8 Essential Oils to Create Vision, Creativity and Inner Guidance

Because the limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, aromatherapy using superior quality essential oils can have profound physiological and psychological effects. The sense of smell is the only one of the five senses directly linked to the limbic lobe of the brain, our emotional control center.

In aroma-therapy scent stimulates nerves to fire in the emotional center of the brain, but it also stimulates the master gland to release hormones. Hormones affect the fight/flight response, as well as digestion and heart rate. In this way, essential oils can affect us in many ways all at once, just through their fragrance.

Anxiety, depression, fear, anger, and joy all emanate from this region. The scent of a special fragrance can evoke memories and emotions before we are even consciously aware of it. When smells are concerned, we react first and think later. All other senses (touch, taste, hearing, and sight) are routed through the thalamus, which acts as the switchboard for the brain, passing stimuli onto the cerebral cortex (the conscious thought center) and other parts of the brain.

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8 Young Living Blends Formulated and Known for Stimulating the Creative Mind

  1. Sacred Mountain – to feel safely embraced by the spirit of the mountains and forest
  2. 3 Wise Men – for integrating insight
  3. Humility – promoting deeper spiritual and emotional awareness
  4. Awaken – to go within more deeply
  5. Inspiration – enhancing spirituality and meditation
  6. Clarity – for focus and concentration
  7. Dream Catcher – for dispelling what keeps you from yourself
  8. White Angelica – guards against negative energies

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Where to Apply These Essential Oil Blends

Put a couple drops in your palm, using the fingers of your dominate hand circle in the! oils clockwise three times to increase their frequency and apply wherever your inner knowing (ancient knowledge) tells you to apply them.

Typical Application Points

Hands, Wrists, Forehead (third eye), Back of the head base of the skull, Heart, Thyroid (center of the chest just down from the notch formed by your clavicle bones under your sternum), Bottom of feet. Your body will know where each oil should go.

For Mineral Deficiencies Try Mineral Essence

Mineral Essence Tincture is a balanced organic, ionic mineral complex with more than 60 different minerals. Without minerals, vitamins cannot be properly assimilated or absorbed by the body. Mineral Essence has a natural electrolyte balance, helping to prevent disease and premature aging. Minerals are also necessary for proper immune and metabolism functions.Mineral-Essence-3

Mineral Essence also includes essential oils to enhance bio-availability. To demonstrate this, a group of volunteers consumed a teaspoon of liquid trace minerals without essential oils. Each volunteer experienced diarrhea within 24 hours. Following a washout period of several days, the same volunteers were given double the dosage of the same liquid trace minerals blended with essential oils. None experienced diarrhea.

Mineral Essence Ingredients

  • Purified water is needed to dilute the minerals for liquifying this blend.
  • Honey is an emulsifier and natural sweetener.
  • Royal Jelly is a substance fed to queen bees that allows them to live thirty to forty times longer than worker bees. It is very rich in amino acids, minerals, and vitamins B5 and B6. It stimulates the adrenal glands to increase energy.
  • Trace mineral complex includes beryllium, bismuth, boron, bromine, calcium, carbon, cesium, chloride, chromium, copper, gallium, germanium, gold, hafnium, indium, iodine, iron, lithium, lutecium, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, eurogen, nickel, niobium, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, rubidium, scandium, selenium, silica, silver, sodium, strontium, sulfur, tantalum, thallium, tin, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, yttrium, zinc, and zirconium.
  • Lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil promotes leukocyte formation and increases immune function.
  • Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum) essential oil is anti-infectious, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, antiparasitic and anticoagulant.
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita) essential oil promotes healthy digestion and mineral absorption.

How to Use Mineral Essence Tincture

Take 5 droppers morning and evening or as needed for a mineral supplement.

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Leg Cramp Essential Oil Blend

The stories my friend Tammy has told me about her own experiences using Young Living Essential Oils has been nothing short of amazing, she’s absolutely brilliant when it comes to making up blends for different causes. Recently she began a website where she is offering essential oil blends that she has formulated using therapeutic-grade essential oils for horse, rider and dogs. Check it out at HeadandHoof.com

 

Here’s an excerpt: Tammy’s story on Leg Cramps and a blend she offers to help…

“Last year I had my worst experience ever with pain from non stop leg cramps from above my knee to the tips of my toes, both the front and back of my legs and calf.

I still do not know the cause of my leg cramps, and I do still get them, although not nearly as often as I used to. I now keep a pre-mixed bottle of my leg cramp solution in my night stand, and at the very start I put a drop on the “hot spot”, following the muscle length with a drop every two inches or so. After applying each drop I would rub in a circular motion a few times, expanding my circle with each rotation, the rubbing down until I got to the next spot that I was going to apply a drop of my mixture. Using this method the cramp never gets a chance to get a foot hold, so to speak, and I can finally get peace and relief from these horrible cramps. I have used this recipe as a mixture of all the oils combined & shaken to mix together, & I have also layered the oils individually, with the same amazing result.

This wonderful mixture contains only pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, NOT perfume grade oils. They are used by the drop, NOT by the bottle. They are completely non toxic and chemical free.” ~ Tammy Baile

Visit Tammy’s website here.

Free Webinar: Emotions (Shadow Side) and Aromatherapy

Working with Emotions: The Shadow Side and Aromatherapy – a free webinar with Evelyn Vincent and David Zarza, C.Ht.

On the path towards your Light, you will always encounter your Shadow. Find out what a blessing this really is!

The Shadow Side is an essential part of all of us and as natural as our memory or our emotions. Within our Shadow, we store away those parts of us – whether emotions, thoughts, beliefs, experiences or characteristics – because we and others may judge them as bad, unacceptable, shameful or dark. Webinar: Shadow Side and Aromatherapy

Fortunately, the Shadow isn’t all bad, in fact it’s quite good as it is one of the easiest routes for us to reach our goodness; our Light. David Zarza C.Ht. has had the pleasure of many years assisting clients to uncover and integrate their Shadow parts. In that time, he has noticed that the Shadow has an amazing impetus, like a drive towards wholeness and health; very much like Young Living Essential Oils support and enhance our health and well-being.

Evelyn Vincent has been using essential oils for over twenty years and has been teaching the benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy to those who choose a more natural and conscious lifestyle. The reason we are able to make instantaneous associations resides in the limbic region of the brain. The limbic system, known as the ‘seat of emotions’, is the place where ‘scent’ begins and where our responses or reactions start. Aromatherapy can play a role in helping shift emotional states and patterns.

In this webinar Evelyn and David will instruct attendee’s how to use essential oils when working with Shadow. In a safe and gentle way, you will be led through a process of uncovering some of what may be in your Shadow; to appreciate it in a new light and perhaps even embrace your Shadow side.

Generally speaking, we rarely explore our darker nature with excitement and a smile. However, Evelyn and David will show you how rewarding and fulfilling exploring your Shadow with Young Living Essential Oils can be!

When: Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Time: 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Where: in the comfort of your own home on your computer

Cost: Free!

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Adulteration of Essential Oils: myths and facts

Lavender_Field_GirlAdulterating and extending of essential oils to increase profits is common practice in the essential oil and aromatherapy industries, yet few consumers of these products are aware. While at first glance this may seem somewhat insignificant I can assure you that it means the difference between you knowing what you’re spending your money, being misled, and being unaware that the product you’re buying is likely adding toxic chemicals to your body, your families bodies, your pet(s), and to the environment.

If you’re the type of person who tries to live consciously, more Green, natural, and if you’re trying to stay healthy and reduce eventual diseases and health costs caused by toxins; this is very significant news you certainly do want to know.

In this economy, I don’t want to waste my money, I’m sure you don’t either. And I certainly do NOT want to be compromising the quality of my life or health. It only makes sense to buy and use the things that actually have benefit and contribute to staying healthy. Here’s what you need to know about aromatherapy and essential oils so your finances and health are not compromised…

Have you seen this printed on labels of essential oils?

  • “100% essential oil”
  • “Pure”
  • “Organic”
  • “Wild crafted”
  • “100% Pure”
  • “Genuine”

Do you know that any of those words is not a guarantee of true purity, that in fact you may believe you’re buying a high quality essential oil when in fact you are not?

The fact is, there are hundreds of ways the essential oil, even if it has an organic label, is adulterated and extended. Most people aren’t aware of this and honestly believe they are getting something that’s high quality.

Definition of Adulteration

To render (something) poorer in quality by adding another substance, typically an inferior one: from Latin adulterated – ‘corrupted.’

Effects Adulteration has on an Essential Oil

When an essential oil is adulterated its naturally occurring constituents and synergistic components destroy the essential oils therapeutic benefits.

Organically raised plants are terrific and desired, but… just because the plant is grown and/or certified organic never means that once the plant has been harvested that it has not been adulterated. Thus, the words “organic” is absolutely worthless on an essential oil label. Who cares if it was grown organically if the essential oil was ruined in the distillation process, or just prior to being bottled. The term “organic” is meaningless.

During any point, after the plant is harvested, any number of human interventions that destroy the delicate beneficial molecules contained within an essential oil can and commonly do occur. Primarily because of the perfume and food industries. Both the perfume and food industries require consistency in ingredients; that consistency they require never happens in nature.

Things such as: the amount of rainfall, temperature, the time of day the plant was harvested, where and how the plant was grown, how long the harvested plant material sat in a truck in the blazing summer sun; all of these things have an impact on the essential oil, long before the plant material reaches the distillery. All of these things also have an effect on the smell and flavor of the plant that particular year. The food and perfume industries can’t have such a thing happening! So what do they do? They either add the chemical constituents that aren’t so high so that there is consistency, or they formulate in a lab (using chemicals) the ‘scent’ that a particular plant is known to and expected to possess.

