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Sunday, August 30, 2009

ON SALE: Calcium, HSN-W and 30 More Products

Besides these two weekly specials, there is a sale on 30+ products that expires on Monday, August 31. See all sales online here.

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ON SALE - 8/30 to 9/5/09

Expires Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 6PM EST


CALCIUM PLUS VITAMIN D

$2 OFF - $11.85
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Nature's Sunshine's Calcium Plus contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin D, in a base of bone meal, alfalfa, and wheat germ. No sugar, starch, artificial colors or flavorings, and as with all their products- yeast free!

HSN-W (Hair, Skin and Nails)

$2 OFF - $10.25
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You may need more silicon in your diet and this herbal combination is a way to get it. It contains two of the richest sources of organic silicon in the plant kingdom - Dulse and Horsetail.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Vaccines and The Immune System

The Immune System is the Real Hero: Vaccines Can Only Challenge Your Immune System, They Can't Actually Make You Immune
by Steven Horne, RH(AHG)

My oldest daughter was born thirty years ago. I remember holding her in my arms and feeling this intense desire to protect and care for this tiny person. That's why shortly after she was born, I told my wife to take her to the doctor for her vaccinations. I was only doing what most parents in this country do, assuming that one of the best ways to protect their children's health is to have them vaccinated.

When my wife returned from Sarah's first round of shots, she said, "If you want her vaccinated, then take her yourself!" Her distress over the way Sarah reacted to being vaccinated brought back vivid memories of me, standing in line at the public health clinic to get my vaccines. I remember how terrified I was of getting those shots and how violated and traumatized I felt by the whole experience.

I had come to believe that children's natural instincts are pretty dependable, and it made me wonder. I remember thinking, "Is this the only way God has provided for us to protect our children's health?" As I reflected on the issue, a thought came to my mind and that was, that the vaccine didn't actually make a person immune. It is the immune system itself that creates immunity.

Let me explain. The theory of vaccination is this—you take disease organisms (viruses and bacteria) and you weaken or kill them and then inject the weakened or killed organisms into the bloodstream. The body still sees these organisms as foreign invaders and mounts an immune defense against them, which means the body is now prepared with the right antibodies to defend itself if the real disease comes along.

The bottom line here is that the vaccine isn't what makes you immune, it only challenges your immune system. It's the immune system's response to the vaccine that creates immunity (at least in theory). The real hero here is your own immune system.

When I reasoned this out, I made a radical decision. I decided that I was not going to vaccinate my children. Instead, I was going to focus on helping them have strong immune systems.

I want to point out, that at this time I had not done any research into the subject of vaccines. I was just acting on the fact that this decision felt right to me.
It was about four or five years later when I actually read my first articles and books about the controversies surrounding vaccinations. Gradually, I found out that both my reasoning and my intuitive feelings were very well substantiated by the scientific facts.

But, my purpose in writing this article is not to give you the reasons why I think vaccines are not a good idea. Instead, I want to tell you what I decided to do to keep my children's immune system's strong. (Later this month, I'll talk about the "down side" of vaccines and give you some suggestions of materials you can read to make your own informed choice.)

For starters, nature has provided a natural way to immunize children against diseases that mom is already immune to. It's called breast feeding. Colostrum from breastfeeding is nature's natural vaccine, providing antibodies the baby needs to fight off infections. Children should be breastfeed for at least one year and ideally for two. Sarah was breastfeed for 18 months, the other children for a year. It makes a big difference in their health.

Second, my wife and I agreed that our children were going to have good nutrition. When people buy into the "myth" that vaccines, by themselves, are going to create a strong immune system, they don't worry so much about things like nutrition. But, the fact is, that one can't have a strong immune system on a modern "junk food" diet. So, whether you chose to vaccinate your children or not, you can't ignore good nutrition.
I am appalled when I see parents putting coca cola in a baby bottle to give to young children. It shows how ignorant many people are of the importance of good nutrition.

Children should not be fed solid foods until they start to develop teeth. Feeding them before this irritates their digestive tract and contributes to the development of food allergies and intestinal problems later in life. When our children were old enough to start eating they weren't fed baby foods from jars either. We had a baby food grinder and mashed fruits and vegetables we were eating for them, such as bananas, potatoes, carrots, etc. (Our kids never complained about eating fruits and vegetables because they grew up eating them.) Later we introduced them to some rice cereal, yoghurt and other foods.

Third, I knew that immunity is linked to our mental and emotional state. I refused to allow anything negative to be put after the words "You are..." when talking to our children. Our children had lots of hugs and affection and words of praise and encouragement. Stress causes a weakening of the immune system in children and adults and demanding, abusive, negative parents are the biggest sources of children's stress.

Finally, I deliberately boosted my children's immune systems with herbs. Unlike vaccines which challenge the immune system, the plant kingdom actually has remedies that boost it. I called these remedies my "herbal vaccines." My favorite one for my children was echinacea. NSP's Ultimate Echinacea is something you can give children (starting around age two) whenever something is "going around" to boost their immune response. Fizz Active Immune is another way to boost children's immunity. For teenagers and adults, Immune Stimulator is my favorite product.

