The Healthy Home Economist http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com Traditional Diet, Holistic Wellness Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:23:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Heliotherapy: Benefits of the Sun Far and Beyond Vitamin D http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/heliotherapy-benefits-of-the-sun-beyond-vitamin-d/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/heliotherapy-benefits-of-the-sun-beyond-vitamin-d/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:59:56 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=17131 By Carla Hernandez, NTP Most are well aware that sunlight exposure is a means to increasing vitamin D levels, yet at the same time we are told to avoid sun exposure especially at midday as it has been implicated in skin cancer, skin damage and premature aging. The truth is that sensible, non-burning sun exposure... Continue Reading »

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By Carla Hernandez, NTP

Most are well aware that sunlight exposure is a means to increasing vitamin D levels, yet at the same time we are told to avoid sun exposure especially at midday as it has been implicated in skin cancer, skin damage and premature aging.

The truth is that sensible, non-burning sun exposure preferably at midday with no sunscreen applied is critical to health and not just because it can dramatically boost Vitamin D levels into optimal range.   There are many other benefits the sun provides our skin and body that are not commonly known by most people.  These natural treatments using the sun are traditionally known as heliotherapy.

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The Top 10 Lunch Box Snacks I Buy at the Store http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/top-10-lunch-box-snacks-i-buy/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/top-10-lunch-box-snacks-i-buy/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:17:08 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=17041 It’s true. Not all of the lunch box snacks I pack come from the work of my own hands in the kitchen. Gasp! Does this surprise you? It shouldn’t. The Modern Mother is in one of the most unique and challenging positions – ever. Not only must she cook, clean, and take care of the... Continue Reading »

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lunch box snacks I buy

It’s true.

Not all of the lunch box snacks I pack come from the work of my own hands in the kitchen.

Gasp!

Does this surprise you?

It shouldn’t.

The Modern Mother is in one of the most unique and challenging positions – ever.

Not only must she cook, clean, and take care of the family as generations of women did before her, but now she must also frequently head up the household on her own and even if she is fortunate enough to have a partner who helps, usually works outside the home to meet the family’s financial needs or because she finds her work fulfilling.

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Could This Be the Simplest Way to Help Balance Hormones? http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/simplest-way-to-balance-hormones/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/simplest-way-to-balance-hormones/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:57:47 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=16981 By Dr. Mark Frank D.C. Feeling great can be described as the experience of ultimate clarity, peacefulness and relaxation, but within the context of being optimally energized.  Sounds contradictory, but when you have experienced it yourself, you know exactly what I mean. There are three main tools to help achieve this enjoyable state of being:... Continue Reading »

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balance hormones

By Dr. Mark Frank D.C.

Feeling great can be described as the experience of ultimate clarity, peacefulness and relaxation, but within the context of being optimally energized.  Sounds contradictory, but when you have experienced it yourself, you know exactly what I mean.

There are three main tools to help achieve this enjoyable state of being:  breathing exercises, quiet self reflection, and exercise.

Exercise is probably the most accessible tool for most people.

People exercise for different reasons, competition, body composition, and life extension. Those are all great reasons but deal with the future and cause people to lose interest and stop if they don’t achieve those goals.

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Visit Local Food Paradise All Expenses Paid! http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/visit-local-food-paradise-expenses-paid/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/visit-local-food-paradise-expenses-paid/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:10:35 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=17029 One of the most important fundraisers for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund each year takes place at Ground Zero of the sustainable farm movement in the United States: Polyface Farm in the Shenandoah Valley of beautiful western Virginia, home to best selling author/farmer Joel Salatin who is featured in the award winning documentary Food Inc.... Continue Reading »

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One of the most important fundraisers for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund each year takes place at Ground Zero of the sustainable farm movement in the United States:

Polyface Farm in the Shenandoah Valley of beautiful western Virginia, home to best selling author/farmer Joel Salatin who is featured in the award winning documentary Food Inc. and in food writer/guru Michael’s Pollan’s book Omnivore’s Dilemma.

