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Should Mammograms Go The Way of The Dinosaurs?

By Christine Horner M.D.
July 21, 2014
File under: Health Concerns

For over forty years, women have been told that the best way to lower their risk of dying of breast cancer is by getting a yearly mammogram.

However, several recent, well-designed studies have found that may not be true. Researchers say the value of mammograms has been overrated and their harms severely underrated.

Last year, a study of 600,000 women published in the journal Cochrane Database System Review concluded that there is “no evidence that mammography screening reduces overall mortality.” In addition, thirty percent of the “breast cancers” found by mammogram were “over-diagnosed,” meaning they would never become a problem.

For every 2,000 women invited for screening for 10 years, the researchers stated that only one will avoid dying of cancer and ten healthy women would be unnecessarily treated with potentially harmful surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. …read more of Should Mammograms Go The Way of The Dinosaurs? here

 
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Bagel Mom

By Deborah Elkins
July 14, 2014
File under: Empathy, Food Supply, Food Waste, Social Responsibility

No act of kindness however small is ever wasted. ~Aesop

The Bagel Mom Movement all started with a donation of bagels from a mom who knew that unsold bagels go to waste and who approached local shop owners, Ted and Patra Cichowski  of New York Bagel in Brentwood.

That one container of bagels fed hundreds of children at Paul Revere Middle School. In order to bring bagels to kids that need a little more, you have to offer bagels to everyone. Some kids really are hungry and may have skipped breakfast, but other kids are just happy to get some kind of attention… a bit of love and kindness in the gift of a bagel.

It is an honor and a privilege to be the ‘Bagel Mom.’ Every act of kindness has a ripple effect and the Bagel Mom Program has been just that.

I had no idea when I began this effort with one supply of bagels where it would lead. There was no intention or plan to be Bagel Mom; there was just the obvious waste and a corresponding need. There were kids slipping through the cracks at my schools for many different reasons who just do not have enough to eat. …read more of Bagel Mom here

 
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Farmers Market – Bountiful Local Harvest

By Marilyn Peterson
July 8, 2014
File under: Food Supply, Healthy Eating, Local Farmers, Produce

There are lots of reasons to look forward to summer, but none more satisfying than the bounty of lush seasonal produce; and nowhere is the colorful display of delectable fruits and vegetables more fresh or bountiful than at Farmer’s Markets.

Farmers markets are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by small farmers and a weekly ritual for many shoppers. It’s easy to compare both price and quality, because the stalls are set up close to each other.

Farmers are generally quite happy to talk to shoppers about their organic growing methods and it has never been more important to read the signs to verify that the produce is in fact, free of genetically modified organisms. (GMOs) …read more of Farmers Market – Bountiful Local Harvest here

 
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Does Organic Food from China Meet the Same Standards?

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 29, 2014
File under: Food Production, Food Supply, Healthy Eating, Organic

There is one thing that most chefs agree on, it is that they prefer organic produce to that which is conventionally grown by an overwhelming margin. While choosing organic is a moral, environmental and indeed healthy choice, for chefs it is all about taste.

According to a report by The Organic Center in Boulder, Colorado, eating organic fruits and vegetables will increase the body’s antioxidant intake by about 30 percent, as compared to conventionally grown produce.[1]

Organic food differs from conventionally produced food in the way it is grown, handled, and processed. Organic food is also produced with renewable resources that promote the conservation of soil and water to enhance and preserve the environment.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has put in place a set of national standards that food labeled “organic” must meet, whether it is grown in the United States or imported from other countries. …read more of Does Organic Food from China Meet the Same Standards? here

 
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Frozen or Chilled Watermelon Slushy for Pets and People, Too!

By Gabrielle Ottavio
June 25, 2014
File under: Fruit, Healthy Eating, Pets, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

Summer is now officially here and temperatures have already soared well into the 90’s in many areas of the country.

It is important to keep your pet hydrated, no matter the season however, in the dog days of summer proper hydration is crucial to protect your dog from heat stress and heat related illnesses.

Different dogs have different needs when battling the heat. For instance, a darker coat will absorb more heat and an overweight dog will be at higher risk for dehydration. There are many added stresses on the body for the overweight pet, such as an increased risk of diabetes and joint pain.

The summertime heat and humidity only add to this stress; when an overweight dog suffers from the heat, it’s harder for him to cool off by panting. Cats cool themselves by licking their fur and though they do actually sweat through their paws, cats will also begin to pant when they become very overheated. …read more of Frozen or Chilled Watermelon Slushy for Pets and People, Too! here

 
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