A Million Trees


Create a Safer and Healthy Home

KNOW YOUR A.B.C’s.

by Dr. Joyce M. Woods

Begin by thinking of your home as a toxic waste dump. The average home today contains 62 toxic chemicals – more than a chemistry lab at the turn of the century. More than 72,000 synthetic chemicals have been produced since WW II. Less than 2% of synthetic chemicals have been tested for toxicity, mutagenic and carcinogenic effects, or birth defects. The majority of chemicals have never been tested for long-term effects.

a.     An EPA survey concluded that indoor air was 3 to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air.
 

b.    Another EPA study stated that the toxic chemicals in household cleaners are 3 times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air.
 

c.     CMHC reports that houses today are so energy efficient that “out-gassing” of chemicals has no where to go, so it builds up inside the home.
 

d.    We spend 90% of our time indoors, and 65% of that time at home. Moms, infants and the elderly spend 90% of their time in the home.
 

e.    National Cancer Association released results of a 15-year study concluding that women who work in the home are at a 54% higher risk of developing cancer than women who work outside the home.
 

f.      Cancer rates have almost doubled since 1960.
 

g.    Cancer is the Number ONE cause of death for children.
 

h.    There has been a 26% increase in breast cancer since 1982. Breast cancer is the Number ONE killer of women between the ages of 35 and 54. Primary suspects are laundry detergents, household cleaners and pesticides.
 

i.      There has been a call from the U.S./Canadian Commission to ban bleach in North America. Bleach is being linked to the rising rates of breast cancer in women, reproductive problems in men and learning and behavioral problems in children.
 

j.      Chemicals get into our body through inhalation, ingestion and absorption. We breathe 10 to 20 thousand liters of air per day.
 

k.     There are more than 3 million poisonings every year. Household cleaners are the Number ONE cause of poisoning of children.
 

l.      Since 1980, asthma has increased by 600%. The Canadian Lung Association and the Asthma Society of Canada identify common household cleaners and cosmetics as triggers.
 

m.   ADD/ADHD are epidemic in schools today. Behavioral problems have long been linked to exposure to toxic chemicals and molds.
 

n.    Chemical and environmental sensitivities are known to cause all types of headaches.
 

o.    Labeling laws do not protect the consumer – they protect big business. The New York Poison Control Center reports that 85% of product warning labels were either inadequate or incorrect for identifying a poison, and for first aid instructions.
 

p.    Formaldehyde, phenol, benzene, toluene, xylene are found in common household cleaners, cosmetics, beverages, fabrics and cigarette smoke. These chemicals are cancer causing and toxic to the immune system.
 

q.    Chemicals are attracted to, and stored in fatty tissue. The brain is a prime target for these destructive organics because of its high fat content and very rich blood supply.
 

r.     The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found more than 2500 chemicals in cosmetics that are toxic, cause tumors, reproductive complications, biological mutations and skin and eye irritations.
 

s.     Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, circulatory disorders, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and hormonal problems are diseases commonly related to chemical exposure.
 

t.     Pesticides only have to include active ingredients on the labels, even though the inert (inactive) ingredients may account for 99%, many of which are toxic and poisons.
 

u.    The New York Poison Control Center reports that 85% of product warning labels are either inadequate or incorrect for identifying a poison and for first aid instructions.
 

v.     Formaldehyde, phenol, benzene, toluene and xylene are all found in common household cleaners, cosmetics, beverages, fabrics and cigarette smoke.  These chemicals are known to be cancer causing and toxic to the immune and nervous systems.
 

w.    Chemicals are attracted to, and stored in fatty tissue.  The brain is a prime target for these destructive organics because of its high fat content and very rich blood supply.
 

x.     The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found more than 2,500 chemicals in cosmetics that are toxic, cause tumors, reproductive complications, biological mutations and skin and eye irritations.
 

y.     Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, circulatory disorders, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and hormonal problem are diseases commonly related to chemical exposure.
 

z.     Pesticides only have to include active ingredient on the labels, even though the inert (inactive) ingredients may account for 99%, many of which are toxic and poisons.

There are solutions, alternatives and ways that we can make a difference. Get more info today and we can share with you our mission, our belief and help you make a difference in your life.

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Depression – Natural Approaches

DepressionNatural Approaches

Contributing Factors

 

1. Candida Yeast Infections

   Yeasts, which naturally occur on skin and our intestinal tract, often grow out of control due to antibiotics, steroid-based or hormonal medications or diets high in sugar and refined carbohydrates. These yeast organisms produce toxins which can migrate out of the gut (leaky gut syndrome) and cause adverse reactions in the digestive system (gas, bloating, belching, mucous in stools, rectal itching, constipation and/or diarrhea), can cause emotional symptoms, (depression, lack of focus, poor memory, PMS, anxiety or frequent crying, dizziness or lack of coordination) and weaken the immune system.

