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Be Good to Yourself! Change Your Habits

We are always working, working, working.  We multi-task, trying to be more productive in our jobs, life and relationships.  We have ridiculous commutes each day, spending hours in bumper to bumper traffic or on public transportation.  We are stressed, over-weight, sleep-deprived and mal-nourished.

Wow, how did all this happen to us?  What did we do to deserve such a fate?!  Somewhere along our life path, we choose to ignore the obvious and go with the crowd.  We no long play, sleep well, exercise, laugh at truly funny things with friends and family.  We eat foods that have no nutritional value, but are filled with chemicals that our bodies cannot use, fat and we don’t need and way too much sodium.

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But we can make changes that will make our lives healthier, happier, filled with joy, peaceful and calm.  However, being human, we don’t take well to drastic change, so we are going to have to ease into this desired state of health and happiness.  Small daily changes.  Making changes in our habits takes time.  All of the above are habits we have acquired along the way of our lives.  And we can change those habits.

I use alfalfa to keep from having sinus problems.  Each day, during the course of my day, I consume around 10 Alfalfa Complex tablets (aspirin size tablets).  When I tell others about the relief from prescription anti-histamines , prescription decongestants and mega-doses of anti-biotics along with an inhaler, I am met with a groan and something like this:  “You take 10 pills a day! I could not do that!”

Really?  You can’t take 10 little tablets a day to keep from having a sinus infection?  Then I ask, “Do you eat M&M’s?” They will say “Yes, of course.”  Then I will ask if they eat only one or 2 at a time or a handful? ” Handfuls of course!”  Amazing what habits we have.  We eat handfuls of candy that is really not too good for us, but shy away from eating the 10 Alfalfa Complex tablets that are about the same size as the candy and do so much for our health and quality of daily life.

Habits are the things that keep us from health, wealth, happiness and long life. Habits can be changed, but we must make a conscience effort to make those changes.  Choose one thing to change at a time.  Reward yourself when you have make the change a new habit.  Making a change in habit will take time, so don’t expect an overnight success.  Success is worth the wait!

Be Good to Yourself, Change Your Habits!

Stay Well, Elise

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Supplements to Avoid

In the September 2010 issue of Consumer Report there is a list of the “dirty dozen” in supplements to avoid. This list has been found to have lots of negative effects, serious negative effects in clinical research. These negative effects include kidney damage, liver damage, cancer, coma and even death! DEATH! Now that is a truly negative effect.

This list of the dirty dozen includes kava which the FDA warned against its use as early as 1993, but did nothing to stop the sale of products with kava.  To see the full list, go to the Consumer Report pressroom.

Now that the list is out, we who use Shaklee products are confident in the Shaklee supplements’ safety and purity.  That is one of the founding principles of Shaklee Corporation.  In a letter from Dr. Jamie McManus, M.D., FAAFP, Chairman, Medical Affairs and Health Services, she states: “It came as no surprise to Shaklee that there are not any ingredients on this list that are in our products. In fact, these ingredients are not and have never been used in any Shaklee dietary supplement. In addition to researching the ingredients that we use in our Shaklee formulas for their efficacy, we take equal care in determining the safety of each and every ingredient used in our Shaklee products.  Over the years we’ve evaluated many of the ingredients on the CU list and have rejected them for the same safety reasons CU now uses to identify them on their “hit” list.”

Dr.  McManus continues in the letter to say that Shaklee’s “Always Safe” slogan is more than just a catchphrase.  “Safety is paramount at Shaklee and our safety standards are unsurpassed in our industry. We conduct hundreds of tests on new ingredients and tens of thousands of quality tests annually to ensure product safety and efficacy.  But more importantly, we design safety into each and every one of our products so you can be confident that dangerous ingredients will never find their way into any Shaklee dietary supplement.

