Book Review: The Invisible Diet by John A. Keel

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Book Review by Candace Liccione

This book is a small but powerful book about the American diet. This book is about adjustments to our diets and has wonderful information about food and our diet and what is really wrong with our processed food diet.

Moving beyond just a food diet, this book also covers our TV habits, our internet, cell phone habits, addictions, lack of exercise, bad habits, and bad programming that are hiding beneath our conscious awareness.

This book is written in an uncomfortable and irritating style, especially if you are overweight or stuck in the regular American processed food diet.

The Invisible Diet is a very interesting read.

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Let's Talk Mucus: Maybe it's Time to Show it Some Love

By Tiffany Windsor & Candace Liccione

Source: Click to read the FABULOUS and INFORMATIVE full article written by Sarah Kaplan - Washington Post

Mucus: Maybe it’s time to show it some love!

As kids, whenever we showed signs of a stuffy nose or worse…a snotty nose, our Momma Aleene always got out the steamer (hot humidifier) and we would sit underneath a towel for what seemed like hours! This ALWAYS worked to dislodge stuck mucus and send us on our track to healing. Our Momma learned about this technique when our sister Heidi got hospitalized for pneumonia when she was 2 years old. Momma relied on this method for all five children and always with the desired results! We never stopped to think how our bodies were working to protect us and just thought it was a really icky thing to blow our noses of all that mucus-y grossness.

As Sarah Kaplan writes, “Pause for a moment before blaming mucus for your troubles. Mucus is full of antiseptic enzymes that protect the lining of your sinuses while flushing out potentially dangerous invaders. It is perfectly adapted for trapping microbes. It is a hero of your immune system. On the front lines of the daily fight to keep you healthy, mucus is on your side.”

Mucus is so much more than the slimy stuff seeping from our nasal cavities. In humans, mucus serves all kinds of useful purposes.
— Sarah Kaplan

Did you know that mucus actually protects the lining of your stomach from getting corroded by acid. It acts as a lubricant in your esophagus by helping food pass down smoothly.

But your nose is where mucus really shines. It filters the air you breathe, trapping dust particles, bacteria and other bad things. It is the initial defensive system of your body. Doctors estimate that the nose produces about 4 cups of mucus a day. [Ok, we had NO idea about this fact!!]

The nose’s mucus contains mucin, a lubricating protein that helps prevent bacteria from clumping together, and other particles. Its strands form a mesh, with small pores capable of trapping most bacteria, allergens and pollutants. Only the smallest viruses can slip through.

Have you ever wondered what all those different mucus colors mean? Its color – green, white, yellow, orange or brown – comes from the dead cells stuck in it. The lighter colors come from white blood cells, which fight infection (though contrary to popular belief, green mucus is not necessarily evidence you should be on antibiotics). Orange or brown mucus is stained by dried up blood – an indication that the nose tissue is inflamed.

Nasal mucus has two elements: a thin fluid layer on the bottom called sol and a thick sticky layer evolved to trap invaders called gel. When microscopic tentacles on the surface of your nasal passage, called cilia, beat against the sol, it and the gel layer on top are flushed out of the nose. If you find yourself coughing and sneezing a lot when you are sick, a virus may have done damage to your cilia, forcing the body to find other ways to get rid of mucus.

The vast majority of mucus does not fly out of your nose or mouth. Instead, your cilia push it to the back of your nose and throat, where it is swallowed. OK - we’re grossed out but we’re told we shouldn’t be! Your stomach is well equipped to neutralize any infectious agents that might wind up in your stomach. Mucus is probably a lot more sanitary than some things you eat. Scientists at MIT have even proposed coating medical lab equipment with mucin because of its incredible antibacterial powers. [Yeah, ummmm, no. Just no.}

So now you will have a different idea about mucus and how it works in your body and how good it is for you.

We never thought we would be saying this but…Thank you mucus!

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The information provided here should in no way, shape or form take the place of medical advice; always seek medical advice from a chosen professional concerning your health prior to making any changes in your diet, lifestyle, supplementation or other similar habits, and from any secondary resources or links found on this site.

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Lemon Balm: An Often Ignored Healing Herb

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Source: Wikipedia

Lemon balm contains within it the virtues of a dozen other plants.
— St. Hildegard of Bingen

Lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family. The leaves, which have a mild lemon aroma, are used to make medicine. The use of lemon balm goes back thousands of years to the time of the ancient Romans and Greeks. One of its first recorded uses was as a wine infused liniment. Dioscorides a Greek physician, pharmacologist, and botanist practicing in the 1st century in Rome, mentions its use in this way, and it was also employed in this same manner in Ayurvedic medicine. St. Hildegard of Bingen, an herbalist and nun born in 1098 C.E. in present day Germany said, “Lemon balm contains within it the virtues of a dozen other plants.” According to Nicholas Culpepper (a botanist, avid astrologer, physician, herbalist, and author of the Complete Herbal, written in 1653), said dried lemon balm may be made into a fine 'electuary' with honey. He wrote that it was ruled by the planet Jupiter and associated with the zodiac sign of Cancer, therefore having an association with the water element and thus an effect on emotions.

Lemon balm was traditionally used to uplift the spirits. In an ancient text of the Middle East recounting Azerbaijani folk medicine practices called the Tibbname, a bath in lemon balm tea was believed to support heart health and to promote healthy skin. It was a common practice to apply lemon balm externally or to take internally for its relaxing effects.

When Candace did her herbal training many years ago lemon balm was considered to be a nice herb to use in tea but not thought to have many medicinal uses. Her eyes were opened when she read Anthony William’s book Life Changing Foods. He considers lemon balm to be an herb that has many wonderful medicinal qualities especially for calming the nerves — especially those involved indigestion.

Digestive issues can stem from nerve endings that have become hypersensitive around the digestive organs. Nerves play a role in much of the digestive distress we have in our lives. For instance, inflamed phrenic nerves which control the diaphragm and therefore influence the stomach and the vagus nerve which run through the diaphragm and govern the stomach and digestions are sometimes behind digestive sensitivities as are nerves that connect the spine and digestive tract. If your stomach or intestines are irritated for no identifiable reason, it is usually due to sensitive nerves. One common occurrence is that a food (even something that is easy to digest, rubs against the lining of the intestinal tract which causes someone with sensitive nerves to feel discomfort. Nerve sensitivity can also trigger symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite, and a sudden urgency to eliminate when nervous.

Lemon balm is a gift from God and Mother Nature to deal with our frazzling world. Lemon balm has soothing properties which come from bioactive phytochemicals such as undiscovered alkaloids that calm the nerve receptors at the digestive tract so that the nerves become less sensitized and inflammation reduces. Lemon balm doesn’t stop there as it is a heal-all herb with high contribution factor to almost every part of the body. Extremely high in tract minerals such as boron, manganese, copper, chromium, molybdenum, selenium and iron. Lemon Balm also has large amounts of micromineral silica. Plus, it’s a B12 conserving herb which means that it monitors your stores of this vitamin and keeps your body from using it all up.

Lemon balm is antiparasitic, antiviral, and antibacterial throughout the body. It fights Epstein Barr virus, shingles and other herpetic viruses such as HHV-6. It is an amazing herb for tonsillitis which is inflammation caused by strep throat. Plus, lemon balm detoxifies the liver, spleen and kidneys and helps reduce bladder inflammation so great for cystitis and urinary tract infections.

It treats the following issues: bladder, kidney and urinary issues, hypertension, Epstein Barr, mono, staph infections, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, ear infections, ear  problems, hiatal hernia, neuropathy, ringworm, adrenal fatigue, migraines, ADHD, strep throat, autism, Lyme, ALS, herpes, rosacea, PCOS and Menières disease. The symptoms it treats are loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, anxiousness, nervous stomach, hot flashes, night sweats, frozen shoulder, gastritis, trace mineral deficiencies, tooth pain, seizures, brain inflammation.

When you are talking about Lemon Balm in the essential oil world, it’s actually bottled as Melissa officinalis. It received the name “Melissa” because of its sweet, fresh, citrus-like fragrance, which was known to attract bees (Melissa is Greek for “honey bee”). As one of doTerra’s rarest and most expensive oils at $153 per 5 millileters, Melissa has a wide range of health benefits and uses. Melissa is used as a flavor in teas and ice cream as well as with some fish dishes. Because of its positive effect on mood, Melissa has long been used to calm feelings of tension and nervousness. Diffusing Melissa at night can help initiate a restful sleep environment and promote emotional well-being. Melissa may also help to support a healthy immune system.

