The only proven cause of breast cancer is radiation

I’m the oldest living woman in my bloodline and all women going back to WW2 died in their 40s or early 50s.  My mother and her cousin died from breast cancer.

So I read the article below with great interest.  I’ve previously heard that mammograms often cause cancer and my grandparents’ health deteriorated rapidly after a high voltage power line was routed directly over their cabin.

I’m a long way from being a health freak, but I rarely use my cell phone anymore, don’t have a cordless phone (worse than cell phones) and try to eat mostly organic food.

The Biggest Breast Cancer Risk Factor That No One Is Talking About

By Lucinda Marshall, AlterNet. Posted October 23, 2008.

While the media sound alarms about breast cancer’s links to lifestyle choices and genetics, a much more likely risk factor is going undiscussed.

During October, women are bombarded with media telling us what we can do to stop breast cancer. Article after article after television human interest segment informs us about personal risk factors such as smoking and being overweight (although 70 percent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have none of these factors) and about genetic risks (which only account for 10 percent of breast cancers.) We are bombarded with stories about the importance of getting mammograms and other tests. Then there are the survivor stories (usually about women much younger, whiter and cover-girl prettier than the average breast cancer survivor) that pull at our heartstrings. But there is very little mention of environmental factors such as auto exhaust, and chemicals like parabens and phthalates that we are exposed to every day.

The most deafening silence, however, is about radiation, which is a 100 percent known cause of cancer. We are exposed to radiation in a variety of ways, through X-rays, CT scans and mammograms, but also by living near a nuclear power plant or having been exposed to weaponry that uses depleted uranium.

Leuren Moret is geoscientist who has been working for a number of years to raise awareness about the dangers of radiation, an issue she became concerned about after hearing Native American women who live near areas where nuclear weapons have been tested talk about cancer and other health problems they are experiencing and by a visit to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan. In this interview, she talks about what we know about the relationship between radiation and breast cancer.

… [extensive interview worth reading]

Baking bread without an oven and staying warm

The horno is too big to fire up just for me and solar baking works only when the sun shines. 

Since it got so cold all of sudden (32 degrees at 4 am last night), cooking is the most efficient way to stay warm at night.   I don’t have an oven, just brought the bbq back in the kitchen.  It has a burner and that’s what I’ve been using to cook for the last year since I moved into my unfinished house.

So I just searched the web for stove top baking and I found articles on flat bread and steaming bread in coffee cans inside a big pot.

I’ll have to try that.  Have to find some coffee cans since I don’t buy coffee in cans.

I’m dying for some authentic German farmers’ bread and actually got the starter sourdough in the fridge, that’s working out pretty good.  But it never looks or tastes like the German bread.   Lately it got cloudy or so windy, my aliminum foil covered posterboard solar cooker wants to fly away.  I’ll build a more permanent solar cooker once the addition is done on the south side.

In the meantime, I’ll try the flat bread:

I just built a large desk for the bedroom by the window with the view of the cliffs.  But it’s cold at night, in the NE corner.  I’m going to create a work area in the kitchen.  It’s on the South side and surrounded by garage and living area.  It’s a LOT warmer in here and since I use a notebook, I can easily move around.  I put up a light with two LED bulbs and that’s perfect for computing.

This is pretty cool, a huge improvement since last winter, when the kitchen was part of the garage until I finally built a wall to at least make it a little warmer.  And now “almost” all the living area is sheetrocked and insulated.

Finally back to making adobe bricks and building

It was one of those few PERFECT days today after wind, clouds and rain since Friday. 

Blue sky with no cloud anywhere, a slight breeze, warm but not hot – absolutely PERFECT.  

I finally started on the first wall for my little  5 x 24 addition that’s the test for my greenhouse addition.  Unfortunately, I’m only 10 ft from the property line and I have a 5 ft setback.

I’ve been very happy with how well the horno held up since last year even without finish coat, so now it’s time to test my bricks in a building.  Today I’ve used about half the bricks I made in spring for the first three rows.  

It’s so cool to be out there and CREATE something out of the dirt on your property.    

This is the South wall of my gargage/house and the primary purpose of this addition is to make it warmer in winter and cooler in summer and to function as a laundry room, storage and hopefully as a little greenhouse this winter.  Got several grapefruit and lime trees to keep warm too.

Even though only half the addition is framed, I was finally able to get up on the roof.  My nephew did all the solar work on the roof last summer.  I had somehow hurt my leg and I was certain I would fall trying to get over the parapet. 

Now I can just go up on the addition and it’s easy to do the next 4 feet.  I raised the solar panels last week as the sun is quite low now and I finished the elastomeric roofing over the boards for the solar panels.  You can see the rope I used to pull up buckets with tools and materials.

As you can see, my washer isn’t usable right now. I got out the “wonder washer” from my camping days a few weeks ago when I started framing and the washer turned into a table.  Also, I haven’t finished the plumbing yet and my setup with the grey water drum isn’t working so well since I moved the drum out.

When my nephew was here in summer we built the block foundation and it’s a bit odd to have the bricks wider than the foundation.  For the greenhouse, the top of the foundation will be 10″ like the bricks.  I framed the addition to hold a solar water tank and the swamp cooler and the adobe bricks are just “fill” to retain heat.

I bought sliding glass doors from a neighbor last year and I already got a used entry door and have a leftover window from the house.  To install the glass, I’ll definitely need help.  I recently measured and the glass is 90″ high and I got 90.5″, a close fit.

Those will be partial bricks, since I ran out of breakage already.

The corn grew from bird food and I’m surprised the rabbits aren’t eating it.  Maybe it’s GM corn, checked the bag but it didn’t say what was in it.  It also isn’t producing any corn, but hummingbirds and some other small birds like it.

I just started to grade the area around the corn.  2 years ago I had a ditch dug for the ground wire and a lot of the dirt/rock washed down.  This is the most efficient operation I’ve had going yet.  Take the dirt that has to be moved anyway and make it into bricks 20 ft away.  Very convenient.

I screen the dirt/rocks through 3/4″ hardware cloth and then screen the dirt again for the small rocks that I can throw right on the ground.  They’re perfect to keep the shoes clean when it rains.  The large rocks go down to the horno as fill and the bright white color of the caliche looks nice.

Been “mining” clay from the abundant caliche on my lot and I add it to the adobe mix.  Did have to buy straw, but everything else is right here.

I’m sure glad I have many ladders.  When you don’t have human help, ladders go a long way.  I still have to frame the 2nd half of the addition, but it should go a lot faster now that I know what I’m doing.  I hope.

And I hope we’ll have a few more perfect days like today before winter.

No health insurance? Get a basic test

This is not a paid advertisement, more of a reminder to myself.  It also doesn’t have anything to do with alternative energy, but it’s related to being independent and proactive.

A few years ago a client told me about and since I didn’t have health insurance, I thought it might be a good idea to get checked out.   I had no idea that you could just order your own tests and at a fairly reasonable price.  Back then the basic test was only $69.   Fortunately, I was ok, but it’s nice to see problem areas, which supplements one should take, etc.

Subsequently I got the Blue Cross / Blue Shields insurance with a $5k annual deductible.   Started at $159 and 2 years later I was at $226.  I just cancelled, got no money to blow.  Wasted about $4k.  SHOULD have gotten a couple of these tests instead and bought more solar panels.

Obviously, a test won’t cure cancer, but the idea is to detect deficiencies or excessive toxins BEFORE you have a major problem.

Next time I got some extra $$$, I’ll go for one of those Direct Labs tests again.  Every health insurance should at least cover an annual basic test. But of course they don’t want that, the longer they don’t have to pay, the better.