A Dozen Things YOU CAN DO to Keep Yourself and the Earth HEALTHY!

A Dozen Things YOU CAN DO to Keep Yourself and the Earth HEALTHY!

(Please check out http://www.nrdc.org for more information)

1. Choose organic produce when you can protect yourself from hazardous chemicals. Non-organic apples, imported grapes, bell peppers, and strawberries, in particular, have large amounts of pesticide residue that has been linked to neurological disabilities in children, Parkinson’s and cancer.

2. Use non-toxic personal care products. Some antibacterial soaps and toothpastes contain a chemical called triclosan that can accumulate inside your body and may harm your health.

3. Eat fish low in mercury. Eating too much mercury can cause serious health problems, especially in children and pregnant woman, sometimes causing permanent damage.

4. Use non-toxic and natural household cleaning products. Americans use an average of 25 gallons of toxic hazardous chemical products per year in their homes, most of which are in household cleaning products. Many common everyday chemicals can harm your health, causing headaches, skin rashes, eye irritation, coughing, wheezing, and more.

5. Choose flea pils for your dog and cat instead of flea collars or powders.. Toxic insecticides in flea and tick collars leave behind hazardous chemicals that can get on your skin, furniture, and floors and linger in your home long after you have used them. Many of the chemicals have been linked to neurological problems such as learning disabilities in children and Parkinson’s.

6. Avoid chlorinated household products such as paper towels, toilet paper, and coffee filters because studies have linked chlorine and chlorination by-products to cancer. Unbleached and recycled products can be found at many stores. Buying tissue paper products made from post-consumer content also helps curb global warming pollution and save forests, water, and energy.

7. Drastically cut the amount of energy your computer and monitor use by putting them in sleep mode when they aren’t in use. And avoid screen savers- those moving images on your monitor can cost an extra $50 or more of electricity a year!

8. Plug televisions, computer equipment, game consoles and stereos into power strips that can be switched off at night or when not in use. Even when you think these products are off, together their standby consumption can be equivalent to that of a 60-watt light bulb running continuously.

9. Replace regular light bulbs with a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL). A CFL costs more upfront than a standard bulb, but in the end can save you $30 to $60 on electricity during its lifetime-and it keeps 1 ton of global warming pollution out of the air.

10. Inflate your tires once a month or as necessary. If every American kept their tires properly inflated, we could save 2.8 billion gallons of gasoline a year- and help curb global warming pollution.

11. Replace the air filter and tune up your engine regularly. A new air filter could get you 10 percent more miles per gallon and a tune-up can boost miles per gallon from 4 percent to 40 percent.

12. Swap a flight for the train or stay local if you can. Air travel is one of the fastest-growing sources of global warming pollution: the average jet pumps almost 1 ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere for every passenger it carries roundtrip from Los Angeles to New York.

Check out this great article!

Thanks Laura for such a great article.

 

Three Ways I Add Nutrition to My Kids’ Meals

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012

“I have three children, ages 8 to 17 years old.  They are not only highly active, but they also have varying tastes in food and varying appetites.  Because they are young, growing fast, and learning from my influence, I feel it’s especially important that I help them create healthful eating habits now.  For me, it begins with creating nutritious meal options for them.”  Read more here.

Three changes you can make to reduce asthma meds

It is Spring Allergy Season! It seems to be hitting real hard this year and earlier in some parts of the US due to unseasonable warm weather.  We have already had kids complaining at school of allergies and had a few kids out with asthma related issues.

It’s very important to me to speak to as many families as possible who may be looking for safer more natural approaches to dealing with seasonal allergies or asthma.

testimony:   a mother shared how her children had been on serious allergy medications and asthma steroids,  she enthusiastically reported that her children have now been completely off all the meds since she made three changes:

1.  Removing all cleaning products and replaced them with the Non-Toxic Green Cleaning Products.  She noticed an improvement in her children’s symptoms within a week, especially, she mentioned, with the laundry products … AND …. you’ll love this part … She talked about how much money she saved from switching brands.

