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The End of Growth

Either it ends, or we do
Friday, June 22, 2018, 7:57 PM

More and more, I hear that folks are feeling frustrated and betrayed, combined with a sense of loss and despair. I feel this way, too.

At a deep level, what ails us is not a host of unrelated, intractable problems, but the fact that our model of pursuing eternal economic growth simply isn't working anymore. It doesn’t work for the planet’s increasingly strained ecosystems, nor does it work for the bottom 99% of folks in society (i.e., the non-elites). The various health epidemics society suffers from today are merely symptoms of a larger acute spiritual crisis.

But viewed at a certain angle, this may be a good sign.

Why? Because in order to shift from one model to another, the old one first has to become unbearable. » Read more

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Why We're So Unhealthy

Our system makes & keeps us sick
Friday, April 29, 2016, 7:31 PM

I was fortunate to attend a permaculture conference, 'Better Soil, Better Food...A Better World' at Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma, California this past weekend that Adam Taggart (co-founder of Peak Prosperity) was responsible for producing. Joel Salatin (author of nine books, including Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front and head farmer at Polyface Farms, Virginia), Paul Kaiser (Singing Frogs Farm, Sonoma, California), Toby Hemenway (author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition), and Robb Wolf (author of The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet) were on hand to explain the connections between the way our food is grown, processed and distributed and our ill-health.

Though these connections are common sense—we all know about garbage in, garbage out—the linkage between our extractive, monoculture agriculture and all the other subsystems of food and health remains opaque to most Americans. » Read more

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The Rising Threats To Our Health

Around the world, general health is declining
Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 3:35 PM

Though evidence of a looming global healthcare crisis is plainly visible, few seem to realize the consequences will be catastrophic to individuals, households and national economies.

Here is a list—by no means exhaustive—of major health issues threatening hundreds of millions of people globally. » Read more

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Putting Our Health Into Our Own Hands

The (very doable) basics of prevention
Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 3:34 PM

Executive Summary

  • The obesity epidemic
  • Failings of the national healthcare system
  • New models for obtaining care
  • The basics of prevention

If you have not yet read The Rising Threats To Our Health, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we reviewed some of the major global health issues that will challenge households, economies and nation-states around the world as the global population ages and lifestyle/pollution/age-related chronic diseases affect hundreds of millions of people.

In Part 2, we look at issues that are specific to the U.S. and other developed economies, and consider the impacts of these issues on us as individuals: the bottom line is prevention is in our court.

Overweight/Obesity

While many of the problems listed in Part 1 are found mostly in developing economies (severe pollution, etc.), many others are pressing issues in both developing and developed economies (smoking, chronic lifestyle disorders such as metabolic syndrome, hypertension, heart disease, etc.)

The U.S. leads the world in percentages of overweight (generally defined as a body mass index (BMI) of over 25) and obese (BMI over 30) residents, though a number of countries are close behind.

While the specific causes of metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetes) and the causal connections of obesity to other conditions such as inflammation, sleep disorders, etc. are still under investigation, it’s clear that... » Read more

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Daily Digest 3/29 - Cyprus Banks Reopen, U.S. Army Fights Brain Drain

Friday, March 29, 2013, 12:46 PM
  • It’s head for “the mattresses” time for savers worldwide
  • Cyprus banks reopen amid tight security and tough curbs
  • Cyprus - The Answer Is Uniastrum
  • Hundreds Of Armed Vigilantes Seize Mexican Town, Arrest Local Police
  • After court rules Hollande he can’t put 75% tax on salaries, French President vows to hit companies directly
  • Les misérables: Despite welfare state and wine, unhappiness reigns in France
  • Hollowed out: US Army fights brain drain
  • Highest paid banker on Wall Street suing renovators of neighbouring building for ruining view from his 360-degree glass penthouse 
  • Should airlines start charging passengers by the pound?
  • More Scientific Evidence Linking Fracking and Earthquakes
  • Money for aquaculture, but not wild salmon, critics note