HEALTHY BUCKWHEAT MATCHA PANCAKES using our organic green tea powder

We LOVE to mix up our breakfast options with as many savoury AND sweet recipes with under our belt as possible!  Keeping it simple, healthy, fresh and with a hidden vegetable and our organic green tea matcha powder is something we always try to tick off and kick-start the day with. This one is awesome in terms of ticking all the boxes, especially for mothers/fathers with kids to feed, lunches to pack and drop-offs to do, a healthy and find that making a nutrient packed breakfast isn’t ALWAYS easy.

These mildly sweet (with natural sweetener, banana), super tasty yet extremely healthy buckwheat, matcha pancakes are AMAZING to not only make in the morning, but also store in the fridge overnight for a quick brekkie set up! They’ve got secret ingredient, SPINACH, and secret healthy sweetener, BANANA, to mask the #healthiness of the pancakes. It’s perfect for those who are coeliac, trialling a refined sugar free diet or those who follow a paleo based diet!

We know and love our matcha family enough to appreciate that MANY of our Matcha Maiden mates enjoy living a health conscious life which is why we opted to make all of our Matcha Maiden blends completely certified organic. Our matcha uses organic green tea which is recognised by the Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS) which is also Australian certified organic (YAY).  Our matcha have no fillers such as sugars, sweeteners or milk solids and are as pure as you can get (ALSO YAY).



Makes 8-10 small pancakes

1 small ripe banana
1 egg / egg alternative for vegans*
3/4 cup milk/milk alternative (we love almond or coconut)
1 VERY generous handful of spinach
1 tsp Matcha Maiden organic green tea powder

1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 tsp Particle cinnamon (Particle’s alba cinnamon from Sri Lanka is SO GOOD)
1/2 tsp baking powder

Topping Ideas:

Frozen/ fresh berries

Greek Yoghurt/ Coconut yoghurt
Peanut butter
Almond butter
Rice malt syrup/agave/maple syrup/honey (for non-vegan)


  1. Blend all wet and dry ingredients except lemon and baking powder until green and smooth
  2. Mix in baking powder
  3. Preheat a non-stick fry pan at a medium heat
  4. Using a small ladle, pour the batter onto the fry-pan to create small, palm-sized pancakes
  5. When bubbles appear on the surface, flip and cook until lightly brown on the under surface.
  6. Then serve andenjoy!

Green tea health risks: Could green tea actually be bad for you?

Green tea has received a lot of positive media attention in recent years. But is it really good for everyone?

Not necessarily.

There is a group of people for whom green tea may be hazardous. And given green tea’s popularity these days, it’s critical to share this information with anyone interested in health.

Green tea has a wealth of research behind it demonstrating a number of health-promoting benefits including anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant properties.

Many of green tea’s benefits are due to its effects on the immune system, which is also where it can cause problems.

But before telling you how green tea impacts the immune system, let’s take a quick look at a simplified version of how it works.

Should you banish this harmless-looking substance from your pantry?

Should you banish this harmless-looking substance from your pantry?

A primer on the immune system

The immune system is composed of white blood cells, which are then differentiated into five different type of immune cells. One of those is a group of cells called lymphocytes.

Lymphocytes are then broken down even further into B cells, as well as T cells, which have their own subset of cells called T helper cells, T regulatory cells, cytotoxic T cells and T suppressor cells.

The immune system can be confusing, so rather than describe these cells in detail, I’ll use a real life example of how it works.

Let’s say you cut yourself with a dirty knife.  Bacteria penetrate your skin, engaging a first line of defense from our immune system called a macrophage (picture Pac Man).

Macrophages are like big, fat security guards wielding tiny billy clubs –- ineffective, but they’ll slow an invader down while they call on more sophisticated security guards.

When confronted with an invader, macrophages call on their friends, the T helper cells. The T helper cells tell the entire immune system through a series of chemical signals that there has been an invader that has crossed the barrier.

Specifically, the T helper cells call directly on two types of cells, cytotoxic T cells and natural killer cells, both soldiers with muscle that live up to their name and help attack and kill the bacterial invaders.

Once the bacteria have been killed, it is time for the immune system to call off the attack, which is the job of the T suppressor cells, who “suppress” the fight.

