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Toothpaste isn’t just scouring power for your teeth. But that’s how it’s treated. Add a mild abrasive, something to freshen breath, and you’re good. Never mind that casual attitude towards toothpaste means a convenient and profitable way to dispose of industrial byproducts. At least that’s what revitin developer, Gerry Curatola, DDS, says is going on with toothpaste. Things you don’t want to ingest, or absorb,...
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Apr
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Gravity, it’s got a hold of you right now (unless you’re reading this from the space station or some other zero-gravity situation). Anyway, gravity, we’re mostly thankful for the embrace, but decades of gravity will begin to show on our bodies, inside and outside. Inside those tissues get compressed and we become “stooped with age” (quotes because it’s a phrase from Middle English). So, to...
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Apr
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Every flavor of coconut chip that these guys make is dang good (see that smooth product placement). All good, some flavors so good, you’re sure they’re not good for you, somehow, but these delectables are worth a little guilty pleasure. One flavor, clearly indicated by packaging color, is so far better than good, that it will work in opposite of word-of-mouth advertising, because the last...
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Apr
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Some of the essentials missing in processed foods are digestive enzymes. Natural foods, contrariwise, are designed to help us metabolize the nutrients in them. Nice. Mangoes, as an example, are nutritious, and they have enzymes to help with absorbing those nutrients. Natural Grocers Organic Dried Mango go simple with the packaging and go astral with flavor. Sweet (sugar from nature’s kitchen so released more gently...
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Apr
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AT RISE: An elderly couple, FLORENCE and NORTON, live in a cottage on the edge of wilderness. HE comes in from outside, HIS coat and hat covered with small, white puffballs. FLORENCE: Is it snowing out there? NORTON: No. FLORENCE: (SHE looks up from knitting.) Those white specks on your hat, those aren’t snow? NORTON: No. (HE puts his hat on the end table next...
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Mar
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Hold the (Word) presses! It’s hard to believe this was missed. We withdraw our endorsement of RiverTrail® Foods plantain chips, withdraw, revoke, refute, cancel, de-endorse. The reason for our reversal: palm oil. Right there on the label, palm oil, it’s the bane of biodiversity. Tropical forests are being burned down for palm oil plantations. This is environmental destruction on an apocalyptic scale. Harrison Ford tried...
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Mar
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Nuts! They have the sort of fats that are actually good for the body. They’re “nutrient dense” which means a lot of good stuff in a small package. Seriously, if you’re ever trapped on the proverbial desert island and a shipping container of mixed nuts and water purification/desalinization equipment washes ashore, you’re going to be just fine. Organics brand Nut Trio, roasted almonds, cashews and...
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Mar
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Readers noticed a stand-in spokesmodel for today’s review, Kai, a rez-dog and refugee of pipeline protests. The reason to mention this is because that’s all we know about her. Breed, for example, is a guess. She is the most intuitive dog ever, so up to the task of posing for a photo. For reasons having to do with the permeability of cell membranes in the...
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Mar
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Something is up with the dishwasher, the machine. Running it will leave a filmy layer of grit that the heating element of the drying cycle will harden into rock. So, a machine that’s supposed to clean dishes is a debris kiln to make the dishes permanently dirty, permanently unsanitary. This means dishes in our household must be hand washed, which means we’re doomed. Washing dishes...
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Mar
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Beets, oh brand name CRUNCHIES®, are a root vegetable. Yet, underneath the brand name, even for beets, you use your slogan, PURE FRUIT IN EVERY CRUNCH®, for beets, the red ones, root vegetable. Misidentifying the food group doesn’t bode well, but we will try them, nonetheless. Freeze dried, so again a texture reminiscent of popcorn, but chewing transforms the crunchiness to a paste, beet paste....