Posts

Attract Money and Success with Natural Remedies

One of the most interesting things that we’ve come across is the belief that it is possible to bring money and prosperity into life by utilizing simple ancient tools like food, Feng Shui, decorations and crystals. Here are some of the most interesting and successful natural money attractors we’ve found. Take a look and let us know what has worked for you!

Bring the Green

According to mystics, ginseng and parsley are good to attract more money. Both of these simple herbs are purity herbs which means that they help your mind, body and spirit to heal and renew. Try eating a little fresh ginseng and parsley each morning as soon as you wake up (or have it as a tea) and see how it can positively impact your day!

Elephants

According to Feng Shui, elephant sculptures attract money and success and are good to have in the house. The Chinese pronunciation of the elephant’s name is “Hsiang” which means revenue and prosperity. When you are choosing an elephant sculpture, opt for one that you really like looking at and place it in an area of your home where you will see it often.

Pyramids

The Mayas, Aztecs and Egyptians all thought highly of pyramids and used them to attract prosperity and good luck. When you think of all the mystic power associated with pyramids it is no wonder that they help to attract great things! One tip to heighten the power of your pyramid is to put it in a high place, like on top of tall bookshelf, and move it around your house from time to time to continue to ignite the energetic quality.

Feng Shui Colors and Decorations

The colors purple, red and green are thought to bring good energy and luck into a home. Also, according to Feng Shui the southeastern corner of the home governs cash flow so decorations in that corner of your house should be a direct reflection of financial success.

Crystals

Crystals and stones such as quartz have been scientifically proven to move energy. For instance, how do you think that your quartz watch movement works?! If this sounds a little hard to believe, purchase a crystal that most resonates with you and carry it around with you for awhile. You might be pleasantly surprised with the results. Crystal healing has been around a long time for a reason.

It is important to cleanse the crystal before use. Put it in your garden in the open moonlight or cover it in a bowl of salt. This will purify the stones. Don’t skip this step, it’s vital! Check out the Natural Products Network Shop where you can find a variety of crystals and stones to attract money and success including our Removing Financial Blocks Bundle. We also take the extra step of cleansing the stones and crystals at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre to give them even more energy!

BioGenesis tools

You probably haven’t heard of BioGenesis tools before, but we’ve tried them and they are really special and effective. The goal of the tools is to restore harmony to all levels of your life.  This includes promoting recovery from physical conditions, as well as producing more happiness, emotional harmony and mental and spiritual clarity.  This can result in the manifestations of various blessings, including financial prosperity, energy, and more harmonious relationships. Check out the BioGenesis site for more information.

Make a Money Wish

Visualization can be an extraordinary tool for attracting positive outcomes. Think of the stories you have heard about a person who wished for good things in their life, or performed a simple ritual to attract what they wanted…and it worked! One of our favorite stories about the power of belief is when the comedian Jim Carrey wrote himself a check for 10 million dollars and then made his dreams come true. If you can visualize it, you can make it happen!

Medicine Cabinet Makeover $100 Challenge

Discover Life-Improving Products and Enter to Win a $100 VISA Gift Card!

When it comes to makeovers we often think of makeup, diets and fitness, but not about everyday products that can make the BIGGEST IMPACT! That’s why we are super excited about our Medicine Cabinet Makeover $100 Challenge! The goal of this challenge is to:

  • Help you get over the real reason you might not be cleaning out your medicine cabinet
  • Introduce you to simple products that can make a life-improving difference
  • Give you the chance to enter to win a $100 VISA Gift Card to make your makeover easier!

The State of Your Medicine Cabinet Reflects a State of Your Mind

How many times have you had a mini freakout when you have guests over and they head to your bathroom?! Yes, probably everyone has experienced a sense of dread when faced with their medicine cabinet contents being exposed to the outside world. Why is it that this cabinet can be the one place in the home that is a complete, unorganized disaster? While the obvious explanation is that it is often filled with clutter causing products, there can be psychological component making us hold on to expired medicines and old lotions that we will never use again. For instance, sometimes we hold onto medicine cabinet products because of a strange sense of “needing them later” when we haven’t used these products for months…or even years! Clear the clutter by taking an honest assessment of what you are and ARE NOT using and make sure to dispose of expired medicines properly.

