American Meat—An Inside Look at Sustainable Farming in America

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The documentary American Meat is “a pro-farmer look at chicken, hog and cattle production in America,” featuring full-time organic farmers

There are vast differences between meats from animals raised in Concentrated Continue reading

Monsanto Conquest Meets Aztec Resistance

Monsanto has a map for conquering the world and Mexico is in the center of it.

For nearly two decades the transnational corporation that manufactures the pesticides used across the planet has been trying to take over the global seed market with genetically modified (GM) seed. Continue reading

Grassfed vs. Organic Butter, And Which One Will Kill You Faster

Butter Basics

Butter. Oh yum, butter. Butter on corn, butter on scones, green beans in brown butter, buttercream icing, herb butter… Oh, butter, no other fat is quite like you, and we love you for it.

But let’s start at the beginning. Cow’s milk is separated into milk and cream. Continue reading

Heavy Metal Poisoning

Did You Know……your daily jogging routine could cause a host of unpleasant side effects?      Are you an avid, or even occasional jogger?  Do you jog beside main roads?  If so, you’re putting yourself at risk for an abundance of nasty conditions, such as… Continue reading

New Technique for Detecting Mold Contamination in Homes and other Buildings

With mold contamination of homes an ongoing concern – and a special threat to the 2.5 million foreclosed houses in the U.S., shuttered with little ventilation – scientists are reporting a new method to detect and identify low levels of airborne mold. The report, which describes a simple, fast method that could provide an early indication of potential contamination, appears in ACS’ Continue reading

Contamination of La Selva Geothermal System in Girona, Spain

Picture:The system works by refilling meteoric waters that penetrate the earth in high areas, move underground and reach an unknown thermal hot spot, where they heat up and acquire CO2,..

There are no legal limits for uranium concentrations in water in the EU

Monitoring the construction of wells, avoid over-exploiting cold groundwater close to hot groundwater, and controlling mineral water extraction. These are the recommendations from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and the University of Barcelona, after analysing the contamination of La Selva geothermal system, above all by arsenic pollution. In this region, Continue reading

High Fructose Corn Syrup Contaminated with Mercury = a Burn Hole in your Stomach

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is used as a sweetener in thousands of mainstream packaged foods sold in the United States and around the world, from bread to soda and even breakfast cereal. It has been blamed for increasing the number of empty calories in the U.S. diet, and researchers have linked it to type-2 diabetes and obesity.

Beyond the link to detrimental health effects, another danger from this ubiquitous ingredient comes from the toxic chemicals that are used to turn corn into corn starch and then finally into HFCS. One of these chemicals, glutaraldehyde, is a toxic chemical used in industrial water treatment systems and to sterilize medical equipment by killing living cells. It’s also a well-known embalming chemical. It is toxic to the human body and causes eye, nose, throat and lung irritation (asthma, sneezing, wheezing, burning eyes, etc.). Continue reading

The 12 Most Common Causes of Food Poisoning

The CDC estimates that there are about 48 million illnesses caused by food poisoning each year, and as a health care professional you’re bound to see more than a few. Of course, knowing that food poisoning is a common occurrence isn’t any consolation to those suffering through the nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and digestive problems it can cause. Your best weapon against food poisoning is prevention, and there are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of exposure to some of the common bacteria that cause it. Learn these common causes of food poisoning so you can eat smart and help stop yourself from becoming just another statistic.

1. Raw or undercooked food. Whether you’re cooking at home or going out, eating food that hasn’t been cooked thoroughly or brought to the appropriate temperature can put you at high risk of developing food poisoning. While you might enjoy rare steak, runny eggs or certain raw veggies, these foods can all carry bacteria when they are not cooked long enough or hot enough to kill off the  Continue reading

Nanoparticles Damage Healthy Soil Bacteria

Though some might argue that nanotechnology offers benefits not afforded by normal molecules, the environmental and human health consequences of this “breakthrough” technology appear dire, to say the least. New research published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials explains that nanoparticles damage beneficial soil bacteria and ultimately ruin plants’ ability to uptake necessary nitrogen.

Researchers Niraj Kumar and Virginia Walker from Queen’s University in Canada set out to investigate the effects of nanoparticles in the environment, comparing soil from the Arctic — which they believed would be the least contaminated with nanoparticles — to soil that was deliberately contaminated with various nanoparticles, including silver nanoparticles. Continue reading

A Sneeze Can Contaminate Surroundings for Hours

LONDON – A single sneeze infests a room with deadly bugs and the contamination can last for hours.

Microscopic droplets sneezed or coughed out float around the air in large enough concentrations to spread disease, researchers say.

A sneeze typically contains as many as 40,000 droplets, some of which leave the body at more than 160 km ph.

Breathing in airborne specks of virus found in a typical office, plane or train could infect a person after just one hour, the Journal of the Royal Society Interface reports.

It also highlights why so many holidaymakers pick up coughs, colds and sniffles at the start of their trip, following a flight, according to the Daily Mail.

Flu passes from person to person through direct physical contact, or when someone sneezes or coughs.

US researchers collected samples of air from the waiting room of a healthcare clinic, three rooms in a nursery and three cross-country flights. Half the samples contained small droplets containing the flu virus.

Scientists found that a typical cubic meter of air contained an average of 16,000 particles of flu virus. Most were less than 2.5 thousandths of a millimeter across, which remain suspended in the air for hours on end.

“Given these concentrations, the amount of viruses a person would inhale over one hour would be adequate to induce infection,” said Linsey Marr, who led the study at Virginia Tech.

“The virus-laden aerosols are small enough that the smallest ones can remain suspended for days,” she added.