Ingredient to Avoid: “Microbeads”

Be good to the environment and your health and avoid skincare cleansing products and toothpastes that contain "microbeads". These microbeads are made from plastic and when you rinse them off your skin they go right down the drain and head to your local water reclamation plant. The same thing is happening when you wash apparel and blankets made from fleece.  Small plastic particles are being released from the man made fabric and heading down your drain. These tiny plastic beads and plastic particles Continue reading >>

If Low-Fat Foods are Bad, What Should We Eat?

This is the second of a two-part blog post written by my husband, Dave. In last week's post I described how some pretty shaky science known as "the lipid hypothesis" came to be widely accepted as fact, and how this, combined with political and financial pressure from the food industry, led to our becoming a nation obsessed with low-fat foods.  After decades of our eating this way (and actually getting both fatter and sicker) it is now clear that the lipid hypothesis is bogus.  But that begs Continue reading >>

How Low-Fat Foods Led to a Fatter America

Hello all, this week’s blog post is coming from my husband, Dave. (He was complaining about being stuck in the shipping department, so I figured I would let him have a turn at doing a blog post.) With the onset of World War II, the rates of heart disease in America suddenly dropped.  Then, when the war was over, the rate of heart disease immediately jumped back up again.  Doctors and nutritional scientists searched hard to try and understand what was causing this. Epidemiologists also noted Continue reading >>

Apple Butternut Squash Soup

I recently had a wonderful time serving lunch to some dear friends from my high school years,  Beccy and Judy. Both Judy and I were bridesmaids for Beccy when she got married nearly 37 years ago. It had been over 30 years since I last saw Judy,  but thanks to Facebook, we were able to reconnect. It was so good to be together again and get caught up on what's happened over the years. Since this was a pretty special occasion, I wanted to share one of my favorite winter time soups with them: Continue reading >>

Common Myths About Skin Care Products

Before I started to do my own research on skin care products and their ingredients, I think I would have believed all 9 of the myths listed below.  Even after I started to look into this space I was at first skeptical about some of these claims.  But the deeper I dug, the more I realized that these really are just myths, and that it's vital that consumers learn the truth.  One organization that I have learned to trust and whose material I frequently consult is the Environmental Working Group or Continue reading >>