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Organic Milk Beauty Regimens

Organic Milk Beauty Regimens

Long before beauty was bottled and sold in a jar, people resorted to botanical resources and what was available to naturally beautify the skin and hair. Since ancient times, many have used milk as an additive in treatments for bathing and skincare. Milk contains lactic acid which is a natural alpha hydroxy acid that can be an effective exfoliate. It also has fat content from the cream that is soothing for dry skin. It is gentle enough that it will not irritate skin, and is often suggested for sensitive skin conditions. Certified organic milks are recommended for topical use. Also,… read more

The Milk Debate

Cow vs Goat

Goat’s milk has a number of advantages over cow’s milk. Research conducted at the University of Granada (2007) found that goat’s milk helps the body better use minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus, which means that it is superior to cow’s milk for maintaining strong bones and preventing anaemia. Goat’s milk is also more digestable than cow’s milk because it has a different type of fat, and is less likely to provoke allergic reactions because it contains less lactose and far less of the allergenic casein protein. Many (though not all) of those who can’t tolerate cow’s milk… read more

Stone Paper: Good Alternative or Eco Exaggeration?

Stone Paper: Good Alternative or Eco Exaggeration?

Paper made from recycled content is obviously a better option than papers made from new resources. Paper makes up over one half of all recycled substances by weight that is gathered in the U.S. New merchandise is always popping up in the eco friendly market, and the paper industry is full of them. Stone paper is one spin on paper products that has surfaced in recent years. Marketed as environmentally friendly and a better choice than paper made wood pulp, stone paper is made mostly with calcium carbonite which is a natural mineral. For durability, a high density polyethylene is… read more

Spoiled Milk – Out Of The Glass And Onto The Racks

Spoiled Milk – Out Of The Glass And Onto The Racks

Eco friendly textiles are in demand, and conscientious designers always have one eye open looking for sustainable material sources. Designer and founder of Qmilk (also referred to as Qmilch), Anke Domaske formed her start-up venture with her father in mind who was diagnosed with cancer. Thinking about the enormous amounts of spoiled milk poured out in Europe alone, and wanting to find comfortable clothing that had not been chemically treated led her to look into milk proteins. Though this sounds like a brand new concept, milk proteins were actually used in textiles in the 1930’s. However, during that time they were… read more

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate

A good hot chocolate does not start with brown dust and boiling water. And a homemade Mexican hot chocolate is such a sweet delight that once you try it you will want to keep the pantry constantly stocked with the ingredients to make it. Drinking chocolate has been enjoyed for thousands of years, and according to archeologists the Olmecs are thought to have first used cacao around 1500-400 BC, followed by the Maya. The cacao bean was revered for its monetary value as well as its health giving properties. Made from the roasted beans of the cacao plant, water and spices were added… read more

Hormones in Meat

Cows

Synthetic sex hormones are given to sheep and cattle to promote rapid growth and increased milk production, fulfilling a demand for cheap meat and milk. However, concerns have been raised about potential health risks of using synthetic hormones in meat production, a practice which is common in the U.S. and Canada but banned in the European Union. Research suggests that estrogenic additives in meat may affect natural hormone levels, increasing the risk for certain cancers. The most direct evidence of this effect comes from a recent large-scale research review undertaken by the Breast Cancer Fund, which found a link between… read more

Milk: Plastic or Glass?

Milk: Plastic or Glass?

Deciphering between packaging for items like milk, a beverage staple in many households, can sometimes be confusing if you are trying to purchase the most eco-friendly choice. Probably the most prevalent milk container in the U.S. is the plastic variety, usually made from HDPE, or No. 2 plastic. Though this is a recyclable plastic, milk containers are not reprocessed into new ones due to regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about using new packaging for foods for safety reasons.Therefore, recycled plastic milk containers are usually turned into things like toothbrushes and toys. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency… read more

Are We All Intolerant?

Cows milk intolerance

As a child, were you ever forced to remain at the kitchen table, charged with the refusal to finish a glass of milk? Science shows that refusal may have also been an inability. Some of you may be thinking, “Of course some people can’t drink milk, they are called lactose intolerant.” The thing is, we all are. Different people will have varied degrees of intolerance, but no human is meant to ingest cow’s milk. This makes enough sense, no where else in nature does a species consume the other’s milk. As the name suggests, cow’s milk not only comes from cows but… read more

Calcium Other Than Dairy

Calcium rich foods

I don’t know about you, but when I have dairy something strange happens. It’s not a major upset, just an un-ease. A little queasy and, well, mucous-y. Gross, I know! I’m not positive that I am lactose (milk sugar) intolerant, just perhaps a tad sensitive to it. Frankly, I feel better when I don’t eat dairy and I know a fair amount of people in the same boat. Concerning, as this is the food group where we are supposed to get our intake of calcium, right? Well, there are many food sources rich in calcium, just not as heavily publicized… read more