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What we say matters

Yesterday I was driving home from an encouraging meeting with a group called spiritual entrepreneurs.  The guest speaker spoke about making declarations, where we speak forth truth.  And Thursday I was with another friend who has been drawn to learning more about declarations.  So of course, I am paying attention.   Anytime something like this is repeated I feel like God is trying to get my attention

So as I drove home, I was thinking.  I was thinking about what I had said the previous day. I had told a friend that I was just keeping my head above water.  It had been a hard week. Things had begun to turn around but that statement “I am just keeping my head above water” ran thru my mind.  I clearly decided that was not God’s best for me.  And I needed a new declaration.  Then this thought came to me.  I decided to change what I was saying to this.  I am walking on water.  No longer is there concern of being overtaken by the water.  No longer concern of getting tired from treading water to keep my head above water.  Instead I am supernaturally walking above my circumstances.  My circumstances are under my feet.  There is no threat of being overcome.  Instead I am the overcomer.  Because I don’t have to tread water, I can move forward freely.  I can move forward unobstructed and without resistance.

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Who can you Bless this Holiday Season?

Here is a story from exactly a year ago.  It was the Sunday before Thanksgiving, just like today.  Hope you are blessed.  Expect miracles!

One ordinary Sunday morning, I went to church as usual.  There was nothing special about this day.  It was like so many other Sundays before it.  Little did I know at the time what would transpire that day or the way in which my life would be forever changed.  I would never see God the same.  I went to church early that morning to participate in the pre service prayer time.  While I was in the prayer room, something stirred within me.  As I walked out of that room, I had what I believe was an inspired thought.  I believed that God wanted me to give someone money that morning.  Isn’t it just like God to use me, a single mom?  He has told me for years that I would walk in financial abundance, but I wasn’t living in that financial reality yet.  From the world’s perspective, I was the least likely choice.  But God likes to do the unexpected with the willing.  I knew prayer had stirred up this crazy idea. I gravitate toward the crazy.  It keeps life exciting!  So He picked the right person.
During the service, I looked around.  Looking for the one I was to bless that morning.  The nudge was strong, but I waited for God to point out who was the one He wanted blessed that day.  Finally, it became clear.  The man sat alone on the back row.  I had never seen him in church before.  He looked worn around the edges.  Yes, this was the one.
As the service ended, he immediately left.  Since he was new, he didn’t stop to chat with anyone on his way out.  I followed him.  I did tell the Lord that I would not run after him, so He had to slow him down.  I didn’t want this new guy to think I was a stalker.  I caught up with him outside on the way to his car.  Awkwardly, yet boldly, I stopped him.  I can’t even remember if I told him my name.  When I am in situations like these, some of the details often get lost in the fog.  The fog that is created between me thinking maybe I am crazy and wondering if the other person thinks I am crazy.  Either way, life is more fun and thrilling when you take a risk.  It is only better when it is a God ordained risk.
So I tell him that I felt God wanted me to give him $20.  At the time, he didn’t know that this was my last $20.  This $20 was suppose to last me thru the end of the week.  I didn’t know how I was going to pay for gas or other expenses that week.   This all happened on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  Having only $20 would have been a challenge on any week, but even more so this week.  But I trusted if God told me to give him the last of my money that He had a plan.  Well, maybe that isn’t quite how I saw it.  To be more honest, I placed the responsibility back on Him.  I told Him that now my finances were His problem.  He doesn’t seem to mind when I push back like this.  I think He likes it.  Because I believe in the underlying goodness of God, I knew He wouldn’t have me give money to this other person and put me in a bind or cause me harm.  Even though I didn’t know how He would work out the details, I said yes and went along on the adventure.
Somehow in the midst of the swirling chaos, I found out his name was Mark.  Now it was Mark’s turn to talk.  I was actually surprised he didn’t run away from me, this wacky stranger or at least, say thank you and get to his car quickly, never to return to that church again.  Instead, he wanted me to know the significance of a seemingly small act of kindness.   The previous night, while he was with a buddy, he said they had to count change to find enough money to buy coffee.  He expressed thanks to me.  He followed that by saying, “Now, I can eat tonight”.  It wasn’t until later as I reflected on this experience that I felt the full weight of those words and the desperation of his situation.  I know that desperation.  Desperation that makes breathing difficult.  Desperation where you see no end to an impossible situation.   Desperation that nails you to the floor and you can’t move.  You are paralyzed.
He went on to tell  me that his business had been struggling.  He was at a crossroads.  He didn’t know what to do.  Should he close his business?  Or should he hang on?  Boldness, or you might say the Holy Spirit, took over.  I broke rules of giving a prophetic word by stepping out on a limb.  I told him I believed he was to continue in his business.  Of course, I had no idea what he did for a living so it certainly wasn’t grounded in any rational thought!  Later, I thought I sure hope I heard that right.  I went on to tell him that while $20 isn’t a lot, but I believed that this was a deposit on what God wanted to do for him.  I knew it wasn’t going to change his financial situation because his real need was so much larger.  He received the money and the word and went on his way.
