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  • What's In Your Water?

    by Paula Gallagher | March 19, 2018

    bottled-waterThe World Health Organization (WHO) is planning a review of the potential risks of plastic in bottled drinking water after researchers uncovered particles in many major brands. Currently, there is no research to show that microplastics can undermine health, but the WHO says it wants to find out if a lifetime of ingesting these tiny particles might have an effect.

    The review comes after a study that screened more than 250 bottles of water from 11 different brands in 9 countries. They found that more than 90% contained tiny pieces of plastics and on average there were 325 pieces of plastics per liter. Read more

  • National Nutrition Month: Go Further With Food

    by Paula Gallagher | March 7, 2018

    canned-tomatoesIt is National Nutrition Month and this year's theme "Go Further Food" was chosen because what you eat and how you eat can make a huge difference. Whether it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, choosing the right foods can make you go further! The theme also has an environmental perspective. Preparing foods to go further at home and within the community can have a positive impact by helping reduce food loss and waste.

    So what can you do? Many Americans, when asked, put eating healthy and getting healthy at the top of their list of priorities. Read more

  • EWG's Healthy Home Guide

    by Paula Gallagher | February 20, 2018

    healthy-homeRecently, I wrote about my home renovation, as well as tips to make your home healthier. Well, the renovation is done, and we are happy that the chaos, noise and dust is over with. Before starting the whole process we did some research on how to make our house more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. And although we think we did a pretty good job at sourcing locally made cabinets, local hardwood, and choosing low VOC paints and stains, I wish we had come across this excellent resource from the Environmental Working Group, EWG's Healthy Living: Home Guide. Read more

  • A Greener Valentine's Day

    by Paula Gallagher | February 13, 2018

    green-heartAlthough Valentine's Day is all about love, it can also be very wasteful. I am all about loving and caring and GIFTS... but there are many ways that we can swap the traditional gifts for some greener choices, showing the Earth a little love, too.

    Here are some great options for a greener Valentine's Day!

    Chocolate: Who doesn't love chocolate? Unfortunately most dark chocolate is diluted with sweeteners and additives. Plus, the cacao industry is known for child labor issues and dangerous working conditions. Read more

  • 3 Toxic Substances to Avoid

    by Rob Brown, MD | January 16, 2018

    paint-cansI am very concerned about three chemicals many of us have in our homes that have been proven to be extremely toxic. Since Scott Pruitt and the EPA recently placed a hold on banning these chemicals, we must be cautious and extra vigilant to protect ourselves and our loved ones from these poisons.

    A Little Background

    The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was created in 1976 in an attempt to clean up our environment and improve the health of the US population. Read more

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