Marion Institute Blog
Our Grow Education program has extra garden loam topsoil (approx. 6 yd.) and organic compost (approx. 3 yd.) for the taking at the Brooks School in New Bedford: 212 Nemasket St.
Both piles are in the school parking lot and currently covered with tarps. Please feel free to take some. It needs to be gone by Sunday, April 27th! Make beautiful gardens!
I am firmly convinced that the benefits of juicing are the keys to giving you a radiant, energetic life, and truly optimal health.
I've said this in the other levels of this nutrition plan, but it's so important I'll say it again - valuable and sensitive micronutrients become damaged when you heat foods. Cooking and processing food destroys these micronutrients by altering their shape and chemical composition. In this advanced nutritional level, you avoid all processed foods and eat only organic vegetables and fruits, unless not otherwise possible. Read more
Provided by Environmental Working Group
When you think of men’s health risks, skin cancer probably isn’t at the top of the list. But it should be. Skin cancer is incredibly common, and the rates of the deadliest form, melanoma, are rising – for reasons scientists don’t totally understand. Men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with melanoma and much more likely to die of it. Which means that men need to do more to protect themselves from the sun. Read more
Heidi Rula, M.D. and The Integrative Heath Center Team
University of Arizona Integrative Health Center
A forgotten name, a lost set of keys, a word that just won’t come to the tip of your tongue - have you had one of these moments and started to worry that this is the beginning of cognitive decline for you? Is this just a “senior moment” or something that should be cause for greater concern?
The Dana Foundation celebrates the brain and brain research during Brain Awareness Week, March 10-16, 2014. Brain health is something that should concern us all. Alzheimer’s disease is dramatically increasing in the US. According to research published in Public Health, between 1979-2010 neurological deaths are up 66% in men and 92% in women. Not only are rates increasing but it is starting earlier and affecting people under 55 years of age. It is estimated that approximately 15% of the US population over the age of 70 yrs will suffer from dementia. The cost of care for dementia will cost the US more than cancer and heart disease combined. Read more here
By Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
The organic food market is booming. In 2011, sales of organic food reached $30 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association.
For consumers, here’s the $30 billion question: Is going organic worth the money for health advantages?
“Organic” does not mean “more nutritious”
Definitions of “organic” may vary, but here’s the basic idea: Organic foods include plants and animals grown or raised without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, antibiotics, added hormones or ionizing radiation.
Research from 2012 suggests that organic foods are not significantly more nutritious than conventional foods. While they may reduce your exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the biggest difference for most foods is the price tag.
Going organic based on ethics, preferred farming methods or concern over pesticides is a valid personal choice. But if your main concern is nutritional value or other health factors, buying the following foods as organic may not be worth the extra expense.
The “clean 15” fruits and veggies
The Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy public health organization, produces an annual guide to pesticides in produce.
“Hold the pesticides — but bring on the fat, sugar and calories. The organic debate extends beyond fresh foods into the realm of processed snacks. And once again, perception often trumps reality.”
Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
The results are compiled after analyzing more than 28,000 samples of produce collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. Based on the findings, the group produces a list of the 15 fruits and vegetables that are least likely to test positive for pesticide residues.
In other words, not only do these 15 fruits and vegetables pack the same nutritional punch in organic and non-organic varieties, you won’t cut your pesticide risk by opting for the more expensive option:
Sweet peas (frozen)
By Daniela Koromzay
Eat some flowers with your soup or salad or veggies and get a potent reminder of your own vitality and potenti
Floating on a sea of baby lettuce, a nasturtium draws my eyes like a bright orange beacon. I've never thought of eating flowers, but here on my plate at a local café is the same Day-Glo bloom I'm used to admiring while hiking or wandering the neighborhood; the idea of popping such beauty into my mouth makes me pause.
I smell the blossom first, then touch its velvety surface to my lips. I hold the petal away from me and think, "Is this really OK to eat?" I'm not concerned about toxicity, but about symbolism: Here is a magnificent, fleeting display of aliveness—offered up for my pleasure, to crunch and swallow. A blossom is a plant's last creative shout before turning to seed; a potent reminder of our own potential to unfurl, to bloom, and ultimately to wilt; a decadent display of beauty. And I'm about to eat it! Read more here
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