Thorium car? Fill up on this…

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Yeah….not only is it cool to look at, but how would you like to ‘fill up’ only once…….in 100 years?

First let’s define thorium:   a grayish-white, lustrous, somewhat ductile and malleable, radioactive metallic element present in monazite: used as a source of nuclear energy, as a coating on sun-lamp and vacuum-tube filament coatings, and in alloys. Symbol:  Th; atomic weight:  232.038; atomic number:  90; specific gravity:  11.7. (source: dictionary.com)

So basically it’s a radioactive metallic chemical element. 

Ok, so Laser Power Systems (LPS) from Connecticut,  has been developing a new method of automotive propulsion with one of the most dense materials known in nature: thorium. Because thorium is so dense it has the potential to produce tremendous amounts of heat. The company has been experimenting with small bits of thorium, creating a laser that heats water, produces steam and powers a mini turbine.

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The engine currently weighs 500lbs, which can easily fit inside the engine area of their current model.  Only one gram of the substance yields more energy than 7,396 gallons (28,000 L) of gasoline and 8 grams would power the typical car for a century!!

So, is thorium the way to go?  Well, it’s cheap, abundant and could provide safe, emissions-free power for hundreds of years….however, only “Eight kilograms of uranium-233 can be used for a nuclear weapon,” says Stephen Ashley of the University of Cambridge.  The bigger threat is that a country pursuing nuclear energy and nuclear weapons (say, Iran) could make both from thorium. “This technology could have a dual civilian and military use,” Ashley says. (source:  Popular Mechanics)
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(The primary source of the world’s thorium is the rare-earth-and-thorium-phosphate mineral monazite. Rob Lavinsky/iRocks.com)

ONE MORE THING: (And yes, just in case you were wondering, the element thorium really is named after Thor, the Norse god of thunder. And yes, Norse mythology originated from Norway, where Thor Energy is based. Coincidence, I think not!) source:  Sebastian Anthony

READ MORE HERE:  http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/160131-thorium-nuclear-reactor-trial-begins-could-provide-cleaner-safer-almost-waste-free-energy

AND MORE HERE: Is the “Superfuel” Thorium Riskier Than We Thought? – Popular Mechanics 

Lychee fruit……….eat more fruit and live to a ripe old age…

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Ahh…..the Lychee fruit.  No, I didn’t know what it was either so I had to check this baby out!

According to the California Rare Fruit Growers Association (and no, I didn’t know who they were either so I had to check them out too!)  “The lychee is native to low elevations of the provinces of Kwangtung and Fujian in Southern China. Cultivation spread over the years through neighboring areas of southeastern Asia and offshore islands. It reached Hawaii in 1873, and Florida in 1883, and was conveyed from Florida to California in 1897.”

And yes, there are two provinces in Southern China that I hadn’t heard of so I had to check out them also! (you can click on them to learn more)

Back to the Lychee, which translated from Chinese as, ‘gift for a joyful life’.   This sweet, little fruit contains vitamins and minerals and is supposedly so sweet and delicious that the Emperor of Tang Dynast would send his royal guards 600 miles to pick the luscious fruit for his love.

But wait!  There’s more! 

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The Lychee fruit contains  on average a total 72 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams of fruit and popping just 9 of these babies will give you your total daily requirement!

BUT THE BEST PART?   This little sweetheart can prevent the growth of cancer cells (according to the Cancer Survivors Network)

Here is more great info!

1.Helps to prevent diseases like cancer. Research and study have proved that this fruit has flavonoids in the pulp which helps to prevent fatal and lethal disease like cancer.  This strawberry like fruit checks the growth of cancer cells in the body and is found to be especially effective against breast cancer.

2.High vitamin C content. Lychee fruit is an excellent source of natural vitamin C. This vitamin is especially important as it is not produced inside the body on its own and need to be replenished with our diet.  Vitamin C aids the body in fighting against cancer and heart diseases.

3.Boost up the natural immunity of the body. Due to the high content of Vitamin C the lychee fruit, boost up the natural immunity of the body particularly among people suffering from fevers colds, and sore throats.

4.Improves digestion. Lychee fruit aids the body in proper digestion of food. This provides better nutrition and boosts up the body health in general.

5.Helps to relieve pain. Lychee fruit has the ability to shrink the swollen glands and relieves pain associated with it. The Chinese have been using this fruit for curing these problems since ancient times.

6.Provides essential minerals to the body. The lychee fruit is a rich source of calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium to the body. It is also rich in proteins that are one of the most important nutrients required for cell development.

