Movie Select: Embrace of The Serpent

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A post was made about this movie a little over a year ago and it seemed like it was going to be a great film to watch. Time went passed and I didn’t think to check to see if it had released.  By chance I happened to come across a page with the movie poster so I looked it up online and took a watch.

This film was deliver more insight than I expected. It was a look inside of the life of a lonesome tribal man that has been through a journey of his own. When the past comes back to re visit it is a very familiar feeling and sometimes we need that reminder in life. This movie was a great motivation to show how technology can effect people in a negative way especially people with ancient knowledge and tradition that is useful. From ancient medicines to navigating with only the use of the stars it all can be disturbed by one encounter. The person you consider your enemy could be the one that disrupts the knowledge of your culture while preserving it at the same time. Its a cycle that may or may not be necessary but only time can tell.  check out the movie and watch it when you get a chance. This tribal psychedelic film is definitely a must watch. It is available online click the photo below!

 

Book Select : The Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior

This is the second book in the Peaceful Warrior Saga.  Neither a sequel nor prequel, this adventure takes place within the context of the original book, shedding new light on the path he was to travel, and would one day teach.

After a period of training with the man he calls Socrates, Dan Millman is sent away by his old mentor to apply what he has learned to everyday life.

Struggling with personal failure and growing disillusion, Dan sets out on a worldwide quest to rediscover the sense of clarity, meaning and purpose he found with Socrates.  then a long-forgotten memory drives Dan to seek a mysterious woman shaman in Hawaii.  She is the gateway to all his hopes and fears — and the only one who can prepare him for what may follow.

Deep in a rain forest on the island of Molokai, Dan encounters mortal challenges, vivid characters, and startling revelations as he ascends the peaceful warrior’s path toward the light that shines at the heart of creation.  In this compelling tale, the author breathes new life into ancient wisdom and reminds us that all our journeys are sacred, and all our lives an adventure.

 

Cloud Seeding 101

There are three cloud seeding methods: static, dynamic and hygroscopic.

  • Static cloud seeding involves spreading a chemical like silver iodide into clouds. The silver iodide provides a crystal around which moisture can condense. The moisture is already present in the clouds, but silver iodide essentially makes rain clouds more effective at dispensing their water.
  • Dynamic cloud seeding aims to boost vertical air currents, which encourages more water to pass through the clouds, translating into more rain [source: Cotton]. Up to 100 times more ice crystals are used in dynamic cloud seeding than in the static method. The process is considered more complex than static clouding seeding because it depends on a sequence of events working properly. Dr. William R. Cotton, a professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University, and other researchers break down dynamic cloud seeding into 11 separate stages. An unexpected outcome in one stage could ruin the entire process, making the technique less dependable than static cloud seeding.
  • Hygroscopic cloud seeding disperses salts through flares or explosives in the lower portions of clouds. The salts grow in size as water joins with them. In his report on cloud seeding, Cotton says that hygroscopic cloud seeding holds much promise, but requires further research.

The Beijing Weather Modification Office spent a lot of time researching how to prevent rain in the city during the Aug. 8 opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The government even guaranteed clear skies for the event — a promise it managed to deliver on. The feat only took the launch of 1,104 rain dispersal rockets from 21 sites in the city to pull off [source: O’Neill].

Even in areas with very low humidity, there’s at least some water in the sky and clouds. A rainstorm happens after moisture collects around naturally occurring particles in the air, causing the air to reach a level of saturation at which point it can no longer hold in that moisture. Cloud seeding essentially helps that process along, providing additional “nuclei” around which water condenses. These nuclei can be salts, calcium chloride, dry ice or silver iodide, which the Chinese use. Silver iodide is effective because its form is similar to ice crystals. Calcium chloride is often used in warm or tropical areas.

Is cloud seeding just a way of sweeping pollution and climate change under the rug and playing God to ensure you don’t have to schedule a rain date? Or is it merely a matter of tweaking weather to your advantage? However you look at it, it’s not likely to go away any time soon. In fact, scientists have already proposed building fleets of massive, unmanned ships to seed clouds over Earth’s oceans to provide a cooling counter to carbon dioxide-induced global warming [source: Cartlidge]. If cloud seeding is ultimately a way to “fake it” when guests come to visit or crops need a sprinkle, do we really want a world where we have to manually adjust the planet’s atmosphere just to stave off environmental disaster?

