Saturday Summary 16

I come across a lot of information online while dealing with my podcast and the business.  While I usually don’t agree with all of it, most of the articles have some good information in them.  I’ve included the links to interesting articles I’ve been reading with some thoughts added.

New Allergy Vaccines Ready for Clinical Trials: Really? Long term effects?

False Killer Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins Swim Together for Years: I didn’t realize there was such thing as a “false” killer whale.

Woman’s Death Linked to Alternative Cancer Treatment: Be careful of supplements & anything taken in great quantities.

Why We Don’t Trust Technology Companies: Well said.

Wash Your Hands! But Turn Down The Heat: And be sure and use Goat Milk Soap when washing!

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Leaked Files Slam Stem Cell Therapy: “The leaked papers reveal the true nature of the processes involved”

ER observation units could save billions each year: Saving billions would be nice.

These 5 healthy habits reduce dementia risk: Pretty basic habits.

Does being pregnant cost women jobs?: As a female small business owner, it wouldn’t surprise me if the answer was yes.

Video game kindness may make kids nicer: Or we could avoid video games completely & model kindness for our children.

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More people die in states with fewer traffic laws: Is it the lack of laws, or lack of enforcing the laws?

After Sandy, barrier system is polluted but intact: Hurricanes stirring up pollution.

Men’s ability to overwork widens wage gap: As a small business owner I want employees who work hard. That’s tough to find.

No two noses smell the same: That may explain some of the strange emails I receive.

3D-printed loudspeaker plays: 3D printing boggles my mind.

Does reading actually change the brain? If so, mine is changing all the time!

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These mountains float on hot molten rock: That’s cool!

Kids are stronger if mom got more vitamin D: Best source of vitamin D is healthy sun exposure. Get outside!

Keeping secrets can cause you to ‘come undone’: I am not good at keeping secrets. Just ask Jim.

Hybrid corn releases toxin that kills hungry worms: I find this scary.

People put squirrels in cities on purpose: Yuck. Squirrels did a lot of damage to our home in NJ.

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PJ

 

 

Saturday Summary 15

I come across a lot of information online while dealing with my podcast and the business.  While I usually don’t agree with all of it, most of the articles have some good information in them.  I’ve included the links to interesting articles I’ve been reading with some thoughts added.

Building a Better Lobster Trap: Mmmmm… lobster!

Sleep’s Role in Obesity, Schizophrenia, Diabetes…Everything: Need to insure our kids get enough sleep!

Should Hospitals Force Health Care Workers to Get the Flu Vaccine?: Nope, nurses have rights too.

A New Tool to Help Mathematicians Pack: Long, but interesting math & science for your older students.

 Bread Texture Affects Salty Taste: We enjoy baking our bread from scratch.

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Scrumptious Science: How Does Baking Powder Make Cornbread Fluffy?: Cool homeschool science experiment.

How Wintry Weather Affects Emotions: I don’t know about most people, but cold weather makes me grumpy!

Virtual Reality Brings New Tool to Fire-fighting: Improved safety would be great!

6 U.S. Drone-Testing Centers Announced: This just seems so strange & potentially problematic to me.

Test Prep Doesn’t Help Raise Intelligence Scores: I teach my homeschool children to think better, not test better.

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Cancer-Linked Flame Retardants Eased Out of Furniture in 2014: Wow, what people will do for money. 

Going from Good to Great with Complex Tasks: Focusing on what you’re doing is always important.

West Nile Virus Blamed for Death of Bald Eagles in Utah: Wow 20,000 birds?

Sharpshooters to Renew Deer Cull in Heart of Washington D.C.: Venison donated to the homeless.

What Happens When 10 Inches of Snow Isn’t 10 Inches?: Very interesting study on snow fall and measuring it.

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Ticks Latch On with Telescoping, Barbed Mouthparts: Ticks totally creep me out. They’re so nasty!

When Was the Last Time Volcanoes Erupted on the East Coast?: Interesting, never thought about this.

 

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PJ

 

 

Saturday Summary 14

I come across a lot of information online while dealing with my podcast and the business.  While I usually don’t agree with all of it, most of the articles have some good information in them.  I’ve included the links to interesting articles I’ve been reading with some thoughts added.

U.S. Pregnancy Rates Continue to Fall:  I think it’s because I stopped having children.

Some troops have a sixth sense for bombs: Awesome study. Less video games, more time outside with nature!

Pregnant nurse fired for refusing flu shot: This is just so wrong.

Mosquito Scent-Tracking Discovery Could Lead to Better Repellents: Our bug out soap is a natural repellant. 

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Unregulated Chemicals Found in Drinking Water: This is one of reasons we use a good filter on our water.

Vitamin D Supplements Won’t Help Prevent Disease: We get lots of sunshine and take Vitamin D in the winter.

FDA’s Manure Proposal What’s the Big Stink About: Organic farms rarely have contamination. We use manure in our garden routinely.

The world braces for retirement crisis: I don’t plan to ever fully retire – I’m a farmer.

Switching to Healthier Eating May Cost You More: It doesn’t have to. You can cook from scratch and save lots!

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Remember Lots Of Passwords With This Trick: I love it! Very cool.

Bill Nye’s Open Letter to Barack Obama: Science is awesome and it can benefit the economy.

In Emergency, Smartphone Might Not Know Your Location: Life is a balancing act.

Six People Rescued from Nevada Cold Kept Warm by Heating Stones: Awesome! Good job, Mom & Dad!

