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IF LOOKS COULD KILL: IS YOUR BEAUTY REGIMEN PUTTING YOU AT RISK FOR CANCER?

IF LOOKS COULD KILL: IS YOUR BEAUTY REGIMEN PUTTING YOU AT RISK FOR CANCER?

 

By: Daisy Luther Check out her website: http://www.theorganicprepper.ca

 

Want to avoid becoming part of the cancer epidemic?  Here’s a good rule of thumb: If you wouldn’t eat it, perhaps you shouldn’t rub it on your skin.

 

Of course, this is oversimplified – there are many natural cosmetics that are not really items you’d want to ingest, but the principal is sound.  Why?  First of all, because your skin is permeable, and it’s only 1/10th of an inch thick!  So anything that you put on your skin has easy access to your bloodstream. Secondly, many of these chemicals cause toxic vapors that pose serious risk when inhaled. Add this to the steam of the shower, and those vapors have even easier access to your lungs.

 

The Environmental Working Group, and EcoWatch have assembled a list of the 7 most dangerous chemical additives in cosmetics.

1. Phthalates Scientific studies link phthalate exposure to reproductive abnormalities in baby boys, reduced testosterone and sperm quality in men and early puberty in girls. Animal experiments underscore their toxicity to the reproductive system. Where might you encounter these pernicious chemicals? In some cosmetics fragrance mixtures. Since the law doesn’t require full disclosure, you have no way to know when phthalates lurk in that bottle of lotion. To be on the safe side, buy unscented personal care products.

2. Formaldehyde releasers Some cosmetics chemicals are designed to react with water in the bottle to generate a little formaldehyde, a preservative, to keep the product from growing mold and bacteria. But formaldehyde is a potent allergen which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization consider carcinogenic. Formaldehyde releasers include DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, and quaternium-15. Where do you find them?Shampoos, conditioners, bubble bath and other personal care products—even those intended for children. A 2010 study found that nearly one fifth of cosmetic products contained a formaldehyde releaser. Johnson & Johnson, a personal care products giant, is phasing out formaldehyde releasers under pressure from health advocates. We hope other cosmetics makers will follow Johnson & Johnson’s lead.

3. Parabens Parabens are used as preservatives in some cosmetic products, but so-called “long-chained” parabens can act as estrogens and disrupt hormone signaling. A recent study by scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health linked one type of paraben to impaired fertility in women.  Johnson & Johnson agreed to stop using most parabens in 2012, but they can still be found in numerous cosmetics. Read the labels carefully to spot products that contain parabens, especially the long-chained varieties—propylparaben, isopropylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben.

4. Triclosan and triclocarban Triclosan is a bacteria-killing chemical used in Colgate Total toothpastes (to prevent gingivitis), liquid hand soaps, body washes, clothing, cutting boards and other household goods. It has been shown to interfere with thyroid signaling and male and female sex hormone signaling. Triclocarban is the active ingredient in some antibacterial bar soaps. Researchers have linked it to reproductive abnormalities in laboratory animals. Last month, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that these chemicals should not be considered safe or effective in antibacterial soaps and body washes and gave manufacturers time to substantiate their claims or phase them out of the market. Already, Johnson & Johnson and Proctor & Gamble have pledged to rid their personal care products of triclosan. We hope to see other companies do the same.

5. Retinyl palmitate and retinoic acidRetinoic acid is used in anti-aging skin creams. Retinyl palmitate, a related chemical, is added to roughly one-quarter of the sunscreens in EWG’s Guide to Sunscreens database. U.S. government scientists have found that these chemicals speed the development of cancerous lesions on sun-exposed skin. The results suggest that people who go out in the sun while wearing retinyl palmitate creams and sunscreens may be at an increased risk for skin cancer. Instead of restricting these chemicals immediately, the FDA has ordered additional testing. EWG recommends that you avoid products containing retinoic acid and retinyl palmitate.

