What is a Greenpreneur?

Everyone knows that the environment is a mess, and the government isn’t doing much to correct the situation. That means, it’s up to US – everyday people – to do what we can to make a difference. Fortunately, there are many new jobs that people can jump into, to become America’s new working class: Greenpreneurs.

Perhaps the most visible way to switch gears is to go back to school – many people are choosing online universities – to get a new “green” degree. There are so many avenues to choose from, a quick internet search will give you many ideas. But that’s not the only way to make a great income.

For instance, I recently started working with a company that helps people to replace toxic household products with non-toxic household products. It is a well known fact that the products we use in our homes are poisoning us – causing asthma, cancer, fibromyalgia, ADHD, Autism, and many other illnesses and irreversible conditions. So, by simply switching to non-toxic, you are drastically improving not only the health of your family, but the environment as well! It’s a win-win situation.

That’s just one example of how you can become a Greenpreneur. There are also training centers, where you can learn to build green houses, become an energy auditor, or learn more about our very concerning fresh water situation. You have to ask yourself what you enjoy… this is always the first question you should ask when looking for a new career. What is it that you enjoy? And then, using that as a direction, explore all the possibilities!

As with anything, enthusiasm will open many doors. If you want to bounce some ideas off me, I’d love to hear from you!

Brain Wave Synchronization During FC and RPM Similar to Energy Healer and Patient-Telepathic Result

Facilitated communication (FC) remains controversial and continues to have more detractors than enthusiasts. Yet this fascinating energetic relationship between the facilitator and the nonverbal autistic person is a mysterious, misunderstood connection that has benefits beyond mere communication. FC is a complicated process with many interesting components that demand open dialogue and further investigation. As a seasoned facilitator and energy worker with a deep interest in and appreciation for the autistic individuals I work with, I want to generate much more interest in the open discussion and study of this anomaly.

In FC, the facilitator provides hand or arm support to the nonverbal autistic person as he types. Once provided with this support, the autistic individual suddenly demonstrates previously unseen areas of competence. It is a startling phenomenon that leaves both parents and caregivers spellbound. Most proponents of the process suggest that the facilitator provides both motor and emotional support. They insist that the information being typed is coming solely from the typist himself. By contrast, detractors say that the information is coming from the facilitator, who unknowingly moves the typist’s hand to the appropriate letters. On the other hand, when the typist strikes the keys without physical support, many consider him to be doing so independently. Neither proponents nor detractors of the process address the fact that the facilitator is still sitting next to the person typing, usually with an intense focus on the keyboard, and that without the facilitator’s presence and focus, the typist loses his train of thought. The question is: why is the facilitator’s presence and focus necessary? How does it help the typist maintain his train of thought? Some suggest that it has to do with emotional support. I do not pretend to know why it helps, but I do know that it should not be ignored.

My theory is that FC has an energetic component. I suggest that the typist synchronizes his brainwave rhythms with those of the facilitator. As he does this, the typist appears to become more balanced, organized and grounded than he was before establishing a resonance. The relationship can be compared to coupled oscillators, which begin moving in unison after a certain amount of time. A different analogy is that of binaural beats, two separate sounds that form a new frequency produced from the combination of the two. An EEG hookup between the facilitator and typist could prove if this hypothesis has merit.

I also suggest that the dynamic link between the facilitator and typist is similar to that which occurs between an energy healer and patient. The healer emanates a high vibration. In response, the patient raises his own vibrational frequency to match the healer’s and in the process heals himself. In facilitation, I feel the typist and facilitator are also matching vibrational frequencies. But in this case, I suspect that it’s the typist who is lowering his frequency to meet or blend with the facilitator’s brainwave and body rhythms. In doing so, he both establishes and amplifies a telepathic resonance.

This synchronization of brain waves and bodily rhythms would explain the changes in focus and behavior of the nonverbal typist engaged in FC. Establishing a telepathic resonance is a vital part of the process. Once the typist and facilitator synchronize, the facilitator can encourage the connection by systematically slowing down his brain waves and bodily rhythms. The facilitator’s relaxed, compassionate intention and focus support the typist in producing longer, slower brain waves, closer to the earth’s vibration.

For example, I had lunch today with a severely autistic friend who was very excitable and disorganized. As we sat down at the table in the restaurant, she began to screech and throw her arms around. I sat across from her and encouraged her to put her feet on top of mine. In the process, we formed a resonance. I did this by initially matching her excitement and then lowering my energy by making my mind go blank and just feeling calming energy waves cascading down my spine. Within a few minutes, she was calm, balanced and organized enough to eat. If she had not responded, I would have taken her for a walk. The purpose would have been be to get her back in sync with my brain waves and body rhythm so she could relax. When asked about the process, she typed the following, with facilitated support: “It helps me feel very grounded and safe, like head is more connected to my body.”

