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Basic Homemade Pasta Recipe & How-to

Making pasta is so easy, you are going to wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. The recipe is ridiculously simple and the prep is a cinch. I am embarrassed that I did not start making it years ago. However, let us not dwell on the past! I am making it now and I will show you how you can, too.

The Recipe

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons of water

See? That’s literally all you need. Combine the flour and the salt, then make a well and add the lightly beaten egg. Mix these together, then add the water and work it until a stiff dough forms. (It’ll be very crumbly, so keep working at it with your hands until all the flour is incorporated.) Once you have a ball of stiff dough, knead it for 4 minutes and then let it rest for at least 5 minutes so that it is a little easier to work with, otherwise it’ll be too difficult to roll out.

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After the dough has rested, roll it out with a rolling pin until it is thin enough to fit in between the rollers on your pasta machine when they are set at the widest setting (on mine, this is 7). If you don’t have a pasta maker, just keep rolling it out. If you need one, this one is like mine.

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When it’s thin enough to fit between the rollers, just roll it through.

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Dialing down the settings on the machine, decrease the space between the rollers so that the pasta gradually gets thinner and thinner. Once mine gets down to 4, it is usually pretty long, so I cut it in half.

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You can make the pasta as thick or thin as you want. I usually stop at 2, where it is thin enough to see my hand through. The picture below is on 3.

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The end result is two very long, very thin pieces of dough.

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Now, I feed them into the fettuccine attachment on my pasta maker and cut them out. If you are not using a pasta machine, then once you are done rolling (which will take quite a while), you can then use a very sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut your pasta noodles out.

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Once they are done, put them in a bowl, dust with flour and toss them to coat so they don’t stick. You may still have to pull some apart.

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From this point, they can be prepared, frozen or hung and dried. I hung a few batches the other day so that I can store them. I don’t have a pasta drying rack (yet), so I just sterilized two plastic hangers and used them. Worked just fine.

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If you dry the pasta, it needs between 8 and 24 hours to dry, depending on how thick it is and the humidity factor in your home. When they dry, they are pretty brittle, so be careful when handling them. You can add basil, spinach or many other herbs to the egg before you add it to the flour for an added zip. Bon appetite!

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Raw Milk vs. Pasteurized

A lot of people don’t drink milk for various reasons, and humans are the only animal that still drinks milk after infancy. We are also the only animal that consistently drinks the milk of another animal. Weird, right? However, if you do the dairy thing, you might be interested in this infographic comparing raw milk to pasteurized milk.

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FDA Targeting Homeopathic Medicine

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Not content with outlawing ibogaine and demonizing natural treatments, the FDA has decided to go after homepathic treatments as well. As this article is reposted from a mainstream media outlet, it should be taken with a (large) grain of salt. This, is after all, the same scream machine that has denigrated all known cures for cancer that are not sponsored by Big Pharma, gone after Dr. Oz for promoting preventative natural health and which touts ibogaine as unsafe, in part because 19 people died from it between 1990 and 2008 – that’s barely 1 person a year and far less than those who die from approved medical treatments every day. Readers are encouraged to do their own research and form their own opinions. *It should also be noted that homeopathic medicines and herbal medicines are very different.

Reposted from CNN.com:

By some estimates, about a third of Americans use some form of alternative medicine, including homeopathic remedies because they find Western medicine inadequate.

Creams such as Arnicare for pain relief or liquids such as Sidda Flower Essences for male virility are part of a $2.9 billion business that has seen “explosive growth,” according to the FDA. These drugs do not go through the same level of scrutiny as over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

But now your over-the-counter homeopathic remedies might soon face stricter scrutiny from the federal government.

Products such as the homeopathic cold remedies Coldese and Zicam, among others, came under fire Monday from experts who testified at a Food and Drug Administration hearing Monday.

The two-day “listening session,” as the FDA calls it, is an opportunity for experts and members of the public to help the FDA decide how it should regulate these products. Critics say the agency is not doing enough.

An analysis of hundreds of published studies from the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia found that homeopathic medicine was no more effective than a placebo. There is no evidence that they actually work, the council claimed, and yet it is a multibillion dollar business.

