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Be Mine Beeswax Candle

Feb. 6, 2018 by

Most of the pretty candles we light to help us relax actually emit toxic chemicals linked to cancer, asthma and birth defects. That is not relaxing! It’s even worse if the candle has fragrance or color. “Artificially scented and colored

Should I “Buy Local” If It’s Grown Like This?

Feb. 1, 2018 by

We’re asked to “BUY LOCAL,” but this farm is local, and organic, and they’re growing plastic covered strawberries! Should I buy local even if it’s grown like this?  Farm Day happens once a year in Ventura County, California. Willing farmers swing

5 Things That Suck About Whole Foods Market Right Now

Jan. 25, 2018 by

We pay a lot of money to shop at Whole Foods and I’m beginning to wonder if it’s worth it. Here are 5 reasons why it sucks to shop at Whole Foods Market right now. 1. THERE’S VERY LITTLE ORGANIC

I Tried My First Floor Barre Class. Here’s Why It Isn’t Just For Dancers

Jan. 18, 2018 by

I had tried “Floor-Barre” workout classes before, but despite a lifetime of dance, I’d never taken the kind I imagined all the ballerinas in New York take. The original Floor-Barre class was created by Zena Rommett in New York City

What a few days in Big Sur taught me about “Forest Bathing”

Jan. 15, 2018 by

I grew up outside, literally. My childhood was spent in the country just outside the City of Napa, California. My mom used the natural world that surrounded us as a built-in babysitter. I loved every minute of the freedom it

Our Poisoned Apple

Dec. 1, 2017 by

When the evil queen gives Snow White the apple in the classic Disney fairy tale, we know she shouldn’t eat it. Its ruby red skin is enticing, but lurking underneath is something we know will hurt her. The red apple

Not Your Average Farmers, But They Should Be

Dec. 1, 2017 by

The farming practices most large-scale farms use today degrade soil health, require a tremendous amount of water, harm the environment, rely on GMOs and toxic chemicals, contribute to climate change and work against Mother Nature, not with her. If there is

Is Whole Foods Market a Health Food Hypocrite?

Dec. 1, 2017 by

Whole Foods Market calls itself “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” and we pay more to shop there because we want organic food grown by farmers using sustainable practices. No other major grocery store chain in the country promotes organic farming and

It’s Time We All Stop Using Plastic

Nov. 8, 2017 by

The amount of plastic we use is pretty staggering. Globally, a million plastic bottles are sold every minute. Much of the plastic that doesn’t make it into landfills, gets dumped in the world’s oceans–about eight million metric tons of plastic

Harvard Researcher Suggests Organic is Worth the Extra Money

Oct. 31, 2017 by

A new study by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health found that women undergoing infertility treatment who ate fruits and vegetables with high-pesticide residues were less likely to become pregnant and had a higher risk of pregnancy loss. “There have

This Might Save Your Life

Oct. 30, 2017 by

If a major disaster strikes, do you have enough food, water, and supplies to last at least 2 weeks? Do you have a whistle to call for help, and a first aid kit? Do you know how to open your

How To Find A Local, Organic Farm Near You

Sep. 27, 2017 by

Want to buy produce or meat from a local, family-run farm that uses organic, regenerative or biodynamic practices, but not sure how to find one? Local farmers markets are a good place to start, but if yours lacks organic produce

This Co-op Is Doing It Better Than Whole Foods Market

Aug. 24, 2017 by

Co-ops of the past may conjure up images of small, hippie type stores without much of a selection, but today some of the best can go toe-to-toe with major grocery store chains like Whole Foods Market. The Sacramento Natural Foods

Is Vet Recommended Food Making Your Pet Sick?

Jul. 26, 2017 by

Royal Canin, Science Diet, Eukaneuba, and Iams are some of the most popular brands recommended by vets. Yet these expensive and so-called “premium brands” often have low quality and biologically inappropriate ingredients. Could they be making your pet sick? Vet

Should Garden Stores Sell Monsanto’s Roundup?

