What’s Wrong With Artificial Food Dye?



What’s In The Food?

Food Additives and Dyes

As we return from summer vacation and get back to work and/or school, we may be looking into easier foods for snacks, lunches, etc.
Shop prepared: Always take your reading glasses with you because ingredients are printed so small that they can be difficult to read. Read ingredient lists carefully. Ingredients are listed in descending order of the amount used in the product. The first four or five ingredients are very important because they make up the bulk of a product. Look for chemicals and additives.

I have researched how additives, preservatives, and food color dyes can cause many health problems as well as emotional and behavioral problems, especially in children. Children are much more sensitive than adults and their organs are still forming, so it’s even more critical for them to have a high-quality diet.

ADHD and hyperactivity can be misdiagnosed when they actually result from additives in foods. 1, 2

Numerous studies I found on food dyes are quite alarming. For example, “In 2007, a carefully designed, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the journal The Lancet concluded that a variety of common food dyes and the preservative sodium benzoate cause some children to become measurably more hyperactive and distractible.”3

This wasn’t the first time such a link had been established. In 1994, researchers found that 73 percent of children with ADHD responded favorably to an elimination diet that included removing artificial colors. 4

Increasingly since the 1960s, more and more people have come to depend on processed foods containing colored dyes. Many children’s foods, such as juices, soft drinks, candy, gelatins, breakfast cereals, baked and snack foods, salad dressings, frozen desserts, and even foods you wouldn’t normally suspect, such as pickles or fresh produce, are coated in dye to make them look more pleasing.

A 68-page report called Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks by the Center for Science in the Public Interest states this:
In addition to considerations of organ damage, cancer, birth defects, and allergic reactions, mixtures of dyes (and Yellow 5 tested alone) cause hyperactivity and other behavioral problems in some children. Because of that concern, the British government advised companies to stop using most food dyes by the end of 2009, and the European Union is requiring a warning notice on most dye-containing foods after July 20, 2010.5

Many major food manufacturers use natural dyes in European foods, while still using the chemical dyes in American foods, because there is still no law in the U.S. banning these food dyes. As the Food Dyes’ report discusses:
Studies of the nine dyes currently approved by the FDA suggest, if not prove, that most of the dyes cause health problems, including cancer, hypersensitivity, or neurotoxicity (including hyperactivity). . . . The health concerns indicate that most dyes fail the FDA’s safety requirement ‘that there is convincing evidence . . . that no harm will result from the intended use of the color additive.’

Fortunately, numerous natural colorings could be used in place of dyes: beet juice, beta-caramel, carotene, carrot juice, chlorophyll, elderberry juice, grape juice/skin, paprika extract, purple corn, purple sweet potato, red cabbage, and turmeric.6

In many ways, we may be able to help ourselves as well as our children by cleaning up our diet. We can teach our children to eat healthier and possibly seeing some beneficial changes before we resort to pharmaceutical medications.

There seems to be a mixed message in giving children drugs for all kinds of ailments, like ADHD for instance. On one hand, adults are telling children, “Do not take drugs.” Then, on the other hand, they are saying, “Take these drugs.” What is the real message we’re giving children?

I feel this subconsciously tells children that (1) “There is something wrong with you,” and (2) “Drugs are okay for solving your problems. Drugs are a quick fix.” Are these the messages we want to give our children?

In the long run, if we can simply clean up our diet and find out if that really is the cause of the problem in the first place, wouldn’t that be better?
Living a healthier lifestyle consuming chemical-free, additive-free organic food, without having to resort to pharmaceutical drugs, could benefit everyone for life.

1 “Red Dye 40: Could It Cause Kids to Be Hyper?” http://www.wltx.com/story/news/2014/02/11/1673602
2 Marvin Boris, MD, and Francine S. Mandel, PhD. “Food and Additives are Common Causes of the Attention Deficit Disorder in Children.” Annals of Allergy. October 1994, Volume 73, October 1994.
3 Dr. Joseph Mercola. “First Ever Study Reveals Amounts of Food Dyes in Brand Name Foods.” May 22, 2014. Newsletter. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/05/22/a rtificial-fooddyes.aspx
4 Ibid.
5 Sarah Kobylewski, Ph.D. Candidate. Food Dyes: A Rainbow of
Risks. Center for Science in the Public Interest. Molecular
Toxicology Program. University of California. p. vi.
6 Ibid. p. 15.

By Nancy Addison CHC, AADP


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Feeding Tube Recipe For Optimum Health















Feeding Tube Nutrition

A Practical Guide for Creating a Healthier Formula for the Feeding Tube.

