Life is too short to worry about it
What a world we have created for our selves. Technology is always coming up with ways to make us more efficient with the promise of more leisure time. In our leisure time we can enjoy more tecno toys. When we are mobile we can drown out the annoying sounds of our cities with our favorite music, multi task while driving, watch our favorite show while on a bus. Technology is amazing.
How it is affecting our quality of life is still open for discussion. People wearing headphones have been known to walk in front of moving cars, driving while engaged with technology has proved to be fatal.
It seems in some cases we are so engaged with our devises that we lose awareness of surroundings. Luckily we have a choice to use them or not, but when we are at work or home they are part of our every day lives. All of these electronic devices drain our system and weaken our human core system. Why? They emit positive Ions.
Free Radicals - Positive IonsBoth positive and negative ions occur naturally in the air. However, the environment we live in today has far more sources of positive ions than in the past, creating an electrical imbalance in the air and our bodies. They are also called free radicals.
Free radicals are atoms, molecules, or ions with unpaired electrons, highly reactive. They "steal" electrons from healthy cells to neutralize their own charge, causing cellular damage, therefore they are closely associated with oxidative damage and the degenerative aging process.
Free radicals - positive ions, are active forms of oxygen, in other words: Ozone
Sick building syndrome is more common today than it was 20 years ago. Most homes and offices are built air tight and when the heating or air conditioner is running it causes friction which depletes the negative ions.
Positive ions can be produced by:
Bring on the Negative Ion Please!!!
Negative ions are created by plants during photosynthesis, fire from a flame in Soy wax candles, and by moving water—particularly if it falls through the air in a waterfall, ocean spray or shower, or is vaporized into steam when poured onto the hot rocks of a sauna. Nebulizer emit negative ions through a cool mist. You can add essential oils to receive additional healing benefits. Himalayan salt lamps give off negative ions when heated up with a light bulb or candle.
Large numbers of negatively charged ions in a room or in the environment energize, rejuvenate, and make people feel secure and calm. Research shows that these subjective good feelings are due in part to the relaxing alpha brain wave patterns that are induced. The healing effect of negative ions is so important that NASA provides a negative ion generator for astronauts after space flights. And many hospitals in Europe routinely place the units in sick people’s rooms, where the negative ions enhance the healing from burns and even help people recover from some forms of cancer.
In ancient times perfumes were created by extracting oils from flowers and herbs. Somewhere in the late eighteen hundreds it was discovered that chemicals could be used to create perfumes. Cheaper faster and more stable a single perfume would have approx. 90 chemicals, now to create a scent it's more like 1000.
According to the US National Academy of Sciences, 95 per cent of chemicals used in fragrances are derived from petrochemicals.
It is no wonder that so many people can not walk by a department store cosmetic counter, with out getting a headache and or nausea. These compounds are found in everything from Fabreez, laundry soap, reed diffusers, candles and food products.
December 2009, Chek 6 reported a news story. A Victorian resident had purchased a reed diffuser from a large department store. She decided she didn't like the scent, poured it down the drain and went to bed. The next day her drain pipe had melted and was destroyed from the liquid. Even reed diffusers that are made with essential oils contain 80% perfume oils because pure essential oils are two thick to go up the reed.
Fragrance oils contain parabans, phthalates acetone, ethanol, toluene, methylene chloride, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, formaldehyde, limonene, linalool, g-terpinene, beta-phenethyl, musk amberette, musk xylene, musk keytone and other synthetic compounds that green beauty experts decry as harmful to our bodies and the water cycle they are washed into.
Researchers at Edinburgh University suggested in August that pregnant women exposed to certain chemicals found in perfume could be passing on fertility problems to their unborn sons. In response, the Cosmetics, Toiletry and Perfume Association reassured nervous mums-to-be that there is a legal obligation to ensure that products are safe
These are the same toxic chemicals that are on the hazardous waste lists of the EPA (Environmental Protective Agency), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. In 1992, the US Food and Drug Administration did chemical analyses on a number of products. The report is called, "Polar Organic Compounds in Fragrances of Consumer Products". Of the fragrances tested in this analyses, Giorgio cologne for men, Giorgio perfume, and Chantilly spray mist contained ninety percent of the chemicals listed in the EPA's hazardous waste list.
