Category Archives: Health issues

Is bottled water toxic?

Did you know many bottled waters have been recalled in the past?

That is a fact I would’ve never imagined. Something advertised as clean and crisp, bottled from the purest source is just that.. An advertisement that isn’t  profiting us. A resource that nature intended to nourish and benefit us, is being controlled by larger companies so their personal assets can grow. Isn’t it kind of strange that the same companies that sell you sodas and chocolates also bottle your water?? A quote to think about which was said by one of these major companies is …”the biggest enemy is tap water.”

1/3 of all bottled water comes from the tap.

Another fact that many are unaware of. Basically big companies are taking the same water you could be drinking for free, placing a shiny label with pretty mountains and bottling it in plastic which has been linked to many cancer-related issues. Have you ever noticed the words pet below the recycling logo on the side of a bottled water?  Pet stands for Polyethylene terephthalate, a synthetic polymer which has been linked to cancer and many other health issues. Plastic contains bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical also found in gas which has been linked to cancer, diabetes, birth defects, obesity, low sperm count, infertility, and the list goes on… Bpa is also found in baby bottles, and pretty much any hard plastic bottles.  There are many chemicals found in plastic which can cause health problems, especially for the community living near the largest plastic refinery located in Corpus Christi, Texas. Those individuals are suffering and dying from cancer-related issues from all the toxic emissions escaping from that refinery. Does that sound like a fair price just so we can have our pre-packaged water??

Did you know a single person in the FDA is responsible for all bottled water regulations?

Isn’t that insane?! One person in all of FDA decides if the water you drink sold by multi-million companies is actually safe and healthier for you to drink… These bottled water companies provide their own tests on safety and are not forced to make them public, as opposed to tap water which provides test results for every city and can easily be accessed online.  Click here! Another interesting fact is if the water is bottled within the same state as it’s sold, FDA cannot regulate.

Plastic bottle landfills twice the size of Texas can be found in our oceans.

Can you imagine the damage that’s causing to our oceans and the creatures living there… Put it this way, fish eat tiny pieces of plastic and later on end up on your plate. Yummy! Not everyone has resources to recycle and some might not even find it necessary, but why should innocent creatures and our environment have to pay…

So if you still believe bottled water is more pure and healthier than tap…Thanks for contributing in our plastic filled oceans! Our future generations will oh-so-very-much appreciate the “plastic soup” we have created for them…

The movie Tapped showed me a sad reality 🙁 so if you enjoyed this article, watch this movie and ditch the bottle.

5 tips for preventing yeast infections

5 Tips for Preventing Yeast Infections

For any woman who has had to suffer the terrible slings and arrows of a yeast infection, you know how it can completely turn your life upside down. While a yeast infection is easily treated with antibiotics, once you come down with your first, it’s very easy to keep getting them. If, however, you follow a few simple guidelines, you’ll be able to effectively keep them at bay. Here’s how.


1. Don’t go overboard on sweets or caffeine.

Yes, a bit of a chocolate and a cup of coffee is sometimes exactly what you need to get your day started on a good note. However, if you take your sweet tooth and caffeine buzz to an extreme level, you’re just asking for trouble. Stay away from snacks and food items with too much sugar, and keep your coffee or soda habit to one a day max.

2. If you’re taking an antibiotic ALWAYS take a probiotic supplement with it.

We all get sick, and whether your treating an existing yeast infection with an antibiotic, or you’re taking antibiotics for some other reason, always be sure to take a probiotic supplement, found at most grocery stores and health stores, in order to keep your bacteria levels balanced. In addition to the bad bacteria, antibiotics tend to kill the good bacteria, which keeps those pesky yeast infections coming back. Taking a supplement will help to avoid these bacterial imbalances.

3. Eat a lot of yogurt and foods with live, active cultures.

Even when not taking an antibiotic, it’s a good idea to regularly consume foods that contain probiotics to keep your immune and digestive system working well. Yogurt and kefir are great sources of live, active cultures, and they also have a lot of good nutrients like calcium. Both yogurt and kefir make great, tasty snacks, too. Paired with fruit, it’s a combination that can’t be beat!

4. Make sure you either take a shower or at least change undergarments every day.

Yeast thrives in moist, unhygienic environments. This being the case, making sure that you shower regularly and change your panties often is one of the best ways to prevent yeast infections.

5. If you see signs of a yeast infection beginning, remember to not wear too-tight clothing.

Simple air is one of the best and most effective yeast killers. If possible, sleep without underwear. While tight jeans look great, if you wear them too often or for too long, then you’re just begging for a yeast infection to attack you full force. Also, after swimming, make sure to change out of your bikini into dry clothing as soon as possible. Wear cotton underwear whenever possible.

These are just a few ways to ensure that you don’t become the victim of repeated yeast infections. Also, remember to talk to your gynecologist about other ways to avoid vaginal infections. Finally, get for a check up with your gyno at least once a year, even if nothing is wrong. The best thing about actively preventing yeast infections is that many of these tips are compatible with weight loss diets, too!

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What is diabetes?

Diabetes has turned into an increasingly common illness affecting  both men and women.
But do you really know what it is? How it’s caused? Or even why it happens? This article is meant to educate you on this very serious illness which requires a complete change of lifestyle.

