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Gas Saver Keep Bucks in Your Pocket at the Pump

When mass transit isn’t an option, drivers have many ways to save money by coaxing more miles per gallon (mpg) from their vehicle. It’s easy to adopt some simple driving and maintenance habits. Slow down. According to the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), driving at 55 mph instead of 65 mph can improve gas mileage by as much as 15 percent. Reduce excess weight. An extra 100 pounds of nonessential cargo in a vehicle could reduce mpg by up to 2 percent, according to the U.S. Depart- ment of Energy. Properly inflate tires. The in- creased surface area of the rubber in soft tires meeting the road creates ongo- ing drag and a greater demand on the engine. Keep the engine tuned. Regularly

check and refresh fluid levels, especial- ly in colder regions where winter places additional stress on engine parts. While high-quality synthetic motor oil blends may protect the engine better than con- ventional oil, they don’t eliminate the need for regular oil changes, according to The National Insti- tute for Automotive Service Excellence notes that one misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 30 per- cent.

Avoid rapid accelerations and brak-

ing. The EPA estimates that about half of the energy needed to power a car is consumed during acceleration, and fuel economy can be improved by as much as 10 percent by avoiding unnecessary braking. Keep the engine air filter clean.

According to, a clogged filter strains performance. In some cars, the filter can be easily checked by the owner; or drivers may ask a technician to do so during regular tune-ups.

22 Northern & Central New Mexico

The Green

Human Machine A

by Dr. Roy Heilbron s we entered the 21st century,

many of us established the “Green Age” as well. We strive to breathe

cleaner air, recycle our trash, and instill a respect for the environment in young people to carry on for future generations. However, many “green people” never stop to ask a very simple question: How green are we on the inside? Recently, the American Red Cross tested thousands of patients across the U.S. and found over 600 chemicals in them, including 200 different types of compounds known to be harmful. Even newborn babies possessed hundreds of these toxic chemicals in their blood- streams. Chemicals considered very dangerous and quite poisonous were present in surprisingly high amounts in all of these test subjects. But where did all of those nasty poisons come from? Sadly, it started at the beginning. Mothers pass many of them through the placenta to the unborn child. So we all enter the world already “laced with the arsenic” (or fluoride) from the local water sup- ply. Cosmetics contain many unsafe levels of iron, copper and even gold. Plastics, toothpaste, soaps, and deodor- ants—which are all around us—contain enough to open a chemical factory. Our food supply is unfortunately a large contributor to the “chemical soup” stewing in all of us. Meats such as chick- en, beef and even fish contain numerous artificial hormones such as estrogen and growth hormones. In addition, they also contain significant amounts of pesticides and are often treated routinely with antibiotics to prevent disease spreading in crowded conditions. Vegetables, fruits and grains are not safe from the chemical industry by any means. In order to produce more and defend the plants against

pests, farmers use heavy pesticides and chemical fertilizers in agriculture. And where does all of this end up? Inside of us, of course. But can we do anything about it? Yes, there are solutions to the chem-

ical problem. We must support organic farming by buying their produce. We should strive to buy organically fed meat from farms that raise animals in humane and natural conditions. Plastic is certainly an enemy that we can also avoid in many cases. By simply drinking distilled out of glass bottles and eating on dishes, we can greatly reduce exposure to many harmful chemicals. Last, but hardly least, we are sur-

rounded by technology. Computers, wireless internet and cell phone trans- mission all expose us to electromagnetic energy, another source of harm from our modern environment. Turning off electronics in the bedroom such as clock radios, Wi-Fi or using an ear piece for your cell phone are some examples on how to minimize the exposure. By curbing our usage of all of these, includ- ing microwaves, we can greatly reduce another potential risk to our health. The good news is there are simple

tests for toxicity, such as testing hair strands or urine which give guidance as to the next steps needed to detoxify one’s body. An individualized treatment plan can help one to remove toxins from their body in a safe way. As the well-known children’s show character Kermit the Frog once said: “It’s not easy being green!” But it is possible.

For more information, look for Dr. Roy Heilbron’s upcoming book Healing Heart Disease with Chela- tion Therapy and the documentary Unleaded.

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