Glow Sticks Prove the Math Theorem behind the Famous Flatiron Building: I LOVE practical math!

Why You Can Type Without Ever Learning The Keyboard: Interesting. Do you know how to type “properly”?

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As Lionfish Invade the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, Conservationists Say Eat Up: Hope they get it under control.

Owl Silent Swoop Depends On Down: Colter is a huge bird fan.

Nelson Mandela’s Long and Hungered Walk To Freedom: We were all very sad at the passing of Nelson Mandela. 

“Smart Bag” Could Be End of Road for Lost Luggage: Smart solution to a problem I’ve experienced.

The Discrimination Tax: “New research suggests that people will discriminate even at a personal price”.

 

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Saturday Summary 12

I come across a lot of information online while dealing with my podcast and the business.  While I usually don’t agree with all of it, most of the articles have some good information in them.  I’ve included the links to interesting articles I’ve been reading with some thoughts added.

Deaths Lead to Recall of Baby Monitors: So sad. Hope everyone who uses them is aware of the recall.

Healthy Food at All Costs: Brett Hoebel tells it like he sees it. Stop making excuses & eat healthy.

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Laser Toys Can Damage Eyes: We avoid toys requiring batteries. If it’s not fun without batteries, what’s the point?

Cash Incentives Spur Poor To Buy Healthier Foods: Love it! 

US firm Duke Energy pays out over wind farm eagle deaths: Colter is a huge bird fan.

What You Sacrifice Today for a Better Tomorrow: Nicely said. I agree with making sacrifices.

Charlotte resident cited for kids bicycling on city streets: So ludicrous. Seriously ludicrous.

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Experts Predict 5 Million More US Jobs By 2015: That would be nice!

Holiday Health: Tips on Not Fixing What Isn’t Broken: Very well said by Dr. David Katz.

Why Many U.S. Preteens Aren’t Getting the HPV Shot: Perhaps people are not getting it because it is dangerous and completely unnecessary!

 Civilian Drones to Change How We Respond to Emergencies: This could be very useful if properly used.

Miami Shores Couple Files Lawsuit Over Ban on Front-Yard Vegetable Gardens: People should be allowed to grow vegetables in their front yard.

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Have We Saved the Sharks?: Reports of dramatic decreases in shark fin soup.

How to Erase Bad Memories: Wow. Interesting, but I wouldn’t sign up to be a study participant.

Your Brain Has Two Clocks: Cool brain information.

These 6 Birds Are Simply Amazing:  Cool information about birds.

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How to Prevent Dry Winter Skin: Forget seeing a doctor, use Goat Milk Soap.

Why Seahorses Are Shaped Like Horses: Fun information about sea life.

 

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PJ

Saturday Summary 11

I come across a lot of information online while dealing with my podcast and the business.  While I usually don’t agree with all of it, most of the articles have some good information in them.  I’ve included the links to interesting articles I’ve been reading with some thoughts added.

‘Perfect Storm’ Spreads Salmonella In Tomatoes: I repeat: keep your immune system up & know your food source.

Women engineers boosted by postgraduate grants plan: As a female Engineer, I think this is great.

Record Cold, Ice Grip U.S.; More Snow to Blanket East: We have kept power throughout the storms, hope everyone is staying warm!

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Got (More) Milk? Cows Fed New Alfalfa Might: Interesting – hope it isn’t GMO!

2013 Had Lowest Hurricane Count Since 1982: This is great weather and insurance news.

FDA to Limit Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals: I hope this leads to actual change.

Children Today Are Suffering A Severe Deficit Of Play: Perhaps my kids are (IMO) so awesome because they work hard AND play hard?

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Mud volcano to stop ‘by decade’s end’: I’d never heard of this! Pretty cool – especially if you don’t live there.

Plans for £5.4bn Argyll Array offshore wind farm near Tiree dropped: Sounds like a good decision was reached.

Celebrities Should Inform Women about Risks as Well as Benefits of Mammograms: Well written & informative.

Hydrogen Squeezed From Stone Could Be New Energy Source:  Cool science makes for a great homeschool discussion.

Fear Makes Noses More Sensitive to Smell: Good thing our soap brings joy not fear.

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Death of a Comet: What We Learned from the Passing of ISO: We love astronomy around here.

The Boy Whose Brain Could Unlock Autism: Very long, awesome article on autism.

Americans – Why Do You Keep Refrigerating Your Eggs?: See! I’m not crazy for not washing them!

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Banana Fungus Creeps Closer to World’s Key Plantations: This is not good. We don’t need another food they are trying to genetically modify.

Johnson & Johnson admits, “Our baby products contain cancer-causing formaldehyde”: It’s about time. Seriously about time.

Hershey to Purchase 100% Traceable and Sustainably Sourced Palm Oil by the End of 2014: That’s great for Hershey, but now I’m expecting prices will rise.

 

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PJ

Saturday Summary 10

I come across a lot of information online while dealing with my podcast and the business.  While I usually don’t agree with all of it, most of the articles have some good information in them.  I’ve included the links to interesting articles I’ve been reading with some thoughts added.

‘Operate on this mother so that we can take her baby’: This is a seriously twisted story (if true & accurate).

“Secret” Labyrinth of Tunnels under Rome Mapped: It’s my dream to someday visit Italy and Rome and I’d love to visit the tunnels.

Tea Kettles Stop Whistling in the Dark: I didn’t realize that this was a mystery.

