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Could Pumpkin Seeds Reverse Balding? ("there may still be hope using cheap oil from pumpkin seed")

Could Pumpkin Seeds Reverse Balding? ("there may still be hope using cheap oil from pumpkin seed") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Researchers analyzing 76 balding men found that 44 percent of the group taking pumpkin seed oil had slightly or moderately improved hair growth.

According to GreenMedInfo, researchers with Pusan National University in the Republic of Korea have confirmed that pumpkin seed oil is able to increase hair growth among balding men.

In analyzing the photographs, the researchers found 44 percent of the group taking pumpkin seed oil had slightly or moderately improved hair growth. Just over half (51%) were unchanged. Only one patient had slightly more baldness at the end of the six month period.

By contrast, in the placebo group, 28 percent had increased baldness, 64 percent were unchanged, and 7.7 percent had slightly or moderately improved hair growth.

The pumpkin seed oil resulted in virtually no side effects, with only one participant complaining of a mild stomachache. On the other hand, conventional treatments are often so unpleasant, people stop taking them and resign themselves to their baldness.

Oral finasteride, commonly prescribed for baldness, can result in erectile dysfunction and gynecomastic (the development of male breasts). Minoxidil, a topical treatment, can leave the scalp itchy and scaly.

Bert Guevara's insight:

In case you are losing hope with your scalp, here is a new finding which may help.

"This isn’t the first study to link pumpkin seed oil to improved hair growth. Previous research has suggested the oil inhibits an enzyme known as 5-alpha reductase, known to slow or stop hair growth by interfering with hormones."

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Coconut Oil Hair Benefits: How to Use Coconut Oil for Natural Hair Health ("natural hair conditioner")

Coconut Oil Hair Benefits: How to Use Coconut Oil for Natural Hair Health ("natural hair conditioner") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

by Brian Shilhavy Coconut Oil Hair Treatment In India, a whole coconut oil industry has survived in recent years among the anti-saturated fat/coconut oil

This is the number one reason why people in India buy coconut oil today, to condition and nurture their hair. 

Studies in India have been done on how effective various oils are on treating damaged hair. One study compared mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil because these were the three most commonly used oils in hair treatment products used in India. The aim of this study was to cover different treatments, and the effect of these treatments on various hair types using these three oils, and the number of experiments to be conducted was a very high number and a technique termed as the “Taguchi Design of Experimentation” was used. Their results: 

The findings clearly indicate the strong impact that coconut oil application has to hair as compared to application of both sunflower and mineral oils. Among three oils, coconut oil was the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product. Both sunflower and mineral oils do not help at all in reducing the protein loss from hair. This difference in results could arise from the composition of each of these oils. Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft. Mineral oil, being a hydrocarbon, has no affinity for proteins and therefore is not able to penetrate and yield better results. In the case of sunflower oil, although it is a triglyceride of linoleic acid, because of its bulky structure due to the presence of double bonds, it does not penetrate the fiber, consequently resulting in no favorable impact on protein loss.


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I should have discovered this way before my hair started thinning.

"Coconut oil is a very unique hair oil. This versatile, low molecular weight oil is able to leverage its traditional oil status to seal the hair, but complements this sealing capacity with a strong affinity for hair proteins not found in other hair oils. Coconut oil benefits black hair in two important ways. First, coconut oil’s hydrophobic oil characteristics allow it to inhibit the penetration of water from the surrounding air and environment. Second, coconut oil is able to bind to the natural protein structure of the hair. This helps the hair retain its natural moisture content and reinforces the hair fiber, making it stronger."
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Your Fridge Might Be Full of Fake Food ("learn to read the labels and to spot the fake from the original")

Your Fridge Might Be Full of Fake Food ("learn to read the labels and to spot the fake from the original") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

In his new book, "Fake Food Real Food," author Larry Olmsted highlights some common cases of food fraud in things like olive oil and beef.

Edibles on menus or store shelves are not always what they seem. Recently, the international criminal police organization Interpol announced that it seized 2,500 tons of adulterated food in 47 countries—seemingly safe foods like cheese, eggs, strawberries and cooking oil. Even your coffee could be counterfeit; some ground beans have been shown to contain wheat, soybeans, brown sugar, barley, corn, seeds and even stick and twigs. 

Fraud lurks behind so many different foods, says food and travel writer Larry Olmsted, whose new book Real Food /Fake Food outlines deceptive practices by the food industry in the U.S. and abroad. TIME sat down with Olmsted to discuss foods that are commonly faked and how to make sure you’re getting the real thing.

Fish: “The single most defrauded fish in the United States is red snapper, and the number-one substitute when you think you’re buying red snapper is tilefish,” says Olmsted.

Olive oil: Many Americans, even foodies, might not have not tasted real, high-quality olive oil, Olmsted says, since fake versions are so common.

Kobe beef: Authentic Kobe beef comes from a specific type of Japanese cattle that is raised in a unique way that gives the meat a texture Olmsted describes in one fine dining episode as “the textbook definition of tender, with absolutely no chew, graininess, or gristle and a rich, beefy flavor that is almost overwhelmed by its creaminess.” For that reason, it’s also more expensive, and therefore more prone to fraud.

Honey: Honey, especially when imported, can be filtered or cut with things like corn or fructose syrup.


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Now-a-days, fake food in attractive packaging fills the grocery shelves. Can you tell the difference or do you care at all?

"Many government and consumer groups have developed testing and labeling programs for commonly fraudulent foods that can help consumers determine the authenticity of their food. Olmsted says he trusts groups like the Marine Stewardship Council and the Global Aquaculture Alliance when it comes to confirming real fish. But for people who don’t want to spend time reading labels up close, Olmsted has another piece of advice: “The one general tip I give is buy things closer to their whole form,” he says. “If you buy a whole lobster in Maine, you will get full lobster. You buy lobster ravioli, it might not have any lobster in it at all.”
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More benefits to a high-fat Mediterranean diet ("eggs, nuts, fatty fish; good for heart & diabetes")

More benefits to a high-fat Mediterranean diet ("eggs, nuts, fatty fish; good for heart & diabetes") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A Mediterranean diet with no restriction on fat actually may reduce the risks of heart disease, breast cancer and type 2 diabetes.

