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Peaches, No Cream

Watch Dr Nancy Mroczek talk about the sorry state of our produce, in particular here – peaches.

Holocaust in the Gulf

Sea Life in the Gulf of Mexico continues to suffer and then dies, dies, dies, and, no, it’s not over; the death, dying, and depletion will continue. Nancy Mroczek PhD (2010)

Louisiana Oil Spill 2010: Killing Life As We Know It

A Louisiana holocaust unfolds with untold environmental ramifications to human life quality, while, most cruel of all, animals suffer painful, slow horror. A president steps back, failing to recognize the most base and fundamental practical and moral call to engagement.

Jeopardies to our Physical Well-Being

Highlighting a few of the very very many body harmful things we eat or use everyday; also a plea for animals.

Topic 1: Fishy Fish Topic 2: New Car Smell Part 1

Even before the 2010 oil spill in Louisiana, the alarming condition of sea life and the seafood supply; also what’s in your new car smell can hurt you

McDonald’s Needs No Farm

Fast-Food Dangers: case in point; non-food half of chicken McNuggets and your well-being and health.

Nature and Animals in Distress

Dr Mroczek talks about the multitudinous negative realities for our exploited earth and suffering animals and receives listener calls. She talks about soil quality, air quality, ocean pollution, dwindling seafood, the horror for animals used in research, as well as how and why these are important and bad.

Biological Disturbance in the Marine Environment

Dr Mroczek talks with MIT marine ecologist Professor Judith Pederson of MIT Sea Grant about non-native colonies of small sea animals, such as hydroids and tunicates that attach to hard surfaces such as docks, hulls, rock, etc. Such sea animals largely come in through the ballast waters of tankers. Non-native species of these small creatures act as competitors to the natural order of our shorelines, some being outright invasive. These non-native organisms are polluting our oceans. Economically, they are a threat to fisheries and aquaculture. Dr Pederson brings live species of tunicates and other attaching organisms for us to examine and to entice viewers to be aware of their existence and perhaps even to help in the effort to forestall their taking over areas previously foreign to them. The topic is interesting even as a lesson in the wonders of sea life. Children may enjoy the show and tell aspect of the talk. 

Animal Suffering/ Environmental and Health Degradation

Dr Mroczek begins at 6:17 talking about the suffering and pain of animals in experimental research and otherwise. She follows with information on the understanding and detriment of multiple environmental wrongs such as weather anomalies and effects of radiation exposure and toxins, etc. Dr Mroczek has been distressed about animal research and environmental toxicities for decades, so much so that denial is necessary to carry on living with seeing how bad things are for life – life for ourselves, life for animals, life of the planet itself.

Environment and Regulation

Dr Mroczek continues her efforts to inform about environmental degradation and the travesty that it is. Here she talks about the multiple insults to our environment such as agricultural runoff, radioactivity, and marine dead zones ; genetically engineered sterile seeds; salt used on roadways; roundup in our soil; bad human attitudes toward all insects; and commercial conditionings that further obfuscate awareness. Dr Mroczek proposes that though the many many environmental woes are depressing to focus on, if we all carry the consciousness of them together they would not exist nor would they be the depressants to mood, life, and liberty that they are. Finally she discounts technology as any sort of salvation to these problems which can only be solved by abandonment of much of what is causing the harm.

Environment and Regulation II

Dr Mroczek returns with another lecture about the massively deleterious environment we are living in and discussing some of the many ills that plague it and we, the people: ills such as pesticided and artificially preserved foods, detergents we use, plastics per their manufacture and ill effects on us all the way to the recycling bin, industrial solvents, etc, etc. She notes the increasing number of children born with disease and/or abnomalities and the plethora of health ailments such as cancer and neurological disorder plaguing the general population. Dr Mroczek emphasizes awareness as the key. That is, if we all saw these things, took note of them as we live our daily lives, the contaminations and travesties against natural living would cease to exist. Dr Mroczek discusses the media as our brain source, the media as empty platitudes, and corporations as liable for perpetrating ignorance for purposes of furthering commerce.