At the Distillery

Once the harvested plant material arrives at the distillery other undesirable things can occur. Like,

  • Toxic chemicals can be used to extract the most essential oil possible out of the plant material
  • Extreme heat can be applied to extract the largest possible amount of essential oil from the plant material
  • Extreme pressure can be applied to extract the largest possible amount of essential oil from the plant material
  • Profits are maximized when the distiller extracts the greatest amount of essential oil using the least amount of time and energy

All of these severely degrade the quality and benefit of the essential oil. As a matter of fact, the quality is degraded so much that there is very little, if any, therapeutic benefit remaining. Sure, these oils may smell ok to the untrained nose; but the fact remains, they have most or all of their life-force energy and synergistic components stripped.

Adulteration at the Hand of the Distiller

Some distillers will actually add a chemical to their distilled essential oils, which also includes plants raised organically, so that when the essential oils are tested for purity the essential oil appears to be of a higher quality than it actually is. Higher quality essential oils are expensive, as such it is common practice for chemicals to be added to make the essential oil appear better than it is; most companies do not have the proper equipment to analyze and test an essential oil brought in by a vendor to determine if it has been corrupted or not.

Most simply take the word of the vendor, or send the essential oil out for testing, such as Gas Chromatography (GS), Mass Spectroscopy (MS). Yet are unaware that these two tests fall way short and can easily be tricked, they are no guarantee of purity.

Do you see where this is going? Scary, isn’t it!?

Every single inch of the way the essential oil is in different hands being handled differently. Even the farmer who has spent the season raising the plants organically can give no assurance that the product he intended to provide you with is in fact anywhere near organic… and we’re not even at the point yet where the essential oil is on the store shelf yet!

In the Hands of the Vendor

This can be, but isn’t necessarily, the next set of hands the essential oil falls into. The vendor, also wanting to make more profit can add chemicals to make the essential oil appear better than it is, or they can simply fudge the test GS and MS results. And once again, the aromatherapy company or other type of business who needs an essential oil can easily be tricked… oh, and they are, all the time.

This is where the value of what Young Living does makes a huge difference. First, they grow a lot of their own plants (organically); the distillers actually sit in the fields so the plant material is in the distillers within 30 minutes after being harvested. There’s no going through other hands.

Additionally, each and every different type of plant has been studied to determine what is the optimal amount of heat, pressure and length of time necessary to produce an essential oil so that all of its beneficial properties remain in tact. There’s no rushing the process! If a particular plant requires 18 hours in the distiller at X pressure and heat, it’s stays in there for that length of time. Young Living is far more interested in producing the best, rather than producing the most within the shortest period of time.

This is where it gets even more interesting…

Even though Young Living has over 4,000 acres of farms / land and grows the plants, they still have to work with and buy from farmers and vendors the plants they don’t grow. When a vendor brings in an essential oil, it goes through a battery of tests on state of the art equipment that is not seen at competitors.

Guess what happens to the essential oils Young Living rejects because the quality isn’t there, or when it has been detected that a distiller or vendor has adulterated? It goes onto the open market where other essential oil and aromatherapy companies can purchase them. It is those essential oils that you find in stores, with labels containing print like the list I began this article with. I think it’s interesting how those rejected essential oils are good enough for those terms but they’re not good enough for Young Living and its customers.

In the hands of Companies

Now, the essential oil has moved even closer to the consumer. This is the last stage before it gets bottled and put onto store shelves. Consider this…

Have you ever bought and used an essential oil and found that you use a lot of it?

Have you ever bought an essential oil and found that it turned bad within 6 to 12 months?

Have the essential oils you bought felt greasy and/or left greasy type stains on your fabrics?

There’s a reason why that happens. It’s because still more profits need to be made. What happens is this, in a 15ml bottle there’s probably between 10-20 drops of essential oil, the rest is a cheap carrier oil.

Using the example of Lavender essential oil let’s see what you’re getting…

Let’s say, XYZ company has their essential oil on shelves at your local health food store and the price for a 15ml bottle is $10… first, if the label also says “Not for Internal Use” you can be 100% certain they are NOT using real lavender but in fact they are using an essential oil that is far less expensive, called Lavadin; which by the way has a high camphor level and if you were to use it on a first degree burn you will more than likely end up in the hospital with a third degree burn because camphor burns the skin.

Real lavender, Landula angustifolia, does not contain any camphor because it’s a different plant species. Also, Lavendula angustifolia is an edible plant; therefore I ‘should’ be able to use that lavender in cooking and as a dietary supplement. Thus, if the label states it’s “For External Use Only” I know right away that the essential oil is very low quality!

But that aside, let’s assume the company is using a lavender which Young Living rejected. Now they’re adding a carrier oil to it, known as an extender. If you’re paying $10 for a 15ml bottle, you are paying an extremely high price, many more times higher than you’d pay for a Young Living lavender. You’re using that essential oil by the handful because it is primarily a cheap carrier oil and doesn’t even contain 15ml of  lavender.

Whereas if you were to buy at wholesale a 15ml bottle of Young Living lavender you would be buying 15ml of Lavendula angustifolia for about $20, no carrier oil included. And you would be using it by the drop, not by the handful!Everyday-Oils-2013

The savings is enormous! Not to mention you are buying a superior quality essential oil that actually is beneficial.

Did you know that only 2 percent of all essential oils sold to consumers in the entire world are superior quality, and that Young Living makes up most of that 2 percent?

Did you know that France, the largest exporter of lavender oil, exports 100 times more lavender essential oil than they distill?

That means there is a lot of junk being sold and used in products that have very little real lavender in it, if it has any at all.

Learn about how to buy Young Living Essential Oils at wholesale pricing.

There is a reason why Young Living sets the world standard in essential oil quality… they are super picky. Which is perfect for me, I don’t like spending my money on junk or on anything that’s not what it should be, it’s wasteful and expensive in the long run. I also do not like to use products that have been corrupted, adulterated, extended, or that fall short of my personal standard of what truly organic and all-natural.

Savvy Consumer Tip on Distinguishing if Your Essential Oil is Actually the Best

It is important to know that all essential oils and aromatherapy oils are not created equal. Fact is, only 2 percent of all essential oils produced in the world are superior quality, Young Living Essential Oils make up most of that 2 percent. This means that all other brands of essential oils are inferior quality, it’s simply a matter of how inferior.

You might be thinking right now, “so how are we suppose to know the difference!?” That’s why I wrote this article, so you know what goes on and I’ll provide you with my super easy way of determining if an essential oil is junk, or if it’s the best.

Become Essential Oil Savvy

Fact: he following essential oils come from edible plants: Lavender, Thyme, Oregano, Orange, Lemon, Frankincense, and Geranium – there are plenty of others but this list is all you need to know to become “instantly savvy”.

When an essential oil comes from an edible plant or tree it also means that the essential oil ‘should’ also be able to be taken internally for use as a dietary supplement, and/or used to flavor foods in cooking. That ‘should’ is the big keyword here.

Why this is key: inferior quality essential oils (all of them) contain very harmful chemicals that you will absorb through your skin and your nose/lungs. What happens after your body is exposed to chemicals is the chemicals become trapped in your liver, brain, and fat – no ones body knows how to process chemicals. This is precisely why we have such an epidemic of certain diseases today. Minimizing our exposure to chemicals will greatly improve the quality of our lives and save us many thousands of dollars in healthcare expenses.

This also explains why some say you should never take an essential oil internally… no one wants you to ingest an essential oil that will cause you harm!

What to look for…

The next time you see a bottle of any of these essential oils take a look at the label… does the label state “Not For Internal Use” or “For Aromatic or Topical Use Only” – if you see that statement know that it is a warning. If it is on any of these listed essential oils you can be 100 percent positive that the essential oil is in fact low quality. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about this and it does not matter who the brand comes from.

With that in mind, your bottles of Lavender, Thyme, Oregano, Orange, Lemon, Frankincense, and Geranium SHOULD state on the label “How” to use them as dietary supplements.

The image to the right clearly provides instructions on how to use this Young Living Essential Oil as a dietary supplement.

If you’re like me and have trouble reading labels at the store and have forgotten to bring your reading glasses there’s another thing on the label that you will be able to see without reading glasses. It’s the “Supplements Facts” box – you’ve seen it before, it’s on ALL products that CAN be ingested safely. See the image on the left. The white colored box in the format shown is only on things that can be used internally.

These images are of actual bottles of Young Living Essential Oils.

In short, if you can’t eat it you don’t want to be putting it on your body or breathing it!

Additionally, and I know I’m going to sound like a kill-joy here, for the very same reason it’s best to always avoid scented and aromatherapy products, none of them use a superior quality essential oil. They do not contain superior quality essential oils because manufacturers are concerned with price points, not necessarily your health and well-being.

Other Terms That Mean Absolutely Nothing in Regards to Quality

  • Pure
  • Organic
  • All-Natural
  • Wildcrafted

The above terms mean absolutely nothing because there are a million ways to ruin, adulterated, dilute, and fabricate in a lab (which means there is no real essential oil of any quality present at all) an essential oil. All of these are and can be inferior quality.

Myth: If an essential oil label or website states “pure” or “organic” or “wildcrafted” or “all-natural” you’re getting a high quality oil. The truth is, when those terms are on a label it ONLY means that there is a very remote possibility that their definition of the original meaning of those terms might once have been true. today those terms are so abused that when I see them I roll my eyes in disgust and think to myself, “yeah, we’ll see about that. I know how to tell the difference.”

It seems a shame that a plant that someone went to lengths to grow organically or wildcrafted gets completely ruined after being harvested. But it happens day-in and day-out, it’s just the nature of the industry.

