Thursday, April 19, 2012

False Advertising; What's in a name?

This is one of RainOnTheLand suppliers and I can say with honesty the same…You don’t need to worry with my products as I maintain a transparency “clara como el agua”, but  yes please do be aware that it is a common practice, and I like to add, beyond the cosmetic  world,  to our food industry and more! The best practice… is to make your own products as you make your own food! God Bless

This is the article…

By EssentialU
Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 5:12PM

A few weeks ago I was getting my petrol pumped by a rather bored and talkative attendant. We somehow got onto the subject of superstition. I mentioned how I found it so odd that the USA was so superstitious that we had no floor #13 choice in elevators. He was alarmed. He couldn’t believe our buildings didn’t have a 13th floor.  “Well of course they do.” I said,” they’re just not labeled as a 13th floor in the elevator”. We then had a spritely discussion on how a 13th floor exists, yet it’s not known as a 13th floor, but instead becomes known as the 14th floor. This appeared to be quite a conundrum for the young man, he seemed disillusioned. It was a strange reaction. It got me to thinking, how often do we call something by a name which it is not?
In the natural products industry we come across this constantly. “Geraniums” are almost never geraniums, but rather Pelargoniums. “Cedars” are far more likely to be Arborvitaes or Junipers than true Cedars. “Chamomiles” are more often Daisies.  Long ago someone looked at the Sunflower known to botanists as Matricaria recutita, decided it looked like a Chamomile, and we have been referring to it  incorrectly ever since.  Once a word has been chronically misused for long enough it becomes correct. I remember when “prioritize” finally made its way into the dictionary and my disgusted English teacher had to accept that the word could legitimately be used in a paper.  She retired the following year.  If enough people repeatedly refer to a fruit as a “nut”, it eventually becomes a nut. At least it does in casual conversation if not in scientific classification. This can get a little confusing, and I’m sure botanists find it immensely aggravating, but it is no big deal. It is a little odd that the worst nut allergy is caused by a peanut, which is a legume, not a nut.
Not long ago I got a sample of Sodium Citrate which was nothing like what we expected to receive. That’s because it was Sodium citrate with about five other ingredients thrown in there as well. It was all listed in the spec sheet. There was no attempt at deception, but the initial advertising wasn’t quite as clear as it could have been. A buyer has to be very careful they get exactly what is needed, nothing more and nothing less.  Unfortunately, deception does come in to play a little too often in this industry. Product descriptions are incomplete or plain misrepresented. Most often I find this manifests in the form of flow agents, preservatives and emulsifiers being left out of ingredient decks. You don’t need to worry about that happening at Essential Wholesale as we maintain maximum transparency, but please do be aware that it is common practice in the cosmetic personal care world. Buyer beware!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Acid and Alkaline

This is the chart link

Why it is important to understand what Acid and Alkaline will do for you?

When they are metabolized, carbohydrates, proteins and fats produce inorganic and organic acids. These acids are all poisonous. We have to eliminate them from our bodies as quickly as possible. However, if these acids substances were eliminated through the kidneys and large intestines those organs would suffer damage from the acid.  The good part is that God created our bodies with the capacity to neutralize those acids by mineral compounds. Together, the mineral compounds and acids produce substances which are not longer poisonous to us and which can be safely eliminated.
The family of mineral compounds, which neutralizes acids, is carbonic salts. When carbonic salts meet strong acids such as sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid (from Proteins), acetic acid and lactic acid, (from Carbohydrates and fats) the alkaline minerals making up the carbonic salt leave the salt and combine with the acids to make new salts.
In short, the acids which are the end product of metabolism can be eliminated only after they are changed to neutral salts. Then they are not longer harmful to the kidney and to the wall of the intestine.
The result of this change from acid to neutral salt reduces the concentration of alkaline elements in the blood and then in the extracellular fluid. It is this lowered concentration of alkaline elements that is referred to as the acidic condition of the body fluid.
Since in order for us to be healthy our body fluid must be kept at an alkaline level (PH 7.4), we must re-supply the lost alkaline elements through the foods we eat.
One of the important causes of cancer and other degenerative diseases is the cumulative effect of the acidic condition of body fluid.  I believe we can prevent almost all sicknesses, including cancer, if diets are changed considering the acid and alkaline effects of food in our bodies.
Cancer develops in the following stages:
1. Ingestion of many acid forming foods, fatty foods, protein rich foods, refined foods,  carcinogenic substances such as nitrites, and chemically treated foods in general. X-ray scans contribute even at this stage.
2. Increased constipation.
3. Increase acidity in the blood.  This causes an increase of white cells and a decrease of red cells, which is the beginning of leukemia.
4. Increase of acidity in the extracellular fluids.
5. Increase of acidity in the intracellular fluids.
6. Birth of malignant cells. This is the stage of cancer initiation.
7. The further consumption of many acid forming foods. Receiving high levels of radiation, chemical, and drug treatment. This is the stage of cancer called promotion.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Green Tea

Scientific names: Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze. Family: Theaceae
Common names: Green tea also is known as tea, black tea, oolong tea, Veregen.
Efficacy-safety rating:
ÒÒ...Ethno or other evidence of efficacy.
Safety rating:
...Little exposure or very minor concerns.

