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Birth Control Pills – The Dangers of Hormone-Based Contraception

Kathleen’s article on the dangers of birth control pills was originally published in Natural Awakenings Magazine. For more than 50 years, women have loved the freedom that birth control pills offer. What’s not to love? Take a little pill every day and (pretty much) rest assured that an unplanned pregnancy won’t happen. Well, it turns … Read moreBirth Control Pills – The Dangers of Hormone-Based Contraception

Train Your Brain

Train your brain for long-term gain

Brain training in the latest rage among the over 60 crowd and it’s a good idea for all of us. I’ve always been of the “use it or lose it” school. That means, exercise, a healthy eating plan and yes, mental stimulation. Alzheimer’s runs in my family. My mother and grandmother both died of the … Read moreTrain your brain for long-term gain

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Sugar Blocking Toothpaste. Plastic Beads in Toothpaste. Wow.

Over the holidays, I caught a commercial for Crest Sugar Shield, toothpaste. Really? Does this mean my grandkids and I can chow down on truffles, chocolate bars, cakes and pies and never suffer any negative results? Not exactly, but that’s exactly what Crest wants us to believe. There are two big problems here. I’m guessing … Read moreSugar Blocking Toothpaste. Plastic Beads in Toothpaste. Wow.

Raise a Glass

Raise a glass for the holidays!

If you’re like me, you’re planning to raise a glass (or several) in celebration this time of year. Go for it! While we’ve known about the benefits of red wine for some time, recent studies how that all alcoholic beverages have health benefits mostly related to their anti-inflammatory properties. That’s no small deal since chronic … Read moreRaise a glass for the holidays!

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Don’t be a cancer Nazi

NOTE FROM KATHLEEN: I wrote this article two and one half years ago. The friend I wrote about chose integrative therapy and did wonderfully and is alive and healthy at age 75, as is my other friend, who chose surgery, chemo and radiation. Now another close friend has been diagnosed with breast cancer, so I’m … Read moreDon’t be a cancer Nazi

Bayer and Monsanto

Bayer and Monsanto: Marriage Made in Hell

The disturbing breaking news this week: Bee-killing pesticide giant Bayer is seeking to buy Monsanto, Frankenfood father of GMOs and RoundUp, among others. It’s a marriage made in hell. In fact, I can’t even conceive of a merger of two companies that would be more damaging to the health of our planet and our individual … Read moreBayer and Monsanto: Marriage Made in Hell

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Scary Stuff in Your Tap Water

Our drinking water is full of scary stuff, not the least of which is prescription drugs that make their way from human bodies though the sewage system, filtration and arrive back in our taps more or less intact. Yuck, you say? Yes, yuck. You see, we’re a nation of prescription drug junkies. It (almost) goes … Read moreScary Stuff in Your Tap Water

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Curcumin: Nature’s Answer to Cancer

Curcumin: Nature’s Answer to Cancer and Other Inflammatory Diseases by Ajay Goel, Ph.D. Note from Kathleen: I’ve written a great deal about cancer and its relentless spread in our lives. I’ve just published an exceptional book from my friend and renowned Baylor cancer researcher Ajay Goel, Ph.D. There is much wisdom here ad some easy … Read moreCurcumin: Nature’s Answer to Cancer