This video gives a scientific approach to explaining the power of thought. We have all heard it before, “Your thoughts create your reality.” New quantum physics studies support this idea. Learn of recent research on how the mind can influence the behavior of subatomic particles and physical matter.

Our observation of reality changes reality. Emoto’s work with water crystals is mentioned as well.

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I’m just back from the radio station and a most enjoyable hour interviewing John Summerville, a thoughtful and intelligent homeopath and osteopath. More on that soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d post this interesting article showing once again that little people—and towns—can and do make a practical difference. It will be interesting to see if this is one of those powerful ideas whose time has come.

SYDNEY — An Australian town pulled all bottled water from its shelves Saturday and replaced it with refillable bottles in what is believed to be a world-first ban.

plastic_bottlesHundreds of people marched through the picturesque rural town of Bundanoon to mark the first day of its bottled water ban by unveiling a series of new public drinking fountains, said campaign spokesman John Dee.

Shopkeepers ceremoniously removed the last bottles of water from their shelves and replaced them with reusable bottles that can be filled from fountains inside the town’s shops or at water stations in the street.

“Every bottle today was taken off the shelf and out of the fridges so you can only now buy refillable bottles in shops in Bundanoon,” Dee told AFP.

The tiny town, two hours south of Sydney, voted in July to ban bottled water after a drinks company moved to tap into a local aquifer for its bottled water business.

“In the process of the campaign against that the local people became educated about the environmental impact of bottled water,” said Dee.

“A local retailer came up with this idea of well why don’t we do something about that and actually stop selling the bottled water and it got a favourable reaction,” he said.

Dee said the 2,000-person town had made international headlines with their bid, which he hoped would spur communities across the world to action.

“Whilst our politicians grapple with the enormity of dealing with climate change what Bundanoon shows is that at the very local level we can sometimes do things that can surprise ourselves, in terms of our ability to bring about real and measurable change that has a real benefit for the environment,” he said.

The cash savings only made the project more compelling, he added.

“I think that’s why this campaign is doing so well, because we’re saying to people you can save money and save the environment at the same time,” said Dee. “The alternative doesn’t have a sexy brand, doesn’t have pictures of mountain streams on the front of it, it comes out of your tap.”

Activists say bottling water causes unnecessary use of plastics and fuel for transport. A New South Wales study found that in 2006, the industry was responsible for releasing 60,000 tonnes of gases blamed for global warming.

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Here are a few points I just found which you too may find interesting. We all know what we need to do. It is sometimes good to be reminded. I hope you enjoy the reminder.


By Nirjara Rustom Published 10/29/2008 Anti Aging Rating: Review This Article
Isn’t it strange? When we were children, we wanted to grow older as fast as possible because we wanted to have and enjoy all the good things that only grownups were allowed to! When we reached the adult age, we missed our childhood because of all the responsibilities that came with growing up. And when we grow old, we miss both!

So, how do you ensure that you age gracefully with fewer burdens to yourself or others? Allow me to list a few things that will help you in this endeavor:

1. First of all, remember that aging is all in the mind. If you think you’ve grown old, you most certainly have. But if you remain young at heart, you’ll age more slowly and gracefully.

2. Try to maintain a routine in your life. This includes waking up early in the morning, going to bed early, taking a short nap in the afternoon, eating the right food at the right time, etc.

3. Exercise at least 3 times a week. If you can’t do pushups, do some light aerobic exercise. Take a walk for at least 45 minutes a day, preferably in the morning.

4. Maintain a reading habit and endeavor to learn something new every day. Never let the brain idle; an idle brain is the devils workshop. And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s. Your knowledge will also help your children and grandchildren in learning the ways of life.

5. Avoid or drastically reduce tobacco intake at all costs.

6. Avoid or reduce your alcohol intake. If you must, take a glass of red wine. A light beer is OK once a while.

7. Avoid or reduce junk food and products with high fat content / cholesterol. Avoid fried food at all costs. Eat more fruits and vegetables, especially starch. De-toxify your body at least once a month.

