Posts categorized "Body Shop"

Aromatherapy for Beginners

Being a botanist, I have long used oils, mostly in my bathtub. Most recently, a genetic consultant who I really respect, Sterling Hill, recommended BERGAMOT oil for me as the National Institute of Health actually recommends it for the reduction of the excitatory neurotransmitter, glutamate, which causes anxiety which I have had tons of over the years. If you search you will find several NIH papers on Bergamot's wonderful properties. Here is one:

I was just putting it in my tub with my magnesium Epsom salts and thought that was best. But for this last year, I have had severe shoulder pain and just yesterday was really getting a cold. A coach (Kim Saeed) recommended aromatherapy for self-care and yesterday my tiny little ten dollar diffuser arrived as well as FRANKINCENSE oil which I ordered as I had heard it was the Queen of Oils and indeed if you read up on its properties, you will be amazed. Most important, it is anti-inflammatory and I have lots of inflammation; many of us do and many believe it is the root of many, many illnesses. ( BTW I would say Dr. Josh Axe offers some of the best education on aromatherapy.) Here is a link to a great deal of information. Oils have medical uses and especially help with moods via neurotransmitters I learned.

So here is my own little starter kit. I choose by price and by recommendations of other buyers. I now use Frankincense, (my pain and my cold are much better), bergamot (reduces my anxiety) and lavender I bought locally for some soothing. BTW the diffuser I choose was only ten dollars! Next, I am looking into HYDROSOLS which are oils suspended in liquid for spraying. Do read up on them all before you use them. When I rub them on, I add them to coconut oil as they are not recommended to be directly applied. Some can be used internally but do study up.

Here is a link to old beloved post on the sensing of wine as a form of qualitative reasearh. I especaiily dedicate it to fine wine maker,Gary Pisonii of Pisoni Vineyards.

Sleep Non Toxic

Has it occurred to you that every night we sleep on GMO sheets and bedding? Here I am dreaming of some of the products I might choose, soon. All organic bedding. There is more I will post in the future but for now I hope this is of interest. Click on the crib sheet, especially to enter Amazon and look for more organic bedding for your wee precious ones.

CHOCOLATE toothpaste?!

I have been blessed to live in most places without fluoridated water for a long time. Fluoridation has long been controversial. I suggest you look up some of its effects long term. Here is a site completely devoted to anti-fluoride:

As anyone who has read About Me on this blog, you know that I have MTHFRc677t, which causes heart disease, cancer, and mental illnesses. And I have some bad tooth decay I am working on probably from fungi in my mouth. My dear old Monterey dentist, Constance Newton, who though not a biological dentist, suggested I try a chocolate toothpaste that uses a product, which I believe contains theobromine, from the cocoa bean instead of fluoride. This toothpaste is Theodent Luxury Toothpaste. I will let Dr. Mercola explain how it can help re-mineralize and help decay though if you google it you will find many pages touting theobromine over fluoride. From Mercola:

"Oil pulling" for remineralization and cleaning of teeth is an ancient method in which you melt coconut oil and swish it in your mouth for several minutes each morning. It works wonderfully but I find it hard to do first thing in the a.m.

Amazon carries many re-mineralizing products. I chose all non-GMO to share with you as even some of the major brands are now getting into the act.

Personally, after my chocolate toothpaste I use also MAF Active Toothpaste with coconut oil and zeolite. As I do not sell this and it is hard to get, please email me for information. As one world respected epigeneticist claims, McGAF will be our replacement for antibiotics. As I do not sell it, I will let you do some research. Here is Sterling Hill's current list:

As for toothbrushes, I use a pretty wonderful Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush.

Yes, it was expensive. It is excellent for travel.

MTHFR and the biotoxins that caused it have been very hard on my teeth but I am restoring a tooth I was told would need pulling. Fingers crossed.

I hope some of this helps any of you who want to stay away from the dentist as I do. All the strict diet and supplements I need to stay alive have really changed my life. Traditional medicine damaged me and almost put me in the ground. I am deeply grateful for all I have had to do and that I am still alive to share it with you.



The Body Shop: IODINE

I thought I would just name this post IODINE because so many in the wellness community know about it and a lot more do not. There are one in expensive supplement, Lugol's Iodine and two good inexpensive reads on the subject: The Iodine Crisis: What You Don't Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life by journalist Lynn Farrow and the other by David Brownstein, M.D, Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It.


