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How To Remove Wrinkles From Clothes Without An Iron

How To Remove Wrinkles From Clothes Without An Iron

Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 12:57:09 in HuffPost Home

“Fabric softeners? Really? I thought the Huffpost was going green? Aren't the editors aware of the irritant, cancer-causing, and neurotoxic effects of these products?
Digestion: Which Foods Help And Hurt?

Digestion: Which Foods Help And Hurt?

Commented Dec 19, 2011 at 22:29:47 in Healthy Living

“Most yogurt is made from modified milk ingredients - a industrially processed slurry of processed ingredients - mixed with gut irritating stabilizers like carrageenan, pumped full of a "fruit" sauce made with corn syrup. The worst are the minigos and other kid "convenience" snacks that are made plethora of highly questionable ingredients.

Yogurt should have exactly two ingredients: whole milk, bacterial culture. Anything else, it isn't yogurt.”

wakeup804 on Dec 19, 2011 at 22:39:18

“I eat Greek yogurt.”
Digestion: Which Foods Help And Hurt?

Digestion: Which Foods Help And Hurt?

Commented Dec 19, 2011 at 22:20:02 in Healthy Living

“This list gets a few things right, like its recommendation of kimchi, but it has a few inconsistencies. Like for example, complaining that corn is hard to digest because it contains cellulose, but then extolling the virtues of the fiber (cellulose) in whole grains. They are the same thing - seeds from the grass family (Poaceae). As a clinician, I routinely recommend that people with IBS and IBD limit their fiber content, and make sure that their cereals are properly processed. Like the kimchi, cereal grains like wheat were always prepared as a live culture ferment (e.g. sourdough), which not only breaks down fiber but breaks down gluten into harmless amino acids. Likewise, corn was always slaked with lime, or soaked in a solution of wood ash, to break down the kernel and optimize digestion. Without observing these practices, cereals are frequently the source of chronic GI problems, and also extra-intestinal symptoms such as eczema, arthritis and dementia. Beri-beri, pellegra and the current epidemic of gluten intolerance all all examples of what happens when we fail to follow traditional measures of food preparation. More on gluten:
The Best New Superfoods For 2012

The Best New Superfoods For 2012

Commented Dec 2, 2011 at 12:49:51 in UK Lifestyle

“Saturated fats including ghee and lard are the traditional cooking fats of India and China respectively. If it was really so toxic and dangerous - tell me - how on earth did these cultures manage to survive? The fact of the matter is that the saturated fat hypothesis is deeply flawed and downright inaccurate. For example, check out this meta-analysis evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease:

In other words, there is NO ASSOCIATION between saturated fat intake and cardiovascular disease risk. It is a nonsense hypothesis that has been used to confuse Americans and sell low fat products - meanwhile - heart disease has become the #1 disease when only a couple centuries ago, when your great grandfather used to fry his eggs in bacon fat, it was a relatively rare condition.”

halquestorganic on Dec 4, 2011 at 00:04:41

“Great post. I would add similar thoughts for coconut oil, which has be unfairly maligned as both saturated fat and a bad vegetable oil, when in fact its medium chain fatty acids are metabolized very well. Check out the heart disease rates of Southern India, where coconut is heavily used.
Hint: the rates are low!
Yoga's Dark Side

Yoga's Dark Side

Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 17:39:00 in Healthy Living

“The yoga movement in the West is inherent with contradictions. On the one hand, you have a long tradition of hatha yoga in India practiced by ascetics that have abandoned their worldly responsibilities, who follow the path of brahmacharya and vegetarianism, and then on the other other there is a social-athletic movement in the west followed in large part by "householders", i.e. moms, dads, students, etc, for whom very little of the original ethos of yoga applies. This internal contradiction leads to the kind of faux-spirituality we seen in this movement, i.e. the pretence to follow the path of yoga while trying to live a regular life. Of course you can resolve this contradiction if you don't take yourself too seriously, i.e. with the knowledge that you're not _really_ practicing yoga at all. Then you can enjoy and benefit from its practice. But if someone is practicing pratyahara and you're getting a weird vibe from them, that's your fault. Traditionally in India, everyday people didn't do hatha yoga - if they exercised, they practiced vyayama, which is more like calisthenics, Russian kettle bell and wrestling. Perhaps we need to open vyayamasalas here in the West, and get back to a more grounded, earthy spiritualism. Likewise, there is no mention of vegetarianism in the classical texts of Ayurveda, which provide extensive guidelines on daily living (dinacharya). In this way, the practice of yoga needs to be informed and recontextualized.”

red nola on Oct 21, 2012 at 13:21:49

“Nice comment Todd. Stretching exercises are just a part of yogis to maintain good health so that their spiritual path would not suffer due to illnesses. But now a days term yoga is used very loosely when referring to only exercises.”

hp blogger Stewart J. Lawrence on Oct 17, 2012 at 21:27:24

“Really great post, Todd”
Healthy Processed Foods: Do They Exist?

Healthy Processed Foods: Do They Exist?

Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 17:05:35 in Healthy Living

“You're welcome - student loans and 20 years experience count for something!”

PatA on Jan 9, 2012 at 22:11:04

“:) Can't beat that!”
Healthy Processed Foods: Do They Exist?

Healthy Processed Foods: Do They Exist?

Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 17:03:08 in Healthy Living

“It doesn't matter if its high in calories as long as you aren't eating excessive calories. Besides which, as a fat, you need a lot less tahini to be satiated than chickpeas or another carb. Adding tahini lowers the glycemic index of the hummus.”
Healthy Processed Foods: Do They Exist?

Healthy Processed Foods: Do They Exist?

Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 00:26:39 in Healthy Living

“*Individual cups of homus: yes, let's everyone add to the North Pacific Gyre. You can make your own humous in big batches, and even make it from homemade fermented chickpeas. This way you don't need lemon because they're already sour! Just add tahini and blend.
*Edamame: the vast majority of which is GMO. Besides which, soy has significant levels of endocrine disruptants. Easy to gorge on, so take it easy - everything in moderation.
*Prepackaged Guacamole Snack Packs: I think this writer has a fetish for plastic. Doesn't Dr. Dolgoff know that plastics contain obesegens, compounds that make us fat? How hard is it to bring an avocado to work or school?
*Eggs: Great to see eggs here, but make sure they're organic and free range, and look for amber colored yolks. Factory farmed eggs don't cut it nutritionally.
*Nuts: nuts contain delicate polyunsatured fats that rapidly begin to oxidize after roasting. The longer they sit, more and more free radicals are produced. If you are going to eat nuts, shell them or get them raw, then roast them in small batches. For e.g., soak some raw almonds in a little soy sauce, and roast them in the oven for 10 minutes at 250 F.”

natal plum on Jan 9, 2012 at 10:47:48

“Problem is tahini is extraordinarily high in calories and ruins the net effect of eating homus. Teaspoon of the stuff has as many calories as an entire 16 serving of chickpeas. No good”

PatA on Jan 9, 2012 at 10:24:24

“"*Prepackag­ed Guacamole Snack Packs: I think this writer has a fetish for plastic. Doesn't Dr. Dolgoff know that plastics contain obesegens, compounds that make us fat? How hard is it to bring an avocado to work or school? "

You couldn't make me eat that if you held a gun to my head. I can't believe it is considered healthy. A plain avocado, with a sprinkle of herbs, is fantastic.”
Healthy Processed Foods: Do They Exist?

Healthy Processed Foods: Do They Exist?

Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 00:26:07 in Healthy Living

“*Yogurt: most yogurt these days is made of a slurry of isolated milk ingredients that enhance the immunogenicity of its various constituents such as casein. If you want yogurt, make sure it has two ingredients: whole milk, bacterial culture - that's it.
*Canned beans: The vast majority of canned beans are packaged in cans lined with bisphenol-A, a known endocrine-disruptant. Alternatives don't fare any better, so it ferment your own beans. You can do this by boiling up a big mess of beans until they're half cooked, place them in a mason jar, and then soaking them in a brine made from 2 tbsp salt and one quart water. Let it bubble away for a couple days, and in a 2 weeks put e'm in the fridge. Fry 'em up or throw them in a soup or salad. Instant beans.
*Jarred spaghetti sauce: no complaints here. Quality in, quality out.
*Canned salmon: see canned beans above. BPA.
*Frozen fruits: no problems, but eat less fruit in winter - in traditional medicine, fruit cools the body down.
*Brown rice: the picture is actually of parboiled rice, sometimes mistaken for true brown rice. But in order to get the full benefit of brown rice, make sure soak it overnight. In my book Food As Medicine, I show folks how to make an accelerated culture that dramatically enhances nutrient absorption.”

ndtovent on Jan 9, 2012 at 13:27:11

“Many jarred pasta sauces contain high levels of HFCS. I definitely read lables before I buy any of those. Some that I used to like are so sickly-sweet they taste like a cup of syrup added to 1 cup of tomato sauce...”

PatA on Jan 9, 2012 at 10:25:53

“I love your advice and was waiting for the book title. There is always a book. Or a blog.”
PMS and Cramps Help: The Alternative Answer

PMS and Cramps Help: The Alternative Answer

Commented May 5, 2011 at 23:57:14 in Home

“so why not recommend something other than the SAD? many of those Chinese herbs can be prepared in the diet... is cholecalciferol synthesized from lanolin, or industrially-sourced mineral supplements better? how does this address causation?”

RMankovitz on May 6, 2011 at 01:17:47

“So why not look into the listed reference for answers to your questions?”
Rheumatoid Arthritis: 13 Things You Should Know

Rheumatoid Arthritis: 13 Things You Should Know

Commented Jan 7, 2011 at 21:35:50 in Home

“In the ancient system of healing from India called Ayurveda, rheumatoid arthritis is linked to digestive health. The term for it is 'ama vata', which refers to a state of toxicity that initiates the production of autoantibodies, resulting in joint inflammation. It is a difficult condition to treat, but not impossible, and in the early stage, is very responsive to natural therapies:
Barefoot Running Shoes: How Effective Are They?

Barefoot Running Shoes: How Effective Are They?

Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 02:50:41 in Home

“I lived in Madras (Chennai) in 1989 for a few months, and used to get by on the public transit, frequented mostly by poor locals and villagers that came into town to sell their produce. I was always amazed by looking at their feet... these skinny, wiry rural folk always had such tough, muscular looking feet. Their toes were naturally splayed and open, and their feet were perfectly anchored to the ground, with no evidence of the pronation and supination that plague those of us wearing these high tech, super-engineered shoes.

The doctor's first point about running on hard ground makes sense, but only if we are talking about the long heel-crashing stride that modern running shoes condition us to take. Think about it - could you ever possibly take the same long stride while running in bare feet? You would bruise your heel severely. And while you can wear the Five Finger on pavement, it still probably isn't as good as running on a nice pathway in the forest or jungle, where there is some natural cushion from the organic matter. And anyway, your lungs will probably like it too.

I think the Five Finger shoes can be very therapeutic especially along with foot strengthening exercises. On my website I have an interview with a local yoga therapist who shares some of the techniques she used to bunions and plantar fasciitis, including reversing a bunion that she had developed: