.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

Health and Nutrition with Nature's Sunshine

Not yet a Nature's Sunshine Member? Membership is free with a $40 order. Visit my web site www.mynsp.com/herbsplus Become an Herb Specialist! Visit my Blog for information about classes, webinars and Natural Health Education. Herbsplus4health.blogspot.com

My Photo
Location: Azle, Texas, United States

For Health Enthusiasts worldwide wanting to learn about Health and Nutrition. Join us here to learn about High Quality Products, Educational tools and Opportunities. If you would like to be notified when new items are posted to this page, please Email Me or call me at (817)225-8392 so I can add you to the list.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Problem vs. The Solution

Dear Health Enthusiasts, 

Check out this video for some great information about diet and nutritional basics. I think you will really find this information useful for your clients

To view the presentation, simply click the following button!

Please let me know how I can help you best.
Share the Health,

Play button not working? Click here or copy and paste this into your address bar:
Share the Health,
Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager 
Nature's Sunshine Herb Specialist 
Natural Health Educator
O: 704-966-6645
H: 704-588-7638
Visit my Nature's Sunshine Online Store:
Learn about the Body Systems 
Check out my Health & Nutrition Blog!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


NSP Webinars


Steven Horne's ABC+D Approach to Natural Health
The Fastest Way to Learn How to Help People to Improve Their Health with Herbs and Nutritional Supplements

What do you receive in each session?

  • Approximately 1 hour of live instruction
  • Approximately 1/2 hour of live Questions and Answers with Steven Horne
  • A PDF handout of the slides and the chapter covered during each live NSPWebinar
  • Access to a recorded Web-based version of the NSPWebinar, which you can view via protected password as often as you like during your 14-session course.

    View and print PDF documents with the free Adobe Reader

Cost and Billing
This 14-session course is just $8.95 per session, billed to your credit card after you attend each session. Details will be emailed to you.

Topics of All 14 Sessions

  • Work on the Root of the Problem
  • Detoxifying for Better Health
  • Balancing the Biological Terrain
  • The Digestive System
  • The Hepatic System
  • The Intestinal System
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Immune and Lymphatic Systems
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Glandular System
  • The Reproductive System
  • The Urinary System
  • The Structural System

Each Webinar session is held on Tuesday evenings at the following start dates and times:

Start Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Session A: 6 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. Central, 4 p.m. Mountain, 3 p.m. Pacific
Learn more and register for this Webinar

Session B: 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central, 6 p.m. Mountain, 5 p.m. Pacific
Learn more and register for this Webinar

Start Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Session A: 8:30 p.m Eastern, 7:30 p.m. Central, 6:30 p.m. Mountain, 5:30 p.m. Pacific
Learn more and register for this Webinar

Session B: 10:30 p.m. Eastern, 9:30 p.m. Central, 8:30 p.m. Mountain, 7:30 p.m. Pacific
Learn more and register for this Webinar

Friday, January 23, 2009


Citizens for Healthcare Freedom - NC  
P.O. Box 12893 ,  Raleigh, NC 27605 
To All NC Natural Health Consumers, Practitioners, Distributors and Manufacturers  
Dear Friend,

The time has come for YOU to protect your rights and get involved in Citizens for Healthcare Freedom (CHF) and the passage of North Carolina's Consumer Health Freedom Act.                

What is The NC Consumer Health Freedom Act?

An amendment to the NC medical licensing law to protect the right to choose nutritional supplements and access alternative, holistic, complementary, or natural health providers or practitioners. The legislation would protect the right of health care providers to offer their services legally and safely, without fear of being prosecuted for "practicing medicine without a license" in NC.

Our natural healthcare rights could be challenged without the passage of this bill. As consumers we could possibly face natural supplementation being handled entirely at the discretion of a doctor's prescription, the FDA or pharmaceutical companies in the near future.  To ensure you, your clients and the citizens of NC can continue the right and freedom to control what happens to your bodies, choose your own health paths, and make your own health choices as you see fit, we need your support.  

Citizens for Healthcare Freedom (CHF) is YOUR grassroots organization in North Carolina lobbying to PROTECT your legal RIGHTS to access and choose vitamins, herbal supplements and holistic practitioners. 

CHF has a professional registered lobbyist working hard to pass The Consumer Health Freedom Act this year. Nature's Sunshine has pledged Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) to help us get started this year, with the understanding that CHF match that amount through private fundraising within thirty days. It is critical we secure matching funding immediately to cover the costs and expenses associated with the passage of this House Bill for the 2009-2010 session.