When I think back to that intense feeling I had of wanting to protect and care for each of these young children when I held them as new-born babes, I'm very glad that my wife and I decided to build and enhance their immune systems in this way. Today, all four children we had are relatively healthy and well-adjusted young adults, so I believe we did the right thing by chosing not to vaccinate them and focus on building their immune systems.

However, as I stated earlier. Even if you do chose to vaccinate your kids, these four suggestions for boosting their immune response are still important, because it is the immune system, not the vaccine, that ultimately makes you immune.

Visit Steven Horne's website.

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Invisible Chronic Illness

National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week is September 14-20, 2009. About 133 million people, nearly 1 in 2 in the USA live with a chronic condition and most of these are not visible.

This week the Invisible Illness Week website takes a look at invisible illness issues, as well as the best of the medical bloggers who update us on everything from new medical gadgets to their personal experiences.

My blog, The Nature In Us has been featured with an article from my it. Not only is it one of the 45 articles presented, it's the first one. I'm am honored and smiling.

For National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, the website will have a virtual conference with 20 online free seminars between 9/14 and 9/28. Visit now and share with somebody who may need to know. Encouraging others makes you feel good!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Many Uses of Lemon Essential Oil

For many of us, the color and fragrance of a lemon bring to mind freshness and vitality. While the uses of lemon and lemon juice are countless and varied, perhaps the strongest effect Lemon Essential Oil has to offer is that of lifting our spirits, particularly when we face mental fatigue.

Lemon oil helps the body face physical and psychological weariness, most strongly influencing the mind by supporting concentration and the ability to memorize. In Japan, a test showed a 54% decrease in typing mistakes when lemon oil was diffused into an office area.

Lemon Essential Oil is a powerful antiseptic. Not only has it been used to clean contaminated surfaces, such as a butcher's cutting block, but it has a powerful antibacterial and antiviral effects attributable to its limonene content.

Lemon Essential Oil also contains antifungal compounds. Some people have even used lemon to disinfect questionable drinking water. Because of its vitamin content, Lemon Essential Oil offers strong support to the immune system.

Rather than exhibit an extreme acidic quality, Lemon Essential Oil works as an excellent stabilizer of the body's acidity - alkalinity content. And its astringent qualities make lemon oil useful in the home for many conditions, including insect bites, fever and skin conditions.

Nature's Sunshine 100% Pure Lemon Essential Oil is certified organic and is cold-pressed from lemon rind.

Extracting this precious substance from the lemon peel is costly and time consuming. The peels of about 1,500 lemons are required to produce one pound of lemon oil. In our competitive market, some companies may be tempted to add synthetic ingredients to their lemon oil, such as those created to approximate a lemon scent in commercial detergents and soaps.

Make the decision to get rid of those chemical countertop disinfectants and use something safe and non-toxic that also keeps bugs at bay. Get more ideas, uses and customer reviews at the website.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

30+ Products - Surprise Sale

Nature's Sunshine has surprised us with extra specials this week. We wanted to pass this information on to you.
Surprise Specials From Nature's Sunshine
ON SALE - 08/24 - 08/31

Expires Monday, August 31, 2009 at 6PM EST
Buy 4 Get 1 FREE - $58.40

Black Ointment is a black salve designed for topical use. It has been used for acne, boils, splinters, insect bites, bumps on skin, glass slivers, and more.
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Capsicum is added to many herbal formulas as a catalyst for the other herbs. It also stimulates digestion and enhances blood flow.
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Cinnamon has warming properties that helps invigorate and rejuvenate the mind and body. It’s pungent, spicy aroma supports the respiratory and digestive systems.
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Known for antibacterial and antifungal qualities. Clove oil has been known to relieve headaches and toothaches. Improves digestion, relieves gas, opens sinus and breathing passages.
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Golden Salve is a soothing ointment for healing which contains extracts of comfrey leaf, golden seal root, yarrow flower, white oak bark, black walnut hulls, marshmallow root, lobelia herb, scullcap herb, myrrh gum, mullein herb, wheat germ and chickweed herb in a base of olive oil, beeswax, vitamin E and eucalyptus oil.
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Natria Irish Moss Hand & Body Lotion is designed for overall skin care needs and promotes skin health, suppleness and elasticity. This improved formula contains a unique moisture-replenishing complex that protects against harmful, external drying elements and ensures optimal hydration.
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Taking its name from the Latin lavare, meaning "to wash," lavender possesses a clean, pure aroma. And, like an adaptogen, It encourages balance for the entire nervous system.It has been used for nerves, migraines, headaches, tension, emotional stress, sore muscles or tense muscles.
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While the uses of lemon and lemon juice are countless and varied, perhaps the strongest effect Lemon Essential Oil has to offer is that of lifting our spirits, particularly when we face mental fatigue.

