Is Milk Damaging Your Health?

Got Milk?

We are all familiar with the infamous ad campaign featuring adorable kids and celebrities wearing milk mustaches and touting the benefits of milk, but is drinking milk actually healthy for you?

While RAW and Organic milks may offer some benefits, conventional store bought factory farmed milk leaves a lot to be desired and may actually be damaging your body.

Low fat milk in particular has been promoted as a low calorie drink full of calcium. The USDA actually recommends drinking 3 glasses a day. The problem with that theory is that the calcium in cows milk is barely absorb-able by humans and actually depletes calcium supplies in the bones having the opposite of the desired effect and adding to the likelihood of osteoporosis induced fractures in the later years of life.

Amy Lanou Ph.D., nutrition director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C., states that:

“The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk and have the most calcium in their diets. The connection between calcium consumption and bone health is actually very weak, and the connection between dairy consumption and bone health is almost nonexistent.”

A far better way to keep your bones strong and build bone health is by consuming foods not only rich in calcium but also rich in collagen, as collagen is what holds the bones together and gives flexibility.

As far as the low fat part of the equation goes yes it is lower in fat. It is not however lower in sugar (lactose) ringing in at around 14g per glass. At the recommended 3 glasses a day you are consuming 42g of sugar just from the milk you are drinking. Your body needs the fat in milk in order to assimilate the Vitamin D. Without it, you are not processing that properly either.

Today’s milk is pasteurized and homogenized. This removes bacteria and viruses but also removes much of the nutrition. This heat processing of the milk can lead to a long list of digestive issues. Added to this milking cows are now often given antibiotics and may also be injected with rBGH (a growth hormone) to increase milk production. It has been linked to cancer in milk drinkers as well as accelerated growth in children.

Additional effects drinking conventional cows milk may cause:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Eczema
  • Migraines
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Elevated risk for cancers
  • Elevated risk for MS
  • Increased inflammation
  • Acne
  • Possible increased cholesterol levels

*Interestingly – Fermented milk products like cheese, sour cream and yogurt do not have the same dangers.

Milk has become a staple food item for many Americans. It is not easy for many to think of giving it up but there are some wonderful replacements on the market today that are far healthier for you. – Rice Milk, Hemp Milk, and Almond Milk – are all good substitutes. (*Steer clear of Soy. Most of the soy crops are GMO and soy boosts estrogen levels abnormally).

Don’t be fooled my slick ad campaigns. Do your own research and next time someone asks “Got milk?” you can smile and say “No”.  

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Author: Sarah Barendse

Are Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Dangerous?

Despite all of the media hype about going “Green” these light bulbs are a nightmare for our health and safety.

100% of compact fluorescent bulbs are now made overseas. This means little to no regulation as to what is used to manufacture them. CFL bulbs contain mercury, which is toxic.

Lighting stores are regulated as to how they are allowed to dispose of these bulbs but what about all of us? What do we do with them when they are dead or broken? Most of us sweep or vacuum up the pieces and toss them in the trash. That trash is taken to the dump and ends up in a landfill, which ends up leaching back down into the ground and likely over time into our water supply.

If you break a CFL bulb, what are you supposed to do?
1. Leave the room immediately. Allow any and all dust to settle to avoid breathing it in.

  1. Sweep it up with a piece of paper’s edge to avoid stirring particles up again. Do not use a vacuum.
  2. Put the remnants in a sealed plastic bag.
  3. Wear rubber gloves and wash your hands thoroughly as it can be absorbed through the skin as well as breathed in.
  4. Bring it to the dump separately and let the workers know.

Mercury is a developmental neurotoxin, which can have the following effects on the human body:

While it can be eliminated through normal bodily processes, too much will cause toxic issues such as –

  • Lung irritation
  • Kidney damage
  • Liver damage
  • Brain damage
  • Central nervous system issues
  • Can be fatal at higher doses
  • Linked to cancer.

Additionally, Mercury is not the only danger CFL’s represent. These bulbs emit cancer-causing chemicals such as phenol, naphthalene, and styrene when switched on and also emit UVA and UVC due to cracks in the phosphor coating. When read by an electromagnetic detector are shown to give off a good amount of electromagnetic radiation whereas conventional light bulbs (Edison Bulbs) give off none. Many complain that they cannot be in a room with fluorescent lights because they feel “unwell”. This isn’t in their heads.

