Thursday, July 2, 2015

Making Perfect Ice Tea

Buying ice tea already prepared can be costly per ounce, costly for the environment and costly in calories. Especially when making ice tea is so simple...
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Whether you're making it in bulk or in a hurry, we have the perfect method.

1. The Impatient Method
Can't wait? Infuse two teaspoons of tea per 8 oz. water. After infusing, pour over a glass full of ice and enjoy! Serves one.

2. The Patient Method
Infuse one teaspoon of loose tea per 8 oz water. After infusing, chill and serve. Serves one.

3. Cold Infusion
Grab 4 oz of tea, either loose or already bagged. Fill a one gallon pitcher with cold water. Place tea in pitcher and let set in refrigerator for 6-8 hours.

4. The Party Method
Having company? Grab 4 oz of tea and use the Impatient Method on a larger scale. Grab a one-gallon pitcher. Get out 4 oz of loose tea and place in an infuser or 4 oz of tea bags. Infuse tea using only 1/2 gallon of hot water. After tea is done infusing, pour over a one-gallon pitcher of ice. 
Citrus Zinger

Try these tips: 
  • Start with good quality tea - loose or already bagged.
  • Filter your water. 
  • Remember to recycle the tea in your garden! Or check out these other used tea bag ideas. 
  • Try our favorite Fruit Infusion Drink Pitcher from our favorite kitchen store. 
  • For travel, take along in our Citrus Zinger from Natural Healing Tools. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

From Stop Smart Meters Australia: Steve Weller, SSMA vice-president, presented on the topic of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) at the bi-annual Electromagnetic Energy Reference Group (EMERG) committee meeting.  EMERG was established by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) to enable input from the community and other stakeholders on issues relating to electromagnetic radiation and health.

Link Here to a 127 page power point that is packed with facts and figures on EMF and Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity information.

Here are the 2 slides from this presentation:

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Magnesium Deficiency & Soda

Drinking Soda Can Rob Your Body of Necessary Minerals | Ancient Minerals BlogWhatever you call it - soda, pop, cola, coke, diet... - many people are unaware of the negative effect soda drinking has on mineral intake, mineral absorption and assimilation within the body. In middle-aged adults, consumption of one soda a day is associated with a 48% higher prevalence and incidence of multiple metabolic risk factors linked to magnesium deficiency, such as diabetes, obesity, and higher resting blood pressure. Carbonated soda consumption is negatively associated with achieving adequate calcium and magnesium in children aged 6 years and older. Consuming just 8 ounces of carbonated soda decreases the likelihood of achieving recommended calcium intake for children by 40%.
If you are among those that enjoy fizzy soft drinks… you may want to reconsider!

We humans do not produce magnesium on our own. Magnesium and other minerals can only be obtained from the earth. Their biological role is multifaceted. Minerals help to maintain the pH of the body and are necessary for proper nerve conduction, contracting and relaxing muscles, and tissue growth.

In this piece we will be discussing the different components of soda that contribute to magnesium depletion in the body.

What are the mechanisms behind soda drinking and magnesium loss?

Phosphorous in Soda Depletes Minerals

Do you enjoy that “tangy” flavor in soda? The “tang” comes from phosphoric acid added by soda manufacturers. Phosphorous itself is a necessary mineral. You need some phosphorous in your diet to support bone structure, create and store energy in the body, transmit genetic material, and regulate the body’s pH levels. Phosphoric acid is phosphorous that has undergone a modification process to become more chemically stable.
Companies add phosphoric acid to many soft drinks to make the flavor more enhanced and give it that tang that we enjoy. However, high phosphorous levels in soda can lead to reduced body storage of minerals.

Excessive intake of phosphorous actually blocks mineral absorption in the body. Too much phosphorous binds with minerals in your blood, thus rendering them unavailable to your body’s functions. Your body, sensing it doesn’t have enough calcium or magnesium in the blood, takes it from your bones. Since phosphorous intake is increased when drinking most carbonated beverages, this depletes your body of both calcium and magnesium.

It’s not just sugary soft drinks that produce this negative effect. Phosphoric acid is also found in diet sodas. One 12 ounce cola contains approximately 40 mg of phosphoric acid!

Sugar in Sweetened Soda Robs the Body of Nutrients, and Displaces Nutrient-Dense Foods

For every molecule of sugar we eat our bodies need 54 molecules of magnesium to be able to process that sugar. Therefore consuming sugar-laden soda depletes our body of this necessary nutrient. There are approximately 39 grams of sugar in one 12 ounce can of sweetened cola.