"It is not known but may be because of an anti-inflammatory effect," she added. Nonetheless, the paper offers even more support for the long list of benefits that the diet offers. 

For the paper, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday, researchers reviewed 332 previous studies and analyzed about 56 of those studies, taking a close look at the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet that included a lot of fat.

"Healthy fats are mono-unsaturated fats as found in olive oil, canola oil and avocados," Bloomfield said. Unhealthy fats include saturated and trans fats, such as those found in potato chips. 

The researchers described a Mediterranean diet as a diet that placed no restriction on fat intake and included two or more of seven components: 

1. High mono-unsaturated-to-saturated fat ratio, which can be the result of using olive oil as a main cooking ingredient 

2. High fruit and vegetable intake 

3. High consumption of dark green leafy vegetables 

4. High grain and cereal intake 

5. Moderate red wine consumption 

6. Moderate consumption of dairy products 

7. Low consumption of red meat and meat products with an increased consumption of fish

Bert Guevara's insight:
A new paper confirms that a Mediterranean diet rich in "healthy" fats -- such as those found in olive oil, eggs, nuts and fatty fish -- might lower your risk of heart disease, breast cancer and type 2 diabetes.

"The researchers described a Mediterranean diet as a diet that placed no restriction on fat intake and included two or more of seven components: 
1. High mono-unsaturated-to-saturated fat ratio, which can be the result of using olive oil as a main cooking ingredient 
2. High fruit and vegetable intake 
3. High consumption of dark green leafy vegetables 
4. High grain and cereal intake 
5. Moderate red wine consumption 
6. Moderate consumption of dairy products 
7. Low consumption of red meat and meat products with an increased consumption of fish"
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10 Fish You Should Avoid (and Why) ("may taste good, but beware of mercury, harmful chemicals, etc.")

10 Fish You Should Avoid (and Why) ("may taste good, but beware of mercury, harmful chemicals, etc.") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Species to steer clear of, due to higher-than-average levels of mercury, harmful chemicals, and other health no-nos.

What's the catch? Fish is among the healthiest foods you can eat. It's filled with good fats and protein, and has been shown to fight heart disease, boost brain health, and more. 

Here's the catch: You can easily cancel out these health benefits if the fish you eat is contaminated with mercury, antibiotics, or harmful chemicals like PCBs. Use this quick-and-dirty guide to help you steer clear of suspect species that carry higher-than-average health risks.

- Imported catfish 

Why you should avoid it: Imported catfish may contain antibiotics banned in food in the United States.

- Farmed eel 

Why you should avoid it: Farmed eel is potentially high in PCBs and mercury.

- King mackerel 

Why you should avoid it: King mackerel tends to contain high levels of mercury.

- Orange roughy 

Why you should avoid it: Orange roughy is high in mercury—and also overfished.

- Chilean sea bass 

Why you should avoid it: Like orange roughy, Chilean sea bass are both overfished and may contain mercury.

- Shark 

Why you should avoid it: Shark meat contains high levels of mercury.

- Imported shrimp 

Why you should avoid it: Imported shrimp may contain antibiotics and chemical residue.

- Swordfish 

Why you should avoid it: Like many larger species, swordfish is high in mercury.

- Tilefish 

Why you should avoid it: Tilefish are high in mercury.

- Bluefin Tuna 

Why you should avoid it: Many varieties of tuna contain mercury, but the levels may be higher in bluefin tuna, which are also overfished.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Not all fish is safe to eat. Check out this list and find out why.

"Here's the catch: You can easily cancel out these health benefits if the fish you eat is contaminated with mercury, antibiotics, or harmful chemicals like PCBs. Use this quick-and-dirty guide to help you steer clear of suspect species that carry higher-than-average health risks."
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Alcohol linked to at least seven cancers – not just liver cancer ("the list has grown; no safe level")

Alcohol linked to at least seven cancers – not just liver cancer ("the list has grown; no safe level") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The more alcohol you drink, the higher your risk of cancers like breast and colon cancer. But research suggests that there is no "safe" level of consumption

Put down that drink. There is strong evidence that alcohol causes at least seven types of cancer, a review has concluded. 

Writing in the journal Addiction, Jennie Connor at the University of Otago in New Zealand says alcohol is estimated to have caused about half a million deaths from cancer in 2012 alone – 5.8 per cent of cancer deaths worldwide. She found evidence of a link between drinking and cancer of the mouth and throat, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, bowel and breast. 

“We see the risk increasing as the amount of alcohol consumed increases, and we agree that there is solid evidence to conclude that alcohol consumption directly causes cancer,” says Susannah Brown, science programme manager for the World Cancer Research Fund. 

Although the highest risks are from heavy drinking, people who drink at low levels are still at risk. According to Connor, there is no safe level of drinking when it comes to cancer. 

This sentiment is in line with UK guidance. In January, the UK’s chief medical officers said that no level of regular drinking is without risks to health, and reduced the weekly recommended limit for men down to 14 units, to match advice for women. 

The exact biological reasons for why alcohol causes cancer remain unclear. One theory is that alcohol can damage DNA, causing harmful mutations.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Warning to light and heavy alcohol drinkers, you are exposed to 7 types of cancers. Check out the article.

"... She found evidence of a link between drinking and cancer of the mouth and throat, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, bowel and breast. 
“We see the risk increasing as the amount of alcohol consumed increases, and we agree that there is solid evidence to conclude that alcohol consumption directly causes cancer,” ...
"Although the highest risks are from heavy drinking, people who drink at low levels are still at risk. According to Connor, there is no safe level of drinking when it comes to cancer.
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Cinnamon may aid learning ability ("spice consumption made mice better learners; so can you")

