Skincare Archives

During my last interview , the topic of the name of this blog came up again.  It’s not  really surprising as it has absolutely nothing to do with the menopause in the usual sense of the word.   It’s mostly my thoughts on all sorts of different subjects.

However, just to set the record straight,  it came about because I was introduced to the world of the internet during one of my “menopausal moments”.  You know, those times when you act completely out of character.

Anyway,  at that time I had no idea about the importance of keywords and relevance as far as the search engines are concerned, and now I know better, but…

…this blog is comfortable.  It’s familiar like an old pair of slippers and I’m reluctant to change it.

I  have this idea if people are meant to find me, they will.

You did!

Anyway, that’s how the blog started, and since then I’ve done many things “out of character”, including joining some mlm/network marketing companies, which is something I’d never considered was really “me”.

To be perfectly honest, it still isn’t, BUT I can see the potential of earning residual income for promoting GOOD products,  and that’s the only reason I’m involved.

They’re  ALL , not just “good”, but GREAT products,  and I use them, and would use them regardless of whether there was an income opportunity involved, or not.

To me, that’s secondary, but I know a lot of people are making a LOT of money by actually making the introduction of the work from home mlm opportunities to others their sole business.

I just tell people about them because I like the products, know they can help people, and if anyone buys or joins as a result of my recommendation, then great.

It’s a win-win situation, isn’t it?

As you can tell from this site, I am a huge fan of everything GVO.  I’ve interviewed and even written a book about Joel Therien,  and I don’t put my name to things lightly.

I hate hype, and that’s one thing you don’t get with GVO, although I have to admit I hate it when they launch any new products, because everything is geared to the serious  mlm/network marketer type of person, rather than those less interested in that sort of thing…

… like me.

That’s the situation at the moment with MeetCheap, which is a phenomenally,  inexpensive, web based, collaborative tool, due to launch to the public on 23rd January, 2012.

At only $19.97 per YEAR for a 20 seat conference room, where you can hold live webcasts, web meetings, sales presentations, etc., anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection , and which has an mlm business opportunity included in the price as well, I guess they can be forgiven for a bit of hype.

After all, there’s NOTHING currently to compare to it out there in cyberspace, especially as it can be linked to ViralWebcaster so the webcasts can actually be held inside of Facebook!

That hasn’t been released yet either, but I’m reliably informed it’s very powerful and, “WILL BE the TOOL of 2012”

Viral Webcaster is the brainchild of Tissa Godivitarne and Mark Call, another two hype free people I like, because they are genuinely nice and helpful.  They also make a very profitable living from holding webinars so clearly they know what they’re doing and have implemented the best of everything in this new product.

If you want to check it out before it even launches, you can go to the ViralWebcaster page on Facebook, where there’s a short video explaining how it works.

Apparently, you have to first, click the LIKE button and, second, Click ALLOW, and then Mark Call gives you the details

Anyway, if you  also want to check out  MeetCheap, or any of the other GVO products, you can go to my 10 Questions page and scroll to the bottom.

They’re all listed on that page, because (according to those in the know) they all satisfy the criteria for the questions you should ask yourself before getting involved with any home based business.

The 7MinuteWorkout satisfied the criteria too, and is a great health and fitness lifestyle program, which I’m sure many people will appreciate in the New Year, especially if they indulge just a bit too much over the festive season!

Here’s  a video I made about it, and if you want to see more I’ve written about it, you can check out my 7MinuteSuccessWorkout site.

Finally, there’s ONE Group.

Now this company provides certified organic skincare amongst other things, and certainly doesn’t fulfil all the criteria for the 10 questions, BUT I suffered from mercury poisoning and had to get rid of as many toxic chemicals from my body as possible, and you’ll be surprised how many your everyday items contain.

I was!

Anyway, these Miessence, Mi-Vitality and Mi-Environ products only contain beneficial and active ingredients from food and plants, (which I can pronounce), rather than potentially dangerous Lab concocted toxic synthetic chemicals, (which I can’t pronounce).

That’s why I use them, and as I personally use a sufficient amount each month to fulfil the required order level to become an Independent Representative and potentially earn commission, then it makes sense to choose that option, doesn’t it?

If you want to read my story, you can check out my books at JeanShaw.com, or you can get my free organic report here.

