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.

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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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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/


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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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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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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!

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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.

Froot Loops Infographic foodbabe.com

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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Book Review: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz: A Powerful Life-Changing Little Book

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by Candace Liccione & Tiffany Windsor

We’ve been using the wisdom in this small book for decades and tell everyone we can that this is a book that you need to add to your library! The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz was originally published in 1997 and as it is explained on the back cover of the book, Don Miguel reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, this book offers a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness and love. So many think this is not possible, but the wisdom shared in this book can be truly life changing once you understand the premise of Agreements.

First, a little bit about Don Miguel Ruiz. He was born into a family of healers and raised in rural Mexico by a healer mother and a shaman grandfather. His family anticipated that Miguel would embrace their centuries-old legacy of healing and teachings, and carry forward the esoteric Toltec knowledge. Instead, distracted by modern life, Miguel chose to attend medical school and become a surgeon.

A near death experience changed his life in the 1970’s when he awoken suddenly having fallen asleep at the wheel of his car. At that instant the car careened into a wall of concrete. He remembers that he was not in his physical body as he pulled his two friends to safety. Stunned by this experience he began an intensive practice of self-inquiry. He devoted himself to the mastery of the ancient ancestral wisdom, studying earnestly with his mother, and completing an apprenticeship with a powerful shaman in the Mexican desert.

As Don Miguel shares in Chapter One, what you are seeing and hearing right now is nothing but a dream. We are living in a dream – dreaming 24 hours a day. Our mind dreams when the brain is awake, and it also dreams when the brain is asleep. The outside dream has so many rules, that when a new human is born, we hook the child’s attention and introduce these rules into his or her mind. We learned “their” rules i.e government, family, school and church. All of these influences hook your attention. We also learn to hook the attention of other humans, and we develop a need for attention which can become very competitive. Children compete for the attention of their parents, their teachers, their friends. “Look at what I’m doing”. “Hey, I’m here”.

The need for attention becomes very strong and continues into adulthood. This so-called outside dream hooks our attention and teaches us what to believe, beginning with the language we speak. Language is the code for understanding and communicating between us and other people. As children we didn’t have a choice to choose our beliefs, we just agreed with them. Children believe what they are told, and become domesticated. It is a punishment vs. reward system. The fear of being punished and not getting a reward makes us start pretending to be what we aren’t. After a while we are so domesticated that no one has to tell us how to behave to believe. When we went against the rules we were punished, when we went along with the rules we got a reward. This first chapter in The Four Agreements book goes into awesome detail as to how this dream works. There are thousands of agreements you have made with yourself, with other people, with your dream of life, with God, with society, with your parents, with your spouse, with your children. But the most important agreements are the ones you made with yourself. The result is what is called your personality. Humans punish themselves endlessly for not being what they believe they should be. They become self-abusive and use other people to abuse them also. We are the most abusive to ourselves. Do you believe you deserve abuse if you don’t feel worthy? Your agreements rule your life. So what can you do? Change your agreements!!

The First Agreement.  Be impeccable with your word.

Your word is the power that you have to create. Your word is the gift that comes from God. Through words you manifest everything. The word is a force, a magic tool. Your word is pure magic. Misuse of your word is like black magic. One word is like a spell. We cast spells with our opinions. One word is so powerful it changes a life or destroys millions of people. You can break a spell with one word. We have learned to lie. But you must change that to be impeccable with your words. Misuse of the word is how we pull each other down. When you hear an opinion and believe it, you make an agreement and it becomes part of your belief system. So make a new agreement based on truth.  We cast spells on people with words. Black magic is gossip which is pure poison.

Gossip is the main form of communication. Gossip is like a computer virus. Gossip is emotional poison. Understand what the word is and what the word does. You only receive a negative idea if your mind is a fertile ground for that idea. Just imagine what you can create with impeccability of the word. With the impeccability of the word you can transcend the dream of fear and live a different life. You can live in heaven in the middle of thousands of people living in hell because you are immune. You can attain the kingdom of heaven from this one agreement: Be impeccable with your word.

The Second Agreement  - Don’t Take Anything Personally.

Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally. If someone gives you an opinion and says something like, “Hey you look so fat,” don’t take it personally, because the truth is that this person is dealing with his or her own feelings, beliefs, and opinions. We love how Don Miguel explains that a person tried to send a poisonous thought to you and if you take it personally, then you take in that poison and it becomes yours. You take things personally because you agree with whatever was said. As soon as you agree, the poison goes through you. Nothing other people do is because of us. It is because of them. It comes from their programming.

Others are going to have their own opinion according to their belief system, so nothing they think about me is really about me, but it is about them and their belief system. Know who and what you are, and you don’t need to be accepted by others. Whatever people do, feel, think, or say, don’t take it personally. If they tell you how wonderful you are, they are not necessarily saying that because of you. You know you are wonderful. It is not necessary to believe other people who tell you that you are wonderful. As you make a habit of not taking anything personally, you won’t need to place your trust in what others do or say. You will only need to trust yourself to make responsible choices. You are never responsible for the actions of others; you are only responsible for you. Don’t Take Anything Personally was a life changer for us and we find ourselves using the explanation of this agreement to help a lot of other women .

The Third Agreement – Don’t Make Assumptions.

Don’t make assumptions about anything, it causes problems as we believe our assumptions to be true. Because you are afraid to ask for clarification, you make assumptions. Ask questions if you don’t understand – Ask! That way you don’t misinterpret or misunderstand things. We only see what we want to see, hear what we want to hear. We don’t perceive things the way they are. We make assumptions that our partners know what we think so we don’t have to say what we want. You say “you should have known as you know me so well.” Your partner can’t read your mind. We make assumptions that everyone sees life as we see it. With clear communication, all of your relationships will change, not only with your partner, but with everyone else. You won’t need to make assumptions because everything becomes so clear. If all humans could communicate with impeccability of the word, there would be no wars, no violence, no misunderstandings.

The Fourth Agreement – Always Do Your Best.

Under any circumstance, always do your best, no more and no less. But keep in mind that your best is never going to be the same from one moment to the next. Everything is alive and changing all the time, so your best will sometimes be high quality, and other times it will not be as good. Doing your best, you are going to live your life intensely. You are going to be productive, you are going to be good to yourself, because you will be giving yourself to your family, to your community, to everything.

Doing your best is taking the action because you love it, not because you’re expecting a reward. Most people do exactly the opposite: They only take action when they expect a reward, and they don’t enjoy the action. And that’s the reason why they don’t do their best. Action is about living full. Inaction is how we deny life. Also, do not be concerned about the future; keep your attention on today, and stay in the present moment. Just live one day at a time. ALWAYS do your best to keep these agreements, and soon it will be easy for you. Today is the beginning of a new dream.

Breaking Old Agreements

Everyone talks about freedom. All around the world different people, different races, different countries are fighting for freedom. But what really is freedom? True freedom has to do with the human spirit - it is the freedom to be who we really are. Who stops us from being free? We blame the government, we blame the weather, we blame our parents, we blame religion, we blame God. Who really stops us from being free? We stop ourselves. The first step toward personal freedom is awareness. We need to be aware that we are not free, in order to be free. We need to be aware of what the problem is in order to solve the problem.  