In the event that the bacteria is too powerful for the T cells, or if the T cells have a difficult time finding the invader, as in the case of a virus, the B cells are called to join in the fight. B cells make antibodies for a given invader based on instructions from the T helper cells.

In other words, if the T helper cells tell the immune system that the invader is a guy wearing an orange sweater, the B cells will create antibodies for a guy in an orange sweater, so that when they meet him, they can latch onto him and wave a flag, making it easier for the cytotoxic T cells and natural killer cells to find the invader.

But here’s what you really need to know:

  1. The initial T cell response is called a “Th1 response”.
  2. The secondary B cell antibody response is called a “Th2 response”.

In a healthy body, there is balance between the Th1 (T cell) and Th2 (B cell) parts of our immune system. And that’s the desirable state.

However, sometimes an imbalance of the Th1/Th2 system can be beneficial. For example, during pregnancy women have a tendency to shift towards a Th2 dominance, which is advantageous since a Th1 shift would induce rejection of the fetus.

Autoimmune disease: An immune system out of balance

Virtually all autoimmune diseases -– conditions where the immune system begins to attack self-tissue –- have either a Th1 or a Th2 dominance.

Put another way, autoimmune conditions generally have either a T cell upregulation and B cell suppression (Th1 dominant) or the opposite (Th2 dominant).

Th1 dominant: T cells up; B cells down

Th2 dominant: T cells down; B cells up

It’s imperative that people with autoimmune disorders maintain Th1/Th2 balance.

When the immune system is dysregulated and starts attacking body tissues, the more out of balance the immune system is, the more voraciously it will attack those tissues.

For example, in someone with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks cartilage, the more out of balance the Th1/Th2 system is, the more cartilage destruction will take place.

When healthy foods are unhealthy

According to research, a number of natural compounds have a tendency to push either side of the Th1/Th2 balance.

Green tea is one such substance.  The active components of green tea have a tendency to push the Th2 system to be more dominant by inhibiting the Th1 side of the immune system.

Therefore someone with a Th2-dominant autoimmune condition (see table below) would be wise to stay away from green tea or products containing concentrated green tea (such as a green tea supplement), because it can upregulate an already dominant system and lead to more tissue destruction.

Conversely in someone with a Th1-dominant autoimmune condition, green tea would be beneficial because it inhibits the Th1 side of the immune system.

Another common example most people know of is the herb echinacea.

When people get sick with a cold or flu, echinacea helps boost the T cells (Th1 response) involved with the initial attack of a foreign invader.

However, in a Th1-dominant autoimmune condition, echinacea will likely make the condition worse and is therefore be something to be avoided.

Real world example

We had a patient come into our office and report that she took a single antioxidant capsule one night before bed and experienced an array of symptoms including heart palpitations, anxiety, “inward trembling” and insomnia.

The patient had been previously diagnosed with hypothyroidism, a low thyroid condition characterized by weight gain, fatigue, and depression-like symptoms.

The number one cause of hypothyroidism in the United States is an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s syndrome (or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis).

The patient’s symptoms after taking the antioxidant indicated an upregulated, or increased attack on her thyroid gland, which then released extra thyroid hormone into her system causing what are classically hyperthyroid symptoms.

When we looked at the ingredients in the antioxidant, it made sense.

Two of the main ingredients –- green tea extract and curcumin -– have been shown to push the immune system towards a Th2 dominance.  Given the symptoms she experienced after taking the antioxidant, we concluded that she suffered from a Th2-dominant Hashimoto’s autoimmune condition.

We surmised that the green tea and curcumin stimulated her already lopsided immune system into more aggressively attacking her thyroid gland.


There is no one food that is good for everyone.

We are all unique individuals, with different genetics, different biochemical needs and different reactions to ingested food.  Indeed, one person’s food is another person’s poison.

Many foods and supplements have a wealth of proven health benefits, but not for everyone.

If you have an autoimmune condition, some of these compounds can make you much better or much worse depending on your Th1/Th2 dominance.  You can talk with your doctor about running a lymphocyte panel to determine which dominance you have and then take the appropriate compounds to help push your immune system in the opposite direction.

But do not do this without the advice of a qualified medical professional! Pushing your system in the wrong direction can lead to further destruction of whatever tissue(s) your immune system might be attacking.

