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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Autumn is Upon Us

October 21, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

 from:  Andrea Withey   Some of My Favorite Fall Recipes       Autumn is upon us and you may be feeling it.  The mornings are colder and the days are shorter but there is still so much beauty surrounding us that it doesn’t go unrecognized.  One thing you may notice are the colors of fall; the trees are transitioning from green to gold, red, orange or brown.  This is the tree’s way of drawing the nutrients inward in preparation for winter.  This should be an indicator that it is time for us to make a few changes of our own.

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Leave No Child Inside

September 14, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

BY RICHARD LOUV   The growing movement to reconnect children and nature, and to battle “nature deficit disorder”   “Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for Nature. Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually into sustainable patterns of living.”  - Zenobia Barlow -

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How Exercise Benefits the Brain

August 29, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

–by Leo Widrich, syndicated from blog.bufferapp.com,   The Dance with The Endorphins Exercise has been touted to be a cure for nearly everything in life, from depression, to memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and more. At the same time, similar to the topic of sleep, I found myself having very little specific and scientific knowledge about what exercise really does to our bodies and our brains. “Yes, yes, I know all about it, that’s the thing with the endorphins, that makes you feel good and why we should exercise and stuff, right?” is what I can hear myself say to someone bringing this up. I would pick up things here and there, yet really digging into the connection of exercise and how it effects us has never been something I’ve done.

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Americans Are Living Longer

August 9, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

By RON WINSLOW   Americans Are Living Longer, but Not Necessarily Healthier Years of Living With Disabilities Increase, Partly Because of Ag   Americans are living longer than they did two decades ago, but they are losing ground on key measures of health to people in other developed nations, a new study shows.  

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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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The Sharing Economy

June 25, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

–by Rajesh Makwana, syndicated from shareable.net,    Values and the Sharing Economy We are all painfully familiar with the plethora of statistics that illustrate how unsustainable modern lifestyles have become and how humanity is already consuming natural resources far faster than the planet can produce or renew them. In a bid to reverse these trends, increasing numbers of people are attempting to consume less, reduce waste and recycle more regularly.  The rapid growth of the sharing economy over recent years reflects this growing environmental awareness and commitment to changing unsustainable patterns of consumption. The possibilities for sharing are already endless in many parts of the world, in everything from cars and drills to skills and knowledge. The sharing economy is undeniably taking off - and rightly so.

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The Generosity Paradox

May 24, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

WRITTEN BY: Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson        By Giving We Receive, But By Taking We Lose   Americans who are more generous live healthier, more fulfilling lives. It’s science.     Generosity is paradoxical. Those who give, receive back in turn. By spending ourselves for others’ well-being, we enhance our own. In letting go of some of what we own, we better secure our own lives. By giving ourselves away, we ourselves move toward greater flourishing. This is not only a philosophical or religious teaching, it is a sociological fact. The generosity paradox can also be stated in the negative. By grasping onto what we currently have, we lose out on better goods that we might have gained. In keeping to ourselves what we possess, we diminish its long-term value to us. By always protecting ourselves against future uncertainties and misfortunes, we are formed in ways that make us more anxious about uncertainties and vulnerable to future misfortunes. In short, by failing to care for others, we do not properly take care of ourselves. It is no coincidence that the word “miser” is etymologically related to the word “miserable.”

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