Tag: harmful

Diet & Sleep Habits Linked to Inflammation – 4 Important Diet Tips

Clinical studies continue to link chronic, low-grade inflammation—also known as silent inflammation—with a growing number of health conditions and diseases. Because it can be present without being felt, this type of inflammation is particularly dangerous and can be harmful to the body over time. Recently, a team of scientists from Texas A&M University found a link between our internal “body…

Asthma in Children—Could It Be the Chemicals?

Nearly nine million children in the United States have asthma, a condition that causes the airways to become swollen. Wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and trouble breathing are the most common symptoms of asthma. Although allergies are a major cause of asthma in children, studies are finding that environmental toxins also play a role. One recent study presented at the European…

Breast Milk—And Not Infant Formula—Promotes Beneficial Biofilm

Bacteria in the digestive tract exist in two main ways—First, within a polysaccharide matrix known as a biofilm that adheres to the intestinal lining or to digestive contents, or second, floating in a non-adherent manner as single cells. In the natural world, 99 percent of all bacteria exist as biofilms,1 so the study of biofilms in the gut is proving…

Environmental Estrogens Affect Women’s Health

Environmental estrogens are those chemicals that mimic estrogen in the body when ingested from outside sources. Chemicals that mimic estrogen—and there are many—are known as endocrine disrupting chemicals because they interfere with hormone (endocrine) function. Examples of estrogen mimicking chemicals include many pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, plasticizers like bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, certain pharmaceuticals, and industrial chemicals.1 Heavy metals,…

Phthalate Exposure Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

If you know me, you know that I’m all about reducing toxin exposure and supporting the body’s detoxification processes. My book The Detox Strategy is a great resource for just that. I am concerned about the harmful effects toxins have on our bodies. With 80,000 chemicals in use today and over 1,000 new chemicals introduced each year—with minimal testing—we are…

Probiotics Reviewed for Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea

  One of the most, well-studied benefits of probiotics is the prevention of diarrhea in people taking antibiotics (a condition known as antibiotic-associated diarrhea, or AAD). A recent meta-analysis of 82 randomized controlled trials published in the Journal of the American Medical Association evaluated the effects of probiotics on AAD and found that probiotics use is associated with a 42…

Hold the Plastic

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!  Plastic is almost ubiquitous. To go through an entire day without using…

Home-Cooked Meals Make Healthy Families

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!  Over 40 percent of a typical American’s budget is spent on eating…

EPA Finally Regulates Air Pollution’s Biggest Offenders

  Good news (finally!) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Late December the EPA announced a rule that will force coal- and oil-fired power plants to control mercury and other toxic pollutant emissions for the first time ever. It is about darn time! However, they have until 2016 to do it, with possible extensions for certain plants. Lobbyists for the…