Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Joy Behar Can't Be That Ignorant About Celiac Disease!

Joy Behar can't be that ignorant about celiac disease given the fact that she worked for years with Elizabeth Hasselbeck, a known celiac that's had many discussions about the disease on the television show, The View.  So I believe it's obvious to those who know her and the show, that she is simply using the subject to draw attention to herself. Sad because, she's an attractive lady with a lot of talent, so why use ignorance to showcase one's self.

Because of her comments I've decided to tell a bit about what I deal with due to my intolerance of wheat and gluten. Everyday I work hard to keep from being exposed to wheat and gluten when I have to eat out or travel; but when I do and discover I have managed to get the stuff in my system, the following are issues that happen as a result of being exposed to wheat and gluten:

The symptoms can range from what may seen to be insignificant, such as my headaches, swollen glands, diarrhea, reflux, bloating and stomach pain, cramping, gas, itchy redness of the skin, eczema, hair loss and move on to more significant problems such as malabsorption, inflammation, anemia, and cause my other autoimmune disorders to flair up to say the least. 

Even when I'm not traveling or eating out, I can and have found myself having problems with being exposed to wheat and gluten or problems that occur due to these issues. For example, I have Hashimoto Disease, as do many celiacs. When this was discovered I was placed on thyroid medication but continued to have many problems with taking this particular medication until I discovered that the generic thyroid medication was the cause of my problems. Although I have many other immune issues not taking the generic thyroid was the answer for some of my problems. 

After many years of taking Synthroid with some improvements, about a year and a half ago, I started feeling tired, seeing swelling around my neck, puffy face, hoarseness, headaches, severe hair loss, weight gain, cold all the time, weakened adrenals, muscle weakness, hoarseness, dry skin issues with my feet and irregular menstrual periods. Many of these were the symptoms I had prior to finding out that I had Hashimoto Disease, so I just couldn't understand why this was starting to happen again until I discover that after many years of receiving my Synthroid from a Pharmacy called Pharmaca, someone had decided to change my prescription to generic (you see the gluten intolerant must be careful with the various generic brands of Levothyroxine, only two are gluten-free).  

Moving forward nine months, my body was starting to get back to normal (whatever normal is for those of us dealing with gluten intolerance). However, once again I started feeling bad only to discover this time it was Good Day Pharmacy who took it upon themselves to switch my thyroid medication to generic even though I personally had them place it in their records that I was allergic. So once again I moved on, this time down the road to Walgreens Pharmacy and they were successful at giving me my first bottle of Synthroid, but the following month they had switched my medication to generic and the individual we spoke to blamed me and the Doctor's office for their error. The individual stated that we did not fill out paperwork properly in order for them to give us the proper prescription, which was not true or I never would have received the first bottle of Synthroid. It was also requested that it be placed in their files that I was allergic to the generic version and it was confirmed being done. So once again, I'm presently recovering from being exposed to generic thyroid medication, which has cause hair loss and many of the other issues to resurface (I'm starting to wonder if someone has it out for me, but I know God/The Universe has my back).

Many of the gluten intolerant have other autoimmune illnesses as a result of the damage that has been done to their system. In fact, many are sensitive to multiple ingredients like dairy, soy, corn, eggs, grains, etc. As you can see there are so many layers to this condition, so hopefully you can understand why it's both painful and upsetting to see and/or hear someone demonizing people who suffer from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.  It's especially upsetting to watch celebrities use their platform to spill out misinformed and damaging information to create controversy in an effort to draw attention to increase their fame. 

For many of us, gluten intolerance is not a fad diet and we are on a continuous journey for better health. Recently it was brought to my attention that the manufacturer of Synthroid is not able to guarantee gluten-free status due to cross contamination issues. Please find below a list of Gluten Free Thyroid Medications:

  • Armour
  • Cytomel
  • Levothyroxine (Lannet, Mova brands only)
  • Levoxyl
  • Nature-Throid
  • Tirosint
  • WP Thyroid (formerly Westhroid Pure)

Let's remember to continue to educate the ignorant. Lovely Is As Lovely Does!

Thursday, January 15, 2015


It’s Planet Therapy Thursday and today I’m going to move off the body care for a minute. The attack on the Paris community saddened my heart. I believe it also weakens the foundation of humanity, for we are all interconnected. Crime is a problem for all and the road to correcting this problem starts within each and every one of us. If a child is being bullied/abused at school (or in a home) and you know about it yet do nothing, you’re part of the degradation of society and the planet. If you know that someone is hurting another by maliciously attacking them, be it verbally or physically and you act as if it doesn’t exist you are part of the degradation of society and the planet. If you run a business within an industry and are profiting by trying to ruin another be it by means of malicious cyber attacks (or you’re aware of such crimes but do nothing because you stand to gain form it), you are a part of the degradation of society.  Terrorist action doesn’t just start on foreign soil, it starts from within and how we respond to the small negative things that may not seem to be that big of a deal, at least that’s the lie we tell ourselves in order to justify the behavior. If someone accepts money to hurt another and the excuse that it’s simply business is used, it makes you no different then those who are considered to be terrorist (just another form of the behavior).