Cinnamon may aid learning ability ("spice consumption made mice better learners; so can you") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Cinnamon is a delicious addition to toast, coffee and breakfast rolls. Eating the tasty household spice also might improve learning ability, according to new study results published online in the July issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology. 
The study by neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center found that feeding cinnamon to laboratory mice determined to have poor learning ability made the mice better learners. 
"This would be one of the safest and the easiest approaches to convert poor learners to good learners," said Kalipada Pahan, PhD, the lead researcher of the study and the Floyd A. Davis Professor of Neurology at Rush. 
Some people are born naturally good learners, some become good learners by effort, and some find it hard to learn new tasks even with effort. Little is known about the neurological processes that cause someone to be a poor learner and how to improve performance in poor learners. 
"Understanding brain mechanisms that lead to poor learning is important to developing effective strategies to improve memory and learning ability," Pahan said.
The key to gaining that understanding lies in the hippocampus, a small part in the brain that generates, organizes and stores memory. Researchers have found that the hippocampus of poor learners has less CREB (a protein involved in memory and learning) and more alpha5 subunit of GABAA receptor or GABRA5 (a protein that generates tonic inhibitory conductance in the brain) than good learners. 
The mice in the study received oral feedings of ground cinnamon, which their bodies metabolized into sodium benzoate, a chemical used as a drug treatment for brain damage. When the sodium benzoate entered the mice's brains, it increased CREB, decreased GABRA5, and stimulated the plasticity (ability to change) of hippocampal neurons. 
These changes in turn led to improved memory and learning among the mice. 
"We have successfully used cinnamon to reverse biochemical, cellular and anatomical changes that occur in the brains of mice with poor learning," Pahan said.
Bert Guevara's insight:
Enjoy your cinnamon roll with coffee - a very good brain stimulant combination!

"The study by neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center found that feeding cinnamon to laboratory mice determined to have poor learning ability made the mice better learners. 
"This would be one of the safest and the easiest approaches to convert poor learners to good learners," ...
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How Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Us to Eat More ("you can't fool your brain always; balance is needed")

How Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Us to Eat More ("you can't fool your brain always; balance is needed") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Like a freshly cracked diet soda, suspicions have been fizzing away for years that artificial sweeteners may not be the best way to slim down

A vast body of research suggests that sugar substitutes, despite having far fewer calories than sugar itself, can wreak various forms of metabolic havoc such as upping diabetes risk and—perhaps paradoxically—causing weight gain in the long term. A new study published Tuesday in Cell Metabolism suggests that artificial sweeteners mimic a starvation state in the brain, causing some organisms to seek energy by eating more food. 

In the study—a collaboration between researchers from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Center and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research—fruit flies were fed either a diet of yeast and sucrose or one with the synthetic sweetener sucralose, used in a variety of low-calorie foods. Flies fed the sugar-free diet for five or more days consumed 30 percent more calories than those on sugar. When sucralose was removed from their diet, calorie consumption in the formerly sugar-free group fell back to normal.

... “We found that inside the brain's reward centers sweet sensation is integrated with energy content,” Neely was quoted as saying separately in a press release. “When sweetness versus energy is out of balance for a period of time, the brain recalibrates and increases total calories consumed.” In other words, when the brain detects sweetness in the absence of actual caloric energy, it compensates by increasing the palatability of sugar, driving increased food consumption. “The pathway we discovered is part of a starvation response that actually makes nutritious food taste better when you are starving,” Neely said in the press release.

Bert Guevara's insight:
There are better ways of getting a "sweet fix" other than substitutes. The natural way is better, but you have to adopt a lifestyle change and a balanced diet routine.

“We found that inside the brain's reward centers sweet sensation is integrated with energy content,” Neely was quoted as saying separately in a press release. “When sweetness versus energy is out of balance for a period of time, the brain recalibrates and increases total calories consumed.” In other words, when the brain detects sweetness in the absence of actual caloric energy, it compensates by increasing the palatability of sugar, driving increased food consumption. “The pathway we discovered is part of a starvation response that actually makes nutritious food taste better when you are starving,” Neely said in the press release.
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This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Drink Coconut Water ("so many benefits from a few glasses")

This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Drink Coconut Water ("so many benefits from a few glasses") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Coconut water helps you strengthen your immune system. It kills the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, gum disease and the viruses that cause influenza, infectious diseases and typhoid. Drinking coconut water can offer a great boost of energy for those who suffer from chronic fatigue. The recommended dose is 40 to 50 ml taken daily. 
While the coconut water undeniably increases energy levels, there is another very important benefit: it stimulates the production of thyroid hormones. Acting as a natural diuretic, this water is also beneficial to anyone who suffers from kidney disorders. Likewise, it benefits the urinary tract and bladder channels leaving them clean and infection-free; it eliminates toxins from the body and reduces problems caused by kidney stones.
Coconut water improves digestion too because it contains high levels of fiber. If consumed regularly, it alleviates problems caused by stomach acid. This water contains very little fat, so it can be consumed in large quantities. It gives you the feeling of satiety and reduces appetite, thus helping you to slim down and maintain an attractive silhouette!
If you suffer from acne or have a combined dry-oily skin, you can soak a cotton ball in coconut water, and apply it to the skin. It cleanses and invigorates the skin, and, unlike numerous creams and lotions, it does not close the pores. This water also finds use as a natural body purifier: when mixed with olive oil the coconut water removes intestinal parasites. Experts say that coconut water can be a valuable help to naturally solve some health problems during pregnancy as well!
Bert Guevara's insight:
Definitely better than soft drinks and other thirst quenchers that claim to be energy drinks. Make coconut water a habit for longer life. Read the whole article and find out why.

"Coconut water helps you strengthen your immune system. It kills the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, gum disease and the viruses that cause influenza, infectious diseases and typhoid. Drinking coconut water can offer a great boost of energy for those who suffer from chronic fatigue. The recommended dose is 40 to 50 ml taken daily."
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19 Things You Should Throw Away for Better Health ("new findings that may improve your health")

19 Things You Should Throw Away for Better Health ("new findings that may improve your health") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Antibacterial soap is no more effective at killing bacteria than the regular stuff, and they may not be safe

1. Old plastic containers 

Go through your collection of food-storage containers and toss anything made of clear, rigid plastic, and stamped with a 7 or “pc” (stands for polycarbonate). “These are the types of containers that maycontain BPA,”

2. Air fresheners 

Though some companies have recently announced they’re phasing out phthalates, which are used to help fragrance linger longer, many air fresheners (solids, sprays, and plug-ins) still contain this type of chemical, which in large doses may have harmful effects on reproduction or development.

