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Real Dirt on Clean Water

Everyone knows that water is essential to life. But what’s coming out of your tap or bottle may not really be your healthiest choice.

Sure, your water may look clean but is it?

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn

Most people think that governmental agencies ensure that our water’s clean. And while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Clean Water Act to safeguard our water supply, it only set standards and testing requirements in our municipal water treatment facilities for 114 different contaminants out of literally hundreds more.

In fact, the Environmental Working Group obtained test results from a database of over 20 million records from state water officials to determine the quality of drinking water in 45 states. The results revealed 316 contaminants were present in our water supplies. Among them were 202 chemicals that aren’t regulated by any safe water standards.i

Checking the quality of your local water is easy to do. Just visit the National Drinking Water Database.

So yes, your water looks clean. But really, it’s not.

Why Filtration?

The simple answer? You either use a filter or you are the filter.

Only 2% of all treated water is used for drinking water. The rest is used on your lawn, shower, laundry, or used for farms or industry. It’s simply too time-consuming and expensive to test and remove the thousands of chemicals that may be present in any particular water source.

And even if your water was perfectly clean before it left your municipality, it still has miles to travel in pipes before it gets to your home. Who knows what it runs into along the way?

What are you really drinking?

Here’s what may be in your water, and some of its hazardous effects:

Industrial Pollutants (such as benzene, nitrates, and petrochemicals): Long-term exposure may cause increased risk of cancer, as well as blood, nervous system, kidney, and liver problems.

Agricultural Pollutants (pesticides such as atrazine, lindane, alachlor, and others): Long-term exposure may cause increased risk of cancer, as well as eye, liver, kidney, spleen, blood, and nervous system problems.

Heavy Metals (such as lead, copper, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium): Even at low levels, long-term exposure may cause behavioral problems and learning disabilities. The EPA estimates that between 10 and 20% of total lead exposure in young children comes from drinking water.ii

Disinfection By-products (such as: trihalomethanes, chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane,and bromoform): Long-term exposure may cause increased risk of cancer, as well as liver, kidney, or central nWater Bottlesrvous system problems.

With all these problems with tap water, you might think that bottled water is the answer—but you’re wrong. What most people don’t know is that there’re no regulations regarding the quality of bottled water. That’s right, none. Bottling companies don’t even have the same regulations to follow that your local municipal water supply does. That means that despite the clean look of your bottle, in many cases the water it contains isn’t any better than tap water.

The bottom line is that you can’t control what happens to your water before it gets to your house. But you can control what happens after. If you want to make sure you have r

Get Clean Water

Get Clean Water

eally clean drinking water, you really have to use a filter—a good one.

Why Get Clean® Water?

Because it’s safe, powerful, green and smart—and it outperforms both Brita® and PUR®*, hands-down:

Safe:  It reduces 59 harmful contaminants—at least 21 of which Brita doesn’t even touch—including up to 99% of water-borne lead.

Powerful:   It’s incredibly thrifty, delivering over 80 gallons of purer water from every hardworking, environmentally friendly filter—twice as much as big-name brands—for just a little over a penny per glass**.

Green:   It uses a unique refillable filter system, so there’s less waste in landfills.†

Smart:   It features a convenient smart-meter that shows you exactly when to replace your filter, so there’s no more guessing. And on top of all that, it’s ‘Gold Seal’ certified to tough ANSI/NSF Standards 42 and 53 by the Water Quality Association (WQA).

Ready to feel better with good Clean Water?  Visit my site  Elise.MyShaklee.com for purchasing options and more information!  Good health is a choice we make all through the day, make Shaklee Products part of those choices. Stay Well! Elise

i http://www.ewg.org/tap-water/executive-summary.php

ii http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/lead/lead1.cfm

* Comparison of current WQA and NSF certified reduction claims conduced on May 26, 2011, referencing Brita® pitchers using OB03 cartridge and PUR® pitchers using CFR-950Z cartridge and is valid only for the named products marketed at that time. Product data claims obtained from the NSF and WQA website certification listings. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. “Big name brands” defined as Brita and Pur.

** Compared to Brita and Pur pitcher filters at 40 gallons.

† Compared to traditional carbon production.

Source: Shaklee Corporation 04/10/13

Just how Toxic is Your World?

