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Best Foods for Skin
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Best Foods for Skin Good genes and effective products can help, but healthy, glowing skin truly starts from within. Our diet has an enormous impact on the health and appearance of our skin. Which foods keep skin healthy? Let’s talk about eating for healthy skin...

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Computer Strain
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Computer Strain The average American spends over 10 hours per day staring at a screen, whether it be the screen of a computer, phone, or television. That’s more hours than most of us spend sleeping! This new lifestyle has many mental and physical impacts, one of which is computer eye strain...

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Home Remedies for Cold and Flu
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Home Remedies for Cold and Flu It is important to note that while over-the-counter cold and flu products may work as effectively as natural remedies, they can be expensive and dangerous if not used properly. In 2015, professors at California State University and University of California conducted a study and found that in five surveys of more that 600 adults...

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Activated Charcoal Benefits
Thursday, 16 March 2017
Activated Charcoal Benefits Activated charcoal is a powerful natural material that can absorb toxins. In the form of a powder, it can be ingested or used superficially. There are two main types of activated charcoal: steam-activated and chemical-activated. To make steam-activated charcoal, first the coconut shell or coal is heated to create char. Then, the char is put in a...

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Cupping Benefits
Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Cupping Benefits Recently, the U.S. has seen professional athletes and celebrities donning these circular bruises. At the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, U.S. gymnast Alexander Naddour said of cupping, “That’s been the secret that I have had through this year that keeps me healthy. It’s been better than any money I’ve spent on...

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Boost Your Mood Naturally
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Boost Your Mood Naturally Although life is a beautiful gift with many fun times to be had, not every day is filled with rainbows and unicorns.  We all deal with stressors, whether big or small, on a regular basis. Work, bills, laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, refilling gas, making it to parent teacher night, political frustrations; the list can seem endless...

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Ways to get to Sleep
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Ways to get to Sleep It is no secret that getting proper sleep is extremely important. We all know how it feels to toss and turn, churning over events of the day, constantly staring at the clock and counting how many hours we have left to get some shut eye. The agony! A study performed by the National Sleep Foundation in March of 2015 determined that ideally...

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Massage Benefits
Thursday, 05 January 2017
Massage Benefits Did you know that there are over 80 styles of massage therapy? I was initially surprised, but it makes sense given the wide range of reasons people choose massage therapy. These reasons most often include healing injuries, improving mental health, to just...

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Macrobiotic
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Macrobiotic What does macrobiotic mean? The macrobiotic diet is more of a lifestyle than a diet, and it focuses on the more positive concept of moderation as opposed to limitation. What does this diet entail? It is based on consuming whole, natural, plant-based foods that benefit the health of people and the environment...

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Antibiotics and Superbugs
Thursday, 29 September 2016
Antibiotics and Superbugs “Antibiotics,” in one form or another, have been used in medicinal practices for centuries. For instance, tetracycline, an antibiotic still used today, has been found in ancient Egyptian skeletons dating back to 350 C.E. Researchers believe that these ancient humans were brewing tetracycline into their beers. There is also evidence that societies in Jordan used the antibiotic-rich red soil to treat skin infections...

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How to Control Dandruff
Tuesday, 06 September 2016
How to Control Dandruff Your scalp is where the beginning of healthy hair begins. Unfortunately for many of us, our scalp is the source of irritation, or even just annoyance due to embarrassing flakes. How should you care for your scalp in the healthiest, safest way possible...

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Blue Light at Night
Thursday, 01 September 2016
Blue Light at Night Do you avoid being exposed to blue light before bedtime? Whether it’s our smartphone, our tablet, or our laptop, many of us find ourselves curled up with an electronic device come bedtime.  However, it turns out that this habit may have unforeseen health consequences.  Let’s look at some factors to consider when deciding whether we should...

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Sauna Benefits
Monday, 11 July 2016
Sauna  Benefits Saunas are another long-standing health practice that continues to benefit people today! As Finnish author Maila Talvio said, “There is nothing that Finns have been so unanimous about as their sauna. This unanimity has remained unbroken for...