6. Hair straighteners with formaldehyde or formaldehyde-like chemicals Some hair straighteners can contain as much as 10 percent pure formaldehyde. The cosmetic industry’s own scientific advisory board has warned against formaldehyde-based hair straighteners. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued warnings and fines to numerous salons that use them, exposing their workers to intense, and potentially cancer-causing, formaldehyde fumes.  Some nations ban formaldehyde-based hair straighteners. Yet some small companies persist in making and selling them to unwitting consumers, and the FDA has failed to take punitive action. People who want to straighten their hair or undergo a “smoothing” treatment should find out if the salon uses a product containing formaldehyde, also called methylene glycol. If it does, avoid it.

7. Lead acetate in men’s hair dye Lead acetate in some men’s hair dyes, such as “Grecian Formula” products, can increase the body’s lead level. Because lead is a potent neurotoxin, lead acetate has been banned in Canada and the European Union. The FDA should restrict lead acetate in hair dyes. In the meantime, consumers can use EWG’s Skin Deep database to find lead-free hair dyes.

 

Homemade alternatives

So, what’s a woman to do if she doesn’t want to go totally granola and eschew all cosmetics?

First, let’s look at some homemade alternatives.

 

Coconut oil:

I haven’t used lotion or commercial moisturizers for years. I use pure organic coconut oil in a million different ways. Here are some uses for cosmetic purposes:

  • Facial moisturizer
  • Moisturizing body wash
  • Body lotion
  • Deep conditioner for hair
  • Cuticle treatment
  • Make-up remover
  • Lip balm
  • Aftershave
  • Deodorant (because of the antimicrobial qualities)
  • Toothpaste (mix with baking soda)
  • Sunscreen

Body scrub:

Homemade body scrub can help exfoliate off the dead and dry skin just as well as the ones you buy at the store – and best of all, they won’t contain tiny particles of metal.  Choose ingredients that nurture your skin, like honey, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, organic sugar, or sea salt.  Mix 2 parts grit to 1 part oil, then add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a decadent spa treatment.

Body wash:

Forget those silly moisture beads that are full of petroleum products. Make your own quick and easy products.   A great combo is 7 parts castille soap (I like Dr. Bonner’s unscented) mixed with 1 part of oil (I like coconut or hemp seed) and scented with my own essential oils or a dash of vanilla extract.  You have to shake well each time you use it because the components will separate.  This is because unlike the soap companies, you aren’t adding artificial emulsifiers. This will leave your skin smooth and moisturized.

Body butter:

Body butters are lush and spreadable, and they don’t require chemical additives to be that way. It’s simple chemistry – you need a product that is firmer at room temperature mixed with a product that is liquid at room temperature. Figure out your ratio, add a natural fragrance, and boom!  You’ve got body butter.  A nice combination is 2 parts coconut oil to 1 part hemp seed oil.

Powder:

Arrowroot flour makes a nice, light, relatively translucent powder.

Color:

Cocoa powder can be lightly dusted on eyes for shadow.  If you want to make the color even more subtle, mix it with some arrowroot powder.

Lip color:

Mix cocoa powder with coconut oil to make a nice neutral color.  The more cocoa you mix in, the darker the color.  If you want it to be sweetly flavored like the store-bought colors, mix in a touch of honey.  This will store for a long time.

 

Recommended companies

At the time of this publication and to the best of my knowledge, the following companies provide far healthier alternatives than the big highly advertised companies that load little bottles full of poison. We all know that in corporate America, things can change quickly and quietly, so always confirm the safety of the products with your own research.

Here’s a list of companies that do not use parabens that was compiled by Breast Cancer Action.

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Medicinal uses for Nutmeg

Medicinal uses for Nutmeg

Nutmeg is a good source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc and magnesium. It is also rich in vitamins A and C, many B-complex vitamins including folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, and many flavonoid anti-oxidants that are essential for optimum health.

 

Medical Uses

More impressive than nutmeg’s laundry list of nutrients are its medical applications. In many traditional medicines it is used for therapeutic applications as anti-fungal, anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, digestive, and carminative functions.

