Friday, April 30, 2010
Naturally Yours Grocery "Allergy Remedies"
Roger Hutchinson describes two effective products for Spring season allergies and sinus problems.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I heard that. What? That rumbling sound, almost as loud as thunder. It's coming from your stomach. Face it: you're hungry! Now you can satisfy that urge for food with a natural, organic, healthy sandwich...and save $1.00 off the regular price.
My favorite sandwich is the Veggie Hummus. What's your favorite? Folks, our deli sandwiches fill you up and make you feel good. No regrets. No chemical additives or processed junk.
Let's get some good eating going on up in here.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I thought I'd mention a few items I bought at Naturally Yours Grocery today, because I really like them a lot.
First, I'm totally crazy about kefir. So today I decided to try a new brand. I picked up a bottle of Redwood Hill Farms Natural Cultured Goat Milk Kefir (traditional plain). I drank a glass of it and now I want to chug down the entire bottle. It's that delicious.
It's got a somewhat sour flavor that I love. I generally buy flaovored kefir, like strawberry or raspberry. But lately I've been buying plain yogurt, and eating it plain or adding some berry preserves to it. This kefir is so satisfying, it doesn't need any extra flavoring.
Here's what the Redwood Hill Farms website says about their kefir products.
Kefir is a cultured probiotic beverage similar in taste and texture to a “drinkable” yogurt. Originated more than 2000 years ago in the Caucasus Mountains, it’s a deliciously mild beverage, with a naturally sweet, tangy flavor, and a refreshing hint of natural carbonation.
Like all of our dairy products, we use only the freshest, easily digested, 100% grade A non-homogenized goat milk and a custom blend of 10 live and active kefir cultures to make our kefir. It’s completely natural, with NO sugar, artificial coloring, preservatives, stabilizers or powdered milk.[END QUOTE]
My scalp has been rather itchy lately, so I decided to try some Tea Tree Mint Shampoo from Avalon Organics. Problem solved. This unique blend of tea tree, mint, eucalyptus, and rosemary oils is exactly what I needed. It also makes my hair squeaky clean when well rinsed. You know, it's a loud squeakiness.
Next, I have some organic hair conditioner, but while I like the effects of it, I don't care for the scent.
So I thought I'd try Italian Red Grape Conditioner from Desert Essence Organics. Wow, does that stuff smell great! I love the scent of this, and it has antioxidant UV filters: resveratrol and red wine extract. Plus organic grape seed oil. 100% vegan. Wheat and gluten free. A wonderful product.
Finally, I want to boost my energy levels and immune system, so I got some Barleans Highest Lignan Flax Oil Softgels.
Here's a description of it from their website.
A foundational addition to a healthy diet, our organic, high-lignan content flax oil is ideal for those who aspire to nutritionally support:
* Heart Health*
* Healthy Cholesterol Levels*
* Joint Mobility & Bone Density*
* Energy & Endurance*
* Healthy Blood Glucose*
* Skin, Hair & Nail Health*
What are Lignans?
Lignans are a highly studied and researched class of plant phytonutrients most abundantly found in flaxseed that have recently come to the forefront of nutritional research.
Numerous studies have reported on the role of lignans in support of the structure and function of heart and hormonal health.* Barlean's Fresh ExPressed™ extraction process gently liberates delicate Omega-3 flax oil, while capturing lignan flaxseed particulate.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
If you're a parent, grandparent, babysitter, or involved with children in any way, you really need to read NewsAnchorMom blog regularly. It's the blog of Jen Christensen, the WHOI TV news anchor. I helped Jen set up her blog (though her own staff did a lot of graphic design tweaking), and it is one local business blog that has really taken off.
Like Matt Kowal, Jen is a natural-born blogger. Both are experts in their field, and have a passion that is extra-ordinary. Jen is a humble, transparent, delightful blogger who reveals her own frustrations, questions, and problems, in a really warm, human manner. If you have a blog, you can learn a lot from the content she puts on hers.
Today I discovered a post that I enjoyed, on choosing the right dog as a pet for your family: "Deciding Which Dog is Best for You". After posting a comment, I continued reading NewsAnchorMom. To my shock I saw a post about how parents can potentially pass on dental problems to their own children, without realizing it.
