No parent would knowingly cause or contribute to their child's asthma or allergies, but unfortunately, that's what happens in many households and in the schools that children attend because of the toxic chemicals that are used in those environments -- all in an effort to protect children by making things cleaner!
Everyone knows that water is essential to life. Unfortunately, what's coming out of your tap or bottle may not really be your healthiest choice.
Continue reading and also see my recent post "Clean Water for Pennies a Gallon."
Earth Day began on April 22 1970 and over 20 million people across the U.S. participated. At Shaklee, we believe in promoting a healthy environment, creating awareness of the issues, and educating others to not only take care of our planet but individual home environments* too. In fact, before the inception of Earth Day, Shaklee was a company founded on Living in Harmony and with Nature®. In the 1960s Shaklee introduced Basic-H® Concentrated Organic Cleaner, one of the first nontoxic biodegradable cleaners. We also lead in environmental achievements, embracing climate change initiatives, and ecol-alliances with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai and others.
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When Hurricane Sandy hit last October, I was in Howard Beach, NY -- not far from the Rockaways. I witnessed the devastation that this super-storm inflicted on so many families in this 100+ year old community and heard over and over again how nothing like this had ever happened here before. Several months have passed since that frightening night, but for many families in this community and other affected areas, the physical and emotional recovery is far from over. Climate change is affecting all of us and the messages it is sending are getting louder and more frequent.
Every once in a while a clinical study comes along that really makes you sit up and pay attention. To illustrate what I mean, let me ask you a few simple questions.
What if there were one simple thing you could do that would decrease your overall mortality risk by 27%, extend your life by an average of 2.2 years, decrease your risk of heart disease by 40%, and decrease your risk of dying from a heart attack caused by arrhythmia by 45%? And what if you could enjoy all of those benefits even if you are already 65 years old or older?
Wouldn't that be something that most people would want to do? And what if the clinical study suggesting that all of that is possible was actually a really well- designed study?
What if you could recall more of what you just learned?
What if you could process information more quickly?
What if there were one simple thing that you could do on a daily basis that could help you achieve both of those things? Who wouldn't want that?
A recent study (Stonehouse et al., American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, doi: 10.3945/ajcn.112.053371, published March 20, 2013) suggests that the omega-3 fatty acid DHA may do just that. This study raised the possibility that DHA might boost memory in healthy young people.
In my last post, I shared the disturbing report that Americans are in poorer health and have a shorter life expectancy than people in other high-income countries. We Americans are overfed and undernourished and the consequences of our S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) is obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, unless current trends reverse, one third of all children born today can expect a shorter life than their parents! If we want to enjoy and have our children enjoy a longer, healthier life, we have to eat "real" foods (organic as much as possible) and not the highly processed stuff that masquerades as food on grocery store shelves and unfortunately in people's shopping carts or the "stuff" that is sold through drive-through windows and fast food restaurants which are primarily high-fat, high-carbohydrate non-foods and soft drinks that deliver empty calories and lead to chronic inflammation, putting you at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, certain cancers and Alzheimer's.
Why are Americans in poorer health and living shorter lives than people in other high-income countries?
The United States spends more on health care than any other nation; but Americans are in poorer health and have shorter life expectancy than people in many other high-income countries. In the following video Steven Woolf, M.D., M.P.H., Chair of the committee that wrote the report U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives Poorer Health discusses the report's findings.
The following time sensitive article is reprinted with permission from the Organic Consumes Association.
Over the protests of hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens, Congress cut a backroom deal with Monsanto last week that allows the biotech giant to plant genetically engineered crops and seeds, no matter how harmful they may be to our health and environment. Not even a federal court will be able to stop them.