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Mandarin's fruity, cheerful aroma is invigorating and uplifting. Its astringent properties make it beneficial for skin tone.
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This widely tested deodorizer utilizes a special formulation of enzymes gleaned from plant sources. These enzymes work as deodorizers and break down the molecular structure of stains without harming fabric. Nature's Fresh is hypoallergenic, unscented, non-irritating and environmentally safe. It comes in a 16 oz. bottle with spray attachment.
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Pau d'arco contains a chemical called lapachol, which may provide nutritional support to the immune system.
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This product is manufactured with a patented process called Aqua Sol Technology and uses only the finest particle-size colloids to ensure maximum bioavailability and efficiency. Silver Shield Gel is completely non-toxic, safe and effective without the risk of heavy metal contamination.
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Stomach Comfort offers the antiacid benefits of calcium carbonate, one of nature's best antacids without the other chemical ingredients.
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Highly concentrated, this cleaner is good for just about every cleaning need imaginable - household, personal, auto and others. It's 100% organic, biodegradable, nontoxic, nonirritating, nonmagnetic, and nonvolatile. Contains no polluting borates, phosphates, or nitrates.
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Many antiseptics are harsh on delicate tissue or are hampered by the presence of pus and other organic matter. Tea tree oil is very effective in the presence of pus and it does not harm healthy tissue. Instead, it promotes the growth and repair of healthy tissue, which lessens the chance of scarring.
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Tei Fu Oil is used to soothe aching muscles and stiff joints. Applied to the temples and back of the neck, it often relieves headaches, too.
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Thyme is also a powerful antiseptic and enhances the immune system's fight against bacterial, viral and fungal infections especially in the respiratory and digestive systems.
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XyliBrite toothpaste features xylitol, a natural sweetener derived from vegetables and fruits. Xylitol gives XyliBrite a sweet taste, and, more importantly, it helps create an oral environment where microbes can't linger. Xylitol inhibits the ability of cavity-causing bacteria to adhere to teeth and mouth tissues. The regular use of xylitol helps reduce dental plaque and promotes better oral health.
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Nature’s Sweet Life Mouthwash provides a cooling sensation and leaves your mouth feeling clean and healthy. It is highly recommended by dentists as it does not promote the development of tooth decay.
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Zinc is an essential mineral and a known antioxidant. Letting a zinc lozenge dissolve under your tongue provides the body with quick sublingual absorption.
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Nature's Sweet Life Xylitol Bulk looks and tastes like table sugar, but it's a natural, low-calorie, low-carb substitute. Xylitol was discovered over 100 years ago and has been widely used for many decades. It can be used to sweeten foods and beverages or in cooking and baking (although it is not recommended for use in pastries or hard candy).
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Monday, August 24, 2009

Herbal First Aid Kits



Every home needs a good first aid kit. A useful first aid kit should provide essential aids for both emergencies and common everyday accidents and ailments.

For that reason, the best first aid kits are diverse and comprehensive. Nature’s Sunshine offers several products that will freshen your first aid kit with natural and effective helps for your family’s needs.

Silver Shield Gel
Silver Shield Gel utilizes the same Aqua Sol Technology as Silver Shield Liquid. Its fine particle-size silver colloids ensure maximum bioavailability at a potent yet safe 24 ppm. It also moisturizes the skin.

Stomach Comfort
Stomach Comfort provides nutritional ingredients to aid and promote digestion and soothe the digestive tract, which may help normal body processes in soothing occasional acid indigestion, heartburn and gas.

Zinc Lozenges
NSP Zinc Lozenges contain 5 mg of zinc along with other beneficial ingredients to support the respiratory and immune systems in times of seasonal stress.

Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree has been called the “wonder from Down Under.” It is native to Australia and has long been used by the Aborigines. The cleansing properties of tea tree oil make it a popular ingredient in shampoos, creams and skin cleansers. Tea Tree Oil is recommended for external use only, in poultices and other skin-cleansing applications.

Golden Salve
This soothing herbal salve features a base of olive oil, beeswax, vitamin E and eucalyptus oil. It can be used externally to moisturize rough, dry or patchy skin and lips.

Black Ointment
This mixture of herbal extracts in a base of olive oil, beeswax, pine tar and vitamin E is designed for topical use. Historically, the herbs in Black Ointment were used to soothe the skin. Black Ointment makes an excellent poultice when mixed with Bone/Skin Poultice herbal formula.

Pau D’Arco Lotion
The pau d’arco tree grows primarily in Argentina and Brazil. Unlike other trees in its midst, pau d’arco does not harbor fungus because it contains a chemical called lapachol. For this reason, pau d’arco has been used traditionally to support and strengthen the immune system. NSP Pau D’Arco Lotion makes this tree’s amazing properties available to you in a soothing topical lotion.

