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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cucumber 101


1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.
4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few cucumber slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.
5 Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool?    Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!
6.. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!
7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge?                      Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.
8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes?            Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.
9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!
10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa?            Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.
11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints?
Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel?               Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won't leave streaks and won't harm your fingers or fingernails while you clean.
13. Using a pen and made a mistake?     Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!
Pass this along to everybody you know who is looking for better and safer ways to solve life's everyday problems.

Thanks, Marietta for this great information!

Visit Susie & Steve at

Health Choices, LLC

1742 Herlong Village Drive

Suite 102

Rock Hill, SC 29732



Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Nature's Sunshine Products

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Get 25% off the Chinese Yin and Yang packs!

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Always buy your Nature's Sunshine Products at wholesale member prices. If you are Not yet a NSP Member, get a Free Membership with a $40 order. Just purchase your products on my website www.mynsp.com/herbsplus or call or email me to make sure to get the lowest prices always, right from the very first order.

Share the Health,
Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager
Nature's Sunshine Herb Specialist
Natural Health Educator
H: 704-588-7638
Visit my Nature's Sunshine Online Store:
Learn about the Body Systems
Check out my Health & Nutrition Blog!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Nature's Field - PMS Problems? Blame it on the Liver!


June 24, 2010

Honey, It's Not Me, It's My Liver!
PMS and Your Liver by Steven Horne, RH(AHG)

Jokes help us defuse difficult and painful situations, which is why PMS is the brunt of many jokes.  It's no fun for women, or their family members, when PMS creates feelings of anger, irritability, depression, moodiness  or emotional sensitivity.  I know we typically blame it on hormones, but I have a new excuse—blame it on the liver.

Most of the women I've seen who have serious problems with PMS have underlying health issues with the liver.  This doesn't come as a surprise, as many symptoms of PMS are identical to symptoms of liver imbalance, both physically and emotionally. 

Emotionally, the liver is the home of anger and irritability, but liver issues can also give rise to depression and discouragement.  In fact, any time a person suffers from either irritability or depression, I always assume the liver is one of the major organs needing nutritional support.

As the major organ of internal detoxification, moderate liver problems create an excessive toxic load in the body.  This toxic load can cause digestive upset, lymphatic swelling, headaches and malaise.  I think of malaise as just feeling "yucky," nothing particularly wrong, you just don't feel "right."  That's also the way many women feel at "that time of the month."

It also makes sense that the liver would be involved in PMS because the liver breaks down excess hormones.  When the liver is congested, it isn't breaking down these excess hormones efficiently, which results in hormonal imbalances.  The simple fact is that you can't have a healthy endocrine system without a healthy liver.

PMS Type A and Your Liver

There are several forms of PMS, but the most common form is Type A, which is characterized by excess levels of estrogen.  Anger and irritability are common problems associated with PMS Type A, the same emotions associated with an overburdened liver.  It's very likely that a woman with PMS Type A has sluggish detoxification pathways in the liver for breaking down estrogens, meaning that the liver is the root of the problem, not the glands. 

Another link between the liver and PMS is the fact that PMS symptoms and liver congestion are both difficult to "nail down" symptom-wise. A person suffering from liver congestion has many vague symptoms that come and go.  Lab tests may show that everything is normal and doctors may tell them "it's all in your head."  That's the same line doctors used to use on PMS in general. 

Heavy menstrual bleeding is a common symptom of too much estrogen in a woman's system.  The loss of blood results in feelings of fatigue and anemia due to something the Chinese would call "blood deficiency."  In Chinese medicine, the liver "builds the blood," so that here again we see a link between the liver and problems with a woman's menstrual cycle.

Chinese Liver Remedies for PMS

NSP used to sell a Chinese herbal formula for PMS called Monthly Maintenance.  The bad news is that it got discontinued due to poor sales, but the good news is that the Chinese formula Blood Build has the same four key herbs commonly used in Chinese to help regulate a woman's menstrual cycle.  This means that Blood Build can be used in place of Monthly Maintenance with similar benefits.

