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15
Jul

How To Grow A Garden SUCCESSFULLY …

… Even If You DON’T Have A Green Thumb

 

Grow 20 – 28 plants in less than 3 square feet of space

Using 90% less water than a regular garden

Eat fresh, home grown, nutrient-dense produce from garden to table.

Fresher than organic produce you buy in your natural foods market.

As good or better quality compared with purchased organic produce.

Be absolutely certain about the high quality, nutrient dense food you eat.

No loss of nutrients from being shipped long distances or sitting in the grocery store produce case.

No questions about whether it came from the other side of the country, 3000 miles away, or across the border from Mexico or across the globe from China.

Save money on grocery bills.

Never have to say you can’t afford organic food again.

Details Here.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

6:00 p.m.

 

Location

159 E. 3rd Ave.

Escondido, CA 92025

 

RSVP to Dr. Farlow at 760-807-7117760-807-7117

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27
May

How to Get Around the High Cost of Organic Food

Do you want to eat healthfully, but find it too expensive to eat organic?

It doesn’t have to be.

It’s true that food prices are going up and organic is getting more costly.

It’s also true that organic is not the same as it was a few years ago.

The conventional food industry has entered the organic food market in order to get their piece of the organic pie. But they are not committed to the organic standards. And every year, they are chiseling away, allowing synthetics and other ingredients that should not be allowed in organic.

In addition, certified organic does not mean pesticide free. It just means that only those pesticides approved for organic use are used on organic crops.

When organic food is out of reach of your budget,what does that leave you?

It leaves conventional and GMO.

Did you know that  conventional crops, even those not genetically modified, are sprayed with Roundup with carcinogenic glyphosate? Even if you avoid the Dirty Dozen and opt for the Clean 15, you’re still getting less nutrient dense food.

So, what can you do to eat better than organic for less than the cost of organic …

… and fresher than what you get at Jimbo’s, Sprouts, Whole Foods or the farmer’s market?

Join us on Friday, May 29 at my office at 6 p.m. to learn about the Tower Garden, a vertical, aeroponic growing system that uses no soil, 90% less water, is non-GMO, waters itself and grows year round.

Don’t let the high cost of organic food keep you from eating healthy food.

Call NOW 760-807-7117760-807-7117

or email dr.cfarlow(at)cox.net

to RSVP and join us Friday, May 29.

See you there.

Yours in health,

Dr.Christine H. Farlow, D.C.

 

12
Apr

News Release

Hidden Poisons In Your Food

 

It’s getting harder and harder to make healthy food choices these days. Deceptive marketing and misleading labeling are commonplace. Some critical information necessary for you to be able to make truly healthy choices is legally absent from the label. It’s almost impossible for the average consumer to know what’s really healthy to eat.

You really need to be a food detective to give yourself half a chance of choosing foods that promote rather than destroy your health. However, there is so much misinformation about what is truly healthy that even the best investigators can be fooled. A number of experts and organizations that claim to provide genuine facts to help consumers stay healthy are guilty of spreading half truths.

Most people don’t have the time or desire to spend hours upon hours researching the literature to discover the truth about the food they eat. And even if they do, few know how to tell if a study is biased and provides incorrect information. For example, one study may say soy is healthy and healing. Another says it’s harmful. Other examples of controversial foods or food ingredients with conflicting messages about healthfulness include canola oil, meat, high fructose corn syrup and aspartame.

So, what’s a person to do?

The key is finding a few honest and reliable resources that you can trust to provide accurate and truthful information.

One of those resources is Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide To What’s Safe & What’s Not. It has stood the test of time. Soon to be released in its seventh edition, the 2013, 20th Anniversary Edition has grown from a 64-page pamphlet listing only food additives and their safety ratings to a 144-page book that gives information on …

  • how to read labels
  • how to identify and avoid genetically engineered foods (GMOs)
  • why Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) does NOT mean an additive is safe; and why many GRAS additives are NOT safe
  • identifying additives that are potential carcinogens
  • how to identify irradiated foods and why they should be avoided
  • what those pesky little stickers on produce items mean
  • food additives that are not listed on the label

Everyone needs to know this information if they want to be healthy. The book is pocket sized and easily carried with you to the grocery store when you shop.

The author, Dr. Christine H. Farlow, D.C., has been actively investigating and researching the safety of food additives since 1991. She is committed to finding the truth about these chemicals, many not adequately tested and used far too often, in the food we eat.