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Sun Vitamin D
Thursday, 09 June 2016
Sun Vitamin D The United States population struggles with two contradictory health issues. First, many people do not adequately protect their skin when they are in the sun for extended periods of time. On the other hand, recent studies have shown that many people are deficient in vitamin D, a vitamin we receive from sun exposure. How do we make sense of these contradictions...

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Relieve Allergies Naturally
Tuesday, 07 June 2016
Relieve Allergies Naturally Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? Do you stare at the endless rows of allergy medications available on your drugstore shelves and not know where to start? Well, many over-the-counter seasonal allergy medicines simply mask symptoms. So, are there natural ways to alleviate, and maybe even prevent seasonal allergies? If you are interested in...

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Benefits of Magnesium
Monday, 30 May 2016
Benefits of Magnesium Magnesium plays many important roles in the body. First, it is needed for more than 300 enzyme reactions in your body. It is also needed for the relaxation of muscles, stable blood sugar, cardiovascular health, balancing hormones, dealing with emotional and physical stress, and mood regulation. Ensuring that you have healthy magnesium levels will...

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Bug Bites
Thursday, 19 May 2016
Bug Bites We all hate getting bug bites, in fact, they can drive you nuts with itching and scratching! Warm weather inevitably brings insects – yet are conventional insect repellents the safest way to protect ourselves from these sometimes disease-carrying organisms? Let’s take a look at preventing bug bites and whether we should be using or avoiding...

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Uses for Garlic
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Uses for Garlic Allicin is the major biological active component of garlic responsible for anti-bacterial activity. In 1944, chemists Chester J. Cavallito and John Hays Bailey discovered that allicin was isolated from garlic. It was later discovered that allicin has a bactericide power, meaning that it kills bacteria, and that it has antibacterial effects against...

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Difference between Prebiotics and Probiotics
Thursday, 07 April 2016
Difference between Prebiotics and Probiotics Looking back just ten years ago, no one was talking about probiotics or prebiotics. While kombucha’s growing popularity has made probiotics a health buzzword, little about prebiotics, or what the difference between the two is, has been discussed. It turns out that both are extremely necessary for efficient digestion and an overall healthy body...

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Using Essential Oils Safely
Monday, 28 March 2016
Using Essential Oils Safely While essential oils are very useful for humans, their true purpose is to help plants survive their local environment. Pollinators are attracted to plants via their smell, color, or physical structure. Plants therefore use their external secretory structures to deter pests and attract pollinators. Plants also use essential oils as allelopathy, which...

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Petroleum Cosmetics
Thursday, 18 February 2016
Petroleum Cosmetics There is a great deal of buzz these days surrounding eco-friendly beauty products. The focus is on chemicals to avoid, a particularly popular example is the backlash against shampoos and conditioners that contain sodium lauryl sulfate. However, many beauty products also contain another questionable ingredient: petroleum. Petroleum is derived from what most...

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Antibacterial Soap vs Regular Soap
Thursday, 14 January 2016
Antibacterial Soap vs  Regular Soap Do you often find yourself reaching for soap labeled “antibacterial” at the grocery store? Or are you concerned that every drop of soap you use in public locations is antibacterial? What about soap not labeled antibacterial, will it actually clean your hands? These are some of the questions that seem to pop up much more in recent years than in previous...

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Benefits of Standing Desk
Thursday, 12 November 2015
Benefits of Standing Desk For many people, going to work means sitting at a desk from at least 9 AM until 5 PM.  Since most of us inevitably slouch at our desks, the result of sitting for eight hours each day is knots in our shoulders and pain in our lower backs. Here’s where the standing desk comes in, with the promise to relieve us of our tight, stiff backs... article/standing-desk-benefits.jpg Benefits of Standing Desk

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Footbaths
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Footbaths Footbaths always seemed like a luxury, an activity that belonged in ancient Rome, or in today’s world spas and fancy nail salons. In reality, footbaths are an incredibly easy way to lift your spirits after a long day. It turns out that this relaxing activity has a myriad of health benefits as well...

