Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Put Down the Diet Coke

If I could change just one thing in a poor diet it would be eliminating all artificial sweeteners. 

Aspartame is a sweetener that is often used in place of sugar in 'no sugar' or 'diet' food and beverages. It was formulated in 1965 when it was discovered by accident by James Schlatter, a chemist of G.D. Searle Company, who was testing an anti-ulcer drug. 

FACT #1: Aspartame is 160 times as sweet as sugar with virtually no calories. 

FACT #2: Aspartame will make you gain weight. The Phenylalanine in Aspartame stimulates your appetite and increases hunger. 

FACT #3: One of the major complaints that are made as an Aspartame side effect is headaches. 

FACT #4: Aspartame accounts for 75% of ALL complaints to the FDA for a food additive – with even MSG running a poor second. Some research has concluded that aspartame contains a carcinogen (substance that causes cancer) which is suspected by many scientists to be behind conditions ranging from brain tumors to epilepsy.

FACT #5: 10% of Aspartame is metabolized in small intestine to give methanol, which is converted into formaldehyde which is very toxic compound to kidney and liver.

Hopefully if you are a Diet Coke addict (or Pepsi, or Dr. Pepper, or anything labeled diet..) you will think twice and possibly pick up a bottle of water instead! 

Source: Women's Health Talk

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Drink up!

The importance or drinking enough pure, clean water cannot be stressed enough! It is one of the first things I ask and review with my clients. Water constitutes approximately 60% of the adult human body weight.  On average, we should be consuming approximately 96 ounces (3 quarts) of water per day.  If your goal is weight loss then add an additional 8 oz of water for every 25 pounds above your ideal body weight. And of course increase water intake when exercising and for those of us that live in the desert. 

When we drink an adequate amount of water many wonderful things happen, including:
  • Our Endocrine gland function improves
  • Water retention is alleviated
  • Liver function improves (increasing % of fat used for energy)
  • Appetite decreases
  • Metabolic functions improve
  • Nutrients are distributed throughout the body
  • Body-temp is regulated

It is also important to pay attention to the water that you are consuming... 

Did you know?

An Environmental Working Group (EWG) study found a total of 316 contaminants, including 97 agricultural and 204 industrial contaminants, in the tap water of 45 states. More than half of the contaminants de- tected have no drinking-water safety standards.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, public water utilities have violated the Safe Drinking Water Act more than 700,000 times in the past seven years.

Unlike public water utilities, the bottled water industry is not required to publicly disclose the results of any contaminant testing it conducts.
Bottled water may not be contaminant free. The EWG found a total of 38 contaminants in the water of 10 popular brands.
In 2007, 1.64 million tons of bottled water packaging materials were produced in the U.S.; only 34% of those materials were recycled.
According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ resolution, it takes 1.5 million barrels of oil every year to facilitate the production of water bottles made for use in the U.S. That’s enough oil to power 50,000 cars for a year.      ..put down that plastic water bottle!! ;-)

I definitely do not want to be drinking the glass on the left.  It is a harsh reality.. our water supply is contaminated with everything from lead and BPA from plastic bottles to industrial pollutants and pesticides. Which is why it is so important to do your research and choose a water filtration system that will eliminate these contaminants (as well as your concern about them).

Shaklee's Get Clean water is certified to reduce 99% of lead (Brita and PUR are not), filter 80 gallons (twice as much as Brita and PUR), and uses the first ever pitcher with a refillable carbon block pitcher filter system - which means less waste in our landfills. 

See below for comparison:

So now that we know what water to drink and how much .. add a lemon to it! 

We start every morning with a big glass (12-16 oz) of water and half of a lemon squeezed in it!  Why the lemon? I'll tell you... 


Boost you’re immune system 
Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain & nerve function and helps control blood pressure.

Balance pH
Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized).  And an alkaline body is the key to good health.

Help with weight loss
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster.

Aids in digestion
Warm water stimulates the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen toxins in the digestive tract. It helps flush out unwanted materials, encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.

Act as a gentle, natural diuretic
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.

Clears skin
The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.

Hydrate the lymph system
It helps to start the day hydrated. When your body is dehydrated, or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue) it can’t function properly, which leads to toxic buildup, stress, constipation, the list goes on. Your adrenals are two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and along with your thyroid they create energy. They also secrete important hormones, including aldosterone. Aldosterone regulates water levels and the concentration of minerals, like sodium, in your body, helping you stay hydrated. Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response. 

