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Nov 14 2014
It’s a shocking statistic that everyone should be talking about, 1 in every 3 kids in the United States is overweight or obese. What on earth could American children be eating to substantiate this scary statistic? This was the question which fueled author Rebeca Plantier’s inquiry into the school lunch programs of the French in her article, What French Kids Eat For School Lunch (It Puts Americans...
Nov 14 2014
Scientists aren’t quite sure how the placebo effect works. This phenomenon occurs when a patient believes they are getting treatment and their condition begins to improve, despite not actually receiving medication with an active ingredient. A new study has also found that some breast cancer survivors who regularly practice stress reduction techniques, including mindful meditation and yoga, can...
Nov 14 2014
A study of one component found in the fracking fluid injected into shale to release oil and gas contains chemicals found in substances most people ingest all the time, including ice cream, laxatives and toothpaste, according to new research from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Though the fluid is mostly water and sand, many critics of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, say chemicals added...
Nov 14 2014
1. Strawberry growers rely on some of the riskiest and hardest-to-control pesticides used in agriculture. The little red fruit is nutritious and delicious. It’s also fragile, valuable and often grown on coastal California real estate. So strawberry growers use a class of pesticides known as fumigants, blasting the soil with gases before they plant each season’s crop. Fumigants are like an...
Nov 14 2014
There are two sides to rice: the grain that feeds half the world – and the primary carcinogenic source of inorganic arsenic in our diet. Arsenic is a natural occurring element that is ubiquitous in the environment. It is present primarily as inorganic arsenic, which is highly toxic. What sets rice apart is that it is the only major crop that is grown under flooded conditions. It is this flooding...

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