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Kiss The Ground: A Shocking Interview

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Distresses of desertification

Would you believe it if you were told that 2/3rds of the earth have reached “desertification”, the man-made process of turning fertile land into a desert? Would you take a step back to catch your breath if you heard that the “green revolution” which brought us GMO’s, chemical sprays, corn, and soy backfired? Does it seem far-fetched to consider that the recent refugee crisis in Syria was a result of man-made desertification?

Maybe you doubt it. But maybe you should think again.

Author and award-winning film director Josh Tickell answered a handful of the burning questions that we had in regards to his book, KISS THE GROUND, which has also been made into a feature documentary film of the same name. Many in Hollywood and beyond, such as Giselle Bundchen, Dr. Mark Hyman, Vani Hari ( the gal who revealed the chemical in Subway rolls and had them change it with public outcry), Amy Smart and Francis Fisher, have hoped on board to preach the KISS THE GROUND gospel, spreading the word of how changes to your diet, kitchen and your day-to-day life directly affect our planet for the better or worse.

Author of Kiss The Ground, Josh Tickell, was glad to clear some things up:

 

DC LIFE MAGAZINE: How can it be that we can reverse climate change?

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Actress Francis Fisher reads from Kiss The Ground

Josh Tickell: We need to start thinking about carbon in the atmosphere as a specific quantity. Usually, we speak about CO2 as a concentration (example: 400 parts per million). While ppm is useful as a level, it doesn’t give us a clear goal. Here’s a more helpful way to look at it: to date humankind has put about 1,500 Gigatons (billion tons) of CO2 into the atmosphere. We’ll put at least another 500 Gigatons up there before any real efforts get underway to sequester CO2. While these numbers are still approximate, 2,000 Gigatons gives us a clear quantity. Next question: where do we put it?

The largest carbon “sinks” are the oceans and the soils of planet Earth. Unfortunately, the oceans are maxed.

DC: There is a relation to Syria’s refugee crisis here. How so?

JT: The underlying water resources of any region including aquifers are governed by the interactions between the soil and the plants on the soil. The Syrian refugee crisis is a knock-on effect of the man-made process of “desertification” in which land is cleared of vegetation, drained of water and turned into desert. Desertification has dried out much of the once-fertile Middle East including the very birthplace of agriculture, the Fertile Crescent.

In the case of Syria, as wells went dry and farmers fled to the cities, the nation became unstable. From there, Syria has disintegrated in a similar way to the twenty-some-odd civilizations that have practiced what I call “desertification-based agriculture.” It bears mention that, while the United States is not currently on the list of fallen civilizations due to mismanagement of their soil resources, our country is rapidly desertifying its arable soils.

DC: Kiss The Ground reveals to us that since 1980 we’ve lost 1/3 of earth’s farmable land. Why?

JT: When the soil is left bare or exposed, as is the case in most agriculture, we lose soil due to erosion through water runoff or wind carrying the soil away. Once the topsoil is gone, often what is left is rocky, hard subsoil. This is not farmable and leads directly to desertification. The “green revolution” of genetically modified organisms and exponentially more chemicals that began in the late 1970s and has continued through today has accelerated this process. The promise of more calories per acre was achieved but at the cost of destroying a huge percentage of the world’s land. This is particularly scary when you consider that population during the same period of time has ballooned. Exponentially more people and less land is a formula for a global crisis.

DC: Cancer has been linked to industrial agriculture in what way?

JT: There are a plethora of toxic chemicals that are sprayed on food as

pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides. In the United States, it amounts to about 1 billion pounds annually or about 3 pounds per person per year. There are over 200 peer-reviewed studies that correlate the spraying of these toxic chemicals with health effects including Hodgkin’s lymphoma, pediatric cancer, and so on.

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Actress Amy Smart

DC: What tips can you share about watching the foods we put into our bodies?

