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Archive for December 2010

Is your food hexxed by hexane?

Levels of a dangerous neurotoxin, hexane are allowed at much higher rates in the US food supply than in the Eurozone’s foods, as with many other damaging chemicals and additives.

Yes, we Americans seem to be the food and chemical industries’ favorite guinea pigs through the years and apparently, we’ll eat anything as long as it’s charmingly or intriguingly marketed…and the more inexpensive the better.

Since soy sausage patties came on the US market over 30 years ago, my family and I have preferred them to meat sausages so it’s disturbing to find that we’ve been consuming dangerous levels of hexane all along. Canola oil was a staple in my kitchen for years but no longer for it too is contaminated with hexane.

Beginning several years ago, even my gynocologist said soy was good for me! Turns out our bodies need hexaned-soy like they need the other hormone disruptors our foods are laced with. That the US FDA is complicit in the scheme to weaken the American people’s health seems obvious to me. Plus, I’m lookin’ at You, healthcare industry and the AMA!

Horrible hexane is a petroleum by-product used in the process of extracting oil from seeds so it’s worth your time (if you chow down in the USA) to ferret out the products and manufacturers who use this cheap and readily available ingredient (since 1930!) in the foods you and your family consume and take whatever steps you can to avoid them as much as possible.

And perhaps ask your congress members and the President: why do you allow the American people to be poisoned into ill health on a daily basis?

At least, that’s my advice for the New Year!


Written by Jude Cowell

December 30, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Morning Snow: Raleigh NC 12.26.10 photo

Photo: morning in Raleigh, North Carolina December 26, 2010…brrrrish but beautiful!

Written by Jude Cowell

December 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm

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Art: ‘Womany Jungle’ by Jude Cowell

For you, it’s Womany Jungle, a fanciful figure study by your blogger of the moment, Jude Cowell, creator and curator of Cosmic Persona Designs (featuring Chiffonery Art and Boudoir Blossoms Art for 17+ers) and owner of the Jude Cowell Art Shop at Zazzle where you never know what might turn up for your consideration (including my sexy-fun Cosmic Lilith Art Calendar 2011!)

Europe’s Winter Wonderland 2010 in photos

Here in Georgia USA, Santa is listening in as meteorologists predict snow and sleet after midnight tonight (with ‘no accumulation’) so today I’m enjoying these fifteen photos of Europe’s Winter Wonderland 2010 which you too may enjoy with just one click!

Are there many sights more beautiful than ice-decorated trees in winter? That’s what I thought!

Written by Jude Cowell

December 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm

2011: will Earth’s ‘twin planet’ be found?

Seemingly it may be possible that in 2011, Earth’s twin planet may be found.

That’s quite a headline for the end of 2010 and the start of a New Year, isn’t it? Why, this idea mimics Astrology’s ‘twin’ or ‘dark’ moon theories and may indicate major changes within astrological thought and provide a spur for space exploration as well as flipping over our brains from their usual ruts!

It could even trump many of the other scientific discoveries in the news now during the current Jupiter/Uranus cycle (at or near Aries Point) of breakthroughs and enlightened ideas.


For decades Science has been determined to clone an Ice Aged woolly mammoth and yet some of us retain many personal misgivings about this boundary-breaking project.

Wishing You Happy Holidays, Everyone! Jude

And Art appears: Hermesia!

Look, it’s mercurial Hermesia thinking of past and future while simultaneously planning to languish about this weekend and get herself in the mood for a cozy hibernating season 2010!

Yet still the curiosity of Mercury’s handmaiden, Hermesia, continues…

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Lawsuit leaks US spy’s ID

Not WikiLeaks this time but a lawsuit over US drone strikes in Pakistan killing innocent people has revealed the name of an American spy.

He has fled for safety after receiving death threats.

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