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The Dangers of Air Fresheners

Fragrances have been used to mask odors since ancient times, and now come in a wide variety of options - scented candles, sprays, and solid gels. However, these commercial products often contain phthalates and other hazardous chemicals that can be easily inhaled, absorbed into the skin, or accidentally ingested. In this Wellness Bulletin, Karen discusses the hazards of long-term exposure to these chemicals and how to incorporate natural alternatives to toxic air fresheners.

All about COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive disease that limits airflow through either inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes (bronchitis) or destruction of alveoli (emphysema). Frequently, both conditions coexist as part of this disorder. In this Wellness Bulletin, you will learn the signs and symptoms of COPD, treatment options, and recommendations for how to increase your caloric intake to prevent malnutrition when living with COPD.

The Benefits of Gardening for Cancer Survivors

Gardening is a relaxing, fun activity with multiple long-term benefits for your health. Not only do you incorporate more physical activity into your daily routine, you also have access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Learn about community gardens and gardens for cancer survivors in this week's Wellness Bulletin.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol is legal in most countries around the world and it is easy to buy and consume. For most people, moderate alcohol consumption isn’t harmful. For others, drinking becomes a severe problem and is given the medical diagnosis of “alcohol use disorder” or AUD. In this Wellness Bulletin, you will learn the questions to ask if you are worried that you or a loved one may be alcohol dependent.

Are you ready for summer grilling season?

Grilling meat is a spring and summer tradition in America. However, this cooking method may not be as safe as it is tasty. In fact, it may increase your risk of developing cancer, due to chemical reactions that produce carcinogenic compounds in meats that can act as toxic chemicals. This week, I will discuss how to safely grill meats so you can enjoy this summer pastime while staying healthy.

Antioxidants and Free Radicals

In recent years, researchers, the market and the media have given much attention to the terms “antioxidant” and “free radical”. In this bulletin, we are going to discuss the basic principles of these two concepts, the beneficial properties of antioxidants and how they help protect the body against damaging free radicals.

The Health Properties of Bananas

When we think about super foods, most of the time bananas don’t come to mind. However, this fruit is full of potassium and several compounds with antioxidant activities. In this Wellness Bulletin, Karen gives us some easy and convenient ways to add bananas to your diet - including fluffy banana pancakes.

What are flavonoids, and how do they improve my health?

Flavonoids are mentioned frequently in our Wellness Bulletins, but do you know what their health benefits are and what foods they are found in? In this week's bulletin, Karen provides a detailed look into the nutritional benefits of flavonoids and how you can easily add them into your diet. Stay tuned for upcoming bulletins on the health benefits of other nutrients!

Preventing Colorectal Cancer

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In this week's Wellness Bulletin, Karen reviews early warning signs, preventive tips, and ways you can reduce your modifiable risk factors for colorectal cancers. She also includes a healthy recipe for cauliflower and potato curry.

The Pros and Cons of Licorice

Licorice is an herb that is native to the Mediterranean and parts of Asia. It is often found in herbal teas, cough remedies, hard candies and other food products. While licorice is a common flavoring agent, it has also been used as an herbal supplement in alternative medicine. However, the medicinal use of this product has not been approved by the FDA.

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