A truly natural deodorant? No sweat!

Another great article courtesy of Miessence®.

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This most shared graphic on the Miessence Facebook page this week outlines some of the potentially harmful ingredients found in some commercial deodorants.

But the idea of a underarm antiperspirant-deodorant is a relatively recent one.

Being the social (and vain) creatures that we are, the idea of smelling nice has long been the focus of chemists – with the earliest recorded treatments going back to ancient Egypt which popularised the concept of under arm shaving, as well as developing elaborate combinations of scents to mask body odor.

In Asia, sticks of mineral salts that killed the bacteria under the arms was another centuries old successful method to remaining selling sweet.

Bathing and liberally dousing with perfumes became the predominant way of staying odor free for centuries until an enterprising surgeon developed a product made of zinc chloride and wax to keep his hands sweat free during surgery.

Within a couple of years it was discovered that aluminium chloride helped reduce sweating – and not just mask the odor.

People had been successfully dealing with body odor for years, so it might be presumed that it would be an uphill battle to persuade the masses to use a product that it might be argued wasn’t a necessity.

But it was just the job for a new 20th century phenomenon – the advertising industry. But it wasn’t all coming up roses, as the Smithsonian Magazine reveals in this terrific article:

Although the product stopped sweat for up to three days—longer-lasting than modern day antiperspirants—the Odorono’s active ingredient, aluminum chloride, had to be suspended in acid to remain effective. (This was the case for all early antiperspirants; it would take a few decades before chemists came up with a formulation that didn’t require an acid suspension.) The acid solution meant Odorono could irritate sensitive armpit skin and damage clothing.

Adding insult to injury, the antiperspirant was also red-colored, so it could also stain clothing—if the acid didn’t eat right through it first. According to company records, customers complained that the product caused burning and inflammation in armpits and that it ruined many a fancy outfit, including one woman’s wedding dress.

The solution was to create a stigma worse than wearing a hole in a few clothes – unpopularity and social exclusion.

The same magazine article has a terrific gallery of period print advertisements which told women that if they did not use the product then they would never be asked out on a date!

A century on from Odorono’s first successful advertising campaign, the use of deodorants is ubiquitous – very few people would dream of starting the day without it.

However it does raise the question of what is in deodorants today and are they any good.

Let’s take aluminium chloride – the ingredient that makes an antiperspirant what it is.

Aluminum compounds, such as aluminum zirconium and aluminum chloride, are used in many antiperspirants to shrink sweat glands and prevent wetness

. Like parabens, these compounds have estrogen-like properties, and some scientists are concerned that aluminum could be absorbed through the skin and promote the growth of cancer cells

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Phthalates and propylene glycol, amongst other ingredients are coming under increasing study. Propylene glycol is another common ingredient that is used in antiperspirants and deodorants. This is a petroleum based material that is used to soften cosmetic products due to its slick consistency. It is a cheap way to make skin care products more easily applicable to the skin. The argument that propylene glycol is safe in small amounts has been questioned by consumer safety advocates. In large quantities, studies have shown that it can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver and heart. This chemical is even found in many of the processed foods we eat today.

Logical thought follows that decreasing our exposure to propylene glycol is the prudent thing to do. It is for this reason that using skin care products that are propylene glycol free is becoming popular in health conscious circles.

Phthalates are another class of chemicals that are often used in deodorants and antiperspirants that you may want to avoid. Phthalates are used in cosmetics, synthetic fragrances, plastics, body care products and medical goods. They help to dissolve other ingredients and to create a better consistency.

The problem with phthalates is that they have been linked to a variety of health issues. High phthalate blood and urine levels in women of child bearing age have been linked to a higher risk of birth defects. This suggests that phthalates may disrupt hormone receptors as well as increase the likelihood of cell mutation.

Miessence deodorants are made with none of these potentially harmful chemicals – using instead only natural ingredients many of which (like our essential oils) are certified organic.

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An a easy to read ingredient comparison table can be found on this page.

Sweating is a completely natural phenomenon – in fact it’s our body’s built in air conditioner! It is also odorless and only becomes stinky when bacteria begins to break it down.

A thorough daily grooming routine, a healthy diet and a genuinely natural, organic deodorant to add a little light scent and to absorb a little bit of perspiration is all most people need to keep sweet all day.

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Food For Thought…

This blog is courtesy of Miessence®, great information had to share. 

