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Why Do We Eat Spoiled Food?

June 23, 2015

 

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This was enjoyable and easy to understand.

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The Eye-Brain Connection

June 22, 2015

 
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In Tips From the Traditional Cook by Maria Atwood, CNHP2 Comments

I’ve needed to wear glasses since my very early childhood, but I’ve never done anything for my eyes except obediently get my yearly exam and leave with a stronger prescription than the one before. That habit abruptly stopped last year when I was visited with a serious inflammation in my left eye. The sudden redness and severe pain in my eyeball sent me to a top specialist, and after the examination he prescribed steroid drops. He also suggested I’d need them for the rest of my life, as what I had was an incurable disorder—but since steroids are damaging in the long run, I’d need to use them cautiously.

The doctor called my condition episcleritis, a benign, self-limiting inflammatory disease affecting part of the eye called the episclera. This thin layer of tissue lies between the conjuctiva and the connective tissue that forms the white of the eye, or the sclera. I used the steroids, but only until the excruciating pain and redness subsided. Not only was I baffled as to how this condition originated, but I also grew fearful of losing my eyesight. To this day I still haven’t found the cause of this eye disorder. To further complicate matters, within two weeks I felt the severe aching and redness begin in my right eye. Once again I had to pay a handsome price to visit the specialist and go back to using the steroids. Talk about depressed and fearful—this is it, my friends, as our eyes are one of the most precious parts of our body.

In a real panic, I of course called one of my favorite Standard Process mentors, Joseph Antell. He advised me to immediately start the following protocol: Iplex, a superior eye supplement; an increased intake of Cataplex C to address the connective tissue damage; Oculotrophin PMG to deter further damage; and, last but not least, Golden Seal from MediHerb to stem the inflammation.

Within a week I began to feel some relief, although for the next month I’d use a drop or two of the steroids when I sensed the pain coming back. All told, it took approximately two months on this protocol to feel a distinct difference and stop using the steroids. I haven’t needed them since, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I continue to take Iplex, Cataplex C, and Oculotrophin PMG. I intersperse Golden Seal into the ongoing protocol but don’t use it daily. I was also more judicious about taking fermented cod liver oil and high-vitamin butter daily from Green Pasture, and also ate some form of liver twice a week (calf, chicken, or goose liver) throughout the two months. However, I didn’t stop there. For healing and strengthening your eyes, please read on for more recommendations.

Knowing there had to be more I could do to help my eyes cope with the additional time I’d been spending on the computer, as well as other factors such as advancing age-related dryness and blue light from TV and computers, I looked for reading material that could point me to an ongoing eye-strengthening program. After reading through several books, I came upon 28 Days to Reading Without Glasses by Lisette Scholl, a natural vision improvement teacher, certified hypnotist, and yoga instructor. This book taught me how to properly take care of my eyes and also helped me understand the crucial eye-brain connection. Now my eyes are less tired, and hopefully in time I’ll be like one of the success stories mentioned in the book—not wearing glasses anymore and having truly healthy eyes in the future.

Allow me to quote just one paragraph that explains the connection between the eye and the brain—something I was totally unaware of:

The visual system and its little video recorders are incredibly complex. The average eye has nearly one billion working parts. A lot is going on in there! Dr. Robert-Michael Kaplan, one of the leading behavioral optometrists, notes in Seeing Without Glasses that “our eyes, for their size, have a greater blood and nerve supply than most other organ systems in the body, and there is a strong relationship between the brain and the fitness of the eyes. Approximately 49 percent of the brain’s cranial nerves, which directly feed the body’s nervous system, are just for the eyes.” In addition, retinal nerve fibers make up 40 percent of all nerve fibers going to the brain. This is impressive in and of itself, but especially when you realize that the retina amounts to one-millionth of our body weight. Proportionately speaking, the eyes’ requirements far outweigh those of our other organs.
28 Days to Reading Without Glasses, p. 6

Before I go on to some tasty nutrient-dense recipes that support healthy eyes, I’d like to outline just a few of the techniques Scholl uses on her clients. I especially like the accompanying bookmark exercise, which can be copied and laminated. It’s large and easy to read. To strengthen your eyes, Scholl recommends this 7-step exercise after reading or typing two pages of any material. It takes less than 2–3 minutes, and it will become a habit as you continue doing it. In just a few days, you’ll truly feel the difference in your eyes.

