Green Health and Wellness
I won't bury the lead: last week the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the most prestigious international body for cancer assessment in the world, determined that sufficient evidence exists to link formaldehyde with leukemia, a cancer of the blo
Yesterday, Consumer Reports released a study of the levels of bisphenol a (BPA) in food products. They found that nearly all of the 19 canned food products they tested contained levels of BPA which have been associated with harm in laboratory animal studies.
The H1N1 flu vaccine is starting to be available at clinics, hospitals, and doctor's offices around the country. With the pandemic flu in full swing, many people are asking whether they should get the vaccine. The concerns are especially acute because several versions of the injectable vaccine contain the mercury preservative thimerosal.
Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the use of carbaryl, a highly toxic pesticide, in pet collars will be withdrawn!
Halloween is truly a kid’s holiday –- good friends, creative costumes, event-filled parties –- all with a cool spooky theme -- who could ask for more? Oh yes, one more thing, the treats –- lots of sugary candy treats!
My inspiration for writing “Cooking Well: Beautiful Skin” was manifold. I love to cook and am a natural chef, intrigued by beautiful ingredients like pomegranates, rainbow chard and monstrously beautiful heirloom tomatoes.
The H1N1 ("swine") flu pandemic is in full swing, and we can expect many more cases this fall as kids go back to school. I'm still anxiously watching this virus and hoping that it will remain relatively mild (as flu pandemics go). But it's possible that it could become more severe with time, since flu viruses are well-known for their tendency to mutate.
The air we breathe in our homes can impact the way we live. Many people forgot that air pollution also occurs indoors. The fact is indoor air quality is usually much worse than the air outside. If your home is not properly ventilated it prevents the flow of outdoor air that helps dilute harmful emissions and carry them out of the home.
In recent months, there have been plenty of stories about tainted food and paint in the United States harming people whose only crime is trusting the food inspectors in the government. While one would hope that the attention called to these problems would result in them being fixed, or at least ameliorated, it is always better to do something yourself.
The numbers aren’t new. People spend 90 percent of their time indoors. A Toronto study by R.W. Bell indicates the level of contaminants inside of our buildings is at least two to five times higher than outside.