Green tea has a proven track record of benefits for the average person and, if you do not have an autoimmune condition, it seems wise to include green tea into your diet.

However if you have a diagnosed autoimmune condition, especially a Th2 dominance disorder, green tea might not be for you.

You may be wondering at this point whether you should clear your cupboard.

While there’s a basic list of common autoimmune conditions as a general guideline below, please be aware that this doesn’t always pan out in practice. I’ve found this along with some other practitioners.

When we run lymphocyte panels on people, we find some that differ from the clinical literature that categorizes people by Th dominance status. (In other words, the research says they should be one thing; but we find in fact that they’re the other.)

There is a lot we still don’t know about autoimmune conditions. If you see yourself on this list, don’t jump to any conclusions or self-diagnose, take the wrong supplement and make yourself worse (i.e. a Th2 dominant MS patient who demyelinates themselves by taking green tea).

Always check with a qualified practitioner.

Common Th1 dominance disorders

Organ-specific autoimmune diseases (Possible benefit from green tea)

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • IBD/Crohn’s disease
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Hashimoto’s disease, Graves disease (thyroiditis)
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Heliobacter pylori induced peptic ulcer
Th1 stimulating compounds
  • Echinacea
  • astragalus
  • licorice root
  • beta-sitosterol
  • ashwaganda
  • panax ginseng
  • mushrooms (Maitake, Reishi, Shiitake)
  • chlorella
  • grape seed extract
Common Th2 dominance disorders

Systemic autoimmune diseases (Possible harm from green tea)

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Many cancers
  • Hepatitis B and C (mixed Th1 and Th2)
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Viral infections
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Helminth infections
Th2 stimulating compounds
  • Green tea
  • resveratrol
  • pycnogenol
  • curcumin
  • genistein
  • quercetin

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10 Amazing Benefits of Green Tea Extract

Green tea is one of the most commonly consumed teas in the world. Green tea extract is its concentrated form, with just one capsule containing the same amount of active ingredients as an average cup of green tea. Like green tea, green tea extract is a great source of antioxidants. These have been credited with a range of health benefits, from promoting heart, liver and brain health to improving your skin and even reducing the risk of cancer. What’s more, many studies have looked at green tea extract’s ability to aid weight loss. In fact, many weight loss products list it as a key ingredient. This article explores 10 science-based benefits of green tea extract.

1. High in Antioxidants

The health benefits of green tea extract are mostly due to its high antioxidant content. Antioxidants can help reduce oxidative stress by fighting cell damage caused by free radicals. This cell damage is associated with aging and several diseases.
Polyphenol antioxidants called catechins comprise the majority of green tea extract’s antioxidant content. Among the catechins in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the most researched and thought to provide the most health benefits.
Studies have shown that green tea extract increases the antioxidant capacity of the body and protects against oxidative stress. For example, one study had 35 obese people take 870 mg of green tea extract for eight weeks. Their blood antioxidant capacity increased from 1.2 to 2.5 μmol/L, on average.
Green tea extract boosts antioxidant capacity, which may help prevent various health problems caused by oxidative stress.
Green tea extract is rich in antioxidants called catechins, which have been shown to increase antioxidant capacity and protect against oxidative stress.

2. May Promote Heart Health

Oxidative stress increases fat buildup in the blood, which promotes inflammation in the arteries and leads to high blood pressure. Fortunately, the antioxidants in green tea extract can decrease inflammation and help reduce blood pressure. They can also inhibit fat absorption in cells, helping reduce blood fat levels.
One study had 56 obese people with high blood pressure take 379 mg of green tea extract daily for three months. They showed a significant decrease in blood pressure, compared to the placebo group. Additionally, they experienced significant reductions in blood fat levels, including lower triglycerides and total and LDL cholesterol.
Another study in 33 healthy people found that taking 250 mg of green tea extract daily for eight weeks reduced total cholesterol by 3.9% and LDL cholesterol by 4.5%. Given that high blood pressure and high blood fat levels are risk factors for heart diseases, regulating them can promote heart health.
The catechins in green tea may help reduce blood pressure and improve blood fat levels, which promotes heart health.

