Category Archives: Environment & Human Rights

Gardening Improves Health and Happiness

If you weren’t hit by unexpected snow storms in the past month, it is time to prep your soil for planting seeds for vegetables that will keep you healthy through the summer and fall. Don’t think of it as a spring-time chore, but as the doorway to get you outdoors for health and happiness! The health benefits of gardening not only come from the end result, but also the labour of creating a garden.

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Keep Endocrine Disruptors from Entering your Cosmetics by signing this Petition

Constadina Zarokostas-Vasiliades

The Environmental Working Group – EWG has a petition for people to sign to keep endocrine disruptors from being put into the cosmetics by Revlon and L’Oreal, which can do a number on your hormones and create a number of health issues. Let’s tell the industry that we respect our bodies and want them to be treated with care and kindness by signing this petition asking them to find better ingredients for their products

Click here to sign:  http://action.ewg.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=2044&tag=201309CorsmeticsCorpFWDAction&utm_source=201309cosmeticscorpfwdaction&utm_medium=email&utm_content=topper1&utm_campaign=toxics

 

Spring Clean Your Body & Balance Your Hormones with a Little Dandelion

Constadina Zarokostas-Vasiliades

First published in March 2013 at: http://menopausemission.com/spring-clean-your-body-balance-your-hormones-with-a-little-dandelion

Dandelion
Dandelion

When you were a child I’m sure at some point when you saw dandelions you probably thought of them as a weed your parents hated seeing in their grass, but you loved it when they dried so you could blow all the seeds away into the wind like most kids…. I on the other hand, as a first-generation Greek kid, grew up with parents who didn’t use weed killer on them, but dug them up from the grass and used the leaves as food.  Sometimes we would even venture off into the cattle farm-land outside our home city and raid the edges of farmer’s fields in the spring time and relieve them of all their dandelions.  We would collect so many grocery bags full of these dandelion leaves that we would clean and freeze whatever we couldn’t eat by the end of the week, so we would have them throughout the year.   Continue reading

Hormone Disruptors in your Personal Care Products and the Effects on your Body

Constadina Zarokostas-Vasiliades

First published in February 2013 at – http://menopausemission.com/hormone-disruptors-in-your-personal-care-products-and-the-effects-on-your-body

In my previous article, Exercise for Better Menopausal Health, I wrote about how hormones are affected during menopause and the importance of exercise to release toxins from the body, as well as get the body’s hormone levels back in balance to decrease and prevent a number of symptoms of menopause.  Your body’s hormone levels are so unpredictable when you don’t take an active role in keeping them in balance, which could lead to extreme reactions in your body such as severe depression and weight gain.  Although we can’t control the toxins in the air we breathe that can affect hormone levels, we can control the toxins, chemicals, and hormone disruptors that can get in our bodies when it comes to choosing cosmetics, face and body creams, as well as soap and bath products.   Continue reading

Responsibility in Business Leads to an Environmentally Friendly Society

Constadina Zarokostas-Vasiliades

I met Polly Mazaris, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Baxter Group Ltd. in Melbourne, Australia in 2005, who taught me that drive and determination to do what is right for the environment, despite all odds, can slowly change the minds of some of the most stubborn business people. Her company is one of the most economically and environmentally efficient and accessible waste management operators in the South Eastern metropolitan area of Melbourne, Australia.

Polly was one of the few women working in this industry back in 1990 when she started, and even worse, environmental considerations by most landfill owners was not taking place.  Her insistence of best practice guidelines took some time to be accepted, but she never backed down and stood behind the ethics of keeping the environment clean, and preventing any waste entering water sources. Fifteen years later she won Southern Australia’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year Award in 2005 for Services Including Financial, Business and Property, and was also a finalist for their national award.

She told me that her most valuable lesson in business is, “to stand up for your values, and be honorable and ready to accept responsibility.”

Part of living a balanced life is respecting your environment, whether it be at home, work, or your surrounding community. We all have the ability to do the right thing one small step at a time, whether it is picking up the garbage at the local park, or following your community’s recycling program properly. I think we are all guilty of putting something in our regular garbage bin instead of our recycle bin.  Small steps to doing the right thing for our environment leads to greater changes and a cleaner environment for the generations after us, as well as creating a healthy balanced world.

To learn more about Polly Mazaris and how she operates her company and life, read my article below.

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Hydrogen Energy Has a Future in the U.S.

Constadina Zarokostas-Vasiliades

Hydrogen Energy is one possible solution to renewable energy and something to think about when considering alternative sources of energy.  This may not be for you, but reading about renewable sources of energy helps put you in the mindset to think more about the environment.  Part of balanced living is being considerate of the environment.

Here is an article I wrote a number of years ago about hydrogen energy and some research being done on using it to fuel cars of the future.

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Energy Saving Tips

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Part of leading a balanced lifestyle includes being kind to the environment. That means not wasting energy in your home, and considering using renewable energy sources.  Here is an article I wrote about energy saving tips that will help you be kinder to the environment.

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Curing African Nations Suffering from Malaria with the Herb Artemisia

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This is an article I wrote a few years back for a Canadian based multicultural magazine, that talks about how a simple herb like Artemisia is being cultivated as a natural remedy to make African nations self-sufficient economically, instead of using the over-priced equivalent pharmaceutical remedy currently being offered to them.

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