Create Your Own Website

How would you like to create your own website?  Netfirms has great hosting services.  They have good prices.  And they have several training videos to show you how to build the website, or whatever aspect you need help with.

Here is a video showing how to use their drag and drop site builder:


Drag & Drop Site Builder by Netfirms

Or, if you would rather set up a WordPress website you can do that as well. Here is the video showing how to do that. (This website is a WordPress website.)

Easy WordPress Installation with Netfirms

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Natural or Synthetic?

A friend of mine was surprised when he found out that most mineral supplements are made from ground up rocks and shells. He had been taking a supplement that he thought was natural, but ended up having kidney stones. He told me what company he purchased the supplement from, so I went to their website and looked at their label.

Here is just a little of what I quickly found on the label:

  • Vitamin A Palmitate — can be fish oil or synthetically derived, but once isolated it bears little resemblance to food and can be crystalline in structure.
  • Vitamin C as calcium ascorbate — is a chemical compound of hydrogenated sugar processed witn acetone and is a mineral ascorbate. Mineral ascorbates are powders manufactured by reacting ascorbic acid with mineral carbonates in aqueous solutions, venting the carbon dioxide, drying the reaction product, and then milling the dried product to the desired particle size.
  • Vitamin D3 as cholecalciferol — is produced industrially for use in vitamin supplements and to fortify foods by the ultraviolet irradiation of 7-dehydrocholesterol extracted from lanolin found in sheep’s wool.
  • Vitamin E as D-Alpha Tocopherol, Tocotrienols — are isolates
  • Thiamin as Thiamine Mononitrate — is a coal tar derivative, never naturally found in the body, and is a crystaline isolate.
  • Vitamin B6 as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride — is not naturally found in the body, is a crystalline isolate, and is generally made from petroleum and gydrochloric acid and processed with formaldehyde.
  • Folate as Folic Acid — is a synthetic folate form. It is not found in food. Consumption of more than 266 mct of synthetic folic acid (PGA) results in absorption of unreduced PGA, which may interfere with folate metabolism for a period of years. +
  • Vitamin B12 as Cyanocobalamin — is not a naturally active form, it is an isolate which is crystalline in structure. Bonded with cyanide. Most are made through a fermentation process.
  • Seleniomethionine is a selenium analog of methionine. It is used as a radioactive imaging agent
  • Potassium iodide is made from HI and KHCO3 by melting in dry hydrogen and undergoing electrolysis. It is used to make photographic emulsions and as an expectorant.

Chelated Minerals

Many of the minerals were listed as “chelates”.   A lot of companies like to “chelate” their minerals so they can brag that they have a higher absorption rate. It does increase the absorption rate, because it tricks your body into absorbing something that it would naturally repel. Our bodies are not made to eat rocks, so it works hard to excrete them. When we are taking high doses and our body can’t keep up with eliminating them, it starts to store them. So, you end up with problems like arthritis, kidney stones, gall stones, bone spurs, etc. And you don’t have a clue why you are getting these problems, because you believe, like I used to, that the minerals we are ingesting are “natural”.

Chelated minerals are generally crushed industrial rocks that are processed with one or more acids.

Probably the biggest difference in minerals now compared to 1947 is that some companies have decided to industrially produce versions of minerals attached to peptides. Essentially they take a rock or industrial mineral salt, chemically alter it, and attempt to attach it to the mineral. This results in a mineral that is different from normal mineral salts, but does not turn the substance into a food. Examples of this include the various mineral ascorbates, picolinates, aspartates, glycinates, and chelates. It needs to be understood that since there is not a universally accepted definition of the term ‘chelate’, when this term is used on a label, one generally does not know if the chelate is amino-acid based or some type of industrial acid.

While it is true that humans can, and do, utilize minerals from USP mineral salts or chelated minerals, this is not as safe (or even normally as effective) as consuming them from foods (or in the case of real food supplements, food concentrates).

Read this article to learn more about minerals found in foods (or wholefood supplements) vs. minerals used in supplements.   Minerals in Nutritional Supplements

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Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent

I really dislike using harsh chemicals on my body, or on my children’s bodies.  But, I really don’t like mosquito bites either.  I am glad that there are some great essential oils that I can use to repel those pesky vampires!  Here are a few good ones…

Natural Mosquito Repellent

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Is Acorbic Acid Really Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is an antioxidant. A study in 2006 by McGregor and Biesalski showed that increasing the plasma Vitamin C level may have positive effects helping with oxidative stress. Oxidative stress contributes to heart disease, diabetes, and inflammatory disorders. Vitamin C is an electron donor for eight separate enzymes. Enzymes help control bodily functions. Vitamin C helps maintain blood vessels and cartilage. Most Vitamin C is made by isolating ascorbic acid. The best Vitamin C comes from food and plant sources where it is in its whole un-isolated form. Rosehips is one of the best plant sources to get Vitamin C from.

Food sources with Vitamin C: Apple, Apricot, Asparagus, Avocado, Banana, Barberry, Beans, Berries, Blackcurrants, Blueberry, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrot, Celery, Chervil, Chilies, Citrus fruits, Cranberry, Cucumber, Dates, Eggplant, Elderberries, Fig, Garlic, Globe Artichoke, Horseradish, Kiwifruit, Mango, Mustard greens, Nectarine, Onions, Passionfruit, Pawpaw, Peach, Pear, Peas, Persimmon, Pineapple, Plantain, Potato, Pumpkin, Quince, Radish, Rhubarb, Rockmelon, Spinach, Strawberry, Tomato, Turnip greens, Watercress, Zucchini

Herbal sources with Vitamin C: Amla, Alfalfa, Basil, Beetroot, Burdock, Carrot, Chervil, Capsicum, Catnip, Cayenne, Chickweed, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Cramp Bark, Dandelion, Echinacea, Elderberries, Eyebright, Fennel seeds, Fenugreek, Garlic, Ginger, Goldenseal, Green Tea, Hawthorn Berries, Hibiscus flowers, Hops, Horehound, Horsetail, Juniper berries, Kelp, Lobelia, Mullein, Nettles, Oregano, Paprika, Parsley, Peppermint, Raspberry leaves, Red Clover, Rosehip, Rosemary, Sage, Sarsaparilla, Sheep Sorrel, Shepherd’s Purse, Skullcap, Slippery Elm, Tarragon, Thyme, Vervain, Violet leaves, Yarrow, Yellow Dock, Yerba Mate

Your products with Vitamin C are: Anti-Radicals – Balanced Health – Childrens Balanced Health – Chill Pill – Colon Aid – Complete Woman – Digestive Balance – Glucose Balance – Healthy Woman – Immune Booster – Sea Garden – Skeeter Tamer – Slimmer Down

Natural Vitamin C – This vitamin is readily available in citrus, red bell peppers, berries, rose hips, and many more fruits and vegetables. In nature it is combined with flavonoids and phytonutrients that help in absorption.

Synthetic Vitamin C (What you are getting in any supplement that labels it as Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid) – Ascorbic acid is an isolated vitamin usually made from genetically modified corn sugar that is hydrogenated and processed with acetone.

I spent 5 weeks in a clinic in Pennsylvania.  During that time one of my roommates, Paula, was so sensitive to chemicals or perfumes that she would have to put on a huge gas mask thing on her face if someone just had a tiny scent in their shampoo.  I asked her what made her this way.  She told me that nobody ever told her that you could overdose on Vitamin C.  She thought it was good for you, so she was taking it in large doses and ended up in really bad shape.

Have you ever heard of anybody overdosing on Oranges?  I haven’t.  But, since the Vitamin C she was taking was an isolated vitamin it was very possible to overdose on it.  Just one more reason that I prefer to get my Vitamin C from a natural source and if I need a bit more, then the next best thing is a good wholefood supplement.

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To B12 or Not to B12

b-12 Vitamin B12 is used by the body for energy and increasing metabolism. Potassium can interfere with the bodies absorption of Vitamin B12 in some people. (More than likely that is referring to an isolated potassium supplement.)

Food sources with Vitamin B12: Celery, Cheese, Chlorella, Eggs, Meat, Milk, Mustard, Oysters, Potato, Poultry, Sardines, Soy beans, Strawberries, Liver, Yeast

Herbal sources with Vitamin B12: Alfalfa, Angelica, Bladderwrack, Burdock, Catnip, Comfrey, Dandelion, Dulse, Eyebright, Fenugreek, Ginger, Ginseng, Hawthorn berries, Hops, Kelp, Mullein, Red Clover, Thyme, White oak bark

Our products with Vitamin B12 are: Anti-Radicals – Balanced Health – Childrens Balanced Health – Colon Aid – Complete Woman – Digestive Balance – Glucose Balance – Healthy Woman – Sea Garden – Slimmer Down

Most of the supplements you buy use synthetic Vitamin B12 – Cobalt and cyanide are fermented to make cyanocobalamin. That’s correct. Cyanide.

Back when I was struggling with my health the doctor gave me B12 shots. At that time I just assumed it was something natural, so I was okay with it. At first they really seemed to help, but after a while I started getting worse when I took them. I stopped taking them for a while, then started again. Sure enough every time I took the shot I got worse. I didn’t understand why. Later a naturopathic doctor explained to me about “isolated” vitamins. He told me how they are either chemically isolated from a natural source, or they are chemically created in a lab. He explained how all the other nutrients that were in the whole food were now completely missing, so when we take the isolated vitamins they seem to work for a short period of time, but are actually leaching other nutrients out of our bodies. Now my experience with the B12 shots made sense.

