Fluoride. Why.. oh.. why? Oh.. my!!

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by Tiffany Windsor

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When you research fluoride you will definitely find articles on both sides of the spectrum. One telling you that fluoride is completely safe and the other explaining why it is poison.

In researching, I found information that indicated in the US, about 70 - 75% of the public water supplies are fluoridated.  Since 1945, it has been widely accepted in the US that fluoride is safe and effective to prevent tooth decay, but many health experts and scientists disagree.

The first American commercial use of fluoride, in the form of sodium fluoride, was to kill insects, lice, mice and other vermin and it was quite effective. At that time, the largest producer of fluoride was releasing vapors into the atmosphere that turned out to cripple or kill farm animals and scorch crops and other vegetation. By the 1950’s and 60’s when that practice of releasing fluoride vapors in the air was reined in fluoride had been added to the US drinking water. Does that mean those toxic vapors were reduced to toxic powder? I don’t know! In January 1945, Grand Rapids Michigan became the first city to add fluoride to its community water source, under the guise of preventing tooth decay. If you want to read more specifics you can read many articles at mercola.com.

As you read other on-line articles there is some really interesting info that I found on fluoridealert.org.

#1. FLUORIDATED COUNTRIES DO NOT HAVE LESS TOOTH DECAY THAN NON-FLUORIDATED COUNTRIES

It is often claimed that fluoridated water is the main reason the United States has had a large decline in tooth decay over the past 60 years. This same decline in tooth decay, however, has occurred in all developed countries, most of which have never added any fluoride to their water. According to data from the World Health Organization, there is no discernible difference in tooth decay between the minority of developed countries that fluoridate water, and the majority that do not.

#2 FLUORIDE IS THE ONLY MEDICINE ADDED TO PUBLIC WATER (except for the pharmaceuticals that are now present in our recycled water systems.)

Fluoride is the only chemical added to water that doesn’t actually treat the water. Chlorine, for example, is added to kill bacteria so that we can drink the water without getting sick. Fluoride, by contrast, is added to prevent a disease (tooth decay) that is not caused by drinking water.

#3 SWALLOWING FLUORIDE PROVIDES LITTLE BENEFIT TO TEETH

When water fluoridation first began back in the 1940s, the medical profession believed fluoride needed to be ingested to be most effective in preventing cavities. This was why fluoride was added to water and pills—because these are things that people swallow.

Today, however, it is now widely recognized that fluoride’s main benefit does not actually come from ingestion, it comes from fluoride’s topical contact with teeth—a fact that even the CDC has now acknowledged. So, not only does fluoridation add a medicine to water, it adds a medicine that does not actually need to be swallowed.

#4 FLUORIDE IS NOT AN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT. No disease, not even tooth decay, is caused by a “fluoride deficiency. Not a single biological process has been shown to require fluoride. On the contrary there is extensive evidence that fluoride can interfere with many important biological processes. For instance, I read that fluoride interferes with numerous enzymes. In combination with aluminum, fluoride interferes with G-proteins. Such interactions give aluminum-fluoride complexes the potential to interfere with signals from growth factors, hormones and neurotransmitters.. More and more studies indicate that fluoride can interfere with biochemistry in fundamental ways. Again, more details can be found at fluoridealert.org.

#5 FLUORIDE ACCUMULATES IN THE BODY. Healthy adult kidneys excrete 50 to 60% of the fluoride ingested each day. The remainder accumulates in the body, largely in calcifying tissues such as the bones and pineal gland. Infants and children excrete less fluoride from their kidneys and take up to 80% of ingested fluoride into their bones. The fluoride concentration in bone steadily increases over a lifetime (NRC 2006).

#6 SWALLOWING FLUORIDE PROVIDES NO (OR VERY LITTLE) BENEFIT. ANY BENEFIT IS TOPICAL NOT SYSTEMIC. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now acknowledged that the mechanism of fluoride’s benefits are mainly topical, not systemic. There is no need whatsoever, therefore, to swallow fluoride to protect teeth. Since the purported benefit of fluoride is topical, and the risks are systemic, it makes more sense to deliver the fluoride directly to the tooth in the form of toothpaste. Since swallowing fluoride is unnecessary, and potentially dangerous, there is no justification for forcing people (against their will) to ingest fluoride through their water supply.

I have chosen to reduce my intake of fluoride by using filters that remove fluoride from my tap water (along with other chemicals and over abundance of metals and I choose to be alert to the products which have fluoride.) I found a list of the Top Ten Ways to Reduce Fluoride Exposure at fluoridealert.org so be sure to go there to read all the details but here are some important things to know about where fluoride can be found:

  • Dental Products: Many dental products now contain fluoride, including over 95% of toothpaste. If your kids are consuming fluoride in their water and swallow toothpaste, how much fluoride are they ingesting?

  • Processsed Beverages & Foods: Even if you don’t live in a community that adds fluoride to its water supply, you will still be exposed to fluoridated drinking water. This is because once fluoride is added en masse to water it winds in almost all processed beverages and foods.

  • Pesticides: Due its toxicity, fluoride is used in some pesticides to kill insects and other pests. As a result of fluoride pesticide use, some food products–particularly grape products, dried fruit, dried beans, cocoa powder, and walnuts–have high levels of fluoride.

  • Tea Drinks: Tea plants absorb fluoride from the soil. As a result, tea leaves–particularly old tea leaves–contain high levels of fluoride.

  • Fluorinated Pharmaceuticals: Many pharmaceuticals are fluorinated, meaning they contain a carbon-fluorine bond. Although the carbon-fluoride bond in most drugs is strong enough to resist breaking down into fluoride within the body, this is not always the case as research has found that some fluorinated drugs, including cipro, do break down into fluoride and can thus be a major source of fluoride exposure for some individuals.

  • Mechanically Deboned Meat: Foods made with mechanically separated meat (e.g., chicken fingers, nuggets, etc), contain elevated levels of fluoride due to the contamination from bone particles that occurs during the mechanical deboning processed.

  • Teflon Pans: Cooking food, or boiling water, in teflon pans may increase the fluoride content of food. In one study, it was found that boiling water in a teflon pan for just 15 minutes added an additional 2 ppm of fluoride to the water.

As a final note, citizen of many cities have been successful in educating their local lawmakers to halt fluoride being added to their local water.

We invite you to listen to the entire podcast discussion by clicking here.

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Is Healthy Food Expensive?

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My sister Candace and I have had an on-going conversation about this topic for years. It’s definitely a topic that can be difficult to pinpoint because we all have different food purchasing habits and budgets and family sizes. So, a healthy food that we may think is reasonably priced because it fits into our food budget, may be expensive for others...or is it really?

In a recent Healing Life Wisdom podcast, Candace and talked about many points on this topic. In that podcast, I mentioned that I would be sharing several links.

On the topic of where to shop for your groceries, I was stunned to read how many Americans buy their food from dollar stores. HealthNutNews explained about 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food goes to buy processed foods. 60% of the food Americans eat is not just processed but ultra-processed which is defined as food products containing several ingredients that are not traditionally used in cooking. Also, besides salt, sugar, oils and fats, they can include artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners and other additives used to imitate sensorial qualities of unprocessed or minimally processed foods. Read the entire article here.

How can we encourage people to eat healthy? Is it a matter of time? Is it a matter of budget? A quick on-line search shows hundreds of budget-minded recipes: 20 recipes for eating healthy on a budget, cheap healthy meals, budget dinners, cheap heart healthy dinner ideas.

I did a little test on the cost of an Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup recipe. Going on-line to WalMart.com, I sourced all the ingredients in organic and came up with soup, side salad bread at $4.25 per serving. Note that this did not take into account the cost of basics, such as spices and WalMart did not offer an organic version of half and half.

There are actually many recipes that you can convert to healthier substitutes to eliminate pesticide laden greens and fruits, gmo’s and other processed and chemical additives. When looking to make the switch to incorporate more fresh organics into your diet, keep in mind that there is a list of the Dirty Dozen which includes the top twelve produce to always buy organic due to the heavy use of pesticides.

In 2018, that list included: strawberries, (with 20 different pesticides), spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes and sweet bell peppers. At the same link, you will also find the Clean Fifteen list for those fruits and veggies that are clean to eat if you can’t find organic.

From webmd.com, there is a list of Tips for Sticking to Your Food Budget - ways you can keep your grocery bill low while your family eats healthier which includes: 1) Compare options and pay attention to portion size; 2) Plan before you shop - keep impulse buying to a minimum; 3) Choose cheaper protein - swap out red meat or fish with lentils for example; 4) Buy in season; 5).Go frozen when fruits and veggies aren’t in season. They’re usually frozen right after they’re picked so they may actually have more nutrients than “fresh” produce shipped from far away.

