Sparkle Tooth Paste – Love Your Teeth!

The pure, effective ingredients in Hoda’s Herbals Tooth Paste will love your gums and teeth.

Each ingredient adds its unique protective quality, and together they will make your mouth sing!Sparkle toothpst spoon below

SIX Reasons You Should Switch:

1) Fluoride and Chemical Free

2) Natural Antibacterial Healing Ingredients

3) Not in a Plastic Container (lid does not touch product)file4421233875335

4) Not Harmful if Swallowed (but not encouraged)

5) Made with Love, in Small Batches

6) Comes with an Adorable Olive Wood Spoon!

After using the tooth paste for a couple of months, I had a dental checkup.  I am at risk for gum disease (family genes).

The 2 gum pockets that had been 6’s for over 2 years, were now 4 and 5…the rest were the same or better, so my checkup was great. Dentist said, “keep doing what you’re doing.”

Do your family a favor and try Sparkle Tooth Paste.

You’re sure to love it!

Thermography – is It a Valuable Early Detection Tool?

The debate continues on Thermography vs. Mammography as early cancer detection tools.

There is no question there are risks with Mammograms.

To quote Dr. Wright of the Tahoma Clinic:

“A mammogram uses radiation to detect the internal anatomical structure of the breast. It is still considered the ‘Gold Standard’ for early detection of breast cancer.

Thermography detects the infrared emitted from the body surface to measure the physiological changes occurring within the breasts. Thermography has the advantage of detecting physiological changes which may be associated with future cancer growth up to ten years earlier than what can be detected with a mammogram.

Mammography has led to earlier detection of breast cancer leading to a 30-40% reduction in mortality rates from breast cancer. However, there is concern that low doses of irradiation can cause breast cancer. Trauma from tissue compression can cause spread of cancer cells and the majority of breast cancers are found in the upper outer quandrant of the breast – as area that often does not get scanned by mammography.”

Dr. Martha M. Grout of the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, in Scottsdale, Arizona writes:

“Cancer cells are different than healthy cells. For one, they use a lot more sugar. For another, they give off a lot more heat.

Chemical and blood vessel activity in the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in the normal breast. Cancer cells need an abundant supply of nutrients to maintain their growth and this increased blood flow can increase the surface temperatures of the breast.

When a tumor is forming, it develops its own blood supply to feed its accelerated growth. Pre-cancerous tissues can start this process well in advance of the cells becoming malignant.

thermographyThermography measures the skin’s autonomic response to that inflammation – its “heat signature”.

The technology converts infrared radiation emitted from the skin surface into electrical impulses that are visualized in color. The spectrum of colors indicates an increase or decrease in the amount of infrared radiation being emitted from the body surface.”

With mammograms, the false negative reading rates (not detecting cancers) range from 10% to 40%.

According to the 2002 Breast Cancer Study, internists were named in 7% of the surveyed failure-to-diagnose breast cancer suits brought during the 1990s. Family physicians were named in 11% of cases and gynecologists in 29%. Radiologists topped the list, however, being named in 40% of all failure-to-diagnose breast cancer claims.

Mammography has not proved to be a flawless screening tool. It has a difficult time giving a good reading in women with dense breasts. It exposes women year after year to radiation. And there is the argument that compressing cancerous tissue will just spread the malignancy.

The compressive force used to obtain useable mammograms may be a contributing factor to breast cancer:

The British standard for the force used to squeeze the breast as flat as possible corresponds to placing twenty 1 kilogram bags of sugar on each breast. Researchers [at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland] fear that this force may be excessive and enough to dislocate and spread any existing cancer cells.

Animal experiments have shown that the number of cancer sites can increase by as much as 80% when tumors are manipulated mechanically.

There is mounting evidence that the x-rays from repeated mammograms induce cancer. Dr. John W. Gofman, an authority on the health effects of ionizing radiation, estimates that 75 percent of breast cancer could be prevented by avoiding or minimizing exposure to the ionizing radiation. This includes mammography, x-rays and other medical and dental sources.
(John W. Gofman, M.D., Ph.D., Radiation from Medical Procedures in the Pathogenesis of Cancer and Ischemic Heart Disease)


What other options are there?

Digital mammography is a mammography system in which x-ray film is replaced by solid-state detectors that convert x-rays into electric signals. Radiologists find that, like mammograms, it also produces many false positives.

Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is another option. In younger women, this approach offers two advantages: the lack of ionizing radiation and the capability for enhanced imaging of dense breasts. However, this mode has a very high false-positive rate, is expensive, and requires specialized apparatus should a biopsy be necessary.

