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Raising Kids Vegan

By Deborah Elkins
June 15, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegan

My husband and I were not vegan or vegetarian when we met.  We have slowly evolved into vegans and continue to learn as we strive to be kinder and healthier for the planet and ourselves.

I was first inspired to become Vegan seven years ago when I read the book “Skinny Bitch,” by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin and learned about myths, such as. ‘Milk … It Does a Body Good.’

I have Crohn’s Disease, which is likely caused by a bacteria found in cow’s milk that is known to cause illness in cattle.[1] [2] Having been systematically indoctrinated to believe that I had to drink milk in order to get enough calcium and protein, it was news to me that I was never meant to drink the milk of another species.

I have since learned that my body was telling me something, that drinking milk was making me very sick. I told my husband about the diseases caused by milk and we were on our road to vegan, instantly. …read more of Raising Kids Vegan here

 
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Avoid Butter Flavored Microwave Popcorn

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
June 9, 2014
File under: Food Supply, Health Concerns

What does chemical warfare and microwave popcorn have in common? The poison gas, phosgene, which was first used extensively as a chemical warfare agent during World War I and can cause a horrific lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans.

Bronchiolitis obliterans causes the small airways (bronchioles) to become obliterated This is a generally irreversible and fatal condition that may be caused by butter-flavored microwave popcorn.

I have written about diacetyl, the artificial butter flavoring being linked to a condition known as “popcorn lung.” Workers who had been exposed to diacetyl were dying and as it turns out the industry had known about the dangers for decades, but covered it up. …read more of Avoid Butter Flavored Microwave Popcorn here

 
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Green Barbecue Tips

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
May 23, 2014
File under: Environment, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Backyard chefs believe that food cooked over an open fire is especially tasty because the juices stay concentrated in the middle and the surface becomes seared with smoky flavor. Cookouts may well be the quintessential summer pastime but can be unhealthy for people and the planet.

Charcoal Grills:

Burning charcoal briquettes pollutes the air. The smoky flavor in charcoal comes from charred wood and contributes to deforestation. Charcoal briquettes are made from sawdust bound with a type of glue and may also contain limestone, sodium nitrate and coal dust.

Lump Charcoal

Lump charcoal is made from natural hardwood and will generally produce far less ash. Natural wood charcoal will light very easily and does not contain fillers and are therefore free of chemical pollutants. …read more of Green Barbecue Tips here

 
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Eating Citrus Fruit May Help Keep Your Hands Warm

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
May 18, 2014
File under: Fruit, Health Concerns, Natural Remedies

In 1936, Albert Szent-Györgyi, who won the Nobel Prize for discovering vitamin C described a vitamin “P,” which we now know encompasses a class of thousands of phytonutrients called flavonoids.

Some, like quercitin, are abundant in plant-based foods. We can tell something is plentiful in the plant kingdom when you can find it even in iceberg lettuce!

Other phytonutrients, however, are only found in specific plant groups. Hesperidin, for instance is found primarily in citrus fruits. This may be one of the reasons that, of all the different types of fruit that have been studied, citrus fruit may cut the risk of stroke the most. …read more of Eating Citrus Fruit May Help Keep Your Hands Warm here

 
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New Zealand, Back to the Future on this Peaceful Pacific Island

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
April 28, 2014
File under: Environment, Travel

No GMOs in this Nuclear-Free Zone

I have heard that visiting New Zealand is like traveling back in time to the 1950’s; however I would say that it was quite the opposite during my recent visit.

For me, it seemed more like going forward in time to a perfect vision of a future filled with peace and kind and loving people who always greet you with a warm smile.

The unspoiled “Middle-earth” vistas are filled with millions of sheep and cows that live 100 percent outdoors for year-round grazing, due to pleasant weather, which they refer to as ‘long, fine spells.’

The dress code everywhere is ‘hiker chic’ where sage green prevails, reflecting the New Zealand motto of  ‘Clean and Green.’  I found that there were no poisonous snakes, bugs or any sort of dangerous animals to halt you in your tracks on a long hike. …read more of New Zealand, Back to the Future on this Peaceful Pacific Island here

 
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