8. Avoid stress at all costs. Stress is a major aging accelerator. Remember, getting tensed about a problem is not going to make it go.

9. Laughter is the best medicine and it is 100% true. Crack jokes and have a nice laugh every single day! Quite a few clubs now include laughter sessions.

10. Regularize your water intake. Insufficient water intake causes dehydration which makes you feel tired and distressed. It can also result in headaches, constipation, chronic fatigue, dizziness, impotence, hair loss and more. Drink half a glass or one glass of water every hour.

11. Do not nag your children or grandchildren to the point that they would rather avoid you, or worst still, prefer you dead. Remember, everyone prefers to live their life in their own chosen independent way. You may advice them at times but don’t go overboard. If they stop caring for you, you have no one to blame but yourself.

12. Make people want to be with you! When you have to kill time, you may want to visit friends and relatives regularly. Always remember to make it worthwhile for them to meet you. When you’re planning to have dinner with them, don’t go empty handed. Take some fruit or gift with you – don’t make someone feel you like a burden. Be the first to propose to leave; don’t wait to see a bored expression on their face. Make them look forward to see you again, not despise your company.

13. Yoga and meditation is also good for anti aging – you should seriously consider it.

14. Finally, remember that your physical health, mental health and spiritual health all go hand in hand. Each of them either boosts the others or affects it negatively, depending on what you do.

I hope you found this article useful. Unfortunately, aging is a huge subject and I cannot give it justice with just one article. If you’re really serious in learning more about it, I urge you to visit where we cover this subject in much more detail. It is a free content site, so do drop in!


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The following article arrived in my inbox this morning. We all know water is becoming an increasingly important issue. In some places it’s already more expensive than wine. I referenced it in another blog recently.

Rising populations, improving lifestyles and changes to the global climate are all increasing the pressure on the planet’s water resources, says conservation expert Brian Richter. In this week’s Green Room, he explains why there is an urgent need for the world to embrace new ways in which it uses water.

   While most governments have proven themselves incapable or unwilling to manage water sustainably, a group of non-governmental and professional water organisations is stepping up to lead the way

More than one billion people lack access to safe, clean drinking water and more than half of the hospital beds in the world are occupied by people afflicted with water-borne diseases.

More than 800 million are malnourished, primarily because there isn’t enough water to grow their food.

Fish and other freshwater species are among the most imperiled on the planet, in large part because of the ways that we have polluted and exploited their habitats.

The theme of this year’s World Water Week, currently underway in Stockholm, is therefore quite fitting: Responding to Global Changes: Accessing Water for the Common Good.

What global changes, you might ask? Let us start with our global population, expected to rise from nearly seven billion to nine billion in just a few decades. That is why more than half the world’s population will be living in areas of high water stress by 2030.

At the same time, in populous nations such as China and India, improvements in living standards and personal incomes are linked to greater consumption of clothing, meat, and water.

It takes 140 litres of water to produce one cup of coffee; 3,000 litres to make a hamburger; and 8,000 litres to create a pair of leather shoes. All of these processes require a vast amount of water to grow crops, feed cows, or produce leather.

On top of that, climate change will bring less rain to many regions, and cause it to evaporate more quickly almost everywhere.

Accordingly, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded that “the proportion of the planet in extreme drought at any time will likely increase”.

These are the nightmares that keep me awake at night.

Just the tonic

These global forecasts wouldn’t look so daunting if we were doing a great job of managing water today. But over-extraction of water for farms and cities is already causing even large rivers such as the Yellow, the Ganges and the Rio Grande to repeatedly run completely dry.

   More than 80% of cities do not treat their waste water, a study suggests 

Wastewater fears for urban farms

Remarkably, we also continue to foul our preciously scarce water supplies with too much human waste. More than 200 million tonnes of it each year go directly into our rivers and lakes without treatment.

