The Fine Print

OK. Here’s the Fine Print Remix. In plain English.


I’m not a doctor. I’m not even a Registered Dietician (Thank goodness!), though I do have post-graduate training in nutrition, an extensive career in horticulture and environmental science, not to mention a mad penchant for research. (More about me.)

What can I say? I’m a geek for what I care about, and I like to really take apart a subject, and look at it from many angles.

Please know that although I do my very best to provide credible, defensible information that might make a difference in your life (like it has mine), this blog reflects my personal experience and nothing I write is in any way meant to constitute medical advice and should not be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis or courses of treatment.

Any statements or claims about the possible health benefits conferred by any foods or supplements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Ultimately you are response-able for making your own informed decisions about your diet, lifestyle, and healthcare. Google is Your Friend.

And, for heaven’s sake, please don’t print out one of my articles and take it to your health care practitioner as “evidence” of anything!

Bloggers are SECONDARY sources of information, and no credible medical or dental professional will be swayed by anything other than PRIMARY sources of information—such as the writings of other scientists and experts.

This is why I provide primary sources in my articles whenever possible, usually listed as links within the text and/or as resources at the end of the post.

Print those out and nail your doctor with them. 😀


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By linking to the products I use myself, I really hope to make it easy for you to find the ingredients and resources you need to make those yummy, grain-free dishes, or build that compost pile, or make your own household cleaners.

To a great extent, every dollar we spend is a vote for how we want the world to be.

So, if you like what you read here, and would like to see it continue, it would be most generous of you to purchase your real food ingredients and other natural living items through the links, sponsors and Sustainability Shop on this site.

Thank you so much for your support!


I moderate comments.

Yup. It’s my site, so I can do that. I usually don’t, even when a commenter disagrees with the post at hand, because I respect feedback and dialogue A LOT. It’s how we best learn new things and evolve in spirit—when we do it with an open mind and compassionate heart to each other, anyway.

And that’s why I moderate comments.

I will brook no trolls.* Period.

Also, if you publish an anonymous comment, or a comment with an email address that doesn’t work, or a link to a private company, your comment will be considered spam by my blog software and eliminated.

* Troll – /trol/ noun. Someone who posts condescending, inflammatory, ad hominem, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. I would also include in this definition, people who buzz in for one comment to angrily disagree, but have no sense of the mission, history or audience of the blog, and no intention of staying for a respectful dialogue.

In abundance,


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