JT: Most importantly, do not eat anything that comes from a factory meat farm. These are probably the most toxic forms of food in terms of concentrated chemicals (from the soy and corn that is sprayed, which is then eaten by cows and chickens, which are themselves also sprayed). Pasture-raised meat is far healthier (but make sure it is “grass-finished”). There’s much more, and it’s all detailed in the book.

DC: Understanding this is revolutionary. How can we challenge a skeptic into opening their mind to these findings?

JT: We find a lot of people waking up to the power of soil because it is a multi-disciplinary solution. It doesn’t matter if you care more about global warming, or health, or water retention or abating fires or feeding the world – the soil is the key to solving all of these challenges.

DC: How can we get involved?
 
JT: Read the book. Watch the movie. Join the nonprofit. Save the soil, save the world.

Book trailer featuring Gisele Bundchen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=AhUd1X_Ni58

Visit KISS THE GROUND here:  https:/kisstheground.com/

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Magnetic Therapy and Alternative Medicine To Cure Health Problems

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Magnetic Therapy is the application of magnetic fields in order to target illness and abnormalities in the human body. It is own of the growing techniques to cure several health issues such as Hypertension, back pain, arthritis etc. In certain cases, Magnetic Therapy has also proved to be helpful for slimming down too – see short clip on youtube here:

Magnetic Therapy is the new wave of alternative medicine to cure several health issues. While there are a variety of modern medicine available to treat the same conditions, choosing magnetic therapy (ref: https://cabracelet.com/blog/magnetic-therapy-101/) allows you to reap the benefits at a much faster pace. Oral and Intravenous medicine have often proved to be less effective in comparison to magnetic therapy.

Subjecting certain parts of the body to magnetic fields is believed to help target any ailments in that region and help in recovery. Magnetic Therapy is also completely safe. A common myth is that magnetic therapy may have an effect on the blood flow because of the oxygen content in the blood protein, haemoglobin.

However, the magnets used in magnetic therapy are carefully created and are also several magnitudes lesser in power to cause any damage to the body. Besides, there is no radiation involved. Magnetic therapy is applied by bringing electromagnetic fields in contact with the human body. For example, magnetic jewellery, magnetic straps for the ankles, wrists etc., magnetic creams, magnetized blankets and magnetic supplements. These methods of application are commonly used by the patient.

Static magnetic fields play a vital role in cell regeneration which helps in relieving pain. In addition to that, magnetic therapy also promotes cell growth and regrowth as well as improve nerve function and blood circulation. All in all, magnetic therapy is the go-to alternative medicine for health and healing.

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How To Lose Fat By Eating Fat

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Fat as gotten a bad rep and this wonderful source of nutrients is totally innocent, so why are we still demonizing this tasty macro nutrient? Simply put, we run away from what we don’t understand.

So, today you’ll be schooled on my you can fatty foods, enjoy them and burn more fat!

Fat is not something you want to avoid. For starters, it’s essential for normal growth and a functioning body.

Dietary fat also provides energy and helps the body absorb essential macro nutrients and vitamins, while processing specific nutrients. What’s even better, it helps the body burn fat. I for instance get about a third of daily calories come from dietary fat and so do my fat loss clientele (or at least the one’s who are listening to me and get the best results).

Hold up, don’t grab cheesecake just yet. Think about this: fatty foods are not created equal.

The foods you choose can mean the difference between a lean body and one plagued with body fat and cellulite. While a diet of fatty foods like pizza, French fries, and cheeseburgers will lead to weight gain and destroy your goals of weigh loss. That doesn’t mean you can enjoy them on occasion, but you definitely don’t want them in abundance.

Instead of making a specific thing in the diet a sabotage, you need to look at total caloric content as well as the quality of food, what are we eating that is ‘good’ and helping our body’s metabolism and muscle tissue to stay lean and healthy.

