Tags: A Conversation With Green Building Expert David Johnston, Green Building, Sustainable Home Building Practices
The Insulated Concrete Forms [ICF] and Structural Insulated Panels [SIP] and Straw Bale building materials are strong, forever-lasting, sustainable methods of building that creates healthier homes that are better insulated, sound-proof, and eco-friendly to live in.
Why has America been so slow in adopting these incredibly fast, easy forms of building?
Our old growth forests are disappearing. “Stick frame” building is a post-war “cheapie” style of building that is totally unsustainable. Douglas Fir Forests are being destroyed for this heinous building method that really needs to be outlawed in order to re-direct our building methods to ones that are both more durable and sustainable.
The indiscriminate clear-cutting of short-sighted and greedy lumber companies along with the foolish behavior of our bribed Elected Officials has put our air quality, and the future of all life on the brink.
Did you know that these egregious Lumber companies have lobbied Congress to have YOUR Federal Land “clear cut” for their own profits? Did you also know that these Lumber companies are allowed to walk into the Forest with Guns and ammunition and kill off any wildlife that happen to be grazing or living their lives in the very Forest that your tax dollars are supposed to be protecting?
Clear cutting kills birds, deer, wolves, baby animals of all kinds, and it kills our air quality. The forests are our “Lungs” of the Earth, and we cannot have Oxygen without them.
Wood is not something that should be creating the shell of a home. We need to be using better materials that don’t mold, catch fire, or create havoc on the Earth’s last remaining Forests.
ICF’s and SIP’s are the answer. They are faster to build and the incredible beauty of a Green Built home is unmistakable. The FEELING you get when you are inside a Green built home is also unmistakable. You feel at peace, happy, and you can breathe without taking in fumes from off gassing toxic materials used in most homes by uninspired and uneducated contractors.
My Guest on this weeks show for August 18, 2012 was Author and Educator David Johnston. He is one of America’s top Green Building experts and has written four books that are easy to read and a delight to learn from. Green living is both fun and easy once you know where to get the information you need to create a sustainable, beautiful home and community.
You can also get all of the manufacturers of Green Products [literally from "A" to "Z"] from a think tank called “Building Green” based in Vermont. They publish online Guide called the “Green Spec” Directory, and this is a MUST HAVE Guide on where to buy Green Building Products, pricing, etc. Check them out and join them at www.buildinggreen.com
David made many great points in our conversation this week on HOW to Green Build, and certainly on how to locate and hire an honorable, knowledgeable and competent Green Contractor.
Don’t waste your time with people who are not educated on Sustainable living or building methods. This will only lead to an uphill climb for you, the homeowner, and your dollars are best spent with the good people who have the foresight and motivation to build cleaner, sustainable, healthier homes for their communities.
Children are highly susceptible to off-gassing of toxins. Pregnant women are, too. The elderly, and anyone who is under stress or immune compromised. People who think they are healthy can be struck with an auto-immune disease that seems to come from “nowhere” after being exposed daily to toxic building materials. Allergies, to ADD/ADHD, to learning difficulties, to fatigue and the numerous other modern dis-eases that way too many people suffer from are all able to be traced back to toxins INSIDE the home [and not to mention the ones you cannot control the minute you step outside.]
Natural Clay Plaster walls are brilliant. They come in all kinds of colors, and will release “Negative Ions” into the air, creating a healthier indoor environment. Negative Ions are cleansing and very healing to the body. It is exactly what is released in a Thunder Storm and Rain Storm. It feels good to just be around when you are in a home that has used natural paints, clay plaster, milk paint, clay paints, and natural glues/adhesives.
There really is no excuse for not seeking out such amazing ways of cleaning up the environment.
Starting at home is what I have preached on my show for quite some time. When you start to clean up your home by the consumer choices you make, you will be motivated and even passionate about cleaning up the Environment in which you live.
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Tags: Be An Eco Consumer: Buy Cork, CLEAN Energy, Love Cork, Nuclear Energy Kills All Life On Earth, Politicians and Bribes From The Nuclear Energy Industry, Save Our Planet and Support Renewable, Stop Nuclear Power Plants Like Your Life Depends Upon It, Sustainable Economic Choices, Think Cork: The Sustainable Choice For Our World
Part I: Nuclear Energy = Silent, Invisible Killer
“We must go through a natural revolution if we are to survive on earth. We need to change people’s perceptions. If there’s no environment, there’s no human race. We are in a state of global denial.” —- Ted Turner
The two segments of my show aired this week are both relating to our incredible challenge as humans to live life with consciousness, and to really organize ourselves together to start a revolution to take back our world from the daily destruction of leaching carcinogens and invisible killers.
My first Guest, Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear, www.beyondnuclear.org, gave my listeners some horrifying facts about the dangers of Nuclear Energy.
Most Nuclear plants are privately owned, FOR PROFIT enterprises. However, outrageously, they are “held harmless” from their toxic and highly lethal nuclear leakage, mistakes, meltdowns, etc.
In other words, they keep all of the profits from their business, but they are never held responsible nor accountable for the harm they cause people, the planet, our water, air, food, and all life on Earth.
I cannot think of a more scary industry, as no one is immune or exempt to the LEGAL toxic dumping that routinely takes place at ALL Nuclear Reactors around the globe: Strontium 90 is just ONE of the many lethal, highly carcinogenic, radioactive, and DNA DESTROYING waste products that gets dumped into our waterways every year.
These Gene altering, cancer causing, blood poisoning substances are invisible to the naked eye. But they are leached into our groundwater, and contaminate our soil, and thereby contaminate all life on this Earth.
Is this acceptable? What have we been reduced to as Citizens, Parents, Taxpayers, and Voters?
