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Saving Energy

Helpful and beautiful infographic on saving energy! Brought to you by Ovo Energy the cheaper, greener and simpler energy supplier … Read entire article »

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Dangerous Weight Loss Techniques

Dangerous Weight Loss Techniques

The over 10 million viewers who tune in to watch “The Biggest Loser” each week along with the 200,000 auditioning contestants are telling of America’s obsession with weight loss. A special upcoming reunion shows just how far contestants are willing to go to come out as the winner on the show. According to a New York Times article, the winner from the show’s first season, Ryan C. Benson, won’t be making appearance on the show for … Read entire article »

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Got Milk Industry’s Health Claims Have Been Proven Wrong

Got Milk Industry’s Health Claims Have Been Proven Wrong

Marketers have been trying desperately for over a decade to increase the public’s consumption of milk, but they keep failing. Here’s why. Selling milk looks easy and even fun when you see the celebrity milk-mustache ads. “Got Milk?” ads may be the most recognizable and spoofed of all ad campaigns, yet they are probably also one of the least successful: Milk sales have actually fallen every year since the ads began. The National Dairy Promotion and … Read entire article »

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The Guinea Pigs of Pharmaceutical Companies

The Guinea Pigs of Pharmaceutical Companies

By Lara Berch The number of people suffering from the side effects of pharmaceutical research is increasing all over the world. According to the article Deadly Medicine, more and more clinical trials are being outsourced overseas. It is cheaper to recruit patients, there are less stringent regulations in place (if any at all), no risk of litigation, and mainly the trials are barely monitored by the FDA. Apparently there is a loophole in the FDA regulations: “if … Read entire article »

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FOOD INC. – A MUST SEE

FOOD INC. – A MUST SEE

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted … Read entire article »

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Health Effects of GMO

Health Effects of GMO

Only 1 in 4 consumers in the United States are aware that they have been eating GM foods at one or another point in their lives. So what are GM foods and what’s the big deal? A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of taking genes from one species and inserting them into another in an attempt to obtain a desired trait or characteristic. This process is different from traditional cross breeding breeding in that … Read entire article »

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A Peek Behind Disposable Diapers

A Peek Behind Disposable Diapers

Since the first 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years of a child’s life is spent in diapers, I think it’s important for parents to know exactly what diapers are made from and their effects on children’s health. When it comes to choosing your child’s diapers, there are few options out there – one is a polyethylene-plastic-dyes-glues-sodium polyacrylate disposable diaper and the other is a cotton reusable diaper which you can get from a diaper service or … Read entire article »

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Are artificial colors harmful to your child’s health?

Are artificial colors harmful to your child’s health?

  It was Trenton Shutters’ first week at preschool when the typically easy-going 4-year-old took an alarming turn for the worst. “He started melting down several times a week and was unable to recover,” recalls Trenton’s mom, Renee Shutters. “One day he’d be fine, the next he would get angry and not like himself. We thought he was bipolar. I was scared.” After months of trying to pinpoint a trigger, Trenton’s mother and teacher drew an intriguing conclusion: … Read entire article »

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The cocktail of chemicals in milk

The cocktail of chemicals in milk

by David Derbyshire A glass of milk can contain a cocktail of up to 20 painkillers, antibiotics and growth hormones, scientists have shown. Using a highly sensitive test, they found a host of chemicals used to treat illnesses in animals and people in samples of cow, goat and human breast milk. The doses of drugs were far too small to have an effect on anyone drinking them, but the results highlight how man-made … Read entire article »

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Herbal Supplements Ban

Herbal Supplements Ban

EU ban on top herbal supplements signifies crackdown on natural health. by Anthony Gucciardi After much deliberation, new European Union regulations have come into place banning hundreds of traditional herbal remedies. Under the guise of “protecting” consumers from these “dangerous” supplements, the European Union has opened the flood gates to an onslaught of new legislation designed to cut off access to alternative health supplements worldwide, setting the precedent for the government to … Read entire article »

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