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Category: The Environment

Grow a kale plant in your apartment

I think it’s fair to say that we at YinOva have a hefty kale habit. We juice it, we steam it and one of us was even caught chopping it into her oatmeal.  We’re particularly fond of kale chips, which satisfy our cravings for something salty and crunchy without having to resort to potato chips.

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After the storm: Mold

I’m writing this in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which wreaked havoc across the Northeast taking lives, destroying homes, and leaving millions of people without power for several days. As we start to get back to normal this week at the YinOva Center, our hearts go our to people who are still suffering and who […]

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What a difference a little surf makes

[pl_blockquote cite=”Urban Dictionary”] “Stoked” [stohkt] – adj.– to be “stoked” is to be completely and intensely enthusiastic, exhilarated, or excited about something.[/pl_blockquote] As I sit on the beach writing this, I am watching a dozen or so kids riding waves to the shoreline. Even though the sun is bright and their faces are backlit I […]

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Are tampons toxic?

Like many of you, I’m increasingly worried about the amount of chemicals we are exposed to.  From talking to our YinOva patients, I  am clear that many of us want to take sensible steps towards a less toxic lifestyle. Personally, I’ve changed my diet, eliminated toxic household cleaners, made different make-up choices and even found […]

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Digging in the Dirt – Start an Urban Garden!

When you live in a big city it can  be hard enough to find a patch of green to sit on, let alone fertile ground to garden.  But do not despair. There are lots of things that can be grown in the urban jungle. Once you work out how much room you have, there are […]

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So how does the mercury get in the fish?

One of my patients asked me this question recently after reading my blog entry about whether pregnant women should eat fish. I love fish – low in saturated fats and high in omega 3 fatty acids, it’s a great source of heart-healthy protein. I grew up on the coast and as a child was lucky […]

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Food Wastage

Back in July I wrote a blog entry about how shocked I was to find that as a nation we waste $43 billion dollars of edible food each year. It is one of the posts that people talk to me about when they visit us here at the YinOva Center, so I think it struck […]

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Did you know that we throw a way $43 billion of edible food a year?

Recently some patients in our waiting room were talking about wasting food, which is a topic close to my heart. I was shocked to find out that here in the US we throw away $43 billion of edible food each year. In fact a 2004 study at the University of Arizona, estimated that between 40 […]

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