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Low Carb Asian Noodle Dish with Pork Recipe

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Low-Carb Asian Noodle Dish With Pork Recipe

 

This low-carb noodle dish can be made with shirataki noodles or tofu noodles.  Chicken can be used in place of the pork. This recipe has a passing similarity to Dan Dan Noodles.

 

Ingredients

2 12 oz packages shirataki or tofu noodles

1 lb ground pork

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup dry sherry

1/3 cup peanut butter

1 tablespoon rice vinegar or cider vinegar (rice vinegar can be sugary)

1/2 teaspoon Asian chili sauce or other hot sauce

8 cloves garlic – minced, pressed, or grated

2 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger

2 Tablespoons sesame oil

l lb bean sprouts

6 green onions or scallions, chopped

Pepper

1-2 Tablespoons mild oil, such as peanut or high oleic safflower oil

Preparation

1) Mix ground pork, 2 Tablespoons of the soy sauce, and the sherry together, and set aside.

 

2) Mix the rest of the soy sauce with the peanut butter, vinegar, and hot sauce together, although with 1/4 cup water.

 

3) Heat skillet or wok until hot. Add peanut or other mild oil to the pan and cook pork, breaking it up into small bits as it cooks.

 

4) Meanwhile, rinse noodles in hot water in a colander, and cut them up into shorter pieces with kitchen or regular scissors.

 

(I just stick my scissors in and cut a few times.)

 

5) When meat is brown, add the ginger and garlic, and cook another minute or so, until fragrant.

 

6) Add sauce mixture and the noodles. Toss together and heat through.

 

7) Add bean sprouts and toss again. Sprinkle top with scallions.

 

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Do you have this key Warning Sign for Diabetes?

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Do You Already Have This Key Diabetes Warning Sign?

Men have it. Women have it. Even some children have it these days.

It goes by many “cute” names: muffin top, beer belly, love handles…

These names my sound cute, but you need to cringe.

We know there’s nothing cute about belly fat.

That’s because the inflammatory chemicals produced inside belly fat trigger diabetes and other diseases. And if you do develop diabetes, you are more than twice as likely to die of heart disease or stroke.

Your doctor may tell you to lose weight or to exercise — while writing you a prescription that does nothing to cure diabetes.

You find out after a short time, that this does not work for you.  You have tried many diet plans, and different approaches to loosing that muffin top, beer belly and love handle.

Give us a call if you need to loose weight, and nothing is working.    It is most likely not your fault for trying so hard.

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Zucchini Fries

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Zucchini Fries

 

3 to 4 zucchinis depending on size

 

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

 

1 cup bread crumbs (we used Trader Joes Organic Bread Crumbs, but you can sub gluten-free or whatever you prefer)

 

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

 

1 teaspoon basil

 

2 teaspoons dried parsley

 

2 teaspoons

 

1 teaspoon salt

 

2 eggs

 

Avocado Aioli

1 ripe avocado

 

1/2 cup basil leaves

 

1 clove garlic

 

1 tablespoon lime juice

 

1/2 teaspoon salt

 

1 teaspoon

 

1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

1 tablespoon plain, unsweetened yogurt

 

Preparation

 

Preheat the oven to 420°F. Wash and slice the zucchini into strips about two inches long and 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. In one bowl, crack and lightly whisk both eggs. In another bowl, pour in the nutritional yeast. In a third bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, salt, paprika, basil, and parsley. Take your zucchini slices and dip them one by one in the nutritional yeast, egg, and then bread crumb mixture, and place them on a parchment paper lined sheet. Once each zucchini fry has been coated and is on the sheet, place in the oven and back for 20 to 25 minutes (no need to flip). Fries are done when the coating is brown and crispy.

 

While the fries are baking, make the avocado aioli in a food processor or blender by adding all ingredients and then blending

 

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15 Best Foods For Your Brain

 

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15 Best Foods For The Brain

 

  1. Avocados

This fruit is one of the healthiest ones you can consume and one of my all-time favorites. While avocados often get a bad rep because of their high fat content, it’s important to note that these green powerhouses are packed with monosaturated fats or the “good” kind, keeping blood sugar levels steady and your skin glowing.