The Kids Don’t Play Any More: LOVE this essay! Unstructured time for kids should never be undervalued!

Expectant Dads May Need Folate, Too:  I’ve always believed that Dad’s health is also important to a healthy pregnancy.

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To Tackle Pollution, China to Drop Pursuit of Growth at All Costs: I’ll believe it when I see it.

Vegetarian Too Young: Not going to venture an opinion on this one, but I thought it was well written.

Flooding Undermines Seattle’s Flower Farmers: Farming has always been a risky endeavor. But worth it!

Nuts are in, Cows are out, Bees are in Trouble: The Economics of the Billion-Dollar Almond Market: This is very interesting. We love almonds around here.

Give Yourself a Break Today: 34 days til my vacation (not that I’m counting).

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Volcanoes remind us of their power: Volcanoes are so cool (but I’m glad I don’t live by one)!

Through the Ages: How Car Insurance Rates Change as you Age: Brett will be paying for insurance soon, and isn’t happy about it.

For Teens Of Jailed Parents, Prison Cycle Is Hard To Break: This is so sad. Good parenting matters.

Common Core Goes Global: I am “anti-CC”. Every child is unique & has different educational needs.

On a Tragic Anniversary, Turning Off the News: I prefer to avoid the news. “Important”news always makes it to the twitterverse.

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Tony Horton: Why I’m Excited About My New P90X3 Workout: Jim and I are P90X grads, but 30 min sounds more sustainable.

We All Have Candida (And it’s OK!): Well written and concise with good information.

‘Scuse Me While I Pour a Drink Towards the Sky: Great article & photo to spark a discussion. Also a great teaching moment.

 

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Saturday Summary 9

I come across a lot of information online while dealing with my podcast and the business.  While I usually don’t agree with all of it, most of the articles have some good information in them.  I’ve included the links to interesting articles I’ve been reading with some thoughts added.

U.S. to Allow Transplants of HIV-Infected Organs: Wow, glad I don’t need to have an opinion on this.

Ultraviolet Illumination Warns Sea Turtles away from Fishing Nets: We love sea turtles, and have seen several baby sea turtles rescued from nests and released in the ocean. Hope this helps.

Needle-Free ‘Breathalyzer’ for Daily Diabetes Testing Shows Promise: This would be great and so much easier than pricking fingers so often.

Grades and moods suffer for teen night owls: I disagree with their conclusion.  Teens should get more sleep by actually going to bed at a decent time.  Delaying the start time of school doesn’t teach them anything.

Scientist Is Improving Prediction of Hurricane Storm Surges: Cool Science.

Worry Doesn’t Equal Love: Yes! I’m not a bad mom because I let my kids face life, dangers and all.

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Adrenal Fatigue: Is It Real?: Do you believe adrenal fatigue is real?

The obviousness of long waiting times in the emergency department: Very well said.  I wish more people would appropriately use the ER.

How to Be a Better Learner: Agree with #1 – we love learning together as a family.

The Holidays: A Bit More Giving, a Bit Less Getting: Agree! We need to help our kids be less “me” focused.  There are so many ways to do that.  One simple way is Operation Christmas Child.

New treatments for spinal injuries in dogs may help people: I love science that actually improves lives.

10 Ways to Entertain Kids on Rainy Days: Some of these spaces are awesome.  I always wanted to do a wall in chalkboard paint, but it never happened.

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Let Go of the College Essay, and Let Your Teenager Speak for Herself: Love this! Very well said.  Parents need to allow children to be responsible for their lives.

Down in the Dumps? How to Become a More Positive Person: I find #2 is important, but very hard to actually do!

How Vaccine Policy & Law Threatens Parental Rights in America: “No one has formally & independently studied health outcomes of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated kids.”  We need some unbiased studies to discover the truth.

Does More Money Always Equal More Happiness?: “Studies show that after earning $40,000-$75,000 higher salaries make no impact on happiness.”

Stepping Science: Estimating Someone’s Height from Their Walk: Practical homeschooling lesson.

Can nostalgia make us feel good about the future?: I love remembering the past with family and friends.

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Herbal Supplements Are Often Not What They Seem: “DNA tests show many pills labeled as healing herbs are little more than powdered rice & weeds.”  Unbelievable.

How Many Friends Can Your Brain Handle?: “The brain is changing & optimizing to reflect your needs.”  This was interesting.

Why Patents and Copyright Protections Are More Important Than Ever: As a small business owner, it maks me very sad how many people plagiarize what we do and get angry with me when I ask them to cease and desist.

What You Need to Know Before You Adopt: Our kids are biologically ours, but I think adoption can be wonderful.

10 Relationship Tips Everyone Forgets: I could stand to improve #7. What about you?

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There Is No Such Thing as a Must-Buy Bargain: I hate “bargains” because most are just an excuse to spend money.

Finally, a Way to Predict a Wildfire’s Behavior in Real Time: I hope this can save lives!

 

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 PJ

Saturday Summary 8

I come across a lot of information online while dealing with my podcast and the business.  While I usually don’t agree with all of it, most of the articles have some good information in them.  I’ve included the links to interesting articles I’ve been reading with some thoughts added.

Surprising Foods with More Sugar Than A Krispy Kreme Doughnut: Good overview. I was surprised at the #1 food.

Want to know more? Here are a few more articles about why sugar isn’t good:

Is it right to waste helium on party balloons?: Very cool – didn’t know helium was a limited resource.

How to Run With Good Form: Using proper running technique is critical for getting the most out of your runs. The boys all run track and cross country and so I hear a lot about it.

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8 Stress-Busting Tips from Experts: I LOVE #2!  It’s my favorite stress relief.

Yelling Doesn’t Help, May Harm Adolescents, Pitt-Led Study Finds: Of course yelling is bad but when (not if) I do, I say “I’m sorry” and move on.  Putting more guilt on parents doesn’t get anybody, anywhere.

No Longer Revered, Teachers are now Confronted and Chastised: So sad and so true! The cartoon depicts the change perfectly.

Some Of The Most Promising Jobs For The Next 5 Years: I teach my children to be entrepreneurs instead of worrying about what jobs will be availanle.

Survival Science: Hunting M&Ms Candies: Fun homeschooling science “lab”.

Workouts That Challenge Your Mind Give Better Results: I prefer just reading while I walk.

Preterm Birth Linked to Chemicals Found in Personal Products: Yet another reason to use our soap!

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F.D.A. Ruling Would All but Eliminate Trans Fats: It’s about time!

The Age of Antibiotics is Coming to an End, as Wider Variety of Bacteria are Now Impervious: Don’t live in fear, just keep your immune system up.

Sitting All Day: Worse Than You Might Think: Love my treadmill desk! I can walk while I work.

Typhoon wreaks havoc on agriculture with over a million farmers affected: This makes me so sad.  Farming is so much work and to have it destroyed is depressing.

Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?: Long but great article for anyone who ever has to make decisions.

Vaccination During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?: Vaccinating is not a clear-cut issue. Risks exist either way.

Eat Your Broccoli: We love broccoli! Especially fresh out of the garden.

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At a Swim Meet, a Ribbon for Everyone: This is ridiculous, let kids learn how to lose with grace.

No Good Data For or Against Taking Vitamins: Experts Say: I believe in eating whole foods, not using supplements.

Trans Fat to Transparency? Caveat Emptor!: Great article! Worth reading.

‘Honest’ Pheromones May Explain Decline In Queen Bees: Detailed info about honeybee queens.

Kids Who Drink Raw Milk Have Less Asthma and Allergies: My children drink raw goat milk. We love it!

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Personality traits linked to better customer service: Some of my kids are naturally better at service.

‘Maxed Out’ Author Thought Readers Would Critique Her Ideas. Instead, They Judged Her Choices: We all need grace. Moms can be very hard on other moms and it makes me sad.

Healthy foods can carry toxic bacteria, alas: Bacteria is everywhere, need to keep our immune systems up!

Once Again: 6 Tips for Writing from George Orwell: Great homeschooling tips.

 

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Saturday Summary 7

I come across a lot of information online while dealing with my podcast and the business.  While I usually don’t agree with all of it, most of the articles have some good information in them.  I’ve included the links to interesting articles I’ve been reading with some thoughts added.

Lactose Intolerance: Let Them Drink Milk: Especially goat milk!!!

Raw Milk Is Gaining Fans, but the Science Says It’s Dangerous: We’ve never been sick from our raw goat milk.  As with everything you eat, know your food source!

Parents and Price Sway Food Choices For Kids: More support for being a good role model.

Do You Know This Scientific Solution For Performing Well Under Pressure?: I will have to try this! Let me know if you’ve ever used this trick.

Want an Extra Hour in Your Day? Here’s a Painless Way to Get It: Interesting. I’d rather use mine to sleep, though. 

Top Five Regrets of the Dying: Important to read! What are you going to change in your life to avoid regrets?

Music Helps You Work Harder: We love listening to music and singing in the soaproom while we work.

A Father Tries to End the Fat Talk: Parenting is about taking care of ourselves as well as our kids.

If We Really Want People to See God Move…: Love this post. Reminds me of my life since starting Goat Milk Stuff.

Fast-moving Storm Kills Five as Tornadoes Rip U.S. Midwest: Praying for all those affected. We are safe here.

Trouble at the lab: So sad because I doubt anything will change.

Moms: Pinterest can’t “make” you feel bad about yourself: Agreed! Don’t believe you have to be supermom! 

Why it’s Important to Share Your Job with Your Children: Better yet, where possible, involve them.

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Villagers Mob U.S. Aid Choppers as Philippine Relief Effort Spreads: Praying for effective relief efforts.

Lakeview ban on memorial t-shirts backfires: Unbelievably stupid decision causes family extra pain.

Heart Specialist Calls for Major Repositioning on Saturated Fat, as it’s NOT the Cause of Heart Disease: I believe most Americans are majorly confused as to what food is actually “healthy”.  All the “experts” make it very difficulty with their conflicting studies.

Romance Can Sour When Only One Partner Slims Down: Good to know if you’re losing weight so you can focus on your relationship.

4 Exercise Complex Routines You Can Do Anywhere: I’m a big fan of building exercise into my day. You don’t have to go to the gym to do these routines.

Confident Multitaskers Are the Most Dangerous behind the Wheel: Please – for your safety and the safety of others, just focus on your driving if you’re behind the wheel.

What is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?: Our modern wheat hybrids we grow are way too high in gluten.

Two Questions May Rule Out Strep Throat: We use natural treatments, not antibiotics for sore throats.

Nationwide Seismic-Monitor Array Nears Completion: This is pretty cool.

