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Steven is an ecommerce entrepreneur, consultant, and blogger. In addition to running two businesses, he writes for several blogs on topics such as health, fitness, and outdoor recreation. Find Steven on Google+

Vinegar Kills Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacteria

WASHINGTON, DCFebruary 25, 2014 The active ingredient in vinegar, acetic acid, can effectively kill mycobacteria, even highly drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis, an international team of researchers from Venezuela, France, and the US reports in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

Acetic acid might be used as an inexpensive and non-toxic disinfectant against drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) bacteria as well as other stubborn, disinfectant-resistant mycobacteria.

Work with drug-resistant tuberculosis bacteria carries serious biohazard risks. Chlorine bleach is often used to disinfect TB cultures and clinical samples, but bleach is toxic and corrosive. Other effective commercial disinfectants can be too expensive for TB labs in the resource-poor countries where the majority of TB occurs.

Marijuana May Hurt The Developing Teen Brain


The brain of a teenager has a lot of developing to do. It must transform from the brain of a child into the brain of an adult. And some researchers worry how marijuana might affect that crucial process.

“Actually in childhood our brain is larger,” says Krista Lisdahl, director of the brain imaging and neuropsychology lab at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. “Then during the teenage years our brain is getting rid of those connections that weren’t really used, and it prunes back. It actually makes the brain faster and more efficient.”

FAQ: New Nutrition Facts Label


Good article on the changes to nutrition labels we can soon expect to see.

Three Reasons to Love Wheatgrass

Report on the advantages of wheatgrass, a gluten free food prepared from the young shoots of the what plant. Packed with minerals and nutrients is just one of the reasons to love wheatgrass. Click the link below to learn all about it, including the top three reasons to consider wheatgrass in your diet.

Fighting Stress — Building Heart Health – Health.com


The evidence is piling up that the answer is—yes, stress is bad for your ticker.There are studies to show that stress is comparable to other risk factors that we traditionally think of as major, like hypertension, poor diet, and lack of exercise, says Kathi Heffner, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Rochester Center for Mind-Body Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. Here are 12 steps you can take to fight stress and protect your heart.