"Raw water" craze draws concern from health professionals

January 2, 2018 by  
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Are you drinking dead water? Live Water founder Mukhande Singh claims that filtered and bottled spring water is sterilized – a process that destroys probiotics . He’s now marketing unfiltered “raw water” – but Mayo Clinic doctor Donald Hensrud cautions that untreated water can contain E.coli bacteria , viruses, carcinogenic compounds, and parasites . According to Singh (né Christopher Sanborn), sterilizing water demolishes at least five probiotic strains not found in other food sources that are important for absorbing nutrients from food. His company offers an alternative: untreated mountain spring water – available for $36.99 for a 2.5 gallon glass jug and $14.99 for refills. The company says of spring water: “We celebrate this ancient life source that humanity flourished from, since the beginning of our existence. We trust it’s perfect just the way it is.” Hensrud, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Living Program , told The New York Times , “Without water treatment , there’s acute and then chronic risks . . . There’s evidence all over the world of this, and the reason we don’t have those conditions is because of our very efficient water treatment. There are people, just like with immunizations, that don’t accept the status quo.” Related: Swiss resident peddles jars of Alps mountain air Live Water points to a 2015 article published in Biomedical Reports as evidence for the healing abilities of raw spring water. Singh told The New York Times, “Tap water? You’re drinking toilet water with birth control drugs in them. Chloramine, and on top of that they’re putting in fluoride. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but it’s a mind-control drug that has no benefit to our dental health .” The New York Times pointed out scientific evidence of fluoride as a mind-control drug is entirely lacking – but there is plenty of evidence it supports dental health. The Verge points out that water from the wilderness can make humans sick, as it can be contaminated with bacteria or viruses . Further, harmful chemicals like arsenic or metals like uranium can leach into the groundwater springs. Via The New York Times

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Architects create exquisite home addition out of reclaimed barn wood and local stone

January 2, 2018 by  
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Montana-based JLF Architects recently updated a gorgeous home in Jackson Hole with a spacious addition built out of reclaimed barn wood and local stone. The home design is straight out of a fairy tale, with rustic wood paneling and a glass-enclosed interior walkway leading from one end of the existing structure to its new extension. The home is located deep in the Teton Pines community, surrounded by thick forest. The homeowners were looking to add space to host visiting family during the summer and holidays, but they wanted to retain the existing home’s aesthetic. Working with local firm, Big-D Signature , JLF Architects created a design that would enhance the home’s size, but without sacrificing its beautiful rustic character. Related: Dilapidated 1800s dairy barn resurrected into a stunning home in Wyoming According to the architects, the design was focused on extending the original design rather than adding on an independent addition, “Our design-build approach allowed our team to look at the design of this home holistically to create continuity and quality within the architecture,” explains JLF Architects principal Logan Leachman. To find the appropriate materials, the architects searched various local log yards for reclaimed timber and stone that would match the original structure. Luckily, they found Montana moss rock and rough-sawn fir panels as well as 20th-century chestnut hardwood floors, all of which were used in the construction of the 700-square-foot addition. To connect the old space with the new addition, partners Big-D Signature crafted a beautiful glass entryway that connects the two structures. The glass walls allow for natural light to flood the interior and provides some seriously stunning views of the natural surroundings. The walkway is bookended by two stone walls that, along with the glass and timber passageway, brings the exterior into the interior. + JLF Architects + Big-D Signature

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Doctors warn cities that LED street lights can cause serious health issues

June 23, 2017 by  
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Many cities have shifted to LED lights in a bid to be more energy and cost efficient, but LED lights have another price, and it comes at our health. This week, the American Medical Association (AMA) issued an official statement, in which they warn that cities need to consider resident’s health when installing the bright lighting because it can cause damage to our sight and disrupt our circadian rhythms. Think of it as living with a bunch of giant computer screens blaring around your neighborhood, and you get the idea. The AMA unanimously adopted an official policy  giving cities guidelines for installing lighting that takes human health into account. These guidelines include keeping lighting at a temperature of 3000 Kelvin – within the warmer spectrum of light that humans are accustomed to. The guidelines also call for dimmer lighting that isn’t so harsh on our vision. Related: A Simple Change in Lighting Could Be the Secret to Beating the Monday Blues It’s easy to forget about how much of an impact lighting has on our health because it is so ubiquitous. But bright LED lighting, particularly bright lighting in the cooler temperature spectrum, can actually damage our retinas and contribute to glare that can cause temporary, or even permanent vision loss. Blue-spectrum lights and lights above the 3000k recommendation can also impact our sleep by disrupting human circadian rhythms . Essentially, your body thinks it is morning even though you are trying to get some sleep, which can lead to all kinds of problems, from fatigue to even an increased risk for breast cancer. These bright lights can impact wildlife as well, disrupting bird migration, feeding and sleep behaviors. And let’s not forget that the dark sky is vanishing at an alarming rate. The AMA calls for efficient lighting that minimizes the blue spectrum and that is shielded to protect against glare. It also calls for dimming during non-peak periods, like the early morning. Via CNN images via Flickr and  Pixabay

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Enchanting tiny home combines French rustic charms and modern luxuries

