Green Health

Green Health

Green Health
You can take of yourself AND the environment simply by practicing green health. Small changes like ditching the bottled water and opting for a reusable BPA-free one or cutting down on energy use by skipping the treadmill and heading outside for a hike can make a big different for the environment. Even the cleaning products you use can be a little greener by purchasing only those with natural ingredients. Turns out, it is easy being green.

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    Batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, and electronic devices can all be recycled, in addition to well-known biggies like glass, paper, and plastic. In fact, over 60 million tons of materials are now recycled, which is about a third of our waste. A good start, but this percentage needs to double.

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    You really don't have to plug in the vacuum (one of the most wasteful uses of energy) to pick up every dog hair on the floor. For smooth surfaces, consider rubber-bristle brooms and a dustpan. After you use them, you'll wonder why you traded in brooms for vacuums in the first place. (If you really want to save time and energy, a dog with a long tongue will keep your kitchen floor clean.) A Swiffer works with electrostatic energy to attract dust.

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    You can use baking soda (also called bicarbonate of soda) for more than just your morning muffins. It can help you scrub challenging areas, like baked-on grease on the stove and soap buildup on the tub. To neutralize odors in your refrigerator (or any space), put out an open box of baking soda.

    Vinegar is another very effective cleaning agent. It is best to choose vinegar labeled as grain alcohol or neutral grain spirits, or choose one that lists the natural ingredients it is derived from. For an all-purpose disinfecting cleaner, mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Just avoid using vinegar on tile grout and marble.

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    Here are four ways to make your workout greener:
    • Give your walking workout more green by hiking trails or parks instead of on asphalt and concrete. If you have to walk near roads, pick low-traffic times.
    • Toss the water bottle and drink from the tap
    • Go natural. Instead of using energy with treadmills or fans, walk in a park with a cool breeze.
    • Recycle your shoes! Nike, The Shoe Bank and several other organizations have programs where you can donate your old sneakers.
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    Be efficient. You may not be in the market for a hybrid, but you can save some energy with the wheels you have in more subtle ways. Keep your tires properly inflated to improve your gas mileage. And ease up on the road rage, would ya? Not only will it hurt your heart, but it will also hurt your gas mileage. Hard braking, fast acceleration, and speeding can cut gas mileage by a third. On the flip side, cruise control can help you save gas.

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    Some safer options may cost more than cheaper products containing unlisted or harmful chemicals. But homemade products made with kitchen ingredients are both safer and budget-friendly. Simple baking soda is great for cleaning sinks, bathtubs and showers. Diluted vinegar in a spray bottle makes windows and mirrors sparkle. You can also look for concentrated formulas that you can dilute (with care!) at home, and buy a single product that is made to clean a number of surfaces instead of specialty products with limited applications.
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    Organic lawn care companies have been springing up that use biodiverse methods. Look for companies that know how to replenish the soil with organic “teas” and how to test the soil for what it is missing. Learn proper watering and mowing practices and natural methods of weed control (e.g., corn gluten). Safelawns.org is an excellent resource.

    Your lawn will look great and your family will be safer. There won’t be days when you can’t walk on your lawn because of the pesticides. And Mama Earth will be a little less stressed.
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    There are many actions we can take to show Mama Earth we still care about the planet and our future on it. One clear message is to go organic with your lawn and garden care. If not completely organic at first, you can at least use integrated pest management (IPM) techniques to take control of your piece of real estate and nurse it back from addiction to chemicals.

    There are many reasons to do so, but as a toxicologist, it is my duty to put in front of you the emerging information about cancer risk. In one study, dogs were found to be at higher risk of canine malignant lymphoma (the dog version of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) if the yard was treated regularly by a lawn company.

    Since such findings are still at the level of association without ironclad proof, the companies have plausible deniability and you probably won’t win a court case against them if your dog (or, god forbid, your child) gets cancer.

    But why deal with the possible risk when it’s easy to just say no to one of the major sources of toxic chemicals most homeowners, children and pets come in contact with: lawn chemicals. Most people don’t realize that more pesticides and fertilizers are applied per acre on residential lawns than on commercial farms. It’s pointless to worry about the pesticides on your produce if you hire a commercial lawn company.
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    No, ingredients found in nature can be harmful and should meet the same safety standards as those derived from petroleum. Some cleaning supplies contain substances such as linalool, eugenol and limonene, which are natural components of essential oils that can trigger allergic reactions.
     
    Citrus or pine oil cleaners emit chemicals called terpenes that react with traces of ozone in the air to form formaldehyde. (Tip: avoid citrus or pine oil cleaners, especially on smoggy days when the ozone level is elevated.) There are no regulations in the U.S. that require cleaning supplies advertised as “natural” or “organic” to support those claims. Even products bearing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “organic” seal contain ingredients from plants grown without artificial pesticides and fertilizers, but these products aren’t automatically safer for you or the environment.
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    The "father" of the Green Revolution is considered to be Norman Borlaug, an American agricultural scientist who in 1970 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for breeding higher-yielding varieties of wheat at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico. Borlaug's wheat, a hybrid, or offspring, of wheat varieties from the U.S., the Russian Federation, Japan, and Mexico, has numerous favorable traits, such as short stature of the wheat stalk, which prevents the wheat from growing too tall and falling or breaking; an increased number of grains per plant; strong resistance to disease; and improved tolerance to the environment. These same sorts of improvements have been made in rice, most notably at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, which released the IR-8 rice strain in 1968. This "miracle" rice is a cross between a Chinese semi-dwarf strain and a tall Indonesian strain that yields three times the amount of grain as the older types. Originally, the IR-8 strain was a bit chalky, with a strange taste; however, these defects have been overcome and other improvements made by further breeding.

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