Are you watering your garden with lead and phthalates?

Garden hoses can leach nasty toxic chemicals, photo by Emillian Robert Vicol, flickr

Garden hoses can leach nasty toxic chemicals, photo by Emillian Robert Vicol, flickr

As an avid backyard organic gardener, I always have my eye out for things to help me improve how I garden and how to live a more healthy lifestyle. So when I came across an article about how garden hoses leach toxic chemicals, I was a bit stunned. Though I generally water my garden by hand and/or with drip lines, I do use the hose to water other things around my yard, and to fill my dog’s outside water dish. This article is definitely a wake-up call.

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Those silver fillings in your mouth are mercury in disguise

Dental WorkAs a kid, I was among those who didn’t really get it about great oral hygiene. Consequently I ended up with a lot of fillings in my mouth. Over the years, I’ve wondered about how safe these “silver” fillings really were, especially with all the media attention about mercury. An article today brought the seriousness home.

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Guardedly optimistic progress in obesity in children

Childhood obesity for babies 2As a journalist, I’m skeptical when I read about the latest report showing remarkable progress or “breakthrough results”. All too often the test group is much too small to really demonstrate large sweeping results.

So it’s with a somewhat jaded view that I read the news that there’s been a large drop in childhood obesity.

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Rock salt in short supply – time for more eco-friendly alternatives?

Snowstorm in the NortheastWith the Northeast being slammed this winter with some seriously severe snow and ice storms, the availability of rock salt is in short supply. After three winter storms in one week, states like Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey find themselves faced with critical supplies like rock salt running low.

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NRDC sues EPA over toxic chemicals in flea collars

flea collarsMany pet lovers know the annoyance of getting rid of flea infestations. There are a number of natural remedies that can help alleviate this situation.

Flea collars are popular because they take away the worry and hassle of having to deal with the issue. But these handy items contain toxic chemicals that could be putting us and our pets at risk.

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The healthy benefits of enjoying cinnamon

cinnamonOf all the spices, one of my favorites is cinnamon. It’s a combination of the fragrance and flavor. Now there’s evidence that not only does it taste good but it’s got some surprising health benefits worth knowing about.

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Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Unused meds gathered in earlier Take-back program  Photo Courtesy of VA Guard Public Affairs

Unused meds gathered in an earlier Take-back program Photo Courtesy of VA Guard Public Affairs

Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. For all of us (you know who you are) who have unused or expired medications stuffed in cabinets or drawers just taking up space, this is the day to finally get rid of them responsibly.

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