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Beautiful beach on Marco Island, Florida. My wife and myself are sitting in our chairs watching the calm water, enjoying this special atmosphere of total relaxation, an alternate reality where the world is free of worries and all beauty of life is in the moment.
A family came and settled not too far. The chairs, the umbrella and the usual beach stuff. And then our idyllic reality started to crumble. People took out the can and started to spray the sunscreen on each other. We started to choke. This bittersweet toxic smell brought us back to reality: even on Marco beach there is no escape from toxins that slowly kill humanity.
We looked at each other in panic – what do we do? We ran away to take a swim in hopes that the fumes will dissipate after a while. Well..not quite. These people went into the water also and of course they used the spray again after.
And I was wondering: we could not breathe from 30 feet away. How did they manage to stay alive? The stuff is awful! Just by the smell of it I figured it cannot be good for you. Even if people use sunscreen lotion nearby it smells bad. So I did some research.
Consumer Reports warns against spray-on sunscreens for kids. JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — Don’t spray your kids with sunscreen, at least for now, Consumer Reports says.http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/07/09/consumer-reports-spray-on-sunscreen-children/12438109/
On its website, the FDA has also warned of the potential for the spray sunscreen to catch on fire after it has been applied.
In fact, sunscreen can pose as much (or more) danger to your kid than the UV rays it’s protecting her from. Here’s a look at some of the hidden dangers, as well as tips to ensure your child has safe fun in the sun. http://www.education.com/magazine/article/is-sunscreen-safe/
Researchers have found that the chemicals and/or minerals in the vast majority of commercially available sunscreens — even the rub-in creamy or oily varieties — can cause health problems just from ordinary use; inhaling them only magnifies the risks. http://life.gaiam.com/article/how-safe-are-spray-sunscreens
As for spray varieties, EWG recommends avoiding them entirely: “These ingredients are not meant to be inhaled into the lungs.” With so little known about the effects of sunscreen chemicals on the body when rubbed into the skin, we may never know how much worse the effects may be when they are inhaled. But suffice it to say: When your neighbor at the beach is spraying down Junior, it’s in your best interest to turn away and cover your nose and mouth. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/avoiding-spray-sunscreens/
NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science researchers and their partners have discovered that a sunscreen chemical commonly used in many soaps, cosmetics, and body fragrances is highly toxic to corals. The team’s data show that even very low concentrations of benzophenone-2, or BP-2, can quickly kill juvenile corals. BP-2 is an additive used in personal-care products since the 1960s to protect against the damaging effects of ultraviolet light. http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/feb14/sunscreen.html
Many years ago we decided not to use any sunscreen. No lotions, no sprays.
Umbrella works just fine. We are being careful not to spend too much time under direct sun. Maybe 15 minutes first day and slowly increase the exposure but never more than an hour a day. Usually we take a break after 3 or four days. There are other activities available. We did not get a sun burn in the last 10 years.
I am not saying that you should never use sun screens. When we go skiing in Colorado it is a must to put the sun block on your face, especially nose. The sun is brutal in the mountains and I would loose my nose without the sun block. Just use some common sense easy precautions to avoid the sun burn.
Sun made life possible on our planet. It cannot be bad for us. Just please use it in Moderation.
If your pee does not have color you drink too much.
Buddhist Proverb: “Eat when you’re hungry. Drink when you’re thirsty. Sleep when you’re tired.” http://www.listofproverbs.com/source/b/buddhist_proverb/103198.htm
When I go to the gym I see people walking with gallon size water canisters and I wonder what are these people thinking. Common sense tells you that this is crazy. Why force this amount of water into your body if you are not thirsty?
Strange but True: Drinking Too Much Water Can Kill. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill/
To the dieters and water drinkers.
Interesting that some feel hungry but don’t eat because they are “on the diet”
And some are not thirsty but drink to “stay healthy”?
So much for trusting our bodies.
2014 Butter—and other full-fat foods—may help us lose weight. In other good news, a new study says there is definitely no linkbetween the saturated fat in butter and heart disease. But wait: Some big flaws with that studyprove that there may be a thread of connection between butter and disease after all. No. Wait again. Butter really is okay. Just in moderation, and as a part of a balanced diet. http://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/trends-news/article/butter-studies-roundup
The butter boom, at least in part, has been attributed to a shift in consumer preferences away from processed foods and back toward natural foods. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/03/24/butter-consumption.aspx
My advise: Stop! Do not jump from one extreme to the other!