Fresh or toffee lychees can be used as a serving with Vanilla Ice cream. It can also be consumed through ice creams, juices and candies. With so many benefits and a variety of use lychee fruit can and should be used as a regular part of your diet. This will help you stay healthy naturally.   (source)

Now, check out this short video of the lychee fruit and how it’s grown!

don’t get all wishy-washy about a detox bath…

Oh, you dirty thing, you!!  You need a bath!!  A detox bath!

A trip over to Wikihow gave me exact directions on how to have a fabulous detox bath while eliminating toxins and absorbing  minerals and nutrients from the bath water.  Some use mineral clays, aromatherapy oils, seaweeds and enzyme herbs to draw the toxins out of the body through the skin, but this recipe is using common products such as, epsom salts, baking soda and a little ginger.

Here are the steps to get you on your way to good health:

  • Prepare your bath on a day that you have at least 40 minutes available. The first 20 minutes are said to help your body remove the toxins, while the second 20 minutes are for absorbing the minerals in the water.
  • Fill your tub with comfortably hot water. Use a chlorine filter if possible.
  • Add Epsom salts (a.k.a. magnesium sulfate). Soaking in Epsom salt actually helps replenish the body’s magnesium levels, combating hypertension.[1] The sulfate flushes toxins and helps form proteins in brain tissue and joints.[2] Epsom salt is very inexpensive. It can be purchased in decently sized bags or cartons at discount stores in the garden center or pharmaceutical area. Very large bags can be ordered from garden centers.  (For adults 100lbs or more, use 2 cups or more to a standard bath)
  • Add 1 to 2 cups or more of baking soda (a.k.a. sodium bicarbonate). Baking soda is known for its cleansing ability and even has antifungal properties.[3] It also leaves skin very soft. Large bags can usually be found in the swimming pool chemical area, but the boxes from the bakery aisle will work fine.
  • Add ground ginger or fresh ginger tea (optional). Ginger is heating to the body and may cause your skin to turn slightly red for a few minutes, so be careful with the amount you add. Depending on the capacity of your tub, and your sensitivity, anywhere from 1 tablespoon to 1/3 cup can be added.  (Most people sweat profusely with the addition of the ginger, and if you wrap your body in a blanket immediately after getting out of the tub, you can continue to detoxify through perspiration for another couple of hours. This is especially beneficial if you are trying to rid the body of a bug of some sort, like the flu, or a cold).
  • Add aromatherapy oils (optional). There are many oils that will help the bath to be a pleasant and relaxing experience (such as lavender and ylang ylang) as well as those that will assist in the detoxification process (tea tree oil or eucalyptus). Around 20 drops is sufficient for a standard bath.  (If you prefer, you can use fresh herbs. Add mint leaves (warming), lavender flowers (soothing), chamomile (soothing), or anything else that suits your mood.)
  • Swish all of the ingredients around in the tub, then soak. Again, 40 minutes is recommended (the longer the better), but aim for at least 20. You should start sweating within the first few minutes. (If you feel too hot, start adding cold water into the tub until you cool off.)
  • Get out of the tub slowly and carefully. Your body has been working hard and you may get lightheaded or feel weak and drained. On top of that, the salts make your tub slippery, so stand with care.  This might be a good time to call in someone you don’t mind seeing you in the raw,  to help you out of the tub.
  • Drink plenty of water. Any time your body detoxes (after this type of bath, a massage, or chiropractic work, for example), you need to flush out toxins. If you don’t, you will likely feel sick afterwards.

Remember…detoxing is a lifestyle therapy and cleansing foods and juices can optimize your detox program.  As with all new therapies, please consult your doctor or health practitioner before beginning any new therapy, even if it is just a detox bath.

EXTRA TIPS…….

  • A bath of Epsom salt and baking soda bath is detoxing in and of itself, but other items can be added for further effects.
  • Don’t eat immediately before or after the bath.
  • It’s also a good idea to drink water before and during your bath, especially if you’re feeling overheated from the tub water.
  • Dry brush your skin before the bath for further benefits.
  • Relax for the rest of the day and allow your body to continue to detoxify and heal itself.
  • Have your towel nearby the tub and ready so that you can wrap up immediately and continue the detox.
  • Shower off the Epsom salts if desired, but it’s not necessary.
  • Other additives used by some are grapefruit seed oil, rosemary, and thyme.

WARNINGS:

  • Avoid putting hydrogen peroxide in your bath. As an oxidizing agent, it can have corrosive effects on your skin.[4]
  • Do not take a hot bath or a detox bath if you are pregnant, or have heart, kidney, or any other health issues.                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • This article is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or otherwise take the place of the advice of your licensed healthcare practitioner.