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Could Plastic Water Bottles Be Better for Nature Enthusiasts?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | December 29th, 2010 | 12 Comments
topic: Detox, Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: bottled water, carbon emissions, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, China, Churchill, CO2, crude oil, Eco Travel, eco-friendly, environment, environmentally friendly, fleece, garbage, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, health, hiking, landfills, nature, nature enthusiasts, oil, pet, plastic, plastic bottles, polar-bears, polyethylene terephthalate, recycling, reusable, stainless steel, stainless steel water bottles, tap, toxins, travel, waste, water bottles

Polar Bear in Chuchill

In the ten years since I’ve been embarking on nature travels, I’ve seen a lot of outdoor gear evolve. Hiking boots, thermal undergarments and GPS units are just some of the items that have undergone striking advances.

But the one essential piece of outdoor equipment that has gone through a gamut of changes, caused the most controversy and been the most intriguing is the water bottle.

Is Going Green Just a Feel-Good Choice?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | November 18th, 2010 | 5 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: automobiles, bats, bird deaths, birds, Canada geese, canoe, carbon emissions, cars, chemicals, climate change, CO2, eco-friendly, energy, environment, environmental toxins, environmentalist, fossil fuels, green, green building, greenwashing, Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, kayak, kayaking, landfills, LEED, LEED buildings, LEED certification, nature enthusiasts, nature photography, nature photos, photography, plastic, power grid, recreation, recycler, recycling, sandhill cranes, save the environment, skyscrapers, songbirds, toxins, transportation, travel, turbines, water sports, weather, wildlife, wind farms, wind power

Sandhill cranes

Buying a kayak qualifies as a “big purchase” for my family, and my husband and I recently took that huge step. Although we’ve had a canoe for a long time, this is our first acquisition of this type of silent-sports, aquatic craft.

Convenience Is Killing Us

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | June 28th, 2010 | 4 Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: advertising, cell phones, childhood obesity, computers, convenience, food, frozen dinner, hypertension, television, toxins, World War II

tv dinner tray with medical supplies on it

I’m curious when we traded common sense for convenience. I’m guessing it was around the time we stopped trusting ourselves. The same time we started believing all those claims that we could “have it all.” We can. But we pay a price for it.

Tips and Truths about Mercury

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | March 11th, 2010 | 4 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: dental fillings, Mark Hyman, mercury, mercury poisoning, sushi, toxins, UltraWellness

If you are heavy, it could be making you sick and tired and age prematurely. And I don’t mean heavy with fat …

I mean heavy with heavy metals — like mercury!  There’s no doubt about it, mercury is the most alarming, disease-causing source of environmental toxicity that I see daily in my practice. Many of my patients have toxic levels of mercury — and they’re not alone.

Is There Toxic Waste in Your Body?

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | March 8th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: detoxification, dr. mark hyman, health, toxins, UltraWellness

Your body may be a toxic waste dump. Worried? You should be ….

We are exposed to 6 million pounds of mercury and 2.5 billion pounds of other toxic chemicals each year.

80,000 toxic chemicals have been released into our environment since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, and very few have been tested for their long-term impact on human health. And let me tell you, the results aren’t pretty for those that have been tested …

The Smoking Gun for Green Cleaning

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | February 16th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: green cleaning, hazardous products, household cleaners, toxins, warning

hand holding basket of green cleaning products

Have you seen the story about the cleaning woman who nearly blew herself up by lighting a cigarette? Her car was loaded with common cleaning products and when she struck her match… kaboom! The woman survived but was severely burned.

3-Step Model for Treating Autism

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | December 21st, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: 7 keys to UltraWellness, ADHD, autism, autistic, diet, functional medicine, healing, Mark Hyman, recovery, systematic disorder, toxins, UltraWellness

Mother with son

Autism is caused by poor mothering.” That was the belief of the medical community until the late 1960s.

“Autism is a genetic brain disorder.” That is what most people — and most of the medical community — believe today.

Coming Out of the Closet: Confessions of a Fashion Junkie

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | December 15th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: bamboo, clothes, Clothing, clothing dyes, cotton, eco-fashion, eco-friendly clothing, eco-friendly fashion, eco-style, fabrics, fashion, green clothing, green fashion, materials, organic cotton, soy, style, textiles, toxins, wardrobe


Composting with worms? Bring it on. Leaving the car and taking my bike? My pleasure. Eating hormone-free, antibiotic-less, locally-raised meat? Yum, yum.

But forsake fashion? Toss my trend-addiction? Lighten my carbon footprint by giving up shoes? I’d sooner give up exhaling.

Organic or Conventional: What’s a Jack-O-Lantern to do?

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | October 22nd, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: conventional, economic, halloween, jack-o-lantern, organic, pumpkins, toxins

Add up all the chemicals that go into candy, face paint, costumes and conventionally grown pumpkins and it’s easy to see that Halloween wins the most-toxic-holiday award hands down. So it’s no wonder that there is so much information out there these days on how to make it greener. In flush times, following these green tips seems like a no-brainer. But these days, I’m looking to cut the fat from my Halloween budget.

Womb Wound: Basic Ways to Cope with Menstruation

Katy Santiago Bowman by Katy Santiago Bowman | October 5th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: caffeine, cramps, exercise, healthy-eating, hormones, lifestyle habits, menstrual cycle, menstruation, period, PMS, stimulants, stress, toxins, uterus

I consider myself a very “healthy” person. I eat well and walk and stretch every day. I challenge my balance to make sure I still can. I look both ways before crossing the street. But even with this preventative mindset, I still manage to end up wounded every month like clockwork. Don’t worry. It’s nothing my body isn’t designed to handle. And it is a wound borne by half of the people on the planet at about the same frequency.