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Into the Great Wide Open

Here comes the sun. In case you haven’t noticed, gasoline is under $1.90 per gallon. That’s crazy. No one can really answer why that is, beyond geopolitical speculation. But really good news helps us predict that solar will be the big move in 2016. The cost of solar will continue to plummet and the output […]

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Corn Wars

Farmers may be the hardest working people in America. Most rise before dawn, crack ice on water troughs for the animals, get out to till the soil or mind their crops. Then go to bed late with dirt under the fingernails. Even those modern corn farmers in GPS-guided, climate-controlled, satellite radio, power steering, John Deere’s […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Weathering the Storm

While slogging through the depths of a wintry cold spell, it pays to consider how weather affects our wellness. It’s not just a case of getting sniffles or making it through flu and cold season. The weather affects us in more ways than frostbite and flu in winter or heatstroke and sunburn in summer. Tornadoes, […]

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Devil in the Detail

Do you suffer from “Fact Fatigue”? Are you confused and exhausted after turning on the television, opening up Google alerts or reading the newspaper (remember those?) under the constant barrage of factoids about the latest thing that makes you fat, keeps you skinny, heals your heart, hurts your heart, kills you, saves you, saves the […]

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Reader Reminiscences

Pundits have predicted the death of newspapers for a century or so, but some keep defying the fore-casts, including The Reader you’re now reading. I’m not exactly a mass murderer, but I’ve killed a few weeklies myself. Or at least my columns ran in a few Omaha weeklies that didn’t survive. Not that all the […]

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Be Besties with Your Beasties

Without bacteria we would die. Yet we wage war against them as if bacteria were a mortal enemy.  And we try to kill everything as a solution to any problem. Years ago, Heartland Healing wrote about biophobia, a portmanteau we coined describing humans’ irrational fear of life and living things. We kill animals, insects, weeds, […]

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Predictions 2015: Into the Looking Glass

Consider my predicament. Since inception, Heartland Healing’s been reminding readers of alternatives to Western techno-pharmaceutical medicine. But when the first of each year comes around, staff at The Reader is asked to present predictions for the upcoming year. Therein lies the rub. If my bailiwick is traditional healing arts and sensibilities that have persisted for […]

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News You Can Use: February 2014

As usual, links to our news sources are at HeartlandHealing.com/news The Good Pipe Fitting In mid-February, a Nebraska judge struck down a 2012 law that incorrectly gave our governor, Dave Heineman, supreme power over where the Keystone Pipeline would be allowed to go. The law allowed Herr Heineman the option to cede condemnation power and […]