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The Problem with Canola Oil
Amy Goodrich, NaturalNews.com

Canola Oil does not belong in your kitchen.

After reading Amy Goodrich's article that describes 3 shocking facts about canola oil, this news must be shared.

#1 - 90% of canola oil is genetically modified

#2 - Canola Oil is often used as a hydrogenated oil

#3 - Canola Oil is the main ingredient of "Non-Chemical" pesticides

Ms Goodrich writes:  Canola oil comes from highly toxic genetically modified rapeseeds. In the past, rapeseed oil was used in candles, soaps, lipsticks, lubricants, inks, biofuels, and even insecticides. Somehow this industrial oil found its way to our dinner table.

In 1956, however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the use of rapeseed oil for human consumption due to the high levels of erucic acid. By the early seventies, rapeseed growers had found a way to genetically modify the seeds to produce an oil with reduced erucic acid.

The oil was reintroduced on the market under the name "Rape Oil" or "LEAR Oil" (Low Erucic Acid Rape), which was later changed to canola oil for marketing purposes. It was touted a wonder oil, low in unhealthy saturated fats and high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

While this GMO seed may have a lower erucic acid content, hybridization and genetic modification also increased the amount of oleic acid. Oleic acid has been linked to stunted growth, abnormalities in blood platelets, free radical damage, and an increased risk of several types of cancer

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8 Amazing Perks of Ditching Your Bra

A throwback to the 60's? Or is it possible that ditching your bra might provide you more comfort or even improved health? I found this information written by Rebecca Endicott and this information must be shared with your sisters. Here are a few of her perks:

Perk #1: Bras Have Zero Effect On ‘Perkiness’

Perk #2: Your Circulation Will Get A Boost

Perk #4: Your Breast Health Will Improve

Perk #8: It Will Enhance Your Shape

 

Read the entire article with all 8 Amazing Perks HERE and pass it to your girlfriends.

 

Onions As Medicine?

Onions are amazing! They have a variety of healing properties and they're delicious to eat. Onions possess antibiotics to boost your immune system and antiseptic assets to help the body fight free radicals.

Using onion to cure colic in babies, ear infections, chest colds and congestion plus much more has been in evidence for a long time.

Here's a recipe for baked onions that is sure to please your friends and family:

Ready aluminum foil, 8 x 8, for each onion. Cut the ends off each onion and peel. Hollow out the center about one inch in diameter but do not cut the bottom of the onion. Place onion onto foil. Place a beef bullion cube and pat of butter in the hollowed out reservoir. Generously douse with Worcestershire Sauce. Wrap the onion tightly and bake it on a sheet for 45 to 60 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool in the foil 10 minutes before unwrapping and serving. Great with steak, barbeque beans and potato salad.

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*The above onions were grown in our Oklahoma community garden.

 

Skinny Eyebrows? Over Plucked Brows? Try MicroBlading!

Fuller, lush eyebrows are certainly the rage and if you don't have them, you can visit NYC, plunk down $900 and voila! Eyebrows. I am seriously considering enhancing my brows with this technique that goes beyond tattooing and stencils. Check out the before & after photos at www.eyebrowdoctor.com

I learned of this procedure from NewBeauty.com - READ

This is a permanent solution with results lasting one to three years.

 

 

Startling Research Published in JAMA
Michael Snyder - DCClothesline.com

According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 59 percent of all U.S. adults are on at least one prescription drug at this point, and 15 percent of all U.S. adults are on at least five prescription drugs.

 

Here are some more selected numbers from a previous article that back up that claim…

Back in 1987, 61.1 percent of all Americans reported being happy at work.  Today, 52.3 percent of all Americans say that they are unhappy at work.

A different survey found that 70 percent of all Americans do not “feel engaged or inspired at their jobs”.

One survey of 50-year-old men in the U.S. found that only 12 percent of them said that they were “very happy”.

The number of Americans diagnosed with depression increases by about 20 percent each year.

According to the New York Times, more than 30 million Americans take antidepressants.

Doctors in the United States write more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants each year.

The rate of antidepressant use among middle aged women is far higher than for the population as a whole.  It is hard to believe, but right now one out of every four women in their 40s and 50s is taking an antidepressant medication.

Compared to children in Europe, children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants.

In America today, there are 60 million people that abuse alcohol and there are 22 million people that use illegal drugs.

America has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire planet.

America has the highest divorce rate in the world by a wide margin.

America has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.

100 years ago, 4.52 people were living in the average U.S. household, but now the average U.S. household only consists of 2.59 people.

 

 

The Peach Wood Comb

Combing our hair 100 strokes every night has become a lost tradition. As a result, thinning hair is prevalent, bald spots develop and the dreaded "part" can sometimes be seen in the crown of the head. When I read an article regarding the efficacy of using a peach wood comb, I immediately ordered one and when it arrived, I began combing my hair in different directions throughout the day. You can certainly feel the stimulation it creates and in just days new hair is growing at my hairline.

The comb with all-round Benefits:

1.    The natural wooden bristles condition the hair and evenly distribute it’s natural oils.

2.    The wooden bristles are gentle and more durable, than their plastic counterparts, reducing the chance of hair breakage, when combing.

3.    Unlike synthetic brushes and combs, Peach Wood bristles don’t produce any static electricity.

4.    Moving wooden bristles around your scalp gives the feeling of a finger head massage- particularly if you’re familiar with acupressure. It also helps in invigorating blood circulation within the scalp and carrying more nutrients to the hair follicles.

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Confident Dressing

New York Fashion Week has its share of surprises - from short hemlines, to glistening fabrics to shimmering see through evening gowns, this fashion extravaganza has it all. Granted, most of us would not wear these fashions on a regular basis let alone special occasions but what interests me is what were these designers thinking when they developed these bizarre, unusual clothing items?

Look for shades of yellow for power dressing and those fabulous High-Shine Skirts have my vote for feminine, confident dressing. Sequins might be passé but sparkle with radiance is still en vogue.

The embellished gloves and the long fringe dresses were not my favorite but hey, those unique styles have lots of appeal. The Fancy Pants are certainly all of that and those stylish socks worn with eye catching high heels are modern updates for sure.

Take a look at these 2016 New York Fashion styles.

 

New Beauty Gadget for DIY Manicure

I'm always looking for new beauty items and here is a clever way to handily hold your nail polish while polishing! Introducing TWEEXY - this gadget was invented by South Carolina natives Liz and Mark, is a simple - but oh-so effective - silicone ring which attaches to two fingers and holds your nail polish bottle in place while you paint your nails. No more worrying about accidentally knocking over a bottle of polish. Tweexy is molded to fit every shape and size nail polish bottle. The team spent over two years, purchasing every nail polish out there and testing more 250 bottles to make sure they fit properly. Tweexy is currently being sold on Amazon for $15 in a variety of colors. Here's where you can read the entire article and watch the videos.



Are You Still Using a Microwave Oven?

When we moved from California to Oklahoma I made a conscious decision to stop using a microwave. You can see that the special cabinet that would typically house a microwave is where I store my vitamins.

For many years I had read about the dangers of nuking our food while I helped my children heat hot dogs, soups and nachos in the microwave. The convenience factor was huge when there were four always hungry kids hanging out with their always hungry friends. The microwave became a staple.

Maybe you're on the fence about using a device that destroys the nutritional value of your food. Here is an article that lists12 Shocking Effects of Microwaving Food.

 

10 Reasons You Should be Drinking Lemon/Cayenne Water
Alex Jordan for NaturalNews.com

Detoxing our body can be simple. In fact, using this combination of lemon and cayenne can change digestion, decrease sugar cravings and keep your breath fresh. It's so easy! And, it's tasty with a kick at the end...

1. Both lemon and cayenne pepper are excellent immune boosters. The rich Vitamin C helps boost your immune system to fight many types of diseases.

2. Lemon helps stimulate the liver to remove toxins and cayenne pepper helps your body detox by healing the body.

3. Cayenne pepper is a well-known digestive aid and it is also helpful for relieving intestinal gas and other indigestion problems. Lemon helps soothe indigestion, drinking warm lemon water is a simple but effective daily routine to aid digestion.

