The 5 Reasons Why Grains Are The Hardest Food to Digest

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist January 23, 2015

grains are hard to digest

By Monica Corrado, MA, CNC

If you’ve heard of the GAPS Diet, Autoimmune Protocol, or the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), you know that elimination of grains is a major step in reclaiming the health of your gut.

But why?

Grains have been consumed for thousands of years by many healthy, degenerative disease free ancestral cultures without an issue. Why all of a sudden do folks need to stop eating them in order to arrest symptoms of autoimmune disease?

Isn’t there an easier way?  The foundation of the Food Pyramid is “heart healthy” whole grains after all. Can’t a person even eat rice when on a gut healing protocol?

Let’s delve into this controversial subject and discuss what it is about grains that makes them so hard to digest for humans especially when there is any sort of compromise in gut function.

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Amalgam Filling Removal Risks Autoimmune Woes

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist January 21, 2015


amalgam filling removal triggers autoimmunity problems

By Carrie Vitt of Deliciously Organic

In the spring of 2008, a simple trip to the dentist for a routine procedure turned my world upside-down.

I went to the dentist because of a cracked amalgam filling in one of my teeth.

I didn’t realize at the time that if you get an amalgam filling removed or replaced you should go to a biological dentist who’s been properly trained!  The reason is that approximately 50% of a dental amalgam is toxic elemental mercury by weight. Improper removal of amalgam fillings risks heavy metal toxicity among other serious health woes.

Unfortunately, my conventional dentist didn’t take the proper, necessary precautions during the amalgam filling removal process, and as soon as I sat up from the chair, I felt sick and knew something was terribly wrong.

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A Grain Free Birthday Party, GAPS Style!

by Melanie Christner, NTP, CHFS, CGP January 19, 2015

grain free birthday party

By Melanie Christner NTP of Honest Body

It’s our Maggie’s 10th birthday this week. Whew…her first decade! To give an indication of her personality, she holds the distinguished place of the “family fireworks”.

This post is in honor of her. Much love to my dimple cheeked, blonde haired girl.

A GAPS Style, Grain Free Birthday

When one or more family members are on an autoimmune healing protocol such as the GAPS Diet which requires grain free eating, birthday parties can seem a bit daunting at first. However, as I wrote about in my GAPS Thanksgiving post, there is no limit to the scrumptious food you can celebrate with and serve, even on a healing diet!

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Safely Get Rid of Carpenter Ants in a Snap

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist January 16, 2015

safe solution for carpenter ants

We’ve had two major infestations of carpenter ants to deal with in the 22 years of living in our home.

The first occurred shortly after we moved in. Our house was built in 1951 and sits in a semi-rural neighborhood with lots of trees, vegetation and moisture due to a backyard lake. Needless to say, it is the perfect environment for critters of all kinds including carpenter ants.

The first infestation had me calling the pest control company in a hurry. Carpenter ants are huge and very scary looking as you can see from the picture above. They actually don’t even bite and you can pick them up with your fingers and throw them in the toilet or flush down the drain with no problem.  At the time, though, I didn’t know any of this, so seeing dozens of large, red ants running around my then retro style 1970’s orange and yellow kitchen was not a pretty sight.

I picked up the phone and called pest control and after a couple toxic sprayings around our house, yard and then in our attic over the course of a week or two, the carpenter ants were gone.

Our second infestation of carpenter ants happened just a few weeks ago, and this time, I handled it very differently.

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The 11 Best Natural Antibiotics and How to Use Them

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist January 14, 2015

best natural antibiotics

There is no doubt that antibiotics are truly a wonder of modern medicine. Beginning with the discovery of penicillin in 1928, the rapid resolution of bacterial infections from antibiotics caused many in the medical profession to become completely enamored with the drug based approach to illness erroneously thinking that the danger to human life from infections was a thing of the past.

Not so fast.

By 1940, antibiotics had come into widespread use causing both doctors and people to gradually forget about natural antibiotics for resolving infections and the age old remedies like cod liver oil. This change in the medical paradigm has led in recent decades to abuse of drug based antibiotics and the worrisome rise of antibiotic resistant superbugs such as the “TDR”(totally drug resistant) strain of tuberculosis and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections particularly in babies and children.

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