If you’ve enjoyed the convenience of using your laptop or notebook computer to get work done while snuggled into bed, reclined on the couch, sitting as a passenger on a road trip, or sipping a hot drink at the local coffee shop, it may be time to reconsider your computer-clicking habits.
Over the past few years a startling string of studies have implicated laptops as a prime source of harmful electromagnetic radiation (or EMF) emissions. Not surprisingly, experts have revealed that the health risks associated with using laptops and notebooks are highest when the devices are used in close proximity to the body. Thus, despite the catchy name, laptop computers are not actually safe to use from the lap.
When I was in elementary school several decades ago, there might have been 1 or 2 children in the entire school of several hundred who had an allergy, and it was usually to peanuts. I never even heard of a wheat or dairy allergy. Gluten free? Huh?
I think many adults could share a similar story.
Fast forward to 2003.
When my oldest son started school, one or at most two children in his class had a food allergy of some kind. Fast forward again to 2009. When my youngest child started preschool, ten of the children in a class of twelve were allergic to at least one food. My children now report that lunchroom conversation can sometimes include a discussion of who is allergic to what. When someone claims to have no allergies, he/she might even be called out as a fibber as allergies have now become the norm rather the exception for this generation of children, which could aptly be dubbed Generation A.
What in the world has happened in a few short decades? Why do so many children and a growing number of adults today have issues with immunity at what seems like an accelerating rate?
The small, locally owned health food store where I have shopped for nearly 20 years has a wonderful deli and juice bar that is a favorite of the locals. I frequently drop in to see what homemade soups are available on the hot bar as my family consumes so much soup and broth that I sometimes find it difficult to keep up on busy weeks.
Recently, I’ve noticed that the hot bar has featured a pot of kitchari every single day I’ve dropped in (which is several times a week) without fail. This was exciting to me, as kitchari is one of the very first traditional dishes I learned about when I began cooking at home and stopped eating out so much at the urging of my amazing doctor at the time, who was both an Ayurvedic physician and an MD.
It’s so neat when something a bit obscure that you’ve enjoyed for a long time starts to mainstream!
Kitchari is a nutritious, tasty and very digestible dish that Indian mothers frequently make for their children when they are feeling under the weather. The soothing nature of this healing and nourishing porridge makes it perfect for a light supper, a brief kitchari fast to rest the digestion, or to take to convalescents and mothers who have recently given birth.
Bowing to strong public pressure about the right to buy and drink raw milk, the New Zealand government has unveiled new rules which permit farmers to sell this most basic, probiotic rich and nutritious of foods directly to consumers.
Direct farm sales include home deliveries of raw milk to both rural and urban consumers, paving the way for the return of the beloved milkman.
The use of fermented foods by ancestral cultures to preserve food, enhance nutritional value, and protect health goes back thousands of years and spans the globe. The practice served to significantly bolster immunity and increase the longevity of traditional societies as consumption of these probiotic rich foods introduced a constant stream of beneficial bacteria into the gut on a daily basis which improved digestion and nutrient absorption, discouraged pathogenic activity, and maintained top notch intestinal health.
An often overlooked source of very powerful, beneficial microbes by traditional societies included ingestion of soil based probiotics via pure, unfiltered water from streams, rivers and lakes and from exposure to clean, nutrient rich dirt.