News for August 23, 2011

News Today includes stories about VegFests 2011, Vegan Cosmetics & Skin Care Sale, Blaming others, Nutrition, Lobsters, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Fall Fashion Trends, Safe Harvest, Natural Insect Repellents, Circuses Kosher, Animal Payback, and Experiments on Chimpanzees.

VegNews TV: VegFests 2011

Travel to four vegetarian festivals all across the country in NYC; Madison, Wisc.; Portland, Maine; and New Orleans with VN Correspondent Jasmin Singer.

43% off Vegan Cosmetics & Skin Care at Vegan Beauty Market

Shopping for vegan mascara or sun screen shouldn’t be a chore, but decoding the long labels on beauty products can be quite the challenge for those without smart phones or super memory skills. If you’ve ever wished someone would take the guess work out of shopping for vegan cosmetics and body products, your wish has finally come true. Vegan Beauty Market is a one-stop shop for vegan makeup, skin care and body products. This week you can restock your cruelty-free bathroom cabinet at a steep discount. Pay $20 and get a $35 voucher to spend at Vegan Beauty Market.

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Blaming others can ruin your health

During his sophomore year in college, he says, white students harassed him and the only other African-American living on the floor in his dorm in order to get them to move out.

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The Real Skinny on Nutrition

CNN is about to air a fantastic documentary called “The Last Heart Attack,” featuring Drs. Ornish and Esselstyn talking about successfully preventing, stopping and even reversing our number one killer — heart disease — with a plant-based diet.

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Consider the Lobster… as a symbol

David Foster Wallace would have been proud.* A couple of weeks ago, a group of Tibetan Buddhists bought and released 534 lobsters into the Atlantic ocean. The group traveled from the Kurukulla Center in Medford to Gloucester, MA to purchase the lobsters from a seafood wholesaler on August 3, this year’s Wheel-Turning Day on the Tibetan lunar calendar.

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High Fructose Corn Syrup: Much Maligned? Or the Devil’s Food Cake?

Bocarsly, et al. “‘High fructose corn syrup causes characteristics of obesity in rats: increased body weight, body fat and triglyceride levels”. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, 2010.

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Fall Fashion Trends 2011

Trends aren’t to be followed rigidly, but to give us inspiration to set a new palette for a new season.  Sort of like a good sorbet, cleanse your fashion eyes every few months.  Let the trends dictated by the fashion gods guide you into a fresh look for a new outlook each season.  Luckily, everything hot for this fall is easy to come across in a vintage shop!

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Bringing in a Safe Harvest

As gardeners bring fresh produce indoors, questions of food safety may not be on their minds.  Here is the hard-earned product of carefully nursed seedlings, plenty of mulching, watering and endless weeding.  Tomatoes, zucchini, spinach and Swiss chard: if you grew these foods, you made be too blinded by pride to think that they could harm you.  While dangers are few, especially if general guidelines for handling fresh vegetables are followed, it pays to consider a few matters of concern.

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Natural Insect Repellents

Whether you make homemade insect repellents or buy a safe brand, you can enjoy the outdoors without worrying about biting bugs.

I’ve dug deep into herbal lore for natural bug repellents that work. Living with dogs in tick country, loving to travel, and being chemically sensitive, my quest is personal. I was recently visiting a high-malaria risk area in Cambodia, for example, and as a result I felt I needed to take the best proven mosquito repellent available, but with my caveat: it also had to be nontoxic! I avoid DEET, the commonly recommended pesticide by pediatricians, but I needed something equally as effective. Tick and mosquito-borne diseases like Lyme disease, malaria and West Nile virus are no joke.

Fortunately, there are much safer alternatives found in natural food stores, and with carefully chosen essential oils, you can arm yourself with effective DIY formulas.

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Are Circuses Kosher?

An elephant collapsed shortly after performing at a Ringling Bros. Circus on Aug. 7 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Sarah, a 54-year-old Asian elephant, was boarding a rail car when she collapsed. As a spiritual leader deeply committed to the welfare of animals, the news of the elephants collapse immediately brought up not only issues about exploitation and mistreatment of performance animals, but the simple question of whether this type of entertainment is “kosher.”

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A Bull Named Karma and Other Payback

These animals must have listened to Robert F. Kennedy?they didn’t get mad, they got even.

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Experiments on Chimpanzees are a Dirty Toilet

All movements for social change take forever — especially if you are the one in shackles, up the chimney, or having your bottom pinched at work. Finally, the chimpanzees’ moment is approaching. Maryland Rep. Roscoe Bartlett — a former Navy physiologist who once experimented on primates — has introduced bipartisan legislation to end invasive research on great apes in the U.S.

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