Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Live Greener: Pesticide’s Dirty Little Secrets

Live Greener: Pesticide’s Dirty Little Secrets

by Heidi Toy

When we think of pesticides, we focus on farmers spraying conventional crops; however, it is important to realize that our exposure isn’t all related to farm use. The US homeowner uses two to six times more pesticide per acre than do farmers. We are being exposed to pesticides on a daily basis, yet [...]

Live Greener: Are Substances in Household Items Affecting Your Thyroid?

Live Greener: Are Substances in Household Items Affecting Your Thyroid?

Our environments often affect our health. Our homes are our most personal environment. Here are some ways items in your home may be affecting your thyroid.
A recent study, published in Epidemology, found that more than 10 percent of people exposed to drinking water contaminated with perfluoroctanoic acid (or PFOA) also had some sort of thyroid [...]

Organic Apparel

Organic Apparel

by Abbie Burgess
Conscious consumers are taking note of ways to eliminate chemical exposure in their bodies and on their skin, as evidenced by the recent growth of the organic food and naturally derived beauty product industries. But what about what we wear? Choosing organic clothing helps the health of people and the environment by reducing [...]

Down to Earth: Grounding Yoga

Down to Earth: Grounding Yoga

by Sandra Helpsmeet and Donna Wagner Backus, Co-owners of the Yoga Center of Eau Claire
We sometimes hear someone described as down to earth, earthy, or level-headed. Another person might be described as spacey, scatter-brained, or flighty. These examples from our idiomatic language point to something that we all recognize but seldom talk about: groundedness.
What does [...]

Local Food Means Job Growth: How You Can Help

Local Food Means Job Growth: How You Can Help

A 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that the local food movement is growing steadily and is employing four times more people than if those farmers only sold nationally or internationally.
In 2009 the USDA rolled out its campaign to encourage local food, the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” program. The [...]

Pregnancy and Nutrition

Pregnancy and Nutrition

by Dr. Dan Czelatdko

The saying goes “you are what you eat,” and for a growing embryo and fetus, the saying is “you are what your mom eats.” A nutritious, well-balanced diet is a great gift to give your soon to be born child. The nutrition you utilize is the building block for potentially a lifetime [...]

Giving Birth Naturally

Giving Birth Naturally

by Amanda Gunderson

Lisa is thirty-nine weeks pregnant with her first child —round, radiant, and ready. When a friend asks her about the upcoming birth, she smiles and casually replies, “Oh, I’d really like a natural birth, and I don’t really want any drugs…but I’m just going to go with the flow and see what happens.”
One [...]

4 Natural Ways to Keep Your Pooch Happy

4 Natural Ways to Keep Your Pooch Happy

To Get Stickers and Burs Out of Fur:
Try organic all-vegetable shortening. To remove burs from your dog’s coat, wear work gloves (to avoid getting pricked by the burs), work a dab of shortening into the affected areas, and pry the burs loose. Shampoo your dog to remove the vegetable shortening.
To Eliminate Fleas:
Try dishwashing liquid. To [...]

Healthy Carpet, Healthy Home

Healthy Carpet, Healthy Home

by Abbie Burgess

Quick, look down at the floor. Do you see carpet? No matter how beautiful that cushy floor covering is, it hides an ugly secret: it’s made from oil, and each year billions of pounds of carpet are dumped in landfills. Carpet can also harm your indoor air quality and the overall health of [...]

Honeybees: What You Need to Know

Honeybees: What You  Need to Know

by Amber Erickson Gabbey

Even though you can’t legally have bees in Eau Claire proper, Drew Kaiser is working to change that. Looking to cities like Madison as an inspiration, the Eau Claire chapter of Save the Bees, spearheaded by Kaiser, is hoping to pass ordinances to legitimize urban beekeeping and small family apiaries. While there [...]