Hang In There

…by Ron White

I remember Navy boot camp like it was yesterday. An event that occurred on my second day still causes me to pause when I reflect on it. You can tell a new soldier to boot camp from one who is about to graduate based upon the clothes and ribbons they wear. It was clearly my second day, evidenced by what I was wearing. I was walking single file with my unit down a hall and a sailor who was about to graduate passed us.

He must have noticed my expression. It without a doubt said, “I am tired, intimidated, scared and hungry.” You can’t talk when walking in formation, therefore he whispered out of the side of his mouth as we passed, “Hang in there… you can do it.”

I turned to look at his face, but all I saw was the back of his head. Every night before I drifted off to sleep I replayed those words. I will never know that sailor’s name. He will never know how it turned my attitude around 180 degrees. He will never know that years later I still remember the electricity of encouragement that shot through my body.

I knew that the only reason he knew what I was feeling is because he had been where I was and felt how I felt. He had made it and wanted me to know that I could as well. I was eternally grateful.

Then it was my turn. On my graduation day, I walked into a storage facility and saw three sailors leaning up against the wall. They were new and scared, intimidated, tired and hungry. I walked over to them and whispered, “Hang in there… you can do it.” Within one second tears filled the eyes of the female sailor and one of the males clenched his fist and gave me a million thanks with his eyes.

As I walked away I had goose bumps. I knew that my words would be motivation for the rest of the day and fuel every night to keep them focused on their goal of graduation when they wanted to quit. I hope they passed on the encouragement to another sailor before they graduated… and I know they did.

If you are in a valley, then remember this. Others have been there (including me). Hang in there. You can do it. Whether your goal is boot camp graduation, building a business or raising a family… since others have done it… you can too. Hang in there.

If you are at a peak, do not underestimate what a few kind words of encouragement might do for those around you.

Many find it odd that at this point in my career I am in the Naval Reserves. I generate more income by one person attending my seminar than I do in my one weekend a month. When I was activated, I earned a fraction of my current income. But I do it because it is right for me and in my heart I have to. I also do it because the lessons like the one above are invaluable to me. I hope you found some value in it as well.


Overcome Your Fear of Losing Business

by Patrick Lencioni

Mutual trust and respect

If your clients trust you, they’ll stick around, says Patrick Lencioni founder and president of The Table Group, a management consulting firm. In his new book, Getting Naked, Lencioni shares how your fear can ultimately hurt client loyalty.

Realize your fear could hurt your business.
No service provider wants to lose clients, business opportunities or revenue. Ironically, though, this fear of losing business actually hurts our ability to keep and increase business because it causes us to avoid doing the difficult things that engender greater loyalty and trust with the people we’re trying to serve.

It’s worth reminding ourselves that clients can smell fear and are repelled by it. They are attracted to a service provider who will be honest and direct with them, even if it might jeopardize the relationship. If I remember correctly, the same principles applied in dating; girls prefer honest and self-assured guys over desperate ones who tell them what they want to hear. Sounds crazy and counterintuitive, I know, but it is true.

Put your clients first.
What clients want more than anything is to know that we’re more interested in helping them than we are in maintaining our revenue source. And when we do something, or fail to do something, in order to protect our business, they eventually lose respect for us and understandably question whether they should trust us.

Be vulnerable.
Naked service providers refuse to be overly concerned about the possibility of losing a client or being under-compensated or having their ideas misappropriated by a client. In fact, they willingly put themselves in positions of exposure in these areas, knowing that by doing so they will earn the trust of their clients. They understand that, in the end, more good will come about even if there are setbacks along the way.

David de Rothschild on The True Cost of Plastic

He reminds us of the problem and then asks us to do something about it.

By Rachel Cernansky
Boulder, CO, USA | Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:56 PM ET

AP Photo/Jean-Pierre Belzit

david de rothschild plastic photo

Plastic | Pollution | Waste Disposal | Water

In case you’ve missed the ongoing coverage here of David de Rothschild and his Plastiki recycled plastic boat expedition, it’s a mission worth learning about. Plastic has not spared an inch of the planet from its toxic effects, including the depths of the most remote waters in the world’s deep blue oceans.

In “The True Cost of Plastic,” De Rothschild writes on the Huffington Post a reminder of the extent of the problem. He points out that, “except for a very small percentage that has been incinerated, every single molecule of plastic ever manufactured still exists somewhere in our environment.”

Yikes. He continues, explaining how once they’ve been dumped into the ocean, chemicals like pesticides and tiny bits of plastic work their way up the food chain:

The transference occurs as small amounts of these chemicals work their way up the food chain from the filter feeders all the way through to the fish fingers on the kitchen table. All over the world, children and adults alike are unwittingly exposing themselves to low levels of toxicity. Plastic is an odorless and tasteless parasite.

