Archive for December, 2013

December 20, 2013

A Holiday Gift Guide for Giving Better Stuff

I thought this was a lovely post about gift giving. I’m glad to see more people realizing the importance of quality gifting instead of quantitative.

Stef McDonald

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I heard someone joke about going to the local thrift store the day after Christmas to donate the just-unwrapped and unwanted bounty of gifts. Yes, we definitely have a collective problem with too much stuff (and too much waste), which is just one of the reasons why it’s great to give experience gifts or contributions to good causes in the recipient’s name. But sometimes the best gift really does come in a package you can hand to your loved one for opening. For gift-giving that’s more meaningful, ’tis the season to:

Give twice.

When you buy items from thrift stores or auction sites that benefit nonprofits, your dollars support their work. A few favorites even have online shops, including Goodwill and Housing Works. Also, sites like Bidding for Good offer products that benefit a variety of organizations. 

Another way to give back is by buying from gift shops for museums and…

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December 13, 2013

What Exactly is Natural Healing?

Originally from Dr. Richard Schulze, Nov. 2010

This is easily seen with a cut. You cut your skin and you bleed. Your blood eventually clots and you form a scab. Your tissue and skin then starts regrowing. Eventually, the scab falls off and you are miraculously healed! Even though we take this basic healing function for granted, no medical doctor and no hospital can ever do this for you.

On a microscopic level, your body may be invaded and infected by foreign pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Your body has numerous organs, systems and blood cells to take care of any unwanted visitors. You have white blood cells like macrophages and certain T cells that work to kill the invader immediately, and immune chemicals like interleukin and interferon that help speed up these cells. Other cells create chemical poisons to kill off the invaders in the same way your B cells use immunoglobulin to create specific antibodies that attack foreign pathogens.

Without a doubt, our bodies are amazing repair machines ready to take on any illness or disease. But eventually, because of genetics, lifestyle and just plain aging, your body may not be up to the task of healing or repairing you. This is typically when a person seeks outside help, usually from a medical doctor.

A medical doctor’s approach is to take on the healing themselves, fighting and killing the disease with a barrage of chemical drugs and sometimes even getting the body functioning again by performing surgical procedures. Medical intervention can be harsh and extreme.  It can leave you with irreversible surgical impairment when it involves your organs being altered or removed. It is the form of healing for people who, for whatever reason, refuse to make any healthy lifestyle modifications.

On the other hand, Natural Healing is for people who are able to make healthy and positive lifestyle changes. By raising your overall level of health, you can dramatically increase your body’s ability to heal and repair itself.
“You can heal yourself of anything, just STOP doing what is making you sick and START doing what will Create Powerful Health.”

Natural Healing is simply helping your body to become stronger and healthier, so it becomes a more powerful and effective healing and repairing machine. With most people, it doesn’t take much to get your body to heal illness or disease. It could simply be a lack of nutrition caused by  poor food choices or a buildup of sludge in the body, causing everything from constipation and coronary-artery blockage to dementia. Many people just need a good cleanup and a new, healthy lifestyle, and they’re on their way to health. However, many people who spend years damaging their bodies, ignoring their ill health and disregarding disease warning signs can find themselves in a serious disease crisis and they need more aggressive health programs.

Regardless of the level of a person’s illness, natural healing can be as powerful as medical intervention. Many people are able to regain their health, by simply leading a healthy lifestyle. Often the healing results are in balance with how many positive healthy changes a person is willing to make.

Sure, for some, it took a lot of work, but when you compare it to the possible stress, trauma, pain, and expense of medical intervention, for most people, it’s a no-brainer.

To sum all this up, Natural Healing is a style of healing where you assist your body in charging up its powerful self-healing ability by creating a lifestyle in which you eliminate things that create disease and increase those things that create powerful health. When your body is healthy and strong, it can heal, repair and rebuild all by itself.

An old Chinese proverb says: “Focus on the good to eliminate the bad.” In the same way, Natural Healing is about focusing on creating powerful health and letting your body do what it knows how to do, which is repair and heal you of most anything.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
December 6, 2013

Holiday Stress? Not This Year!

Between deadlines, holiday shopping budgets, crowded stores, long lines, and the odd family dust-up, stress is pretty much a given this time of year. But even if it feels like your stress is insurmountable, managing it is possible—and it’s easier than you probably think.

This increased stress manifests in all sorts of emotional and physical ways, from sadness and lack of motivation to headaches and muscle tension. More than half of the Americans surveyed also reported fatigue and lying awake at night, and 60 percent reported irritability or anger.

Stress screamSupplements can also help you deal with stress, and magnesium is the top stress-buster! It is estimated that 70 percent of U.S. citizens are deficient in magnesium, which could be one reason why so many people have difficulty dealing with stress.

B-complex vitamins are also a good idea, as they help boost production of serotonin and other “feel good” chemicals in the brain.

Other options include Holy Basil, which helps reduce cortisol levels (stress hormones that make you store fat), and Licorice Root or Siberian Ginseng tinctures or supplements to offer adrenal support. Strong adrenals keep your energy levels high!

L-Theanine is a wonderful supplement to use when you are feeling frazzled. L-Theanine is a compound found in green and black tea that has a wonderfully calming effect on the brain without making you feel dopey or drowsy. You can take it during the daytime or at night to help stop your mind from going a mile-a-minute. While it won’t make you sleepy, it will help you settle down so you can go to sleep.

As stress piles up this holiday season and you start to feel pulled in 20 different directions, don’t forget to take a few minutes for yourself each day. It’s important to unwind and relax so that you don’t end up sick through the holidays. That’s no fun for anyone!

Pick up what you need at you favorite Baums store today and enjoy yourself this holiday season!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.