So if you find yourself watching the news, hearing the many concerns for our safety here on American soil, consider paying attention to the small minded criminal behavior of those you may know around you because that would surely be the same person for sale to compromise your safety, your families safety and the safety of a nation as well as the planet.  We are all in this together and ignorance knows no boundaries so we must be our brother’s keeper.  I believe you can’t live a green and organic lifestyle and ignore the ugliness that’s out there. Let’s all take a moment to send the planet some love and light.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Multi-Functional Organic and Gluten Free Body Care Tips

The following are tips about our products too not only help you understand how to use the products, but to also save time and money.  Lovely Is As Lovely Does!

Select Multi-functional products

Facial Nutrient – Serves as a facial moisturizer, eye cream and lip balm. Start with a pea size amount for your entire face that should do it during the day. If you are very dry around the eyes and/or showing lines, add just a tiny bit more under the eyes. It’s also great for the nail cuticles, so pay attention to them just after placing your moisturizer on.

Neroli Conditioning Shampoo Bar – Take care of your hair care needs while you're having a shower. This product serves as a shampoo and conditioner, leaving on while taking the time to clean your body. The longer you leave in the hair the more enhanced the conditioning properties are (less time for thin hair).

Helichrysum Oil – Great for troubled acne prone skin, sore muscles, bruises, scratches, burns, cuts, razor burn, etc.., its great support for any skin issues. Dr. Oz did a show discussing the anti-inflammatory properties of this oil and how it helps with pain.

Use Waterless Products – because they are undiluted, you products will last longer, resulting in less time in the stores. In addition, usually waterless organic products do not have harsh preservative, chemicals or toxins in them, so less problems with the skin, resulting in less time in the Doctors office. 

Many of our products are multi-funchtional so remember to click on the read more link in the shopping section to learn more about them. You'll find the description , Ingredients and How to Use Tabs.

Final Tip: Finding a simple routine for maintaining good skin regardless of a busy schedule: The chart below is a simple outline to follow. You really don't need any complicated routine and if your skin requires a bit more due to the signs of aging or you want to minimize aging too quickly, be sure to do the following at night. Clean, tone and place a great night serum on your face. The body and skin restores itself during the night while you sleep. Note: Exfoliating and using a mask should not be a part of your daily or nightly routine, but you should make time for it once a week if you have dry, aging or acne prone skin. We are presently looking into reformulation for our prior mask, stay tuned for details in the future. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Waterless Organic Body Care, Why?

Waterless Organic Body Care, Why? 

As a manufacturer of waterless organic body care products, my perspective on the organic and gluten free body care industry could not be more practical. God knows, I certainly am not in the industry for the love of money, proven by the many hurdles and obstacles I've had to jump in order to survive in this industry, while trying to protect the company from the lions hanging around waiting to gobble up  our efforts (one can feel a bit like Daniel). I know some may find my views eccentric but none could argue that I care about the environment and it is a known fact by most who know me that I want to share information and encourage consumers to learn about the ingredients they are placing on their body and why it's important to do so. It is my hope that you'll find this blog both useful and interesting enough to see the value in being aware of how your organic body care purchases effect not only your health but the wellbeing of the planet (food and household supplies are important too). 

Why waterless organic body care? After several years of working within the industry, I still get asked the question why did I choose to go waterless with my organic and gluten free body care formulations? Well, there's three parts to answering this question. First, I care about my health and by using water in body care formulations, the demand to place toxic chemicals are a necessity. Second, because of my personal battle with skin and hair issues, I saw the need to create an effective gluten free and organic body care line that was clean and effective (I don't believe you can do so with the addition of water in body care formulations).  Please find below an outline detailing the benefits of using waterless organic body care.

