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March 3, 2015

Commentary: New Study Shows E-Cigs Are In Need of Some Oversight

In a study reported on March 2 by The Journal of the American Medical Association, Pediatrics, underage children were able to purchase electronic cigarettes online with an astounding 93.7 percent success rate.

The minors, aged 14 to 17, made supervised attempts at purchasing “e-cigs” at the University of North Carolina, where the study was held. The delivery companies made no attempt to verify age, and 95 percent of the packages were left at the door. None of the companies complied with North Carolina’s age verification law for online cigarette sales.

As the electronic cigarette industry continues to grow without significant regulation – it’s now a $2 billion per year [...]

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March 2, 2015

Activism: 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Recommends Less Meat Consumption for Americans

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has made some strong recommendations to the United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in its latest report.

The committee meets once every five years to provide the latest scientific research and data on diet, health and nutrition to help inform the federal government. The information is provided to assist the government in making science-backed decisions on national nutritional policy, which affects things such as children’s school lunches. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines provided by the HHS and USDA are due later this year.

The work of the committee was based on two [...]

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February 21, 2015

Why You Should Care About The Measles Outbreak? Here’s An Update.

At least 140 people across North America have been confirmed to have measles as of Feb. 13 in a major outbreak that started at Disneyland amusement park in mid-December. Six park employees also have reportedly been infected. Though not the largest, the current outbreak is certainly the most high-profile in U.S. history.

Measles is highly contagious and California has overwhelmingly the most reported number of cases in the outbreak. According to the California Department of Public Health, 110 people have reported being infected, most of those in Orange County, where Disneyland is located. So far, 39 confirmed cases have come from those that actually visited the amusement park [...]

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February 6, 2015

Fasting for Better Health – Should You Do It?

In the East, the act of fasting has been performed for thousands of years as a tool to reach new states of consciousness. Over the past few years, people in the West have started embracing intermittent fasting to take advantage of its numerous health benefits for both mind and body. It may not be for everyone, but for those whose bodies are capable, it can be a powerful tool for regular recalibration.

The Benefits Increased Insulin Sensitivity Insulin is a hormone released by the body when food is consumed, and it is responsible for the uptake of nutrients into muscles, fat cells and the liver. Various factors, including overeating, have led a majority of us to have poor [...]

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