Commentary – All Natural Irritability

In growing numbers, Americans are bypassing traditional medicine and getting "back to nature" for what ails them. From chamomile tea to St. John’s Wort, herbal remedies are becoming wildly popular. The move toward nature could be a sign that we are finally understanding our connections to the Earth. Then again, Great Lakes Radio Consortium commentator, Julia King, wonders if we aren’t just trading one vice for another:

Epa’s Dioxin Report Flawed?

Within the next few weeks the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency is scheduled to release a controversial report on the health
of dioxin. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Lester Graham reports…
some scientists think the draft of the report is flawed:

Creating Electricity From Human Waste

With the planet’s population at 6 billion and growing, it’s
becoming more challenging to handle all the human waste. Now,
scientists may have a way to reduce that waste, while at the same time,
creating clean electricity. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Wendy
Nelson reports:


Canadian researchers have developed a genetically altered
salmon. Dubbed "Frankenfish" by the public, the designer salmon grow
about eight times faster – and as much as 37 times larger – than normal
salmon. While fish farmers are hoping to bring their latest catch to
a dinner table near you, Great Lakes Radio Consortium commentator
Suzanne Elston finds the whole thing rather unappetizing:

Talking to the Chameleon

Chameleons are known for the signals they send with their
bodies. In just 30 seconds, they can change dramatically. But
chameleons don’t hear well. And scientists thought they didn’t
communicate with sound. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Karen
Kelly reports, an amateur pet owner has proved them wrong:

Living Next to Wild Neighbors

People moving out to wooded lots in the suburbs are finding
those lots are already inhabited. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s
Lester Graham reports… some homeowners are battling nature,
but others are finding ways to live in harmony with it: