barbecueHamburgers and grilling are perhaps two of America’s more enduring traditions and the barbecue season is now in full swing. A common question asked by S. Paine on Facebook went as follows:

“I am all for eating beef but I read that barbecue method of cooking is bad. Supposedly, it forms carcinogenic compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and also components called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

chlorinated poolsAn important topic to explore as we head into the summer season is chlorinated pools.

Chlorine is popular because it handles the three main jobs in keeping a swimming pool clean: It sanitizes (kills bacteria and germs), oxidizes (controls organic debris from perspiration and body oils), and deters algae. The chemical is unpopular,