Early bird Book Excerpt: 'The departure', Rough excerpt from the sci-fi book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz



'The departure'
Early bird excerpt
chapter 1, 2028AD


A Serene, Monday evening spent outdoors together with you. And like the dotted i we all knew, it was in every way there is a perfectly solemn Indian summer day that kept lingering on as if we had all been forever caught in the basking light of the setting sun.

Our departure impatiently growled and towered in the backs of both our mind. One part auspicious and eager to open the doors to this exciting, new, and uncharted chapter waiting for us to unfold and explore it all.

The other part took the shape of a more ominous and hulking silence, waiting to swallow us whole from within the shadows of the corner of this one last evening spent in Earth's familiar hold. It´s scent, of dew and soil. The lasting humidity that played across our skin and senses even as the soothing autumn winds drifted ashore from the turning sea.




When the silence speaks through the void, In the heart of life, only you can hear your own thoughts.

To breathe.
But one breath tomorrow too. In a day as beautiful as this moment.

The thought given birth by the setting sun that slowly continued its celestial, heliosynchronous walk towards the Northern hemispheres nightly slumber across this sky that lay before us so rich and ripe, and full of life and promise.

Perhaps it was the knowledge of that approaching mountain of a moment, that today would be the last day either of us would ever see this sight again. To feel and hear the sounds and scent, the weight of Earth bound sunlight, the pressure and touch of air around me, clinging and lingering holding on to our senses and skin. That surreal, yet perfectly physical feel of nature and earth itself upon us.

A sensation of not just this place, but of life itself as it is here on Earth, never to be felt or seen or heard, ever again. At least not like this.

Perhaps the reality of that insurmountable weight of our shared moment being the last evening spent on Earth, made it somehow even more beautiful than it's usual grandeur of beauty.

The ever present, slowly growing weight inside our tummy seemed to push our mind to engrave this moment for all of time, the sounds and color, every fragrance and moment, more vivid then ever before.

Temporarily shielded by formations of clouds that kept moving and darting across the sky in their peculiar, never ending dance of change and transformation, the suns burning rays seemed to reach down, flicker and beckon between my eyes and the vast space that separates us all from that burning star.

High up above in the sky.

The most beautiful painting was continually drawn before our eyes, framed by mountains to the left, their rolling peaks and smooth curvature, shaped like a woman's bosoms and hips, her thighs and tummy.

The blue and purple, bright yellow and soft red sky, the breathing canvas behind natures strokes, and the towering oak and birch trees - hundred of years older then any of us. Stretching in majestic, near silence towards thin air, reaching for the already changing clouds and the sizzling warmth of light that tentatively seemed so close, yet firmly, and always, remaining just out of reach.


Goodnight my love

[ "do not let

the bedbugs


Sep 5, 2028AD" ]


Above this picture of lifes own art.

Just beyond the crown of trees, I can see a circling couple of birds of prey, I point them out to you as they silently, patiently, surf the warm upwards winds in search for the unknowing, earth bound 'meal in progress' that unknowingly live out their life beneath these feathered hunters domain.

Animals, soon to be devoured like a feast of bone and meat, the death that gives real birth to new life.

And there, floating by right next to the eagles - the sun planes.

Like from a glimpse of yesteryear's sci.fi tomorrow. Strangers of contradiction as they are to each other, the stillborn beings that had been born forth a sea of technology, yet almost kin to the birds of sky that they are now flying right next to. Artificial beings and feathered birds of organic origins, together riding upon the natural motion of the wind and sun, the feather light push of the wind and the ephemeral suns photons that eternally moved against their wings and body of muscles and feathers, graphene and technology.

A symbiosis of life and nature.

Science and man made creations conquering the skies of this planet together. Indefinitely they rode the peaks and invisible valleys of the oxygen and energy which we breath and crave to sustain life as we know it down here on Earth.

Photosynthesis and oxygen, always such cutesy words, and so full of life and vital, yet deadly power. One of life's greatest pillars and killers, an epitaph of sorts for the word oxymoron all by itself. Yet for all it's encompassing importance our eyes can not even see this omnipresent and fragile cloak that covers all of our windswept celestial globe.

I breathe in.

The shutter half pressed as I casually track the wings of a solar powered plane amongst the clouds and birds - magic in the making I think, as ray of suns catches it´s rear view window providing an utterly dreamy notion of light and bokeh upon witch i catch the wings of an eagle as my subject of choice.