This year, the fundraiser is officially known as Food Freedom Fest and it will take place September 5-6, 2014.

I am hosting a $1600 giveaway to this amazing event along with my friend, Jenny McGruther of Nourished Kitchen and we need your support to put this fundraiser over the top (we are within striking distance of our goal!)

Here’s what you’ll get if you win this amazing $1600 giveaway

  • Deluxe tour of Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm, one of America’s most innovative sustainable agriculture projects
  • TWO tickets to the 2-day, 3-event, 5-meal Food Freedom Fest
  • TWO nights lodging at the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia
  • Travel Voucher for up to $500
  • Private meal for TWO with Jenny, of Nourished Kitchen, and Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, on Thursday night (September 4) before the event kicks off
  • All meals will feature nutrient-dense foods and grain-free and dairy-free options are available.
  • an engaging conference featuring distinguished and successful activists for food freedom;
  • an evening street fair featuring local vendors and live entertainment

Experience Foodie Paradise - for Free!

Won’t you please join me in supporting this worthy cause?  This raffle ends at midnight EDT on Friday, August 15, 2014, so don’t delay!

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To get you even more excited about this $1600 Food Freedom Fest giveaway, I would like to share a few photos with you from my idyllic day in paradise at Polyface Farm last year.

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Seaweed Wrap: Minerals In, Heavy Metals Out http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/seaweed-wrap-nourishes-and-detoxifies/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/seaweed-wrap-nourishes-and-detoxifies/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:47:51 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=16600 Many luxury spas and cruise ships offer a seaweed wrap to clients as part of their relaxation and detoxification package. These services are usually very expensive and a bit inconvenient, requiring time off work or while on vacation. What if you could make your own seaweed wrap at home … anytime you wanted for pennies... Continue Reading »

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Many luxury spas and cruise ships offer a seaweed wrap to clients as part of their relaxation and detoxification package. These services are usually very expensive and a bit inconvenient, requiring time off work or while on vacation.

What if you could make your own seaweed wrap at home … anytime you wanted for pennies per treatment and all the convenience of using your own shower afterward?

Dr. Lawrence Wilson MD recommends seaweed wraps, also called kelp wraps, for his patients as they help individuals absorb more minerals particularly if there is a digestive problem involved that is preventing proper nutrient absorption.

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$1600 Giveaway! Let’s Meet at Food Freedom Fest! http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/lets-meet-at-food-freedom-fest/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/lets-meet-at-food-freedom-fest/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:30:04 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=16849 Back in 2006, I experienced for the very first time the heavy handedness of government bureaucracy when it comes to sustainable family farms. My local dairy farmer was under harassment for advertising his products online which had come under the radar of state agents within days of the farm being the subject of a story... Continue Reading »

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Back in 2006, I experienced for the very first time the heavy handedness of government bureaucracy when it comes to sustainable family farms.

My local dairy farmer was under harassment for advertising his products online which had come under the radar of state agents within days of the farm being the subject of a story in the local newspaper. Showing up in typical early morning, unannounced fashion, the agents taped my farmer’s refrigerators and freezers shut, and he was forbidden to sell anything produced on his farm to pay his bills and support his family.  This despite the fact that no one had gotten ill from these products nor had anyone even complained!

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The Myth of Mandatory School Vaccinations http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/the-myth-of-mandatory-school-vaccinations/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/the-myth-of-mandatory-school-vaccinations/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 02:04:08 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=10332 Our house is a bit crazy at the moment as I attempt to get the kids ready to go back to school in a little over a week. Haircuts?  Check. Dental checkups?  Check. School supplies?  Check. Vaccines up to date?   Are you kidding?   NO WAY! (...)Read the rest of The Myth of Mandatory... Continue Reading »

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Our house is a bit crazy at the moment as I attempt to get the kids ready to go back to school in a little over a week.