The so-called independent autistic typist needs a more energetic focus than the one who is given physical assistance. The facilitator’s focus allows the typist’s brain waves to slow down. Because of this synchronizing effect, the disorganized system of the typist becomes balanced. This energetic relationship and syncing of brain waves can support multiple areas of learning, not just dialogue. Motor planning activities and adaptive daily living skills can be more effectively learned when the facilitator and the unorganized system of the autistic person align. The autistic person feels safer and more balanced, grounded and protected by his partner than he does when he is energetically on his own.

Dr. John Zimmerman, founder and president of the former Bio-Electro-Magnetics Institute in Reno, Nevada, was cited in Life Technology News (2008) as reporting that spiritual, psychic and energy healers of all types worldwide usually connect with the Schumann Resonance, or 7.8-8 Hz alpha rhythm. The right and left hemispheres of their brains are therefore balanced. During the process of healing, the patient’s brain waves also go into alpha and are phase-synchronized with the healer’s balanced brain waves, thereby linking the patient with the pulses of the earth’s magnetic field.

I suggest that the facilitator, like the spiritual, psychic or energy healer, may also be connecting with the Schumann Resonance. By matching the facilitator’s brainwave frequency, the typist likewise goes into the alpha state, which assists him in balancing the right and left hemispheres of his brain. The facilitator grounds the typist by linking him to the magnetic field of the earth’s vibration, which in turn makes him more comfortable. This process can be encouraged through taking walks in nature, spending time at the beach or listening to ocean waves, other sounds from nature or recordings of the Schumann Resonance. All these grounding activities help produce longer, slower brainwave patterns.

Both belief in the process and actual aptitude differ among facilitators with regard to their couplings with typists. This is evident in the fact that the communicative output between different facilitators and the same typist can differ.

In Life Technology News (2008), researcher Maxwell Cade discovered while using a computerized EEG power spectrum analyzer that unique complex brainwave patterns found only in advanced spiritual and energy healers became prominent in the brain waves of patients during the healing process.

It is my belief that facilitators may be receiving these complex brain wave patterns from the typist once they have learned to remove their mental limitations and truly listen. In my own experience, these complex wave patterns have resulted in enhanced spiritual and interdimensional communication and perception. In other words, the facilitator’s perspective begins to expand through close contact and telepathic merging with the autistic individual. This aligning with complex wave patterns differs from using FC to slow down the autistic person’s brain waves in order to increase his bodily balance. Both are significant and can be practiced either by themselves or simultaneously depending on the facilitator’s interest, understanding and aptitude. Perhaps these complex brain waves could be identified by the above-mentioned EEG power spectrum analyzer, thereby helping us to understand the frequently reported mystical aspects of the FC process.

The extent of the typist’s ability to communicate is dependent on the facilitator’s knowledge base and vocabulary. For example, by pairing the typist with a good facilitator who is also a mathematician, the typist would be likely to manifest competence in mathematics. On the other hand, when paired with a facilitator with limited mathematical understanding, the typist is unable to perform at the same mathematical level. Does this imply that the facilitator’s lack of knowledge creates a handicap? And does this interference affect the synchronization of brain waves and prevent the typist from continuing? An EEG of both the facilitator and the typist could help us understand the effect of interference.

During FC, the typist can be very suggestible. The facilitator needs to be aware of this possibility and treat sensitive information accordingly.

I have barely touched on the energetics of FC. Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) and facilitated communication share the same telepathic and energetic component. With regard to this, there is much to dissect and explore on a deeper level. Until then, I suggest that the facilitator listen intently, focus on the task at hand, expect competence from the autistic individual, let go of limiting beliefs, and in the process watch the person he is serving become happier and more balanced. It is best to not worry about the source of the communication, meaning whether the information is being accessed from the facilitator or the autistic partner. That varies and changes for a multitude of reasons, and it’s this that desperately needs more open dialogue and study.

Life Technology™ News. (2008). Retrieved from http://lifetechnologynews.blogspot.com/2008/08/healing-technologies.html

Heartburn Heresies and Autoimmunity

Commercials for heartburn relief medications haven given stomach acid a bad rap. What these advertisements don’t tell you is that too much stomach acid and too little stomach acid have the same symptoms. Studies show that 50% of the people with Fibromyalgia are too LOW in hydrochloric acid production. If you have an autoimmune disease, you are more likely to be too low than too high. This is especially true if you have had a problem with yeast infections.

Consistent use of antacids favors yeast growth, bad bacteria in the stomach, inflammation, and stomach cancer.

Furthermore, most minerals, like magnesium, and vitamin B-12 require adequate stomach acid for absorption.

