Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fountain of Youth Drink Recipe

1 cup coconut water
1 handful of spinach
3 cucumber slices
½ cup chopped green kale, stems removed
3 pineapple spears
1/2 lemon, peeled
1 small green apple
1 tbsp ginger

Pour all ingredients into a blender, blend to desired consistency

Friday, July 26, 2013

Homemade Re-hydration Drink Recipe (English-Spanish)

Homemade Re-hydration Drink Recipe
o 1 cup lemon juice (approx 6-8 lemons)
o 1/2 cup honey
o 1 teaspoon sea salt
o 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Place in a pint mason jar and stir to combine (the lemon juice and baking soda will react, so stir it down), keep concentrate in the fridge. This can be added to 1 gallon of filtered water, or add 1-2 tablespoons to each 8 ounces (1 cup) of water.

Receta casera: Bebida Re-hidratación
o 1 taza jugo de limón (aprox. 6-8 limones)
o 1/2 taza de miel
o 1 cucharadita de sal
o 1/2 cucharadita de bicarbonato de soda

En una jarra combine todo y revuelva (el zumo de limón y bicarbonato de sodio reaccionarán, por lo tanto revuelva despasio), guarde este concentrado en la nevera. Todo el concentrado se puede añadir a 1 galón de agua filtrada, o agregar 1-2 cucharadas a cada 8 onzas (1 taza) de agua.

Potting Plumeria

Plumeria, also known as frangipani, produces masses of fragrant blooms throughout the summer and fall. Since plumeria seed production is unreliable, the most common method of propagation is by cuttings. Cuttings produce a new plant that is genetically identical to the mother plant, which is not possible through seed germination. Trees grown from cuttings will begin to flower after the first year; seedlings take three or more years to flower. Plumeria thrives in tropical environments, such as U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10b and 11.

1 Clean and sterilize a knife or pruning shears with rubbing alcohol.

2 Choose a branch of seasoned wood with one or two healthy growing tips. Make the cut at an angle, approximately 12 to 18 inches from the tip, above an old leaf scar.

3 Remove the leaves from the branch, leaving only leaves on the growing tip, if present. Set the cutting aside to dry for three to seven days.

4 Prepare a pot to receive the cutting. Fill it with a mixture of 2 parts perlite to 1 part potting soil.

5 Treat the cut end of the plumeria with rooting hormone, following package directions.

6 Insert the cutting into the potting media approximately 4 inches deep. Press the soil around the stem. Stake the cutting, tying gently with twine, if extra support is needed.

7 Water the potting media, allowing excess water to drain away. Keep the soil moist, but not wet.

8 Place the pot in a warm, sunny location. (filtered sun in Florida) 

9 Allow approximately six to eight weeks for the root ball to fully develop. Repot or plant the cutting when new leaves appear.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Indoor Plants that Clean the Air and Remove Toxins

There are several steps you can take to greatly improve the indoor air quality in your home. One way this can be done, is by having several indoor plants that clean the air and reduce toxins.

Several years ago NASA studied houseplants and their ability to purify the air in indoor spaces. They found that certain plants were better at filtering the air and removing volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) than others.

Not only are indoor plants beneficial for increasing oxygen levels in our homes, they have also been found to reduce the toxins in the air we are breathing.

The air in our homes has been shown to contain harmful toxins which ultimately end up in our bodies. Whether the toxins are from building materials, paint, out-gassing carpets, dust, or flame retardants, the levels of these toxins in the air can be reduced.

These plants can reduce many air pollutants including formaldehyde, microbial pathogens, benzene and microbial pathogens.
According to NASA it is recommended that you have about 15 to 18 of these plants in your home (this was recommended for a 1800 sq foot home). Remember to also place at least one plant in your bedroom, preferably more.

These plants are the most beneficial for improving indoor air quality. You should be able to find all of these plants locally.

1. Aloe

Aloe plants are very beneficial for increasing oxygen levels in your home. They have also been found to absorb formaldehyde, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. According to Earthship, one pot of aloe is equivalent to nine biological air cleaners.

2. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider plants are able to perform photosynthesis under minimal lighting. They aid in absorbing toxins in the air including formaldehyde, styrene, carbon monoxide, and benzene. One spider plant is able to effectively filter a room of 200 square feet.

3. English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English ivy is another great indoor plant that removes toxins. This plant has been shown to reduce 60% of airborne mold and 58% of airborne feces after being placed in a room for only 6 hours!

4. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ’Mauna Loa’)

Having a peace lily in your home greatly reduces the chemical toxins in the air. Peace lily plants filter out harmful benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde.

5. Snake Plant or mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata‘Laurentii’)

This indoor plant that cleans the air is just about indestructible, if your looking to start out with easy to care for plant, this would be the one to choose. Snake plants aid in removing toxins from the air and require little to no lighting.

6. Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

Rubber plants excel at removing toxins from the air, particularly formaldehyde. These plants require minimal lighting and also easy to care for. Note: the leaves can be toxic, so if you have any pets in your home, be careful.

NASA also listed the following plants as beneficial for improving the indoor air quality in homes. These plants may be more difficult to find locally, but if you come across any of these plants, be sure to pick one up!

-Golden pothos or Devil’s ivy (Scindapsus aures or Epipremnum aureum)
-Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
-Bamboo palm or reed palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)
-Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium, syn.Philodendron cordatum)
-Selloum philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum, syn.Philodendron selloum)
-Elephant ear philodendron (Philodendron domesticum)
-Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
-Cornstalk dracaena (Dracaena fragrans Massangeana)
-Janet Craig dracaena (Dracaena deremensis Janet Craig
-Warneck dracaena (Dreacaena dermenisis Waneckii)
-Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)

Best herbs to Grow indoor

Chives, Sage, Dill, Oregano, Mint, Chamomile, Fenne, Parsley, Basil, Mint, Thyme, Rosemary, Chervil, Savory, Bayleaf, and Garlic.

- Purchase live plants or bring in smaller plants from your garden.

- Use a good quality potting soil that is very rich and has good drainage.

- Most herbs will require at least a 6″ pot, plants started from seed will need to be re-potted.

-Herb plants are potted like any other plant, add several inches to the bottom of the pot and then position the plant into the pot. Fill the sides of the pot with soil and then gently press the soil down around the plant.

-Herbs don’t like soaking wet soil, many herbs have tender roots that will quickly rot if left sitting in water. Follow the watering instructions for each individual herb.

Normally, giving the plant a thorough soaking is better than watering the plant a little now and then. Either set the plant in water and let it soak it up through the drain holes, or water it until water starts to leak out of the holes. And, only water the plants when the soil becomes dry to the touch.

You will need to fertilize your herbs about once a week, but only when they’re growing. Cease fertilization during dormant periods when the growth has slowed or stopped. When using fertilizer be sure to check the label and only use fertilizer that is approved for edible plants.

Most types of herbs require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day. Mint, Thyme, Parsley and Rosemary are a few herbs that can survive in partial shade. But, even with lot’s of sunshine your herbs will grow better if you use supplemental lighting as well.

If you don’t have an area that provides enough sunlight, supplement lighting with fluorescent lights. The light fixtures should be around 6 to 8 inches above the top of the plants and leave them on for 14 to 16 hours each day.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What I'm telling my patients about arsenic and rice

What I'm telling my patients about arsenic and rice
Posted by Dr. Claire McCarthy  November 1, 2012 10:00 AM

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