Lynn Stratton

Lynn Stratton

Lynn Stratton worked for the St. Petersburg Times as a news archivist, copy editor and staff writer until recently, when she started her own writing and editing business. Before that, she taught at USF for 15 years. Originally from NYC, she spends her spare time walking her standard poodle, Harry, and working in her butterfly garden, where she's had 6 species of caterpillars so far this year.
Lynn Stratton
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By: Lynn Stratton In a previous column on childhood vaccinations, I referred to the increase in the number of vaccines required for children over the past few decades. It should not surprise you that there has been a similar increase in the number of vaccinations required for our dogs and cats,…

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Many years ago, the manufacturers of hair care products discovered that they could double their sales by putting a single word on the back of a shampoo bottle: Repeat. And for years, I dutifully followed their directions. I washed my hair, rinsed it, and then washed it again. Until one…

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by: Lynn Stratton Breathe deeply, wherever you are, and what do you smell? Chances are you’re surrounded by a pleasing scent, whether it’s floral, or woodsy, or fruity (Thai Dragon Fruit, anyone?). Or perhaps it’s the scent of fresh linen or ocean breeze, or any one of dozens of euphemistically named…

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Trying to make sure that what we feed our children will make them healthy instead of sick is difficult enough today, what with acres of junk foods in every supermarket and fast food restaurants on nearly every corner selling food that’s been so overprocessed it barely seems like food anymore….

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We’ve all seen the ads, and we’ve all seen, even bought, the products being rolled out by the thousands, proclaiming they’re either low-fat or no-fat. And, prodded by the food manufacturers and the government, we dutifully toss out our butter, our sour cream, our dressings, and stock our pantries with…

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 Find out What is Really in your Pet’s Food By: Lynn Stratton You may have seen a movie years ago called Soylent Green, in which the hero, to his horror, discovers that what the overpopulated Earth’s inhabitants have been eating for years is actually made of euthanized old people. Would it…

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By: Lynn Stratton You have to love summer in Florida, the season of fresh fruit and vegetables overflowing from displays at supermarkets and produce stands around the state. What most of us don’t think about when we reach for those gorgeous blueberries or that perfect peach is that we wouldn’t have…

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If you google “aspartame,” the results will take you literally days to wade through-believe me, I know. I’ve been sifting through it for days. There’s more than enough information, research, and speculation out there on the subject to fill volumes, and this is just a small article. So rather than…

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By: Lynn Stratton I stopped at a well-known marketplace to grab some sushi to take back to the office for lunch the other day, but my search ended dismally when I saw aspartame, otherwise known as Nutrasweet or Equal, listed as an ingredient in most of the packages laid out in…

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By: Lynn Stratton In my previous article, I looked at the proliferation of lower-sugar and sugar-free products in our food supply. Here, I’d like to look at a different angle: whether those products are really any different from the sugary ones in the way our bodies respond to them. After all, given…

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