Vegan Eggplant Parmagan

by Tiffany in Recipes

A tasty vegan dish!

One large Eggplant
Breadcrumbs with Italian Seasoning
Olive oil
Tofu Mozzerella Cheese
Your favorite tomato sauce

Prepare your favorite tomato sauce and simmer in a sauce pan for 30 mintues to bring out full flavor. Cut Eggplant into 1/2 inch slices. Smear each side with olive oil, and place in a large baking pan, in a single layer. Top each eggplant slice with a generous layer of bread crumbs.

Bake at 375 for about 20-25 minutes. Cover every slice with tofu mozzerella cheese, and stack the eggplant into double layers. Prepare pasta if you are including a side dish of pasta with the dish. Bake eggplant for another 5-8 minutes, and remove from oven. Cover the entire dish with tomato sauce.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

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Buy a Rainforest Tree

by Tiffany in Environment

geocache found in tree

We have found a fun new way to help support the environment and protect the rainforests. It is something you can do for yourself just to help support conservation efforts or perhaps you can use it as a gift and give someone in your life a gift that truly makes a difference.

For the first time ever, Rainforest Forever is offering Amazon Rainforest Trees for sale to the general public. When you purchase a tree from Rainforest Forever, that tree will NEVER be destroyed or commercially exploited, forever. Each tree is GPS located, and includes personalized ownership documents. Enjoy the satisfaction and peace of mind of knowing that you are a direct participant in making this world a better place.

So why buy a tree? The Amazon Rainforest has been described as the “Lungs of our Planet” because it provides the essential environmental world service of continuously recycling carbon dioxide into oxygen. More than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest. More than half of the world’s estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests.

The rainforest is necessary for a healthy and livable planet. You can protect and save this important source of life. A Rainforest Tree is not only a special gift to yourself or a loved one . . . a Rainforest Tree is a special gift to the entire world.

Give a Rainforest Tree to yourself, a friend, or a loved one today, click on the banner below.


Monday, February 27th, 2006

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Breakfast Cookies

by Tiffany in Recipes

Awesome Breakfast (or anytime) Cookies

Preheat oven to 350

1/2 CUP RAISINS (or Craisins, or blueberries)
1 CUP Hodgson Mills Whole Wheat Insta-Bake

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir with a fork until well mixes. Drop by tablespoonfuls on a nonstick cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with the tines of a fork. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Friday, February 24th, 2006

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Breast feeding debate

by Tiffany in Birth & Baby

Feeding a newborn child

Breast-feeding debate heats up in Massachusetts

BOSTON (Reuters) – When it comes to breast-feeding, do mothers really
know best?

Officials are facing that question in Massachusetts, which is debating whether to become the first U.S. state to ban hospitals from handing out free samples of infant formula, provided by formula companies, to new mothers.

Republican Gov. Mitt Romney says he believes mothers should decide how to feed their infants and has asked the state’s Public Health Council to repeal the ban that it announced in December and set to take effect in July.

The council, which is part of the state’s health agency, voted on Tuesday to suspend the ban and study the issue for three months. They will decide in May whether or not to go ahead with the ban.

Medical studies show breast-feeding lowers the risk and severity of ear infections, diarrhea and bacterial meningitis in babies, and may help to protect against crib death, diabetes, obesity and asthma.

Women who nurse are also found to have lower rates of breast and ovarian cancer.

Backers of the ban say the formula gift bags discourage new mothers from breast-feeding. Formula manufacturers call the ban unnecessary and doubt ending the decades-old custom would lead to a rise in the
number of mothers who breast-feed.

Romney, who is weighing a bid for the White House in 2008, said mothers know what’s best for their babies, not lawmakers, and women can decide whether to use the gifts.

“I’m not enthusiastic about the heavy arm of government coming in and saying: ‘We think we know better than mothers, and we are going to decide for you,”‘ he told reporters.

Typically, a new mother receives the brand-name formula with coupons for more before leaving the hospital.

About 70 percent of U.S. women breast-fed at least once after bearing a child in 2003, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of those breast-feeding exclusively is about 62
percent seven days after birth, but fell to 14 percent at six months.

“We don’t feel it is a good public health policy to give them out,” said Anne Merewood, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. “New mothers are a vulnerable group and this is pure marketing.

“These are brand name products from the hospital. It looks like the hospital is endorsing it. It’s like putting Pepsi-Cola machines in the schools,” she said.


Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

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Household insecticides and leukaemia

by Tiffany in Children, Health & Healing

The Times January 17, 2006

Household insecticides could double child leukaemia risk
By Sam Lister, Health Correspondent

CHILDREN frequently exposed to household insecticides used on plants, lawns and in head lice shampoos appear to run double the risk of developing childhood leukaemia, research suggests. A study by French doctors, published today in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, supports concerns raised in recent years about the use of toxic insecticides around the home and garden – including plant sprays, medication shampoos and mosquito repellents – and a possible correlation with increased rates of acute leukaemia in children.

The latest study by Inserm, France´s national institute for medical research, was based on 280 children who had acute leukaemia, newly diagnosed and 288 children matched for sex and age but disease free.

Detailed interviews were carried out with each mother. These included questions about the employment history of both parents, the use of insecticides in the home and garden and the use of insecticidal shampoos against head lice.

It showed that the risk of developing acute leukaemia was almost twice as likely in children whose mothers said that they had used insecticides in the home while pregnant and long after the birth.

Exposure to garden insecticides and fungicides as a child was associated with a more than doubling of disease occurrence. The use of insecticidal shampoos for head lice was associated with almost twice the risk.

Describing the links as “significant”, the authors said that preventive action should be considered to ensure that the health risks to children were as small as possible. A group of pesticides known as carbamates, which are present in plant treatments, lice shampoos and insect sprays, are most commonly linked to cases of leukaemia.

There are three main carbamates used in the UK – carbaryl, carbofuran and carbosulfan.

Head lice products containing carbaryl are now restricted to prescription after a report by a government committee that gave warning of potential carcinogenic properties.

Florence Menegaux, the lead researcher based at the Paris headquarters, and her fellow authors said that no one agent could be singled out and a causal relation between insecticides and the development of acute childhood leukaemia “remains questionable”. But they said that the patterns revealed suggested that the results should be acted on and “preventative action” considered.

Leukaemia is the term used to describe a number of cancers of the blood cells. In children about 85 per cent of these are acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, and acute myeloid leukaemia accounts for most of the rest.

Leukaemia makes up about a third of all cancers in children and currently kills more than any other disease in the UK. Of the 500 children under the age of 15 who have the disease diagnosed each year, about 100 die. Research has shown that boys are 10 per cent more likely than girls to suffer the disease.

In the late 1960s, the mortality rate for leukaemia among children was about 26 deaths per million of the population in England and Wales. This dropped to about 10 by the late 1990s. But the incidence rate increased – from about 40 to 45 cases per million – over the same period.

The number of new cases being diagnosed has been rising for at least 40 years, particularly in the under-5s.

Scientists believe that the cancer starts in the womb, with a second event triggering the disease´s development in childhood. Studies are continuing to determine whether this trigger is genetic, environmental, dietary or related to other factors.

The possible link to pesticides remains hotly debated, with many scientists disputing the suggestion that it is a significant factor. Some have drawn attention to a potential “cocktail effect”, when apparently safe chemicals cause problems if combined with others.

Although products sold for use in homes and gardens are tested, mixtures of pesticides are not generally tested because of the number of permutations involved.