Senn. More than a film.

You may never have heard of Senn. It’s a film not out of Hollywood – and that’s a good thing, because I don’t think Hollywood will ever make something of such quality and depth.

Do as you’re instructed.

On my writer’s blog I’ve already paid some attention to Senn in regards to the film and the language that was designed for it. This post will focus on something else.

Senn is the name of a person on the planet Pyom. Pyom is a destroyed planet. The people of Pyom as a destroyed people. Oh, they live, walk and talk but their life isn’t what it used to be. (You may have gathered that Senn is a science fiction film. Otherwise now you know.)

Looking at Senn I saw lots of similarities of what’s going on on our own planet, and despite everything that’s going on, there is still that human touch which can remain alive. It shows the strength of people. Senn has touched me deeply.

Senn is not for science fiction lovers who are into space battles, Cylons, Klingons and gory, ooze-dripping aliens that rip people apart. Senn goes deep, very deep. If you feel you can handle that, if you think you can having your own mind ‘ripped apart’ (in a way that is how it felt to me after seeing it the first time) then please have a look at Senn. Otherwise go back to the Cylons.

You can find the film for sale (DVD, Bluray, digital download, etc.) at the Reelhouse. If you want to learn more about Senn, visit Sennition, the website that will tell you lots and lots about it.

Plastic. Do you use it? Do you like it? Nature doesn’t.

Plastic. The most wonderful invention of all, or so it seems. It’s everywhere, and the more we have, the better it is. For instance in supermarkets, where you see something, wrapped in plastic. Before you buy it, it may be wrapped in more plastic, after which you get a plastic bag to take it home in. And water. That comes in plastic too. Naturally, because plastic is natural. Isn’t it? Even our plastic comes wrapped in plastic:

It’s really amazing what we can do with plastic.

Like decorate the turtles in our oceans!

Isn’t that cute? 😀 And the fact that only about 100,000 marine animals die every year because of our fabulous plastic isn’t something that should put us off using it. And this is not new, because here’s a post from 2008 that already addresses the problem. Sorry, I mean the issue.

But plastic is everywhere! We can’t escape it! Are you certain? I’m avoiding plastic like the plague. Indeed, sometimes you can’t escape it, but you can refuse additional plastic wrapping around plastic wrapping. You can refuse plastic bags (why not buy a nice, colourful shopping bag?) Get some cotton bags (make them or ask someone to make them) and get your bread in those instead of plastic and keep your bread in a decent bread box. No, that’s not silly, that’s how our ancestors did it too, before plastic existed. Give it some thought and see how much you can do to avoid plastic. At first you may get strange looks, but after a while people will understand, and even appreciate it. And copy your behaviour.

 Abolish plastic as much as you can.

Natural cleaning products

Original post found at Homesteadsurvivalist.com.

3 Natural Cleaning Products That Will Clean Your Entire Home

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These days, there are chemical substances in just about anything. And those chemicals can certainly be very harming, to our surroundings AND to our health. Natural substances for cleaning your house are certainly essential if you have animals or kids. You can also spend less too! Seems too excellent to be real?
Baking Soda
Baking soda is a superb deodorizer. That’s why they use it in our freezers and refrigerators. Also you have to know that it’s a natural abrasive and functions simply like those brand name cleaners? Excellent for sinks, bathrooms and tubs. Just spread and use with the sponge that’s all!

Hydrogen Peroxide
This cheap small gem is superb it is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and an anti-viral, which makes it exceptional for cleansing. Especially on kitchen counter tops in floors and in the bathroom (mildew, sinks, toilets). It presently is offered in a perfect bottle. Just purchase an inexpensive spray top that works. While you spray it on, remember to let it sit for a short time to be able for it to remove the microbes. If you are using the THIRTY-FIVE per cent grade hydrogen peroxide, in that case it’s preferred to decrease it, or just use the 3% you can get it in your regional shops.

Vinegar
Plain white vinegar is an excellent disinfectant. You can use a half and mix it with water, put it inside a spray bottle and start using it in many different places, also it’s particularly good on desks and for use on soap scum. Be sure you use it diluted, as vinegar is acidic and may be too hard on some types of surface. If you’re not so hot on the aroma of vinegar, you can put a squeeze of lemon juice or utilise lemon oil. An extra benefit of white vinegar is as a vegetable clean. Put half a cup in a sink full of water and throw in all those fresh vegetables.

to get rid of germs on your home sponges, make sure they are damp and set them in the microwave for TEN to FIFTEEN seconds. It destroys all microorganisms that can be hiding. Just be smart taking out them, they’ll be very hot

All of these items can easy get, quick to use and very cheap. Choosing all healthy cleaners is the painless option for our family member’s health and our surroundings.

On heart attacks

How many folks do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night!! Interesting…….

Something else I didn’t know … Why do people need to urinate so much at night time?
Answer from a Cardiac Doctor – Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) becomes level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement! I know you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me. The correct time to drink water is very important according to a Cardiac Specialist!

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:
2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack

Water drunk at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

Dr. Virend Somers is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic, who is lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnoea is to blame.

1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night. The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour “half-life”; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.
2. FYI, Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest for years, (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).

Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It’s about Heart Attacks.