Other great additions to your water are sliced cucumbers, fresh mint leaves, sliced oranges and limes.. mix and match, just drink your water!!

Get Clean water here
A year of Get Clean water here: 5,000 8oz glasses of water for $105 (member price)

Friday, May 18, 2012

To Buy Organic or Not to Buy Organic?

That is the question.. 

Do you walk the produce aisle wondering what and when to buy organic? I did. Organic produce is usually more expensive so I wanted to know where to best spend our hard earned money. Which is what prompted me to research what produce is necessary to buy organic and what produce is not as concerning.

This list is the "dirty dozen" from the Environmental Working Groups current list.  In other words buy these organic:
  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines
  • Grapes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Lettuce
  • Coffee
  • Wine
  • Chocolate

So WHY are we buying organic?  There are many reasons we need to consider buying organic foods. The USDA Organic label tells you that fruits and veggies were not farmed using manmade chemical pesticides, fossil fuel, sewage-based fertilizers (eww) or genetically modified seeds. On meat, the label indicates that the feeds provided met those same standards, and that the animals weren't administered hormones and antibiotics. Bottom line: "Organic" is more sustainable and healthier -- for the environment and farm workers, certainly, and often for you and your family.
What makes organic healthier? Some studies suggest that organic produce has more nutrients than its conventional counterparts, probably because the soil is left in better condition after repeated plantings; and healthier because you avoid ingesting harmful pesticide residues left on conventional produce.
The fruits and vegetables on this list (see below) were the least likely to have pesticides, after typical washing, whether or not they're certified organic. In other words you can probably get away with buying these conventional. 
Here's a look at the Environmental Working Group's 2011 Clean 15 list:
  • Onions 

  • Sweet Corn 

  • Pineapple 

  • Sweet peas 

  • Mango 

  • Eggplant 

  • Cantaloupe (domestic) 

  • Kiwi 

  • Cabbage 

  • Watermelon 

  • Grapefruit 

  • Mushrooms
So read the labels on your produce, if the sticker has:
FOUR DIGIT NUMBERS beginning with a 3 or 4 it is conventionally grown, non-GMO produce.

FIVE DIGITS BEGINNING WITH AN 8 means the produce is GMO, genetically modified (AVOID)


Regardless of what produce you are buying WASH IT before consuming!!

We use Basic H2.  One teaspoon for a sink of water or a couple drops in a bowl of water does the trick. This is just one of the 1001 uses for Basic H2..  Love it! :-) 

Information from www.dailygreen.com and EWG.

Saturday, May 12, 2012


We love Quinoa ("KEEN-wah"). If you haven't tried it yet it resembles a whole grain, however... it is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids. This makes it a great addition to vegetarian/vegan diets. It is also considered a "super food" meaning it has a high nutrient content. It is a relative of beets, spinach and swiss chard and has a great nutty flavor to it. 
It is: 
  • High in magnesium - which helps relax blood vessels, and may result in fewer headaches for migraine sufferers and decreased risk of hypertension and stroke.
  • A good source of fiber, iron, copper, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin B2 and other essential minerals.
  • It is especially high in lysine, an amino acid that is essential for tissue growth and repair.
We usually prefer Trader Joe's Tricolor Organic Quinoa. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Vegetable Korma

Meatless Monday!!                                                                         
1 Tbsp Olive Oil          
1 Cup Onion
1 Tbsp minced peeled ginger
3 garlic cloves
1 Tsp flour
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup frozen shelled edamame
1 cup garbanzos (I added)
1 baking potato (I used butternut squash, you can also substitute a sweet potato)
1 cup fat free low sodium chicken broth
1 (14 oz) can light coconut milk
3 cups cauliflower florets        2 cups rice or Quinoa

Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add onion saute for 2 minutes.  Add ginger & garlic saute 30 seconds.  Stir in tomato paste, cumin, turmeric and cinnamon.  Add edamame, garbanzos and potato (or butternut squash).  

In a separate bowl mix chicken broth, coconut milk,  and flour together. Add to saucepan and bring to a bowl.  Reduce heat and simmer about 8 minutes. Add cauliflower and simmer 9-10 minutes.  Serve over rice or quinoa.

370 Cals  9 grams of fat  13 grams protein  55 carbs  10 grams of fiber

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Letter from the Doc

How Well do you Understand the Shaklee Difference?

