The Truth About Birth Control

When someone mentions the use of birth control, they are speaking of an action, or series of such, that is intended to reduce or eliminate the likelihood of a woman becoming pregnant. This may include medication or devices, which are designed to aid in family planning. While the topic may be embarrassing to some, it is a necessary subject that must be discussed with maturity and honesty.

When someone mentions the use of birth control, they are speaking of an action, or series of such, that is intended to reduce or eliminate the likelihood of a woman becoming pregnant. This may include medication or devices, which are designed to aid in family planning. While the topic may be embarrassing to some, it is a necessary subject that must be discussed with maturity and honesty.

For years, birth control has been a controversial subject surrounding many individuals and their beliefs. Because many consider birth control to be an ?unnatural? approach, there has been great debate among those who oppose it?s use and those who approve of it.

Various forms of birth control are available, including over-the-counter products and prescribed medications. Anyone can walk into the store and purchase certain products, but others require a physician?s prescription. While the safest form of birth control remains to be abstinence, many choose to use other methods of prevention. It is important to realize that even prescription birth control medications carry a risk of dangerous side effects, including blood clots, stroke and other potential problems.

During the initial visit with a physician, he/she will describe the various types of birth control available and the risks associated with each. It is important to understand these risks and to explain to the physician if there are any present medical conditions, which may increase the likelihood of suffering from the side effects associated with using certain types of birth control, including a patch or pills. Depending on the patient and their current health, the physician will be able to recommend a birth control regimen and, if necessary, write a prescription accordingly.

When considering birth control, it is important that the individuals understand what the medication and/or device is and is not capable of. For instance, birth control medications and/or devices do not prevent the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and individuals are urged to consult their physician with any questions regarding this topic. In addition, there is not any type of birth control that is 100% guaranteed to be effective and should not be considered as such.

The information in this article is to be used for informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional medical advice and/or recommendations. Before considering or using any type of birth control, individuals should seek a recommendation by a qualified physician.

The Truth About the Meat We Eat Pt. 1

Is the meat we eat really healthy for us? How have our meat sources changed over the years?

There are so many topics to discuss which affect our health that it is hard to choose just one at a time.

First, I want to remind everyone that the premise of this site is Unhealthy Soil = Unhealthy Plants and Animals = Unhealthy People.

With that in mind, let?s discuss meat, fish and meat substitutes. I just read an article by some well meaning person who was bragging that chicken and soy are good for you ? WRONG!

If you consider how our ancestors developed in the last 10,000+ years, you will realize they ate non-chemical meats, berries, and nuts ? things that they could forage. They ate deer, buffalo, birds and other types of meat. The common thing all these meat sources shared was that they were grass fed and loaded with Omega III?s and other beneficial fatty acids. However crude it was, they also caught fish. If they were inland it was fresh water, but if they were close to the ocean it was sea food.

The land was also untouched and the grasses and other plants grew and died and went back into the soil year after year. Because of this, the meat from the animals and fish in the streams (or sea food) were loaded with trace minerals. The nuts and berries were also loaded with trace minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes. With this combination, we had healthy soil, healthy plants and animals, and healthy people.

Fast forward to the present – what do we have today? Grain-fed chemical beef, chemical chicken, cancerous fish from fresh water, toxic sea food, no trace minerals from fruits and vegetables, and genetically engineered grains grown with toxic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides.

We see all kinds of articles suggesting that chicken is healthier than beef. Before you get all warm and fuzzy with this thought, think about the things that go into the average cattle and chicken diets before they get to your grocery shelves.

In my next newsletter I?ll talk about these diets and what the cows and chickens go through before you bring them home for supper. It will not be appetizing.

The Truth About Herbs

Have you taken echinacea to stay health through the winter, ginseng for more energy or valerian to ensure restful sleep? If so, you’re not alone.

Have you taken echinacea to stay healthy through the winter, ginseng for more energy or valerian to ensure restful sleep? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, more than 38 million Americans take herbal supplements. With more Americans using herbs to improve their health, it’s important to know how to choose and use them safely.

“Herbs may play an important role in overall health and well-being, but many people are still learning what works and what should stay on the shelf,” said registered dietitian Lynn Laboranti, M.S. “Consumers should do their homework and talk to their doctor about what herbs are right for them.”

