I received my order of organic Turkey Tail mushrooms from Fungi Perfecti today. It took a couple of days for this package to get here, but after all -spending the weekend at the UPS warehouse- it looks healhty!
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Chronic Aphtosis and Sodium Lauryl Sulface
It is also called Aphta and Chronic aphtosis. Normally you should not experience a mouth ulcer very often, but if you do (like I did for a while), there may be something in your toothpaste triggering this unpleasant response in your body.
First I thought it was something with my teeth, throat, immune system or the food I am eating… But after being in a foreign country for a few weeks and returning to my old toothpaste back home, it flared up in an hour. So I realized the inevitable toothpaste-mouth ulcer connection right there and then. I started researching and surprisingly, I am not the only one affected. For most sensitive people Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is causing similar issues.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a highly effective surfactant and is used in any task requiring the removal of oily stains and residues. For example, it is found in higher concentrations with industrial products including engine degreasers, floor cleaners, and car wash soaps. It is found in toothpastes, shampoos, shaving foams, and bubble bath formulations in part for its thickening effect and its ability to create a lather.
So what can you do?
Switch to a toothpaste that is free of SLS. I am currently using Herbal Tooth & Gum Powder from dr. Christopher and for me it is wonderful. You can also make your own toothpaste – more details in the following post.
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Antibiotic resistance has become a global problem. We are encountering more and more cases of “superbugs” (bacteria that are very resistant to treatment) than ever before. Because of these bacteria’s resistance, new illnesses and infections are on the rise, and making them extremely difficult to treat. We can however, lower our chances of running into antibiotic resistance. Becoming informed on antibiotics, and their uses, are the first place to start in reducing our consumption and ultimately reducing the chance of antibiotic resistant illnesses.
I grew up in Hungary, and there are a few things from that period that are worth sharing. One of them is the sweet wheat sprout pudding that is part of the holiday tradition on the south-east part of the country, that was my favorite food when I visited my grandparents in the city I was born.
Long ago it was only during the Christmas season that people prepared and ate this special food, but lately wheat sprout pudding is made and eaten regularly from the beginning of October until the end of April. It’s very healthy and easy to prepare, and suitable for children, too.
The Pudding is very sweet, almost like honey, but it only contains natural sugars, you will not need to add any sugar to the ground sprouts, only water.
According to analysis by the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture, wheat sprout pudding contains 20-22% sugar (this sugar comes naturally from the starch in the wheat that turns into maltrose and dextrose during the baking process), iron, vitamin B-1, B-6 and the rarely found B-12. It also contains Vitamin A and K.
You may be interested to know that Hungarian doctors have developed a potentially effective medicine against cancer known as Avemar. This drug is made from wheat sprout extract, and in animal research it has been proven effective in preventing the occurrence of metastasis in cancer cells.
What is Chlorella?
Chlorella is single cell green algae. It is part of the phylum Chlorophyta family. It contains ten times the amount of beta carotene found in carrots and has a higher chlorophyll content than any other plant known. Chlorophyll is an essential compound for photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert light into chemical energy. It is rich in vitamin B12 and other B vitamins and is considered as super-food.