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Wednesday, 15 August


The Link Between Psoriasis and Sleep "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Can there be a link between psoriasis, the itchy, flaky skin condition - and quality of sleep? I have a look at the evidence...  This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you decide to click on them and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) that goes back into helping me keep the blog going. Thank you for your support.  Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash It's been a frantic couple of weeks. On the Monday I set off for a couple of days to Warwick Castle for a short break with the kids. I didn't sleep the Sunday, because I kept thinking I had to get up early on Monday. I didn't sleep on the Monday night because...

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Inferno: How To Get Ready for a Rapidly Spreading Wildfire "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Over 100 wildfires are ravaging parts of the United States. It's only a matter of time before one of these could come to your neck of the woods. Are you prepared?

Six large new wildfires erupted in the United States, pushing the number of major active blazes nationwide to over 100, with more expected to break out sparked by lightning strikes on bone-dry terrain, authorities said on Saturday and more are expected. Reuters

The fire season has been in full force for several weeks, now. Fire season is brought on by both seasonally (in some areas) and unseasonably dry weather with ignitable material. Currently, there are wildfires burning in several states in the West and Southwest. Some of the main states experiencing heavy wildfire activity are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Interactive maps can give you a view of areas now suffering from the advent and spread of wildfires. One of the problems besides the hundreds of thousands of acres burning and the losses of life, property, and forests with wildlife is the smoke. The drifting squalls of smoke are carried eastward by the prevailing Westerly winds and everyone downwind from the fires path is subjected to smoke inhalation.

Click here for a full map of active wildfires in the United States

Fires during fire season are not confined just to those high-risk Western states. Fires also break out from carelessness on the part of outdoor adventurers and enthusiasts who do not realize just how dry the ground and terrain is. So what if you are in one of the states listed previously, or what if a fire should break out in your locale?

7 Things Your Family Need to Do To Be Wildfire Ready

Lets go over a few things that you can do to give you and your family a better chance.

  1. Evacuate when necessary: This means clear out while you have the chance.  Sound advice. Discretion is the better part of valor. Typically, fi...


7 Foods That Reduce High Blook Pressure Risk "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Eat more of these seven foods to reduce hypertension risk.

HIGH blood pressure risk could be lowered by making some diet or lifestyle changes. Eat more of these seven foods to slash your risk of developing hypertension signs or symptoms. Read more


Refrigeration and the death of rot "IndyWatch Feed Food"

All throughout human history until recently, if you killed an animal and harvested its organs and meat, or stumbled on a bounty of wild berries or other tree or bush fruit, or managed to squeeze some of the products of mammary glands from a ruminant like a goat, you would ferment the food to keep it from becoming inedible or poisonous. Surely the earliest humans, hungry and desperate at times, learned that many foods not consumed would ferment but remain edible.

Fermentation is essentially controlled rotting: the production of lactic acid by bacteria, the production of ethanol by fungi. You could, for instance, store milk or cream in the stomach of an animal you killed and used as a portable bag, and the rennet in the stomach lining would convert it to cheese. Or you would bury the excess meat and organs, fish, vegetables, eggs or other foods in the ground, allowing it to ferment and retrieved in a few weeks or months, especially when fresh food fell into short supply. Sauerkraut, fermented cabbage, was known to last for months and became one of the foods of choice to bring along on long ocean voyages to prevent scurvy. Such fermented foods persist to this day as garum (fermented fish), natto (fermented soybeans), of course, yogurt.

Then came refrigeration. Aside from the sporadic and relatively short-lived practices of saving ice from the winter (as long ago as 10,000 years ago in China) or shipping it from cold to warmer climates, large-scale refrigeration changed the way we ate. At first only available as a commercial process, by 1927 home refrigerators got their start, with a big boost when Frigidaire developed the refrigerant, freon. Then everything changed.

Refrigeration meant that foods like vegetables, meats, and fruits could be stored for extended periods and would not ferment or rot. In fact, as with so many modern habits, people started to view the products of fermentation with some distrust, as it seemed just a step away from being rotten (the exception being the products of fungal fermentation, beer and wine). Most people, upon viewing the cloudy, slimy bacterial soup that develops in veggies submerged in water, for instance, would promptly toss it in the trash, not recognizing it as edible and actually healthier. It means that our intake of Lactobacillus, Bifidobacteria, Leuconostoc and other bacter...

