Health & Fitness

Dancing…with Benefits

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition While preparing a PowerPoint presentation on how to push your own mind-body envelope to fully embrace life, I stumbled on a remarkable video that has gone viral and has had over a million shares. Here it is: I posted […]

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Why Pregnant Women Should Make Avoiding Environmental Toxins a Priority

by guest blogger Deirdre Imus, author and environmental health advocate Pregnant women are advised to do—and not do—many things over the course of nine months. Whether the advice is from a physician, a friend, or a perfect stranger, there’s no shortage of opinions on eating fish, taking supplements, drinking caffeine, exercising, or preserving the placenta, […]

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Yoga for Women

Yoga for Women

 By Holly Walck Kostura, devoted Iyengar yoga student and teacher “[Yoga teaches us what resources] we have inside us so that we are able to expose ourselves to ourselves and find out what we really are.” Geeta Iyengar’s lecture, aptly titled “The Practice of Women During the Whole Month,” shines a light on the path […]

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Your Life, By Bike

by Elly Blue, writer and bicycle activist An excerpt from Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bike for Transportation (Whatever Your Lifestyle) When I started riding a bike, I didn’t make any wardrobe changes until I had to. At the time, I had a professional office job, so I wore skirts, polyester blouses, and jackets. […]

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Proving Organic Is Good for You

Photo by Lisa Bunin, shot at Eastside Farmers’ Market in Santa Cruz by Lisa J. Bunin, Ph.D., organic policy director of Center for Food Safety You know intuitively that organic food is good for you and that it’s the healthiest choice you can make at the farmer’s market and grocery store. Your gut tells you […]

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Food as Medicine: How One Hospital Is Using Organic Produce to Help Heal Patients

by guest blogger “Coach” Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute executive director In 431 BC, Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” More than 2,500 years later, we are inundated with advertisements boasting the latest, greatest cure-all superdrug. From a young age, we learn that it doesn’t matter how or what we […]

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4 Tips for Beating the Greenwashing Game

by guest blogger Ava Anderson, natural-beauty expert and safe-cosmetics advocate We live in a world where companies use terms like “natural,” “botanical,” “pure,” and “free” when their products are actually full of harmful chemicals. These companies spend millions on slick advertising campaigns to get you to buy their products—stacking the deck against you, the consumer. Many […]

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A New Resistance

by guest blogger Ed Brown, documentary filmmaker I really thought I’d learned enough about toxic chemicals to last a lifetime. After directing the film Unacceptable Levels, which took me more than four years to create, I really believed there wasn’t anything left to say. I knew that we have 80,000-plus chemicals in our system of […]

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