Welcome back to LINK LOVE! Every Friday, we highlight some of the most interesting healthy-living tidbits we’ve gathered from around the Web, and this week we’ve found a ton of great ones. We cover fitness, nutrition, quality of life, and health and wellness — and some “just-for-fun” stuff, too! Come across something you think we’d love? Tweet it at us, post it to our Facebook page or email us at email@example.com with the subject “LINK LOVE.”
This week we’ve pulled together some inspiring information from On Being, Wired, and Mother Jones. Enjoy!
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HEALTH & WELLNESS
Which 20 Lipsticks Contain the Most Lead?
Maggie Severns with Mother Jones reports on a recent study that found lead, cadmium, aluminum and other heavy metals in women’s lipstick. Cadmium, she writes, has been found to cause cancer cells to multiply and be present in breast cancer biopsies. Other metals in the lipstick, such as lead, can lead to seizures and miscarriages. The FDA’s 2012 review of 400 lipstick shades found the top 20 lead containing lipsticks. A graph is pictured below.
This piece from The Atlantic by James Hamblin may be a long read, but it’s well worth it: “Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread behavioral and cognitive problems. But the scope of the chemical dangers in our environment is likely even greater. Why children and the poor are most susceptible to neurotoxic exposure that may be costing the U.S. billions of dollars and immeasurable peace of mind.” Learn more about toxins, your brain, fluoride, ADHD, IQs and the rise of lead.
Brandon Keim with Wired.com brings us not-so-cheery news about a corn root worm that has evolved to eat biotech corn (Bt corn) that the corn was designed to kill. Although this isn’t uplifting, it shows an important lesson: genetically modifying food has other affects besides on the health of our bodies. This strand of corn now accounts for 3/4 of the U.S. corn crop, says Keim. Keim goes on to give a bit of history on Bt corn, which was first planted in 1996, and is named after Bacillus thuringiensis, a gene it contains that produces pesticidal toxins.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Sarah Blanton provides an ethereal, spiritual, and beautiful reflection on thin places — a concept that comes from Celtic mythology. Blanton quotes Peter Gomes, a Harvard theologian, that these thin spaces as being “the clearest communication between the temporal and eternal” where “the visible and the invisible world come into their closest proximity.”
JUST FOR FUN
We love the creativity of Brian Hull in a video posted by The Telegraph as he sings the ever-growing Let it Go song from Frozen. Hull uses a collection of Disney and Pixar character voices, including Scar, Timon, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Minnie, Mickey and more. We hope this brightens your Friday and gives you a joyful start to the weekend!