She should be unplugged from the family
‘Dear Carolyn: My wife of 20 years has become obsessed with her phone. She is constantly checking Facebook, texts and e-mail, while seeming to ignore me and our three kids at home and in the car. While I drive, her head is always down, staring at her phone, unaware of what the rest of us are seeing or talking about. I try to start conversations, but she usually responds with one or two words then is back to her screen.
‘Several times I have politely asked her to put the phone down, but she responds defensively by saying, “I just have to finish looking at this,” or she rolls her eyes and scoffs as she puts it down. Am I out of line to think she should be more engaged with our family, or am I the one who needs to adapt to the new norm of socialization? Thanks…’
7 Myths About Washing Your Produce
‘Most of the fruits and vegetables you eat are safe after a quick wash, but there’s a lot of confusion about produce safety. We did our research and debunked some outdated myths.
Here’s one myth:
You need a fancy produce wash
‘Fruit and vegetable washes claim to kill more bacteria, but studies from the University of Maine have shown that tap water does as good a job or better. When produce is rinsed thoroughly, water can remove 98 percent of bacteria. It’s also unclear whether the residues left by produce washes are safe to eat. If you’re concerned about the quality of your tap water you can use distilled water. You can also make a safe homemade produce wash by mixing one part vinegar with three parts water. Note, however, that vinegar may change the taste or texture of produce, because vinegar is disgusting…’
Glutathione: The Master Antioxidant
‘Glutathione is a tripeptide constructed from three amino acids – Glycine, Glutamic Acid, and Cysteine. Your body produces its own Glutathione using these amino acids. What we know is that poor diet, digestion, and protein metabolism along with pollution, heavy metals, toxins, viruses, bacteria, medications,stress, trauma, aging, infections, radiation, and even the normal aging process can all deplete your Glutathione.
Are my non-stick saucepans a health hazard?
‘Cookware has often been suspected of causing health problems. In the 1970s, aluminium was (wrongly) linked with Alzheimer’s disease, causing researchers to consider aluminium pans a risk factor. The US Alzheimer’s Association now has aluminium on its myth list – pointing out that there is not enough evidence to show that an association exists.
‘However, Teflon, despite its link to long-chain PFCs, is thought to be safe, because part of the manufacturing process involves heating the coating to high temperatures, which gets rid of PFOA before the pan reaches the assembly line. A study published in the journal Food Additives and Contaminents tested 26 non-stick cookware products under extreme conditions and concluded that none of them released any noxious chemicals…’