Thursday, October 29, 2009

Aloe Vera Gel for Teeth (via Dr Weil's blog)

Aloe vera gel can soothe burned skin, take the itch out of bug bites and help treat rashes from poisonous plants. It also appears to be good for your teeth. A study published in the May/June 2009 issue of General Dentistry found that aloe vera gel worked as well as regular toothpaste to clean teeth and eliminate cavity-causing bacteria. What’s more, the study showed that the gel isn't as hard on the teeth as abrasive toothpastes so may be better for folks with sensitive teeth or gums. However, one of the authors of the study warned that not all aloe vera gel will work - you need the kind that contains the stabilized gel located in the center of the aloe vera plant and that hasn’t been treated with excessive heat or filtered during manufacturing. One of the study authors notes that such processing destroys or reduces the effects of some essential enzymes and polysaccharides. To find a good aloe vera tooth gel, the researchers suggested checking with the International Aloe Science Council to review the products that have received its seal of quality.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

next steps

I have been thinking a lot lately about what is next for me. My current living situation is ending soon, which I'm grateful for. The last year has been lived in a state of high activity mixed with mucho limbo. It wasn't really going anywhere, and seemed like I was just existing from one perspective.

From another angle, I have been helpful to the evolver movement, breathwork in Boston and a few other things along the way. With all of these things stacked up, it does make me feel as if I had some trajectory. What else could I be involved with to make my creative output more meaningful.

So as for things that may be next. I'm thinking a few options. I tend towards hedonism to start... so I'm thinking Park City Utah wouldn't be a bad place to explore that. Explore the snow and Evolver / Transition town people in that region. Then I'm considering doing web design and various sorts of IT consulting for a while while there.

After that... maybe hook up with the transition town folks on a more committed basis? They have an intensive training program in the UK and I think that may be a great thing to attend in the Spring. This would be one of the more committing things I could do in regards to working towards making a good dent in pressing enviro issues.

Overall seems like a good path to me... I stand to lose some health insurance, but picking this up on my own may not be too bad.... This is my blogger acct turning into live journal...