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To our readers

Ensuring environmental sustainability is a goal – Goal 7 – of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and Muriella’s Corner is committed to support its implementation, in partnership with all who intend to help more than one billion people release their creative energies, to help free them from the shackles of a life of continuing and overwhelming poverty.

Some of you might have noticed that water has been a recurring topic* on Muriella’s Corner and blogs. This seeming bias is due to almost three decades of work in the United Nations in the area of environment, water and sanitation.

REMEMBER TO STAND UP FOR THE ELIMINATION OF POVERTY ON

17 OCTOBER 2007

Muriella’s Corner

*These are earlier issues on water
To filter or not…
End of an era…error?
Environment and you
Water, water, ice
Tips for Travelers to the Tropics

Most of my work took me to developing countries over short and long periods, working with communities, governments and not-for-profit agencies in the drilling of wells, installation of handpumps, building of latrines.

The theme of water vibrates around the globe. In most developing countries, water quantity and water quality are main hurdles for the people. In others, water quality is the main challenge.

I have seen, first hand, the pain and suffering diseases cause to families who ingest and bathe in water populated by parasites – diseases like dracunculiasis (guinea worm), schisostomiasis,bilharziasis, and all the -isises- you can think of.

People’s lives are very affected, too ill to work, not enough time to go to school as fetching water is one of the main duties, especially of girls, and so on.

But they are forced to drink what is available, even though the source is questionable.

They have no CHOICE.

On the other hand, in the developed countries, there is no lack of water. In the quest to make the water potable, many chemicals are added. One of the most insidious is chlorine.

But, since exotic diseases are not present in the water supply, people are hardly concerned about the chemicals and as such continue to drink,shower and bathe in chlorinated water (swimming pools reek of chlorine).

Some are buying bottled water, but here again, hardly any attention is given to health issues – e.g. the water source from which the water is bottled is questionable; the plastic containers are questionable, pollution issues, the financial costs of buying a bottle of water – not enough to drink per day; no attention given to the water used for showering, bathing, cooking, etc., etc.

What is to be done?

The most important thing, we believe, is for people to know that they have a choice. Information propelled them to be users of bottled water, to choose to drink bottled water instead of tap water. But if their grasp of what propelled them is understood overall, they would also be concerned about the water used for showering, bathing, cooking.

We have prepared a comprehensive newsletter on Water with the following headings:

The Water Cure
Different types of water
Bottled Water – clear choices
Brands of Bottled Water; Filtration systems
Chlorine and cancer?
Chlorine and Asthma?
Testimony on drinking water
Discussion H2O

Given the amount of information this entails, we have decided to send it to you in short sips, so that you can click through and read the article you prefer. We recommend however that you read all of them as they will be of use to you as you make your choices.

We have also developed podcasts on water and can make them available upon request.

We will continue the focus on drinking water (quality and quantity), given the focus on this issues as Goal 7 of the Millennium Development Goals

-Reducing poverty and achieving sustained development must be done in conjunction with a healthy planet. The Millennium Goals recognize that environmental sustainability is part of global economic and social well-being. Unfortunately exploitation of natural resources such as forests, land, water, and fisheries-often by the powerful few-have caused alarming changes in our natural world in recent decades, often harming the most vulnerable people in the world who depend on natural resources for their livelihood.

Goal 7 of the Millennium Development Goals sets out by the year 2015 to:

  • Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes; reverse loss of environmental resources.
  • Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water.
  • Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020. (Source: millenniumcampaign.org)

For full articles and links go to this webpage

Thank you

Muriella’s Corner

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The Secret to Good Nutrition

The nutrition secret behind The Secret

 Eat well and clear your immune system  to create a flow for your intentions and the Law of Attraction.  There are foods that block the immune system and the flow; there are foods that enhance the immune system and the flow.

Unblock and free up the pathways in your system and unblock and free up your mind.

Among the foods that block the flow are:

Meat products, caffeine, aspartame, alcohol and drugs, processed sugar, chemicals in fragrances and cosmetics…

Among the foods that enhance the flow are:

Raw foods, vegetables, clean water, berries, healthy oils…

Commitment, common sense, a sense of integrity and purpose also help the flow of energy and the allowing of intention…

For the full article please click here

For a sample article from Muriella’s Corner – the High Price of Gas – In our Bodies – follow this link

bottled water vs tap water invasion of the plastics

Make your own bottled water – get a filter and save the planet from the invasion of the plastics!

