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Monday, March 31, 2008

Essential Oils Kill MRSA

It's becoming more and more obvious with new research that plants truly do hold the health of our future. Although herbalists have known that for a very long time, scientists are now finding out why.

University of Manchester researchers found three of the oils, usually used in aromatherapy, destroyed MRSA and E.coli bacteria in two minutes.

They suggest the oils could be blended into soaps and shampoos which could be used in hospitals to stop the spread of the superbug.

Hospital-acquired infections, such as MRSA, kill an estimated 5,000 a year.

Dr Peter Warn, who carried out the research, said: "When I tested the oils in the lab, absolutely nothing grew. Rather than stimulating bacteria and fungi, the oils killed them off."

Learn more about essential oils. Pure essential oils pack a potent punch, so be sure of potency and purity when you select essential oils.

Black Tea Against Anthrax

A cup of black tea could be the next line of defense in the threat of bio-terrorism according to new international research.

Published in the March issue of the Society for Applied Microbiology's journal Microbiologist, Professor Baillie said: "Our research sought to determine if English Breakfast tea was more effective than a commercially available American medium roast coffee at killing anthrax. We found that special components in tea such as polyphenols have the ability to inhibit the activity of anthrax quite considerably."

The study provides further evidence of the wide range of beneficial physiological and pharmalogical effects of this common household item.

The research also shows that the addition of whole milk to a standard cup of tea completely inhibited its antibacterial activity against anthrax.

Resource: ScienceDaily.com

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Toxic Dryer Sheets & Cleaning Supplies

When I was reading about information on what to leave out for birds to build their nests, the information specifically stated NOT to use dryer sheets. I wondered why. This is what I found. You can easily see why they could kill baby birds ... but what about our babies? Nobody needs to be using clothes and towels coated with these chemicals.

* Benzyl Acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer

* Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant

* Ethanol: On the EPA's Hazardous Waste list and capable of causing central nervous system disorders

* A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage

* Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list

* Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders

* Chloroform: Neurotoxin, anesthetic and carcinogen

* Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders

* Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled

Even the liquid fabric softeners are filled with the same and similar chemicals. Our skin absorbs these things, especially when we sweat and our pores are wide open. Throw them away and use vinegar in your rinse cycle. I pour it where the fabric softener goes. It's been working for me for 20 years.

We got rid of the chemical cleaners and detergents a long time ago because my husband had continual rashes under his arms and where he would sweat. I had chronic dry skin using chemical soaps, so we replaced them all with Sunshine Concentrate. It goes in our soap pumps, in our washer as detergent, and in the countertop spray bottle I use (with essential oils for antimicrobial properties).

Easy to keep my cleaning cabinet organized now. And there are a zillion uses for Sunshine Concentrate.

What to do about fabric softener? Use white vinegar. I fill the dispenser in my washer that's for fabric softener with vinegar. Have been using it for 15 years and it does a great job on the towels. As for clothes, I don't have a need for anything else after they've been washed in the Sunshine Concentrate mentioned above.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Dangers Of Fluorescent Bulbs

Companies and the EPA are aggressively promoting the sale of compact fluorescent light bulbs as a way to save energy and fight global warming, but these bulbs contain small amounts of mercury, a neurotoxin, and the companies and federal government haven't come up with effective ways to get Americans to recycle them.

The mercury is inside the bulb and safe as long as it doesn't break, but they'll break before they get to the landfill and workers may be exposed to very high levels of mercury when that happens. There's also dangers within the home if they break and fall into carpet where children, pregnant women and pets can be exposed to the dangers.

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency program concedes that not enough has been done to urge people to recycle CFL bulbs and make it easier for them to do so.

Read the entire article.
Get info on recycling these bulbs from the EPA site.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Organic Food vs. Inorganic Studies

Non-organic fruits and vegetables are grown with synthetic pesticides and fertilizer. Studies show that more than 90% of children in the U.S. "have detectable residues of at least one neurotoxic pesticide in their urine." Neurotoxins are poisonous to your brain and nervous system.

Pesticides have been found to change hormones and reproductive systems of animals in the wild. A lot of our human systems are similar, so they must be hurting us too. These chemicals are considered hormone mimics and endocrine disruptors.

According to a study outlined in a 2003 Environmental Health Perspectives article, children "eating organic fruits and vegetables had six times lower levels of pesticide byproducts in their blood versus children eating conventional produce."

Choosing organic foods also provides more nutrients. Mother Earth News reports that organically raised chickens lay eggs that contain:

* 1/3 less cholesterol
* 1/4 less saturated fat
* 2/3 more vitamin A
* 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
* 3 times more vitamin E
* 7 times more beta carotene

There are more than 30 studies comparing the nutrient content of organic crops and those produced conventionally with chemical fertilizers and pesticides. In these studies, various individual nutrients in individual crops were compared, such as zinc in organic versus conventional carrots, or Vitamin C in organic versus conventional broccoli. In the more than 300 comparisons performed in these studies, organic crops had a higher nutrient content about 40% of the time.