Lead Developer Of HPV Vaccines Comes Clean, Warns Parents & Young Girls It’s All A Giant Deadly Scam: Finally!  Honesty!!

Tainted Melons Bring Harsh Penalties for Colorado Farmers: This is very sad. Know your food source.

Calm Wives May Make For Happier Marriages: “When it comes to managing negative emotion during conflict, wives really matter,” Of course we do!

In food politics too, money talks: It makes me want to cry that GMO labeling was defeated.

Sochi Olympic torch reaches space station: Call me a geek, but I think that’s really cool!

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PJ

 

Saturday Summary 6

I come across a lot of information online while dealing with my podcast and the business.  While I usually don’t agree with all of it, most of the articles have some good information in them.  I’ve included the links to interesting articles I’ve been reading with some thoughts added.

The Case for Taste Bud Rehab: “Eating ever-junkier food can make you come to prefer it, so can eating ever more nutritious food.”  Your taste buds can change and given enough time and chances, you can actually learn to enjoy healthy food.

Anxiety Increases with Online Health Searches: Are you a cyberchondriac? I LOVE this term!

What Are The Health Benefits of Apples?: We love apples around here!  From apple picking to apple crisp, apples are one of our favorite healthy snacks. 

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To Raise Salmon In Rice Fields, “Just Add Water”: What unusual ideas have you tried lately? Most of what we do around here the average person would consider unusual! LOL

Changes In The Field Can Cut Food Contamination: It’s always best to know where your food comes from. Even at farmers’ markets, talk to your farmer and discover his farming philosophies.

Loss of the Night: I always find it so sad when I can’t see the stars at night.

New No-touch Policy Introduced at B.C. Elementary School: Insane & ludicrous! Get a grip, people!  There is risk in being a child, you can’t limit the liability down to zero and still allow kids to be kids!

How Hiking Is Good for Body and Mind: We love hiking and wish we had more time for it!!

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Burn Down the Farm: We often make sure we can’t go back so we have no choice but to go forward.  We call it taking a leap of faith.

World faces global wine shortage – report: Good supply/demand discussion with the children (especially if you homeschool).

Young Adults: We’re Just Too Busy to Get Driver’s Licenses, Says Survey: I didn’t realize fewer people getting licenses.  This makes me kind of sad.

NAD Recommends Unilever Discontinue Certain Claims for ‘Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash’ Following Dial Challenge; Advertiser to Appeal: Dove told to stop saying body wash provides the “proven best care” because they can’t support that claim.

Could This Simple Test Reveal Your Creativity?: I’m going to try this on my children.

Toxic Stress: The Facts: The best defense against “toxic stress” is to unconditionally love our children and our spouses.

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If We Envy Others, We Smirk When They Suffer: Wow – this is a depressing study on human nature and something I’ll be discussing with my older kids.

9 Top Foods To Boost Your Brainpower: You can still enjoy red meat and take care of your brain. Good!

Divorced More Likely To Die Accidentally: One more reason to spend time strengthening your marriage.

Is Extra Calorie Info Good, Bad, Or Both?: Not surprised most people don’t know their caloric needs.

What To Do When Your Child Asks About Your Income: Wow! Are we THAT different? We share all the finances with the kids & ask for their input in making financial decisions.  What do you do?

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Does Intermittent Fasting Work?: I think intermittent fasting is a lot easier for parents than long fasts.

Kidney Stones: What You Need To Know: I’ve had a kidney stone. Ugh! Do what you can to prevent it!!

A Dig Through Old Files Reminds Me Why I’m So Critical of Science: Just because it’s on the internet, doesn’t mean it’s true!

How Not To Wreck Your Liver: A healthy liver is essential to living in our chemical laden world.

8 Tips for Staying Active When You Have Kids: I’ve been recommending #1 to busy moms for a while!

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Dirty Dozen List of Endocrine Disruptors: We don’t use any phthalates in any of our soaps or body products.

Night Light Color Could Be Attitude Adjuster: Another reason to turn off electronics before bedtime and get more sleep.

 

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PJ

Saturday Summary 5

I come across a lot of information online while dealing with my podcast and the business.  While I usually don’t agree with all of it, most of the articles have some good information in them.  I’ve included the links to interesting articles I’ve been reading with some thoughts added.

Gut Bacteria May Exacerbate Depression: I’ve always believed that how healthy we are on the inside affects so much of our behavior, thoughts & mood.

Too Much Texting May Leave College Kids Sleepy: “Among students for whom stress is an issue, frequent texting appears to make things worse.”  It is such a balance between using technology and being negatively influenced by it.

What’s Zapping Your Energy?: This week it’s #9. But if I’m not careful, it can be #4 as well.  Which one affects you the most?

10 Mistakes New Parents Make: Love this – brings back memories of when my children were babies.

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Baldness treatment a ‘step closer’: The science can also help improve skin grafts. Double win!

Report Reveals American Healthcare System Could Save BILLIONS Each Year Through Appropriate Use of Dietary Supplements: Hmmm, you mean taking care of your health naturally actually works? (sorry for the sarcasm)

How to Cut Your Breast Cancer Risk Naturally: Good reminders that taking care of ourselves makes a difference.

Caffeine High: More and More Products Contain Large Doses: My kids rarely consume caffeine. Do yours?  How do you manage it?

Highlights From ‘The Pinterest Diet’: I’m sorry, but that sounds way too gimmicky to me.  I love finding recipes on pinterest, but any “diet” that requires me to pin 10 minutes a day, doesn’t seem sustainable or particularly healthy to me.