A magnesium deficiency is considered to be one of the most common, but treatable causes of disease. An estimated 72% of Americans are not getting enough magnesium. (To learn more: http://www.mgwater.com/articles.shtml#Americans) Low magnesium levels are associated with several autoimmune disorders including Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, arthritis, Raynaud’s phenomenon, and asthma. Reduced levels are also thought to be the reason for muscle pain in SLE (Lupus) patients. A magnesium deficiency is connected to a host of other health conditions including: migraines, heart disease, mitral valve prolapse, sleep disturbances, over-sensitivity to light and noise, autism, depression, anxiety, PMS, and kidney stones. Insufficient magnesium causes an increase in a body chemical called substance P, which is responsible for pain perception. In other words, you will hurt more if you don’t have enough magnesium. Fibromyalgia sufferers have on average three times more Substance P than normal.

Besides being anti-inflammatory, vitamin B-12 is required in the process of making myelin sheathes, which are being attacked in MS, Lyme Disease, autism, ALS, and possibly Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In one study, researchers found that low B-12 levels were associated with the early onset of MS.

Adequate hydrochloric acid production is also necessary for the body to be signaled to produce secretin, which is needed for myelin sheath repair.

Niacin, magnesium, and Vitamin B6 help stimulate the stomach’s hydrochloric acid output. Drinking lemon juice in water or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar water before meals also helps. This should be done 30 minutes before a meal.

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Recycled Plastics – Dangerous For The Environment And Your Health

Questions about the environment weigh heavily on people’s minds these days. Reports of new disasters flood the airwaves. This year the United States had been thrashed by a record 905 tornadoes by May 11, 2008. Statistics reveal the US averaged a total of 1270 tornadoes per year during the past ten years.

The American honeybee is disappearing and predicted to go extinct.

It is not just our external environment that concerns us. Recent published findings of treated waste water revealed contamination of antibiotics, birth control, and chemicals used in the manufacture of plastics.

Meanwhile, health conditions we cannot explain, including ADHD, autism, and fibromyalgia are on the rise. It is natural to ask ourselves if environmental factors are at play here.

A major soft drink manufacturer recently jumped on the “green bandwagon” announcing its line of recycled plastic clothing under the label rPET®. Its merchandise includes T-shirts, tote bags, caps, purses and notebooks made from used plastic bottles that would otherwise be headed to landfills.

“It’s a great use of recycled materials,” touted one company spokesman.

The industry giant is not alone in its offer of eco-friendly products. In 2007, 328 new green products were launched as compared to just five in 2002.

Just how environmentally friendly are recycled plastics?

Timothy J. Krupnik, writing for the Recycling Department of the Berkeley Ecology Center, explained that plastics are made from ethylene, which is a natural gas. Ethylene is released during the process of petroleum refining. In this sense, plastics are directly derived from crude oil, which is a non-renewable resource. The gas is mixed with a number of other additives, many toxic, to produce the product.

PET soda bottles, for example, make use of lead barriers in the bottle structure. Because of the numerous chemicals added to these products, plastic production is an extremely toxic process. Compared to glass, production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) releases 100 times the number of toxic chemicals into the atmosphere.

Plastic recycling requires significant amounts of energy, compared to glass. Glass can be reprocessed “as-is” repeatedly from its original form. The same is not true of PET, because of the numerous compounds that go into it.

If the soft drink giant truly wanted to go “green” switching back to glass containers would be a better option.

By now we have all heard about the dangers of heating plastics. Dioxin leeching has been a common subject on talk shows for several years.

But consider plasticizers, a group of chemicals which are used to soften plastic, mold it into form, and to make it less rigid. Plasticizers contain phthalates, a toxic chemical material and known endocrine disrupter. Your endocrine system helps regulate your nervous, reproductive and immune systems.

Phthalates (collectively monoethyl phthalate, monobutyl phthalate, monobenzyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate, dibutyl phthalate, and benzyl butyl phthalate) can be ingested by the body when using plastic products as drinking vessels or for the storage of foods.

Carbonated drinks, fatty foods, and products heated in plastic cause leeching of these chemicals from the packaging into the food or drink product itself. When these chemicals migrate into the endocrine system, they mimic the body’s natural hormones. This confuses the endocrine system and leads to serious health disorders.

The University of North Carolina, Asheville, studied ingestion of phthalates in modeling clay back in 2004. The study found phthalates enter the body both through heating (fumes) and through residue on skin, which should leave you wondering if recycled clothes made from plastics are safe. That same year the European Union banned the use of plastic softeners in all toys and products aimed at children under the age of three.

So far studies on the uptake of these chemicals in the human body have focused on inhalation and consumption. We don’t know if body heat, for example, is sufficient to release harmful chemicals or if phthalates can be absorbed through the skin. We do know the water temperature in a shower is sufficient to release toxins in vinyl shower curtains.

Consider what you don’t know before deciding to wear a product.

