Category: Health

Organic Gardening for Those Over Fifty

organic-featuredIf you're over fifty and have time to plant a garden, there is a whole lot more to realize about Organic Gardening, than simply planting your garden and not spraying it with pesticides. There is a certain amount of essential principles of soil building, conservation, pest management, and heirloom variety preservation.

In Julie Turner's, Organic Gardening Beginner's Manual you'll discover it's beginner's manual for creating and managing your own organic garden. Even if you know nothing about organic gardening.... so you can get back your health and energy and save a stack of money. And, who doesn't like to save money?

This is an ideal book for anyone who is over fifty and has some extra time on their hands. It's being offered today for free for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion. You'll learn:

  • Your very best area to grow your vegetables
  • How to build up healthy, fertile soil without costing a fortune
  • How to feed your soil - the organic ways
  • How to create an easy, 'no-dig' veggie plot
  • Massive savings by learning how to grow from seeds
  • 9 Essential tips to successfully transplanting your seedlings
  • Tips for the most effective watering
  • Why mulching is a must in every organic garden
  • 5 easy ways to keep your garden weed free
  • How to slash your food bill in half
  • The 7 crucial ingredients to making great compost
  • What never to put into your compost
  • How to make your own organic liquid fertilizers, saving $$'s
  • Natural ways to protect your plants from pests and disease
  • Top 10 easiest veggies to grow
  • Secrets to growing lush, healthy herbs
  • Why to include perennial vegetables
  • What you must do to grow your food if space is limited
  • How much to plant for your family's needs

organic-ebookShe says, "Now you can access the information you want quickly and easily, to make planning and growing your vegetable garden a breeze! Growing our own food makes us less reliant on commercially grown foods. Who knows how long produce might have been sitting around on a shelf, or in a cooler room?

Do you wonder just what chemicals have been sprayed on that perfect-looking tomato, that really is quite tasteless? Being able to walk out to your organic vegetable garden and pick your own food - now let's see... how many food miles is that? - Oh, it's none!"

So if you're thinking about planting a garden this Spring, you might want to grab this book now, while it's free.

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Another nurse’s aid refuses flu shot

The National Post published an article today about a nurse’s aide who got sent home for refusing to get the flu shot. She said she was one of more than a dozen workers, sent home Tuesday from the extended-care facility where she works in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She claims to have trigeminal neuralgia, which is disorder characterized by episodes of intense pain in the face, originating from the trigeminal nerve. She is afraid that if she gets the shot it will cause the disorder to flare up. This would seem to be an understandable concern.

The article doesn't expand upon the reasoning for the other 11 health professionals, but click here to read her story.

It might be interesting to note, some of the comments that were posted below the story as well. Although there is quite a bit of bashing going on, one of the commenter's who identified herself as a RN said:

"As an RN I am offended by comments that suggest refusing the shot translates to a crappy nurse. Until peer reviewed research confirms I am a risk to patients, I will NOT get the shot and I am happy to stay home without pay. What other profession demands the worker to knowingly chemically alter their body with potentially insidious risks? Anyone care to know how the "shot" is made? Based on predictions they throw a cocktail together. EVERY year they have missed the mark, yet they still bully workers into having it. For you know-it-all, believe everything you hear people, I remind you of one of thousands of medical blunders... the thalidomide tragedy - a "wonder drug" endorsed by physicians, encouraged by health authorities and permitted to kill and deform babies for 10 years before discontinued. The drug was developed and used in Nazi prison camps and fed to Canadians post war. Minus the prison camp -- is there a difference in the mandatory imposition of these two drugs?"

And someone else who worked as an RN said:

"Perhaps the general public should sit back and wonder why the majority of us front line health care workers do not get the vacccine? Can so many intelligent people with nothing to gain from Big Pharma be wrong?"

There are tons of other comments; some bashing these two -- others spouting their own agendas, but father down; you stop seeing any professional responses. They have made their point, and regardless of the ignorant barrage that follows, it doesn't diminish the fact that two health professionals, whose pockets are NOT lined in gold from Big Pharma or receive kick-backs from Health Canada, have shared their knowledge of the dangers of vaccinations.

On January 15, I published an article on this site, Dr. Maurice Ralph Hilleman, father of Vaccinology, issues warning about Vaccines. If you haven't read it, you can click here now to read it.

This site cannot offer you medical advice. All of the information published here isn't to take the place of a doctor, and is only to give you something to think about. But when the second professional says, " Perhaps the general public should sit back and wonder why the majority of us front line health care workers do not get the vacccine?" -- it certainly makes one wonder why they would offer this information when they don't have anything to gain from it, and risk losing their jobs by going public with it.

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Toxins in Everyday Cosmetics

cosmetics-featuredAs much as women want to look beautiful, they need to stay healthy too. You should be aware that there are dangerous toxins in cosmetics. The David Suzuki Foundation surveyed Canadians to find out what cosmetic products they were using and "found that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Many products include plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants."

The Foundation has also put together a report called The Dirty Dozen, which is free for you to download in pdf format. You can grab a copy of The Dirty Dozen so you can review the products that have been flagged as harmful and then have a look at what you're using on a daily basis to see if any of these are in your products.

Some women are making their own cosmetics these days. Diane Kidman has written a book to show you how to do it. One of the reviews of her book said, "It doesn't have any crazy hard to find ingredients."

Below is a video clip which is a trailer for her book.

beauty-coverDiane's book Beauty Gone Wild! Herbal Recipes for Gorgeous Skin & Hair (Herbs Gone Wild!) can be downloaded for free for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion. After that you will have to pay for it. So, click here to get your copy now. She says, "You'll learn how to save a ton of money while avoiding harmful ingredients by making your own herb-based beauty care products. The instructions are easy, the ingredients pure and natural. The best part? It's fun. And the results are phenomenal. The moisturizing cream recipe alone is worth the read!"