  • Diffuse at night or rub on forehead, shoulders, or chest to help lessen feelings of stress and promote emotional well-being.

  • Diffuse to create a relaxing environment that encourages a restful night’s sleep.

  • Add to moisturizer or a spray bottle with water and spritz on face to rejuvenate skin and refresh the mind.

  • As with many essential oils, there is a possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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Please note that HealingLifeWisdom does NOT provide any medical advice and all content provided is for informational purposes only; this website is in no way a substitute for medical advice from a licensed professional.

The information provided here should in no way, shape or form take the place of medical advice; always seek medical advice from a chosen professional concerning your health prior to making any changes in your diet, lifestyle, supplementation or other similar habits, and from any secondary resources or links found on this site.

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Herbal Alternatives to Antibiotics

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Click to listen to Tiffany and Candace talk about this topic on a recent HealingLifeWisdom podcast.

by Candace Liccione

In my local book club, we recently read a book about the discovery of penicillin during WWII and the information was fascinating. The subject came up again at a recent book club meeting and I realized that people don’t know much about antibiotics but do know they aren’t as effective as they were. I thought it would be great to discuss this issue so everyone knows how all this works. There is a great book by Stephen Harrod Buhner titled Herbal Antibiotics that was recently featured in The Herb Companion Magazine that I found to be a great reference for information.

Antibiotics came into great use in the 1950’s and 1960’s and the medical establishment felt that these new antibiotics would virtually eliminate infectious disease in our lives. In spite of the optimism of the time, by 1976 infectious disease was already on the rise. By 1997 it had become so bad that 3 million people a year in the US were being admitted to hospitals with difficult-to-treat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. Many people came to the hospitals for other reasons but ended up catching an infection in the hospital. The number of people who die from hospital acquired infections is more than 100,000 a year. That makes it the fourth leading cause of death in the US. The period once called the “Age of Miracle Drugs” is dead.

New antibiotics have been discovered daily for years and it seemed that these drugs were the answer to the problem. As early as 1929 Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin, warned that numerous bacteria were already resistant. In 1945 we were warned that improper use of penicillin would lead to the development of resistant bacteria. Then, just 14% of staph bacteria were resistant to penicillin. By 1953, 64% to 80% of the bacteria had become resistant. Resistance to tetracycline and erythromycin was also being reported. In 1995 an incredible 95% of staph was resistant to penicillin. The first severe outbreak of MRSA occurred in 1968 and eventually the MRSA strains became resistant to all clinically available antibiotics. Now resistant strains are common throughout the world’s population.

What people don’t realize is that all life on Earth is highly intelligent and adaptable. Bacteria are the oldest forms of life on earth and they have learned well how to respond to threats to their well being. The world is filled with antibacterial substances, most produced by other bacteria, as well as fungi and plants. To survive, bacteria learned how to respond to those substances.

The bacteria in our bodies are friendly, mutualistic bacteria. They take up all the space on and in our bodies on which bacteria can grow. By doing so they leave no room for other less benign bacteria to live. All of our co-evolutionary bacteria generate antibiotic substances that kill off other, less friendly bacteria. As we grow, regular exposure to pathogenic bacteria teaches our bodies and the symbiotic bacteria how to respond to disease organisms.

It is clear now that antibiotics aren’t going to be used any less and in fact they are being used more. Humans as a species has never really been known for doing the sensible thing before it is too late. So, we will stop using antibiotics only when they truly fail to work.

Did you know that there are herbal antibiotics to treat antibiotic resistant organisms? There are three categories:

  • Systemic antibacterial

  • Localized antibacterial

  • Synergistic herbs

    Systemic antibacterial are spread by the blood stream throughout the body affecting every cell and organ. These herbs are reportedly good for treating infections such as MRSA that have spread throughout the body and are not responding to multiple antibiotic protocols.  The following herbs (except artemisia) are herbs that we are not familiar with in the US:

  • Cryptolepis (cryptolepis sanguinolenta) used to treat malaria in Africa - is antibacterial and antiprotozoal

  • Sida (sida acuta) aka broom weed from Australia, Central American and Mexico

  • Alchornea (alchornea cordifolia) is a tropical tree from Africa

  • Bidens (bidens pilosa) considered a nasty weed that could save your life - aka shepherds needles and is grown in Africa, US and Asia

  • Artemisia (artemisia annua) aka sweet wormwood

Non-systemic herbs are those that do not spread easily through the body and are limited in movement. Because they do not easily cross membranes, they are good for GI tract and urinary tracts and for external infections. These kinds of herbs are useful for infection such as E. coli, salmonella or cholera or for infected skin wounds that refuse to heal.

  • American goldenseal

  • Juniper

  • Usnea (oosnea)  

  • Honey

Facilitative or synergistic herbs are plants that facilitate the action of other plants. They either enhance the action of the antibacterial being used or affect the bacteria so the antibacterial is more effective. Most plants contain both antibiotic substance and a potent synergist.

  • Licorice (glycyrrhiza glabra and g. Uralensis)

  • Ginger (zingiber officinale)

  • Black pepper (piper nigrum and P. longum)

There are many, many herbs that have antibacterial actions. This is just a list that this author suggests.

Essential Oils for Alternatives to Antibiotics

It's quite likely that whether you visit your doctor for back pain, anxiety or an ingrown toenail, you won't leave without a prescription of some kind. Cold and flu symptoms are among the most common reasons why people visit their doctors and, often, antibiotics are the go-to remedy. Repeatedly taking antibiotics causes major problems, and as overuse of this type of medication, both in the health care setting and in industrial agriculture, has resulted in increased resistance.

As Cari Romm recently reported in The Atlantic, livestock consume up to 80 percent of the antibiotics used in the U.S., and the amount actually jumped by 16 percent between 2009 and 2012, according to a recent FDA report. This rampant use of the drugs has led to “superbugs” that are becoming increasingly resistant to the antibiotics that are used to treat not just farm animals, but humans as well.

Researchers have also directly compared the effects of commonly used antibiotics with those of various essential oils. One such study, from the March 2012 issue of the Journal of Animal Science, found that rosemary and oregano oils resulted in the same amount of growth in chickens as the antibiotic avilamycin, and that the oils killed bacteria, too. Additional findings have shown that essential oils help reduce salmonella in chickens, and another study found that a blend of several oils can limit the spread of salmonella among animals. One of the co-authors of that study, Dr. Charles Hofacre, a professor at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine, says it’s such a new area of research that they don’t yet know exactly how the essential oils work, but “there is some strong evidence that they are functioning by both an antibacterial action in the intestine and also some have an effect to stimulate the intestinal cells ability to recover from disease more quickly–either by local immunity or helping keep the intestinal cells themselves healthier.”

DrAxe.Com has a list of 4 antibacterial essential oils that he recommends. Head on over to his blog post to read all the details on these oils:

1. Cinnamon Oil

2. Thyme Oil

3. Oregano Oil

4. Tea Tree Oil

Dr. Axe recommends mixing one of these oils, or a combination, with one teaspoon of Manuka honey and/or coconut oil and applying topically to the affected area. You can even combine one drop each of oregano oil, cinnamon and thyme with Manuka honey and take it as a tonic, though we always suggest you ensure that you’re fully educated about all oils before ingesting them, especially if you have a medical condition or are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Ultimately, what’s great about these oils is that they’re more gentle on the gut lining and can be used for short periods internally, and longer externally, as long as your doctor approves and you don’t have any negative reaction to them.

Many of Dr. Axe’s patients have great results against bacterial infections when working with a protocol that includes antibacterial essential oils, bone broth and probiotics. In his post, he has a recipe for Antibacterial Super Tonic which includes essential oils of oregano, ginger, peppermint, grapefruit, cinnamon and thyme. You can the full recipe link in his blog post.

Disclaimer

Please note that HealingLifeWisdom does NOT provide any medical advice and all content provided is for informational purposes only; this website is in no way a substitute for medical advice from a licensed professional.

The information provided here should in no way, shape or form take the place of medical advice; always seek medical advice from a chosen professional concerning your health prior to making any changes in your diet, lifestyle, supplementation or other similar habits, and from any secondary resources or links found on this site.

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Licorice Root: An Amazing Hard-Working, Healing Herb

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Click to listen to Tiffany and Candace talk about this topic (and Menopause) on a recent HealingLifeWisdom podcast.

by Tiffany Windsor and Candace Liccione

We’d like to start off with some licorice root history. which comes from DrAxe.com who shares amazing information about natural healing options.

