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Household Cleaners May Alter Kids’ Gut Flora And Contribute To Being Overweight, Says Study

Household Cleaners May Alter Kids’ Gut Flora And Contribute To Being Overweight, Says Study

Commonly used household disinfectants could increase the risk of young children becoming overweight by altering the makeup of their gut bacteria during the first few months of life, a study suggests. The study, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, analyzed the gut flora of 757 infants at age three to four months and their body mass index, or BMI, at one and three years old, looking at exposure to disinfectants, detergents and eco-friendly products used in the home….

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

Broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts all contain a little bit of cyanide. Eating them primes your liver to deal better with other poisons. Only 6 percent of doctors today are happy with their jobs. If everyone in the world washed their hands properly, we could save 1 million lives a year. Smelling green apples and bananas can help you lose weight. Sleep makes you more creative and makes your memories stronger. Coffee can lower your risk of tooth decay. Happy…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

Washing your hands makes you more optimistic. 11% of the world is left-handed. It takes 5 different parts of your brain for you to understand and laugh at a joke. Our brains have a negativity bias and will remember negative memories more than good ones. This helps us to better protect ourselves. It’s ok and “I’m fine” are the two most common lies spoken in the world. A protein in human saliva called histatin can help wounds heal faster. A…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

Alexithymia describes a person who has a difficult time expressing their feelings to others. Having a large amount of hair on your body is linked to having higher intelligence. Kissing is good for teeth. The anticipation of a kiss increases the flow of saliva to the mouth, giving the teeth a plaque-dispersing bath. If everyone in the world washed their hands properly, we could save 1 million lives a year. Depressed people tend to eat more chocolate. The inventor of…

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Top 10 Ways To Stay Healthy This Winter

Top 10 Ways To Stay Healthy This Winter

It seems that no matter how well I plan to take it easy during the holidays, I still end up feeling exhausted when they’re over. Even though I try to avoid malls and holiday traffic all together, it seems that even the cooking and laughing and staying up late are enough to leave me feeling drained. The cold temperatures and lack of sunshine that occur during the winter have a considerable impact on our well-being, particularly since Jack Frost brings…

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7 Ways to Combat the Worst Spring Allergy Season Yet

7 Ways to Combat the Worst Spring Allergy Season Yet

By: Diana Vilibert     March 2, 2016     Follow Diana at @dianavilibert If you’re one of the 50 million North Americans who suffer from spring allergies, you may find yourself suffering a bit more this year. The amount of pollen in the air each spring has been getting worse in recent years due to climate change, and this year may bring the worst pollen season yet, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Luckily, you…

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How To Wash Fruits and Vegetables

How To Wash Fruits and Vegetables

Lots of people touch, sniff and sneeze on produce — from the farm to the grocery store. So even if you’re enjoying organic and local farmers market fruit and veggies, you’re bound to encounter dirt and germs (and some pesticide residues) from all the caring hands it passes through. But don’t buy fancy produce washes. Make your own! It’s cheaper and avoids plastic containers. Tip: Wash produce before eating, NOT before storing (which will make it rot faster). Tip: Firm-skinned…

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Anti-bacterial soaps under scrutiny as Minnesota bans triclosan

Anti-bacterial soaps under scrutiny as Minnesota bans triclosan

Erin Anderssen    The Globe and Mail   Wednesday, May. 21 2014 While health agencies continue to review the safety of the chemical in anti-bacterial soap, the state of Minnesota has decided to ban the germ-killer triclosan. The new law will not take effect until 2017, but it’s a first step in North America amidst growing concern about the potential hazards of the chemical, which is added to soap, body washes and even toothpaste. Triclosan has been widely use in consumer products…

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How Clean Should We Be?

How Clean Should We Be?

By Mary Jo DiLonardo     WebMD Feature      Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD Your baby drops a cracker on the floor. Does the 5-second rule apply, or do you quickly throw it away? Or could those germs actually be good for him? Well, kind of. There’s a belief that says exposing people – especially babies and young children – to different kinds of germs early in life can keep them from developing illnesses like asthma, allergies, and other diseases that affect…

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