An Epi-Pen for Snake Bites…

Snake bites inhibit the blood’s ability to clot thereby causing excessive internal bleeding. The danger lies in blood entering the brain, tissues and intestines. It is estimated that 5.4 million people are bitten yearly and that about 138,000 die as a result. This is due to the time lapse between getting bitten and getting a person to a facility to treat the bite.

Dr. Vance G. Nielsen of the University of Arizona’s Department of Anesthesiology has published results of what may be the answer to treating snake bites immediately after a person is bitten. This is a carbon monoxide-iron-based therapy that can be delivered in the form of an epi-pen. So far, the therapy has inhibited the effects of a snake bite for up to one hour in animals. It has also shown to be effective in three different species of snakes since every snake bite delivers its own special venom. At present hospitals must stock various antivenoms and the patient must know which species he or she was bitten by. Ambulances and first aid kits, carried by hikers and campers, could be stocked with these Epi-Pens. The success of this epi-pen could also lead to others such as one for scorpion bites in the future.


What is the fate of everything that you flush down the toilet?  It seems that disinfected fecal waste is now being put to use. The sandy leftovers are good for agriculture but now it is formed into bricks and is being used for construction. According to an Australian engineer, Abbas Mohajerani, biosolid bricks look, smell and have the same mechanical abilities as clay fired bricks. At present, the bricks are only 25% disinfected fecal waste and 75% traditional clay. Still this would cut down on 30% of all waste that is sent into the environment while limiting the amount of clay used in the process. Finding virgin sand to keep up with the current demand for building is becoming an ever-increasing problem with 1500 billion bricks globally produced annually. These prototype bricks hold up to all stringent global regulations and are proving to be as sturdy. If the process becomes more successful and wide-spread, we may begin to feel differently about what we leave behind daily.


Olive and Chick Pea Salad…









-1 box cherry tomatoes (cut in halves)

-1/2 can of Lindsey’s natural green olives (cut in Halves)

-¾ can of Brad’s organic chick peas (or any other organic brand)

-½ cup of pine nuts

-10 large basil leaves cut up

-Couple swigs of parsley

-Olive oil

-White balsamic vinegar



Easy, simply mix all together in a bowl. Great for the summer

Rutabaga and Turnips

These two root vegetables are often overlooked by most people. It is usually because they have not been exposed to them and have no idea how to prepare them. They can both be substituted for mashed, baked or roasted potatoes. If you are counting calories, a cup of white potatoes has 130 calories whereas a cup of rutabagas has 50 and turnips 35. They are like eating potatoes with a twist. Turnips are a little tangy and rutabagas have more of a sweetness to them. Both are rich in fiber, vitamin C and potassium. Peel, then cut up and mix with some olive oil, salt and bake in the oven until they are slightly caramelized. Enjoy a new sensation.