The Story of Cosmetics, released on July 21st, 2010, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Produced with Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the seven-minute film by The Story of Stuff Project reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. The film concludes with a call for viewers to support legislation aimed at ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products.
When I was a kid in the 90s, Burger King had some seriously recognizable ad appeal. The BK Kid’s Club with the golden cardboard crowns and array of crazy characters was alluring to any and all 5 to 10 year olds. Fast forward to the mid 2000’s when Burger King was losing grip on the fast food market and introduced “The King”. It undoubtedly had a magnetism for teens who found the characters’ bizarre antics entertaining, but apparently, ‘The King’ just wasn’t entertaining enough. Burger King revealed the character received his pink slip and would now be replaced with a pseudo-Subway approach to advertisement; fresh ingredients. Continue reading
According to a recent study in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine minority parents consume bottled water more often than white Americans and this has become a topic of discussion now. I wondered about these claims when I saw the post Why Minorities Love Bottled Water on theroot.com. Do minorities love bottled water? Who are we considering minorities? Continue reading
I’m starting to think Kraft, particularly with it’s Oreo cookies, are leading the pack in the “Let’s Make a New Horrific Twist On An Old Junk Food Favorite” game. I guess they didn’t want to be outdone by KFC’s Double Down or Burger King’s burger/pizza baby so they’ve introduced the Triple Double Oreo, which has Continue reading
People who live in areas that have no sidewalks, or are otherwise unwalkable, are more likely to be obese.
A 2009 study found people who live in neighborhoods that were walkable got 35 to 49 minutes more physical activity each week than those who lived in unwalkable neighborhoods. A walkable neighborhood is Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has acknowledged knowing about the dangerous bacteria found food giant Cargill’s turkey well before August’s giant recall. This is one of the U.S.’s largest meat recalls ever with 36 million pounds of ground turkey being recalled after at least one person died from Salmonella and another 76 people fell ill from turkey traced to Cargill’s processing plant in Springdale, Arkansas. Continue reading
Recently a study performed by Georgetown University School of Medicine and Providence Hospital illustrated the spa staple colon cleansing might be no more than a rouse. The popular spa practice of hydrotherapy might even be doing more harm than good. Hydrotherapy involves a hose being placed in the rectum and then water gently being flooded into the intestine to assist in cleaning out any unwanted build up. Therein lies the problem, any time a foreign body is inserted into the intestine it can cause micro tears which in turn can lead to infection.
Not only has hydrotherapy proved dangerous, the teas and other ‘herbal forms’ of cleansing proved to have side effects ranging from nausea to kidney failure.
The body has a natural system for filtering and cleansing, it occurs when we defecate and urinate. Researchers agree that those that are healthy need not worry about detoxifying further than what our system already provides.
Researchers have also all come to a consensus that there is no proof that colon cleansing does anything to vastly improve digestive health. If you’re feeling a little drained, stress or anxious try adapting a healthier, balanced diet which, proves to go a lot further than momentary quick health fixes.
Fast food chain Subway is introducing calcium and vitamin D fortified bread to its national menu. Now each 6-inch bread serving in the U.S. will provide 30 percent the daily recommended value of calcium and 20 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin D.
“Now, the calcium included in each 6-inch serving of bread has the nutritional equivalent of one glass of milk” Mark Christiano, the Subway brand’s Global Baking Specialist.
This sounds almost great as saying Subway is a healthy restaurant. Subway still sells fast food, imitation New York submarine sandwiches from way back before New York City was gentrified. These are the type of “improvements” Michael Pollan warned us about in In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Fortified foods are a sign of a highly processed food and you should know by now those are no good for you.
And who asked for these improvements? Is there a vitamin D and calcium deficiency epidemic in the U.S.? Most get vitamin D from sun exposure which is free and you can get calcium from fruits and vegetables not just milk or dairy products or a Subway sandwich.
The next time you think of Subway as healthy food remember it’s still fast food, it’s not that fresh, it isn’t organic, it’s processed and just cause it’s “healthier” than other fast food restaurants doesn’t mean it’s actually healthy, but that pulled pork sandwich should have told you that.