I will never again take the isolated B12 shots (that, by the way, were bound with cyanide). Nor will I be taking isolated vitamin B12. Instead I will be getting my B12 through eating whole foods and/or by taking good whole food supplements! What about you? To B12, or not to B12–that is the question!

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Longfellow’s Wisdom

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I Can’t Afford to Buy Supplements

Have you ever said or heard comments like this?  “I can’t afford to buy supplements.”  Well, let me tell you how much more expensive it could be if you don’t buy and use them now.

I used to do whatever I could to eat healthy and exercise, so I didn’t think I needed any supplements.  Then something happened in the ’90s.  My health started going downhill.  I went to a few different doctors to see what was wrong with me and what could be done.  It would take me days to type even a portion of all the doctors I saw, all the tests that were done, and all the different prescriptions, treatments, and other things I tried.  My immune system wasn’t working very well either.  I would catch everything very easily.

One thing that is common with people who are unhealthy is they are mineral and vitamin deficient.  Another thing that is common is they often get depression and lack of energy.  I had all of these problems.  The doctor tried to put me on Prozac to help with the depression.  The side-effects were so severe that I quit after less than one week.  A friend introduced me to herbs, so I tried a few different herbs to see what would help me.  I finally got relief from the depression with St John’s Wart and got more energy from B12 shots.

2014-02-23_2240I gave myself the shots weekly.  They helped for quite a while, but then they started making me worse.   At first I wasn’t sure it was the shots that were doing it, but after a few weeks it was obvious.  I even quit for a while, then took another shot and sure enough–they were causing me more problems.  This didn’t make sense to me at the time, but I found out later from a Naturopathic Doctor that the B12 shots were synthetic and because they weren’t complete (like a whole food supplement) they actually robbed my body of other vital nutrients.  I just recently found out that the B12 shots (and most B12 oral vitamins) also include cyanide, as a stabilizer.  Hmm…

2014-02-23_2238I have been on a “learning experience” ever since.  I had 3 surgeries within a 15 month period of time, then my adrenal glands shut down completely.  I was sleeping 20 hours a day, so obviously I was unable to hold down a full-time job.  Having to give up my job was the biggest expense of all.  (And it was very frightening, because I didn’t know how I was going to make ends meet.)

A friend of a friend told me about a clinic in PA that had helped him quite a bit.  So, I spent about 5 weeks out there.  They ran a lot of tests, gave me several different treatments, and I learned a lot about health.  They helped me get some of my adrenal function back, but I’m not sure if I will ever have the energy I used to have.

The same friend of a friend told me about a doctor in Mexico that he got some treatments from later, so I went with him and his wife to Mexico & got more tests and treatments.  The first time I went down I noticed a few months later that I felt better than I had in years, but they wanted me to keep coming back every 3 months.  I couldn’t afford that, but went again about 9 months later.  This time the shots didn’t work and I got really sick with a fever.  On the drive home I was laying in the back of my Suburban when we got into a wreck on the freeway with 6 other vehicles.  That  really compounded my problems.  (One step forward–two steps back.)

I ended up with really bad low back problems from that accident.  I eventually had to have back surgery on a 16mm herniated disc.  (My 4th surgery, but this was about 8 years after the other 3.)  That finally gave me a lot of relief, but I still have 5 herniated discs in my low back, so I have to be very careful.

I have now (finally) found some amazing whole food supplements that have helped me quite a bit.  I think back and wonder how much money (pain & suffering too) I could have saved if I had learned about these supplements back when I started having health problems, or even before.

I started out with the Balanced Health, Sea Garden, and Digestive Balance.  Amazingly I didn’t get sick with any cold, flu, or sore throat for about 10 months straight.  That was very rare for me.

I also had a tanning salon.  Our partners decided they could make more money elsewhere, so we ended up running it by ourselves.  I could only tolerate working about half a day with my back problems and knee problems.  So, the next products we tried were the Anti-Inflammation Food and the Krill Oil.  After we started taking them, we could both survive a whole 12 hour day at the salon.

I have had issues with low blood sugar.  My mother was diabetic and many of her family did too.  So, I got Glucose Balance, because it helps balance you blood sugar levels–whether it’s high or low.  It has helped me a lot.  I think a lot of people have blood sugar problems and don’t even know it.  So, they don’t realize exactly why they feel like crap.

Now, one of our latest products is Adrenal Booster!  Oh, how I wish this was available in the 90s and early 2000s!  I have just recently started taking it, so I can’t brag much yet, but just looking at the ingredients and what they do has me hopeful.