Learn how to make better food choices to create radiant health for your loved one who is on a feeding tube program.

Proper nutrition is required for the body to stay healthy and strong. If you’re unable to eat and it’s hard to swallow food, you may need a feeding tube, which is called percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy or PEG for short, in medical terminology.

The tube is surgically inserted into your stomach, and is used to provide food, liquids, and/or medicines.

Even with a feeding tube, it is possible to get the essential nutrients needed for healing, creating a strong immune system, and  maintaining body weight. A healthy diet includes proteins, fats, carbohydrates and optimum hydration. They are all important components and work together like a symphony in the body.

Depending on the situation, when someone gets a feeding tube, you will need to learn some new skills, including how to use and care for the tube..

Adapting to this process may take a little time and patience, but before you know it, you will get accustomed to doing this, and will do it easily and accurately.

As you start on this program, you will need to focus and concentrate on what you are doing and be faithful in the fundamentals of keeping the equipment clean.

Just remember that obtaining optimum nutrition can be one of the most important parts of maximum health and healing for a radiantly healthy life.

By Nancy Addison


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Grilling Tips










Grilling Tips!

As you fire up your barbecue grill for the Fourth of July, Labor Day, or other fun weekend get-togethers this summer, it is important to know a few tips to protect you and your friends and family from the potentially dangerous chemicals that grilling your meat can create.

Grilling, frying, broiling, (and other cooking methods that expose meat to extremely high temperatures), “creates potential cancer-causing compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs).

This is especially true when the meat is charred or overcooked. Moreover, when fat drips on the heat source, the plumes of smoke can coat meat with other dangerous chemicals.

The worst offenders are fatty, well-done beef, pork and lamb, but even poultry and fish produce HCAs when seared.”(1)

If you love grilling, here are a few ways to reduce the dangers:
• Buy lean types of meat and trim off all visible fat.
• “Marinate meat. Researchers have found that this can decrease HCAs by more than 90 percent. Use combinations of beer, cider, vinegar, citrus juices, mustard, herbs, and brown sugar.”(2)
• Precook meat in an oven, and then finish on the grill.
•Try using a lower heat. Don’t put the meat right over the fire. Put the meat to the side of the grill where the heat isn’t as hot.
• Turn the meat more frequently, and grill the meat just until it is cooked and safe to eat. Don’t cook it until it is charred. You can use a meat thermometer to check and make sure it is done.
• Avoid breathing in smoke, which also has risks.
• Veggie burgers, seitan (a protein-rich food made of wheat gluten, used as a meat substitute in vegetarian dishes), Portobello mushrooms and vegetables have little or no formation of HCA’s when grilled.

Try going vegetarian once in a while!
It tastes good, and is good for you!

Sources 1 & 2 Berkeley Wellness Alert University of California – 5/24/2011
By Nancy Addison CHC, AADP

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It is a meat-free Monday!

I’m sharing one of my favorite, easy Italian recipes from my book, “Diabetes And Your Diet.”

It’s a hot summer and a great time to have a cool, refreshing meal made with fresh, organic garden veggies that are so abundant now!



3 large tomatoes (diced)
1 red, yellow, or orange bell pepper (seeded & diced)
1⁄2 cucumber (diced)
1⁄4 cup raw cold-pressed flax or hemp oil
2 cloves garlic (minced)
3 sundried tomatoes (soaked in pure water until soft)
2 drops of plain liquid stevia (optional)
Pinch of black pepper
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Pinch of turmeric
Unrefined sea salt to taste


1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until creamy.
2. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.

Bon Appétit!

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If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the U.S. would save:

â—100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost 4 months;

â—1.5 billion pounds of crops otherwise fed to livestock, enough to feed the state of New Mexico for more than a year;

â—70 million gallons of gas — enough to fuel all the cars of Canada and Mexico combined with plenty to spare;

â—3 million acres of land, an area more than twice the size of Delaware;

â—33 tons of antibiotics.

If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the U.S. would prevent:

â- Greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 1.2 million tons of CO2, as much as produced by all of France;

â— 3 million tons of soil erosion and $70 million in resulting economic damages;

â—4.5 million tons of animal excrement;

â— Almost 7 tons of ammonia emissions, a major air pollutant.

According to Environmental Defense, if every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetarian foods instead, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads. See how easy it is to make an impact?

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B Vitamins


Although all nutrients and minerals are important for optimum health, there are a few nutrients that are critical to health. One of those nutrients is the Vitamin B complex. Are you getting enough?

