peanut allergiesThe prevalence of peanut allergies continues to skyrocket worldwide. In fact, it remains the fastest growing food allergy at the present time. Frequency in US schoolchildren alone more than tripled from 1997 to 2008. Unlike other food allergies, a peanut allergy is seldom outgrown and is also one of the most dangerous. Those suffering its effects typically must carry an EpiPen for emergency treatment of anaphylaxis.

swerveGo into a supermarket or healthfood store these days and you will be hard pressed to find products that are NOT labeled as natural. Natural is everywhere, even when a product is clearly not. Attractively presented bottles of GMO canola oil loaded with Roundup residue?  Natural!

Ice cream with added rat poison antifreeze to make it easily scoopable right out of the freezer?  

pericoronitisSeveral years ago, I wrote an article concerning the frustratingly persistent myths about wisdom tooth extraction. Whether dentists care to admit it or not, the truth is that in over two-thirds of cases, wisdom teeth absolutely do NOT need to be removed. This according to Dr. Jay Friedman DDS in a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. 

peanut butter cookiesSo many of you emailed about how much you enjoyed the old fashioned sugar cookie recipe I posted recently that I thought I would share another one for peanut butter cookies.

My tween actually took a conventional (yuck-o) peanut butter cookies recipe and converted it to healthy ingredients in order to make the yummy cookies pictured above.

brown rice syrupThe average person consumes around a cup of refined sugars every single day. This is 16 tablespoons per day and adds up to just shy of three pounds per week, or 152 pounds per year! In 1970, Americans ate 123 pounds of sugar per year, and 100 years ago, it was half that amount (1).

cut mangoRecently, I bought a bunch of mangoes at the store because they were on sale. While checking out the cashier said, “I love mangoes, but just can’t figure out how to eat them. I tried peeling them once and made a terrible mess!”

Before showing you how to cut one up quickly and like a pro (instructions plus video demo),

lectinsLectins are a class of proteins that bind to carbohydrates. They aren’t to be confused with leptins, which are “peptide” hormones produced almost exclusively in fat tissue.

Lectins play a wide, varied, and important role in all sorts of biological systems, from within the human body to plants, animals, bacteria and even viruses.

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