Margarine vs. Butter? It’s a no brainer!

Margarine can look like butter, is often substituted for butter, but no my friend, it is NOT butter! Margarine tastes nasty…period. I can instantly tell when I’m spreading margarine on my bread because it looks funny and even has a plasticy, fake smell. It has a nasty chemical taste that makes my taste buds angry. Margarine can make even the freshest, warmest, most delicious baked bread taste unpleasant. Do you know the disgusting truth about margarine? Margarine is actually a chemical substance that is made from a process that is terribly unhealthy for humans and animals. That’s why animals or insects wont even eat it, so why do we? Are we that dumb? Not me! I’m going to keep avoiding this stuff at all costs!

What are other bloggers saying about it?

“You can easily leave a block of margarine outside for years and no mold, insects or other animals are going to touch it. It’s a “non-food”.” – swedish-diet.blogspot.com click to see full article

“Margarine is something else entirely, a totally unnatural, harmful and inedible product that is in no way should be called food.” – thetruthabouthumanfood.blogspot.com click to see full article

“Butter wins hands down in this turf war! It is a natural product, and we don’t need a chemical lab in order to make it… any kitchen will suffice.” –  simplypurelyhealthy.wordpress.com click to see full article

Are you going to throw out all of your nasty margarine and start spending just a little extra for real butter? It’s really a matter of unnatural vs. natural. Butter all the way!

Halloween hazards

Halloween is one of the most fun festivities of the year. You get to dress up in silly costumes and it’s perfectly normal. The little ones get to be their favorite cartoon character or celebrity and they get to scream, “Trick-or-treat!” and get their candy buckets with treats. It’s all fun and sweet right? Not really. There are some important warnings that you should adhere to before you get all up in the Halloween spirit. Protect yourself and your children before you set out on your trick-or-treat travels. Beware of Halloween face paints that have toxic ingredients, hair coloring that creates allergic reactions, painted props that contain lead, and candy that is not so much of a treat. Sadly, just dressing up for Halloween can pose scarier dangers than any ghost or goblin. Beware!

Monsters are killing people!

I’ve never cared for energy drinks. Sure, I’ve had a few Red Bulls, but the popular energy drink called “Monster” just looks scary to me. That creepy “M” on the black can just makes it look suspect to my well-being.The drink is a 24-ounce carbonated beverage with 240 milligrams of caffeine. That is seven times the amount that is found in a regular 12 ounce soda. Turns out the this ridiculously caffeinated drink has been linked to the death of a 14-year-old girl who died of “caffeine toxicity” after drinking two 24 oz. cans of Monster Energy drink. It has also been linked to the deaths of four other people. The deaths are all currently under investigation of the FDA

According to Livestrong.comMonster Energy drinks provide about 200 calories per 8 oz. The drink is fortified with an abundance of B vitamins, which are helpful for energy metabolism and immune system health.  can. Oh, but there’s more! On top of the mass amounts caffeine, the drink also contains 54 g of sugar. Monster Energy drinks are high in sodium: about 360 mg per can. Both sugar and sodium are related to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, and the American Heart Association recommends limiting both to prevent heart problems. Sounds  pretty bad!

Is your carpet toxic?

Carpet can serve great purposes like keeping your room warm or making it pretty and colorful. “Over 60% of homes in the USA have carpeting” (Natural Living). Children love carpet. Infants crawl on them and people seem to have a thing for that ‘new-carpet smell’. Little do we know, we are being poisoned by the chemicals, allergens and toxic dust in our carpets.

Did you know that your carpet can hold 8 times it’s weight in toxin filled dirt? 

Natural Living

According to an article in Natural Living, older carpets are so toxic that your chances of being exposed to hazardous chemicals are 10-50 times higher in a carpeted room than outdoors. If the carpet is plush or shag, your risk increases substantially. Not only do they contain the chemicals banned from more recent production, they also have had years to accumulate pounds of dust mites, dirt, pesticides and other toxins brought in on shoes, feet and pet’s paws.

The article goes on to say that new carpets contain ‘volatile organic compounds’ VOC’s. These include toluene, benzene, formaldehyde, ethyl benzene, styrene, acetone and many other chemicals, some of which have already made the EPA’s list of Extremely Hazardous Substances. P-Dichlorobenzene, a known carcinogen is in new carpets, and there are also chemicals that have shown to produce fetal abnormalities in animals. Hallucinations, nerve damage and respiratory illness are just some of the effects that these chemicals cause in humans. Let’s all say it, “That’s bad for you.” So learn how to reduce your exposure to toxic carpets!

Arsenic in rice? NO!!!!

I love rice! I love it covered with gravy or a stew, fried, steamed, whatever! There’s so many options for rice and its guaranteed to fill you up. Rice makes up the main food source for almost half of the world’s population. It also has various health benefits. No doubt that this is an extremely important crop. It is devastating to know that while I am enjoying fluffy rice, I may be at risk for cancer.