Thermography is a non-invasive, fifteen minute test. It does not use radiation, does not compress breast tissue, and it is better than mammography at early detection of breast function abnormalities.

The Breast Cancer Detection and Demonstration Project (BCDDP) is a multi-center study performed from 1973-79, and was aimed at demonstrating whether thermography could replace mammography or breast examination as a sole screening tool.

Unfortunately, there were significant protocol violations, and many of the personnel who collected the data were untrained in thermography technique. Thus the data collected were poor.

The more thermograms turned in so-called false positives, the more suspicion was placed on thermography. Although a decade later many of those “false positive” women were found to have developed breast cancer, the establishment had already spoken, declaring thermography a failure.

The consensus among experts is that early detection of breast cancer holds the key to survival. If mammography’s look at structure can detect a cancerous mass, and thermography’s look at systems can detect early suspicions of cancer formation, then it stands to reason thermography can act as an early warning system, giving women the fighting chance they need to win this battle.

Thermography is ideal for women who

  • have had cosmetic or reconstructive surgery (implants)
  • want to avoid radiation
  • have dense breasts
  • are pregnant or nursing

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Gather Those Chamomile Flowers

Chamomile Contains the Anti-Cancer Flavonoid Apigenin

It’s likely that naturally occurring flavonoids, such as apigenin, are responsible for some of chamomile’s anti-cancer effects.

Apigenin, which is also found in celery, parsley, fruits, and other vegetables and herbs, slowed cancer growth and shrank cancerous tumors in animal studies.chamomile

When mice that were implanted with cells of a particularly deadly, fast-growing human breast cancer were treated with apigenin, the cancerous growth slowed and the tumors shrank.

Blood vessels feeding the cancer tumors also shrank and restricted nutrient flow to the tumor cells, starving them of the nutrients needed to spread.

A study conducted in 2011 also showed similarly promising results; when rats with breast cancer were treated with apigenin, they developed fewer tumors and had significant delays in tumor formation.

Again in 2013, apigenin was shown to block the ability of breast cancer cells to inhibit their own deaths.

Interestingly, the compound was also found to bind to 160 proteins in the human body, which suggests it has far-reaching health effects (unlike pharmaceutical drugs, which typically only have one specific target).

The researchers explained:

…in contrast to small-molecule pharmaceuticals designed for defined target specificity, dietary phytochemicals affect a large number of cellular targets with varied affinities that, combined, result in their recognized health benefits.”

7 Health Benefits of Chamomile

This soothing herb has a long history of traditional use, including by the father of medicine himself, Hippocrates. Chamomile is typically used in the form of infusions, liquid extracts, or essential oils made from the plant’s fresh or dried flower heads.

Beyond potentially playing a role in thyroid-cancer prevention, chamomile has multiple pharmacological actions, including:

  1. Antibacterial
  2. Antifungal
  3. Anti-inflammatory
  4. Antispasmodic
  5. Anti-ulcer
  6. Antiviral
  7. Sedative

So gather those chamomile flowers and let’s have tea! 

  ~ Be Well.

Who’s Listening?

80% of All Chronic Disease and related Premature Death
Around the World is Preventable

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP
Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center
President, American College of Lifestyle Medicine

There is a massive, amazing, globe-spanning, world-changing consensus among experts in lifestyle medicine and all variations on that theme about the fundamentals necessary to prevent 80 percent of all chronic disease and premature death — but hardly anyone can hear it.

The problem in our case is not want of huge ears, but a huge amount of competing noise.

It is the job of scientists to ask new questions. But our culture uses the incremental advance of science not to answer new questions, but to question every answer. Why? Money, presumably.

If we, the people, are forever confused about the fundamentals of a health-promoting dietary pattern, there is a new fad diet to sell every day, or at least every week. If there is a never-ending parade of quick-fix diets, there is a never-ending parade of morning show segments and magazine articles about those diets.

If every new study is distorted and exaggerated to suggest that it puts everything we thought we knew up until yesterday into question, it propagates perennial doubt, distrust, and confusion. Doubt, distrust, and confusion make for an excellent sellers’ market.

So sell we do: books, magazines, airtime, and the promise of our own vitality and a dramatically better future for our kids. We sell them

No one of us, no matter our credentials, credibility, or following, can be heard clearly enough above this din of seeming discord to fix it.