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Tuesday, 14 August


Monsanto's Loss Is Our GainLet's Make the Most of It "IndyWatch Feed Food"

August 14, 2018
Organic Consumers Association
Katherine Paul

First, lets say a big, collective Thank you.

Thank you to the 12 jurors who listened attentively and critically, during long days of testimony, then deliberated with care, and ultimately did the right thing.

Thank you to the lawyers who invested countless hours in investigative work and trial preparation, and who argued rationally and intelligently on behalf of the plaintiff, science and ethics.

Thank you to those media outlets and advocacy organizations who covered the case, pored over the Monsanto Papers and took seriously their obligation to inform the public.

But most of all, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dewayne Lee Johnson, the plaintiff in the ...


North Carolina State Bar Sues Vaccines Rights Attorney "IndyWatch Feed Food"

The North Carolina State Bar is suing vaccine-rights attorney Alan Phillips, in what Phillips claims is an unlawful proceeding designed to take his license.   And the Bar attorneys investigating Phillips are even suppressing good-faith complaints filed against them by Phillips and several vaccine groups, putting themselves above the law!

Phillips has spent 24 years helping not only his clients, but also other attorneys, legislators, and activists all over the country to defend their rights on all types of vaccine exemptions (birth, daycare, school, work, military, immigration, child custody disputes, international travel, etc.).  He is based in North Carolina, known as Vaccine Central in the pharmaceutical world.  Its critical that we help put a spotlight on the corruption and save this important resource for the alternative vaccine community.

The full story is here:


You can find out more at Phillips nonprofit Bar Watch site, 

The site has information about the case, options for donating to support Phillips defense, and links to online petitions for both attorneys and non-attorneys.  Please help support Phillips in whatever way you can.

You can also sign up for ongoing updates through the Vaccine Rights e-newsletter:

The post North Carolina State Bar Sues Vaccines Rights Attorney appeared first on The Weston A. Price Foundation.


Study Finds Giving Prebiotics To Kids Doesn't Change Their Energy Intake And Ups A Major Hunger Hormone Yet Still Concludes Prebiotics Have Potential To Help With Childhood Obesity? "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Today will be discussing a study that had kids randomly assigned to taking either 8g oligofructose enriched inulin (prebiotic) per day or placebo (maltodextrin) for 16 weeks.

The study's pre-registered primary outcome measure, as recorded in, was change in baseline fat mass at 16 weeks.

Secondary outcome measures (as recorded) were changes in baseline appetite at 16 weeks (assessed with visual analog scales and an eating behavior questionnaire), and objective appetite measures including a weighed breakfast buffet, weighted 3-day food records, and serum satiety hormone levels.

(Not preregistered as an outcome of interest? Body weight change or BMIz score.)

Outcome wise, here's a snapshot of the study's abstract:
Reading through the study, here's what I found as outcomes:
  • According to their 3 day food diaries (but be aware, food diaries are notoriously inaccurate), there was no difference in 3 day energy intake between the prebiotic and placebo arms.
  • When all ages were included in the analysis, there was no difference in all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet energy intake between the probiotic and placebo arms, BUT, by dividing the kids into those between the ages of 7-10 and 11-12, suddenly, but only in the older group, kids ate less breakfast in the prebiotic arm, while in the younger group, they ate more.
  • The hunger hormone ghrelin was found to be significantly elevated in those taking...


Mental Health Benefits of Yachting "IndyWatch Feed Food"

You know that amazing feeling you get when youre on a yacht, it pulls away from the dock and you just feel instantly happy? Well, there are many reasons why you feel that way every, single time you take a yacht trip to La Rochelle Island in France or if youre simply yachting with friends []

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Healthy Eating to Keep You Fit and Healthy "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Staying healthy and fit are two things that everyone strives for. Luckily, there are many easy ways to eat beneficial foods without having to completely change your diet. It doesnt have to be hard to eat healthy and stay fit- in fact, it can be quite fun! Enjoy Your Veggies The nutrients found in vegetables []

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Guests Food Restrictions And How Your Caterer Can Help "IndyWatch Feed Food"

When you are hosting a party or event you have a lot of things to think about, one of them being satisfying all of your guests dietary needs. Food allergies, dietary restrictions and general food preferences are all important points to consider when planning your event. You dont want to be serving Thai food with []

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Why Cook? "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Cooking has apparently become mostly a spectator sport. There are more than 25 well known celebrity chefs cooking on TV today, yet fewer people are actually cooking than ever before. Apparently only 27% of Americans cook on a daily basis*(2). Its not that they dont want to, though. When surveyed, a full ninety eight percent of Americans say they prefer to prepare a meal at home*.  Then why arent they doing it?