Why do we vote into office individuals who are betraying us with Bribes from special interest groups that seek to profit from poisoning the entire planet? How is this even possible to a rational thinking person…. it defies all logic.
But it is a reality. We, as the innocent receivers of all of this unreasonable responsibility on our shoulders, need to stand up NOW—- IN the WAKE of the Fukushima disaster—- and demand immediate shut down of this toxic waste industry and start to demand Sustainable, Renewable, SAFE Energy for all consumers.
Wow. This should have been invested in a long, long time ago. Why the delay in supporting the renewable energy sector? They simply did not have the tax breaks,or the Washington funding to turn around and give big donations to Politicians.
I cannot believe that this is what most Politicians have allowed themselves to be reduced to: Whores. They will say anything to get elected, they even sound quite reasonable and even progressive in their words and promises…. but what I have been astonished by OVER AND OVER AGAIN is the reneging and outright amnesia that the Washington corruption brings on BOTH SIDES of the aisle.
Personally, I find Obama’s favors to all of the dirty “energy” industries, the Oil/Gas, the Nuclear and the Coal industries have gotten a big PASS GO CARD from Obama and his entire unqualified, ‘cozy’ Administration.
Outrageous. Didn’t this guy campaign heavily on being ‘different’ and ‘transparent’ and even ‘Eco-friendly’? I recall this was certainly the case. But if you look behind the facade, you see that he was generously supported by all of these dirty industries. Let us not forget the dirty Agri-businesses like the cattle industry, too. They have also gotten an unthinkable PASS GO CARD from Obama and his wretched kingpin, Mr. Ken Salazar.
Gross. The ugliness of this reality is horrifying. You see happy, smiling faces on television, but when you truly listen and then do even a little bit of research, you find a whole different, dirty, back-room dealing story that is enough to make you want to storm Washington with a Revolution.
Is this what it will take to bring the lasting, honest “Change” that all of us had in mind? I think it is exactly what it will take.
The letters, the phone calls, the polite Taxpayer inquiries into the matter get us nowhere. I cannot tell you the volume of “form letters” that I get from my elected officials who are increasingly out of touch with the realities of the imminent dangers in dealing with Nuclear, life altering energy.
Check out www.beyondnuclear.org and get involved like your life depends upon it.
Part II: Cork. The wonder product.
“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air or drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.”
—- Carl Sagan
My Guest in the second part of the show was Patrick Spencer of The Cork Forest Conservation Alliance, www.corkforest.org
Cork is the ONE wood product where you never cut the tree down. You don’t have to kill the tree, destroy forests and the ecology [and all of the other life that depends upon our forests] to harvest the wood product.
Cork is one of the oldest, most sustainable products on Earth.
Cork is resistant to mold, insects, insulates sound and heat, and inhibits fire.
Cool. It is also affordable, comes in many different colors, shapes, and sizes should you decide to use it for flooring…. and it feels good to stand on, walk on and easy to care for.
Cork is also biodegradable AND recyclable!
What is not to like about this “Wonder” in our world!?!!!!
When I did a general search on the internet, I found everything from cork floors, insulation, jewelry, handbags, dash boards, furniture, textiles…. and the list goes on!
Our cork forests absorb CO2, approximately 20 million tons of carbon, every year. We are not ‘slashing and burning’ to harvest it, and we are supporting an ancient practice thousands of years old that supports the Green Economy when we purchase cork products.
Thank you to my Guest, Patrick Spencer, for sharing the wonders of Cork with us. I had no idea that NASA uses cork to insulate the Space Shuttle from the extreme temperature changes in space!
Gee, if it is able to insulate the Space Shuttle so perfectly, how about our homes, cars, and businesses?
Tags: Eco-Sustainable Business Models, Practically Green, Recover Green Roofs, Save our Planet
The world is a better place when Entrepreneurs and ordinary people start to make a difference when they take action.
My two Guests this week, Susan Hunt Stevens the CEO of an outstanding web site, “Practically Green” and Mark Winterer, the CEO of “Recover Green Roofs” are two people I am thrilled to have on my show.
Being a Green Manifesto is easy when you have the tools. A visit to practicallygreen.com will help you get all the tools you need to understand the importance of being sustainable, eco-conscious, and a true Earth Warrior.
The greatest thing about this web site is it shows you exactly what companies and products are Green…. Susan’s team behind the web site makes it easy since they do ALL of the leg-work and investigations behind the ‘green washing’ that is out there…. so all listings of Ecological/Sustainable information you see is honorable. AND you get a nice education on the entire subject matter of being TRUE GREEN, to boot! Excellent is the word for this starting place for every man, woman and brilliant child who wants to take action and get started right away.
I want to save Wildlife. This is one of my deepest passions in life.
What I love about “Recover Green Roofs” is that Owner, Mark Winterer, has brought a European way of life to the USA: Green Roofs.
In a large metropolis, the suburbs, or even in rural areas, we could use more greenery, wild places for nesting and cleaner air quality.
Green roofs are one part of the answer to our ecological woes today. It is time that this practice become “mainstream” in all home and commercial building projects, and it is time that the US Government start to actually practice what they preach in lip service to the taxpayer.
Green Roofs need tax incentives to become part of our sustainable planning for cities and townships. And it needs to start now.
Visit recovergreenroofs.com and empower yourself with this incredible knowledge that does bring life back to our landscapes that have been paved, destroyed, disrespected, and polluted.
The world is, indeed, a better place when good people decide to take the smallest action to save a bird who fell from its tree… or to plant a garden using sustainable methods… to supporting businesses who share the honorable passion to help save our planet. Start today.
If you live in Connecticut or the “tri-state” area, here are some great GREEN companies you might want to have in your address book!
Northeast Sustainable Energy
Find out how to make your home more eco-friendly.
