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.

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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…


Is Your Egg Allergy a Soy Allergy in Disguise?

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist October 1, 2014

egg allergy might be a soy allergy

The incidence of pediatric food allergies, sometimes life threatening, is rapidly on the rise. Since 1993, the number of children with food allergies, particularly the “Big-8″ – eggs, wheat, milk, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, and/or a soy allergy – increased over 18 percent with a tripling of those seeking treatment for a food allergy related condition at a hospital emergency room.

These official numbers seem too low when observing the prevalence of food allergies in everyday situations.

In my daughter’s preschool class, for example, only she and one other child had no food allergies at all in a class of twelve! This means that over 80% of the class suffered from at least one food allergy serious enough to require the teacher to maintain a list to refer to during snacks and mealtimes.  In school lunchrooms, the discussion regularly touches on who is allergic to what foods with children sometimes challenged as untruthful if they insist they have no allergies at all.

Food allergies have become the norm rather than the exception for the Millenial Generation.

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Fast and Easy Fix for a Stinky Cat Litter Box

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist September 29, 2014

fast fix for a stinky cat litter box

Our family recently became cat owners when a very sweet, pregnant, half starving stray cat showed up on our doorstep. We live in a semi-rural neighborhood and so pets abandoned by their owners are unfortunately a regular occurrence.

Since getting Rita fixed wasn’t an option until her kittens were born and weaned, we tentatively prepared for a litter of kittens to invade our household.

While the kittens have been a boatload of fun over the past few months, they have also presented a challenge in the cleanliness department.

My husband has never been a fan of cat litter boxes, and so, any cat we have ever owned during our marriage had to be an outdoor pet.  This worked well for our neighborhood which has little traffic and lots of space between homes and the road.

The kittens presented a different challenge, however, as we needed to train them to use a cat litter box properly if we were going to successfully get them adopted out to good homes.

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