Greetings astute traveller, this website now exists for historical reasons.

Much has been learned since 2006. I urge you to keep exploring the evolution of information through other websites.

Are you a home scientist?

media_a If you are a home scientist – fascinated with how things works, and curious about fields such as Biology, Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy (not astrology!), and the Earth Science… then check out these great websites;

Biology: http://www.biology4kids.com/
Astronomy: http://www.cosmos4kids.com/
Chemistry: http://www.chem4kids.com/
Geography: http://www.geography4kids.com/
Physics: http://www.physics4kids.com/

Don’t be put off by the ‘for kids’ label – these websites are a great place to start or brush up on your science knowledge.  They also make a great starting point for more thorough research, and what I like about these websites the most is; they talk in terms of systems i.e. they explain how things interact in the world – rather than just in a dish, or under a microscope.

If you want to take things a step further, then check out ‘The Teaching Company’ at http://www.teach12.com/, however, they are not free.  So, you could also check out Wikipedia at http://www.wikipedia.org/ for free information.

Wikipedia is great as a starting point for further research on whatever topic you’re pursuing.  I say starting point because Wikipedia offers external links and references which are sometimes far more valuable than the information listed on the page.

Another great resource for learning is ‘Google Scholar’ http://scholar.google.com.au/.  Google Scholar is a search engine that lists scientific documents for whatever search terms you use – which is excellent for sourcing evidence (for and against) your research.

Learning how the world works is a wonderful way to get to know yourself… yes, yourself.  A feeling of being connected with the world usually emerges from scientific study – so I encourage you to become a home scientist, and enjoy the amazing world we live in.

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Not getting enough sleep? Welcome to the machine…

 

A recent report from the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research has confirmed what most people are already painfully aware of;  not getting enough sleep.

From the report:

Almost a fifth of NSW’s adult population doesn’t get enough sleep according to research to be published this month in international publication Internal Medicine Journal. 

With 11.7% experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness and 18.4% reporting sleeping less than 6.5 hours per night. the study warns the impact of sleep and sleepiness on the public health could be
large.

Results  found  excessive  daytime  sleepiness  was  most  commonly  associated  with  short  sleep durations, getting older and symptoms of insomnia and depression. 

Dr Delwyn Bartlett, Sleep Psychologist at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and chief author  of  the  paper,  explains  short  sleep,  either  self-imposed  or  forced,  is  being  increasingly recognised as a contributor to impaired health and increased death in the community.   “It  can  impact  on  everything  from  cardiovascular  disease,  type-2  diabetes,  insulin  sensitivity, appetite, immune responses to vaccinations and concentration levels for even the simplest tasks,” she said.

“If the NSW figures are reflective of the nation as a whole, chronic sleep restriction is likely to
have a major impact on Australian public health.”  Dr Bartlett says.

My opinion:

Society exploits people… and does so by appealing to our animal instincts.  Our consumerist culture with it’s attitude of "more, more, more!" convinces us to work longer hours to buy a bunch of stuff that we really don’t need, and usually that stuff will not bring any lasting happiness.  Alain De botton summed it up well in his book and documentary aptly titled "Status Anxiety" in which he observes the anxiety about what others think of us; about whether we’re judged a success or a failure, a winner or a loser.  He writes:

"A sharp decline in actual deprivation may – paradoxically – have been accompanied by a continuing and even increased sense of deprivation and a fear of it. Populations blessed with riches and possibilities far outstripping those imaginable by their ancestors tilling the unpredictable soil of medieval Europe have shown a remarkable capacity to feel that both who they are and what they have are not enough."

But for now, we’re sold on it, and we’ll keep consuming energy drinks and high sugar foods so we can work longer hours to get the stuff that we don’t really need.

Perhaps someday in the future people will look back on the 21st century in disbelief and horror at the exploitation people suffered.  Perhaps they will think we’re idiots… and I wouldn’t blame them.