This basis is the reason many of the athletes who use Shaklee supplements are so comfortable and confident:  they are not surprised with unwanted results from the drug tests that are now part of the sports world.  So the next time you want a safe, natural, supplement that works, is safe and green, think Shaklee!  I do each day and feel better for it.  Stay Well, Elise

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Fundraising Outside the Box!

A new way to raise funds for your favorite charity!  After you have watched the video, email me and we can work together to create a sustainable income from sustainable products for your charity. Together, with Shaklee we can partner together to support the good works of your charity while helping people stay healthy and keeping the planet healthy too!  Elise@EliseHearn.com

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Lower LDL Cholesterol Naturally!

Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans have high Cholesterol?
Did you know that high cholesterol can affect anyone at any age?
Did you know that high cholesterol can have negative affects on heart health and cardiovascular function over time?

Did you know that a 10% reduction of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol is equivalent to a 10-20% decrease in the risk of heart disease?
Did you know that eating such foods as pizza, steak or hamburgers on a regular basis may increase your chances for developing high cholesterol?
Did you know that men tend to have higher cholesterol than pre-menopausal women?

Did you know that the National Institutes of Health recommendation for lowering cholesterol is eating less saturated fat and cholesterol, exercise, weight loss, eat more soluable fiber and consume 2,000 mg of plant sterols and stanols daily?

Did you know that Shaklee now has a natural supplement that provides the 2,000 mg of plant sterols and stanols?  Shaklee Cholesterol Reduction Complex is a proprietary formulation with clinically proven ingredients that help prevent the absorption of cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol.

Plant sterols and stanols have been clinically proven by more than 80 studies to lower LDL cholesterol.
Shaklee’s Cholesterol Reduction Complex delivers 100% of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) recommendation for plant sterols and stanols which is 2,000 mg in two easy to take tablets.
Shaklee’s Cholesterol Reduction Complex is made with a powerful blend of sterols and stanols which are found naturally in plants, fruits, vegetables and grains.
So how, exactly, do plant sterols and stanols work?
1. Plant sterols and stanols are ingested from food or supplements.
2. Because they are structurally similar to cholesterol, plant sterols and stanols compete for absorption in the intestines.
3. Plant sterols and stanols bind to receptors in the intestines, leaving cholesterol behind.
4. The net result is that less cholesterol is absorbed by the body, and less ends up in the bloodstream.

Take Action Today , Naturally !  Shaklee’s Cholesterol Reduction Complex can help!  Stay Well, Elise

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EU Requires Warning Labels for Synthetic Dyes

Synthetic dyes have been associated with adverse effects on attention and activity in children. Now, The European Union, has started requiring most foods containing artificial food dyes to be labeled. The label will say these dyes”may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” In Great Britain, synthetic dyes have been banned after research found connection between hyperactivity and attention deficit in children and these dyes.

The FDA is being urged to follow suit by several organizations, members of Congress, Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington DC and more.  In a recent report issued by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the group points out how synthetic dyes contribute to medical conditions like cancer, allergic reaction, and hyperactivity. Everything from our favorite candy, to cereal to salad dressing contain these synthetic dyes. According to the report, 15 million pounds of synthetic food dyes are put in processed food and beverages.

Unfortunately, despite the research, the amount of food dyes is on the rise. But more importantly, the scary bit of the report is that the FDA’s acting commissioner in 1985 stated that “red [dye] 3 can induce cancer.” And yet the FDA has done nothing to stop manufacturers from using the dye! Children eat pounds of snack foods, cereals and frozen meals containing Red 3.

According to the article from CSPI, in the UK, McDonald’s Strawberry Sundae is topped with a red topping that is made from strawberries, not like the Red 40 that is used in the U.S.A. Safer dyes are in the market but the FDA has not encouraged food manufacturers to switch to safer natural dyes according to the CSPI report.

But there is a way around these synthetic dyes. Companies like Chefmaster, India Tree and Seelects’ Nautral Food Colors make organic and vegetable based natural decorating colors so you can still decorate a birthday cake for that special someone and not use synthetic dyes!

