The Micahlogue

Saturday, July 22, 2006

A class on Our body's PH levels

This Thursday July 27 at 7pm I am teaching a class that you are all welcome to attend. It will be at our house at 1409 Sigsbee (Behind Sami's Pita in Eastown.) We are going to look at the typical American diet, and figure out why we are all so sick all the time. Everyone is welcome. Free.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Gutter Gulps

Country well water, spring water, and rain water. These 3 water sources are up for review next.

Country water (well water) although generally better than city water must reviewed on an individual basis. If you have country water, have culligan test it for you. The main problem with this “well water” is that especially here in Michigan there are so many farmers who use fertilizers, herbicide, fungicides, and whatever else that end up in our well water. If you live in the middle of Canada, and don’t have a farmer within 50 miles of you, go ahead enjoy the well water. For the rest of us, have your well water tested, and buy a Brita if it isn’t too bad.

Rain water was and acceptable source of water around 20-25 years ago, and was considered very clean. Unfortunately rain water gathers and collects much of the air pollution on the way down. Today rain water isn’t considered an acceptable source for clean water. Sorry Greg, rain water is from God, but we humans screw it up even before it hits the ground.

Spring water is a debatable thing. If you buy bottled spring water, make sure you buy it from a well known national company, or a local company with specs of the water’s purity. If you buy “Spring Water” from the local 4-h sector for a fundraiser, you’re most likely just drinking tap water.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

City water friend or foe?

The front of the pamphlet that I received boasted of the purity of Grand Rapids City water. The pamphlet claimed that you don’t need to travel anywhere or buy any bottled water, because some of the purest stuff around is coming right out of your faucet. Let’s take a look at the purity of city water.

As I skimmed over the listings of pollutants in the “Grand Rapids Water System Quality Report for 2006,” everything looked pretty good, it seemed like the water was fresh, and mostly free from impurities. The danger in City water isn’t so much the impurities that they don’t take out, but the heavy chemicals they put back in.

For anyone who has lived in the country their whole life (like me) you have noticed the difference the first time you take a shower in the city. It smells like a pool. The chemical that is put in city water is Chloride, which basically is what’s placed in your pool. The Chloride is put in the city water to help kill bacteria (the same reason you put it in your pool.) Since the water must travel a long distance from the city water plant to your kitchen sink, Chloride (not chlorine) is put in the water. So Chloride is a pretty strong chemical that is in charge of cleaning water up.

Think of chloride as a wrapper for your water. If you went to the store and you saw a loaf of bread without a wrapper on it, you might not buy it, because you don’t know who sneezed on it right? On the other hand, once you buy a loaf of bread that is fully wrapped, you want to make sure you take off the wrapper before you eat it. Chloride is the same way; we need to remove the wrapper before we drink it.

Chloride although serving a great purpose of protecting water is dangerous to your body. A natural digestive system has healthy bacteria (or flora) located throughout it, from mouth to anus. What did we just learn that Chloride does? KILLS Bacteria. That is great in your water pipes, but not so good in your body. By killing all the bacteria, you stop your body from proper digestion, and promote the growth of unhealthy bacteria, and create a sterile system. Improper digestion leads to all sorts of health problems from ulcers to acne, to malnutrition.

Fluoride (not fluorine) is also added to many U.S. cities drinking water. It is estimated around 60% of U.S. cities are drinking fluoridated water (I actually believe GR might have been the 1st city to add fluoride. Anyone know for sure?) Fluoride has been added to the drinking water in belief that fluoride keeps teeth from decaying. The fluoride found in our water is the same fluoride that the dentist applies, and is found in our toothpastes.

“What the commercials don’t say is that fluoride was known in the early 1900s as an excellent rat poison. According to Robert Carleton, former scientist with the EPA, fluoride is more toxic than lead, and not quite as toxic as arsenic. It’s a waste product of many heavy industries—derived from the production of pesticides, fertilizers, aluminum, iron, steel, copper, lead, uranium, brick, cement and glass, among others.

