Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Earth Day Specials and Coupons

Earth Day is April 22, and in celebration of this important date, we will be having a promotion at Eve's Best. During the month of April, we will give a FREE GreenBag with every Showerwise shower filter purchase. In addition to the GreenBag, you will save $10 on the Showerwise, which will be going up on May 1.

Here are some more Earth Day specials provided by other small businesses and work at home moms:

During the month of April, Karen Clark, a rep with Story Time Felts, Inc. is offering sales on the following felts:
76147 Rain Forest
6030 Bug Book
6318 Farm and Zoo Toggle
3230 Creation Set
On April 1, these specials will be listed here: http://www.funfelt.com/specials.html But feel free to visit her store now and decide which items you want!

Tara, at http://www.affordablemineralmakeup.com/ is offering 15% off with coupon code earthday2008. Coupon is good April 21st through midnight EST April 23rd.

Karen Tracy with Shaklee is offering FREE Preferred customer membership with qualified purchase from April 21-29.

LaKeshia Snyder with Tupperware is offering 15% off orders emailed to her; free gift for those who place their orders through her website. Offer valid April 21-25.

Kandi Tobin with Shaklee is offering FREE membership ($19.95 value..I will reimburse this fee) with any $50 or more purchase of any product April 1-30. Email tobinjewels@gmail.com or call her at 501-593-7127 for details and instructions.

Jennifer at Little Piddles is offering 15% off all purchases with coupon code EARTHDAY. Coupon is valid April 20-27.

Kelly Mitchell of SeaGlass Candles is offering a 10% discount on all purchases for the entire month of April (coupon code: cleanearth) to celebrate Earth Day.

Ann Tillage with Sharmooz is offering 15% off your entire purchase with coupon code Baby15. "The Sharmooz Company proudly presents our Eco-Friendly Line (coming out on Earth Day) with the same great benefits of the Original Baby Sharmooz. We searched and found the finest Earth Friendly Hemp Silk Satin which uses less unnatural resources to produce. Remember, not only your baby - but the Earth- deserves the ROYAL treatment!" Coupon code will be good through December 2008.

Cyndi McGregor with Greenbaby Gifts is giving either an organic baby shampoo and wash, or an organic cotton infant toy FREE with every purchase during the month of April. She will also be donating 10% of her profits for the month of April to the Environmental Working Group.

Kara Kelso with Prairie Soy Candles is offering 10% off with coupon code "earthday" on April 22 (excludes Etsy purchases, good for store products ONLY).

The Green Path Company is offering a discount on our Organic Cotton tote bag in April! Save $2.00 on each bag AND receive a FREE Simple Green Living Tips packet filled with information on simple, inexpensive things you can do everyday to live a greener life, simple, inexpensive ways to eliminate junk mail and some great water conservation ideas. The packet also contains a "reminder" calendar that will help you incorporate these tips into your routines. You can also sign up for our blog and newsletter to learn about companies and products that are making the change to go green!

Please visit these stores and take part in their Earth Day celebrations as you see fit. And as we all should every Earth Day, take a little time to contemplate a change that you can make to lighten your footprint on our planet!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Calcium supplementation increases bone mineral content in adolescent girls

A new clinical trial (reported in the February 2008 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) found that supplementing adolescent girls with calcium led to significantly increased bone mineral content in the short term. However, long-term benefits were only maintained with continual use.

A recent meta-analysis raised doubt as to whether calcium supplementation in children benefits spine and hip bone mineral density (BMD). A recent study had a different conclusion. The trial was an 18 month trial of calcium supplementation (792 mg/d) with follow-up two years after supplement withdrawal. Subjects included 96 adolescent girls with low calcium intakes. State-of-the-art measures of bone were used to determine the change in total-body, lumbar spine, and total hip bone mineral content (BMC) during supplementation and then two years after supplement withdrawal.

Over the eighteen-month period, girls who received supplemental calcium showed significantly greater gains in bone mineral content (with the exception of the hip), and bone mineral density was greater at all sites compared with the group that received a placebo. Indicators of bone loss were significantly lower in the supplemented group than in the control group after 18 months. However, after 24 months (or two years without supplements), the differences between groups were no longer observed.

Contrary to the conclusion of the recent meta-analysis, this study indicates that calcium supplementation does indeed enhance bone mineral accumulation in teenage girls, but the effect is short-lived. The likely mechanism for the effect of the calcium is suppression of bone turnover, which is reversed upon supplement withdrawal. Therefore, calcium supplementation must be consistent and life-long to achieve full bone health benefits.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 87, No. 2, 455-462, February 2008