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The impacts of 2013′s severe drought are apparent across the nation in forests, on farms and on once snowy peaks. Meanwhile, the oil and gas industry is demanding unprecedented amounts of water for hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking.

Fourth-generation Colorado farmer Kent Peppler told the Associated Press (AP) that he is fallowing some of his corn fields this year because he can’t afford to irrigate the land for the full growing season, in part because deep-pocketed energy companies have driven up the price of water.

“There is a new player for water, which is oil and gas. And certainly they are in a position to pay a whole lot more than we are,” Peppler said.

In a normal year, Peppler would pay anywhere from $9 to $100 for an acre-foot of water in auctions held by cities with excess supplies. But these days, energy companies are paying some cities $1,200 to $2,900 per acre-foot.

In seven states, including Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming, the vast majority of the counties where fracking is occurring are also suffering from drought, according to an AP analysis of industry-compiled fracking data and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s official drought designations.

The persistent U.S. drought wreaked havoc on American agriculture, raising food prices and forcing farmers to make record high insurance claims on lost profits for 2012.

As farmers struggle to make ends meet, limited fresh water reserves across the country are being diverted for fracking. The fossil fuel industry has identified deposits of oil and gas within shale rock formations deep underground, formerly inaccessible. In this new, “unconventional” drilling process, water mixed with sand and chemicals is injected into horizontal wells running through the shale. The injection cracks apart the rock, releasing the oil and gas and allowing it to rise to the surface for extraction.

Fracking requires enormous quantities of water. Estimates put water usage at between 3 and 5 million gallons per fracking of a single well, and each well can be fracked several times.

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Hundreds of activists from across the country converged on Asheville, North Carolina from Sunday, May 26 to Saturday, June 1 to protest the Tree Biotechnology 2013 conference, hosted by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). They came to raise vocal and determined opposition to genetically engineered trees (GE trees). The conference occurs every two years and brings together leading tree engineers, students, and corporate representatives to discuss the science and politics of genetically engineering trees.

The conference was disrupted or protested by activists even before it began and almost every day it took place. On May 25, more than 1,000 people joined the March Against Monsanto in Asheville, with a vocal contingent protesting GE trees. On Monday morning, two Asheville residents were arrested after invading the conference and disrupting the opening session of the day. On Tuesday, the largest protest yet against GE trees took place as hundreds of people marched through the streets and rallied outside the conference hotel. A conference field trip on Wednesday was cancelled due to the threat of protests. On Thursday, three activists were arrested while blocking a conference bus headed to an exclusive dinner at the Biltmore Estate.

The conference was targeted due to plans by South Carolina-based GE tree company ArborGen and others to convert forests, farms, and other lands in the U.S. South into plantations of GE trees and other crops for production of liquid fuels and electricity. ArborGen is a joint initiative of International Paper, MeadWestvaco and the New Zealand-based Rubicon, some of the largest timber corporations in the world.
 
ArborGen has a request pending with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to commercially sell genetically engineered freeze-tolerant eucalyptus seedlings. According to Rubicon, ArborGen plans to sell half a billion GE eucalyptus tree seedlings annually for plantations from South Carolina to Texas. The USDA is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement on this and recently accepted public comments on ArborGen’s request. They received almost 38,000 comments opposed to the GE eucalyptus and only 4 comments in favor.

Activists, however, believe the USDA is likely to rubber stamp approval of ArborGen’s request anyway and the protests at this IUFRO conference are initiating the process of mobilizing grassroots resistance throughout the threatened region.

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A growing body of research clearly shows the absolute necessity of vitamin D for good health and disease prevention. However, despite vitamin D’s role in keeping your body ticking along like a well-oiled clock, you are likely deficient in the “sunshine vitamin”—because the majority of people are.

Our vitamin D levels have dropped as a result of being scared sunless by those spreading misinformation that the sun causes melanoma, a myth that survives by mass promotion but really lacks any factual basis. It has been repeated so many times that most people believe it.

Vitamin D affects your biological function by influencing nearly 3,000 of your genes through vitamin D receptors. In fact, vitamin D receptors are found throughout your body, which should come as no surprise, given we humans evolved in the sun.

Recent research has also revealed yet another benefit of sun exposure beyond the protective benefits of producing vitamin D, namely the production of nitric oxide—a compound that lowers your blood pressure.