I know it’s hard to believe, but keep in mind that we are conditioned to think that when a label says something is “pure” or “organic” we’re getting something that’s the best. It’s not true, not even close to being true.

7 Ways an Essential Oil Can be Made Inferior, Ruined and Toxic

  1. After the plant is harvested it sits in the back of a tractor trailer for hours, days, or weeks in the blazing hot sun = ruined.
  2. The plant is not put into the distiller within 30 minutes of being harvested = ruined.
  3. Chemical solvents are used to extract the essential oil from the plant material in the distiller = ruined + toxic.
  4. High heat is used to extract the essential oil faster and more thoroughly = ruined.
  5. High pressure used during distilling to extract more essential oil out of the plant = ruined.
  6. After being distilled chemicals are used to “enhance” the essential oil so it “appears” to be of a higher quality than it is = ruined + very toxic.
  7. Companies “extend” a few drops of essential oil in extremely cheap quality carrier oils = ruined + toxic.

The above represents 98 percent of all essential oils sold in the world.

You must turn the bottle around and look at the back of the label and practice my little tip above if you want to be assured you are buying the best and that you’re not paying a fortune for something that’s junk quality.

Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils

I see now that even the term “therapeutic-grade” is being abused. Young Living trademarked the term therapeutic-grade to make it easier for the consumer to distinguish the superior from bad. I can assure you that the other brands using the term “therapeutic-grade” are not selling therapeutic-grade essential oils… they are in fact buying and rebottling the essential oils that Young Living rejects from vendors. Young Living rejects something like 80 percent of all essential oils that come in from vendors because when they’re put through the battery of tests they fail miserably, there are plenty of vendors out there adding chemicals to falsely spike the analysis, Young Living’s testing equipment can detect when that has occurred.

That’s why I like Young Living so much, they do not mess around at all when it comes to quality.

Young Living has and continues to set the world standard in quality for essential oils. They are the benchmark in superior quality. You don’t get to be the best by cutting corners.

When you see claims of other essential oils are as good or better than Young Living you can rest assured they’re not. Young Living analyses all other brands of essential oils and aromatherapy oils being sold, they are not as good or better. Those claims are a fabrication to convince the unknowing consumer to buy their oils and aromatherapy products. If their Lavender or Frankincense was as good or better, there would be directions on how to use them internally.

This is why I only use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils.

So, next time you have a few minutes and you’re at the health food store or you’re thinking of ordering some pure essential oils from a beautiful website, remember this article and practice my simple tip.

Immune Protection Throughout the Year with Essential Oils

The Golden Touch 1™ essential oil collection, from Young Living Essential Oils, provides immune protection all throughout the year.* The seven essential oil blends (5ml bottles) in this collection have been specifically created to take advantage of essential oil constituents that support many functions of the body. A growing number of today’s professionals consider essential oils to be the missing link in health care. Refer to individual oil blends for specific benefits. Includes the “Essential Oils: The Missing Link” cassette.

Golden Touch 1 Essential Oil Collection

The Golden Touch 1 collection of essential oils is one of my personal favorites; it contains all of the essential oils I have and recommend for all-natural First Aid kits. I consider this collection to pretty much cover all bases in wellness, the versatility of the oils is amazing.

Ways to use the essential oils in the Golden Touch 1 collection:

Di-Gize™ Essential Oil

Di-Gize™: For dietary or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat’s or rice milk. Di-Gize can help digestive problems including indigestion, heartburn, gas, and bloating. Helps combat candida and parasite infestation.

How to Use Di-Gize™ Essential Oil

  • Full Body Massage: Dilute 1 drop Di-Gize with 1-2 teaspoons V-6 Massage Oil. Massage or place as a compress on the stomach.
  • Apply to Vita Flex points on feet/ankles for stomach and intestines.
  • Dietary Supplement (adults): In a capsule, place 1-3 drops Di-Gize and fill the remainder of the capsule with Olive Oil or V-6, take one before each meal or as desired.
  • Special Notes: Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Generally safe for children over 2 years of age. Dilution is not generally required for topical application; suitable for all but the most sensitive skin.

EndoFlex Essential Oil

EndoFlex™: For dietary or topical use. Amplifies metabolism and vitality, and creates hormonal balance. EndoFlex™ can help maintain overall vitality with a proprietary blend of essential oils that support the endocrine system.*

How to Use EndoFlex Essential Oil

  • Diffuse for up to 30 minutes three times daily, or directly inhale from the bottle, or place a drop in palm, rub together and cup palms over nose and inhale several times (avoiding eye area).
  • Topical: Dilute 1 drop of EndoFlex with 1 drop of V-6 or olive oil. Apply to affected area. Use as needed.
  • Bath: Add 2-4 drops to 1 cup Epsom Salt or Sea Salt, add to bath water and soak for 20 minutes.
  • Specific Areas: Apply a couple drops of EndoFlex™ over lower back, thyroid, kidneys, liver, feet, glandular areas, and foot Vita Flex points for these organs.
  • Internal Use / Dietary Supplement (adults): In a capsule place 1-3 drops 1-2 drops of EndoFlex and fill the remainder of the capsule with Olive Oil or V-6, take up to 3 times per day or as needed.
  • Food Flavoring: Use 1-2 drops in your favorite Potato Salad recipe for flavoring!
  • Dietary Supplement: When using as a supplement, dilute one drop of EndoFlex in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat’s or rice milk.
  • Special Notes: Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution not required; suitable for all but the most sensitive skin. Generally safe for children over 2 years of age.

JuvaFlex™ Essential Oil

JuvaFlex™: For dietary, aromatic, or topical use. JuvaFlex helps support liver and lymphatic detoxification. Anger and hate are stored in the liver creating toxicity, leading to sickness and disease. JuvaFlex can help break addictions to coffee, alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.

How to Use JuvaFlex™ Essential Oil

  • Diffuse in living areas and workplace, 15-30 minutes 3 times daily.
  • Dietary Supplement (adults): Dilute one drop of JuvaFlex in 4 fl. oz. of goat’s or rice milk.
  • Topical: Apply topically over liver area, foot Vita Flex points, raindrop-style along spine, or use in a compress. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face (avoid eye area!), neck, genital area, etc.
  • Special Notes: Avoid using on infants and very small children. JuvaFlex already contains a carrier oil so dilution is not necessary unless you’re doing a full body massage and then you can extend your JuvaFlex by combining 3-7 drops of JuvaFlex to one teaspoon of V-6 Massage Oil.

How to Use Melrose™ Essential Oil

  • Diffuse for 30 minutes up to 3 times daily, or directly inhale from the bottle, or place a drop in palm, rub together and cup palms over nose and inhale several times (avoiding eye area).
  • Topical: Apply to cuts, scrapes, burns, rashes and infections. Dilution with a carrier oil, such as V-6, is recommended and/or followed by applying Young Living Rose Ointment to keep the wound and oils sealed in.
  • Ear Ache: Put 1 to 2 drops on a piece of cotton and place in the ear for earache. Do NOT put drops of essential oil into the ear!
  • Bath: Add 2-4 drops Melrose to one cup Epsom Salts or Sea Salt, add to running bath water, soak for 20 minutes.
  • Dryer Sheet: Add 2-3 drops to a wet cloth and put in clothes dryer.
  • Special Notes: Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children. Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.

Raven™ Essential Oil

Raven™: For aromatic and topical use. Good choice for respiratory conditions and infections such as tuberculosis, influenza, and pneumonia. Raven is highly antiviral and antiseptic.

How to Use Raven™ Essential Oil

  • Diffuse in living areas, bedroom, or workplace up to 15 minutes every 1-2 hours.
  • Chest Rub: Apply topically on chest 2-5 drops Raven to 1 teaspoon V-6, apply over lungs and throat, or put a drop on pillow at night for easier breathing.
  • Tip: Alternate Raven with the blend R.C.™ as an added boost for tough congestion.
  • Special Notes: Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution not required; suitable for all but the most sensitive skin. Do not use on children under age 6.

R.C.™ Essential Oil

R.C.™: For topical or aromatic use. R.C. can provide relief from colds, bronchitis, sore throats, sinusitis, coughs and respiratory congestion. R.C. is useful to decongest sinus passages, combats lung infections, and helps relieve allergy symptoms.

How to Use R.C.™ Essential Oil

  • Diffuse in living areas and workplace, 15-30 minutes, 3 times daily.
  • Topically: Apply R.C. on chest, neck, throat, or over sinus area (avoid eye area!). Use as a hot compress or with Raindrop Technique.
  • Full Body Massage: Dilute 1-2 drops R.C. with 1-2 teaspoons V-6 for body massage. Apply on chest, neck, ears and bottoms of feet.
  • Tips: Alternate with Raven™. Combine with Raven (alternating morning and night) and Thieves to enhance effects.
  • Air Freshening Away From Home: Put 4-8 drops on cotton ball and locate on vents in car or hotel rooms to clean the air and provide aromatherapy benefits.
  • Steam Inhaling: For Sinus / Lung Congestion – Add R.C., Raven or Wintergreen to bowl of hot, steaming water. Place a towel over your head and water bowl mixture, inhale the steam with eyes closed. Combine with Raven (alternating morning and night) and Thieves to enhance effects.
  • Dryer Sheet: Add 2-3 drops to a wet cloth and put in clothes dryer.
  • Special Notes: Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Dilution with carrier oil, such as V-6, recommended for topical use. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children. Do not use near fire, flame, heat or spark.

