Eczema Treatment: Avoiding the Drug-Based Domino Effect

by Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) October 15, 2014

conventional eczema treatment makes it worse

By Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

While many of us know eczema to be a condition of inflamed and irritated skin, if you or your child actually suffers from eczema, you know how burdensome and afflictive this pathology can be.

I understand. As a child I was burdened with this “hell on earth”—as I was covered with it from head to toe.

But oh! How I wished I had left it alone.

What? Leave this distressing condition alone with no eczema treatment whatsoever?

Let me explain.

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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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Simple Elderberry Syrup to Boost Immunity (or Drizzle on Pancakes!)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist October 8, 2014

simple elderberry syrup to boost immunity

When my children had whooping cough 8 years ago (all at the same time, no less!), I relied heavily on elderberry syrup to keep the mucous to a minimum which reduced the severity and frequency of coughing spells.

I never realized until that particular time that this common, nondescript little berry, particularly when concentrated into elderberry syrup, packed such a powerful punch when it comes to managing cough symptoms even for an illness as severe as pertussis.  The fact is, elderberry in many different forms has been used in folk medicine for centuries to treat flus, colds and sinusitis as well as coughs.

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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.

by Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD  (

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…


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