No one of us alone can help everyone understand that while we may ask different questions, focus on different issues, and even prioritize different details — the world’s leading health experts live and eat far more like one another than any or us lives and eats like the “typical” American.

When it comes to the basic care and feeding of ourselves and those we love, we are more alike than different.
Even at the extremes — say, passionate vegans and ardent Paleos — diets are still more similar to one another than either is like what’s all around us: multicolored marshmallows as part of a complete breakfast.

The proposal, then, is a True Health Coalition — a vast, diverse, global chorus of voices rallying around the affirmation and better use of what we know for sure about lifestyle as medicine. (Read: More Than a Glimmer of Hope.)

At the tip of that spear puncturing through the din and the discord is a Council of Directors, a global assembly not only representing a who’s who in public health, preventive medicine, fitness, nutrition, health media, and more — but a team of apparent rivals into the bargain.
A group that comes together to defend the profound importance of common cause on common ground, while allowing still for our very varied devotion to different trails, and particular questions.

We know — we truly know — how to prevent 80 percent of all chronic disease and associated premature death. Someone is either going to turn that knowledge into the power of action and opportunity, or else we and our kids keep paying for the status quo with years lost unnecessarily from our lives, and life lost unnecessarily from our years.

If not now, when?

If not us… who?

Full article:

 ~ Be Well. 

There’s Poison Where You Least Expect

I’d like to open this post with a quote from Dr. Mercola’s latest newsletter:

“Aluminum is a known neurotoxin, and scientific evidence shows that it can play a significant role in neurological diseases, including dementia, autism, and Parkinson’s disease.

For example, a case study from Keele University in the UK1 published last year (2014) unequivocally showed high levels of aluminum in the brain of an individual exposed to aluminum at work, who later died from Alzheimer’s disease.

Most people are not exposed to toxic levels of aluminum at work. Rather, exposure occurs via common products such as antiperspirants, food, aluminum-based household products, and vaccines.”

Science Daily reports on the same study:

October 21, 2014
Source: Keele University

“Human exposure to aluminum may be a significant factor in falling sperm counts and reduced male fertility, new research suggests. Fluorescence microscopy using an aluminum-specific stain confirmed the presence of aluminum in semen and showed aluminum inside individual sperm.
And the team of scientists, at the universities of Lyon and Saint-Etienne in France and Keele in the UK, found that the higher the aluminum, the lower sperm count.”
1 Reproductive Toxicology, 2014

How Did it All Start?

The connection between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease is less a myth than a longstanding scientific controversy. It began in 1965, when researchers discovered that injecting rabbits’ brains with aluminum caused them to develop neurofibrillary tangles, the twisted proteins found in brain cells of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder that destroys memory and cognition.

Since then, several studies failed to be conclusive about the connection between aluminum and diseases, except for its very real toxic effect on people who have weak kidney function.

Why Worry?

The difficulty with Research on the effects of aluminum, is that it is so prevalent that scientists would be hard-pressed to form a control group of people who are not exposed to aluminum.  That was cited as one of the reasons some researchers took a different slant on the diseases they were studying.

So instead of waiting around for confirmation, one way or another, as a cancer survivor…I would rather err on the side of safety.  Wouldn’t you?

How You Ingest Aluminum Daily

Ingesting small amounts of aluminum may not cause harm, but over time aluminum builds up within your body. Some foods, like baking powder and processed cheeses, have higher than natural levels of aluminum because they contain aluminum-based food additives

Pickles may contain a significant level of aluminum. Some manufacturers add alum, an aluminum salt such as aluminum sulfate or potassium aluminum sulfate, during the pickling process to add firmness and crispness to the pickles. You can avoid ingesting aluminum by choosing pickles that do not contain alum.

However, a variety of other products that you use daily, including deodorants and antacid medications, also contain aluminum salts, increasing your exposure.

Aluminum Cookware

Aluminum is popular for cookware because it is inexpensive and lightweight.

For years, some have alleged that aluminum cookware could be a cause of headaches, colitis and indigestion. Today we know these claims to be true, especially when acidic foods, such as tomatoes and okra, are cooked in aluminum cookware.

Use of steel utensils on aluminum cookware can cause additional toxicity by scraping aluminum into food.

Aluminum Cans

Beer and soft drink cans are made exclusively from aluminum. Since these beverages are often highly acidic, even one beer or cola drink per day can lead to aluminum toxicity in susceptible individuals over a period of time.
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Most antacids contain significant amounts of aluminum hydroxide, including Maalox, Mylanta, Gaviscon, Riopan, Alka-Seltzer, Rolaids and many others. Buffered aspirin compounds, such as Ascriptin, also contain aluminum.