As I drove home, I was satisfied knowing I had heard God’s voice.  Knowing Mark could eat that night made the encounter all the more rich.  Of course, I had to call a friend to share the story.  A great God story isn’t complete until it is shared once or, in the case, of this story hundreds of times.  Sharing the story allows others to enter into the God moment.  Sharing stories can change lives.  Sharing releases hope.  But I don’t share stories for any of these reasons.  I shared because I am so excited and I can’t hold it in any longer.  If I held it in, I think I would have burst.  I am like a kid who opened up the best Christmas present ever.  I want to tell the whole world.  How cool is this?  The Creator of the Universe spoke to me and I heard.  He allowed me to partner with Him to change a life.  What is more powerful or more fun?  Who needs video games?
By coincidence, the next day, I found $20 in an old purse.  So my immediate needs were met.  He is faithful.  He is always faithful.  Sometimes we get a clear glimpse like this.
During the following week, God shared with me about generosity and the impact it can have.  He wanted me to challenge the church to open our eyes and see.  To see those around us and how we could bless people over the holiday season.  Not only would this help those we gave money to, bought groceries for, or filled up their gas tank for, but somehow it would impact our own financial situations.  Of course, I don’t recommend to give in order to  receive.  When the focus is off our lack and our situation and onto someone else’s need that is often greater than our own, something happens within us.  Somehow we become open and walk in more freedom.
Over the years, I had received several similar prophetic words that I would be throwing off provision to others.   My pioneer wagon would never be depleted.  In fact, it was resupplied supernaturally as soon as I threw it off.  But I wasn’t feeling like I was living in that reality yet.  But when would I begin to step into this?  Would I have to make $100,000 a year.  Would I need all my debt paid off?  What held me back from stepping into it?  What holds any of us back?  Ourselves, our thinking, our preconceived ideas of how it is going to happen.  I certainly didn’t have a lot of provision to throw off but I did what I could.  If not now, when?  So I jumped in!!
I saw Mark a couple times in passing at church over the following weeks.  I kept forgetting to ask him how business was going.  When I give someone a prophetic word, I expect something to happen.  I promised myself that the next time I saw him I would ask him.  Of course, he wasn’t in church the following week.  As I get older, I can forget things.  But I wasn’t going to forget to ask him.  I wanted to know.  Or God wanted me to know.
The Sunday before Christmas, I finally saw Mark again.  During the break after worship but before the sermon, I ask him about business.  He went into more explanation this time of his situation.  Explaining that for him to shut down his business meant losing everything, his business, his house, his income, etc.  You get the idea.  He said he would have probably gone bankrupt.  He even saw himself homeless living on the streets.  Remember the sense of desperation?  Now, I had an even fuller picture.  It wasn’t like quitting a job and losing an income.  Debt would have been racked up by the tens of thousands.  Once that happened, he said he could never get out.  I had no idea the depth of the situation.
He also told me that before I gave him that prophetic word, he had received about a handful of prophetic words.  They were all similar but since they were friends he wasn’t convinced.   God needed to intervene supernaturally with a stranger, me.
When Mark finally got around to telling me about his business, he said the next day (after I gave him the $20)  his business turned around.  He added that he has had steady business ever since!  Come on!  Are you kidding me?  I was psyched when he was able to eat.  Now to find out that his business turned around, I was amazed.  How good is God?  Again, I am thankful for listening to that small voice, to that gentle nudge.  Yes, our small acts of kindness, especially if prompted by God can make a difference.
As I took all of this amazingly good news in, Mark hands me a Christmas card.  This is no ordinary card.  The envelope is bulging.  Fog sets in again, heavy fog.  Somewhere along the line, he tells me that God spoke to him.  God told him that he needed to give me the first fruits of his turnaround.   By now the fellowship time is over.  Time for the sermon.  While I want to rip the envelope open right then, instead like a good church goer I calmly take the card to my seat.  At this point, I am caught in a swirl of thoughts and emotions which resulted in me missing every word of the sermon.  The waiting was killing me but I couldn’t open up the card in the middle of church, surrounded by people.
Greg, my friend’s husband, who knows Mark, had been acting weird and wanted to make sure I was at church that Sunday.  Now I know why.  When church is over and as soon as I believe the coast is clear, I sneak a peak.  I find a bunch of $20 and $100 bills.  I figure there is at least $500.  But I am not going to take the money out of the envelope at church to count it.  I have to be respectable 😉  There are still people lingering after church.   Greg comes over and asks, “Do you know how much is in there?”  I told him I hadn’t counted it.  Then, he told me there was a hundredfold return.  Somehow that didn’t translate properly in my head.  I thought it was a thousand dollars.  Of course, I am in total shock by now.  Greg seemed to sense that I didn’t quite get it.  So he said, “There is $2,000!”  I am totally overwhelmed and undone by this lavish, outrageous gift.  I know the giver of good gifts.  He loves me.
As God often does, he recycled the prophetic word I gave Mark.  Now, the Lord is saying to me, this is a deposit on what He is going to do in my life.  I am expectant!

Prosperity and faith

So about a week ago, I had been asking myself some hard questions.  What was holding me back?  What lies was I believing?  I prayed for lies to be revealed and truth to be uncovered.  Somehow I knew there was still an issue that I needed to address between my faith and prosperity.  Logically it didn’t make sense but I believed I was in need of some new thinking on the subject of prosperity.