Now that we have shot down the good or you or good for the environment argument, I know the next point that will come up will be that they are more economical. But are they really?

CFL’s were originally intended for commercial use in buildings that they would be turned on and left that way for a long period of time. CFL’s are rated by the number of starts. In a residential home where the light is flicked on and off numerous times daily, the rating is often not and accurate reflection or prediction.

If you want to save money on your electric bill, us traditional incandescent lighting and install dimmer switches. Mood lighting is wonderful and once you get used to dimming lights to be comfortable for your eyes you will be surprised how much flipping on a bright full blast light will bother you in someone else’s home.


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Author: Sarah Barendse

What Make It Feel Like Christmas to You?

Growing up in Vermont I finally understand what people meant by “You grew up in a Norman Rockwell Painting”.

Norman Rockwell Christmas Painting

While yes, my little town of Arlington was actually home to the famed painter, I never really understood until I moved away, and the world began to fall apart.

An idyllic, picturesque, quiet, small town with all the New England charm. Snow crunching under your boots, sun during the day, and clear skies at night so you could see the stars. Wrapped up in scarves and mittens, playing in the snow, and coming into a warming cup of hot chocolate.

Holiday bizarres with tons of beautiful homemade goods, decorations, and gifts, the town tree lit at the community house with everyone gathered around eating cookies, drinking eggnog, and singing Christmas carols.

My mom and I would gather pinecones and pine tree cuttings and make wreaths to hang on our front door and to give to friends.

My dad and I would go pick out and chop down a tree every year. Some years when I was small, he would have to drag me in a sled because the snow was too deep for me to walk. That left him pulling a sled and dragging a tree while walking through 3 feet of snow with a saw in his hand.

We would visit stores like Christmas Days in Sunderland, Vermont to get fun ornaments, bows, and berries to add to them. Christmas Days was a magical place where it was Christmas all year long.



We would also go to the Candle Mill – an East Arlington hidden gem. This old wooden building overlooking the river had all kinds of beautiful handmade candles – the scents walking in automatically relaxed you. You could dip your own candles, which I loved to do. They had gifts, beautiful boxes, soaps, lotions, stained glass, bells, and upstairs a completely unique music box shop.

Attached to the Candle Mill was a small series of shops not found anywhere else. There was the Rosebud Toy Company that had all kinds of stuffed animals, and creative toys like magic windows, balsa wood airplanes, mood discs that changed color to the touch, paints, markers, coloring books, and much more.

There was a Hat Shop where no one got mad if you tried every hat in the place on and a Cheese Shop with samples galore. Across the street was another store full of fudge, candy, wooden boxes, mugs, and random treasures.

If we wanted to venture a bit further up to Manchester, there was the world-renowned Jelly Mill.


The Jelly Mill was an indoor shopping area created from a gigantic old barn. It had 5 floors, the top of which was rather rickety even when I was a kid. It would creak and moan as you walked through, which was part of its charm. Each floor was totally unique. Card shops, posters, glass art pieces, figurines, holiday decorations, a gourmet candy, and cheese shop, Crabtree and Evelyn soaps I loved to stop and smell and mixed in among it all were these very interesting cases with hand-sculpted street scenes done of clay with characters in them. Some moved, and all were lit. It was a window into an imaginary world.

Upstairs on the second floor was the Buttery – a luncheon restaurant spot popular in the day. I always felt very fancy eating there when I was little. Going out to lunch or dinner was a special occasion, not common place as it is now. They had great food and big windows, and I can remember piano music always playing from a player piano that was downstairs. At Christmas, they would change the roll to holiday music. It was always warm in there and felt cozy.

The remaining floors were beautiful cookware and table settings and houseware and at the very top was a toy store.

Christmas shopping was personal. It was fun and it made the holiday season feel like the holiday season.

Almost none of these shops exist any longer, nor does my mom who was really the one who made it feel like Christmas for me. My memories are from a time gone by.

The only way to bring them back is in my heart and by sharing them with you.

Thanks for reading! 😉

What makes Christmas “Christmas” to you?

Do You Really Need a Doctor for Diagnosis in 2022?

Doctors are in short supply. Good doctors, even shorter. This is leaving patients out in the cold with 2, 3, and even 4-month wait times to be seen in many cases.

When you don’t feel well – waiting months isn’t an option.