3. Antibacterial soap 

Antibacterial soap is no more effective at killing bacteria than the regular stuff—and they may not be safe, according to a 2014 FDA report. 

4. Your stash of diet soda

Researchers found a link between these sweeteners, altered gut microbes, glucose intolerance and metabolic syndrome (both precursors to Type 2 diabetes) in mice and humans.

5. Worn-out running shoes

When shoes wear down, they lose their cushioning and are less capable of absorbing the impact of your foot landing with each step, so more force is transmitted to muscles, bones, and tendons, putting you at risk for injuries, he explains.

6. Frayed toothbrush

Worn-out brushes are less effective at cleaning teeth and fighting off decay.

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Out with the unhealthy stuff; in with the new....

"When we talk about the steps you need to take to get healthier, they often involve buying new things: workout clothes, fitness equipment, ingredients for healthy recipes, and the list goes on. But becoming the healthiest version of yourself also means throwing away the stuff that’s holding you back—and we don’t only mean junk food. Get your recycling or garbage can ready!"
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The Case for Eating Butter Just Got Stronger ("better than processed carbohydrates like sugar & white bread")

The Case for Eating Butter Just Got Stronger ("better than processed carbohydrates like sugar & white bread") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

It looks like butter may, in fact, be back. The creamy condiment is a “middle-of-the-road” food, nutritionally speaking—better than sugar, worse than olive oil—according to a new report, which adds to a growing body of research showing that the low-fat-diet trend was misguided. The new study analyzed nine papers that included more than 600,000 people and concluded that consuming butter is not linked to a higher risk for heart disease and might be slightly protective against type 2 diabetes. This goes against the longstanding advice to avoid butter because it contains saturated fat.

To be clear, the new study doesn’t say butter is a health food, rather that “it doesn’t seem to be hugely harmful or beneficial,” says study author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts in Boston. This is in line with the new thinking from a growing number of nutrition scientists who say that cutting back on fat, even the saturated kind, is doing more harm than good. 

“In my mind, saturated fat is kind of neutral overall,” Mozaffarian says. “Vegetable oils and fruits and nuts are healthier than butter, but on the other hand, low-fat turkey meat or a bagel or cornflakes or soda is worse for you than butter.”

Indeed, research is mounting that saturated fat is better for you than processed carbohydrates like sugar and white bread, which have been linked to diabetes, obesity and heart disease many times over. In April, Mozaffarian published a separate study in the journal Circulation that analyzed the blood of 3,333 adults and found that people who had higher levels of three byproducts from full-fat dairy had a 46% lower risk of getting diabetes than people with lower levels. Other studies have also shown that full-fat products like dairy can be useful in weight maintenance and other health factors.

Bert Guevara's insight:
It looks like butter may, in fact, be back. The creamy condiment is a “middle-of-the-road” food, nutritionally speaking—better than sugar, worse than olive oil—according to a new report, which adds to a growing body of research showing that the low-fat-diet trend was misguided.

"The new study analyzed nine papers that included more than 600,000 people and concluded that consuming butter is not linked to a higher risk for heart disease and might be slightly protective against type 2 diabetes. This goes against the longstanding advice to avoid butter because it contains saturated fat."
“In my mind, saturated fat is kind of neutral overall,” Mozaffarian says. “Vegetable oils and fruits and nuts are healthier than butter, but on the other hand, low-fat turkey meat or a bagel or cornflakes or soda is worse for you than butter.”
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5 Surprising Things You Don’t Have to Buy Organic

5 Surprising Things You Don’t Have to Buy Organic | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

You don't have to buy everything organic just because it's an option. You can rest assured when it comes to these five.

Avocados 

You’re pretty safe with fruits and vegetables like avocados, which have a thick skin that you don’t eat. Just remember to wash the peel before cutting into them to get rid of any residue.


Eggs 

Chickens as a rule are not given growth hormones. And research has shown that factory eggs don’t have higher quantities of contaminants than organic eggs.


Frozen food in plastic bags 

The risk of leached chemicals is heightened by heat, and frozen produce is, well, as cold as ice. As long as you’re not boiling in the bag, the chance of ingesting harmful chemicals from these is low.


Spices 

"Even when you’re using spices liberally, you’re consuming such small amounts of each that the risk is minimal," says Sonya Lunder, senior analyst at the EWG.


Clothing 

While there’s no question that organic cotton is excellent for the environment, the benefits it has on your personal health are unclear—it’s unlikely that pesticides remain in clothing in quantities large enough to seep into our bodies.


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Buying organic is good, if it makes a difference. Here are examples of items that do not have to be organic.
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Does Coffee Cause Cancer? New Studies Say It Could Actually Reduce Risk ("no more fears for coffee")

Does Coffee Cause Cancer? New Studies Say It Could Actually Reduce Risk ("no more fears for coffee") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Good news, coffee drinkers: A new scientific review finds no conclusive evidence that coffee causes cancer. In fact, coffee may even help protect against certain cancers.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, this week revised its 1991 determination that classified coffee as possibly carcinogenic. Since then, there have been a lot of studies on the health effects of coffee, so the agency decided to re-evaluate the evidence. On review, the agency determined that coffee drinkers have no reason to worry. 

Is this flip-flop a reason to dismiss studies linking cancer to eating bacon, using cell phones or other habits, on grounds that science doesn't prove anything? On the contrary. Scientific understanding of an issue conforms to the best available knowledge, which is constantly progressing. As our knowledge grows and changes, so too might our conclusions. 

The 1991 classification was based on a few studies that found associations between drinking coffee and bladder cancer. The World Health Organization noted at the time that the evidence was limited.

More recent studies have far more robust assessments of smoking as well as more complete evaluations of occupational exposures and other risk factors. When these risk factors are more accurately controlled, a link between coffee and bladder cancer is no longer seen. Taking this new information into account is what caused the agency to revise its previous assessment and conclude coffee drinking is “unclassifiable as to its carcinogenicity”––in other words, there's no evidence it causes cancer. 

But the news gets even better for coffee drinkers. 

Recent studies have found some evidence that drinking coffee regularly may reduce the risk of liver cancer and endometrial cancer. Other evidence shows coffee may be beneficial in reducing liver disease and type 2 diabetes.

