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Baking Soda is amazing…

Yesterday, I posted about how you can simply use Baking Soda instead of Drano or Liquid Plumber.

Today, I thought I would list a few other ways to use the inexpensive Baking ingredient!

To remove coffee/tea stains or minor burn stains from china dip a damp cloth in Baking Soda and rub the stained area.

Use a mixture of 1/2 Baking Soda, 1/2 salt, sprinkle on carpets to kill ants and roaches. Leave on at least 15 minutes, vacuum well.

Use a dab of Baking Soda on the end of your toothbrush instead of toothpaste for clean and white teeth, makes for fresh breath too.

Add a 1/2 cup of Baking Soda to your bath for soft and smooth skin.

Use Baking Soda as a natural underarm deodorant.

Add a teaspoon of Baking Soda to your favorite shampoo once a week to help remove build up, leaving your hair soft and shiny.

Use Baking Soda as a deodorizer around the house: it works well in garbage cans, cat litter boxes and diaper pails. It even works to deodorize garbage disposals and dishwashers.

Use Baking Soda and water as a kitchen cleanser. Works great on sinks, refrigerators, cutting boards, coffee pots and more. I use it on the stove top and it removes grease wonderfully

Rub stainless steel and chrome with a moist cloth and dry Baking Soda to shine it up. Rinse and dry.

Baking Soda even works in the shower to remove soap residue.

Make your own baking powder, stir and sift together 2 parts of Cream of Tartar to 1 part Baking Soda and 1 part cornstarch.

Be sure to keep an extra box of Baking Soda by your stove in case of grease or electrical fire. Scatter the powder by the handful to safely put it out.

Clean vegetables and fruit with Baking Soda. Sprinkle in water, soak and rise the produce.

Remove burned-on food from a pan by allowing the pan to soak in Baking Soda and a moist scrubber.

Forget antacids: Take 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda in 1/2 glass of water to relieve acid indigestion or heartburn.

Making Play-doh Clay with 1 1/4 cups water, 2 cups  Baking Soda, 1 cup cornstarch.

Amazing stuff!

Non-toxic, economical, frugal and yet so simple!


Add comment January 17, 2009

Drano vs Baking Soda

ok, so yesterday I posted an email I had gotten about how toxic our cleaning products really are… today, I want to share something really cool with you.

A practical, non-toxic way to unclog drains!! YUM.

Drano/ liquid plumber is a major culprit when it comes to poisoning our homes. The statistics are overwhelming! Google it, if you are skeptical.

___ Drain Cleaner - WARNING! - Burns mouth, tongue, throat, and stomach, causing permanent damage. Can cause severe eye damage and blindness.

That totally says YIKES to me… how about you?

We have a little expirament for you… pour baking soda down your drain, followed by 3 cups of boiling water (carefully)… Watch and see. No fumes, no plastic toxic bottle, no chemicals, no FEAR! Best of all, no clog!

Or try this concoction for really tough clogs:
1 cup salt - 1 cup vinegar - 1cup soda down your drain. Let it stand 15 min and watch it fizzle. Flush with 2 qts. boiling water, followed by flushing with hot tap water for 1 min.

It WORKS!!

So if you are frugal like I try to be, check this out… Gel drano $9.20 vs Baking Soda 99 cents plus vinegar 30cents plus salt 50 cents= $1.80.

$9.20 for toxic chemicals or $1.80 for something safe - which one makes cents for you?

Save money, save your health and for the environmentally savvy, save the earth all at the same time!

It is a WIN -WIN!!

My Challenge to you dear readers, is to safely rid yourselves of the Poison called Drano today! It may just save a life.


2 comments January 16, 2009

It’s not just clean….Really, it’s Toxic Clean

Below is an email I received. It addresses an issue I was going to be sharing within the next few weeks, so I thought… why not share it now?.  I will be discussing safer methods of cleaning along with some GREAT GIVEAWAYS and just some good old  healthy green information.

Lets Stop Poisoning Our Children!!!!

· Every 7 minutes a child in America is taken to an emergency room for poisoning from household cleaning products, the stuff under the sink.