 

Containing both vitamin K and folate, avocados help prevent blood clots in the brain (protecting against stroke) as well as help improve cognitive function, especially both memory and concentration.

They’re also rich in vitamin B and vitamin C, which aren’t stored in your body and need to be replenished daily. Plus, they have the highest protein and lowest sugar content of any fruit. Not too shabby! Avocados’ creamy texture makes them a smart addition to smoothies and a replacement for fats in baked goods,

 

  1. Beets

It might be their funny shape or memories of bad recipes eaten during childhood, but beets seem to be an intimidating food for many people, even vegetable lovers. That’s a shame, because these root vegetables are some of the most nutritious plants you can eat — they’ve even earned a spot on my healthy foods shopping list.

They reduce inflammation, are high in cancer-protecting antioxidants and help rid your blood of toxins. The natural nitrates in beets actually boost blood flow to the brain, helping with mental performance. Plus, during tough workouts, beets actually help boost energy and performance levels. I love them roasted or in salads

 

  1. Blueberries

Proving that great things do come in small packages,blueberries are a fruit I try to eat daily. That’s because they’ve got so many great health benefit ­while tasting like an all-natural candy!

For starters, it’s one of the highest antioxidant-rich foods known to man, including vitamin C and vitamin K and fiber. Because of their high levels of gallic acid, blueberries are especially good at protecting our brains from degeneration and stress

 

  1. Bone Broth

Bone broth is the ultimate food for healing your gut and, in turn, healing your brain. This ancient food is full of health benefits, ranging from boosting your immune system, overcoming leaky gut, improving joint health and overcoming food allergies.

Its high levels of collagen help reduce intestinal inflammation, and healing amino acids like proline and glycine keep your immune system functioning properly and help improve memory. Bone broth is what I prescribe most frequently to my patients because it truly helps heal your body from the inside out.

 

  1. Broccoli

Your mom got it right when she told you to eat your broccoli. It’s one of the best brain foods out there. Thanks to its high levels of vitamin K and choline, it will help keep your memory sharp. (4)

It’s also loaded with vitamin C — in fact, just one cup provides you with 150 percent of your recommended daily intake. Its high-fiber levels mean that you’ll feel full quickly, too

 

  1. Celery

For a vegetable with such few calories (just 16 per cup!),celery sure does offer a lot of benefits. Its high levels of antioxidants and polysaccharides act as natural anti-inflammatories and can help alleviate symptoms related to inflammation, like joint pain and irritable bowel syndrome.

Because it’s so nutrient-dense — packing loads of vitamins, minerals and nutrients with very little calories — it’s a great snack option if you’re looking to shed pounds. And while we often eat celery stalks, don’t skip the seeds and leaves; both provide extra health benefits and taste great in things like stir fries and soups.

 

  1. Coconut Oil

Ahh, coconut oil, one of the most versatile — and good for you — foods out there. With more than 77 coconut oil uses and cures, there’s almost nothing that coconut oil can’t help.

And when it comes to your brain, it’s full of benefits, too. Coconut oil works as a natural anti-inflammatory, suppressing cells responsible for inflammation. It can help with memory loss as you age and destroy bad bacteria that hangs out in your gut. (5)

 

  1. Dark Chocolate

Not all chocolate is created equal; in fact, dark chocolate can actually be good for you! Chocolate is chockfull of flavonols, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They can also help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to both the brain and heart.

But don’t go wild munching on Hershey’s Kisses just yet. Most of the chocolate you see on supermarket shelves is highly processed with few benefits. The rule of thumb is the darker the chocolate, the more health benefits.

Skip milk and white chocolates and opt for a minimally processed dark chocolate with at least 70 percent of cocoa..

 

  1. Egg Yolks

On the nutritional naughty list for years, egg yolks are finally experiencing their well-deserved day in the sun. If you’ve been eating only egg whites, the yolk’s on you. Yolks contain large amounts of choline, which helps in fetal brain development for pregnant women. It also breaks down bethane, a chemical that produces hormones related to happiness. That’s right, eggs can make you happy! (6)

If you’ve kept away from eating eggs whole because of cholesterol concerns, there’s good news. Studies show that eating eggs had no effect on the cholesterol levels of healthy adults and might, in fact, help raise good cholesterol levels.

