It is finally starting to feel a little bit like spring out
here in Boulder , Colorado. Often people thing a lot
about cleaning up their yards and their closets and
garages with the warmer weather coming. I would
also like to bring your attention more inward to your
own body which houses your being. With the liver
energy most predominant (in Chinese Medicine) this
is the most optimal time of year to detoxify your body
of pollutants, stress metabolites and dietary
indiscretions of the last year. I don't advocate
anything like an extreme fast for most people unless
they can take a period of time away from their
responsibilities. You may need to cleanse if you
have any of the following symptoms: fatigue and
sluggishness, stronger body odor and breath,
menstrual and premenstrual difficulties, fibrocystic
breast tissue, moodiness , impatience
and irritability, joint pain or stiffness, depression,
acne, or a sluggish digestive system. Pay attention
and consider if this may be a good thing for you to do
and happy spring!
Cosmetic Companies that Don't Use Pthalates and Parabens
There are many different types of parabens
(methylparaben, propylparaben, isoparaben, and
butylparaben). After extensive research, BCA was
able to find some natural cosmetics companies that
make products without parabens, but this is not
meant to be an exhaustive list of all companies that
are paraben-free. from Breast Cancer Action
MONTREAL -- Perfumes, moisturizers, cosmetics and
multiple personal-care products are being fingered
for their contribution to a rise in breast cancer and
other serious health problems. from the
Environmental Working Group
Dibutyl phthalate is a common ingredient found in
many over the counter hair sprays, cosmetics and
personal care products. This in depth health report by
the EWG looks at the considerable risks posed by
this carcinogenic-gender-bending toxic chemical to
our health and the health of our loved ones! Make
sure you use safe non-toxic products to protect your
health. from the Environmental Working
Xeno literally means foreign. So xenoestrogens
means foreign estrogens. Some of the 100,000
registered chemicals for use in the world have
hormonal effects in addition to toxic and carcinogenic
effects. Also the synergistic effects are known to
occur but also are largely exactly unknown. The field
of xenohormones is new, and only been in existence
since about 1991. by Elizabeth Smith, M.D.
Artichokes are botanically related to Milk Thistle,
which is a liver detoxifier and protector. By eating
artichokes you can get many of the same benefits as
taking milk thistle supplements , though albeit at a
lower concentration. Enjoy these recipes as
artichokes come into season this spring!
There are many simple and safe ways to initiate a
light detox. For a more in depth detox please call me
at my office to set an appointment. This is mainly for
those wanting to do some easy things for themselves.
Be advised that pregnant or nursing women should
wait until after weaning to do a serious detox, though
they may follow many of the recommendations to
avoid exposure to toxins.
dandelion root tea. This is a gentle liver cleansing
herb. Simmer 1 tsp of the root in 1 pint of water for
15-20 minutes. Drink 2-4 cups per day. Burdock root
can also be used this way.
1/2 of your body weight in oz. of purified water per
day. This helps keep the bowels regular while also
flushing your kidneys.
3. Eat liver stimulating
foods. Beets, beet greens, artichokes (without
butter), and lemons all stimulate the liver. Beet juice
with lemon is an excellent spring tonic.
your bowels regular. I see many women with
menstrual and hormonal difficulties who are
The body needs to detoxify daily through the colon.
Try taking a good probiotic and eating more fiber.
5. Use natural cleaning supplies in your home
(available at any natural food store) and natural
cosmetics. This avoids exposure to phthalates which
have been shown to cause cancer in laboratory
animals. Also avoid plastic drinking bottles (stainless
steel ones are available at natural food stores.)
Have a daily sweat, either through exercise or
saunas or steams. The skin is the body's largest
organ of elimination. Healthy skin means a healthy
7. Eat organic foods as much as absolutely
possible. Organic meat and dairy products are
essential if you are going to eat animal products.
Organic fruits and veggies are available year round
at your natural foods grocer. Pesticides and
herbicides as well as exogenous hormones are
everpresent in commercial brands of foods that are
not organic. These cause dangerous changes in the
body's hormonal balance (more on that later).
Anyway, please eat organic!