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Who can think of much else than the environment and the flooding in Texas? Dreadful, really!

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What Is News About Alcohol Depression, Sugar Intake, etc..

A lot is news this week in health-and the Team is here even if you are traveling, on holiday or at the beach!

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Four Simple and Empowered Wedding Planning Actions

It is summer and it is the time for weddings!  

You or your loved ones might be seeking ways to plan and execute life events that can leave you and your guests empowered during these big life event times which can be ripe times for upheaval and emotional triggers. We are about healthy choices for your life and your future and as such, we want to share our thoughts on your planning a special, empowered and successful wedding. 

First, we offer that you consider that weddings can be a time when feelings can run hot and intense.  Words and actions that occur during these significant times can actually cause a fracture in a relationship that may be very difficult to repair or may not repair over the years. Perhaps the fracture will deepen and widen.  People may retell the story and the ‘what occurred story’ could take on a life of its’ own—not even closely reflecting what actually happened—but knitting into how it ‘felt or occurred’ to them. Then, there is no chance to view others in any other way but wrong or worse! 

It is because of this and that these involve your family, relatives and friends that we wanted to share some thoughts for you to consider.      


It may be YOUR wedding but it is their OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS OPINION!  We hear the ‘two cents’ from this aunt and that sister-or it could be your mom or even your brothers’ fiancé.  Everyone has a point of view of what to do.  What YOU should do! 


That you find a quiet room, close your eyes and envision the wedding of your dreams!  Where it is, the season, the venue.  Is it day or night? How are people dressed? How are you dressed?  Is there a theme or color scheme? Who is there?  Everything you can see-the food, the flowers—the cake-and what kind of music is being played? Who is dancing?

Once you do this, you can then take action to produce the wedding of your dreams! Literally! Because you just claimed what you want for yourself!  We recommend that you then share this vision with everyone you are close to so that they know that you are clear as to what you want on your special day.




Express to Aunt Bev how much you love her cooking, the impact of how her home made you feel as a child  and that you want certain hors d’oeuveres at your wedding in her honor. That you are grateful for her love and support and how she has been a champion for you following your passion in your career. How much she matters to you. 

Initially it seemed that Aunt Bev wanted control.  But perhaps she only wanted to hear how her life impacted yours and how she matters to you.



Shower the bride with verbal gifts in addition to anything you purchase.

Suggesting that each person share in turn 'around the room' how they know the bride and how they are giving you a piece of advice for her future-or a blessing based on who they know her to be.  This can lead to enhanced friendships and more meaningful connections for everyone.



To include a variation of the following: Please permit me to remind me who you are when you hide.

We want to be our best selves in marriage-to forgive, to have compassion, to approach each day with possibility and love. Would it not be great if we gave our partner permission to point out when we are occuring as any other way?

Choose with big life events a way to further health and well-being of your family and community!    

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*Blog inspired by Shelley and Jeff Cahn and Rabbi David Ingber.
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The Magic Of Olive Oil


The Mediterranean Diet is still highly regarded incorporating the magic use of olive oil.

An analysis quoted (2014, Wikipedia) showed that an elevated use of olive oil is associated with a reduced risk of all-cause mortality-cardiovascular events, stroke and type 2 diabetes. That olive oil use cut cancer death by 6% and that greater adherence to a Mediterranean diet is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, slower cognitive decline as well as less incidence of Parkinson ’s disease.

One of the keenly cited benefits is the use of olive oil, which contains monounsaturated fats, most notably oleic acid.  Olive oil protects via polyphenols against the oxidation of blood lipids.  

[ii]Regular consumption of olive oil is associated with increased longevity and preventing cardiovascular risk factors including diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity as well as certain cancers including digestive and breast cancer. Though this article calls for more definitive research, this and another article says that olive oil is seen as being an:

  • Antihypertensive
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-carcinogenic
  • Anti-thromotic[iii]

Virgin olive oil is the one rich in phenolic compounds[iv] and is said that daily ingestion of this is beneficial and a key food for protection from cardiovascular issue.  It may be that extra virgin olive oil can be problematic because it is extremely perishable and can easily go rancid[v]. Perhaps semi-refined oil is better to use instead.  When oil is exposed to light or air it oxidizes and the chlorophyll in extra virgin olive oil accelerates this oxidation. Spoiled oil will do more harm than good (Mercola) .