Now, here’s a video I made about ONE Group, incase you’re interested in either purchasing,  or building a home based business with chemical free products , BUT it certainly isn’t for everyone, and of all the mlm opportunities I’ve found myself part of, this is probably the hardest to sell.

Of course, it doesn’t bother me, because I just want to use the products, but that may not be the case for you.

 

Anyway, that’s why my blog is called , “Jeans’s Menopausal Moment”, but  I guess my moment of madness  has  already allowed me to meet hundreds of people worldwide,  and led me to become an author, an interviewer, a blogger, an article writer, a ghost writer, video producer, webmaster, and an mlm and network marketer, albeit unintentionally.

That’s not bad is it?

The menopause is supposedly a time of change,  and I certainly haven’t stood still.

Wonder what 2012 will bring?

Best wishes for the festive season and take care.

Jean

 

[APOLOGIES – You may need to let this video buffer and then play it.  (Don’t ask me why – I’m NOT a techie – I only made the video).]

Okay, TODAY’s the day GVOConference is being released to the general public.

For a one time set up fee of less than $30 and then $8.97 per month, you can get a revolutionary 50 seat conferencing tool that knocks the socks off its competition.

Why?

The price.

For less than one tenth that of its closest competitor, GVOConference could potentially change lives.

There’s nothing to download to your computer as a viewer, no technical skills required  and plenty of video training if you need a bit of encouragement.

You can hold audio/video conference calls, and online chats, show powerpoints, share files, and record the whole thing.

All you need do is give someone with a computer and internet access your web conference room address and you can communicate with up to 50 people in real time from the comfort of your own home or office.

That means you can

• stay in touch with friends and family,
•  collaborate with work colleagues,
• teach and learn new skills,
• train your business partners
,

and just generally do what you like with your very own TV station.

Its uses are only as limited as your imagination.

Another thing you can do with it IF YOU WANT TO, is promote it as a global home business opportunity that is –

• highly consumable
• easily demonstrable

and significantly AFFORDABLE in every country of the world.

That’s one thing most Network Marketing companies don’t consider.

I must admit I’m not a connoisseur of the industry, and to be perfectly honest I’ve never really been a fan of them because I had the impression they were all Pyramid Schemes.

However, I’ve lately come to realise ALL corporations are Pyramid schemes.

When you think about it, the people in the management positions are always going to earn more and benefit from the work of the people below.

That’s the problem of having a job.

Your income is always capped, either by the salary scale or the amount of hours you can physically work.

That’s why the concept of leverage through Network Marketing is so appealing.

There’s no doubt IF you have a great product you can create a successful  business by promoting it.

The problem with most Network Marketing companies though, is they usually have to charge several times more for their products than their store counterparts to cover all the  commissions and bonuses, which means introducing their business opportunity to new prospects can require the big “sell”.

Let’s face it, most people dislike selling, but more significantly, even more people HATE being sold to.

Also, it seems the average monthly cost to be part of a Network Marketing company is between $100 and $200.  If you live in a country where the average salary is only  $400 per month or less,  that’s a huge chunk of your salary isn’t it?

I’m actually  a representative for the World’s First Certified Organic To Food Grade Standard Skin, Body And Health Care Products, This particular company requires a monthly investment of about $100 though, so whilst it may be an  international opportunity, it’s certainly NOT affordable for everyone.

I was a customer first, and was impressed with the quality of the products.

I also liked the integrity of the company, so I decided I might as well promote theirorganic business opportunity.

They’re brilliant products – very safe and I highly recommend them!

GVOConference is another product I highly recommend.

It’s also a great product, and the people behind it are also full of integrity.

They’re very open  and transparent and welcome suggestions from their customers for any improvements, which they implement as soon as they possibly can.

What’s really nice about GVOConference, apart from the price is the developers have launched it in FIVE different languages.

These are English, German, Portugese, Russian and Spanish AND there’s even training and support in the different languages too!

That means, if you want to promote it as a business opportunity, it’s really global.

You see, at $8.97 per month it’s affordable in most countries and as it’s something EVERYONE wants there’s no “selling” involved.

Pretty good, don’t you think?

This is a RARE Network Marketing opportunity because rather than being more expensive, GVOConference is MUCH CHEAPER than its competitors!