I press the shutter.

A moment for ever frozen in stills and motion, created and birthed and finally set free by life to be captured by my eyes, developed and framed, conjured through my mind - to now, forever, be a part of the journey that lay ahead us all.

In the car, we sit in silence as it drives us home.

Looking out the windows, both following the fading lights of the sun as the sky now rapidly turns from light and day to a night time of stars and dark, illuminated only by the moon and stars. And who know´s, if the cold approaches, we might even get a final northern light waving goodbye.

A smile as our hands meet.

That sultry glimmer of lust, joy and love in our eyes and expression as our lips touch, a soft and lingering kiss that neither of us wants to break off. Your fragrance, so delicious and subtle, and the way it encapsulates my senses. it is as if your scent and the way your lips taste where made to perfectly complement each other - just as it had always been from the first day we lay eyes on each other.

Yes, it is true that our bond continually grow´s in depth and importance,over time and through all the moments of every day.

But even back in the beginning, 17 years ago, when we started out as friends, it always was from the very first moment as if we where made for each other, drawn to each others light like two sides of the same soul, born together a thousand lifetimes before we ever kissed, not yet together, but never truly ment for no one else.

- Well, sometimes we did of course invite a third person to our bed, but that was just a small part of our mutual pleasures and naughty fun in life.

Our car pulls up in front of our house, as our front door opens and the light switches on inside.
I kiss you and whisper that the tub is warm and ready for us as we enter our house.

Later that evening

We make our goodbyes, the evening light of a burning sky in solitude painting our bedroom and our old chimney that lurks in the center of the room, the rays of light flickering and moving through the panorama windows. it is a beautiful day we both think - sensual even.

A fitting last day to say goodbye to the house and our garden that we have nurtured and refined with love and care, our oasis in this world, that for 14 years has seen us make love inside it´s walls and windows and beneath the starry skies.

And oh my how we have made love and explored all of the canvas of our mutual pleasure and desires. I smile at you when that thought crosses my mind, and i can see similar thoughts mirrored and put on display in your beautifully sculpted face and so vivid eyes.

If our house could speak of all the sultry yum and pleasures we have enjoyed and freely and lustfully enjoyed, then it would surely make for a blushing and most aroused audience. And, well - we can only hope that the new owners will enjoy as much delight and fun, love and pleasures as we have here, and i hope - that their life will be well here, and safe for all, for a long, long time.

And if the old saying is true that a house carries with it the love, words. feelings and events of it´s former owners.

That the walls somehow incorporate the life and emotions of the ones living there, the harsh words or lovers moan, the joy and the sadness of the life previously lived inside it´s sheltered walls, then the new owners will undoubtedly find the very best quality of life and sultry, lovable ghosts as they set foot in our old house.

No words are needed tonight, and for hours we hold hands, softly kissing and laying snugly close with a slow fire burning in the fireplace, listening to the calls of birds and our own breathing, the rhythm of your blood beneath my fingers as we watch the light of fire and evening sky dance inside our room and on top our skin.

Our last evening down on earth, recorded in full, for our future joy and benefit, a memory to reside both inside of us, as well as captured on film, something to carry with us, as memories and stored emotions, as we travel through space and uncharted frontiers to a home we might never reach, and if we one day do reach that far away place.

Then. Well.

What lay ahead in the vastness of space and that one unknown planet, that I do not know.

But i do know this, that even if it all ends in a ball of fire or a malfunctioning computer trapping us in eternal sleep, then i know that nothing could ever change that the 14 years we have had so far in life as a couple. They have been the best years anyone has ever lived and each day with you has been beyond all of my dreams that i ever had dared to dream.

We all knew by now that life here on Earth is brutally coming to an end and what transpires is a string of events that will only get progressively worse over time. A tidal wave that would get worse for hundreds of years, perhaps even thousands of years, no matter if humanity was still around or not, even without our wars things would escalate a lot further. Even here, in the now shielded and still relatively unscathed kingdoms of Scandinavia, nothing could change that the fall of civilization as we knew it had suddenly and already come.

And now that there where no real hope here on Earth, not anymore.
Not even here.