Capsicum Extract
Capsicum can stimulate digestion and enhance blood flow. Capsicum Extract is a natural and pure liquid extract composed of the finest capsicum fruit.

Tei Fu Oil
Tei Fu Oil blend was developed by a Chinese herbalist and contains the aromatic essential oils of wintergreen, menthol, camphor, clove, eucalyptus and lavender. It can be used for a wide variety of applications, especially where the refreshing and invigorating properties of essential oils are desired.

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Dental and Hair Naturally


Transform your bathroom into a Sunshine Bathroom by using Nature’s Sunshine (NSP) brand products each day. You’ll get the NSP quality you and your family deserve, and you won't get harsh chemicals or harmful ingredients.

Look around your bathroom and examine the items you use every day. Which ones can you upgrade to safer ingredients? Here are a few suggestions.

XyliBrite Toothpaste - Swap out your drugstore toothpaste. XyliBrite contains xylitol, which helps create an oral environment where plaque-building bacteria can’t thrive. It doesn’t contain fluoride, so it won’t pose a danger to young brushers. And it has a pleasant, natural, mint taste!

Nature’s Sweet Life® Mouthwash can freshen your breath and wake up your mouth better than your old mouthwash. And it contains xylitol, which means your mouth won’t harbor harmful bacteria.

Look in the shower now. How many different bottles of store- or salon-bought shampoo do you see? Natria® Restoring Shampoo works wonderfully to cleanse the hair and scalp without any heavy residue. Its light citrus fragrance is pleasant for both women and men!

Natria Restructuring Conditioner combines gentle, nourishing elements to bring moisture to help repair hair shafts and strengthen hair. And it helps kids with tangle issues.

Natria Moisture Full Body Wash. Think of it. No more chemical-laden bar soaps that leave an icky film behind. No more shrapnel in the soap dish or sharing a bar with family members or roommates. Just squirt Moisture Full Body Wash onto your washcloth or personal scrubber and enjoy a full-lather wash with 18 nourishing botanicals and a natural, refreshing, clean feeling.

Make your bathroom a Sunshine Bathroom today.

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Your Skin Deserves the Best


Ponder your personal care products for a moment. Is your lip balm lacking in the natural ingredients department? Does your hand or body lotion contain heavy perfumes and drying agents? Is your sunscreen satisfying? Perhaps it’s time to upgrade your selections to more natural choices from Nature’s Sunshine.

Natria® Lip Balm with SPF 15 protection contains no petroleum products, but instead is made from castor seed oil, earth wax, beeswax, jojoba seed oil and more. It’s loaded with nourishing botanicals and vitamins A, B, C and E. The leading brand of lip protectant contains things like petrolatum and alumina.

Natria Irish Moss Lotion for hands and body is light and creamy, never heavy or greasy. Its scent-free formula is pleasing to all. Fourteen botanicals and vitamins A, B, C and E soothe and nourish skin. And again, it contains no petroleum derivatives, unlike many lotions on the market.

Natria Sunscreen SPF 30 is fortified with DNA defense enzymes to protect skin and help improve the look of visible signs of sun-aged skin. Natria Sunscreen nourishes the skin with vitamins A, B, C and E, plus seven soothing botanicals, including aloe, green tea and chamomile.

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Add Sunshine to Your Kitchen


It is often said that the kitchen is the center of the modern home. If that’s true, let’s make sure it’s a healthful kitchen. While Nature’s Sunshine (NSP) provides premium-quality herbs and supplements, it also offers products that can become central to your everyday household routines, from cooking to cleaning.

For example, did you know that you can trade dozens of your household cleaners for all-purpose and environmentally safe Sunshine Concentrate? Read more to learn how you can bring a little more Sunshine into your kitchen.

Make your kitchen shine with natural and effective Nature's Sunshine products!

Sunshine Concentrate Cleaner
Sunshine Concentrate is the ultimate all-purpose cleaner. It is tough on grease, dirt and grime, yet safe for the environment and your family because it is free of phosphates, borates and acids. In the kitchen, use it to clean appliances, sinks, counters, wood surfaces, walls, floors, dishes (works in automatic dishwashers and on fine china), pots and pans, silver, copper and brass. It can even be used as a fruit/vegetable wash. But don’t limit its use to the kitchen: Sunshine Concentrate is also great for the bath, laundry, outdoor jobs, and as a shampoo or body wash!

Nature’s Fresh
Nature’s Fresh is a natural deodorizer and stain remover that utilizes specialized enzymes gleaned from plant sources. These enzymes work as deodorizers and break down stains. Nature’s Fresh is hypoallergenic, unscented, non-irritating and environmentally safe.

Jennifer Hochell Pressimone in Florida, shares two of her favorite aromatherapy cleaning recipes. Try one today using NSP's pure essential oils, and add extra cheer to your Sunshine Home!