4. Lemon helps fight hunger and sugar cravings. Cayenne pepper also aids the body in burning excess fats. Studies have found that those who took cayenne pepper for breakfast regularly may have less appetite, resulting in less caloric intake throughout the day.

5. Both lemons and cayenne have powerful antibacterial properties. Cayenne pepper is an excellent preservative and works effectively to prevent food contamination from bacteria. And lemon juice has been proven to destroy the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases.

6. Cayenne pepper promotes your cells to receive more nutrients by improving blood and lymphatic circulation.

7. Lemon helps your body fight viral infections such as step throat. Cayenne pepper also has the ability to ease sore throats, irritating coughs and diarrhea due to its anti-irritant properties.

8. Studies showed lemon contains 22 anti-cancer compounds, makes it a possible anti-cancer agent. Cayenne’s high quantity of capsaicin might stop the formation of tobacco-induced lung tumors, so it may have the ability to help prevent lung cancer in smokers.

9. Lemon water can keep your breath fresh by fighting gingivitis. Cayenne pepper is also a popular remedy for toothache. It is excellent at treating tooth and gum diseases.

10. Cayenne promotes heart health and helps to keep blood pressure levels normalized.

Read the entire post here.

 

 

Magnesium - Are You Supplementing It?

Did you know that chocolate is one of the highest sources of magnesium? Maybe that's why we seem to reach for those delicious, sweet, dark chunks when we're feeling overly tired, cranky and out-of-sorts.

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BENEFIT FROM MAGNESIUM?
 

Magnesium is known to reduce muscle tension, lessen pain associated with migraine headaches, improve sleep, and address neurological disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Conditions linked to magnesium levels include:

Pain:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle Spasms and Muscle Cramps
  • Fibromyalgia

Mental Health and Sleep:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Autism and ADD
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • Insomnia
  • Tics

Other Conditions:

  • Psoriasis, Acne and Eczema
  • Asthma
  • Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis

Magnesium works within our cells — the powerhouses, factories and regulators of the body’s systems.

Because it is a necessary part of hundreds of biochemical reactions occurring constantly inside our cells, magnesium’s presence or absence affects the brain, the muscles, and the heart and blood vessels.
www.ancient-minerals.com

 

Are You Iron Deficient?

One of my dear friends has suffered with iron deficiency for some time. I hope you do not have these symptoms but if you do, consult your physician right away. The most prevalent symptom is tiredness. Yes, I know most of us feel tired at times, but this type of tiredness does not go away after an 8 hour sleep. Looking at my friend, she is very pale but most importantly, she is a "gym-rat" and according to the following article, she and others who work out hard several times a week are prime candidates to suffer from this malady. As for dietary help - eat more red meat, drink fruit juice when eating the red meat and include plenty of leafy green vegetables with each meal.

Read the entire article here and feel better soon.

 

UH OH - Do We Need to Double Cleanse Our Faces?
CLAIRE COLEMAN FOR THE DAILY MAIL

I just found this article on DailyMail.UK that claims that our faces need more than just one cleansing especially at night - that's right...it is suggested that we cleanse our faces TWICE before applying our anti-aging serums and moisturizers. The article makes perfect sense because we use products that are designed to adhere to our skin - foundations and sunscreens primarily - and they require extra cleaning to remove. Once they are removed then our serums and moisturizers can work faster and more effectively.

One word of caution: if you have sensitive skin avoid double cleansing with products that contain AHA's and watch out for those brushes that promise to exfoliate - they will! Here's the entire article - pass it to your friends.

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Basil - An Anti-aging property
by Jenn - neuroticmommy.com

Basil is known for its anti-stress, anti-aging, anti fungal, antibacterial, antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. This herb is part of the mint family and has been known for its medicinal purposes for thousands and thousands of years. Studies have shown that this herb adapts in the body and helps in areas that need it the most making it an adaptogen. In Hinduism basil is known as “Mother Medicine of Nature”, Whoa.  It has high levels of beta-carotene (Vitamin A) and is loaded with Vitamin K which is known to prevent blood clotting and strengthen bones. The minerals found in Basil are magnesium, potassium, copper and is an excellent source of iron and calcium. Just two tablespoons a day is what it takes to benefit from what this beautiful plant has to offer.

Cooking with basil is not limited to Italian food - here is a vegan basil and green goddess avocado sandwich recipe that is sure to please. Recipe from Jenn.

 

Why I use Lemon Juice Everyday

Some months ago I began drinking the juice of one lemon and have seen my skin become radiant and smoother. In addition to the Vitamin C that I receive from this remarkable juice, I supplement 4,000 iu Vitamin C tablets each day. I combine the lemon juice with two tablespoons of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, a few shakes of Stevia in a tall glass of water. Some professionals recommend drinking the lemon juice with warm water but I use filtered room temperature water first thing in the morning. I then wait 30 minutes before eating or drinking anything. The combination of lemon and ACV seems to curb my appetite and I look and feel healthy. Here's a terrific article from Dr Axe Food is Medicine site that sums up the many health benefits of using lemon.

 

8 Types of Toxic People to Avoid
Jonathan Long, CEO for Entrepreneur Magazine

I'm certain you know someone who absolutely drags you down. This person could be a complaint machine, a doubting Debbie downer or even a liar.

Toxic individuals are completely exhausting to be around and they can have a negative impact on your forward momentum. Entrepreneurs need to remain laser focused - the distractions and stress that toxic bring into your life act as unnecessary obstacles.

1. Those who are judgmental

Judgmental people will find a way to criticize anything and everything they come in contact with. You could take the time to explain something to them in great detail but it goes in one ear and out the other. They come to their conclusions before they hear any facts -- they don’t listen well and are horrible at communicating. Asking for advice or feedback from a judgmental person is a complete waste of time.

2. Those who are envious 

Being an entrepreneur can be a very bumpy journey filled with highs and lows -- while it’s important to have a strong group of supporters in your corner during the low times it’s also important to have supporters that are there to congratulate you when you hit the high points. Envious people will not be happy for you -- ever. They feel that it should happen to them and nobody else. 

3. Those who are control freaks

Control freaks don’t ever want to listen -- they don’t have to, because according to them they know everything and they know the best way to do everything. While this type of person can be a nuisance in your personal life, they are a complete nightmare to deal with in a business environment. A successful business structure requires team members that will listen to and follow instructions. If you have control freaks on your team it can cause a “too many cooks in the kitchen” problem.

The remaining 5 Types of Toxic People to Avoid can be accessed here.

 

"Money and Medicine" Medical Waste and Overtreatment
Joseph Mercola, MD

Dr Mercola offers a free newsletter daily and I look forward to knowing what he is sharing. The article listed here outlines how these points:

  • The US health care system is loaded with medical waste and overtreatment, which compounds your health risks
  • Tests such as mammograms, PSAs, and CT scans often produce false positives that lead to risky drugs, unnecessary surgeries, and expensive medical interventions
  • Cancer patients who receive fewer standard cancer treatments but earlier palliative care live longer and report superior quality of life, study shows

Dr Mercola warns us: "If something isn’t done about our out-of-control health care costs, there’s a real danger they may bankrupt this country... Despite sizeable health care expenditures, Americans are among the sickest citizens of the developed world, ranking only 50th worldwide for life expectancy. Americans also rank near the bottom for everything from infant mortality to obesity, heart disease, and disability."

I share Dr Mercola's passion for healthy eating, exercising and living a stress free life. Enjoy his article!
 

The Dangers of Using Eyeliner
Anna Hodgekiss

I'm guilty - I've lined my inner lower eyelids for years in shades of white, brown, black, green, even deep puce. Yes, I've thought that perhaps the waxes and pigments in the product could possibly produce damage my eyes but I have been lucky that way - no ill effects.  This article (read it here) has solid information - here are a few tips but I suggest you reconsider how you use eye liner in the future.

HOW TO AVOID EYE PROBLEMS  WHEN WEARING LINER 

Make-up wearers can reduce the risk of complications by following these steps:
* Keep products away from the inner lid margin

* Only apply eyeliner to the outside of the lashes along the eyelid

* Thoroughly sharpen the pencil eyeliner before each application and get rid of the stuff that's stuck to the end. This means you'll have a fresh tip, which can help prevent infection

* With twist-up eyeliner, cut some off the end before each use

* Always make sure to fully remove eye makeup before bed


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Is Your Prescription Doing More Harm Than Good?