Why A need for Waterless Organic Body Care: 

Let's start with the reason I saw a need. Well, I wish I could start off by stating that I was brilliant and a scholar who just knew the need to create an effective waterless organic body care brand that was also gluten free, fortunately that was not the case. I use the word fortunateIy because it was my own health issues that motivated me to discovered the need to use clean products and later to create a line that would only use undiluted clean effective ingredients. Prior to this, I would use the latest and greatest chemical based marketing product that I heard about. Believe it or not, I actually knew better due to my upbringing (my Grandma and older sister were wizards at cooking and it was always home made and healthy, not to mention what I learned about during my time living in Europe, I knew how to produce my own body products), but I lost my mind after discovering that I had a gluten intolerance that was causing all kinds of skin and hair issues. If it was expensive, I believed that it would work and I enjoyed the clever and glamours television ads (still do enjoy watching these types of ads, but now for the artistry in making the commercial or ad, a lesson well learned). Third, I care about the wellbeing of the planet, water conservation is a necessity for survival. You see, I now know that what you see is not always what you get, but what your read on the labels, is definitely what you are most likely getting (with the exception of GMO's, not on the labels, but we're still fighting for it).

Organic Waterless Body Care for your Health: 

Many people are turning to organic alternatives for their skin and hair (including food and household cleaning supplies), the planet thanks us for our efforts. We are discovering the importance of living a green life. Think about it, government regulations allow virtually any ingredient to be used when producing the products we use daily, so it's rather nice to be assured about what's in your products and to know with certain that they're safe.  Here's a list of benefits you'll receive when choosing to use waterless organic body care:

  • Body Care Products formulated without water solves the risks associated with waster-borne bacteria. Actually, if your body care products are waterless but not organic, they're most likely very clean (but you'll still want to read the ingredient panel.
  • Waterless Organic Body Care can help to revive your skin and hair from years of harsh treatment cause by the use of traditional chemical laced store brought products.
  • Our skin is the largest organ of the body and soaks up everything we place on it. Organic ingredients works well with the body's own natural functions helping to restore and compliment it's own ability to heal, instead of masking the problem. 
  • By going waterless with your body care, you're actually getting exactly what you're paying for. Pure organic ingredients that can be extremely effective at repairing, refining and rejuvenation when undiluted with water (and remember when water comes into play, which usually consist of 70% of the product you're purchasing, so does the chemicals, which cancels out the benefits of using organic products and opens the door for cancer causing toxins).
  • Most organic oil plant-based ingredients doesn't require preservatives other than some vitamin E (we make sure ours is not derived from wheat) or rosemary antioxidants. Basically most can stay on the shelves much longer than the water based stuff without the help of chemicals.
  • Free of harsh and toxic chemicals.
  • Not participating in flushing toxic chemicals down the drain and poisoning the environment.
  • Great for your health and the wellbeing of the planet.
  • Can be a money saver; yes, a little goes a long way.
  • Absorbs quickly into the skin for maximum performance when using top of the line organic cold-pressed oils and ingredients.
  • And if you're an animal lover, they are cruelty free.

Water Conservation, Using Waterless Body Care Helps:

Most of us think of water as being something free but consider this. Go Clean Waterless states that approximately 1/6 of the human population does not have access to clean drinking water. It is a popular cause of many deaths and illness due to a lack of sanitation and the inaccessibility of water. They say that every 20 seconds a child dies as a result of water related diseases (certainly a reason to stay away from toxic chemical based products that definitely ends up being flush down the drains within households). Half of the hospital beds in the world are occupied by patients suffering from diseases associated with a lack of access to safe drinking water, in adequate sanitation and poor hygiene. Give a second to take this information in.....

Are you thinking this is a third world problem, think again.  The Huffington Post states that 11 cities may completely run out of water sooner than we think. The USA Today reports seven states running out of water. The U.S. Department of State indicates Water Issues and mentions that water sustains life, it's in the food we eat, the electricity that powers our homes and in crops that we grow. Note it doesn't mention anything about being in the organic body care products (or regular body care items) because it's not a necessity, actually it's a hazard). In addition, they state that water allows our economy to thrive, our children to grow up healthy and can build peace and cooperation between neighbors, stating that for all these reasons water is a fundamental cornerstone to peace, security and prosperity. The U.S. Department of State also states that by 2025, as much as two-thirds of the world's population could be living under water-stressed conditions where water becomes an impediment to health, peace and socio-economic development. Statics like this one makes water one of the larges challenges of the 21st century.

So now that you are armed with a wealth of information and can learn more on the subject by clicking on the links below, hopefully you can see there is a real need to conserve water and believe me when I tell you that there's an insane amount of water being used via the body care industry. Did you know that more than two thirds of the body is made up of water, we figure you've got that part covered and water is not required to produced excellent organic body care as well as gluten free body care, it's a filler to save money.  If you're interest in finding out how much water is used within the body care industry, Center for Resource Conservation did some research on the subject in 2012, perhaps you can request information on this and learn more about how to conserve.  We are happy to have been recognized by the Center for Resource Conservation as innovator and Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 for our bold stance in developing our Fair Trade, Gluten Free, Waterless USDA Certified Organic Body Care with an unwavering dedication to water conservation.

Lovely Is As Lovely Does!

U. S. Department of State

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