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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Shoes Are Ruining Feet

Shoes are bad. I don’t just mean stiletto heels, or cowboy boots, or tottering espadrilles, or any of the other fairly obvious foot-torture devices into which we jam our feet. I mean all shoes.

Shoes hurt your feet. They change how you walk. In fact, your feet - your poor, tender, abused, ignored, maligned, misunderstood feet—are getting trounced in a war that’s been raging for roughly a thousand years: the battle of shoes versus feet.

Read the entire article.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Dangers of Microwave Ovens

Microwaves are a feature in nearly every American home. Yet their dangers are well documented. You can do your own home experiment to understand the hazards of microwaving. Plant seeds in two pots. Water one pot with microwaved water and the other pot with regular tap water. The seeds that received microwaved water won't sprout. If microwaved water can stop plants from growing, then imagine what microwaved food is doing to your body.

A Swiss study led by biologist and food scientist Dr. Hans Hertel identified the effects of microwaved food. For eight weeks, eight people lived in a controlled environment and intermittently ate raw foods, conventionally cooked foods and microwaved foods. Blood samples were tested after each meal. The microwaved food caused significant changes in blood chemistry.

In Russia, microwave ovens were banned in 1976 because of their negative effect on health and wellbeing.

Read the entire article.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

There's More To Bottled Water

Bottled water corporations are changing the very way people think about water. Corporations like Coke, Nestlé and Pepsi are manufacturing demand for an essential resource that flows directly from our taps. What's more many bottled water brands actually come from the same source as public tap water though these brands are sold back to the public at thousands of times the cost.

Plastic bottles also require massive amounts of fossil fuels to manufacture and transport. Billions of these bottles wind up in landfills every year.

When bottled water marketing convinces one in five people that the only place to get drinking water is from a bottle, it threatens the political will to adequately fund our public water systems.

You can help reverse this trend - take action today to support efforts to reduce the social and environmental impacts of bottled water and to prioritize public water systems!

Think Outside The Bottle
Fertilizes and Medications In Bottled Water

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Medical Records On Cell Phone

New software technology allows cell phone and PDA users to download their medical records, making them quickly accessible in case of emergency. The new software, to be available in a year, can even display animated 3D scans. Read more.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Lemon Skin Tonic - People and Pets

Although this information is for pets, it's a good recipe for people also.

To effectively control mange and overall skin conditions, thinly slice a whole lemon, including the peel. Add it directly to one pint (2 cups) of near-boiling water, and let it steep overnight. The next day, sponge the solution onto your pet's skin, and let it dry. The best way to apply to the skin, is to brush backwards and apply behind the brush. You may use this tonic daily if needed.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Clinical Trials: African Traditional Medicine

Described as a hotspot of botanical diversity, there are more than 20,000 indigenous plant species in South Africa. Several thousand of them are used by traditional healers every day in that country for treating a range of problems from the common cold to serious diseases such as AIDS.

South Africa is home to more than 200,000 traditional healers who care for more than 27 million people.

How safe and effective these treatments are will be the focus of The International Center for Indigenous Phytotherapy Studies (TICIPS), a collaborative research effort between the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

TICIPS will present the very first opportunity for medical doctors, scientists and traditional healers to internationally cooperate as equal partners in exploring indigenous African phytotherapies for diseases with the aim of bringing health and healing to all.

Read the entire article.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Who Owns Your Health Test Records?

Such a vexing question cuts to the core of personal liberty and freedom of information. Now, researchers have introduced the notion of ownership of medical information and they present a basic research model for the adoption of personal health records. Read more.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

What Stools Will Tell

Can you believe that you can tell a lot about your health just by looking at your stool. Have you ever heard of the ISWA? (International Stool Watchers Association) You won't find it on the internet. It's a "secret organization."

Believe it or not, this is a popular search engine topic so you should know you may have friends in the ISWA.

All jesting aside, your stools can give you a lot of information. If you don't have food before you and don't have a weak stomach, read more.

Be sure to bookmark this article so you'll have it when you've got something to "review." :-)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sunscreens Increase Rate of Skin Cancer

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a new study showing that nearly all Americans are contaminated with oxybenzone, a widely-used sunscreen ingredient. This chemical so far has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage, as well as low birth weight in baby girls whose mothers are exposed during pregnancy.

Identified so far are 588 sunscreens, 172 facial moisturizers, 111 lip balms, and 81 different types of lipstick contain oxybenzone. Tests show that many of these so-called sunscreens offer inadequate protection from the sun.

They also found that sunlight also causes oxybenzone to form free radical chemicals that may be linked to cell damage, which is the exact opposite reason many women mistakenly use the sunscreen.

Interestingly, as sunscreen sales have risen, so has the rate of skin cancers. Read the entire article.

The only sunscreen I've been able to use without my face itching or getting red has been Natria Sunscreen SPF30. I've used Natria lip balm and moisturizer also.

Cloned Animals OK For Human Consumption

The FDA's food safety chief Dr. Stephen Sundlof said that they "found nothing in the food that could potentially be hazardous. The food in every respect is indistinguishable from food from any other animal."

The Associated Press reports that two companies have already produced over 600 cloned animals for U.S. breeders. Read the entire article.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Alternative Body Deodorants

The longest-lasting approach to body odor is to cleanse from within. Many folks who have done cleansing on a regular basis will tell you that they no longer need deodorants. I'm not a regular user myself after having done a lot of cleansing.

My favorite cleanses are Tiao He Cleanse and Clean Start. Of course cleansing benefits health in many ways, not just to reduce body odor.