Antacids are available which do not contain aluminum, such asTums and one type ofRiopan.

Drying Agents 

Sodium silico-aluminate is a fine powder that is used to keep cocoa, salt and other products, dry. Baking powders also frequently contain aluminum.

Aluminum is also used as a base for various paints and cosmetics. Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate is an ingredient used in foundation, skin moisturizers, lipsticks, eye shadows, concealers, sunscreens and facial powders as an anti-caking and viscosity increasing agent, according to the Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. It is a chemical that is toxic to the human nervous system and is a suspected developmental neurotoxin.

Fashion Victim 2: Avant Garde Fashion
Water supplies

Most municipal water supplies add aluminum to the drinking water as a flocculating agent (removes dirt). In addition, some water supplies may contain high amounts of naturally occurring aluminum compounds.

Sodium aluminum phosphate is used as an emulsifier in processed cheese and potassium alum is used to bleach flour.

Where You Least Suspect It

 >> Sodium Aluminum Phosphate in baking mixes

Aluminum Krusteaz

  >>  Aluminum wraps food products

cream cheese alum

The Rumford package says “Aluminum Free”, but they didn’t mind using aluminum, which comes in contact with the product, to seal it??
Bakingpowd alum

You need to be diligent about reading labels, as you can tell from the examples above.  There is a reason the rates of diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s are on the rise.  The prevalence of plastics, aluminum and other questionable materials that are used so casually to wrap and hold our food products is stunning to me.

So besides the environmental toxins that we can’t control, we need to live with care and make informed choices where we can.  What we choose may initially be less than popular with our children and our families, and will take a bit of adjustment, but the benefits are worth it.

I have been completely organic for almost 5 years, never drink or eat out of aluminum, never wrap food in it without a layer of parchment paper in between. We haven’t purchased plastic wrap in almost a year, now that I use my waxed fabric bowl covers.

I don’t cook in non-stick or aluminum pots, and I avoid preservatives and additives in my food, makeup and hair products.

My life choices are easy on my body and on the world I live in.

~ Be Well.


‘Killing Cancer’ – A Special Report

Cancer has been such a scourge of humanity for so long that the very word inspires a deep dread in anyone who hears it—it’s a two-syllable gut punch, a hole that suddenly opens up beneath you.

Similarly, a “cure for cancer” has been a holy grail of modern medical research the way getting to the moon used to inspire space programs.

All told, the world has spent decades and billions of dollars trying to cure cancer, or cure some kinds of it, or simply make some of them less awful and deadly.

VICE Special Report: Killing Cancer was aired on HBO and is available to watch online.

It’s an hour-long in-depth documentary that focuses on therapies that go far, far beyond chemo. They look at how doctors use HIV, measles, and genetically-engineered cold viruses to strengthen patients’ immune systems and wipe out cancer cells without damaging their bodies the way chemo normally does.

Watch Report

  ~ Be Well!


Purifying and Protecting: Cypress Essential Oil

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Cypress is an exceptionally long-lived evergreen tree and is often considered the symbol of eternity.

Cypress essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves, twigs and cones of the cypress tree. The essential oil is clear and has a woodsy, pleasantly smoky aroma with a slightly spicy, resinous undertone.

Cypress oil is recommended when there is excess fluid, because it is a powerful astringent and venous decongestant.  This makes cypress essential oil a first choice when treating varicose veins and hemorrhoids, and over-heavy and painful menstruation.

The antiseptic properties of Cypress Oil make it a good choice for treating both external and internal wounds. it is also a common ingredient in antiseptic lotions and creams. This quality is specifically due to the presence of Camphene in the essential oil.

Cypress essential oil is valuable in the treatment of menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and irritability.  Cypress essential oil is good for excessive perspiration and for deodorizing sweaty feet.

Cypress essential oil improves circulation and strengthens blood capillaries, and is great for supporting and detoxifying the lymphatic system.

It induces a calming, relaxing and sedative effect on both the mind and body by relieving nervous stress and anxiety. It also stimulates a happy feeling in case of anger or sadness. It is helpful to pacify people who have suffered a serious shock, trauma, or major setback in life.

Purifying, protecting and refreshing, it provides excellent psychic protection and as a symbol of eternity, cypress instills wisdom.  You may use it in meditations for bereavement, difficult transitions and painful changes.

I will be adding a Cypress infused Detoxifying and Soothing Cream to my line of personal products soon!

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