Prescription-drug abuse has fallen in Washington, but heroin use — particularly among those under age 30 — has increased dramatically, according to a University of Washington report released Tuesday. In King County, overdose deaths involving the drug increased from 49 in 2009 to 84 last year, with all of the increase coming in the under-30 age group, according to researcher Caleb Banta-Green, author of the report from the UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute. Because direct measurement of heroin use is difficult, Banta-Green compiled results from treatment programs, evidence tested by the state crime lab, overdose-death investigation records and information from law-enforcement sources. “We are hearing about heroin as a major and increasing problem from law enforcement across Washington,” Dave Rodriguez, director of the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area group, a coordinating center for federal and local law enforcement, said in a statement. Banta-Green said he saw no evidence that legitimate pain patients were turning to heroin as tightened state regulations in recent years have reduced the supply of prescription pain medications. “I think when we reined in opiate prescribing, it [...]
By Dr Joseph Mercola, as featured in Hungry For Change I occasionally comment on various “worst food lists” that appear in magazines and on websites. There is no shortage of bad foods to talk about these days, and we never seem to run out of lists. But what about the foods Americans don’t often THINK about when inventorying their personal food choices—even though they’re eating them every day, one little dollop after another? I’m referring to condiments. Condiments are usually given a free ride because, well, it’s only a spoonful. They’re typically overlooked, or brushed off as “harmless,” or eaten in such small quantities that their effects seem negligible. Condiments can make bland foods taste better and good foods taste great. But they can also turn an otherwise nutritious meal into a metabolic nightmare, one tablespoon at a time. Small, frequent doses of potentially harmful ingredients can be far from benign, having a cumulative biological effect. In fact, there is scientific evidence that more significant health effects may occur at low doses than high, especially for hormone-disrupting chemicals. It’s time to stop giving condiments a free pass! Here are my top five common American condiments under the microscope. 1. Mayonnaise [...]
Deserving Girls Deserve Dessert! Taking care of our bodies, taking care of the planet….What’s a girl to do when cravings must be satisfied and that sweet tooth has got to indulge? Raw vegan chocolate cake anyone? Chocolate Hazelnut Lava Cake. Not only will it knock your socks off, but it will impress anyone lucky [...]
By Richard Branson for TakePart.com The ocean ecosystem is being destroyed from seabed to surface due to toxic chemical waste, overfishing, and species depletion—including 70 million annual shark deaths. Whale sharks don’t want you for dinner. I know this because I’ve been halfway inside the mouth of one, swimming off the coast of Mexico, and it simply spat me out. These gentle giants can grow to weigh more than 20 tonnes and measure over 12 metres long, but they are among the most majestic and serene creatures in the sea. However, I am saddened to know that they are a highly vulnerable species, their very existence threatened primarily due to commercial fishing. Recently, I’ve had the chance to swim with many other shark species—Tiger, Lemon, Reef, even Great White!—in support of our campaign with Virgin Unite and WildAID to ban shark finning and protect the ocean. Now you might be asking yourself, what do sharks and ocean conservation have to do with business? Quite simply, the ocean sustains life on our planet, delivering half of our oxygen and providing an estimated $20 trillion worth of natural resources and services a year. Without healthy aquatic ecosystems we would lose [...]
In 2006, then-President George W. Bush declared that America is addicted to oil.; That was quite an admission from our former Oilman-in-Chief, especially since the classic addictive behavior includes denial, aggression, avoidance, and blaming others. Many people believe that the U.S. government continues to pursue an energy policy that sacrifices the global environment, our children’s health and future, our economic strength, and our national security to keep an ever-increasing supply of “black gold” flowing in this country. No politician in Washington seems very interested in securing our energy sustainability through conservation and a serious investment in renewable energy. Imagine how many solar collectors could be purchases with just one oil company’s profit this year! However, each and every one of us is enabling this destructive behavior through our own wasteful energy habits. Therefore, we each need the courage to act on our addiction. That’s why I call on everyone to participate in a national intervention. Ask your family, friends and neighbors to join you in the basement of your local renewable energy retailer and start your own local chapter of PA&Petroholics Anonymous. Like other 12-step groups, Petroholics Anonymous is a voluntary gathering where each [...]
The first place many families seek to improve in their home is the kitchen. That means replacing old energy-guzzling appliance with Energy Star appliances. They may cost a little more to purchase but can easily save you hundreds of energy dollars. Some appliances, like an energy-efficient hot water heater, may qualify for a tax credit in your state.
Other ways to make your kitchen greener—regardless of its color—include:
• Using recycled or renewable materials for the countertops, such as granite, marmoleum, or bamboo.
• For flooring, use cork, bamboo, or marmoleum. See our recent articles on these materials by clicking here and here [...]
In essence, an Earthship is an autonomous, waste-free house constructed from recycled everyday materials. Recycled tires filled with mud or earth and plastered over with cement form the core structure, with non-load bearing internal walls constructed from recycled bottles or cans. The external walls are thick to act as a thermal mass to regulate the internal temperature, while a glazed frontage takes advantage of passive solar gain and lets natural light in. Energy is generated via sun and wind power, while an on-site sewage treatment plant also feeds into the food production area – both of which are contained within the walls of the building. The Earthships’ built form, which is drawn from its internal systems and technologies, is usually long and thin, although a domed-shape Earthship has become popular in areas stricken by natural disasters.