In a recent article, Dr Richard Brouse, explored some of the sources of Toxicity in our lives and the unfortunate consequences of this toxicity.  Not only are there many different sources of toxins, there are also many levels of toxicity! Oh my…

There are many sources of toxins in our busy industrial world.  From automobiles to the food we eat, toxins are in our word.  Yes, I said the food we eat.  Farmers are using more and more pesticides, herbicides and GMO plants.  The pesticides and herbicides linger in the food and ground water, making there way into our bodies on a daily basis.  People are having allergic reactions to foods now due to the GMO process.  The combining of genes from one plant to another is creating new allergies and sensitivities that have not existed before.

Water, air, plastics, cosmetics, building materials, fabrics, detergents and fabric softeners, household cleaners, carpets, personal care items and air fresheners are just a partial list of possible chemical pollutants that we encounter each day.  Also, we need to remember the prescription drugs we take along with over the counter medications that we take.  All have ingredients that our bodies have to filter and discard.  And each time you eat food from a plastic container, you ingest chemical pollutants.

Now when we eat our food, let’s not forget items like food coloring, artificial flavorings, processed flours and sugars, preservatives, stabilizers and more.  So I think the message here is to eat as much organic foods as possible, avoid processed foods and filter your water.

Using as many natural, organic products as well as cooking with glass if you use a microwave will help us have a healthier life.  Many toxins can be avoided if we change to natural cleaners for the house and laundry.  Clothing and bedding washed in toxic detergents are major sources of toxins since our skin in the largest organ of our body. Taking care of yourself, staying in wellness rather than disease care will make your life better and healthier.  For more information on Toxins in your life, visit www.greenhome-healthyyou.com/

Simple Changes Make a Big Difference

Life today is a risky business when it comes to drinking water and food.  As a person who believes in and takes natural supplements, I am always amused when people tell me that they will not take anything that their doctor has not prescribed.  Little do they know about all the chemicals (most untested for human toxicity) and drugs that lurk in our food, water and air.  We are “taking” things not prescribed by doctors all the time just by drinking water and eating our food and don’t even think a thing about it.

There have been dramatic changes in the our food supply as well as our eating habits that are causing equally dramatic changes in our health.  While we are using more pesticides and herbicides along with genetic manipulation of crops, the nutritional of our food has decreased since the 1950’s. Crops are picked before they are ripe, lowering the nutritional potential of the fruits and vegetables.

Our drinking water is the source a myriad of chemicals including prescription drugs, industrial pollutants, agricultural runoff  and fertilizers.   Now 20% of the lead exposure we get on a daily basis, including bottled water.   Using filtered water is sensible and a healthier way to get the much needed hydration we need daily.

Get Clean Water

Get Clean Water

So think carefully the next time you turn your nose up at the idea of taking a natural supplement, remember all the chemicals you are “taking” because of poor quality drinking water  and our food sources.  Do something good for yourself.  Make some simple changes in your food, water and supplementation to have a healthier life.

Use  filtered water such as from Get Clean Water from Shaklee since it filters 99% of the lead from water along with many agricultural and industrial pollutants.  Purchase organic foods from local growers.  Talk with the grower if possible to establish how they grow their crops, what pest control methods they choose and how they handle the food once it is picked.  Avoid processed and fast foods because of preservatives, fat content and sodium levels.

Increase your exercise each day, walk or jog in your neighborhood, use the Wii Fit program at home, go to a gym or local fitness center or take classes in dance.  Eat well and use good natural supplements.  I always recommend Shaklee supplements since they are known for being safe and contaminate free.   In my “Supplements to Avoid” post on August 22nd, I sited Dr Jamie McManus explaining why Shaklee supplements are safe.

Simple Changes Make a Big Difference every day of your life.  When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change!  Eat good healthy food, exercise daily, drink filtered drinking water, and supplement wisely! Stay Healthy!! Elise

Know what you are Eating

Pesticides and herbicides are used on non-organic fruits and vegetables to help the crop  have more product per acre.  However these same chemicals are not so good for the people who eat them.  The more we know about the effects of these commonly used pesticides and herbicides on people, them more I don’t want to eat them!  And you might want to do the same if you are concerned about the health of yourself and your family.

Strawberries

Dr. Andrew Weil has a partnership with the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health.  Dr. Weil has complied a list of fruits and vegetables that should be organic when purchased.