Counter-Top Spray
1.5 fl. oz. Nature’s Fresh
.5 fl. oz. Silver Shield liquid
6 drops Clove Bud Bio Essential Oil
8 drops Lemon Bio Essential Oil
6 drops Thyme Linalol Bio Essential Oil

Mix all of these in a 2 fl. oz. brown amber bottle and spray on surfaces to clean.

All-Purpose Cleaner
2 fl. oz. Sunshine Concentrate Cleaner
2 fl. oz. Nature’s Fresh
4 oz. water
15 drops Lavender Fine Essential Oil
15 drops Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
15 drops Red Mandarin Essential Oil

Mix all of these in an 8 fl. oz. spray bottle or a recycled Nature’s Fresh bottle. Use for all surfaces.

Xylitol Bulk
Nature’s Sweet Life Xylitol Bulk provides an alternative to one of the most common kitchen staples—sugar. Xylitol can replace sugar in most recipes and is heat stable. This natural sweetener supplies 40% fewer calories than sugar and is safe for everyone, including diabetics, hypoglycemics, children and pregnant women.

Herbal Beverage
Herbal Beverage is the perfect coffee substitute. It even smells and tastes like coffee. Herbal Beverage is made with the healthful grains barley, malt, chicory and rye along with natural herbal flavorings. It contains no caffeine.

Vita-Lemon
Vita-Lemon is a refreshing citrus beverage that contains healthful amounts of fiber and at least 10 percent of the Daily Value of vitamins A, C, D, B6, B12, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, biotin and pantothenic acid.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

High-Protein Diet For Cholesterol

Among vegetarian diets, a high-protein, low-carbohydrate plan may improve cholesterol levels more than a high-carbohydrate diet.

That news comes from a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The study included 47 overweight men and women with high total and LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels. For a month, they ate only food that was packaged for them in accordance with the study.

Half of the participants got meals that were high in plant-based protein (soy, gluten, and nuts) and low in carbohydrates. Oats and barley, which are high in fiber, were allowed in limited amounts, but common starchy foods -- like bread, baked goods, and rice -- weren't included.

For comparison, the other half of the group got a high carbohydrate, low-fat, lacto-ovo vegetarian diet, meaning it included low-fat or skim dairy products and egg whites or egg substitutes. Read the entire article

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Freeway Pollution Extends 1.5 Miles

Environmental health researchers from UCLA, the University of Southern California and the California Air Resources Board have found that during the hours before sunrise, freeway air pollution extends much further than previously thought.

Air pollutants from Interstate 10 in Santa Monica extend as far as 2,500 meters — more than 1.5 miles — downwind, based on recent measurements from a research team headed by Dr. Arthur Winer, a professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health.

This distance is 10 times greater than previously measured daytime pollutant impacts from roadways and has significant exposure implications, since most people are in their homes during the hours before sunrise and outdoor pollutants penetrate into indoor environments.

The study was published last month in the journal Atmospheric Environment, with Dr. Shishan Hu, a postdoctoral scholar at the UCLA School of Public Health, as lead author. Read the entire article.

Animal Diversity Keeps Us Healthy

Maintaining the diversity of life on Earth does more than just keep the world interesting. It also keeps us healthy.

At a field site in Panama, scientists found that rates of hantavirus tripled in rodents as the number of rodent species dropped. Hantavirus is an often-fatal disease that can spread from rodents to people.

The new study strengthens a growing sense that reducing biodiversity increases the risk that diseases will jump from animals to people.

"We are undergoing a massive episode of extinction by human hands," said Richard Ostfeld, an ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. "If we have a less diverse planet, it means we will have a sicker human population."

In the last few years, scientists have increasingly noticed that, when biodiversity dips, rates of Lyme disease, West Nile virus, SARS and other infectious diseases rise. Called zoonotic diseases, these illnesses also spread from animals to people.

For most zoonotic diseases, there is usually a small number of host species that act as a reservoir for the infection. Mice and chipmunks, for example, are the main reservoirs of Lyme disease, even though the ticks that carry Lyme-causing bacteria will bite pretty much any warm-blooded vertebrates they encounter -- including raccoons, foxes and squirrels, which don't carry the disease.

When there are lots of species around, chances are greater that ticks will bite animals that don't carry Lyme disease, making them less likely to be infectious themselves when they later bite people. As diversity drops, on the other hand, mice and chipmunks are the types of species that tend to be left behind, allowing the disease to proliferate.

The theory is called the "dilution effect," and most evidence for it so far comes from observations that show spikes in disease where biodiversity is lost. Ostfeld and colleagues wanted to see if they could show that one was, in fact, causing the other.

Led by Gerardo Suzan of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, the team investigated hantavirus, which people catch from rodent droppings and urine. In Central America, two main species act as reservoirs for hantavirus: the pygmy rice rat and the cane mouse. Continue ...

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Are You Eating Safe Food?

Where to Find Information on Making Sure Your Food Is Safe

Eating right is hard enough, but with all the recent food recalls it seems eating safely is getting harder and harder.

