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Environment – Nutrient Cycling

Posted in Environment, Health, Home, Nature, Uncategorized with tags , on 2015/12/26 by rmolby

Today I prepared a meal of leftovers from our Christmas dinner and an Indian-Chinese fried rice meal. After I ate I went to rinse the bowl of the orange colored turmeric residue stuck to it, and it occurred to me what a waste it is to rinse even these minute remnants of health down the drain.

What if our domiciles were engineered to recycle all waste streams, whether on-site with gray water and kitchen scraps, locally in the community for items like paper and yard waste, or in the case of plastics, metals and such, on a regional level.

If our ability to cycle even small amounts of nutrients on-site goes up, then we keep more vitality local, and by using the (waste) nutrients from our wash water to grow more food for ourselves, and cycle those nutrients as much as possible, we reduce the long distance food hauling fuel footprint as well.

Each time we cycle the nutrients on-site, we are keeping fertility for our benefit, reducing fertilization costs to us, as well as stretching commercially mined fertilizers and minerals further, giving future generations more time to improve the nutrient cycling even further.

To be truly effective, the waste recovery process needs to start as close as possible to the usage source. The sooner we can intercept waste reclamation, the easier it will be to do so. So, not only would we be able to recycle nutrients, but also vital resources such as water. By recycling both nutrients and water on-site, say by using the wash water from the kitchen sink to fertigate food plants, we also reduce our potable water needs keeping us from depleting fresh water resources, especially aquifers that are depleting at alarming rates.

Our ultimate goal should be leaving this world in the same or better shape than we found it – so, if I get a chance to build a new home, I plan on designing in as many resource capturing means as possible.

Ramblings for 2015.08.23

Posted in Blogging, Family, Health, Wordpress with tags , , , , on 2015/08/23 by rmolby

Once again it has been some time since my last post.

The wife and I have been very busy, but yesterday we managed to spend a little time at the Red Rooster Antique mall. We like to peruse the old stuff and while there I found three cookbooks that intrigued me. 20150823_084958

None of the cookbooks are antiques, but rather unusual. The first one I want to mention is the one on the right in the picture, “More-with-Less Cookbook.”

It is the only one of the three that has an ISBN number, and registered with the US Library of Congress, first published in 1976, last edition in 1980.

It is written by Mennonites who are concerned about taking care of the hungry. I plan on writing an extended review of the cookbook at a later date.

The second cookbook is the green one on the left, it is supposedly recipes for hypoglycemics. Titled “Nutritional Cookbook for Hypoglycemics” by the Hypoglycemic Club of the Quad Cities. Same with this one, I will write about later.

The last one, in the middle, may turn out to be a great find. The “McGaw Family Favorites” depicts the family, Samuel Pressely McGaw (b.1827), wife Elizabeth Porter Leslie (b.1832), and kids born from 1852 to 1871. The recipe collection was compiled in 1975, so I am not sure how authentic these recipes are, one for sure isn’t old as it calls for a packets of Lipton Onion Soup mix! However, some of the other recipes look like they could be from the mid to late 1800s.

I have bought a lot of older cookbooks over the last few months, and I plan on eventually blog about all of them, and I hope to make a few of the recipes one of these days, and I will try my best to make a post to this blog with pictures and what my families opinion is of each recipe.

Hope to get to cooking as soon as it cool of in my “neck of the burbs.”

Health – Low Soda (Pop) Intake

Posted in Food, Health with tags , , , on 2015/07/03 by rmolby

Are you trying to lose weight?

The first thing you should do is increase your water intake and reduce your sugary drink intake!

Let me elaborate on this though process.

I am speaking from a Standard American Diet (SAD) standpoint, but this should hold true for most “industrialized” diets. And by diet, I don’t mean the diet fads, but diet as in what we consume on a daily basis.

So, if you look at how many time people eat out these days, the most common thing you see consumed is sugary drinks, your soda, pop, juice, sports drinks, etc.

