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Do you have questions specific to your pHealth or are you contemplating how important your water is? If so, now is the time to ask! For the next month or so I’ll be dedicating a part of each work day to complimentary consulting regarding pHBodyBalance, protocols, water needs, you name it, be it products or “what to eat”, “how to cleanse”. (more…)

What is a great “greendrink”?

Our body demands certain nutrition, supplementation is what we do to make up the deficit between what we eat and what our body requires. This is further explained in “About Maraline”. 

Whole food concentrated supplements are our best way to absorb what we need in the same format as eating it, but really provides a true shortcut for receiving baseline nutrition (vitamins and minerals co-factored), which we require to function at our optimal performance levels. 

So then the questions……..Which greens should I buy? Which greens are better? What makes one green better than another? (more…)

Supporting “organic” works! Remember Silk (soymilk)?

Celebrate a victory, we work hard to fight the battle of processed, convential, GMO, chemicals, pesticides, unfood in our food, synthetics, and the list goes on….It’s GREAT WHEN WE CAN CELEBRATE!

Now Silk is back to being “organic” again, or at least the new “green” label only! Could it be because the OCA called for a boycott when the new owners of Silk tried to slip one by us?

You Decide! 

Congratulations Consumer! Great Job!

 New “ORGANIC” Silk soymilk – but  careful now, many of the Silk’s offered are not “organic”, always check!


June 2009 – Why OCA (Organic Consumer Association) called for a Boycott of Silk soymilk

Silk soymilk Packaging Scam Source: Organic Consumers Association source: “I was very involved in the creation of Silk Organic Soymilk when it was first designed and manufactured. Steve Demos was very committed to Silk being Non-GMO, Organic and Vegan. Suddenly, when buying Silk at Whole Foods, I discovered that none of the Silk flavors in half gallon containers were certified organic. The cartons look exactly the same as before with the exception/removal of the USDA Organic Seal and the word “organic” before soybeans in the nutritional panel. This is a very sneaky way for a manufacturer to discontinue Non-GMO Organic soybeans in the manufacture of their product. I also wonder why Whole Foods continues to sell this product without a warning sign.”

Due Diligence in 2009 From Organic Consumers Association (It pays to hold companies accountable!)

“Companies like Dean Foods [new owners of Silk] complain that there aren’t enough organic soybeans grown in the U.S., yet they took an active role in creating this shortage by refusing to work with American farmers when they had the chance.”

From The Cornucopia Institute

At the Cornucopia Institute, we are confident in our research and we stand by our recent report: Behind the Bean-The Heroes and Charlatans of the Natural and Organic Soy Foods Industry. We are providing you with additional information and clarification about Silk products, uncensored by Dean Foods’ public relations staff:
Company Structure:  

  1. Silk used to be owned by White Wave, an independent company and a pioneer in the organic industry.  When it was still independent, White Wave used 100% organic soybeans in their Silk products.
  2. Today, the Silk brand is owned by Dean Foods and the brand is mostly conventional, not organic.  Dean Foods is an $11 billion agribusiness giant and the largest milk processor in the United States.  They own over 50 milk labels around the country, including Horizon Organic, a brand that heavily depends on factory farms each milking thousands of cows.


  1. Nowhere in any communications from The Cornucopia Institute, including in our soy report, does it say that Silk is currently manufactured with Chinese soybeans. MAKING THIS THE HALLMARK OF THEIR COMMUNICATIONS EFFORT IS A CRASS ATTEMPT TO DISCREDIT CORNUCOPIA’S WORK AND DEFLECT CRITICISM OVER THEIR SWITCHING THE SILK ORGANIC PRODUCT LINE OVER TO CONVENTIONAL.
  2. According to reports by farmers and farmer-owned cooperatives, after Dean Foods purchased the Silk brand in 2002, they told domestic farmers that they would not work with them and buy their organic soybeans unless they could match the cheaper price of imported Chinese soybeans.
  3. Dean Foods gradually began introducing additional varieties and flavors, many made with “natural” soybeans.  Make no mistake about it, these are conventional soybeans.  The percentage of Silk products manufactured with organic soybeans has declined steadily over the years, and recently plummeted.
  4. Dean Foods’ statement about buying all North American soybeans was recently added to their web page, presumably, since we had announced the imminent release of our report and they understood the outlines of our research based on their receipt of our soybean sourcing surveys.  We have no way of verifying whether the information about Dean Foods’ soy sourcing is accurate today because of their refusal to participate and share such data. Unlike their two competitors in the refrigerated dairy case (Organic Valley and Wildwood), Dean Foods refused to transparently participate in Cornucopia’s study-depriving their customers of an independently verified review of their practices. Many other prominent soy food brands around the country also were fully transparent in their practices.  Another major name in the organic and natural foods industry, Eden Foods, deserves particular recognition for its exemplary practices in full and open disclosure of its business practices.
  5. In terms of Dean Foods buying a “small portion” of their soybeans from China in the past, that seems to contradict the reports from organic growers in the United States, and the company has never released any hard data on their purchases.