· Bleach and formaldehyde are in so many different products. And not only is swallowing the stuff bad, but it gases out into the indoor environment.

· Women who work at/from home all day, have a 54% higher rate of cancer than those who work outside the home because their indoor environment is much more toxic than outside.

· Next time you’re in the supermarket, just walk near the aisle with the detergents and household cleaners — the stuff gases out right through the sealed containers. Spend some time in that aisle and you will probably get dizzy from the fumes.

· And of course, we are having an epidemic of allergies and asthma with children these days.

. Some birth defects have been traced to mothers’ use of chemicals during pregnancy.

· The factories that handle these same chemicals have precautionary measures for their workers that are required by law. Why are they not required for the consumers who pay for them and use them?

· It’s even possible now that SIDS is a result of the bleach residue on the sheets and pillowcases of babies in their cribs.

The household product makers that we have grown to trust have betrayed us. Big time!!!


The workers in factories that handle these toxic chemicals have safety rules that they must obey. What about the consumers who pay for them and use them? Could it be that the Consumer Safety Commission has betrayed us too? Does it sound to you like maybe they are in cahoots with the manufacturer of this stuff?

Cascade, if swallowed, burns out the child’s esophagus.
Burns it out !!!

Have you seen the commercial where the mother is jumping up and down with excitement because her baby is playing on the floor that she has just mopped with her Swiffer? She is so happy because the floor is now germ free. She doesn’t realize that it may be germ free, but it’s not poison free. There’s a thin film of bleach left of the floor. Baby plays on floor — toxins are absorbed into skin, fingers go in the mouth — toxins go into mouth, baby breaths fumes. The cumulative effect of these toxic buildups in the system can cause all kinds of bad stuff for that baby.

Every surface cleaner will leave some residue on the surface. If that residue is a caustic chemical it will be picked up on the skin of the person or pet that contacts it. So if you are cleaning floors, counter tops, tables, doorknobs, appliances, clothes or anything else with harsh chemicals, a small amount of the chemicals will be not only be on the hands of the person who used it, but also on the skin of persons or pets that touch it, play in it, eat off of it, wear it, or somehow touch it in any way.

Sleeping on sheets that have been laundered in bleach and other caustic chemicals not only puts them in contact with your skin, but it also but also into your lungs.

Pollution in the outdoor environment has received a lot of press in the media; but little attention is given to the fact that the indoor environment of the average home in America is more toxic than the outdoor environment. That’s why work-at-home moms/work-at-home dads are at a higher risk for cancer than women who work outside the home.

It isn’t just touching or swallowing caustic chemicals that is harmful, just breathing them can be very bad for you. When you open the dishwasher after using Cascade or some other dishwasher detergent you see the hot vapor rising out of the open door. That toxic vapor is not only bad for you to breathe directly, it also adds to the indoor atmosphere of your home. And today’s homes are more tightly sealed from the outdoors than the houses of the past.

Many products that we trust as safe are not safe even when they are in their sealed containers. When you walk down the supermarket aisle where the cleaning products are you can’t help noticing the strong smell. It’s so strong it can make you dizzy, and it causes some people to break out in hives. The containers on these shelves are all sealed. None have been opened. Yet the fumes from the chemical ingredients are there because they are so strong that they out-gas right through their containers and you breathe the particles into your lungs.

The young developing lungs of children are particularly susceptible to these hazardous particles.

Here’s a list of some of the chemicals that are in everyday cleaning products:
Each year over a million children are accidentally poisoned in their homes. 250,000 of these victims are hospitalized. 3,000 children will end up in intensive care. Dozens will die. Thousands of children and adults are permanently disfigured or injured through contact with chemicals in the home each year. Incredibly, the most common substances to poison children, are household cleaners. Many of these products are considered safe! Think of your own home — you probably have dozens of bottles of cleaners, containing hundreds of chemicals. Could an accident happen in your home?

Check off the products you use in your home and evaluate your risks. All information comes from actual manufacturers Material Safety Data Sheets and National Poison Control Centers.

___Liquid Bleach - DANGER! - Causes sever eye injuries. Can damage mouth, throat, and stomach.. Vapors irritate the nose, throat and lungs.