A national survey for nutrition and health reported  the US population is on average anywhere from 3% to 6% low in the B vitamins and may be a silent epidemic and more pervasive than they thought. (1)

How much do you need? It depends on your age, medical conditions, and your diet. If you have had weight loss surgery, celiac, Crohn’s Disease, taken commonly prescribed heartburn medications, or are eating a mainly vegetarian or vegan diet, these can all lead to vitamin B deficiencies.

This month I’m going to share some ways you can make certain you are getting an adequate amount of all the B vitamins.

Thiamine (Vitamin B1), riboflavin (Vitamin B2), and niacin (Vitamin B3), are necessary for energy production.

Vitamin B5, or pantothenic acid, helps the body use fats and proteins in food, and turns carbohydrates into blood sugar for energy. Foods that contain Vitamin B5 are whole grains, legumes, eggs, nuts, avocados, spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, and tomatoes.

Vitamin B6 helps your body process protein, as well as supporting the nervous system and immune system. Vitamin B6 is in avocados, bananas, and eggs.

Biotin (Vitamin B7) helps the body produce hormones and aids in converting food into energy.

Folate (Vitamin B9) is found in citrus fruits, peanuts, and some mushrooms. Along with Vitamin A, it is concentrated in green vegetables like romaine lettuce, spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, parsley, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, and lentils. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say expectant mothers need 400 mcg of folate daily before and during pregnancy to prevent birth defects in their babies’ brain and spine.(2)

The synthetic form of folate is folic acid. High intakes of folic acid have been associated with higher risks of cancer, as well as masking B12 deficiencies. So, if you use a B vitamin supplement, make sure it contains folate in a whole-food form of Vitamin B9.

Look for 5-methyltetrahydrofolate or 5-MTHF as the folate, and avoid supplements that contain folic acid.

Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, is unique in that it is almost exclusively found in animal sources such as meat, fish, dairy, and eggs. It is the B vitamin I have found to be vitally important for vegetarians in particular. As Dr. Joseph Mercola notes, “microorganisms, primarily bacteria, are the only known organisms that manufacture B12. These bacteria often live in bodies of water and soil. Animals get B12 by eating food and soil contaminated with these microorganisms.”(3)  The bacteria require cobalt to produce B12, which is why it is also known as cobalamin. Plant food can provide Vitamin B12 if it is taken from soil containing cobalt and is not cleaned, leaving the bacteria on it.

People eating a mostly plant-based diet should have their blood checked by a doctor to make certain they are getting enough B12 and other B vitamins, including folate. Vegans, who eat no animal products at all, should consistently eat foods fortified with Vitamin B12—such as breakfast cereals—two or three times each day to get at least 3 mcg of B12 daily. For example, if a fortified plant milk contains 1 mcg of Vitamin B12 per serving, then consuming three servings a day will provide adequate Vitamin B12. Other vegans may find the use of Vitamin B12 supplements more convenient and economical.

The less frequently you obtain Vitamin B12, the more you need to take, as Vitamin B12 is best absorbed in small amounts. A daily supplement of 10 mcg is required. But, the body’s ability to absorb vitamin B12 from dietary supplements is limited. “For example, only about 10 mcg of a 500 mcg oral supplement is actually absorbed in healthy people.”(4)

I have been using a new type of vitamin B12 called Methylcobalamin. You take it by spraying it under your tongue. This type of sprayable vitamin supplement is more absorbable.

Methylcobalamin “is the most active form of B12 in the human body. It converts homocysteine into methionine, which helps protect the cardiovascular system. Methylcobalamin also offers overall protection to the nervous system.

This Methylcobalamin B12 form can also cross the blood- brain barrier–without assistance–to protect brain cells. It contributes essential methyl groups needed for detoxification and to start the body’s biochemical reactions.”(5)

Look for this type of supplement. When taking vitamins, you want to thrive, not just survive.

Symptoms of deficiency include energy loss, tingling, numbness, reduced sensitivity to pain or pressure, blurred vision, abnormal gait, sore tongue, poor memory, confusion, hallucinations, and personality changes. Often these symptoms develop gradually over several months to a year before they are recognized as being due to a B12 deficiency, and they are usually reversible upon the administration of B12.(6)

When I read this list of symptoms, I was really surprised. Lack of Vitamin B could have been one of the contributing factors to the vision problems I had battled all of my life.

