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Should You Stop Refrigerating Your Eggs?

Eggs. They are amazing for you. A true health bomb. I eat eggs every darn day (seriously, I never miss a day). I eat them boiled. I scramble. I sunny side up. I eat them in corn shell tacos. I eat them with mushrooms. I cook them in coconut oil. And in every situation, they are EggTastic.

But on the daily, my Internet experience comes with a host of crazy Internet headlines. Some tell me I’m too skinny or too fat. Some tell me I’m watching too much TV. Others tell me that the world is ending next year. And then one headline, well it tells me that I’m a darn fool for refrigerating my eggs.

What’s that you say you evil Internet headline?

Of course I have to refrigerate my eggs, I’d die if I didn’t (from something, I think). Refrigerators also come with an egg rack, if eggs didn’t go in there, then why the heck would I have an egg rack in my refrigerator? You see, common sense at play is a beautiful thing. But of course, my anecdotal assumptions aren’t incredibly scientific.

I’ve read some of the articles telling me I can leave my eggs out on my dresser drawer for days without incurring any devastating effects. I’ve googled. I’ve asked friends. I’ve called random people in Amsterdam to make sure they are actually alive and then asked if they’ve eaten eggs recently. I’ve even asked the eggs themselves. Here is my take on the egg situation.

Eggs come out of a chicken (we knew this). When eggs come out of the chicken, they possess a layer of protection. It is a barely visible layer of protection. The kicker comes now…..The United States, Australia and Scandinavia wash this layer off in a shower with soap. BOOM! The layer is gone. This compromises the egg’s natural ability to protect itself from bacteria, namely Salmonella. The layer also makes sure water and oxygen don’t get in. Once this layer is gone, the egg can no longer protect itself and refrigeration is essential to preserving their protection.

But wait, why do Americans do that?

Well, there is a funny hook here. Americans, Japanese and Australians just think chickens are super dirty species. I mean, that’s the start at least.

Here is a great excerpt from NPR.com over the matter.

Salmonella enteritidiscan infect a chicken’s ovaries, contaminating a yolk before the shell firms up around it. Cooking usually kills the bacteria before they can harm you; still, eggs contaminated with salmonella are responsible for about 142,000 illnesses a year in the U.S., according to the Food and Drug Administration.

In some European countries, egg-laying hens are vaccinated against salmonella. In the U.S., vaccination is not required, but eggs must be washed and refrigerated from farm to store, and producers must follow a host of other safety measures.

“They’re different approaches to basically achieve the same result,” says Vincent Guyonnet, a poultry veterinarian and scientific adviser to the International Egg Commission. “We don’t have massive [food safety] issues on either side of the Atlantic. Both methods seem to work.”

So now the million dollar question, do we really have to refrigerate them? In a way, it seems like we kind of don’t. But, we’d risk oxygen and water “spoiling” the eggs. The bacteria is cooked away, unless you plan to eat them raw. And if you are Rocky, this could be the case. I am guessing however, that you are not Rocky.

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Amazing 15 Year Old Invents Low Cost Cancer Test.

Big Pharma can’t be thrilled. This is awesome.

Jack Andraka is a fifteen year old freshman at North County High School and lives in Crownsville, Maryland. He recently developed a novel paper sensor that could detect pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer in 5 minutes for as little as 3 cents. He conducted this research at Johns Hopkins University. He is also on the national junior wildwater kayaking team, has won awards at multiple national and international math competitions, and enjoys playing with his dog and folding origami.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

 

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This Vegetable May Target Cancer Cells Better Than Chemo

But don’t expect Pharmaceutical companies to fund any studies.

Cancer is the biggest public health burden of mankind today. It kills 7 million annually, not to mention stripping the livelihood, dignity and future health of survivors who have treated it with radiation and chemotherapy. Pharmaceutical companies don’t want alternative health to pose any impositions to their stronghold on cancer “treatment.” An insane amount of annual revenue chemotherapy and radiation produces is at stake.