Homeopathy is a medical philosophy that essentially believes your body is the best weapon to fight disease. Homeopathic medicine is based on the idea that “like cures like,” meaning if something causes a symptom in your body, if you take a diluted form, it will boost your body’s ability to fight it. Typically these remedies include a plant or a mineral in a tiny amount.

People who represent the industry, such as Mark Land, a member of the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists, argue that the current FDA system is a good one and that the products available today are of high quality and label standards are enough.

Critics argued otherwise.

Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman testified that most people don’t entirely know what homeopathy is and “may assume that these products are dietary supplements or are conventional drugs” since they are often sold on the same shelves as traditional drugs.

This practice is “innately misleading,” said Fugh-Berman, an associate professor in the department of pharmacology and physiology at Georgetown. Most consumers, she said, don’t know that the FDA doesn’t “routinely review these products for identity, purity, potency, quality or stability prior to marketing.”

While many people believe the drugs are safe in large part because they are highly diluted, products such as Cold-Eeze, if taken according to the recommendations on the label, would be 10 times the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of zinc for adult females and eight times the recommendation for males, according to Fugh-Berman.

Too much zinc can have toxic effects. More than 130 people using another homeopathic medicine with zinc, Zicam, reported to the FDA that they lost their sense of smell. The FDA issued a warning to consumers about it in 2009.

There is a misconception that all homeopathic products are “natural” according to the FDA “and therefore safe. Unfortunately, FDA has become aware of significant safety issues associated with homeopathic products in recent years,” according to an email from the agency.

Other issues include a 2010 FDA warning about Hyland’s Teething Tablets. They also recalled the tablets that had inconsistent amounts of belladonna. Larger doses of the substance can be toxic.

In 2014, the FDA warned consumers about Pleo Homeopathic drug products having penicillin or derivatives of penicillin.

Another expert asking for stricter standards with homeopathic medicine, Janine Jagger with the Familial Mediterranean Fever Foundation, said that there should be stricter label standards that better explained what was actually in the homeopathic product. She believed there was a “deceptive illusion of treatment” when people chose these homeopathic options over pharmaceuticals that have been proven to work.

A third of Americans use alternative medicine

A mother and editor of an alternative medicine magazine and website, Peggy O’Mara, testified that homeopathic medicine has helped her family over the years.

As a writer and editor of health publications, she said she has seen a growing interest in this kind of medicine, and she believes it is is well-placed. She believes people have more trust that consumers do their research before purchasing the product, as she does.

She wishes doctors were better versed in this kind of medicine and believes others want “safe, effective and easily accessible” products that are “nontoxic” alternatives to help people feel better.

The public hearing will continue Tuesday. The FDA could make decisions about these labeling and regulation standards some time this year.

More info:

What is the difference between homeopathic medicine and herbal medicine

Alkaline vs Acid

Here is a pretty extensive list of alkaline foods. “Every single person who has cancer has a pH that is too acidic.” -Dr. Otto Warburg (Winner of the 1931 Noble Prize in Physiology)

Foods to Buy Organic

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Government Forces 17 Year Old To Receive Chemotherapy Against Her Will

I have been watching the case of “Cassandra C.” very closely and today the Supreme Court ruled against Cassandra and her mother, stating that Cassandra does not have the right to refuse chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma. It is very important to note that Cassandra does not want to refuse all treatments, just chemotherapy. She does want to pursue and look into alternative treatments. According to an article:

Cassandra told The Associated Press in an exclusive text interview from her hospital that it disgusts her to have “such toxic harmful drugs” in her body and she’d like to explore alternative treatments. She said she understands “death is the outcome of refusing chemo” but she believes in “the quality of my life, not the quantity.”

“Being forced into the surgery and chemo has traumatized me,” Cassandra said. “I do believe I am mature enough to make the decision to refuse the chemo, but it shouldn’t be about maturity, it should be a given human right to decide what you want and don’t want for your own body.”

It is a sad development in the political climate here in America where this girl would not be considered too young to have sex, choose or refuse birth control, give birth to a child or to have an abortion, but she is considered too young to make decisions about her own body otherwise. How can she be considered legally mature enough to be responsible for another life but not her own? Where are all the feminists and other activists who would be rallying for this girl if they were taking one of those rights away?