He also points out the irony: “the very durability that makes plastic so useful to humans also makes it incredibly harmful to all the natural life cycles in every ecosystem worldwide.”

But! He ends on a positive note: a challenge to stop this problem before it gets worse. It doesn’t have to be this way, he says, and he’s right. The day we change our attitude toward plastic and other waste is the day we change—improve—our treatment of the planet.

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46 Million Americans Have Drugs In Their Tap Water- There is a Solution

Long overdue sharing of this extremely important information.

Ken Rohla, known globally for his excellence in knowledge, research, findings and production and a dear friend in Central Florida.  He understands the body and how to respect it.

October 1st, 2008 · by krohla · Filed Under: Water

The Associated Press did an investigation in March 2008 and discovered that all 24 major US cities public water supplies they tested had pharmaceuticals in them. See the AP article here:


This was no news to leaders in the water purification industry, since it’s well known that undigested pharmaceuticals have been flushed down toilets in large quantities across the globe for many decades. Well, the plot thickens. The AP has continued their investigation and has now found that hospitals and nursing homes are dumping millions of pounds of unused drugs into the US water supply:


Now of course the press and governments are trying to minimize this information, citing the small concentrations of drugs in the water. But what these sources miss is the fact that water is a homeopathic solution, meaning that water is a carrier of information in its atomic and subatomic structure.

Water picks up energetic signatures in its atomic structure of whatever it is exposed to. This can lead to either a disease response or healing response in the body when ingested, depending upon what frequencies are imparted into the water. This is the basis of homeopathy, or using super diluted water based supplements such as Bach flower essences to trigger healing responses in the body. If that sounds like nonsense to you, check out Dr. Martin Chaplin’s extensive hard core physics and chemistry of water here:


Dr. Chaplin is but one reputable source.

Okay, so we have this problem, what can we do about it? Well, one school teacher got the bright idea to collect the drugs and rather than flush them down the toilet, burn them:


Okay, so at least we’re poisoning ourselves a little slower that way. Mmmm, seems like a strong case to radically reduce the use of pharmaceuticals, but since the world public has been mind controlled into drug use and the drug companies are not yet close to collapsing, it’s not likely the root of the problem will radically change soon.

Fortunately, there are nontoxic solutions, but the powers that be won’t like them because they threaten status quo industries. There is a technology known as Brown’s gas that burns with a flame just like with a gas stove or welder. However, this flame has very amazing properties. It will weld anything to anything, melt just about anything, and yet the flame is cool to the touch:


The fuel does not explode when combusted, but rather implodes from gas form back into liquid water. Back in the mid-1990s I worked with the inventor Yul Brown briefly and tested a Brown’s Gas welder for a few weeks. Because it alters the atomic structure of materials it burns, it can be used to convert matter from one form to another (yes, alchemy). So for example, you can burn or weld nuclear waste and it will convert the waste into nonradioactive material, with no toxic side effects.

This is not conjecture, I’ve seen it done and welded materials myself. (Congress was shown this technology and some of them had it squashed.) The same thing can be done with waste of any kind; the millions of pounds of unused drugs or billions of pounds of chemicals on this planet can be neutralized with this implosive force technology. Implosive force technologies mimic natural energy systems and do not leave any toxic side effects, in fact, they clean up the environment (see works by and about Viktor Schauberger on Amazon.com and elsewhere).

There are other solutions as well; polluted water is being remediated with probiotic (”friendly”) bacteria by companies like Natural Plus Plus, and Sustainable Community Development. Like photosynthesis, fermentation is an alchemy that changes materials fundamentally at the molecular, atomic, and quantum mechanical levels, creating the ability to make toxic materials nontoxic.

In the meantime, don’t be fooled into thinking you can just install a good water filter and everything will be fine. Despite claims by water equipment manufacturers, I have yet to find a system that will truly clean municipal water, not just chemically but also homeopathically and energetically. Reverse osmosis won’t do it, the John Ellis system won’t, distillation won’t, Aquasana, Grandeur, etc. won’t. It takes multiple techniques and time. The solution unfortunately at this time is not simple, and I am working on solutions. In the meantime, if I were on a municipal water supply, I would either switch to a well or drink bottled spring water that has not gone through reverse osmosis, and treat that water as well to bring it back to life.

-Ken Rohla


Mar 12

Fractals, The Universe, Water, and You – Part 2

March 12th, 2008 · by Ken · Filed Under: The Quantum Universe · Water

Water is also energetically and physically structured as a fractal. Liquid water molecules and atoms are arranged in a flexible 3-D grid. Ice crystals such as snowflakes show the hexagonal fractal structure locked into form, and as Masaru Emoto showed in his book Hidden Messages in Water, consciousness affects this fractal energetic structure. (Emoto was made famous by the movie What The Bleep Do We Know?)

