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Doctored: New Documentary Shows Big Pharma’s Cracks

Doctored: New Documentary Shows Big Pharma’s Cracks

February 28, 2013 | by

In a new documentary by Jeff Hays, Doctored shows the shortcomings and even the insidious nature of the modern medical and pharmaceutical culture.

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5 Fracking Consequences You’ve Never Heard About

5 Fracking Consequences You’ve Never Heard About

February 27, 2013 | by

We know fracking contaminates the air and our water, but it does much more. Here are 5 other consequences of fracking you may not have heard of until now.

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Why You Should Avoid Low-Fat Cheese and Milk

Why You Should Avoid Low-Fat Cheese and Milk

February 16, 2013 | by

If you thought you were doing your body justice by reaching for the low-fat cheese or milk, you may want to think again. While dietitians and others recommend low- and no-fat varieties, more experts are starting to realize why full-fat milk, cheese, and dairy as a whole should be chosen. If you want to lose weight and be healthy, skip the skim and reach for full-fat varieties of foods instead, especially dairy.

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Does Writing Make Us Smarter? How About Typing?

Does Writing Make Us Smarter? How About Typing?

January 23, 2013 | by

Despite the rapid pace of the digital age, it’s still too soon to toss the paper and pen. Actually, you may never want to writing for good – if you want to further develop your brain, that is. While there are undoubtedly benefits to teaching children typing skills, the shrinking time spent on cursive and even handwriting in school classrooms may have negative effects on children’s development.

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Splenda’s Many Secrets: Gut Flora Destruction, Side Effects

Splenda’s Many Secrets: Gut Flora Destruction, Side Effects

January 20, 2013 | by

It’s becoming increasingly clear that aspartame is bad news. But what about the other artificial sweetener, sucralose (Splenda)? Is Splenda safe? Known commercially as Splenda, sucralose is a synthetic product—a chlorinated sugar molecule—of McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

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Scientific Paper Argues Against Factory Farms “Feeding the World”

Scientific Paper Argues Against Factory Farms “Feeding the World”

January 19, 2013 | by

The case for small-scale, organic farming is still alive. Lest we yield to cynicism and the belief that Monsanto has managed to buy the professional opinions of every policymaker and scientist in America, a group of researchers led by a distinguished soil expert has published a paper urging the US to rethink its current alliance with Big Ag.

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Flashback: The Genetically Modified Rice Made with Human Genes

Flashback: The Genetically Modified Rice Made with Human Genes

January 18, 2013 | by

In the wake of the so-called defeat of Proposition 37, it’s eerie looking back on this 2007 Mail Online article on the “world’s first” genetically modified food crop containing human genes: rice made with human genes.

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5 Benefits of Sunlight You Probably Never Knew About

5 Benefits of Sunlight You Probably Never Knew About

January 18, 2013 | by

Most of us thank sunlight in terms of natural healing for one thing: the sunshine vitamin – vitamin D. But cavity- and cancer-preventing vitamin D isn’t the only reason to spend time in the sun. Here are 5 benefits of sunlight you probably never knew about.

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NIH Study Links Diet Drinks to Depression

NIH Study Links Diet Drinks to Depression

January 17, 2013 | by

A new study by the National Institutes of Health has linked diet beverages with heightened risk of depression in older adults. Researchers surveyed over 260,000 adults aged 50 to 71 in the United States on their beverage habits. Ten years later, survey responders were asked if they had been diagnosed with depression. Of those who reported consuming four or more daily servings of artificially sweetened soda, iced tea, or fruit drinks, 31 percent had been diagnosed.

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How Cursive Writing Uniquely Helps Brain Development

How Cursive Writing Uniquely Helps Brain Development

January 16, 2013 | by

In an age of keyboards and touch-screens, some might argue that teaching cursive is a vestigial nicety in today’s classrooms. Even handwriting, much less cursive writing, is neglected in the national curriculum guidelines supported by 45 states at the end of 2012. Many educators and scientists, however, are railing against the trend.

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