What is Green Tea?

Black, oolong, and green tea are produced from the leaves of C. sinensis, which is native to eastern Asia but also grown in other areas. This evergreen shrub or tree grows to over 9 m in height and is pruned from 60 cm to 1.5 m for cultivation. Its dark green, serrated-edged leaves are alternate and oval, while its white and fragrant blossoms appear singly or in clusters. Green tea consists of dried leaves, while black tea is produced by a complex wilting and fermentation process. Oolong tea is produced by a process intermediate to that of green and black tea.

What is Green Tea used for?

Traditional and ethnobotanical uses
The dried, cured leaves of C. sinensis have been used medicinally for more than 5,000 years. Traditional Chinese medicine has recommended drinking green tea for the prevention of ill health, which in Asia is still regarded as a healthy practice.
General uses
Tea is traditionally consumed as a beverage. Evidence from clinical trials suggests that green tea plays a role in metabolic syndrome because it may have an impact on body weight, glucose homeostasis, and other cardiovascular risk factors. It has yet to be determined whether green tea can help prevent cancer; however, a role in the prevention of stroke has been suggested. Topical applications have been studied for protection from ultraviolet damage, and a commercial preparation has been approved for use in the treatment of anogenital warts.

What is the dosage of Green Tea?

A daily intake of 3 to 5 cups/day (1,200 mL) of green tea will provide at least 250 mg/day of catechins. Green tea extract should not be taken on an empty stomach due to the potential for liver toxicity from excessive levels of epigallocatechin gallate. Anogenital warts: topical application of sinecatechins 3 times a day for a maximum of 6 weeks. Cardiovascular effect: 400 to 716 mg/day of catechins have been used in trials in divided dosages. Diabetes: Dosages of epigallocatechin gallate range from 84 to 386 mg/day in trials evaluating glucose homeostasis. Obesity: Dosage ranges used in trials include 270 to 800 mg/day of epigallocatechin gallate, or 125 to 625 mg/day of catechins.

Is Green Tea safe?

Contraindications have not been identified; however, use caution when liver failure is present.
The US Food and Drug Administration advises those who are or may become pregnant to avoid caffeine.
Vitamin K present in green tea may affect the blood thinning effects of warfarin. Green tea consumption reduces the bioavailability of folic acid and may interfere with the absorption of iron.
Side Effects
There are no reports of clinical toxicity from daily tea consumption as a beverage. Adverse events include headache, dizziness, and GI symptoms. Liver toxicity, including 1 fatality, has been associated with high plasma levels of epigallocatechin gallate or its metabolites.
Multidose studies suggest that a daily dose of 800 mg/day of epigallocatechin gallate capsules for up to 4 weeks is safe and well tolerated. High-dose oral green tea extract and catechins were toxic to rat livers.
  1. Green Tea. Review of Natural Products. Facts & Comparison Online. May 2010. Accessed April 20, 2010.
Copyright © 2009 Wolters Kluwer Health

Monday, April 2, 2012

Big Pork And Their Big Fat Lies

Beyond Organic Insider
Thursday, March 29, 2012

I saw this video today on the Organic Consumers Associations website, and as they pointed out─it’s ridiculous

I guess with all of the negative press that factory farms and CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) have received lately, they have to resort to disingenuous PR schemes in an attempt to save face.
Let’s examine a few of the flawed statements in this video, but before we do, let me say that I do not consume or recommend pork from conventional or organic operations.  I don’t believe that pork is something that God intended for His people to consume, and I don’t believe that it’s healthy.
So, why bother to examine the video? Simple. These farming practices have become rampant in the beef, dairy and poultry industries as well.
Here’s what the video would lead you to believe…
1) Keeping animals confined to a “modern barn” is “the right thing to do.”
Wouldn’t the right (humane) thing to do be to allow animals to live outdoors in their natural habitat and consume their natural diet?
2) They do it to “protect the animals.”
In reality, they do it to increase profits!
3) They are being “good neighbors” by “protecting the environment and preserving the land for future generations”
The fact is that allowing animals to roam freely in their natural habitat and consume their natural diet is what actually improves the environment.  I’ve seen this first hand, as we’ve raised cattle on our Beyond Organic ranches and allowed them to roam freely as God intended.  After all, it’s part of the Circle of Life (I couldn’t resist the animated video theme, plus this is one of my favorite Disney movies).