Her interest in the study of ingredient safety started with the “Healthy Eating” classes she held in her office. It accelerated in December 1990 when her dad was diagnosed with cancer.

Farlow is a Doctor of Chiropractic with a specialty in Nutrition. She practices chiropractic and nutritional counseling at her office in Escondido,  CA, and also does telephone consultations. Counseling patients since 1984, she is a veteran at teaching people how to make healthy eating and lifestyle choices.

Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide … can be ordered online at foodadditivesbook.com or on amazon.com Farlow can be contacted through her website, christinehfarlowdc.com.

14
Dec

Vegetarian vs. Non-Vegetarian

The debate has been ongoing, probably for centuries. There are those who claim that being a vegetarian is the healthiest way to eat. Others contend that animal proteins are necessary for good health. There appear to be credible sources on each side of the debate.

Who do you believe?

If we take a look at the animal kingdom, we note that …

  • Herbiverous (plant eating) animals have a very long digestive system with several stomachs to digest and extract the nutrients from plants.
  • Predatory animals have a short digestive system and cannot digest plant foods.

The human digestive system is short, similar to that of predatory animals, with one stomach, and produces enzymes that only break down animal products.

So, are humans supposed to eat only animal foods?

In actuality, both plant foods and animal foods serve a purpose for our bodies and our health.

Animal foods build our bodies and nourish our cells. They feed our bodies to meet our complex nutritional needs.

Plant foods, on the other hand, are cleansing and detoxifying. They help to remove toxins from our bodies and aid in healing.

This is why programs like juice fasting and vegan diets help people to heal from serious illnesses. But once your body is finished cleansing, you have to feed and nourish your body to rebuild your health.

Nourish Your Body And Build Good Health

Nourishment and health building is best done with clean animal foods from organic, grass-fed, pastured animals raised in the outdoors and sunshine, allowed to eat their native diets.

Both animal foods and plant foods, raw and cooked, are part of an ongoing healthy diet.

How much of each should you eat?

It varies. Because we are all unique individuals, there is no one eating prescription that is right for everyone.

When you are eating only healthy foods, you need to pay attention to your senses.

  • Are you hungry?
  • What do you feel like eating?
  • Does it smell good?
  • Does it taste good?
  • Do you feel satisfied after you eat it?

Tune in to what your body wants. When you listen, you will be eating what your body needs.

Need help with healthy eating and choosing the healthy foods that are right for you?

Fill in the form at the top right of the page to request a FREE Consultation.

Source: Feeding Versus Cleansing by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride

3
Dec

Are You Ready For A Healthy Holiday For A Change?

What Is Your Holidays Mindset?

There will be holiday parties at work, school, with family and friends. The goodies will be abundant … most full of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients.

Will you be among those who say…

“It’s the holidays. I’m just going to enjoy the food and festivities and think about getting healthy in January.”

Are you going to let yourself put on an extra five or ten pounds thinking you’ll lose it after the first of the year when you make those New Year’s resolutions that you never keep? And that five pounds accumulates every year so that you’ve added an extra 20, 30 or 50 pounds that you don’t know how to get rid of because all the diets you’ve tried have been a dismal failure?

Or are you going to take charge of your health this holiday season?

You can enjoy the fun and festivities and still have a healthy holiday.

Here are a few tips …

Prepare healthy holiday foods. Last time, I gave you a great many suggestions for healthy Thanksgiving fare. The same foods that are healthy for Thanksgiving can also be prepared for the upcoming holidays this month. If you want some variety, different from Thanksgiving food choices, keep these points in mind …

  • Focus on healthy animal proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.
  • Eat frequent small meals, every two or three hours, but don’t overeat. You can still have three main meals, but eat smaller portions to account for the between-meal snacks.
  • Choose healthy snack foods, like nuts and seeds, fruit and nuts, celery, carrot or apple slices with nut butter.

If you have to have those baked goodies, try some Paleo recipes using coconut flour instead of wheat or other grains.

Here’s a recipe for Nut Butter Bars from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Primal BluePrint Cookbook. (used with permission) page 196.

1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup hazelnuts
1 1/2 cups pecans
2/3 cup flax meal
2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup unsalted almond butter (or other nut butter)
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons blackstrap molasses
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
Optional…
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or dried fruit

Place almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, flax meal, shredded coconut, nut butter, salt and molasses in a food processor. Depending on the size of your food processor, you may have to put in half of the nuts, pulse a few times and then add the rest. Process until the consistency is fairly smooth (but not completely) then slowly drizzle in the oil until a coarse paste forms. Stir in chocolate or dried ftuit, if using. Scrape the batter into an 8×8 pan lined with parchment and press down evenly to fill the pan. Chill in refrigerator for at least one hour, preferably more, until bars harden.