Source – HowStuffWorks 

Facts About Kombucha

Kombucha is a slightly acidic, fermented drink made from a base of tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Kombucha originated in China about 2,000 years ago. It has been growing in popularity at health food stores and among holistic health consumers, who drink it for its many alleged health benefits.

To make kombucha, a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, or a “SCOBY,” is added to the tea and sugar, and the mixture is allowed to ferment. The result is a beverage that some say smells like beer and tastes like fizzy apple cider. Others say it tastes like wine; other say it tastes like vinegar. Though this fizzy drink is sometimes called kombucha mushroom tea, there are no mushrooms in the tea. Other names this tea goes by are Manchurian tea, Russian tea and Kargasok tea.

Fans of kombucha have attributed several unproven health effects to the tea, including the restoration of hair color and thickening of hair, dissolution of gallstones, reversal of the signs of aging, lowering of cholesterol and blood pressure, increase in blood circulation, relief of menopausal symptoms, strengthening of the immune system, and improvement of digestion and liver functions. People have claimed that it detoxifies the body and can even prevent cancer. [Related: Detox Diets & Cleansing: Facts & Fallacies]

While it is replete with B vitamins, probiotics and antioxidants, there is no official medical research on the health benefits of the drink, so be mindful of health claims,” said Rebecca Shenkman, director at the Villanova College of Nursing’s MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE). “Drink because you like the taste, not because you want to improve your liver function or enhance your immune system.”

While there have been no direct studies of kombucha, there have been studies on probiotics, which are found in this tea. Probiotics have been found to aid in digestion and may help with irritable bowel syndrome, according to the National Institutes of Health.

While there is little evidence that this tea is good for the body, it may make the body feel worse. Some people experience stomach upset, infections and allergic reactions, according to the Mayo Clinic. This may be due to unsterile conditions where the tea is made or because of the tea itself.

The Peninsula Medical School did a systematic review of the clinical evidence that kombucha has any health benefits. The paper concluded that, “No clinical studies were found relating to the efficacy of this remedy. Several case reports and case series raise doubts about the safety of kombucha. They include suspected liver damage, metabolic acidosis and cutaneous anthrax infections. One fatality is on record.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), healthy adults should limit their consumption of kombucha to about 4 ounces a day to avoid potential risks associated with overconsumption. Those who do have pre-existing health conditions, as well as women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, should consult with their doctors before drinking kombucha.

Source – LiveScience

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Life and Living Past 100 Years of Age : Guangxi China

In Bama County, Guangxi, China, living past the age of a hundred isn’t just commonplace, it’s become a tourist attraction. People from big cities flock to villages like Longhong to meet the centenarians and try to learn the secret of their longevity.

A self-proclaimed 118-year-old has adopted a flexitarian (or semi-vegetarian) diet. “He doesn’t eat much meat,” says his 87-year-old son.

One Chinese researcher suggests that several geological factors there contribute to longevity, including a karst landform, a higher than normal magnetic field, and a nearby fault zone.

Hija De La Laguna: Daughter of the Lake

“In this hypnotic tale, Nelida, a young indigenous Andean woman, has the ability to speak with spirits of the water. Through this connection she regards the lake as her mother and she the protector of the waters that feed her village. But when a gold deposit valued in the millions is found under her village, the extraction will surely threaten the surrounding waters of her community and she must summon up all her magic to stop the mining. Nelida’s powerful story is paired with other stories in the gold mining trade, from the Dutch jewellery designer Bibi van der Velden, who learns how her use of gold has had negative impacts on Andean communities, to stories from communities in Spain and Bolivia that face a fate similar to Nelida’s own. This stunning documentary makes a powerful statement on the human cost of gold and what people are doing to raise awareness about its impacts.” Heather Haynes

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 1.28.17 AMTo purchase the DVD for educational screenings you can go to Guarango 

To Rent the movie for home viewing purposes you can at vimeo

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