Overlooked and Overgrazed: the Ecological Collapse of Our Federal Lands

Invasive species are everywhere—Kudzu, Asian Long-horned beetles, Snakehead fish, and so on. In Western Washington, where I live, it’s English ivy. Birds feed on the berries, and then spread the seeds far and wide through our Douglas fir forests. The vines grow in insidious sinuous coils up into the trunk and out along the branches … More Overlooked and Overgrazed: the Ecological Collapse of Our Federal Lands

A Savior in Soy: Environmental Impact of Soy Versus Meat

Soy has been implicated (along with beef, palm oil and the extraction of wood) as one of the four major drivers of deforestation worldwide. That may be a little disheartening to those of us who substitute soy products for meat and dairy in our diet in order to reduce our environmental impact. Do we have … More A Savior in Soy: Environmental Impact of Soy Versus Meat

Staking Our Forests on Steak: How the beef industry drives deforestation

There is no getting around it. We need trees. We need trees, not just along suburban roads and decorating our yards. We need great masses of trees in vast untracked forests. Trees are vital for maintaining the oxygen supply in our atmosphere. In the process of photosynthesis trees take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. … More Staking Our Forests on Steak: How the beef industry drives deforestation

Not Beans, but Meat Is Giving Us Gas: How Giving Up Meat Can Dramatically Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Few scientific topics have had as much media coverage as greenhouse gas effects on climate change. The theory is certainly familiar to all of us. Various greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide, methane, ozone and nitrous oxide) surround our planet and hold in the energy from the suns rays. The effect is familiar to anyone who … More Not Beans, but Meat Is Giving Us Gas: How Giving Up Meat Can Dramatically Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Single Best Way to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

We all want to do our part to reverse the environmental damage that the modern lifestyle has wrought upon the earth. Many of us go out of our way to follow lists prepared by experts to help us reduce our ecological footprint. Here is a sample list graciously prepared by Georgetown University: Take the Stairs … More The Single Best Way to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

Gut Feelings—Mood and Microbiome

It is becoming clear that the microbiome has a profound influence on our brains. The metabolites produced by the microbiome have a direct impact on brain development. They impact the production of mood altering neurotransmitters. They produce short chain fatty-acids like butyrate and propionate that feed the glial cells in our brains, and help it to remain healthy. The gut microbiome is likely a major factor in the presence of several mental and metabolic disorders. … More Gut Feelings—Mood and Microbiome

Blood and Guts–Microbiota and Metabolic Syndrome

It is so common to find high cholesterol, high blood sugar, obesity and high blood pressure together that doctors have a name for it—Metabolic Syndrome. It is a break down in the metabolism that affects all of our vital systems. It generally ends in a premature death through heart disease, stroke or complications due to … More Blood and Guts–Microbiota and Metabolic Syndrome

Gut Reaction–Our Microbiome and Gut Health

The microbes that live in our digestive tract can either be our closest friends, or our most bitter enemies. The Standard American Diet (SAD) full of antibiotic laden meat and dairy products, as well as preservative laden processed foods, tends to kill off the friendlier organisms in our gut and encourages the flourishing of decay … More Gut Reaction–Our Microbiome and Gut Health