Jul 172014
 
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. Continue reading »

May 022014
 

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. Continue reading »

Mar 272014
 

16 Home Remedies for Arthritis - foods to eat and foods to avoid, supplements and lifestyle changes, alternative and herbal therapies for arthritis.

Both my mother and my grandmother dealt with arthritis pain.  When I was a little girl, my grandmother Catherine held up her gnarled hand with crooked fingers and told me, “This is what happens when you crack your knuckles.  Never crack your knuckles.”  While most studies seem to have found no correlation between knuckle cracking and arthritis, the image of grandma’s hand has stuck with me, and I know arthritis caused her pain.  Mom never said much about it, but I’d see her rubbing her joints, and she always wore copper bracelets for the last several decades of her life.  Just recently, I was talking to my neighbor, Betty.  She told me that a friend of hers was on arthritis medication that knocked out her immune system so badly that she couldn’t kick a simple cold.  Her story inspired me to write this post and assemble a list of home remedies for arthritis to provide her with some natural treatment alternatives. Continue reading »

Jan 032014
 

Top Posts of 2013

My mind has been totally kablooey with the holiday mishmash, the intense cold and having my husband home extra.  (Don’t get me wrong, it was awesome to have him around, but he completely throws a monkey wrench in my schedule, starting with me not wanting to get out of bed in the morning because he’s soooo warm and cuddly!)  If I followed the rules of good blogging, I would have had posts written in advance to share with you.  Instead, I threw up my hands, enjoyed my family, and hoped you’d still be around in 2014.

To start off the new year, I’d like to share the top 15 posts from 2013, since many of you are new to the website.  Also, to be honest, I’ll bet no one but me has read all 500+ posts on the site, so sharing some snippets may introduce you to some that you’ve never seen before.  Some of these were written in 2013, some earlier, all have been much visited this past year. Continue reading »

Nov 292013
 

Did you miss the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle the first time it came around? We’ve heard from so many people who were disappointed they missed out the first time around, that we’re happy to announce the Encore Flash Sale for Black Friday weekend only!

I know so many people who are learning how to cook gluten free or allergy free, or just transitioning away from the SAD (Standard American Diet).  This bundle offers so many great recipes – plus other resources – in one spot that will help you on your journey.

One of most unique aspects of this sale is that after the holidays, you’ll get a chance to meet and interact with myself and other authors from this bundle online through the “Coffee Table Conversations”.  I don’t know about you, but I know there have been many times over the years when I’ve been reading a book and thought, “I really wish I could ask for more information on XYZ.”  Well, now you can. Continue reading »