But beyond the fact that magnesium is depleted through simply processing the sugar we consume, an additional factor contributes to reduced intake. It is suspected that the role of soft drinks in mineral deficiency and reduced bone mineral density may be partially due to the fact that these soft drinks are displacing foods that would offer a source of minerals.

According to Loren Cordain, author of “Origins and evolution of the Western diet: health implications for the 21st century”, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
Standard American diets high in sugar and processed grains are both void of necessary micronutrients and deplete micronutrients. Refined sugars such as those found in soft drinks do not contain any vitamins or minerals. Therefore consuming these beverages reduces the nutrients in the diet.”
Sugar in soda replaces the calories and nutrients we could get from eating more nutrient-dense and mineral rich real foods, such as bone broths and grass-fed liver.

Drinking Soda Can Rob Your Body of Necessary Minerals | Ancient Minerals BlogAspartame in Diet Soda Interferes with the Actions of Magnesium

Think you are making a better decision by avoiding sugar and drinking diet soda? If so, it’s time to think again!

Diet soda has also been shown to reduce magnesium, and may be associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke, related to magnesium deficiency. The most commonly used sweetener in diet soda is aspartame, which is a source of aspartic acid. Aspartic acid interferes with the actions of magnesium, thus chronic aspartame consumption may lead to magnesium depletion. In studies, consumption of diet soda has been linked to numerous disorders associated with magnesium deficiency such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and osteoporosis.

Caffeine in Soda Reduces Both Calcium and Magnesium

Do you enjoy soda for the caffeine “buzz”? Many soft drinks now contain excessive amounts of caffeine, and some claim to give you more energy.

One 12-ounce soda contains approximately 30-60 mg of caffeine. Urinary calcium and magnesium excretion and intestinal calcium secretion were correlated with caffeine consumption in metabolic studies on premenopausal women. For every 150 mg of caffeine ingested, approximately 5 mg of calcium is lost. This effect occurs even hours after the consumption of caffeine.

Caffeine also inhibits the amount of calcium that is absorbed through the intestinal tract and significant excretion of calcium, magnesium and sodium after caffeine intake. Thus limiting caffeine intake is crucial when trying to maintain adequate minerals.
depletes the amount retained by the bones. In another study, female college students were either given decaffeinated or caffeinated beverages after fasting for 10 hours. Urine samples after three hours revealed

As you can see, soda drinking depletes minerals in the body in several ways, and replaces calories from more nutrient dense sources. The best way to stay hydrated by far is drinking real filtered water. If you are craving flavor or bite, try adding some lemon or lime juice to your water!

If you are concerned about your soda intake, reduce or eliminate. If you can't, won't or choose just to supplement with magnesium, try these natural supplements from Natural Healing Tools.  

Monday, June 29, 2015

What Your Electric Company Doesn’t Want You to Know – Smart Meters EXPOSED!!

 This article was so well written - we had to share.   Natural Healing Tools

We’ve had to go against the norm many times in our quest for better health. I’ve gone sugar free, gluten freestopped eating foods my breastfeeding son was allergic to, and have tried all kinds of natural treatments in order to avoid antibiotics and other meds when dealing with conditions such as sinus issues and ear infections.

Now I’m not getting a smart meter.

Why not?

If it’s “smart”, it must be a good thing, right?

Well, when I was younger, I was called smart in school. Most of the time it was a compliment.  Well, sometimes it wasn’t but my mom told me those kids were jealous. It didn’t feel like it but in hindsight I think she was right.
Anyways, in most cases you’d like to be the smart kid in class.

And when people say “You look smart” they mean you look nice.

(I guess folks say “sweet” and such these days…..but that’s beside the point.)

So how about a Smart Meter?

Must be a good thing.

Think again.

I got a notice in my mailbox about 3 weeks ago stating:
and another letter than said something like (this one I must have thrown out):
Congratulations! Smart Meters will be coming to your neighborhood in the near future.
I guess that’s supposed to make me feel good about this Smart Meter coming to my house.

But I am not.

I’d heard about smart meters, but I didn’t know much about them so I started to poke around.

It’s not typical for me to be excited about some technology thingamabob being added to my home without my knowing anything about it.

I didn’t like what I found.

Now let me tell you the truth.  (Not that I typically–or ever–lie to you all or anything.)
I read A LOT.  And I talked to a bunch of folks on the phone.