According to an article in Fooducate.com, Arsenic is a naturally occurring element in the soil.  However, inorganic arsenic is found in the soils that were contaminated by arsenic based pesticides and fertilizers, industrial districts or mining areas, municipal waste, or contaminated water. Not all rice is contaminated, however, “76% of all rice grown in the US comes from areas where inorganic arsenic is an issue.” – Fooducate.com

According to the EPA, “the ingestion of inorganic arsenic can lead to cancer of the  skin, bladder, liver, and lung.  There are no studies of low levels long term arsenic exposure in food; however studies relating to low level arsenic exposure  in water have shown increased likelihood of diabetes type II and poor neuro-psychological functioning.” Three letters: B.A.D.

What can you do ?

First, learn how you can reduce your Arsenic intake from eating rice.  Second, sign the petition asking the FDA to regulate arsenic in rice and spread the word to your family and friends! DO NOT wait!

GMOs ARE NOT A JOKE PEOPLE!

Would you spray RAID on your food and eat it? Would you take a medication that has a side effect listed as CANCER? Not likely that you would do such stupid things, but this is what it is like to eat GMOs.

Have you ever thought about why so many people are sick and dying from CANCER? Sure people have been dying of disease for since forever, but in a time of constant advancement and discovery of medicines, cures and remedies that sustain life, why is cancer spreading like wildfire? GMOs are causing cancer in humans at a rapid pace. We are literally being used as lab rats to eat the stuff when it has already been proven to be hazardous to living organisms. You may not understand the severity because this isn’t usually the topic of discussion on most news and media outlets. This is something we must take upon ourselves to get educated, protect ourselves and our future. This is information that EVERYONE should know! Don’t be a victim to GMOs!

Why So Serious?

Side effects of long-term GM food consumption include liver cancer, kidney cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer (for men too), thyroid tumors, Parkinson’s disease, infertility, birth defects, autism and brain tumors. The dreaded diagnosis of cancer has been linked in over 260 studies worldwide to agrochemicals. This stuff is not only bad, but deadly. We need the FDA to regulate and label which foods are genetically modified. We all have a right to know what’s in our food. Help fight for GMO labeling today!

We know stress is bad, but how so?

Stress is a part of life. Many things in life we can’t change and have to deal with them, thus leading to stress. Just knowing about all of the things in life that are bad for you stresses me out! Even thinking too much can cause stress. As college students, we tend to stress a lot. Especially those of us who are attending classes full-time, working a job and dealing with our personal lives. We often feel overwhelmed and tend to stress more than we should. What is good about stress is that it means that we actually care about what’s going on otherwise we wouldn’t care to stress about it.

When stress turns into dis-tress, that’s when stress turns dangerous with the potential to cause various health issues. It’s important to understand how stress can affect you, then maybe you will try not to do it.Don’t stress! You must learn how to cope. There are various steps that you can take to relieve your stress. Be stress free because too much stress is bad for you!

Incense are carcinogenic!

Since I was a child, I have been around incense smoke. Incense have always seemed harmless to me, probably because some incense smell almost Godly. I remember dancing around in the smoke as a child, not thinking anything of it. My grandmother burned them on a regular basis. She even smelled of incense when you got close to her. My mother and all of my aunt’s have always burned incense as well.  In fact, my mom is burning incense right now and when I told her they can cause cancer, she has claimed that this will be the last one (we will see).

A study published in the September 2001 issue of the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology indicates that burning incense can expose people to dangerous levels of cancer-causing chemicals.

If you burn incense, you may want to look into other ways of releasing pleasant smells into your home because they’re bad for you. As I recently discussed, air fresheners are toxic and there is evidence that says candles aren’t good for air quality either, but there are some “safer scents” that can make your house smell just as good.

So you wana be inky? Well think again!

Let’s just keep it real. Tattoos are all the rage amongst young people. They are one of the most popular visual forms of expression and can be very attractive to some. There are kids out there just itching for the day when they’re old enough to get a tattoo. I have two tattoos myself and often fantasize about my next ink and where it will go. Tattoos are addictive that is for sure. I always knew that you have to be careful when getting tattoos because of risk for improper sanitation and sterilization. Personally, I have always gone to a professional to get mine done.

However, I just recently became aware of a nasty outbreak of hard-to-treat skin disease attributed to tattoo ink ingredients that prompted both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue warnings about the associated health risks of tattoos. Apparently, some inks contain dyes “suitable for printers’ ink or automobile paint.” Black ink in particular may be trouble from the carcinogenic point-of- view. I love tattoos, but now I am definitely having second thoughts about my next ink. I’m really beginning to think they’re bad for you. Sad face!

When fast food workers come clean, take heed.

I’ve worked fast food in my teenage years and I can’t say that I’ve seen anything too disgusting. Besides a few microwaved menu items and frozen foods that smell horrible while being speed baked in an oven, I don’t really have much to report. And yes, I’ve worked at the infamous McDonald’s before. But let’s face it, fast food is…fast. That’s why we buy it. It’s convenient when we are busy and on the go. However, you need to be choosy when you are ordering from these places. Sometimes the workers in the kitchen have a better insight on menu items than we could ever imagine. I doubt these workers are blowing smoke come out and tell us what not to eat. Some of this is just nasty.

I’d simply say it’s bad for you.