But that hasn’t stopped the underground world of affordable alternative health from working towards the goal of cures and treatments anyways. And one such fascinating way is by using Parsley. Parsley, a typical meal garnish, contains an extremely powerful and promising molecule when it comes to targeting cancer cells. Apegenin, the molecule found in Parsley, shows a promising benefit for treating cancer (as well as inflammation. The molecule is also found in onions, oranges and chamomile tea. Apegenin is a naturally occurring plant flvone (4,5,7 -trihydroxyflavone). And it has been shown to be a strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-carcinogenic. It is now being termed “chemopreventative.” According to a review from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, its the real deal.

Considerable attention has been devoted to identifying plant-derived dietary agents which could be developed as promising chemopreventives. One such agent is apigenin. A naturally occurring plant flavone (4′, 5, 7,-trihydroxyflavone) abundantly present in common fruits and vegetables including parsley, onions, oranges, tea, chamomile, wheat sprouts and some seasonings. Apigenin has been shown to possess remarkable anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. In the last few years, significant progress has been made in studying the biological effects of apigenin at cellular and molecular levels. This review examines the cancer chemopreventive effects of apigenin in an organ-specificity format, evaluating its limitations and its considerable potential for development as a cancer chemopreventive agent. (source)

Now the question becomes, how would someone get a good amount of it into the body to reap some of these health benefits? Let’s be honest, no one wants to just eat parsley alone. For starters, you could just simply boil the parsley into water as if it were tea. You could add lemon after, drink it just like tea. Another way is juicing. I used to juice fruits and vegetables and add parsley in all the time.

Is it better than chemo? It would be difficult to say for sure seeing that virtually no big studies will ever likely be accomplished. Pharmaceutical companies fund too many studies for their own products, which react harshly against the body. Chemo targets both bad and GOOD cells and leave the patient in a state of dire weakness. The fact that we don’t look into what something like Apegenin is incredibly sad. The good thing is that the mainstream media is starting to have a louder voice. I found this Chron.com article touting this same idea. This is from August of 2013.

Those three veggies, essentials of the Mediterranean Diet, are loaded with apigenin, an inflammation fighter that kills cancer cells. These foods can boost cancer treatments (some studies show it makes paclitaxel, used to treat certain breast cancers, more effective) or prevent cancer (breast, colon, skin, thyroid and leukemia) in the first place.

Over two years old and we have not much more to show for it. That’s the big pharma stranglehold at work. And they are winning, at least until we put more pressure on new, alternative health studies.

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Scientist Warn Vegetable Oils Now Linked To Cancer & Dementia

Coconut Oil, Butter, even Lard now being recommended in place of it.

According to The Telegraph.

Scientists found that heating up vegetable oils leads to the release of high concentrations of chemicals called aldehydes, which have been linked to cancer, heart disease and dementia.

Heated coconut oil, lard, butter and olive oil produce a substantial amount less of aldehydes, which seem to be the core issue. Many people have a long held belief, based on recommendations by Health agencies, that corn oil and sunflower oil are better than the saturated fats found in animal products. According to this new study however, that may not be true at all.

When vegetable oils are heated up, according to scientist, they release a high concentration of chemicals known as aldehydes. Aldehydes have been linked to cancer, heart disease and dementia.

Martin Grootveld, a professor of bioanalytical chemistry and chemical pathology, said that his research showed “a typical meal of fish and chips”, fried in vegetable oil, contained as much as 100 to 200 times more toxic aldehydes than the safe daily limit set by the World Health Organisation.

You can read the full story (here).

We have long recommended that everyone switch their cooking oil over to coconut oil and / or olive oil. Only use olive oil for lower heat cooking, and substitute the coconut oil for higher eat cooking. It is best to avoid vegetable oils, now more-so than ever.

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Raw Honey Face Cleansing: How To Make Your Face Glow!

Raw honey is a game changer when it comes to your face. I started using it on my face a year ago and haven’t looked back since. I noticed effects rather immediately. I have some eczema issues which right away seemed to react in a pretty good way. But the main thing I noticed was that my skin on my face felt extremely clean.

So what all can raw honey do?

