A family ate just organic food for two weeks and the results were surprising! (Video)  

Have you ever wondered whether it really makes a difference if you eat organic food? Yes, the arguments sound good and you try and buy as much organically produced foods as you can but sometimes you wonder if it really does make a difference. 

For just two weeks, one brave Swedish family agreed to be guinea pigs for a study conducted by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute. As a large family (2 adults and 3 children), they typically ate a conventional type to save on food costs. 

Watch this video to find out what happened to them. 

Fifty-three years have passed since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring launched the environmental movement and incredibly, the connection between pesticides and conventional farming has grown tenuous for mainstream production and consumption. On its website, the EPA itself argues that pesticides offer "substantial benefits to society,"   including "wider selections and lower prices for food and clothing," more sanitary living conditions and  jobs. Local, federal and global legislation and labeling laws are in place to contain the risk of negative impact upon humans, animals and the environment; conventionally grown and processed food are supposed to fall well within those "acceptable"  pesticide residue levels. 

Similar to the US, the Swedish government conducts annual tests to monitor the residual levels or pesticides in or on plant- and animal-based foods. Like their counterpart in the US, the Swedish National Food Agency (SNFA) "believes that occasionally eating food containing a substance in excess of the threshold does not normally pose any health risk." The Swedish Environmental Research Agency was commissioned to test these assertions through the study covered in the youtube video. Their report, which this article quotes, can be read in full here.

In the SNFA's own findings for 2011- 2012, 86% of fruit samples and 46% of vegetable samples showed evidence of pesticide residue, while 3% of food products (vegetable, fruit, grain and animal) tested in some 3000 spot checks were found to have levels exceeding EU standards. Rates were higher for imported foods ( including food coming from the US, it has to be pointed out). 

Another thing to note is that both the checks conducted by the SNFA and the study that is the subject of the video are only testing pesticide exposure through food. They do not measure the levels ingested by farmworkers or food producers or the levels we are exposed to through the air we breathe and other factors.

One of the most compelling results of this study is what one of the researcher alludes to in the video. Discussions about health risks and ADIs (acceptable daily intake of pesticides and other harmful chemicals) typically are about one particular pesticide or chemical.  Risk is assessed for only one substance at a time rather than on the "cocktail effect" of numerous substances in combination with one another. 

The urine samples in the study measured the presence of these levels.  The findings are especially impactful when we consider the smaller size of children and the fact that they are still growing.  Chilling information for consumers of conventional foods. And yet, just looking in detail at the test results for the family's youngest member shows how powerful and easily a positive turnaround can be made.

Take a look at the full study - it's very readable and will give you even more compelling evidence of how organic eating makes sense. To quote the study,

"Eating organic foods reduces the levels of a number of chemicals and substances that we are exposed to through what we eat. This in turn reduces the risk of a long-term impact and combination effects. Choosing organic products also helps to reduce the spread of chemicals in the environment and protects those who work in the cultivation of fruit and vegetables. "

We also know that buying organic and local produce, where possible, creates demand and we vote with our dollars, making an argument for food that is grown sustainably without jeopardizing the health of those who pick and produce it nor the earth that grows it. 

Please share this article. Do you think the benefits of eating organic outweigh the costs?

~Author: Lila Galindo

Article Sources: 

http://www.epa.gov/agriculture/ag101/pestlaws.html http://www.epa.gov/agriculture/ag101/pestbenefits.html

"Nurse Cat" Comforts Injured Shelter Animals  

Meet Rademenes the "nurse cat." He may look like your run-of-the-mill feline, but he is actually quite special.

He lives in a Polish animal shelter, where he is known for his unique task of comforting sick, injured and post-op animals. The survival of a serious illness himself, Rademenes has the intuitive ability to sense which animals are the most in need. 

He cuddles, spoons, massages and grooms the weak shelter animals, apparently focusing on cats and dogs with the gravest injuries.

He is the shelter's own personal mascot, where he is known as "little nurse." He is not just treated like any old cat; he is regarded with the same respect as an essential staff member. As he should be! 

Isn't he the sweetest lil nurse in the world? See more pictures of Rademenes on the job at Imgur

Author: Nate Morgan

She Takes Off A Doll’s Face With Nail Polish Remover, And Then Does This! So Cool. (Video)  

Talking about a paradigm shift!

Another mom is proving that toy companies don’t have the last word on what sorts of dolls will find their way into the curious hands of our children.

Sonia Singh, from the island state of Tasmania in Australia, has endeared herself to parents and kids around the world by finding used Bratz fashion dolls and other dolls at second-hand shops and “upcycling” them in a “down-to-earth style.” Singh uses nail polish remover and eucalyptus oil to clean the dolls’ faces and remove their thick lipstick, heavy eye shadows and — eek! — even their painted-on eyes. She replaces it all with more child-like, makeup-free features. The dolls’ high-fashion wardrobes are scrapped in favor of a simpler look with charming, knit ensembles crafted by Singh’s mother.

The result: fresh-faced dolls that look more at home on a tire swing than on the runways of Milan.

The video below has gone viral on YouTube. It has had over 12 million views and it is a good thing.

The success of Singh, as well as that of Martinez-Matejko, should be an eye-opener for toy companies: parents want dolls that subvert tired stereotypes. Singh’s case proves that, pop culture beauty ideals notwithstanding, there is a significant demand for dolls that look more like your average playground-loving kid than your average Vogue cover girl.