The New Dream - Heaven on Earth

Don Miguel writes in chapter 7, “I want you to forget everything you have learned in your whole life. This is the beginning of a new understanding, a new dream. The dream you are living is your creation. It is your perception of reality that you can change at any time. Why not use your mind, your imagination and your emotions to dream heaven? Imagine living your life without fear of expressing your dreams. Imagine living your life without the fear of being judged by others. Imagine living your life without judging others. Imagine living without the fear of loving and not being loved. Imagine living your life without being afraid to take a risk and to explore life. Imagine that you love yourself just the way you are.”

You can make the change today by reading this powerful little book The Four Agreements.

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GMO's and Roundup - How are they affecting your health?



by Tiffany Windsor and Candace Liccione

There has been a debate raging about GMOs for a long time now. We first became aware of this topic because of the Dirty Dozen list for organic crops vs heavily pesticide crops. At that time, we learned how to read the produce labels. This is the first step in knowing how to choose non-GMO.

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When you buy produce from a supermarket, you’ll see a sticker containing a four- or five-digit number. This number is called the Price Look Up code, or PLU code. If you’re like most people, you just peel the sticker off and throw it away. But the numbers on the sticker mean a lot to your health. Since 1990, PLU codes have been assigned by the International Federation for Produce Standards. They make inventory control and checkout easier, faster and more accurate.

There is a great article at blog.paleohacks.com that you should read that goes into great detail.  

As Liz Lang explains, look for the number on the sticker. If the number on that sticker has only four digits and is the number 3000 -4999, that means the item was conventionally grown. Conventionally means in was grown in a traditional way according to industrial agriculture, which includes: the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers to promote growth, and chemical herbicides for weed maintenance. Make a note of this so that you remember that any number sequence on the sticker that starts with a 3 or a 4 means that there were pesticides, chemical fertilizers or chemical herbicides used to grow that produce.

Produce with the prefix 9 will have five digits so look for the number 9 tacked onto the beginning of the four-digit identifier. Any produce that starts with a 9 means the item was grown organically. Remember 9 is fine!  As you may know, organic farming differs from conventional farming in a few ways: compost and manure are used instead of chemical fertilizers; insects and birds, mating disruption and/or traps are used in place of synthetic pesticides; and crop rotation, hand weeding, or mulches are used instead of synthetic herbicides. So, this gets even more complicated. JuicingforHealth offers even more details.

For instance, a 5-digit PLU code starting with the number “3” means the produce was irradiated which means it was electronically pasteurized. And this site goes on to explain that the last four digits of the PLU code are simply what kind of vegetable or fruit. An example is that all bananas are labeled with the code of 4011. Next time you buy bananas, check it out for yourself.

And,  PLU code beginning with a “6” identifies pre-cut fruits and vegetables.

Now, here is where we get into GMO’s. If there are 5 digits in the PLU code, and the number starts with an “8”, this tells you that the item is a genetically modified fruit or vegetable. Genetically modified fruits and vegetables trump being organic. So, it is impossible to eat organic produce that are grown from genetically modified seeds. For example, a genetically engineered (GE or GMO) banana would start with the number 8 followed by the banana code or: 84011

A sticker with more than five digits means that the number isn’t a part of the internationally standardized system. For example, if the sticker is six digits long, though it may have a label, there is no guarantee about where the item came from or what the item is.

Also, the system is voluntary and is not regulated by a government agency. But, PLU stickers are usually required by the retail industry and are used based on business needs to identify a point-of-sale (POS). For example, supermarkets and other retail grocers, say like Target, usually require the use of PLU stickers on produce.

OK so we’ve established how to identify what you are eating in fresh produce but what about packaged foods?

As of right now in the U.S., GMO foods are deemed safe. If you read between the lines, you will understand that there is a lot of lobbying that goes on in the US regarding the labeling of GMO ingredients. Other countries however have taken a hard stand. A least 19 countries in Europe ban the production of GMO produce and all 28 require GMO products to be labeled. There’s tons of research fighting for both sides, but there’s no solid scientific consensus YET on GMO safety. It’s not yet required for food producers to label GMO products in the United States, but it is a very hot topic and the decision is not yet final.

So where did GMO’s come from? It is reported that in the 1970s, Monsanto, a name you probably have heard of, began to popularize the use of genetically modified organisms to incorporate seeds containing glyphosate (aka Roundup), an herbicide, to make their crops weed resistant. On one side of the debate is the idea that genetic engineering is progress for humanity, and it is a natural extension of more traditional breeding techniques. The other side believes genetically modified foods are unsafe for human consumption and harmful to the environment.

Biotech companies claim that genetic modification yields more precise control over artificial selection. Studies funded by the industry consistently demonstrate safety, but only over the short term. For years Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, and other biotech based agricultural companies have told the public that we have nothing to worry about.This will be the technology that will improve food in every conceivable way.

They say, food will be more nutritious, more vigorous, and more disease resistant. There are literally thousands of studies demonstrating GMO safety. It is reported that their short-term studies are funded or performed by the industry itself. As more and more independent scientists complete long-term studies, apparently a very different picture has emerged about the safety of GMOs and their many other drawbacks. When these studies are not funded by industry, the results show an uncontrollable, uncontainable, and dangerous technology with serious health hazards.

One of the first studies to ring the alarm was a 2-year, long-term chronic toxicity Searlini study. There was a lot of backlash from the biotech industries that criticized the Searlini study stating that it did not provide substantial evidence that genetically modified food is dangerous. It is reported however that the Seralini study was actually a well-designed and well-conducted study and that If we are to accept the argument that Seralini’s study does not provide substantial evidence that genetically modified food is dangerous, then we must also conclude that the short-term toxicity studies funded by the agriculture industry (primarily Monsanto) on GM foods cannot prove that they are safe. They are in fact the same type of studies, done the same way and they even used the same type of rats. The only significant difference was the duration of the study. Seralini’s study showed how the previously 90 day studies are misleading as 90 days is not long enough to test for long term effects like organ damage, cancer, and premature death. The first tumors appeared in the rats after four months. The Searlini study was apparently able to distinguish the effects of GM food from GM food grown with allotted pesticides. The results provide strong evidence supporting the claim that genetically modified food, especially genetically modified food grown with Roundup, is highly toxic and unfit for animal or human consumption. If you want more overwhelming evidence check out the long list of studies compiled by GMO Free USA and proves the detrimental effects of GMOs.

Also, you will want to read the really comprehensive article on collective-Evolution.com that goes into great detail on the Searlini study which was apparently published in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology. After the research was completed, it went through rigorous reviews, as well as a four month review process by scientists and researchers. It was eventually approved and published, only to be retracted by request of the Journal. Although hundreds of scientists around the world condemned the retraction, and the researchers addressed the criticisms. After the study was retracted, there were more than a hundred notable scientists who came forward to oppose the retraction, calling it an industry retraction.  Manipulation of science isn’t new. Just take a look at the recent resignation of the CDC director, as well as the 16 scientists from the CDC who came forward saying that the corporate and political influence of science has gotten out of hand. It makes you question who is charge of all this?

Collective-Evolution.com also shares a quote from Arnold Seymour Relman, who passed in 2014. Relman was a Harvard professor of medicine and former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal. He stated “The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.”