Recently released research adds to the increasingly strong body of evidence that improper nutrition may be behind a large spike in reported cases of behavioural disorders in children.

A high-fat diet may be linked to the hyperactivity disorder ADHD and learning disabilities, new research suggests.

The effect is so profound that eating lots of fatty food for even a week can cause behavioural changes – even before any weight gain sets in.

The researchers, from the University of Illinois, found that mice fed a high-fat diet (60 per cent of calories from fat) versus a low fat diet (10 per cent) behaved very differently.

A typical Western diet contains between 35 and 45 per cent fat.

‘We found that a high-fat diet rapidly affected dopamine metabolism in the brains of juvenile mice, triggering anxious behaviors and learning deficiencies,’ said Gregory Freund, a professor in the university’s Division of Nutritional Sciences.

Back in 2006, a medical study on probiotics for autism proved so successful that the study ‘failed’.

The study, by Prof Glenn Gibson at Reading University, UK, found that autistic children vastly improved their concentration and behavior when given probiotics, or ‘friendly bacteria’.

It involved 40 autistic children, aged 4 to 8, half of whom were given the probiotic bacteria L. Plantanum while the other half received a dummy ‘probiotic’.

It was supposed to have been a blind study, where the participants were not told who were taking the actual probiotics and who were taking placebos or dummy medicine.

As part of this probiotics for autism study, parents were asked to record their children’s mood and behavior in a diary.

The results were too obvious.

Parents whose autistic children were taking the actual probiotics saw such great improvements in their children’s behavior that they knew their children were taking the real thing.

Thus, problems arose during the ‘crossover’ point of this probiotics for autism study, where the two groups were supposed to switch medicines. Many of the parents whose children were taking the actual probiotics refused to make the switch as they wanted their autistic children to continue their improvement.

One parent said it was “heartbreaking” to have to stop their child taking it.

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In our busy lifestyles with a reliance on highly processed convenience foods means that many of us may not be getting the full range of nutrients our bodies need which is why Miessence has developed three potent certified organic Superfoods – DeepGreen Alkalising SuperfoodInLiven Probiotic Superfood and BerryRadical Antioxidant Superfood.

Malama Ka ‘Aina

Malama Ka ‘Aina in Hawaiian means “to care for and live in harmony with land”. This time honored relationship has been followed for thousands of years because the Native Hawaiians knew that when you nurture the land it can give back all you need to sustain life for yourself and for future generations. We as community and society have stray too far from this concept and way of life. We have moved into a modern world where technology is suppose to make the quality of life better then it was a thousand years ago. Are our lives really better then past generations? Are we healthier? Are we happier? Don’t get me wrong I like flipping the light switch and lights come on; turning the facet handle and water comes out and I have gotten quite use to indoor plumbing. Is there a point with technongly goes to far and harms us more then helps?

Take for instance Kauai, Hawaii though I am not native Hawaiian this has been my home and were I have raisied my childern for the past 13 years. This is the island that through the people and aina help me grow into the person that I am today. A person that appreciate the simple things in life, now knows the true meaning of Ohana and Aloha!

For all it’s pristine beauty Kauai is hiding a ugly and deadly secret that has been brought to light by concerned citizens and organizations such Ohana O Kauai  and Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition. Hawaii has become a testing ground for GMO (short Genetically Modify Organisms) crops. Throughout the state of Hawaii there are a estimated 40,00o to 60,000 acres of GMO chemical farm land. On Kauai there is 12,400 acres of GMO chemical farm land that is owned by or lease to Pioneer, Syngenta, Monsanto, Dow and BASF.

Photo courtesy of Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition

Photo courtesy of Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition

These lands are being use for experimental crops. Which means they are being sprayed daily with most conversational chemicals of our time. 2, 4-D ( which is a component of Agent Orange) and Atrazine are just two of the 70 plus chemicals being tested on Kauai. Most people know or have heard of Agent Orange and how the US government use it as chemical warfare during Vietnam war. It killed and maimed over 500,000 people and caused an additional 500,000 birth defects. U.S. soldiers who were expose to Agent Orange came back with increased rates of cancer, and nerve, digestive, skin and respiratory disorders. Atrazine which is banned in Europe because it has been associated with birth defects, menstrual problems, reproductive system impacts, cancer, immune and hormone disruption. In studies male frogs expose to atrazine turned into female frogs. The chemical Atrazine has been found in Kauai water supply. These chemicals that are being sprayed daily in open air testing is running off into our streams and polluting our oceans.

