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Fracking’s Air Pollution: Disgusting, Toxic and Legal

5 Written by: | Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 11:03am

This massive fracking well is ~15 acres and is located at the top of a flattened mountain in Doddridge County, W.V. Trucks get to well by driving up a narrow 2 mile country road lined with about 40 homes.

“What’s that smell?”

I asked that question when I caught a whiff of metallic gas while standing in Lyndia’s front yard.  Her house is four hours west of Baltimore in West Union, a town in Doddridge County, West Virginia. Ten active fracking wells sit within one mile of her home.

Doddridge County is a hot spot in our country’s fracking boom. I visited the fracking fields there last June to learn first-hand what it’s like to be a “fracking neighbor.” I define fracking neighbor as someone who lives near a natural gas hydrofracturing, a.k.a. fracking, well. According to the Wall Street Journal, 15.3 million people live within one mile of a fracking well. In only nine years, five percent of Americans are now fracking neighbors, and that’s because 100,000 fracking wells have been drilled across 31 states. 

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Featured, Health and Fitness

Amputee Gets Two Psychic Limbs from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

0 Written by: | Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 10:33am


For years, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab has been creating amazing prosthetic limbs that are so sophisticated that they can be controlled by the human brain.

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Health and Fitness, Sponsored Post

2 Health Nuts Offer a Healthier ‘Milk & Cookie’ Treat to Leave for Santa

0 Written by: | Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 10:00am


a note from the 2 Health Nuts:

The countdown begins…1 week until Santa Claus comes to town! In keeping with our “Thursday Treat” mantra, we wanted to provide you with a healthier alternative to the usual cookies and milk left for the “big guy” on Christmas Eve. Once again, we give credit to the fabulous Diane Sanfilippo for the fabulous recipe!

“Fig Brownies”

3/4 cup unsalted butter, ghee, or coconut oil, melted, plus additional for greasing dish
1 tsp. organic, all-natural vanilla extract
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup honey
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1 1/2 cups organic cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup chopped dried figs

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch-square glass or ceramic baking dish.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted fat, vanilla, eggs, honey, and lemon juice until well combined.
3. In a small bowl, mix the almond flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Add the dry mixture to the wet and stir until well combined. Stir in the figs and pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
4. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool in the baking dish for 30 minutes.
5. Cut into squares before serving.

Serves 18 small, or 9 large, brownies; perfect to share with family, friends, Santa, and his elves!



Featured, Health and Fitness

Baltimore’s New Health Commissioner is a TED Talk Superstar

0 Written by: | Monday, Dec 15, 2014 9:53am


This month, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake appointed Dr. Leana Wen as commissioner of the Baltimore City Health Department. Usually, this sort of thing, as important as it is, isn’t something we’d pay attention to. But Wen isn’t your average city administrator.

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Health and Fitness, Lifeline

There’s Now Room For Your Bike on Weekend MARC Trains

0 Written by: | Friday, Dec 12, 2014 5:10pm

photo via MTA

photos via MTA

Starting Saturday (Dec. 13), MARC Penn line passengers will be allowed to bring bikes on weekend trains. Read More →

Health and Fitness

What Twitter Can Tell Us About Mental Illness

0 Written by: | Friday, Dec 12, 2014 10:28am

Public health experts have turned to social media to get a sense of how the flu is spreading. But what can Twitter tell us about mental illnesses like PTSD, depression, and bipolar? Some Johns Hopkins scientists set out to find out.

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Food & Drink, Health and Fitness, Sponsored Post

Exclusive Sneak Peek at Hummtastic Hummus from 2 Health Nuts

0 Written by: | Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 1:00pm


The “2 Health Nuts” are “nutty” for hummus! Looking for the perfect hostess or teacher gift? Maybe you simply want to treat yourself? Take a peek at the newest addition to the 2 Health Nuts family…coming 2015! Let’s just say, its HUMMTASTIC! Check out their Facebook page for more details!


Health and Fitness, Money & Power

Local CharmedBar Owners Market Snack Bars to Women

0 Written by: | Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 11:00am


From citybizlist –

Working “like a charm”

Sometimes, entrepreneurship for its own sake isn’t the goal. Instead, it’s the result of a quest to solve a problem.

Debbi Ascher had been on a 20-year journey of trial and error managing her ulcerative colitis and its considerable challenges. She discovered that eliminating gluten, grains, dairy, hormone-disrupting soy and refined sugars from her diet enabled her also to eliminate all prescription medicine, including steroids. Still missing, though, were ready-made, portable options that met her needs among the myriad “health and energy bars” on the market. Read More →

Health and Fitness

Johns Hopkins Contributed to Experimental Ebola Drug

0 Written by: | Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 10:34am

Back in August, the Ebola epidemic was spreading out of control, a few infected health care workers were given an experimental treatment that many hoped would prove to be the cure for the deadly virus.

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Health and Fitness

Giveaway! Body Shop’s Colour Crush Nails Collection

33 Written by: | Friday, Dec 05, 2014 2:45pm

Body Shop's "5-free" Colour Crush Nails collection leaves out 5 nasty chemicals.

Body Shop’s “5-free” Colour Crush Nails collection leaves out 5 nasty chemicals.

You did read our How Green is Your Mani-Pedi? post, right?  Now that you are more informed about the toxins not in your nail polish, it’s time to give eco-friendly nail products a try and The Body Shop is here to help.  With the company’s tagline, “Beauty with Heart,” the Body Shop is known for keeping people, animals and the planet in mind when developing personal care products.

Leave a comment below to enter the Baltimore Fishbowl Body Shop Colour Crush Nails Collection Giveaway. Three winners will be chosen on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.  Each kit will be mailed to the winner and will include eight Colour Crush nail varnishes, a Body Shop Gentle Nail Filer, a Body Shop Nail Art Pen and the much gentler and new Sweet Almond Oil Nail Varnish Remover. The gift basket is worth $90 at Body Shop stores.

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