What is Glyphosate?

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, the Monsanto weed killer. Many of you probably have a bottle of Roundup in your garage and have used it to kill weeds in your landscaping. Roundup was produced for decades by Monsanto, which this year merged with the German pharmaceutical company Bayer AG. If you’ve heard about Monsanto in the news recently then you’ve heard that a California jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a many dying of cancer, which he says was caused by his repeated exposure to large quantities of Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killers while working as a school groundskeeper. So besides its household use, Glyphosate is sprayed on hundreds of U.S. agricultural crops, and did you know it cannot be removed through washing or cooking. The FDA and USDA do not test food for glyphosate; however, independent, FDA-registered lab tests have found extremely high levels of glyphosate in some our most iconic food products. And we’ll talk about those foods in just a while.

Glyphosate is the most heavily used chemical herbicide in human agricultural history. Its use has increased 300-fold since it was introduced in 1974, particularly skyrocketing after the introduction of herbicide-resistant, Roundup Ready genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in 1996. Increasingly, glyphosate is also sprayed just before harvest on wheat, barley, oats and beans that are not genetically engineered. Glyphosate kills the crop, drying it out so that it can be harvested sooner than if the plant were allowed to die naturally. Each year, more than 250 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on American crops, primarily on “Roundup-ready” corn, oats, wheat and soybeans genetically engineered to withstand the herbicide. But, it is banned on organic crops. The good news is that when organic produce is tested, it consistently comes up with far fewer pesticide residues than non-organic produce. That's why organic food is a safer choice.

Curiously enough, the EPA banned glyphosate over 30 years ago, but then mysteriously reversed its decision after studies were put out by Monsanto “proving” glyphosate’s safety. There is allegedly evidence to suggest that these studies may have been faked for the benefit of Monsanto and corporate greed over sale of their products. The records suggest that Monsanto may have ghostwritten the so-called “independent” research. The documents also imply that a senior level official at the EPA may have worked to cover up a review of the safety of the company’s glyphosate-based herbicides. It could very well be the case that many of the studies we see today regarding glyphosate’s “safety” are not reflecting true results. This is actually the case for many scientific studies that sway their results for the benefit of the researcher, and/or the companies and institutions that fund such studies.

Why Be Concerned About Glyphosate?

Glyphosate, which is patented as a chelating agent, can bind with nutrients in the soil, preventing plants from absorbing them. The chelating action may negatively affect the nutritional value of food. Glyphosate also acts as an antibiotic that can kill bacteria, and emerging scientific evidence suggests that it may lead to a harmful imbalance in bacteria in soil and in human and animal intestinal flora. Researchers also believe the herbicide may act as a hormone disruptor.

Glyphosate has been associated with a host of health issues such as kidney disease, reproductive problems, and birth defects. Exposure to glyphosate is also linked to liver damage. In a 2016 study, researchers concluded that even in “extremely low doses,” rats exposed to Roundup developed nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, over a two-year period. The dose of glyphosate used in the study was thousands of times below what is permitted by regulators worldwide.

Glyphosate Labeling and the Law

The label on Roundup states that glyphosate targets an enzyme “found in plants but not in people or animals.” But studies show that the enzyme is found in people and pets, say both the Organic Consumers Association and Beyond Pesticides.

The link between glyphosate and cancer is particularly unsettling. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization, declared glyphosate a “probable human carcinogen.” The decision was reached by a group of 17 reviewers from around the world and was based on evidence indicating that the popular weed killer can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lung cancer in humans; can cause cancer in animals; and can induce DNA and chromosomal damage in mammals and in human and animal cell studies.

Based on the IARC’s declaration, the state of California is taking action to require companies like Monsanto to label products that contain glyphosate with a cancer warning. More than 800 people have filed lawsuits alleging that they, or a family member, developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma because of exposure to Roundup.

FoodRenegade.com shares a good article on the link between roundup and gmos. This site shares that in a recent paper published in the journal Entropy, Dr. Stephanie Seneff and Anthony Samsel argue that the key ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, contributes to most of the diseases associated with a Western diet — everything from gastrointestinal disorders to mood swings, heart disease to diabetes. Monsanto has long argued that glyphosate is perfectly safe for humans. Monsanto says that’s because glyphosate works by disrupting the shikimate pathway in a plant’s metabolism. Human metabolism does not have the shikamate pathway, so we are safe. But are we? Did you know that you are mostly made up of microbial life? That the bacteria and microbes that live within your gut outnumber your own cells 10 to 1? Did you also know that these microbes which sustain you do have the shikimate pathway? In her paper, Dr. Seneff argues that glyphosate interrupts your gut bacteria’s metabolic pathways the same way it does a plant’s. Furthermore, it adversely affects our gut’s population of beneficial bacteria more dramatically than it does our gut’s population of pathogens. This allows the pathogens in our guts to overgrow, creating excess toxins. These excess toxins lead to inflammation. The inflammation wrecks our gut lining, creating a leaky gut. The toxins escape into our bloodstream and disrupt neural pathways leading to mood swings, auto immune diseases, and digestive disorders. It can also lead to systemic low-grade inflammation, which cutting edge research indicates as the culprit behind most chronic diseases like type 2 Diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

Chronic inflammation falls below the threshold of perceived pain. You don’t think you feel sick, but a fire is quietly smoldering within you, upsetting the delicate balance among all of the major systems: endocrine, central nervous, digestive, and cardiovascular/respiratory. In a healthy body, these systems communicate with each another. With chronic inflammation, that communication becomes distorted.

Medical schools reportedly don’t teach much about the inflammatory effects of food, toxic chemicals, or EMF so the medical profession has been slow to appreciate the extent of the problem. “Researchers are linking inflammation to an ever-wider array of chronic illnesses,” reported Newsweek’s Anne Underwood in 2005. “Suddenly medical puzzles seem to be fitting together, such as why hypertension puts patients at increased risk of Alzheimer’s, or why rheumatoid-arthritis sufferers have higher rates of sudden cardiac death. They’re all connected on some fundamental level.”

WANT TO SEE HOW IT’S ALL CONNECTED?

While it’s true you’re not chugging down bottles of glyphosate-containing Roundup or pouring it on your food like a condiment, you are eating plenty of glyphosate residues in your food — particularly if you’re eating foods made from Roundup Ready genetically-modified (GMO) crops like sugar beets, corn, canola oil which is made from the rape seed, and soy. Unfortunately, about 85% of the foods sold in grocery stores contain these GMOs. Glyphosate is not included in government monitoring of pesticide residues in food. The only information available about contamination of food comes from research studies. Monsanto’s studies of residues in food crops found glyphosate in lettuce over five months after treatment (the lettuce was planted four months after treatment). Monsanto also found glyphosate in barley over four months after treatment (the barley was planted one month after treatment). “Significant residues,” according to the World Health Organization, have been identified from pre-harvest use of glyphosate on wheat (to dry out the grain). Bran contains between 2 and 4 times the amount on whole grains. Residues are not lost during baking.

In other words, significant amounts of glyphosate residues are routinely found on foods — even foods, like wheat, that are not GMO. Dr. Seneff argues that these residues do have a cumulatively negative effect on the body, that the effect is “insidious” and “manifests slowly over time.”