Why Not to Cook The reasons not to cook are hard to ignore. Even though I am a daily cook, I certainly feel the pain. It takes time to shop, prep, cook and clean. It requires forethought, preparation, equipment, skill/experience and patience. Even given all that, the results are rarely the same as the food served in restaurants and bakeries. After attending a friends birthday party, my 6 year old son asked me asked if I could make his next birthday cake with more colors and sparkles. Thankfully he did concede that my birthday cakes do taste better, probably because I top them with real cream versus frosting. Unfortunately, my Pho soup and Peruvian style roast chicken dont win the flavor competition, likely because I dont use the MSG-like flavor enhancers used by the restaurants who specialize in these dishes.

Another drawback to cooking is that it isnt always the optimal economic decision. If my goal is calories per dollar, I could certainly do better buying a burger, pizza, submarine sandwich or bucket of fried chicken from the large chains who get wholesale pricing on already cheap ingredients and benefit from automation and low-cost labor.  In fact, most food establishments these days, including the specialized Peruvian chicken and Pho soup restaurants I mentioned above, benefit from the same economies of scale.  On top of that, if I calculate what my time is worth based on my effective hourly wage, I would see that giving up working hours to cook is likely not the best economic decision.  Now dont get me wrong, for many people who eat moderate to higher priced restaurant foods, cooking at home will save them money. But the efficiencies enjoyed by the large-scale food producers put them at a distinct economic advantage.

One last drawback to cooking that I dont want to dismiss applies specifically to women. It is the modern public perception that an empowered woman is free from the ball and chain that is the kitchen. We might subconsciously feel as though coming home a little early to get dinner on the table for the family could make us look less committed to our jobs.

Despite these reasons not to cook, I still do it nearly every day for every meal. When a friend recently asked me why I cook so much, I was caught off guard. And I realized that the answer, though totally obvious to me, is not easy to articulate. So here is my attempt to explain why its worth carving out time every day to cook.


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Monday, 13 August


MAINE: Citizens Sue Town of Belfast over salmon farm. Can you attend the Wednesday public hearing? "IndyWatch Feed Food"

August 13, 2018
Organic Consumers Association

What: Local Citizens for Smart Growth Press Conference followed by Public Hearing
When: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast, ME
Why: To discuss the lawsuit against Belfast, and plans for Nordic Aquafarms factory farm

Dear Supporter,

On July 11, Local Citizens for Smart Growth members Ellie Daniels and Donna Broderick sued the City of Belfast, alleging that the Belfast City Council abused its powers by approving amendments to the town zoning and comprehensive plan without following state statute and local zoning ordinance process for planning board and community invol...


Migrant Injustice: Ben & Jerry's Farmworker Exploitation "IndyWatch Feed Food"

August 13, 2018
Michael Colby

These are harrowing times for the nearly 1,500 migrant workers laboring on Vermonts largest dairy farms. These farmworkers, predominantly from Mexico, are forced to live in the shadows, where their farm bosses harbor them in exchange for long hours, low wages, and cheap housing. Its a human rights stain on the state, allowing these migrant workers to live and be treated this way. And it continues because theres a whole lot of looking away from the deep-rooted ugliness of this system, which has been described by human rights advocates as close to slavery.

Worse than looking away, with its implicit acceptance of the exploitation, is the complicit role Vermonts dairy industry giants are playing to maximize their profits on the backs of this cheap labor. As the states near-billion-dollar-a-year ice cream and cheese corporations Ben & Jerrys and Cabot Creamery continue to pay less than the cost of production for its dairy supply, Vermonts remaining 700-or-so dairy farms are forced to cut costs at every opportunity, particularly when it comes to labor. Gone are the days when these farm jobs were filled by neighbors and...