Now That My Cabinet is Clean, What Wellness Products Should I Consider Adding?

Medicine Cabinet products should be timely, effective and versatile. Since our Medicine Cabinets are often the main source of our daily wellness, viewing your medicine cabinet as a “wellness cabinet” will give you a better idea of which products to include. Here are some ideas to get you thinking about how you want to stock your new wellness cabinet.

DiaResQ

It’s always exciting to find a product that WORKS, is the first of its kind AND fits our fast-paced lifestyles. Nowadays, how common is it for you to eat out several times a week at crowded restaurants, food trucks and street vendors and suffer from it later? DiaResQ is not a drug, but rather a food for special dietary use that quickly provides relief when you feel your tummy rumbling. The coolest part is that because it’s a food, it effectively reaches the digestive tract and promotes healthy digestive function. Plus, it is safe for children as young as one year in age.

Soothe Topical Hemp Balm by Touchstone Essentials The Good Inside

It’s hard to go anywhere without hearing about the healing benefits of hemp, but what product to choose? We like the Soothe Topical Hemp Balm to soothe muscles and joints because of the amazing quality of the product! It’s made from 100% organic Colorado grown hemp and offers a full spectrum hemp extract that is rich in the cannabinoids that add up to results. Also, just so you know, in contains NO THC so you do not need a subscription to use it and it cannot get you high.

Dr. Tungs Snap-On Toothbrush Sanitizer

Dr. Tungs nifty snap-on toothbrush sanitizer utilizes essential oils to keep your toothbrush hygienic and fresh. It’s easy to use and releases all-natural, anti-bacterial vapors to fight the germs that can re-infect your mouth when you brush. Plus, besides the anti-bacterial benefits it’s nice to have a cover over each toothbrush to keep them protected!

Heritage Store Rose Petals Rosewater

Misting yourself with Heritage Store Rose Petals Rosewater after a shower feels downright amazing! The secret may be the presence of vor-mag water that has been vortexed and magnetized to raise the energy to a higher vibration. In fact, red rose has the highest vibrational frequency known among all flowers, resonating at 320hz. You can use it as a perfume, body splash, hair rinse, bath water or simply inhale it each day to enjoy the energizing scent.

Now, to give you even more inspiration to makeover your medicine cabinet enter to win a $100 VISA Gift Card to help you build the wellness cabinet of your dreams!

Lucky Seven Stones for Only $7.77

Are you looking to bring more luck into your life this year? Here are some of the most powerful stones to bring fortune your way this year. Each year has its own energy and frequency and these stones are the perfect match for prosperity, good fortune, money and luck in 2018.

Also, unlike other kits that you will find online, we are sourcing high-quality and higher priced stones that are sometimes hard to find AND we are clearing the stones in the proper way SO THAT THEY ARE JUST FOR YOU. We have not found another crystal shop online where they care about properly clearing the stones which means that people are using stones that are full of other people’s energy and intentions! You NEED the stones cleared just for you for the best results!

If you sourced these stones and had them cleared individually it could cost you $35!

Here’s what’s in the kit:

Tumbled Green Aventurine –  Known as the stone of fortune and opportunity, green aventurine is probably the most well known stone for attracting money. There are many tales of store keepers would put it near the cash registers to bring more money into the business. It’s also a great stone to keep in your pocket to bring luck to job interviews and games of chance.

Tumbled Quartz – This universal stone brings harmony to home and surroundings, clears negativity, amplifies energy and focus. It also helps set the stage to encourage other stones to work.

Tumbled Amethyst – A favorite of kings and queens,  Amethyst helps calm emotions and reduces anxiety and brings insight and intuition.

Tumbled Golden Quartz – Known as the “golden healer,” it helps to promote clear thinking and amplify intentions into results.

Tumbled Lapis Lazuli – Lapis Lazuli helps stimulate the higher mind and enhance intellectual ability. It stimulates the desire for knowledge, truth and understanding, and is often thought of as the wisdom stone.

Tumbled Carnelian – This stone is known to boost courage and confidence particularly when someone wants to overcome an important obstacle. This lucky stone can give the energy you need to conquer something in your way.

Tumbled Red Jasper – Known as a stone of empowerment to help people to overcome any emotional domination or abuse by others. This is a great stone to help you realize and release unhealthy relationships.

Each kit includes a handy black velvet pouch.

Remember, all stones will be specially cleared for use before they are sent to you. This is an important step that is often missed. You want the stones cleared for your use without traces of the energy of other people.

You will not get these exact stones as no two stones are exactly alike.

We cannot guarantee any outcome from using crystals and stones. Information is based on crystal and stone properties and uses as shared for thousands of years. 

Parathyroid Imbalance Causes Anxiety and Depression

If you’re like us, you probably don’t think of your parathyroid glands very often…if ever. However, these pea shaped glands are very important to our overall health. An imbalance it can cause a host of problems including anxiety, lack of concentration, loss of energy, depression, high blood pressure, trouble sleeping, gastric reflux, headaches, osteoporosis and even mental instability.

So what does the parathyroid do and why is it important? The parathyroid glands are part of the Endocrine system. In short, they help to regulate calcium and phosphorus in the body. The work of the parathyroid helps to:

  • normalize blood clotting
  • promote bone and teeth health
  • increase cell membrane permeability
  • protect the health of the nervous system

It’s surprising that symptoms of a parathyroid issue can be anxiety and depression, however, this is not something that is normally discussed. Most likely, many of you reading this have never even considered that your parathyroid might be giving you trouble.

The most common problem people encounter with the parathyroid is hyperparathyroidism, or hyper-activity of the parathyroid glands which can produce a calcium imbalance. Thankfully, there are steps that you can take to help correct a parathyroid imbalance once you are aware that you have a problem. For instance, Kelp easy to find and is known to help feed the parathyroid.

Learn more about hyperparathyroidism and remedies that help balance the parathyroid. Getting the information you need will help you take control of your health and feel your best!

Kelp helps nourish the parathyroid.

Reduce Cancer Risk by up to 79 Percent by Changing One Simple Thing

When it comes to health strategies, often times we forget about the simple things that we can do to help improve our well-being. Thankfully, many of these options are easy and can be accomplished at little-to-no cost.  In fact, one of the simplest cancer prevention strategies is one that nearly everyone can do daily without much effort.

Obviously water is vital to our overall health, but how many times have you went almost an entire day without so much as a sip of liquids and then drink excessively after feeling a strong sense of thirst? If so, you could be chronically dehydrated and putting your health at risk. Not many people realize it, but drinking enough fluids each day is one of the most important things we can do to look and feel our best. In fact, proper water and fluid consumption can help ease back and joint pain, boost metabolism and even reduce cancer risk by up to 79%!

Here are some interesting facts about how water and fluid intake influences our health:

•    75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (This likely applies to half the world population)
•    Even MILD dehydration will slow down ones metabolism as much as 3%.
•    One glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
•    Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
•    Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day (half of that coming from food and drinks other than plain water) could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
•    A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
•    Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by up to 45%, the risk of breast cancer by up to 79%, and the risk of bladder cancer by up to 50%!

When you first start drinking the fluids that your body needs, you might experience increased urination as your body is used to utilizing whatever little moisture it receives to flush out toxins. However, keep drinking the 8 to 10 glasses of fluids you should be each day and before long you will notice a striking change in the way you look and feel. You might notice your skin looking brighter and clearer and start to feel better and more focused. If healthy skin is your focus, check out these other natural acne treatments.

As you continue to drink the appropriate amount of fluids, your body will start to trust that more is coming so it will get rid of any water retention weight in your body. This will encourage weight to drop from problem areas such as the hips, ankles, stomach and thighs.

Natural products to help heal your pets emotions

People know that pets have emotions, but rarely do we think of helping our pets with their emotional baggage. Perhaps, this has lots to do with the fact that we are focused on our own emotional problems and that our pets can’t verbalize how they feel.

