Asthma on the Increase, Reasons Why

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?

Andrea HartleyBy Andrea Hartley

If local officials notified you that they were going to build a landfill next door to you, what would your reaction be? Would you be outraged? Would you object? According to Sloan Barnett, a regular contributor to NBC’s  Today show and author of the book, Green Goes With Everything, the landfill is a lot closer to you than next door.

“Most Americans, but especially children, have dozens of pesticides and other toxic compounds in their bodies, many of them linked to health threats,” she writes. “A source of many of these toxins? Common, everyday, run of the mill household consumer products.landfill2

Barnett’s own child, who suffered from asthma, was the inspiration for her research. She had spent her career as a consumer reporter, so she knew how to dive right in. She discovered that the United States is “in the midst of an asthma epidemic”. “There’s no polite way of saying this: your body is a landfill; a dumping ground for a mind-boggling array of toxic chemicals. So is mine, so is your child’s.”

One of every 13 school-age children in the United States has asthma. This is an increase of 160 percent from 1980. That’s about 9 million children, to say nothing of the number of adults who suffer from it.

What is the suspected cause of these stunning numbers? According to Barnett’s book, which was published last year, six well-designed epidemiological studies published in well respected journals have found one answer. There is a strong link between the use of certain cleaning products and asthma. She writes, “That stopped me cold. I may have been poisoning my own son.”

For example, Barnett lists the chemicals that are found in your fabric softener: “toluene, trimethylbenzene, styrene – which are neurotoxins according to the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health; phenols, xylene, a-terpineol, (irritates mucous membranes and causes central nervous system damage); benzyl acetate, (eye and respiratory irritant); benzyl alcohol, (can cause headache, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, respiratory irritation and a drop in blood pressure); camphor (on the EPA’s hazardous waste list); ethyl acetate, (eye and lung irritant); limonene, (irritant); linalool, (affects central nervous system); and pentane, (eye and skin irritant and that may cause headache, vomiting, dizziness, or loss of consciousness).”

Could this be the tip of the iceberg? Could the increase incidents of cancer, autism, Alzheimer’s, and many other diseases be attributed to our excessive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday life? A man’s home is his castle, according to the old adage; but according to the research, a man’s home has become a contributor toward his ill health.

In the book, Barnett tells how to make your own fabric softener. (An added advantage to this is you will save money). Add a half cup of baking soda to the wash cycle. To eliminate static cling, add quarter cup of white vinegar. To eliminate static cling in the dryer, dry natural-fiber clothes and synthetic fiber clothes separately.

Stains in fabric? Make an inexpensive, healthy alternative to spot removers.

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
2 drops peppermint or lemon essential oil Water.

Combine to make paste, spread on stain, allow to dry before washing. (Source: Kayn Siegle-Maier.)

Barnett chose to change her lifestyle and go green. Many others who were sick and tired of being “sick and tired” have done the same.

As your wellness coach, I can encourage and guide you into healthier, more loving thought patterns that will increase your health and well-being. There are many ways that we will employ to accomplish this. Some are education, personalized meditation and thought affirmations, accountability, emotional support and my “Association Technique”. This technique will help you to develop love, peace and calm in your life.

If you are willing to dedicate yourself to your personalized wellness program, I would like to partner with you. I will give you a free one hour session, valued at $40 to help you find your wellness plan and create your vision.

Call me at  609-533-7966

Andrea Hartley is the publisher of Lehigh Valley Woman’s Journal, wellness coach, and  personal trainer with a specialty in mind body connection, certified by AAAI/ISMA.

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Weird?

Ok, so I am talking with this guy for the third time by phone.  Have not met yet.  He just gets done complimenting me saying I am attractive and smart, then he says to me “Are you weird?”.   I am wondering, “What does he mean by “weird'”.  I mean, “weird” means different things to different people.  Besides, what does he expect?  Am I going to say,  “Yeah, I am really weird, Joe,”?  He says, “These women I am meeting on the internet are really weird.”  I urge him for an example.  He says, “Well, one says she is a little overweight and we meet and she is huge, you know about 100 pounds overweight.”

I reply, “That’s not weird, that’s dishonest,”  wondering if he had requested a recent picture before the meeting.  Before I could ask, he says, “And another one told me she had gone out to dinner with a guy and when she got home he texted her and asked her to get on the computer with a camera.  When she did, he had exposed himself to her on camera, so she won’t meet anyone after dark.  Weird!”

I reply, “I don’t think that’s weird at all. ”  He says, “Well if you are riding a bike and fall off, you just get back up and ride”  I reply, ‘Yeah, and you be more careful next time when you see a pothole, you avoid it!”

Seriously, doesn’t he see that she did get back up and ride by talking with him and making plans to meet him?  Now I am wondering if HE is weird! Maybe, I’m weird for not telling him to bug off!