  • In dentistry, due to its strong antibacterial properties, nutmeg has been effective in killing a number of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth. Nutmeg oil is used to treat toothaches and to control bad breath.
  • In homoeopathy, nutmeg is used to treat anxiety and depression. The compounds in this spice such as myristicin and elemicin have soothing as well as stimulant properties on brain.
  • In Chinese medicine, it is used to treat impotence and liver disease.
  • Myristicin, found in nutmeg, has been shown to inhibit an enzyme in the brain that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease and is used to improve memory.
  • Nutmeg may also help manage symptoms of Crohn’s disease.

 

Nutmeg can also be used to soothe common problems.

Nutmeg…

  • contains eugenol, a compound that may benefit the heart.
  • in small dosages can be used to reduce flatulence, aid digestion and improve appetite.
  • is valued as an aphrodisiac.
  • can help to combat asthma.
  • helps relax muscles.
  • oil is mixed with almond oil and is used externally to relieve rheumatic pain.
  • oil mixed with honey can also be used to treat nausea, gastroenteritis, chronic diarrhea and indigestion.

 

DIY Applications of Nutmeg

  • To control acne: grind 2 – 3 nutmeg seeds and add little milk to make a paste. Use this paste with warm water as a scrub to treat blackheads. Or, after washing and drying, apply  paste evenly over the acne. After two hours, use warm water to remove the paste, followed by cold water to close the pores.
  • To promote sleep: drink one cup of milk boiled with 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.
  • To soothe eczema: make a nutmeg paste by grinding nutmeg seeds with water and smear the paste over the scaly patches.
  • To calm chest cold: make a paste of nutmeg powder and flour with water. Cover a wash cloth with paste and apply to the chest.

 

Precautions: Use (internally) in moderation: Nutmeg contains myristicin, which in large doses can cause hallucinations and can trigger an acute psychiatric disorder. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid the using large amounts of nutmeg.

21 Benefits of Eating Wheatgrass

21 Benefits of Eating Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass and wheatgrass juice are excellent ways to get dark greens in the diet. Pound for pound, wheatgrass is more than twenty times denser in nutrients than other choice vegetables. Nutritionally, wheatgrass is a complete food that contains 98 of the 102 earth elements.

 

Wheatgrass is available in many forms, including tablets, capsules, liquid extracts and tinctures. Wheatgrass is often used for juicing or added to smoothies or tea. You can even buy wheatgrass seeds or kits to grow your own wheatgrass at home. Many food facilities offer the option of purchasing organic gluten-free wheatgrass either grown aeroponically (bacteria and fungus free) or grown organically outdoors.

 

21 Benefits of Eating Wheatgrass

 

1) Increases red blood-cell count and lowers blood pressure. It cleanses the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract of debris. Wheatgrass also stimulates metabolism and the body’s enzyme systems by enriching the blood. It also aids in reducing blood pressure by dilating the blood pathways throughout the body.

2) Stimulates the thyroid gland, correcting obesity, indigestion, and a host of other complaints.

3) Restores alkalinity to the blood. The juice’s abundance of alkaline minerals helps reduce over-acidity in the blood. It can be used to relieve many internal pains, and has been used successfully to treat peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, constipation, diarrhea, and other complaints of the gastrointestinal tract.

4) Is a powerful detoxifier, and liver and blood protector. The enzymes and amino acids found in wheatgrass can protect us from carcinogens like no other food or medicine. It strengthens our cells, detoxifies the liver and bloodstream, and chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants.

5) Fights tumors and neutralizes toxins. Recent studies show that wheatgrass juice has a powerful ability to fight tumors without the usual toxicity of drugs that also inhibit cell-destroying agents. The many active compounds found in grass juice cleanse the blood and neutralize and digest toxins in our cells.

6) Contains beneficial enzymes. Whether you have a cut finger you want to heal or you desire to lose five pounds…enzymes must do the actual work. The life and abilities of the enzymes found naturally in our bodies can be extended if we help them from the outside by adding exogenous enzymes, like the ones found in wheatgrass juice. Don’t cook it. We can only get the benefits of the many enzymes found in grass by eating it uncooked. Cooking destroys 100 percent of the enzymes in food. It also is very high in vitamins A, B-Complex, C, E and K and a natural source of laetrile (B-17).

7) Has remarkable similarity to our own blood. The second important nutritional aspect of chlorophyll is its remarkable similarity to hemoglobin, the compound that carries oxygen in the blood. Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, president of the Hagiwara Institute of Health in Japan, is a leading advocate for the use of grass as food and medicine. He reasons that since chlorophyll is soluble in fat particles, and fat particles are absorbed directly into the blood via the lymphatic system, that chlorophyll can also be absorbed in this way. In other words, when the “blood” of plants is absorbed in humans it is transformed into human blood, which transports nutrients to every cell of the body.

8) When used as a rectal implant, reverses damage from inside the lower bowel. An implant is a small amount of juice held in the lower bowel for about 20 minutes. In the case of illness, wheatgrass implants stimulate a rapid cleansing of the lower bowel and draw out accumulations of debris.

9) Externally applied to the skin can help eliminate itching almost immediately.

10) Will soothe sunburned skin and act as a disinfectant. Rubbed into the scalp before a shampoo, it will help mend damaged hair and alleviate itchy, scaly, scalp conditions.

11) Is soothing and healing for cuts, burns, scrapes, rashes, poison ivy, athlete’s foot, insect bites, boils, sores, open ulcers, tumors, and so on. Use as a poultice and replace every two to four hours.

12) Works as a sleep aide. Merely place a tray of living wheatgrass near the head of your bed. It will enhance the oxygen in the air and generate healthful negative ions to help you sleep more soundly.

13) Enhances your bath. Add some to your bath water and settle in for a nice, long soak.

14) Sweetens the breath and firms up and tightens gums. Just gargle with the juice.

15) Neutralizes toxic substances like cadmium, nicotine, strontium, mercury, and polyvinyl chloride.

16) Offers the benefits of a liquid oxygen transfusion since the juice contains liquid oxygen. Oxygen is vital to many body processes: it stimulates digestion (the oxidation of food), promotes clearer thinking (the brain utilizes 25% of the body’s oxygen supply), and protects the blood against anaerobic bacteria. Cancer cells cannot exist in the presence of oxygen.

17) Turns gray hair to its natural color again and greatly increases energy levels when consumed daily.

18) Is a beauty treatment that slows down the aging process when the juice is consumed. Wheatgrass will cleanse your blood and help rejuvenate aging cells, slowing the aging process way down, making you feel more alive right away. It will help tighten loose and sagging skin.

19) Lessens the effects of radiation. One enzyme found in wheatgrass, SOD, lessens the effects of radiation and acts as an anti-inflammatory compound that may prevent cellular damage following heart attacks or exposure to irritants.

20) Restores fertility and promotes youthfulness.

21) Can double your red blood cell count just by soaking in it. Renowned nutritionist Dr. Bernard Jensen found that no other blood builders are superior to green juices and wheatgrass. In his book “Health Magic Through Chlorophyll” he mentions several cases where he was able to double the red blood cell count in a matter of days merely by having patients soak in a chlorophyll-water bath.

Health Benefits of Baking with Coconut Flour

The reputation of coconut flour is growing in the West due to its considerable health benefits, which far exceed those of processed flours. Below is a list of reasons why health-conscious individuals are beginning to take coconut flour seriously, and why an increasing number of books specializing in coconut flour recipes are being published every year.

Below are the 5 healthy benefits of swapping your usual flour for coconut flour:

1. Gluten-Free

Arguably coconut flour’s biggest attraction is its gluten-free status, meaning it contains none of the gluten protein molecules found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Gluten is highly allergenic and can even be deadly for people with Celiac disease (a condition where gluten damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing nutrients in food). However, growing evidence – particularly that compiled by Dr. William Davis in his 2011 book, Wheat Belly – suggests that gluten is unhealthy for everyone, and is a leading cause of lethargy, bloating, brain fog and more. Fortunately, gluten-free diets are becoming much easier to adopt thanks to the growing availability of gluten-free flours like coconut flour.