When Clean Water Isnt Available, Make it So With a Sawyer "IndyWatch Feed Food"

As you well know, many surface water sources must be treated before drinking because they are repositories for bacteria, viruses, and a slew of parasites both microscopic and/or larger.

I have written several articles for Ready Nutrition about water purification methods, as well as methods for water storage. What were doing here is cutting to the chase to let you know about a product that will do more than just do in a pinch: it will suffice for a long, long time and work quickly and almost effortlessly.

The Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System is a compact, portable, three-part system that you can stick into a cargo pocket of your pants or shorts with ease. It can be put together and placed over a drinking vessel such as a water bottle, or you can hook up the straw that comes with it and drink directly through the filter itself. It can also be hooked up to a Camelbak water pouch. It comes with a pouch of its own that you can fill up with water and then squeeze through the filter into a bottle or other drinking vessel.

The Sawyer was invented a few years back through experimentation with kidney dialysis equipment, and they came up with a filter that uses a 0.1-micron filter that circulates the water to be filtered through fibrous micro-tubes, for a central collection of filtered water.  It works on protozoans such as giardia, bacteria such as E.coli, cholera, and salmonella, and also on more difficult organisms such as Cryptosporidium. Want the kicker for this thing?

It filters up to 100,000 gallons

If you drank 2 gallons a day, in 100 years, you would drink about 74,000 gallons. Pretty good, huh? The wh...


Steak Beef Burgers with Black Garlic Chimichurri "IndyWatch Feed Food"

A tasty twist on a traditional Argentine chimichurri salsa, using soft, treacly black garlic instead of fresh for a balsamic-like flavour.  This post contains some affiliate links. This means that if you decide to click on the links and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) that helps me keep the blog running. Thank you for your support. My husband, who is from Argentina, is exasperated at me because I keep messing about with chimichurri and trying new flavour combos.  I just can't help it.  I've made rocket (arugula) chimichurri, mustard chimichurri and wild garlic chimichurri. And then, as if I thought I couldn't do anything else with...

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How Gluten (and other Prolamins) Damage the Gut "IndyWatch Feed Food"

One of the core principles of a Paleo diet is avoiding foods that contain compounds called toxic lectins. The term toxic lectin originates from the fact that lectins are a class of carbohydrate-binding proteins found in all foods (and indeed all forms of life, including humans!), but that only a subset of these are an issue for human health via food consumption (hence lectins versus toxic lectins). The lectins that are of concern have a few important properties: they are relatively stable through food preparation; they are difficult for humans to digest; they are known to interact strongly with the brush border of the intestine (which may impact cell viability and/or barrier function in addition to allowing protected transport of the toxic lectin into the body); and they are biologically active once they enter the body. There are two main classes of these toxic lectins: prolamins and agglutinins. Agglutinins will be discussed in another post.


What are Prolamins?

Prolamins are a toxic lectin that are abundant in grains, legumes, and pseudo-grains (more specifically, in the seed of the plant, which includes wheat, oats, barley, quinoa, rice, peanuts, and soy).

Gluten is the best-known example of a prolamin, the most thoroughly studied, and is also the most dangerous. Most recently, the term glutenoid has been coined to emphasize the connection between other members of this glycoprotein family and the effects of gluten. Much of the current understanding of the effect that prolamins have on the gut barrier, but also on the overall immune system, comes from studies of gluten (and more specifically, the protein component of gluten, which is called gliadin), often conducted in the context of celiac disease. Although glu...


Cold Shanghai Wontons in Peanut Sauce and Chili Oil "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Tasty pork wontons in a creamy peanut sauce and spicy chili oil all served chilled; perfect for hot summer days! As the heat continues I am bringing you some more recipes that can be served cold and this time its some cold shanghai style wontons in peanut sauce and chili oil. I am a huge...

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The post Cold Shanghai Wontons in Peanut Sauce and Chili Oil appeared first on Closet Cooking.

Sunday, 12 August


Amazing Avocado Recipes "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Avocados are one of my absolute favourite foods and since I was thinking about them the other day I thought that I would roundup a few of my favourite recipes! Avocados are nice and cool and creamy and oh so good! They are the perfect foil for any spicy hot or salty and they are...

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