January 4, 2012

Natural Health Magazine: Feel Good >> Look Good >> Do Good

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I admit I am much of a magazine reader, but the periodical bite size information in Natural Health could change that, at least for an issue or two. From strength training to natural beauty, this magazine makes it easy for natural health to be mainstream.

This magazine serves as a practical guide to good health. Each issue includes information on naturally-oriented food and nutrition, alternative health practices, exercise and self-care. Natural Health focuses on the mind/body connection, illustrated exercise, preventative medicine, healthy cuisines, creating a healthy lifestyle in the home and office and consumer guides to natural products.

I don't think this magazine is for the hard core green, health conscious individual, but it offers good sound advice for those beginning their journey towards natural health.

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.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

December 26, 2011

BugBand Insect Repelling Band: Naturally Derived Ingredients

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Well it's too frosty here for annoying insects, but the BugBand looks promising.

BugBand insect repellent products provide protection from biting insects while avoiding the risk associated with irritating pesticides. It is safe for children and pets, and can be used around food. BugBand also doesn't eat away at equipment like repellents can.
The naturally derived insect repellent has been proven to be an effective alternative to traditional pesticides such as DEET. According to laboratory and field studies by the University of Florida, Geraniol, the plant-based active ingredient in BugBand, has been proven effective in repelling a wide variety of insects, including mosquitoes, flies, gnats, no-see-ums and fleas. BugBand's sprays and towelettes are effective against ticks, as well...

Geraniol is a naturally occurring repellent that can be extracted from geranium oil through a unique refining process. For years, people have planted geraniums on their porches or in window boxes, believing that the flowers helped deter mosquitoes. Today, scientific data supports that belief. Geraniol, a natural oil derived from geranium plants, has been proven to be an effective means of repelling many blood-feeding insects.


Bugband also makes Natural Insect Repelling Towelettes.

I will have to wait until spring to see how effective this product is.

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.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

December 19, 2011

Organic Ancient Grains: Jovial Einkhorn Pasta

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I am really into ancient grains, as studies have shown modern wheat has been bred to be contain high protein causing more allergies and sensitivities. Jovial products are made from einkhorn:

Einkorn is very different from all other varieties of wheat. It was the first species of wheat grown by man more than 12,000 years ago. Now considered a relic crop, it has practically been forgotten because its yield is low in the fields and its type of gluten makes bread-baking a challenge...

Einkorn is genetically pure, exceptionally nutritious and surprisingly delicious. It is the healthiest form of wheat because it has never been hybridized.


I love Jovial's enkhorn cookies. Now I have tried the pasta:

Jovial Whole Grain Einkorn Pasta is a delicious foundation to a nutritious and enjoyable meal. Although Whole Grain Einkorn is a healthy source of dietary fiber, it does not have a grainy or gritty texture. Packed with protein, B vitamins and minerals, it will leave you feeling very satisfied. Our pasta is masterly crafted in Italy by expert pasta artisans, who only enhance the inherent goodness of this most ancient grain. We care about our products from the seed all the way to the package. Jovial Whole Grain Einkorn is packaged in a carton made from 80 percent recycled cardboard and is 100 percent recyclable. The window is certified 100 percent compostable, made from FSC certified wood pulp.

When I traveled to Italy last summer, I actually had Jovial enkhorn cookies in my carry-on for snacking. I never saw this product on the shelves in Italy, but I sure enjoyed eating them in their homeland.

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.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

December 16, 2011

Low Glycemic NuNaturals Stevia Products: Add Fiber, Not Sugar

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Stevia is quite the health food rage, especially for those that can't eat sugar because they are diabetic or are dieting. Although I am not a huge fan of it myself, I appreciate that an all-natural alternative to sugar exists, especially for those suffering from health problems.

NuNaturals is a leading supplier of quality stevia. They sent us the following products to try:
NuStevia White Stevia Powder Packets

White SteviaTM Extract Powder contains the flowing agent maltodextrin, a food grade carbohydrate derived from grain. Tasteless, maltodextrin is the perfect medium to use with the extract, making it easier to measure. This form is perfect for sprinkling on cereal, yogurt as well as mixing in beverages. One quarter to three quarters of a teaspoon is the recommended serving. White Stevia Powder contains 60% more Stevia extract than most other brands on the market. The cost to get the same sweet taste of other brands can be up to 2 1/2 times more expensive compared to NuNaturals. NuNaturals White Stevia Powder will save you money.

