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How Gardening Teaches Children Responsibility and Healthy Habits

Gardening is a fun, healthy habit that every member of the family can enjoy together. Even very young children can be fascinated and engaged by spending a few hours each week in the garden. In fact, gardening is a wonderful way to introduce children to concepts like responsibility and the habits that contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

Get Children Involved from the Beginning

If possible, get kids involved with planting at the very beginning stages. You might consider giving them a small plot of garden for their very own where they can plant the seeds of their choice. Give them guidance, but also grant them the freedom to make their own experiments. If they choose to drop 10 seeds in a single hole, allow them to do so. Help them to understand that this is their garden plot and that they are responsible for the small living things that are growing there.

As the weeks progress and the seeds begin to sprout, help children tend to the plants on a regular basis. Through this process, children begin to see how their involvement can affect the health and welfare of their garden. Neglect (Read More....)

Reducing Allergy Symptoms Begins at Home: Principles and Techniques of Allergen Removal

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Prevalence of allergies in Western societies has grown over the past 50 years with no end in sight. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, common allergies currently effect 40-50 percent of schoolchildren. Whether from foods, medications, or environmental proteins, anyone with allergies has only two options. You can suffer them or learn to manage them.

It is possible to reduce the symptoms to imperceptible levels and avoid some allergies altogether. Food and medication allergies are best avoided altogether. Foreign protein allergies, including pet dander, pollen, smoke and dust, are the most common. You’ll need the following proactive steps to manage this type.

The Initial Cleaning

People with allergies almost always experience them at night or in the morning as a result of home contamination. The home (Read More....)

How to Make Your Home More Organic

From the soils that grow the food we eat to the personal care products that we use on our bodies, chemicals, antibiotics, hormones, and other hazardous agents can be found almost everywhere, in everything, it seems. What’s worse is that these dangers are not only a threat to us as individuals–they’re a threat to the environment as a whole. The best way to beat this army of toxins is to make your home more organic. When you choose to go organic, you choose to reduce your exposure to a laundry list of harmful substances. Are you ready to make the switch but not sure where you should start? Highlighted for you here are several things you can do to transform your home into a more organic one.

Buy Organically Grown Foods

One way to make your home more organic is to buy organically grown produce, meats, and dairy products. Organic produce is chemical-free, grown without the use of dangerous fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. Organic meats and dairy products come from animals that are never fed antibiotics, hormones, or (Read More....)

Treatments For Hard Water

Fortunately, hard water treatment is no longer such a difficult thing to find nowadays. Now, you don’t have to go through all the hassle of having your entire water tank cleaned out by a professional (although that is still advisable) just so you can get relief. Today, there are water softeners available that you can use for immediate results. The safest way for you to confirm if you do have hard water is for you to get it tested by an expert. There should, however, be tell-tale signs that will lead you to suspect that your water supply does have hard water.

What is hard water?

First of all, before you can even think of trying to find a solution for it, you should still first understand what a hard water is. Basically, it is a very common condition among the water supply in the country, and in fact, statistics show that it affects as much as 85% of the water supply in the country. While it is very common, the fortunate thing is that it is not all that hazardous to one’s health. Hard water comes about from the presence of dissolved minerals in high levels, such as calcium, magnesium, and manganese. The minerals mix with the water, and from this, the water becomes a mineral mixture, thereby affecting the quality of the water.

Telltale Signs

Among the clues that can warn you about the presence of hard water would be that your soap is not (Read More....)

Retail Stores And Fast Food Restaurants – A Festival Of Fecal Contamination

Fast Food RestaurantHave you shopped in a retail store lately?  Dined in a fast food restaurant recently?  If so, it is quite likely that you have encountered a festival of fecal contamination.  Seriously.  A new study in the International Journal of Food Microbiology and an investigation by Good Morning America have uncovered some very disturbing facts about the places where many of us regularly eat and shop.  As Americans, we prefer to think that our public places are clean and healthy, but that is very much not true.  In fact, after learning what has been found, you may never look at retail stores or fast food restaurants the same way again.

For example, a microbiologist hired by Good Morning America found evidence of feces, vaginal secretions and even diarrhea causing viruses when it took cultures from brand new clothes purchased at popular retail stores in New York City.

The research for Good Morning America was conducted by Dr. Philip Tierno, the director of microbiology at New York University. 

According to Tierno, when you visit the dressing room of a retail establishment and try on clothes that someone else has tried on, (Read More....)

Is Bottled Water A Fraud?

bottled waterbottled water environmentIs bottled water a fraud? Are some corporations simply bottling dirty tap water and selling it to us as something that is supposed to be cleaner and safer? Do the plastic bottles that bottled water comes in leech harmful chemicals and destroy the environment?

Those are just some of the disturbing questions answered in the new documentary entitled Tapped.  The trailer for the documentary is posted below, and the reality is that most Americans do not know enough about bottled water to even realize how much they don’t know.

Bottled water is supposed to be clean, safe and better tasting, but the truth is that we have been scammed.

Claire Thompson’s recent post on this documentary laid out many of the issues that we are facing quite well:

“Not only is it [bottled water] a clear waste of resources (only 20 percent of plastic water bottles used in the United States are recycled, and far too many of the rest probably end up in the Pacific Garbage Patch), it’s an incredible waste of money for consumers, who pay more than the (Read More....)