Nisa Shah
Spring Greeting with Spring Cleaning

Spring Greeting with Spring Cleaning

Spring is about beginnings and growth. This season possesses a unique energy and it’s a chance to reset your surroundings. Making simple changes in your household can lead to a more peaceful living. Spring cleaning is a ritual that all cultures share in common and it is essential to our emotional and physical wellbeing. The rhythm of nature is marked by the changing of the seasons and we should strive to live with nature. In doing so we can create a natural balance in our lives. In winter, we look for cosiness and warmth, naturally. But spring is all about...

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Nisa Shah
Saying ‘I love you’ with toxic flowers?

Saying ‘I love you’ with toxic flowers?

As Valentine's day is on the horizon we thought let’s check our flowers, the symbol of love.  Did you know most mass-produced flowers are grown using harmful chemicals? No doubt flowers are beautiful and a cherished symbol of love and passion. This connotation can be traced back to Aphrodite in Greece and Venus in Rome - Goddesses of love. Sadly the situation has become somewhat muddied in our time. Now we are surrounded by cut flowers that are grown with harmful agro-chemicals and pesticides which are damaging the environment, our ecosystem. It's putting florists and people who are working with flower farms at...

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Dr. Chris Murphy
Healthy living between the sheets

Healthy living between the sheets

Imagine yourself taking a walk outdoors. You may be picturing a lovely coastal scene, or a forest setting, or perhaps a stroll in the hills…ah, how pleasant, you can almost taste the clean, fresh air!   Now think again, and get a feel for what it would be like to take an extended, 8-hour long hike along a busy traffic-laden road! Every step of the way you’re breathing in toxic fumes and seeing nothing but the back ends of honking cars. Can you imagine the impact of doing this every day of your life? You’d be crazy to even conceive of such...

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Dr. Chris Murphy
Organic – the common thread

Organic – the common thread

We use the term organic in diverse contexts. We might be talking about carbon chemistry, particularly the chemistry of life, or in the sense of organ-ic, referring to organ systems or organisms, or to specific farming practices and its produce. Let’s look at each in turn and see if there’s a common thread...       The chemistry of life All life forms are based on organic compounds; that is compounds containing carbon. What’s so special about carbon is its ability to hook up with other carbon atoms in long complex chains, leading to the formation of, literally, millions of distinct...

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