-Vici

 

Daisy’s Christmas Dinner

 

by Sonny

Daisy

This was our beagle, Daisy,  My daughter gave her to us one Christmas. When Daisy was a pup, she had the sign of the cross on her back. She was a very smart dog .” How smart?” you ask.  She learned how to open the fridge and managed to remove a whole ham, which she happily ate rather quickly.  During the holidays she pulled the table cloth off the table and ate all the Christmas cookies . Never underestimate how smart animals are!

 

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Search Engine Optimize Your Food

by Andrea Hartley

Healthy food 2Search Engine Optimization means that the best key words are used to help the search engines find your content on the internet.  This is of great value  because it doesn’t matter how great your website or article is, if no one can find it or read it.  You must give the search engines optimal key words so your content can be found and utilized as you intended it to be.   Likewise, your body requires optimum nutrition to perform as it is intended to.   Giving your body optimum nutrition is one of the greatest challenges the American people face today, since our soil is often deficient of key nutrients.  In many cases, an apple today does not possess the same nutritional value that it did 100 years ago.  If that weren’t bad enough,  we in America face a challenge that most other countries in the world do not.  Industry is trying to force genetically modified food on us, turning us into human  guinea pigs.  This food has not been tested and the nutritional value is suspect, at best.  It is often referred to as “Frankenfood”.  Strawberry ShortcakeMost processed foods contain genetically modified food. Scroll down below  and you can see some of the problems with eating genetically modified food and there is an excellent research paper written by Lauren Williamson which discusses that as well. (See her paper here) Moreover, it contains MSG, artificial colors, artificial flavors  and preservatives.Healthy face

Search Engine Optimizing your food, assumes you already know that the standard American diet is one that should be avoided.  If you are not sure why, you can click on any of the links in the article.  The purpose of this article is to help those individuals who want to eat more healthy foods.  It doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult.  It can be challenging at first, but I have been studying this for over 30 years and use what I learn in preparing good, real and healthy food for my family and myself.

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To help you SEO your diet, I will share with you what I have learned.  You can receive a monthly newsletter which will contain recipes, food tips and a video lesson on preparing natural, healthy food without artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and  MSG free.  Be the first 20 people to sign up and you will receive this newsletter absolutely free for 6 months! To Register Click here.

 

10 Top Dangers of Processed Foods

According to Invigorate360

Although the threats of processed foods are numerous, knowing the 10 top dangers of processed foods may be enough to rethink your next meal or snack.

1. CANCER – Some cancers are known to be caused by carcinogenic properties which are included in processing foods.

2. OBESITY – Processed foods are most often high in fat, sugar and salt. If counting food calories, these are the perfect ingredients to cause excessive weight gain.

3. HIGH CARB CONTENT – Most processed foods include an overabundance of carbohydrates and not nearly enough protein.

4. HEART DISEASE – The trans fat in many processed foods will spike the cholesterol level and lower the HDL.

5. HYPERTENSION – Blood pressure is elevated by the high salt and fat content in foods.

6. DIABETES – The high sugar products and fast acting carbohydrates will raise the glucose to unhealthy levels.

7. FOOD ADDITIVES AND UNKNOWN EFFECTS – For color, consistency, taste, shelf life and more, processed foods include additives while the effects are unknown.

8. UNKNOWN FILLERS – Several foods like hot dogs and processed meats are filled with unknown parts.

9. LACK OF NUTRIENTS – If processed foods are the main part of the diet, the body will be lacking the nutrients needed to fight disease.

10. ARTIFICIAL VITAMINS – Synthetic vitamins, which lose their potency during processing, are added to some processed foods like bread.

The list of the dangers of processed foods can go on. Back to basics with home cooking using wholesome, nutritious, and unprocessed foods may add healthier years to your life.

 

To learn more about the dangers of MSG from Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. click the following two links:

http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=8C501468CA914ABEE2D9395667D5F200

http://www.naturalnews.com/035243_Russell_Blaylock_MSG_interview.html

 

For more information about MSG and GMOs see link below:

http://www.themanwhosuedthefda.info/

http://gmo.mercola.com/sites/gmo/scientific-studies.aspx

 

My mission is to help others live healthy lives.

I am a AAAI (American Aerobic Association International) and ISMA (International Sports Medicine Association) certified personal trainer in Mind-Body Connection. I can assist you in discovering where you want or need to  retrain your brain– to retrain your body and increase your health and well-being, and assist you in discovering effective ways for you to achieve that goal.   I can also assist you in discovering where you expend your brain’s energy, like Bruce Lipton writes of, and how to use that energy for your good.

As your wellness coach, I can encourage and guide you into healthier, more loving thought patterns that will increase your health and well-being. There are many ways that we will employ to accomplish this. Some are education, personalized meditation and thought affirmations, accountability, emotional support and my “Association Technique”. This technique will help you to develop love, peace and calm in your life.

If you are willing to dedicate yourself to your personalized wellness program, I would like to partner with you. I will give you a free one hour session, valued at $40 to help you find your wellness plan and create your vision.