Well, during that week, I attended a meeting where the speaker mentioned this very issue.  She wasn’t sure if it was something she was taught or just caught.  Sometimes our roles models teach us without ever opening their mouths.  I knew what she would share would be important to my journey.  You can imagine that as I heard her verbalize my very issue that I had been wrestling with that she got my attention!  I had gone to the meeting expecting and I wasn’t disappointed.

After the meeting was over, I approached her.  I asked her what caused her shift.  I could relate to the issue/inner conflict within her but wanted to know how she resolved it to move forward.  She said she had gone to hear Zig Ziglar.  He said something like this… if we are going to live in mansions in heaven, I don’t believe God wants us to live in chicken shacks here.    WOW!

So more questions arose.  Do I believe God just wants me to skim by month after month?  Is that somehow holier?  Is poverty more spiritual than prosperity?   These are the questions I asked.  If I really believe in the goodness of God was my beliefs on money lining up with that. I don’t see God as a divine vending machine (and I don’t want to be just a ATM for my kids).  I do see his desire to bless and prosper.  I do see him as a good loving father.  What father doesn’t want to see his children succeed and prosper?  To see his children happy and healthy?

I realized that I have no issue praying for physical healing for people.  I know it is God’s will for us to walk in health.  If sickness was good, there would be sickness in heaven… and there isn’t.  Sickness and disease is evil.  God can’t partner with evil.  So I confidently pray on earth as it is in heaven.  What if I take this same belief and apply it to finances?  Does it work the same way?  I know are unlimited resources in heaven.  I don’t have the answers yet, but I am confident that will come.  Right now, I am allowing myself to be challenged.  I am listening to a great audio book called Dynamic Laws of Prosperity.  As a result, I am allowing my beliefs to be stretched and changed.

Herbal medicine cabinet

Maybe you like the idea of being healthy but you just don’t know what else to use when you are sick.  So many of us who grew up with over the counter medicine grab for the familiar when we are under the weather.  Often we don’t take time to read the warning on the medicine.  We assume that if it is in the store it is safe.  But what if a natural product produced the same results without side effects.  I think we all would agree that is preferable.   Alfalfa for example is a great decongestant.  So instead of grabbing Benadryl, I will take a handful for Alfalfa.  I have been so conditioned toward medicine it seems like a miracle every time it works!!

Below is a list of many alternative options for common health concerns.  We all want to do the right thing.  And if we have children we want to do our best for them.  So I hope you find the below list helpful.  Most of the products mentioned below can be found at http://www.shaklee.net/bethd

Building a Shaklee Herbal Medicine Cabinet

Sources: Sherrie Attila, Dave Mulvain, and Gemma Gorham, M.P.H..

(This information is specific to Shaklee supplements.  Amounts will not be specific to other brands)

What is an herb?  Of plant origin whose leaves or stems are used for medicine, seasoning, food or perfume.

Stuffy Noses and Cough

Smash:  5 Alfalfa and 1 Zinc

For Infant or Young Child:  Mix it with tepid (lukewarm) water and pure maple syrup,

put in eye-dropper (like a tea formula)

For Older Child:  Add 1 to 2 NutriFeron.  Mix with applesauce, preferably organic.

Give two to three times a day for a couple days to break up the mucous

For Adults:  5 Alfalfa, 1 Zinc and 2 NutriFeron

Cough: Liquid Lea and chewable Vitamin C

Diarrhea/ Vomiting

NutriFeron

Most powerful front line of defense for the immune system

Safe, natural immune stimulant

Can be crushed or taken as a pill

Stomach Soothing Complex

Great for upset stomachs and even after vomiting stops

Make into a tea or put in 1 Tbsp applesauce

Performance  – Orange or Lemon Lime

Great for preventing dehydration

Mix with tepid water and encourage child to take small sips

Optiflora

Taken for a healthy intestinal track

Recommended as a daily supplement

For Infant:  soak in water and mix with rice cereal

Zinc

Great for severe diarrhea

For children up to one year- take ½ tablet

Increase 5 mg. for every age until you reach 2 tablets total

Fever (can be due to stomach flu, ear ache, sore throat)

Reference:  How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of your Doctor by Dr. Mendelson

Sore throat

Take garlic at the onset of a sore throat, scratchy throat or viral pneumonia

Garlic is known as nature’s antibiotic

One mg of allicin (a component of garlic) has the potency of 15 standard units of penicillin

Garlic is effective against toxic bacteria, viruses, and fungus

For children:  take one garlic, 3 times per day (Crush 2 alfalfa with 3 garlic to help prevent upset stomach)

For adults:  take 9-12 garlic per day to achieve antibiotic effects

For Nursing Moms:  if you take the garlic and alfalfa, it will get to the baby through the milk.  It is also encouraged that you take EZ-Gest, an enzyme that will help break down the garlic for the stomach and the breast milk

For Non-Nursing Moms:  Crush garlic capsule and pour it in baby’s sock and leave in overnight (1 capsule per sock)

Additional Ideas: Mashed potatoes w/ crushed garlic, hummus w/ added garlic, onion soup w/ added garlic, etc.

Chewable C for sore throat.  Feels good on throat.  Gets into the blood quicker if you chew it.

