How Wolves Can Change Rivers For The Better

How Wolves Can Change Rivers For The Better

It may seem counterintuitive, but wolves can actually help the environment. 

As Sustainable Man explains, when wolves were unnaturally removed from Yellow Stone park, the environment became heavily unbalanced. The deer had no natural predators, and, as a result, over ate the greenery. The ended up hurting the entire ecosystem. 

When the wolves were recently reintroduced, nature became balanced again. The wolves had such a positive chain reaction effect, their presence ended up changing the rivers for the better


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Everything You Wanted To Know About Gluten But Were Afraid To Ask

For those who are afraid to look even more dumb in Whole Foods.

1. Q:


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A: Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. It’s that thing that helps dough rise, making your bagels chewy and your sandwich bread soft.

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Gluten can set off a range of negative responses in some people’s immune systems. An extreme example is celiac disease. Normally we have tiny, hair-like projections (villi) that line the small intestine like a plush carpet, absorbing vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from food. But according to the Mayo Clinic’s website, celiac disease makes the inner surface of the small intestine appear more like a tile floor.

“Celiac disease sufferers have a full fledged natural auto-immunity to the protein gluten. The gluten does not react to them directly,” said Eric Sieden, director of nutrition and food services at Plainview Hospital. “What ends up happening to people with celiac disease is that the body will react to the gluten by having the white blood cells attack the intestinal wall causing inflammation and loss of nutrient absorption.”

“Most symptoms are GI (gastrointestinal) in nature, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain/bloating, diarrhea or constipation, lactose intolerance, weight loss from malabsorption or above symptoms,” explained Kelly O’Connor, a dietician and certified diabetes educator with Mercy Medical Center. “Also, other non-GI symptoms may occur, such as migraines, bone/joint pain, mouth ulcers, chronic fatigue, etc.”

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A: It’s hard to define, exactly.

“A gluten intolerance/allergy/sensitivity works differently with the immune system where the gluten protein itself causes the body to attack itself through inflammation in the small intestine,” explained Sieden. The body starts to beat itself up, even though it’s aiming for the gluten.

Although it differs from celiac disease, experts can’t exactly nail down sensitivity/intolerance as a definable problem.

“Some researchers have labeled the intolerance/sensitivity as NCGS (non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity). Though this is a label that researchers have put on it, physicians have not been so quick to define it as a medical condition,” said Sieden. “The reason for this is that there is no defined medical test for it.”

For celiac disease, patients undergo a biopsy in order to determine a diagnosis. There’s not much doctors can do in order to test for gluten sensitivity.

Additionally, these “gluten sensitivities” might belong to a broader family of wheat-related problems. More specific tests are being developed in hopes of cutting out the “constituents of grains that make them ill.”

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Different people will display different side effects of celiac disease, but the most common symptoms are digestive issues like abdominal pain, diarrhea, and weight loss. Not everyone will show those symptoms, however; additionally, children could also show different signs of the disease. You could also suffer from fatigue, headaches, constipation, acid reflux, and other problems. The Mayo Clinic suggests to schedule a visit with your doctorif you have diarrhea or digestive discomfort that lasts for more than two weeks.”

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6. A: Stay away from beer, breads, cakes…

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Beer is made from malted barley or wheat; breads and cakes are made from wheat-based flours or other whole grains.

7. …pie, candies, cereals…

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Pie crust and cereals are made from wheat-based flours; some candies contain wafers or other wheat-based ingredients.

8. …cookies, crackers, croutons…

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Cookies, crackers, and croutons are made from wheat-based flours and could contain other whole grains.

9. …gravies, imitation meats/fish, matzah…

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Flour is used to thicken gravy; imitation crab meat is made from ground white fish and a binding agent (normally the enzyme transglutaminase, but occasionally egg whites are used); matzah is an unleavened bread made from any of the five grains mentioned in the Torah: wheat, barley, spelt, rye and oats.

10. …pastas, lunch meats, salad dressings…

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Pasta noodles are made from wheat-based flours or other grains; processed deli meats could contain seasonings that contain gluten or were combined with breadcrumbs as a filler; some salad dressings could contain gluten which acts as a thickening agent, while others could be made with soy sauce or other flavors that are derived from wheat sources.

