Health

April 15, 2013

Waxelene: All Natural, Organic Alternative to Petroleum Jelly

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Waxelene is a natural, organic alternative to petroleum jelly (no petroleum!). I've always wondered how people can disconnect the word petroleum in petroleum jelly. Who wants to put the same stuff that coats oil rigs on their skin?  I haven't used the stuff since I was a tween making my own lip gloss. Thankfully, there is an alternative.

Waxelene:


  • Use For anything you would use petroleum jelly for and more!

  • Non-petroleum based, all natural, eco friendly, biodegradable, no GMOs

  • Skin moisturizing, protection, and lubrication - lips, feet - anywhere!

  • Protection from chafing, friction, and wind burn - jogging, biking, volleyball, etc.

  • Tons of other creative household and cosmetic uses


Waxelene - The Petroleum Jelly Alternative. Made of Organic Soybean Oil, Natural Beeswax, Organic Rosemary Oil, and Natural Vitamin E. That's it, no petroleum products or artificial ingredients.

Waxelene is not just a replacement for petroleum-based products, it is a major improvement because it is noticeably more effective. Waxelene's ingredients, vitamin E oil, beeswax, organic rosemary oil, and organic soy oil, are delicately balanced to synergistically care for your skin.These all-natural ingredients are combined using a patent pending aeration formula to create this amazing texture that won't clog pores. Knowing that it is made in the USA with sustainable ingredients makes consumers feel good about using it every day from their head to their toes.


I love the way Waxelene smells! It feels great on my garden rough hands!

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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April 9, 2013

You can Beat Lung Cancer Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions

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 You Can Beat Lung Cancer: Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions explores holistic and alternative treatments, including nutritional aspects, for lung cancer.  Thankfully, I do not have lung cancer; I have one acquaintance that is a survivor. I remember visiting him in the hospital after part of his lung was removed.  

I have not tried the methods in this book; however, author Carl O. Helvie is a 38-year lung cancer survivor. In general, they are good healthy living tips in addition to cancer specific treatments.

Review
If you are ever diagnosed with advanced cancer, the odds are very good that your oncologist will tell you that unless you immediately consent to chemotherapy you are going to die. This is a lie! I know, I have been treating conventional chemotherapy failures for years. Other than for leukemia or lymphoma, conventional chemotherapy is almost always a death sentence. There are so many more effective ways to treat advanced cancer, and Dr. Carl Helvie's book, You Can Beat Lung Cancer: Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions, describes some of the most effective. In addition, his book is packed with references and information sources that will help anyone fighting cancer learn more about how to go about it successfully. --Frank Shallenberger, MD, HMD, ABAAM, Medical Director, The Nevada Center of Alternative Medicine, Editor: Real Cures Newsletter and Author

From the Author
This book was a joy to write because it discusses my experience with lung cancer 38 years ago when contemporary medicine gave me 6 months to live and I beat the odds of lung cancer and also the odds of 3 chronic illnesses and 5 prescribed medications (average for a 75 year old). And I used all natural holistic interventions so there were no side effects. Now at age 80 I am in excellent health and lead an active life, I want the same for others and realize it is so easy for those who are willing to live a healthy holistic lifestyle involving physical, mental, spiritual, relationships. environmental, and political components. Most of my other books have been textbooks for nursing and health students but this book and my last one are for the general public.

As Helvie writes, the major cause of lung cancer is smoking, but there are other risk factors as well, such as exposure to asbestos and arsenic. One causal relationship I was not aware of until skimming this book is that a diet low in fruits and vegetables is also a factor. In fact, consumption of green leafy vegetables protects against lung cancer even amongst smokers, according to Helvie.

I think this book is important for anyone diagnosed with lung cancer to read and discuss with their medical and alternative providers.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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March 28, 2013

How to help that nighttime cough? Zarbee's All-Natural Children's Cough Syrup

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There is nothing worse than being up with a coughing child all night long.  Both parent and child are exhausted in the morning.

We've reviewed Zarbees All Natural Children's Cough Syrup before, now we were sent their new children's nighttime syrup. 

