Latest News on Vitamins and Health

Beyond the headlines.
Sunday February 28th 2016, 9:00 AM

In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra tells host Steve Curwood about unexpected health effects linked to breathing Beijing’s dirty air and how exposure to a toxin in the sea ruined this year’s Dungeness crab season. It also poisoned California’s seabirds years ago, inspiring a famous Alfred Hitchcock film. Traveling back in environmental politics, they consider how ignorance related to environmental contamination of food contributed to the Salem witchhunt. [News Source]

This “ocean farmer” could make you hopeful about the future of the sea.
Sunday February 28th 2016, 9:00 AM

I’m a fisherman who dropped out of high school in 1986 at the age of 14. Over my lifetime, I’ve spent many nights in jail. I’m an epileptic. I’m asthmatic. I don’t even know how to swim. This is my story. It’s a story of ecological redemption. [News Source]

A food bank proves a healthy Mediterranean diet is cheaper than a junky American one.
Saturday February 27th 2016, 9:00 AM

A diet based on fresh fruit and vegetables, along with extra-virgin olive oil, is perceived by consumers as an expensive option, but the reverse is true. [News Source]

The secret to dieting is to not diet at all—just eat better.
Saturday February 27th 2016, 9:00 AM

Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab decided to take a look into what it calls the "mindlessly slim." [News Source]

City Council to seek answers regarding groundwater contamination.
Friday February 26th 2016, 9:00 AM

Ann Arbor City Council will hear the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's plans for moving forward with the plume of toxic 1,4-dioxane in the city’s groundwater during a Monday working session. [News Source]

Decline of bees poses potential risks to major crops, says UN.
Friday February 26th 2016, 9:00 AM

Populations of bees, butterflies and other species important for agricultural pollination are declining, posing potential risks to major world crops, a UN body on biodiversity said Friday. [News Source]

Why your hamburger might be leading to nitrogen pollution.
Friday February 26th 2016, 9:00 AM

Certain forms of nitrogen, when released into the environment, cause a host of problems from contaminating drinking water to destroying the ozone. And most of this problematic nitrogen comes from agriculture, especially from producing meat. [News Source]

People in their nineties reveal the secrets to aging well.
Thursday February 25th 2016, 9:00 AM

The epigenetic modification of our genes – and the life stories of healthy nonagenarians – offer explanations about how diet, physical activity, stress and exposure to toxins and infections can subtly alter our genes and our predisposition to disease. [News Source]

Chesapeake Bay pollution plan pits farmers against fishermen.
Thursday February 25th 2016, 9:00 AM

West Virginia and some 20 other states are hoping the court will take up another case accusing the EPA of overreach, this time with a plan that would remove hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland from production in regions surrounding the Chesapeake Bay. [News Source]

Slow down population growth.
Wednesday February 24th 2016, 9:00 AM

Family planning must be reclassified as a development intervention (as well as being a health and human-rights intervention) to give it the high national and global priority it deserves. [News Source]

Making blue Skittles is about to get way more complicated.
Wednesday February 24th 2016, 9:00 AM

Food companies are pulling the plug on artificial dyes: Is this the end of taste the rainbow? [News Source]

Bill Gates: The energy breakthrough that will “save our planet” is less than 15 years away.
Wednesday February 24th 2016, 9:00 AM

The polymathic Microsoft founder now leads the world's largest and most important private foundation, and he's using that platform to predict that we're finally on the cusp of the clean energy breakthrough that's going to save the world. [News Source]