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Date:3/3/2009

re are three tiers of "organic" labeling - "100% organic," "organic," and "made with organic ingredients" - and they all mean different things.
  • A chicken that gets as little as 5 minutes of open-air access daily qualifies as "free range."
  • To read the full report on food labeling, go to www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org.

    SHOULD WOMEN TAKE VIAGRA?

    While the Food and Drug Administration has not approved Viagra or similar sex-enhancing drugs for use in women, many doctors prescribe it as an off-label drug. Consumer Reports notes that for most women, the erectile dysfunction drug holds little promise. However, some women who take antidepressants and suffer sexual problems as a side effect may be helped. Even then, other strategies should be considered first. To read the full report on Viagra, go to www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org.

    TIPS FOR BUILDING A HOME GYM FOR LESS THAN $100

    In these trying economic times, a home gym offers a convenient and cost-effective work out that can be more affordable than a costly gym membership. A new guide from Consumer Reports provides tips for building a home gym for under $100. The following items are not only inexpensive but, when combined, they also offer a diverse workout:

    • Dumbbells to tone muscles. Costs about $6 to $60 a pair
    • Elastic bands or tubes for resistance training. Costs about $10 to $15 each
    • Stability ball to add variety to workouts. Costs about $20 to $40
    • Exercise mat to cushion joints. Costs about $13 to $20
    • Workout DVDs that include strength, flexibility, and cardio routines. Costs about $15 each

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