Can Cancer be Cured?

Cancer.  It is often seen as a guaranteed death sentence.  This is often the case.  However, it doesn’t have to be.  Many different doctors and others have “cured” cancer in various ways.  Think this is just hogwash?  Well, consider if a cure for cancer was found, the pharmaceutical industries lose an almost $150 billion a year revenue stream.  Consider also the cancer “research” giants and what would happen to their revenue if a cure were put out there.  Cancer is an industry.  You can choose if you want to play ball on your own terms or continue on the medical system’s hamster wheel.

Even approaching cancer treatment from a natural perspective, it is important to know what you are really willing to do and what you aren’t.  Every sick person, with cancer or not, often will say “I would do anything to be better.”  This is not true.  Most people, even hitting rock bottom, struggle to make the huge lifestyle, dietary, emotional, and other changes necessary to beat cancer.  If you do not want to take charge of your own life and health, it may be better to stick with allopathic medicine offered by the common medical establishments of the AMA, AAP, FDA, and the big pharma companies.

Getting healthy is work.  Period.  You did not magically get sick overnight.  You got sick because of a lifetime of poor health choices either physically, dietarily, emotionally, or mentally.  I am sorry if this seems cruel or callous of me to put it so bluntly, but we’ve been trained to believe cancer just randomly strikes (along with other illnesses) and that we have no control over our health.  This is absolutely untrue. Even if you are making great health choices and doing everything right, do you work at a job that you really are appreciated at and feel deeply fulfilled at?  Do you harbor anger or hatred towards someone?  Are your healthy dietary choices governed by the horribly flawed food pyramid?  Are you vaccinated?  Whatever your personal views on vaccination, all vaccines include one or more cancer causing ingredients and some included cancer cells.  Don’t believe me?  Read it for yourself on the CDC’s own website.

People often look at natural solutions as a last resort. “I’ll try chemo first.” This is backwards. Natural solutions are going to look to build you, not bring you to the point of death just for a potential cure. Natural solutions should be looked at first. At the very least, don’t wait until you’ve been told you have weeks left! You have to take charge sooner. Yes, there are miracles where a person comes to a Naturopath in the last stages and completely recovers. However, this isn’t the norm. Often, those last minute Hail Marys don’t work but would have if done sooner. Give yourself the best fighting chance. You deserve it.

If you are really ready to do the work and face your own demons, here is a list of valuable sources of people and places who have cured cancer.  There is always hope, and if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and make the changes necessary, you can get yourself healthy.  In the end, it is all up to you.  Others can help and offer guidance and advice, but you are the one who has to stop drinking coffee or eating soy or smoking.  You have to start educating yourself on the various cancer-causing things in our modern world and taking steps to mitigate your exposure.  You need to look inside and get better.

 

Methods/Doctors who’ve successfully worked with cancer (incomplete list):

• Dr. Hulda Clark

• Dr. William Kelley

• Alfredo Bowman (Dr. Sebi)

• Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski

• Dr. Royal Rife

• The Hoxsey Clinic

• Dr. Max Gerson

• Dr. Johanna Budwig

• Hippocrates Health Institute

• Optimum Health Institutes

• Dr. Julie Taguchi

• Dr. Philip Binzel

• Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez

• Dr. James Forsythe

 

I have faith in your abilities.  Do you?

As always, if you need more assistance, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment.

 

For more reading:

Karen E. Mumford Cancer Foundation

Clark’s Cure for all Cancer

New German Medicine

Some quick info on cancer foundations

More on cancer foundations

A Real Pain in the …

My Story:

As I lay here, not sit but lay because of pain, for the last 27 days, I am compelled to write down some of my observances about the nature of pain. In fact, I’ve not been able to sit, stand, or walk without excruciating pain I never knew existed since April 4th. That’s saying something as I’ve had my share of health issues and surgeries. But the pain from a herniated disc causing pressure on my sciatic nerve root is beyond what I’d ever imagined. Surprisingly, my back hasn’t been sore for weeks, it’s all in my left leg. The sciatic nerve is actually a joining of several spinal nerves from L4 and down to S3. This means it has roots between lumbar 4 and 5 as well as sacrum 1, 2, and 3. These nerves join together on either side of the spine heading into the legs forming the sciatic nerves which enervate or send nerve signals to each leg.  When the nerve root of part of the sciatic nerve is under pressure, it can cause a myriad of symptoms, not the least of which is terrible pain.

All this brings me back to my topic this month: how do we describe pain? Most of use a 1-5 or 1-10 scale for pain where one is very little or no pain and 5/10 represent horrible pain. When I was a child, it was explained to me as the worst pain ever. However, since I’ve become an adult, other physicians have described it as simply unbearable pain. This scale can be useful, but it is vastly incomplete. I finally realized why and want to share my thoughts with you.

I hope it is helpful, but that you never have to use it.


So, I don’t think we need to do away with the pain scale, but I do think we need to add two more scales as well as have a better vocabulary for describing pain when we need to. I propose adding a volume and an attitude scale to the mix.

Volume Scale:The volume scale was my first realization. Like irritating music, when it’s not too loud, it can be tolerated. However, when the volume is very high, it can become unbearable to be around.  It is the same for pain. Even though pain can be at an 8, it can be handled if it isn’t too “loud”—where it isn’t the only thing you can focus on. The numbers don’t matter, but I recommend using the same scale we use for pain.

Attitude Scale:
The second scale is the attitude scale. Even when the pain and it’s volume are high, it can be better tolerated when we are happier. Yes, pain makes us unhappy, and chronic pain can lead to depression, but our attitude is flexible and we do have some control over it… mostly.  So I propose a scale focused on mental/emotional endurance is a useful addition to more accurately describe pain.

How would these be used?  Well, I’ll use myself as an example. Currently, as I lay here and feel sore from being bedridden so long, my physical pain level is at a 5 out of 10. However, the volume is only about 3 out of 10. So I’m not as focused on the discomfort. Add to that, my attitude is pretty good at an 8 on my scale from 1-10 (10 being good on only this scale—on the others, higher is worse). So, I’m doing pretty well. To contrast, earlier my husband and I tried to go to see my chiropractor. The pain of walking and sitting was unbearable and we didn’t make it out it out of our neighborhood before we had to turn around. By the time I was back in bed, I was sobbing from pain. At that point, my pain was up to an 8, the volume was 10, and my mental/emotional state was a 2.

