Category Archives: health and wellness

Bounty of the Sea: More Plastic Than Fish?

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum, in a report called The New Plastics Economy  (which looks at the amount of plastic that ends up in the sea) claims there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. “If we continue dumping plastic in the sea at the present rate, […]

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Why “Fresh Air and Sunshine” is Dangerous

By Daniel Brouse Q: Do you know what are two of the most dangerous exposures for children and the elderly? A: Fresh air and sunshine. Either may be hazardous; however, when fresh air and sunshine are combined, the result can be extreme. On days like today, do not go out and play. The sun can […]

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WARNING! Hold Your Breath / Air Quality Alert

By Daniel Brouse Many days in the Philadelphia region are not healthy for breathing. On “Ozone Action Alert Days” you are advised to avoid outside activities. Children should not play outdoors. Avoid running and other fitness activities. Do not breathe in unconditioned air. Low level ozone is volatile and causes micro-explosions in your lungs that […]

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Exterminate All Insects?

Are pesticides exterminating all the insects? Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. In the 1980’s Shell and in the 1990’s Bayer, started work on their development. Imidacloprid is the most widely used insecticide in the world. In the late 90’s neonicotinoids came under increasing scrutiny over their environmental impact. Neonicotinoid […]

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Is Oxygen A Carcinogen?

There are some people that believe in a fluoride conspiracy. They take out all the minerals (elements) in their drinking water because they have a fluoride-phobia. Fluoride is naturally present in the food and drink we consume and is considered a normal constituent of the human body. The fluoride concentration in bones and teeth is […]

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Fluoride

By Daniel Brouse Fluoride occurs naturally in the body as calcium fluoride. Calcium fluoride is essential for the bones and teeth. It is difficult to consume the daily recommended intake of fluoride that naturally occurs in food. Sources Of Fluoride The best source of fluoride is through consuming public drinking water. “Almost all water contains […]

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Air Pollution: Getting All Choked Up

By Daniel Brouse Air pollution may be the largest problem facing the world. Emissions of CO2, methane and other greenhouse gases are causing irreversible climate change. Since the effects of global warming take years to become apparent, many people don’t even notice the change; however, air pollution is already the leading cause of death worldwide. […]

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Bottom Of The Ocean Trashed

by Daniel Brouse EARTH — How much of the Earth have humans polluted? Scientists sent robots to the bottom of the ocean… deeper than man has ever explored. The findings are disturbing. “We often think deep-sea trenches are remote and pristine, untouched by humans,” says Alan Jamieson, a deep-ocean researcher at the University of Aberdeen, […]

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Protectionism: The Costs and Benefits of Trade Wars

by Daniel Brouse Protectionism is the theory or practice of shielding a country’s domestic industries from foreign competition by restricting imports. There are no known benefits to protectionism. The costs of protectionism include being financially destructive, negatively impacting health and wellness, as well as, causing death. (also see: Trade War! What Is It Good For?) […]

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Trade War! What Is It Good For?

By Daniel Brouse International Economics 101 What do you think of when you hear the term “trade war”? The costs and benefits to society are very similar to traditional warfare. 1) Financial Cost. A war is expensive. In a trade war, huge tariffs are placed on the purchase of imports. A tariff is a sales […]

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