Foodmatters.tv recently featured a story regarding healing health challenges with food and they are actively looking for success stories to feature. Natural health alternatives makes sense to me and the particular story featured at the link describes Jaime Swint, a twenty-something woman suffering with a debilitating condition that was finally determined to be Parkinson's Disease.

Somewhere along the line Jaime watched Food Matters, along with many other health based documentaries, and she was instantly inspired. She started juicing, taking vitamins, detoxing, researching her health problems on her own and not always trusting that her doctors knew everything. 

After researching the core of Parkinson's, she learned that all it is, is that the brain has trouble making dopamine. So now the major question was, "Why?"

Jaime then read about Parkinsonism, where a medication inhibits your brain from producing dopamine correctly, and is a condition that can be reversed. She then discovered information stating that benzos (a class of psychoactive drugs used to treat anxiety, insomnia etc) directly inhibit the GABA receptors, which produce many things, including dopamine. She had been on benzos for six years before her symptoms began and a total of nine years up until her discovery. Upon mentioning this to her neurologist, who knew she was on a type of benzo, he looked at her pathetically as if she should just accept her fate and said "I have never heard of that."

After deciding she wouldn't place her bets on this, she wanted to get off the medication anyway and began the process. She took her last pill in September and saw a dramatic change after only two days.

Since September 2014, Jaime has been getting better every week. She managed to get off one Parkinson medication altogether and is only taking the other one when she has to work and in social situations; although she has even halved the original dosage. Somedays she doesn't even take it at all. 

Jaime has no doubt that she is on the last lap of her recovery process and soon will not need any medication at all. She now wants to bring attention to the dangers of benzos so people in similar situations can also be helped. The rest of the story

 

 

Can Migraine Headaches be Stopped with Himalayan Salt?

My sister and my dear friend, Marcia, suffer regularly from debilitating migraine headaches. They have tried countless pills and treatments in hopes of forever stopping the pain, blurred vision and nausea. When I read the following article it resonated with me as a real possibility to help them manage their pain.

Here's a little info on Himalayan salt: When taken as a food, this salt will give energy to the body without depleting the body of energy needed to neutralize the salt.

Kindly share this article with your loved ones: 

People who suffer from migraine condition are often troubled to find different ways to get rid of the symptoms and the awful pain.

There is nothing funny about the migraine and the pain it causes, it can literally ruin your entire day and really take you down. Worse part is that some kind of migraines can’t be subsided with ordinary painkillers. Well, there is something else that does offer a great deal of help and it is very cheap. That is salt.

Using a Salt for an express relief of pain

Suffering from migraine, I think I have tried every single way I have known, heard and read about it just so I can stop the pain or at least reduce it. Pain the migraine causes it can literally turn your ordinary day into a disaster. After many failed attempts luckily I found out about the way that turned out to be very successful for me. And what’s really amazing thing about it is that I don’t have to use common known drugs. Read the full article

 

http://www.dailynutritionnews.com/stopping-migraine-with-salt-second/

 

 

Six Simple Exercises in 15 Minutes

Fitness as in increased sit-ups, lunges and planks, is usually the top New Year's Resolutions for men and women. Personal trainer Julia Buckley, author of The Fat Burn Revolution, says short, intense workouts are key if you want to tone up and slim down. I agree. Here is how she proposes you begin an easy fitness routine that is an all body workout that will tone you up and burn fat with the added bonus that it can be completed in less than 15 minutes.

The six exercises are as follows:

 

JULIA'S SIX FAT BUSTING MOVES

30 seconds push ups

30 seconds steam engines 

30 seconds jumping jacks

30 seconds plank

30 seconds burpees

30 seconds step ups

Do all the moves continuously with 30 seconds recovery in between then repeat the circuit

 

PUSH UPS

Beginners, start on knees, advanced with feet propped up on a bench or chair.

 

Julia explains: 'Press ups are an awesome all-body move, again you're bracing the core and engaging the abdominal muscles to maintain a straight position, which is great for shredding the belly and at the same time you're sculpting the chest and arms.'

To do it, start lying flat face down, position your palms face down under your shoulders and then push up so your body is balanced on your hands and toes and your back is straight. Slowly lower and repeat.

 

STEAM ENGINES 

Start in a standing position then raise one knee to opposite elbow and repeat on the other side. Move with more speed if you are fitter.

This move will raise your heart rate while toning the stomach, bottom and legs. 

THE PLANK

This move engages your core muscles leading to a tighter, flatter stomach.

Julia explains: 'The plank is one of the best exercises for tightening the tummy because it works the whole midsection of your body, including the deep abdominal muscles. It is also great for improving posture and balance and will build core strength to help you perform better many other exercises.'

Begin by lying flat face down. Position your arms under your shoulders and then rise up onto your hands or your body is balanced on your hands and toes and your back is straight.

JUMPING JACKS

From standing, do a star jump splitting your legs apart and then jumping back to bring them together. At the same time, raise your arms up and apart.

Beginners can do the move more slowly. This exercise again raises the heart rate burning calories. 

BURPEES

Burpees are renowned as one of the toughest exercises around - which means they must do you good.

From standing, lower yourself onto your hands and then push your feet out and back in, then leap up into the air. Beginners should do the move more slowly or could put one foot back instead of both.

The moves works up a sweat as well as toning the stomach, arms and legs so is one of the best all body exercises you can do.

STEP UPS 

If you don't have an exercise step, use a stair or just mimic the action by raising your knees up and down.

As the name suggests, the move involves stepping up and down leading with each leg alternatively.

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Immunity Boosters
Jonathan Benson - Naturalnews.com

It takes more than just hand washing and sneezing into your elbow to alleviate flu symptoms. You must learn to enhance your immune system. Here's ammunition from Naturalnews.com.

1. Apple cider vinegar. For regular maintenance, take one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a splash of fresh lemon, every morning in water or juice. Raw apple cider vinegar with the "mother" is rich in nutrients such as potassium, phosphorus, sodium (the healthy kind!), magnesium, sulfur, iron, copper, fluorine (not the synthetic type of fluoride added to water), silicon and pectin, as well as dozens of trace minerals and essential amino acids.

All of these are highly effective at alkalizing and detoxifying the body, making conditions unfriendly to pathogenic bacteria and viruses.

2. Oil of oregano. Hailed for its amazing antiviral, antibacterial and antioxidant potency, oil of oregano belongs in every survivalist's health repertoire. Studies have shown that the carvacrol component of the oil is particularly beneficial in targeting and eliminating viruses. And unlike pharmaceutical drugs, oil of oregano won't kill off your healthy intestinal flora, nor will it cause antibiotic resistance.

3. Elderberry. Sometimes referred to simply as elder, elderberry has long been used as a treatment for respiratory ailments stemming from cold and flu. The University of Maryland Medical Center recognizes elderberry as having proven anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant and anticancer properties, and laboratory evidence has shown that the "superfruit" is powerfully effective at boosting immunity.

4. Vitamin C. Perhaps most well known for treating colds, vitamin C is arguably the most effective remedy for preventing and treating viruses of all kinds. The late Dr. Linus Pauling studied the nutrient extensively and found that, in order for the immune system to maintain its defenses against viral infections, vitamin C is essential. Injections of high-dose vitamin C are also effective at eradicating disease once it has taken hold.

5. Vitamin D. One of the easiest ways to maintain a vibrant immune system is to spend more time in the sun. When your skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, your body produces vitamin D, which in turn reduces your risk of developing influenza and other viral conditions. People with optimal vitamin D levels also tend to avoid getting sick in general.

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Never Eat Wheat?
Sayer Ji, Founder, Greenmedinfo.com

This is a shocking interview/article full of amazing information regarding wheat and gluten. Here's one quote that really piqued my attention: "...there are over 200 diseases that are linked to gluten consumption. So most people think celiac disease or wheat allergy, some type of allergic reaction, but it's anything from schizophrenia to IBS to cardiovascular disease. Yeah, gluten's wide-ranging toxicity is definitely established now in the literature, but, certainly in the mainstream media, there are a lot of industries that would like for folks not to know that this is the case. That's why there's, I think, a lot of resistance to knowing about that.'

