Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Allergy Sufferers…Milk Sucks!

by Katy Green

dairy is bad for you
Dairy Quite Contrary!

As a chronic allergy sufferer and victim of sinus infections that visit me like friends that need money it’s a royal pain in the a**.

Why Me?

It’s a sinus life sentence of constant allergy pill popping, saline sinus rinsing, air filters running and looking for ways to avoiding anything that causes mucus like the plague. Great, I have to give up my love affair with dairy. Why me and the 60 million allergy and asthma sufferers that have to change their lifestyle to breathe clearly.

Allergy and Asthma Chart

Milk …the Mucus Darth Vadar

Darth Vadar - Got Milk?
According to Dr. Weil: “The milk protein (casein) can irritate the immune system and stimulate mucus production, this exacerbates allergy symptoms." 
Did you know that milk consumption is associated with recurrent childhood ear infections, eczema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, and sinus conditions.

Even if you are not allergic to milk but have  autoimmune diseases or digestive problems it is possible that your symptoms will improve when you eliminate milk and milk products.

What about Lactaid milk or skim milk or low fat milk?

I tried all the low fat, non fat, skim milk, Lactaid and alternative milks (Almond, Soy and Coconut) but my favorite was Lactaid Milk because of the taste. After my two-day stay in the hospital recently thanks to my allergic reaction to Bactrim that I was taking for another sinus infection. I decided enough is enough and I have to improve my diet to prevent another infection.

I was always aware of the ingredients in the milk products but now I know much better.

Milk Ingredients: Carrageenan, Palmitate

Ingredients in Lactaid Milk:

Reduced Fat Milk, Tribasic Calcium Phosphate (Calcium) (Not in Regular Milk), Carrageenan (Not in Regular Milk – Guar Gum (Not in Regular Milk), Lactase Enzyme (Not in Regular Milk), Vitamin A Palmitate and Vitamin D3. Gluten free. Do not use if seal under cap is broken.

According to  Dr. Tobacman.. - who has published numerous studies on carrageenan -  that exposure to carrageenan causes inflammation and  when we consume processed foods containing it, we ingest enough to cause inflammation in our bodies. Her studies show that all forms of carrageenan are capable of causing inflammation.  Chronic inflammation can lead to heart disease, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, and cancer. Guar Gum is not natural.
Palmitate is also in Fat Free or low fat milk - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it is generally regarded as safe. Wow, that makes me feel better?!? Excessive ingestion can cause many serious ailments.

Goat's Milk to Reduce Allergies

Why not try goat’s milk?

All milk contains a certain level of lactose. However, the amount of lactose found in goat’s milk is about 10 percent less. The levels of alpha S1 casein in goat’s milk are about 90 percent less than cow’s milk, making it a far less allergenic food.

Please read all ingredients listed, detox and do whatever needs to be done naturally to reduce your allergies.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day...why Not Every Day?

by Katy Green

Earth Day...why not Every Day?
Cracked Earth
Climate Change

I am always happy to share articles that make an impact. This is truly a feisty article about Earth Day from The Nation.com by Wen Stephenson. He begins his article with a quote by Frederick Douglass which I have listed for you to read and share.
If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle.”    —Frederick Douglass, 1857

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Jack Johnson Reclaimed Xmas Tree

by Katy Green

Jack Johnson is known for his happy songs and carefree surfer attitude which is totally cool but what I love most about this guy is his love for the environment and his Green Christmas Recycled Tree.

"Growing up in Hawaii, all the Christmas trees were shipped in from Oregon, and it seemed odd to me even as a kid to ship a tree here that'd been chopped down from somewhere else," says Jack Johnson.

Jack Johnson Recycled Xmas Tree
Coastal Living

So Johnson took his family to the beach, where a storm had washed ashore some wood and debris. "I think it was pieces of somebody's turquoise plywood deck that had been all beaten up and washed around, so it looked really neat—it was all weather worn, and it was Kim's favorite color, so I turned it into a tree."

The ornaments that adorn the tree or a collection of glass and different items that have washed up on the beach as well as glass ornaments given to Johnson to adorn the tree.  The top of their tree is directed with four cigarette lighters in different colors, radiating out like a perfect star.

Check out these cool recycled Christmas Trees:

Bottle Green Xmas Trees
Green Bottle Christmas Tree
Christmas trees out of beer bottles and soda cans to CD wreaths
Reclaimed Cardboard Tree
Cardboard Tree

Reclaimed Xmas Tree with CDs
CD Christmas Tree with Tape

Friday, September 13, 2013

Bridal Toilettes...A Victorian Wedding

by Katy Green

1800 Bridal Toilettes
Victorian Wedding Dresses
Bridal Toilettes

Any season is a perfect setting for weddings especially Victorian Weddings. I daydream of lace and long trains with tons of delicate flowers, silk and satin trimmings intertwined and the faint scent of lavender.

During Victorian times wedding dresses were called "Bridal Toilettes". In the 18th and 19th centuries brides did not wear white only on their wedding day. Victorian brides wore many colors from light blue to gold.  

Most women that were married during that time were young ranging from 14 years to 25 years. Lower class women  were expected to be married between the ages of 14-20. Higher class or wealthy women married in their late 20's depending on the suitors. The average age of marriage in the Victorian period was between 18-25.

The Victorian wedding dress was as a treasure back then as it is today and most women packed it away in a trunk or chest and passed it down to other generations. Many of the Victorian period wedding dresses that were made of lace and satin are 
in excellent condition and  so that's why so many are are exhibited in museums through out the world.

The following museums exhibit Victorian Wedding Dresses:

  • Andrea's Museum of Victorian Fashion in Tombstone Arizona, USA features over 400 items of authentic Victorian and Edwardian clothing, accessory, personal and household possessions, ranging in dates from primarily 1840 to 1920.
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum in London UK, ;A Collection include wedding dresses, wedding accessories and jewelry, wedding suits and bespoke wedding gifts from the Renaissance period to the present day.
  • Antique Dress.com is like a museum but the site is mostly an auction site for Victorian clothes and clothes from other time periods.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art  is a landmark NY museum preserving over 9,000 Victorian dresses in their online digital collection as well as many exhibits. Access several wedding dresses from the 1800's-1900's online via the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute which houses over 35,000 costumes.
  • The Kent State University Museum offers a catalog of many wedding dresses from different time periods including Victorian wedding dresses.
  • The Chicago History Museum has an online digital catalog of dresses from the 18th century to present day.