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Top Ten Reasons Why Cigarette Butts are so Toxic to the Environment

Added April 29, 2018, Under: Environment, Top 10, Vaccines

You cannot help but be turned off by the sight of piles of discarded cigarette butts.  If smokers have to smoke, the very least they could do is to dispose of the remains of their habit in a responsible way. They are the number one item of refuse found on California and many other highways and of course they do not decompose quickly nor completely. Cigarette butts are the most common form of litter with an estimated 4.5 trillion cigarette butts thrown ...

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Are Unnecessary Medications Being Given to Older Patients?

Added April 28, 2018, Under: Doctors, Drugs, Health

The use of pharmaceutical drugs for various conditions is on the increase in the western world - and especially so in the over sixty fives.  This asks the question whether too many people are being given unnecessary medication which (a) are leading to many deaths and (b) untold suffering because of serious side effects? Studies have found millions are given medications which can often be a waste of money because they offer no clinical benefit. The over prescribing of medications is now ...

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Seaweed Sunscreen, Safer for the Skin & the Sea

Added April 26, 2018, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Health, Skin Conditions, Technology, Vitamin D

More than fourteen thousand tons of toxic sunscreen are released into the sea every year - directly by swimmers and more indirectly from sinks, showers and bathtubs. It only takes about twenty minutes (of swimming in the sea) for one quarter of that sunscreen, religiously applied to your body and that of your children, to float off and join the sea water. Why is your regular sunscreen toxic to the environment - and the oceans? These are 4 of the most common sunscreen ...

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The Allotment on the Hill (the Story of a Community Garden in England)

Added April 23, 2018, Under: Environment, Exercise, Nutrition

I have recently had my article (on our allotment) published in the Kitchen Garden magazine here in the UK.  The Kitchen Garden is much loved by those who want to grow their own fruit and vegetables - successfully. Allotment gardens are very popular in the UK - and readers in the USA would be more familiar with the name community garden. And this is what I wrote... Something on our background Bryan grew up helping his grandfather to grow vegetables at the family ...

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In a Bad Mood? Have You Tried Walking It Off?

Added April 21, 2018, Under: Environment, Exercise, Health, How To

Feeling the blues? You might be able to walk yourself of a bad mood as a ten minute walk will immediately boost brain chemistry to increase happiness! Of course a thirty minute walk could be even more beneficial. We share these top tips for walking off the blues How do you commute? A UK study has found that those who walk or bike to work have higher rates of well-being than those who drive or use public transportation. Researchers say that adding just 10 minutes of ...

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Maca Root is a Home Remedy to Assist Libido & Fertility

Added April 15, 2018, Under: Health, Natural remedies

Maca is a root vegetable that is high in antioxidants and nutrients including vitamin C, copper and iron. It has been used medicinally for thousands of years with a reputation for enhancing sexual health and female libido. Other health benefits are said to include improving your energy, your mood and your memory while balancing hormone levels. What does maca root look like? It has a similar appearance and size as a radish or a small turnip - with green tops.  The roots themselves can range in color from yellow ...

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Marmite is a Very British & Nutritious Savory Spread

Added April 14, 2018, Under: Health, Nutrition

Marmite is the brand name of an original product which first appeared in 1902.   It has a very distinctive salty taste and it is so well known in British culture that the word "Marmite" has become part of British English as a metaphor for something that is an acquired taste or even polarizing opinions. The British either "love it or hate it". Unfortunately, Marmite is not generally exported to the USA which is a pity because it is a very healthy spread with ...

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Is the Use of Wet Wipes Adding to the Risk of Allergies in Children?

Added April 8, 2018, Under: Babies, Children's Health, Skin Conditions

We have written about the dangers of wet wipes when they are flushed down the toilet and end up causing blockages in pipes and plumbing - but now there is a new reason to avoid these modern conveniences. What is this new reason? Wet wipes could be putting babies and young children at risk of allergic reactions.  This is because their use could create a breach or break in the skin's natural protective coat, making it more sensitive to chemicals. What has research ...

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