Naturally healthy teeth
I'm back from Minnesota! It was great seeing the family, but it's also great to be home. My garden is looking a bit weedy, but mostly I'm just amazed by how much everything has grown in a week! Squash and cucumbers are starting to pile up, so I'll be pickling tonight - the first batch of the season, though certainly not the last. :-)

Anyway, I'm super busy getting caught up with everything, so this won't take long, but I did want to share a bit of info today about a topic I don't cover very often: your teeth.

Dental health has recently been linked to several other areas of health, and some researchers now believe that poor oral health can even lead to heart disease and other inflammatory diseases.

Even if you go to the dentist regularly, you may still have issues with the health of your teeth, and this is one area where natural and holistic medicine are often lacking. Though there are "biological dentists," who tend to use fewer harmful substances in their practice, and look for safer alternatives to things like x-rays, there really haven't been a ton of advances in natural dentistry.

But I stumbled across this interesting resource last week, and wanted to share some information that may help you achieve healthier teeth naturally, all on your own...

Toxic cooking oils
I've just got a quick one for you today, as I have a ton of stuff to do before heading off for a week with the family in Minnesota....

But I did want to revisit a topic I haven't mentioned in a while.

As you probably know by now, the food you eat is the greatest determining factor in whether or not you are healthy and well. But many people don't really understand which foods are healthy, and which are not.

There is a lot of misinformation out there, and it can be difficult to tell the truth from the hype sometimes, especially when the hype surrounds us every day through advertising no matter where we are.

Although many people strive to do their best and eat healthy, the confusion surrounding this topic can get in the way. While you may look at labels and read ingredient lists, you may not realize that something that sounds natural and good (such as canola oil) is actually not something you should be eating.

Here are 4 common cooking oils that you should never cook with. You should also try to avoid buying foods that contain these.

Future of food video
With all the craziness going on lately with regards to health and nutrition, you may be wondering where we're heading as a species.

Will we all have to become vegan for the planet to survive, or can we still eat meat? Will GMOs kill us all, or are they okay? How can we possibly regain our health with all the conflicting information floating around out there?

This interesting video sheds some light on the subject of healthy eating, and how we can learn to eat healthier while still preserving the planet's precious resources.

American flag
(Note: While I don't usually talk politics here, since we're celebrating America this weekend, I thought it would be a good time to address this topic, as it is something that has become more and more evident - and troublesome to me - over the past few years. )

"Make America great again."

It's got a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Regardless of how you feel about "The Donald," you've got to admit it's catchy. When it comes to American politics, don't underestimate the power of a good campaign slogan! (Remember "Yes we can!"? Whatever that means to you, it ended up meaning a win for Obama in 2008.)

The other aspect of a good campaign slogan is that it can mean whatever you want it to mean, making it feel personal to a wide range of people. If you've been fed up with X,Y, or Z recently, you may feel that "making American great again" will solve your problems.  While "Yes we can," ambiguous as it was, offered a sense of hope to the disenfranchised.

The wording is very important here. For example,  simply "Make America Great" doesn't have nearly the same ring. Why not? Because it wouldn't appeal to the dissatisfied masses who feel that something needs to change. (Almost regardless of whether that change is good or bad, but that's a topic for another day.)
It also appeals to the nostalgia we all have for some shining past moment of glory when our country was (presumably) greater than it is today.

However, genius as this slogan is, I have a couple of problems with it.