Want something cold to drink?

“That’ll be $1.08 ma’am/sir” the reply comes from the broken fast food drive-through speaker, announcing to you are about to get a 32oz or 1 liter Coke or Sprite.

I see this multiple times a day myself, including in my own family.

I have been doing research on the subject of sugar for some time now, and it is becoming increasingly clear that sugar, while it has played a major role in nutrition since we as a species starting eating, our bodies evolved to only consume sugars for short periods of time during late summer and fall to propagate plants by spreading seeds.

Our bodies are designed to run on two fuels, fat and sugar, with sugar being mostly available in abundance in fruit for only a short period during the year, while minor amounts are available in certain vegetables that are available for longer periods of time of the year, and some of which can be store for several months, such as fall squash.

However, the preferred fuel for the body is fat. Why do you think that our bodies convert surplus sugar into fat in the liver?

Before refined sugar became so universally available, the sugar surplus of fall fruit could not be all used at once, and our bodies developed ways to convert the sugar to fat and store it in different parts of the body for later use, especially to carry us through winter if living in temperate climates. This took a long time for our bodies to get used to, probably 10’s of thousands if not millions of years of evolution.

Refined sugars have only been around for about 2000 years, and only in the last 200 or so, the refined white sugars have become cheaply available. And the recent advent of man-made sugars such as High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) are only recent developments of the last 50-75 years. So the sugar epidemic is just now really coming to the surface.

Our bodies forgo health to store the surplus sugar as fat, because it is the sucrose the liver can turn into fat quickly to be stored all over the body, and the fructose is stored in the liver itself as a different type of fat due to different way of processing this particular sugar. However, it doesn’t matter if the sugar is white, lacking minerals, or raw and still has some of the minerals in it. The liver only processes the sugars themselves.

If by chance the stomach is able to get any minerals or nutrients from the raw sugar, it is not much. So the body gets virtually no other nutrition from sugar other than to be able to process it into fat. Basically it is like giving your car low octane fuel all the time, eventually it will tear up the engine – same with the body, it will start pulling needed metabolic nutrients from your tissues and bones.

So, since your body doesn’t sense there are any nutrients in the refined sugars we feed ourselves all day long, it just thinks, oh well, I’ll store it as fat and figure out what to do with all the fat later… our bodies are in eternal “store fat for winter” mode. So it is no wonder we have a civilization of obese people!

So, what is the solution?

Water

The best thing you can do for your health is to start drinking water.

If you are one of those people that cannot stand still water, whether at room temperature, cool out of the pipe, or cold from the refrigerator, then maybe you should try carbonated mineral water.

I personally was one of those people that could drink ice cold still water, but only in small amounts. So, in order for me to start getting more water into my system, I started to take sips of still room temperature or cold water, followed by whatever sugary drink I was having at the time.

This made it easy for me to increase the amount of water I was getting. Slowly at first until I got into the habit of taking a sip of water EVERY time I felt like I needed to drink something, even just to get my mouth wet. In time, my sugary drink intake declined when I just needed sip to wet my lips, and I increasingly had a bottle of water at the ready for this purpose.

As more time progressed, I would drink more and more water and less sugary drink, and now, about 1-2 years into the process, I only carry water with me in my vehicle, and virtually all my sugary drink consumption is from taking sips from my wife’s Dr. Pepper or Sprite when I am out of water or she is holding the cup out to me.

Just doing this one simple trick, my weight has gone from the 195-205 lbs (~88-93 Kg) range to about 189-192 lbs (~86 Kg), no extra exercise, not hardly any other changes in my diet.

I have noticed a marked decrease in sugary cravings, and as such I now eat less sweets, which should accelerate my weight-loss a bit more, yet.

So, to wrap up with rather long post, you can do yourself and your body a favor by cutting out the sugary drinks of all types, and gain back a tremendous amount of feeling good about yourself.