Monster “E” Cycling
Recycle your technology like your laptops, i phones, etc. here.
Green Monster Electronic Recycle
Soil and Groundwater Remediation
H. Peter Curran
H. Peter Curran Deconstruction and Antique Appraisal
Earth Technology, Inc.
North Haven, CT
Tags: Health and Sea Salt, Rights to Clean Water, Save our Bees, The Fluoride Lie, Truth about Insecticides and Pesticides
“Our destiny is largely in our own hands. If we find, we shall have to seek. If we succeed, it must be our own energies and our own exertions. Others may clear the road, but we must go forward, or be left behind in the race of life.”
– Frederick Douglass, Former African-American Slave And Abolitionist Leader, 1866
My show today, March 5th, 2011, with Winston Kao, whom I like to call a “Voice of Reason” in the haze of misinformation that is unrelentingly fed to Americans daily, was quite lively and I certainly learned a few things I did not know before! Winston is an Inventor and Researcher in the fields of Agriculture, Nutrition, Water and Soil based organisms. You can find him at www.gobeyondorganic.com
Did you know:
1.) Aspartame– aka “Nutrasweet”– is really an ANT poison? It was never tested nor passed for food safety, and never approved for human consumption. It works great as a poison for Carpenter Ants because it is an Insecticide!
Researchers developing this toxic powder discovered that it tasted good, sweet, and looked like powdered sugar.
However, it is highly toxic to your endocrine system, your nervous system, and every organ in your body.
If you get it on your body, wash it off immediately! And certainly do not let it into your mouth!
2.) Did you know that Big-Agribusiness– aka, Factory Farms that crowd in animals and utilize abuse as part of their practices– are legally allowed to put Arsenic into Chicken Feed?
They justify this criminal act by stating that it makes chickens fatter faster.
3.) Did you know that Fluoride is NOT good for your teeth, your bones… and in fact, it is a rat poison, along with being a highly volatile and toxic industrial waste?
Every wonder why it is put into drinking water? Hitler, Stalin, and now the United States Government have put this “stupid, passive maker” into your water supply…. in order to control you. This has been a multi-decade lie to the innocent consumer…. Don’t drink tap water in a Town/State that unabashedly puts poison into the water! And DO NOT use Fluoride tooth paste! It can kill you, and it has, horrifyingly, killed many children who have eaten a tube of toothpaste!
The tell tale sign that the U.S. Government is well aware that Fluoride is damaging your health, the health of your environment, and poisoning your brain cells is this little, terrible fact:
In July 2010, the United Nations declared access to clean water a human right.
The U.S. was among 41 Nations that ABSTAINED from supporting this resolution!
4.) Did you know that both Gardening AND Home Building products, like Asphalt Roof Shingles and many different types of fertilizers, bags of non-organic soil [with additives], and other products sold to the unknowing Consumer contain Radioactive Waste from the Nuclear Industry?
Do I have your attention? I certainly hope so. The U.S. Government starts to look more Rogue than the very Middle-East Countries that they publicly condemn.
Our own Government is unabashedly poisoning its own people… Ironic, they are poisoning the very taxpayer base that they rely upon to be as big, and dastardly as they are… Yet they are poisoning all living beings continually, 24/7, with political cover-ups and hugely mismanaged waste disposal programs that also happen to have very strong lobbies in Washington.
Your well being has been traded for political favors, power, money, greed.
Have you had enough? Time to be a voice.
No wonder it is extremely challenging to be well and stay well in this intoxicated environment!
Winston opened our eyes on the show: He talked about why the Bees are disappearing, Salt in our diet, and WATER– the single most important thing your body needs to survive.
The Bees. Why are they dying? How does this affect your life?
Winston informed us that, in the stupidity of big-agribusiness, the Bees are denied their own fortifying honey nectar to feed themselves with, and are given SUGAR WATER as a substitute when the agri-bee farmers steal the honey out of the hive!
Sugar is toxic. It is a toxic drug to humans, and certainly to Bees who are not evolved to eat anything other than their own honey!
How stupid can anyone get? This toxic substitute is killing bees in large numbers. Their bodies contract infections and they die in mass numbers because they cannot get the NUTRITION that they need to survive in the Winter.
Sound familiar? When people consume Sugar [and chemical sugar substitutes, like Nutrasweet] they get sick, and eventually die of some dis-ease.
Bayer Pharmaceutical is also a big part of this horrifying picture in American Agriculture. They are the evil empire behind Insecticides and Pesticides called “Organophosphates” or also known as “OP’s” that are now used by ‘Conventional/Pesticide using Farmers’ on crops. The specific chemical pesticide that started the domino effect of massive BILLIONS of Bees being killed is called,
This intoxicates and kills the Bees that collect the Pollen from these poisoned plants.
Buyer/Homeowner BEWARE: It is also SOLD TO CONSUMERS for home-use pesticides! It is one of the toxic chemicals that pest-control companies are also using. Don’t use it around your home! IT KILLS, and will cause birth defects, retardation, CANCER, neuralgia, lung and thyroid issues…. Chemical pesticides are NERVE GAS AGENTS and affect humans, too…. but NOBODY HAS TO SAY A DAMN WORD TO YOU ABOUT THIS WHEN THEY ARE SELLING IT TO YOU! WOW!!!! Death by a million cuts is what is killing our planet, and is exactly why so many people are getting sick with degenerative diseases that are so deadly and suck out your very life essence.
As we discussed on the show, Bayer is owned by AG Farben, aka IG Farben, the largest Chemical Warfare company in the world. Oh, and they also owned Auswitz concentration camp.
Yes, they are responsible for Nerve Gas and all sorts of sinister things like “Agent Orange” and weapons of mass destruction.