So yes, the challenges we face are vast, but there’s something brewing in Stockholm that is helping me sleep a little better.

While most governments have proven themselves incapable or unwilling to manage water sustainably, a group of non-governmental and professional water organisations is stepping up to lead the way.

You may have heard of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) that certifies sustainably-harvested wood products, or the Fair Trade movement for consumer products, yet no such scheme yet exists for water.

At World Water Week, a group of leading business, social development and conservation organisations will gather as the “Alliance for Water Stewardship” to advance a new voluntary global water certification program that will recognize and reward responsible corporations, farming operations, cities, and other water users for their sustainable use of water resources.

By developing best practice standards for managing water in a way that enables economic development in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner, the Alliance aims to certify “water users” who are taking major steps to minimise their water footprint and protect healthy watersheds.

Participants, otherwise known as “water users”, can range from large international companies to local water utilities to agricultural industries.

The Alliance will bring together the largest water players from around the world in Stockholm to launch a “global water roundtable”, a two-year dialogue among global water interests to seek agreement about the problems created by unsustainable water use, and to build consensus around the best-practice standards that will underpin the certification programme.

 Changes in rainfall patterns could affect our ability to grow food

It is a huge undertaking, but the water crisis is urgent, and we desperately need a new, transparent rulebook for managing our water resources more sustainably.

So why would a large company or city to want to play by these new rules? A rapidly growing number of consumers are buying goods from companies with environmental and social credentials, giving certified products ranging from produce to beverages to clothing a competitive edge in the marketplace.

In this increasingly water-scarce world, companies are also becoming painfully aware of their vulnerabilities to water shortages, not just in their own business operations but throughout their supply chains. If barley farmers in northern China run out of water, breweries and beer drinkers throughout Asia will feel the pain.

Many companies are realising that if they can save water in their manufacturing or growing processes, they can save a lot of money, making them more profitable.

Similarly, cities save costs for water treatment when the watersheds that supply their residents are maintained in a healthy condition.

Interestingly, investors are increasingly screening loan requests from cities and companies on the basis of their sustainability scores, because behaving in an environmentally and socially responsible manner translates into reduced investment risk.

Perhaps most importantly, though, is the simple fact that we have no other choice but to move toward a new paradigm for water.

The maths simply do not add up any other way. We have only the same amount of water on this planet now as when life began. We cannot support seven billion, let alone nine billion, if we continue to waste and foul such a substantial portion of what we have.

Certification isn’t likely to solve all the world’s water problems, but it very well could set us onto a sustainability trajectory that could give my nightmare a happy ending.

Brian Richter is director of the Global Freshwater Program at The Nature Conservancy, a US non-governmental organisation

The Green Room is a series of opinion articles on environmental topics running weekly on the BBC News website.

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“You’re not sick; you’re thirsty. Don’t treat thirst with medication.”

Dr. F. Batmanghelidj

Elan Sun Star is arguably the most published photographer in the world. Yes, I said that correctly. You can see his beautiful photographs on the covers of countless magazines. Many of his photos involve huge waves bashing the coast of various Hawaiian isles. I wonder if being around all that water has caused him to read 1200 books on water (over a 35 year period) while researching his own book on the same subject. Sun (as I call him) visited New Zealand from Hawaii in early 2008 and I had the privilege of interviewing him about, you guessed it, water.

Our hour long discussion ranged over some fascinating fronts, from Masaru Emoto to Dr. Batmanghelidj. As many of you know Masaru Emoto is the author of the bestselling book, The Hidden Message in Water, and other books on the subject of how water holds the emotional and mental imprints of human beings. He proves it with stunning photography. emoto and water crystal photoIn the prologue to The Hidden Message in Water, Emoto writes that we are 99% water as fetuses and we are still 90% water when we are born. By the time we reach adulthood we are down to 70% water, roughly the same percentage as the planet we live on. If we die of old age we will probably be about 50% water. In other words, throughout our lives we are mostly water. Those numbers point to the fact that we are dehydrating during the course of our lives. Perhaps, we don’t die of disease or old age; it could be that we die of dehydration.