P.S. I will be editing this post by adding reference materials as I find time to do so.

Health – Heart Condition Update

Posted in Family, Food, Health, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 2015/07/01 by rmolby

So, Friday, 19 June 2015, I went in for my heart check.

They prepped me, rolled me in, and I was back out about 4 hours after I arrived at the heart hospital.

Turns out, I am fine, the suspected blockage is only a little plaque build-up, which according to the cardiologist is unusual for someone my age, and yet again he wants me to be on a statin, but I refused once more and stated renal (kidney) failure in my mom being my concern.

He didn’t argue with me but asked if I wanted to try a different statin than Crestor, but I said no thank you i want to try to manage this through diet and exercise.

So, my next step will be to get back with Dr. Lewis in Texas and have him schedule the LabCorp tests he wants to run so he can prescribe his protocol to take care of my issue.

Health – Heart Cath

Posted in Food, Health with tags , , , on 2015/06/22 by rmolby

Last week I updated you about my “heart condition” my cardiologist warned me about.

So, this last Friday I went to the cardiology lab and they performed a heart cath where they went in through my wrist, through my arm artery with a probe, and looked at the “affected” area.

Turns out I don’t have a blockage, I didn’t need a stent, but there is in fact some plaque buildup that is unusual for someone my age, so it still concerns my doctor and he still wants me on a statin.

That is not going to happen, of course, but I will make him happy and say I will take it, but I will pursue alternative means of cleaning up my cardiovascular system using the protocols Dr. Lewis from [insert company name here] in Texas has developed.

Anyway, I just wanted t post this update that I am in better shape than my doctor thought, and to reiterate that the current medical system is all about prescribing questionable medications to keep us paying for the physicians pharmaceutical payroll.

I will post another update after I get to talk to Dr. Lewis.

Health – Heart Condition

Posted in Health with tags , , , , , on 2015/06/01 by rmolby

Well, a few weeks ago I had an incident where someone scared the crap out of me. The incident brought to surface a possible lingering health condition, namely, partial blockage in my heart from plaque, maybe.

Let me go back and tell you a little more of what happened…

I was at my mother-in-law’s house just up the street, and as usual, if the 91 year old needs something fixed in or around the house, and no one else is available, I just walk over there if I am home, and see what I can do.

That day I was headed home from a plugged toilet issue. The wind was gusting, and with the hearing damage from when I was in the Air Force, I could not hear a lot besides the wind blowing around my ears.

Someone, to remain nameless, you know who you are, pulled up in their newish Ford F250 pickup to within a foot or two of me and beeped their horn. It wasn’t really a beep, more of a blast from a truck horn.

Needless to say, it scared the crap out of me and my chest hurt for several hours after, and I had tight chest and trouble breathing for several hours.

A few days later we went in to see a cardiologist who scheduled a heart stress test and blood work. The treadmill stress test is what turned up the suspected blockage in the heart.

So, the doctor prescribed a statin, Crestor, but after reading some of the dangers of using statins, I have decided not to take it. I always knew statins were really not that effective anyways, and their benefits are based on flawed research.

I was also prescribed a beta blocker, Metoprolol, and was even more scared to take that. Believe it or not, in the drug warnings it actually states that:

Heart Failure

Beta-blockers, like Metoprolol, can cause depression of myocardial contractility and may precipitate heart failure and cardiogenic shock. If signs or symptoms of heart failure develop, treat the patient according to recommended guidelines. It may be necessary to lower the dose of Metoprolol or to discontinue it.

Seriously?

Why would you prescribe something like to someone that already has a heart condition that is not as critical as they made it out to believe?

I have never been a fan of the pharmaceutical driven medical industry, but this is really leaving a sour taste in my mouth, and makes me be VERY suspicious of anything and everything spewing from the mouth of a conventional doctor or specialist.

I will let them do the catheter probe of my heart to look at the suspected blockage area, but I refuse to take beta blockers and statins, we will just have to work around any issues that the lack of taking those poisons causes.