Normal artificial foaming soaps only serve to strip your skin of natural, protective oils. This can cause your skin to begin overproducing those oils. Raw honey simply removes bacteria from the skin in a gentle, natural way. This will leave your skin feeling ultra-clean.

Raw honey is antibacterial by nature. It can help manage and even eliminate rosacea and eczema.

The antibacterial properties in raw honey serve to combat acne from forming on the skin. You don’t have to be a teenager to appreciate this wonderful attribute of your raw honey.

It has natural antibacterial and probiotic properties which help to prevent any acne from arising.

How do I use it?

There are more than a handful of regimens available by searching online, however, I am going to give you mine. Like anything, I always just try to figure out what works best for me and my situation. Some places recommend you leave a honey mask on for 3 hours every 2 days if you have eczema issues.

When I get home each day, I wash my face with warm water. I then dry it. Next, I apply the raw honey using my fingers and a spoon. I dip the spoon, pull the honey, then use my fingers to spread the honey on my face. I then make sure I am in a cool environment (my house has AC) and I allow it to sit anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. The time is decided by how things go: allow me to explain.

When you put raw honey on your face, it isn’t comfortable. First off, the honey tends to run down your face. When this happens, expect to feel itchy (at times almost severely). You can’t do a whole lot (I typically sit at my desk and write articles, like this one, while it is applied) but you can’t just lay back on the couch, because you will get honey everywhere. You really don’t want to walk outside if it is warm, because that will create problems. I find 10 minutes does the trick, but if I can, I go into overtime.

When I am ready, I go to the bathroom and rinse it off in the sink. It comes off super easy. I only do it in the sink so that when I get undressed for getting in the shower, I don’t get honey everywhere. The next thing I do is get in the shower. I take cold showers. I then wash it off using African Black Soap, followed by some exfoliation. My skin is immediately clean, clear, balanced. It only takes you one time to realize how darn well it works.

How do I buy it?

Raw honey is not ALL honey. Make sure your bottle reads “raw.” I would encourage you to go to a farmer’s market to get some local stuff. If that doesn’t work, try a Whole Foods if you have one in the area.

Check out this cool video on how she makes her mask.

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It is Said This Fruit Is 10,000 Times Stronger Than Chemo

So why aren’t more people talking about it?

Alternatives to chemo therapy aren’t exactly popular talk these days. The chemo business is a robust, money-making machine. And the FDA has its back. Whenever any sort of alternative treatment arises, it is met with great criticism and public backlash. As is the case with the Graviola (also known as Soursop).

The Graviola is a tree found in the Amazon basin of South America. They can range from 15 to 30 feet in height and are well known in the area to be extremely nutrient dense. It appears from the exterior to be a watermelon with spikes on it. It has a soft and smooth flesh. But it is the tree bark and the leaves, when consumed, that are supposed to offer people incredible healing benefits. The natives of the amazon make tea with it. It is supposed to be an incredible immune system boost. A natural, viable healer to the human race.

The noted benefits:

Increased immune function

Antioxidant density

Lymph drainage

Better overall circulation

Soursop / Graviola is loaded with vitamin C and a handful of B vitamins, such as thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. It contains good amounts of calcium, phosphorus and a bit of iron. As an herbal remedy, it is given to help people with stomach issues, fevers, coughs and asthma. It is also believed to be antiviral.

Many people drink it daily as tea, or in canned products, as you can see below.

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But its ability to kill cancer cells is what is being called into question by Government agencies. Soursop has been associated with many unsubstantiated claims, says Daniel Kellman, Clinical Director of Naturopathic Medicine at our hospital outside AtlantaAnd the rabbit hole goes even deeper. In two separate studies (here) and (here), this same Clinical Director pushed the idea that merely consuming the fruit could lead to Parkinson’s disease and potentially neurotoxicity.

A study published by the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry in 1997 suggested otherwise, though. When Graviola was tested on breast cancer cells in cultures, they were more effective than chemotherapy (source). But the data is considered to be unsubstantiated due to not having a Government backing. This was published on SFGate’s health section regarding the fruit and it’s effects on cancer.

