Tag: water

Let’s Talk Shower Health

Let’s Talk Shower Health

When you hopped into the shower this morning, chances are you didn’t give a lot of thought to the water temperature. You prepared your shower like you have time and again, perhaps precisely the same for years. Showers for me range from gloriously relaxing after a particularly intense workout to very rudimentary – in and out as quickly as possible. Now I can…

Quick Facts and 9 Simple Tips for IBS Awareness Month

April is IBS Awareness Month—a time for individuals and communities across the country to spread awareness about irritable bowel syndrome and the millions of Americans it affects every day. Coast to coast, activities and events are in the works to help people understand this debilitating disorder, its signs and symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated. Quick Facts about…

Unregulated Contaminants Found in Drinking Water

Eighteen unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from over one-third of US water utilities surveyed, according to a recent study performed by the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the Environmental Protection Agency. Fortunately, chemical concentrations were low. But the long-term consequences of low-level exposure to these chemicals is unknown. Of particular concern are the chemicals on the EPA’s list…

Arsenic in Rice and Rice Products

I reported last January that women who consume rice have higher levels of arsenic in urine when compared to women who do not consume rice. Since then I have seen a couple more studies from different areas around the world where arsenic has been found in drinking water, in rice grown in water, and in people who consume high amounts…

Antimicrobials in Your Water?

Antimicrobial ingredients are added to a wide range of personal care and cleaning products to kill the germs, and, so we think, keep us safe. The reality is that the widespread use of these ingredients—most notably triclosan and triclocarban—is thought to contribute to the increase in antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. Dr. Smith and I have blogged about it before. A…

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…

Amoeba Infection and Improper Neti Pot Use

  A recent report has confirmed that two people in Louisiana have died of a rare brain infection caused by an amoeba found in tap water used in a neti pot. The amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, can be found in freshwater, including tap water. The amoeba infection is rare—only 32 infections were reported from 2001 to 2010, but it can be…

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…

Constipation is Increasing in Children

Gastroenterologists from Johns Hopkins University are reporting something I don’t find surprising at all—kids are experiencing more serious and chronic bouts of constipation. Why? Lack of physical activity, inadequate water intake and fiber-poor diets are the biggest culprits.    As I said, it’s not surprising. Traditional medicine defines constipation in children as three or fewer bowel movements per week, for…

Plastics Leach Toxins

  Plastic products are made with an array of toxic chemicals—different chemicals depending on the final function of the plastic. Sure, plastics are convenient, there is no doubt. But I have to say, we’ve gone overboard with our dependence on plastic products. A recent study has found that one-third of plastic products tested released toxic substances. The test they did…