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I recently wrote a chapter in a book called Power to Change.  It includes my chapter - 5 P's to Making Life Enhancing Changes as well as chapters from 18 other experts in various modalities of creating change. 

In addition to outlining how to facilitate change, I answer the question - 'why do people often wait until they have a life-threatening diagnosis, like cancer, to make life-enhancing changes?'. The 5 P's are: Pain, Power, Permission, Passion and Purpose.  Please use this link to listen to my interview: http://www.thepowertochangetelesummit.com/audioseries.htm

 

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Monday
Jul252016

Is your sunscreen helping or hurting you?

You likely know that there are potentially hazardous chemicals in brand name personal care products and sunscreens are no exception. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your sunscreen.

In general, the mineral-based ingredients like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are good bets because they actually block or reflect the sun's rays. The main disadvantage is that they are often thick and white and don't absorb easily into the skin (which is also why the work well!)!

I went to the database called Skin Deep and did some research on a naturally postitioned drugstore brand - Aveeno. I looked at several products (for example - Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant CC Cream, Medium, SPF 30) and often the scores were 7 or 8 out of 10 in terms of toxicity. Here are the two ingredients that always scored the highest:

FRAGRANCE Score: 8/10
Allergies/immunotoxicity, Miscellaneous, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Ecotoxicology
OXYBENZONE Score 8/10
(Active Ingredient) Enhanced skin absorption, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions, Endocrine disruption, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

So I would recommend looking for mineral-based products and if you don't like the way they apply, try to at least stay away with products containing fragrances and Oxybenzone. Please remember that just because the product is expensive or marketed under a cosmetic brand, it does not guarantee good quality ingredients.

Here is some other sunscreen information from the EWG's website https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/executive-sum....

They also have a Healthy Living app that allows you to scan products in-store and get an immediate toxicity score. I have not tried it yet but intend to - you can find the link on their site.

I hope this helps you find a safe and effective product this summer. To search for your brand click here: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/special/sunscreen...

Jackie

Saturday
Jun182016

Toxins - how to reduce your exposure

This is a guest post from the Mesothelioma Prognosis Network, an advocacy group that offera free services and information on the illnesses caused by asbestos exposure, such as mesothelioma cancer. 

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Cancer Causing Toxins

Environmental toxins are all around us. They are in the air we breathe, the water we use and the food we eat, virtually inescapable in our daily lives.

We rarely see, smell or feel many of them until the damage is done. So to protect yourself as best you can, vigilance is key.

Asbestos is one of the sneakiest and most threatening of the toxins, a naturally occurring mineral that once was used extensively throughout much of the 20th century. It was mined, processed and mixed with hundreds of everyday products used in the building of America.  It was versatile, affordable and lauded for its ability to strengthen, insulate and fireproof most anything — a seemingly wondrous resource.

Unfortunately, it also was toxic. A fact that slowly came to light, leaving behind an endless trail of serious health problems for those who worked with it, lived near it and played with it.

Although the use of asbestos has dropped significantly in recent decades, it remains throughout our society today, a danger still lurking in the shadows. The longer it ages, the more dangerous it becomes, causing a myriad of problems, including lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Asbestos is just one example of the dozens of environmental toxins among us.

Some are a byproduct of the industrialized world in which we live. Others come naturally. Together, they have been linked to a wide variety of cancers, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, respiratory illnesses, allergies, body rashes, cognitive impairment, sensory and motor dysfunction.

In The Water:

Traces of pesticides, herbicides and refrigerants found in chlorinated drinking water are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Cyanobacterial toxins in city water cause a variety of health issues. Chloroform, arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium are found in water we drink, but often we never know.

In The Air:

Airborne toxins can travel great distances. Power plants spew nitrates, sulfates and mercury. Volatile organic compounds, which are in many household products, make indoor air much more dangerous than being outside.

In the Food:

Toxins work their way into the food chain. Freshwater fish, produce, beef, pork and chicken are known to contain traces of dioxins, which are chemical compounds formed from waste disposal. Pesticides from runoffs often find their way into commercially raised meat.

Humans can deal with low levels of toxins naturally and effectively, but when the levels are too high, they become absorbed, and problems arise. The trick is limiting exposure as much as possible.

A Few Tips to Follow:

  • Have your tap water tested, and if needed, install an appropriate water filter.
  • Avoid artificial food additives and processed foods. Eat organic produce and free-range meat.
  • Avoid artificial air fresheners or synthetic fragrances that pollute the air. Switch to natural toiletry items like toothpaste, perfumes and shampoo.
  • Older home renovations should be done only with proper respiratory protection that avoids inhalation of toxic asbestos fibers.
  • Breathe clean air whenever possible, avoid smokers and open the windows, visit parks and go to the country whenever possible.

For more information about asbestos and mesothelioma and the services we offer, please feel free to visit us at: https://www.mesotheliomaprognosis.com

Also, if you have mesothelioma cancer and need financial assistance please use this link: https://www.mesotheliomafund.com/

 

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Tuesday
May032016

What gives you real fulfillment?

Continuing the story from the Why Café where John has ended up after getting lost and almost running out of gas. John’s waitress Casey continues to be his spiritual guide and challenges him with some insights!
 
John has already learned that his life purpose is about doing what he loves to do.  As this seems too simple, John asks Casey why people don’t just go ahead and do what they love to do?  Why do we often get side tracked or end up in situations where we don’t feel fulfilled yet we stay because we feel stuck?
 
Casey explains that society puts ideas in our head about how to make ourselves feel good. Like buying nice clothing, driving cool cars, eating at fancy restaurants etc.  When we ‘buy’ into those ideas, we tend to start buying those products but what we experience is only temporary satisfaction.  Then we see other products and think they are cool and will give us pleasure so we buy more things.  Eventually we end up with a lot of stuff, bills to pay but still have a lack of fulfillment at a deeper level.  So a vicious circle is created, we seek jobs that allow us to pay the bills but they don’t necessarily bring us satisfaction and neither do the products, so we end up getting trapped in the job with, seemingly, no easy way out.
 
Sound crazy?  Well, John has to admit that he may have fallen into that trap and although he is not sure he is ready to make big changes in his life, he is ready to keep listening as what Casey is saying is resonating with him.
 
Does it resonate with you?  Here are some questions to reflect on;

  • Where does your sense of fulfillment come from?
  • Are you doing things that brings you true fulfillment everyday? Every week? Once in a while?

Next time I will discuss how to start bringing more joy, energy and lasting fulfillment into your everyday life – without having to change jobs or buy expensive toys!

Until then, I invite you to live your life with passion, purpose and inner peace!
 
Jackie