Can you see how this would be helpful to let your doctor or physician know so s/he better understands your situation?  I know it will be helpful with my clients in my practice. If you come see me to work on anything painful, expect to use these three scales so we can fully understand and explore your individual needs.

Pain Descriptions:

Finally, we don’t often have a strong vocabulary for pain adjectives. These can be extremely helpful, especially in homeopathy.

· Aching · Beating · Binding · Biting
· Blinding · Blunt · Boring · Burning
· Caustic · Cold · Comes & goes · Constant
· Cramping · Crushing · Cutting · Dragging
· Drilling · Dull · Electrical · Excruciating
· Flickering · Freezing · Gnawing · Heavy
· Hot · Icy · Intense · Intermittent
· Jumping · Knot-like · Nagging · Nauseating
· Niggling · Numb · Penetrating · Piercing
· Pinching · Pins & needles · Pounding · Pressing
· Pricking · Pulsing · Radiating · Rasping
· Raw · Scalding · Scratchy · Searing
· Sharp · Shocking · Shooting · Sickening
· Smarting · Sore · Splitting · Spreading
· Stabbing · Stinging · Stretching · Sudden
· Suffocating · Superficial · Tearing · Tender
· Throbbing · Tight · Tingling · Tiring
· Tugging · Unbearable · Unrelenting · Wrenching

Hopefully, when I write more next month, I will be sitting again!  As always, if you need help, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today.

I’d wager even Santa poops…

In our final installment considering our channels of elimination, we will consider poop.  Like the children’s book says, “Everyone Poops”.

This is often an uncomfortable subject; however, it is true–we all eat, thus we all defecate.

Eliminating the waste from the food we eat is a complex process. It is through digestion that we are nourished and our bodies are rebuilt. Once the nutrition has been extracted as much as our bodies are capable of, the waste is excreted from the body in a solid form of fecal matter and a liquid form of urine.  I will explain digestion as simply as possible.

Digestion begins in the mouth.  Saliva moistens food and contains amylase, an enzyme that helps break down some carbohydrates.  As you chew, the food is reduced in size and moistened and a bolus is formed.

The food is swallowed and travels to the stomach where hydrochloric acid is released and the food is churned to break the food further down.  Protease helps to break down proteins here.

The liquidized food then travels to the small intestine where the stomach acid is neutralized, digestive enzymes (like protease, lipase, maltase, and amylase) help break down macronutrients into usable materials.  95% of food is absorbed in the small intestine.  The small intestine is about 20 feet in adults which allows more time for food to be absorbed.

From here, the food moves to the large intestine where more nutrients are absorbed and water is also absorbed.  Once the nutrients have been fully extracted, the waste travels through the rectum and then is expelled through the anus.

When thinking about poop, what is normal? Well, it will have some variations, but in general, you should poop once for every meal you eat. This means most of us should have a bowel movement 3 times a day for our best health. There are several reasons for this. One of the most important to consider is parasite incubation periods. Most parasites take around 18 hours to exit cyst form or hatch in the digestive tract after eating. You do not want fecal matter fermenting for that long to begin with, but combined with the parasite problem, it is clear why only having a bowel movement once a day or less is troublesome and does not support good health.

As far as color, shape, size, and other factors, there are some general rules for it. The color should be rich brown, but it can change depending on what you’ve eaten. It should be about 1-2 inches in diameter; smaller can mean you are stressed and constricted while larger can indicate some ballooning in the colon. Ideally, each time you eliminate, there should be several inches of well-formed, richly colored, smooth poop. And this should happen 3 times a day.

These charts can be helpful in some understanding of what healthy poop looks like.  Ideally, your poop should be Type 4 and brown.  It should be easy to pass quickly (usually within a minute or two of beginning elimination).  There shouldn’t be too strong of an odor (however, poop smells because of bacteria in it and this is normal).

Our diet, lifestyle, and water intake can have a major effect on our bowel movements. Some simple changes that can help you have better poop include:

  • Drinking enough pure water (half your body weight in pounds in ounces a day)
  • Eating enough healthy fats (organic butter, avocados, coconut oil, etc)
  • Getting some exercise daily
  • Try not to sit all day
  • Eating fruits and vegetables (especially green leafy things)
  • If you are struggling, consider getting a Squatty Potty

 

If you are concerned about your bowel elimination, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today!

Guest Article – How to Help a Senior Loved One Cope with the Death of a Spouse

I am pleased to present another article by Lydia Chan of Alzheimerscaregiver.net with some ideas of helping your senior loved one through the death of a spouse.  Thank you again, Lydia!

If you or someone you love is struggling with grief, don’t go through it alone.  There are many options for helping with the grieving process in naturopathy.  Schedule an appointment today to let us help.

Do you have a loved one who is currently dealing with the death of a spouse? If so, you already know that this will be an indescribably difficult time for them. As you’ve probably already seen, your loved one will experience emotions ranging from anger to sorrow and from grief to disbelief. They might even become anxious or depressed. All of this is completely understandable during the grief process.

Even more worrisome is the risk of your beloved senior adopting dangerous coping methods, like relying on drugs or alcohol to numb their pain. Addiction is a growing problem in the elderly community, and losing a lifelong partner may put your loved one at an even greater risk. If you’re concerned that your senior needs help breaking away from drug or alcohol dependency after losing their spouse, use this “Checklist for Loved Ones” from DrugRehab.org to remain compassionate while helping them find ways to manage their grief in healthy, substance-free ways.

Losing your spouse to death is a massive blow. Your loved one won’t ever truly “get over” his or her grief – but with your help, he or she can learn to work through it.

During this unbelievably difficult time, your support will mean more to your loved one than you will ever know. The death of a spouse is estimated to be the number one most stressful event for seniors around the world. One of the toughest things about this situation is that the death of a spouse typically creates a snowball effect, causing unexpected new stresses to pop up. This increased stress load can put the senior at a greater risk of becoming sick or possibly even dying.