I have mentioned the "Shaklee Difference" a few times but thought it was worthy of a post all to itself. This is a letter from our Chair of Medical Affairs, Dr. Jamie McManus.  It is a brief summary of some of Shaklee's amazing accomplishments. Here it is:

Shaklee products, and the quality and science behind them are unmatched in the industry. But how familiar are you with the science behind the Shaklee Difference?

Even if you think you know what makes this company and our products stand apart from the rest, refresh your knowledge with this list of Ten Key Steps that we take to ensure that Shaklee supplements are the best in the marketplace:

1. Shaklee conducts over 100,000 tests annually to ensure the safety and efficacy of our products.

2. Each and every lot of Shaklee Products is 100% tested to ensure and guarantee that each and every ingredient that is part of our label claims is present in the appropriate amounts.

3. All ingredients in Shaklee products are qualified under the incredibly stringent Shaklee protocol, unique in the industry, which tests for up to 350 chemical contaminants, including pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, solvent residues, etc.

4. Our Shaklee Scientists create formulations so that the key active ingredients are included at clinically efficacious levels, often significantly higher than many companies in the market.

5. Each product is formulated with nutritional ingredients that have been extensively studied to confirm safety and efficacy. Our products do not follow "fads," but incorporate scientific and/or epidemiologic evidence of need and benefit.

6. Shaklee employs advanced delivery systems (including but not limited to Vitalizers S.M.A.R.T delivery system) to enhance bioavailability - and these systems are tested to confirm their nutrient delivery advantages.

7. All ingredients must be acceptable from the standpoint of the Shaklee philosophy, as well as detailed scrutiny as to their safety. We do not simply accept the Certificate of Analysis that many other companies accept, but rather retest for contaminants to confirm the Certificate of Analysis is accurate.

8. Shaklee has an unwavering commitment to avoid the use of artificial flavors, sweeteners, and added preservatives. We use only non-genetically modified soy protein.

9. Shaklee developed many of the standards and protocols for manufacturing that are now referred to as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).

10. Ongoing proof of our product performance is demonstrated by: 

  • Over 100 scientific publications, 90-plus in peer-reviewed journals
  • The Landmark Study, the only study of its kind, which showed that people who took Shaklee supplements over a period of 20 years had markedly better health than both single-multivitamin and nonsupplement users. 
  • Shaklee products fueling world explorers, 7 of Time-Life's "Greatest Adventures of All Time," and NASA Shuttle astronauts with a special rehydration product (called Astro-Ade)
  • Nations first Climate Neutral Certified Company, meaning they completely offset emissions resulting in a net ZERO impact on our earths climate.

Add to this list our accomplishments and awards in the area of environmental leadership and responsibility, and you will see why I am truly proud to be part of this company (So am I!), where integrity, quality and social responsibility are our standards, and where making people and the planet healthier is our mission.

Shaklee is all about helping people take control of their future health by virtue of their choices today. My 16 years as a practicing family physician led me to believe even more strongly that prevention is where the future of medicine must go. Research confirms that nutrition, weight control, and wise supplementation can powerfully impact your vitality today and your health in the future, and I believe that we can redefine wellness in the coming years. Thank you for all that you are doing to share Shaklee products and the Shaklee Difference with so many. Together we are making a BIG difference in the health of the world!

Be well!

Dr. Jamie McManus, MD, FAAFP
Chair of Medical Affairs, Health Sciences and Education for Shaklee Corporation

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Getting Muddy!

Spent a very dirty and super fun day last weekend playing in the mud!  (pictures below.. that's me on the right) Your never too old for that right?!

Myself and three girlfriends participated in the Warrior Dash in AZ.  It is 3.28 miles and 14 obstacles.. climbing walls, walking a tight rope, traversing through a car/tire junkyard and jumping over fire.. Fun times!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Meatless Monday

You will want to Ciao Down on this one!

