Organic Mattresses Scottsboro AL

You can keep such bothersome substances out of your bedroom is by investing in a mattress made from a material like organic cotton, which is grown without pesticides and is also more likely to be free of other chemicals.

Haynes Home Furnishings
(256) 228-3577
5089 Tammy Little Dr
Section, AL
 
North Alabama Glass Company
(256) 353-9181
625 2nd Ave SE
Decatur, AL
 
Rudd Furniture Company
(334) 356-7171
5240 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, AL
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Spiller Furniture
(334) 636-8484
33045 Hwy 43
Thomasville, AL
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Decatur Upholstering Co
(256) 353-6934
1654 5th Ave SE
Decatur, AL
 
Norm's Upholstery & Auto Trim Inc
(256) 776-6626
170 Shooting Star Trl
Gurley, AL
 
Dykes Cabinet Shop
(334) 742-9327
303 Lee Road 446
Opelika, AL
 
Chambers Furniture Inc
(334) 613-0750
6021 Troy Hwy
Montgomery, AL
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A-1 Custom Upholstery
(251) 653-2211
6271 Spanish Trail Ct
Theodore, AL
 
Wright Place The
(256) 247-5789
2294 County 35 Rd
Rogersville, AL
 
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Purifying the Bedroom
Q Are natural mattresses and pillows a better choice?

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Yes. Conventional bedding can be a source of potentially troublesome chemicals.

These include polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, which have long been used as fire retardants in polyurethane foam mattresses and pillows. Like PCBs, they can accumulate in human tissue, says Tom McDonald, a toxicologist at the California Environmental Protection Agency; animal studies suggest they could harm children’s developing brains and reproductive organs. The good news is that PBDE production will be phased out nationwide by the end of this year.

There are also other chemicals in conventional bedding—including bleach, dyes, and formaldehyde—that can trigger chemical sensitivity in some people.

You can keep such bothersome substances out of your bedroom is by investing in a mattress made from a material like organic cotton, which is grown without pesticides and is also more likely to be free of other chemicals. One place to find such natural bedding products is at Ecobedroom ( www.ecobedroom.com ). If you prefer a foam mattress, you might try Ikea, the Swedish furniture company, which has developed a fire-safe foam that contains no PBDEs.

Outside Help, Inside Pain
Q Can MSM or glucosamine creams ease achy joints?

A Probably not. While most researchers agree that glucosamine supplements can ease joint pain, they doubt that topical creams containing glucosamine or MSM pack the punch their makers claim.

With glucosamine, the problem is absorption, says Erin Arnold, a rheumatologist at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute in Morton Grove, Illinois. “Glucosamine is a huge molecule, and it’s difficult to figure out how to get it in the cream so it’s absorbed,” she says. If the particles can’t penetrate deeply enough to reach the joint cartilage, they can’t help. One small Australian study recently found a benefit from cream-based glucosamine, but the effect can probably be credited to the camphor that was mixed with it, says Jason Theodosakis, author of The Arthritis Cure. As for MSM, there’s little evidence that it’s helpful in either oral or topical form.

Better bets for natural arthritis creams include those with menthol, camphor, or capsaicin, the ingredient responsible for the heat in hot peppers.

A Plethora of Protein
Q Should I worry about eating too much protein?

A If you’re not pumping up your intake, you don’t have much to worry about. The American Dietetic Association recommends 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. If you’re a 135-pound woman, that’s about 49 grams—what you’d get from a daily diet that includes a 4-ounce serving of salmon, 8 ounces of yogurt, and a handful of nuts.

However, if you’re following one of the ragingly popular low-carb, high-protein diets, you might have reason to worry. “People on these diets are easily getting twice as much protein as they need,” says Dave Grotto, director of nutrition educ...

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