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DAVIDSON: Reducing the Level of Toxins In Your Immediate Environment

You can accomplish quite a lot to improve your immediate environment.

Jeff Davidson

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Joe Biden is forcing the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Agreement, a move which yields little benefits to our nation. We already lead the world in many categories of environmental improvement, at a large monetary cost, while nations such as China and India have done comparatively little.

On a personal basis, you can accomplish quite a lot to improve your immediate surroundings as well. Of the many potential toxins to deal with, here is a handful of areas you can address, right where you are.

Home on the Range

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When a gas stove exhibits a continual yellow flame, it’s an indication that it could be adjusted improperly. Call your gas company to adjust your stove burners. You want brilliant blue flame tips. When buying a new stove or gas range, seek those that don’t include a pilot light.

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Ill-vented gas ranges can produce nitrogen dioxide and lead to respiratory problems, so, when shopping for a new stove, go electric. With wood stoves, you want doors that fit snugly. Burn wood that is completely dry, cured, and/or aged. Avoid burning pressure-treated wood, as it is laced with chemicals. Improperly vented or ill-maintained wood stoves can give off toxic particulates, carbon monoxide, nitrogen, or hydrocarbons.

Make It Safe for Santa – If you have a chimney, have it inspected annually. The chimney itself, the flue, and furnaces are collecting places for carbon monoxide. Even if you don’t use the chimney, you could have acquired toxins from earlier owners. When considering a residential purchase, ensure that your home inspector does a thorough job of checking out the chimney, furnaces, and all else that generates heat.

The Pain in the Drain – Biological contaminants can build up wherever there is stagnant water in your home. This includes drain cans, ducts, humidifiers, and in and around insulation, ceiling tiles, and carpet. Viruses, molds, and bacteria breed in stagnant water. Toxic microorganisms are routinely found in homes’ heating and cooling systems, and in humidifiers. Keeping containers and surfaces clean with non-toxic agents such as white vinegar keeps biological contaminants in check.

Sick building, Sick home – Poor ventilation can plague homes as it plagues buildings. Considering the variety of adhesives, wood, carpets, upholstery, and fabrics found in the home, plus pesticides, smoke, and potential nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide generated by gas stoves, fireplaces, wood stoves, and other space heaters, all areas of a house require adequate ventilation.

Nasty Little Buggers

If molds or bacteria are suspected, remove or replace items in your home that have sustained water damage, particularly carpets. Replace them with tile or hardwood floors. Sofas, love seats, and padded chairs with covers that can be removed, washed, and reinstalled are best. Venetian blinds and other blinds that can be cleaned with non-toxic disinfectants are preferable to drapes, which become depositories of dust, mold, and other carcinogens. Also, It’s not a bad idea to have some kind of air filter in rooms throughout the house, especially bedrooms.

Clean and Green? – Odds are that under kitchen and bathroom sinks you store harmful products. What can you do to protect yourself? Avoid products with a danger or warning label. Use rubber gloves whenever working with such products. Also, avoid products that include fragrances. There’s no reason that your home should smell sweet.

You can concoct your own homemade, natural cleaning solutions from baking soda, lemon juice, washing soda, and vinegar. Or, patronize cleaning products that display the Green Seal logo, which certifies that the product is safe for both human health and the environment. If you retain a cleaning service, seek one that is Green Clean certified. Ask what types of products they use. Check out the list of acceptable cleaning products at www.greennetworkers.com.

Food for Thought

Toxins in our food supply are particularly onerous. 45% of high fructose corn syrup contains mercury. Since mercury exposure increases the chances of neurological learning disorders, avoid high fructose corn syrup.

Produce that you buy could be laced with pesticides. So, go organic. Organic food is more expensive on a day-to-day basis, but avoiding serious illness is the ultimate long run cost-saver. Potatoes, apples, and other thin skinned fruits and vegetables are high risk for pesticide contamination. Thus, organic fruits and vegetables are a must.

The fresh foods are always best. Frozen comes in second. Avoid anything that’s been on the shelf too long or preserved by packaging. Choose products that come in boxes or glass, rather than cans.