11. …(soy) sauces, seasoned rice mixes, seasoned chips…

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Soy sauce is normally made from fermented soy beans and wheat; seasoned rice mixes (like Zatarain’s, among others) could contain wheat or barley flour; seasoned potato or tortilla chips could contain wheat or barley flour or were processed on the same equipment as other wheat-based snacks.

12. … or self-basting poultry, soups, vegetables cooked in some sauces.

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Self-basting poultry could contain flavor enhancers or other “natural solutions” that have wheat- or gluten-based ingredients; wheat-based flours are used in some soups to thicken them; some vegetables on restaurant menus are cooked in soy-based sauces which could contain wheat.

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The key is to check ingredient labels very thoroughly for any wheat-, barley-, and rye- derived ingredients. Some ingredient labels now contain allergen information, so there’s less guesswork involved.

These flours should also be avoided: bulgur, durum flour, farina, farro, graham flour, kamut, semolina, or spelt.

Hints:- Some ingredients that are “malted” (like some vinegars!) could be dangerous. – Watch out for seitan, as that is just wheat gluten.- Look for words like “breading” or “natural flavors,” as these could be hidden gluten.

If you’re unsure if you can trust a brand, or if you’d like to doublecheck a product’s ingredients, more and more websites have an FAQ that will most likely contain information about any gluten or wheat used.

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If you’re allergic/intolerant, yes. If you’re fine with gluten, not necessarily.

“It’s been proposed that simply the act of making their diet healthier (i.e., adding more fruits and veggies, (eating) less processed foods) may be what causes them to ‘feel better’ and lose weight, rather than the lack of gluten,” said O’Connor.

“While it is a current trend to ditch gluten from your diet, there are no benefits from withholding it if you do not have an intolerance,” said Sieden.

I don’t think a gluten-free diet is a healthier option for the general public,” said Laura Manning, an RD in the Division of Gastroenterology at the Mount Sinai Hospital. “Overall what we need to do is eat less processed white flour products, eat more fruits and vegetables, and increase exercise.”

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Some provide a necessary service to the community, others are potentially capitalizing on the popularity of the diet.

“Today, I see manufacturers are printing ‘gluten-free’ on food products unnecessarily just to get in on the trend,” said Sieden. “I compare it to when trans fats were being banned. I remember seeing ‘trans fat-free’ on a box of raisins. Come on!”

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Not at all.

(Celiac) is a serious disease and not some flavor-of-the-month diet trend,” Sieden said.

According to an article by Scientific American:“Despite the recent evidence that wheat sensitivities are more numerous and varied than previously realized, research has also revealed that many people who think they have such reactions do not. In a 2010 study, only 12 of 32 individuals who said they felt better on a diet that excluded gluten or other wheat proteins actually had an adverse reaction to those molecules.”

So, now you know:

• Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye (and all foods containing those components).• If you suffer from the common symptoms of celiac disease, or think you may suffer from a gluten intolerance, consider eliminating gluten from your diet. Better yet, see if your doctor can properly diagnose you so that you’ll know for sure what you should be avoiding.• If you’re OK with gluten currently, there’s not much you can gain from cutting it out. You should probably be eating more fruits and veggies, anyways.• Be aware of cross-contaminating shared cooking spaces if your roommates, friends or family are sensitive. Also, be mindful of food labels that warn of cross-contamination if you’re severely allergic.

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A Momma Gray Whale Lifts Her Calf Out Of The Water To Meet Some Nearby Boaters

In the southern part of El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, you’ll find a very special place called Laguna San Ignacio. The saltwater lagoon branches off from the Pacific Ocean, jutting into Mexico’s Baja peninsula, and it just so happens to be where dreams come true. That is if your dream is to meet and greet a gray whale.

Not only do the massive mammals love to come close to the tourist boats, but they’re willing to do some pretty creative things to get the attention of eager onlookers. Case in point…this mother RAISING her calf out of the water for a better view!

