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7/30/2018 - Steve Pavlina's Deep Abundance Integration live video series (Self-Help)
7/29/2018 - Link: "Bras might reduce melatonin and increase the risk of breast cancer" (Health)
7/4/2018 - Link: "Failure to Launch" is actually Failure to Lem (Astrology)
6/20/2018 - Link: "How Jupiter May Have Gifted Early Earth With Water" (Astronomy)
6/12/2018 - Link: "Heard that GitHub will be acquired by Microsoft, so I deleted all my GitHub repos" (Software - News)
4/24/2018 - Links: Uranus smells how you might expect (Astronomy)
4/9/2018 - Link: "SLIGHTLY AGGRESSIVE AFFIRMATIONS" (Self-Help)
3/19/2018 - Link: "Blackstrap Molasses, Iron and Ferritin Deficiency, Menstrual Health, and a Yummy Dessert Recipe" (Health)
8/5/2017 - Links: Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin (History)
8/4/2017 - Link: The Hans Free Electric Bike (Activism)
8/2/2017 - August 21, 2017: A total solar eclipse visible in parts of the USA! (Astronomy)
6/19/2016 - A little about Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) and his memory systems (Astrology)
3/18/2016 - Link: New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto (Astronomy - Link)
3/18/2016 - Links: Informal Names for Places on Pluto (Astronomy)
2/28/2016 - Concept Maps of Dispositors in an Astrological Chart (Astrology)
1/21/2016 - Links: The Search for Planet Nine (Astronomy)
1/20/2016 - Link: Free Software Foundation (FSF) Vision Survey (Activism)
11/16/2015 - Eryss.Com Forum updates - new posts will be under the GNU Affero General Public License (Site Update)
9/5/2015 - Mercury and Pseudoscience (Pseudoscience in General - Including Astrology)
8/18/2015 - Link: The Epidemic of Too Much Omega 6 and Not Enough Omega 3 in Our Diets (Health)

Welcome to Eryss.Com. Probably the most interesting thing here is the forum.

As of 4/29/2013, the only released edition of the Eryss astrology software is the Eryss and Swiss Ephemeris Extension Package 1.0 for Astroblahhh GLMP-GTK or Astroblahhh PH-GTK.

I, Apollia of Astroblahhh.Com, will eventually release a Windows edition of the Eryss software.


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Steve Pavlina's Deep Abundance Integration live video series
Monday, July 30th, 2018
19:08:29 GMT

Self-Help

This costs money ($97), but, since it's by the wonderful Steve Pavlina, I'm sure it will be marvelous, and worth far more than $97. I signed up today.

Deep Abundance Integration - August 1-30, 2018

This video series will probably have nothing to do with astrology. But, to make this blog post at least a bit astrological, I'll point out that Steve natally has Jupiter (the planet most associated with abundance and good fortune) in Sagittarius (the sign ruled by Jupiter).

So, perhaps even astrology says Steve is an expert on abundance. :-)


Steve will host a live video call every day from Aug. 1 to 30, which will be influenced by feedback from people who signed up.


Edit, Aug. 1, 2018, 1:12 PM EDT The signup page no longer shows a deadline, and the count of signups keeps growing.

So, if you want to participate, it looks like you can still sign up!

Or, if you'd rather wait, you'll probably be able to buy the completed videos, etc. eventually when they are released as a product.

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And if you can't (or would rather not) buy anything - Steve has a wonderful, fascinating website:

StevePavlina.com

And the vast majority of what's there is free - not only free as in price, but also free as in freedom, since much of it is actually uncopyrighted!


I don't always agree with everything Steve says, but I always find his perspectives thought-provoking and well worth reading or hearing. And over the years, I think his writings, podcasts, and videos have definitely influenced me greatly for the better.

So, I highly recommend checking out StevePavlina.com, and signing up for Deep Abundance Integration if it appeals to you.

