Why not use antibacterial soaps? First, regular soaps do the same thing just as well. Antibacterial soaps do not get rid of germs any better than regular soaps and water. In fact, it’s more of a marketing device than anything else.
Second, we don’t need to introduce more antibacterial chemicals into the environment, making them less effective. The environment is already choking on them and their usefulness in fighting disease continues to be diminished as a consequence. Third, the ingredients could contribute to harmful hormonal changes, especially if used over a long period of time.
Taking a closer look, the manufacturers haven’t proven that the antimicrobial ingredients are safe for daily use over a long period of time. That’s why the FDA is issuing a final rule which will ban antiseptic wash products like bar soaps, foam, gel hand soaps and body washes that contain antibacterial active ingredients—including triclosan and triclocarban.
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HEALTH WARNING! HARMFUL PESTICIDE RESIDUE FOUND IN MANY HUMMUS BRANDS. SEE WHICH BRANDS TO BUY AND WHICH AVOID.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is the organization that annually produces their Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists of non-organic fruits and vegetables. By referring to their reports, consumers can learn which kinds of produce should be purchased organic and which non-organic are relatively safe for your family. Now the EWG has investigated hummus and issued their report.
The good news here is that there is an organization we can trust to inform consumers about what foods are safer and which should be avoided. The article lists the brands with the highest and lowest percentages of glyphosate. This is the chemical in Roundup herbicide that has been linked to cancer. Hummus can be a very healthful part of our diet, so knowing which brands are safest is important, especially because toxic chemicals can accumulate in our body over time.
Read the EWG report here.
It’s no wonder that many of us are interested in learning more about sleep. Since 1991, the National Sleep Foundation has conducted polls to study American’s sleeping habits. One highlight from 2020 is that significant numbers of people in America feel sleepy about 3 days per week, which negatively affects their daily lives.
When it comes to which position is best for sleeping, medical science tells us that sleeping on our back is healthiest. However, it must not be very comfortable, because only 8% of us sleep that way. On the other hand, sleeping on our stomach is considered the least healthy due to the way it positions the spine, neck, and arms and presses on the stomach.
Side sleeping benefits include better digestion, enhanced brain power, keeping snoring to a minimum, reducing pressure on the heart. There are ways to keep the body in alignment—sometimes difficult when sleeping on the side—which are explained in the article. Also detailed are the pros and cons of each side.
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