We who have been "floxed", that is damaged by fluoroqine antibiotics, also use iodine now for fluoiquine toxicity. Fluoriquinones include Ciprofloxacin (aka Cipro), gemifloxacin, levofloxacin (aka Levaquin), moxifloxacin, norfloxacin, and ofloxacin and can cause serious disability. There are 8, yes 8 groups on Facebook regarding this disabling iatrogenic disease. I mention it here because one group is called Iodine for Fluoroquine Toxcitiy.

An aside: while I hear that Wikipedia has basically been high jacked by the right, I also don't use it because it discounts many diseases many of us feel and been tested to have and one is the seriousness of fluoriquinone toxicity. If you look it up on Wikipedia you will find that the outcome is said to be simply this: disability. Well, I don't know about you but that enrages me as I know many who have been severely disabled by these drugs as they are usually a "first line of defense" in medicine and so common. I wear a medic alert bracelet for my MTHFR 677 disability. Though I do not know what part of my own health is related to fluoriquones I have been treated with Cipro and Levaquin several times so for this and for my thyroid I take Iodine. Others wear bracelets, and I may become one, that say NO FLUOROQUINES.

I will leave this section now and get onto the books and of course the product because as Lynn Farrow says this is NOT your skull and cross boss tincture of iodine from childhood boo boss. This is serious medicine and to do it well both Brownstein and Farrow will teach you that you need an Iodine Loading Test, which I so far have not done.

The Iodine Crisis: What You Don't Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life Farrow's book is an easy, astonishing read with a ton of resources especially for breast cancer, for which she and others use iodine for as well as MANY illnesses such as low thyroid.

Short news from the book. Though many of us are now gluten free and do not eat bread, many still do. According to Farrow, up until 1970, iodine was the ingredient used to make bread rise better. In 1970, iodine became replaced by BROMIDE, a fire retardant! That is why you will see today non-bromated bread and flour in better bakeries. As a culture we went from eating a lot of iodine, we get a little in iodized salt, but a lot of folks even limit that (in my view, they should be using pink salt, full of minerals. I will let you research the benefits of pink salt; my bet is it has some iodine in it. Purity is important so I use the one from the SF Salt Company and have called them about their sources). Farrow, from her breast cancer experience and the experience of others has developed many online resources for breast cancer patients online. If I remember correctly, one woman even cured her tumor with iodine. Bottom line, I believe this is a REALLY IMPORTANT BOOK. So far my thyroid has been a little low and so I upped my dose. I plan to have my thyroid tested very soon as well as to consult a functional doctor to possibly get an "iodine loading level".

Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It. Dr. Brownstein does an excellent more in depth review of iodine, including explaining iodine loading testing. He also relates it to genetic damage and the suppression of glutathione, the queen of antioxidants and key to my disease MTHFR677. I must re-read him. He is sitting right here beside me as I write so he will go with me to my doc soon.


The Body Shop: Finding Home in an Earth Friendly Way

I was married for 40 years to a brilliant musician and craftsman. I much preferred it when he built something or remodeled something rather than play and write music that may or may not be picked up (some of it was). Building was so concrete, his taste is exquisite and I could help in my humble ways with marketing and being sometimes a helper.

I encouraged him and me to attend the second ever LEED Green Building Conference in Tuscon, AZ. He would soon become LEED certified in green building. I pushed him to get our local city councils on board as we were both on a LEED community board but generally it was too soon they weren't ready to hear about what we now almost take for granted. Now our town brags of many "green certified projects."

He worked with straw bales that we finished like adobe or porcelain. Pure beauty, in southern AZ.

Now that I am on my own, I am still a contractor's wife and have the knowledge to know a good thing and it turns out that there are many good things out there today. One I notice is Cord Wood Building and Container Building I have long known of. Here is a nice selection of Amazon's Eco Friendly building books and if you are looking for a spot try the many Intentional Communities via a simple Google search. 

This is one I especially like: The Toxin Free Home.It gets a five star rating btw so I am not the only one concerned. Not really a building book as much as a housekeeping guide.

And here is one that would fit my budget: Shipping Container Living.

And here are some classics on Yurts and yurt like building. Think it is funky? Think again: both Tassajara Zen Center ( and Tree Bones Resort in Big Sur ( use them.

I am looking for a place and the accessories I will need. Hope this info inspires you, too.