Licorice is a member of the legume family, and while there are species that grow in the U.S., Glycyrrhiza glabra, it’s latin name, is primarily native to Europe and Asia.

Glycyrrhiza’s name reflects its most popularly known claim to fame: “sweet root.” With an extract that can be 30 to 50 times sweeter than sugar, we can see why our ancestors were inspired to turn it into candy! In Chinese medicine, anti-inflammatory licorice root has been used for centuries for many of the same uses that science has now confirmed — coughs and colds, gastrointestional issues, and female reproductive issues.

One interesting note about the way licorice has been used in Chinese medicine that we learned from Dr. Axe is that it was used as a “guide drug.” Licorice root was used in tandem with other herbs and remedies to enhance their effects and essentially guide the other herbs to where they would be most beneficial. In 2013, this use was observed and reviewed by the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This ancient purpose, along with other licorice root benefits, no doubt contributed to licorice root being the most used herb in Chinese medicine!

Europeans didn’t ignore the benefits of licorice as a supplement, either. Licorice root has documented uses from antiquity, from ancient Greece and Rome to the Middle Ages and beyond. By the 20th century, manufacturing allowed the root to be stripped for pharmaceutical uses and then extracted for candy sweetener.
— Dr. Axe

The medicinal strength and benefits of licorice root are prominent enough that the FDA issued a notice for consumers to be aware that black licorice is more than just a sweet treat. Even when the root extract is used just to sweeten, it can’t be ignored as a potent compound. And while the root is the primary portion used for supplements and remedies, the leaves have been evaluated for their antimicrobial benefits, as well. In a study, the leaves tested well against bacteria and thus may work as a staph and candida cure.

Licorice Root is one of the most important herbs in today’s world. Why is licorice root so critical - because it is the ultimate weapon against the viral explosion.  Herpetic viruses which includes Epstein Barr, HHV-6, cytomegalovirus and shingles are often behind the mystery illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lyme disease, Meniere’s disease, and adrenal fatigue.   Also, with the following symptoms like vertigo, dizziness, body aches and pain, nerve pains in the jaw, neck & shoulders. For more detailed information, checkout the post on DrAxe.com.

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Anthony William, author of The Medical Medium, Life Changing Foods and Liver Rescue states that the body does not attack itself, but rather strains and mutations of herpes viruses do. The essential antiviral herb is licorice root. It’s phytochemicals and antiviral properties stop a virus from procreating and also pushes the virus out of the body, making your system as inhospitable as possible for viruses. Licorice root is also incredible for low blood pressure & soothes the liver by lowering liver heat. Licorice is one of the most important adrenal restoratives we have. Licorices root acts like a battery charger for the adrenal, by bringing them out of a fatigued state and increases their capacity to function.

As mentioned, licorice root is amazing for so many conditions and there’s more on the list including lupus, leaky gut, ulcers, sore throat, coughs PMS, menopause, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, digestive disorders, strep throat, depression, insomnia, acne, UTI’s, & Gerd. The list goes on and on. Also, the symptoms that licorice treats are anxiousness, brain fog, headaches, nausea, food allergies, cold hands and feet, acid reflux, brain inflammation, and has glycosides similar to natural steroids in the body. Check out the rest of the list in Anthony’s books.  

Licorice root is wonderful for those who process their emotions through the gut instead of the head. If you feel like the simplest of misunderstandings give you a stress stomach ache or if you hold tension in your gut or get butterflies in your stomach, licorice root helps prevent and relieve your suffering. If you are trying to get off of caffeine, try licorice root tea first thing in the morning. It can be an incredible energy booster. When you are having trouble digesting food or you‘ve just eaten a bad meal, drink licorice tea to help the digestion process.

Feel free to use licorice root as an herbal tea one cup a day or in its alcohol-free tincture. There are cautions for using licorice root.  Don’t use if you have high blood pressure, kidney disease or if you are pregnant. Long term use can cause sodium retention which can cause water retention. This is not a full list of cautions so check out other cautions before using. Don’t use at same time as steroids as it might increase the action of them. Glycyrrhizin in licorice root has side effects but there is a standardized supplement that is called deglycyrrhizin licorice root that removes the side effects of increased blood pressure, reduced potassium levels, edema, liver and kidney issues. Do your research to find out the right choice for you.

Sources: https://draxe.com/licorice-root/


Disclaimer

Please note that HealingLifeWisdom does NOT provide any medical advice and all content provided is for informational purposes only; this website is in no way a substitute for medical advice from a licensed professional.

The information provided here should in no way, shape or form take the place of medical advice; always seek medical advice from a chosen professional concerning your health prior to making any changes in your diet, lifestyle, supplementation or other similar habits, and from any secondary resources or links found on this site.

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Let's Talk about Natural Remedies for Menopause!

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Click to listen to Tiffany and Candace talk about this topic on recent HealingLifeWisdom podcast.

by Candace Liccione

Menopause is not a disease. Don’t treat it accordingly. It’s only in the last 40 or so years that menopause became thought of as a disease. Back when we were young, it wasn’t talked about much as most women went through it smoothly. In today’s medical world, menopause has become something to treat with pharmaceuticals. In the past - for the past few thousand or more years - herbs were the go-to medicine.

Menopause is a completely natural time in each woman’s life. It is the time when women come into their power. It’s when the child-rearing time of life is over, and you are going into the next phase of your life. It’s time to do what you came here to do! This is a time of life to really get to know yourself, come into your power as a woman and as you. It is your time for solitude, perhaps some serious journaling, time for you to expand and explore, how about taking some classes and come together with other women who are in this same phase of life!

A good attitude toward menopause makes all the difference. I can see eyebrows lifting as I say this, but it is only since the beginning of TV advertising that makes us feel that we aren’t good enough, that aging is bad, that we must be fixed somehow, must be lifted, must be botoxed and feel we have to look like we are 20 again or at least 20 years younger!

Menopause is a time when you get really comfortable about who you are, acccept what you look like, how you feel and where you are going from here. You need to change your attitude towards menopause, welcome the changes and nourish your body when your body is in menopause.

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Most of my information comes from Susun Weed, a well-known herbalist, whose books have to do with women’s issues. Her most famous book is New Menopausal Years – The Wise Woman Way. In her book, Susun shares her six steps of healing:

Step 0 - Do nothing – sleep, meditate, unplug the clock or the phone

Step 1 – Collect information – books, support groups, learn about menopause etc.

Step 2 – Engage the energy (prayer, homeopathic remedies, crying, visualizations, aromatherapy, color, laughter)

Step 3 – Nourish and tonify – herbal infusions, herbal tinctures, life style changes, exercise

(Note: Steps 0-3 are preventive medicine) try these steps first, then try steps 4 and 5a and only if these don’t work would you go on to step 5b and step 6). Currently most people start with pharmaceuticals and surgery first

Step 4 – Stimulate/Sedate – hot/cold water, many herbal tinctures, acupuncture, massage

Step 5a – Supplements

Step 5b – Use pharmaceuticals

Step 6 - Break and enter – fear, surgery, invasive diagnostic tests

Susun recommends that you don’t start with pharmaceuticals and surgery unless absolutely necessary. There are many stages to healing naturally and if they don’t work then you might consider the last two steps.

Herbs for menopause are amazing. Here is just a partial list of herbs for menopausal issues:

  • If you have heavy bleeding, try strawberry leaves which I used when I first started menopause and it worked perfectly. You can also use lady’s mantle, vitex

  • Herbs to use for cramps – cramp bark, garden sage, motherwort (if you have no heavy bleeding)

  • Hormone balancing – alfalfa, hops, licorice root, red clover, sage, black cohosh

  • Hot flashes – chickweed, dandelion, fenugreek seed, elder flowers, yellow dock, oatstraw, hibiscus

  • Night sweats – oatstraw. Garden sage, ginseng, black cohosh co-haw-sh

  • Depression – St Johns wort, nettle, oatstraw, garden sage

  • Grief or crying jags – lemon balm, dong quai, passion flower, ginseng

The list goes on and on. There is an herb for every menopause symptom and they really work! Susun’s book has a chapter for each issue you might find in menopause. She gives you explanations about what is going on and what herbs or vitamins or natural foods will work for that issue. If you are entering menopause and want to deal with it naturally, go get a copy of this book as it is really amazing!