For instance, some animals have been subjected to puppy mills and animal shelters prior to landing in a loving home.  Experiences like these can take a toll on pets, even years later. Fortunately, the line of Bach Flower Remedies for Animals can really help.

Bach makes a wonderful line of remedies for your pet’s emotional needs. The Bach Flower Remedies for Animals utilizes homeopathic principles to help little furry friends become more balanced. You’ll find remedies for everything from jealousy and depression to fear and anger.

Check out the line of remedies now!

The 221 B.C. Drink for Modern Times

So, lately we’ve been seriously addicted to drinking Kombucha because it makes us feel really, really good! The other day a person even remarked that the whole office had glowing skin (not in a freaky radioactive way, but in a healthy, vibrant way). Plus, when we drink Kombucha we feel more energized to complete our work during the day.

Turns out that there’s good reason for our newfound “glow.” Kombucha contains beneficial probiotics that help the digestive and immune systems (take that flu!), contains live active enzymes that help recharge the body’s cells, and contains polyphenols that help fight free radicals. So where do you get this magical drink? Our favorite is GT’s Kombucha that can be purchased at health food stores around town including Whole Foods.

Here are some more interesting facts about Kombucha from one of the first and best to hit the market GT’s Kombucha.

o    Kombucha has been a health-promoting and life-enhancing wonder food since as early as the Tsin Chinese Dynasty of 221 BC. Its popularity has been documented throughout history in all corners of the world, from Russia to India, Germany to Japan.

o    In his autobiography, Nobel Prize winner Alexandr Solzhenitsyn wrote that drinking Kombucha helped him survive the Siberian slave camps of the former Soviet Union.

o    Kombucha may be known by many different names in other parts of the world, including Manchurian Tea, Manchu Fungus, Tea Kvass, Mo-Gu Fungus japonicus, Kwassan, and many others.

o    A report on NBC’s Dateline stated that over three million people regularly drink Kombucha.

Now that’s something to toast to! Cheers!…Now drink up!

How to Get Rid of Parasites

While we tend to accept that our pets can contract parasites that disrupt their overall health, the notion that humans can also get parasites tends to be a foreign one. The truth is that most of us will have unfriendly parasites in our bodies at one point in our lives.  Also, the truth is that anyone can get parasites—even those that don’t travel far from home. For some time many believed that people only got parasites if they traveled to exotic countries, but that just isn’t true.

Types of parasites include roundworms, protozoa (one-cell parasites), flukes and tapeworms. Before you start to imagine huge worms crawling around your body, keep in mind it is estimated that 70 percent of all human parasites are microscopic—which means that they can’t be seen with the naked eye. Despite the type of parasite, the good news is that there are lots of things that we can do to get rid of them and we don’t have to feel “creeped-out” by their existence.

So how do you know if you have parasites and if they are affecting your overall health?  While the symptoms vary widely, some more common signs include nervousness, stomach bloating, fatigue, fuzzy thinking, itchy anus, sinus trouble and feeling hungry, tired and malnourished—even after eating a large meal. And while you should always consult your health care provider if you believe you might have parasites and need advice on a course of treatment, below are some more common tools people have used to rid their bodies of unfriendly critters.

Garlic—Perhaps the easiest thing to do to help get rid of parasites is to add more garlic to your diet. Garlic contains Allicin and Ajoene—two components that work to kill parasites.

Wormwood –One of the most well-known herbs for parasites, Wormwood contains the components thujone and isothujone, which help to dispel parasites from the body. Looking for a parasite cleansing kit that features Wormwood? Check out Hanna Kroeger’s Wormwood Kit, which features Wormwood and other products that work in synergy to help rid the body of parasites.

Colon Cleanse—Diets heavy in processed and fast foods can clog up the body. And just like garbage attracts unwanted bugs when left outdoors for longer periods of times, so can waste that sits in a backed-up colon (You get the picture). Thus, a gentle colon cleanse can help dispel waste and parasites from the system.  Some of the most well-known products for colon cleansing include Sonne’s Organic Food— a highly regarded line of products which has been around since 1946. Whatever path you choose to rid your body of parasites, remember to talk to your health care provider before starting any supplement or cleansing program.