Wicked Paint Fumes

Paint fumes pose an indoor health challenge. Some paints harbor volatile organic compounds (VOC), which are toxic if inhaled. Large buildups of VOC can lead to the intake of toxins that cause damage to the liver, headaches, decreased coordination, and other issues. Avoid paints that include VOCs, or if you employ them, ensure that you paint in a highly ventilated area.

Other common products such as varnishes, paint thinners, lacquers, enamels, stains, watercolors, and latex, also emit toxic fumes that are best avoided. Read labels carefully. Look for VOC-free products, and work in a well-ventilated area.

It takes time and a certain level of awareness, but you can reduce the level of toxins in your immediate environment, thereby improving your health and the health of those around you.

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Andrew Cuomo Should Win The Political Darwin Award

Heck, he should probably get a lifetime achievement Darwin Award based on his handling of the CoronaVirus pandemic.

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If there is ever a Darwin Award for politicians New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just earned himself the award—heck, he should probably get a lifetime achievement Darwin Award based on his handling of the CoronaVirus pandemic. The Darwin Awards salute the improvement of the human gene pool by honoring those who achieve the pinnacle of stupidity by accidentally and spectacularly killing themselves most spectacularly. Like the guy who approached the open drawbridge in Louisiana, “lifted up the arm of the safety gate, then get back in while the driver backed up a bit and accelerated hard over the dra-bridge edge.” The car did not make it. The driver and passenger drowned as the car sank into the bayou. They received the award because “You cannot live long if the road’s IQ is higher than your own. In this IQ test, our Double Darwin winners failed; indeed, they set a new low. Because these Texas Men–unlike the Blues Brothers–lacked “Cop Tires. Cop Engine. Cop Suspension, and a Mission From God.” A political version of the Darwin Awards would not involve the death of the winner but would be given to the politician who says the most imbecilic tone-deaf statement at the worst possible time. Based on his latest statements, New York’s ‘Luv Guv” Andrew Cuomo should receive a lifetime achievement Darwin Award. Cuomo has been in trouble thanks to sexual harassment charges and, most importantly, his COVID-19 executive order that lead to the death of thousands of senior citizens earning him the Twitter hashtag #CuomoKilledGrandma. When concerns regarding the nursing home deaths resulting from his order, the Luv Guv made some awful tone-deaf statements, perhaps the worst of which happened in May 2020. A reporter asked, “What would you say to families who have suffered losses inside nursing homes? His callous…

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VIDEO: Conservative Icon Tears Through 30 Pushups to Teach Reporter a Lesson

He’s still got it!

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There has been no shortage of concerns over the health of our elected officials as of late, and with good reason.  We keep electing septuagenarians who aren’t exactly the perfect specimen of physical or mental health. And so, far too often, we hear these elder statesmen ragging on one another’s condition.  During the 2016 election, we had to watch the painful and frankly scary behavior of Hillary Clinton, who was in continual denial about whatever affliction she was dealing with at the time.  In 2020, it was Donald Trump and Joe Biden arguing back and forth over their stamina and physical aptitude.  At one point, Biden even suggested that he would drop and give us several pushups in the middle of a debate if Trump would be willing to match him. That potentially hilarious incident never occurred, (maybe thankfully, in order to save our nation from that embarrassment), but these feats of strength remain out there, in the ether, just waiting for some poor sap to take the bait. A reporter in Texas was almost that sap this week. Texas Republican Party Chairman Allen West, a 60-year-old former Army lieutenant colonel, did 30 pushups at a press conference outside the state capitol on Wednesday. The pushups occurred near the end of the event, which was to discuss the state’s new abortion and anti-transgender bills. West initially challenged a CBS Austin reporter who showed up late to the event to do 30 pushups in order to make up for his tardiness. After the journalist declined, West did the pushups himself. The crowd counted along and then cheered after he completed them in roughly 22 seconds. Video of the incident shows that West has still got it. https://twitter.com/janestreet/status/1390055667612979204?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1390055667612979204%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.newsweek.com%2Ftexas-gop-chair-lt-col-allen-west-challenges-reporter-press-conference-do-30-pushups-1589432 West has long been an icon in the conservative world, and there is little doubt that this…

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