So, now I share this amazing gift of health with you.  If you think you can’t afford these amazing supplements, then I say to you–you haven’t seen the price of doctor bills, hospital visits, medical tests, and you probably haven’t thought about the cost of losing your job due to having bad health.

We shared the gift with you…  Now it’s your choice what you do with it!present

 

 

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Essential Oil Bed Bug Spray

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A few years ago we went on a cruise and every morning I woke up with little red dots on my legs that itched like crazy.  Pretty sure it was bed bugs.  So, I will make sure I take some essential oils with me next time I travel–just in case.

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What is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca alternifoliais, is an essential oil that has been around for quite a while but not until the past decade has its healing benefits been catching on like wildfire. The oil is extracted from a plant native to Australia and cannot be found naturally occurring elsewhere.
Tea tree oil should NEVER be ingested and is only to be used as a topical remedy.
What are the healing benefits of Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil is a “jack of all trades” as far as remedies go. The easiest way to grasp the benefits is to think: skin issues + tea tree oil = healing (in most cases).
Tea tree oil is known for its topical antiseptic and anti-fungal treatment or infection-reducing benefits. It also has antibiotic properties and helps aid against aliments such as skin infections, rashes, burns, dandruff and much more. It should be noted that tea tree oil should not be used on babies younger than 6 months.

Tea Tree:
Description: The Tea Tree is a small tree or shrub with needle-like leaves. It is also domestically referred to as Ti-tree. It can grow up to 7 meters (20 feet) in height and thrives in marshy areas, though it is now cultivated in plantations. The Tea Tree is very robust; it is ready for cutting only two years after its’ previous harvest.
Common Uses: Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil is best known as a very powerful immune stimulant. It can help to fight all three categories of infectious organisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses), and there is evidence that Tea Tree Oil massages prior to an operation may help to fortify the body and reduce post-operative shock. Used in vapor therapy, Tea Tree Oil can help with colds, measles, sinusitis and viral infections. For skin and hair, Tea Tree has been used to combat acne, oily skin, head lice and dandruff. As essential oils have become more accepted by the public, the use of Tea Tree has increased significantly. This can be readily evidenced by the commercial products now using Tea Tree Essential Oil.
Very POWERFUL antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral
Used in treatment of all infections, candida, sunburn, acne
Can be diffused or used in dilution.
Aborigines have been using it for centuries.

26 Uses for Tea Tree Oil
1.    Helps heal and soothe sunburns.
2.    Heals skin infections naturally.
3.    Relieves itchiness from rashes as well as helps reduce rashes.
4.    Can be used as an all-purpose cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with 1-2 tsp. of tea tree oil and the rest of the bottle with water.
5.    Treats acne.
6.    Helps to prevent lice naturally; just add a few drops to your shampoo.
7.    A few drops in your pets’ crates or beds keep the fleas away.
8.    Removes ticks; just add to skin, and the little stinker will usually unlatch.
9.    Helps get rid of toenail fungus and Athlete’s foot.
10.    Helps remove skin tags.
11.    Naturally cures bad breath. (Swish some tea tree oil and water in you mouth.)
12.    Can be used in a homemade toothpaste recipe.
13.    Has been found as an effective treatment for warts.
14.    Soothes insect bites.
15.    Treats ringworm.
16.    Treats psoriasis and other skin conditions.
17.    Relieves asthma or other breathing conditions when a few drops are added to a humidifier.
18.    Works as an antiseptic on small cuts.
19.    Keeps your bathroom fresh.
20.    Relieves earaches; mix 1 drop of tea tree oil with 1 tsp. olive oil, drop mixture into the ear and then remove by tilting head.
21.    Freshen laundry: Add a few drops in your washing machine to scent your clothes. Also, if you forgot to put the clothes in the dryer, run again with tea tree oil to remove mildew.
22.    Helps freshen carpet.
23.    Can be used in several homemade kitchen cleaners.
24.    Cleans mold: Mix apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil and scrub mold; place outside to sun-dry.
25.    Can be used in a homemade natural deodorant.
26.    Tea Tree oil mixed with water makes a great all-purpose cleaner!

 

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A Winning Attitude

What is the most important word to define who you are? Attitude! If your attitude is good, you’ll get good results. If your attitude is great, you’ll get great results! If your attitude is so-so, your results will be so-so.

We get from life what we expect from it. So, it would make sense to choose to have an optimistic attitude. With an attitude of failure, you are whipped before you start.

Successful people tend to make more money than unsuccessful people. This gives them more options and more freedom.

Take an hour and listen to Earl Nightingale’s recording and learn how you can become successful. Take notes, do what you can to create a successful life, and then share the gift with others.

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