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Navigating the Complex World of Supplements

Part One – Dirty Little Secrets

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Does this scenario sound familiar? You wander into the vitamin section of the grocery store looking for a supplement – for example, one for increasing your energy and fortifying your immune system – but you don’t have a specific brand name in mind. You take one look at the options and quickly become overwhelmed; after all, there are countless different products on the shelves promising vitality and increased energy. But you did your homework. You know you would like a vitamin B-complex.

However, when you get to the vitamin B section, you have the following to choose from: organic versus non-organic, gel versus capsule versus powder, synthetic versus natural, natural versus raw, this brand versus that, that promise versus other, and the list goes on.

Have you ever wondered why the natural health industry is so complex, why there are over 29,000 different herbal products and substances? The simple answer is money and profit. It’s for this very reason that industry giants are gobbling up all of the natural and organic companies: Tom’s of Maine (fluoride-free toothpaste) was purchased by Colgate for a whopping 100 million dollars, New Chapter was purchased by Proctor & Gamble, Clorox bought Burt’s Bees, Coca-Cola bought Odwalla, Pepsi responded by purchasing Naked Juice, etc.

For the most part, the natural health field is as profit-driven as the pharmaceutical and tobacco industry. Continue reading Navigating the Complex World of Supplements

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Beauty Becomes A Beast

Beauty becomes the beast 1The magical influence of makeup presents itself in two obvious forms: psychologically, makeup allows one feel attractive, beautiful, and self-confident; externally, it provokes a tempting, irresistible beauty to the onlooker.

There is, however, a third influence beneath the powdered mask that is unseen and unfelt by the consumer, and that is makeup’s ability to cause destruction: pre-mature ageing, deteriorating collagen production, and potentially in extreme cases, sickness and disease.

Consider the experiment conducted by Anna Pursglove, a journalist from London’s The Daily Mail, who embarked on a 30-day trial to not only leave her makeup on each and every night, but to apply more makeup on top of old makeup every morning.

The single most important observation: make-up disrupts the body’s natural cellular processes and functions.

In Anna Pursglove’s article dated July 29, 2013, she states, “By night three… I had developed a series of tiny white cysts around my eyelashes and my skin was so dry and taut, it felt like a mask.” As time progressed, her “lips became dry,” and she had “visibly blocked and enlarged pores” all over her nose.

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Water, a Universal Inalienable Right? – Part 2

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“A vast array of pharmaceuticals – including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones – have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans.”  ~ CBS News ~

The guidelines for regulating Canadian drinking water identifies roughly 165 microbiological, chemical, and radiological contaminants that need to be reduced or eliminated to ensure the protection and vitality of human health. In the United States, the Safe Drinking Water Act identifies approximately 91 contaminants.

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Water, a Universal Inalienable Right? – Part 1

Think again! 

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“Would you like a glass of water before takeoff?”

As passengers boarded Qantas Flight 32 in November 2010, departing Singapore for Australia’s outback, the harsh realities of gravity were not firmly etched in their minds. Four short minutes after the pilot took off and retracted the landing gear, and passengers were just getting comfortable, an explosion in the No. 2 engine rocked the cabin, reminding everyone that what goes up must come down.

Thankfully, the story ends on a positive note, with the jumbo A380 aircraft landing safely, but the incident was met with swift response. Qantas, Lufthansa, and Singapore Airlines immediately grounded their fleet of A380s with Qantas’ CEO stating that their planes would remain grounded “until we are confident that Qantas safety requirements have been met.”

Why was such extreme action taken in response to the averted disaster? The question is of course rhetorical. Airlines would find themselves quickly out of business, investors would reap total losses, and economies would suffer if planes of that magnitude started falling out of the sky. So why then is humanity’s response to water scarcity so apathetic, and virtually non-existent (at least in the Western world)? After all, a “lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every four hours,” according to water.org.

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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

Does Revlon, Mac, and SK-II make you the fairest of them all?

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The answer is a resounding yes, according the Harley Street Clinic, a prestigious, private London hospital. Results from their 2013 survey uncovered that women in the United Kingdom sacrifice on average one year and three months (474 days) of their life scrutinizing and contemplating their image in the mirror.

Currently, skincare sales account for nearly 31 percent of the global cosmetic industry, with the greatest market share coming from the United States (U.S.) where sales exceed 53 billion dollars annually. A report titled Beauty At Any Cost from the YMCA stated that “if a woman invested the average amount of money she spends on a monthly manicure-pedicure treatment ($50) into her retirement account every year for ten years, she would have almost $10,000 in her account at the end of that time.”

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