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Feeling Broke – Why Buy Organic?

Posted on Friday, January 16th, 2009 in Uncategorized
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We are in times of economic crisis, where many of us become much more conscious of our shopping decisions. Many individuals who shop with green in mind are debating whether or not to spend the extra money to buy organic food or organic products for that matter. There are many reasons why organic purchases are a better choice and help to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This entertaining video provides a summary of organic food and farming benefits. Making organic purchases needs to be a collective of people who can drive the prices down. It is like any other product on the market, once there is enough demand the prices will fall and it will start to become the new norm. The next time you are making a purchase and wondering if you should spend the extra; try to see if you can make a compromise on reducing the quantity of one regular product to buy one that is organic. If you or any of your friends and family are skeptical of organics, send them a link to this video and you decide if it is a worth while cause. Read more »

Coconuts used for Car Parts

Posted on Friday, January 9th, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Coconut husk

Coconut husk. Coconuts are the seed of the coconut palm tree, which grows throughout the tropics. The top 5 coconut-growing nations in the world are the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Brazil and Thailand. Credit: Baylor University Photography

Who would have thought the use of coconuts to replace synthetic automotive parts would be the next green automotive breakthrough? Are coconut cars going to be part of our future? I think it is a remarkable idea, not only is it an abundant renewable resource, but it uses coconut fibers from the coconut husks which are often discarded in piled up mounds creating potential health risks. These piles can collect water and become a breeding ground for malaria-causing mosquitoes. By using the waste from the coconut, this may as a result help to create a sustainable economic development for the coconut farming industry in various countries. Read more »

Recycle and Compost

Posted on Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Recycle and Compost

I thought I would try to reinforce the topic of recycling and composting your household trash. Last year the County requested that each household participate in a new green waste recycling system. Our County will no longer be able to take waste to our local landfill after December 2008, which means our residential waste will have to be transported to a facility further away, resulting in higher costs. So now, not only does it cost more in transportation, but increases the carbon footprint as well. The new recycling program that was implemented allows all households to recycle and compost. New rollout carts were provided, a black one for household garbage and a green one for compost. The County also supplied a small green covered pail for kitchen scraps that can be added regularly to the large green cart, as well as a large recycling bag for paper products.
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Food Allergies on the Rise

Posted on Sunday, January 4th, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Food Allergies
I found the article Allergies are on the rise and we may be part of the problem very interesting. Going back to my childhood I had intolerances to some vegetables, grains, and dairy; however, it was nothing that posed major health issues. Going to school back in the day, you could take whatever you wanted in your lunch bucket. It was just last year when my daughter started pre-school and I realized exactly how many children in one classroom had a variety of allergies. There were no nuts of any kind including peanuts, sesame, and a few other guidelines that had to be followed. Grocery shopping now became an adventure each time. Read more »

Home Remedies for the Common Cold

Posted on Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 in Home Remedies, Vitamin C
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I hope everyone was fortunate enough to have a healthy and enjoyable holiday. It is that time of year when all the stress of shopping, and preparations of the holiday season seem to get the best of everyone. Well this year in our household was no exception, with the temperature on a constant slide down it brought the onset of the common cold. Sick kids, with coughing, stuffed up and running noses, fevers and OMG the crying and sleepless nights. After almost two weeks of this, we are almost back to normal. Everyone hates feeling like crap, as adults we can relate and know exactly how our children feel. Although there is no cure for the common cold, there are so me ways to ease the symptoms. Natural Home Remedies and treatments for easing the symptoms of the Common Cold when plagued by this virus…

Vitamin C – A daily dose of vitamin C-75 mg for adults and 35 mg for children will help prevent the common cold. However, if a cold has already appeared a larger dose of this vitamin will relieve the symptoms and shorten the duration. At the first sign of a cold, try taking one or two 500 mg tablets of vitamin C and continue to take this amount daily for the duration of the cold.

Lemon – Lemon is beneficial in all types of colds. The juice of the lemon is a high source of Vitamin C, which will decrease toxicity and help reduce the length of the cold. Take one lemon and dilute it in a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of honey. This can be taken twice daily.

Garlic – The famous garlic cure, garlic helps open up the respiratory tract. Garlic has a natural anti-biotic and anti-fungal medicinal compound, allicin, which forms when garlic is crushed or chopped finely. It helps to flush out toxins and bring down fevers. The traditional garlic soup; boil 3-4 cloves of chopped garlic in a cup of water and take once daily. Another method that has been found to be effective has been to take 5 drops of garlic oil combined with a teaspoon of onion juice, and diluted in a cup of water and drink 2-3 times per day.

Ginger – Ginger has been another remedy used in treating colds and coughs. It is also used to alleviate nausea. Cut a small amount of ginger into pieces and boil in a cup of water, strain and drink tea hot.

There are many different techniques individuals use to help overcome cold symptoms as fast as they can. Steam baths, humidifiers, breathing in Vicks steam vapor or adding a couple drops of eucalyptus oil on your pillow also prove to be effective methods of treatment.

Drink plenty of fluids – hot teas, fruit and vegetable juices, maintain a well balanced diet, abstain from sugar as it lowers immunity and get lots of rest!

Feel free to add your own common cold home remedy or comment.

Happy 2009!

Posted on Thursday, January 1st, 2009 in Uncategorized

Happy New Year! I can not believe how fast 2008 went by. It was a quiet New Years eve for our family as we watched the fireworks going off around the lake on the stroke of midnight. Read more »