Thieves® Essential Oil

Thieves®: For dietary, aromatic, or topical use. Thieves is a blend of highly antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-infectious essential oils. Thieves was created from research of a group of 15th-century thieves who rubbed oils on themselves to avoid contracting the plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead and dying. When apprehended, these thieves disclosed the formula of herbs, spices, and oils they used to protect themselves in exchange for more lenient punishment. Studies conducted at Weber State University (Ogden, UT) during 1997 demonstrated its killing power against airborne microorganisms. One analysis showed a 90 percent reduction in the number of gram positive Micrococcus luteus organisms after diffusing for 12 minutes. After 20 minutes of diffusing, the kill rate jumped to 99.3 percent. Another study against the gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa showed a kill rate of 99.96 percent after just 12 minutes of diffusion.

How to Use Thieves Essential Oil

  • Diffuse 15-25 minutes in the workplace or home to kill airborne microorganisms (a cold-air nebulizer diffuser is recommended).
  • Dietary Supplement (adults): Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat’s or rice milk. Or, place 2-4 drops in a 00 capsule and add a little Olive Oil or V-6, take 1-3 times daily at onset of cold or flu.
  • Topical: Apply a couple drops to the soles of the feet. Or, mix 1 drop of Thieves with 1 teaspoon V-6 and apply over thymus.
  • Full Body Massage: Mix 2-4 drops Thieves essential oil with 2 tablespoons V-6 Massage Oil.
  • Dryer Sheet: Add 2-3 drops to a wet cloth and put in clothes dryer.
  • Air Freshening Away From Home: Put 4-8 drops on cotton ball and locate on vents in car or hotel rooms to clean the air and provide aromatherapy benefits.
  • Special Notes: Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Always dilute with a carrier oil, such as V-6, before applying to the skin or taking internally. Keep out of reach of children.

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The Therapeutic-grrade Essential Oils In: Di-Gize™, EndoFlex™, JuvaFlex™, Melrose™, Raven™, R.C.™, and Thieves®.

Di-Gize™: Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus), ginger (Zingiber officinale), peppermint (Mentha piperita), juniper (Juniperus osteosperma and J. scopulorum), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), anise (Pimpinella anisum), and patchouli (Pogostemon cablin).

EndoFlex™: A base of sesame seed oil, spearmint (Mentha spicata), sage (Salvia officinalis), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), myrtle (Myrtus communis), nutmeg (Myristica fragrans), and German chamomile (Matriciaria recutita).

JuvaFlex™: Sesame seed oil, fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 cineol), Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum), and helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum).

Melrose™: Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia), naouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), and clove (Syzygium aromaticum).

Raven™: Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica), lemon (Citrus limon), wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), peppermint (Mentha piperita) and Eucalyptus radiata.

R.C.™: Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, myrtus communis oil, pinus sylvestris (pine) leaf oil, origanum majorana (marjoram) leaf oil, eucalyptus radiata leaf oil, eucalyptus citriodora leaf oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, cupressus sempervirens oil, tsuga canadensis leaf oil, and mentha piperita (peppermint) oil.

Thieves®: Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), lemon (Citrus limon), cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum), Eucalyptus radiata and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 cineol).

Other Wellness Articles:

Teach Your Children to Kill Germs, the ‘Smart’ Way

Essentialzyme to Promote Digestion and Assimilation of Nutrients

Anti-aging: how we live longer

Diffusing for Winter Wellness (for all seasons)

Free Vitamin D May Reduce Cancer Mortality by 75 Percent

MRSA (Staph Infection) and Young Living Essential Oils

Belly Fat and Omega 3s

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Essentialzyme to Promote Digestion and Assimilation of Nutrients

Essentialzyme™ is an advanced multi-enzyme complex that promotes digestion and assists in the assimilation of nutrients.* Essentialzyme contains enzymes that support healthy pancreatic function.*

As a high-quality enzyme complex, Essentialzyme may improve and aid digestion and the elimination of toxic waste from the body. Essentialzyme was formulated to help supply enzymes to those who have difficulty digesting or assimilating food. Essentialzyme helps reestablish proper enzyme balance in the digestive system and throughout the body and helps improve intestinal flora. It may also help retard the aging process.

Enzyme supplementation is particularly important for people suffering chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, or in any condition where the pancreas duct or common bile duct is blocked, thereby preventing enzymes from reaching the intestine.

What’s in Essentialzyme?

  • Pancrelipase a powerful complex of fat, protein, and starch-dissolving enzymes derived from pork.
  • Trypsin is an animal product that has amino acid precursor action, helps with carbohydrate conversion, and food/nutrient assimilation.
  • Carrot root powder has the second highest concen tration of natural enzymes in vegetables.
  • Alfalfa sprouts are a source of natural amylase.
  • Pancreatin 4X is a protein-digesting enzyme complex that has been used to treat cancer. It is a natural full-spectrum enzyme complex containing proteases, amylases, and lipases.
  • Papain is a vegetable enzyme derived from unripe papayas and an excellent carbohydrate digester.
  • Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme from pineapple stems, and is a natural enzyme and carbohydrate digester.
  • Betaine HCl helps digest protein.
  • Cumin seed has been used for centuries in the Middle East to help promote digestion and stimulate enzyme activity.
  • Magnesium stearate
  • Di-Calcium phosphate
  • Stearic acid
  • Thymus leaf

Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils of:

  • Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) is antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. It also helps prevent fermentation in the intestinal tract.
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita) improves digestion and intestinal health.
  • Anise (Pimpinella anisum) improves digestion and intestinal health. Also known to ease intestinal cramps and inflammation.
  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) has been used for centuries for proper digestion.
  • Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) is beneficial for its antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiinfectious, and antiparasitic properties.

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How to Use Essentialzyme

Take 3 tablets, three times daily prior to or with meal. Take Essentialzyme with meals, especially high-protein meals, after 3 p.m., as it will help lessen the burden on the digestive system. Young Living Companion Products: Polyzyme, Carbozyme, and DiGize.

Articles on anti-aging and health

Dental Care: Warning Labels on Toothpaste and Mouthwash

Scent and the Brain: aromatherapy and its effects on emotions

Free Vitamin D May Reduce Cancer Mortality by 75 Percent

Belly Fat and Omega 3s

Dandelion – useful weed for cancer

Destressing the Stressful Home

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Natural Skin Care and Hair Care

A Troubling Trend, the most troubling indication that the synthetic chemicals in cosmetics and shampoos may be leaching into our bodies was provided by the government-funded Human Adipose Tissue Survey (Bock, 1996). According to this study, almost every person tested showed measurable levels of petroleum-based, carcinogenic chemicals, such as toluene, benzene, and styrene, in their fatty tissues.

This is why increasing numbers of health professionals are recommending personal care formulas that are completely natural and free of synthetic or petroleum-based ingredients–which is nearly impossible to find, even in brands that claim to be all-natural.

“To stay healthy, people have to do more than just exercise and eat healthy,” states Denver physician Terry Friedmann, M.D. “Consumer should also avoid personal care products that contain toxic synthetic ingredients that can penetrate the skin and accumulate in their tissues. In some cases, these products can have a greater impact on health than either diet or exercise.”

Young Living skin care products contain wolfberry seed oil, a costly and unusual ingredient that makes important contributions to healthy skin (see box). Along with wolfberry seed oil they contain MSM, an essential nutrient that has an unsurpassed ability to strengthen the skin.

“MSM is absolutely dynamite for the skin,” says international fashion model Teri Williams, who was a cover model for Vogue Magazine. “In my experience, it is the single most important nutrient to support healthy skin and hair.”†Ronald Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. agrees. “The importance of MSM for healthy skin and hair cannot be overemphasized. In my clinical practice, I have seen the difference that MSM makes. It is outstanding whether applied topically or taken as dietary supplement.”

In addition to wolfberry seed oil and MSM, the Young Living skin care products also contain therapeutic-grade essential oils that have a long history of use in skin care. Pure myrrh, sandalwood, geranium, rosewood, frankincense, and Roman chamomile essential oils have been used to preserve the health of the skin throughout recorded history. The Young Living skin care line of products also include a proprietary blend of antioxidant herbal extracts, such as Ginkgo biloba, orange blossom, witch hazel, cucumber, horse chestnut, and aloe vera gel, as well as special blends of pure vegetable oils such as almond, jojoba, avocado, and rose hip seed oils.

“They feel fabulous on my skin,” raves Kay Cansler, a former Director of Educational Diagnostics. “Without question, these are products for the new millennium. I’ve been using them for six months, and I can feel and see a huge difference. I am very, very impressed.”

Young Living Skin Care Products

Regenolone™ –  is a moisturizing Cream that contains herbal extracts known for their nourishing skin benefits along with pregnenolone, a precursor for progesterone. Wild yam, progesterone, and black and blue cohosh are added, along with a special blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils, to enhance skin penetration and overall effectiveness.

Orange Blossom Facial Wash™ – is a gentle, nonabrasive, free-rinsing cleanser that removes dirt and makeup without stripping skin of natural oils. It contains MSM to promote healthier and clearer skin, wolfberry seed oil to hydrate, and essential oils to soothe with aromatic benefits. Added botanicals protect skin from free radical damage.

Lavender Hand & Body Lotion – Bring life back to your skin with this all-natural lightweight moisturizer infused with skin-loving lavender essential oil. Added nutrients such as wolfberry seed and jojoba oils fortify your skin’s natural moisture barrier to maintain long-lasting hydration.

A·R·T® Skin Care System – Age Refining Technology – is a superior concept in skin restoration that combines the advanced technology of DNA recovery enzymes with a proprietary anti-aging Peptide Complex to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, diminish age spots, even skin tone, and increase the elasticity and density of skin. Recognizing the incredible power of essential oils, Young Living added frankincense and sandalwood to this unique formula to reinforce DNA renewal. Add the legendary wolfberry seed oil, known for its superior moisturizing and skin conditioning properties, and you have the formula for a truly unique and effective skin care system.

