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Hoisin Chicken… the easy way

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Hoisin Chicken… Easy way

Ingredients

  • 1 pound skinless chicken thighs (with bone or boneless), or thighs

    and drumsticks

  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions (white part, roots discarded, and green

    parts reserved for garnish)

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine (not rice vinegar) or sherry
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions (green part), for garnish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

In a large

bowl, mix together all of the ingredients besides the chicken thighs and green

scallions. Once the sauce is fully mixed, add the chicken pieces and fully coat

with the sauce on all sides.

Place chicken

in a baking dish that has been thinly coated with cooking spray or olive oil.

Cook for 20-

25 minutes, uncovered, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches

165 degrees F when taking with a meat thermometer (or until chicken is cooked

through).

Remove the

baking dish from the oven and allow the chicken to rest, 10 minutes, covered

before serving.

Serve

garnished with green scallions. Serve suggestions include serving with steamed

rice or quinoa and a vegetable.

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Health and Disease

Eye Exercises that Improve Vision

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Eye Exercises that improve Vision

Doing these eye exercises daily will relax eyes and improve vision for many people

Pencil Push-ups

To improve focusing power, do this in the morning and again before bed. Hold a pencil vertically 12-14 inches in front of your eyes. Focus on the tip while moving the pencil toward your nose. When you can no longer focus on it, stop trying and relax your eyes., Repeat three times.

Thumbing

Extend your arm straight in front with your thumb pointing upward. Look beyond it at a distant target for 15-20 seconds, and then look at your thumb. Repeat until your eyes and neck feel more relaxed.

If you are having trouble with various diseases, and/or you want preventative care please give us a call.

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Rx to Wellness

7 Ingredients You Never Want to See on a Skin Care Label

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7 Ingredients You Never Want to See on a Skin Care Label

If you took the skincare grooming section of a store and buried it in the ground, it would be declared a hazardous waste dump. That is how dangerous many of the chemicals in these products are.

One in eight ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals that include carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors.

Many of these chemicals are considered sade in low doses by themselves, but we should be concerned about the damage they can cause repetitively over time and synergistically with each other.

The Food and Drug Administration has no authority over cosmetic manufacturers and does not require these companies to test products for safety. Cosmetic companies may use any ingredient except for certain color additives and substances classified as drugs.

More than 500 cosmetic products sold in the U.S. contain ingredients banned in Japan, Canada and the European Union. Certain skin care ingredients should be avoided at all costs.

These include dioxin, triclosan, and products with color pigments. Here are the seven chemicals you never want to see on a skincare product label.

  1. BHA and BHT These are closely related antioxidants are used as preservatives in moisturizers and makeup, particularly lipstick. They are both linked to endocrine disruptions.       BHA has been linked to cancer. They have been proven harmful to fish and other wildlife.
  1. Coal tar dyes. These are found in dark hair dyes and antidandruff products.       They are widely linked to cancer and also may be contaminated with heavy metal which are toxic to the brain.       Sometimes they are listed on labels as p-phenylenediamine or CI ( for color index) followed by a five digit number.
  1. PEG compounds. These are found in cosmetics cream bases and can be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a widely known carcinogen. Sine manufacturers use a purification process to remove the 1,4 diozane, but there is no way of knowing for sure which PEG is safe, which means it is best to avoid all.
  1. Benzoyl Peroxide. Pregnant women should stay away from this acne medication ingredient at all costs. If you are thinking of becoming pregnant in the next year, you need to stay away from this. If you are having a hard time getting pregnant, then look to see if you are or have used a product with this ingredient in it.
  1. Dioxin   This ingredient is often found in skin cleansers and other bath products. Dioxin has been linked with cancer, reduced immunity, nervous system disorders, birth defects and miscarriage.
  1. Triclosan   This synthetic antibacterial chemical is used as a pesticide. It has the same molecular structure as Agent Orange, the defoliant used during the Vietnam War that was associated with many soldiers health problems and death.
  1. Parabens   Found in antibacterial hand sanitizers, among other products, these chemicals are suspected endocrine disruptors and may interfere with male reproductively function. They are commonly used in deodorants and antiperspirants and have also been linked to breast cancer.

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