Microbes

Getting Dirty May Be Good for You

David Suzuki | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

For much of human history we lived close to the natural world. As civilization evolved we became increasingly urbanized, and most of us now live in cities. As we've moved away from nature, we've seen a decline in other forms of life. Biodiversity is disappearing.

Stop Eating for One and Start Eating For One Trillion

Lynsey Walker | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Living
Lynsey Walker

Are you a germaphobe? If so then what I am about to tell you might blow your mind. For every one cell that we have in our bodywe have 10 bacteria cells that call us home. We need to start thinking differently about how we feed ourselves if we want to optimize health and nutrition. We need to stop eating for one and start eating for one trillion.

Save the Whales, But Don't Forget About the Bugs

David Suzuki | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

We focus on charismatic species like whales, pandas, cedar trees and seals as poster children for conservation. But the small things that keep the biosphere going for creatures like us are probably more threatened because we ignore them. If we spend time studying them, they have much to teach us.

The Truth About the Five-Second Rule

Yummy Mummy Club | Posted 10.02.2012 | Canada Living
Yummy Mummy Club

So much for the five-second rule. Another urban mommy myth bites the big one. Seems anything that drops on the floor -- be it the cookie or the soother -- is contaminated long before those five seconds are up. According to the medical director of the infection prevention and control program at Loyola University Health System, Jorge Parada. "When it comes to folklore, the 'five-second rule' should be replaced with 'when in doubt, throw it out.'"

Staying Germ-Free at the Office Takes More Than Washing Hands

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.04.2012 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg A recent microbiology study of the office has gone further than any other and provided a path for the improvement of the quality of life in the office environment. The team swabbed offices in three major American cities and found the usual suspects -- fecal bacteria, skin bacteria -- but also identified 500 other types of microbes...