I absolutely love bread - especially homemade bread slathered with butter. In the past few months I have stopped eating bread and most bread-like products because I have felt for sometime that I have an allergy to everything with carbs deriving from wheat because I kid you not, every time I would eat toast, a sandwich or even a bagel, my tummy would bulge. Not pretty. Most bread ingredients begin with wheat so finding a substitute is nil. Share this article with your family and friends because most everyone has an allergy related to wheat! Read it here

 

8 Amazing Uses for Your Leftover Lemon Peels
Original article

1. Lemon Olive Oil

Add one cup of olive oil to three tablespoons of lemon zest to add an amazing lemon infusion to your olive oil. Let the mixture set for two weeks before straining it (to remove the peel bits) and use the oil as you normally would.

2. Lemon Ice Cubes

This is a simple way to add an amazing flavor to your drinks without having to mix in any other liquids. Just add some lemon zest to your ice cubes and let the flavor release into your drink when the cubes melt.

3. Cutting Board Sanitizer

A big benefit of lemons is that they have strong antibacterial properties. Rubbing a squeezed, halved lemon on your cutting board can kill a lot of the bacteria on the surface. Let the cutting board sit for 5 minutes before rinsing it with water, and you’ll be left with a nice, clean cutting surface!

4. Lemon Extract

If you ever use a large amount of lemons, add the zest to a jarred solution with vodka (roughly 3 lemons worth of zest to a ˝ cup of vodka). Make sure you get all of the peel into there, seal the jar, and let it sit in a dark, cool place for 1-2 months or longer. Shake the jar twice a week, and strain it when you want to use it.

5. Trash Can Odor Remover

This is a simple fix if your trash can is spreading some bad odors around your house. Just throw some leftover lemon peels into the can and the lemon will overpower the rest of the garbage – weakening the power of the smell.

6. Microwave Cleaner

Toss a few lemon peels into a microwave-safe bowl and fill half of it with water. Heat the bowl for about 5-6 minutes, and let the steam do the job. It will stick to the walls of the microwave, and after a quick wipe down with a towel, your microwave will be squeaky clean.

7. Vitamin C Powder

Cut the peels into small squares and place them on a clean cloth. Let them sit in the sun for a few days, and once they’re completely dried, add them to a coffee grinder to turn them into powder.  You can add a teaspoon to a smoothie, or just eat it plain to get filled with a great source of Vitamin C.

8. Ant Repellent

Did you know that lemons actually repel ants?

Throw some peels by the crack of a door, or any small spaces where ants can enter into your home. If you’re having a problem with ants getting into your sweet stuff in the kitchen, adding some dried lemon peel to the sugar can make it less interesting to ants.

Lemon juice provides a number of benefits that can better your health every day. A lot of people don’t know about the uses for the peels, but now you do. Get the most out of your lemons and leave nothing to waste!

http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/8-amazing-uses-leftover-lemon-peels.html?t=mam

 

 

Eliminate Gout, Arthritis and Fibromyalgia Pain
JB Bardot - The JB Bardot Archives

Suffering with pain is no fun and pain does not lend itself to a quality of life worth living. Nature provides many healing avenues without the side effects of conventional medications. Personally, I love Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar and use it almost daily. Here are three remedies to try:

Baking soda

Baking soda mixed in water can relieve gout joint pain almost instantly and reduce high uric acid. In some cases it may take up to two days to experience relief; however, if taken regularly, it will prevent attacks before they occur. Mix 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in 8 oz. of water and drink it all at once. The maximum recommended dose is 4 teaspoons divided up throughout the day during an acute attack. Then reduce the dose as the pain subsides. Baking soda can raise the blood pressure. Persons taking medication for hypertension should consult a health practitioner before using baking soda in this manner.

Apple cider vinegar

Anecdotal evidence and clinical reports indicate that apple cider vinegar relieves joint pain, acid stomach, headaches, gout, muscle spasms and arthritis. ACV acts to help create an alkaline-forming state in the body by stimulating digestive juices, including bicarbonate, that’s released by the pancreas. This highly alkaline substance neutralizes the acidic vinegar and stomach acids, helping to balance the pH. Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of vinegar with 8 oz. of water and drink all at once. Some people prefer to sip on it; however, it seems to be more effective when consumed at one time. If it’s too strong use less vinegar and work up to a full dose. Apple cider vinegar is known to be especially helpful in relieving acute gout attacks. Always use organic vinegar with the mother intact.

Lemon juice and baking soda

Another alkalizing drink that works miracles for some people is a lemon juice and baking soda cocktail. Mixing the highly acidic lemon juice with the highly alkaline baking soda creates a perfectly balanced pH that matches the body’s natural healthy pH, which helps to restore balance almost instantaneously. Pour the juice of one lemon – about 2 oz. – into a tall glass. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and allow it to fizz and bubble until it is completely flat — about two minutes. It can also be stirred. Add 8 oz. of water and drink immediately. It should taste like flat water.

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10 Genius Ways to Cool Your Home Without Air Conditioning
Homeideas.com

Air conditioning is certainly a luxury. The office here in California does not have AC; some days we swelter and grumble because of the heat but most days we are comfortable using fans, including a whole house fan that sounds like a 747. When I found these great tips that we've adopted here at the office to keep us cool and comfortable, I wanted to share them with you. One tip that I use is keeping our draperies closed during the hottest portion of the day as well as black out drapes on those windows that have direct sun. Trees work remarkably well, too. Their shade can cool your home. Read the entire article.

 

The Health Benefits of Lentils

Just recently I have had a craving for lentils - where it came from I do not know; however, my taste buds love the sensation of cumin, garlic, chili powder and onion cooked into each dish I've tried. One such dish was Lentil Meatloaf.  I served it for my family and poof! it was gone. Lentil soup is another favorite. This soup is so easy and delicious. There is hardly any cook time and your body will appreciate the good nutrition. EASY SOUP RECIPE:  2 cups water, 1 cup organic chicken broth, 1 teaspoon each garlic, cumin, chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon red pepper. Bring these to a boil, add one cup of lentils, turn the heat down, simmer for 25 minutes and your soup is ready to eat. You might want to throw a handful of chopped onion into the soup before serving for added zest. Serves 2.

Here is an article describing the 7 Health Benefits of eating lentils. I bet a few of these will surprise you!

 

Today's Science Has Found That Mixing Honey & Cinnamon Cures Most Diseases
Aaron DB Savage
 

What if you could heal certain conditions without pharmaceutical drugs - conditions like bladder infections, flu, even colds and cancer? Seriously, one tablespoon of honey to one teaspoon of cinnamon taken three times a day just might do your body good. Here's an example of just how simple Mother Nature's treatments can be:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

WEIGHT LOSS icon biggrin Todays Science Has Found That Mixing Honey and Cinnamon Cures Most Diseases Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

Read the entire article

 

Are You Chronically Dehydrated?

Surely you aren't one of those people who believe you can hydrate your body with tea, coffee and soda? Shocking that so many people disregard the body's need for water. Without water, at least one quart per day for every 50 pounds we weigh, you are setting yourself up for illness! Your brain function, kidney function, lower back pain, digestion and lots more are connected to just how much water you drink on a daily basis. Food Matters is one of my favorite sites for reliable information and I found an article that will likely kick start your water drinking campaign because once you know just how detrimental dehydration is to your body, you will want to drink water regularly throughout the day. Are you dangerously dehydrated? Read the article now and sign up for the Food Matters weekly newsletter - you'll be glad you did.