It is estimated that up to 75% of a surviving spouse’s support base is lost following the death of their significant other – including a lack of support from family and friends. There are many complicated reasons behind this loss, including the surviving spouse’s own moods or desire to become isolated. However, during this time, it is incredibly important that your senior loved one continues to maintain a strong support system.

As you can imagine, your loved one will undoubtedly need your support during this troubling time. Having strong and supportive relationships can help our senior loved ones cope with grief, loss and mourning. As one Harvard study has shown, having supportive relationships in our lives actually has a greater impact on our physical health than diet, exercise and genetics.

There are many ways you can offer support to your loved one in the days, weeks and months following the death of his or her spouse. First, call and check on them. Tell them you love them. Offer to assist with funeral arrangements and other important responsibilities.

You can also assist with donating, selling or storing the deceased loved one’s belongings. During this process, you’ll want to ensure that you’ve properly handled and carefully preserved any family heirlooms. As items are donated or packed away into storage, you’ll want to protect family treasures and prevent adding to your senior loved one’s pain by letting any of their most precious valuables get damaged.

Remember, we cannot take our loved one’s pain away but we can hold space for them. We can offer support. We can be a shoulder to cry on. We can walk with them as they work through the grief process and mourn their spouse. And we can help them handle important responsibilities in the weeks, months and years to come.

 

By Lydia Chan of Alzheimerscaregiver.net

Guest Article – Alzheimer’s Disease: Facts for Caregivers

This month, I am pleased to have an article by Lydia Chan on some tips for caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Over 5 million people in the United States live with Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder characterized by cognitive decline and memory loss. The average Alzheimer’s patient is age 65 or older, although younger-onset Alzheimer’s is possible. The exact cause of Alzheimer’s is unknown, though doctors have found a risk gene associated with the disease.

 

FACTS & STATISTICS

  • Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Women are at a higher risk for Alzheimer’s than men.
  • Heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, poor diet, and a non-active lifestyle all increase a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Keeping your brain active can lower your risk.
  • In 2016, Alzheimer’s treatment cost the United States $236 billion. Estimates state it will cost $1 trillion by 2050.
  • 15 million people in the United States are unpaid caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia. These caregivers provided an estimated 18.2 billion hours of care valued at $230 billion in 2016.

 

Caregiving and Alzheimer’s

Unpaid caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients make a world of difference. Their care allows patients to remain in familiar surroundings, which may help them live longer. Caregiving is no easy task. It takes a great deal of compassion as well as mental fortitude.  To make the process easier and mitigate risks, it’s imperative to take necessary safety precautions around the house.

 

PREPARING BED & BATH

First and foremost, Alzheimer’s patients need to have their own private bedroom. This is their area they can escape to for peace and quiet. Fill their room with pictures and mementos of people and places they love. Make sure it is safe without furniture with sharp corners or glass items that can hurt them. You may find it helpful to cover sharp corners with protective foam. It’s also important that their bedroom is on the first floor. As Alzheimer’s progresses, navigating stairs becomes increasingly difficult.

If it is possible, Alzheimer’s patients need to have a bathroom connected to their bedroom. Of course, you can’t change the entire setup of your house, so if this is not possible, the next best thing is picking a room that is close to a bathroom. Considering the bathroom is one of the most accident-prone areas of the house, you will also need to provide certain safety measures in there. Clearly label toiletries and faucets. Install grab bars in the tub and by the toilet and consider putting in a bench to make bathing easier.

 

SERVICE DOG FOR ALZHEIMER’S

To help foster an Alzheimer’s patient’s independence, consider adopting a service dog. These canine caregivers can help guard an Alzheimer’s patient’s safety when you cannot. These specially trained canines accompany patients wherever they go and prevent them from leaving the house unaccompanied. They can even lead the patient home when given the command. These dogs help with daily tasks and can even fetch the patient’s prescriptions when it is time to take them. Best of all, they provide emotional support and ward off depression and anxiety in Alzheimer’s patients.

 

OTHER SAFETY TIPS

 Some other tips for home safety include:

 

  • If your home has stairs, install safety ramps with non-slip surfaces and handrails to safely guide the Alzheimer’s patient up and down.
  • Make sure your home is properly lit. Consider installing automatic lights in the patient’s bathroom, bedroom, and hallways.
  • The kitchen is another dangerous area of the house. Put safety latches on cabinets and drawers, especially ones containing knives, glass, or other potentially hazardous objects.

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Over time, Alzheimer’s makes it difficult for people to live independently, so caregivers must step in to help. If you are planning on becoming a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, it’s important to prepare your home with certain safety measures. Set up a private bedroom and bathroom free of safety hazards. Other things such as grab bars in the bathroom and ramps over steps help foster independence in the early and middle stages of the disease. Finally, consider adopting a service dog that can assist in watching the Alzheimer’s patient while also providing important emotional support.

 

By Lydia Chan of Alzheimerscaregiver.net


Thank you, Lydia, for the tips!

I will be including some ideas for nutritional and naturopathic help for Alzheimer’s suffers and caregivers as well as some tips on how to help yourself and your loved ones avoid it in my Spring 2018 newsletter.  Be sure to subscribe to get this information!

Energizing Your Home

Feng Shui is an art, a philosophy, and a science.  It is the Chinese system derived from even older teachings from India (and possibly even other civilizations we don’t even know) using the energies in the physical environment to create a harmonious environment at all energetic levels (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual).  It means Wind and Water (the invisible and the elusive) in Chinese.  Its goal is to create balance and harmony in all areas and levels of a person and his environment.   It uses the universal ideas of fractals and “as above, so below”.  There are several various schools of thought on this, some being very strict and unapproachable and others, like the Black Hat Sect popular in the US, being more accessible, especially to our Western minds.  It analyzes and manipulates 9 different areas in life by using placement and intention.  All Feng Shui schools use a bagua map and some use compasses for direction and other information.

Above is the map used by the Black Hat Sect.  The entrance side is always somewhere in the bottom row and you orient the bagua on your house based on that.

There is a great deal of information here, but the most important thing to realize with Feng Shui, and often the easiest place to start, is cleanup, decreasing clutter, and keeping your home in good repair is vital.