Commitment to Organics and Sustainability:

  1. Recently, Dean Foods reformulated their Silk product line converting almost all their products to “natural” (conventional) soybeans.  They did this, quietly, without telling retailers or changing the UPC code numbers on the products.  Many retailers have reported to us that they didn’t find out about the change until their customers noticed and complained.
  2. To add insult to injury, not only did the price of Silk products not go down when they switched to cheaper conventional soybeans, but they now reintroduced three products with organic soybeans and raised the price on those.  Greedy profiteering plain and simple.
  3. Dean Foods tells its customers that it partners with Conservation International to source soybeans that are produced in a sustainable, socially responsible and ethical manner.  Dean Foods has not made these standards of sustainability available to its customers-unlike the USDA organic standards, customers have no way of accessing their exact definition of sustainability, which remains unclear.  We question why they do not simply purchase USDA-certified organic soybeans.

Production with a Neurotoxic Chemical:

  1. Silk’s Light soymilk, as well as its “Heart Health” soymilk, is made with hexane-extracted soy flour instead of whole soybeans.  Hexane is a highly explosive volatile solvent.  It is a byproduct of gasoline refining and a neurotoxin.  Soybeans used in Silk’s Light and Heart Health soymilk are immersed in this neurotoxic petrochemical to make soy flour, which is listed as the main ingredient in these Silk products.
  2. Hexane is classified as a “hazardous air pollutant” by the Environmental Protection Agency and emissions are regulated for their contribution to air pollution.  Food processors are the country’s major hexane emitters.  When The Cornucopia Institute sent samples of hexane-extracted soy flour to an independent lab for residue testing, residues as high as 21 parts per million were found.  The effects on consumer health of repeated and long-term consumption of hexane-extracted soy ingredients have not been thoroughly studied. An extraction process that does not involve hexane is available, but using hexane is cheaper for the processor.
  3. Silk’s creamers and Silk Plus Omega-3 DHA contain other minor hexane-extracted ingredients-soy lecithin and algal oil, respectively. Moreover, the Cornucopia Institute has received reports from parents of toddlers and children who experienced diarrhea and stomach upset from the DHA used in Silk (Life’s DHA by Martek Biosciences Corporation).  This is the same additive, found in infant formula (extracted from algae and soil fungus), that has been linked to severe adverse reactions in infants. (Cornucopia has obtained adverse reaction reports from the FDA verifying this unfortunate health side-effect.)  The FDA has never tested the safety of Life’s DHA, relying instead on safety data supplied by the same corporation that has a financial interest in selling and placing these additives in foods.  The FDA did, however, indicate serious reservations regarding the safety of these additives.
  4. On our website we have additional FAQs responding to corporate communications from Pacific Foods.  And, we are happy to say that another leading brand that did not initially participate, Vitasoy, has contacted us, and will be responding.
    As always, if you have any questions, or additional information from manufacturers you can share with us, please feel free to contact us.
    Best regards,
    Mark Kastel
    The Cornucopia Institute
    Mark A. Kastel
    The Cornucopia Institute
    608-625-2042 Voice
    866-861-2214 Fax

New Look At YourNatureStore

Non Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s.l.y yours!

Base Recipe for your non-dairy  ice cream creations!

Shortcut for ice pops: If you can wait until your ice cream freezes by itself, a shortcut recipe I use for ice pops is pour coconut milk, a touch of stevia and vanilla into blender, puree 2 minutes. Drop a few berries into each ice pop (or pour in some fresh lemonade) then pour in your coconut milk puree – freeze for a few hours. Great creamy ice pops!

Non Dairy Coconut Milk Vanilla Ice Cream  Enjoy my YUMMY base recipe, no need to heat, or use an ice cream maker, easy to do in your personal blender  or Vitamix!