Do you taste your children's baby food, yogurt, or other edibles, before spooning it over to them?
Don't do that!
Taste with a separate spoon!
Consider this excerpt from Jen Christensen's post on NewsAnchorMom "You Give Kids Cavities".
FROM NBC: It's a practice of many moms, testing your baby's food before they eat it. But, you could be passing something on to your kids -- cavities!
Maia Trible likes yogurt. That's why her mother Gena tastes the toddler's food, it's something mothers do it everyday, but we've learned parents may be giving their babies cavities! Gena Tribble/UT dental branch researcher -- you can actually transfer those cavities from your mouth to your child's mouth.
Dr. Gena Tribble says baby Maia isn't going to immediately get cavities from her mom. However, Tribble says if parents share spoons, kisses, and saliva with their children it's possible, especially if you have a cavity.
And it's not just children who can "catch" cavities from their parents, adults can spread bacteria to each other that causes peridontal disease and a host of other problems. Experts say spouses often spread gingivalis bacteria which causes peridontal disease.
Dr. Tribble has received a 1 million dollar NIH grant to find out why the bacteria is so hard to kill. She says bacteria needs to be killed because it not only causes tooth loss, but it's also linked to heart disease, preterm labor, and complications for diabetics.
Tribble-"They're really causing a chronic lifelong infection and we need to find out better ways to treat that." Dr. Sandford Fenton says cavity causing bacteria and peridontal disease are easily spread by sharing toothbrushes, cups.
Sanford Fenton: "If you share the same toothpaste tube the community tube in the bathroom it can easily spread the germs of bacteria from mouth to mouth."
Fenton recommends: 1-separate tubes of toothpaste for each family member 2-do not share anything 3-have frequent dental check ups especially if you're pregnant 4-brush when a baby get the first tooth and 5- chew gum with xylitol after meals.
Dr. Tribble-"There are many scientific studies that show if you chew gum containing xylitol after every meal, you're much less likely to transfer these bacteria to your children." So these dental scientists say, 'be careful who you kiss!' or at least brush and floss well after those kisses!
- NewsAnchorMom Jen
Monday, April 26, 2010
According to the Wall Street Journal "USDA Cracks Down on Synthetic Fatty Acids in Organic Milk":
The Obama administration, continuing its crackdown on the $25 billion organic food industry, is moving to eliminate two synthetic additives widely found in organic baby formula and organic milk.
Most U.S. manufacturers of conventional and organic baby formula have supplemented their products with the fatty acids DHA and ARA for several years in order to make them more closely mimic breast milk. Some studies suggest the omega 3-fatty acid DHA and the omega-6 fatty acid ARA promote cognition and eyesight in babies.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which isn't challenging the safety of the additives, is responding to complaints from activists that the Bush administration ignored proper procedures when it decided to include synthetic versions of the fatty acids on a list of nonorganic ingredients that are nonetheless allowed into products that carry the USDA's organic seal.
Kathleen Merrigan, an organics expert and second-most powerful person in the Agriculture Department, said in an interview Monday that organic regulators in 2006 misinterpreted the federal guidelines and erred by not seeking public comment on the 2006 move.
Expectant mothers, concerned about POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) coming from the environment and working their way into their breast milk, have switched to organic milk.
Tighter restrictions on the USDA Certified Organic label is seen as essential to consumer confidence. But this new move poses a challenge to organic milk producers who want to make sure their milk contains all the substances vital to newborns.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Peoria Art Guild EARTH DAY 2010 Community Mural pt. 2 featuring George Henry (guitar/vocals) of Creek Road Ramblers bluegrass band. At the Murray Building (old Murrays Jewelers) on Water Street.
We had a lot of fun at the festivities sponsored by the Peoria Art Guild. It included a Community Mural and a concluding Drum Circle ceremony. Videos were made. CDs were distributed. People shared drums and laughter. Love was everywhere. Everyone was happy and celebratory. The way the people of Peoria drummed together was quite exhilarating. Thanks to Gary Moore and all the participants for an electrifying experience.