We invite you to listen to the entire podcast discussion by clicking here.



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Lavender: Giving This Herb the Respect It Deserves

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by Candace Liccione

Lavender is an herb that usually doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Some people love it and some people hate it but none of them take it seriously. Lavender brings to mind English cottage gardens as it is an integral part of an English garden. Lavender is a must if you have a garden. There are so many uses for your lavender flowers – in cut arrangements, in tea, for hair and skin recipes, in cooking and baking, in bath and body recipes. Lavender is a quiet, sedate plant in your garden. The gray/silver foliage is quiet and doesn’t catch your eye until it begins to bloom. Once the flower stems begin to bloom this quiet plant bursts into its lavender beauty. Lavender flowers are not all lavender and come in white and pink varieties. The scent of lavender will transport you to another time and place.

Lavender flowers are a powerful antidepressant, nervine tonic, good for exhaustion, aids with stress, reduces aches and pains, has a mild sedative effect, good for restlessness, dizziness, headaches, stomach discomfort, nervous intestinal disorders, for insecurities, for insomnia, depression and skin and hair blends. Lavender calms and stabilizes the nervous system and relax muscles so is great as a calming tea or great in the bathtub to calm and relax.

Lavender was used in the 17th century during the Great Plaque when it was suggested that a bunch of lavender fastened to the wrist would protect the wearer against the plague. Lavender is often an ingredient in the current aromatherapy blend Thieves Oil or Medieval blend used against infectious diseases.

Lavender can be used in so many ways – as an herb for tea, a medicinal remedy, as an essential oil for emotional and physical ailments and you can cook with it. Lavender added to lemonade is delicious and lavender in cookies is yummy. Lavender blends well with citrus flavors. Lavender flowers are a wonderful flavor to add to herbal vinegars to use in salads or in marinades.

Time to take this herb seriously and make sure that lavender in all its forms are part of your life and health.

Lavender Bath Blend

1 cup dried lavender flowers

2 cups of oatmeal

½ cup of baking soda

Put all ingredients into a food processor and grind to a smooth fine powder. Place into a muslin bag and use in bath.


Learn about many benefits of lavender essential oil in this Healing Life Wisdom Podcast, featuring doTerra Wellness Advocate, Julianna Jewels Avelar.


Food Additives: How to Identify and Avoid

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On a recent episode of Healing Life Wisdom, Candace and I talked talked about the Top 10 food additives that could be affecting your wellness. Once you listen to this podcast, you will understand more about the importance of removing artificial food additives from your diet.

Honestly if you don’t know what an ingredient is and can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it! Have you or anyone you know experienced any of these: anxiety, depression, Hashimoto’s thyroid issues, macular degeneration, lyme, lack of focus and concentration, memory issues, headaches, fatigue, ringing in the ears, jaw pain, tooth pain, restless leg, tingles, numbness, back pain, bells palsy, bloating, hair loss, difficulty breathing, tightness of chest, brain fog, seizures, neuralgia, pinched nerves, trouble sleeping, autism, ADD, migraines, Alzheimers, dementia and Parkinsons? Read what Anthony William has to say about these and food additives in his top selling book, Liver Rescue [affiliate link].

There is a great article at HungryforChange.tv that gives you all the details on those top 10 which include:

  1. Artificial Sweeteners

  2. High Fructose Corn Syrup

  3. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

  4. Trans Fat

  5. Common Food Dyes

  6. Sodium Sulfite

  7. Sodium Nitrate/Sodium Nitrite

  8. BHA and BHT

  9. Sulfur Dioxide

  10. Potassium Bromate

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Sweetener: What is Agave?

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Agave

The agave plant is native to the southern US, Latin America and South America. Although agave is a new phenomenon in the West, it has been used in Mexico for hundreds — and perhaps thousands — of years.