3. Good for the Brain

The antioxidants in green tea extract, especially EGCG, have been shown to protect brain cells from oxidative stress. This protection can help reduce brain damage that could lead to mental decline and brain diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Furthermore, green tea extract can decrease the action of heavy metals like iron and copper, both of which can damage brain cells. It’s also been shown to help memory by enhancing the connection between different parts of the brain.
One study had 12 people drink a soft drink containing 27.5 grams of green tea extract or a placebo. Then, while the participants worked on memory tests, brain images were obtained to assess brain function. The green tea extract group showed an increase in brain function and improved task performance, compared to the placebo group.
Green tea extract has been shown to have a positive effect on brain health and memory, and may help protect against brain diseases.

4. Can Help With Weight Loss

Green tea extract is rich in catechins, and it contains a decent amount of caffeine. Interestingly, it seems that this combination of ingredients is responsible for its weight loss properties.
Both catechins and caffeine have been shown to assist in weight loss by regulating the hormones that can enhance thermogenesis. Thermogenesis is the process by which your body burns calories to digest food and produce heat. Green tea has been shown to boost this process by making your body more effective at burning calories, which can lead to weight loss.
One study had 14 people take a capsule containing a mixture of caffeine, EGCG from green tea and guarana extract before each meal. It then examined the effect on calorie burning. It found that the participants burned 179 more calories, on average, in the following 24 hours.
Another study showed that 10 healthy men burned 4% more calories during the 24 hours after consuming a green tea extract capsule containing 50 mg of caffeine and 90 mg of EGCG. What’s more, a 12-week study that had 115 overweight women take 856 mg of green tea extract daily observed a 2.4-lb (1.1-kg) weight loss among participants.
Green tea extract can aid weight loss by increasing the number of calories your body burns through thermogenesis.

5. Might Benefit Liver Function

The catechins in green tea extract may also help reduce inflammation caused by some liver diseases like non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). One study gave 80 participants with NAFLD either 500 mg of green tea extract or a placebo daily for 90 days. The green tea extract group showed significant reductions in liver enzyme levels, which is an indication of improved liver health.
Similarly, 17 patients with NAFLD took 700 ml of green tea, which contained at least 1 gram of catechins, daily for 12 weeks. They had significant decreases in liver fat content, inflammation and oxidative stress. Interestingly, it’s important to stick to the recommended dosage for green tea extract, as exceeding it has been shown to be harmful to the liver.
Green tea extract seems to help improve liver function by decreasing inflammation and oxidative stress.

6. May Reduce the Risk of Cancer

The normal life cycle of cells is characterized by death and regrowth, as cells are produced to replace those that die. The process keeps cells active and healthy. However, when this balance is disrupted, cancer can occur. This is when your body starts overproducing cells, and cells don’t die when they should. The antioxidants in green tea extract, especially EGCG, seem to have favorable effects on the balance of cell production and death.
One study explored the effects of taking 600 mg of green tea catechins per day for a year on patients at risk of developing prostate cancer. It found that the likelihood of developing cancer was 3% for the green tea group, compared to 30% for the control group.
Furthermore, postmenopausal women at risk of breast cancer experienced a decrease in biomarkers of breast cancer after consuming 1,315 mg of green tea extract per day for one year.
Green tea extract has been shown to help maintain cell health. It may even help prevent some types of cancer, though more research is needed.

7. Its Components May Be Good for the Skin

Whether taken as a supplement or applied to the skin, green tea extract has been shown to improve skin health. A large review demonstrated that when applied to the skin, green tea extract can help treat a variety of skin problems, such as dermatitis, rosacea and warts. Also, as a supplement, it has been shown to help with skin aging and acne.
For example, a study showed that consuming 1,500 mg of green tea extract daily for four weeks resulted in significant reductions in red skin bumps caused by acne. Moreover, both supplements and the topical application of green tea extract seem to help prevent skin conditions like loss of skin elasticity, inflammation, premature aging and cancer caused by exposure to UV rays.
A study in 10 people revealed that applying a cream containing green tea extract to the skin for 60 days resulted in improved skin elasticity. Additionally, a study showed that applying green tea extract to the skin reduced skin damage caused by sun exposure.
Interestingly enough, adding green tea extract to cosmetic products has been shown to benefit the skin by providing a moisturizing effect.
Green tea extract has been shown to help prevent and treat several skin conditions.