Bert Guevara's insight:
It's green and go for coffee lovers!

"But the news gets even better for coffee drinkers. 
"Recent studies have found some evidence that drinking coffee regularly may reduce the risk of liver cancer and endometrial cancer. Other evidence shows coffee may be beneficial in reducing liver disease and type 2 diabetes."
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4 Strategies to Help Conquer Procrastination ("we will be better off if urgent things are done early")

4 Strategies to Help Conquer Procrastination ("we will be better off if urgent things are done early") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Here are my top four techniques for beating procrastination, staying focused, and maximizing your day—no matter what you do.

Here are my top four techniques for beating procrastination, staying focused, and maximizing your day—no matter what you do.

1. Pick a System—and Stick to It When I first started freelancing, I didn’t have a productivity system. I relied on a notepad to keep track of current tasks, and as I worked, I’d simply move down the list and check things off.

2. Figure Out How You Use Your Time Most people consider themselves fairly productive. I sure did—until I started tracking my time. I discovered I was spending hours a day reading blog posts, scrolling through LinkedIn and Twitter, and looking at designs on Behance and Dribble. Since I wasn’t on Facebook or Instagram, I didn’t feel like I was wasting time, but there’s no doubt I could’ve been putting those hours to better use.

3. Stop Going Down Internet Rabbit Holes As time-tracking showed me, and as you probably already know, it’s incredibly easy to get off-track while doing anything online. Whenever I came across something that piques my curiosity—whether it was an interesting article, a cool site, or a piece of breaking news—I felt compelled to pause what I was doing and check it out, just for a minute, or five, or 30.

4. Keep a Running List of Small Tasks For every hour I spend writing, I spend two hours doing small, fairly administrative tasks: sending invoices, answering emails, checking in with clients, and so on.

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This is where air pollution kills the most people ("air in China, India and Africa are deadliest")

This is where air pollution kills the most people ("air in China, India and Africa are deadliest") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A report from the International Energy Agency shows the massive cost of air pollution in both lives lost and money in many developing countries.

Around the world, 18,000 people die every day because of air pollution. 

The World Health Organization says the number of deaths attributed to air pollution is 6.5 million a year. That’s more than the number of people killed by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and road injuries combined. 

In fact, air pollution is the fourth-largest threat to human health, behind high blood pressure, dietary risks and smoking. It is caused by power generation, industry and transport as well as cooking fuels used inside the home. It is a problem around the world, but some countries are much more affected than others.

Premature deaths caused by air pollution have declined in Europe, the United States and a number of other areas, while they have increased in many countries in Asia and Africa in particular. 

The countries with the largest number of premature deaths caused by air pollution are mostly in Asia and Africa. However, when adjusted to take account of the size of a country’s population (i.e. deaths per 100,000 people), the highest rates of mortality from air pollution also span across other parts of the world, such as Eastern Europe. 

Georgia tops the International Energy Agency’s table, with nearly 300 deaths per 100,000 in 2012 due to air pollution. Bulgaria is fourth while China ranks sixth with over 150 deaths per 100,000 people.

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Around the world, 18,000 people die every day because of air pollution. Many of them are poor.

"The World Health Organization says the number of deaths attributed to air pollution is 6.5 million a year. That’s more than the number of people killed by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and road injuries combined. 
"In fact, air pollution is the fourth-largest threat to human health, behind high blood pressure, dietary risks and smoking. It is caused by power generation, industry and transport as well as cooking fuels used inside the home. It is a problem around the world, but some countries are much more affected than others."
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How Much Kids Should Sleep, By Age ("keep those kids away from gadgets and put them to bed longer")

How Much Kids Should Sleep, By Age ("keep those kids away from gadgets and put them to bed longer") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Sleep experts combed through hundreds of studies to determine how much children of different ages should sleep to be at their healthiest

And the same is true for children. While kids with bed times have an easier time of getting enough sleep than adults, the intrusion of smartphones and tablets and social media, not to mention growing pressures at school, are also keeping kids up at night. 

To help parents know how much sleep is enough, a group of 13 sleep experts convened by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine have issued sleep recommendations that have been endorsed by a number of health groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics. Based on what they found in 864 studies that tracked children’s sleep and their health outcomes, they found that children sleeping the recommended amounts below on a regular basis enjoyed fewer attention, behavior and learning problems as well as lower rates of obesity, hypertension and depression. But there was a limit to the benefit; too much sleep was associated with higher rates of diabetes, obesity and mental health issues.

Here’s how much sleep they recommend for children at different ages: 

- Babies, 4 to 12 months: 12 to 16 hours 

- Children, 1 to 2 years: 11 to 14 hours 

- Children, 3 to 5 years: 10 to 13 hours 

- Children, 6 to 12 years: 9 to 12 hours 

- Teens: 8 to 10 hours

Bert Guevara's insight:
Keep those gadgets and TV monitors away at bedtime. Your children need more quality hours asleep.

Here’s how much sleep they recommend for children at different ages: 
- Babies, 4 to 12 months: 12 to 16 hours 
- Children, 1 to 2 years: 11 to 14 hours 
- Children, 3 to 5 years: 10 to 13 hours 
- Children, 6 to 12 years: 9 to 12 hours 
- Teens: 8 to 10 hours
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Use These Tricks for a Better Night's Sleep ("make your bedroom a sleep only zone & turn off light!")

Use These Tricks for a Better Night's Sleep ("make your bedroom a sleep only zone & turn off light!") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

These fool-proof strategies will help you fall asleep and stay asleep, improving your mental and physical health without breaking the bank.

Sleep may be free, but not getting enough can be costly. In a 2016 study, economists Matthew Gibson and Jeffrey Shrader found that one extra hour of sleep per week can result in 5% higher wages. “When you’re sleep deprived, your productivity is lowered, your mood changes, and your creativity is impaired,” says Mathias Basner, a professor of sleep and chronobiology at the University of Pennsylvania. If you can’t perform at your best, it’s that much harder to earn raises or promotions. 

One in three Americans gets fewer than the recommended minimum of seven hours a night, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation survey found. That costs workers 11.3 days of productivity a year on average, reports the 2011 American Insomnia Survey. That adds up to $2,280 in lost productivity a year—tallied for the entire country, that’s $63.2 billion lost. 