NuNaturals Morefiber Stevia Baking Blend Powder
As a dietary supplement use MoreFiber™ in your favorite recipe. MoreFiber makes it easy to reduce or take sugar out of your conventional recipes while adding high quality fibers.

NuNaturals Sweet Health Erythritol Crystals Powder
Sweet Health, Erythritol Crystals is a naturally-occurring sweetener found in many fruits and vegetables. It is as three fourths as sweet as sucrose, has no after-taste and is safe for diabetics.

NuNaturals Cocoa Bean Extract Liquid
The average 40 gram bar of dark chocolate contains 250 calories and 14 grams of fat! If the chocolate bar uses Dutch processs cocoa, some of the polyphenols will be destroyed. NuNaturals Cocoa Extract contains 15% of the polyphenols and 10% theobromines in Cocoa. Ten milliliters of our Cocoa Extract would contain the same amount of polyphenols and theobromines in a chocolate bar at about the same cost, but without the fat and calories!

NuNaturals Alcohol Free Stevia Liquid
NuNaturals Alcohol Free Stevia Pure Liquid is for individuals that are sensitive to alcohol here is a product especially for you. For everyone else the unique sweet taste that the glycerine imparts makes this a favorite of many NuNaturals Stevia Pure Liquid.

NuNaturals Vanilla Alcohol Free Stevia Liquid

  • A true vanilla extract made from premium bean that produces a product with incomparable taste.

  • NuNaturals has combined singing dog vanilla with our delicious Stevia.


NuNaturals Nustevia Nocarbs Blend

  • NuStevia white stevia nocarbs uses erythritol, a natural filler that is produced from corn.

  • Erythritol enhances the taste of stevia.

  • No effect on blood sugar levels and is safe for both type I and II diabetics.


NuNaturals Pure Liquid Clear Stevia
NuNaturals has developed this easy to use liquid that allows the most accurate measurement of Stevia Extract. This liquid is so concentrated, that only 5-10 drops are needed.

NuNaturals Nustevia White Stevia Quick Dissolve Tablets
Quick Dissolve Tabs contain our NuStevia White Stevia Extract and fiber. These marvelous tabs are a pre-measured serving. The tabs are very easy to break into halves or even fourths so that you can use as much as you want or as little as you want. NuStevia Quick Dissolve Tablets contains absolutely no calories or carbohydrates.

NuNaturals Nustevia Pure White Stevia Extract
Our NuStevia White Stevia Extract is our most concentrated form, and only a tiny amount is needed. This is a powder extact. This form is excellent for mixing up large batches of beverages or for recipes. The 1 oz bottle contains only the NuStevia extract and natural flavors. NuNaturals Pure NuStevia Extract contains absolutely no calories.

I prefer the liquid stevias to the powders. I think they have a better flavor. I like adding them to tea.

There are a ton of recipes on the NuNaturals website. https://nunaturals.com

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.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

December 9, 2011

Gifts for Women: Ford's Warriors in Pink

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is behind us, but for those suffering from the loss or the disease, every month is a constant reminder. Ford has donated $3,063,453.00 so far through their Warriors in Pink program. We were sent the following items from the Warriors in Pink store:

Power of Pink Hoodie

This contemporary waffle-weave zip-up hoodie in a bright pink adds color to any closet. Great as a gift or a little treat for yourself.

100% of net proceeds ($24.10 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.


Sweet Dreams PJ Pants
Catch your ZZZZs Warrior-style and count symbols not sheep. Cotton and cuddly, these pajama pants have a drawstring waist for extra comfort.

100% of net proceeds ($11.50 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.


Warrior Power T-Shirt
Bold color matches the determination of the Warrior. This resilient 100% cotton tee is satin garment washed for a supersoft feel.

100% of net proceeds ($11.56 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.


Warrior Sun Hat
There are two sides to every hat - or at least there should be. Have twice the fun with this reversible sun hat. Perfect for UV protection during your favorite outdoor activities. Hand wash cold, reshape to air dry.

100% of net proceeds ($15.05 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.


2011 Warrior Tie
Get down to the business of helping to find a cure with the 2011 Warriors in Pink® necktie. Whether worn for business or leisure, this tie will let everyone know where your heart is.

100% of net proceeds ($16.75 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.


I really like how Ford discloses exactly how much is donated to the cause for each item; however, I am concerned that Susan G. Komen has been accused of pinkwashing.