Disclaimer

Please note that HealingLifeWisdom does NOT provide any medical advice and all content provided is for informational purposes only; this website is in no way a substitute for medical advice from a licensed professional.

The information provided here should in no way, shape or form take the place of medical advice; always seek medical advice from a chosen professional concerning your health prior to making any changes in your diet, lifestyle, supplementation or other similar habits, and from any secondary resources or links found on this site.

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Have Anxiety? Grab for Natural Remedies!

Click to listen to Tiffany and Candace talk about this topic on recent HealingLifeWisdom podcast.

BY CANDACE LICCIONE

Anxiety is about the fear of the future. You are not in the “now”. Anxiety comes from within and without. Anxiety appears differently for everyone minus a few points. For some people it is something they live with all the time and it keeps a low enough profile to be manageable. In some people it might even be what drives them to do better, do more, have more energy to work with or offer more speed. But the result with doing things this way is adrenal fatigue.

For others it might manifest as an inward spiral of fears of how people perceive them, if they are “pretty” enough or if they are “anything” enough. For others it is a fear that everyone is always watching them. The worst of all are those that begin their inner dialogue with the words “what if” all the time. It is exhausting!

Here’s a list of things to do to help you work with getting rid of your anxiousness:

  • Set goals

  • Create a sense of balance

  • Change your self-talk

  • Make real physical changes

  • Exercise

  • Change how you breathe

  • Change your attitude

  • Change what you eat

  • Get decent sleep

Do you watch or engage in activities that result in anxiousness? The more you choose to listen to anxiety producing information, the more you choose to be anxious. Energies of anxiety float around you all the time and when you feel anxious you can attract other’s anxiety. Take stock of your anxiety and decide if it is really your issues or are you taking on other’s issues or even worse… world fears and issues. Take your mind away from anxious thoughts however you can – do the multiplication times in your head or baseball stats or Tiffany’s favorite mantra: Cancel clear, bless the fear, choose again. If you can stop yourself with this mantra and catch yourself in the midst of some anxious or negative thought, it’s really powerful to change a negative thought to a neutral thought into a powerful, supportive thought.

Emotional Issues for Anxiety

Anxiety generates physical symptoms in your body: heart beat increase, blood pressure rises, muscles tense, abdomen tenses. You can create a physiological or hormonal sensitivity to the physical manifestations of anxiety if you don’t learn to control your thoughts and feelings.

Are you feeling insecure, unsupported, helpless to change your situation, focusing on negativity and limitation, wallowing in fear, not trusting the flow of life? If you have anxiety, first look at your emotional issues and start to deal with and work on them.

Then look at what you are eating. You cannot maintain your health if your body does not have the nutrients it needs to keep you balanced on all levels.

Another issue in anxiety is adrenal fatigue. When you are stressed, you keep making your adrenals pump out adrenaline which floods your body. Then you are low on adrenaline because of your constant stress and demand on your adrenals. Try Bach Rescue Remedy when you get anxious, it is amazing for calming you down really quickly.

According to Chinese Medicine two organs are frequently in disharmony in states of anxiety and apprehension. They are the kidneys and the heart. Kidneys hold your fear – inappropriate or excessive fear, lack of self-confidence, sense of apprehension and insecurity. Feelings of unease or worry can be helpful when they motivate you to take positive actions to solve problems. But they can be detrimental if they prevent you from experiencing joy and happiness in your daily life.

Change your Mood with Food

Foods to eat for adrenal fatigue and anxiety include sprouts, asparagus, wild blueberries, bananas, garlic, broccoli, kale, raspberries, blackberries, Romaine lettuce, red skinned apples, avocados, cherries, cranberries, mangoes, lemons, oranges, tangerines, celery, red cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, leafy greens, potatoes. Herbs to use are cilantro, ginseng, ginkgo, ginger, nettles, lemon balm. Also consider taking probiotics (you will be amazed at how you feel when your gut is healthy!), coconut water, coconut oil or coconut meat.

Herbs are supportive to strengthen and rebuild the nervous system. Check out black cohosh, capsicum, valerian, ginger, white willow, devils’ claw, hops and wood betony. A lovely tea blend to relax the nervous system and rebuild it includes: chamomile, passion flower, hops, fennel, marshmallow and feverfew. (Always check out any warnings on herbs that should not be used when pregnant or nursing or might otherwise interfere.)

It is SO important to choose the right foods and herbs to eat to support your body when you are in a state of anxiousness. Some foods that you DEFINITELY want to AVOID are sugar, sodas, chocolate, white flour products and meat and switch to foods that truly support your body.

Essential Oils

If you have a difficult time soothing anxious feelings, there are essential oils that can help. Many essential oils high in the chemical constituent linalool are well known for their ability to reduce sad and anxious feelings. Lavender is high in linalool and when taken internally is reported to reduce anxious feelings. Its calming aroma can also help cut through feelings of stress and promote relaxation.

As our regular listeners know, Tiffany has been a doTERRA wellness advocate since 2014 and so her first line defense is always essential oils. The doTerra Balance blend creates a sense of calm and well-being. The Balance blends includes grounding wood oils with Frankincense and Blue Tansy. Blue Tansy’s scent helps uplift mood, while Frankincense promotes feelings of peace and relaxation. The Balance blend is a powerful tool for countering cycles of worry and fear. Apply it to your wrists or neck to ease anxious feelings.

doTERRA’s Cheer is another helpful essential oil product for anxious feelings. This blend was designed to counteract negative emotions while promoting feelings of optimism. Cedarwood is another essential oil that can be very helpful. It has a calming and relaxing aroma that can be used to evoke feelings of wellness and soothe worry.

Candace has also done some extensive research on using aromatherapy essential oils that are wonderful for anxiety. A great resource is the book Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay. In his book, Gabriel shares that oils for apprehension are: thyme, juniper berry, and cypress. Oils for fear are: thyme (for fear of external or known cause), juniper for timidity and retreat, cedarwood for inward fear of collapse, cypress for dread of a hidden or unknown origin. For anxiety connected to energetic imbalance of the heart use geranium oil as it calms nervous anxiety or vetiver which has similar use to geranium and also restores a sense of rooted stability to those who are anxious, rose oil and palmarosa oil for those who have deep anxiety, fear, insecurity; jasmine oil for calming, uplifting and is good used with anxiety alternating with feelings of depression; ylang ylang oil is better for sedating when extremely restless and have a racing mind. Lavender and melissa oils are comfort to the mind for those who feel oppressed and suffocated for anxiety compounded by sense of emotional confusion or a feeling of not knowing where to turn.

Our society tends to medicate at the first signs of extended anxiousness and that only masks the symptoms but does not get down to the root of the cause of anxiety. As Susun Weed suggests, we personally follow the path of trying other natural choices first and we hope that you will think about taking control of your wellness and find natural choices that work for you.

If you would like to learn more about Bach Flower Remedies custom blends, contact Candace at candace@wyeriverdesigns.com.


Disclaimer

Please note that HealingLifeWisdom does NOT provide any medical advice and all content provided is for informational purposes only; this website is in no way a substitute for medical advice from a licensed professional.

The information provided here should in no way, shape or form take the place of medical advice; always seek medical advice from a chosen professional concerning your health prior to making any changes in your diet, lifestyle, supplementation or other similar habits, and from any secondary resources or links found on this site.

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5 Herbs You Should Know About

Click to listen to Tiffany and Candace talk about this topic on recent HealingLifeWisdom podcast.

by Candace Liccione

I want to talk about five of the popular herbs that you might consider adding to your daily life. Some might be familiar and some you may have never heard about. Most people want a magic pill that works in an hour and you don’t have to make any changes in your life or your diet. It would be nice if it worked that way, but it doesn’t. If you have health issues, you really need to make changes in all parts of your life. You should factor into your healing plan - working on your emotional issues, changing problem areas in your personal life, your work life, your diet, and your lack of exercise.

Herbs are wonderful to soothe many of our health challenges. They say that there is an herb on earth for every health problem. Food and herbs act as a messenger to your genes. Food and herbs are medicine for your body, mind and spirit.  Adding herbs to your life is very healthy! Herbs however, work slowly and take time. Did you know that every major ailment has a specific natural food or herb prescription that can reverse its course. Your body can heal itself if you give it a chance and the right food. It may take 3+ months or more for you to see results as you go herbal, but it is so worth it. Keep in mind that herbs don’t have the side effects like pharmaceuticals do. And herbs are very affordable and you can even grow some herbs at home in your garden.