By Dr. Mercola The chemical industry is only 100 years old, but in this short time they’ve created substances that may now be threatening human survival. A handful of these chemicals are detailed in the film The Disappearing Male , which gives an educational glimpse into exactly why environmental chemicals, and particularly the gender-bending kind, are so detrimental. It’s becoming quite clear that chemicals in the environment are prompting significant changes to animals, especially males, and that extends to human ‘animals’ as well. Infertility Rates are Rising as Sperm Counts Drop One couple in the film described the waiting room at their infertility clinic as similar to an emergency room – packed with lines extending down the hall. Infertility is more common than many think these days. An estimated 1 in 6 American couples struggle with getting pregnant each year 1 and there’s compelling evidence that hormone-disrupting environmental chemicals are partly to blame. The problem with low sperm counts has become so severe that the World Health Organization has had to continually drop what’s considered a ‘normal’ sperm count to lower and lower levels over the last several decades, lest too many men be classified as infertile. Chemicals that [...]
By Dr. Mercola A chronic lack of vitamins and minerals is a leading cause of death in the developing world. The so-called ‘hidden hunger’ impacts 2 billion people around the globe, costing $180 billion a year and leading to millions of deaths. A new series of studies published in The Lancet has revealed that 10 interventions — half of them involving micronutrients — could save close to 1 million lives every year. 1 It’s important to realize, also, that the health effects of nutritional deficiencies are not only something that affect people in Africa, India and Afghanistan; it’s also a serious issue in industrialized countries like the US. Simple Nutritional Interventions to Save 1 Million Lives In areas with the highest levels of hidden hunger, such as sub-Saharan Africa, South-Central/South-East Asia and India, 40 percent of preschool children have stunted growth, 30 percent have iron-deficiency anemia and more than half are vitamin-A deficient. Many of the children have multiple micronutrient deficiencies, especially lacking vitamin A, zinc, iron and iodine. Living in these areas was associated with a low Human Development Index score, which measures education, standard of living and health, suggesting that children will have a hard time developing [...]
It’s no secret that the right lingerie can spice up the bedroom, or make you feel more sexy and confident all day long. (Making it perfect for Valentine’s Day gifting.) Luckily, there are hot new options to make sure the clothes closest to your skin are as natural, pure and toxin-free as possible. After all, the textile industry is one of the world’s most polluting, and contributing to toxic runoff and poisoned ecosystems is decidedly unsexy. It’s not just about saving the world, one bra or nightie at a time. Green intimates also engage the senses with exquisitely soft, sustainable fabrics like bamboo and organic cotton, not to mention natural silk. Try these styles on for a change. The world, as well as your lover, will thank you. ( Learn about different lingerie styles here .) Designer (and famous daughter) Stella McCartney is helping lead the pack with her gorgeous lingerie made from organic cotton, silk and chiffon.
Kick toxic chemicals to the curb and make your own natural lotion using just a few ingredients. Lots of people occasionally have the urge to change or enhance their hair color, but are unwilling to use the harsh and, in some cases, potentially harmful hair dying chemicals found in most commercial dyes and color rinses. If you’re concerned about the hazards that hair color ingredients present, you’ll be glad to learn that you can achieve results similar to those possible with beauty shop products, quickly, inexpensively and safely. Just as men and women have done for thousands of years, you can change your basic hair color, put new highlights in your locks or naturally darken gray strands using natural hair colors. How Natural Dyes Work Although there are a few especially potent exceptions (such as henna and walnut hulls, both of which I’ll discuss later), most [...]
By Joan Casanova The growing season isn’t over with the arrival of cool weather. Until the first hard frost hits, you have plenty of time to plant, pick and plate cool-weather crops. In fact, many cool-season crops hit their heyday as autumn temperatures drop, and some even taste better when nipped by a light frost. As long as their basic growing conditions are met, vegetable plants don’t care what season it is. If you live in a warmer climate, you may be able to grow your fall garden all winter long. If, however, you live in a colder area, your growing season will be shorter. (However, growing fall crops in raised beds can help protect plants from frost damage.) In most regions of the country, gardeners plant fall vegetables in August or September for harvest in October and November. You’ll need to carefully calculate your growing season so you can ensure plants have time to produce before freezing weather arrives. Generally, you should plant fall vegetables when daytime temperatures range between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (the cooler the better), night temperatures should be above 40 degrees, and you’ll need enough sunshine to ensure plants will get at least [...]
By Dr. Mercola Every year, some 230 million prescriptions for antidepressants are filled, making them one of the most-prescribed drugs in the United States. Despite this, the incidence of all forms of depression is now at 10 percent, according to 2012 statistics, and the number of Americans diagnosed with depression increases by about 20 percent per year. Such statistics are a strong indication that what we’re doing is simply not working, and that instead, these drugs are contributing to other serious health problems. Fortunately, there are other, safer, more effective ways to address depression—including something as simple as spending more time outdoors. Gardeners Are Happier than Most Others According to a recent survey for Gardeners World magazine, 80 percent of gardeners reported being “happy” and satisfied with their lives, compared to 67 percent of non-gardeners. And the more time spent in the garden, the higher their satisfaction scores—87 percent of those who tend to their gardens for more than six hours a week report feeling happy, compared to those spending less time in their gardens. Monty Don, a TV presenter and garden writer, attributes the wellbeing of gardeners to the “recharging” [...]
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