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.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

December 8, 2011

Gifts for the Allergic or Diabetic Child: Even Princess and the Peanut & Even Superheroes Get Diabetes


Children's literature is a developmentally appropriate and fun way to educate about illness. Whether sharing with classmates and friends or individual children, we were sent two books that can help youngsters understand their potentially life-threatening health conditions.

 
The Princess and the Peanut by Sue Ganz-Schmitt is a very well done.  This delightful story is loosely based on the Princess and the Pea, only the pea is a peanut. Referring to several other fairy tales, this book not only informs but entertains children.

Every queen knows that in order to find out if a princess is REAL, one must send the "alleged" princess to bed on a magnificent pile of mattresses, slip in a pea, and see how she sleeps. But when the royal kitchen is fresh out peas, the queen tries a peanut instead. The princess turns out to be as real as her food allergies.

This vibrant and humorous tale inspires, and educates children with allergies, as well as those who live in, and around food sensitive kingdoms. Includes a food allergy guide for adults, and kid-friendly allergy definitions.

Even Superheroes Get Diabetes is also by Ganz-Schmitt. It is not as well done as the princess book, but that may just be my preference for fairy tales over comic books. I did learn a lot about diabetes from the book.

Even Superheroes Get Diabetes focuses on the gift within the illness. It is the story of a boy named Kelvin who loves Superheroes. His childhood days are spent in imaginative play--saving the day. One day, his fantasies are marred by the reality of getting diabetes...the incessant finger pricks, shots, and the constant doctor's appointments. When a mysterious doctor uncovers that Kelvin has superpowers, the story reveals itself as the genesis of a new kind of superhero. Kelvin is monikered 'Super K' and uses his superpowers to help other kids with diabetes. The discovery of Super K's superpowers is akin to the discovery of one's inner strength in the face of adversity--in the face of illness. The comic book style illustrations by Micah Chambers-Goldberg beautifully connect children and parents to the world of diabetes. The book includes a kid friendly diagram that explains type 1 diabetes, and definitions that discuss both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

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.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

December 7, 2011

Really Natural Books: Thugs, Drugs and the War on Bugs: How the Natural Healthcare Revolution Will Lead Us Past Greed, Ego, and Scary Germs (Why Were Sick)

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It's pretty much a common consensus that our health care industry needs to be overhauled. The fact that we even call it an industry alone should be signal. 


Dr. Brad Case in his book Really Natural Books: Thugs, Drugs and the War on Bugs: How the Natural Healthcare Revolution Will Lead Us Past Greed, Ego, and Scary Germs (Why Were Sick) writes a compelling argument that corporate money is causing medical treatment to be the number one killer in the United States. Corporate greed wants us to be sick.

Thugs, Drugs and the War on Bugs, How the Natural Healthcare Revolution Will Lead Us Past Greed, Ego, and Scary Germs, by Dr. Brad Case is a scathing expose on America's "Sick Care" industry. This well-referenced tome covers topics such as: the history of allopathic medicine and its continued reliance on dogma over science, despite considering themselves "scientific medicine"; the American Medical Association's longstanding and ongoing war on the competition: natural healthcare providers; the drugging and brainwashing of America; the FDA/Big Pharma collusion and other conflicts of interest affecting healthcare; the huge issue of "iatrogenesis" or doctor-caused illness and death; the fallacy of Louis Pasteur's germ theory, which is slowly being replaced by a "new" germ theory that's sure to surprise and will completely change how you look at germs; the overuse of antibiotics and how this practice has led to the development of antibiotic resistant "superbugs" (like MRSA) and yeast overgrowth; parasites: how to detect them and how to get rid of them; the controversy surrounding vaccines and whether or not they are responsible for autism; what to do if you decide you don't want your child vaccinated; the media-generated fear around the outbreaks and "epidemics" of bird flu, swine flu, and seasonal flu, and what you can do to protect yourself; and it challenges the entire HIV=AIDS theory. It also gives an entirely new theory on what viruses really are. But Thugs... is not all doom and gloom. Case describes what's wrong with our healthcare system in an engaging and even humorous way and then gives us common sense approaches to either work within the system or avoid it altogether. What's more, he references Western medicine's own journals, Big Pharma's internal memos, and other credible sources, many of which were acquired through the freedom of information act, to back each of his amazing claims. An outstanding book for doctors and patients alike.

Wow!

