Archive for 2011
According to little-noticed research, pollution stemming from China and India is so severe that it is altering your local weather. Industrial power plants from these nations have been emitting high levels of sulfate and soot from industrial processes such as coal burning. As a result, the pollution is carried by the prevailing winds over the Pacific Ocean and eventually worldwide to a region near you. Renyi Zhang is a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M who led the paper on the subject back in 2007.
Convenience has certainly made it’s impression on the world we live in today. It seems that at the thought of saving time or even skipping a thinking process people are more than willing to choose the convenience factor over anything else. This is especially true with the invent of elevators and escalators, so that people no longer need to walk up and down stairs. But a new study shows that people are giving up the extra movement and taking extra time doing so.
It is well known among the health conscious community that vitamin D offers powerful disease fighting benefits that are only beginning to be fully uncovered, but some startling new research has found that a vitamin D deficiency can actually increase your overall risk of death. Statistically, those deficient in vitamin D were more than 2 1/2 times more likely to die than individuals with normal (not even optimal) vitamin D levels.
Youth and beauty are determined by more than just genetics. The creams we put on our faces, the air we breath, and the foods we eat are all things to consider when on a quest for beauty and physical attractiveness. Dietary change is an excellent controlling factor that anyone can utilize right away for a younger look.
How toxic is your home? While most people spend the majority of their time outdoors, indoor air quality may actually be more threatening to your health than outdoor air. Considering the fact that outdoor air is hit with factory pollution, harmful chemicals, and much more, it is truly shocking to know that indoor air quality can be up to five times worse than outdoor air. It is important to begin purifying the air in your home, and you may be surprised to know that to begin this process does not require an expensive air purifier.
Besides the thought of how difficult it will be to remove food scraps, most give little thought to the pots and pans they use while cooking. One type of cookware which has become very popular in recent years is known as ‘non-stick’ cookware. While this type of cookware can provide a sense of timeliness and convenience due to its non-stick properties, it may actually be endangering the health of you and your family.
ntidepressants, given to more than 1 in 10 Americans, have been found to worsen depression — the very condition they are intended to ‘treat’. According to the new research concerning antidepressant trials, around 1/5 of patients on popular Cymbalta and other related pharmaceuticals may actually do worse than those given placebo pills. The research adds to the long list of scientific literature questioning not only the effectiveness of antidepressant drugs, but their safety.
The EPA has finally admitted that fracking, the controversial act of pumping water and chemicals underground in order to facilitate the flow of oil or gas, is causing groundwater pollution. The chemicals involved in the fracking process are highly toxic, and many activists have been speaking out against fracking due to the threat to public health that the technique poses. Many viral videos have actually included residents of fracking towns lighting their tap water on fire due to the high gas content.
One great way to avoid the threat of genetically modified foods, pesticides, and toxic additives is to start your own organic garden. While the garden can be as large or small as you’d like, the benefit of knowing exactly how your food was prepared and therefore what is in it is worth the time and effort that goes into it. As you will soon find, it is actually relatively simple to begin your first organic gardening. Before you begin purchasing seeds and deciding on what you’d like to plant, you need to both establish goals for your garden as well as learn about how to effectively avoid low quality seeds and plants.
The political head of the New Zealand islands of Tokelau recently announced a new energy policy that would seem quite outlandish to most individuals living in first world nations. Abandoning traditional energy sources, Tokelau will be completely powered by sunlight and coconut oil. Rich in both resources and looking for sustainable energy alternatives, the three small islands that make up Tokelau have decided to take advantage of their abundance of coconuts and persistently strong sunshine.