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Environmental Medicine
Friday, 11 September 2015
Environmental  Medicine Nature abounds with miracle making plants that have revolutionized medicine for centuries. Modern scientific literature has documented over 20,000 medicinal plants that are being investigated or implemented as effective treatments for many illnesses. From the cancer saving properties...

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Dry Cleaning Process
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Dry Cleaning Process Is dry cleaning toxic? No one had ever thought to test dry cleaned clothing for potentially harmful chemicals - that is until high school sophomore Alexa Dantzler chose the topic for a science fair. Dantzler knew she did not have the proper testing equipment to carry out the experiment herself, so she emailed several chemistry professors around...

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Effects of Acupuncture
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Effects of Acupuncture The earliest known acupuncture needle was made out of bone. Since then, the needles have been made out of gold, silver, and most recently, stainless steel. After an acupuncture-caused outbreak of Hepatitis B in 1978, AcuMedic developed the first disposable acupuncture needle. However, due to competitive pricing there were manufacturers using...

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How Acupuncture Works
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
How Acupuncture Works Acupuncture is a form of medicine that dates back centuries and is based on the theory of “chi,” which is believed to be the energy that flows through your body on pathways called meridians. When your chi is blocked or unbalanced, acupuncturists believe illness can occur. By placing thin needles into your skin at certain points on your body...

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Indoor Air Pollution
Thursday, 28 May 2015
Indoor Air Pollution Now you can breathe deeply – everything you need to know about indoor air pollution is here! The following infographic is designed to help shed light on some of the most prevalent contributors to indoor air pollution. With indoor air pollution causing nearly 8% of worldwide mortalities in 2012, you’d think that we’d compulsively change our furnace filters...

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The Truth About Vitamins
Thursday, 12 February 2015
The Truth About Vitamins I have memories of eating Flintstone vitamins like candy when I was younger. I knew that I was only supposed to have one per day, but still, they tasted like Sweet Tarts and I couldn’t resist. Now, I take a scarily large, daily multivitamin made specifically for women. However, I often find myself wondering whether or not I truly need to be taking a multivitamin. Am I already getting the nutrients my body needs from my diet? If that’s the case, does taking a multivitamin on top of that...

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New Years 2015
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
New Years 2015 Every year on January 1st I find myself full of hope, writing down lists of habits I want to break and goals I want to reach during the upcoming year. However, by the end of January my overzealous lists seem daunting, and I give up more easily than...

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Natural Hair Dying
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Natural Hair Dying Whether it’s subtle highlights or bright pink tips, hair dye is a prevalent product in our society. A 2005 study on the relationship between hair dye use and bladder cancer estimated that in the U.S. and Europe, more than one-third of women over the age 18 and approximately...

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What is a Menstrual Cup
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
What is a Menstrual  Cup The average woman has her period for five days, once a month, over 40 years. In other words, the average woman uses over 16,800 tampons in her lifetime. After reading those statistics, I realized I knew very little about one of the products I use most frequently. It turns out...

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Wind Turbines and Health
Thursday, 08 August 2013
Wind Turbines and Health Most people have heard the complaints about wind turbines, which are used to create renewable and clean wind energy. These common complaints are that the turbines obstruct pleasant views and disrupt bird flight paths. But now a new complaint is starting to become more widespread. Wind Turbine Syndrome, as it is known, is purportedly caused by the low-frequency...

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Clean Air Act
Thursday, 11 April 2013
Clean Air Act As ecologist Garrett Hardin stated in his famous commentary, Tragedy of the Commons, humans always tend to take more and more without regulation. This has led to problems with overfishing, overharvesting, and deforestation. Clean air is no exception to this ever growing problem. Although...