Well, now, it was time for us to leave.
To cut the past from it´s feathered chains and weights that drowned us all and to move forward. For the two of us the choice was simple, when faced with the choice of living out the rest of our life here. To try in vain to love and fully enjoy each day together while having to watch the entire world crumble and burn around us, to each day wait for the inevitable end, 1 year, 5 years, or 20 years from now, not just for us, but for humanity as a whole on Earth. To do that.

Or to boldly go, hand in hand, on a journey without return but to be enjoyed for every passing moment.
To cast off on our life´s adventure - lived and experienced together with you, the love of my life.
To share and enjoy a journey with endless possibilities all waiting for us to unwrap and take delight in them. To venture to a far away planet that carries with it a real hope for humanity - to reboot and rebuild.

Decades to explore and cherish, to see and enjoy each day passing by and giving birth to a new day instead of witnessing yet another day fade and die.

While it could all end prematurely for all of us.

This was a journey born in the necessity for the survival of the human race, grounded in the simple and unyielding reality of Earth having reached a place that was now referred to as our dying days.

But, it was also about us, about how this was for the two of us, a journey born in the personal hopes and need in our heart and soul for a mutually fulfilling continuation with each other - a journey born in our love for life and each other.

Our very real need to enjoy each remaining day instead of watching it crumble and die a little bit more. To allow you a fulfilling life of joy, to know that you genuinely smile from deep within at yet another day.

Well, life is easy when you cut away the pretending, and so was this choice.

As I kiss you good night, with the last remnants of our fireplace burning out, i tell our home system good night Alec, and as i close my eyes, our house regulates the temperature for a more pleasant night of sleep, blinding the windows opaqueness and turning off our smartphones and computers,

Lastly it ends the recording that all of our devices has kept up all day long, from our Ray ban G+ editions to our cameras, phones and even the car which have all been capturing our last night and day in this room and bed, our house and nature itself.

As we fall to sleep in our arms, our recordings from the day, uploads in the background to our cloud and private storage servers, creating multiple copies of our last memories from this place and day. For us to take with us through life, and for the historical records all the 16 000 agents of IEF, Interstellar Earth Federation will be leaving behind as we depart tomorrow night.

Good night my love, dont let the bed bugs bite I whisper as I close my eyes for the last time down on Earth, September 5:th, 2028 AD.





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  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 31, What´s up with that biceps, give us the lowdown.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 31 in our School of Fitness.
    When we are talking and thinking about muscles and keeping fit, Biceps is not just one of the more iconic names in the world of fitness and the human anatomy, it is also a very visible muscle that truly pops on people that keep healthy fit. But where on your body can you actually locate your biceps muscle and more importantly is the name biceps only referring to one muscle or do we have more than one biceps on our body?
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    Can you tell us if the human anatomy have one or more muscles with the name biceps, and where are they/it located?.

  • A life of health & fitness. Life is a wondrous journey and this is a rough view of this years fitness journey ( the way I do it ).

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    Complete the circle of health & fitness.
    Every single day.
    Fitness, Food & Health is nothing but the science of a healthy, fun life :).

    The following is a rudimentary overview of my health & fitness life from Jan 1, 2018, to Jan 1, 2019. Some fitness folks think the world of planning ahead, and some absolutely do need a firm plan for the months and even year ahead.
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    So yes, setting up a rough schedule in advance of your fitness year can make a lot of sense.
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  • Fitness School. Question 30, Let us talk about biological aging and our T cells and that beautiful little Thymus.

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    Question number 30 in our School of Fitness.
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    But, how about our immune system? In sedentary people, our thymus slowly becomes less capable as we mature beyond our 20´s. That is a simple fact.
    And so, my question for you:
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  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 29, How prevalent is plastic litter amongst deep sea fish.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 29 in our School of Fitness.
    We have previously talked about getting enough natural amounts of omega 3 in our food. So let us cast our net a bit wider and deeper as we go hunting for natural Omega 3 sources in the deep sea.
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    So, here is my question:
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  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 28, Let us get healthy and dirty with Omega 3 and milk.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 28 in our School of Fitness.
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  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 27, How big do you need your daily calorie deficit to be, in order to roughly drop 250g of bodyfat per week.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 27 in our School of Fitness.
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  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 26, Black coffee, is it a natural diuretic that causes dehydration or a health improving rehydrating drink?