Here’s a recipe for Carob Coconut Candy. I threw it together one night when I had a fierce chocolate craving. It’s been a favorite ever since.

So, here you have two healthy dessert recipes that you can use this holiday season to help keep your holidays healthy.

 

15
Nov

Healthy Holiday Fare

The holidays are just around the corner.

This is the time of year when we celebrate with family, friends, coworkers and FOOD! … Often the wrong kinds of  foods and frequently too much.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

You can celebrate and have healthy food that tastes great too!

Last time, in”Wake Up Call: Prevent Disease Before It is Too Late,” I wrote about how we’re dying younger than our parents. And the first place to look for the cause of our declining health is in the food we eat.

Our food today is refined, denatured, genetically engineered and sprayed heavily with toxic pesticides. Virtually all health-giving nutrients are processed out, with a few token synthetic nutrients added back to make you think you’re getting something good … but you’re not. There is almost nothing in so many of the foods on the market that will support vibrant health. If you keep eating these foods, the only possibility is poor health. And it’s happening at younger and younger ages today.

So, what are you supposed to eat?

There are a lot of healthy foods that will nourish your body and taste great too! Since Thanksgiving is coming up next week, here’s a link to Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes. It’s the full fare from the turkey to the dessert. And yes, there are healthy desserts that you can eat on a healthy diet.

If these don’t suit your fancy, check out the Thanksgiving recipes and dozens of other healthy recipes I posted on my Healthy Eating Advisor blog.

To reverse the current trend of declining health and earlier death, you must eliminate the cause. By eating healthy, nutrient-dense, enzyme-rich foods, you will nourish your body and your health will start to improve.

Get personalized help …

… in improving your eating habits, your nutritional status and getting your family on the right track to a healthier body and healthier life. Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Just fill in the form at the top right of this page and request a Free Consultation.

19
Oct

Getting Your Kids To Eat Healthy Food

Common complaints I hear from parents are …

  • My kids won’t eat vegetables.
  • My kids won’t eat fruit.
  • My kids won’t drink water.
  • My kids only want to eat at fast food restaurants.
  • My kids don’t like healthy food.

How do you get kids to eat healthy food?

First, it’s important to know that kids learn to like what they are taught to eat.

They like cookies, candy, chips, French fries, pizza and soda because they were given those foods by parents, relatives or friends.

Teaching kids to eat healthfully starts when they’re little, preferably before they’re born. The mom should make sure that all the food she eats not only while pregnant, but when thinking about getting pregnant, should be healthy and nourishing.

Ideally a child should be breast fed for at least one year, preferably two or longer. When the child is ready for solid foods, only healthy foods should be introduced. Skip the candy, ice cream, cake and cookies. This is where poor eating habits start.

When my daughter was a toddler, I used to do mommy-and-me gymnastics with her. One mom came with her son and a daughter less than a year old who stayed in a stroller during the class. To keep her little girl quiet, the mom used to give her red licorice to chew on. That mom was teaching her daughter to like candy, a substance that when eaten regularly over a lifetime will make her susceptible to developing a weak immune system, diabetes, obesity and cancer.

What if that mother had given her child some grapes, banana slices or cooked carrots instead? Then she would have been teaching her to like healthy foods.

If a child is only given healthy foods, they will develop their likes and dislikes for among the healthy foods and they WILL like healthy food.

Now, I understand that other people like to give your kids treats. They will just have to be trained … to only give your kids healthy, pre-approved foods and snacks.

When your children get to be school age and if they go to school, rather than be home-schooled, their teachers will have to be trained.

There are a few schools nationwide that serve only healthy food and only allow healthy food to be brought to school. They don’t even allow candy and cupcakes for birthdays. Now while some may think this is terrible, I think these schools should be set up as an example for all schools to imitate. The schools that have implemented this policy have shown more alertness among their students and better academic performance.

When kids learn healthy eating habits while young, they get a healthier start in life and their healthy eating habits will carry over into their teen and adult years and they will have better health to live a longer and healthier life.

What do you do now if your kids are not healthy eaters?

