Third, we can use my 28-day plan to protect our immune systems as well, since many experts believe that environmental toxins of all types are also disrupting our immune systems. It's about crossing over--in more ways than one. Angie used a wheelchair, propelling herself forward with her feet. One hand, immobile and tightly clutched in a fist, rested in her lap. When she arrived with a caregiver and a couple of Chelsea's friends who had helped with transportation, Angie got right to work. You must be the mayor, she said, and soon she had the dean of the School of Public Health and the mayor bending to listen to Angie's ideas on making the streets safer for pedestrians of all ages. When we started the actual crossing part of the performance, I was giddy. Captain James had us lined up on the edge of the intersection. Jake, a theater student who had rehearsed with the giant sail, steadied it with a wide stance against any bursts of wind. When the light changed, the students carrying the guardrails comically high-stepped into the intersection with a Hup! As the triangle ringers stepped forward, the guardrails slowly lowered to an official-looking horizontal position. The study of imagination is not one that has been studied a lot. But, in her article The Rational Imagination she brings to our attention how imagination thinking is linked to rational thinking more closely than previously thought. The guidelines that we use for rational thinking is also used in imaginative thinking. It is free to wonder any way to solve the problem. Whereas, rational thinking is based on the information and facts that are available at the time. It is a more limited way of thinking because we only have the information that is given or facts. Ruth Byrne thinks that these two ways of thinking are similar in how we process it. We still observe, analysis and solve the problem but, just in different ways. A creative thinker is bringing new ideas to the world.

The creative thinker has a way of looking at the same problem but, finding new ways to figure them out. I've seen many patients with sensitivities that resembled Angela's, confirming my belief that the environment is a significant factor in addressing hormonal imbalance. Many toxins--in the environment, in home cleaning products, and in our personal-care products--have specific, problematic effects on our hormones. Fortunately, once you know how to avoid them, you can go a long way toward cleaning up your immediate environment and reducing your toxic burden. I know it can be daunting to think about all environmental toxins in our world and it can seem even more daunting to find ways to avoid them. But I want you to be aware of these issues because I believe you can change things. You can change the products you use to clean your house. You can change the products you use to put on your hair and face and skin. You can change the food you put in your body and the water you drink to quench your thirst. You can change the way your liver detoxifies toxins and estrogens. And you can join with other concerned people and help clean up our world. Then into the intersection stepped the boat, with an array of sails waving in the wind. The captain led us in a simple sea shanty we had just practiced in the church lobby. The drivers seemed perplexed--just as Engwicht or Mockus would have hoped. The sail holders offered friendly waves and echoed the signs' message: Thank you! The stage manager, noticing the timing of the lights, hurried us across, and the last sail holder stepped up onto the curb as the guardrails Hup-hupped out of the street and onto the curb behind us. All twenty of us made it across in time, including Angie, who had to pull herself over a few extra feet to find a curb cut. We crossed all around the crazy triangle intersection at Kinnickinnic, Logan, and Russell Avenues with sails, signs, poles, and triangles. We crossed at stoplights with a hurried pace dictated by short lights, and at stop signs where we could chat and cross at our leisure. We sang along to Christopher Cross's Sailing.

The intermediate school students cheered us on. They are out of the box thinkers. They don't see it like everyone else. A fashion designer that is creating a new line of clothes for a casual work look, most fashion designers don't do that. They could use colors, fabric, patterns in different ways to create the look they have in their minds. The mind is open to new ideas. It is the concept of creating an alternate outcome of a past situation. The if only or what if. If Mary had taken her usual routine to work, she wouldn't be in an accident. The way the mind thinks about past situations and imagine what we could have done differently. If Tom would have said he loved Sara, they would still be together. All it takes is awareness and the will to change--in whatever small, personal way makes it easiest for you to get started. Industrial chemicals, additives, and preservatives have two significant effects on our endocrine (hormonal) system. They either block hormones (and so are called endocrine disrupters) or they mimic the effect of estrogen (and are dubbed xenoestrogens). Animal studies have suggested some dramatic links between environmental toxins and hormonal disruption. For example, adult male rats who were exposed to crude salmon oil developed insulin resistance and abdominal fat deposits. How much of our own obesity epidemic is the result of the environment? Even more disturbing are the reports of African clawed frogs exposed to the common herbicide Atrazine (ATZ). Some 10 percent of the exposed males literally turned into female frogs who copulated with unexposed male frogs and produced viable eggs. This is a frightening image of hormonal imbalance caused by the environment.

The effects on humans are not nearly so dramatic, but we are certainly feeling the effects of environmental hormonal disruption as well. Cars honked--some out of irritation, some in a sign of support. Either way, the sign holders would break into broad grins and wiggle their signs in their direction. After one full round of crossing, we assembled back on the steps of the Church of the Immaculate Conception and, in my admiral role, I invited the mayor, the dean, the county supervisor, and the state senator to the center of the stairs. In a V formation around them, the theater students gathered and shared the words of the elders we had heard from in the workshops over the past several months. The brief performance ended with all of them saying in unison, We're worth stopping for. I'd like to remember everyone cheering, but I think it was too cold for that. And for the local news film crew as well, who left after the first few crossings. But our own film crew captured the event, along with the civic officials' sharing their commitment to improving pedestrian safety. The weather wasn't much better the next day, but our spirits were high. The police greeted us. What if Stacie was voted class president. At some point, the mind will take these what if and make them part of the history even if it wasn't what really happened. We wanted the what if to be true that the mind starts to believe it. We all perceive a situation differently and looking back on that situation years later may even produce a different idea of what happened at the time. All concepts of thinking are needed to guide us and help us make the right decisions and move us forward to a better life. All of these ideas and concepts will help shape the new generation of thinkers. They will add to what is already here and create the next level of information and studies. He has written several articles on system thinking. The one that has changed the business world the most has been The fifth discipline.

This article gives the groundwork to have a successful business by using the organization and system thinking structure. The literature is showing that the rate of childhood cancers is rising. In addition, we're seeing earlier puberty in girls and infertility among young men. For example, Danish research conducted in June 2002 found that 30 percent of 19-year-old men in the study had subfertile sperm counts--results that have been echoed in other international studies. And many experts believe that the childhood obesity epidemic in both sexes is at least partly fueled by the thousands of xenoestrogens making their way into our children's bodies. Think of how many endocrine disrupters abound in our world: insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, industrial chemicals sold as detergents, resins, and plasticizers. In addition, the endocrine disrupters in plastics tend to leach out into our food when we microwave food in plastic containers or even when we store food in those containers. Likewise, the toxins from plastic water bottles leach into our water, further stressing our systems. Once you start looking, endocrine disrupters seem to be everywhere. The chemicals used in most dry cleaning mimic the actions of hormones and are toxic to our livers, thus decreasing our ability to metabolize other toxins. Cosmetics and sunscreen are full of xenoestrogens, as are shampoos, conditioners, and body lotion. Just as with the school crossing guard, they didn't want us crossing alone. I asked them to watch from the sidewalk--or better yet cross with us--unless they thought it was absolutely necessary to jump in and direct traffic. At this crossing, a busload of elders from an area care home arrived to cross with us. We slowed the boat to make sure we all made it across in time. Francis arrived just in time for the media stop. As she was making her remarks, our friend who had the doctor's appointment stepped out of the door of the apartment building and crossed in the middle of the block, directly to the bus stop on the other side. She didn't walk to the corner and risk that a driver would blow through the sign into a right turn on red. Even with us there to usher her across, she knew what we had learned in research--that crossing at the corner put one at significantly higher risk of injury or death. I told the mayor, I think we have our solution to that menacing right turn.