New Rules Enhance Harm From Toxic Chemicals">

New Rules Enhance Harm From Toxic Chemicals

SAN FRANCISCO – Earthjustice — on behalf of the Environmental Working Group and organizations representing consumers, people from low-income communities of color, Alaska Natives, parents and teachers of children with learning disabilities, workers, and scientists — has brought two suits against the Trump administration for weakening key rules establishing how the Environmental Protection Agency will regulate toxic chemicals found in consumer products, building materials, and work places, as well as in our drinking water and food.
Specifically, the lawsuits challenge two EPA regulations that set ground rules for how EPA will prioritize chemicals for safety review and then evaluate the risks of those chemicals under the recently updated Toxic Substances Control Act. Additional information about the lawsuits is available here and here.
Earthjustice filed the complaint in federal court in San Francisco on behalf of EWG, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Learning Disabilities Association of America, United Steelworkers, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Environmental Health Strategy Center and Sierra Club. The challenged rules will play a crucial role in whether EPA fulfills its mission of protecting families and workers across the country from chemical risks or allows known bad actor chemicals, like asbestos, to get a free …read more

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Calorie Restricted Diet Rejuvenates Biologic Clock

The August 10, 2017 issue of Cell reported an ability for calorie restriction to prevent the impact of aging on circadian rhythms. “The process of aging and circadian rhythms are intimately intertwined, but how peripheral clocks involved in metabolic homeostasis contribute to aging remains unknown,” the authors write in their introductory remarks.
For the current investigation, researchers at the University of California, Irvine fed calorie restricted or unrestricted diets to young and old mice. At 6 and 18 months, liver tissue samples were analyzed.
Although calorie restriction did not affect the 24-hour cycle of the older group’s circadian-controlled metabolic system, older cells showed signs of inefficient energy processing. “This mechanism works great in a young animal, but it basically shuts off in an old mouse,” explained lead researcher Paolo Sassone-Corsi.
In older animals given calorie restricted diets, cellular energy processing was improved. “In fact, caloric restriction works by rejuvenating the biological clock in a most powerful way,” Dr Sassone-Corsi observed.
A companion study reported in the same issue of Cell evaluated circadian rhythms in skin stem cells from the young and old mice. The researchers also found a benefit for a calorie restricted diet. “The low-calorie diet greatly contributes to preventing the effects of …read more

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Why Exercise is Important for Heart Health

Although most of us don’t like to do it, exercising, along with proper nutrition, is vital in staying healthy and helps us to live a long life.
This is especially true when it comes to heart health. Regular exercise is proven to lower your risk of heart disease. Exercising for just 30 minutes or more, five days a week can help you lose weight, improve your cholesterol and even lower your blood pressure. Most importantly it will make you feel better physically as well as mentally.
Sedentary lifestyles can double your risk of dying from heart disease. Being sedentary can be as risky for your heart as if you smoke, have high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
Exercise can be fun, fulfilling and quite easy. You don’t have to run a mile every day or lift heavy weights. In fact, studies have shown greater health benefits from light to moderate exercise simply because people are more likely to stick with it. And anyone at any age can exercise!
It is proven heart health improves with just 30 minutes of exercise on most days. Any exercise (e.g. walking, jogging, running) can work as long as the activity is vigorous enough to raise your heart rate. …read more

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Resilience: How To Deal With Life’s Tough Stuff">

Resilience: How To Deal With Life’s Tough Stuff

Happiness is not about wishful thinking, good luck, or avoiding negative thoughts. In fact, the only path to true happiness requires seeing challenges as opportunities and discovering emotional strength during times of struggle. In other words, it’s about resilience.
Resilience is a quality most of us want to possess. The big issue is that no one knows how to access it in their day-to-day life. We understand that it’s important, that it’s crucial even, but it seems like an ephemeral thing that you either have or you don’t. How we actually attain the skills to become resilient has been left out of the conversation. Until now.
In 21 Days to Resilience: How to Transcend the Daily Grind, Deal with the Tough Stuff, and Discover Your Strongest Self, Dr. Zelana Montminy, a leading expert in positive psychology, offers a practical, science-backed toolkit to develop your capacity to handle whatever life throws your way—and thrive. Each day of her powerful program, Dr. Montminy introduces a key trait necessary to improve resiliency and enhance wellbeing, such as gratitude, focus, playfulness, self-respect, and flexibility, then provides three simple tasks to accomplish that day—one in the morning, one during the day, and one in the evening. …read more

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Meet 8 Great Superfoods from China

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Chinese cuisine has long been recognized as one of the great world cuisines, up there with French and Italian. But much of the familiar Chinese food in the U.S. consists of many fried dishes that are often loaded with salt, sugar and monosodium glutamate (MSG). Tasty, yes. Superfoods? Hardly.
The truth is, traditional Chinese cooking is based on many healthful ingredients that are certainly considered to be ‘superfoods.’ When I was in China recently, the FoodTrients team and I were delighted to sample a number of Chinese dishes from Yantai (in the picturesque agricultural and coastal area of the Shandong province), Shanghai (such a sophisticated city with an impressive variety of cuisines), and Beijing (the bustling capital that offers lots of culinary innovation and style). We discovered a variety of foods and dishes that we will be talking about in the coming months, but one of my favorite “discoveries” is Pu-erh tea. It’s a particular green tea that has been fermented and offers a lot of health benefits.
The Chinese have long been proponents of the healing properties of herbs and spices, and as the Chinese middle class grows, so has demand for healthier cuisine. Like many Americans, Chinese people …read more

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Why we fell for clean eating

The oh-so-Instagrammable food movement has been thoroughly debunked – but it shows no signs of going away. The real question is why we were so desperate to believe it. By Bee WilsonIn the spring of 2014, Jordan Younger noticed that her hair was falling out in clumps. “Not cool” was her reaction. At the time, Younger, 23, believed herself to be eating the healthiest of all possible diets. She was a “gluten-free, sugar-free, oil-free, grain-free, legume-free, plant-based raw vegan”. As The Blonde Vegan, Younger was a “wellness” blogger in New York City, one of thousands on Instagram (where she had 70,000 followers) rallying under the hashtag #eatclean. Although she had no qualifications as a nutritionist, Younger had sold more than 40,000 copies of her own $25, five-day “cleanse” programme – a formula for an all-raw, plant-based diet majoring on green juice.But the “clean” diet that Younger was selling as the route to health was making its creator sick. Far from being super-healthy, she was suffering from a serious eating disorder: orthorexia, an obsession with consuming only foods that are pure and perfect. Younger’s raw vegan diet had caused her periods to stop and given her skin an orange tinge from …read more

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Can These Foods Boost Libido?">

Can These Foods Boost Libido?

Does being between the sheets seem like a roller-coaster ride? There are few specific picks you should chow down on to boost your libido.
According to nutritionists, what a guy eats can have a massive affect on his sex life and making simple changes can spice it up.
Charlie Turner and Lee Foster, founders of Neat Nutrition have come up with seven magic foods that can boost their libido, says News.com.au
Don’t wait, head to the market ASAP!
Dark chocolate

This wonder of nature is not good for what ? Dark chocolate increases serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, making us happy and then puts us in the “mood”.Chocolate also contains phenylethylamine – a compound that we have been shown to produce when we are in love.
Given that low mood and stress can be strongly linked with lower sex drive, a few squares of dark chocolate daily is a good way to pump up the passion.
Nuts

These energy boosters increase libido and reverse impotence in men. Almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, and peanuts provide the raw material for a man’s healthy production of hormones.
Garlic

This one is surely a spoiler when it comes to intimacy but it contains high levels of allicin, and increases blood flow which …read more

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