Check out a great web site that can explain, in great detail, the crimes that Bayer and its parent company are responsible for: www.corporatewatch.org
Salt. Why untouched, unadulterated Sea Salt [and rock salts from mountains] are good for you.
Sea Salt that has been simply dried in the sunshine, and hand harvested without machines and certainly without any refining process whatsoever is a LIFE GIVING food that everyone, EVERYONE needs in their bodies…. including the animals.
Salt is high in Magnesium and many trace minerals that are nearly impossible to find in our food today because of the depletion of our soil.
I personally take about a 1/2 teaspoon of salt in my water/organic smoothie juice every morning. You can even put it into your Organic cup of Java in the morning to really give you a boost!
Winston puts it onto his food quite liberally, and tells everyone to pay attention to the quality of different salts that are available.
He highly recommends “Celtic” sea salt. I love it, too. There are a few brands that are very good, but what you should be looking for in physical properties are the following:
1.) It should be damp.
2.) It should be gray/green in color.
3.) It should be hand harvested, dried in the sun, and never processed.
This life giving food not only tastes amazing in your cooking, but you can be assured you are getting the nutrients your body craves.
You will feel more satisfied when you eat. The ‘mouth feel’ of your food will be enlivened and you will have an ‘aha’ moment after you change out the highly processed, highly heated and chemicalized, average table salt that looks like sugar and start to become your own hero for good eating choices.
Earlier in this blog, I touched on the toxic water additive that the U.S. Government is poisoning us with: Fluoride.
Winston told us it is very difficult to get rid of, and most water filtration units are lousy/ineffective at getting even an ounce of this toxic waste out of tap water.
I spent a whole bunch of money on a JUNK and ineffective water filtration Whole House unit that was a waste of money.
Winston told us that Fluoride is also Prozac! “Fluoxetine” is the generic drug term for Prozac, and it is being dumped into our water by State Governments!
What is going on? Winston did a great job in educating both my audience and me about the powers behind this big lie to the consumer and what we can do about it.
Fluoride is a by-product of the Pesticide industry, the Heavy Metal industry, including the Aluminum industry.
It is so toxic that these big businesses could not afford to properly dispose of this waste, so a campaign to tell people it was good for their teeth started in the 1940′s and has perpetuated ever since.
Rather than pay fines and find safe ways to dispose of Fluoride, a neurotoxin, these industries have taken part in the biggest swindle in world history!
The people who inhabit this planet are entitled to fresh drinking water. This is the ONLY way your body is going to find homeostasis, and it is the only way to truly achieve world peace. The bloodiest wars are fought over land rights, which include water rights.
Winston Kao has designed an under the counter and whole house water unit that can properly remove the Chlorine [another toxic gas] and the Fluoride.
Visit his web page www.gobeyondorganic.comand find out more on water filtration for your home.
I urge my listeners and all people reading this blog to write letters/emails and make phone calls demanding that both Chlorine and Fluoride be removed from our drinking water supplies.
This is poisoning and medicating masses of people and this is totally in violation of our Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
OZONE is what should be used to clean the water and good old fashioned hydrogen peroxide could be used rather than these poisons that are the very cause of the many dis-eases that may have different names and appear differently in different people…. but they all share the same Proximate Cause.
Tags: How to Hire and Fire a Contractor, How to protect yourself from bad contractors, Understanding Green Building, Be Aware and Take Action for your biggest investment
My interview on December 6th, 2010, with Home Builder Derek Tacon, owner of Weed and Duryea Home Services in New Canaan, CT, is one of several radio interviews that I have had this year with good people who are trying to bring enlightenment to every homeowner every where in America….
Buyer Beware! There are lots and lots of ‘bad guys’ in the home renovation/home building industry who are thieves, con men, sociopathic, and lurking on every corner.
Many appear to be “nice” in person, even personable and talk like they truly care about you, your home project, and your money…. Appearances are very deceiving in the home building industry.
“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.”– Spencer Johnson
Most ‘builders’ are not living their lives with integrity, and they will bring you into a co-dependent relationship with them if given the chance.
Consumers need to fight back. Our consumer laws are being ignored by every State and the bad people who call themselves home builders are more than willing to take your money, damage your home, get over their heads, and leave you with the mess.
My goal in having these shows on building/renovations and HOW to hire and fire a builder/contractor are hopefully opening the door to more awareness in our legal system, and finally, ACTION against this national disgrace.
Derek gave some great points on what to be very careful of when you are building, remodeling, looking for a contractor for anything [even for landscape work]:
1.) You, the consumer, need to be armed with information– THOROUGHLY RESEARCH prospective contractors way, way beyond what your neighbors/friends say and certainly way beyond looking at the BBB and even your State Department of Consumer Protection.
You need to search the internet, physically LOOK at the work that was JUST COMPLETED by this contractor, ignore the list of “References” given by any contractor– often, they are bogus.
2.) Meet with a minimum of three or four different contractors who are qualified to complete the job both on time and with expertise.
The key word is QUALIFIED here. Again, the very beginning is the time to put the onus on yourself to totally research each and every person who walks onto your property to give you a bid on any home project.
3.) NEVER pay up-front with a “Deposit” of any kind. Derek reminded us to think this through: If a contractor claims he needs to buy “materials” with your deposit, then he has NO CREDIT line with his creditors, and is NOT qualified to work with you. He will hit you up for more money up-front as time goes on, and you will ALWAYS be left with the mess and expense in the end. You don’t want to get entangled with a contractor who has too much of your money, and you are in a position without any leverage.
4.) What if it is a big job, say SIX or SEVEN figures in overall scope, and the Builder says he needs a 10% Deposit for “Mobilization” and “Materials.” You just say, “NO” to this scam. The “mobilization” should have taken place by this con-man a long time ago if he is at all legitimate. And again, the stupidity of demanding a client pay for materials up front in cash [checks are cash] is criminal behavior that is designed to entrap you.
