Health + Wellness

WTO Says U.S. Consumers Don’t Need to Know Where Meat Comes From

WTO Says U.S. Consumers Don’t Need to Know Where Meat Comes From

This week, the World Trade Organization (WTO) finally issued a decision in the challenge made by Mexico and Canada to the U.S.’s country-of-origin (COOL) labeling rules for meat. And environmental and food safety groups are hopping mad, as WTO upheld the contention made by those countries, supported by multi0national meat packers, that the rules unfairly […]

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    6 Reasons to Go Gluten-Free

    6 Reasons to Go Gluten-Free

    Awareness of the negative health effects of gluten has increased in the past few years. One 2013 survey shows that a third of Americans are actively trying to eliminate gluten from their diets. But gluten-free is more than just the latest fad … there are multiple studies showing that gluten can cause harmful effects. Here are 6 […]

    7 Surprisingly Affordable Superfoods

    7 Surprisingly Affordable Superfoods

    A diet high in antioxidants does more than just ward off cancer. It fights the free radicals responsible for arthritis and other joint diseases, lung problems like emphysema and bronchitis, and atherosclerosis, the leading cause of heart disease. Though you may think that antioxidant-rich foods are limited to expensive goji berries or exotic herbs, research is identifying some dirt-cheap […]

    Gathering Around the Dinner Table: The Art of Food Justice

    Gathering Around the Dinner Table: The Art of Food Justice

    They began arriving hours in advance. More than 400 volunteers—farmers, cooks, drivers, mobile art kitchens, dance choreographers, spoken word poets, food servers, food runners, zero waste managers and table hosts. And when the bell rang, nearly 2,000 guests followed the signs in Somali, Spanish, Hmong and English and took their seats on Sunday, Sept. 14—at a […]

    9 Ways Processed Foods Are Slowly Killing People

    9 Ways Processed Foods Are Slowly Killing People

    Processed foods are bad. They are the main reason why people all over the world are getting fat and sick. How do we know? Every time a population adopts a “Western” diet high in processed foods, they get sick. It happens within a few years. Their genes don’t change, their food does. The carbohydrates you find in […]

    Häagen-Dazs Says No to ‘Extreme’ Genetic Engineering Techniques

    Häagen-Dazs Says No to ‘Extreme’ Genetic Engineering Techniques

    Ice cream lovers who prefer to steer clear of genetically modified organisms (GMO) will be happy to hear that Häagen-Dazs has confirmed it will not use vanilla produced via synthetic biology, a new set of “extreme” genetic engineering techniques. “Häagen-Dazs and other leading ice cream companies are doing the right thing by listening to the growing number of consumers […]

    3 Common Chemicals That May Cause Breast Cancer

    3 Common Chemicals That May Cause Breast Cancer

    Breast cancer is an epidemic. One in eight women will develop the disease, and nearly 40,000 women die from it yearly (though, thankfully, the death rate is decreasing). We all know women who have fought the disease—moms, sisters, grandmothers, friends, aunts, daughters, neighbors. Bisphenol-A, phthalates and parabens are three very common chemicals that have been […]

    Despite Industry Opposition, Scientists Report Formaldehyde Causes Cancer

    Despite Industry Opposition, Scientists Report Formaldehyde Causes Cancer

    While an industry group has tried to confuse the issue and stall action on it, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) issued a report on Aug. 8 which concludes that formaldehyde causes at least three types of cancers. The chemical industry tried to undermine a report finding that formaldehyde causes cancer. Photo credit: Shutterstock The lobby […]

    6 Toothpaste Ingredients You Should Avoid

    6 Toothpaste Ingredients You Should Avoid

    Reposted with permission from Rodale News. “Brush three times a day!” You probably grew up hearing that conventional oral-hygiene wisdom, but unfortunately, doing so today could pose an unnecessary threat to your health, thanks to certain bad-actor ingredients cropping up in popular toothpaste brands. The kicker? Some of the worst ingredients don’t even help keep […]