Red Carpet Secrets 2014

The Oscars presentation last night was very interesting for me - oh yes, I love the couture fashion but most of all I love the faces. Who has done what to themselves and how do they look? Kim Novac, a long-time favorite actress of mine, overdid the plumping and paralyzing injections and boy did it show. Her face appeared misaligned and I really didn't like that, especially when I realized that her speech seemed affected. To me, it was painfully obvious that not all of Hollywood is aging gracefully - Sandra Bullock looked fabulous but there were a few "puffed" cheeks that didn't look natural to me. I found an article from Daily Mail UK that discloses some of the behind the scenes secrets that I think you'll like: MORE

6 Reasons You Should Sleep Naked
Natasha Burton -Shine.Yahoo

Not everyone will agree but sleeping naked just makes sense to me. You see, I grew up with a grandmother who probably slept nude. One of her beauty tips was to sleep without underwear so that our body would air out. That sounds right. One of my sisters who recently slept over told me she was freezing during the night even though there was a hefty down comforter on her bed. I discovered she was sleeping in a sweatshirt, long pants, a robe over her head and extra blankets on the bed. A down comforter is perfect for sleeping naked - you will stay warm! Keep your robe at the end of your bed so that if there is an emergency exit during the night, you will be covered.

The article from Shine.Yahoo shared these 6 Reasons:

A recent study showed that less than 10 percent of Americans sleep in the buff. Whaa? Not only is it dead sexy, experts swear naked sleep is actually good for you. We asked them to spill on the top reasons you should ditch those pajamas for good.

1. You'll Air Out Your Hoo-Ha 

2. You'll Sleep Better 

3. You'll Look Hotter 

The reasons continue here: Shine.Yahoo

 

Millions Falsely Treated for Cancer

If you were given a diagnosis of cancer, what would you do? Would you immediately agree to toxic doses of chemotherapy and radiation therapy or would you choose to have a second opinion? Well, here's a shocking revelation that I found: A significant number of people who have undergone treatment for cancer over the past several decades may not have ever actually had the disease, admits a new report commissioned by the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). Published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), this government study identifies both over diagnosis and misdiagnosis of cancer as two major causes of the growing cancer epidemic. These two together have led to millions being falsely treated for cancer with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, who in reality had no such cancer.

This means that if you were diagnosed with breast cancer, you may have been misdiagnosed! We've all had friends and family with cancer; the "standard" treatments seem barbaric to me and it's shocking to me to see a once vibrant person crumble under the weight of drugs and procedures. Another shocking statement is this: Conventional cancer treatments once again shown to be a leading cause of cancer - Oh dear. The entire article is HERE

 

The one way you should never cook eggs

Q: I like to eat a good breakfast every day, and that usually means an egg or two. I say they're harmless, but my husband says all those eggs could kill me. Who's right?

Dr. Wright: There are two things I usually don't like to get in the middle of: stampedes and marriages. And not in that order.

But in this case, you're both right. Eggs are harmless AND they could kill you.

How can both of those things be true? It all comes down to how the eggs are prepared.

Let me explain. Almost 100 years ago, now-famous Russian researcher Nikolai Anitschkov fed cholesterol to rabbits. When the rabbits developed atherosclerotic vascular disease, it was said to prove that cholesterol causes atherosclerosis.

But in a much-less-publicized experiment approximately half a century later, another researcher tried to duplicate Anitschkov's research. Unlike Anitschkov, he was careful not to allow the cholesterol to lie around the rabbit cages exposed to air, which causes it to oxidize quite rapidly. The rabbits did not develop coronary atherosclerosis, and their arteries remained clear.

What this follow-up study proved is that oxidized cholesterol, not cholesterol itself, can cause atherosclerosis in rabbits. When you cook scrambled eggs, you break the yolks, which contain most of the cholesterol, allowing the cholesterol to oxidize even before you eat it.

If you're otherwise eating quite well and taking your daily supplements (including anti-oxidants), the occasional scrambled egg while you're traveling or visiting friends or relatives certainly won't kill you. But if you're a scrambled egg lover, you may want to switch to poached, over easy, or hard boiled. These cooking methods are unlikely to damage your heart or arteries.


Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone's personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.


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7 'DRY CLEANS ONLY ITEMS' YOU REALLY DON'T NEED TO TAKE TO THE CLEANER (AND 3 YOU DO)
Molly Triffon - from StyleCaster

How to Care for your Toothbrush
Press Telegram, LB via McClatchy Newspapers

Don’t cover up brushes between uses.  Allow them to air-dry instead.  Bacteria and other organisms will grow faster on bristles kept in a closed, damp environment.

Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly.  After each use, hold brushes under running water until you’ve cleaned off all remaining toothpaste and visible debris.

Store them correctly. Place brushes in a un upright position to best air them out. Also keep them at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid contamination with (yuck) airborne particles after a flush.

Don’t share brushes.  You’ll be swapping germs with the other user, which can make you sick. If you store more than one brush in the same container, keep their heads completely separated.

Replace them often.  Get a new brush at least once every three or four months, and after each time you’ve been sick, according to the American Dental Association. If bristles look worn or frayed, the brush needs to go. Children may need replacements more often than adults.

Consider disinfecting them.  Some dentists recommend soaking brushes in an antibacterial mouthwash such as Listerine for five minutes a day. You can also buy an ADA-approved sanitizer machine, which uses ultraviolet lamps or steam and dry heat to fry nearly all bacteria viruses. Just note:  Studies to date haven’t confirmed a health benefit, and not all dentists believe frequent disinfecting in necessary.

 

Beauty Can Hurt

Potentially Harmful Cosmetic & Beauty Products

By Robin Westen - Posted January 28, 2011 7:56 PM

Can a bubble bath be dangerous? Definitely! And so can eye and face makeup, hair color, dyes, permanents and straighteners, nail polish and remover, shaving preparations, suntan lotions, beauty masks, face and body powders and lotions, skin creams, deodorants, and perfumes.

There are over fifty thousand cosmetic formulations on the market today. Consumers snap them up at the tune of nearly $50 billion a year. The consumer products safety commission estimates that each year they cause more than 70,000 injuries to user’s hair, skin and eyes.

The Food and Drug Administration is charged with overseeing cosmetics. But unlike its authority with relation to drugs, the agency is not empowered to demand of manufacturers proof that the products are safe. Nor can the FDA require cosmetics makers to disclose their exact product formulas. Still, the agency and manufacturers say that most cosmetics are safe for most people when used properly.

Two products account for most of the injuries. Bubble baths can cause a host of problems, minor and serious, including itching and skin rashes, urinary tract, bladder, kidney, and genital disorders, eye irritations and respiratory problems. Children are particularly susceptible – so don’t suggest your grandkids take a bubble bath. Cosmetic experts’ advice? You should follow instructions on the products and don’t use the sudsy powder and liquids to excess.

Eye makeup is the other big danger. Mascara, eye shadow and eye liner contain preservatives to prolong their shelf life, but eventually these protective chemicals break down, making the products ripe for contamination by bacteria. Continued use of the cosmetics can irritate or cause permanent damage to the eye. To protect yourself, follow these rules:

·         1)  Replace your eye makeup every three to four months if you haven’t finished using it up.

·         2)  Wash your hands before making up

·         3)  Never use friends’ eye makeup and avoid eye (and face) makeup testers at cosmetic’s counters. If you do, be sure to use the disposable q-tips and mini-spatulas provided. Even so, one recent study showed that more than half the demonstration supplies at the display counter were contaminated.

·         4)  Be especially careful to avoid scratching the cornea, which can cause serious damage.

Some general cosmetics safety tips include:

·         Keep containers tightly closed and store them in a cool place. Creams and lotions can be refrigerated to prolong their shelf life. Check the list of ingredients on packages to see if the product contains a substance to which you know you are allergic. With hair coloring and depilatories, do a patch test. Don’t use cosmetic on already irritated skin.

·         Don’t smoke while applying cosmetics. Some products, for example, hair sprays and nail polish, contain alcohol, which is flammable.

·         Don’t mix half-used cosmetics or add water or saliva.

·         Buy cosmetics in the small size. Date the container and use only for the next twelve months, maximum.

Cosmetics can be a beautiful thing – just use them wisely.

Robin Westen writes about health for national magazines. Read more here.

 

Foundation and Concealer - Vincent Lee

Vincent Lee, a national makeup artist for Dior cosmetics, says many women don't realize makeup mistakes can make a dramatic difference in how old they look. The Hong Kong native has been in the beauty business for years, working in fashion shows, television and music videos.

Read more: http://www.thirdage.com/beauty/makeup-techniques-to-take-years-off-your-age#ixzz1CcM3mK3q
Vincent Lee, a national makeup artist for Dior cosmetics, says many women don't realize makeup mistakes can make a dramatic difference in how old they look. The Hong Kong native has been in the beauty business for years, working in fashion shows, television and music videos.

