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  • Clearly strict adherence to the scientific method has led people astray on other topics. I think it’s entirely possible that the complex associations of living things, digestion and metabolism haven’t quite been figured out in their entirety. Perhap…
    in Vinegar Comment by sillydog
  • You might also want to check and make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D. Most people are deficient. Also, carbohydrates do release endorphins, so you might just be “coming down” from all the grains. If you’re also loosing weight, as many do, estr…
  • the green is a toxin common to all nightshade family plants called “solanine.” You’d have to eat a small mountian of green chips before getting sick, tho.
    in Potatoes Comment by sillydog
  • Perhaps most importantly, organic crops are less agressively watered prior to shipping because they are often varieties that have better diesase and pest resistance, rather then shippability characteristics. A water-logged crop is less able to defen…
    in organic? Comment by sillydog
  • Regarding avocados, that doesn’t make much sense, given that most pesticides tend to bio-accumulate in fats, and my lovely aligator pears are very high in fats. While it is true that the crop itself isn’t routinely sprayed with insecticides as apple…
    in organic? Comment by sillydog
  • I believe most are heat processed for your “safety.”
  • I would also add that 130-something over anything under 100 is not bad at all. If you were concerned about it, I’m surprised it didn’t actually go up. Most people have high bp in doctors offices because they’re not comfortable there.
    in Blood pressure Comment by sillydog
  • Strangely, changing which fats you eat will help scrub some of the funk out of your arteries, if it’s a result of cholesterol. However, there can be all sorts of reasons—exercising is actually the best way I know of to get it down, but getting omega…
    in Blood pressure Comment by sillydog
  • Flax seeds are not nuts—they are achenes, like sunflower or strawberry seeds! They are also your omega-3 buddies and a really great crop for a ton of agrinomic and environmental reasons. Chestnuts are nearly all starches and very little fat. Walnuts…
    in Flax seeds Comment by sillydog
  • Cloves have the added advantage of being a natural anti-bacterial agent and analgesic if you have tooth pain.
  • Actually, chewing on the leaves or seeds of any member of the apiacae family will have a breath freshening effect. This includes fennel, parsley, celery and carrot (which grows wild in most temperate zones as “Queen Anne’s Lace and produces a white …
  • I don’t do smoothies, but for a very silly reason. I had an evil roommate once who did the sort of terrible things that sound like a Hollywood movie (and not a very good one). She was the first person I ever knew who ate them and just the thought of…
  • Aha! A horticulture question! Citrus differs from other tree fruits in that it is very readily “pathenocarpic.” This means they can develop the fruit without the stimulus of a developing seed or fertilization. Most fruits require a developing seed t…
    in seedless wonders? Comment by sillydog
  • There is only one way that really, truly and fiarly works, and thats vasectomy. It only costs $250 when done with modern techniques, leaves no scar and is 100% vegan. As for women, the only drawback is that if you do get knocked up, there’ll be some…
    in Birth Control? Comment by sillydog
  • since getting a lot of the funk out of my diet, my natural aroma has become something of an indicator of health. It usually gives me about 2 days warning if I’m about to come down with something. I did notice when I was loosing weight that it was wo…
  • that’s great to know, cuz I tried the Instead way back when it first came out and found that it leaked horribly. I think I’ll give the Diva Cup a try. On a related note, say AWAY from the non-organic tampons with polyester. Even OB started making on…
    in Diva Cup anyone?? Comment by sillydog
  • Thank you so much for the advice and support. My editor is training to be an ND and said pretty much the same thing about the pectin and flush. She is in the UK when having gallbladder symptoms, went in for a surgery consult, and they told her they …
  • not at all. Well, looking back on it, it’s been slowly going funky on me for about 10 years now, but was managable until last November. I had no idea what my “evening lie down problem” was for the whole time. A friend suggested that I look up gallbl…
  • As I understand, the high quality, organic green teas from Japan are processed at low temperatures, though we don’t often get the good stuff over here. Does anyone know if Matcha is heat processed?
  • Funny; I was just reading up on how macaws and other tropical birds are very sensitive to toxins and food that’s too hot or cold. You shouldn’t even use teflon pans in the same house as a macaw—the ol’ canary in the coal mine thing. Food between 10-…
  • I used to be all freaked out about the melanoma until I looked at what was in suntan lotion—then threw them all out. I’ve been using unrefined shea butter instead for the last year or so and have found that if I limit exposure to a few hours, I’m us…
  • Autoimmune disease (RA, MS and Lupis) runs VERY strongly in my mother’s family (Norwegians), but only the women and only since they’ve been in America (1880s). I’ve been terrified of it my whole life. Tried to make sure to expose myself to normal pa…
  • My partner means to be supportive, but as a typical flaky artist, he just doesn’t think (“what do you mean you can’t eat my caramel french toast?!?”). Thankfully (I guess), having an illness that actually causes pain when I go off it is pretty good …
  • Frutarianism and knitting was a fad among quite a few of my fellow horticulture students (all young women) at OSU in the early ‘aughts. They all had difficulty keeping warm (hence the knitting) and were unable to keep up with others in field work du…
    in FRUITARIAN!!!! Comment by sillydog
  • For those in the Pacific Northwest, blackberry leaves soaked overnight will do the trick, usually overnight, but sometimes faster. Interestingly, the fruits have the opposite effect when eaten in large quantities. Be careful also of eating too many …
    in natural laxative Comment by sillydog
  • Chia seeds are great, and I think actually guar would work well, too. Soaked guar beans are what the licky postage stamp glue was made out of for like 100 years. I’ve seen them at my co-op, but cannot attest to their raw-ness. It has the advantage o…
    in Agar Substitute Comment by sillydog
  • I think you’re right about the organic-like practices of many vineyards. My winemaking experiece is particular to Oregon, but most producers I’ve encountered choose to certify under an organization called LIVE . This isn’t exactly organic because it…