Zarbee's Children's Nightime Cough Syrup, Grape

Zarbee's nighttime formulas offer fast, soothing relief from coughs and irritated throats. With Zarbee's clinically proven all-natural ingredients you're sure to get a restful night's sleep. Made with natural melatonin, Zarbee's nighttime formula will safely and gently help your little ones get the rest they need so they can bounce back fast!

Pediatrician Developed & Recommended

  • Safe & effective for children 2 years+
  • Pediatrician recommended
  • Soothes sore throats
  • Immune boosting formula
  • Drug, Dye and Gluten-Free
  • Contains 0.5 mg melatonin
  • Available in Grape
Hopefully that little bit of melatonin lets your little one sleep easier while suffering from a cough.
 

Zarbee's is affordable (about $8).  Even though they make an adult formula, the kid's syrup works fine on adults too!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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March 26, 2013

AlternaVites Kids Quick Melting Multivitamin Crystals: What are those natural flavors?

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I am not a big proponent of multivitamins. We take them on occasion, but it is best to get your minerals and vitamins from natural foods. That being said, AlternaVites Kids offers an alternative to chewable or gummy vitamins with their kids quick melting multivitamin crystals.

The vitamin that is on the tip of every kid's tongue! Amazing Strawberry Bubble Gum Flavor Certified kosher pareve The coolest vitamin because it can be taken in so many ways! Sprinkle directly onto the tongue melts in your mouth Mix into smoothies, yogurts, puddings and shakes Lick off a spoon Sprinkle on top of fruit Get creative This incredibly versatile formula was made to fit easily into the way your family lives today so that there are no more excuses not to make vitamins!

It comes in two flavors, strawberry bubblegum and raspberry cotton candy, both of which make me shudder and search for artificial ingredients. The company states they contain no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, or sweeteners; however, just listing "natural flavors" does not make me feel better. I want to know specifically what I am putting in my child's body.

I do, however, like that the powder formula makes it easy to put in a smoothie for kids that are reluctant to take vitamins, but a smoothie can be made with spinach, fruit, and lots of other goodies to make it vitamin rich without the addition of quick melting multivitamin crystals.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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March 21, 2013

BPA FREE: Super Cute Warm Traditions Lamb Hot Water Bottle

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I discovered the healing power hot water bottles after giving birth. I prefer the heat and energy a hot water bottle gives versus a heating pad, but the rubber bottle is not the most inviting material to place against your skin. Children especially shy from it, and wrapping them in towels can be a bit awkward.

Warm Traditions Lamb Hot Water Bottle combines the soothing comfort of hot water and a snuggly little lamb:

The Lamb Hot Water Bottle is really a two-in-one deal. It is a 3-Dimensional and cuddly lamb when not used as an amazing hot water bottle. The fluffy lamb is able to accommodate a 1 liter thermoplastic hot water bottle (that is included) and keep you warm for hours. Perfect for children, teens and adults of all ages!! Keeps you warm at night, helps stomach aches, cramps & muscle aches. Helps warm up cold hands and feet. Helps you de-stress after a long day. Use while camping or at an outdoor stadium. A natural alternative to a heating pad. Perfect to use for your cat and dog too! Made in Germany

The hot water bottle is BPA free thermoplastic for "extra long lasting heat". The bottle is made in Germany, and the little lamb cover is made in the USA. It does appear to be made of polyester though, which obviously is not natural.

I wish I would have had this product last week when my son had a bad stomachache. This little lamb would have been quite a comfort.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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February 28, 2013

Body Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker and other Health Professionals

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From yoga to the power of prayer, Body Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker and other Health Professionals by Kathy Gruver, PHD, LMT explores the connections between body and mind.

If you are a bodyworker or health professional interested in adding mind/body therapies to your practice and your life, this is your book. Learn about the stress response, placebo effect and fundamentals of mind/body communication. You will understand the specific ways these methods can enhance the healing of your clients and learn multitudes of modalities you can add to help more people, increase your income and experience the new paradigm of the mind/body connection.

