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It’s not just clean….Really, it’s Toxic Clean

Below is an email I received. It addresses an issue I was going to be sharing within the next few weeks, so I thought… why not share it now?.  I will be discussing safer methods of cleaning along with some GREAT GIVEAWAYS and just some good old  healthy green information.

Lets Stop Poisoning Our Children!!!!

· Every 7 minutes a child in America is taken to an emergency room for poisoning from household cleaning products, the stuff under the sink.

· Bleach and formaldehyde are in so many different products. And not only is swallowing the stuff bad, but it gases out into the indoor environment.

· Women who work at/from home all day, have a 54% higher rate of cancer than those who work outside the home because their indoor environment is much more toxic than outside.

· Next time you’re in the supermarket, just walk near the aisle with the detergents and household cleaners — the stuff gases out right through the sealed containers. Spend some time in that aisle and you will probably get dizzy from the fumes.

· And of course, we are having an epidemic of allergies and asthma with children these days.

. Some birth defects have been traced to mothers’ use of chemicals during pregnancy.

· The factories that handle these same chemicals have precautionary measures for their workers that are required by law. Why are they not required for the consumers who pay for them and use them?

· It’s even possible now that SIDS is a result of the bleach residue on the sheets and pillowcases of babies in their cribs.

The household product makers that we have grown to trust have betrayed us. Big time!!!


The workers in factories that handle these toxic chemicals have safety rules that they must obey. What about the consumers who pay for them and use them? Could it be that the Consumer Safety Commission has betrayed us too? Does it sound to you like maybe they are in cahoots with the manufacturer of this stuff?

Cascade, if swallowed, burns out the child’s esophagus.
Burns it out !!!

Have you seen the commercial where the mother is jumping up and down with excitement because her baby is playing on the floor that she has just mopped with her Swiffer? She is so happy because the floor is now germ free. She doesn’t realize that it may be germ free, but it’s not poison free. There’s a thin film of bleach left of the floor. Baby plays on floor — toxins are absorbed into skin, fingers go in the mouth — toxins go into mouth, baby breaths fumes. The cumulative effect of these toxic buildups in the system can cause all kinds of bad stuff for that baby.

Every surface cleaner will leave some residue on the surface. If that residue is a caustic chemical it will be picked up on the skin of the person or pet that contacts it. So if you are cleaning floors, counter tops, tables, doorknobs, appliances, clothes or anything else with harsh chemicals, a small amount of the chemicals will be not only be on the hands of the person who used it, but also on the skin of persons or pets that touch it, play in it, eat off of it, wear it, or somehow touch it in any way.

Sleeping on sheets that have been laundered in bleach and other caustic chemicals not only puts them in contact with your skin, but it also but also into your lungs.

Pollution in the outdoor environment has received a lot of press in the media; but little attention is given to the fact that the indoor environment of the average home in America is more toxic than the outdoor environment. That’s why work-at-home moms/work-at-home dads are at a higher risk for cancer than women who work outside the home.

It isn’t just touching or swallowing caustic chemicals that is harmful, just breathing them can be very bad for you. When you open the dishwasher after using Cascade or some other dishwasher detergent you see the hot vapor rising out of the open door. That toxic vapor is not only bad for you to breathe directly, it also adds to the indoor atmosphere of your home. And today’s homes are more tightly sealed from the outdoors than the houses of the past.

Many products that we trust as safe are not safe even when they are in their sealed containers. When you walk down the supermarket aisle where the cleaning products are you can’t help noticing the strong smell. It’s so strong it can make you dizzy, and it causes some people to break out in hives. The containers on these shelves are all sealed. None have been opened. Yet the fumes from the chemical ingredients are there because they are so strong that they out-gas right through their containers and you breathe the particles into your lungs.

The young developing lungs of children are particularly susceptible to these hazardous particles.

Here’s a list of some of the chemicals that are in everyday cleaning products:
Each year over a million children are accidentally poisoned in their homes. 250,000 of these victims are hospitalized. 3,000 children will end up in intensive care. Dozens will die. Thousands of children and adults are permanently disfigured or injured through contact with chemicals in the home each year. Incredibly, the most common substances to poison children, are household cleaners. Many of these products are considered safe! Think of your own home — you probably have dozens of bottles of cleaners, containing hundreds of chemicals. Could an accident happen in your home?

Check off the products you use in your home and evaluate your risks. All information comes from actual manufacturers Material Safety Data Sheets and National Poison Control Centers.

___Liquid Bleach - DANGER! - Causes sever eye injuries. Can damage mouth, throat, and stomach.. Vapors irritate the nose, throat and lungs.

___Toilet Bowl Cleaner - DANGER! - contains hydrochloric acid which is hightly corrosive. Burns the skin, mouth and throat. Causes blindness.

