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Regular Talk About Irregularity: What to Do When You Can’t Go

By on May 21st, 2014 Tags: , , , ,

Referred to politely as “irregularity,” constipation happens to all of us once in a while. If you’re being treated for breast cancer, you might have it more often. Chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, some targeted therapies, and many pain medicines are known to cause constipation. You also may have constipation alternating with diarrhea. But whether you’re constipated a couple times a year or once a week, struggling …

Safer Soaps for Cleaner Clothes

By on May 7th, 2014 Tags: ,

I used to love the smell of detergent wafting through the house on laundry days. But as I’ve learned more about what makes detergent smell so good, I’ve become more careful about which ones I use. Detergents, like many other scented products, tend to include lots of chemicals that may affect our health.

It didn’t surprise me that scents with names like “alpine meadows,” “mountain …

Alternatives to the Pill

By on April 23rd, 2014 Tags: ,

The need for safe, effective birth control is shared by many women around the world. More than 10 million American women use birth control pills — and many use this method of contraception for long periods of time. If you’re one of them, you know why: the tiny pills are easy to take and extremely effective if you take them as directed. Plus, they help …

Can Dry Cleaning Really Be Green?

By on March 20th, 2014 Tags: , , , ,

What happens to clothes at the dry cleaners was always a bit of a mystery to me. I know there’s some sort of chemical process going on — how else could everything get so clean without falling apart? But while I’m careful about the products I use when I wash clothes at home and I’m concerned about dry cleaning chemicals, I haven’t asked my dry …

Airport Body Scanners Are Less Revealing — and Less of a Health Risk

By on February 26th, 2014 Tags: ,

I think plane travel is a miracle. A few short hours in the air can take me to far-flung loved ones or mean the difference between a regular day at home and a fabulous adventure. It always amazes me to know that I can wake up at home and go to sleep someplace halfway around the world all in the same day.

Still, air travel …

Improve Your Cooking Methods, Improve Your Health

By on February 12th, 2014 Tags: , , ,

My kitchen gets a workout during cold weather when we tend to crave hot savory foods: soups, stews, and roasted dishes. Plus, we end up cooking more meals because the groups of friends and family in the house are larger. This is also when I like to make and share special foods that taste good on almost everything and make great gifts (like my favorite

What Meat and Egg Labels Really Mean

By on January 15th, 2014 Tags: , ,

Anyone who’s read even one of my Think Pink, Live Green columns knows that I am passionate about food and making sure that I eat the healthiest, most nutritious food I can afford. But sometimes when I’m deciding what to buy, I get confused by all the “natural,” “lean,” “responsibly raised,” and other stickers trying to grab my attention on meat and egg products. Since …

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