Vegetables

The List tested fruits and vegetables that had been washed as a family would normally wash produce.  These fruits and vegetables all have high levels of pesticides and herbicides and should be only purchased if organically farmed.  Included in his list of “dirty foods” are celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries(domestic), nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach, collard greens/kale, cherries, potatoes and grapes (imported).   To learn more about these “dirty” fruits and vegetables, check out Dr. Weil’s articles.

Always wash your fruits and vegetables before preparation and eating!  Buy local and organi whenever possible.  Keeping yourself and your family healthy takes a little more planning, but is easier than being sick!  Stay Well, Elise!

CDC’s New Indoor Air Policy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a policy on indoor air policy for all its buildings whether owned, leased or rented.  According to the CDC:  “This policy establishes guidance and procedures to protect and maintain safe indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and guidelines for reporting and investigating complaints. This policy applies to all CDC workers (employees, contractors, guest researchers, etc.) at all CDC facilities, both leased and owned, and all CDC work areas including animal facilities.”

CDC in Atlanta

The CDC Policy further states:  “CDC will ensure that products used in the workplace, such as soaps, cleaning products, paints, etc. are safe and odor-free or emit low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to the fullest extent feasible. Only Green Cleaning Products shall be specified and used within CDC facilities and leased spaces unless otherwise approved by the Office of Health and Safety.”

The CDC Indoor Environmental Quality also has rules for personal fragrances and more.  The policy includes a list of Non-Permissible Products:

“Non-Permissible Products:  Scented or fragranced products are prohibited at all times in all interior space owned, rented, or leased by CDC. This includes the use of: Incense, candles, or reed diffusers; Fragrance-emitting devices of any kind;  Wall-mounted devices, similar to fragrance-emitting devices, that operate automatically or by pushing a button to dispense deodorizers or disinfectants;   Potpourri;  Plug-in or spray air fresheners;  Urinal or toilet blocks;  Other fragranced deodorizer/re-odorizer products.

Personal care products (e.g. colognes, perfumes, essential oils, scented skin and hair products) should not be applied at or near actual workstations, restrooms, or anywhere in CDC owned or leased buildings.

In addition, CDC encourages employees to be as fragrance-free as possible when they arrive in the workplace. Fragrance is not appropriate for a professional work environment, and the use of some products with fragrance may be detrimental to the health of workers with chemical sensitivities, allergies, asthma, and chronic headaches/migraines.”

As you can see, Green Cleaning Products, Natural and Organic Hair Care Products, Shower Gels and Body Lotions, Skin Care Products,  Laundry Products and Daily Personal Products are the options available to comply with the new policy.  The company that was the first Company in the World to be Climate Neutral Certified has the products you need.  Stay Well!  Elise

Salmon Capital of the World! Ketchikan AK

Salmon Run Ketchikan Creek by Elise Hearn 2009

On my recent journey to Alaska, I had the pleasure to again visit Ketchikan.  A beautiful city on Revillagigedo Island, in southeast Alaska.  Ketchikan is close to Misty Fjords National Monument, where day trips are meant to discover part of this largest wilderness in Alaska.  Ketchikan as well as Misty Fjords National Monument receive over 100 inches of rain each year so mist is often hanging on the hills and mountains in the area.  About 32 inches of snow falls in the area each year, but the temperatures are moderate.

Know as the Salmon Capital of the World, Ketchikan is a friendly city, with many other reasons to visit.  During my visit, the salmon were on their fall run up Ketchikan Creek that runs in front of the famous Creek Street Shops.  Heading upstream to spawn and then die, the creek was full of salmon fulling their life cycle.  It was amazing to see these fish fling themselves upstream against the strong currents.

A visit to the Tongass National Forest, part of the world’s largest temperate rainforest, will have you wanting to visit again and again.

HRH The Prince of Wales’ Rainforests Project

Interesting video from HRH The Prince of Wales. The Prince of Wales is talking about saving the rainforests of the world. In his words, there is more C02 released from the cutting of the rainforests than all the transportation in the world(boats, cars, trains, planes, etc!)! This puts a new twist on C02 emissions now, doesn’t it!

Visit The Prince’s Rainforests Project for more information.

Toxic Chemicals to Remove Pt IV– Toxic Soap Opera Finale!

Wow, are those chemicals scary or what?  Now what do we do so we don’t irritate our skin, eyes, lungs and more?  “Green” is the way to go but that too can be problematic if you don’t read the labels!  Reading more labels, just what we all want.   So we know what chemicals to avoid as well as those with “harmful if…”.