Gruver "boils down to basics" many techniques that are current, like Emotional Freedom Technique and Rebirthing. Even though this book is designed for body workers, there is a lot you can learn about therapies involved in body mind connections.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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February 27, 2013

Reduce Cell Phone Radiation with the Bodywell Chip

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It's inevitable. We spend a lot of time on our cell phones. Although these gadgets may make our lives easier, there is concern about the radiation they give off affecting our health.

BodyWell Chip Scientifically Proven to Reduce Negative Effects from Exposure to Cellphone Radiation is especially important to have on your phone if your child uses it. It is a simple chip that adheres to the back of your phone.

THE BODYWELL CHIP IS DESIGNED FOR CELLPHONE USERS OF ALL AGES AND USAGE STYLES: All-Natural: Bodywell is imprinted with all-natural frequencies that counter cell phone radiation. Durable: The Bodywell chip sticks directly to your phone and is designed to last the lifespan of your mobile phone. MobileTek: The Bodywell chip is powered by the proprietary MobileTek technology, which is scientifically proven to reduce exposure to cellphone radiation. Intelligent: Whether your cellphone has full signal or is using max power to find one, your Bodywell chip will provide the appropriate frequency to reduce radiation absorption. The Bodywell chip is scientifically-proven to reduce our constant exposure to cellphone radiation. With the little black chip in place, a blend of frequencies is created that counters cellphone SAR radiation without affecting cell service. This is similar to the effect of noise-canceling headphones, which greatly reduce noise with a form of counter-noise, rendering the disruptive sound neutral.

The Bodywell Chip reduces 77% of radiation.  This is a great, simple idea to offer you protection while still allowing you to enjoy your smartphone. 

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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February 5, 2013

Feel Good Discovery: Bulu Box Monthly Subscription Vitamin and Supplement Samples

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We have been sent another Bulu Box! What's a Bulu Box?

Bulu Box is the best way to discover vitamin, supplement and health products. Each box is filled with 4 to 5 premium products selected to help you feel your best. Look forward to a new mix monthly for both women and men that include: vitamins, weight loss, energy, protein, digestion, sleep support and more.

Earn an easy 50 points ($5) or more each month by reviewing, sharing and completing short surveys. Use your Reward Points to purchase full-sized versions of the products that work best for you!

The box we were sent had the following products:
SafSlim:

Safslim is a clinically researched solution for specifically reducing belly fat!* Its main ingredient is high-linoleic safflower oil. A major university study conducted on post-menopausal women who had high blood sugar and wanted to lose weight showed they had an average reduction of 6.3% belly fat and an average of 20.3% increase in the important belly fat hormone adiponectin.*

CSpray:
Marz Sprays unique delivery system now allows consumers to take their vitamins on the go. CSpray includes a mega dose of Vitamin C and Echinacea, Zinc, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. CSpray helps manage stress, increase vitality, and maintain radiant skin. CSpray tastes great and is sugar and gluten free! If you purchased a bottle of every ingredient in CSpray it would cost you hundreds of dollars. For maximum benefits, Vitamin C needs to be re-dosed throughout the day.*

Vibrant Cleanse:
The classic, cleansing lemonade diet, now certified organic and in convenient powder form. The lemonade cleansing diet has been used for decades. It was designed and initially promoted in 1942 by Naturopath Stanley Burroughs as a liquid fast to rid the body of toxins. Industrial pollutants in the air we breathe and water we drink, chemical residues in processed foods, strange molecules from our medicines, and cooking pans, have all embedded themselves in tissues and organs. No one in the world is exempt.*

Warrior Blend Raw Protein:
Warrior Blend fuses and multiplies the power of several rich protein sources into a smooth, great tasting, and revolutionary proprietary formula that is overwhelmingly superior to the individual components alone. This dynamic fusion, along with a cold extraction process, creates a unique, raw, plant-based protein with a complete amino acid profile exceptionally high in Glutamine, Arginine, Lysine, Luecine, and branch chain amino acids.

