What’s Happening to The Honey Bees?

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Honey bees, both domestic and wild, perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees. Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops- which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition- are pollinated by bees. So, believe it or not, you have a bee to thank for every one in three bites of food you eat! Unfortunately, bees are dying off at an alarming rate, with serious consequences for our natural world. […] Read more »

Homelessness, Substance Use, Mental Illness: What We Can Do to Help

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Many of us have an idea of who is homeless and why they become homeless. These ideas can come from a variety of places, including our own experiences, those of family or friends, or through the things we read or see on TV. These different sources of information shape our ideas about who we think a typical homeless person is, but in the end may or may not be accurate. The reality is that there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ homeless person and the population is incredibly diverse. No one is absolutely safe from experiencing homelessness. Very few […] Read more »

Water – Drinking for Your Health

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You know you need water to survive and you feel better when you drink it regularly, but what’s really at play in the body when you drink H2O? Our body weight is actually about 60 percent water.  Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion; it’s important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. The amount of water you need depends on a variety of factors. The climate you live in, how physically active […] Read more »

Health Benefits of Indoor Plants

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When you feel down, it’s amazing what a walk in the park can do. That’s because when we get in touch with nature, we improve our wellbeing. Studies show time spent outside in green areas can reduce our mental fatigue, increase relaxation, etc. However, we actually spend a considerable amount of our time indoors instead-around 90%. That is where indoor plants come in handy. Although they are not a substitute for the great outdoors, indoor plants can provide similar benefits. Many houseplants absorb toxic substances such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene; found in man-made materials that are known to “off-gas” […] Read more »

Pets Are Good For Our Health

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Most pet owners can agree there is immediate joy that comes with sharing their lives with companion animals. However, many of us remain unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that can also accompany the pleasure of being with a furry friend. It’s only recently that studies have begun to scientifically explore the benefits of the human-animal bond. Pets have evolved to become attuned to humans and our behavior and emotions. Dogs, for example, are able to understand many of the words we use, our tone of voice, body language and gestures. Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce […] Read more »

Healthier Alternatives for Personal Care and Beauty Products

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If you like making healthier choices about what products you use to clean your house but haven’t yet replaced your chemical-laden personal care and beauty products, its time to find healthier alternatives. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and absorbs the creams, sprays, powders and lotions we put on it. Around 10,500 industrial chemicals are used as cosmetic ingredients, many of which are pesticides, carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, reproductive toxins, plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), surfactants (reduces surface tension in water for paint & inks), and degreasers (used to get grime off of auto parts). These chemicals are absorbed […] Read more »

Homemade Cleaning Product Recipes and Why They are Safer for Your Family

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Do you find that you dread cleaning or doing laundry because the cleaners and detergents sting your eyes, make you wheeze or give you a headache? There are a lot of chemical products on the market that can be harmful to your health and that of your family. Over 1.5 million human poisonings are reported each year to poison control centers and over 90% of the poisonings take place in the home. So, when choosing a cleaning product, ask yourself, is my family going to be in contact with dangerous chemicals? Rather than using products that contain toxic chemicals, try […] Read more »

How The Body Heals Itself

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Your body has an incredible capacity to heal itself. If you are injured or become ill your body should quickly and efficiently deal with the problem and restore itself to health. Why then, if our  bodies are so well designed, are many Americans dealing with chronic pain and chronic diseases? The answer is in part due to the limits of our current knowledge. We know and understand some of the ways our bodies heal themselves quite well, scientists are just beginning to discover and understand others, and there are probably still more healing methods we have yet to find. For […] Read more »

The ABC’s of Probiotics

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What are the benefits of taking probiotics? Bacteria have a reputation for causing disease, so the idea of tossing down a few billion a day for your health might seem hard to swallow. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria. Some digestive disease specialists are recommending probiotic supplements for disorders that frustrate conventional medicine, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Since the mid-1990’s, clinical studies suggest that probiotic therapy can help that several gastrointestinal ills, delay the development of allergies in children, […] Read more »

Attention Sweet Tooths

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If you are trying to reduce sugar in your diet, you may be tempted to turn to artificial sweeteners, which please the taste buds but promise zero calories. But are they safe? Artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are found in a variety of food and beverages marketed as “sugar-free” or “diet”, including soft drinks and baked goods. Just what are all these sweeteners? And what’s their role in your diet? Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sugar substitutes. They may be derived from naturally occurring substances, such as herbs or sugar itself. Artificial sweeteners are also known as intense sweeteners because […] Read more »