The use of artificial dyes in food products has been a common practice since the days of ancient Egypt. As far back as 1500 B.C. substances such as red wine and mustard have been used to help improve the color of foods and fabrics, and the trade of such colors/herbs/dyes is a longstanding tradition. But…

The Death of Recess and Physical Education in Schools More and more school districts across America are taking out their cutting boards and slicing drastic chunks out of physical education, recess, and playtime in schools. Due in part to rising state requirements such as “higher standardized testing scores”, coupled with poor nutrition and less funding for…

The Effects of Common Core on the Minds & Health of American Children Women’s rights activist and social philosopher, Jane Addams once said of this nation, “America’s future will be determined by the home and the school. The child becomes largely what he is taught; hence we must watch what we teach, and how we…

Over the past five thousand years, the minds of human beings have evolved to do an extraordinary thing – our brains have learned to function in an increasingly complex environment. This includes our amazing ability to read. What’s most exciting about our ability to read is that it is extremely good for the health of your brain….

10 Reasons to Own a Pet Adopting a pet goes beyond simply owning an animal because they are adorable, it is introducing another member into your family.  It is the joy of having a friend and a companion that is always faithful and nonjudgmental of your shortcomings.  While these traits are endearing and what in…

Fascinating Facts About Twins Multiple births are becoming more common due to assisted reproductive techniques with fertility drugs and the advancing age of mothers.  Since 1980, the rate at which twins are being born has increased 76%.  This year alone American mothers will give birth to 140,000 sets of twins.  But how do you tell…

Are School Lunches Healthy? To quote Whitney Houston, “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way, show them all the beauty they possess inside.”  In order for children to have a bright and happy future, what they should possess inside is healthy, nutritious food.  It is, however,…

Germs are everywhere.  They’re on the shopping cart you push around your local grocery store, as well as on the cell phone you hold against your face everyday.  Germs are on our bodies and in our bodies, and they are crucial for our immunities and overall health.  So why do we fear them, and what…

The term couch potato – one who sits and snacks while watching hours of TV ­– may be a fitting description, but unfortunately the implied unhealthiness the term suggests is also a reality. Researchers at Dartmouth College have found a strong link between childhood obesity and the presence of a TV in a child’s bedroom,…