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Do you live in a toxic Superfund area?

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Superfund areas have contaminated water, air, soil, and/or living organisms. Some areas are being monitored, some have been cleaned up to the best of our abilities, some have no intervention due to lack of funds/etc. Some of these areas aren’t well contained and still leach into surrounding air/soil/water for miles.

http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/

http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/query/queryhtm/nplfin.htm (entire list)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superfund

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Superfund_sites_in_the_United_States

Alabama: 14 sites — Highest score area: 61.42 Triana/Tennessee River. An estimated 475 tons of DDT residues accumulated in sediment. Fish tested, exceeded the FDA guidelines for DDT ppm.

Alaska: 6 sites

Arizona: 9 sites

Arkansas: 9 sites — Highest score area: 65.46 92 acres in Jacksonville, belonging to Vertac. Soil, surface water, and ground water have been contaminated by insecticides, herbicides, chlorinated phenols, and dioxin.

California: 98 sites  — Highest score area: 74.86 in Stockton. MCCORMICK & BAXTER CREOSOTING CO. Soils throughout the site were contaminated with arsenic, chromium, copper, PCP, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Soil contamination extends to depths of 40 feet below ground surface (bgs) in some areas. The aquifer beneath the site is contaminated with many of the same substances to a depth of 175 feet bgs. The aquifer is interconnected with a deep aquifer. The deep aquifer within 4 miles of the site provides drinking water to approximately 97,000 people.

Colorado: 18 sites   — Highest score area: 64.32 Rocky Flats Plant (USDOE). Releases of solvents, pesticides, plutonium, and tritium have contaminated soils, surface water sediments, and ground water at various locations on the facility. Plutonium contamination of soils and sediments has also been documented beyond the boundaries of the Federally owned land. Additionally, three evaporation ponds have contributed to nitrate contamination of ground water.  A USDOE report identified Hillside 881 as the most significant potential risk to populations. Hillside 881 is near the Woman Creek drainage, which eventually discharges into Standly Lake, a major drinking water supply reservoir for several Denver suburbs. 

Connecticut: 14 sites    — Highest score area: 69.92  New Castle County. The Army Creek Landfill. Contaminants include lead, chromium, arsenic, and a variety of organic compounds, that migrate to an aquifer that supplies water to over 100,000 people. The site holds 1.9 million cubic yards of trash. 

Delaware: 13 sites — Highest score area: 69.92 New Castle County, Delaware

District of Columbia: 1 site (Washington Navy Yard listed 1998)

Florida: 55 sites    — Highest score area: 70.71 Old Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp in Jacksonville.  Contaminants: volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, and metals at concentrations exceeding EPA cleanup target levels in the soils, ground water, and sediments. Offsite migration of contaminants has adversely impacted St. Johns River water quality.

Georgia: 16 sites

Guam: 2 sites

Hawaii: 3 sites   — Highest score area: 70.82 6,300 acres in Pearl Harbor on the Island of Oahu, Honolulu County at the Pearl Harbor Naval Complex.  Contaminant sources include landfills, pesticide disposal pits, chromic acid disposal areas, PCB disposal areas, mercury-contaminated harbor sediments, leaking underground solvent tanks, waste oil facilities, and numerous other types of sources resulting from industrial activities at the complex.  Hazardous substances found include mercury, chromium, PCBs, pesticides, trichloroethene, trans-1,2-dichloroethene, and other volatile organic compounds.

Idaho: 6 sites 

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Illinois: 44 sites   — Highest score area: 70.71 DePue/New Jersey Zinc/Mobil Chemical Corp.  in the Village of DePue, Bureau County, Illinois.  Contaminant souces include  a residue pile, a waste pile, lithopone waste material ridges, a cinder fill area, contaminated soils, lagoons/cooling ponds, and gypsum stack ponds. All of the sources were found to contain elevated levels of metals, including zinc, lead, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and copper. Elevated levels of cadmium were found in residential soil samples. In addition, contamination of a fishery, state wildlife refuge, and wetlands have been documented in Lake DePue.

Indiana: 34 sites

Iowa: 11 sites

Kansas: 12 sites

Kentucky: 14 sites

Louisiana:  9 sites

Maine: 13 sites   — Highest score area: 70.71 EASTLAND WOOLEN MILL Corinna, Maine area and area/wells to over 1,900 feet down stream contaminated with chlorobenzene.

Maryland: 20 sites

Massachusetts: 32 sites   — Highest score area: 72.42 250 acres in North Woburn, Massachusetts has over 170 years’ accumulation of industrial by-products and wastes. Many of the pits, piles, and lagoons are continuously leaching toxic metals into the environment.