WHAT DO WE NEED?  Money and volunteers!!   HOW CAN YOU HELP?  By mailing in the attached membership form and signing our petition at www.ncchf.org, We also ask you to forward this email to friends and family who would benefit from the passage of The Consumer Health Freedom Act in 2009. 

If you would like more information, check out our website at www.ncchf.org. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact us.  


Claiborne Holtzman, President                        Mike Causey, Executive Director

252-813-4950  cjholtz@embarqmail.com          336-210-1947 nchfreedom@aol.com                                                              

HEALTH FREEDOM versus CODEX - The Fight For Your Life

HEALTH FREEDOM versus CODEX - The Fight For Your Life

Dear Health Enthusiast:

The Eflash has a much different tone. Most of us have sat by and believed our Health Freedom is somewhat secure. This is not the case and we are in the last mile. Codex is real and will affect all of us sooner than we can imagine. Dick and Joyce Williams put together an article explaining in detail what you may not know about Codex. Please take the time to read this - it is your life that it will affect.

With All Sincerity,

Dr. Jack and Chris Ritchason
and the Back to Herbs Team

 HEALTH FREEDOM versus CODEX -The Fight For Your Life! 

Codex Alimentarius has been called "the silent stalker of your health freedom." It is not going to simply give up and go away of its' own accord. We, once again, have the ongoing fight of our life to deal with. Codex is a shrewd method our government and Big Pharma (the FDA and the FTC) and the WTO(World Trade Organization) plan to use for protecting the pharmaceutical industry from the financial losses and controls that will ensue as the growth of natural healthcare and its' proponents continue to escalate. Repeating a quote of President Woodrow Wilson in 1912, "We have come to be…one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world – no longer a government of conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men…" It's sad that this quote holds true today, almost one hundred (100) years after it was spoken.

Americans are paying a huge price for a broken health care system. The USA owns the most expensive healthcare system in the world, and yet it is largely one of the least effective systems among the modern nations. Members of the European Union are experiencing the drawbacks and political ramifications of a government controlled health care system. Now is not the time to remain silent – without you and your voice, there will cease to be health care reform that incorporates natural health principles. Your monetary contributions are needed to provide lobbying and financial support. However, your physical and verbal actions to break the silence, stand up, be counted and become a vocal supporter of health freedom are urgent for true health care reform to become a reality. Health Freedom is based upon the premise of life, liberty, and the pursuit happiness, as given to us in the First Amendment. Use it, or you may lose it! It is imperative that we no longer remain silent. We must stand up and be counted as literal Health Freedom Fighters!  

Amazingly, in November 2007, the FDA released a 60-page report entitled FDA Science and Mission at Risk. In this report, the FDA acknowledged that it lacks the competency and capacity to keep up with scientific advances. They admit that Americans are suffering and dying because they do not have the scientific ability to determine whether new drugs are safe or effective or to evaluate scientific claims. After admitting to their inability to effectively make scientific decisions, the FDA continues to censor scientific information and opposes/bans less expensive and often more effective natural remedies in a effort to maintain  control and monopoly over FDA approved chemical drugs.

DSHEA, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, was signed into law in the United States in 1994. This legislation defines supplements as foods. There are members of congress who are fighting to overturn DSHEA. If protective laws, such as DSHEA, are defeated and destroyed, the powers of the WHO will supersede our own and it will become impossible to escape CODEX. If CODEX is implemented in the USA, therapeutic dosages of vitamins and minerals will become unavailable because they will literally become illegal to purchase or sell. It is up to us to put pressure on Congress and the newly elected administration of Barack Obama to preserve and protect our health freedom choices.

In the next four (4) paragraphs, I have taken the privilege to condense and paraphrase extremely timely information that appears in an article by Deepak Choppa, Dean Ornish, Rustum Roy, and Andrew Weil in The Wall Street Journal on January 9, 2009. The article is titled "'Alternative' Medicine Is Mainstream."
President-elect Barack Obama unveiled his proposed health plan during his campaign. He stated, "This nation is facing a true epidemic of chronic disease. An increasing number of Americans are suffering and dying needlessly from diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and HIV/AIDS, all of which can be delayed in onset if not entirely." Mr. Obama and former Senator Tom Daschle (the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services) appear to understand that if we want to make healthcare affordable and available to the 45 million Americans who have no health insurance, we then need to address the fundamental causes of health and illness, and provide incentives for healthy ways of living rather than reimbursing only drugs and surgery.

