Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hospitals flush millions of pounds of expired drugs down the drain (and other news)

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What do hospitals do with expired drugs? They flush them down the drain, of course! 250 million *pounds* a year are dumped into the U.S. water supply by hospitals, causing the mass chemical contamination of drinking water and aquatic ecosystems downstream.


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Also today: Stories on medicinal mushrooms ( http://www.naturalnews.com/025568.html), why butter is healthier than margarine ( http://www.naturalnews.com/025564.html) and why mammograms actually *cause* breast cancer ( http://www.naturalnews.com/025560.html).


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Today's Feature Stories:

Hospitals Flush 250 Million Pounds of Expired Drugs Into Public Sewers Every Year
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Over Eight Hundred Billion Dollar Stimulus Plan will Pay for New Windows, Day Care and Cable TV
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Tips for an Unforgettable Raw Vegan Valentine's Day
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Buying Organic is Well Worth the Cost even When Times are Tough
Organic food is now the fastest growing segment of U.S. agriculture. In 2007, the value of retail sales from organic food was estimated at more than $20 billion. According to the Food Marketing Institute, more than half of Americans now buy...

NAIS Threatens Access to Organic, Local and Sustainable Food
At first glance, many readers of Natural News will think the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is nothing that concerns them because they eat only plant based foods. However, NAIS is only one part of a much bigger issue. The implementation...

Discover What Traditional Chinese Medicine Knows about Mushrooms
Mushrooms are gaining popularity as a beneficial super food in North America. They are high in vegetable proteins and low in calories, making them a valuable source of healthy nutrition. They also contain zinc, iron, chitin, vitamins, minerals...

Magnesium is Vital for Good Health
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Researchers Detail Statin Drug Dangers
With familiar and widely-advertised names like Levacor, Zocor, Pravachol, Lipitor, and Crestor, statin drugs have become some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the world. In fact, the medications (technically a class of drugs called...

Cut Sugary Beverages and Help Fight Against Diabetes Epidemic
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Butter Up: Why Butter is a Healthy Choice
There seems to be a lot of question about which healthy spreads should be used to replace butter. Since the word is finally spreading about the harmful nature of trans fat, margarine has been officially declared as a substance which should...

Vegan Baby Basics and Beyond
If you have made the choice to center your and your baby's diet around plant based whole foods, then congratulations. You have chosen an educational and life transforming path. It has been shown that an optimal diet for people is one that...

Yoga Alleviates Postpartum Depression
Recently a study (conducted at the University of California, Irvine) suggesting that postpartum depression is the result of hormonal imbalances has made news. Postpartum depression is a common condition affecting women in the days after childbirth...

Consumer Backlash Now Forming Against BPA in Food Packaging
(NaturalNews) Consumers are becoming increasingly wary of the risks of the chemical known as bisphenol A (BPA), and are demanding that companies develop alternative products that do not contain the toxin. BPA is a chemical used to make plastics hard...

Early Mammograms May Trigger Genetic Breast Cancer
What if a diagnostic test actually triggers the life-threatening disease it is supposed to detect? According to a Johns Hopkins study just published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, that may be exactly what happens...

Natural Cure for Bladder Control Problems
The National Association For Continence (NAFC) reports about 25 million adult Americans experience transient or chronic problems with urinary incontinence -- and the vast majority who struggle with passing urine accidentally, around 75 percent...

Explore the Many Physical and Mental Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is an effective way to enhance both physical and mental well-being. While yoga is becoming more popular in recent years, it is actually an ancient activity that focuses on connecting the mind, the body, and the spirit by performing specific...

Acupuncture Works Better Than Drugs for Treating Hot Flashes
(NaturalNews) Acupuncture outperformed one of the most common non-hormonal drugs prescribed for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, in a study conducted by researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and presented at a meeting of the American...

Alabama to Start Charging Overweight State Workers $25 More a Month for Health Insurance
(NaturalNews) In an effort to rein in rising health-care costs, Alabama will start charging a fee to overweight workers who do not take part in free wellness programs. "We are trying to get individuals to become more aware of their health," said Robert...

EPA Warns of Impending Human Threat Due to Global Warming
(NaturalNews) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a strong warning that global warming will have "substantial human health impacts" within the next few decades. The warning came in a report released only days after the same agency declined...


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