Monthly Archives: July 2010

Danger: The Most Toxic Eyeliners

Let’s cut straight to the chase. Here is the list…and feel free too click on each product to visit the EWG (Environmental Working Group) website for more in-depth information about each product.

These toxic eyeliners are more dangerous than 99% of the eyeliners on the market. To make it on this list of the most toxic eyeliners each product must have scientific studies linking it to at least 3 of the 4 following health issues:

  • Cancer
  • Developmental/Reproductive toxicity
  • Allergies/Immunotoxicity

Other concerns for ingredients used in this product:
Neurotoxicity,
Endocrine disruption,
Persistence and bioaccumulation,
Organ system toxicity (non-reporductive),
Multiple,
additive exposure sources,
irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs),
enhanced skin absorption,
contamination concerns,
occupational hazards
biochemical or cellular level changes.

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Enter to Win a Free Himalayan Salt Inhaler

Maybe you heard Dr. Oz talk about one of his two alternative health secrets of 2010 on his show or on Oprah. Maybe you are a fan of Himalayan salt or Himalayan salt lamps. Maybe you are a fan of natural remedies. Or maybe you just like a chance to win something free. Regardless of what drew you in, the Himalayan Salt Inhaler really is a great natural health product and HEALTHandMED.com would like to give YOU the chance to win one free. European medical trials and studies have shown the inhaler can alleviate symptoms of allergies, asthma, cold and flu distress, and other respiratory problems. Entering is easy, and each entry nets you an extra chance to win. Not only that, but the more people that enter, the more prizes we offer! We will start off by offering this Himalayan Salt Air Inhaler. This inhaler is conveniently sized for taking with you on the go, while still offering all of the health benefits of our larger inhalers. If 25 individuals enter the contest there will be two winners. We will also offer a Refillable Himalayan Salt Air Inhaler. This inhaler features an unbreakable plastic housing and is dishwasher safe. It offers a replaceable cartridge system, in case you need new salt. Refillable Ceramic Himalayan Salt Inhaler® At 50 individuals entered, we will extend the prize rack to three prizes and offer up the ever popular Refillable Ceramic Himalayan Salt Inhaler®. This is the most recognizable version of the Himalayan salt inhaler, done with a nice ceramic body. At 75 individuals we will offer four prizes by adding another Himalayan Salt Air inhaler to the prize bag, along with refills for the Refillable and Ceramic inhalers mentioned previously. At 100 individuals entered their will be five winners. We will add a second Ceramic inhaler, increasing everyone’s chances at winning one of these fabulous natural health products.

Now that you have seen the prizes, you probably want to know what you need to do to enter. We have made it simple for you and offer you the chance for up to 7 entries per person:

  • 1 Entry for posting a comment to this blog post.
  • 1 Entry for following us on Twitter.
  • 1 Entry for Liking us on Facebook.
  • 1 Entry for tweeting the contest or posting a link to the contest on Facebook.
  • 3 Entries for making a blog post of your own about the contest and giving us a link to it in a comment.

Regardless of how else you enter, please leave a comment on this post with a valid email address along with a list of entries that you have made, with links/twitter name/etc as applicable. You have two weeks to enter and spread the word. We will keep you updated as each prize tier is reached with further blog posts.  Winners will be announced on July 26, 2010 and contacted via the email you provide us with.

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Simple Detox

Everywhere you look there are foods, drinks, gadgets and even complete programs dedicated to body detox. The problem most people are running into when considering a diet detox is that there is confusion surrounding a couple key points. First, what exactly does it mean to detox? Second, how does one best go about detoxifying their body? Put simply, detoxing is the process of cleaning impurities from the blood and the body in general. The body naturally eliminates toxins from the blood through the liver, then the rest of the body through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. However, when your body’s natural system is compromised, impurities aren’t properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected. It is in this state of compromised immune-function that a good detox cleanse is needed. There are many popular and effective methods used for getting a great body detox. Portable Infrared Saunas are one of the most popular among them. This powerful device can take your average detox diet and change it into a truly body cleansing detox. The popularity of portable infrared saunas arose out of their strong ability to detox the everyday user. FIR saunas induce hyperthermia or fever, which is the body’s built in way of riding itself of viruses, bacteria and other toxic compounds through sweating them out through the skin. One of the better known ways to induce a rise in body temperature (hyperthermia) is by using an infrared sauna. The resulting increased blood circulation stimulates the sweat glands, which then expel waste and built-up toxins through the skin.

