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As Big Candy Ditches GMOs, Sugar Beet Farmers Hit A Sour Patch
July 19, 2016
As companies shun genetically modified ingredients, they're buying more sugar extracted from sugar cane rather than beets. Sugar beet farmers are thinking of going back to conventional beets.
It's all because about eight years ago, nearly all the farmers who grow sugar beets in the United States decided to start growing genetically modified versions of their crop. The GMO beets, which can tolerate the weedkiller glyphosate, otherwise known as Roundup, made it easier for them to get rid of weeds. They really didn't expect any problems. Just in the past two years, though, that's changed. Many food companies have decided to label their products as non-GMO.
Arsenic In Your Food Investigated
July 15, 2015
Organic rice baby cereal, rice breakfast cereals, brown rice, white rice-new tests by Consumer Reports have found that those and other types of rice products on grocery shelves contain arsenic, many at worrisome levels.
Arsenic not only is a potent human carcinogen but also can set up children for other health problems in later life. Following our January investigation, "Arsenic in Your Juice," which found arsenic in apple and grape juices, we recently tested more than 200 samples of a host of rice products. They included iconic labels and store brands, organic products and conventional ones; some were aimed at the booming gluten-free market.
Are there studies on how red dyes affect hummingbirds?
by Sheri L. Williamson
May 7, 2015
A recent visitor to the Field Guide to Hummingbirds Facebook page asked a question that comes up frequently in discussions of the use of petroleum-based food dyes in hummingbird feeder solutions:
Have any scientific studies been conducted to determine the effects of these chemicals on hummingbirds? Some people are surprised to learn that the answer is an emphatic "NO." Despite oft-repeated (and oft-debunked) urban legends that the San Diego Zoo, Audubon Society, or some other trustworthy source tested red dye on hummingbirds and found one or more specific effects (liver damage, kidney damage, cancer, tumors, "birth defects," weakened eggshells, or, in some versions of the story, no harm at all), there is no evidence that any such testing has ever been conducted on hummingbirds by anyone anywhere.
Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy
by Bonnie L. Grant
August 25, 2014
Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potentials.
Natural remedies have been around for untold centuries. These natural remedies included cures for almost any physical ailment as well as mental and emotional afflictions. Ancient healers may not have known why something worked but simply that it did. Modern scientists have unraveled the why of many medicinal plants and practices but only recently are they finding remedies that were previously unknown and, yet, still a part of the natural life cycle. Soil microbes and human health now have a positive link which has been studied and found to be verifiable.
Another Yosemite plague case reported
by Greg Botelho
August 18, 2015
California authorities on Tuesday reported they're looking at a second person with the plague in the state -- and, like the other case, this one visited Yosemite National Park.
The California Department of Public Health announced "a presumptive positive case of plague" involving someone from Georgia who had spent time in early August in the state.
Annual Garden Tour Returns
by Rebecca Miller-Cripps
May 14, 2017
Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 21 st, when UCCE Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County will host their twenty-second annual garden tour. This year's theme is "Over the Garden Gate," as we tour, "peeking into," various gardens from 10 until 3 pm.
Self-guiding tickets to four beautiful gardens, ranging from Ridgewood to downtown Sonora, are $10 per person; children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available in the Columbia area at Columbia Nursery on Parrotts Ferry Road and the Farmory near Columbia Airport. In Sonora, tickets can be purchased at Sonora Lumber on South Washington Street, Antiques, Etc. on North Washington Street and from the UCCE Office, 52 North Washington Street.
Animal chiropractors say their drugless, non-surgical adjustments are cheaper than vet care
by Associated Press
April 17, 2013
Thirty years ago, Dr. Gene Giggleman was a veterinarian who thought chiropractors were quacks. Since then, he says he's straightened out thousands of dogs and cats, not to mention the occasional snake, hamster, gerbil and guinea pig.
In Southern California, Dr. Rod Block has tended to an elephant, a paralyzed iguana, a turkey, pigs, llamas and countless dogs and horses. "You have to be very much in tune with the being of the animal you are working with," said Block, who limits his work these days to house calls throughout Southern California, where he works with several veterinarians.
Anderson Chiropractor: Chronic Pain Management Possible With Whole Body Care
by Garcia Chiropractic
November 25, 2012
Garcia Chiropractic is educating patients about the benefits of natural pain management. Dr. Harvey Garcia uses non-invasive therapies to help with chronic conditions, including fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathy.
According to Dr. Garcia, chiropractic care is an effective alternative to traditional prescription painkillers. Care options include hands-on and brain-based therapies, such as decompression therapy, mechanical traction, Rebuilder Neurology Therapy and Advanced Therapeutic Movement therapy. This whole body approach to chronic pain is designed to address both the symptoms and underlying causes that trigger health problems.
An Avocado a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
May 27, 2014
Hippocrates, the father of western healing, stated: "Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food." The last few decades of research show that many foods can be beneficial for health.
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Chiropractor and Naturopath, Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP examines recent research about the benefits of eating avocados in reducing the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood, as well as reducing the risks of stroke, heart disease, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome.
An alternative perspective
by Aditi Jhaveri
May 28, 2015
For many of us, homeopathy is one of those things we've heard of... but we might not be able to describe it, exactly.
Why are we talking about this? Well, the FTC will be hosting a free, public workshop on September 21, 2015, to take a closer look at advertising for over-the-counter homeopathic products. Because there are plenty of products, and plenty of ads for them. You can find the products in stores and pharmacies, on the shelf right next to conventional medicine - and you've probably seen the ads online or on TV.
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