So again, very nice, but so what? Well, water molecules bunch together in fractal clusters based on the energy affecting them. Your body is made up of roughly 70% water. As Bruce Lipton, Mazuru Emoto, and others have shown, your consciousness is affecting the water (and other structures) in your body, all the time, positively or negatively, depending upon your thoughts and frame of mind. So with your own thoughts, you affect the water in your body or outside of it measurably. Yet another good reason to create a harmonious life for yourself.

Undirected electricity like lightning follows a fractal path. Water ionizers zap water with fractals of direct current voltage to break millions of the H2O molecules into H+ and OH- ions within the water. This process, known as hydrolysis, also breaks the clusters of water molecules down from clumps in the thousands to finer hexagonal clusters of six, making the water clusters easier to get into the cells to hydrate the body. Healthy natural waters such as pure rain or snow have this hexagonal structure, hence the hexagonal shapes of snow and ice crystals.

Hexagonal water is found around healthy cells of living organisms, and is involved in cellular communication, intracellular water movement, enzyme function and many other metabolic processes. Vortex machines such as the Vitalizer Plus, based on the work of Viktor Schauberger, Dr. Mu Shik Jhon, and others, also create hexagonal water. Jhon’s work showed aging involves a loss of hexagonal water from organs, tissues, and cells, and an overall decrease in total body water.

On the other hand, unhealthy, unnatural water often clumps into clusters of five molecules. This “pentagonal” water is found in unhealthy tissue and cells, and in reverse osmosis filtration systems. It increases acid waste and decreases beneficial oxygen in tissue.

So you see, there is far more to water and energy in the body than most of us realize, and a perfection in nature that humans cannot replicate or outdo.

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Mar 11

Fractals, The Universe, Water, and You – Part 1

March 11th, 2008 · by Ken · Filed Under: The Quantum Universe · Water

About 15 years ago I sat watching a computer screensaver draw Mandelbrot fractals. You’ve probably seen Mandelbrot fractals, they look like this:

Click here to see examples of more Mandelbrot fractals.

Fractals are simply geometric branches, like tree limbs, veins in plants and animals, lightning, etc. A brilliant mathematician named Benoît Mandelbrot discovered the mathematical equations that describe these fractals. The branching pattern re-occurs over and over again as one looks more closely at the branches. In math and science circles this is known as recursion.

As I sat watching them branch out across the screen, it occurred to me that the energetic structure of our universe, macroscopically at least, seemed to be in fractal form. Throughout the physical and energetic universes (or multiverse), energy branches out in fractal tentacles and creates the physical structures we know, from galactic structures to subatomic particles and beyond. As I pondered it, I thought a possible visible example of this is in Kirlian photos of living organisms, where the subject is electrified and photographed to show the fractal pattern that the electrical energy takes on as it emits from the subject.

So I was pleasantly surprised when I attended a two-day lecture by renowned cellular biologist Dr. Bruce H. Lipton (www.brucelipton.com), and the geneticist who has studied quantum biology since the 1960s was saying the same thing: that the universe is energetically structured as a giant never-ending fractal. In his Biology of Belief Lite presentation, he also brilliantly showed how consciousness affects the physical body and possibly creates physical reality. This video shows the concept of how these fractal structures, when zoomed in on, simply repeat themselves:

Okay, that’s all very nice, but so what? It supports the concept that sages, mystics, and philosophers have said for ages, “as above, so below.” From universes, galaxies, and solar systems to the double-helix of our DNA, to subatomic structures, energy flows from these larger structures into the smaller as spiral fractals of energy that manifest as matter. We are simply in a small band of energy (or frequency range) that repeats nonstop from bigger than us to smaller than us, probably never ending in each direction. As these spirals flow, they create the cycles that we see in our existence: galactic and planetary motion, seasons, hot and cold, light and dark, you name it.

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Walt Disney cartoons ‘contain secret messages on the environment’

A still from the Walt Disney film Bambi

Mark Henderson, Science Editor

Walt Disney films such as Bambi, The Jungle Book and Pocahontas have played an important role in educating the public about the environment, a new book by a University of Cambridge academic has claimed.

The stories of animated Disney characters, from Snow White in 1937 to the clownfish Nemo in 2003, have built “a critical awareness of contested environmental issues”, according to David Whitley, a lecturer in English.

While Disney movies are often regarded as little more than escapism, and have even been criticized as bland populism, many feature messages about conservation and the relationship between people and the natural world that have proved to be highly influential, Dr Whitley said.

His book, The Idea of Nature in Disney Animation, argues that the films’ cute animals have systematically encouraged generations of children to ally themselves with the natural world and protect it.

Dr Whitley singled out Bambi, which was released in 1942, as particularly influential, saying that many green activists had credited it as the inspiration that first made them interested in environmental issues.

He said: “Disney films have often been criticized as inauthentic and pandering to popular taste rather than developing the animation medium in a more thought-provoking way.