    Shaklee Optiflora System – (Acidophilus and Bifidus) – to re-inoculate the lower intestine with friendly microorganisms to restore a healthy environment and reduce yeast growth. Requires no refrigeration and its triple encapsulation protects it from stomach acids that destroy most acidophilus products including yogurt

    Shaklee Premium Garlic Complexhelps kill intestinal parasites and yeasts, has natural anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

          2.   Fluctuating Blood Sugar Levels

The brain requires a steady supply of blood sugar in order to function properly.  However, many foods in the American diet cause blood sugar to fluctuate wildly, especially foods high in sugar, white flour, caffeine or alcohol and other refined carbohydrates and snacks.

Foods that stabilize blood sugar are high in protein (meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, nuts, beans and soy) and fiber (fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains). The best nutrients to help regulate blood sugar are:

 Shaklee B Complex 

 Shaklee Energizing Soy Protein or Mealshake or Cinch Shakes & bars or Soy Mix

 Shaklee Fiber Plan Daily Mix or Fiber Plan Crunch or Fiber Tabs

 Glucose Regulation Complex – unique blend of herbs, minerals and anti-oxidants that help promote efficient glucose utilization,  & helps sustain energy and prevent blood sugar crashes that can cause carbohydrate cravings.

3.  Deficiencies in Nutrients Essential for Brain, Nervous System & to Balance Hormones

   B Complex

    OsteoMatrix, VitalMag and Chewable Cal Mag Plus– (Calcium Magnesium) 

    Omega Guard Omega-3 Complex– (Omega 3 Fatty Acid) – essential for the brain, this remarkable combination of EPA and DHA produce prostaglandins which can reduce triglycerides, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.

   GLA Complex– (gamma linolenic acid)

OR

      most of the above is available in Shaklee Vitalizer ..a 30-day supply of 80 essential nutrients

4. Herbal Recommendations

  Shaklee Moodlift Complex- (St John’s Wort)  contains standardized extract of hypericin, a natural plant compound found to be a very effective anti-depressant in clinical studies. Researchers reported improvement in depression, anxiety, insomnia, and self-esteem with no adverse side effects.  In addition, Moodlift contains inositol to improve nerve transmission, found in scientific studies to be low in people who experience melancholy. 

  Mental Acuity Complex (Ginkgo Biloba) -Ginkgo is renown for improving blood circulation to the brain and thus improving memory and mental quickness.  Along with Bilberry, Hawthorn and Rosemary extracts, it is also often used to improve depression, vertigo, eye health and blood clots in the legs. 

Shaklee CorEnergy – contains

Ginseng, adaptogenic herb used traditionally to revitalize and replenish vital energy, one of most prized of all herbs.

Green tea extract the richest source of antioxidant nutrients called polyphenols, known for cancer prevention.

Cordyceps a highly valued Chinese mushroom found thru extensive clinical trials to fight every day fatigue.

Together these herbs strengthen and replenish the adrenal glands, often exhausted from stress, and increase mental vigor and concentration, improves sexual function, kidney health, liver and cardiovascular health.

Dietary Recommendations:  It is critical to increase fresh vegetables and fruits .. and reduce sweets and snacky, carbohydrate, high-glycemic chips, crackers, baked goods, breads and pastas. Create delicious main dish salads with a wide variety of ingredients …

Protein-rich foods (chicken, turkey, cheese, … nuts, sunflower seeds, pepitas  (pumpkin seeds ) sesame seeds

Varieties of lettuce … 

Lightly steamed green beans or asparagus, sprouts, mushrooms, cucumbers, watercress, baby bok choy… for interesting added tastes try orange sections, dried cranberries or cherries, strawberries or apple or pear slices 

 

To Your Health,

Angie Silberberger

Shaklee Gone Green Gal

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Every Day is Earth Day with Shaklee

Every Day is Earth Day at Shaklee

When We Plant Trees, We Plant the

SEEDS OF PEACE

AND THE SEEDS OF HOPE. 

We aso secure the FUTURE

OF OUR CHILDREN. 

