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  • Lunch Today: Mango Papaya Salsa

    by Paula Gallagher | May 24, 2017

    mango-papaya-salsaThis isn't really a meal per se, but mango papaya salsa is a great topping for fish, burgers and chicken, and it makes a great dip, too! Since many will be having backyard parties and doing some grilling, this easy-to-make salsa, bursting with tropical fruit flavors, will be a hit with your friends.

    Papaya, one of the stars of this recipe, contains more vitamin A than carrots and more vitamin C than oranges. It also contains an enzyme called papain that helps digest foods. The other star, mango, is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (particularly vitamins A and C, potassium and beta-carotene). Read more

  • EWG's 2017 Guide to Sunscreens

    by Paula Gallagher | May 23, 2017

    sunblockThis is the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) 11th annual guide to sunscreens, to help you choose safe and effective sun protection for you and your loved ones. EWG rates thousands of sunscreens from 0 to 10. This is known as the ingredient hazard score and reflects known and suspected hazards of ingredients. The safest products are rated 0 to 2 (green). Products that are rated 3 to 6 (yellow) have moderate hazards to health, and from 7 to 10 (red) are considered high hazards to health.

    Since starting the guide in 2007, there has been good progress. Read more

  • Lyme Disease: Protect & Prevent

    by Paula Gallagher | May 22, 2017

    lyme-preventionLyme disease is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the US, Canada and Western Europe. The CDC estimates that there are over 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year. Depending on where you live, you may or may not have come across ticks. Ticks can’t fly or jump, so these little pests transfer onto an animal or person that brushes up against any foliage that they may have crawled on. Once on a host, they normally make their way to a warm, moist location such as the armpits before settling down to draw blood.

    While not all ticks cause illness, they are known carriers for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, as well as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia and others.

    Lyme disease is caused by the bite of a tick infected with the corkscrew-shaped bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. Read more

  • Dinner Tonight: Creamy Raw Avocado Soup

    by Paula Gallagher | May 17, 2017

    avocado-soup_aSwitching to a raw food diet, also known as a “living food" diet, can have significant health and wellness benefits, from increasing energy and weight loss to disease prevention and minimizing the degenerative conditions of aging. A raw food diet consists of eating fully uncooked and unprocessed food, but can include food preparation techniques such as fermenting, spiralizing, dehydrating, and blending. And because there is little to no heat applied in the raw food kitchen, foods are kept “living,” which preserves the integrity of many nutrients. Some raw “cooking” techniques, such as sprouting and fermenting, unlock valuable nutrients, making an ingredient more digestible. Read more

  • Concerns About FDA Approved Drugs

    by Paula Gallagher | May 16, 2017

    medsLast week findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that nearly one-third of FDA approved drugs from 2001 through 2010 had major safety issues years after the medications were made widely available to patients.

    The study identified 123 drugs that had safety issues arise after FDA approval. Of those:

    • 3 were withdrawn due to safety concerns.
    • 61 had received boxed warnings about serious side effects (the strictest warning put in the labeling of prescription drugs or drug products by the FDA Read more


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