And I spent a lot of time emailing experts on Smart Meters and EMFs (one who wrote a post that I will share here soon).

I read articles on both sides of the topic and I even called my electric company several times.

Today’s post is the result of my having digested all of these conversations and emails.

And I’ve come to the conclusion that–


And neither should you.

First of all, let’s talk about what a Smart Meter (NOT a good name for this thing, by the way) is:

What is a Smart Meter?

A Smart Meter (also called AMI or AMR) is a type of meter designed to eliminate meter readers (can you say “more unemployment”?).  It’s a fairly expensive piece of wireless machinery that send information about your energy use (how much you are using at different times of the day) to your utility company.

They relay data about your energy

Proponents of these meters say that they will be used to show consumers how much energy they use at certain times of day and that they will help them budget their energy use (and therefore money) better.

Opponents say there are many risks involved.

After doing literally tens of hours of research, I’ve come to the conclusion that:

Here’s why.

5 Reasons You DON’T Want a Smart Meter

1.  Health

There are sooo many health problems with these smart meters.

Basically we’re talking about the same effects of EMFs (electromagnetic fields).
Now we all know that EMFs have been in the news a lot and that there is a lot of evidence mounting about the health risks of such radiation from microwaves, cell phones, WIFI, and the like.

In case you haven’t seen some of this, or aren’t convinced of it, following are some health conditions that are reported to be as a result of EMF exposure (Source)
  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations and blood pressure increases
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Concentration, memory or learning problems
  • Dangerous increases in blood-sugar levels
  • Strange sensations in the body—including buzzing, shooting pains
  • Anxiety and/or an anxious feeling in the body that is inexplicable
  • Fatigue
  • Flu-like symptoms
    Scientists have shown that the electromagnetic frequencies emitted by smart meters and digital meters:
  • disrupt the blood-brain barrier, contributing to diseases like dementia and Parkinson’s
  • disrupt nerve transmission, causing attention-related problems, insomnia, heart palpitations, and muscle pain
  • disrupt cell reproduction and damage DNA, causing cancer and rapid aging
  • disrupt the redox balance through oxidant/nitrosative stress
And here’s a biggie.

The World Health Organization (WHO) as classified the radiation that comes from Smart Meters as a potential carcinogen, in the same class as DDT and lead.  Source. Now, I am not always in agreement with the WHO, but in this case I am listening.

And besides, even if you think that the FCC has protected you enough with their limits on human exposure to microwave radiation, Smart Meters have been known to exceed the FCC limits.

There’s been a lot of debate out there about whether or not this type of radiation (RF, or radio frequency waves) causes cancer or not, but some of the studies coming out are quite compelling.  This recent one from Sweden being one of them.

I think of it like this.  Years ago:
–  the government and tobacco companies (of course) told us that cigarettes didn’t cause cancer.  We know better now.
– the government told us that fluoride should be in our drinking water. We know better now.
– we were told that RoundUp would evaporate and not cause harm.  We know better now.

I think these EMFs are a big deal and we are just starting to see the damage.

If you REALLY want to read some downright frightening and well-done research about EMF radiation and health problems, the BioInitiative Report will keep you busy for awhile.

For me, this is all a HUGE deal, considering that the Smart Meter would be right by my sons’ bedroom.

Nice, huh?

2.  Privacy

The data collected from Smart Meters is detailed.

And it’s worth money.

Think about it.

Data is ALWAYS worth money. Companies pay BIG money for information on your buying habits, for your email address, and more.

Technically, according to one of the Smart Meter experts I talked with, Smart Meters could track what TV shows you watch, and potentially what food you eat, if your refrigerator is equipped with “Smart” technology. The fridge could scan your Ben and Jerry’s and potentially report this to healthcare corporations.  Time to start making your own Homemade Ice Cream folks :)!


These are the potential privacy concerns regarding Smart Meters (Source):
Identity Theft
Determine Personal Behavior Patterns
Determine Specific Appliances Used
Perform Real-Time Surveillance
Reveal Activities Through Residual Data
Targeted Home Invasions (latch key children, elderly, etc.)
Provide Accidental Invasions
Activity Censorship
Decisions and Actions Based Upon Inaccurate Data
Unwanted Publicity and Embarrassment
Tracking Behavior Of Renters/Leasers
Behavior Tracking (possible combination with Personal Behavior Patterns)
Public Aggregated Searches Revealing Individual Behavior

In California, the sharing of this type of data is already going on.
transparency reports filed by the California utilities companies and obtained by the ACLU of California show that a significant amount of data about the energy use of Californians is also ending up in the hands of third parties.  In 2012, a single California utility company, San Diego Gas & Electric, disclosed the smart meter energy records of over 4,000 of its customers.
Interestingly enough, there is a BIG movement in California against Smart Meters.  Marin County has criminalized the installation of Smart Meters.  Oh, how I wish my hubby could get a job there!

