Archive for the ‘Local Green’ Category

Jul28

Interview With a Doula

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Natural Child-birthing From a Radical Perspective

It would not be an exaggeration to say that in general our culture is an extremely morbid one, overly obsessed with death, violence and the macabre. Even in the radical community we often fail to spend enough time celebrating life; we also fall well short of paying sufficient attention to what is needed to promote and sustain both life itself and a good quality of life.

As our twitter, instagram and facebook newsfeeds fill up with images of ethnic cleansing, brutalized children and widespread devastation, we can find ourselves slipping into either apathy or despair. This is why I am very happy to present this podcast with our guest Iresha Picot. We talk about her life-affirming work as a doula, what it means and how very important such work is in countering the dehumanizing influence of the medical-industrial establishment.

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Interview With a Doula mp3

If you would like more information, or if you would like to inquire about retaining Iresha as a doula you can contact her at Iresha.Picot@gmail.com

Visit Maternity Care Coalition for more info on general maternity care and related resources.

Jan07

Conquer the Cold & Flu Season

The cold and flu season is here once again with this year shaping up to be a pretty rough one compared to previous years. Use the information in this post to minimize the length of an illness or avoid it altogether.

A traditional Western diet is (surprise!) not compatible with good health. A diet over saturated with white bread, meat, alcohol and sugar will inevitably lead to a rarely talked about problem: unbalanced pH levels and eventual acidosis. A proper pH balance is crucial to maintaining good health; when too much acid is present within our bodies we become more vulnerable to viruses and bacteria. Excess acids in the body need to be neutralized and this takes up precious energy the body could be using to maintain itself at optimal levels. When the body is acidic it uses calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium and other minerals to neutralize the acid and remove it from the body; if an acidic environment persists for a prolonged period of time this essentially means that our body’s minerals are perpetually diverted from other important functions. Here’s a list of some problems we will eventually encounter when we have an overly acidic pH:

– Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and the reduction of oxygen.
– Weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
– Bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones.
– Immune deficiency.
– Acceleration of free radical damage, possibly contributing to cancerous mutations.
– Hormone concerns.
– Premature aging.
– Osteoporosis; weak, brittle bones, hip fractures and bone spurs.
– Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup.
– Low energy and chronic fatigue.
– Slow digestion and elimination.
– Yeast/fungal overgrowth.

Here’s a chart of acidic vs alkaline foods to help illustrate how we can achieve a proper balance:

Acid-Alkaline Chart
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As we can see, some of the most popular foods and drinks in the Western diet are also the most acidic. If your goal is to avoid the cold and flu, or shorten their duration, it would be a good idea to minimize the amount of acidic food in your diet and increase the alkaline foods. For those like myself who are on a budget this is probably one of the best options. Organic foods, supplements and other health products can be expensive, but we can get closer to optimum health by simply cutting out some foods from our diet and adding in others.

Phil of Good Mind Seeds has some advice for those looking to fight off the bugs and germs of winter:

Slowly chew raw garlic to coat the throat with its juices. Saltwater gargle after eating and drinking to keep any food and bacteria away from your throat. Wild black cherry bark is good for the throat – keeps it clean and free of bacterial mucus. Drink tons of fluids but make sure you keep up your electrolytes with a onion garlic broth with salt. Oregano, thyme and sage in the broth will serve to kill a wider range of pathogens in your throat and also decrease inflammation in the sinus and lungs. Small nibbles of cedar leaves stop coughing but too much will cause kidney stones. if you have access to an herb store i recommend astragalus for the immune system. You can also take osha for cough, and elderberry for immune too. Licorice root will help check any infection in the lungs along with the osha but if the cough persists with those you might want to consider going to a doctor eventually. After 2 weeks of a persistent cough i will go to a doc to prevent pneumonia.

