Comprehensive Coverage by CNN on ‘Toxic America’

There was a very interesting program on CNN the other night that I found very refreshing. Their coverage of ‘Toxic America’ as they called it, was very extensive and offered hopeful alternatives as well as the scary chemical facts. It’s not often that I agree with so much of mainstream … Continue reading

News of the Weird – Dog Helps Man by Eating His Toe

You know how sometimes you hear about dogs being able to smell cancer on the breath of their people? Well, here’s a dog who appears to have used his impressive sniffer to detect the infected toe of one of his human family members, Michigan man Jerry Douthett. But instead of … Continue reading

Bee Sting Remedy – Hail to the Onion!

Going barefoot is one of the perks of summer. But it’s not without its risks. That was brought home today when I stepped on a bee/wasp of some sort. It’s one of those feelings you forget until you feel it again. Even without severe allergy dangers, there’s still that stab … Continue reading

Antibiotic Chloramphenicol in Chinese Imported Honey

We may live in a small world, but within that small world are many different sets of national regulations. Whether it’s lead or cadmium found in toys or glasses, or melamine plastic in pet food, we are all too often unwittingly exposed to things that shock us once we discover … Continue reading

A Tripe Down Dog Food Lane

Given the popularity of a post a few months ago on green tripe for dogs (and cats), I thought today I’d look at dehydrated tripe treats. For years we’ve fed ground up frozen green tripe. I’ve even gotten more or less used to the distinctive ‘farm’ odour of the stuff. … Continue reading

Doctor’s Office Disinfectant – The Smell of Fear

White coat syndrome. That visceral, heart thumping, anxious, nerve-driven reaction that predictably pops up the second you see that tell-tale while lab coat. But wait, it starts before that doesn’t it? More like the second you first detect that smell. Just what is it about medical disinfectant? It just smells … Continue reading

17th Century Predictions of Robert Boyle Came True

The Royal Society in London, England, is currently celebrating its 350th anniversary with an artifact exhibit which includes a fascinating Robert Boyle document. Scientist Robert Boyle was one of the society’s founders, but what makes him even more noteworthy is that he created a “wish list” of sorts in the … Continue reading

Not Just Antioxidants – More Reasons to Eat Dark Chocolate

What a glorious day, just found another reason to eat chocolate, the decadent treat so loved by many. While we’ve known for a while that dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, not to mention flavour, did you know (in descending order*) it’s high in manganese, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, … Continue reading

Bacterium in Dirt Makes Us Smarter and Happier

What do you know? It turns out digging in the dirt is even better for you than I thought. I love coincidences. Maybe it’s just the universe having fun with us, or maybe it’s a tool to help get a point across to us we might otherwise miss, were it … Continue reading

Coffee Cons Confuted

Yesterday I talked, well typed, about the many health advantages of coffee. Today I’d like to focus on the con side. Well, more accurately, the perceived con side. Aside from the fact that coffee, and other caffeinated beverages, are mostly water and therefore inherently hydrating, it’s been a long held … Continue reading