Posted on June 2, 2014 by Debra Atlas
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.
Filed under: Health concerns | Tagged: BPA, chemical-free, drinking water standards, environment, Garden hoses, healthy lifestyle, Jeff Gearhart, lead, organic gardening, phthalate plasticizers, The Ecology Center, toxic chemicals | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 6, 2014 by Debra Atlas
As 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.
Filed under: Health concerns | Tagged: American Dental Association, dental amalgam, dental fillings, dental health, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, mercury poisoning, public health, science | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 26, 2014 by Debra Atlas
As 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.
Filed under: Health concerns | Tagged: American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity, health, JAMA, obesity rate, young children | 2 Comments »
Posted on February 25, 2014 by Debra Atlas
With 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.
Filed under: Health concerns | Tagged: environment, green, rock salt, snow and ice storms, sodium chloride | 5 Comments »
Posted on February 7, 2014 by Debra Atlas
Many 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.
Filed under: Health concerns, Pet products | Tagged: cancer, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, flea colars, flea infestations, fleas, Green Paws product guide, Natural Resources Defense Council, NRDC, pesticides, potential health threat, toxic chemicals | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 18, 2013 by Debra Atlas
Of 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.
Filed under: Health concerns | Tagged: arthritis, cancer, cholesterol, cinnamon, health, LDL cholesterol levels, nutrition, regulating blood sugar, University of Texas | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 25, 2013 by Debra Atlas
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.
Filed under: Announcement, Health concerns | Tagged: DEA, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, prescription medication, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 24, 2013 by Debra Atlas
Air pollution in China
Even as the amount of carbon dioxide in the air has gone down, the outdoor air pollution continues to be an issue, particularly in developing countries and, most notably, in China. It’s long been known that pollution contributes to heart disease and respiratory illness, but the IInternational Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization’s specialized cancer agency, has now classified outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans.
Filed under: Health concerns | Tagged: cancer, carcinogen, China pollution, clean air, health, heart disease, IARC, outdoor air pollution, World Health Organization | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 10, 2013 by Debra Atlas
As college students head off to school, there are a myriad of things to do and details to manage. Healthy eating should be near the top of the list but doesn’t always get there. Below are some useful guidelines that may help.
A word of caution, however regarding fish. Depending on where the fish is from determines how much mercury and PCB’s it may have ingested. Reports suggest limiting how much fish you eat.
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Posted on July 12, 2013 by Debra Atlas
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has agreed to ban the chemical BPA in infant formula packaging. The agency’s decision to prohibit of bisphenol A (BPA) comes at the urging of Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), who filed a petition calling for the action last year.
Filed under: Breaking news, Health concerns | Tagged: BPA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FDA, federal register, Food and Drug Administration, food and drug administration fda, infant formula, plastic, Rep. Edward Markey | Leave a comment »