For three individual nutrients, Vitamin C, nitrates and protein quality, there is enough evidence to suggest that organic crops are superior to conventional ones. Compared to crops grown with chemical fertilizers and pesticides, organically grown crops generally have a higher Vitamin C content, a lower content of carcinogenic nitrates and better protein quality. Read more details on these studies.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Side Effect-Free Pain Relief For Joints

Having rheumatoid arthritis (RA) I have been familiar with pain so I worked hard to find alternatives to the drugs. I've been successfully doing that since 1986. I was already into the alternative health realm from previous health issues that the medical world had no answer for, so it was natural to go natural.

However, many people don't feel comfortable making choices for their pain management on their own. The prescription drugs have many side effects and even if you can avoid them with over-the-counter drugs, such as Tylenol and Aleve, there are still horrible side effects.

Tylenol is the number one cause of hospital admissions for liver failure.

Long before it was mainstream research, I was using glucosamine in a joint formula that combined it with other necessary factors and anti-inflammatory ingredients. The glucosamine "discovery" was validated by vets who used it in dogs with arthritis. My friend's mom has used the same product I did for her dog with great success and much increased mobility for the dog.

Dogs frequently suffer from joint pain, especially with hip dysplasia being more common. One thing to think about is that there are no "placebo effects" with dogs. They don't get better because they think they're supposed to. They either feel better or they don't and pet owners know the difference. Read the entire article about glucosamine and other natural remedies for joint pain.

One of the formulas I have used the longest in my RA program is Everflex with glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, hyaluronic acid, and devil's claw.

If you suffer from joint pain or have somebody you love that does, think more about a natural solution. Nobody wants to live with chronic pain, but there are simpler solutions to manage it. Maybe that's the problem ... they just sound too simple.

They've been working for me for over 20 years and I'm so grateful!

Tylenol - Liver and Kidney Damage

Healthy adults who took the maximum dose of Tylenol for two weeks were found to have liver damage, according to a study appearing in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Read the entire article.

Research also shows that long-term use of Tylenol harms the kidneys. This is yet more evidence of the dangers of consuming over-the-counter painkillers on a frequent basis. Read the entire article.

As a whole, over-the-counter painkillers are responsible for killing over 40,000 Americans each year -- that includes aspirin, acetaminophen, and other painkillers.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Health Benefits Of Epsom Salts

Many of us are deficient in magnesium, and by simply soaking in a relaxing bath with magnesium-rich Epsom salt we can boost our levels of this important element.

What's the big deal on magnesium? Read about symptoms of magnesium deficiency.

“Magnesium,” you might wonder, “what’s the big deal?” Find out the importance of magnesium and discover the many surprising health benefits of using Epsom salt in your bath.

If you like taking warm baths, read about the benefits of epsom salts.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Bird Flu Crosses To Humans

The avian flu has undergone a critical mutation making it easier for the virus to infect humans, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and published in the journal PLoS Pathogens.

The H5N1 strain of influenza, also known as "bird flu," has decimated wild and domestic bird populations across the world since it emerged between 1999 and 2002. This highly virulent variety of the flu has been identified as a public health concern because in the past, varieties of influenza have mutated and crossed the species barrier to humans.

Since 2003, 329 humans have been confirmed infected with H5N1, with 201 fatalities.

Read the entire article.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Natural Health and Essential Oils

Nature's Essence is a blog with a make-over. Christina Bethke has done a great job of gathering lots of information about essential oils along with 150+ recipes for your essential oils. There's a lot of health topics and information on Nature's Sunshine Products and natural health.

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TV Not Good For Babies

A study published in German magazine for doctors, television and DVD that are designed for children do more harm than good to the development of child's brain. Researchers say that the most harm is seen when television learning substitutes grown-up and siblings reading.

In one experiment, babies aged 9 to 12 months old were listening to grown-up reading them in Chinese, while the other group watched the same stories on television. The results showed that children who were read Chinese, could recognize Chinese sounds in two months, while those who watched television stories did not learn anything.

Read the entire article.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Autism and Vaccines

Studies financed by the government and pharmaceutical corporations continue to inform us that there's no link between autism and vaccines. These studies are often influenced by the sources of funding, while parents are in a pressure box on having their children vaccinated.

Now an independent study, financed by Generation Rescue. The study was performed by SurveyUSA, an independent company, has its own results. Generation Rescue is a group of families with autistic children who have been searching to find out why their children have this disease and how to help them.

The study included a survey of 11,817 California and Oregon households, with 17,674 children, 991 of which have never been vaccinated. Read about the results at Generation Rescue's website.

New Jersey is the first state in the nation to require flu shots for preschoolers. Starting in September 2008, all children attending preschool or licensed day care centers will be required to get an annual flu shot.

Vaccines are dangerous for any individual, but when given to small children in their developmental years, they're especially damaging. Day care includes babies. Medical "experts" have not even determined correct dosages. Read news article.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Top 10 Non-Drug Addictions

People struggling with substance abuse turn to the internet for help and information every day. These search statistics help us understand the nature of substance abuse today. How does this knowledge challenge your assumptions? How can you use this information to prevent addictions in your community?

Read the entire article.