Friday, March 26, 2010

No Poo-ing

It's not what you think!
This is one I just can't get on board with. It's a line of thought that if you don't use shampoo and conditioner your scalp will stop producing as much oil over time(think of the olden days). Apparently, commercial shampoo strips your hair and gets your ph out of balance. Eventually it will get where you can wash your hair with plain water. Until it gets to that point, baking soda can be used to clean the scalp. Apple cider vinegar can be used to condition and shine the hair up.
I tried it. Too much work. My hair is not even that long. I would have had to make parts all over my head to get the baking soda worked in over the entire scalp. The ACV stinks. But I will give it some credit. It shined my daughter's hair up nicely. However, I don't find the work and small benefits worth it.
Soooo, I'm sticking with my shampoo and conditioner. However, I'm using Desert Essence Organics that I got from my local health food store. It claims that it's free of parabens, Sodium Lauryl/laureth sulfates, phtalates, artificial fragrances and colors, silicones, EDTA, glycol or petroleum based products. It also says it's wheat and gluten free. I don't know why that matters but I'm going with it.
I think that's a good compromise.

Spoiled Heiny

I love cloth diapers. ~sigh~ :-)
I really do. I so wish I had CD-ed my first 2 babies. But no, I had to be hard headed because it sounded too hard. Folding, Pinning, plastic pants, dunking/swishing in toilet water, washing. I'm a modern mom. Who wants the extra work? Besides, it's just plain gross. Right?
Turns out, not so much. Modern cloth diapers are UH-MA-ZING! Folding, pinning, plastic pants, dunking/swishing not required! Yes, they still have to be washed. But it's actually not so bad. I rather enjoy it. CD adds about 3 extra loads a week in addition to my regular laundry. The great thing about it is that it doesn't need to be folded like other laundry. All I do is sort it. And it's not like I'm actually washing the diaper. My washing machine does the washing ;-) Now, if I had to hand wash that would be a different story.
As for the gross-out factor, yeah, you have to deal with pee and poop JUST LIKE with disposable diapers. The only difference is that the dirty sposie goes in the garbage (managing to stink up the whole house) and the dirty CD goes in a diaper pail to await laundry day (and amazingly doesn't stink at all). I swear sposies smell a million times worse.
Besides the love of the cuteness and comfort of cloth, I love the fact that I'm not putting sposie chemicals on my baby's fanciful heiny. I had no idea that the process sposies go through leave them ridden with chemical residues. They are white because they are bleached with chlorine which leaves behind dioxins. Dioxins are carcinogenic.
I'll have to write more later since the kiddos are up and ready for breakfast.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Eating local fresh food

I just found out where to buy fresh produce around here. I can't wait for April and May so I can start buying. I might actually do some canning. Might is the operative word here. The one time I tried to make Jam I wound up with blueberry candy. It was hard! Had to throw it all away, jar and all. My feelings have been too hurt to try since.
The only thing I couldn't find was a close meat market that sells untainted meat. I'll continue to be on the lookout for that.
Here's the links I checked out to find the closest farmers' markets.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Chlorine chlorine EVERYWHERE!!

Most people are aware of the use of chlorine in our drinking water and pools. It kills off bacteria that could potentially make us sick. But are the trade offs really any better? Drinking chlorinated water does the same thing to the good bacteria in our gut that is essential to our immune system. While chlorine is deemed "safe" in small amounts I have to wonder how safe it is in small amounts over a long period of time.

Chlorine is used in everything to our water and pools to everyday disposable products that we use. Toilet paper, paper towels,disposable diapers and wipes, disposable menstrual pads and tampons (yikes!), coffee filters, and even white bread. Just about anything white was probably bleached with chlorine. Chlorine bleaching leaves behind a small amount of dioxins known to be carcinogenic. In other words, it has the potential to cause cancer! I don't need Gardasil to prevent cervical cancer. I just need to keep chlorine off my hoo-haa. :-/

I recently read that a 10 minute shower soaks up as much chlorine through our skin as drinking chlorinated water all day. Not only does it soak into our skin but we also breath it in while showering. The heat of the shower turns the chlorine into it's gaseous form. Want to know what that gas is called? Chloroform!! I love to take a shower in the a.m. (lasting about 30 minutes) and a nice long soak in the tub in the p.m. I have to wonder what I'm doing to my body. Even worse, what's happening to my children with every bath?

What to do, What to do? I can tell you what I'm doing. First, my baby is already in cloth diapers and we use cloth wipes. For the occasional need of a disposable wipe I use chlorine free ones that Seventh Generation makes. This company also makes chlorine free toilet paper and paper towels. I've switched to unbleached coffee filters. No more white bread except on rare occasions. Just unbleached whole wheat breads. No more disposable menstrual products (more on that in another post). Lastly, and most importantly, carbon shower filters so I can take a shower in peace.

Made of Earth

Go green! Hug a tree! Save the Planet!!

To be honest, such exclamations used to make me roll my eyes. That's never been a bandwagon I wanted to jump on. My thoughts were that this planet isn't going to be around forever (according to Revelations) so there is no point in trying to save it.