EWG tested more than a dozen brands of oat-based foods to give Americans information about dietary exposures that government regulators are keeping secret. In April, internal emails obtained by the nonprofit US Right to Know revealed that the Food and Drug Administration has been testing food for glyphosate for two years and has found “a fair amount,” but the FDA has not released its findings.

GMO Feed and Animals

So in addition to possible exposure to glyphosate in the food we eat, there is also exposure through the animals that eat GMO feed. In October 2000, that’s over 18 years ago, an Iowa farmer, noticed a problem with his hogs. During breeding, the female sows exhibited all signs of pregnancy, yet when the time came to deliver nothing happened, a phenomenon called “pseudo-pregnancy.” Over the next year, the breeding rates in the sow herd plummeted 80 percent. The problem was eventually traced back to the feed, which was genetically modified Bt corn. Laboratory tests revealed that the corn contained high levels of Fusarium, a fungal pathogen that can produce mycotoxins, which can enter the food chain and negatively affect human and animal health. This pig farmer wasn’t the only farmer with the problem. More than twenty farmers in Iowa and surrounding states reported the same breeding problems. At least five farmers switched to non-GMO corn feed and the problem disappeared. Iowa veterinarian Art Dunham, who works with dairy and beef cows and hogs, says he has seen animal health problems from GM feed since that pig farmer reported his problems. Dr. Dunham believes that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup herbicide, which is used extensively with GM soy, corn, and other crops, is a major culprit.  Animal health problems related to GM feed are not limited to Iowa. In 2013, a New York State farmer had an experience similar to the pig farmer. His Yorkshire sows abruptly lost their ability to reproduce. Again, the problem was traced to mycotoxin-tainted GM feed. He then switched to non-GMO feed. In 2011, a Danish hog farmer observed that health problems in his pigs, including ailments such as bloat, ulcers, and diarrhea were common with his use of GM soy. He switched to non-GMO feed and saw immediate improvements in the health of his sow herd. Dr. Dunham explains that glyphosate alters the microbiome, which is the mixture of bacteria in the bowels necessary for health in animals and people. “Glyphosate is not just an herbicide,” he says. “It is a very broad spectrum antibiotic.”

HOW CAN YOU AVOID GLYPHOSATE RESIDUES IN YOUR FOOD?

Unfortunately, because GMOs aren’t currently labeled in the U.S., you have no way of knowing whether or not you’re eating them. Also, many non-GMO foods are treated with glyphosate or grown in fields where glyphosate was used before planting.  Glyphosate has now been found in a range of popular US food products by Anresco Laboratories and also discovered in urine of people across America by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), using validated methods. Popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars come with a hefty dose of the weed-killing poison in Roundup, according to independent laboratory tests. Some names you may be familiar with include: Cheerios, Wheaties, Trix, Annie’s, Kelloggs Corn Flakes, Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, Kashi, Special K, Cheez It, Ritz, Oreo, Triscuit, Fritos, Doritos, Lays, Goldfish, Lucy’s and the list goes on.

Concern over glyphosate in food has become a major topic the last couple years. After the EWG released their report regarding glyphosate in food, many people have become wary of the food products they were purchasing. But it isn’t just cereals and granola bars people have to worry about. According to a new study published in February of 2019, people now need to start being concerned about glyphosate in beer and wine and glyphosate has also been found in name brand orange juice. I’m sure there’s a lot more of our food contaminated that hasn’t been reported yet because the studies haven’t been started or completed. And as we continually see organic products coming up as positive for glyphosate, it makes us question – are any foods safe from this dangerous chemical?

One of the best ways of telling whether your favorite foods have been contaminated with glyphosate is by looking at crop statistics. In fact, glyphosate-based herbicides are widely used in some of the most popular foods consumed today. Wheat, soy, almonds, corn, you name it. The crops also don’t have to be deemed “Roundup ready” in order to be sprayed. Glyphosate is often used as a pre-harvest herbicide and harvest aid on cereal crops like wheat, oats and vegetable seed oils like canola and sunflower. It is also used as weed control on crops like oranges and grapes.

Back to crops sprayed with glyphosate. If you take a look at the chart from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you’ll see that barley crops are sprayed with over 600,000 pounds of glyphosate annually, and grapes are sprayed with over 1,500,000 pounds of glyphosate, annually.  As you might have already connected the dots, barley is the crop used to make beer, and grapes are the crop used to make wine. With this information in mind, it is of no surprise that most wine and beer samples contain glyphosate.  To explore how much Roundup the average person drinks, the U.S. PIRG tested 15 beers and 5 wines for glyphosate, the weedkiller’s active ingredient. Of the 20 samples tested, all but ONE contained glyphosate, and 3 out of 4 organic beers and wines contained glyphosate. The testing results revealed the following. Glyphosate was measured in parts per billion (ppb). Also, keep in mind that while this list is not complete, it is reasonable to assume that almost all conventional wines contain some level of glyphosate.

The highest level of glyphosate found in PIRG’s samples was 51 ppb. You might be asking – how is this allowed? Doesn’t the government protect our food from dangerous, cancer-causing chemicals? The answer is yes, they do, but the real question is why they’re allowing this chemical in our food at all. Is there really any safe limit for a chemical that is labelled as a “probable human carcinogen”?

Linked to cancer by California state scientists and the World Health Organization, Glyphosate was found in all but two of 45 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats. Almost three-fourths of those samples had glyphosate levels higher than what EWG scientists consider protective of children’s health with an adequate margin of safety. About one-third of 16 samples made with organically grown oats also had glyphosate, all at levels well below EWG’s health benchmark.

In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, reviewed extensive U.S., Canadian and Swedish epi-demio-logical studies on glyphosate’s human health effects, as well as research on laboratory animals. The IARC classified the chemical as probably carcinogenic to humans, and has steadfastly defended that decision despite ongoing attacks by Monsanto.

In 2017, California listed glyphosate in its Proposition 65 registry of chemicals known to cause cancer. The state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, or OEHHA, has proposed a so-called No Significant Risk Level for glyphosate of 1.1 milligrams per day for an average adult of about 154 pounds. That level of exposure is more than 60 times lower than the safety level set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

To reach this maximum dose, one would only have to eat a single 60-gram serving of food with a glyphosate level of 160 parts per billion, or ppb. The majority of samples of conventional oat products from EWG’s study exceeded 160ppb, meaning that a single serving of those products would exceed EWG’s health benchmark. As part of a glyphosate risk assessment, the EPA estimated potential highest dietary exposure levels for children and adults. The EPA has calculated that 1-to-2-year-old children are likely to have the highest exposure, at a level twice greater than California’s No Significant Risk Level and 230 times EWG’s health benchmark.

Studies suggest that glyphosate-sprayed crops such as wheat and oats are a major contributor to glyphosate in the daily diet. In EWG lab tests, 31 of 45 samples made with conventionally grown oats had 160 ppb or more of glyphosate.

In one Statement of Concern, published in the journal Environmental Toxicology in 2016, the authors noted that:

  1. Products containing glyphosate contaminate drinking water sources, precipitation, and air, especially in agricultural regions.