So what we can we do about it?  Firstly, I would recommend getting out into the wilderness and looking around.  Take notice of all the things that are free… oh yeah, that would be everything.

Secondly, I would think of the times in  your life when you were genuinely happy, because the chances are that they weren’t based on money.  Some of my greatest memories involve times in my life where I was flat broke.

And last but not least, tell all the proverbial "Jones’s" to shove their have and have-not mentality up their butt.  That is, if their head isn’t taking up all the space.

We live in strange times, where slavery; rather being enforced, is chosen.  You do have a choice… yes you do.

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Society makes it easy for you to be overweight

nutrigrain_bar_equals_diabetes An interesting article from the University of Sydney highlights what we at Caveman Power have been advocating for some time now.

From the article:

The global epidemic of Type 2 diabetes is an indicator of serious underlying issues in our society, says a University medical expert.

“People think of this as an issue of individual responsibility – you’re overweight, you’ve got diabetes, it’s your fault. But it just isn’t,” said Associate Professor Bruce Neal.

“You are overweight because you live in a society that make it easy for you to be overweight, that bombards you with advertising about the wrong kinds of foods, that doesn’t make it easy for you to lose weight,” said Professor Neal.

More than 250 million people worldwide have Type 2 diabetes, and the numbers are growing rapidly. Most will eventually die or be disabled by the complications.

“Diabetes is an indicator of serious underlying issues in our society,” he added. “We have to get governments much more engaged in addressing the reasons why we have this epidemic. Unless they take a more active role it is not going to go away. It is not going to get better. In fact it is going to get much worse.”

The global study followed 11,140 people for four and a half years. They were recruited from more 200 centres in 20 countries around the world.

“Type 2 diabetes is a massive problem around the world, and on average, someone with diabetes lives 5 to 10 years less than someone who doesn’t have Type 2 diabetes. It causes a huge economic burden, and in particular the complications that we were preventing in this study are a major cost to the health system.

And now for my opinion:

Firstly, we need to educate people about Diabetes prevention.  This however, is no small task – considering it’s at direct opposition to multi-million dollar corporations who have the best marketing (propaganda) tools at their disposal.

Additionally, the grain industry is massively subsidised by the government (which is of little surprise considering the export dollars garnished) and grains are a big part of the diabetes equation.

Some people may ask; Why should we educate the people?  Aren’t they already aware they’re eating junk, it’s just a willpower thing?

The answer is NO!  Junk food is being heavily marketed as health food.  For example; Cereal, Low-Fat Yoghurt, Muesli Bars etc.

This is not a case of willpower, it’s a case of deliberate profiteering by large corporations who absolutely refuse to acknowledge any link with Diabetes.

So how do we educate the people?  The answer lays somewhere between “guerilla media” and “tell a friend”.

To educate yourself, search diabetes on Google.  Learn to think for yourself – do not automatically give trust to whatever the billboards or TV ads are telling you.

I’m not even asking you to trust me – that’s up to you.  Do the research and find out for yourself… empower yourself.

Feel free to challenge me or ask me questions in the comments section below – we may all learn something.

Link to full article: The University of Sydney

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Get food marketers off kid’s backs!

Recent research by the NSW Centre for Overweight & Obesity COO discovered this advertisement by Mainland.

Get food marketers off kid’s backs!

“It  appears  to  us  that Mainland’s  compliance with  advertising restrictions is as dubious as the nutritional content of their snack!” stated Bridget Kelly in her article in the Prevention Research Centres Newsletter.

I agree with Bridget, and although I am not in favour of excessive government restrictions on advertising, I am in favour of creating awareness about the deceitful nature of some food corporations.

I would like to see a day were consumers are empowered with enough knowledge about health, that it renders unscrupulous food advertising impotent.  And I believe the starting point is you and me, right now… vote with your wallet, and put these advertising tricks out of commission.

Source: COO Prevention Research Centres Newsletter

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