2.  Second, she put her daughter on a simple nutritional supplement program to build her immune system ( Vita C, Natural interferon, a quality probiotic and a superior children’s multi-vitamin )

And

3.   She started making changes in her daughter’s diet …which had been loaded with sugar, carbs, crackers and snacks (all things that weaken your immune system) …. and added more of all things — vegetables … .the goal was towards six vegetables a day.

Please let me know of anyone who comes to mind who may want to know about this safer more natural approach to keeping their children healthy,  reducing or eliminating the medications and all their side effects…

Natural Interferon – help boost your immune system

Every day our bodies are under attack by pathogens and dangerous microbes that infest our surroundings with an unseen, unfelt, yet undeniable health threat. Our body’s built-in immune system protects us whenever possible, but it’s under constant attack from poor nutrition, stress, pollution, and fatigue.

Our natural interferon was a powerful discovery in immune system science, it’s exclusivity with our company speaks highly of our ability to source and produce something of this caliber. The product is designed for daily use and increases the production of your body’s natural interferon, a critical activator of the immune system.

This product works at the cellular level in two ways:

rapidly activates your immune system’s defenses
mobilizes the immune systems “search and destroy” teams

This product would be of benefit for anyone:

  • undergoing chemo or has cancer
  • has allergies or asthma
  • has any auto immune disorders: MS, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis,etc
  • Hepititis C
  • PMS
  • Colds and Flu, West Nile Virus, avian flue, SARS,
  • Thyroid disorders
  • HIV/Aids Virus

The benefits include:

  • regulation and stimulation of natural interferon production,
  • increased resistance to infection,
  • optimized immune repose against viruses,environmental irritants and airborne pollutants,
  • a safe natural immune stimulant,
  • activation of the body’s natural ” killer cells”

The Dr. who discovered the drug interferon, Dr. Kojima is the very same doctor who methodically strived for 40 years to find the plant extract natural version. Four published human clinical studies confirm the validity of this formula. There is no other product like it in the world and no other company has the rights to share it.

Do you know anyone immune system challenged? They would benefit from our Natural Interferon.

Kids’ snoring linked to Behavioral problems

Ok so I came across this article at the perfect time.  Lately I have been wondering if my son’s snoring could be causing his to not get a good night sleep and be causing his behavioral problems at school.  My sons is 5 and sleeps for 11 – 12 hours a night, yet in the morning he more often than not acts as if he didn’t get enough sleep.

After reading this I think we need to visit his pediatrician.  I haven’t seen much info on this topic so I wanted to share it.

Kids’ Snoring Linked to Behavioral Problems

Researchers Say Parents and Doctors Need to Pay Closer Attention to Breathing During Sleep
By Rita Rubin
WebMD Health News
“After accounting for 15 other factors linked to behavioral problems, such as low birth weight and mom’s education, Bonuck’s team found that children with sleep-disordered breathing were 40% to 100% more likely to experience behavioral problems at age 7 than children without breathing problems.The worse their breathing symptoms, the greater their risk of such problems as hyperactivity, behavioral problems including aggressiveness and rule-breaking, anxiety and depression, and difficulty getting along with peers.”  To read the full article go here.

I’m so happy to have found this!

How dangerous are your household cleaners?

You know that good, healthy feeling you get when you’ve just cleaned house? Sorry to spoil it, but you may have just made your home dirtier.
Think of it this way. You wouldn’t let your kids play with toxic chemicals, so why would you let the baby crawl over a floor that’s just been wiped with them? That’s much more dangerous than the orange juice that was just there.

So how dangerous are they, let’s take a look at some statistics:

  • Over 90% of poison exposures happen at home.
  • Common chlorine bleach is the #1 household chemical involved in poisoning.
  • Organic pollutants, found in many common cleaners and even air fresheners, are found at levels 2 to 5 times higher inside your home than out.
  • A person who spends 15 minutes cleaning scale off shower walls could inhale three times the “acute one-hour exposure limit” for glycol ether-containing products set by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
  • Common cleaners give off fumes that can potentially increase the risk of kids developing asthma, the most common chronic childhood disease. 1 in 13 school-aged children has asthma.  Rates in children under five have increased more than 160% from 1980 – 1994.
  • Children are highly vulnerable to chemical toxicants. Pound for pound of body weight, children drink more water, eat more food, and breathe more air than adults. The implication of this is that children will have substantially heavier exposures than adults to any toxicants that are present in water, food, or air.
  • If your home is anything like the average U.S. home, you generate more than 20 pounds of household hazardous waste each year (the EPA designates toilet cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, oven cleaners, and bleach as hazardous waste).

