immune system

Did you know there may be antibiotics in products that you use everyday?

January 20, 2012

Yes, the antibiotic, triclosan, is a common ingredient found in many everyday household products, including various hand sanitizers, soaps, mouth washes, toothbrushes, toys, kitchen items, etc. Some examples include Colgate Total toothpaste and Bath and Body Works’ line of antibacterial soaps. What’s the big deal? Not only does the overuse of antibiotics lead to antibiotic resistance, it also kills the “good” bacteria that are […]

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Forest Bathing

November 20, 2011

This weekend I was at a conference on naturopathic medicine and one of the talks was given by a famous naturopathic doctor, Lise Alschuler. She described the idea of “forest bathing” whereby people spend time breathing in  scents from nature (particularly the volatile oils from trees).  She spoke of a study that had been conducted in Japan using two groups of healthy […]

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