One of the best things to remember to create good energy in your home (and your life) is to only keep those things you need, use, or love.  Everything else should be let go.

Here at Holistic Whole Health, we now offer Feng Shui consultations.  Schedule your appointment now!

What do you think?  Is it time to reconsider how your home serves your life, dreams, and health?

Household Poisons: Cleaning Products

We are drowning in a sea of poisons.  From our personal products like shampoos and soaps to our cleaning products to our cosmetics and beauty products, we are steeping in a chemical soup.

Here at Holistic Whole Health, we are passionate about helping to educate our clients about how to take better care of themselves.  This includes helping you recognize how you may be poisoning yourself.  Over the next few months, we will consider several sources of environmental poisons, how to avoid them, and how to counter them in our series on Household Poisons.

In this post, we will consider the poisons we use to clean our world.  From our laundry to our hard surfaces, the amount of chemicals we are bombarded with is staggering.

These not only have an effect on our health but also our environment.  These products almost always wind up going down our drains and to our water treatment plants.  Then, they are discharged into our waterways.  Not all chemicals break down or are taken out.  In fact, when tested, our water shows a cocktail of chemicals.  More than 65% of streams surveyed in our country were contaminated with detergents and disinfectants.

Another environmental problem with cleaning products is that many of them contain petroleum-based ingredients.  Further, the plastic containers these products come in are carcinogenic and often contain xenoestrogens.  These plastics go into our landfills and recycle centers.  Choosing larger sizes is helpful to reduce waste.

Many of our cleaning products do not list their ingredients.  A good rule of thumb is to look for words such as Danger, Warning, Caution, Poison, Corrosive, Hazardous and the like.  These are indications of some danger.  Moreover, phrases like “flammable,” “vapors harmful,” “may cause burns on contact,” “may cause skin irritation,” and others also indicate danger.

Watch for advertising words and phrases that are purposefully vague like “natural,” “non-toxic,” or “eco-friendly.”  These are put on by advertisers to purposefully hoodwink us into thinking they have meaning.  These phrases do not.  They are marketing words to try to target a green audience that doesn’t know enough to recognize these are meaningless phrases.  Read the ingredients.  Research them if you do not know what they do.  As Don Miguel Ruiz says in The Fifth Agreement, question everything.

Poisons in Cleaners

Abrasives (Cleaning Powders)

Examples include Comet and Ajax.

Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate and Sodium Linear Alkylbenzenesulfonate – especially dangerous to inhale in powdered form.  It irritates the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract.

Trichlorocyanuric Acid – corrosive.  It irritates the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract.  It can quickly reach hazardous levels.

Calcium Hydroxide – inhaling, ingesting, or touching can cause severe side effects.  It irritates the eyes, skin, nose, mouth, lungs, throat, skin, and stomach.

Trichloro-s-triazinetrione and Trichloroisocyanuric Acid (Symclosene) – a type of bleach that causes contact irritation to eyes and skin.  Inhalation irritation.  It may be toxic in development and reproduction and be a cancer causer.  It is very toxic to aquatic life and has long-lasting effects.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Dye/Colors – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.

 

Air Fresheners & Fabric Refreshers

Examples include Febreze, Glade, Air Wick, and Lysol.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Alcohol Ethoxylates – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.  Causes nervous system damage.  Causes cancer.  Damages DNA.

Surfactants – highly toxic to aquatic life.  These cause respiratory concerns, skin irritation and allergies, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer.

Dideclydimethylammonium Chloride – causes severe burns and eye damage.  Respiratory effects.

Sodium Borate – affects development, endocrine system, reproductive system, skin, and respiratory system.

Trideceth-4 – causes cancer.  Damages DNA.  Affects respiration, development, reproduction, endocrine system, digestive system, skin, nervous system.  Damages vision.

Mipa-Borate – development and reproductive toxicity.  Endocrine disruptor.

Mineral Oil – causes cancer.  Affects several organ systems.  Does not biodegrade.

Myristalkonium Saccharinate – respiratory damage.

Mineral Spirits – damages DNA.  Causes genetic defects.  Causes cancer.

 

All-Purpose

Examples include Lysol, 409, and Fantastik.

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (Active) – protected as a trade secret, the ingredients are not fully disclosed; there can be additional hazardous things in here.  In itself, this has been shown to cause infertility in several studies.

Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chlorides (C12-16) – general and systemic organ effects, especially on respiration.  Causes reproductive toxicity.  Environmental poison.

Ethanolamine – severe skin burns and eye damage.  Respiratory irritant.  Toxic to aquatic life.  Causes central nervous system depression.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

FD&C Yellow 5 – causes development and reproductive toxicity.  May cause cancer.  Is toxic to aquatic life.

Dipropylene Glycol Butyl Ether – evidence of cancer.  Damages DNA.  Effects on development, endocrine system, and reproductive system.

Decyl Alcohol – highly toxic to aquatic life.

Tetrasodium Edta – toxic to aquatic life.

 

Bleach

Includes liquid laundry bleach and any cleaner with bleach.

Sodium Hypochlorite – very toxic to aquatic life.  Causes severe skin burns and eye damage.  Causes respiratory damage.  Development and reproductive toxicity.  May cause cancer.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Sodium Polyacrylate – does not easily biodegrade.  Toxic to aquatic life.

 

Carpet and Rug Cleaners

Includes spot treatments as well as all over carpet powders and steam cleaner solutions.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Sodium Polyacrylate – does not easily biodegrade.  Toxic to aquatic life.

Hexahydro11,3,52-Tris (2-Hydroxyethyl)-S-Triazine – one of its components is formaldehyde which is known to cause cancer in humans.  It is also a respiratory irritant and causes severe skin reactions.

Surfactants – highly toxic to aquatic life.  These cause respiratory concerns, skin irritation and allergies, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer.

Alcohol Alkoxylates – potential to cause cancer.  Affects the reproductive system.  May cause developmental concerns.  Affects the endocrine system.  Damages DNA.

