Noteworthy Notes, March 2015 Edition

Time for our monthly trip around cyberspace for tidbits.

Just in: Newsweek published an article on how water fluoridation might be linked to increases in ADHD diagnoses. I personally thought there were too many question marks to draw conclusions, but if you have alarmist tendencies, you may want to get a filter that takes out the fluoride or start adding to the world's plastic-trash heap by buying bottled water.

Lovely pic from the City site

If you're curious about the City of Bellevue, I found this: "In January 2011, the concentration of fluoride was reduced from 1 part per million to 0.8 part per million, the lowest concentration in the acceptable range defined by the WA State Department of Health. Based on surveys conducted by the Seattle-King County Health Department and the University of Washington School of Dentistry, there has been a 49 percent reduction in dental decay as a result of adding fluoride to drinking water."

In heartening news, I'll bet you heard how McDonald's has decided to go with antibiotic-free chicken in the long run. Meaning, suppliers of their chicken will (gradually) not dose their chickens prophylactically with antibiotics, something that contributes to antibiotic-resistant bugs.

Awesome! The pic from the McDonald's website includes the tagline!

Now supposing you recoil at the thought of fast food and tend to clog up the aisles at Whole Foods instead. You'll be happy to hear I found this article on relative "bargains" to be found there. Basically, rejoice if you love organic tofu, almond milk, organic frozen berries, coconut oil, and such. Some of the items found were plain silly (dried basil!), but it was nice to know about the berries, since we've been on our smoothie kick. And it's always worthwhile to know where I can find the cheapest hearts of palm (what? you mean people actually buy those, and they don't just stay on the store shelf for decades?). Not to mention vegan "cheese"--don't get me started.

Man, if that doesn't make your mouth water, I don't know what will

If it's all just too much trouble, Puget Sound Business Journal named these "5 Cheapest, Most Delicious Restaurants in Seattle" from Urbanspoon's annual list. Clearly I need to get out more. Paseo, anyone?

Unless you'd rather have the heart-of-palm salad with vegan cheese