Shop Smarter: Disposable Diapers

There are good reasons to say no to conventional disposable diapers: “The chlorine bleach that’s used in them leaches the carcinogen dioxin into the environment, and the fluid-absorbing chemicals in the liner can cause skin irritation if ripped,” says Erin Ihde, research/project manager at the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center in Hackensack, New Jersey, who suggests avoiding diapers that contain …

DIY Natural Hand Sanitizer: ‘The Secret of Thieves’

Lawrence D. Rosen, M.D.

One of the great stories that changed my practice of medicine took place 600 years ago.  Perhaps only a myth, “The Secret of Thieves” speculates that the origin of a well-known anti-infective essential oil blend dates back to the Middle Ages. “Century after century, bubonic plague outbreaks decimated the population of Asia and Europe for the better part of a …