The 11 Best Natural Antibiotics and How to Use Them

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist January 14, 2015

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There is no doubt that antibiotics are truly a wonder of modern medicine. Beginning with the discovery of penicillin in 1928, the rapid resolution of bacterial infections from antibiotics caused many in the medical profession to become completely enamored with the drug based approach to illness erroneously thinking that the danger to human life from infections was a thing of the past.

Not so fast.

By 1940, antibiotics had come into widespread use causing both doctors and people to gradually forget about natural antibiotics for resolving infections and the age old remedies like cod liver oil. This change in the medical paradigm has led in recent decades to abuse of drug based antibiotics and the worrisome rise of antibiotic resistant superbugs such as the “TDR”(totally drug resistant) strain of tuberculosis and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections particularly in babies and children.

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How Bulletproof Coffee Shoots You in The Foot

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist January 12, 2015

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Bulletproof coffee has become quite the fad of late with fans touting its use as a way to lose weight, shrink that spare tire, and have more energy.

The basic recipe for bulletproof coffee calls for 2 cups of coffee, a minimum of 2 tablespoons grassfed butter, and 1-2 tablespoons MCT oil (some people substitute virgin coconut oil) all mixed together in a blender.

This coffee drink is promoted as a replacement for breakfast by Dave Asprey of the Bulletproof Executive as a way to feel “lean, focused and energized” and helps you “transform your diet without chewing on sticks of butter”.

While I have no doubt that this choice of morning beverage will indeed produce a high level of focus and intensity due to the quick injection of caffeine and medium chain triglycerides (used by the body for energy rather than fat storage) to the bloodstream, any weight loss benefits to a bulletproof coffee habit over the long term are completely ludicrous.

At the very least, bulletproof coffee certainly won’t be helping you lose weight and keep it off.  Yes, it’s just another yo-yo scenario and here’s why.

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Tiny Teff Grains Deliver Big on Nutrition

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist January 6, 2015

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I first tasted the delicious, gluten free grain known as teff shortly after my husband and I were married. We met after work at an Ethiopian restaurant that we’d been wanting to try for quite some time. My husband was born and lived his early years in Uganda, and he was eager to introduce me to some of the flavors of his home continent.

I was immediately enthralled and delighted by the basket of soft, spongy flatbread that was brought to our table to use as an edible utensil for our meat stew.

Never having experienced the light, slightly nutty flavor of teff before, I asked the waitress about the bread’s origins. She proudly explained that injera is a traditional fermented bread made from teff flour that is a staple in Ethiopia.

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Choose Another Pet Food if Yours Has These Ingredients

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist January 4, 2015

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Pets today are suffering from the same diseases of modern civilization as their owners:  obesity, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal illness, and cancer.

The skyrocketing cost of veterinary care and treating pet illness when it strikes has caused some owners to resort to carrying pet health insurance. One surprising story I read about recently was a man who forked out $495 to save his constipated goldfish!

Yes, this really happened.

The good news is that proper diet that mimics what our pets would naturally eat in the wild largely avoids these chronic and degenerative health issues. The bad news is that the commercial pet food that the vast majority of owners rely on varies considerably from a natural diet in terms of macronutrient profile, particularly for cats and dogs.

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The High Risks of Low Cholesterol

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist January 2, 2015

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One of the most misguided things a doctor has ever said to me occurred during a routine physical when I was in my twenties.

My blood test had come back with a total cholesterol number in the 150’s, and after reviewing the report, he proceeded to extol the benefits of my low cholesterol and how this was such a excellent indicator of overall health.

Mmmm, I thought to myself.

Then why was I so doggone exhausted, experienced light-headedness like I was going to pass out if I stood up too quickly, felt lousy a lot of the time, and suffered from more than my fair share of colds, flu and sinus infections that frequently needed antibiotics to resolve?

The truth is that low cholesterol is not even remotely close to the health panacea that conventional medicine portrays it to be.  In fact, compelling research warns that low cholesterol can be downright deadly especially the older we get.

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