Daily use of 1 T. Liquid Chlorophyll in water will begin to remove body odor from within after a couple of weeks of use.

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar to 1/2 cup of distilled water. Use in spray bottle for ease of use.

1/4 teaspoon Lavender Oil to one cup of warm distilled water. Use in spray bottle for ease of use.

Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Apply with a blusher brush which can be kept in the container. My husband used this one for many years till my blusher brush frizzed and then he switched to another.

There's also the spray option which some folks like better and for that we mention Nature's Fresh.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Avoiding Polluted and Endangered Fish

Several decades ago a fish-centric diet was considered to be not only healthy but also environmentally friendly. But today those of us who eat a lot of fish may not be doing ourselves or the environment any favor. The two major concerns are overfishing and pollution.

Pollution from industrial, agricultural and other everyday activities like electricity generation and automobile driving has also taken a serious toll on the health of the remaining fish species. Scientists routinely find unsafe levels of mercury, PCBs, dioxins, pesticides and other harsh toxins in the fat, internal organs and even muscle tissue of many different kinds of fish. These contaminants are then passed on up the food chain to our dinner plates.

Read the entire article.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Non-Poisonous Ant Repellant

Put 4 oz. water in a cup-size sprayer bottle. Add the following essential oils and shake before each use. Keep area being invaded by ants sprayed 3-4 times a day until they go elsewhere.

10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
10 drops Peppermint Oil
7 drops Clove Oil

Our choice for a pure and effective product is Nature's Sunshine essential oils.

Read about the research on Peppermint Oil relating to insects, mosquitoes, malaria, West Nile virus and more.

Vinegar Helps Diabetics

Two tablespoons of vinegar before a meal even as part of a vinaigrette salad dressing—will dramatically reduce the spike in blood concentrations of insulin and glucose that come after a meal.

In the study, vinegar cut the blood-glucose rise in the first hour after a meal by about half.

Read the entire article.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Make Your Own Antimicrobial Spray

I've been making my countertop and bathroom sprays for many years. Now there are many recipes for homemade cleaners and that's an exciting thing!

People are now more aware of the dangers of cleaning supplies and the Make Cleaning Products Safe Campaign gives us a way to participate in encouraging the manufacturers to inform the public what is in their cleaners.

The post on Toxic Dryer Sheets & Cleaning Supplies makes us well aware of the dangers of these toxic products so it's nice to see more natural ones coming into the marketplace. However, I still enjoy making my own for pennies. Here's a favorite recipe added to a quart sprayer of water:

20 drops Lavender Fine Essential Oil
20 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
10 drops Lemon Essential Oil

There's a long list of Uses For Tee Tree Oil. It goes with us on trips in our First Aid car kit also.

Defending Kids Against Disease

As a parent, you sometimes feel like you are preparing your child for battle when you send him or her off to school each morning. Germs, greasy school lunches, gym class, and English and Math are but a few of the obstacles that face your child each day.

As a health-conscious parent, you're concerned about your child's well-being and performance at school. You can play an active role in protecting and nurturing your son or daughter at school without showing up there yourself. Nature's Sunshine offers key products to help boost your child's lines of defense.

Read the entire article.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Helmet Help For Alzheimers

A helmet that looks like it came from a sci-fi flick may offer real help to Alzheimer's sufferers. The helmet bathes the wearer with infra-red light and only needs to be worn for ten minutes each day.

Dr Dougal says, "Currently all you can do with dementia is to slow down the rate of decay - this new process will not only stop that rate of decay but partially reverse it."

Low level infra-red red is thought to stimulate the growth of cells of all types of tissue and encourage their repair. It is able to penetrate the skin and even get through the skull.

Read the entire article.

Sublingual Relief For Allergy To Bee Stings

A new research study found that placing drops of honeybee venom under the tongue can significantly reduce reactions in people allergic to bee stings. This procedure is known as sublingual immunotherapy. Participants in the study were gradually given larger doses of bee venom over a six week period.

The participants were then stung by a real honeybee. The reactions to the stings were much smaller than they would have been. The median diameter of the sting wheals in patients given sublingual immunotherapy dropped from about 8 to 3 inches.

Read the entire article.

West Nile Virus Could Have Lifelong Effects

A new study on West Nile Virus finds that 1 out of every 150 people infected suffer from severe neurological disease. Of those about 40% have serious symptoms that they may deal with for the rest of their lives.

The finding comes from five years of data on 108 Houston-area residents who came down with severe West Nile disease after infection with the mosquito-borne virus.

A year after their West Nile virus infection, 60% of these patients still had serious symptoms. Five years later, 42% had not fully recovered - and weren't getting any better.

These lasting symptoms included fatigue, muscle weakness, depression, difficulty walking, memory loss, and personality change.

Read the entire article.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Make Cleaning Products Safe Campaign

Companies should provide full disclosure of ingredients on cleaning products and remove hazardous chemicals. Tens of thousands of chemicals are used in American industry, placed in products, and released to our environment, with virtually no information on the potential consequences for human health and little oversight by the government.

No legal requirements exist for ingredient labeling on household cleaning products. Sign the petition asking companies to make cleaning products safe!

More than 100 people, from Florida to Hawaii, have already pledged to host green cleaning parties. Be part of the nationwide movement to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals in your home.

Starting on the first day of spring, people across the country will host parties to teach friends and family how to make their own “green cleaners” from ingredients they know are safe and non-toxic. Learn more.