“The Zen of soap”

Soap RX with the Master Soap Maker

Dragnash?  Pomegranate?  Crunchy Scratchy Lavender?  Red Wine & Flax?  Pumpkin Pie?  Beer?  Sandalwood?

This is not a grocery list, but an inventory of the various chunks and pieces of soap that confront me when I step into my morning shower.  I am a Soap Maker.  So on any given day I may have nine to twelve different soaps in my shower to choose from.  It’s not just the odd sizes of these little soaps that make them unique (I use the remnant and irregular pieces), but the fact that each one has it’s own special character and purpose.

The art of choosing the perfect soap to begin your day

With such a wide selection of soaps, how do I decide?  What makes me choose a particular soap each morning?  I have to admit that there are days, I just stare at them-none of them particularly inviting.  That’s when I know it’s time to create a new soap. Soap scents range from beer to Dragnash, Pomegranate, Crunchy Scratchy Lavender to Red Wine & Flax, Pumpkin Pie, Beer, and Sandalwood blends to name a few.

Some days my process is purely logical. I have made a new soap and needed to test it thoroughly before I offer it for sale.  In which case, I will use the soap every day for a few weeks to make sure it meets Zen of Soap expectations.

Today, my choice was strictly emotional.  The alarm woke me up after a restless night, I was still tired, my sinuses were blocked and I was CRANKY.  I instinctually reached for Crunchy Scratchy Lavender.  The Chamomile, Lavender and Oatmeal worked to sooth my skin and senses.  A hint Eucalyptus Essential Oil managed to help clear my nose.  Ahh, my morning has immediately improved-now I can start my day.

Have a Happy Day !

Joyce Speer, Zen of Soap Artist from  Dragnass Soap will be glad to answer your questions and teach you how to make Zen soaps.

Contact Joyce or sent your questions to Zen of Soap

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“Bubbles under breast skin cancer risk”

The old saying “Beauty is only skin deep”, but cancer can go deeper

applies to breast implant cancer risk too.

U.S. government health officials are investigating a possible link between breast implants and a very rare form of cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) after reviewing a handful of cases reported over the last 13 years.

ALC attacks the lymph nodes and skin, and has been reported in the scar tissue that grows around implants. So far, the data suggest women with silicone or saline-gel breast implants “may have a very small but significant risk of ALCL in the scar capsule adjacent to the implant,” the agency said.

The body considers the implant as a foreign substance and sends immune boosting cells to the area around the scar tissue to get rid of it. If it cannot the cell mutation occurs and this can lead to cancer.

The cancer, anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, involves the immune system. It is not breast cancer. It is usually a systemic disease, but in the cases linked to implants, the lymphoma grew in the breast, usually in the capsule of scar tissue that formed around the implant. The cases were discovered because women developed symptoms long after they had healed from the implant surgery lumps, pain, asymmetry of the breasts, fluid buildup and swelling.

Anaplastic large-cell lymphoma begins after scar tissue is formed around the implant:
lumps, pain, asymmetry of the breasts, fluid buildup and swelling.

In some cases simply removing the implant and scar tissue gets rid of the disease, but some women might need chemotherapy and radiation, said Dr. William Maisel, the chief scientist and deputy director for science in the drug agency’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. He said there was some evidence, though not conclusive, that the form of this lymphoma found in implant patients was less aggressive than the usual type.

“We need more data and are asking that health-care professionals tell us about any confirmed cases they identify,” said Dr. William Maisel, chief scientist in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s device unit.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking doctors to report all cases of the cancer so the agency can better understand the association. The agency is aware of just 60 cases of the disease worldwide among the estimated five million to 10 million women with implants.
This type of lymphoma in the breast is normally found in only 3 in 100 million women who do not have implants.

The devices are marketed in the U.S. by Allergan Inc. and Mentor Corp.
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“13 Best wishes and smiles for 2011”

Throughout the rest of this 2011 and beyond Complementary Medicine Association wishes you and those you love:

May you always make the right moves.

May your cup runneth over with love.

May you always find shelter from any storm.

May you remain good looking and looking good!

May you find the perfect diet for your soul.
(If this face doesn’t make you want to stop eating sausage, nothing will.)

May you find perfect balance in the company you keep.

May you have as much fun as you can before someone makes you stop.

May the worst thing that happens to you come in slobbery pink and furry tan.

May you manage to make time for siesta.

May all the new folks you meet be interesting and kind.

May your accessories always harmonize with your natural beauty!

Should your mouth be bigger than your stomach, may you have a chewing good time!



And may your friends always bring you comfort!

May You Have a Joy filled NEW YEAR
Overflowing with Compassion, Prosperity, Health And Hope

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“2 secrets to a healthier happier you”

Early AM meditation and exercise will create a new healthier you:

Exercising and meditating early lets your body decrease food cravings which will reduce your calorie intake for the day.
Exercising and meditating daily significantly increases brain functioning for four to ten hours after your AM workout and meditation ends.
Getting up earlier means your body will be more ready to go to sleep earlier and you will sleep deeper and wake more refreshed.
Regular exercise and meditation at the same AM time let’s your endocrine system regulate your hormonal system and encourage a stable circadian rhythm.

Through regular exercise and meditation, the normal body rhythm stabilizes. This critical rhythm cycle prepares the body and mind for waking and exercise several hours before you actually open your eyes.

Regular exercise and meditation decreases stress and improves your health and wellness:

1. Circulating normal levels of hormones through the muscles at regular hours, prepare your body for exercise and meditation by regulating blood pressure, and heart rate.
Your organ systems’ energy can relax, refresh, rest and ready itself to function at peak efficiency at normal hours. Then your metabolism can normalize and in conjunction with all body’s hormones involved in activity and exercise, begin to elevate during sleep and help you be more alert, energized, and ready to exercise and meditate when you do wake up.
2. Increases your digestive energy so you will be hungry after exercise and be able to have a quality breakfast to start the day. Cravings and snacking will decrease, so many people can loss weight.
3. Your colon energy will improve and you will be able to have better elimination at normal times during the day.
4. Weight loss, improved muscle tone and increased stamina are often the bonus for
regular AM exercise and meditation.

The gift to yourself that keeps on giving
Exercising and having a quiet meditative time for yourself daily, brings your mind, body and emotions into a harmony that will increase your peace, patience and communication with yourself and others.

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“”Afraid of germs/disease get a stuffed virus”

Finally, a parent produces a toy to help decrease germ fears in young children. Helping your children, students or patients to learn to take care of themselves without fear is the goal of disease education and hygiene classes. Viruses, the cold gem, the flu bug, ear ache virus are a few of the teaching tools developed by this company.

“Modern medicine” and biopharm. industries have done plenty to amp up people’s helplessness to fight germs or illnesses.
One parent did not know how to help calm her young 4-year-old son’s fear of germs after preschool lessons on hygiene. Then mom found Giant Microbes, a company dedicated to creating teaching toys with a message.
After giving her son a stuffed viral germ toy, he quite incentently wiping down everything he encountered with anti-viral tissues and could return to being a happy child again.

Will you find a giant stuffed cold germs, or cuddly E. coli, hugworthy heartworm under your tree this season?

Mini microbes are the new items this year, measles, rubella and the oh-so-popular diarrhea are the new Christmas tree ornaments. The toys are true to the microbes they represent.
Sales have spread virally through Facebook into niche markets such as museum shops and college bookstores. The toys depict each microbe at a million times its actual size or larger, and each comes with an often breezy but informative information card about their origins and avoiding illnesses they spread.
Now the Giant Microbes line has gone beyond the common microbes to exotic ones such as malaria and sleeping sickness, tiny critters such as dust mites and bed bugs, and water dwellers like copepods and algae. Some students take them to classrooms during their student teaching stints. Others use them as biology study tools.
Some American Red Cross divisions use the stuffed red blood cell in school presentations, and the Education Centre Library serving Ontario’s Canadore College and Nipissing University has dozens of Giant Microbes in its lending inventory.
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“Mercury contamination in kids”

If women are pregnant, want to be pregnant or are nursing eating more than one or two servings a week of canned tuna, especially albacore tuna could be harmful to their health according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Tuna fish and other seafoods are packed with great nutrients such as omega-3’s, the B vitamins and lean protein. But lurking unseen is a toxic contaminant mercury that can affect brain development and the nervous system in young children. The number of children born witth mercury contamination is on the rise.

Buy your fish from the first list below not the last.

Lowest in mercury – You can enjoy two 6-oz servings per week

Anchovies, 
Butterfish, 
Calamari (squid), 
Caviar (farmed)
, King crab, 
Pollock, 
Catfish
, Whitefish, 
Perch (ocean), 
Scallops
, Flounder, 
Haddock, 
Hake
, Herring, 
Lobster (spiny/rock), 
Shad, 
Sole
, Crawfish/crayfish
, Salmon, 
Shrimp, 
Clams,
Tilapia
, Oysters, 
Sardines, 
Sturgeon (farmed), 
Trout (freshwater)

Below are a few of the cities that have  had trouble with toxic mercury levels in tuna:
Santa Cruz, CA,  San Diego, CA,  Destin, FL,  Long Island, N Y
Des Moines-Ames Corridor, Iowa   San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Mercury in Seafood: No Fair Warning.
Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA, Chicago, Il

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For more information contactGotMercury.org

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” Spirit of happiness and hope”

“All of life is a journey; which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to is up to us. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we get there. From A Little Book of Happiness”

Never, did I dream that on a trip to the Sunflower Market in Tucson, AZ., I would meet a such a friendly determined courageous and positive woman.

I was simply browsing in an isle as this woman rush past me with her cart and labeler. The isle was narrow with displays, she excused herself as she breezed by me to work a few feet from where I was. She was so intent on her work, I commented that she looked like a woman on a mission. She agreed.

This woman exuded positive upbeat energy like a generator.
I told her it was refreshing to talk with someone that seemed to be happy to serve people. She said, “You know last week there was someone in the store that told me how awful the world was.

