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Beauty lessons from a dropout

health and fitness Updated: Sep 03, 2007 02:10 IST
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I read about this case on the net, and couldn’t help being fascinated by the point the protagonist was making. Nicky Taylor is a 42-year-old divorced mother of three children, who turned into a sceptic one morning. She wondered if all the make-up and lotions she put into her skin were all that useful? She decided to do something drastic: give them up plus give up bathing, brushing her teeth, washing her face and everything else for 40 days. It was very difficult for her to digest her decision but not for others, who would not have noticed till she made the mistake of telling them.

But she came to the conclusion that you don't need so much stuff to look fine. A simple organic shampoo, a conditioner, some lotion and soap is all she really needs anymore.

The moral of this story, from Taylor's perspective, is that you don't need to pump yourself with cosmetics. Given that many cosmetics contain paraben, which is linked to breast cancer, this experiment was to see if she could live like a social being with her friends and co-workers without looking 'perfect.' You can live with much less than the advertisements would have you believe. And consuming less and selectively will be good for the planet too.

Melting America

Mike Tidwell is an East Coast environmentalist who is carrying warning bells for all of the US.

He has been speaking about his newest book, The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America’s Coastal Cities paints a grim but avoidable scenario. He believes that the Untied States is enveloped in Global Warming big time. In many public readings from his book, he predicts that Katrina will happen again, and coastal cities like New York and Miami have less and less of a future. He predicts that the future of Miami will be something like the present of New Orleans. But unlike many others, Tidwell is optimistic.

He famously said, "Katrina opened the door and Al Gore walked through it." His own home is run on corn fuel, with the crop grown locally by a Maryland farmer. This does not mean a lot of transport, provides livelihoods and saves him the bother of choosing between one dirty fuel and another.

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