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The Treasure Hunt – The Law of Attraction

Check out my article ‘The Treasure Hunt’ on the New LOA Law of Attraction Site, It is featured on their Home Page!

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More on Toxic Chemicals

I had the pleasure to meet the wonderful Sarah Lantz PHD, Author of ‘Chemical Free Kids’ at a Seminar last night.

Listening to Sarah, i realised how bad chemical exposure really is for our children! Sarah is part of a research team in the US who do research on placentas, finding out how many toxins the newborn baby already carries in it’s body! The last ten Newborn Babies were loaded with more then 287 different chemicals, from which some of them were toxins banned over 30 years ago!!! Now how can anyone still say that all those toxins we use daily don’t stay in our system??? not only do they stay in out system, but they get stored so well that we give them to our babies through the placenta years later!!! Imagine your child will most probably pass on toxic chemicals to your grandchild, chemicals your child got from you! Scary isn’t it? We have to break that circle, we have to take responsibility and stop poisoning ourselves and our families!

‘The small amout of chemicals that are used in nearly all personal care products today can’t do any harm’, many people say. But every drop contributes to the lake… and chemicals are designed to work in small amounts!

Most toxic chemicals exposure is in our control, start with your home, it is your most toxic place! It is so important to create a healthy home! I would be honoured to help you!

The other thing is all toxins released into our world simply stays there and affects our waterways, animals and plants. Toxins don’t just disappear! What we do to Mother earth we do directly to ourselves!

Have a look at Sarah’s Website:  http://www.chemicalfreeparenting.com

Love and Light

Andrea S Pelikan

http://www.inspiredbyabundance.com/

 

How do toxic chemicals around our home really affect us?

For those of you who haven’t read or heard of a book called ‘Slow Death by Rubber Duck’, I strongly suggest getting hold of a copy. This is one of the most informative books of this time. If you want to know more about what’s in our environment and what’s affecting us, this has the answers. Read the extract below for more info:

The authors of Slow Death by Rubber Duck, Canadian environmentalists Rick Smith (left) and Bruce Lourie.
Two “lab rat” authors have been shocking readers with their book on the effects qlof everyday chemicals, writes Liza Power.
IN 1995, American film director Todd Haynes made a harrowing film called Safe. It stars Julianne Moore as Carol, a beautiful Californian housewife who, with a wealthy husband and picture-perfect home, finds herself peculiarly afflicted by a raft of strange ailments. First headaches, skin rashes, nose bleeds, a cough. Then she suffers a grand mal seizure. Her GP can offer no diagnosis, nor can an allergist or psychiatrist.
As Carol’s symptoms worsen, she becomes convinced she is being poisoned by the chemicals that define our modern lives: aerosol sprays, face creams, processed foods, pesticides on fruit and vegetables. Seeking a cure, she signs herself into a new-age health retreat for the “environmentally ill” and begins a regimen to purge herself.
While the film is a fictional foray, its nightmarish premise — that the chemicals we encounter every day could be killing us — forms the focus of a recent book called Slow Death by Rubber Duck. Based on the firsthand research of prominent Canadian environmentalists Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie, the portrait it paints of modern life is just as chilling. The two decided to use themselves as lab rats for their research. Locking themselves in a “test room” condo, they set about ingesting, inhaling and lathering themselves with products most of us use daily. They then proceeded to measure, through urine and blood samples, how readily their bodies absorbed the chemicals they were exposed to.
On a recent visit to Australia for the Sydney Writers Festival, Smith and Lourie say they face the same reaction to the book everywhere: sheer horror. “Yes, but besides shock we’ve been met with a deep, gut-level acceptance from people that these synthetic chemicals we’ve surrounded ourselves with can’t be good. So many people have been touched by cancer in their immediate families and they sense there’s a link to environmental contaminants. Our book has landed in the middle of that social awakening,” says Smith.
They approached their research with several goals. After extensive work in the field of body burden testing — which shows our bodies absorb myriad chemicals but doesn’t reveal specifically where they come from — they wanted to take the next logical step. “The whole idea behind the self-experimentation was to demonstrate concretely that the decisions we make every day as consumers really matter. Also that it’s possible to measure in real ways the impact of all these products we use,” says Smith.
Inspired by the likes of Morgan Spurlock and Michael Moore, the two began sifting through reams of scientific research. “We went through lists of possible chemicals to focus on and we wound up with seven that emerging scientific evidence identifies as being of real concern.”
They deliberately chose chemicals people would encounter in different parts of their lives: the bathroom, bedroom, kitchen or garden, those ingested in food or beverages, others that leach from cooking utensils, containers, pots and pans.
Assembling an “average life” required consideration, particularly given the two eliminated most chemicals from their own lives some time ago.
“We consciously set out to mimic everyday life, so the cardinal rule of our testing was not to do anything out of the ordinary. For the phthalates experiment, I simply shampooed my hair, shaved and used anti-perspirant, using products people purchase in your average grocery store,” says Smith.
In the book, each experiment is foregrounded with reference to existing scientific research, with studies translated from dense, scientific terminology into accessible plain-speak.
While the two expected there would be surprises, they found the efficiency with which their bodies absorbed various toxins “utterly mind-blowing”. “No one has ever done this kind of work before, so we didn’t have signposts to guide us, but the rapid nature of the increases within very short 12-hour periods really shocked us.”
In one experiment involving the chemical triclosan — commonly used in antibacterial products, toothpaste, facial cleanser, deodorant and soaps — which has been identified as an endocrine disrupter and related to the rise of bacterial resistance, Smith exposed himself to eight supermarket products simultaneously.
Over a 48-hour period, the levels of triclosan in his urine increased 2900-fold. He writes: “So after two days, my self-experimentation took me from the very bottom of the [scale] to far above the highest value recorded to date in the US population.” That his body is flushing the chemical out is good news. What happens when the human body adapts to high levels of triclosan and begins to metabolise it at a slower rate, leading to its accumulation in bodily tissues, presents the greater concern.
Rubber Duck also contextualises its scenarios — our modern obsession for cleanliness, say — against a historical backdrop, often to fascinating effect. With the exceptions of the Romans and their penchant for baths, bathing was, certainly until well into the 17th century, largely avoided; it was widely believed to rob the body of its vital essences and spirit. As Smith and Lourie note, soap did not become widely available or affordable until the 1800s. Before then, baths were looked upon as radical remedies for serious illness; they were usually prescribed and conducted under strict medical supervision.
Playing a pivotal role in this radical shift in thinking has been the advertising industry, which through relentless campaigning has taught us to view germs of any description as evil to the point of life-threatening. Smith delights in recounting the story of Listerine, which was first marketed as a floor cleaner and a cure for gonorrhea, before being packaged as a mouth-wash. “The Listerine company actually invented the word halitosis and the modern concept of bad breath so they could sell more Listerine,” scoffs Smith. “Before that halitosis didn’t even exist.”
Smith blames governments for failing to regulate and monitor the introduction of chemicals as they enter the marketplace. “Most people assume, not illogically, that our governments protect us. . . . But that turns out to be not the case. There are about 80,000 synthetic chemicals in commerce today, everything from pesticides to the varnish on your desk, the foam in the chair you’re sitting on and only a few of those chemicals, less than 5 per cent, have been safety tested.”
One of Smith’s main fears, not to mention his greatest incentive in writing the book, was to examine the chemicals children are exposed to — in toys, clothing, bottles. As the father of two young boys, he still feels guilty about feeding his son with a baby bottle made with bisphenol A (BPA), given studies now link bisphenol A and phthalates with prostate cancer and reproductive abnormalities. BPA is banned in Denmark, Canada and the US, with other European nations also considering bans, yet it is still widely available in Australia and New Zealand.
Responding to demands for similar restrictions here, federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon stated in January that responsibility for such decisions rested with the Therapeutic Goods Administration, which subsequently deferred responsibility to Food Standards Australia New Zealand. The latter maintains it has no regulatory authority over baby bottles and has never commissioned its own research on BPA and its effects.
For Smith, this frenzy of passing the buck is nonsensical, particularly in the face of more than 130 studies over the past decade that link even low levels of BPA to serious health problems, including breast cancer.
“Last night I went to a grocery store in Sydney and bought precisely the same toothpaste and shampoo I used in the experiments,” says Smith. “The chemicals they contain have been banned in Canada and the US but they’re still available here. It’s worrying.”
He says the American and Canadian Medical Associations have recently called for a ban on the household use of triclosan, because of concerns about its health effects. There has also been a significant push in Canada to ban the use of pesticides for home gardens. Spearhead by doctor’s organisations, mainstream cancer societies, nurses and scientists, its momentum is building.
Smith and Lourie’s research has attracted its fair share of criticism, namely from manufacturers who claim the chemical content of their products is too low to cause harm. Which might be the case, Smith acknowledges, if people were only exposed to one or two chemicals a day. “But the problem is that we’re exposed on a minute-by-minute basis to hundreds and thousands of these synthetic chemicals and chemical companies just don’t have a good answer as to what the cumulative effect over time or a lifetime will be. They’ve not done that science so they just don’t know.”
Smith and Lourie’s next project is another book, this time focusing on nanotechnology, cosmetics (including anti-ageing treatments) and detox products (think four-day colon-cleanses or liver detox tablets). Once again, they hope it will feed the gradual social awakening they see in people wherever they travel. Smith is emboldened by the tide of change currently taking place in Canada in the US, by the way medical bodies and community groups are joining forces to lobby governments and effect real change.
“The important thing to realise is that [Rubber Duck] is a hopeful book. It’s not about making people despondent, but rather moving them to action. Making them realise that the decisions they make are really important.”