If you want to know why it’s so affordable you can read my other blog posts or check out GiveMeFiveConferencing.com, but take it from me, investing in GVOConference,(which launched to the public today), could be the best $8.97 decision you ever make.

Check out GVOConference here

Best wishes

Jean

Boobs – Mostly For Men

Ha! Ha! – Thought that would grab your attention!

According to the BBC News this morning, today is International Right To Know Day, so I thought I’d enlighten you about buying bras, (but read to the end for some light hearted banter).

Getting a bra to fit properly let me tell you, is no easy task.  It  certainly requires a lot more than a quick dash into a store, and selecting one which looks great on the slinky sexy model in the catalogue in approximately the right size for your nearest and dearest.

Ever done that… maybe at Christmas?

Thought so, but here’s the big question – do you know what size she is?

Come to think of it, does she know what size she is?

That might sound daft, but as women change shape, so does their bra size.

I went to buy some new bras last week and had I not had a “proper” fitting, (not one of those tape measure jobs), I would have happily bought the wrong size.

You see a bra should not only enhance the shape of the female body, but also provide support, and this shouldn’t require the straps.

For a bra to fit properly when it’s first bought, the hooks should be done up on the loosest ones possible.  This is because as the bra ages it will stretch and will need to be tightened by using the other hooks.

It should be snug, but should still allow room for two fingers to be inserted behind where the hooks do it up so it can be pulled out slightly.

The straps should sit on the shoulders so they aren’t tight, won’t slip and when the arms are lifted up above the head, the back of the bra stays in line with the front.

If the bra rides up at the back, the straps are too tight.

Most importantly, the side of the bra should sit on the breast bone, NOT on the soft fleshy part of the bust as this can cause problems, and the top of the cup under the arm should not rub the armpit.

So you see men it’s not easy.

Even if your nearest and dearest has been measured “properly”, and you know what size she is, there’s another problem.

You see she  may need a different size depending on the cut of the bra.  You can’t just pick up two or three styles in  the same size and assume they’ll fit “comfortably”.

I’m afraid – you just have to fit them on, which is why, if you really care about the woman in your life and want to impress  her, DON’T buy the lingerie you like, but let her choose for herself.

It’s much safer and she’ll love you even more for it.

man boobsNow, talking of boobs, I read something really interesting the other day, which may still interest you male readers…

man boobs!

Now, I know you just like to think of them as relaxed muscle, but apparently there’s growing evidence more and more males over forty are becoming feminized , because they have more of the female hormone “estrogen” in their bodies than they do “testosterone”.

Hmmm…

You know what that means apart from man boobs , don’t you…

• Unexplained weight gain
• Impotence
• Health problems caused through an enlarged prostrate

It seems the problem has got so bad, the number of men seeking breast reduction surgery has risen by 2.54% in the last 5 years.

So why do middle aged men suddenly find themselves with estrogen dominance?

Well, that has a lot to do with synthetic chemicals and hormones routinely added to poultry and livestock.

Ever wondered how farmers get their animals ready for market so quickly?

They just inject a few female hormones (estrogens) to fatten them up, which is great for the farmers, BUT when you eat the meat, you also eat the estrogens.

You also get “estrogen twins” in  many everyday products you use, including shampoo, many plastic containers, some canned foods, garden hoses and even your flooring.

When they get into your bloodstream they send “female” signals to your body.

Hence the man boobs!

Anyway, you can reduce some chemicals by eating organic foods, and using certified organic shampoo, which will hopefully reduce the overproduction of estrogen, but if all else fails…

…at least you now know how to get a bra that fits!

 How  To Reduce The Toxic Chemicals In Your Environment

Keep Smiling – it’s not all bad.  Just consider these reasons men should be happier than women :-

Your last name stays put.
The garage is all yours.
Wedding  plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack.
You can never be pregnant.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character.
People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them.
New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
One mood all the time.
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks and engines.
A five-day holiday requires only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
Your underwear is £9.50 for a three-pack.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
You never have strap problems in public.
You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.
Everything on your face stays its original colour.
The same hairstyle lasts  for years, maybe decades.
You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life.
One wallet and one pair of shoes — one colour for all seasons.
You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife.
You have freedom of choice concerning growing a moustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 24 relatives on 24th December in 24 minutes
.

