Fragrance: Anything but Fresh

“Fresh scented” laundry detergent might get oils and dirt out of your clothing, but the chemical soup it’s comprised of is anything but fresh and clean. Fragranced products release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which lead to compromised air quality, negative health outcomes, and decreased job productivity and societal wellbeing (Steinemann, 2016). When you see the term “fragrance” on any label, it is in your best interest, and the interest of others and the environment, to leave the product on the shelf.

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Is Your Anxiety and Depression Really a Cytokine Cascade?

The immune system is an unbelievably intricate web of interactions. It helps determine what is us or non-threatening from what is dangerous. It helps us fight infections through cascading reactions. It facilitates healing from injuries. It knows if the foreign microbe we are dealing with is a bacteria, virus, parasite, allergen, or food and mounts the appropriate response for each. It is located all over the body, but mostly in the gut.

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