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A Green Day In Pictures

We had the luxury of spending a day in the countryside with our green friends Ulrika and Gustav. They are such an inspiration because they traded city living for a house in the countryside. They try to live as substantial and green as possible and we love spending time with …

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Overuse of Antibacterials

 By Kim Robson There’s no question that the advent of antibiotics has saved countless lives. They were discovered in 1943 when American microbiologist Selman A. Waksman (1888–1973) found that a particular fungus produced a powerful antibiotic effect. This original antibiotic, streptomycin, helped treat deadly diseases such as tuberculosis, typhoid fever, bubonic …

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Plastic Bags Banned in L.A

By Asha Kreiling I always bring my own reusable bags when I go grocery shopping, and I bring any accumulated plastic bags to the recycling bins at retail stores like VONS or Whole Foods. But, while standing in grocery checkout lines, I always cringe as I watch countless other customers …

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The Efficacy of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

By Jackie Bensinger, L.Ac. Above all, the objective and the value of any medicine is the resolution of the patient’s imbalance with the least amount of harm to the patient. The bottom line needs to be returning the patient to a state that is normal and/or healthier than before the illness, with …

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Slavery, Chocolate and Fair Trade

By Asha Kreiling Oh, chocolate! I’m not ashamed to admit that I am a chocolate fiend. I love all kinds of chocolate and all things chocolate flavored: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate covered raisins and almonds, chocolate chip cookies, brownies — you name it. What I am not too proud …

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Ocean Is Getting Warmer and We’re To Blame

By Fredrica Syren I am always angered when people question whether or not global warming is man-made. It makes sense, doesn’t it, that we pollute our planet and it’s dying in return? So when I found an article on MSNBC, I was not surprised at all that our oceans are …

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Home Skin Care Pays!

 By Valerie Yoder A few days ago, after I steamed my face with a warm wash cloth, I reached for my beloved Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk. I put my finger on the nozzle, squeezed it, and … nothing. I shook the bottle and pumped the nozzle vigorously … there must be …

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The Challenges with Your Choice

By Fredrica Syren A very good friend from New York visited us this past weekend. She also is a vegetarian; in her case, it’s out of compassion for animals as well as for health reasons. She works in a very macho culture, Wall Street. She told us of the constant …

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Clean Burning Candles

By Kim Robson  The earliest documented candles, made from whale fat, originated in China around 200 BC. Candles were not seen in the Middle East or Europe until around 600 years later, mainly because olive oil was widely available for burning in lamps. Early European candles were made from a …

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Increasing Allergies in the U.S.

By Asha Kreiling Nowadays, it seems that almost everyone is allergic to something or at least gets a little sniffly during allergy season. Well, it’s true: more Americans than ever are suffering from allergies. Studies reveal that the prevalence of allergies, seasonal and all other types, has been increasing in …

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