___ Furniture Polish - DANGER! - Contact with the skin can dissolve vital skin oils and casue severe dermatitis (skin burns) Can permanently injure eyes

___ Aerosol Dusting Spray - DANGER! - Flammable. Irritates the eyes and lungs. 5,00 people visit emergency rooms each year with an aerosol can-related injury.

___Carpet Shampoo - WARNING! Can cause moderate to severe damage to eyes and skin. Vapors can irritate nose, throat, and lungs.

___ Carpet Stain Remover - WARNING! - can cause moderate to severe damage to eyes and skin. Vapors can cause repiratory distress.

___ Upholstery Stain Remover - WARNING! - .Can cause moderate to severel damage to skin and eyes. Ingesting can lead to abdominal tenderness and bleedin.

___ Disinfectant Cleaner - WARNING! contains flammable propellants. Can burn the skin and cause permanent corneal damage. Fumes can strongly irritate the nose, throat, and lungs.

___ Powdered Bleach - WARNING! - Breathing the dust can produce asthma -like symptoms. Damages eyes and skin. Mixing with ammonia can produce deadly fumes.

___Aerosol Air Freshener - WARNING! - Contains highly flammable propellants. Can cause moderate irritation tot he eyes. Can cause mikld to moderate lung irritation, including asthma-like symptoms.

___ Window Cleaner - WARNING! - Can cause moderate irritation and damage to the eyes. Fumes can be moderately - highly irritating to the lungs. Can irritate the skin.

___ All Purpose Cleaner - WARNING! - Strong lung irritant. Can cause mild to moderate damage to the eyes. Fumes can cause weakness and dizziness.

___ Basin, Tub & Tile Cleaner - WARNING! - Some are flammable. Contains acids that can burn the skin and cause corneal damage. Vapors can cause strong respiratory irritation.

___ Floor Cleaner- WARNING! - Contains corrosive acids that can cause moderate burns and irritation to skin and eyes. Can burn mouth and throat. Can cause blindness.

___ Scouring Powder with Bleach - WARNING! - Can cause moderate irritation to skin. Can burn mouth and throad. Can cause permanent eye damage. Gives off irritating fumes when wet.

___ Drain Cleaner - WARNING! - Burns mouth, tongue, throat, and stomach, causing permanent damage. Can cause severe eye damage and blindness.

___ Automatic Dishwashing Liquid - WARNING! - Strong skin irritant. Can burn throat. Many products contain bleach, which can cause swelling and tearing of eye tissue. Vapors can cause headaches

___ Dishwashing Liquid - WARNING! - Possible skin irritant. Can cause swelling and tearing of eye tissue. vapors can cause labored coughing, labored s contain enough alcohol to harm or kill a child ingesting only a few swallows. Many ingredients can irritate the skin and burn the eyes.

___ Cosmetics — Cosmetics are second only to cleaning products as a poisoner of children. They are not regulated like cleaners and have no warning labels.

The labels on products only have to warn of the acute (immediate) harms from ingesting a product, breathing the fumes, or contact with the eyes and skin. They don’t reveal the harms presented by chronic (long-term) exposure to the chemicals in these products. Now see the long-term risks presented by the chemical-laden products in your home. As you have seen many household cleaners are very dangerous. They are just as dangerous when they are used properly and even when they are not being used at all. Most products “outgas” even from their sealed containers.

Infertility is on the rise. Cancer in children has risen 20% over the past two decades. It is the number one killer of children by disease. The asthma rate has tripled in children over the past twenty years. Asthma deaths in children have increased 118% since 1980. ADD and learning disorders have skyrocketed over the last twenty years. All these conditions have been linked to chemicals in the home. In fact, one study has linked 50% of all health problems to deteriorated indoor air quility.. Take a look at the products you use and possible dangers you are being exposed to. Consider how many different chemicals are in you home’s air. and the potential danger of the “toxic cocktail”.

Cancer in smokers is the result of daily exposure to the trace amounts of carcinogens in cigarettes. In the same way, people who are exposed daily to low levels of carcinogens in their cleaning products face the same risks. Chemicals in household products also put the user at risk for nervous system damage, kidney damage, liver damage, and asthma.

Children are especially vulnerable to the chemical fumes released by these products.

None of this has to happen?!

Fortunately, switching brands is easy. There are companies that manufacture safer products for your home. They are free from ammonia, phenol, chlorine, petroleum distillates, synthetic solvents, and other dangerous ingredients.

There are products available that work better than the toxic ones. They are so safe that they don’t even need a warning label. And they work better and cost less.

My family has been using a line of green products for a while now and we have found them to be better, safer, and less expensive than the common supermarket variety.

I will be sharing more information about where you can get safe, green products that don’t cost a fortune, but if you would like information on the products NOW, email us at [email protected]


3 comments January 15, 2009

Hormones and Breast Cancer

I just read this Article regarding hormones being linked to breast cancer.

