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Zenwise Labs Hair Growth Vitamins formula contains our distinct blend of 27 ingredients, including 5000 mcg of Biotin, that promote hair growth and overall hair health. This formula also provides essential vitamins and antioxidants to address deficiencies that have been shown to cause hair loss.

Our all Natural formula can be used to:
Promote Thicker Fuller Hair
Stimulate Hair Growth
Address Vitamin Deficiencies Associated with Hair Loss

Key Ingredients:
Biotin
MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)
Grapeseed Extract
Saw Palmetto
Pumpkin (Seed-Curcubita Pepo)(4:1)
Gotu Kola (Herb-Centella Asiatica) (4:1)
Ginkgo Biloba (Leaf)
L-Lysine Hcl
L-Proline
Kelp
Citrus Bioflavanoids
Nettle (Leaf-Urtica Dioica)
Catalase
Resveratrol

Where to buy
From Zenwise Labs – Bottle of 60 capsules for $27.95 USD.

Directions
Adults, take two capsules daily, preferably with a meal.

Packaging
It comes in a white bottle with a green, black and white label. It has the product and company information on it.

Scent and formula
Supplement comes in a capsule made out of vegetable cellulose. Has a general supplement smell.

Ingredients
Vitamin A(acetate), ascorbic acid, vitamin D3(cholecalciferol), vitamin E(DL-Alpha tocopheryl acetate), thiamine Hcl, niacinamide, pyridoxine hcl, folic acid, cyanocobalamin, biotin pantothenic acid, iodine, zinc oxide, citrus bioflavanoids, ginkgo biloba leaf, grapeseed extract, kelp, l-lysine hcl, l-proline, MSM, nettle leaf, saw palmetto berry, resveratrol, catalase, gotu kola, pumpkin seed, magnesium oxide.

I took Zenwise Labs Hair Growth Vitamins + DHT Blocker for a month. I noticed that during the time I took this I lost less hair and my hair seemed a little more full. It was really easy to take. Not too much taste and it didn’t give me any stomach ache. My hair normally falls out constantly and it’s super thin and fine and I just don’t have much of it. I definitely noticed an improvement while I was taking this!

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  • Design – The Smart Weigh Body Fat Scale features a unique fitness inspired design to motivate you to stay in shape. The tempered glass platform and stainless steel accents contribute to its contemporary look.
  • User Recognition – Help your family stay healthy by using the features this scale has to offer. Through a simple set-up process, the scale can be programmed to automatically recognize up to eight users.
  • Vital Data – It is most empowering to know vital information about yourself. This scale measures body weight, body fat, body water, and muscle and bone mass. This information will help monitor your health status.
  • Convenience – With the Smart Weigh Step-on technology you can just step onto the scale to get a weight reading with no unnecessary tapping entailed to switch the scale on. Features a large negative LCD display.
  • Advanced Technology – This scales uses BIA technology to provide fitness information about yourself with just a few details. This scale comes auto calibrated and uses 2 CR2032 batteries which are included.

Where to buy
From Amazon – It’s currently on sale for $34.95.

Directions
You just need to step on.

Packaging
This comes in a cardboard box with handle on it. It has a bunch of information about the scale and company on the outside. The scale comes with instructions and is inside of a bag inside the box. The scale itself is black and silver. It has a screen on the front with buttons for setting it up and viewing your bmi and bone density. On the back there is a button where you can set the weight measurements and an area for the batteries. It has 4 short legs. It takes 2 CR2032 lithium batteries.

So this scale is pretty cool. It’s very light and sleek and easy to use. It has 8 profiles for you to set your information. There’s a button on the back where you can change the weight measurements from pounds, stones and kilograms. All you have to do is step on it and it starts up and weighs you. The screen is really easy to read as well. It’s recommended though that if you are pregnant you shouldn’t use it because sends a low level electrical current through your body to measure your BMI and bone density! Overall this is a really good scale and I like it a lot. :d And on that note it is able to calculate body fat, body water, muscle mass and bone mass! The current is really mild so you can’t feel it. Contact is made through the stainless steel bars! The scale is also not supposed to be used for kids under the age of 10.

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FUCOXANTHIN IS GREAT FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Fucoxanthin is being studied for its weight loss properties. In a recently concluded study, they have found out that this seaweed is able to facilitate the abdominal fat in obese animals that were subjected to the experiment. Animals have lost five to ten percent of their body weight effectively with the help of fucoxanthin. Fucoxanthin is also found helpful of the production of DHA, which is one of the Omega 3 fatty acids that can only be found in fatty fish like salmon. Owing to all these astounding health experiment, fucoxanthin is now being developed as a powerful diet pill to combat obesity.

FUCOXANTHIN MAY DECREASE DIABETES
Fucoxanthin is effective in decreasing insulin and stabilizing blood glucose levels. Health experts have theorized that fucoxanthin anti-diabetes can be highly attributed to the active development of DHA (the Omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil). DHA is the main component that’s responsible for increased insulin sensitivity, boosts triglycerides and helps reduce the LDL or otherwise know as the ‘bad’ cholesterol in the body which is perfect for those who are suffering from a diabetic condition.

FUCOXANTHIN THE THERMOGENIC ENGINE
Fucoxanthin is best known for its thermogenic properties, meaning it really helps in burning fat fast. Fucoxanthin works by turning up our internal body heat, which eventually creates an increased overall metabolism rate. When you have an improved metabolism, chances are you will effectively burn fat fast and will not store unwanted fats. Even studied bolster this claim as they revealed dramatic differences in fat loss between those who have supplemented with fucoxanthin and those who did not.

FUCOXANTHIN IS NATURAL
Fucoxanthin found in brown seaweed is a perfect alternative for those who want to lose weight, in addition to exercising on a regular basis; plus, it does not stimulate the central nervous system, as many weight loss supplements do. Hence, you will not experience any harmful side effects. So, you may enjoy a natural and healthy boost in your energy levels as you drop as much as five to ten percent of your body weight naturally.

