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Yellow? Yikes!
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Written by Administrator   
Friday, 09 March 2012 20:23

fotolia_372454_XSThe food coloring, yellow 5,  also know as tartrazine, has been known to cause serious allergic reactions (particularly for people who are allergic to aspirin). Yellow 5 is widely used in the making of potato chips, jams, candy, drinks and even pet food. It is also added to shampoo and other cosmetic products, as well as vitamins and certain medications. Yellow 5 is banned in Austria and Norway, and other European countries have issued warnings about their possible side effects. It is still freely and extensively used in the US, 
In 2008, the Food Standards Agency issued a warning about yellow 5 causing hyperactivity in some children.

 
What's in "Gelatin?"
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Friday, 09 March 2012 20:20

1241166647662gPiThis is not a new ingredient, but we know that not everyone is aware of where it comes from. Gelatin is made from the collagen inside animals' skin and bones. It's primarily derived from pork skins, pork and cattle bones, or split cattle hides. If you're a vegetarian, you might not want to be eating gelatin-based products.

 
2 Tips for Better Compost...
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Written by Sean Murphy   
Friday, 09 March 2012 19:57

Composting is an easy way to reduce what we send to the landfill and a great way to supplement soil for the backyard and potted plants. The compost pile is hardly a groundbreaking concept, but the decomposition that takes place doesn t simply happen on its own. We can thank microorganisms for this phenomenon. They aren t picky eaters when it comes to munching through our left overs, however they do like their food prepared a certain way. Here are a couple ways to make them feel at home in your compost pile.

1) Your compost needs to breathe, the more ventilated your pile is the better it will decompose. This can be achieved by using alternating layers of kitchen scraps and yard waste. Be sure to make the layers rather thin. Also, be sure to start the pile with a layer of sticks for drainage and ventilation.

2) Keep a good balance between Carbon and Nitrogen. Nitrogen comes from food scraps and anything green in the yard. Carbon comes from newspaper, cardboard, coffee filters, and anything brown in the yard. Your pile should have more carbon than nitrogen.

For more information contact Sean at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
5 Driving Tips
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Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 03 March 2012 16:47

13086445291j79jh1) Carpool...
Carpool as often as possible. You don't have to work at the same place in order to do this. You just all have to be going in roughly the same direction. There are close to 130 million workers in the US. Close to 80% of them drive to work alone. Carpooling can save a lot of money for everyone.
Search 'carpooling' for your area and see what comes up... you get to meet new, interesting and like-minded people too!
2) Give your car a tune up...
Like so many other things, a car works at its most efficient when everything is working at its best. Your car will consume less gas, go further, and save you money all at the same time. It will also lessen its drain on the environment too.
3) Get Rid of the Excess Weight...
Dump all the excess weight in your car. Your car will burn more gas with every pound of increased weight. Go through the trunk and see if there's anything you can leave out. In some cases you can probably dump up to 100 pounds of unnecessary stuff. This will increase your car mileage considerably over time and save you money too.
4) Consolidate Your Driving Trips...
Think of ways to reduce your driving. Don't drive to the local store every day. Go once a week and stock up.  Do you have to drive your kids to school every day? Perhaps you have neighbor that can share the driving.
5) Check Tire Pressure...
Tire roll resistance accounts for 20% of your car's fuel consumption. That's the energy needed to get the tires rolling and keep them rolling. Tires work best when they are in peak condition. Tire roll resistance increases with under-inflated tires. Check the pressure regularly and keep it at the recommended pressure. Also, check wheel alignment. Badly aligned wheels WILL cost you a lot of money!

 
Baking soda & Vinegar: Great Natural Drain Cleaner...
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Saturday, 03 March 2012 16:38

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A great natural drain cleaner is using one cup of baking soda and one cup of cider vinegar. The intense foaming action, followed by running plenty of hot water, is good routine maintenance. Repeat if necessary.

 
How You Can Help Save the Sea Otter...
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Written by Alicia Hawkins   
Saturday, 03 March 2012 16:38

1285951863mk5K3UAn iconic resident of the California central coast, the sea otter was once a thriving species ranging from Baja California all the way through to the pacific rim. Due to extensive hunting, the sea otter population was considered extinct by the 1920’s .In the 1970’s they were placed on the endangered species list and their numbers have been expanding, but at an extremely slow rate. Preservation of this species is important to help keep invertebrate populations in check, and as a result, preserve the kelp forests.  Small changes can be made in your life to keep these fuzzy creatures alive:

 

  • Buy sustainably harvested sea food – This helps keep otter food from being over harvested and also prevents otters from getting caught in large nets intended for other species.
  • Support local and organic farms that don’t use pesticides
  • Fertilize your garden with non-toxic products
  • Fix oil leaks in your car
  • Take action by donating to a cause dedicated to preserving the sea otter population such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium or the Defenders of Wildlife organization
 
SLO County Hazardous Waste Drop Off Facilities
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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 16:32

