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If the numerous natural disasters in recent weeks have taught us anything, it’s that the more citizens are self sufficient, the better they fare when Mother Nature runs amok. When this self sufficiency is pursued as a lifestyle, it is known as homesteading. Have you noticed that in the aftermath of unexpected and devastating disruptions …

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If only a single adjective could be used to describe how the industrialized food industry operates, it would be the word “deceptive”. At every turn, consumers are tricked, duped and conned about the ingredients in their food. The go-to modus operandi is to hide undesirable ingredients on the label using healthy sounding words. One of …

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In herbal medicine, the benefits of cinnamon to health are numerous and impressive. I’ve written before about how I use a teaspoon of freshly grated varieties in my morning smoothie. The season determines whether I use Saigon (a type of Cassia) or Ceylon cinnamon. Cassia, for example, is one of the best herbs for seasonal allergies, …

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In recent years, health conscious people from around the world have embraced all things coconut. Beyond plain coconut oil, products like coconut sugar, coconut flour, coconut cream, coconut milk, and coconut flakes are widely available. Most recently, a product called coconut aminos is now gaining popularity. Many people allergic to soy sauce enjoy coconut aminos …

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Leg cramps are an extremely painful condition experienced by a wide variety of people. Athletes, pregnant women and the elderly all frequently suffer from it at least on an occasional basis. Sometimes, leg spasms occur on a nightly basis reducing the quality of sleep. When a “charley horse” happens during slumber, a person is jolted …

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In the increasingly wide and (sometimes) wonderful world of sugar substitutes, what about stevia? This naturally sweet herb turned industrialized darling is marketed in many forms. Healthfood store shelves have it on offer as green stevia leaf, white stevia powder, stevia extract, and by far the most popular, liquid stevia available in a dozen or …

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My oldest child recently went off to college – nearly 1000 miles away from home. Obviously, given this distance, he wasn’t going to be coming home for dinner or visit regularly on weekends! One of my biggest challenges with this life change was to help him figure out how to stay healthy. Eating in the …