Please share with us what you think!

The Mystery of the Atacama Skeleton, Proof of Extraterrestrial Life? (Video) 

Ata is the common name given to the skeletal remains of a 6-inch (150 mm)-long human that was found during 2003 in a deserted Chilean town in the Atacama Desert, hence the abbreviated name. Since that time, Ata has been placed into a private collection in Spain. The remains were found by Oscar Muñoz near an abandoned church in a ghost town called La Noria, 56 km into the interior of the Iquique Province in northern Chile. Muñoz later sold the remains to a local pub owner for 30,000 Chilean pesos (51 US dollars), who, in turn, sold them to the current owner, Ramón Navia-Osorio, a Spanish businessman.

Although initially thought to be older, the remains have been dated to the last few decades, and found to contain high-quality DNA, suitable for scientific analysis. Ata has an irregularly shaped skull and is missing two ribs. Ata also may have suffered from oxycephaly.] There are several hypotheses about what Ata is. Considering that the frontal suture of the skull is very open and because the hands and feet are not fully ossified, anatomist and paleoanthropologist William Jungers has suggested that it was a human fetus born prematurely and not surviving. An alternative hypothesis, by immunologist Garry Nolan is that Ata had a combination of genetic disorders and thus died prematurely. Nolan's more speculative suggestion is that Ata suffered from a very severe form of dwarfism, but no genes for dwarfism were found during his team's genetic analysis. Furthermore, a professor of medicine, Ralph Lachman, said that dwarfism could not account for all the features found in Ata.

During the DNA analysis by Nolan, the B2 haplotype group was found in the remains. Haplogroups identify human genetic populations that often are associated distinctly with particular geographic regions around the globe. Combined with the alleles found in the mitochondrial DNA contained in the remains, the findings suggested that Ata is indigenous to the western region of South America. While it has been claimed that Ata is an alien by ufologists, this speculation is inconsistent with the human genetic material that is present in the remains.

Below is one of the videos created by Ufologist who declare that the remains of Atacama Skeleton are of alien origin. 

What do you think? Could this really be proof of extraterrestrial life? 


The Top 15 Scariest Unidentified Creatures (Video)  

Unidentified creatures have always captivated human imagination. Some believe they are real, while others think they are all hoaxes. But what’s unique about these creatures, beyond the fact that they are unidentified, is that they inflict fear in us. We want to believe that these creatures are real. Numerous books, films and TV shows have been made about some of these creatures, and they have been a part of our culture, dating back hundreds of years. As you look through this list, you’ll have to ask yourself what you think of these creatures. Do you think they are real? Do they scare you, even if you don’t think they are real?

Real Life Goblin Caught on Tape! (Video)  

A goblin is a legendary evil or mischievous grotesque dwarf-like daemon or monster that appeared in European stories and accounts during the Middle Ages.

They are attributed with various (sometimes conflicting) abilities, temperaments and appearances depending on the story and country of origin. In some cases, goblins are little creatures related to the brownie and gnome. They are usually small, sometimes only a few inches tall, sometimes the size of a dwarf, and have magical abilities; they are greedy, especially for gold and jewelry.

The video below captures a little creature startling a child. 

What do you think? Do you believe in the paranormal? 

Demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren clip from "The World's Scariest Ghosts Caught on Tape." (Video) 

Edward "Ed" Warren Miney (September 7, 1926 – August 23, 2006) and Lorraine Rita Warren (née Moran, born January 31, 1927) were American paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent cases of haunting. Edward was a World War II United States Navy veteran and former police officer who became a self-taught, self-proclaimed expert demonologist, author, and lecturer. His wife Lorraine is a professed clairvoyant and a light trance medium who worked closely with her husband.

In 1952, the Warrens founded the New England Society for Psychic Research, the oldest ghost hunting group in New England.[1] They are the authors of numerous books about the paranormal and about their private investigations into various reports of paranormal activity. They claimed to have investigated over 10,000 cases during their career. The Warrens were among the very first investigators in the controversial Amityville haunting. According to the Warrens, the N.E.S.P.R. utilizes a variety of individuals, including medical doctors, researchers, police officers, nurses, college students and members of the clergy in its investigations.

Below is a famous video from a real life poltergeist event. 

What do you think? Do you believe in ghosts and the paranormal? 


See If You Can Sleep After Watching This! Ghost Hunters: An Officer And An Apparition (Full Episode)  

A little background on the Old City Hall: in the 1890s, an officer named Robert Massey was murdered by a man he was taking into custody. People in the courthouse today believe it is his spirit that is causing all the activity they are experiencing, such as disembodied voices, full-bodied apparitions, chairs moving on their own and doors opening and closing. Workers in the courthouse are scared! And police chief Tobe Green is concerned that perhaps a fellow police officer is distraught on the other side and needs help.

Some fantastic evidence is caught, including banging noises in response to Bruce Tango asking for a sound.  Steve and Jason hear footsteps. Most amazingly, Amy and Adam have an hour-long conversation with a ghost using flashlights for yes and no. This ends up being the best experience Amy has had in years! It turns out, though, that the ghost they were speaking with was NOT officer Massey. Who could it be?

You can find the full episode below. 

Do you believe in the paranormal?  If so we would love to hear your stories!

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