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Link: "Bras might reduce melatonin and increase the risk of breast cancer"
Sunday, July 29th, 2018
20:02:40 GMT

Health

Here's another blog post that has nothing to do with astrology, unless maybe Cancer and cancer are somehow related.

(Why does a horrible disease have the same name as such a nice, sweet zodiac sign?!!!)


Anyway - if you're a woman, or know any women, you might be interested in this blog post:

Bras might reduce melatonin and increase the risk of breast cancer
July 29, 2018 from Non24.com


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Link: "Failure to Launch" is actually Failure to Lem
Wednesday, July 4th, 2018
14:48:08 GMT

Astrology

Last modified July 5, 2018 at 6:52 AM EDT.


Astrologers are usually admirably, refreshingly non-conformist in many ways, so, perhaps many of you might enjoy this fiery diatribe I posted today:

"Failure to Launch" is actually Failure to Lem
July 4, 2018 from Non24.com

That blog post actually has nothing to do with astrology, but, I just wanted to point it out.


A while back I read a surprising news article which said that astrology is popular amongst millenials:

Star gazing: why millennials are turning to astrology
March 11, 2018 from TheGuardian.com

Eons ago, when I had quite mainstream-skeptical views on pretty much everything, I would have found that article quite alarming.

But nowadays, I'm pleased that many young people are so open-minded and non-conformist.


Quote:

"My personal belief is that people tend to turn to mysticism, spirituality and the occult in uncertain times," Tsjeng suggests. "And I feel that young people, especially, are living in one of the most uncertain times ever, at least in my living memory. There's an increasing willingness to question the arranged order, break out of pre-defined social norms and look for answers elsewhere."

End of quote.


That actually makes me feel more optimistic about the future.

Happy Independence Day (July 4th) to all!

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Link: "How Jupiter May Have Gifted Early Earth With Water"
Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
21:43:01 GMT

Astronomy

Amusingly, astronomy sometimes seems to echo astrology, such as by saying things like Jupiter is a protector and gives gifts to us here on Earth. :-)

How Jupiter May Have Gifted Early Earth With Water
June 20, 2018 from SmithsonianMag.com


However, the other gas giants may have helped us as well (astronomically speaking). Even Saturn!

Quote:

"The new model suggests that any gas giant would send wet material hurling inward as a consequence of their formation. While massive Jupiter-sized worlds were the most effective, Raymond found that any sized gas giant could trigger the growth. That's good news for researchers hunting watery planets outside our solar system.

In our own solar system, the model shows that ices from the outer solar system snowed down on the Earth in three waves. The first came as Jupiter swelled up. The second was triggered during Saturn's formation. And the third would have occurred when Uranus and Neptune migrated inward before being blocked by the other two and sent back to the outskirts of the solar system."


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Link: "Heard that GitHub will be acquired by Microsoft, so I deleted all my GitHub repos"
Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
20:40:45 GMT

Software
News

Last modified June 12, 2018, 4:46 PM EDT.


Here's a recent post from my personal blog:

Heard that GitHub will be acquired by Microsoft, so I deleted all my GitHub repos
June 4, 2018 (plus later additions), from Astroblahhh.Com


And an even more recent post by me from Non24.com:

Link: "Heard that GitHub will be acquired by Microsoft, so I deleted all my GitHub repos"
June 12, 2018, from Non24.Com


So, that's why I won't be hosting the Eryss astrology software on GitHub.

Instead, someday, I will probably host it here on Eryss.Com.

Those posts also contain details about what I'm working on (or have been tempted to work on) instead of the Eryss astrology software.


There actually have been times when I was strongly tempted to work on Eryss despite far more pressing and important-seeming projects.

So, I really can't be sure what I might soon decide to do (or not do) with Eryss. It seems probable that I'll continue to be more focused on other things, but, even I don't know for sure.


I welcome donations and microdonations.

