Reducing Your Family’s Exposure to Man-Made Radiation in the Home

  TYPES OF EMFs   There are four specific EMF types in the average home—magnetic fields (MFs), electric fields (EFs), dirty electricity (DE) and radio-frequency/microwave radiation (RF). Each of these is a unique type of man-made non-ion­izing radiation; that is, they are not otherwise part of the natural environment.   MAGNETIC FIELDS   Let’s start with magnetic fields, which occur whenever electricity is flowing. MF strength is proportional to current use. Therefore, the more electricity being … [Read more...]

Nutrition: Why We Can’t Trust the Government

  One of the most powerful groups that influences Americans’ eating decisions is dominated by junk food companies.   The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and its foundation “assist the food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and agribusiness industries through their large network of professionals and students, their lax internal policies on corporate partnerships and their topical position papers.” These are the scathing conclusions of a new investigative report into the AND’s operations. It … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Stay Hydrated Any Time of Year

Water is the primary chemical compound in our bodies, comprising over 60 percent of our body mass. Water plays such a key role in carrying nutrients to our cells and eliminating waste products that even low levels of dehydration can affect mental functioning and energy levels, and chronic dehydration can presage serious health consequences.   Consider some of the lesser-known signs of dehydration: arthritis back pain angina migraine headaches colitis high (or low) blood pressure   Drinking … [Read more...]

Hip & Core Muscle Exercises for Hip & Low Back Pain

When it comes to the human body, an issue in one area can contribute to problems elsewhere. For example, one study found that three-in-five patients with femoroacetabular (hip) impingement also suffer from clinically significant low back pain, and increased disability in one location is associated with greater disability in the other.   When it comes to managing a patient with a musculoskeletal disorder of either the hip or low back, it’s often important to incorporate exercises that promote … [Read more...]

EPA Data Shows Almost 900 ‘Forever Chemical’ Foam Releases, Many Into Local Waterways

Data newly released by the Environmental Protection Agency show almost 900 spills or uses of firefighting foam made with the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS across the U.S. and the amount that entered local waterways.   It is unclear whether surrounding community water supplies were contaminated by PFAS from the spills or use of the aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) that contained the chemicals.   The data, recorded by the National Response Center and posted to the EPA’s website, show … [Read more...]

How to Buy Sunscreen that is Safe

Sunscreen is a double-edged sword. It’s full of ingredients proven to protect our skin from damaging UV rays, but at what cost? The table below outlines some of the human concerns for eight common sunscreen ingredients approved by the ​​U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).     Sunscreen Chemicals Seep Into the Bloodstream Studies as far back as 2008 have found traces of sunscreen ingredients in breast milk and urine samples. But a 2019 study published … [Read more...]

Mid Back Strengthening for Neck Pain

In normal posture, the center of the shoulder joints should be vertically in line with the mastoid processes (the part of the skull just behind the ears). Unfortunately, excessive device use (laptop, tablet, etc...) can lead to forward head posture where the head rests forward of the shoulders, which can lead to a condition called upper cross syndrome (UCS). This condition is characterized by weakening of the back muscles (rhomboids, serratus anterior, and lower trapezius) and shortening of the … [Read more...]

Best Vegetables for Container Gardening

  An increasing number of gardeners have growing space that’s limited to a small area, such as a patio garden, a raised bed, or containers. Because of this, plant breeders and seed companies have dedicated much effort toward increasing the number of pint-sized fruits, veggies, and herbs available to home gardeners, while also paying careful attention to flavor, disease resistance, and productivity.   All the plants on the following list require a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of full sunlight per day, … [Read more...]

Health Benefits of Zinc

What is Zinc? Zinc is an important mineral that is found in many foods. It is an essential mineral that becomes more important depending on certain factors. For example, people who do not eat enough zinc-containing foods or who sweat a lot may have higher zinc requirements or be at risk for lower levels since zinc can be lost through sweat. Insulin resistance can also suppress the body’s zinc levels.Zinc is also important for healthy fetal growth and development during pregnancy, but also in … [Read more...]

Poor Seated Posture and Low Back Pain

  We’ve all been told—especially as children—to stop slouching and to stand or sit up straight. As it happens, this is great advice to keep the spine healthy and reduce the risk for a painful low back condition. A landmark 1981 study calculated the amount of pressure placed on the intervertebral disks in the lower back in various positions. A neutral standing position places about 100 pounds per square inch (lbs/in2) of pressure on the disk in the low back and laying supine (facing up) cuts the … [Read more...]