Welcome to this week’s roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.
This has been a busy week. You might recall that a year ago I wrote about a Memorial Day Survival Garden.
Here in the Pacific Northwest – or at least where I live, it is almost folly to do a lot of vegetable gardening before the end of May. So this week I had a planting frenzy. For the most part I will be growing greens this year: various lettuces, pok choi, Swiss chard and a whole bunch of broccoli. The optimist in me also planted two tomato bushes but they are always iffy since I do not have a lot of sun in my teeny back yard and even teenier deck.
I was so thrilled with my Square Foot Garden last year that I kept it up for this year, simply refreshing the soil-less soil with some fresh compost.
The other preps this week had to do with getting back in to shape for some serious hiking. I am not quite ready to load up my new Rothco pack with gear and make it to the top of Mount Young (about 700 feet) but hopefully soon.
But enough about me. Let us get going with the Sunday Buzz for May 27th.
WTF? Some HDL, or “Good” Cholesterol, May Not Protect Against Heart Disease
The Harvard School of Public Health now reports that some HDLs may not be so good after all.
A new study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers has found that a subclass of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the so-called “good” cholesterol, may not protect against coronary heart disease and in fact may be harmful.
This is the first study to show that a small protein that sometimes resides on the surface of HDL cholesterol may increase the risk of heart disease.
What’s next? Will Cheesecake with all of its fat and calories may be good for us?
Seriously, this reminds me of the warnings not so long past that eggs were bad bad bad due to their cholesterol content. And of course if you keep up with these things, you know know that the cholesterol in eggs is not as harmful as previously thought. I wonder how many farmers went bankrupt when people stopped eating eggs?
And then there is the matter of high fructose corn syrup. According to Harvard School of Public Health nutrition expert Frank Hu, “because it’s cheap, consumption of high-fructose corn syrup has gone up so much in recent decades and has become one of the main sources of calories in our diet”. It is no wonder that so many adults and children are obese. At last tally, the CDC reports that 35.7% of American adults and 17% of American children are obese.
And What About the Broken Health Care System in the US?
Just how broken is the United States health care system? Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, paints a grim picture in his new book “How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick In America.”
Brawley presents a shocking conclusion:
“The system is not failing. It’s functioning exactly as designed,” with “the greedy serving the gluttonous.”
While low-income Americans are denied adequate medical care, the wealthy are also poorly served, often paying for unneeded treatments that can have dangerous side effects. If you have ever felt that the healthcare treatment you received was more about driving up your bill and less about what you need, be sure to read How doctors, patients do harm.
It happened in Greece and it could happen here
Scenario: Your government is displeased with the communication going on in your location and pulls the plug on your internet access, most likely by telling the major ISPs to turn off service.
This is what happened in Egypt Jan. 25  prompted by citizen protests, with sources estimating that the Egyptian government cut off approximately 88 percent of the country’s internet access. What do you do without internet?
I don’t know about you, but I still reserve a portion of my life for doing things the old fashioned way, meaning without 100% reliance on the digital world, including the internet. But there are some, including a good percentage of the 20-something’s, that do everything online.
Liberty News presented some survival options for getting by with the internet back in February 2011 but their article has reappeared recently. Some good points are made so if you have not come up for a strategy to use in an internet-less world, I suggest you read What to do if no internet .
Graphic of the Week
I just love this one. One of my goals this summer is to hook up with a local farmer so I can source some fresh produce and learn to pressure can fruits and veggies.
This Week on Wake Up World
One of my favorite websites (as though you have not guessed) is Wake Up World. I always find interesting and informative articles there and this last week was no exception.
In Monsanto’s 5 Most Dubious Contributions To Planet Earth, you will learn that Saccharin (their first product), Polystyrene, Agent Orange, Bovine Growth Hormone, and Genetically-Modified Seeds are all products of the giant bio-tech. With deep pockets and moles throughout government, there is no end in sight to this company that has made the factory farm the norm rather than the exception./
Today on Strategic Living
A heads up to let you know that Strategic-Living will be re-inventing itself over the next month or two. Today I “guest post” with my article Be Prepared with a Pocket Survival Kit. If you missed that one, jump on over and check it out.
And next week? George promises a guest post as well.
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