Maybe I am confused, but don’t birth control pills contain the exact same hormones as menopause hormone therapy pills? Estrogen and Progestin are the main hormones used in menopause hormone therapy.

Are the effects of taking these hormones only linked to menopausal women? I would think not. Now that they have been linked to causing breast cancer, I think more women should be made more aware of the risks of taking birth control. Not to mention the effects of these hormones/drugs in our environment, especially since they are finding more and more of these medications in our water systems. Amazing what they find in our rivers and streams lately.

The good news in the article is this:

“It’s an excellent message for women: You can still diminish risk (by quitting), even if you’ve been on hormones for a long time,” said Dr. Claudine Isaacs of Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. “It’s not like smoking where you have to wait 10 or 15 years for the risk to come down.”

so.. if a young person were to make the choice to stop taking birth control now to help prevent cancer, would she be considered foolish? I seriously think it is time to return to natural family planning. Less chemicals in our bodies and less hormones in our environment seem like a good choice to me, not to mention the moral implications of the whole deal.

I don’t know about you, but the choice seems obvious to me.


Add comment December 15, 2008

Acidophilus and You- who is Acidophilus?

Since the little article we did yesterday about taking one’s life back, we thought it might be fun to do a few little “mini-series” on things you can do to make it happen for you and your family in a healthyfishies kinda way.

I thought a good place to start would be with something that is very near and dear to my heart…. Acidophilus, from the family of Probiotics or gutbugs, as I so lovingly address them.

Personally, I ADORE yogurt, kefir, saurkraut, kombucha or any of those little delicious foods containing these amazing gutbugs. I have a long historic love affair with them, they basically assisted to save my life. As some of you dear readers may know, fishie has Crohn’s disease. After a bout with a hospital stay, loads of antibiotics and tons of drugs… my gut was better, but still messed up. That is, until a friend introduced me to the world of PROBIOTICS - my new best non-medication medicine. Oh baby, I can not tell you what these gutbugs did for me!! Of course, being unable to do the dairy thing, I found goat milk to make my own kefir and I also found soy yogurt as well as another beautiful drink called Kombucha Tea. I was on my way to being able to live life again…. my first step in TAKING IT BACK!

So, anyway… What is Acidophilus (gutbugs) anyway? And why do we healthyfishies need it?

GOOD AND GOOD FOR YOU

Before I tell you how to make your own healthy gutbugs (Acidophilus, probiotics or lactobacilli) let me share a few of the main health-related reasons for eating this lovely ancient Middle Eastern delicacy. It all begins with tiny little organisms that convert milk to yogurt or kefir:  lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria. These wonderful little things set up a living factory or environment in your digestive system and produce B vitamins; which help combat nervous disorders, mental and physical fatigue, anemia, skin rashes, and even can assist your body in repairing your gut among other things… these gutbugs are amazing!!

Basically, acidophilus is used to describe a number of bacteria which help in human digestion. These bacteria include L. acidophilus, L. casei, L. bulgaricus, among others. These acidophilus thrive — and make yogurt or Kefir — by converting milk sugar (lactose) to lactic acid . . . and this end product produces yet another of yogurt’s amazing health benefits: The toxic bacteria that cause intestinal gas and other gross things, cannot survive in an environment containing significant amounts of lactic acid.  This effect of acidophilus— creating good vitamins to repair and protect all while eliminating bad bacteria — is especially helpful after someone has taken antibiotics. The germ-killing medicines may successfully combat an unwanted disease, but they also tend to wipe out the body’s supply of internal acidophilus and leave the treated patient susceptible to B-deficiency and other issues. Therefore, we should consider acidophilus an important health-restoring food.

Acidophilus can help protect the body against harmful bacteria, parasites and other organisms. As it breaks down, it releases things that create a toxic environment for unhealthy creatures in the body, helping to drive them out. It also plays an important role in digestion, helping to produce a number of chemicals which aid in the digestion process.

Many different people groups look to acidophilus for a wide range of health benefits. In addition to basic digestive assistance, acidophilus is found to help bolster the immune system as a whole. It is also awesome to help provide some relief from intestinal problems (like Crohn’s and others). Also, The fungal infection of Candida albicans, more commonly referred to as a yeast infection has also been found to be controlled by acidophilus.

Because antibiotics kill the good gutbugs called probiotics, such as acidophilus, as well as harmful bacteria, it is a very good idea and a tasty way to replace the good gutbugs in your life!

bon apetit!

I will be adding more to the acidophilus mini-series very soon… like recipes for making yogurt, kefir, saurkraut and yes even Kombucha Tea.

