Life

Summer Recap: Here's What's Up with Wildfires

i.e. another way climate change is screwing with our health

Remember how bad the wildfires in the western United States were this year? Maybe you're worried that summer is never going to be the same with the constant air quality warnings? If you're like most people, you're probably a little concerned. And rightfully so! For instance, even if you weren't in California during the wildfires this year, you might have still felt the effects of the wildfires. While it doesn't seem the most direct, wildfires that occur far away still affect the environment you are living in. Climate change is playing a huge role in the number of wildfires and the length of the wildfire season that we're seeing and will be seeing - here's why.

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Science

Having Trouble Keeping a Healthy Weight?

Here's why chemicals might be keeping you from shedding those last few pounds

If you're eating healthy, getting lots of sleep, but just can't seem to hit a healthy weight, it might be something you've never thought about. Obesogens, a term coined in 2006 to refer to chemicals that cause us to gain and hold on to weight, and can influence weight loss. Now, we know that maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle is influenced by what seems like a bajillion factors, and is a complicated issue with no easy solution. But, it looks like obesogens are a piece of the puzzle and definitely something you want to be aware about. Data shows that obesity is an increasing problem. Over one-third of both adults and children in the U.S. are obese or overweight (1, 5). Even for people who regularly work out or have superhuman strength to say no to desserts, obesogens are having an impact. Unfortunately, as obesogen research is in its early stages, we still don't know everything about these chemicals and how they affect weight gain, but as of now, here's what we do know.

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Life

Are E-cigs the Healthy Alternative to Smoking?

Get the info before you vape at the next party

You've seen them around, maybe you've even had a hit of your friend's vape pen. All the cool kids are doing it - maybe. And, there's no actual smoke so they have to be safe, right? Weeeellll, maybe safe isn't the right word. For those who currently smoke and are trying to transition away from cigarettes, safer may be the agreed upon term. But, even with that, for those who are picking up a JUUL (or any e-cig) but have never smoked before, it's still not the best idea.

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Home

Ways to Make Your Home Smell Great

and of course, they are non-toxic

When it comes to air fresheners are you a freshly cut grass person or a cake batter person? Either way, room air fresheners might be bringing more than just a pretty smell into your home. Many common air fresheners have been found to contain ingredients known to mess with your body's hormone levels and potentially make asthma symptoms worse.

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Taking the plunge and buying a house? You obviously weren't taken down by the avocado toast trend stealing all your hard earned moola. As you walk through potential homes we have 10 environmental health suggestions for things to look, smell, listen, and maybe even taste for.

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