Deadly Staph Infection Cured by Pesky Tree

Lots of people know the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria as the “scary staph” that is resistant to most forms of medications—and the bad news is that this dangerous bacteria infection is on the rise. According to the Center of Disease Control, thirty years ago only 2 percent of all staph infections in the US were MRSA, but by 2003 that number climbed to a whopping 64 percent. By 2005, 94,000 people developed life-threatening MRSA with nearly 19,000 dying from it.

However, a simple tree could be the key to fighting MRSA and stopping its threat in its tracks. Researchers have discovered a staph-fighting chemical compound in the needles of Red Cedar trees. Initial tests have shown promise that this chemical compound can thwart the deadly MRSA bacterium.

What makes this more intriguing is that the Red Cedar tree has often been considered a “trash tree” and has been thought of as a nuisance because of the way it invades fertile farmlands. Also, the Red Cedar is available in large numbers year around so there is plenty of supply—an estimated 500 million grow in Missouri alone.

“I wanted to find a use for a tree species that is considered a nuisance,” said Chung-Ho Lin, research assistant professor in the MU Center for Agroforestry at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. “This discovery could help people fight the bacteria as well as give farmers another cash crop.”

Lose weight with hot celebrity workout

Break the weight loss barrier with a complete system consisting of an innovative workout, ground-breaking nutrition plan and guided meditation to remove obstacles.  Developed from more than 20 years of experience by Cameron Shayne, Budokon fuses elements of martial arts, yoga and meditation into one exhilarating workout that keep celebrities like Jennifer Aniston coming back for more.

Product Details

Instructor(s): Cameron Shayne
Media Format: DVD
Length: Disc 1 – 1 hour 20 minutes, Disc 2 – 1 hour 10 minutes, Disc 3 – 56 minutes

Workout Breakdown:

Disc 1 – Learn the basics

The pose guide’s main purpose is to get you going in the right direction. It includes a helpful breakdown of Budokon moves such as modified crescent, cat stance front kick and pivot punch so you can learn the mechanics before you start the practice. The DVD also contains a 50-minute workout with step-by-step instruction which helps you ease into Budokon without getting. It begins with fast-paced Ashtanga yoga sequences to deeply stretch the body, followed by classic martial art moves to build strength and ends with a brief meditation to prep the mind. It’s important to remember that in this system, the longer the practice, the less intense the workout. You’ll also find an interview with Cameron where he talks about his background and why he created Budokon. Little know facts include that he got into martial arts because he was bullied as a child and he once was a body guard for Charlie Sheen.

Disc 2 – Accelerated and maintenance workouts

Now, you can apply what you learned with disc 1 with two accelerated routines based on the initial 50-minute practice. The 40-minute routine includes minimal instruction and the 30-minute workout includes very little so you can do the workout at a truer pace. A helpful rule of thumb when deciding when to accelerate your workout is when the workout speed your presently doing feels comfortable enough that you’re beginning to anticipate Cameron’s next move.

Disc 3 – Self empowerment

Make the most of the energy you’ve created with your workouts as Cameron guides you through key areas of self-discovery to help you overcome weight loss challenges. You’ll be surprised what you learn about yourself and how little changes in attitude can lead to big results.

Weight Loss Guide and Workout Plan
This guide  teaches you how to set healthy goals in 3, 4-week stages and contains information about food combining to effectively lose weight and recipes from New York’s edgy Pure Food & Wine restaurant. You’ll also find a 12-week workout guide that includes weekly goals and a workout schedule.

From the instructor Cameron Shayne: “The Budokon practice for the average person out there, what it brings to our culture that is so material, focused and driven – it brings you back to the Earth. It brings you back to some tranquility, some center, some real true art. You want to feel art again? Practice something like this. Budokon cultivates people, it cultivates the human spirit.”

For more information about to purchase this workout, please visit www.budokon.com.

Natural Flu Fighters

With more people becoming increasingly concerned about the Flu, many are looking for ways to protect their health. Below are some helpful, general (and easy!) tips to overcoming the flu and other viruses.

Plain ol’ Vitamin C – Even though most people know the benefits of Vitamin C, many don’t take it to boost their immune systems when they are concerned about illness—they take it AFTER they get sick. To choose the right Vitamin C for you, talk to your health care provider about which dosage you should take. Drinks like “C Monster” make it easy to get some Vitamin C and stay hydrated at the same time. Which brings us to the next point…

Stay Hydrated and Eat Whole Foods – Again, this seems like common sense, but often the most logical and clear cut health strategies are the ones that are most missed. To help keep your body healthy make sure to drink lots of fluids throughout the day (remember that soda and coffee do not count!) and eat whole foods – including choices that boost health and immunity.  Look for organic choices like garlic (natural immune boost) squash (helps clear toxics), asparagus (cleans the blood) and Elderberries (antiviral properties and flu-fighting flavonoids).

Hyland’s Products— Since 1903, Hyland’s has built a long a solid reputation for producing effective products. They are FDA regulated and the largest domestic manufacturer of homeopathic medicines in North America. Hyland’s Complete Flu Care and new Complete Flu Care for kids feature two-phase action help to minimize flu symptoms at first onset and help relieve nasty symptoms after the flu has set in. We especially like their Cold ‘n Cough 4 kids, which helps to get rid of common cold symptoms, including sneezing, sore throat, and congestion without side effects. www.hylands.com.

Hanna Kroeger’s Vyren and INF Blend – Hanna Kroeger is recognized worldwide as having been an expert in herbs and natural healing. When she passed she left behind a legacy of natural healing tools that people around the world continue to rave about. Made to help fight viruses, Vyren contains a combination of Raspberry Leaves, Basil and Lettuce. INF (Infection) Blend is meant to help combat the flu and other common infections and contains a helpful blend of Lemon Peel, Chamomile, Thyme, Cayenne, Yerba santa, Eucalyptus, Mugwort and Coltsfoot. To learn more, please visit www.hannasherbshop.com.

We are an educational resource, please consult your health care provider for medical advice.

How Do I Use Homeopathic Remedies?

On a recent trip to the Vitamin Cottage off of 15th street near Downtown Denver, one of the Natural Products Network team members witnessed a woman browsing the rows of homeopathic remedies and asking an employee numerous questions. That trip provided the inspiration for this article because although homeopathic remedies have been around much longer than most types of Western medicine, many people have no idea what they are, how they work or how to use them.

Homeopathy was first discovered by Samuel Hahnemann in 1796 when he came up with the principle that “like cures like.” Thus, each homeopathic remedy is made from an extremely diluted substance that has similar qualities to the symptoms it is targeting.  It is thought that when the body encounters the homeopathic, it responds and combats the corresponding symptoms. Although, homeopathy has had its critics, it’s sheer staying power and number of users around the world say a lot about its effectiveness. In fact, homeopathic remedies are used by England’s Royal Family and widely prescribed by Physicians in Europe and Asia.

When choosing a homeopathic remedy it’s a good idea to first check with your health care provider. You may be pleasantly surprised how many Western Physicians are becoming more knowledgeable about homeopathy and can advise you accordingly. Recently, a friend of mine told us about a doctor she discovered at Kaiser who is both a Naturopath and a MD – pretty exciting stuff! If your primary doctor isn’t receptive, consider reaching out to a Naturopath for a recommendation. Whomever you go to, the most important thing is that you don’t feel belittled or patronized for wanting to explore another health option—especially one like homeopathy that has been around for a long time and has many fans around the world.

Regardless of which remedies that you end up choosing there are general rules that apply to all homeopathic remedies. First, never touch them as this can disturb the remedies. Instead, always pour them into the bottle cap first before putting them into your mouth and letting them dissolve under your tongue (If you use a liquid, squirt it directly under your tongue without touching the dropper to your mouth). Next, don’t eat or drink anything for at least 20 minutes before or after you take the homeopathic so that they can be absorbed directly into your system. One of our favorite brands of homeopathic remedies is Hyland’s which offers a number of solutions from their popular Cold n Cough 4 Kids to their legendary Calms Forte formula. Hyland’s also makes an effective natural acne treatment.