What do you know about herbs? To test your herbal IQ, Laboranti poses the following questions:

Q: Can echinacea boost immunity?

A: Several scientific studies have shown echinacea to be an effective, natural way to boost immunity. When taken at the first sign of not feeling well, echinacea helps stimulate the body’s natural defense system. Echinacea should not be taken for more than eight weeks at a time.

Q: What does St. John’s wort do?

A: Clinical and laboratory research has earned St. John’s wort a growing reputation as an herb that helps enhance mood. It has few side effects, but may cause light sensitivity and decrease the effectiveness of some prescription medications. It’s important to talk to a health care professional before using St. John’s wort or other herbal supplements if you take prescription drugs.

Q: Does soy relieve menopause symptoms?

A: Soy contains naturally occurring isoflavones, which have been shown to help relieve menopause-related hot flashes and night sweats. Soy foods and soy isoflavones also help support hormonal balance in women during the menopausal years. Experts recommend 30 to 65 mg of soy isoflavones (5-8 ounces of soy milk or 1 to 2 soy tablets) daily to receive a full benefit.

If you choose to take herbs in tablet form, Laboranti recommends reading a product’s label for additional safety and dosage information. Nature’s Resource herbal supplements, found at drugstores like CVS and Walgreens, feature an extended, multipage safety label on the bottle. The booklet, called “Herbal ABCs,” contains extensive information on the specific supplement, drug/herb interactions, contraindications, adverse effects, allergy warnings and special safety instructions.

Truth About Drugs Without Prescription

This article discusses the relevance of today’s society and how we see communications by the use of the Internet. One of the most common uses of such would be buying. Knowing that medications are expensive, people sought to buy from the internet at a much lower cost, and without a prescription.

Online internet pharmacies are fast gaining popularity. It is just one among the millions of virtual shops that one can find over the Internet. A CNN news article says that there are now about 100 million websites in the internet with around 48 million of those sites considered as active or updated on a regular basis. These websites contain a wide range of topics and practically covers the entire spectrum of human knowledge and experience. In the United States alone, there are at least 54 million different websites that would be impossible for an average person to visit during one’s lifetime. Some of the most frequently visited sites include Google, Yahoo, Youtube, Facebook, and Wikipedia — which are categorized as search engines, social networking sites, or knowledge databases.

What is now a topic of hot debate about internet pharmacies is: ?Is it safe?? No doubt, this new concept of online ordering and purchase of medicines has empowered patients and other people who need health care products. These internet-based drugstores saves a lot of time, effort, and in some cases, even money compared to the traditional way of physically going to a local pharmacy. Another benefit of going to such sites is that they also offer legal drugs without prescription. Unlike the traditional style of consulting a doctor, getting a prescription for the medication, and then buying it from a local drugstore — patients can now go online and even chat with a doctor using a web camera. The consultation can be done through the Internet. After the online doctor makes his prescription, the local pharmacy would be immediately notified so that it can send the medicines you need or prepare them for pick-up. These websites that sell medicines offer services like free shipping and handling for the medications, provided that the consumer orders from them using their crdit card. This transaction is done with just a few clicks on the mouse and a few taps on the keyboard — with no hassle, no stress in working with schedules, and no other questions.

Online purchases of medicine are good in several respects. As mentioned it earlier, it saves time and effort. However, the online shopper or patient who wants to buy medicines using the Internet should also be very careful. Taking responsibility for knowing product uses, dosage, and getting prior approval from the doctor is a must for every patient who intends to get medicines from online pharmacies. Most online pharmacies also require the patient to provide personal and medical information prior to completion of the transaction. This is the safeguard against possible abuse of drugs or misinformation about the uses or effects of a drug. It is also the primary means through which the internet pharmacy assesses the need of a patient for a certain product.

The ability to purchase drugs without prescription normally applies to over-the-counter medicines or for prescription items that only need to be refilled. That means, a customer already has an existing account with an online pharmacy.

The Truth About Fat In Foods

Fat has had a lot of bad press and for many people, just a mention of the word can evoke misery. You can try to lose it, try to hide it, try to avoid it, but your body still needs it! Did you know that fat helps to insulate our nerve cells, keeps us warm, balances our hormones, keeps skin and arteries supple, lubricates joints and is a component in every cell?

