Apr, 08
2013

The Best Time to Plant a Garden

msmith "Timing is everything," as the saying goes. There is another saying amongst realtors that is simply, "Location, location, location!" Although neither of these are necessarily universally applied to gardening, both are very applicable when it comes to planting a garden.

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Apr, 02
2013

Using Plastics in the Garden

msmith Plastics are a relatively new material to the world. The first fully synthetic plastic – Bakelite – was created in the early 1900's by Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland. Following technological advances after World War II, the usage and types of plastics manufactured exploded.

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Mar, 26
2013

Fluoride – What You Should Know

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Fluoride is an ion derived from the element fluorine. Fluorine is an abundant element; it is found naturally in the environment both in air and water. Communities in the United States have been adding fluoride to water – despite the fact that its presence occurs naturally in water – since around the time of World War II. Dentists say that the presence of human-added fluoride helps prevent tooth decay.

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Mar, 12
2013

The Best Cleaners for Mold

msmith Household mold is a common problem; mold is a ubiquitous organism, and it has little trouble finding quiet corners of our homes to colonize in. Many times, a little mold here or there is more or less harmless. But left unattended, molds will go on to produce spores, and certain species of mold can produce mycotoxins under the right conditions. These spores and mycotoxins can eventually go airborne, getting pushed through your home via the ducting and wind up in the air you breathe.

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Feb, 13
2013

Mycotoxins and Pet Food

msmith We talk quite a bit at Know the Cause about the effect that mycotoxins have on humans. The fact remains that there is a volume of research on the prevalence of mycotoxins in our environment and food supply, and the subsequent problems humans can experience as result of exposure to these chemicals. The ubiquity of these toxins in our grain and corn supply was confirmed by Dr. Ruth Etzel, who published to that end.

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