Nanotechnology

Commercial toothpaste is a waste of time since there are better dentifrices to use. Many people recommend baking soda or salt or just a clean brush. When I’m camping, a drop or two of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Peppermint Castile Soap does a great job.

But I confess, we have a tube of Nature’s Gate All-Natural Toothpaste sitting on the bathroom sink. It’s just so easy to grab and use. Add a dip of the brush in baking soda and it’s the best of both worlds: commercial and truly natural. But it seems the Nature’s Gate formula has changed recently and it’s creamier, smoother in texture. Seems to clean and polish better than ever; so much so that I had a…

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Acupuncture: More than just a prick with a pin

There are a couple ways to test the effectiveness of a healing modality. One is “FDA Approval.” Most Americans buy into this version, where a drug company pays for and runs very selective tests then shows the results to the federal regulatory body known as the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA stamps approval and the procedure or drug enters the marketplace, usually paid for by health insurance which now all Americans are forced to purchase. An informed person should be aware that the reviewers, doctors and administrators at the FDA are in the back pocket of Big Pharma, either receiving direct payouts or having worked for the drug companies in some capacity in the past. It’s the famous “revolving…

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Everything You Need to Know is in ‘60s Music

I was convinced that the 1960s and ‘70s, my teen and young adult years, had to be the quintessential decade of change, a quantum leap in social and human consciousness unseen in history. But then I figured every generation must think that their decade of early adulthood was the most creative and enlightened of all time. I cast my thoughts back to what I knew of the 1920s, the Paris and New York centers of creativity, the Algonquin Round Table. The 1890s were rife with metaphysical exploration. So I began to believe my conviction that the 1960s were special was but a symptom of generational self-aggrandizement.

But as it happens, in the 1990s I became close friends with someone who…

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The Power of One

The 1970s was the decade of the digital revolution. Computers existed long before that penultimate chapter of changing history but they came to the fore during the Age of Disco and the “Me Generation.” It was the 1970s when the world began to quantize the universe into a series of ones and zeroes. I was in Los Angeles at the time and perhaps no field popularized the acceptance of digital reality more than the field of recording popular music.

For the first century of recorded music, recorded sound existed in the same way that it exists in nature: as a continuously variable energy wave, an analog sound wave. The pulses of sound in air were actually waves of air molecules…

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How We Lost Our Mind

Let’s start with something we all know. Every adult understands the concept that we have two parts of the mind, a conscious mind and a subconscious mind. We know the conscious mind’s role. It does stuff like analyze and calculate. It looks at data and offers opinions as to right action. In short, the conscious mind thinks. But it wasn’t always that way.

The subconscious, on the other hand, runs everything else. It controls all bodily functions, ranging from digestion, heart rate, blood pressure, immune system, muscle movement, eye focus, perspiration to everything else. It organizes the repair of damaged cells in the event of trauma, operates body systems when we sleep and more. The subconscious doesn’t think. It feels.…

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The Hidden Pitfalls of GMOs

Heartland Healing and The Reader are hardly late-comers to the GMO issue. The Reader published our first cover story on the subject way back in 1996, before most people could spell GMO. By now, most people realize that GMO is the popular acronym for “genetically modified organism.”

Simply put, GMOs are the product of major corporations like Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, DuPont and BASF. By arcane science, a piece of genetic material is removed from one species (like fish, bacteria or mice,) and inserted into another species (like a tomato or corn plant or soybean). It’s obviously something that couldn’t be accomplished in Nature or by regular husbandry techniques such as cross-breeding cattle. That is, unless some alchemist wizard farmer out…

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They Don’t Teach These in Medical School

The Journal of Patient Safety puts the number of people killed in American hospitals by preventable medical errors at 440,000 yearly. The complete number is much higher, but even using the 440K figure, that’s the equivalent of 60 Jumbo Jet crashes every month killing all on board. How long would we let an industry operate that crashed two Jumbo Jets full of people every day? Would you willingly get on a Jumbo Jet with those odds? Think you might look for an alternative?

American medicine is amazing when it comes to trauma and emergency medicine. But for chronic complaints and illnesses, general overall healthcare, our conventional approach is pretty narrow. The majority of Americans now turn to alternative medicine before…

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Bud Rising

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a...

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Assumptions

Bo Pelini behaved as if he had coached his last game at Nebraska, based on his sideline and post-game decorum, or lack thereof. That was the...

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS...

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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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