Writing Can Help Injuries Heal Faster: “We think writing about distressing events helped people make sense of events & reduce distress”.  I know that talking about traumatic events helps me to process, so I’m not surprised that writing has similar results.

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Breast Milk Bought Online May Contain Harmful Germs: Some moms have some tough decisions to make.  They want to provide breast milk for their babies, but if they’re not able to make enough on their own, what can they do?

Hands-Free Texting Is No Safer to Use While Driving: Do NOT text & drive!   There is no safe way.  Just pay attention.

Talent on the Sidelines: The Widening Gap in Excellence: Yep, homeschooling is a smart choice!  But even if you don’t homeschool, being involved in your child’s education is important.

How To Raise A Smart Baby: “What mattered to babies a thousand years ago is still what matters today:  You, the parent, are your baby’s best learning tool. Indeed, experts conclude that talking to your baby, playing with your baby, paying attention to what interests your baby, and using those interests to foster curiosity lays down the wiring that ultimately stimulates your baby’s brain to grow and develop.”  I never worried about making my baby smart.  I just loved them and cared for them as best as I could! 

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Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K: “Confused by the number of smart baby toys, books, & videos? Relax. All your baby really needs is you.”  People make it much harder than they need to make parenting.

Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production: Update: “The current system of raising farm animals poses unacceptable risks to public health.”  I much prefer and love small farms.

Dolphin-like Radar Finds Hidden Explosives: Hopefully this can save soldiers’ lives!

Should It Be a Crime to Hire a Kid to Rake Your Lawn?: Capable Kids should be allowed to work.  The laws preventing people from paying children to help out with chores border on the ridiculous.

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Why We Don’t Need New Policies to Boost Startup Rates: “Between 1977 & 2010, profits for average sole proprietorship declined 40% (inflation-adjusted).”   As an American and a small business owner, I find this very sad.  And agree that they make it very difficult to grow a small business.

Doctors Assume Patients Want Antibiotics:  I have received many prescriptions for antibiotics that I never filled (and my doctor knew that was my intent). 

Paying Kidney Donors Is Cost-Effective, Researchers Say: Wow.  Very scary door to open up.

5 Signs That It’s Time to Seek Outside Help for a Struggling Child: Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  It does not mean you are a failure as a parent.  A good parent provides their children with the help they need.

Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food: This is why I choose to grow most of my vegetables in soil that I know is healthy and not depleted of all nutrients.

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20 Things Boys Can Do To Become Men: LOVE These! Especially #14  Definitely worth reading and talking about.

Kareem: 20 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was 30: These are great! Love these! #2 #13 #20

 

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Saturday Summary 4

I come across a lot of information online while dealing with my podcast and the business.  While I usually don’t agree with all of it, most of the articles have some good information in them.  I’ve included the links to interesting articles I’ve been reading with some thoughts added.

Is Your Breakfast Hurting Your Weight?: I usually do a smoothie or chocolate milk (1 tbsp cocoa, 1 tbsp molasses, 1.5 cup raw goat milk) for breakfast. What do you usually eat?

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Why and How to Consume Plant-Based Protein: We eat 3 of the 5 mentioned.  What about you?

Are anxious people less likely to help others?: Prosocial behavior is considered a marker of individuals’ health & well-being.  We need to help ourselves and our children to not be anxious.

Even Without Injury, Stomach Makes Stem Cells: “Our stomachs naturally produce more stem cells than scientists had realized, and likely do so to repair injuries from infections, digestive fluids, and food.”

Sleep and Genetic Obesity Risk: “In people who sleep more than 9 hours, the environment and not genes was the primary determinant of body fatness”  Sleep matters!

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Sleep ‘cleans’ the brain of toxins: “The brain uses sleep to wash away the waste toxins built up during a hard day’s thinking, researchers have shown.”  Just another reason I love sleep!

Just one in five children connected to nature, says study: “Perception among adults that nature is dangerous or dirty could be holding children back”  How sad!! This study was done in the UK, but is America any better?

Generosity Is Its Own Reward: Even if you don’t have much, generosity matters. When we sacrifice to give it somehow feels better than giving out of abundance.

Calm out of control tantrums with “cross-body pat”: I’ve never heard of this. Somebody try & let me know if it works!

This tiny capsule could let surgeons ‘feel’ again: That is very cool and useful science!

How To Practice Self-Defense Through Awareness: Since Brett will soon be driving on her own, we need to talk about this.

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Bone Thieves: How to Defend Yourself: What’s Robbing Your Bones of What They Need? Great and simple info about how to keep your bones strong.

 

Hawaii’s Kauai Island Moves to Curb Gene-altered Crops, Pesticide Testing: Wonderful News!! Good job Kauai!

 

Stress Test: How do you react under stress?: I handle stress pretty well, how about you?

Calorie burner: How much better is standing up than sitting?: “Some studies suggest that those who sit all day live around two years less than those who are more active.” Yikes!  This is why I have my treadmill desk.

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Rumination: The danger of dwelling: “People who didn’t ruminate or blame themselves for their difficulties had much lower levels of depression and anxiety”

Quality Preschool Is the ‘Most Cost-Effective’ Educational Intervention: Disagree VERY strongly with this one.

Soda consumption up in California: Consumption of sodas may be declining among everyone else, but teenagers are drinking more. We drink water & milk here.

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China Enters Global Vaccine Marketplace for the First Time: This scares me. I generally don’t like stuff made in China.

