How to Successfully Start Seeds Indoors

Spring is here! Are you ready to grow some fresh, organic herbs, veggies, and flowers? Here are some tips for successful seed starting.   Materials for Starting Seeds: Containers - Either purchased pots or flats or containers you've saved, like egg cartons and yogurt cups. Used pots should be thoroughly cleaned using a scrubbing brush or pad. Potting Mix - Seeds do best in a soilless mix where there are fewer inherent problems than with garden soil Seeds - Your choice. … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning the Non-Toxic Way

Did you know that the typical American home contains about three to 10 gallons of toxic materials in the form of household cleaning products? Indeed, the very things you use to clean your house are actually among the primary sources of toxins and indoor air pollution you expose yourself to on a regular basis. Even "green" alternatives can contain harmful ingredients. It's unfortunate, but the terms "green" and "natural" are really nothing more than marketing terms, and they … [Read more...]

Read this Before Purchasing Seeds for your Garden!

At first glance it may seem like all seed companies are alike. If that was the case, it would make sense then that you should just go for whatever is the cheapest, however, this is not the case. In recent years, the "Big 6" agrichemical/seed firms have combined into the "Big 4": Dow and DuPont merged in 2015 and then divided into three companies, including Corteva Chemchina acquired Syngenta Bayer acquired Monsanto Bayer's seed divisions were sold to BASF These four firms now … [Read more...]

The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

The Difference between Dark, Milk, and White Chocolate: Dark chocolate contains 50-90% cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and sugar, whereas milk chocolate contains anywhere from 10-50% cocoa solids, cocoa butter, milk in some form, and sugar. Though dark chocolate should not contain milk, there may be traces of milk from cross-contamination during processing, as the same machinery is often used to produce milk and dark chocolate. Lower quality chocolates may also add butter fat, vegetable oils, … [Read more...]

What is “Real” Soap?

What kind of soap is in your bathroom? The big name soap brands that we all know from the store are almost always detergents. Detergents are made of synthetic cleaning agents, and tend to be a bit more harsh so they can hold up in hard water. They rarely contain natural oils or glycerin, or very little of it, and almost never use lye which is required for the chemical reaction. Detergents tend to strip away all traces of oil with synthetic lathering agents. It's not something you want to … [Read more...]

Are You Hooked on These Highly Addictive Foods?

  Can't resist a slice - or two or three - of pizza?  You may well be addicted. Researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan and the New York Obesity Research Center at the Mount Sinai - St. Luke's Hospital in New York observed that addictive foods share common traits with highly addictive drugs. Like other drug problems, they say, "food addiction" is characterized by: Loss of control over consumption; Continued use despite negative … [Read more...]

Beware of GMO Potatoes!

The first-generation genetically engineered (GE) Innate® potato, developed by J.R. Simplot and branded simply as White Russet™, was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2014 and entered the U.S. marketplace in 2015. It is now widespread in the US food supply. The Innate® potato was created using RNA interference (RNAi) technology to inhibit blackspot bruising and browning by reducing levels of asparagine and certain enzymes in the potato. This allows food manufacturers to … [Read more...]

Important Info on Chemicals and Toxins in Household Products

Consider this. There have been 85,000 new chemicals invented in the world since World War II. Of these, about 3,000 are produced in quantities over 1 million pounds per year. Of those largely produced chemicals that are used in foods, cleaning supplies, pesticides, water, and air, only 43 percent have been tested for toxicity. Only 10 percent have ever been tested with fetuses and children in mind. While we possibly can live longer through modern medicine, we may die young and suffer … [Read more...]

Herbicides found in Human Hair as Unique testing Project Releases First Results

A new testing program organized by The Detox Project in coordination with Kudzu Science, has released the first ever results for glyphosate levels in human hair. The unique project, which began in July 2018, has already discovered the world's most used herbicide, glyphosate, in a number of hair samples at over 66 parts per billion (ppb), which is a much higher level than the average urine level of 3 ppb reported by the University of California San Francisco in 2016. The main metabolite of … [Read more...]

Healthy, Hearty, and Delicious Fall Soups

Warm up on a cool fall night with a pot of satisfying soup. These seasonal soups are comforting, flavorful, and packed with healthy ingredients. Plus, they're easy to make and freezable if you're lucky enough to have leftovers. Sausage, White Bean, Kale Soup A hearty and healthy rustic Tuscan-style soup recipe that is quick to impress and incredibly easy to make, featuring kale, sausage, and white beans.  This recipe has only nine ingredients and 10 minutes to prep! View the Recipe … [Read more...]