According to Optometrist Ben C. Lane of the Optical Society, there is a link between nearsightedness, and chromium and calcium levels, which are lowered by sugar and protein consumption. The excessive intake of sugar and overcooked proteins exhausts the body’s supplies of chromium and B vitamins. Fluid pressure in the eye, a contributing factor of nearsightedness, is regulated by the B vitamins.(7)

Make certain you are getting adequate amounts of all of the B vitamins.

1. Agricultural Research magazine.
B12 Deficiency May Be More Widespread Than Thought By Judy McBride, August 2, 2000
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Folic Acid.” http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/folicacid/index.html
3. Mercola, Joseph. (2002, January 30). “Vitamin B12: Are You Getting It?” http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2002/01/30/vitamin-b12-part-three.aspx
4..  Carmel, R. (2008). “How I treat cobalamin (vitamin B12) deficiency.” Blood, 112: 2214-21.
5..  Group, Edward. (November 11, 2014). “Vitamin B12 Benefits: 4 Types and Their Health Benefits.”
6. Norris, Jack. “Vitamin B12: Are You Getting It?” Vegan Health. http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/vitaminb12
7. . Goulart, Frances Sheridan. (1991, March 1). “Are You Sugar Smart? Linked to Heart Attacks, Kidney Disease, Diabetes and Other Diseases, Sugar Is to the ’90s What Cholesterol Was to the ’80s (Includes 9 ways to Cope with Sugar Cravings).” American Fitness. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-10722552.html
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Get Grounded For Health And EMF Protection



Earth Connection

One only has to walk barefoot in the grass or on a beach for a while to feel the benefits of regaining a connection with the Earth, and yet in our modern lives it is not always practical to do so.  There is a very physical and scientifically verifiable reason why we feel better when we have an electrical connection to the Earth, and in fact there is growing evidence that this connection is vital for our health and well-being.  To find out more about this, and for easy and practical ways to maintain this connection for yourself, visit http://www.groundology.co.uk/?a=whoz

Earth Connection

Blood Viscosity Samples

In the last hundred or so years we have lost something vital for our health and well-being: our electrical connection to the Earth.  With the advent of rubber and plastic soled shoes, and insulating mattresses in insulating houses, we spend our days and nights disconnected from the Earth.

One only has to walk barefoot in the grass or on a beach for a while to feel the benefits of regaining this connection, and yet in our modern lives it is not always practical to do so.  There is a very physical and scientifically verifiable reason why we feel better when we do this:

The Earth is a massive reservoir of negatively charged free electrons.  Without a connection to this reservoir, the cells in our body are unable to balance the positive charge which results from things like electron-deficient free radicals.  The effect of excess positive charge in the blood can be seen very clearly by the way in which the cells are attracted to clump together (see right).

There are various things we can do to balance this electron-deficiency, such as anti-oxidant rich foods and drinking living water.  But what has been largely overlooked until recently is receiving free electrons from the Earth.

It’s such a simple thing and yet the effect can be so profound.  In our modern lives we can’t always be outside and barefoot, but fortunately there are new technologies which can provide this electrical connection to the Earth in a convenient and practical way.

Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)

There is another effect of grounding which is particularly relevant in our modern electrical world.  Our environment is full of a wide spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, from computers, mobile phones & masts, radio & TV broadcasts, WiFi, Bluetooth, power lines, domestic wiring, and other electrical appliances.

This electromagnetic radiation induces voltages in our bodies, disrupting the trillions of subtle electrical communications which are a vital part of the function of our body’s systems.  By being grounded to the Earth we greatly reduce the levels of these induced voltages.

We are electrical beings, living on an electrical planet, and our connection is vital for our health and wellbeing.

Further Information

For further information, including scientific research, published papers and studies on the benefits of grounding, you can visit: www.groundology.co.uk

Groundology also supply a variety of inexpensive products to help keep you grounded in your day-to-day life.

Vitamin D, The Sun and Sun Protection

Vitamin D, The Sun


Sun Protection


The sun promotes health and vitality. Still, we want to protect ourselves and our children from the sun during the summer.

Which sunscreens are healthy to use?

Not all are helpful, and many are harmful. Recent studies reveal that some sunscreens can cause vitamin D3 deficiency and increase the risk of skin cancer.(1)

Approximately 87 percent of the population is vitamin D deficient in the winter months. Seven out of 10 children and 70 percent of breastfed babies are deficient in vitamin D3, which affects their growth and development.(2) Because of these alarming numbers, many doctors recommend significant daily supplements of vitamin D and, more specifically, vitamin D3.

Vitamin D is a hormone known in its active form as calcitriol. A deficiency of calcitriol may be responsible for over seventeen cancers, autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, hypertension or high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and genetic disorders, and may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.(3) Rickets (bone softening) is a disease caused by vitamin D deficiency.