  2. The half-life of glyphosate in water and soil is longer than previously recognized.

  3. Glyphosate and its metabolites are widely present in the global soybean supply.

  4. Human exposures to glyphosate-based herbicides are rising.

  5. Glyphosate is now authoritatively classified as a probable human carcinogen.

  6. Regulatory estimates of tolerable daily intakes for glyphosate in the United States and European Union are based on outdated science.

It isn’t just glyphosate that’s the problem. In fact, it is often the case that the adjuvants added to glyphosate-based herbicides are more toxic, and more harmful, than glyphosate itself.  Just to clarify, an adjuvant is: a substance that is co-injected with antigen in order to help stimulate and enhance the adaptive immune system into producing antibodies against the antigen. It is problematic, given that not many people talk about the other chemicals involved in these different herbicides and pesticides.

Two studies determined that herbicides like Roundup, were more likely to cause cell-cycle dys-regulation, a hallmark of cancer, than glyphosate alone. Not only that, but a study published in 2009 showed that some formulations of Roundup were more toxic to human umbilical, embryonic, and placental cells than glyphosate by itself. The researchers have always taken a strong stance against glyphosate-based herbicides, highlighting the dangers of herbicide adjuvants. In a 2018 article published in the Daily Mirror, Gunatilake noted that adjuvants added to glyphosate-based herbicides “are 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate itself.

The point I’m trying to raise is that glyphosate without adjuvants is not very useful. Therefore, manufacturers have added these toxic chemicals into glyphosate and nobody is talking about them! Over the last 25 years, the pesticide industry had us hoodwinked by referring only to glyphosate and not to the adjuvants or additives included in these herbicides.
— Professor Sarath Gunathilake

There is more than enough evidence pointing to the fact that we shouldn’t be needlessly exposing ourselves to glyphosate. And while as a people, we have the power to stop using these chemicals on our lawns, we don’t necessarily have power over glyphosate used by farmers. It is the agricultural use of glyphosate-based herbicides that create scenarios like glyphosate ending up in organic crops. Once these herbicides and pesticides start tainting organic crops, what do we have left? And what about those who can’t afford organic?

Is Any Level of Glyphosate Safe?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s safety limit for glyphosate is 100 times greater than the amounts found in the beer and wine samples. The EPA doesn’t actually have a limit for the levels of glyphosate in beer and wine, but they do allow glyphosate residues on over 150 different food and feed crops at levels of 0.2 to 400 ppm (200 to 400,000 ppb).

While these amounts are much higher than that found in wine and beer, there is the concern of how much wine and beer people are drinking. Since some people drink a large quantity of beer and wine in one sitting, they should be cautious of the levels of glyphosate they may be potentially consuming.

A new study, called The Global Glyphosate Study, set out to determine whether the levels of the toxic chemical set as “safe” by the U.S. EPA are actually safe. What they found was that the amounts set as safe by the EPA are not actually safe. Instead, they’re linked to microbiome imbalances and damage to DNA (known as genotoxicity). The results occurred even when there were small exposures to the pesticide for short periods of time.

A strong and healthy microbiome is essential for good physical and mental health, so adding glyphosate into the mix can seriously interfere with how our body feels and functions.

Glyphosate Global Contamination and Glyphosate in Our Water

Roundup, and generic versions of it, have become the most widely used agricultural chemicals in history. Over 1.8 million tons of glyphosate have been used in the United States since it was introduced back in 1974. Worldwide, nearly 9.4 million tons of the chemical have been used on crops as of 2014.

 It’s no wonder, then, why the herbicide is showing up in our food and bodies. One study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association measured levels of glyphosate in the urine of one hundred people. The study subjects were involved in the study since the 1970’s, which allowed the researchers to go back and look at historical and current levels of glyphosate in urine over decades. They found that in the years from 1993-1996, there was around 0.024 ug/L of glyphosate in urine. In between the years of 2014 and 2016, the levels spiked dramatically to around 0.314 ug/L of glyphosate in urine.

As weeds become more and more resistant to Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides, stronger formulas, and more frequent sprayings become necessary. As we are exposed to higher levels of glyphosate, concentrations of the chemical build up in the body over time. This could mean dangerous consequences not only for our health, but the health of the planet. One recent study by the U.S. government sampled waterways in 38 states, and found glyphosate in the majority of rivers, streams, ditches and wastewater treatment plantstested. It also found in 70% of rainfall samples.

Risk of overspray from other farms and contamination through rainfall or irritation water is the main reason why we’re seeing glyphosate-positive tests coming from organically grown food and beverage products. This doesn’t mean that organic is necessarily bad. We often see that if an organic product is tainted with glyphosate, the levels are significantly lower than that found in conventional produce. For example, conventional wine was found with over 51.4 ppb of glyphosate, whereas organic wine was found with a mere 4.8 ppb. Organic will always be the better choice.

Sadly, glyphosate in trace amounts is now found in rainwater across the country because of its application to conventionally farmed agricultural land. Glyphosate in trace amounts can be found in many food products across the United States. We urge consumers to speak up to ban all use of glyphosate.”
— Frey Vineyards

Frey Vineyards, the nation’s first certified organic winery, was the organic wine that tested positive for low levels of glyphosate. In a statement, Frey said its farming practices have never included the use of chemical herbicides, including glyphosate.

This highlights the fact that we can’t avoid glyphosate, period, until a regulatory action or permanent ban is put into effect. The best we can do, until then, is choose organic products. Even growing your own food is fed and supplied by waterways that are tainted with glyphosate.

While it is difficult to battle up against such massive corporations as Monsanto (now Bayer), there are many groups working to ban glyphosate and other pesticides and herbicides. The Environmental Working Group, CALPIRG, and Avaaz are some organizations working to ban this dangerous chemical. I urge each and every one of you to support these groups and opt for certified organic farming. Voting with your dollar is an incredibly effective means of letting the government know that we won’t stand for anything less.

How to Steer Clear of Glyphosate in Foods

In 2016, Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project commissioned tests that found high levels of glyphosate in many American foods, including some products that are certified organic or non-GMO.

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It’s important to understand that glyphosate isn’t just on the outside of plants—it is absorbed into plants. Remember, Glyphosate contamination cannot be removed by washing, and it isn’t broken down by cooking or baking. Here’s a rundown on what you need to know to avoid glyphosate-sprayed foods. Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified label -  It’s a label you may recognize that has an orange butterfly on green leaves. This label indicates that a product doesn’t contain GMOs, which is helpful information to know, but this label won’t tell you whether the product is free of glyphosate.

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The best way to steer clear of glyphosate-sprayed food is to seek out products that bear the USDA Organic label. In order to receive organic certification, food producers cannot knowingly spray food with synthetic chemical pesticides such as glyphosate. Unfortunately, glyphosate use is so rampant that the herbicide may contaminate food that isn’t directly sprayed, including organic crops.

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The Detox Project is a research and certification platform that uses an FDA-registered food-testing lab to test for toxic chemicals. They have launched the “Glyphosate Residue Free” label, which offers more transparency and provides extra assurance against glyphosate exposure. The Detox Project is working with food manufacturers and grocery chains to get this label on more products so that consumers can more easily avoid glyphosate in their food.