Fat has had a lot of bad press and for many people, just a mention of the word can evoke misery. You can try to lose it, try to hide it, try to avoid it, but your body still needs it! Did you know that fat helps to insulate our nerve cells, keeps us warm, balances our hormones, keeps skin and arteries supple, lubricates joints and is a component in every cell?

The key issue here is recognizing which type of fat your body needs, how much your body requires and which type is your enemy. Armed with the right information, you can focus on getting more of the good fats and less of the bad fats into your daily diet.

There are two types of fat to be aware of. Saturated fats – let’s call them “the enemy” and unsaturated fats – “the good guys”! It is easy to tell the difference because saturated fats are hard at room temperature. Saturated fats are not essential to your health. They come from animals and are found in meat, eggs and cheese. They are harder to digest and full of cholesterol.

Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature and have been divided into two groups. Monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, and polyunsaturated fats such as sunflower oil. Polyunsaturated fats are split into Omega 3 fatty acids and Omega 6 fatty acids. Monounsaturated fat (Omega 9) although not essential, is not harmful in moderation – a good quality (extra virgin first cold pressed) olive oil is a healthier alternative to the usual vegetable oil. Good sources of Omega 6: safflower oil, sunflower oil, evening primrose oil, walnut oil, pumpkin oil, sesame oil. Good sources of Omega 3 are mackerel, herring, salmon, pilchards, sardines, tuna and flax seed oil. Here are some important facts about fat in our diet.

1. Fat is the ‘energy reserve’ of animals, plants and humans.

2. The ideal body-fat ratio should be approximately 19-26% of a woman’s body weight, and 12-18% of a man’s body weight.

3. There are two different types of body fat – brown and yellow. Brown fat is situated inside the body and is ‘active’, containing mitochondria that produce heat (thermogenesis) and as a result burn energy. Yellow fat is found nearer the surface, is less active and more likely to accumulate. Women tend to have a higher ratio of yellow fat than men.

4. Women need higher levels of fat because it is essential for reproduction and so the body stores it ‘just in case’.

5. An average healthy intake of good fats in the diet should be approximately 30-40 grams a day. The fat content of diets in affluent populations can be nearly four times this amount!

6. Most foods containing fat combine saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat in varying quantities. For instance, butter’s fat content is almost 100%, of which 60% is saturated, 30% monounsaturated and 10% polyunsaturated, compared with sunflower seeds’ fat content of 73%, of which just 12% is saturated and 21% monounsaturated and 67% is polyunsaturated.

7. Heat, light and oxygen destroy essential fatty acids, which is why it is best to keep oils in dark containers.

8. Essential fats must come from the diet because your body cannot produce them. The essential healthy fats are Omega 3 and Omega 6 (known as essential fatty acids).

9. Weight for weight, fat provides more than twice the amount of usable energy than carbohydrates or protein (you’ll find 9 calories in every gram of fat).

10. Fat contributes to the palatability, texture and the smell of many foods, it also slows down the process of digestion providing an extended period of satiation after a meal.

When you know the good from the bad, fat is fabulous!

The Truth About Bottled Water

Bottled water is advertised heavily and is often seen in the tote bags of famous celebrities and athletes. As mainstream culture becomes increasingly health conscious, people continually turn to bottled water as convenient and stylish way to stay hydrated while exercising. However, at a dollar or more per gallon, the price of bottled water can really add up over time especially if you are drinking it on a regular basis. Bottled water costs roughly five hundred times per gallo…

Bottled water is advertised heavily and is often seen in the tote bags of famous celebrities and athletes. As mainstream culture becomes increasingly health conscious, people continually turn to bottled water as convenient and stylish way to stay hydrated while exercising. However, at a dollar or more per gallon, the price of bottled water can really add up over time especially if you are drinking it on a regular basis. Bottled water costs roughly five hundred times per gallon the amount that tap water does, which raises the question: is bottled water really worth the price?

The answer, unfortunately, is less clear cut than the question. Bottled water is vital in some situations, such as when you are hiking in the wilderness or are traveling to an area where the ground water is not safe for consumption. In these kinds of scenarios, bottled water is literally priceless. Likewise, bottled water is an important part of an emergency preparedness kit, and experts across many fields agree that it is a good idea to keep at least a few gallons of bottled water in your home and workplace for safety purposes.

