Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Lyme Resources

Here are some very helpful websites and online resources for Lyme:

And here are some books that I've found to be the most helpful in learning all there is to know about beating Lyme disease.
  • Cure Unknown by Pamela Weintraub - An excellent book that details the political issues behind lyme disease, in addition to telling the story of one family's journey through dealing with Lyme.
  • Insights into Lyme Disease Treatment by Connie Strasheim - A great resource for learning about various treatments for Lyme and coinfections.  The book is written by 13 Lyme Literate health care providers.
  • The Lyme Diet by Dr. Nicola McFadzean - Gives a great in-depth look at what foods we should avoid to decrease inflammation and to obtain optimal health.
  • The Lyme Disease Solution by Dr. Kenneth Singleton - A great resource for learning about symptoms and treatment of Lyme and its coinfections.  A nice exploration through dietary and lifestyle changes that further promote healing.
  • Recipes for Repair: A Lyme Disease Cookbook (written by Laura & Gail Piazza, with help from Dr. Singleton) - While I haven't actually read this book, it will be next on my "books to purchase" list.  Maintaining the anti-inflammatory diet can be very difficult, and I can only imagine how helpful this book will be for meal planning!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Beauty Products

I plan to blog more about food, chronic illness, and lifestyle in the future, but I'd also like to focus on beauty products that we all use.  I've decided to write about some new natural products I've received, which I will follow up with reviews.  Here's what I've got:

Suki Hair & Scalp Conditioning Oil - I ordered the Suki Hair & Scalp Conditioning Oil for a few reasons:
1) Because it claims to make your hair grow faster--- I'm trying to grow out some nasty highlights, so I need all the help I can get.
2) Because I read about Demodex Folliculorum.  Ewww- this is probably one of the grossest things I've ever heard in my life.
3) Because I keep hearing more and more about how our scalp health is so critical for healthy hair.  It seems that our scalp health suffers (dandruff, bumps, eczema, itchiness, etc.) as a result of many of the products that we use on our hair.  Specifically, I've found that sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)/sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is particularly bad for our scalp/hair, and unfortunately, it's in every bottle of shampoo I own (even the organic kind!).  These chemicals are what makes the shampoo foamy, but they're harsh agents found in things like dish soap, and our hair doesn't need something that strong.  I think I will dedicate a whole new post to SLES/SLS, and my experience in finding/using a good sulfate-free shampoo.  Also worth mentioning-- I did notice that L'Oreal has a new "sulfate-free" line out, but I'm not interested.... there are way too many chemicals in there to make it a quality product.

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil - this oil claims to help with stretch marks, scars, and wrinkles.  Sounds good to me!  I think my face is too oily to use it as part of my face care regimen, so I will be testing it out on some scars on my back that I'm trying to clear up. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Household Chemicals & A Steam Cleaner Giveaway

Check out this awesome giveaway at Everything Green Weddings for an opportunity to win a steam cleaner.  Using a steam cleaner minimizes your exposure to harsh cleaning chemicals, and also helps protect the environment!

Check out the following articles to learn more about why typical household cleaning products are dangerous:
Click HERE to sign the petition for safe cleaning products.

Watch the "Disinfectants Horror Show" created by Women's Voices for the Earth:

Friday, April 2, 2010

Why Organic Nail Products Should Be Your Only Choice

You can find many articles out there that discuss the health hazards of many chemicals that our nail products contain. Check out some of these:
  • Group Links Nail Polish to Birth Defects - at CNN.com
  • Nail Polish Chemicals: Being Aware of Health Risks - at GoGreenStreet.com
  • Nail Polish Chemicals Cause Cancer - at NaturalNews.com
  • Nail Polish Poisoning - at MedlinePlus.com discusses the signs and symptoms of "nail polish poisoning", which interestingly enough can be from swallowing or inhaling nail polish.  The specific poisonous ingredients in nail polish are listed.
  • Nail Polish Eczema - at SouthernMedicalJournal
  • Brain Damage from Modern Chemicals - at ChemTox.com.  This article gives examples from various studies done at respectable universities.  An excerpt from this site:
    "According to the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment’s recent report on neurotoxicity, among the known or suspected causes of brain-related disorders are exposure to chemicals including pesticides, therapeutic drugs, food additives, foods, cosmetic ingredients and naturally occurring substances" (this was from a summary report from the National Center for Toxicological Research)

Where to buy?  I have just slowly been transitioning over to natural/organic beauty products myself, so I don't have as much advice as I would like to on the topic.  I recently tried Karma Organic's nail polish remover and was very pleased with the results.  No harsh smell- not even a little bit, it's practically odorless!  While you might have to spend a few extra seconds rubbing each nail, it seemed totally worth it to me.

I stumbled across Priti NYC, which seems to have one of the widest selections of organic nail polish out there.  While it may be pricier than your average polish, there seems to be quite a few colors on sale.  The sale items are a few dollars off, which knocks the price down to what you would pay for your average bottle of nail polish.  Seems worth it to me!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

New Blog

I am constantly bookmarking health articles that I come across. I have become overwhelmed with my collection of bookmarks, and have decided to put everything into a blog. It's easier to keep up with all the information, and hopefully it will help some other people along the way!