“Fresh Scent” Toxins in Your Home

Scented laundry and personal products release carcinogens, study finds. … Studies suggests scented laundry items contain carcinogens that waft through vents, potentially raising cancer risk.  Scented products increase health risk through touch and inhalation. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which regulates cleaning supplies, …

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Forest Bathing

Mother Nature’s Rx for Body and Mindby Marlaina Donato In 1982, the Japanese government coined the term Shinrin-yoku (“taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing”) to inspire people to visit and appreciate national parks. Today, that walk in the woods has …

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The Re-Use Revolution

Plastics Peril Drives New Strategies by Yvette C. Hammett Daily news footage and photos capture the damage plastic is doing to the planet’s oceans: turtles ensnared in plastic nets, whales with guts full of plastics and aerial views of the …

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Help for Home Gardeners

Extension Agents at Your Serviceby Yvette C. Hammett Many home gardeners readily list flies, wasps and beetles among the “pests” in their gardens. However, many of these are actually pollinators that help boost production of fruits and vegetables; others are …

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Wild and Wonderful

Foraging for Foodies  by April Thompson There is such a thing as a free lunch, and it awaits adventurous foragers in backyards, city parks, mountain meadows and even sidewalk cracks. From nutritious weeds and juicy berries to delicate, delicious flowers …

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Seek 15 Minutes of Device-Free Time

When we’re feeling angry, stressed or overexcited, just 15 minutes of being alone without a device can put us into a more peaceful state, reports a University of Rochester study. Young adults, sitting in a comfortable chair away from their …

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Soak Up Rays for a Healthier Bowel

Regular exposure to sunlight decreases the incidence of irritable bowel disease (IBD) in children, researchers from the Australian National University report. They compared 99 children with IBD with 396 healthy children using interviews with parents to establish a database. For …

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The Art of the Nap

Power naps—the short-but-sweet kind—give us the opportunity to nourish the most neglected part of life, the inner life. Rest-fueled “me-time” can be a daily ritual punctuated with both practical and aesthetic inspiration. Choosing a spot drenched in inviting natural light or close-curtained tranquility and reserving a favored pillow, chair or luxurious coverlet can usher in blissful time-out.

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One Hundred Activities for Building Family Bonds

Families that come together and share positive experiences build strong family relationships. They cultivate a strong family bond by experiencing positive emotions and uniting through common experiences. Here are some easy to implement ideas to help families with children of all ages to develop relationships, build communication …

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