Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

Clean and Green at Home in 2023


Larry Plesent

Modern Americans have been conditioned to believe that every surface needs its own individual specialty cleaner. While this is a terrific boost to someone’s bottom line (not yours), here is the inside information on how to be eco-nomical while being eco-logical.

To clean and maintain the average home or […]

Living in an Estrogenic World

Chemicals from plastics can leach into the drink or food it holds, especially when the plastic is heated or cooled. (Flickr/Steven Depolo, Dec 2, 2010)

Larry Plesent

Previous Ingredient of the Month articles have focused on various plastics and their effects on human health. Let’s take a deeper dive into the […]

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Aluminum Cans: Friend or Foe?

Larry Plesent

A concerned reader wrote in with questions about food and beverage cans. Are aluminum cans an Alzheimer’s risk factor? And are there natural protective measures we can take to lower our risk factors for this and other neuro-degenerative diseases?

Do metal cans increase the risk of Alzheimer’s? Probably […]

Endocrine Disruptors in our Modern World

How about a yoga class on the beach to release those everyday stressors? (Kaylee Garrett, Unsplash,

Larry Plesent

Hormones are chemical messengers that signal cells to do things. Humans and all animals, plants, fungi and even bacteria produce similar hormone messenger molecules. Hormones tell our bodies to change as we […]

Eating Well for Your Health

Eat your reds, yellows and greens. (Flickr/David Saddler)

Larry Plesent

Over-the-counter pain reducers (NSAID’s) are a $2 billion-a-year industry in the USA, just 11% of the total $18 billion annually spent on pain medication. Over 100 million Americans are in chronic pain. It’s time to take a step back and ask […]

Castile Soap

Five Cool Uses for Castile Liquid Soap That You Might Not Know

Known for their mildness, Castile soaps were developed 300 years ago in “La Castilia” region of Spain by artisans that brewed natural liquid soaps from a mixture of olive and coconut oils and herbs. The master soap makers at Vermont Soap […]

Ingredient of the Month: Don’t Blame the Cow

Larry Plesent

Twenty years ago, a young man took upon himself the mission of expanding inner city gardens. He wanted to do this for all the right reasons. He wanted to create fresh food, knowledge of where our nourishment comes from and a safe green neighborhood environment. What he envisioned was both a respite and […]

Life in the Age of Unintended Consequences

Larry Plesent

We often speak of science and technology in the same breath. And there is logic to this as science can lead to changes in technology. The growth of technology is so basic to modern society that our financial system is largely based on investing in it, and in the predicted profits from its […]

The Hippies Had It Right

Young people near the Woodstock music festival in August 1969. (Wikipedia)

Larry Plesent

The polls are closed, the results are in, and four out of five of my IPA-drinking friends agree. The hippies had it right. And if we had continued on their track, western civilization would have evolved much differently over the […]

An E-mower User Experience

Spring is here and Larry Plesent is ready to use his e-mower again. Courtesy photo.

Larry Plesent

I don’t know about you, but mowing lawns is my least favorite chore. I save up projects to do on my weekends and truly resent the time involved in maintaining the lawns at our two business […]