So keep your olive oil in a cool dark place and close the cap immediately--plus perhaps buy small amounts at a time or transfer to smaller containers to mitigate oxidation.


Heating vegetable oil and cooking with olive oil is said to change the oil into an oxidant rather than an anti-oxidant-- because at high temperatures, it burns.

It is recommended to use coconut oil to cook with and olive oil when cold![vi]   

To tell if you have olive oil gone bad it:

  • smells like crayons or putty
  • tastes like rancid nuts and
  • has a greasy mouthfeel.   

Mercola indicates that corn, soy, safflower and canola oil are highly damaged by heat and can clog arteries.  He further warns as well about processed foods like potato chips, pre-made cookies and microwave dinners. They use trans-fats which raise LDL and is linked to heart disease.

Recently[vii] a review of 23 publications was done to see if heating vegetable oil increased the risk of chronic disease. The survey concluded that high use of fried foods is related to weight gain.  Our Team is inclined to go with the oxidation theory however--and chooses not to heat olive oil. We recommend that you check with a a qualified nutritionist. 


We are using coconut oil for cooking.  

We can choose!  Choose to Win!

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[i] Mediterranean diet Wikipedia

[ii] Br J Nutr 2015 Apr; 113 Suppl 2:S 94-101. Doi: 10.1017/S0007114003936. The role of olive oil in disease prevention: a focus on the recent epidemiological evidence from cohort studies and dietary intervention trials. Buckland G, et al.

[iii] Br J Nutr April 2015; Suppl 2:S94-101. Doi:10.1017/S000711451`4003936. The role of olive oil in disease prevention:a focus on the recent epidemiological evidence from cohort studies and dietary intervention trials. Buckland G, et al.

[iv] Br J Nut 2015 April;113 Suppl 2:S19-28. Doi: 10.1017/S007114515000136. Virgin olive oil: a key food for cardiovascular risk protection Covas MI, et al.

[v] New Warning about Olive Oil  Oct 20, 2010

[vi] Coconut oil vs Vegetable oils: What Oil Should You Be Cooking with and Which Should You Avoid?

[vii] Br J Nutr 2015 Apr; 113 Suppl 2:S36-48. Doi: 10.1017/S0007114514002931 Does cooking with vegetable oils increase the risk of chronic diseases?: a systematic review. Sayon-Orea C, et al.

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Toxic Chemicals In Hair Care Products

So savvy today about health and beauty, we are.

Yet with all our knowledge about the best hair care products--there is the issue with toxic chemicals in hair products so the team wanted to take a look.

We cannot go to a high fashion hair salon, it seems, without toxic chemicals in our midst. 

At the organic or going green salons, we are told consistently that the color and hair care is not as good, we will pay a lot more and the color/process will not even last.  

We have also found that for African Americans, hair care products use alot of endocrine disruptive chemicals that are linked to fibroids, cancer, early puberty, and harmful effects to the brain[i].

Chris Rock, in Good Hair, speaks of a 9 billion dollar business where folks look to find what is the best relaxer for African Americans who ‘relax their hair’ or as he puts it, are on “creamy crack”.

The 'going green' products are just not organic hair care products the way we think of them. They are not harmless, but rather they are harmful!

They burn and damage the scalp, cause allergies, cellular damage, organ toxicity and damage our immune systems.

There is a change in the trend of buying these organic hair care products.  

The natural hair movement.

The products are organic balms and oils. This seemed to begin with natural styles of the 1960’s-the Afro. The power (was) "to the people" and the liberation of their hair was one sign of that. Remember HAIR the musical!   But this was not to last, unfortunately. 

