I road-tripped up to Dallas/Fort Worth last weekend with a friend for two days of garden visiting and nursery shopping. The Garden Conservancy was hosting an Open Days tour in Fort Worth on Sunday, and my favorite garden turned out to be that of metal artist Wanda Stutsman. I don't think she made the pieces pictured above, but they make a charming focal point on her garden shed. Wanda's specialty is forging botanical creations out of metal, like this light pillar with cut-outs of Japanese maple leaves. It's beautiful in the daytime and even more so at night, as seen on Wanda's website Fern Valley Art. She also makes lights with oak and palm leaves. Displayed throughout her garden, her metalwork adds personality and humor - like the windmill blades in this framed picture, subbing for the sun - to her patio spaces and garden beds. Her biggest piece was this wide gate at the top of her rural property, with coneflowers, daylilies, canna leaves, and a birdbath represented larger than life. This gate really announces that a gardener lives here, doesn't it? We also visited both Redenta's Garden nurseries, one in Arlington and the other in Dallas. At the  The post Botanical art at Stutsman garden, plus Dallas/Fort Worth nurseries appeared first on Digging.
Do you know what you're digging with? Many people don't know that shovels and spades are actually two different tools with different uses. There are so many garden tools out there that it can be overwhelming and hard to know which tools to use for which jobs, but if you know how to choose the right tools, your garden and ... The post The Home Gardener's Guide to Shovels and Spades appeared first on Garden Therapy.
Even if you don't have a sunburn, this after-sun salve recipe is a summer necessity to re-hydrate and soothe sun-kissed skin. Apply it after a good scrub in the shower to remove sunscreen residue. Slather on this balm and your skin will drink in the oils and butters, dealing with sun-damaged skin while you sleep. Related: treat a sunburn with ... The post Homemade After-Sun Salve Recipe appeared first on Garden Therapy.
The very South of France, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, the Roussillon part in particular, is famous for its traditionnal production of fortified wines. The most famous ones are the red Banuyls and Maury Vins Doux Naturels (French for Natural Sweet Wines), and the white Muscat de Rivesaltes. Perhaps a lesser-know sweet dessert wine is the  The post A Summery Cocktail with Fortified French Wine RIV'Tonic was written by Julien Miquel and appeared first on Social Vignerons.
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To eat, or not to eat wheat? That is the question. The avoidance of gluten continues to be a hot topic in the media. More and more people are opting for a gluten-free diet. For some people, eliminating gluten from their diet may be essential to not only maintaining the integrity of their gastrointestinal tract, but optimizing their overall health. Digestion is the cornerstone of good health. If a person's digestive capacity is impaired, many other areas of a person's health can be adversely affected. Not everyone who has a bad reaction to gluten has celiac disease. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) also negatively affects on the body, but does not produce the same disease process or complications that celiac disease does. The naturopathic doctors at Annex Naturopathic Clinic are able to assess, diagnose and treat celiac disease and NCGS. Dr. Luck and Dr. Lee can help determine whether or not you can include gluten in your diet and what treatment needs to be in place to heal the gut. What is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat and some other grains including rye and barley. What is celiac disease? Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition. Gluten causes the immune system to destroy intestinal cells. When intestinal cells are destroyed they lose their capacity to absorb nutrients causing chronic diarrhea, nutrient deficiencies and weight loss. Celiac disease is associated with a much more serious risk profile than NCGS including neurologic dysfunction, osteoporosis, infertility, and other autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Why does celiac disease happen? Genetics plays a strong role in whether or not someone will have celiac disease. How is celiac disease diagnosed? Serology (blood) testing for the antibodies against the intestinal tissues (endomysial antibodies (IgA EMA) and tissue transglutaminase antibodies (IgA tTG)). If the antibodies are more than twice the normal limit, the patient likely has celiac disease. Duodenal biopsy, tissue samples taken from the small intestine (which can only be ordered by a gastroenterologist), can confirm the serology testing. These tests will only be accurate if the patient has ingested gluten consistently over the past 6 weeks.
What is non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS)? NCGS is a reaction to gluten that does not involve the immune system and does not cause intestinal cell destruction. Gastrointestinal symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. NCGS can also contribute to joint and muscle pain, skin rash, anemia and depression. Why does NCGS happen? The working theory as to the increased prevalence of NCGS is a combination of increased wheat consumption and the hybridized gluten content of wheat- today's wheat contains far more gluten than it's ancient ancestor. How is NCGS diagnosed? NCGS is a diagnosis of exclusion. When celiac disease has been ruled out, there are no signs of malabsorption and the individual has improves on a gluten-free diet, a diagnosis of NCGS can be assumed. If you are experiencing adverse reactions to gluten it is important to have a thorough work-up. If you're curious to learn more about this subject or would like to consult with one of our NDs feel free to book a visit or contact us. Yours in Health, Dr. Marnie Luck, N.D Annex Naturopathic Clinic 572 Bloor St W #201, Toronto, ON M6G 1K1