Have we not learned anything. A site has been chosen to dump thousands of tons of toxic waist near beautiful Shawnigan lake. it is on a hillside near a stream the feeds the lake. The residence use this lake for their drinking water. This is clearly a choice of convenience. The location is a gravel pit supposedly made with impregnable bed rock, with no under water aquifers. This according to an engineer firm. Read more from a times colonist article here
below is a picture if the location. Note: the Sooke lake water district is very close ( Victoria gets there water from this area)
Where does the stupidity come from. The Liberal provincial and federal government ? local municipalities, Local residence ? Really is is all of the above. Today there are planned demonstrations to stop trucks from entering the sight. I am not here to judge but observe and share to bring awareness to people about some of the stupids things we do to the natural world for the sake of progress. ( ok..... Maybe I am a little judgmental )
Andrew Weaver ( MLA ) Gorden head, Oak bay took a close look at the area and process. I thank him for taking the time to put this energy and wisdom into this big mistake. Please read his blog here
My nine year old son caught me writing tonight and decided put done some of his own thoughts below
i don t like the idea of this because this is our wold and there ore only one world and we need to protect this world because we only have only 1. who would do this to our beautiful island.
It will be his generation that pays for our mistakes.
From your 20s to your 50s, your skin care routine needs to change right along with you, to ensure you continue to glow from the inside out.
Let’s start with the 20s
Acne can often be a concern and rather than use harsh products, we recommend raw or unpasteurized honey. It is packed with nutrients and antibacterial enzymes. You can use it as a mask - find a recipe here. Look for a good quality honey at your local health food store. We make a great natural line of skin care products called Zit Zapper.
You may be on a budget during this decade and not eating as much of a variety as your body needs, so be sure to add in a multi-vitamin and mineral so your body is getting everything that it needs, and always drink plenty of water.
Here’s another helpful tip for your 20s, when you might be wearing makeup frequently: coconut oil is a fantastic make-up remover!
Into your 30s
Big changes can happen in your 30s. Family and a new busy life means that eating a great diet each day doesn’t always happen. Try to focus on a diversity of fruits and vegetables, and where possible reach for these foods rich in Vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production (what gives your skin its suppleness). Vitamin C - rich foods include oranges and other citrus fruits, bell peppers, dark leafy greens and berries.
Protect your digestive system and boost your immune system for healthy glowing skin. Eating a yogurt high in probiotics will make your tummy feel good, keep your body strong and healthy and calm irritated skin because it helps to reduce inflammation in the body. Our Herbal hydration lotions are full of antioxidants that moisturize and heal.
In our 40s we are facing fine lines
We shouldn’t fear our forties, but embrace this time for the vitality and confidence it can give us. It is a time to really go natural with skin care, and to choose products that care for our skin gently.
Start from within: focus on a diet full of antioxidants to fend off free radicals that are associated with aging. Greens, beta-carotene, selenium and fibre-rich vegetables are essential. Our timeless beauty line was made for mature skin from 30 to 60 and is made with many of the fine base oils that are also full of anti-oxidents. Our skin is the largest organ of our body, so only apply healthy moisturizers, free from harsh chemicals and perfumes.
Drink plenty of water to keep the skin moisturized from within.
Into our 50s
This can be a time of change, as menopause hits. Shifting hormones can often mean dry skin so it is especially important to moisturize. I recommend Argan oil from Morocco. You may have seen it in hair products, but research shows that it helps improve elasticity in the skin as we age. CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that you can take as a supplement, and has the added benefit of being great for heart health and memory. Supplementing with Vitamin D is also important, as the skin’s capacity to produce vitamin D from sun exposure is reduced as you age. We also have great natural sun care product line to protect the skin.
Natural beauty products (including those you make yourself), a strong diet and the right supplements can go a long way towards giving you healthy, vibrant skin at any age.