A study[ii] quoted occurring in 2011 showing that African American and African Caribbean women are more likely to be toxically exposed to chemicals in personal care products. That endocrine disruptive chemicals are also linked to reproductive and birth defects, breast cancer and coronary disease--and the early onset puberty occured in African American girls who use the hair products and was a significant finding as when compared to Hispanics and Caucasians. The research shows that when girls menstruate before age ten they are more likely to get uterine fibroids.  It is racially linked and linked to hair products we have read.

The research shows us:

  • Personal care products use is greater among African Americans-and that hair and skin products can have EA or AEA and that these estrogenic activity chemicals can have adverse health effects and cause cancer especially in young children with low estrogen levels[iii].   
  • African Americans have a higher mortality rate due to breast cancer and it appears linked to environmental exposures to breast cancer and environmental estrogen as well as the presence of toxic chemicals in personal care products and the use of certain hair care products with breast cancer risk[iv]  
  • There are more African American and African Caribbean women likely to be exposed to hormonally-active chemicals in hair products such as hair oil and lotion, leave in conditioner, root stimulator, perms etc..[v]   

Going green and going natural is a good choice for health. 

..If your hair is trimmed, neat, clean--it does not warrant that you use products that are bad for you. Don't risk your own health and your daughters, your sisters, your mothers?

           We can choose-Choose to win for your health!

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[i] Getting to the root of toxic ‘ethnic’ hair care products Feb 25, 2014 by Alesia Lucas, Sind Safer Products, Mind the Store

[ii] How Toxic Is Black Hair Care New American Media SF Bay View African American Thandisizwe Chimuenga

[iii] Estrogenic and anti-estrogenic activity of off-the-shelf hair and skin care products. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol 2015 May;25(3):271-7.doi: 10.1038/jes.2014.32. Epub 2014 May 21. Myers SL, et al.  

[iv] Cancer Med 2016 Mar 5;5(3):597-604. Doi: 10.1002/cam4.613. Epub 2016 Jan 15 A review of hair product use on breast cancer risk in African American women Stiel L, et al.

[v] J Immigr Minor Health 2012 Jun; 14(3):506-511. Doi:10.1007/s 10903-011-9482-5 Racial differences in hormonally-active hair product use: a plausible risk factor for health desparities. James-Todd T., et al.

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Your Safety In The Water-Summer Tips


Almost as soon as we are enjoying the warmth of summer, we almost certainly head for swimming pools to cool off!

We mostly don't think of swimming pools as being risky for our health.

We do need to be aware because there are various issues affecting your safety in the water.

Recreational water illnesses are lurking. These are sicknesses that can be caused by contaminated water by bacteria in pools of all sorts and found in:

  • water parks,
  • fountains,
  • lakes
  • oceans, too.
  • Germs can spread by swallowing or breathing in, the mist.
  • Chlorine just does not kill germs right away, nor do disinfectants. 
  • And urine or sweat in the pool, makes it more difficult for germs to die.  

We looked to the Center Disease Control for some healthy swimming safety tips for pools:[i]

  • Keep bodily fluids out of the water
  • Shower first with soap.
  • Don’t add dirt to the pool water.
  • Don’t go in the pool if you have a stomach ache.
  • By all means don’t swallow the water!

And safety tips for hot tubs.. [ii]:  

  • Take kids out every hour to the bathroom.
  • Don’t change diapers near the pool area.
  • Be aware[iii] that even if young children have on "swim" diapers, that it is not enough to prevent infection-causing germs from leaking out. This contamination is very significant and can make everyone in the pool very ill. 

Other things to do to keep safe in and near pools and hot tubs:

  • Reapply sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Almost 90% of families with young children plan to be in the water during summer and half of them swim without a lifeguard.
  • 19% of the drowning incidents involve kids in public pools with certified lifeguards in attendance.      
  • Stay near to your kids and don’t depend on floatation devices.
  • Restrict your time as directed in the hot tub,
  • Don’t drink alcohol while being in the water or the beach water,
  • Kids under 5 should not use the hot tub,
  • Be careful to ask your doctor if you are pregnant for guidelines for the hot tub-it is usually not recommended.
  • Make sure it is not over 104 degrees in the tub and that there is no smell of chlorine.
  • It should not feel slippery in the tub
  • You should hear the equipment humming to confirm filtration.
  • 60% of children who die, do so in swimming pools.
  • Of kids 4 and under who drown, 70% are in the care of parents and 75% are missing from sight for 5-7 minutes.
  • People can submerge in 20-60 seconds and do not usually call out or wave arms to alert.
  • Make sure as you can that the pools are checked for chlorine and pH, before you dip. (1-3 mg/L per million pH 7.2-7.8 for pool germs and for hot tubs 2-4 parts chlorine per million and pH same as pools.  Levels should be checked 2 times per day or more with heavy use. pH is important because it balances germ-killing-ability of the chlorine and allows for skin and eyes to not be irritated.) 