FUCOXANTHIN IN YOUR DAILY DIET
There are a hundred and one ways you can incorporate fucoxanthin in your daily diet. You can eat them fresh, add them to your soup, pasta, or salad. But you will most benefit in seaweed if you eat them raw, so as much as possible try snack on fresh brown seaweeds or use them to garnish your favorite home dish. For those who can’t endure the taste of raw brown seaweed, try popping the supplement form and still enjoy its many health benefits today.

FUCOXANTHIN AN OVERALL WINNER
The many health benefits of brown seaweed have been made public in over six hundred scientific articles in The National Library of Medicine. Research shows that the therapeutic properties of fucoxanthin include immune system boost, relief of the digestive disorders, controls allergy, lowers high cholesterol levels, fights prostate cancer ,enhances live functions, regulates blood pressure as well as blood sugar, cures diabetes, has anti-oxidant properties, effective for weight loss, and makes way for the promotion of healthy hair and skin.

WHAT IS FUCOXANTHIN AND WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
The medicinal wonders and therapeutic benefits of seaweeds have been discovered and used for centuries now. These sea plants are widely used for their tried and tested ability to enhance overall health, ward of diseases, and more. Over the past few decades and after several scientific studies; researchers have revealed that brown seaweed is the most potent of all seaweeds.

The brown seaweed otherwise known as laminaria? japonica or kombu? Is rich in fucoidan, alginates, laminarin, organic iodine, fucoxanthin, and other minerals. These plants have long been used in countries in the East for their powerful nutritional value and these plants have been fast making its way into the West. Bursting with vitamins and nutrition, seaweeds gives anyone a boost in healthy and longevity. One of the main components of these plants is Fucoxanthin, it is the pigment that safeguards the plant from the harmful effects of the sun as it stay afloat in the water’s surface.

Where to buy
From BRI Nutrition – You get 60 capsules for $19.97 USD.

Directions
As a dietary supplement, take one (1) to two (2) capsules in the morning and one (1) to two (2) capsules in the late afternoon with 8 oz. of water. Do not exceed four (4) capsules per day.

Packaging
I received a clear blue plastic bottle with a white screw on cap. The label is a picture of a rose hip and has the product information and company information. When you remove the cap you’ll find a foam seal and then cotton inside. There is also one of those moisture pack things inside. The product is a light taupe powder inside of a clear gelatin capsule.

Scent and formula
It smells slightly of sea weed and gelatin.

Ingredients
Fucoxanthin, Green Tea Extract, Certified South African Hoodia Gordonii Cactus powder, Pomegranate Extract, gelatin, cellulose, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide and stearic acid.

I received my Fucoxanthin from BRI Nutrition and I used it for a month and had some good results! I ended up losing 5 pounds and my doctor commented that I looked like I’d lost weight! This is a very simple formula. It has Fucoxanthin from Brown Seaweed extract, Green Tea Extract, Hoodia and Pomegranate Extract. There are no stimulants like caffeine! This is supposed to increase your metabolism, help burn fat and help stabilize blood glucose levels. I did notice while I was on this that my blood sugar started to go too low at lunch time and dinner after I’d taken this, so I ended up having to reduce the amount of insulin I took during those times when I was on this. This didn’t make me nervous or shaky and it didn’t make me sick to my stomach. I didn’t have any fucoxanthin side effects. Overall it was easy to use with no apparent issues! I went to BRI Nutrition’s website and checked the fucoxanthin reviews and they were all pretty good. These fucoxanthin pills are actually gelatin capsules with a taupey colored powder inside. Overall it’s been a pretty good weight loss supplement. This is also supposed to be good for healthy hair and skin, allergies, digestive disorders, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and other things. Definitely check this out! It’s an all around good product.

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Let me give you some history. Both the kids and I suffer from allergies. We’re all on allergy medication. I don’t eat a lot of apples or pears. They both give me a stomach ache and are hard for me to eat. I don’t like soft fruit, I can’t stand the texture, so I eat my fruit on the hard side. Since I am missing so many teeth and have so many broken teeth, that’s really hard. A few weeks ago I picked up a couple of Asian Pears when we went grocery shopping, because I hadn’t purchased any in a long time and they smelled good. Along with those I picked up about 4 peaches. The kids scarfed up the peaches and left the pears. So I decided to slice one up to eat. I sat down with a knife and ate a couple of slices. I noticed my tongue and mouth started to hurt really bad, then my mouth and throat started to burn. When I looked in the mirror my tongue had some big raw spots on it and my mouth was swollen. Then I noticed my arm had a huge rash where I had carried the pear. I broke out in hives on my arm and some on my face.

From there I proceeded to look up symptoms online and found pear and apple allergies. Apparently they can be common for those with hayfever allergies because they all have birch pollen in common. Fumiko had been getting stomach aches and “sore throats” constantly for months. It dawned on me that it might be from all the apples she was eating. So I asked her if her throat hurt or if her mouth and throat burned. She told me her mouth and throat burned. So I asked if it did that all the time or if it was just when she ate. She said when she ate apples she got a sore throat and tummy ache. So no more apples. From what I read it was supposed to be raw pears and apples, however yesterday at school they gave Fumiko apple juice.

I got an email yesterday morning from the school principal telling me Fumiko developed a rash all over her face and forehead. They needed me to pick her up because they were afraid it was contagious. I had emailed them a couple of weeks prior when I first suspected the allergy and told them she wasn’t to have apples or pears. So we picked her up and the first thing I asked was what she had for breakfast. She had apple juice. *face palm* By the time we got home she had hives all over her face, her mouth and throat were burning and swollen and she just didn’t feel good. I started her on benadryl and put some cream on her face. She’s been taking benadryl regularly since yesterday. The swelling and burning in her mouth and throat went away yesterday, but she’s still got hives. They got fairly bad last night, are better today, but they’re still all over.