She notes recent instances of corporations delivering advance conditionings favorable to products they see as coming in for criticism. Again, she emphasizes greater personal awareness and attention to what is harming us and Mother Earth. She proposes getting in advance of recycling by ceasing to use materials that are not good for people or the Earth in the first place. Dr Mroczek espouses considering the entire complex of the many many things we are doing that hurt our health and welfare as well as that of Mother Earth and espouses laying out the many many problems in totality across the board such that no one entity must take a hit in isolation. To right the ship we must live an entirely different way. Finally she makes clear that technology is neither the boon nor the answer and most often is ‘just another brick in the wall’.

On Nature and Environmental Regulation III

In the first 21 minutes, Dr Mroczek makes a case for how wrong it is to use animals for research. She parses the logic of such exploitation to show that animal suffering is the ultimate and only relevant matter regarding animal research. Dr Mroczek then continues about serious environmental wrongs, focusing here on the genetic engineering of plants, commercialism, and the disconnect between we humans hurting the environment and thereby hurting ourselves. She extends her argument to money being our God and the fact that we are forever making ‘products’. Nancy Mroczek PhD

Environment, Corporations, and You

Dr Mroczek first talks about the multiple and multifarious ways humans and all life are being poisoned and/or being made unwell and burdened due to ‘advancements’ of technology and biology running amok with insufficient attention to harm caused. She talks about extreme weather, radiation, carbon emission, plastic, aluminum, destruction of trees, phosphate usage, insecticides, deep sea drilling, etc and the fact that so much of the unhealthy environment we are living in is antithetical to human welfare. She then addresses the ills of corporate organization and control as de facto agency for many ills to exist with less than adequate attention to their effect on the lives we are trying to live. Dr Mroczek describes what is effectively control of air and water quality, food and food processing, government agency, media and ultimately humans. She sides with reverence for Mother Earth. She speaks to the influence and control on persons’ lives and the greening or bilking of their natural and economic means. In sum, Dr Mroczek argues for ways to think about quality of life.

Urban Development – Boston a Case in Point 

Dr Mroczek talks with writer and industrial engineer Peter Catalano of Fenway Action Coalition about how the city of Boston, especially Fenway, home to the Red Sox, is being developed. The concepts discussed apply to quality of living in any city or place and the discourse can open our eyes to greater awareness, input, and concern about ways in which our living environments matter and either hurt or help human living now and into the future.

Environment Is A Priority

Dr Mroczek discusses some of the truly worrisome environmental problems happening in the US and the world. She begins with weather and notes the lack of educational discourse on and in the media about it as well as the lack of greater public consciousness about specifics and realities of the many problems. Dr Mroczek also decries nuclear power and radiation and she singles out the need to re-adjust our way of living to be in harmony with nature as opposed to proliferating gizmos and gadgets that expend resources and continue a pattern of environmental usury. She cites harmful effects to animals as well. She notes that our true dependency is on a clean and unviolated mother earth.

Toward Quality of Life with Call-Ins 1997 

Dr Mroczek continues her discussion of our low quality of life and gives ideas on ways to think about it for better overall health and adjustment. She cites the many dysphoric qualities of living in contemporary society, including issues of catastrophic weather and toxic events such as spills resulting in benzene and toluene in the open environment, eg. She answers call-in questions about nuclear power, human jealousies, and human deviancy. She emphasizes the need for meaningful human relation to help keep us grounded and adjusted. She further tries to steer us toward being aware of contingencies influencing behavior in order to make change in our own lives.

Toward A Quality Of Life: Live Show 4

Dr Mroczek continues discussion about critical problems facing us as a people together with ideas about making ourselves more aware and about thinking to the very best of our ability. Calls to the show are not available due to technical difficulties. Dr Mroczek discusses certain particulars about weather at the time, especially emphasizing the extremes of it. She notes the potential for serious extremes to interfere with food supply, for example, and that the future for weather problems will intensify and can be understood in terms of adverse inputs multiplying mathematically. She touches on the malady of ‘Gulf War Syndrome’. She discusses certain research on animals and considers the potential for diseases inadvertantly being carried from the laboratory to society at large. She laments the horror of xenotransplantation. She describes the meaning and use of the word “environment” as it pertains to psychology with regard to behavioral function – a meaning separate from the everyday meaning of environment. She notes some deleterious environments we must frequently be exposed to. She talks about engineering behavioral environment in terms of facilitating ourselves to talk with each other, be more cooperative, and live at a more moderated tempo.