It’s also one of the most inexpensive sources of protein out there; just be sure you’re buying organic, free-range eggs. Need some egg-spiration?

 

  1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Real extra virgin olive oil is truly a brain food. Thanks to the powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols that are found in the oil, including EVOO in your diet may not only improve learning and memory, but also reverse the age- and disease-related changes. (7) The oil also helps fight against ADDLs, proteins that are toxic to the brain and induce Alzheimer’s. (8)

As great as extra virgin olive oil is, remember that it’s not a good option for cooking, as it hydrogenizes and begins decomposing at high temperatures. The best way to get your fill is by eating it cold or at room temperature

 

  1. Green, Leafy Vegetables

It turns out that Popeye was onto something with his spinachobsession. Getting regular helpings of leafy green brain foods — like kale, Swiss chard and romaine lettuce — can help keep dementia at bay according to new research. (9)

In the study, which evaluated the eating habits and mental ability of more than 950 older adults for an average of five years, those adults who ate a serving of leafy green veggies once or twice a day experienced slower mental deterioration than those who ate no vegetables, even when factors like age, education and family history of dementia were factored in.

Green, leafy vegetables are also loaded with vitamins A and K (just one cup of kale has more than 684 percent of your recommended daily serving!), which help fight inflammation and keep bones strong.

 

  1. Rosemary

We already knew that rosemary oil has a variety of benefits, but did you know that the herb does, too? Carnosic acid, one of the main ingredients in rosemary, helps protect the brain from neurodegeneration. It does this by protecting the brain against chemical free radicals, which are linked to neurodegeneration, Alzheimer’s, strokes and normal aging in the brain. (10)

It also helps protect eyesight from deteriorating, thanks to its high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. (11)

 

  1. Salmon

If you like seafood, get excited, because salmon is one of the most nutritious, brain food-friendly foods out there! It’s packed with omega-3 fatty acids to help keep your brain running smoothly ­— goodbye, brain fog — and improve memory.

If you have kids, feeding them salmon can help preventADHD by improving their focus. And these same fatty acids can also help prevent cancer and kill tumors — not bad for a four-ounce serving of fish!

Please note that these benefits are for Alaskan wild-caught salmon — farm-raised and regular wild-caught salmon can be filled with mercury and toxins.

 

  1. Turmeric

Isn’t it great when a simple spice has amazing health benefits? That’s the Turmeric also helps boost antioxidant levels and keep your immune system healthy, while also improving your brain’s oxygen intake, keeping you alert and able to process information. Talk about a super spice!

 

  1. Walnuts

It turns out that eating walnuts can keep you from going nuts. Just munching on a few walnuts a day can improve your cognitive health. (12) Their high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals also improve mental alertness. The vitamin E in the nuts can also help ward off Alzheimer’s.

 

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Crunchy Noodle Salad

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Crunchy Noodle Salad

 

Ingredients

Kosher salt

1 pound thin spaghetti

1 pound sugar snap peas

1 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

1/3 cup soy sauce

3 tablespoons dark sesame oil

1 tablespoon honey

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

3 tablespoons toasted white sesame seeds, divided

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded, and thinly sliced

4 scallions (with and green parts), sliced diagonally

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

 

Directions

Watch how to make this recipe

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

 

Meanwhile, bring another large pot of salted water to a boil, add the sugar snap peas, return to a boil, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until crisp tender. Lift the sugar snap peas from the water with a slotted spoon and immerse them in a bowl of ice water. Drain.

 

For the dressing, whisk together the vegetable oil, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, garlic, ginger, 2 tablespoons sesame seeds and peanut butter in a medium bowl.

 

Combine the spaghetti, sugar snap peas, peppers and scallions in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the spaghetti mixture. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and the parsley and toss together.

