Thursday, February 10, 2011

Recommended Reading

I love seeing what other people read and I often find really great articles and information through random link sharing so I thought I'd start posting a bit of what I've been reading lately. 

This week, I've been reading:

10 Surprising Foods that Contain Trans-Fat - They're talking about manufactured trans-fat here and I learned that (not surprisingly) manufacturers are allowed by FDA guidelines to advertise that they have "0 Trans-Fat" even if they do actually contain trans-fat.  ::scratches head::  Read the article to find out more. 

Changing the Education Paradigm - Thought provoking and entertaining video on our education systems.  The speaker makes some great points and the drawing that goes along with the lecture are pretty cool.

Beauty is More Than Skin Deep: Choosing Safer Personal Care Products - I learned that the beauty and skin care industry is totally self-regulated meaning pretty much anything goes as far as ingredients and what they actually have to disclose to consumers.  Pretty scary considering our skin is the largest organ we have and anything applied topically is absorbed into our bloodstream within 28-seconds of application. 

Lifetime TV Shows Us There's One (Unnecessary Intervention) Born Every Minute - Great recap and commentary on Lifetime's new documentary show "One Born Every Minute".  Did anyone else see this show?  It's filmed at Riverside Methodist in Columbus, OH and a Certified Nurse Midwife from the OB/GYN practice I go to was on the show, but overall I was very disappointed in the content.

New Research Shows Link Between MMR and Autism - Very in depth article about new studies which also found the MMR vaccine strain of measles virus in autistic children's gastrointestinal tract.  This is consistent with Dr. Wakefield's findings, which have been repeatedly discredited by the media.  Neither study has proven that the MMR vaccine causes autism, just that a link exists.


  1. I looked into the site "Beauty is More Than Skin Deep: Choosing Safer Personal Care Products" and I am horrified. Why can't they make products that don't ruin everything in our bodies. I looked up my facewash and it is the last on the list. The worst "10" it would seem. This morning I washed my face with water. Thanks for always providing interesting things to think about.

  2. I was also horrified when I recently started reading about the skin care industry. Sometimes I almost wish I didn't read these things because then I can't get it out of my head! I guess it's better to know so you can try to choose a better option at least.

    I didn't even bother looking up my face wash because I'm sure it would score poorly. I'm just going to use the rest and then try to figure out something better :)


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