Toward A Quality Of Life Show 5 With Live Call-Ins

An episode of Toward A Quality of Life With Call-Ins. Dr Mroczek solicits ideas on reasons to be living and purpose in life, with exhortation to persons to train themselves to be in the habit to think hard, really hard, and to try to discipline themselves to objectivity.
She then talks about the urgent problem of environmental malaise and crisis. She describes widening ranges of short term temperature changes, multiplicitous oil spills, manufacture of styrofoam, and use of harsh salts on snow and ice which then gets into the water supply. She takes calls from viewers. She makes an overall case to love, ameliorate, and protect nature and for human beings to absorb more of the context in which they live – as in to be more AWARE. This she posits is possible for most everyone through phenomenological observation.

Life Got In The Way

Dr Mroczek talks about our environment and our biological quality of life in crisis. She talks about increasingly extreme and variable weather, food supply, agribusiness, genetic engineering, petrochemicals, and trees. She cites a general human lack of consciousness of these societal ills as well as a lack of central open discussion and coverage of the many ills – as well as how we, as a group together can think about and plan systemic changes to benefit nature and ourselves as a whole. The second half of the lecture is devoted to the most horrible tragedy of research on animals, in this instance, xenotransplantation.

Brutal Sound Under the Sea

Dr Mroczek talks with Ms Taffy Williams, environmentalist and Director of the New York Whale and Dolphin League who addresses LFA (low frequency active) sonar use in the ocean by militaries the world over. The sonar is reportedly used to locate other vessels, persons, objects, etc in the ocean. This high intensity sonar travels hundreds of miles in every direction of the ocean causing pain, destruction, disorientation, and death to cetaceans and other marine life which are all at its horrible mercy. It causes the tissue of airspaces such as lungs and ears to hemorrhage and tear. Pod strandings are repeatedly correlated with naval use of LFA sonar. Ms Williams notes availability of so-called passive sonar which works by listening instead of sending sound and can perform the same function. Ms Williams believes that in modern society there is a fascination with sound (loud, intense) as power. In any event, the immoral desecratory consequences of lfa sonar use on marine life is insupportable. Scientists, scientific organizations, and activists have been fighting legally against it for years it but the practice continues. 

On Nature and On Animals

Dr Mroczek talks about the needs of and for nature followed by a discussion of animal suffering and rights. Environmentally, she begins by noting serious weather extremes plaguing the country and the world as juxtaposed against what should be reality but is not. She talks about great waste of water, destruction of vegetation, industrial smog, polluted air, around the clock, day in and day out. She notes the poisons afflicting us from automotive chemicals, printing chemicals, pesticides, plastics and their manufacture, etc, etc. She captures the gravity and pathos of our circumstance in a description of how environmental degradation managed to demise 1/4 billion butterflies of a species in one season. She tries to show that protecting the earth is protecting ourselves. She decries and refuses blanket “cost/benefit” “analyses” of how and why we do what we do. At approximately 30′ into the lecture, she then reviews some of the horror realities animal ‘subjects’ endure in research and emphasizes how painful and depraved such research is. She condemns the practice of any research on animals. Finally she makes some points about how to conduct ourselves post 911 which had happened not long before this lecture. The point for Dr Mroczek is AWARENESS: not making anyone believe or think like herself or anyone else but to be aware of the realities around ourselves in a time when commercialism has usurped the front row of our brains. 

Toward A Quality Of Life Live December 19, 2005

Dr Mroczek continues her series of live broadcasting Toward Quality Of Life sessions. In this discussion she covers the area of stresses in modern existence, citing several kinds of non-enjoyable realities citizens passively endure. She encourages persons to speak out, to make observations, and to take those observations to persons who have some influence with respect to them. She argues for tactics of gentle persuasion. She notes a lot of passive belief and acceptance in the citizenry. She touches on myriad situations that stress or are negative and un-enjoyable (a subway ride, e.g., long prerecorded telephone menus, lines at grocery check outs, etc). She also talks about the duty of a country to provide for it’s physically, mentally disabled, and infirm persons. She urges viewers to be perpetually active about bettering factors external to ourselves that disturb quality in living and to be aware of preserving freedoms taken for granted as well. 

