Monthly Archives: February 2011

Monday Mania – 2/28/2011

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist February 27, 2011

Welcome to the 31st edition of Monday Mania, a carnival where Real Food bloggers come together to link up their popular Posts. These posts might be Real Food recipes, Book Reviews, Natural Remedies, or Green Home Tips. They might even be a blogger’s take on a media health report, a videoblog, podcast, or an amazing giveaway!

In short, these Awesome Posts are a complete free for all of incredible Real Foodie Wisdom! So, roll up your sleeves, link up and show us your stuff! Can’t wait to see what your Real Foodie brains have turned out recently!

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Save $50: “How to Ferment Anything” E-Class Plus 2 Bonus Lessons

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist February 25, 2011

A balanced gut is clearly a crucial aspect of achieving your best health and learning to ferment probiotic rich foods and beverages at home is an important part of achieving this goal.

Let’s face it, probiotic pills are very expensive and the vast majority of brands out there do absolutely nothing for rebalancing the gut!  Probiotic rich foods, on the other hand, have been used by Traditional Cultures for centuries to naturally maintain immunity and health. They work and they are cheap to make!

To that end, Jenny of Nourished Kitchen recently launched a new E-Course called “Get Cultured – How to Ferment Anything“.     The introductory price of $149 for 13 classes is in effect for only a few days longer!    If you are interested in taking this course, you must sign up before Monday, February 28 at midnight as the course price goes to $199 on March 1, 2011.

Another way to benefit from the course is to sign up for individual classes.   If you have already mastered the art of making kombucha and kefir, for example, but really need some in depth information on how to culture vegetables, you are free to sign up for only those classes that meet your needs.   To view the entire course syllabus with the material covered in each class, click here.

Jenny has recently put out 2 bonus lessons that will give you some insight into what a great teacher she is and the wealth of knowledge she has on this subject.    Be sure to check them out and don’t miss out on this valuable class!  Sign up before Monday, February 28, 2011 at midnight and save yourself $50!



$50 Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund Giveaway Winner!

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist February 25, 2011

Thank you to all who participated in the $50 Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund Giveaway over the past week.     In total, 90 valid entries were submitted and the giveaway post was Facebooked and Tweeted many times giving very important exposure to many people who would not otherwise be aware of The Fund’s important mission.

I think it is very safe to say that there are many more small farms in operation today than there would be without the legal protection afforded by The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund!    The Fund is a very critical and necessary part of the growth of the sustainable, small farm movement.  Thank you again for your support of this organization!

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How “The Pill” Can Harm Your Future Child’s Health

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist February 23, 2011

preventionSince the introduction of oral contraceptives in the early 1960′s, use of The Pill, as it is generally known, has soared to approximately 7 in 10 women of childbearing age.    Among young women ages 18-24, use of oral contraceptives is especially high, reaching two-thirds in 2008.

The widespread use of oral contraceptives is a troubling issue because these types of drugs devastate beneficial bacterial flora in the gut leaving it vulnerable to colonization and dominance from pathogenic strains such as Candida Albicans, Streptococci and Staphylococci among others.  By the time a woman who has used oral contraceptives is ready to have children, a severe case of gut dysbiosis has more than likely taken hold.

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The Life of the Lowly Dry Cleaning Hanger

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist February 22, 2011
Lost & Found - Wired

Wire Hangers Make Unsightly Litter

“No wire hangers, ever!”   Faye Dunaway once screeched in her now infamous role as the monstrous Joan Crawford in the movie Mommy Dearest.

While dry cleaning businesses are a critical part of any community, particularly in urban areas, the amount of waste generated by all those cheap, wire hangers is clearly a disposal problem.  O. A. North of Connecticut is credited with creating the first metal hanger back in 1869.   Since then, the metal hanger’s popularity has slowly grown into an indispensible part of the dry cleaning industry although some plastic hangers are used as well.

In line with Ms. Crawford’s less than cordial recommendation, most consumers are quick to get their precious garments off those shoulder destroying wires as soon as they get home and onto hangers made of wood, sturdy plastic or cloth!

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