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Could Painting Your Nails Put You At Risk For Diabetes?
15 Jul   by Lisa

We know chemicals can be harmful.  We know now that there have been more and more studies on exactly which chemicals are toxic to us.  We are seeing BPH-free plastic bottles.  We know it's advised to use as many natural products as possible.  But until recently, disease specific risk factors have not been well publicized.  Last week the journal  of Environmental Health Perspectives made public it's findings.  Information from a government study that looked at 2,350 women varying from age 20 to 80.  Their urine was examined for phthalates and the findings were shocking.  Phthalates are in a class of chemicals called "endocrine disrupters".  This class of chemicals can alter hormone production; estrogen and insulin are hormones.  Those women who had the highest levels of phthalates in their urine were at twice the risk for developing insulin resistance and diabetes.
What can you do?  Know what you are putting into your body and what type of risk factors are associated with it.  I've attached a fact sheet on phthalates.
Fact Sheet
Excerpt from a 2007 FACT SHEET on PHTHALATES 
Phthalates can be released into aqueous solution foods during microwaving in plasticcontainers (3). Phthalates may also enter food by environmental uptake during crop cultivationor by migration from processing equipment or packaging materials (4, 5) 
Phthalates are found in ground water and drinking water. From 1987 to 1993, according to EPA's Toxic Chemical Release Inventory, DEHP releases to land and water totaled over 500,000 lbs., of which about 5 percent was to water (6). 
Infant formula and milk
Some phthalates occur as contaminants in consumer milk and ready-to-use baby formulasbased on cow’s milk (7-8). One study analyzed seven samples of consumer milk and tensamples of infant formula (7). Only MBP and MEHP were detected in these samples, in theranges 0.6–3.9 ug L(–1) (MBP) and 5.6–9.9 ug L(–1) (MEHP). 
Medications and nutritional supplements
Pharmaceutical preparations intended to treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, such asulcerative colitis and colorectal cancer, are often coated with a polymer that allows the drug tobe delivered directly to the colon or small intestine. This polymer may contain plasticizerphthalates such as DBP and DEP (9, 10). Other pharmaceutical products may also havephthalate plasticizers in their coatings, including some antibiotics, antihistamines and laxatives.Patented herbal preparations and nutritional supplements may also contain phthalates (2).
Polymer toys softened with phthalates are a source of potential oral exposure in children (2). In1999, the European Union temporarily banned marketing of all children’s toys and child-carearticles containing DEHP, DBP, and BBP as well as toys containing DiNP, DnOP, and DiDPintended for children
Indoor air and house dust
Vapors emitted from building materials, furniture and household fragrances are potential indoorsources of phthalate exposures (12, 13). Phthalates have been found in house dust in differentcountries, including the US, Germany, Japan and Norway (14-18). One study in Norway founda mean of 960 μg total phthalates/g dust in 38 homes (range 130–2920 μg/g dust) (14). Of theindividual phthalates tested, DEHP was present in the highest levels (mean 640μg/g dust;range 100–1610 μg/g dust). The researchers estimated mean adult inhalation exposure toDEHP from this source to be 0.76 μg/day. A German study of 254 children, found that thelevels of DEHP in house dust were not correlated with urinary levels of DEHP metabolites (15).However, another study found a significant correlation between urinary levels and house dustlevels of DEP, DBP and BBP (16). This suggests that inhalation of house dust may be animportant source of exposure for the lower molecular weight phthalates, but not the higherweight phthalates (2).   
Medical devices
Some phthalate esters, such as DEHP, may be transferred into respiratory gases passingthrough PVC tubing (2, 19). 
Baking modeling clay
Polymer modeling clay contains a complex mixture of phthalates that give the clay a soft consistency at room temperature. When the clay is baked, phthalates are released into the airand can be inhaled (20).  
Intravenous Medical devices
A variety of medical devices used to deliver medical care such as bags and tubing forintravenous fluids, nutritional formulas, blood transfusions, and dialysis are made of PVCplastics softened with phthalates, usually DEHP. DEHP can leach out from these products(20). DEHP has been found in newborns treated in neonatal intensive care units with medicaldevices made with polyvinyl chloride plastic containing DEHP (22-24). 
Skin Absorption 
Skin absorption can occur through direct contact with phthalate-containing clothing products,such as DEHP-containing gloves (artificial leather) and waterproof clothing. 
Cosmetics and personal care products
Phthalates are used in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products, such as nail polishes,perfumes, hairsprays, skin moisturizers and shampoos. In one study, the levels of selectedphthalates were measured in 102 branded hair sprays, perfumes, deodorants, and nailpolishes (25). The median exposure levels to phthalates in cosmetics by skin absorption wereestimated to be 0.0006 g/kg body weight /d for DEHP, 0.6 g/kg body weight /d for DEP, and0.103 g/kg body weight/d for DBP. Skin absorption of chemicals from the face may be up to10-fold higher than the arm (2).
Modeling clay
Skin absorption may occur through direct contact with polymer modeling clay containingphthalates (20). 
Denture materials
Phthalates can be found in temporary denture soft lining materials. One study tested fourbrands of plasticizer-based soft lining materials (26). For two of the brands, the averageamount of leached DBP within the first day exceeded the proposed tolerable daily intake for anaverage adult person by about 11 and 32 times, respectively. The cumulative amount leachedover 30 days for each of the four materials was 128-253 mg plasticizer /g(-1). 
FDAThe FDA allows the use of phthalates in food contact items, and in the past has found thatexposures are very low. Food contact items include packaging materials (adhesives andcompounds of coatings, paper, and paperboard products, polymers, adjuvants, and productionsaids) as well as a wide array of other materials. However, there has not been a recent review oftheir toxicities and the potential for exposures via this use (63).In September 2001, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) completed its safety assessment ofDEHP released from medical devices made with PVC (21). It found that, for several medicalprocedures, the dose of DEHP that patients might receive exceeds the "Tolerable Intake" (TI)value for DEHP. However, the FDA advises that “the risk of not doing a needed procedure is fargreater than the risk associated with exposure to DEHP (64).” In addition, it recommendsconsidering “alternatives when these high-risk procedures are to be performed on male neonates,pregnant women who are carrying male fetuses, and peripubertal males. One source foridentifying alternative devices that do not contain DEHP-plasticized PVC link, associated with the University of Massachusetts Lowell.” 
AUTHORSJanice Barlow, RN, NPBay Area Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center COTCUniversity of California San FranciscoKatie Brown, Ph.DUniversity of Cincinnati Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center COTCJo Ann P. Johnson, MPHBay Area Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center COTCUniversity of California San FranciscoLacie Scofield, MSPHNational Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
SCIENTIFIC REVIEWERSThis fact sheet was reviewed for scientific accuracy by:Coral A. Lamartiniere, Ph.D.Professor, Department of Pharmacology and ToxicologyUniversity of Alabama, BirminghamFox Chase Breast Cancer and the Environment Research CenterTimothy R. Zacharewski, Ph.D.Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyCenter for Integrative ToxicologyMichigan State University, East Lansing, MichiganFor more information on the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Centers, go to link publication was carried out as part of the NIEHS/NCI Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Centers, four centers with transdisciplinary research collaborations integratedacross biologic, epidemiologic, and community outreach cores. Funding was provided by grant numbers ES/CA 012770, 012771, 012800, and 012801 from the National Institute ofEnvironmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH, DHHS. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent theofficial views of the NIEHS or NCI, NIH.
REFERENCES and entire article:  link
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Do You Know If You're Eating GMO Fish?
10 Jun   by Lisa