Emotional healing is also very important as you begin your healing journey. You have to work on all aspects of yourself including the body, mind and spirit. You also need to examine your diet. You are what you eat. You are actually what you eat, digest, absorb and eliminate! So many of us have not been educated to understand that what we put into your body runs our body. So, if you have health issues, your body is not getting what it needs to run properly. Adding herbs to your life and your food has many advantages to give your body the vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other natural ingredients that can support you on your healing path.

Cats Claw

First off let me introduce you to cats claw. It’s an herb that most people have never heard of.  Cats claw is an herb that can alleviate almost any symptom from neurological to digestive. Pathogens such as bacteria cannot become resistant to it like they can with antibiotics. It is great for getting rid of parasites, fighting viruses, ridding the body of strep. Good against all kinds of cancer, Lyme, ALS, MS, UTIs, herpes, vitiligo, sleep disorders. Don’t use if pregnant or trying to conceive. Use only non-alcoholic tincture as alcohol cancels out the effects of the herb. Cats claw is a wonderful tea but is available in supplements and as a tincture.

Ginger

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Ginger is an herb most people are familiar with but think it is only for digestive issues. It is the ultimate antispasmodic herb. It calms an upset stomach and relaxes other areas of tension for up to 12 hours. It is reportedly good for stress related illness like adrenal fatigue, acid reflux, sleep apnea, spastic bladder, insomnia.  Also great for tension headaches, is anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-parasitic. It is reportedly good for pancreatitis, gallstones, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disease, eczema, psoriasis, anxiety, all kinds of cancer, celiac, chronic sinusitis, lymphedema, lupus and shingles. Acts as a tonic for muscles and organs telling the body it can let go and that everything is under control. Helps relieve tension headaches, flush excess lactic acid from muscle tissue out of the body and not just from exercise but also from stress. Ginger has 30 amino acids, 60 trace minerals, 500 enzymes and co enzymes. It is great for stress assistance, DNA reconstruction, enhancement of the body’s production of B12. Ginger can be eaten with food and as a tea.

Turmeric

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Turmeric is the herb that is very familiar to most people as it has been the popular herb in the past couple of years. It is good for our entire wellbeing. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and is great for lupus. Note that inflammation in chronic illness is due to the body’s immune response to a foreign presence such as a virus so turmeric is great for anything in the body that is inflamed and causing pain. It is good for increasing blood supply to areas of the body that need enhanced circulation. It is great for the cardiovascular system, lowers bad cholesterol raises good cholesterol, helps inhibit tumors, cysts and helps prevent many cancers especially skin cancer. Take as a spice in your food, as tea, juiced or as a supplement.

Chaga

Another herb that most people have never heard about is Chaga mushroom. I first learned about Chaga through Anthony William Medical Medium. Chaga is not really a mushroom but a pre-mushroom growth. It has immune system enhancing nutrients to battle toxins, viruses and bacteria. It strengthens red blood cells and bone marrow, balances blood platelets, great tonic for entire body, good against all kinds of cancer. Regulates blood sugar and boosts adrenals. Good for autoimmune disease, Lyme, MS, ALS, carpal tunnel, bursitis, fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, psoriasis, eczema, Epstein Barr, migraines, electromagnetic hypersensitivity, celiac and rosacea.  Take as a tea in powder form or add to smoothies.

Nettle

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Photo by Paul M on Unsplash

Another herb that people have probably heard about is nettle. It is usually considered to be a female herb as it is wonderful for women’s reproductive health issues. Low hormone test results often mean that the adrenals are either overactive or underactive. Great for adrenal glands and other members of the endocrine system. But it also is wonderful for stress, is anti-inflammatory for your tired organs, rids the body of excess estrogen that come from plastics and pesticides, is bone building and bone protecting as it is rich in silica. Nettle has 40 trace minerals and is a potent pain reliever. Good for urinary tract issues, reproductive cancers, Epstein Barr virus, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic stress, laryngitis, eczema, psoriasis, depression, auto immune diseases, anxiety & bladder prolapse. Nettle is wonderful as tea.

Disclaimer

Please note that HealingLifeWisdom does NOT provide any medical advice and all content provided is for informational purposes only; this website is in no way a substitute for medical advice from a licensed professional.

The information provided here should in no way, shape or form take the place of medical advice; always seek medical advice from a chosen professional concerning your health prior to making any changes in your diet, lifestyle, supplementation or other similar habits, and from any secondary resources or links found on this site.

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Oregano Essential Oil: A Multi-Tasker

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by Tiffany Windsor

Click to listen to Tiffany and Candace talk about this topic on recent HealingLifeWisdom podcast.

I have been a doTerra Wellness Advocate since 2014 and this is one oil that I keep telling myself that I want to dig into deeper. Today, there was a video by TheMotivationalDoc in my social media feed that really sparked my interest in this powerful essential oil.

As doTerra states, Oregano is one of the most potent and powerful essential oils and has been used for centuries in traditional practices. The primary chemical components of Oregano is carvacol, a phenol that possesses antioxidant properties when ingested.

As TheMotivationalDoc states in his video, Oregano benefits are:

  • Natural antibacterial

  • Anti-fungal

  • Anti-parasitic

  • Anti-viral

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Anti-yeast

  • Antioxidant

  • Emenagogue

  • Aids in digestion

  • Anti-allergenic substance

  • Expectorant

We would sit under the steam tent for what seemed like a very long time while the warm mist would loosen all the crud in our nose and chests.
— Tiffany Windsor

When I was a kid, my Momma’s first go to when we had a heavy cold and bronchitis was to use the “steamer”. The official name these days would be a hot humidifier. Momma would set up the steamer next to the bed, grab a sheet and set up a tent for us to sit under to inhale the warm mist. We would sit under the steam tent for what seemed like a very long time while the warm mist would loosen all the crud in our nose and chests. Sometimes Momma would even sit under with us and that was a great treat! I never remember taking any medications as this remedy always worked.

I’m quite sure that Momma learned this technique when my sister Heidi was hospitalized for pneumonia at the age of 3. Looking back, Oregano oil would have been a great choice to add just a few drops to boost the healing qualities. Also, you can add a few drops to a room diffuser to continue the healing support that Oregano oil offers. Since Oregano oil has a high phenol content, caution should be taken when inhaling or diffusing Oregano; only one to two drops is needed.

Today, I decided to jump right in and put a drop under my tongue and let me caution you, it is STRONG.
— Tiffany Windsor

One drop taken internally each day can help maintain healthy immune function so I would recommend a drop in tea or in a veggie cap as Oregano oil has that “HOT factor” (I can attest to this!). I can definitely see why you would want to dilute with a carrier oil (I love doTerra Fractionated Coconut Oil) when applied to the skin.

doTerra reports that Oregano also supports healthy digestion and respiratory function when taken internally.* Oregano’s aroma acts as an enhancer and equalizer in essential oil blends.

The MotivationalDoc suggested mixing a few drops with a carrier oil and rubbing around the outside of your ears if you have an ear infection. (Don’t ever put the drops in your ears!!) Be sure to watch TheMotivationalDoc video for a long list of the benefits of Oregano essential oil!

Links:

doTerra (my doTerra link) - https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/tiffanywindsor


USES

• Take one drop in a veggie cap or 4 fl. oz. of liquid daily to maintain healthy immune function.*

• Add one to two drops to a veggie capsule to support healthy respiratory function.*

• Put one drop in place of dried oregano in spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or on a roast.

• Put 10 drops in a 16-ounce spray bottle with water for a surface cleaner.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of choice. Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. Topical use: Dilute one to two drops with a carrier oil then apply to desired area. See additional precautions below.

CAUTIONS

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas

Application:

Plant Part: Leaf

Extraction Method: Steam distillation

Aromatic Description: Herbaceous, sharp, green, camphoraceous

Main Chemical Components: Carvacrol, thymol

PRIMARY BENEFITS

• Use on surface as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent

• Supports a healthy immune system, healthy digestion, and respiratory function when used internally*

• Offers powerful antioxidants when ingested*


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Disclaimer

Please note that HealingLifeWisdom does NOT provide any medical advice and all content provided is for informational purposes only; this website is in no way a substitute for medical advice from a licensed professional.

The information provided here should in no way, shape or form take the place of medical advice; always seek medical advice from a chosen professional concerning your health prior to making any changes in your diet, lifestyle, supplementation or other similar habits, and from any secondary resources or links found on this site.

What is Canola Oil?