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Links: Uranus smells how you might expect
Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
14:25:59 GMT

Astronomy

Science has finally proven that Uranus has a perfectly appropriate name. :-)


Scientists finally confirm that Uranus is surrounded by fart clouds
April 23, 2018 from PopSci.com


Clouds above Uranus smell like farts and rotten eggs, Oxford researchers declare
April 24, 2018 from USAToday.com


Uranus smells like farts, astronomers have confirmed - which could indicate there was 'a big shakeup' early in the solar system
From BusinessInsider.com


And here's where I originally found this important news:

Uranus Smells Like Rotten Eggs, Study Says
April 23, 2018 from Weather.com


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Link: "SLIGHTLY AGGRESSIVE AFFIRMATIONS"
Monday, April 9th, 2018
10:38:58 GMT

Self-Help

Here's one of my favorite web pages of affirmations I ever found so far:

SLIGHTLY AGGRESSIVE AFFIRMATIONS

That page isn't related to astrology, but, it's actually a ton more positive, comforting, and fun to read than quite a lot of astrological stuff.

Might be good to read if you're getting tired of how negative astrology can sometimes be, and how boring and limited the zodiac is, compared to all the awesome mythological beasts that page mentions. :-)

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Link: "Blackstrap Molasses, Iron and Ferritin Deficiency, Menstrual Health, and a Yummy Dessert Recipe"
Monday, March 19th, 2018
09:34:23 GMT

Health

This has nothing to do with astrology or astronomy, but, I just thought I'd point out this blog post I recently posted to Non24.com:

Blackstrap Molasses, Iron and Ferritin Deficiency, Menstrual Health, and a Yummy Dessert Recipe


This other page says:

"In fact, iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world, according to the WHO, which estimates that some 2 billion people - or 30% of the world's entire population - have anemia, which is caused by lack of iron."

So, I just thought I ought to post about this here, in case it might be helpful to anyone.


I now believe low iron or low ferritin might possibly be the top reason I had been so fatigued, and had such a hard time making progress with numerous different projects, including the Eryss astrology software.

It might even have been the most oppressive, debilitating thing I ever had to deal with in my life, worse than even my severe sleep issues (which I believe might possibly be Non-24-hour Sleep-Wake Disorder) and poverty.


Fortunately, overall, I've been feeling much better lately, though I still don't know if I'm going to work on the Eryss astrology software in the near future.

The project I most want to get done is a renovated version of my Puppy Linux Setup Kit.

And one of the many benefits of getting that done will be, it will hopefully make it far easier for people to install and try out the Eryss astrology software - perhaps even in a VirtualBox running Puppy Linux.

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Links: Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin
Saturday, August 5th, 2017
09:07:44 GMT

History

Wasn't looking for anything of astrological interest, but, I just happened to stumble across this amusing comic today:

Meet Charles Darwin
July 15, 2005 from Thinkin-Lincoln.com


So, I searched the web for more info, and found these interesting articles:

6 Things Lincoln and Darwin Had In Common
Feb. 12, 2014, from MentalFloss.com


Lincoln and Darwin Were Both Born on This Date, 205 Years Ago
Feb. 12, 2014 from TheAtlantic.com


How Lincoln and Darwin Shaped the Modern World
Feb. 2009 from SmithsonianMag.com


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Link: The Hans Free Electric Bike
Friday, August 4th, 2017
18:34:57 GMT

Activism

Today, while googling exercise bike-related stuff, I stumbled across a news story about a bike which can produce 24 hours of electricity from 1 hour of pedaling!

Which is such amazingly good news, it inspired me to post this blog post to Non24.com:

The Hans Free Electric Bike


And to make this more on topic for Eryss.com, I'll point out:

The better off and more free of poverty and other oppression the world - and I myself - become, the more happy I'll be to spend a bit more of my time and energy on my old, impractical, but still sometimes fun, astrology hobby.