The American Medical Association recommends we get at least 15 minutes of direct midday sun, without applying sunscreen, several times a week.


For about 25 years, we have used sunscreens that block out UVB rays, but not UVA rays. UVB rays were thought to be the cause of skin cancer, but studies now reveal that sunscreens were blocking UVB cancer-protecting rays and allowing in UVA rays that can cause cancer. There is no vitamin D toxicity from sunshine, because UVA rays break down excess vitamin D.

We can store vitamin D in fat cells and use it in the winter months if we get enough in the summer.

UVB rays are at their peak in the summer and are not available for most of the winter north of Atlanta, Georgia. When UVB rays stay on the skin’s surface, they help the body make vitamin D3, which is why they were incorrectly blamed for causing skin cancer. The SPF rating only measured the UVB blocking power.

Sunscreens reportedly reduce vitamin D3 levels in the blood by up to 99 percent.(4)

What do you do about sunscreen if you need to be outside for long periods?

Stay in the shade when you can, wear protective clothing/ hats, and select the safest sunscreen you can.

Some sunscreens have carcinogenic ingredients and hormone disrupters that should be avoided: oxtinoxate, octisalate, oxybenzone, homosalate, avobenzone, and retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A). Check all sunscreens for these ingredients. They absorb easily through the skin and are toxic when combined with sun exposure.

Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide have been called safe, and reportedly do not penetrate the skin. But, my most recent research leads me to believe they are not safe. Micronized metals will penetrate the skin and enter the blood stream, resulting in cancer and tumors. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a known carcinogen.

Dr. Elizabeth Plourde, in her research paper “Exposing the Hazards of Sunscreen,” says there is concern that “sunscreen chemicals should be examined in relation to rising autism rates.”(5)

In her work she states that “Sunscreens are endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC’s) or TiO2 or ZnO nanoparticles. Current research shows these are toxic to all life.” (6)

She also found that sunscreens are a major toxin to coral reefs and could be a predominant factor in their decline. When exposed to sunscreens, “Coral dies in 96 hours. Plankton dies, jeopardizing our vital-to-life source of food and oxygen. Fish become intersexed, and some even stop spawning.” If you are interested in any of these subjects (autism, coral death, etc.), I recommend reading her papers or books. (7)

Which Sunscreens Are Safe to Buy?

I’m 62 now, and I personally haven’t used commercial sunscreens in about 18 years. If I know I am going to be at the beach all day, I use a  combination of essential oils that are completely non-toxic, but have a sunscreen effect.

I mix a combination of non-GMO: raspberry seed oil, vitamin E oil, Moroccan Argan nut oil and jojoba oil and use that as my personal sunscreen oil. I rarely even wear sunglasses. I truly believe the sun is a positive and healthy part of our life.

If you feel you absolutely have to use sunscreen, then look for sunscreens that are non-nano, because extremely small particles can penetrate the skin. You want particles so large, that they cannot penetrate the skin.

The Environmental Workers Group (EWG) tested more than 1,500 sunscreens for safety and effectiveness.

The sunscreens listed below still contain either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide in some form. Keep in mind, titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a known carcinogen.

The ones listed with an asterisk are recommended as the safest by the EWG.(8)

Thinkbaby and Thinksport **
UV Natural*
Soleo Organics*
Loving Naturals*
Purple Prairie Botanicals*

Just remember, never wear sunscreen when going into fresh water rivers, lakes or the ocean, because it is highly toxic and it will harm aquatic life.

Drinking carrot juice or eating carrots or supplementing with beta carotene in addition to vitamin E, also gives the body some natural sun protection. (9)

This is just one more positive reason to be eating fresh, organic vegetables and fruits!

So, this summer, eat fresh vegetables and fruits, and get some fresh air, sunshine and exercise!



1. Dr. Joseph Mercola. “Slathering on Sunscreen Does Not Prevent Cancer.” Dr. Joseph Mercola’s website. articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2003/08/02/sunscr een-cancer.aspx

2.  Dr. John Douillard, DC. “Vitamin D Has Astonishing Health Benefits.” Dr. John Douillard’s Lifespa.com website. http://www.lifespa.com/vitamin-d-has-astonishing-health- benefits

3. Dr. John Douillard, DC. “Sun Exposure: Don’t Be Fooled By Your Sunscreen.” Dr. John Douillard’s http://lifespa.com/dont-be- fooled-by-your-sunscreen

4.  Dr. John Douillard, DC. “Vitamin D Has Astonishing Health Benefits.” Dr. John Douillard’s Lifespa.com website. http://lifespa.com/vitamin-d-has-astonishing-health-benefits/

5.  “Exposing the Hazards of Sunscreen.” Elizabeth Plourde,
CLS,NCMP, PhD. Price-Pottenger Journal Vol. 36, No. 1
6. “Exposing the Hazards of Sunscreen.” Elizabeth Plourde,
CLS,NCMP, PhD. Price-Pottenger Journal Vol. 36, No. 1.

