Dirty Electricity: Reducing Your Exposure

by Heather Rothbauer Wanish

In today’s fast-paced society filled with every gadget imaginable, people are consistently drawn to the latest technological advance. Depending on your perspective, these devices seem to make life more orderly and allow your home to burst with easy-to-use appliances. In some cases, these gadgets, appliances, and other items may also be providing you with something that you don’t want: electrical pollution.

Many people are not familiar with electrical pollution. And, of those that have heard of this type of pollution, many people do not fully understand its causes. Unfortunately, electrical pollution is not something that can be seen nor touched. In fact, electrical pollution is difficult to detect because most people are not even aware of its existence. Because of the difficulty in recognizing this type of pollution, it is critically important for people to educate themselves about the causes of it and what to look for in your environment.

According to DirtyElectricity.org, normally occurring incidents from everyday electrical use, electrical and magnetic fields (EMF), earth currents and transients, and high frequency noise are sources that cause electrical pollution. While pollution can come from any one of these causes, it is often a combination of these various sources.

Electrical pollution, a less-well-known type of electromagnetic field, is oftentimes known as “dirty” or transient electricity. Prevention.com explains the dangers of this “dirty” electricity: “transients are largely by-products of modern energy-efficient electronics and appliances — from computers, refrigerators, and plasma TVs to compact fluorescent light bulbs and dimmer switches — which tamp down the electricity they use.”

What does this mean for individuals exposed to this type of electricity? According to Prevention.com, the manipulation of this electrical current can cause a “wildly fluctuating and potentially dangerous electromagnetic field that essentially charges up the electrons in every cell of your body”. This can lead to insulin difficulties, immune system responses, and other physical reactions.

While people enjoy technology and the convenience of appliances, it is also necessary to protect yourself against electrical pollution and the items that may cause it. According to environmental consultant Cindy Sage, there are several steps everyone can take to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields from a variety of sources.

First, avoid wireless devices when possible. Based on Prevention.com’s advice, utilize wired technology instead of wireless devices. If you still choose to use WiFi for its convenience and ease of access, only plug in when needed and disconnect when not in use. Another important tip is to keep the router as far as possible from frequently used spaces or from bedrooms within your home.

Next, choose LED or incandescent light bulbs and avoid compact fluorescent bulbs that emit higher levels of dirty electricity. Simply choosing a different type of light bulb can limit your exposure to electrical pollution and can be a safer choice within your home and work environment.

Thirdly, keep away from the circuit breaker. According to Prevention.com, main electrical and circuit breaker panels give off high EMF within three to four feet. Circuit breakers should be kept as far as possible from areas of the home where much time is spent.

Choose a landline telephone. For many people, a landline telephone is a thing of the past. However, corded landline phones have much less radiation than mobile phones. This means not having a mobile phone attached to you at all times; choosing to place a landline phone in your home may help alleviate some of the electrical pollution risk.

If you do choose to utilize a mobile phone, eliminate the use of a headset. To significantly reduce the amount of radiation received, users should use the speakerphone and keep the phone away from their heads. As stated on Prevention.com, using a wireless headset, along with the phone, can combine to exceed current safety limits. If you must use a cell phone, try using text messaging rather than phone calls. Typing on your phone is better than placing a call and having the phone near your head for an extended period of time.

And, if you try to use your cell phone when service is spotty, you are actually increasing your risk of radiation and electrical pollution. When the phone has a weak signal, it increases the power to a maximum, adding additional radiation to the user and those around the user. Keeping your mobile phone in your purse or in your briefcase is another smart option. Once the object is beyond three feet, the electromagnetic field exposure greatly diminishes. If you still choose to make lengthy phone calls with your cell phone, alternate which ear you use to listen with to the conversation; this simple tip allows for the exposure to be spread out.

For those that like to get work done and sit with their laptop on their lap, you may want to reconsider. EMF experts suggest only placing the laptop on your lap when you are using battery-based power. And, stay away from the computer when it is charging; otherwise, your hands are close to where the battery is recharging.

