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Homemade Vapor Rub for Colds (and Sore Muscles)

Posted in Featured Posts, Green Parenting, Health & Nutrition, Natural Remedies, Personal Care | 6 comments

With cold and flu season upon us, many people reach for the trusty Vapor Rub to soothe their coughing and congestion. But have you looked at the ingredients in the average off-the-shelf metholated salve?

After helpful essential oils like camphor and menthol, name brand chest rubs also contain things like petrolatum, turpentine oil, methylparaben…

Yikes!

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Why Eating Meat (or Eggs or Dairy) Won’t Kill You

Posted in Health & Nutrition | 24 comments

Lately, animal products like eggs, dairy, and especially red meat have been blamed for cancer, heart disease and a host of other health problems.

If you went by the headlines, you would think that everyone is going to die if they don’t switch to a vegan diet, like, yesterday. But humans have been eating animal products without ill health effects for our entire existence.

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Is Pork Bad for You?

Posted in Foodprints, Health & Nutrition | 10 comments

People tend to be of only one of two minds about pork: On one side there are those who claim pork is unclean (or traif) because of religious prohibitions or unhealthy because of the way the animal eats or is raised.

On the other side are those who greatly enjoy “the other white meat,” including traditional cultures like the long-lived Okinawans and Caucasian Georgians who eat pork in some form almost every day.

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20 Ways to Avoid the Toxins in Plastic

Posted in Featured Posts, Health & Nutrition, Non-Toxic Home, Sustainability | 52 comments

While I am no big fan of plastic because it is made from petroleum, it is nevertheless an unavoidable part of modern life in the U.S.  Therefore, it is extra important to separate the “good” plastics from the ones that can leach harmful chemicals like BPA, BPSphthalates, xenoestrogens, lead and antimony into food, beverages and the environment.

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DIY Thieves Oil: A Safe, Natural Disinfectant & Health Aid

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Natural Remedies, Personal Care | 54 comments

With cold and flu season in full swing, everyone should have a bottle of Thieves oil in their natural first aid kit to help kill germs in your body and around your home.

Powerful and versatile, Thieves oil will stimulate the immune system, circulation and respiratory system, and help protect against the flu, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throats, cuts, and more. Here’s how to make it… 

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10 Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Natural Remedies | 42 comments

Considering that communicable diseases like colds and flu are highly contagious and have no cure other than to run their course, your best bet is to prevent becoming ill in the first place.

But, even if you do get sick this season, the severity and longevity of illness is highly dependent on the strength of your immune system and your body’s ability to fight off the invading virus. 

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Eliminate Stress, Anxiety and Panic in 57 Seconds

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Natural Remedies | 18 comments

Whether it’s financial woes, health issues, or just loneliness and busy traffic, people are under more low-level, chronic stress than at any other time in history. Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress and the CDC estimates that up to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.

Americans are so stressed out that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace that costs American industry more than $300 billion annually.

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How Stress Makes You Sick (and Some Things You Can Do About It)

Posted in Health & Nutrition | 16 comments

People all over the world are more stressed out than ever. In the West, stress-related or stress-induced illnesses like anxiety, panic disorders, chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome, obesity, heart disease and even cancer are rampant, and people who heal from these ailments typically find that radical stress-reduction is a major part of their recovery. Here’s why…

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Why Sea Salt is Good for You (And Table Salt is Not)

Posted in Foodprints, Health & Nutrition | 42 comments

Salt has earned a bad reputation in recent years, so it may comes as a surprise to hear this ancient seasoning is actually crucial for good health.

Humans are made up of about 72% water and 28% mineral salts, (plus some bacteria, proteins and fatty acids). As such, there are two “oceans” of water in the body. One ocean is held inside the cells of our bodies, and the other ocean is the sea of fluid existing outside of our cells.

Your good health depends on a delicate balance between the volume of these two bodies of water, and this balance is achieved by salt—natural, unrefined mineral salts.

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Is Alzheimer’s Disease Caused by Diet?

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Videos | 53 comments

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is now as epidemic as heart disease, diabetes or cancer in the U.S., except Alzheimer’s is always fatal. Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death for all Americans, and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that can’t be cured, or even significantly slowed. 

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Are Organic Eggs a Scam?

Posted in Foodprints, Health & Nutrition | 34 comments

Finding eggs that are safe, nutritious and humanely raised can be a challenge for many people, and the labels on egg cartons certainly don’t help.

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The Cost of Nursing Your Sweet Tooth

Posted in Health & Nutrition | 8 comments

Just 100 years ago, there was only cane sugar, molasses, sorghum, honey and maple syrup available, and Americans each ate less than two pounds a year of them, total.

But today, whether from soda, snacks, cereal, pasta, bread or other packaged foods, Americans each eat the equivalent of 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, adding up to about 130 pounds of sugar per person, per year!

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How You Can Help Stop Monsanto

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Politics & Activism, Sustainability | 33 comments

Proposition 37, a citizen’s initiative on the California ballot this November, would mandate clear labeling of genetically engineered (GE or GMO) ingredients on all food packages. This has turned California into a battleground pitting consumer and farmer advocates against multi-billion-dollar agribusiness corporations.

And it may be the most important opportunity we will get to stop Monsanto and the insane and dangerous momentum of genetically engineered foods. 

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How Riding Your Bike Can Change the World

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Politics & Activism | 16 comments

What’s not to love about a bike? It’s low-cost transportation powered by renewable energy, a low-impact exercise for almost everyone in the family to enjoy, and an essential ingredient to creating cleaner, healthier, more sustainable cities. 

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How Safe is Your Sunscreen?

Posted in Green Parenting, Health & Nutrition, Non-Toxic Home | 32 comments

When I was pregnant with Babyzilla, I began researching safe sunscreens to protect her delicate baby skin. Most sunscreens have ingredients that are unpronounceable, and having sensitive skin, I’ve never been one to blindly trust the chemicals in most cosmetics and skin care products.

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