5.) What if you are already uneasy about a contractor who is currently at your home? STOP THE PROJECT. PERIOD. You do not need to give an explanation, and get the Police to escort the bad guy[s] OFF your premises if anyone refuses to leave your property. Take this important juncture to have at least three or four contractors who are qualified look at the work under progress. Evaluate whether or not you have over-paid for negligent workmanship, or for work not done yet. This is not a time to be idle, or even to engage in “negotiating” with the person you just asked to leave the job. Be aware of the psychology that will be played with your brain at this time…. bad contractors are almost always previous criminals who know how to dodge the legal system and have no where else to make a living given their past criminal record.
6.) Bad Builders, contractors, and anyone else in the remodeling industry bring BAD sub-contractors and bring their personal chaos, irresponsible behavior, and desperation into your life. They bog you down. Look at the sub-contractors. What is THEIR past work like? How long have they been doing business with the Builder? You must insist on doing the SAME level of scrutiny on the sub-contractors as you do for any Builder.
7.) When they screw up, do they take responsibility? Do they make high end repairs timely and respectfully? A bad builder will argue with you. They will turn the tables on you and psychologically try to break you, confuse you, and BLAME you– the ultimate victim. Does the contractor try to weasel out of any repairs? If they have been paid up-front or too much, they will never come back to take responsibility. Again, responsible behavior is not something a bad builder bothers to think about. You are just an ATM machine to them. You will start to feel uneasy, but the intuition that most of us SHOULD be using will be ‘played with’ psychologically. Be aware, be careful, and take action that protects you. Stop everything.
8.) Attorneys are very good when they are qualified to help you. The time you need a qualified Construction Attorney is BEFORE you start any major project. You make the contract with your attorney, and do not accept a contract written exclusively by the ‘builder’ who has most likely made everything in his own favor. However, Attorneys are just another source of money-drain to you when they are NOT qualified [yet say they are] and have little to no experience with construction matters, and are called upon AFTER the construction has started and you are in the middle of a mess. You are very vulnerable at this time. Again, if you find yourself in a situation like this: Don’t panic, and don’t make blinded choices chasing after anyone who SAYS they will help you. Understand you are a flashing-sign of vulnerability, and take very methodical, careful, and well researched steps to finding the RIGHT Attorney for you. There are many Construction Attorney practices in many cities around the U.S.
9.) Have the courage to say NO. You have the right to say no to anything. Don’t be intimidated by anyone.
10.) Be careful of white collar professionals you hire, too. It’s not just the dishonest Attorneys who will drain you of money and time, it is also the dishonest/bad Engineers, Architects, Designers, etc. …….
DO NOT be bamboozled into believing that just because someone has a lot of Advertising/PR maneuvering in the media or with trade organizations, that they are any good. Often times, you will find yourself SHOCKED to see the evil intentions [getting your money for unqualified or no work on your behalf]. I personally have experienced this and it has to be the most horrifying betrayal of all when you are attempting to have a home build go smoothly.
And HOW do you “Build Green” when so many [way too many] contractors have NO experience with anything remotely “Green” and certainly no sensitivity to our environmental responsibilities?
1.) Educate yourself. One of the best places to start is with an organization that is a think-tank for everything related to Green Building: BuildingGreen, Inc., located in Brattleboro, VT. Check them out at www.buildinggreen.com And get their “Green Spec Guide.” They publish it every year, and it is THE REFERENCE BOOK for everything eco-friendly!
2.) Colorado native David Johnston has several great books… get one. He knows his stuff! He might even be available for consulting with your Architect, etc. David Johnston\'s \"What\'s Working.\"
3.) Before you start anything, read at least ONE of these amazingly informative and eye-opening books:
“The Sociopath Next Door” by Martha Stout, Ph.D.
“Without Conscience: The Disturbing World Of Psychopaths Among Us.” by Robert D. Hare, Ph.D.
“Games Criminals Play: How You Can Profit By Knowing Them.” by Bud Allen and Diana Bosta
“In Sheep’s Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People.” by George K. Simon, Jr., Ph.D.
4.) Anyone, ANYONE– Builder, Architect, Engineer, person walking by, etc.– who says that “building with wood or “stick framing” is okay and remotely ‘Green’ is an idiot. Get away from such an ignorant person immediately. Sorry, our Forests [particularly the Doug Fir that is used for 'stick' framing] are disappearing at such a high rate that the deforestation is causing water tables to drop and to disappear altogether. When you deforest, you also cause droughts because the water will disappear, too. Let’s also look at the wretched behavior of the Forest/logging companies: Did you know that they are legally walking into our forests and shooting down any native animal that happens to be in the forest at the time and ‘in the way?’ It is totally despicable.
The above photo of stick framing is something everyone needs to avoid. It is NOT sustainable.
Instead, use ICF’s [Insulated Concrete Forms] and SIP’s [Structural Insulated Panels.] The other option is to use recycled and recyclable steel framing. There are so many choices that are eco-friendly, so never settle.
You have to have a healthy skepticism towards anyone who is recommended, or anyone that you find on your own to do any home building, renovations, etc.
Your time is valuable. You are valuable. Don’t let anyone into your home too eagerly and certainly take the time to have your own “Discovery” of who is qualified and ethical enough to walk into your life.
Tags: Love Natural Health, Organic Beauty
I am committed to giving to my listeners the knowledge that they are entitled to have in their lives.
I am so keenly aware of the confusing and false messages that we are constantly bombarded with in all aspects of the media, so my mission with my radio shows is to open the door to honorable, organically healthy information that will give you the tools to be truthfully healthy both inside and out.