Now, THAT’S smart.

Yes, modern conveniences can help with some things, but are we trading our freedom for convenience?

We really need to count the cost.

3.  Fire Risk

There have been hundreds of fires caused by Smart Meters.

You can see some of the horrible photos and information here, here, and here.

I read in one place that analog meters cause fires too, but I have never heard of that and I believe this quote from Mindy Spatt of TURN (The Utility Reform Network)
Comparing analog to the new meters, she added, “In the collective memory of TURN, we have not seen similar incidents with analog meters.”
In fact, if you do an internet search of “fires caused by analog meters”, all that shows up is report after report of Smart Meter fires.

And Get THIS!

Most (if not all) Smart Meters are NOT UL Certified.

Now, how smart is that?

Which begs the question – if your house causes fire due to one of these meters, will your homeowners insurance pay for it since the device is not UL certified?  I called my homeowners’ insurance company to find out.

They told me that in my case, my insurance would NOT be cancelled, but that if a fire were to be caused by the meter, they would go after the utility company for reimbursement.

They did advise, however, that every insurance company is different, so you should check with your homeowners’ carrier to find out their stance on this issue.

4.  Lack of Energy Savings

These so-called Smart Meters are supposed to save us money.

Well, none of this savings has been proven, and in fact, there are some pretty important people saying that they think the savings simply aren’t going to happen. (Source.)

– It costs too much, and we’re not sure what good it will do. – John Rowe, CEO of Illinois utility ComEd.
– “[Smart meter] deployment . . . allows utilities to lower operating costs while increasing revenues. – Frost & Sullivan
– No net economic benefit to ratepayers.” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette
(yea for my home state!)
– Smart-meter conversion represents little more than a boondoggle that is being foisted on consumers by the politically influential companies that make the hardware and software that are required for the smart-meter conversion. – Consumers Digest

In this poll, about 1/3 of the people who had Smart Meters installed had an increase in energy costs, and one quarter had them double, triple, or more.

Hmmm…doesn’t sound so good now, does it?

5.  Personal Safety

Think about it – if this data tells what electricity you are or aren’t using, couldn’t hackers get this information and know whether or not you are home or whether your kids are home alone?

No thanks.

6.  Legal, Constitutional and Human Rights Violations

Our Constitution has been shredded recently by many government officials and courts.
Should we let it go even further?

So now we have utility companies forcing this technology on us that:

1.  Is a health risk
2.  Is a violation of privacy
3.  Is a fire hazard
4.  Costs too much
5.  Has no real benefit
6.  Potentially puts our personal safety at risk

Can you think of anything else that a corporation or government entity forces you to put on your house?

And you need to pay money if you don’t want it?

This huge list of violations will really get you thinking.

7.  Exorbitant Cost

Check in your area how much money your utility want to charge you for not getting a Smart Meter.

Our charges in Michigan were really high and our Attorney General pressured the utilities to reduce their fees, which they did.

Now, our utility wants about $69 to opt out of the Smart Meter program, plus $9.72 a month.


Come on.

About $120 a year for something I don’t want, that:
– puts my family at risk for health issues
– is a fire hazard
– violates my privacy
– doesn’t seem to really save any money (in other words, it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do)
– puts our personal safety at risk
– violates the Constitution plus legal and human rights issues
– has overpriced fees associated with not taking it

Sounds familiar.


Whatever it is, it isn’t right and I don’t want it.

Next, I’ll share with you what happened when I called our local electric company and told them that I didn’t want their “Smart Meter”.

Seriously, I think I’ll call it a “Dumb Meter” or “Invasive Meter” or “Cancer Causing Big 
Brother Technology Doohickey”.

That last one has a good ring to it, dontcha think :)?