Chemical ingredients to look out for:

• Sodium hydroxide
• Hydrochloric acid
•  Butyl cellosolve  (2-Butoxyethanol)
• Formaldehyde
• Bleach (sodium hypochlorite)
• Ammonia
• Sulfamic acid
• Petroleum distillates
• Sulfuric acid
• Lye (potassium hydroxide)
• Morpholine

To find out what’s lurking on your shelves, go to the National Institutes of Health Library of Medicine Household Products Database. You can search almost any brand of cleaner you use, find out what’s in it, and uncover its links to health effects. Or search by chemical ingredients (see list below for some examples) and discover what brands contain it.
The information may shock you. http://www.householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/ingredients.htm

So what can you do to make your home the healthiest and safest it can be?

Commit to carefully considering everything that crosses your doorstep.  Here are some safe, healthy things to have in your home:
•  Cleaners that are truly cleaner. Products that are: nontoxic, natural, biodegradable, concentrated, and hypoallergenic.
•  Fresh air. Open your windows to reduce indoor air pollution.
•  Essential oils.  Use these instead of air fresheners.
•  Plants. Besides being nice to look at, they can absorb harmful gases and help clean the air.
•  Organic cotton bedding.  Avoid standard bedding treated with chemicals.
•  Floors made of recycled and renewable resources.
•  Healthier paint. That new paint smell can be as nasty as it smells. Choose low VOC paint instead.

 

Side Effects of Allergy Medications

Researching allergy medicine for my son I came across some information I never really thought of before.  So many people take OTC allergy medications every day I never though about the side effects.  I myself have taken OTC allergy meds for a long time.

Side Effects of Allergy Medications

drowsiness
cognitive impairment
sluggish thinking
difficulty in school
difficulty driving
depression
anxiety
heart palpatations
insomnia
altered taste and smell
bitter taste in mouth
dry mouth
headache
nausea
sore throat
loss of libido
increased appetite
infertility in woman
suppressed growth
cataracts
osteoporosis
diabetes
crusting
nosebleeds
light headedness
increased blood pressure
increased heart rate
worsening of prostate enlargement
blurred vision
muscle weakness
dizziness
liver damage
severe mood swings and depression

Causes of Allergies and/ or Sinus Congestion

Weakened immune system. Allergies are not the norm.They are an inappropriate response of the immune system. The immune system completely overreacts to normal stimuli: cats, dogs, pollen, grass, blooming everything.  Exposure to toxins, nutritional deficiencies, poorly functioning digestive system, incomplete digestion and candida overgrowth ALL play a role in allergies and/ or sinus congestion.

The above got me thinking, why can’t I just strengthen our immune systems and treat our symptoms naturally.  Here’s what I found.

Factors that Strengthen the Immune System

Healthy diet – 50% vegetables, fish and poultry, and as little sugar, wheat and baked goods as possible

If you aren’t quite at the point of 6-9 servings of vegetables a day, consider supplementing them

If you find you have food cravings add B Complex and quality sources of protein

Nutrients Essential To The Immune System

High Quality
Multi -Vitamin
Vitamin C
Zinc
Friendly Bacteria
Alfalfa
All in One Immune System Product

Herbal Products that Boost the Immune System

Garlic
Natural Interferon
Echinacea

and perhaps a stress relief product , if stress is a contributor.

We are trying a safe natural herbal products instead of drugs.

If allergies flare…many allergy sufferers report very good results with a saturation or therapeutic dosages  of Vitamin CNatural InterferonZinc, Garlic and Echinacea