She wasn’t able to go to school because of the rash today. The school nurse and principal assured me it was in her record now. I was told that Fumiko needed to remember to not have apples at school… I know that they have buttons and whatnot for the kids at school with allergies. An apple allergy is no different than a nut allergy. -.- We have a doctors appointment on Friday. The school wants her to come back with an epi pen and see an allergist. Hopefully I can get an epi pen from the doctor, I don’t know what will happen about an allergist. I’ll see what the doctor says. The hives have cleared up a little bit throughout the day, so I don’t think an emergency trip is necessary, however I’m a little worried about her getting into apple again. The reaction escalated quickly. So from now on our apartment is apple and pear free. I’m going to try to get a bracelet or something when I can that lists it as an allergy. Apples are a no-go bro. d=

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By Zhenya K. Wine

Bees get a bad rap. All their hard work produces raw, unprocessed honey, which contains pollen with 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and a spectrum of vitamins, along with honeycomb, antioxidants and 5,000 live enzymes. Have you taken advantage of what bees can offer?

It may seem strange to some that scientists recently discovered a mummy buried with, of all things, a pot of honey. Even more surprising, the honey was still good to eat after thousands of years! To me, this makes complete sense – after all, it’s honey we’re talking about.

What makes honey so special? As an example, by combining half a cup of raw honey with half a cup of aloe juice or pulp and the juice of one large lemon, you can create an effective syrup for colds and cough that even finicky children will not refuse. All of these components are antibacterial and the syrup is soothing to the throat, which reduces cough. The star of this syrup concoction, of course is the raw honey, which has not been pasteurized or filtered and ideally is taken directly from the hive.

Not all honey is the same – you know this by simply looking at the honey and smelling it. Honey that is full of pollen will be heavier than the same amount of honey without the pollen, and its smell will be rich and heavy. The honey quality depends on the amount of pollen found in the nectar the bees gather. Local honey contains all of the local pollens (some of which are irritants or allergens to us). By ingesting the pollen in honey you will, in fact, build immunity to the pollinator, and this is an easy way to prevent pollen allergies. The action is not dissimilar to the flu vaccine – by ingesting small amounts of the irritant, you build a tolerance to it. Ideally, you should look for the honey that contains both spring and late summer pollens in it. The best news about the presence of pollen in the honey is its change in taste – it has almost a “body” to it(like wine).

There are many subtle variations in honey made all over the world. Orange blossom honey from Florida or California is excellent for flavoring white tea due to its aromatic and exquisite orange blossom taste. Linden honey has an incredible aroma and medicinal function from the properties of the linden flower. Linden blossoms, which bloom in May, contain flavanoids that soothe and reduce inflammation. These properties are then passed into the honey. Linden hone is “blond” in color and has a very exotic, flowery aroma. When my local beekeeper does not have much linden honey, I buy it in specialty stores(it comes from Europe and is marked as such). If the honey you buy crystallizes, don’t be alarmed; crystallization only occurs around a pollen pod. If your honey crystallizes rabidly and in large quantity, this is a good sign it is loaded with pollen.

Raw honey has so much more to offer than the honey you buy in most supermarkets. The honey is created by bees foraging and eating plant food as compared to the simple sugar syrup that so man commercial and larger beekeepers feed their bees in order to meet the production demand. The reason honey is such a great healer is because it is composed mostly of fructose, though glucose and other sugars such as sucrose and maltose are also present. Raw honey that has more fructose(more pollen means more fructose) can be used in very small doses by diabetics since the fructose has a slower rate of transformation into glucose.

The list of raw honey’s health benefits is impressive. It is full of catalase enzymes which help the body fight free radicals. These and other enzymes found in honey get destroyed if the honey is heated to more than 104 F to promote faster extraction from the comb. Raw honey is also rich in many flavanoids such as pinocembrin, pinobanksin, chrysin, galagin, acecetin, quercetin and kaempherol, which help the body attack allergens, viruses, and carcinogens. In addition to these benefits, honey is packed with vitamins and minerals including riboflavin(B12), niacin(B3), pantothenic acid(B5), vitamin B6, folate(B9), vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

The way in which raw honey is extracted and strained can tell a great deal about its quality. A “coarse strain” of honey retains the Propolis – a gluey substance the bees collect from the buds. It has a dark brown or reddish color and looks like small granules in the raw honey. Although there are a lot of misgivings by modern medicine towards Propolis, it has been used in traditional and folk medicine around the world for the past 5,000 years. Propolis is a substance the bees use not only as a sealant for the small cracks in the hive but also to build immunity in their young(like colostrums for mammals). Many humans respond with an allergic reaction when ingesting pure extracted Propolis, but when the Propolis is mixed in the honey, the body generally, is able to absorb it without any problems. Propolis is used for treatment of inflammation, viral diseases, ulcers, superficial burns, canker sores and gingivitis, and can be used as an antiseptic dressing on open wounds. It also is believed to have an antibiotic, antifungal, and even immuno-modulatory function. Please note that honey can be dangerous if ingested by children under 1 year of age due to the presence of botulinum toxin, from which infants can contract botulism(whereas older children and adults can destroy these toxins). The same toxin is the base of the well-known Botox, so it is no surprise that many cultures have used raw honey as a skin rub for thousands of years.

The next time you swat at a bee, take a second to remember the gift of raw honey. Its sweet taste is just the start of its appeal, as long as it comes straight from the source – the hive. When your cold and allergy symptoms act up this season, try a spoonful of honey to keep you going.

Here are more ways to harness the healing power of raw honey:

Burns:
Apply freely over burns. It cools, removes pain, serves as an antibiotic and aids in quick healing without scarring.

Cough Mixture:
Combine 6 ounces of honey, 2 ounces of glycerin and the juice of two lemons. Bottle and cork firmly, and use as required.

