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What’s the Deal with Anti-Bacterial Soap?

America has declared war, and it’s not against high-waisted jeans. (Though on that subject, consider me General Patton.) Germs are the new enemy and we’re engaged in hand-to-hand combat with them. Recall the sight of Britney Spears traipsing across gas station bathrooms barefoot, which horrified people more than her shaved […]

Foodie Underground: Appreciating Simple Food

ColumnTaking a Swedish approach to appreciating our everyday food routines. I’ve been traveling for a few weeks, and in doing so have failed to keep up with the latest and greatest in food news that seems to inundate the blogosphere on a daily basis. But a girl needs a break […]

Treating Stress the Natural Way

Back in March, I was trying to organise a wedding for 110 guests from the other side of the world and slim down to look great in my bridal dress, as well as doing my day job. I was one stressed-out bunny! At the time I wrote about the steps […]

Got Milk Paint?

There’ll be no crying over spilt milk paint. Enough with the cans of decorative yet toxic paint stacking up in the crawl space of my basement. If only I had known about milk paint before I customized all my desks and armoires! This is a paint so safe and eco-friendly, […]

Corn: It's What's for Dinner (and Lunch, and Breakfast)

I once met a woman with corn allergies and she lamented how hard it was to find food she could eat outside her own kitchen. You wouldn’t know it just by looking, but corn is pervasive in so many foods comprising the Standard American Diet. Pervasive meaning…corn pretty much is […]

The Standard American Diet in Pictures and Numbers

You might have heard the sound bite: if everyone ate like Americans, we’d need two planets. But even if one’s primary goal isn’t going green, for the sake of our health we should all pay closer attention to food. For example, I had no idea that the average American eats […]

Are Women Too Fearful?

Did you see the archetypal serial-killer looking guy lurking around our place the other morning? He was wearing a hoodie drawn low over his eyes. He might as well have been holding up a sign that say “Cross the street or I will eat your liver with fava beans.” Yes, […]

Debunking the Most Popular Soy Myths

The topic of soy can create a big debate among healthy folks, and the viewpoints can be extreme. Who knew a humble green bean could be so controversial? Some tout soy products as a panacea for health and wellness, while others swear that soy is a sure ticket to infertility […]

A Woman’s Right to Refuse Hormones

Recently, I discovered “the Aniston syndrome.” And I’m not talking a mid-90s hair flip or Angelina Jolie’s extremely-played-out-imaginary nemesis. It seems a certain smug-section of bloggers have coined “the Aniston syndrome” to refer to careless old women who have dared to put their careers first, only to be suffering barren […]

Autism Increases Linked to Environmental Factors

Mysteriously, autism rates in California have gone up 700% in the past 15 years. Theories abound. Some claim the explosion in cases is because doctors are more aware and are therefore diagnosing more children; but that doesn’t account for such a huge spike. Others insist it’s vaccines containing thimerosal that […]

A Nutrition Guide for the Pregnant Vegetarian

I have a vegetarian friend who just found out she’s pregnant. She immediately looked at me and asked “Does this mean I’ll have to start eating meat?” Her worried family had sternly advised her take up an omnivorous diet again, but I assured her I’d heard plenty of stories about […]

Organic Veggie Plot Is the New Office Gathering Spot

As hungry workers nationwide kiss moral-boosting bonuses and office parties goodbye, at least one Minnesota employer is adding rather than subtracting a perk for his people: an organic vegetable garden for enjoying the fruits of their labor. The Dude Ranch in Delano, Minn. (30 minutes outside downtown Minneapolis) is the […]

Would You Go a Week Without Makeup?

My personal makeup regime goes something like this: wash face, apply toner, and apply sunscreen. If it’s daytime, I’m done. If it’s nighttime, I’ll go for some lipstick and mascara, possibly cover up if I’m feeling all fancy-like. Nine times out of 10, I’m likely to walk out of the […]

From The Vault: Vegan This, Vegan That

The pros and cons of being vegan. Veganism – it’s increasingly vocal, increasingly celebrity-endorsed and a hefty lifestyle commitment. So why do people do it? Are they sacrificing gastronomic excellence for their ethical beliefs? (We say no). Are they showing the way everyone else should eat? That’s everyone else’s decision. […]

Finding a Quiet Space in Community Acupuncture

A new movement makes acupuncture more accessible and effective. One afternoon a week I step into a dimly lit, nondescript storefront off of bustling 24th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District, where, in short order, I will install myself in a recliner and nod off into a blissful state of […]

Autism Clusters in California May Have Environmental Link

Researchers at U.C. Davis are trying to connect the dots leading to 10 autism clusters in California. One theory is that those parents are using certain hazardous household products, exposing their kids to dangers linked to the neuro-developmental disorder that usually surfaces by the time a child turns three. According […]

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Herbs for Stress: Are Adaptogens the New Antidepressants?

One thing is for sure. Antidepressants abound these days. Seems doctors are prescribing them for everything from hormonal imbalance to headaches. But many people today are looking to herbal solutions as mood boosters and stress reducers. Adaptogens are herbal compounds taken to modulate stress. Not well known in the U.S. […]

How to Balance Chakras: A Beginner’s Guide

Chakras, meridians, and energy centers may once have ranked pretty high on the woo-woo scale. But today, chakras have gone mainstream, baby. All types, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Dr. Christiane Northrup, are touting the benefits of well aligned chakras. We all want to be well aligned, right? But what are chakras, […]

Trust Your Gut: Using Intuition for Good Health

Always trust your gut. It knows what your head hasn’t figured out yet. ~Unknown We are programmed, here in the West, to run to our physician whenever we aren’t feeling well. Of course, there are times this is warranted. But many times our gut is trying to tell us something. […]

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12 Natural Beauty Resolutions for the New Year

Made your New Year resolutions yet? Don’t forget your beauty kit. Get your routine streamlined and healthy for 2015 with these natural beauty resolutions. You’ve likely heard of the less is more approach to healthy beauty. As in, using fewer products means fewer ingredients on your skin. So true, but […]

How to Balance Chakras: A Beginner’s Guide

Chakras, meridians, and energy centers may once have ranked pretty high on the woo-woo scale. But today, chakras have gone mainstream, baby. All types, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Dr. Christiane Northrup, are touting the benefits of well aligned chakras. We all want to be well aligned, right? But what are chakras, […]

Herbs for Stress: Are Adaptogens the New Antidepressants?

One thing is for sure. Antidepressants abound these days. Seems doctors are prescribing them for everything from hormonal imbalance to headaches. But many people today are looking to herbal solutions as mood boosters and stress reducers. Adaptogens are herbal compounds taken to modulate stress. Not well known in the U.S. […]

Trust Your Gut: Using Intuition for Good Health

Always trust your gut. It knows what your head hasn’t figured out yet. ~Unknown We are programmed, here in the West, to run to our physician whenever we aren’t feeling well. Of course, there are times this is warranted. But many times our gut is trying to tell us something. […]