While it can help reduce electrical pollution, unplugging what you are not using can also save your electrical bill. Anything that is plugged in, even if it is not in use, still emits an EMF. Unplugging appliances, electronics, alarm clocks, and other items will reduce EMF exposure in your home.

Finally, if you suspect your home may have high levels of electrical pollution, contact your utility company — many of these organizations can conduct a survey to determine if you have unsafe levels. If, in fact, you discover high levels of EMF, you can install filters that plug into electrical outlets.

Given that all of us rely on electricity and technology, albeit to various extents, the bottom line is that everyone needs to educate themselves about electrical pollution. By being diligent with cell phone use, appliance usage, and computers, we can all make informed decisions regarding this silent pollution threat.

8 Bizarre Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

by Vanessa Grassi

You may have noticed your beloved pearly whites transforming into a darker shade over the years. While it’s natural for teeth to become more discolored with time, white smiles are much more ideal. People have spent so much money on teeth whitening products and expensive laser treatments, contributing to a multi-billion dollar industry (according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry). From bleaching trays to whitening kits and bleaching lights, there are a number of other ways to achieve that bright smile. Most of the time, these methods aren’t proven to work, and may even end up causing you more health problems. For bleaching junkies, remember that dental hygiene should be a priority over just pure aesthetic appearances. Here are eight bizarre (and unproven) ways to whiten your teeth.

1. Using Orange Peels: Featured on The Ellen Show as one of the best teeth whitening home remedies, merely rubbing an orange peel on your teeth can solve your teeth discoloration problem. Apparently the soft white inside of an orange has whitening properties. There hasn’t been much research on this, nor can anyone attest to how long lasting this method is, but at least you won’t be using harmful artificial chemicals in the process.

2. Making Strawberry Toothpaste: The logic here is that strawberries contain malic acid, an enzyme found in some whitening toothpastes. Rubbing strawberries or creating a paste from them is supposed to act as a natural cleaning, removing bacteria from your mouth. Be wary of getting the seeds stuck in your teeth, though, if you’re planning on trying this.

3. Biting on Crunchy Fruits & Vegetables: The abrasiveness of crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, and celery act like natural stain removers. Because your mouth needs to produce more saliva (your body’s built-in cleaning agent) in order to chew these crunchy foods, it naturally whitens your teeth in the process. It wouldn’t be bad idea to eat more fruits and vegetables to begin with, as these foods are high in vitamin C, which has great abilities in preventing gum disease and gingivitis.

4. Rubbing Crushed Walnuts: In some cultures, crushing walnuts down to a small enough size to rub them on your teeth actually whitens them. Be careful to remove all of the hard outer shell, as you may damage the enamel of your tooth and irritate your gums. Walnuts are supposed to be natural cleaners for your teeth, preventing yellowing and keeping your mouth bacteria-free.

5. Gargling White Vinegar: White vinegar has many home remedy uses, and teeth whitening is one of them. Unfortunately, it is also an acid, so too much exposure to your teeth may damage the protective enamel layer. In moderation, it may be helpful to dilute the white vinegar with water prior to gargling. As expected, vinegar isn’t the most pleasant kind of mouthwash, so rinse your mouth with water to get rid of the acidic taste.

6. Swishing Coconut Oil in Your Mouth: The many wonderful properties of coconut oil include clearing up your skin, and even possibly whitening your teeth. If you’re a fan of coconut and want to try, simply swish a tablespoonful of coconut oil in your mouth for about 10 minutes. The oil is supposed to absorb heavy metals in your body (and on your teeth), leaving it feeling cleaner and smoother.

7. Using Sage (Salvia) Leaves: Apparently brushing your teeth using the leaves of sage (salvia) is an effective method for teeth whitening. Sage leaves have a strong odor, though, that some people may not enjoy. However, they are popular in the realm of herbal medicine, treating sweating problems and maybe even whitening teeth.

8. Brushing Teeth With Wood Ash: Probably the most bizarre way of achieving a whiter smile, is to brush your teeth with wood ash (i.e. from your fireplace.) The only reason why this would work is because wood ash contains potassium hydroxide. In reality, it’s as dangerous and unpleasant as it sounds, as the harshness of the potassium hydroxide could really damage your teeth.

