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Dealing with Supermarket Mystery Meat

Grilling season kicks off on Memorial Day. But there’s pink slime in the hamburgers! The idea that you could be eating up to 25% “lean, finely textured beef” (a.k.a. LFTB, a cheap filler made from ammonia-treated beef trimmings) isn’t just...

Your Pre-Death To-Do List

Death is a fact of life. So why do so few of us plan for it? Nearly two-thirds of Americans haven’t done even basic estate planning, according to a recent Forbes article. Thankfully, my father wasn’t among them. As I discovered after he died,...

Supreme Court Debates Health Care Law

This has been a big week at the Supreme Court, as justices heard arguments relating to the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010—but is now being challenged.  At the core of the law is the “individual mandate”: the requirement...

Organic’s Dirty Little Secret

Remember when Victoria’s “Secret” came out last December? The lingerie company had been buying cotton for its “fair-trade, organic-cotton” underwear line from a farm in Africa that used child labor. This infuriated customers who assumed they had...

The Economics of Birth Control

Despite the roiling debate over the new health care law, which would offer greater insurance coverage for women’s birth control, one vital point is largely being ignored. We’re referring to the outcry over the Affordable Care Act, in case you’ve...

Raising $ for Medical Musts

Know someone with sky-high healthcare bills? You might. Three million households spend 18% of their incomes on out-of-pocket medical expenses. It’s an awful burden, on top of a crisis or chronic illness. Now you can help with GiveForward.How it...

Why Companies Pay You to Get Fit

Hey you, working at your computer, sitting for eight hours straight. Want to make some money for becoming healthier? “Wellness programs” are increasingly available as part of employee benefits packages—and before open enrollment season ends, you...

Burn Calories, Not Cash

Spring is coming, and you feel angst every time you look at all those fit babes in the Athleta catalog. Right? Before you sprint to the nearest gym, crunch the numbers: one national chain charges a $250 enrollment fee, plus $75 a month. That’s a...

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