The next generation in raw, plant-based protein is here, breaking through the constraints of other protein powders. Warrior Blend is an easy digestible, nutrient filled superfood perfect for anyone who wants to amplify their health and fitness levels. Best of all, it tastes phenomenal.*


Organic Papaya Leaf Tea:
Papaya Leaf Tea is made especially for your enjoyment and will help you boost your immunity and maintain overall wellbeing. Drink it now, drink it often and look and feel well! Papaya Leaf tea contains papain enzymes and is a rich source of anti oxidants, about 20 times more powerful than Vitamin E. Known for years for its various medicinal values, papaya has been used in several anti aging and digestive supplements.

So whether you are seeking to enjoy a Unique Herbal Tea experience or improve you overall health, Organic papaya leaf Tea is the Tea for you! Herbal Papaya Products went to town to bring you the very best! Experience its gently tangy taste, somewhat similar to green tea.


Papaya Leaf Extract Capsules
Herbal Papaya is the one company that has pioneered the process of extracting organic papaya leaf extract into easy to take, affordable capsules. Papaya is one of the richest sources of Antioxidants, up to 20 times more powerful than Vitamin E. Papaya Leaf extract may buld immunity and boost platelet count.This product is 100% organic and all natural.

I think samples of some products, like the Safslim, may not be enough to let you know if a product actually works. I did discover two new brands that I plan to purchase next time I go to the health food store: Vibrant Cleanse and Sun Warrior.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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February 1, 2013

Natural Weight Loss with Chocolate and Probiotics: Active D'Lites Candy Bar

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The medical community and general public realize the importance of probiotics for our health and overall well-being. Companies such as Probiotix are making it easier for people to get their probiotics and lose weight http://www.probiotixfoods.com/product-p/singles-cb.htmby putting them in candy bars called Active D'Lites. Who doesn't love chocolate?

The proprietary formulation of Active D'Lites is anchored on pre- and probiotics. Probiotics are live microorganisms that promote the body's digestive and immune systems. Research has shown that the largest immune system in the human body is the intestines--the part of the body where probiotic bacteria is found. The presence of probiotic bacteria helps the body fight infection and improves intestinal functioning. Harnessing the power of these beneficial bacteria, Active D'lites has created chocolate and ice cream bars that can be enjoyed on a daily basis without worry of getting off track from weight-loss goals. With 9 grams of fiber and zero grams of sugar or net carbs, each chocolate bar is designed to help you maintain your figure while enjoying the health benefits of probiotics.

I was surprised to see each bar only contains 100 calories. I expected the count to be double that. I am also please they are GMO free.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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January 29, 2013

Really Natural Books: The Business of Baby

business_of_baby.jpgThe Business of Baby: What Doctors Don't Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line by Jennifer Margulis is an eye opening book that discovers what many midwives, natural childbirth advocates and mothers suspect about the maternal medical infrastructure of this country.

In the tradition of Jessica Mitford's The American Way of Death, an eye-opening work of investigative journalism that challenges our common wisdom about pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a baby's life, showing how the mother and child's wellbeing are often undermined by corporate profit margins and the private interests of the medical community

Award-winning journalist Jennifer Margulis questions the information parents are given by the medical community and the consumer culture, addressing the relationship between the vast money-making business of pregnancy and the early childcare advice parents are given. Margulis encourages us to question what we're told about prenatal and infant care and explains how financial interests skew the care we give to mothers and infants. She investigates how the diaper industry perpetuates longer delays in potty training than ever before; why cesareans are increasingly prevalent; why more women don't breastfeed; and why, despite our state-of-the-art medical technology, the United States has among the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the industrialized world.

An illuminating combination of investigative journalism, meticulous research and in-depth interviews with parents, doctors, midwives, nurses, and scientists, Margulis's critique uncovers how business interests and profit margins undermine the health of pregnant women and their babies. Shocking, groundbreaking, and revelatory, The Business of Baby arms parents with the information they need to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of their infants.


Randomly opening the book, I came upon a section discussing the Hepatitis B vaccine which is given to hospital born babies in the US almost immediately after birth. Why? It is a sexually transmitted blood-borne virus. My midwives taught me your child was only at risk if you were an IV drug user or prostitute. Furthermore, instead of vaccinating the vast majority of infants, it would make more sense to test the mothers for the illness (which does occur in routine prenatal care) and then respond appropriately. Margulis quotes a pediatrician that says the vaccine is given not because they fear children will get sick but just in case they grow up to be part of this at-risk group (IV drug users and prostitutes). Plus, there are safety concerns with the vaccine.