A·R·T Skin Care System includes Day Activator (30 ml), Night Reconstructor (30 ml), Gentle Foaming Cleanser (100 ml), and an instructional booklet.

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Young Living Hair Care Products

Lavender Volume Shampoo™ – gently cleanses and volumizes fine hair while nourishing and restoring balance. Long known for its ability to improve the appearance of hair and skin, lavender oil works its fragrant magic to enhance the natural beauty of your hair. Added botanical extracts, vitamins, and essential oils remove buildup that comes from commercially sold hair products while maximizing body. Renewing and invigorating, Lavender Volume Shampoo contains MSM, a sulfur compound that is known for strengthening hair.

Lavender Volume Conditioner™ – gently conditions and volumizes fine hair. A fabulous follow-up to Lavender Volume Shampoo, it is formulated with MSM, milk protein, and vitamins to strengthen limp and weak hair. Essential oils are added to ensure that nutrients penetrate the hair follicle and leave the hair clean and perfumed.

Lemon Sage Clarifying Shampoo™ – is designed for all hair types, but is especially beneficial for oily hair. It is fortified with botanical extracts, vitamins, and essential oils to remove the harsh effects of hard water, chlorine, trace metals, medications, environmental pollutants, and product buildup, leaving hair shiny, healthy, and manageable.

Lemon Sage Clarifying Conditioner™ – nourishes without weighing down the hair. This rich, creamy conditioner provides proprietary vitamin complexes and proteins and is great for oily hair. Use Lemon Sage Clarifying Shampoo with Lemon Sage Clarifying Conditioner for clean, fortified hair.

Rosewood Moisturizing Shampoo™ – gently cleanses dry or damaged hair. The botanical herbal extracts, vitamins, and essential oils remove buildup from commercial hair products while maximizing body and supplementing moisture.

Rosewood Moisturizing Conditioner™ – deeply moisturizes, protects, and de-frizzes hair with natural vegetable fatty acids, MSM, and milk protein. Designed specifically to complement Rosewood Moisturizing Shampoo, this rinse nourishes damaged and over-processed hair.

“What I enjoy most about the Young Living shampoos and conditioners is that over the past 10 years they are the only shampoos and conditioners I’ve had to buy. Unlike in the past when I had to change brands every single month because of build-up on my hair. Since using the Young Living shampoos and conditioners my hair is in lovely condition and I never even have to consider switching brands – I think that’s because of the better quality ingredients and the non-toxic formula.” ~ Evelyn Vincent

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Anti-aging: how we live longer

As you grow older and desire to live younger longer, you may begin to wonder what it is that makes many people suffer from ailments due to aging, while others enjoy their longevity. An American scientist did some wondering of his own and managed to figure out the science behind the process of aging. Dr. Denham Harman read a 1945 Russian study that purported to show that cells are immortal. Thinking it was nonsense, he asked himself, “What kills us?” He began to look for the single cause responsible for aging. Why just a single cause? “I knew that when Mother Nature finds something that works, she uses it over and over,” Harman said.[1]

As a result, Dr. Harman began to study free radicals, atoms or molecules that contain one or more unpaired electrons. These unpaired or “free” electrons are compelled to steal an electron from the nearest cell. This act, much like a smash-and-grab robbery at a jewelry store, causes damage to the cell.

Dr. Harman suddenly understood that free radical reactions cause the deterioration of cells and accelerate aging with all its attendant ills. Can stopping free-radical damage make one immortal? Unfortunately not. But the body can remain healthy far longer if these electron-grabbing atoms are contained or neutralized.

Which Young Living Products are High in Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are the key to containing and neutralizing these free radicals. Eating foods high in antioxidants will get you far.

NingXia Red Antioxidant Energy Juice

This is the highest antioxidant liquid dietary supplement from whole food sources. Rich in ellagic acid, polyphenols, flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals. It is unlike any other red antioxidant energy drink on the market, far superior in quality and nutrition. NingXia Red fact sheet (PDF)

Drinking NingXia Red® will really help  put you on the right track to longevity.

Some Essential Oils Contain Antioxidants too!

Some essential oils are extremely high in antioxidants too. This is one of the reasons why I like that Young Living Essential Oils are pure enough to be used as dietary supplements. It’s like my supplements have an added kick.

Inner Defense Softgels

Containing antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral essential oils, Inner Defense is designed to eliminate the maximum spectrum of pathogenic organisms, reduce the risk of infectious disease, and act as an antioxidant. A specially formulated blend of high-powered aldehydes and phenolics, Inner Defense essential oil formula is encapsulated in an uncoated fast-release vegetarian soft gel to provide immediate and maximum effects. For best results, use Life 5(tm) probiotic 8 hours after use.

Omega Blue Softgels

These softgels provide a clinically proven dose of Omega-3 (EPA + DHA) fatty acids blended with a proprietary Omega Enhance essential oil blend, to synergize and protect the Omega 3 ingredients. Research shows nutrients in Omega Blue are important to support heart, eye, brain, and joint health. The fish oil used in Omega Blue is harvested from small fish grown wild in pristine waters and then gently refined to insure it is completely free of heavy metals, PCBs and dioxins, yet still maintains natural Omega-3 ratios. Omega Blue softgels are enteric coated so they release their contents in the intestines without being compromised by stomach acid. This yields up to three times the absorption rate of Omega 3s and eliminates the risk of ‘fishy’ aftertaste.

Which essential oils in Omega Blue provide antioxidants?

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) — a powerful antioxidant, this oil protects the stability of the Omega 3 fatty acids and prevents unhealthy inflammation.

Clove bud (Syzygium aromaticum) — has the highest antioxidant levels of any essential oil and enhances Omega 3 nutritive support.

Longevity Softgels

A potent, proprietary blend of fat-soluble antioxidants, Longevity softgels are as essential as a multivitamin and should be taken daily to prevent the damaging effects of our modern lifestyle. One of the most powerful antioxidant supplements available, with an ORAC score of 150,000, this formula provides 700 times the antioxidant power of carrots. Longevity contains essential oils of: Thyme, Orange, Clove Bud, and Frankincense.

Super B

Super B is a comprehensive source of the B vitamins essential for good health, including, thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), vitamin B12, biotin, folic acid, and PABA. It also includes minerals that aid the assimilation and metabolism of B vitamins.

B vitamins are particularly important during times of stress when reserves are depleted. Although research has shown that megadoses of B vitamins are not healthy, it has been known that the diets of many Americans do not provide the recommended amount of B vitamins essential for normal functions of immune response.

When many B vitamins are combined at once in the stomach, it can cause a fermentation resulting in stomach upset. To avoid this, Super B uses a synergistic suspension isolation process to isolate the various vitamins so they are released at different times.

One of the ingredients in Super B responsible for its antioxidant powers is Selenium, which  has been extensively researched for its anticancer and antioxidant properties.

Super C Chewable

The only vitamin C chewable vitamin in the world to combine citrus essential oils, citrus bioflavonoids, and whole-food natural vitamin C in one tablet.

According to Dr. Victor Herbert, professor of medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, synthetic vitamin C as a supplement “is not an antioxidant. It’s a redox agent–an antioxidant in some circumstances and a prooxidant in others.”

In other words, synthetic ascorbic acid can actually be a free-radical in some cases. Only natural vitamin C that occurs naturally in foods has no oxidizing effects.

Scientists are also discovering that Vitamin C needs be combined with citrus bioflavonoids to fully unlock its therapeutic antioxidant effects. Bioflavonoids are known to have a vitamin P-type action that improves microcirculatory and blood vessel integrity.

Super C Chewable is so delicious. The flavor and texture reminds me of those Smartie candies I enjoyed as a kid.

Ultra Young +

Ultra Young + is a revolutionary spray supplement that supports healthy pituitary and growth hormone secretion. It contains Vicia Faba, which contains Ldopa. In 1976 a National Insitute of Aging study found that administration of L-dopa to patients over 60 years of age resulted in an increase in growth hormone levels. A study conducted by Dr. George Cotzias showed that mice, fed small doses of L-dopa, lived twice as long as the control group not receiving L-dopa. The ingredients in Ultra Young + that provide antioxidants are the NingXia  Wolfberry (Lycium barbarum), and Selenium – both well studied and known for their antioxidant properties.

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1. Interview by Franklin Cameron, September 1998, Healthwell.

Hair Care: Then and Today

James Cook Ayer began selling pills and potions in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1843. By the early 1870′s he was a multimillionaire. One of his most popular products, though not exactly promoted as a medication, was “Ayer’s Hair Vigor.”

Ayer’s Hair Vigor was first bottled in 1867, sold in a beautiful cobalt blue bottle with a glass stopper. The accompanying literature, while not making direct claims of restoring hair or preventing grey, broadly hinted at such benefits while throwing in an occasional disclaimer.

An interesting feature of the descriptive literature is that it not only names the ingredients, (required in 1906) it also gives a brief rundown of the “possible” benefits of each, while encouraging the user to review the information with his own personal medical practitioner. The particulars are printed in English, French and Spanish (indicating this hair product was sold widely).

By the time that “Hair Vigor” was being widely advertised, people had just begun to learn of the “germ theory of disease” established by Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch in 1870. Though the theory was not yet well accepted or understood, it seems that many medicine promoters were quick to use this new scientific discovery to promote their wares, by attributing almost any symptom to “germs.”

