Up to 70% of fabrics used in our clothing today are made from plastic. Slow fashion is a movement like that of "slow food". We seek out good sourcing for what we wear, just as we do with what we eat. Megan Meiklejohn is a sustainability expert in the fashion industry and the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for Land to Market. Today she helps us look at our clothing through a new lens: what is it made of, where did it come from, and is it good for the land and our bodies?
Megan talks about our choices as consumers and how they can help steer the direction of the industry. She weighs in on whether leggings made from water bottles are good or bad, for example, and she tells us which brands are actually working on sustainable sourcing. All in all, she helps provide us with something of a clothing compass for making better choices for our individual health and that of the planet.
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MSG. Sulfur. Vitamin D deficiency. Sunscreen. These are just some of the potential health saboteurs covered by Sally Fallon Morell, the president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, in today's episode, as she highlights articles from the summer 2022 issue of the Wise Traditions journal. She discusses how hidden MSG has been linked to obesity, how sulfur in garlic may compromise some people's health, and how vitamin D deficiency can affect jaw structure and, of course, mood and overall wellbeing. She covers how sunscreen can interfere with our hormonal function. She also offers simple steps to counteract these saboteurs in your own life and your family.
Check out Sally's website and blog: nourishingtraditions.com
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A number of foods on the supermarket shelves are fortified with iron. Is this a good idea? Dr. Leland Stillman, MD., says that it's not. He is convinced that most of us have too much iron in our bodies. Virtually every disease of aging is linked to excess iron accumulation: depression, anxiety, dementia, skin problems, liver failure and more. But common blood work might not reveal this issue.
Iron is both a toxin and a nutrient so it can be challenging both to determine whether we are deficient or overloaded. Leland explains tell-tale signs of iron overload and he explains which assessments work and which are limited. He also goes over the nutrients we need (like copper and folate) to help our bodies properly handle iron. Finally, he tells us why donating blood to off-load iron may not be the best solution. And he weighs in on whether cooking with cast iron pans is advisable or not.
Visit his website stillmanmd.com for resources and consultations.
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Stress causes inflammation, dysregulation of the immune system, raises blood sugar, suppresses healing T cells and natural killer cells. But can it lead to cancer? Brandon LaGreca, author of "Cancer, Stress & Mindset," tackles that question today. Brandon is a licensed acupuncturist who, in 2015, was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He achieved full remission eight months later without the use of chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery.
Today he discusses how stress is often overlooked as a contributing factor, if not a driving force, that can indeed lead to cancer.
He covers what stress does to us biologically and psychologically, and he offers techniques for mitigating its effect, like vagus nerve activation, journaling, prioritizing sleep, and more. His very practical tips can help us all improve our mindset and build greater resilience, whatever the state of our general health.
Visit Brandon's website: brandonlagreca.com
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