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Mom’s Breast Milk Suddenly Changed Color…Learn The Amazing Reason Why

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The side-by-side comparison of Mallory Smothers' breast milk that has since gone viral.

This is the photo Mallory Smothers posted on her Facebook page a little over a week ago. It has since been shared over 70,000 times.

The side-by-side comparison of Mallory Smothers' breast milk that has since gone viral.
The side-by-side comparison of Mallory Smothers’ breast milk that has since gone viral.

In Mallory’s Facebook post, she writes that the breast milk on the left was pumped on Thursday before her child went to bed. Around the early hours of Friday morning, her child began exhibiting the beginning symptoms of the common cold, congestion and frequent sneezing. Mallory fed her child and they went back to bed; when she went to pump later on on Friday, the milk had drastically changed in color and consistency! How could this be?

Mallory explains that, according to an article in a medical journal she had read before this incident, breast milk can deviate from the norm due to a phenomenon called “baby spit backwash.” To explain, when a baby nurses, the baby’s saliva enters the mother’s mammary gland. The mammary gland can detect and interpret such things as viruses and bacteria from the saliva, and if the glands detect a change in the baby’s condition – such as the common cold – the mother’s body is capable of changing the breast milk’s immunological properties to produce antibodies for the baby.

Mallory Smothers with her daughter.

Mallory says that her milk from Friday resembles colostrum, the type of breast milk full of antibodies and leukocytes that is produced by the mother in the first few days after giving birth, which was triggered into production again by Mallory’s child’s cold.

Mallory Smothers concluded: “The human body never ceases to amaze me.”

How Permaculture Can Save The World From Monsanto

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Speaking to the UK newspaper The Independent last month, Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant made some remarks that are just as hard to swallow as the company’s gene engineered food crops.

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For one thing, he blamed the widespread public opposition to eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on lack of attention to marketing during the rollout of the technology. Never mind that other new technologies launched without coordinated marketing campaigns have done just fine as far as public opinion goes. (Cell phones, anybody? The Internet?) Never mind the numerous perfectly legitimate concerns about tampering with the DNA of what we eat. No, obviously the ad agency’s fault.

Grant’s probably not too bothered by anti-GMO consumer advocates, though, because he doesn’t believe that people have any choice but to eat Monsanto products. “Can you [feed the world’s increasing population] without biotech? I don’t think so,” he said. “If not this, then what? How are we going to crack this thing? If Monsanto and this entire industry did not exist then what would the alternative look like?”

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Well, maybe Hugh can’t figure it out, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Let’s help him out a little bit here. Farmers in many parts of the world are still using traditional agricultural methods that are surprisingly congruent with the modern concept of permaculture. Intercropping, organic pest control, soil conservation, and other sustainable practices all feature prominently.

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All well and good, Grant might say, but it’ll never produce enough food to feed nine billion people. But in that case he’d be on the wrong side of a comprehensive 30-year study by the Rodale Institute comparing the effectiveness of organic versus chemical agriculture. Rodale found that organic farming produced at least as much – and in many cases more – food as modern industrial methods. Their conclusion was that “organic farming is better equipped to feed us . . . it’s clear that organic farming is sustainable, while current conventional practices are not.”

How do you like them apples, Mr. Grant?

Mind-Blowing “Junkyard” Home Built From 104 Salvaged Car Roofs

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No doubt you’ve seen homes made from all sorts of reclaimed materials, and where one person sees junk destined for the dump, another sees an extraordinary opportunity to re-purpose and recycle. But I bet you haven’t seen one quite like this. Built by architect Karl Wanaselja and partner Cate Leger, this Berkeley home was made using the roofs from 104 salvaged cars.

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It’s called the “McGee House” and the car roofs serve as a sort of siding, covering the roof and sides of the home, resulting in a scaled appearance befitting of a fish rather than a home. Lest you think the home itself follows a junky appearance, you’d be wrong.

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America’s best-selling minivan, the Dodge Caravan, supplied windows and awnings.

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With two bedrooms, and just over 1100 square feet, the home has plenty of space and a beautiful modern appearance with tall ceilings and a polished finish throughout.

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Their daughter simply tells friends to “look for the house that’s different” when inviting friends over.

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Photos Courtesy of Leger Wanaselja Architects

To see even more photos of this incredible home, check out Nicolas Boullosa’s Flickr page, and be sure to visit GreenDwellings.com to get more details on the build.

Abandoning Luxury Life in Dubai For Offgrid Living In The Desert. And Never Looking Back.

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One recent migrant to Sunseed had a great high paying job in Dubai, one of the world’s most opulent centers of luxury, where you’re born a captain of industry. Money doesn’t mean anything because everybody has so much of it there, it’s just a way of life.

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What is Sunseed you say?

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Tucked in the lower Andalusia area of Spain, Sunseed is a place where people shun technology, where they find escape from the nagging need to check Facebook and Instagram every two minutes, among many other things. Those who come here have a certain broader outlook, opting to live within limits, off the grid, using sustainable resources to live comfortably. A nomadic sort of life.

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While the area might be bleak, a sort of desolate desert you’d find in a Clint Eastwood western, a harsh climate that gets exceedingly hot in the day while temperatures at night plummet to bone-chilling lows.

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However, the advantages of tolerating these extremes of living go far, and bring some extreme results.

The average person in Sunseed makes just 3kg to the 478kg of the average American citizen.

Living here brings new opportunity to explore therapeutic treatments that might stray from conventional medicine. They eat better, healthier.

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And there’s a sort of self-governenace where the members meet each week to discuss things, make communal choices, and keep things healthy between others who share in the community.

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When the closest town you can walk to is a 90-minute trip, you learn a bit more about self-sufficiency. You adopt a permaculture, worry-free

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Sources: Inhabitat | Sunseed.org

Turn A Pringles Can Into A Lean, Green, Hot Dog Cooking Machine

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If you have a hankering for a roasted hot dog but you don’t have any fire, and you left your solar oven behind, you might still be in luck, assuming you have an empty can of Pringles laying around. This quick and easy DIY will show you how to re-use the empty can to heat a hot dog (or anything else you can skewer) up to 170 degrees in the sun.

First you need to outline the panel on the can

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Cut the panel out and save the piece of cardboard to use as a stand.

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Get a skewer and poke it through the end cap.

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Drill a hole in the bottom of the can to place the other end of the skewer into.

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Voila! A DIY hot dog roaster is finished.

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Use your cut out panel to make a stand, and set it in the sun, where the highly reflective interior will warm up to a toasty 170 degrees.

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