10 Simple Self Care Snippets for the Holidays

  1. Help others in need ’Tis the season to give. When people practice the act of giving, it uplifts their moods and offers a sense of purpose. If you can’t spare much time, that’s okay. Find an organization dedicated to carrying out a good deed on your behalf. If you have more than just minutes, you can volunteer at a soup kitchen or put together care packages for nursing home patients.   2. Fill your home with uplifting scents As you try to incorporate self-care acts into your everyday holiday … [Read more...]

Natural Treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorder

  It's that time of year when the days are short and the temperature is cold. Some people enjoy these days so they can cozy up with a cup of coffee and a good book. For others, this is a time of year that they struggle with depression.   Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is defined as at least a two-year history of depression that is present from the winter until spring. Typical symptoms of SAD include: Low mood Irritability Sadness Carbohydrate cravings Lack of motivation Increased sleep … [Read more...]

Reducing Your Family’s Exposure to Man-Made Radiation in the Home

  TYPES OF EMFs   There are four specific EMF types in the average home—magnetic fields (MFs), electric fields (EFs), dirty electricity (DE) and radio-frequency/microwave radiation (RF). Each of these is a unique type of man-made non-ion­izing radiation; that is, they are not otherwise part of the natural environment.   MAGNETIC FIELDS   Let’s start with magnetic fields, which occur whenever electricity is flowing. MF strength is proportional to current use. Therefore, the more electricity being … [Read more...]

Nutrition: Why We Can’t Trust the Government

  One of the most powerful groups that influences Americans’ eating decisions is dominated by junk food companies.   The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and its foundation “assist the food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and agribusiness industries through their large network of professionals and students, their lax internal policies on corporate partnerships and their topical position papers.” These are the scathing conclusions of a new investigative report into the AND’s operations. It … [Read more...]

Countries All Over the World are Banning Atrazine. The U.S. Just Keeps Spraying.

  Independent scientists have long understood the unacceptable health risks of the pesticide atrazine.   A trove of well-documented research has linked the endocrine-disrupting weedkiller to birth defects, low sperm counts, and fertility problems.   So, it’s not surprising that the herbicide notorious for sticking around on landscapes and waterways long after it’s applied is now banned or being phased out in 44 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.   Yet here in the United States … [Read more...]

Very Rotten Rules

  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed a new rule for the standards around raising organic chickens. On the surface, it seems to be heading in the right direction; new provisions for living conditions, clarifications on existing requirements, and differentiations between avian and mammalian living conditions.   Under the surface, we find some very rotten rules.   A summary of them are:   Allowing porches with concrete floors to be counted as outdoor space Chickens … [Read more...]

The Fats You Need for a Healthy Diet

  Long before the dawn of agriculture, our ancestors spent 2.5 million years fine-tuning their metabolism and collective physiology to an opportunist’s diet that included everything from found or hunted meats and seafood to plants, insects and perhaps an occasional spot of honey. No doubt early humans feasted on plenty of leafy greens, nuts and other seeds as well as high-quality animal proteins and fats, all of which were loaded with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Our scavenger … [Read more...]

Cinnamon – Surprises and Cautions

  Cinnamon has been beloved for as long back as we can look. It has such a lovely scent, packs a substantial medicinal punch and can be used, safely, on a regular basis.   The idea that cinnamon is associated with warmth isn’t coincidental. Herbalists around the globe use a system of energetics to ascribe traits to both human health and disease, as well as the herbal medicines which can be used to support them. We have herbs which are hot, cool, damp, dry, and anything in between. While … [Read more...]

Everything You Need to Know About Zucchini

  What Is Zucchini? Zucchini are members of the gourd family along with cucumbers, melons, and pumpkins (which are all fruits, botanically speaking, but regarded as vegetables when it comes to culinary use). They’re classified as summer squash because they’re harvested before they fully mature, while their skins are thin and tender and their seeds are small and edible. Yellow or crookneck squash—which has a bulbous base and thin, sometimes curved neck—is another summer squash cultivar and is … [Read more...]

PFAS in Michigan: What to know about the contaminant

  PFAS is Michigan's most widespread, serious contamination problem since the PBB crisis of the 1970s.   Thousands of Michigan residents' water supplies have been impacted, and the full scope of the contamination from these so-called "forever chemicals" is not yet known. Soil and surface waters are also contaminated in many places, and people's exposures may have come from consumer products in years past.   Here is information for understanding the problem, and what can be done about it:   What … [Read more...]