October 24, 2011

Curamin Natural Pain Relief Giveaway!

curamin.jpg Would you like to win some all natural pain reliever? We have partnered with EuroPharma to giveaway one full size bottle of Curamin.

Terry Naturally Curamin is a natural, alternative pain relief supplement.

Experience relief from pain like never before with Curamin! Curamin is an all-natural formula that enhances the body's natural defense mechanism for the relief of occasional pain. The synergistic blend of BCM-95 curcumin, boswellia and other herbs in Curamin is 20X more powerful than using just plain curcumin. This fast-acting formula combines ingredients with multiple mechanisms of action to support the body's natural anti-inflammatory response and relieve occasional muscle pain due to exercise and overuse.

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This contest will close on Monday, October 31, 2011 at midnight PST. Good luck!
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October 21, 2011

Really Natural Health: Curamin 100% Natural Pain Relief

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I can't take ibuprofen or other standard pain medications, as my stomach is very sensitive. I am also a firm believer that when you feel pain, it is your body's reminder to slow down and take it easy; however, sometimes relief is needed in order to rest and relax.

Terry Naturally Curamin is a natural, alternative pain relief supplement.

Experience relief from pain like never before with Curamin! Curamin is an all-natural formula that enhances the body's natural defense mechanism for the relief of occasional pain. The synergistic blend of BCM-95 curcumin, boswellia and other herbs in Curamin is 20X more powerful than using just plain curcumin. This fast-acting formula combines ingredients with multiple mechanisms of action to support the body's natural anti-inflammatory response and relieve occasional muscle pain due to exercise and overuse.

I will definitely try this next time my carpal tunnel flares up.

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

October 14, 2011

Really Natural Books: Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way (Wise Woman Herbal) by Susan Weed

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Susan Weed is a rock star in the herbal world. Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (Wise Woman Herbal Series, Book 1) was like a Bible to me when I was pregnant for the first time. Weed continues the Wise Woman Herbal Series with Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way (Wise Woman Herbal).

Herbal medicine pioneer and author, Susun Weed, says there are proactive measures that both genders can take to prevent cancer, keep their libido humming, and treat common maladies such as enlarged prostate, uterine fibroids, and incontinence.

This book discusses:

    • Foods to eat and foods to avoid for maximum reproductive health
    • How to make and use herbal medicines that are safe and effective
    • Things to try at home for common ailments "down there"--before going to the doctor
    • Top strategies for avoiding two common surgeries: prostatectomy and hysterectomy
Although it is part of the Wise Women Herbal series, Down There addresses for everyone, women, and men.  It is a great resource, but sometimes I feel like Weed simplifies herbal medicine a little too much. 

 

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

September 15, 2011

LED Bulbs Suppress Melatonin 5 Times More Than Other Bulbs

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Humans are meant to sleep in darkness. Nighttime lighting has been shown to increase the risks of cancer and exacerbate air pollution; however, most significantly for overall human health, it affects our rest. According to a new study, LED lights suppress melatonin levels. Green Prophet reports:

Exposure to the light of white LED bulbs, it turns out, suppresses melatonin five times more than exposure to the outdoor lights filled with high pressure sodium bulbs that give off an orange-yellow light. "Just as there are regulations and standards for 'classic' pollutants, there should also be regulations and rules for the pollution stemming from artificial light at night," says Prof. Abraham Haim of the University of Haifa who is following the effects of cancer and artificial lights at night.

Melatonin is a compound that adjusts our biological clock and is known for its anti-oxidant and anti-cancerous properties. The study investigated the influence of different types of bulbs on "light pollution" and the suppression of melatonin, with the researchers recommending several steps that should be taken to balance the need to save energy and protecting public health.


Although LEDs are better for the environment due to lower energy usage, "over-lighting" with any kind of bulb should be avoided to protect human health.

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September 8, 2011

6 Months Later: Is Our Food Still Radioactive from Japan's Nuclear Fallout?

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One of the biggest fears and concerns after the Fukushima nuclear reactor started leaking after the devastating tsunami in Japan six months ago was that food in the US would be affected by radiation drifting across the Pacific Ocean. Sure enough, radiation was detected in food from California to Florida. These levels, of course, are nothing compared to the people of Japan's exposure, but nonetheless, any amount of additional radiation is a concern. Should we still be concerned?

Healthy Child Healthy World reports:

In a word, yes.
As long as the reactors continue to leak, radioactive particles will end up in the air and water, subject to the currents and jet streams that will carry them all over the globe. And, even after the leaking has stopped, there is an issue with how to dispose of or contain all of the contaminated soil, sewage, debris, etc. Some of these things are currently being dumped into the ocean or burned - both of which lead to further spread of the radioactive particles...

Radioactive cesium in particular is of concern. David J. Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Medical Center, says in The Wall Street Journal that "its half-life of 30 years means that what was released from the Fukushima plant will be with us for many decades. Most of this radioactive cesium will end up in the Pacific Ocean and will be enormously diluted in the 200 quintillion gallons of water there. But some of it will end up on dry land, in our food and water--and there it will stay, at very low levels, literally for generations."

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September 6, 2011

UK Fights Obesity: McDonald's Displays Calories on Menu

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I don't eat at McDonald's, and I would never even consider dining at this fast food chain in Europe where delicious food abounds! High calorie, non-nutritious, cheap food fills the Golden Arches' menu; however, if you live in the UK, you will soon have this information in your face when ordering, similar to what New Yorkers see. The Huffington Post explains:

About 1,200 McDonald's restaurants in the U.K. will this week begin displaying the calorie count of each food and drink item on their wall-mounted menu boards, as part of a government-led program to fight obesity and promote healthier eating, the chain said Sunday.