Bookmark

  • Take off your glasses!
  • Yawn—at least three times.
  • Stand up and stretch (or stretch while sitting).
  • Stretch your eye muscles: look up, down, left, right, diagonally, and around in circles.
  • Shift your focus quickly, in and out 5 times, from near to distant objects.
  • Palm for at least 5 deep breaths. [Palming is cupping your hands over your eyes.]
  • Put the bookmark ahead 2 pages and continue reading, first checking to see if you can read without your glasses.

Stop right now and see how relaxing this exercise can be, whether you’re reading or typing on a keyboard. This is also a good time to take a few sips of beet kvass, coconut water, or just plain water with a pinch of sea salt added to it.

Other exercises in the book include the Bates Method, an alternative therapy for improving eyesight created by William H. Bates, MD. You can learn more about his life-changing eye exercises in DVD courses, books, or online. Scholl also offers some great mental uplifting and relaxing techniques from her own clinical practice and short, simple leg, arm, and body exercises to increase circulation. Last but not least is her easy-to-follow 28-day program that allows you to pace yourself through each unique therapy while adding a new level every day, therefore keeping it simple and doable. Hopefully, I’ve now convinced you that taking the eye-brain connection seriously and finding the time to relax and pamper those eyes will help preserve your vision.

In my blog post “Relaxation: The Cure-All Vitamin,” I also talk about an easy twice-a-day technique that helps you relax not just your eyes but your whole body.

For another must-read article on eye health, see “Vitamin A Saga” from the Weston A. Price Foundation. Here’s an excerpt:

Listed below are approximate levels of vitamin A in common foods, in IUs per 100 grams:

  • High-vitamin cod liver oil 230,000
  • Regular cod liver oil 100,000
  • Duck liver 40,000
  • Beef liver 35,000
  • Goose liver 31,000
  • Liverwurst sausage (pork) 28,000
  • Lamb liver 25,000

It should be noted that these amounts can vary according to how the animals are fed. Weston Price noted a huge variation in vitamin A content of butter according to the season. In addition, absorption of vitamin A varies according to the food. Research carried out during the 1940s indicates that vitamin A is more easily absorbed from butter than from other foods.

The US Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamin A is currently 5,000 IU per day (and may possibly be lowered to 2500 IU per day). From the work of Weston Price, we can assume that the amount in primitive diets was about 50,000 IU per day, which could be achieved in a modern diet by consuming generous amounts of whole milk, cream, butter and eggs from pastured animals; beef or duck liver several times per week; and 1 tablespoon regular cod liver oil or ½ tablespoon high-vitamin cod liver oil per day.

The recipes that follow should help you get started on an eye program that may help you avoid the dreaded episcleritis while getting lots of added nutrition into your diet.

Pumpkin for Your Peepers

This is a great pumpkin mousse.

Ingredients
1 cup organic pumpkin puree (I recommend Farmer’s Market Organic Pumpkin)
1 cup plain full fat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon Great Lakes Gelatin
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
? cup maple syrup, or to taste
Zest of one orange
½ teaspoon mixed spice (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger)
¼ cup whipping cream, very cold

Instructions

  1. Place a medium bowl in freezer. In a large bowl, mix pumpkin and yogurt with a whisk.
  2. Sprinkle gelatin over orange juice and let sit for about three minutes, just enough time to get maple syrup ready.
  3. Bring maple syrup to a boil on medium-high heat in a small saucepan, stirring constantly. Pour boiling maple syrup over orange juice and stir until gelatin has melted.
  4. Pour maple syrup mix into pumpkin preparation and whisk well. Add orange zest and spices. Stir to combine.
  5. Using the chilled bowl from freezer, whip cream to firm peaks with a hand mixer. Next, use the mixer to whip pumpkin for about 1 minute. With a spatula, gently fold whipped cream into pumpkin mix.
  6. Ladle into serving cups and chill in refrigerator until set, about 2–3 hours.