Chinese Blood Build is an excellent remedy for strengthening the liver.  It builds the liver and helps the liver build the blood.  This means it is useful for anemia and fatigue caused by heavy menstrual bleeding.  Since heavy menstrual bleeding is usually associated with excess estrogen, it probably helps the liver detoxify these excess hormones at the same time.

It's a formula that's often overlooked for helping women's reproductive problems, but I've seen its benefits in PMS and menstrual issues many times.  One of the most dramatic was when an old friend dropped by to see me many years ago.  She was not familiar with what I did and I gave her a demonstration by reading her eyes and muscle testing her. 

It turns out that she was scheduled to have a hysterectomy scheduled in two weeks because she had been bleeding non-stop for months.  I had her douche with Colloidal Minerals daily to tone up the tissue and help stop the bleeding and I put her on just one formula, Blood Build, because she was pale and anemic and her iris pattern (light brown) indicated she had a tendency to liver problems.  It turns out that within just a few days the bleeding stopped and she was able to cancel her hysterectomy. 

Women with PMS that also have light brown eyes seem to do very well with Chinese Blood Build.  Light brown eyes signify a biliary constitution in iridology, which means the person is particularly prone to liver weakness.  By building up the liver, many PMS symptoms (and other vague health problems) disappear.

In many cases of PMS, Blood Build works even better if you combine it with Magnesium Complex and Vitamin B6.  In fact, doing so makes it work very similar to the old Monthly Maintenance.

With some women, the Chinese Liver Balance may be a better choice.  This formula doesn't build the liver, it decongests and calms it.  In fact, whenever you see anyone, male or female, who tends to have a "short-fuse" with their temper, I'd consider using this remedy.  It helps create more internal harmony with the liver and glandular system, which helps a person create more harmony in their relationships at the same time.

So, you can blame your PMS on your liver (not your hormones) if you'd like, but that doesn't mean you're stuck with those distressing emotions.  Try some remedies to balance out your liver and your mood may balance out at the same time. 


Steven Horne's New Book: The Heart's Key to Health, Happiness and Success is Now Available

In modern society, most people believe that their thoughts create their life, but the truth is that feelings motivate your choices more than thoughts.  Unfortunately, modern society glorifies thinking over feeling, which means emotions largely get ignored or rejected. 

That's why Steven Horne wrote his new book, The Heart's Key to Health, Happiness and Success.  This book provides profound insights into the world of our emotions and how we can heal emotional wounds that are holding us back from achieving the health, happiness and success we desire.

The Heart's Key teaches the profound truth that you cannot heal your feelings by trying to change your life circumstances.  Instead, when you heal what is in your heart, it changes your life.  It also explains that emotions themselves are not positive or negative (that is right or wrong), it is how we deal with them that makes them work positively or negatively in our lives. 

This is a ground-breaking book, based on almost 24 years of emotional healing work and research into the world of feelings.  It will profoundly change the way you view your heart and your emotions, and provides practical tools you can use to start using your emotions in a positive way.

Order your copy of The Heart's Key to Health, Happiness and Success today for just $17.95 plus shipping. 

If you want help in applying what this book teaches, Steven is also hosting a four-session webinar focusing on practical application of the principles taught in The Heart's Key to Health, Happiness and Success.  The webinar will be held at 7:00 Mountain Time on July 28, Aug 18, Sept 1 and Sept 8.  Each webinar will be two hours long, but Steven will stay on the webinar longer if necessary to answer questions.  The webinar is $147 and includes a free copy of The Heart's Key book (no shipping charge).

Order the book and/or register for the webinar by going to www.treelite.com or calling 800-416-2887 today.