Your body wants to heal itself! Yeah! Isn’t that cool?
No body in the mainstream medical ‘healthcare’ paradigm is going to tell you this. It would cost them their profits. You staying on their anti-life drugs is what they want.
But your life is too important. Every single person has a God given mission to reach their fullest potential. To be healthy is supposed to be your birthright.
Making organic, healthy choices every day become habits that are life-giving and bring you emotional equilibrium and a sense of purpose.
“My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass.” — Terri Guillemets
Twelve years ago, I went on a very dark journey. I believe that this was the BIG LIGHTBULB impetus to dusting off my own ingenuity and finding a better way to health.
I went from one Doctor to the next with no answers yet lots of money and time wasted. I was given one toxic, dangerous medical test after the next [most Doctors don't bother to mention the dangers of most medical testing procedures] AND I was prescribed so many antibiotics and other toxic drugs I cringe whenever I think about that time in my life.
The turning point was when I found myself in an abusive, predatory “father knows best” Doctor’s office. Alone. Desperate for answers. Trusting.
This Doctor was advanced in years. He was referred to me by a trusted friend from my church, and I made the mistake of blindly following this bad advise without having a healthy minded skepticism. However, most very ill people just want to trust a Doctor in white coat in the hope that they will find some relief from their suffering.
This Doctor did things to me that I cannot write about on my blog. I believe that I could not have been the first person he abused and patronized because he was “THE DOCTOR” in his mind, and you– the minions out there with no medical training– must shut up and be a good little patient.
Wow. Just briefly describing the situation gives me the creeps.
The moment I walked through the doors to the Upper East Side Brownstone medical office, it was bad energy times many billions…. I should have turned around and walked out…. but I had not yet been taught to LISTEN and to TAKE ACTION on my INTUITION.
The bad feeling was for good reason. The appointment was a nightmare of verbal, physical, and psychological abuse. This Doctor never helped me after my compliance and endurance of his tirades in his office and his overpowering me and controlling me psychologically that day.
From now on this predator will be referred to as a ‘bad doctor.’ He was evil, and lives in total darkness and pathetic ignorance. This is the antithesis of what we believe a health care provider should be, and it is unacceptable that America has become a nation of people who have been subjected to bad medicine in what somehow [politically] became ‘mainstream.’
To add insult to literal injury, this bad doctor was so arrogant that he would not take phone calls from patients and his policy was clearly one of being in total control in order to keep you, the needy patient, a hostage.
The X Rays, Cat Scans, Mammogram, and other horribly toxic and physically dangerous tests he sent me on were like being on a never ending gravy train [at my expense] for his friends in the medical testing business.
I was never given any answers after the toxic trail that led to nowhere. I got sicker and sicker after these tests, and I was finally so exhausted and ill that I could not function for more than 2 hours a day.
Most days I was in emotional agony from the physical disability of not having a body that would maintain any energy at such a young age. I was in the prime of my life, and I could not understand what was happening to my body as my mind tried ‘positive thinking’ and other measures to help overcome the chronic fatigue, malaise, yeast and bladder infections, kidney infection, constantly run down, always catching bronchitis and other viruses that were more than happy to find a weakened host.
My Thyroid and my Adrenals were totally exhausted and hurting. My Liver and Kidneys were so toxic that I started to have additional physical symptoms like dark spots on my skin.
I was devastated by these symptoms that were downplayed and even totally ignored by most doctors I took the time to trust.
My new career was stalled because I had not an ounce of energy for auditions, call backs, even classes or meetings with Managers and Agents. I was probably the only young Actor in NYC who dreaded the phone calls for Auditions! I was at a total low point.
My sex drive had plummeted to almost nothing. This was a source of a joke to this bad, abusive, wretched doctor who thought it was funny! Wow. The ignorance that is stemmed from the arrogance in our current medical system is astounding.
Loved ones, friends, and my husband were concerned, but certainly had no knowledge of how to help me.
My sugar cravings were off the charts. It controlled my life in a very bad way. I was like a sugar addict. In fact, later I learned that refined and processed sugar IS A DRUG! I was in constant craving mode for processed foods that I KNOW NOW were feeding the bacteria and viruses that had taken over my body. It was a merry-go-round of cravings and then horrible side effects.
After interviewing knowledgeable people, researching this medical misconduct and the prevalence it has in BOTH human and veterinary medicine, I am convinced that this is one of the least talked about and misunderstood phenomenon’s in America today.
For health and beauty: Stay away from refined sugar and processed/convenience blobs called ‘food’ but are, in reality, poison to your body.
Instead, use Stevia, Xylitol, and Agave Syrup for your sweeteners. They are delicious and healthy. Lucuma Fruit Powder and Mesquite Meal are also lesser known but totally nutritious, yummy sweeteners.
Today, I thank God every single day for my health, wellness and knowledge and for LITERALLY a new life.
I remember keenly the day I decided to reach deep within myself to fight back, reclaim my life, and find answers for myself.
I had no idea what holistic healing was. I did not know how to properly utilize food as medicine and to nourish my God-given body. I did not know what a Naturopathic Doctor was. I did not know what a genuine holistic practitioner was. I had no idea about the TOXIC cosmetics I was slathering all over my body, and putting on my face every day.
But as I started to take small steps every day in finding some answers, I found myself gravitating towards what I can only describe as light-filled people and organizations.
One day in New York City, I stumbled upon a Naturopathic Doctor in mid-town. His name was Dr. Stephen Felder. He saved my life.
Prior to finding Dr. Felder, I had seen a few natural-type doctors, but really got no answers from them. The meetings left me confused, and even frustrated that I had nothing after the exam and conversations with these practitioners. There was always ‘next time’ or an expensive, time consuming test, etc. No straight talk…. and this was very similar to what I had experienced in the Allopathic, mainstream system. There was never any time to give me the empowerment to make even small improvements that very day… it was about the money for some these practitioners, I am sorry to say.