I responded, “You know I’m so happy and grateful for all I have my boyfriend and I love each other. Even though we face these challenges:

The challenges

  • “…Erik has been battling kidney failure,( I.G.A. Naprothy; Berger’s Disease) for over two years now. I am giving him hemodialysis at home every day in a pleasant- positive environment.
    Our house is in foreclosure, because all our money is going towards his care, bills, and he has not worked in a long time.
    Our insurance has told us that we must do the transplants at a hospital outside of Arizona , the hospital needs to have a five star rating, there are none in Arizona.
    The medical doctor told us he will need a double transplant – kidney and liver. “
  • Erik’s dialysis nurse Suzi Wood who has been such  a huge help and inspiration to both of us threw this whole ordeal is retiring. We honestly wouldn’t be where we are in our health and mind set without her in our lives. We are so grateful for her support.”

The Good News

  • The medical doctor told us he will need a double transplant – kidney and liver, but the good news is going on the two organ wait list usually takes less time to get the transplants.
  • The foreclosure has been extended, so we won’t have to move at the end of the November.
    Foreclosure is not the worst thing that could happen. When we move  we will make better financial choices and get a place to live that does not require the upkeep this one does.
    Sunflower Market where Barbara works has totally supported her. If she needs to leave to go with him to doctor or do the dialysis, they say do what you need to do, we’ll see you later.

I have so much to be thankful for and happy about.”

I arranged to meet this couple together outside of work. At the interview, I was greeted by two very upbeat people that talked about going to NASCAR over the weekend. It had been two years since Erik had been able to attend the NASCAR event. His health is finally stable! Never would I guess they were facing so many daunting life threatening challenges.
Erik Ringquist is 43 years old and looks in good shape. He was captain of his Jackson , Minnesota High football team. He stays home now and does most everything there as he awaits the word from the Denver Hospital to come up for their testing.

Erik attributes his positive attitude to his father, Allen Ringquist, for never letting him quit and always giving him a good work ethic, and to his football coach, Tyrone Wacker, who also put strong values and a strong “never give up” attitude in Eriks’ head.

His devoted mate, Barbara Barger is 45 years old and works full time at Sunflower Farmers Market and has learned to be a dialysis tech and helps Erik stick the 15 gauge needles in his upper arm each day to begin the hemodialysis treatment that lasts about 3.5 hours.

In my interview with them, I asked Barbara if she had two wishes what would they be?
She replied “I would want Erik to be healthy and to have the most skilled doctors for his transplant team and through his recovery.
What would be your second wish? What would you want for you?

“I want world peace; I don’t like war.”

Complementary Medicine Association and all our readers wish you both the best. We will update you on their progress.

In the photo above they are holding a gift from the Coca Cola company of a gift of a cap and T-shirt signed by their favorite NASCAR drivers and sent to them with best wishes for a successful placement on the transplant list and a speedy replacement of  the challenged organs.

“Where you now stand is a result of thoughts and feelings that you have offered before, but where you are going is a result of your perspective of where you now stand. – Abraham-Hicks” quoted on Positive Quote site by Laura on November 22, 2010

Mary Wolken, Editor CMA NEWS
compmed.com

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“Stretching = success work n school”

Where ever you work take a success

break every hour to stretch your back.

When you sit too long the soft tissues and tendons in the back muscles get stressed, The muscles will either tighten up or get to weak and the spine will sublex or move out of alignment.

Moving regularly is the RX your body needs.

Doing a back stretching routine that will help to loosen the tendons in your back and relieve back pain that occurs when you’ve been in the same position for too long.

Step 1

Sit on the end of your chair, with your knees bent to a soft 90-degree angle. Extend one of your legs out in front of your and point the toe forward. You should feel a pull in your lower back as it is stretched. Hold the position for 30 seconds, and return to starting position. Repeat with the other leg.

Step 2

Sit up straight with your back flat against the back of a straight back chair. Make certain the chair has no wheels..

Put your back and spine comfortably against the back of the chair.

Slowly raise one knee to your chest and inhale deeply from your abdominal area. At the same time, hold the leg gently close to your chest feel the stretch through your back.

Hold for 30 seconds or what ever time is comfortable, and release, repeating with the other leg. Begin slowly and gently,

Step 3

Gently release your leg, relax and exhaleas you return the foot to the floor.

Sit up straight and feel the spine lengthen as you return back to your original position. Relax and breathe.

Repeat

Breathe in slowly and hold the knee close to the chest  for 4- 8 seconds (or as long as comfortable). Then release and slowly return the foot to the floor while you quietly and gently exhale.
Repeat the stretch, but begin slowly and do 2 to 4 to start. Quality is more valuable to your back then quantity.
This advise is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. Complementary Medicine Association (CMA) or the people involved are only suggesting ways you might help yourself. See your doctor immediately if pain is severe, persistent or reoccurring.

“Quick tips to relief simple headache pain”

Using these acupressure points presented to you by Dr. Mark Brinson of Brinson Therapeutics, You can help yourself to better health. He specializes in pain, injury and human performance.

Remember. if pain persists or returns frequently see your health practitioner.

This advise is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. CMA or the people involved are only suggesting ways you might help yourself. See your doctor immediately if pain is severe, persistent or reoccurring.

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