Category Archives: Health

6 days: the health effects of organic food

A new study has shown that switching to organic foods for only 6 days significantly reduced the levels of dangerous agricultural poisons within the bodies of adults and children. The poisons studied included the highly dangerous organophosphates, which kill nerves; … Continue reading

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Glyphosate DOES worsen cancer risk

A meta-analysis is a statistical technique that combines the results of many studies, in this way increasing the reliability and validity of the overall results. A new meta-analysis of many studies is part of a report that also included experimental … Continue reading

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Dope drags you down

Marijuana, like alcohol, is known as a central nervous depressant, but a new, large scale study shows it’s worse than that: smoke dope in your teenage years, and you risk depression in adulthood. My personal attitude has always been that … Continue reading

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Water bottle hygiene

Melissa Breyer reports on some of her personal research on how to keep reusable water bottles from making you sick. As she notes, humans have lived without constant hydration from our Rift Valley origins until about 1970, and now that … Continue reading

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Germans want sane agriculture

19th of January was an entertaining day in Berlin. You could see a long column of tractors drive under the Brandenburg Gate, and about 35,000 protesters crowding the streets. Many held placards reading “Eating is political.” Their cause: replace industrial … Continue reading

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Killing Gaia from the bottom up

When considering the damage from climate change, we think of wildfire, flood, drought, superstorms, rising sea level, the wiping out of ecosystems like coral reefs and rainforest. However, there is a more subtle, and more deadly effect. A study in … Continue reading

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Reset your gut after the holidays

I respect Michelle Schoffro Cook on health matters. Her advice in Care2.com on on renovating your gut biome after holiday excesses is spot on. After too much of all the wrong foods, it’s a good idea to look after the … Continue reading

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More on Monsanto

Bayer may have bought the brand (and the brand is burning them), but more court cases against Monsanto are coming. Katherine Paul, from the Organic Consumers Association has written a brief but informative essay at Daily Kos, setting out the … Continue reading

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Bug killers harm children

In my essay, How to Change the World, I use an organophosphate pesticide as a case study. A new, large scale report shows, yet again, that this entire class of poisons is deadly stuff for humans. Here is a plain-language … Continue reading

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Eating pesticide = increased cancer risk

Any sensible person knows that, but it’s nice to have scientific evidence. Nearly 69,000 people in France were followed up 4 years after they reported their preferences for organic food. Of several writeups, this is the best.

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