“In fact, these films have taught us variously about having a fundamental respect for nature. Some of them, such as Bambi, inspired conservation awareness and laid the emotional groundwork for environmental activism.

“For decades Disney films have been providing children with potent fantasies, enabling them to explore how they relate to the natural world.”

The book, published by Ashgate, concentrates on two periods in the Walt Disney Company’s history – between 1937 and 1967, when Walt Disney was in charge, and between 1984 and 2005, when Michael Eisner was chief executive. Both moguls “saw themselves as having a sustained and strong commitment to wild nature and the environment”, but in subtly different ways, Dr Whitley said.

Walt Disney promoted a “folksy and homespun” relationship with nature, the influence of which can be seen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Bambiand Sleeping Beauty. These are pastoral films, in which the natural world is portrayed as an idyllic but vulnerable retreat from a threatening civilization.

During Eisner’s stewardship, Disney films became more complex, suggesting that people and nature can coexist if people come to respect wildlife and realize their place in the natural order. Dr Whitley said: “If you can accept their sentimentality, it becomes possible to see that these films are giving young audiences a cultural arena within which serious environmental issues can be rehearsed and explored.

“Popular art often does more than we think to shape our feelings and our ideas about certain themes. Disney may well be telling us more about the environment and the way we relate to it than we tend to accept.”

The movies could even reflect disputes about how nature is best conserved. Dr Whitley said that the rivalry between the carefree Baloo and the authoritative Bagheera in The Jungle Book, released in 1967, echoed contemporary disagreements between hippies and mainstream conservation groups.

How animation brought green issues to life

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
The jealous Queen arranges for the death of Snow White who escapes to the forest and befriends dwarfs and woodland creatures.
The message “The forest’s pastoral setting gives viewers a sense of the integrity and separateness of nature from the world of humans, which is shown as oppressively unbalanced. Snow White is also a role model, showing how humans can protect nature and even bring order to it.”

Bambi (1942)
The plot follows Bambi through his friendships with Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk, the death of his mother at the hands of hunters and his ascent to prince of the forest.
The message “A classic example of the use of animated detail to represent the idyllic realm of nature rendered vulnerable by human incursions. The film is credited with having influenced a generation of conservationists.”

Cinderella (1950)
Under the thumb of her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella’s only friends are animals. After attending the royal ball, the mice help the Prince to find her.
The message “Cinderella’s relationship with an extensive subculture of friendly animals demonstrates that she is wholesome and good. The animals help to subvert the authority of a repressive, self-regarding human culture cut off from nature and represented by the ugly sisters.”

The Jungle Book (1967)
Ten years after he was found by Bagheera, the panther, it is decided that Mowgli, a feral child, should return to the world of human beings to escape Shere Khan, the tiger.
The message “Mowgli demonstrates not just a desire to protect the animal kingdom but to become part of it. The film introduced young viewers to some of the competing theories about the consumption of natural resources.”

The Little Mermaid (1989)
Ariel, the mermaid princess, longs to be part of the human world. She falls in love with Prince Eric and temporarily becomes a human being.
The message “This suggests a fundamental division between humans and the natural world that can, at least partially, be overcome. The film persuades viewers that the human and natural worlds are comparable and equivalent.”

Pocahontas (1995)
Pocahontas, a Native American, falls in love with John Smith, an English settler. She shows him that her people have an intimate and spiritual relationship with nature.
The message “Pocahontas’s decision to stay among her own tribe teaches that the natural world is not there to be harnessed by the civilizing effects of humans. The historically inaccurate reconciliation with the colonists implies that our rift with nature can be healed.”

Tarzan (1999)
Tarzan is raised by gorillas. A group of humans arrive, including Jane, who falls in love with Tarzan after he rescues her. Tarzan saves the gorillas from Clayton, a hunter who wants to capture them.
The message: “The human impact on the environment is seen at its destructive worst in the form of Clayton’s efforts to exploit the natural world for commercial gain.”

Finding Nemo (2003)
Nemo, a clownfish, is embarrassed by his overprotective father, Marlin. He is captured and taken to Sydney.
The message: “The theme of letting go of one’s protective anxieties accepts the dangerous aspect of nature, but we are encouraged to tolerate freedom with all the precariousness that entails.”

At the Farmer’s Market, buy local

Ways to green without spending more

Downshifting Life and Being Green

Posted: 27 Mar 2010 01:18 PM PDT

When the road becomes too steep, the climb too challenging, we downshift.  The engine slows and the torque is increased to improve the overall performance of the vehicle.  Green downshifting applies this same basic driving concept to life. Our society is experiencing yet another dramatic adjustment in business, finance and lifestyle.  Everyone is looking for ways […] Related posts:

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You’re a reader and you are concerned about the effect that paper production has on the environment.  That’s apparent, because you’re here.  But how do you move beyond the obvious – buying books at the major bookseller – to support eco-friendly book production?  There are so many options out there that we wonder why the […] Related posts:

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Spring has sprung, Salad Garden producing salads

Conservation seems to be on everyone’s minds.

