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Protect Yourself From Lyme Disease

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You’ve heard of Lyme Disease and you know it comes from ticks, but how likely is it that you’ll become a victim? If you live or spend a lot of time in a suburban area with lots of grass and trees, or even if you go hiking for the day, you must remember to check yourself for ticks.  Ticks are found on several different animals and are very hard to detect since they are so tiny.  If this disease is contracted, it can be life threatening, but luckily it can be easy enough to detect one of these little guys before worse can occur.

“The majority of Lyme disease cases in the United States are concentrated in the Northeast. Transmitted by blacklegged ticks, Lyme is an infectious disease caused by bacteria entering the body through a bite. In 2009 alone, there were almost 30,000 cases of Lyme disease resulting from tick bites. As a result, the best method for prevention is protection from ticks.

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Lower your Cholesterol with Natural Bacteria

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Cholesterol is vital for the development and maintenance of hormones, strong cell membranes, and the production of vitamin D. Every day your body produces around 1,000 mgs of cholesterol. Too much leads to thick, fatty build-up that clogs the arteries.

You’ve probably heard of good and bad cholesterol. Good cholesterol, high-density lipoproteins (HDL), is the type that decreases the risk of heart attack. . Bad cholesterol is also known as low-density lipoproteins (LDL). The higher your levels of LDL, the greater your risk of having a heart attack.

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Behold! The healing power of peppermint!

Peppermint

“Peppermint! What I’ve been searching for all my life! I’ve struck it rich! I’ve got me a peppermint mine! Wahooooo!”

— Yukon Cornelius (“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”)

Put away all those vitamins and mineral supplements as well as that snake oil Dr. Feelgood sold you when his traveling medicine show rolled through town last month.

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Flower Essences

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Depression and anxiety are serious problems facing many Americans today.  Natural remedies for depression and anxiety can be one option people have before deciding to take pharmaceutical medications.  My favorite natural therapy, which many people are completely unfamiliar with, are flower essences.

Flower essences are the vibrational signature of flowers and other natural items such as gems.  Similar to homeopathic medicine, flower essences are the energetic signature of plant medicine, which are then diluted and succussed (or hit on a soft surface) a specific number of times to create potent, vibrational remedies.  They are essentially very well-refined, energetic herbal infusions which are totally safe and non-toxic, with no known side effects or contraindications.  Flower essences work on the etheric bodies, balancing the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects, thereby affecting overall physical health and well-being.

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Beware the water (it’s enough to make you sick)

Dirty water

“Pollution, pollution! They got smog and sewage and mud.Turn on your tap, and get hot andcold running crud!”

— Tom Lehrer

The guidebooks are right. Don’t drink the water.

Of course, not knowing the exact water not to drink is the real pickle. (Oh, and don’t eat the pickles either. They’ve been washed with the water.)

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Video sheds satirical light on difference between ‘natural’ and ‘organic’

Organic versus natural

“Natural” food is not the same as “organic” food.

To be certified as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food products cannot contain genetically modified organisms, toxic pesticides, growth hormones or antibiotics.

Natural can mean, well, just about anything. It’s just a pleasant-sounding word, according to the website OnlyOrganic.org. Food company executives use it all the time to con consumers into thinking they’re getting
something healthy, the website reports.

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OPINION: Naturopathic pseudoscience should not be treated like real medicine

Naturopathic medicine

Naturopathy is what you call a “nonevidence-based medicine.”

Medicine, of course, is a science. You know what you call science once you strip away its reliance of evidence?

Hogwash. Hooey. Hokum. Baloney. Poppycock. Twaddle. Horse feathers.

Actually, horse feathers are probably what exactly a naturopath would prescribe to treat insomina. And it would probably work as well as all the herbal remedies and vitamin and mineral supplements they prescribe to give people expensive urine.

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Baking Soda – The Magical Kitchen Cleaner

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Cleaning may not be the most enjoyable task for most people, but it is an essential step in keeping your home safe and your family members healthy. The abundance of bacteria and potential for mold and food-borne illnesses easily make the kitchen one of the dirtiest places in any home. If not properly and regularly disinfected, the kitchen can expose your family to various health hazards. However, this does not mean that harsh, dangerous chemicals are the only way to achieve a healthy environment. Instead, turn to a natural, fume-free cleaning ingredient found in every pantry – baking soda.

1)      Freshen fabrics – Whether you have small area rugs or floor mats in your kitchen and dining areas, the cooking odors and food residue can gradually build up over time. To give them a quick freshening, generously sprinkle with baking soda and allow it to sit for several hours, or even overnight before vacuum cleaning.

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All Natural Makeup – Nourishing and Beautiful

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With the overwhelming push towards using all natural products and consuming organic foods to create a healthier lifestyle, many people may overlook the most common source of chemicals – beauty products. Products such as makeup, which are high in chemicals and come in direct contact with your skin on a daily basis, can actually damage the skin over time. Instead of choosing a low quality product, spend just a little more to get natural, nourishing makeup that will not only enhance your beauty, but also improve the health of your skin.

1)      Bare Minerals – A well-known brand Bare Minerals delivers makeup that does more than just highlight your favorite facial features. It actually works to improve the overall health of your skin. As the name implies, the fundamental ingredient to every Bare Minerals product is of course minerals, each blend delivering a one-of-a-kind beauty benefit. Some of the minerals, like those found in foundation products, will provide important sun protection. Other mineral blends contribute towards cell renewal, like those found in the many skincare products. With Bare Minerals, users are guaranteed to have access to naturally derived products that offer more than long-lasting coverage and beautiful products.

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Creating Your Own Heating Pad for Natural Healing

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Whether suffering from an injury, ache or pain, or merely just not a fan of cold winter nights, a heating pad can provide the quickest relief. The natural healing power of heat is safe and effective. The best part is that with minimal ingredients and very little cost, making a heating pad is an easy project that anyone can tackle.

1)      Choose the perfect fabric – The great thing about making your own heating pad is you can choose to make it virtually any size and style. A fabric store can offer endless choices both in pattern and type of fabric. Most heating pads typically require between a 10 inch x 14 inch and 20 inch x 14 inch piece of fabric, though pads can be made smaller or larger to accommodate the size of the user or body part.

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