So now the questions are:

1.  I don’t want a Smart Meter.  What should I do next?
2.  I have a Smart Meter already. What can/should I do?

I am going to tackle all of these questions, including:
– sharing with you what happened to me when I contacted my local electric utility and told them I didn’t want a Smart Meter
– what I have done about Smart Meters coming to my neighborhood
– what I am planning to do

I hope you all will help get the word out. Even if you have a Smart Meter installed, it’s not too late.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Summer + Skin Care = Natural

Natural sunscreen alternatives

Natural Summer Skincare

Sunscreen is typically seen as the go-to method of protection against sunburns and skin cancer. However, most conventional sunscreens block our ability to absorb Vitamin D, a necessary nutrient for many functions in the body. Sunscreen also contains chemicals that can penetrate the skin and disrupt hormones. There are natural ways, through nutrition changes and supplements, to protect our skin yet still get the sunshine we need. This article includes dietary recommendations, lifestyle changes and best food sources to up your skin protection in the hot summer sun!

The Truth About Sunscreen

Sunscreens contain several different chemicals that can easily penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream. Studies have shown that many sunscreens contain endocrine disrupting chemicals.1 Endocrine disruptors (EDs), also known as xenoestrogens, are substances that mimic estrogens. They are capable of interacting with different systems in the body, and altering normal hormonal regulation. The reproductive system is often the most affected.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG):
Active ingredients in sunscreens come in two forms, mineral and chemical filters. Each uses a different mechanism for protecting skin and maintaining stability in sunlight. Each may pose hazards to human health. The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters. These products typically include a combination of two to six of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. A handful of products combine zinc oxide with chemical filters.”
The EWG rates sunscreen components based on their level of toxicity in the body. Each component is given a hazard rating based on skin penetration, hormone disruption, rate of skin allergies and other concerns. Most ingredients in sunscreen have some form of toxicity in the body. According to EWG, “The most problematic of the sunscreen chemicals used in the U.S. is oxybenzone, found in nearly every chemical sunscreen. EWG recommends that consumers avoid this chemical because it can penetrate the skin, cause allergic skin reactions and may disrupt hormones” Based on a sampling of more than 2500 children and adults,2 oxybenzone is found in more than 96% of the US population (Calafat, AM, Wong L-Y, Ye X, and Ready JA 2008).

Sunscreen also blocks Vitamin D. In The Purely Paleo Skincare Guide, Liz Wolf states:
Sunshine is a perfect source of a critical vitamin! Sunshine stimulates your body to create Vitamin D from the cholesterol waiting below the surface of your skin. While you can take vitamin D supplements, the type of Vitamin D generated from the sun’s action on your skin is of a different form: it’s Vitamin D Sulfate. Stephanie Seneff, a MIT researcher, has stated that Vitamin D Sulfate possesses unique health-promoting properties. Vitamin D is critical for immune health and skin health– it even functions as a sort of internal, natural antibiotic. It can help immensely with psoriasis and acne, as well as total health.”

Preventing Sunburn Naturally

It is imperative that we get some sunshine, but we also do not want to burn.

Do you burn easily? This may be a sign of an essential fatty acid deficiency. Getting a good balance of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids helps to keep the body in an inflamed state. When fatty acids are balanced in the body, the body is able to resist burning as quickly, and more sunlight can be taken in. (Try Yes EFA for a natural, flaxseed oil based Omega supplement.)

Dietary Alternatives to Sunscreen

What are some natural ways to take care of your skin over the summer months without the use of these harsh chemicals?

One way to protect your skin during the summer months is through dietary changes. There are some necessary nutrients that we can consume that help protect the skin. Having good antioxidants in the diet can help with natural sunburn resistance. Be sure to consume foods that are naturally high in antioxidants like vitamin C (found in many fruits, or supplement with Springreen Natural Source Vitamin C) and Vitamin E (found in nuts and seeds or try Springreen Wheat Germ Oil). According to Katie The Wellness Mama:
A large part of natural sun protection is eating an anti-inflammatory diet.” Katie suggests to avoid sunburn: avoid inflammatory foods like processed foods, vegetable oils, grains, and sugars. She suggests increasing healthy saturated fats, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lots of leafy greens, consume fermented cod liver oil, and take 2+ TBS of tomato paste daily.”

What are some supplements that may help our skin over the summer months?

One important supplement for protecting skin during the summer months is magnesium (try ).
Ancient Mineral spray oil

Magnesium is a necessary mineral for several functions in the body.