Here a great article that was publish in the Garden Island newspaper on March 5 “Experts: Atrazine a real threat to Westside residents” 

Makana Cameron Photo courtesy of Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition

Makana Cameron Photo courtesy of Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition

Photo courtesy of Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition

Photo courtesy of Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition

This March the people of Hawaii will raise their voices in protest to GMO and chemical pollution of the Aina.

March In March was launch ; in collaboration with Ohana O Kauai , Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition, GMO Free Kauai and Hawaii seed , in a series of Marches that will happen throughout the state of Hawaii in protest to GMO.
On March 2nd in downtown Haleiwa where hundreds turn out in a peaceful protest. Protesters took over a lane of traffic on Kamehameha highway.


On March 9th despite the downpour of rain there was several hundred (some accounts up in the thousands) demonstrators march shutting down one lane of traffic from Grand Hyatt Kauai resort and Spa to Mano’okalanipo park.

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The Marches will continue on 16th on Big island, 23rd on Maui and ending on 30th on Molokai’i.
The message from the People of Hawaii to Monsanto; Sygenta, Pioneer, Dow, BASF and Hawaii’s elected officials is loud and clear. A’OLE GMO!

Breathing Easy About Plastics

Here a little write up my company did on plastics. Good information please feel free to share. 

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Not all plastics are the same.

Our Product Formulator and Miessence® founding director Narelle spent extensive time researching appropriate packaging for our range of certified organic products.

After examining glass, Narelle learned that it has an extremely high end-to-end cost. More energy and resources are required to make glass packaging than it does to make plastic.

Not surprisingly the right sort of plastic is paramount.

Many plastics contain bisphenol A, a chemical produced in the production of polycarbonate plastics and associated with endocrine disruption.

A report this week has linked BPA with asthma.

The latest study, by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, suggests a possible connection between BPA detected in urine samples of children and later problems with breathing.

A group of 568 mothers and their children had urine samples taken – the mothers during the third trimester of pregnancy and the children at different intervals after they were born.

The samples were then tested for BPA.

Researchers found what can, at best, be described as a group of positive associations (not cause and effect) between BPA and breathing problems.

A child’s chances of suffering with asthma were increased if BPA was detected in their urine samples at ages 3, 5 and 7. In addition, when BPA was measured in urine at age 3, the chances of wheezing by ages 5 and 6 were increased. Same thing for 7-year-olds: BPA meant later problems with wheezing.

But not all plastics are created equal.Miessence uses Polypropylene a more environmentally form of plastic.

Vacuum-pump plastic keeps our freshly made, certified organic products in tip top condition. Miessence use no preservatives only 100% active ingredients that suffer accelerated oxidation when repeatedly exposed to air. Our product packaging ensures that every last drop of your product is 100% pure, 100% active and 100% fresh.

If you’d like to know more about our use of plastic, check our PDF on this page.

What’s for dinner?

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Here is one of family favorites recipes that I made the other night for dinner.

Chicken Parmesan, homemade marinara, Pasta and Caesar salad. The cost to prepare this entire meal cost around $25. Yes, you heard me $25 dollars to feed 4 people. It’s homemade, organic and delicious.  Vegetarian? Just replace Chicken breast with Eggplant. I hope you love this recipe as much as my family does.

Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients

  • 2 organic chicken breast – Tip slice 1 chicken breast length wise to make 2 servings
  • 1/2  cup organic flour ( I use Safeway’s Organics brand but any brand will do)
  • 3/4 cup of bread crumbs – Tip slice leftover bread in cubes and toast in the oven at 375 for 10 to 15 minutes then grind in the blender – I used leftover hamburger and hot dog buns. See picture below
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan – Tip  buy the block and grate it yourself it is cheaper and taste better than shredded
  • 1 – 2 tbsp of Italian seasoning
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 organic eggs scrambled
  • 1 cup of marinara (see recipe below) 
  • 4 to 6 slices of mozzarella cheese 
  • 1 to 2 tbsp of olive oil for frying

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Instructions

Preheat oven to 375

Heat frying pan to medium heat and add 1 to 2 tbsp of Olive oil enough to coat the pan.

Mix flour, bread crumbs, seasoning, parmesan, 1/4 tsp of salt and pepper in bowl.  Lightly season chicken breast with salt and pepper.  Dip chicken breast in egg and then breadcrumb mixture.