___Toilet Bowl Cleaner - DANGER! - contains hydrochloric acid which is hightly corrosive. Burns the skin, mouth and throat. Causes blindness.

___ Furniture Polish - DANGER! - Contact with the skin can dissolve vital skin oils and casue severe dermatitis (skin burns) Can permanently injure eyes

___ Aerosol Dusting Spray - DANGER! - Flammable. Irritates the eyes and lungs. 5,00 people visit emergency rooms each year with an aerosol can-related injury.

___Carpet Shampoo - WARNING! Can cause moderate to severe damage to eyes and skin. Vapors can irritate nose, throat, and lungs.

___ Carpet Stain Remover - WARNING! - can cause moderate to severe damage to eyes and skin. Vapors can cause repiratory distress.

___ Upholstery Stain Remover - WARNING! - .Can cause moderate to severel damage to skin and eyes. Ingesting can lead to abdominal tenderness and bleedin.

___ Disinfectant Cleaner - WARNING! contains flammable propellants. Can burn the skin and cause permanent corneal damage. Fumes can strongly irritate the nose, throat, and lungs.

___ Powdered Bleach - WARNING! - Breathing the dust can produce asthma -like symptoms. Damages eyes and skin. Mixing with ammonia can produce deadly fumes.

___Aerosol Air Freshener - WARNING! - Contains highly flammable propellants. Can cause moderate irritation tot he eyes. Can cause mikld to moderate lung irritation, including asthma-like symptoms.

___ Window Cleaner - WARNING! - Can cause moderate irritation and damage to the eyes. Fumes can be moderately - highly irritating to the lungs. Can irritate the skin.

___ All Purpose Cleaner - WARNING! - Strong lung irritant. Can cause mild to moderate damage to the eyes. Fumes can cause weakness and dizziness.

___ Basin, Tub & Tile Cleaner - WARNING! - Some are flammable. Contains acids that can burn the skin and cause corneal damage. Vapors can cause strong respiratory irritation.

___ Floor Cleaner- WARNING! - Contains corrosive acids that can cause moderate burns and irritation to skin and eyes. Can burn mouth and throat. Can cause blindness.

___ Scouring Powder with Bleach - WARNING! - Can cause moderate irritation to skin. Can burn mouth and throad. Can cause permanent eye damage. Gives off irritating fumes when wet.

___ Drain Cleaner - WARNING! - Burns mouth, tongue, throat, and stomach, causing permanent damage. Can cause severe eye damage and blindness.

___ Automatic Dishwashing Liquid - WARNING! - Strong skin irritant. Can burn throat. Many products contain bleach, which can cause swelling and tearing of eye tissue. Vapors can cause headaches

___ Dishwashing Liquid - WARNING! - Possible skin irritant. Can cause swelling and tearing of eye tissue. vapors can cause labored coughing, labored s contain enough alcohol to harm or kill a child ingesting only a few swallows. Many ingredients can irritate the skin and burn the eyes.

___ Cosmetics — Cosmetics are second only to cleaning products as a poisoner of children. They are not regulated like cleaners and have no warning labels.

The labels on products only have to warn of the acute (immediate) harms from ingesting a product, breathing the fumes, or contact with the eyes and skin. They don’t reveal the harms presented by chronic (long-term) exposure to the chemicals in these products. Now see the long-term risks presented by the chemical-laden products in your home. As you have seen many household cleaners are very dangerous. They are just as dangerous when they are used properly and even when they are not being used at all. Most products “outgas” even from their sealed containers.

Infertility is on the rise. Cancer in children has risen 20% over the past two decades. It is the number one killer of children by disease. The asthma rate has tripled in children over the past twenty years. Asthma deaths in children have increased 118% since 1980. ADD and learning disorders have skyrocketed over the last twenty years. All these conditions have been linked to chemicals in the home. In fact, one study has linked 50% of all health problems to deteriorated indoor air quility.. Take a look at the products you use and possible dangers you are being exposed to. Consider how many different chemicals are in you home’s air. and the potential danger of the “toxic cocktail”.