According to the researchers, the heart-health benefits from this may outweigh the risk of developing skin cancer. Your vitamin D level varies not only with time of day, season, and geographic location, but also with your genetics.

For example, if you have dark skin, you may need up to 10 times more sun exposure to maintain an optimal vitamin D level as a person with pale skin. Redheads have to be particularly careful, as they appear to be genetically predisposed to developing melanoma, regardless of whether or not they spend time in the sun.

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beehiveFor this week’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a two-parter (although the first question has several parts to it). First up is a question about bee products and their effects (or non-effects) on human health. Are they miracle supplements? Are they all hype? Or is the truth somewhere in between? Find out below. Then, I try to help out Dan, a guy with a bum knee who, before injuring himself, based his entire workout routine around the back squat – which he can no longer perform safely. He wants to figure out a way to work out his lower body without the almighty squat at his disposal. Luckily, there are ways, which I’ll discuss below.

Let’s go.

Hey Mark,

I wanted to get your opinion on all the various bee products out there like pollen, royal jelly, propolis, honeycomb, etc. You did a post on honey already, but what about the other stuff? Is it worth looking into? There’s a lot of hype surrounding them and I know you can get to the bottom of it. Thanks!

Kim

Let’s start with pollen. Bee pollen is just what it sounds like: the plant pollen picked up by hairy bee legs in the course of their travels, mixed with regurgitated honey and nectar and enzymes and microbes, and rolled into a little ball. These little balls, packed with protein, B-vitamins, sugar, fatty acids, minerals, and other components that won’t show up on FitDay, serve as food for the hive’s inhabitants. No two pollen balls are alike, of course, so it’s impossible to say with any shred of confidence that “bee pollen contains this, this, that, that, and those in these specific amounts.” Bee pollen is a diverse mix of nutrients. Sounds interesting, for sure, but does it do anything?

Well, if you’re allergic to pollen, like millions of people with hay fever are, taking bee pollen could induce allergic reactions in you. Several studies suggest this, including one in allergic children and one in a single person taking a pollen supplement. I doubt it’s as grave a public danger as some would suggest, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a possibility worth consideration. I was unable to find any study showing that bee pollen supplements can have the opposite effect and ameliorate pollen allergy symptoms.

Another common claim for pollen is that it improves athletic performance, acting as an ergogenic aid. This review summarizes the evidence of that claim:

  • One study found that bee pollen increased the work capacities of weight lifters, although the increase was not statistically significant.
  • Another study found that college swimmers derived no benefit from pollen. Neither hemoglobin, red blood cells, nor overall performance were affected by bee pollen supplementation in any direction.
  • In cross country runners, bee pollen had no effect on performance, blood potassium levels, or hemoglobin.

There’s very little, if any, evidence for this claim.

That said, bee pollen does seem to be an interesting blend of antioxidant compounds. It’s basically a melange of plant residue, of phytonutrients and polyphenols and flavanoids from all across the land. Like most other plant phytonutrients, I could see it having some beneficial physiological effects that simply have yet to be catalogued. There’s already limited evidence that certain components of bee pollen are helpful against prostate cancer.

Onto royal jelly. If bee pollen is the meat-and-potatoes of the hive, royal jelly is the colostrum. It’s what baby bees eat in order to grow big and (relatively) strong, and it seems far more promising than bee pollen, with some very interesting properties.

For one, it contains primarily medium chain fatty acids, which some researchers think are responsible for the health effects of royal jelly. One in particular, 10-Hydroxy-trans-2-decenoic acid, has been shown to modulate the immune system, protect human skin against UVA damage, prevent endotoxin-induced inflammation, prevent the ability of cavity-producing bacteria to adhere to tooth surfaces, and increase collagen production. All that said, most of these studies were done in vitro, rather than live humans or animals, so take the results with a grain of salt.

In mice, oral doses of royal jelly increase expression of a neurotrophic factor. In other words, eating royal jelly may improve brain function. There are lots of anecdotes on health and supplement forums from people who report improved cognition after taking royal jelly for awhile. But you know what they say about anecdotes.

I’d say it might be worth trying if you can get a good deal. Royal jelly tends to be fairly expensive.

