January 2013

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Global Briefs

Dirty Pool

Climate change is aggravating the effects of devastating algae blooms in the Great Lakes by increasing the intensity of spring rains that wash phosphorus into the water.

Cut Abuse

Everyone has jumped on the “green” bandwagon—but which products are really eco-friendly? The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued updated green marketing guidelines intended to stop advertisers from making deceptive or unqualified claims.

People Power

A Harvard graduate has invented the Bicyclean device, which helps people in Third World countries separate valuable recyclable materials from the mountains of refrigerators, computers, cell phones and other electronic e-waste dumped in their “backyards” by richer nations.

Zapped Tap

New York City has opened the world’s largest water disinfection plant, using ultraviolet (UV) light as a sanitizing agent to eliminate pathogenic microorganisms that can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea and more serious ailments.

Shell Game

A new 50-acre Turtle Survival Center near Charleston, South Carolina, will house some of the world’s most endangered freshwater turtles and tortoises and maintain living groups, or assurance colonies, of species facing uncertainty in the wild.

Repair and Reuse

In The Netherlands, citizens in dozens of locations are gathering one or more days a month at Repair Cafés to socialize while mending clothes and broken household items, and the concept is spreading.

Easy Does It

Try these green ways to clear sidewalks and driveways to get rid of winter’s white stuff.
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Health Briefs

Frying Pan Faux Pas

Take Caution with Cooking Oils

Functional Training Protects Against Falls

Integrate These Exercises to Reduce Your Risk

Keep Tabs on Radiation Exposure

The Recommended Lifetime Limit

Black Pepper Fights Fat

Get Your Grind On!

Flame Retardant May Pose Health Risks

Dangers of Chemicals in Many Furniture Products

Red Meat Raises a Red Flag

Dangers Associated with this Food

Supplementation Cuts Colon Cancer Risk

A Reason to Add Multivitamins and Minerals to Your Diet

Wisdom from Water

A Simple Way to Make Better Food Choices

A GMO-Free Grocery List

What Foods You Should Avoid
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Be Supplement Savvy

Try following these helpful guidelines and resources to help ensure the prudent use of supplements and obtain their maximum benefit.

Healthy Lifestyle Tweaks

Experts agree: Surprisingly easy adjustments to our everyday routines can reap big rewards: less stress, enhanced overall well-being and better health that may stave off aging and disease.
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Fit Body

Stand Up and Move!

Don’t give up on a New Year’s resolution to get fit and feel more healthy. Just pump out 20 minutes a day of any kind of exercise—take a brisk walk, jog, lift weights—and stop sitting so much.
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Conscious Eating

Sustainable Weight Loss

Health experts agree that many foods can play multiple roles in weight loss. Learn which key foods to add to your diet.
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Green Living

Fracking Wrecks America's Bedrock

Current environmental policies must be realigned to safeguard our health, sustain planetary life-support systems and free us from dependence upon fossil fuels.
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No Dust on the Mirror

Michael Bernard Beckwith reminds us that only when we turn our gaze inward with the intuitive eye of awareness can we perceive our innate wholeness, for there is no dust on the mirror of the soul.
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Wise Words

GMO Truths and Consequences

Until there is consistent, national GMO food labeling, everyone is just dining in the dark. Here are three common claims about the safety of GMOs, followed by our experts’ cogent fact checks.
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Healthy Kids

Addressing Autism

Families Have Reasons for Hope
According to a new parental study, for some kids on the autism spectrum, the gluten- and casein-free (GFCF) diet appears to be connected with remarkable, positive changes.
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Natural Pet

Raw Food Diets for Pets

Deciding which foods to feed our companions may require extra research and meal preparation time (we include safe pet food prep tips), but motivated owners like the results they see in their pet’s health.