The first product to be verified “Glyphosate Residue Free” is Leaf & Love Organic Lemonade, with more to follow soon. To help the “Glyphosate Residue Free” label be successful and increase the likelihood of creating a safer food system for everyone, contact your favorite food companies by email or through social media and ask them to get verified by The Detox Project.

The Good News

To reduce your exposure to glyphosates, you can go organic. An organic diet for 1 week reportedly reduces pesticide exposures by 90%. Since GMOs and Roundup are both prohibited from organic production, the simplest way to avoid glyphosate contamination in food and to reduce exposures to synthetic pesticides is to eat organic food. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Environmental Research confirmed that families eating an organic diet for as little as a week removed more than 90% of the pesticides from their system, as detected through urine tests. According to this independent study, “the average person is exposed to 10 to 13 pesticide residues each day from food, beverages and drinking water. So, go organic and drink clean water.


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10 Ideas for Changing Your Life



by Tiffany Windsor and Candace Liccione

Candace and I have been supporting women’s wellness for the past 30+ years and so we decided to share the top 10 issues that we are repeatedly asked about. They aren’t in any particular order and aren’t really steps but we hope they bring you awareness of some of the issues that may be holding you back in truly enjoying your life everyday.

Emotional Issues

This is the key to healing mind and body and spirit so you can identify your core issue(s) and start to work on healing. There are many paths to healing. At the core of health issues is an emotional issue or issues. We all have a core emotional issue in our life. Usually your emotional issue stems from your childhood. The problem is that people don’t know that their emotional issues, thoughts, and feelings are the beginnings of their health problems. Western medicine addresses only the symptoms and ignores the body, mind and spirit connection. We medicate our symptoms but never delve deeper into what’s causing them.

The best way to start looking at your emotional issues is to check out either Louise Hay’s book “Heal Your Body” or Inna Segals book “The Secret Language of your Body”. These books list the emotional issues behind different symptoms and disease. We create the situations in our lives, and we need to heal them. Your body is a mirror of your inner thoughts and beliefs. You need to look at when your symptoms started. What was going on in your life when the symptom started because the symptoms are the outer effect of what was happening. Was there a death in the family, family or job issues, relationship issues, illness in the family, or money problems? How do you heal yourself? You start over and reassess everything in your life. How do you talk to yourself - is it positive or negative? Your body is your state of mind. Every time you open your mouth you talk about your health. Start hearing what you are saying. Things like “he is such a pain in my neck” or “that person makes my head ache”. Your body hears every word you say and then acts upon your thoughts and words. Your body doesn’t know if you are kidding or not serious. It just follows what you tell it.

One way to find out your core issue is to fill out a Bach Flower Essence questionnaire. Candace works with Bach Flower Essences and makes custom remedies for people from the answers on their questionnaire. The answers you give on this questionnaire help you to discover your core issue. Once you know your issue you can start to work on healing yourself. What YOU think is your issue is probably not your key issue.

Eliminate Stress

Yeah, like that’s easy! Of course, you have to slow down, unwind and allow space for healing. But what does this mean? We found some great information online at Conscious Lifestyle Magazine. For instance, how stress affects the body. You know when you are feeling stress, but how does it actually affect you? The sudden flood of adrenaline and other hormones causes changes in the body that include: increase in the heart rate and blood pressure, dilation of the pupils to take in as much light as possible, constriction of the veins to send more blood to major muscle groups, tensing of the muscles involved in running or fighting - that is that fight or flight instinct, increase in blood glucose to provide more energy, relaxation of the smooth muscles to allow more oxygen to the lungs, shutting down of the non-essential systems (like digestion and immune system) to allow more energy to the emergency functions. These are really interesting insights to how your body is affected by stress.

Our lifestyle definitely plays an enormous role. Dietary stress is common with our modern eating habits of eating fast foods, skipping meals, drinking excessive caffeine or alcohol, and eating refined sugars and flour. Environmental stressors? Well, we also don’t know how toxic our air and water may be for us. We have little to no idea how we are affected by electromagnetic pollution from our modern technology, such as TVs, computers, electric wires, cell phones, iPads, and the Smart Meters on our homes. How many of us make it a priority to spend time in nature to offset these lifestyle or environmental stressors?  Lifestyle - we have control of what we eat and how much we exercise, dance, listen to music, spend time with loved ones, and spend time in nature.  Nutrition - we can change our diet from the standard American processed diet to one that is more natural and nutritious. The healthiest diet is one of whole, fresh (unprocessed) foods, preferably organic. When we eat, we need to be relaxed. We certainly don’t need to be eating fast food on the run.

Stress is the sugar of the soul. It wrecks your health from the inside out.
— Dr. Will Cole

Instead of grabbing for prescriptions to manage your stress, have you thought about natural strategies and techniques for stress management? When you are stressed, what remedies do you reach for? Is it prescriptions which can have many side effects? Why not try some natural remedies including homeopathy? We talked about about homeopathy in a recent podcast but here are some of the specific remedies for stress. Ignatia is used for anxiety, Natrem Muriaticum for grief, or maybe Chamomilla for anxiety, especially with stomach symptoms and irritability.

You can also try herbs for preventing and treating stress. Dr. Bonnie McLean, who wrote the article for Conscious Lifestyle Magazine has some great information on herbs. Tonic herbs are considered super-nutrients. They improve physiological functioning and a sense of well-being and boost energy. Here are some herbs Dr. McLean uses for natural stress relief; these are usually found in capsule, tablet, powder, tea, and tincture form and they include ashwagandha, maca, chamomille, passiflor (passion flower), hops, and valerian. By the way, Candace has these herbs available at her store and she also does mail order.

A great go-to for stress relief and Tiffany’s first choice is aromatherapy and essential oils. Aromas stimulate our sense of smell. They are perceived through the olfactory nerve, located very near the limbic center of the brain, which is the hub for the body’s stress alarm system. We can use scents, such as essential oils for stress management. Some essential oils that are considered to be adaptogens (help the body/mind stay in balance and thus provide ways to reduce stress) are: Lavender—soothes and balances the body, Cedarwood—stimulates the limbic region of the brain, especially the pineal gland, which releases melatonin, Roman Chamomile—calms the central nervous system, Neroli—considered to strengthen and stabilize the emotions and encourage confidence and a sense of peace, Valerian—commonly used in sleep remedies. (The aroma is unpleasant, usually described as smelling like dirty feet.), Sandalwood—balances and stabilizes the mind and helps to release negative emotions, Orange—has an antidepressant effect, Jasmine—considered to have a relaxing as well as an antidepressant effect, Frankincense—considered a “spiritual oil” that has an antidepressant and anti-anxiety effect by stimulating parts of the limbic system, including the hypothalmus, pineal gland, and pituitary gland, Ylang ylang—considered a “spiritual” oil, believed to filter out negative energy and help with focus and confidence. Tiffany is a doTerra wellness advocate and she is happy to help you select the right essential oils.