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1 comment October 30, 2008

Natural Ways to Help Prevent Breast Cancer

Natural Ways to Help Prevent Breast Cancer

Each year there are approximately 182,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer. Of the number ninety eight percent are women and 2 percent are men. Breast cancer is a disease that can effect anyone, it does not play favorites amongst gender or race. Being diagnosed with breast cancer is a life changing moment, not only are you are faced with the fear of the disease but also the fear of the side effects from the treatments prescribed by your physican. While surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are all proven methods of treatment the side effects can be so drastic that many people do not want to go through them. The good news is that there are natural ways to help prevent breast cancer.
The natural ways to help prevent breast cancer are much the same as what they are for overall healthy living. Why then is breast cancer the number three cancer in the United States? Mainly because we don’t live healthy lives to begin with. Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be an eye opening experience to change your lifestyle and naturally cure your breast cancer. A few ways to help prevent breast cancer include proper diet, exercise, avoidance of cancer causing agents and of course a positive mental attitude.  A positive mental attitude can go a long way to making a difference.

You can help provide others with FREE Mamograms by simply clicking the pink button below

Together - we can make a difference!

Please remember we are not here to diagnose disease nor are we telling you not to see a doctor.


Add comment October 6, 2008

What is Diabetes?

Tired of “fishing” for information about Diabetes? Let Healthyfishies help you “catch” the answers you are looking for…

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s pancreas either does not produce enough insulin or the body is unable to properly use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches, proteins and other food into the energy needed for our daily lives. While the cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, research shows that both genetics and environmental factors appear to play major roles.

There are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States (approximately 7% of the population) who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 6.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease. Sadly, this number continues to grow.

There are several forms of diabetes, including:

* Type 1 diabetes, often called juvenile or insulin-dependent diabetes
* Type 2 diabetes, often called adult or non-insulin-dependent diabetes
* Gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.
* Pre-Diabetes, often occures before Type 2 diabetes.

For all types of diabetes, the metabolism of carbohydrates (including sugars such as glucose), proteins, and fats is altered.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Alternative names: Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus; Juvenile onset diabetes; Diabetes Mellitus

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases result when the body’s system for fighting infection (the immune system) turns against a part of the body. In diabetes, the immune system attacks the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas and destroys them. The pancreas then produces little or no insulin, the hormone that enables the cells of the body to use glucose.  Glucose is what enters the cells and fuels them… Without glucose there is no energy for the cells. A person who has type 1 diabetes must take insulin daily to live. Diabetes is a life-long disease for which there is not yet a cure known to the medical community.

At present, scientists do not know exactly what causes the body’s immune system to attack the beta cells, but they believe that autoimmune, genetic, and environmental factors, possibly viruses, are involved. Type 1 diabetes accounts for about 5 to 10 percent of diagnosed diabetes in the United States. It develops most often in children and young adults, but can appear at any age.

Symptoms of type 1 diabetes usually develop over a short period, although beta cell destruction can begin years earlier. Symptoms include increased thirst and urination, constant hunger, weight loss, blurred vision, and extreme fatigue. If not diagnosed and treated with insulin, a person with type 1 diabetes can lapse into a life-threatening diabetic coma, also known as diabetic ketoacidosis.

What is Pre-Diabetes?

Pre-Diabetes exists when a person’s blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have pre-diabetes. There are 54 million people in the United States who have pre-diabetes. Recent research has shown that during pre-diabetes, some long-term damage to the body, especially the heart and circulatory system, may already be occurring. But, research has also shown that if you take action to manage your blood glucose, start an exercise program, and adopt healthier eating habits, you can delay or even prevent type 2 diabetes.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, about 90 to 95 percent of people with diabetes have type 2. This form of diabetes is associated with older age (type 2 diabetes is increasingly being diagnosed in children and adolescents), obesity, family history of diabetes, history of gestational diabetes, physical inactivity, and ethnicity. About 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.

When type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, the pancreas is usually producing enough insulin, but the body is unable to use the insulin effectively, a condition called insulin resistance. After several years, the insulin production decreases. The result is the same as for type 1 diabetes. Glucose builds up in the blood and the body’s cells are unable to use it for energy.

The symptoms of type 2 diabetes develop gradually and is not as sudden as in type 1 diabetes. Symptoms may include fatigue or nausea, frequent urination, unusual thirst, weight loss, blurred vision, frequent infections, and slow healing of wounds or sores. Some people have very few symptoms, making it difficult to pinpoint the onset of type 2 diabetes.

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes develops only during pregnancy. Like type 2 diabetes, it occurs more often in African Americans, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, and among women with a family history of diabetes. Women who have had gestational diabetes have a 20 to 50 percent chance of developing type 2 diabetes within 5 to 10 years.

Being diagnosed with diabetes may be scary and uncertain but please remember that people with diabetes can still live long, healthy, happy lives. Proper nutrition, exercise, and regular checkups make living with this disease a whole lot easier.

For more information like this, please visit  Healthyfishies

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Add comment October 6, 2008


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