According to Dr. Mark Hyman:
Think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral. Anything that is tight, irritable, crampy, and stiff — whether it is a body part or even a mood — is a sign of magnesium deficiency.”
This critical mineral is actually responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and is found in all of your tissues — but mainly in your bones, muscles, and brain. You must have it for your cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilize membranes, and to help muscles relax.”
Do you squint or require sunglasses on sunny days? One symptom of low magnesium is increased sun sensitivity. Do you wear sunscreen or completely avoid sun exposure? Sun exposure is actually your main source of vitamin D, which is absolutely necessary for magnesium absorption. Sun exposure is the best way to increase Vitamin D and therefore absorb the critical mineral magnesium. Did you get a sunburn? Topical magnesium has been shown in studies to strengthen the outer barrier of the skin and accelerate healing in the epidermis.3

Another supplement that is great to take during the summer months is Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO). FCLO contains naturally high levels of vitamin A and D, cofactors to mineral absorption. Vitamin A also helps to protect the skin against burning, yet still get adequate sunlight for Vitamin D absorption.  According to Saurat, JH, 2001,4 Vitamin A has an adaptive response to UV exposure that can help prevent skin cancer and aging related to sun exposure. Increasing Vitamin A is a great way to help protect the skin over the summer months.

Natural Sunscreen

What are some natural alternatives to sunscreen that may help protect the skin during the summer without all the chemicals?

  • Carrot Seed Oil: Carrot seed contains a high amount of Vitamin A and beta carotene. Both of these ingredients are antioxidants, nutrients that shield the skin from oxidative particles known as free radicals. Carrot seed has a natural SPF of 38-40. It has antiseptic properties which helps prevent and heal infection. Carrot Seed also helps with skin irritation and helps to rejuvenate the skin.
  • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is high in antioxidants that help to prevent burning and oxidative damage. It can make a great base for homemade sunscreens. Consumption of coconut oil is also important, as it helps to protect skin from the inside out. Polyunsaturated oils are rancid and therefore oxidize easily. Consuming these oils rather than protective saturated fats like coconut oil, can contribute to burning. Coconut oil also makes for a great skin moisturizer.
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil: According to Primal Life Organics founder Trina, “Red raspberry seed oil has a natural SPF of 28-50, and is one of the only natural oils that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. In fact, the SPF of Red Raspberry Seed Oil has been found to be equal to that of titanium dioxide, an ingredient commonly used in commercial sunscreens. It is high in anti-oxidants and has an anti-inflammatory effect; it can reduce the pain and inflammation associated with sunburn. It has been found to make abnormal skin cells self-terminate – essentially stopping potential tumors and cancers from getting established”

Final Tips for Summer Skin Care

We asked Kelly Ross, owner of TastyFace Organics paleo skincare line for some tips for summer skincare:
It’s still important to keep skin moisturized, from the inside out. Be sure to stay hydrated all summer long. Keep moisturizing with toxin free skincare. You might notice with humidity you don’t need as much, so simply dial back amounts. Avoid conventional sunscreens, and instead opt for non-nano zinc based sunscreens with very clean ingredients. Protect your scalp, eyes, and face by embracing hats!”
As the summer season approaches, we are bombarded with the marketing of chemical based sunscreens. We hope we’ve been able to provide you with some insight into natural alternatives that can help decrease the risk of burning yet still absorb necessary nutrients that require sun exposure. You can limit your exposure to the sun and prevent burning by covering up during peak “sunburn” hours of 10am-4pm. Wear rimmed hats, long sleeved swim-shirts and bathing suit coverups during those peak hours.

  1. Osvaldo, JP & Carbone, S. 2013. Evidence of reproductive disruption associated with neuroendocrine changes induced by UV-B filters, phthalates and nonylphenol during sexual maturation in rats of both gender. Toxicology, Vol 311, Issues 1-2, pp 41-51. [ScienceDirect]
  2. Calafat AM, Wong L-Y, Ye X, Reidy JA, Needham LL. 2008. Concentration of the sunscreen agent, benzophenone-3, in residents of the United States: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003-2004. Environ Health Perspect 116(7): 893-897. [NIH]
  3. Denda M, Katagiri, C, Hirao, T, Maruyana, N, Takahashi, M, 1999. Some magnesium salts and a mixture of magnesium and calcium salts accelerate skin barrier recovery. Archives of Dermatological Research. Vol. 291, Issue 10 pp 560-563. [Springer]
  4. Saurat, JH, 2001. Skin, sun, and Vitamin A: from aging to cancer. Journal of Dermatology, Vol 11 595-598. [NIH]

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Berkely Cell Phone "Right to Know" Ordinance

Berkeley Cell Phone "Right to Know" Ordinance

Links to media coverage about this ordinance appear at the bottom of this post.