 How To Reduce The Toxic Chemicals In Your Environment

 

Jean

born with chemicals inside usA few years ago I had blepharitis.

It’s an annoying, irritating and painful skin complaint that affects the eyelids.   Basically, the oil ducts get blocked so the skin dries out, flakes and cracks.

Not only does it look awful, but it also hurts.

Anyway, I discussed the problem, with an eye specialist at the hospital who advised me to put some diluted baby shampoo on a cotton bud and rub it along the bottom lashes of my eye.

Apparently, that’s standard advice.

I did as I was instructed

It stung, but I assumed as it was a very well known baby shampoo, there would be nothing in the product that could actually do any harm.

Silly me!

The only way I could read the contents of the bottle was with a magnifying glass, and here’s what I later discovered

•    Aqua
•    Coco-Glucoside
•    Sodium Lauroamphoacetate
•    Sodium Laureth Sulphate
•    Citric Acid
•    Polysorbate 20
•    PEG80 Sorbitan Laurate
•    PEG-150 Distearate
•    Polyquaternium-10
•    Sodium Benzoate
•    Parfum
•    C1 47005
•    C1 15985 (FPT 0859)

Apart from the Aqua (water) and the Coco-Glucoside, which is a plant extraction and makes a soapy lather when mixed with water, the remaining ingredients are all known contaminants, irritants, allergens and potentially carcinogenic, which makes them an odd choice for a baby shampoo don’t you think?

The bottle stated – “NO MORE TEARS formula is as mild to the eyes as pure water”.

I don’t think so somehow.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate is supposedly a milder cousin of the Sodium Lauryl Sulfate used to clean garage floors, and I’ve read a major health concern with SLS is the damage it can do to the eyes!

Great, eh?

Anyway, I was reminded of this the other day when I received an e-mail from MaryEllen Tribby of Working MomsOnly.com.

lab generated chemicalsShe’d written about the dubious contents of the exact same baby shampoo I’d used, and also pointed out many ingredients in most soaps, lotions, and hair products on the market today are loaded with unhealthy chemicals, as well as “by-products” from the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline.

These chemicals pose a real danger to health, including cancer and yet they are largely unregulated.

I’m well aware of this, which is why I now use certified organic skincare, etc.

Now, I know a lot of people dismiss the need to be cautious as a lot of old tripe,  and a ploy to get people to buy the more expensive really natural and organic products.

They’re  happy to use whatever they find on the supermarket shelves, especially if it’s perceived to be a bargain.

However, that may be a false economy.

I admit I used to be exactly the same, and never paid any attention to what was in a product.  The appeal was usually the price because back then  I assumed anything in the shops was SAFE.

It isn’t!

In fact, I’ll bet your bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in your house.

We’re all contaminated with pesticides, household and industrial chemicals, so much so, our babies are born with them in their systems.

Constant contaminant poisoning has been linked to the development of asthma, cancer, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, diabetes, obesity and many other health issues.

Our bodies just don’t know what to do with all these synthetic chemicals, and they build up inside our blood, fat tissues, muscles, bone, brain and other organs.

Companies spend millions of dollars promoting their supposedly “safe” products.  They use attractive, energetic, fit, fun-loving models, or famous celebrities to subtly suggest if we use that particular product we can become like the person in the advert.

It’s a great psychological ploy and is very effective marketing,  but it still doesn’t alter the fact their products are mostly synthetic chemical laden concoctions.

To them, it’s just a money thing.

Health doesn’t come into it.

Many companies even disguise their chemically derived artificial ingredients in words that sound like nature, AND they use the word “natural” a bit too freely.

Again, it’s clever psychological marketing, and it’s no wonder people mistrust the companies who genuinely do produce natural and organic products.

The only real way to ensure you’re not putting the wrong stuff on your body is to read the labels and a very general rule of thumb is if you can’t pronounce it, and you wouldn’t want to eat it, DON’T put it on your body.

Since your skin is the largest organ in your body and absorbs 60% of whatever you put on it, you want to be careful what you use.

fumes from chemicalsEven the fumes can be dangerous.

That’s a particular problem for hairdressers.

