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Ingredient of the Month


Chimpanzee. Image: Flickr

By Larry Plesent

The thing about ubiquitous invisible cultural perceptions is that they are, well, often invisible. I stumbled onto one of these last week when I saw a pop-news headline claiming once again that chimpanzees are our closest genetic relatives. This, in fact, is not exactly true.

According to […]

Ingredient of the Month – Intent

Kung Fu fighters: Pixabay

By Larry Plesent

My buddy Ivan claims that electron beams come out of our eyes when we look at something.

“How else would you explain why people almost always know when someone is watching them?” he would demand.

Anyone who has had the experience of turning suddenly to find someone […]

When Natural Products are More Effective than Synthetic Ones

The inner bark of the white willow was used for pain relief long before aspirin. Image:

By Larry Plesent

Most of what we call medicinal drugs are in fact synthetic versions of the healing molecules found in plants. Plants, it seems, have been fighting cancer, viruses, bacterial and insect pests for […]

Preserving the Greens of Summer with DIY Dried Herbs

St. John’s Wort plant. Image from:

By Larry Plesent

It is safe, free, fun and easy to dry your own herbs for those long winter nights to come. All you need is a ball of string and sturdy scissors or small pruners. Here’s how to do it.

Start with clean, green, fresh, healthy […]

Troubled Waters for Lobsters

By George Harvey

With climate change, New England’s ocean waters have been warming. Temperatures have been going up in the Gulf of Maine, the waters off Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, about as fast as anywhere on Earth, and Long Island Sound is only slightly better. Climate change is beginning to take a toll on […]

Scientific Method and Global Warming

I have a longtime friend who identifies himself as a scientist. One of his favorite sayings goes like this, “Most people that think science is a body of facts. It’s not. Science is in reality a method of inquiry.”

And he is absolutely correct.

Generally speaking, scientific method consists first of observation and measurement. […]

Ingredient of the Month: What Does It Mean To Be Green?

Young men standing in a field of green tomatoes in Africa. Photos: Larry Plesent

By Larry Plesent

Everybody wants to be “green.” But what does it mean? For some, “natural” is about atoms and molecules. Where did those atoms come from? What was their last incarnation? Carbon for example is an element and as […]

Teen girls see big drop in chemical exposure with switch in cosmetics

The shampoos, lotions and other personal care products you use can affect the amount of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in one’s body, a new study shows. (iStockphoto)

By Sarah Yang | Berkeley News

A new study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas demonstrates how even a short […]

Organic Deodorants Go Mainstream!

By Larry Plesent

I am not claiming that Cameron Diaz is singlehandedly responsible for the explosion of interest in organic deodorants. But the superstar’s announcement that she “has not used antiperspirants in 20 years….they are bad for you…” has sparked the interest from fans and others who have always suspected all was not well in […]

Hush up and Eat Your Shea Butter!

Shea Tree with fruit. Google Images.

By Larry Plesent

The latest research on shea butter, the African tree nut oil that is used as a moisturizer in everything from lotions to shampoo, shows that it may be even more beneficial to EAT YOUR SHEA BUTTER rather than simply slathering it onto your dry irritated […]