Mosquito-borne illness hits USA

Mosquito season is about to land

Temperatures are rising and spring rains are falling. Can mosquito season be far behind? While most mosquitoes don’t carry disease, some species can carry nasty diseases, such as the West Nile virus. A look at mosquitoes and how you can avoid them.

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Greener Days Organic Bug Spray reviewed like we’re in the Show Me State!

Just as if we were in Missouri, wanted “proof” and to “see” if Greener Days Organic Bug Spray truly did work as we claim it does. They put us through a few of what they called “torture tests…”

Let’s just say: WE PASSED! (and sure “showed” them!)

Read Organic Army’s review for yourself:

And here’s to a bug free future!

#GreenerDays #BugSpray #OrganicArmy #Natural #Alternative #Organic

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Just in time for Bug Season… I mean Spring!

Greenerways Organic 4 oz Bug Spray by Greener Days is on sale for $6.99 though 5/29/12 at all Whole Foods Markets stores in GA, NC, SC, TN and AL. Stock up for the holiday weekends, outdoor weddings and graduation parties, vacations and summer camp. DEET-free and made with USDA-certified Organic essential oils.

Greenerways Organic 4oz Bug Spray on SALE through 5/29/12

Definitely MY natural-alternative choice for insect repellent!

#Sale #Organic #Insect #Bug #Georgia #NorthCarolina #SouthCarolina #Tennessee #Alabama #WholeFoods

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Why We Look Forward to Bug Season!

Really?! YES!!!

Read why we at Greener Days actually look forward to bug season — because let’s face it — it’s going to happen regardless if we want it to or not.

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Ticks season is coming: They’ll bug you this spring

Courtesy of CDC

Because of the extra-mild winter this year, the early spring could bring an unwelcome guest: the tick. Be warned: The warmer weather is good news for people and pets who want to be outside, but beware of an uptick of the hard-to-detect pest.

The basic reason is that the eggs will hatch sooner. “Eggs are already in the ground, but this is the time that they will be coming out in great numbers,” said Pollie Rueda, an entomologist stationed at the Smithsonian and Walter Reed Army institute of Research. He noted that the normal tick season is from May through August, but with the 70-degree temperatures in some places, the ticks may get a jump on the season.

Ticks that are already out and about are the visible adult, sesame-sized ones, noted Kristen Nordlund of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Think of these little buggers as the arachnid form of vampires. They hang out in blades of grass for a host to come along — a mouse, a dog, or a human — to attach themselves and feed off your blood over days, or until discovered, and they often leave disease behind — sometimes multiple illnesses.

The big concern for humans, according to the CDC, is that most tick infections occur during the “nymph” stage. Those recently hatched ticks are the size of the period at the end of this sentence, and they have four sets of legs and the ability to suck your blood. Because they are essentially invisible, preying on a host can easily go undetected.

In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36-48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted. Infections from ticks, such as Lyme disease (plus babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and anaplasmosisis), are on the rise and are difficult to diagnose. The symptoms are awful: from headaches to long-term joint pain and even heart problems.

Since 1992, the cases of Lyme disease have doubled, according to the CDC, and more than 21,000 cases are reported every year.

The CDC is conducting tests on actual households to confirm if spraying a pesticide in the backyard helps to reduce the incidence of human disease. Check its website for good information on preventive measures.

All this being said — it’s time to stock up on Greenerways Organic Bug Spray — PROTECT YOURSELF! Insects with exoskeletons don’t fare well with cedar oil, and this definitely includes the tick… Check your local health food co-op or Whole Foods — and ask for it by name!

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McDonald’s drops use of gooey ammonia-based ‘pink slime’ in hamburger meat

By M. Alex Johnson,

McDonald’s announced last week that, as of last August, is has stopped using ammonium hydroxide in the production of its hamburgers. MSNBC reports that the chemical, used in fertilizers, household cleaners and even homemade explosives, was also used to prepare McDonalds’ hamburger meat.

And while the announcement is making headlines, you may (or may not) want to know about some other unusual chemicals being used in the production of some of our most-popular foods:

The International Business Times lists some other questionable chemicals showing up in our foods:

  • Propylene glycol: This chemical is very similar to ethylene glycol, a dangerous anti-freeze. This less-toxic cousin  prevents products from becoming too solid. Some ice creams have this  ingredient; otherwise you’d be eating ice.
  • Carmine: Commonly found in red food coloring, this chemical comes from crushed cochineal, small red beetles that burrow into cacti. Husks of the beetle are ground up and forms the basis for red coloring found in foods ranging from cranberry juice to M&Ms.
  • Shellac: Yes, this chemical used to finish wood products also gives some candies their sheen. It comes from the female Lac beetle.
  • L-cycsteine: This common dough enhancer comes from hair, feathers, hooves and bristles.
  • Lanolin (gum base): Next time you chew on gum, remember this. The goopiness of gum comes from lanolin, oils from sheep’s wool that is also used  for vitamin D3 supplements.
  • Silicon dioxide: Nothing weird about eating sand, right? This anti-caking agent is found in many foods including shredded cheese and fast food chili.

So, what moved McDonald’s to make the change in their hamburger production? In a statement posted on its website, McDonald’s senior director of quality systems Todd Bacon wrote:

“At the beginning of 2011, we made a decision to discontinue the use of ammonia-treated beef in our hamburgers.  This product has been out of our supply chain since August of last year. This decision was a result of our efforts to align our global standards for how we source beef around the world.”

The U.S. Agriculture Department classifies the chemical as “generally recognized as safe.” McDonald’s says they stopped using the chemical months ago and deny the move came after a public campaign against ammonium hydroxide by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

You can watch video of Jamie Oliver showing the process of using ammonium hydroxide on meat here:


The food industry uses ammonium hydroxide as an anti-microbial agent in meats, which allows McDonald’s to use otherwise “inedible meat.”

On his show, Oliver said of the meat treatment: “Basically we’re taking a product that would be sold in the cheapest form for dogs and making it ‘fit’ for humans.”

Even more disturbing, St. Louis-based dietician Sarah Prochaska told NBC affiliate KSDK that because ammonium hydroxide is considered part of the “component in a production procedure” by the USDA, consumers may not know when the chemical is in their food.

“It’s a process, from what I understand, called ‘mechanically separated meat’ or ‘meat product,'” Prochaska said.  “The only way to avoid it would be to choose fresher products, cook your meat at home, cook more meals at home.”

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The Bitter Truth About Splenda | GreenMedInfo | Blog entry | Natural Medicine | Alternative Medicine | Integrative Medicine | Consumer Advocacy

This one is too disturbing not to share…

So, if you think about it, what is really a few atoms from being DDT? Apparently, it’s Splenda.

My gut was literally in a twist as I read this article. Let’s get this going viral, folks! Once we are educated on what Splenda truly is, then we all make our own informed choices to consume it — or not.

The Bitter Truth About Splenda | GreenMedInfo | Blog entry | Natural Medicine | Alternative Medicine | Integrative Medicine | Consumer Advocacy.

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