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  1. Ozfiz

    Sodium lauryl and sodium laureth sulfates are actually palm oil, which contributes greatly to rainforest deforestation in Borneo, Sumatra, and many other rainforests. For this reason I always avoid them or any other name palm oil goes by.

  2. Veronica

    Can you talk to the CHEMIST and ask his thoughts are on the use of Stevia?

  3. Beverly

    Did not know about the white vinegar. I make Kombucha vinegar but it falls more in the line of apple in recipes.
    So interesting what is done to our food chain…Nothing is cut and dry in our little world of greed. So thank-full that people like you spread the word to help us make conscious choices. We are more powerful than we think as consumers. WE can change so many things just by what we purchase or chose not to purchase, because ultimately what sells is what is going to be produced, Bottom line.

  4. chris

    it was suggested by a nutritionist that i substitute stevia for sugar; bad idea !!! i tried it for almost a year and had the worst, most foul smelling gas you could possibly imagine. since cutting out sugar did make it easier to lose weight, i didn’t want to believe that it was the stevia that was causing the problem, especially after it was recommended by a really good nutritionist.. as soon as i stopped taking stevia, the problem went away.. it is an interesting note that this stuff was banned in the U.S. and other countries, but is now listed as GRAS (generally recognized as safe). i don’t like the sound of that ..do you?

  5. chris

    btw..in regard to your comment “not all plants are safe..poison ivy, anyone.” i take homeopathic poison ivy regularly…it is called “rhus tox” i use the 200C or 1M potency.. only one pellet in 4 oz. water, and sip from that every 20 min. until you see a difference… it is absolutely the best thing ever for cold sores, or fever blisters if you like the sound of that better.. nothing that any doctor ever gave me worked except for this. if you take it right when you see the first sign of a bump, crack, or discoloration on your lip, it will not get worse… if i don’t take it, well..it ain’t pretty !! so there ya go.. poison ivy is my favorite plant !!!

  6. Dani

    hear, hear! fascinating article, great job

  7. Ruth

    I love your outlook on life and the way you do your research as well as citing your sources. Not many people do. Crunchy Betty articles are helping me to draw the line, as you so eloquently said. I do have something to point out, though; every single piece of produce or animal product that is available today is genetically modified. Selective breeding is picking preferred genetics in attempt to improve on current stock, be it vegetable or animal based. As examples of GMO vegetation, both wild wheat and snap peas before cultivation had exploding seed pods for propagation. The better the explosion, the farther the seeds were flung, the more successful the parent plant was in passing on its genetics. Hunter/gatherers found the defective plants that didn’t explode and started cultivating those because they were more reliable to harvest. Wild rice propagated the same way, now that I think about it. Further examples of seletive breeding in the plant world are apples, which rely on grafting to reproduce, as well as most other fruit and nut trees and avocados which only have 2 (!) Sets of genetics in the entire world. A seed grown from an avocado pit will be a clone of its parent. “GMO” is a catch all term, these days!
    I do apologise for how intense this post probably comes across as. I didn’t realize this was a hot button for me! A quick way to see what I’ve spelled out in a peer reviewed source, Jared Diamond put out a book , “Guns, Germs and Steel” where he has over 30 pages of peer reviewed documentation supporting the argument above.

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