Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Chemical Imbalance theory - officially proven false!

I remember it like it was yesterday. I'd been feeling really tired and achy, so I went to a doctor my sister had recommended to see what might be going on with me. It was a female doctor near Atlanta, Georgia, and she spent about 15 minutes poking me and doing a general exam before writing me a prescription for Prozac.

I was stunned.

I had already seen the stories on "Oprah" to know what Prozac could do to a person, and I was smart enough to question this action, even if she was a doctor. Even more alarming was that she requested no follow up visit. I could have taken the Prozac, gone out and killed someone (or myself) and she had no concern about whether or not the drug was going to work (or make things worse).

I never took the Prozac. A few weeks later I ended up quitting my job, and miraculously, my symptoms went away.

Now I've come across this article and I'd like to share it with the world! Please share widely.

The Chemical Imbalance theory - officially proven false!

Protocol for Autoimmune Disease Prevention

Below I share a great article, which came across my facebook feed a few days ago. It's everything I support at Eve's Best, and things that I've figured out in my own life just by listening to my body. The article doesn't define or list autoimmune diseases, so I'll provide that here. I'm not promising this is an exhaustive list, but a great start so you know what she's referring to if you don't have one of these diseases!

Alopecia Areata
Anklosing Spondylitis
Antiphospholipid Syndrome
Autoimmune Addison’s Disease
Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
Autoimmune Hepatitis
Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative  Syndrome (ALPS)
Autoimmune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ATP)
Behcet’s Disease
Bullous Pemphigoid
Cardiomyopathy
Celiac Sprue-Dermatitis
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Immune Deficiency Syndrome (CFIDS)
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
Cicatricial Pemphigoid
Cold Agglutinin Disease
CREST Syndrome
Crohn’s Disease
Dego’s Disease
Dermatomyositis
Dermatomyositis - Juvenile
Discoid Lupus
Essential Mixed Cryoglobulinemia
Fibromyalgia – Fibromyositis
Grave’s Disease
Guillain-Barre
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP)
IgA Nephropathy
Insulin Dependent Diabetes (Type I)
Juvenile Arthritis
Lupus
Meniere’s Disease
Mixed connective Tissue Disease
Multiple Sclerosis
Myasthenia Gravis
Pemphigus Vulgaris
Pernicious Anemia
Polyarteritis Nodosa
Polychondritis
Polyglancular Syndromes
Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis
Primary Agammaglobulinemia
Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
Psoriasis
Raynaud’s Phenomenon
Reiter’s Syndrome
Rheumatic Fever
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Sarcoidosis
Scleroderma
Sjogren’s Syndrome
Stiff-Man Syndrome
Takayasu Arteritis
Temporal Arteritis/Giant Cell Arteritis
Ulcerative Colitis
Uveitis
Vasculitis
Vitiligo
Wegener’s Granulomatosis

One word of caution before I send you to read the article. Don't even look at her vitamin protocol. It is outrageously expensive and you can do just as well putting together your own protocol for much less money. (Here's what I take).

Read The Rise of Early Autoimmunity & How to Avoid It by Dr. Amy Myers

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Do Vaccines and Pet Food Shorten Lives?

Having been a pet mommy since I was a little girl, pets have always been a part of my life. We always  had a dog and numerous cats, but it wasn't until I was an adult that I realized how involved the care and keeping of a pet was! The truth is, it has gotten more expensive and surreal in the last couple of decades, as I've noticed “pet insurance” popping up, animals dying before their time of liver and kidney disease, and “teeth cleaning” becoming a thing. (I don't remember our dogs ever having their teeth cleaned when I was young!)

Back in the “good old days” dogs lived 15+ years and then they died of old age. Not anymore. What is different?

It might be obvious only to me, but as I've watched people's diets go downhill and watched people getting bigger and bigger, I've also noticed dogs' health decline at the same time. I believe two things are factoring into this problem and they are vaccines and inadequate food.

In Veterinarian says pet deaths caused by over-vaccination by Vicki Batts, Batts says of veterinarian Dr. John Robb: “Robb says that he has seen yearly rabies vaccines make pets vomit, become ill, develop immune disorders, cancers, and has even seen the shot kill the pets of unsuspecting owners. One of the largest problems with veterinary vaccines is that these inoculations are of the one-size-fits-all variety. A 5-pound Chihuahua will receive the same dose of vaccine as a 100-pound bulldog. Does that seem logical to you?”

Some cities only require a rabies vaccine every three years, while most require a yearly booster, despite the fact that the vaccine lasts much longer than a year. And this is only one vaccine; there are others that dogs get as puppies. Most people don't think about the vaccines when their dog becomes sick early in life, and probably write it off as bad luck or something, I don't know.