Viruses

Take Shaklee DR (Defend & Resist)

Contains Echinacea, elderberry, larch tree, and zinc

Provides a short term boost to the immune system

Take 7 days on, 3 days off – not to be taken long term

DOSAGE:

6 months old –  ½ capsule once/day

1 year– 1 tablet, increase one tablet per year up

to age 6, totaling six tablets/day

Adult – 6 tablets/day

Helps to stop reproduction of the virus

Other Uses:  Suck on it or crush it up and make into a tea

Reduces the amount of time it takes for your body to heal

NutriFeron

1.  Promotes natural interferon production

2.  Dosage:

1 year old – 1 tablet/day

Older children and adults – 2 tablets/day

Ear Ache

Take NutriFeron, Garlic, Vitamin C, DR (Defend and Resist) and alfalfa 3 times per day (see recommended dosages in above notes)

Onion juice- 2 drops in each ear

Peel onion and put in blender

Strain the mush off and put juice in a small bottle.

Onion juice needs to be tepid, not cold, before putting in the ear

Headaches -Alternative to Over-the-Counter Drugs

Options:

Adults – 5 Calcium, 6 garlic, 3 Pain Relief Complex

Children – 3-4 chew. Calcium, 3 smashed garlic, 1 Pain Relief Complex

Other Helpful Products

Gentle Sleep Complex

Use when a child has a hard time getting to sleep

Put in eye dropper or tea

Herb used as a natural calming agent

Especially good for traveling or when schedule is changed (i.e. company visiting)

EZ-Gest

Complete complex that breaks down dairy, legumes, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats

For lactose intolerance

Also use when introducing new foods – Mix ½ capsule in applesauce

HerbLax

For constipation

Especially for traveling

Take with GLA, increased water, and increased fiber

Immunity Formula I

Immune stimulating product that stimulates cells to produce antibodies

Taken when you are extremely ill

If Nursing, the mother can take a maximum of 4 per day to help stimulate the immune system

For Younger Children, prick the capsule and squeeze into applesauce and liquid of Formula I

Daily Plan

Goal:  To help build your family’s health when they are NOT sick

NutriFeron – This herbal formulation is key for any wellness program.

Optiflora– Prebiotic and Probiotic– a healthy digestive tract is the basis of all health.  It is the first line of defense.

Vita-Lea  or Ocean Wonders– Kid’s Vita Lea contains xylitol, a sweetener that helps prevent tooth decay and may help prevent ear infections (Finnish Study)

Vitamin C – Sustained Release or chewable

Calcium – chewable or swallow

Protein drink– used for energy w/out raising insulin, contains amino acids, the

Building blocks of all cells

Building a Shaklee Herbal Medicine Cabinet

Sources: Sherrie Attila, Dave Mulvain, and Gemma Gorham, M.P.H..

(This information is specific to Shaklee supplements.  Amounts will not be specific to other brands)

What is an herb?  Of plant origin whose leaves or stems are used for medicine, seasoning, food or perfume.

Stuffy Noses and Cough

Smash:  5 Alfalfa and 1 Zinc

For Infant or Young Child:  Mix it with tepid (lukewarm) water and pure maple syrup,

put in eye-dropper (like a tea formula)

For Older Child:  Add 1 to 2 NutriFeron.  Mix with applesauce, preferably organic.

Give two to three times a day for a couple days to break up the mucous

For Adults:  5 Alfalfa, 1 Zinc and 2 NutriFeron

Cough: Liquid Lea and chewable Vitamin C

Diarrhea/ Vomiting

NutriFeron

Most powerful front line of defense for the immune system

Safe, natural immune stimulant

Can be crushed or taken as a pill

Stomach Soothing Complex

Great for upset stomachs and even after vomiting stops

Make into a tea or put in 1 Tbsp applesauce

Performance  – Orange or Lemon Lime

Great for preventing dehydration

Mix with tepid water and encourage child to take small sips

Optiflora

Taken for a healthy intestinal track

Recommended as a daily supplement

For Infant:  soak in water and mix with rice cereal

Zinc

Great for severe diarrhea

For children up to one year- take ½ tablet

Increase 5 mg. for every age until you reach 2 tablets total

Fever (can be due to stomach flu, ear ache, sore throat)

Reference:  How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of your Doctor by Dr. Mendelson

Sore throat

Take garlic at the onset of a sore throat, scratchy throat or viral pneumonia

Garlic is known as nature’s antibiotic

One mg of allicin (a component of garlic) has the potency of 15 standard units of penicillin

Garlic is effective against toxic bacteria, viruses, and fungus

For children:  take one garlic, 3 times per day (Crush 2 alfalfa with 3 garlic to help prevent upset stomach)

For adults:  take 9-12 garlic per day to achieve antibiotic effects

For Nursing Moms:  if you take the garlic and alfalfa, it will get to the baby through the milk.  It is also encouraged that you take EZ-Gest, an enzyme that will help break down the garlic for the stomach and the breast milk

For Non-Nursing Moms:  Crush garlic capsule and pour it in baby’s sock and leave in overnight (1 capsule per sock)

Additional Ideas: Mashed potatoes w/ crushed garlic, hummus w/ added garlic, onion soup w/ added garlic, etc.

Chewable C for sore throat.  Feels good on throat.  Gets into the blood quicker if you chew it.

Viruses

Take Shaklee DR (Defend & Resist)

Contains Echinacea, elderberry, larch tree, and zinc

Provides a short term boost to the immune system

Take 7 days on, 3 days off – not to be taken long term

DOSAGE:

6 months old –  ½ capsule once/day

1 year– 1 tablet, increase one tablet per year up

to age 6, totaling six tablets/day

Adult – 6 tablets/day

Helps to stop reproduction of the virus

Other Uses:  Suck on it or crush it up and make into a tea

Reduces the amount of time it takes for your body to heal

NutriFeron

1.  Promotes natural interferon production

2.  Dosage:

1 year old – 1 tablet/day

Older children and adults – 2 tablets/day

Ear Ache

Take NutriFeron, Garlic, Vitamin C, DR (Defend and Resist) and alfalfa 3 times per day (see recommended dosages in above notes)

Onion juice- 2 drops in each ear

Peel onion and put in blender

Strain the mush off and put juice in a small bottle.

Onion juice needs to be tepid, not cold, before putting in the ear

Headaches -Alternative to Over-the-Counter Drugs

Options:

Adults – 5 Calcium, 6 garlic, 3 Pain Relief Complex

Children – 3-4 chew. Calcium, 3 smashed garlic, 1 Pain Relief Complex

Other Helpful Products

Gentle Sleep Complex

Use when a child has a hard time getting to sleep

Put in eye dropper or tea

Herb used as a natural calming agent

Especially good for traveling or when schedule is changed (i.e. company visiting)

EZ-Gest

Complete complex that breaks down dairy, legumes, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats

For lactose intolerance

Also use when introducing new foods – Mix ½ capsule in applesauce

HerbLax

For constipation

Especially for traveling

Take with GLA, increased water, and increased fiber

Immunity Formula I

Immune stimulating product that stimulates cells to produce antibodies

Taken when you are extremely ill

If Nursing, the mother can take a maximum of 4 per day to help stimulate the immune system

For Younger Children, prick the capsule and squeeze into applesauce and liquid of Formula I

Daily Plan

Goal:  To help build your family’s health when they are NOT sick

NutriFeron – This herbal formulation is key for any wellness program.

Optiflora– Prebiotic and Probiotic– a healthy digestive tract is the basis of all health.  It is the first line of defense.

Vita-Lea  or Ocean Wonders– Kid’s Vita Lea contains xylitol, a sweetener that helps prevent tooth decay and may help prevent ear infections (Finnish Study)

Vitamin C – Sustained Release or chewable

Calcium – chewable or swallow

Protein drink– used for energy w/out raising insulin, contains amino acids, the

Building blocks of all cells

Dangers of Fabric Softner and Dryer Sheets

Ok, so a friend just sent me this article.  It is eye opening.  Who knew?  Well, most of us who grew up with dryer sheets and fabric softner just never thought about it.  And don’t we all think that if something is sold at a grocery store that is must be safe.  Well, think again.  So before you read this, this is a no guilt zone.  If you use products like the ones in the article, just switch to safer ones.  Don’t think about all the years you used them.  Think about how you are thankful that you now know.  Sometimes we have so much guilt that we don’t do anything.  In the end, that doesn’t help anyone.  So as you read the below article, extend grace to yourself if you have used these products in the past.

The Toxic Danger of Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheets
By B. Williams
Many people will remember a famous TV ad where a woman races to her washing machine, fabric softener in hand, only to arrive just as the wash ends. This woman who “forgot to add the fabric softener” was actually doing herself and her family a favor.
Although they may make your clothes feel soft and smell fresh, fabric softener and dryer sheets are some of the most toxic products around. And chances are that the staggering 99.8 percent of Americans who use common commercial detergents, fabric softeners, bleaches, and stain removers would think twice if they knew they contained chemicals that could cause cancer and brain damage.
Laundry
Here is a list of just some of the chemicals found in fabric softeners and dryer sheets:
* Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer
* Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant
* Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders
* Limonene: Known carcinogen
* A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage
* Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list
* Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders
* Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic
* Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders
* Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled
So how could products with pretty names like Soft Ocean Mist, Summer Orchard and April Fresh be so dangerous?
The chemicals in fabric softeners are pungent and strong smelling — so strong that they require the use of these heavy fragrances (think 50 times as much fragrance) just to cover up the smells. Furthermore, synthetic fabrics, which are the reason fabric softeners were created in the first place, do not smell good either when heated in a dryer or heated by our bodies … hence the need for even more hefty fragrances.
In other words, remove all the added fragrance that endears people to fabric softeners and — like the cliché wolf in sheep’s clothing — the real smells of the chemical-laced fabric softener and the synthetic fabrics they were designed around may prompt people to shoot their laundry machines and be done with it.
Are “Soft” Clothes Worth It?
Fabric softeners are made to stay in your clothing for long periods of time. As such, chemicals are slowly released either into the air for you to inhale or onto your skin for you to absorb. Dryer sheets are particularly noxious because they are heated in the dryer and the chemicals are released through dryer vents and out into the environment. Health effects from being exposed to the chemicals in fabric softeners include:
* Central nervous system disorders
* Headaches
* Nausea
* Vomiting
* Dizziness
* Blood pressure reduction
* Irritation to skin, mucus membranes and respiratory tract
* Pancreatic cancer
Baby Fabric
Soften Your Clothes Safely With These Tips
Even if you don’t feel the effects of these chemicals today, they can affect you gradually over timeand children, whose systems are still developing, are particularly at risk. There’s really no reason to expose yourself to these risky chemicals when natural alternatives exist. Not only are they safer for you, your family and the environment, but they’re much more economical too:
* Add a quarter cup of baking soda to wash cycle to soften fabric
* Add a quarter cup of white vinegar to rinse to soften fabric and eliminate cling
* Check out your local health food store for a natural fabric softener that uses a natural base like soy instead of chemicals (or Shaklee!! )
It’s likely that fabric softeners and dryer sheets aren’t the only toxic products in your home. Many household products that consumers regard as safe are also full of toxic chemicals. Our past articles on PEG Compounds in Cosmetics and Phenols in Common Household Cleansers are two of the all-time most popular articles on SixWise.com and will make you more aware of the pervasiveness of harmful chemicals that can be eliminated from your home.

