Category Archives: Health

Costco Stops Selling Monsanto’s Roundup

By MCNS Staff

Big box company Costco will no longer sell Roundup.

Big box company Costco will no longer sell Roundup.

Costco is the first major retailer to cease sales of Roundup and other products that contain glyphosate.

Glyphosate, a main component and active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup has made headlines over the past decade regarding its link to cancer. Now Costco has ceased selling all herbicides that contain glyphosate.

DeWayne Johnson, a 46 year-old Black father of 3 young boys, was awarded a $289 million dollar judgment last year by a California jury which ruled that his terminal cancer was the direct result of exposure to glyphosate while working as a grounds keeper for the Benicia, California Unified School District. This judgment opened the floodgates for thousands of other cases against Monsanto, which is now owned by Bayer.

Earlier this year, as a follow up to this ruling, the activist group Moms Across America sponsored a petition on change.org that received over 89,000 signatures asking Costco, Lowes, and Home Depot to stop selling Roundup.

Costco was the first retailer to take action. According to change.org, Bryce Wentworth, buyer for Costco’s lawn and garden center, communicated that “Costco is constantly reviewing its lineup, and is NOT PLANNING TO SELL Roundup (#glyphosate-based) this season.”

Now Home Depot and Lowes are next at bat to take similar actions.

Report: Plant Proteins are Better for Cardiovascular Health

A new report shows that non-meat proteins such as nuts are better for heart health.

A new report shows that non-meat proteins such as nuts are better for heart health.

By MCNS Staff

A team of researchers from France and the U.S. has found that protein from meat is linked to a significant increase in the risk of heart disease, while plant proteins are good for the heart. The aim of the study was to examine the link between specific patterns of protein intake with cardiovascular death.

More than 80,000 men and women were studied based on their diets and level of meat consumption. The research showed that individuals who consumed large amounts of meat protein had a 60 percent increase in cardiovascular disease risk. However, individuals who had a high intake of protein from other sources such as nuts and seeds had a 40 percent decrease in cardiovascular disease risk.

For more on the study, click here.

Beyonce and Jay-Z Encourage Fans to Become Vegans

In a new book, Beyonce and Jay-Z urge fans to adopt veganism.

In a new book, Beyonce and Jay-Z urge fans to adopt veganism.

By MCNS Staff

Beyonce and Jay-Z have written about becoming vegans in the introduction of a new book by Beyoncé’s trainer, Marco Borges. The new book is entitled The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World.

“Having children has changed our lives more than anything else,” they wrote in the intro. “We used to think of health as a diet—some worked for us, some didn’t. Once we looked at health as the truth, instead of a diet, it became a mission for us to share that truth and lifestyle with as many people as possible.”

“We all have a responsibility to stand up for our health and the health of the planet,” they continued. “Let’s take this stand together. Let’s spread the truth. Let’s make this mission a movement. Let’s become ‘the Greenprint.’”

They also said that eating more plant-based meals has a “profound impact on our health and the environment.”

According to sources, the couple became vegans in 2013, when they participated in a 22-day vegan challenge.

Household Cleaning Products Could Lead to Children Obesity

Common household cleaning supplies could lead to child obesity.

Common household cleaning supplies could lead to child obesity.

By MCNS Staff

Commonly used household cleaners could be making children overweight by altering their gut microbiota, as recently suggested by a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

It was determined that babies living in households that used eco-friendly cleaners had different microbiota and were less likely to be overweight as toddlers.

The study gives caution to parents who use seemingly innocuous household products. These supplies may not only be harmful to the environment, but also to their children.

For more information on the study, click here.