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This Week in Wellness

As self-described wellness geeks, we spend plenty of time on the internet, tracking down new information about everything from meditation to the chemicals in our beauty products. In our weekly update, we share the best of the best with you, just in time to add them to your weekend reading list.

  • There Is No Safe Smoking Level

    There Is No Safe Smoking Level

    Washington Post

    Bad news for occasional smokers: Even a small level of smoking—less than one cigarette a day—can significantly increase your risk of lung cancer. (If you’ve really tried everything, there’s always hypnosis).

  • Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops

    Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops

    NPR

    There are competing theories for why US life expectancy has dropped for the first time in decades (none can be confirmed based on our existing data set), but demographers agree that the finding is concerning, whether it’s a short-term blip or the beginning of a longer trend.

  • London's Mayor Will Spend $1 Billion on Cycling Improvements

    London's Mayor Will Spend $1 Billion on Cycling Improvements

    Fast Company

    While we won’t pretend we’re the first in line for London bike rentals during the cold winter months, it’s promising that the city’s new mayor (who just took office this year) is so committed to cycling. Any excuse to buy this amazing inflatable helmet

  • Non-Toxic Choices in Black Cosmetics

    Non-Toxic Choices in Black Cosmetics

    EWG

    EWG has a concerning new study out this week on the market for black beauty products, and the relative lack of non-toxic products available for women of color. (For further reading on toxic vs. non-toxic beauty options, look out for our clean beauty bible, which is available for pre-order now).

  • Tuna, Mercury, and Coal

    Tuna, Mercury, and Coal

    The Scientific American

    A fascinating story examining the link between coal and mercury in tuna. The good news: As coal-fired power plants have decreased, so have mercury levels. The bad news: If coal gets a boost during the next administration, we could see a reverse of that trend.

  • Can You Get Too Much Protein?

    Can You Get Too Much Protein?

    The New York Times

    A deep-dive into the complicated science around protein intake (and the often inconsistent advice nutritionists offer on the subject).

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