Not only do many of them handle strong chemicals when they shampoo, condition and colour their client’s hair, but also they breathe in the toxic fumes.

I’m sure you’ve been in a salon and been accosted by ammonia and the fumes from hairspray haven’t you?

Another thing to think about is perfumes

During the college holidays, I went over to France from the UK on the ferry.  Needless to say, I checked out the Duty-Free shop and was amazed how many different types of perfumes there are.

The testers were all out and people were spraying the different fragrances on themselves, not looking to see what was in them first.

Rarely are perfumes made from anything other than lab generated synthetic toxic chemicals all mixed up together, and it’s not surprising they affect a lot of people.

Mike Koenigs of Traffic Geyser fame often interviews people, but one of his stipulations is they mustn’t wear perfume or aftershave.

Apart from the fact it affects his ability to interview, because the smell can sometimes be incredibly overpowering and might not appeal to his personal preference, but also because he knows unless it’s made from pure organic botanicals, or comes from a pure essential oil, it’s toxic.

You might want to consider that the next time you’re thinking of giving perfume as a present for someone you care about!

safe organic productsAnyway, there are safe natural and organic alternatives available, and yes they do cost more than their lab produced counterparts, but for me it’s a price worth paying.

If you want to grab some free reports about toxic chemicals you can go here –

http://www.bestorganicsforhealth.com/

•    President’s Report Links Chemicals To Cancer
•    Skin Care Industry’s Billion Dollar Lie
•    Ten Toxics You Can Toss Today
•    Toxic Ingredient Directory

Yes, it is my site, but you don’t have to buy anything.  Just educate yourself.

At  the end of the day the question is this …

How much do you value your health?

Take care.

Jean

As you know I rarely talk about the same thing on this blog, but a subject I do mention fairly regularly are the toxins in our environment.

I probably wouldn’t have considered them but for the fact my son has autism, due I believe, to mercury in vaccines, and also because of the mercury poisoning I developed from the amalgam in my dental fillings.

That’s  what my three TRUE story books are about.

Anyway, today I was talking to Pam, one of the case studies in my last book. Her husband had almost died because of mercury, and his story and her persistence are the reasons both my second  and third books were written.

I owe her more than a debt of gratitude…quite possibly my life, at least the one I currently enjoy.

I asked how Bryan was, and she told me he was getting on well now they’d stopped having their favourite Sunday paper.

Mercury poisoning leaves you very susceptible to all sorts of things, and it appears when the Mail On Sunday changed their ink so the print wouldn’t come off on readers hands, Bryan suddenly became incredibly ill.

Every Sunday, he would feel sick, become agitated, argumentative, tired, lethargic and dizzy. His symptoms increased as the day wore on, but the rest of the week he’d be fine.

The connection between the newspaper print and Bryan’s symptoms was only made when Pam chatted to Lynn, another fellow sufferer, whose story is also in my book.

She revealed she’d experienced exactly the same thing.

It’s the chemicals.

Both Pam and Lynn have reluctantly become experts on mercury poisoning over the years, and Pam often alert s me to news items she feels the wider public ought to be made aware of.

Today was no exception, and was partly due to her recent conversation with Lynn.

You see, whilst Pam was in the doctor’s surgery recently, she’d picked up an old issue of Top Sante. It’s a magazine for the body and health conscious woman, and she’d read an article on the Flu vaccine.

You might not be aware, but most flu vaccines contain mercury in the form of thimerosal. This is not an integral component, but is added to many vaccines to prevent bacterial contamination.

Thimerosal is 49.6% ethyl-mercury and there has been such concern about this mercury based derivative, it’s now thankfully been removed from many childhood vaccines, supposedly to, “make safe vaccines safer” .

Question:- If they were safe in the first place , how could they be made safer?

Anyway, the  article in Top Sante queried whether the flu jab was safe for pregnant women?

The reply from Dr. Kate Sassin was – “The Department of Health advises it is safe for pregnant women to have the flu jab, but states they should try to have the thimerosal free (mercury free) version of the vaccine wherever possible”.

Hmm – does that sound as if the Department of Health actually believe the thimerosal version is safe to you?

Anyway, the reason she passed on this snippet of information to me was because Lynn had mentioned her pregnant friend had just had the flu jab and had tragically miscarried a week later.