Health conditions that are largely preventable or reversible through dietary changes, such as heart disease, diabetes, prostate and breast cancer, and obesity account for 75% of health-care costs. The latest scientific studies provide evidence that our bodies have a remarkable capacity to begin healing, and much quicker than once realized, if we address the lifestyle factors that are often the causative factors for these chronic diseases. These studies prove that integrative medicine can make a powerful difference in our health and well-being, how quickly these changes can occur, and how dynamic these mechanisms can be when utilized in the whole body approach. These studies used high-tech, state-of-the-art means to prove the power of using simple, low-tech, and low-cost interventions.

Our "health-care system," as we currently know it, is primarily a disease-care system. Last year alone, 95% of every dollar was spent to treat disease after it had already occurred. At least 75% of these expenditures were for treating chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes that are either preventable or even reversible. Medicare, other insurance companies, and individuals pay billions of dollars each year for procedures and treatments that are often dangerous, invasive, expensive, and ineffective. But they pay very little, if any, for integrative medicine that uses safe and effective natural healing modalities that have been proven to reverse and prevent most chronic diseases. The Lancet concluded from a study of heart disease patients that it is almost completely preventable simply by changing diet and lifestyle patterns.

It is now time for all people to move past the debate of alternative medicine versus traditional medicine, and to focus on what works, what doesn't, for whom, and under which circumstances. It will require serious government funding to make this work. The time for Americans to speak out and make their voices heard is now. It is time to let our government know that both traditional and alternative choice natural health care and treatment modalities can co-exist. It is time to let our government know that we do not want CODEX to dominate our choice of health care and take away our health freedom. 
Time to act is running out. Unless the American public wakes up and acts prior to December 31, 2009, CODEX is slated to become a law and will go into global implementation. If CODEX is passed and finalized, it will supersede all US supplement laws. This disaster would be the death of a nation as we know it! 

Even as the public is being asked to email forms listing the ten (10) most important health   concerns they wish to be presented to President Obama on Inauguration Day, concerns about health freedom and CODEX are placing number eight (8) out of ten (10), with the leading citizen concern being "marijuana for health and recreational use." Perhaps with this type of integrity, American citizens will receive what they deserve – and then it will be too late to change it.

What is Health Freedom? Quoting from the American Association of Health Freedom, "It is, or should be, protecting the right of the consumer to choose and the right of the practitioner to practice." What about this is so difficult to understand? Free men and women should have control over what happens to their bodies and the bodies of their children. Free men and women should have the right to choose their own health path. Free men and women should have the right to make their own health choices as they see fit. Effective, safe, and inexpensive natural cures will greatly reduce our health care costs, while improving our health and wellness. Health Freedom means that the protection offered under the 1994 Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act (DSHEA) must be extended to not only supplements, but also to natural health modalities and healing strategies that are supported by the government, not opposed by it. It seems to me this is a no-brainer!

Our Health Freedom is worth fighting for. It is, or should be, the most basic and fundamental freedom of all. The incoming administration will not fight for the true health freedom we want and need, unless we make them aware of our choice. Health freedom is not going to just be given to you. You are going to have to take it back from those who have stolen your choice to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Now is not the time for silence.

Are you prepared to join me in this fight?  Do not delay your actions and support until December, 2009. Your life depends upon it!

Your Health Advocates,

Dick and Joyce Williams
Senior National Managers
Nature's Sunshine Products

Disclaimer: We do not directly dispense medical advice or prescribe the use of herbs or supplements as a form of treatment for illness. The information found on this Web Site is for educational purposes only to empower people with knowledge to take care of their own health. We disclaim any liability if the reader uses or prescribes any remedies, natural or otherwise, for him/herself or another. Historically all of these herbs & vitamin supplements may nutritionally support the bodies biological systems. Please consult a licensed health professional should a need be indicated.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Tell Obama that Health Freedom Matters!

 URGENT! Tell President Elect Obama
that Health Freedom Matters!

Dear Nature's Sunshine Members, Friends, Family and Health Enthusiasts,

As you know, Nature's Sunshine has worked for decades to promote health freedom on both a federal and state level. President-Elect Barack Obama's website www.change.gov is asking Americans to help rate some of the most pressing concerns of our time. Health Freedom has received a tremendous amount of support so far. As Mr. Obama takes office next week, he will be presented with a Citizens Briefing Book that contains the highest-rated topics from this web poll.

Natural health advocates, this is our opportunity to send a loud, clear message in support of Health Freedom! We can help create a paradigm shift that could lead to health freedom on a national level with protection for all. Every vote counts! The inauguration is Tuesday, Jan. 20! Please take a moment to cast your vote before then. Then forward this message to your fellow NSP friends and customers!

Please follow these instructions to cast
your vote for health freedom!