Flower Essences - These remedies are natural and gentle. Prepared from the flowers of wild plants, bushes, or trees, they are prescribed according to one’s mood and state of mind. They are based on the theory that a mind in disharmony is the primary cause of disease and that it will hinder recovery from an illness. Emotions such as fear or worry can deplete an individual’s vitality, causing the body to lose its natural resistance to infection and disease. The original flower essences were created by Dr. Edward Bach, if you live outside the US, you may pronounce his name as Dr. “Batch”. Some great choices for stress management are:  Rescue Remedy—stress, trauma, shock, Star of Bethlehem—shock, Aspen—anxiety and fear, Rock Rose, Mimulus, Cherry Plum, and Red Chestnut—fear, Sweet chestnut—mental anguish, Mustard, Gentian, Gorse, and Wild Rose—depression. To summarize, dig deep to find the emotional cause of your stress and support yourself with natural remedies. Candace can really help you as she provides flower essence consultations that are life changing!

Let go of the drama

Let go of drama and people who are not healthy for you. There is so much drama in our world today. Drama in your family life, work life and then there is the constant drama that comes from all of our electronic media – TV, cell phone, reality shows and social media. You are surrounded by drama all the time and we have gotten used to it and many people are addicted to it. Candace hears people in her shop talk about the reality shows they watch, and they discuss with one another the drama that goes on in those shows. They don’t understand that the producers of those shows make sure there is lots of drama by having the situations partially or fully scripted. They don’t see that it isn’t real. Those shows would be very boring if they were depicting real life.

We need to release all drama in our lives whether real or fake. Drama isn’t healthy for you. It raises your anxiety and adrenaline levels. Add rest, relaxation, sometimes just sitting quietly, being okay not doing stuff every minute.  Stop – go out in nature, listen to music, talk to your family and friends, nuture your inner spiritual, add joy to life and have fun and laugh.

Drama is another aspect of your health issues. Contemplate living with less drama, less stuff, and less turmoil. It is time to release all the unnecessary stuff in your life, unhealthy attachments, negative emotions and negative people and toxic entertainment.

In the past, our family got caught up in a lot of drama and for us, reading The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz helped to eliminate the drama from our lives. Once we realized that we would not, should not, take anything personally, it was really easy to shift out of engaging in and perpetuating the drama.

Eat Well

We’ve talked about this for weeks on end. It’s really important to let go of food that is not healthy. If you are not nourishing yourself, you can feel the effects of fatigue, depression, digestion issues, fluctuation in blood sugar levels, brain function, stress on your heart, kidneys and liver, bloating and puffiness, high blood pressure, the list goes on and on. Don’t know where to start? Get Anthony William’s Liver Rescue book. So many health issues relate to the liver and it’s easy to start making changes to your food to help bring you back into balance. So EAT WELL!

Exercise that beautiful body and mind

You will feel better on all levels. Most people know that they should be exercising in some way, but they just don’t want to or don’t realize how important exercising is for their health. We are too sedentary. You need to move your body, your muscles, your arms, yours legs and feet. If you move your body, it works better on all levels. It really helps your digestion and elimination systems, your heart, your lungs and the entire body. We all know this, but most people aren’t doing it. No one is asking you to go run a marathon or something on that level (but if that’s your vision - we say GO FOR IT!). Just start by getting off the couch, put your phone down and start walking, join a yoga or aerobics class, dance or find a way that gets your body moving. And make sure that you exercise your mind by reading uplifting books.

I watched my mother and my mother-in-law stop moving as they aged. Neither of them had health issues but they allowed their body and especially their legs no exercise. They both ended up living a long time and had trouble walking and had to use a walker because they didn’t exercise. Their lives could have been so much richer and fuller if they could have gotten around better. I joined a gym 20 years ago and it was hard at first to make myself go and work out. Now it’s just part of my life and I feel so much better for it. I see people in the gym who are in their 80’s and 90’s still working out and enjoying more.
— Candace Liccione

Find an exercise that works for you. Yoga is Candace’s exercise of choice. She has been doing it for 20 years. It is so good on so many levels -- it lubricates your joints, it’s really great for balance as you strengthen all your muscles and you aren’t afraid of falling as you age, as it supports great flexibility. There are all kinds of yoga so you can find a kind that works with your body.

Walking is another great exercise. You can walk anywhere – on your street, at the mall or just around your yard. Walking is good for your body as well as your mind. Water aerobics is also wonderful exercise especially if you have body issues that don’t let you jump around. If you have bad knees, or hips or foot or ankle problems then water aerobics would be wonderful for those issues.

Be natural in your healing

We talked about this in step #2 for stress. For other disease - or as we call dis-ease or ill at ease, why not try natural remedies first before going to invasive measures. People have successfully been treating minor ailments like cuts, sniffles, dry skin, head aches, stuffiness, bloating, heartburn since the beginning of time, right? Grit.com has a great list of natural remedies.

Use eucalyptus to clear a stuffy nose - a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a humidifier or diffuser will help clear a stuffy nose. The minty essential oil helps loosen up mucus and reduce swelling.  Honey for a sore throat - a spoonful of raw honey will instantly help ease a sore throat. As an added bonus, it will also help quell coughing fits. Mix a tablespoon of honey with a squeeze of lemon in a warm cup of water for a soothing drink. Honey for minor scratches - honey is a natural antibiotic. Applying it to minor wounds can help prevent infection and help a wound heal faster. Basil for bug bites - did you know that  a bit of crushed basil on a mosquito bite will help relieve the itchiness. Plus, it smells much better than anything from a bottle. Apple cider vinegar for bloating, diabetes, and heartburn - organic apple cider vinegar has a host of benefits, from relieving bloating to preventing diabetes to helping those with heartburn.  Calm nausea with ginger - an upset stomach can be helped with ginger. Ginger can also help with sea-sickness. You can buy an all-natural tea with ginger, or keep a piece of fresh ginger in your fridge (or freezer to make it last longer), and then just shave off a few pieces to add to hot water. Steep for 5 to 15 minutes before drinking. Lessen heartburn with baking soda - a touch of baking soda in a glass of water will clear late-night heartburn up in no time. Just be sure not to use too much, or you’ll be burping instead!  Keep bugs away with peppermint - you don’t have to pile on a chemical bug spray to keep annoying pests away. Place a few drops of peppermint essential oil into witch hazel or water and spray when needed. Just make sure to avoid your eyes! Peppermint for headaches - in either tea or as an essential oil, peppermint is a great way to relieve a tension headache. The cooling effect can be very effective at giving you a bit of stress relief, too.  

