Creek Jots 25 March 15

Creek Jots 25 March 15


If I was still advising patients about lifestyle choices, I’d most likely advocate that many of them cut calories but also reduce their sitting by half. “But my job requires computer work” they’d counter. And I’d say “There’s an app for that.” I’m considering a standing workstation for my desk at home.

Varidesk: Turn any desk into a standing desk

Treadmill Desk & Standing Desks: Workout at Work with a TreadDesk


Tinnitus. Ringing in the ears. Mine is more like high-pitched insect noises. I mostly have learned to tune them out, to hear around the whine. But if I attend to them, the tiny wings are always there. It is a notoriously difficult condition to treat. Some claim there’s an app for that. (This method assumes you have your “tinnitus frequency” provided by an audiologist. Does Medicare cover such things?)

A new audio app claims to treat tinnitus


As if this really surprises very many people who have been paying attention, it is now publicly stated that the active ingredient in Roundup–glyphosate–“probably” causes cancer, the WHO says. I haven’t seen the stats but I’m guessing this is on as sound a basis as the claim that cigarettes “probably” cause lung cancer. Now that maybe the gloves are off, the list of purported consequences to soil ecology, natural biodiversity and human health deriving from this “miracle herbicide” will make for unpleasant reading knowing that it will take generations to outlive Roundup’s toxic legacy.

17 Scientists Speak Out: Monsanto’s Roundup is Causing Cancer

Study: Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Probably Causes Cancer | Mother Jones


Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

1 Comment on “Creek Jots 25 March 15

  1. My tinnitus sounds like cicadas. Since I never get to hear the real thing any more, I sorta like hearing it.

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