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Green Burial – Thinking Outside the Box

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
May 26, 2010
File under: Environmental Impact, Natural Alternatives, Saving Money


Funeral rites date back to the earliest of civilizations. Archeologists have discovered ancient burial grounds of a Neanderthal man in Iraq dating to 60,000 BC. The body was found with animal antlers and flower fragments next to the corpse, believed to demonstrate ritual ceremony.1

While over time, every culture has developed customary rituals in caring for the dead, modern funerals are incredibly resource intensive. According to the Worldwatch Institute, the $25 billion death-care industry oversees 1.8 million burials a year and the average funeral costs about $6,000.2

Today’s post-mortem preparation includes …read more of Green Burial – Thinking Outside the Box here

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Top 10 Reasons to Eat Avocados

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
May 24, 2010
File under: Fruit, Healthy Eating, Produce


Health conscious consumers once shunned avocados for being too high in fat. These days, avocados have been vindicated. Numerous scientific studies suggest eating avocados as an important part of a healthy diet.

No matter how you slice it avocados are not only delicious, they are exceptionally good for you, too!

Health benefits associated with eating avocados:

A Healthy Heart

  • Avocados contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat like that in olive oil, which actually lowers blood cholesterol. Avocados are also rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants and folate, which can help reduce the risk heart disease dramatically. …read more of Top 10 Reasons to Eat Avocados here
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Managing the Gluten-free Casein-free Diet (GFCF)

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
May 17, 2010
File under: Dairy Free, Gluten-free, Natural Remedies


The GFCF diet is an eating plan that eliminates foods that contain gluten and casein. Removing these proteins from the diet is often helpful in lessening symptoms of autism such as impulsive behaviors lack of focus and difficulty in communicating.

Thousands of parents worldwide who have placed their children on this specialized diet report dramatic results.

While these proteins are not suspected to cause autism, people with autism have well-documented digestive issues often described as a ‘leaky-gut.’  In these individuals, the by-products of these proteins enter the bloodstream and impact the brain like a drug.  …read more of Managing the Gluten-free Casein-free Diet (GFCF) here

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Fragrant Burmese Curry

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
May 10, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegan

Photo Credit: Joseph A. Garcia

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma is an exotic land of temples, pagodas and colorful festivals bordered on all sides by Thailand, Laos, China, India and Bangladesh. The countries of Southeast Asia maintain distinct identities, however the cuisines share many staple ingredients and cooking methods.

What makes the cuisine of Burma so interesting is how it has taken the influence of its neighbors – Thailand, India, and China – and created a distinct character.  Chinese and Indian eateries predominate and the cuisine tends to fall somewhere between Chinese and Thai and is often described as a bit richer than Chinese and somewhat less spicy than Thai food. …read more of Fragrant Burmese Curry here

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Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
May 3, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Image Credit: Juan Carlo

Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos are scrumptious and make a handy appetizer or side dish that can be served with ease and elegance.

In this stylish treatment, baby Portobello mushroom caps are topped with a heavenly velvet-textured filling and baked in a hot oven.

Portobello mushrooms are actually mature Cremini, or Italian brown mushrooms, that have been allowed to ripen up to seven days longer.As a result of their longer growing period, Portabello mushrooms develop much larger caps that average up to six inches in diameter. …read more of Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos here

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