My work is marketing for a wellness manufacturer that has an online store (only). Over the past 15 years, due to an honest R&D at this company, I have learned so much quality supplements. My stomach cringes when I see someone loading up on inferior supplements off a store shelf (we have tested hundreds and hundreds of these) or a kitchen cabinet that looks like the photo.

I know many supplements on the market are a waste of money and often people spend too much for meagre results. I find I need to share what I know about supplements.

Today, I received this testimony from a happy customer that proves my cringing has merit:
“Pictures are worth a thousand words: left or right? Hashimoto’s, Celiac, Adrenal fatigue and feel SO MUCH better!! Can’t even tell anymore – thanks to the picture on the left. I don’t share a lot of what I do on my personal page but when someone’s overall health is better because of two products… felt the need to share!”
– the products on the left side of the image are from the company I market.

Did you know that human results testing is rare on a finished product?
But our company has them:
Freiburgstudy.com
Sterlingclinicalresults.com
This was a clincher: Freiburgstudy.com/img/Deprivation%20Study.pdf

This is why I take these supplements myself!

Put your health first.

Yes, first—above your kids, your husband and your job. The longer you go without taking care of yourself, the more severe the consequences.  For this Mothers’ day here are some ways you can put yourself first—with your family benefitting most.

1. Eat well. You can be a healthy role model for your kids – they follow your lead. If you aren’t eating well, neither will they.

2. Exercise. Your children should see that mom values her health and enjoys exercise. Maybe your partner will also be inspired by your increased energy. The whole family will benefit from you being less stressed and less tired.

3. Reclaim just a little personal time each day. Ask for a small block of time from your spouse or a friend, or get a babysitter so you can recharge. Don’t feel guilty about taking care of yourself!

4. Drink water. Dehydration will lead to a feeling of exhaustion. To keep your body healthy and your energy up, make sure you drink at least 64 ounces of water each day.

5. Date night. Make your marriage a priority and get out for some grown-up time. Connecting and communicating with your significant other is good for your health.  

6. Take a bath. Water is soothing to the body and the brain. Pour in your favorite bubbles, light a candle and take a dip. This small ritual can be quite replenishing.

7. Connect with a friend. Research shows that women gain health benefits from friendships, so carve out some time to connect with your friends. If you don’t have time for a mom’s night out, consider an online coffee date. Oxytocin, our feel good hormone, spikes after childbirth and also during friendship.

8. Laugh. Children laugh about 300 times per day, whereas adults laugh about five. Our entire sense of life lightens when we laugh. Listen to a podcast, get a joke of the day or just giggle with your kids.

9. Touch therapy.  Feel-good hormones such as serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin are  released from touch therapy such as massage. Consider it body maintenance!

10. Give Gratitude. Women who feel grateful have more energy and happiness.  Create a gratitude journal and write in it each day. As a mom, the days are long, but the years go by far too fast. Being thankful may help you appreciate each day a little more.

Seven steps to preventing measles…

and other communicable diseases

I’m taking a trip out west and will be mingling with a lot of people from all over the country, in airports, on the plane, public transportation, hotels, restaurants and in meetings. Thanks to many people foregoing vaccinations, measles infections are on the rise. Although I had them as a three year-old and have a “natural immunity” I plan to be prepared to battle most communicable diseases.

How do I plan to prevent infections?

Seven steps to take when travelling:

1. Proper nutrition automatically boosts immunity so I take my amazing Peak Performance Pack vitamins daily.

2. Drinking or taking Activate-C drink or capsules several days before my flight and during my trip will boost immune system even more.

3. Apply ARMOR essential oil (a natural defense against germs and immune booster) with a carrier oil to key points (like wrist and neck). It smells great and always makes me feel better.

4. Apply Melagel under my nostrils for the flight, to fight germs trying to enter my airways.

5. Apply Antibacterial Clear Defense gel or wipes to my hands as needed, especially after I’ve touched something that looks debatable.).

6. I always take time to wipe down my airplane seat with Sol-U-Guard EPA approved food-grade and safe disinfecting wipes that kill 99.99% of germs. (They say headrest, tray, seat pocket and arm rests are the worst for germ infestation!)

