The corporate case for a healthy workforce

Connecting health, safety and human capital for business sustainability performance.

Study Links Childhood Leukemia With Living Near Oil and Gas Development

By Mike Gaworecki With the rise of new technologies like fracking and horizontal drilling, oil and gas development in the U.S. has exploded over the last 15 years. As development expands, it’s also pushing ever closer into areas where people live. It’s been estimated that today more than 15 million Americans live within one mile of oil and gas development. The drilling process,

13 Powerful Home Remedies for Acne

By Kayla McDonell Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the world, affecting an estimated 85 percent of people at some point in their lives. Conventional acne treatments can be expensive and often have undesirable side effects like dryness, redness and irritation. This has prompted many people to look into how to cure acne naturally at home. The internet is filled with suggestions, but do natural treatments actually work? This article explores 13 home remedies for acne that are backed by science. What Causes Acne? Acne starts when the pores in your skin get clogged

Eco-sexy Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Photo credit: istock: MarianVejcik With Valentine’s Day looming just around the corner, people everywhere are scrambling trying to book the hottest dinner reservations, score the latest moread more

The Blood Type Diet: Does It Work?

Have you heard of the concept of food as medicine? Have you ever wondered about the Blood Type Diet or the Ketogenic Diet ? These are the three questions covered in this week’s Housecall. Food as Medicine Our first question comes from Chrysanne who asked, “Is it really worth it to spend extra money on good food? Does it make a difference?” The food industry likes to trick us into thinking that eating healthy

MIT, CI scientists ‘hack’ climate solutions

Researchers are exploring the often invisible connections between technology and the environment — and making sure they work together.

How to Repair Your Gut After Taking Antibiotics

“My doctor wants me to take another antibiotic for this cold that won’t quit, but I’ve read antibiotics damage the gut and even can make me fat,” a patient recently asked me. “I’ve read mixed reviews and I know you’ve given them the thumbs down in the past, but really, how bad are antibiotics ?” Firstly, let’s not totally dismiss antibiotics. After all, they can be life saving and in certain situations, become absolutely

Here’s why worker safety is a sustainability essential

Connecting the dots between occupational safety, environmental sustainability and business profitability.

Is This Toxic Chemical Lurking in Your Household Products?

By Erica Hartmann This year marks 20 years since Hasbro was fined for false advertising , claiming their Playskool toys laden with the antimicrobial chemical triclosan would keep kids healthier. It is also the year when soap manufacturers will finally have to remove the chemical from their products. Any antimicrobial chemicals in there? Shutterstock Triclosan is one example of a potentially hazardous chemical used in some antimicrobial products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently banned it , along

How to Cure Constipation

“I have been dealing with constipation for years now and I’m so tired of it. It’s making me cranky, bloated and it’s messing with my appetite,” a social media follower recently wrote. “I feel like I’m doing everything right, but I can’t poop. Help!” Unfortunately, I see many patients who struggle with constipation and other bathroom issues. Sometimes they are too embarrassed to admit their problem until it

4 Steps for a Successful Digital Detox

I was visiting Google one day and I walked into a lunch area and saw everyone sitting on couches and at tables, all on their computers. I asked, “Is this the silent lunch room?” and was surprised when I was told no. Far too often, I find myself on my phone or computer for most of my day—often missing the people and life events that are all around me. This is why it is important to do a complete “digital detox”—something I do at least a few times a year so that I can get back to just being. More and more studies have been coming

Are Eggs Dairy Free?

By Adda Bjarnadottir For some reason, eggs and dairy are often grouped together. Therefore, many people speculate about whether they’re a dairy product. For those who are lactose intolerant or allergic to milk proteins, it’s an important distinction to make. This article answers the question whether eggs are a dairy product. Eggs Are Not a Dairy Product Eggs are not a dairy product . It’s as simple as that. The definition of dairy includes foods

30 High-Protein Snacks

By Brianna Elliott When you live a busy lifestyle, snacks can be useful for when hunger hits and you don’t have time to prepare a meal. However, many snack foods available today are high in refined carbs and sugar , which can leave you feeling unsatisfied and craving more food. The key is to make sure your snacks are nutritious and contain protein. Protein promotes fullness because it signals the release of appetite-suppressing hormones, slows digestion and stabilizes blood sugar levels ( 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 ). Here are 30 high-protein snacks that are healthy and portable, so you can enjoy them even when you’re on the go. 1. Jerky Jerky

