Dayna Martin on the Rise Up Radio Show – Unschooling and Partnership Parenting

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On the April 17th, 2013 edition of Rise Up Radio, John Bush delivers the Sovereign Living Podcast and is joined by Dayna Martin, activist, advocate, doula, and author of Radical Unschooling and Sexy Birth.

We chat about partnership parenting, alternatives to corporal punishment, and Dayna’s recent appearance on Wife Swap!

Listen LIVE every weekday morning from 7 – 8 AM CST on LRN.FM

The wonder of bananas!

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This is interesting. After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.

But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

200 students at a Twickenham school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system..

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chroniclercases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!’

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Threats to Liberty, Agorism & the Future of the Libertarian Movement by Tom Palmer and Tyler Cowen


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On 2009.12.01 I attended a book forum at to hear Tom Palmer speaking about his book “Realizing Freedom: Libertarian History, Theory, and Practice.” This video showcases a few of questions posed to Palmer and commenter Tyler Cowen about threats to liberty, Agorism and the future of the libertarian movement.

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To Bitcoin or not to Bitcoin, that is the question.

To Bitcoin or not to Bitcoin, that is the question.  I feel conflicted about this digital currency.  Bitcoins represent many of the things associated with a sovereign lifestyle; decentralized economies,  stateless currencies, private/anonymous transactions, and the opportunity to diversify your savings.

On the other hand, part of a sovereign lifestyle involves living sustainably.  In modern society this is difficult because many of us are addicted to the “grid” in various ways.  Electricity, water, internet, grocery stores, gasoline, etc..  When you are dependent on these systems it is hard to truly be responsible for your existence.

John discusses the paralells between sovereignty and sustainability in his recent speech in New Hampshire, here is a link for further details:

This is where my concerns with Bitcoin come in – last night I read an article discussing the massive amounts of electricity being used to mine Bitcoins:, which tracks Bitcoin-related data, estimates that miners are using 1,005.59 megawatt hours of electrical consumption each day in their pursuit of new blocks of Bitcoins. That ends up costing about $150,000 in power costs each day to mine the currency. [Hat tip to Bloomberg for reporting on the data.]

Given this information, I feel less inclined to “buy in” to the currency.   What is the true cost of the Bitcoin?  It seems it could come tied with unintended consequences for our planet and our ability to function as sovereign beings.  What do you think about this?