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by Tiffany Windsor

Click to listen to Tiffany and Candace talk about this topic on recent HealingLifeWisdom podcast.

Canola oil is in almost all processed food – read the labels you will be amazed at how many products contain canola. Canola aka rape seed contains toxic erucic acid and was originally used as lamp oil and industrial lubricant. It is heavily processed with chemical extractions (called hexane solvent extraction), high heat and bleaching to make it edible for humans. Canola is related to heart disease, inflammation, cellulite, stroke, Alzheimers, asthma, just to name a few.

Canola oil severely damages the immune systems, feeds pathogens, eats away at the linings in the body, stomach, intestinal tract, veins, arteries, heart and kidneys..

Brett Totty of blog.bulletproof.com explains that the controversy dates back to the 1950s, when the FDA banned rapeseed oil because of its negative effects on the heart, liver and kidney.

Did you know that scientists created the canola plant in the 1970s in response to an FDA ban on rapeseed oil. In 1956, the FDA ruled that high amounts of erucic acid, linked to heart muscle damage, in rapeseed made it unsuitable for human consumption? Check out Brett’s blog to learn more about how Canadian researchers developed a new variety of rapeseed through plant cross-breeding that is now known as canola oil.

Then in 1995, enter Monsanto, who bio-engineered Roundup-Ready canola plants. These GMO canola crops are doused in glyphosate. As you may have heard, there are studies which show high levels of glyphosate exposure are linked to numerous health risks in people, including celiac disease, hormone disruption, and even cancer.

On a recent Bulletproof Radio podcast episode, (iTunes) board-certified family physician Cate Shanahan, MD, author of “Deep Nutrition,” says that “somewhere between 30% and 50%, maybe 60% even, of the average American’s diet is composed of [soy and canola] vegetable oils. We have far more now in our diet than ever before in history.” Because of this, “the average American now is composed of far more polyunsaturated fat than ever before in history. Now, what does that mean? It means that when you biopsy human fat tissue, it’s composed of a more liquidy kind of fat that is more prone to degradation and inflammation than 50 years ago or than normal,” she explains.

Check out Brett’s recommendations for other oils to substitute and eliminate canola from your cupboard and diet.

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Dryer Sheets: Toss the Chemicals and Go Natural!

Click to listen to Tiffany and Candace talk about this topic on recent HealingLifeWisdom podcast.

by Tiffany Windsor

My sister Candace and I recently talked about toxic air fresheners on our BlogTalk Radio show and when we researched, we quickly found that dryer sheets and fabric softeners fall into the same category.

The average American household is loaded with toxic chemicals. These chemicals are often found in household cleaning and cosmetic products. But, of all the toxic products in the average household…the chemicals found in fabric softeners and dryer sheets are among the most potentially harmful.

It is reported that the chemicals used to make these products are extremely dangerous to our neurological system. Our nervous system (including the brain) operate via chemical messengers (neuro-transmitters). These chemical messengers are damaged and disrupted by the ingredients in these products. Given the nature of these products, they are extremely dangerous due to the fact these toxic ingredients are transferred to our clothing, bed sheets, towels, pillows and, well, everything we wash! Basically, we are in contact with these toxic ingredients constantly. Also, when heated these toxic substances are often released into the air and are inhaled.

The following are substances used as ingredients in dryer sheets and fabric softeners that are most concerning (they are often used in untested combinations): Alpha Terpineol, Pentane and Linalool (one of the potentially airborne substances that is very dangerous when inhaled. It has been linked to nervous system damage and respiratory issues.)

Benzyl acetate: Has been identified as a potential cause of pancreas cancer

Benzyl alcohol: Can irritate the upper respiratory system.  Has been linked to central nervous system disorders, vomiting, nausea, headaches, syncope and dizziness.

Chloroform: This is a well-known carcinogen that is also neurotoxic.  It can also be released into the air when heated and can cause loss of consciousness, headaches, nausea, vomiting and dizziness.

Ethanol: This ingredient is on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list.  Has been linked to Central Nervous System disorders.

Ethyl Acetate: Also on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste List.  Can cause headaches.

Fragrances: These fragrances are composed of several of hundreds of synthetic chemicals that are almost always toxic,

The best way to reduce your exposure to these toxic ingredients is to avoid commercial fabric softeners and dryer sheets all together. Want an easy natural replacement? Try making your own using essential oils

How to make your own dryer sheets using essential oils

  1. Fill a clean container with organic white vinegar and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I love doTerra lavender).

  2. Cut an old sheet or t-shirt in squares then add them into the container with the vinegar. Shake well so the fabric squares are completely saturated.

  3. When using, simply grab a square and place it in the dryer with your laundry.

  4. When done, return the squares to the container of vinegar. Add more vinegar and essential oils as needed to keep the squares saturated and fresh.

Sources:

https://anyavien.com/the-scary-truth-about-your-dryer-sheets/?fbclid=IwAR36X21y-kEzMEm9UZ__AiEF8d3dnw94dz5Z2_5qai-xhD3fe90zGkNTnDI

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/greener-laundry/

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Air Fresheners: Replace Chemical Toxins with Natural Fresheners

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Photo by Jules D. on Unsplash

Click to listen to Tiffany and Candace talk about this topic on recent HealingLifeWisdom podcast.

by Tiffany Windsor and Candace Liccione

Do you know that commercial air fresheners are hazardous to your health? We have been telling people for many years that air fresheners are not good, but no one was listening. Did you know it is reported that using air fresheners is like smoking 20 cigarettes a day. Let us repeat this – air fresheners contain the same dangerous ingredients that are in cigarettes.

There are 11 common ingredients in air fresheners and cigarettes – 7 chemicals that are toxic to the respiratory system, 2 are toxic to your reproductive system and 2 are toxic for your cardiovascular system. Did you know that it is reported that air fresheners cause lung cancer. Wow!

Look at these stats: there are 600 ingredients in cigarettes and 3,000 chemicals used to make air fresheners. If you see the word “fragrance” in the ingredient list, it is a mixture of several dozens to several hundreds of chemicals. Please consider getting rid of air fresheners in your home and letting people know in public spaces such as office buildings and doctor offices just how bad these air fresheners are so maybe, just maybe, they will stop using them.

During the 1990s, the air freshener market experienced a massive resurgence thanks to the introduction of convenient “plug-in” air fresheners. These air fresheners rely on heat induction technology and special heat-activated scented gels to continually release a scent.

Many air fresheners contain nerve-deadening chemicals that coat your nasal passages and temporarily block your sense of smell. Some of the most offensive ingredients—volatile organic compounds (VOCs), benzene and formaldehyde—can cause headaches and nausea and aggravate asthma, and have been linked to neurological damage and cancer.
— National Geographic's The Green Guide

At the time of their introduction, plug-in air fresheners were heralded as being an excellent development in home scenting technology. Not only were they easy to use and affordable, they also didn’t rely on aerosol sprays. Aerosol sprays had come under fire during the 1980s for their harmful effect on the ozone layer. Today, however, consumers are being warned that they should rethink modern air fresheners. As researchers have taken a closer look at these seemingly hassle-free devices, they have discovered an astonishing number of toxic compounds are present in many scented gels.

Did you know that 95% of chemical fragrances are derived from petroleum and it is reported that 34% of people suffer at least one negative side-effect after being exposed to fragranced products. Respiratory and mucosal issues, migraines, skin problems, asthma, neurological and focus problems are side effects of synthetic fragrances.

VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) are one issue.. and in air freshener products tested there were 17 different VOC’s. The test products contained 1 to 8 toxic or hazardous chemicals. Some of the chemicals are ethanol and acetone; Limonene (a popular synthetic citrus smell that  interacts with ozone in the air to create secondary pollutants like formaldehyde), benzene (aka toxic tail pipe exhaust) is a pollutant which can cause drowsiness, dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, headaches, tremors, unconsciousness, and confusion and phthalates which can cause low testosterone, asthma, wheezing, reproductive abnormalities, and altered DNA in sperm.

Here's how it works: When you use air fresheners, phthalates are released into the air where you might inhale them or absorb them through your skin. Once phthalates get into your bloodstream, they can alter hormone levels and cause health problems.

