Favorite Health Links

Thought I’d share some  informative websites for you to check out as far as nutrition & lifestyle, to enhance quality of life. I forward this list to friends seeking better health. 


To good health! :-)

Favorite Health Links:


1) http://www.mercola.com/

Subscribe to the free newsletter to get the latest findings. Search also in their search box for whatever topic you want information on. Mercola is just an unbelievable wealth of information. He sells products of course but you don’t have to buy any of it. Just read all the hard research he’s already done and you can make your own informed decisions. I’ve learned the most from this website just because of the newsletter.

Other helpful eating styles:  ( You can glean lotsa good information from each diet & tailor it to your health needs. They each have their merits. There is no one for all, all for one diet. We all have different needs so tweak accordingly. )

and  http://www.mercola.com/nutritionplan/index.htm

2) http://www.hacres.com/

High raw diet system with lotsa great recipes and information about the value of juicing and eating raw vegetables everyday.

3) http://www.westonaprice.org/healthtopics

Check out their health topics and archive journals. This is where you can find best information on good local chapters/ sources for organic grass fed meat & milk, pastured eggs, and organic produce. We buy raw milk, butter, cheeses, olive oil through these sources from the bay area. Amazing what we have out there within our reach.

4.) http://www.azurestandard.com/

This is where we order once a month all organic grains, flour, spices, beans, nuts, meat, produce, dairy, hard to find ingredients, etc. Amazing stuff they have there. Open up a free account to view prices. They have the best prices ever for organic stuff and shipping is free. Very high quality.They have a drop off point  once a month for you to pick up your goodies. You will save a lot of money buying in bulk from them.  Best deal out there. I can’t rave enough about them. They have so many wonderful stuff. It’s like Christmas when I open up my boxes.

Here is a list of the Dirty Dozen of highly pesticide produce you need to avoid buying:


Here is a list of the clean 15 that you don’t need to have organic:


5)  Here is a favorite book for recipes and healthy eating. Fascinating and very informative. Check out the reviews. If I could have only one cookbook or health book, this would be it.

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon.

6) Now here are some videos I highly recommend you watch on Netflix. You can play them on your computer  via direct streaming from Netflix Get a trial membership  to view them directly from the internet: Here are the Titles and their descriptions from Netflix:

Food, Inc.
2008 PG 93 minutes

Drawing on Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, director Robert Kenner’s Oscar-nominated documentary explores the food industry’s detrimental effects on our health and environment. Kenner spotlights the men and women who are working to reform an industry rife with monopolies, questionable interpretations of laws and subsidies, political ties and rising rates of E. coli outbreaks.

King Corn

In Aaron Woolf’s thought-provoking documentary, friends Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis move back to America’s Corn Belt to plant an acre of the nation’s most-grown and most-subsidized grain and follow their crop into the U.S. food supply. What they learn about genetically modified seeds, powerful herbicides and the realities of modern farming calls into question government subsidies, the fast-food lifestyle and the quality of what we eat.

Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution

Jean-Paul Jaud’s documentary visits the Barjac village in France, where the mayor has mandated an all-organic menu for the lunch program in the local school. Farmers, parents, kids and health care advocates discuss the impact of the decision. School and government officials also weigh in on why people are dying of cancer in ever-increasing numbers, the food industry’s role, the use of pesticides, nutrition and local sustainability.

2009 NR 75 minutes

The high cost — to both the environment and our health — of bottled water is the subject of this documentary that enlists activists, environmentalists, community leaders and others to expose the dark side of the bottled water industry. Americans may rethink their obsession with bottled H20 when they learn of the unregulated industry’s willingness to ignore environmental and health concerns, and the problems that arise as a result.

National Geographic: Stress: Portrait of a Killer
2008 TV-PG 55 minutes

The serially overworked already know that stress is a near-constant fixture in modern-day living. But to what degree is stress affecting our bodies — and is there any way to healthfully combat it? With a focus on the work of Stanford University neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky, this National Geographic program looks at the latest science to see what researchers are learning about this insidiously silent killer.

The Beautiful Truth
2008 NR 92 minutes

This documentary follows the journey of Garrett Kroschel, an animal-loving teenager raised in Alaska who, after reading a book by Dr. Max Gerson, is inspired to investigate its premise that diet can cure cancer and other diseases. Garrett travels across the country, visiting with physicians, scientists and cancer survivors to discuss Gerson Therapy — and Gerson’s claim that the medical industry has suppressed natural cancer cures for years.

The Gerson Miracle
2004 NR 91 minutes

Sharing the stories of nine longtime cancer survivors, this program explores the principles and effectiveness of Gerson Therapy, a holistic method of treating cancer and other degenerative diseases developed by Dr. Max Gerson in 1928. Gerson’s daughter, Charlotte — founder of the Gerson Institute — also discusses her fight to keep the controversial therapy going despite objections from those who question its effectiveness.

What’s on Your Plate?
(What’s on Your Plate?: The Film About Kids and Food Politics)

Aimed at children and adults, this entertaining documentary from activist Catherine Gund follows her daughter, Sadie, and her best friend, Safiyah, as the two 11-year-olds spend a year investigating the politics of food in America. The intrepid tweens interview farmers, school officials, chefs and ordinary folks to find out how food is grown and how agriculture can be transformed in order to improve both nutrition and profit.

The Botany of Desire

While visiting places like Peru, Kazakhstan and Amsterdam, learn from author Michael Pollan as he explains the natural history of apples, tulips, marijuana and potatoes and describes how common plants such as these deftly manipulate human desires. Based on Pollan’s best-selling book, this documentary encourages viewers to look at the world from a vastly different perspective and improve their relationships with nature.

Note from Idy: Don’t miss the discussion about potatoes as monoculture phenomenon.

The Future of Food

Before compiling your next grocery list, you might want to watch filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia’s eye-opening documentary, which sheds light on a shadowy relationship between agriculture, big business and government. By examining the effects of biotechnology on the nation’s smallest farmers, the film reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods: You could unknowingly be serving them for dinner.

7)  Here’s a fun educational video for the kids to watch about eggs and chickens. It is innovative and fascinating the way Joel Salatin does his raising of chickens :-) . I can never eat store bought eggs ‘cuz the way they are produced is inhumane and unnatural and they don’t taste the same as the truly pastured ones. I always buy mine from azure standard  where they are pastured and grass fed, where the chickens just roam around to eat and do as they please.  I would really love to live someday on a farm and have my own chickens to lay eggs and cows & goats to milk , fruit trees to pick and a vegetable garden to till.


8) An oldie but a goodie: Grocery Store wars  ( a must for the kids to watch, so cute and educational )




“Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.”  Deuteronomy 32:2