Common sense--and we are also including this about diving:

DO NOT dive into shallow pools.

Our friend lives in a building that has a pool year round, just over 5 feet deep. There are signs everywhere saying ‘Don’t Dive’.  Suitable pool depth for diving is not usually available in residential buildings.  9 feet of water is what is recommended by The American Red Cross for head first dives and dives from pool decks.[iv]  Many such pools for diving are even 10 feet deep. One day our friend saw a neighbor actually helping his young kids dive head first into the water.  

Playing the odds of not injuring yourself or your loved ones by diving is dangerous.

  • 57.2% of all pool diving accidents occur in water 4 feet deep or less
  • 4.8% of diving accidents occur in water at least 8 feet deep.
  • 16.8% of accidents are from trick dives.
  • 50% of diving accidents involve alcohol.   
  • Drowning is the 2nd largest cause of accident related deaths in kids 14 and younger. Be safe this summer!

Choose to be safe in the water this summer!


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[i] Triple A’s of Healthy Swimming Awareness, Action, Advocacy CDC 24/7

[ii] Hot Tub User Information: Protect Yourself from Recreational Water and Illness and Stay HOT! CDC

[iii] Swim Diapers and Swim Pants CDC 24/7

[iv] Pools and Diving Accidents Injury Statistics by Swope, Rodane PA

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Mother's Rights-Breast Feeding In Public

In this political year, where there is talk of rights for all, what about mothers' rights?

There are still no real breast feeding places!

Bathrooms, lounges, etc., regardless of what gender adult they attract are not intended for nursing.  All the who-ha about bathrooms in the news this past year, brings to mind a friend who was trying to nurse (mid 1990’s) and it was very difficult for her to find a place in which to do it. This has not changed 21 years later!


Not a place for breast feeding in public yet! In a country where everything is possible!

Back then, the rest rooms or lounges were not quiet safe spaces to nurse.  That meant women had to pump into a bottle and feed- or run home and nurse. 

Today there is not quite the nursing stigma that there was twenty years back--and mothers can legally breastfeed in public in every state.  Still woman turn to formula for convenience despite that the American Association of Pediatrics recommends breast feeding for at least the first six months of life as best practice.  

Where would mothers nurse if they could?  Do we want babies to eat in the bathroom? Really?!

 Despite this, there are no real designated spaces, for nursing a baby:

  • [i] Infant nursing is up (as of 2011 at 79%).
  • 49% were still breastfeeding at 6 months-up 35% from 2000.
  • At 12 months the rate was 27% up from 16% from 2000.

Another article[ii] (2010, from Australia), showed that the longer the duration of breastfeeding a baby, the greater the self-confidence in the practice of nursing, the better the self-esteem and coping capacity as well as stronger social participation for the mother.

Lower levels of anxiety and other post partum depression symptoms, were associated with longer length of nursing times too.  


A more recent study[iii]  looked at depression, finding that the longer time spent breast feeding infants-four versus one month, the less depressed the mothers were.  Yet another study from Hawaii [iv]looked further at nursing and postpartum depression. The participants in the study that did not breastfeed over the six months-- said that they were concerned about low milk supply, lack of support for lactation information, medical issues and pain.

What support for nursing a baby is necessary?

This is a multifacited endeavor for todays' mothers.