June 9, 2015

On June 8, 2015, CTIA—The Wireless Association filed a lawsuit and a motion for an
injunction in the Federal District Court in Northern California against the City of Berkeley to block the city’s cell phone “right to know” ordinance. 
This model law which was drafted by two of nation's leading legal scholars was designed to withstand legal challenges from industry.

The CTIA’s lawsuit claims that the ordinance violates the First Amendment rights of cell phone retailers in the City of Berkeley:

“The Ordinance compels retailers of cell phones to issue to their customers a misleading, controversial, and government-crafted statement about the “safety” of cell phones. The statement conveys, by its terms and design, the City’s view that using cell phones in a certain way poses a risk to human health, particularly to children. That compelled speech is not only scientifically baseless and alarmist, but it also contradicts the federal government’s determination that cell phones approved for sale in the United States, however worn, are safe for everyone.”
“…the FCC—consulting with expert federal health and safety agencies and drawing from international standards-setting bodies—has carefully reviewed the scientific studies that have examined cell phones for possible adverse health effects, including health effects from the radio waves—a type of radiofrequency energy (“RF energy”)—that cell phones emit in order to function. The FCC has determined, consistent with the overwhelming consensus of scientific authority, that “[t]here is no scientific evidence that proves that wireless phone usage can lead to cancer or a variety of other problems, including headaches, dizziness or memory loss.” FCC, FAQs –Wireless Phones, available at
“…The FCC’s guidelines are highly conservative: they are set 50 times below the threshold level of RF energy that has been shown to cause potential adverse health effects in laboratory animals, and assume that a cell phone is operating at its maximum certified power setting (even though cell phones rarely use the full extent of their power) … As the FCC recently put it, ‘[t]his ‘safety’ factor can well accommodate a variety of variables such as different physical characteristics and individual sensitivities—and even the potential for exposures to occur in excess of our limits without posing a health hazard to humans.’ …
“Thus, according to the FCC, ‘exposure well above the specified [FCC’s] limit should not create an unsafe condition.’”
“By using words and phrases such as ‘assure safety,’ ‘radiation,’’potential risk,’ ‘children,’ and ‘how to use your phone safely,’ the City’s unsubstantiated compelled disclosure is designed to convey a particular message that will stoke fear in consumers about the dangers of cell phones: ‘Do not carry your cell phone in your pants or shirt pocket, or in your bra, when powered ON and connected to the wireless network, because by doing so, you may absorb more RF radiation than is safe, as determined by the Federal Government. The risk of exposure to unsafe levels of RF energy is greater for children.’”
“But CTIA’s members do not wish to convey that message, because it is not true. As explained above, the FCC has stated that even where the RF emissions limit is exceeded, there is ‘no evidence that this poses any significant health risk.’ It has also concluded that RF energy from FCC-approved cell phones poses no heightened risk to children. Berkeley’s compelled disclosure is misleading because it fails to explain that the FCC guidelines already take account of the fact that consumers may use cell phones in different ways, and that cell phones are used by people of different ages and different sizes. In short, when a cell phone is certified as compliant with the FCC’s guidelines, that phone is safe, however it is worn, even if a particular usage results in exposure ‘well above’ the limit.”
“The City, which concededly lacks any evidence that exposure to RF emissions from FCC-approved cell phones at levels in excess of the FCC’s guidelines presents a safety issue, cannot meet its heavy burden under the First Amendment to justify compelling CTIA’s members’ speech, under any applicable standard of review.”
“Moreover, if the Ordinance is allowed to stand, other local governments will soon follow the City’s lead, resulting in a crazy-quilt of tens of thousands of inconsistent ‘disclosure’ obligations across the country. The result will be more compelled speech (and very likely self-contradictory speech), as well as widespread and unwarranted consumer confusion and anxiety about the safety of cell phones.”
“For these reasons, and as more fully described below, Berkeley’s Ordinance violates the First Amendment because it will require CTIA’s members to convey a message to which they object, and which is factually inaccurate, misleading, and controversial.”
“Berkeley’s Ordinance is also preempted by federal law because it would stand as an obstacle to the careful balance that the FCC has devised between protecting consumer safety and supporting the growth of mobile wireless service.”
The CTIA also filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to petition the Court to block implementation of the cell phone "right to know" law:
"... CTIA respectfully requests that this Court preliminarily enjoin all Defendants from enforcing or causing to be enforced Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 9.96 before the Ordinance goes into effect on June 25, 2015, pending final judgment."
The lead attorney for the CTIA is Theodore Olson, a former United States Solicitor General who is best known for representing presidential candidate George W. Bush in the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore, which ended the recount of the contested 2000 Presidential election. He is currently working for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Lawrence Lessig, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and professor of law at Harvard Law School, drafted the cell phone “right to know” ordinance along with Robert Post, dean and professor of law at Yale Law School.  Professor Lessig presented the ordinance to the Berkeley City Council on May 11 and offered to defend it pro bono against any legal challenges. 

