enhances Attention To Detail

Colour your world blue

Take a vacation.
Sometimes it takes a total change of pace and scenery to reset the mind. Whether you can afford to take a few days off or simply enjoy the weekend, make a point to surround yourself with a culture different from your own. A study published in Applied Cognitive Psychology found that multicultural experiences share a direct connection with creative cognition. So explore a new country, a new state or simply a new neighborhood to open your eyes as well as your mind.

On the Cognitive Benefits of Cultural Experience: Exploring the Relationship between Studying Abroad and Creative Thinking

Sit amid a little static noise.
You might find that dull roar in the coffee shop too distracting most days, but that distraction might be just what you need to break free of that persistent mental block. A recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that a moderate level of ambient noise actually enhances one’s performance on creative tasks. So the next time you sit down with your cup of coffee, welcome the little distractions. You never know where they’ll lead you.

Is Noise Always Bad? Exploring the Effects of Ambient Noise on Creative Cognition

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

8 Essential Life Lessons from Cartoons

 

Love who you are — The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Nobody is perfect, and yet when faced with a barrage of advertising and beauty standards, it’s easy to feel less than confident in your appearance. Take it from Winnie the Pooh, be proud of who you are, in all your flawed glory.

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You have autonomy over yourself — Danny Phantom

Remeber, you’re in charge of your own decisions. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to, nor feel pressured into agreeing or disagreeing with anyone else. Just like Desiree, only you have a say in the choices you make.

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People fear what’s different — The Powerpuff Girls

Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup were the heroes of Townsville, but when they first arrived they were feared and hated by the citizens. Sometimes people react badly to change or new things, and it’s not your fault if they do. Never change yourself to try to fit in because of those people.

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You don’t need to be in a relationship — As Told By Ginger

Relationships can be wonderful but don’t think that something’s wrong with you just because you’re not in one. Jumping from relationship to relationship so you’re not alone can be more miserable than just being single. Follow Ginger’s mom’s advice and hold off getting into a new relationship until you find someone you truly want to be with.

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Look at things from different perspectives — Recess

Miss Grotke seemed a bit quirky when we were kids, but her heart was always in the right place. She was always looking at history from a different perspective and encouraging her students to do the same. When a problem seems particularly difficult, try looking at it from a new point of view, even if it seems a little odd. You never know what solutions could emerge.

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We all mature at different rates — The Weekenders

Lori may not have been the smart one in the group, but she had a tidbit of wisdom or two to share throughout the show. Not everyone grows and develops at the same rate, and there is no “normal.” Your mind will grow and develop at it’s own pace, even if it’s ahead or behind all your other friends.

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Sometimes things don’t work out — Lilo and Stitch

We’re told if we cross our T’s and dot our I’s everything will be okay, but the world doesn’t work that way. Sometimes no matter how hard you work, how much you try, and how bad you want it, things may not work out. Whether it’s Nani’s attempt to keep her family together, trying out for the soccer team, or even passing trig, that lesson holds true.

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You’re meant to make mistakes — As Told By Ginger

We return back to Ginger’s mom Lois for on last piece of sage advice. You are going to make mistakes, it’s guaranteed. Trying to be perfect in every way is unrealistic and daunting, so just be yourself. The best way to deal with them is to accept responsibility for them and move on.

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Commuting Stress: 6 Ways To Enjoy A More Relaxing Daily Commute

 

Of all the things that cause us stress and anxiety — a heavy workload, financial woes and a cluttered home, to name a few — commuting to work is one of the most universally loathed. And it’s not just an unpleasant experience: Long commutes have been linked to a number of negative health outcomes, including high stress levels, poor sleep, unhealthy weight, and even a shorter life. A 2011 Swedish study also found that couples where one partner commutes for at least 45 minutes to work each day have a 40 percent higher chance of getting divorced.

“Commuting is … a mundane task about as pleasurable as assembling flat-pack furniture or getting your license renewed, and you have to do it every day,” Annie Lowrey wrote in a Slate article, “Your Commute Is Killing You,” after the Swedish study was published. “If you are commuting, you are not spending quality time with your loved ones. You are not exercising, doing challenging work, having sex, petting your dog, or playing with your kids (or your Wii).”

But your commute doesn’t have to be the bane of your existence — this time slot when you’re free to not do anything (except get yourself from point A to point B) can actually be one of the most relaxing parts of your day. Reframing the way you view the trip and trying some healthy tips can turn your commute from a twice-daily source of stress into a peaceful time to yourself between the demands of work and home. Click through these slides for six ways to de-stress (and maybe even enjoy) your commute.