It takes something for a modern women to breast feed:

  • It takes understanding how the process works and develops,
  • Including what is to be expected, what if an infection presents, how to wean, etc.
  • Lactation specialists can help mothers begin the process and support the process of lactation. But there are only a small (2-6%) number of lactation certified professionals to every 1,000 live births nationwide.

 There is room to foster more breast feeding activities if there is education and support!

 Another study[v] portrays the benefits of breastfeeding.

     Breastfeeding saves $300 billion dollars per year in the U.S.[vi]

Benefits for nursed babies:

  • Prevent child infections and malocclusion.
  • Possibly reduced weight and diabetes as adulthood ensues 
  • Globally could prevent 823,000 deaths in children under 5.

Benefits for nursing mothers:

  • Protection against breast cancer, improved birth spacing and possible protection against ovarian cancer and type 2 diabetes
  • Breastfeeding globally could prevent 20,000 cases of breast cancer annually.
  • Increases oxytocin for bonding and for health benefits for both baby and mother.

Despite these facts, breastfeeding rates vary widely.   Women turn to formula when breast feeding is uncomfortable,  inconvenient or when they lack lactation support.

The Affordable Care Act in the U.S provides for nursing breaks and insurance for pumps and this may increase the breast feeding practice by 25%. There is much more needed from governments and health representatives to facilitate and support every women in this practice, for her own health and the health of her baby. And for public health and prevention of disease!  

Where should women go to nurse?

There needs to be safe, clean and calming nursing stations set up in public places.

Should babies nurse in bathrooms?

The Team does not think so because we would not eat in a bathroom!

Should we speak up and tell politicians what is important to us and what the value is to our families and society?

Should the U.S. invest in the proliferation of breast feeding education through public relations campaigns and support for developing lactation specialists? What do you think? We think yes!

 We can choose for our babies and our health!

Choose to win!

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Road Safety For Young Drivers and Teen Drivers

June and July are the months with the highest percentage of teenage crashes. Teen driving statistics tell us that 53% of crashes occur more frequently on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday and between 9-12 PM[i].

It’s summertime and young people and teens are out and about for long weekends. They may drink of be with friends with those who do.  They can be distracted and in party mode.  

We are committed to providing you with a more impactful view about road safety for young drivers.

Sharing safety information for you and your loved ones might prompt actions to mitigate crashes.

Some statistics to know about safety for young drivers, teens specifically:

  • Rates have gone down regarding motor vehicle crashes (2012) to 68% fewer fatalities than in 1975.
  • Two of three teens killed are male.
  • Teens make up about 8% of motor vehicle crash deaths.
  • 79% of crashes result in death of the passenger; 60% of them were driven by 16-19 year olds.
  • Seat belts were worn at a rate of 42% fatally injured teens compared to 49% for those over 30.
  • The risk of 16-17 year old drivers dying is proportionate to the number of passengers: the increase is 44% with one, double that with two, and quadruple that with three or four.

Car accidents come from inexperience, from drinking and from distraction.

  1. Practice! Many teens are now continuing driving practice with experienced drivers even after they get their licenses to combat this inexperience.  
  2. Don't drink! Fatal crashes in 2014[ii]showed the highest percent of drunk drivers was for 21-24 year olds (30%)[iii]. Ten thousand or so were killed the same year from drunk driving and 290,000 were injured from drunk driving.   Fatal drunk driving is four times more prevalent at night than during the day and occurs about twice the rate on weekends as during the week. 
  3. Don't be distracted! According to the CDC, there are three primary types of distraction on the road. Distraction results in up to 80% of all crashes.

Distraction is described as:

  • Visually taking your eyes off the road by using your GPS or looking elsewhere, manually doing other things with your hands such as eating and not holding the wheel and cognitively taking your mind off your driving. 
  • Texting and driving? Texting is the worst distraction because it integrates the visual, the manual and the cognitive functions.
  • Those sending texts are 23 times more likely to be in a car crash than other drivers.  Cell phones are involved in 1.6 million crashes and 6,000 lives.[iv]  

  • A crash takes place within three seconds of a driver being distracted.
  • Teens, according to the Automobile Association of America become distracted by their phones (12% of crashes),
  • They look for something in the car (10%),
  • They get distracted by something outside (9%),
  • They sing or dance to music (8%) What? yes!
  • They groom (6%)
  • Or reach for an object (6%).

