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Go Green by Stopping Red

What Red Meat has to do with Going Green Let’s not debate climate change… I’m not even advocating that we need to control methane gas to avoid climate change. There are issues related to our dietary selection that DOES impact the environment in a very real way. Let’s talk turkey, or chicken, or pig, or beef and the volume of meat demanded by our ever-growing “meat-and-potatoes” society. The...

Triclosan linked to muscle function impairment

I know, I know… another article about antibacterial soaps!  BUT, is there anybody listening out there?  Why do we continue this absolutely tragic method of protecting ourselves?  Would we shoot ourselves in the head because a venomous snake had wrapped itself around our face? A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  reveals that exposure to triclosan is linked with muscle function...

A new TWIST on Paper Consumption

There is some good news.  From 2006 to 2009, total North American consumption of paper and paperboard declined by 24%.  In 2009, total paper consumption in China eclipsed total North America consumption for the first time.1 In 2009 (yes I do wish there were more current figures!) the average North American consumed almost 5 times as much paper as the world average, 30 times as much paper as a person living in Africa, and...

Comparing Germicide and Genocide

If I say, “Genocide”, horrible images and concepts come flooding in.  Genocide is defined as “the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group”.  The destruction as we see it usually targets a specific group of people. Let’s talk Germicide.  We view “Germicide” as a positive term.  We get all giddy when it says,...

Study finds 112 toxic substances in Columbia River

A new federal study found more than 100 toxic substances from everyday life are making their way through wastewater treatment plants into the Columbia River. The U.S. Geological Survey study released today looked at water treatment plant discharges in nine cities, from Wenatchee, Wash., downstream to Longview, Wash. They included Umatilla, The Dalles, Hood River, Portland, Vancouver, Wash.; and St. Helens. “In the past...

The Birds & The Bees

Click on the “Read More” and you will discover the wonder of the birds and the bees in a way that we can’t see under normal circumstances. While it can be easy to say “we need to go to the old fashioned way of doing things”, it would leave us void of the many awesome views to be had through modern technology. Just take about 7 minutes of your time to see just how intricate the dance is for a...