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Why Evolution Is True

I give my undergraduate evolution class this example of the differences in reproductive potential between human males and females—a difference seen in many animal species, and one that’s certainly the physiological basis for sexual selection and sexual dimorphism (the difference in appearance or behavior between males and females of a species).

I found these data in the Guinness Book of World Records years ago, but they’re confirmed by a fascinating site on human reproductive records that bears some perusal.

Most natural children born by a woman.  I always have my students guess this, and they always guess way too low:

One of the most stunning records in history can go to one very fertile Russian woman who gave natural birth to sixty nine children without the use of fertility aids! The children were all born between 1725-1765. In twenty-seven pregnancies Mrs. Vassilet gave birth to sixteen sets of twins, seven…

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Are the products we’re using safe?

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Unilever is a British-Dutch multinational consumer goods company. Its products include food, beverages, cleaning agents, and personal care products. It is the world’s third largest consumer goods company measured by 2011 revenues (after Procter & Gamble and Nestle) and the world’s largest maker of ice cream.

Unilever is a dual-listed company consisting of Unilever N.V. in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Unilever PLC in London, United Kingdom.

Unilever was founded on the 1st of January 1930 by Antonius Johannes Jurgens (whose grandfather was the founder of butter 1867), Samuel van den Bergh (a primary European margarine and soap manufacturer of the 20th century), and William Hulme Lever, 2nd Viscount Leverhulme (son of William Hesketh Lever, co-founder of Lever Brothers).

This was an amalgation of the operations of British soapmakers Lever Brothers and Dutch margarine producer Margarine Unie. Palm oil was the major raw material for both margarine and soaps, making the decision to merge that much more profitable for both parties.

William Hulme Lever, 2nd Viscount Leverhulme inherited his father’s company Lever Brothers, a company known for being an advocate for expansion of the British Empire, particularly in Africa and Asia, and for ravaging the Belgian Congo, implementing racism, forced labor, and accounting for more deaths than the Nazi Holocaust.

The Belgian Congo provided cheap labor and palm oil concessions, the key ingredient in the Lever Brothers product line.

Today, Unilever has acquired numerous companies in the food, beverage, and personal care industries with companies and operating factories in every continent except Antarctica. Unilever also has several research laboratories.

Palm oil is an ingredient in almost all processed foods (convenience food that provides little to no nutritional value) and has been documented to cause substantial and irreversible damage to the natural environment (deforestation, habitat loss of critically endangered species, the Orangutan and Sumatran Tiger, and significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions). Palm oil is also used in the creation of biodiesel.

Unilever carries countless common and recognizable brands. Current brands include:

• Aviance

• AXE/LYNX

• Ben & Jerry’s

• Blue Band

• Dove

• Flora/Becel

• Heartbrand (SlimFast, Starbucks, Klondike, Popsicle, Ocean Spray)

• Hellmann’s

• Knorr

• Lipton

• Lux/Radox

• Omo/Surf

• Rexona/Sure

• Wish-Bone

• Sunsilk

• Toni & Guy

• TREsemme

• VO5 (Nexxus, Soft & Beautiful, Just For Me, Motions, TCB, Sally Beauty Supply)

• Vaseline

Many of these products include palm oil and countless other harmful chemicals and substances.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest cites excessive intake of palmitic acid (the major saturated fatty acid in palm oil) as a culprit in heart disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and other health authorities have urged reduced consumption of palm oil. According to WHO, palm oil also contributes to an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

Other harmful chemicals in Unilever products include:

Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Methylisothiazolinone

Hydrofluorocarbon 152A

Disodium EDTA

Recently a class action law suit was filed in Los Angeles, CA. against Unilever for the Suave’s Professional Keratin Infusion 30 Day Smoothing Kit. This product was found to contain Tetrasodium EDTA and DMDH Hydantoin, a form of Formaldehyde, a human carcinogen known for causing cancer.

Unilever has since discontinued the selling of this product.

There are other alternatives to using these products. By searching online, you can find natural and organic products not associated with Unilever and that do not contain harmful substances. You can even make a lot of your own household and beauty products right at home easily, using basic ingredients that prove to be cheaper than buying the products themselves, and last longer.