Of course that could have been complete coincidence, but it’s worth considering if you know anyone who is pregnant and considering getting a flu vaccine.

Remember, you can get thimerosal free ones but I suspect you’ll have to ask for one.

You see the big pharmaceutical companies produce the vaccines  in huge quantities and are pretty inflexible on returns apparently. I imagine, therefore, if your doctor’s surgery has already got a pile of flu vaccines in stock containing thimerosal, they’ll most likely want to use them.

Personally, I’d never have one and you can see why on my site here.

Another topic I discuss sometimes are the toxic synthetic chemicals in most skin and beauty care products and you can Get A Copy Of My Report here, but just to prove I’m not the only person aware of the situation, you might want to watch this video.

If nothing else, it should make you think.

Take care
Jean Shaw

Watch Out For Those Beauty Care Commercials

I rarely watch tv, especially the channels which show commercials, but last week I did watch a film.  It was one of those chick flick things, which tug at your heart strings. 

It was good, but would have been better if only had lasted an hour and a half instead of 3 hours!

One of the reasons I don’t like commercials is because I can’t understand half of them.  However, one did catch my attention.

Actually it was more than one, because a professional beautician and hairdresser were giving a lucky lady a makeover, and each time there was a break in the film, we saw the next stage of the process.

The stylists were promoting a particularly well known brand of personal care products, and took great pains to emphasise either the natural (sounding) ingredients, or the properties of one specific ingredient. 

It’s a very clever marketing ploy. By focusing on one ingredient they made the rest appear irrelevant but… that’s not the case, especially where skin care is concerned. 

I’m not going to lecture  on what you should use, all I’m suggesting is you carefully check what else is in your products, before you part with your money.  Don’t be fooled by the hype.

Many products contain toxic ingredients that cause allergies, irritation and disease, and you REALLY need to learn how to read the labels on your skin and personal care products.

Remember your body will absorb 60% of whatever you put on it.

Go into your bathroom and take a look at the labels on your toothpaste, mouthwash,  body wash, soap, deodorant, lotion, body power, shampoo and conditioner.   Do the ingredients sound as if they come from nature, or from a lab?  Can you even pronounce them?

“Natural” often means plant ingredients have been genetically modified and grown with toxic chemicals, and fragrances  like coconut and mango are sometimes nothing  more than a chemical concoction. 

By law, the ingredients in personal care products have to be listed in order of volume, with the highest at the top.  Usually water or aqua makes up most of the product.  You want to check what comes next though, and become an ingredient detective.

If you want to learn more, grab a copy of my FREE skin care report,  and check out my  product site at

http://www.bestorganicsforhealth.com

You’ll  find some interesting information over there, especially under the harmful ingredients tab.

Take care.

Jean Shaw

Last week I met up with my friend whom I haven’t seen for ages.  She also has a son with autism so it’s nice to meet up with our “special” boys.

Usually, my friend is very hair conscious and is always having it cut and coloured, because like most of us as we age, she’s getting a few grey hairs.

Okay – a lot of grey hairs!

Anyway, much to my surprise, my friend had let her colour grow out and said she was going to just going to go grey naturally, like me. 

I stopped colouring my hair several years ago after I discovered I had mercury poisoning caused by my teeth.

My friend said she was fed up of all the hassle and expense of having her hair done every few weeks. Also, she was concerned about all the chemicals in the hair products.

She should be.

Not only do all the lab-generated, synthetic chemicals in most hair care products seep into our scalps, but also billions of toxic chemicals waft into the air, get washed down the drains into our ground water, and then get in the food chain.

It’s no wonder there are so many illnesses around.

The thing is, even if we do disguise our age on the outside, we can’t stop the internal clock.  I’m not suggesting we should all “let ourselves go”, but just be more cautious about how and why we want to create a false standard of beauty and aging.

I read something the other day that compared our lives to the seasons.

In Spring, we burst forth in life so fresh, smooth and delicate and with such possibility, the whole world wants to embrace us.

In Summer, we bloom bright and beautiful, and with such strong potential, it takes the breath away.

In Autumn, we start to change, but with such grace and loveliness, people want to bask in the sheer joy of our experience and calm.

In Winter, we get to rest, reflect, rejoice in the life we’ve built, taking all in with the wisdom and sagacity of one who has been there and knows, and can now sit back and simply enjoy.

