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Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown is Poisoning California Kelp

Scientists analyzing kelp off the coast of San Diego have linked the presence of the radioactive isotope cesium to the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, in Japan, which melted down in 2011. As part of the ongoing Kelp Watch 2014 project, government and academic institutions have begun receiving results from samples of bull kelp and giant kelp collected along the California ... Read More »

Vitamin D3 Cuts Antibiotic Use by Elderly

Research from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, in Australia, has found supplemental vitamin D3 reduces the incidence of infection among seniors. More than 600 subjects, ages 60 to 84, were divided into three groups and for one year took either 1,000 international units (IU) a day of vitamin D3, 2,000 IU a day of vitamin D3, or a placebo. ... Read More »

Raisins Lower Blood Pressure and Diabetes Risk

Researchers from the University of Kentucky have determined that snacking on raisins can decrease high blood pressure and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. For 12 weeks, 46 men and women snacked on either processed snack foods or raisins. At the beginning and end of each month, the researchers tested for blood glucose, diabetic risk markers and blood pressure. ... Read More »

Licorice Root Reduces Dangerous Fat

A new study published in the journal Nutrafoods has confirmed that licorice extract helps reduce visceral fat in obese adults. The study tested 60 men and 60 women that were clinically obese with body mass index (BMI) scores of over 30. For three months, they were given either a placebo pill or 300 milligrams per day of licorice root extract. Then they were ... Read More »

Apple Corps- Green Apple Day Aims to Transform Schools

The Green Apple Day of Service, to take place on September 27 nationwide, will give parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations ways to transform schools into more healthy, safe and productive learning environments via local service projects. Green Apple is a global movement dedicated to enabling schools to provide clean and healthy air, conserve energy and other resources and ... Read More »

Pre-K Education Linked to Better Health 26 Years Later

In addition to an increased likelihood of achieving academic success, children that participate in game-based educational training also have a significantly lower risk of developing future cardiovascular disease, according to University of North Carolina researchers in a paper published this year in Science magazine. Launched in the 1970s, the Carolina Abecedarian Project studied more than 100 children beginning when they were just ... Read More »

A Natural Solution to Sleep Apnea

According to a National Institutes of Health study, most people believe that sleep apnea is caused by a sagging soft pallet or by some other obstructive tissuein the throat. Actually, it’s the result of a diminishing signal from the brain to the diaphragm (causing one to breathe) that can occur during the transition from initial semi-wakefulness into the next stage ... Read More »

Unlocking Your Skin’s True Radiance

Dr. Boneva Explains the Benefits of Holistic Skincare and Resurfacing Technology No matter how humble, spiritual, or psychologically liberated we may be, few of us feel happy about blemishes or the effects of aging. Most of us want to look better, feel better and, if it were possible, turn back the hands of time. So, what’s the real secret to ... Read More »

Parents’ Smoking Linked to Artery Damage in Children

Researchers from Australia’s University of Tasmania have found that children exposed to the secondhand smoke of their parents will likely face abnormally thickened carotid arteries later in life. The finding, published in the European Heart Journal, followed 3,776 children that participated in the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study and the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health Study. The children were divided into groups according to whether neither parent ... Read More »

Three Essentials for a Chemical-Free Kid’s Room

From the nursery through the dorm, creating a chemical-free kid’s room is essential to minimize or avoid exposure to the toxins found in many modern bedrooms, like dust mites, mold and mildew. As children grow and mature, their lungs, skin and digestive systems are especially prone to the dangers of indoor environmental pollutants, and a healthy environment is critical to ... Read More »