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Raw Local Honey and Allergies


Raw honey and allergies

By A. Page

Honey is a favorite among children and tea-makers alike.  You may be surprised to find that the honey at the grocery store is no better for you than refined sugar.  The pasteurization process, whether it be heated or processed, kills all the good stuff; enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Worse yet, processed honey has lost the majority of its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.

Raw honey is without a doubt, a cut above the typical.  With everything intact, raw honey comes with many uses.  When you’re sick, raw honey can help to strengthen your immune system and soothe your sore throat.  On a daily basis, honey helps to calm nerves, relieve pain, and balance your blood sugar.  The benefits list for raw honey seems to be growing every year.  However, local raw honey holds yet another shining benefit: Protection from allergies.

Honey and Allergies:  how it helps

Regular raw honey can get this job, but local raw honey simply does it better. Why? Because local raw honey is made with pollen that have grown in your neighborhood and is able to introduce your body to these allergens at a level that won’t trigger your symptoms.  This allows your body to begin building an immunity, or rather, a tolerance to your triggers.  Typically, a few months prior to the allergy season you begin supplementing your meals with local honey to prepare for the coming torture.

The Food and Drug Administration estimates that about 36 million people in the United States suffer from season allergies. Though local raw honey isn’t a cure-all, it certainly can help you cut back on over-the-counter products for relief.  Furthermore, raw local honey is an amazing amenity we may not be seeing for too much longer.  When you purchase that local honey you’re helping your community.  The money you give them goes in their pocket, and where does it go from there?  Back into your own local economy.  In addition, Colony Collapse Disorder continues to remove worker bees from their queen and thus, the honey supply suffers.  Purchasing local raw honey supports your immune system, and helps your local beekeeper to support their bees, and thus- many ecosystems on our Earth.

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Ebola: A Reminder


EbolaBy A. Page

Ebola is the latest virus taking the world by charge and with numerous sources reported diagnosed persons in the United States, its sure to be coming up in conversation. What makes Ebola so difficult to deal with is its symptoms, which are extremely similar to the flu. Headache, fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness are all part of the horrifying package. Worse yet, is the fact that a person can be infected and contagious for a good degree of time before they begin to show signs and thus, infect many more on their daily commute. There is no vaccine or cure, and though they are trying to come up with one, you can’t always rely on pharmaceutical companies to get their acts together.

With a 55%  death rate, you’re more likely to die from Ebola than to survive it. Luckily, Ebola is not spread through the air and requires a person come in contact with infected bodily fluids (from both humans and animals). The easiest way to protect you and your family, is to improve your hygiene patterns.  As simple as that seems, we often forget to practice them.

Washing your hands is the first and foremost protective measure you can take.  Not just when your hands are dirty, but every chance you get, wash those hands!  Another thought is everyday objects you share contact with.  A lunchbox, the coffee maker, the microwave.  Whether in the workplace or at home, these things should be wiped with warm, soapy water regularly.  Never go near someone that is infected, and if someone in your home begins to show sudden symptoms, isolate them until you have the proper protective gear.  A face mask, latex or nitrile gloves, and aprons are a few local favorites that can keep the entire family from getting sick.

Though Ebola is devastating and reminds us of horror movies or thrillers, keeping yourself protected is relatively easy.  When outbreaks happen, its a good time to examine your health practices and improve them.  Vitamins, nutrients, healthcare and hygiene are your best defense if Ebola starts to take The United States by hold.

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5 Practical Applications of Apple Cider Vinegar


Applications of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

By A. Page

Apple Cider Vinegar is famed for its numerous health uses. It lowers glucose levels, aids those looking to lose weight, and encourages healthy bacteria in your gut to keep growing.  Apple Cider Vinegar is even a beloved dressing, as it is easily mixed with flax oil, lemon, or orange juice for a healthy alternative to dressings high in fat. But what about outside the dinner plate? You’d be surprised how far that bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar can go!

 

Applications of Apple Cider Vinegar

  • As a non-toxic cleaning spray, Apple Cider Vinegar keeps us with the name brand cleaning supplies but cuts out all the harsh chemicals. It has many antibacterial properties to it. Though it can’t replace every cleaner in your closet, its great for surfaces. Mix one part Apple Cider Vinegar with one part water and fill up a spray bottle. Lightly mist your cabinets, counter tops, bathroom tiles and hardwood floors. Then pick up a rag and wipe away!
  • Using Apple Cider Vinegar as a way to cleanse and care for your hair can also cut out a lot of name brand supplies. It has a balanced pH which helps seal the cuticles of your hair and and smooths it out. It’ll also help take out all the hair products and grease build up that often leads to irritation of the scalp. Just mix a tablespoon with a glass of water and rinse your hair at the end of the bathing process.
  • It can relieve sunburn by soothing your skin and aiding in the healing process. Though you should always try to avoid sun damage to your skin, we’ve all had a time where that just wasn’t possible.  Add a dab to a hot bath, or dilute it and pat on the affected areas.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural alternative to deodorant. Commercial deodorants are antiperspirants and block your skins ability to sweat and thus, block your ability to detoxify. Beyond the initial bodily harm, most deodorants and antiperspirants have a slew of harmful chemicals and synthetic fragrances, not to mention aluminum. Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural deodorant and absorbs most smells. By rubbing a little under your arms in the morning you’re saving yourself money and bodily harm.
  • Wart removal, is another unexpected use of Apple Cider Vinegar. The pH level of ACV can cut those seeds at the base and will starve the wart of all the air it needs to survive. Using a clean gauze pad or cotton ball, hold non-diluted Apple Cider Vinegar to your wart. After a few applications, you should begin to see the wart turning white or grey and eventually, falling off.