It is also important to note here that it is not Cassandra’s mother or doctors who have brought this case against her in court to force her to get chemotherapy against her will; it is the state of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families [DCF], which was granted temporary custody of Cassandra so they could force chemotherapy on her. The government has essentially kidnapped this girl – this woman – to force her to undergo a medical procedure she does not want.

The rest of us should pay very close attention to this case. It could easily happen to any of our families.It is a blatant violation of our rights and a direct attack against any medicine the government does not sanction.

What do you think? Has the government gone too far?

“Chemical Imbalance” is a Real Thing — Right?

You often hear someone who takes psychiatric medications say they have a chemical imbalance, or that they’ve been told they have one. Literally billions of dollars have been made selling psycho-pharmacological drugs to cure this imbalance. Millions of people take them. The problem with this is that there is really no such thing as a chemical imbalance. It doesn’t exist. You see, if it were a real thing, it could be measured. You could have a test and see which chemicals are not balanced. If someone has diabetes and their pancreas does not make enough insulin, this can be measured and proven. If someone’s body does not make enough red blood cells, this can be measured and proven. It should be the same for a chemical imbalance. However, this test does not exist.

It would also be true that if a chemical imbalance were a real thing, the same medication to correct an imbalance would work for everybody. Insulin doesn’t just sometimes not work for some people with diabetes who need insulin. It always works because the problem is measurable. This is not so with psychiatric medications. Not only do psychiatric medications not work the same for everybody, it is often not known how a psychiatric medication works inside the body at all. For example, many doctors – and patients – believe boosting serotonin levels helps fight depression. This is a very commonly-accepted medical theory. It was conceived in the 50’s and rose in popularity in the 80’s with the invention of Prozac and other medications like it. But regardless of what you’ve been told, this is not a fact. In fact, even after all this time there is still no proof of it at all and studies show that 60-70% of depressed patients do not respond to Prozac or similar drugs that boost serotonin. People are simply prescribed these medications – and ingest them – based on vogue theories, with no hard science to back them up, no idea how the drugs work, what the side- or long-term effects will be or anything else. This is dangerous and with many people on multiple medications now (often to counteract side-effects), it is no wonder that people have so many problems. This is especially true when you consider the fact that when a medication is found not to work, instead of discontinuing that medication, doctors will often just add more medication(s) to the medication(s) the person is already on.

Part of the reason the chemical imbalance theory became so popular is because doctors essentially made it up to sell drugs. Psycho-phamacological drugs to treat mental illness became much more popular and “mainstream” in the 80’s and 90’s, but people were still leery of labels due to the stigma attached to it and they were certainly unaccustomed to taking pills for something that was thought of as “all in their head.” So in order to demystify, de-stigmatize and put people at ease with taking a pill for a mental problem, doctors began making it sound as if the patient had a physical problem. Enter the chemical imbalance. This is not to say that many doctors did not wholeheartedly believe in the veracity of the chemical imbalance claim; undoubtedly many did and still do. This theory not only demystified mental illness for the patient, it demystified mental illness for doctors, too. It is supported by nothing, though.

Good health care should be about elimination first, not accession. The truth is that many so-called mental illness symptoms are caused by improper nutrition, chemical toxicity in the body, hormonal problems, reactions to environmental toxins, stress and many other things. Beforeany medication is prescribed, these things should be eliminated but they are generally never even mentioned to the patient at all. The patient is simply given pills and told to “call if there are problems.” This is very vague; patients often do not realize what these “problems” could be, or do not recognize them when they arise. Patients are not educated about side-effects or health risks when they are given prescriptions. They are certainly not told that no one (including their doctor) understands fully how these drugs interact with their bodies and that they may do more harm than good, if they even do anything at all.

The major downside to the chemical imbalance theory and the resulting popularity of treating mental problems with drugs is that psychiatrists and even family doctors have become little more than pill pushers and other therapies which actually do work and which address the root of the problem rather than just the symptoms of the problem (such as the so-called “talking cure”) have fallen by the wayside. It has become about convenience rather than cure. Doctors gain much from this. Pharmaceutical companies gain much from this. The government gains much from this. Only the patient loses.

(Reposted from our sister blog, The Little Shaman.)

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