My own cold/flu remedy involves trying not to get it in the first place, but of course this is not always possible. I’ve started using raw honey and bee pollen with organic cinnamon taken twice a day with a glass of warm water to help ward off germs. I’ve also recently decided to dramatically reduce my wheat and sugar intake and essentially eliminate alcohol from my diet (though this can be very hard to do at social functions). Creating an internal environment that’s conducive to good health is key; this way even if you do get sick you’ll be able to bounce back relatively quickly. Also keep in mind that taking herbal supplements and vitamins is pointless when your body has an overly acidic pH because then they cannot be absorbed – a balanced pH level is a necessity for good health!

For those who live in or near Philadelphia I would suggest checking out Fair Food Farmstand and the Herbiary, both located inside the Reading Terminal Market. There you can find organic foods and supplements at reasonable prices; Fair Food Farmstand even accepts EBT and offers a “double dollars” service for low income people, giving us more much needed access to healthy, organic foods.

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At the Herbiary

So good luck to you all! Go forth and conquer this year’s flu season!

Dec21

The Green Roots of MOVE

During this interview Ramona Africa talks about a lesser known aspect of MOVE’s history and reveals why this empire’s days are numbered.

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Deep Green Philly Interview mp3 – The Green Roots of MOVE

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Sep21

Voices of Shale Gas Outrage

While those who are murdering our environment met inside, protestors filled the streets outside of the Pennsylvania Convention Center demanding an end to hydraulic fracturing, a toxic method of drilling for natural gas. Ideally, this post would end with, “and then the frackers and their government cronies were sent to the guillotine.” Unfortunately, we’re not quite there yet. Protestors angry about the fracking issue did however turn up here in Philadelphia en masse with lots of good energy. Listen to some of what they had to say below.

 

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Deep Green Philly Podcast mp3 – Voices of Shale Gas Outrage

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Shale Gas Outrage
Protecting Our Waters

Mar21

Deep Green Chris Hedges

After Chris Hedges finished speaking at the 2012 Left Forum in New York City, my comrade Dusty and I caught up with him at a nearby coffee shop. We of course spoke about the environmental crisis, and we also explored Chris Hedges’ views on nonviolence.

Since the recent controversy over his statements about black bloc, some have been quick to dismiss Chris Hedges altogether. I don’t believe that this is the best way to handle him and his views. You may not agree with his strategies and pronouncements, but Chris Hedges raises some valid points that we must grapple with, especially since they are views shared by a large number of people in this country. There exist certain “facts on the ground”, like it or not. Is violent struggle feasible in a heavily militarized and policed “totalitarian state” (as Hedges refers to the U.S.)? Can we build an effective resistance movement without mass public support? We must wrestle with these difficult issues if we want to take our movements forward. Hear him out and make up your own mind.

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Music:

Ma Jolie Uh, …Merica?
Eslam Jawad ft. Salah Edin & Shadia Mansour Farrd Naffas


Deep Green Philly – Chris Hedges

Feb02

What is Capitalism?

Here is the first in a series of talks sponsored by Occupy Philly’s Education and Training Working Group: Dissecting Capitalism, pt. 1: What is Capitalism (with George Caffentzis and Alex Knight at LAVA in west Philadelphia).

Part I – George Caffentzis

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Part II – Alex Knight

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Part III – Q & A

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Jan25

Eco and Animal Rights Activists

On 1/24/2012, at the Grindcore House coffee shop in South Philly, eco and animal rights activists met to discuss “the ongoing fight to keep the Delaware River basin free from fracking, the Greenpeace Philly campaign to stop coal fired power plants in PA, and Rowan from Animal Activists of Philadelphia [gave] a talk on the upcoming Cruelest Show on Earth, the Ringling Bros. Circus.”

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Music (in order of appearance):
Brief Lives – Same Sky
This Is Jazz – Lonely Bones
holy!holy!holy! – This Is The Way To Doomsday

You can see Brief Lives and This is Jazz on February 10th at the Occupy Philly Direct Action Benefit Show #2. Come out and support a good cause!


Artist Leo Tanguma “advocates for the exploited and oppressed in his murals.”