UPDATE: West Nile Virus vs. Pyrethroid Exposure

You can read Wellness and Equality‘s original post last week about Dallas’ efforts to combat West Nile Virus here: “Pros & Cons: West Nile Virus vs. Pyrethroid Exposure” What’s really in the air in Dallas? Public anxiety over the aerial spraying of insecticide in Dallas to control mosquitos has raised questions about safety, but few concrete answers.  Instead ofContinue reading “UPDATE: West Nile Virus vs. Pyrethroid Exposure”

Pros & Cons: West Nile Virus vs. Pyrethroid Exposure

In Dallas, Texas, it’s raining synthetic pyrethroid Duet Dual-Action Adulticide — 2,000 gallons of it, according to some estimates.  To contain the mosquito-transmitted West Nile Virus, airplanes will wash at least twelve cities in Texas with the toxic insecticide. If you think this issue only affects Texans, think again.  In parts of California and Florida, aerial sprayingContinue reading “Pros & Cons: West Nile Virus vs. Pyrethroid Exposure”

Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Worse Than Sugar?

Photo: When Mary Poppins sang about a spoonful of sugar in 1964, most Americans had never even heard of high fructose corn syrup. A study funded by the Corn Refiners Association and published online at The Atlantic today suggests that “High Fructose Corn Syrup Is No Worse Than Real Sugar.” To sum up the study: OverweightContinue reading “Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Worse Than Sugar?”

Vote Yes on Prop 37: The California Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act

A few facts about GMOs: A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered to include a new gene or set of genes.  An example is a transgenic organism, an organism that has received DNA from a different species (one example: cows that have been engineered to produce human breastContinue reading “Vote Yes on Prop 37: The California Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act”

Is all food created equally?

Mark Bittman’s recent column in the New York Times, “Which Diet Works?” asks an unpopular question:  Could the prevailing diet wisdom of the last several decades — ie. to eat low-fat food in order to lose weight — be wrong?  Bittman concludes: The message is pretty simple: unprocessed foods give you a better chance ofContinue reading “Is all food created equally?”

Why should you buy organic corn?

Dow Chemical Company has given us another reason to buy organic corn.  Dow Chemical Company is the second largest chemical manufacturer in the world.  Dow’s first products were poisons: bleach and potassium bromide.  Eventually, Dow expanded to include agricultural chemicals like herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides.  But a problem arose: the chemicals Dow had created wereContinue reading “Why should you buy organic corn?”

Watch: Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

The documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” explores and promotes juice fasting.  Extreme? Yes.  But America’s problems are extreme as well, and the film made me wonder if juice fasting could help some people.  For the obese and morbidly obese, juicing is certainly a less invasive alternative than surgery. At the start of the documentary,Continue reading “Watch: Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”

Watch 60 Minutes: Is Sugar Toxic?

If you have a sweet tooth, like me, you won’t want to miss this 60 Minutes special on sugar and find out why doctors and scientists are cutting back on sugar: Sweet treats made with organically-sourced sugar are one of my few dietary indulgences, but I’m realizing it’s time to face the music and limit my sugar intake. WhatContinue reading “Watch 60 Minutes: Is Sugar Toxic?”

Declutter Your Home & Mind: The Story of Stuff

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9153550196656656736 Throughout the year, you’ve probably acquired a few things, and spring is the season to sort through your belongings, organize, clean, and rejuvenate your home.  Enter: Spring Cleaning! My strategy for sorting through my ever-increasing piles of accumulated “stuff” is the standard 3-pile system:  Keep / Toss or Donate / Not Sure.  The first pile is organized andContinue reading “Declutter Your Home & Mind: The Story of Stuff”

Could Small Businesses Improve Your Health?

A new study published in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society has found communities which rely on small businesses — not large companies — have fewer problems, and their residents have fewer health problems. Why? Sociologists theorize that given their ties to the community — which creates a sort of built-in accountability — small businessesContinue reading “Could Small Businesses Improve Your Health?”