First bud of the season following unusually harsh winter (thanks El Nino)

Today I am sharing one of my most gratifying actions, completed the Salad garden out front.  A few images to show the progression and results.

settle on a location, build up a border to hold new soil

Reusing materials I have to expand the growing area and have shade of Bismarkia Palm. Place wet newspaper down prior to building up new special soil mixture.

Position blocks to utilize growing area, put stones in bottom for drainage and place cascading herbs in taller slots

Edible nasturtium, pansies, basil and thyme (colorful and healthy)

Exterior frame for potted VERY HOT peppers, 7 varieties

Used some old floor tile, turned upside down to prevent pots from sliding, holds down bermuda grass. The caught rain water takes care of the rest.

More to follow.

Any questions on sun exposure, which seeds to sprout, when and where, just ASK.  Be sure to include your growing zone.

Cordless DECT phone does impact heart

Allergy sufferers, fight nature with nature, achieve relief

Reports of pollen are growing in the southern states. They are high in central Florida and many citizens complaining.  This means horrible suffering to many people.

Please consider a natural, non-toxic approach to fighting the ill effects of allergies.  There are a few out there but we strongly recommend CounterAct(R) for its inherent healing properties.  Tea tree oil is engineered into the product.

Tea tree oil is the strongest naturally occurring astringent, antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic known to man.  Healing properties beat out the toxic chemicals in most prescriptions and over the counter ‘remedies’.

This, along with the day and night cold solution, are highly recommended.  You can get more information at http://Melaleuca.com or contact me.

You are meant to enjoy life to the fullest.  Allow nature to sync with nature and your relief!

Today is World Water Day; The Most Beautiful Waves Ever…Catch ‘Em Again! (Slideshow)

by Jaymi Heimbuch, San Francisco, California on 03.22.10

clark little waves slideshow phot

Today is World Water Day and we wanted to give you a reason to show this precious resource some extra love. We really didn’t have to look far…in fact, we just had to rewind to last year. Clark Little is a photographer with a gift for capturing the ocean at its most extraordinary. We highlighted his incredible photos last March, and if you missed it then, you definitely don’t want to miss it this time. Check out some of the most breath-taking photos of waves you’ll ever see.

Most Beautiful Waves...Ever

Plant those seeds with care and expectation

from seed to table to tummy

Now that Spring has arrived, many are feeling the ‘bug’ to rejuvenate, refresh and start anew!

Be it seeds we plant in the soil or a person’s mind, do it with care and strong expectation to yield an exceptional crop.

Interchanging the planting of seeds to nurture in the ground or the thoughts in a person’s head; all must be cared for, fed, watered, fertilized (non-toxic of course) and talked to.  Yes, talk to them.

Try something new this year, plant different seeds in different locations.  Challenge yourself to overcome all the objections / obstacles you could face.  This leads to a very healthy harvest.

The gestation period varies so daily you should expect greatness to sprout, grow and yield!

Four Words That Make Life Worthwhile by Jim Rohn

Over  the years, as I’ve sought out ideas, principles and strategies to life’s  challenges, I’ve come across four simple words that can make living worthwhile.

First,  life is worthwhile if you LEARN. What you don’t know will hurt you. You have to  have learning to exist, let alone succeed. Life is worthwhile if you learn from  your own experiences—negative or positive.

We  learn to do it right by first sometimes doing it wrong. We call that a positive  negative. We also learn from other people’s experiences, both positive and  negative. I’ve always said that it is too bad failures don’t give seminars.  Obviously, we don’t want to pay them, so they aren’t usually touring around  giving seminars. But that information would be very valuable. We would learn  how someone who had it all, messed it up. Learning from other people’s  experiences and mistakes is valuable information because we can learn what not  to do without the pain of having tried and failed ourselves.

We  learn by what we see, so pay attention. We learn by what we hear, so be a good  listener. Now, I do suggest that you should be a selective listener. Don’t just  let anybody dump into your mental factory. We learn from what we read, so learn  from every source. Learn from lectures. Learn from songs. Learn from sermons. Learn  from conversations with people who care. Always keep learning.

Second,  life is worthwhile if you TRY. You can’t just learn. Now you have to try  something to see if you can do it. Try to make a difference. Try to make some  progress. Try to learn a new skill. Try to learn a new sport. It doesn’t mean  you can do everything, but there are a lot of things you can do if you just  try. Try your best. Give it every effort. Why not go all out?

Third,  life is worthwhile if you STAY. You have to stay from spring until harvest. If  you have signed up for the day or for the game or for the project, see it through.  Sometimes calamity comes; then it is worth wrapping it up and that’s the end. But  just don’t end in the middle. Maybe on the next project you pass, but on this  one, if you signed up, see it through.