But remember, the government does not require manufacturers to list ingredients on household products. Manufacturers are required to have a Material Safety Data Sheet (an MSDS), which lists precautions and known health effects, available on request.  Or you can go to the EPA site to research a specific chemical.

Now, to make things even more confusing, there are no regulations on the words Green, Natural, Environmentally Friendly or Eco-Friendly.  These words have no regulated meanings, so they are useless when it comes to cleaning products according to Jane Hoback, a freelance writer from Denver in a recent article.

I use Shaklee’s Get Clean Products and love the results.  They really work and don’t make me sick, cough or suffocate when I use them.  Get Clean products are biodegradable, which means they break down easily instead of hanging around for hundreds of years. And they don’t contain any of the ingredients we have discussed earlier.  We have seen how those chemicals are harmful to us as well as the planet.

Shaklee’s Get Clean Products are SAFE FOR THE PLANET as well as SAFE FOR YOU  because they are:

Sustainably Sourced Natural Ingredients     – Biodegradable     – No Chlorineget-clean-products-1-5-x3-5-72dpi-copy

– No Phosphates – No Nitrates

– No Borates     – No Animal Testing

And Shaklee’s Get Clean Products outperform the national brands.  When tested in third party laboratories, the Get Clean products  out performed  Bounce, Windex, OxiClean, Method or Seventh Generation Dish Wash Concentrate, as well as Spray n’ Wash.  Your home can be both safe and clean, along with being environmentally friendly!

Toxic Chemicals to Remove From Home Pt III

Toxic Soap Opera Continues, Part III:
We have seen 10 chemicals that are found in common household cleaners that we use each day in our homes.    The effects on humans so far have ranged from skin irritation to DEATH! Now that is a bit much for me.  Here are the Final 5 Chemicals that we are looking at in this series.leucine-100x150
*  Ammonia Strong harsh smell that is irritating to the eyes and respiratory system.  Dangerous when mixed with chlorine.
*  Paradichlorobenezene In small exposures, nausea, vomiting, headaches,  irritation to eyes and respiratory tract.
*  Sodium Hydroxide A strong alkali that can kill living tissues on contact.
*  Butyl Cellosolve May be fatal if swallowed or absorbed through the skin.  Flush eyes and skin with water for 15 minutes.
*  Hydrochloric Acid Corrosive to eyes,  skin and mucous membranes.

These are such comforting affects on humans.  These are not environmentally friendly affects.  We need green products for ourselves as well as the planet.  A green product has to clean as well as non-green product to make normal humans want to make the switch.

Face it, we are lazy and used to having cleaning products do the work for us.  Unfortunately those products often increased our potential for death from cancer by 54% according to a Toronto report.  Next post will have answers to how we can be green and still clean our homes without killing ourselves.  Stay tuned for The Toxic Soap Opera finale!

Toxic Chemicals to Remove from Home Part II

Part II       Toxic Soap Opera Continued:

Household Cleaning Products have chemicals that may clean your kitchen and bathroom, but they also damage your health.  Did you know that according to a 15-year study presented at the Toronto Indoor Air Conference, women who work at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than those who work away from home?  54% Higher!  Yuck.  The study concluded that this was a direct result of the increased exposure to toxic chemicals, many of which are found in common household products.   This is Part II of the list of chemicals we need to rgreen-earth-in-cupped-hands-1-75-x-1-75-72-dpiemove from our homes and the effects on human exposure.  Source: The EPA.

*  Lye(potassium hydrochloride)  Extremely corrosive to body tissues and especially damaging to eyes.

*  Hydrochloric Acid Corrosive to eyes, skin, and mucous membranes.  Short term Inhalation may cause eye, nose and respiratory tract irritation and inflammation and pulmonary edemas in humans.

*  Sulfuric Acid A strong acid , corrosive to eyes,  skin and respiratory tract in humans.

*  Petroleum Distillates Aspiration of small amounts into the lungs can cause chemical pneumonia, pulmonary damage and death.

*  Benzene Short term exposure can cause Nervous System disorders,  immune system depression, and anemia in humans.

Death!  Did you see that? Death! They want me to clean my home with something that can cause death if I should happen to aspirate some into my lungs!  No thanks.   I choose green, safe human friendly products that really work from Shaklee!

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