Fat Burns Fat

The body needs and uses three specific macronutrients for energy and health: Carbohydrates, protein, and fat. A gram of fat packs more than twice the calories of a gram of protein or carbohydrate. The fat acts as a carrier of sorts.
When you don’t have any fat in your diet, it’s like you don’t have fuel to burn calories. The body requires fat to keep its metabolism functioning at it’s peak.
Awesome news for the belly fat or cellulite prone, body-fat that is stored around the belly, thighs, or butt (also called subcutaneous fat)—can’t be burned efficiently without “dietary” fat to help the process. Dietary fat helps break down existing fat by activating fat-burning pathways in and through the liver.

More Benefits

Fat Keeps You Full. So, You’re Less Likely To Over Eat
Fat Makes You Happy. Let’s Be Honest a Fat-Free Life is not a Happy One
Fat Builds Muscle & More Muscle Means Looking Awesome
Fat Makes Food Healthier For You, Because You Can Absorb the Nutrients

If you also go to the gym you can also take pre workouts with caffeine as caffeine is scientifically proven to burn calories which can help with losing weight. Alternatively a BCAA supplement with caffeine is even better, we recommend something like this Scivation BCAA Supplement.

So, what to eat exactly and get this fat burning started?*

Unsaturated Fatty Acids: Includes both monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), they are critical for health.
MUFAs are found in olive oils, nuts, seeds, olives, and avocadoes, while PUFAs are found in fish, and seafood. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are two PUFAs that can only be obtained through diet and are called “essential fatty acids.” Adjust your diet accordingly.

*Saturated Fatty Acids: Found primarily in foods from animal sources such as meat and dairy products.
Such as grass fed butter and full fat organic cheese, they are usually solid at room temperature. Some vegetable oils such as coconut, palm kernel, and palm oil also contain saturated fat. Eat smaller portions as part of a healthy diet – and always try to consume healthier sources. For example, grass fed beef is a much better option than, say, ranch dressing and onion rings.

*Trans Fatty Acids: Chemically processed vegetable oils, they are semisolid at room temperature and are used in some margarines, fried foods, and processed foods to enhance flavor, texture, and shelf life. Also called “partially hydrogenated” oils, they should be avoided like they are the devil…cause they suck and will literally add texture and lumps to your body in no time.

How much fat do you need?

Most of the fat you eat should be unsaturated, like MUFAs. “Just two to three tablespoons of olive oil or another healthy fat a day can drastically improve your health and body.

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Appliances For Orthodontic Treatments

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The filmmakers might have had to drop the idea of making Emma Watson, aka Hermione Granger, wear fake buck teeth

The filmmakers might have had to drop the idea of making Emma Watson, aka Hermione Granger, wear fake buck teeth to suit the character. But the actress decided to smoothen out her moderately crooked teeth with the help of her orthodontist in the early stages of her career. Today, the super-talented young diva is the owner of a beautiful smile, thanks to those traditional braces that she wore for a while. That’s the magic of the braces. That’s the power of orthodontics.

What Is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that rectifies crooked teeth and misaligned jaws. An orthodontic treatment doesn’t only mean a better appearance but also enhances your oral health, free from the risks of early tooth decay and periodontal diseases.

If you suffer any of the dental distortions like buck teeth, underbite, open bite, crossbite, spacing, misplaced midline, or crowding, it’s time to visit an orthodontist. Look up the internet for the best orthodontist in your city and book an appointment right away. If you’re in Calgary and looking for tooth correction services, an appointment with the finest orthodontist in Calgary, Alberta is just a click away.

Orthodontic Treatments

We all have seen someone or the other walk into an orthodontic clinic and come out with new braces. Yes, braces are the most commonly used devices in orthodontic treatments. But they are not all that we have in orthodontics. Here is a list of the devices used to rectify teeth problems.

  1. Braces

Of course, we have to talk about the most popular orthodontic appliances first. Dental braces primarily comprise of bands, wires, and brackets. The tight fit of the braces puts pressure on the targeted tooth/teeth. Within a few months or years, the tooth/teeth move back to an aesthetic position.