Most of you who have read through my posts know how I feel about GMO's in general.  To say the least, I'm not fond of them.  In fact, I am passionate about increasing the publics' knowledge about GMO foods and exposing what we aren't being told.  My husband knows how I feel about GMO's and he passed along this great article, which I want to share with you.  It's pretty scary to think that we really don't know where our food supply comes from and what's been done to it.  Some say we need regulations or we need the government involved to regulate labeling.  But how much government involvement do we really want?  There is evidence that there are government cover-ups about GMO's as it is, so how do we know that with more regulations the labeling will be accurate? 
I just want to know what I am truly putting in my body, so that it is my choice and not someone else's.  But enough politics.  One sure way is to be self-sustainable, however, for many people being totally self-sustainable is not possible.  Many of us don't have the land to grow acres of grains on but most of us can grow our own organic produce.  We can buy local also if we have the option. 
When it comes to fish, we know eating wild salmon is good for us.  It is high in omega-3 fatty acids which our bodies need.  But how do we know if the salmon is truly wild?  I have asked at restaurants and most do not know.  Since wild is more expensive, most restaurants serve farmed.  There is even something called "wild-farmed" salmon.  Inspections have found that manufacturers claims of "wild salmon" are not always true.  They found that many were actually farmed. 
Read here about AquaBounty Technology and their fish, called AquAdvantage salmon.

Submitted by Lisa
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How Healthy Habits Prevent Disease
05 Jun   by Lisa

Recently evidence from 5 different studies has shown that different healthy behaviors do actually help to prevent certain diseases.  The studies looked at fish consumption and it's relation to colon cancer, hypnotherapy and acupuncture to help stop smoking, dental hygiene and heart health, weight loss programs and aspirin use in reducing the risk of cancer.  Some of these therapies have been considered "alternative" however more and more studies are showing that these types of therapies work to both reduce health risks and promote healthy lifestyles. 
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How Health is influenced by Spirituality
29 May   by Lisa

I've been following the story about Aimee Copeland's tragedy over the last month.  I am just so inspired by this young lady and her family.  It's incredible all that she has had to endure in such a short period of time.  The doctor's initially gave Aimee a poor prognosis but her faith and outlook on life continues to bring her through.  Aimee's strong spirit is an inspiration to me.  What's interesting is this article talks about several studies that were done on spirituality and religion and it's effect on our health.  A particular study in Brazil last year showed an 18% lower mortality rate in those who were "connected" to a higher source.  "Miracles" seem to be closer to those who believe in them.
This article is worth a read
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Manifest Your Intentions!
26 May   by Lisa

