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Creation: Journey to the edge of the Universe

How good to celebrate our God in song;
how sweet to give fitting praise.
The Lord . . . heals the brokenhearted,
binds up their wounds,
Numbers all the stars,
calls each of them by name.
(Psalm 147:1-4)

This video is 1½ hours long, but is well worth it.

I recommend you watch it in Full Screen mode!

National Geographic presents the first accurate non-stop voyage from Earth to the edge of the Universe using a single, unbroken shot through the use of spectacular CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) technology. Building on images taken from the Hubble telescope, Journey to the Edge of the Universe explores the science and history behind the distant celestial bodies in the solar system.

This spectacular, epic voyage across the cosmos, takes us from the Earth, past the Moon and our neighboring planets, out of our Solar System, to the nearest stars, nebulae and galaxies and beyond – right to the edge of the Universe itself.

Using one single, unbroken shot, Journey to the Edge of the Universe explores what we would find if we were able to travel the entire length of our universe. Venturing past Neil Armstrong’s footsteps still sealed on the moon, you’ll soar over brightly illuminated Venus onto Mercury, a small planet made almost entirely of iron that may perhaps be the left-over remnant of a much larger planet. Mars is a planet of extremes: with tornadoes, volcanoes and canyons unlike anything seen on Earth. Jupiter‘s ever-present red storm is three times the size of Earth and has lasted for hundreds of years. Reaching the Saturn moon Titan, we find a landscape closely resembling Earth, but Titan’s rivers, lakes and oceans are not made of water, but of liquid methane. Could life exist here?

Traveling more than 60 trillion miles from Earth, we next step inside the Epsilon Eridani star system where spectacular rings of dust and ice resemble the formation of our own solar system 4.5 billion years ago. Even further out is star Gliese 581, about the same age as our sun with a planet that is just the right distance to possibly support life. Passing by the Pillars of Creation, viewers can see deep inside these clouds where huge stars are being born, bringing light and perhaps even life to the universe.

~Eowyn

Don’t feed fish to your cats and dogs!

Last November, I posted a warning about made-in-China chicken jerky treats that are killing our dogs. Now, here’s another word-of-caution.

If you love your cats and dogs, don’t feed them fish — excepting sardines and salmon — because they’re loaded with toxic metals like mercury. In this video, veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker explains why.

Here are the reasons for not feeding fish to our pets:

1. Many types of fish are contaminated with toxic metals like mercury, industrial chemicals like PCBs and dioxins, and pesticides like DDT.

These toxins are absorbed by the smallest ocean plants and animals at the low end of the food chain. As larger ocean dwellers come along and consume these contaminated plants and prey, the toxins accumulate and become more concentrated in the bodies of the bigger fish. This includes tuna, which many people regularly feed their cats and some dogs.

2. Pet food containing fish has a potentially deadly preservative, ethoxyquin.

The fish in pet food is heavily preserved during the manufacturing process using a chemical preservative called ethoxyquin, which is known to be a cancer-causing agent. Ethoxyquin is banned from use in human food except in very small quantities allowed as preservatives in spices.

Dr. Becker had experienced first-hand the heartache of ethoxyquin poisoning with her Rottweiler, Gemini. When Becker was in her sophomore year of vet school, 7-year-old Gemini went into liver failure after consuming food containing ethoxyquin. Becker got the food for free from a major pet food manufacturer who was giving away the stuff to vet students. It was then and there that Becker committed herself not to feed processed pet food ever again and began her quest for clean, healthy, pure foods in the pet food supply chain.

Unfortunately, ethoxyquin is still being used in many pet foods currently available on the market. It is used to preserve the fat in almost all fish meals – fat that is made from waste products.

If the label on the pet food doesn’t list exact ingredients, including the exact meat source, you have absolutely no idea what’s in that food. And because ethoxyquin is added before the raw ingredients are shipped to the pet food manufacturers, it doesn’t get listed or disclosed on the product label. In other words, the pet food company you purchase your cat’s or dog’s food from may not be adding ethoxyquin, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t in the fish meal in that food.