And  lastly, life is worthwhile if you CARE. If you care at all, you will get some  results. If you care enough, you can get incredible results. Care enough to  make a difference. Care enough to turn somebody around. Care enough to start a  new enterprise. Care enough to change it all. Care enough to be the highest  producer. Care enough to set some records. Care enough to win.

Four  powerful little words: learn, try, stay and care. What difference can you make  in your life today by putting these words to work?

The intersection of Health and Happiness


An attitude, a lifelong goal or a dream

Any, all or so it may seem

A gift, a constant or expectation

Any, all or a perception

Yes indeed we do have the control

Create it all from the depths of your soul

by CSea Perkins 20mar10

10 Beauty Products You Must Ditch During Pregnancy

Convert your home to non-toxic products to avoid your baby being born with an average of 200 toxins.  Safer, more effective and will even help you save.   http://optimum.nontoxichomes.info

by Christine Lepisto, Berlin on 03.18.10

baby bubble monster photo
Image: Audi insperation, Flickr

// Decades ago, when chemists were churning out new discoveries and industry was making “better living through chemistry,” the belief was widely held that chemicals do not cross the placenta. We now know that mother’s chemical exposure can affect her baby’s chances for a normal, healthy life, especially in early pregnancy when a fetus’ growth is being carefully regulated by a host of natural chemical messengers in the womb.

Should you worry? Well, first of all, women have been giving birth joyfully for decades after the advent of industrialization. It is a thrilling, suspense-ridden process with no certain answers — with a high probability that you will have created the greatest treasure of your life. Don’t let fears overwhelm your enjoyment of nine months of miracles. But do use common sense, and a little dose of facts, to help protect your little bundle of joy as much as you can. Look at the tips in bold for some easy suggestions.

1. Luxury Bath Products

Ditch high-end luxury beauty products when pregnant image Image: Limpciano, Flickr

This is good news for women who do not want to waste money buying expensive organic products for themselves during pregnancy: Tests by German green consumer magazine Öko-Test (Eco-Test) found that cheap shower creams were composed of safer ingredients. The high-end products used more exotic ingredients, frequently including chemicals that can cause allergies, even roaming into riskier territory such as cancer-causing ingredients. So leave the stuff with the fancy names on the shelf and stick with a classic low-end soap for the shower.

Baby Yourself: Buy products especially formulated for infants and children. Manufacturers make more effort to avoid questionable ingredients in these products.

2. Nail Care

Ditch painted fingernails when you are pregnant photo Image: Scragz, Flickr

Working in a nail salon made Time magazine’s list of the worst jobs in America. Anecdotes about health problems experienced by workers include stillbirths, birth defects, and developmental issues — although no studies have been published on birth defects among nail workers. A North Carolina study did find an increased risk of spontaneous abortion among nail salon employees. Consumer campaigns prompted by these concerns have forced suppliers to reformulate and reduce the “toxic trio:” dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene. But nail products continue to include many ingredients that are inadequately tested or which have raised concerns about reproductive toxicity. If you are just having your nails done once every couple of weeks, is that a “safe dose?” The fact is, no one knows. Better safe than sorry.

Nicer Nails: Even if your friends know you for having the most flamboyant painted nails, wear naked nails with pride when you are pregnant. Treat yourself to a manicure and/or pedicure without using any chemicals. Be sure to select a well-ventilated salon if you have it done professionally.

3. Spray-on Tanning

Ditch spray tanning when pregnant photo Image: The Female View

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) for use in chemical tanning. The DHA works by reacting with the dead layer of surface skin in much the same way bread browns when toasted. It has been shown not to absorb into the living skin below the dead layer, and is therefore considered safer than suntanning — which is known to cause cancer. However, these approvals do not take into account the risks of inhaling the particles of spray that get into the air during “tanning”.

Studies suggest that DHA may be mutagenic and can cause primary DNA damage. There is no test data publicly available on development toxicity. Bottom line: spray-on tans may be healthier when applied with proper protections on healthy adults, but it’s not worth the (mostly unknown) risk to your developing fetus.

Tan Teetotaling: elevated body temperature can also be dangerous to your unborn baby, so tanning beds are not a good option either. Spin your skin as “porcelain” not “pale.”

4. Skin Whitening

ditch skin lightening if you are pregnant photo Image: Frerieke, Flickr

Skin lightening products contain chemicals that interfere with enzymatic processes that lead to production of melanin, which darkens the skin. This drug-like action has earned lightening products the nickname “cosmeceuticals.” Typically hydroquinone or glutathione are used as the active ingredient; mostly mercury has been eliminated from whitening products. Alternatives claiming to be safer are appearing as safety concerns have led to calls for bans on ingredients like hydroquinone.