The CTIA lawsuit is available at

The Berkeley Cell Phone "Right to Know" ordinance is available at: 
The court filings for the lawsuit, "CTIA - The Wireless Association v. City of Berkeley et al." (Case Number 3:150-cv-02529), are available at Law 360.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Stay in Shape!

Exercising is an important activity at all stages of life, but as people grow older, they tend to find less and less time for self-maintenance and staying active. Many older people who were active in their early 20’s and 30’s claim they can no longer workout as hard or as often now that they’re 10, 20, 30 years older.

And that’s ok.

Aging is a natural, unavoidable journey. It has an effect on every aspect of both your physical and mental health – change is inevitable. As we grow older every year, the connective tissues (cartilage, tendons, ligaments, etc) in our bodies become less elastic. This causes us to be more prone to injury and joint pain, which is why, despite being a running enthusiast in your younger years, you have to resort to walking now simply because it’s less painful.

So what can we do to slow down or work around the aging process in a way that still allows us to stay physically fit, but embraces the fact that we’re getting older? Here’s a list of 5 helpful tips we came up with:
  1. Stretching is an important pre & post exercise activity, especially as you age.
The goal of stretching is to warm up your body for the movements you’re about to perform while working out. It’s meant to increase mobility, reduce joint stiffness, and reduce the risk of injury during exercise. Your goal should be a full range of motion, stretching out the muscles in your body preparing them for movement.
  1. Find low-impact activities to lessen the burden on your body.
Want to run but can’t because it hurts your knees? Walk a longer distance instead. Like to dance but can’t because your joints are under too much pressure? Sign up for a yoga class. While high-impact exercises are more efficient at burning calories, they take a much greater toll on the body. “A 150-pound person who runs will land on one foot with about 300 foot pounds of pressure on the ankle, knee and hip joints.” High-impact actions are simply not suitable for people who suffer from joint problems.
  1. While cardiovascular-focused exercising is important, don’t ignore strength training.
Both men and women, particularly men, experience increased risks of heart-related problems as they age, and this is especially true after the age of 55. While it would make sense to focus on cardio with this knowledge in mind, strength training is just as significant. Hitting the gym doesn’t mean the same thing to you now vs. what it meant when you were in your 20’s, but maintaining muscle mass, combined with resistance training, is vital to improving joint elasticity, flexibility, and bone density.
  1. If working out isn’t your cup of tea, seek other activities that you find enjoyable.
You don’t have to be running on a treadmill to validate your preferred method of staying in shape. Hobbies like hiking, gardening, and hunting are all great ways to keep yourself active while also having fun. Even simple tasks like doing the daily chores or walking the dog are enough to maintain a healthy level of activity, and you’ll feel good about doing it too. One of the benefits that often goes unnoticed is the strengthening of your own mental fortitude. Physical activity promotes mental well-being, and staying sharp as you age is an investment that will benefit you later on in life.
  1. Stay on top of vitamin and mineral intake.
Receiving vital nutrients is just as important now as it was when you were a child. Kids have it easy with vitamins, with access to all sorts of different flavors and shapes. Adults, on the other hand, grow tired and annoyed with the chore of swallowing an unnecessary amount of pills that seems to increase as we age, every single day. However, there is a workaround. Dr. Willard’s Water® exists specifically for this purpose. Instead of bombarding your body with pill after pill, Willard Water® greatly improves nutrient assimilation, helping you digest vitamins and minerals you get from regular food more efficiently. It can help supplement your daily routine, making sure your body maintains its health by removing toxins, buffing your ability to break down crude proteins, and accelerating carbohydrate and fat digestion.

Coming to terms with the effects aging has had on your body doesn’t have to be a somber experience. Plenty of opportunities are available to maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle, and despite the occasional sore knee or wrist, we can continue to enjoy life just as we did in our younger years without skipping a beat. Don’t let your age define you, and take control of your own well-being.