Soursop’s acetogenins are the compounds that have been most studied, especially for their potential to prevent or slow the growth of cancer. The Cancer Center also says that some compounds in soursop may be naturally antiviral and antiparasitic, and may also suppress inflammation. (source)

So is Graviola a true natural healer that’s considered a rival to a booming chemotherapy industry? The dilemma here is, as always, the Government shuts out any experimentation which could legitimize such a science. Anything that challenges the Pharmaceutical industry is an enemy of the state. It’s an unfair shake for a fruit that clearly has some merit in the game. And this is the case with most alternative health treatments, unfortunately. Without being able to take part in real, unbiased studies, alternative concepts such as this have no chance to garner merit. We have to believe at this point that solutions exist outside of Chemotherapy treatments, which are harsh and destructive.

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Aquafina Now Admits It Is Just Tap Water.

One of the biggest bottled water producers is about to make some rather serious changes. And it isn’t good for them or their brand. Long marketed as a better, economical solution to tap water, has lived down to it’s advertising: It’s just tap water itself. Pot, meet the Aquafina kettle.

PepsiCo is now going to admit the public sources of their bottled water product. In other words, they are coming clean.


Yep, that’s right, buyers of Aquafina have been paying to have someone put public tap water in a plastic bottle. Coca Cola admitted that they were full of it back in 2013. “We don’t believe that consumers are confused about the source of Dasani water,” Coca-Cola spokeswoman Diana Garza Ciarlante said. “The label clearly states that it is purified water.” So Pepsi is just now catching up. Congrats to them, I guess.

Bottled water is big business. Believe it or not, America has shifted somewhat away from carbonated sugary drinks and replaced them with water. And that’s when the big producers of Nestle, Coca Cola and Pepsi moved in to save marketshare. And they did this by turning on tap water and filling up plastic bottles. It’s a shame, but sadly brilliant. Hopefully this is lesson learned for the general public. In 2014, the bottled water industry raked in $13 billion ( International Bottled Water Association). This doesn’t take into account the massive plastic dilemma pushed into our environment.
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This Mother Gets Called Out For Hating Halloween. But I Love What She Did Here.

This is a guest column from one of our readers who has struggled with Halloween. This is her story of another mother calling her out about it.
My children are my pride and joy. They are the love of my life. There is nothing in the world I put more as a priority than my children’s happiness. And that’s what makes Halloween such a difficult time for me.

It’s the conflict. And the dilemma. And honestly, it is agonizing.

The other day I was at my daughter’s school halloween function. She’s 9. The kids went classroom to classroom trick or treating. I was one of a handful of mom’s helping out. I admit, I was jaded and bitter over the matter. I hate halloween because I just don’t allow my children to eat processed foods, especially candies. And in the case of Halloween, it is my children begging for the very items that I’ve told them aren’t good for them.

I made the decision this time to allow my daughter to partake and I volunteered to help out. I have battled with the idea of eliminating Halloween, but then I feel as if I am stripping my children of a piece of their childhood. So over the years, I’ve compromised. When my children come back from trick or treating, I allow them to “donate” their candy to a fund that returns itself in gift value. They hand over the candy, then get to go to the store and buy something. I understand, I’m probably not winning mother of the year for this one, but it does typically eliminate them from pounding candy for days.

While I was working the Halloween event, my daughter came over, being the amazing, articulate, and mistimed child she is, and said “mommy here can I just give this to you now to throw away.”

Ugh. No she didn’t, I thought. But she had.

First, I should explain, I do throw the candy away, but I’ve never intended for her to realize that. I always avoided the “what happened to the candy” because in some ways, I never want my daughter to think that throwing away something someone gave you is the nice thing to do. Again, I am not proposing that makes any sense, but it is just the way it has always went down. But children are always more observant than we adults give them credit for, so I guess I should have known.

When she walked away, another mother turned to me and gasped, then said, “you throw the candy away?” This mother and I have some past history here, which should be noted. She knows I have an anti-vaccination stance and she has called me out on it. No punches thrown, but she was rather direct in telling me that I was endangering other children. I mostly avoided further exchanges with her regarding it, but this Halloween drama seemed to give her an opening to challenge me again (just on a different matter).