2. Rich In Dietary Fiber

According to a study published in the December 2006 issue of Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies, adding coconut flour to our diets can significantly reduce our risk of developing heart disease, lower our cholesterol levels and guard us from cancer and diabetes. The researchers, based in the Food and Nutrition Research Institute in the Philippines, claim that these benefits stem from coconut flour’s unusually high levels of dietary fiber (a 100 gram serving of it contains a whopping 39 grams of fiber, almost double that of wheat bran). Dr. Bruce Fife, a naturopathic physician and the author of the book, Cooking with Coconut Flour, claims that coconut flour can help adults reach their recommended daily fiber intake of between 20-35 grams. He recommends adding 1-2 tablespoons of coconut flour to gravies, baked goods, casseroles or smoothies.

3. High In Beneficial Fats

Since it is derived from coconut solids, coconut flour retains a large number of those fats for which coconuts are so beloved by health enthusiasts. A 100 gram serving of coconut flour contains 8.7 grams of fat, of which 8 grams are saturated. Most of these fats are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) – essential protective fats with noted antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. MCTs have also been shown to boost the metabolism, making coconut flour suitable for weight loss diets.

4. Safe For Diabetics

Because it is high in fiber yet relatively low in digestible carbohydrates compared to processed flours, coconut flour has a gentle impact upon blood sugar levels. This makes it an excellent flour for diabetics, prediabetics and anyone else who wants to avoid blood sugar spikes.

5. Packed With Protein

Though it is free from gluten proteins, coconut flour contains an impressive number of other proteins. In fact, 100 grams of coconut flour contain 19.3 grams of protein, or 38 percent of our RDI – far more protein per serving than other leading flours such as white, cornmeal or rye. Consequently, coconut flour is a valuable cooking ingredient for vegan or vegetarian bodybuilders since protein is, of course, needed for cell repair and growth.

 

This article was written by: Michael Ravensthorpe check out his website: http://www.hungryforchange.tv/article/5-health-benefits-of-baking-with-coconut-flour

Herbs that Naturally Treat and Prevent Colon Cancer

Onions 

Ginger 

Garlic 

Rosemary

Parsley 

Basil Red Clover

Chickweed 

Oregano

Nettle

Turmeric

Directions to take Medicines

 Take Before Meals

  • Means take your medicine 30 minutes before a meal
  • And NOT 2 minutes before a meal
  • Reason: Effects of some medicine could be lost with the prescene of food

Take After Meals

  • Means take your medicine 5 to 10 minutes after meals
  • Reason: Some medicine can irate your stomach and it can be relieved by food in the stomach

Complete the Course

  • Means finish all the medicines even after you feel better
  • Reason: To kill the remaining germs in your body; the remaining germs could become stronger and eventually resist to your medicine which can make you sick again

Vitamins Supplement

  • It’s often advised to take vitamins during the day, after a meal.
  • NEVER take supplements on an empty stomach
  • Reason: The effect of the supplement will be loss as they will quickly pass out through your urine (Vit B&C)

 

HEALTHY JUICES

Carrot + Ginger + Apple – Boost and cleanse our system.

 

Apple + Cucumber + Celery – Prevent cancer, reduce cholesterol, and eliminate stomach upset and headache.

 

Tomato + Carrot + Apple – Improve skin complexion and eliminate bad breath.

 

Bitter gourd + Apple + Milk – Avoid bad breath and reduce internal body heat.

 

Orange + Ginger + Cucumber – Improve Skin texture and moisture and reduce body heat.

 

Pineapple + Apple + Watermelon – To dispel excess salts, nourishes the bladder and kidney.

 

Apple + Cucumber + Kiwi – To improve skin complexion.

 

Pear & Banana – regulates sugar content.

 

Carrot + Apple + Pear + Mango – Clear body heat, counteracts toxicity, decreased blood pressure and fight oxidization .

 

Honeydew + Grape + Watermelon + Milk – Rich in vitamin C + Vitamin B2 that increase cell activity and str engthen body immunity.

 

Papaya + Pineapple + Milk – Rich in vitamin C, E, Iron. Improve skin complexion and metabolism.

 

Banana + Pineapple + Milk – Rich in vitamin with nutritious and prevent constipation