Diethylene Glycol Propyl Ether – may cause genetic defects.  Can cause respiratory damage, skin allergies and irritation, developmental/reproductive toxicity, and cancer.  Damages the DNA.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – toxic to several organs as well as reproductive and development.  Neurotoxicity.  Endocrine disruptor.  Toxic to our ecosystem.  Causes biochemical and cellular changes.  Irritant to skin and eyes.

Methylisothiazolinone – very toxic to aquatic life.  Skin irritant, causes allergies and damage to skin.

Acrylic Acid – damages skin and causes allergies.  Extremely toxic to aquatic life.  Damaging to the respiratory system.

Sodium Salts – another ingredient that can hide several.  May cause developmental and reproductive concerns.  May disrupt the endocrine system.  Skin and eye irritant.  Causes respiratory effects.

Methylchloroisothiazolinone – toxic to aquatic life.  Skin damage, irritation, and allergies.  Damages the DNA.

 

Daily Shower Cleaners

Examples include X-14 Daily Shower Cleaner, Clean Shower, and Scrubbing Bubbles

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – toxic to several organs as well as reproductive and development.  Neurotoxicity.  Endocrine disruptor.  Toxic to our ecosystem.  Causes biochemical and cellular changes.  Irritant to skin and eyes.

Ethanolamine – severe skin burns and eye damage.  Respiratory irritant.  Toxic to aquatic life.  Causes central nervous system depression.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Dye/Colors – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.

Dicapryl/Dicaprylyl Dimonium Chloride – respiratory effects.

EDTA – damages vision.  Doesn’t biodegrade.

Sodium Salts – another ingredient that can hide several.  May cause developmental and reproductive concerns.  May disrupt the endocrine system.  Skin and eye irritant.  Causes respiratory effects.

Sodium Polyacrylate – does not easily biodegrade.  Toxic to aquatic life.

Oxygen Bleach – unspecified ingredient hiding other ingredients.  Causes developmental and reproductive toxicity.  Causes respiratory effects.  Skin irritant.

Lauryl Pyrrolidone – very toxic to aquatic life.  Skin damage, allergies, and irritations.

Octylphosphonic Acid – does not biodegrade.

 

Dish Soap

Examples include Dawn, Palmolive, and Ajax.

Dye/Colors – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – toxic to several organs as well as reproductive and development.  Neurotoxicity.  Endocrine disruptor.  Toxic to our ecosystem.  Causes biochemical and cellular changes.  Irritant to skin and eyes.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Sulfuric Acid – causes cancer.  Affects the respiratory system.  Skin irritant.

Methanol – damages vision.  Skin irritant.  Damages respiratory system.

Methylchloroisothiazolinone – toxic to aquatic life.  Skin damage, irritation, and allergies.  Damages the DNA.

Methylisothiazolinone – very toxic to aquatic life.  Skin irritant, causes allergies and damage to skin.

Formaldehyde – causes cancer.  Has an effect on several organs/systems.  Damages respiratory system.  Skin irritant.  Acute aquatic toxicity.

DMDM Hydantion – causes cancer.  Affects the respiratory system, skin, and other organs.  Toxic to aquatic life.

FD&C Yellow 5 – causes development and reproductive toxicity.  May cause cancer.  Is toxic to aquatic life.

FD&C Red 40 – general organ effects.  Damages DNA.  Toxic to aquatic life.

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate – toxic to aquatic life.  Damages DNA.  Digestive system effects, nervous system effects, damages vision, causes cancer.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate – damages DNA.  Causes damage to vision.  Damages the nervous system, digestive system, reproductive system, endocrine system, and may cause developmental toxicity.  Toxic to aquatic life.  Causes cancer.

Surfactants – highly toxic to aquatic life.  These cause respiratory concerns, skin irritation and allergies, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer.

 

Dishwasher Soap

Examples include Cascade and Finish

Dye/Colors – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.

Cleaning Agent – undisclosed ingredient which may hide harmful things.  May cause cancer, reproductive/developmental toxicity.  May disrupt the endocrine system.  Damages the DNA.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Sodium Polyacrylate – does not easily biodegrade.  Toxic to aquatic life.

Alcohol Ethoxylates – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.  Causes nervous system damage.  Causes cancer.  Damages DNA.

FD&C Yellow 5 – causes development and reproductive toxicity.  May cause cancer.  Is toxic to aquatic life.

Hydrozincite – toxic to aquatic life.  Affects several organ systems.

Water Softener – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.  Concerns with biodegradation.

 

Dishwasher Rinse Aid

Examples include Cascade Rinse Aid and Finish Jet-Dry.

Zinc Chloride – highly toxic to aquatic life.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Alcohol Alkoxylates – potential to cause cancer.  Affects the reproductive system.  May cause developmental concerns.  Affects the endocrine system.  Damages DNA.

Methylchloroisothiazolinone – toxic to aquatic life.  Skin damage, irritation, and allergies.  Damages the DNA.

Methylisothiazolinone – very toxic to aquatic life.  Skin irritant, causes allergies and damage to skin.

Surfactants – highly toxic to aquatic life.  These cause respiratory concerns, skin irritation and allergies, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer.

 

Disinfectants

This includes those sprays and wipes that have to sit for a few minutes to disinfect.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chlorides (C12-16) – general and systemic organ effects, especially on respiration.  Causes reproductive toxicity.  Environmental poison.

 

Drain Openers

Includes drain cleaners and openers.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Surfactants – highly toxic to aquatic life.  These cause respiratory concerns, skin irritation and allergies, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer.

Sodium Hydroxide – corrosive.  Causes severe skin burns and eye damage.  Causes respiratory irritation.  Toxic to aquatic life.

 

Floor Care Products

Examples include Spic and Span, Quick Shine, ReadyMop, Mop & Glo, and Murphy Oil Soap.

Dipropylene Glycol Methyl Ether – causes central nervous system impairment.  Causes cancer.  Causes development and reproductive toxicity.  Skin irritant.  Respiratory irritant.  Endocrine disruptor.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Surfactants – highly toxic to aquatic life.  These cause respiratory concerns, skin irritation and allergies, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer.

Nonoxynol-9 – toxic to aquatic life.  Causes cancer.  Causes developmental and reproductive concerns.  Disrupts the endocrine system.