Dr. Wangari Maathai,
2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

At Shaklee, we’re a part of a movement to make people and the planet healthier. Inspired by the visionary works of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai and her Green Belt Movement, Shaklee began a tree-planting campaign across the United States and Canada in April 2006, encouraging the company’s 750,000 Members and Distributors to organize tree-planting events at the grass roots level in their respective communities.

With Dr. Maathai acting as the Global Ambassador for our A Million Trees. A Million Dreams™ campaign, Shaklee has set a goal to plant over one million trees throughout North America.

“Trees clean the earth. They clean the air. I am really happy that Shaklee is involved in this fantastic planting campaign. We will join them. We will be together.”
– Dr. Wangari Maathai

Watch the highlights of Earth Day 2006 with Shaklee and Dr. Maathai at:

http://www.shaklee.com/pws/library/flash/earthdaywangari.html

Please join us this April 22, 2008 in observance of Earth Day 2008.  We urge you to do your part to make a difference across communities and the planet.  Together we can all do something to turn a deeper shade of green.

Are you a school, church or organization that is interested in educating children and your community while raising funds with a “Green Fundraiser”?  Contact us and we’ll send a packet out to you. 

Individuals can join us and become part of the solution by switching to our ‘Carbon Neutral’ company and products.  It’s time for action – before it’s too late.

For more information, contact us at http://www.shaklee.net/upnorth/contactMe 



This Easter Use Natural Egg Dyes

Natural Egg Dyes

The custom of decorating eggs as a rite of spring dates back to the ancient Egyptian and Persian cultures. Eggs hold the promise of life and symbolize the return of spring for many cultures around the world.

If you’re buying all natural and organic eggs, it would be a shame to cover them in chemical dyes! Follow these instructions for using all-natural vegetable dyes. These recipes will dye several dozen eggs.

Red-Pink
2 raw beets, grated
2 cups water
2 to 3 teaspoons white vinegar

Blue
1 cup purple grape juice
3 cups water
2 to 3 teaspoons white vinegar

Yellow
2 tablespoons turmeric
2 cups water
2 to 3 teaspoons white vinegar

First, boil your eggs and store them in the refrigerator if you plan to eat them later.

To make the dye, bring the water and fruit or vegetable (in the recipes above) to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Cool and strain through a cheesecloth-lined colander. Stir in vinegar. Then dunk the egg in the dye and soak for a minimum of 5 minutes.

Or try these creative ideas…

-Wrap rubber bands around your eggs before dipping them in the vegetable dye for fun resist dyeing. The rubberbands will need to be tightly wrapped to prevent dye seeping underneat. But don’t wrap them too tightly: They are still fragile!

-Lay a leaf (celery or parsley leaf work well) on the egg surface and then wrap in soaked red onion skins and cheesecloth before hardboiling for a redish marbled egg with a leaf imprint.

-Soak eggs in vegetable dye overnight for more vibrant colors.

-Use onion skins to create patterns, color and hardboil your eggs at once. Follow the link for instructions

-Lay a leaf (celery or parsley leaf work well) on the egg surface and then wrap in soaked onion skins and cheesecloth before hardboiling. See link above for details on wrapping with onion skins.

-Add a few teaspoons of vegetable oil to a shallow dish of dye before dipping a hardboiled egg. Drizzle dye over the top for a marbled look. Allow egg to dry and then gently rub in oil for a shine. Follow the link for instructions

-Cut some pantyhose off at the ankle and put your hardboiled egg into the “foot”. Reach inside and place a leaf (celery, parsley, or any clean flat leaf) flat against the egg surface. Then tightly tie the pantyhose at the top of the egg. Dip or soak in vegetable dye until desired color is achieved. Carefully remove egg from pantyhose and peel off leaf. There should be a white leaf pattern remaining.

-Combine any of these techniques for a layered effect!

Sources:
Sound Consumer, April 2007



Parents can protect their children from mercury risks and still get the benefits of energy efficient bulbs

CFLs On Sale! And A Mercury Update

February 27, 2008 |

The Ace Hardware store on Broad Street in Cranston (just south of the Norwood Ave intersection) has 60 watt compact flourscent bulbs on sale for 49 cents! If you’ve been wanting to switch but daunted by the price, here’s your chance.

cfls.jpgA caveat, though, especially if you have young children in the house, you need to be aware of CFL hazards — the bulbs do contain small amounts of mercury. And remember the bulbs need to properly disposed of — don’t just toss them in the trash.
Here’s a recent update from Clean Water Action. Click on “Read more” for the full text and links for more info.

