The primary purpose of this blog is to advise readers of significant updates to our Wisdom Tidbits website (temporarily mothballed, not available), as well as any important new postings on our other three related blogs, FluBits, DumBits, and AutBits.

So, this blog will mainly feature alerts regarding website updates as well as alerts to postings on our other blogs as they occur, so that you can check out this central blog at your leisure to more easily determine whats new within the vast realm of the WisBits website and our other blogs.

However, a secondary purpose of this blog, our main focal point for all of our resources, is to also provide a medium to present short news items here of important relevance that do not necessarily fit well within the scope of the main WisBits website or the other three blogs. Now, "fetch me my axe...".

Monday, August 31, 2009

Brain Heallth

We have added the subject of "brain health" to WisBits. For starters, we have listed the most important nutrients for optimal performance of the human brain as well as the best foods for brain health. We wiill add more as time allows. Click on this link to go directly there....

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fighting Back and Aging Well

This post is just to point out that new topics regarding "Fighting Back" (with "super nutrition") against the poisonous contaminants in our world, along with "Protein and Diet", have been added to the Aging Well category. If interested, click on this link to go directly to the new information.

Personal Care, Cosmetics, and "War Paint"

This post is just to point out that a new topic regarding "personal care" products has been added to the Warnings section of the Health category. If interested, click on this link to go directly to the new info.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Nutrition Warning Update on BPA

In the Nutrition Warnings section of WisBits we very briefly reference the dangers of "Bisphenol A", also known as BPA. Long story short, there is a great deal of biased disinformation concocted by the chemical industry on BPA and rather than overload WisBits with information that already exists, we felt it advisable to simply post a link here to a recent NRDC article on the subject. Whereas the prior link/article presents the current situation, we also feel compelled to post this link to more specific facts on the chemical itself (in 'PDF' format, has to "download").

Nutrition Warning Update on Bottom Feeders

We have just posted additional information to the "Bottom Feeders" warning under the Nutrition category which we feel might be of value for anyone dining on seafood. This link is to a site that provides free downloadable printed pocket guides that detail types of seafood for all areas of the country and how safe (or not safe) various types of seafood are to consume. We do not guarantee the accuracy of the guides, but it all looks like fairly straightforward information, and thought that it might be of help to the general dining public.

Health Warning on Cookware "Safety"

We have added an item to the WisBits Health category under the Warnings subject regarding unsafe and safe cookware. We know enough to avoid the poisonous Teflon cookware, and converted over to ceramic and cast iron cookware many years ago, but admit to not being well educated on what now seems to have become a controversial topic. As we become better informed we will update the cookware topic, but in the interim would appreciate any feedback on safe cookware.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A Little Righteous "Activism"

We confess that it is difficult to be "green", sensible, logical, truthful, honest, down to earth, and all that stuff, and not be just a little "activist" oriented. So, we recently observed a cause worth noting and feel we must rattle the proverbial cage.

The CEO/owner of Whole Foods Market recently did a mentally deficient op-ed in the Wall Street Journal whereby (regarding the current health care controversy) he stated, seemingly with forethought but surely not, that only the rich like himself deserved health care. Righteously indignant folks (like now ex-customers of Hole Foods) have joined together to express their disgust with this certifiably inane diatribe from an excruciatingly dimwitted person
(he was caught spreading misinformation and unfounded rumors about competitors via a supposedly neutral "anonymous" blog).

So, the result is that former customers have established a boycott of Whole Food Market and are even picketing stores, explaining the owner's attitude to unaware consumers and recommending alternative stores.

We join in support of all former incensed customers in strongly recommending the complete and total boycott of Whole Foods Market. Sorry WF employees, we know that you are decent folks, but you should quit working for such a perpetually blatant idiot, or better yet pool your resources and buy the company from the owner, turn it into a co-op maybe...

Harvesting Rain Water?

Our first actual blog entry here pertains to the recently posted topic of "Water 'Quality' - a Misleading Misnomer" (posted on our WisBits website, not this blog), where we mentioned the concept of capturing rain water for drinking water, but we were as yet uncertain of the safety of doing so, and this is our followup to that post.

Our sources almost unanimously agreed that in regions where the air is not terribly polluted (think "acid rain") is that rainwater, initially upon raindrop formation, is almost entirely free of any impurities, that some minimal impurities may be captured by the rain droplets if they descend through any "impure" air, and that most contamination of rainwater occurs in the harvesting process -- usually with a poorly designed catchment system that is a continuously exposed open-air receptacle where the rainwater is stored for a period of time before offloading without filtering (think bird poop). The latter issue is of course negated by a properly designed catchment system. The bottom line opinion was that if done right in an area of relatively unpolluted air, that harvested rainwater was generally not only entirely safe, but "exponentially" safer than the chemically processed (and even more contaminated after "processing") municipal city water that exudes from most of our "taps". Still, you might want to first catch some rain water in a bucket and test it for impurities before proceeding to install a catchment system. One of our sources made the amusing comment to the effect that "you know what rhymes with 'city water' don't ya"?
I quickly responded that the answer to her question might well be the same as what rainwater containing bird poop would be called?