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Health Benefits of Ginger

By Larraine Roulston: The history of ginger goes back 2000 years to Chinese medicine. Ancient Romans, as well, widely used ginger. Today, with ginger’s popularity and availably, we too can give our immune systems a boost — especially during the upcoming winter months. Ginger, with its important natural oil containing gingerol, has …

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Americans Are Reclaiming Their Kitchens

By Kim Robson: There’s a growing trend emerging in America: we’re cooking again! And not just with the microwave, either. Too many of us have been relying for too long on the quick and easy — fast food, takeout, and frozen dinners that require little or no assembly or reheating. …

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Mammograms for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

By Fredrica Syren: October is breast cancer awareness month and is an annual international health campaign to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. I few months back, I had my …

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Quick Jams for Autumn

By Emma Grace Fairchild: The days are shorter and the air cooler as autumn approaches parts of the world, including my home in the Czech Republic. After a sunny and warm September, October is bringing cravings for soups, mulled wine and other tasty concoctions simmering on stovetops. At the same …

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Unwanted Phonebooks

By Fredrica Syren: For lots of people, there is nothing more frustrating than finding those heavy phonebooks sitting on the doorstep. Let’s get real: how long has it been since you’ve used a phone book to look up a phone number? With today’s access to phone numbers (residential or commercial) …

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Walk For Health

By Fredrica Syren: While living in Sweden for the past 3 years I walked…and I walked and I walked. You see in Sweden you don’t use cars so much to get around but rater use public transportation, bikes and yes walk. It helps that in Sweden, like many places in …

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The Benefits of Thermal Blackout Curtains

By Kim Robson: Up here in our little off-the-grid mountain home, we don’t have the option of air conditioning. Staying reasonably comfortable during the dog days of summer can be a challenge. One of the tricks in our toolkit is dark thermal curtains. Think of them as an extra, temporary …

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Chipotle, Foodborne Illnesses, and Sustainability

By Emma Grace Fairchild: Food safety is a complex process. It is also an industry that must constantly adapt to our changing technology and food supply. As consumers, we expect the foods we purchase and prepare to be safe and not to make us sick: however — from bacterial contamination …

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Toxic Free Kids—How to Choose Safe Toys

By Fredrica Syren: As a parent of three beautiful children, I worry about so many things: Do they eat enough? Is the air the breath clean? Will they fall from that tree they are climbing? Is the car seat safe? What I really do not want to worry about is …

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Celebrate Waste Reduction Week

By Larraine Roulston : During the third week in October, on both sides of the Atlantic, recycling councils celebrate Waste Reduction Week (WRW). This year, October 17-23 marks the promotion of building environmental awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption. It is a week of information and events about how …

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