Honeycomb is the real deal. It’s a complete food, especially if you take it like the Hadza take their honeycomb: with vast numbers of bee larvae still attached. It’s packed with minerals, protein, B vitamins, antioxidants, fatty acids, and, yes, sugar, but a whole foods version of sugar with a very different metabolic effect. If you can get your hands on real honeycomb teeming with larvae, go for it!

Propolis is the glue that holds the honeycomb together. It’s a resinous mixture gathered from various plant and tree saps that plugs any unwanted entrances to the hive, provides structure, prevents diseases and parasites from entering, inhibits microbial infections, and reduces vibration. Propolis is also one of the richest sources of polyphenols, presumably because it’s basically an extract of dozens of plant essences. This one seems to have some merit.

There appear to be great potential benefits if in vitro studies pan out in humans, and the phytonutrient profile of bee products is quite broad and varied, but overall I’d say the evidence is inconclusive.

Dear Mark,

Recently, I tore the meniscus in my left knee. I’d previously been really into barbell lifting, particularly the squat. Basically, my whole workout regimen revolved around being able to squat. I had surgery, but I’m still not really ready to get back under the bar. Now I never feel like I’ve gotten a good workout. How do I keep from going crazy and is there a way to replace the squat?

Help!

Thanks,

Dan

Ha, if there’s one downside to the Internet’s obsession with the back squat, it’s that people feel they’re wasting their time in the gym if they don’t – or can’t – squat. That’s ridiculous. The squat is an incredible exercise, don’t get me wrong, but its absence does not necessarily nullify the effectiveness of a workout regimen. There are lots of things you can do to get a really strong lower body that don’t involve placing a bar across your back.

So, first of all, try to relax. You can still get a great workout.

Cycling sprints

Get a bike, sit astride it, and then pedal really really hard for a little while. Rest, repeat. There’s no other form of “cardio” with the cycling sprint’s potential toward leg hypertrophy and strength development (unless you’re doing something like lifting weights faster). If you don’t believe me, get a load of these. Yeah, yeah, those guys also do squats and stuff, but all that cycling plays the biggest role. Very few of my old endurance buddies would ever be called “muscular,” but the cyclists all had well-defined, sizable legs that dwarfed the rest of their bodies (without ever sniffing a squat rack).

  • Ideally, you’d do this on an actual mobile bike, but a stationary bike works too.
  • In my experience, the hardest bike sprints take place on slight inclines. You don’t want it so steep that you’re chugging along, barely able to pedal. You want it to be subtle, almost so subtle that you can’t even tell it’s uphill until you start pedaling. 
  • Slightly stand in your seat. Life your butt about an inch off the seat when you pedal. This seems to really put the focus on your thighs.
  • Don’t just “push” with your quads. Actively “pull” with your hamstrings, and don’t forget about your glutes. After a session of proper cycling sprints, your entire lower body should be fried.
  • Play around with gears until you find the right one for you. You want a nice balance of speed and effort, so that you can go really fast against a fairly high level of resistance.
  • For strength gains, fully recover in between sprints. For hypertrophy, shoot for a bit less rest.

Single leg work

Some people with knee injuries who can’t squat find they can do lunges, step-ups, or Bulgarian split squats without any pain. And some are the opposite: they can squat, but single leg work kills their knee. The reason for this probably comes down to how you squat, how the weight is distributed across your tissues, as well as the nature of your specific injury. One advantage of single leg work that might affect knee pain? It’s way easier to keep your torso upright during a lunge, step-up, or split squat.

Leg press

Before I’m consumed by a cloud of waxy maize, whey protein hydrolysate, and creatine given life by the raw anger of the Internet strength training community, allow me to explain myself. The leg press requires a machine, yeah. It’s not a squat, sure. You miss out on the upper body involvement, okay. But it’s a compound movement nonetheless. You’re using the entirety of your lower body to press a heavy weight. It may be inferior to the squat in terms of athletic and strength development, but it’s no slouch – and it’s a lot harder to mess up.

Don’t neglect the posterior chain

Knee injuries often limit knee flexion exercises like the squat while leaving the ability to perform hip extension exercises like deadlifts relatively untouched. So do them. Romanian deadlifts, kettlebell swings, traditional deadlifts, single leg deadlifts, whatever you prefer. If you can’t squat, your posterior chain – the glutes and the hamstrings – still require your attention. Plus, simply working your legs with a relatively heavy load without stressing the injured joint will help that joint get back to health, just from the movement and gentle stimulus.