So stay away from processed foods for another reason now! We have known for many years that processed foods were not good for us and now we can add another reason to the long list.

Stay well and eat healthy!

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More Pesticides Used on GE Crops!

Do you wash your fruits and vegetables? And does that vigilant washing really do any good? Can you really wash off pesticides and herbicides?  These are great questions and need to be addressed here in the middle of summer with all of us eating more fresh foods, salads, greens, fruits and vegetables. Unless you are growing your own organic vegetables and fruits or purchasing from a known organic farmer, then your exposure to pesticides is real.

Vegetables

In a recent study by The Organic Center, pesticide usage on Genetically Engineered (GE), herbicide-tolerant (HT) crops has increased. Based upon data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), report author Dr. Charles Benbrook shows that glyphosate-based, HT corn, soybeans and cotton have increased herbicide use by 383 million pounds in the U.S. from 1996 to 2008 with 46 percent of the total increase occurring in 2007 and 2008.

“This unequivocal admission of serious problems with glyphosate-based HT cropping systems will hopefully accelerate major changes in where and how HT technology is deployed,” said Dr. Charles Benbrook, chief scientist of  The Organic Center. “Such changes are needed to slow the increase in cash expenditures by farmers on herbicides and public health and environmental problems triggered by increased use of herbicides on GE crops.”

Remember that pesticides and herbicides often seep into the fruits and vegetables so even though we are washing the produce, we are still getting some of the chemicals.  Choose wisely.

According to Dr. Benbrook, Organic farmers “accept a little weed pressure in their fields. The key to organic farming success in is the diversity of tools [to control weeds] on their farm.” Organic framers use crop rotation and cover crops to assist in weed control.

Be Healthy

So look for local organic produce for your dinner table. Wash your fruits and vegetables.

Stay healthy and enjoy the rest of summer!

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Omega-3′s May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer

In a recent study published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention Journal, researcher Dr. Emily White, PhD. stated that “There is some limited evidence from my study and others that fish oil may be good for preventing breast cancer, but there is not sufficient evidence to make a public health recommendation right now.”  Even with the caution, she continued to say that “If you are taking fish oil now for other reasons, this is reassuring that it may have beneficial effects beside what you are taking it for.”

Omega-3′s are taken by many people for their benefit with heart related conditions.  Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.  Research also shows that high levels of omega-3 fatty acids promote cardiovascular health and help retain normal blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Omega-3s also support healthy brain, vision, and joint function.*

Involving more that 35,000 postmenopausal women, each completed a questionnaire about their use of supplements.  Included in the list of supplements was Fish Oil (Omega 3′s), St. John’s wort, acidophilus,soy, black cohosh, glucosamine, chondroitin, dong quai, methylsulfonylmethane, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, melatonin and garlic pills .

Consistent use of Omega-3 fatty acids was linked to a “32 per cent reduced risk of breast cancer, according to the findings published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention“  The reduction was in the most common type of breast cancer, invasive ductal carcinoma.

Seems the anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3′s was the key to the prevention.  Since inflammation causes cells to divide, and when cells divide there is an opportunity for genetic errors and those errors lead to cancer according to Dr. White.   Harvard University is launching a major clinical trial to access Omega-3′s.

OmegaGuard

Now remember a previous post that referred to the findings that some Omega 3′s had high amounts of contaminants, but that there is one source for pure Omega 3′s.  Shaklee Corporation’s OmegaGuard is:

Ultrapure and Pharmaceutical Grade
OmegaGuard is made with a proprietary, triple molecular distillation process that concentrates the natural beneficial omega-3 fatty acids while removing harmful compounds like mercury and lead that are found in many types of fish.