It is because of this that many people are studying up, learning more about health and wellness, and turning to virtual doc apps online as well as finding and running their own lab tests.

It’s not as complicated as it seems. The medical industry sees the gap between need and availability and labs are cashing in. The beauty of these private labs is that there is no doctor referral required.

How It Works (Don’t be intimidated, It’s Easy!)

  1. Click the link
  2. Search FIND A LAB and locate your nearest location
  3. Search FIND A TEST and order the test or tests you need online or by phone
  4. Visit your local lab and have your tests done
  5. Your results will be ready in 1 to 3 business days! When your results are ready you will receive an email with a secure link.

There are hundreds of labs available to choose from including:

12 Panel Drug Test (Drugs of Abuse Testing), Urine

Basic Food Allergy Panel

C-Reactive Protein (CRP), High Sensitivity 

Complete Blood Count (CBC) with Differential

Comprehensive Mineral Panel

Comprehensive STD Panel

Comprehensive Vitamin Panel

Diabetes Panel 

Ferritin Test

Glucose Test

Gluten Allergy Test

H. Pylori Testing 

Hemoglobin A1c Test

Hepatitis A, B & C Panel

HIV 4th Generation Duo Antigen/Antibody Test


Lipid/Cholesterol Panel

Liver Function Test (LFT)

Lyme Disease Antibodies Test

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Immunity Profile Test

MMA Fighter Blood Test: HIV, Hepatitis B&C

Prothrombin Time (PT) with INR

Renal (Kidney) Function Panel

Standard Heart Health Panel

Testosterone Free and Total 

Testosterone Maintenance / Therapy Panel

Thyroid Panel with TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)

Total Testosterone Test 

Trichomoniasis Test 

TSH Test (Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone)

Vitamin B12 & Folic Acid Test

Vitamin B12 Test

Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy (Calcidiol) Blood Test

Interested to learn more or get started: Click the link


Don’t wait to get the answers you need.
Find a convenient dependable lab near you and have your results in hand in just 1-3 days.

Big Pharma Seeks Profit By Banning NMN Through the FDA

The FDA has reversed its approval for the use of the supplement known as Nicotinamide Mononucleotide (NMN). This means that it can’t be marketed as a dietary product. Although the decision isn’t being enforced yet, manufacturers are on alert.

This is a complete reversal of its original decision to add NMN to the approved list.

The main reason why the FDA reversed its approval of the supplement is not because it doesn’t work as claimed, nor is it dangerous. It’s because Big Pharma wants to patent this molecule, as it is producing such positive results.

This move has raised suspicion that the drug industry is using the approval of certain substances to gain an advantage over natural health companies.

Although it’s not the first natural product to receive this type of treatment, the effects of NMN have been similar to those of NAC and CBD.

A Look at NMN

NMN is a naturally occurring molecule that’s a precursor to the coenzyme NAD+, which is an essential part of life. It has been studied in the field of aging research as it plays an important role in maintaining a healthy body.

It can help boost the body’s ability to maintain a healthy and long-lasting lifespan by inhibiting age-related weight gain and improving the functioning of the brain. It can also help prevent various chronic diseases and improve the heart health.

The FDA is Once Again Overstepping – Profit Over People

The companies that make supplements are worried that the FDA’s decision is another example of overreach, as it’s based on profit instead of safety.

For those who take and rely upon NMN based supplements – The future of NMN is up in the air. The fact is that one of the most effective ways to reintroduce the level of NAD+ in the body is through the use of NMN. This natural process works by gently increasing the levels of this chemical in the cells.

Since it’s taken supplementally, the use of NMN has proven to be the most effective delivery system for keeping one’s NAD+ level at its optimal level. This means that people can get the best possible health and improve their energy levels. Big Pharma is also hoping to patent this molecule due to its positive effects.

The Current Situation

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the FDA’s decision, many retailers and distributors have started to stock up on the popular supplement. They’re also urging their customers to buy it now to avoid experiencing shortages. The exact time that the ban on the supply of NMN will be enforced is not known.

Sarah Says!

Since the ban on the sale of NMN has not yet been implemented, it’s important that people buy it now to avoid experiencing shortages. One of the best quality NMN products is RenovoVita’s With-N. Visit to learn more.