Gorgeously Green is a fantastic Youtube channel that shows step by step how you can make your own organic products right at home. You can make anything from natural hand sanitizers to geranium almond face cream.

http://www.youtube.com/gorgeouslygreen

*** All of the information provided in this article can be found easily by searching online. The information is there, it’s up to you to take an interest in your health and research the ingredients of the products you use and love. What you find may surprise you!

Written by: Karen Browne

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Security Blankets

I know you all are probably thinking, security blankets? Confused smile I’m not referring to comfort objects for a child. I’m talking about human beings who are security blankets.

Its ok to have that one person that can make it all better. That person who you can run and go talk to about anything. That person who can help you fix all or most of your problems. Others are using these security blankets as a meal tickets. If you can’t let him/her go because you don’t know what direction your life would take if you did then….I don’t know what to tell you.

I know a woman that is with a good man that takes good care of her. When I say takes good care of her, she is in need of nothing. Anything she wants is a question away. He makes her feel secure in any way you can think of. He is even faithful. Here is where it goes left. She is out partying all the time without him, never wants him around, and she isn’t monogamous. Yea, I know this is a messed up situation and she might only be with him because he is her security blanket.

I don’t blame her fully though. He knows about everything she is doing, but he just hasn’t caught her in the act per se. She is going to continue to use her security blanket until the stitches start coming loose.

If you’re a victim of this please open your eyes. You can’t be a blanket forever.

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Information you need to know about plastics!!

Many people don’t realize that located underneath most plastic containers are indicator numbers. These numbers indicate the type of plastic the container is made of and the level of risk:

1. PET Polyethylene Teraphlalate Use Only Once!

2. PE Polyethylene (high density) Never Tested Additives

3. PVC Polyvinylchloride Most Dangerous Plastics

4. PE Polyethylene (low density) Burden To Environment

5. PP Polypropylene Never Tested Additives

6. PS Polystyrene Flame Retardants, Extremely Toxic

7. Other Bisphenol A and others Harmful Pseudo Hormones

1- Water Bottles (Use only once and throw away)

2- Baby Bottles

3- Pipes

4- Plastic Bags

5- Plastic cups

6- Take out plates

7- Laptop, computer plastics

***Many plastics, when heated release chemicals and become reactive and harmful.

Ex. Tupperware, plastic plates, plastic bottles that stay in a hot car, baby bottles.

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Written by: Karen Browne

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Should you stay with the mother/father of your child for the sake of the child?

If your in a toxic relationship with the mother/father of your kid(s) and your deciding to stay just for the sake of the kid(s) then I suggest you re-evaluate your decision. Most of the time its best to part ways because if your unhappy your just going to make your child grow up to be unhappy. Bickering & quarrelling with your mate is just showing them that its ok to be in toxic relationships. Little girls will grow up thinking its ok for men to treat them bad. Boys will grow up not knowing how to treat a woman the right way. Vice versa.

You may find yourselves confused about how much trauma your children will suffer from your possible separation. Face it though.  Depending on how you and your mate handle your separation and parenting responsibilities, it is safe to say that the future emotional health of your children is at stake whether you separate or stay together. It all depends on the both of you. Good luck

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Would you stay with a partner that supports you financially and cheats on you?

Every time this question pops up I’m always the first one to jump up and say that I wouldn’t do it. Seriously, after thoughtfully thinking it through though, if I’m getting cheated on & I’m living in a big beautiful house, driving a luxury car and getting everything I ever wanted, why not. If he has that much money to take care of me and cheats, then that’s his problem. He obviously feels that I’m a priority so that’s not so much of a bad thing. Hopefully he is smart enough to use condoms with whomever he’s cheating on me with. Now, if I was with a broke man and he’s cheating, and I stay then I’ll be a big ole’ fool. What can he give me to compensate for all of the heart ache? Nothing!! At least if he has money I’ll take the credit card and shop ‘til I drop. I know I would be happy shopping and eating out with my girlfriends. Yes, I know your probably thinking I’m a gold digger but one thing about me is that if I’m with a man it is because I love him or loved him once upon a time. Oh yea and another thing I would do is definitely save money. I never know when he is going to decide to make someone else a priority and I’m kicked to the curb. It’s reality.

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