Pollution & Environmental News

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Ocean Pollution off the Atlantic coast

Man is hard at work destroying our oceans. Some of it occurs with atmospheric pollution and others occur by draining our wastes into the ocean down the river systems. This article goes into the new deep sea fishing techniques at levels not thought possible before. We do not need to sit idly by. Our job […]

pollution and environmental news

We are all reading about how our earth is burning up from carbon emisions and green house gases. There is also a gathering stream of contrary information about how the warming of the earth is a natural reoccuring condition and is nothing to worry about. Well, that controversy will not be solved here. Nor will […]

Carbon in the atmosphere

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_dioxide_in_Earth’s_atmosphere Check out the link above on Wikipedia’s take on the problem of man made  carbon emissions causing “global warming”. The really scary part is what it would take to clean the atmosphere and get it back to pre industrial revolution levels.” To be able to reduce carbon dioxide concentration with Carbon sequestration back to pre-industrial levels, […]

Plastics in our oceans

http://www.whoi.edu/science/B/people/kamaral/plasticsarticle.html   Seven billion people throw away a lot of trash and plastic. Take a look at it in the link above. If we don’t start cleaning it up faster than we are throwing it away, then our grandkids will wonder why we didn’t. What will we say to them?

Plastic products are safe?

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/08/090820-plastic-decomposes-oceans-seas.html The above link discusses the breakdown of plastic trash into molecules by the oceans. These small particles are ingested by marine life and the plastic in their bodies moves up the food chain. A simple chunk of styrofoam floating out to sea is soon to be broken down and ingested by organisms that have […]

Harald the Sturgeon

It is sad to see that other countries are having the same problems as we are in the Pacific Northwest. Our Salmon runs have been diminished since dams were built on the river, beginning 80 years ago. We have tried maintaining the runs with hatchery fish but we found out that wild fish can not […]

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Lodge Overview

Welcome to Thindex – your guide to better health and life.

This website is a little off–the–wall (like all of us, maybe). I'm not trying to sell you anything, and I'm not trying to collect information about you.

The purpose of this website is simply to help you improve your health and, ultimately, the quality of your life and eventual destiny.

That's it. No hidden agenda.

This website is my push to get you to change So, come on into the lodge and feel free to browse around for a bit. I hope that you find the information helpful.

Joseph R. McFarland MD

What you can find in the Lodge:
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Where do I start?

Thindex is an easy going website, focusing on your health improvement. Getting healthier isn't complicated or expensive. If you do it without outside help you will have a much better chance for permanent lifetime success.

  1. step one: Click on "Calculate my thindex". Enter the data requested. You will need an accurate time that it takes for you to walk or run a mile to get the complete data for your thindex. The dot between the green and red lines is where you fit in to your age group. Hanging close to the green line is where you want to be. Below zero is not good unless you are very old. Most Americans will be below zero.
  2. Step two: Use the information from Step one to make a decision about improving your health and destiny from this moment on.
  3. Step three: Cruise around the website and check a few of my blogs, the videos, the guest lecturers, pollution and diet news. Also check the rose of the day and Casey's Corner for kids.
  4. Step four: You can use this site and the 9 health steps to move yourself towards better health. Or you can do your own thing and check your progress with our calculator.
This site is put together by Joseph McFarland MD. As an Orthopedic Surgeon, I have seen some nasty wounds over the last 40 years. I have never seen wounds as bad as what we Americans are doing to ourselves by eating unhealthy foods and not getting nearly enough exercise. These wounds can heal if you reverse the cause. The information you need is all here and it is all free.

Calculate my Thindex

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Health Steps: There are 9 progressive health steps that ease you slowly towards better health.


Blogs: A variety of health topics


Guest speakers: Talks by a variety of diet experts


Recommended reading: Diet and exercise books in which we believe.


Rose of the day: Daily rose with comments that you can mail to friends or enemies, telling them how you are doing.


Casey's corner: Pollution and general advice for young kids.


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Why pick on soda pop as the first thing to eliminate as you go through the health steps?



Look up Sylvia Booth Hubbard – soda. She lists an even longer list of soda pop related problems. "Thirteen new ways colas ruin your health" (protected)

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Potatoes are a good starch source but when overheated above boiling produce acrylamide , a known carcinogen. These products are oversalted and some still contain trans fats which cause arteriosclerosis.