Tetrasodium Edta – toxic to aquatic life.

Dye/Colors – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.

Methanol – damages vision.  Skin irritant.  Damages respiratory system.

Methylisothiazolinone – very toxic to aquatic life.  Skin irritant, causes allergies and damage to skin.

Sodium Salts – another ingredient that can hide several.  May cause developmental and reproductive concerns.  May disrupt the endocrine system.  Skin and eye irritant.  Causes respiratory effects.

Polysorbate-20 – causes cancer.  Damages DNA.  Affects respiratory system, nervous system, skin, vision, reproductive system, endocrine system, digestive system.

Polyhexanide – chronic and acute aquatic toxicity.

 

Furniture Cleaners and Polishes

Examples include Pledge, Old English, and Orange Glo.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Methylchloroisothiazolinone – toxic to aquatic life.  Skin damage, irritation, and allergies.  Damages the DNA.

Methylisothiazolinone – very toxic to aquatic life.  Skin irritant, causes allergies and damage to skin.

C12-20 Isoparaffin – evidence it causes cancer.

Petroleum Gases, Liquefied, Sweetened – damages DNA.  Causes genetic defects.  Causes cancer.

Mineral Oil – causes cancer.  Affects several organ systems.  Does not biodegrade.

Dimethicone – does not biodegrade.  Skin and eye irritant.

Mineral Spirits – damages DNA.  Causes genetic defects.  Causes cancer.

Cyclopentasiloxane – doesn’t biodegrade.

Dye/Colors – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.

 

Glass cleaners

Ammonium Hydroxide – toxic to aquatic life.  Damages vision.  Skin irritant.  Respiratory irritant.

Sodium Borate – affects development, endocrine system, reproductive system, skin, and respiratory system.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Dipropylene Glycol Butyl Ether – evidence of cancer.  Damages DNA.  Effects on development, endocrine system, and reproductive system.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – toxic to several organs as well as reproductive and development.  Neurotoxicity.  Endocrine disruptor.  Toxic to our ecosystem.  Causes biochemical and cellular changes.  Irritant to skin and eyes.

Dye/Colors – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.

 

Hand Sanitizers

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Benzalkonium chloride – causes respiratory effects.

Dye/Colors – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.

Triclosan – endocrine disruptor.  Bacteria resistance.  Weakened immune system.

 

Hard Water Mineral Removers

Examples include Lime-A-Way, Lysol, Whink, and Simple Green.

Dye/Colors – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Alcohol Ethoxylates – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.  Causes nervous system damage.  Causes cancer.  Damages DNA.

Hydrochloric Acid – skin irritation/damage.  Respiratory irritant.  Damages vision.

PEG-2 Hydrogenated Tallow Anine – skin and respiratory irritant. Causes cancer.  Damages DNA.  Developmental and reproductive effects.  Endocrine disruptor.

Hydrofluoric Acid – skin irritant.  Respiratory irritant.  Causes pulmonary edema.

Denatonium Benzoate – toxic to aquatic life.

 

Laundry Detergent

Examples include Purex Free and Clear, All, Gain, and Tide.  Interestingly, this category and the fabric softeners had the most vague ingredients on this list.  So many places for hidden toxins.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Dye/Colors – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.

Alcohol Ethoxysulfates– another hiding place for harmful ingredients.  Causes nervous system damage.  Causes cancer.  Damages DNA.  Damages vision.

Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate – doesn’t biodegrade.

Fabric Brighteners – another hiding spot for hazardous ingredients.  Doesn’t biodegrade.

Methylisothiazolinone – very toxic to aquatic life.  Skin irritant, causes allergies and damage to skin.

Tetrasodium Edta – toxic to aquatic life.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – toxic to several organs as well as reproductive and development.  Neurotoxicity.  Endocrine disruptor.  Toxic to our ecosystem.  Causes biochemical and cellular changes.  Irritant to skin and eyes.

Sodium Polyacrylate – does not easily biodegrade.  Toxic to aquatic life.

 

Laundry Fabric Softener

This includes both liquids and sheets.  Interestingly, this category and the laundry detergents had the most vague ingredients on this list.  So many places for hidden toxins.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Cationic fabric softeners – acutely toxic to aquatic life.  Respiratory irritant.

Diethyloxyester Dimethyl Ammonium Chloride (DEEDMAC) – respiratory effects.  Acutely toxic to aquatic life.

Benzisothiazolinone – toxic to aquatic life.  Doesn’t biodegrade.  Skin irritant.

Formic Acid – respiratory effects.  Skin irritant.

Liquitint Blue – aquatic toxicity.

 

Laundry Stain Removers

Includes stain pens and pre-treating sprays.

Ethanolamine – severe skin burns and eye damage.  Respiratory irritant.  Toxic to aquatic life.  Causes central nervous system depression.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Surfactants – highly toxic to aquatic life.  These cause respiratory concerns, skin irritation and allergies, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer.

Alcohol Ethoxylates – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.  Causes nervous system damage.  Causes cancer.  Damages DNA.

Dipropylene Glycol Butyl Ether – evidence of cancer.  Damages DNA.  Effects on development, endocrine system, and reproductive system.

Alkyl Sulfates – toxic to aquatic life.  Another hiding place for harmful ingredients.

 

Multi-surface cleaners

Examples include Pledge, Mr. Clean, Spic and Span, and Lysol.

Preservatives – another place for hazardous ingredients.  Causes cancer.  Aquatic toxicity.  Affects skin, respiration, and other organs.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Cleaning Agents – another place for hazardous ingredients.

Nonoxynol-9 – toxic to aquatic life.  Causes cancer.  Causes developmental and reproductive concerns.  Disrupts the endocrine system.

Tetrasodium Edta – toxic to aquatic life.

Dye/Colors – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.

Sodium Xylene Sulfonate – skin irritant.  Environmental toxin.

Sodium Borate – affects development, endocrine system, reproductive system, skin, and respiratory system.

Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chlorides (C12-16) – general and systemic organ effects, especially on respiration.  Causes reproductive toxicity.  Environmental poison.

FD&C Yellow 5 – causes development and reproductive toxicity.  May cause cancer.  Is toxic to aquatic life.

