Friday, April 27, 2012

Natural Nutrition Therapy for Your Skin

I've had the world's worst skin for over a decade now. I've actually gotten somewhat used to the breakouts and the oily and the bleeding sores that turn into scars. It was my "new normal." I was sued to wearing my hair just long enough to cover those annoying welts on my jawline. I could have bought stock in cover-up and made a fortune.

But this morning, as I looked in the mirror I realized that my skin was looking pretty darned good. In fact, I nearly rear-ended some dude because I was analyzing my skin in the rear view mirror, looking everywhere for the usual acne bumps and ugly skin.

What had I done differently, you may be asking? I switched my ENTIRE skin care regiment to Shaklee's Enfuselle. I had tried bits and pieces of the system before, but never the whole thing at the same time. Let me tell you - what a difference it made using all of the pieces. My skin is nearly clear, smooth, glowing. I feel pretty for the first time in as long as I can remember.

Yes - the system looks pricey. I'll tell you, my products last a VERY LONG TIME! I only have to order some of them 1-2 times a year. And as far as I'm concerned, there is no price tag on feeling confident.

Here are the details:

Vitamins for your skin - and who better than the #1 natural nutrition company to make them!

  • The same nutrients that help keep you healthy on the inside also play a huge role in how you look on the outside. 50 years of scientific nutrition research has been applied to developing the most advanced therapeutic skincare system around providing you the answer to healthy-looking, beautiful skin.
    Click HERE for an interactive brochure. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

WD40 is Toxic - Try Basic H2

I recently came across a Pin on Pinterest highlighting all the wonderful and almost magical uses of WD40. I gasped at the thought of people using such a toxic petroleum based product. I read all of the alleged uses and thought, "Basic H does the same thing without killing you, your children, or your environment." Hence this blog entry. Basic h2 was one of the very first biodegradable non-toxic cleaners (released in 1960) and was also THE first earth day certified cleaner. It cost just pennies a gallon and is so effective for at least 1000 different uses. So here you go "pinners" pin this - not that!

1. Protects silver from tarnishing. 2. Removes road tar and grime from cars. 3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings. 4. Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery. 5. Keeps flies off cows. (I love this one!) 6. Restores and cleans chalkboards. 7. Removes lipstick stains. 8. Loosens stubborn zippers. 9. Untangles jewelry chains. 10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks. 11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.  AND THOUSANDS OF OTHER USES.

Order yours today.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Growing Pains

Your 8-year-old son wakes up crying in the night complaining that his legs are throbbing. You rub them and soothe him as much as you can, but you're uncertain about whether to give him any medication or take him to the doctor.

Sound familiar? Your child is probably experiencing growing pains, a normal occurrence in about 25% to 40% of children. They generally strike during two periods: in early childhood among 3- to 5-year-olds and, later, in 8- to 12-year-olds.

What Causes Them?

No firm evidence shows that the growth of bones causes pain. The most likely causes are the aches and discomforts resulting from the jumping, climbing, and running that active kids do during the day. The pains can occur after a child has had a particularly athletic day.

Signs and Symptoms

Growing pains always concentrate in the muscles, rather than the joints. Most kids report pains in the front of their thighs, in the calves, or behind the knees. Whereas joints affected by more serious diseases are swollen, red, tender, or warm, the joints of kids experiencing growing pains appear normal.

Although growing pains often strike in late afternoon or early evening before bed, pain can sometimes wake a sleeping child. The intensity of the pain varies from child to child, and most kids don't experience the pains every day.

Diagnosing Growing Pains

One symptom that doctors find most helpful in making a diagnosis of growing pains is how the child responds to touch while in pain. Kids who have pain from a serious medical disease don't like to be handled because movement tends to increase the pain. But those with growing pains respond differently — they feel better when they're held, massaged, and cuddled.

Growing pains are what doctors call a diagnosis of exclusion. This means that other conditions should be ruled out before a diagnosis of growing pains is made. A thorough history and physical examination by your doctor can usually accomplish this. In rare instances, blood and X-ray studies may be required before a final diagnosis of growing pains is made.

Helping Your Child

Some things that may help alleviate the pain include:
•massaging the area
•placing a heating pad on the area
•giving ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Never give aspirin to a child under 12 due to its association with Reye syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disease.)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How Well do You Understand the Shaklee Difference?

I got this letter from Shaklee last week and thought it was good enough to share with you guys:

Shaklee products - and the quality and science behind them - are unmatched in the industry. But how familiar are you with the many elements of the Shaklee Difference?

Even if you think you know what makes this company and our products stand apart from the rest, refresh your knowledge with this list of Ten Key Steps that we take to ensure that Shaklee supplements are the best in the marketplace:

1. Shaklee conducts over 100,000 tests annually to ensure the safety and efficacy of our products.

2. Each and every lot of Shaklee Products is 100% tested to ensure and guarantee that each and every ingredient that is part of our label claims is present in the appropriate amounts.

3. All ingredients in Shaklee products are qualified under the incredibly stringent Shaklee protocol, unique in the industry, which tests for up to 350 chemical contaminants, including pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, solvent residues, etc.

4. Our Shaklee Scientists create formulations so that the key active ingredients are included at clinically efficacious levels, often significantly higher than many companies in the market.

5. Each product is formulated with nutritional ingredients that have been extensively studied to confirm safety and efficacy. Our products do not follow "fads," but incorporate scientific and/or epidemiologic evidence of need and benefit.

6. Shaklee employs advanced delivery systems to enhance bioavailability - and these systems are tested to confirm their nutrient delivery advantages.

7. All ingredients must be acceptable from the standpoint of the Shaklee philosophy, as well as detailed scrutiny as to their safety. We do not simply accept the Certificate of Analysis that many other companies accept, but rather retest for contaminants to confirm the Certificate of Analysis is accurate.

8. Shaklee has an unwavering commitment to avoid the use of artificial flavors, sweeteners, and added preservatives. We use only non-genetically modified soy protein.

9. Shaklee developed many of the standards and protocols for manufacturing that are now referred to as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).

10. Ongoing proof of our product performance is demonstrated by:
  • Over 100 scientific publications, 90-plus in peer-reviewed journals
  • The Landmark Study, the only study of its kind, which showed that people who took Shaklee supplements over a period of 20 years had markedly better health than both single-multivitamin and nonsupplement users
  • Shaklee products powering athletes to win 125 medals
  • Shaklee products fueling world explorers, 7 of Time-Life's "Greatest Adventures of All Time," and NASA Shuttle astronauts with a special rehydration product (called Astro-Ade)
Add to this list our accomplishments and awards in the area of environmental leadership and responsibility, and you will see why I am truly proud to be part of this company, where integrity, quality and social responsibility are our standards, and where making people and the planet healthier is our mission.
Shaklee is all about helping people take control of their future health by virtue of their choices today. My 16 years as a practicing family physician led me to believe even more strongly that prevention is where the future of medicine must go. Research confirms that nutrition, weight control, and wise supplementation can powerfully impact your vitality today and your health in the future, and I believe that we can redefine wellness in the coming years. Thank you for all that you are doing to share Shaklee products and the Shaklee Difference with so many. Together we are making a BIG difference in the health of the world!
Be well!
Dr Jamie McManus
Dr. Jamie McManus, MD, FAAFP
Chair of Medical Affairs, Health Sciences and Education for Shaklee Corporation

You can see more about the Shaklee Difference HERE.
Or if you're more of a reader, click HERE.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cinch smoothies

Tired of your boring breakfast? Ready to shake it up with exciting, energizing, good for you smoothies?

Here's my favorite right now...

Celebrate this coming St. Patty’s Day
Drink a Cinch Shamrock Shake!


1 cup (handful) of green chard
(yes, that’s right we said chard!)
1/4 cup frozen or ½ C fresh strawberries
½ medium banana
12 oz cold water*
2 scoops Vanilla Cinch Shake Mix


Blend all ingredients until creamy. Garnish with a fresh strawberry and drink up!

Nutrition Information
Makes 1 serving
Calories: 263
Carbohydrate: 43.5 g
Protein: 18 g
Fat: 3 g

Recipe Courtesy of Shaklee Director Rose Baca from Santa Fe, New Mexico

Another favorite...
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup raw milk
1 cup chard or kale
2 scoops vanilla cinch
dash cinnamon and cayenne
freshly grated ginger

add to blender and blend vigorously until smooth

The great thing about these shakes - even my toddler LOVES them. She begs for "kawel milk" every morning. How many of you have kids who beg for kale?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Internal Immune Support

Thanks to Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Frank Painter for this timely information.

The Department of Agriculture estimates that more that 50% of Americans are deficient in the following immune-supporting nutrients: Vitamin A, C, E, B-6, B-12, and Folic Acid, and that 73% of us get too little zinc. This is partly caused by food choices and partly because of how we grow and prepare out food. This is why a simple nutritional program has been shown to increase immune function even in individuals over the age of 65. So.. let’s review the Shaklee products that build immunity.

Vita Lea of Vitalizer – most of us do not get all the nutrients we need from our diet. A balanced and complete mulit-vitamin is the foundation of any nutrition program.

Nutriferon – Developed and extensively tested by immunologists in Japan, this proprietary blend of natural plants extracts supports and stimulates the immune system by increasing the activity of white blood cells and by inducing natural interferon production. It also optimizes the body’s immune response against environmental irritants and airborne particulates, as with allergies and asthma.

Sustained Release Vita C – For continuous antioxidant protection, this unique formula releases Vita C into your blood stream for 5 hours. Vitamin C protects against chronic infection, environmental pollutants, allergies, colds, flu, and slow healing times.

Vita E Complex – Vita E and selenium are natural antioxidants that help protect us from the cancer-causing oxidation that occurs in our body every day  AND most of us don’t get enough of these essential nutrients from our diet.

Vita D3 -  80% of Americans are deficient in Vita D because of numerous factors, including geography (how far north we live), the pigmentation level of our skin, daily sun exposure, and our age. Vita D contributes to a strong immune system and supports normal cell function.

CarotoMax – Contains powerful phytonutrients found in fresh fruits and vegetables that are lacking in our diets AND  they have been shown to significantly boost immunity, while reducing the risk for cancer, heart and eye disease.

Optiflora – Replenishes the beneficial bacteria that are damaged through medication use, poor diet, and low fiber intake. Shaklee’s patented triple encapsulation provides guaranteed delivery of these helpful bacteria to the intestine to improve your immune response.

Immunity Formula I – Combines water soluble vitamins (B’s and C’s) with fat soluble vitamins (beta carotene and vitamin E and the minerals most required for immune-competency (zinc, selenium, and copper). It’s the one stop shop of immune support for those who hesitate to swallow the multiple nutrients discussed in this section.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Ah-Choo! - How I took Control of My Allergies

The first time I went to the allergist I was shocked to leave the office with a positive diagnosis of severe seasonal allergies (trees, weeds, grass, mold, and dust mites to name a few) and 4 prescriptions for allergy medicines. I was to take three of them EVERYDAY and the inhaler was on an "as needed" basis. WHAT!? I was dismayed, dejected, downtrodden. My beloved outdoors was being taken away from me (afterall, it made me sneeze) and was being replaced with Zyrtec, Allegra, Nasonex I don't care how sute your little accented bee is!

I stayed on this allergy regiment for a couple of years. The I was introduced to allergy shots. And off to the allergist I went every Tuesday after work, plunked down my $25 copay (a week) and got my injection of sneeze no more.

When I came across a testimony from someone who had complete relief from his allergies using Shaklee's all natural, proven safe solutions, I was skeptical. I was a fan of Shaklee supplements, but could they possible work to relieve these highly medicated allergies? But really, what did I have to lose?
I started on a regiment of Alfalfa and Nutriferon in addition to my regular nutritional supplement program. Wouldn't you know it - my allergies were all but gone within about a month. No more sniffly, runny nose. No more headaches, eyeaches, tummy aches, and dizziness. It was fabulous!

I still use this regiment, but I've decreased it to just allergy season. Oh, like right now! Anyone's allergies acting up? Try this program. What do you have to lose?