A chronic lack of z’s is also linked to a host of illnesses, including diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, says David Brown, a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the author of Sleeping Your Way to the Top. Want to shed weight? Don’t bother spending time in the gym if you’re going to skimp on sleep, says Brown.

Assess why your rest falls short, says J. Steven Poceta, a neurologist and sleep medicine specialist at the Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center in La Jolla, Calif. If you simply stay up too late or let work or other responsibilities rob you of rest, better sleep hygiene can be a game changer. Make your bedroom a sleep-only zone, shut off screens an hour before bed, turn in and get up at the same time, and expose yourself to bright light early in the day. Can’t bring yourself to power down the screens? Software like f.lux lessens the blue light your computer display emits (justgetflux.com). The iPhone’s Night Shift setting does the same.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Taking sleeping pills is not the long-term solution. There are better ways of inducing yourself to sleep.

"Assess why your rest falls short ... If you simply stay up too late or let work or other responsibilities rob you of rest, better sleep hygiene can be a game changer. Make your bedroom a sleep-only zone, shut off screens an hour before bed, turn in and get up at the same time, and expose yourself to bright light early in the day. Can’t bring yourself to power down the screens? Software like f.lux lessens the blue light your computer display emits (justgetflux.com). The iPhone’s Night Shift setting does the same."
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The Weirdly Hydrating Thing You Should Drink After a Workout ("milk & milk alternates are better")

The Weirdly Hydrating Thing You Should Drink After a Workout ("milk & milk alternates are better") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Still pounding sports drinks after a tough workout? You're behind the science times. The hottest drink in sports science right now is milk.

Still pounding sports drinks after a tough workout? You’re behind the science times, according to a small new study. Milk and milk alternatives—thanks to their natural balance of sodium, carbohydrate and protein—help the body retain fluid, researchers report in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, making it an effective recovery drink for exercisers. 

The researchers wanted to see how the sports drink Powerade stacked up against different kinds of milk, so they subjected 15 men to four rounds of cycling on separate days. Each workout was followed by a different beverage: cow’s milk, soy milk, a milk-based meal supplement or Powerade. Researchers then measured their blood and urine to determine hydration and nutrient levels.  

Drinking a milk-based meal supplement after exercise led to better fluid retention than the other drinks, but all of the milk-based products were superior to Powerade in terms of rehydrating the body post-exercise. None of the beverages made the cyclers thirstier than any other. 

That said, Powerade had an edge in one regard: The men reported that the sports juice was the most pleasant (soy milk, unsurprisingly, was the least). Those who drank milk reported being more bloated and feeling more full—probably due to the protein content in milk—but they were more rehydrated compared to sports drinks. 

And as for water? Drinking plain water after exercise actually causes a drop in sodium levels, potentially leading to even more dehydration, the study authors note. Consider chasing your next workout with milk—just be sure to wear your roomiest pair of yoga pants.

Bert Guevara's insight:
After exercise, try re-hydrating with milk or milk alternates. They are better than water.

"Milk and milk alternatives—thanks to their natural balance of sodium, carbohydrate and protein—help the body retain fluid, ...
"Drinking a milk-based meal supplement after exercise led to better fluid retention than the other drinks, but all of the milk-based products were superior to Powerade in terms of rehydrating the body post-exercise. ...
"And as for water? Drinking plain water after exercise actually causes a drop in sodium levels, potentially leading to even more dehydration, the study authors note."
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Romans had no need for dentists, because of 1 food they didn’t eat ("thanks to their low-sugar diet")

Romans had no need for dentists, because of 1 food they didn’t eat ("thanks to their low-sugar diet") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Modern dental hygiene would have been quite unnecessary for ancient Romans living in Pompeii, as research has revealed that they had impressively healthy teeth.

Scientists appointed by the Archaeological Superintendence of Pompeii have used CAT scans to examine 30 Pompeii inhabitants who were preserved in hardened ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. The group, headed by radiologist Giovanni Babino, released photos of their work on Sept. 29, and revealed in a press conference that the ancient Romans had perfect teeth and “no immediate discernible need for dentists,” according news agency Agenzia Giornalistica Italia. 

Though Pompeii citizens never used toothbrushes or toothpaste, they had healthy teeth thanks to their low-sugar diet. Massimo Osanna, superintendent of the World Heritage-listed site, said their diet was “balanced and healthy, similar to what we now call the Mediterranean diet,” according to The Telegraph. 

“The inhabitants of Pompeii ate a lot of fruit and vegetables but very little sugar,” said orthodontist Elisa Vanacore, who oversaw the examination of the teeth. “They ate better than we did and have really good teeth.” 

Vanacore added that Pompeii citizens’ teeth would have benefitted from high levels of fluorine in the air and water near the volcano.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Staying off the sugar improves teeth hygiene.

"Though Pompeii citizens never used toothbrushes or toothpaste, they had healthy teeth thanks to their low-sugar diet. Massimo Osanna, superintendent of the World Heritage-listed site, said their diet was “balanced and healthy, similar to what we now call the Mediterranean diet,” according to The Telegraph."
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How does social media affect your brain ("simple LIKEs affirm the person on the other side of screen")

How does social media affect your brain ("simple LIKEs affirm the person on the other side of screen") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A recent study found that, when using social media, a teens' brain responds to 'likes' in a similar way to when they see loved ones, or win money.

Whether you're on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, What's App or Twitter, the way you communicate with friends today is changing. 

Keeping in touch is no longer about face to face, but instead screen to screen, highlighted by the fact that more than 1 billion people are using Facebook every day. 

Social media has become second nature -- but what impact is this having on our brain?

In a recent study, researchers at the UCLA brain mapping center used an fMRI scanner to image the brains of 32 teenagers as they used a bespoke social media app resembling Instagram. By watching the activity inside different regions of the brain as the teens used the app, the team found certain regions became activated by "likes", with the brain's reward center becoming especially active.

"When teens learn that their own pictures have supposedly received a lot of likes, they show significantly greater activation in parts of the brain's reward circuitry," says lead author Lauren Sherman. "This is the same group of regions responding when we see pictures of a person we love or when we win money." 