And perhaps that will happen sooner than I ever guessed, thanks to brilliant new technology such as the Hans Free Electric Bike hopefully saving the world. :-D

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August 21, 2017: A total solar eclipse visible in parts of the USA!
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
19:38:57 GMT

Astronomy

Last modified August 3, 2017 at 3:54 AM EDT.


There's going to be a total solar eclipse visible in parts of the USA on August 21, 2017!

Some web links about it:

NASA's Total Solar Eclipse 2017 page

Space.com - Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)

I don't feel like writing in depth about this or anything else, but, just thought I'd point that out, since it's so rare.

I only heard about it because a local library's ebook site recently acquired the book The Solar Eclipse of 2017.


As for why so little has been happening here at Eryss.Com for so long - I've been paying hardly any attention to astronomy and even less attention to astrology lately, due to being preoccupied with other projects, some of which are on my GitHub page.

And also due to some health issues such as fatigue, which I'm guessing astrology probably can't help me with, and possibly might even make worse, such as by wasting time I could have spent on more helpful things.


However, even though I still don't trust astrology at all, I am sort of looking forward to Jupiter transiting my 2nd house, since that's supposed to be associated with good financial luck, and like most people, I could always use more of that.

In fact, I might as well point out I still welcome donations and microdonations.

Generally, the more money I have, the better I feel, which might make me more likely to fully recover from my health issues and get more interesting things done, such as eventually, future editions of the Eryss astrology software.


I've already been doing much better lately compared to the past several years. (Which I guess might be fitting for Jupiter lately transiting my 1st house. Especially unusually, I actually gained some weight, some of which I'd like to lose!)

But, there's still plenty of room for improvement. I'm hoping exercising a lot more will greatly improve my energy.


The Eryss.Com Forum has been closed for maintenance for a long while, but someday will be reopened when I figure out how to block spam more effectively.

Also, I'm still mostly unreachable, since I'm still not checking my public email addresses, since I've been trying to avoid stress. I don't know when I'll resume checking that email, but probably not in the near future.

Currently, not even a donation or microdonation can get my attention quickly, because I have my PayPal messages filtered too, because anything related to money stresses me out. For now, the less I think about money, the better.

Thanks again to everyone who ever donated!

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A little about Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) and his memory systems
Sunday, June 19th, 2016
09:37:34 GMT

Astrology

I recently read the wonderful book You Can Learn To Remember: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by Dominic O'Brien, who won the World Memory Championships numerous times.

Something that intrigued me near the beginning of the book was some details about Giordano Bruno (1548-1600).

A quote from the book:

"Bruno devised many memory systems, finally completing a series of memory wheels. These wheels were seen as microcosms of the heavens, and showed the orbits of stars and planets. On them he placed symbols of the arts, languages and sciences, and used his sensory associations to lodge images and facts related to these symbols in his mind."


Definitely sounds astrological.

Someday, I'd like to read more about Giordano Bruno and his ideas.

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Link: New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto
Friday, March 18th, 2016
08:31:27 GMT

Astronomy
Link

Another cool thing I just found today.

From NASA.gov - New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto (Oct. 8, 2015)


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Links: Informal Names for Places on Pluto
Friday, March 18th, 2016
07:55:44 GMT

Astronomy

Today, I found out that various regions of Pluto have been given informal names.

Links:

From HuffingtonPost.com - Pluto Is Turning Into The Planet Of Your Nightmares (July 15, 2015)

From Gizmodo.com - Places on Pluto are Being Named for Your Darkest Imaginings (July 14, 2015)

From NASA.gov - New Horizons Map of Pluto: The Whale and the Donut (July 7, 2015)


And from Wikipedia:

Geography of Pluto

An annotated Pluto map

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Concept Maps of Dispositors in an Astrological Chart
Sunday, February 28th, 2016
10:56:43 GMT

Astrology

Recently, something piqued my interest in the astrological concept of dispositors.

So, I used the excellent free (as in freedom), libre, open source concept mapping software VUE: Visual Understanding Environment to make some concept maps of dispositors in my astrological chart.

