Antiperspirants are used to inhibit sweating, but when you stop to think about it the practice seems counterintuitive. One of the purposes of sweating is to remove toxins from the body. Using antiperspirants impedes this natural cleansing method. In addition, many antiperspirants contain ingredients such as aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium. Aluminum is easily absorbed into the body and has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer. Once in the body, it can be absorbed into your brain, kidneys, liver, and bone marrow. Before you buy your next invisible solid scented clear dry antiperspirant stick, think about what you are putting on your skin and in your body, and what is not being let out. There are deodorants that work to keep you from offending others with BO. I have been trying different products for several years and I plan to review everything I have used, good and bad. Stay tuned or check out the “deodorant” category on this website.
Scratch your head; but don’t draw blood! If you see white under your fingernails, you have scratched off sebum. A gland next to our hair follicles produce sebum naturally as a method for helping to protect the hair itself and the scalp. Sebum is a waxy ester; similar to ear wax (ew, I know). When you strip off the subum, you are destroying the scalp’s natural defense mechasim.
If you don’t have subum most likely you are washing your hair too much. Try to wash your hair less. In the past people would wash their hair only once a month or every two weeks. To clean their hair they would brush their hair daily with a boar’s hair brush or another natural bristle brush. The brush helps clean any debris out of your hair and redistrubutes the natural oils.
In sixty seconds, the Earth absorbs enough sunlight to fulfill the planet’s energy needs for a year! The Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) seeks to find and develop solar technologies that are cost-competitive in the market by 2015. The program currently focuses on the research and development of photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) as well as system integration and market transformation. Photovoltaics convert sunlight into energy while concentrating solar power uses mirrors to send the solar energy to receivers which convert it into heat which is changed into electricity with steam turbines or other methods.
In other cultures and in earlier times, birth was treated differently than it is today in the United States. Instead of being scared of the pain or possible complications, women looked at it as an exciting rite of passage. Women were prepared by other women in how to get their bodies ready for labor and how to help their bodies during the labor process. Today women rarely know how to labor effectively unless women attend educational birth classes or are prepared by extensive reading or speaking with other women. Some arrive at the hospital expecting to be told what to do with no preparation whatsoever. A very interesting anthropological paper by Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, Ph.D theorizes that the current state of birth in America has become a series of ritualistic procedures that bring “ordered structure to the chaotic flow of the natural birth process.” This explains how birth has gone from a natural process unique to each woman to a process that is managed and controlled by doctors to fit a predictable pattern.
Products labeled “100% organic” means they are made with certified organic ingredients (not including salt and water). If a products is made with at least 95% organic ingredients, it can use the word “organic”. Both “100% organic” and 95% organic products may display the USDA organic seal. Any product containing a minimum of 70% organic ingredients is allowed to be labeled “made with organic ingredients”. If a products is made with less than 70% organic ingredients, it can not advertise this information and can only refer to organic on the product’s ingredient statement.