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 26 in our School of Fitness.
    Black coffee, the mere words are capable of sending hundreds of millions of people into a state of Nirvana filled with transcending bliss and harmony :).
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  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 25, Tell us the major muscles in your back.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 25 in our School of Fitness.
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  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 24, Can Maintained Fitness prevent the negative health impact of chemotherapy?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 24 in our School of Fitness.
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  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 23, How much will my daily fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease?.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes

    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 23 in our School of Fitness.
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    And, for the next fitness school question, let us dig deep down on that word "persistent" and uncover just how much weekly fitness will scientifically aid your health on low, moderate and intense fitness levels.
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  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 22, is there any difference at all in recovery capacity after a hard leg workout in the gym depending on your biological age?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 22 in our School of Fitness.
    2017 came and went in a glorious display of Northern lights. But now that we are all one year older. Let us take a look at that age-old saying that we recover worse and slower after a hard workout in the gym as we grow beyond our 30´s.
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    To put it simply.
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  • Fitness & Health: Going plant-based with your food choices is one of the better food choices you can do.

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    Complete the circle.
    Every single day.
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    Eating healthy is an essential part of every human beings healthy fit lifestyle.
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  • The first day of 2018. A tiny micro-short story and the best fitness & health advice you will ever get in life. Let us kickstart 2018 and lay nothing but healthy fit days on the road ahead.

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    The arrival of 2018
    And the best health & fitness advice you will ever get.
    Life in the Anthropocene, its just science baby, smiles, sweat and science :).

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    'I watched it climb
    the world of ice that towered us both
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    and slowly
    over the endless void of time

    the dragon climbed its way upward
    through a world of ice that tried to hold us captive

    we climbed
    endless step by endless step towards the moon and the stars to hunt them one by one'.

  • Life in the Anthropocene & saving the endangered Rhino. Kenyan ultra marathon providing the adventure of a lifetime and a world improving good cause.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes

    Health & Fitness
    And the ultra marathon to save the Rhino.
    Life in the Anthropocene is all about our global and individual responsibility.

    And in some ways, I can not think about a much better and more current way to emphasize our individual and globally shared responsibility than the Kenyan Ultra Marathon taking place in 2018.
    It's like all the other sports competitions ever done about the individual responsibility to shape and form your ongoing life and fitness journey so that you can endure and conquer that particular challenge.
    But it is equally much a team effort, to better our planet and to save the Rhino.
    As such it serves as a proxy for our own health, and our modern day pollution, the local and global poverty, the gender and class-based inequality, the competition itself, and the endangered wildlife and all the species rapidly going extinct across the entire world.
    We are all responsible. Individually and globally.
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  • Naughty xmas poetry "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree" and a merry winter solstice to you guys.

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    Winter solstice poetry
    a quality xmas
    and happy new year.

    Enjoy the rest of December people and make sure to allow yourselves and others the only gift truly worth something this xmas. And that is to breathe and exhale, relax and enjoy each and every moment.
    Do not suffocate each other or stress yourself out as you try in vain to achieve the perfect holiday, there is no such thing when it comes to the way we celebrate new years eve, winter solstice, xmas or whatever you call it.
    Chasing perfection and meaningless details are what kills that perfect day even before it starts. So just enjoy your day, yourself and each other the way you are.
    Have a good one and now, here is my perfect xmas in the shape of a naughty winter solstice poem ( and moment ) I am calling "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree", enjoy the read and the days ahead :).

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 18, will obesity increase my risk of developing Alzheimer?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 18 in our School of Fitness.
    Obesity is no friend of any individuals longterm health. We all know that.
    But is cheering each other into obesity and being overweight also scientifically speaking, causing an increase in the risk of developing Alzheimer?.

  • Anthropocene: We have real global progress but also life diminishing quality for hundreds of million of people. Official UNICEF study.

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    Global progress.
    And diminishing lives.
    Life in the Anthropocene.

    In a world of global progress in a lot of important aspects, we can never close our eyes to the simple fact that hundreds of millions of people around this beautiful world are witnessing how their lives are becoming increasingly worse.
    “In a time of rapid technological change leading to huge gains in living standards, it is perverse that hundreds of millions are seeing living standards actually decline, creating a sense of injustice among them and failure among those entrusted with their care,” “No wonder they feel their voices are unheard and their futures uncertain.”
    - Laurence Chandy, UNICEF Director of Data, Research, and Policy.