The IWMA operates five household hazardous waste drop off facilities in San Luis Obispo County where residents can bring household hazardous waste materials.
Cold Canyon Landfill
HWY. 227, San Luis Obispo
(805) 549-8332
Chicago Grade Landfill
HWY 41, Atascadero
(805) 466-2985
Morro Bay/Cayucos Waste Water Plant
160 Atascadero Road, Morro Bay
Nipomo Facility
509 Southland, Nipomo
Paso Robles Landfill
Hwy. 46 East, Paso Robles

 
Food Colorings?
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Friday, 09 March 2012 20:21

1101454422uj988510843128448oRaXUThe food colorings, red 40, yellow 5 and blue 1 are in fruit chews and other foods.  Red 40 and blue 1 were originally manufactured from coal tar, but are now mostly made from petroleum. Those two colors have been banned previously in many European countries including Denmark, Belgium and France, though are now widely used in countries belonging to the European Union. Despite their attention in Europe, they've been used in the U.S. without too much resistance.

 
Carnauba Wax in Fruit Chews?
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Friday, 09 March 2012 20:17

1216937049VJIvy5This wax is made from the leaves of the palm tree. Carnauba wax is used to provide a glossy waxen sheen to fruit chews, just like it does for cars (in automobile waxes), shoes (in the polish), dental floss, surf boards and floors. It's also used for paper coatings in the U.S.. Turns out our fruit chews get the same shine treatment as our floors and our cars.

 
Check Your Dry Cleaner...
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Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 03 March 2012 16:50

12745157060IT7lUConventional dry cleaners use a chemical called tetra-chloroethylene, which breaks down into further pollutants in the water and air and contributes to photochemical smog.
Search for a chemical free dry-cleaner. Sometimes a quick cold water wash might do the trick instead.

 
Take a Power Shower!
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Saturday, 03 March 2012 16:43

1283604417OEWGpyThe best showers are short and sweet. The average 10 minute shower (using a non efficient shower head) will use up to 66 gallons of water while a four minute power shower with a AAA rated shower head will use only 9 gallons. That's water savings of 85 per cent

 
Witness the California Whale Migration!
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Written by Alicia Hawkins   
Saturday, 03 March 2012 16:40

1291178047aFrc7NLooking for a fun outdoor activity for the family? Give whale watching a try! Thanks to an abundance of krill and nutrient-rich water, the California central coast is a major “highway” for many whales completing their migration year round. Since whales can be seen as close as 3 km from the shore, the central coast makes a great place to spot grey whales, humpback whales, blue whales, and more! You and your family can check out your favorite species by land or sea; board a whale watching cruise or take a drive to your favorite spot along the coast. Areas such as the bluffs in Montano de Oro State Park, Point Lobos in Carmel, and Big Sur are great spots to make a sighting by land. So pack up those binoculars, slap on some sunscreen, and enjoy some of the beauty the California coast has to offer!

Sources:

http://gocalifornia.about.com/cs/siteindex/a/whalewatching.htm

http://montereybay.noaa.gov/visitor/whalewatching/welcome.html

 
Make Sure You Don't Have a Leaky Toilet...
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Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 03 March 2012 16:30

12720470546XXQDhDid you know your toilet can quietly drip away up to 4,000 gallons of water in a year?
Check your toilet for leaks by adding a few drops of bright food coloring to the toilet cistern.
Don't flush for at about 30 minutes and see if the color appears in the toilet bowl.
If it does appear in the bowl then you have a leak that requires fixing.
If the color doesn't appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, then everything is fine.

 
What is Mild Hyperbaric Therapy and how does it work?
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Friday, 27 January 2012 14:56
An example of mild portable hyperbaric chamber. This 40-inch-diameter (1,000 mm) chamber is one of the larger chambers available for home.
whatisamildhyperbaric

 

Mild Hyperbaric Therapy is a medical treatment in which a person is exposed to increased atmospheric pressure inside an inflatable chamber. The increase in pressure allows more oxygen to reach the cells of the body which has many healing and therapeutic benefits.

Oxygen is crucial to our body’s healing process.  When the body is under pressure, plasma, cerebral fluid, and synovial fluid will dissolve more oxygen than they would if they were not under pressure. Therefore the quantity of oxygen carried and transferred to the tissue and cells is increased. The extra oxygen helps speed up the body’s healing processes.

Mild Hyperbaric Therapy may alleviate the symptoms of many chronic diseases and conditions including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Headaches/Migraines, Injury and Surgery Recovery, Brain injury/Stroke, and many other conditions.

The soft chambers are approved by the FDA for the treatment of altitude sickness, but are commonly used for other "off-label" purposes.

Disclaimer: Although mild hyperbaric therapy has been reported to be beneficial for a wide range of conditions, this treatment is not meant as a cure for any condition or disease, and no therapeutic outcomes can be guaranteed.

For more information visit www.ObispoHyperbaric.com and www.TheOxygenStudio.com.

 
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