By Theresa Joseph
Planting, growing, and harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables from your own home garden provides you with a myriad of amazing health advantages.
First and foremost, you can eat garden produce seconds after harvest! This supplies you with multiple nutrients, superior flavors, and maximum plant energy. A plant's nutrient value, especially for vitamin C, is highest when just harvested. Afterwards, it quickly begins to lose its potency, which continues to degrade throughout time in storage. For example, in seven days, stored at 4 degrees Celsius, green peas lose 15 percent of vitamin C, while green beans lose 77. Lesser but still notable losses in B vitamins also occur during transportation and storage.
When freshly harvested, vegetables contain their maximum flavor, greatly reducing the need for salt and seasonings, especially unhealthy ones such as fatty sauces and sweeteners. Corn, asparagus, and peas, for example, lose their sweetness within hours, depending upon the variety. You may find you eat more homegrown vegetables than store-bought ones, because they taste so much better.
The energy from plants is also highest when they're first harvested. This means that the consumer's energy and overall health increase with just-picked homegrown vegetables.
By Karen Gellman, DVM
How can you protect your pets from fleas and ticks without resorting to toxic chemicals? Lyme Disease has raged in the Northeast for the past 20 years, but until recently Tompkins County has never been an endemic area. Now it is hitting us with a vengeance, with widespread infections for both humans and canines.
Should I get my dog a vaccine for Lyme disease?
The only sources who vouch for the effectiveness of Lyme vaccines are the manufacturers. It is not recommended by any of the national organizations of veterinarians.
What about "spot on" medicines like Advantix or Frontline Plus?
Commercial products that protect against both fleas and ticks are the strongest, and therefore the most toxic. Please hesitate before exposing your dog to such a high toxic load. If your dog has seizure disorder, vaccinosis from rabies or distemper, or other signs of sensitivity to neurotoxins, none of these types of product should be used.
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By Steve Nicholson
Scientists have confirmed that enough solar energy falls on the surface of the earth every 40 minutes to meet 100 percent of the entire world’s energy needs for a full year.
We live off-the-grid, in the hills of Caroline, NY. We have a small, 820 watt photovoltaic array, and a tiny, 600 watt wind turbine. Our high performance windows, state-of-the-art insulation, and energy-efficient lights and appliances allow our family of four to lead...