Turkey Burgers

High in zinc, turkey is terrific for the eyes. The orange peppers and green onion in these tasty burgers will also provide your eyes with lutein and zeaxanthin. For a lighter version, omit the whole wheat buns and enjoy your turkey burger wrapped in lettuce.

Ingredients
1 lb. ground organic turkey
1 free-range egg
½ cup green onion, chopped
¼ cup whole wheat bread crumbs or oat bran
¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

For the toppings:
2 orange peppers, sautéed until limp
2 yellow onions, caramelized in olive oil (optional)
4 whole wheat buns or lettuce
3 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard
Leaf lettuce

Instructions

  1. Mix ground turkey with remaining ingredients and form into patties.
  2. Prepare the orange peppers and caramelized onions and set aside in a warm toaster oven.
  3. Grill or broil the turkey burgers. Place on whole wheat buns or lettuce leaves and add the toppings. Enjoy!
An afterthought from the Traditional Cook...

Remember—eyes love, love R-E-L-A-X-I-N-G!

AUTHOR’S NOTE

To choose your organically grown and fresh ingredients wisely, use the following criteria:

  • chemical- and hormone-free meat
  • wild-caught fish
  • pasture-raised, organic eggs
  • whole, unrefined grains
  • virgin, unrefined, first-press organic oils
  • whole-food, unrefined sweeteners
  • pure, clean, spring water
  • sea salt
  • raw and/or cultured milk and cream products

The full artice can also be read at this web address:  https://www.seleneriverpress.com/the-eye-brain-connection/?utm_source=Selene+River+Press+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=ee5738edff-Blog_Recap_6_13_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_36ab23f0f3-ee5738edff-172379237

Note from Maria: I am a Certified Natural Health Professional, CNHP, not a medical doctor. I do not diagnose, prescribe for, treat, or claim to prevent, mitigate, or cure any human diseases. Please see your medical doctor prior to following any recommendations I make in my blogs or on my website.


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ONLY 3 Copies Available - Book Give Away - "Dissolving Illusions," Suzanne Humphries, MD

June 17, 2015

 

Why do we believe something? Is it because everyone else believes it? Is it because our family and community believe it? Is it because we were told to believe it by someone in a position of power and respect? Were we taught to believe it in school? Do we believe it because the idea has existed for a long time?

What if what we believed was nothing more than an illusion?

It wasn’t long ago when infections plagued the Western world. Smallpox, scarlet fever, measles, typhoid, diphtheria, whooping cough, and other diseases were once considered a tragic part of life. Starting in the mid-1800s, there was a steady drop in the deaths from all these infectious diseases, decreasing by the mid-1900s to very low levels. The elimination of these diseases is one of the most amazing, yet unsung, public health revolutions in history.

That journey from disease cesspool to our modern world is a tale of plagues and famine, crushing poverty and filth, lost cures, individual freedoms versus state might, protests and arrests, and much more. Dissolving Illusions paints a historic portrait with quotes from the pages of long overlooked medical journals, books, newspapers, and other sources to reveal a startling history that has been disregarded. With this historic information and originally researched data in the form of myth-shattering graphs, Dissolving Illusions shines new light onto issues that are assumed to be clear-cut and settled long ago.

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Books Are Gone - "Alzheimer's Disease: Forget Antioxidants & Supplements," by Prof Randolph M. Howes MD, PhD

May 15, 2015

 

Alzheimer's Disease: Forget Antioxidants & Supplements

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Alzheimer's Disease: Forget Antioxidants & Supplements is a book presenting the scientific facts regarding the failure of these agents to prevent or reverse this disease. As our life spans increase, Alzheimer's disease (AD) is fast becoming a terrifying scourge for mankind, as it robs its victims of their memories and families of their finances. There are about 28 drugs in development for treating Alzheimer's but there are no promises of a pending success at hand. Painfully, I watched my dear mother succumb to this dreaded disease and hope that my in depth research into oxygen metabolism will offer opportunity for future research breakthroughs. Supplement manufacturers frequently mislead consumers with high-pressure advertisements, designed to create a feeling of guilt when family members do not resort to the use of one of their so called "memory miracle" pills. Overall, antioxidants and supplements have been disappointments and failures. Even though none of the current AD drugs have proved effective over the long haul, they are prescribed to 25% of those diagnosed with AD. The cost of care for AD patients is predicted to "break the Medicare bank." Vaccines have also been failures. To be perfectly candid, we do know what causes AD and do not know how to prevent or treat it. That is the truth but research still offers hope. We must fight to have increased funding for Alzheimer’s research. In the interim, we must require and demand respectful and qualified care for all Alzheimer’s patients. About 5.3 million (figures vary) Americans currently have AD and a new case is diagnosed every 70 seconds. The word “victim” seems overused in today’s media but it is truly appropriate for those suffering from the tragedy called Alzheimer’s disease (AD). We can and we must do better. Read my book for clues to the future of AD.

