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Eating Dirt, Embracing Germs

When my kids were toddlers, one of my old-time Brooklyn neighbors said that we all need to eat a pound of dirt during our lives, which sounded somehow right to me. After all, I was an avid grubber in …

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The Trouble With Triclosan in Your Soap

Who knew that washing your hands could harm your health and the environment? Thanks to the chemical industry, a hazardous antibacterial compound called triclosan is now an ingredient in many household…

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Shopping Cart Germs

Q: The Whole Foods where I shop provides wipes next to the shopping carts to clean off any bacteria. Is this a good idea? A: Wiping down any surface that comes into contact with many sets of hands …

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Green Girl Nips Bacteria in the Bud

It's that time of year again. The weather is changing, and people are getting sick in hordes. It's bad. There are lines out the door at health services, and everywhere you go people are coughing an…

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How to Refresh Sweaters and Comforters? Ask Annie

Dear Annie, I'd rather not wash all of our sweaters and comforters, having just taken them out of storage, but they have a stale smell. What do you suggest?--Sally, WI Dear Sally, There is noth…

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Germ-Free Hands: Ask Annie

Dear Annie, I have to admit I am scared of germs because I work in NYC but don't live in NYC, so I use a lot of public restrooms, both on the commuter trains and elsewhere. I don't want to use the d…

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Frankincense and Myrrh: Oils of Peace and Freedom

The three Magis brought gold, Frankincense and Myrrh to Nazareth to give to the child Jesus. Each of these gifts had practical as well as symbolic meaning. While gold brings comfort, Frankincense and …

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Bar Soap: Easy Greening

It is said that Cleopatra bathed in milk, honey, and essential oils followed by gentle abrasion with fine white sand. How did we get from such a wholesome and luxurious cleansing ritual to today’s bar…

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Calendula Cleansing Milk: Beauty In Your Back Yard

Pot marigolds, also called calendula flowers, are blooming in many gardens at this time of year and their petals make a wonderful cleansing milk that will help to heal and nourish your skin. (If you d…

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Homemade Herbal Antibacterial Spray

New research is proving that the old folk recipes using herbs and essential oils to kill germs, such as those used by 14th century doctors during the Black Plague, were based on good science. Many ess…

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