Emotional Healing Workshop in Pace, FL

Steven is teaching his first Emotional Healing Workshop based on his new book, The Heart's Key to Health, Happiness and Success at Storage Masters, 4636 Woodbine Road in Pace, Florida on July 10.  Cost for this workshop is $125 if you pre-register by July 2. The class is $150 at the door.  The price of the class does not include a copy of The Heart's Key book). 

Do not call Tree of Light Publishing to register for this class.  Contact The Wellness Center at 850-994-5656 to register. 



Friday, June 25, 2010

Reiki Level I and III Dates

Reiki Level III
and new class
Reiki Level 1 Dates

Dates for Reiki Classes:
Reiki Level III is July the 18th 10-4
Reiki Level I- July the 28th 10-4

There is a huge demand for Reiki Level I again, and I will be teaching it on July the 27th 10-4.

Back by popular demand!
I have decided to teach Reiki level one again!
Many of you could not take the last Reiki Level I class and have asked me to repeat it.

Reiki Training Level I

Taking a class in Reiki may be the single best gift you can give yourself or your loved ones,

The ability to facilitate Reiki is the gift that keeps on giving, it is easy to learn, and offers a lifetime of benefits.

Imagine being able to accelerate healing when sick, being able to relieve the pain of an injury, heal feelings of anger, fear, grief, or decrease discomfort after surgery!
All of this is possible with Reiki.

Reiki, pronounced Ray-key, means "Universal Life Force Energy" in Japanese

It is a simple, gentle, yet powerful energy healing modality that can create profound healing results, balance the energetic body, and promote harmony on all level.

Can anyone learn Reiki?

Absolutely! Reiki is everyone's birthright - you can learn to do Reiki in a one- or two-day class setting.


Reiki can not be learned by simply reading about it.

To become a Reiki practitioner, you must be attuned by a Certified Reiki Master.

Anyone can learn to do Reiki.
Reiki pracitioners and therapists are people who have become certified in Reiki by attending classes or trainings given by a qualified and certified Reiki Master.


The Reiki always assists the area of greatest need within each person and directs the energy to go where needed.

Therefore, its use is very individual. In each person, Reiki will work on the physical, emotional, and mental levels to bring body, mind and spirit into balance.

Reiki does not impose healing on others, rather it helps each person to help heal himself.

Is Reiki a religion?
No, it is spiritual but not a religion.
While Reiki is not religious and it is practiced by people of all religious persuasions as well as those with no religious convictions,
the issue of Reiki and Christianity is one that most Reiki practitioners have had to deal with from time to time. The energy comes from God.
This is a 1 day 6 hour introductory class for anyone interested in learning about energy healing techniques for themselves and others (no tests involved).

Students who successfully complete 6 hour training will receive a certificate as a
First Degree Reiki Practitioner!

Investment for class:

The cost for this course is $120, with a non-refundable $50 deposit to reserve your spot in the class.

If you plan to attend, all fees must be paid in full, 24 hours before class starts.

Cancellations with 24 hours notice will result in 100% refund minus the deposit.

Class contents :
1. Introduction of Reiki
2. What does Reiki do?
3. About Healing Energy
4. About Attunement
5. Using Reiki
6. Self Treatment
7. Treating Others
8. The Treatment
9. Reiki Finish
10.Hand Positions
11. Posture Reiki
12. Hand Placements
13. Chair Reiki, Seated treatment
14. Non contact treatment
15. Mikao Usui
16. A Brief History
17. Reiki Principles
18. Treatment and Ethics Review
19. The Exchange Issue

Contact Susie & Steve Grimmett at
Health Choices LLC
1742 Herlong Village Dr Suite 102
Rock Hill, SC 29732
(803) 366-8070

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Chemical in antibacterial soaps produces toxic dioxins

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 by: S. L. Baker, feature writer

(NaturalNews) Dioxins are a group of highly toxic compounds that are persistent environmental pollutants. People are exposed to dioxins through the environment and the food chain -- the highest levels of these compounds are found in soils, sediments and food such as dairy products, meat, fish and shellfish. And, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), this exposure can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer.

