The Healthy Home Economist http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com Traditional Diet, Holistic Health Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:59:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.3 Are Nightshade Vegetables Worsening Your Pain? http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/nightshade-vegetables-can-worsen-pain/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/nightshade-vegetables-can-worsen-pain/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:52:43 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=21927 It is almost foodie sacrilege to suggest that a group of colorful, antioxidant rich vegetables ubiquitous within the Western diet might not be as healthy as the natural food community paints them to be. This is exactly what this article is going to attempt to do – wade you through the process of considering whether... Continue Reading »

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It is almost foodie sacrilege to suggest that a group of colorful, antioxidant rich vegetables ubiquitous within the Western diet might not be as healthy as the natural food community paints them to be. This is exactly what this article is going to attempt to do – wade you through the process of considering whether nightshade vegetables might in fact be worsening your health symptoms even if they are grown organically in nutrient dense soil.

Hopefully not, as nightshade veggies are delicious! But, it makes sense to investigate the possibility especially if you have issues with chronic pain, arthritis, or GERD among other challenges..

First, let’s examine exactly what the nightshades are and what health problems they sometimes exacerbate for those who are sensitive.

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Top 4 Cleansing Myths to Watch Out For http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/top-4-cleansing-myths-to-watch-out-for/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/top-4-cleansing-myths-to-watch-out-for/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:33:26 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=21878 Why is it that the health community today seems totally obsessed with cleansing? Everywhere, even in supermarkets and gas stations, potions, powders, teas and supplements are heavily promoted as the best way to detoxify the body, lose weight and help gain muscle. Cleansing proponents point out the fact that both Eastern and Western cultural traditions... Continue Reading »

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Why is it that the health community today seems totally obsessed with cleansing? Everywhere, even in supermarkets and gas stations, potions, powders, teas and supplements are heavily promoted as the best way to detoxify the body, lose weight and help gain muscle.

Cleansing proponents point out the fact that both Eastern and Western cultural traditions considered cleansing a healthful practice typically performed seasonally. While this is true, the modern equivalent has become distorted into something else entirely with questionable long term value to the consumer and dangerous methods the common denominator.

My first encounter with cleansing gone awry was in college. A friend who was fixated on maintaining her ideal weight with as little fluctuation as possible credited her weekend use of laxatives as the best solution for clearer skin and zipping up ultra tight jeans.

I passed on that “tip”.

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Coffee Enema: Unmatched Detoxification for Health and Recovery http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/coffee-enema-unmatched-detoxification-for-health-and-recovery/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/coffee-enema-unmatched-detoxification-for-health-and-recovery/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:53:58 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=21748 People tend to cringe and get grossed out by the words coffee enema let alone the suggestion of actually trying one. This despite the fact that enemas are an incredibly simple, powerful and effective healing therapy that have been used for thousands of years and recommended by some of history’s greatest physicians. The coffee enema... Continue Reading »

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coffee enema bag with silicone tubingPeople tend to cringe and get grossed out by the words coffee enema let alone the suggestion of actually trying one. This despite the fact that enemas are an incredibly simple, powerful and effective healing therapy that have been used for thousands of years and recommended by some of history’s greatest physicians.

The coffee enema represents the ultimate detoxification experience possible such that the most effective holistic cancer treatments in the world, including those offered by the Gerson Institute and holistic oncologist Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez MD, use the coffee enema extensively as part of their healing protocols.

The coffee enema is also widely used for health recovery from autoimmune disease and other degenerative ailments providing nothing short of unparalleled results. Others use it for health maintenance and as a potent prevention tool given the toxic soup our world has unfortunately become.

