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August 4, 2015

Fecal Matter On Your Toothbrush? Oh Say It Isn’t So!… Here Are Some Tips To Cope

It isn’t the first time I’ve heard that toothbrushes may contain some form of fecal matter from bathroom use. I’ve heard the myth before, but never really paid it much mind.

But in early June, researchers from the Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut let some stinky statistics plop: In communal bathrooms with an average of nine Quinnipiac students per bathroom, at least 60 percent of toothbrushes were contaminated with microscopic fecal matter, with an 80 percent chance that the fecal matter didn’t actually belong to the toothbrush owner. Yuck! And this was all regardless of how the students’ toothbrushes were stored. Double yuck!

It’s one matter when you’re [...]

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July 29, 2015

Fermented Foods May Help With Social Anxiety… What?!

I know I’ve already exhausted the microbiome subject, but the more I hear about it, the more I like it.

As I’ve mentioned, the microbiome is an important part of our body. Survival of the fittest goes on in there so it can keep us healthy. But it turns out our microbiome not only works to benefit our physical health, but also our mental health.

You’re probably wondering what our gut has to do with our mental state. Don’t worry: I had the same question. It’s quite simple. By upping your good bacteria by ingesting probiotics, you give your microbiome a stronger chance of keeping you healthy and improving your mood.

Don’t believe me? Dr. Raphael Kellman, M.D., a pioneer in [...]

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July 27, 2015

Why Holistic-Minded Pet Parents Should Consider Pet Insurance

When I brought home my 8-week-old German shepherd puppy five years ago, I thought I knew enough about dogs and had a strong enough of an appreciation of holistic methods that I could easily raise a healthy, happy dog. I was wrong.

Due to a confluence of genetics, vaccinations, environment and probably several other factors yet to be revealed, I have a dog who – while amazingly happy despite his troubles – has had to deal with an assortment of skin problems, ear issues and hypothyroidism. It’s been a roller coaster ride, I tell you. And while I’m sorry he’s had to go through this, I’m so grateful to him for not only showing me what real love is, but for truly opening my eyes to [...]

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July 23, 2015

Move Over Kale, There’s a New Superfood In Town… And It Tastes Like Bacon

Bacon ice cream. Bacon cupcakes. There’s even a bacon jam recipe floating around out there. For years now, bacon lovers have been trying to come up with unique ways to add the salty-crunch of this meaty delight to spice up traditional plates.

And now, bacon lovers will rejoice because nature has created the ultimate bacon recipe.

It’s seaweed that tastes EXACTLY like bacon. I repeat: There is bacon-flavored seaweed, and it is more nutrient-packed than kale! WHAT?! I had to do a double take, too!

Researchers at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center have patented a strain of this amazing food, and they’re trying to make it more affordable and [...]

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