Biosis #45: Responsible Optimism, What to Do about Root Canal Teeth & More!

The November 2014 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Responsible Optimism The sound of rain on the roof was a common one when I was a kid growing up on the farm in northwestern Washington. It was the sound that meant “The Evergreen State” would live […]

How Toxins Linger in the Environment, & Other News of Note

Environmental Pollutants Lurk Long After They “Disappear” (ScienceDaily) The health implications of polluting the environment weigh increasingly on our public consciousness, and pharmaceutical wastes continue to be a main culprit. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher says that current testing for these dangerous contaminants isn’t going far enough. Dr. Dror Avisar, head of the Hydro-Chemistry […]

The Optimist’s Path (Guest Post)

Childhood experiences, environment, success and disappointment all play a role in shaping our attitude. But whatever your current worldview might be, there’s always room for a little more optimism – especially these days, when one dark thing after another appears on the nightly news. Now, flexing the optimist muscle is imperative. Life becomes more meaningful. […]

Routine Breast Scans Don’t Affect Mortality & Other News of Note

Routine Breast Scans Don’t Affect Mortality (Globe & Mail) Screening programs in which post-menopausal women undergo routine mammography to help detect tumours have virtually no impact on reducing breast-cancer deaths, a new study concludes. The research, published in today’s [Mar. 24] edition of the British Medical Journal, says that while breast-cancer mortality has fallen sharply […]

Physical Activity as Preventive Medicine & Other News of Note

Physical Inactivity Poses Greatest Health Risk to Americans (PhysOrg) Speaking at APA’s 117th Annual Convention, Steven Blair, PED, called Americans’ physical inactivity “the biggest public health problem of the 21st century.” * * * Research has shown approximately 25 percent to 35 percent of American adults are inactive, Blair said, meaning that they have sedentary […]