Cook in frying pan 4 to 5 minutes per side until golden brown

Repeat with the remaining pieces of chicken. Set aside to drain.

Place chicken breast on an oven proof dish top with 1/4 cup of marinara and sliced mozzarella cheese.

Cooked in the oven 20 to 25 min minute until cheese is melted and slightly brown.

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Homemade Marinara & pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes 
  • 2  garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 tbsp of Italian seasonings
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of crush red pepper
  • 1 to 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Your choice of pasta prepared according to instructions on the box

Heat up pot to medium heat, add 1 to 2 tbsp of Olive oil to coat pan. Saute garlic for 30 seconds and reduce heat to low.  Add crush tomato and the remaining of ingredients.

Cover, stir occasionally and let simmer for at least 30 minutes. The longer you let it simmer the better the flavor with be.

Caesar Salad

Ingredients

  • chopped organic romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 Caesar dressing see recipe below
  • 1/4 cup of grated parmesan
  • croutons – Tip Follow bread crumb recipe above before toasting in oven toss with 1 to 2 tbsp of Olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. 

Toss all ingredients together.

Caesar Dressing courtesy of Food.com by Miss A.T.K

  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese ( grated)
  • 4 anchovy fillets
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt ( to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper ( to taste)
  • 1 lemons, juice and zest of
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil ( good quality)
  • 2 garlic cloves

Instructions

  1. In blender, mix egg yolks, garlic and anchovies into a paste.
  2. Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT olive oil. Mix a few seconds.
  3. Slowly add olive oil until dressing is thick and creamy. Add more or less olive oil depending on desired consistency

Super Yummy Acai Berry Smoothie!

Aloha Friday friends,

As promised in my previous blog here is my Super yummy Acai berry smoothie recipe.

If your mornings are anything like mine; juggling to get three kids showered, fed and out the door on time for school,  your probably to busy to even think about eating breakfast yourself. Here is super quick, easy and filling smoothie recipe that will tie you over until lunch.

I use Miessence® Superfood’s in my smoothies to give my body the missing nutrients it is lacking.

To learn more out more about Miessence® Superfood’s go to Miessence® Vitality Pack or try it out by taking the Miessence® 10 day Vitality Challenge

  • 1 tsp  Miessence® BerryRadical Antioxidant Superfood
  • 1 tsp Miessence® Inliven Probiotic Superfood
  • 1 tsp Miessence® DeepGreen Alkalising Super
  • ¾ cup of Organic Unfiltered Apple Juice – I like Safeway’s Organics brand
  • 1 spoonful of Sambazon Acai Berry sorbet
  • 1 Organic Banana
  • Frozen Organic Strawberries 

Blend all the ingredient together in a blender and Enjoy!

As always the action happens in the comments below. Let me if you love this smoothie as much as I do.

Hope you all have a great weekend! Much love and Aloha!

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

When Gil Scott-Heron wrote ” The Revolution will not be televised” in 1970 I’m sure he was influenced by the sociopolitical issues of his time. The Western world was changing and people were finding their voice. There was an increased awareness of political and economic liberty for women and minorities. People were united in opposition against the Vietnam War; nuclear weapons, distrusted the government and big business. There was also a movement in advocating for world peace and the environment.

Fast forward to 2013 we find ourselves in another Revolution that will not be televised on the main stream media outlets. This revolution is not going to take place out in the streets with people rioting with pitch forks and torches. It’s going to take place in our homes, at our kitchen tables and in the grocery store isles. More and more people are taking part in the revolution, some of them unaware, by choosing what products to feed their families. Whether you realize it or not where and how you spend your hard-earned dollars has more power and more of a lasting impact than rioting in the street. It has the power to force our food industry to start providing healthy and safe products for our families.

So your asking “Okay, Lisa what is this revolution you’re talking about?”.  It’s about the health risks of Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOS.

First let me throw this disclaimer out there: I am by no means a scientist or an expert in this field. I am just a Mom that has a desire to provide the best possible health and food choices for my family. The main reason why I started this blog is to be able to have a forum to share information and tips on how you can provide healthy choices for your family.

So for you newcomers, you’re probably wondering what is a GMO?

