Monthly Archives: November 2014

Pesticides- How they affect our health and how to reduce intake

airplane-465619_1280 (2)Pesticides have been a life saver for large scale farmers. They allow farmers to keep weeds away, keep insect pests at bay and increase their crop yield. In fact, large scale farming may well be impossible without the use of pesticides (not that getting rid of large scale farming would be terrible).  While pesticides are a savior for farmers, they can have disastrous health consequences on animals and humans. I am sure most of you have at least heard about DDT use in the 1950s which nearly destroyed the population of bald eagles.

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Celiac Disease and gluten free diets

 

cereals-228726_1280Hey everyone. This week has been really busy with a test coming up and a few projects. I wanted to write about pesticide use on plants, how much is removed from washing, dangers of ingesting pesticides, etc. but would need more time to thoroughly research this very dense topic. I decided to write up something easy and quick and save the pesticide blog for next week. I picked celiac disease and gluten free diets since this seems to be an area of great confusion to most.

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Health benefits of physical activity

bicycle-race-438887_1280 (2)Almost everyone knows that physical activity is beneficial, but what effect on health does it really have? Throughout the history of mankind we have been mostly nomadic. Our ancestors walked/ran everywhere, spent a lot of time picking berries and fruits, and before horses really had no other choice but to walk. Once we discovered agriculture we settled down and were not forced to be as active as we previously were since we could live in one area without having to move for food.

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Think before you drink part II- Drugs in tap water

addiction-71538_1280 (2)Although there are hundreds of drugs, legal and illegal, which enter our water systems, I will just focus on a few and leave out important ones like endocrine disruptors which I will discuss at a later time. Every time you flush the toilet, take a shower, or let water go down the drain you release any drugs you are currently taking into our sewer systems. I have already talked about our disinfecting methods in my previous water blog and how they destroy bacteria and viruses, but what about drugs?

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