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October, 2011:

As in my Grand Parent’s Day

As you know I am a big, big fan of Green products and being kind to our planet.  All that started when I was a kid and lived on a farm.  Used to use as little chemical products as possible.  Compost,  crop-rotation and natural fertilizers were popular even then.  Up early with a very sharp hoe, my Grand Mother and Grand Father did more in the early morning hours than most folks today do all day.  They knew the true meaning of work and it was their guiding principle each day.

Rocking Chair with Blue Flowers

They never put off till tomorrow what could be done today.  Since they knew that tomorrow would present a whole new packet of opportunities, work for today was done today.  We spent Summer evenings shelling peas or beans on the front porch watching the fireflies do their thing!  From early morning till late evening they never stopped.  Vegetables picked, shelled, canned or blanched for freezing, hulls put in recycle bins, worms fed and the cycle began again.

And we can all follow this example.  Ask yourself if you are really doing all you can to recycle?  Do you purchase products that are in recyclable packaging, from sustainable resources?  Do we use too many take-out plastic containers when we know we can bring along our own containers to carry home our leftovers?

Are we putting off till tomorrow making a few small changes that can make a big difference for us as well as the planet?  Are we using green cleaning products that don’t pollute, don’t contain harmful chemicals that cause asthma problems in our children or peril for our pets should they wonder into a spill?  Are we using the safest green cleaning products that can be found or just looking at the labels buying from the pictures?

As in my Grand Parent’s day, we need to take responsibility for ourselves, grow more of our own food, learn how local farmers keep prices down by selling locally, learn that fresh is better and organic means no chemicals.  Eating local produce, local beef, chicken, fish may mean a bit higher price since it is not massed produced, but it also means better taste, higher quality of product available and is always a boost to the local economy!  Win – Win for all involved.

So scout out some local farmers markets, local fisheries and local chicken farmers who have free-range chickens for eggs and meat.  Yummy.  Local fruit is delectable since it can stay on the tree or vine till ripe.  An amazing idea!  Ripe fruit, tree ripened is wonderful in desserts, salads and just as an afternoon snack.  Fill those lunch boxes with fresh local fruits, vegetable salads and enjoy.

Look at your habits, see where a few simple changes can bring you back to using local produce, local fruits and local eggs etc.  Plant a few rows of corn next spring, a few tomato plants for sweet goodness to add to salads and salsa all summer.  Now is a great time for winter squash, turnip greens and collards.  Plant in a flower pot or in a small garden, but get involved in your own life.  Feed yourself and you will appreciate the work and effort of the local farmers when you purchase you next batch of vegetables for that big pot of vegetable soup!   Stay well.

Easy Open is still an Oxymoron!

Some how it keeps happening to me.  I get a package of some sort with the words “Easy Open” printed prominently on the package.  Great I think, I can easily get to my whatever and munch away to my heart’s content.  How could I ever be so wrong?!?

I had the opportunity to fly to New York and spend some wonderful time with friends in Yonkers! Wonderful food, marvelous friends and perfect weather.  If you are in Yonkers, head

Anna Artuso's Pastry Shop Specialty Cake

over to McLean Avenue and  Anna Artuso Pastry Shop for the BEST in Italian pastries along with great Irish and Italian restaurants.  I gain weight just breathing the air in the pastry shop.  Stop in, say hello to RJ and his crew and be prepared to take home box after box of goodies.  At least their boxes are truly easy to open!

But I digress.  One the flight up to NY, I was offered a really bad cup of coffee.  Sorry Delta, Southwest has so much better coffee.  Anyway, as I was trying to sip the not-so-palatable coffee, I was also trying to carefully open one of their packages with Biscotti cookies inside.  Long,  somewhat narrow package, 2 thin cookies high.  Should be simple enough to get open.  Ha!  I tugged on both ends.  Nothing.  I then did the opposite way twist on both ends thinking the area where all the sides met the ends would be weaker, and let me in to get to the Biscotti.  HA!

So there I am, it is 6:45AM and I have a cup of really bad coffee and no way to open this little Biscotti package.  You can’t carry scissors anymore, no sharp nail files, no letter openers.  Finally after several minutes of wrestling with the red package, I finally got it open!  The opposite twist at one end finally did the trick.  But then the whole package started to fall apart.  It was as if once you got a chink in the armor, the rest feel apart. Easy open fail #1.

As the day continued, the opportunity to have some legendary airline peanuts came along with a small cup of Coca Cola (enough with the bad coffee).  Peanuts are some of  my

Stuckey's Candy

favorite munchies, being from Georgia where peanuts and pecans are so very good.  Spent high school years in Eastman, GA where Stuckey’s Candy was founded.  Right in the midst of peanut and pecan country.  Yummy treats that can each be cooked, used in cooking and eaten by the handfuls.

Now these little packages contain about 21 peanuts, all roasted and salty.  Just need about 21 bags to make it worth my while to try to open just one without scissors or a knife.  Again I am struggling to open the package.  No arm movements are enough since the package is just not budging at the little place where the opening is supposed to be.  Finally I turn the package over, twist and peanuts pour out!  Easy open #2!

Today the fun continued with Easy Open #3,  with a box of Peanut Butter Cookies, natural ones in a simple but well closed box.  First of all the construction of the box leads you to believe that the makers don’t want to hurt the environment any more than necessary, so there is no built in closure slots on the top.  Then, once you do manage to open the box, the package with those yummy cookies manages to slice itself all the way from top to bottom!  So I guess the idea of natural Peanut Cookies is to put them in a piece of Tupperware after opening so you can immediately recycle the box!