Environmental Working Group, a non-profit operating in San Francisco, advises consumers:

o Use personal care products, detergents, cleansers, and other products that do not contain “fragrance” in the ingredient list – “fragrance” commonly includes the phthalate DEP.

o Avoid cooking or microwaving in plastic.

o Use a non-vinyl shower curtain.

o Use paints and other hobby products in well-ventilated areas.

o Give children wooden and other phthalate-free toys, and don’t let children chew on soft plastic toys.

o Health care workers and patients can urge their medical facilities to reduce or eliminate use of products containing phthalates.

o Avoid products made of flexible PVC or vinyl plastic. A few examples of these products include PVC lawn furniture, vinyl raincoats, flexible PVC building materials, vinyl shower curtains, and toys for kids or pets made of PVC.

Autistic Children: 4 Hobbies That Can Turn Into Careers

Hobbies drop the mask of autistic children, who especially grow up with less positivity, and oblige them to perceive who they are and what they are while appreciating the true colors of life.

In most families, an autistic child is often handled like an unseen guest. It’s not because the parents don’t care, it’s because the impaired areas of child get more attention than his actual needs. On a constant basis, parents of autistic children do their utmost to provide their children as much happiness as possible and inject the extreme amount of positivity in their lives so that this world can become an ideal world for them. However, they often forget to focus on those areas that can save the wings of their children from catching fire in the future by building their career.

Hobbies are those areas of your child’s life that can either give scars to your child over and over or raise him as an elite person of the society while building his career. It won’t be far from the truth to say that hobbies are the only things that a child with autism can embrace happily at any stage of his life, because hobbies bring comfort and help the child to escape from the weird eyes of the society.

If you are supremely concerned about your child’s future, don’t entangle yourself in different kinds of misinformation which is often provided by our uninformed society. Just solely focus on introducing those hobbies in your child’s life that can turn into a career and result in betterment in the future. Focusing on just this area won’t only build the best future for your child but also teach him to socialize with other people.

4 Hobbies That Can Turn Into Careers

There must be something that your child enjoys doing again and again for fun, or for bringing predictability in his day-to-day life (which is very common in autism). All you need to do is to look for the career clues in his hobbies in order to move him in the appropriate direction so that he can naturally flourish himself while relishing his dominant mood. If you feel there is nothing special in his hobbies that can assist him to build his career in the future, then here I am presenting top four hobbies that you should introduce in his life, because these hobbies turn into the paid jobs and compel him to understand the meaning of his existence.

  • Golf: Autistic children count on the capacity of their mind, which is, in reality, relatively limited. Therefore, they mostly avoid going to those uproarious events which bombard their mind with too much information and result in their meltdown… Golf is a very relaxing hobby that soothes the feelings of an autistic child and opens up the world to him in the best possible manner. Ask John McCabe, who has started learning golf at the age of 7, about the spectacular changes that golf has brought into his life; golf helped him to socialize with new friends; he is now a senior and in the series of top golfers on the North Allegheny High School team. Occupational therapists also believe that golf helps an autistic child to learn motor, coordination, and social skills.
  • Photography: Children with autism often love to offer their thoughts through photography. They have the talent too to highlight the aesthetic appeal of the photographs. If your child has some interest in photography, then it’s time to carry this hobby further, since it has the potential to produce the finest amount of cash. In addition, photography doesn’t demand fast processing information in short-term working memory. It also helps the child to make new friends at work and injects immense amount of confidence in his personality which is so essential for his existence.
  • Graphic Designing: Graphic Designing is basically an art of communication. Every color, style, and image convey the actual message in the best possible manner. The most interesting thing about this hobby is that, it can help your child to build a business from home. Children, who are especially nonverbal and rely on their visual power, can do wonders in this field of art as they view this world differently from us; the diversity of their experiences breaks the silence of their personality by turning their perception into tangible reality. It’s a must for you to encourage your child and develop his drawing skills if he has the ability in the field of art as your this move can give him a satisfying life in the future.
  • Writing: If he’s good with his words, he can sell his words! Some autistic children have aesthetic ability to spread the atmosphere of heaven through their words. Donna Williams is one of the names who have unlocked society’s mind to what it means to be an autistic. Her book, “Nobody Nowhere” became an international bestseller… It won’t be far from the reality to say that only around 10 percent of autistic children have the potential to become an amazing writer in the future, since most autistic children are loners, or have low self-esteem. On the other hand, some autistic children have problems with handwriting skills too. However, if you feel your child can win the world through his words, then inspire him to do that, because writing can turn his future into gold.

Promising Future

Our society is uninformed and unprepared to support millions of autistic children; there is no doubt about it. However, the good news is that, various surveys have demonstrated time and time again that autistic children show improvement and thrive in the society as they grow up. If your child is autistic, don’t worry about it; he definitely has a promising future. Just strengthen the self-esteem of your child and tangle him up in career-building hobbies, because this will give him the best chance to live a happy, promising life, even when you’re gone.