Jan’s Jars: Crock Fermented Sauerkraut

Canning--Janet Cassidy

Crockpot Sauerkraut--Janet Cassidy

Jan’s Jars: Crock Fermented Sauerkraut.

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High Blood Pressure Related Deaths Are Way Up: CDC

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Deaths related to high blood pressure, have risen significantly over the last 13 years, according to new federal data.

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics shows the number of hypertension-related deaths increased 61.8%, from 2000 to 2013. The researchers analyzed national cause-of-death data files and defined hypertension-related death as any mention of hypertension on the death certificate. They found that over the 13 year period, the rate rose for both sexes age 45 and older.

But report also found that the proportion of deaths where heart disease was the underlying cause of death dropped by about 6%. The proportion of deaths where stroke was the underlying cause also dropped by about 5%.

“In the areas we’ve been focusing on for the last two to three decades we really have seen a reduction in deaths,” says Dr. Clyde Yancy…

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SCD Granola

Rubies & Granola

20150324GranolaI did not plan on making granola this week. It is not something I make regularly, but I just had a hankering for it.  A few weeks back I purchased Cooking to Heal Little Tummies (Specific Carbohydrate Diet recipes) by Jenna Roberts and Natalie Hagood.  I purchased the book to find kid friendly SCD legal foods to eat myself and feed my daughter so I wouldn’t be making 3 different meals 3 times a day.

The recipes in the book that I have tried are:

  • Chloe’s Favorite Pizza
  • Golden Pancakes
  • Granola

I would like to try the Carrot Basil Soup, Chicken Nuggets, the marinara sauce, and the Tasty Veggie Bread. I am really looking forward to trying the recipes.  So far my Ruby has only liked the granola.  I will keep forging on to find foods that she likes.

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Katie Couric on Her New Documentary, Her New Job and the NBC Rumor Mill

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How did the nonprofit you co-founded, the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Stand Up to Cancer, get involved with the PBS series premiering March 30?

Cancer has been life-­shattering for me on more than one occasion. My husband died of colon cancer in 1998. My sister died of pancreatic cancer three years later. Laura Ziskin, one of my co-founders, died of breast cancer. She’d read an advance copy of Dr. Siddartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies and immediately said, “We have to turn this into a documentary.”

Many people touched by cancer get overwhelmed or tune it out. Why do you return to it again and again?

Everyone has a different reaction to cancer. My husband, who was one of the most intellectually curious people I’d ever met, didn’t want to know much. As someone who loved him, my impulse was to protect him. My journalistic instincts also kicked in. I…

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Why Every Kid Should Collect Stamps

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I admit it: I feel a bit nerdy confessing I collect stamps.

I’m not sure how it all started, but I think it’s my father’s fault. He used to travel a lot for work, so he had friends all over the planet. And occasionally these friends would send us a letter, like this one:

First letter BLOG

Within a few years I’d amassed maybe a dozen such first-day covers, and I’d saved several hundred stamps from my father’s correspondence. (I especially looked forward to Christmas each year.)

Stamp collection 1050708 BLOG

Before long I was saving my allowance for the local stamp-swaps and mail-order offers. I’m sure I got swindled a few times (I was only eight or nine). But still, it was fun.

Then my collection sat idle for a few years, largely forgotten while I attended college and married and started a career. It wasn’t until last year, in the aftermath of The Great Flood

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Expectant Dads Experience Prenatal Hormone Changes Too

That totally makes sense…

TIME

Women aren’t the only ones who experience hormonal changes before having a baby. As it turns out, men also have some hormonal waves prior to becoming dads.

New research published in the American Journal of Human Biology looked at 29 couples expecting their first child. The researchers took salvia samples of the participants and measured their levels of the hormones testosterone, cortisol, estradiol, and progesterone. The couples’ hormones were measured at weeks 12, 20, 28, and 36 of pregnancy.

It’s long been proven that expectant women undergo hormonal changes, but less is known about the soon-to-be-papas. The new study shows that while women had increases in all four types of hormones, men had decreases in their testosterone and estradiol levels, but no significant changes in cortisol or progesterone.

It’s the first research to evidence that prenatal testosterone changes can occur in expectant fathers, though the changes are still small compared…

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