Cancer in smokers is the result of daily exposure to the trace amounts of carcinogens in cigarettes. In the same way, people who are exposed daily to low levels of carcinogens in their cleaning products face the same risks. Chemicals in household products also put the user at risk for nervous system damage, kidney damage, liver damage, and asthma.

Children are especially vulnerable to the chemical fumes released by these products.

None of this has to happen?!

Fortunately, switching brands is easy. There are companies that manufacture safer products for your home. They are free from ammonia, phenol, chlorine, petroleum distillates, synthetic solvents, and other dangerous ingredients.

There are products available that work better than the toxic ones. They are so safe that they don’t even need a warning label. And they work better and cost less.

My family has been using a line of green products for a while now and we have found them to be better, safer, and less expensive than the common supermarket variety.

I will be sharing more information about where you can get safe, green products that don’t cost a fortune, but if you would like information on the products NOW, email us at [email protected]


3 comments January 15, 2009

On the Homefront - a look into the fishbowl

OLDIES BUT GOODIES!!

So, Christmas was a blast! We ate, we played, we rested… hubby was sick :(
Thankfully, not enough to ruin his Christmas.

Christmas morning we opened our gifts from one to another. Hubby and I typically get each of the children a new pair of pants, a new shirt and either a jacket, hoodie, sweatshirt or sweater to go over the shirt. (we like to layer) They also got the annual slippers and pajamas. Usually, The children will find new toothbrushes, floss, stocking hats or mittens (depending on the year) and chapstick or something like that among the candies in their stockings. We always say we are not buying the children any more toys, but end up getting them a few anyway.

This year was no different.

The guppies got some Hot Wheels cars, john deere tiny tractors and the girlie got a dolly. Sounds great, right?!!? Well, Trust me when I say, they still end up getting too many toys than they need,  the relatives typically give toys - and that is all I have to say …. hahaha!

Within a few hours of opening gifts, we found all the new toys under the tree and my children have brought into the living room, the old wooden train set, the old Lincoln Logs set and an old car street kind of set. They have had these toys for about 3-4 years… and yet… these are the favorites.

Last night as I sat here knitting a pair of slippers for myself *blush* and sipping a cup of hot peppermint/spearmint tea… I thought about how quaint the scene was.

My husband and 8 yr old guppy were busy in the dining room building things with the 2 year old- found at a rumage sale -erector set, my 5 year old guppies were busily setting up and playing with the wooden train (again an old rumage sale find) and Lincoln Logs making a little town, Christmas songs were playing on the radio and it was so peaceful that I lost count in my knitting.

Toss in a little candlelight and I imagine I woulda cried, it was so much like how I imagine an old fashioned Christmas would have looked.  I think I love those old toys as much as my children ;)

ahhh, the simple things in life.


Add comment December 29, 2008

Hormones and Breast Cancer

I just read this Article regarding hormones being linked to breast cancer.

Maybe I am confused, but don’t birth control pills contain the exact same hormones as menopause hormone therapy pills? Estrogen and Progestin are the main hormones used in menopause hormone therapy.

Are the effects of taking these hormones only linked to menopausal women? I would think not. Now that they have been linked to causing breast cancer, I think more women should be made more aware of the risks of taking birth control. Not to mention the effects of these hormones/drugs in our environment, especially since they are finding more and more of these medications in our water systems. Amazing what they find in our rivers and streams lately.

The good news in the article is this:

“It’s an excellent message for women: You can still diminish risk (by quitting), even if you’ve been on hormones for a long time,” said Dr. Claudine Isaacs of Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. “It’s not like smoking where you have to wait 10 or 15 years for the risk to come down.”

so.. if a young person were to make the choice to stop taking birth control now to help prevent cancer, would she be considered foolish? I seriously think it is time to return to natural family planning. Less chemicals in our bodies and less hormones in our environment seem like a good choice to me, not to mention the moral implications of the whole deal.

I don’t know about you, but the choice seems obvious to me.


Add comment December 15, 2008

Meet my friend, Neti

Do you ever get headcolds, sinus pressure, stuffy nose, allergies, the common cold??

Dude!

