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About That House Dust Link to Weight Gain…

17/07/17 News

It’s been fun to watch the media scramble to catch-up with the facts, as highlighted in a recent laboratory study linking house dust with weight gain.

What the scientists writing in the journal Environmental Science & Technology said was that a) house dust isn’t just ‘dirt’ – it is full of all the toxins that slough off into our environment from the products we use, including phthalates, pesticides and flame retardants; and b) because these are endocrine-disrupting chemicals very small amounts can cause biological havoc in this case causing immature fat cells to mature and begin accumulating triglycerides.

In some instances the toxins in the dust samples caused the fat cells to divide creating a larger pool of hungry fat cells. For children whose are exposed to proportionately more toxins per kilo of bodyweight  – and who are much more sensitive to the effects of toxic substances –  this could trigger a lifelong tendency to overweight. You can read the news story here.

Its important to recognise that this is not new information. Rather it is information that conventional science – which created these very profitable chemicals – likes to ignore.

For those who are interested I wrote about this problem years ago in two of my books:

The 21st Century is Making You Fat (2008) and Living Dangerously (2003).

 

Dead Zone – Where the Wild Things Were

30/05/17 News

Philip Lymbery’s  new book Dead Zone – Where the Wild Things Were, follows on from his international best-seller Farmageddon.

It looks at the links between industrial farming and the destruction of iconic wildlife like the Sumatran elephant, the North American bison and the Brazilian jaguar. It can be hard for anyone to get their head around just how far reaching the consequences of our current approach to food production is and the effect on wildlife is largely hidden behind many more obvious harms such as to farm animals, soil and farmland biodiversity. Well done to Philip (Compassion in World Farming’s CEO) for exposing it.

I’ve worked with Philp before on the Nocton Dairy campaign. This time I’ve been lucky enough to work as a producer on the video trailers for the book, via Ecostorm, the investigative agency with which I founded the Ecologist Film Unit.

The trailer for the Dead Zone is below. Other films are on a special playlist on my YouTube channel.

 

 

The Essential Reference for Essential Oils

01/02/17 News

Great to see this lovely volume finally in the shops

Neal’s Yard Remedies Essential Oils is a great reference work but also so much more than that. It contains detailed information on oils and ingredients, tips on making your own superb blends and pampering recipes and ways to use aromatherapy to support health and healing. I was fortunate to work with collegues Susan Curtis and Fran Johnson again on this book (we previously worked together on the Neal’s Yard Remedies Beauty Book – see below).

It’s available now. I hope you enjoy it.

Treating Parkinson’s Through the Gut – Instead of the Brain

05/12/16 Articles

Parkinson’s disease affects an estimated 10 million people worldwide. The incidence of this disease increases with age, but an estimated 4% of people with Parkinson’s are diagnosed before the age of 50 and men are one and a half times more likely to have Parkinson’s than women. Parkinson’s is caused by the accumulation of abnormally […]

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