7. Sunscreens – Biohazard: Treat As Hazardous Waste,

8.”Sunscreens Exposed: 9 Surprising Truths. EWG’s Skin Deep—Sunscreens 2011.” Environmental Working Group website. June 20, 2011. http://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2011/06/9-\

9. WebMD -Beta-Carotene and Vitamin E Help Prevent Sunburn, By Gay Frankenfield, RNhttp://www.webmd.com/beauty/news/20000302/beta-carotene-vitamin-e-help-prevent-sunburn#1


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Non-Toxic Spring Cleaning



It’s spring, and time for a fresh start after a long, cold winter!

We’ve had the house all closed up, and now it’s time to air it out, let in some clean, fresh air, and brighten up our home and environment.

A few simple things to start with are:
1. Open up the windows and doors and let the fresh air into your house. Replace the filters of your air conditioning system.
2. Wash your windows. It can be an amazing way to make your home or office look clean and refreshing.
3. Bring in a beautiful plant to lift your spirits and help clean toxins out of the air.
4. Clean out your refrigerator and pantry.
5. De-clutter closets, rooms, drawers, etc. Start to redistribute or throw out things that you haven’t used in a year or more, or that are old, broken or don’t make you feel happy.

One thing to be aware of as you are doing your cleaning, is that most of our cleaning care products today are a mixture of synthetic chemicals, including known allergens. These products are based on age-old recipes, that used to include natural ingredients.

But over the years, many of our cleaning products have changed, and many of them now contain toxic, carcinogenic ingredients. These can cause health problems when exposed to them on a regular basis.

The federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, which governs the safety of cleaning and personal care products, does not require manufacturers to substantiate the safety of their products before selling them.

For example, some US soaps, detergents, shampoos and conditioners will often contain two chemical preservatives — methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone.

These chemicals have been banned in the European Union for use in personal care products, on the grounds that they are sensitizing allergens. The U.S. has no restrictions, even though your skin is repeatedly exposed to these substances when used.

Product labels can list “fragrance” as an ingredient. “Fragrance” is a generic term, which allows a number of carcinogenic chemicals to be added to a product in order to make it smell good, without having to be listed.
These chemical mixtures often contain toxic individual ingredients that have been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption and serious allergic reactions.

By using the term “fragrance” on the label, companies can avoid telling consumers the truth about what is actually in the product.

If one company sells its products in Europe and in the US, it can make a particular product with two different recipes and two separate labels, but they will look virtually identical.

In Europe, where the regulation of ingredients in products is much stricter, its container will have to state that it contains seven known allergens in its “fragrance.” In the US, the list of known toxins is not required. As is the case with all (personal and household) products, companies can use almost any mixture of chemicals they choose.

The US federal law regulating the personal care and household products industry has one of the weakest regulatory programs in the world, and it remains almost unchanged since 1938.

The quality of the ingredients in your household cleaning products is extremely important. Buy environmentally safe, non-toxic home cleaners. (If you would like to see a list of highly rated green products that are carefully rated by the EWG (a non-profit group that does independent analyses of products for their safety, non-toxicity, and effectiveness), click here.)

Here is another thing to be aware of. Since our pets and children are much lower to the ground, their faces and noses can pick up toxic chemicals much easier. This can cause many health problems, including nerve damage and allergies, etc., since these toxins go directly into the bloodstream through the skin, without being filtered.

Household cleaners and body care items, such as soaps, detergents, household cleaners, toothpastes, shampoo, and conditioners should ideally be non-toxic and non-carcinogenic, in order to protect you, your family, pets, friends and the environment.

Non-toxic cleaning can give you a wonderful feeling, knowing that your
family’s and pet’s health is protected, and that your home is a place for
everyone’s bodies to rest and regenerate in a clean, healthy environment.

You also might want to consider going back to making your own cleaning products, using completely safe, non-toxic ingredients. They are extremely easy to make, and very inexpensive. Invite your children to help you, like mixing recipes in the kitchen. (Make it a science project!)

Most of the ingredients are staples that you already have in your kitchen pantry.
With a few simple mixtures, you can easily transform your house into a non-toxic, healthy home.

Non-Toxic Household Cleaner Recipes

Window Cleaner

Combine 2 cups of water, 1⁄4 cup of rubbing alcohol (isopropyl), 1⁄4 cup white vinegar, 2 tsp. corn starch and a 1⁄4 cup lemon juice in a spray bottle.
Shake well before using.
Spray this mixture on glass or windows, and wipe with a micro-fiber cloth.

Scrub for Counters, Sinks, and Stoves

Combine 2 cups baking soda, 1⁄2 cup Castile soap, 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin, and a few drops essential oil (lavender, peppermint, or tea tree).
Store in a sealed jar.

Drain Opener

Pour 1⁄2 cup baking soda into the drain, and then pour in 1⁄2 cup white vinegar.
Let stand 30 minutes. Flush with boiling water.

Furniture Polish

Combine 1⁄4 cup olive oil with 1⁄2 cup white vinegar. Add 2 teaspoons lemon juice.
Apply to furniture, and then wipe.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Sprinkle the bowl of the toilet with baking soda and add in a little white vinegar.
Wait 30 minutes.
Then scrub. You can also add 1⁄4 cup borax.

Creating that healthy home and office environment that supports you and your family’s health and well-being can be extremely rewarding.

Don’t put it off another day. Put on some uplifting music and start it today!

1. If you would like more information about healthful cleaning, you can listen to my radio show (Organic Healthy Lifestyle) podcast with the green cleaning coach, Leslie Reichert, about non-toxic cleaning. Click here.

2. I use some of the products from this company, Modere. If you would like a $10 discount to try a product, click here. (The discount won’t show up until you are in the check-out shopping cart.)

3. Click here  to hear my podcast on hoarding, which has become such a problem today.


How To Sleep And Rest Better


How To Sleep and Rest Better

Sleep can become a problem in today’s high paced, stressed-out world.

It’s World Sleep Day, and so I’m addressing a vital part of our lives and our well-being.

I’ve heard more and more people of all ages tell me how they can’t get to sleep, and that they  have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.

In addition to this, as we get older, we don’t produce as much melatonin, which is what helps us sleep. If we don’t have enough melatonin, our body will pull it from our serotonin reserve in order to make it. You can buy melatonin as a supplement at the store. It comes in different strengths (one to three milligrams).

Dr. Gary Massad has researched melatonin and sleep problems in depth. He told me that the studies show that if you take half a milligram of melatonin around three in the afternoon and then another half gram again about an hour before bedtime, it will work most effectively.

If a melatonin supplement is taken, then it saves the store of serotonin, which affects our mood. If you aren’t draining it, you will have more serotonin to help with positive moods. Melatonin works much better with ample vitamin B in your system. If you are concerned about vitamin B—if you are a vegan or vegetarian—take a good whole-food vitamin B supplement.

Some think that a vitamin B spray under the tongue is the best type of supplement source, because it is absorbed better and faster. Other hormone imbalances can also disrupt our sleep patterns, so have your doctor check you for any hormone imbalance or a vitamin deficiency.

I recommend only using a vitamin from a whole food source. I do not recommend ever taking synthetic vitamins.

You might also listen to recorded sounds of rain or ocean waves to help with sleep. They can relax your mind. Experiment to find out what works best for you. In fact, what works for you might change from time to time.

What Can Help You Sleep?

  • Eat a light, comforting early supper.

  • Exercise and breathe deeply.

  • Make the bedroom a place of peace and tranquility, with as little radiation, annoying noise, and light as possible.

  • Write down your list of things you must do tomorrow. This will get all those thoughts out of your brain about the next day.

  • Think calming thoughts that are positive, uplifting, and filled with gratitude and thankfulness for 20 minutes right before bedtime.

  • Write down five things that you are grateful for, or five miracles that happened to you or your child today, or five things that you want to happen tomorrow. Focus on the most positive things you can. (I found this was a perfect time for me to put these in my children’s baby books for them for the future, so they read about what they were doing as they grew up. First words, steps, discoveries, accomplishments, food favorites, people they met, funny events, and more.)

  • Get your hormones, adrenals, and vitamin levels checked for deficiency or see if a supplement like melatonin helps.

  • Stay hydrated.

  • Read a good book, with a positive message.

  • Try a sleep CD to help relax the mind and body.

  •  If your mattress is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it. Falling asleep and waking up with well-rested starts with a quality mattress.

