Category: Health

In 5 Years, One-third of Americans Won’t Be Able to Afford Water

Americans across the country are struggling. To put food on the table. To pay the rent. Americans are even struggling to afford water. Almost 14 million Americans could not afford clean, safe water in 2014. And according to research from the University of Michigan, over the next five years that number will rise to 40 million. This equates to roughly 36% of all American households being unable to afford water within the next five years. In Detroit, 50,000 households have lost water access since 2014. Shutoffs have happened in Baltimore  as well. In Philadelphia, an estimated 4 out of...

Read More

Impossible Foods Ramps Up to 1 Million Pounds of Plant-Based ‘Meat’ a Month

Scarcity no more! If you’ve been dying to get your hands on the elusive — and eerily beef-like — Impossible Burger, your lucky day may be drawing near. Impossible Foods, a Silicon Valley startup known for its vegan burger that looks and tastes just like the real thing, has launched its first large-scale facility which, over the course of 2017, will be able to produce 1 million pounds of plant-derived meat per month. The new plant, based in Oakland, California, is expected to grow quickly with at least 80 new recruits during 2017, and to produce enough meatless beef for 4...

Read More

Report: Climate Change Poised to Deprive the Poor of Clean Water

To mark World Water Day on March 22, WaterAid released its State of the World’s Water report, warning that because of climate change, the world’s poorest communities will face an even tougher struggle for access to clean water. Countries ranking highest in population without access to clean water also rank high in vulnerability to climate change and low in their ability to adapt to it. “Extreme weather events resulting from climate change can mean more storm surges, flooding, droughts and contaminated water sources. They can wipe out fragile infrastructure, dry up rivers, ponds and springs, and contribute to the spread of waterborne diseases making an already difficult...

Read More

Lead-Ammo Ban Reversal Puts Bald Eagles in Peril

Earlier this month, an order banning the use of lead ammunition and fishing weights on wildlife refuges was revoked. The order was aimed at protecting over 130 species of wildlife, as well as humans, that are often poisoned by the lead. LEAD EQUALS DEAD FOR MANY BIRDS Lead is a deadly toxin known to be harmful to both humans and animals. Lead ammunition and fishing weights affect numerous animals, but predatory and scavenging birds are particularly susceptible. The birds most directly affected include raptors, vultures, owls, and corvids, like jays and ravens. Symptoms of birds with lead poisoning include depression,...

Read More

Lions, Tigers & Bears Once Trapped in Depressing Argentina Zoo Will Finally Taste Freedom

The last remaining animals at a shuttered zoo in Argentina have been rescued by the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado. The three Bengal tigers, two grizzly bears, and two African lions are now under the care of experienced medical professionals, and will soon begin a rehabilitation process to prepare for release into more natural habitats. The zoo was closed several years earlier because of inhumane conditions and strong public outcry. “Each cage was filthy and in disrepair, with little room for most of the animals to move about,” Wild Animal Sanctuary Executive Director Pat Craig told Lady Freethinker. “There...

Read More

Study – Americans Think They Eat Right, but Nearly all Are Nutrient Deprived

Americans might think they have healthy eating patterns, but a new study by ORC International, on behalf of supplement producer MegaFood, disproves this perception. According to the study, 62% of Americans fail to eat the minimum recommended amount of fruits and vegetables daily — and according to another survey by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 30 million Americans fail to meet the required intake of B vitamins. The Government Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion confirms these findings. The majority of Americans do not eat enough produce, calcium-rich food or whole grains, but do eat excessive amounts...

Read More

Medical Marijuana: Not Just For Humans Anymore?

Cannabis has been used for centuries as a holistic medicine for multitude of health issues. The first recorded medicinal use of cannabis was in 2,737 BC China. Cannabis is know to combat aches, arthritis, cancer, seizures, psychosis, immunity problems, gastrointestinal tract issues, depression, mobility and joint challenges, neurodegenerative disorders, itchiness, old age-related health issues, and pain. If cannabis can’t actually cure a health issue, it does often make the patient feel more comfortable. Twenty-eight states and Washington, D.C. have legalized medical marijuana for humans. Can pets and other animals benefit from the medicinal properties of cannabis as well? Cannabis contains dozens...

Read More