Eggplant Involtini


1 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 pounds tomatoes, seeded and chopped (I used a 15 oz can of diced)
4 garlic cloves crushed and divided
12 eggplant slices - lengthwise ( I used 6)
cooking spray

2 Tbsp Pine buts, lightly toasted
1 oz whole wheat bread torn in to pieces
8 oz. fat free ricotta cheese
1 tsp grated lemon rind
1 egg
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
2 oz parmesan cheese or shredded mozzarella

Fresh oregano (optional)


Combine oil and tomatoes in a medium saucepan, stir in 2 garlic cloves ( I added a dash of fresh oregano as well) and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer.  Cool and place in food processor; process until smooth.  Set aside. Preheat broiler to high.
Sprinkle eggplant slices with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.  Arrange them on a foil lined baking sheet.  Lightly coat eggplant with cooking spray.  Broil 4-5 minutes on each side until lightly browned.
Preheat oven to 375.
Place remaining 2 garlic cloves in food processor; pulse until chopped. Add pine nuts and bread, chop until coarse crumbs form.
Add ricotta, lemon rind, and egg.  Process until smooth.  Stir in basil and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

Friday, April 27, 2012

There IS a Difference

I will attempt to explain the difference in this post. 

"A vitamin is a vitamin is a vitamin.. " I have heard that maaany a time, I am sure you have too ...or maybe you have even said it ;-)  If I hadn't been raised in a 'Shaklee household' I may be saying or thinking the same thing.  Now when I say 'raised in a Shaklee household' it is in reference to a couple things. The obvious being that I have been taking vitamins, drinking protein shakes and cleaning just about everything with Basic H (now Basic H2) for all of my 30 + years.  The other is learning why I am taking those vitamins, drinking those shakes and using basic H to clean just about everything.. in other words learning about the Shaklee difference.  There are many reasons that Shaklee is different however today I will elaborate a little about Natural vs. Synthetic supplements.

Did you know that there are THREE different types of supplements:

1st Synthetic: These elements are derived from chemicals.They contain NO living enzymes.  There are actually negative health and environmental impacts from synthetic ingredients in vitamins and supplements. Simply put, the human body is programmed to digest foods found in nature. Most synthetically produced vitamins and supplements are chemical compounds that cannot be found in nature, therefore the human body does not recognize these ingredients. The body is truly an amazing thing isn't it? It knows the difference between real and fake and it always prefers real. Examples: Centrum, One a Day etc..

2nd Crystalline/Extracted: These are manufactured using heat extraction.  Because of this manufacturing, they contain few to no living enzymes. They are generally imbalanced with questionable absorption. (meaning they will probably end up in the sewer)  Typical brands here include Nature's Bounty, Nature Made and brands you might find at health food stores.

3rd Whole Food or Lyophilized: These are cold processed without any chemicals.  They are balanced, from whole food sources, contain live enzymes and nourish our cells.  They are literally food supplements. Example: Shaklee

Did you also know that legally, a product only has to have 15% of natural ingredients to use the word natural on the label. 15%!!  In other words if you didn't know any better (know you do) you would of course assume if something is labeled "natural" or "made from nature" that it is!  This is why we as consumers need to educate ourselves and others and research the products that we put in and on our bodies.

Here is a great visual for the difference between natural and synthetic Vitamins. Vitamin C is the example.  As you can see the enzymes in Shaklee's Vitamin C resemble natural Vitamin C enzymes, because Shaklee's is natural... the others? Little resemblance. Have you ever smelled a synthetic Vitamin C?  It smells synthetic.  Shaklee's Vitamin C smells like citrus! 

Here is another visual for you. When your body is unable to breakdown and absorb your (synthetic) Vitamins, what happens to it? Well as you see in the picture it ends up in the sewer along with the money that you spent on those Vitamins. 

ONE last picture for you.  Two mice, both fed eggs.  One (I'll let you guess which one .. hint hint on the left) was fed good 'ol farm fresh eggs courtesy of mother nature.  The other?  Eggbeaters. They may look like eggs and they may taste like eggs.. but as you can see by the picture our bodies definitely prefer and thrive with the real thing.  

If you are going to supplement your diet to improve your health (why else would you supplement?) shouldn't you  be choosing products that will do just that?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Changing the Household Name

I read this article today, found it very disturbing and had to share (I hope you do the same). Here is a summary of the article from the EWG aka Environmental Working Group ..it is loong but I tried to highlight the important parts:  

In a ground-breaking initiative to uncover the truth about toxic chemicals in common household products, the Environmental Working Group has unearthed compelling evidence that hundreds of cleaners, even some of those hyped as “green” or “natural,” can inflict serious harm on unwary users. Many present severe risks to children who may ingest or spill them or breathe their fumes.

