May 2014

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Global Briefs

Harmful Harmonics

Powerful undersea air guns that probe the sea floor for oil and gas deposits are interfering with whale communication and navigation; there is an answer.

Greening Garbage

In Washington, D.C., a company named Compost Cab picks up food waste and delivers it to local farms for soil enrichment.

Information Overload

Americans recognize the value of organic produce but some suspect that the label also applies as an excuse for higher prices.

Solar Surge

Countries both rich and impoverished are moving toward greater use of solar power in homes and villages.

Forests Preserve

The wooded areas of cities actually save lives by removing pollution from the air, reports the U.S. Forest Service.


With racks of rentable bikes in New York and growing numbers of bike pathways at campuses, life is getting easier for those on two wheels.

Sinking Reptiles

The world’s oldest creatures are rapidly disappearing, but there are practical steps we can take right here at home to save them.

Radical Fuel

Toyota, Hyundai and Honda are introducing fuel-cell cars that can reach speeds of 100 miles per hour without pollution or the noise of a roaring engine.

Best Weddings

A ceremony can affirm a couple’s love for the planet as well as for each other.

Dangerous Additive

It’s taken 26 years, but the Food and Drug Administration is now moving to regulate Triclosan, a possible endocrine-disrupter detected in three-quarters of people in studies.
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Health Briefs

Healthy Homemade Infant Food Reduces Kids’ Allergies

Start Children on a Diet Rich in Fruits and Veggies Early On

Multivitamins with Selenium Counter HIV

Supplement Aids the Immune System in Patients

Vitamin D No Help for Bone Mass or Hip Fractures

Supplement Does Not Offer Protection

Merciér Pelvic Massage Boosts Women’s Fertility

Noninvasive Treatment Yields High Success Rate

Drinking Cow’s Milk While Nursing Linked to Infant Eczema

Mothers' Dairy Intake Can Cause Skin Allergies in Babies

Roundup Toxin Accumulates in GM Soybeans

Glyphosate Found in Genetically Modified, Not in Organic
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Contraceptive Pill Chill

Earlier bad news about the Pill grows worse with new evidence that it contributes to nutrient depletion, which fast-forwards disease and aging.

The Healing Power of Massage

Soothing away muscle pain is just the beginning. New studies show that massage also relieves a surprisingly wide range of conditions, from osteoporosis to post-operative anxiety to depression.
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Fit Body

Body Ease

Unconscious physical patterns can throw our bodies out of whack and stiffen us up, but three approaches – Alexander, Feldenkrais and Trager – offer options for easier movement.
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Conscious Eating

Funny Tummy?

To sidestep gas, bloating, cramps, and diarrhea, we need to maintain the right balance of bacteria in our intestinal tract.
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Green Living

Feng Shui Fashionista

Tuning into the five elements of nature—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—can help us choose clothing that harmonizes our intention with our appearance.
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Trust Your Intuition

By moving beyond the busybody mind and relaxing deeply, we open the doorway to intuitive insights that unerringly guide us toward happiness.

Live Your Song

We each have a unique vibrational frequency that traditional cultures call our soul song, and listening to it guides us throughout our life.
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Wise Words

Volleying Life

The athlete, model, wife, mom and sustainability activist speaks on the importance of self-care, strategizing and supportive girlfriends.
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Healthy Kids

Whoa! to Limitations

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Strengthens Kids
At riding centers nationwide, physically challenged children seated on the backs of horses build muscle tone and life changing self-esteem.
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Natural Pet

Pain-Free Pooch

Modalities such as massage, acupuncture and energy healing can ease pain in injured and aging dogs.