For instance, Hair Vigor included:

  • Sulphur – “destroys the dandruff germ and the germ which causes falling hair”. (Though sulphur is sometimes used in dandruff medications today, it is not specified for the “falling hair germ”).
  • Glycerin – “for soothing and healing and a positive and distinct food value aiding nature in producing abundant luxuriant hair – food to the hairbulbs – destroys germ life.”
  • Quinine – (Benefit not specified, but was most often used to treat. Malaria)
  • Sodium Chloride – “for cleansing and healing” (table salt)
  • Cantharides – “Arouses into full activity all the glands of the scalp.” (Formerly used as a counter-irritant for skinblisters, a diuretic and and an aphrodisiac. It is now an illegal substance in most countries)
  • Alcohol – “preservative and valuable antiseptic” (and in this case, not meant to be ingested)
  • Water / Perfume – “lavender, lemon and nerol.” (this must be some form of diluted down essential oil or possibly the hydosol from distillation of the essential oils)

This product’s promoters had an interesting way of proclaiming wonderful benefits to it’s customers without making any actual promises. The informational insert says it:

“Makes hair grow because it increases circulation of blood in the scalp and directly nourishes hair bulbs. But it will not do impossible things. It will not work contrary to any law of nature. We wish we could honestly say that Ayer’s Hair Vigor will grow hair on a bald head. But we cannot so state. No power in the world can make hair grow on an old thin shiny scalp. But if there is any life left in the hair bulbs it will stimulate them to do all they possibly can. Therefore we can only say that Ayer’s Hair Vigor will sometimes, but not always, make hair grow on bald heads. The only way to know is to try.”

Having covered the problem of balding, the pamphlet goes on to address graying hair and if not improving the condition, it at least makes you feel better about it, saying:

“While it prevents premature gray, it certainly will not prevent the gray and white hair which nature has declared should be a crown of beauty and dignity for ripe old age.”

The Ayer’s Co. had several other products including Cherry Pectoral, The Ague Cure, and Sarsaparilla which appeared around the mid 1800′s. Like many such companies the Ayer’s Co. promoted itself with almanacs that were filled with handy hints and profuse advertisements for it’s line of items.

Hair Care: What We Are Faced With “Today”

Unlike days a century ago, the average woman today can wear on her body over 500 chemicals every single day according to a recent study in the UK.

Even though today’s hair products do not contain Cantharides and Quinine we are still faced with ingredients that are very harmful to our health.

The UK study showed that of the 2,016 women polled, more than 70 percent said they were not concerned about the number of chemicals they put on their skin and only 1 in 10 opted for chemical-free products.

Additionally, more than 1/3 of the women in the study were unaware of the ingredients in their personal care products. And, only 9 percent were aware of most of the ingredients.

Baby Steps???

Although the study covered all kinds of personal care products (from deodorant to make-up, and lotions to hair products) I want to focus on hair care in this weeks newsletter so it’s more manageable. Hey, we all have to start somewhere, right!?

While we will never be able to completely eliminate every toxic chemical from our lives we can certainly ‘minimize’ them and their negative impacts to our health.

Moms will most likely want to be aware of this… the EWG (Environmental Working Group) tested 10 newborn babies for 413 chemicals, pollutants and pesticides (The Pollution in Newborns) and learned that the newborns were born polluted with hundreds of chemicals. This means that ‘we’ are carrying these toxic compounds in our bodies, whether we’re pregnant or not, female or male (men actually carry more in their bodies because of the types of work that are most associated with men).

The good news is that we do NOT have to have some of these toxins in our bodies at all, if we are conscious of what we’re doing and using – and – our exposure to others can be severely minimized with a little conscious effort.

The Challenge

I want to give you some homework this week, I want you to go into your bathroom and read the ingredients on the label. I know, it sounds like a drag and like I’m being a pain, especially if you think you know that your brand is natural and good for you… you’ll be shocked.

Have Hair Care Products Really Gotten Much Better? The Ingredients List…

  • Parabens (Methyl-, ethyl-, propyl- and butyl-parabens)
  • Coal Tar Colors (FC&C Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 5 & 6, D&C Red 33)
  • Diethanolamine (cocamide DEA, TEA and MEA are related ingredients that can be contaminated with DEA)
  • Nonoxynol or nonylphenol ethoxylate, phthalates (can be listed as DEHP, DHP, or DBP5 or hidden in “fragrance” Red 33)
  • Diethanolamine (cocamide DEA, TEA and MEA are related ingredients that can be contaminated with DEA)
  • Nonoxynol or nonylphenol ethoxylate
  • Phthalates (can be listed as DEHP, DHP, or DBP5 or hidden in “fragrance”)(Phthalates are carcinogenic and hormone disruptors. Their purpose in products is to help lotions penetrate and soften the skin and are essential to scented products, and help fragrances last longer)
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Triclosan
  • Sodum lauryl and laureth sulfates (in toothpaste too, yup, even all-natural ones – just look at the label!)
  • Toluene
  • Formaldehyde (considered a probable carcinogen by the U.S. EPA)
  • PEGs
  • Fragrance / Perfume (these consist mostly of chemicals called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs) (Calvin Klein’s Eternity by an independent lab, commissioned by Environmental Health Network (EHN), revealed that the perfume contained over 800 compounds)
  • Anything with “glycol” or “methyl” as part of the name

Hidden Chemicals – Buyer Beware!

Just like companies are hiding MSG in processed foods (yes, even in natural and organics), personal care product companies are hiding their chemicals now too. For instance, Phthalates are rarely listed on labels, but when the EWG tested 72 products which did not list Phthalates it was discovered that almost 75 percent DID contain Phthalates.

What’s in the personal care products you’re buying?

Learn what’s in the personal care products you’re buying

Phthlate Exposure Impairs Testicular Function (feminization of boys)

Aggregate Exposures to Phthalates in Humans (PDF Report) (there’s little doubt in my mind that phthalates are the likely cause of reproductive problems in birds, reptiles, frogs and fish too. I suspect the only reason this chemical is not banned is because of the industry, it’s a very popular and commonly used ingredient)

As you may already know, we have tons of super easy recipes at our team blog on how to make all of your own household cleaning and personal care products using common kitchen ingredients and your essential oils – it is incredibly easy to make your own… not to mention EMPOWERING!

The Best Solution for Hair and Build-up on Hair, my testimonial

“By far the best shampoo and conditioner I have found is Young Living’s. My entire life I had to switch shampoo and conditioner brands every single month due to the residue and build-up they left n my hair.

It wasn’t until I tried Young Living’s Lavender Shampoo and Lavender Conditioner over 10 years ago that my switching brands monthly came to an end. That’s right, I went from an entire lifetime of switching brands every month to using the exact same shampoo and conditioner for over 10 years!” ~ Evelyn Vincent

The Benefit to Us

  • NO undesired chemicals to ruin our health!
  • NO synthetic fragrances – only Young Living Essential Oils scent these
  • NO MORE switching brands every month – YAY!
  • So concentrated that I have to add a little water to them
  • Extremely economical – I have long hair and I have never used any other brand of shampoo or conditioner that lasted so long. I go through one bottle of shampoo about every 2 months – and – the conditioner, I buy 2-3 bottles a YEAR! I cannot tell you how much money I save by using the Young Living shampoo and conditioner – it adds up to a small fortune! if you’re not yet a wholesale customer I highly recommend that too, learn the facts about the advantages.

Young Living Shampoo and Conditioner for healthy hair care.

If you haven’t tried the Young Living shampoo and conditioner I highly recommend trying them now – you will be one step closer to getting some of those chemicals out of your life, a step closer to saving a small fortune, and a step closer to having really beautiful hair! You have no idea what you’ve been missing out on if you aren’t using these.

Lavender Volume Shampoo

Lavender Volume Conditioner

Lemon Sage Clarifying Shamoo

Lemon Sage Clarifying Conditioner

Rosewood Moisturizing Shampoo

Rosewood Moisturizing Conditioner

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Scent and the Brain: aromatherapy and its effects on emotions

When any scent or fragrance is inhaled, the odor molecules travel up the nose where they are trapped by olfactory membranes that are protected by the lining inside the nose. Each odor molecule fits like a little puzzle piece into specific receptor cell sites that line a membrane, known as the olfactory epithelium. Each one of nerve cells is replaced every 28 days. When stimulated by odor molecules, this lining of nerve cells triggers electrical impulses to the olfactory bulb in the brain. The olfactory bulb then transmits the impulses to the gustatory center (where the sensation of taste is perceived), the amygdala (where emotional memories are stored), and other parts of the limbic system of the brain.

Because the limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, therapeutic-grade essential oils can have profound physiological and psychological effects. The sense of smell is the only one of the five senses directly linked to the limbic lobe of the brain, our emotional control center.

Unique features of essential oils are:

• Pass easily through our skin and cells membranes.

• Diffuse through the entire body within half an hour.

• Go directly to the brain through the olfactory bulb.

• Affect our feelings and thoughts; smell is our most emotional sense.

• Perform multiple functions because of their structural complexity.

This explains ‘why’ one therapeutic essential oil, using only a couple of drops, can do so many different things for you all at the same time – emotionally, physically, and mentally. I use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils, they are the best I’ve found.

Scent stimulates nerves to fire in the emotional center of the brain, but it also stimulates the master gland to release hormones. Hormones affect the fight or flight response, as well as digestion and heart rate. In this way, essential oils can affect us in many ways all at once, just through their fragrance.

Anxiety, depression, fear, anger, and joy all emanate from this region. The scent of a special fragrance can evoke memories and emotions before we are even consciously aware of it. When smells are concerned, we react first and think later. All other senses (touch, taste, hearing, and sight) are routed through the thalamus, which acts as the switchboard for the brain, passing stimuli onto the cerebral cortex (the conscious thought center) and other parts of the brain.

The limbic lobe (a group of brain structures that includes the hippocampus and amygdala located below the cerebral cortex) can also directly activate the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is one of the most important parts of the brain, acting as our hormonal control center. It releases chemical messengers that can affect everything from sex drive to energy levels. The production of growth hormones, sex hormones, thyroid hormones, and neurotransmitters such as serotonin, are all governed by the hypothalamus. Thus, the hypothalamus is referred to as the “master gland.” Essential oils–through their fragrance and unique molecular structure–can directly stimulate the limbic lobe and the hypothalamus.