They also probably don't think about their pets' food. More people seem to have waken up regarding pets' diets, but the majority still don't want to feed their pets what it really takes to keep them healthy. Part of this is because a lot of pet owners just love animals, but can't afford the food that they need. So that cheap bag of kibble is perfect, because they really believe if it was bad for their pets, it wouldn't be on the shelf! (Isn't that why people eat chips, cookies, and ice cream?)

I feel strongly that food is an even bigger issue for pet health, because you can skip vaccines, but you can't skip feeding your pets! Many pet owners who realize this make their own pet food each day, and they have animals that live into their 20's. That is just too much work for most people, so most will still settle for a kibble that they can pour out of a bag. We are currently there, using Life's Abundance dog and cat food. We also give our pets foods that are healthy for them (like pumpkin for the cats, and carrots and apples for the dogs). But the majority of their food comes from Life's Abundance. I was just opening a new bag this morning and caught a glimpse of the ingredient list. Sad to say, it is healthier than a lot of the snacks I buy my kids. Life's Abundance has recently acquired Flint River Ranch, another pet food company that closed down, so Flint River Ranch customers will be able to find those products again. Both companies are reputable, make their food in the US, and best of all, when you order from them, should they find a problem with a batch of food, they will know how to find their customers and warn them. This doesn't happen, but the chain is there if it does.

I don't have pet insurance, but I do invest in my pets' health each month by purchasing them healthy food. We also delay vaccinations and go without when possible. I wonder if people spent a little more money on their pets' food rather than insurance, would they have healthier pets? I think so. I mean, it's the same with humans...eat right and you are much better off, insurance or not!

Unplugging Appliances to Save Money

I don't remember why I did it, but about a month ago, I decided to unplug all the electric appliances that don't get used frequently to see what it would do to my electric bill. The weather in both months was comparable, so there wasn't really a difference in the heater coming on periodically (gas furnace, but electric blower). The difference was a 25% decrease after unplugging everything. The things that I did not unplug included my PC, wireless router, washer/dryer, fridge, lamps, and a second PC. I have since unplugged more after seeing that it saved some dough. The washer and dryer are unplugged and I'm going to start unplugging my PC and wireless router for not only money reasons, but also health reasons.

Last year our electric company installed a smart meter. We do not have an opt out option where I live, so I've been pretty ticked about the whole thing. Many people have reported skyrocketing electric bills with the smart meter, not just in my city, but across the country. That is entirely a different issue, but my main concern is that people smarter than me are saying it's a health hazard. Now, I admit I have a microwave in my house (GASP!) and use it sometimes. So I feel kind of hypocritical worrying about the smart meter and its health implications. But I guess what gets me is that I can choose to lose the microwave if I wanted, and the smart meter has been forced on me. I did move the microwave to the end of the kitchen which is just opposite the outside wall which holds the smart meter, so at least the offenders are together now. But I've unplugged the microwave, so hopefully 99% of the time, it's like it isn't even there.

If you are wondering what in the world I'm talking about, read 17 Ways to Minimize Exposure to Dirty Electricity & EMFs, by Lloyd Burrell.

Whether you do it to save money, or save your health, I think it's common sense to unplug things that aren't being used. I've read in forums people stating what a pain it would be, and it just hasn't affected my day to day living at all. This is mostly because I do laundry in chunks of time, hardly ever watch television, and just don't use a lot of electronics everyday requiring me to plug stuff back in. Give it a try and see what happens to your bill! And remember that even if it only goes down a little bit, it's probably helping your body as well, so that is definitely worth it!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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His website is chrisbeatcancer.com and you can gain a wealth of info from him and his blog posts.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Frozen Shoulder Remedy and Trigger Points

This is a remedy for frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, that you can do at home by yourself.

After painting the inside of my rental house a couple of years ago, the shoulder that had been nagging me a bit became excruciatingly painful. I couldn't do much with my arm at all, and my chiropractor offered no advice. I did change chiropractors, and my new one sent me to have it checked out after an x-ray looked odd. Eventually the orthopedic surgeon diagnosed me with adhesive capsulitis and I kind of got the feeling that since I wasn't a surgery candidate, I was a disappointment. But he was glad to stick a needle in my shoulder! While the cortisone shot was painful, it did help a LOT. Physical therapy helped with stretches, but after I returned to the orthopedic surgeon for a follow up, he took me off physical therapy out of fear that I was being pushed too hard. He offered me another shot, but I turned it down and wanted to wait and see if it got bad enough to warrant it again. I was on the bubble at the time, and the pain of the shot was not worth it at that point. And I'm glad, because I never needed a shot again!

