Toss Your Plastic Wrap!

Plastic wrap is a petroleum based product that, like other plastics, leaches chemicals into the food it touches.

I always use a piece of wax paper between it and food, creating more waste than should be necessary to store food in the fridge.

Well, I was standing at the kitchen counter after dinner some months ago.. begrudgingly tearing yet another sheet of plastic wrap to cover a bowl of hummus… when I looked at J and said,

“There has to be a way to craft a cover that is food-safe, and plastic free.  I just hate buying and throwing away plastic wrap week after week, and year after year!  Think of the amount of awful waste each household generates just for wrapping food. It’s huge!”

Then within 2 months I came across reusable cloth covers, sold by a specialty site. Bingo!  I bought some to figure out how well they worked, and decided to make my own, since they sold for $12.00 -15.00 each!

I am happy to say they work like a charm.

I am making them available to you all through my Hoda’s Herbals website at 1/3 of the price!  They are reusable, rinse-able and fun!

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Reusable, food safe bowl cover

We only use pure Beeswax, nothing else.  The warmth of your hands causes the wax to soften and mold beautifully around any container.  Will last many months.

Now I rarely use plastic wrap or foil.. the latter to line a baking sheet when I make the covers, or to wrap around the meat that I re-package with parchment for the freezer.

Buy two sets, and mix and match patterns.  These make an awesome gift, saving recipient $$/month.

HELP US REDUCE environment/health damaging chemicals, both in the manufacturing and disposal of plastics.

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Round bowl covers, Farm motif


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.

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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

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


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‘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.

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  ~ 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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Bounce Your Way to Good Health!

Rebounding is more than simply jumping on a mini trampoline. This small, yet powerful fitness tool strengthens and supports virtually every major system in your body.

Jumping on a rebounder/trampoline can help improve your blood and lymph circulation and help detoxify your body.

Even if you are tired or suffer from chronic fatigue, rebounding is a gentle, easy form of exercise that is so much fun, you just might feel like a kid!  Unlike running, rebounding dramatically reduces the impact on your joints, so it’s gentle enough for anyone.

The lymphatic fluid contains the body’s T- and B-cellsB-cells work chiefly by secreting antibodies into the body’s fluids to ambush foreign antigens circulating in the bloodstream. They are powerless, however, to penetrate cells.

The job of attacking target cells—either those infected by viruses or cells that have been distorted by cancer—is left to T cells or other immune cells.

The lymphatic system, as described by Dr. Morton Walker in his book “Jumping for Health“, is the  “metabolic garbage can of the body. It rids you of toxins, such as dead and cancerous cells, nitrogenous wastes, fat, infectious viruses, heavy metals, and other material cast off by the cells.”

There are only three ways for the lymph system to “pump” and cleanse: exercise, which helps muscular contraction; massage of the tissues; and gravitational pressure.

Bouncing provides all three ways of removing waste from the cells.  You can start out by putting on your favorite music and dancing on the trampoline for 15 minutes, building up to 25 minutes.  Change it up by bouncing a few times in between dances… letting your arms and shoulders flop around.

“And the joy of it all is that you don’t even have to exert yourself to get these benefits. The eldest of the elderly can do this, as well as the handicapped person, and the arthritic.”   ~ Linda D Cloward LMT bouncer

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~ In Good Health!

The Power of Guided Nutrition in Cancer Treatment

In several posts I have mentioned the indispensable service offered by Nutritional Solutions to cancer patients.  I refer many of my clients to their office for phone consultations before, during and after treatment.

“Jeanne Wallace is among a small handful of gifted practitioners who has succeeded in synthesizing the complex and wide volume of available research in the field of integrative care. Her work with brain cancer deserves further attention from the research community.”
Keith I. Block, MD, Medical Director, Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care

They will teach you to:

  • Maximize your cancer therapy with nourishing foods, nutrients and herbs to enhance the efficacy of your treatments, while safely reducing their side effects
  • Harness the ONCOMETABOLIC ADVANTAGE—Dr. Wallace’s cutting-edge, scientifically-based program to foster an anti-cancer environment within your body.
  • Learn how wholesome foods, dietary supplements and simple lifestyle changes can:Talk to your genes with specific foods that have been shown to suppress the expression of cancer genes and increase tumor suppressor genes
  • Curb inflammation, a known contributor to tumor growth and invasion
  • Thwart angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels that “feed” a tumor
  • Target insulin resistance, a hidden underlying factor scientifically linked to prognosis, survival, and treatment outcome
  • Provide the necessary nutritional co-factors that prompt cancer cells to mature into healthy cells (a process called differentiation) or to undergo a natural cell “suicide” (apoptosis)
  • Boost the competence of your immune system
  • Utilize a panel of laboratory testing to:
    • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of your diet
    • Individually tailor your protocol based on your body’s unique biochemistry
    • Prioritize your nutritional goals so you know which areas are most important
    • Monitor the efficacy of your nutrition protocol (with follow-up testing)
  • Learn appropriate dosing, how and when to take your supplements, and recommendations for superior quality products with proven track records

Listen to a short clip by Dr. Wallace:

~ In good health