Hyperactivity:
Replace white sugar with honey. Honey provides the energy without the “spike” in blood sugar.

Insomnia:
A small spoonful of honey in warm milk helps you fall asleep.

Migraines:
Dissolve a spoonful of honey in half a glass of warm water. Sip at the first signs of a migraine, and if necessary, repeat after another 20 minutes.

Nasal Congestion:
Place a spoonful of honey in a basin of water and inhale fumes after covering your head with a towel over the basin.

Fatigue:
Dissolve a spoonful of honey in warm water as a natural stabilizer. Honey is primarily fructose and glucose, so it is quickly absorbed by the digestive system.

Facial Cleanser:
Mix honey with an equal quantity of oatmeal and apply to the face for 30 minutes. The concoction works as a deep cleanser for acne and other unwanted blemishes.

Poor Digestion:
Mix honey with an equal quantity of apple cider vinegar and dil ute to taste with water. This also eases joint pain and promotes weight loss.

Osteoporosis:
Research has shown that a teaspoon of honey per day aids calcium utilization and prevents osteoporosis.

Sore Throats:
Let a teaspoon of honey melt in the back of your mouth and trickle down the throat. This reduces tissue inflammation. I can’t tell you how amazing this really is for sore throats. We haven’t had to purchase cough drops in I don’t even know how long now. It’s really amazing for the pain relief and quick healing.

Cold & Cough Syrup:
Combine half a cup of raw honey with half a cup of aloe juice or pulp, 3 tablespoons liquid chlorophyll, and the juice of one large lemon. Use as needed. All of these components are antibacterial and the syrup is soothing to the throat, which reduces coughing.

We buy our raw honey locally from this neat little set up at a house. There is literally a little cabinet outside by the garage and you leave your money in the mail slot by the garage then take your honey. :d It’s adorable and sweet and so awesome that they run their business on trust. We generally buy the big jars which are quart jars I believe for $10. Raw honey is an amazing nutrient-rich food and we’ve used it for a long time. It completely got rid of Sascha’s allergies and helped calm him down. It’s my primary sweetener for tea and the first thing I reach for when someone gets sick. Try it, you’ll like it! ;)

Anyways for those who are local and want to try some raw honey, they are located at 6524 SE Queen Rd. in Milwaukie, OR. For those of you who want to try raw honey but don’t know where to buy locally there is a website called BEE-RAW which sells raw honey. :) You can also peruse Etsy for raw honey.

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This issue is not about pro-life vs. pro-choice. This is about access to healthcare regardless of income or circumstance. As with any donation, you can earmark it for use based on your preference – your donation doesn’t have to go to support things that do not align with your philosophy. Komen is no longer funding breast cancer screenings through Planned Parenthood. If you’d like to donate visit plannedparenthood.org.

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So my life is rather boring. Well it is if you don’t count the ups and downs and sideways and zigzags with my health. TMI: I’ve been on my period since September 26th with no sign of it stopping. The antibiotics I had for the sinus infection and what not screwed with my depo shot. *sigh* I’m hoping it won’t last until I get my next shot. This is torture. My medications have been shuffled around. I am now seeing a therapist and psychiatrist. My doctor sent me in because she thinks I have PTSD. Which apparently the psychiatrist and therapist think also. I also may or may not have bi-polar 2. I didn’t know there was more than 1. They are trying to work on my social phobia, but my therapist thinks I’m doing a great job all on my own. She also thinks I know exactly who I am and I just need to BE me.

I’ve met a couple of wonderful people that I met online. Claire from Claire’s Beauty and Chantel from Geek Chic Cosmetics. They are both lovely, wonderful people. Next I’m hoping to get my glittery paws on Distorria from Detrivore Cosmetics. Muahahaha. But really. I’ve been trying to work on my social anxiety and fears. It’s hard. I also thought I was over being raped at 13. But I’m apparently not. That has also been a subject in therapy. Also I need to learn to not put on makeup for therapy, because I cry, even though I tell myself I won’t, I do. It’s just painful and stressful to go over and re-live situations I just want to forget about. I’ve been going to see Chantel after therapy the last couple of times. Which has been awesome. I really enjoy spending time with her.

The psychiatrist took me off the two anxiety medications my doctor put me on about a month ago and put me on Cymbalta. She thinks it will work well with the Gabapentin. She also changed how I take my Gabapentin in hopes that my body won’t build up a resistance to it. I hope she’s right and it doesn’t because I go crazy with panic and fear when I go off of it to sort of reset how my body treats it. Blech. Life is hard yo. I need an instruction manual for this body.

I decided that I need to be me, I need to do what makes me happy. I recently purchased a book on Wicca. It’s something I’ve always been interested in, but stayed away from it because I was afraid that my mom would react badly, and that’s something I honestly can’t deal with now. I’ve basically put my beliefs and life on hold to respect her beliefs and I can’t do that anymore. I’m crushed that my crystal boxes are gone from our garage. I have to start over now. That was over 10 years worth of crystals and memories and special things. I don’t know if they were trashed, or if they were taken when my moms friends from her church helped her clear out the garage. Either way, they are gone and I am sad. So now I start over.

A lot has happened and changed this past month. I feel like a new person almost. I still hurt and get sick, but I feel changed some how. I think just putting my foot down and telling myself things were going to be different and I was going to do what made me happy, it changed something, and I’m glad. Gosh I can’t even write this without getting teary eyed. Stupid emotions. It sucks not to be comfortable in your own skin. I want that back. I want to be able to go to the grocery store and not fear that someone may talk to me. I want to be able to go to the mall or wherever and not wish I were invisible. I just want to be happy. It’s going to be a long journey, but it will be worth it.