Here is what helped relieve my frozen shoulder. I wish I had learned this at the very beginning! In this video, you can jump to 1:11 for the specific instructions of what to do.



An excellent video explaining trigger points:



The most useful video by far about trigger points:



I hope this answers some questions for you. I'm sure this information will save you a little in doctor visits for unexplained pain! Also, if you are in pain but don't have any trigger points that you can find, remember that nutritional deficiencies can cause pain as well. If you aren't taking vitamins, you have deficiencies!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

What makes a healthy home?

I was doing some research for my website, Eve's Best, when it suddenly occurred to me that many people may not know what a "healthy home" really is. Of course we all have our own opinions, but I feel a healthy home encompasses these qualities:

1. The air is clean. Unless we have a sick child, we may not realize how poor our air quality is. We often hear of sick buildings or sick schools, and we neglect to realize the danger occurs in our own homes. Whether we have abundant off-gassing, mold or mildew, or allergens floating around in the air, most homes do have poor air quality. We solve this by using Airwise air purifiers in our home.

2. Safe cleaning products are used. The majority of products on the market are NOT safe. You can find safer alternatives at your local health food store, or make your own non-toxic cleaning products. Both alternatives will help you avoid volatile organic compounds (VOC's) which are given off, even by closed cleaning containers.

3. Fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably organic) are on hand for snacks. People who say their kids won't eat these are usually providing their children more junk than fruit. Of course children will choose a twinkie over a banana! So leave the twinkies at the store and you avoid the battle completely. My kids get fruit out of the refrigerator bin without me knowing it because they know that when they're hungry that's what they should eat. They are 4 and 5, and we have sweet teeth just like everyone else. But we also have brains that we try to use daily, and most parents out there just don't feel the same way, apparently.

4. Safe personal care products are provided. Everything you put on your body or use to clean your body has an affect on your body. Just like cleaning products, personal care products have not been created with your health in mind. Cost has been the most important factor, and many mainstream products

Friday, December 30, 2016

Triclosan Concerns

Antibacterial Compounds In Everyday Products May Affect Fetuses' Lengths

By Shweta Lyer, Aug 10, 2014

From hand sanitizers and body washes to detergents and dish soaps, we love everything that comes with the antibacterial label. But is the overuse of antibacterial products doing more harm than good? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certainly thinks so, as it's considering a ban on common antibacterial compounds that are also known to harm the environment. What’s more, scientists have found that the chemical compounds in antibacterial products have found their way into fetuses in pregnant mothers.

Researchers reported their findings at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

"We looked at the exposure of pregnant women and their fetuses to triclosan and triclocarban, two of the most commonly used germ-killers in soaps and other everyday products," said Dr. Benny Pycke, a research scientists at Arizona State University, in a press release. "We found triclosan in all of the urine samples from the pregnant women that we screened. We also detected it in about half of the umbilical cord blood samples.”

Triclosan was first registered as a pesticide back in the 1960s. But with a potential to be used as an antimicrobial ingredient, it began being manufactured into antibacterial products. Recent studies have shown the serious health implications that triclosan and triclocarban present in animals, and possibly in humans, too. In the lab, these compounds were shown to disrupt hormones essential for neural and reproductive development and produce drug resistance in bacteria.

While its true that the human body can flush out these compounds, constant exposure may still leave traces inside the body. "If you cut off the source of exposure, eventually triclosan and triclocarban would quickly be diluted out, but the truth is that we have universal use of these chemicals, and therefore also universal exposure," lead investigator Dr. Rolf Halden said in the release.

While scientists have not been able to replicate lab results showing the effects of these compounds on people, State University of New York's Dr. Laura Geer found another interesting outcome during the study. The study showed that women with high levels of the antimicrobial compound butyl paraben, found in cosmetic products, gave birth to shorter newborns. It's yet to be seen how these compounds will affect people in the long-term. But if their findings are confirmed in larger studies, it could mean that widespread exposure to these compounds may cause subtle, but large-scale effects on birth size.

Currently there are more than 2,000 over-the-counter products that contain these compounds, including toothpastes, soaps, detergents, carpets, paints, school supplies, and toys, the researchers said. Besides harming the human body, these dangerous compounds are no good for the environment either. Our ecosystem, especially lakes, accumulate large amounts of triclosan due to the release of sewage water. In turn, marine life is harmed.