I have a tool, called “My Personal Food Planner” that you can use to transition to healthier eating habits. Print one out for every member of your family.

You will list the unhealthy foods you like to eat in the left column and healthy foods you like or would like to try, that you can substitute for the unhealthy one, in the three right columns.

Every day or every couple days, choose one unhealthy food that you are ready to  eliminate from your diet and substitute a healthy one. Keep doing this until you are no longer eating the unhealthy foods.

Let your school-age children make their own Personal Food Planners. Kids cooperate better if they know they have some control. For younger kids, sit down with them and let them tell you what foods they want to substitute, with a little help from you. Make this a family adventure … exploring new and healthier foods.

Here are some healthy recipes to help you get started.

My two favorite cookbooks are …

The Primal Blueprint Cookbook

Nourishing Traditions

Click here for “Recommended Reading.”

31
Jul

MSG And Your Brain

MSG is a neurotoxin and excitotoxin. It excites your brain cells to death. In other words, it kills your brain cells. It is doubly dangerous for children because their blood-brain barrier has not yet fully developed.

MSG is in almost all processed foods and almost all restaurant food. It can even be found in organic packaged foods. For example, one day I was looking for organic beef broth. I picked up a package and read the ingredients and saw autolyzed yeast, a hidden source of MSG.

You will see many packages on the grocery store shelf that say

  • No MSG
  • No Added MSG
  • No MSG Added

But if you look closer at the ingredients list, if you know the names for the “Hidden Sources of MSG,” you will almost always find them.

Some of the most common hiding places for MSG are

  • broth
  • natural flavors, any kind of flavoring
  • hydrolyzed vegetable protein, anything hydrolyzed
  • yeast extract, yeast food, yeast nutrient
  • gelatin
  • calcium caseinate
  • corn gluten
  • anything with glutamate in the name
  • glutamic acid
  • anything with protein in the name, i.e. protein extracted from the whole food
  • carrageenan
  • citric acid
  • any kind of enzymes

If you have the 2007 edition of Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide … the list is on page 61, under free glutamates.

MSG is only one of many food additives that are dangerous to your health. Make sure you know how to identify those additives that are harmful to you and your family.

29
Jun

Find Healthy Food In Your Local Area

Do you have trouble finding organic or fresh local produce, dairy or meat? On numerous occasions I’ve spoken with people who’ve said that it’s just not available where they live.

Well, now there is a tool for you to find out just what really is available in your neck of the woods. I just discovered this the other day and I even found numerous resources for healthy local and organic food in my area that I was not aware of.

The Eat Well Guide is your resource to find local, sustainable and organic food in your area. Check it out here.

If you still can’t find healthy food locally, or not all the right things you want to buy, google “buy organic food online.” Here are a few sites that came up when I did…

The Green PolkaDot Box is an online organic buying club.

The Organic Consumer’s Association has a list of CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) on their website.

Beyond Organic has the highest quality organic beef, dairy, chocolate, functional beverages and water. The Beyond Organic standards exceed the USDA organic standards and some of the products available through Beyond Organic are not available anywhere else in the U.S. And the Beyond Organic products are so delicious.

These days, healthy organic food is available to everyone in the U.S., no matter where you live. You just have to know where to look to find it.

I hope these resources will help you find healthier food for yourself and your family.

 

1
Mar

Demonstration … Why Organic Produce Is Better

This little girl did her homework!

Chlorpropham is a plant growth regulator used for preemergence control of grass weeds in alfalfa, lima and snap beans, blueberries, cane berries, carrots, cranberries, ladino clover, garlic, seed grass, onions, spinach, sugar beets, tomatoes, safflower, soybeans, gladioli and woody nursery stock. It is also used to inhibit potato sprouting and for sucker control in tobacco.

According to regulations, “Products containing chlorpropham must bear the signal word ‘Caution’.” Have you ever seen a produce item in the grocery store with the word “Caution” on it? … I haven’t.

Chlorpropham is what is called a systemic pesticide. It is absorbed by the roots of the plant and travels throughout the flesh of the plant.

Source: Extension Toxicology Network

Food For Thought …

Onions and sweet potatoes are listed on the Environmental Working Group’s “Clean 15” list. It doesn’t mean that these items have “0” pesticides on them, but rather a low level.

What’s On My Food? is another source for checking pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables that gives a lot more detail and the actual names of the pesticides found. So, if you want to see how the “Clean 15,” or any other produce items that you are curious about, really stack up, you can check it out here.