June 23, 2017 by  
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French rustic charms and modern luxuries come together in this beautiful tiny home on wheels. France’s tiny house company Baluchon has outdone themselves again in their latest build called the Ostara, a tiny home built on a six-meter trailer. Currently located near a horse farm in Toulouse, the light-filled timber abode looks surprisingly spacious despite its small size and sleeps two in a loft bedroom. Custom built for clients Nathalie and Sebastien, Ostara was named after the stable close to the tiny home’s location. Although charming and rustic on the outside, the spruce -clad Ostara makes a grand impression with its large French doors flanked with curtains that open up to a light-filled living room. A large 1.8-meter-long sofa forms the living room’s focal point and can also comfortably lodge an overnight guest. A small bookcase, wood-burning stove , and a small dining table that accommodates three people is located to the left. To the right of the living room is the kitchen with a full-size sink, pantry, two-burner stovetop, fridge/freezer, and a gorgeous extendable wooden countertop. The bathroom with a full-size shower and composting toilet are tucked into the end of the home. Related: Fully-furnished tiny house from France easily fits a family of three A corner staircase with built-in storage leads up to the mezzanine with a large loft bed . Multiple double-glazed openings, including a broad bay window and one-meter-wide circular window, punctuate the home and provide views of the horses and rural surroundings. Sheep wool, cotton, linen, hemp, and wood fibers were used for insulation. The home is made from locally sourced materials. Baluchon’s beautiful homes are only delivered in France due to the company’s desire to limit carbon emissions. + Baluchon Via Tiny House Talk

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Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2016

September 21, 2016 by  
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Do you ever feel overwhelmed by healthy living? It’s not that you don’t understand or agree with why it matters. You’re sold on the merits of eating whole foods, raising healthier kids, avoiding toxins and chemicals, getting fit, and using…

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Google X Unveils Smart Contact Lens That Monitors Body Health

January 17, 2014 by  
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Google already makes an electronic monocle called Glass that allows people to take photos by winking —and now it seems the tech company wants to get right on users’ eyeballs with a smart contact lens that monitors body health . Taking wearable technology to the nth degree, Google X Lab just unveiled a contact lens specifically designed to track diabetics’ blood glucose levels. Read the rest of Google X Unveils Smart Contact Lens That Monitors Body Health Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: diabetes , Diabetic Epidemic , Diabetic Glucose Tester , diabetic patients , Future Tech , glucose , Glucose Levels , glucose monitors , Glucose Sensor , Google , google x , health issues , health monitoring , healthier living , Healthy Living , medical technology , sensors , Smart Contact Lens , Wearable Tech , wearable technology , wearables        

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DIY: Homemade All-Natural Personal Care Products for Men

January 17, 2014 by  
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If you live in the United States or Canada, chances are you’ve had a taste of some rather interesting weather over the last little while , ranging from arctic temperatures to violent wind storms. Venturing out into ugly weather can wreak havoc on our skin, but it isn’t just women who end up suffering weather-beaten cheeks or “lizard skin” on shins: guys have to contend with this stuff too! Most skincare ads are geared towards ladies, but it’s important to remember the men in our lives when we’re dabbling in making care products. Whether you’re making something special for a gent you love, or you’re a man who’s into natural care and DIY projects , these recipes are sure to bring smiles to whoever’s using them (yourself included!). Read the rest of DIY: Homemade All-Natural Personal Care Products for Men Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aloe , aloe vera , body scrub , cream , deodorant , DIY , essential oils , face , face care , face cream , how-to , lip balm , Men’s skincare , moisturizer , natural , personal care , Skin , skincare , tea tree , winter , winter skin , witch hazel        

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More Than Half of Kenya’s Electricity Will Come From Solar Power by 2016

January 17, 2014 by  
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Kenya recently laid out an ambitious plans to construct nine solar power plants at a cost of $1.2 billion, with the hope that they will provide more than half the country’s electricity by 2016. The country’s government put up half of the investment money, while private partners contributed the rest. Initial design stages of this impressive undertaking are almost complete, and construction is expected to begin before the end of the year. Read the rest of More Than Half of Kenya’s Electricity Will Come From Solar Power by 2016 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cliff Owiti , Energy Regulatory Commission , Kenya Renewable Energy Association , Kenya solar power plant investment , private investment in Kenya’s renewable energy , renewable energy in africa , renewable energy investment in Kenya , solar power plants in Kenya        

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Gordon Gallup’s “Natural” Remedy to Morning Sickness Might Be More Than You Can Stomach.

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Based on SUNY-Albany Psychologist Gordon Gallup’s research, just a spoonful of semen a day will keep morning sickness at bay for mothers-to-be. Gallup’s research suggests pregnant women feel nauseous and vomit as a reaction to the “foreign” sperm that has impregnated them. The practice of oral sex can help build up the mother’s “tolerance” and make her less queasy. Naturally, fathers all over the world applauding (or giving high-fives) and pregnant women (at least this one) are rolling their eyes. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Gordon Gallup , Health , Healthy Living , Inhabitots , morning sickness cures , mother-to-be , natural cures to morning sickness , natural remedies , pregnant , SUNY-Albany

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