Average is 10 minutes to the table and so much pHealthy fun! Makes great ice pops for the kids as well! (Optional ingredients range from berries to carob chips and everything inbetween – some you might want to stir in whole or chopped, at the end, while others  you’ll want to toss in the blender.)


1 can  whole coconut milk (my preference is Native Forest)

1 cup (or less if your coconut milk is ice cold) crushed or cubes – depends on strength of your blender)

1tsp vanilla extract, or to your liking (another good option is almond, orange, or lemon extract)

Instead of Vanilla Extract try Vanilla Bean Scrapings right into the blender, your cream will be speckled with vanilla bean dots – very nice:)

1/8th tsp concentrated powdered stevia

pinch of sea salt which will bring out all the sweetness

Add about 1/2 cup frozen berries, optional  for berry ice cream, leave in the vanilla or vanilla bean scrapings.

All un-ice cream makings go in your Vitamix, puree on low for 2 min, and then high for 1 min- stir by hand, and then puree on high again 2 minutes. Eat right away for that “soft” ice cream treat, or pour into your  ice pops and freeze to enjoy on another day!

Difference between spices, herbs, and seasonings

spices, herbs, seasonings
What is the difference between spices, herbs and seasonings?

Spices: You can tell a spice from an herb because spices are from the bark, root, stem, seed or fruit of a plant. Cinnamon is considered a spice since it is from the bark of a tree. Cardamom is a spice because it is from the seed of a plant. The typical black pepper that you use on your dinner table is a spice that comes from the fruit of a vine. Spices seem to have a sharper flavor then an herb.

Herbs: You can tell when something is an herb because it comes from the leaves of a plant. Parsley is considered an herb since we eat the leaves of the parsley plant. Basil is another herb that we eat the leaves off of. Rosemary is also a herb but it has long sharp leaves that are not the typical flat leaves. We use herbs fresh during growing season, then dry the plant upside down, harvesting the leaves. Some of the leaves we leave whole, some we grind a bit for flakes, and some we grind a lot into a powder.

Seasoning: A seasoning is anything that flavors food. Unbleached Sea Salt is our most important flavoring (as well as having health properties) since we use it the most out of all flavorings.  An interesting notation is that unbleached sea salt never has that “too salted” result, and some are a bit sweeter, others more mellow. And, most of us know that unbleached sea salt is a friend, our body is 70% water and that water is similar to our ocean water. Unbleached sea salt (my preference being Himalayan Salt), carries the trace minerals of our body, thus providing many essentials.

LE POTAGE JULIENNE DARBLAY with alkalizing ingredient exchange

LE POTAGE JULIENNE DARBLAY, whisked or unwhisked potato leek soup w/ julienne veges…AND alkalizing ingredient exchange……

This is an amazing recipe I converted for those of us who do our best to prepare alkaline soups. Who says we can’t enjoy what the most culinary genius’ can come up with?


  • Butter (Essential Balance…butter substitute we love)
  • 2 Leeks, white part only
  • Chicken Stock (vegetable stock is ok if you want a vegetarian soup)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 of an Idaho potato, peeled and sliced
  • Chives
  • Bouquet Garni (Parsley, Thyme, Bay Leaf)
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • Cream (Coconut milk, whole)
  • Optional garnish: julienned carrots, celery and leeks


  1. Julienne the carrots, celery and leeks if using for garnish.
  2. Sweat (steam) the julienned vegetables until tender. Add salt (unbleached sea salt).
  3. In a separate pot, sweat (steam)2 diced leeks in some butter (butter substitute).  Add salt!
  4. Add (vegetable) stock to cover the leeks by an inch or two.
  5. Add potato slices and simmer.  Add some more stock if necessary to cover them, but don’t add too much or the soup will be thin.
  6. Once the potatoes are thoroughly cooked, ladle into a blender, or wisk away.
  7. Add 1 clove of garlic, chives, loose bouquet garni.
  8. Puree very well and then strain(if you want to) the soup through a fine mesh strainer.  Return to the stove.
  9. Add salt, pepper, cream and butter (you know the substitutes listed above).
  10. Garnish with carrots, celery, leeks and chopped chives.

Enjoy! And share your success!

A great resource for Vegetable Soups!

