Community Resources: Allergy-Friendly Bakery

Over the weekend, I planned to bake a dessert for my friend's 70th birthday. She cannot eat dairy and I planned to make a dairy-free torte. Unfortunately, my oven started to shut itself off so I found myself searching for a bakery that would make a dairy-free cake. This is easier said than done. In the end, I am so grateful that my search led me to Still Delicious, a wonderful bakery and community resource created by Mark Israel and Caren Smith-Israel. This bakery is entirely gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free. They also make many dairy-free, corn-free, vegan and paleo baked

Coconut Oil: Good for Cooking but No Miracle Cure

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently came out with a presidential advisory that coconut oil should be avoided for heart health due to its saturated fat content. Meanwhile, many people in the natural medicine community have been promoting coconut oil as a great way to lose weight based on an extrapolation of research done by Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Ph.D. at Columbia University. So where is the truth? The answer is somewhere in the middle. Coconut Oil & Saturated Fats It’s important to note that saturated fats got a bad reputation in part due to hydrogenated fats (also known as trans fats)

FDA Bans 19 Chemicals Used in Anti-Bacterial Soaps

On September 2, 2016 the FDA issued a new rule banning the use of 19 different antiseptic “anti-bacterial” chemicals in over-the-counter soaps. These chemicals have been banned for two reasons: data suggests that long-term exposure to these chemicals poses health risks, potentially affecting hormones and contributing to bacterial resistance they have never been shown to be more effective than washing with plain soap and water Anti-Bacterial Chemicals in More than Just Soap These chemicals were originally developed for use in healthcare settings, where the risk of infection is higher and use of the substances more controlled. But in recent years, manufacturers

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