The section on vaccines and autism is very interesting and sure to cause renewed controversy. The "20 Steps to Perfect Health Checklist" makes perfect sense. The reality of this book is a hard pill to swallow, sort of like the reality of global warming; however, information is the first step to change and empowerment.  This book is rather radical, and of course medicine does save lives, my son's for example; however, Dr. Case makes some very valid points in his 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.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

November 23, 2011

Aroma Naturals: Holiday Candles Made From 100% Pure Plant Scents and Natural Vegetable Waxes

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People love to give scented candles as gifts, especially to hosts and hostess. I always view such gifts with trepidation, as I don't trust the candles synthetic, chemical fragrances. A natural alternative exists, thanks to Aroma Naturals:

While most other candle companies are still adding synthetic fragrances to their candles and claiming to be natural, Aroma Naturals® candles are made from 100% pure plant aromas and natural vegetable waxes (VegePure®) that are as good for the environment as they are for you. The pure plant aromas and essential oils are harvested at their peak to ensure freshness. Aroma Naturals® uses environmentally kind, lead-free wicks, and soy and vegetable waxes that burn clean and true.

Aroma Naturals® candles are presented by aroma: each scent evokes a particular mood based on the essential oil combination used. Essential oils are the very heart of every flower, fruit, herb, resin, tree and spice on earth. Highly concentrated and extraordinarily fragrant, they are extracted from the cells of the plants through a process known as steam distillation.

Essential oils register scent in the limbic system-the part of the brain where memories are stored, emotions are processed and moods are stimulated. The fragrances of certain essential oils can automatically encourage relaxation, energy or a calming and comforting effect. Best of all, essential oils have antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial qualities that make them as good for our bodies as they are for our spirits.

"We believe in total transparency - no artificial ingredients and no sneaky marketing jargon to make our candles seem more natural than they really are," says Jeffrey Light, President of Aroma Naturals®. "Each candle is hand-crafted in small batches and we are so proud of the purity of our product that I invite anyone interested in learning more to come make a candle with me at our factory in Irvine!"


We were sent the following holiday scents to try:

I love these products!  They smell beautiful and would make a very nice gift.  The aromas will give your home the holiday spirit!

 

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

November 14, 2011

Homeopathic, Natural Topical Pain Relief from Topricin

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Natural pain relief can be very effective at dealing with aches and pains. Topricin has a full line of products that utilizes homeopathy "Heal the damage that's causing your pain".

Our mission is to relieve pain and restore quality of life - safely and with no side effects. Topricin® is formulated without parabens, petroleum or other harmful ingredients....You have the power to take control of your life -- just imagine living pain free.

We were sent the following product:
Topricin:


  • Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and joint pain

  • Repetitive motion and other neuropathies

  • Lower back pain

  • Post surgical pain and injection site pain


Topricin Foot Therapy:

  • Nerve pain (Burning pain)

  • Heel spurs, joint and gout pain

  • Sports injuries:

  • plantar, Achilles tendon, shin splints

  • Dry or cracking skin of foot


Topricin Junior:

  • Muscle bruising & falling injuries

  • Joint pain of the hand, knees, back

  • Minor burns, insect bites, skin irritations

  • Preventative treatment for sports injuries

My body responds well to homeopathy, and it can be very effective for pain management.  

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

November 7, 2011

Really Natural Health: Himalayan Salt Air Inhaler

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Himalayan salt is the rage in gourmet and health food; however, it also has beneficial properties beyond food, especially when suffering from respiratory illness.

Squip Himalayan Salt Air Inhaler:

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How does it work? Rock salt crystals are placed between the filters inside a refillable inhaler. As you inhale through the mouthpiece, the moisture of the passing air absorbs microscopic salt particles which permeate through your respiratory system. The humidity in the air is sufficient to enrich the air with minute salt particles when the air passes the salt crystals. Hence a micro-climate of the curative salt caves has been created. Salitair contains the finest pure Himalayan salt crystals rich in minerals and trace elements. What makes Salitair unique? Salitair consists of a salt chamber, upper and lower filter, mouthpiece and cap. The mouthpiece, which contains the upper filter, is bayonet-fixed to the salt chamber so that it can be removed for cleaning and refilling. Unlike many other "salt pipes" in the marketplace, Salitair is reusable and does not have to be discarded after a certain period of time.

My daughter tried this product when she was recently ill. She didn't notice anything after using it, but she was able to return to school the next day. The next day, she fell ill again. I am not sure if the salt inhaler helped her rebound for a day or not.  She did not use it consistently.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

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