Traditionally, agave was believed to have medicinal properties. Its sap was also boiled to produce a sweetener known as miel de agave. The sugars in agave are also fermented to make tequila. In fact, tequila is the most common commercial use of agave today and one of Mexico's best-known exports. Like many plants, agave probably does have some health benefits. However, refining and processing tend to destroy some — or all — of these beneficial health effects. The refined agave sweetener that people consume today is no exception. (Source: www.healthline.com )

When the agave has grown to 7-10 years old, the leaves of the plant are cut off, revealing the core of the plant (called the "pina"). When harvested, the pina resembles a giant pineapple and can weigh in at 50 to 150 pounds. To make the agave nectar, sap is extracted from the pina, filtered, and heated at a low temperature, which breaks down the carbohydrates into sugars. Lighter and darker varieties of agave nectar are made from the same plants. Because of the low temperatures used in processing many varieties (under 118°F) raw foods enthusiasts generally regard agave nectar as a raw food. (Source: www.allaboutagave.com )

It is believed by many in the wellness community that the agave sweetener sold today is made by treating agave sugars with heat and enzymes, which destroys all its potentially beneficial health effects. The end product is a highly refined, unhealthy syrup. (Source: www.healthline.com )

Agave nectar is low in glucose and therefore doesn't spike blood sugar levels much. This gives the sweetener a low glycemic index. (Source: www.healthline.com )

Because agave syrup is much higher in fructose than plain sugar, it has a higher potential for causing adverse health effects, such as increased belly fat and fatty liver disease. (Source: www.healthline.com )

NOTE FROM TIFFANY: While attending a juicing retreat many years ago, I spent a lot of a time with a Naturopathic doctor who recommended that I not use Agave. She explained information similar to www.healthline.com that the modern processing of the agave nectar strips it of its traditional medicinal uses and you are left with a highly-refined syrup that is marketed as healthy.

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Book Review: The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal

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There are so many amazing books available to us in this world and it is always fun to share one of our favorites with others. The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal is a book that should be a staple in everyone’s homes. This is a book about the emotional issues behind the health problems we all deal with every day.

Most of us are familiar with Louise Hay’s Heal Your Body book about the emotional issues behind our health issues. Inna Segal adds so much to this body of knowledge with the information about all the new “mystery” diseases we are now dealing with in our lives like lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Lyme disease, Parkinson’s, auto-immune, Alzheimer’s and more.  Of course, she also lists all the normal health issues that many people deal with every day.

This book reminds us that we are body, mind and spirit and that we have to work on all levels to heal our bodies. At the core of each illness is an emotional issue that you haven’t dealt with and so it has brought that issue to your attention by an ache or pain or symptom so you will address it. Your body is always talking to you and you usually aren’t listening. So, once you have symptoms you can start to begin healing by finding out what emotions are behind your symptoms.

Inna Segal does a fantastic job of assisting you to understand what is behind health issues with listings by ailments, body part and body system. She also lists possible contributing factors and the remedy.

The final chapters of this book offer wonderful explanations of how emotions affect and impact your health. It also offers how to start releasing these negative emotions. There is so much to learn from this book!


Listen to Candace Liccione and Tiffany Windsor talk about this book on Healing Life Wisdom Radio on-demand.


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Dandelion: Pesky Weed or Medicinal Herb?

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by Candace Liccione

Dandelion is considered by most people to be a really pesky weed but that could not be further from the truth. Dandelion is one of the most nutrient dense and highly medicinal wild weeds. Dandelions have been used by humans for food for much of recorded history. Dandelions are nutritious and very medicinal. Until the mid-1800’s, dandelions were encouraged to grow in people’s backyards so they could be easily harvested for treating a variety of ailments.

After a long winter of no fresh food, the dandelion with its high vitamin and mineral content, was a wonderful spring tonic for the body. Dandelion can strengthen the liver, the gallbladder, helps get rid of gall stones, strengthens bones & teeth, reduce joint stiffness, lowers uric acid and blood cholesterol levels and promotes good digestion. Dandelion is also a diuretic, laxative, a potassium source, liver tonic, general tonic, good for muscular rheumatism and is anti-inflammatory. Dandelions are also good for the bladder, spleen, pancreas, stomach and intestines. It is recommended for stressed out, internally sluggish and sedentary people.

The entire dandelion plant is medicinal. Dandelion leaves are wonderful in salads, soups or sautéed or steamed. They taste like chicory or endive, with an intense heartiness overlying a bitter tinge. The leaves are more nutritious than anything you can buy. They’re higher in beta-carotene than carrots, the iron and calcium content is phenomenal, greater than spinach, loaded with vitamins, biotin, inositol, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc. The flowers contain vitamins A, B12, anti- oxidants and have mild anti-inflammatory properties.

