SparkPeople Corrosion of Conformity Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=53491 This team is for those positive thinkers, non conformists who think outside the box and want more from life. Anyone who likes to question life. We will talk about anything. SparkPeople Corrosion of Conformity Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=53491 Are You Eating 1 year Old Apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x59249821 This is something to think about! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>foodmatters.tv/content/are-you-eatin<BR>g-one-year-old-apples?utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_campaign=FM+NL+-+September+24+201<BR>4&utm_content=FM+NL+-+September+24+201<BR>4+CID_99ff276ed117827d8447cecbf7cdd386<BR>&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor%20Email<BR>%20Marketing&utm_term=READ%20NOW </link> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:27:15 EST Would you eat this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x59184876 With the ingredients in this, I wouldn't buy it, Would you or would you give it to your kids? <BR> <BR> <link> http://foodbabe.com/2014/09/17/general-mil<BR>ls-or-generally-toxic-after-you-see-th<BR>is-product-i-know-which-one-youll-choose/ </link> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:04:12 EST Food is Your Medicine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x59184734 FOOD IS MEDICINE <BR> <BR> Apples Protects your heart Prevents constipation Blocks diarrhea Improves lung capacity Cushions joints <BR> <BR> Apricots Combats cancer Controls blood pressure Saves your eyesight Shields against Alzheimer's Slows aging process <BR> <BR> Artichokes Aids digestion Lowers cholesterol Protects your heart Stabilizes blood sugar Guards against liver disease <BR> <BR> Avocados Battles diabetes Lowers cholesterol Helps stops strokes Controls blood pressure Smoothes s... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:51:30 EST 1 Spice vs 14 Drugs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x58487973 This is a good read, turmeric is amazing. <BR> <BR> http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/science<BR>-confirms-this-spice-is-as-effective-a<BR>s-14-drugs?utm_medium=email&utm_campai<BR>gn=FM+NL+-+July+9+2014+ROW&utm_content<BR>=FM+NL+-+July+9+2014+ROW+CID_5fedb13fa<BR>2efa2dac9137c55132c9529&utm_source=Cam<BR>paign%20Monitor%20Email%20Marketing&ut<BR>m_term=1%20SPICE%20VS%2014%20DRUGS%20WHO%20WINS <BR> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:09:28 EST Superfoods Avocados, Blueberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x58310492 I put them in my Smoothy, they make it so thick, like a milkshake <BR> <BR> SuperFood Nutrition for the Summer Season <BR> <BR> <BR> Eating by the season is a key aspect to healthy nutrition. Fruits and vegetables are at their nutritional peak during their prime growing season. Before the advent of refrigeration and the mass production and storage of foods everyone had to eat by the availability of the season. This is natural and our body is innately designed to eat in this matter. <BR> ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:46:52 EST No Benefit to Mammograms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x56984861 I realize this is a hot topic, but my opinion is that I have never had one and never will. I made that choice years ago, followed my gut instinct. <BR> <BR> <link>healthimpactnews.com/2014/mammograms<BR>-wheres-the-wisdom-in-using-a-cancer-s<BR>creen-that-causes-cancer/ </link> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 08:42:32 EST Benefits of Juicing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x56984820 Hope you are juicing, so beneficial. If you aren't, maybe it's time to start. <BR> <BR> <link> http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles<BR>/archive/2011/11/13/benefits-of-juicin<BR>g.aspx </link> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 08:39:58 EST Raw Honey Garlic Lemon Shots http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x54957163 Yum, good way to keep you healthy. <BR> <BR> <link>www.undergroundhealth.com/raw-honey-<BR>garlic-lemon-shots-a-simple-recipe-to-<BR>supercharge-your-immune-system/?fb_ref<BR>=recommendations-bar </link> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:25:09 EST Minding Your Mitochondria http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x54957133 Take 20 minutes and enjoy this video. Shows again how food is our medicine! Very inspirational and tells you what you should be eating and why. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc </link> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:23:09 EST Chicken Soup Cures Colds and Flu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x54917020 Interesting. Please feel free to post your favorite Chicken Soup receipe here. <BR> <BR> <link>www.healthnaturalguide.com/2013/09/c<BR>hicken-soup-cures-colds-and-flu_3874.html </link> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 04:32:23 EST 5 Common Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x54898272 Hope you have a few minutes to read. <BR> <BR> <link>www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/5-com<BR>mon-vitamin-and-mineral-deficiencies/ </link> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 10:37:07 EST How to Increase Iron Levels in Your Blood http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x54898227 Some good info here. <BR> <BR> <link>www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/how-t<BR>o-increase-iron-levels-in-your-blood/ </link> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 10:30:51 EST Friday the 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x54879642 Hi everyone. As we are having another Friday the 13th tomorrow, what do you think about the day. Is it a negative for you? <BR> <BR> For me, I don't look at it as any different than any other day. We have quite a few family members born on Friday the 13th or on the 13th so it will be a Friday sometime. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:23:59 EST Heart Disease Warning Signs & What U Can Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x54836843 Some good tips here. <BR> <BR> <link>www.rodalenews.com/heart-disease-war<BR>ning-signs?page=0,0&cm_mmc=ABCNews-_-6<BR>%20Unexpected%20Heart%20Attack%20Trigg<BR>ers-_-Article-_-6%20Surprising%20Heart<BR>%20Disease%20Warning%20Signs%20And%20W<BR>hat%20You%20Need%20To%20Do%20About%20Them </link> Mon, 9 Sep 2013 09:38:00 EST How Coffee Makes You Happier and Healthier http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x54816391 Have to go buy more, I only buy fair trade organic coffee though. <BR> <BR> There are a few articles you can read with this link. Very good info. <BR> <BR> <link>www.bottomlinepublications.com/conte<BR>nt/article/diet-a-exercise/how-coffee-<BR>makes-you-happier-and-healthier?utm_so<BR>urce=email&utm_medium=SilverpopMailing<BR>&utm_campaign=2013-07-19%20BOBL%20CID-<BR>0000001454%20%286%29%2009/07/13%2009:0<BR>0%20AM&utm_content=&spMailingID=425228<BR>89&spUserID=NTE4NTg3NDAyOTkS1&spJobID=... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 15:06:17 EST Natural Treatment for MS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x54815571 Thought I would post this, MS is so rampant these days. Also, don't forget to take mega doses of Vitamin D3! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sclerosistreatment.com/2013/02/m<BR>ultiple-sclerosis-natural-treatment.html </link> Sat, 7 Sep 2013 13:26:02 EST Detox Juice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x54615861 I'm going to have to try this. <BR> <BR> <link>www.herbs-info.com/blog/how-to-make-<BR>a-super-detox-juice/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>foodbabe.com/2012/03/17/super-detox-<BR>juice/ </link> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 07:34:45 EST What You Think is What You Get http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21497x53491x53910251 Assuming that what you think about or want in your life will come to pass - for example, thinking negative brings negative results. <BR> <BR> So what I am concentrating on is being able to pay off our debt so I can stay home with my husband,kids and animals. Also thinking about living in the country surrounded by nature. More than anything, I want that! <BR> <BR> What do you think and want? Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:35:00 EST Do Antibiotics Actually Protect Us? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x53701558 Americans are totally addicted to antibiotics. In our quest to kill anything around us that seems bothersome or threatening, we try to rid ourselves of every last germ with an arsenal of antibacterial products, we pump our livestock full of antibiotics — heck, we pump ourselves full of antibiotics. <BR> <BR> Here's the deal: Not only is trying to eliminate most bacteria practically pointless but it can also be really counterproductive. Yes, there are lots of bad bacteria out there, and they ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:03:23 EST Monsanto http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x53526808 <link>news.yahoo.com/millions-march-agains<BR>t-monsanto-over-400-cities-222259976.html </link> <BR> <BR> Two million people from 436 cities in 52 countries came together to March Against Monsanto! <BR> <em>345</em> Wed, 29 May 2013 19:36:55 EST Unapproved GMO Wheat Found in Oregon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x53525925 <link>www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2<BR>013/05/29/genetically-modified-wheat/2<BR>370533/ </link> <BR> <BR> "A farmer discovered the genetically modified plants on his farm and contacted Oregon State University, which notified USDA early this month, Firko said. <BR> No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming. USDA officials said the wheat is the same strain as a genetically modified wheat that was legally tested by seed giant Monsanto a decade ago but never a... Wed, 29 May 2013 18:07:00 EST Useful Links http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x53486289 ~* ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP *~ <BR> <em>434</em> The Power of Information <em>436</em> <BR> <link>www.ewg.org </link> <BR> <BR> * Note this site is HUGE. It will take a bit to navigate it's many resources Sun, 26 May 2013 14:35:41 EST Magnesium is Important for Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x53483932 <link>www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/bloggin<BR>g-with-lee-2/magnesium-is-important-fo<BR>r-your-health?utm_source=feedburner&ut<BR>m_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Sw<BR>ansonHealthProducts+%28Swanson+Health+<BR>Products+Blog%29 </link> Sun, 26 May 2013 10:29:01 EST Good Stress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x53398188 "Good" Stress <BR> <BR> Good stress can heighten your sensory acuity and enhance performance. <BR> <BR> Whenever we think of “stress” we usually think “anxiety.” But is there such a thing as “good” stress? <BR> <BR> Stress is the result of a sudden release of hormones which are activated by our body’s natural “fight or flight” response. This response is triggered when we are about to have a car accident or when we perceive some type of immediate (or imagined) danger. Your adrenaline starts... Sun, 19 May 2013 10:57:50 EST Toxic Bodies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x53398123 Toxic Bodies? <BR> <BR> Does the repeated use of deodorant expose you to hazardous chemicals? Find out! <BR> <BR> If you’re like many women – you wouldn’t even think of leaving your house without your “face” on - meaning skin lotions, cosmetics and anything else you might use to enhance your natural beauty. Are these products safe? <BR> <BR> According to some research, not only are cosmetics potentially toxic, but so are hair products, deodorants, and perfumes. In her book, Not Just a Pret... Sun, 19 May 2013 10:53:16 EST What is Your True Mission in Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x53397318 If you were ever struggling with what you should do with your life.... Good article. Author is Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> Have you ever wondered what your true mission in life is? Every one of us is born into this world to serve a specific purpose. <BR> <BR> Have you ever wondered what you were born into this world to do, be, and accomplish? <BR> <BR> You were put on this earth to do something wonderful with your life. Your job is to find out what that wonderful thing is and then throw your wh... Sun, 19 May 2013 09:43:01 EST Article to Enhance Your Epigenome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x53329268 Doing a Coursera genetics course. Very interesting stuff. Found a very interesting article to share. <BR> <link>suite101.com/article/eating-to-enhan<BR>ce-your-epigenome-dna-methylation-a237063 </link> <BR> <BR> A diet of the proper foods affects the ability of the epigenome to control gene expression in the genome. Such expression (genes are either silent – turned off, or expressed – turned on) affects the health of the body. To achieve good health, detrimental genes are turned off an... Mon, 13 May 2013 13:12:52 EST Jump Start Your Metabolism http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x53313282 Jump Start Your Metabolism <BR> by leisatwatkins <BR> <BR> When you're trying to lose weight -- or maintain your current weight -- you think about fats, carbs, calories, when you are ever going to find the time to workout and, for many of us, how good a slice of that chocolate cake would taste... and maybe it's okay if we only have one bite. But, one important part of weight loss, that you are probably not thinking about, is your metabolism. <BR> <BR> When you're trying to shed extra poun... Sun, 12 May 2013 08:41:30 EST HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM NEGATIVE ENERGY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x53298606 Don't know if any of you are empaths but I am for sure. Some helpful ideas. <BR> <BR> <BR> HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM NEGATIVE ENERGY <BR> <BR> Ever feel overwhelmed by your environment? Does it sometime feel like others energy soaks into your personal space? Ever catch yourself feeling exhausted, angry, irritable, moody, or sick for no reason–it just came like a sudden flood out of no where? Have you ever asked yourself why you are so sensitive to others around you and the environmen... Fri, 10 May 2013 22:42:10 EST 10 Best Herbs&Spices for Immune System http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x53285963 To stay strong, the immune system heavily depends on the stomach for support. Malnourished individuals are more susceptible to disease as opposed to those who practice a nutritious diet. Below are the 10 best herbs and spices for keeping your immune system strong and functioning correctly: <BR> <BR> 1. Echinacea - Echinacea is a popular herb that has been identified to boost immunity. Combined with goldenseal, another herb, or enjoyed alone as tea, this member of the daisy family has been fo... Thu, 9 May 2013 21:34:45 EST Share a Fun or Summer Recipe. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21497x53491x53255558 Share a fun or summer recipe. <BR> <BR> I'll start with: <BR> <BR> Tropical Fruit Protein Popsicles <BR> <BR> *Makes at least 6 popsicles (What is left is great for smoothies for kids or adults). <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 5 Large Strawberries <BR> 1 Orange <BR> 1 Can of Pineapple <BR> 1 Cup Blueberries <BR> 1 Cup Greek Yogurt <BR> 1 Tbsp Vanilla <BR> 6 Packets Stevia <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> <BR> Place all ingredients in a food processor and ble... Tue, 7 May 2013 12:53:16 EST Brain Boosting Supplements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x53193604 <link>www.drjockers.com/2013/04/brain-boos<BR>ting-supplements/ </link> Thu, 2 May 2013 13:38:24 EST Time is Not Money http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x53190208 Time is NOT Money <BR> <BR> By Ryan Murdock <BR> <BR> <BR> Time is NOT money. <BR> <BR> That’s just a metaphor. <BR> <BR> But this metaphor filters the way you see the world. And it might be blinding you to the actions you should be taking. <BR> <BR> Stay with me for a minute while I set this up. I think you’ll be surprised. <BR> <BR> In modern Western culture, we typically associate “work” with “time”. It’s become customary for employees to be paid by the hour, for professionals lik... Thu, 2 May 2013 09:09:49 EST 20 PainKillers in Your Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x53172729 <link>insanity.posterous.com/20-pain-kille<BR>rs-in-your-kitchen </link> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:15:57 EST Stress Relief Body Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x53166958 I'm going to have to try this! <BR> <BR> <link>www.vintageamanda.com/2013/04/stress<BR>-relief-body-cream/ </link> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:34:11 EST Vaccinations are not Immunizations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x53166542 Growing up, I had the shots but didn't get any - probably because I had allergies. I didn't give my kids the shots, they are more healthy than most. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>worldtruth.tv/vaccinations-are-not-i<BR>mmunizations/ </link> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:51:45 EST Medicinal Pickled Garlic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x53165890 I have made garlic ear oil but this is a cool idea <BR> <BR> <link>blog.cherylsdelights.com/2012/10/med<BR>icinal-pickled-garlic/ </link> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:47:07 EST 10 Natural Remedies for Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x53137247 <link>www.motherearthliving.com/natural-he<BR>alth/10-natural-remedies-for-allergies<BR>.aspx </link> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 10:05:02 EST Why Adrenal Health is Important http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x53136946 <link>www.ihealthtube.com/aspx/viewvideo.a<BR>spx?v=ed21b8dd6afb0c21 </link> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 09:37:19 EST Dump the Most Evil Sweetener of All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x53130455 Totally agree, I refuse to consume it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.jillianmichaels.com/fit/lose-wei<BR>ght/dump-sweetener?xid=nl_LosingItWith<BR>JillianMichaels_20130427 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dump the Most Evil Sweetener of All <BR> <BR> In the late seventies, less than 15 percent of Americans were obese. Thirty years later, 32 percent of us are obese. What happened between then and now? First, the idea became popular that fat was evil and "low fat" diets were best. Whenever possible, fat w... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 17:56:49 EST Conciousness After Death http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x53129150 <link>www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/04/c<BR>onscio usness-after-death/all/ </link> <BR> <BR> My youngest daughter just posted the above link on my facebook page. <BR> <BR> I had an OBE/NDE when I was young; at that time these things were never heard of (early 70's) I thought god did it, some divine intervention of sorts? <BR> <BR> Years later, after I became a nonheist, I couldn't understand how the OBE happened. It’s basically remained a mystery to me these last few years. I theorize... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 15:12:36 EST 6Things You Should Know About Fluoride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x53108004 <link>www.liveinthenow.com/article/6-thing<BR>s-you-need-to-know-about-the-fluoride-<BR>in-your-water?utm_source=san&utm_mediu<BR>m=newsflash&utm_content=a&utm_campaign=04_25_13 </link> <BR> <BR> Thankfully we have filters in our drinking water. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:24:31 EST Genetic Roulette documentary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x53106601 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZVRrbyGtos </link> <BR> <BR> Another documentary, a little shorter. Good explanation too. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:37:43 EST Dealing with RA naturally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x53106121 <link>www.naturalhealth365.com/natural_cur<BR>es/arthritis_pain.html </link> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:44:02 EST How GMO Foods ALter Organ Function http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x53105686 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-IJikX1144 </link> <BR> <BR> Scary stuff, eat organic! Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:56:16 EST The World According to Monsanto http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x53104466 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VEZYQF9WlE </link> <BR> <BR> If you have the time, well worth watching. 100% greed at work. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:58:16 EST Grape Seed Extract Kills Colorectal Cancer Cells. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x53103453 Good read. Nature looks after us. <BR> <BR> http://csglobe.com/grape-seed-extract-ki<BR>lls-colorectal-cancer-cells/ Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:56:51 EST Genetically Engineered Fish http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x53082211 It seems we can't stop it, nor force the labeling of GE fish. I guess I will no longer allow myself to eat fish. And what If these frankenfish get into our oceans? <BR> <BR> <link>gmoinside.org/news/whole-foods-trade<BR>r-joes-say-no-to-ge-fish/ </link> <BR> <BR> "The US is the world’s largest market for GMO foods because labeling isn’t required. GMO foods are rarely found in the 60 countries that require labeling." Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:32:43 EST Organic Gardening Helps Fight Global Warming http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x53082129 <link>www.organicgardening.com/living/orga<BR>nic-gardens-help-fight-global-warming </link> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:22:24 EST All Natural Mood Boosting Supplements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x53080181 I think I will be trying a few. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.liveinthenow.com/article/9-all-n<BR>atural-mood-boosting-supplemen </link> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:52:29 EST Make Your Own Non Toxic Cleaning Kit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x53042229 <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/make-your-<BR>own-non-toxic-cleaning-kit.html#ixzz2R<BR>1PWI9n0 </link> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 13:00:15 EST Restore Your Youth... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x53026918 Good article, let me know what you think! <BR> <BR> <link>www.maximizedliving.com/Home/Maximiz<BR>edLivingBlog/tabid/772/Article/824/res<BR>tore-your-youth-with-this-anti-aging-h<BR>ormone.aspx </link> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:29:49 EST White Produce & Stroke Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52959988 Good read. <BR> <BR> Veggies are good, no matter what the colour! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.icontact-archive.com/Jbq_Te5C5t3<BR>_2ZOcACWuzkvg_7_kmw9B?w=2 </link> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 08:47:26 EST What Are You Planning? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21497x53491x52877210 Love this quote from Abraham Hicks! <BR> <BR> Whatever you're thinking about is literally like planning a future event. When you're worrying, you are planning. When you're appreciating you are planning...What are you planning? <BR> <BR> --- Abraham <BR> <BR> So, lets have some fun and talk about our plans and help each other along. <BR> <BR> I am planning to be able to stay home with my family more and spend more time in nature. I don't know how that is going to happen but that is wha... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 07:58:08 EST Food Processing's Top 100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52866120 No wonder it's hard to find good quality organic food! <BR> <BR> <link>www.foodprocessing.com/top100/ </link> Sun, 7 Apr 2013 11:40:30 EST Behold the Franken- mosquito http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52865783 Right now, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) are considering a programme that would release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys area, in the US. <BR> <BR> Experimenting with huge insect populations, the birds and animals that eat them and the health of hundreds of thousands of people is nothing more than science gone completely crazy. <BR> <BR> Behold the Franken-mosquito <BR> <BR> Here's how the plan ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 11:11:56 EST Truth About Splenda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52864449 I steer clear of any artificial sweeteners. <BR> <BR> <link>quantumhealth1.blogspot.ca/2008/11/t<BR>ruth-about-splenda.html </link> Sun, 7 Apr 2013 09:37:34 EST 50 Ways to Use Coconut OIl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52857024 Great ideas <BR> <BR> <link>www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/natural<BR>-health-tips/using-coconut-oil?mobile=off </link> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 17:45:55 EST Difference between heme and non-heme iron http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52856841 Healthy Food Tip <BR> <BR> What is the difference between heme and non-heme iron? <BR> <BR> Plant foods are definitely different from animal foods when it comes to their iron content. In animal foods, iron is often attached to proteins called heme proteins, and referred to as heme iron. In plant foods, iron is not attached to heme proteins and is classified as non-heme iron. Heme iron is typically absorbed at a rate of 7-35%. Non-heme iron is typically absorbed at a rate of 2-20%. <BR> <... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 17:27:29 EST Meet Your Meat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52851669 Check it out! <link>nutribulletblog.com/meet-your-meat/ </link> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 09:41:27 EST Feds Raid Indoor Gardens, Find Only... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52837592 What is the world coming to? <BR> <BR> <link>www.naturalnews.com/039794_indoor_ga<BR>rdening_war_on_drugs_police_raids.html </link> Fri, 5 Apr 2013 08:28:44 EST Natural Remedies for Seasonal Remedies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52837562 Some ideas to combat season allergies. Not all the ideas though - list any that you have found helpful. <BR> <BR> <link>www.naturalnews.com/039791_seasonal_<BR>allergies_natural_remedies_relief.html </link> Fri, 5 Apr 2013 08:26:37 EST Black Cumin Seed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52824418 Good read! Amazing. <BR> <BR> Black Seed: the Remedy for Everything But Death <BR> <link>wakeup-world.com/2013/02/03/black-se<BR>ed-the-remedy-for-everything-but-death/ </link> Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:58:40 EST Pets Improve Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x52765640 Have always had a pet and will always have a pet. Love our 3 collies, cat and now my son's fish and snake. Feeling a bit like a zoo, but love it. <BR> <BR> <link>pets.webmd.com/ss/slideshow-pets-imp<BR>rove-your-health </link> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 11:48:54 EST Walnut Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52764988 Healthy Oils 101: Walnut Oil <BR> <BR> General Description: Walnut oil is a natural source of omega 3 and 9 essential fatty acids, making it beneficial for cardiovascular health. It delivers palmitic, oleic, linoleic and linolenic fatty acids. Made from roasted or unroasted walnuts, it gives a nutty flavor to food. It can be used to replace part of the fat content in oil-based baked goods or in cold dishes. However, it is not recommended for use in high temperatures because heat changes the... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 10:41:36 EST Sesame Seed Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52764980 Healthy Oils 101: Sesame Seed Oil <BR> <BR> General Description: A staple of many Asian dishes, sesame seed oil comes in toasted or cold-pressed varieties. The dark, toasted version is preferred in Eastern Asian countries. Lighter cold-pressed sesame seed oil, with its subtle, delicate nutty flavor, is popular in Western countries. Sesame seed oil is a natural source of polyunsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants. Cold-pressed sesame seed has a high smoking point and can be used for cookin... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 10:40:48 EST Minding Your Mitochondria http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52764937 This is about 20 minutes long but well worth watching! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc&<BR>ytsession=anMW63LMtnHC5oNVZ2Wtsx_w5uq3<BR>cNVTLvs5Rs2MXJ9ME8Da1aqzi7aWaotESgnDZy<BR>AgmNCRSFBUNhYpbLuyUMDGJ4mJ-VV22G62gDW_<BR>EhbRAyfQdx2jdPjMTrs8RRnJGEV-9-DTa9naYa<BR>-xQVLp0gbiXs8WNVe-7qq1YRmW6Vj77XeelBO-<BR>3RG60eGHz_8q_OwZyTvW6rLCDW6T2veDlPv3yD<BR>-padYygQS_rkYkYtdjIGQMPQDIo6fzVQWIYueJ<BR>vyH6bcl3C19_SQMhlB1bTo63B1_6gvunBwAuZI<BR>6omzwf2hCsIAKKLqsZI4LFfigJYnhQeJ_gt6e0<BR>_JI... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 10:36:59 EST Truth About Washing Off Pesticides from Produce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52727577 <link>www.occupymonsanto360.org/2013/03/06<BR>/omg-that-really-happens-the-truth-abo<BR>ut-trying-to-wash-pesticides-off-produce/ </link> <BR> <BR> Scary stuff, I buy organic whenever I can. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:37:35 EST How Much Iodine Do You Really Need? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52727405 <link>www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/bloggin<BR>g-with-lee-2/how-much-iodine-do-you-re<BR>ally-need?utm_source=feedburner&utm_me<BR>dium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Swanso<BR>nHealthProducts+%28Swanson+Health+Products+Blog%29 </link> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:24:56 EST 4 All Natural Homemade Hair Masks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52727271 Four different masks for each type of hair that you can easily make in minutes using all-natural ingredients you probably have sitting in your refrigerator or cupboard right now! <BR> <BR> Dry hair –Olive Oil and Egg <BR> In need of some major TLC?? Combine three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with two eggs and apply the mixture to your hair and let the mixture sit for 20 minutes before rinsing in the shower. <BR> <BR> The olive oil will help hydrate brittle locks, while the protein ... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:16:15 EST Resveratrol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52669724 What is resveratrol? <BR> <BR> Resveratrol is a unique phytonutrient that is found in grapes, cranberries, blueberries, peanuts, jackfruit, mulberries, bilberries, lingonberries, and a wide range of other non-food plants including flowers and trees. Most of the research on resveratrol has been done on animals or in laboratory studies involving tissue extracts, and, for this reason, scientists are not yet certain about the health benefits of resveratrol for humans who consume ordinary amounts... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 09:32:14 EST Stay Away from Salt!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52669513 Good read. <BR> <BR> <link>www.terrytalksnutrition.com/just-ask<BR>-terry/2013/03-22/i-have-to-stay-away-<BR>from-salt-because-of-my-blood-pressure/#2 </link> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 09:15:49 EST Cooking With a Microwave. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52669294 I never use our microwave, would like to get rid of it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.naturalnews.com/039404_microwave<BR>_ovens_vitamins_nutrients.html </link> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 08:57:47 EST Foods You Can Grow From Scraps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x52663903 <BR> <link>positivefoodie.com/grow-your-own/ </link> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 20:15:41 EST HImalayan Salt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52662774 <link>www.naturalnews.com/Infographic-Bene<BR>fits-of-Himalayan-Salt.html </link> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 18:07:43 EST Iron and More for Lasting Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52657689 What a great article. <BR> <BR> <link>www.terrytalksnutrition.com/weekly-a<BR>rticles/2013/03-22/iron-and-more-for-l<BR>asting-natural-energy/#.UUxdykAvwfc.facebook </link> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 09:47:08 EST Health From the Inside Out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52630459 So agree with this.......... <BR> <BR> "I call him a health champ, but it’s not just because the word “champ” is in his name. He truly was a brilliant health champion. His name was Antoine Béchamp—a health pioneer who’s known for his “terrain theory,” which says disease comes from inside—not outside—the body. More specifically, Béchamp believed that the inner health and condition of your cells, tissues and organs—your terrain—determines whether or not disease will develop or spread in the bo... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:03:46 EST Live In the Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x52572142 Live In the Moment <BR> <BR> One of the dangers of rushing towards the future is that we don’t stop to smell the roses. Stop! Smell! <BR> <BR> How often do you find your mind projecting into the future, wondering, “What if this or that happens? What will I do?” Or maybe you’re always looking backward into the past, telling yourself, “If only I had done such and such at this time, I wouldn’t be where I am today” And where exactly does all this brain static and worthless negative (usually) se... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 11:37:53 EST Tooth Whitener Warning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52572127 Tooth Whitener Warning <BR> <BR> The unintended side effect of teeth whitening is something dentists call zingers. <BR> <BR> In our continual quest to look our best and rollback the effects of aging, we sometimes use “questionable” methods to achieve the looks we desire, including whitening our teeth! <BR> <BR> Because of the sheer number of teeth whitening products available on the market, and the fact that the costs are no longer prohibitive to many because they are far lower than what a... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 11:36:11 EST Forget Self Esteem...Self Compassion Instead http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x52558424 <link>www.bottomlinepublications.com/conte<BR>nt/article/self-improvement/forget-sel<BR>f-esteem?utm_source=email&utm_medium=S<BR>ilverpopMailing&utm_campaign=2013-03-1<BR>5%20HEFL%20NL%20CID-0000000745%20%281%<BR>29&utm_content=&spMailingID=41155754&s<BR>pUserID=Mjg5MTY3OTg3MzMS1&spJobID=1809<BR>94722&spReportId=MTgwOTk0NzIyS0 </link> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 10:36:24 EST New Supplement for Joints http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52557740 <link>www.sisu.com/sisu/products/product.j<BR>sp?category=300&sub=302&id=281 </link> <BR> <BR> This is a new product new to the health food stores. We have it in our store, Sisu is the Canadian version, Solgar is the US version. I am amazed how well it works. And the tests show that the more you use it, the better it works. Only once a day and no contra indications to any meds. When you have no pain, you don't have to use it. I am keeping it up in the cupboard and am using it like as... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 09:50:21 EST Got Bones? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52557407 <link>progressivenutritional.com/got-bones<BR>/ </link> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 09:23:17 EST Food Fight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52529364 Good read ! <BR> <BR> <link>www.extraordinaryhealth.com/Article-<BR>Landing-Page/Extraordinary-Health-News<BR>letter-March-13-2013/ContentPubID/988.aspx </link> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:03:13 EST How to Naturally Boost Your Libido http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52499672 <link>www.naturalnews.com/039445_libido_bo<BR>ost_hormonal_balance.html </link> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:55:19 EST A Closer Look at Camu Camu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52471180 A Closer Look at Camu Camu <BR> by Jennifer Good <BR> <BR> This week’s featured ingredient, camu camu, takes us to the Amazon rainforest in Peru in search of a true superfruit. What makes the difference between a fruit and a “super” fruit? A super fruit is typically a fruit that packs an extraordinary number of antioxidants and nutrients than what you would expect from your average fruit. <BR> <BR> Our ingredient of the week, Camu Camu, is a citrus fruit packed with nutrients and vitami... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 14:38:16 EST For Those Dealing with Working Shifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52471113 <link>robbwolf.com/2013/03/06/big-ol-pile-<BR>shift-work-dealing-off-hour-work/ </link> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 14:33:40 EST Ginger Sugar Scrub for Face and Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x52470852 Ginger Sugar Scrub for Face and Body <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup coconut oil <BR> 1 tablespoon ginger, coarsely chopped <BR> 1/4 cup cold-pressed oil (tea seed, jojoba, sunflower, or almond oil) <BR> 3/4 cup granulated or turbinado sugar <BR> 1/4 cup kosher salt <BR> 1-4 drops essential oil (I used lemongrass) <BR> <BR> In a small saucepan over low heat heat the coconut oil and ginger pieces. Continue heating for 5-10 minutes until ginger scent and juice has transferred into the oil. Remove from heat... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 14:12:02 EST 8 Easy Ways to Clean Your Home. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52425564 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-home-<BR>pictures/8-easy-ways-to-clean-your-hom<BR>e.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthHealthyLiv<BR>ing_20130305#/slide-1 </link> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 08:59:03 EST Obesity Depletes Vitamin D Levels http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52368567 Vitamin D is the rising star of all vitamins and as more and more research is proving the negative health effects of having low vitamin D levels, it has become increasingly important to understand exactly why the sunshine vitamin is so important to all-round good health. <BR> <BR> A recent study, published in the peer-reviewed medical journal PLOS Medicine, found that people with genetic medical conditions that are known to be associated with obesity had lower levels of vitamin D. <BR> <B... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:50:04 EST Why You Should Ignore The Latest Egg Study http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52368546 Article from Daily Health alert email <BR> <BR> <BR> Argh! I've written about this so many times before and just when I think the mainstream has finally cottoned onto the abundant health benefits of eggs, they come out with a study conclusion like this: <BR> <BR> Eating eggs is as bad for you as smoking. <BR> <BR> I'm sure there are serious clinical researchers out there who, like me, would love to throttle so-called "researchers" who produce embarrassing nonsense like this. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:48:27 EST Anti-Aging & L-Carnosine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52368449 This week we delve deeper into the benefits of a substance known as L-carnosine. It's a naturally occurring combination of two amino acids, alanine and histidine, that was discovered in Russia in the early 1900s. Because much of the research was done in Russia, it has been largely unavailable in the United States until recently. Now, though, there have been a number of studies and experiments in other parts of the world verifying everything done in Russia - and more. <BR> <BR> Most notably, ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:40:45 EST When You Eat vs. What You Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52368425 If you eat too many calories a day, you will gain weight. What that exact number is will vary by from person to person based on such factors as their muscle mass, gender, and the amount of energy they expend. However, new research now suggests that there may be another aspect of consumption that comes into play: the timing of your meals. <BR> <BR> The study, conducted by scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, found that people who tend to eat their largest meal earlier in the ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:37:49 EST Grapefruit Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52368409 Celebrate Citrus with the Grapefruit <BR> <BR> Grapefruit Health Benefits <BR> <BR> February is Grapefruit Month, and what better time to pay a little tribute to the virtues of this much maligned fruit. Its tangy, citrusy flavor can serve as a reminder of the warm weather climates in which it grows, helping us get through the sluggish end of winter. Grapefruit health benefits offer plenty in the way of nutrition that help with weight maintenance and will also help the body fight off the ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:36:22 EST Daily OM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x52368373 Embracing Unpredictability <BR> When Life Throws You a Curve Ball <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When the unexpected happens, you always have your inner core strength which cannot be taken from you. <BR> <BR> <BR> In life, we are always setting goals for ourselves and working to make them happen. This gives us focus and ensures that we use our time and energy efficiently and effectively. It also provides us with a sense of purpose and direction. We know where we are going a... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:33:19 EST The Truth about Calories... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52368252 <link>www.bottomlinepublications.com/conte<BR>nt/article/diet-a-exercise/the-truth-a<BR>bout-calories?utm_source=SilverpopMail<BR>ing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2013<BR>-02-22%20HEFL%20NL%20CID-0000000646%20<BR>%281%29&utm_content=&spMailingID=41032<BR>888&spUserID=Mjg5MTY3OTg3MzMS1&spJobID<BR>=178528590&spReportId=MTc4NTI4NTkwS0 </link> <BR> <BR> What do you think? Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:22:25 EST Supplements, What Do you Use http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21497x53491x52247697 I don't know if this is fun, but would like to know if you use supplements and what do you use. <BR> <BR> I'll start it off <BR> <BR> Multivitamin <BR> Kelp or Iodine <BR> Vitamin C <BR> Vitamin D <BR> Female Energy <BR> Gingko Biloba or memory supplement. <BR> FIsh oil <BR> Greens <BR> Whey Protein <BR> Digestive enzymes <BR> Probiotics <BR> Serrapeptidase <BR> Traumeel if needed <BR> <BR> I always look for an alternative to prescription medicine. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 10:33:45 EST 75 Extraordinary Uses to Baking Soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52220667 <link>lifehackery.com/2008/07/22/home-4/ </link> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:31:37 EST Best Way to Improve Your Breath http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52177544 <link>myemail.constantcontact.com/The-Best<BR>-Way-to-Improve-Your-Breath-Naturally.<BR>html?soid=1102782899535&aid=vMYz3BNHRTM </link> <BR> <BR> Some good tips! Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:20:41 EST Why You Need to Eat More Fat in the Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52177248 <link>Why You Need To Eat More Fat (In the Winter) </link> <BR> <BR> Good article. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:55:24 EST Why You Need to Eat More Lard and Other Fats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52177235 Love cooking with bacon fat. Have my coconut oil everyday. Check out the article. <BR> <BR> <link>www.rodale.com/healthy-fats-1 </link> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:54:08 EST Benefits & Dangers of Soy Products http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52174675 A good read. I learned the hard way about soy - was giving it to my sons when they were little as they milk intolerances. I learned more about soy, took them off and what a change within a week. My boys became more like boys. Plus I've been advised by my ND NOT to eat soy. <BR> <BR> <link>www.jonbarron.org/article/benefits-d<BR>angers-soy-products </link> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:03:14 EST Benefits of Oregano http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52163463 Benefits of Oregano <BR> <BR> While most of us think of oregano as a spice used in Italian food and on pizza, oregano touts many health benefits you may not know of. <BR> <BR> Ready for the list of nutrients oregano contains? Here we go: vitamins A and C, niacin, manganese, boron, copper, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and calcium. Not only that, but oregano has the highest antioxidant count of any herb, and four times as much as blueberries. <BR> <BR> Oregano is also helpful as an an... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 14:23:54 EST Kola Nut http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52163396 Herbal Knowledge: What is Kola Nut? <BR> <BR> Native to West Africa, Kola (Cola) Nut is the seed of the cola nut plant. Its active ingredient is caffeine, which stimulates the central nervous system. Kola Nut is used as a flavoring agent in food and beverages. The naturally occurring caffeine boosts metabolism to support weight loss and increase energy levels. <BR> <BR> Other Names: Cola nut, Bissy nut, Sterculia acuminata <BR> Health Applications: Weight loss & energy <BR> <BR> From S... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 14:19:22 EST Maca http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52163379 Herbal Knowledge: What is Maca? <BR> <BR> Part of the mustard family, Maca is a cruciferous root vegetable native to the high altitude region of the Andes Mountains in south central Peru. Maca has been consumed as a food for centuries and is traditionally used to enhance fertility in humans and animals. Maca roots (hypocotyls) feature sugars, starches, protein and essential minerals and contain significant amounts of vitamin C, riboflavin and thiamin. Maca is traditionally used to support s... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 14:18:19 EST Milk Thistle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52163370 Herbal Knowledge: What is Milk Thistle? <BR> <BR> Milk Thistle grows in the dry, rocky soil of southern and western Europe and parts of the United States. The active components of Milk Thistle are a group of flavonoids known as silymarin, which consists of three compounds: silibinin, silydianin, and silychristin. The active components of Milk Thistle may help detoxification and support liver health. <BR> <BR> Other Names: Blessed Milk Thistle, Holy Thistle, Marian Thistle, Silybum marianu... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 14:17:27 EST Mucuna Pruriens http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x52163360 Herbal Knowledge: What is Mucuna Pruriens? <BR> <BR> A bean-like plant, Mucuna Pruriens grows wild in the tropics, including India and the Caribbean islands. The bean, seed, and hair of the bean pod are used in herbal health applications. The active ingredient in Mucuna Pruriens is levodopa (L-dopa), which is converted to dopamine in the brain. <BR> <BR> Other Names: Cowhage, Cowitch, Velvet Bean, Kapi Kacchu <BR> Health Applications: Muscle, brain and nervous system support <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 14:16:34 EST Can You Eat Your Way To Alzheimer’s? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52163030 Very interesting read. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.honeycolony.com/article/can-you-<BR>eat-your-way-to-alzheimers/ </link> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 13:47:58 EST Optimize Your Cholesterol Levels Naturally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52090569 Dr Jockers Facebook Question: The doctor told me that my cholesterol was too high. I know you have differing beliefs than most medical doctors when it comes to cholesterol. How do I get my cholesterol levels normalized? <BR> <BR> Answer: Cholesterol does not cause heart disease, however, oxidized cholesterol does cause major problems within the body. When inflammatory pathways are elevated, cholesterol molecules are oxidized, triglycerides are formed and blood vessels are damaged. <BR... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 08:15:01 EST Natural Abilities are Like Natural Plants... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x52062073 Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study. <BR> <BR> ~Francis Bacon <BR> <BR> Chris Widener’s Action Point: To achieve greater success means to move beyond where your natural talents will take you. It means to stretch yourself further by honing and growing your abilities to new levels and skills. One of the best ways to do that is through constant learning. Take some time regularly to prune your natural abilities with some study of some sort. <BR> <BR> Action Po... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 09:45:23 EST The Diet Drink-De pression Connection http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x52061770 "Have a Coke and a smile" was a near omnipresent slogan back in the early 1980s. But when it's diet soda that's being regularly consumed, a frown might be a more likely outcome than a smile. That's because a recent study has found a link between drinking diet soda or diet fruit drinks and an increased risk of developing depression. <BR> <BR> The research, which was conducted at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, showed an association between the intake of various diet d... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 09:24:03 EST Don't Shy Away from Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x51969532 Don't Shy Away from Fat <BR> <BR> Fat gets a bad rap these days. Many people think the amount of fat you eat is directly related to how much fat your body gains. Here are some true facts about fat that may make you think again: <BR> <BR> While fat does have more calories per gram (9) than protein or carbs, it also is filling. <BR> Fat encases your organs, especially your brain, keeping them protected. <BR> The only bad fat is trans fat, which will clog your arteries. <BR> As long as you... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 08:04:02 EST Rev Up Your Metabolism with Coconut http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x51969398 From the Dr. David Jockers Facebook Page: <BR> This is why my clients affectionately call me Dr Coconut! I can't get enough of this stuff and I cannot stop sharing my enthusiasm for all the nutritional benefits of Coconut Oil. <BR> <BR> What is a SuperFood? <BR> Foods that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered 'super-foods.' Mothers' milk is considered the most perfect food on the planet for human consumption do to its i... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 07:56:06 EST Do Couch Potatoes Live Longer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x51955864 This is an interesting read. I have changed my workouts to doing small bits of cardio or interval training and keep my weight training shorter too. <BR> <BR> A new study confirms what I’ve suspected for years: <BR> <BR> Cardio shrinks your telomeres. <BR> <BR> Even a couch potato who does no exercise at all may be better off from a telomere length standpoint than the folks who run marathons and spend hours on treadmills. <BR> <BR> Why is this important to you? <BR> <BR> Because many o... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 09:35:55 EST Protect Your Bones With Calcium And Vitamin D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x51632942 Protect Your Bones With Calcium And Vitamin D <BR> <BR> It's beyond ridiculous. In fact, it's absurd: a drug that increases the risk of the condition it's supposed to prevent. <BR> <BR> In this case, I'm talking about osteoporosis drugs like Fosamax that are used to treat osteoporosis and osteopenia. It is supposed to strengthen bones to offset bone-weakening problems… but ironically, it turns out that it increases fracture risk over the long-term. <BR> <BR> But wait, I can out do that ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 07:57:47 EST Blueberry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x51617696 Healthy Foods 101: Blueberry <BR> <BR> General Description: Blueberries grow primarily in the United States where they were a prized commodity among native tribes. Blueberries are an excellent natural source of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, which help give blueberries their signature blue color. They also deliver manganese, vitamin C, vitamin K and fiber. Research has shown that blueberries may promote memory health. <BR> <BR> Health Applications: <BR> <BR> Beverage – Sweet b... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:29:33 EST Pumpkin Seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x51617678 Healthy Foods 101: Pumpkin Seeds <BR> <BR> General Description: The thin, white seeds from the inside of pumpkins have a history as both a food source and in traditional health remedies. Native Americans have long used pumpkin seeds to promote kidney and gastrointestinal health. They are also used to support prostate and urinary tract health. Pumpkin seeds are a natural source of protein, fiber, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and amino acids. <BR> <BR> Health Applications:... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:28:27 EST Tart Cherry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x51617658 Healthy Foods 101: Tart Cherry <BR> <BR> General Description: Tart cherries are a variety of cherries. They are also sometimes called sour cherries. A popular food in Europe and Russia, these cherries are often used in cooking or making syrups. Tart cherry juice is a powerful source of antioxidants, including flavonoids and anthocyanins. Tart cherry is known for promoting joint health, but it also delivers free radical protection for the entire body, in particular the cardiovascular system.... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:26:55 EST Mangosteen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x51617637 Healthy Foods 101: Mangosteen <BR> <BR> General Description: Mangosteens grow on trees in warm climates, primarily in Asia. The trees produce a round, palm-sized fruit with a dark purple rind and white flesh. The flesh has a sweet-tart flavor. Mangosteen is popular in desserts in southern Asian countries. The purple rinds deliver antioxidants, in particular the antioxidant xanthones. Up until 2007, it was difficult to find fresh mangosteen fruit in the US, because shipping was restricted to... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:25:48 EST Aloe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x51617616 Healthy Foods 101: Aloe <BR> <BR> General Description: Aloe vera juice is made from the liquid gel that is found inside the long, fleshy leaves of the aloe plant. Native to Africa, aloe vera is now grown worldwide. European folk remedies used aloe vera juice. Aloe vera juice soothes the digestive tract, aids urinary tract health and supports healthy kidney function. <BR> <BR> Health Applications: <BR> <BR> Beverage – A natural stomach soother, aloe vera juice can be taken on its own or ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:24:34 EST Toxins You Should Banish from Your Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x51536207 <link>www.rodale.com/12-household-toxins-b<BR>anish-your-home?cm_mmc=TheDailyFixNL-_<BR>-1163316-_-01082013-_-12-household-tox<BR>ins-banish-your-home_text </link> <BR> <BR> Quick read but informative. I'm good for not having most of them. How about you? <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a positive energy day! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 10:40:26 EST 20th Century Weight Loss Myth: Fat makes Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x51535616 As time passes and new discoveries are made, older ideas and concepts wash by the wayside as new and more progressive understandings of how the body's systems are applied. This is certainly true for the health, fitness, & weight loss industry. <BR> <BR> 20th Century Weight Loss Myth: Fat makes Fat <BR> <BR> This idea was sparked in large part due to the calorie model which stated that we needed to burn more calories than we consumed in order to effectively lose weight. Because fat conta... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 10:10:34 EST Flu or Cold - How to ID the Symptoms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x51449321 <link>www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/health-<BR>news-and-opinion/flu-symptoms-vs-cold-<BR>symptoms?utm_source=feedburner&utm_med<BR>ium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Swanson<BR>HealthProducts+%28Swanson+Health+Products+Blog%29 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you don't get either! Thu, 3 Jan 2013 09:39:12 EST Share Holiday Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21497x53491x51274560 Hi everyone, hope you are enjoying the season. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if you would like to share your favorite holiday recipes. Whatever they may be. Main course, side dishes, desserts, breakfast. Whatever it may be. <BR> <BR> I love my mom's oatmeal turkey stuffing. Recipe to follow. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:09:04 EST Find Your Peace This Holiday-One Step at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x51144843 It's that time of the year when our hearts seem to connect to and long for the idea of peace more than ever. Ironically, it is also a time when we are so busy that we sometimes forget to breathe. <BR> <BR> I know exactly how hard it is to take a few minutes; there is always something more important to do. We are so busy “doing” that we forget to nurture ourselves. We often fall prey to reactive behavior with our kids because we are frazzled and tired. <BR> <BR> Putting things into perspecti... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 11:28:57 EST Helping Loved Ones Avoid & Treat Type 2 Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x51107522 <link>maximizedliving.com/Home/MaximizedLi<BR>vingBlog/tabid/772/Article/765/helping<BR>-loved-ones-avoid-and-treat-type-2-dia<BR>betes.aspx </link> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 09:01:18 EST EATING CAN MAKE YOU SICK ...OR WELL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x51078942 EATING CAN MAKE YOU SICK ...OR WELL <BR> <BR> By Lloyd J. Thomas, Ph.D. <BR> <BR> A couple weeks ago, I overate a lot of great food during the <BR> Thanksgiving Day holiday. For days thereafter, I did not feel so <BR> good. "...almost every major medical condition you can think of is <BR> either caused or affected in some way by what you eat." Physician, <BR> Isadore Rosenfeld, Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York <BR> Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and attending physician ... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 06:53:49 EST Surge Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50972068 <link>www.maximizedliving.com/5Essentials/<BR>MaximizedOxygenandLeanMuscle/SurgeTrai<BR>ningExerciseProgram.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I use this type of training a few times a week, love it, and you are training your heart as well, not breaking it down. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:17:51 EST Decline Push-Ups for Chest & Shoulders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50971998 <link>www.maximizedliving.com/Home/Maximiz<BR>edLivingBlog/tabid/772/Article/716/dec<BR>line-push-ups-for-chest-arms.aspx?uaig<BR>ntm_source=Patient+Newsletters&utm_cam<BR>p=Exercise+of+the+Week%3A+005%2F211%2F<BR>2012&utm_medium=EOW071712 </link> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:10:42 EST Quick Sets Give You More for Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50971947 Great idea for the gym to speed things up! <BR> <BR> <link>www.maximizedliving.com/Fitness/Quic<BR>kSets.aspx </link> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:06:08 EST Refined Sugars,Car bohydrates Can Cause Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50971883 Who would have thought!? Of course they can - check out the article. <BR> <BR> <link>www.maximizedliving.com/Home/Maximiz<BR>edLivingBlog/tabid/772/Article/762/ref<BR>ined-sugars-carbohydrates-can-cause-de<BR>pression.aspx </link> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:01:28 EST Guarana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x50960169 Herbal Knowledge: What is Guarana? <BR> <BR> A woody vine or shrub native to Brazil and the Amazon basin, Guarana is a dried paste made from the crushed seeds of Paullinia cupana. It's widely grown and cultivated because of its value as a caffeine source. It's used as an ingredient in many soft drinks, supplements, and herbal products. <BR> <BR> Other Names: Paullinia cupana <BR> Health Applications: Energy, mental alertness <BR> <BR> Source: Swanson Health Products email Sun, 25 Nov 2012 13:24:14 EST Gymnema http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x50960151 Herbal Knowledge: What is Gymnema? <BR> <BR> The Gymnema plant is a large climber native to tropical forests and southern and central India. Chewing the leaves is purported to suppress the sensation of sweetness. It has been used as a traditional Ayurvedic sugar metabolizer. <BR> <BR> Other Names: Gymnema sylvestre <BR> Health Applications: Blood sugar support <BR> <BR> Source: Swanson Health Products email <BR> Sun, 25 Nov 2012 13:23:18 EST Hawthorn Berry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x50960142 Herbal Knowledge: What is Hawthorn Berry? <BR> <BR> A spiny shrub native to Europe, Hawthorn's botanical name is Crataegus oxyacantha. Hawthorn berries consist of flavonoids including anthocyanidins and proanthocyandins, which provide the red color in the berries. The berries, leaves and flowers are commonly used in supplements. Hawthorn is traditionally used for cardiovascular support. <BR> <BR> Other Names: Crataegus oxyacantha (or Crataegus laevigata), Crataegus monogyna <BR> Health A... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 13:22:22 EST Horny Goat Weed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x50960133 Herbal Knowledge: What is Horny Goat Weed? <BR> <BR> Horny Goat Weed is a popular herb in traditional Chinese practices. In fact, up to 15 different species of horny goat weed are used in that tradition. Today, Horny Goat Weed is popular in sexual health supplements, thanks to its affect on blood flow. <BR> <BR> Other Names: Epimedium, Barrenwort, Xian Ling Pi, Yin Yang Huo <BR> Health Applications: Sexual health <BR> <BR> Source: Swanson Health Products email Sun, 25 Nov 2012 13:21:26 EST Horse Chestnut http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x50960118 Herbal Knowledge: What is Horse Chestnut? <BR> <BR> Native to southeastern Europe, Horse Chestnut is a deciduous tree commonly cultivated in the United States and Canada. The fruit is a spiny, spherical capsule that contains 1 to 6 shiny brown seeds. The seeds contain aescin (or escin), which is the active ingredient in Horse Chestnut, as well as flavonoids and sterols. The leaves, flowers and bark are also used in herbal traditions. Horse Chestnut is used for circulatory system support. <... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 13:20:15 EST Horsetail Extract http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x50960104 Herbal Knowledge: What is Horsetail Extract? <BR> <BR> One of nature's richest sources of organic silica, Horsetail Grass features distinctive brown cones that emerge from its hollow bamboo-like stems. Horsetail is native to Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. Silica and equisetonin are the active ingredients in Horsetail. Horsetail is traditionally used for water (or fluid) balance. Consisting of high levels of silica, Horsetail is beneficial for healthy skin, hair, nails and joints. ... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 13:19:07 EST Bird Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x50957798 Bird Meditation <BR> Witnessing Nature through Meditation <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> When it becomes too cold to be outside with nature, bring her inside through your meditation. <BR> <BR> When the weather gets colder it can be more difficult to get in touch with the marvel of nature as it exists around us. Finding innovative ways to really connect with nature brings us closer to the wonders that envelop our lives. One way to do this is to perform a meditation with our feathered frien... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 10:25:15 EST Guarana - A Better Caffeine Alternative? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x50944807 Guarana - A Better Caffeine Alternative? <BR> by Beth Levine <BR> <BR> Many people start their day with a caffeinated morning boost. If you're drinking energy drinks or using vitamin supplements to provide that boost, than you're probably also consuming this week's featured ingredient, guarana. Guarana, medically known as Paullinia cupana, is most popular for its stimulant properties. In fact, the "Nursing Herbal Remedies Handbook" states that guarana contains 3 percent to 7 percent caffeine... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 07:51:02 EST Crystals for Healing Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x50944780 Crystals for Healing Stress <BR> <BR> Stress is unavoidable in any society and is a symptom of our inability or ineffectiveness to accept change as fast as it seems thrust upon us. We must adapt quickly to disappointments, shock and traumas, physica... <BR> l pain, and other tremendous emotional and psychological imbalances in our environments. It isn't easy to keep up with the changes! <BR> <BR> Crystals are particularly good at helping us adapt to changes in energy frequencies created thr... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 07:47:45 EST 3 Bad Mood Boosters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x50875942 3 Bad Mood Boosters <BR> <BR> Looking for something to make your day a little better? Maybe you're feeling sad about something, or maybe it's just a blah kind of day. Try some of these mood boosters to put a smile on your face. <BR> <BR> Watch a sad movie. This can lead you to think about all of the things you are grateful for in your own life and reflect on how awesome your life really is. <BR> Dress up. Putting on something that makes you feel attractive can actually improve your mood.... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 11:57:00 EST Garlic for Your... Ears? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x50875925 Garlic for Your... Ears? <BR> <BR> Garlic is an excellent herb for immune and cardiovascular health, but now you can add one more thing to its health repertoire: it helps fight ear infections. You can make your own eardrop solution and keep it on hand for use whenever you need it. Just add two or three drops in your ear each day. <BR> <BR> Here's what you need to make it: <BR> <BR> 6–8 cloves of fresh garlic, chopped <BR> 2 tablespoons of dried mullein flowers <BR> 4 tablespoons of ol... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 11:55:21 EST Didja Know? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50875900 Didja Know? <BR> <BR> Here I come again with health factoids guaranteed to amaze, astound and perplex you. All solidly researched, but not what you typically read and hear about. <BR> <BR> 1. Didja know athletes die younger than couch potatoes? If you make demands on your body, you have to back them up with good nutrition. <BR> <BR> 2. Didja know sugar beets are genetically modified and beat up on your DNA? <BR> <BR> 3. Didja know grocery store milk includes pus? <BR> <BR> 4. Didja ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 11:52:25 EST Controlling Blood Sugar to Prevent Heart Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50875827 <link>www.maximizedliving.com/Home/Maximiz<BR>edLivingBlog/tabid/772/Article/756/con<BR>trolling-blood-sugar-to-prevent-heart-<BR>disease-cancer-stroke-and-diabetes.asp<BR>x??utm_source=patien_newsletter&utm_me<BR>dium=newsletter&utm_campaign=patient_newsletter_103012 </link> <BR> <BR> Some good info! Sun, 18 Nov 2012 11:42:44 EST Why Aspartame is so Dangerous to Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50875719 <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2012/11/11/aspartame-dangers.a<BR>spx?e_cid=20121118_SNL_MV_1 </link> <BR> <BR> You can just read this or they have a video too. I have avoided this! Only natural for me! Sun, 18 Nov 2012 11:29:54 EST Top 10 Tips to a Healthy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50875682 Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite times of the year. Good food, family, football and lots of fun. I have come to relish this holiday throughout my life. Like many of you, I too, have too often been guilty of overindulging in the bounties of the season. Here are suggestions that I use personally to make the holidays healthier and more enjoyable. This allows me to have more energy, never get sick, and spend a higher level of quality time with friends, family, & loved ones. ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 11:26:14 EST Embracing New Information http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x50822532 Embracing New Information <BR> Be Open <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> As we live we will go through the processes of opening to new information, integrating it, and stabilizing our worldview. <BR> Living in an information age, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the constant influx of scientific studies, breaking news, and even spiritual revelations that fill our bookshelves, radio waves, and in-boxes. No sooner have we decided what to eat or how to think about the universe than a new st... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:22:34 EST Walking Barefoot Makes You Feel Better, Here's Why http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50717322 <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2012/11/04/why-does-walking-ba<BR>refoot-on-the-earth-make-you-feel-bett<BR>er.aspx?e_cid=20121104_SNL_Art_1 </link> <BR> <BR> Very interesting read. I always feel better walking barefoot on the grass too. Now I know why. Wish we could do it all year here. Winter gets in the way. Tue, 6 Nov 2012 14:55:10 EST Aligning Actions and Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x50712302 Actions Speak Louder than Words <BR> Aligning Actions and Words <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> Words carry a lot of weight in this world, but it is through our actions that we bring things into being. <BR> <BR> Words carry a lot of weight in this world, from how we say them to what we say with them, but it is through our actions that we bring things into being. This is what we mean when we say to one another that actions speak louder than words. In many cases, what we say doesn’t necess... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 08:12:56 EST The Secret - Daily Teachings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x50712258 From The Secret Daily Teachings email <BR> <BR> Any words you speak have a frequency, and the moment you speak them they are released into the Universe. The law of attraction responds to all frequencies, and so it is also responding to the words that you speak. When you use very strong words, such as "terrible", "shocking" and "horrible" to describe any situation in your life, you are sending out an equally strong frequency, and the law of attraction must respond by bringing that frequency b... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 08:10:06 EST Three Anti-Sitting Stretches for Your Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x50673492 <link>www.bottomlinepublications.com/conte<BR>nt/article/diet-a-exercise/three-anti-<BR>sitting-stretches-for-your-lower-back?<BR>utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium<BR>=email&utm_campaign=2012-11-02%20HEFL%<BR>20NL%20CID-170%20WARM%20UP%20BALANCE&u<BR>tm_content=&spMailingID=40481533&spUse<BR>rID=Mjg5MTY3OTg3MzMS1&spJobID=165702360&spReportId=MTY1NzAyMzYwS0 </link> <BR> <BR> Good stretches! Sat, 3 Nov 2012 15:25:56 EST How To Quiet the Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x50673352 How to Quiet the Mind <BR> by Gina Lake <BR> <BR> The following is an excerpt from the "How to Quiet the Mind" on-line course. <BR> <BR> The mind is a wonderful tool for thinking, but it has a dark side. There is an aspect of the mind that is not useful but pretends to be useful, which is called the egoic mind. It is the aspect of our mind that chats with us as we move about our day. It is the "voice in our head," as Eckhart Tolle calls it. Much of the time, this voice seems like our own ... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 15:10:04 EST Homeopathy Guide for Sleeplessness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x50673317 <link>www.homeopathyhome.com/services/rsho<BR>p/vshoppe/remguide/sleepless.shtml </link> <BR> <BR> Some good info! Sat, 3 Nov 2012 15:04:32 EST Anti-Cancer Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x50613762 An interesting read! <BR> <BR> <link>www.motherearthliving.com/health-and<BR>-wellness/natural-remedies/anti-cancer<BR>-diet-zmez12ndzmel.aspx?newsletter=1&u<BR>tm_content=10.30.12+HW&utm_campaign=20<BR>12+ENEWS&utm_source=iPost&utm_medium=email </link> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:39:08 EST Creating a Beautiful Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x50613494 A Living Dwelling <BR> Creating a Beautiful Home <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> Our conscious, loving intentions can literally transform the spaces in which we live, dispelling any lingering unharmonious energy. <BR> <BR> The homes we occupy are seldom ideal. A space that satisfies our basic needs may nonetheless leave us wanting where location, décor, or style are concerned. Yet every home has the potential to be beautiful. When we fill our homes with love, we transcend worldly factors... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:25:19 EST A Closer Look at Fennel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x50482490 A Closer Look at Fennel <BR> by Jennifer Good <BR> <BR> This week's featured ingredient, fennel, is an extremely flavorful herb/vegetable with a vast history of culinary and medicinal uses. In folk medicine, it was used to promote menstruation and to enhance lactation.1 Native to the Mediterranean, today Fennel is popular worldwide and has a growing list of health benefits. Growing up to 7 feet tall and bearing beautiful yellow flowers, the fruit, roots, leaves, and stem all contain medic... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:27:28 EST One More Reason to Ditch Diet Soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50456223 One More Reason to Ditch Diet Soda <BR> <BR> While diet soda might seem like the better alternative when it comes to calories, you might want to think twice next time you decide to take a drink. Drinking diet soda—which has aspartame as a main ingredient—can cause your blood sugar to spike, and can inhibit your body's signals that tell you when it's full. In case you needed more reasons, diet soda (and regular soda) lowers your pH levels, messes with the chemicals in your brain, and studies... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 08:19:57 EST Word Power: Negativity Can Even Wilt a Plant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x50395654 Word Power: Negativity Can Even Wilt a Plant <BR> <BR> If you had a choice, who would you rather spend your day with a grumpy grump or an upbeat friend? The choice is obvious and we all know why. We feel better when we're around positive people. It's that simple. Negativity breeds negativity, too, as new experimental research is showing. <BR> <BR> Plants have actually been shown to respond to the human voice, women's voices in particular. A group of researchers with the British Royal Hort... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 08:31:29 EST Superfoods for Super Youth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x50380880 We call this elite group of berries, seeds, nuts and powders superfoods because they are in an extraordinary class of their own. Perhaps you’ve heard the term, and not really known what it was. If so, you’ll benefit from the leading research David Wolfe, expert in the field, and author of Superfoods, has done on the unifying factors common to all superfoods. A food is classified as “Superfood” when it meets the following impressive standards: <BR> <BR> Foods that have a dozen or more ... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 08:05:29 EST Antibiotic Use Is a Flashing Indicator for Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50329603 Yes, I`m on a rant but here is another possible cause. <BR> <BR> <link>www.naturalnews.com/024777_cancer_an<BR>tibiotic_risk.html </link> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:21:36 EST The Shocking History of Chemo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50329484 I don`t know how you all feel about the cancer fundraisers, chemo, etc. But this short video is an eyeopener. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ihealthtube.com/aspx/viewvideo.a<BR>spx?v=b4b7071d3fd14510 </link> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:14:12 EST How are You Getting Your Vitamin C http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x50316325 Cold and flu season is upon us, and what better way to fight viruses than a Vitamin C Challenge! Vitamin C is important for bones and connective tissues, muscles, and blood vessels, as well as helps with iron absorption, which is needed for red blood cell production. <BR> <BR> This week, let's strive to add more vitamin C to our diets with foods like: <BR> <BR> -citrus fruit <BR> <BR> -strawberries <BR> <BR> -tomatoes <BR> <BR> -red pepper <BR> <BR> -broccoli <BR> <BR> -tomatoes <BR> ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 16:06:31 EST Love Living Alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x50313971 Love Living Alone <BR> <BR> Nearly 31 million people in this country live by themselves, so if you think you’re alone, think again. Many people enjoy the benefits of an adventurous single life, but others can be prone to depression, alcoholism or just plain loneliness. Here are some great ways to embrace your solo lifestyle and make it as healthy a choice as possible. <BR> <BR> Is living alone right for you? Sometimes people are forced into a solo living situation and that isn’t always a ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 12:53:25 EST Do This and You will Look 9 Years Younger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50311601 Do This and You'll Look 9 Years Younger <BR> <BR> Today's tip may not be… shall we say "suitable" for the timid... but it's not exactly Fifty Shades of Grey risqué, either. It is about as straightforward as it gets. <BR> <BR> A group of British researchers found that couples who make love three times a week (or more, presumably) look and feel up to nine years younger. If you're not feeling up to three times a week, consider this: a woman's heart disease risk can be cut in half, adding up ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 10:07:28 EST What Are You Grateful For Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x50311546 I am starting this here as being grateful is where we all need to begin. I have The Magic where you should write down 10 things you are grateful for every morning for 28 days, to become a more grateful person. So this is where I'm going to write down 10 things every day. Would you join me? <BR> <BR> For today <BR> I am grateful for my cozy, warm bed this morning, so nice to sleep every night. <BR> It is so nice to put on my robe to keep me warm, thank you. <BR> I am thankful for the wonde... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 10:04:42 EST Fake Smile Equals Less Stress. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x50311158 "The world always looks brighter from behind a smile." -- Author Unknown <BR> <BR> It can be easy during our rushed and hectic days to focus on problems at work or home, all the things not accomplished on the to-do list, and other forms of negativity. When the stress starts to get to you, the best thing to do may well be to just put on a happy face. Even if it means you have to stick on a fake smile. That's because new research has found that any smile at helps by lowering your heart rate an... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 09:44:11 EST Herbal Remedy Goldenseal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=24603x53491x50293246 This week's herbal remedy has a long tradition of use with the Native Americans. These Native Americans introduced the herb, Goldenseal root, to the early American settlers. They prized the herb for it's healing properties with common ailments such as sore eyes, skin issues, and digestive disorders.1 Today, however, the herb has a much broader usage. <BR> <BR> The main active compound in Goldenseal is berberine. In test tubes, berberine has been shown to kill all sorts of bacteria, such as o... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 08:28:28 EST Detox Your House http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50280099 Some of the most toxic chemicals ever created are right in our own backyards, and even worse — right in the broom closet. It’s estimated that the average home harbors anywhere from 3 to 25 gallons of toxic materials, most of which are household products. Cleaning house can be a chore, but it shouldn’t compromise your long-term health in the process. With a little know-how and some homemade cleaner recipes, you can give your broom closet the detox it desperately needs. <BR> <BR> Even label-sa... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 10:20:16 EST Control vs Guidance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x50251070 If you guide through anything other than your own example, it crosses over into the category of control. If you say, "This is what I've found that works for me, try it if you like." That's guidance. If you say, "This is what I've found works for me, and if you don't follow it, you're in trouble," that's control. <BR> <BR> --- Abraham <BR> <BR> From Abraham Hicks email Fri, 5 Oct 2012 07:54:39 EST Have you tried Red Light Therapy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50222682 I've been reading about Red light and near Infra-Red light Therapy (620 -660 nm) for muscle and arthritic pain, healing of wounds, acne and collagen production/wrinkle reduction in skin. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's one of the articles that talks a bit about it, in non-techie language: <BR> <BR> <link>www.wisegeek.com/what-is-red-light-t<BR>herapy .htm# </link> <BR> <BR> Just wondering if anyone here has had any experiences with it? <BR> If so which devices did you use, did you do it at home,... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 09:59:33 EST Phthalates in School Supplies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50205313 Phthalates in School Supplies <BR> by Hiyaguha Cohen <BR> <BR> If you've been back-to-school-shopping with your kids recently, you probably noticed that Dora-, Spiderman- and Disney-branded products are all the rage this year. While your kids may feel chic and popular toting these designer brands, the headlines have been telling a different story. It seems that many school materials and supplies, including the cute designer wares, are full of toxic phthalates. <BR> <BR> Phthalates--chemi... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 09:43:53 EST Sleep and Grow Younger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50168904 “Be in harmony with your body’s deepest function… sleep.” <BR> <BR> Still not fully understood by scientists, sleep is considered one of the greatest mysteries of life, even in 2012. By getting in better harmony with the natural cycles of your own brain and body, you are certain to find greater health and happiness in everyday life. .. <BR> <BR> <BR> Check it out, great read. <link>www.oolaboolah.com/blog/sleep-and-gr<BR>ow-younger/ </link> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 07:58:55 EST Top 10 Medicinal Herbs and How to Use Them http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50072210 <link>www.squidoo.com/top-10-medicinal-her<BR>bs-and-how-to-use-them </link> <BR> <BR> Have a read, very interesting. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 17:18:47 EST Homemade Tomato Basil Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50021419 Thought I would post this, sounds good to have on a cold day! <BR> <BR> Tomato Basil Soup <BR> Serves 2 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 medium onion, halved and sliced <BR> 1 Tablespoon olive oil <BR> 2 large cans of diced, organic tomatoes <BR> 4 cups chicken broth <BR> 1 clove garlic, minced <BR> 1&#8260;2 cup fresh basil, chopped <BR> 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar <BR> 1&#8260;2 cup heavy cream (optional) <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> In a heavy-bottomed pan, sauté onions and garlic in oil... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 08:37:22 EST Vibrational Match http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x50021382 Words do not teach at all. It is life experience that brings you your knowing. But when you hear words that are a vibrational match to the knowing that you have accumulated, then sometimes it's easier for you to sort it all out. <BR> <BR> --- Abraham <BR> <BR> From Abraham Hicks email <BR> <BR> This is so true, sometimes things just click! Thu, 20 Sep 2012 08:32:59 EST Natural Teeth Brighteners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x50003487 Natural Teeth Brighteners <BR> <BR> Whiter teeth don't have to come at the cost of an expensive trip to the dentist or with painful, harsh chemicals in do-it-yourself whitening kits. There are some natural precautions you can take to help your teeth stay white. <BR> <BR> What passes through the lips can stain your teeth. Culprits include dark foods, sauces and drinks. Acidic foods and drinks can also increase staining because their erosive nature makes teeth more susceptible to stains. Ev... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 06:27:15 EST How do foods affect my sleep? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49929012 Healthy Food Tip <BR> <BR> How do foods affect my sleep? <BR> <BR> There's no doubt that there are many of us that have trouble getting a good night's sleep. The statistics here are striking. For example, 42% of all healthy, middle-aged women in the United States report some kind of sleep trouble, including difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night, or not feeling refreshed in the morning. <BR> <BR> Sleep is a "mind-body" experience <BR> <BR> There's no doubt that from a phy... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 08:16:36 EST Being a Pollyanna http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x49912184 We would demonstrate to everyone that we are cheerful, that we are optimistic, that we are happy, that we are looking for the best-feeling thought that we can find — and that we've practiced it so much that we often find it. And then, as people say to you, in accusing tones, "Oh, you are a Pollyanna," announce to them, "Pollyanna lived a very happy life." <BR> <BR> --- Abraham <BR> <BR> From Daily Quotes@AbrahamHicks.com Thu, 13 Sep 2012 08:05:56 EST Boost Your Immune System with Massage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49841858 Boost Your Immune System with Massage <BR> <BR> We already know that getting a massage calms and relaxes us and may even help us sleep, but new research is showing that it may help bolster your immune system, too. Most people enjoy getting a massage when they're stressed for the soothing, relaxing state it puts them in. But while it's calming our mind, massages are revving up our immune systems. <BR> <BR> A study published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine found tha... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 10:37:55 EST Spit or Swallow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21497x53491x49840069 I found this on one of my other teams but it is fun. I post a food, next person puts spit or swallow and posts a new food, and so on. <BR> <BR> I will get the ball rolling. <BR> <BR> Greek Yogurt Sun, 9 Sep 2012 08:36:14 EST 3 Strategies to Beat Asthma/A llergies Naturally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49644679 Asthma & Allergies are common conditions associated with impaired and malcoordinated immunity. In the short-term these conditions are painful and annoying as they steal quality of life and often lead to medication usage for short-term relief. In the long-term, if the cause of the immune impairment is never corrected the individual is very susceptible to chronic inflammatory based disease such as cancer, heart disease and dementia. Follow these strategies to get to the cause and correct or pre... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 09:09:28 EST How to Use Essential Oils for Home & Hearth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49644515 How to Use Essential Oils for Home & Hearth <BR> <BR> Deter pests: Place one drop of lavender oil on a cotton ball or piece of cloth to get rid of moths and mosquitoes. <BR> <BR> Humidifiers: To help keep it clean, add up to 9 drops of tea tree oil, which has antimicrobial properties. <BR> <BR> Fire logs: Thirty minutes before burning a fire log, place one drop of cypress, pine, sandalwood or cedarwood oil on it. Do not use several perfumed logs at a time; a little goes a long way. <BR... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 08:59:24 EST There will be a time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x49643286 There will be a time, not so far from now, that you will look back on this phase of your life and instead of condemning it or beating up on it... Instead of blaming or guilting, you will feel appreciation for it, because you will understand that a renewed desire for life was born out of this time period that will bring you to physical heights that you could not have achieved without the contrast that gave birth to this desire. <BR> <BR> --- Abraham <BR> <BR> From Abraham Hicks email daily... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 07:42:40 EST The Medicine Cabinet Item That's Making You Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49631750 For decades, nonorganic farmers have been using a feeding trick that speeds the growth of animals. Now, in a first-of-its-kind study, scientists have figured out that the same medicine cabinet staples used to fatten up livestock—antibiotics—could be making people obese, too. Antibiotics and obesity could be related by the drugs' ability to wipe out beneficial bacteria in the gut that could play a role in nutrient and calorie absorption. "By using antibiotics, we found we can actually manipula... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 10:48:23 EST Make Your Own Aromatherapy First Aid Kit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49616019 Make Your Own Aromatherapy First Aid Kit <BR> <BR> Often diluted in water, other carrier oils or in lotions, essential oils give herbs and plants their scent. Aromatherapy is a term used to describe the effects these scents have on our mood and behavior. Used since ancient times, it's becoming much more common to hear of aromatherapy offered before or after surgery in modern hospitals. You can even use essential oils at home for first aid. Not sure which ones to buy? Here's a recommendation... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 09:16:00 EST Believe in Your Path http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x49615737 It does not matter what path you take, but it does matter if the path you are taking is something that you are believing is appropriate. Nothing is more damaging to you than to do something that you believe is wrong. <BR> <BR> --- Abraham <BR> <BR> From Abraham Hicks email Sat, 25 Aug 2012 08:56:42 EST Co-Creation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x49601617 We would focus on everything that mattered to us. It is so satisfying to hold a thought and to find the feeling place and then see the Universe conspire to help you receive it. Oh, co-creation at its best. <BR> <BR> --- Abraham <BR> From Abraham Hicks email <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 08:22:14 EST Graveyard Shift and the Graveyard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49601518 Working night-shift jobs might allow for a pleasant, traffic-free drive to work, but the downside of the upside-down schedule isn't so pleasant at all. In addition to being out of synch with most of humanity, night workers have higher rates of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, fractures, insomnia, obesity, gastrointestinal problems, ulcers, depression, and other conditions. <BR> <BR> We've discussed before how night-shift workers are more prone to errors, which makes those workers more danger... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 08:16:54 EST Fake Vitamin D! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49557493 Could it be that mainstream medicine is coming around to the importance of vitamin D? Will doctors and nutritionists finally start telling you how good it can make you feel and how it protects you when you have enough of it? <BR> <BR> You might have seen for example that Roche, the huge drug, biotech and diagnostic company just got approval for its automated vitamin D lab test that doctors can order. <BR> <BR> And a couple of years ago, officials upped the RDA for vitamin D... <BR> <BR>... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:05:05 EST Can You Say Yes to Happiness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x49557369 Can You Say Yes To Happiness? 11 Practical Steps You Can Take To Make It Really Happen <BR> <BR> Think about it ... every single thing we do is intended to make us happier. <BR> <BR> And yet sometimes we get diverted and do things that actually move us away from this goal. <BR> <BR> We all have the potential for genuine happiness. There is no gene or DNA marker that determines who will be happy and who will not. We make choices throughout our lives, and the result of all these choices com... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:57:43 EST Sunscreen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49556166 Most of us would be forgiven for feeling a bit miffed that summer has failed to show its face in yet... despite the few sunny days we've enjoyed recently. Most of the time, all I see from my window is grey above and raised umbrellas below. <BR> <BR> However, sunscreen manufacturers are obviously still hopeful that we'll have a hot and sunny summer, based on the amount of sunscreen advertisements on television. <BR> <BR> Our regular readers will know that the best thing to do is to simply ... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 08:50:34 EST Intestinal Bacteria http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49556014 Keeping Your Intestinal Bacteria Optimized <BR> <BR> In this week's excerpt from Lessons from the Miracle Doctors, Jon Barron lists the benefits of keeping your intestinal bacteria optimized. <BR> <BR> "A properly functioning intestinal tract is one of your body’s first lines of defense against invaders. In a healthy colon, there are, on average, well over 100 billion beneficial bacteria per milliliter of fecal matter that consume harmful bacteria and other invaders. In the typical diges... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 08:40:45 EST Metabolic Logic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49555980 Metabolic Logic <BR> <BR> Your metabolic rate is not set in stone. There are things you can do to increase the rate at which your body burns calories. <BR> <BR> Metabolism – you hear a lot about speeding it up, how it slows down with age, ways to jump-start it so you can lose weight. But what is metabolism and how does it work? <BR> <BR> Metabolism is the way your body converts the calories from the food you eat into the energy that your body needs to run your bodily processes. Metabolism ... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 08:38:44 EST Ask for Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x49555835 From The Secret Daily Teachings <BR> When you ask for happiness and a beautiful life, ask not just for you, but for everyone. When you ask for something better, ask not just for you, but for everyone. By all means ask for abundance and health for you, but also ask for it to be given to everyone. <BR> <BR> Can you imagine what would happen if six billion people asked for these things for you? <BR> <BR> From the Secret Scrolls Daily Teachings email <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 08:28:29 EST Dog/Cat Vaccines not Harmless http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49539283 <link>healthypets.mercola.com/sites/health<BR>ypets/archive/2012/08/20/pets-over-vac<BR>cination-disease.aspx?e_cid=20120820_o<BR>ldPetsNL_art_1 </link> <BR> <BR> Guess vaccines not good for pets either. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 08:21:20 EST Staying In Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x49539084 Staying in Pain <BR> Stuck in the Mud <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> Pain can serve as one of life's great teachers, but it is important to move through it and not become stuck in our pain. <BR> <BR> Pain comes and it goes. It is just one component to the grand cycle of life. And when experienced as such, pain can serve as an important teacher. It is when we get stuck in our pain that it becomes detrimental to our well-being and development. If you notice that you feel closed-off, resen... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 08:10:44 EST High cortisol causes bone loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49526738 Cortisol is a glucocorticoid steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It is released in response to stress and low levels of blood glucocorticoids. It primarily functions to increase blood sugar through a process called gluconeogenesis. Elevated levels of cortisol and other glucocorticoids cause calcium depletion of bone tissue. <BR> <BR> Bone tissue is in a constant state of construction and remodeling. There are several critical cells that help form and mold healthy bone tissue. Ost... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 11:46:38 EST Quiet Achy,Creaky Joints http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49526679 Quiet Achy, Creaky Joints <BR> <BR> As we age, the tissues around our joints may stiffen, causing not only discomfort but also a feeling of "creakiness." Being overweight ups the odds because every extra pound is equivalent to carrying an extra four pounds across your knees. So along with getting within a healthy BMI, you can also cut down on joint discomfort (and noise) by being more active. Your muscles help protect joints from wear and tear, so strengthening muscles can help joints. Do st... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 11:39:56 EST 3 Foods to Avoid if You Want to Look Young http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49526643 3 Foods to Avoid if You Want to Look Young <BR> <BR> Want to keep your complexion smooth and youthful? Take a look at your plate. What you leave off of your plate is sometimes just as important as the food you're putting on your plate when it comes to nutrients that can affect your complexion. Put your best face forward (and improve your health) by keeping these to a minimum: <BR> <BR> Sugar—Sweets and refined carbs raise glucose levels, which increases advanced glycation end products, wh... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 11:37:01 EST Daily Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x49526458 If you have a subject that makes you uncomfortable when you think about it, it means there is strong desire related to it. Which means it really, really, really matters. So finding a way to think about it and feel good is your work. But it is equally effective to think about anything else and feel good, and let it in. You don't have to think about money in order to let in money. You just can't think about lack of money, to let in money <BR> <BR> --- Abraham <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 11:19:16 EST Your Perfect Teacher - Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x49483206 Your Perfect Teacher <BR> Life <BR> <BR> All the situations in our lives, from the insignificant to the major, teach us exactly what we need to be learning. <BR> <BR> Many of us long to find a spiritual teacher or guru. We may feel unsure of how to practice our spirituality without one, or we may long for someone who has attained a higher level of insight to lead the way for us. Some of us have been looking for years to no avail and feel frustrated and even lost. The good news is that the ... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 08:33:59 EST Blood Pressure and Cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49483095 “Having trouble with getting my blood pressure down to where my doctor would like it to be. I am on one blood pressure medication, and it has been increased one time already. Don’t want another. Also, she wants me to do the cholesterol meds. It is 279. I am 77 years old” - Joan <BR> <BR> Joan’s question points out the huge problem of medicine by the book instead of by the patient. <BR> <BR> Consider the individual. You’ve probably noticed all the different ways we get put together: Long l... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 08:24:06 EST About to Whiten Your Teeth? Read This First! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49467756 <link>www.realage.com/beauty-skin-care/abo<BR>ut-to-whiten-your-teeth-review-side-ef<BR>fects?src=promo&dom=face&cbr=FCEBK20 </link> <BR> <BR> Do you whiten your teeth. I wouldn't and since I use neem my teeth are whiter anyway. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 08:43:33 EST Find Out What's Really in That Vaccine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49459111 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2CMDuy-Bh8&<BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> <BR> <BR> This video is only about 5 minutes long but explains what is in vaccines. I know why I didn't have my kids immunized! Tue, 14 Aug 2012 17:18:10 EST Sleep Yourself Thinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49452471 If you're looking to lose weight naturally, you don't need to spend a chunk of change on the latest miracle potion. Getting your weight loss in gear could be as simple as getting yourself to bed at a decent hour. <BR> <BR> You see, as you work into the wee hours to meet deadlines or just catch up with administration, you could be sabotaging your own efforts to lose weight naturally. Researchers in Canada found that sleep can be a major predictor of fat loss. <BR> <BR> In fact, they found ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:26:21 EST The World's Oldest Beverage is Also the Healthiest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49423310 Green tea is one of the oldest beverages in the world. And one of the healthiest. It’s been revered by Asian cultures for thousands of years. Lately, modern science has caught up. <BR> <BR> Researchers first noticed that certain Chinese populations have much lower cancer rates than those in the West. Then they realized green tea’s anti-cancer properties. Further research showed that green tea is a rich source of polyphenols. These plant chemicals have powerful antioxidant properties. <BR> <... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 11:50:02 EST Nutritious, Nutrient Rich Smoothies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49422517 Do you have any suggestions for making delicious, nutrient-rich smoothies? <BR> <BR> I like to make smoothies because they are a delicious and easy way to benefit from the many nutrients concentrated in the foods that can added to a smoothie. While they are indeed one step away from consumption of 100% whole, unprocessed foods—a practice which I definitely favor—they can be a pretty close "runner up" if you use whole food ingredients like whole bananas, whole berries, and freshly ground nuts... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 10:50:13 EST 11 Year Old Exposes Monsanto http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49422286 I love this! Someone knows the truth! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=nndEZBQ9bds </link> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 10:34:19 EST Afraid of the Truth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x49422134 Afraid of the Truth <BR> Feeling Threatened <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> Facing the truth upfront rather than turning from it will keep your life moving in a forward and positive direction. <BR> <BR> Most of us have had the experience of being in possession of a piece of truth that we were afraid to share because we knew it would not be well received. There are also instances in which we ourselves have been unable to handle some truth confronting us. This might be a small truth, such ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 10:23:09 EST Worthiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x49422009 Worthiness <BR> Accepting Our Calling <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> Our worth of being on the planet at this time cannot be judged as we are all worthy and essential to being here now. <BR> <BR> The issue of worthiness may come up in many areas of our lives, as we ask, often unconsciously, whether we are worthy of success, love, happiness, and countless other things, from supportive relationships to a beautiful home. In the end, though, it all comes down to one thing: our willingness t... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 10:13:34 EST Fat's Where It's At http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49421673 Fat's Where It's At <BR> <BR> Man, oh, man, have we been brainwashed! <BR> <BR> Doctors learn it in med school. Magazines write about it. In fact, everywhere we look, it’s accepted as fact, perhaps even wisdom. <BR> <BR> Surely, you’ve heard it, too: A low-fat diet is the way to good health, happiness and probably world peace. <BR> <BR> Which just happens to be the opposite of the truth. A low-fat diet volunteers you for chronic disease. And it starves the joy from your brain, so happ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 09:47:23 EST Common But Overllooked Cause of Illness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49408001 The Common, But Overlooked, Cause of Illness <BR> <BR> It’s kinda hard to ignore a 500-pound gorilla smack dab in the middle of the room, but it happens. <BR> <BR> And if you’ve been to, say, twenty or thirty doctors to get an answer as to what ails you, and you’re still dragging your patooty, you know what I’m talking about. <BR> <BR> Has anybody mentioned mold? And that it comes at you in two ways? <BR> <BR> The first, best-known mold problem is the black, creepy-crawly stuff. As it... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 09:19:59 EST Gluten's Role in 21st Century Diseases http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49378222 Gluten is the common protein found in wheat, barley, & rye. Gluten is a sticky, storage protein that challenges the digestive tract. Gluten often binds to the small intestinal wall where it can cause digestive and immune system disorders. Gluten sensitivity is an epidemic that is a major contributing factor with inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. <BR> <BR> Gluten intolerance is highly associated with inflammatory disorders of all kinds. It is also a contributing factor in many autoimm... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 08:10:49 EST The Secret Benefits of Walking Barefoot on Earth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49378171 Walking barefoot on the earth has been a staple part of human and animal life since the beginning of time. In the past couple of generations, humans have made shoes, sandals and boots that insulate us from the natural energies of the Earth. Although these shoes protect our feet they also deprive us of the free electrons present in the ground. Grounding our bodies with barefoot exposure has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect that is a genetic requirement for optimal health. <BR> <BR> Our ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 08:07:50 EST Vitamin D Levels and Weight Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49335992 Vitamin D Levels and Weight Gain <BR> by Beth Levine <BR> <BR> Many of us no longer have the metabolism we once had as teenagers, when it seemed that we burned off all the calories we consumed with ease. As we age, we tend to gain weight, even if we are careful with our diet and exercise routine. There are many factors that cause the numbers on the scale to rise as we get older, and now a new study provides another one to consider: low levels of vitamin D may be one of the causes of weight g... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 15:17:39 EST Why People Develop High Blood Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49334591 <link>myemail.constantcontact.com/Do-You-K<BR>now-Why-People-Develop-High-Blood-Pres<BR>sure-.html?soid=1102782899535&aid=9u9dZOUy-uY </link> <BR> <BR> Very interesting read! Mon, 6 Aug 2012 13:37:03 EST Up to Here with Food Waste http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49333268 Up to Here with Food Waste! <BR> by Leanne Ely <BR> Hands up if you ever questioned your parents when they told you not to waste your food because there are people starving in Africa. <BR> <BR> As a child this really doesn't make a lick of sense. How can the food I don't eat help a starving person? Are we actually going to ship our leftovers to them? <BR> <BR> We all know as adults that this was our parents' way of trying to encourage us not to waste our food. But the truth is, if our ance... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 12:01:19 EST The Anti-Oxidant Power of Vitamin P http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49333198 Citrus fruits contain a vast array of phytonutrients that are just now being respected for the extraordinary health values they hold. Fruits and vegetables have been renowned for years for providing essential nutrients such as vitamin C. Today, nutritional scientists have discovered a group of bioactive flavonoids that enhance the effects of vitamin C and provide a powerful defense against oxidative stress. <BR> <BR> Bioactive flavonoids, vitamin P, are found in living fruits and vegetables... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 11:55:51 EST Natural Strategies to Beat Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49333148 People with chronic depression often times have significant biochemical imbalances in their neurological tissue. New research has indicated that this imbalance is not a genetic flaw as was once thought but instead is due to a heavy onslaught of toxicity or severe nutritional and lifestyle based deficiency's that cause massive brain inflammation that disrupts normal neurological processing. Fortunately, when these causative factors are addressed, one can overcome the chemical imbalances and ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 11:51:59 EST Coconut Maximizes Brain Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49333115 The human brain needs a continual supply of fuel. When this continual supply is interrupted brain cells begin to die. In the short-term, this can cause symptoms such as headaches, brain fog, & tiredness. Long-term exposure to environments that deplete sources of brain fuel from effectively getting into the cells leads to neurodegenerative diseases. New research is showing that coconut oil can supply the brain with a very clean source of energy that prevents unwanted short-term symptoms an... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 11:49:35 EST Wax Coating on Fruits & Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49332624 Wax Coating on Fruits and Vegetables <BR> <BR> Conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are often waxed to prevent moisture loss, protect them from bruising during shipping, and increase their shelf life. When purchasing non-organic fruits and vegetables, you should ask your grocer about the kind of wax used on their surface even if you are going to peel it; carnauba wax (from the carnauba palm tree), beeswax, and shellac (from the lac beetle) are preferable to petroleum-based waxes, which... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 11:15:06 EST Translating Our Feelings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x49289902 Translating Our Feelings <BR> Are You Excited or Scared? <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> Sometimes the feelings of being scared and excited can elicit the same physical response in our bodies. <BR> <BR> When new challenges and opportunities show up in our lives, we may diagnose ourselves as feeling scared when what we really feel is excited. Often we have not been taught how to welcome the thrill of a new opportunity, and so we opt to back off, indulging our anxiety instead of awakening ... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 11:38:55 EST The Forgotten Superfood: Flower Pollen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49287899 This week we turn our attention to a “forgotten” superfood, flower pollen. Years ago, bee pollen was THE superfood in the alternative health industry – and for good reason. But over time, it was replaced by the next “hot” thing and the next hot thing after that. The simple truth, though, is that pollen still ranks as probably the single greatest superfood ingredient yet discovered. Just because something is old doesn't make it out of date. When Jon Barron hiked the 212 miles of the Jon Muir T... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 09:27:18 EST Is Junk Food Really Cheaper! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49207394 <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2011/10/14/is-junk-food-really<BR>-cheaper.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> I try and avoid junk food although 2 in my family are carb junkies! Sun, 29 Jul 2012 10:59:39 EST 8 Fun Fitness Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49207182 8 Fun Fitness Facts <BR> <BR> It was Franklin P. Adams who said, "Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year." Of course there are lots of ways to stay healthy, but these eight fun fitness facts can help you improve your daily living or just pique your health interest. <BR> <BR> Did you know that actively playing with your kids or grandkids can burn as many calories as a brisk walk? <BR> If you are unable to carry on a comfortable conversation when you’... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 10:41:42 EST Dog and Cat Pet Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x49207146 Pet Facts 101 (The Dog Part) <BR> <BR> Dogs have been our best friends since the beginning of time—well, at least that’s how it feels. And Americans own more dogs than anywhere else in the world. Dogs can help motivate us to get exercise, make us seem more approachable and social, can help lower blood pressure and stress levels and provide unconditional love. So here are some fun canine facts and a creative cookie recipe to say thanks for being my BFF. <BR> <BR> There are approximately 78... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 10:38:56 EST 6 Ways to Stop Overeating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49207111 6 Ways to Stop Overeating (Part 1 and 2) <BR> <BR> You’ve said it to yourself or even out loud probably almost every day of your life: I’m hungry. But are you really hungry or just bored, anxious, distracted, etc.? Humans have an innate fear of hunger, but since most of us know when and where our next meal is coming from, we need to learn how to figure out if it’s truly hunger or are we just playing games with ourselves? Check out these six tips for how to eat less and spot actual hunger. <B... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 10:35:56 EST Why Jogging is Almost Useless for Burning Flab http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49178292 <link>fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/ar<BR>chive/2012/07/27/sprinting-and-aerobic<BR>-exercise-techniques.aspx?e_cid=201207<BR>20_DNL_artTest_A2 </link> <BR> <BR> Jogging yes, but interval training is good. Sprints, high intensity. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 08:04:20 EST Beat Hypothyroidism the Natural Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49178263 One of the fastest rising health conditions in the US is hypothyroidism. The most common symptoms experienced are lethargy, depression and weight gain. Some of the newest reports are estimating that 15-30% of the population may have thyroid problems. An anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle provide natural solutions to boost thyroid function. <BR> <BR> The thyroid gland is one of the most sensitive regions of the body to environmental toxins. The most common environmental toxins affecting thy... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 08:00:49 EST The Best Energy Drinks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49178198 Functional beverages are one of the hottest markets in the food and beverage industry. These drinks offer their customers unique benefits that often appeal to the health conscious. Some of these drinks are vastly overhyped and should be avoided. Other functional beverages are a fantastic support to one's health and performance. <BR> <BR> Functional beverages include sports and performance drinks, energy drinks, ready to drink teas, enhanced fruit drinks, soy beverages and vitamin waters ... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 07:56:44 EST Optomize Health with Probiotic Rich Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49178085 Our ancient ancestors' utilized probiotic enriched foods on a regular basis. This was necessary as a means of food preservation without the advent of refrigeration. Many ancient medicine men and physicians began utilizing them to treat certain ailments. Probiotic enriched foods are one of the most important attributes of a healthy diet and lifestyle. <BR> <BR> In the early 20th century, Nobel Prize winning scientist Ilya Ilyich Mechinikov attributed the remarkable health of a group of Bulg... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 07:48:33 EST Herbal Alternatives to Antibiotics. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49164644 <link>www.herbcompanion.com/heal/health/al<BR>ternatives-to-antibiotics-zm0z12aszdeb<BR>.aspx?newsletter=1&utm_content=7.24.12<BR>+HBC+eNews&utm_campaign=2012+ENEWS&utm<BR>_source=iPost&utm_medium=email </link> <BR> <BR> If you have the time, a good read! <BR> <BR> Here is the last page if you don't have time. <BR> <BR> Systemic Herbs <BR> These five systemic herbs can be very helpful in treating systemic infections such as resistant staph, MRSA, tuberculosis and malaria. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 09:56:05 EST 7 Uses for Olive Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49164526 7 Uses for Olive Oil <BR> <BR> Olive oil has its standard and healthful uses in the kitchen, but you may find it has more potential than cooking with TV chefs. Check out these tips on how to get the most out of your EVOO. <BR> <BR> Pump up the condition of your hair. Remember those hot oil commercials from the 1980s? This is the same concept. Heat up a 1/2 cup of olive oil and apply it liberally to dry, split ends. Wrap your head with a plastic grocery bag and then a towel on top of that.... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 09:48:27 EST One Minute Health Boosters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49164487 One-Minute Health Boosters <BR> <BR> Got a quick 60 seconds to spare? There are a handful of things you can do with an extra minute that can have a shockingly good effect on your health. <BR> <BR> See what’s on TV. <BR> Apparently anticipating a funny TV show up to two days before it airs helps reduce depression, anger, fatigue and stress by up to 50 percent, and if you get around to actually watching your funny show, you can reduce these negative notions by up to 98 percent! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 09:45:12 EST Eat Vegggies Raw? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49145332 Healthy Food Tip <BR> <BR> Do I have to eat my vegetables raw to attain the full nutritional benefit of the food? <BR> <BR> <BR> No. Although it would be necessary to eat your vegetables raw in order to prevent any loss of nutrients whatsoever, I believe that it is possible to get the full, practical nutritional benefits from a food that has been cooked, provided that the cooking method is uniquely matched to the food and exposes the food to minimal damage. Here's my thinking: <BR> <BR> W... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 07:29:43 EST Being Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x49129768 I'm going to be happy. I'm going to skip. I'm going to be glad. I'm going to smile a lot. I'm going to be easy. I'm going to count my blessings. I'm going to look for reasons to feel good. I'm going to dig up positive things from the past. I'm going to look for positive things where I stand. I'm going to look for positive things in the future. It is my natural state to be a happy person. It's natural for me to love and to laugh. This is what is most natural for me. I am a happy person! <BR> ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:06:12 EST This Hormone Regulates Your Gut Function http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49111208 Melatonin is known as the regulator of the sleep wake cycle in the body. It is produced in the pineal gland of the brain and monitors sleep cycles while playing an important role in healing and anti-oxidant protection. New indicators are showing that it may play an even more important regulatory role in the digestive system. <BR> <BR> The human digestive system is considered by many experts to be the "2nd Brain," due to its ability to produce neurotransmitters. Additionally, the digestive sy... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 07:36:53 EST Stop Being Late! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49111174 Stop Being Late <BR> <BR> Are you chronically 10–15 minutes late for everything? Do your friends and family joke that you would be late to your own funeral? Tardiness is a bad habit. It’s rude to other people and sometimes can make you look really bad. If you’re having constant problems managing your time, check out these handy tips for getting where you need to be, when you need to be there. <BR> <BR> You are the weakest link. Figure out why it is you’re always running late. Do you mispl... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 07:34:14 EST When Relaxing Makes You Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49069337 When Relaxing Makes You Sick <BR> <BR> Most of us feel good when we’re on vacation, right? Not always. Some of us actually start to feel sick the minute we stop working…take a break from our hectic schedule…or arrive at our vacation destination. It’s such a common phenomenon that psychologists started calling it “leisure sickness” when they noticed that otherwise healthy workaholics or overly busy people seemed to come down with headaches, muscle aches and other cold and flulike symptoms dur... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 08:16:38 EST 4 Secrets to a Sexy Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49038774 4 Secrets to a Sexy Bedroom <BR> <BR> Let’s face it; bedrooms are where you spend some of your most intimate times, so you want to make the most of your space where you snuggle, sleep and everything in between. Check out these tips for making your bedroom a prime spot. <BR> <BR> Add drama. No, we don’t mean picking a fight. Add a touch of dramatic flair to your room by choosing a rich color for the walls. You’ll feel like you’ve been wrapped in luxury. If you choose a dark color, balance ... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 09:39:32 EST HFCS Affects Mental Acuity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49022739 We all know sweets are bad for you, filling you up with empty calories, decaying your teeth, and so on. But now there is new evidence that sweetened drinks and snacks harm our mental health as well, impacting our learning abilities and memory. <BR> <BR> A recent mental health study at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that steady consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) can lead to a decrease in mental acuity, particularly in the capability to learn new information and c... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:13:01 EST Concussions & the Endocrine System http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x49009499 Concussions And The Endocrine System <BR> <BR> In any brain injury, soft brain tissue violently bounces against the inside of a hard and kind of lumpy skull, again and again. Not surprisingly, the brain ends up bruised. <BR> <BR> And you end up feeling as if a train hit you, with a headache like you can’t believe, fatigue at a level you’ve never experienced before and difficulty unscrambling your thoughts. <BR> <BR> Go to bed and stay there as long as you can to let your brain heal from... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 13:15:45 EST Is Your Job Making You Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48978474 A recent review of changes in Americans’ job requirements since the 1960s has uncovered a link between your job and your weight. In 1960, 50 percent of jobs required moderate physical activity. Today, about 80 percent of jobs are sedentary or require only light activity. <BR> <BR> If your job is among the 80 percent, here’s a pair of powerful tips to help you combat workplace weight gain. <BR> <BR> Become a power snacker. <BR> <BR> Why can’t we lose weight? One out of every three adult... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 10:52:50 EST Tips for Healthy Snacking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48978390 Tips for Healthy Snacking <BR> <BR> Craving the vending machine come mid-afternoon? Don’t go running to the naughty glass machine as that "tiny" bag of processed chips will only make your energy crash and cause more cravings later. Put your hunger on a leash with these yummy, healthy snacks all under 200 calories. <BR> <BR> One tablespoon of natural peanut butter enjoyed with celery sticks, rice cakes or whole grain bread <BR> Two tablespoons of hummus with celery, baby carrots, multigra... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 10:48:07 EST Best Natural Ways to Stay Cool http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48919907 <link>www.rodale.com/heat-wave?cm_mmc=TheD<BR>ailyFixNL-_-973424-_-07102012-_-the_be<BR>st_all_natural_ways_to_stay_cool </link> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:22:51 EST Poo Free - Homemade Shampoo Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48919628 Poo Free - Homemade Shampoo Recipe <BR> <BR> by Jill Cooper <BR> <BR> Poo Free... Ahhh... I know that sounds strange doesn't it? This really isn't an article on what to do when constipated and I don't feel the urge to write on that subject at all. No, this has to do with shampoo. <BR> <BR> Years ago, I mentioned in a post about how I had a great aunt who was about 90 years old and had never shampooed her hair and everyone was horrified at such a thought. Even when I mentioned that I only ... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:59:49 EST Natural Hair Dye to Cover Grey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48919567 Grey Hair Dye Recipe <BR> <BR> by Purdue University <BR> <BR> I make a strong 'tea' of Sage and a bit of Rosemary, strain it and refrigerate it, and before I wash my hair, I spray it on the base of the grey patches of hair, even have massaged it in. leave it for 5 - ten minutes and then wash as usual, and care for my hair as I normally do. After a few weeks of this (I do this almost daily), the grey is disappearing. <BR> <BR> After using the sage the normal coloring returns to the hair. It... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:54:57 EST Pushup That Blasts Your Core. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48919540 <link>www.menshealth.com/deltafit/pushup-b<BR>lasts-your-core?cm_mmc=EOWNL-_-973350-<BR>_-07102012-_-ReversePushup-body </link> <BR> <BR> This almost looks like a version of a few yoga poses put together. I will try it, looks fun. Not just for men. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:52:28 EST 3 Reasons to Love Dandelions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48805732 Many of you living further south than me (and that's most of you) have already seen dandelions popping up on your lawns. <BR> <BR> What’s your reaction? Do you groan at the thought of yet another season of fighting this “plant out of place,” or do you smile knowing that its sunny little bloom means that spring is upon us? <BR> <BR> Here are some reasons to love the little dandelion. <BR> <BR> 1. Dandelions are an important first source of nectar for bees and other beneficial insects. Their... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 08:36:39 EST Maximize Clean Energy Sources http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48792033 Like a battery you need to be charged up every day. At the atomic level, our bodies run through an electrical energy system. The coordinated flow of this electrical energy at all times is what makes up the presence of life. Lifestyle habits that add voltage to our system help sustain the flow of energy while habits that subtract voltage reduce the presence of life. Anti-oxidants are free electrons that enhance our energy and protect against inflammatory damage. <BR> <BR> Your body is m... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 12:04:10 EST What Will Your Liver Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48791935 Your liver is a powerhouse of metabolic functions. When it is healthy it will detoxify most of the harmful and poisonous substances that are introduced into or created in the body. Pesticides, insecticides, additives, chemicals, drugs, 'spent' hormones, alcohol and heavy metals are among the hundreds of substances it has to deal with every day, so that you may carry on. Your liver stores several minerals and vitamins, synthesizes enzymes and co-enzymes and produces cholesterol. The list of fu... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 11:58:32 EST JAMA Study Confirms Maintenance Benefits/Low Carb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48791669 JAMA Study Confirms Maintenance Benefits of Low Carb Diet <BR> <BR> By Barbara Berkeley, MD <BR> <BR> The debate about whether a calorie is a calorie rages on, but not I think, in the minds of most successful weight maintainers. The same may be said for successful dieters who reflexively cut carbohydrates from their menu when they start a weight loss plan. While their thought may be to reduce calories, something quite different may be occurring when they ditch the bread and pasta for me... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 11:42:57 EST Retrain Your Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x48790587 <link>www.bottomlinepublications.com/conte<BR>nt/article/self-improvement/retrain-yo<BR>ur-brainand-break-fee-from-the-pattern<BR>s-that-are-holding-you-back?utm_campai<BR>gn=_BPrORPB8i54JCs </link> <BR> <BR> Good article on retraining your brain to break free from the pattern that hold us back. I will be using this! Mon, 2 Jul 2012 10:32:22 EST What Can Brown Seaweed Do for You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48776708 What Can Brown Seaweed Do for You? <BR> <BR> Brown seaweed, also known as wakame, has offered health benefits for hundreds of years. The ancient Asian food was brought to the United States in the 1960s and was made popular in Asian restaurants and Asian-American grocery stores. Although not widely studied, the use of brown seaweed has been said to have a huge array of health benefits. While eating the brown seaweed will help keep you healthy, a concentrated brown seaweed extract known as Fu... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 14:09:43 EST Moving Our Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x48776519 Moving Our Body <BR> Poetry in Motion <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> Human bodies love flow and movement and respond in kind when used in this way. <BR> <BR> Our bodies love movement. When we stretch or dance, our bodies adjust, realign and start to become fluid with the rhythm of life. Our mood lifts and we feel more connected with the world around us. If you are feeling stuck, ready to release old energy, or eager to feel more alive, try moving your body. By giving your muscles a chan... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 13:54:44 EST Volunteering - How To Do It Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x48758892 Don’t Waste Your Time Volunteering…How to Do it Right <BR> <BR> My mother is a retiree in her 80s. When people ask her what keeps her so healthy, she explains that she keeps busy with activities that truly matter to her. One of her favorites: Volunteering as a docent at the local art museum. She learns about each new exhibit and gets to know it so well that she can lead tours. Volunteering is a kind of “medicine.” It keeps people—even those who aren’t retired—mentally alert and engaged with ... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 08:13:31 EST Healthy Food Tip http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48713442 Healthy Food Tip <BR> <BR> Can you eat too many sunflower seeds? <BR> <BR> Yes, a person can eat too many sunflower seeds. It's possible to eat too much of any individual food. That's why it's so important for each of us to develop our own individual Healthiest Way of Eating. In the specific case of sunflower seeds, here are some of the ways in which too many sunflower seeds might become problematic. <BR> <BR> First is the issue of calories. One cup of sunflower seeds contains approximat... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 08:30:36 EST 4 Health Benefits of Fruit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48679831 4 Health Benefits of Fruit <BR> <BR> We’ve all heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what are the real benefits of eating fruit and what kinds of fruit should you be eating? Check out these fun tips and add a little fruit to your life. <BR> <BR> Many fruits also contain fiber, which helps slow the absorption of fructose, making us feel fuller longer. This means we won’t be so prone to snacking, and fruit can also lower cholesterol and keep us regular. <BR> Fruits like bana... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 07:37:12 EST Fight the Blue Mondays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48679806 Fight the Blue Mondays <BR> <BR> It’s Monday again. Time to go back to work and face the music. Sounds lame, right? Well it doesn’t have to. Here are a couple fun ways to take back your Mondays instead of dreading them. <BR> <BR> If you have work you need to prepare for Monday morning, consider doing it on Saturday, then make a plan to do something fun on Sunday night. That way your brain won’t automatically go into "Monday mode" and set yourself up for a case of the blahs. Just make sure... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 07:35:16 EST The Most Powerful Anti Inflammatory Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48636537 Foods that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered 'super-foods.' Turmeric is an herb native to Southeast Asia that is a true super-food shown to have remarkable healing and anti-inflammatory properties that are just now being discovered. Cellular inflammation is a common day epidemic that is that is the fundamental cause of degenerative disease in our society. Turmeric has been shown to reduce inflammation & oxidative stress... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:39:24 EST Saying Yes to the Universe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x48636351 Saying Yes to the Universe <BR> Making the Decision <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> Saying Yes to the universe opens the gate to receiving what your soul really wants. <BR> <BR> <BR> The hardest thing about saying yes to the universe is that it means accepting everything life puts in front of us. Most of us have a habit of going through our days saying no to the things we don’t like and yes to the things we do, and yet, everything we encounter is our life. We may be afraid that if we sa... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:21:56 EST Magnesium May Help with Migraines http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48605489 <link>www.now-university.com/Library/Healt<BR>hConcerns/PainInflammation/089710.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Will have to pass this on to my husband. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 08:17:00 EST Organic Beef and Dairy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48604692 Are Organic Beef and Dairy Products Free of Hormones and Antibiotics? <BR> <BR> For the most part, yes. Most synthetic veterinary drugs - including antibiotics and growth hormones - are prohibited under organic regulations. In addition, producers of organic meat and dairy products must exclusively feed animals with organic feed, and must prevent contamination of organic feed with antibiotics and hormones. If animals become ill, beef and dairy producers are not allowed to withhold medications... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 07:20:19 EST Do All The Good You Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x48593507 DO ALL THE GOOD YOU CAN <BR> <BR> Someone advised, "If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague." <BR> <BR> You've probably heard it said that it's nice to be important, but it's important to be nice. And there's truth in that. But isn't there something even more important than being nice? More important even that being good? What about DOING good? What about standing up and being counted? When courageous people take unpopular stances, they aren't always seen by their oppos... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:07:04 EST Benefits of Napping http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48591681 The Benefits of Napping <BR> <BR> Napping on the job may not be the sign of a slacker! <BR> <BR> Many European and tropical countries have afternoon siestas because of the extreme heat, but also because they recognize the benefits of taking a few hours to rest after eating lunch each day. Elsewhere, those who are found napping at their desks are likely to be seen as not meeting job expectations. <BR> <BR> Are there benefits to a brief afternoon nap? Well, at a point in time when more and m... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:07:00 EST Heavy Metal Risks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48591645 Heavy Metal Risks <BR> <BR> Old, lead-based paint is just one of many possible contributors to heavy metal exposure. <BR> <BR> When you hear “heavy metal,” you may think blaring rock music, but there’s a far more dangerous type of heavy metal that can be toxic to your body. <BR> <BR> Are you feeling tired or foggy headed? Do you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, depression, Parkinson’s disease or dementia? Are you suffering from Alzheimer's disease? These are just a... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:05:11 EST Prevention Better Than Cure. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48591509 PREVENTION BETTER THAN CURE <BR> <BR> By Lloyd J. Thomas, Ph.D. <BR> <BR> The old proverb, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," <BR> is more true today than ever before, especially when it comes to your <BR> health, the cost of treatment and the health-care crisis. <BR> <BR> Each year we spend billions and billions of dollars (the pound) on <BR> research for causes and cures for illnesses. We spend almost nothing <BR> (the ounce) on preventing disease in the first pla... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 09:58:21 EST Undistrated Energy - Pure Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x48573179 Undistracted Energy <BR> Pure Thoughts <BR> <BR> The longer we are able to hold a positive thought, the stronger that energy around us becomes. <BR> <BR> If we make no effort at all, our thoughts usually scatter in a vast array of directions. They start and stop and move in surprising ways from one second to the next. If we try to follow our thoughts without controlling them, we will be amazed at how truly inconsistent they are. Yet, if we apply our minds to a specific task, especially one... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 07:38:40 EST No More Panic Attacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48573099 No More Panic Attacks <BR> <BR> Your heart races, your head swims. You are suddenly in the grip of something quite frightful. The intense fear and heart attack-like symptoms of a panic attack come on without warning. By definition, these attacks are unprovoked, and figuring out why some people get panic attacks can be challenging. Sometimes they are triggered by fatigue…anxiety…phobias (such as fear of heights)…stress…stimulants (such as caffeine)…low blood sugar… or medication withdrawal. B... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 07:29:29 EST Essential Summer Skills for Guys Part 1 & 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48568142 Essential Summer Skills for Guys (Part 1) <BR> <BR> Now that the sun is shining and you’ve shed your winter "insulation" (right?), here are a few hot tips for any guy wanting to assert his coolness through the summer. <BR> <BR> Hand-wash your car. Sure it’s easy to ride over to the local car wash and pay an arm and a leg to have someone else do it for you, but there’s a real satisfaction that comes with washing your own car. Hose off your car first and then use a soft mitt to apply a car-... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 20:40:45 EST 12 Foods You Should Always Buy Organic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48534920 12 Foods You Should Always Buy Organic <BR> <BR> Although we often recommend organic foods in our Healthy Recipes, we know you may not be able to find affordable organic varieties at local markets year-round. This season consider buying additional amounts of your favorites, so you can freeze or can them for delicious organic fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Here’s a reminder of the 12 conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of pesticides: <BR> <BR> App... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 08:24:57 EST Junk Food is Bad for Your Mood http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48519933 Junk Food Is Bad for Your Mood <BR> By <BR> Kimberly Beauchamp, ND <BR> <BR> People who ate the most fast food were 36% more likely to develop depression than those who ate the least <BR> Eating fast food and processed pastries could increase the risk of depression, according to a study in Public Health Nutrition. <BR> More than just sad. <BR> <BR> Everyone goes through ups and downs. But being sad is very different than being depressed. Whereas sadness can lift when your situation changes... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 08:46:25 EST Count Your ZZZZs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48487966 Count Your Zzzs <BR> <BR> If you’re getting less than five hours of sleep per night, you may be at an increased risk for heart disease. At the annual conference of the British Sleep Society, University of Warwick professor Francesco Cappuccio reported the results of a 17-year analysis of 10,000 government workers. Researchers investigated sleep patterns and then tracked mortality rates. <BR> <BR> After results were adjusted for other risk factors such as initial age, sex, smoking, alcohol ... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:03:22 EST Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48487632 Eco-friendly laundry tips <BR> Here are 10 easy tips that can make a big difference in how your laundry routine affects your health and the environment. You can save money, reduce your energy consumption, cut your family's exposure to chemicals and prevent water pollution without spending all day hand-washing your laundry or purchasing an expensive new washing machine. Just a few simple changes in your laundry routine can make a big difference, and you already have many of the best natural la... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 07:43:41 EST Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48476887 <link>www.jonbarron.org/enzymes/proteolyti<BR>c-natural-health-alternative-allergies </link> <BR> <BR> Alternative ways to deal with allergies. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:15:48 EST The Nature of Aging Part 1-4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48476698 ...The Nature of Aging Part 1 <BR> <BR> Probably no other area in alternative health is more subject to over-promising and under-delivering than anti-aging. We're talking about every magic bullet under the sun from face cremes to human growth hormone supplements. And what with the baby boomer generation now approaching the age where immortality no longer looks like a birthright, the market is exploding exponentially. <BR> <BR> Ah, if only it were that simple! But alas, it isn't. Unfortunate... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 13:59:41 EST Health Benefits of Grape Extracts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48474702 You’ve probably heard that a glass of red wine has many health benefits. But red wine isn’t the only way grapes can supercharge your health. <BR> <BR> The seeds of grapes are even more powerful. They contain disease fighters so potent I call them super-antioxidants. More effective and more diverse than standard antioxidants, they’ve been scientifically proven to: <BR> <BR> Today, I’ll tell you about two food products from grapes you almost never hear about – grapeseed extract and grapeseed... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 11:51:21 EST How Did You Start Your Day Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=21497x53491x48474609 Just started this as it seems that the way you start your day contributes to how your day goes. <BR> <BR> I started mine today by having my green drink,applying online for a job, going to the chiropractor. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 11:46:01 EST Can an Orange a Day Keep Stroke Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48474568 Can an Orange a Day Keep Stroke Away? <BR> <BR> If I told you that there was an easy way to lower your risk of suffering a stroke by one-fifth, you’d want to know the secret, right? Well, here it is: Eat more citrus. If that sounds too simple to be true, let me tell you about a recent study that identified the connection and brought more pinpoint clarity to the oft-heard but oh-so-broad advice to consume more fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> Researchers analyzed 14 years’ worth of dietary data... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 11:43:47 EST Safe Household Cleaners for Homes With Pets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48474316 <link>healthypets.mercola.com/sites/health<BR>ypets/archive/2012/06/11/household-cle<BR>aners-affects-pets-allergies.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> Just thinking of our other friends and how we can keep them healthier. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 11:28:49 EST How to Spot a Sociopath http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x48448126 <link>www.naturalnews.com/036112_sociopath<BR>s_cults_influence.html </link> <BR> <BR> Might be why we think our world is going downhill sometimes. <BR> <BR> For sure not me, I am an empath I think - got teary eyed finding a father's day card today! Sat, 9 Jun 2012 14:23:33 EST Stabilize Blood Sugar & Diabetes Naturally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48448098 According to the American Diabetes Association 23.6 million Americans (7.8% of the population) have diabetes and another 57 million people (18.8%) have insulin-resistant pre-diabetes. The vast majority of diabetes is the type II variety known as degenerative diabetes. Research has shown that degenerative diabetes is an inflammatory disorder and is completely preventable & reversible through an anti-inflammatory lifestyle. <BR> <BR> When we eat sugar or carbohydrates our digestive system co... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 14:20:37 EST Improve Neurological Symptoms Naturally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48447995 Sensory processing disorders (SPD) are impairments in detecting, modulating, interpreting, or responding to sensory stimuli. One study estimates that 5% of elementary aged children met the criteria for SPD. These conditions are closely related to other neurodevelopmental disorders and often overlap with autism and ADHD. Recent studies have shown the benefits of chiropractic in enhancing the functionality of individuals with SPD and Autism. <BR> <BR> In 2011, we have more children and young ... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 14:08:14 EST Clear Clutter with Feng Shui http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x48447552 http://www.bottomlinepublications.com/cont<BR>ent/article/home-a-family/clear-clutte<BR>r-with-feng-shui?utm_source=zetamail&u<BR>tm_medium=email&utm_campaign=6378_1795<BR>19_179533&utm_content=6378_179519_179533 Sat, 9 Jun 2012 13:26:46 EST 10 Food Rules to Live By http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48447455 Some good ideas! <BR> <BR> <link>www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stor<BR>ies/10-food-rules-to-live-by </link> Sat, 9 Jun 2012 13:17:54 EST Discovering Peace From Within http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x48447341 <link>tinybuddha.com/blog/discovering-vita<BR>lity-and-peace-from-within-and-discove<BR>ring-fulfillment-in-life/?utm_source=T<BR>he+Tiny+Buddha+List&utm_medium=email&u<BR>tm_campaign=2e1f0d3cab-RSS_WEEKLY_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN </link> Sat, 9 Jun 2012 13:08:19 EST The Most Toxic Ingredients to Avoid http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48431910 Due to our society's love of sugar, scientists have been able to synthetically produce artificial sweeteners. These artificial sweeteners give us the same pleasure as sugar without the calories and dangerous effects on insulin signaling and triglyceride formation. This includes aspartame, acefultame potassium, monosodium glutatmate, sucralose and many others. Unfortunately, these artificial sweeteners and flavor enhancers break down into highly toxic chemical agents that damage important ... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 10:47:33 EST Thinking Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x48431861 Power of Thinking Positive <BR> <BR> There really are benefits for optimists, and there are ways to act like an optimist until you feel like one. It seems that if you expect good things to happen, they often do. Odds of having a stroke are lower than those who think negatively, and optimists also tend to make better decisions due to their ability to look at the big picture. <BR> <BR> Not feeling optimistic today? Try smiling even if you aren’t feeling happy, or saying thank you more often. ... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 10:43:57 EST 20 Ways to Give Without Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x48415036 <link>tinybuddha.com/blog/20-ways-to-give-<BR>without-expectations/ </link> <BR> <BR> Got this link from another team but love it! Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:19:35 EST How Nature Makes Us Healthier http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48414874 How Nature Makes Us Healthier <BR> <BR> Think the weather only affects your commute to work each day? Think again—it totally helps boost your mood and can make you healthier. Here’s how: <BR> <BR> Sunlight helps with sleeplessness. Getting even ten minutes of sunlight in the morning can help rev up melatonin, so your body knows when to transition between day and night. <BR> Rain helps ease stress. Maybe it means you’ll curl up with a good book (or your Kindle) and chill out, but it also ... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:11:10 EST 3 Tips to Fight Joint Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48414848 3 Tips to Fight Joint Pain <BR> <BR> Sore joints limit mobility and can negatively affect an individual’s quality of life. The most important factor in preventing joint pain is achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Aside from that crucial tip, here are a few helpful hints to get joint pain relief: <BR> <BR> Stop smoking. By depriving yourself of the pure oxygen your body craves, smoking can actually make pain worse. When you quit, you will reduce the number of bad chemicals that ent... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:09:46 EST Eat Fresh This Spring and Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48414820 Eat Fresh This Spring and Summer <BR> <BR> Spring and summer welcome a host of yummy fruits and veggies we don’t normally see during the winter months. Hit up a farmers market, veggie co-op or start growing them in your own backyard and try these in-season faves that are loaded with sensational, fresh flavors. <BR> <BR> Berries: Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are chock full of antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, potassium and folate. Eat ’em up while you can because these are the n... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:07:46 EST 5 Energy Suckers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48414796 5 Energy Suckers <BR> <BR> Even if we’re living healthy lifestyles, sometimes our energy levels can plummet, leaving us feeling less than awesome. Check out these top energy suckers and see what you can do to rev up your own energy levels. <BR> <BR> Dehydration. We’re not talking stranded-on-a-desert-island here, but even moderate dehydration can make you feel mentally exhausted and unable to concentrate. If you’re feeling like your head is in a thick fog, don’t assume you need a snack or... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:05:51 EST Life Packaging http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x48414611 Life Packaging <BR> The Gift Inside <BR> by Madisyn Taylor <BR> <BR> We are all spiritual beings living in a human body even though our packaging seems different, we are very much the same. <BR> <BR> We have all had the experience of encountering someone whose life seems so completely different from ours that we can almost imagine we have nothing in common. However, if we go deeper into observing, we will see that we all have the same things going on in our lives. It is as if our differen... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 08:54:19 EST Do Nothing for 2 Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x48414559 <link>www.donothingfor2minutes.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Great link, feel so good after. Thu, 7 Jun 2012 08:51:04 EST Green Spring Clean http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48354149 Five Ways to a Green Spring Clean <BR> <BR> Spring is finally here, which usually means it is time to dust off the rubber gloves and get to cleaning out the muck and clutter we’ve accumulated over the winter. You may be tempted to stock up on industrial strength cleaners, but the artificial colors and fragrances often produce toxic results that can irritate your eyes and lungs, which is especially bad for kids and our furry friends. Plus, many of the household cleaners on the market contain... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 12:44:40 EST Bad Day, No Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x48354133 Bad Day? No Way! <BR> <BR> Having a tough day? We feel your pain. Take heart knowing that everyone has them. While it might feel good to wallow for a few minutes, don’t get sucked into the negative effects that might end up ruining what could have been a salvageable day. Pull yourself up and fight back with these helpful tips. <BR> <BR> Take a nap! Experts say a 20 minute snooze is more effective than a cup of coffee or even a bout of exercise. It also prevents dozing off at work and decr... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 12:42:29 EST Exercises for Improving Brain Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48354085 4 Exercises for Improving Brain Power <BR> <BR> We all know exercise improves the strength, endurance and flexibility of the body, but what are we doing to exercise our brain? It’s equally important to flex your brain muscle by improving your memory, recall ability, concentration, focus, visual perception, reflex speed and problem-solving skills. Try these exercises to help build cognitive functions by forming new nerve connections and networks. <BR> <BR> Toe twisters. Before getting out ... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 12:38:33 EST Starting New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22955x53491x48354022 Starting New <BR> A Moment of Choice <BR> <BR> We can choose to start over in this very moment, there is no need to wait for a new year or a new month or a new week. <BR> <BR> There are times in our lives that lend themselves to starting something new. The beginning of a new year, finishing school, leaving a job, or changing homes—these all are times that turn our minds to fresh starts. Their advantage is that they bring with them the energy of that event, creating a tide of change around t... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 12:34:11 EST Household Magic Daily Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53491x48353934 Styling gels tend to be sticky and some make hair look as though it needs to be washed. Try aloe vera gel (available at health-food stores and many drugstores). It's a chemical-free, effective alternative, and it's less sticky than commercial kinds. <BR> <BR> From Household Magic Daily Tips <BR> Sun, 3 Jun 2012 12:26:49 EST