All of these things will contribute to being better able to  relax later and rest with peace for a healing sleep.

Food and Sleep Patterns

When you rest is when your body heals itself. I suggest you don’t eat anything about three hours before bed. If your body has to digest and process food, then it’s working. Allow it to rest and restore overnight, it needs to be free of chores and responsibilities. So give your body a break and have some soup for dinner or a light vegetarian meal. It would help to make your morning and lunch meal the main meals of the day.

If digestion is an issue, lie down on your left side for about 20 minutes.

According to Ayurveda healing tradition, when we sleep on the left side our lymphatic system drains more efficiently, it makes our heart beat easier, supports the spleen function, our bile flows easier and because of gravity, it encourages the food to move more effortlessly from the small intestine to the large intestine. When you lie on the left side, the stomach and pancreas hang naturally, allowing for optimal and efficient digestion.

Good advice comes from an old Ayurvedic remedy. If your body is acidic, try drinking a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water to neutralize the acid. I add a pinch of unrefined, mineral rich sea salt to this as well.  What an easy, inexpensive solution! Drink healthy, hydrating fluids during the day, but don’t drink too much right before bed. Then you won’t have a need to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Drinking herbal nighttime teas can also help promote rest and sleep.

Relaxing Bath To Help With Sleep

Consider taking an evening bath to relax and calm yourself before bedtime. Fill up a warm or hot bath and soak for ten minutes or more. I like to put mineral salts (Epsom salts or sea salt) in my bath. I also add organic apple cider vinegar to aid in adjusting my PH balance in my body. Then right before I step into the tub, I add a few drops of one of my favorite essential oils. I add it last so it won’t evaporate before I can get in and enjoy the aroma. For nighttime and relaxation, my favorite is lavender oil.

My formula for my bath water is 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 cup Epsom salts, 1⁄4 cup of organic apple cider vinegar, and 5–10 drops of essential oil.

I have a water purifier on my showerhead and just fill my bath through my shower head. I don’t like to have chlorine and fluoride in my shower and bath water because our skin absorbs things so quickly and easily. (That’s why so many medicines are on patches.) Both chlorine and fluoride are carcinogens.

Did you know that chlorine was the first chemical developed to kill in warfare? That’s why I avoid it whenever I can. The purifier also removes fluoride and other toxins.

Peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus oils invigorate me, so I use those in the morning.If you can’t take a bath, a good foot soak can be beneficial and relaxing as well.

When finishing a bath, make the final rinse a cool rinse to lock in the moisture to shrink the pores. After your shower or footbath, dry off and put on a soothing body lotion or cream to seal in the moisture. This helps avoid itchy, dry skin during the night.

If you’re like me, you sleep better in comfortable clothing and sheets, so you might splurge on the quality of your bed linens and night clothes. It makes me feel better and I look forward to putting them on and getting into bed. I feel I’m pampering myself.

Air Purifier and Humidifier

I have an air decontamination (purifier) machine, which purifies the air in my home and in my bedroom. This machine cleans my air of mold, virus, fungus, and bacteria from the hard and soft surfaces as well as in the air. I also like the sound my portable machine makes, because it drowns out the sound of the outside world. There is an induct system that also works on the air conditioning system that makes no noise, if you prefer that. This air decontamination machine also makes the oxygen in my environment more bio available and easier to breathe. It is completely chemical free and can remove chemical contaminants from the environment safely and efficiently. I sleep so much more soundly, now that I am using this. This is an excellent machine for anyone who wants a healthier indoor environment or who has any kind of breathing problem. ( Contact me if you would like me to send you information on this. Nancy @ nancyaddison.com)

There are also humidifiers for winter when the heat can dry out the air. This can help with anyone who has trouble with nosebleeds in the winter. The inside of the nose gets too dry and can crack and cause bleeding. A cotton swab dipped in olive oil or coconut oil and rubbed inside the nostrils a few times a day will keep them moist and less likely to dry out and crack. Doing this helped my family, especially when we were in high-altitude places in the winter.

So, happy sleep day and I wish you a restful nights sleep!

Love, Nancy

By Nancy Addison CHC, AADP


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“How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian” Was A Finalist In The International Book Awards In 2016!

I just found out that my book, “How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian” was a finalist in the International Book Awards in 2016! I didn’t even realize it!
 Internatioal Book Awards:
Congratulations to all of the Winners & Finalists of the 2016 International Book Awards.
Health: General
How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian (Second Edition) by Nancy Addison
Organic Healthy Lifestyle Publishing
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