Diabetes doesn’t discriminate. Men, women, and children are at risk of getting it, and chances are increased when someone in your family has it. Diabetes occurs when your body is unable to produce insulin naturally and it affects your blood glucose levels. Insulin is a hormone that is naturally created in your body and helps to regulate how your metabolism works as well as other body functions. There are three types of diabetes which can affect different people. Type 1, which is usually diagnosed in childhood or young adults. Type 2, which is most common and can lead to life-threatening complications if an individual is unaware they have it. And gestational diabetes, which is diagnosed during pregnancy and may cause complications for both the mother and child if not properly handled.

Like i mentioned, diabetes requires a change in lifestyle unless you want it to progress and do a lot of damage to your organs and body. Diabetes is such a dangerous illness that might sometimes require the amputation of a foot or even leg in very serious cases.

Diabetes symptoms vary between individuals. Some experience every symptom and others might get none. That’s why nutrition and physical activity is so important especially when diabetes is within your family. It also helps to speak with your physician and have tests done.

Symptoms range from numbing/tingling sensation in hands and feet, frequent urination, feeling very thirsty, tiredness, weight loss, reoccurring infections, blurry vision, a longer healing time for cuts and bruises… Sometimes symptoms are hardly noticed so if diabetes runs in your family, it’s a good idea to let your doctor be aware if you feel you might be at risk.

Diabetes can be helped and sometimes even prevented by taking good care of yourself. This includes getting physical activity to help maintain a healthy weight and getting proper nutrition. It’s a pretty scary disease that completely changes your life, but positive thinking and help from your loved ones definitely helps.

Being aware and educating yourself on this disease is the first step. For further information please visit http://www.diabetes.org/

Is chicken hormone-treated?

Hormones are naturally produced in your body, as well as in animals bodies.

These natural hormones are pretty much chemicals that are slowly produced and control growth, development and reproduction functions. Hormones can also be steroids or proteins,animals are usually treated with steroid hormones. Why??? These hormones can cause animals to gain weight faster, therefore meat industries make a higher profit… The faster the chickens grow, the more product they have to sell.

The video at the end of this post shows how chickens are raised and treated in a chicken farm, the conditions these animals live in are dirty and overcrowded. They pretty much live in crap, which is a great environment for salmonella and e coli. The hormones they have been treated with have caused top heavy chickens that can hardly carry all that weight on their legs. So why is our chicken hormone-treated? Perhaps our food industry cares more about quantity over quality? Maybe that’s why fruits and veggies are sold by the pound and sometimes expensive, as compared to fast food restaurants which offer a wide selection of everyday dollar deals…

“Say hello to mechanically separated chicken.” *

Gross… Would you guess the final product to be crispy golden nuggets eaten by many??

“..because it’s crawling with bacteria, it will be washed with ammonia, soaked in it, actually. Then, because it tastes gross, it will be reflavored artificially. Then, because it is weirdly pink, it will be dyed with artificial color. But, hey, at least it tastes good, right? High five, America!”*

http://early-onset-of-night.tumblr.com/post/1206666159/say-hello-to-mechanically-separated-chicken-its

Check out this video to see how the chicken YOU eat live…

What you don’t know about pelvic exams

Ever gone to the ob/gyn for a procedure involving anesthesia???

Imagine going into the ob/gyn for a procedure which involved you being anesthetized. As soon as your eyes close, a team of medical students start doing “bi-digital exams” for practice led by your own doctor. How would you feel???

This scary but informative interview with a med. student  (click on the link below) explains how hospitals affiliated with teaching schools are allowing medical students to practice pelvic exams after a patient has been given anesthesia, without letting the patient know.

http://www.theunnecesarean.com/blog/2010/8/30/medical-student-wont-perform-pelvic-exams-on-anesthetized-pa.html

Though paid volunteers are available for med. students to practice on, having to wait around for a person to volunteer and the expense involved seems too much for schools. Instead of waiting for a paid volunteer, unaware women worldwide are pretty much being violated of their rights??? Does that seem ok or normal to anyone???

The interview has very blunt answers on what goes on, who’s involved, and even by answering what is learned by med. students who partake in these pelvic exams.”Very little in terms of how to do a proper pelvic exam….” So what’s the point in doing this? Like the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.”

All you can do to avoid this is trust your doctor, or as the article advised, be sure to write “I do not give consent for medical students to practice pelvic exams on me” with a marker near your bikini line to avoid any unauthorized pelvic exams for “teaching” purposes.

Snakes in a spa

Snakes have a bad reputation as being evil and feared by many, but some believe they give the best massage possible.

There are many massage styles involving aromatherapy, hot stones, deep tissue, and Shiatsu, to name a few, but have you ever heard of getting a massage by snakes?!?

Would you be willing to put your fear aside and let those snakes slither down your back?

Can you imagine that scaly-dry skin slithering down your back, or that split tongue licking your face?

Those who have visited ADA BARAK’S CARNIVOROUS PLANT FARM in Israel and have experienced the $80 spa treatment find it soothing and relaxing. Some patients say the snake therapy can even treat migraines. The snakes used are all non-venomous. Small ones are used to massage the face and neck areas and the larger ones focus on your back.

If you can’t stand the thought of snakes sliding down your body…


How about a rodent foot massage?

Ada Barak offers a rodent-style massage. In which rats and mice are placed on your feet and they work their fuzzy little bodies to rid you of stress.

ADA BARAK’S CARNIVOROUS PLANT FARM started as a way for Ada to display her pet snakes as well as her carnivorous plants which eat anything from insects to small mammals. She decided her snakes would be great masseurs when she started getting positive feedback on her snakes relaxing visitors and friends who held them.

What do you think of this different massage technique? Would you prefer the snake massage or the rodent one?!? Check out the video below for a snake massage being performed.