 

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Herbs For Respiratory System

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Herbs for Respiratory System

Most people realize how important their lungs are to overall health, not only providing oxygen needed by every cell in the body but also filtering out small blood clots from the veins and even providing cushioning for the heart. Yet even if someone does not smoke, exposure to air pollution, some medications or even trauma can do damage to the lungs and cause problems like bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia and even lung cancer. Below, however, are herbs which can protect the lungs and promote respiratory health.

Mullein

Mullein has long been used as a remedy for many respiratory complaints, including viral infections like flus and colds, as well as conditions like bronchitis and laryngitis. It is a natural expectorant and can relieve congestion from excess phlegm and can also help quiet bronchial spasms and relieve pain.

Licorice

Licorice is a natural demulcent herb, meaning that it can help to soothe down irritation of the mucous membranes which line the respiratory tract. It also contains lichochalcone, a compound which decreases inflammation and has even been shown to help fight off the proliferation of cancer cells.

Gingko Biloba

Most people think of this as an herb to improve memory and cognition, but it is also useful for respiratory health. One study showed that those undergoing bypass surgery displayed fewer signs of inflammation or irritation in the lungs if given extracts of this herb.

Echinacea

Echinacea is a natural antimicrobial which can fight off bacteria and viruses that can hurt the lungs and can also strengthen the general immune system to make it more effective at warding off illnesses. It does this primarily through increasing the white blood cell count.

Rosemary

Rosemary’s natural oils have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties which can help to remedy bronchitis, flus and colds, coughs and other respiratory infections. One of its active compounds, called carnosol, is also being tested as an anti-carcinogen.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus has long been used to treat a number of lung conditions, including sore throat, sinus infections, bronchitis and colds and flus. It has properties which make is an antimicrobial, antispasmodic and a natural expectorant and decongestant.

Irish Moss

Despite its name, this is actually a type of seaweed and is actually already used in an array of prescription medications that are used to treat lung ailments like the flu, pneumonia, and unproductive coughs. It acts as a decongestant and antimicrobial agent.

Hyssop

Hyssop is able to decongest the lungs and respiratory tract and is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. When used in a syrup, it is able to treat cough and soothe down the mucous membranes which line the throat and which get irritated by an array of respiratory problems.

Slippery Elm

Slippery elm is an anti-inflammatory, expectorant and antiseptic and can be used to treat conditions from the entire respiratory tract and is beneficial for bronchitis, coughs, and asthma and is excellent for soothing the mucous membranes of the nose and throat.

Coltsfoot

This is a natural treatment for whooping cough, colds, and bronchitis and can help rid the body of mucous and reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract which can accompany a number of lung conditions.

All these herbs are natural and healthy ways to treat lung ailments and to keep the respiratory tract healthy and functioning.

If you have a family member that has had respiratory or cardiac problems, or you live with someone that smokes, have bronchitis,COPD, or other respiratory problems, please call us.

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Head Lice: It is That Time of Year Again

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Head Lice

 

Head lice are tiny parasites that live on the human head. They live and thrive by sucking tiny amounts of blood from the scalp and reproduce by laying their eggs in the hair. Perhaps surprisingly, head lice don’t spread disease.

 

What do head lice (and their eggs) look like?

The adult head louse has six legs and is about the size of a sesame seed. Descriptions of their color vary, but generally they range from beige to gray and may become considerably darker when they feed.

Lice often appear to be the same color as the hair they’ve infested, making them hard to see with the naked eye. You can spot them most easily in the areas behind the ears and along the hairline on the back of the neck.

Female lice lay up to ten minuscule eggs a day. Lice eggs (called nits) are oval in shape. They may appear to be the color of their host’s hair, ranging from white to yellow to brown.

What’s the life cycle of a typical louse?

The female louse attaches her eggs to human hair shafts with a waterproof, glue-like substance. This ensures that the nits can’t be washed, brushed, or blown away, unlike dandruff and other bits of stuff in the hair that often gets mistaken for nits.

She lays her eggs a fraction of an inch from the scalp, where it’s nice and warm – just right for hatching. Nits typically hatch eight or nine days after they’re laid. Once the eggs have hatched, their yellow or white shells remain attached to the hair shaft, moving farther from the scalp as the hair grows. As a result, empty nit shells attached to hairs are usually found farther away from the scalp than live eggs are.