However, the vast majority of bottled water purchased and consumed is for use outside of these situations. Many people choose bottled water for health reasons, believing that it is free from bacteria and other germs that linger in tap water, or that bottled water is processed in such a way that potentially dangerous chemicals can?t leak into the supply. However, scientific studies suggest that most bottled water is roughly equivalent to tap water in terms of germs and chemical makeup.

The major health benefit of bottled water is probably not due to the characteristics of the water itself, but simply due to the fact that having access to portable, refreshing bottled water encourages people to hydrate themselves. Few Americans make time to down the recommended eight glasses of water per day, but with the rise of bottled water more people are drinking more water more often, which spells good news for everybody. If bottled water helps you to make hydrating a regular part of your day, the benefits may very well outweigh the financial costs. Staying hydrated is good for your health because it allows your body to easily flush away toxins, and it is good for your appearance. Drinking water helps you build vibrant skin cells; grow stronger, firmer hair; and replenish your muscles; leading to greater overall health. And if bottled water makes hydration an easier part of your lifestyle, then bottled water is worth its weight in gold.

The Back-breaking Truth About Osteoporosis

This article is about osteoporosis.This briefly discusses a statistic of men and women affected by the said condition It explains what osteoporosis is about and what it?s general symptoms are. Risk factors that increase chances of getting osteoporosis is also enumerated.Some tips are also given to help treat this condition, and also to prevent getting osteoporosis as well.

Osteoporosis is a disease that is common in women. Approximately ten million American, eight million women and two million men, are affected by this condition.

What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition that features loss of the bone?s normal density. It leads to abnormally porous bone that is more compressible like a sponge, than dense like a brick. This disease weakens the bones and increases risks of having fractures. Even a minor fall or injury may cause the bone to get a fracture.

A lot of factors may contribute to having Osteoporosis. As we age, our body starts producing lesser calcium, causing natural degeneration of the bone. Certain medications may contribute to a loss of bone density. And also having a certain bone condition called Osteopenia, which is low bone mass, increases the risk of having Osteoporosis.

How would I know if I have Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a silent disease, it has no specific symptom. Its only main consequence is an increased risk of getting bone fractures. Osteoporotic fractures happen in places a normal person would not normally break bones, they are called fragility fractures. These typically occur in the vertebral column, the hip and the wrist.

Some symptoms of fragility fractures in the vertebral column, also called vertebral collapse, are acute back pain and spinal cord compression. The pain is caused by compressed nerves. Multiple vertebral fractures may lead to a stooped posture, loss of height, and chronic pain which causes reduced mobility.

How is Osteoporosis treated?
There are several treatments available for people with Osteoporosis. However, medical health professionals emphasized the importance of a change of lifestyle in order to prevent the disease from developing.

Lifestyle change. This includes integrating exercise into your schedule and quitting cigarette smoking. Exercise does not do anything to increase bone density, it does, however, improve your sense of balance and strengthen muscles to help prevent you from falls. Cigarette smoking, on the other hand, decreases bone mass. For pre-menopausal women, cigarette smoking decreases estrogen level, thereby decreasing bone mass.
Medications. There are now medications available in the market that helps in stopping bone loss, some medications help increase bone strength, and some help increase bone formation.
Nutrition. Eating foods rich in calcium will help supplement the loss calcium in the bones. Vitamin D and protein, although good for muscle strength, have been proven to increase the risk of getting fractures. It is not advisable to eat foods with high protein or Vitamin D content.

How can I prevent getting Osteoporosis?
The best way to fight Osteoporosis is to not get it in the first place. This condition is easily preventable by means of living a healthy lifestyle, exercise and proper diet.

Performing exercise at an early age may help achieve higher peak bone mass and good muscle strength. Having enough exercise helps delay bone degeneration and decreases chances of acquiring Osteoporosis even at the later years of your life. A well-balanced diet with sufficient calcium and vitamin D for the bones and muscles will also help decrease the risk of getting Osteoporosis.

Being health-conscious at an early age helps, so don?t wait until you?re old to start taking care of your bones. They are, after all, holding you up and supporting you.

Truth about Phentermine diet pills

Stop being called obese. Set the goals that you want to achieve in terms of weight you want to lose, evaluate a plan and start following it. Your goals will be easier to meet with phentermine diet pills; you will find more energy in your day and can enjoy long healthy life!