Many things can be done to enhance driver safety: 

  • Take a minimal number of passengers
  • Use a newer car and a larger one-where track record stats show less crash propensity
  • Use a car with a less powerful engine to dissuade speeding
  • Always use your seat belt
  • Don’t text or be on the phone
  • Study the routes ahead of time and if they are unfamiliar, drive by day until comfortable
  • Know how to get gas and change the oil and about tire pressure, etc..
  • Carry emergency items such as a blanket, flashlight and batteries and water as well as a first aid kit.
  • Don’t drive if you are sleepy or have had alcohol (you must be 21 to have alcohol)   
  • Don't drive if you are depressed.

There are choices to make which not only impact our health but the health and well-being of those around us.

 We can choose!


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High School Athletes Suffer Mild Traumatic Brain Injury-Concussions!

Of those reported, 5.3 million Americans live with a traumatic brain injury disability!  

Many sports-oriented kids, in team sports have sustained a concussion[i]. 

After an ice hockey game when our friends' 15 year old daughter was hit in the head, the daughter spoke in a rude and quite sarcastic way to her high school teacher.  This "out of character", behavior for the usually reserved teen, was clearly one of the signs of concussions in kids.  Our friend did not realize that her daugher had sustained a traumatic brain injury that altered her personality transiently.

That's when we knew we had to write about kid’s concussions.  

The CDC sites that in the past ten years, concussions (which are reported), have doubled with the number of visits to the ER for 8-13 year olds, and that concussions themselves have increased among teens at a 200% rate.  The first concussion can be problematic but following traumatic brain injury hits may cause permanent or long-term brain damage.  

Accumulating more hits to the brain can cause traumatic brain injury disability.

Studies show that a third of those affected will sustain a second concussion the same year. 


And 33% of injuries occur from football practice.  Why is that?  One study “tackles” this issue suggesting that many strategies of the game can be used especially during practice that mitigate player to player contact and other behavior that brings on concussion.ncussions.[ii] 

A recent report indicated that children’s’ concussions are ‘vastly under-reported”[iii]  and among the signs of concussions in kids, 90% do not lose consciousness. Concussions are much more likely (82% more) to be triaged in their pediatrician’s office than in the emergency room which is where the CDC gets the statistics they use.  It is also estimated that there are as many as 3.8 million concussions annually during sports, in the United States—both competitive and recreational, with 50% of the injuries unreported.[iv]

Concussion is defined as a "traumatically induced transient disturbance of brain function and involves a complex pathophysiological process" it is usually self-limiting and is in fact, a mild traumatic brain injury.

The highest incidence of traumatic brain injury from football occurs (47 percent-high school football), then ice hockey, rugby, soccer and finally, basketball.   If you have sustained one concussion, you are at a higher risk for another one. And if you have many concussion symptoms, it might take you longer to recover. Women athletes have a greater incidence than men for concussion and young athletes are more likely to have a longer recovery and associated catastrophic injury-traumatic brain injury disability. Preexisting issues such as mood, learning, attention deficit disorders and headaches complicate the management of concussions.

One study suggests that playing fair and wearing helmets for football, lacrosse, hockey and soccer/rugby may prevent impact such as fracture, bleeding and cuts. This however does not correlate with reducing the frequency or severity of the concussion.  

There is more information our now about being able to return to playing sports (Return To Play-PTP) and that sports activity should be done when the individual is free of symptoms, due to concussions decreasing ones’ reaction time.


Neuropsychological testing can be used as part of an overall assessment and is useful in managing long-term concussion symptoms.  Children should be assessed on the field and not allowed to continue play.

For the best outcome about this worsening public health issue, is the awareness of coaches, teachers, parents and children in order to mitigate long term effects! [v]

 Choose to be knowledgeable and informed, because our kids brains’ matter!

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[ii] Incidence of Concussion During Practice and Games in Youth, High School and Collegiate American Football Players Thomas P Dompier, PHD, ATC, et al JAMA Pediatr. 2015; 169(7):659-665. Doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.0210.