Baby lice, known as nymphs, are not much bigger than the nits and tend to be light in color. Nine to 12 days later, they become adults and mate, the females lay their eggs, and the cycle continues.

An adult louse can live up to 30 days on the human head.

How did my child get lice?

Your child probably picked up lice from an infested sibling or playmate. Lice are crawling insects. They can’t hop, jump, or fly, but they can crawl from one head to another when people put their heads together – for example, when they hug or lay their heads on the same pillow.

Once female lice find their way to a child’s head, they lay eggs and begin to populate the area. You can’t catch nits; they have to be laid by live lice.

Since lice can live for up to a day off of the human head, it’s theoretically possible to get infested if your hair makes contact with items such as hats, combs, or brushes if they were used recently by an infested person. However, this is less likely than human-to-human spread.

A healthy louse will rarely leave a healthy head (except to crawl onto another healthy head!), and lice found on combs are usually injured or dead.

Are lice more common in dirty conditions?

It’s a myth that lice are a product of poor hygiene or poverty. Head lice are equal-opportunity parasites. They like clean hair as well as dirty hair and can flourish in even the wealthiest communities.

So, when lice are going around, it’s no one child or family’s fault. If your child has lice, chances are they’re traveling through the neighborhood or school. And your child has probably unknowingly infected others.

Head lice are most common among preschool- and elementary school-age children and their families and caregivers. Some studies suggest that girls get head lice more often than boys. This may be because they have more head-to-head contact with each other and longer hair that provides more warmth and darkness (two things lice love).

Interestingly, lice are much less common among African Americans in the United States than among people of other races. This may be because lice claws have a tougher time grasping the shape and width of African American hair.

How to tell if you have lice?

 

When you became a parent, you probably never imagined yourself hunting for lice in your child’s hair. But that’s just what you (or someone) will have to do if you suspect that your child is infested.

When the bad news comes from a school

Many schools do regular lice checks during the school year, examining every child’s head.  If they find lice, they’ll let you know. Be sure to do your own checking, though, to confirm their finding.

You may instead get a note warning that someone in your child’s class or school has lice. That’s your signal to check your own child’s head. It’s best to do this as soon as possible, because the sooner you find the lice, the easier they are to handle. And if you do find lice, you’ll need to check (and possibly treat) the whole family.

How to inspect your child’s head

The sesame-seed-size creatures and their teeny-tiny eggs are quite hard to spot. To find out whether you need to take action, try the following two- to three-step process.

If you can’t spot them via a visual inspection (step 2), try wet combing (step 3). A 2009 study in the Archives of Dermatology found that “wet-combing” accurately identified active head lice infestations in 90 percent of cases. In contrast, visual inspections accurately identified 29 percent.

You’ll need really good light and a pair of strong drugstore reading glasses or a magnifying glass (unless you have the eyes of an eagle). If you move on to step three, you’ll also need a metal lice comb and some hair conditioner.

Step 1: Look for the signs and symptoms of head lice

Your child may have one or more of these symptoms:

A tickling feeling on the scalp

A sensation that something is moving in the hair

Itching caused by an allergic reaction to lice bites (kids may scratch or rub their scalp, especially around the back of the head or ears)

Sores on the head caused by scratching

Irritability

Trouble sleeping (lice are more active in the dark)

Step 2: How to search for lice, stage one (dry hair)

Check your child’s scalp. Part the hair in various places and check the scalp behind the ears and at the nape of the neck. You may notice sores or a rash where your child has been scratching.

Look for movement in the hair. You’re not likely to see the lice themselves. They’re very small, move quickly, and avoid light, so they’re difficult to spot.

Look for lice eggs, known as nits. These tiny white or yellowish tear drop-shaped sacs are attached to the hair near the scalp (within a quarter inch if they haven’t yet hatched). Nits may be easier to feel than to see: They’ll feel like grains of sand.

