Why We Need Prairies, Not Corn and Lawns

September 30, 2017 at 4:16 pm

Replacing North American prairies with “amber fields of grain” and turf grass highlights insanity of agriculture

Once the defining landscape of the continent, more than 99% North America’s prairieland been destroyed by agriculture. Native tall prairie grass has been replaced by Eurasian tall fescue grass and petroleum-based grains like corn.

Why is that a problem? Because prairies are sustainable and agriculture is not.

Dandelion “Weeds” Kill Cancer Cells, Leave Healthy Cells Intact

September 27, 2017 at 4:10 pm




 

Those yellow dots that “litter” your otherwise “perfectly green” lawn are more than just pesky weeds. Dandelion has been considered a valuable food and medicine in both Eastern and Western culture for thousands of years and is now being researched for it’s cancer-fighting abilities.

Lard is the New Coconut Oil

September 26, 2017 at 1:52 am




 

I cook everything in lard — sweet potatoes, steak, chicken, and everything in between.

I guess you could call me a “lard ass.”

I’m far from fat, though. In fact, I’m the leanest, strongest and healthiest I’ve ever been.

85% of People Hate Their Jobs, Gallup Poll Says

September 22, 2017 at 9:03 pm




Eighty-five percent of workers worldwide admit to hating their jobs when surveyed anonymously, according to a Gallup poll released last month.

“Many people in the world hate their job and especially their boss,” the report says.

Manuka Honey Kills Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs, is Most Effective Antibiotic Known on Earth

September 18, 2017 at 7:33 pm




As modern medicine grapples with the global epidemic of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, scientists are beginning to accept that Mother Nature may have had the answer all along.

Mother Doesn’t Know Best, Baby Does

September 17, 2017 at 8:42 pm





I like the sentiment behind the old saying “mother knows best.” I often see it used to encourage a mother to go with her gut when doctors, the media or authoritarian relatives are trying to convince her to do otherwise.

But more and more I see the phrase tossed around to console women who are reluctantly acting against their gut to keep up with the pressures of modern life — putting infants in daycare centers 45+ hours a week, letting them “cry it out” in cribs, or weaning before their ready.

We’re Flushing Our Most Valuable Resource Down the Drain – Time for Compostable Toilets

September 14, 2017 at 9:48 pm




Every time we take a dump, we’re flushing more than just poop down the drain. We’re flushing money, energy and our most valuable natural resource — clean water — down it too.

The average American uses nearly 5000 gallons of potable water  per  year just to flush fecal matter down the toilet and even more than that to push it through our sewer systems. That’s over 1.5 billion gallons of water in the U.S alone.

Dropping the Mask

September 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm





What’s the one the thing you’re afraid to tell someone? That one thing someone could use against you. Whatever it is, telling someone you trust could be the ticket to real, authentic intimacy. That’s what I was seeking out of a recent visit with my family.

I travel home once year for Christmas. It’s usually pretty awkward. My sister makes sure only politically correct topics are discussed at the dinner table. I usually go home disappointed by the lack of connection.

This year I was hoping things would be different. My partner, our daughter and I decided to make our annual trip the last week of summer for a change. I’d just made some pretty big life changes – selling my food truck and moving into a camper to travel the country for a while.

American Foot Binding

September 10, 2017 at 8:11 pm

Physical therapist says we’ve all been practicing a less extreme version of Chinese foot binding




Americans are horrified when they learn about the ancient Chinese practice of foot binding — tightly wrapping the feet of young girls to drastically change the shape and size of their feet.

Why I Want to be My Child’s Best Friend

September 5, 2017 at 9:22 pm





“You can’t be your child’s friend and their parent,” my dad advised shortly after my daughter was born. My heart sank, because that’s what I’d always wanted him to be to me.