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 …

How a Hungry Brain Acts, & Other News of Note

Hungry Brain Craves High Calorie Treat (Futurity.org) If the brain goes hungry, Twinkies look a lot better, a new study shows. Brain imaging scans show that when glucose levels drop, an area of the brain known to regulate emotions and impulses loses the ability to dampen desire for high-calorie food, according to the study published …

How You Live Matters More than Genetics, & Other News of Note

Lifestyle Affects Life Expectancy More than Genetics, Swedish Study Finds (ScienceDaily) How long your parents lived does not necessarily affect how long you will live. Instead it is how you live your life that determines how old you will get, reveals research from the University of Gothenburg recently published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. …

Confused about Fluoride?

Recently, the US Department of Health and Human Services recommended lowering the “recommended” amount of fluoride in public water sources due to rising rates of dental fluorosis, and the Environmental Protection Agency released a research review showing an increased risk of bone problems due to long-term ingestion of high levels of fluoride. (Read about it …

“One of the Simplest Things You Can Do For Your Health”

  (Towards the end of this video, Natalie recommends a number of bottled waters. However, we don’t recommend using bottled water on a regular basis, as it isn’t environmentally friendly – and our health, of course, depends upon the health of the environment. Instead, we recommend filtered tap water and reusable bottles you can fill …

HHS Says, “Less Fluoride to the People, Please”

Maybe it’s a sad commentary on the state of our society that it’s so easy to overloook good news – even more so during weeks like this past one, dominated by news surrounding the Tucson shooting – but there was some good news that we almost missed: the Department of Health and Human Services proposed …

EPA to Crack Down on Mercury Amalgam Waste

AGrinberg/Flickr Earlier this week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its plan to propose a rule requiring all dentists to separate mercury from all amalgam waste – something currently recommended by the EPA but only required in 12 states and a handful of cities. The measure aims to reduce the amount of mercury entering …

Drinking Water: A Modern Dilemma (Guest Post)

The EPA has warned that drinking water pollution is one of the top environmental threats to our health. Contaminants are routinely measured in municipal drinking water including lead, cadmium, mercury and other metals; pesticides, fertilizers and chlorine. These can enter your body not only by your drinking the water but bathing in it. Our blood …

“Organic,” “Natural” and the Power of Marketing

Quick: Which food is “greener” – the one labeled “100% Natural” or the one labeled “100% Organic”? According to a recent survey by the Shelton Group, an advertising firm, most people would say “100% Natural.” This is both funny and troubling, since any product out there can make that claim. “Natural” is not a regulated …