Oh there is this too…

Her name is Mochi. Dawn took me over to get her on Sunday. She’s a sweetheart. As soon as I picked her up I knew she belonged with us. Sushi’s whole demeanor has completely changed with Mochi being here. She looks happier and sweeter. Sushi is dying to play with Mochi, but Mochi keeps growling at her, which is incredibly cute and funny at the same time. I honestly expected Sushi to try and eat her. But she hasn’t so much as raised a paw to her. The first day Sushi hissed and growled and Mochi stayed away. The second day Sushi was kind of on the fence and yesterday she started to try to play with Mochi. So it’s gonna work out and I’m so glad we got Sushi a friend. She seems so much happier now. Hopefully I’ll have photos of them together soon. :CAT:

Also if you have never tried anything from Cocoa Pink you need to. I ordered some hair frizz serum stuff and it’s amazing and the scent is freaking incredible. She also sent very generous samples with both of my orders. My second order was for shampoo and conditioner which are pretty awesome. I think I may need to try her other conditioners. I love, love, love one of her Hallow’s Eve scents. Fear of Cemeteries is amazing and you must try it. I am going to be ordering some body butter from her in Fear of Cemeteries because it is so amazingly awesome. <3 She sent me a sample of her voluptuous body butter in my first order, it was scented with one of her pumpkin scents. Amazing. Okay. I’m done raving about it now, I swear. Though expect some reviews soon. :d

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So my mom ended up having a heart attack a few nights ago, right now I’m not even sure what night it was? She called me at about 4am and asked me to come down. I knew exactly why. She’d been having heart trouble for about 5 hours and hadn’t told me. I went down and ended up calling her friends to come take her to the hospital. It had been a long sore day and I took an extra gabapentin around 2am after I picked Kai up from work. So I wasn’t able to drive. They got there around 530am? They took her immediately to the hospital where they apparently thought her situation was very bad and transported her via ambulance to Providence in Portland. There she found out she had a blood clot in her heart and the left ventricle was severely damaged from the heart attack. They had her on oxygen and she was hooked up with a bajillion wires when we went to visit her. She seemed to be okay and doing better. They ended up keeping her until today. She refused the chest stint and dye test they wanted to do, so they put her on medications instead. I have to go pick up 5 for her tomorrow.

After my mom was checked out she had to stay in the hallway for almost 2 hours waiting for a wheel chair. Really? Are you serious? She flagged down 3 different people and finally the 3rd person went and brought her back a wheel chair so she could leave. Ugh. We waited so long outside the hospital I was afraid they were going to ask us to leave. Thankfully all worked out and she’s home now. The ride home exhausted her, so she’s still pretty done in and has been resting since she got home. Hopefully between the medications and care from her doctor things will be alright. Hopefully.

On a side note I found the most amazing shoes today and no they aren’t flip flops. I know it’s a shocker, I found shoes that aren’t uggs or flip flops. Shhhh. BUT THEY ARE AMAZING! And I need them, like really neeeed them. Behold! Going Batty Maryjane Flats! Aren’t they amazing! Who wants to loan me $35 plus shipping so I can get them?! xd Also on another note. Kai has decided we are somehow going to save up $1000 by Thanksgiving to go visit his family. Good luck to us. I’m not sure how or if we can successfully do it. But he really, really, really wants to. So that means things are going to be exceptionally way more tight around here. No buying frivalous things like rec specs sports goggles(I kid) or beautiful going batty maryjane flats! :( I r sad. I will find a way to get those shoes though! If it kills me! And it probably will, and its name will probably be Kai. X.X For now, beautiful, beautiful shoes are on my amazon wishlist. I love you beautiful batty shoes!

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By Zhenya K. Wine

Bees get a bad rap. All their hard work produces raw, unprocessed honey, which contains pollen with 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and a spectrum of vitamins, along with honeycomb, antioxidants and 5,000 live enzymes. Have you taken advantage of what bees can offer?

It may seem strange to some that scientists recently discovered a mummy buried with, of all things, a pot of honey. Even more surprising, the honey was still good to eat after thousands of years! To me, this makes complete sense – after all, it’s honey we’re talking about.

What makes honey so special? As an example, by combining half a cup of raw honey with half a cup of aloe juice or pulp and the juice of one large lemon, you can create an effective syrup for colds and cough that even finicky children will not refuse. All of these components are antibacterial and the syrup is soothing to the throat, which reduces cough. The star of this syrup concoction, of course is the raw honey, which has not been pasteurized or filtered and ideally is taken directly from the hive.

Not all honey is the same – you know this by simply looking at the honey and smelling it. Honey that is full of pollen will be heavier than the same amount of honey without the pollen, and its smell will be rich and heavy. The honey quality depends on the amount of pollen found in the nectar the bees gather. Local honey contains all of the local pollens (some of which are irritants or allergens to us). By ingesting the pollen in honey you will, in fact, build immunity to the pollinator, and this is an easy way to prevent pollen allergies. The action is not dissimilar to the flu vaccine – by ingesting small amounts of the irritant, you build a tolerance to it. Ideally, you should look for the honey that contains both spring and late summer pollens in it. The best news about the presence of pollen in the honey is its change in taste – it has almost a “body” to it(like wine).

There are many subtle variations in honey made all over the world. Orange blossom honey from Florida or California is excellent for flavoring white tea due to its aromatic and exquisite orange blossom taste. Linden honey has an incredible aroma and medicinal function from the properties of the linden flower. Linden blossoms, which bloom in May, contain flavanoids that soothe and reduce inflammation. These properties are then passed into the honey. Linden hone is “blond” in color and has a very exotic, flowery aroma. When my local beekeeper does not have much linden honey, I buy it in specialty stores(it comes from Europe and is marked as such). If the honey you buy crystallizes, don’t be alarmed; crystallization only occurs around a pollen pod. If your honey crystallizes rabidly and in large quantity, this is a good sign it is loaded with pollen.

