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Body, Health Prevention

Hats are Hot! Especially with Disturbing Reports from EWG

May 26, 2010
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And so are long sleeves. We don’t mean temperature hot, we’re talking sexy hot! After reading yet another article on the dangers of sun screen, we are loving nature’s most effective shield –shade.

The EWG, Environmental Working Group, has released its annual report much to the dismay of the sunscreen industry. As in years past, they have made some pretty unsettling discoveries. For one, they say that only 39 of the 500 products they examined were considered safe and effective to use. And almost half of the 500 most popular sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer because they contain vitamin A or its derivatives.

The report’s researchers clearly say that an effective sunscreen prevents more damage than it causes, but it wants consumers to have accurate information on the limitations of what they buy and on the potentially harmful chemicals in some of those products.

It really is pretty simple – these researches have taken the time to figure out which sunscreens not only work, but are safe(er) to use.

For more on the topic, check out this article on AOL, and of course, EWG’s report (we take you right to the recommendations).

Body, Health Prevention

Cleanse Thy Cells

February 1, 2010
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One of my more interesting assignments is editing a newsletter for a Evo Spa in Marin County. Here is one article I found interesting because it shows how even a hundred years ago, scientists found evidence to support the importance of cleaning house (or eh, your body) the importance of taking care of yourself from the cellular level.

To illustrate the importance of detoxification, we need look no further than the work of Dr. Alexis Carrell.  Nobel Laureate (1912), Dr. Carrell was awarded this honor for his pioneering work in France on organ and tissue transplants. To prove that animal cells can live in a seawater medium, he placed chicken embryo cells in a special flask engineered with the help of Charles Lindburg. The seawater bath used was isotonic meaning that it was a saline solution. The cells thrived for 5 weeks before eventually expiring.

Carrell was curious to learn what actually caused the cells to perish.  He discovered that due to the buildup of toxins in the form of metabolic wastes, the pH of the water acidified that deteriorated their environment.  It could be argued that this is an example of an ecological disaster like Lake Erie.  So he repeated the experiment; and this time, he drained the toxic water and kept a fresh supply of seawater flowing in daily.  Rather than perishing in 5 weeks, he kept these cells alive for 22 years!  This lead to his famous quote:  “The cell is immortal; it is merely the fluid in which it bathes that deteriorates.”

Carrell argued that life expectancy which may be 80 or 90 years might be in fact longer….say 120 or even 150 years!  But due to the accumulation of toxins in the body, they attack vital organs leading to premature aging and disease….and eventually early death.  In a world of environmental pollution and the corruption of the food supply, Carrell’s research is more relevant than ever.

The author of this article continues by extolling the virtues of seaweed wraps to detoxify the body.