  • Black Friday 20% off: fine art for the living room walls by yours truly.

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    The art of living.
    Fine art for the living room walls by yours truly.
    Black Friday discount.

    You pick the size, the framing and whether you prefer the white margin or zero margins on your print and there you go, parcel on the way.
    Printing & shipping is handled by the Swedish fine art gallery Printler and they ship to all of Europe.
    And for Black Friday you´ll even get a 20% discount, valid until Monday 27 Nov.

  • 'At the bridge to Asgard, sprouts and roots grow the ever tree'. Here we live in the age of the Anthropocene.

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    sprouts and roots
    A healthy you, is a healthy world.
    Life in the Anthropocene.

    'At the bridge to Asgard, sprouts and roots grow the ever tree' through the gates of life and death, and the turning of the Midgard snake.
    We walk beneath a starry sky, weaved by light and dark and obscured shades our eyes can not see.

    We melt and turn the tides of time, as we spill the soil between our fingers.
    It drips back down to where it came from, all while the ants and worms grow unseen layers of brand new soil.

  • Fitness & Health: 'Health at a Glance' is a European health report covering obesity around Europe in 2017.

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    Health at a Glance
    A European health report 2017
    Fitness & Health.

    Health at a Glance is a European health report for 2017. And in it the United Kingdom is revealed to be Western Europes most obese nation.
    So, perhaps, fish and chips and beer just isnt the best of national food obsessions.
    Another important highlight that bounces right back at you is how obesity in the UK has increased by 92% since the 1990s ( it´s been increasing in every nation btw, but good ol England is leading the pack ).

    And since we also know by now that obesity & overweight is not just about a individual increase in body fat %, which would have been perfectly fine and all down to personal preferences in body composition and aesthetics, but instead is directly tied to a huge increase in several health issues, such as diabetes & cancer and severely decreased quality of life and longevity.

  • Anthropocene & the annual 'good country index' is back for its worldwide summary with the year 2017. And Scandinavia once again dominates.

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    the good country index 2017
    Life beyond 2028.

    Sweden once again dominates the good country index, sort of making it an annual business as usual reveal in other words.
    Sweden is followed closely by another Scandinavian country, namely Denmark, which, is no real surprise, the Nordic nations can be found at the top of the world, year after year, after year in a long range of beneficial, quality of life metrics and studies.

  • 9 million annual deaths due to worldwide pollution in air, soil, water. Life in the Anthropocene.

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    9 million
    annual deaths due to worldwide pollution
    The art of living.

    Every year the number of people that die prematurely due to worldwide pollution keep on increasing. And right now that pollution in water, soil, air, chemical or work-related pollution is already taking the life of 9 million people around the world.

    Let us think about that for one more second, every single year 9 million people end up dying prematurely due to the modern day pollution we all contribute to.

  • Health & Fitness science: Maintain healthy mitochondria through exercise-induced mitophagy.

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    Health in muscles and heart.
    Life is your own art.

    New research once again showcases how exercise improves muscle health and, exercise capacity and how that positive mechanism with perpetual fitness regimes in the end greatly improves general health and longevity for each individual.
    Allowing continued fitness activity to become one of the finest predictors we have of general mortality and biological health and wellbeing in any given population and individual.
    This particular study was published in the journal Nature Communications and it digs deep down inside our bodies as it takes a long look at how exercise helps the body and mind keep healthy and strong by transforming and maintaining our body on a cellular level.

  • Anthropocene & the human health. Plastic litter in our salt, tap water, honey, fish & food. Land and soil and blood system.

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    Plastic Litter
    Tap water, Sea salt & Food.
    Life in the Anthropocene.

    In Europe, 72% of all tap water contains 1.9 fibers of plastic litter per 500ml of water.
    That number increases to 94% of all tap water in the USA which contains 4.8 plastic litter fibers per 500ml of water. And worldwide 83% of all tap water contains plastic litter.
    But the issue of plastic contamination in our water is not just about tap water, nor is it, as we have previously talked about, only a concern with sea food. This is a growing man-made health issue which has been going on for a very long time and by now it is part of every aspect of society and our natural world.
    For instance, scientists found plastics in products in studies on Chinese Sea salt in 2015.

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