Easy Open is an Oxymoron!  Will I never learn?  Laughter seems to be the best way to deal with the term Easy Open!  Laugh when I see the term and head for the drawer with the scissors!

Stay well and have fun!!


How I said Good bye to Colds & Sinus Infections

What A Powerful Breakthrough in Immune System Science has done for me!

I have been using NutriFeron from Shaklee Corporation since it debuted and will not be without it.  Having suffered through so many colds, sinus infections, ear aches and bouts of flu, using NutriFeron seemed liked a natural progression in my “wellness” care.

At the time, I was taking prescription anti-histamines, prescription decongestants, prescription inhalers, major prescription anti-biotics and was still sick!  I had a monthly meeting with my druggist and knew more about his children’s sports scores than I wanted to know.  So much for wellness in the medical community.  Masking my symptoms made me feel drowsy with a irritated stomach and intestinal tract.  All the medications I was taking did not get rid of the sinus and cold problems.

Then with the addition of NutriFeron and Shaklee’s Alfalfa Complex, my sinus woes disappeared.  Now they are a faint memory.  No more antibiotics! No more anti-histamines, no more decongestants.  I can breathe no matter where I am.  I travel a lot with my business, so I am in and out of all sorts of different pollens, germs, viruses and such.  But my immune system is so charged with the NutriFeron, I rarely even get a tickle in the back of my throat.  And when I do get that odd tickle, I take a few more NutriFeron, a few more Alfalfa Complex and add in a few days of Shaklee’s Defend and Resist.

Below is some information from Shaklee about how NutriFeron works in your body.  10 Reasons to make that addition now.  Try it and if you don’t notice a difference, you can get your money back with Shaklee’s 100% Money Back Guarantee.  All natural from the Japanese scientist who help find interferon in our bodies, NutriFeron really works.  Stay Well, Elise.

A Shaklee exclusive,NutriFeron®is a patented, clinically proven blend of immune-strengthening plant extracts. When used daily, it increases the production of your body’s natural interferon, a critical activator of the immune system. NutriFeron works at the cellular level, by rapidly activating your immune system’s defenses.*

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10 Reasons to Support Your Immune System with NutriFeron®

Now more than ever is the time to take care of yourself. Every day your immune system has to protect you from millions of microbes that inhabit your surroundings—microbes you may be breathing, eating, touching, or sharing.
     1. Naturally Boosts Interferon Levels
Scientists have identified interferon as being critical to healthy immune function. NutriFeron is the ONLY DIETARY SUPPLEMENT IN THE U.S. created by the immunologist who discovered interferon THAT NATURALLY INCREASES THE PRODUCTION OF INTERFERON IN THE BODY.*     

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Dr. Yasuhiko Kojima, the world-renowned immunologist who discovered interferon in 1954, dedicated 40 years of research to finding natural compounds that would provide a boost to interferon production. This patented botanical blend is found in NutriFeron. NutriFeron from Shaklee is the ONLY IMMUNITY SUPPLEMENT IN THE U.S. CREATED BY THE DISCOVERER OF INTERFERON.

    3. 40 Years of Research
After 40 years of painstaking research testing hundreds of natural compounds and herbs, Dr. Kojima developed a UNIQUE BLEND OF FOUR POWERFUL PLANT EXTRACTS that boosts the body’s natural production of interferon.*
     4. Patented Blend of Interferon-Boosting Plant Extracts
NutriFeron boasts the MACH® patented blend of interferon-boosting plant extracts, AN EXCLUSIVE FORMULA that includes pumpkin seed extract, safflower flower extract, Asian Plantain seed extract, and Japanese Honeysuckle flower extract. Each serving provides 500 mg of immunity-bolstering ingredients.* 

     5. Supported by Four Human Clinical Studies**
Four published clinical studies confirm the extraordinary health and immune-supporting benefits of the proprietary blend of plant extracts found in NutriFeron. This potent-yet-safe phytonutrient blend provides immune support right at the cellular level.*
     6. Exclusive Formula Protected by 3 Patents
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A powerfully effective supplement, NutriFeron has been subjected to a stringent set of scientific tests for safety, purity, potency, and performance.
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Preliminary studies suggest that NutriFeron balances your immune response against
environmental irritants and airborne pollutants.*     
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What Does Interferon Do?
Interferon serves two important functions:*
✔ To signal surrounding cells to trigger their response mechanisms.
✔ To activate immune cells to respond.  Interferon is essential to the immune system and helps protect us from the daily exposure to millions of potential invaders that we confront each day.
Who Should Use NutriFeron?
✔ Anyone over 12 years of age with busy, stressful lifestyles who wants to unleash their immune system*
✔ Those who want to balance their immune response to environmental irritants and airborne pollutants*

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**Human Clinical Studies
1. Ushiroyama T, Yoshida S, Tadaki K, Ikeda A, Ueki M. Clinical efficacy of EH0202, a Kampo formula, on the health of middle-aged women. Am J Chin Med. 2004; 32(5):755-770.
2. Ushiroyama T, Yoshida S, Tadaki K, Ikeda A, Ueki M. A pilot study of a Kampo formula, EH0202, with intriguing results for menopausal symptoms. J Altern Complement Med. 2004 Apr; 10(2):397-399.
3. Kaji K, Yoshida S, Nagata N, Yamashita T, Mizukoshi E, Honda M, Kojima Y, Kaneko S. An open-label study of administration of EH0202, a health-food additive, to patients with chronic hepatitis C. J Gastroenterol. 2004 Sep; 39 (9):873-878.
4. Kubo M, Hashimoto Y, Yoshida S. The effect of health food containing EH0202 on physical and mental symptoms accompanying menstruation in women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Clin Pharm Ther. 2004; 14(2):129-142

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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