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Why Operation Jade Helm 15 is freaking out the Internet - and why it shouldn't be

May 7, 2015

 
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Antioxidant Supplements? - Not So Good!

May 7, 2015

 
Antioxidant Supplements? – Not So Good!

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Almost everything you have heard about antioxidants in the past may not be true!

Unfortunately, some facts that we thought were proven in the past have been invalidated today. For example, we thought that science proved that saturated fats were unhealthy, but recently published meta-analysis articles (Here, Here and Here) have shown that saturated fats from plants and pastured animals are actually necessary and healthy for our bodies.

The question then becomes, “Will the facts that science verifies today become false tomorrow?” The answer is, “In some cases, yes!”

So, what can we do if we look to science for answers?

My personal approach has been to take a broad view – like you would observe at 30,000 feet above the earth in an airplane.

For example, if you were seated on a plane before takeoff and looked out the window, you only would be able to see the runway. Once the plane began its ascent, you would see some of the rooftops surrounding the airport. As the plane continued to climb, you now would be able to see some of the roads and waterways making up the city. After the climb and now at cruising altitude, you could make out the mountains, clumps of neighborhoods, and a broad overview of the terrain.

My approach to what is best for us as humans is to first take the most comprehensive view. To me, that means studying our species’ evolution over the course of 2.5 million years. The facts of evolution have given me a healthier appreciation of what allowed our species to survive and thrive. Therein lies the truth!

The fact that we are alive today is a testament to these truths. Our bodies are complex and intricately designed. Almost always our bodies will function at their peak if given the nutrients and lifestyle from which they evolved.

This leads up to supplements. Generally, supplements are not necessary for our body. Nutrient-dense foods usually will be the only nourishment our bodies require to function optimally unless there was a disease that had damaged the body’s ability to perform in a healthy state.

Antioxidants are among the most popular health-protecting supplements sold worldwide without prescription. As a society, we think we need to purchase them in huge amounts in order to help rid our bodies of all those bad free radicals that are running around causing harm to our cells. Research is showing that “it just ain’t so.”

Free radicals are molecules or atoms containing an unpaired electron. Unpaired electrons are hungry for another electron with which to pair up. Electrons want to exist in pairs. They are unstable until they get that additional electron from somewhere else so that they can be paired up again.

However, free radicals are naturally occurring byproducts of normal functions within the cells of our body. They are formed from the cell’s use of oxygen to produce energy. In turn, these free radicals, in the form of oxidative stress, can signal the cell to make its own homemade antioxidants through the pathway of Nrf2. Activation of Nrf2 can also be stimulated by various nutrients in foods, and this process is critical to our survival.

Antioxidants are molecules that are able to donate an electron to the free radical, thus stabilizing the free radical by giving it the extra electron to make a happy pair.

If free radicals are unable to get their needed electrons from antioxidants, these radicals can cause damage to the body through oxidative stress, which is associated with ageing, heart failure, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and many other health problems.

In the past, science has suggested that the more antioxidants we ingest, the less oxidative stress we have to endure. These antioxidants would donate electrons to the free radicals and neutralize their potential damage. However, antioxidants themselves can become reactive (become a free radical themselves) after donating an electron to a free radical.

In the human body there are many varieties of antioxidants present. As I mentioned, we can produce them internally by stimulating the Nrf2 pathway. Also, our body can obtain antioxidants from nutrient-dense foods we ingest from a primal diet. The varieties of antioxidants in our system can buffer each other as they in turn give up electrons to newly formed free radical molecules.

