Thursday, August 30, 2012

Antibiotics and Childhood Obesity

We typically link an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise to childhood obesity, but studies increasingly point to antibiotic use as a culprit, too. 

We should definitely start early with our kids in important areas such as modeling a healthy diet and lifestyle—including exercise—as well as instilling certain values. What we shouldn’t start them on, however, is antibiotics for lots of reasons, including possibly setting them on the road to obesity. Simply put, antibiotics adversely alter gut flora and create an internal environment ripe for weight gain.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Beauty’s Chemical Beasts

Consumers use several personal care products a day containing more than 200 different chemicals.

Do you know what beasts lurk in your beauty products? You should because, if you’re like most people, you use 15 to 25 different cosmetic products a day containing more than 200 different chemicals.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Beetle Juice!

Beetle juice, anyone?  Watch out for bugs in many conventional foods and products such as yogurts, fruit drinks, ice cream and cosmetics.

Most folks would pass on them, but chances are that many people have unknowingly consumed bugs, even though they’re listed on the ingredients.  These bugs go by their more “scientific” names, of course, but they’re still bugs, including beetles.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Dude, It’s Glued Food!

Conventional food has a host of problems, but don’t forget about “meat glue.” For years, the meat industry has been using this concoction to fuse scraps of meat together for appearance purposes, but it’s time to take a closer look at it.  

You already know that conventional meat is full of hormones, antibiotics and pesticides. Likewise, animals are often raised in dirty, cramped settings and eat an unnatural diet—including genetically modified corn instead of grass.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

WHO Says?

It’s a grim statement, but it doesn’t surprise me.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the world’s population will eventually be left open to bacterial infections because bacteria is becoming so resistant to common antibiotics. This will cause the “end of modern medicine as we know it,” says Dr. Margaret Chan, the director-general of WHO. Watch Dr. Chan tell about the global crisis: