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From Rueters: Healthy subjects who received daily caffeine-free green tea extract capsules had an increased production of detoxification enzymes, which may provide some cancer-fighting benefits, study findings show. “Concentrated green tea extract could be beneficial to those who are deficient in the detoxification enzyme and shouldn’t be harmful for those who have adequate detoxification enzyme,”…

It’s cheap, durable, and beautiful. I was going to post on this next week, but Slate beat me to the punch. So instead of reinventing the wheel I’ll send you over there. One thing that most people don’t think about is the fact that tons of painted items not meant for kids and ceramics not…

Friends of Earth put out a report on nanotechnology and sunscreens recently. They bungled it. Big time. A little background. Zinc (Zn) and Titanium (Ti) Oxides are the best sun protectants known. They don’t break down in the sun and they have broad UVA UVB coverage. However, they are bright opaque white (you remember the…

Tap Water’s Low Blow?

Most cities and towns use chlorine or bromine to disinfect water. When the water is polluted, chlorine or bromine reacts with the pollution (agricultural runoff is probably a bigger problem here than traditional industrial pollution) to create what are called disinfection by-products (DBPs). DBPs are associated in humans with adverse pregnancy outcomes (usually miscarriage)*. Since…

A study this month ($) in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety (just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it?), looked at poison control data during 2001 for two herbal supplements: St. John’s wort and Echinacea. There were 356 contacts for SJW and 406 contacts for Echinacea. That’s not what interests me; we know the compounds are bioactive…

Poison ivy, nightshade, cobras, green tea. Uh, green tea? Yeah, you heard me right. Don’t put down your cup of tea just yet, but if you’re near a GNC please run, don’t walk, the other way (good advice anytime). A review ($) came out in one of my two favorite journals, Chemical Research in Toxicology…

Why, yes it is, and that’s why I’ve got a stupid product for you not to buy (not that my above-average-intelligence audience would anyway ;)  ). The POD, or Personal Oxygen Device, by GO2, is simply that: portable oxygen for you to “energize” and “refresh, restore, renew your mind and body on the cellular level…