Cleanliness Is Next to…Alzheimer’s?

A recent study out of Cambridge University suggests that, in the words of Telegraph title writers, Really?! According to the abstract, Based on our analyses, it appears that hygiene is positively associated with AD [Alzheimer’s disease] risk. Countries with greater degree of sanitation and lower degree of pathogen prevalence have higher age-adjusted AD DALY rates. […]

It’s in the Water: Triclosan

There are things besides fluoride that you’re better off not having in your toothpaste – sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), for instance, and triclosan. As we mentioned before, the latter is a known endocrine disruptor. Other health risks include increased allergies, thyroid problems and muscle impairment (possibly contributing to to heart problems) . Brought to market […]

Durian’s Anti-Cavity Potential, & Other News of Note

A Durian a Day Keeps Caries Away, Research from Asia Suggests (Dental Tribune International) A sugary gel found on the thorn-covered husks of the Durian fruit is currently under observation by researchers for its potential to work as a mouth disinfectant. Students from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Chulalongkorn in Bangkok, Thailand, […]

Toxic Town

Our health depends on the health of our planet, and overall, neither are faring too well these days. Sometimes the toxic assault is concentrated and dramatic, as in the case of cancer clusters like the one in Crossett, Arkansas, where among 15 families living on Penn Road, there have been 11 deaths. Many more remain […]

Biosis 34: Chemicals & the Biological Terrain, Natural Rejuvenation & More

The August 2011 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Natural Rejuvenation When you’re out on the water with fishing pole in hand, the boat gently rocking, you have time to take in the beauty of nature – not just to see it but savor it. You’re […]

Dentally Identifying Diabetes, & Other News of Note

Dentists Can Help Identify Diabetes (Dental Tribune International) Researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine found that dental visits represent a chance to intervene in the diabetes epidemic by identifying individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes who are unaware of their condition. The study sought to develop and evaluate an identification protocol for high […]

Roundup Linked to Birth Defects, & Other News of Note

It’s Official: Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Causes Birth Defects (Red, Green & Blue) A new report by some top scientists has nailed it down, and Monsanto isn’t going to be happy. The Agri-giant has built its entire business model, including genetically modified (GMO) crops that dominate the US market, around its Roundup brand herbicide. The last […]

How Pool Water Can Hurt Your Teeth, & Other News of Note

Pool Water May Strip Tooth Enamel ( Taking a dip in the backyard pool may cause permanent damage to teeth if chlorine and pH levels are not properly maintained. “Improperly maintained pool chlorination in swimming pools can cause rapid and excessive erosion of dental enamel,” says Leila Jahangiri, a clinical associate professor prosthodontics of New […]