 

 

5 Steps to Being Beautiful from the Inside Out

by Cassiani Friz

1.  Eat juicy, crisp vegetables-Cucumber, romaine lettuce, radishes, jicama, onions

These amazing and refreshing veggies are loaded with the most pure, mineral and vitamin dense clean water, which hydrates your entire body.  They are also rich in silica and sulfur (especially onions and garlic).  The combination of rich in minerals and rich in hydrogen/water means that these food specifically target beautifying your skin and body.  Think of the classic cucumber over the eyes treatment- the soothing juices smooth wrinkles, remove under-eye bags, and rehydrate tired eyes making them shiny and bright.  This is true also when you consume them internally.  The silica and sulfur also work to firm and tone the skin by meshing the water into the collagen network, giving you fresh, plump, moist skin, the opposite of wrinkly, dry skin.  Eating these for a snack with hummus, yogurt, or just plain, heals your body.  This is the opposite of most snack foods.  Instead of pretzels (dry, brittle, salty), chips (oily, dry, salty), cookies (sugary, dry, salty), if you eat cucumbers, radishes, and jicama, you’re putting refreshing, cleansing, nourishing minerals and fluids in your body.

2.  Eat quality saturated fats-organic butter, coconut oil (cold pressed), egg yolks and cold-pressed olive oil

Processed saturated fats are not good.  But no processed oils (corn, canola, soy, ‘pure’ olive oil) are good for the skin and body.  Saturated fats are used by the body to build cell walls.  In this way, the firmness, the ‘saturatedness’ makes them ideal structure holders.  Wrinkles are linked to consuming soft, processed vegetable oil, which the cells then use to build their cell wall structures.  But the firmness is lost.  To maintain clear, smooth skin, eating quality saturated fats and cholesterol (also key for brain cells, eye health, and joints) gives your body the tools to repair and maintain firm, rich skin.  The fats create the structure that is also supported by the juicy crisp vegetables.  The combination rebuilds the collagen layer under your epidermis, actually reversing some damages over time.  Fats in snack foods are always rancid, processed fats, and will lead to patches of dry, oily, acne prone skin with fine wrinkles.

3.  Laugh often and out loud-giggle, smile and belly laugh daily

“Laughter is the best medicine.”  Laughing is healing, it release endorphins, dopamine, reduces histamine/inflammation, and increases seratonin levels.  All that said, if you’re not happy, laughing can actually make you happy.  And healing, beauty and joy all start on the inside.  So don’t frown, scowl, or cry often, these things actually make you less beautiful.  People enjoy being around people who laugh, and people who laugh enjoy themselves.

4.  Chew your food-chew every mouthful at least 25 times

Digestion starts in the mouth.  Many food problems are related to undigested foods setting off allergic reactions in the body.  Chewing well minimizes the allergenic properties of many foods by mixing your saliva, rich in enzymes, with the proteins and fats, making them easier to digest.  Chewing minimizes gas, stomach upset, overeating, and constipation because the food is liquid when it gets to your stomach, which allows it to digest effectively and easily.  Your body gets more nourishment from the same foods as the nutrients are already broken down and effectively used.  It also allows you to be thoughtful during meals, thankful for the food, for your family, for your body and for every good thing God has given you.  This is hard to learn, but once you master it, it is something that will keep you healthy throughout your life.

5.  Sleep well and avoid stimulants-coffee, tea, sugar, msg, white flour

Rest is vital to maintaining beauty.  If you don’t sleep well, your eyes become dull, your skin rough and blotchy, and your digestion slow and ineffective.  Sleep is when your body cleans and resets itself.  Sleeping at least 6 hours a night, but ideally 8, is a natural beauty builder.  To sleep well, you should not eat foods that interfere with sleep.  Foods like candy, sugary cereal, cakes and cookies should be minimized or avoided entirely.  No one needs them, but they cause the body to crave more and more, and also affect your body’s ability to rest and recharge.  Sugar also causes your face and skin to retain water, leading you to look tired and sad.  Trying to consume sugar or stimulants to feel more energetic also leads to depleting the body of water, minerals, and health.  Get your beauty rest, ladies, it’s free, simple, and will also help you stay young longer.

