April 2011 Entries

Pesticides and Cognitive Development

The womb is a factory. It is here that chemicals are assembled into a living machine of incredible complexity called a baby. Where do these chemicals come from? Mommy! She eats and she drinks. She processes the proteins, fats, carbs, minerals and vitamins she ingests to provide the building blocks needed by the growing embryo. But what if a monkey wrench gets thrown into the machinery at this point? [To read more click on Title.]

Preservatives in Cosmetics

What a strange world this is. On one hand people are terrified of bacteria. They shell out without abandon for all sorts of antibacterial cleansers. They’re wiping their kitchens, their bathrooms and their hands with a myriad products formulated to destroy bacteria. But when it comes to applying makeup to their face, mascara to their eyes or deodorants to their armpits, then heck with the bacteria. Bring’em on. [To read more click on Title.]

Arginine - Hype or Hope?

Walk into a health food store these days and chances are you won’t find much food. But you will find a bewildering array of dietary supplements, often shelved in alphabetical order. One of the first ones you’ll encounter is L-Arginine. The label won’t be very informative. It may say something like “dietary supplement,” or “conditionally essential amino acid,” or “support for healthy cardiovascular function” or “supports circulation.” However, [To read more click on Title.]