Preparing for Cold and Flu Season – Step #1- Probiotics

Preparing for cold and flu season with probiotics. Learn about a study that showed probiotic consumption lead to fewer fevers, coughs and runny noses.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms similar to the “friendly” bacteria found naturally in the body’s digestive system. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) of Maryland states that we each house two to five pounds (1.0 to 2.26 kilograms) of live bacteria inside our bodies.

How do probiotics work?

Antibiotics work by killing bacteria, both friendly and unfriendly.  Probiotics add good bacteria to your body.  Adding more good bacteria can crowd out the bad bacteria, at at the very least make it more difficult for them to thrive. [Read more...]

How to Make Elderberry Syrups and Jellies

How to Make Elderberry Syrups and Jellies with Fresh or Dried Elderberries
My friend, Tami, saw my comment on the Common Sense Homesteading Facebook page about wanting to experiment with elderberries, and embraced the challenge with gusto.  She and her family went picking, and came home with the entire car trunk filled with elderberries.  Bless her heart, I didn’t have time to help her process them the next day, so she stuck them in the freezer overnight and tackled them herself.  In this post we’ll share how to process fresh elderberries, plus how to make elderberry syrup and elderberry jelly with those fresh elderberries, and an easy recipe for a small batch of immune boosting elderberry syrup with dried elderberries. [Read more...]

Would You Feed Your Kids Pesticide Chips?

Learn about the hidden pesticides in our food, where to find them and how to avoid them. If these crops make animals sick, what are they doing to people?

I did purchase pesticide chips for my kids, but I won’t be buying any more. Corn chips are just one of thousands of products on our store shelves made from crops that are legally classified as pesticides, not food, but still sold as food.

Pesticides in Food – How Much are We Eating?

Let me explain.  I read A LOT about food.  I’m reasonably sure that some would classify me as OCD about the whole thing.  I’ve made a lot of positive changes in our family’s diet.  Still, there were a few old “favorites” that we hadn’t given up, the above chips being one of them. After all, we’ve been told that pesticides either (a) wash off or (b) don’t stay intact during processing.

Then I read this information from an article in India Today: [Read more...]

15 Home Remedies to Reduce Cholesterol

15 Ways to Naturally Reduce Cholesterol and Lower the Risk of Heart Attack -  Plus Cholesterol's Role in the Body and Side Effects of Statin Medication

Clockwise form top left – strawberries, magnesium salts to make magnesium oil, nettle and fish oil.

Under the new guidelines issued by the American Medical Association, roughly 1/3 of all adults should consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.  Many healthcare practitioners already feel there is an overuse of statin medication in the United States.  Statins may cause serious side effects, which I’ll get to in a bit.  Also, 50% of people who die suddenly from heart attacks do not have high cholesterol.   In this post we’ll discuss 15 home remedies to naturally reduce cholesterol and lower the risk of heart attack, the role of cholesterol in the body and side effects of stain medication. [Read more...]

What if I Told You Weeds and Bacteria Could Save Your Life?

What if I Told You Weeds and Bacteria Could Save Your Life?  What you need to know about  wild plants and friendly bacteria.  The truth may surprise you.

“The trend in bacterial development of antibiotic resistance is not unlike the increasing resistance of agricultural pests to pesticides. In 1938, scientists knew of just seven insect and mite species that had acquired resistance to pesticides. By 1984 that figure had climbed to 447 and included most of the world’s major pests.  In response to heavier pesticide use and a wider variety of pesticides, pests have evolved sophisticated mechanisms for resisting the action of chemicals designed to kill them. Pesticides also kill the pests’ natural enemies, much like antibiotics kill the natural enemies of harmful bacteria in the body.”

– by Michael Schmidt, from Beyond Antibiotics

What if I told you weeds and bacteria we are trying so hard to kill could save your life? Would you think I was crazy? I’ve been doing a lot of reading and a lot of thinking lately, and I’ve come to realize that much of what we are told in our day to day lives is not only inaccurate, but flat out wrong.  Here are my latest thoughts on our wild and tiny neighbors. [Read more...]