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Mercury-Free Dentistry
June 2011

U.S. Supports Ending Amalgam Cavity Fillings

dentistIn a watershed move toward global mercury-free dentistry, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) recently reported that the U.S. government has announced that it supports a “phase down, with the goal of eventual phase out… of mercury amalgam.” That’s the silver-and-mercury-mixed material commonly used to fill cavities in teeth.

This represents a radical reversal of the government’s former position that, “Any change toward the use of dental amalgam is likely to result in positive public health outcomes.” The new stance will be submitted at the third round of negotiations for the world mercury treaty. The IAOMT sees this as “an extraordinary development that will change the global debate about amalgam.”

 
Favor Sustainable Flight
June 2011

Ways to Help Make a Difference

flightThe Globalist reports that the world’s aircraft contribute to global warming by producing 600 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year, while U.S. airports alone generate more than 425,000 tons of garbage, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Trash Landings. So what are airlines doing to mitigate their environmental impact and how can travelers become wiser in choosing a carrier?

Without an authoritative source ranking airlines to identify the greenest, it’s up to passengers to search for information on the company websites. Terms to research include: sustainability; environmental policy; corporate and social responsibility; recycling; and carbon emissions or carbon offsets. The “About Us” sections might also have clues. An absence of relevant information also indicates company priorities. Look for the following information:

 
Baby On Board
May 2011

How to Sustain Health Before and After Pregnancy

BabyOnBoardIt’s vital for a woman of any age to physically prepare for pregnancy and motherhood, for the health of both the mother and the baby. Start by speaking with a trusted medical practitioner, and then consider the following practical advice geared to keep everyone healthy and happy through every stage of the childbirth process.

 
Foods for Ageless Beauty
May 2011

Nourishing Skin from Inside and Out

NourishingSkingUsing naturally effective skincare products and eating foods that fortify and foster healthy cells work to renew, repair and rejuvenate skin for lasting beauty.

Many authorities have a good reason to champion the fact that food nutrients such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and omega oils are now showing up in personal care products. According to studies published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Food and Chemical Toxicology and Environmental Health Perspectives, skin can absorb up to 60 percent of what we apply to it. So, feeding skin high-quality ingredients may be as critical as the food we eat.

It’s common knowledge that drinking a sufficient amount of pure water is essential for overall health and radiant skin. Here is a look at how other recommended foods contribute to ageless beauty.

 
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