These drugs/poisons are designed to make patients sicker, not better, so there is abso-frigging-lutely no way I am taking this crap. Period!

Health – Energizing your body

Posted in Blogging, Food, Health, LifeStyle with tags , , , , on 2015/01/12 by rmolby

Image credit: Philippe Dessante | Flickr

So I was reading a different article on Entrepreneur.com (to be discussed in another post in the future) when I saw the side link to another article, “How This Showering Trick Can Make You More Energized for the Work Day.”

Here lately I have not been getting the amount of sleep I need to be super alert and energized, and I have been reaching for coffee and caffeinated tea to give me a boost – a LOT lately.

I also read two articles (1/2) of drinking water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. These two are turning out to be a little bit of an internet exaggeration/hoax, the reason why I say that is because of this debunking, and here, but also I found this article on an Ayurvedic site, semi confirming water consumption in the morning.

So for the last week or so I have been trying to drink one glass or 4-8 ounces (1/10 to 1/4 liter) water every morning. This seem to help with feeling parched, and on some days it made me feel better overall. I will need to increase this to two glasses over time, just to combat my typical American chronic dehydration.

Then seeing the article about the Energizing Shower, I tried this today, and once again, I was surprised, but yes, I felt a little more energized. I really didn’t go THAT cold, but I turned the hot water way down, and I almost wanted to yelp in disgust of the cold water hitting my body.

Did it wake me up? YES!

Did it energize my body? YES, for the first hour or so after I felt very energetic.

Now that I have had lunch, I am dragging again and having more coffee. I think there is a benefit to the shower trick, and I will continue to try to do it every day. Maybe by summer I will have a better feeling as to how effective this technique is.

So, in the not too distant future I will be following up on this post and see how I am doing with this shower technique.

 

Ramblings for 2014.12.27

Posted in Blogging, Family, Health, Wordpress with tags , , , , on 2014/12/27 by rmolby

Well, I have not posted a ramble for over a year, now, actually one year, one month, and three days to be exact!

Dec14 Snow

Snow on Dec 27, 2014

Anyway, I took a nice panorama shot of our back yard this morning. The weather forecasters had predicted around 1/2 inch (~12mm) of snow on lawns, but we ended up with around 3 inches (~7.6cm) of the white stuff instead, so I decided to capture it this morning, and it was just natural for me to change the blog banner since I seem to have a little time on my hands.

I have a pot of mulligan soup simmering, and I am getting ready to watch “The Net 2.0” on Crackle via my Roku 2.

Anyway, I need to start rambling a little more than I have been.

On to other things, I decided to review my blog posts, and one year ago I talked about the environment and drought in the south western part of the United States. Today, one year later, this drought persists, and in some ways is worse. One of the key stories is that California is running out of water, and some farmers have been cut off from water supplies to maintain their farm land via irrigation.

Could this spell the end of California’s reign on the nations vegetable supplier?

Whatever the future holds for us, we should try to grow more of our own food in our own yards, as well as seek our local farmers, ranchers, and suppliers, to reduce our dependence on a few isolated producers. This will also reduce our greenhouse emissions and create local jobs.

Well, I’m getting tired and it is getting to be time for bed, so I will get this posted.

David Suzuki: A Canadian Treasure

Posted in Environment, Gardening, Health, Home with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2014/08/25 by rmolby

I could not have said this any better (see image below). This is why I pick out the aluminum cans out of the trash, collect all the napkins and paper towels to compost, and collect and save food scraps to feed to my chickens.

There is no such thing as waste unless it is nuclear in nature, all outputs classified as waste in most cases can be the input for another process if you manage to catch the output before it get mixed in with a lot of dissimilar items from other systems.

Let’s not mix grey water with black water, we can use the grey water around the exterior landscape.

Let’s not mix food scraps with metals, paper and plastics. Each of these have a use or can be recycled.