There are other symptoms of a heart attack, beside the pain on the left arm. One must also be wary of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however these symptoms may occur less frequently.

Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.

The majority of people (about 60%) who have a heart attack during their sleep do not wake up at the time. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.

Afterwards: – Call the emergency service. Phone a neighbour or a family member who lives very close by – Say “heart attack!” – Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins – Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and ….DO NOT LIE DOWN!

Salt linked to autoimmune diseases

Found on nature.com:

Nanowires show sodium chloride may cause harmful T-cell growth.

Salt may play a role in the overproduction of immune-system cells that attack an organism’s own tissues.

The incidence of autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes, has spiked in developed countries in recent decades. In three studies published today in Nature, researchers describe the molecular pathways that can lead to autoimmune disease1 and identify one possible culprit that has been right under our noses — and on our tables — the entire time: salt23.

To stay healthy, the human body relies on a careful balance: too little immune function and we succumb to infection, too much activity and the immune system begins to attack healthy tissue, a condition known as autoimmunity. Some forms of autoimmunity have been linked to overproduction of TH17 cells, a type of helper T cell that produces an inflammatory protein called interleukin-17.

But finding the molecular switches that cause the body to overproduce TH17 cells has been difficult, in part because conventional methods of activating native immune cells in the laboratory often harm the cells or alters the course of their development.

So when researchers heard a talk by Hongkun Park, a physicist at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, about the use of silicone nanowires to disarm single genes in cells, they approached him immediately, recalls Aviv Regev, a biologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (also in Cambridge) and a co-author on two of the studies12.

Park showed last year that these nanowires can be used to manipulate genes in immune cells without affecting the cells’ functions4. For the first of the Nature studies1, Regev and her colleagues used Park’s technology to piece together a functional model of how TH17 cells are controlled, she says. “Otherwise,” she says, they would have been only “guessing in the dark.”

In the second study2, an affiliated team of researchers observed immune cell production over 72 hours. One protein kept cropping up as a TH17-signal: serum glucocorticoid kinase 1 (SGK1), which is known to regulate salt levels in other types of cells. The researchers found that mouse cells cultured in high-salt conditions had higher SGK1 expression and produced more TH17 cells than those grown in normal conditions.

“If you incrementally increase salt, you get generation after generation of these TH17 cells,” says study co-author Vijay Kuchroo, an immunologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

In the third study3, researchers confirmed Kuchroo’s findings, in mouse and human cells. It was “an easy experiment — you just add salt”, says David Hafler, a neurologist at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, who led the research.

But could salt change the course of autoimmune disease? Both Kuchroo and Hafler found that in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis, a high-salt diet accelerated the disease’s progression.

** The source on nature.com is longer, please go there if you want to read more about this. I’d suggest you do – and adjust your diet if you use a lot of salt.

Chip in a pill

Proteus Biomedical has developed chip-in-a-pill technology that transmits patient data directly to a smartphone.

Some people will say that this is awesome, amazing, magnificent. Of course, as a technological breakthrough this is something very clever. This invention gives doctors the closest and most direct way to go inside you and find out what’s the matter. A nice detail here is that “It’s biodegradable, made from things in your diet, that is activated by acids in your stomach to send out a very super-low-power, digital signal that’s picked up by a patch that’s worn on your arm, that might look like a nicotine patch. … And from that device, it sends a signal to an app for your iPhone. From there, you’ve got the Internet. You can send the information to your doctor, to caregivers at home.” (Reference: NPR.org.)

But there is a backdraw. Not perhaps in this application as it is now, but think what could happen: you get this nice little pill with a chip, to find out what is ailing you. The doctor measures and extracts your signal. And then, instead of dissolving, the chip stays inside you, happily sending out signals. Such a nice way for the world to know where you are when you don’t have your mobile phone with you (or switched it off). And you would not know it.

And let’s take the paranoia a bit further. The worst scenario that can come from this would be control. Suppose there is this little chip inside you, or perhaps a few of them after subsequent pills, that can be used to control you. Subdue you when you are making trouble (whatever is seen as trouble), or turn you into someone you are not (going wild here, but nothing is outside the realm of possibilities with this). Someone flicks a switch and you turn into a killer? Not a nice thought.

This all may sound far-fetched but… remember the panic and the state of mind after the horror of 9 / 11 in New York happened? I have seen footage where people claim they would gladly get a chip in their body so they could be identified/located in a case of emergency. With pills like this, that future might not be far away.

Monsanto. Genetically modified murder?

A french study on GMO has revealed a number of very sad and revolting things.

Monsanto launched a PR offensive to try to spread doubt about a study published two days ago by French scientist Gilles-Éric Séralini: the study showed that the biotech giant’s flagship herbicide, Roundup, and one the GM maizes produced by the firm, NK603, are having disastrous effects on rats’ health when those are studied during their lifetime and not over the industry-favoured 90 days.

(Quoted from Corporate Europe)

Rats fed a lifetime diet of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn or exposed to its top-selling weedkiller Roundup suffered tumours and multiple organ damage, according to a French study published on Wednesday.

(Quoted from Huffington Post)

Examples of the effect of Monsanto modified “food”.

Many European countries as well as Russia have banned Monsanto material from their shelves. It is about time that the USA and Canada start doing that too.