Alcohol Ethoxylates – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.  Causes nervous system damage.  Causes cancer.  Damages DNA.

Ethanolamine – severe skin burns and eye damage.  Respiratory irritant.  Toxic to aquatic life.  Causes central nervous system depression.

Dipropylene Glycol Butyl Ether – evidence of cancer.  Damages DNA.  Effects on development, endocrine system, and reproductive system.

 

Oven Cleaners

Even fume free, these are toxic.

Ethanolamine – severe skin burns and eye damage.  Respiratory irritant.  Toxic to aquatic life.  Causes central nervous system depression.

Butoxydiglycol – respiratory concerns.  Causes cancer.  Damages DNA.  Damages vision.  Skin irritant.  Affects development, reproduction, endocrine system, skin, digestive system, and nervous system.

Paraffin – does not biodegrade.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Sodium Hydroxide – corrosive.  Causes severe skin burns and eye damage.  Causes respiratory irritation.  Toxic to aquatic life.

Morpholine – causes severe skin burns and eye damage.  Causes respiratory irritation.

 

Toilet Bowl Cleaners

Both the continuous and manual toilet bowl cleaners contain toxins.

Hydrochloric Acid – skin irritation/damage.  Respiratory irritant.  Damages vision.

Alcohol Ethoxylates – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.  Causes nervous system damage.  Causes cancer.  Damages DNA.

Sodium Borate – affects development, endocrine system, reproductive system, skin, and respiratory system.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate and Sodium Linear Alkylbenzenesulfonate – especially dangerous to inhale in powdered form.  It irritates the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract.

1,3-Dichloro-5-Ethyl-5-Methylhydantoin – toxic to aquatic life.  Causes severe skin burns, allergies, and irritation.

FD&C Yellow 5 – causes development and reproductive toxicity.  May cause cancer.  Is toxic to aquatic life.

Dye/Colors – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.

 

Tub, Tile, and Sink cleaners

Examples include Lysol, Scrubbing Bubbles, Kaboom, Tilex, and Clorox.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Dideclydimethylammonium Chloride – causes severe burns and eye damage.  Respiratory effects.

Dioctyl Dimethyl Ammonium Chloride – respiratory effects.

Butoxydiglycol – respiratory effects.  Causes cancer.  Damages DNA. Damages vision.  Affects digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and skin systems.  Developmental toxin.

Dipropylene Glycol Butyl Ether – evidence of cancer.  Damages DNA.  Effects on development, endocrine system, and reproductive system.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – toxic to several organs as well as reproductive and development.  Neurotoxicity.  Endocrine disruptor.  Toxic to our ecosystem.  Causes biochemical and cellular changes.  Irritant to skin and eyes.

Alcohol Ethoxylates – another hiding place for harmful ingredients.  Causes nervous system damage.  Causes cancer.  Damages DNA.

Tetrasodium Edta – toxic to aquatic life.

Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chlorides (C12-16) – general and systemic organ effects, especially on respiration.  Causes reproductive toxicity.  Environmental poison.

Surfactants – highly toxic to aquatic life.  These cause respiratory concerns, skin irritation and allergies, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer.

 

Upholstery Cleaners

Examples include Woolite, Resolve, Scotch-Guard, Bissell, and Hoover.

Acrylic Acid – damages skin and causes allergies.  Extremely toxic to aquatic life.  Damaging to the respiratory system.

Sodium Salts – another ingredient that can hide several.  May cause developmental and reproductive concerns.  May disrupt the endocrine system.  Skin and eye irritant.  Causes respiratory effects.

Fragrance – often contains phthalates (so they don’t have to list all their ingredients).  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors  and can cause many things from cancer to infertility.

Methylchloroisothiazolinone – toxic to aquatic life.  Skin damage, irritation, and allergies.  Damages the DNA.

Methylisothiazolinone – very toxic to aquatic life.  Skin irritant, causes allergies and damage to skin.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate – damages DNA.  Causes damage to vision.  Damages the nervous system, digestive system, reproductive system, endocrine system, and may cause developmental toxicity.  Toxic to aquatic life.  Causes cancer.

Surfactants – highly toxic to aquatic life.  These cause respiratory concerns, skin irritation and allergies, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer.

Alkyl Sulfates – toxic to aquatic life.  Another hiding place for harmful ingredients.

Acrylates Copolymer – Does not biodegrade.

Perfluorinated Chemical – another hiding place for hazardous ingredients.  May have blood-related effects.  Does not biodegrade.  May cause developmental/reproductive effects.  May disrupt the endocrine system.

Acetone – affects respiration.  Blood-related effects.  Nervous system effects.

Carbon Dioxide – can cause asphyxia.

Naphtha (Petroleum), Light Alkylate – damages DNA, causes cancer.

 

 

Yeah, that’s about how I feel too.  I am amazed at just how toxic our typical cleaners are.

Though you can stay overwhelmed if you need to, have no fear.  There are options.  We can make better choices and encourage change with where we put our money.

Alternate Options – Store Bought Brands

Mrs. Meyers

Ecover

Aubry Organics

Dr. Bronner’s

Seventh Generation

Bon Ami Powder

Charlie’s Soap (Laundry)

Alternate Options – Homemade

Personally, I find it more economical and safer to just make my own cleaners from common ingredients.  I will list ones I use the most often with what they are good for.

Baking soda

Mildly abrasive, it helps with scrubbing.  it doesn’t scratch even delicate surfaces.  It also helps to remove odors and stains.  It even acts as a laundry softener.

Borax

This is a laundry booster and is a natural mineral.  It can irritate skin and there is controversy over whether it can be used to wash dishes.  It is a stain remover and can substitute for bleach.  It can help repel insects (though use caution around children and pets).

Castile Soap

This is an oil-based soap that can be used to clean many things.

Cornstarch

It helps to absorb oil and grease and can even starch a shirt.

Essential Oils

These not only add fragrance but can be antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, and many other helpful things

Lemons & Juice & Oranges & Juice

These can scrub pans and hands, help degrease things, and be used to make a wonderful all-purpose cleaner.