In Love and Light,

Andrea S Pelikan

http://www.inspiredbyabundance.com/

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Is it time to Loose Weight?

I had the pleasure to hear Dr Wayne Reilly speak last night. Wow, were you aware that the people of Australia have move to No. 1 of ‘fattest people in the world’?

He explained how for 80,000 generations we were hunters and gatherers, then we started to farm wheat for 400 generations. It was then we started to eat lots of Carbohydrates, but through the farming process burned the energy in our daily lives. Then followed 3 Generations (200 years) of mechanical farming, we started to put on weight, we didn’t move enough to burn our Carbs anymore. Then came the Fast-Food revolution, and how have we changed in only a few years?

Did you know that 200gr of white flour pasta equals 150gr of sugar? And when and how exactly are we burning these calories? We don’t, it just accumulates on our bodies.

So what does it do to our health? Too much sugar causes our bodies to be acid; so it inflammes. We get think blood, which in return causes blood clothes ect.

Did you know that 1 in 2 Women post menopause die of heart dis-ease? It also causes cancer, Alzheimers, prostate problems, poly-cystic ovary syndrome…

Isn’t it time we take control of our bodies? We try so hard to gain material wealth, only to spend it to get back our health!

Please do yourself a favor and start getting healthy again. You deserve to be healthy and your friends and family with thank you for it!

Feel free to contact me if you’d like me to point you into the right direction and make a ‘health’ plan that works for you!

Think about it, it may be the most important desicion you make for yourself!

In Love and Light,

Andrea S Pelikan

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Priority List

Health, in my eyes, is one of the most talked subjects. We all view it differently, but ultimately its one of those things everyone wants.

Health to me is a combination of things we do ( or don’t) and through that acquire health. How healthy are we if we eat a good diet, drink plenty of water, take adequate supplementation but live i a destructive relationship, feel anger, resentment and even hate all the time? Then we just get eaten up mentally. Or what about feeling happy, being successful but eat a diet of fast foods and drink alcohol every day?

So a combination of good foods, plenty of water, exercise, adequate supplementation and a healthy mindset are the key to health, or better; the prevention of dis-ease.

Unfortunately many people don’t look at getting healthy until they are sick. Over 1 in 3 people are overweight, the chances of developing diabetes, heart problems and cancers are very high, yet most people don’t do anything and then when sick would give everything to be healthy again. So what would it take to get people to look at prevention? Why is it that such a little amount of people are practicing prevention? This is a question that i turn over in my head a lot, for many years.

We are a very stressed society, yet we do nothing for ourselves to unwind, to relax. ‘No time’ is the most commonly used excuse. But the real question is Priority! Where does health stand on our priority list?

