Browsing the "Health" Category

Workers Stand Up to Unfair Providence Labor Practices

October 20th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Labor unions have been under increasing attack in the United States for many years. Last week several dozen healthcare union members of SEIU 1199NW organized an informational picket during rush hour in front of a Providence facility in Lacey, Washington; their focus was to raise public awareness about their ongoing struggle to regain slashed health care benefits, as well as their ongoing delayed struggle for a fair labor contract


Insurance Commissioner: Universal Health Care is Cheaper & Easier

September 28th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Washington state Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler, spoke about health care reform to an attentive crowd at the Lewis County Democrats headquarters in Centralia last week. Mr. Kreidler, who also is a doctor, addressed many questions about the Affordable Care Act, and also explained how better access to health care will beneficially impact the lives of everyday citizens


North Carolina Moral Mondays: Playbook for States Suffering from Extremist Agendas

July 10th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Political and social discontent continues to grow in North Carolina as the 10th Moral Monday grew to an estimated 3500 people on July 8th 2013. Moral monday is a movement that is organized by civil rights leaders, faith organizations, education leaders, environmental groups and women's rights advocacy groups who oppose North Carolina's new extremist legislation


Friendly Water for the World Helps Bring Clean Water to Millions for Pennies

June 16th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Nearly half the people on our planet do not have safe water to drink. Friendly Water for the World is a nonprofit organization, founded by Quakers, whose mission is to help expand access to low-cost clean water technologies, as well as information about health and sanitation, to people in need. They teach communities how to construct simple biosand water filters, which remove nearly 99% of all parasites, disease and water-borne pathogens


California Senate Passes Sweeping Gun Control Reforms

May 29th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

This week the California State Senate approved seven related gun control bills, which include universal background checks for anyone who wishes to purchase ammunition. People in the state who have a criminal record, severe mental illness, or a restraining order filed against them, would also be disqualified from owning firearms


Food Activist Valerie Segrest Helps Transform Chehalis Oakville Community

March 16th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Muckleshoot Tribe member and author, Valerie Segrest, was the keynote speaker at an educational event hosted by the Chehalis Tribe and Oakville High School this week. Segrest has been working to promote food sovereignty, the use of traditional foods, plant medicines and better nutrition, to help create a more sustainable and culturally appropriate local food system. She explained that what we eat is not just a commodity, but that we must value where our food comes from, and that plants can become our greatest teachers


10 Tips for a Healthier Diet: Could Eating Unprocessed Foods Improve Your Health?

February 23rd, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Eating a balanced diet that largely consists of plants and fresh whole foods is one of the most powerful things you can do to improve your health. Consuming large amounts of processed foods is risky behavior. Eating processed foods have been linked to an increased risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, auto-immune illnesses, atherosclerosis, and many more common sicknesses. If you would like to start feeling better, consider these 10 simple suggestions to help you begin your unprocessed diet


Is Food Chemistry Poisoning America?

February 14th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Although I have been personally steering away from processed foods ever since my grandmother taught me to be wary of any foods that required hazmat suits to produce, I recently viewed a report on food additives that stunned me.



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