What if you discovered you were dying of cancer? I expect you’d seek the best doctors you could find to help you wage a war for your life. You’d likely end up on a variety of medications and treatments, costing you thousands and thousands of dollars…and you’d still probably fear for your health and livelihood. Now, what if I told you that you could reverse the progression of that cancer (or heart disease, diabetes, auto immune disorder, bone disease or stroke) by radically overhauling your diet? Would you be surprised? Would you make those necessary changes all while wondering why your doctor never shared this information and option with you?
The filmmakers of the thought-provoking and potentially life-changing documentary “Forks Over Knives,” which opens in theaters tomorrow, examine this concept – that basic changes to the Western Diet prove to be a much more effective “treatment” for many modern diseases and ailments than standard surgeries/treatments/prescription medications. Continue reading
When I was pregnant with Ethan (now 8-years-old), I was very careful about what I ate and drank. I was careful about my exposure to second hand smoke and I was even thoughtful about avoiding fumes from paints. Like many of you, I did this because I knew that when I exposed my body to dangerous toxins – I also exposed Ethan’s developing system to the same things. I even took all caffeine out of my life (which at the time was huge because I was admittedly addicted to Dr Pepper!)
But at that time, though I was reading multiple books about a healthy pregnancy and fetus development, I was naïve; while I was careful about paint fumes and caffeine, went to each and every prenatal appointment with my OBGYN, ate a diet rich in green vegetables and took a quality multi-vitamin, I didn’t know about dangerous pesticides used on conventionally grown produce. The more I learn about these chemicals created to be neurotoxins for pests, the more I cringe. A neurotoxin is a neurotoxin, right? Continue reading
About a year ago I talked my husband into investing a nice fruit and vegetable juicer (made by Breville). I’d read about the general health benefits of fresh fruit and vegetable juices and had a friend who was incorporating fresh juices into her son (living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder – ASD) and her neurotypical daughter’s daily diet. After talking to her about the machine itself and whether or not her kids actually drank the juice – which they did, I was sold!
While my son Ethan lives with Asperger’s Syndrome and is on a Gluten-Free and Casein-Free (GFCF) and mostly Soy-Free (SF) diet, we are blessed that he will eat a variety of foods and actually enjoys a range of textures. Even so, since so many kids with ASD have absorption issues, I tend to worry that he is not getting adequate nutrients on a regular basis. Continue reading
Transitioning household products to non-toxic solutions is something households across America are taking seriously. Here are just a few of tips to get you started:
- Baking Soda – cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours.
- Soap – unscented soap in liquid form, flakes, powders or bars is biodegradable and will clean just about anything. Avoid using soaps which contain petroleum distillates.
- Lemon – one of the strongest food-acids, effective against most household bacteria.
- Borax – (sodium borate) cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, painted walls and floors.
- White Vinegar – cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up. Continue reading
A recent study led by Brigham Young University professor Laura Padilla-Walker discovers that sisters can make our life better. The research is part of BYU’s Families Project and included 395 families Continue reading
Kimberly-Clark’s Scott Naturals brand announced an intriguing free promotion that will help save water in the home … its called a Smart Flush bag. At first glance, my mind immediately devised an unpleasant and awkward device but I was (happily) mistaken. Essentially, the bag sits in the toilet tank and expands to reduce the amount of water used for each flush.