8. May Benefit Exercise Performance and Recovery

Green tea extract seems to be helpful in exercise, whether it’s by improving exercise performance or enhancing recovery. While exercise has many health benefits, it’s known to produce oxidative stress and damage cells in the body.
Fortunately, antioxidants like green tea catechins can reduce cellular damage and delay muscle fatigue.
In fact, a study in 35 men showed that green tea extract combined with strength training for four weeks enhanced the body’s antioxidant protection.
Additionally, 16 sprinters who took green tea extract for four weeks demonstrated increased protection against oxidative stress produced by repeated sprint bouts.
Furthermore, green tea extract seems to benefit exercise performance.
One study found that 14 men who consumed green tea extract for four weeks increased their running distance by 10.9%.
Green tea extract increases antioxidant protection against oxidative damage caused by exercise. This translates to better exercise performance and recovery.

9. May Help Lower Blood Sugar

The catechins in green tea, especially EGCG, have been shown to enhance insulin sensitivity and regulate the production of blood sugar, both of which can lower blood sugar levels.
A study gave 14 healthy people a sugary substance and 1.5 grams of green tea or a placebo. The green tea group experienced better blood sugar tolerance after 30 minutes, and continued to show better results, compared to the placebo group.
Another study showed that green tea extract helped improve insulin sensitivity in healthy young men by 13%.
Moreover, an analysis of 17 studies concluded that green tea extract is useful in decreasing fasting blood sugar levels. It can also help lower levels of hemoglobin A1C, which is an indicator of blood sugar levels over the past 2–3 months.
Green tea extract has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and blood sugar tolerance, all while decreasing hemoglobin A1C and blood sugar levels.

10. Easy to Add to Your Diet

Green tea extract can be found in liquid, powder and capsule forms. The liquid extract can be diluted in water, while the powder can be mixed into smoothies. However, it has a strong taste.
The recommended dosage of green tea extract is between 250–500 mg per day. This amount can be obtained from 3–5 cups of green tea, or about 1.2 liters.
But it’s important to know that not all green tea extract supplements are created equal. Some supplements contain only dry green tea leaves, while others contain isolated forms of one or more catechins.
The catechin most closely linked to the health benefits of green tea extract is EGCG, so you’ll want to make sure that the supplement you are consuming contains it.
Finally, it’s best to take green tea extract with foods. Both exceeding the recommended dose and taking it on an empty stomach may cause serious liver damage.
Green tea extract can be consumed in capsule, liquid or powder form. The recommended dose is 250–500 mg taken with food.

The Bottom Line

Thanks to its high antioxidant content, green tea extract has been shown to help improve health and body composition.
Many studies have shown that green tea extract can promote weight loss, blood sugar regulation, disease prevention and exercise recovery.
It can also help keep your skin and liver healthy, reduce blood fat levels, regulate blood pressure and improve brain health.
It can be consumed in capsule, liquid or powder form. The recommended dose is 250–500 mg a day, and it is best taken with food.
Whether you want to improve your general health or decrease your risk of disease, green tea extract is an easy way to add health-boosting antioxidants to your diet.