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Skin Health
Thursday, 14 March 2013
Skin Health The winter is a time when everyone’s skin starts to flare up. The dryness and cold sucks the skin of moisture and leaves skin flakey and dry, sometimes even a little irritated. With this knowledge, I was not surprised when winter rolled along and my face became flaky and dry, but when I went to China, the conditions worsened. A rash developed on...

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Insect Borne Diseases
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Insect-Borne Diseases Thus far, 2012 has been a particularly tragic year in terms of insect-borne diseases in the United States. The West Nile Virus has affected 1,993 Americans and killed 87 so far this year—the most cases since the disease was first reported in the U.S. in 1999. It’s a scary statistic...

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Air Pollution
Thursday, 11 October 2012
Air Pollution It lurks in the skies as smog, builds up in the air to warm the earth and remains invisible to the human eye but lethal to biological organisms. The dark, growing cloud of air pollution looms over our much industrialized global village with toxic effects on our environment and public...

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Shampoo Use
Thursday, 29 December 2011
Shampoo Use No ‘Poo… what's the longest you've ever gone without using shampoo? I'll admit it—on a bike trip I once went 11 days without showering, and my hair became an oily, knotty mess! That's why I was surprised to hear that there are many people who happily go without shampoo for weeks, months...

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Green Funeral
Thursday, 06 October 2011
Green Funeral We'd like to think that when we pass from this Earth, our environmental footprint goes away too. The unsettling truth is that even in the afterlife we can pollute. In the United States, the most common type of funeral is a burial with embalming and open-casket visitation. However, this tradition didn't begin until the Civil War, when bodies...

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Noise Pollution
Thursday, 01 September 2011
Noise Pollution For those who live in big cities, noise can be a source of constant annoyance and problems. Even within the walls of an apartment, it is rare to be completely insulated from the regular interruption of sirens, construction work, loud neighbors, and more. This is referred to as “noise...

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Cancer and the Environment
Monday, 29 November 2010
Cancer and the Environment It has been estimated that 41% of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives and that 21% of Americans will die of the disease. You’ve been told that genetics and certain lifestyle choices increase your risk of becoming part of that statistic, but you might not have heard that our environment is also a leading contributor...

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Smoking
Friday, 21 August 2009
Smoking The first environmental problem with smoking is the process required to make cigars and cigarettes. In the United States, tobacco, a plant relatively sensitive to disease, requires the use of more pesticides per acre than most other crops, amounting to 27 million pounds of pesticides each year. While this is bad for the environment, the...

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My Natural Pet Care
Tuesday, 04 August 2009
My Natural Pet Care Conventional dog food contains pesticides, chemicals, additives, and preservatives that are harmful to your pet and the environment. Several brands of pet food have even been recalled as not safe for consumption. By feeding them natural or organic foods, you will be reducing the amount of toxins ingested by your pet and released into...

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Alleviate Allergies Naturally
Thursday, 02 July 2009
Alleviate Allergies Naturally Despite our society's over dependency on prescription medication, there still remains a great deal of interest in allergy relief minus meds which only mask the problem instead of cure or control it. However, thanks to on going research and interest in natural living, there is now a growing list of natural ways to alleviate allergies without...

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Green Health Care
Friday, 24 October 2008
Many of us tend to over look the environmental impacts or threats within the healthcare industry as we depend on it for our well-being. I was shocked when I found out how much unnecessary pollution goes into our Nation’s healing process. An organization working to combat many of these issues, Health Care Without Harm, offers some pretty alarming statistics: The...

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Biologic Sustainability Joint Reconstruction
Monday, 05 May 2008
Biologic Sustainability - Joint Reconstruction You bike to work, you buy organic potatoes, you even anticipate the day you’ll drive a hybrid car. So when your knee gives out after too many miles of mountain biking, you might think twice about the doctor’s recommendation of getting a new artificial knee. Can’t you just recycle your old one? In a sense, you can. Biologic—not bionic...

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