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Homemade Shampoo for Dogs and People, Too!

By Gabrielle Ottavio
January 6, 2014
File under: Essential Oils, Health Concerns, Natural Alternatives, Pets, Saving Money

It is really easy and economical to make homemade shampoo.

Commercial shampoo contains harsh cleansers called sulfates that can be drying and damaging to hair and skin and making shampoo that is chemical and toxin free is pretty simple and can be customized to meet your personal needs.

To make shampoo all you need is a base, distilled water, herbs and/or essential oils that are safe for your dog. There are some essential oils that should never be used for animals: Anise, Clove Leaf/Bud, Garlic, Horseradish, Juniper, Thyme, Wintergreen, or Yarrow, to name a few.

Avoid essential oils when bathing your cat, as they can slowly cause toxins to build up in the feline’s system, causing a slow onset of organ failure. A cat’s liver cannot process toxins as a human’s or even a dog’s can. …read more of Homemade Shampoo for Dogs and People, Too! here

 
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Serve Vegan Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day for Good Luck and Good Karma

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
December 30, 2013
File under: Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Natural Alternatives, Recipes, Vegan

Photo Credit: Joseph A. Garcia

Back-eyed peas are a dietary staple in the American South and Hoppin’ John is a traditional dish made with black-eyed peas believed to bring good luck when served on New Year’s Day.

According to the legend, if you serve black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day, you’ll have plenty of pocket change in the New Year. If you serve “Hoppin’ John” with cooked greens you’ll also have plenty of folding money.  Many southern families toast each other with Champagne and a bowl of Hoppin’ John at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Black-eyed peas are cream-colored beans that have a slightly smoky flavor, smooth texture and a distinct black dot. Food historians agree that “Hoppin’ John” is an American dish with African/French/Caribbean origins. African slaves, who worked the rice plantations, brought black-eyed peas to the U.S. and by the 1700’s they were growing extensively in the south. …read more of Serve Vegan Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day for Good Luck and Good Karma here

 
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Eggs Linked to Cancer Progression

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
December 16, 2013
File under: Diet, Eggs, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating

About two million men in the U.S. are living with prostate cancer, but that’s better than dying from prostate cancer. Catching it when the cancer is localized and five-year survival is practically guaranteed, but once the cancer begins to spread the chances drop to one in three.

Harvard researchers took more than a thousand men with early stage prostate cancer and followed them for a couple years to see if there was anything in their diet associated with a resurgence of the cancer, such as spreading to the bone.

Compared to men who hardly ate any eggs, those men who ate even less than a single egg a day had a significant two-fold increase in the risk of prostate cancer progression.

The only thing worse was poultry consumption, which showed up to four times the risk of progression among high-risk men. Researchers believe that the higher risk might be caused by the carcinogens (heterocyclic amines) in cooked meat that build up more in chicken and turkey muscle than in other kinds of meat. …read more of Eggs Linked to Cancer Progression here

 
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Festive Vegan Holiday Roast

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
December 7, 2013
File under: Entertaining, Environmental Impact, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Wiley T Day Meatless Thanksgiving

Photo: Wiley T. Day

Lighten up with this healthy, delicious and satisfying Holiday Roast!

Holidays bring family and friends together to celebrate traditions and spread good cheer with lots of socializing planned around food.  It is during this season that we can reflect about what is truly important. Certainly we can all agree that paying attention to our health and the health of the planet should be at the top of the list.

Festive Holiday Roast is really delicious, easy and fun!  You will be amazed to learn how easy it is to turn five pounds of tofu into a really tasty meal with 12 generous servings. Tofu?  Yes…and you wouldn’t know it.  Half the preparation is done in advance. …read more of Festive Vegan Holiday Roast here

 
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Lean, Green, Serene Christmas

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
December 3, 2013
File under: Green Holiday, Saving Money

St. Nicholas, originally a Greek Bishop of the Catholic Church in the third century A.D. was born into wealth and gave his inheritance to the needy.   So, our modern St. Nick, a.k.a. Santa Claus is truly related to the religious “reason for the season.”

We all need to remember that true Christmas joy is found in acts of kindness and generosity and doesn’t have to revolve around glossy, glitzy decorations and shopping.

Instead of exchanging a multitude of presents, family, co-workers or friends can plan to have a “Yankee Swap”.  Each person brings a wrapped present of a predetermined cost. …read more of Lean, Green, Serene Christmas here

 
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