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DIY Worm Bins and Vermicompost Fun

By Asha Kreiling Worm composting, also known as vermicomposting, is a great way to recycle organic waste at home into a nutrient rich soil amendment/fertilizer known as worm castings or “vermicompost.” This method of composting is ideal for families who primarily generate food scraps rather than yard waste; or, like …

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Recycling 101 in Sweden

By Fredrica Syren The other day I was out hiking and ran into a recycling center in the middle of the forest. This is what I love about Sweden — how easy it is to recycle and to find a place to dispose of trash. Compared to the U.S., for …

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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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