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13% of Pediatricians Reject CDC Vax Schedule for Their Own Kids http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/13-percent-of-pediatricians-reject-cdc-vax-schedule-for-their-own-children/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/13-percent-of-pediatricians-reject-cdc-vax-schedule-for-their-own-children/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:11:12 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=21767 If it is so well proven that following the CDC Childhood Immunization Schedule is of clear benefit to a child’s health and the community at large, why are so many pediatricians choosing to opt out or diverge from these guidelines? A recent study published in the Open Journal of Pediatrics (1) revealed the stark truth that the mass media... Continue Reading »

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If it is so well proven that following the CDC Childhood Immunization Schedule is of clear benefit to a child’s health and the community at large, why are so many pediatricians choosing to opt out or diverge from these guidelines?

A recent study published in the Open Journal of Pediatrics (1) revealed the stark truth that the mass media seems to refuse to acknowledge, the public is in the dark about, and dissenting pediatricians won’t reveal to their own patients for fear of having their careers jeopardized or worse, their license to practice medicine yanked.

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How to Make Perfect Yellow Rice (Arroz Amarillo) http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-to-make-perfect-yellow-rice-arroz-amarillo/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-to-make-perfect-yellow-rice-arroz-amarillo/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:55:06 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=21673 Authentic and very delicious yellow rice cooked in gelatin and mineral rich chicken broth instead of water is a great way to get more of this digestion enhancing (and wrinkle reducing) superfood into your family’s diet. Just to give you some idea, folks on the GAPS Diet who are healing their gut to reverse autoimmune... Continue Reading »

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Authentic and very delicious yellow rice cooked in gelatin and mineral rich chicken broth instead of water is a great way to get more of this digestion enhancing (and wrinkle reducing) superfood into your family’s diet.

Just to give you some idea, folks on the GAPS Diet who are healing their gut to reverse autoimmune problems incorporate a small cup of homemade broth with every single meal. This is how important this traditional food is to health and healing.

The aromatic spices added to the yellow rice blend very well with the broth. If you are (oops) short on chicken broth for whatever reason, you can use this recipe for easy to make herbal bouillon instead in a pinch.

In my experience, the flavor of the yellow rice is more acceptable to children than plain rice cooked in chicken broth.

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Tastiest Party Mix EVER (and it’s Healthy Too!) http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/delicious-party-mix-that-is-healthy-too/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/delicious-party-mix-that-is-healthy-too/#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 18:02:26 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=21598 If it’s happened to me once, it’s happened to me a hundred times …. I try this snack or dish that I absolutely LOVE, only to investigate the ingredients and discover that this is something I would never, ever make for my family at home. This happened to me last year when I tried a popular... Continue Reading »

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If it’s happened to me once, it’s happened to me a hundred times ….

I try this snack or dish that I absolutely LOVE, only to investigate the ingredients and discover that this is something I would never, ever make for my family at home.

This happened to me last year when I tried a popular party mix for the very first time at one of my kid’s school events. It was to die for. This particular party mix recipe is made in vast quantities by over a dozen Moms and served every year at a large and well attended function.

This party mix was so good that I ate it (more than I should have!). This even though the ingredients were such that I knew I was going to seriously pay the piper the next day (or two, or three).

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Jack Nicklaus (Not So) Premium Ice Cream http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/jack-nicklaus-ice-cream/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/jack-nicklaus-ice-cream/#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 00:26:27 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=21632 I was excited to hear recently that golf legend Jack Nicklaus was coming out with a premium line of ice cream. As a lifelong golfer who was inspired throughout my high school and college golf career by the character and unmatched level of excellence of the Golden Bear, I was very hopeful that his line... Continue Reading »

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I was excited to hear recently that golf legend Jack Nicklaus was coming out with a premium line of ice cream.

As a lifelong golfer who was inspired throughout my high school and college golf career by the character and unmatched level of excellence of the Golden Bear, I was very hopeful that his line of ice cream would take commercial offerings to a new level of quality.

My first opportunity to take a look at Jack’s new line of ice cream occurred this weekend, while the legendary Masters Golf Tournament is being played. Interestingly, Jack hit a hole in one for first time since his PGA career started 54 years ago during the Masters Par 3 Contest!