Heres an excerpt from the NON GMO Project website FAQ. For full FAQ sheet go to http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

So your probably thinking GMOs are sprayed full of pesticide, lack nutrition and decrease in yield but surely they are safe for human consumption. The FDA wouldn’t have approved them to be on our supermarket shelves if they were not safe? Right?!

Here’s an excerpt from The Institute For Responsible Technology Health Risk brochure. The full brochure can be downloaded at http://www.responsibletechnology.org/health-risks#

In 2009, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) stated that, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM has asked physicians to advise all patients to avoid GM food.

Say what?! When I first read this I nearly fell out of my chair. Then I starting thinking about how many people who I personally knew with infertility, immune problems, faulty insulin regulation (diabetes) and just overall poor health. Again I  am not a scientist, doctor or researcher but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to start connecting the dots. I really recommend that you spend time browsing the Non GMO Project and The Institute for Responsible Technology websites.  Both websites provide the latest GMO information, articles, newsletters and apps that you can download to your smart phone.

If you haven’t seen it already you must watch ” Genetic Roulette” at http://geneticroulettemovie.com/

Here’s the trailer below

So your saying” Lisa, this is great information but what do I do now.” or ” I love to just throw out all the food in my cabinets and go organic but that’s too expensive“!

I’m not going to b.s. you and say ” It’s easy to change your eating habits” or ” Buy only organic”. The truth is organic and non gmo products are more expensive because they are not subsidized by the United States Government. Look I get it! I have a family of five myself and our 2nd largest monthly expense (the first being our mortgage) is food and the downside for us is that we live in Hawaii where everything just costs more. Which is why I started this blog to help give you cost saving tips and strategies. The bonus for you is that I love to cook! Not to toot my own horn but I am a pretty good cook! So I will also be sharing in my blog some of my families favorite and cost savings recipes.

So here are 5 tips to help you get started now.

1. Menu plan

Initially it will take some time to start but once you have it down it does get easier.  You will spend less TIME  and MONEY at the grocery store. There is one thing that you need to do in order to really make it work. BUY only what is on your list! It’s going to take discipline to stick to the list! Believe me I have caught myself more than once justifying to myself  that ” It was on sale!” or ” It was buy one get one free!” knowing that I didn’t need the first one to begin with!

2. Make things from scratch

I can hear you grumbling already! “Lisa , I don’t have time…. I work a full-time job….I have 3 kids…. blah blah blah”. I am not here to make anyone feel bad or to beat you up. I get it; your busy, you work full-time and being a Mom or Dad is an around the clock gig. The truth of the matter is do you REALLY want to trade your health and your children’s health for convenience? Here’s the thing, yes it may take a little extra planning and time on your part but in the long run it will SAVE you money. I think everybody could save a little money nowadays. So instead of buying those chocolate chip cookies, you know the ones, blue bag with ingredients you can’t even pronounce, make your own. It is cheaper, healthier and tastes a whole lot better. Again, I’ll be posting my yummy chocolate chip cookie recipe later in the blog. The recipe makes 3 dozen cookies so you can freeze the leftover’s to bake later.

3. Buy Local

Farmer Markets are great not only are you getting fresh produce that was most likely harvested that day, it is more affordable and you are supporting your local economy.

4. Get Creative

Plant your own garden or join a Community garden. Community Gardens are popping up all over the country. If you don’t have the time or farming not your thing. Look into joining a Community Supported Agriculture program.  To join a CSA you usually purchase shares based on your family size via a membership and the farmer provides you with a weekly box of seasonal produce. The benefit is that you get fresh seasonal produce at an affordable price and you get to know the farmers that grew your food.  Local Harvest has a great website that provides nationwide information on Farmer Markets, CSA and Coops. http://www.localharvest.org/

5. Go easy on yourself

This is the most important tip of all, go easy on yourself. This is not a competition it is a lifestyle change. It is not going to happen overnight and not everyone in your family is going to be on board. It wasn’t and sometimes it is still not easy with my kids but it is getting better. If you have older kids expect some resistance but eventually they will get over it and adjust. Believe me it will get easier! Nothing can be worse than your 13-year-old daughter screaming at you in the middle of the grocery store ” What you mean Mom, I can’t eat Frosted Flakes anymore?!”.  So to avoid that happening to you when go shopping leave your kids at home!

It is truly my hope that you found this blog to be informative, somewhat humorous and useful.

The action happens after the blog! I want to hear from you, please leave a comment and share your tips with me below.