Until our energy is from renewable sources we need to use
electricity while keeping in mind that we are taking resources
from the earth with each flick of the switch.
Tips For Energy Conservation of Equipment...
Turn off the electricity at the wall when finished using
electrical equipment. This prevents transformers and other
electrical equipment from remaining on stand by
and using energy. DOMLEC says a TV left on stand by costs
$5 EC to $10 EC per month. A 2000 Watt transformer left
on all month costs approximately $100 EC.
Do ironing in large batches to save the energy used to
heat up the iron over ! and over.
3. Machine wash clothes in full loads.
Editor - Trudy Prevost
the past two decades, Trudy has accumulated a wealth of
knowledge about how to Live
Green in Dominica. Trudy is a Yoga Instructor
at the Rainbow
Yoga Center and publishes a monthly E- Newsletter
which is the source of much of the information that appears
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Trudy tirelessly scours the Net to compile useful information
about how to Live Green. We will present some of that
information here, and the articles will be updated regularly.
GREEN IN DOMINICA
Nutritious Local Food
Virgin coconut oil is the healthiest oil on earth!
Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which is known for
being antiviral and antibacterial. Studies have been done
on its effectiveness in lowering the viral load of HIV/AIDS
patients. Coconut oil is also being used by thyroid sufferers
to increase body metabolism, and to lose weight. Virgin
coconut oil is also used for making natural soaps and
other health products, as it is one of the healthiest
things one can put on their skin.
Cane - is a variety of grass,
its juice contains a wealth of grass nutrients. The special
coolness of sugar-cane brings many health benefits. The
juice is used by some to expel phlegm, stimulate digestion,
and promote healing in dermatitis, wounds and ulcers.
Yoga and cholesterol
Can exercise effect cholesterol in the bloodstream? How
much exercise do you need? I recently read on the internet
that a group of researchers have found that increasing
amounts of exercise caused a positive change in the size
of cholesterol particles, they became larger, fluffier
with less tendency to clog the arteries. Standard cholesterol
tests that measure lipids -- the HDL (good) and LDL (bad)
cholesterol -! - do not pick up this type of change. But
take note; more exercise is better. "It appears from
our study that cholesterol carried by smaller, denser
protein particles appears to cause cardiovascular disease
more efficiently than cholesterol carried by large, fluffy
particles," lead researcher William Kraus, MD, a
cardiologist at Duke University Medical Center, says in
a news release. "The improvements were related to
the amount of activity and not to the intensity of exercise
or improvement of fitness."
Control: Ants? Cockroaches?
Published by Beyond
Both ants and cockroaches can be controlled with Boric
Acid. Boric acid (borax and boron-containing salts)
is a low-toxicity mineral with insecticidal, fungicidal,
and herbicidal properties. It does not evaporate or
volatilize into the air or pose the considerable health
concerns associated with synthetic pesticides; however
it can still pose health hazards and should be used
with care. As with any pesticide, keep boric acid
pesticide products out of reach of children and only
use it in locations where it will not come in contact
with people or animals, such as in cracks and crevices,
behind counters, and in baseboards.
While boric acid is somewhat slower acting than the
synthetic pesticides, like chlorpyrifos, diazinon,
or pyrethrins, it is highly effective over
a long period of time. In Dominica Roach
Tablets, and Ant Killer Liquid are available in many
stores, their active ingredient is boric acid and
they work very well. It does not kill them dead but
over time will definitely lower populations.
Response - by Connie Henry, RN, CARN/Certified
Addictions Nurse, Herbalist and Kinesiologist. Byregion.net
The "relaxation response" is the name originally
given to positive changes in the mind and body as a
result of using meditation when faced with a real or
imagined threat. These changes are the opposite of the
"flight or fight" response that involves chemical
changes in the body and place stress on the immune,
endocrine, and ervous system when relaxation ntechniques
are not used.
There are many techniques other than meditation that
can be used to train the mind and body to activate the
relaxation response in a crisis. Some of these include
Gardening, Meditation, Yoga, Visualization, Music, Deep
breathing, Swimming, Qigong, Tai Chi, Walking, Purposeful
laughter, and Massage.