  1. Sign in, or register at change.gov
  2. Return to this email and click this link to go to the appropriate voting page
  3. Select the "Vote Up" arrow to place your vote
  4. You may also make a comment at the bottom of the page (optional)

Vote now for Health Freedom





Friends, we have never had this kind of opportunity to affect decisions made concerning our country. Please send this to your fellow health advocates now!

Thank you for your continued dedication to true health freedom. Working together, we can all achieve great things.

Craig Dalley, Executive Director


Craig Dalley,
Executive Director, U.S. Sales


(If the voting method above does not work, then sign in  (left-hand side of page). After this, you will see a page with a search bar. Enter "Health Freedom is our first Freedom" then click Search. Then click under the title "Health Freedom is our first Freedom" to cast your vote. At the bottom of the page, you also have an opportunity to submit a personal message.  


Thursday, January 15, 2009


Top 10 Troublesome Ingredients
By Sandy Tuin

1. Natural Flavors. Listed as natural flavors.
Found in:
Baked foods, frozen dinners, candy and more.

What's the big deal? Natural flavors include a number of naturally
occurring (non-chemical, non-artificial) substances approved for use in food
by the FDA. These flavors often come from allergy-inducing
ingredients such as nuts and wheat.
How to avoid it? If you are prone to food allergies call the food
manufacturer to learn the source of the natural flavor.

2. Artificial Colorings: Listed as yellow #6, blue #2, green #3, red #3 and
Found in:
Candy, soda, gelatin, and more
What's the big deal? Some studies link artificial colorings to a range
of health problems including cancer, hyperactivity, thyroid and allergic
reactions. They have no nutritional value.
How to avoid it? Steer clear of artificially colored foods. Opt instead
for naturally colorful edibles like fresh fruits and dark leafy greens.

3. Chemical Cocktails. Unlisted
Found in:
Non-organic product.
What's the big deal? Conventional farmers spray their produce with
chemical fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides to keep insects and weeds
at bay. Residues of these toxic chemicals end up on your food, and some
studies have linked them to cancer and birth defects.
How to avoid it? Wash your produce thoroughly with a mixture of 1 tsp
dishwashing detergent and 4 liters of water. Buy organic or shop at the
farmer's market.

4. Sodium Nitrite: Listed as Sodium nitrite
Found in:
Processed meats including bacon, ham, hot dogs, lunchmeats,
and corned beef.
What's the big deal? This preservative can mix with chemicals in the
stomach to form nitrosamines, a carcinogenic substance linked to cancers of
the pancreas, bladder and brain.
How to avoid it? Replace processed meats with fresh meats or purchase
nitrite-free lunchmeats. Meat found in canned soups and frozen dinners
commonly contains sodium nitrite, so check labels carefully.

5. High Fructose Corn Syrup: Listed as High fructose corn syrup, corn
sweetener, corn syrup, corn syrup solids
Found in:
Frozen foods, sweets, breads, spaghetti sauce, ketchup, many
canned vegetables, cereals, juices, sodas, breads and much more.
What's the big deal? High fructose corn syrup increases your risk for
diabetes. It also encourages overeating because its chemical structure
tricks your brain into thinking your body is hungry. And it can raise
triglyceride levels in the bloodstream, which increases risk of heart
disease. Also contributes to high cholesterol and insulin resistance. Has no
enzymes, vitamins or minerals and leaches micronutrients from your body.
How to avoid it? Limit your intake of added sugar to less than 10% of
your total daily calories. And/or buy alternative foods that do not
contain it!! A better choice of Sweetener is
Check out NSP's Xylitol Sweetened treats:
Xylitol Gum Peppermint (100)
Xylitol Gum Spearmint (100)
Xylitol Gum Cinnamon (100)
Xylitol Mints Berry (240)
Xylitol Mints Lemon (240)
Xylitol Mints Peppermint (240)
Xylitol Mouthwash Peppermint (16 OZ)
Xylitol Bulk (1 LB BAG)

Nature's Sweet Life Memory Orange/Dark Chocolate Bars (28/1/2.7 oz Bars)
Nature's Sweet Life Plain Dark Chocolate Bars (28/1.27 oz Bars)

6. rBGH: Listed as rBGH
Found in:
dairy products, including milk and cheese.
What's the big deal? rBGH stands for recombinant (genetically modified)
bovine (cow) growth hormone. Dairy farmers inject cows with it to stimulate
milk production, and it ends up in the milk sold in grocery stores. Research
has tied it to prostate, solon and breast cancers.
How to avoid it? Look for milk that says ³no rBGH² on the label. Switch
to organic milk or raw milk.

7. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): Listed as Yeast extract, gelatin, textured
and hydrolyzed proteins, calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, and more.

