DIY Insect Repellent + Bug Bite Remedies

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Most bug repellents found on the market contain a chemical known as DEET (diethyl toluamide), a pesticide with known toxic effects. Children are more susceptible to subtle brain changes caused by chemicals in their environment because their skin more readily absorbs them (up to 56% of DEET enters the bloodstream!) and their still-developing nervous systems are more potently affected.
Nature Shield essential oil is a blend of Citronella, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Lavender, May Chang, Tea Tree, Patchouli, and Catnip. This oil can be diffused indoors, applied to clothing, made into a spray, or used in an oil burner around a picnic area. If using directly on the skin, it’s advised to dilute with a carrier oil.
To learn how to make your own natural bug repellent, click here.
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A Dyeing Life

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From The New York Times comes this beautiful short video which shows what we gain when we reconnect with nature and tradition.

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Indoor air can be deadlier than outdoor air, research shows

103568398-GettyImages-102975429.530x298From CNBC comes this story confirming what Building Biology has been teaching for decades.

Smoke, fungal spores, and chemicals used in certain paints, varnishes and cleaners have been shown to be harmful to human health, and yet indoor air quality is not as well understood as pollution outdoors, according to a study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.

“When we think of the term ‘air pollution,’ we tend to think of car exhausts or factory fumes expelling gray smoke,” said study co-author Prashant Kumar of the University of Surrey. “However, there are actually various sources of pollution that have a negative effect on air quality, many of which are found inside our homes and offices. From cooking residue to paints, varnishes and fungal spores, the air we breathe indoors is often more polluted than that outside.”

Of course, as the study notes, communities can take action to tackle the problem.

Read the full article here.

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How Climate Change Could Make Office Work Even Unhealthier

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“Sick building syndrome” and other indoor concerns could be exacerbated by climate change

As the world heats up around us, many people take solace in the idea that their indoor lives may not be affected much by climate change.

But a number of experts say that hotter outdoor temperatures and extreme weather events like drought or storms may cause unhealthier conditions and less productivity in offices, schools and other buildings.

“When it comes to climate change and office work, I think that the reality is that our built environment, the buildings we work in and all of our systems, were built for a climate that we’re no longer living in,” says Aaron Bernstein, the associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health. “From any number of angles, climate change can increase the risk for potentially harmful environments.”

The hotter it gets, the more the cost of air-conditioning in office buildings around the world increases. In Japan, the government has tried since 2005 to get office workers to lose the formal jacket and tie to lower energy costs through campaigns like “Cool Biz,” and some media attention in the Unites States has focused on the idea of getting male office workers to dress a little more casual in the summer to lower the need for extreme (and possibly sexist, according to one columnist) air conditioning.

But apart from the obvious rise in utility costs, the changing climate may also set off a whole host of other problems for those desk-bound among us. Higher carbon levels could induce fatigue and affect decision making while mold and higher ozone levels that react with a number of chemicals used in common cleaning products can cause irritating symptoms like runny noses, dry eyes and other problems.

Read the entire article here at Smithsonian.com.

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Haifa, Israel orders Wi-Fi to be removed from all schools

HaifaFrom O’Dwyers comes this article, Israel Wi-Fi Breakthroughs: TV Documentary, School Ban.

Wi-Fi health advocates were exultant today at news that an Israeli TV documentary titled “How We are Killing Ourselves—Wireless Radiation” won a high rating and Haifi ordered Wi-Fi removed from all schools.

The 30-minute documentary about the “epidemic of Electro-Sensitivity” (ES) aired at 9 p.m. April 12 and “received the highest rating of the day,” according to Dafna Tachover, an attorney with offices in Israel and New York.

She provided a link to the show to Wi-Fi health advocates in other countries noting that while the video is in Hebrew there are some interviews in English.

Tachover said the director planned to do 10 minutes on ES as part of a film about the diseases of the 21st century but after working with health advocates “understood the extent of the problem and the lie and how important it is to give an uncompromising warning to the public.” It was then decided to do 30 minutes mainly on ES and Wi-Fi in schools.

Said Tachover: “The host was a leading TV media person and his tone was uncompromising – no maybes, precautionary etc., the tone was – there is an epidemic out there. Wireless harms and it is time for us to wake up as it is late already. He started by saying that at least 800,000 people in Israel, i.e. 10% of the population already suffer from different levels of ES and twice aired parts of my interview in which I was saying that the rates are already higher and will continue to increase.”

Read the rest of the article here.

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A River on Fire – Fracking in Australia

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what about a video of a river on fire?

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Listen to the sound of EMF pollution

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From Sweden comes this short but effective film of scenes of nature overlaid with various sounds of EMR/EMF as generated withn HF 59B meter.

Certainly helps put things into perspective.

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Worldwide EMR Action Day coming April 23

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Worldwide EMR Action Day aligns with Earth Day to protect the biological integrity of the natural world and all its inhabitants against unnatural Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR).  With this endeavour, people from around the planet join together to reduce harm from EMR and create a healthier life for all.

Man-made EMR is the only hazard that reaches every square centimetre of Earth’s surface at every moment, harming people, animals, insects and plant life. Electromagnetic pollution has been imposed upon us by military and industrial interests, with devastating health, environmental and social consequences.  From microwave (MW) and radio-frequency (RF) radiation to extremely low frequency (ELF) fields, sources include:

  • so-called ‘smart’ utility grids, meters and appliances
  • wireless internet (wi-fi), wi-max and their infrastructures, at ground level and in the atmosphere
  • mobile phones and their antenna infrastructure on masts, rooftops and in disguised structures
  • cordless phones and their bases
  • microwave oven leakage
  • baby monitors and children’s RF-related toys
  • RF medical devices
  • RFID-embedded chips in people, animals, consumer products, and identity and credit cards
  • direct-energy and other EM weaponry
  • TV, radio and satellite broadcasts
  • radar and sonar
  • the electrical power grid, appliances and broadband over power lines (BPL)
  • fluorescent lights, including compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs)

You can read more about this event here. You can also visit their Face Book page here.

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Onteora New York PTA Calls For Wi-Fi To Be Turned Off

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New York PTA Calls For Wi-Fi To Be Turned Off: Major Wifi Controversy as School District is Served With Legal Liability Notice

From the Safe Tech for Schools Maryland blog comes this fantastic summary of the steps parents are taking to try and force the New York State Onteora School District to shut of Wi-Fi in the classrooms and hard-wire all connections.

At the end of this interesting article (with embedded videos of some of the Board of Education meetings) is a summary of what you can do in your neighborhoods, including examples of Wi-Fi Do Not Consent letters you can download and modify to your needs.

Check out the post here.

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Argentina seeks a national law against electromagnetic pollution

argentinaflagimage1Fron El Nuevo Cronista comes the news that Argentina is set to take up a bill that limits electromagnetic pollution exposure, and calls for connections in schools and hospitals to be hard-wired.

Among its most important aspects, the bill provides that the irradiating devices should be installed at a minimum distance of 100 meters from inhabited areas. Limits the maximum radiation levels 10 μW / cm² (1000 microwatts) for analog modulation, and 0.1 μW / cm² for digital modulation signals.

You can read the original article in Spanish here.

Foe a translation in English (imperfect, as it uses Google’s translation services), click here.

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