Read more: http://www.thirdage.com/beauty/makeup-techniques-to-take-years-off-your-age#ixzz1CcM3mK3q

Vincent Lee, a national makeup artist for Dior cosmetics, says many women don't realize makeup mistakes can make a dramatic difference in how old they look. The Hong Kong native has been in the beauty business for years, working in fashion shows, television and music videos. Here is his advice regarding foundation and concealer:

Foundation shouldn't cover your skin or turn it a different color. It's meant to even out your skin tone and give you a luminous look. Choose a foundation that disappears on your face. Liquid foundation works best on mature skin because it doesn't settle into wrinkles, Lee says. And to get the sheerest coverage, don't use a makeup sponge or your fingers; use a foundation brush. Additionally, women should apply concealer after their foundation so they can see the areas that need extra coverage. Lee says women often make a mistake of attempting to cover dark circles under eyes with concealer that is too light or too dark. The concealer should be as close to your foundation as possible. Lightly press the concealer around the eye area for a natural look. To read more click here.

10 Wacky Beauty Tips That Work - Eleanor Langston

1) Powder Your Roots
If your hairline starts to look greasy, dig up a big, fluffy makeup brush, and dip it into a pot of loose powder. Tap it once on the back of your hand to remove the excess, then dust it over your roots. It mops up oil and blends into your strands, so no one will know you didn't shower.

2) Scent Strands with Perfume
Spray a light shot of fragrance into the bristles. Run it through strands from roots to ends and your hair will smell amazing throughout the day.

3) Cure Calluses with Vaseline
Slather on the petroleum jelly, and put on socks before bed to dissolve tough calluses overnight.

4) Spot-Treat Smudges
Dip a cotton swab in eye-makeup remover, and trace it along your lids to erase any slipups or goofs when there's no time to redo your whole look.

5) Fix a Flushed Face
If you turn red and stay that way after exercising (like seriously red for hours, even though you're healthy and hydrated), take an antihistamine like Benadryl when you leave the gym to reduce redness.

6) Soften Your Bod with Avocado
Take a ripe avocado, remove the pit and skin, and mash it up in a bowl. Slather it all over your body, let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse off. Your skin will be sooo soft — avocado is a natural moisturizer.

7) Super-Glue a Nail
Instead of tearing off your nail when it breaks, put a tiny dab of Super Glue over the split, and paint a generous layer of your favorite nailpolish shade over it. Go for an opaque option (like red, purple, or coral) to camouflage and seal the crack.

8) Use Makeup Remover on Stubborn Lipstick
Don't try to rub off red lipstick (which makes it smear across your mouth — not so sexy). Instead, take a cotton ball or tissue, dip it in makeup remover, and just dab to erase the dark stain fast.

9) Tame Brows with Eye Cream
Pat any kind of rich eye cream over brows to help keep them hydrated and banish those icky white specks that look like dandruff.

10) Buff with Baking Soda
If you find yourself streaking (not glowing) after applying self-tanner, put some baking soda on a loofah, and scrub away the stripes.

From Cosmopolitan.com
 

How Many People Have Died From Taking Vitamins?

I've been taking vitamins for over forty years after being introduced to them when I worked at President's First Lady's Health Spa, later Jack LaLanne's President's First Lady's Health Spa, in the late 60's. My mother sold Shaklee but I didn't take supplements regularly until I saw the body builders gulping down lots of them on a daily basis. I believe vitamin therapy is essential to our good health. One newsletter that I look forward to receiving is from Orthomolecular.org; I appreciate their good information and thought you might want to know that ZERO people have died in the last ten years from taking vitamins. Here is a link to more information that you might find helpful. Oh, and if you're interested in knowing the Annual Causes of Death, here's the chart.

Tobacco 435,0001
Poor Diet and Physical Inactivity 365,0001
Alcohol 85,000 1
Microbial Agents 75,0001
Toxic Agents 55,0001
Motor Vehicle Crashes 26,3471
Adverse Reactions to Prescription Drugs 32,0002
Suicide 30,6223
Incidents Involving Firearms 29,0001
Homicide 20,3084
Sexual Behaviors 20,0001
All Illicit Drug Use, Direct and Indirect 17,0001, 5
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Such As Aspirin 7,6006
Marijuana 07

http://drugwarfacts.org/cms/?q=node/30

Keep the Toy - Toss the Meal!

Put a McDonald's Happy Meal on a shelf.

Come back one year later.

It's going to be disturbing, right?

Absolutely. And here's what's so disturbing: It looks almost exactly the same as it did one year earlier.

This casual experiment was conducted by Nutritionist Joann Brusco in her office--March 2009 to March 2010.

Joann's conclusion: No mold = preservatives galore.

More importantly, Brusco notes that if the hamburger, bun, and fries won't yield to microbes, then a child's digestive system can't properly metabolize the "food."

Fortunately, most parents know that what kids really want in a Happy Meal: the toy. So keep the toy. Toss the Meal. Then head on home and stir fry some veggies.

See more of this with a video from Dr. Mercola
 

Vinegar to Lose Weight (Lower Blood Sugar, Too)

Vinegar has been used as a folk medicine for such things as headaches and indigestion. Now several studies reinforce its benefit for weight management and blood sugar control. Researchers believe that it is the acetic acid in any type of vinegar (apple cider, balsamic, white or red wine) that produces this effect, interfering with enzymes involved in the digestion of carbohydrates and those that alter glucose metabolism (so that insulin does not spike).

1.     One recent study found that mice fed a high-fat diet -- and given acetic acid -- developed up to 10% less body fat than those not given acetic acid. Another 2007 study found that having small amounts of vinegar at bedtime seemed to reduce waking blood glucose levels in people.

2.     More studies need to be done on vinegar, but it does seem that people can benefit from sprinkling vinegar on salads... adding a teaspoon to marinades... and adding a few drops to mustard. For blood sugar balance (for those with diabetes or on diabetes medication) or weight loss, dilute one to two tablespoons (some people start with teaspoons) in an equal amount of water -- and drink it at the beginning of a meal.

3.      Source: Mark A. Stengler, NMD, a naturopathic medical doctor and leading authority on the practice of alternative and integrated medicine. Dr. Stengler is editor of the Bottom Line Natural Healing newsletter, author of The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies (Bottom Line Books), director of the La Jolla Whole Health Clinic in La Jolla, California, and adjunct associate clinical professor at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. To learn more about his work, visit www.drstengler.com.

 

Savor this snack. Dieters who noshed on almonds daily shed 62 percent more weight and 56 percent more fat than those who didn’t, a study from Loma Linda University in California finds. “The fiber in nuts may prevent your body from absorbing some fat, speeding weight loss,” says lead author Michelle Wien, R.D. Almond eaters also lowered their blood pressure, and the vitamin E in these nuts may keep skin supple.

How Not to do Your Makeup!

Makeup can be fun and if you're like me, you probably have tons of it stashed in your bathroom and vanity. Do you ever go overboard with eye shadow and liner? Well, you're not alone!  Check out these photos of gals who have over done their makeup with raccoon eyes and more. click here

Just How Bad are Hotdogs?

My Dad was in the cattle business and we grew up having only certain types of meat available to us. We were never allowed to eat at fast food restaurants and hot dogs were basically forbidden food. Perhaps we were deprived but I am very thankful that those eating rules were in place. I subscribe to Orthomolecular Medicine News Service written by Andrew W. Saul and their recent post outlines how putrid hotdogs really are. Here are a few statistics you will appreciate: 155 million hotdogs are eaten over the 4th of July holiday, children who eat one hot dog a week double their risk of a brain tumor and in landfills whole hot dogs have been found, some of them in strata suggesting an age upwards of several decades. EWWWW!  To read the entire piece, click here

Broccoli Sprouts

Reason #1: A diet rich in broccoli sprouts can reduce H. pylori infection, which is thought to contribute to peptic ulcers and stomach cancer.

Reason #2: Broccoli sprouts may reduce the risk of skin cancer in people who have overdone it in the sun. Researchers found the carcinogenic properties of ultraviolet light exposure were counteracted by sulforaphane in an animal study.