Chamomile for Sleeplessness - chamomile is great for promoting relaxation and preparing you for sleep. A cup of chamomile tea is a great way to get ready for bed.  Baking soda for bee stings - Make a paste with baking soda and water, and rub it on the sting. The pain will stop instantly! Lavender for restless leg syndrome - do your legs and feet start to bug you at night? Rub a few drops of lavender essential oil on the areas of your legs that hurt (such as the ankle). Lavender is also known to help relieve anxiety, so it’s a great way to get your mind ready for a calm, restful sleep. Marshmallow root for irritation and sore throats - it has been been used for moer than 2,000 years to calm irritation and help with sore throats. It helps moisten and reduce swelling in mucus membranes throughout the body, and reduces irritation as a result. Green tea for the jitters - green tea is known to help relieve anxiety and lower blood sugar, especially when you drink it regularly. However, it does have caffeine in it, so if you are sensitive to caffeine, try drinking it before noon. Reduce a fever with linden flower tea - a cup of tea can help calm a low-grade fever and give everyone the rest they need. Remember, a fever is your body doing its work to fight off some type of infection. [Because we’re not in the medical field, we’re required to remind you to go to your doctor if the fever gets too high!] Tea Tree Oil for minor infections - for minor skin infections, try combining one drop tea tree essential oil (also known as Melaleuca) into five drops of coconut oil. Rub together and apply to infected spot twice a day. Here’s something new we learned from Grit.com - Thyme for snoring - while thyme has many antibacterial health benefits, a drop mixed with a few drops of coconut oil can be a quick remedy for someone who snores. Lightly rub some of the mixed oil to the bottom of your big toe before you go to bed. Or you can diffuse thyme in your bedroom a half-hour before you go to sleep. Turmeric, Willow Bark, or Cat’s Claw for arthritis - all are known for helping calm inflammation. Instead of taking aspirin, use one of these natural remedies to help arthritis. From this list, Tiffany’s daily wellness cabinet includes: honey, apple cider vinegar, ginger, peppermint, lavender, tea tree oil and turmeric.

No. 7: Know that you are here for a purpose.

Know that you are here for a purpose and discover your purpose and pursue it. We are all here for a reason. We have a purpose. Many people probably don’t even think they have a purpose. You need to be doing something for your spirit in your life. It can be joining a church, a group of people who like what you like to do, a group that helps others – children and animals. You need to feed your spirit.

REDUCE electronic dependence

This is so challenging but it’s important to start spending less time on the computer, phone and computer games. As Tiffany mentioned a few weeks ago, she made the commitment to herself to leave her phone outside the bedroom every night. Cell phones expose us to a form of electromagnetic radiation called radiofrequency (RF) energy. Scientists have suspected that this radiation might increase the risk of brain cell damage leading to tumors, and in 1995 they found this to be the case in rats. Most studies since then have failed to show a similar correlation in humans and last December the Danish Cancer Society released results from a 29-year study that found no solid association between increasing cell phone use and brain tumors.

Personally, I just don’t believe that there is not an association to RF energy being harmful to our body. About 35 years ago, I was subjected to RF poisoning when it was finally discovered that my office was right above the electrical room for the 6 story building I was managing. I know what it feels like to be sensitive to RF energy. Granted, I assume that our cellphones emit just a fraction of what I experienced but how long each day, that multiplies into each year, that multiplies into each decade are you spending on your electronics?
— Tiffany Windsor

We get it... our work requires us to be at the computer, use wifi, use cellphones but try to be aware of the choices to make to minimize exposure.  Use a headset or speakerphone - there is no reliable data that exists on the upper limit of safe talk time, but corded headsets can reduce potential risk. These emit much less RF energy, and allow you to move the phone away from your body. One study shows that using a headset lowers radiation exposure eightfold. Keep your phone out of your pocket - a study published in the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery linked cell phone radiation to decreased bone density in the pelvis, and a 2008 study conducted by the Cleveland Clinic found that it lowers fertility in men. Limit children's use - kids have a thinner skull, and their brains are still developing—which may make them more vulnerable to any potential harmful effects of RF radiation. Stop talking while driving - In addition to creating a potentially deadly distraction, using your phone in the car forces your cell signal to jump between wireless towers. Since RF is highest when a connection with a tower is first established, talking while traveling can increase exposure. We did not know that.  Don't chat with a poor signal. The harder your phone has to work to get reception, the more radiation it emits. We didn’t know that either. This is also the reason apparently you should avoid using so-called radiation shields (the shiny stickers that claim to block radiation); allegedly they actually force the phone to transmit at a higher power. Don't wear wireless headsets as if they were jewelry - earpieces don't emit as much radiation as a phone, but they release some—even after your call ends. Remove the device from your ear between conversations.

Gather with people of like mind

Gather with people of like mind. Express your creativity. Creativity is therapeutic. Join into something that is in-person. Too many people have social media as their main way of interacting with others. You need to gather in person with people who enjoy what you like. When you join in person you get a much deeper connection as you can read their body language, hear the emotion in their words, connect with them face-to-face. Creativity is really important for all of us. We all have a need to be creative in some way in our lives. Creativity is so therapeutic. Candace has creativity and wellness classes at her Wye River Designs shop and people come to spend many hours creating with her. She gets to know people in depth, and in conversation, they naturally share their issues and concerns. You would be amazed at the informal group therapy that goes on as people open up and discuss all kinds of issues. At her shop, they all help each other discussing whatever the group wants to talk about. The groups spend a lot of time educating each other on wellness as people are always discussing health issues and Candace and everyone in the discussion assists them in thinking about making better choices by sharing their own journeys to wellness.

Allow yourself to have fun and live with joy!

Joy is the answer for living a healthy, happy life. Jude Bijou at mindbodygreen.com describes joy as an emotion and emotions are wordless. They're pure physical sensations in our bodies. We express the emotion of joy in many physical ways. As Judy explains, for example, we jump for joy when we win a hard-fought competition, or we double over in uncontrollable laughter when someone relates a hilarious story. We squeal with delight after getting a surprise gift, and whoop and holler exuberantly when we hear fantastic news. We feel buoyant and jubilant on beautiful day. When we feel joy, we feel great about ourselves. We feel confident, powerful, capable, lovable and fulfilled. These are all good reasons to experience more joy

Undertake a challenging activity with a commitment to mastering it. Think of a project you've wanted to accomplish, whether it's creating a small flower garden in your yard, learning how to give your car a tuneup, or mastering the tango. The process of setting a goal, learning the necessary steps to achieve it, and giving it your best until you've mastered it will generate high self-esteem and pride. Those are feelings associated with joy. Actively seek joy through inspiration. Engage in an activity that's pleasurable and feels like play.

Jude also suggests that you deal with the sadness that blocks joy. When we feel sad, it isn't possible to also feel bubbly and exhilarated. In a place that feels safe and private, constructively express your sadness by allowing yourself to cry. While crying, acknowledge your hurts and losses. Don't indulge any negative thoughts about yourself. Just keep telling yourself, "I'm fine. It's okay to cry. I just feel sad." You'll immediately feel washed clean — even joyful. Honor yourself consciously and frequently. Give yourself a break from the day-to-day world. Nurture yourself. Set up a time, just for you, when you can disconnect from daily responsibilities and get away from the noise, stimulation, and demands of your world.

Joy comes easily when we focus on our own needs in a caring and loving way. Get a massage. Close the door, put your feet up, and watch the world outside your window. Take a nap. These kinds of activities replenish us and give our body and soul a chance to feel pure joy. Remind yourself: My job is to take care of myself.  Say the word often and contemplate its meaning. Notice how your body feels when you say the word JOY! Think about what joy means to you. Be as specific as possible, imagining the feeling of joy, the images it conjures up, perhaps even the people and situations who trigger joy. Sign off your emails with the word joy. Paint the word on a smooth rock and keep it on your desk. More joy will rise up if you simply invite it to do so.

Also at the mindbodygreen.com article, there is a quick self-quiz that we found really interesting! You’ll find that link on our blog post.

Here’s to your wellness!


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