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May 24, 2015

5 Tips for Treating Allergies Naturally

Allergy season is upon us, and there’s nothing worse than having to load up on medication while dealing with a stuffy nose and other unbearable symptoms. Good news is we can possibly find relief naturally. (Remember to check with your doctor first if you’re taking any medications or have any concerns.) Consider the following:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar It might not sound too appealing, but apple cider vinegar is known to help with stomach problems, sore throats and cholesterol, among other things. According to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, apple cider vinegar can also help break up mucus. Pour a teaspoon of the vinegar in a glass of water, mix and drink up.

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May 22, 2015

Why You Should Say No To These 5 Foods

There are a lot of foods we can generally agree are just downright bad for us. We know that Doritos and soda hold next to no nutritional value and that even a lot of foods touted as “health” foods, contain artificial, lab-made ingredients that don’t do much good for the body.

But what about the foods that not only appear healthy on the outside, but also feel, taste and just seem healthy? These are the foods, when inspected more closely, that reveal a host of unhealthy ingredients and yet are very likely to exist in our day-to-day diet simply because we’re unaware of how detrimental they can be over time.

Anna Marie Cruz, a Los Angeles-based holistic health coach, says [...]

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May 20, 2015

Commentary: March Against Monsanto Offers Global Opportunity for Change

On May 23rd, organizers around the world will be joining forces in the March Against Monsanto, a global protest seeking “to raise awareness to the dangers surrounding Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and cancer-linked herbicide Roundup,” according to a press release on the  group’s website.

An estimated 428 cities in 38 countries will be participating in the march. This Google Spreadsheet details where in the world the protests will be taking place, with Facebook event links and other details.

GMOs have been under fire for some time now, as this Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments from 1999 indicates, warning about the effects and requesting to [...]

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April 29, 2015

The Dark Side of Going Gluten-Free

So you’ve tried a gluten elimination diet and have identified gluten as a culprit in your health issues – whether digestive, mental, energy, etc. You’ve decided to remove products that contain gluten from your diet as a result. You’re making a difficult decision with the goal of improving how you feel and how your body functions.

While you begin to modify your grocery list, it’s important to be cautious of the lure of labeling. With this new framework of what you have chosen to eat, it’s easy for the fast-thinking part of the brain to see “gluten-free” on a label and quickly approve it for ingestion. However, many foods compensate for the lack of gluten by increasing amounts [...]

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