The incidence of diabetes and obesity is a global health crisis. In the Unites States (U.S.) alone, 11.3% (25.6 million) of all people over the age of twenty have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes. Another 35% are estimated to have pre-diabetes and it is recognized that 11% of these will develop type 2 diabetes each year . . . → Read More: Beyond Calories and Exercise: The Influence of Gut Health and Environmental Chemicals on Obesity and Diabetes
This book is truly an encyclopedia on natural detoxification. It begins with an overview of the sources of toxins and how an overload can look very different from one individual to the next. It covers how the body performs detox through the various organs and the nutrients (foods) required to support phase I and phase . . . → Read More: Natural Detoxification: A Practical Encyclopedia
This study was done to compare the organophosphorus metabolites (pesticides) found in the urine of preschool children (ages 2-5) from two distinct groups – those on almost exclusive organic diets and those on almost exclusive conventional diets. The authors asked parents to keep a food diary three days before urine collection. The findings were that . . . → Read More: Pesticide Exposure in Preschool Children
This review article is a thorough evaluation of major research on this question to date. Crinnion does a great job of bringing out all of the issues of nutrient value as well as reduced pesticides as he looks at a multitude of studies. What he discovers is that it is a more complicated issue that . . . → Read More: Organic Foods Contain Higher Levels of Certain Nutrients, Lower Levels of Pesticides, and May Provide Health Benefits for the Consumer
The purpose of this article is to outline effective strategies for implementing dietary behavior change within groups that optimizes the long-term health of the population. There are three equally important areas of consideration; education, motivation and on-going support. In the book, Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard, the authors (Heath & Health, 2010) . . . → Read More: Educational Strategies for Healthy Change
Preparing to conceive and carry a child is one of the most important things in a young couple ‘s lives and yet we rarely give it much thought in our current culture. Gone are the days when young couples of childbearing years were given specific instructions and foods to build their bodies before conception and . . . → Read More: Optimal Health for Future Generations
If you have been reading along with the blogs on environmental nutrition and you are still unsure if it is really an issue of importance to your health, take a look at this short video. It may inspire you to make some positive changes.
Environmental Working Group’s “10 Americans Video“
With all the talk about personal detox, it is important to remember that our exposure to toxic chemicals increases the burden on our body. This can be a challenge as most common cleaning products contain a variety of known endocrine disruptors* and carcinogens**. In addition, many people find that odors from cleaning supplies can trigger . . . → Read More: Detox Your Home
In 2001, this article was written re: the use of mushrooms to break down oil and gasoline spills. The process is called mycoremediation and was tested with the Washington State Department of Transportation in a 1998 field experiment. The results were promising.
Paul Stamets is the mycologist from Olympia, Washington who has conducted the research. . . . → Read More: Scientists Finding Fungi a Valuable Ally in Habitat Restoration
This article does a clear and complete job of explaining the contamination issues with farm raised salmon versus wild caught salmon. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) are “cancer causing chemicals that were banned in the United States in 1976 and are among the ‘dirty dozen’ toxic chemicals slated for global phase out.” The difficult issue is that . . . → Read More: PCBs in Farm Raised Salmon