Losing Weight … It’s All in Your Head!

by Richard Marano, B.S., C.H.

Okay … so, to be sure, it’s on your plate, as well. But we’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat.” Truer words were never spoken. Here’s the really good news … You are what you eat, drink and THINK! So choose carefully.

In my hypnotherapy practice, I am daily reminded of the power of the subconscious mind. Let’s first understand a significant difference between the conscious mind (CM) and the subconscious mind (SCM). The CM is the much smaller part of the working brain, does all the judging, analyzing and criticizing. All the stuff you and I are doing right now. We make conscious decisions. Up down, right left, yes no, this and that. This primarily helps keep us safe and fulfills our two most basic primal messages: stay alive and make more of ourselves.

By comparison, the SCM, always working and below the level of awareness, is vast in its responsibilities and capabilities. Here’s the difference: it does not judge or analyze or criticize its programming. We program our SCM one way and one way only — with our thoughts. A little more specifically, you could say with our beliefs and expectations. After quickly comparing our thought, with past knowledge, experiences and beliefs, it accepts or rejects it and then influences us accordingly.

To bring clarity to this model, I’ll use the following example. When I ask a client how he or she is going to lose the weight, meaning what challenges does he or she wish to conquer, I often hear “help get me off sweets! I am a slave to sweets. No matter what the circumstance, I lose the battle.” Okay, so this is what the person has been telling themselves and over and over, I might add. The SCM picks this up and compares it to existing beliefs and expectations and says, “okay … we will indeed typically lose the battle in an encounter with sweets.” Now, let’s say that person was to have a huge lunch, just stuff themselves … maybe even enjoy a piece of pie as well. They return to work and immediately go to a meeting where they have cookies set out. What is this person going to do? More than likely they are going to nibble on the cookies.

To be even clearer, what if that person gave me a completely different answer? What if, instead, he or she said, “help me with chips and salty foods. That’s my weakness.” So, they have lunch and go off to the meeting with the cookies. Do they eat the cookies? Maybe. Maybe not. But if there were chips available, they would most likely partake of the chips. That’s where we get the expression “we are what we think we are”. Yes, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

While in a pleasant hypnotic trance, we bypass the Critical Factor and the new information, such as “I no longer feel controlled by a craving for sweets”. This is then allowed in and becomes the new normal. THIS is now who you are and how you typically respond to sweets.

How can you accomplish this with your various challenges with your eating and drinking patterns? Ever hear the phrase “fake it till you make it” or “fake it till you feel it”? You simply pay attention to your thoughts. In the above example, never say to anyone, especially yourself, negative or self-defeating statements like “I have no will power when I am near sweets”. You simply tell yourself with a complete sense of believability “I don’t have to constantly eat sweets … I don’t have to always do anything. I am in control.” Fake it till you feel it! As Dr. Richard Carlson, a leading stress consultant and author is fond of saying “don’t argue for your limitations or they are yours!”

The words I use with my weight management clients, or stress management or pain management, etc. is “design yourself!”  Be clear on what you want … Know that you are worthy of the positive change … Know that you are capable of the change … Act in ways to support your goals … Expect the positive outcome … EXPECTATION is the key … Focus only on the positive benefits of the change and enjoy yourself!

Happy holidays!

Richard Marano is an NGH Certified Hypnotherapist at the Hypnosis Center of Eau Claire. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Health & P.E. from the University of Wisconsin, graduated from the Liedecker Institute of Hypnosis in Chicago, the Banyan International Center for Hypnotherapists in St. Paul and earned his certification in pain management from the Tennessee Academy of Clinical Hypnosis in Knoxville.

Green Pages » Nov./Dec. ‘12

Eau Galle Cheese Factory

Eau Galle Cheese Factory was founded in 1945 by Leo Buhlman. Leo came to the United States from Switzerland, where he had apprenticed as a cheese maker for eight years. He worked at a number of Wisconsin cheese factories before purchasing the then closed factory in Eau Galle, Wisconsin. The plant has made several different varieties of cheeses over the years including Swiss and Cheddar, but in the 1960s, the plant found its niche with the hard Italian type cheeses.