Cassi Friz

Certified Holistic Health Counselor

www.cassifriz.com

Benefits of Shaklee’s CINCH Energy Tea

The Benefits of  “Cinch Energy Tea Mix”

The FDA prohibits Shaklee from making medicinal claims regarding this
incredibly valuable product, but if you do your research, you will discover
a tea that you will want to drink everyday due to its long list of
benefits.Ingredients of Cinch Energy Tea Mix:

*       Taurine – an amino acid
*       Maltodextrin – a polysaccharide produced from corn starch
*       Rooibos Red Tea Extract – an native plant (herb) only found in the
Cedarburg mountain region of South Africa . known as “The Miracle Tea” or
“Long Life Tea”
*       Green Tea Extract – anti-oxidant blend
*       Natural Flavors
*       White Tea Extract – the least processed form of tea
*       Matcha Green Tea Powder – Japan’s highest grade of green tea (the
greener than green superfood”

Shaklee refers to it as “Liquid Oomph”

*       containing exotic white, red and Matcha green teas
*       that make an extraordinary drink which is a safe, natural, healthy,
and effective alternative for boosting energy
*       with only 5 calories per serving
*       great in hot or iced water

Red, white, green & Matcha teas are ranked as leading health-giving
substances in traditional Chinese medicine. They have been known for
centuries to have many positive properties:

*       anti-microbial
*       immunostimulatory
*       anticarcinogenic
*       anti-inflammatory
*       protective against cardiovascular disease
*       detoxifiers
*       energy & fat loss stimulators

       As you will see below, there are some incredible health benefits in
each “tea stick” . carry them in your purse, your pocket, your brief case,
etc. You don’t want to be without them.
Ingredient Benefits:

Taurine (an amino acid)

*       provides detoxifying properties
*       provides antioxidant properties, and guards cellular tissue against
toxic substances
*       causes fat solubilization
*       increases the production of bile in the liver (helps keep bile in a
liquid state, and is less likely to form gallstones)
*       critical for brain development – is used to treat anxiety, epilepsy,
hyperactivity, poor brain function and seizures.
*       critical for eye health . a deficiency causes retinal degeneration .
adequate amounts of taurine reduce the risk of macular degeneration
*       stabilizes cell membranes in electrically active tissues such as the
brain & heart. In the heart it strengthens the heart muscle and helps
stabilize arrhythmias by keeping potassium and magnesium inside the cells
and keeping excess sodium out.
*       helps regulate blood pressure and reduces serum cholesterol levels
*       acts like a diuretic, without the side effects of pharmaceutical
diuretics
*       reduces symptoms of Type 1 or insulin-dependant diabetes by
strengthening the beta cells in the pancreas
*       helps people with cystic fibrosis to digest fats more successfully
*       provides respiratory protection and is useful in the treatment of
Asthma

Rooibos Red Tea (pronounced roy-boss) (reduces aging of the skin, muscles, internal organs & brain)

*       is a native plant (herb) only found in Cedarburg mountain regions of
South Africa where it is known as “The Miracle Tea” or “Long Life Tea”
*       has 50x the anti-oxidant properties of green tea
*       is naturally high in Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD), an outstanding
antioxidant and a prime preventative of free radical damage.
*       is beneficial in treating insomnia, irritability, headaches,
cataracts, nervous tension & hypertension
*       contains anti-spasmodic agents which helps relieve stomach cramping
& colic
*       in South Africa it is used to treat allergies such as hay fever,
asthma & eczema
*       contains alpha-hydroxy (for healthy skin) . is very useful in
treating irritated skin
*       contains anti-oxidants that protect against free radical damage that
can lead to cancer, heart attack, and stroke (slows the aging process &
boosts the immune system)
*       contains a smorgasbord of minerals

Green Tea (protects health & delays aging)

*       2 cups of green tea are approximately twice the antioxidants of red
wine and 7x that of orange juice and 20x that of apple juice.
*       contains ingredients that cause body fat reduction, therefore aiding
in weight loss
*       increases the metabolism
*       alkalizes the body and intestinal tract (therefore, helps reduce
candida). improves conditions of intestines by blocking growth of bad
bacteria and enhancing good bacteria like bifidus. Improves conditions of
intestines by blocking growth of bad bacteria and enhancing good bacteria
like bifidus.
*       epidemiological reports show it reduces risk of several cancers.
*       protects the cardiovascular system (reduces significantly serum and
liver cholesterol, reduces the risk of death from heart disease, and
controls blood pressure)
*       protects the brain and the kidneys
*       helps lower blood sugar in diabetics
*       suppresses aggregation of platelets and prevents thrombosis such as
heart attacks and brain strokes
*       controls the production of nitric oxide
*       promotes oral health & hygiene – inhibits the causative bacteria
which contributes to the formation of dental plaque and cavities. (Green tea
has been found to be a potential chemopreventative agent for the treatment
of oral leukoplakia, a precursor lesion to oral cancer)
*       WBC counts are maintained more effectively in cancer patients
consuming green tea compared to non-supplemented patients
*       reduces high blood sugar
*       a cup of green tea contains about 15 to 30 mg of caffeine, but
because green tea also contains theanine (an amino acid that calms) it
counteracts the effects of caffeine
*       aids in the detoxification of heavy metals (such as lead, mercury,
cadmium, etc.)

*       active ingredients include

Polyphenols – a class of phytochemicals found in high concentrations in green tea, and have been associated with heart disease and cancer prevention. One cup of green tea provides 10-40 mg of polyphenols and has antioxidant effects greater than a serving of broccoli, spinach, carrots, or strawberries.

