There are No Ticks in Toronto

Toronto is my former home city where I was born and raised in the suburbs without hearing a word about ticks. It wasn’t until I moved to Osceola, WI in 2009 that I saw firsthand a bloated tick attached to my beloved puppy and FREAKED OUT! As in screamed out loud “Tiiiiick” and then immediately called the FrontLine company to inform them that their product does, in fact, NOT work.

Yup, crazy lady.

I’m much better now – almost a professional tick remover at this point.

Finding a tick on your dog is one thing. Find a tick on you is another. Given the season, I’ve been getting many calls inquiring as to action to take post tick bite. What would I do if I got bit by a tick? (more…)

What to Do When Your Weekend Warrior Gets Wounded

This time of year, many of us are naturally increasing our physical activity. Whether it’s through leisure sports such as golfing, hiking, kayaking, and biking or through outdoor activities like gardening and landscaping, our bodies are moving more than they were during the winter months.

With increased physical activity may come some increased physical pain. How many times have you caught yourself saying, “Yep, really going to feel that tomorrow!” And then sure enough, you awake with stiffness and pain in an overworked area.

The good news is that instead of reaching for the OTC pain reliever, there are somethings that you can do both when the pain strikes and preventatively.

Here are my top 6 things to help with tissue repair and regeneration. (more…)

8 Things to Do to Help Minimize Your Seasonal Allergy Symptoms and Get to the Underlying Cause

Sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose… clearly your immune system is not happy about something in the environmet.

But things like trees, grass, ragweed, dust or pet dander are not harmful to us. So what’s the fuss? If EVERYONE was experience the same symptoms, we could assume it was the environment causing the reaction. But since seasonal allergies don’t strike everyone, let’s look at why you may be reacting. (more…)

TOXINS 101: What you NEED to Know

I’ve just returned from Chicago, which wrapped up my last presentation of my seminar “Whole Detox: How To Thrive In a Toxic World Through Diet And Lifestyle,” which I co-taught with Dr. Deanna Minich, a PhD scientist, teacher and author of the book Whole Detox. I learned a TON – not only from Dr. Minich but from the seminar attendees as well. It was a great opportunity for information sharing. Hopefully, they learned something from me, too. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Toxins = any obstacle to health.
  • Sources: Air pollution, contaminated water, plastic, smoking, alcohol, poor food choices, stress, microbiome, electromagnetic fields, medications, personal care products, dental amalgams, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, food packing.
  • Organized by categories: Heavy metals, Bisphenols, Polychlorinated biphenyls, Phthalates, Parabens, Volatile organic compounds, Mycotoxins, Persistent organic pollutants.
  • According to the Environmental Protection Agency over 700 toxins have been found in human adipose (fat) tissue. Dioxin was found in 100% of the tissues sampled despite the fact that Dioxin has been banned in the USA since1972!
  • Over 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants were found when researchers tested the umbilical cord of born babies.
  • It is estimated that there are over 80,000 chemicals in our environment and 2,300 new ones every year. And that only includes the ones we know
  • The technology to test the bioaccumulation effect of these toxins does not exist, however one well known animal study demonstrated this: Scientists took the LD 1 of lead (the dose of lead that would kill 1% or 1 out of 100 mice) and the LD 1 of mercury and exposed a group of mice to both doses at the same time.  They all died.
  • The 3 systems most affected by toxins include the endocrine, neurological and the immune
  • Obesity has been linked to diverse pesticides, dioxins and Bisphenol A (found in many plastics), cardiovascular disease has been linked to heavy metals, diabetes has been liked to polychlorinated biphenyls.
  • Researchers have found arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium in breast milk.
  • It is estimated that the average women comes into contact with approximately 200 chemicals from the time she wakes up in the morning to the time she leaves her house.

Okay, I’ll stop.  I think you’ll get my point which is this.  Although there are many whom assume that all toxicants are metabolized and excreted effectively from our bodies and there is nothing to do to enhance the detoxification process, I disagree.  I side with the researchers in this review article Sears ME, Genuis SJ.  Environmental determinants of chronic disease and medical approaches: recognition, avoidance, supportive therapy, and detoxification.  J Env Pub Health. 2012;2012:356798  who state, “The contention that the body has an inherent ability to eliminate quickly all adverse chemical compounds is inaccurate, as many toxicants with long half-lives accrue in tissues or blood, thus maintaining long-term potential to inflict damage. …With a wide range of distinct chemical compounds, each with a unique chemical structure and a potentially distinct way of interfacing with human biochemistry, there is no single mechanism or pathway for the body to eliminate the whole spectrum of 21st century chemical toxicants.”

No, we don’t have to live in a bubble to avoid every toxin out there, but we do have to make a conscious effort to reduce our exposure and enhance our natural detoxification processes for the sake of our best health.  Because “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Not sure where to start?  Come join us for our FREE no obligation information night on our up-coming GROUP DETOX program.  Live clean in 2017!  April 6th @ 6:30pm Taylors Falls Baptist Church 661 West Street, Taylors Falls, MN.

Did You Poop Today?

Did You Look At it?

Well, you should have.

Your poop can tell you a lot about the state of your digestive system.  What comes out of your body can tell us a lot about what is going on in your body. When we talk about the perfect poop, we call it a perfect “brown banana.” It should be about that diameter and length, soft yet formed, a medium brown in color and have a natural banana-like curve to it. But as we know, that’s not how we all poop. (more…)