Take a quick look around you and inventory all the plastic products you see. Your computer monitor and keyboard, your pens, even the carpet under your feet—all are made possible by plastic. The American Chemistry Council likes to throw out its old adage, "Plastic makes it possible." And in a culture ruled by convenience products and cheap, disposable goods, plastic does. But at what cost? But here's one fact about plastic that the industry likes to deny: Plastic could be making us fat and sick. And that bothers Beth Terry. Terry set out five years ago to rid her life of cheap, disposable, and often unrecyclable, plastic garbage after reading an article in Men's Health magazine (also published by Rodale) that included a picture of a dead albatross that had starved because it had filled its belly with plastic garbage instead of food. But once she started looking, she began to uncover a lot of other disturbing plastic facts, which she's compiled in a new book, Plastic-Free: How I … [Read more...] about 5 Disturbing Facts about Plastic
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The call comes in at 1330 hours one recent hot, dusty afternoon in the heart of the Sunni Triangle. Ambush. A Humvee, call sign Hardrock Six, 3rd Infantry Division, hit flush by a rocket-propelled grenade. Two soldiers are down, one "urgent," one "priority." Urgent means loss of life, limb, or eyesight; priority means loss of blood. Precisely 5 minutes later, our UH-60 Black Hawk medevac lifts off from Balad Air Base, 12 miles away. It soars over the blue-tiled roof of the mosque personally designed by Saddam Hussein, banks left, and within seconds clears the concertina wire surrounding Logistical Support Area Anaconda."No matter how many times you do it, you still pucker once you get over the wire," says one of the helicopter's pilots, Chief Warrant Officer Lance Duensing. Duensing is handsome, square-jawed, towheaded — not quite a buzz cut. He looks as if he'd prefer to be flushing quail near his home in the East Texas hill country. The pilot in command, Chief Warrant Officer … [Read more...] about The Doctors of War
In 2014, Fernando del Real was living the life he'd always envisioned for himself. He was 35 years old with a wife and two young boys who bounced around his Azusa, California, home like ping-pong balls. But his time, once spent on workouts and jiu-jitsu, was now filled by Disneyland and Legos. He still weighed around 180 pounds, but it was a softer 180 than he'd known in his 20s. Just as he was feeling his fitness waning, he noticed that one of his buddies was muscling up fast. The friend recommended a supplement that he said was helping him make rapid gains at the gym. So in mid-November, del Real visited a local nutrition shop looking for the same product. They didn't have it; the sales assistant suggested another product called Tri-Methyl Xtreme.The bottle listed ingredients that del Real had never heard of, but they were described to him as "prohormones" that were safe and legal. The salesperson also recommended a product called Liver Health. "There were no warning labels," del … [Read more...] about Is Your Supplement Toxic?
More and more women are vegging out...of their minds. New research suggests that along with shedding pounds, slashing cancer risk, and boosting life expectancy, vegetarianism could come with lesser-known side effects: Panic attacks. OCD. Depression. WH investigates the puzzling blow of going meatless—and how to stay plant-based without going mental. Her symptoms were sudden and severe. Drew Ramsey's 35-year-old patient had always been fit and active, but her energy had flatlined. When she did manage to drag herself to the gym, it didn't help. She felt anxious and was often on the verge of tears for no reason, even when she was with friends. Worst of all were her panic attacks, a rare occurrence in the past but now so common that she was afraid of losing her job because she had trouble getting out of bed, and she'd become terrified of taking the New York City subway.Ramsey, a Columbia University professor and psychiatrist with 14 years of experience, wanted to put her on … [Read more...] about The Scary Mental Health Risks of Going Meatless
(Natural News) Most people know that Texas is home to the bulk of America’s oil and gas industry, and in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we’re all finding out just how vital the Lone Star State is.The storm has knocked out a sizable portion of Texas’ refining capacity, resulting in far less gasoline, diesel fuel and other products refined from oil. Gas prices are already starting to go up, and it’s no telling where they’ll top out because at this juncture, no one’s quite sure yet when Texas refining will once again be at full capacity.But Texas is also home to another invaluable commodity in today’s world: chemicals. And Harvey has knocked out much of the state’s chemical manufacturing base as well — and again, for how long, no one knows.As reported by Bloomberg, the devastating impact Harvey has had on Texas chemical manufacturing is already creating problems and shortages up and down the supply chain as factories struggle to find … [Read more...] about Hurricane Harvey disruptions reveal key to Texas winning America’s next civil war
(Natural News) After a 15-month hard-fought legal battle, a family in San Diego will finally see the District Attorney’s office return the $100,000 seized from them in a marijuana raid in January 2016. No criminal charges were ever filed after drug enforcement agents swooped down on Med-West Distribution, a Kearny Mesa company that supplied cannabis oil and other marijuana products to medical marijuana outlets.The agents initially seized $324,000 in cash, along with all the company’s financial records and the inventory on hand. Though two employees were arrested, no charges were filed against them.The District Attorney’s office took it a few steps further, when several days later they froze James Slatic’s bank account, along with those of his wife and two step-daughters. It was alleged that the money in those accounts was derived from illegal drugs, and a total of $100,000 was officially seized a few months later in June 2016.During initial court proceedings in … [Read more...] about DA forced to return $100,000 in cash to legal marijuana business 15 months after NO ONE was charged with a crime
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home. Creating a marvelous meal can do wonders for practically anyone. Food sustains us — it brings out the best in us. However, sometimes we end up cooking — leaving leftovers that can potential spoil. And unfortunately, sometimes we’re forced to throw out food that has spoiled due to poor food storage methods. Maybe you’re like many who find themselves going through a produce section of a grocery store, which is stocked with great-looking fresh produce. It can be awful hard to avoid picking up everything in sight. Having fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables around the house can be quite satisfying because they are extremely flexible and can be used to make so many healthy meals and snacks. However, if a lot of vegetables, fruit, and herbs are brought home, it’s important to store them in separate areas — especially produce that will be stored at room temperature. For … [Read more...] about 10 Simple and Safe Food Storage Tips
These are just a few ingredients in Oscar Meyer Ham Lunchables, because there are 67 of them. Pt. 1 – Ham Pt. 2 – Pasteurized Prepared American Cheese Product Pt. 3 – Crackers Pt. 4 – Cherry Flavored Water Beverage with Other Natural Flavors, Candy Bar (Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sucralose (Splenda Brand Sweetener), Natural Flavor) High-fructose corn syrup is created by changing the glucose, or sugar, in corn starch to fructose. Fructose is another type of sugar. Sweet, nutritive saccharide mixture containing either approximately 42 or 55 percent fructose. High fructose corn syrup is found in processed foods, from salad dressings to soft drinks. Raises your risk for conditions like high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and type 2 diabetes. Food manufacturers often use high fructose corn syrup because it is cheaper than sugar. It also extends the shelf life for processed foods Processing of HFCS … [Read more...] about Your Weekly Food-Like-Product – Lunchables Pt. 4 – Cherry Drink and Candy Bar
So you’re following your daily vitamin regimen and you feel you’re doing something beneficial for your health. Well, you’re certainly on the right track in your recognition of the need to supplement your dietary intake of nutrients. Virtually everyone reading this should be doing so. Due primarily to modern agricultural techniques carried out by large agribusiness concerns which provide most of our nation’s food supply, our food has only a fraction of the nutrient density it had just fifty years ago. Early picking is an example of one of a number of modern farming techniques that adversely impacts the nutrition of the food that reaches the store shelves. Plants synthesize a number of nutrients from the soil and also develop nutrients as they grow. But because food is shipped over such long distances, many crops are harvested before they are ripe. Early picking aims to prevent over-ripened produce from arriving at our … [Read more...] about Is the Money You Spend on Supplements Wasted?
These are just a few ingredients in Oscar Meyer Ham Lunchables, because there are 67 of them. Pt. 1 – Ham Pt. 2 – Pasteurized Prepared American Cheese Product Pt. 3 – Crackers Pt. 4 – Cherry Flavored Water Beverage with Other Natural Flavors, Candy Bar (Ham, Water, Contains Less than 2% of Sodium Lactate, Potassium Chloride, Modified Cornstarch, Sugar, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Sodium Diacetate, Sodium Ascorbate, Flavor, Sodium Nitrite, Smoke Flavor) The research on this particular food product was astonishing. Below is a list of just some of the antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal, growth hormones and animal protein the standard swine is fed. That’s right, aside from the forced fattening of the hogs, they feed them animal protein as well. I’m not too sure that pigs eat other animals as a source of protein, at least not willingly. I would love hear good reasoning for feeding animals, not only swine, … [Read more...] about Your Weekly Food-Like-Product – Lunchables Pt. 1 – Ham