Saturday, December 20, 2014

Healthy Home Environment Articles!

We found this cool tool for understanding Healthy Building Environment - http://hbelc.org/ - we just posted #1 but all 13 articles are interesting! 


Sufficient ventilation is crucial for creating and maintaining a healthy indoor climate. In the past, natural air infiltration was a major contributing factor to the healthy air exchanges in a house. Depending upon wind strength, three or more air changes per hour can be observed in older homes. Although these older homes have sufficient air exchange for health they are often drafty and uncomfortable to live in without a higher energy consumption. In the average home built since the energy crisis of the 1970s, one to two air changes are commonly found; whereas in modern tightly built homes, sealed so as to maximize low-energy-consumption and efficiency, the air changes per hour can be as low as one-tenth (0.1ACH). This is not enough air exchange to maintain health a proper whole-house ventilation strategy becomes very important.
Whole house ventilation in a natural and healthy home can be accomplished largely through non-mechanical means in moderate climates by understanding how the building will interact with the surrounding climate and using stack effect, cross ventilation, proper window placement etc. A standard rule of thumb states that one cubic foot of exhaled carbon dioxide (CO2) requires about 80 cubic feet of fresh air. Occupants with a higher activity level easily require double the amount of fresh air. In rooms where there are pollutants or excess moisture generated, such as bathrooms, hobby rooms, kitchens or rooms with open fireplaces, the required amount of fresh air may be several times higher. Fresh air requirements for urban outdoor air can be twice as high as those for outdoor air in the countryside.
The less often windows are opened and the tighter a house is sealed, the more mechanical ventilation becomes necessary. Differences in outside temperature and wind pressure are the natural forces that promote air exchange. In order to minimize the heat loss associated with ventilation, controlled ventilation systems with heat recovery are promoted and subsidized now. However, if they are not properly sized, installed and maintained, such measures can actually pose a health risk. For that reason, it is important to to have knowledge about proper equipment choice, installation and operation of these units. In building biology we strive to reduce the need for mechanically produced air exchange through proper design and owner education and then to make health conscious choices about mechanical ventilation where required.
Note: In Building Biology, exterior walls, ceilings and roofs are regarded as a “third skin” that is often referred to as a “breathable.” This term refers to the free flow of water vapor through walls that have the capacity to handle this moisture and then dry out naturally. The term may be confusing and it is important to note that this does not refer to air exchange through the wall. Wall systems whether natural or conventional should be air tight and air exchange should primarily be via passive ventilation through intentional openings such as windows and doors or through mechanical ventilation.
For a more thorough understanding of ventilation issues and practices that relate to health-supporting ventilation in homes, schools, and commercial buildings, we encourage you to download a free excerpt from our online course IBE 206.6 Ventilation by clicking here, and then scrolling down the page.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Personal Space EMF Clearing


The P.e.bal is an energy clearing and EMF device for a personal area. Put your hand over the top to feel the buzz of energy as it energetically clears your space and generates a protective zone against all disturbed energy - EMF, geopathic stress, etc. Try on your nightstand for night terrors in children, nightmares, and helps with insomnia.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Squatty Potty for Christmas!


Squatty Potty was such a hit on Shark Tank that they are running weeks behind on order fulfillment. 

Good news for them - bad news for dealers and our customers trying to make it to Christmas! 

At Natural Healing Tools we do have limited stock on the Squatty Potty Eco and Squatty Potty Classic. Both are available in the 9" height on a first-come-first-serve basis! 

Looking for an alternative?  HealthStep   is an alternate to the 7" or 9" Squatty Potty. 


Monday, December 15, 2014

Healthy Nation Coalition Details Persistent Failures of Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The USDA dietary guidelines have been driving the American diet for several decades and
asking us to shun natural foods eaten for eons--butter, red meat, salt












Washington, D.C.–December 12, 2014–GlobeNewswire--In an open letter to government officials, Healthy Nation Coalition describes the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) as a failed policy. The letter from concerned scientists, nutrition professionals and consumers is addressed to the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. The letter asserts that these recommendations contribute to worsening health outcomes for the nation and should be replaced with guidance focused on essential nutrition (see full text and downloadable pdf at http://forahealthynation.org/healthy-nation-coalition-letter/).

On December 15th the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which reviews the DGA, finishes deliberations. The committee is expected to issue guidelines perpetuating 35 years of advising consumers to reduce their intake of eggs, meat and full-fat dairy. While the consumption of these foods has decreased in past decades, rates of obesity have doubled and rates of diabetes have tripled.

Critics maintain the DGA, which directs all federal nutrition activities, are not sufficiently grounded in science, not compatible with adequate essential nutrition, and do not respect the diversity of food traditions in America.  The narrow focus on plant-based nutrition ignores unique dietary needs of growing children, older adults, athletes, and ethnic minorities.  Furthermore, this focus has prevented federally-funded research into dietary approaches not in line with the DGA, including the use of low-carbohydrate diets to treat diabetes.

More than 70 clinicians and academics have joined farmers and ranchers as part of the 600 signatories to the letter.  These include several notable voices on nutrition:  Robert Lustig, MD, of the University of California; Paul Jaminet, PhD, author of The Perfect Health Diet; Mark Sisson, blogger and author of numerous books on fitness and health; Richard Feinman, PhD of SUNY Downstate Medical Center; Sean Lucan, MD, of Albert Einstein College of Medicine and co-author of textbooks on nutrition and public health; and Sally Fallon Morell, founder of the nutrition education nonprofit, The Weston A. Price Foundation.

Spokesperson for the coalition is Adele Hite, a registered dietitian, PhD student at North Carolina State University, and former health educator at Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic.  “Our way forward doesn’t have to emphasize dietary extremes,” she explains.  “We propose recommendations that provide clear, concise, food-based guidance that helps Americans meet essential nutrition needs according to their own food traditions.  We cannot justify guidelines that restrict nutritious whole foods like meat, eggs and butter, discriminate against farmers who produce them, and confound efforts of Americans who recognize their health benefits.”


The Healthy Nation Coalition was originally formed in 2011, shortly after the 2010 dietary guidelines were issued. Congress requires that the guidelines be updated every 5 years. For more details or to join the Coalition, visit their website, forahealthynation.org.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Winter Supplement Notices


Holiday Hours: 

Natural Healing Tools will be shipping through 11:00 CST on December 24 and be closed until Monday, December 29th. Shipping will also be closed from 11:00 CST on December 31 until Monday, January 5th. 

Extreme Shipping Notice: 

We will not ship orders containing liquid products if the temperature is below freezing (32 degrees) at point of departure or point of reception. 

Product Notices: 

Springreen has required FDA label changes and are temporarily out of the following products until the labels are changed. 

#30 Springreen Tablets, #31 Springreen Powder, #88 Whole Beet Plant Juice Tablets, and #89 Springreen Cleansing Kits


Saturday, December 13, 2014

US Cigarette Use Declining


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that cigarette smoking has decreased again among both adults and adolescents. Among middle and high school students, the rate has declined from about 28% in 2001 to 12.7% in 2013. Among adults 18 and over, the rate has dropped from about 23% in 2002 to about 18% in 2012-2013. The data are summarized in three reports posted on the CDC Web site: