Category Archives: Healthy Living

Why I Canceled Our Healthcare Insurance (and What We’re Doing Instead)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist March 26, 2014

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It’s no secret that the healthcare system in the United States is beyond broken. Despite spending far more per capita than any other country on medical care, the United States does not even rank in the top 50 countries for life expectancy.

Attempts to fix the problems have only seemed to make matters worse. Medical costs have continued to explode since the creation of Medicare in the mid-1960′s despite new regulations being periodically enacted over the years to attempt to control costs.

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is the latest attempt to “control” costs and bring sanity to the healthcare insurance industry. Unfortunately, as of this writing, health insurance premiums continue to increase with individuals and families required to pay for an ever larger share of their coverage even when employed by large companies, companies which only a few years ago, covered most or all of the cost.

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Ways to Reduce Exposure to Dirty Electricity

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist March 23, 2014

Electricity was originally intended as a “clean” and safe source of power for homes and businesses through standard usage of the steady electrical frequency of 60 oscillations per second, or 60 Hertz (Hz).

Modern energy efficient devices, electronics, and other reasons such as earth currents can cause significant deviance from the 60 Hz frequency, however, and this pulsed exposure to spiking and unsafe frequencies of electromagnetic radiation (EMFs) on overloaded wires is what has become known as “dirty electricity”.

Exposure to dirty electricity has the potential to cause and exacerbate existing health problems in some people. It is not something that can be smelled, touched, seen, or felt and yet it is very real and very problematic for those who experience it on a daily basis.

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How to Optimally Boost Immunity With Greens

by Melanie Christner, NTP, CHFS, CGP March 21, 2014

I think most of us are familiar with the Calvin & Hobbes dinner table scenes…the discussion is usually centered around some unidentifiable pile of green “stuff”.

My personal favorite is when Calvin’s dad tells him that the green stuff will turn him into a mutant, and so Calvin cheerfully scarfs the greens down, and in the next frame declares that it’s working (if I’m in the right mood this one will have me rolling on the floor)

Why the fuss about greens?

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How Coconut Oil Got Blackballed by Wikipedia

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist March 10, 2014

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Wikipedia, the popular online free dictionary, defines itself as “a collaboratively edited, multilingual, free Internet encyclopedia that is supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation”.

Wikipedia likes to pride itself on objectivity and claims to welcome submissions and new data. However, the truth is that Wikipedia does indeed censor its content in favor of conventional thought whether these common belief systems are accurate or not.

This censorship is prevalent in the area of health related topics with alternative health writers frequently having articles rejected in favor of content that follows the current medical dogma and which criticizes alternative approaches as useless or dangerous even if extensively referenced.

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How to Order Steak at a Restaurant (and not get sick later)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist March 7, 2014


I went out to eat at Outback Steakhouse recently with my sisters, one of my brothers and my parents. We had a lovely time – good conversation, lots of laughing and enjoyment of each other’s company.

Unfortunately, the next day I felt pretty rotten for the experience. While I had made every effort to order food that wouldn’t make me feel lousy or fatigued later, my attempts to dodge the chain restaurant food land mines had failed.

I knew exactly what had gone wrong, and I silently chided myself for wimping out and not saying something to the waiter at the time when the steak I ordered did not arrive as I had carefully instructed.

You know how it goes, though – sending back your food because it is not served as specified is such an annoyance.  At the time, I was having such a good time with my family that I decided to just suck it up and eat the food even though I knew it was going to do a number on me the next day.

This is truly one of the biggest downsides of eating clean, whole foods the vast majority of the time. When you do eat something that is overly processed or laden with additives, it tends to sucker punch the life out of you for about 24-48 hours afterward.

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