I needed to be given the tools and the information to understand what was happening in my body and how to become 100% healthy WITHOUT spending a ton of money with agonizing tests, time, and spinning my wheels!
What Dr. Felder gave me was information. He gently guided me and told me WHY I was craving sugar: I had an overgrowth of Candida.
I remember asking, “What is Candida overgrowth? And what is Candida?” He was precise and informative in THE FIRST MEETING. He gave me the answers I needed and educated me about Leaky Gut Syndrome, which is what I had. He educated me about NUTRITION. He gave me a very easy, precise roadmap to health.
I was also given something called “Kinesiology” by Dr. Felder. I have had other practitioners perform this procedure on me many times since my initial meeting with Dr. Felder over a decade ago, and I must warn people that the accuracy of this simple test is highly dependent upon the honesty and integrity of the practitioner.
Dr. Felder got it right for me.
What was so beautiful about the beginning of my new journey into health and true wellness in both body, and in mind [and spirit, of course] was that I only had to see Dr. Felder a few times. That was it.
I was armed with the new information that had been missing in my life before the day I met Dr. Felder.
My wish for everyone who is chronically ill right now to have this incredible experience to health. It is such a gift to be given your life back!
I then found my way to so many amazing people, web sites, books, classes, nutrition schools, organizations, and whole food supplements and cleansing programs.
My life changed. An “About Face.”
I started to find ancient healing modalities that worked for me, and the vast ocean of new information was totally exciting to learn about. Each month I got stronger, had more energy, and I experienced the wholesome healing that I realize is “God’s Garden” so explicitly described in the Bible that was given to us to utilize for health and longevity, and not to abuse and synthesize into chemicals!
After this decade of self-empowerment and total lifestyle restoration, I am still on an enlightened journey of learning everyday.
I see everyday as a really cool opportunity to learn more. It’s like a treasure hunt for information that has been tucked away from what we all know as ‘mainstream’ information.
The up side to getting healthy is that my memory skills, intelligence, inquisitiveness, brightness, clarity are dramatically and ASTRONOMICALLY fit and sharp.
All this is beautiful.
I am stronger in every way, and I choose natural beauty because it is glowing, honest, irresistible and empowering.
But when living in this chemically toxic world, and having been injured from past vaccines and other toxins, the pursuit of being healthy is a daily lifestyle regimen.
This journey has led me to become knowledgeable in Green Building practices and materials, environmental activism, wildlife protection, food as the most important daily choice for healing you can make, animal reverence, farming practices, vegan and vegetarian lifestyle choices for health, natural makeup and skin/hair care, organic living practices, non-toxic home cleaning and gardening, holistic human and animal care, holistic dentistry [and why MOST professed holistic dentists are clueless regarding the toxins they are still installing in people's mouths!] and other consumer advocacy issues….
When you create opportunities to help others, you are gorgeous. You FEEL gorgeous on the inside. This comes out on your face, and your energy is shifted to enlightenment.
It all starts with a clean body. L. Ron Hubbard wrote one of the most important books you could read entitled, “Clear Body, Clear Mind.”
Clean out the toxins in your body, then clean out your makeup kit– wear a mask and gloves when you remove the junky makeup from its jars [and recycle the jars].
Replace your daily regimen with organic, hand made, honorably made cosmetics and you will feel and see the difference.
Thank you to my guest last week, Rose Marie Swift of RMS Beauty, along with the several guests I have had on my show. A few from this past year are Susie Wang of 100% Pure Cosmetics, Dr. Edward Group of The Global Healing Center, Beehive Skin Therapies, Solavedi Skin Care, Herbs of Grace, Bella Donna, Angela Paul, Ruth Klein, Jackie Silver and Ageless Beauty, and the many Visionaries whom I have been blessed to interview and whose messages of truth are lights in this world.
Tags: Green Building, How to find the right Green Contractor, What you should know in Green Construction, Where to start your eco-friendly building project.
Where do you start? You want to save the environment, you want to live like you actually care about the forests, the rivers, oceans, the air, and all living beings….
My show on October 18th was a lively and informative discussion on where to start first with any green project, and what NOT to do in any home related project.
1.) Do your own homework. The one reference book you cannot live without in any Green/Eco-friendly project is “The Green Spec Directory” from www.buildinggreen.com. Check it out, and learn as much as you can as a consumer. The more you know, the more you will be empowered to be an active voice for your environment.
2.) Build smaller, more thoughtful spaces. You can have a beautiful, spacious feeling home that does not have to have a huge, monolithic footprint… and you can save the environment by choosing [insisting on] NO wood for the framing– which rapidly deforests our last remaining natural habitats– AND to insist on a plan that includes sustainable practices in water management, natural [indigenous] landscape plantings, LED lighting and HVAC systems and appliances that are efficient, ecologically healthier. Insist on Solar for your hot water and even as your primary source to power your entire home and energy needs. Why not? The technology is here. The tax incentives are FINALLY here, and now there is no excuse. Geothermal is a good choice, and was the only choice I had a few years ago for my home, but it is expensive to install. The up side is the efficient system and the radiant floor heat is divine.
3.) The challenge: To find QUALIFIED, experienced, LEED Certified professionals to make your dreams of a Green home come true. This is a big challenge that cannot be taken lightly. The top, progressive, forward thinking Contractors now have LEED certified professionals on staff, and will have previous projects to show you. Also, look for a LEED Certified Architect to start with. But don’t leave all the decisions up to anyone but yourself…. learning about green materials and practices is totally fun, and you can start to be an important partner in this project that YOU are the CEO over. Never hand over full control to anyone other than yourself.