Michigan: 65 sites

Minnesota: 25 sites

Mississippi: 8 sites

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Missouri: 33 sites   — Highest score area: 84.91 BIG RIVER MINE TAILINGS/ST. JOE MINERALS CORP. Desloge, Missouri approx 110 square miles. St. Joe Minerals Corp. who operated at the site, disposed of lead, cadmium, and zinc-rich mine tailings over approximately 600 acres in a rural area bordered on three sides by Big River. The air, water, soil, and living organisms have been contaminated. Missouri has numerous sites that score 70 or higher. They appear to be along an area called the “lead belt” which produced over 80% of all lead for the US. The EPA provides bottled water to many residences in this area. Sampling data has indicated elevated levels of lead, cadmium, barium, and arsenic in soil, surface water, and ground water. Hundreds of wells are contaminated.

Montana: 16 sites

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Nebraska: 13 sites

Nevada: 1 site

New Hampshire: 20 sites   — Highest score area:70.71  An inactive waste oil recycling and virgin fuel oil storage and distribution facility located on Kelley Road in Plaistow, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Chlorinated VOCs, PCBs, copper, and zinc have been detected in Kelley Brook and associated wetlands. Ground water is contaminated with chlorinated VOCs and metals, and concentrations of vinyl chloride and arsenic in a nearby drinking water well exceed maximum contaminant levels

New Jersey: 113 sites — Highest score area:  75.60 LIPARI LANDFILL Pitman, New Jersey. Domestic and industrial wastes, including various toxic organic compounds and heavy metals, were dumped at the site. They percolated into the ground water under the landfill and leached into Chestnut Branch, Rabbit Run, and Alcyon Lake.

New Mexico: 14 sites

New York: 87 sites

North Carolina: 37 sites   — Highest score area: 70.71 The Barber Orchard located along U.S. Highway 74 in Waynesville, Haywood County, North Carolina. Various pesticide mixtures containing DDT, hexachlorocyclohexane (BHC), endrin, and/or dieldrin, as well as arsenic, lead, and other hazardous substances, were applied to the orchard to control insects and rodents. Pesticides and related metals from spills, leaks, and improper disposal of pesticide-contaminated containers, as well as from product application, have been detected in soils and ground water throughout the site. The site is being proposed to the NPL because pesticide-related contamination is present in residential soils and in private drinking water wells. NC has a few sites that score over 70.

Ohio: 37 sites

Oklahoma: 8 sites

Oregon: 14 sites   — Highest score area: 71.78 TAYLOR LUMBER AND TREATING Sheridan, Oregon.  Contamination sources include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), SVOCs, pentachlorophenol (PCP), metals, and dibenzo-p-dioxins/dibenzofuans (dioxins/furans). Further, many of these hazardous substances were documented to have migrated to surface water, soil, and air targets. Air contamination is documented up to 1 mile from the site. Actual contamination has also been documented in residential surface soils for up to a 1/2 mile of the site. Contaminants include barium, lead, mercury, zinc, cadmium, pyrene, bis(2-ethylexyl)phthalate, and several dioxins.

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Pennsylvania: 96 sites — Highest score area: 70.71 Safety Light Corporation (SLC)  located in South Centre Township near Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, in Columbia County. SLC activities have resulted in contamination of surface and subsurface soil, surface water (lagoons and the Susquehanna River), sediment, and ground water. Waste generated at SLC includes solid and liquid wastestreams contaminated with radioactive materials, including radium, strontium, cesium, and tritium. Ground water contamination as a result of activities at SLC have impacted drinking water wells located within 4 miles of the facility, including private drinking water wells .

Puerto Rico: 16 sites

Rhode Island: 12 sites 

South Carolina: 16 sites

South Dakota: 2 sites 

Tennessee: 16 sites

Texas: 50 sites

Utah: 16 sites

Vermont: 11 sites 

Virgin Island: 1 site

Virginia: 31 sites

Washington: 49 sites

West Virginia: 9 sites

Wisconsin: 38 sites

Wyoming: 2 sites


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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everybody!

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For most of the day, we are going to BBQ, relax, & celebrate! We usually go to the amazing show at Randolph Air Force Base, but we’ll be heading to the display at Lake Granbury. I wasn’t sure if we’d go there – especially after the tragic tornados tore through, but they are still putting on the show. I think it will help them experience a little normalcy and it brings in $$$ for the town – which I’m sure they could use! For a town of that size, their show is pretty darn good!  If anyone is also going, I suggest popping a squat next to Sonic, in the Wal-Mart parking lot, or near the bridge over the lake. I’ll update with some pics – if I’m able to, in a day or so.


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450lb Man lost 250lbs on Dollar Store Diet

 

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At one point in his life, Joe had been laid off from his job and wanted to make some changes. He couldn’t afford a gym membership or fancy diet. So he did the one workout that he could afford and physically manage… walking. He lost over 200 pounds by walking and eating discounted healthy food. He walked five miles a day, every day, rain or shine. He went through his fridge with a trash bag, replacing the soda with water and stocking up on fruits, veggies, nuts and high-protein meats like tuna, chicken, and lean beef. He says, “Not only was I giving myself the gift of better health – I was saving money in the process!”

