Skip the antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers

Skip the antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers

Posts by Michele Payn

Skip the antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers

         Bacteria are bad, right? Gross little creature that make us sick? Not quite; there are good and bad bacteria. You need some to maintain a healthy digestive system, yet others can kill you.          Bacteria are microscopic living organisms, usually one-celled, found everywhere. And yes, your gut houses a whole bunch of them!  They…

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What is food bullying?

Has anyone ever made you feel bad about the food you choose to eat? Is it OK to shame people about their eating choices if it’s not socially acceptable to shame people on race, religion, or sexual orientation? Why is a pregnant woman made to feel guilty if she’s not buying the “right” label of food, or a new dad totally frustrated over the thousands of options found in the grocery store?

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Pardon me, you dropped intellectual property in my food

What technology do you use every day? I’m completely an Apple girl —from my phone to my office equipment to AppleTV to my daughter’s iPod. Yes, I drank their cool-aid and believe Steve Jobs had a brilliant mind in recreating Apple—though I refuse to wait in line for new releases.          How many people do…

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Is your fat better than my fat?

Lard or butter? Coconut oil as the saving grace? Bacon as a happy food ‘drug.’  Cooking shows on TV treat saturated fats like these as though they are the star of the kitchen.          The rest of us are left to deal with the reality of figuring out the fat puzzle, which has had conflicting…

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Sugar, salt & everything evil

         Each August, in the midst of 90-degree humid Hoosier days and school starting, the Indiana State Fair rolls around. We take my daughter’s cattle to the ‘hood of downtown Indianapolis so she can be a part of the state 4-H dairy show (a beauty contest for cows).          Once we arrive, we unload…

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