Don’t make the mistake of assuming if the fish meal product label doesn’t list ethoxyquin, it’s not in there. Unless the label specifically states the formula is ethoxyquin-free, or you call the manufacturer’s 1-800 number and are told it’s not in the raw materials they purchase nor added during their own manufacturing process, you should assume the formula contains ethoxyquin.

Fish meal also happens to be one of the main pet food ingredients also contaminated with mycotoxins.

3. Fish is not the natural food of cats.

While our cats seem to love seafood meals, fish was not the natural diet of cats’ ancient ancestors who came from the deserts of Africa. Cats’ natural prey are small furry land dwellers like mice. But even though the natural diet of cats isn’t seafood, they can get addicted to fish. In fact, kitties tend to become addicted to any protein they consume exclusively. Pet food companies are acutely aware of this phenomenon, which is why most cat food formulas are either fish or chicken based. These are the proteins cats most often form addictions to.

4. Fish is one of the most highly allergenic foods for cats.

We need to rotate proteins in our pet’s diet because any food that is over-consumed can create an allergy over time. Alas, it turns out fish is one of the most highly allergenic foods for felines. Allergies cause systemic inflammation. Cats that eat allergenic foods over and over can end up with lung inflammation that can also lead to asthma,  one of the more commonly diagnosed inflammatory conditions in cats. There also appears to be a link between asthma and two contaminants found in fish — mercury and ethoxyquin.

5. Other effects from long-term ingestion of fish

  • Fish fed in high amounts can also lead to thiamine deficiency, which can cause loss of appetite, seizures, and even death.
  • Long-term ingestion of fish in cat food can also deplete vitamin E resources. Vitamin E deficiency can also cause a really painful condition called steatitis, which is yellow fat disease. If left untreated, steatitis can also be life-threatening.
  • Seafood is a very rich source of iodine, but cats aren’t designed to process a lot of iodine. Many animal nutritionists, including me, believe there’s a link between cats consuming too many iodine-rich foods and hyperthyroidism. There’s also been a link established between pop-top cans or canned cat food and hyperthyroidism.
  • The magnesium content in fish has been linked to urinary tract diseases in cats because a diet overloaded with the mineral magnesium can predispose your kitty to magnesium ammonium phosphate crystals, also known as MAP crystals or struvite crystals. Crystals are a big problem for many, many cats.

Is There Any Safe Fish to Feed Pets?

Fish are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to your pet’s well-being. You can supplement your pet’s diet with certain fish:

  • Sardines packed in water. Sardines don’t live long enough to store toxins in their bodies, and they’re a terrific source of omega-3s.
  • Wild caught salmon.

If you choose not to feed any fish to your pet, Dr. Becker recommends adding krill oil or another omega-3 fatty acid to their food.

H/t our beloved Joseph!

~Eowyn

“Green” LED Lightbulbs Contain Arsenic and Other Poisons

First it was the Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL), hailed by Greens as the environmentally superior alternative to the traditional incandescent lightbulbs because of their low-energy consumption and longer life.

"Green" propaganda

Then we later discover those wonderful CFLs actually contain mercury that’s so toxic to human and animal life that the breaking of a CFL necessitates the same careful handling and disposal as required by the EPA for hazardous waste disposal.

The Greens also hail the LED (light-emitting diode) as good for the environment.

LED is a semiconductor light source that’s increasingly used for lighting in applications as diverse as replacements for aviation lighting, automotive lighting (particularly brake lamps, turn signals and indicators), traffic signals, and those pretty little Christmas lights. Infrared LEDs are also used in the remote control units of many commercial products including televisions, DVD players, and other domestic appliances.

We are told that LEDs offer many advantages over incandescent light sources including lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, improved robustness, smaller size, faster switching, and greater durability and reliability. 

But now, a study by scientists at the Irvine and Davis campuses of the University of California finds that LEDs actually contain highly-toxic cancer-causing metals, including arsenic, lead, nickel, and copper. According to “LED products billed as eco-friendly contain toxic metals, study finds ” on the website UC Irvine Today, February 10, 2011:

Those light-emitting diodes marketed as safe, environmentally preferable alternatives to traditional lightbulbs actually contain lead, arsenic and a dozen other potentially hazardous substances, according to newly published research.

“LEDs are touted as the next generation of lighting. But as we try to find better products that do not deplete energy resources or contribute to global warming, we have to be vigilant about the toxicity hazards of those marketed as replacements,” said Oladele Ogunseitan, chair of UC Irvine’s Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention.

