Haven’t posted recently. I was gearing up cause I was in complete remission from Multiple Myeloma after a bone marrow transplant. Since I have relapsed which among other things takes time posting has been slow. I’ll keep trying though.
I’m not sure there’s anything especially new about this post. It’s just a good article I read while waiting to get tires changed at Big O.
I love these photo essays of the before and after. They illuminate the changes humans have wrought.
Also, of you don’t already, check out more of CNNs series on cities visa the other links here.
This illustrates a problem with using artificial substances. That is, that we have tended to think they will solve a problem without consequences. In this case, lack of understanding how our bodies react to chemicals we were never designed to imbibe. There’s really another, and to me, more insidious aspect here. That is people tend to not take the time to understand there science behind so much of our world. There continues to be too much reliance on experts and too little on understanding for ourselves how things work.
SLC is a beautiful city in a beautiful state: for most of the year. However firing the winter, since we sit in a valley we are prone to weather inversions. The air right now is so bad is classified as unhealthy for ALL to be outdoors. The sky is a fill write. From our house it would appear as though the mountains have disappeared and downtown is a memory. Neither can be seen except from about 200 meters.
This is a good sure as he explains things to be understood and refers to other sites for science wonks.
This is amazing! I’ll bet Home Depot is having a rush on lead kits! Seriously. Is this really happening?
We live in a scientific world. This means we utilize any chemical we can to “make our world possible”. However this also means we live in a chemical soup, and believe, as we have been reassured time and again, the levels monitored are ALL at safe levels. I believe the EPAs primary job is this.
Given the thousands of chemicals I use and the severe lack of funding for proper oversight, there is not a way to test, much less keep track of chemicals in use. And even when we have mounds of days we are so beholden to companies and cool cash we don’t even bother to take prompt and useful action. We need only look at the horrible air pollution in our cities. We breathe, day in and day out, polluted air. So we now have TWO of the fundamental elements of life, water and air, unfit for living.
My own pet theory, currently unproven is this. We freak out when we hear of major events like Flint water, Salt Lake City inversions. These are troubling events. What is more troubling however is the daily ingestion of low level s amounts of this heinous soup of chemicals we are swimming in. Think of the little 6 month old with NO immune system. The parents we care for when they can no longer manI’mage themselves. The deep breaths we take when we exercise, to, ironically, stay healthy. Nowhere to run to. Nowhere to hide.
Many chemicals damage our bodies. The heavy metals, merury, cadmium, lithium, etc. are specifically dangerous. The reason is these types of compounds take a long time to break down. Hence they tend to become more concentrated as one moves higher up the food chain.
We still have a tremendously long path to trod, but every little step helps. Because this is an end rack magazine along with Cosmo, etc. the effect could be greater than of it were just another monthly.
Say it loud and be proud!