But there is help available, if you know where to look.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a huge repository of information on food safety."

Read the entire article

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USDA Allowances Degrade Organic Label

The non-organic substances, that can be added to 'USDA Organic' product has grown from 77 to 245 since 2002.

We're well aware that more and more products are apt to be labeled with false green claims to try to grab the attention of increasingly green consumers--and 98% percent of them were guilty of exactly that last year. Now consider the federal, USDA regulated 'organic' label that many shoppers have come to know and trust. That now-ubiquitous label has become perhaps the most recognizable standard bearer for the green food movement--it couldn't be one of the biggest cases of greenwashing in the US. Could it?

Can We Trust 'Organic'?


Shifts include the USDA issuing a directive saying that farmers could use pesticides on organic crops if "after a reasonable effort" they determined it didn't contain any chemicals restricted by the organic labeling rule. Sounds pretty vague and open to loopholes.

The integrity of the 'organic' label has recently come under fire from members of Congress and consumer groups, according to an extensive report in the Washington Post (whose own integrity has coincidentally come under fire recently). Some charge that the federal standards have grown too lax, and foods and products that carry the organic label don't deserve to. Consider this example.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

On SALE: Joint Support and LoClo High Fiber Supplement

ON SALE - 08/16 to 08/22/09
Expires Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 6PM EST

JOINT SUPPORT

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This product has been used for arthritis, bursitis, inflammatory muscle and joint conditions. More Info.

LOCLO HIGH FIBER SUPPLEMENT W/ STEVIA

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This exciting product contains fiber from five different sources: psyllium hulls, apple fiber, acacia gum, guar gum and oat bran. Each serving provides 3.8 grams total dietary fiber (3.2 grams soluble fiber and 0.6 grams insoluble fiber) and it tastes great. More Info.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Free Webinar on EverFlex

This webinar will be available through Friday, August 14th only!

Free webinar on EverFlex supplement for bone and joint support. Ingredients shown to rebuild cartilage and reduce inflammation.

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Diabetes Common Sense Approach

A Common Sense Approach to Strengthening the Pancreas
by James D. Jenks, H.M.D.


The Medical Sciences are trying so hard to understand diabetes. The simple fact is diabetes is unknown in countries where people can't afford to overeat. Solutions to the human health may best be investigated in our kitchen and not in labs with rats as this does seem to be with whom the scientific mind prefers to work.

Diabetes is a body situation where the body cells do not use glucose, blood sugar properly and the blood sugar level rises beyond a normal tolerance causing coma and long range chronic deterioration.

Diabetic symptoms are simple and everyday. Classic symptoms are excessive thirst and urination, excessive hunger but weight loss despite increased food consumption. General weakness, skin disorders, including boils and vaginal infections, blurred vision, tingling, leg cramps, impotence and dry mouth are frequent complaints. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a condition where the excess sugar in the urine also dehydrates the body causing acids to build up in the body. Ketoacidosis can be life threatening if allowed to progress to a coma state. Other chronic complications are coronary heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and blindness.

Science now has a new classification for diabetes, Type I and II. In Type I the pancreas does not produce insulin, a hormone which delivers the glucose to the cell. Without insulin the cell cannot use or burn the blood sugar as energy. Read the entire article

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Milk and Dairy

Food For Thought .....

Orientals and Africans have traditionally avoided milk- except as a purgative. But in the Western world, people are told to drink milk everyday throughout their lives.

If we look at nature, we see that the young feed exclusively on milk until weaned away from it with other foods. The natural disappearance of the milk-digesting enzyme lactase from the human system upon reaching maturity proves that adult humans have no more nutritional need for milk than adult tigers or chimpanzees.

Though milk is a complete protein food when consumed raw, it also contains fat, which means that it combines poorly with any other food except itself. Yet adults today routinely 'wash down' other foods with cold milk.

Milk curdles immediately upon entering the stomach, so if there is other food present the curds coagulate around other food particles and insulate them from exposure to gastric juices, delaying digestion long enough to permit the onset of putrefaction. Therefore, the first and foremost rule of milk consumption is, 'Drink it alone, or leave it alone.'" Read the entire article.

Additional Resources:
Milk Pastuerization and Homogenization
52 Good Reasons to Abandon Milk and Dairy
The Milk Book: The Milk of Human Kindness Is Not Pasteurized

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Do We Have Memories In The Womb?

In a study of 100 of pregnant women in the Netherlands, researchers say they found evidence that fetuses have short-term memory of sounds by the 30th week of pregnancy, and develop a long-term memory of sound after that.

The researchers documented the memory by watching fetal movements with ultrasound while they played 'vibroacoustic' sound to the growing baby. Five of the fetuses in the study did not move in reaction to the sound and were eliminated from the study.

But among the fetuses who did move, researchers repeated the sound until the fetus 'habituated' to it and no longer reacted. Doctors let some time pass and then tested the memory of the fetus by playing the sound in intervals to see if the fetus 'remembered' or recognized the sound and did not react.

