October 03, 2012 • in Environment
What’s Good for Your Health
Is Good for the Planet!
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We are in a constant cycle of exchange between nature and our bodies—the air we breathe in and out, the food we eat and expel, the products we put on our skin and surround ourselves with and then dispose of, the medicines we take, which then permeate our bodies and leave our bodies, as well. We now know that there is an impact on everything, between everything. It’s science, physics (especially!), and medicine. It’s also philosophy.
October 02, 2012 • in Health & Fitness
Toxic Shampoo: Read before Applying
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by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz. Like so much in modern life, shampoos and hair care products often contain too many ingredients that were born on a chemist’s bench. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream, and from there they can wreak havoc on organs, tissues, and cells. If we live anywhere near modern civilization, it’s pretty much impossible to avoid all exposure to harmful, health-robbing toxins. But we can make smarter choices about what we purchase, consume, and lather onto our bodies. Here’s a list of common chemical offenders found in many shampoos:
September 28, 2012 • in Health & Fitness
How to Eat Vegetables
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by guest blogger Maya Rodale. We all know we should eat our vegetables. But I realized something the other day: We don’t always know how. If you didn’t grow up experiencing food in different states of being, food can be mysterious and possibly scary. I know that potatoes come with dirt on them and it’s OK. I know that most fruits and vegetables can come in “weird” shapes—only because they grew next to a branch or something—and they’re still perfectly delicious.
September 27, 2012 • in Environment
Toxic Back-to-School Gear
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by guest blogger Mike Schade. While millions of children across America returned to school this month, many parents were unaware that children’s back-to-school products currently on store shelves contain high levels of toxic chemicals called phthalates, used to soften vinyl plastic. These chemicals are so toxic they’ve been banned for use in toys in the United States because of adverse health effects like birth defects, asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and diabetes, among others.
September 25, 2012 • in Environment
10 Ways to Get Arsenic Out of Your
(and Your Kids’) Diet
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by Sonya Lunder and Dawn Undurraga. Although scientists and government regulators have long known about the ever-present threat of arsenic in our diet and water, it was unsettling when two major reports came out on the same day last week, reminding us of the risk and the need to do what we can to minimize it.
September 13, 2012 • in Health & Fitness
How to Keep the Nutrients You Eat
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by guest blogger Morley Robbins. If you learn nothing else from this series of essays on magnesium, this one fact will change your life, and if you take steps to reverse this metabolic truism, it will change your health. I guarantee it! Given that, it’s really important to understand what aspects of your daily stress can be reduced or possibly eliminated. Here are some important questions for you to answer:
September 11, 2012 • in Health & Fitness
Dangerous Chemicals Are Everywhere
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by guest blogger Deirdre Imus. Amid some recent dour news about ingredients in personal care products causing diabetes and muscle weakness, Johnson & Johnson provided a rare bright light when the company announced plans to remove dangerous chemicals—such as formaldehyde—from its shampoos, lotions, facial cleansers, and more. It is a sweeping gesture, and one that other companies would be wise to mimic.