Dandelion leaves are wonderful for the kidneys. They are a gentle but effective diuretic relieving water retention and bloating and toning the kidneys. Dandelion root is also a really great liver tonic. It stimulates the liver and gallbladder to release bile, relieves stagnation, and encourages healthy digestion. There is research going on now with highly preliminary evidence that suggests that dandelion root offers chemotherapy-like effects with a high degree of safety and fewer side effects than conventional drugs. It appears to kill off cancer cells without harming the healthy ones. The leaves and roots are wonderful as a tonic tea or added to other tea blends.

As you learn more about how good dandelions are for what ails you, be more respectful as you see all those dandelions popping up in your yard this spring. Collect dandelion leaves in early spring, when they are the tastiest, before the flowers appear. You can harvest them again in late fall.

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Frankincense: The King of Essential Oils

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Frankincense

For overall health and protection.

by Julianna Jewels Avelar

I started using Frankincense over a year ago when it was recommended for overall health and protection from seasonal ailments. I take two drops under my tongue every day and also apply it to any facial blemishes that I might have.

In addition to putting  “Frank” under my tongue, I also use it on top of my tongue when I have any type of head tension. The trick is to place it on top of your tongue and then press up towards the roof of your mouth. The oil immediately moves towards the tension and releases the pressure. I was absolutely shocked the first time that I tried this and how it actually worked!

Frankincense has many uses and can be taken internally, applied topically and used aromatically. For thousands of years, Frankincense resins have been harvested in Somalia from wild Boswellia trees like Carterii and Frereana. The taste is an acquired one if taking internally. I find it to be a little earthy and more on the pleasant side.

Frankincense is referred to in the oil community as the “King of Oils” but I like to say that it’s the Queens that make it so magical! doTERRA Frankincense is my oil of choice for many reasons, one being the way that they source their products and how they are empowering harvesters, farmers, distillers and women all over the World.

doTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing had a huge impact on why I chose to support them in my home, with my family and friends. I take applying and or ingesting any product very seriously. I know in my heart and through all of their work that the oils I am using are safe and packaged with love.

Co-Impact Sourcing info from doTERRA:

doTERRA is also working with our partners to ensure that the cleaning and sorting of the frankincense resins takes place as close to the harvesting locations as possible so that these important jobs (typically held by women) remain in rural areas where they are most needed and benefit the harvesting families. Our initiative also ensures that these women receive fair wages and that they are able to work in more favorable working conditions.

I would highly encourage you to watch this beautiful video on how and where Frank is sourced. You will then understand completely as to why I refer to the Queens, the Magic and the abundance of Love that is in each and every bottle.

I cannot image not having “Frank” or the Queens in my daily self-care regimen.

Definitely my #1 choice of oils!

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Listen to Jewels talk about Frankincense essential oil on Healing Life Wisdom Radio on-demand.


Additional Resources:

Julianna Jewels Avelar

https://www.jewelloom.com/p/essentialoils


Join Now & Save – My doTERRA page

https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/weavinggoddess


Co-Impact Sourcing

https://www.doterra.com/US/en/difference-co-impact-sourcing


Frankincense Product Page

https://www.doterra.com/US/en/p/frankincense-oil


Frankincense Oil – The doTERRA difference Video

https://youtu.be/o2R58k83-bw

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Letting Go of the Clutter

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by Candace Liccione

With the popularity of Marie Kondo’s new Netflix series Tidying Up, I thought I would share my thoughts on letting go of clutter. Many of us have a tendency to clutter our lives with unnecessary clutter. We buy stuff we think we will need someday. For some reason of human nature, we feel that we will not be able to find it when or if we need it later.

I have quilting friends that hoard piles and piles of fabric. They have so much fabric that they get overwhelmed and just go out and buy new fabric rather than deal with going through their current collection. I have other friends that cannot let go of anything. Their lives are so full of stuff and they get overwhelmed and live amid rooms full of possessions they don’t need or will ever use. When do possessions become clutter? First, think of all the money you have spent on your clutter. Most people have spent a small fortune on their hoard. Let go of the idea of there not being enough or “I will never find this to buy again”.

In Feng Shui, your home holds the energy of what occurs there. Clutter blocks the energy flowing through your space and your life. Your space reflects your life. If your space is cluttered, then your life is probably just as cluttered. Do you really need all that stuff? Of course, the answer is no.

