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What’s Lurking in Your Toothpaste?

We all want to fight cavities and have a megawatt movie-star smile. But some toothpaste may be going too far, adding ingredients that could be bad for our overall health. Here are a few of the more in…

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How Wasteful Are The 1.1M Swimming Pools in Drought-Stricken California?

More than half of California is experiencing "exceptional" drought, the highest ranking on the scale that measures drought. And, since May, the entire state has been in a severe drought. As a native…

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5 of the Best Ways to Recharge Batteries

Batteries' small size belies the impact their portable power has on the planet. Americans purchase two to three billion dry-cell batteries every year to power radios, toys, watches, laptop computers, …

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Public Schools ‘Force’ Students to Go Meatless on Mondays

Schools around the world and across the U.S. have been implementing Meatfree Mondays for over two decades in an effort to highlight healthy meals that are meatfree. Some call it compassionate eating, …

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Alarming Side Effects of 7 Popular Prescription Drugs

Legal prescription drugs ... Many people take them, many don’t read the endless side effects warnings that seem to go on forever in “mouse type” on the labels and accompanying info sheets. Perhaps the…

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28 Surprising Places Triclosan Hides

Does your toothpaste, deodorant or cutting board contain triclosan? Triclosan is an antimicrobial recently banned by Minnesota and under scrutiny by the FDA for altering hormone regulation and fost…

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Are Pesticides Lowering Our Intelligence?

I've been studying the effects of toxic industrial chemicals and heavy metals for 25 years and with greater intensity for my upcoming brain health book, 60 Seconds to Boost Your Brain Health (Rodale, …

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7 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

There are countless claims on the internet about seemingly miraculous health benefits of apple cider vinegar consumption, but is it all true?  I hit the research journals to separate fact from fiction…

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3 Ways Your Bed Is Toxic & How to Find a Better One

Modern mattresses are filled with nasty environmental toxins, and since you’ll spend a third of your life on yours, it can be a little disconcerting. Plus, every year thousands of mattress are tossed …

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28 Top Energy-Smart Tips for Kitchen Appliances

Looking to save energy when you use the most common appliances in your kitchen? Here’s a complete collection of the best tips we've found. Most of them are low or no cost, to boot. Refrigerator/Fre…

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