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Today’s News for Now alert contains vital information to empower your health and wellness!
Topics this week include: how a subsidy could address the prohibitive cost of produce, foods that give you a healthier gut—and better moods, solving California’s water supply problem with pre-settlement methods, and others—stories to keep you informed of health news in your community and worldwide.
In our #TBT Pioneer Archives post, read Dr. Price’s field study of communities between the Rhone valley and Italy in Switzerland, published in 1933.
High Produce Cost Reduces Consumption—Would a Subsidy Help?
A University of Warwick study finds that, due to the short shelf-life and frequent restocking of produce, fruit and vegetables cost 40% more than less healthy alternatives. This reduces overall consumption, with lower-income consumers suffering the most. Economists in Science Magazine argue that a produce subsidy as high as 25% “would be a huge gain for public health.” Read more at New Food Magazine.
A Healthy Gut Could Make You Happier
Can feeding our gut a healthy diet make us happier? According to Psychology Today, research into the gut microbiome, our “second brain,” provides evidence that a healthy gut can also improve our mental health: microbial strains have been identified that release chemicals that stabilize mood, reduce anxiety, and combat systemic inflammation affecting the brain. Read more at Psychology Today.
How Soaps and Shampoos Damage the Environment—and What You Can Do
Soaps and shampoos laden with chemicals and microplastics are causing aquatic dead zones and contaminating our food. Their demand for palm oil, an emulsifier, is causing deforestation. This BBC article reminds us that product choice has consequences, recommends we reduce shower time to cut emissions, and shows us how to produce environmentally friendly soaps at home. Find out how you can make a difference, at BBC. Wondering how clean your hair care products are? Find out by visiting the Environmental Working Group.
USDA Cuts Pandemic Budget for Vulnerable Farmers
The NRDC, along with 162 organizations, has co-authored a critical letter to the White House and Congress decrying the recent $1.6 billion USDA budget cut that was originally intended to support smaller scale and historically underserved food producers. This funding is pivotal to these farmers who are invested in mitigating drought and rebuilding soil health, and helps to advance equitable, climate-resilient food production. Check out this video for a closer look into how this is affecting our farmers. Read the full article at NRDC.
Study: Cranberries Support Cardio Health in Men
A new study published in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Food & Function shows that cranberries provide significant cardiovascular benefits in men. Cranberries are rich in proanthocyanidins, a class of polyphenols that have uniquely beneficial properties compared to those found in other fruits. Dr. Christian Heiss, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Surrey and co-author of the study, states their findings provide evidence that cranberries can significantly improve vascular health. Learn more at King’s College London.
Solving California’s Water Supply Problem with Pre-Settlement Methods
After 20 years of drought, California is seeking a solution to its water problem by taking a closer look at groundwater sources. In efforts to bounce back from a century of overusing unregulated groundwater supply, scientists and local farms are experimenting with “recharging” overdrawn aquifers by using pre-settlement methods of flooding fields as they did before dams and waterways. Read this National Geographic article at MSN.
Pioneer Archives Post: Dr. Price’s Field Study of Communities in Valais (Wallis) Districts, Switzerland
In 1931, Dr. Price observed the dental and overall physical health of communities in Switzerland’s Loetschental valley (Field Study no.1). In this second in his series of field studies, published in the Dental Digest in 1933, he returns to Switzerland to observe communities between the Rhone valley and Italy, and to compare his new findings with those from the earlier communities.
He also looks at the immunity and dental health—and deterioration—of people from those high alpine communities who consumed modern foods for brief periods of time. Read more in our Pioneer Archives Post.
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