Not only can the inhalation of essential oils be used to combat stress and emotional trauma, but it can also stimulate the production of hormones from the hypothalamus. This results in increased thyroid hormones (our energy hormone) and growth hormones (our youth and longevity hormone).

A therapeutic-grade essential oil can increase cellular oxygen up to 21 percent – no other plant component comes close. For instance, hydrogen peroxide increases cellular oxygen only percent.

Essential Oil Choices for Harmonizing Some Emotional States

Anger

• Blends: Release, Valor, Sacred Mountain, Joy, Harmony, Hope, Forgiveness, Present Time, Trauma Life, Surrender, Christmas Spirit, White Angelica.

• Single Oils: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Myrrh, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

Anxiety

• Blends: Valor, Hope, Peace & Calming, Present Time, Joy, Citrus Fresh, Surrender, Believe

• Single Oils: Orange, Lavender (a study), Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang.

Depression

• Blends: Valor, Motivation, Live With Passion, Hope, Joy, Brain Power, Present Time, Envision, Sacred Mountain, Harmony, Highest Potential

• Single Oils: Frankincense, Lemon, Sandalwood, Geranium, Lavender, White Angelica, Orange, Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang.

Grief / Sorrow

• Blends: Valor, Release, Inspiration, Inner Child, Gathering, Harmony, Present Time, Magnify Your Purpose

• Single Oils: Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus globulus, Juniper, Lavender.

Testimonials

Valor for Aligning Emotions

“I put five or six drops of Valor in each hand. By placing my left hand on the sole of my left foot, and placing my right hand on the sole of my right foot, I am creating an energy circuit. I patiently hold this position until I sense energy or a “pulse” in both hands. Then I release my hands and stretch myself long and straight to allow my body to come into alignment, both physically and emotionally. Stretching also gives me a chance to be still and focus on my next step. Usually, I am in a better mood already…and often go to my oil kit for another oil that will support me in whatever I am facing that day. Hmmm…what oil will I put on next?” ~ Melissa B.

RutaVaLa Essential Oil for Emotions

“People with chronic states of excitation often have digestive difficulties. I believe these situations are related. People with chronic states of excitation, get depleted adrenals eventually and are chronically tired. Often there are also sleep difficulties as well. The list goes on as to what organs are effected and how they are effected by this process of anxiety and chronic stress. I believe many disease processes can be tracked back to this state of chronic excitation, and also to emotional challenges that occurred earlier in life that generated the development of the pattern.

So, when using the oil blend RutaVaLa every 15 minutes, I am finding that you interrupt the cycling that occurs. Applying it once is great and you can feel wonderful benefits. But if you really want to work with the underlying pattern, to begin to change it at a deeper level, and to really feel what it is like to RELAX more deeply, and to feel a sense of well-being like you have never felt before, I recommend using it every 15 minutes for at least an hour. You will see what it feels like to come down off this cycle, and how you will begin to feel the rise of excitation if you wait 15-30 minutes and then use it again, and then again and again. It is an amazing experience to get a frame of reference for relaxation and excitation in this manner.

Other benefits I have found and that people are reporting; Better digestion! Better bowel movements, better focus, improved and deeper sleep, greater productivity during the day, increased sense of safety, comfort, ease and well-being.” ~ Debra R.

Studies on Aromatherapy and the Brain

In a large clinical study [1], Alan Hirsch, MD, tested the fragrances of peppermint, to trigger significant loss in weight in a large group of patients who had previously been unsuccessful in weight-management programs. During the course of the six-month study involving over 3,000 people, the average loss exceeded 30 pounds. According to Dr. Hirsch, some patients actually had to be dropped from the study to avoid becoming underweight.

In 1989, Dr. Joseph Ledoux , at New York Medical University, discovered that the amygdala plays a major role in storing and releasing emotional trauma.[3] From the studies of Dr. Hirsch and Dr. Ledoux we can conclude that aromas may exert a profound effect in triggering a response.

In studies conducted at Vienna and Berlin Universities, researchers found that sesquiterpenes, a natural compound found in essential oils of Vetiver, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Frankincense, can increase levels of oxygen in the brain by up to 28 percent (Nasel, 1992). Such an increase in brain oxygen may lead to a heightened level of activity in the hypothalamus and limbic systems of the brain, which can have dramatic effects on not only emotions but on learning, attitude, and many physical processes of the body such as: immune function, hormone balance, and energy levels. High levels of sesquiterpenes also occur in Melissa, Myrrh, Cedarwood, and Clove essential oils.

Young Living Essential Oils can provide many benefits to the human body without side effects, whether it is through diffusing or simply inhaling the aroma straight from the bottle. Proper stimulation of the olfactory nerves may offer a powerful and entirely new form of therapy that could be used as an adjunct against many forms of illness. Therapeutic essential oils, through inhalation, may occupy a key position in this relatively unexplored frontier in medicine.

Resources

Hirsch, AR, Inhalation of Odorants for Weight Reduction, Int J Obes, 1994, page 306

LeDoux, JE, Rationalizing Thoughtless Emotions, Insight, Sept. 1989

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Hurray, it’s ready! Exciting New Aromatherapy Website and Blog!

For the past several months my boyfriend and I have spent every available minute working on a new website and blog (it’s a very large and complex site, that’s why it took so long to create). It’s pretty nifty, if I might say so. Loads of information on pure therapeutic-grade essential oils and how to use them for aromatherapy, first aid, in cooking (yes, Young Living essential oils are food grade), kids, pets, household cleaning, air fresheners, home spa tips, diffusing, and so much more! There are recipes too!

Both the website and blog is also a source for those looking for a Young Living Distributor – yes, it is a team website and blog, so you will get a nice assortment of expertise and backgrounds. We also have essential oil classes and webinars – and so much more!

Whether you’re looking to purchase the best quality essential oils in the world for general or professional use, live more “Green,” or if you’re looking to have your own home business – I think you’ll find everything you’ve been looking for at our new website YoungLivingCircle.com and blog YoungLivingCircleBlog.com to help you create the lifestyle you’ve been desiring – check it out!

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Free Vitamin D May Reduce Cancer Mortality By 75 Percent

First, what does mean – FREE Vitamin D… we get it from smartly exposing our bodies (skin) to sunlight (without sunscreens or sunblocks, which are perhaps entirely responsible for higher cancer rates). Smartly exposing skin to sunlight, from which where our bodies can make the vitamin D, requires: going into the sun for short periods of time, increasing the length of time slowly. The objective is not allow your skin to turn pink or get sunburned (which does NOT have toxic sunsreen or sunblock applied). It’s free, it’s healthy, you’ll look a lot better, you’ll have a healthier complexion, you’ll save money on make-up (which is also full of toxic chemicals and just plain bad for the skin), you’ll be helping to decrease your risk of man types of cancer, sleep better, be less depressed – just to name a handful!

Enjoy summer sun safely.

Enjoy summer sun safely.

Here’s the scoop…

It is thought that over 95 percent of U.S. senior citizens may be deficient, along with 85 percent of the American public. The evidence is overwhelming, and the solution is incredibly simple. One way to drastically reduce your risk of cancer and countless other chronic diseases is to optimize your levels of vitamin D either by safe sun exposure, tanning in a safe tanning bed or by taking a high-quality supplement.

Dr. Garland, interviewed in this video, is regarded as the top epidemiologist on vitamin D and its relation to health. He led one of the latest studies on vitamin D for cancer prevention and his results, which were published in the Annals of Epidemiology, were nothing short of astonishing…

“It is projected that raising the minimum year-around serum 25(OH)D level to 40 to 60 ng/mL (100–150 nmol/L) would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three fourths of deaths from these diseases in the United States and Canada, based on observational studies combined with a randomized trial. Such intakes also are expected to reduce case-fatality rates of patients who have breast, colorectal, or prostate cancer by half. There are no unreasonable risks from intake of 2000 IU per day of vitamin D3, or from a population serum 25(OH)D level of 40 to 60 ng/mL. The time has arrived for nationally coordinated action to substantially increase intake of vitamin D and calcium.”

Garland wrote:

“It is projected that raising the minimum year-around serum 25(OH)D [vitamin D] level to 40-60 ng/ml would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three quarters of deaths from these diseases, in the US and Canada.”

Further, the study proposed a new model of cancer development — dubbed DINOMIT — that is centered on a loss of cancer cells’ ability to stick together. The model is a departure from the older model of cancer development, which centers on genetic mutations as the earliest driving forces behind cancer. According to Dr. Garland:

“The first event in cancer is loss of communication among cells due to, among other things, low vitamin D and calcium levels. In this new model, we propose that this loss may play a key role in cancer by disrupting the communication between cells that is essential to healthy cell turnover, allowing more aggressive cancer cells to take over.”

The longer this information goes largely unnoticed, the more people who will die unnecessarily from potentially preventable cancers and other diseases.

The D*Action Project: How YOU Can Make a Difference

GrassrootsHealth has launched a worldwide public health campaign to solve the vitamin D deficiency epidemic in a year through a focus on testing and education with all individuals spreading the word.

And you are all invited to join in this campaign!

With Dr. Garland at the helm, The D*Action Project will be monitoring, for five years, the health outcomes of individuals who get their vitamin D levels to the levels of 40-60 ng/ml.

GrassrootsHealth D*action is on a mission to get the word out and solve the vitamin D deficiency epidemic … in just one year’s time.