Haircuts?  Check.

Dental checkups?  Check.

School supplies?  Check.

Vaccines up to date?   Are you kidding?   NO WAY!

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Whiten Teeth with Activated Charcoal without Making a Mess http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/whiten-teeth-with-activated-charcoal-without-a-mess/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/whiten-teeth-with-activated-charcoal-without-a-mess/#comments Sun, 03 Aug 2014 17:53:09 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=16773 The word is out. Activated charcoal, also called activated carbon, is the best way to whiten teeth naturally without using conventional tooth whitening trays, gels, and strips that contain toxic chemicals that can damage tooth enamel over time and harm delicate gum tissue. Even professional tooth whitening at the dentist is not a good idea for... Continue Reading »

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activated charcoal teeth whitening

The word is out.

Activated charcoal, also called activated carbon, is the best way to whiten teeth naturally without using conventional tooth whitening trays, gels, and strips that contain toxic chemicals that can damage tooth enamel over time and harm delicate gum tissue. Even professional tooth whitening at the dentist is not a good idea for those concerned with avoiding toxin exposure and preserving their long term oral health.

It may seem odd to use black powder to whiten teeth, but it really does work.

Activated charcoal is so effective because it aggressively absorbs tannins, the compounds found in coffee, tea, tobacco, herbal teas, blueberries, wine, spices, and other foods that stain teeth. It does not, however, lock onto minerals like calcium in our teeth which is why it won’t harm tooth enamel even if used every single day.

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Debunking the Absurd Notion of Vitamin D in Mushrooms http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/vitamin-d-in-mushrooms/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/vitamin-d-in-mushrooms/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:29:10 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=16665 By Sylvia P. Onusic, PhD, CNS, LDN The majority of the US population today, anywhere from 30% to 80%, are vitamin D deficient (1). This is concerning because scientists have found that not only is it necessary for calcium absorption in order to build strong bones, but vitamin D plays a major role in many... Continue Reading »

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By Sylvia P. Onusic, PhD, CNS, LDN

The majority of the US population today, anywhere from 30% to 80%, are vitamin D deficient (1).

This is concerning because scientists have found that not only is it necessary for calcium absorption in order to build strong bones, but vitamin D plays a major role in many body processes such as brain development and plasticity, immunity and autoimmunity.

Vitamin D deficiency is strongly related to the development of diabetes, autism, psoriasis, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease and cancer, even hypertension and psoriasis.

In addition, vitamin D helps to make cathelicidin which kills pathogens like tuberculosis in the body, herpes in the brain, and many others. In the research, colon cancer development is strongly linked to D3 deficiency (2).

Vitamin D has become a superhero.

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5 Reasons to Swim In Natural Waters (as Much as Possible) http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/5-reasons-swim-natural-waters/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/5-reasons-swim-natural-waters/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:11:59 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=16682 by Melanie Christner, NTP, CHFS, CGP After over two years of searching, we’ve done a happy cannonball into our new home in the Vermont mountains. Quite literally. We just purchased the remodeled No. 6 school house in our little town. We even have the original carved schoolhouse sign from when it was first built in... Continue Reading »

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by Melanie Christner, NTP, CHFS, CGP

After over two years of searching, we’ve done a happy cannonball into our new home in the Vermont mountains. Quite literally.

We just purchased the remodeled No. 6 school house in our little town. We even have the original carved schoolhouse sign from when it was first built in 1882!

Even better than the historical features (at least in the kids’ minds) are the ponds on the property, which channel the runoff of the mountain springs within the national forest around us… providing for a most excellent swimming hole.

“Swimming holes” are just what I want to talk about today. There’s something a bit magical about water, you know?

Besides the entertainment of salamanders, bullfrogs, and jumping trout – or shells, crabs, and sand castles, depending on your location – there are several key health benefits from contact with natural waters and in particular, swimming in them.(...)
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