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Tick-borne diseases in the U.S. are on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of counties considered high-risk for Lyme disease increased by more than 300 percent from 1993 to 2012. Just from 2016 to 2017, there was an increase of over 10,000 in reports of tick-borne diseases, with Lyme disease accounting for 82 percent of the cases. And the CDC believes that Lyme disease is actually underreported. Other tick-related illnesses, such as ehrlichiosis, STARI, and alpha-gal syndrome, have recently been discovered, and the list only grows. Luckily, the CDC tracks changes where ticks live to better understand where and when people are at risk. And the National Institutes of Health released plans for a research initiative to accelerate our understanding of ticks and the pathogens they transmit.
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A Mobile Detox in Flint
Steiner Health, a nonprofit based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and founded on principles of financially accessible alternative medicines, has had boots on the ground in Flint since the city’s infamous and ongoing water crisis began. They’re providing free cleansing treatments to those affected by the lasting damage from Flint’s waterborne toxins, specifically addressing the intestines, liver, and kidneys, while strengthening metabolisms and immune systems. As of August 2019, they’ve established an even more effective way to provide assistance, a campaign called Compassion on Wheels. This repurposed ambulance will take comprehensive detox methods — liver compresses, footbaths, supplements, and good foods and herbs to support all body systems — from the churches and fields from which they’d been operating directly to the front doors of residents still reeling from the crisis. To learn more, visit here.
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Pollutant-Free Feminine Products
A woman might use 11,000 or more feminine hygiene products in her lifetime, yet there’s little research available about the impact of traditional plastics, bleaches, fragrances, and other chemicals on women’s bodies. Cognizant of this growing concern, alongside environmental welfare, Organic Initiative (Oi) — a New Zealand-based feminine hygiene company — has been fully committed to doing what’s best for Mother Earth since 2016. Their pads and tampons are certified organic cotton; free from chemicals, synthetics, and bleaches; and packaged in biodegradable containers. In contrast, most tampons, pads, and liners may take up to 500 years to biodegrade. Estimates say the organic tampon market will be worth over $3 billion by 2025, and products such as those crafted by Oi (which has helped keep 30 million commercial tampons and pads from the environment) are leading the charge.