Dementia and Vitamin D


dementia and vitamin D

Dementia is a difficult condition to cope with, not just for the person suffering from it, but also for the people around them. Elderly folks with dementia may forget those closest to them, and their lapses in memory and judgement can drastically compromise their quality of life, and may even put them in danger. Those with dementia often require extensive and costly care, as their condition renders them increasingly unable to address their own needs.

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What Is Veggie Chow-Chow?


veggie chow-chow at laughing planet

When I say, “veggie chow-chow,” what comes to mind? No, it’s not a vegetarian dog. It’s actually a type of relish made from picked veggies. If you’ve lived in the South or the Appalachians, you probably have at least a passing familiarity with the stuff. If you’re a lifelong west-coaster, then you may not have heard of it.

It’s not quite clear how chow-chow got its name. Some claim that it’s because of the Chayote, an edible gourd native to Mexico. Others say the name came from Chinese rail workers in the old west, who imported pickles and spices from home. Still others insist that the name comes from the French word for cabbage, chou, or that the name originally hails from India.

While we might not be clear on the obscure historical machinery behind its nomenclature, we are quite certain that it is tasty. We have tested this theory again and again, always with the same results. It’s good. Really good.

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Profile on Happy Mountain Kombucha


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If you’ve visited your friendly local Laughing Planet recently, you may have noticed that we’ve started serving Happy Mountain Kombucha on tap.

As with most of the things we do, there’s a reason behind this decision. So what’s  kombucha all about, and why have we chosen Happy Mountain as our Kombucha providers of choice?

Happy Mountain Are Our Neighbors

As you’re probably aware, we’re big fans of going local. Buying locally produced food and drinks cuts down on carbon emissions, because they don’t need to be transported halfway around the world before they end up on your dinner table.

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Climate Change: How Will It Affect Future Housing?


Flooding, High Winds, and Wild Fires: What’s Going On?

polar ice caps melting

The issue of climate change is an inescapable one, with almost daily reports of the effects it is having upon the planet hitting the news. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising by almost 1.9 parts per million, per year, and subtle increases in temperature have set the ball rolling for some potentially catastrophic changes to the environment and the habitats of the earth. The polar ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising and it seems the planet’s weather is becoming more unpredictable and severe as each season rolls by.

The effects of climate change can also be seen closer to home, quite literally, with severe weather causing damage to properties in the form of flooding, high winds and wildfires; families are being uprooted and in the most extreme cases communities destroyed. It is perhaps time to think about ways in which future houses can be protected against the effects of climate change. Continue reading

The Raw Food Diet


raw food diet

If you’re a health enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of the raw food diet. Raw foodists eschew cooked food for fresh, raw fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts and seeds. Many who follow the raw food lifestyle are also vegan, but some choose to include unpasteurized milk and certain types of raw meat.
So what’s the idea behind only consuming raw food?  What are the advantages of following a raw food diet? Are there disadvantages?

The Roots of Raw Foodism

Way back in the late 19th century, a Swiss physician named Maximilian Bircher-Benner discovered that when he ate raw apples, his jaundice subsided. This got him wondering what other benefits there might be to consuming raw food. As the head of a sanatorium, he was in an ideal position to explore the benefits of such a diet. To his patients, he prescribed a strict raw food diet, plenty of rest, and physical activity. Word of the efficacy of his treatments spread, and he soon counted captains of industry, renowned artists, and members of the ruling elite.

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