Studies over the years have pointed to fluoride as a possible carcinogen, a bone-weakening agent and even a reason for decreased fertility among women. As the Oakland Tribune writes, a few grams of the stuff is enough to kill you.” (

Greg, what you need in your body is not chemically derived “fluoride,” what you need is naturally occurring “fluorine.” Fluorine is a naturally occurring element that has been found in some drinking water out west. People who live in these cities have a very low occurrence of tooth decay. Fluorine has been dubbed the “Decay resistant” element. A few foods that are naturally high in fluorine are: Avocados, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Garlic, Spinach, and tomatoes. Likewise “Chlorine” not “Chloride” is a naturally occurring element that has been praised as a body cleanser. Chlorine occurs in Bananas, Beans, Celery, Strawberries, pineapple, and lots of other fruits and veggies.

This is where the fluoride craze started. Either way, it is one thing to brush with fluoride; it is a completely different story to ingest it day after day. Whether fluoride helps teeth or not, it was never meant to be drunk.

Other than filtering your water (I’ll cover that later.) You can set your city water in the fridge uncovered for 24 hours and most of the chloride and fluoride will burn off. You also can squirt some lemon in your water and let it sit for 5 mins; this will burn some of it out too.
They danger may not lie in what the city doesn’t take out, but what they put in.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

High quality H2O

The experts tell us that we are mostly made up of water. Anywhere from 60%-75% of our body is water, depending on which study you believe. Either way, water is extremely important to the health of our body. Staying hydrated allows us to expel waste from our digestive tract, keep our blood moving efficiently and clean out cellular waste. Only 3-5 days without water and we are either extremely sick or dead.

But what’s in our water? Bottled? Tap? Well? Distilled? What’s the difference? What about water purifiers? Chlorine? Flouride?

Join me over the next 3 weeks as we sort through the topic of water, and the pros and cons of all our different options. Post some questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

My favorite Place to Eat

Curt and Karen used to go to pizza Sam's in Alma (so did Erica 5 years ago) when they were dating about 15 years ago. I visited this Pizza Sam's in Midland. Apparently Sam has franchised. My friend Aaron said "this Strawberry smoothie is amazing." He drank 2 of them.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Come see me.


If you want an excuse to skip church this Sunday, come see me. This weekend is the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts. I’m playing on Di Suvero Stage (Near the big tire swing, behind the calder) at 11:45 am. It will just be me and my guitar, and a bunch of songs I’ve writen over the years. Look for the guy with no hair.

Hope to see you

Sunday, May 21, 2006

To own a Dragon

In the spirit of John fryes blogspot, I decided a book review could help end my blogging drought. I’ve just finished reading Donald Miller’s most recent book, To own a Dragon. In case you are wondering where the title comes from, Miller, who grew up without a father relates the idea of “Owning a dragon” as just as mystical an idea as “Having a father.”

One of the concepts that Miller tackles is this idea of extended adolescence. The reality that people are going to school longer, getting married later, and all around growing up slower. He attributes much of this to a fatherless generation. Miller lets us into a private conversation at a fraternity house on a college campus. The conversation jumps between faith, girls, and money. Miller propses a question to the guys:

…”Lets say you have a friend who is forty years old, and lets say this guy played video games all night, slept around with ten different women, whoever he could get to have sex with him, drank all the time, partied it up, the whole bit. Would you respect that guy?” The group shook there heads no, some of them voicing that they would think of him as a loser.
“Why?” I asked. “Why would this guy be a loser?”
“Because he is forty,” somebody spoke up.
“What does that have to do with it? If somebody in your fraternity lives like this, he is not a loser. Apparently, he is well-esteemed…”

Obvously this is a extreme version of not growing up, but in working with high school and college age students it is easy to see the trend.

What does it mean to be a man, or be mature, or grown up? Thank God for Erica, or I would still be living in my own filth. What are the effects of a generation that, isn’t growing up?