The air fresheners from the study that had phthalates in them are:

  • Air Wick Scented Oil

  • Citrus Magic

  • Febreze NOTICEables Scented Oil

  • Glade Air Infusions

  • Glade PlugIn Scented Oil

  • Lysol Brand II Disinfectant

  • Oust Air Sanitizer Spray

  • Oust Fan Liquid Refills

  • Ozium Glycol-ized Air Sanitizer

  • Walgreens Air Freshener Spray (had the highest levels of phthalates by far)

  • Walgreens Scented Bouquet Air Freshener

The scariest part? You can't find "phthalates" on any of these air fresheners ingredients. Thus why the word "hidden" was added to this particular study's title

We can’t say this enough! Get these artificial air fresheners out of your homes! It’s easy to replace them with essential oil diffusers. Besides some of the popular traditional scents like lavender essential oil or wild orange essential oil, there are beautiful blends that are quite uplifting or calming depending on the mood you want to set!

Another all-natural way to get rid of nasty smells is by wrapping cloves and cinnamon in cheesecloth and boiling them in water. Yet another consists of leaving herbal bouquets standing in open dishes where the fragrance can dissipate throughout a room. And don't underestimate the air-cleansing power of houseplants, which can improve indoor air quality by filtering toxins out of the air. Mother Nature Network reports that aloe vera plants can filter benzene and formaldehyde out of the air, that spider plants are known for their ability to take xylene and carbon monoxide out of the indoor environment, and that gerber daisies excel at removing the trichloroethylene that may come home with your dry cleaning.

Sources:

https://www.indoordoctor.com/health-hazards-plug-air-fresheners/

https://drwillcole.com/12-ways-detox-life-optimal-health/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132316304334

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/nontoxic-air-fresheners/

https://www.pippinbrothers.com/blog/article/do-you-know-which-air-fresheners-are-toxic

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Diet Sodas: How are they affecting your health?

Click to listen to Tiffany and Candace talk about this topic on recent HealingLifeWisdom podcast.

by Candace Liccione & Tiffany Windsor

As we all know, diet soda is bad for our health but that doesn’t stop many people from drinking it and drinking it in large quantities. If you didn’t know that, then you need to read on! Have you ever seen customers coming out of a convenience store with those huge containers of diet soda? We just want to jump out of the car and plead with them to love themselves enough to cut out the diet sodas.

So how many diet sodas have you had today? Some people can stop at just one. Others rarely drink any, preferring water or juice or some other healthy beverage. But some people may opt for diet soda simply because they think it’s a healthier choice. Yes, diet soda has zero calories. Yes, it’s an inexpensive way to get your caffeine fix. But is it worth it? The risks might seem so rare and distant that they basically don’t apply to you anyway. But some of the things that can happen to your body may cause immediate side effects — headaches, cravings, mood swings… not to mention the long-term effects that may occur if you drink diet sodas every day.

Perhaps you think that you are getting less calories and less sugar by choosing a diet soda so you won’t gain weight? But did you know that diet soda actually promotes weight gain and increases belly fat. It is reported that people who drink diet sodas can have a waist circumference at least 3” larger than those who don’t drink sugar free drinks.

If you’re a diet soda addict, here are some other facts that might finally get you to quit:

  • Artificial sweeteners have been known to trigger painful headaches.

  • Diet soda drinkers are likely to be depressed.

  • Diet soda drinkers have lower bone density. Imagine the challenges these kids who consume diet soda’s can have as they age.

  • Diet soda could interfere with your natural gut bacteria. The artificial sweeteners may change your intestinal microbiome and this can increase your glucose intolerance.

  • Diet soda mixed with alcohol gets you drunker than a sugary cocktail would.

  • Drinking diet soda can interfere with your sense of taste.

  • Drinking diet soda puts you at high risk for hypertension.

  • Drinking too much diet soda could be bad for your kidneys.

  • The artificial sweeteners can cause a physical addiction. Your brain experiences effects similar to chemical addiction.

  • Increases risk of diabetes - sugar free drinks influence your body’s response to sugar. The link between people who drink diet soda daily had a 67% greater risk to developing type 2 diabetes.

  • As we mentioned, drinking diet soda probably won’t help you lose weight. Diet sodas increase your appetite and sugar cravings – you may compensate by eating higher calorie meals and those who drink diet soda tend to drink diet soda to compensate for their poor food choices.

  • Over time, diet soda can cause your skin and muscles to wither. Who knew that??

  • One study found that diet soda drinkers’ teeth are just as eroded as those of meth addicts.

Honestly, a glass of water or sparkling water comes without artificial sweeteners, sodium, coloring, and flavoring. It’s a much smarter, more hydrating option.


Sources:

https://www.thedailymeal.com/healthy-eating/scary-facts-diet-soda-gallery

http://betterthandieting.com/

https://www.thedailymeal.com/healthy-eating/scary-facts-diet-soda-gallery

www.naturalnews.com

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Newsworthy: Week of 4/14/19

Food Labels: Do You Know What You are Really Eating?

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by Candace Liccione & Tiffany Windsor

On a recent HealingLifeWisdom podcast, we introduced you to foodbabe.com. Vani Hari is an advocate who is making a big difference in the food industry. You may recognize what Vani has done, but you may not have known her name. Check out this list of companies that she took on including Subway, Kraft, General Mills, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle, Panera Bread, Anheiser Busch, Miller Coors, Whitewave, Starbucks, General Mills, In-N-Out, the list goes on and on!

Vani has a new book called Feeding You Lies that details all of the food corruption that is going on. For instance, did you know that Kellogg's sells safer, cleaner products in other countries? As she writes “Nothing makes her more angry than companies who put profits over people, especially when they make promises they don't keep…” We both bought our own copies and just finished reading this powerful book that you MUST read!  

In just a few examples, in 2015 Kellogg's told the media that they were removing artificial dyes (Red 40, Blue 1, Yellow 6) from Froot Loops in America. They were already selling Froot Loops without these dyes in the U.K. and other countries, so it should have been a swift and easy transition. At the time they said it would be completed by 2018... but we are still waiting for them to make this change. Are they going to keep their promise? There is absolutely no reason why Kellogg's can't sell the same products that they sell overseas in America. If a company can get away with using cheaper ingredients, they will. Given a choice, they’ll always opt for the cheaper flavor enhancer, and the cheaper color additive, and the cheaper preservative, and the cheaper GMO ingredient, even if these cheaper alternatives have a negative impact on our health.

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The Food Babe dedicated an entire chapter in her book, Feeding You Lies, to this very subject because there is so much more you need to know! The food industry doesn’t care about your health, so you really need to.

On her Facebook feed, she recently shared an infographic that shows that America’s version of Froot Loops has 28 ingredients listed. The Australia version has 9 ingredients and when the Australian packaging refers to natural colors, they reference, carmine, paprika, vegetable carbon, turmeric and copper chlorophyll. None of the Red 40, Blue 1, or yellow 6 artificial coloring is included in Australian version.

My siblings and I ate this cereal as kids! Kellogg’s must still be selling a lot of this cereal because it’s still available. Please let this tape keep running in your head “I must read the food labels front and back!”

Take control of your well-being by feeding your body with healthy choices. We promise you, it will make a difference in how you feel! By eliminating these toxic choices, your body has more energy to boost your immune system!

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5G: Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood

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by Tiffany Windsor

A topic that has been on my radar for the past year or so is 5G. Technically speaking, 5G is the next generation of broadband connection. There has been great concern in the news sources that I follow, that we should be concerned about the radiation associated with 5G technology.

Over the years, you have been using 2G, 3G and 4G but now, once again, things are speeding up!  I’ve been gathering information for months and months and it’s really difficult to keep up with all the news and speculation regarding this next generation of wireless because there is a lot of marketing and rebuttals going on. I’m really sensitive to electromagnetic frequencies as are many others - for instance I tried to switch to a different cellphone manufacturer a few years back and it gave me such a bad headache when I used it, that I had to return it and go back to my prior service. I also recently purchased a blocking cover for my mobile phone and had to return it because it gave me odd pressure in my head and heart flutters. WTF??

So, OK, I’m one person, in one small town who is concerned about the reports on 5Gs effects on our health, but this week, as we all start reading entire cities and countries banning this technology, I start to realize that we may not be hearing the entire story regarding the health risks.
— Tiffany Windsor

What brought this topic of 5G back to mind for me is that in the March 14th issue of my local Thousand Oaks Acorn newspaper, the front page headline was “Expert predicts wave of wireless to hit Thousand Oaks.” The sub headline reads “Rules leave little room for public oversight.” What this article revealed for me is that the FCC has taken control of and limited or removed public feedback in our local communities.

