Make Thanksgiving a Healthy Holiday (Part 2)

  Some people might envision Thanksgiving as a swarm of family, one person after another holding a large plate and forking massive piles of meat, vegetables, and gravy over it all, carting it to a table, and inhaling it without much thought. What does the body do with all that food? Well, some foods will wreak havoc on a person's body, but there are good foods to be had at this holiday as well, ones that the body will turn into healthy fuel. Healthy Thanksgiving Food … [Read more...]

Make Thanksgiving a Healthy Holiday (Part 1)

  How many families have Thanksgiving where the extended family gathers together at a long dining table, full of a bountiful feast, with more food than they could all possibly eat in that one day? Is it also often followed by a menagerie of pies laden with meringue and whipped cream? And how many families follow up the feast with a long afternoon of couch warming, watching one ball game after the next? How many of these families feel terrible the next day, due to overeating and lack of … [Read more...]

The 25 Second Balance Challenge

  Since falls are a major cause of serious injury, especially for older adults, here's a simple way to objectively measure and improve your sense of balance... First, stand in a place where you can catch yourself from falling (like behind a chair or in a corner). Place your feet side by side for ten seconds. Then, place the heel of one foot next to your big toe for ten seconds. Finally, rest the forefoot fully in front of the other (like standing on a tight rope) and wait ten seconds. … [Read more...]

Exercise and Posture Training for Neck Pain

A quick look around any airport, mall, or auditorium/theater will reveal that poor posture is common. There's forward head posture, rolled forward shoulders, and uneven/misaligned heads/shoulders/pelvis-hips. Some people even limp or shuffle while walking. Research shows that when a person adopts an abnormal posture, it can place added strain on various areas of the body, which can elevate the risk for musculoskeletal pain, including neck pain. The good news is that when combined with … [Read more...]

Here’s What Your Nails Can Tell You About Your Health

You probably don't give much thought to your fingernails on a daily basis. In fact, the only time your fingernails come to mind is probably when you're painting them, cutting them or when you break a nail - ouch! But believe or not, this commonly overlooked part of the body can tell you a thing or two about your health. Here's how: Vertical ridges Vertical lines running up and down your nail can be a common sign of aging, so they usually aren't cause for concern. However, in some … [Read more...]

Garlic: Worth the Bad Breath

Garlic comes from Central Asia and northeastern Iran. However, it is used in cuisines all over the world. This spice is a relative to onion, leek, chives, and shallots. The flavor of garlic and it's health benefits have made many people fans. The most popular benefit of garlic is its ability to fight infection. Garlic contains antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties. Garlic in raw form, can be rubbed on skin conditions that are fungi, virus, or bacterial related. Garlic can … [Read more...]

Chemicals in Nail Polish Linked to Cancer, Autoimmunity, Obesity & Hormone Disruption

It's no secret that our skin is our largest absorptive organ, and that what we apply topically penetrates its way into our systemic circulation, pervading our every tissue. Our skin is, after all, even at its thickest points, only a few millimeters thick. Although most are aware of the detriment posed by the chemicals in personal care products applied to the skin, which shimmy their way into our cells, tissues, and organs, fingernail polish is oftentimes overlooked, as the nails are perceived as … [Read more...]

PFAS Contamination Crisis: New Data Show 610 Sites in 43 States – Most in Michigan

Per-and polyfluorinated substances, known as PFAS, are often characterized as "emerging contaminants." However, if you ask the residents living in the communities polluted by decades of unregulated discharges of these chemicals they'll tell you that it's a contamination crisis that has arrived long ago.   PFAS chemicals are a group of chemicals that, because of their nonstick and heat-resistant properties, have been used since the 1940s in a wide variety of industrial and consumer … [Read more...]

More Than 100,000 Americans Urge EPA To Restrict Unnecessary Use of Monsanto’s Weedkiller on Oats

A coalition of companies and public interest groups, led by Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Megafood, gathered 104,952 signatures on online petitions to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging the agency to lower the tolerance limit of glyphosate in oats and prohibit its pre-harvest use.   The EPA's legal limit for glyphosate residues on oats is 30 parts per million, or ppm. The petition, first filed last September, asks the agency to set a more protective standard of 0.1 … [Read more...]

Kitchen Hacks to Cut Down on Food Waste in the Tastiest Way Possible

With growing awareness of how food waste affects the environment, many conscious eaters are looking for ways to reduce their impact. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the global greenhouse gas emissions from food waste are larger than those of all countries except for China and the U.S. Part of curbing those emissions may take many revolutionary changes in the food system, but individuals can also reduce their own "foodprint" by using every part of their grocery store … [Read more...]