Thursday, June 24, 2010

Bleeding H2O

It's uncomfortably hot and humid right now in NYC. It's the type of hot that makes you walk at a slow pace with your arms held slightly away from your body in fear of breaking a clothes drenching sweat.

I arrived home the other day to find a block party had broken out on my street and all of the neighborhood kids were cooling off in the fully open fire hydrant. There were gallons of water flooding down the street as far as 6 blocks away.

Everyone was having a great time. Music was blasting, kids were laughing, and adults were lazily conversing in the shade. I can't default them for enjoying a miserably hot afternoon.

I was however horrified at the 12ft high rupture of water freely spewing from the hydrant at 1000 gallons of water/min (I did the research). And I know for a fact that it was open for at least 12 hrs because it didn't get shut off until I called 311 to report it at 11pm. That's 720,000 gallons of wasted water! That day, I saw at least 6 other hydrants open in Brooklyn alone bringing my neighborhood total to at LEAST 4,320,000 gallons of wasted water.

This is one of the most disturbing things that I have ever witnessed. It amazes me that people can be so disrespectful towards nature. The National Geographic website has some great interactive features and quizzes on water. Get informed and you'll be less likely to make wasteful choices.

If you see an open hydrant in NYC, give 311 a call. You're probably going to be on hold for 20 min but think of all the gallons of water you'll be saving.

Stay cool! (just don't open a hydrant)

In health,


Joanie Johnson, HC

Thursday, June 10, 2010

What's that floating around your head?

Have you ever taken the time to glance around and take notice of how many electronic devices are close by? According to a recent (slightly scary) study, our bodies are subject to a high amount of electromagnetic radiation and it's leading to many widespread diseases like heart conditions, cancers, tumors and what they are now calling type 3 Diabetes. If you have a chance to check out the article, it's worth the read.

Even if you don't agree with all of it, I hope it will at least make you think about what you are exposing your body to.

Some of the common culprits :cell phones, Wifi, hair dyers, wireless routers, computers, TV's, basically anything with an electric current. The article stated a statistic from a study in 2008 saying that people who start using cell phones before age 20 increase their chances of a brain tumor by 500%!

There is no doubt in my mind that all the EMF pollution floating around our heads is bound to have some type of effect on the body. I'll be plugging my cell phone in to charge across the room at night in the very least.

Just something for you to ponder....

In health,


Joanie Johnson, HC