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April 25, 2015

The Dangers of Synthetic Food Dyes and Some Alternatives

Have you ever looked on the back of a candy bar wrapper and wondered what the heck all those added colors are? Many of them have been deemed potentially carcinogenic based on research, so why are we still eating them? These dyes are often used to make foods more visually appealing and marketable. Is changing the color of a snack – with no added nutritional benefit – really worth the associated dangers?

Since the time the Federal Food and Drugs Act was enacted in 1906, banning the use of artificial colors that were deemed harmful to health, the amount of generally allowed colorings has been reduced from 80 to seven.

Red No. 3, Red No. 40, Yellow No. 5, Yellow No. 6, Blue [...]

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April 24, 2015

Commentary: 5 Pet Care Myths – Busted

We’ve all done it. There’s a bit of information someone shares with us and we take it as fact. Or worse yet, the information is perpetuated by various types of experts and media so much, it’s difficult to doubt.

This happens just as much with information related to our pets – maybe even more so, since they don’t often argue with us. Of course, experts will always argue amongst themselves, and one person’s myth is another’s fact.

So for the sake of simplicity, I’m listing five common myths I often hear regarding pet care. They are based on a lot of research, personal experience and a great desire to care for my pets as naturally and holistically as possible.

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April 23, 2015

California’s Historic Drought Is Now Everybody’s Problem

Sunlight sparkles in a bright blue April sky in Southern California. Temperatures are in the 70s. No sign of rain. And that’s just the problem.

Even if much of the U.S. is still cold and snowy, the worst drought in 1,200 years continues in California. Since January 2014, the Golden State has been in a drought state of emergency. Earlier in April of this year, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order making mandatory 25 percent cuts in water usage across most of the state, saving about 500 billion gallons.

Brown’s executive order was received with some controversy, however. Mostly over the order’s seemingly unbalanced attempt to put the cuts on the public and [...]

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