We are inspired by our values. Our values defines who we are. Have you thought about your values? What things are important to you? Where does health stand on your priority list?

Funny enough most people have health right on top of their priority list. When asked; ‘would yo like to be sick?’ i have yet to meet the person who’ll answer ‘yes, please!’. So what are you prepared to give, to stay healthy if you’re healthy, or to get healthy. How much would becoming healthy mean to you?

What would you be prepared to do, be prepared to give up to feel; happy, slim, energetic? And imagine what role-model would you be for your children?

So what would you be prepared to do to stay healthy? All it takes is a little bit of education, to learn about the subject. Learn about foods, find out what terrible chemicals people add to our foods and then avoid them. Learn about all the sythetic, toxic chemical they add to our personal care and homecare products we cover ourselves and our children with, and then avoid them. Get out into the fresh air, soak up sun, drink plenty of clean water, make friends that are positvie, that support you and your values! Loose the ‘Dreamstealers’, the people who tell you that you can’t do something, for whatever reason.

Learn to meditate, to relax, let go of bad feelings, forgive other people and yourself. Practice Positive Affirmations, start with saying to yourself in the Mirror; Every Day in every possible Way I am getting Better, Better and Better! Avoid the words, no, not and can’t. Turn sentences into positive ones! Be aware of what you are thinking and talking about.

I’d love to help you, it is my passion to help people becoming healthy!

I wish you all the health in this world!

In love and light

Andrea S Pelikan

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What have you eaten today?

September 12, 2010 1 comment

Food is one thing, we all think about daily.  Some of us think about what we eat as well, and some just eat without thinking about it at all. For me food is constantly a challenge. By now i avoid many aisles at the grocery store, and i think about one question a lot; What do I feed my body?

Think about this question for a while. Our body is like a prestige car; the car won’t run on golden maple syrup. But our bodies are very clever. We can trick them. We can eat anything and won’t feel hungry at the end of the meal, but what food value did you actually eat? Or could it be that your body just got some fuel to run, but without any nutrients your body is actually going hungry. Have you ever thought of that?

So many people have got sick bodies. Despite modern technology, sickness rates are going through the roof. Every 2nd Man is getting cancer in his lifetime, and every third woman! This are todays statistics. Heart dis-ease and obesity are nearly the number 1 killers of humanity! Something is going wrong, somewhere! Have you ever thought about that? Why can’t doctors help us?

But we know that many doctors only treat symptoms. We get sick. We go and see a Doctor. We take medication so we don’t feel sick anymore. But no one is looking at the reason WHY we get sick in the first place and we are not treating the cause of the dis-ease in the first place!

Toxicity and Deficiency are the main reasons why people get sick! Think about it. What is Toxicity? Stress, toxic friends, anger, resentment, toxic chemicals. Deficiency? Our bodies are designed to heal themselves. All they need is the right fuel, Nutrients, vitamins, minerals. Eating unhealthy foods gives our bodies energy to run short term, but what is always missing are the nutrients for the body to heal the damaged cells, to renew the blood and cells, to fight off bacteria and viruses… so our bodies use up everything they have and them run out… and we get sick. And instead of giving the body what it really needs then (NUTRIENTS to heal itself) we give it medication for the symptoms.

Please spend some time thinking about what you really feed your body! It really could safe your life! Educate yourself, think about this; If you don’t have your health, what do you have?

In Love and Light

Andrea

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A couple of very Toxic Chemicals we load into our Bodies daily!

September 10, 2010 5 comments

Many very nastie chemicals have found their way into personal care and home care products. Below i have listed a couple, that are found in nearly ALL shampoos, conditionres, soaps, toothpastes and baby products! After reading what effects they can have in our body and the ones form our children, WHY would you still use them?

What really matters is the long term use of those chemicals, but how many times a day are we exposed to them? Showering, brushing teeth, washing dishes, make up, shaving….

