Natural Foods Merchandiser

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Closing the loop
Recycline Inc., the Waltham, Mass.-based recycled-plastic toothbrush and razor maker, introduced two new lines to make road trips, parties and picnics eco-friendly. Two different sized plates and cutlery make up the Preserve Tableware line. They are made from 100 percent recycled plastic, including recycled yogurt cups, and can be recycled in communities with No. 5 plastics recycling. Everything is reusable and dishwasher safe on low-heat settings. When they wear out, customers may send the items back to Recycline, which passes them on to be made into plastic lumber.

The company also unveiled Preserve Flavored Toothpicks, made from sustainably harvested wood from domestically grown white birch forests. No word on returning the toothpicks to the company.

Sage advice
Looks like the elders do know best. A study conducted by Joseph G. Grzywacz, Ph.D., and a team at Wake Forest University School of Medicine set out to determine ?if complementary and alternative medicine use for treating existing conditions and for health maintenance differs by age and ethnicity.? The study, published in the October Journal of Aging and Health, found that adults ages 45 to 54 were most likely to use CAM—at least once in the past year.

Specifically, 79 percent of those using alternative medicine systems (e.g., acupuncture, Ayurveda, homeopathy and naturopathy) and 68 percent those using manipulative and body-based methods (e.g., chiropractic and massage) ?are using these modalities to treat an existing condition.? Treatment of an existing condition is a goal of fewer than 30 percent of users of mind-body interventions (e.g., relaxation techniques such as meditation, movement therapies such as yoga and healing rituals).

Approximately one half of users of biologically based therapies (e.g., chelation, folk medicine, herb use, special diet or megavitamin therapies) are looking to treat an existing condition, but 45 percent do so for illness prevention and health promotion.

The authors write, ?Use of alternative-medicine systems and biologically based therapies to treat an existing condition increases linearly across adulthood. Similarly, use of manipulative and body-based methods and mind-body interventions increases through age 84 but then drops off among older adults.?

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 12/p. 26

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