This is certainly more than enough evidence to encourage everyone to add a heap of them to a daily salad. Sulforaphane is also available in supplement form, for those of you who can't find them at the grocery store.

http://www.broccosprouts.com/health/health.htm

What You MUST Know About Triclosan

I received two newsletters from Al Sears, MD, outlining the dangers of Triclosan. It's usually found in toothpaste, hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial soaps.

Jackie Silver - my Ageless Sister of Agingbackwards.com and I looked at her toothpaste and sure enough the toothpaste had a healthy dose (.30%) of Triclosan which is a pesticide.

Dr. Sears states, "There’s no benefit to putting an antibacterial in toothpaste. And it may even be harmful because it allows bacteria to grow stronger and more resistant to medication. So, the next time you get an infection, your body might not be able to fight it.1

As bad as triclosan is in a hand sanitizer, it’s even worse when you put it in toothpaste because triclosan is easy to absorb in your mouth. And researchers have identified it in deep tissues within 3 hours.2 Once it gets there, it disrupts your thyroid gland. It can also make testosterone drop by over 30 percent.3,4 Even worse, I’ve seen scientific studies that concluded that tricolosan increased cancer risk."

I asked Jackie to show me her toothpaste again when I was writing this piece - She had already thrown it away!

PS I use an all natural Oral Hygiene Program called OraMD.

10 Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods

We hear that inflammation plays a huge part in our heath so if you have ever wondered which foods could trigger it, this info from Andrew Rudman, ND, might help.

These findings appeared in the December 2009 issue of The Journal of Nutrition.

Now, here are Dr. Rubman’s picks of the best and worst foods if you want to reduce inflammation in your body...

      Wild salmon, mackerel and other omega-3-fatty-acid-rich fish.

 Berries.

Green, leafy vegetables (e.g., spinach and kale).

Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, etc.).

Deeply pigmented produce, such as sweet potatoes, eggplant and pomegranate... along with carrots, plums, oranges, peppers, peas and red grapes.

Nuts.

Whole grains.

Tea -- specifically black, green and white teas.

Cold-pressed fresh oils, including avocado, flaxseed and olive oils in particular.

 Spices (specifically, garlic, ginger, turmeric, saffron).

 

10 WORST INFLAMMATORY FOODS

      Desserts made with lots of sugar (cookies, candy, ice cream and so on).

Sweetened cereals.

 "White" carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, white potatoes, English muffins, etc.).

 Non-diet soft drinks.

Anything containing high-fructose corn syrup.

Processed meats (bologna, salami, hotdogs, sausage and others made with preservatives and additives).

 French fries, potato chips and other fried snack foods.

 Fast foods, most specifically the ones that are high-fat, high-calorie, high simple carbohydrate -- which describes most of the inexpensive offerings at quick-serve restaurants.

 Margarine, because it contains processed sterols called stanols that have been implicated in both atherosclerosis and various fatty-deposit diseases.

Organ meats such as liver, because these often contain undesirable products including antibiotics, fertilizer and other unwanted residues.

 How to Feel Better Fast

*        While on the topic, Dr. Rubman added one more bit of information to this "highly inflammatory" list. "It should also include almost any food eaten quickly, especially if you drink a lot of liquid while eating," he said, noting that this is all the more true for people who then end up soothing their predictable digestive distress by taking anti-heartburn medication. His advice is to eat slowly... chew thoroughly... avoid liquids during a meal so that you don’t dilute the stomach acid and reduce its ability to help digest food... and include items from the "best" list in every meal, every day, while eliminating those from the "worst" list or at least reserving them for an occasional treat. "Within weeks, you will decrease your risk for disease, improve your digestion, enjoy more energy and feel better overall," he promised.

Prepare a Heart-Attack/Health "Emergency Kit"
Jennifer Mieres, MD

New York University Department of Medicine


What it shoould contain: A bottle of uncoated aspirin... a contact list of your physicians and key famil key family members and friends as well as the hospital to go to in an emergency... a list of medications you are currently taking... notes on any allergies or adverse reactions to medications... medical-insurance plan information and the procedures to follow for using your hospital of choice. Make sure your family members know where you keep the "kit" in the event that they need it in an emergency when you are disabled.

Ungie Bits - Custom Made Cereal

What a wonderful gift I received from a special friend - custom made cereal without any chemicals and just the things I like. 

Yes, from www.meandgoji.com came a most delicious mix of 5 grain muesli, ground nutmeg, Goji, raspberry, macadamia nuts and walnuts. I named my cereal Ungie Bits and you can choose any name you like along with ingredients that suit your palate. Served either heated or cold, it is a filling and delicious meal.

A one-half cup serving of Ungie Bits has 166.5 calories, 5.3 grams of total fat, and 27.3 grams of carbs, 5.8 grams of protein.  Each canister (yes, round cylinders take up lots less room on the shelf) contains about 21 servings.

Avoid These Five Aging Blunders

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Who knew?  Little, everyday gaffes can add up and then all of a sudden, you can look dated, matronly, even old...

With the start of a new decade, many people are making their New Year's resolutions. Often included are, "Lose weight," "Improve nutrition," "Exercise regularly." These are all excellent and well- meaning aims. As long as you're examining your lifestyle, read on to be reminded of some aging "blunders" you would do well to avoid.

1. Gray roots. Nothing shouts, "I'm getting older," like a stripe of gray roots. Gray hair can be beautiful, but dark hair with gray roots...well, not so much. With today's convenient touch-up color products, you can cover those roots in as little as 10 minutes.

2. Loose clothing. Contrary to popular thinking, wearing clothes that are very loose-fitting do not make a person look slimmer. It actually has the opposite effect. No matter what your shape, fitted outfits make a person look thinner and more "put-together."

3. Heavy earrings. Did you know earlobes can show your age?

Seriously. A lifetime of wearing very heavy earrings takes its toll on those poor little earlobes, causing sagging and an unsightly slash instead of a little round dot where the earring is supposed to go.

Opt for smaller, lightweight styles or, if you must wear a favorite pair of heavy earrings, take them off as soon as possible.

4. Bare hands. A study that compared photos of hands with nail polish and jewelry to the same hands with no polish and jewelry revealed that the "dressed up" hands looked younger to the study participants.

For instantly younger hands, try today's dark, sassy nail polish shades and add a ring or bracelet.

5. Discolored teeth. Some medical issues can cause teeth to discolor, but if your teeth are yellowed from age or stained from red wine or coffee, you can usually successfully bleach them. Check with your dentist for the best option for your particular situation.

Happy new year! Use these shortcuts to start the new decade off with a new, younger you. Submitted by Aging Backwards Expert, Jackie Silver  Amazon.com.

Boswellia

I must admit, I had never heard of Boswellia until I read about it on the HSI Baltimore newsletter.  Boswellia is an anti-inflammatory herb that offers impressive results if you suffer from osteoarthritis, bronchial asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and even colitis.  It has been used for 2,000 years by Ayurvedic physicians without harmful side effects. 

Boswellia reduces not only the pain but it also stops the degenerative actions that erode cartilage and joint tissues.  Boswellia extracts have also been used in the Ayurvedic treatment of respiratory ailments, reducing mucus production and facilitating breathing, reducing bronchial congestion.

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4 Things You Must Do Immediately to Avoid the Flu!

The winter flu season is fast approaching and here are four things you must do immediately to avoid the flu:

Wash your hands often.  Most surfaces, including skin, doorknobs, tabletops, shopping cart handles, change, currency and more are convenient germ spreaders so keep your hands free of sneaky viruses by washing your hands frequently with soapy, warm water. 

Avoid touching your face.  You would be surprised how often your fingers touch your face:  an itch, a rub, a pick can quickly transfer little critters that hide under fingernails into your system.

Eat 1 to 2 cups of raw vegetables daily.  Finely chopped raw vegetables are delicious when used as a side with scrambled eggs, broiled chicken breasts and salad greens.  Eating 51% raw, according to the recent documentary, Food Matters, is the key to maintaining better health.  Tiny, delectable morsels of raw onion, broccoli, carrots, peppers, cucumbers (the Persian cukes are my fav), taste amazing and your body craves this type of nourishment.