The study found that by 30 weeks of age, a fetus could 'remember' a sound for 10 minutes. By the 34th week a fetus may be able to 'remember' the sound for four weeks." Read the entire article

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Is Bottled Water Purer Than Tap

They proffer claims of being 'essential,' 'pure,' and 'crystal-fresh,' but are bottled waters anything more than glorified tap water?

The answer, said some House lawmakers at a hearing on Capitol Hill today, is that we often don't know for sure.

Watch 'World News With Charles Gibson' tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET for the full report.

Holding up a bottle of Dasani, Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., scoured the label for information on the source of the water.

'It doesn't say anything about sources or anything, does it?' he asked the panel of government and beverage industry experts.

'So we don't know where this water really came from -- Nevada, Connecticut, New York or Pennsylvania?' he asked. The panel agreed.

With more Americans turning to bottled water believing it safer and healthier than tap water, there are growing concerns over how water is marketed, sourced and tested for safety and purity.

Consumption of bottled water in the U.S. has doubled over the past 10 years, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation.

Many of the most popular brands of bottled water claim a high level of purity, but often consumers and government regulators can't easily verify those claims."

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Boomerang Air Sanitizer

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With a focus on staying healthy, we pay special attention to the foods we eat and the quality of the supplements we take ... Even the water we drink ...

But, we are constantly breathing, and the air surrounding us is often downright unhealthful.

Now you can shield your home, office, car or hotel room and clean the air you breathe with the Boomerang Air Sanitizer!

The unique Nature's Sunshine Boomerang Air Sanitizer utilizes patent-pending Silver+ PCO technology. Nano-sized silver and other metals work together, neutralizing airborne pathogens and killing them, thereby successfully sanitizing the air. With the air continually being sanitized, surfaces also get sanitized.

The system sanitizes 2,000 square feet of open space. You can run it 24 hours a day, since it is a 15 watt unit. Plus, no maintenance is required for three years! The unique boomerang shape allows for better air flow whether on a surface or mounted on a wall.

How Does It Work?

• Proprietary Silver + PCO Technology (Photo Catalytic Oxidation)

• UV light that mimics the oxidizing and ionizing benefits found in nature, created by the sun

• New technology that produces a blanket of redundant oxidizers that not only clean your air, but sanitize surfaces

• Nanotechnology - 5 rare catalyst metals and nano size particles to increase the kinetic rate of reaction creating millions of redundant oxidizers

Boomerang Benefits

• Sanitizes the air by neutralizing and killing airborne pathogens and aeroallergens (pollen)

• University studies have demonstrated Boomerang effectiveness (see below)

• Neutralizes indoor odors

• Simple and inexpensive to operate (15 watts)

• No filters to change or plates to clean

Maintenance free for up to three years

• Made in the USA

Scientific Support

Studies conducted by West Texas A&M University confirm that Silver+ PCO technology purifies the air and sanitizes surfaces!

One study measured reductions in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, on surfaces. The study also measured a 75% reduction in fungus/mold, bacteria, viruses and aeroallergens (pollen) in only eight hours of use! Additional studies showed that microbes exposed to Silver+ PCO technology over longer periods of time were almost completely eradicated.

Recommended Use

Place your Boomerang on a flat surface like a counter or shelf. The Boomerang can also be mounted on a wall! Plug it in and forget about it! Or unplug it and take it with you when you travel or in your car if you have a DC adapter.

Where Can I Purchase The Boomerang?

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

America's Unhealthiest Meals

A consumer group recently caught our attention with a list of some of the unhealthiest dishes from popular chain restaurants.

They singled out a few particular gut-busting dishes -- the sort of food found on the menu at franchises across the country.

'These huge portion sizes can not only blow your diet for the day but can blow your diet for the week,' said Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy for the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

We wanted to see what effect eating this food would have on our bodies, other than the obvious impact on our waistlines.

ABC News producer Jon Garcia and I went to the University of Maryland Medical Center to put an appetizer, entree and dessert to the test.

Before we ate, researchers took blood samples and gauged the health of our arteries with an ultrasound. We both passed the tests and were deemed perfectly healthy.

Our three-course meal: an appetizer (deep fried macaroni and cheese), entree (quesadilla burger) and dessert (mega-sized deep dish sundae) packed 6,190 calories and 187 grams of saturated fat. The USDA recommends that adults our age eat roughly 2,000 calories per day, and no more than 20 grams of saturated fat. This means our single meal packed more than three times the daily recommended calories, and nearly 10 times the saturated fat suggested by federal guidelines."

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Swine Flu Vaccines

The swine flu vaccines now being prepared for mass injection into infants, children, teens and adults have never been tested and won't be tested before the injections begin. In Europe, where flu vaccines are typically tested on hundreds (or thousands) of people before being unleashed on the masses, the European Medicines Agency is allowing companies to skip the testing process entirely.