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Health warning: CFL and LED bulbs

cfl-featuredGovernments around the world are phasing out incandescent light bulbs in favor of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LED lamps. The extra cost associated with LED lamps, makes them less affordable at present, so the push is: use CFLs. Even though they can produce an equal amount of light and use a lot less power, we may find that what we save on these costs will be applied to our health care. There are indications that these alternatives may not be a healthy choice.

One of the things to consider is that the CFL bulbs contain mercury. Mercury in a known toxin. Disposing of these bulbs in landfill sites will contribute to the poisoning of our planet, but we are also at risk from having them in our houses. Broken bulbs give off toxic fumes.

The video clip below is a funny skit that pokes fun at the problem. Note: CFL's contain 5 milligrams of mercury per bulb and not the 5 grams they say in this video.

While mercury is certainly a danger to ourselves and the environment there are other risks. The light these bulbs emit suppress our bodies ability  to produce Melatonin. This process occurs when we sleep, so you certainly wouldn't want to be handy a CFL night light. An article on the Green Pasture website goes on to say:

Melatonin is responsible for neutralizing free radicals that build up in the cells of the body, which can damage cellular components up to and including the cell’s DNA. The hormone is also essential for the correct functioning of a variety of immune cell functions. And as expected, depressed melatonin levels have long been associated with increased risks for the development of multiple forms of cancers.

And this isn't all....

You may have heard from environmentally conscious individuals who have become early adoptees of these new bulbs, complain that after replacing all of the bulbs in their house, they started feeling un-well. Their family doctors were not able to pin-point the problem. It has to do with the frequency radiation generated from the ballast.

Kevin Byrne is the publisher of www.DirtyElectricity.ca, a web site dedicated to bringing you the latest information and solutions concerning Dirty Electricity, EMF pollution, radio frequency (RF) radiation and its associated health effects. In an article on his site, it says:

 CFL's operate at high frequency using an electronic switching ballast to "chop up" our 120 volt AC electricity - that's how they are able to use less energy when compared to an old-style incandescent bulb. This chopping results in voltage fluctuations (microsurges) that produce a ringing in the electromagnetic spectrum and is often measured in the radio frequency (RF) range frequencies above 3 kHz. A typical operating frequency for an electronic ballast in a CFL would be in the region of 50kHz to 100kHz, a frequency range known to produce adverse effects on one's health. Muscle and joint pain, headaches, nausea, sleep disorders, respiratory problems, rashes along with anxiety and depression are just a few of the symptoms noted by some individuals.

The most common complaints I've heard are muscle and joint pain, headaches and nausea. But I've only heard from a few people, and they were women over fifty. It wouldn't surprise me a bit to learn that people over fifty are more susceptible to this type of illness.

LED lamps, on the other-hand, don't contain mercury, last longer and save you more money than CFLs, but they are also more expensive. But in a study published by Environmental Science and Technology, they found that LEDs contain lead, arsenic and a dozen other potentially dangerous substances. You can read more about this here.

About the only recommendation I can make, is to start creating your own personal stockpile of incandescent light bulbs. That and candles. But NOT paraffin wax candles. They are made from petroleum by-products, and give off toxic fumes when burned. You want to buy ones made from Beeswax.


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Chronic fatigue syndrome reference guide

tired-featuredChronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) most commonly occurs in women ages thirty to just over fifty. You don't recognize it as an illness at first. It feels like you have caught the flue. But it can last up to six months, and in a lot of cases, several years. It seems it's also hard for doctors to diagnose it. Sometimes patients will have abnormal in a MRI, or their white blood cell count could be off.

Besides feeling like you have the flue, it's possible to experience some memory loss, and have some difficulty concentrating. Some people can continue to go to work, and just after cut down on recreational activities to conserve energy. Other people have it so bad that they can hardly get out of bed and even need a hand getting themselves dressed.

Besides feeling completely  exhausted, here are some other symptoms that could be present

  • mild fever
  • sore throat
  • tender neck with swollen lymph nodes
  • decreased ability to concentrate
  • muscle weakness and joint pain
  • headaches
  • memory and concentration problems
  • difficulty sleeping

Erica F. Verrillo was completing her doctorate in Speech Communication before falling ill with CFS in 1992. She is the co-author, with Lauren Gellman, of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 1st Edition as well asChronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 2nd Edition.

The video below, is a trailer for this newest book. Instead of hiring a voice-over, they have a computer generated text to speech narration. It's a little clumsy, but the information it gives you on what is contained in this book is good.

eric-ebookThis one-of-a-kind reference – now completely revised and updated – includes over 100 effective treatments, from antivirals to vitamins, as well as locations of specialists and clinics, Internet ordering information, and national, local, and international CFS/ME organizations. New and expanded sections include doctors' protocols and research on the causes and mechanisms of the illness, all written in concise, easy-to-understand language.

Every aspect of the illness is thoroughly examined, from diagnosis to an in-depth discussion of symptoms, from traditional to alternative therapies to essential coping strategies. The new edition contains chapters for those coping with multiple chemical sensitivities and dietary restrictions, as well an expanded section on children and adolescents with CFS/ME. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, Second Edition, remains the most comprehensive reference guide on this disease.

There are a number of other symptoms that could occur as well. If you would like more information on what these might be, the U.S. National Library of Medicine - The World's Largest Medical Library has a fact sheet posted online that can be viewed here.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 2nd Edition (the Kindle version of the book) is being offered for free for the next 24-48 hours as part of an Amazon promotion. If you would like to get a copy of this book, you can click here to download it. You may find it a valuable reference to have in your digital library in the event that you or a loved one gets CFS.

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