HOWEVER, I find that natural living (trying to live safer) also is kinder to the planet. Trying to reduce the toxin load on my body is better for the planet. For example, using safer cleaners and eating organic. Then, I got to thinking. Could it be that being nice to the planet is better for the body? We are, after all, made of earth and when we die we'll be turning back into it. Could the things that hurt the planet hurt the human body as well?

I still take the strong stand that Earth is not going to be around forever and there is NOTHING we can do about that. But I can be a wise user of Earth. It is where I live and it produces valuable resources to me. I should be a good steward of it.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Why does living healthier cost more?

I'd really like an answer to that. I'm sure that it's not always the case but I find that most of the time it is. Organic food costs more. Glass is usually more expensive than plastic. I've been pricing shower filters to remove chlorine from the water. It's going to cost me about $150 just to make it safe to take a shower or bath! Keeping it simple isn't cheap.


Ingredients to most easily accessible antiperspirants include aluminum, triclosan, and zirconium based compounds.

Sounds like one to avoid to me! There seems to be alot of controversy over this one. Whenever there's a big stink there's likely to be something rotten. I'd rather play if safe and avoid it.



I'm most concerned about the first two ingredients. I won't be giving up my deo but I have given up antiperspirants. I traded my Dove clinical strength for Tom's Natural Care of Maine. I'm not real happy to find that Tom's in apricot fragrance, which is what I'm using, is still rated 5 on cosmetics data base. The higher rating seems to be due to the apricot fragrance. I think I'll finish what I have and then switch to one with a lower rating.
I've seen that you can actually make your own deodorant. I might look into that more later.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Ava Anderson Non Toxic

I got some new products today. After researching my current skin care products (lotion, cosmetics, deo, etc) on I started throwing away most of it.
I got Ava's facial toner and lotion. I just used it and only time will tell if it works for me or not. I am happy to report that the lotion didn't leave that greasy film on my face that every other face lotion I've tried has. So that's a PLUS!
The reason I decided to try her products was that she claims all of it has a score of 0 according to the cosmetics data base. That means it's completely safe and non toxic.
According to her website, she'll be rolling out all new stuff in 2010 which includes cosmetics, baby care, and men's products. I'm looking forward to giving it a try.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Homemade surface cleaner

Today I tried out my own concoction for a cleaner. Actually, I made it up to defer ants that were invading my bathroom and kids bedroom. I've read that vinegar and certain essential oils make ants scatter. So I mixed up some white vinegar, water, tea tree oil, and peppermint oil. The PO makes it smell awesome!
I decided to use the "ant poison" today to clean my bathrooms. I'm tickled with the results. It cleaned my mirrors and the glass of my back door wonderfully. No streaks!! The best thing about it is that I didn't feel like I needed to wash the toxins off my hands if I had to stop and deal with the kids. And I didn't feel like there might be leftover hazardous residue on my bathtub after a cleaning. I was able to get in the tub without wondering if I might be immersing myself in something bad.
Oh, and the ants are gone too. Can't beat that with a stick. ;-)

Update on 3/20/2010:
Ok, for the record, it only slightly worked on the ants. It doesn't kill them. It only makes them leave. But then they come back. I finally had to spray real ant poison. I was sooo not happy about that but I can't be having holes in my kids clothes that the little boogers chewed on. So I guess I'm still searching for the perfect ant shoo-away that's safe for kids and pets.

Update 3/26/2010:
CINAMMON! Ants hate it! I read that you can use cinnamon oil to get rid of ants. I don't have any CO so I just sprinkled some regular cinnamon on the girls bathroom floor. It worked! They went crazy and fled! We'll see if they come back...

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Maker's Diet book

Jordan S. Rubin is the author of this book. Before I get into what the book says that I'm taking to heart, let me be fair and share both sides of the story. Some believe that Jordan is a "quack."

Here is an interview with Jordan:
Here is the website for his supplements and other products:

Ok, so let me share how I feel. I don't think you need all of the certification some claim he needs to be "real." Why can't one have knowledge from experience, study, and research alone? Does a piece of paper from a specific group of people really make you better? While I will admit that I'm not sure I agree with everything he says, I do believe he shares alot of good information in his book. It just makes sense to me. Read the book. Do your own research. Then make a decision based on what you learned.