Greenhouse Gardening Ideas & DIY Tips

Greenhouse Gardening Ideas: A look at a real-life greenhouse, using old recycled items to organize and operate a DIY greenhouse operation!
Raised garden beds out of pallets - Greenhouse gardening ideas using some recycled items and other little tricks
What’s that saying?  “If I’m half the woman she is, I’ll be lucky.” Or something like that.
As an inspiring “green-thumb,” I tend to get the jealous “bug,” when I visit my mom’s back yard, on the farm.  Her greenhouse has caught the eyes of many “passer-by’s,” and is the topic of many inspiring greenhouse dreamers.
Right now, with the temps are hanging around the 80 degrees in Missouri, working INSIDE the greenhouse is out of the question.
She’s been doing most of her planting outside, but she starts her seeds for all the veggies and plants lettuce inside during the winter.  The weather was stinking gorgeous the other day when I was visiting, so I decided to snap a couple of shots, in case you’ve been on the hunt for greenhouse ideas.  She is the ultimate creative thinker, and I’m sure you’ll snag a few ideas…
Greenhouse Gardening Ideas
Greenhouse plan ideas - if building, this is the plan I want to use! So cool - Greenhouse gardening ideas using some recycled items and other little tricks
Green house plan ideas, this is so cool. I want this one day - Greenhouse gardening ideas using some recycled items and other little tricks
She used so many recycled pots/pans/containers, etc., to plant everything in.  Keep your eye open for little DIY tricks that she created during the greenhouse building and set-up process.
Inside the greenhouse, love this setup - Greenhouse gardening ideas using some recycled items and other little tricks
She lined the inside walls with pegboard to hang a lot of her tools on, including old shower organizers, old shelves, and anything she had already laying around the house.  This woman is incredible at finding multiple uses out of ordinary things.
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Did you SEE how she uses old plastic knives to label her veggies in the first photo? Yeah. Like that.
Catch rain water in buckets, off the roof of the green house to recycle the water. How awesome!
Tubs for Rain Water:
Although my kiddos (her grandkiddos) think that these tubs are for playing in, she uses them to catch rain water off of her roof of the greenhouse. She’ll then use the rain water to water plants, or anything else she may need water for while hanging around out there.
You can barely see the sink that her and my dad were working on at the the time I took these photos.  I tell you… these two and their creations out of what’s on hand. Cinderblocks, and plywood turned outdoor greenhouse vanity. 
Raised garden beds out of pallets. Love this ideas. Greenhouse gardening ideas using some recycled items and other little tricks
DIY Walkway:
To keep out of the mud, she put down old plank boards to create a walkway.  Even if you don’t think you’re building in a muddy area, think about all of the water that will be around when you’re watering your plants, or if you get a rainy season.  You may want to think about a walkway of some sort too!
Using Old Pallets:
Using old pallets to build raised beds, has been extremely helpful when it comes to “farm critters,” strolling by to steal a bite.  Not to mention that it reduces having to spend a lot of time bent over in the garden. (Can you tell I’m getting older, since that’s one of my “bonus,” thoughts of why having a tall, raised garden, is a good idea?)
Raised garden bed - Greenhouse gardening ideas using some recycled items and other little tricks
Raised garden bed - Greenhouse gardening ideas using some recycled items and other little tricks
Greenhouse gardening ideas using some recycled items and other little tricks
My favorite part of this greenhouse, is all of the fresh-grown tomatoes that she gives us every year to make my favorite bruschetta!  I won’t lie about that.
I hope you found some greenhouse gardening ideas for your own project!
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Greenhouse Gardening Ideas

Is geothermal power good?

I believe that geothermal on small scale is beneficial for society, saving money and natural resources seems beneficial to me.  And, I think we should do this more and more on houses in the future. 

The problems I see with geothermal is on large scale versions where they create electricity because of the trouble from gases and ground stability.  In some plants they have had increases in earthquakes, as many as 10,000 and up to 3.4 in magnitude, within the first 6 days of use. 

The hydraulic fracturing is believed to have caused these issues, and when you have large amounts of water and gases being pull out of the ground and then dumped back in the ground, this would have to disrupt the lands natural stability. 

These problems have occurred with the new Enhanced Geothermal Systems which involves hydraulic fracturing or Fracking as they have termed the process, and this is also the process use to extract natural gas that was previously unreachable.

People are for and against this process, the ones for Fracking say this helps us reach hydrocarbons or gas and oil that was unreachable before, and the ones against the Fracking process say the possibility of contamination of ground water, risks of air quality, the movement of gases and hydraulic fracking chemicals to the surface, contamination from spillage and the health effects associated with theses issues. 

There have been reports of water becoming flammable from methane contamination, but I don’t know if these stories actually have occurred or if these are part of urban myths. 

The potential of methane gas contamination, and all of the other contamination is a REAL possibility with substandard drilling and maintenance. 

These reasons have made many people around the world keep a close eye on hydraulic fracking, even having some countries suspending production and in some cases even banning this process entirely.

For now I am still up in the air on whether this is a viable process and if the possibilities out weigh the advantages to being able to access these resources. 

Those resources can help free our country from being so dependent on foreign oil and gas, but is it worth the risks?

More information about what are the Enhanced Geothermal Systems is in this pdf.