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December 20th, 2010 - Staff

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Brunos Organics, based in Gary, offers fresh food delivered to your door

September 22nd, 2010 - By Times Staff, nwi.com

When the Brunos, a Mennonite family living in Northwest Indiana, inherited a farm in Kentucky, they decided to move with their eight children to live off the land, leaving behind the organic market business they had developed called Brunos Organics.

But their customers, who had become accustomed to high-quality organic goods delivered to their door, didn’t want the business to close.

“We had become used to the organic lifestyle,” said Guy Spencer, who manages Brunos Organics. The Spencer family bought Brunos after hearing the business was going to be closed.

“We serve the same customers and have added new ones.”

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Here’s to your health!

October 30th, 2009 - By Heather Augustyn

In 1986, Cesar Chavez, founder and leader of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), organized a boycott of grapes, citing that the pesticides found on the grapes poisoned some 300,000 workers each year, which led to severe birth defects and cancer. The documentary produced by the UFW, The Wrath of Grapes, detailed the insidious destructive trail left by these pesticides that were used to produce more and more yield from crops.

Although legislation may make for safer grapes 23 years later, pesticides are still used in abundance, causing many growers to abandon the use of pesticides altogether for a much healthier, and tastier, product. We all know that pesticides are not good for human consumption, and they’re also bad for the earth, seeping into groundwater from agricultural runoff. But the additives in wine—specifically sulfites, which are put into wine to extend its shelf life—are also bad for the body. Many people experience difficulty breathing, abdominal pain or headaches from sulfites—so it may not be that extra glass of vino after all!

Practical pampering

September 9th, 2009 - By Megan K. Scott, Associated Press Writer

In this economy, we could probably all use a little pampering: a massage, a facial, a pedicure. Perhaps a nice soak in a hot whirlpool.

The spa, new figures show, is one thing we’re not giving up, even if it means opting for a cheaper experience and fewer treatments.

In June, 46 percent of the 3,200 members of the International SPA Association reported an increase in the number of shorter treatments of 30 minutes or less, and close to half reported a decrease in the amount spent per visit compared with the same time last year.

Organic Foods Controversy

August 18th, 2009 - By Maureen O'Hagan, The Seattle Times

For years, healthy-food advocates have said organic food is more nutritious than conventionally grown.

But that claim—trumpeted on the websites of organizations ranging from the national Organic Trade Association to the Seattle-based PCC Natural Markets—is being challenged by a comprehensive new study released last week.

Now the healthful-eating crowd is up in arms. Not only did researchers reach the wrong conclusion, advocates say, they didn’t even ask the right questions. Such as: Why, exactly, do people buy organic?

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Why Organic?

June 24th, 2009 - By Terri Gordon

People are paying closer attention to the things they put in their bodies—and on them. Diane Nelson, owner of Au Naturel Market in Valparaiso, has used organic cosmetics for close to ten years. Nelson tells Get Healthy why organic makeup is a better choice over traditional makeup:

“The skin is the largest organ of the body. Anything you put on your skin gets absorbed. When you put eye shadow, mascara or foundation that has toxic substances on your body, that gets absorbed into your bloodstream. Organic makeup products contain only ingredients that are not chemical. For instance, the eye shadow colors come from pressed flower petals. They wouldn’t have talc, or chemical ingredients like the makeups you find in grocery stores, drug stores or even department stores. We in the natural foods industry believe that if you can’t eat it safely, you shouldn’t put it on your skin.”

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