So you would never flush dioxins into your water supply, right? If you use antibacterial soaps and other antibacterial products, you could be doing the equivalent of just that.

In 2003 and 2009, University of Minnesota civil engineering professor William Arnold and his colleague Kristopher McNeill published their discovery that the antibacterial agent triclosan, when exposed to sunlight, generates a specific group of four dioxins. Now, in a new study, a team of scientists from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology, Pace Analytical (Minneapolis), the Science Museum of Minnesota and Virginia Tech, have documented how triclosan is transformed into dioxins that are accumulating in the environment. This research, just published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, concludes dioxins originating from triclosan (found in many hand soaps, deodorants and dishwashing liquids) account for a huge increase in total dioxins now polluting Mississippi River sediments.

Efforts to cut down on dioxin contamination resulting from industrial pollution have been underway for several decades. However, the issue of triclosan in antibacterial consumer products has been virtually ignored. And the research team has found that over the last 30 years, while levels of all the other dioxins have dropped by 73 to 90 percent, the levels of dioxins derived from the antibacterial soap ingredient triclosan have risen by 200 to 300 percent.

For the new study, which was headed by Jeff Buth, a recent University of Minnesota Ph.D. graduate in chemistry, the researchers examined sediment samples from Lake Pepin, an enlargement of the Mississippi River located 120 miles downstream from the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. They analyzed sediment cores (which contain a record of accumulated pollutants in the lake over the past 50 years) and checked for amounts of triclosan, the four dioxins derived from triclosan, and the entire family of dioxin chemicals.

The results? In the most current sediments, triclosan-derived dioxins account for about 30 percent of the total dioxin mass. "These four dioxins only come from triclosan. They didn't exist in Lake Pepin before triclosan was introduced," Dr. Arnold said in a statement to the media.

Triclosan was first added to commercial liquid hand soap in 1987. Four years later, nearly 80 percent of commercial liquid hand soaps contained it, the researchers noted. And what happens to this chemical when people use triclosan-containing products to wash their hands and dishes? About 96 percent of it ends up in residential drains, leading to large loads of triclosan-contaminated water that enters treatment plants.

Unfortunately, triclosan can not be completely removed during the wastewater treatment process. So when treated wastewater is released back into the environment, there's triclosan still in it and sunlight converts some of the triclosan (and related compounds) into dioxins.

That's how the triclosan and dioxins ended up in Lake Pepin sediments, the researchers explained. The chemicals stuck to organic particles in the river and then sank into sediment when they reached the calmer waters of the lake.

In addition to the environmental danger that arises from triclosan's ability to morph into dioxin, the chemical has also been linked to disruptions of hormonal function and may play a role in the evolution of bacterial resistance to antibiotics -- yet the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has done little to address these concerns. In April, the FDA announced it would finally at least study the triclosan situation.

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At Nature's Sunshine we have excellent healthy alternatives to the products which produce poisonous residues mentioned in the above article. Back in 2001, I began teaching about these dioxins and poisons in our enviroment, the health problems they cause and the alternatives we have at our fingertips. It was then that I began removing the toxins from my home and began the detoxification process for my family. Here are a few of the healthy alternatives which we can use. Silver Shield Gel is a fabulous hand sanitizer which can protect you from germs for up to four hours, and has no negative effects on our bodies or our environment. This is a product which everyone in my family has their own personal tube. Not only do we use it as a sanitizer, it kills viral, bacterial and fungal infections, takes away pain and helps to speed the healing process so we use it on all our cuts, bumps and bruises. NSP also sells Sunshine Concentrated cleaner which is an excellent all purpose soap cleaner to use all around the house. It works very well to keep bathrooms, kitchens, floors, laundry clean, germ free and healthy and is gentle enough to use as a bubble bath, body soap as well. Use some baking soda, vinegar, salt and Add some essential oils to the mix and you can add additional health benefits to your cleaning solutions. (Learn more about Pure Essential Oils). NSP carries a delicious Xylitol toothpaste and mouthwash which are free of toxic chemicals and work to not only keep the mouth and teeth clean, but also kills out unfriendly bacteria while keeping the friendly flora balanced. NSP also has wonderful healthy shampoos, Herbal Shampoo and Natria Restoring Shampoo and Restructuring Conditioner, plus Body Wash, and Natria Body Lotion, all of which are toxin free and have a clean healthy smell. Try these healthy alternatives and get rid of the toxic chemicals that are in your home. In addition to the products we now carry, we will be introducing new Nature's Fresh cleaning products this fall. As always Nature's Sunshine is ahead of the rest when it comes to finding healthy alternatives. Make sure to check back with us for more info in the near future.