Ya gotta get a Neti Pot!

I was such a skeptic! You gotta admit, pouring salt water through your nose does seem pretty strange … I was worried I would drown -hahaha. Then, I was worried that it might sting . Then, I was worried that it might not work or even make things worse. Well, Guess what, I finally got over it and I did it!!! It is nothing like I thought, and it works, and it is cheap, and it is medicine free, and ok… you get the point, I love it!

Here are the instructions: so simple!

First, Buy a Neti Pot and some sea salt or you can use any item you have around the house that has a spout, or a squeeze bottle (DO NOT sqeeze it though!) yikes. oh my!

  1. Fill it with warm water.
  2. Mix in a small amount (1/4 teaspoon) of salt, and swirl around to dissolve.
  3. Lean over the sink and and look to the right.
  4. Put the tip of the neti pot in your right nostril.
  5. Tilt the pot so that water pours in, letting it flow freely out of your other nostril, which is closest to the sink.
  6. Switch sides halfway through, so that you are looking to your left and pouring it in your left nostril.
  7. Repeat several times a day or however often you deem necessary.

This works so well for me!! I don’t really know why it took me so long to try it, really. It is nothing to be afraid of.

Now if I can just convince my son, who would rather sniff and sniff and sniff, swallowing all the gunk, than to go blow his nose, to use it…  well, that was probably more than you wanted to know. HAHAHA!

Get it, try it, love it!


Add comment December 10, 2008

Acidophilus and You- who is Acidophilus?

Since the little article we did yesterday about taking one’s life back, we thought it might be fun to do a few little “mini-series” on things you can do to make it happen for you and your family in a healthyfishies kinda way.

I thought a good place to start would be with something that is very near and dear to my heart…. Acidophilus, from the family of Probiotics or gutbugs, as I so lovingly address them.

Personally, I ADORE yogurt, kefir, saurkraut, kombucha or any of those little delicious foods containing these amazing gutbugs. I have a long historic love affair with them, they basically assisted to save my life. As some of you dear readers may know, fishie has Crohn’s disease. After a bout with a hospital stay, loads of antibiotics and tons of drugs… my gut was better, but still messed up. That is, until a friend introduced me to the world of PROBIOTICS - my new best non-medication medicine. Oh baby, I can not tell you what these gutbugs did for me!! Of course, being unable to do the dairy thing, I found goat milk to make my own kefir and I also found soy yogurt as well as another beautiful drink called Kombucha Tea. I was on my way to being able to live life again…. my first step in TAKING IT BACK!

So, anyway… What is Acidophilus (gutbugs) anyway? And why do we healthyfishies need it?

GOOD AND GOOD FOR YOU

Before I tell you how to make your own healthy gutbugs (Acidophilus, probiotics or lactobacilli) let me share a few of the main health-related reasons for eating this lovely ancient Middle Eastern delicacy. It all begins with tiny little organisms that convert milk to yogurt or kefir:  lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria. These wonderful little things set up a living factory or environment in your digestive system and produce B vitamins; which help combat nervous disorders, mental and physical fatigue, anemia, skin rashes, and even can assist your body in repairing your gut among other things… these gutbugs are amazing!!

Basically, acidophilus is used to describe a number of bacteria which help in human digestion. These bacteria include L. acidophilus, L. casei, L. bulgaricus, among others. These acidophilus thrive — and make yogurt or Kefir — by converting milk sugar (lactose) to lactic acid . . . and this end product produces yet another of yogurt’s amazing health benefits: The toxic bacteria that cause intestinal gas and other gross things, cannot survive in an environment containing significant amounts of lactic acid.  This effect of acidophilus— creating good vitamins to repair and protect all while eliminating bad bacteria — is especially helpful after someone has taken antibiotics. The germ-killing medicines may successfully combat an unwanted disease, but they also tend to wipe out the body’s supply of internal acidophilus and leave the treated patient susceptible to B-deficiency and other issues. Therefore, we should consider acidophilus an important health-restoring food.