Being overweight may put you into many embarrassing situations. And at that time you may choose dieting to lose that extra pound of weight, unaware of the fact that it makes you lose fat as well as muscles. Dieting is dangerous and makes you prone to perilous diseases. So, is there any other effective alternative available that can help you to reduce weight? Yes, definitely.

?Where there is a will, there is a way?

This statement stands true for people who want to accomplish the impossible. What all matters, is your approach towards life. The same applies to overweight people, if you want to lose that extra weight then phentermine diet pills combined with healthy diet and exercise will serve the purpose.

You must have heard about several weight loss drugs then you must be wondering why I suggested you phentermine diet pills only. Advantages attached with phentermine diet pills that make it stand different from others are:-

– Appetite suppressant
– Gives you a better control over what you eat
– Easy and quick way to lose weight
– Works effectively in combination with diet plan and exercise regiments

If you have made up your mind to buy phentermine, then you can either buy it from a nearby pharmacy shop or from the comfort of your home through internet. Online pharmacies are available in large numbers; you can book your order online. In case you are looking for good quality phentermine diet pills that too at cheap rates, then you need to do a little effort. Make sure to go foe only FDA approved phentermine diet pills. Collect catalog offered by online pharmacists and compare them to find the diet pills offer that satisfy your needs as well as pocket to the best.

As far as safety regarding phentermine diet pills is concerned, one may face some side effects if not taken as per the prescription. Some of the side effects that may persist are high blood pressure, severe headache, abnormal behavior, blurred vision, swelling of your lips or dry mouth. Consult your doctor in case these side effects persist for long.

Follow few simple precautions and minimize the intensity of side effects that may occur:-

? In case you are a diabetic patient, you may need a larger dose of insulin while taking phentermine. Contact your doctor for questions or problems related to this.
? Make sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding
? Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had heart disease, high blood pressure or a history of drug abuse.
? Do not exceed the recommended dose for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.

Stop being called obese. Set the goals that you want to achieve in terms of weight you want to lose, evaluate a plan and start following it. Your goals will be easier to meet with phentermine diet pills; you will find more energy in your day and can enjoy long healthy life!

The Truth About Omega 3 Benefits

Omega 3 benefits have been well documented, but there has been some confusing publicity recently. Discover what the experts say about that, what the main benefits are, and the results of some recent studies done with men who have had a heart attack, children with ADHD, and another study on heart hea

Omega 3 fish oils have received some negative publicity recently. There were scares over potential contamination in fresh oily fish by mercury, though this has been refuted as an overly exaggerated issue. And more recently, a meta study, which is a ‘study of studies’, was published online that seemed to suggest that omega 3 benefits for heart health and cancer were not true.

But Dr Ray Rice, a food scientist, dismissed the results. He said that despite the claim that 48 studies were reviewed, only 12 actually were, and of that 12, 3 or 4 should not have been included. He described the report as being “conceptually flawed”, having a faulty technique, and being misleading to the public.

There is an abundance of scientific data to support the health benefits of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in fish oils, from oily fish such as salmon, and of course, good quality (non rancid) fish oil supplements.

General omega 3 benefits include:

* protecting against cardiovascular disease and improving heart health
* improving joint health
* improving moods and behaviour, including ADHD
* good development of the fetus during pregnancy
* the inhibition of some cancer cells

The Omega 3 Benefits For Heart health

The omega 3 benefits for heart health have been well documented. The Food Standards Agency and the British Nutrition Foundation recommend that people eat 2 servings of fish a week, one being an oily fish like salmon that is rich in omega 3 fatty acids.

A small study of 18 white men, from ages 68 onwards, who had a heart attack from 3 months to 5 years previously, found omega 3 fish oils benefited their hearts and potentially reduced the risk of further heart attacks.

These men took a supplement containing 810mg of fish oil a day for 4 months, and those taking a placebo took a mixture of corn oil and olive oil. The participants didn’t know whether they were taking a placebo or not.

Their resting heart rate at rest and after exercise was measured. It was found that those taking the omega 3 fish oils had a lower resting heart rate, and their heart rate returned to normal more quickly after exercise. Those men that have a high heart rate when resting have a greater chance of having a heart attack, and dying from one.

A study designed to assess the combination of 3 supplements that have been found to individually protect against cardiovascular disease found that when used together, the benefit was much stronger. The 3 supplements were omega 3 fish oils, niacin, and vitamin E. Niacin, due to side effects at high doses, was a low dose component. Despite this low dose, the study found that those taking the niacin, fish oil, and vitamin e combination had a greater benefit than those taking fish oil and vitamin e alone.

