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Sunscreens May Do More Harm Than Good

Researchers at the University of California at Riverside are set to publish a paper in the journal Free Radical Biology & Medicine that indicates that sunscreens may actually be harmful to the health of your skin and make it age faster than normal.

Sunscreens contain special molecules called ultraviolet (UV) filters that are supposed to prevent ultraviolet radiation in the sun's rays from reacting with molecules in your skin and creating compounds called reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS are unstable molecules that can damage your skin from the inside out and accelerate its natural aging process. Read more about Sunscreens May Do More Harm Than Good

 

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

1 small to medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped into bite-size chunks
2 medium leeks, washed and chopped into big slices
2 carrots, cut into thick chunks
1 medium to large parsnip, chopped into big chunks
1 yellow onion, quartered
6 cups of vegetable broth or organic chicken broth
3-6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and ground black pepper (optional)

Directions: Read more about Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

 

Potential Dangers Of Using Skin-Lightening Creams

Michael Jackson and I both have a skin condition called vitiligo, a condition that results in loss of skin color in patches throughout one's face and body. Read more about Potential Dangers Of Using Skin-Lightening Creams

 

Ways To Prevent Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoning has become less of a health threat to the general population since lead-based paint and leaded gasoline were phased out in the 1970s. Still, those who work around lead, pregnant women, infants, and young children continue to be at significant risk of suffering from mild to moderate cases of lead poisoning. Unborn babies, infants, and young children are especially at risk because exposure to even small amounts can lead to permanent damage. Lead can be absorbed through the placenta and breast milk. Read more about Ways To Prevent Lead Poisoning

 

Spinach, Fennel, and Lentil Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cups of washed baby spinach leaves
1 fennel bulb
1/2 cup of green lentils
5 tablespoons of cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic, unpeeled
4 tablespoons of lemon juice or red wine vinegar, whichever you prefer
Sea salt and black pepper
Small handful of roughly chopped parsley, basil, or mint

Directions: Read more about Spinach, Fennel, and Lentil Salad Recipe

 

8 Essential Strategies For Academic Success

In the summer of 2005, I wrote a short book that details how I went from being an average university student to the top of my class.

The book is called 8 Essential Strategies For Academic Success.

Changing the momentum of my academic career didn't happen overnight. Read more about 8 Essential Strategies For Academic Success

 

Raw Borscht Recipe

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of beet juice (~3-5 small to medium beets)
1 and 1/2 cups of celery juice (~6-8 ribs)
3/4 cup of carrot juice (~4-6 medium carrots)
1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 small cloves of garlic
1 and 1/2 teaspoons of sea salt
Handful of fresh dill

Directions:

Use a juicer to juice beets, celery, and carrots.

Use a strong blender to combine all ingredients - blend for approximately 30 seconds or until smooth. Read more about Raw Borscht Recipe

 

Raw Carob Truffle Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of raw pecans, soaked in water for 5 hours, then dried in a towel
1/2 cup of raw almonds, soaked in water for 5 hours, then dried in a towel
1/2 cup of raw pine nuts
1 cup of medjool dates
2 tablespoons of raw carob powder
1 teaspoon of high quality vanilla extract
1 cup of shredded coconut

Directions:

Use a food processor to grind pecans, almonds, and pine nuts together. Read more about Raw Carob Truffle Recipe

 

Ultrasound Can Affect Fetal Brain Development

A new study out of the Yale University School of Medicine indicates that exposure to ultrasound waves during routine ultrasound scanning can affect fetal brain development.

Lead researcher Pasko Rakic encourages pregnant women to avoid unnecessary ultrasound scans until more research is done. Read more about Ultrasound Can Affect Fetal Brain Development

 

Harmful Chemical In Sunscreens, Shampoos, Soaps, and Hairsprays

While I am a strong proponent of not becoming obsessed with living a 100 percent, toxin-free life, at least to a point where the obsession itself contributes to significant emotional stress, I am starting to believe that regardless of financial cost, it is necessary to avoid personal care products that contain chemicals that we know are extremely harmful to health. Read more about Harmful Chemical In Sunscreens, Shampoos, Soaps, and Hairsprays

 

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