Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer – 3 Reasons Why You Should (Includes Instructions)

With the recent outbreak of another infectious virus, and the expanded coverage of the spread as it is unfolding, it seems basic supplies such as hand sanitizer are sold out in many stores. But making your own hand sanitizer is easier than pie. Continue reading

Book Review: The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

Would you like some formaldehyde in your milk? What about a little mercury in your colored candy? A little borax in your butter? Chalk filled bread? Doesn't it all sound yummy? Or ridiculous? The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum may not be an easy read, but it's such an important piece of history that is still very relevant today. Continue reading

The Latest In All Natural Preservatives, and the Truth (Part III)

Are there any natural and safe preservatives to use? Since publishing part I and part II of this series, I’ve had an overwhelming response for wanting to know when part III would be out. It took longer than expected as there are thousands of chemicals out there, and safety data for only a few. But safety alone is not enough. What’s the point of adding an ingredient if it doesn’t do the job it was intended to do? So research had to be done twice, once for safety, and once for efficacy. Continue reading

Prop 65 Warning On Your Supplements: Should You Be Concerned?

As laws change to allow health conscious consumers more knowledge about what's in consumer products, so do the unintended consequences, such as with California's Prop 65 warning requirements. Prop 65 started with good intentions, but as with many other things in the marketplace, has gotten turned upside down, resulting in some unexpected and unfortunate outcomes, especially for supplement manufacturers. Continue reading

Holiday Gift Ideas for the “Health Freak” in Your Life

Health freaks are tough to shop for. You try real hard, and get them that delicious pie that you know they are just dying to taste. Then you go out of your way to decorate it with more deliciousness, and make it look even more desirable, Continue reading

Book review The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison

This is an absolutely fascinating read inside the head of a recovering alcoholic. If you’ve ever known anyone (haven’t we all) who had an alcohol problem (or even a drug problem) and wanted to understand what prompted them to reckless and usually irresponsible actions, this author did just that in her memoir. But it’s not just about what goes on inside the head of a person who makes a conscious choice to drink or not to drink, this book is so much more. Continue reading