I have been listening to the audio series "The Power Of Intention" by Wayne Dyer.  Just listening to it gives me so much inspiration!  He drives home the point that our thoughts do count.  What we conceive and what we truly believe WILL manifest.  In this audio book Dr. Dyer discusses the 7 faces of intention.  He talks about how to identify obstacles that keep you separate from your intentions and how to train yourself to live an abundant life.  Our lives are filled with all the possibilities we can imagine and even more, the unimaginable.  Our connection with our true self, minus the ego, is where our real essence is found.  One of the ways to get rid of obstacles and the ongoing chatter in our mind is to meditate.  Japa meditation is an ancient technique that has been shown over and over again to have a positive impact on our lives.  In Japa meditation, you repeat a sound that means "joy" in many different languages.  Meditation on this sound can help you manifest your dreams. 
Try it and see!
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Your Health Relies On Your Thoughts
18 May   by Lisa

Your thoughts are so important!  I can't stress that enough.  Everything we think has an affect on our bodies both mentally and physically.  This is why you may hear people talk about the effectiveness of affirmations, meditation, exercise, and the power of positive thinking on health.  It's real!  I feel very passionate about this.  Negativity has no room in our lives.  If we want to create an environment for health, we have to start with our thoughts. 
Here are some quotes that will help you ponder how important our thoughts actually are on our outcomes in life:
A man is but the product of his thoughts, what he thinks, he becomes.  ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Happiness is an attitude.  We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.  The amount of work is the same.  ~Francesca Reigler
If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.  ~Mary Engelbreit
Being in a good frame of mind helps keep one in the picture of health.  ~Author Unknown
Learn to smile at every situation.  See it as an opportunity to prove your strength and ability.  ~Joe Brown
The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.  ~Dennis S. Brown
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.  ~William James
"Negative" energy cannot bring healing, only damage. ~Michael Nudel and Eva Nudel, Ph.D.
Try some of these affirmations to improve your health:
Every Cell in my body vibrates with energy and health
I am the perfect weight for me
I am my own unique self - special, creative and wonderful
I choose love, joy and freedom, open my heart and allow wonderful things to flow into my life.
My body heals quickly and easily
I have a wonderful partner and we are both happy and at peace
When I believe in myself, so do others
Give it a try!  Say a few positive quotes and affirmations over and over throughout the day and your subconscious will act on them.  Meditation works as it quiets the chatter in our heads allowing us to move into balance and be able to listen to our intuition, not react to the stimulus around us.  Exercise helps us by improving the neurotransmitters in our brains, the "feel good" chemicals.   It helps release stress, allows you to focus and acheive mental clarity when you push yourself, increase your heart rate and sweat.  Sweating helps release impurities in our bodies which makes us feel better.  When we exercise routinely it actually helps us feel better, feel more confident, have a better attitude and self image.  Exercise makes you feel good and look good. 
Remember, your thoughts do count.  When you notice yourself having a negative thought or attitude, just say "cancel" and move on.  Let me know how this works for you. 
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Negative Emotions Fuel Cancer; Meditation, Yoga and Qigong Can Help
17 May   by Lisa

We have long suspected, and many studies show that stress is linked to poor immune response and can fuel tumor cell growth.  Negative emotions are just plain bad.  They don't do anybody any good and can negatively affect our health.  The good news is that there are many mind-body techniques that can decrease stress and balance the body.  Our thoughts are powerful.  Implementing a lifestyle that incorporates some of these techniques can help you starting now. 
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How Chinese Medicine Can Help You
14 May   by Lisa

Many people are becoming more and more aware of non-traditional therapies, known as "alternative" or "complimentary" approaches to medicine in order to heal our mental and physical ailments.  Chinese medicine is based on prevention as well as treatment. 
Chinese medicine has been known to be used in helping cardiovascular/circulatory, respiratory, immune, digestive, endocrine, nervous, reproductive, urinary, muscular and skeletal systems of the body, to address health conditions such as diabetes, sinusitis/allergies, pain, obesity/weight loss, infertility, hypertension, cholesterol, menstrual problems, prostate disorders, depression, insomnia, sexual dysfunction and post-stroke support.
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8 Golden Rules For Health and Nutrition
07 Apr   by Lisa

As we strive for becoming increasingly healthy, we want easy to follow steps or tips that we can use in our daily lives.  I've found them for you!  Here are 8 Golden Rules for living healthy described by a Dietitian who recently presented these in a public seminar. 
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Studies Shows Alternative Therapies Has Positive Results With Alzheimer's
05 Apr   by Lisa

More and more studies on alternative therapies are showing positive outcomes.  In 2 recent studies, meditation and aromatherapy were put to the test.  These small studies on older adults with cognitive impairment found that memory and mood could be improved.  Functional performance was tested as well showing the same results.  The studies showed increased blood flow to the brain.  We need to keep in mind as we age that there are many things we can do to help us have improved function and therefore increased independence as we age. 
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