August 6th Show
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On today's show:
HOME COMMAND CENTER
CHEMICALS IN SKINCARE
What you need to know.
Welcome to our first weekend in August!
1881 – Alexander Fleming, Scottish biologist, pharmacologist, and botanist, Nobel Prize laureate. "When I woke up just after dawn on September 28, 1928, I certainly didn't plan to revolutionize all medicine by discovering the world's first antibiotic, or bacteria killer," Fleming would later say, "But I suppose that was exactly what I did." with the antibiotic substance benzylpenicillin (Penicillin G) from the mould Penicillium notatum in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945.
1928 – Andy Warhol, American painter and photographer (d. 1987)
August Cleaning Tip: The Home Command Center
Last week we did calendars… getting all annual doc appts booked, and over before school starts, buy new toothbrushes, etc. This week I want us to get our own selves ready. Most of us have some sort of command center at home, in the home office, in the kitchen, etc. If you don’t, it’s time to set one up.
First deal with everything on the desk, file shred, whatever, get surface clear.
If you’ve taped stuff to walls, revisit their value and get rid of as much as possible. Wipe everything down really well with a cleaner you love, rearrange so it looks fresh and put back only what is absolutely necessary.
Get yourself a new pack of pens and pencils so they all match, pass your strays on to the kids. I have two sets, an all black and an all white set of pencils… something very gratifying about it and helps me focus.
Get a fresh beautiful set of folders ready and labeled:
Each kid for when awards, etc come home.
Bucket list ideas
Add a new small lamp to make it cozy, what ever makes it inviting because that is where the success of the week is going to be made.
Moxie Mail: I write a column for the Naples Herald. I had an article, Want To Look Like A Goddess? You've Got To Go Skin Deep, about skincare that set a lot of people off. In a good way… they were upset and surprised at what they didn’t know.
Curious to me that we’ve been hearing about propylene glycol (because its used to de-ice airplanes) (3) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (1) , parabens… (1-3) being included in our skin and hair care products. These are known to cause allergies in a few cases but not terribly wide spread.
Why did these come to the forefront and not the 7-10’s in the ingredients? I wrote about this extensively in the article Want To Look Like A Goddess? You've Got To Go Skin Deep. According to the Environmental Working Group and the David Suzuki Foundation, one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Many products include plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks). Imagine what that does to your skin, and to the environment.”
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) keeps a master list of chemicals used in skincare on their site called Skin Deep. For each chemical you look up you can see it's score, all the research that is available about it, what other countries have determined about it (banned, restricted, etc.) and what products the chemical is found in. When you know better, you do better!
The Scary Science of Skincare
REAL FOOD FAKE FOOD
You’ve seen the headlines: Parmesan cheese made from wood pulp. Lobster rolls containing no lobster at all. Extra-virgin olive oil that isn’t. So many fake foods are in our supermarkets, our restaurants, and our kitchen cabinets that it’s hard to know what we’re eating anymore. In Real Food / Fake Food, award-winning journalist Larry Olmsted convinces us why real food matters and empowers consumers to make smarter choices.
Olmsted brings readers into the unregulated food industry, revealing the shocking deception that extends from high-end foods like olive oil, wine, and Kobe beef to everyday staples such as coffee, honey, juice, and cheese. It’s a massive bait and switch in which counterfeiting is rampant and in which the consumer ultimately pays the price.
But Olmsted does more than show us what foods to avoid. A bona fide gourmand, he travels to the sources of the real stuff to help us recognize what to look for, eat, and savor: genuine Parmigiano-Reggiano from Italy, fresh-caught grouper from Florida, authentic port from Portugal. Real foods that are grown, raised, produced, and prepared with care by masters of their craft. Part cautionary tale, part culinary crusade, Real Food / Fake Food is addictively readable, mouthwateringly enjoyable, and utterly relevant.
Larry Olmsted is the Contributing Travel Editor for Cigar Aficionado Magazine, the restaurant columnist for USAToday.com, and a co-founder of TheAPosition.com, the leading golf travel website. He tweets @TravelFoodGuy