Food is good for you. And water. And coffee. And alcohol.
The main rule: avoid processed food in any form – hard, soft and liquid.
Supplemental rule: Move! Shake your butt! Exercise.
Take care of your body. Many people take better care of their car than of their body.
Enjoy life my friends and don’t feel guilty munching on a piece of chocolate. Enjoy a glass of good wine. Don’t torture your body with latest trendy diet. You’re just confusing your body.
Don’t read about all the hot new diet trends or “miracle” foods or lotion that makes you thin.
There is no instant gratification.
But there is this pleasure of eating good food without feeling guilty about it and feeling good about yourselves.
Americans are obsessed with being clean and smelling good.
Americans shower a lot. Every day or more. We don’t want to smell bad. But we don’t mind to smell like perfume. In the gym locker room guys take a shower and than put stuff on themselves that emits such a strong odor that my head hurts and my nose is getting numb. But in their opinion it’s great because it does not smell like sweat. Should we ask ourselves why? Why is a strong artificial smell better than some natural (faint) odors or no smell at all? Let’s try to analyse it a bit more.
Frequent showers may be harmful to your health and to the environment.
The personal care industry wants you to shower frequently. The more the better. I mean better for their bottom line.
“WHATEVER the motivation, personal cleanliness in the United States has long been big business. Widespread advertisements address (and arguably generate) anxiety about body odor, from the classic spots ordering consumers to “Raise your hand if you’re Sure!” to recent popular commercials with the actor Isaiah Mustafa hawking Old Spice body wash.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/31/fashion/31Unwashed.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
As for us showering every day and even several time a day – is not beneficial.
It is bad for our skin, our hair, our health in general and it is bad for our wallets.
And for the environment.
Chlorine in tap water. “Showering and bathing in chlorinated water may expose us to even more chlorine and its byproducts than drinking this disinfected water. “
“Some people have long complained that showering too much makes their skin drier or more prone to flare-ups of, say, eczema, and Dr. Gallo said that scientists are just beginning to understand why. “It’s not just removing the lipidsand oils on your skin that’s drying it out,” he said. It could be “removing some of the good bacteria that help maintain a healthy balance of skin.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/31/fashion/31Unwashed.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
“What about the odor? The real cause of armpit odor is the intentional excretion of horrible toxins that your body is trying to get rid of. And by using deodorant products, you block the exit door and force those toxins to stay in your system!” http://www.naturalnews.com/004417_body_odor_nutrition.html#ixzz313q6kUWn
One of the ways to reduce body odor is to clean oneself from the inside.
Foods that make you stink. “Red meat is the number one cause of body odor. Red meat causes stagnation in the body; it putrefies in the digestive tract and releases all sorts of toxins into the bloodstream through the large intestine.” http://www.naturalnews.com/004417_body_odor_nutrition.html#ixzz313s1dYWWre:
“For multiple reason avoid processed foods. – those lacking fiber and made with refined white flour, added sugars, hydrogenated oils and other processed ingredients”
Environmental concerns. With water use in the United States increasing every year, many regions are starting to feel the pressure. In the last five years, nearly every region of the country has experienced water shortages. At least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013, even under non-drought conditions. http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/pubs/supply.html
Every two minutes you save on your shower can conserve more than ten gallons of water. If everyone in the country saved just one gallon from their daily shower, over the course of the year it would equal twice the amount of freshwater withdrawn from the Great Lakes every day.http://www.wireandtwine.com/green/50/
So my friends it is a win – win proposition. By eating healthy and skipping a shower once a week you get health benefits and you help the environment. Just wash daily your armpits and another area below the belt to be safe. And wash your hands frequently.
As for the personal care industry – in my opinion my health is more important to me than theirs.
Again and again we see this in the news.
