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Golly! Your nail polish might be making you fat…

Posted on March 29th, 2016

Nail polish. I don’t use it. For the same reasons I avoid conventional beauty products, sun screen and perfume. The stuff is toxic and not necessary. Now, new research claims nail polish can cause weight gain. Good Lord.

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The recent study, conducted by researchers at Duke University and the Environmental Working Groupg (EWG), tested the urine of 26 women who had recently painted their nails. It found traces of Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP), in every participant.

What’s TPHP?

TPHP is a chemical commonly used to make plastics and fire retardants in foam furniture. In nail polish it’s used to provide flexibility to the product.

TPHP is a chemical known to disrupt hormone function by mucking with our endocrine system, affecting a variety of vital functions, including reproduction.

Plus, it specifically and significantly interacts with a protein which is central to regulating our metabolism and the production of fat cells.

How does it get into your body?

First off, you inhale it as soon as you open the bottle. But the more remarkable finding of the study is that women who directly applied polish to their nails (as opposed to those who wore gloves and applied the Read more

Should I be eating gluten if I have hashimotos? I mean, really?

Posted on November 25th, 2015

Oh, it’s a hoary one. I’ve swung a bit on the subject over the years. Here’s where I’ve arrived, but I’d like to get your thoughts, too. Did you watch ABC TV’s Catalyst program last night on the topic? Do so. It fleshes out the issue simply. Catch it on iView.

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My reasoning, however, goes like this.

* If you’re coeliac, you should never ever eat it. 

* There is a connection between coeliac and Hashimotos. In a recent study by Alessio Fasano, MD, a recognised celiac disease expert, one half of the people newly diagnosed with celiac disease also had thyroid disease.

* I did the coeliac test – I’m not coeliac. FYI it’s a tricky test. It entails going back onto gluten for several weeks before doing the test. I’m not coeliac and I don’t carry the gene.

So, where does this leave me given I have Hashimotos?

Is there anything further to be concerned about? Yes.

* Gluten is toxic. Humans didn’t “evolve” to digest gluten – we don’t have the “molecular scissors” to Read more

Your green shopping bag is making you eat crap

Posted on October 1st, 2015

Good morning, friends. Here’s an eco-conundrum to ponder. A study published last month in the Journal of Marketing found shoppers who brought their own bags to the supermarket tended to buy more chips, cookies and other treats than those who didn’t.

Toting my veggies home from a Saturday farmer's market trip

Toting my veggies home from a Saturday farmer’s market trip

How the goodness does this work?

The researchers found that the shoppers’ self-perceived righteousness ‘‘licensed’’ their self-indulgence.

Ha! I see this in action all the time. Possibly the worst case is the person who drinks bottled water (to avoid chemicals) then lights up a fag (seriously!).

Or health nuts who binge drink.

Prius drivers who no longer walk to the shops.

It all feeds into contemporary psychology theories that tell us that we have a “self-discipline muscle” that can get worn out if overworked.

So what is the gentle salve here? The mindset that can see us push through a little more consistently? I’d suggest it’s to Read more