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Fruits and Veggies Lower Death Rate by 42% and Create Local Jobs

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

There are three surprising facts about food that almost no one knows - and they absolutely impact the life expectancy and health of you and yours.

Start with this: British researchers studied 65,000 people over 7 years, and found that people who ate seven portions of fruits or vegetables every day have a 42% lower death rate than those who ate just 4 or fewer servings![1] The Centers for Disease Control studies show that only 11% of Americans eat that much![2]

The second interesting fact is that today's fruits and veggies are missing a lot of vitamins and minerals those same crops had 50 years ago. A woman eating a peach in 1951 got around 25 times…

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Scientists Are Asking "Can You Hear Me Now?"

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

When we think and our responsibility to our kids and grandkids to try to protect them from the many potentially harmful changes in our physical world, the people who we look to for accurate information are highly trained scientists.   They are the experts in topics like cancer or heart disease or chemicals in the drinking water, or the rising rate of autism.

In America, there is one issue where what scientists think does not count much with the general public – climate change and its cousin, global warming.   The United States has a significantly smaller percent of its population convinced that climate change is real than virtually all of the other…

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Fixing a Painful Reality for the Working Poor - Lack of Dental Care

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

A few weeks ago a courteous 20 something young man knocked on my door and asked if I had any yard work he could do to earn money.   My garden needed to be made ready for spring, so we agreed on the task, and he set to work with lots of energy and care. An hour or so later I found him sitting on the ground holding his jaw with tears in his eyes. He had a suddenly developed a tooth ache. My heart went out to him.

I offered to drive him to his dentist. "Cannot afford one”, he said.   I told him I would try to contact the local public health clinic. I called and was told in most counties the public health department does not have…

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