Vaccine discussion is just a small part of this book. From Cesareans to ultrasounds, this in depth analysis of birthing practices in the United States needs to be read by all expectant parents to help you make informed choices and save money. I highly recommend this book!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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January 24, 2013

Really Natural Books: Lose Weight, Stop Stress and Make Better Love: 5 Easy Steps by Training Your Brain

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My first reaction to Lose Weight, Stop Stress and Make Better Love: 5 Easy Steps by Training Your Brain by Dr. Sommer is the title. It's a whammy! Is this what most people want from life?

If you want to

  • lose weight and are tired of diets
  • feel relaxed (without pills) and reduce stress, with mindfulness
  • have better control of your life, to take charge in more effective ways, and even improve your love life
This life changing short, easily understood book will tell you how, using brain science.

Lose Weight, Stop Stress & Make Better Love in 5 Easy Steps by Training Your Brain provides you with a brief, very effective guide to help you conquer stress and overeating, and thus successfully, once and for all, fight weight-gain and obesity.

Lose Weight, Stop Stress & Make Better Love in 5 Easy Steps takes a very different approach to the problem of weight control. Using your brain power and nervous system you can modify, if not eliminate, a major cause of unhealthy eating: STRESS. Did you know that our brain can convert stress feelings into hunger signals?

Moreover, using modern brain science you will be able to apply the techniques learned here to enhance the pleasure in your love life, and can even help you to sleep better.

In this innovative book he shares his therapeutic breakthroughs in the service of helping with weight, stress and love life problems affecting the lives of increasing millions of people, worldwide.

The wallet card with the 5 Steps in the book is a free bonus that can be with you at all times as a constant companion, strengthening your ability to deal with food/drink, hunger, and stress. It is key to a more fulfilled, happier life. In addition, information on how to acquire the 5 Step Mobile Apps is also in the book.


This little book includes things like "Personal Daily Weight Control Logs" and information on how to control your weight without dieting. On the section for stress relief, the two principles of "Present Centered" and "Process Absorbed" are explained. As for making love, it relates to stress. 

Personally, I find more value in the Dalai Lama's How to Expand Love: Widening the Circle of Loving Relationships for self-help advice. I think it is more about giving and receiving love that helps us deal with stress that leads to the problems Dr. Sommer is addressing in his simple book.  We can't ignore our spiritual side, just as much as we can't ignore the physical side. 

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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January 22, 2013

Control Hunger and Overeating with Re-Body Hunger Chews

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Are you trying to lose weight naturally or simply maintain a healthy weight? Sometimes we need help staving off cravings and hunger that can turn into unhealthy, high calorie munch fests! Even those individuals who do not need to lose weight sometimes need a little help controlling hunger, especially if it is emotionally charged.


ReBody - Hunger Chews Mandarin Orange with Satiereal Saffron Extract have only 30 calories, and they are sweetened with evaporated cane juice and saffron.  They are designed to help you control hunger and overeating.

Naturally Savvy explains:

So many of us eat when we are anxious, tired or bored. Re-Body Hunger Chews™ and Re-Body Hunger Caps™ can help you curb cravings that can derail your diet. They're made with clinically researched Satiereal, a proprietary extract of saffron that's been shown to help reduce overeating and snack cravings between meals. In a study of Satiereal, researchers followed 60 healthy, mildly overweight young women in a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study that lasted weeks. Compared to a placebo group, the women who took Satiereal experienced a reduction in their desire to snack.

When I want to stave off hunger between meals, I usually drink tea or eat fruit or seaweed. This doesn't always work.  These Re-Body Hunger Chews would be great to keep in the car for those times when fattening choices may be made on the go.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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January 18, 2013

Relieve Flu Symptoms Homeopathically with Oscillococcinum

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It's a nasty flu year, and although there are many natural methods to prevent the flu, sometimes we simply succumb despite the best prevention attempts. I work at a school, which I think is one of the most dangerous places to work in terms of germs. Just yesterday, over half of the class was out with the flu. Monday, a little girl sneezed all over me. It is inevitable I will get sick.

