Traditional Beverage: Kombucha

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer A couple years ago when someone first told me about WAP (Weston A. Price), I joined an online group.  People there kept talking about kombucha.  It sounded weird!  I had no idea what it was, or why anyone would want to drink it.  They kept talking about it as this special, prized drink that they wanted their children to have, and debating its merits. It wasn’t until almost a year ago (quite awhile after I first heard of it!) […]

Making Homemade Yogurt

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Written by Emily, Contributing Writer I’ve been making homemade yogurt for just about two years now, and I love the convenience, quality, and savings of making yogurt at home. Yogurt is one of the most basic traditional foods, and even if you are just getting started with real food, including yogurt in your diet is an easy way to reap so many of the health benefits of cultured dairy. One of the main health benefits of yogurt, besides the protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals, are […]

Harmful Handwashing: The Dangers of Antibacterial Soaps

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Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer I love this time of year, when the leaves start to change colors and the air turns crisp at night.  But as I enjoy the lovely colors and smells of this season, a part of me sighs deeply as I realize we are once again entering the time of year when it seems someone is always sick in my house. This is also the time that TV commercials start to heavily push the use of hand sanitizers and soaps.  […]

MRSA: A Safe, Natural, Inexpensive Cure

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**Stephanie’s note: This excellent post on curing MRSA is just a little sneak peak into some of the posts that will be coming in October, when we dive into all sorts of natural and home remedies, as well as looking at prevention for colds, flus and even cavities!** Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer How I Contracted MRSA Late last June, I had total knee replacement surgery.  It ended up being a bit of a nightmare with many complications, the scariest of all being a […]

Video Blog: How to Make Coconut Milk Kefir

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Since beginning the GAPS diet back in March, our family has been dairy-free. Although we are currently not on the GAPS diet anymore, through doing the diet we discovered that at least two members of our family react poorly to dairy. Though I am a huge advocate of raw milk (and cheese and creme fraiche and yogurt, etc.), we’ve had to say good-bye to this part of our diet, at least for the time being. I am preparing a post that will hopefully go up […]

The GAPS Diet: Why Our Family is Doing It

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Yesterday I shared about what the GAPS diet is. If you missed it, I would suggest going back and reading that post first. If you try to eat so well, why does your family need to do the GAPS diet? No one has asked me this yet, but I can well imagine that this is the question in many of your minds,and it is an extremely legitimate question! As I’ve shard before, my journey into nutrition and natural living did not come about just because […]

The GAPS Diet: What It Is and Why You Might Consider Doing It

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Do you or any of your family members regularly experience common digestive complaints, such as heartburn (reflux), indigestion, bloating, cramping, constipation, or diarrhea? Do any of you suffer from eczema, asthma, dyslexia, or depression? Have your children received labels such as autism, ADD or ADHD? Do you wonder if there is a common link between any of these these things? Two weeks ago, I received a book that I had been wanting to order for a long time. I began reading it during a plane […]