 

Make sure the “nits” you see are really nits. Nits are often hard to distinguish from dandruff or flakes of hair products. The difference is that nits stick to the hair like glue while dandruff and other flakes are easily removed from the hair shaft.

Make sure the nits you find are still alive. If the only nits you find are more than a quarter inch from the scalp, they may have already hatched and your child may no longer be infested. (Nits can only hatch in the warmth right next to the scalp. After they hatch, the empty egg remains attached to the hair and grows farther and farther from the scalp.) Only viable nits – those very close to the scalp – or live lice are proof of a current infestation.

Step 3: How to search for lice, stage two (wet hair)

You’ll need to go on to this step if you can’t tell whether there’s an infestation by looking at your child’s hair and feeling it, the way you did in step 2. Studies  have found that a lice comb is the best tool for finding live lice. (A flea comb may also work.) The teeth on a regular comb are too far apart to nab the tiny lice.

Wet your child’s hair.

Pour on lots of conditioner.

Comb the hair out in sections, from the roots to the ends, with a lice comb.

If there are lice in your child’s hair, you should see them on the comb. (Shaking the comb out into a plastic bowl after every swipe can help you see them better.)

If you determine that your child does have lice, check the other kids and adults in your house. You’ll need to treat everyone to effectively rid your family of lice. If you follow these steps and you’re still not sure, have your child checked by a doctor or at a lice salon.

How to get rid of lice in your child’s hair

If your child has lice, you’ll need to take steps to get rid of them.

Lice are itchy and annoying and they won’t go away on their own. And your child can spread them to others – even to you – through close, usually head-to-head contact. That’s why parents often find themselves scratching too.

First, confirm that your child has lice

Before you go down this labor-intensive road, make sure your child has a confirmed case of head lice. That means you’ve spotted viable nits (lice eggs) or live lice in your child’s hair.

If you haven’t seen the signs yourself or feel uncertain about what you’re seeing, find out how to tell for sure whether your child has lice.

Then, choose a method for getting rid of lice

You’ll hear lots of conflicting recommendations for dealing with lice. Even official health sources such as government agencies and doctor associations differ. And friends, relatives, and online resources offer all sorts of home remedies and alternative medicines.

Consult your doctor or another health professional to make sure the method you choose is likely to be safe and effective.

Here are the options recommended by doctors, lice experts, and parents:

  1. Lice medicine and lice combing combined Many parents try this approach: Apply drugstore lice medicine to the hair and follow up with frequent comb-outs using a high-quality metal lice comb.
  2. Over-the- counter lice-killing medicine alone A 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report on head lice recommends using a drugstore pediculicide (lice-killing product). These are sold as a cream rinse, shampoo, gel, mousse, or other hair product. The AAP recommends applying as directed and then reapplying on day nine to catch any lice that may have hatched.  Tea Tree Oil Shampoo is one of the most effective treatments.

The report says that lice combs don’t help eradicate lice once you’ve applied the lice medicine, although they’re useful for diagnosing a case of head lice and for combing out lice and eggs killed by the pediculicide.

  1. Do Not go out and cut your childrens hair.  Lice to not live in the air, they live on the scalp, plus you are spreading lice to the person or persons that get their hair cut after you.

4.Lice comb alone The National Pediculosis Association is one group that advocates combing lice and nits from the hair with a special lice comb instead of using a pediculicide. The group doesn’t rule out pediculicides completely but warns that these medicines are pesticides and potentially harmful to children. It states on its website, “The NPA believes that the mechanical method of removing head lice with a comb is the safest and most effective method.”

 

Alternative methods You’ll find all sorts of “natural” lice remedies at drugstores, natural food stores, and online. These products are not regulated by the FDA and there’s no scientific proof that they’re safe or effective (and some could be toxic, so be careful). Home remedies ranging from olive oil, baby oil, mayonnaise, and petroleum jelly to using a blow dryer are also popular, but not scientifically tested.

 

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Basil Shrimp and Zucchini Pasta

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Basil, Shrimp & Zucchini Pasta

 

This quick-cooking, healthy dinner is a simple combination

 

of zucchini, shrimp and pasta flecked with plenty of fresh basil.