The first edition of the EWG Cleaners Database is due for release in fall 2012. Already, our research has turned up products loaded with extremely toxic compounds banned in some countries. Some of their ingredients are known to cause cancer, blindness, asthma and other serious conditions. Others are greenwashed, meaning that they are not, as their ad hype claims, environmentally benign. Still more hide the facts about their formulations behind vague terms like “fragrance.”

Cleaners labeled “safe,” “non-toxic” and “green” can contain hazardous ingredients. There should be a law against bogus claims, but there isn’t. 

Worst offenders: 

Simple Green Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner. It’s labeled “non-toxic” and “biodegradable.”
 It contains:
•  2-butoxyethanol, a solvent absorbed through the skin that damages red blood cells and irritates eyes;
•  A secret blend of alcohol ethoxylate surfactants. Some members of this chemical family are banned in the European Union.  Worse, the company website instructs the user to dilute the product significantly for even the heaviest cleaning tasks. Yet it comes in a spray bottle that implies it should be sprayed full-strength. Such use would result in higher exposures.

Banned Abroad
Spic and Span Multi-Surface and Floor Cleaner. This product contains nonylphenol ethoxylate, which the state of California has banned in cleaning products manufactured after 2012. Products containing this chemical cannot be sold in the European Union. It breaks down to nonylphenol, which can disrupt the hormone system, is toxic to aquatic life and persists in the environment.

Scrubbing Bubbles  Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner & Extend-A-Clean Mega Shower Foamer. These products contain up to 10 percent DEGBE, also called brotherliness, a solvent banned in the European Union at concentrations above 3 percent in aerosol cleaners. It can irritate and inflame the lungs.

Mop & Glo Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner. It contains DEGME, also called methoxydiglycol, at up to 15 times the concentration allowed in cleaners sold in the European Union. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe says DEGME is “suspected of damaging the unborn child.”

EASY-OFF Fume Free Oven Cleaner. This spray contains 5 to 10 percent DEGBE. The E.U. bars concentrations of DEGBE greater than 3 percent because it can harm the lungs.

Drain cleaners that can burn and blind
Childproof packaging is just one clue that conventional drain cleaners are extremely dangerous.

Drano Professional Strength Kitchen Crystals Clog Remover. The label says this product can severely burn eyes and skin and cause blindness or even death (!) Drano Kitchen Crystals may remain in the drain after use, creating an extreme hazard. Using a plunger could cause caustic splashback. Pouring any other product down the drain might trigger a dangerous chemical reaction. The label warns purchasers to “keep water out of can at all times to prevent contents from violently erupting or boiling out.” Yet unsuspecting consumers have been known to store it under the sink.

Oven cleaners that emit toxic fumes
Conventional oven cleaners can contain substantial amounts of sodium or potassium hydroxide,
solve crusty, baked-on gunk. These chemicals can also burn skin, lungs and eyes.

Walmart Great Value Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner. The label warns: “Will burn skin and eyes. Avoid contact with skin, eyes, mucous membranes and clothing. Harmful if swallowed. Avoid inhaling spray mist. Wear long rubber gloves while using...” We want to use this in our oven?!

CVS/pharmacy Fume-Free Oven Cleaner. Though claiming to be “fume-free,” the label warns: “Vapor harmful... open windows and doors or use other means to ensure fresh air entry during application and drying.” The label says the product contains an unidentified substance “known to the state of California to cause cancer.”

EASY-OFF Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner Aerosol Spray. The label warns: “Warning: ...DANGER: CORROSIVE...WILL BURN EYES AND SKIN. HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED. Avoid contact with eyes, skin, mucous membranes and clothing. DO NOT ingest. Use only with adequate ventilation. Avoid breathing spray mist. Wear long rubber gloves when using...”

Mystery mixtures
Ingredient labels are mandatory for food, cosmetics and drugs – but not for cleaners. Bowing to pressure from customers and to the threat of federal regulation, most companies list some ingredients on labels and websites or in worker safety information. But a few companies disclose nothing. Others may list one or a few ingredients or use vague terms like “surfactant” or “solvent.”

Target’s Up & Up. This brand’s Toilet Bowl Cleaner and Glass and Surface Wipes do not list any ingredients on the product packaging. Other products sold under the Up & Up label list only one or two ingredients or use vague terms.

Walmart’s Great Value. This store brand does not list ingredients in its Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner and lemon-scented Furniture Polish, despite the company’s commitment “to sell products that sustain people and the environment.” Other items sold under the Great Value brand list few ingredients or use general terms for them.

Spray cleaners with asthma-causing ingredients
Even though 1 in 10 U.S. children suffers from asthma, some companies make spray cleaners that fill the air with asthmagens, meaning ingredients that cause asthma.

Clorox, Fantastik, Febreze, Formula 409, Easy-Off, Lysol, Mr. Clean and Spic and Span. Many of the spray cleaners sold under these brand names are laced with quaternary ammonium compounds or ethanolamine, ingredients classified as asthmagens by the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, a professional association of clinics and health experts. These chemicals can trigger asthma attacks and can cause new cases of the disease in people who are asthma-free. Ingredients classified as asthmagens don’t belong in spray products.

100+ hidden chemicals
EWG’s 2009 state-of-the-art air pollution tests of 21 common school cleaning products turned up a wide range of air contaminants linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive toxicity, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity. Some of the worst offenders are in products also commonly used in the home:

Comet Disinfectant Cleanser Powder emitted 146 different chemicals, including some thought to cause cancer, asthma and reproductive disorders. The most toxic chemicals detected – formaldehyde, benzene, chloroform and toluene – are not listed on the label. Little is known about the health risks of most of the contaminants found.

Febreze Air Effects released 89 air contaminants.

Combatting static with toxic chemicals
Dryer sheets and anti-static sprays may free clinging fabrics and stop static sparks, but they usually do it with quaternary ammonium compounds that can irritate lungs and cause asthma as well as allergic contact dermatitis.

Static Guard contains the chemical DTDMAC, or ditallow dimethyl ammonium chloride, which is so persistent in the environment that it can’t be used as a cleaning ingredient in the European Union.

Undisclosed chemicals in the air
Air fresheners do not clean or purify the air. They merely cover up odors by releasing undisclosed mixtures of fragrance chemicals. Common fragrance components include chemicals that spur allergies, trigger asthma attacks or impair reproduction.

Lysol Neutra Air Freshmatic boasts that “your home will always smell fresh and clean” but cautions that the device should be placed “in well-ventilated rooms away from sleeping areas.” Among the label’s warnings: may be harmful if directly inhaled, may cause allergic reaction in some individuals, DO NOT spray towards face or body, DO NOT get in eyes, avoid content with skin, DO NOT spray directly onto surfaces.

Air Wick Freshmatic Compact cautions to “use in well-ventilated rooms away from sleeping areas.”
Febreze and Glade automatic air fresheners warn, “Do not use in small confined pet areas without adequate ventilation.”

To read the full article see:  Environmental Working Group Hall of Shame
Share this with your friends and family!

These products are household name cleaners and we need to CHANGE that.  

A Safe and Effective Alternative..

Shaklee has been offering Green Cleaners since 1960 - when 'Green' was just a color. They offer the best, the safest and the most economical cleaners available and they have always been non-toxic & environmentally friendly. 

For info check out the link Create a Healthy Home

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And if you read my earlier post you would know that MEMBERSHIP IS FREE IN ARPIL :) 
The Get Clean Starter Kit Includes: The Get Clean Starter Kit contains:

  • Basic H2® Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate, 16 oz. (1)
  • Germ Off Disinfecting Wipes, 35 Wipes (1)
  • Nature Bright® Laundry Booster and Stain Remover, 32 oz. (1)
  • Dish Wash Concentrate, 16 oz. (1)
  • Dish Washer Automatic Concentrate, 32 oz. (1)
  • Fresh Laundry Concentrate HE Compatible, Fragrance Free  32 oz. (Liquid) (1)
  • Soft Fabric Dryer Sheets, 80 sheets (1)
  • Dish Washer Automatic Concentrate Dispenser (empty) (1)
  • Nature Bright® Dispenser (empty) (1)
Including all the accessories you need to get really clean:
  • Organizer Caddy (1)
  • Spray Bottles (3)
    • Windows and Mirrors
    • All-Purpose
    • Degreasing
  • Dropper Pipette (1)
  • 1/4 oz. Dispenser Pump for 32 oz. Bottle (1)
  • Laundry Measuring cup (1)
  • Dual Measuring Spoon (1)
  • Cleaning Accessories (4)
    • Super Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
    • Super Microfiber Window Cloth
    • Super Microfiber Dish Sponge
    • Miracle Scrubber Pad