Switchel (Haymakers Punch): Nature’s Healthy Gatorade

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist


refreshing switchel

Switchel, also called Haymakers’ Punch, is a refreshing drink that originated in the Caribbean. It is a tasty, slightly effervescent beverage made of water mixed with vinegar, sweetened with molasses, and sometimes lightly flavored with ginger. Honey, brown sugar, or maple syrup are also used in various locally adapted versions.

Switchel made its way from the islands to the American colonies becoming a popular summertime drink by the late 1600’s. Gradually over the next 200 years, “switchy” became the traditional drink of choice to serve to thirsty farmers harvesting hay, hence other popular names like Haymakers’ Punch.

Vermont has a variation called Haymaker’s Oat Water that uses oats and molasses. While I’ve never been fond of that particular adaptation, I absolutely love switchel when made with honey, raw apple cider vinegar and ginger! It is the perfect beverage to make if you are out of kombucha or Jun tea and need a beneficial probiotic beverage that can be made quickly (kombucha and Jun both take about a week).

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Birth Order and Intelligence

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

best birth spacing

I read an article the other day that really got me thinking – Sorry Kid, But First-Borns Really Are Smarter.  The article details how a study of 90 pairs of siblings in high school showed that first borns had higher IQs and were more perfectionist while later borns had higher grades and were more extroverted.

The article also suggests that perhaps the reason first borns are smarter is because at some point in their lives, they were the only ones that received their parents’ attention.

I thought this was a very incomplete explanation as the eldest having the higher aptitude (and being healthier in general) would likely be the case even for adopted children or those from single parent families where the child is in daycare much of the time.

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Coffee Enemas and the Effects on Gut Flora

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

coffee enemas and gut flora

Detoxification is an important tool to maintain health in this age we live in where the entire planet from pole to pole regularly tests for the presence of toxins and pollution.

When it comes to detoxing protocols, none hold a candle to the coffee enema.

So powerful are coffee enemas for rapidly and effectively removing toxins from the body that the most successful alternative cancer therapies in the world rely on them extensively with several per day recommended for extreme cases. This includes protocols offered by the Gerson Institute and holistic oncologist Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez MD (tragically deceased under suspicious circumstances) among others.

When a person first contemplates the use of coffee enemas to cleanse body systems from accumulated toxins, a very common question initially comes to mind, “Will a coffee enema help or hurt beneficial gut flora?”

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Response to Dr. Daniel’s Report on Fermented Cod Liver Oil

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

cod liver oil off the spoon

After initial review of Kaayla Daniel PhD’s report on Green Pasture Products, I felt it necessary to state my current position as a consumer and as a Board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

I know it is important to many of you that I weigh in on this issue since it is potentially so upsetting to those who have been using Green Pasture Products and giving them to your children like I have for years.

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Why is France Thumbing Its Nose at Vaccines (in a big way)?

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

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The French people are no fools. As a culture, France seems to see through clever marketing ploys concocted by abusive corporations intent on perverting the laws of honest capitalism for their own profit. And, the French people seem to catch on long before most other countries raise a collective eyebrow.

In 1992, for example, more than two decades before Americans finally started to turn their backs on fast food, French citizens were protesting in the streets against McDonalds. The activism spilled into violent confrontation as protesters lit a bonfire outside a McDonald’s and again in 1999 when José Bové dismantled a McDonald’s under construction in South France with the help of a group of fellow farmers.

France doesn’t trust Monsanto either as the country has banned the sale of herbicides containing deadly glyphosate (Roundup) at French nurseries and mandated the labeling of GMOs along with restrictions on their cultivation.

This collective distrust of corporate ulterior motives extends to the vaccine industry as well. Since 2005, the doubts of the French public along with a large percentage of its medical doctors over the safety and effectiveness of vaccines has continued to skyrocket.

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