The teenagers were shown more than 140 images where 'likes' were believed to from their peers, but were in fact assigned by the research team. 

Scans revealed that the nucleus accumbens, a part of the brain's reward circuitry, was especially active when teens saw a large number of likes on their own photos, which could inspire them to use social media more often.

Bert Guevara's insight:
A simple click to LIKE a picture, a tweet or a posting, comes a long way in affirming the person on the other side of the screen. Social media is not a waste of time, if you measure the emotional value it gives, especially in a culture that is too busy to personally say hello.

"Reward circuitry is thought to be particularly sensitive in adolescence," says Sherman, "It could be explaining, at least in part, why teens are such avid social media users."
"Adolescence is a period that is very important for social learning, which could explain why teens are often more tuned in to what's going on in their respective cultures. With the rise of social media, Sherman thinks we may even be learning to read likes and shares instead of facial expressions."
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Running makes you smarter - here's how ("putting stem cells to good use; prepares you for learning")

Running makes you smarter - here's how ("putting stem cells to good use; prepares you for learning") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The link between exercise and your brain.

As far back as the Greeks and Romans, humans have documented the belief that there is a strong link between exercise and intelligence. But in the last two decades, neuroscience has begun to catch up with Thales and Juvenal’s idea that a sound mind flourishes in a healthy body. While the studies unite in telling us that running will makes us smarter, it is only partly true. The process is more complicated and reveals more about the wonderful complexities of both the human body and its evolution. Although the science might be helping us to understand how the mechanisms work, an important question remains: why does running make us smarter? 

Two studies, one published by Finnish researchers in February and the other in Cell Metabolism in June, have expanded our understanding of the mechanisms involved in running and the ways that it enhances memory and cognition. Before these, it was understood that exercise induced a process called neurogenesis (where new brain cells are created) in a part of the brain involved in memory formation and spatial navigation, known as the hippocampus. 

While intense exercise will create brain cells, they are basically stem cells waiting to be put to use. Exercise doesn’t create new knowledge; rather, it gives you the mental equivalent of a sharpened pencil and clean sheet of paper. It prepares you for learning, but you have to actively do some learning yourself, too. Integrating exercise into your working or studying day would seem like a sensible option, if this particular benefit is of interest to you. 

What the new research tells us is that it is not just any exercise that will create new brain cells for you. In the study by Finnish researchers, they discovered that only certain kinds of exercise are likely to result in the growth of new brain cells in adults.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Simple running exercises can stimulate the brain to work better. Not all exercises contribute to brain stimulation. Read the article and find out which exercises will make you smarter.

"While intense exercise will create brain cells, they are basically stem cells waiting to be put to use. Exercise doesn’t create new knowledge; rather, it gives you the mental equivalent of a sharpened pencil and clean sheet of paper. It prepares you for learning, but you have to actively do some learning yourself, too. Integrating exercise into your working or studying day would seem like a sensible option, if this particular benefit is of interest to you."
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What is the Proper Way to Poop? - Complete Health and Happiness ("wrong toilet seats don't help")

What is the Proper Way to Poop? - Complete Health and Happiness ("wrong toilet seats don't help") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

You might be pooping wrong! Moreover, Western civilization has been pooping wrong for generations.  According to scientists at the Stanford University Pelvic Floor Clinic,  our bodies are designed for  squatting and not sitting. If you look at the history of bathroom habits, it all makes sense. Did you know that appendicitis, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel …

You might be pooping wrong! Moreover, Western civilization has been pooping wrong for generations. According to scientists at the Stanford University Pelvic Floor Clinic, our bodies are designed for squatting and not sitting. If you look at the history of bathroom habits, it all makes sense.

Did you know that appendicitis, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, hernias, diverticulosis, and hemorrhoids all may be caused by improper fecal elimination. 

All may be caused by improper fecal elimination!

... Sitting down only partially relaxes that muscle. Squatting fully relaxes it, essentially straightening out the colon. That, in turn, eases the elimination pooping process.” According to Bockus’s Gastroenterology, a standard medical textfrom 1964, “the ideal posture for defecation is the squatting position, with the thighs fixed upon the abdomen.” And this is the way our ancestors eliminated daily until the middle of the 19th century.


Bert Guevara's insight:
Our ancestors knew better. This is why some people complain of not getting it right most of the time. Why not do it the old fashioned way?

"Health Benefits of Squatting: 
- Makes elimination faster and easier. 
- Prevents stagnation of waste which can lead to colon cancer. 
- Prevents waste from entering into and contaminating the small intestine. 
- Protects the pelvic floor and also pelvic nerves responsible for prostate health, bladder control and sexuality. 
- Protects the nerves that control the prostate, bladder and uterus from becoming stretched and damaged."
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5 Things Wrong With Your Deodorant ("harmful to hormone receptors in your underarm; may cause cancer")

5 Things Wrong With Your Deodorant ("harmful to hormone receptors in your underarm; may cause cancer") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Some deodorants and antiperspirants contain toxic ingredients, according to some experts. They caution that natural deodorant or no deodorant is the safer way to avoid toxins.

Research also shows that some compounds used in deodorant are absorbed and stored in fat cells, which are prevalent in the underarm area, says Philip Harvey, Ph.D., editor in chief of the Journal of Applied Toxicology. Your underarm tissue also contains hormone receptors, which could react to some of those same deodorant ingredients, Harvey says. 

For all these reasons, experts like Harvey and Patisaul are worried certain compounds in antiperspirant and deodorant could cause or contribute to developmental or reproductive issues, as well as cancer. (Other research shows some of these substances can mess with the microorganisms—many of them beneficial—that live on and in your body.) 

Here are 5 deodorant ingredients of concern.

Parabens

Research suggests some parabens may interfere with the way your body produces and regulates estrogen and other hormones, ...

Aluminum 

Typically found only in antiperspirants, this metal can cause “gene instability” in breast tissue ...

Triclosan

She says blood tests show triclosan is “at the high end” when it comes to chemicals that swish around in our bodies.

Phthalates

They also appear to disrupt “androgen function,” or the way your body produces and uses the hormone testosterone, ...

