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A favorite fermented beverage in our home is homemade root beer. Root beer is a healthful and very traditional North American beverage brewed with sassafras bark (Sassafras albidium) or sarsaparilla (Smilax ornata). If you like hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, you will find sassafras trees growing wild nearly everywhere you go. A handful of sassafras …

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The frustration of Canadians with their stuck-in-the-last-century government for its persistent refusal to legalize raw milk reached a fever pitch recently. The reason is the surprise legalization of raw milk in West Virginia, the state previously known for the most draconian, anti-raw milk laws in the entire United States! My email inbox was overflowing with Canadians …

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Is the concept of healthy pasta an oxymoron for fans of traditional, nutrient dense diet? For the longest time, I thought so, but was happy to find out otherwise. My change of heart occurred while attending one of two annual Jovial Foods Culinary Getaways in Tuscany. I was privileged to attend the excursion focusing on einkorn, the …

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When the pollen gets thick during springtime, more people than ever are reaching for the over the counter eye drops, pills, or nose sprays for allergy relief. Some even need prescription strength meds. The number of sufferers of seasonal allergic rhinitis or hay fever is increasing rapidly, with the current rate of one in four …

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In case you haven’t noticed, the pharmaceutical industry is highly effective at getting news articles and research that are unfavorable toward vaccination removed from large media websites. One such story that was quickly removed from the large media website Examiner tackled the very touchy subject of greatly elevated cervical cancer risk in women vaccinated with …

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Times are a-changin’ my friends. Just days ago, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia signed SB 387 into law, which legalizes raw milk for human consumption. Yes, West Virginia! The state with the most draconian, anti-raw milk laws in the entire United States! The controversial legislation, which provides for legal access via herdshare agreements, …

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The old fashioned bleach bath is making a strong comeback in our modern, auto-immune compromised world. This country doctor solution was commonly recommended in generations past for acute, one off skin infections that were not of a persistent nature. And it worked –  really, really well. The difference today is that the bleach bath is …