Friday, October 27, 2017

Shop Till You Drop

The season of super shopping is just around the corner.  Did you realize that clothing and fabrics from retail stores come with a history.  When, where and how were they made, transported, stored?  How long has it been in the store?  Who has tried them on?  This unseen segment of the supply chain puts the average consumer at risk for contaminants, chemicals and diseases. Below are some items of concern and possible ways to protect you and your family.



New clothing and fabrics may have these impacts to your health.   
  • Items may contain respiratory secretions, skin flora, fecal flora, yeast, vaginal organisms, lice and scabies
  • Possible illnesses include hepatitis A, traveler's diarrhea, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), salmonella, norovirus, yeast infections, streptococcus
  • Skin reactions, rashes, redness, swelling, blisters, flaky, burning, itchy, dryness may occur from formaldehyde, nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE), antimicrobial triclosan, perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) and genetically engineered (GE) cotton

 Try these precautionary measures during and after your purchase.
  • Keep on some clothes while trying on new clothing at a store
  • Seek out organic cotton material
  • Smell the clothing to check if they emit too much chemical scent
  • Avoid “iron-free,” “wrinkle-free,” “stain resistant” or “permanent press”
  • Wash new clothes when you bring them home from the store
  • Bath skin after shopping that has come in contact with new fabrics

 Also note that mattresses, bed linens, pillows, carpeting, curtains, furniture, cars and other upholstered items, have been treated in a similar fashion and may pose a threat as well.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Restoring Peace


Restoring Peace

Many professionals in the field of mental health, education, and religion collaborate to insure safety and security in our neighborhoods.  We may never eliminate violence but we can lessen the frequency. Are we aware of the next person who may act out in violence? Will we notice that person? Will we help that person back away from the edge of snapping?  Peacemakers are called to do more than passively wait for the next person to draw their gun.  We are called to walk with people rejected by others. To address the wounded before they lash out and wound others. Be a peacemaker today.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Peacemaker


We live in a diverse world.  Because of that diversity, conflict is a natural part of life.  Conflict can destroy peace or create peace.  Are you a peace destroyer or peace maker? When faced with differences of opinion, remember the following:

Accept differences and ask questions in order to get to know self and those who are different from us in dress, speech, and beliefs.  Find value in everyone we meet each day. Know our rights as a citizen.  We are all protected by rights such as civil, real estate, and landlord tenant law.

Connect to family, friends and neighbors.  Know that our actions impact a larger community - even those we do not know personally. If your rights are violated speak up or find a group like Legal Aid to speak up for when needed in life.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pray With Us

Prayer is a common practice of many sacred and secular traditions.  Research tells us that prayer has the following benefits:
1.  Improves self control
2. Increases trust
3. Erases stress
4. Decreases anger
5. Builds forgiveness
Source: Psychology Today

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Educate. Empathize. Embrace

These are unique times we are living in.  The world as we know it maybe taking some possibly dire turns for people of color (POC).  Here are some practical suggestions from one of our thought leaders on how we can provide support to make things better and bolster already on-going efforts.
Practice empathy by exercising your civic imaginations to walk in the sometimes strapless boots of POC where you can see the true challenges, barriers and realities.
Tithe offerings to youth, students and parents that defray cost for summer camp, sports teams, band instruments, art supplies, tutors, foreign exchange opportunities.  Compensate professionals, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs with higher wages, tips, bonuses and grants for good labor, great service and demonstrated return on investment.
Teach yourself and other people about cultural, economic and political history, events or movements (civil rights, slave trade, cointelpro, etc.) that still impact the quality of life for POC today. 
School your contemporaries about the "seductive, mythical, neutrality" of accessibility and the space it creates for uncomfortable issues to go unaddressed about POC.
Participate with your presences when POC gather to express grief, dissent, or indignation at meetings, protests, and rallies where the attendance of people can add weight to the communications expressed.
Oppose how POC are relentlessly and routinely made the "other" by being dismissed, deemed invisible or denied humanity.
Speak against injustices and traumatic public events to POC with emails, letters, speeches, commentary on the airways, cyberspace, halls and courthouses.
Visit schools, jails, churches, museums, cultural centers to share your resources, expertise, insight or just your affirming concerned presence, word or encouragement.
Understand the difference between coming to this country and acquiring citizenship by voluntary immigration versus involuntary relocation and how it influences POC.
Source: Tears We Cannot Stop, Michael Eric Dyson

Monday, May 29, 2017

For The Next Time


The following natural resources have been proven effective as possible additional sources of protection or recovery from illness.  Many of these oils, clays, elements and plants have antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial properties.  Inquire with your health care practitioner to discuss if any of these may be right for you the next time your wellness is compromised.
Garlic
Onion
Neem
Turneric
Tea Tree
Habanero
Echinacea
Horseradish
Oregano Oil
Pau D'Arco
Cinnamon
Coconut Oil
Golden Seal
Manuka Honey
Pascalite Clay
Oregon Grape
Colloidal Silver
Olive Leaf Extract
Cayenne Pepper
Apple Cider Vinegar
Grapefruit Seed Extract

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Gratitude as Self Care


Gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to everyday. Cultivating gratitude doesn't cost any money and it certainly doesn't take much time, but the benefits are enormous. Research reveals gratitude can have several benefits:

1. Opens the door to more relationships;
2. Improves physical and psychological health;
3. Enhances empathy and reduces aggression;
4. Increases resiliency;
5. Improves sleep.

We all have the ability and opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Simply take a few moments to focus on all that you have - rather than complaining about all the things you think you deserve.  Developing an "attitude of gratitude" is one of the simpliest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.
Source: positivepsychologyprogram.com.