Parents Advised to Use Common Sense with Compact Fluorescent Bulbs to Avoid Mercury Risk

Boston—In a report released today, Shedding Light on Mercury Risks from CFL Breakage, advocates urged the public to use energy efficient light bulbs in their homes, but to take extra precautions to reduce the risks associated with breaking mercury-containing compact fluorescent bulbs.

“Compact fluorescent bulbs are growing in popularity because they reduce global warming pollution and cut electricity costs,” said Sheila Dormody, Rhode Island Director of Clean Water Action. “By taking some common sense precautions, parents can protect their children from mercury risks and still get the benefits of energy efficient bulbs.”

Recent tests conducted by the State of Maine confirmed results of earlier state studies which suggest that, under certain conditions, breaking a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) can pose a health risk, especially to infants, pregnant women or young children. The results from the Maine tests are expected to be released soon.

Experts caution parents to avoid using CFLs in fixtures like table lamps that can easily be knocked over, especially in homes with energetic children and pets. When a CFL does break, the most important risk-reducing steps are to use the following safe clean up procedures:
1) Ventilate the breakage area by opening a window.
2) Pregnant women and children should leave the room while the breakage is cleaned up.
3) Do not use a vacuum cleaner or a broom.
4) Parents should also consider removing carpeting or upholstered furniture if a CFL has broken on them, especially from an infant’s room.

“Currently, using CFLs is still the brightest idea out there,” said Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project. “Yet both government agencies and the manufacturers have a responsibility to inform consumers about what to do—and what not to do—when a CFL breaks. Our message is not ‘Be afraid,’ it is ‘Be informed, and be prepared.’”

The report also recommends the adoption of more comprehensive environmental and human health guidelines by decision makers that, in addition to energy-efficiency, address other concerns, including:
· Reduced toxicity while maintaining performance;
· Improved breakage resistance and longer lamp life (which can reduce manufacturing, transportation and disposal impacts);
· Sustainable manufacturing processes (such as the use of encapsulated mercury-dosing technologies);
· Responsible end-of-life management (particularly through producer responsibility in funding lamp collection and retailer collection programs)
· Innovative technologies such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that use less- or non-toxic materials, that have significantly longer life, are much more efficient for certain applications, and/or that offer other measurable environmental benefits.

CFLs significantly reduce mercury, greenhouse gases and other toxic emissions coming from coal-fired power plants and are three times more efficient than standard incandescent light bulbs.

Yet today, only about 2% of the mercury-containing lamps discarded by consumers and less than 30% of those discarded by government and industry are recycled. Broken mercury-containing lights release an estimated 2 to 4 tons of mercury vapor into the environment each year and that number is projected to grow as more lamps are used.

“Fluorescent lamps are unnecessarily breaking and releasing mercury in homes across the United States when consumers toss these fragile items into their waste baskets, trash compacters and recycling bins,” explained Alicia Culver, executive director of the Green Purchasing Institute, who contributed to the report. “Lamp manufacturers could prevent a significant amount of mercury releases in homes by better labeling their products, offering more mercury-free options, and funding a nationwide lamp recycling program as they have already done in Europe,” she added.

 



Six Degrees Could Change the World – Airs Feb 11 & 14 2008

screenhunter_01-feb-11-1105.gifGet the word out by forwarding this to absolutely everyone you know – Watch the National Geographic special “Six Degrees Could Change the World” on February 11 airs 12AM and 14th at 8pm.  Check your local viewing schedule to confirm times.  http://www.nationalgeographic.com/index.html

Please don’t miss this special.  We should all be very afraid, and then please please change one thing you’re doing and then another and another.  Together, we can change the world, one person and one choice at a time.



Recognizing a Stroke – Learn and Pass It On

If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. 

Seriously.. 

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:
During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that
she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) …..she said she had just tripped
over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new
plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying
herself the rest of the evening.

Ingrid’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the
hospital – (at 6:00 pm Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ.
Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be
with us today. Some don’t die…. they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition
instead. It only takes a minute to read this…

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can
totally reverse the effects of a stroke… totally . He said the trick was getting
a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for
within 3 hours, which is tough.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE
Thank God for the sense to remember the “3” steps, STR . Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack
of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage
when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke . Now doctors
say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S * Ask the individual to SMILE.

T * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
       (i.e. It is sunny out today)

R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. If he
or she has trouble with  ANY ONE of these tasks – call 999/911 immediately and
describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

NEW SIGN OF A STROKE ——– Stick out Your Tongue 
Ask the person to ‘stick’ out his tongue.. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to
one side or the other , that is also an indication of a stroke.

If everyone who sees this – sends it to 10 people ; you can bet that at least
one life will be saved.