And that ties in with the basic premise of Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D. In his book, Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, he writes, “I am a researcher. I have researched dehydration for the past 20 years. When I discovered that the solution to most of the disease conditions of our society is not a money maker, I decided to take my information to the public.

“My research revealed that unintentional dehydration produces stress, chronic pains and many degenerative diseases. Dry mouth is not the only sign of dehydration and waiting to get thirsty is wrong. Medicine has based its understanding that it is solid matter in the body that regulates all functions of the body. I have explained scientifically at the molecular level that it is water that regulates all functions of the body including functions of solid matter. 75 % of our bodies are composed of water. The brain is 85% water. Your Body's Many Cries fror WaterIt is water that energizes and activates the solid matter. If you don’t take enough water, some functions of the body will suffer. Dehydration produces system disturbances. When I use the word water cure, I am referring to curing dehydration with water.”

The work of Messieurs Emoto and Batmanghelidj is just a fraction of what Sun and I covered in the hour we had together for this interview. Listen to this fascinating talk that ranges over the work of such esteemed researchers as Patrick Flanigan and, of course, Victor Schaugerger, whose ground breaking and suppressed work is presented in Living Water, a book that really got me thinking in the early 1990s.Victor Schauberger

Finally, If you want to see something really interesting visit the following website:

www.shamanicvisions/ingerman. Sandra Ingerman and 60 others did an experiment. They sent out love and prayers to water that had a poison added to it. Afterwards it tested clear and all 60 people drank it. There must be ramifications here for dramatically improving polluted water sites around the world.

Here’s a link to the Smile interview I did with Elan Sun Star.


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My earlier ambitions of wanting to become a vice president with Bell Canada and becoming a millionaire by the time I turned thirty melted away in the three year backpacking life of freedom and few possessions I describe in my book, In Search of Simplicity.


A man’s wealth is determined not by what he possesses, but by what does not possess him. Another way of putting it is, ‘A person’s true wealth is determined not by what she has, but by what she can happily live without.’


I’d like to share with you an affirmation I made for myself a few years ago. It was inspired by Peace Pilgrim, who was a penniless wanderer for 28 years and who walked across America six times. She said, ‘I refuse to live with more than enough when there are others in this world with less than enough.’ Remember what the Buddha said? ‘The root of all suffering is desire.’ Or the words that deeply influenced me in Chapter 34 of my book, ‘All desire comes from a sense of lack.’


Here is the affirmation:


I release the need for greed when there are others in this world who don’t have enough. I know when to stop eating, I know when to stop buying. I know when to stop wanting. I know when to stop.


Repeat that every morning, preferably while looking in the mirror. I guarantee it will change you and your actions.


Amira (our eldest) leaves the house next week. Asha will follow her in a few years. Lucia’s and my ambition is to have a little house and a little garden. If we have more than enough, it’s more that we have to look after. Peace Pilgrim told a story of the lady on her own who was working so hard to support her bigger-than-necessary apartment. When Peace Pilgrim suggested she could do with less she said something like, “But you see, I couldn’t do that. I have furniture for a three bedroom house.” She was overworking to support her furniture!


In a world where a few privileged individuals are prepared to pay up to $80 for a bottle of water and others don’t have enough to drink, we need to dramatically alter the balance of wealth. I heard in an interview recently that a consortium, including a well known movie star, was buying up underground water rights around the world. Will the starving underclass in the Third World now turn into the thirsting underclass, so a few rich people can get richer?


I have less ‘stuff’ than I once had; but my smile gets bigger every day.


You never know the value of water until the well is dry.


Ben Franklin



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I just found out about this film: “Flow: For Love of Water”. It details the world water supply and what is happening to it. All this while GE is quietly buying up water rights all over the world.