My friend and I are both in the Autumn of our lives, and hopefully if we avoid as many toxic chemicals as possible, we’ll both get to Winter.

Incidentally, you might want to check what’s in your hair care products. You can discover some nasty ones here – http://www.bestorganicsforhealth.com/toxicingredients.html

Be particularly wary if you if you see these –

Cocoamide DEA (diethanolamine) – is a detergent that causes allergic reactions, including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin and can be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time.

Propylene Glycol – is a petroleum derivative and industrial antifreeze. EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles , and because it penetrates the skin so quickly the EPA warns against skin contact to prevent consequences such as brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate,  Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate – is used in car washes and engine degreasers, and in 90% of products that foam.  It is frequently disguised in semi-natural cosmetics with the explanation that it “comes from coconut”.  Animals exposed to SLS and ALS experience eye damagae, central nervous system depression, laboured breathing, dirrhea, severe skin irritation and even death.

Suttocide (sodium hydroxymethylglycinate) is a formaldehyde releasing preservative used in many “natural” shampoos.  Formaldehyde is a suspected carcinogen and is extremely toxic when inhaled or swallowed.

Fragrances can contain allergens and sensitisers, which can trigger asthma attacks.  Fragrances also contain chemicals called phthalates, which are hormone disrupters that can affect foetal development and fertility as well as damage sperm in men.

Ext.  D & C synthetic colours are made from coal tar and are certified safe for drugs and cosmetics but not for food.  Toxic coal tar has been shown to be carcinogenic in animal tests and many people are allergic to it.

So you see, the potential side effects of  synthetic chemicals can be pretty nasty, especially if you allow the toxins to build up in your body over time, so my friend has made a wise decision.

Just in case you haven’t read my free skincare report, I’ll just remind you, your skin will absorb up to 60% of whatever you put on it.  If you want to reach your Winter, you might want to read a few labels and maybe change your products to ones which actually feed and nourish your crowning glory

– or even just your scalp!

Take care

Jean

Last weekend I cried – AGAIN!

I wasn’t sad – just overwhelmed, terribly proud, and immensely grateful .

Why?

Well, because my youngest son had a starring role in one of the Magical Musical performances his college had put on at  the theatre in the local town.

It was very professional – stage, curtains, lights, compere, the lot, and there were about 700 people in the audience.

So what’s the big deal?

Well, all the students had some form of disability.

My son has autism. He rarely ever speaks and when he does it’s usually only single words, so it came as a complete shock to many people at the college when he burst into song.

Jodi had the role of Bert, the jolly chimney sweep in Mary Poppins, and sang all the words in Chim  Chiminey at the right time, in the right order and even with the right accent.

It was brilliant!

Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take photographs  or videos, but his scene will be etched on my memory forever.

Many teachers and support staff came up to me afterwards and said they  had no idea he could “do that”.

That’s the thing isn’t it?

We all have hidden talents and it just takes the right environment and a little bit of encouragement to let them rise to the surface.

My son can do all sorts of things with the right support – just like the rest of us!

The money raised from the performance went towards  the college, the local life boat society, and the muscular dystrophy society , because one of the students, who had lodged in the same house as my son, recently died of the complaint.

It was very sad.

I’m so lucky. Autism is a terrible lifelong disability, but it’s not terminal.

Our health is something we can never take for granted. There are many things which can affect it as I know from personal experience.

Dangers lurk everywhere.

They’re hidden in your food, vaccines, skin care, household products, dental amalgams, and just about everywhere else you can think of.

People are becoming more aware though, especially with the popularity of videos and there are several videos around shedding light on different aspects of health.

One good youtube channel is Health Ranger 7 who covers topics I’m familiar with.  You can find him here –
http://www.youtube.com/HealthRanger7

His health videos can be seen here:

 http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=2F856F03238D7810

When  you have time you might want to check them out, and also grab a copy of my free skin care and dental amalgam reports, which you can get by clicking on the links down the right-hand side of this blog.

If you’re fast  and go along to DavidWalker’s 30th Giveaway before 16th May, you’ll be able to download them, and literally   thousands of dollars worth of free information and software as well.

Hope you’ll find them useful.

Take care

Jean Shaw

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