Fragrance

Even smelling scented products on other people can cause an allergic reaction.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Smelling good can have its drawbacks. Check your deodorant.

"If these compounds are of concern to you, Darbre says ditching all underarm deodorant products is the only way to ensure you’re not exposing yourself to potentially toxic chemicals. Short of that, Patisaul recommends shopping for fragrance-free natural deodorant. Finally, shop for products labeled paraben-, fragrance- andfree, and check the ingredients list to make sure triclosan isn’t included."
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This huge, ugly fruit is a surprisingly good meat substitute ("it's more than just a dessert")

This huge, ugly fruit is a surprisingly good meat substitute ("it's more than just a dessert") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Don't know jack about replacing meat with fruit? Here's a helpful guide.

But there’s another option, one that happily satisfies both those who enjoy meat substitutes in any form and those who would rather not eat a highly processed meat imitation. That option is jackfruit: a large — enormous really — fruit found in tropical regions around the world that’s eaten both ripe and unripe. 

When it’s young and green, jackfruit works remarkably well as a natural stand-in for pork or chicken due to its meaty, shreddable texture after cooking. Ripe jackfruit is sweeter, and doesn’t work as a meat substitute, but can be eaten raw.

If you’re ready to try it yourself, you have options: fresh, canned, or packaged.

Look for fresh jackfruit in well-stocked grocery stores or international markets. If you find it sold in smaller chunks, you won’t have to try and wrestle with an entire child-sized fruit — at least this time anyway.

If you can’t find fresh jackfruit near you (or would just prefer not to go through the hassle of prepping it), you can find canned young jackfruit in Asian markets or online. Make sure to get the jackfruit packed in brine or water — not syrup! 

If you’re starting with fresh, green jackfruit or canned jackfruit, you’ll want to season it (it doesn’t have a strong flavor when unripe, which makes it a versatile ingredient) and cook it until the arils start to break down into shreds (often done by sautéing, stir-frying, or simmering in a sauce).

Bert Guevara's insight:
This is an interesting discovery for those who want to look for a meat stand-in. I never expected the jackfruit to be more than just dessert. 

"But there’s another option, one that happily satisfies both those who enjoy meat substitutes in any form and those who would rather not eat a highly processed meat imitation. That option is jackfruit: a large — enormous really — fruit found in tropical regions around the world that’s eaten both ripe and unripe. 
"When it’s young and green, jackfruit works remarkably well as a natural stand-in for pork or chicken due to its meaty, shreddable texture after cooking. Ripe jackfruit is sweeter, and doesn’t work as a meat substitute, but can be eaten raw."
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Docs Diagnose Smartphone 'Blindness' in 2 Women ("staring on a bright screen in the dark is bad")

Docs Diagnose Smartphone 'Blindness' in 2 Women ("staring on a bright screen in the dark is bad") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

For two women in the United Kingdom, mysterious vision problems that happened only at night or early in the morning turned out to have a rather innocuous cause.

The cases, which are detailed in a new report, show the short-term vision problems that can occur when people look at a bright smartphone screen in a dark room.  

In the first case, a 22-year-old woman told her eye doctor that she had trouble seeing out of her right eye at night while she was in bed. These episodes happened multiple times a week for a year. Each time, she said she could only see the outlines of objects with her right eye, although her vision was fine in her left eye, and in both eyes the following day. An eye exam showed her vision was normal, and she had no signs of a blood clot or other conditions that could cause short-term vision loss, the doctors said.

In the second case, a 40-year-old woman told doctors that she couldn't see out of one eye when she woke up in the early morning, before sunrise. This vision problem lasted about 15 minutes, and happened on and off for six months, the report said. 

In both cases, doctors later discovered that these vision problems happened only after the women had viewed their smartphone for several minutes, while lying on their side in bed.

The doctors hypothesized that these problems happened because the patients, without realizing it, were looking at their phone with just one eye, with the other eye blocked by a pillow when they were lying down. In this situation, one eye (blocked by the pillow) becomes adapted to the dark, while the other eye (looking at the smartphone) is adapted to the light, the doctors said. When the smartphone is turned off, the light-adapted eye is perceived to be "blind," until it also adjusts to the dark, the doctors said.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Bad habit of using your smartphone in the dark, while in bed, can cause eye problems.

"The cases, which are detailed in a new report, show the short-term vision problems that can occur when people look at a bright smartphone screen in a dark room."
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Holy Guacamole! People In New Zealand Are Stealing Avocados ("low supply makes it very in-demand")

Holy Guacamole! People In New Zealand Are Stealing Avocados ("low supply makes it very in-demand") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

As Sid Vicious once said, "You can't arrest me, I'm a guac-star." Or something like that.

In the interview, which can be heard below, Scoular elaborated on the cause of the problem: “In New Zealand, we don’t import avocados, and we’ve had a moderate supply of avocados in the last season and a big increase in demand.”

The going rate for the guacamole eggs is currently $4 to $6 New Zealand dollars ($2.80 to $4.20) each. That’s a pretty high price to pay for something you smush on toast, which explains the appeal of stealing them and selling them on the black market. 

New Zealand police are thinking the criminal — or criminals — are using the cloak of darkness to pluck avocados from trees. 

“They must have spent a few hours there taking fruit off the trees, loading them into his own car. We are not sure if he parked the car down the driveway or kept it on the side of the orchard,” Sergeant Aaron Fraser told Stuff.co.nz.

Despite all this madness, there is one thing thieves should know: The avocados they’re plucking aren’t ripe yet! 

The crops are immature this time of year, Fraser has said, and they aren’t expected to be ripe and ready until around September or October. Black market buyers: Beware of shoddy avocados! 

Our resident Kiwi in the office, who asked to remain anonymous, had this to say about avocados: “I enjoy them sometimes.”

Bert Guevara's insight:
Have you discovered the nutritional benefits of this super-fruit yet? Don't be left behind because of the myths that its oil is bad for your health.
It is selling at $2.80 to $4.20 per piece (not per kilo) in New Zealand. In the Philippines, I just bought them for P60/kg in Silang (Cavite) and P120/kg from the supermarket. Some supermarkets are selling them at P199/kg.
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