Acidophilus can help protect the body against harmful bacteria, parasites and other organisms. As it breaks down, it releases things that create a toxic environment for unhealthy creatures in the body, helping to drive them out. It also plays an important role in digestion, helping to produce a number of chemicals which aid in the digestion process.

Many different people groups look to acidophilus for a wide range of health benefits. In addition to basic digestive assistance, acidophilus is found to help bolster the immune system as a whole. It is also awesome to help provide some relief from intestinal problems (like Crohn’s and others). Also, The fungal infection of Candida albicans, more commonly referred to as a yeast infection has also been found to be controlled by acidophilus.

Because antibiotics kill the good gutbugs called probiotics, such as acidophilus, as well as harmful bacteria, it is a very good idea and a tasty way to replace the good gutbugs in your life!

bon apetit!

I will be adding more to the acidophilus mini-series very soon… like recipes for making yogurt, kefir, saurkraut and yes even Kombucha Tea.

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1 comment October 30, 2008

Bottled Water Controversy

I was reading some news today on Yahoo! and found an interesting little tidbit staring back at me.

I drink bottled “distilled” water and use distilled water in my home for cooking and such. Some would be appalled at the thought of using plastic containers of water and I admit, sometimes I struggle with the eco-friendliness of that decision a bit myself… however, when weighing the choices of tapwater vs distilled in plastic, my brain decided distilled was worth it.

That said… let’s get back to the article I read.

I have always heard people (naysayers) suggesting that bottle water was a scam. I could never agree with them wholeheartedly and at times questioned the quality of bottled water myself. (Please remember my preference though towards distilled over even bottled water) I just could not bring myself to believe that business would stoop that low to use their very own tap water when bottling water for the public.

Now, why is it that people believe bottled water would be more “safe” than tap water? I don’t know, but we do. Why do we sometimes believe the company would have our best interests at heart instead of the dollar? I don’t know - but again, we do. It just seems that we like to take people at their word and trust that they wouldn’t do anything to hurt us, until we find otherwise. Most of us like to believe the best of people instead of dwelling in mistrust– until something like this is discovered…. Bottled Water has contaminants too

Shocking?

Disappointing?

Sadly, yes. Especially when one of these contaminated waters is “Sam’s Choice by Walmart” - yep, the same WAL-MART that has been carrying more Organic groceries the last few years. Get that?

The study tested 10 different waters, 8 of the 10 did not have enough contaminants to warrant further testing, however 2 were above the safety levels; Walmart and Acadia of Giant Food Supermarkets. They had the highest concentration of chlorine byproducts, known as trihalomethanes. The researchers also said the Wal-Mart brand was five times California’s limit for one particular chlorine byproduct, bromodichloromethane.

The most troubling part of the article was “The study’s lab tests on 10 brands of bottled water detected 38 chemicals including bacteria, caffeine, the pain reliever acetaminophen, fertilizer, solvents, plastic-making chemicals and the radioactive element strontium.”

So, tell me… was the organic/ natural push just a huge ploy on Walmarts part or are they innocent in delivering the contaminated garbage in a bottle?

This is just another good reason to buy local, ethical, sustainable and organic. Sorry Walmart, I am just not drinking your “kool-aid”or your water.

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1 comment October 15, 2008

Mercury in my lightbulb

Something that I have been pondering for quite some time is “how safe is the Mercury in my new safe lightbulbs”?

The question led me down a road that was certainly shocking if not appalling!

Ok, so we are going to be mandated very soon to stop using the ‘traditional’ light bulbs in favor of the more eco-friendly lightbulb. While that is all good - it is great to be more eco-conscious and I am all in favor of saving us little peeps money on our electric bill … but —ummm, they seem to have forgotten a few “tiny” details…

Allow me to explain a bit:

First of all, is the mercury in these little bulbs Safe? What good is a bunch of mercury in our landfills? It is not safe in our lakes and fish…. What happens when a bulb breaks in your home releasing mercury into your environment, into the very air you breathe? The truth please!! It is NOT SAFE at all. These bulbs contain mercury!!