Are you at a time in your life where you are ready to let go of what does not serve you anymore? It’s time to simplify and clean up our lives and our homes. You don’t need to drag along with you anymore, all that baggage and possessions that tie you down.

It’s time to let go of the material things that don’t bring you joy and happiness. Give yourself permission to start cleaning, donating and letting go of all that stuff.

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Lemon Water: A great morning boost!

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by Tiffany Windsor

In Anthony William’s Liver Rescue Book, he explains how your liver wants you to get hydrated upon waking and the importance of flushing out the bloodstream. As Anthony states, during the night, your liver is busy doing its job of scrubbing up messes, collecting any junk from the day, and taking the trash to the curb.

As further explained, the moment you consume radical fats (i.e. nuts, nut butters, eggs, bacon, butter, etc.) your liver gets interrupted and the detoxing stops because your liver switches over to producing bile to digest the fats.

What I love about Anthony’s morning routine recommendation in Liver Rescue is that you hydrate well first thing in the morning (lemon water) and don’t consume radical fats before lunchtime. I have found that this routine really helps me to feel boosted in the morning and keep my head clear! On most days, I also add 16 ounces of celery juice about 30 minutes after my lemon juice.

I love the taste of real lemons in my water but many times, especially on the go, I substitute with a few drops of doTerra Lemon Essential Oil.

If you’re looking for an easy way to make a change to your diet, just add a nice cup of warm or cool lemon water first thing in the morning!

NOTE from Tiffany:

  • Affiliate links: Amazon & doTerra

  • Opinions are my own :)

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Breaking Old Patterns

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by Candace Liccione

We are seeing a lot of bad behavior in our lives and in the world lately. Some days, it seems as if the world was populated only by toddlers. People around us are having meltdowns, anger issues and trouble dealing with their emotional issues.

Lots of people come through the door of my shop and since we are a creativity and wellness shop, people know it is okay to share their issues with us. Recently, a lady came in and somehow the talk came around to her having issues with her sisters and about them giving her unwanted advice that ended up in upset and fighting. As she described her issues with her sisters, I realized that all this trouble reached into the past from childhood. It was sibling rivalry that started long ago and was brought forward as a pattern that they have repeated for years. She wanted to know what to do.

I mentioned that I have had the same issue in my life. I finally realized if I just thanked the person for the advice, the conversation was over. I didn’t have to say yes or no to their advice, just thanked them for their input. She said “how do I do that?” and my advice was all you have to do when it happens next time is say “thank you for the advice.”

We need to let go of old patterns, family patterns, old beliefs, old reactions we have from our childhood and have carried into our adult lives. When you come in conflict with someone, just stop yourself from getting upset by taking a deep breath and don’t take it personally. Make yourself handle it in a different way so you can break the old pattern. It’s easy but you have to catch yourself and not go into old reactions.

Keep your words and thoughts positive, stop complaining, change your self-talk and just be aware that if things aren’t flowing in your life, that you are stuck in old behaviors and patterns and that you can simply change your thoughts and change your life.

Listen to Candace talk about this topic on Healing Life Wisdom Radio on-demand.

 
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Are you still consuming Aspartame?

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by Tiffany Windsor

Did you know that Aspartame was discovered in 1965 by Mr. James M. Schlatter, an American chemist and researcher whose discovery of the sweetness of Aspartame (in 1965) led to the development of G.D. Searle & Co.'s most famous product, NutraSweet®. Company folklore tells the tale of how Schlatter licked his finger to turn a book's page and tasted a sweet flavor, which the company decided to research. The resulting sugar substitute—180 to 200 times sweeter than sucrose—became one of the world's most widely used sweeteners under the name NutraSweet®. (1) It was initially approved for use in food products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1981.

I remember first hearing about Aspartame from my sisters in the 1980’s. They had mentioned that they finally connected the dots from repeated headaches to their consumption of Aspartame. I thought it was interesting at the time and it wasn’t until years later that I experienced the same symptoms and after putting two and two together, I realized that I would get headaches after consuming Equal, which is Aspartame. I immediately erased it from my diet and my headaches have never returned.