That said, I would suggest that you try to maintain squat mobility throughout all this. Practice your Grok squat, as long as it doesn’t hurt your knee. You don’t have to add weight (just yet or ever), but you should be able to squat comfortably. It’s a good goal. Make sure you’re not just squatting wrong before you write yourself off.

That’s it for today, guys. Keep the questions coming and thanks for reading!



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Written by: Roger M. Woodbury
I have just reviewed The Paleo Solution on Amazon.  I bought the book after a referral from my son’s wife.  You can read my review and I recommend you do so.

For your information, I am a very healthy 69 1/2 years old, but have allowed myself to gain too much weight, and that has resulted in elevated blood pressure along with “bad” cholesterol levels. After reading The Paleo Solution, I immediately took up your challenge, and last Friday after thirty days, I met again with my doctor. He was astounded.

Weight loss in thirty days was 17 pounds and two inches from my waist line. I also lost ONE HUNDRED POINTS from my triglyceride count and my HDL and LDL cholesterol numbers were changed a little.

My doctor did  not order the hdl particle counts as I had directed in advance of my appointment and I will have another blood test taken shortly. Those results should prove interesting.

Meanwhile, my wife is totally committed to “eating like a caveman” and is thoroughly enjoying the new challenge of  creating in the kitchen. She is an outstanding cook and this “fun” for her is yet another benefit to The Paleo Solution.

I have decided to take my weight back down to when I was at my peak as a weight lifter, which is another twenty pounds or so. In addition, I am getting my treadmill on line and am riding my antique ten speed bike as often as possible.  In the fall provided I reach my initial goal (another seventeen pounds lost!), I will begin to weight train in the gym again.

As I said in my review on Amazon, The Paleo Solution is the real deal.

Roger M. Woodbury

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Oregon parents who choose to protect their children from the horrors of vaccines will now have to jump through a slew of unconstitutional government hoops, including subjecting themselves to state-coerced reeducation training and state-endorsed medical propaganda. This, thanks to the passage of a new bill recently signed into law by Oregon Governor and American traitor John Kitzhaber that makes opting out of vaccines more difficult.

The bill, known as Senate Bill 132, admittedly aims to detract free-thinking parents from avoiding the public school system’s vaccination requirements for their children. Currently in Oregon, parents can opt out of vaccines for both medical and religious reasons, and prior to the bill all they had to do was sign a simple form. Now, they will have to meet with a doctor or watch an “educational” video before being granted a waiver.

“Parents who decline vaccines for their kids will have to visit a doctor or prove they watched an educational video before sending the children to school or daycare, under the new requirement that goes into effect immediately,” explains a recent Associated Press (AP) announcement. “Previously, parents could seek non-medical exemptions by signing a form and citing a religious or system of beliefs.”

A direct swipe at parents’ Fourth Amendment rights to not have their children’s bodies seized by the government, this new vaccination exemption bill is a direct affront both to individual and religious liberty in the state of Oregon. The information to be presented to parents as part of the “educational video” requirement will reportedly come straight from the insanely biased U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the vaccine industry.

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Oregon parents who choose to protect their children from the horrors of vaccines will now have to jump through a slew of unconstitutional government hoops, including subjecting themselves to state-coerced reeducation training and state-endorsed medical propaganda. This, thanks to the passage of a new bill recently signed into law by Oregon Governor and American traitor John Kitzhaber that makes opting out of vaccines more difficult.

The bill, known as Senate Bill 132, admittedly aims to detract free-thinking parents from avoiding the public school system’s vaccination requirements for their children. Currently in Oregon, parents can opt out of vaccines for both medical and religious reasons, and prior to the bill all they had to do was sign a simple form. Now, they will have to meet with a doctor or watch an “educational” video before being granted a waiver.

“Parents who decline vaccines for their kids will have to visit a doctor or prove they watched an educational video before sending the children to school or daycare, under the new requirement that goes into effect immediately,” explains a recent Associated Press (AP) announcement. “Previously, parents could seek non-medical exemptions by signing a form and citing a religious or system of beliefs.”

