Well February is finally coming to an end and for anyone living in Ontario this is a very good thing. With record breaking low temperatures, it has been so cold many of have spent much of the last month in hibernation.
The good news is this gave us lots of time to read and get caught up on the latest and greatest natural health news making the headlines. Here is my top five list and reasons why you should care.
This month the New York State Attorney General sent notice to four major US retail chains requesting they stop selling specific brands of natural health products (NHPs) based on the results from DNA barcoding testing. With a ton of media attention many people started questioning what was actually in their supplement bottle. To help provide clarity the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) released a statement explaining why Canadian’s can continue to be confident in the quality, safety and effectiveness of their NHPs.
Some scary and rather unfortunate news, this month as the USDA approved the “Arctic Apple” a.k.a a GMO apple that can be cut and will not go brown for 15-18 days. It is now only the second GM fruit allowed to be sold on the market, the US-grown papaya being the first. Find out more here.
Each year the Environmental Working Group comes out with their list of the clean 15 and the dirty dozen. Although there were not a lot of changes this year with apples, peaches and nectarines again topping the dirty dozen, some key findings in the report included:
- The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce.
- A single grape sample and a sweet bell pepper sample contained 15 pesticides.
- Single samples of cherry tomatoes, nectarines, peaches, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece.
If after reading about the release of the Arctic Apple and the EWG’s 2015 report, you are still not convinced organic is the way this study might help. Researchers studied nearly 4,500 people from six cities across the US and found that those who ate organic produce may have lower levels of some pesticides in their bodies than people who eat similar amounts of conventionally grown fruits and veggies.
For a bit more positive news, I was recently interviewed by Glow Magazine on what steps we can take to holistically prevent and cure the common cold, find out how here.
Finally, I don’t actually drink coffee, but I can still relate. This is just a hilarious bonus I had to share
What hot headlines helped to warm up your February?
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