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  • 5 Simple Tips to Save Money and Energy

    by Paula Gallagher | March 4, 2014

    While we all use energy differently, in general, the most energy is used for heating and cooling the home, with hot water coming in second.

    Save money and energy

    Good energy habits can help you save. Here are five simple tips to save money and energy... which helps our environment and keeps the green in your wallet.

    1. In the kitchen: Make sure your fridge is full! Full fridges and freezers use less energy, so fill up your fridge so it can recover its internal temperature more quickly after being opened. But remember to leave enough space around food items to allow circulation of cold air.

    2. Around the home: Use your blinds and drapes. In the winter, open your blinds during the day to allow sunlight to heat your home, then close them at night to minimize heat loss. In the summer, keep them closed during the day to block out the heat.

    3. Home appliances: Electricity demand is greatest during the day. Running major appliances at night or in the early morning will put less strain on the electricity grid. Ask your electricity provider when the cheapest rates are. Our rates literally are cut in half after 7pm, so that is when I do laundry!  Read more

  • Say No to Triclosan

    by Paula Gallagher | January 7, 2014

    Here’s a way to be healthier, as well as gentler on the environment this year that you may not have considered: stop using antibacterial products, such as soaps and wipes, and some toothpastes, mouthwashes, and deodorants. The main villain here is a common chemical called triclosan, which is harmful to the environment, can disrupt hormones, and can contribute to antibiotic resistance.

    Thankfully, the US Food and Drug Administration is finally placing triclosan under scrutiny, demanding that it be proven safe and more effective against infection than regular soap and water. If not, it may be removed from the market.

    The main problem with triclosan from a public health standpoint is that it’s not actually that effective at killing germs. It kills off the weaker bacteria, leaving the stronger ones behind. That’s a perfect formula for breeding bacterial resistance.

    Companies have until December 2014 to prove that the products that contain triclosan are safe. Until then, it is up to us to read labels and watch out for this ingredient. If you are concerned, turn over the bottle of any antibacterial; if triclosan is in it, then it will be clearly labeled as the active ingredient.

    Click here to see a more inclusive list of products containing triclosan (you will be surprised!) or read further about this very interesting issue.

  • Five Breast Cancer Blogs You Should Read

    by Paula Gallagher | October 16, 2013

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of you know this. But did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers? About 1 in 8 women (12%) in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. This is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.

    Exercise, diet and early detection play huge roles in reducing breast cancer risk, as well as increasing survival rates.

    To learn more about what you can do to decrease your risk, check out these blogs:

    1. Tips for Breast Health and Breast Cancer Prevention

    2. Household Chemicals and Breast Cancer

    3. Herbal Formula Shows Promise for Reducing Breast Cancer Risk

    4. Diagnostic Tools and Screening Tests for Breast Cancer

    5. Weight and Breast Cancer

    And if you are donating to breast cancer causes, you may want to read this blog about where your really money goes when you give.

  • Take Care of Cold Sores Naturally

    by Paula Gallagher | August 26, 2013

    Anyone who has ever had a cold sore knows they can be as embarrassing as they are uncomfortable. A contagious infection caused by the herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1), cold sores are fluid-filled lesions that can last for a week or longer.

    Cold sores usually appear near the mouth: on the lips, chin, and cheeks. Sometimes they show up in the nostrils or on the roof of the mouth or the gums.

    Signs and symptoms may not show up for 1 to 3 weeks after exposure to the HSV and include:

    • Small, fluid-filled red blisters, usually near the mouth
    • Pain, tingling, or burning around the mouth or nose before a blister appears
    • Itching or sensitivity at the site before a cold sore appears
    • Fever
    • Sore throat
    • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
    • Oozing blisters, which then form a yellow crust that eventually sloughs off to reveal pink skin underneath.  Read more
  • Incredible, Edible... Hemp

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | July 23, 2013

    Hemp is an incredible plant with interesting uses, as well as a fascinating history.

    Did you know until the late 1800s, almost all of the paper in the United States was made from hemp? Even the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp. Henry Ford’s car model was made from hemp and wheat straw 1. As if the plant wasn’t versatile enough, hemp seeds were even used to treat nutritional deficiencies due to its nutritionally dense properties 2. Let’s start with how hemp is a powerhouse of nutrition.

    How Nutritious is Hemp? 3
    The hemp nut is high in tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E). This means that hemp nuts are a great source of antioxidants, kill free radicals, may reduce the risks of cancer and help protect your cells from damage. Hemp nuts also have a perfect balance of omega 6 and omega 3. Read more

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