Salt

Another natural abrasive for scrubbing.  It can also help remove rust and mildew.

Vinegar

A great fabric softener, it can be used alone or as the base of many natural cleaners.  It helps remove stains and can be used in conjunction with baking soda to clean toilets.

Hydrogen Peroxide

This can disinfect and effectively removes blood stains.

Washing Soda

This is a laundry booster that can be added to many recipes to boost performance.

Essential Tools

Microfiber clothes are great to make cleaning go quicker.  Do not use any impregnated with silver or other antimicrobial stuff.  They are not health-promoting.

“Magic Erasers” These melamine sponges are like the name brand, but less expensive.

Good scrub brushes and sponges are vital as well.

 

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Good Sources for Additional Information

EWG’s Guide to Health Cleaning is extremely helpful for finding more about what is in your products and looking for healthier options.  It isn’t perfect, but it is a great tool.

Organic Consumers Association has a nice article about the toxicity in household cleaning supplies, should you want to read even more.

Fat Bombing Your December: Guaca Bombs

This is our last recipe in our Fat Bombing Your December series.  It is our first purely savory one as well.

I love guacamole, but I always prefer it with chips or veggies.  This avocado mix is tasty enough to just eat by the spoonful.  It can make balls if it is chilled enough, but the hubby and I decided we prefer it just off the spoon!

Let’s consider the ingredients.

Pasture-Raised, Organic Butter:  Beautiful, creamy, indulgent butter should be a large part of any healthy diet.  Butter is rich in vitamins and minerals including one of the most easily absorbable forms of Vitamin A (needed for thyroid and adrenal health) as well as Vitamins D, E, and K.  Further, it is high in selenium and usable iodine.  Butter is anti-fungal.  It is full of anti-oxidants.  It can help protect against tooth decay and helps our bodies better absorb calcium.  The saturated fats in butter help our cell walls maintain their shape and the linoleic acid in butter helps to combat cancer, build muscle, and boost our immune system.  The cholesterol in butterfat is essential to our brain and nervous system development and health.  With all of these benefits and more, it is a tragedy our culture has vilified butter.  No more!  Eat your butter and eat it with pride!

Onions:  Onions are high in phytochemicals and vitamin C which help boost immunity.  They contain chromium and other vitamins and minerals.  They are full of antioxidants and also have ingedients that help fight cancer.

Garlic:  Garlic is full of vitamins and minerals, including manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and selenium.  It helps boost the immune system and fight bacteria and viruses.  Garlic is full of antioxidants and it can even help lower blood pressure.

Red Pepper Flakes:  One of the key ingredients in red pepper flakes is capsaicin.  Capsaicin works as a pain reliever and helps reduce inflammation; it even help fight cancer.  Red pepper flakes boost the metabolism and work to suppress the appetite.  Further, they are filled with antioxidants and phytochemicals.

Lime juice:  Limes stimulate the digestive system, protect and rejuvenate our skin, are a great source of Vitamin C, and help with dandruff.  They are healers and help fight infections.

Chia Seeds:  Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber.  They also contain high levels of iron, potassium, magnesium, and calcium.  A study even found chia seeds can prevent insulin resistance and other studies have found they help fight breast and cervical cancers.

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Guaca Bombs
Savory and creamy, this is a quick spoonful (or ball, if you prefer) of healthy fat.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1-2 hours
Servings
cup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1-2 hours
Servings
cup
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients (except the chia seeds) well, cutting the butter into the avocado and other ingredients.
  2. Store in the refrigerator. (Make them into balls, if you prefer, by freezing them for awhile). Top with chia seeds.
Recipe Notes

Always use minimally processed, organic ingredients for your best health.

For me, these will make balls if frozen, but I really preferred to just eat a spoonful.  Yum!

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Fat Bombing Your December: Fat Bomb Muffins

Tasty little spongy muffins.  They are a big hit in my house.  Even better: these can go sweet or savory, depending on what you add to them!  Nom nom nom.

Let’s look more closely at the ingredients.

Eggs:  Eggs contain healthy protein and fat.  The whites are full of selenium, vitamin D, zinc, iron, copper, and Vitamins B6 and B12.  The yolk has more fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K.  They also have lecithin.  Pasture-raised eggs are much better containing 2/3 more vitamin A, twice the omega-3 fatty acids, 3 times more vitamin E, and 7 times more beta carotene than their factory-farmed or even organic brethren.

Raw Honey:  This is one of the few sweeteners allowed even on GAPS diet protocol.  Raw honey helps to counter pollen allergies, is filled with antioxidants, helps heal ulcers and wounds, may reduce the risk of developing diabetes, and is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.

Coconut Flour:  This is made by grinding the dried coconut meat.  It is uncommon for digestive or autoimmune responses to occur with coconut flour.  It is high in fiber and helps to aid metabolism.  It is also high in medium chain fatty acids that help the body utilize fat better for energy.  They also help with digestive health and are high in nutrients.

Coconut Oil:  This amazingly healthy fat contains medium-chain fatty acids which are easier to digest and are not as easily stored.  Additionally, they offer antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal benefits.  Coconut oil is brain, heart, liver, and basically entire body healthy.  It even helps to reduce inflammation and some studies show it can help fight cancer.

Lemon Zest:  Lemon zest contains 5-10 times more vitamins than lemon juice!  This includes vitamins A and C, beta carotene, folate, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.  They are full of bioflavonoids which are antioxidant and anticarcinogenic.  They improve bone health and help us to detox.

Lime Zest:  Limes stimulate the digestive system, protect and rejuvenate our skin, are a great source of Vitamin C, and help with dandruff.  They are healers and help fight infections.

Chia Seeds:  Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber.  They also contain high levels of iron, potassium, magnesium, and calcium.  A study even found chia seeds can prevent insulin resistance and other studies have found they help fight breast and cervical cancers.

 

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Fat Bomb Muffins
Change the optional ingredients to make these sweeter or savory.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Note, to change these to savory or other flavors, you may exchange the vanilla, zests, and seeds for other ingredients.
  3. Fill each muffin well halfway.
  4. Bake for 18-25 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Always use minimally processed, organic ingredients for your best health.

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