Health & Fitness

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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Crossing Life’s Finish Lines

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition This is a story about how love can help you to do extraordinary things—like making it through the finish lines life presents. I share it to inspire and remind us of the circle of life. It all begins with […]

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Staying Cool, Calm and Collected: Balancing the Pitta Dosha

by guest bloggers Jeff Perlman and Holly Walck Kostura Ayurveda reveals to us that there are seasons each year defined by the three doshas: vata (fall and early winter), kapha (winter and early spring), and pitta (late spring and summer). Each dosha goes through three stages each year with the changes of the seasons, temperature, […]

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Healthcare Advice that Can Save Your Life

by Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Health Research My friend Barry just got out of the hospital, four months after having an almost deadly reaction to a prescription medication. Talking to him about his experience has made me realize how overwhelming it is for most people to figure out what medical treatments are […]

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