Tag Archives: health

Should Low Income Housing Be Next to Go Green?

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Architects love to design soaring skyscrapers and wildly innovative apartment buildings. At the end of the day, though, the developer wants to maximize the number of square feet of livable space that he or she can sell, and that – more than the site, more than the aesthetic tastes of the architect, and more than […]

Single Moms Take On Local Food Deserts in Asheville North Carolina

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Asheville has recently been in the news for the adoption of its progressive regional Food Action Plan, which addresses food insecurity/security and access issues. It is no surprise that our town is making food security headlines again, this time with the story of two of Asheville’s local residents and inspiring sustainable food leaders, Tema Ayanfe Jamison and Olufemi Lewis.

Wellness Wednesday: 8 Tips for More Affordable & Healthy Food Shopping

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Grocery shopping is one of the basic foundations of our health. Learning how to do it well can help you save tons of time and money. If you incorporate these simple steps into your weekly routine, you will not only reap the benefits of home cooked meals, as well as delicious leftovers for lunch, but will also be able to maintain a busy work schedule and usually get everything done.

Wellness Health Tips from Fermentation Nutrition Expert Summer Bock

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Starting this month my friend Summer Bock will begin regularly contributing some of her extensive nutritional and health wisdom to Ecolocalizer in our new weekly blog feature, Wellness Wednesdays. Ms. Bock will be helping to educate us about everything from how to make a diverse variety of your own fermented foods and plant-based medicinals, to better understanding and treating food allergies and persistent digestive problems.

Mansplainer Hank Williams Jr. Proves that You Can Just Make Stuff Up

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While commenting on the 2012 presidential race in the Maddow Blog recently, Steven Benen suggested that in this election season it now seems that “maybe you can just make stuff up”. From fictional tales of spastic tubes and forcible legitimate rape, many strange lies and bizarre falsehoods have continued to spew out of the Republican Party propaganda machine. In today’s installment of “maybe you can just make stuff up”, we look at an entertainer who appears intent upon dividing our nation.

Hey Girl Internet Meme Mocks Paul Ryan’s Misogynist Policies

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A humorous online campaign designed to expose vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s abysmal record on women’s health issues is flooding the internet. The meme is based on a fan site for Ryan Gosling, where an image of the celebrity is paired with an ironic or suggestive quote. In the case of Paul Ryan however, the words highlight the politician’s fondness for forced mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds, as well as his vehement opposition to birth control, pregnancy termination and contraception access.

Sandor Katz’s Delicious, Beautiful & Inspiring Art of Fermentation

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Sandor Katz’s The Art of Fermentation is a handsome hard cover volume which provides many easy to understand recipes explaining how to make everything from succulent sauerkraut, pickles and beer, to sourdough bread, cheese and tofu. However, this great work is also much more than just a cookbook. This essential reference book delves into fermentation concepts and food history from around the world, and explains relevant scientific concepts, like how bacterial cultures work.

Mississippi Tries to Ban All Legal Abortion in the State Tomorrow

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Extremist Republican politicians in Mississippi are openly admitting that the new restrictions being forced upon the only remaining health clinic that provides abortion services in the entire state are intended to deny citizens legal access to terminating their pregnancies. If the new regulations go forward tomorrow, all women in one of our nation’s most impoverished states will be forced to drive for hours to obtain a constitutionally protected medical procedure.

Rio+20 Conference Calls for Pollution Action, but Bickering Continues

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At the recent United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, New Zealand teenager Brittany Trilfold told the world to stop bickering and focus on protecting the environment better for her future and for the future of the world. Twenty years previously, 12-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki had done the exact same thing. This insight from these youth is much-needed advice for the two largest polluting economies in the world, the US and China, but will they listen?

Do New Stronger EPA Soot Regulations Really Spell Progress?

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On Friday June 15th, the Obama Administration announced the much awaited new EPA standards on soot and fine particulate matter. After being strong-armed by an 11 state lawsuit and a court deadline, the EPA reduced the amount of pollution that is considered ‘safe’ from industrial and power plant soot emissions from 15, to the lower maximum of 12 to 13 micrograms per cubic foot. Black soot causes health and environmental problems, as well as asthma, strokes, high blood pressure, acute bronchitis, heart disease, lung cancer and premature death.