World’s Finest Fish Oil
Contains a full spectrum of seven naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids: EPA, DHA, ALA, and more. EPA benefits your heart and joints, while DHA is critical for brain development and function.*

  • Helps reduce the risk of heart disease†
  • Ultra pure, pharmaceutical grade, triple molecular distillation
  • World’s finest fish oil with full spectrum potency of seven omega-3s

One serving of OmegaGuard provides 905 mg of EBP & DHA Omega-3 fatty acids.

I just wonder what the results would have been if these women had been taking a Resveratrol product like Vivix?  Makes you wonder…

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

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Obesity, Diabetes and Hypertension in US Population

In results from recent NAHANES studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it was noted that over one-third of the population over age 20 has a chronic health problem. Some are diagnosed while others remain un-diagnosed. Obesity, Hypertension and Diabetes, high Cholesterol were found to be increasing.  These diseases are life threatening  and are associated with cardiovascular disease.  A high percentage are preventable using diet, exercise and wise supplementation.  Prevention is something we can all practice.

The key findings were listed as:

*  Forty-five percent of adults had at least one of three diagnosed or undiagnosed chronic conditions—hypertension, hypercholesterolemia(high Cholesterol), or diabetes; one in eight adults (13%) had two of these conditions; and 3% of adults had all three chronic conditions.
* Nearly one in seven U.S. adults (15%) had one or more of these conditions undiagnosed.
* Non-Hispanic black persons were more likely than non-Hispanic white and Mexican-American persons to have at least one of the three conditions (diagnosed or undiagnosed).
* Non-Hispanic black and non-Hispanic white persons were more likely than Mexican-American persons to have both diagnosed or undiagnosed hypertension and hyper-cholesterolemia. Non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American persons were more likely than non-Hispanic white persons to have both diagnosed or undiagnosed hypertension and diabetes.

The study found race and ethnicity disparities in adult obesity.  “Among women in 2007–2008, non-Hispanic black women (49.6%) were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white women (33.0%). Similarly, Mexican-American women (45.1%) were more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white women (33.0%). Similar disparities existed in 1988–1994 (22.9% of non-Hispanic white women, 38.3% of non-Hispanic black women, and 35.3% of Mexican-American women were obese).”

Similar disparities were found among men as well with “non-Hispanic black men showing an increase in obesity at 37.3%, while Mexican American men had an increase to 35.9%  and non-Hispanic white men had an increase to 31.9% of the population.”  Use the links to both studies to find out more.  Remember to keep up the diet, exercise and good supplementation to be healthier!  Stay Well, Elise

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Summer Preparations

Just how ready for Summer are you?  Summer is the time for extreme weather including tornadoes, hurricanes, severe thunder storms with thunder, lightning, hail and straight-line winds.  Summer is also a time for trips to the pool, beaches, local lakes and rivers, mountains, desert hikes, camping, climbing, sailing, fishing and so much more.  Summer is filled with activity.  It is our active time of the year.

But are you really ready for all this activity?  Have you gotten our homes ready for the coming storms?  Have you prepared our emergency kits in case of storm damage or power outages?  Getting homes and emergency kits ready for the possibility of storms and power outages is top of the list.  Have a supply of food, water, medicines, first aid supplies, pet food, water for all for 4 days or more, blankets, clean clothing, flashlights, candles, matches or lighters, batteries,radio, tools and more.  Having all you might need after a bad storm has displaced your family is necessary for survival.  Think ahead and prepare.  Takes a little time and planning on your part, but should a disaster strike, you and your family will be ready for the future.

Now that your emergency kit is packed, how ready are you for the sun and water fun?  Sunny day activities take a toll on your muscles and skin.  Remember to stay hydrated during those summer play activities.  Drink plenty of water before, during as well as after exercise in the summer heat.  And use sunscreen to avoid sunburns.  Apply often.  Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your face.  Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.  Loose clothing of natural materials will keep you cooler.  Choose foods that keep your energy up with protein, avoiding caffeine when possible.   Have Fun! Elise

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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!

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