Commuters ‘suffer extreme stress’

1. Take control over your commuting decisions

Thinking about a situation differently can help reduce stress in many many circumstances, whether at work or while commuting. You can feel a greater sense of control over your commute and minimize anxiety by simply reminding yourself that the length of the trip is the product of your own decisions about where you live and work, according to Dr. Frank Ghinassi, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh.

“The attribution is that it’s the traffic that’s making us anxious,” Ghinassi tells The Huffington Post. “But the control over whether we’re going to be engaged in traffic is really ours. We’ve made lots of decisions … over things that we can control, and the tradeoff is exposing ourselves to traffic.”

If you’ve considered the other alternatives to your current commute (Would it be possible to bike to work, or carpool with a colleague?) and settled on a daily routine, keep in mind that this is your own choice — and remember all the other benefits of those choices, like a comfortable home or a job you enjoy.

2. Find enjoyable activities to pass the time

A daily commute can be a peaceful “hammock” of time between other obligations, says Ghinassi — but only if we choose to see it that way. Whether your commute is stressful or relaxing is entirely dependent on the conceptions and thoughts you have about how you’re going to use that time.

“Once you’re in traffic, it can be perceived as a horrible, time-wasting event,” says Ghinassi. “Some people see it the way I just described, and others see it as a perfect time to spend time on the phone (hands-free, hopefully) talking to loved ones, listening to books on tape. People who commute in trains often use that time to catch up on sleep or a favorite novel. Others see it as an oasis of time when work isn’t bothering them and they haven’t yet gotten re-immersed in home activities.”

3. De-stress with a “Sounds and Thoughts Meditation”

Whether it’s the whiz of the freeway or strangers talking near you on the subway, the noisy distractions of your commute can easily add to your anxiety levels. But consciously paying attention to these noises can rob them of their power, according to Dr. Danny Penman, author of Mindfulness: Finding Peace In A Frantic World.

On your next morning bus or train ride to work, try Penman’s “Sounds and Thoughts Meditation.” The meditation can help lower stress levels by silencing the mind and focusing your attention on the thoughts in your mind and sounds around you, without judging or trying to “fix” them. Or, if you’re driving, simply focus on the road while taking note of the sounds around you and observing the thoughts arising in your mind.

Click here for full instructions and a downloadable audio guide:
Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World

4. Listen to classical music

The so-called “Mozart Effect” could actually make your commute a better one. Before cranking up talk radio or classic rock, consider cueing up a playlist of classical songs on your headphones or car stereo. According to a Populus survey of 2,000 drivers, classical and pop music fans are more relaxed drivers, whereas those who listen to rock and metal are more prone to road rage.

A number of studies have shown relaxing music can help to decrease anxiety. Research has shown that soothing songs can lower the anxiety levels of pre-operative patients, and a 2007 study also found that for adolescents, listening to either classical or self-selected soothing music was effective in decreasing anxiety and boosting feelings of relaxation after exposure to a stressor. Try it on your next morning drive to see if you notice a difference.

The Mozart Effect: Myth or Fact
Rock music fans ‘prone to road rage’
Coping with Stress: The Effectiveness of Different Types of Music

5. Use your commute as an opportunity to be more mindful

It can be easy to get stuck in a loop of negative emotions during a long commute when you might be feeling impatient about waiting in traffic, or worried about things going on at work. But your commute is actually a perfect chunk of time to gently bring your awareness to thoughts and feelings, without judgment — or in other words, to practice mindfulness.

As the meditation experts at mindfulness app Headspace recommend, try “Being mindful of your environment and the tendency to resist it; being mindful of the emotions as they rise and fall, come and go … mindful of wanting to be somewhere else, of wishing time away; and mindful of wanting to scream out loud or put your foot down in the car.”

6. Unplug

Many of us spend the majority of our waking lives plugged into technology — and it could be raising our stress levels and negatively affecting our health. Spending some time tech-free can benefit our mental and physical health, and it might make your commute more pleasant.

Your commute may be the one part of the business day when you can disconnect. Whether you’re driving in your car or sitting on the subway, take advantage of that daily opportunity to unplug and recharge. Instead of checking your email and Twitter, texting friends, or making work calls, try powering down your phone until you get home or to the office. Once it becomes a habit, you may actually come to look forward to this tech-free time to read, meditate, reflect, or just be mindful.