7. Pack a bottle of Sol-U-Mel to spray down my hotel room, bathroom counter, sheets, couch, pillow, etc. This kills dust mites, allergens, mold, bacteria and viruses that are found in the air and soft surfaces. An added bonus? It boosts the  immune system because it’s made with highest grade Melaleuca oil.

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Antibiotics and aortic aneurysm

Certain antibiotics may cause aortic aneurysm. The US Food and Drug Administration recently warned healthcare providers that the benefits of fluoroquinolone antibiotics do not outweigh the risks—which include aortic aneurysm—for certain patients, according to the latest research. The research is based on reports of patient problems and on studies published between 2015 and 2018.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are often used to treat serious respiratory infections, pneumonia, urinary tract infection, and even plague and exposure to anthrax. They include drugs sold under the names ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gemifloxacin (Factive), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), norfloxacin (Noroxin) and ofloxacin (Floxin). Patients may take them orally or through injection.

The drugs may cause aortic aneurysm, a bulge in an artery that can grow and burst, causing dangerous or fatal bleeding. Patients most at risk for an aortic aneurysm after taking these antibiotics are the elderly, those with high blood pressure, people who have a history of blockages of the aorta or other blood vessels, and those who have genetic conditions like Marfan syndrome or EhlersDanlos syndrome.
Although the risk of aortic aneurysm or dissection is low, researchers say patients are twice as likely to experience an aortic aneurysm or dissection when prescribed a fluoroquinolone drug. Patients who are known to be at risk of an aortic aneurysm, the benefits may not outweigh this risk, and alternative treatment should be considered.
For patients who don’t fall into a risk category, fluoroquinolones may still be a good option. They have been helping patients with bacterial infections for more than 30 years.

The FDA is requiring that a warning about these risks be added to prescribing information and to patient medication guides. Tthe agency has also warned that these drugs may significantly decrease blood sugar and negatively impact mental health and that the drugs may have a disabling side effect on muscles, nerves, joints and the central nervous system and should be restricted for use in some simpler infections.

If you are in one of these at risk categories and are taking one of these antibiotics, experts recommend talking to your doctor about it but continuing to take the medication.

Great news for coffee fans!

You can now justify every cup of coffee you drink because of its official health benefits. On average, coffee drinkers live longer than those who don’t.

I’m sure you’re thinking, “how?” Well, new data has the answer for us! Coffee has several effects which directly improve our chances of living longer, including reducing the risk of certain dangerous conditions. Find out what coffee can do for you—and how much of it you should be drinking—so you can be a healthy, long-lived coffee drinker!

The National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University teamed up to analyze data on coffee-drinkers as well as the long-term study of half a million people in the United Kingdom, ranging in age from 38 to 74 by UK Biobank tp determine health benefits.

Keep in mind that the research shows a noted correlation, rather than a direct causal connection. But due to the broad spectrum of people and other evidence provided by the study, we can still say that coffee is a good thing for the following reasons.