[iii]  Br J Sports Med.2013 Jan; 47(1):15-26. Doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091941. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine position statement: concussion in sport. Harmon KG, et al.

[v] J Sci Med Sport. 2016 Mar;19(3):194-9. Doi: 10.1016/jsams.2015.02.009. Epub 2015 Feb 24 On-field management and return-to-play in sports-related concussion in children: Are children managed appropriately? Haran HP, et al.

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The Trouble With Nail Polish

 not the telltale chip on your pinky nor the fact that your expensive manicure did not last--


..the trouble with nail polish is the toxic chemicals!!

Today’s nail polish, unlike those from years back are made from:

  • plasticizers,
  • dyes,
  • pigments and polymers,
  • thickening agents
  • and stabilizers
  • and other toxic chemicals

There are endocrine-disrupting chemicals in popular nail polish which were revealed by a study within the bodies of over 24 women who used such products[ii].   All women had a metabolite of triphenyl phosphate in their bodies even 10-14 hours after painting their nails.

Our Team feels that it is a further evil that nail polish is popularly marketed to women and teenage girls during their fertile years and to tweens and children at a time when their bodies are maturing.

It is said (Nail Magazine) that 97% of girls aged 12-14 have used nail products like polish and use them daily at a rate of 14%.


More than 1,500 of the most popular products contain TPHT as an ingredient which causes reproductive and developmental problems and obesity.  

YES,  toxic chemicals in your FAV Nail Polish!


Other studies have shown toxic chemical issues over time:

  • Toluene sulfonamide formaldehyde resins-caused allergies such as contact dermatitis[iii] and can also cause anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage.
  • Toxicity of formaldehyde[iv] -a skin, eye and respiratory irritant and known carcinogen linked to leukemia
  • Toxicity of toluene[v] and dibutyl phthalate-that products claiming to be toluene free (83% had high concentrations and those DBP free, were not (in error at 14%) and that generally these exceeded safety limits for both workers and patrons of salons. The later causes birth defects in animals.

Nails reflect our health. 

The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that changes in our nails such as discoloring or thickening can be a signal of liver, kidney , heart and lung conditions, anemia and diabetes.

Instead of painting your nails with toxic chemicals you can find organic nail polish!

Or why not?...

  • clean nails with a brush after applying olive oil each week to your cuticles?
  • get an emery board and shape them neatly.
  • remember that your good health and reproductivity is far more beautiful and attractive than painting the latest color
  • remember that your good health is more important that using the latest glue—and we have not yet even covered the toxicity of glues!
  • eat healthfully for your nails. Healthy proteins-free range egg yolks,-grass fed choices, antioxidants and leafy greens, berries,  etc.. Omega 3’s also. Cut back on vegetable oils as these will make your nails brittle too and are not good for you anyway. Eat sardines, anchovies.
  • if your nails are weak and chipping regularly you might consider to have your thyroid checked.
  • make sure you are getting enough vitamin B12 and magnesium for your nails and that you are not iron deficient.
  • if you have pits or dents in your nails it could be psoriasis or an autoimmune issue. 
  • don’t bite your nails because first, it might lead to infection systemically and second you won’t be as able to function without full painless use of your hands.  We recommend you consider putting temporary tape on your nails so that they can grow or perhaps band aids.  And take up a hobby where it is more fun to use your hands and fingers productively than to cause yourself harm.


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[i] Nail Polish Wikipedia

[ii] Duke-EWG Study Finds Toxic Nail Polish Chemical in Women’s Bodies by Sara Sciammacco October 15, 2015 , Environment International

[iii] Contact Dermatitis 1997 Oct;37(4): 155-62 Allergenic ingredients in nail polishes Sainio EL, et al.

[iv] Do You Know What’s in Your Nail Polish November 22, 2014

[v] Food Chem Toxicol 2015 Jul;81:46-53. Doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2015.04.011. Epub 2015 April 9 Screening- level human health risk assessment of toluene and dibutyl phthalate in nail lacquers Kopelovich L, et al.

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