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Too Much Estrogen! PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Yisbel Marin   
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 02:10

Our society is suffering from estrogen overload. No, I’m not referring to Sex and The City reruns—estrogen overload refers to the increasing amount of estrogen in our environment, our food and our bodies.

“Good” Estrogen

Estrogen, the primary female sex hormone, is responsible for normal body processes in women such as secondary female sex characteristics, menstruation, fertility, protein synthesis, bone density, metabolism and much more. Actually, there are three kinds of estrogens in the body: estroneestradiol, and estriol, which all have specialized roles to play at different points in a woman’s life.

Although estrogen levels are greater in women, estrogen is also needed for libido and maturation of sperm in men.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 January 2011 19:02
6 Reasons Why You Should Be Cleaning Your House with Lemon Juice PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Yisbel Marin   
Thursday, 11 November 2010 23:40


When life gives you lemons--instead of spending money on expensive green cleaning products--try using them to clean your house

When even "green" cleaning products can sometimes contain questionable ingredients, there are all kinds of natural alternatives made from ingredients found right in your cupboard.  Sure, baking soda and vinegar get all the glory when it comes to natural cleaning, but there are a few other unsung green cleaning heroes: not the least of which is the humble lemon.

There's a reason that so many store-bought cleaning supplies boast a lemon fresh scent. Lemon juice has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities that make it a great addition to any green cleaning arsenal. Here are six reasons lemon juice will be a powerful, versatile addition to your cleaning regimen.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 November 2010 00:40
Give Your Household Cleaners a Green and Nontoxic Upgrade PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Yisbel Marin   
Sunday, 07 November 2010 20:16
(Photo: @rgs/flickr)
Household cleaning products contain VOCs and other toxic substances that are found in levels up to five times higher inside the average home.

Is your home hiding a miniature toxic waste dump right under your nose? If you’re using conventional products, the answer is probably yes -- and it might be as close as under the kitchen sink. The majority of today's cleaning products are toxic to people and the environment. And when used regularly, they contribute to high concentrations of toxins in the air you breathe in your home, but also in the groundwater, lakes and streams where you live.

The big problem for consumers is that it's hard to know what's potentially hazardous and what isn't because product manufacturers do not have to reveal the exact ingredients in their cleaning formulas -- they aren’t required to test these formulas for safety before they’re sold.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 November 2010 00:30
The toy story gone ugly PDF Print Write e-mail
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Written by Ave K. Lend   
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 00:00

The thing about toys is that they don't come with the list of ingredient. One can go to the grocery store and look at food or cosmetics or many other products and find out what's in them. With toys, there is no way of knowing that. 

The incident in 2007, when global toy manufacturer Mattel recalled over a million of popular children’s toys sold under its Fisher-Price brand, as they were found to contain dangerous levels of toxic elements, has got people thinking more and more about the dangers we voluntarily (though unknowingly) put our children in. I mean, baby toys, shouldn’t this word itself imply to something pure and safe? Apparently not. 
Last Updated on Sunday, 31 October 2010 18:59
Solid and Naked: plastic-free shampoo PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Maria Lasprilla   
Wednesday, 14 October 2009 08:21
Lush shampoo barsThere have been months since I tried to stop using plastic. Instead, what I've been doing is reducing the amount I consume. It's really surprising how hard it is to find certain products in alternative packaging, other than plastic.
Some stuff I have not been able to stop buying, and I confess some of them I don't really need, yet is difficult to put them aside: sweets. But what had been really driving me crazy lately was shampoo. I had been looking wherever I could for a bottle of shampoo that was not made of plastic.
The first advice I took was from the girl in Life Less Plastic: buy the shampoo in bulk, in places where you can re-fill the same bottle once and again. I couldn't find a place of that kind where I live so I moved on.
Next advice consisted of using baking soda which has tons of practical uses and, among those, hair cleaning. With this advice I had to be patient as during the first weeks or even the first month my hair was going to look dirty, while it got used to producing the amount of natural grease it really requires and not the one that chemicals in shampoo make it produce, that is excessive. This seemed like a good option, because apart from being cheap, last long, come in carton package, it was also a natural product. But, once again, it didn't work for me either -though it has worked for my husband perfectly fine. I guess this had to do with the natural components of each person's skin.
No matter what, I didn't buy one single bottle of shampoo along my quest for a plastic-free one. In the mean time I struggled with dandruff, no mentioning the discomfort of feeling dirty and the disappointment of not having a solution. So I started using all the little shampoo bottles I had collected in hotels or had been given as presents before. That kept me from feeling guilty because of buying plastic, gave me the pleasure of feeling clean every now and then, but they were going to be finished at some point without having solved my problem. 
And finally, one day, the magic plastic-free shampoo found me. I found the shampoo of my dreams: a bar of shampoo free of packaging, of any kind of packaging, free of preservatives and small. It is expensive compared to other options and I still have to see if it is really going to last as long as a regular shampoo would -asking for it to last like the baking soda would be too much.  Plus, the results on my scalp and hair health are also yet to be seen, but one thing is sure: it is a very friendly option for the planet.
If you are curious about this and other natural plus free-of-package products, have a look at the website of the company which makes it: Lush. They might have a store in your country. I'll be back with my results in some weeks. 
Enjoy being clean!
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 October 2010 06:42
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