Also, when deciding on a healing path with your health care adviser, work on one set of correlating symptoms at a time so you don’t overload yourself with too many remedies.  Even though little to no adverse side effects have been reported, starting with too many homeopathic remedies too fast can be overwhelming. Lastly, if you purchase your remedies from a health food store, ask the cashier not to scan them at checkout. Although some argue that scanning is fine, there is also a belief that it could weaken the energetic quality of the homeopathic—so there’s no point in taking the risk.

Protect your kids from overlooked health risk

A leading health risk often overlooked as a possible cause for disruptive and irritable behavior in children, lead poisoning is a serious condition that if left untreated can cause various health threats. In fact, according to the CDC, lead poisoning can damage the kidneys, the nervous system, the reproductive system, cause elevated blood pressure and is especially harmful to the developing brains of young children and fetuses.

So how does a child end up with too much lead in his or her system? Most people know about the dangers of lead paint found covering walls of many older houses and apartment buildings. However, not too many people consider their child’s exposure to water run through lead pipes or the massive amount of environmental lead residue. The EPA estimates that more than 12 million children primarily living in urban areas are exposed to around 10 million metric tons of lead residue resulting from the use of leaded gasoline and paint. Even juice boxes can be a source of lead!

According to the Mayo Clinic the signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in children may include:

• Irritability

• Loss of appetite

• Weight loss

• Sluggishness and fatigue

• Abdominal pain

• Vomiting

• Constipation

• Unusual paleness from anemia

• Learning difficulties

You can get your child tested for lead poisoning, often for free. Start by checking with your local health department regarding lead screening guidelines specific to the risks in your area.  If your child does indeed have lead poisoning, you’ll want to talk to your health care provider before starting any treatment, but there are a number of natural remedies that might help.

Natural Strategies for combating lead poisoning  include utilizing homeopathic remedies specifically for lead accumulation. For instance, Hanna Kroeger Herbs makes a Plumbum (Latin for lead) remedy specifically to help dispel lead from the body. Helpful herbs for combating lead poisoning and heavy metal toxicity include Alfalfa and Dandelion. Make sure to always buy organic or wild herbs that haven’t been treated with pesticides. And of course, it is important to identify the source of lead so that your child isn’t exposed again. Finally, don’t forget to test yourself and other family members for lead poisoning if your child tests positive! Other people in your family could also be at risk!

Avoid hidden toxins in kid products

When you become a parent, you want to extend your eco-awareness to your kids so that they too can reap the benefits. Sure, you’ve chosen cloth diapers and are careful about recycling and packing nutritious, organic lunches, but what are you missing? Chances are some things you haven’t even thought of. Check out four of the most common mistakes parents make when trying to raise healthy, happy, natural kids.

1. Hidden Chemicals

Just because a product is labeled as natural or even organic does not mean that it is a healthy choice. In fact, many common seemingly healthy products aimed at kids are filled with harmful chemicals. Check out this amazing book, Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills, to find out the truth about the dangers of common preservatives and food additives. What you’ll find is that there is concrete scientific evidence against common substances like MSG found in a variety of foods (not just Chinese food!!). These harmful additives are used as flavor enhancers and represent a billion-dollar-business. The problem is that they are also making us sick.

The good news is that we can do something about this. Check the labels of foods and stay away from packaged foods that contain an abundance of chemicals. Also, be careful because seemingly harmless ingredients such as “enzymes,” “hydrolyzed vegetable protein,” “natural flavors” and “spices” are sometimes food additives in disguise! Two of the biggest culprits aimed right at our kids are Campbell Soups and Lunchables.

2. Toxic Toys and Clothes

We live in a world where quantity is often chosen over quality — especially when it comes to our kids’ clothes and toys. Even the most environmentally aware parent can get caught up in a wave of seemingly never ending consumerism. Worse yet, parents often end up buying an abundance of toys and clothes for their children that are actually toxic and harmful to their health.

