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A common story I am told when someone first tries homemade kombucha is that they sometimes experience flushed cheeks and get a bit tingly or lightheaded. This temporary sensation, called a niacin flush, usually lasts less than ten minutes. It is triggered by the extremely bioavailable and rapidly absorbed niacin (Vitamin B3) into the bloodstream. My …

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Exciting news!  The Weston A. Price Foundation has just launched a free weekly podcast! The podcast is called Wise Traditions, and its objective is to uncover practical tips from the past for optimal health today. Wise Traditions will cover a wide range of topics related to traditional diet and holistic wellness. Hosted by health coach Hilda Labrada Gore, …

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The huge billboard pictured above is currently on display near my home. It is advertising to find adults willing to participate in a research study to test a new drug designed to treat cold sores. Kind of ironic that the sign is positioned right above a Burger King, wouldn’t you say? You don’t need a …

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Believe it or not, I have only very recently discovered the convenience and, yes, joy, of slow cooking in my home. I incorporated this very traditional method of food preparation using clay pots which I have found to be quicker (and safer) than using a crockpot. While the concept of speedy slow cooking may seem to be an …

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This is the time of year when many people choose to adopt a regular regimen of detoxification, sensible exercise and dietary modifications to improve health. When it comes to detoxing, a vinegar bath is one of the most all around beneficial therapies according to Dr. Hazel Parcells, who herself lived to the ripe old age of …

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Switching to honey from refined sweeteners is a common first step for many who seek to improve their diet and overall health. This would include baking and cooking honey for recipes used in the home. Certainly, honey is a most traditional superfood that is praised in ancient texts and a component of numerous traditional diets …

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White hot chocolate is the perfect beverage for those who love regular hot chocolate but wish to avoid the caffeine hit. Containing no cocoa solids, white chocolate is the primary ingredient of this hot beverage, making it naturally caffeine free unlike more commonly enjoyed versions made with milk chocolate or dark chocolate. The only part of …