Unfortunately, pregnancy often induces darkening of the skin, and can lead to a pigment “mask” on the face, making the urge to action stronger. In all cases, doctors recommend waiting until after your pregnancy before considering any skin lightening treatments.

Safer Solutions? Take care. Alternatives often simply have less testing evidence of problems, not more proof of safety.

5. Chemical Hair Removal

Ditch depilatories when you are pregnant photo Image: Katutaide, Flickr

The active ingredient in hair removal products is usually some form of thioglycolic acid. There are no studies showing that this chemical is unsafe on the skin during pregnancy. But there are also no studies showing it is safe. The EU limits the ingredient to a maximum of 5% (as thioglycolic acid) in depilatories (hair removal products). In the US, independent panel the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) found it to be safe up to levels of 15.2% (as thioglycolic acid). The thioglycolic acid reacts chemically with disulfide bonds in hair. Because these ingredients are aggressive enough to react chemically, and no studies have been done to detect potential reprotoxic effects, we recommend the precautionary principle: Leave these on the shelf until after the pregnancy.

Shave Sharing: Get your partner involved. Create a special bond as he helps you shave those places you can no longer even see, much less reach.

6. Heavy Fragrances

Ditch fragrances when you are pregnant photo Image: kjunstorm, Flickr

Many fragrances contain phthalates as carriers. There are a wide range of phthalates, some of which are less harmful than others. But these ingredients are rarely disclosed on labels, hiding behind the general descriptor fragrance. If you are not certain the product is free of phthalates with potential for reproductive toxicity, it is better to avoid it during pregnancy. Phthalates can imitate natural hormones in the body responsible for the proper growth and development of a fetus. Because growth is very sensitive to small concentrations of these hormones, it is considered dangerous to have even low levels of exposure during pregnancy.

Fragrance-free: While you are minimizing perfumed beauty products, do away with air fresheners and any other product intended to release scent.

7. Sticky or Stinky

Ditch beauty treatments left on during pregnancy Image: justj0000lie, Flickr

A strong smell usually indicates either (1) a product with volatile organics that evaporate easily into the air, or (2) a product that forms a misty or dusty cloud. Either is an indication that you may be inhaling chemicals…a direct and efficient route for toxins to enter your body. Absorption through the skin is another common route of exposure, and the longer a chemical is in contact, the more can absorb. So if you are not sure that the product is safe (and “natural” is not the same as safe!), then minimize the contact by avoiding treatments that last longer or smell stronger.

Friendly Facial: If hormonal swings have left your face feeling oily, try an egg white facial.

8. Prescription Acne Meds

Pregnant ditch chemicals photo Image: Raebruen, Flickr

Your doctor probably already told you this when you got your prescription, but if you use the acne treatments

  • Accutane (isotretinoin)
  • Retin-A (tretinoin)
  • Tetracycline

then you should not get pregnant. Unlike the low-level exposure to chemicals in other beauty products, these drugs are taken at doses intended to cause changes in your body….changes that ultimately reduce acne outbreaks. For this reason, birth defects related to use of Accutane are not merely anecdotal. Fully 25-35% of babies born to mothers using Accutane in the first trimester have some pattern of birth defects. Less information is available on Retin-A, but it can be expected to be similar to Accutane due to its molecular structure. Tetracycline, an antibiotic, causes gray teeth.

Medication Matters: Talk to your health-care provider or pharmacist about your pregnancy plans before you take any medications when you are trying to get pregnant.

9. Tattoos

when you are pregnant ditch tattoos photo Image: wohlford, Flickr

Traditional tattoos involve needles, and therefore direct contact with your bloodstream. The risk of disease transmission is not high, but not worth taking at this delicate time in life. As usual, little information is known about the effects of the tattoo dyes on your baby’s growth. The deliberate penetration of the skin’s boundaries adds an additional level of exposure potential. The German Institute for Risk Evaluation warns that dyestuff used in the tattoo industry is not regulated in the same manner as cosmetics, and that so-called azo dyes may split into carcinogenic amines in the bloodstream in case tattoo removal by laser treatment is undertaken. Finally, some tattoo inks can cause allergies. It is rare, but when it occurs, a very severe reaction can arise since the dyes have entered the bloodstream.

Little Loophole: If you cannot resist some body art to celebrate the new arrival, get a natural henna tattoo (as illustrated above). This is not permanent, but celebrates the changes in your body. Leave this one for your third trimester to be really sure the risks are acceptable. But CAUTION: Be sure you are using natural henna, which is never black. Black henna is a synthetic chemical, para-phenylendiamine (PPD), and according to American Pregnancy, it is not safe for anyone.