Vegetable Soups from Deborah Madison... approx $10

We can always adjust traditional recipes, vegetarian, or ethnic recipe with alkaline ingredients, i.e., lime juice instead of vinegar, himalayan, celtic or real salt as unbleached sea salt instead of “salt”, organic instead of conventional, stevia instead of sugar, etc…you get the idea. And please email me if you’d like ideas for conversions on a favorite recipe, I have yet to not find an option, and most often it makes it all the more TASTY!

Also, you’ll find recipes for a variety of soups right here under Recipes/Category SoupPot, as well as a variety of alkaline, vegetarian, and transitional reciepes (including sweets, sauces, dressings, beverages), at


White Vinegar: Laundry, Dishes, Total Bathroom

Vinegar and Baking Soda

Before we get to the Bathroom, let’s briefly review laundry and dishwashing (full text and other info in Laundry category):

Laundry: We’ve talked before about using white vinegar to soften your laundry, by simply adding it to your softener dispenser. (And 50/50 baking soda to soap, saves money by extending your natural laundry soap.)

A NEW LAUNDRY TIP will prevent those dreaded little dots of lint on your clothes! Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup of vinegar to your your tub of clothes (once tub is full of water).

Dishwasher – I’ve also shared that I fill my dishwasher dispenser (the one designated for “spot free” type products) with white vinegar. I keep on hand in a squeeze tip bottle (recycled hair color bottle works great) and add to my dishwasher in place of “spot free” type products every 3-4 wash cycles – works beautifully!

Now – Bathrooms!

Make your own air freshener and sparkle everything, from icky showerheads to really icky bathtubs, or shower door rails, even the toilet! It’s so cool, so easy, and so effective!


Air Freshener for bathroom – Find some very cute cosmetic type sprayers, then mix and pour into a sprayer container for each of your bathrooms, or kitchen and nursery, etc.: 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar, to each cup of pure water. You can add your favorite essential oils (I use peppermint and lavender together), 3- 5 drops per cup, shake and it will emusify (make up a quart or more so you have refills available).

General Cleaning – To remove grime, mildew, and scum and germs from the tub, tile, shower curtain or door, wipe with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rinse with water.

Bathtub Really Icky? Kill the germs and get rid of stubborn bathtub film and whatnot stuff that accumulates, by spraying (saturating) entire tub with white distilled vinegar and then scouring with baking soda – I find if you wait about 30 minutes inbetween the vinegar and the baking soda it works really well! PS Scrubber – Sometimes I use a toilet brush, however you can also soak a friendly scrubby sponge or loofah overnight in a strong white distilled vinegar and water solution to remove dirt and slime. Last step after rinsing if you need extra gumption, pour hydrogen peroxide into your sprayer, or use a sponge, and saturate tub, let sit 30 minutes and rinse. AND when you are through don’t forget to rinse your loofah, scrubber, etc., several times with cold water and let air dry (in the sun if possible).

Shower door tracks gunky? Try filling them with white distilled vinegar, let sit for a few hours. (Lay down an old towel to catch moisture.) Pour hot water into the tracks and wash and scrub away the scum with a toothbrush.

Sparkle those scummy showerhead, pour 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup white distilled vinegar into a quart size sip clok or plastic bag and tie it around the showerhead so the head is completely covered.. Let this set for an hour. Once bubbling has ceased, remove the bag and then turn on the water.

Shower doorsBefore you shower, spray with full-strength white distilled vinegar. It will help release the hard water deposits so they don’t remain on the glass.

Toilet Bowl Sparkle! Pour in 1/4 cup of white vinegar, let sit overnight. Scrub well with the toilet brush and flush.

Bathroom Floors: Shine your no-wax vinyl or linoleum floor (ONLY, DO NOT USE FOR NATURAL STONE)  by cleaning it with a solution of one cup white distilled vinegar for every gallon of water.

Next segment will be on Kitchens and General Use around the house – standby!! Very fun stuff!

pH Body Balance Teleseminar IBS, Digestive, Constipation and other elimination issues.

A few months ago I had the privilege of being interviewed about “how” pH Body Balance supports IBS, digestive disorders, constipation and other elimination issues, and variations of these chronic type symptoms, by Jini Patel Thompson, renown expert and best selling author of “Listen To Your Gut”.

I think you’ll agree it’s a powerful discussion between two professionals working toward the same goal.

Let me know what you think, I can post many interviews similar to this with other practioners about other a variety of health issues, and the foundational support and healing pH Body Balance brings.

   Click     Audio Teleseminar                              Written Transcript