The Right Cooking Oil

February 6, 2014  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

    Choosing the Right Cooking Oil By Andrea Withey  When you take a trip to your local health food store and find yourself in the cooking oil section, what enters your mind?  Are you looking for oil that will add flavor to your dish or one that is processed in a way that it retains its nutrients?  Each oil on the shelf varies in specific qualities and can fulfill different needs while they take you on your culinary adventures. There are some that are best used for high heat cooking, some that are used to add flavor to a dish and others with unique health benefits.  Let’s take a walk down that overwhelming isle and see if we can get a better sense of what the oils shine in these various qualities.

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Death by Sugar

October 25, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

By Dr. Mercola Sugary Drinks Linked to Over 180,000 Deaths Worldwide   I’ve been warning you of the dangers of soda since I started this site over 16 years ago, and the list of reasons to avoid this beverage just keeps getting longer. Americans in particular get most of their daily calories from sugar, primarily in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in soda and other sweetened beverages.

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Increase Your Garden Yield Eight-Fold

September 22, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

   High-Performance Agriculture Can Increase Your Garden Yield Eight-Fold John Kempf, an Amish farmer, is one of the leaders in the field of high-performance agriculture. He has taken a leadership role—somewhat similar to the way I have in natural medicine—in teaching people how to achieve these results. He’s the founder and CEO of Advancing Eco Agriculture,1 and runs an organic, high-performance farm in Ohio.

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Kill Hidden Bad Bugs

July 21, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

by Mark Hyman, MD   5 Steps to Kill Hidden Bad Bugs in Your Gut that Make You Sick   DOCTORS ARE TRAINED TO IDENTIFY DISEASES by where they are located. If you have asthma, it’s considered a lung problem; if you have rheumatoid arthritis, it must be a joint problem; if you have acne, doctors see it as a skin problem; if you are overweight, you must have a metabolism problem; if you have allergies, immune imbalance is blamed. Doctors who understand health this way are both right and wrong. Sometimes the causes of your symptoms do have some relationship to their location, but that’s far from the whole story. As we come to understand disease in the 21st century, our old ways of defining illness based on symptoms is not very useful. Instead, by understanding the origins of disease and the way in which the body operates as one, whole, integrated ecosystem, we now know that symptoms appearing in one area of the body may be caused by imbalances in an entirely different system.

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Benefits of Beetroot Juice

July 10, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

by The Alternative Daily    Health Boosting Benefits of Beetroot Juice       Classed as a powerful superfood by today’s nutritional health experts, beetroots are commonly cooked or sliced thin for salads, are also easy to juice. Beet juice has long been touted as a blood purifier and blood builder because it helps build red blood cells. Ironically, at one point in history, beet greens were eaten but the roots tossed aside or used as animal feed.

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Solar Powered Aquaponics For Apartments

June 15, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

Margaret Badore Living / Green Food   Steve Cordova created this small, self-contained fish tank and aquaponic planter with the hopes that it will get people interested in urban farming and growing their own produce. The solar panels power a motor that pumps water to the planter. Bacteria that grows at the bottom of the tank near the pebbles turn the ammonia into nitrite. In the planter, waste from the fish becomes nutrients for the plants. The plant roots strip ammonia, nitrates and phosphorus from the water. Clean “filtered” water flows back into the tank.

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Bob the Greenhouse Roams Montana Schools

April 18, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

By Katherine Combes Epoch Times Staff Program connects children with local produce, gardening   KALISPELL, Mont.—The Montana Farm to School Network (MFSN) programs and Bob the Greenhouse Bus project are teaching children in K–12 about local foods, gardening, and the connections between the food they eat and the larger community. The MFSN has programs all over the state. Most are funded with grants from local businesses. MFSN is part of the National Farm to School Network (NFSN), which spans all 50 states. The network has grown from only a handful of schools in the late 1990s in two states to over 2,000 programs spanning all 50 states.

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Guerilla Gardener

March 19, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

  A guerilla gardener in South Central LA Ron Finley Gardener                 Ron Finley grows a nourishing food culture in South Central L.A.’s food desert by planting the seeds and tools for healthy eating. Artist and designer Ron Finley couldn’t help but notice what was going on in his backyard. “South Central Los Angeles,” he quips, “home of the drive-thru and the drive-by.” And it’s the drive-thru fast-food stands that contribute more to the area’s poor health and high mortality rate, with one in two kids contracting a curable disease like Type 2 diabetes.

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March 4, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

      The family of friends at the Flathead Food Bank in the old Gateway West Mall are some of the best, kindest people you’ll ever meet. Everyone walks by with a smile on their face, and laughter sings out wherever you wander in this huge facility.  Executive Director Lori Botkin says she only wants to work in a place where she loves the people and the atmosphere.  She walks the talk:  her more than four hundred volunteers and seven paid staff seem to like their work, because they certainly work hard! 

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When Nature is The Teacher

February 26, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

–by Vandana Shiva, Yes Magazine   Everything I Need To Know I Learned In The Forest     My ecological journey started in the forests of the Himalaya. My father was a forest conservator, and my mother became a farmer after fleeing the tragic partition of India and Pakistan. It is from the Himalayan forests and ecosystems that I learned most of what I know about ecology. The songs and poems our mother composed for us were about trees, forests, and India’s forest civilizations.

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