I guess my below concept maps are pretty boring overall, but, at least they make it possible to easily create your own similar concept maps by modifying mine using VUE.

Images:
With Houses - Without Houses

VUE Concept Map Files:
With Houses - Without Houses

A zip file containing each image and concept map

These concept maps are under the GNU Affero General Public License 3.0.


By the way, my primitive JavaScript astrology software I released about a decade ago, AstroTally, can calculate chains of dispositors, though it can only display them in a primitive non-graphical way.

Not even my Eryss astrology software can do that yet - not even the unreleased versions of Eryss.

Someday I'll probably use pieces of AstroTally in the Eryss astrology software.

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Links: The Search for Planet Nine
Thursday, January 21st, 2016
09:03:16 GMT

Astronomy

An interesting astronomy blog:

The Search for Planet Nine

And no, they're not looking for Pluto. Pluto did not go missing. :-)


An amusing article from Mother Jones, Jan. 20, 2016:

Scientists Discover "Most Planet-y" Planet in the Solar System


I found both those links via astronomer Mike Brown's Twitter page.

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Link: Free Software Foundation (FSF) Vision Survey
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
00:34:54 GMT

Activism

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is doing a survey until the end of January 2016:

Free Software Foundation (FSF) Vision Survey

And here's the FSF.org blog post about the survey.

The FSF is also trying to raise $450,000 by January 31st, 2016. They're already most of the way there - as I write this, it says "370,295 so far" at the top of this page.


The Eryss astrology software is, and always will be, free (as in freedom), libre, and open source.


Addition, Feb. 3, 2016, 6:30 AM EST. Here are my replies to the survey:

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4


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Eryss.Com Forum updates - new posts will be under the GNU Affero General Public License
Monday, November 16th, 2015
19:55:00 GMT

Site Update

I updated the forum's rules and simplified the forum's registration agreement, so now, all posts from after Nov. 16, 2015 at 1:15 PM EST will be under the GNU Affero General Public License.

Along with all the forum posts ever posted by me (Apollia), and my robot user, "Automated Post", which is supposed to (but currently doesn't) automatically start blog comments threads.

I also simplified the Marketplace section. Now it has only 4 boards, like the Marketplace section at Non24.Com's forum.


Edit, 11/17/2015, 1:58 PM EST. I added a poll which even unregistered guests can vote or comment on without joining the forum:

What do you think of the forum's posts being under the GNU Affero license?

Since even guests can vote on it, it might end up having really distorted results - but, I'm just curious to see what happens with it.

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Mercury and Pseudoscience
Saturday, September 5th, 2015
08:38:33 GMT

Pseudoscience in General
Including Astrology


False-color pictures of the planet Mercury - shrunk down from the image at this NASA.gov blog post.
There are plenty of other things to pick on about astrology, but, here, I'm going to focus on some Mercury-related things.

Though this is more about history than about modern-day astrology - since fortunately, there probably aren't many modern astrologers nowadays who would go around making absurd claims about the supposed benefits of the element mercury.

But unfortunately, there are plenty of modern-day non-astrologers (and perhaps some astrologers too) who make absurd claims about mercury's supposed safety and fitness for use in things such as light bulbs, dental fillings, and vaccines.


The real, physical, scientific, Periodic Table of Elements element of mercury has many horrible effects on health.

Which is interesting from an astrological perspective, since the planet Mercury in astrology is associated with intelligence, communication, and so on, and usually isn't considered bad. In fact, one of the symbols associated with mythological Mercury is the caduceus - which, to this day, is a traditional symbol of medicine.

But, meanwhile, the actual physical element of mercury can give you brain damage and numerous other terrible health problems.

That's even worse than astrological Mercury retrograde!


I wonder if the ludicrous notion that mercury in dentistry is harmless was somehow inspired or fueled by astrology? Judging by Wikipedia, mercury fillings in dentistry have a long history.


The Mercury (element) article on Wikipedia mentions (among other interesting things) that the first emperor of China, Qín Shǐ Huáng Dě (260–210 BC), "was killed by drinking a mercury and powdered jade mixture formulated by Qin alchemists (causing liver failure, mercury poisoning, and brain death) who intended to give him eternal life."

How awful!


And the great Isaac Newton was found to have massive amounts of mercury in his body - possibly the result of his studies of alchemy. :-(

(See also: this informative video.)


I wonder what was more to blame for superstitious overly positive beliefs about mercury - alchemy or astrology? Don't know, and I don't feel like researching in depth right now.

But, thank God for skepticism and real science.

(Yes, the irony in the preceding sentence is deliberate. But I really am grateful for skepticism and real science, which I believe have probably done a lot more to improve the world than astrology or any other pseudoscience ever did.)


Such a pity that even in our modern, more logical and skeptical era, there's still the persistent use of mercury-containing amalgam dental fillings, despite the info on this page from EPA.gov.

And, there's still widespread acceptance of the use of mercury in fluorescent light bulbs - even despite the alarmingly elaborate waste cleanup measures recommended if you break such a light bulb.

This page is also interesting:

Some comfort about broken CFLs from ScienceNews.org, July 7, 2011

"Mercury release rates are low, new data show, but can build to toxic levels if broken bulbs aren't cleaned up right away."


And here's a blog post I posted on January 7, 2014, on Astroblahhh.Com:

Incandescent Light Bulbs are Now Largely Banned in the USA - and I Suggest Avoiding Fluorescent/CFL Bulbs


And mercury contamination is a common problem with seafood nowadays, as I mentioned a bit in this blog post on Astroblahhh.Com from August 17, 2015:

The Epidemic of Too Much Omega 6 and Not Enough Omega 3 in Our Diets


And, the idea that mercury in vaccines causes autism is surprisingly often viciously criticized. Here's Wikipedia's Thiomersal controversy article.

But, regardless of whether or not there really is a direct link between mercury in vaccines and autism - I can't imagine that mercury in vaccines does no harm at all, given the fact that mercury is scientifically known to be a very toxic, potentially lethal substance.

Even if the mercury in vaccines isn't causing autism, my guess is the mercury is probably at least causing other bad effects of some kind(s). Why wouldn't it?

Skeptics often say extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

So, doesn't the claim that such an extremely toxic substance as mercury is somehow safe to use in vaccines, dental fillings, and light bulbs qualify as an extraordinary claim which requires extraordinary evidence?


And, returning to the topic of astrology - wouldn't it be awful if the belief that mercury is safe or even beneficial to use in dental fillings, etc. actually historically traces back to astrology?

If that's the case, maybe astrology has done even more harm to the world than I thought. Even if astrology only reinforced (rather than originated) the pseudoscientific idea that "the element mercury is safe or even beneficial for human health", that would be bad.

I wish some historian(s) would look into that.


But more importantly, I wish mercury wasn't still in such common use in places it shouldn't be, in my opinion.

We should know better by now, and learn from the past mistakes of alchemy and astrology.


Comments are welcome on the Eryss.Com Forum, either here or elsewhere - but, it's moderated, and I tend to be rather lazy about checking for new posts, so, please don't expect a fast-paced brawl.

Click this link to display the blog comment thread hosted at the Eryss.Com Forum:

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Link: The Epidemic of Too Much Omega 6 and Not Enough Omega 3 in Our Diets
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
14:18:18 GMT

Health

This seemed important enough to point out despite the fact that it's not on Eryss.Com's usual topics.

It's from my personal blog at Astroblahhh.Com:

The Epidemic of Too Much Omega 6 and Not Enough Omega 3 in Our Diets


Addition, Aug. 18, 2015, 11:01 AM EDT: Also, I updated this old Eryss.Com blog post with some new info:

Avoiding Seafood is Probably a Good Idea

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