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime: Americans & their brains are preoccupied with work. This doesn’t translate to greater productivity & isn’t particularly healthy.  Take breaks and have fun!

 

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Saturday Summary 2

I come across a lot of information online while dealing with my podcast and the business.  While I usually don’t agree with all of it, most of the articles have some good information in them.  I’m going to start including a summary of what I’ve been reading with my thoughts added.

Protein: Sure, You Get Enough. But Are You Using It Properly?:  If you spread your protein throughout the day, it may help you feel fuller and eat fewer calories.

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Bringing Up Baby Organically: Despite not being able to prove it scientifically, avoiding even potentially damaging compounds can never be bad.

Even Minor Strokes May Take Years Off Life, Study Says: Prevention through healthy living is always smart. 

7 Brain Boosters to Prevent Memory Loss: These tips for older people are good tips to live by at any age.

Resentful? Overworked? Face These Painful Facts about Shared Work. Because our family works, schools, and lives together, there is a lot of work that needs to be shared.  Fact #7 is my favorite!  

Slow & steady: On learning at your own pace: With 8 unique kids, I’ve discovered they learn at different rates.

You’ll Never Guess How Biologists Lure Jaguars To Camera Traps – My children love animals and I thought this was a fun fact about jaguars.  Maybe we’ll have to experiment and see what works best for goats!

Beeing There: The Search for Pesticides’ Effect on Declining Bee Colonies Moves to the Fields: Cool information.  We have kept honeybees in the past, and I’m always fascinated about learning more about hive life and what impacts it.

Ever Been Stuck Talking to Someone Who Keeps Telling You How Wrong You Are?: An oppositional conversational style disagrees or corrects whatever is said and does not lead to healthy relationships. Are you doing this to your family? 

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Africans Starve, But Their Gov’t Turns Down GM Food Aid From US: “Simply because my people are hungry, that is no justification to give them food dangerous to their health.”  This is a must read if you are ambivalent about GMOs in our food supply.  

How to Improve Your Chances of Surviving a Lightning Strike: This is a great short homeschool lesson to share with your kids.  Parents, you may want to watch it first because there is one minor image that some children may find disturbing.

Beat Back Cold and Flus with… Garlic! I cook everything with garlic (preferably fresh) year round. It definitely boosts your immune system and tastes great!

A Playground Plea: I agree!  There is an element of risk to living.  But we still need to allow kids to be kids!

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Exclusive: Has GMO Alfalfa Already Contaminated Non-Alfalfa Fields?: My goats eat alfalfa. I find this infuriating!  It’s part of why we’re planting our own hay field, but you can’t even completely control that.

No Good Farms―No Good Food: Tell the FDA to Back Off: How to help small farmers.

Is 25 the New 18?: We need to allow our children to grow up, make mistakes, & learn to deal with the world.  I believe we are not helping our children, our families, or our country by being helicopter parents.

Whole grain chaos: FDA approves qualified health claim, sort of: This is crazy what the FDA approved. Consumers need to find food (& soap) sources we trust!

Gee Whiz: Human Urine Is Shown to Be an Effective Agricultural Fertilizer: Love it! Justifies potty training my boys outside. LOL

How to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease—A Neurologist Speaks Out: Research shows that elderly individuals with the lowest cholesterol levels have the highest risk for Alzheimer’s.  Cholesterol is necessary.  The problem is when it comes from a terrible diet, not the cholesterol itself.

Is Your Food Expired? Don’t Be So Quick to Toss It: I often eat (and make my children eat) pantry items that are past their expired dates.

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Habit – the Real Key to Long-Term Weight Loss Success: “Humans are creatures of habit with the power to change habits.”

Rabies Vaccine Dropped from the Sky: “In 2009 there were 4 human cases of rabies in the US. Yet the US spends more than $300 million for rabies prevention”  Crazy.

Center for Consumer Freedom, Mexican style: What do you think – Should obesity be fought with taxes?

“Ma-pee-ha-mo-affa-iss?”: A good reminder that God always provides what we need.

Sleep and Genetic Obesity Risk: “In people who sleep more than 9 hours, the environment & not genes was the primary determinant of body fatness.”

Alzheimer’s breakthrough: Cure or hype?  My grandfather had Alzheimers.  It is a terrible disease not just for the victim, but for the family.  It would be amazing if they could find a cure.

Painkiller in brain buffers social snubs: “Perhaps knowing our response to a social snub isn’t all in our head can help.”  This is an interesting read, especially if you or your child suffer from anxiety or depression.

Long Island Middle School Bans Footballs, Other Recreational Items: I think this is ridiculous. What do you think?

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PJ

Saturday Summary 1

I come across a lot of information online while dealing with my podcast and the business.  While I usually don’t agree with all of it, most of the articles have some good information in them.  I’m going to start including a summary of what I’ve been reading with my thoughts added.

3 Healthy Apple Dishes for Fall: The apple and quinoa recipe gave me the idea to combine quinoa with my oatmeal for breakfast some days.

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Calling for an End to Nutrition as Religion: I am totally for eating healthy food.  I grow it, cook with it, and feed it to my family.  But I think many people focus way too much on finding the perfect plan and elevate their diet to a status that isn’t healthy.  The author says, “Eat the healthiest diet that you can enjoy, because if you’re not enjoying it, it isn’t going to last, and tolerable isn’t good enough.”  Love that.