Raw honey has so much more to offer than the honey you buy in most supermarkets. The honey is created by bees foraging and eating plant food as compared to the simple sugar syrup that so man commercial and larger beekeepers feed their bees in order to meet the production demand. The reason honey is such a great healer is because it is composed mostly of fructose, though glucose and other sugars such as sucrose and maltose are also present. Raw honey that has more fructose(more pollen means more fructose) can be used in very small doses by diabetics since the fructose has a slower rate of transformation into glucose.

The list of raw honey’s health benefits is impressive. It is full of catalase enzymes which help the body fight free radicals. These and other enzymes found in honey get destroyed if the honey is heated to more than 104 F to promote faster extraction from the comb. Raw honey is also rich in many flavanoids such as pinocembrin, pinobanksin, chrysin, galagin, acecetin, quercetin and kaempherol, which help the body attack allergens, viruses, and carcinogens. In addition to these benefits, honey is packed with vitamins and minerals including riboflavin(B12), niacin(B3), pantothenic acid(B5), vitamin B6, folate(B9), vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

The way in which raw honey is extracted and strained can tell a great deal about its quality. A “coarse strain” of honey retains the Propolis – a gluey substance the bees collect from the buds. It has a dark brown or reddish color and looks like small granules in the raw honey. Although there are a lot of misgivings by modern medicine towards Propolis, it has been used in traditional and folk medicine around the world for the past 5,000 years. Propolis is a substance the bees use not only as a sealant for the small cracks in the hive but also to build immunity in their young(like colostrums for mammals). Many humans respond with an allergic reaction when ingesting pure extracted Propolis, but when the Propolis is mixed in the honey, the body generally, is able to absorb it without any problems. Propolis is used for treatment of inflammation, viral diseases, ulcers, superficial burns, canker sores and gingivitis, and can be used as an antiseptic dressing on open wounds. It also is believed to have an antibiotic, antifungal, and even immuno-modulatory function. Please note that honey can be dangerous if ingested by children under 1 year of age due to the presence of botulinum toxin, from which infants can contract botulism(whereas older children and adults can destroy these toxins). The same toxin is the base of the well-known Botox, so it is no surprise that many cultures have used raw honey as a skin rub for thousands of years.

The next time you swat at a bee, take a second to remember the gift of raw honey. Its sweet taste is just the start of its appeal, as long as it comes straight from the source – the hive. When your cold and allergy symptoms act up this season, try a spoonful of honey to keep you going.

Here are more ways to harness the healing power of raw honey:

Burns:
Apply freely over burns. It cools, removes pain, serves as an antibiotic and aids in quick healing without scarring.

Cough Mixture:
Combine 6 ounces of honey, 2 ounces of glycerin and the juice of two lemons. Bottle and cork firmly, and use as required.

Hyperactivity:
Replace white sugar with honey. Honey provides the energy without the “spike” in blood sugar.

Insomnia:
A small spoonful of honey in warm milk helps you fall asleep.

Migraines:
Dissolve a spoonful of honey in half a glass of warm water. Sip at the first signs of a migraine, and if necessary, repeat after another 20 minutes.

Nasal Congestion:
Place a spoonful of honey in a basin of water and inhale fumes after covering your head with a towel over the basin.

Fatigue:
Dissolve a spoonful of honey in warm water as a natural stabilizer. Honey is primarily fructose and glucose, so it is quickly absorbed by the digestive system.

Facial Cleanser:
Mix honey with an equal quantity of oatmeal and apply to the face for 30 minutes. The concoction works as a deep cleanser for acne and other unwanted blemishes.

Poor Digestion:
Mix honey with an equal quantity of apple cider vinegar and dilute to taste with water. This also eases joint pain and promotes weight loss.

Osteoporosis:
Research has shown that a teaspoon of honey per day aids calcium utilization and prevents osteoporosis.

Sore Throats:
Let a teaspoon of honey melt in the back of your mouth and trickle down the throat. This reduces tissue inflammation. I can’t tell you how amazing this really is for sore throats. We haven’t had to purchase cough drops in I don’t even know how long now. It’s really amazing for the pain relief and quick healing.

Cold & Cough Syrup:
Combine half a cup of raw honey with half a cup of aloe juice or pulp, 3 tablespoons liquid chlorophyll, and the juice of one large lemon. Use as needed. All of these components are antibacterial and the syrup is soothing to the throat, which reduces coughing.

We buy our raw honey locally from this neat little set up at a house. There is literally a little cabinet outside by the garage and you leave your money in the mail slot by the garage then take your honey. :d It’s adorable and sweet and so awesome that they run their business on trust. We generally buy the big jars which are quart jars I believe for $10. Raw honey is an amazing nutrient-rich food and we’ve used it for a long time. It completely got rid of Sascha’s allergies and helped calm him down. It’s my primary sweetener for tea and the first thing I reach for when someone gets sick. Try it, you’ll like it! ;)

Anyways for those who are local and want to try some raw honey, they are located at 6524 SE Queen Rd. in Milwaukie, OR. For those of you who want to try raw honey but don’t know where to buy locally there is a website called BEE-RAW which sells raw honey. :)

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So when I posted the swatches for Rockeresque Beauty Co’s Goblin eyeshadow I kept calling it Zombie in the post, but managed to get the name on the images right, only after realized I too called it Zombie there, but realized before I saved the images. haha So When Erin on twitter asked me why it said Zombie in my post but Goblin on the photos, and I said I had no idea she responded with:

… because nobody expects the goblin apocalypse?

Bahahaha! It made me laugh. I wasn’t expecting her to respond like that. xd It was pretty funny. Reggie made a post about a site called That can be my next tweet. It’s freaking hilarious. It looks at your past tweets and then generates a random tweet with random words from them. :d So I had to do it. I think I uploaded like 12 of them.