Jul. 6, 2017 by

Monsanto’s Roundup is America’s best selling weed killer. It’s sprayed on golf courses, in parks, carports and backyards across America. But a recent decision by the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may make some consumers want to put it down.

California EPA Links Ingredient in Roundup to Cancer

Jun. 28, 2017 by

The California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in an effort to protect human health has determined that the active ingredient in Monsanto’s popular weed killer, Roundup, is a carcinogen. Beginning July 7, glyphosate will be added to the list of chemicals

Recreational Drug “Special-K” Found In ‘100% Natural’ Chicken

Jun. 23, 2017 by

Three consumer groups filed suit against the nation’s 3rd largest poultry producer yesterday for false advertising. Routine USDA testing found recreational drugs, pharmaceuticals, anti-inflammatories, steroids, banned antibiotics and hormones in chicken labeled “100% natural.” Special-K, it’s not cereal Ketamine was

How to Find the Purest Honey

Jun. 21, 2017 by

Honey is a great natural sweetener, but it also has antibacterial properties, antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and medicinal properties. Unfortunately, some of the honey sold on supermarket shelves is stripped of all its healthy goodness through over processing and could

Drop the Coconut Oil!

Jun. 20, 2017 by

The health world hails coconut oil, but the American Heart Association (AHA) just released a report that may make you want to put it down. “Because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD [cardiovascular disease], and has no

AUDIO POST: A Hip-Hop Farmer

Jun. 15, 2017 by

Ietef Vita, a.k.a. DJ Cavem Moetavation, is a 30-year-old hip-hop artist, deejay, educator, organic gardener, and vegan chef. He grew up in Denver, Colorado’s Five Points neighborhood and was a member of the Eastside Gangstas, 29th set before he discovered organic

Where Are All The Women?

Jun. 7, 2017 by

Women outnumber men in all but one of the 5 largest cities in the United States. But when it comes to representation in local government, women are nowhere near men’s ranks. LA (2nd largest city in the U.S.) The most

How To Have A Healthy Chocolate Addiction

Jun. 2, 2017 by

More than just delicious, chocolate is downright healthy. It’s loaded with antioxidants, contains iron, zinc, magnesium, copper and vitamin C. Chocolate can improve blood flow to the brain, reduce our stress hormone, cortisol, increase serotonin (our brain’s happy chemical), and can

How to Choose the Healthiest Olive Oil

May. 20, 2017 by

The ancient Greeks credit Athena, the goddess of wisdom, with creating the olive tree. Hippocrates, the Greek  physician considered the “father of medicine,” called olive oil “the great healer.” A staple of the Mediterranean diet, one of the healthiest diets on

NHL: It’s Time to Take Concussions Seriously

May. 18, 2017 by

Hockey is thrilling to watch. It’s ridiculously fast, speeds on the ice can reach 30 miles per hour, violent, and sometimes dangerous. Players often get slammed head first into the “boards.” They get whacked in the head with hockey sticks, collide

France Bans Skinny Models: Let’s Stop Eating Disorders

May. 12, 2017 by

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that fashion models are thin, often too thin. What is surprising is that France has said ENOUGH (trop c’est trop)! A new French law will require models to have a certificate of health from a medical

Got Organic Milk? Maybe Not

May. 10, 2017 by

A Washington Post story entitled “Why your ‘organic’ milk may not be organic” has revealed that one of the nation’s largest suppliers of organic milk doesn’t appear to be complying with USDA organic practices. And apparently, it’s not alone. “About half of the

Soda is Bad For Your Brain

Apr. 28, 2017 by

A new study provides some evidence that drinking soda is bad for your brain. The study, which was published in the journals Alzheimer’s & Dementia and Stroke, found that people who regularly drank soda had smaller overall brain volume, impaired memory,

Should Smoking Be Allowed In Apartment Buildings?

Apr. 28, 2017 by

The research is clear, secondhand cigarette smoke kills, but an apartment is your home and if you can’t smoke there, where can you smoke? One city in Northern California has an answer: almost nowhere. EXCUSE ME, YOU CAN’T SMOKE HERE

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