A direct swipe at parents’ Fourth Amendment rights to not have their children’s bodies seized by the government, this new vaccination exemption bill is a direct affront both to individual and religious liberty in the state of Oregon. The information to be presented to parents as part of the “educational video” requirement will reportedly come straight from the insanely biased U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the vaccine industry.

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Oregon parents who choose to protect their children from the horrors of vaccines will now have to jump through a slew of unconstitutional government hoops, including subjecting themselves to state-coerced reeducation training and state-endorsed medical propaganda. This, thanks to the passage of a new bill recently signed into law by Oregon Governor and American traitor John Kitzhaber that makes opting out of vaccines more difficult.

The bill, known as Senate Bill 132, admittedly aims to detract free-thinking parents from avoiding the public school system’s vaccination requirements for their children. Currently in Oregon, parents can opt out of vaccines for both medical and religious reasons, and prior to the bill all they had to do was sign a simple form. Now, they will have to meet with a doctor or watch an “educational” video before being granted a waiver.

“Parents who decline vaccines for their kids will have to visit a doctor or prove they watched an educational video before sending the children to school or daycare, under the new requirement that goes into effect immediately,” explains a recent Associated Press (AP) announcement. “Previously, parents could seek non-medical exemptions by signing a form and citing a religious or system of beliefs.”

A direct swipe at parents’ Fourth Amendment rights to not have their children’s bodies seized by the government, this new vaccination exemption bill is a direct affront both to individual and religious liberty in the state of Oregon. The information to be presented to parents as part of the “educational video” requirement will reportedly come straight from the insanely biased U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the vaccine industry.

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Oregon parents who choose to protect their children from the horrors of vaccines will now have to jump through a slew of unconstitutional government hoops, including subjecting themselves to state-coerced reeducation training and state-endorsed medical propaganda. This, thanks to the passage of a new bill recently signed into law by Oregon Governor and American traitor John Kitzhaber that makes opting out of vaccines more difficult.

The bill, known as Senate Bill 132, admittedly aims to detract free-thinking parents from avoiding the public school system’s vaccination requirements for their children. Currently in Oregon, parents can opt out of vaccines for both medical and religious reasons, and prior to the bill all they had to do was sign a simple form. Now, they will have to meet with a doctor or watch an “educational” video before being granted a waiver.

“Parents who decline vaccines for their kids will have to visit a doctor or prove they watched an educational video before sending the children to school or daycare, under the new requirement that goes into effect immediately,” explains a recent Associated Press (AP) announcement. “Previously, parents could seek non-medical exemptions by signing a form and citing a religious or system of beliefs.”

A direct swipe at parents’ Fourth Amendment rights to not have their children’s bodies seized by the government, this new vaccination exemption bill is a direct affront both to individual and religious liberty in the state of Oregon. The information to be presented to parents as part of the “educational video” requirement will reportedly come straight from the insanely biased U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the vaccine industry.

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Oregon parents who choose to protect their children from the horrors of vaccines will now have to jump through a slew of unconstitutional government hoops, including subjecting themselves to state-coerced reeducation training and state-endorsed medical propaganda. This, thanks to the passage of a new bill recently signed into law by Oregon Governor and American traitor John Kitzhaber that makes opting out of vaccines more difficult.

The bill, known as Senate Bill 132, admittedly aims to detract free-thinking parents from avoiding the public school system’s vaccination requirements for their children. Currently in Oregon, parents can opt out of vaccines for both medical and religious reasons, and prior to the bill all they had to do was sign a simple form. Now, they will have to meet with a doctor or watch an “educational” video before being granted a waiver.

“Parents who decline vaccines for their kids will have to visit a doctor or prove they watched an educational video before sending the children to school or daycare, under the new requirement that goes into effect immediately,” explains a recent Associated Press (AP) announcement. “Previously, parents could seek non-medical exemptions by signing a form and citing a religious or system of beliefs.”

A direct swipe at parents’ Fourth Amendment rights to not have their children’s bodies seized by the government, this new vaccination exemption bill is a direct affront both to individual and religious liberty in the state of Oregon. The information to be presented to parents as part of the “educational video” requirement will reportedly come straight from the insanely biased U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the vaccine industry.

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