Must Reads

April 2016 Issue

Gut Check

Small tweaks can add up to big changes for better health It doesn’t have to be hard to fit diet and exercise into our daily lives, and it’s not selfish to take care of ourselves. By Celeste DeCamps Everyone is looking for a shortcut to good health—a life hack that would simplify our to-do list when it comes to feeling ... Read More »

Nature’s Colors Aid Focus and Accuracy

Breaking for Beauty is Beneficial   Researchers from the University of Melbourne determined that taking a quick break and looking at natural colors can significantly increase attention, focus and job performance. The researchers tested 150 university students that were randomly selected to view one of two city scenes consisting of a building with and without a flowering meadow green roof. ... Read More »

Fracking Fluids Found Toxic to Health

Linked to Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity   In analyzing 1,021 chemicals contained in fluids and wastewater used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for oil or natural gas, a Yale University study found that at least 157 of the chemicals—including arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde and mercury—are associated with either developmental toxicity, reproductive toxicity or both. Of the total identified chemicals, 925 were used ... Read More »

100 Percenter

Lower Austria Wholly Powered by Renewable Energy   Lower Austria, the largest of the country’s nine states and home to 1.65 million people, now receives 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources. The country’s total power output is about 70 percent renewable. The Danube River is so powerful that hydroelectric power is a natural choice. The mountainous geography ... Read More »

Ground Control

Down-to-Earth Climate Change Strategy   The Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign report Soil & Carbon: Soil Solutions to Climate Problems maintains that it’s possible to take atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) that fuels climate change and put it back into the soil, where much of it was once a solid mineral. There’s too much carbon in the atmosphere and the oceans, ... Read More »

Everyday Sustainability

Practical Ways We Can Help Out the Planet LISA KIVIRIST AND JOHN IVANKO For many Americans, living more sustainably has become a natural part of their daily routine as they consistently recycle, eat healthy and use energy more efficiently. It’s just what they normally do every day. Every one of them had to start somewhere, growing their efforts over time ... Read More »

Troubled Waters

Our Precious Freshwater Supplies Are Shrinking LINDA SECHRIST Virtually all water, atmospheric water vapor and soil moisture presently gracing the Earth has been perpetually recycled through billions of years of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. As all living things are composed of mostly water and thus a part of this cycle, we may be drinking the same water that a Tyrannosaurus ... Read More »

Farm-to-Hospital

On-Site Farms Grow Organics for Patients JUDITH FERTIG   Most people would agree with the results of a 2011 study by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: Typical hospital food is full of the dietary fat, sodium, calories, cholesterol and sugar that contribute to the medical problems that land many in the hospital in the first place. The study’s ... Read More »

Mountain Valley Spring Company Nurtures Nature

For most of us, living sustainably means taking lots of small steps each day to do the right thing by nature. The same goes for Mountain Valley Spring Company, which started out close to nature in 1871 and in the 145 years since has taken deliberate steps stay that way. Mountain Valley draws its pure water from where it always ... Read More »

New Approach to Skin Care Is Life-Changing

by Iva T. Hoop When I first visited Dr. Mariana Boneva in 2011, I was having major breakouts and was willing to do anything to get my clear skin back. A friend had given me very credible reasons to visit Dr. Boneva, calling her a miracle worker. I wasn’t sure about that—I’d heard that cystic acne could take years to ... Read More »