$1600 Giveaway! Let’s Meet at Food Freedom Fest!

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist August 5, 2014

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Back in 2006, I experienced for the very first time the heavy handedness of government bureaucracy when it comes to sustainable family farms.

My local dairy farmer was under harassment for advertising his products online which had come under the radar of state agents within days of the farm being the subject of a story in the local newspaper. Showing up in typical early morning, unannounced fashion, the agents taped my farmer’s refrigerators and freezers shut, and he was forbidden to sell anything produced on his farm to pay his bills and support his family.  This despite the fact that no one had gotten ill from these products nor had anyone even complained!

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Whiten Teeth with Activated Charcoal without Making a Mess

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist August 3, 2014

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The word is out.

Activated charcoal, also called activated carbon, is the best way to whiten teeth naturally without using conventional tooth whitening trays, gels, and strips that contain toxic chemicals that can damage tooth enamel over time and harm delicate gum tissue. Even professional tooth whitening at the dentist is not a good idea for those concerned with avoiding toxin exposure and preserving their long term oral health.

It may seem odd to use black powder to whiten teeth, but it really does work.

Activated charcoal is so effective because it aggressively absorbs tannins, the compounds found in coffee, tea, tobacco, herbal teas, blueberries, wine, spices, and other foods that stain teeth. It does not, however, lock onto minerals like calcium in our teeth which is why it won’t harm tooth enamel even if used every single day.

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Debunking the Absurd Notion of Vitamin D in Mushrooms

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 29, 2014

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By Sylvia P. Onusic, PhD, CNS, LDN

The majority of the US population today, anywhere from 30% to 80%, are vitamin D deficient (1).

This is concerning because scientists have found that not only is it necessary for calcium absorption in order to build strong bones, but vitamin D plays a major role in many body processes such as brain development and plasticity, immunity and autoimmunity.

Vitamin D deficiency is strongly related to the development of diabetes, autism, psoriasis, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease and cancer, even hypertension and psoriasis.

In addition, vitamin D helps to make cathelicidin which kills pathogens like tuberculosis in the body, herpes in the brain, and many others. In the research, colon cancer development is strongly linked to D3 deficiency (2).

Vitamin D has become a superhero.

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5 Reasons to Swim In Natural Waters (as Much as Possible)

by Melanie Christner, NTP, CHFS, CGP July 27, 2014

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by Melanie Christner, NTP, CHFS, CGP

After over two years of searching, we’ve done a happy cannonball into our new home in the Vermont mountains. Quite literally.

We just purchased the remodeled No. 6 school house in our little town. We even have the original carved schoolhouse sign from when it was first built in 1882!

Even better than the historical features (at least in the kids’ minds) are the ponds on the property, which channel the runoff of the mountain springs within the national forest around us… providing for a most excellent swimming hole.

“Swimming holes” are just what I want to talk about today. There’s something a bit magical about water, you know?

Besides the entertainment of salamanders, bullfrogs, and jumping trout – or shells, crabs, and sand castles, depending on your location – there are several key health benefits from contact with natural waters and in particular, swimming in them. Read more…

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