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@amz_md Great question! As @DevanMPC pointed out, the concern isn't about actually consuming antibiotics fed to animals, but about the bacterial resistance that can develop when livestock are regularly dosed with high levels of antibiotics. The best way to ensure that you're not buying meat raised with lots of antibiotics is to check the label-- most brands will specify if they're "antibiotic free" (see: http://sustainablechoices.stanford.edu/actions/at_the_store/antibiotichormonefree.html). If you can't find an "antibiotic free" option at your supermarket, it's worth asking if they can start to carry it. If buying meat at a farmer's market, simply ask the farmer what practices they use to raise the animals. You can also look up local farms that don't use antibiotics at http://www.eatwellguide.org/i.php?pd=Home . Hope this helps!
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Your Steak Is Getting More Antibiotics Than You Are
@DevanMPC Thanks for reading! You are of course correct that large-scale farmers can care for their animals, and that not all large-scale farms fall under the categories of "overcrowded" and "unsanitary" (though some of them do). The main issue here is that antibiotics are being used by the meat and poultry industry in such huge quantities, and this has serious health consequences for both the animals and the humans who consume them (for more on the subject, check out http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-food-system/industrial-agriculture/prescription-for-trouble.html).
9 months, 4 weeks ago on Your Steak Is Getting More Antibiotics Than You Are
@ladyburd Thanks for reading! As mentioned in the article, expiration and "use by" dates don't actually relate to food safety (for more on this, check out our article on expiration dates: http://greatist.com/health/meaning-expiration-dates/). In fact, the FDA doesn't even require that manufacturers use these labels (see: http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/Transparency/Basics/ucm210073.htm). But of course, it's always best to err on the side of caution, as you point out. Hope this helps to clarify things!
9 months, 4 weeks ago on 29 Smart and Easy Tips to Reduce Food Waste
@hatetocomplainbut Thanks for reading! This article is focused specifically on the current Meatless Mondays website and campaign, which was launched ten years ago. That said, the concept of Meatless Mondays (and Wheatless Wednesdays!) has certainly been around for longer than that, as you correctly point out. This is addressed in the "history" section of the Meatless Mondays website, found here: http://www.meatlessmonday.com/history/. Hope this clarifies things!
10 months, 1 week ago on #WTF Are Meatless Mondays?
@QueenBublo Thanks for letting us know! The links are updated and should now be good to go
10 months, 1 week ago on 21 DIY Gym Equipment Projects to Make at Home
@runningwild One trick that's worked for me is to lay a towel down on top of the yoga mat and then roll it up normally-- this way, the dirty bottom touches the towel instead of the mat itself. Just wash the towel on a regular basis and you should be good to go. A slightly more time-intensive solution is to buy a cleaning spray and wipe down both sides of the mat before rolling it up each time (though it's best to let the mat air-dry for a bit after spraying so it's not damp when it's rolled up). Hope this helps!
10 months, 2 weeks ago on How to Buy the Right Yoga Mat
@amandamichaela Hi, and thanks for reading! You are of course correct that abstinence is a highly effective method of contraception. This infographic presupposes sexual activity, but obviously the choice of whether or not to be sexually active is a personal one. Both sexually active and abstinent partners can be in happy, loving, committed, and intimate relationships (check out http://pss.sagepub.com/content/19/11/1092.extract# for one study finding that sex can benefit relationships). Studies also find that comprehensive sex education better prevents teen pregnancy and STI infection than abstinence-only education (check out http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/108729102320231144 for one example of said studies). In short, comprehensive education is important-- but as you pointed out, it all ultimately comes down to what works for individuals and their partners.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on The Ultimate Guide to Contraception [Infographic]
Thanks for this post, Mark! I know so many people can relate. Here's my question: If someone is in a half-"bad"/half-"good" relationship, what are some guidelines for determining whether it's reasonable to stay or it's time to leave? In other words, how can we tell when (or if) it's time to call it quits?
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Modern Intimacy: Love's Amazing, Love Hurts
@clytamnestra Thanks for chiming in! I think you're very right to point out that different physical bodies bring with them different (often loaded) cultural stereotypes, and that this is damaging for all parties involved. We're actually planning to write more about this very subject in the upcoming weeks, so please check back.
1 year ago on How to Gain Weight the Healthy Way
@Chelseamilk Thanks for reading! I'm so glad this resonated with you. I agree with you (and so does a lot of science!) that it's important for us humans to acknowledge the full range of our emotions, not just the positive ones. We'll definitely be writing more content about emotions, so keep checking back!
1 year, 1 month ago on Why Positive Thinking Doesn't (Always) Work
@kattybodysoap Thanks for reading, and great question! It's a tough one to answer because it really depends on the specific brand and product of eye makeup you're using. I think the best place to start is to check the ingredients list on the products you use for any of the ingredients listed here. Then, to get even more specific, you can run the specific products through this database: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/. It's a free and useful tool that basically tells you whether the specific brand and product you're using is safe. It looks like it's down for maintenance for a bit, but should be back up and running soon!
1 year, 1 month ago on Are Cosmetics Dangerous?
@Nick Goodall love this idea! I'm going to apply it to my own life :)
1 year, 1 month ago on How to Stop Procrastinating
@jamesbhouston I feel you on hitting that wall. We actually wrote a review of RescueTime about a month ago: http://greatist.com/happiness/rescuetime-technology-review/. would definitely be interested to hear more about your experiences with these apps!
@LuisHP Thanks for reading! So glad the article was useful :)
@YourPocketGuru Thanks for reading! Check out the first two paragraphs in the "Defending Pessimism" section above for an overview of research on the benefits of negative thinking. Studies find that negative thinking might make us think more carefully, improve our memory, and perform better at our jobs. Of course, this all depends on the individual-- but it's cool to know that we can create positive results even if we don't think positively 100% of the time!
@RobertJoseph826 That's the kind of creative thinking we need to bring to this subject! ;)
1 year, 1 month ago on Can Straight Men and Women Be “Just Friends”?
@Stofish Thanks for these insights! I think your point about language/having the terms to talk about these things is very well made. Hopefully, armed with this info, we can get the conversations rolling :)
1 year, 1 month ago on How to Gain Weight the Healthy Way
@djbbm Thanks very much! :)
@Stofish Thank You! So glad this was useful.
1 year, 2 months ago on How to Gain Weight the Healthy Way
@Soap Nuts Thanks! and I agree... I've already phased out a lot of cosmetic products, but writing this provided some good motivation to be extra cautious!
1 year, 2 months ago on Are Cosmetics Dangerous?