Know all about activated charcoal

Charcoal has made it’s way from the grills to the vanity table. The only difference between the charcoal used for barbecuing and activated charcoal, which can be used for body care in a multitude of ways, is oxygen. Brands like Biore, Origin, Glam Glow and Yes to Tomatoes have launched masks and deep cleansers with activated charcoal in them ranging from as low as $3.39 to a hefty $69. An alternative to buying it from the brands mentioned is to buy the “raw” activated charcoal. It’s also sold in capsules so you can use it in different ways like soaking your produce to get rid of any pesticide residue. This is, however, more of a DIY option, so if that’s not your style, you’re better off sticking to the brands.

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Video: What do you know about your prostate?

This past month was annual Men’s Health Month. While there are various diseases and aspects that we could have focused on during the month, here at Birds Nest Foundation we decided to direct our focus on the issue of prostate cancer. We wanted to raise awareness for this cancer in particular because after doing much research it became clear that a majority of men can’t even locate their prostate, let alone know what it’s function is and how to prevent it from developing cancer. Our team set out to Central Park to ask strangers what they know about the prostate and raise awareness for the deadly disease.

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Doctalk: Inequality for all

There’s a popular saying that goes “The richer get richer and the poorer get poorer,” but it had never fully registered just how rich the rich is and how poor the poor is getting until I saw Robert Reich’s documentary Inequality for All, which focuses on the ever-widening wage gap between the social classes.

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Doctalk: Keep on Keepin’ on

The name Clark Terry has become synonymous within the music industry for one term – jazz legend; but despite his undoubtedly long and renowned career, he is so much more than a great trumpet player. In a career that has spanned seven decades, the St. Louis born Terry, or CT as his friends call him, has collaborated with Count Basie, Duke Ellington; trained Quincy Jones, influenced Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie; has been featured on over 100 albums; became the first black member of the NBC Studio Band, playing nightly over a decade for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and in recent years has transitioned his time into a beloved passion – music mentor. It was through this mentorship that he was introduced to a talented music student, Justin Kauflin.

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‘Bee’ aware of the disappearing bees

           

The week of June 15 marks the 9th annual Pollinator Week; a week dedicated to raising awareness about the animals that pollinate our crops,  including hummingbirds, butterflies, bats and of course, bees. While many people might think of these animals as simply causing flowers to grow, there are about 1,000 plants that are integral to our society that are dependent on pollinators to grow. These crops include apples, blueberries, almonds, peaches, pumpkins, potatoes, coffee and chocolate. In other words, pollinators are needed for our world to function properly, and no other pollinator is as important as the simple honey-bee.

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Save a life on World Blood Donor Day

Every day, over 41,000 blood donations are needed throughout the United States. In a year, about 15.7 million donations are collected in the country. While this is a phenomenal amount, it is not enough to fulfill the demand for blood donations. The issue is even larger in third world countries, which don’t have access to as much blood, but need it perhaps even more. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the rate of blood donations in high-income countries is about nine times higher than in low-in come countries; 36.8 per 1,000 versus 3.9 per 1,000 people.

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DocTalk:Full Signal

There is the saying that parents tell their children, “Television will fry your brain.” However, since 1997 there is a whole new phenomenon that can turn your brain into neurological porridge. The cellphone, a direct radiation transmitter pressed against your skull, is the buzzing, beeping, ringing voice of 21st century technology. This beloved staple of modern life has unprecedented side effects that may not appear until many years later.

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Have you heard about the Dirty Dozen?

The Environmental Working Group has created a guide ranking the top 12 produce from “dirtiest” to “cleanest,” a guide they’ve cleverly called the Dirty Dozen, which includes apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, snap peas (imported) and potatoes.This “dirt” refers to the amount of pesticide residue left on veggies/fruits.

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Join Birds Nest Foundation at the Green Festival!

The Green Festival is America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, it will be taking place on April 24th to April 26th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Birds Nest Foundation will be hosting a booth at the event throughout the weekend.

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DocTalk: I’ll Be Fine

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, DocTalk reviews I’ll Be Fine, a portrait of 19-year old autistic teen, Tim, and his family.

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