Following is what I'm taking away from the book and applying (most but not all) to my own life. Most of this comes from Chapter 5.
How to Get Sick: A Modern Prescription for Illness
1. Stay out of the sun
Jordan claims that, for the most part, sun does not make us ill. It is actually vital to human health (vitamin D). Those who get melanoma (skin cancer) is because they have compromised immune systems.
2. Go to bed after midnight
Rest is essential to good health.
3. Never let them see you sweat
This point covers the use of anti-perspirant. Sweating is healthy. Preventing it is not. Sweating is our natural way of cooling the body as well as shedding toxins. Most anti-perspirants are unhealthy as it contains aluminum. Aluminum is a toxin to the human body.
4. Take megavitamins
Most vitamins on the market are unnatural, synthetic, and artificial. They are not easily absorbed by the human body.
5. Use flouride toothpaste and mouthwash, and drink flouridated water
Flouride is extremely poisonous! This is why it is recommended that children are under a certain age are supposed to avoid it.
6. Use artificial sweeteners and avoid sugars
Sugar can be bad in various forms. Artificial sugar (NurtaSweet, Equal, etc) can be downright deadly.
7. Shower every day, but don't bathe (take a bath)
Excessive showering can rob hair and body of natural oils (as well as soak up chlorine; see next point).
8. Swim in chlorinated pools (and drink and shower with chlorinated water)
Chlorine is an effective bacteria killer. Even the good bacteria in your gut (which is needed for immunity). Chlorine is also effective at eating through lead pipes, corrode metal, and harm cells and DNA in virtually every living thing it touches. It is carcinogenic.
*On a side note, chlorine is used to bleach white bread and most disposable products such as menstrual products, diapers, etc. The bleaching process leaves behind dioxin, also a carcinogen. I'll be touching more on this in other posts.
9. Don't breastfeed your baby.
Mother's milk is the perfect food for babies.
10. Get tatoos.
11. Get all of your immunization shots.
This is a very controversial one as anyone with children well knows.
12. Travel in airplanes often.
Can affect fertility.
13. Expose yourself often to electromagnetic energy (EMF's)
EMF's are television sets, microwaves, cell phones, local media transmission towers, x-rays, CAT scans, MRI, electric blankets, hair dryers, and computers (oh no!).
14. Use alot of skin care products, cosmetics, hair care products, nail care products, shampoos, soaps, perfumes, shaving cream, suntan lotion, and antibacterial soaps.
This is the one I'm really focusing on right now as I can certainly do something about the products I use. Will write more about this later.
15. Take lots of medications.
Every medicine has a side effect. This includes antibiotics, oral contraceptives, cortisteroids. Even taking baby aspirin to prevent heart attacks is dangerous as it can cause bleeding in the intestinal track and can be toxic to the liver.
16. Get your cavities filled with mercury.
Mercury also goes by the name "silver fillings." Mercury is a heavy metal toxin.
17. Do aerobic excercise.
High intensity aerobic exercise producing a very high elevated heart rate for long periods of time through vigorous exercisse such as jogging or running on hard surfaces is essentially unnatural to the body.
18. Wear contact lenses and receive implants of other foreign objects such as silicone breast implants.
19. Live in a toxic home with toxic paint, carpet, mold, paraffin candles, etc.
20. Wear synthetic fabrics.
21. Breathe with shallow breaths.
Most of us use only a fraction of our lung capacity.
22. Swallow your food without chewing well (or at all).
23. Use plastic food storage products, the popular food wraps, and re-use plastic drinking bottles.
This is another one I've been focusing on. Will write more about this later.
24. Eat grocery store produce and processed foods treated with pesticides, herbicides, animal growth hormones, and antibiotics; don't forger hybridized, irradiated, and genetically altered food.
25. Wear tight underclothing.
Effects the lymph system which is crucial to the immune system.
26. Undergo surgery to remove "unnecessary body parts."
This would include tonsils, adenoids, appendix.
27. Visit your medical doctor often.

Everthing causes cancer

You've heard it said. You probably said it yourself. Heck, I've said it numerous times. It really does seem as if everything causes cancer!
So, why then would I put so much care and research into living a natural lifestyle if I could possibly end up with cancer anyhow?
"You can live on bland food so as to avoid an ulcer, drink no tea, coffee or other stimulants in the name of health, go to bed early, stay away from night life, avoid all controversial subjects so as to never give offense, mind your own business, avoid involvement in other people's problems, spend money only on necessities and save all you can. You can still break your neck in the bathtub and it will serve you right." Eileen Guder
If this is so, then what's the point of trying to be safe? In my very simple way of thinking, I say "Yes, this is true. But God also gives us the knowledge, common sense (some of us) and resources to avoid stepping on the soap on the way into the bathtub."

Saturday, March 6, 2010

My First Blog

Who would of thought? A blog? Not me! I find that I'm the type that likes to share what I believe. But I usually get strange looks when I share. I have a nagging suspicion that people may actually think I'm strange. And I think I'm ok with that. But, for the most part, I usually have to keep my thoughts to myself. That is soooo not easy for me! So that's why I started this blog.
I find that I'm leaning more and more toward a more natural lifestyle. It started with natural birth. Even though I was in a hospital, I birthed all three of my girls without being induced and without medications. My interest in doing things naturally has progressed from that.
I recently started cloth diapering my baby. I wouldn't even consider it with my first two. Who wants to fold, pin, and wash diapers? And who can stand those horrible plastic pants? Not me! No mam. And yet I found that cloth diapers are nothing like that at all. Well, except for the washing part which I, strangely, don't mind at all.
The cloth diaper community has opened me up to a whole new world of natural living. For example: Did you know most commercial health and care products are dangerous? From disposable menstrual products to baby shampoo. I'll write more about that later.
So, in my pursuit of more natural and healthy living, I've decided to share my findings, share what I've decided to do about it, and share how it's working out. Will anyone ever read this blog? Perhaps not. But at least I now have an outlet and an organization to my thoughts.