McDonald's already puts calorie information on its Web site and the back of its tray liners, but this is the first time the figures will be displayed prominently in its restaurants outside the U.S.


Perhaps seeing 790 calories next to that Angus Bacon & Cheese will make you think twice about consuming it! That's 40% of your total daily recommended calories. Add a soda and fries, and you might as well not eat the rest of the day.

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August 30, 2011

Caffeine May Naturally Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer from Sun Exposure

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Good news for coffee addicts like me! According to a new study, caffeine may naturally reduce your risk of skin cancer from sun exposure.   The Huffington Post reports Rutgers University researcher Allan Conney's findings:

"The study we did with colleagues at the University of Washington identified the ATR kinase pathway as being inhibited by caffeine." The result? More DNA damaged cells are killed off, potentially preventing non-melanoma (basal or squamous cell) skin cancer from ever developing.

But caffeine doesn't only inhibit this important protein. Caffeine itself also acts as a sunscreen, absorbing harmful UV rays, according to Conney. So will your sunscreen contain a shot of caffeine one day? "I would think that's a real possibility," he says.

Until that day comes, there's some good news for coffee drinkers: You're already getting some sun protective benefits from your daily cup of joe. A 2007 study of nearly 94,000 women found that those who sipped caffeinated coffee daily had an almost 11 percent lower risk of non-melanoma skin cancer. Women who drank six or more cups of coffee on a daily basis saw a 30 percent reduction in risk.

Actually, many sunscreens already contain coffee, like Nature's Gate Mineral Kid's block. How well topical versus ingested coffee protects your skin, I don't know.

Be sure to always check the Environmental Working Group's sunscreen guide to find the safest protection.

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August 22, 2011

Tropical Tamanu "Miracle" Oil: Naturally Heals Acne, Toenail Fungus, and Skin Ailments

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Dr. Oz touts its benefits, so do many celebrities. Heals scars, wrinkles, acne, toenail fungus...

I've had a small patch of toenail fungus on my big toe since high school. It has not grow any larger, but it is a bit annoying, so I decided to try New Chapter Tropical Tamanu Oil. It's only been a week, yet I feel the tamanu oil is actually shrinking the spot. I like the oil so much, I have started applying it to my face and even tried it on my poison oak rash.

Mountain Rose Herbs explains all the benefits of Tamanu oil. Here's a little excerpt:

Tamanu oil is a remarkable topical healing agent with skin healing, antineuralgic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic and antioxidant properties... The Tamanu tree is indigenous to tropical Southeast Asia; it is found in Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, South India, Sri Lanka, and the Melanesian and Polynesian islands...

Fiji natives use Tamanu oil for joint pains, arthritis, bruises, oozing wounds, chapped lips and preventing diaper rash. In most south sea islands it is utilized as an analgesic for sciatica, rheumatism and ulcers.

Pacific islanders apply Tamanu oil to scrapes, cuts, burns, insect bites and stings, acne and acne scars, psoriasis, diabetic sores, anal fissures, sunburn, dry or scaly skin, blisters, eczema, diaper rash and herpes sores--and even to reduce foot and body odor!..

Tamanu oil possesses significant antimicrobial qualities, as proven in antibacterial and antifungal tests. It contains powerful bactericide and fungicide agents that defeat human and animal pathogens...

Tamanu oil fades stretch marks with incredible results. It also works miracles on scar tissue, making scars look less unsightly.


I don't think there is anything this oil can't do!

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

July 26, 2011

New Study: Vinyl/PVC Plant Workers Exposed to Phthalates That "Impacted" their Sperm

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How many people do you know that have struggled to conceive a baby? Obviously, there are many factors that contribute to infertility, but a new study points the finger at phthalates in PVC and vinyl as impacting sperm. The Center for Environmental Health and Justice (CHEJ)reports:

A new study published in the July 2011 Fertility and Sterility journal found workers in vinyl/PVC plants in Taiwan were exposed to levels of phthalates that appeared to have impacted their sperm quality. Yikes!

The scientists studied male workers exposed to the phthalate DEHP in two PVC plants. They looked at their exposure to the phthalate and found workers exposed to higher levels of phthalates had semen quality that was negatively impacted, likely as a result of phthalate exposure.


CHEJ warns that your sperm (or your partner's) is not safe just because you don't work in a vinyl/PVC factory or live near one. "Phthalates have been found in indoor air and dust, in schools, homes, and in human urine, blood, umbilical cord blood, and breast milk." One more reason to go plastic-free!

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

July 21, 2011

How Polluted is Your Beach? Ohio, Louisiana, and Indiana Rank the Worse

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Summer is in full swing, and beach time is a must; however, many US beaches are unsafe. Discovery News reports:

After analyzing the results of water samples taken last year at more than 3,000 beaches from coast to coast and in-between, the NRDC concluded that serious contamination continues to plague beaches around the country.

In 2010, both coastal and Great Lake beaches were closed nearly 30 percent more often than in 2009, the study found, mostly because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and a surge in rainy weather that led to elevated bacteria levels. Overall, 8 percent of tested water samples exceeded public health standards last year -- about the same as the year before.


Check with local officials before heading to the beach, especially if you live in one of the states notorious for beach contamination.

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