  • Cut the Pain: Two cups of coffee can cut post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%. From the Journal of Pain, March 2007 (link)
  • Increase your fiber intake: A cup of brewed coffee represents a contribution of up to 1.8 grams of fiber of the recommended intake of 20-38 grams. From the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (link).
  • Protection against cirrhosis of the liver: This is a good on, of course, you could just cut down on the alcohol intake. From the Archives of Internal Medicine (link). Another more recent study also showed coffee’s liver protecting benefits. link. Yet another study showed that both coffee and decaffeinated coffee lowered the liver enzyme levels of coffee drinkers. This study was published in the Hepatology Journal.
  • Lowers risk of Type 2 Diabetes: Those who consumed six or more cups per day had a 22% lower risk of diabetes. From the Archives of Internal Medicine (link). A recent review of research conducted by Harvard’s Dr. Frank Hu showed that the risk of type II diabetes decreases by 9% for each daily cup of coffee consumed. Decaf coffee decreased risk by 6% per cup.
    Lowered risk of Alzheimer’s disease: There is considerable evidence that caffeine may protect against Alzheimer’s disease. From the European Journal of Neurology (link). A recent study also isolated the compounds in roasted coffee that may be responsible for preventing the build-up of the brain plaque believed to cause the disease. 
  • Reduces suicide risk and Depression: A 10-year study of 86,000 female nurses shows a reduced risk of suicide in the coffee drinkers. From the Archives of Internal Medicine (link). Another study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who drink four or more cups of coffee were 20% less likely to suffer from depression. Study link.
  • Protection against Parkinson’s: People with Parkinson’s disease are less likely to be smokers and coffee drinkers than their healthy siblings. From the Archives of Neurology (link). Research out of Sweden revealed that drinking coffee reduces the risk of Parkinson’s even when genetic factors come into play. link. Yet another study (published here) found that caffeine combined with EHT (a compound found in coffee beans) provided protective benefits to rats that were genetically predisposed to developing Parkinson’s.
  • Coffee drinkers have lowered risk of heart disease: Korean researchers found that study participants who consumed three to five cups of coffee a day were less likely to show the beginning signs of heart disease. The studyOther dietary factors should also be noted as Koreans typically have a different diet than do Westerners. A more recent study conducted in Brazil found that those that consume at least three cups of coffee a day tend to develop less calcification in their coronary arteries.
  • Coffee drinkers have stronger DNA: A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition showed that coffee drinkers have DNA with stronger integrity since the white blood cells of coffee drinkers had far fewer instances of spontaneous DNA strand breakage. Study abstract.
  • Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis: Recent research showed that at least four cups of coffee a day may help protect against the development and reoccurrence of MS. It is believed that the coffee prevents the neural inflammation that possibly leads to the disease developing. The study was published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry
  • Coffee reduces colorectal cancer risk: Even moderate consumption of coffee can reduce the odds of developing colorectal cancer by 26%. This protective benefit increases with more consumption. The study is described in detail here.

So it’s a safe bet to stick with coffee.

Essential Oils and the common cold

Did you remember to buy Oregano to help combat the cold & flu this year?

If you did, we can offer a few ways to use the oil to help you feel better. 1. Steam Inhalation:
Add two drops of oregano oil to a bowl of boiling water, place a towel over your head and breathe in the powerful vapors for five to ten minutes. The moist steam helps to loosen and drain mucus in the nasal passages and the antibacterial properties of the oil help to fight infections and relieve cold symptoms.

2. Use in a diffuser:
I love my diffuser, in fact there is one in almost every room. I add several drops of oregano oil to your diffuser (I like to use ten or twelve) and breathe in the medicinal vapors. It’s great for cold and flu season.

3. Inhale directly:
Feeling stuffy at work? A deep sniff of oregano oil directly from the bottle is a great pick-me-up and can help open up the airways.

4. Sore throat:
Add a few drops of oregano oil to a glass of warm water and gargle with the blend. The antibacterial properties of the oil will help to ward off bacteria and the anti-inflammatory properties will help to soothe an aching throat. Make certain not to swallow the oil mixture. Oregano essential oil is extremely potent and therefore should always be diluted before applying directly to the skin. Do not use internally is not considered safe for women to use during pregnancy, however consuming fresh oregano in leaf form, or as a dried spice while cooking, is okay.
Make a Healing rub: Add five to eight drops of oregano oil to one or two teaspoons of coconut oil (which is solid at room temperature) and rub on the chest as a soothing balm for respiratory tract infections and coughs. You can also rub this balm on the soles of the feet for added benefit.

Not only can oregano help with colds and flu, it can also help with wart removal.It’s best to apply oregano oil with a carrier oil topically: Mix three to four drops of oregano essential oil with one teaspoon of a carrier oil. Apply the blend with a clean cotton swab four to five times a day and make sure to use a clean swab if you are treating more than one wart so you don’t spread the infection. After treatment cover the wart with a tape or bandage so it is not fueled by oxygen. Within a week or two you should be able to notice a sizeable difference in the size of the wart.