Tag: environmental

Organic Diet Significantly Reduces Pesticide Levels

America’s toxic burden may not be getting any lighter, but that doesn’t mean we’re defenseless in the war against toxins. There are simple steps we can take every day to protect our bodies, such as investing in household air and water filters, choosing natural cleaners and personal care products, and opting for organically grown foods whenever possible. A recent study…

Are Chemicals Tested for Safety?

A recent article in the New York Times will hopefully get people talking about the complete lack of safety testing of chemicals that are ubiquitous in today’s world. There are now 85,000 chemicals in use in the United States, yet only a very small percentage of these chemicals are tested for safety. I bring attention to this fact whenever I…

Hidden Chemicals

A recent report published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) has uncovered the truth about hidden chemicals in everyday personal care and cleaning products, even those products claimed to be “natural.” An array of chemicals has been found in our homes and in our bodies yet little is known about the safety of these chemicals or even where they…

Importance of Diet and Lifestyle on Gut Bacteria as We Age

As research of the gut microbiota continues, we are learning more about how our gut bacterial balance may affect our health—and we are also learning that there is still a lot that we don’t know! A recent study published in the journal Nature made some good strides towards our understanding of the gut microbiota in the elderly.1 The researchers determined…

Hidden Chemicals

A recent report published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) has uncovered the truth about hidden chemicals in everyday personal care and cleaning products, even those products claimed to be “natural.” An array of chemicals has been found in our homes and in our bodies yet little is known about the safety of these chemicals or even where they…

Top Ten Toxins Linked to Autism and Learning Disabilities

  The journal Environmental Health Perspectives recently published an editorial that calls for increased research into the environmental causes of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. With three percent of all neurobehavioral disorders in children caused by toxic environmental exposures, and another 25 percent caused by interactions between environmental factors and genetics, as reported by the National Academy of Sciences, the lack…

Arsenic in Apple Juice

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right!   Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  Back in September, Dr. Oz made headlines when he told viewers…

Genetically Modified Sugar Beets Prematurely Permitted

  Genetically modified foods are responsible, in part, for the widespread use of chemical herbicides. RoundUp-ready GM crops are being planted across the country, allowing for the liberal use of the toxic chemical herbicide RoundUp.  Sugar beets were genetically modified in this way, but were originally taken out of production by a court order issued by district court judge Jeffrey…

Autoimmune Disease and Toxins

  Autoimmune disease involves a process whereby the immune system mistakes part of the body as a foreign invader, and mounts an attack against it, damaging tissue. The most common autoimmune diseases include type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease, psoriasis, lupus, and Grave’s and Hashimoto’s diseases. Prevalence of autoimmune disease is on the rise. The National Institutes…

Chemical Exposure During Pregnancy

  A recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives and based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) investigated the exposure of pregnant women to 163 chemicals, revealing, “ubiquitous exposure to multiple chemicals during a sensitive period of development.” The study found that pregnant women were even exposed to chemicals banned decades ago, and some of…