As an example, one naturally occurring external source of antioxidants is chocolate. It contains more than 20 antioxidant flavonoids. Once you eat chocolate, its antioxidants have the ability to donate electrons to free radicals in the body. As one type of flavonoid gives up an electron to a free radical, this flavonoid is converted into a free radical itself and becomes reactive, but less reactive than the free radical to which it donated its electron. This reactive flavonoid then receives an electron from another type of flavonoid within the chocolate. This second flavonoid becomes reactive but not to the extent of the first flavonoid. This goes on and on with each successive flavonoid giving up an electron but becoming less reactive. Eventually, the naturally occurring antioxidants in chocolate (in this example) decrease the damage of free radicals in our body.

A problem occurs when we take a high-dose antioxidant supplement. For example, taking a high-dose vitamin C supplement provides only one form of an antioxidant. There are no other antioxidants in this supplement to offer the protective give and take by providing extra electrons. The end result could be an abundance of antioxidant molecules of vitamin C that are now free radicals themselves. They have become highly reactive with no means of neutralizing themselves. This creates more oxidative stress.

The bottom line is to help your body produce its own antioxidants as necessary and to utilize the antioxidants supplied in nutrient-dense foods. Taking doses of antioxidant supplements could prove unhealthy, resulting in more oxidative stress to your body. Eating a nutrient-dense diet like the primal diet not only could promote activation of the Nrf2 pathway but also could provide numerous varieties of beneficial antioxidants for your cells.


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International Event - "Understanding the Tooth-Body Connection and the Holistic Approach in Health Management."

May 7, 2015

 

Please join us in attending a very special 2-day symposium this May 11-12, 2015 featuring two renowned international speakers for an event titled: "Understanding the Tooth-Body Connection and the Holistic Approach in Health Management." Part of the lecture will touch on Dr. Weston A. Price’s contribution to Biological Dentistry & Integrative Medicine.

This is the first of many lecture series that The Family Life and Wellness Institute have opened to the public, especially those with an interest in holistic healing and wellness: TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Hilot, Ayurveda, Chiropathy, Iridology, Homeopathy, Physiotherapy, including nurses, pharmacists, biochemists, other healers and our family's first healer--Mothers! Kindly help us spread the word.

Our local chapter is proud to be one of the event sponsors and we will have an exhibit featuring WAPF brochures, journals, membership sign-ups while offering nutrient dense refreshments as well to those who attend!

As friends of the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) - Metro Manila chapter, Philippines, the Family Life and Wellness Institute has graciously extended a SPECIAL RATE of P1,350 for the 2 day event and that includes morning snacks, lunch and afternoon snacks plus hand-outs!! The normal rate is P3,000 for advance reservation, but the SPECIAL RATE of P1,350.00 will be honored even on the day of the event.

Attached please find the brochure that provides more details as well as a registration form with special pricing for Weston A. Price Foundation members.

For those with holistic based products or services, the Family Life and Wellness Institute are also looking for other sponsors for the event. For more details, kindly contact Ms. Alice Maximo via landlines: +63 2 475-5064 <applewebdata://D99CCD92-59DF-4CDF-9318-282605B40695> and +63 2 771-3579 <applewebdata://D99CCD92-59DF-4CDF-9318-282605B40695> local 800 or Mobile +63 918 919 3157.

Knowledge at this level is priceless! I truly hope you take advantage of this unique educational opportunity. However, if for some reason you are unable to attend, please help us publicize the event by forwarding this information to other like-minded individuals.

Feel free to email me or contact me directly at +63 917 357 7278 for more details.

Hope to see you next Monday!


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Tax Day Promotion

April 14, 2015

 

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We are sponsors of Nourishing Our Children, a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation. In collaboration with the Foundation, they've created educational materials designed for one's own self education and/or to teach to an audience. They've just launched a tax day promotion that will run through April 17, 2015! They are offering 80% off of their usual donation request! This significant reduction in their usual donation request will not be offered again this year.

They are also offering 2 bundles, valued at $140.00, for free as a giveaway on April 15, 2015!

