Archive for November, 2012
Why is fluoride added to my drinking water?
Why is fluoride added to my drinking water?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in water and many foods.  In addition, fluoride is intentionally added to the public water supplies, because it has been demonstrated that communities with fluoride added to their water supplies have significantly reduced incidence of tooth decay in children.  Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to the acid formed by […]

To eat or not to eat… Is organic food safer to eat?
To eat or not to eat… Is organic food safer to eat?

Pick just about any newspaper or magazine, and during the course of a year it’s likely that one or more articles will be devoted to the benefits (or lack of benefits) of organic foods and the downsides (or lack of downsides) of “conventionally grown” food – food grown with synthetic pesticides and herbicides.  These articles […]

An Introduction to KIDS + CHEMICAL SAFETY
An Introduction to KIDS + CHEMICAL SAFETY

When most of us think about the word “safe” we usually think it means the same thing as “harmless” or “low risk,” as in “That’s a safe bet!”  But when it comes to chemicals and determining if we and our loved ones are safe, the information and advice can be confusing and sometimes contradictory.  Recall […]

Understanding Asthma – and its causes
Understanding Asthma - and its causes

Since 2001, the total number of people with asthma has increased from 7% to 8% in the U.S. As of 2009, approximately 10% of our children were diagnosed with asthma.1 As a parent, this is a huge and worrisome number. So what is asthma? Asthma affects the respiratory system, causing the airways to become narrow, which […]

Is it safe? Hazard, Exposure, and Risk
Is it safe? Hazard, Exposure, and Risk

We have all heard the saying “Too much of a good thing.”  This applies to foods, drinks and many kinds of activities.  This saying also applies to chemicals. In fact, all chemicals are toxic at some level – but many chemicals have very high levels that won’t cause any harm.  For example, dihydrogen monoxide1 has many […]

Shedding Light on Compact Flourescent Lamps
Shedding Light on Compact Flourescent Lamps

  What are the different types of household lamps? Incandescent lamps: The most common type of household light bulb.  An electric current passes through a thin filament, heating it and causing it to emit light. Halogen lamps: A modified form of incandescent lamp. They are more expensive to buy but last twice as long. Light […]

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