Found in:
A wide range of foods including chips, canned soups, salad
dressings, fast food, and frozen dinners.
What's the big deal? MSG can affect the nervous system and make you feel
hungrier than you really are. It may also trigger migraines.
How to avoid it? Read food labels carefully. Even packages that say ³no
MSG or no MSG added can sneak the substance in disguised as any of the
ingredients above.

8. Sodium: Listed as salt, monosodium glutamate (MSG), baking soda.
Found in:
meat, eggs and dairy products. Also found in processed foods
like canned soups and frozen dinners.

What's the big deal? Your sodium count should not exceed 2400 milligrams
a day, but some studies how Americans average intake is 3300 mgs a day.
Excess sodium can raise blood pressure, which puts extra strain on your
How to avoid it? Use herbs and spices rather and salt to flavor your
food. Go easy on the salt shaker. When using salt use High Quality, mineral rich
Sea Salt.

9. Omega-6: Listed as Linoleic acid; sunflower, sesame, corn and soybean
Found in:
frozen and processed foods
What's the big deal? Ideally, you should eat three omega-6 fatty acids
for every omega-3 fatty acid you eat. But the ratio in most Western diets is
between 10:1 and 20:1. Excess intake of omega-6 can raise blood pressure and
increase your risk of heart disease.
How to avoid it? Eat fewer processed foods. Eat
Omega 3 rich foods like
walnuts, fish.

10. Trans Fat: Listed as partially hydrogenated oil.
Found in:
commercial baked goods like crackers and cookies; shortening
and margarine.
What's the big deal? Trans fats temporarily raise bad cholesterol and
lower good cholesterol.
How to avoid it? Even foods that claim 0 grams of trans fat on the label
can contain it because food manufacturers don't have to list amounts under
0.5 grams. But eating more than one serving of a food can easily double or
triple that half a gram. Read the label to be sure there are not partially
hydrogenated oils hiding in the ingredient list.

Read, Read, Read your labels!!!
Share the Health,
Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager
Nature's Sunshine Herb Specialist
Natural Health Educator
O: 704-966-6645
H: 704-588-7638

Visit my Nature's Sunshine Online Store:
Learn about the Body Systems
Check out my Health & Nutrition Blog!


Season of Sunshine
You Me, & D3!
Earn Free Bottles of the "Sunshine Vitamin" for Sponsoring this Winter!

Vitamin D<sub />3</sub>
Nature's Sunshine has a FREE gift for EVERYONE who joins NSP January 7 - February 28, 2009 - and a gift for their Sponsor: a free bottle of Vitamin D3!  We call it "You, Me & D3!"

Everyone needs Vitamin D3,  the "sunshine vitamin"  for immune health.  This important  vitamin is synthesized in the body with the help of sunshine - something often in short supply in the heart of winter. Nature's Sunshine's naturally derived Vitamin D boosts immune health, and sharing the benefits of NSP products and business with others boosts both health and financial well-being. Call it our Sunshine Stimulus Package! [Vitamin D3 product summary]

Whether the sky in your community is clouded by a tough economy or real winter storm clouds, we want to send a full month's worth of wonderful - all natural - "sunshine" to you and your new Members! Happy new year from Nature's Sunshine!

Greg Halliday, President -NSP U.S."We hope the free bottle of 'sunshine' we're sending brightens up your winter. Earn one bottle for every new person you sponsor before Feb. 28!" 
 - Greg Halliday,President - NSP U.S.

Listen to what Greg has to say about D3! 
(streaming .mp3)



  • NSP will include the free Vitamin D3 in the New Member's sign up order.
  • Sponsors will receive free bottle(s) of Vitamin D3 (no limit!) in their next order following their new Member's sign-up.
  • All sign-ups occurring between January 7- February 28, 2009 are eligible.
  • D3 Resources:  Studies

Please call me if you have any questions  or need any help with your NSP orders.
Share the Health,
Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager 
Nature's Sunshine Herb Specialist 
Natural Health Educator
O: 704-966-6645
H: 704-588-7638
Visit my Nature's Sunshine Online Store:
Learn about the Body Systems 
Check out my Health & Nutrition Blog!


Thursday, January 08, 2009


More than 90% of the blood
...to 14 area hospitals
...from 1 Community Blood Center

Steele Creek Elementary School Community Blood Drive

DATE: Thursday, January 8, 2009
TIME: 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
LOCATION: School Gym
APPOINTMENTS: Contact Bret Wilson at 980-343-3810
or log onto
www.cbcc.us/donate enter sponsor code: SCE

Last minute Walk-ins welcomed

Free T-Shirts to All presenting donors!

Please Start the New Year making a difference in Our Community!