Articles: http://health.yahoo.net/experts/yourbestfitness/99-cent-diet-could-it-work-you

His websites:

http://www.joejoenow.com/

http://www.joewalking.com

See Joe’s episode on The Doctors (thedoctorstv.com – I personally LOVE watching this show!!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JbJRdd3v074


Why did I make this blog?

Hi everybody. I decided to make this blog because I started paying attention to the actual contents of our food, and I was shocked.

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Some of the things that people consume these days more closely resembles poison than food. I’ve noticed a growing undercurrent of people that have also realized this. Some people are turning to “raw” food, veganism, fasting, paleo, liquid diets, etc. It seems like we’ve started rebelling in a way and asking “why in the world am I eating this?” For some, it stops there.

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For others, we want to take it all the way back – to when humans first roamed the earth and consumed what mother nature provided for them. These foods are: wild game, fish, nuts, berries, and possibly an occasional fruit. If you didn’t hunt it, kill it, pick it, find it, or gather it – you should not eat it.

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Eating natural, one ingredient foods is hard enough – depending upon where you live, but we must now try to dodge GMO foods. They look, smell, and taste like the real thing, but what are they doing to us at a cellular level? If you are following the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet), you may think you are consuming healthy foods – until the day you develop a disease or sickness out of the blue. If you are exercising right and eating “healthy”, why do you have diabetes? Heart disease? Tire easily? Can’t sleep? Cancer? Why do most people seem to have these afflictions today? Even children? It must be something common. Something that most people are eating and/or drinking. Most people drink milk everyday. Most people eat some form of bread, pasta, seasoning, or grain everyday. For most people, the majority of their meals or ingredients come from a package or can. These are not natural foods. Even if you are making your meals from “scratch”…look at the containers your ingredients came in. Did you pick a magical pie crust from the pie crust tree? Did you drive out to a forest and forage for berries and nuts that went into that butter/sugar/flour-laden pie? Nope? Then you might as well have just purchased a boxed pie from your local grocery store.

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Years ago, I used to buy $250ish in groceries every friday. I bought the same things every week: bags of chips, dip, lots of ground beef, chicken, franks, cheese, condiments, salad dressing, snack cakes, ice cream, several large frozen pizzas, frozen fries, 2-3 gallons of milk, 2-4 boxes of cereal, pop-tarts, pudding, juices, tea, sodas, sugar, flour, vegetable oil, and the list goes on. I thought we were doing good…I made a “well-rounded” meal for dinner that consisted of meat, pasta, vegetables, fruit, and dessert afterwards. I hoarded recipes like crazy – always trying to impress guests and family with my wonderful cooking skills. I never thought twice about any of it. I had zero health issues and I had beautiful muscle tone. My family was healthy…except for a bad “cold” once in awhile. That all changed. My father had a heart attack in his 40’s, my husband came back from the doctor one day with a bad cholesterol reading, I started fainting and my doctor said I was severely anemic (she wanted me to go to the hospital right then!). It hit me like a brick wall. What the heck were we doing? I have to change our diet. We needed to start eating healthy. So it began…

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I did what I thought was the right thing (according to S.A.D. guidelines). I tossed out all of the soda, salt, sugar, etc. I went to the store and loaded up on “healthy” foods and snacks: whole grain bread, whole grain noodles, whole grain cereal, 3 gallons of 2% milk fortified with vitamin D, soy milk, etc. My husband’s cholesterol went back to good and that’s it. My problems seemed to worsen and even multiply. Years later, my husband said he read somewhere that some people are allergic to or have problems with flour and wheat products. I thought he was silly, but I looked into it. Yep. I was having the symptoms of gluten intolerance. I was trying to become healthy by eating nothing but products that were processed and overloading my system to the breaking point. I was actually harming myself and my family! By reading up on that issue, I came across many other interesting articles and reports that were linked to it. Things regarding hormones and soy, why milk is a problem, how toxic food coloring is…. all of the things that are in the S.A.D. that we are suppose to consume to be healthy. I had a major epiphany. All of the science and proof is there. I stopped buying dairy products, wheat/flour products, and I’m trying to get the rest of our diet as close to what Grok would have eaten. That’s where I’m at now…

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At this point, I am envious at the people who have already changed their diets and lifestyle. I know they are looking at my grocery cart and shaking their heads. Hopefully, if they were once on the S.A.D., they can remember how it felt to discover that they were on the wrong path all along too. I feel bad now when I have to go to the store and I see people walking around like brainwashed zombies, filling their baskets with all kinds of crud that is making them sad, over-weight, miserable, and sick.  I want to go up to them and enlighten them, but I know it’s futile. Who would believe me over the big ole FDA and a sea of super-smart “health” experts? I wouldn’t have believed me either. I guess people have to wake up, whenever they are ready to.