Asparatame came up in conversation for me again recently when a family member experienced yet another massive migraine. I asked her to think back to what she had been consuming in the days before because I sensed something in her diet had to be triggering her migraines. Thinking through what she had been eating, she couldn’t pinpoint anything and it wasn’t until a week later when I received a text stating that she just realized that the Fresca soft drinks that she was consuming contained Aspartame. She had never read the label.

I’m a label fanatic. I like to know what I am consuming and if I read an ingredient that I don’t know, I research it. As you can research for yourself, there are many sites with blogs that are dedicated to Aspartame where you will read that “many consumers report headaches, dizziness, rashes, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, and digestive problems after ingesting artificial sweeteners.”

So the next time you reach for NutraSweet® and Equal®, diet soda, sugar-free ice cream, reduced-calorie fruit juice, gum, yogurt, sugarless candies and more, be sure to read the label and be alert to how your body reacts to consuming artificial sweeteners.

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(1) https://www.encyclopedia.com/science/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/james-m-schlatter

https://aspartame.mercola.com/

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/01/25/aspartame-use-surges-children-drinks.aspx

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/10/16/artificial-sweeteners-toxic-to-gut-bacteria.aspx

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspartame

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Tummy Issues? Try this natural remedy

DoTerra DigestZen

Challenge with tummy or digestive issues?

Try this essential oil blend.

by Tiffany Windsor

Whenever anyone asks me what my go-to essential oil blend is, I choose DigestZen. I've always been challenged with tummy and digestive issues and had tried many natural remedies including ginger, peppermint, apple cider vinegar, fennel seed and more but it wasn’t until I became a doTerra Wellness Advocate that I discovered DigestZen. (Disclaimer: yes, I do sell doTerra but I’m not here to get you signed up. I am sharing because I want you to feel your very best!!)

As an adult, I’ve been very picky about what foods I consume (organic, free-range, grass fed) but no matter what genre - vegan, vegetarian, sometimes-arian or consumer of animal protein, my tummy never felt right. I don’t know that I can describe what that means other than slightly upset, bloated, gassy and otherwise off-balance.

It wasn’t until I tried DigestZen that I finally found a natural remedy that worked for me. The combination of ingredients include anise seed, peppermint plant, ginger rhizome/root, caraway seed, coriander seed,  tarragon plant, and fennel seed essential oils and this combination works magic on my tummy. You can add a few drops to water to take internally*, rub on your tummy before flying or driving for a calming aroma (just blend with fractionated coconut oil in a roller ball bottle), and I have found it particularly useful when travelling and trying new culinary delights.

If you don’t like the smell of licorice then this essential oil will not be the one for you because although anise seed is not directly related to licorice, it has a very similar taste and smell that you either LOVE or hate.

The name is perfect because this essential oil blend definitely makes my tummy feel ZEN!

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Additional Resources:

Dr. Axe - https://draxe.com/section/natural-remedies/essential-oils/

Dr. Z - https://naturallivingfamily.com/category/remedies/

Aromatheory (my website) - https://www.aromatheory.com/

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

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Book Review: Liver Rescue by Anthony William

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Book Review by Candace Liccione

This book the the fourth in a series of books by Anthony William. His first book is the Medical Medium, the second is Life Changing Foods, the third book is Thyroid Healing and the most recent book is titled Liver Rescue. All of his books are founts of healing information from his connection to spiritual information he receives as the medical medium.

After reading his first three books, I am so amazed at the insights he offers on food as medicine on so many levels of healing and understanding the mystery diseases of today. All his books are a must-read but his most recent book Liver Rescue offers such an in-depth level of information about our livers and how much an unhealthy liver affects the entire body’s health.

People really don’t understand or know the gravity of taking care of their livers in today’s world. Most of our current health issues are traced back to our toxic livers. If you knew how difficult it is for your liver to handle the alcohol, caffeine, sugar, processed food and other unhealthy food you eat, you would immediately decide to treat your liver with better food choices.

Anthony gives each herb, vegetable and fruit he recommends, detailed reasons to add them to your diet by telling you about not only the healing properties of each one but also the symptoms it treats, the conditions it treats, the emotional support it gives and the spiritual lesson of each.

Our livers were never meant to handle the man-made, engineered toxins, viruses, chemical, herbicides, solvents and heavy metals that our livers have to deal with on a daily basis. I highly recommend getting a copy of this book and sitting down and learning how to treat your liver for optimum health. This book should be read cover to cover and I think you will come away with wonderful information to change your health and your life.  

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