If you are so inclined to help fight this war on natural health, you can write to the FDA directly and voice your opinion on the NMN Ban by calling 1-888-INFO-FDA or emailing

Prayers for America

🇺🇸 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐀𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚 𝐚𝐬 𝐰𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐰.

We need to change the direction of this boat cause we are in the rapids and headed towards Niagra Falls……………. If you are continuing to vote democrat………. 𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨…………

💔This isn’t by accident.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐲 𝐢𝐬𝐧’𝐭 𝐃𝐄𝐌𝐎𝐂𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐂 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞. It has been hijacked……………………………… I know you feel you are voting for fairness and democracy…………… but traitors by any other name, including Democrat, are still traitors.


Hurricane Ian has passed and is no longer front-page news – But those living in the aftermath really need your help

The news may have moved on to newer things, but the aftermath of Hurricane Ian has left many Floridians in a state of survival. Their homes have been flooded and damaged, if they still stand at all in much of Southwest Florida including Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, North Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Marco Island, Sanibel, and Captiva. This usual tropical escape paradise now looks like a war-torn nation.

It is easy to look from a distance and say “Oh well. Insurance will cover it and FEMA will help”, but the truth is that insurance companies are making massive payouts at catastrophic levels. Flood insurers are dumping the burden on home insurance saying it’s the wind damage that has caused the destruction and homeowners insurance policies are pointing the finger back at flood insurers. The fact is it could easily bankrupt companies and that would leave homeowners out in the cold.

Searching for contractors is a scary undertaking as well. Not only are looters being arrested daily but scam contractors are as well. It’s terrible to think there are people trying to prey on those already so kicked down. Many people are pulling whatever money they do have from savings or retirement accounts to try and fix their homes even ahead of the insurance checks being cut. They simply cannot wait as mold (often toxic black mold) begins to set into the soggy home remnants. Some are not so financially sound to be able to do this and must sit and wait as the line for contractor projects grow longer in wait times.

It has been over two weeks since Ian accosted the coast of Florida. Many are still without power, without internet, and trucks with supplies are having a tough time stocking stores. People have lost their cars, and many do not have transportation. Gas lines are long, and stations are sometimes out of gas.

The images you see on the news do not compare to the vastness of the damage in person. The vibe in SWFL is a mix of sadness, shock, and a rising group spirit that will not be defeated even by mother nature. Floridians are a special breed. They will overcome.

Right now, though they sure could use some help.
If you are so inclined one of the best and most direct ways you can make a difference is to support the Cajun Navy. They are bringing supplies and assistance directly to the people where it is needed.

Donate cash:

Send supplies directly instead of cash: Their wish list which can be used by logging into amazon on your own acct and then choosing off the list located at

Photo credit: Dawn Hunter of Naples, FL – Taken in the Vanderbilt Beach area.

Hurricane Ian Destroys Much of Southwest Florida


As many of you know both Fort Myers and Naples Florida were my home for many years. Seeing the level of destruction that swept through Southwest Florida has been hard to watch and heart breaking.

The first responders and government officials are working around the clock to go building to building looking for possible survivors as well as those not so lucky. It takes time. Florida has never experienced storm damage on this level before and the real tolls of lives lost, and damage done cannot be calculated yet.

Getting food, water, basic needs, and clothing to people in the area has proven challenging and many are asking how best to help.

So far what I see is that the CAJUN ARMY is doing a great deal to support SWFL and bringing in supplies as they are able along with assisting in rescue efforts. Please support them with a donation or by purchasing off their “Wish list” on Amazon which then ships to them, and they personally deliver to the affected areas.

Cajun Navy Relief is their website.

Their wish list which can be used by logging into amazon on your own acct and then choosing off the list located at

Prayers for everyone in Florida!

Ok, Boomer!

I love how ‘youngins’ like to call “us all” Boomer. As if that is some kind of an insult. Boomers are smart, hard-working, family-oriented – yeah Ewww wouldn’t wanna be that!?

I would rather be lumped in with the Boomers than the Gen Z and upcoming Alpha shit shows. You all got totally screwed by society in general and, in many of you, boy does it show!

– No manners, no sense of responsibility, no visible education, no couth, no intelligence, just awful selfish narcissistic little entitled miscreants who all seem to believe they are destined to be YouTube and Insta famous.

(Yes.. I am turning into “THAT” little old lady…………….)


#Boomer #GenZ #GenX #GenAlpha #LMAO #Getoffmylawn