I kept my cool and replied, “no, they get the choice of eating the candy or trading it in for a trip to the store to pick out a gift.” She then said, “you know, sometimes kids just need to be kids. You are stripping her of her childhood. Don’t you want her to be normal?”

You can imagine how I felt at that moment. It was a mix between a sad, defeated mother and a mother enraged with the wrath of a lioness chasing a gazelle for dinner. Did she really just tell me how to raise my kids?

I turned to her and said, “you parent your kids however you like, I don’t want my kids growing up in a world that revolves around their next sugar high. My daughter is happy and healthy. Move on.” She walked away, but she left a bit of a mental scar on me at a time I feel most vulnerable (again, the Halloween blues). I am not judging you for letting your kids collect candy on Halloween. I am NOT that mother. But I expect every mother to understand my stance. To understand that my negotiation with the holiday, while probably not perfect, is the best I can do given the circumstances.

I really hate this holiday. And sometimes, to be honest, I hate me for hating this holiday.

 

 

 

 

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Report ‘Federal Government is Stifling Medical Marijuana Research’

A new report lambaste the Federal Government for “stifling Medical Marijuana Research.”

Researchers at Brookings Institution are sounding off on a Federal Government which they believe prevent any advances in the use of medical marijuana. The scathing report indicates that that marijuana, both due to prejudice and legal confusion, is treated differently than other medical research and limits research to anecdotal cases and Doctors playing it as it goes.

Via Brookings.edu

Of all the controlled substances that the federal government regulates, cannabis is treated in unique ways that impede research. Specifically, the U.S. government has held back the medical community’s ability to conduct the type of research that the scientific community considers the experimental gold standard in guiding medical practice. Thus, the use of cannabis for medical treatment is happening in states based largely on anecdotal or limited science. In many cases, patients and doctors operate according to a learn-as-you-go approach—a situation that is inexcusably the fault of federal policies failing to keep pace with changing societal views and state-level legal landscapes.

The Federal government’s control over limiting medical marijuana research is likely also spawned by pharmaceutical companies not wanting to lose any revenue. Natural, alternative cures are not nearly as profitable for disease as symptom based pills and concoctions produced in laboratories. This report is not surprising, but it is nice to see someone call them out publicly for what’s becoming a criminal concealment of research which could greatly help the human race. The report, written by John Hudak and Grace, Wallack, calls out bureaucratic and cultural barriers as the core components which hinder the research.

And don’t think for a second that states with legalized marijuana are doing better. In most cases, Federal law intrudes their ability to perform research. Marijuana is still existing in a legal underbelly that’s rather confusing and undefined at the Federal level. In order to solve the issue, the Federal Government would need to classify marijuana as a schedule 2 drug. In this way they allow for research to freely happen.

But it is unlikely that the Federal Government will make anything easy for us, seeing that pharmaceutical companies donate huge funds as lobbyist. Where there is money, there is power. Marijuana could greatly improve the lives of so many people, we are in a sad way for not expanding and evolving in this area.

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Why Bone Broth Is An Amazing Daily Health Bomb

When I think of bone broth, I think of grandma’s house when I was a child. A sort of peppery, onion smell filling the room. A hot stove, a simmering pot. Bone broth is making a comeback, so much so, that places in NYC are now starting to serve it up, like Starbucks serves coffee. Bone broth is going mainstream you say? Say it isn’t so. Well, it is very so. And hey, that’s a good thing. We live in a society that gulps down too much coffee and soda, why not introduce people to bone broth? It just makes sense.

I am going to break down some benefits of Bone Broth, as well as give my laymen’s spin over the matter because quite honestly, it can be a bit confusing. Let’s start with the benefits.

Great for your gut

Digestion and gut health is huge business for your body. It might even be number 1, but rarely is it considered that high in the equation. Gut health means brain health. Things like anxiety and depression can start in the gut. I highly suggest you understand this concept. Below is a quote from an article you might consider reading later.

