Friday, October 31, 2008

back on my bike

oohhweee, i cycled from St Kilda West to Hampton yesterday evening. what a ride - 25 kms round trip. it's so good to be back in body and functioning again after several years of bringing my Self back to full health. the setting sun was beautiful, the evening breeze warm, soft and gentle and my body breathed free. i'm a little sore this morning, but only due to the fall i had at sandringham when some silly walker stepped right into my path AFTER i rang the bell to warn them of my coming. why do the groups of walkers have to take up the ENTIRE path, and then ramble all over the show? we cyclists manage to keep left unless passing. can't they?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

International Buy Nothing Day

challenge yourself to switch off from shopping and tune into life. this is the byline from the BND site.
it is interesting to note that of all the countries around the world who have a presence (including New Zealand), Australia doesn't have a mention.

are we so steeped in consumerism that this hasn't hit the radar here?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

mail goggles

well, this is so pertinent, having just got off skype, talking to my dear friend paul. ahhh, relationships. the stuff the world is made of, in all it's splendour and brilliant colours. the folk at google have come up with a little gadget that aims to intercept human nature at it's most vulnerable. how often do you click the "send" button a nanosecond before you realise that you don't want to send that email. mail goggles is a way of automatically asking yourself "are you sure?" in that moment when you forget to do it.
i like it, but can't help feeling that perhaps this is one of those things that a google engineer thought of at 3am when maybe he'd have been better to wait until the morning and the cold sober light of day.
quite serendipitous, as part of our skype conversation made mention of the phenomenum of beer goggles. and paul explained how this could be stretched to take in the concept of hormonal goggles. that's when the conversation started to get interesting (off topic for this blog ;-)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

throw out your microwave!

This, from Dr Gabriel Cousens. I first wrote about him in an earlier post on diabetes.
"A microwave oven decays and changes the molecular structure of the food by the process of radiation, making it a "radiation oven". The Soviet Union banned the use of microwave ovens in 1976. Yet, more than 90 percent of American homes have microwave ovens. The general perception, even among health food professionals, is that whatever a microwave oven does to foods cooked in it doesn't have any negative effect on either the food or the consumer of the food. This is far from the truth."

Cousens goes on to give five pieces of documented evidence, including an article in The Lancet, citing the use of a microwave oven to heat baby formula.

I have never owned a microwave and, when i ate cooked food, avoided wherever possible food that was heated in a microwave oven. I still cannot believe how many people still use them and in particular people whom i would consider to understand the risks. This includes my friends and colleagues in the so-called health industry.

Hidden Hazards of Microwave Cooking is an article originally published in Acres USA (1994), which cites a lawsuit in Oaklahoma and a study in Switzerland.
What is your microwave doing to your health? the article is sourced from the site, but posted on Food Matters.
History of the microwave oven, invented by Dr Percy Spencer in 1946, according to what i could find out.
i wrote about Dr Gabriel Cousens in an earlier post on diabetes, and have just received a copy of his book, There is a Cure for Diabetes. when i opened it, this was the first thing i read.