Web site of the week: Medline Plus

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Do you need information on a health related topic that you can trust?  If you do, I would recommend you start at a Web site called Medline Plus.  This site, put out by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, is your link to interactive health tutorials, medical encyclopedias, and health related news.

Save the Earth – Eat less Meat

“The University of Chicago reports that going vegan is 50% more effective than switching to a hybrid car in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Eating 1 pound of meat is environmentally equal to driving 40 miles in an SUV.” Your Real Carbon Footprint.  Statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show that animal agriculture is the number one source of methane emissions in the United States. Cutting meat from just one meal a week can make a huge difference – for your health and for the health of the environment.

Web site of the Week

FDA Dietary Supplements

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Dietary and nutritional supplements can be confusing.  The FDA’s Dietary Supplement Web site can clear up some of the confusion.  It defines what a dietary supplement is and explains what the FDA does and does not regulate.  The FDA’s site also has an “alerts” section that names specific supplements that have found to be harmful to people.  For example, a couple of years ago the story of the man who turned blue after taking colloidal silver popped up in the news.  It is your health-make sure you know what is going into your body!

To see what ingredients are in a specific supplement visit the Dietary Supplements Database.