Category Archives: Healthy Living

Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency Most People Miss

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist October 10, 2014

Vitamin D deficiency symptoms

With flu season upon us and serious new viruses like Enterovirus D68 making the rounds, keeping blood levels of vitamin D at optimal levels can be truly lifesaving especially for children and the elderly.

Flu is actually vitamin D deficiency disease, not a happenstance occurrence in your life because you didn’t get a flu shot or sat next to a coughing person on the train to work.

Dr. John Cannell of the Vitamin D Council and one of the most preeminent Vitamin D researchers in the world today, has identified that vitamin D helps produce the antimicrobial peptides that protect against the flu. This is why people are more prone to the flu in winter when Vitamin D producing sunshine is minimal or nonexistent at some latitudes, or people are too bundled up to get enough skin exposed in  the first place.

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Bone Broth and MSG: What You Need to Know Now

by Kaayla T. Daniel PhD, The Naughty Nutritionist October 6, 2014

bone broth and MSG risk

Confused about bone broth, MSG, and glutamine?

The article below by Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, coauthor with Sally Fallon Morell of the new and highly acclaimed book Nourishing Broth: An Old Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World, clears up the confusion and answers your most frequently asked questions.

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Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid that is critical for gut, brain and immune health.  It’s also taken by many bodybuilders and other athletes to enhance muscle building and to speed recovery from injuries and overtraining.

Despite its many virtues, glutamine has risks.

High supplemental doses, as taken by some bodybuilders, have caused dizziness, headaches and neurological problems. But it’s not just people going overboard with supplements who are reacting poorly to glutamine.

Many people today, especially autistic children, have problems metabolizing glutamine properly, a problem caused by multiple factors, including vitamin B6 deficiency, lead toxicity and the widespread use of monosodium glutamate or MSG in the modern food supply.

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Dangers Lurk in Your Antibacterial Soap

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist October 2, 2014


dispenser of antibacterial soap

Over a decade ago, antibacterial soap became all the rage and suddenly every public bathroom and every home seemed to be stocked with it.

This rapid switch away from plain soap and water occurred despite the fact that there was and still is absolutely no evidence that antibacterial soap works any better than the traditional suds it up approach.

Fast forward to today and fully 75% of liquid soaps on the market still use antibacterial ingredients despite increasingly loud warnings about their safety and efficacy. Read more…


Is Your Egg Allergy a Soy Allergy in Disguise?

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist October 1, 2014

egg allergy might be a soy allergy

The incidence of pediatric food allergies, sometimes life threatening, is rapidly on the rise. Since 1993, the number of children with food allergies, particularly the “Big-8″ – eggs, wheat, milk, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, and/or a soy allergy – increased over 18 percent with a tripling of those seeking treatment for a food allergy related condition at a hospital emergency room.

These official numbers seem too low when observing the prevalence of food allergies in everyday situations.

In my daughter’s preschool class, for example, only she and one other child had no food allergies at all in a class of twelve! This means that over 80% of the class suffered from at least one food allergy serious enough to require the teacher to maintain a list to refer to during snacks and mealtimes.  In school lunchrooms, the discussion regularly touches on who is allergic to what foods with children sometimes challenged as untruthful if they insist they have no allergies at all.

Food allergies have become the norm rather than the exception for the Millenial Generation.

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Why I’m Not Joining the Annie’s Boycott

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist September 28, 2014

annie's homegrownTo the shock and disappointment of many health conscious consumers across North America, General Mills recently announced an agreement to purchase beloved organic brand Annie’s Homegrown in an eye-popping deal valued a $820 million, or $46/share.

This is just the latest in a long string of acquisitions of small, natural food companies by huge, multinational corporations in recent years.

The purchase of Annie’s Homegrown, a 25 year old company whose trademark motto is “Real Food Tastes Better” is particularly hard to take for parents because Annie’s products are focused and targeted to children.

John Foraker, CEO of Annie’s Homegrown (not to be confused with the privately held company Amy’s Kitchen), said the following of the acquisition:

We are excited about this strategic combination, which will enable Annie’s to expand the reach and breadth of our high quality, great tasting organic and natural products, provide new opportunities for our employees, realize greater efficiencies in our operations, and maximize value for our stockholders.

To those customers greatly concerned that Annie’s product quality will tank due to the new affiliation with frankenfood titan General Mills, Foraker went on to say that:

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