 

If you have leftover cooked pasta from another meal, use it and skip Step 2.

 

Since the recipe combines a starch, vegetables and the shrimp,

 

all you need is a fruit or vegetable salad to round out the menu.

 

 

Ingredients

 

 

◾1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, divided

◾1 8-ounce can tomato sauce

◾2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided

◾2 cloves garlic, minced

◾1/4 teaspoon salt

◾1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or more to taste

◾Pinch of cayenne pepper, or to taste

◾1 pound peeled and deveined raw shrimp (31-40 per pound; see Note)

◾2 cups orecchiette or other small pasta, preferably whole-wheat

◾2 medium zucchini or summer squash or 1 of each

 

 

Preparation

1.Combine 1/4 cup basil, tomato sauce, 2 teaspoons oil, garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne in a medium bowl. Stir in shrimp; let stand for at least 10 minutes and up to 30 minutes.

2.Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pan of boiling water until just tender, 8 to 11 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.

3.Quarter squash lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the shrimp mixture along with the squash. Cook, stirring, until the shrimp are pink and just barely cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the pasta and heat, stirring, until piping hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup basil and season with pepper.

 

Tips & Notes

Note: Shrimp is usually sold by the number needed to make one pound. For example, “21-25 count” means there will be 21 to 25 shrimp in a pound. Size names, such as “large” or “extra large,” are not standardized, so to get the size you want, order by the count per pound. Both wild-caught and farm-raised shrimp can damage the surrounding ecosystems when not managed properly. Fortunately, it is possible to buy shrimp that have been raised or caught with sound environmental practices. Look for fresh or frozen shrimp certified by an independent agency, such as the Marine Stewardship Council. If you can’t find certified shrimp, choose wild-caught shrimp from North America—it’s more likely to be sustainably caught.

Nutrition

 

Per serving: 315 calories; 8 g fat ( 1 g sat , 5 g mono ); 143 mg cholesterol; 40 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 24 g protein; 7 g fiber; 622 mg sodium; 687 mg potassium.

 

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (38% daily value), Magnesium (30% dv), Folate & Potassium (20% dv), Vitamin A (19% dv), Zinc (18% dv), Iron (17% dv)

 

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

 

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 lean meat, 1 fat

 

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Lower Your Blood Pressure with A Daily Dose of Onions.

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Lower your Blood Pressure with a daily dose of onions.

In a Spanish study, eating 1/3 cup of onions daily, any kind of onions,

it cut patients blood pressure by 21% in five weeks. Onions are

rich in quercetin, a natural diuretic that lowers pressure by

flushing our excess fluids and salt. Many people stop eating onions

because of bad breath worries, but please put them back in your

diet and make sure any older people put them back in their diets

also, to avoid and congestive heart problems.

 

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Morgellons Disease and GMO in Skincare Products

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Morgellons Disease and GMO in skin care products

 

Morgellons is a disease in which unusual thread-like fibers appear under the skin. The person feels like something is crawling, biting or stinging all over.

Dr. Joe Cummins, Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario, states the link between morgellons disease and GMO foods is connected. Professor Cummins noted that Morgellons sufferers tested for Agrobacterium tumefaciens (AT) infestation. According to biochemist Vitaly Citosky, who carried out research on agrobacterium, “Agrobacterium is capable of genetically transforming not only plants, but also other eukaryotic species, including human cells, and is used in the production of some genetically modified organisms.”

There is more and more evidence that this disease may not be “delusional” and could be related to genetically modified foods.

 

GMO in skincare products: how to avoid them?

Unless skincare products are certified non-GMO or come from a company that is working on the certification process, there is a good chance that they contain GMOs. For example, canola has been modified to produce high levels of lauric acid, a key ingredient in soaps and detergents (this allows for reduced cost). Plant-derived ingredients were among the very first cosmetics, and large percentages of many agricultural commodities have been genetically modified. Indeed, genetically modified organisms have been developed to assist in the production of cosmetic ingredients. Other examples include soybean oil, corn oil, corn flour, proteins from yeast and lecithin.

 

 

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