Sacrifice Zone

The totally avoidable tragedy of this nearly brings me to tears. I received this email and wanted to share it with you. Please watch it and help it go viral by sharing it with as many people as you can. You never know who will be the tipping point person!
I’m very excited to be able to share our new movie, Sacrifice Zone, with you. You can watch it online right now, for free!
Sacrifice Zone tells the story of the massive threat that coal seam gas mining (CSG) poses to our magnificent region out here in north-west NSW, and especially to our precious groundwater – the Great Artesian Basin.
I’m a farmer from Coonamble, and I’ve been passionate about protecting our groundwater for a very long time – because it’s literally the only permanent water for a large area of rural Australia. It’s our lifeblood – we couldn’t exist out here without it.
The threat to our water from coal seam gas (CSG) is real. And you can hear about it straight from the horse’s mouth, from people who are most at risk, by watching this wonderful film.
Nine years ago I learned about coal seam gas mining from a friend in Queensland, and I travelled up to the Darling Downs to see what was happening there.
What I learned from the local farmers, doctors and scientists was devastating. CSG in Queensland is already dewatering large volumes of water from the Great Artesian Basin and causing irreversible damage.
And the health impacts to the people living there, are horrendous. This industry must be stopped.
Now, Narrabri and the greater north-west region is at risk. Please take a minute to watch this inspiring movie and share it with your friends and colleagues. It’s free and ready to watch now.

Another great newsletter from Dr Al Sears

In the 18th and 19th centuries, tanning was thought of as unsightly — that is until Coco Chanel completely turned tanning on its head in the 1920s…
Returning from a cruise in the French Riviera sporting a tan, Coco’s bronze glow electrified the world.
By the next summer, tanning began to signal how a lot of us see a healthy tan today — one sign of a carefree or active life.
Coco Chanel showed the world that a summer tan was fashionable. She may not have realized it was also a sign of one of the best healthy habits a person can have.
And modern science proves she’s right. When ultraviolet B (UVB) rays touch our skin and unlock vitamin D, you have a:
Reduced risk of breaking a hip by a whopping 69%.
Lower risk of dying from 15 types of cancer.
11% lower death rate from heart attacks.
But the tanning craze was short-lived after doctors around the world wrongly connected tans with skin cancer. As the panic spread, I had a flood of patients come to me terrified of the sun.
Then, after Australia had an “outbreak” of skin cancer in the 1970s, the idea of tanning went back to the Dark Ages.
Sunblocks and sunscreens were born… depriving us of one of the most vital vitamins you can get for all aspects of health. And I’ve seen the effects of this on my patients.
I’m talking about vitamin D.
After sunblocks and sunscreens came into vogue, vitamin D levels plummeted, and that’s when vitamin D deficiency-linked diseases really took off.
But you don’t have to choose between pale vampire skin and lobster-red sunburns. Research has uncovered a way to protect and beautify your skin from the inside out.
You can harness your body’s “internal sunscreen” power using a breakthrough antioxidant formula made in France.
What you could call the new French revolution…
I’m talking about a patented antioxidant formula made in France called GliSODin. One of nature’s most powerful free radical fighters, it’s “the enzyme of life.”
You’ve heard me mention it before: It’s called superoxide dismutase, or SOD. As we get older, the body stops making enough of it to properly fend off the harmful effects of too much sun.
Saliva and stomach acids broke down previous incarnations of this SOD supplement. That is until French scientists found a way to “wrap” the SOD in a protective sheath made up of natural vegetable protein.
Study participants who took the “sunscreen capsule” experienced significant sunburn protection — even fair-skinned people required eight times more sun exposure to produce sunburn than did people taking the placebo.
In another study, 150 people took GliSODin every day for two months during which they also followed a sunbathing routine.3 Overall, 82% of volunteers said their skin was well prepared for sun exposure — and this even went for folks who usually redden or flush right after being out in the sun.
A smaller study using SOD found similar results: People could handle sunlight better or were less likely to redden, flush or experience skin irritation.4
So why do we even have problems with too much sun?
When our skin is exposed to sunlight, it produces melanin — a hormone that acts as our body’s built-in sunblock. And we get tan, just as Coco Chanel reminded the world about in the 1920s. The problem is we live in a different world than our ancestors.
Our ancestors spent a lot more time outdoors than we did. They would walk around naked in the sun and their foods were rich in natural sun-protective nutrients.
I encourage my patients to get out in the sun every day if possible without sunscreen. I let them know that they can build up many of the same sun defenses that our ancestors had.
My Top 3 Red Foods for Beautiful Sun-Kissed Skin from the Inside Out
To condition your skin for a day in the sun without sunscreen, eat more of these red foods:
Wild-Caught Salmon. Wild-caught salmon is rich in a rare nutrient that provides a natural defense to the sun’s burning rays. It’s called astaxanthin. And when you consume this pigment, it keeps you safe from the kind of DNA sun damage that burns your skin.
Salmon is by far the richest source of astaxanthin. Just make sure it’s wild-caught. A typical 6-ounce serving of Wild Pacific sockeye salmon gives you 4 mg to 5 mg.
I also recommend astaxanthin supplements. Take up to 10 mg per day.
Tomatoes. Red or orange fruits and vegetables like tomatoes have high levels of lycopene. When you eat these foods, lycopene settles into your skin’s outer layer.
It acts as a natural sunblock and repairs cells damaged by sunlight. Lycopene prevents sunspots, dryness and wrinkles from UV radiation. In a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, people who ate tomato paste every day for 10 weeks showed less damage when subjected to UV radiation.
Hibiscus Tea. Hibiscus is one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the entire plant world.6 And it is also a natural sunscreen. Studies show it absorbs UV rays from the sun.
Look for any tea that lists hibiscus as the first ingredient. You might also see it called sour tea, red tea, flor de Jamaica, sorrel or roselle.
Just place 4 tea bags in 8 cups of water and let it steep overnight in the refrigerator. Remove the bags in the morning and add the juice of one lemon. The brewed tea will have a tart taste. You may want to add some honey or stevia as a sweetener.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS

Manuka Honey Effective Against Antibiotic Resistant MRSA

Manuka Honey Effective Against Antibiotic Resistant MRSA
Scientists have been warning of a possible medical catastrophe from an epidemic of antibiotic resistant superbugs. Manuka honey may be a natural and ancient solution to a modern health disaster. For years doctors have been overprescribing antibiotics. A University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine study found physicians commonly use antibiotics to treat hospitalized patients with acute viral respiratory track infections, in spite of the fact antibiotics are known to be ineffective for these infections.

Stop Adani destroying our land and our culture

I just signed the campaign: Stop Adani destroying our land and our culture
It would mean the world to me if you could also add your name to this important issue.
Every name that is added builds momentum around the campaign and makes it more likely for us to get the change we want to see.
Will you join me by taking action on this campaign?
After you’ve signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others. It’s super easy – all you need to do is forward this email.
Thank you!

Hey Yank! Email Your Congressman!

Today, President Trump backed away from a historic diplomatic meeting that was set for June 12th with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
Even worse, he’s back to antagonizing North Korea with dangerous military threats like “Our military, which is by far the most anywhere in the world that has been greatly enhanced recently as we all know, is ready as necessary,” and “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”
This is a critical time for Congress to step up to prevent what would be a catastrophic war. I need you to write to your members of Congress today and urge them to speak out on the House and Senate floors and in the media against military action and for returning to diplomacy with North Korea.
It is now clear that Trump and his war cabinet are driving us closer to war. North Korea was irritated over national security advisor John Bolton making the case to follow the “Libyan model” of denuclearization, in which it turned over all of its nuclear-related equipment in 2003, as a model to follow for denuclearization. Libya received promises of economic integration with the West, little of which actually occurred.
In 2011, Libya’s leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, was overthrown with the help of the U.S. and NATO, dragged into the streets and brutally killed. Kim Jong-un is certainly keenly aware of this, and much of North Korea’s statement issued last week was a denunciation of Mr. Bolton and a vow never to bend to “great powers” seeking a similar deal.
John Bolton, who helped scuttle an earlier deal with North Korea while in the George W. Bush administration, surely knew his inflammatory rhetoric would go over poorly with the North Korean leader. It makes me wonder if his plan was to derail the talks all along. Following right in line, Trump indicated “Now that model [Libya-style regime change] would take place if we don’t make a deal, most likely,” seeming to repeat the exact threat that North Korea warned against.
As tensions continue to rise, we need members of Congress to speak out on the floor and in the media calling for continued pursuit of patient diplomacy. Please, write your members of Congress today and ask that they speak out in support of diplomacy.
This is an urgent time. The Trump administration needs to be pushed back to the negotiating table. A summit can be part of that, but realistically only sustained diplomacy can solve this issue. Members of Congress must push the administration to get disciplined and do the tough work of negotiation. Without that negotiation, the voices in the administration that are hungry for regime change and war could carry the day.
Please, contact your members of Congress now and urge them to push the administration back to the negotiating table.
Thank you for standing with us, and for everything you do in pursuit of peace.
Jon Rainwater
Executive Director
Peace Action

The dodgiest deal in town: will you add to the submission?

The Turnbull Government is desperate to bring back the TPP – Let’s make sure it goes straight back in the bin.
Since signing a similar trade deal with Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clauses, Canada’s government has been sued a whopping 22 times. In one case, the Canadian Government outlawed toxic fuel additives, and a US chemical company sued them – taking millions of dollars and overturning this vital health regulation.
We can’t allow this to happen in Australia. If enough of us act now, we can throw our movement’s power behind a striking submission that the Senate inquiry can’t ignore.