4.) Visit other green home projects and families that have actually Green built. Talk to other people. Get the lay of the land on what to do, and what not to do… I could personally spend days on end talking on my radio show about the tricks that I endured from every scoundrel who told me that they wanted “to learn green building” but had no intention of honoring my ecologically sustainable wishes once they were on board. Be vigilant.
The oil and gas industry has managed to destroy our natural environment with no one to stop them for longer than most of us have been alive.
It is time to let our voices be heard in Washington that we are not going to tolerate big tax breaks for this heinous industry. The “back room deals” with our elected officials who have allowed themselves to be corrupted, and the exemptions from the “Clean Air and Clean Water” Acts for the oil and gas industry is totally wretched.
What is the point in having such skeleton laws that do little to protect our water and our air? ALL life is dependent upon these two things…. and the worst polluters on this planet are EXEMPT from them!
Sabine Schoenberg suggested that people who have not yet converted to Solar or Geothermal should start to use “Biofuels” that are now available for the oil/gas furnaces and boilers.
Sabine also warned about the much touted “CFL” light bulbs. She warned that NO ONE should be buying these because they contain MERCURY and are damaging to the environment. The Department of Environmental Protection needs to re-evaluate this lightbulb, and it should not even be manufactured any longer.
Buy only recycled paper products. There is no excuse here. There are “luxury” feeling paper products for your bath and your kitchen. No one should think it’s okay to deforest our last remaining virgin forests for their own convenience. How ignorant.
Your office paper, school paper…. all paper should be labeled “100% recycled” when you make a purchase.
You can now also easily get bio-degradable trash bags. Whole Foods sells them and so does Home Depot! The other retail grocers need to catch up on this concept. The plastic bags are ruining our planet. They are made from petroleum products and never degrade.
As always, thanks for reading my blog for Conscious Lifestyles.
It’s time. Take action.
Tags: Chem Busters, Chem Trails, How to save your life from chemicals, save the environment
Chemicals being sprayed into our skies is a reality. No body in our big, fat, misguided Government is talking…. but they know that they are using billions of tax dollars from the American people to poison the very same [much needed] hard working people who make this country what it is.
How can you poison your own citizens? Is this even American?
…. And why?
What is really going on in Washington? We, the people, are not represented by anyone anymore …. not even the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are empowered to protect us from a rogue group of elected ‘officials’ we entrusted to do the right thing.
My interview with Dr. William Von Peters yesterday, Monday, August 30th, touched on these questions. My show tries, week by week, to bring to the light of day the pressing, urgent issues that are affecting our lives, freedom, health, future.
Please visit Dr. Von Peters’ web site for more information on “Chem Trails” and what you should be doing right now to protect your health.
Dr. Von Peters created a remarkable formula that you can use to help detox your body from the “brain fog” and fungal infections that are the direct result of the deliberate insult being inflicted upon your body.
I use “Chem Busters” twice to three times a day. A dropper under or on the tongue will help.
Everyone, EVERYONE [including our pets] must be doing herbal and ozone detoxes regularly! Choose organic food, make some Smoothies with a “Vita Mix” [fabulous appliance everyone should have] and give your body healthy daily doses of organic [unadulterated] vitamins and minerals.
Farm soil has been demineralized from the foolish use of chemical fertilizers, and today we see more autoimmune issues and even children born with mineral and vitamin deficiencies.
Our national heritage deserves our immediate action, as citizens and taxpayers who keep this country afloat, to take control of our future.
Break through the brain fog and fight back. Our lives depend upon it. Detox. Take Chem Busters. Drink powdered greens. Research. Be your own advocate. Find trusted natural, truthful healers. Write your local and state elected officials. Be a voice.
Tags: beauty from the inside, celebrities are green, eco warriors, eco-lounge, elect politicians who care about the environment, Organic Lifestyles, take action for the environment, you are what you eat
If most Celebrities care about the environment, animals, holistic health, Organic food, being conscious consumers…. shouldn’t everyone?
Aren’t we all stewards of God’s gift of this earth that sustains all life? Don’t we all have a responsibility to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for our own actions and rally for ecologically responsible governance, companies, products, and services?
Nicole Sherwin, the eco-gorgeous, “Green Guru,” is the founder of Nicole Sherwin Events, domiciled in LA, California.
Nicole does the job of sifting through all of the “green washing” that is out there and brings the many honorable, truthfully “Green” companies and products to her hip, Eco-Zen “Green Lounge” experiences that showcase valuable information and products, organic food and alcohol, along with eco-furniture, eco-travel…. everything.
Nicole’s new site will be launching at the end of June to bring these products and fun facts to all consumers who want to “Go Green” but need a little help in deciphering what is real, and what is– well, totally fake information that is called ‘green washing.’ You can check out http://www.greenloungeexperience.com later this month…
“Some people shy away from responsibility because it brings with it accountability. So let me ask you this, is it more empowering to be accountable for your own actions and attitudes, or to make somebody else responsible?
You see, when we give away accountability we create a state of helplessness.
So I encourage you, liberate yourself—- accept responsibility.”
– Jonathan Wells, Founder, “Advanced Life Skills.”
Countless Celebrities have become Eco-Warriors! Now it’s time for everyone to join this cause for life….
Nicole and I agree that beauty starts on the inside with your heart, soul, spirit, life, thoughts, actions, food choices, what you put into your body both mentally and physically, and with contributions to life.
Be amazed at how beautiful you are when you give back to society, take care of your body organically, holistically, and methodically. A clear mind and a clear body bring a beautiful, thoughtful, graceful, grateful, productive, and successful life.
“The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. Throughout the country that you hold as possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land.”
– Leviticus 25: 23-24