The Healthy Home Economist http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com Traditional Diet, Holistic Health Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:37:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Why I Declined an Appearance on The Doctors TV Show http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/declined-appearance-doctors-tv-show/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/declined-appearance-doctors-tv-show/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:25:20 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=20156 First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. ~ Mahatma Gandhi This is quite possibly the most difficult of the 1482 articles I’ve written on this blog to date since 2009. I just got off the phone with the producer of the popular TV show The Doctors to... Continue Reading »

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First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

This is quite possibly the most difficult of the 1482 articles I’ve written on this blog to date since 2009.

I just got off the phone with the producer of the popular TV show The Doctors to decline an invitation to appear on an upcoming show. I received the invite in order to “fairly” represent the views of parents who choose not to vaccinate their children in light of the media frenzy surrounding the Disneyland measles outbreak.

This is the sixth interview request I’ve received in the past week on the Disneyland measles story. All but one was from a major national or international news or television network.  I declined them all with the exception of a request from a Northwestern University student who was writing a paper on the subject. I allowed him to quote me for the opposing viewpoint.

Why am I declining interview requests about a topic I am extremely passionate about?

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Is Water Kefir as Beneficial as Milk Kefir? http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/water-kefir-versus-milk-kefir/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/water-kefir-versus-milk-kefir/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:02:30 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=20110 My recent article comparing the probiotic potency and overall health benefits of milk kefir versus yogurt spawned a lot of emails to my inbox with questions about how water kefir fits into the mix. After a bit of reflection on the subject, I came to the conclusion that the topic really deserved its own blog... Continue Reading »

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My recent article comparing the probiotic potency and overall health benefits of milk kefir versus yogurt spawned a lot of emails to my inbox with questions about how water kefir fits into the mix.

After a bit of reflection on the subject, I came to the conclusion that the topic really deserved its own blog post, so here we go!

Which is really better, water kefir or milk kefir?  Or, are the benefits between the two basically the same?

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Why Kefir is a Healthier Choice than Yogurt http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/kefir-healthier-than-yogurt/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/kefir-healthier-than-yogurt/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:51:22 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=20069 I was chatting with a neighbor recently about her first attempt at culturing a quart of yogurt on the counter at room temperature, which unlike kefir, another type of fermented milk product, can sometimes be a little tricky to pull off. The end result was soupy, and the culture didn’t seem to “take” unlike the... Continue Reading »

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I was chatting with a neighbor recently about her first attempt at culturing a quart of yogurt on the counter at room temperature, which unlike kefir, another type of fermented milk product, can sometimes be a little tricky to pull off.

The end result was soupy, and the culture didn’t seem to “take” unlike the heated yogurt she produced with her yogurt maker.

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The 5 Reasons Why Grains Are The Hardest Food to Digest http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/reasons-why-grains-are-hard-to-digest/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/reasons-why-grains-are-hard-to-digest/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:11:24 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=19902 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... Continue Reading »

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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 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/amalgam-filling-removal-risks-autoimmune-problems/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/amalgam-filling-removal-risks-autoimmune-problems/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:55:55 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=19995   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... Continue Reading »

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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! http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/grain-free-birthday-party-gaps-style/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/grain-free-birthday-party-gaps-style/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:09:16 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=19891 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... Continue Reading »

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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 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/safely-get-rid-of-carpenter-ants-fast/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/safely-get-rid-of-carpenter-ants-fast/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:01:01 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=19923 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,... Continue Reading »

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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 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-to-use-best-natural-antibiotics/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-to-use-best-natural-antibiotics/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:16:27 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=19840 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... Continue Reading »

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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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How Bulletproof Coffee Shoots You in The Foot http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/bulletproof-coffee-causes-weight-gain/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/bulletproof-coffee-causes-weight-gain/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:36:29 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=19564 Bulletproof coffee has become quite the fad of late with fans touting its use as a way to lose weight, shrink that spare tire, and have more energy. The basic recipe for bulletproof coffee calls for 2 cups of coffee, a minimum of 2 tablespoons grassfed butter, and 1-2 tablespoons MCT oil (some people substitute virgin... Continue Reading »

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Bulletproof coffee has become quite the fad of late with fans touting its use as a way to lose weight, shrink that spare tire, and have more energy.

The basic recipe for bulletproof coffee calls for 2 cups of coffee, a minimum of 2 tablespoons grassfed butter, and 1-2 tablespoons MCT oil (some people substitute virgin coconut oil) all mixed together in a blender.

This coffee drink is promoted as a replacement for breakfast by Dave Asprey of the Bulletproof Executive as a way to feel “lean, focused and energized” and helps you “transform your diet without chewing on sticks of butter”.

While I have no doubt that this choice of morning beverage will indeed produce a high level of focus and intensity due to the quick injection of caffeine and medium chain triglycerides (used by the body for energy rather than fat storage) to the bloodstream, any weight loss benefits to a bulletproof coffee habit over the long term are completely ludicrous.

At the very least, bulletproof coffee certainly won’t be helping you lose weight and keep it off.  Yes, it’s just another yo-yo scenario and here’s why.

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Tiny Teff Grains Deliver Big on Nutrition http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/gluten-free-teff-high-in-nutrition/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/gluten-free-teff-high-in-nutrition/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 12:56:16 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=19716 I first tasted the delicious, gluten free grain known as teff shortly after my husband and I were married. We met after work at an Ethiopian restaurant that we’d been wanting to try for quite some time. My husband was born and lived his early years in Uganda, and he was eager to introduce me... Continue Reading »

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I first tasted the delicious, gluten free grain known as teff shortly after my husband and I were married. We met after work at an Ethiopian restaurant that we’d been wanting to try for quite some time. My husband was born and lived his early years in Uganda, and he was eager to introduce me to some of the flavors of his home continent.

I was immediately enthralled and delighted by the basket of soft, spongy flatbread that was brought to our table to use as an edible utensil for our meat stew.

Never having experienced the light, slightly nutty flavor of teff before, I asked the waitress about the bread’s origins. She proudly explained that injera is a traditional fermented bread made from teff flour that is a staple in Ethiopia.

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