10. Hair Care

Ditch hair dye if you a pregnant photo Image: House of Sims, Flickr

First, some good news. New studies seem to have overturned earlier studies that suggested a link to bladder cancer or miscarriage in hair salon employees. Nonetheless, studies continue to find links between occupational exposure in hair salons and birth defects, for example associating hair spray with penis deformity. A couple of hours getting your hair done is certainly less than the long-term exposure your beautician faces, but it is one more vector for exposure that can be avoided.

Preferred Pampering: Skip the dyes and highlights. Buy a natural bristle hairbrush and enjoy a cup of tea while treating your hair to a hundred strokes. If you absolutely must freshen up your color, wait until at least the second trimester.

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Making Meals Out of Weeds: Molecular Gastronomists Making Sustainable Ingredients Taste Like the Junk Food We All Want to Keep Eating

And they won’t stop until supermarkets have a healthy aisle for junk food addicts.

By Rachel Cernansky
Boulder, CO, USA | Tue Mar 16, 2010 02:00 PM ET

Planet Green

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Health | Local Food | Nutrition

Future Food star chefs Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche have a science lab in their restaurant. The molecular gastronomists run Moto Restaurant, serving up only the best results of their food-science experiments, which they will keep up until they come up with food creations made from local, vegetable-based ingredients that can replace the ills of modern food production—but without compromising on taste. The self-admitted “junk food fiend” will not stop—eating junk food or experimenting with replacements—until he finds tasty alternatives for all his favorite foods. “If it’s a halfway product, it’s not going to make it,” the chefs told me on the phone, in a conversation about their approach to food and some of the experiments they’ve done at Moto and on Future Food.

Planet Green: Do you cook with any foods that most people do not think of as edible?
In the Miracle Food episode, we tested an all-natural berry—it has almost no calories, and it shrinks certain taste buds so that you can’t taste sour or bitter, you just taste sweet. So you can eat a lemon and just taste lemonade. This berry allows you to take ingredients from the wild that we don’t normally eat—that are not bad for the body, it’s just that they don’t taste good. So you can make a meal out of weeds that grow on your front lawn.

We took a walk one day in the area around the restaurant. We all had our smartphones with us, so we would take a picture of each plant and look up if it’s nontoxic. If it is, then we’ll take the next step and try cooking it or eating it raw, eating it any way we can figure out.

The berry is also good for cancer patients going through chemo—they can often only taste rubber and metallic things, and don’t want to eat. We have fed this to cancer patients and have determined overwhelmingly that this stuff works. There are no negative side effects that we have seen yet. Sugar has no known health benefits—so if you can cut glucose consumption, you’re basically chopping off the leg of diabetes.

PG: I understand you’ve tried to tackle the problem of overfishing from your kitchen?
In an episode on overfishing, we start off in the kitchen. We get our fish delivery, and the quality of fish that we’re getting is not what it used to be. Oceans are being polluted. Fish are getting more expensive and less available. So the next segment is in the lab, we’re trying to create the texture and taste of seafood products out of vegetables. We made a watermelon that looked like a seared tuna loin: we vacuumed different ingredients into the tuna loin, including one called Envision, which cancels out sweetness and makes it taste more savory than it is. We covered it in black and white sesame seeds and froze it in liquid nitrogen.

We did five different fish in a similar vein, and took it to a Japanese fish market, where people really know their seafood—we try and almost fake it, and for the most part people liked it.

PG: How many of your experiments would you say end up on the Moto Restaurant menu?
Probably about half. We do a lot of experiments on the show, things we’re actually doing for the first time, so we kind of rely on people’s reactions for feedback before we make it into a dish that we would serve to paying customers. We get a wide range of reactions to food, and we get to come back to the restaurant and put changes on the menu.

The menu we present to customers is very vague—and it’s actually edible. It looks like you stuck a piece of bread into a printer—we serve it with butter. People go crazy for that: if people are going to have a good time, they can tell right away. If Moto’s not for them, they can tell that also right away.

There are two sides to the bread: one side is a 10-course menu, the other side is a 20-course menu. Each side has every dish written out in vague terms: it will read something like rice and beans, and when a dish comes to table, it’s up to the server to kind of read the table. If people are into the whole mind-bending experience, the waiter will tell them, “this is seared tuna,” and just walk away. The table will either guess that it’s not, or they won’t, and the server will come back and tell them. If the server sees the people are more the type to want to know what’s going on, they’ll tell them. All servers at Moto restaurant are trained chefs, and they have all worked—or do work—in the kitchen. (The ink is a proprietary formula, and we don’t say what it’s made of—except that it’s all local, organic products.)

One dish we kept on the menu for awhile after the show was a scallop dish—it was actually tofu that we made to look like a seared scallop. Before we cooked it, we filled it with a bouillabaisse puree, and when we served it, we filled the plate with other stuff. It was a very tasty dish, it looked and tasted like seafood. It embodied the entire challenge of making seafood from vegetables.

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And they won’t stop until supermarkets have a healthy aisle for junk food addicts.

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