In 1986, a new state-of-the-art facility was built four miles east of Eau Galle on State Highway 25, two miles north of Durand. The new facility continues to produce the hard Italian type cheeses, a little over nine million pounds of Parmesan, Asiago, and Romano cheeses each year and all of the milk used is from local area farms.

With the new facility also came a larger retail outlet store. The store carries hundreds of different varieties of cheese along with local maple syrup, honey, sausage, mustards, and wines. There is also a large collectible and gift store filled with unique gifts and even a year-round Christmas room.

The Eau Galle Cheese Factory continues to be operated by the Buhlman family, which takes great pride in the cheese it produces. In 2011, their Parmesan cheese won an award in the United States Cheese Championship contest and was also featured on NBC’s Today Show.

Eau Galle Cheese is located on Hwy 25 two miles north of Durand and 18 miles south of Menomonie. Store Hours:  Monday – Saturday, 9:00 to 5:30; Sunday, 11:00 to 4:30. Visit our website at www.eaugallecheese.com or call us at 715-283-4211.

River Bend Vineyard & Winery … Growing a Vision

The loss of a job is a life-changing experience and often not a positive one. But for Chippewa Falls’ couple Al and Donna Sachs, the closing of one door prompted the opening of another.

In 2006, Donna lost her position as an IT manager when the company she worked for went through bankruptcy, putting her and 500 others at the corporate headquarters out of work. Ready to leave the Twin Cities, Donna and Al sold their house, bought a 1970s vintage travel trailer, and put down new roots in the Chippewa Valley … literally. That year, the seeds of the vision that would become River Bend Vineyard and Winery were sown in the sandy soils just west of Chippewa Falls. Six years later, River Bend has eight acres of vineyard comprised of 4,600 grapevines and a tasting room that hosts thousands of visitors each year from around the state and across the country.

“Al and I had a vision to create a classy yet comfortable atmosphere where people could enjoy a glass of locally produced wine with a view of the fields where the fruit was actually grown.” Working with the University of Minnesota’s grape breeding program, five grape varieties that can withstand a Wisconsin winter and ripen quickly in a short summer were planted. “California varieties like Chardonnay and Merlot would not make it here,” Donna explains. “You need to come from pretty hardy stock to survive in this climate.”

Because the varieties grown in the Midwest are different from those grown in California, the wines they produce are different, too. “Dry reds are a challenge in a cold growing region,” Donna admits, “but we do have a variety called Marquette that is a close descendent of Pinot Noir.” When made as a dry red wine, Marquette produces what River Bend calls a “friendly” red … medium bodied with nice dark fruit that pairs easily with many foods. A rosé called Magenta has become River Bend’s flagship. Also produced from a local grape called Frontenac, Magenta has been the best seller at the winery since its inception. “Another release we’re excited about,” says Donna, “is our first sparkling wines which debut in December.” Sparkling wines are traditionally grown in cooler regions and Donna states “it just makes sense to listen to the fruit … to play to its strengths instead of trying to turn it into something that it’s not.”

For Al and Donna, River Bend plays to their strengths as well, more so than the careers they’ve left behind. One door closed, but another one opened. “It all starts with a vision,” Donna says. “Then you put your head down and get back to work.”

Balanced Living » Nov./Dec. ‘12

Ding-a-ling-a-liquid

Going green these days is the norm and reducing our energy consumption is a key priority to keeping our planet going. So why not take one more step to being greener with a new alarm clock that works with water rather than electricity or batteries.

The Bedol Water Alarm Clock is a 100 percent water-powered alarm clock. There’s no back up electricity because there isn’t a need. Instead it is completely self-powered by the metallic plates that convert ions in the water into enough energy to power the device.

So go to bed each night knowing you’re making the world a bit better. Plus it’s a cool conversation piece.

Under the Weather

Drink This: Ginseng Tea, Hot or Iced
In a Canadian study, people who took 400 milligrams of ginseng a day had 25 percent fewer colds than people who popped a placebo. Ginseng helps kill invading viruses by increasing the body’s production of key immune cells.

