Toxic Tubes

Lead in lipsticks

Are you a label reader? If you use lipstick, this might not do you any good. Animal byproducts, heavy metals and lead can be found in lipsticks. Lead, even in slight amounts accumulate in the body and is known to cause health, developmental and behavioral issues. Despite that, lead as a component is not required for lipstick labels. So, even if you avidly scour ingredient labels you will not see it, along with some other harmful contenders, listed. Extremely high levels of lead in lipstick can be found worldwide. A recent study conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration… read more

Hormones in Meat

Cows

Synthetic sex hormones are given to sheep and cattle to promote rapid growth and increased milk production, fulfilling a demand for cheap meat and milk. However, concerns have been raised about potential health risks of using synthetic hormones in meat production, a practice which is common in the U.S. and Canada but banned in the European Union. Research suggests that estrogenic additives in meat may affect natural hormone levels, increasing the risk for certain cancers. The most direct evidence of this effect comes from a recent large-scale research review undertaken by the Breast Cancer Fund, which found a link between… read more

Drinking More Water

Drinking More Water

We know we should opt for water instead of sugary alternatives, but sometimes plain water isn’t what the palate begs for. There are healthy ways to spruce up water so you will be more likely to reach for a glass. Our bodies are composed of as much as 80% water when we are born, and are made up of about 70% water as adults. We need water to survive, and adequate water intake leads to benefits like healthier skin and even aids cognitive ability. Too much water can lead to water intoxication, but when the body is dehydrated it cannot… read more

Dinnerware Cautions

Dinnerware Cautions

Toxins like cadmium and lead can be found on the surfaces of certain dishes, from the paints or glazes used to decorate them. Lead builds up in the body over time and if contaminated dishes are repeatedly used for food use they can pose a health hazard. Acidic foods and heat sources like microwaving can cause toxins to leach out of dinnerware and into food and drinks. Risks like lead poisoning can occur when foods are contaminated by dishes and poisons are absorbed into the bloodstream. When shopping for dishes pay special attention to the way they are made and… read more

Garlic and Weight Loss

Garlic bulb

Garlic is a health-promoting superfood that helps to protect against cancer and heart disease. It also has antibacterial and antiviral properties, which means that consuming it regularly may reduce the risk of suffering colds and flus. In addition, new research suggests that garlic may provide weight loss benefits. Korean researchers spent eight weeks fattening up a group of mice, after which they continued to provide a fattening diet but supplemented it with garlic for seven additional weeks. Both fat and overall body weight were reduced among the garlic-eating mice, along with the negative health impacts of the fattening diet (Sass,… read more

Milk: Plastic or Glass?

Milk: Plastic or Glass?

Deciphering between packaging for items like milk, a beverage staple in many households, can sometimes be confusing if you are trying to purchase the most eco-friendly choice. Probably the most prevalent milk container in the U.S. is the plastic variety, usually made from HDPE, or No. 2 plastic. Though this is a recyclable plastic, milk containers are not reprocessed into new ones due to regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about using new packaging for foods for safety reasons.Therefore, recycled plastic milk containers are usually turned into things like toothbrushes and toys. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency… read more

Anti-inflammatory Foods

hot peppers

Inflammation is one way that the body defends itself against illness-causing microbes (viruses, bacteria, and fungi), as well as assisting in the repair of damage to muscles and other tissues. However, for many people, the inflammatory process becomes chronic, at which point it can trigger a broad array of health problems including heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis, and diabetes. There are a number of risk factors for chronic inflammation, including smoking, lack of exercise, exposure to toxins, stress, and a diet high in fast foods or processed snack foods. Many of these risk factors have become more common in… read more

Abandoned Property

Abandoned properties

Owners of immovable property in suburban areas have a legal duty to ensure that such properties are in good stead and comply with municipal by laws relating, inter alia, their upkeep and maintenance. There are owners of immovable property who have failed to maintain their property. Abandoning properties in suburban areas is usually unintentional in that when the owners acquire such property, they do so with the intention of either improving an existing structure or erecting a new structure on it. What then happens is that for one of a variety reasons, the owner decides to postpone any developments indefinitely…. read more

Healthy Herbs & Spices

by Robin

These aromatic flavorings can transform a dish but also pack quite a healthy punch. Next time you reach in the medicine cabinet you might want to think twice and open your spice cabinet. These healthy herbs can do the trick without all the nasty side effects. Here are ten of the healthiest herbs and spices. Star anise seed can help with menstrual cramps, upset stomachs, and coughing. The sweet licorice flavored seeds are a good addition to a tea or rice dish. Cilantro is a delicious addition to salsa and other fresh Mexican dishes. Cilantro is rich in vitamin K and… read more

Top Young Scientist Award

Polluted water

Brilliant minds are not limited by age and neither is caring for others. The top young scientist has been crowned for 2012. The 14-year-old school student from New Hampshire, Deepika Kurup, was named “America’s Top Young Scientist” for inventing a solar-powered water jug that has the ability to change dirty water into a purified drinking water. Deepika Kurup did not only surpass 9 other finalists with her science and math skills to win $25,000 from Discovery Education and 3M. Kurup persuaded the judges with a fantastic five minute long, live presentation about the difficulty of a billion less fortunate people… read more