Can Millet Take On Quinoa? First, It’ll Need A Makeover: Our family loves millet for breakfast. I cook it with crushed pineapple and serve it like oatmeal.

Kids’ Sunscreens Recalled: Potential Contamination:  This potential contamination is why I won’t make a liquid lotion. Solid lotion is much safer for you and your children.  

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8 Chances Unhappy People Never Take: I loved this post and I especially liked #6.

Chocolate: The Industry’s Hidden Truth: I was unaware there was an issue with chocolate production using forced child labor or slavery.  Definitely need to do more research on this.  The author brings up some fair trade options for chocolate. 

Can You Sleep on It? A Litmus Test for Minor Emergencies: Love what this family did (and learned). Like them, we’ve done without a lot of things in our lives that aren’t truly needs (although most Americans consider them necessities). It builds character into ourselves and the lives of our children. 

Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy: “The results suggest that reading fiction [quality fiction] is a valuable socializing influence.”  This is interesting and a good argument for homeschoolers who are regularly asked the socialization question.

Gum Disease May Have Ties to Alzheimer’s: Another reason to teach kids to floss and help them make it a lifetime habit. 

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The True Cost of a Flawed Health Care Paradigm: I’m not here to get political, but I thought that the facts about the health care system were interesting. For example, I didn’t know that, “If the US health care system was a country, it would be the 6th largest economy on the entire planet.” That’s crazy. While I don’t necessarily agree with everything in this article. I do agree that “Taking control of your health is part of the solution.” I do everything in my power to make sure that we don’t regularly need conventional healthcare. (But I’m glad it’s there when we do.) 

FDA Bans (Most) Arsenic in Chicken Feed: The FDA is still allowing arsenic to be fed to chickens & turkeys in our food supply.  This is such an FDA failure and another delay for the health of the American food supply.

Toxicology Expert Speaks Out About Roundup and GMOs:  “Despite what the media and so-called “experts” proclaim, there are NO peer-reviewed scientific papers establishing the safety of GMO crops. According to Dr. Huber, so far, no one has been able to establish that there’s a safety factor to either the genetically engineered proteins (i.e. the foreign proteins produced by the genetically modified plant) or the chemicals we’re consuming in ever larger quantities as a result of the genetic engineering process. There are, however, both clinical and peer-reviewed scientific papers showing the hazards of GMO crops, including harmful secondary effects.”  In case you had any questions, I hate GMO crops.

7 Ways to Stop Fearing What Everyone Thinks of You:  Being a business owner, I’ve had to learn to get a thicker skin. You can’t please everyone and trying will give you high blood pressure or an ulcer.

CDC Reveals Disturbing Truth about Factory Farms and Superbugs:  “Now, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has finally come out saying that yes, antibiotics used in livestock plays a role in antibiotic resistance and “should be phased out.” According to the CDC’s report, 22 percent of antibiotic-resistant illness in humans is in fact linked to food.”   Finally! Hasn’t happened yet, but it’s a step in the right direction coming from a government agency.

Is Fear of Food Waste Making You Fat?: I hate wasting food! And as a mom of 8 children, we regularly have good food going to waste.  Sometimes I finish what the children don’t eat, but mostly I feed it to the chickens who turn the wasted food into eggs.  Works great.

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Parents’ Feeding Choices & Baby’s Celiac Risk: I hate articles like this that try to make make parents feel guilty about the decisions they make while not providing any real scientific support. Just read it so you can point out the failures in the logic.

New Report: Preventable Medical Mistakes Account for One-Sixth of All Annual Deaths in the United States: I am very thankful to have hospitals and doctors when I need them.  But because “210,000 Americans are killed by preventable hospital errors each year,” I do my best to set a healthy lifestyle for myself and my family.

When a ‘Healthy Diet’ is Anything But: Focus on adding healthy foods to your diet as opposed to removing supposedly unhealthy foods.

Battling Fat? Get More Sleep: “sleep-deprived participants saw their basal metabolic rate decline 8 percent.”  Because sleep is important tool for weight loss, that gives us another reason to get to bed on time.

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Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Hailed as “Turning Point”:  “The discovery of the first chemical to prevent the death of brain tissue in a neurodegenerative disease has been hailed as the “turning point” in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.”  My grandfather died with Alzheimer’s and it is a truly horrible disease for the victim and their family.

New Trigger of Alzheimer’s Identified – Stress: “Researchers in Argentina recently presented evidence suggesting that stress may be a trigger for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Seeing Photos of Food Makes Actual Food Less Tasty: “But food photography can backfire. Because a recent study finds that looking at a lot of photos of food can make foods similar to those pictured less enjoyable to eat. Due to what scientists call “sensory boredom.”  Oh no!  This is horrible.  Don’t tell anyone on pinterest! 

Can You Really Boost Your Happiness?: “Happiness is much better thought of as a skill or a set of skills that we need to learn and practice.”  This is good news because we can teach ourselves and our children how to be happier.

Make Time for Play: Playtime isn’t just for kids, you need to make it a family affair.  I agree with this and often tell people that one of our family mottos is, “We work hard so we can play hard.”

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Partial Self Sufficiency – Self Education, Mindset and Common Sense: This blogger says, “I believe hard work builds character.”  I have to give her a double thumbs up because we say that all the time!

Tips to Feel Better All Day:  Simple and straight forward tips that are a good reminder.  Sunlight & exercise are so important, especially if you work at a computer all day! 

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