Now, its easy to guess what most are thinking. Doesn’t Apple Cider Vinegar smell? At first, yes it does. However, after a few minutes the smell of Apple Cider Vinegar dissipates and you’re left with the finished product!

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Soda Tax to be voted on in San Francisco and Berkeley


Soda Tax

Soda Tax to be voted on in San Francisco and Berkeley

 

It seems that since sales tax, income tax, property tax, and a myriad of other taxes are not enough to fund inflated budgets of the cities of San Franciso and Berkeley, that a proposed sin tax on sodas will be hitting the ballot.

 

 

 Read the article here:

Soda Tax Eyed in San Francisco, Berkeley

 

Yes, it is a generally known and accepted fact that high fructose corn syrup sodas are not healthy. Soft drinks are one of the leading causes of diabetes and obesity and are probably best to be avoided.  But should not the decision to consume these products be left up to the individual?  Do the proponents of these taxes really have the best interest of the people at heart, or is this just a case of two cities that are so strapped for cash that they feel the need to target people’s personal choices?

How do you feel about this “experiment” of “social engineering”?

 

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Herbs not drugs: What You Really Need When You’re Feeling Under The Weather


HerbsWritten by A. Page

The modern world has everyone turning to the pharmacy for cures to the simplest ailments. It’s a lot easier to pop a pill than it is to read a book, but that doesn’t mean you should. Most aches and pains are our bodies telling us we’re lacking in vitamins. Replenishing these minerals and vitamins in our system, is a healthier cure for feeling under the weather. Things caused by nature, can often be cured by nature. Take a look:

  • Nausea or Morning Sickness? Ginger.
  • Stuffy nose or sore throat? Echinacea, licorice, marshmallow, mullien.
  • Toothache? Goldenseal, astragulus, and echinacea.
  • Muscle pain? Capsicum and wintergreen plants.
  • Menstrual Cramps? Kava, raspberry, and chasteberry.
  • Indigestion? Chamomile, ginger, and peppermint.
  • Fatigue? Cocoa, caffeine, eleutheroccocus, ginseng, rhodiola, and tea.
  • Heavy Cough? Eucalyptus.

Try Herbs Not Drugs

Medicinal herbs have been used for thousands of years and often provide a safer remedy to common ailments. Beyond their health attributes, cutting back on pharmaceuticals will assure when you really need them, they can assist. Too many people depend heavily on factory-made drugs for their everyday aches and pain, which leads them to possibly addictive and harmful prescriptions when the DayQuil just won’t work. Next time you’re experiencing these common ailments, take a trip to the grocery store.

 

Editor’s Disclaimer:  This article is not intended to treat, cure, or diagnose any medical condition.  Always seek the advice of medical professional first.

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Americans Are Asking Would President Obama Send His Children To Liberia


Obama Send His Children To Liberia

President Obama has shocked many Americans by announcing as a part of his administration’s Ebola Virus-response strategy, that the U.S. government is deploying as many as three thousand troops to the African nation of Liberia.

Read: Obama Sending 3,000 Troops Into Ebola Danger Zone 

 

Americans Are Asking Would President Obama Send His Children To Liberia

The official statement from White House stated that a Joint Force Command headquarter in Monrovia is to provide command to control support to U.S. military activities. This is a statement with all the troubles that are currently taking place; the American people did not want to hear.

Liberia is among the hardest hit nations from the recent outbreak of Ebola cases. U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has already issued warnings to its personnel to avoid nonessential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Sources reveal that combat soldiers and marines are ready to provide any assistance asked of them. It is believed that most of the assistance will be logistics and medial support through the building of hospitals. Official reports confirmed that military engineers on site would help to build makeshift hospitals in Liberia, which will treat infected health care workers.

However, concerns have been raised over the Ebola prevention. Obama told the members of the press that not acting swiftly enough could result in increased risk of the virus in the rest of the world including the United States. But the move could overshadow an equally pressing campaign against ISis, experts say.

According to the reports from the World Health Organization, the current Ebola Virus outbreak has infected at least 4,900 Africans and cause at least, 400 deaths.

Ebola prevention, without a shadow of doubt is one of the most perilous contemporary global crises. However, with President Obama reducing the armed forces numbers and with the armed forces being overstretched as it is, and with parents and families worried about their loved ones, is this really the right move?

Many parents have asked, with the risk to their sons and daughters and the possibility of them catching the deadly virus, would President Obama who is asking these brave men and women to help with this serious problem, would he send his children to a place that carries such a huge risk?