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How To Ensure Your Organic Foods Aren’t Killing You

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How To Ensure Your Organic Foods Aren’t Killing You

If you’re like most people, when you hear the phrase ‘organic foods,’ it brings to mind wholesome goodness. No chemicals, no genetic modifications, just food, straight from nature. It’s a fair assumption. The problem is, sometimes it’s not correct. In fact, a recent study done by scientists at Stanford University found that organic food is not necessarily more nutritious, however it does reduce your overall exposure to pesticides.

“The study did look at one study which found that children who switched to an organic diet for five days had lower levels of pesticides in their urine, but whether the levels have a direct impact on human health is “unclear.””

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Mike Adams, AKA “The Health Ranger,” owns and operates the website, Natural News. He has built his own lab, follows strict EPA testing protocols, modified for food testing, and tests supposedly safe foods. In many cases, he’s found exactly what you’d expect to find in organic foods. Nothing. In some cases, however, he has found high levels of toxic heavy metals contaminating our organic food supply.

Recently, he appeared on the Dr. Oz show to sound the alarm. He took his lab results to the companies found to have toxic levels of heavy metal contaminants, and asked them to make changes. Many did. Some did not, refusing to make any changes at all. That’s dangerous for you, because you may unwittingly go to the store to buy some of this supposedly wholesome organic produce, not realizing that it contains toxic metals, and feed it to your family. You could endanger your health by doing the very thing you thought was going to improve your health, so the question is, what to do about it? How can you know if the food you’re feeding your kids is actually safe?

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A two pronged assault on the problem is the best, most effective option available to you.

First, head over to Natural News. The government isn’t reporting on, or even doing anything about this problem, but Mike Adams is, and you can get a list of the companies who failed the test, and are refusing to do anything about it. That’s the all important first step, simply because it enables you to avoid doing business with people who have been presented with irrefutable evidence that they’re poisoning you, then continue to do it anyway.

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Grow your own food

The second step is to grow at least some of your own food, and no, you don’t have to quit your day job and trade in your trendy clothes for a straw hat and a pair of overalls. There are a number of hugely effective ultra high yield micro-farming techniques that don’t take a lot of your time, and produce an amazing amount of food on very small plots of land. Some of these, you can even make use of if you live in an apartment or condo and have no yard space at all. If you do have some yard space, you can grow a significant percentage of your family’s vegetables in a single 10-foot by 20-foot greenhouse.

By combining the two approaches, looking at the hard data Mike Adams has been able to put together to allow you to steer clear of companies selling toxic products, and taking at least a measure of control over your own food supply, you put yourself in a really strong position to ensure not only your own personal health, but the long term health of your family. Not to mention the fact that it is immensely satisfying to go into your own garden and grab something wholesome and delicious to eat.

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Action Steps – Things you can do to help keep your family and your food supply safe:

Featured photo credit: Organic Foods via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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