Because of these implications, several governments have considered banning products that use these compounds. Minnesota became the first state to pass a ban on the use of antimicrobials in certain products. The ban is expected to take effect in January 2017. The Canadian Environmental Law Association has also urged the Canadian government to ban these two compounds. Meanwhile, companies like Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble have also announced the discontinuation of these compounds from some of their products. At the federal level, the FDA and Environmental Protection Agency have recommended a scientific review of these compounds, and with sufficient evidence may consider banning them.

Source: Geer L, Halden R, Pycke B, et al. Human biomonitoring of prenatal exposure to triclosan and triclocarban in a multiethnic urban population from Brooklyn, New York. At The 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. 2014.

Lead Poisoning in United States

Nearly 3,000 US Communities Have Higher Rate Of Lead Poisoning Than Flint, MI 

By Whitney Webb

Last year, the community of Flint, Michigan was thrust into the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Children were being diagnosed with lead poisoning at previously unheard of levels and the town’s water supply was later found to be the culprit. City officials, not long before, had switched the city’s water supply from the Detroit water system to a polluted and corrosive nearby river in order to save money. Though several of the city officials responsible have now been criminally charged for their role in the disaster, nearly two years have passed while residents of Flint remain without clean drinking water.

Though Flint is the most recent example of lead poisoning in the United States, a new analysis by Reuters has found that it is just the tip of the iceberg. The study found that nearly 3,000 communities throughout the country recorded incredibly high rates of lead poisoning, over a third of which were quadruple that of Flint at the height of the water crisis. Pockets of major urban centers like Baltimore and Philadelphia were the locales found to suffer the most from lead poisoning. In many of these communities lead poisoning has been a problem for generations. There, the rate of elevated lead tests has hovered between 40 to 50% for at least the past ten years. Other communities are more rural, like Warren, Pennsylvania. 36% of children living in Warren, a town of under 10,000 along the endangered Allegheny river, had elevated levels of lead in their blood.

The study used previously undisclosed data from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments to arrive at its conclusions as both groups track poisoning rates among children in a variety of locations nationwide. Reuters reporters found that lead poisoning was so widespread it spanned across economic class and race, though poverty was often predicted a higher likelihood of lead exposure. Though the CDC officially estimated that 2.5% of children nationwide in the US suffer from lead poisoning, some say the number is likely far higher. Ultimately, the report strongly highlights the failure of government attempts to eliminate such high exposure to such a dangerous toxin. Dr. Helen Egger, chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Longone Medical Center’s Child Study Center, told Reuters that “Where lead poisoning remains common, many children will have developmental delays and start out behind all the rest.” For that reason, any child whose lead blood level is above 5 micrograms per deciliter warrant a “public health response” as the slightest elevation can result in a reduced IQ and stunted development.

This study raises the possibility that lead poisoning could be to blame, in part, for the rise in autism. Lead poisoning has already been pinned as a cause of autism as a 2014 study in Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology found that lead and mercury can lead to autistic disorders. That same year, one in 68 children in the US were diagnosed with autism, a 30 percent increase in just two years. However, mainstream health news, such as WebMD, claim that the causes of autism remain “a mystery.” Children throughout the country have now been proven to have high levels of a heavy metal known to cause autism in their blood. The real explanation for the dramatic jump in autism cases is right in front of us, if only we would see it.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Toxic Carpet Solution for Babies

If you've never heard about the numerous problems that carpet can cause, please Google it! I don't want to re-hash old news here, as there are numerous excellent articles on-line about the dangers already. In a nutshell, new carpet is bad because of the off-gassing of chemicals, and old carpet is bad because it contains decades of everything that came off of shoes, as well as layers of dust, dust mites, and any other bug carcasses that died under fibers hidden from the vacuum cleaner's suction.

Cleaning your carpets is good, but has mold started growing due to the wetness from being "shampooed"? There is ALWAYS SOMETHING with carpet. I'm so glad we only have carpet on stairs (which we are removing) because my son was recently diagnosed with allergies to numerous things, including dust mites!

But what do you do when you have a baby you want to lie down on your floor? Or what if you take your baby to a friend's house and the only option is a carpeted floor? (And you know it's not clean...)

This solution is a no-brainer and it's so simple, it's crazy that others haven't already thought about it. It's the No-Chem Tummy Time Mat, a piece of food-grade plastic that is put between the baby and floor.

Now you can put your baby down, literally anywhere, because the plastic keeps any fumes, toxins, dirt, and dust mites away from your baby, keeping her healthy and free from harmful chemicals.

I also suggest using this mat on top of foam pieces, even if they are made for children. Some children's padding/ foam flooring is chemically unhealthy for babies and should be avoided as well.

This product would make a great gift for new moms who aren't aware of the dangers in carpet.