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Are new berber carpets bad for babies health/development due to volatile organic compounds, dust mites, etc?

Are new berber carpets bad for babies health/development due to volatile organic compounds, dust mites, etc?

In some cases yes...: It's wise for all of us to minimize exposure to voc's & it is wise to esp. Protect our babies. Voc's come not only from carpets but carpet pads & in many cases the glue used is the greatest source. Fortunately, low voc options for all of these exist. Carpets give off the most voc's in the first weeks after installation so minimizing exposure at that time is esp. Important.See http://bit.Ly/1c27z4f. ...Read more

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Is aml related to environmental toxins like farm pesticides, fertilizers?

Is aml related to environmental toxins like farm pesticides, fertilizers?

Pesticides : Risk factors for AML tobacco use? Herbicides? Pesticides? – benzene exposure – xrt – topoisomerase ii inhibitors (e.g. Etoposide), alkylating agents – mds – other cell proliferation disorders cml, polycythemia vera, primary thrombocytosis, pnh. ...Read more

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Is all food at farmers market's considered organic? What makes something organic?

Is all food at farmers market's considered organic? What makes something organic?

Not automatic: Being sold at a farmer's market does not ensure produce is organic. Produce grown with only organic fertilizers and pest control would be organic, but some farmers use inorganic fertilizers and pesticides on their crops. You need to ask. "certified organic" is another level above this, and requires more testing and criteria than basic organic does. ...Read more

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Is the organic food revolution mostly limited to grains?

Is the organic food revolution mostly limited to grains?

No: Organic foods include fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products, as well as legumes and grains, and a multitude of packaged foods as well. ...Read more

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Can you suggest foods labeled "usda organic" is non gmo?

Can you suggest foods labeled "usda organic" is non gmo?

Yes: By definition a GMO food can not be certified "organic" and foods certified as organic can not be GMO. See http://drrandybaker.com/2013/04/22/organic-food-diet/ for details. ...Read more

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Can organic foods be reliably identified at farmers market?

Can organic foods be reliably identified at farmers market?

GENERALLY YES: There are strict standards for food to be officially certified "organic" and, at least where i live in santa cruz, ca a grower can not represent their foods as being organic unless they have been certified as so. I imagine that this is the case at other farmers markets across the country. See http://www.Usda.Gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?Navid=organic_certificatio. ...Read more

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Is organic food worth the price?

Is organic food worth the price?

Depends: If you care about sustainable farming practices, or lowering the carbon footprint of human activity; if you don't like consuming pesticides and other chemicals in your food; if you find peace of mind in eating food farmed as it has been for centuries rather than participating in one of the many modern chemical experiments on people, then yes. If you don't care about these things, no. ...Read more

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Could food preservatives influence arteriosclerosis/atherosclerosis?

Could food preservatives influence arteriosclerosis/atherosclerosis?

I don't think so: The risk factors for atherosclerosis -- cigarette smoking, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, lack of exercise -- are painfully obvious. I've looked at 'pop' claims that food preservatives are a big risk factor, and they seem artfully worded to frighten you and to lack any real science. Today's processed foods are often both greasy ; fun to eat and this promotes obesity and puts you at some risk. ...Read more

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What are some local organic foods or healthy food programs?

What are some local organic foods or healthy food programs?

Start with CSA, etc.: Community-supported agriculture programs are spreading throughout north america. Farmers' markets are popplng up. Even traditional grocers are stocking some local produce. One can start by doing a search online, asking local chefs or contacting a nearby university with an ag or environmental studies program. Also one can ask people with healthy-looking active kids the difference is often apparent. ...Read more

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Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?

Can environmental allergies (food, pollen, dust mites, contrast dye, penicillin) cause a high positive ANA?

I have seen this: While the +ANA is suggestive of SLE there can be other causes - other connective tissue disease, autoimmune thyroid disease, auto immune hepatitis to name some. I have seen a lot of people with + ANAs who only have as another problem a history of allergic reactions and I am convinced that thee allergic reactions can cause a + ANA. Everyone can have very low titters (amount) of ANA. ...Read more

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Is smoking additive free cigarettes like american spirit less harmful then cigarettes that contain ammonia, glycerol, sugar, flavors and other stuff?

Is smoking additive free cigarettes like american spirit less harmful then cigarettes that contain ammonia, glycerol, sugar, flavors and other stuff?

No difference: It is a proven fact that effects of smoking are serious. It can harm nearly every organ of the body. It causes nearly one of every five deaths in the United States each year. Regardless of the brand, flavor or additives tobacco smoke contains more than 7, 000 chemicals. Approximately 70 of them are known to cause cancer. Rec.: ask your pcp for smoking cessation program. ...Read more

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Can the fda approve genetically modified foods (gmo) for human consumption?

Can the fda approve genetically modified foods (gmo) for human consumption?

YES but...: GMO foods are approved by the FDA before being sold for human consumption. See http://www.fda.gov/food/foodscienceresearch/biotechnology/ucm346030.htm However, I feel the FDA has been derelict in its duty to protect consumers by ignoring evidence that GMO foods may be harmful. Many high-ranking FDA officials have worked for Monsanto- see http://tinyurl.com/ao96zvp and http://tinyurl.com/pkh43g3 ...Read more

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Indoor air quality? Which indoor plants are helpful in cleaning air of co2 and other toxins?

Indoor air quality? Which indoor plants are helpful in cleaning air of co2 and other toxins?

All : All plants participate in photosynthesis, a chemical reaction that converts carbon dioxide into organic compounds such as sugars, using the energy from sunlight. In general the more chlorophyll present (the substance that provides the green color to leaves), the more photosynthesis that will be taking place. Therefore as a general rule, the larger and leafier the plant, the more photosynthesis that will be occurring in the presence of sunlight. However, having more indoor plants will not result in a significantly lower carbon dioxide concentration than the rest of the atmosphere, as indoor air is always in communication with the rest of the environment. Also, carbon dioxide at these concentrations is not harmful to humans, and having indoor plants does not result in significant air detoxification that can be attributed to any meaningful health benefits. ...Read more

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Is the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database accurate in their ratings of how hazardous different cosmetics, shampoos, etc are?

Is the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database accurate in their ratings of how hazardous different cosmetics, shampoos, etc are?

As far as i know: They have a good reputation and lots of people depend on their information. You do ask a good question...you could call them and get more information on how they do their research...and yo may find that helps you more. ...Read more

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Do even expensive restaurants hire immigrant helpers? Id so, is there greater risk of food poisoning?

Do even expensive restaurants hire immigrant helpers? Id so, is there greater risk of food poisoning?

Back office employee: Most restaurants including expensive ones hire minority and immigrant employees as they generally are good workers and will work for less money. Food poisoning is a constant worry in any restaurant and most have strict internal rules to prevent this. These rules are more likely to be followed in an expensive restaurant so enjoy your experience there. ...Read more

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Is organic food worth the extra price?

Is organic food worth the extra price?

Depends: If you care about sustainable farming practices, or lowering the carbon footprint of human activity; if you don't like consuming pesticides and other chemicals in your food; if you find peace of mind in eating food farmed as it has been for centuries rather than participating in one of the many modern chemical experiments on people, then yes. If you don't care about these things, no. ...Read more

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Might eggs play any roles in a healthy food diet?

Might eggs play any roles in a healthy food diet?

Healthy diet: Yes, they are an excellent source of protein & other nutrients. One egg contains 6 grams of protein and some healthful unsaturated fats. Eggs are also a good source of choline, which has been linked with preserving memory, and lutein and zeaxanthin, which may protect against vision loss. ...Read more