By inducing a good sweat on a daily basis your body can better detoxify itself of accumulated heavy metals (lead, mercury, nickel, cadmium, aluminum) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulfuric acid, arsenic, cholesterol, ammonia, uric acid, hydrocarbon residues, narcotic drugs and hormone disrupting chemicals (dioxins, PCBs, formaldehyde, agricultural chemicals, industrial chemicals, gasoline, pesticides, food additives, etc.). Toxins like these are often deposited beneath the skin within the body fat and internal organs. Infrared heat is capable of penetrating deep into the body, causing the water molecules surrounding the cells to resonate. The the frequency of the infrared waves is a match with the natural resonance of the human body, it helps the water molecules to move more freely through the cell membranes. Sweat and oil is then secreted along with the toxins. Obtaining a thorough detox cleanse doesn’t need to have a large ongoing cost or huge amounts of time, you can achieve wonders by simply using a FIR sauna once a day for half an hour or less. Don’t over-complicate your detox, or you won’t stick with it, just keep things simple.

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Scientists: “Fish Oil Fights Breast Cancer.”

Natural medicine practitioners have praised fish oil as an important nutritional supplement for years. Now the mainstream medical establishment appears to be leaning towards a similar conclusion.

The latest research shows that fish oil is a powerfully effective tool for reducing breast cancer risk. The study was conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, led by Emily White, Ph.D. The research showed that regular intake of high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, by means of fish oil supplements, was linked to a 32% less risk of developing the most common type of breast cancer -invasive ductal breast cancer. Dr. White observed that the cancer risk reduction was probably due to that fact that “the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements are higher than most people would typically get from their diet.” “Without confirming studies specifically addressing this,” White cautioned, “we should not draw any conclusions about a causal relationship.” Here at HEALThandMED.com we proudly sell a high quality fish oil/Omega-3 supplement by Garden of Life. Check it out here.

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DEET: Repelling Mosquitos With A Human Neurotoxin?

With summer in full swing many people are having to deal with the seasonal mosquito problem. For decades the repellents of choice have employed the chemical DEET (N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) as the active ingredient. Researchers are now finding this to be problematic.

Vincent Corbel of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in Montpellier, led a team of researchers with Bruno Lapied of the University of Angers, France in an investigation of the toxicity of deet. Corbel said: “We’ve found that deet is not simply a behavior-modifying chemical but also inhibits the activity of a key central nervous system enzyme, acetycholinesterase, in both insects and mammals”. “These findings question the safety of deet, particularly in combination with other chemicals, and they highlight the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to the development of safer insect repellents for use in public health,” continued Corbel. Studies have been ongoing for several years to determine the safety of this common chemical repellent. According to Bahie Abou-Donia of the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C, recent findings are right in line with studies that have previously been conducted. “DEET is a good chemical for protection against insects,” Abou-Donia explained. “But prolonged exposure results in neurological damage, and this is enhanced by other chemicals and medications.” Canada has banned using more that 30% DEET in bug repellent products, while here in the U.S. products with 100% DEET are still on the shelves.

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3 Sprinting Medals Earned by HEALTHandMED.com President Mark Axelson in Utah Summer Games

We are pleased to announce that HEALTHandMED.com President Mark Axelson has recently received three medals in the Utah Summer Games while competing against other athletes from his age group (40-44) from around Utah and some from other states. He received a Bronze medal in the 100 meter dash with a time of 14.65 seconds while running against the wind. He received a Silver medal in the 200 meter dash with a time of 28.98 seconds, just missing the gold medal by 0.24 seconds. The 400 meter dash (once around the track) was his best event.  He was able to earn a gold medal with a time of 1:03.97. Says Mark, “If I hadn’t earned any medals, I still would have felt like a star.  My wife Jenai and five daughters were right there near the finish line cheering exuberantly.”