Catechins – are a category of polyphenols that work to scavenge active oxygen species in the blood and help protect the body fromharmful microorganisms

One specific catchin is known as EGCG(epigallocatechin gallate) – which reduces inflammation in many types of conditions, including Crohn’s disease and arthritis. It has antioxidant activity about 25 to 100 times more potent than vitamins C & E.

Theanine – an amino acid that produces tranquilizing effects in the brain (3 to 4 cups of green tea are expected to contain 100 to 200 mg of theanine)

Saponins – Natural inflammatory agents

Flavonoids – substances essential for processing vitamin C and for maintaining the strength of the capillary walls.

White Tea

*       The least processed form of tea . made from buds and young leaves
*       Has more anti-mutagenic (anti-cancer) activity than green tea
(highly recommended to reduce the risk of colon cancer)
*       Contains high concentrations of catechins including EGCG

Matcha Green Tea Powder

*       Matcha is Japan’s highest grade of tea . it is made from gyokuro, a
green tea that has been grown under 90% shade 21 days prior to harvest.
*       Matcha contains 10 to 200 times the antioxidant levels of normal
green tea (this is a greener than green superfood)
*       It contains 9x the beta-carotene of spinach and 4x the beta carotene
of carrots
*       Boosts energy levels without the crazy over-stimulating effects of
coffee (is also gentle on the tummy and gastrointestinal system)
*       Boosts metabolic rate by 35 to 40%, therefore Increases weight loss
*       Energizes detoxification of the liver, the entire body, including
the brain
*       A serving of Matcha contains about 70x more antioxidants than a
glass of orange juice.
*       The amino acid L-theanine is abundant, and has the paradoxical
effect of causing relaxation & alertness simultaneously

Reports affirming the Benefits of Red, Green & White and MatchaTeas:

* WebMD Medical News, March 11, 2003 – Green Tea & White Tea Fight Colon
Cancer – drink 3 cups a day for cancer-prevention benefits. “Antioxidants
and polyphenols – cancer prevention compounds – are found in highest levels
in white tea, which is the least processed of all teas,” wirtes lead author
Gayle A. Orner, PhD, a researcher with the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon
State University. Her study of teas’s protective effects against colon
cancer appears in the February 2003 issue of “Carcinogenesis”.

   * American Cancer Society – . those who regularly drink green tea are
48% less likely to develop stomach cancer, and 51% less likely to develop
chronic gastritis than those who do not regularly drink green tea

   * Boston University Schools of Medicine & Public Health – Drinking green
tea may help protect women from getting breast cancer.

   * National Library of Medicine – consumption of green tea may be
prophylactic for arthritis and may benefit the arthritis patient by reducing
inflammation and slowing cartilage breakdown

   * Clinical Cancer Research, University of California, Los Angeles (Feb.
15, 2005 issue) – Green tea thwarts cancer and many of green tea components
work synergistically to protect us.

   * Science Daily – Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered that a
component in green tea helps kill cells of the most common leukemia in the
United States. CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) is a malignant blood
disease that afflicts about 7,000 Americans per year and kills 4,500. But
now scientists at the Mayo Clinic have found a way of killing CLL cells in
the test tube that could potentially be developed into a treatment for CLL,
and possibly other cancers in living humans. The agent in question is called
epigallocatechin (EGCG). It is an antioxidant that is found in both black
and green tea, but more abundantly in the unfermented green variety. The
anticancer activity of green tea has been known for years. Scientists have
identified at least one of the mechanisms by which EGCG seems to work to
fight cancer . it inhibits a key “signaling pathway”, called vacular
endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which is responsible for transmitting
instructions at the molecular level to cancer cells, prompting them to grow
and multiply.

   * Fujiki, 120, 128, 129 – Green tea is an acknowledged cancer
preventative in Japan. It is possible that the catechins, particularly EGCG,
inhibit the initiation and promotion phases of cancer development by
preventing free radical damage to DNA. They have a wide range of target
organs, such as the digestive tract including esophagus, stomach, duodunem,
and colon, plus liver, lung, pancreas, and skin. Recently breast, bladder
and prostate have been added to the list. This wide range of target organs
makes green teas significantly different from standard cancer preventative
drugs. Green tea has inhibitory effects on growth of cancer cells. The tea
has also been shown effective in helping prevent recurrence.

   * American Journal of Clinical Nutrition November 1999 – Green tea
increases noradrenaline levels. Noradrenaline is a chemical neurotransmitter
in the nervous system that plays a major role in activation of brown fat
tissue. Activation of brown fat is significant, because it burns calories
from the white fat located around our waistline, hips and thighs.

   * WebMD Medical News January 26, 2003 – Catechins in green tea not only
help burn calories, but also they lower LDL cholesterol.

Information Provided by:

Martha Willmore is a Wellness Coach, internationally known educator, and author in the field of complementary health care.

During her health career of 25 years, she has earned respect in the field of Functional Wellness, Hormonal Wellness, and Complementary Health Care.

She operates a wellness consultation business, is the administrator of “The Institute of Optimal Lifestyle Wellness” in Canada, and is the Nutritional Consultant at McKinley-Molodynia Chiropractic Clinic,a Holistic Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

She is the author of over 100 published health articles. She is a mother and grandmother.

Martha has been a distributor of Shaklee Products for 25 years, and is a Key Coordinator.