September 7, 2006

Tufts University Announces "Green" Dorm

How green is your dorm room? For 126 students at Tufts University, the answer is "pretty darn green."

University officials announced this week that the new "green" dorm - which features solar roof panels, dual flush toilets, bamboo floors and energy-efficient windows - will use 30 percent less water and energy than conventional buildings. CBS4, the local news station took folks on a tour of the building, which looks way cooler than my college dorm.

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August 18, 2006

Natural Remedies For Anxiety And Panic Attacks


Panic attacks are happening a lot more as people are overworked and over stressed. There is light at the end of the tunnel and it doesn't need to be a regimen of drugs or other things that will drastically change your natural state.

It can also be a blending of old and new medicine. This article outlines many options for dealing with stress the natural way. If you're not familiar with Homeopathy, then this article can also start you on the path to a new alternative to conventional medicine. Consider the idea an east meets west and not throwing everything out to achieve your goal of a more natural remedy.

A lot of people combine conventional medicine with alternative medical measures in finding cures to treating anxieties. This gives a method of using modern medical knowledge and this combination is better known as complementary therapies. A lot of practitioners of the conventional and complementary areas agree to the benefits that can be derived from this fusion.

Read More and Photo Via Trek Earth

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August 8, 2006

All Natural Green Wi-Fi


More and more electronics are going to need to be powered by solar energy and creating a distributed Wi-Fi network is a perfect candidate. Developing countries want fast internet access but they're often in remote locations where wires just don't work. Step in some solar powered Wi-FI repeaters and you've got a Green Wi-Fi that's fast and ready for places like India, Pakistan, and other hard to wire places.

At Green Wi-Fi via SCI FI Tech

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August 1, 2006

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Don't Be Fooled into Buying RED RED Meat

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We like our steaks fresh and natural. We often stay away from anything that's just too red. If you look above, you can see two steaks of the same age - TWO WEEKS OLD. Scary isn't it. The top steak has been injected with red dye to make it seem fresh. Yuck. See what Safe Tables has to say about it. You may also want to read this article in the New York Times archive on how consumers are being tricked into thinking red red meat is fresh.

Via Treehugger & at Safe Tables

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Even Organic Food Can Be Wasteful

We don't agree on the "snob ploy" but we do like to cover all the bases here at If you're wondering about the environmental impact of really natural organic food this is a good article for you.
Organic food consumers are as careless of the environment as the drivers piloting those massive Humvees around our city streets. Both are wasting money and natural resources to gain snob appeal -- with no other benefits. Almost everyone realizes that the $100,000 Humvees that get 9 miles per gallon are in the cities to impress the waitresses at the local sports bar. Few of those vehicles ever take to the rough off-road environment for which the Army designed them. If the Humvees did get driven over rocks and stumps in the wilderness, the resulting dents and scratches would offend the parking valets at the fancy restaurants. Organic food is also a snob-appeal ploy. Organic food is a politically acceptable way to brag to your neighbors that you can afford to pay double for your food, and smile about it. You can claim to care more deeply about your children and the environment.
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July 28, 2006

Study Finds Vegan diet reverses diabetes symptoms


We're more into natural than being totally into vegan, but a recent study has found that if you eat right, you too can reap the benefits before the reaper stops by. What do you need to do? Try out a vegan diet and you'll lower your blood sugar and reverse back some of the symptoms of diabetes.

People who ate a low-fat vegan diet, cutting out all meat and dairy, lowered their blood sugar more and lost more weight than people on a standard American Diabetes Association diet, researchers said on Thursday.

They lowered their cholesterol more and ended up with better kidney function, according to the report published in Diabetes Care, a journal published by the American Diabetes Association.

Participants said the vegan diet was easier to follow than most because they did not measure portions or count calories. Three of the vegan dieters dropped out of the study, compared to eight on the standard diet.

"I hope this study will rekindle interest in using diet changes first, rather than prescription drugs," Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, which helped conduct the study, told a news conference.

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June 20, 2006

Really Natural Cleaning Solutions

Last summer, while I was fighting against the foils of mildew on my tomato leaves, I discovered a wonderful and method for saving plants AND cleaning the house naturally.

To use the following recipe as a fungicide, spray on the plants -- both sides of the leaves -- to help keep the mold at bay.
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp mild soap (not detergent)
1 gallon of H2O

I mixed it all together using a biodegradeable dish detergent (because I couldn't find any Dr. Bronner's, etc. in the house) and misted the plants. But then I had an entire gallon left because I really don't have that many plants. So, I mixed it with more water and cleaned the apartment with it. It worked GREAT! Dust, grease, baby dirt... you name it and it cleaned off wonderfully! Add a squeeze of lemon to give a delicious, fresh scent.

Really natural living can actually be a lot simpler than we think. Here is an article about a new book called "Organic Housekeeping" by Ellen Sandbeck, which includes some recipes for common household cleaners that you can make with ingredients from your pantry.

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June 16, 2006

Avoiding Monsanto's Growth Hormone

18% of American dairies use the controversial rBGH hormone to make dairy cows produce more milk. This hormone has been linked to increased risk of cancer and antibiotic resistance. Wal-Mart and Dean Foods, the largest retailers and distributors of dairy products in the U.S. are considering eliminating rBGH from their products. A good sign that, like Canada and Europe, the U.S. might ban it altogether some day soon.


April, 2005 - Tillamook's cheeses: The second largest producer of block cheese in the U.S.
June, 2005 - Eberhard Dairy: Central Oregon's largest dairy processing plant.
Nov., 2005 - Alpenrose Dairy in Portland
Feb. 2006 - Darigold's yogurts: A large western U.S. dairy.
June 2006 - Garelick: A large East Coast dairy processor, producing 45 million lbs. of milk per month.
June 2006 - Meadow Gold and Darigold Farms: Montana's largest milk producers.

For more information, check out this article on the Organic Consumers Association website.

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May 23, 2006

Seeing Beyond the Spin

Please forgive me for being redundant and bringing to your attention similar news articles, however I believe that the crux of the nutrition crisis (yes, I do believe it is a crisis) in our country is based around miscommunication and misinformation of the American public. Therefore, when a story surfaces regarding the misuse of marketing terms to describe foods, then I’m going to sound the sirens. Here are two very good examples of marketing spin that confuses consumers and blurs the line of what is really natural.

First, reports on the recent controversy around the marketing of the popular carbonated beverage 7UP as “100% natural,” despite it being made with high fructose corn syrup.

Second, Candace Choi of the Associated Press highlights the issues of trying to achieve good nutrition within the confusing market speak in her article “Healthy Foods a Pitfall for Dieters.” And while she points out that packaging indicating ‘healthy’ or ‘natural’ can be misleading and calories should be taken into consideration no matter the packaging, she fails to point out the value of deciphering ingredient lists to weed out diet destroyers like processed sugar and sugar substitutes and hydrogenated oils.

We may never have packaging guidelines that define what is really natural and really not, but we can educate ourselves so that we may make smarter choices no matter what the hype.

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