I rely on homeopathy to treat my body. I trust it and find it more effective than over-the-counter medications full of chemicals and artificial dyes. For the flu, I turn to Oscillococcinum. According to the manufacturer Boiron:
Flu-Like Symptoms

USES: Temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, headache, body aches, chills and fever DIRECTIONS:
  • Adults and children 2 years of age and older: Dissolve entire contents of one tube in the mouth every 6 hours, up to 3 times a day.
  • Children younger than 2 years of age: Ask a doctor.
I like using homeopathy with my children, as my son is very reticent about taking any medication, but these little pills do not bother him.
 

Naturally Savvy also recommends Oscillococcinum:

As a general rule, homeopathic medicines should be taken at the onset of symptoms. They offer safe, natural solutions without a doping effect or risk of drug interactions, so there is no need to wait to take action at the crucial early stages.

For instance, Oscillococcinum® works best when you first start feeling achy or run down. Clinical studies show that Oscillo® reduces the severity and duration of flu symptoms when taken at the onset and it's supported by more than 75 years of use throughout the world. Its sweet-tasting, kid-friendly, melt-away pellets dissolve quickly under the tongue. No water, chewing or swallowing is required. There are no side effects or interactions with other medications and it's safe for children 2 years of age and older.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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January 8, 2013

Natural Flu Care: NaturaNectar Throat Guardian Spray Uses Honey and Berries

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I am finally over the flu! Six days later, and a sore throat that would not quit, I am slowly regaining my energy. 

 I never resort to over-the-counter medicines. I find there is no need, unless a high fever is involved. Instead, I rely on trusted herbal remedies, such as Source Naturals Wellness Herbal Resistance Liquid.

We were just sent NaturaNectar Throat Guardian - Bee Berry - Spray to try. Unfortunately, I did not have this product during the peak of my sore throat to truly test its effectiveness.

Throat Guardian's main ingredient, Propolis Water Extract (PWE™), is a gentle yet effective water-based, all-natural spray extracted from Brazilian bee propolis that does not contain alcohol, harmful chemicals, or other substances that may harm the body's mucous membrane. PWE is clinically-studied to produce a healthy inflammation response. It is free of artificial preservatives, color, scents and flavors and sourced from the purest, most wholesome ingredients.

With two to three sprays of Throat Guardian, one gets the best immune support--a perfect, all-natural, and convenient solution for daily oral hygiene for the whole family. And so before succumbing to everyday health challenges, use NaturaNectar Throat Guardian daily to support overall oral and respiratory health and wellness.


Unfortunately, this product is preserved with sodium benzoate, a food additive I try to avoid. Wise Geek explains the concerns:
Sodium benzoate is a sodium salt that occurring naturally in some foods, but is also widely used as a chemical preservative...The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Health Protection Branch in Canada (HPB) report that in low doses it is safe for consumption, although when combined with ascorbic acid it forms the chemical benzene, a suspected carcinogen....

When combined with ascorbic acid -- also known as vitamin C or citric acid -- the preservative converts to benzene, a carcinogen reported to cause leukemia, DNA damage, damage to mitochondria in cells, cell death and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Additional studies show that sodium benzoate mixed with certain artificial food coloring causes hyperactivity in children.


Considering most people consume vitamin C when sick, this is very concerning!

I find it misleading to use the word "natural" on the label of such a product.

UPDATE 1/17/13:

...we noticed your concerns about the ingredient sodium benzoate which is in Throat Guardian. The Founder and CEO, JL Paes-Leme, is very aware of this and he wanted to directly address this concern you have brought up.

 

"NaturaNectar has already acted on such concerns and addressed the problem with its manufacturer. It has conducted stability tests with a new version of the product without sodium benzoate and it was approved.  The next batch of products will not have this preservative. In relation to the claim "natural" the product isnatural by the definition of the NIRC. Please look the link below. Therefore it is not misleading in any way. Misleading customers is something that NaturaNectar does not practice as an ethical company."

 

http://www.naturalingredient.org/pledge.htm

 

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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