So it’s been an interesting day today. My mom took her insulin this morning but got sidetracked and forgot to eat. Normally she can go about an hour without eating after taking her insulin. This morning 20 minutes after she took her insulin her blood sugar dropped to 31. O.O I can’t even remember the last time she had low blood sugar. She ate a peanut butter granola bar from trader joe’s and some m&m’s to try to get it back up. That only brought it up to 57. So she took some of her hawthorn berries which is in a glycerin base. After all of that and about an hour after it dropped it finally came up to 80. Ugh.

Fumiko picked out her own outfit this morning. Her black and pink polka dot skirt, a rainbow striped tank top, and a purple hello kitty sock with a green turtle sock. xd It’s cute, at least I think so. hehehe I told her that her socks didn’t match and she told me they did match. haha

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So while on my search for natural skin products I managed to find this neat site that offers natural and organic skin care products. They aren’t indie companies but I thought some of you might be interested. It looks like they have some pretty nice products and I’m familiar with some of the brands. They do have nail polish that is safe for kids and even a nail polish remover. The colors are pretty cute too. :) It looks like the same company has “adult” polishes which are still chemical free. Anyways I know other people are searching for natural or organic skin products so I thought I’d share.

I go in to the doctor at 3 today to get my test results and I’m rather nervous. Usually they send me the results in the mail. I’ve never had them call me to come in before. I also have an appointment on the 30th for a full exam and an ultrasound. That’s on a Wednesday so Kai will be able to go with me. Also I hope this isn’t just wishful thinking, but I *think* the depo provera shot might have stopped my period already. I was supposed to start today. The last few months my period has been starting 2-3 days early. I started breaking out with acne last week pretty bad signifying my period was a week away, though as of yesterday I noticed my acne starting to disappear, and by today most of the evil little bumps were gone… Normally I break out in acne all over my face the week before my period, during my period and it starts going away the week after. Soooo cross your fingers!

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I’ll probably be updating sometime this weekend. It’s been an exhausting few days and I’m on pain medication at the moment. I ended up having to have a tooth extracted today, and had tests and what not done at the doctor yesterday. So my brain is a bit more friend and non-functioning than usual.

I hope everyone had a fun and safe St. Patrick’s day. :)

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The weather has been a little wonky. It’s hot, cold, hot, cold, hot. This morning it was freezing cold when I went to the bank. I came home tried to go back to sleep and ended up failing miserably. Kai, Fumiko and I left to go grocery shopping at about 4pm. I had put my jeans and hoodie back on thinking it was still freezing. Nope it was extremely hot. I wish mother nature would make up her mind already. I’d love it if you let the weather stay cold.

I miss Sascha. I don’t know if I say it that much. I sure think about it a lot. His birthday is coming up on November 2nd. This will be the first birthday I’ve missed which makes me sad. Kai and I picked him up a small birthday gift today. We got him a Lego Hero Factory, Surge Bionicle. When I talked to him on Sunday he said one of the things he wanted was some legos. So we got him that and a $20 gift card to Target. That way he can pick something out that he really wants. :) They had some super cute Paul Frank wrapping paper as well. Hopefully Sascha enjoys it. I can’t believe he’s going to be 9 in less than a month. I wanted to get him a Squishable Android. But unfortunately we couldn’t afford the extra money for it right now. So my plan is to get it for him for christmas. I miss him. So does Fumiko. She’s talking more now and has been saying “Bother come home?” “Shasha come home now?”. Which is cute and breaks my heart at the same time. I keep telling her he’ll be home after school. She knows his birthday is coming up, and keeps getting one of the cupcake tins and says “Make Shasha cake?”. I’m half tempted to make him some birthday cupcakes anyways, just because maybe it’ll make Fumiko feel better. I don’t know we’ll see. I have to talk to Kharizma also and find out how we’re going to do the cupcakes for her wedding. I also need to get some cake flour and find a bigger frosting tip.

This morning my mom and I went to the bank to close some accounts and a safety deposit box, which we meant to do awhile ago. For some reason an old business account which had issues with theft was never closed? So we closed that, I closed my old bank account, and we turned in the keys for the deposit box.

I’ve been having some issues sleeping. By issues I mean I can’t sleep. I’ve been falling asleep finally between 5 and 8am. Which is excruciating. I’ve always been a night owl. I don’t know why but I’ve never been able to get my biological clock to need sleep during normal hours. I’ve tried so many times going to bed at a normal hour only to lay in bed tossing and turning and uncomfortable until very late. Well lately it’s been really bad and it’s driving me nuts. I’ve tried various over the counter sleep aids, both natural and not. Nothing seems to work. The non natural sleep aids make me feel horribly hungover the next day and don’t actually help me sleep. I used to be able to fall asleep by 2am at the latest, but it’s gotten worse over the last few months. So have the migraines. Really though, who in their right mind has the most energy at 2 in the morning? Ugh. So I’ve been trying to get things done around the house and online late at night. Housework is a little difficult since everyone else is sleeping. Well most everyone else. Ben stays up late too, he just hides in his room like some creepy hermit. >.>

I will say some of the late night tv is… strange. I had no idea Friday the 13th had a series. I caught part of an episode the other night. It was about some cursed quilt and some Amish cult. It was really creepy. I’ve also seen a large variety of substance abuse shows, which I have to admit have been pretty informative and interesting. I saw a show about inhalant abuse and also watched some things about opiate detox. I also saw Billy the Exterminator for the first time the other night. Which I must say was pretty awesome and disgusting at the same time. :)

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Well I’m not quite sure, week, month, month and a half? It’s been one hell of a something. I have to apologize for the reviews I still have to get up. I haven’t been well. My lyme disease has decided to take over my life and it’s all I can do to function for Fumiko right now. It’s gotten bad enough that I am considering going in to talk about getting back on a muscle relaxer and pain pill. I don’t know if this is just an overly painful temporary flare up, or if it has reached a milestone and just gotten worse. Only time will tell for me. For now my pain is more intense than usual, the migraines happen daily and are so bad that I see flashes of random color, sometimes part of or all of my vision goes black, the muscle twitches/shakes are more frequent and last longer, and light touch feels like a charlie horse down to my bone. On top of it all I miss Sascha so badly. I want to call every day, or talk to him on Skype every day. But when I talk to him I just want to scream come home and cry. So I’ve not tried to contact him much. I’m trying to deal with it and be okay, but it’s hard with all that I am dealing with.

