Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ALERT: Baby Wipes Recalled for Dangerous Bacteria:




Baby wipes are being recalled. Some packages may contain a bacteria that's often resistant to common antibiotics.

Read more here

Saturday, October 25, 2014

World's Easiest Non-Toxic Organic BPA-free Leftover-Using Sugar-free Spaghetti Sauce EVER

So I found some lovely spaghetti squash (organic, por supuesto) at the farmer's market, and all I needed was some spaghetti sauce. I went to our local market, which, this being Manhattan's Upper West Side, they had a nice organic selection. But reading every single label, I saw they all had SUGAR.

You may or may not have been following the news that sugar may cause cancer. According the The New York Times, "Is Sugar Toxic?":

If it’s sugar that causes insulin resistance, they say, then the conclusion is hard to avoid that sugar causes cancer — some cancers, at least — radical as this may seem and despite the fact that this suggestion has rarely if ever been voiced before publicly. For just this reason, neither of these men will eat sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, if they can avoid it.

Our son has had a cancerous growth when he was an infant, so we skip the pesticides and the sugar (perhaps you should, too)

So what's a busy but non-toxic mom to do?

I went to make it from scratch, only to find the organic tomatoes all come in cans, which either have the endocrine-disrupting BPA. Or, the BPA-free just have ANOTHER chemical, what's depressingly known as a "regrettable substitution," which means it's free of BPA but not something else that's harmful. (read more here).

But, happily I found this:



Organic, glassed strained tomatoes (you can get $10 off your order using code PIX328 here.)

I ended up throwing together a sauce that was not only fast and easy, it was SO DELICIOUS that we were kind of dipping into it plain. BONUS: we used leftovers, including "leftover wine"--yes my husband has some health issues so he can't drink, and it's not my usual policy to drink a whole bottle of wine.

TRY THIS RECIPE and THROW IN YOUR OWN LEFTOVERS:

1 bottle Organic, glassed strained tomatoes 

2 tsp or more organic dried oregano

2 good shakes organic black pepper

sea salt to taste (I use a home made nettle salt)

1 small white onion, diced

2 cloves organic garlic, diced

1/4-1/2 cup leftover organic red wine, something full-bodied like a cabernet works well (optional but delicious - also, the alcohol part burns off when you cook)

2 tblsp organic olive oil - I used a high antioxidant, one of the few "non adulterated" olive oils like California Olive Ranch (yes, not to freak you out, but much olive oil on the market is rancid and or fake/adulterated).

If you want a touch of sweetness, try some organic coconut (1 tsp-1 tblsp) sugar or honey. If you want to go all natural Italian momma, then add a carrot and cook it long enough for the sweetness to come out (then compost the carrot, or mash it into the sauce)

**Use a good quality enameled iron pan--I used Le Creuset. 

Couldn't be easier: 


Sauté the onion at medium heat in the olive oil until translucent and just starting to brown. Pour in the rest of the ingredients except the garlic. Pour yourself a glass of wine. Heat until it starts to bubble gently. At this point you can also add in leftover vegetables, etc.  Stir occasionally while you drink the wine. It can be done in a few minutes if you're in a hurry. Cook for about 15-20 minutes for something thicker, appropriate for pizza.  Add the garlic in for the last 5 minutes of cooking both to get a more garlicky flavor and to preserve the antioxidant properties.  




Sorry, this picture looks a bit anti-gravity, but you get the idea. PRO-TIP: if you leave it out overnight, the flavors mingle even more nicely. Buon Appetito! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Alert! European Health Authorities Issue Warning on use of Valproate (Depakote) in pregnancy: Autism

If you are of childbearing age and especially considering becoming pregnant, a common epilepsy/ migraine drug, brand names include Depakene, Depakote, Depacon, has been linked to neural tube defects, autism, cognitive impairment in children when their mothers take it when pregnant. The European Medicine Agency is alarmed enough that it is telling doctors to use a different drug unless the person is on contraceptives.

And remember that pharma companies have less sway over medical opinion in Europe.

The European Medicine Agency (EMA)'s Pharmacovigilance and Risk Assessment Committee has recommended strengthening the restrictions on the use of valproate in women of childbearing age.
This is because of the risk for malformations and developmental problems in children exposed to valproate during pregnancy.
The committee recommends that valproate not be used to treat epilepsy or bipolar disorder in girls and women who are pregnant or who can become pregnant unless other treatments are ineffective or not tolerated.
It adds that women for whom valproate is the only option should use effective contraception and that a doctor experienced in treating these conditions should start and supervise treatment.
The advice also applies to the use of valproate for the prevention of migraine.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Electromagnetic warfare in the Beautiful Washington State Coast--RADIATION--pumped into public park?

Should the US government have electromagnetic war games here? They SAY it won't hurt animals or humans. Probably not a great idea.

Electromagnetic Radiation: Coming Soon to the Olympic Peninsula's Most Beautiful Areas?

he assessment also states that extended exposure to this level of radiation can pose a serious health hazard. The Peninsula Daily News reports,
“The Navy’s environmental assessment, which includes plans for protecting people and large animals, found no significant impact from the $11.5 million warfare training project, planned to be operational on the West End by September 2015.”

If this bothers you, COMMENT IS OPEN. Let the government know how you feel.


Thanks  to a public outcry on the issue, the Navy, working through the National Forest Service has extended a public comment period through October 25th, 2014. Comments, as well as a plethora of information on the issue can be found HERE.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Weird microbeads in toothpaste may be ruining your teeth and gums



Ugh, this hygienist kept finding terrible weird stuff in people's mouths and teeth:

Trish Walraven has seen lots of things as a dental hygienist, but until a few years ago, she had never seen anything like this.
“We thought it was a cleaning product or something that people were chewing,” Walraven said.
toothpasteThey were little blue dots trapped in the tiny spaces between people’s teeth and gums.
“Some weeks I’ll see five or six patients,” Walraven told KNXV.
Walvaren started asking around and other hygienists were seeing the blue dots, too.
It took awhile, but they finally figured out what it was — polyethylene.
read more here

Okay, so it's time to resurrect a very old post,  about my easy, extremely cheap "toothpaste" regimen that also WHITENS, i.e., baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Still no cavities and my teeth look nice and white even with my coffee and red wine habit... click here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Barbara's Cereals are now non-GMO; Annie's "Naturals" pro-GMO

I do love Barbara's jalapeno cheese doodles things but don't buy them because they may have GMOs.
However, I was happy to hear that the company is trying to switch to all non-GMO. They have started with their cereals. Check it out here;

On the other hand, Annie's "Naturals," which is so cutesy with the bunnies, is selling out to General Mills, which, according to RealFarmacy

General Mills was one of the most generous donators toward the campaign to prevent GMO labeling initiative prop 37 in California. They put $1,135,300 (as of 2012) into anti-GMO-labeling propaganda in Califonia alone.”

Read more here. Vote with your consumer dollars!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Eat Weeds!



Weeds are survivors, which makes them extra tasty. This weekend I made huevos con verdolagas, a delicious Mexican omelet that uses purslane, which I bet you have in your garden. Do you know purslane has a ton of omega-3s and vitamin A? My eggs turned out great, green, with the juicy and slight citrus flavor of purslane.

Read more about the surprising health benefits of purslane here: