Wednesday, January 22, 2014

healthy teeth without all the junk?

My poor family. They have been my guinea pigs for so long and beg me to buy toothpaste from the store. I have this gift of  compartmentalizing certain things regarding health. While I can throughly enjoy the sweetest sweets, I cannot (REPEAT: CANNOT) buy toothpaste or shampoo because of all the toxins they contain. Even the "natural" ones are filled with junk or don't work.

Years ago, after spending $400 in fillings for one of our sons, I began to explore the idea of remineralizing. I even bought a book entitled, "Cure Tooth Decay," which I took along on a sister/mom trip to florida last year. Yes, for fun I read that kind of literature. With their New York Bestsellers in hand, they sure looked at my quirky choice for poolside reading.

I have made a ton of batches of toothpaste in the past year. Some better than others. I had them all try "oil pulling." Some gagged (I almost did) while others refused after seeing the gagging episodes. Oil pulling has real merrit in my book after trying it for a while. Then I stopped, not sure why.

So today I read a few articles on it and it inspired me to begin again. Rather than restate all the good information they wrote I will simply link to them. Why reinvent the wheel?

Where to find more information...

1. This blog post is a bit radical but only because we cling to what we know not what is possible. 

Healing Cavities (A True “We’ve-Done-It!” Story!)

2. Here you will find information about the yuck in toothpaste and some helpful things. 

Rethinking Oral Health Care: A Homemade Toothpaste Recipe for Tooth Remineralization

3. More information from a wonderful blog, KEEPER OF THE HOME.

4. And lastly, a link to the website of the book I read on vacation, "Cure Tooth Decay." 

One thing I will say about the book is that there are so many things I simply cannot do because of time or the yuck factor in consuming raw meats/fish. But I did glean some helpful take-aways. If you are a give-me-a-list-and-I-will-do-it person then this book will be overwhelming. The blogs have much more practical advice. I just love learning about how stuff works so the book was intriguing for me.

Enjoy the reads and always remember: do your best, forget the rest. We can't always do everything perfectly healthy. Just begin with something. 

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Youth in a bottle?

Is your luxurious bottle of skin cream your little splurge? A well known “natural” skin care company uses a synthetic form of snake venom to relax the muscles in the face so your skin doesn't wrinkle when making facial expressions. It’s the hottest thing in Hollywood. 

Check your bottle of youth to see if it contains a bunch of laboratory sounding ingredients. Many of these ingredients plant themselves in your brain, heart, lungs and fat tissue.

I challenge you to rethink the idea that beautiful youthful skin is achievable at the cost of spending a fortune on toxic cancer-causing ingredients. Click here to see what is in ours.

What do you splurge on?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Is homemade laundry soap actually healthy?

Do you make your own laundry soap? It amazes me the work people put into making their own laundry soap. The recipes many use require them to grate and melt the soap. Many use FELS NAPTHA soap in their recipe. There are so many harmful toxic ingredients in it like PEG and perfumes. PEG is one of the top 10 (although the list is growing) most toxic ingredients in personal care products and cleaning products. Plus perfumes can effect the respiratory system and contain hormone disruptors. All the synthetic ingredients are meant to coat the fibers of your fabric which makes them ruin the effectiveness of cloth diapers.

If you are a "purist" and IVORY or DOVE Soap is your thing, you may want to reconsider as it's first ingredient is Sodium Tallowate which is made from cow fat left over from the slaughterhouses. It is a cheap ingredient. There is no judgement here. Honestly, we are a product of marketing ploys that have lulled us into believing the commercials of pure white cream being poured into luxurious bars of nourishing soap. CRUNCHY BETTY blogger posts about ingredients of soaps. You should check it out here

When considering the price of Laundry soap you will need to calculate the cost per load. If you just look at the cost of the product you can be swayed to buy the cheap toxic stuff when it most likely isn't a better value. Many require you to use 1/4 cup (2 oz.) or more of detergent per load!

Here are the ingredients of FELS NAPTHA: Soap (sodium tallowate*, sodium cocoate* (or) sodium palmate kernelate*, and sodium palmate*), water, talc, cocnut acid*, palm acid*, tallow acid*, PEG-6 methyl ether, glycerin, sorbitol, sodium chloride, pentasodium pentetate and/or tetrasodium etidronate, titatium dioxide, fragrance, Acid Orange (CI 20170), Acid yellow 73 (ci43350)

So if you are slaving away making your own laundry soap using these ingredients, save your self the trouble and buy the stuff in the store. Or go to our website and order our LAUNDRY soap. It is gentle for everyone and cleans everything. Even baby diapers because it leaves no residue and cleans like a whistle (what does that actually mean?)! Take a look here.