If you’ve ever “gone with your gut” to make a decision or felt “butterflies in your stomach” when nervous, you’re likely getting signals from an unexpected source: your second brain.  Hidden in the walls of the digestive system, this “brain in your gut” is revolutionizing medicine’s understanding of the links between digestion, mood, health and even the way you think.  (article is here)

The gelatin found in bone broth is great for healing the intestines, which helps with leaky gut syndrome. Whether you have leaky gut syndrome or not, you want to keep your gut and intestines primed.

Hair, Nails, Skin (you will look fabulous)

We spend all this time on our hair and skin (and ladies, on your nails), then why not add bone broth into your diet and get the full on hair/ nails / skin health bomb? Bone broth has collagen in it. Yep, you’ve seen that as a supplement in the vitamin section. Well, it’s naturally found inside of bone broth. So when you drink bone broth, you get an infusion of health into your hair and nails and skin. You get it direct from source. My nails grow really fast now that I drink bone broth. That’s a great indicator of healthy being!

Sleep sounder

Some researchers believe that consuming gelatin, which is found in bone broth, before sleep helps you sleep deeper and more soundly. Gelatin contains the amino acid glycine. That’s hooked to your brain’s neurotransmitters. Nope, it won’t put you to sleep if you drink it on the way out the door, quite the opposite. But at night, it will help relax you.

Helps heal bones

Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus. Those are found in large quantities in bone broth. Those minerals help your body heal injured bones. As well, helps your joints.

Mineral overload

Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and other trace minerals are all found in bone broth. They are naturally occurring, straight from the source.

Now, let’s get into the details of actually making and drinking this stuff.

How does it taste? Great. If  you make it right, it tastes really good. I absolutely love drinking it in the morning time. It taste a lot like chicken soup or onion soup (pending you use the onions).

Can’t I just buy it at the store? No. You can’t. You will see “bone broth” for sale, lots of people use that to cook food in crock pots. But that stuff does not contain the collagen, which you need. To get what you need, you just have to make it.

How do I buy the bones? This can be tricky. There are online sources for this, but many of those sources run out of the bones due to lots of people wanting to buy them. If you have a local butcher, I’d visit them and ask. Grocery stores are a maybe. Whole Foods tends to get them in once a week, but you will have to ask them what day and if you can call and have some put aside. But buyer beware…. Lots of meat in this country is just plain bad. If a cow or chicken was injected with hormones and antibiotics, you probably don’t want the bones which stored the life of the animal. Basic grocery stores are probably bad when it comes to broth bones. If you want to potentially look online to order, start here. They look pretty good, though I admit to never having ordered from them.

Should it be chicken or beef bones or both? You can mix. Or you can do specific ones. I don’t think it really matters. But, you want specific types of bones. Knuckles, neck bones, bones that have the collagen fillers in them. Ask for “soup bones” for broth at the butcher, or of course, use a trusted online source.

How do you cook it? I use a crock pot, but you can use a p0t on the stove. I roast the bones first for about 40 minutes. I then put the bones in the crock pot. I also put an onion chopped 3 ways, a few carrots, pink himalayan salt, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (most important, see below) and a tomato. I don’t want to get overly detailed here, to be honest, because I am a known simpleton. Anything I make will be simple and that might not be your “cup of broth.” The Internet is filled with some amazing recipes on how to make it, I’d encourage you searching around. Wellness Mama has a good instructional on it that I encourage you check out.

I can’t get it to “gel.” Ok, this is the number one complaint. For starters, make darn sure you put the apple cider vinegar in it as mentioned above. This will help draw out and extract the gelatin. Other considerations are cooking time (did you cook it long enough). I cook for around 40 hours in the crock pot. How was your bone to water ratio? Here is a good troubleshooting article on food renegade. But don’t panic….when I first started making my own bone broth, gelling was hit or miss for me. And I would always think, “so is it worthless now?” No, not at all. It is still GREAT for you. Many people put on sad failure faces as if what they made is worthless without gelling, this isn’t true at all.

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