Call me at  609-533-7966

Andrea Hartley is the publisher of Lehigh Valley Woman’s Journal, wellness coach, and  personal trainer with a specialty in mind body connection, certified by AAAI/ISMA.

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by Vici

Ok, so I am talking with this guy for the third time by phone.  Have not met yet.  He just gets done complimenting me saying I am attractive and smart, then he says to me “Are you weird?”.   I am wondering, “What does he mean by “weird’”.  I mean, “weird” means different things to different people.  Besides, what does he expect?  Am I going to say,  “Yeah, I am really weird, Joe,”?  He says, “These women I am meeting on the internet are really weird.”  I urge him for an example.  He says, “Well, one says she is a little overweight and we meet and she is huge, you know about 100 pounds overweight.”

I reply, “That’s not weird, that’s dishonest,”  wondering if he had requested a recent picture before the meeting.  Before I could ask, he says, “And another one told me she had gone out to dinner with a guy and when she got home he texted her and asked her to get on the computer with a camera.  When she did, he had exposed himself to her on camera, so she won’t meet anyone after dark.  Weird!”

I reply, “I don’t think that’s weird at all. ”  He says, “Well if you are riding a bike and fall off, you just get back up and ride”  I reply, ‘Yeah, and you be more careful next time when you see a pothole, you avoid it!”

Seriously, doesn’t he see that she did get back up and ride by talking with him and making plans to meet him?  Now I am wondering if HE is weird! Maybe, I’m weird for not telling him to bug off!

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Miracles Happen

Help from Above

by Andrea Hartley

My father’s brother, Jack, was my favorite relative. He was a kind and gentle man. As a small child, I was about to kill a fly in the back seat of our car. He said, “Live and let live.” My 6 year old mind was astounded by that concept. I pondered that from time-to-time over the years. I remember him most as the one person who gave me unconditional love when I was growing up. Uncle jack lived a 2 hour drive from our house so he only came to visit a few times a year. When he came he always stayed overnight and I was always devastated when he left. When I was 18 he lay in a hospital bed dying of cancer and my father would not let me go to visit him. My father must have felt that he wanted to spare me the pain; but I hated not being there for Uncle Jack. Despite my protests, my Dad refused to allow me to go. He was very strong-willed and not someone that I could easily defy. He also didn’t allow me to go the funeral. For years I was haunted by the fact that I couldn’t be there for my beloved uncle. What must he have thought? I pictured him lying there, wanting to see me one last time. My miracle

 

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Animal Stories

A Tribute to Barney

by Andrea Hartley

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My dog Barney lived to age 20, after being diagnosed with Cushion’s Disease at the age of 14, and given 6 months to live.  The doctors were amazed.  When I had brought him in to see the vet, his stomach was very swollen.  When I returned with him a few months later, the doctor said his stomach had returned to normal.  What had I done?  I had stopped feeding him dog food and started feeding him the way I fed my family, with good wholesome food.  I do not buy any processed foods.  I do not buy any foods with artificial colors, flavors, preservatives  or MSG products in it.  I serve only natural, organic when possible, cooked from scratch food, and now, this was what Barney was eating too.  He had  turkey, beef, organic chicken, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, brown rice, green beans, peas, apples, and yogurt (plain with no additives).  I also gave him vitamins, herbs, and some homeopathic remedies. [Read more]

 

The Miracle Bird

by Gary Frisch

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In February of 2009, I got my kids a pet parakeet, which we named Twitter. This was a special bird, and warmed to my family right away.  He was blue, white and grey, very distinctive looking.  His wings had been clipped so he could flap around but couldn’t sustain prolonged flight.  We gave Twitter a lot of freedom to explore our apartment, knowing he’d return to the comfort of his cage soon enough.

On Dec. 27 that year, Twitter escaped from our third floor apartment when my 10-year-old son left the sliding door to our deck open for a few minute.  A family search of the apartment complex yielded nothing. [Read more about Twitter]

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Blind Dog Gives Owner Insight

LambchopMany years ago,  I visited a shelter to find a dog.  As I went from cage-to-cage, I saw many friendly ones and some shy ones, but the one that stood out most to me was a little poodle mix who was elderly and blind.  I felt that no one would want him, so he was the one for me.  The shelter, very kindly described me as a “saint” and decided that they should waive the adoption fee.  They were nice.  Looking back, it is interesting that they used the word “saint’ but they should have used it to describe the dog because he taught me many life lessons. That tiny, old dog had a spirit and a will larger than life.   I decided to call him “Lamb Chop” after Shari Lewis’s puppet.     “Undaunted” would be a great word to describe his spirit.  Though he couldn’t see and was up in years, he never let that stop him.  I really should have called him “Mr. Magoo” because, like the cartoon character, his lack of sight had him involved in a ton of near misses and dilemmas. [Read about Lamb Chop dilemmas]

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