Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: We all know to keep harsh, chemical cleaners away from children. But could using them so freely, as is so often advertised, cause us damage too? Women's Voices for the Earth presents this short animation that gets us thinking about what we spray in the name of "killing all those germs." Plain old soap, vinegar, and things like Borax can keep all those bad germs away just effectively and with a greater sense of peace of mind.
by Dr. Alison Poulsen
She says she loves you, but you’ve got to get a “better” job. When you try to choose your partner’s friends, activities, or work, it suggests that you consider your partner to be inadequate. Doing all activities in unison, having agreement all the time, and having the same friends create merely the illusion of unity. Seeking unity through control damages the respect at the core of love. In time, you might achieve uniformity, but that ultimately becomes dull and oppressive.
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Hair loss (alopecia) and hair care is one of the most common health and beauty concerns. In addition to environmental toxins, it is frequently associated with high levels of stress and often accompanied by vitamin/mineral deficiencies. Ayurveda links hair loss to both Vata and Pitta doshas. Excessive physical, mental or emotional stress can increase the dryness and heat in our bodies and damage hair follicles.
by Sue Olmos, CTPM, CHP – MEd
It was February, 2003. Katie, a 7 year-old German Shorthair hunting dog had returned home in some apparent discomfort from a long day’s hunting with her owner, Stan. Thinking he could ease her soreness, he gave her some ibuprofen, totally unaware of the fact that the ingredients are toxic to dogs and could lead to kidney failure and death...
Editor's Note from Michael Salewski: This article provides a number of lessons to pet owners. For one, the use of human medications in our pets can often have unintended and terrible consequences. Secondly, that the damage done by "side-effects" is often seen as irreparable, when in fact there may be answers outside of mainstream medicine.
Animals & Pets
by Markia Blossfeldt
From Sheila Fields: Polenta and parsley! I'm a big fan of polenta, so I can't wait to try this one! And parsley... well, parsley is more than a pretty garnish. It packs a healing punch with volatile oils that help neutralize carcinogens and antioxidants that combine with those pesky and highly reactive oxygen containing free radicals, preventing cellular damage...
It’s easy enough to say that we all grasp the idea of plastic being harmful to the environment, but do we really understand just how much damage is being done? Toxic chemicals such as benzene and dioxin are released into surrounding communities during the manufacture of certain types of plastic, and some types leach chemicals as we use them. A plastic bottle tossed into a landfill will take hundreds of years to break down, while plastic bags that litter the landscape will kill animals that try to eat them.
Eco-Products & Services
by Tom Cowan
Recently some of us in the shamanic community have been talking about “shamanic tending” rather than shamanic healing. The term seems more appropriate for certain situations where the normal patterns and rhythms of life have been severely disrupted either through natural processes, like hurricanes and tornadoes, or suffering caused by human activities, such as war or industrial damage...
by Kathy Smith
Pumpkin can protect against Breast Cancer - It is rich in alpha-carotene, an antioxidant precursor of Vitamin A which boosts cells' resistance to cancer-causing damage and lowers a women's risk of disease by up to 35 percent...
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