Gone are the times when braces meant thick and unpleasant metal wires around the teeth. Today’s braces are smaller, lighter, and more comfortable to wear. Their designs are not merely confined to the traditional metal avatar. There are braces with colorful brackets for kids, clear or tooth-colored-braces for adults, and lingual or hidden braces.

 

  1. Invisalign

Many people hesitate to visit an orthodontist because they lack the confidence to carry the braces in style. Invisalign aligners are the perfect solution for these people. An alternative to braces, Invisalign is a set of clear and thin aligners resembling a mouth-guard. They could be worn day and night, except while eating. It’s the best means to show results without revealing the trick.

 

  1. Splints

Splints are jaw repositioning dental devices, often used to treat the TMJ syndrome. These rigid devices are worn on either of the jaws. Over a period of time, they tame the jaw to squeeze into a more pleasant alignment.

 

  1. Space Maintainers

These are instrumental in preserving the dental arch for a new tooth outbreak following a premature tooth loss. Here, a band is attached to a stable tooth on one side of the empty space and is extended by a wire connecting to a tooth on the other side of the space.

Now that you have a basic idea about the devices used in orthodontics and their benefits, you are better positioned to make an informed decision regarding your dental health. Don’t let that lovely smile wait any longer!

to suit the character. But the actress decided to smoothen out her moderately crooked teeth with the help of her orthodontist in the early stages of her career. Today, the super-talented young diva is the owner of a beautiful smile, thanks to those traditional braces that she wore for a while. That’s the magic of the braces. That’s the power of orthodontics.

What Is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that rectifies crooked teeth and misaligned jaws. An orthodontic treatment doesn’t only mean a better appearance but also enhances your oral health, free from the risks of early tooth decay and periodontal diseases.

If you suffer any of the dental distortions like buck teeth, underbite, open bite, crossbite, spacing, misplaced midline, or crowding, it’s time to visit an orthodontist. Look up the internet for the best orthodontist in your city and book an appointment right away. If you’re in Calgary and looking for tooth correction services, an appointment with the finest orthodontist in Calgary, Alberta is just a click away.

Orthodontic Treatments

We all have seen someone or the other walk into an orthodontic clinic and come out with new braces. Yes, braces are the most commonly used devices in orthodontic treatments. But they are not all that we have in orthodontics. Here is a list of the devices used to rectify teeth problems.

  1. Braces

Of course, we have to talk about the most popular orthodontic appliances first. Dental braces primarily comprise of bands, wires, and brackets. The tight fit of the braces puts pressure on the targeted tooth/teeth. Within a few months or years, the tooth/teeth move back to an aesthetic position.

Gone are the times when braces meant thick and unpleasant metal wires around the teeth. Today’s braces are smaller, lighter, and more comfortable to wear. Their designs are not merely confined to the traditional metal avatar. There are braces with colorful brackets for kids, clear or tooth-colored-braces for adults, and lingual or hidden braces.

 

  1. Invisalign

Many people hesitate to visit an orthodontist because they lack the confidence to carry the braces in style. Invisalign aligners are the perfect solution for these people. An alternative to braces, Invisalign is a set of clear and thin aligners resembling a mouth-guard. They could be worn day and night, except while eating. It’s the best means to show results without revealing the trick.

 

  1. Splints

Splints are jaw repositioning dental devices, often used to treat the TMJ syndrome. These rigid devices are worn on either of the jaws. Over a period of time, they tame the jaw to squeeze into a more pleasant alignment.

 

  1. Space Maintainers

These are instrumental in preserving the dental arch for a new tooth outbreak following a premature tooth loss. Here, a band is attached to a stable tooth on one side of the empty space and is extended by a wire connecting to a tooth on the other side of the space.

Now that you have a basic idea about the devices used in orthodontics and their benefits, you are better positioned to make an informed decision regarding your dental health. Don’t let that lovely smile wait any longer!

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