Well, now we’ve seen everything! So, when are you booking your ticket to visit? Learn all about the lagoon and visiting it here.

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He Was Tired Of His Charging Cords Tangling, So He Built This Epic Charging Station

Technology is great and all, but keeping track of all my charging cords can be more of a hassle than it’s worth.

Honestly, I spend more time throughout the week untangling my phone charger than I do actually charging my device. Along with unmatched socks, dealing with lost, tangled cords might be my biggest pet peeve. Thankfully, one awesome Redditor found a solution to all of our technology woes.

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SigmaEpsilonChi was tired of his tangled electronics chargers overtaking the house, so he decided to build a charging station that could house all his cables in one convenient place. And if that isn’t awesome enough, the entire thing is retractable! Seriously, you need to see this.

He purchased a nightstand on Craigslist to serve as the base for his charging table.

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He began by drafting a sketch of the charging table and compiling a shopping list of everything he needed.

The nightstand then got a fresh coat of paint.

He began working on the weight mechanism by drilling two holes on each end of four aluminum tubes.

He used vinyl tape to form the base around the tube and stuffed a steel rod inside each one.

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They were then slipped inside PVC pipes that would eventually serve as weights.

Using twine and some S-hooks, he created attachment points for the mechanical parts.

To hold the pulley system together, he attached some L-screws to the posts.

After that, they were hooked onto the nightstand. (Watermelon slice is, of course, optional.)

Screw eyes were added to help guide the directionals.

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The pulley system was coming along quite nicely.

He attached the charger block to the table with mounting tape.

After a failed test of the pulley system, modifications had to be made.

He simplified the redirection mechanism and attached the pulley directly to the weight.

Then he harnessed the chargers into place with screw eyes and string.

Mounting tape became his best friend when it came time to hide loose cords.

With the mechanics finished, the time had come to try out his retractable charging station.

This works so well!


So many devices, one convenient charging location. The best part? Absolutely no tangled mess!

I’ve seen my fair share of DIY projects, but this one has to be the coolest. If you want to try your hand at creating this life-changing charger table, you can find the full instructions here.

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Can’t Stand The Heat? Get Out Of The Kitchen And Lower Your Risk Of Heart Disease

We all know that we’re not supposed to eat a ton of fatty or fried foods.

It’s no secret that they’re not good for us or our bodies, as they may contribute to heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. Around 25% of deaths in the country are caused by heart disease and its complications.

Now, new studies show that it might not only be what people eat, but how they prepare it that matters.

The journal Nutrition published a report that shows that the temperature we cook food at may be just as important as the oils we use to cook.


“When food is heated up to a high temperature, new compounds are created, and some of them are known to be harmful to health,” explained Raj Bhopal, professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh.

According to CNN, when foods are cooked at high temperatures, they release chemicals called neo-formed contaminants (NFCs). Some NFCs are trans fats, which increase the risk of heart disease.


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Six Decades Of A Warming Earth Animation

Six Decades Of A Warming Earth Animation

A debate has erupted over this new video by NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

The quick clip visualizes the warming of the Earth over the past 60 years. Supporters of Global Warming and Climate Change tout the video as solid proof of a dangerous trend. 

Skeptics argue that six decades is too small of a time frame to fully understand climate patterns. 

Still, NASA’s findings are glaring: 

“With the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years in the 133-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years on record.”


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Footage From This Sinking Drone Will Make You Feel Like You’re Drowning

If you own a drone, you know that the more expensive ones make it very clear when they’re running out of power. The cheaper ones…well…not so much. They just tend to just drop out of the sky whenever they please. The drone owner in the video below clearly went the cheaper route, and he ultimately paid the price. His drone fell out of the sky and right into the ocean.

While it was sinking to the bottom, the attached GoPro camera kept recording. A year later, the drone was recovered and the footage was posted on YouTube. The resulting video plays very much like a first-person version of Titanic.

If you don’t have a fear of drowning now, just wait until you watch the video.

(via Patrick La Grange)

Nope! So much nope. I can feel my throat closing up just watching this footage. I’ll happily stay on dry land for the rest of my life, thank you very much.

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