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Always use an antibiotic for strep and ear infections, right?

With winter coming up, I know many of you have kids who get strep or ear infections or any number of other illnesses we have come to think of as “normal.” When my family quit eating processed foods many years ago, we eliminated any need for asthma drugs and antibiotics. In Europe, antibiotics are used […]

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bottled water vs. tap water

If you read Ch. 10 and Ch. 12 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods, you may already be familiar with my opinions about water.   (Drink lots of it. Especially first thing in the morning. Coffee/tea/soft drinks don’t count. Reverse osmosis filtered, ionized alkaline water is best.) Check out this story today about a very […]

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I’m not the only one saying the BMI is a bunch of voodoo

Here’s an email I got today by alert GSG reader Jessica C. with a link to an NPR story.   It’s about the subject I get the most angry email about: the fact that the BMI is bogus.   Enjoy. Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: Um, haven’t you been saying this for ages?! Way to be ahead of […]

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national study on grocery budgeting

How much does the average family spend on groceries?   Nationwide, according to the USDA, here it is:   Two adults: $361 thrifty / $459 low-cost / $569 moderate / $711 liberal   Two adults and 2 kids under 11: $603 thrifty / $779 low-cost / $974 moderate / $1,182 liberal   Spending for my […]

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Storing green smoothies: BPA in plastics [part 1 of 2]

Dear Green SmoothieGirl: What should I store my green smoothie in?   I’ve read that certain chemicals in bottled water and other plastic items leach into my food. Answer:   A government study by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) in Washington, D.C. recently uncovered a surprising (and unnerving) finding.   The plastic lining used […]

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data on the benefits of eating RAW FOOD . . . part 3 of 3

At Washington University, surgeons put tubes in dogs to drain pancreatic juice enzymes out of the body.   Even though the dogs had access to plenty of food, they all died within a week.   (I know, what a terrible study!)   Another group of researchers duplicated the study, with the same results, in rats. […]

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the data on benefits of RAW FOOD . . . part 2 of 3

Another very old study was the work of Robert McCarrison in the 1920′s and 1930′s, working with rats.   A group of 1,000 rats was fed a partially raw diet of carrots, sprouts, cabbage, bread, milk, and meat.   Another 2,000 were fed canned food, boiled vegetables, and milk.     The rats in the […]

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the data on benefits of RAW FOOD . . . part 1 of 3

In the next few blogs, I’ll review for you research on the benefits of raw plant food I found in various sources.   Unfortunately, science isn’t too interested in studying the effects of people eating raw food.   Who would fund large-scale prevention studies to document what happens when we don’t tax our enzyme production […]

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what enzymes do to make food digestible . . . part 4

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl:   How can enzymes and eating raw food be so important when stomach acid would kill any enzymes that came with the food anyway? Good one.   Some people think that the low pH of the stomach stops salivary and any other food or supplemental enzymes from working.   A number of experiments […]

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The Essential GreenSmoothieGirl Library . . . part 2

Here are three more of my picks from my Top Shelf–the most pivotal books on health and nutrition: Dr. Robert O. Young and Shelley Young’s books and recipe books:   Sick and Tired, The pH Miracle, The pH Miracle for Weight Loss, Back to the House of Health I and II (containing many excellent recipes). […]

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