Did you know that if you break a bulb you must turn off the heat or air and you and your beloveds (pets included) must leave your home for at least 15 minutes!!  Does this seem safe to you? This site will give you a list of what to do in case of breakage EPA Spills. My question is how can something green contain a “toxic” ingredient? I found another interesting article on what happens when you throw one of these little “toxic bombs” away. You might find it interesting as well. Live Science Why are we, as consumers, not being informed of this? Oh wait, a few news stories have been published… thank you MSN for raising a few eyebrows. I just feel that we as consumers have a right to know the COST of something designed to SAVE. I am surprised more environmental bloggers aren’t outraged over this unsafe bulb. We gotta let people know the truth! They are not safe!

Here is an interesting YouTube video:

On yet another note… Do you know where these lightbulbs are made? ONLY IN CHINA!! This is just great for the american economy isn’t it?

These CFL bulbs are Government mandated and only one country in the world manufactures them: no, it’s not the US, it is China.

Why wouldn’t our government do it’s research before mandating our bulbs? It would have been just as simple to promote an American made product to help assist our economy and keep us safe… that product is the LED bulb. Made safe, made in America.

I am not saying there is anything wrong with trade, but when the economy is the way it is, doesn’t it just make sense to promote, mandate and believe in something made in your own country? Makes cents to me.

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Add comment October 13, 2008

Please Allow me to butter you up

Wednesday, 10 September 2008 21:44
Pass The Butter, please.

This is interesting . . The blue part of this article is one of those things I have been searching for… I heard this some time ago but was unable to remember where i found it.Now that I have, I wanted to share it along with the results of my “digging” - ENJOY- LOL!!

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings.

DO YOU KNOW.. the difference between margarine and butter?
Read on to the end…gets very interesting!
Both have the same amount of calories.
Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams..
Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.
Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.
Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few
only because they are added!

Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.
Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.

And now, for Margarine..

Very high in trans fatty acids.
Triple risk of coronary heart disease.
Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)
Increases the risk of cancers up to five fold.
Lowers quality of breast milk.
Decreases immune response.
Decreases insulin response.

And here’s the most disturbing fact….. HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC..
This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).
You can try this yourself:
Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things:
* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)
* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Share This With Your Friends…..(If you want to “butter them up”)!

After reading this I could believe it, but being the fishie that I am, I still wanted more facts, So, I started digging … in the digging I found information that margarine is used in placed of butter in many instances to “reduce” the saturated or animal fat a person consumes - especially in those cases of heart disease, in an attempt to eliminate the clogging of arteries.
BUT– in the process they found that the molecules used in making margarine that turns polyunsaturated oils into semi-solid margarine also creates trans fats. The artificial trans fats created by the hydrogenation process turns out to be just as bad (or worse) for our arteries as the saturated fats found in butter. The inflammation caused by the trans fats in margarine may also affect our immune systems and has been associated with increased rates of allergies and asthma.

There are some delicious and healthier alternatives to both butter and margarine. Here are some tips:

* Use olive oil, grape seed oil or canola oil in place of butter when you cook. Both of these oils have been shown to be good for your health and they stand up to high temperatures quite well. Neither of these oils contains saturated fats or trans fats.
* Instead of using butter or margarine on your white bread, try dipping some deliciously crusty whole grain bread into a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
* Top your baked potato with low calorie, anti-oxidant rich salsa. Don’t replace butter with sour cream. Sour cream contains saturated fats too.
* Replace the butter or margarine on your cooked green vegetables with olive oil, lemon juice and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
* Make your cinnamon toast better by using walnut oil instead of butter or margarine.
* Serve your banana nut bread with a dipping oil like walnut oil with a dash or two of cinnamon and nutmeg.
* Look for specially formulated spreads in your grocery store such as Benecol, which has just a trace of trans fats and has plant sterols which has been shown to actually help lower cholesterol.
* Use Clarified Butter in your cooking instead of butter. Clarified Butter separate the milk solids from the butter.

To Clarify Butter:
1 stick butter, heavy saucepan and 10 minutes.
1. In a heavy 1-quart saucepan, melt 8 ounces of butter over low heat.
2. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has just about stopped crackling.
3. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Milk solids will settle to the bottom.
4. Strain the clear liquid into a container. Keeps well in the fridge for about a month.

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