astounds me that the SPCA in some parts of New Zealand (I don't know about
anywhere else) says that there is nothing wrong with chickens being kept this
way!!!! And where in the hell is the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals? Although, I will give the RNZSPCA some credit in saying that I've
just been cruising their main website and they now feature a page encouraging
people to buy free-range. Look at the photo and think of the karma dudes! It's not pretty and it's not right. Pay a bit more and support free-range farms. If they do well - they might get cheaper!
Oh - be careful what they call free range,
by the way. Sometimes it just means that they are not confined in
cages - but they still live, without ever seeing the sun, in a shed with
a couple of ordinary lights overhead and get their beaks chopped off!
sometimes it's not really our fault. We have been taught that
way - it's a wonky but an innocent learnt perception......
LIKE WITH SHAMPOO
It's unneccesary, expensive (especially since its mostly water), responsible for almost as much hair loss as stress, and most brands are poisonous to you anyway!
The danger in shampoos come in with two particular chemicals and their relations - sodium lauryl sulphate (foaming agent) and propylene glycol (thickener). Both of these chemicals, which are absorbed through the scalp, contribute towards liver and kidney damage. And if you eat processed meat products, you could be in a bit of strife since sodium lauryl sulphate in particular is supposed to combine with meat preservatives in the bloodstream, forming - you guessed it - carcinogenic compounds. The manufacturers will state that sodium lauryl sulphate isn't carcinogenic and according to current research, they could be right - ask them what it does in combination with other things.
I suspect the reactions could get interesting!!
It started life as an industrial degreaser and was invented just after the second world war. Conditioner, incidentally was brought into being to counteract the drying and damaging effects of shampoo!
So what did people use before the war, you ask? Eggs (erkk but it actually works!), nettle tea or liquid soap (grated &
soaked) amongst other things. It may come as a surprise to a lot of folks but
things don't actually need to foam madly to get clean!
Hmmm, yes, lets talk about toothpaste. Some brands (alot in NZ) contain that most
illustrious group of chemicals - sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium laureth sulphate etc etc etc. What's really bad about that is the inside of your mouth is membranous and will absorb
the chemicals 50 times faster!
I use a 1:2 mixture of cinnamon and arrowroot powder (which is antiseptic and slightly abrasive) which seems to work quite well and is a hell of a lot safer.
I think that the big soap-manufacturers of this world must have a bloody good laugh from time to time. They've got a juicy little scam going there!
Glycerin is a natural by-product of soap-making. These days it's removed, packed into various containers with some other chemicals and then sold to you as moisturisers!! Some soap-makers will leave it in and use it as a selling point. Heard of the term 'enriched with glycerin' have you?
COSMETICS AND STUFF
I borrowed this little blurb from the Tuscon Weekly. I thought it spoke volumes - there's more where this came from....
"Examples of products with potential carcinogens are: Clairol "Nice and Easy" hair color, which releases carcinogenic formaldehyde as well as Cocamide DEA (a substance which can be contaminated with carcinogenic nitrosamines or react to produce a nitrosamine during storage or use); Vidal Sassoon shampoo (which like the hair dye, contains Cocamide DEA); Cover Girl makeup, which contains TEA (which is also associated with carcinogenic nitrosamines); Crest toothpaste, which contains titanium dioxide, saccharin, and FD&C Blue # 1 (known carcinogens)."
Wake up folks and SMELL
How much do you trust the so-called health experts in your country? In
NZ our health authorities all advocate immunisation strenuosly. They put ads
on TV showing sick kids and saying 'this could be your child if you don't
immunize.' Would you trust them so blindly with your childs life or well-being
if you knew that these organizations were encouraging the use of
products that have not been put through saftey checks of any kind? These
products are manufactured by drug companies in the US, distributed around the
world and then blindly injected into kids without checking that they've even
got the right vaccine. It gets worse. There appears to be a direct link
between SIDS (cot death) and the whooping cough vaccine, according to Dr Viera
Schreibner. MMR (the measles vaccine) causes all sorts of bad reactions
including seizures, autism and bowel disease. Despite all these reactions,
which can make themselves know immediately, doctors are refusing to
acknowledge any links to the damage caused by vaccines. I have to ask why? Is
it perks from the drug companies or old-school mentality? I can understand
exactly why the drug companies are pushing for immunization. Money. That's it
people. Screw the world and the people in it for money! Usual scene.
NEW ZEALAND VETS AND THE SPCA
Every year the RNZSPCA complains rather loudly that they have had to put
down a huge amount of unwanted animals. It's a hard nasty thing and they do
what they can when they can. Or do they? Don't get me wrong, I really do
appreciate the good work the SPCA does do in NZ but......if people full of
good will can go down to the SPCA and give a needy animal a loving home easily
it would probably make things easier but in NZ you can't. If you want to
adopt an animal it'll cost you $4O to $80 on the spot. That is said to buy a
voucher for spaying or neutering. Which brings me to my beef with New Zealand
Vets. You are charging far too much people! If it takes 5 to 15 minutes to
neuter a male how do you justify a cost of $40-$80? It takes 45 minutes for a
female at the most and yet it'll cost the owner $80 to $170. Hell, it'll cost
you $35 to $40 just to walk in the office and say "what's wrong with
Fluffy!" A human doctor is cheaper to see, particularly if you are
in a low income bracket - something that is not made provision for at all by
NZ Vets. Which brings me to another point. A vet doesn't train as much time as
a human doctor does but gets more money. How do you figure that! If the SPCA
made it easier for people to adopt and the NZ vets made it cheaper to get your
animals fixed there wouldn't be such a huge problem with unwanted animals. In
other countries you can get your animals fixed for practically nothing if you
are in a lower income bracket and since it cuts down on the unwanted animals
to a huge extent the animal refuges can concentrate on really doing some
truely kind work.
AND LASTLY HOUSING
We have, available to us now, some great technology - self composting toilets
(that look just like any other loo), greywater systems (that recycle washing
water), internal water catchments and solar power systems. Why are people
still building houses that have to be connected to power, sewage and water
grids? It may cost a little bit more to add these things in when your building
but think of the savings later on - no power bills, or water rates. And, by
the way, it's not that bloody cheap to connect your house to sewage, water and
power grids either. Arghhhhhh! This is a world whose resources are
running out! There are areas in the US that are really starting to worry about
their underground water catchments drying up. This means the use and the
wastage of fresh water has been enormous. I'm not just talking about the US of
A - it's everywhere! Have you ever noticed how much rainwater comes
off peoples roofs when it rains - it gets shoved down into the sewage
system? Makes a lot of money, I suppose, for local councils and it really
sticks it to the ecology, wasting that much water. Doesn't really make sense