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WATCH: Nebraska farmer silences oil and gas committe with invitation to drink water tainter by fracking

March 30, 2015

 
WATCH: Nebraska farmer silences oil and gas committee with invitation to drink water tainted by fracking

Nebraska farmer James Osborne pours out some drinks for the commission (Screencapture)

In the video, uploaded to YouTube by BoldNebraska, Nebraskan James Osborne used his 3 minutes before the committee to visually explain what fracking waste can do to the water table, dramatically pouring out water containing his own “private mixture” of fracking additives.

The committee is holding public hearings on a proposal by an oil company to ship out-of-state fracking wastewater into Nebraska where it will be dumped into a “disposal well” in Sioux County. According to a report, the Terex Energy Corp wants to truck as much as 10,000 barrels a day of the chemical-laden fracking wastewater to a ranch north of Mitchell, Nebraska for disposal.

Explaining that he has ties to the oil industry and that he is still on the fence about fracking, Osbourne explained fluid dynamics to the board while pouring out three cups of the sludgy water that could result from spills or from seeping into the water table.

Referring to earlier testimony, Osbourne said, “So you told me this morning that you would drink this water,” as he indicated the cups.

“So would you drink it? Yes or no?” he asked, only to be met by silence by the stone-faced group before a member explained they wouldn’t be answering any questions.

“Oh, you can’t answer any questions? Well my answer would be ‘no.’ I don’t want this in the water that will travel entirely across this state in three days,” Osborne said. “There is no doubt there will be contamination. There will be spills.”

Osborne left the glasses on the table before thanking the committee and leaving to applause.

Watch the video below from BoldNebraska:

 

Information from Bold Nebraska and the Nebraska Sierra Club (shown below) also show that many of these testimonials will not be apart of the official record.  See below for article #2 plus other videos of the hearing and petition information.

Local citizens opposed to an out-of-state company's plan to export toxic fracking wastewater into Nebraska dominated a 6-hour hearing on Tuesday in Sidney.

Citizens like James Osborn of Ainsworth, Nebr., who poured the Oil & Gas Commissioners each a glass of fracked water and asked if they'd drink it. Watch the video.

Watch the video

If you haven't already, SIGN the PETITION: DON'T FRACK OUR WATER.

Unfortunately, dozens of citizens who showed up to the hearing — including a busload of students from Scottsbluff High School — didn't see James's testimony and demonstration, as they were held outside the too-small venue organized by a Commission unprepared to adequately host a public hearing as laid out under state open meeting laws.

Despite the obstacles in their way, nearly 50 citizens testified against the fracking well. However, in a slap in the face to everyone who took time out of their day to come and testify, the Commission stated it will not consider any of these citizens' public comments in their final decision on the well. [1] We recorded almost all of it; you can view the full "public" segment of the hearing here.

Bold Nebraska and the Nebraska Sierra Club believe that for these and other reasons the hearing violated state open meeting laws, and are exploring options on filing a complaint.

We thank Nebraska State Sen. Ken Haar for traveling to Sidney while the Legislature was in session to testify at the hearing, and to Sen. John Stinner of Scottsbluff for his letter urging the Oil & Gas Commission not to take any action on this well until the Legislature can study the Commission's authority and fracking wastewater's impact on our water and natural resources.

Apparently, these two State Senators' testimony will also not be part of the official record, as it took place during the off-the-record "public" portion of the hearing. We believe everyone's testimony should be part of the official record, and the Oil and Gas Commission violated the law by attempting to exclude it.

Watch Sen. Haar's testimony, and read Sen. Stinner's letter to the Oil & Gas Commission.

We're now calling on Natural Resources Committee Chairman, Senator Ken Schilz, whose District 47 includes Sioux County, and who represents the vast majority of citizens who testified at the Oil & Gas Commission hearing, to stand with Senators Stinner and Harr and join the call for a pause on this well permit until the Legislature can study the issue and ensure our water and natural resources are protected.

Tell Sen. Ken Schilz: Pause the fracking well permit process until the Legislature can study fracking wastewater's impact on our natural resources.

Phone: (402) 471-2616 | Email: kschilz@leg.ne.gov

If you haven't already, SIGN the PETITION: DON'T FRACK OUR WATER.

Thanks for standing with us.

Mark Hefflinger for Bold Nebraska and Nebraska Sierra Club


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