He’s growing up so fast. I feel like I’m losing my little boy. Maybe it’s just me and I’m slightly crazy(okay I am, but still) but him growing up is ever so slightly painful for me. I love him, I want him to grow up to be happy and healthy, but at the same time, it hurts to seem him grow up and it hurts to lose those little things that I will never have with him again because he won’t be a little boy. He’s going to be 9 soon. Soon after that he’s going to be 10, 11, 12, and then he’s going to be a teen. He’s going to reach that point in his life where he needs to do things on his own, without Mommy there to catch him. He’s going to want to be his own person, and live his own life. I’m going to have to let him go and hope that I’ve done my job in a way that he still wants me there and trusts me enough to confide in me. I don’t want to lose my little boy, even though I know it’s inevitable it still hurts.

We have Fumiko who is still my baby, but she is her own person, just as Sascha is his own person. They are so different. I felt the same way with Fumiko when she stopped nursing. I was happy and relieved as it was hard on my health, but I miss it too. I miss having that closeness to her and the bonding, I miss the innocence and her being a baby. She’s now a toddler who never stops and is well on her way to being potty trained and she’s still learning new words every day. I don’t want any more children, but I still have a longing to have my baby’s back. Ugh. A Mother’s love is so bittersweet. Each new milestone brings new and often times conflicting feelings. Am I the only one who feels this way? I know I can’t be the only one who has a hard time seeing her children grow up.

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So I’ve decided to try to share information each week on key things for the body. So to start that off here is some information about poor digestion. :)

Did you know that many people who suffer from heartburn are actually suffering from poor digestion? When your body doesn’t make enough enzymes to properly breakdown and digest your food it literally sits in your stomach to rot. The rotting food then begins to make it’s way back up into your esophagus and causes “heartburn”. Many people nowadays have weak digestive systems to begin with, that coupled with poor diet makes it pretty common for people to make insufficient amounts of digestive enzymes.

Here are a couple of tips to help aid your digestion! :)

  • Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water. People who are dehydrated often experience poor digestion because the body is not lubricated enough to fulfill simple daily tasks.
  • Drink warm(not hot) liquids during a meal. Particularly if you are eating fatty or oily foods. Ice cold drinks will slow down the digestion process.

What are the symptoms of poor digestion? Well let’s see!

  • Heartburn
  • Bloating
  • Belching
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Fullness
  • Nausea
  • Rectal itching
  • Weak, cracked finger nails
  • Acne
  • Iron deficiency
  • Parasites
  • Candida
  • Food allergies
  • Eczema
  • Asthma
  • Dermatitis
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Hives
  • Hepatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Vitiligo
  • Thyroid disease
  • B12 deficiency
  • Lupus erythematosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis

Fear not! NSP has some amazing enzyme supplements. Two of NSP’s best enzyme products are Food Enzymes and Proactazyme Plus. Generally we recommend the Food Enzymes, however some people are sensitive to hydrochloric acid and it can cause stomach aches. In those cases we recommend the Proactazyme Plus which is hydrochloric acid free. :) Here is some information for both products. If you want extended information or would like to purchase either product you can click on the links. :)

Proactazyme Plus:

  • Aids in the breakdown of most types of food.
  • Improves digestion.
  • Activates needed vitamins that would otherwise be wasted.
  • Helps your body extract the minerals it needs.
  • Is well-suited for vegetarians.
  • Supports digestion of a high-starch or sugar diet.

Proactazyme® Plus Digestive enzymes may be in short supply in some people, and supplementing with them allows the body to get maximum nutrition from the diet and supports efficient digestion.

Proactazyme Plus contains amylase, glucoamylase, lipase, cellulase, invertase, malt diastase, alpha galactosidase and peptidase to digest all types of food. It also contains a blend of protease formulated to digest proteins at various pH levels ranging from 3.0 to 6.0. This formula helps break down sugars, vegetable fibers, long-chain starches and proteins and contains only plant-sourced enzymes, thus it works well for vegetarians.

Recommended dose: Take 1–2 capsules with or between meals daily.

Food Enzymes:

  • Supplements the body’s production of important enzymes.
  • Provides a blend of enzymes to digest proteins,carbohydrates and fats.
  • Provides hydrochloric acid and bile salts to help digest proteins and fats.
  • Helps prevent or relieve occasional indigestion.

Food Enzymes is a key product for the digestive system. Foods require processing (digestion), and enzymes are able to break down food compounds for absorption into the bloodstream. A number of different enzymes are needed to deal with differing food compounds. Some of these are produced by the body, some are found in foods. However, many processed foods lack the enzymes needed for proper digestion.

This formulation supplements the body’s production of digestive enzymes and those enzymes found in the diet. For example, pepsin is used for the digestion of proteins (betaine hydrochloride or HCl); pancreatin is produced by the pancreas to digest proteins, carbohydrates and fats in the small intestines; mycozyme digests starches; papain and bromelain digest protein; bile salts emulsify fats and prepare them for further digestion by lipase.

Taking this product with meals will support the body’s digestion of protein, carbohydrates and fats. One capsule will help you digest a minimum of 30 grams of protein, 30 grams of carbohydrates and 20 grams of fats. Each capsule supplies a proprietary blend of:

Betaine HCl (for proteins)
Bile salt (for fats)
Bromelain (for proteins)
Lipase (contains lactose from milk, for fats)
Alpha-amylase (mycozyme, for starch)
Pancreatin (8xUSP, for all foods)
Papain (for proteins)
Pepsin (1:10,000, for proteins)

Recommended dose: Take 1–2 capsules with a meal three times daily.

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