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Natural Fire Ant Killer That Works FAST http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/natural-fire-ant-killer-that-works-fast/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/natural-fire-ant-killer-that-works-fast/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:01:30 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=21566 If there is anything that makes me cringe and shake my head in disbelief, it’s seeing school and community officials (or parents!) sprinkling toxic fire ant killer on lawns, playgrounds and other recreational areas. Seriously? Why would you EVER sprinkle poison where children run and play, kicking up pesticide laden dust to breathe, track into... Continue Reading »

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If there is anything that makes me cringe and shake my head in disbelief, it’s seeing school and community officials (or parents!) sprinkling toxic fire ant killer on lawns, playgrounds and other recreational areas.

Seriously?

Why would you EVER sprinkle poison where children run and play, kicking up pesticide laden dust to breathe, track into the house, get on their skin and otherwise absorb into their growing bodies? You don’t necessarily have to eat a chemical to experience a significant and negative biological exposure. Toxic pesticide powder and granules have no business being sprinkled anywhere near areas where children will be playing! Even adults would be well advised to steer clear.

Unfortunately, our modern society seems obsessed with convenience and quick fixes, rarely taking the time to stop and think about the long term consequences of a given action or activity.

If the stuff is sold at Home Depot, it must be fine, right?

Wrong.

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How to Mix and Use Gluten Free Flour http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-to-mix-and-use-gluten-free-flour/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-to-mix-and-use-gluten-free-flour/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 13:09:20 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=20733 A growing number of people are having problems tolerating gluten, a complex and difficult to digest plant protein. If you find this hard to believe, check out your local healthfood store. An entire aisle in mine is devoted to products made with gluten free flour or that are completely grain free! For some, the issues... Continue Reading »

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A growing number of people are having problems tolerating gluten, a complex and difficult to digest plant protein. If you find this hard to believe, check out your local healthfood store. An entire aisle in mine is devoted to products made with gluten free flour or that are completely grain free!

For some, the issues with gluten result from a genetic predisposition that can lead to Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder where the consumption of gluten leads to damage to the small intestine. Celiac is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

For millions of others, up to 15% of the population who don’t qualify as Celiacs, gluten is simply not well tolerated digestively. A wide variety of symptoms are attributed to gluten intolerance including brain fog, depression, ADHD-like behavior, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, bone or joint pain, and chronic fatigue.

The widespread nature of Celiac and gluten sensitivity makes it highly probable that you will have a friend or relative with this condition come to dinner or a party at your home at some point in the future if it hasn’t happened already!

As a result, I consider gluten free baking to be an essential skill in order to accommodate these folks without any loss of enjoyment for the guests who are able to tolerate wheat.

Successful gluten free baking tastes as yummy to those who eat wheat as it does to those who don’t!

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Duck Eggs: Less Allergenic and More Nutritious http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/duck-eggs-less-allergenic-more-nutritious/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/duck-eggs-less-allergenic-more-nutritious/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 18:11:20 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=21463   We live on a quiet and peaceful recreational lake that is home to a variety of wildlife including several species of duck. While our family adores the incomparable quality of eggs produced by backyard, free ranging hens, I have always eyed these ducks as a potential source of eggs too. This especially after visiting... Continue Reading »

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We live on a quiet and peaceful recreational lake that is home to a variety of wildlife including several species of duck.

While our family adores the incomparable quality of eggs produced by backyard, free ranging hens, I have always eyed these ducks as a potential source of eggs too. This especially after visiting Polyface Farm last Fall and observing how Joel Salatin (the sustainable, paradigm busting farmer featured in Michael Pollan’s bestseller The Omnivore’s Dilemma) maintains a flock of ducks for egg laying purposes.

Duck eggs are incredibly nutritious as well as delicious. Pastry chefs in particular love duck eggs as they are higher in both fat and albumen (egg white) which makes for fluffier, richer baked goods..

I have occasionally enjoyed duck eggs over the years, usually a random wild duck egg spied in the yard as a female duck waddles by, not quite able to make her nest before depositing her prize.

In recent weeks, however, one female duck has adopted our home and decided that she is one of our chickens.

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