He and fellow scientists at UCI and UC Davis crunched, leached and measured the tiny, multicolored lightbulbs sold in Christmas strands; red, yellow and green traffic lights; and automobile headlights and brake lights. Their findings? Low-intensity red lights contained up to eight times the amount of lead allowed under California law, but in general, high-intensity, brighter bulbs had more contaminants than lower ones. White bulbs copntianed the least lead, but had high levels of nickel.

“We find the low-intensity red LEDs exhibit significant cancer and noncancer potentials due to the high content of arsenic and lead,” the team wrote in the January 2011 issue of Environmental Science & Technology, referring to the holiday lights. Results from the larger lighting products will be published later, but according to Ogunseitan, “it’s more of the same.”

Lead, arsenic and many additional metals discovered in the bulbs or their related parts have been linked in hundreds of studies to different cancers, neurological damage, kidney disease, hypertension, skin rashes and other illnesses. The copper used in some LEDs also poses an ecological threat to fish, rivers and lakes.

Ogunseitan said that breaking a single light and breathing fumes would not automatically cause cancer, but could be a tipping point on top of chronic exposure to another carcinogen. And – noting that lead tastes sweet – he warned that small children could be harmed if they mistake the bright lights for candy.

Risks are present in all parts of the lights and at every stage during production, use and disposal, the study found. Consumers, manufacturers and first responders to accident scenes ought to be aware of this, Ogunseitan said. When bulbs break at home, residents should sweep them up with a special broom while wearing gloves and a mask, he advised. Crews dispatched to clean up car crashes or broken traffic fixtures should don protective gear and handle the material as hazardous waste. Currently, LEDs are not classified as toxic and are disposed of in regular landfills. Ogunseitan has forwarded the study results to California and federal health regulators.

He cites LEDs as a perfect example of the need to mandate product replacement testing. The diodes are widely hailed as safer than compact fluorescent bulbs, which contain dangerous mercury. But, he said, they weren’t properly tested for potential environmental health impacts before being marketed as the preferred alternative to inefficient incandescent bulbs, now being phased out under California law. A long-planned state regulation originally set to take effect Jan. 1 would have required advance testing of such replacement products. But it was opposed by industry groups, a less stringent version was substituted, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger placed the law on hold days before he left office.

“I’m frustrated, but the work continues,” said Ogunseitan, a member of the state Department of Toxic Substances Control’s Green Ribbon Science Panel. He said makers of LEDs and other items could easily reduce chemical concentrations or redesign them with truly safer materials. “Every day we don’t have a law that says you cannot replace an unsafe product with another unsafe product, we’re putting people’s lives at risk,” he said. “And it’s a preventable risk.”

Brainwashed by the Greens, governments around the world began banning incandescent lightbulbs. Brazil and Venezuela started to phase them out in 2005, and the European Union, Switzerland, and Australia started to phase them out in 2009.

In the United States, Congress snuck in Subtitle B of Title III into the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush. Subtitle B is a de facto ban on the incandescent light bulb, scheduled to take effect fully in 2012.

Thankfully, when the new GOP-majority House came on board in January this year, 15 Representatives led  by Joe Barton (R-Texas), Michael Burgess (R-Texas) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), introduced the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, H.R. 91, to repeal the incandescent ban.

Congress needs to look into the toxic and cancer-causing LEDs as well.

So why does our feral guvmint go out of its way to ban the traditional non-toxic incandescent light bulbs and instead promote CFLs containing mercury and LEDs containing arsenic and other toxic metals?

According to Dr. Peter Thornes in “Light Bulb Clarity: New Electric Politics,” it is not really about banning light bulbs, it’s rather about pushing the sales of CFLs and LEDs, for which a ban is just another step on the way. It should be noted that Obama’s energy secretary Steven Chu, who is mad about CFLs and thinks the American people are “just like your teenage kids” who “aren’t acting in a way that they should act,” has a vested interest in promoting those dangerous mercury-filled light bulbs: Chu’s lab developed it, as he himself has admitted! (H/t peterdub)

Chu was Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory before Obama made him energy czar.

~Eowyn