We have been following this trend – read make your own bottled water and save the planet  and bottled vs tap water

Why are people continuing to spend billions of dollars on bottled water? Why are people mindlessly engaging in pollution of the planet, billions of plastic bottles each year?

Again the headlines scream –

Bottled water: A river of money

Clean water comes out of the tap for next to nothing, yet Americans spend more on bottled water than on movie tickets or iPods — a stunning $15 billion last year. Here’s a look at a booming industry’s economics and psychology.

We Americans pitch 38 billion water bottles a year into landfills — in excess of $1 billion worth of plastic. And 24% of the bottled water we buy is tap water repackaged by Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.

Read more here

For documentary on breast cancer click here

Is cancer spreading or is it better reporting?

Cancer spreading or better reporting?

Not many decades ago, it seemed that cancer was a disease prevalent mostly in developed countries, sometimes called a disease of opulence.

 The World Health Organization reports that in 2005, out of 58 million deaths worldwide, 7.6 million deaths were due to cancer. 

Is this because of the introduction of new technologies to improve the monitoring and reporting of disease, or is it that more and more people are succumbing to the disease?

More than 70% of all cancer deaths occur in low and middle income countries, where limited or no resources are available for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Cancer deaths are projected to rise, with about 9 million people dying from cancer in 2015, and 11.4 million dying in 2030.

What is the impact of cancer in your country? 

Read more here
       

For information on how you can become involved in our documentary on breast cancer click this link

Dealing with breast cancer through laughter therapy

Laugh, laugh, laugh – whether you feel good or not

It is said that laughter is the best medicine.  There is strong evidence that laughter can actually improve health and help fight disease. Current research shows that our brains can make us healthier and happier, and laughter is one of the strategies used bring this about.  For more information click here  and view the video on laughter yoga.

Dealing with breast cancer can be the toughest hurdle in many of our lives.  And laughter can be furthest from our minds.

Some people will say that there is nothing to laugh about, why me, life sucks, just got fired, am struggling with illness, there is no one to take care of me, chemo sucks, lost my hair, cannot go on like this,  and on and on.

For the billions on the planet, each thinking person can come up with one or more excuses as to why there is nothing to laugh about – which means that there would be almost 6 billion excuses, a statistic which could already generate lots of laughter, I believe.

But the most important thing is this.  Whether we believe, know, are totally convinced that there is nothing to laugh about, we can still trick the brain to believe that we can laugh at anything. Forced laughter or real laughter, the brain does not know the difference.

The saying “If you think you can, you can; if you think you can’t, you can’t” really underscores the fact that it is up to us to decide on what we can and cannot do.

I would urge all women dealing with breast cancer, yours truly included, to laugh.   I would recommended any kind of laughter, whether it is forced or real, as the benefits are the same – the brain does not know the difference.

And that is the fun in laughter therapy. 

Laugh, through whatever is happening.

In my earlier blog on ordinary women are celebrities dealing breast cancer I called on women with breast cancer to join us in making a documentary. For more on the documentary please follow this link.

Laughing yoga video view here

Women with breast cancer who would like to join us in laughter therapy can let us know by leaving a comment.

Muriella’s Corner – More on Water

It was a pleasure to see John Kerry, relaxed and very amusing on the Daily Show last night with Jon Stewart.

Yet, while NOT taking himself seriously, he has quite a lot to share with us in his new book

This Moment on Earth: Today’s New Environmentalists and Their Vision for the Future (Hardcover)
by John Kerry (Author), Teresa Heinz Kerry (Author
)
250 pp – “no pictures”
With input from Al Gore

This book underscores the concern of Muriella’s Corner and environmental sustainability, and is a good source of information on the pollution of the environment. It also shares with us actions people are taking to redress the issues as well as what we can do ourselves to develop a sustainable set of principles that govern our lives. Common sense, practical ways of dealing with the problems are highlighted in the book.

Toxicity, chemicals, cancer, polluted water affect our health, and lack of enforcement of standards help the issues to persist. Citizen awareness and participation is key to improving the health of our shared planet.

Muriella’s Corner supports the content in the book especially the actions being taken by ordinary citizens in redressing the issues raised in the book.

Another attempt to get us to take care of our shared planet.

PS: For those who like to see pictures in a book, you might have to wait for the sequel.

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