And yet, amazingly, people are lining up to take the vaccine, absent any safety testing whatsoever. When the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. announced a swine flu vaccine trial beginning in early August, it was inundated with phone calls and emails from people desperate to play the role of human guinea pigs. The power of fear to herd sheeple into vaccine injections is simply amazing...

Back in Europe, of course, everybody gets to be a guinea pig since no testing will be done on the vaccine at all. Even worse, the European vaccines will be using adjuvants -- chemicals used to multiply the potency of the active ingredients in vaccines.

Notably, there is absolutely no safety data on the use of adjuvants in infants and expectant mothers -- the two groups being most aggressively targeted ... Read Ten Things You're Not Supposed to Know about the Swine Flu Vaccine.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep

by Donna L. Watkins

Beautiful skin comes from drinking plenty of water and eating the right kinds of foods. Hair and nails reflect the condition of your health also. So, before you look for a magical product to make yourself beautiful, be sure to remember the basics.....lots of water.....lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Coffee and teas contain tannic acids which dry out your skin and promote wrinkles. Licorice Root is used to withdraw from caffeine without the severe side effects. You can use Herbal Beverage if you like the smell and taste of coffee without the caffeine.

After you've taken care of the basics, you'll want to put only natural things on your skin. What you place on your skin is absorbed into your body, so use earth/skin-friendly ingredients!

Nature's Sunshine's Natria Skin Care products are my favorites. Botanical ingredients, scientific cutting-edge ingredients, and essential oils for fragrance and color.

HSN-W is a great herbal formula designed to feed and nourish the body to promote health for Hair, Skin and Nails. It has dulse (seaweed rich in trace minerals) to feed the thyroid and other herbs to known to promote healthy hair, skin and nails. Read more about Hair, Skin and Nails.

What isn't much thought about is that the skin absorbs whatever you put on it. That's why they are using transdermal drugs (creams and patches with medications). Whatever we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream, so it's very important to consider what you use for lotions, creams, deodorants, makeup, colognes, etc. There are natural alternatives available.

We use essential oils for cologne. You can choose your own favorites and make your own blends. Guys generally like Sandalwood. With allergies being such a common problem for millions of people, perfumes are very offensive to many. There are laws being considered for "scent-free" zones, just as there are smoke-free areas.

We are bombarded by chemicals daily and our bodies are challenged in keeping up with the bombardment. The last thing we need to be doing is administering chemicals into our bodies when we can choose natural alternatives.

Essential oils are used in many ways for skin and hair. You can make your own blends and use them for natural perfume. No chemicals with essential oils. It's special to me to wear a scent that actually comes from nature.

Find out more about making your beauty items and even household cleaning sprays with essential oils. I like to make my own skin conditioner and wrinkle eraser. There's nothing like the natural oils that are in the Massage Oil blend for nourishing the skin --- dry elbows and heels, or all over body smoothness. Skin is dry due to lack of essential fatty acids which are designed to keep the skin soft. Applying creams and lotions that are simply made from chemicals sometimes does more harm than good. Nourish the skin with natural oils for a lasting solution to the problem.

There is a body "lotion" that is a favorite of mine. I have recommended it to so many people who have reported back to me so many neat stories of what it has done for their skin. Herbal Trim Skin Treatment is something I have used since 1988 and I wouldn't switch to anything else.

Don't forget the importance of sunscreen. Our skin needs extra protection in the sun. Suncare Sunscreen SPF25 is an excellent choice.

Inner Beauty

"When it is only through age that one gathers wisdom and experience, why this endless struggle to seem young? ... Remember that beauty works from within, it cannot be put on and off like a garment, and it depends far more on the culture of the intellect, the tastes, sentiment, and affections of the soul than the color of the hair, eyes, or complexion ... Be kind, noble, generous, well-mannered, be true to yourselves and your friends, and the soft lines of these tender graces and noble virtues will reveal themselves in the face ... we cannot be one thing and look another ... There are indelible marks in every face showing the real life within." Elizabeth Cady Stanton



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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Stop Smoking Drugs To List Warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it will immediately require boxed warnings about the risk of serious neuropsychiatric symptoms on the packaging of two popular smoking cessation drugs -- varenicline (Chantix) and buproprion (Zyban, Wellbutrin and generics).

Reports of behavioral changes, depressed mood, agitation, hostility and suicidal thoughts and behavior associated with use of the drugs have been submitted to the FDA's adverse event reporting system.

Throughout the marketing history of the drugs, there have been 98 suicides and 188 attempted suicides in varenicline users and 14 suicides and 17 attempted suicides in buproprion users, the agency reported.

The FDA is not recommending discontinuation of the medications, which have been shown effective for quitting smoking, according to Dr. Curtis Rosebraugh, director of the agency's Office of Drug Evaluation II. But the FDA is recommending that clinicians monitor their patients for neuropsychiatric symptoms after initiating treatment. Read the entire article

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