Toward A Quality Of Life live with call-ins March 2006

This video is audio only. Dr Mroczek continues her Toward A Quality Of Life series live with call-ins. Topics discussed are environment – plastic bags and their manufacture – paper towels and trees; use of mind in place of bombing people; animal research, hunting animals; call-ins on the death penalty, animal hunting, and activism for animals. 

Be Aware of Environment

Dr Mroczek speaks with Hua Wang, an urban planning graduate student from China currently at MIT. She discusses urban sprawl, preservation of land for nature and its enjoyment, as well as wildlife habitat, and agricultural space allowances. Ms Wang promotes the idea of small homes in small multi unit buildings and communal gardens in place of individual homes with large lawns. She proposes that dwellings be concentrated together and bicycling and public transport be the means for getting around. She proposes “learning to share”, – e.g., green space – and “learning centers” for the community in general. She praises humility as a valuable and useful human trait. She emphasizes the critical need for trees as well as to leave animals alone in their habitats. She fosters the idea of everyone keeping track of the environment and mindsets that will not repeat the grave environmental mistakes made up to the current time. 

Toward A Quality Of Life 4-06 Live

Dr Mroczek continues her live series of Toward A Quality Of Life. She begins with the recurrent themes of speaking against war, exposing the many many issues of animals, and highlighting the need to protect and enhance the natural environment we depend on. To these ends, she describes specific problems for which she gives real life examples as illustration. She then talks about food, our food supply, food contents, and in particular canned food. She pairs this with health concerns and overall to the desirability for persons to be more curious and aware of what we are doing to ourselves and to life in general. The discussion is lively, interesting, free form, and valuable. 

Toward A Quality Of Life Live 3-20-06

Dr Mroczek begins with speaking about the mutiple and ghastly problems of environment and exhorting greater public awareness of it. She notes the many extreme weather events happening everywhere at the time of this program. She relates why people should care about their environment and bemoans the lack of mainstream media coverage giving any serious consideration to the matter or public education about it. At 18:55 in the video, she then notes a protest over the Iraq war at the time and discusses reasons why such protests did not catch on, as compared with other times such as during the war in Vietnam. Throughout, she argues against violence and the violence of war as a way of dealing with problems. She then addresses a call from a listener who asks whether herbal medicine may be a better idea for health than commercial medicines with their side effects. Dr Mroczek then discusses overall being interested, cognizant, and taking personal responsibility for one’s health to the extent possible. She further describes aspects of mind-body and lifestyle as well as being neither totally enamored of Western nor Eastern approaches. 

Energy Fundamentals in the Human Interest

Dr Mroczek delivers a lecture about oil in the USA. She begins with an overview of oil in its extraction, oil on exchanges, variables affecting price, the effectiveness of non-collusive markets, the entrenchment of major and highly profitable oil based corporations, gov’t benefits given to oil, the great leverage of major oil corporations, the need to arrest any increase of deregulation, pollution associated with oil, harm to animals and the environment, and harm to human health. Dr Mroczek supports that gov’t be out of businesses. She stresses conservation, decreased consumption, better ways of building to decrease energy consumption, least high consuming vehicles, ingenuity in public transportation, and protection of human and animal habitat. Dr Mroczek also notes negative realities of nuclear power.

Energy Fundamentals II

Dr Mroczek talks about government welfare for big oil companies. The talk centers on the time that the Bush administration VP Richard Cheney was meeting with oil companies and also holding town meetings to talk about there being an energy crisis which required the government to financially help companies produce more oil. At the time, tens of billions in tax credits had already been given to them in previous years. Dr Mroczek gives an overview of untapped oil being in abundance, oil companies being extremely wealthy, and certain members of the oil producing community being in effect a cartel that controls what happens in the marketplace, including price. She discredits the practice of helping thriving private enterprise as a last place that government welfare, if any, should exist. She also talks about the great harm of many petrochemical products suffocating the planet. She ends with a case for energy use conservation, many many more trees, buildings that do not heat to overly high temperatures in the sun and then require a lot of air conditioning use to cool, national transportation, and hands off of ANWAR.

Dr. Nancy Mroczek, PhD
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