Mark has never in his life competed in either the 100 or 200 meter dash, although he did compete in one or two indoor 400 meter races when he was 14 years old.  He very had little idea about how well he would be able to compete at the Summer Games.  “When I got to the starting blocks, I was like hmmm — how do I use those?” Mark prepared for the competition by running quarter mile once per week starting in the winter.  When the competition was one month away, he began training in earnest.  He checked online to learn the best warm-up exercises for sprinters such as the A-skip.  When he trained, he would run two 100′s, two 200′s and two 400′s at the Canyon View High School track in Cedar City, Utah at 6 a.m.  Sometimes, he would take his daughters with him.  They would run or act as starters or timers.  “I wanted my girls to see how a person can work hard for something and then actually accomplish it.” Another key to his preparation was taking the highest possible quality nutritional supplements for muscle building.  After completing a 30 day cleanse, he switched to the Isagenix Athlete’s Pak which consists of delicious IsaLean chocolate and vanilla meal replacement shakes with whey and casein protein, fiber calcium, vitamins and ionic alfalfa as well as Ionix Supreme with adaptogens that help neutralize the effects of power performance, IsaPro whey protein, IsaLean snack bars, and Want More Energy powder.   According to Mark, “The Isagenix products are also used by Willie Gault, a former wide receiver from my all time favorite football team, the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Bears.  He was also an Olympic champion — from the real Olympics. And many other well known athletes have found success while using Isagenix supplements.” With the all physical and nutritional preparation, Mark was feeling well prepared until two weeks before the event.  “I went to the fitness club and threw out my back somehow while using a squat machine!  This wasn’t just an ordinary back injury — it was the kind of injury that send people home from work for weeks.  As the guys at the office noticed, I walked with a forward hunch and leaning to the right!  I had to ask my daughter to carry my carry-on through the airport since I was too weak to do it.  And I only had two weeks to go before my big day!” Fortunately, Mark was already scheduled to fly to Chicago that day and was able to receive treatment from a woman that he calls, “the best back fixer in the world, Sharon Sauer.”  Ms. Sauer also taught Mark how to use trigger point compression, stretching and range of motion techniques so that he could fix his own back.  In fact, Ms. Sauer has just recently authored a book on the subject of self-care treatment for the back.   “I was using back-fixing techniques on myself regularly, even right up until a few minutes before my races. Mark Axelson hasn’t decided whether he will compete in the Utah Summer Games again next year or not.  “Maybe I will wait five years.”

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Toxins, Toxins, Everywhere Toxins

On June 21, new research showed a direct link between two commonly occurring environmental pollutants. The long since banned PCB, and the still legal PCF chemicals are back in the spotlight. The research was performed by the veterinary surgeon Marianne Kraugerud, and it revealed specifically that both these chemical pollutants are directly linked to reproductive disorders in the sheep from her testing. PCB’s (Polychlorinated biphenyls) have been banned since the 1970′s but still persist in the environment. Their cousins, PCF’s (perfluorinated compounds) are currently being used in products like Teflon for cooking wares, as well as a fast growing number of of other clothing and food products. Both PCB’s and PCF’s accumulate in the environment over the years and are resistant to breaking down naturally. According to the Environmental Working Group, these chemicals and their byproducts “are toxic in humans with health effects from stroke and cancer to increased cholesterol.” When Marianne Kraugerud presented her research last month she emphasized the need to more thoroughly investigate the dangers of these ever present environmental pollutants. Read more about these and other chemical pollutants at the EWG website.

 

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Natural Antibiotics: Honey

Honey, scientists are saying, is now understood to contain powerful naturally occurring antibiotics that may hold great potential for fighting disease. Researchers from the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam are telling us that for the first time they now understand why honey has held such a prominent place in natural medicine. The study was published in the July 2010 issue of the FASEB Journal. The scientists explain that when bees make honey they insert a protein called defensin-1 that may be used to fight antibiotic resistant bacteria in the near future. “Honey or isolated honey-derived components might be of great value for prevention and treatment of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria,” said Sebastian A.J. Zaat, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Department of Medical Microbiology at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. “We’ve known for millennia that honey can be good for what ails us, but we haven’t known how it works,” explained Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal, “Now that we’ve extracted a potent antibacterial ingredient from honey, we can make it still more effective and take the sting out of bacterial infections.” Source:  http://www.fasebj.org/cgi/content/full/24/7/2576

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