Eliminate the vitamin D deficiency epidemic – join the D*Action Project https://www.grassrootshealth.net/questionnaire-welcome?c=1&js=1

New Research by D*action Member Dr. Cedric Garland Suggests Role Low Levels of Vitamin D Play in Cancer Development

Reprinted with permission from PRWeb

Coming on the heels of the publishing in the Annals of Epidemiology of a new study led by Dr. Cedric Garland, on the preventive measures of vitamin D, GrassrootsHealth D*action Project is calling on physicians, health clinics and groups throughout the country to recognize the need for determining vitamin D levels and to ensure the public have their blood levels of vitamin D tested. According to research from the newly published study by Cedric F. Garland, Dr. P.H., FACE, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and Moores Cancer Center of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), “It is projected that raising the minimum year-around serum 25(OH)D level to 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L) would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three quarters of deaths from these diseases, in the US and Canada.”

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 25, 2009 — Coming on the heels of the publishing in the Annals of Epidemiology of a new study led by Dr. Cedric Garland, on the preventive measures of vitamin D, GrassrootsHealth D*action Project is calling on physicians, health clinics and groups throughout the country to recognize the need for determining vitamin D levels and to ensure the public have their blood levels of vitamin D tested.

According to research from the newly published study by Cedric F. Garland, Dr. P.H., FACE, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and Moores Cancer Center of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), “It is projected that raising the minimum year-around serum 25(OH)D level to 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L) would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three quarters of deaths from these diseases, in the US and Canada.”

Led by Dr. Garland, one of the GrassrootsHealth D*action panel of 30 scientists, the new study proposes a new model of cancer development that hinges on a loss of cancer cells’ ability to stick together. The model, dubbed DINOMIT, differs substantially from the current model of cancer development, which suggests genetic mutations as the earliest driving forces behind cancer.

“This new research study in the Annals of Epidemiology, shows the vital nature that vitamin D deficiency can play in the development of cancer,” said D*action’s Carole Baggerly. “There is no question that many of these cancers can be prevented with adequate intake of vitamin D3 and calcium. Our mission at the D*action Project has been to get individuals to know and increase their blood levels of vitamin D. We feel this study will put a greater emphasis on medical clinics and groups to embrace this campaign and ensure that their patients attain proper levels of vitamin D.”

In December of 2008, GrassrootsHealth announced the establishment of the D*Action Project to monitor, for five years, the health outcomes of individuals who get their vitamin D levels to the recommended levels of 40-60 ng/ml. Dr. Garland is the lead investigator of this project. Elements of the program include:

Getting participants to join D*action, complete a health questionnaire and have a blood spot test. Receive test results and take action as necessary, ideally in consultation with their health care professional Encourage other people to join D*action.

“We will be tracking the incidence of many diseases, from cancer to diabetes and muscular function as well as pain levels to see what effect the higher vitamin D levels may have,” says Baggerly. “We expect to see a significant reduction in the incidence of breast cancer (and its recurrence), colon cancer, diabetes and myocardial infarction, compared with the general population. With the expansion of the project by individuals, we could substantially reduce this epidemic in a few years!” Physicians, medical institutions and groups are encouraged to contact Baggerly at carole@grassrootshealth.org to discuss how they can participate with their health plan participants.

Garland, an epidemiologist and a professor of family and preventive medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine attributes the first event in cancer to a loss of communication among cells due to, among other things, low vitamin D and calcium levels.

“In this new model, we propose that this loss may play a key role in cancer by disrupting the communication between cells that is essential to healthy cell turnover, allowing more aggressive cancer cells to take over,” said Garland in a press release on the study issued by the University of California, San Diego.

According to the study, such cellular disruption could account for the earliest stages of many cancers. Garland says previous theories linking low levels of vitamin D to certain cancers have been tested and confirmed in more than 200 epidemiological studies, and understanding of its physiological basis stems from more than 2,500 laboratory studies.

“While more scientific studies need to be made, proper supplementation with vitamin D3 and diet can provide major assistance in preventing cancer development,” said Baggerly.

An interview with Dr. Garland regarding his new publication in the Annals of Epidemiology is currently posted on www.grassrootshealth.net

The new study is posted online at www.annalsofepidemiology.org. It is scheduled to appear in print in the June 2009 issue of Annals of Epidemiology.

Garland and his colleagues have published epidemiological studies about the potential preventive effects of vitamin D for two decades. As early as 1990, his team showed an association between deficiency in sunlight exposure, low vitamin D and breast cancer. In previous work, they showed associations between increased levels of vitamin D3 or markers of vitamin D and lower risk for breast, colon, ovarian and kidney cancers.

Other authors on the study include Edward D. Gorham, Sharif B. Mohr and Frank C. Garland, all of UC San Diego.

GrassrootsHealth, a non-profit public health promotion organization which launched the D*action Project to solve the vitamin D deficiency crisis is based in San Diego. The D*action Project is a consortium of scientists, institutions and individuals committed to solving the worldwide vitamin D deficiency epidemic. More information is available at www.grassrootshealth.net

Other interesting and simple possibilities for staying healthy:

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Belly Fat and Omega-3s

I have been buying all of my seafood from Vital Choice for years now, they are the best I’ve found anywhere. I particularly like the assortment in their sample packs. Their standards and fishing practices are in alignment with my own – sustainability and responsibility. The waters from which they fish are Alaskan, cold and clear, and all of the fish are ‘wild’ (not farm raised, yuck) – I believe this too makes their product superior to others I’ve had.

Wild Alaskan Salmon

Wild Alaskan Salmon

Vital Choice’s newsletter this week had an interesting article that I thought others might find useful in respect that our diets are so terribly deficient in Omega-3s. I’ve been very impressed with their products and customer service over the years.

Omega-3s Linked to Healthier Weight and Body Composition

Study finds higher omega-3 levels in people with lower weights and body mass indices; Overweight subjects had lower omega-3 blood levels

by Craig Weatherby

Fighting the battle of the bulge? Join the club!

The truth is that exercise, portion control, and nutrition remain the proven approaches.

We’ve reported on animal and human studies that link diets higher in omega-3s to a fat-burning boost, and to better body compositions and weight control.

Now, researchers from Australia’s University of Newcastle have linked higher blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA to lower rates of obesity.

Compared to people with a healthy weight, the cell membranes of overweight and obese people in the study were nearly 14 percent lower in omega-3s … a dramatic difference.

Their conclusion was clear: “Our findings suggest that [omega-3s] may play an important role in weight status and abdominal adiposity.” (Abdominal adiposity is the medical term for excess belly fat.)

The researchers recruited 124 people of varying weights, excluding people taking omega-3 fish oil supplements:

• 21 people with healthy weight-height ratios (body mass index, or BMI);

• 40 people classified as overweight;

• 63 people classified as obese.

Blood samples were drawn after the participants had abstained from eating for at least 10 hours.

Lead author Monohar Garg, Ph.D., and his colleagues found an inverse relationship between participants’ omega-3 (DHA plus EPA) blood levels, and their BMIs, waist size, and hip circumference.

That is, people with higher omega-3 blood levels had lower BMIs, narrower waists, and smaller hip circumferences.

Omega-3s accounted for 5.25 percent of all fatty acids in the red blood cell membranes of the healthy-weight participants.

In contrast, omega-3s constituted only 4.53 percent of fatty acids in the red blood cell membranes of obese participants: nearly 14 percent less than in the healthy-weight participants.

As the Aussie team wrote, “… [Other] studies, along with our observations, suggest that omega-3 supplementation may play an important role in preventing weight gain and improving weight loss when omega-3s are supplemented concomitantly with a structured weight-loss program.”

(In fact, there’s already been at least one pilot clinical trial in which omega-3s were added to a structured weight-loss program, and it produced encouraging results: see “Omega-3s Boost Weight Loss Benefits of Low-Cal Diets”.)

Aussie findings fit with “pharmacology” of omega-3s

The Australian team stressed that the available evidence from cell, animal, and human research supports the idea that omega-3 fatty acids might aid weight management: “… the idea that fish oil can regulate weight status via improved appetite control along with a subsequent reduction in energy intake is plausible and worthy of further investigation.” (Micallef M et al. 2009)

Animal studies suggest that omega-3s may increase burning of body fat by the process known as thermogenesis, in which oxidation of body fat burns it off in the form of body heat (Mori TA 2004).

And one human study found that omega-3s boosted the feeling of fullness after a meal, among overweight and obese people participating in a weight loss program (Parra Det al. 2008).

Appetite control is linked in part to omega-3s’ effects on levels of hormones like ghrelin and leptin, but a full understanding remains out of reach.

As with all such uncontrolled studies, the results do not prove that the link between higher omega-3 levels and less excess body fat is causal … especially since the researchers appear not to have taken into account other diet-lifestyle factors that people within the high- and low-omega-3 groups may have had in common.

Accordingly, the authors called for more controlled, clinical trials, saying that the positive results of most studies conducted to date “… make the basis for conducting more intervention trials in adults examining the influence of dietary supplementation with omega-3-rich fats/oils in assisting weight loss and weight maintenance.” (Micallef M et al. 2009)

We wish that more research dollars flowed to research into lifestyle factors affecting weight ─ including dietary patterns and individual nutrients ─ with fewer going toward the elusive and so far fruitless search for an enormously profitable “magic bullet” weight control drug.

Search Vital Choice‘s archives for previous articles and try some of their fabulous seafood.

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• Kunesová M, Braunerová R, Hlavatý P, Tvrzická E, Stanková B, Skrha J, Hilgertová J, Hill M, Kopecký J, Wagenknecht M, Hainer V, Matoulek M, Parízková J, Zák A, Svacina S. The influence of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and very low calorie diet during a short-term weight reducing regimen on weight loss and serum fatty acid composition in severely obese women. Physiol Res. 2006;55(1):63-72. Epub 2005 Apr 26.

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