November 26, 2011 at 10:13 pm (Health and wellness, News and politics)
Tags: alternative, essentials oils, flowers, fragrances, health, Homeopathy, naturals, tentures
Originally published November 25 2011
Use flower remedies to harmonize the body, mind and spirit
by Fleur Hupston
(NaturalNews) Dr. Edward Bach noticed that people with similar attitudes often had similar complaints. He concluded that mood and a negative outlook on life predisposed people toward ill-health and that illness is a manifestation of a deeper mental or emotional health imbalance. Flower essences are said to contain the life forces of the flowers used to make them. They work by relieving negative feelings, and they encourage the healing process by balancing energy in the body.
Negative emotions tend to depress the mind and immune system, thereby contributing to poor health. Dr. Bach identified 7 main negative states: fear, uncertainty, insufficient interest in present circumstances (or detachment), loneliness, over-care for the welfare of others, despondency or despair, and over-sensitivity to influences and ideas. By addressing these negative emotions and learning the healing capacity of peace, hope, joy, faith, wisdom and love, it is possible to develop a positive outlook and a general sense of well-being.
Flower remedies can support one in a time of crises, treat negative emotions produced by an illness, address a recurring emotional or behavioral pattern and strengthen one during a temporary emotional setback. The remedies are gentle and may even be used as a preventative remedy when things start to get out of balance. It may take months, however, to change a long-standing negative pattern of thought.
Do flower remedies work?
Generally considered as nothing more than a placebo by many, others testify to the effectiveness of flower remedies. For example, a widely used flower remedy addresses sleeplessness, anxiety and shock. (Read more)
October 20, 2011 at 9:44 am (Global Events, Health and wellness, News and politics, Observances)
Tags: artificial, chemicals, environmental hazards, fragrances, phthalates, plastics
Phthalates: The Sweet Smell of an Environmental Hazard? : Internal Medicine News.
October 18, 2011
Their fragrance may be pleasant, but their health impact is unclear, and possibly dangerous.
Phthalates are a class of chemicals primarily used to treat plastics to make them flexible, but they are also ubiquitous in artificial fragrances: air sprays, plug ins, detergents and cleansers, and scented candles.
Mitchel Zoler/Elsevier Global Medical News
“Almost no home product does not have a fragrance, and we don’t need these things,” Jerome Paulson said last week at a meeting on children’s health and the environment.
Phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and while the evidence remains preliminary so far they may potentially cause important disruptions to human reproductive development and function, trigger allergies, and are possibly carcinogenic.
“To the extent that we worry about phthalates [for these possible health effects], we don’t need these things,” said Dr. Paulson, a specialist on the health effects of the environment at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. His argument is: Why should modern society and manufacturers insist on prettifying the odors of so many commercial products with compounds that may pose health risks?
“If you had a law that banned all fragrances, I think the long-term benefit would be large,” he said. He went on to advise those at the meeting to “take the precautionary approach and get them out of your life even though we can’t [currently] prove that they are bad” for human health.
—Mitchel Zoler (on Twitter @mitchelzoler)
Artical Link: http://www.internalmedicinenews.com/views/blognosis-the-internal-medicine-news-blog/blogview40836/phthalates-the-sweet-smell-of-an-environmental-hazard/8a0956eeb6.html
August 30, 2011 at 12:11 am (Health and wellness, News and politics)
Tags: Air pollution, artificial, chemicals, dry cleaning, environmental, fragrances, Indoor air quality, irritants, pollutants
Posted By Dr. Mercola | August 30 2011 | 3,611 views
The U.S. EPA has stated that levels of about a dozen common chemical pollutants are two to five times higher inside homes than outside of them. Scientists are beginning to suspect that indoor pollutants may be in part responsible for rising rates of asthma and other respiratory diseases.
Indoor pollution has also been known to cause headaches, flu-like symptoms, and even neurological problems. MSN Health has compiled a list of steps you can take to minimize your family’s exposure with a few simple steps. They include:
- Wait a few days before picking up your dry cleaning. Dry-cleaned clothes emit chemicals that have been linked to cancer and neurological problems right after cleaning.
- Go fragrance-free. Some scented air fresheners can release compounds that cause headaches and eye, nose, and throat irritation.
- Make sure your fireplace flue is working properly. This will keep the lung-irritating particles in wood smoke out of your indoor air.
To read the rest of their tips, you can click on the link below.
MSN Health 2011
March 31, 2011 at 2:47 am (Health and wellness, News and politics)
Tags: allergens, artificial, chemicals, fragrances, hypoallergenics, ingredients, irritants, personal, products, toxic
Know The Ingredients in your Personal Care Products – Health Tips from EWG | Environmental Working Group.
Know the ingredients in your personal care products
Better products are truthful in their marketing claims and free of potentially worrisome ingredients. Some products might make claims like “gentle” or “natural,” but since the government does not require safety testing, personal care product manufacturers can use almost any chemical they want, regardless of risks.
How to read a label
Every personal care product must list its ingredients. Here’s how to navigate the label:
- Start at the end, with preservatives. Avoid:
- Words ending in “paraben”
- DMDM hydantoin
- Imidazolidinyl urea
- Triethanolamine (or “TEA”)
- Check the beginning of the ingredients lists, where soaps, surfactants, and lubricants show up. Try to avoid ingredients that start with “PEG” or have an “-eth” in the middle (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate).
- Read the ingredients in the middle. Look for these words: “FRAGRANCE,” “FD&C,” or “D&C.”
Many parents pay more attention to their kids’ environmental health than their own, but adult bodies can be affected by toxic chemicals, too. EWG’s Safer Shopping List has nine common-sense tips to reduce everyone’s exposures. For instance, buy fragrance-free, skip the nail polish and use fewer products.
Just for kids
Extra caution is in order for kids because, pound for pound, they are exposed to more contaminants in everyday products than adults. Their immature metabolism and organ systems are typically less capable of fending off chemical assaults. Even subtle damage to young bodies can lead to disease later in life.
Follow EWG’s top five tips for kids:
- Use fewer products and use them less often.
- Don’t trust ad hype. Check ingredients.
- Buy fragrance-free products.
- Avoid the use of baby powder.
- Always avoid EWG’s top six chemicals of concern for kids:
- 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3 Diol
- Boric acid and sodium borate
- DMDM Hydantoin
LEARN MORE about our Healthy Home Tip series.