Not This: Caffeinated Beverages and Energy Drinks
Excessive caffeine messes with your sleep schedule and sabotages key immune agents. In addition, insufficient sleep opens the door to colds, upper respiratory infections, and other ills. What’s more, caffeine can dehydrate you, and hydration is vital during illness: fuids not only transport nutrients to the problem zones,  but also carry away toxins.

Polyphenols Anyone?

When buying chocolate, select dark chocolate with a high level of cocoa solids. The higher the amount of cocoa solids, the more polyphenols the chocolate will contain. Manufacturers are getting wise to consumer interest and you’ll soon notice more of this type of labeling on chocolate. Look for at least 70 percent cocoa solids.

Try these:
• Newman’s Own Sweet Dark Chocolate – 955 mg/40 grams
• Endangered Species Chocolate Company Wolf Bar – 811mg
• Chocolate de Dina Extra Dark Chocolate with Green Tea – 676mg

More at www. superfoodsrx.com

O’so Brewing Creates “Memory Lane” Beer to Help Fund Programs for Those with Alzheimer’s Disease

O’so Brewing has created a brand new pilsner, “Memory Lane”, to help raise funds for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. “We decided to choose the Alzheimer’s Association after watching my grandfather pass away with this terrible disease,” said Marc Buttner, owner of O’so Brewing. “Not only was it tough to watch the most influential man in my life progressively deteriorate, but my grandmother’s career was nursing so she took care of him at home right up to the end. We wanted to give to a cause that was not only close to our heart, but that we were also passionate about. O’so is pleased and honored to help any way we can.” Memory Lane is made in Plover by people from Central Wisconsin who really care about fighting Alzheimer’s. Five percent of all sales of “Memory Lane” will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Tummy Trouble

Big Belly (Truncal Fat) – People with truncal fat have higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in their body. Cortisol breaks down muscle, making these individuals hard-wired to store fat.

Obstacles: Extra belly fat slows down your metabolism and puts you at risk for heart disease and cancer.

Diet Solution: Concentrate on a diet of monounsaturated fats, which increase fat-burning and flatten your stomach. Start eating olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, avocados, nuts and seeds.

You also want to concentrate on eating whole grains and fiber. Studies show that whole grains help to trim fat from waistlines, and fiber will help with metabolism.

Meal Plan: Eat three 300-400 calorie meals that include whole grains and two fiber-rich snacks.

Green Pet

Let Fido or Mittens sleep more soundly tonight knowing they are helping the environment. Eco Nap pet beds by West Paw Design are made entirely from recycled plastic bottles with 61% of its batting that has been recycled, too. Westpawdesign.com.
Price: From $31.90

Zarbee’s All Natural Children’s Cough & Sleep Drink

• Safe & effective for children and adults (2 years +)
• Pediatrician recommended
• Soothes sore throats and coughs
• Contains .5 mg of melatonin to promote healthy sleep

Natural Grape flavor with Elderberry – 6 2-oz. servings  $8.99

Hangover Helpers

This holiday season when the office party gets a bit later and thirstier than you thought, get back on track with these helpers.

Ginger the Wonder Root
Ginger is an all-purpose digestive aid. You can eat it with sushi, drink it as a tea, or mix ginger juice with water for a nausea-reducing elixir that’ll balance your gastric fluids and calm your system. This powerful antioxidant and anticoagulant can work wonders, but don’t consume fresh ginger on an empty stomach: mix it up with something else.

Matzo Ball Soup
The medicinal healing powers of the matzo ball have been well documented throughout history. Known as Jewish penicillin, matzo ball soup can kill a hangover, eliminate pink eye and, in some cases, even cure cancer. Embrace the power of the matzo. It’s the most comfortable comfort food ever invented.

Eggs
Yep, eggs. Eggs have cysteine in ’em. Cysteine is an awesome amino acid that breaks down acetaldehyde, a toxin that’s a byproduct of the oxidation of ethanol. Acetaldehyde causes hangovers and eggs break down the acetaldehyde. So get over the fact that you don’t want breakfast and scramble that hangover out of your system.