The study was a double blind, placebo controlled study, with a control group taking none of the supplements. 57 volunteers took the supplements over a 4 month period. After this period, it was found that the total antioxidant capacity of the volunteers taking either 2 or 3 of the supplements increased, with the greatest increase being in the group taking the omega 3, niacin and vitamin e combination. This third group also had significantly higher levels of vitamin e, whereas those not taking niacin did not have this benefit. This is because niacin, and another component of that supplement, gamma-oryzanol, preserve vitamin e in the body.

The study also found that cellular agents that are involved in inflammation, were reduced in both of these groups taking the supplements. In particular, tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) was reduced for both, but only in the group taking the additional niacin and gamma-oryzanol component was the reduction of the inflammatory agent interleukin 1-beta (IL 1-beta) significant.

Combination Omega 3 Supplements

It’s not just omega 3 fish oils with the benefits however. For specific conditions, a combination of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are very helpful.

A study recently published found that teenagers aged 12 to 15 years taking a supplement containing both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids had a remarkably improved attention span. These teenagers had been clinically diagnosed with moderate to severe ADHD and had persistent problems with both impulsiveness, and attention and concentration.

At the start of the study, the inattentiveness of these students was measured at an average of 94%. After 3 months of taking a supplement containing a high quality omega 3 fish oil and the omega 6 fatty acid, evening primrose oil, the inattentiveness of the students had fallen to an average of 17%.

With regards to impulsivity, there were similar benefits. From an average score of 89%, impulsivity scores fell to an average of 28% by the end of the trial.

The evening primrose oil was also a high quality one, being made from virgin evening primrose oil. And the study participants were aware they were taking the supplements, so it was not a double blind study. But the results are still excellent. The EPA content of the fish oil component was 500mg taken per day, which in this case was the equivalent of 6 capsules, though this will vary according to different formulations. EPA simply means eicosapentaenoic acid, and is a kind of active constituent in fish oil essential fatty acids.

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The Truth About Soap

Allergy sufferers need to be aware that ragweed and pollen aren?t the only triggers for allergy symptoms. Common chemicals found in every-day cleaning products such as laundry soap can trigger a reaction just as profound, but far more difficult to diagnose.

When you step into the market to pick up a bar of soap, what is it you?re really buying? Phrases like ?beauty bar, deodorant bar, moisturizing bar,? and the list goes on and on, is only telling you one thing, you are not buying soap. What you are purchasing is a petroleum based detergent product.

Soap, by definition, is a cleansing agent made from the mixture of the sodium salts of various fatty acids or natural oils and fat. Because of FDA regulations, a cleaning product cannot be listed as soap unless it actually contains the fatty acids and natural oils combined with lye to produce soap.

So, what?s the difference you may ask? Let me tell you a story about my son. For two years he suffered with severe allergies, chronic sinus infections, and was all around miserable. The first step in dealing with his problems was to remove his adenoids that had become infected. After the surgery, his sinuses cleared up for all of two weeks. Then once again he succumbed to yet another sinus infection.

Unable to determine the reason for the sinus infections, he was put through allergy testing. After two sessions and more than 80 injections covering irritants from pet dander, mold, trees, dust (and the list goes on), they determined that he reacted to absolutely nothing. And so we were sent home with instructions to monitor his diet for the next month in the hopes of determining weather or not he suffered from a food allergy.

I had a better idea.

While allergy testing covers most airborne irritants, it does not cover the common chemicals we subject ourselves to everyday. Since my daughter and I are both severely allergic to formaldehyde, a common preservative used in most hand creams, lotions, lip balms, and cosmetics, it occurred to me that he might suffer from a similar allergy. So, I stripped his bedding, pillows, clothing, curtains, and washed everything in a batch of homemade olive oil laundry soap.

The result: After two weeks his sinuses began to clear. Within a month all of the symptoms he routinely suffered, from migraine headaches to breathing difficulties, gradually faded away as though they had never existed.
Many people today realize that our homes are over-saturated with a host of chemicals, many of which carry moderate to severe side effects with prolonged exposure. What we fail to realize is how many of them are completely unnecessary.

Making your own soap is both a rewarding and simple process and one that can truly benefit your entire family.