Our Thousand Oaks City Council found that the only way to meet new FCC rules that require 5G applications be processed within two to three months was to go forward by handling without public notice, hearings or appeals and they passed an urgency ordinance because otherwise they couldn’t meet the FCC’s rules of the 2-3 month processing of applications. (In the past the approval process could take 8 - 9 months, due to public hearings and feedback.)

The 5G technology apparently promises to bring speeds that are 10 - 100 times faster than current cellular capabilities. Sounds good. Right? Not necessarily. Because 5G technology uses smaller towers, it needs more of them because their radius for each is about 300 - 500 feet instead of the miles covered by 4G towers. That means in my town of about 40 square miles, it states in this article that the city’s four wireless carriers would require between 4,000 - 5,000 new cell sites. I wonder how many are going to end up on my street.

While the regulations limit antennas to a maximum of 3 cubic feet in size, there’s no limit on the number of antennas at any one streetlight or public right of way structure. Placing these macro sites so close together is apparently the only way to keep the ultra-high frequencies of 5g safe enough to use, because if the signal gain was increased enough to allow for long-distances at those frequencies some serious health issues would occur. Communication over these radio bands isn't something new, so all the pitfalls are well known and the right precautions have been taken. We hope.  

Awhile back, ehtrust.org shared that Verizon and Sprint have announced “test cities” for 5G which include Sacramento, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami and New York. A first glance at US government websites such as the CDC and EPA, the information shared could lead you to believe that this radiation is safe. Yet over 240 scientists and doctors from 41 nations who have published research in the field have appealed to the United Nations calling for urgent action to reduce these ever growing wireless exposures and they wrote  the FCC for a moratorium on the roll-out of 5G citing the serious risks to human health and the environment. Published peer reviewed science already indicates that the current wireless technologies of 2G, 3G and 4G – in use today with our cell phones, computers and wearable tech – creates radiofrequency exposures which poses a serious health risk to humans, animals and the environment. Scientists are cautioning that before rolling out 5G, research on human health effects urgently needs to be done first, to ensure the public and environment are protected.

However, instead of prudent public health measures to ensure the public’s safety, governments such as the United States are quickly rolling out 5G networks in neighborhoods and are enacting various state and federal regulations to “streamline” and fasttrack the rollout. These regulations will end the ability of communities to halt and be a part of the decision making process in this massive 5G infrastructure buildout. That’s exactly what is happening in my town.

Wireless company documents clearly state that 5G will increase the levels of RF radiation in the vicinity of the antennas. Many countries such as China, India, Poland, Russia, Italy and Switzerland have far more protective and stricter radiation limits which will not allow the deployment of 5G as the increased 5G radiation would exceed their limits. These countries are creating roadblocks to the 5G rollout even though the broadband industry has launched large scale efforts to try to loosen the radiation limits. Obviously the wireless companies with the FCC’s support are silencing community feedback. And who decides what amount of radiation is healthy? What about those macro boxes that are possibly going to end up in front of our homes. With their small broadcast radius of 300 - 500 feet, they’re certainly going to be in your neighborhoods.

I cannot welcome such technology if the radiation standards, which must protect the citizen, are not respected, 5G or not. The people of Brussels are not guinea pigs whose health I can sell at a profit. We cannot leave anything to doubt.
— Céline Fremault, Envirnment Minister

In my social media feed this last week, I read that a Belgian government minister has announced that Brussels is halting its 5G plans due to health effects. This government minister identified that a 5G pilot project is not compatible with Belgian radiation safety standards, and stated that she does not intend to make an exception.

In my home state of California, I found so far, only that the Marin County town of Mill Valley voted in early September 2018 to ban new sites in residential-zoned areas—not because they might be ugly, but because of fears over their electromagnetic fields.

In an article by theverge.com this last week, the writer headed to Chicago to test out Verizon’s announcement of the launch of their 5g. The writer reported that “coverage is so extremely sparse that, for right now, I’d caution anyone against buying and paying Verizon an extra $10 every month to receive 5G. He further wrote, “ It feels frustratingly random in Chicago. It’s centered around city attractions and high-density areas, but it’s inconsistent even at that. 5G is there for one block and gone the next. You’ll hit the 5G lottery on one street corner and then go several without the same luck. What kind of scavenger hunt is this? Perhaps he doesn’t know how many macro sites it will take to cover the city? And does he understand the risks that might come with the full launch?

Also, check out this great post at ehtrust.org where doctors testified at a Teton county commissioners hearing!! Along with addressing the concerns to humans from their personal experience, these doctors shared that 5G towers in particular have been shown to confuse wildlife’s ability to migrate and navigate. Bee populations wither in the vicinity of these towers as they interfere with the structures in the bees that allows them to navigate.

So, OK, I’m one person, in one small town who is concerned about the reports on 5g’s effects on our health, but this week, as we all start reading entire cities and countries banning this technology, I start to realize that we may not be hearing the entire story regarding the health risks. I’m sure this isn’t the last time I’ll be bringing up this topic.  

Interested in digging in deeper to the political discussion on 5G? Watch this video at Edge of Wonder.

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Newsworthy: Week of 4/7/19

Solar Sun Flares: How Solar Weather Might be Affecting You

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by Candace Liccione

Most people never think much about the sun and what it means to us on Earth except for sunny days. The sun is constantly doing something that affects all of us. The sun produces solar flares, geomagnetic storms, solar winds and coronal mass ejections. The surface of the sun is responsible for “space weather”. Solar flares are explosions on the sun’s surface that launch huge amounts of X-rays, radiation and particles into the ionosphere.

We are in a time of solar minimum which is an 11-year period of hardly any solar flares, but we are still bombarded by solar winds, coronal mass ejections and geomagnetic storms. All the energies coming from the sun and from space affect not only each of us but our communication systems, power grids, satellites and airline flights.

The normal functioning of our brain is dependent upon a normal electromagnetic environment. We are electromagnetic beings and we are now receiving higher doses of electromagnetic energy that we did before. The increase in solar events causes us to lose track of time, thoughts fly away, we have difficulty sleeping, tossing and turning and having really weird dreams. Some people feel queasiness, body pains, phantom pains and dizziness. You can also feel sense of overpowering grief for no reason, vision problems, inner ear issues and inner-outer buzzing. You can also experience headaches, migraines, breathing issues, a tingly head, irritability and the list goes on.

I am very sensitive to geomagnetic storms and have told people about them for a very long time. They thought I was crazy but now there is scientific evidence available so everyone can know I am not crazy!
— Candace Liccione

There has been a recent study by researchers from Caltech regarding “can humans sense magnetic storms”. They have convincing evidence that changes in the earth’s magnetic field can suppress alpha waves in our brains. When you close your eyes and relax and daydream about something, your brain is filled with alpha waves, now try this during a magnetic storm. You don’t have that sense of relaxation.

Perhaps this can explain why so many people have anxiety that doesn’t feel like it is coming from their life issues. Researchers have long known that living creatures can sense magnetic fields – honeybees, turtles, birds, whales and bats use magnetic fields to help them navigate and dogs can be trained to find buried magnets.

In some of the participants in the Caltech study - alpha brain waves decreased in power as much as 60% in response to shifting magnetic fields. They are calling this “a new human sense” called “magnetoreception”. Most people in the study were not aware that they were being affected by the shifting magnetic field. Geomagnetic forces interact with sunlight to stimulate your hypothalamus and pituitary gland.

I am passionate about wanting to share with you information that can be affecting your life and that you probably didn’t know about. Now I hope that you will remember the next time you hear the words “solar flares” or “solar weather”, these sun bursts may possibly be affecting your daily life way beyond interfering with the grid and your electronics.


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Wild Orange Essential Oil: Energize Your Day!

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by Tiffany Windsor

Cold pressed from the peel or orange rinds, Wild Orange is a top-selling essential oil due to its energizing aroma. I love to place a few drops into my hands and take in its stimulating and purifying qualities with a few deep breaths. It feels so cleansing to my body! Diffusing Wild Orange can energize and uplift the mind and body while purifying the air.

Wild Orange enhances any essential oil blend with a fresh, sweet, refreshing aroma. I love mixing it with a few equal drops of Peppermint and Frankincense for an energizing boost. Whenever I want to uplift my mood and energy levels or to just freshen the air in the room, I keep a bottle handy to diffuse.

With its sweet, fresh, citrus aroma is so uplifting to the mind and body and a perfect way to start your day!

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Links:

doTerra (my doTerra link) - https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/tiffanywindsor


Disclosure: *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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