Take Vitamin C supplements.  Rev up your immune system with Vitamin C.  According to the scientists featured on the highly acclaimed documentary, Food Matters, large doses of Vitamin C daily is one of the best choices to protect our bodies, reverse disease and maintain optimal health.

 

Nature's Answer to Soda Pop®

Zero Calories and 100% Natural - What could be better?

I have been a fan of Diet Rite® soda for a long time.  It has zero calories, zero sodium but is sweetened with Splenda, the ugly step-sister of Aspertame.  Zevia® is different because it is sweetened with Stevia!  There was a hip teenage guy visiting my home; I asked him if he would like to try a new zero calorie soft drink and give me his honest feedback regarding taste.  Long story short - he told me he liked the Cola taste and said it tasted much better than Diet Pepsi®.  I found Zevia at Whole Foods Market and it comes in six flavors:  Cola, Twist, Black Cherry, Orange, Root Bear, and Ginger Ale.  UPDATE:  Zevia sent us complimentary cans and we love Orange, Black Cherry, Cola and Ginger Ale.


Vintage Jewelry

The ladies at my church have such style and grace particularly when it comes to their fabulous clothes and choice of jewelry. 

Red Hat Sunday is certainly spectacular; these gals in their purple outfits and red hats are bedecked in splendid jewels.  Recently I wore a bauble that the Red Hatter's just loved and they were happy to learn that eBay was the source.

From eye popping brooches to flashy Swarovski bracelets and rings, the array of vintage jewelry is heart stopping and stunning.  Using eBay to add to your jewelry collection is a very smart idea.

So the next time you want to update your jewelry wardrobe and you don't want to break the bank, go to eBay.com and type "vintage jewelry" in the search box and spend a few minutes considering your options.  I bet you will have as much fun as I do and who knows what treasures you will find!

Shape-wear Body Armor

 When I visited Dubai my girlfriend was complaining that wearing a particular t-shirt made her look lumpy.  Haven't we all seen that look?  Well, maybe Nina hasn't, but the rest of us have probably had the desire to slice off a few pounds to appear less bulky in our clothes.

I just happened to have the right lingerie piece in my suitcase and gladly gifted that to my darling friend.  She was delighted by the underwire bra that was built in to the tummy trimming seamless slimmer. 

There are many brands in the market today and in many price ranges.  What I recently discovered is that discount stores like Ross offer a wide selection for a fraction of the cost.  Who wants to pay full retail??? 

So if you are into comfort and sleekness these lingerie items (invisible bras, torso cinchers, butt enhancers and more) will tickle you pink.

 Bad Circulation?

Having bad circulation is more than just dealing with cold feet and hands. Its a sign that your heart is trying hard to spread blood around the body. Take this as warning sign that you need more physical activity. Walk for at least 15 minutes a day, fast enough to keep your heart rate up, and you should sleep better and have better circulation. 

COFFEE TABLE FOOT REST

Anna McKenzie sent me a link that is the perfect go-together if you have a coffee table that is sometimes used as a footstool by the men in your household.  Now I'm not advocating that you allow just anyone to put their feet on your coffee table but hey, I know that it happens.  Check out this link:  www.comfyfootrest.com

LIFESTYLE LIFT

Those ads about the LifeStyle Lift are pretty compelling but do you ever wonder if the testimonials might fudge on the pain, recuperation time and the actual results?  Realself.com has some very interesting comments from those who have had this procedure.  Please keep in mind that surgical procedures are permanent but with temporary results.

PORTION CONTROL & BODY SHAPE

My walking partner, Marcia, and I frequently discuss our weight, eating habits and more and what we've learned about ourselves is pretty revealing.  Consuming comfort foods such as potatoes, bread, rice and pasta keeps our body shape heavy even though we are walking two miles per day.  It is only when we began to seriously address portion control, adding green veggies, chicken breasts and stopping those comfort foods did our weight begin to drop and our body shape change.  Here is an article that gives you more info.

ALMOND MILK

Almond Milk is a "living food" made from RAW almonds.  This delicious drink is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, phytochemicals from the brown skins, enzymes, and healthy omega fatty acids.  Eight ounces has 40 calories with 30 calories from fat, 2 grams carbohydrates.  Almond milk is lactose, cholesterol and casein free, it's made from real almonds and it costs less than most pre-packaged non-dairy beverages.

Make Your Own Almond Milk

I drank Almond Milk on a regular basis until I discovered, quite by accident, that most pre-packaged milks contained Soy.  Recent information has produced big questions about drinking soy milk and using soy products so reluctantly I gave it up.

Then recently I found a very easy Almond Milk recipe and decided to share it with you.  I hope you will try it and give me feedback.

Ingredients:

4 cups filtered water

1 cup raw almonds that have been soaked for 4 hours

Sweeteners or flavorings – nutmeg, Stevia, honey even dates

Preparation:

Soak almonds four hours and drain.  Place 4 cups filtered water and drained almonds into a blender and blend on high for one minute.  Strain with cheesecloth or a nut milk straining bag and voila!  You have fresh almond milk!


 

SMART WOMAN

SIGOURNEY Weaver, who famously battled a monster in "Alien" in her underwear turns 57 and says, "The idea of voluntarily getting injections near my eyes is so frightening."

Cancer Hormone Link

As a long-time fan of William Campbell Douglass II, MD, I admire him because he isn't afraid to share his concerns when something isn't quite on the mark.  For instance, he wrote recently of his belief about the correlation of certain cancers, primarily breast and prostate, linked to artificial growth hormone therapy in corn-fed US beef and passed to us via grocery store milk and meats.  Dr. Douglas alerts us that abnormal physiological and sexual development in children is probably tied to these same hormones because they drink milk and eat burgers, yogurt and ice cream from tainted, antibiotic, hormone bloated beef.   

There's more – he believes that synthetic hormone therapy (HRT) causes cancer.  In his words: " According to a recent Associated Press article summarizing the findings of a Harvard-affiliated analysis of more than 70,000 women enrolled in the famous Nurses Health Study, those who took one popular prescription hormone drug (a blend of estrogen and testosterone called Estratest) for relief from their menopause-related symptoms risked breast cancer at a far greater rate than those who did not take hormones."

In so far as eating beef, go ahead, just consider feeding you and your family hormone-free, organically, free range raised meat.  And, as for milk and milk products, look for the declaration that these products are from cows not treated with the Growth Hormone rBST.

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Mangosteen – It can't hurt!

They call it the Celebrated Fruit for a reason!  According to Albert Miller, MD, he believes the Mangosteen to be the single most powerful prevention supplement to us today. This tangerine sized tropical fruit, native to Southeast Asia, looks very different:  The hard purple rind has phytochemicals in it called Xanthones that are used as a natural remedy; the soft white edible center resembles an orange with juicy, slippery sections that seem to melt in your mouth.  I understand the seeds are bitter and should be avoided but the edible portion tastes yummy like a peach.

Purported to possess extraordinary qualities such as anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, satisfied customers claim beneficial results with diabetes, infections, inflammation, allergies, acid reflux, pain and more.  Some believe the healing properties can turn around chronic conditions of inflammation in the cells of the body and probably is a great preventative to enjoy better health.  Even though unexpected improvements have been documented, the research is still in its infancy.

The juice tastes delicious!
 

A Facial Magic Face Feels Like No Other Face!

While in NY I had the opportunity to work with Roberta B’s face; it was evident that she frequently performs Facial Magic because her muscles are rock hard and so is her face.  Her toned forehead is unlined, she has no crows feet and she looks incredibly young.

In Los Angeles I worked out with Karen of Manhattan Beach and let me tell you that I could feel and see a remarkable tone in her skin and muscles; I learned she had been working out with Facial Magic for about eight years.  WOW!  Her appearance was deceiving because her face looked less than 35.

Neither of these women look their age – their faces have no sagging and their skin feels thick like a young person’s skin.  They don’t need Botox, fillers or plastic surgery because nothing sags – their faces are taut! 

Recently, an aesthetician who is now training for her Facial Magic certification told me that when she first gave me a facial, she could hardly believe how strong and powerful my face felt.  She was astounded that a face could look and feel so young; now her face is becoming like mine and she is convinced that Facial Magic is much more effective than a surgical procedure.