I do my part, why don’t YOU do YOUR part?

Collectively we can save the planet from getting trashed even more than it already is.

roger hollander

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Self-Improvement – New Start

Posted in Blogging, Business, Entertainment, Family, Health, Income, Internet, Liberty, LifeStyle, Wordpress with tags , , on 2014/08/21 by rmolby

August 21st, 2014

Have you ever questioned the purpose of your life, or asked, “with everything that is going on in my life, why am I going on? Is there a future worth living for?”

Piggybacking on my last post about getting a new job and regaining about 50% of my previous income, and trying to find something to inspire me to get re-engaged in life, I remembered a cool video I got from someone that was narrated by Earl Nightingale.

So I searched for any videos narrated by him, and among the list I found this particular video:

At the end of the video is a list of 12 points to remember, and I will try to go into each of those points as a separate post, but here is the list:

  1. Explore the work you are currently engaged in
  2. Realize that your own pasture is green – and unlimited
  3. The way you go about your job makes it good or bad
  4. Let yourself grow – avoid self-limitation
  5. Start preparing yourself for opportunities – NOW
  6. Put your imagination to work on ways of improving on what you are doing now
  7. Learn all you can about your job, your company and your industry
  8. There is no limit to your growth potential
  9. Our economy needs and will reward the uncommon person who participates in its growth
  10. Begin to build your library of reference material on your company, industry, your job and people skills
  11. Set aside an hour a day for study and research
  12. Remember the story of the acres of diamonds

I will not make Point 11 into a separate post, as this post you are reading serves as the post about setting aside an hour per day for research and learning.

I had originally thought about finding a short inspirational video so I could spend as little time as possible on this, but it turned out watching the 10 minute video in its entirety was the best choice I could have made, and it prompted me to spend that hour researching, learning, and writing up this blog post.

I want to touch briefly on a few other items that are tangentially associated with this post.

Recently I have been interested in finding mild climates to live in, and one place I found intriguing is Ecuador, specifically Cotacachi, as I described in a previous post. It is located in a valley at quite some altitude and has temperatures that range in the 45-72F (6-22C) range, placing it into the perfect temperature range for me and the wife. We both share this range as an overlap. She can handle, and prefers it colder, and I prefer temps in the 50-80F range, but this is about the most perfect place I can think of. So I was hunting for more information about living abroad and specifically living in Ecuador… in the process I found Blogger Abroad, a blog of a Canadian family living in the south of Ecuador where it is quite a bit warmer, but the culture is similar.

As it happens, he and his wife blog to make a living, and because of the reduced cost of living in Ecuador if you eat on the economy, you can make it on the income made online. Mind you, Bryan also blogs for About.com, so I imagine they make decent money between all their income streams, as he describes on his blog’s Start Here page. One of the things he writes about is Affiliate Marketing, and Amazon being one of the first and oldest affiliate marketers around. So I jumped in head first and signed up for an Amazon Affiliate account.

Even though I don’t plan on making any huge sums of money from this blog, I figure it would not hurt to try to monetize some of the work I have accomplished on this blog so far and into the future. One thing I plan on doing is to shed my Cable TV bill by getting an iView 3500 TV tuner (review) so I can get my local channels, and then sign up for Amazon Prime for all the pay TV Shows, Movies and Music. In addition, as time goes on I may get Netflix and Hulu, maybe Crackle and a few others.

Anyway, so I spent my hour a day doing this research, and another hour or so writing up this post, fulfilling Point 11 of the above list. As I find time, I will write up the other 11 points of the list and make the whole series available on the blog.

December 27th, 2014

Check my blog today I realized I never posted this to the blog, it had remained in draft mode all this time. I have made some progress on some of the things I mentioned above, including purchasing the iView TV tuner converter box. I will write up a new post and comment on the device, soon, along with several more reviews of different devices that have come my way.

February 21st, 2015

I updated this blog post to fix some typos, and to add a link to a product review.

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