Dr. Mark Hyman: 4 Food Myths That Drive Me Nuts

Since the release of my book Eat Fat, Get Thin , I’ve noticed fierce debates on social media and other news sources about things like calorie counting , eating vs. avoiding fat and genetics. When it comes to overall health and weight loss , there’s an excess of advice out there. Unfortunately, most of it is terrible, misguided, outdated and scientifically disproven. This ubiquitously poor advice can create weight loss roadblocks

12 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

By Taylor Jones Nutrition is important for health. An unhealthy diet can damage your metabolism , cause weight gain and even affect organs such as your heart and liver. What you eat also affects the health of another organ—your skin. As more is learned about how diet affects the body, it’s becoming increasingly clear that what you eat can significantly affect the health and aging of your skin. This article takes a look at 12 of the best foods for keeping your skin healthy. 1. Fatty Fish Fatty fish , such as salmon, mackerel and herring, are

Best Nasal Irrigation System for Cold & Sinus Relief

It’s cold time.   Everyone seems to be complaining about sinus infections, sore throats, and head colds. Who doesn’t want sinus and cold relief?  Here are my two weapons for relief:  hydrogen peroxide and a Waterpik®.  In my opinion, my Waterpik® is the best nasal irrigation system.   Isn’t a Waterpik® for teeth, Anna? Hear me out.  Sinus and cold relief on the way! My Sinus and Cold History Years

Val Coyote: One woman’s journey to healthy, radiant skin

The creation of Radiant Skin Organics Editor Photo credit: istock: tjasam Val Coyote, the creator of Radiant Skin Organics, began her quest to create an all natural skin care formula that would heal and nourish her own acne-ridread more

Health Valley Organic Cereal Bars Apple Cobbler — 6 Bars

Health Valley Organic Cereal Bars Apple Cobbler — 6 Bars

6 Signs You Have a Gluten Intolerance

There is a huge fad component to the gluten-free movement. However, many people genuinely cannot tolerate it, even without celiac disease. The problem is they don’t realize it and then live with the symptoms as though it’s normal. Many people genuinely cannot tolerate gluten, even without celiac disease. iStock This article looks at the most common signs and symptoms of gluten intolerance . Celiac Disease vs. Gluten Intolerance First, it’s important to understand the difference between celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease triggered by gluten. Even tiny amounts of gluten will severely damage the small intestine of

Is Ghee Healthier Than Butter?

By Franziska Spritzler Ghee has become quite popular in certain circles lately. It’s been praised as an alternative to butter that provides additional benefits. Ghee has become quite popular in certain circles lately. Shutterstock However, some people have questioned whether ghee is superior to regular butter or may even pose health risks. This article takes a detailed look at ghee and how it compares to butter. What Is Ghee? Ghee is a type of clarified butter . It’s more concentrated in fat than butter because its water and milk solids have been removed. It

9 Health Benefits of Maca Root, the Ancient Incan Superfood

By Hrefna Palsdottir The maca plant has exploded in popularity in recent years. It’s actually a plant native to Peru and is commonly available in powder form or as a supplement. Maca root has traditionally been used to enhance fertility and sex drive. iStock Maca root has traditionally been used to enhance fertility and sex drive. It’s also claimed

8 Ways to Tell if You Are Vitamin D Deficient

By Franziska Spritzler Vitamin D is an extremely important vitamin that has powerful effects on several systems throughout the body ( 1 ). Unlike most vitamins, vitamin D actually functions like a hormone and every single cell in your body has a receptor for it. Your body makes it from cholesterol when your skin is exposed to sunlight . Vitamin D is an extremely important vitamin that has powerful effects on several systems throughout the body. iStock It’s also found in certain foods such as fatty fish and fortified dairy products, although it’s very difficult to get enough from

Will Eating Avocados Make Me Fat?

By Taylor Jones Avocados are a unique and delicious fruit. Most people consider avocados to be healthy since they’re rich in nutrients and healthy fats. Most people consider avocados to be healthy since they’re rich in nutrients and healthy fats. iStock Some people also believe the healthy fats in them are perfect for weight loss . However, others fear these fats may cause you to gain weight. This article explores whether avocados are weight loss friendly or fattening. Avocado Nutrition Facts