If there is one thing a parent needs to get comfortable with when raising children, it is a fever. In fact, when an illness doesn’t produce a fever, it can be beneficial to induce one artificially, a process known as fever bath or fever therapy.
I was gifted my very first Jun tea culture in recent months from a friend who told me that he seemed to digest it even better than the fermented drink known as kombucha.
I was excited to learn of a ferment made with honey and green tea instead of black tea and sugar, which is what you use when making kombucha.
In 2001, shortly after I first began brewing kombucha, a Chinese friend who came to dinner told me her mother had made a very similar drink when she was a child growing up in Guangdong Province. The difference? Her mother made the ferment with green tea and honey.
Ever since that night, I’ve been intrigued by this mysterious ferment. Now I know it was very likely Jun tea.
The growing diabetes epidemic has spawned a whole new industry of alternative sweeteners called sugar alcohols that consumers view as healthy because they are not artificial like aspartame. These products with low glycemic indexes are aggressively marketed to the overweight and those with insulin problems as ideal sugar substitutes because they are derived from natural plant based sources.
These sugar alcohols, also known as polyols, are interestingly comprised of neither sugar nor alcohol. The most familiar of these are xylitol, erythritol, mannitol, and sorbitol.
By Tom Cowan MD, author The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care
Croup, otherwise known as largeotracheobronchits–meaning inflammation of the larynx, trachea and bronchitis–is one of the most common occurrences in children between the ages of six months and three years old. The condition is thought to be an inflammatory reaction to any number of common viral infections.
Croup usually begins with a runny nose, and a day or so later, the child develops a tight barking cough that closely resembles the bark of a seal. The cough usually comes in frequent paroxysms or waves, and then the child is relatively quiet in the interim periods. The cough is tight, not wet, but also not wheezy as occurs with asthma. The tightness occurs because the larynx or windpipe is narrowed; therefore the child “pushes” hard to expel the air. Hence the bark and tight sound.
If there is one truism in the world of food manufacturing, it is this:
If a particular whole food becomes popular with consumers, food manufacturers will figure out a way to adulterate and cleverly market it so that the average consumer is fooled into believing that this new fractionated food or supplement is as healthy or “better” than the original whole food when, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth.
This adage very accurately applies to the much talked about MCT oil, also shrewdly marketed as liquid coconut oil. Both of these impostors have been popping up on healthfood store shelves as supplements or cooking oils, sometimes boldly marketed as “better than coconut oil”.