Changing the Present to Impact the Future: Off The Grid News Radio Discusses What to Do Now to Ensure a Strong Future

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Off The Grid News co-host Bill Heid talks to Rob Underhill about his post-apocalyptic world in The Carrington Event and what his characters do that enable them to survive. He also interviews Agri-Dynamics’ Jerry Brunetti, who discusses inflammatory diseases, epigenetics, and what to do now to create the strongest future.

The latest broadcast from Off The Grid News Radio features two interviews, each from a person with an important and powerful message. In the first, host Bill Heid talks to Rob Underhill about his new program, The Carrington Event, in which all power and communication are cut off because of massive disruptive solar flares. He discusses human reaction in a world suddenly without modern conveniences. The second interview with Agri-Dynamics’ Jerry Brunetti details the relationship between diet and inflammation, a major component of most chronic diseases. Both describe the necessity of thinking ahead and preparing accordingly.

Underhill’s production uses one small family and the surrounding small community to illustrate human reactions after a massively world-altering event. One of the key themes is being prepared. He focuses more on his character’s reactions to the event and the struggles they deal with as a result than on the event itself, saying, “The people who sit around and wait are in even more trouble than the people who go out and do something about it… We put the characters in those situations. We make sure that they have to decide, do we let this person in? Can we afford it? What if everyone else finds out that we have more resources? How are we going to handle the influx of all these people?” Through the characters’ struggles, he forces people to question how they would act in that situation and consider the issue of preparing for survival.

In the second interview with Jerry Brunetti, Heid raises the increasingly common issue of inflammation. Brunetti explains that “most of the chronic illnesses… all have an inflammatory component to them and they seem to be associated with… lifestyle, diet, [and] stress…” Because of this, he says, it is important to watch what one puts in the body. Beyond this, the health choices one makes extend beyond one person and impact future generations because of epigenetics. This field examines how environment and lifestyle habits in one generation change the genes passed on to the next, not always for the best. The best way to counteract these processes, Brunetti says, is by eating a diverse diet containing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, which reduce inflammation and create good habits and effects to be passed down.

Though they discuss different topics, Heid centers both interviews on themes of making good choices now to carry good on through future generations.

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