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Flame retardants weaken immune systems in frogs

Young frogs exposed to flame retardants have weakened immune systems, which could leave them more susceptible to diseases that are ravaging amphibians worldwide. A new laboratory experiment is the first to link flame retardants to immune system problems in frogs, and adds to evidence that pollutants may contribute to global declines of their populations. By Brian Bienkowski Staff Writer Environmental Health News May 13, 2014...

Three Big Reasons to NOT use Antibacterial Soaps

Finally!  The FDA has a new position on antibacterial soap: Manufacturers have to show that it’s both safe and more effective than simply washing with conventional soap and water, or they have to take it off the shelves in the next few years.  Now, we just need to worry about getting the right data through all the channels and not let pseudo-science and false facts end up as a “published fact”.  Triclosan...

Cycle of Life

When I was on the beach this morning, I observed a seagull making his breakfast out of a baby loggerhead sea turtle. While watching it can create disturbing thoughts, it made me reflect on Nature’s Recycle Program, which is what many would call the “Cyle of Life” or “Circle of Life”. Sometimes we must stand waaaay back in order to see the big picture of things. Are we focusing too much on the...

Let’s Celebrate Summer Solstice!

A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. The June (summer) solstice marks the first day of the summer season in the northern hemisphere.  Summer solstice always occurs between June 20–22.  This year’s summer solstice will be Friday, June 21st.   NOTE:  The last time there was a June...

Plastics, made to last forever – designed to...

Sometimes we need to be reminded that there are environmental issues that we don’t have to debate their existence or best path to resolve it (solar, climate change, etc). Plastics are a visible issue that we can’t debate their existence or their effect on the environment. Their presence in our landfills is definitely a factor. Their presence in the oceans is an even larger factor. Know what a gyre is? A gyre in...

More Tips for Earth Day

Earth Day is in April. Right. Today is not Earth Day. Right. So let’s get back to business as usual, right? That’s right, we are back to business as usual – making every day Earth Day. Making decisions about products that are in harmony with nature. In our search, we have found that BASIC-H2 is the safest, most economical, most effective non-toxic, aqua-friendly product on the market today. It can be a...