A warning that overusing certain painkillers can cause a “vicious cycle” of disabling headaches is widely reported in the papers. Medication overuse headache is a poorly understood but well-established condition where long-term use of painkillers, such as aspirin, paracetamol and the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, actually worsen the headache, both in terms of severity and frequency. http://www.nhs.uk/news/2012/09September/Pages/Painkillers-may-be-making-a-million-headaches-worse.aspx
We all have to admit that America is a sick society. Also Americans spend more on “healthcare” per capita than any other nation on Earth. Without much to show for. The main reasons are simple: Americans eat too much junk, use too much medicine(drugs) and don’t move enough. In other words we are too fat, lazy and stupid. If some of you are outraged by this statement please look in the mirror, step on the scale and stop watching stupid drugs commercials! And also it may be a new experience, try to think. Once you start taking medications it becomes a vicious circle where you need more and more drugs that are “needed” to counteract the side effects of other drugs.
Some basic knowledge and common sense well help you to stay away from medications. Prevention and some life style changes are much more cost effective than any drugs.
“Modern medicine is desperately short of new treatments. It takes years for a new drug to get through the research and developmentpipeline to manufacture and the cost is enormous.”
“And growing drug resistance, in part caused by the misuse of medications, has rendered several antibiotics and other life-saving drugs useless.” http://www.scidev.net/global/disease/feature/integrating-modern-and-traditional-medicine-facts-and-figures.html
The main argument for medication is that it is effective and can extend or even save lives. However, studies have shown that other countries that have the same medications that are available in the US have lower rates of prescription as well as having lower mortality rates. This is certainly shocking considering the fact that medicines are supposed to help us, not hurt us. Now is the time to learn the medical facts about the drugs you are taking and consider any medicine alternatives that are available. http://www.facthealthcare.com/2011/01/the-dangers-of-overuse-of-medication/
We over medicate our children instead of letting the body take care of infection. Research shows that medicating a child with an anti-fever drug for a low to moderate fever may interfere with this natural defense. In addition to viruses and infections, such as ear and bronchial infections, fevers can also be due to over bundling a child or excessive crying.
Investigators found that only 43% of parents (compared to 86% of doctors and 64% of nurses) knew that a fever below 100.4 F could be beneficial to a child. Most parents (compared to only 11% of doctors) reported that they would treat a fever below 100.4 F even if they did not have any other symptoms. http://www.truestarhealth.com/members/cm_archives05ml4p1a8.html
Our society is addicted to the immediate gratification. And the only way to reduce the “sick care” cost is to transform our medicine to a “health care” Let’s take care of our health before we get sick.
Traditional medicine (TM) is due a revival. For millennia, people around the world have healed the sick with herbal or animal-derived remedies, handed down through generations. http://www.scidev.net/global/disease/feature/integrating-modern-and-traditional-medicine-facts-and-figures.html
My dear readers. Unless there is a serious illness please try to avoid medications. Some take pills “just in case”. Don’t. Enjoy life. Get out of the house. Walk, run, dance. Whatever your preferences are. Avoid fast food joints. Avoid carbonated sweetened or “diet” drinks. Nothing beats water! Eat variety of food – vegetables, meats, fish. Little alcohol will not hurt you if you are healthy. So are coffee and chocolate – enjoy!
Here is to good health!
“U.S. Speed skaters reportedly were slowed by Under Armour suits…”
“U.S. blames speed skating suits for poor performance: Report”
“Are Flawed Uniforms to Blame for America’s Speed Skating Problems?”
“According to the The Wall Street Journal, the Under Armour Mach 39 suits, dubbed “the fastest speed skating suit in the world” by the company, have turned out to be quite the opposite, and could be to blame for the repeated underperformance of athletes who seemed destined for gold.”
Finally! We found the culprit! Now we know why American speed skaters suck at Sochi Olympics. It is the suit! The suit is to blame for the poor performance.
Silly me. I thought that there should be a body in these suits. A body that skates well. How wrong was I! The unscrupulous suits are sabotaging Americans!
There is just one question I have: I did not see the drag chute on these suits. Did you?
There is a saying in Russia: “To a bad dancer, even his balls get in the way”
Maybe a simple mirror would help to identify the problem?