Propylene Glycol

Much has been made by promoters of safe non toxic personal care toiletries and cosmetics of the dangers of known toxic chemicals such as Propylene Glycol and Ethylene Glycol, a related chemical. Although exposure to high levels of Propylene Glycol is known to cause serious and potentially irreversible health conditions, the chemical industry tell us that “small” quantities or low level exposure of Propylene Glycol is “safe” to use on the skin and in food. According to the safety data sheets of industrial chemical manufacturers, chemicals such as Ethylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol will cause serious health conditions, including liver and heart damage and damage to the central nervous system if sufficient is absorbed by the body.  YOU make your own mind up about putting a toxic chemical such as propylene glycol on your skin every day or eating food with it in. (Cigarette manufacturers denied any health risks associated with toxic chemicals contained in cigarette smoke for over 25 years! Could toxic chemicals we are exposed to on an everyday basis be the next “tobacco scandal”?)

Read more: http://www.health-report.co.uk/ethylene_glycol_propylene_glycol.html

Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Alert-Cosmetic Ingredient Review 1983 (Note 1983!!!!)

Sodium Laureth Sulfate and SLS

Information circulating around the Internet has raised questions about the safety of Sodium Laureth Sulfate. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) has fully assessed the safety of this ingredient and found it to be safe, but has indicated a need for more assay studies for final determination on its safety.. CIR is an independent organization established to thoroughly review and assess the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics in an open, unbiased and expert manner, and to publish the results in the open scientific literature. CIR has established a seven-member Expert Panel comprised of individuals expert in dermatology, pharmacology, chemistry, and toxicology – these independent scientists and physicians perform the reviews.

The following information is provided from the Cosmetic Ingredient Review safety assessments of both Sodium Laureth Sulfate and SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate).

Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Published in the Journal of the American College of Toxicology, Volume 2, Number 5, pp. 1-34, 1983.

Discussion

Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate are cosmetic detergents that exert emulsifying action, thereby removing oil and soil from the hair and skin. The Panel wishes to point out that these two ingredients produce eye and/or skin irritation in experimental animals and in some human test subjects; irritation may occur in some users of cosmetic formulations containing the ingredients under consideration. The irritant effects are similar to those produced by other detergents, and the severity of the irritation appears to increase directly with concentration. However, Sodium and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate have not evoked adverse responses in any other toxicologic testing.

Conclusion

It is recognized that Sodium and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate may induce eye and skin irritation. However, on the basis of the available information, the Panel concludes that Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate are  not as safe as presently used in cosmetic products in amounts over 2%.. Most consumer products contain more than 20% of sls.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate(SLS)and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate

Published in the Journal of the American College of Toxicology, Volume 2, Number 7, pp. 127-181, 1983.

Discussion

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate are irritants in patch testing at concentrations of 2 percent and greater, and that irritation increases with ingredient concentration. In some cosmetic formulations, however, that irritant property is attenuated. The longer these ingredients stay in contact with the skin, the greater the likelihood of irritation, which may or may not be evident to the user.

Although Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is not carcinogenic in experimental animals, it has been shown that it causes severe epidermal changes to the area of the skin of mice to which it was applied. This study indicates a need for tumor-enhancing activity assays.

Autoradiographic studies of rat skin treated with radiolabelled Sodium Lauryl Sulfate found heavy deposition of the detergent on the skin surface and in the hair follicles; damage to the hair follicle could result from such deposition. Further, it has been reported that 1 percent and 5 percent Sodium Lauryl Sulfate produced significant number of comedones when applied to the pinna of albino rabbits. These two problems – possible hair loss and comedone formation – along with proven irritancy, should be considered in the formulation of cosmetic products.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate appear to pose less potential hazard when in products designed for brief, discontinuous use, following which they are thoroughly rinsed from the surface of the skin. However, consumers who use these products daily and are exposed at much higher rates, thus increasing the cumulative effect of using these chemicals.

Conclusion

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate appear not to be safe in formulations designed for continuous, use.. In products intended for prolonged contact with skin, concentrations should not exceed 1-2%. However, some shampoos, body gels, creams, lotions have over 10-20%.

There is other research and studies done on SLS and SLES, and the reports also are in agreement that this is a chemical that should be reduced, reformulated or taken out of the products in public consumption products.

You know that it is YOUR choice if you want to take the risk of getting ill by chemicals like Propylene Glycol?

In Love and Light,

Andrea S Pelikan

http://www.inspiredbyabundance.com/

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