Nature's Fresh Cleaning Products
Cleaning SuppliesMark your calendars now for the special launch of our new Nature's Fresh cleaning products. We're planning to hold 25 meetings across the country where we'll introduce our line of natural, environmentally friendly, safe cleaning products, including:

- laundry soap
- dryer sheets
- enzyme spray
- surface cleaner
- oxygen bleach
- surface wipes
- dish soap

We'll be in your area August 2-14. Stay tuned for locations and more information next month.

Please call or email me with your questions and comments.
Share the Health,
Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager
Nature's Sunshine Herb Specialist
Natural Health Educator
H: 704-588-7638
Visit my Nature's Sunshine Online Store:
Learn about the Body Systems
Check out my Health & Nutrition Blog!

Monday, June 14, 2010


Intestinal System

June Webinar: Brilliant Body - Intestinal System


Join NSP and Regional Manager Brenda Montrella to learn how to strengthen and support the Intestinal System. You'll also hear about our "Brilliant Summer Brilliant Body" promotion during June and July.

Every month during the Brilliant Body webinar we will announce the Cancun Giveaway winner from the past months webinar. Find out how you too can win a trip to Cancun by joining in.

Live Webinar (Monday, June 14, 11:00 a.m. MST)

A recording of the Webinar will be available following the live Webinar.

Past Recorded Webinar presentation slides:

Brilliant Body Webinar Topics PowerPoint PDF PDF 3/Page Windows Media
Intestinal System
Respiratory System

Urinary System PowerPoint PDF PDF 3/Page Recorded Webinar
Circulatory System PowerPoint PDF PDF 3/Page Recorded Webinar

To enjoy other recorded webinars from 2010, visit the archive section at www.nspwebinars.com
Share the Health,
Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager 
Nature's Sunshine Herb Specialist 
Natural Health Educator
H: 704-588-7638
Visit my Nature's Sunshine Online Store:
Learn about the Body Systems 
Check out my Health & Nutrition Blog!


Saturday, June 12, 2010


June 6th Product Promotion

Take advantage of several great product specials June 6-12, 2010. Save on some of your favorite products, and help yourself qualify for TAC Trip and National Convention!
Visit Nature's Sunshine to get Buy 4 get 1 free, Buy 9 get 3 free and $$$Off Sales June 6-12, 2010
NSP Sales Include: Para-Cleanse, Liquid Cleanse, Black Walnut Extract, Thyroid Activator, Adrenal Support, Adaptamax, Red Yeast Rice, Cholester Reg II, Natural Changes, Female Comfort, Master Gland, SugarReg, Carbo Grabbers w/ Chromium, & Nature's Noni Juice

Not yet a Nature's Sunshine Member? All Memberships Free with a $40 order. Not sure what to order? Click this Link to Complete Your Free Brilliant Body Health Assessment Today!
Share the Health,
Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager
Nature's Sunshine Herb Specialist
Natural Health Educator
H: 704-588-7638
Visit my Nature's Sunshine Online Store:
Learn about the Body Systems
Check out my Health & Nutrition Blog!