I want to tell my readers about these wonderful and somewhat unusual products that are not well known in America but are very popular in the rest of the world. Herbal Organic Skin Care and Skin Treatment Products by Herbs of Kedem, Israel. The reason for it’s popularity? It is effective and 100% organic. Another benefit of using plants for skin care is that they are environmentally friendly. “Plants produce a lot of chemicals in a very clean manner, without polluting the environment, without emitting toxic substances. They work with enzymes that do everything in a sophisticated way,” said Dr. Amir Kitron from the Judea Desert R&D Center. Kedem products are distributed in United States by www.DeadSeaHerbs.com. In the Judean desert, Herbs of Kedem, specializes in plants cultivated in a very specific desert region: the dunes located between the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, and the cool Hebron hills. Research conducted by Dr. Nissim G. Amzallag, the company’s founder, has shown that these plants contain compounds that allow them to adapt to the harsh and extreme climates of the region. In this climatic transition two vastly different plant populations meet. This makes the plants produce specific hormones, and in other cases a rich content of aromatic oils. Extensive research by Dr. Amir Kitron from the Judea Regional R&D Center, along with other researchers, has revealed medicinal applications of these herbs. Since 1998, also the cultivation of these herbs in the Judean Desert has begun.
A little more about two products out of many being offered by Herbs Of Kedem
Barkan Massage Cream for Joints, Lower Back and Knees* Joint and arthritis pain relief cream is a mixture of herbal extracts & essential oils in palm oil, including Lavender, Italian Helichryse, Ylang ylang, Sage, White Wllow, Oregano, Feverfew, Fig leaves, Winter Cherry, Wintergreen, Myrtle, Thyme, & Juniper. BARKAN stemming from Knee in Hebrew, provides relief for arthritis of joints, and helps improve motion of joints and slow down deformation. soothes aching, swollen joints & small muscle areas. Properties of the plants used: ☼ Various species of oregano stimulate your immune system. ☼ Lavender calms & soothes, rebalances any destabilizations in the body, and soothes muscle spasms. ☼ Myrtle is an anti-inflammatory that helps relax the muscles. ☼ Italian Helichryse firms the tissues and improves circulation. ☼ Wormwood (absinthe) helps heal skin irritations, muscle sprains & bruises. ☼ Common sage helps to calm while its antispasmodic properties relax muscles. ☼ White willow bark helps ease aches & pains due to sore muscles or arthritis. ☼ Ylang ylang has a calming effect on the mind & body and has a balancing & stimulating effect on the skin. It also stimulates circulation, relieves muscle spasms, lowers blood pressure and relaxes nerves. ☼ Winter Cherry or Indian Ginseng helps eliminate toxins in the nerve cells aids the body in adapting to stress and has a sedative effect. ☼ Feverfew has anti-inflammatory & sedative properties and helps reduce the sensation of pain. ☼ Wintergreen is an effective pain reliever and helps heal skin. ☼ Juniper relieves the aches of rheumatism, arthritis, and sore muscles, improves circulation and relieves fluid retention. ☼ Thyme has antispasmodic properties that help relax muscles.
Maccabim Oral Anti-Oxidant Spray plus vitamin E Concentrated extracts in olive oil of plants, including Everlasting extracts. For superficial redness- results within days; in other cases – within at least 3 months. Recommended to combine with usage of the Meshi serum. 100% Natural Product For Rosacea, Bruises, Scarring, Stretch Marks, Gums, Gingivitis, Immune System and Cholesterol. 7 times more powerful than Aloe-Vera, and a first-aid must for any home. – Used externally, this oil based with Italian Helichryse (Everlasting) stimulates tissue regeneration and micro circulation. Minimizing redness on the face, Maccabim also reduces the appearance of scars, bruises and pigmentation spots on the skin. Used internally, one to two sprays a day in the mouth will reduce your risks of gingivitis and will give you strong and healthy gums. Furthermore, Maccabim has been found to strengthen the immune system and lower cholesterol.
Canada identified these product as “natural product” *A Natural Product Number (NPN) is an 8 digit product license number, preceded by the letters “NPN”. The NPN on the label will inform consumers that the product has been reviewed by Health Canada for safety, quality and health claims.
“Primates, including humans, expend about half the energy in daily activities compared to similarly sized
mammals, according to new research conducted at Lincoln Park Zoo and elsewhere.”
The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, sheds new light on the question of why primates grow, reproduce and age so slowly.
“When we finally measure the total energy budget of primates, it’s 50 percent less than everybody else,”
The new information suggests that slow metabolic rates also play a key role in our slow maturation and long lifespans. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-study-says-humans-burn-half-the-energy-of-other-mammals,0,866819.column
Following this logic some humans should be immortal!