In fact, according to the New York Daily News, dangerous levels of lead and hazardous chemicals continue to pop up in some popular children’s products like Barbie Bike Flair Accessory Kit and the Dora the Explorer Activity Tote. Also, conventional clothing can retain toxic chemicals that can cause rashes. So what is a parent to do? Check out wonderful websites like WildDill.com that offer a variety of clothes and toys that are safe, educational, high-quality and eco-friendly.

3. Over Juiced

Sure, consuming some juice is OK for our kids’ health, but nowadays over consumption of juice is becoming a real problem. So much so that even the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement about “The Use and Misuse of Fruit Juice in Pediatrics.” According to the AAP, drinking too much juice can contribute to obesity, the development of cavities and gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, excessive gas, bloating and abdominal pain. Also, according to NRP, a California environmental group has found amounts of lead in bottled juice, juice boxes and packaged fruit that exceed federal limits for young children. And compounding this problem, juice boxes are often not recycled and end up littering our landfills.

4. Carbon Kid Print

When is the last time you calculated your carbon kid print? Um….never? If you are like many parents who calculate their individual footprint and its impact on the environment, you might realize that you’ve never even included your kids in this equation – or started a conversation with them about how they can have a positive impact on the environment. Thankfully there is this wonderful website called Carbonfootprint that can help you tally the results and use it as a teaching moment. 

Use Foods Around the House to Heal Indigestion, Acne and Sore Throat!

While the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” isn’t usually taken literally—it should be. Apples, like a lot of other common foods you’ll find in your fridge, are packed with healing nutrients that can save you a trip to the doctor the next time you’re not feeling so well. While us westerners often think of food as nourishing our bodies, we hardly ever look to it for medicinal purposes. However, for centuries different cultures such as the Chinese and American Indians have used food to help them feel better.  And we are not just talking about eating food, but also utilizing it in tonics and salves—and even placing it on the body to help draw out toxins.

Despite the disconnect often experienced when thinking of the notion that food can heal, nearly every person can think of a food related remedy that has been passed down in her or his family. The interesting thing is that a lot of these “old wives tales,” as they are often called, actually work and have been backed up by science. Furthermore, with health care costs on the rise, now is the perfect time to explore how to utilize common foods to promote better health. So open your mind—and your fridge— and let’s get started looking at the healing powers of food.

Tomatoes – There are oodles of studies that show that the chemical that makes tomatoes red, known as lycopene, may lower the risk of cancer. Tomatoes are also rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Calcium and Potassium and can be used topically to draw out toxins. Next time you have a breakout try rubbing fresh tomato juice on your skin during your cleansing process.  Also, when you have a sore throat, try cutting a tomato in half and putting each side, juicy side down, on your neck where it hurts. This really works! You can also enjoy the healing benefits of tomatoes by making delicious sauces. Some of our favorite natural tomato products are made by Muir Glen.

Onions – Ahhh, the onion. Did you know that onions contain as many as 150 phytochemicals including quercetin which works to help to dispel free radicals in the body? Probably not, which is why you are reading this article in the first place, right? Anyway, the next time that you find yourself really stuffed up or feeling like you might have a touch of the flu, try making a huge pot of simple onion stew. First, find the biggest and deepest pot that you have and fill it with water until it’s about half full. Then cut 3 whole onions, put them in the pot and bring it to a boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until the onions are tender. After you’ve removed it from the heat, check the temperature of the steam with your hand (don’t burn yourself!) When it’s not too hot, poor the onion broth into a cup and sip it slowly while continuing to inhale the wonderful, healing vapors. This simple remedy can help clear you up and get you back on track.

Apple Cider Vinegar – Without going into a long narrative about how Apple Cider Vinegar works to help the body, we’ll save you a lot of boring reading by stating simply that it has been suggested that it works because it helps balance alkaline levels in the body. (Western diets are often more acid than alkaline…thus more alkaline can be ideal).  If you find yourself eating out a few times a week, try making Apple Cider Vinegar your new best friend. After eating heavy restaurant food—or just something that didn’t quite agree with you—put a tablespoon of Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (like Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar) in a large glass of water and sip it very, very slowly. Don’t be surprised if by the time you are finished your tummy ache is completely gone. Apple Cider Vinegar is also a wonderful natural acne treatment.