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10-Minute Healthy Home Makeover

I was just reading an article from Healthy Child Healthy World about the easy things you can do to make a difference in the health of your home. As I was going through the article, I gave myself a test to see if we’re actually doing these things in our home…i’m proud to say that we do 4 out of the 5 below…but it seems I need to get better at remembering to dust! Time to pull out my Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Wipes and get to work!

Step 1 – Open some windows. Indoor air is typically far more polluted than outdoor air. In fact, the indoor air in the typical American home contains over 500 chemicals, according to a study published in April 2009. Opening windows for even a few minutes a day can vastly improve your indoor air quality. Open one right now so that during the ten minutes you are doing your home makeover, you’ll be letting contaminated air out and fresh air in.

Step 2 – Dust electronics. One type of toxic chemical commonly found in household dust is flame retardants. According to “Tech Secrets: 21 Things ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know,”

Though electronics manufacturers have made great strides in reducing their use of harmful chemicals in recent years, tech gear still may contain brominated flame retardants–chemicals used to reduce the risk of fire that studies have linked to lower IQs in children and reduced fertility rates.

“BFRs used in the manufacture of circuit boards can be converted to highly toxic brominated dioxins and furans if the products are burned at the end of their life,” says Arlene Blum, executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute and a visiting professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley.

But even daily use can be dangerous, says Blum. “When used in plastic casings, BFRs can also migrate out of the plastic into the dust in the room and then enter the body via the hand-to-mouth contact.”

The Fix: While major manufacturers such as Apple, Dell, and HP have moved away from BFRs in recent years, certain products built before 2009–especially devices that generate a lot of heat, like laptops and laser printers–may still contain BFRs, says Michael Kirschner, associate director of the Green Science Policy Institute. “Do some research,” says Kirschner. “Almost all vendors now have an environmental section on their Websites that tells you about the materials they use.”
For immediate health protection, keep electronic equipment dust-free by damp dusting it frequently.

Step 3 – Make a shoe drop-spot. Consider every place you walk when you leave your house and then think of what you could be tracking back inside – pesticides from a freshly sprayed lawn, lead dust from contaminated soil, gasoline from stopping to fuel your car, feces from your neighbor’s dog, and much more. One of the most recent studies published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology, found that toxic coal tar, a known carcinogen used in driveway sealants (among other places), is tracked into homes from driveways and parking lots. Keep contaminants out by leaving dirt at the door. Find a large basket or decorative box to keep shoes in by your home’s entryways. Hopefully you have something on hand, but, if not, you can use a laundry basket until you find a more attractive replacement.

Step 4 – Clean out your cleaning cabinet. Conventional cleaning products can contain many dangerous chemicals, which are usually not listed on the labels. So, whether you keep your cleaners in a closet or under the sink, grab a box and get rid of any with warning labels (danger, warning, or caution). Toss the box in the trunk of your car and drop it off at your local Household Hazardous Waste site the next time you’re in the area. Don’t know where your local drop-off is? Enter your zip code at to find out. Keep your home clean and healthy by purchasing non-toxic cleaners or making your own using these recipes for safer cleaners.

Step 5 – Purge plastics. Plastics, which are used for most of our food packaging, storage and serving, can pose potential health risks. Originally, manufacturers thought these chemicals were “locked” into the product, but more and more studies show they are not. Some plastics leach harmful chemicals into foods and drinks, especially when they come in contact with fatty or acidic foods, during heating and microwaving, or as a result of wear and tear. Grab a box or bag and quickly go through your kitchen cabinets and drawers. Toss any plastic that’s scratched or worn, as well as any with the numbers 1, 3, 6, or 7 which have been shown to be more prone to leaching. If you can’t find the number (usually located on the bottom of the product in a chasing arrow symbol), call the manufacturer. Don’t know who made it? Consider it guilty unless you can prove it’s safe. Better safe than sorry! Recycle the plastics if possible. Otherwise, think of creative ways to re-use them: sandbox toys, bath tub toys, for gardening, craft supply storage, etc.

Mapping America’s Eating Habits

I saw this map last night and while a bit silly, it’s always fun to see where you net out in this country around eating habits.

Shaklee, Amtrak, REI, Timberland, Climate Industry Innovators

Congrats to Shaklee one of six charter companies – Amtrak, Ben & Jerry’s, Clif Bar, REI, Shaklee and Timberland who have signed on as charter members of the Climate Counts Industry Innovators (i2) project!

ShelterBox Can = Home

Life continues. No matter what happens in the world, life moves on. People forget things, new priorities arise. It’s in that vein that I post a quick reminder that we need to continue helping the people of Haiti. I came across an organization called ShelterBox <.org> an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide.  I really appreciated that they are trying to provide whole solutions for people and a sense of self. Food for thought item of the day 🙂

Healthy Habits by Delia Dorn

I came across another Shaklee distributor, Delia Dorn, a few weeks back and wanted to share her site. According to her bio, Delia worked as a chemical research engineer, product developer, and quality assurance supervisor, before she turned to Shaklee and I’ve found her newsletters to be very helpful and informative as I share Shaklee with others.  Happy Reading!

Money? Yes, Please!

I spent time on Sunday talking with a gal I know about the Shaklee opportunity. Her husband is out of work at the moment and she owns her own business so cash is very tight. Her husband takes care of their baby while she works, but he’s going out of his mind since he’s not contributing income to their household. They really want to supplement their income so I went through line by line how you make money building a Shaklee group and wanted to share with you as after I had written it down, I felt like other people might be interested in seeing the process – it’s from an email I sent to her so if some of the examples don’t make sense I apologize in advance!

 – Here’s how the earning potential works. You go out and talk to people about the products – this could be someone on your table who is looking for non-toxic cleaning products, someone J runs into at the store who is complaining about headaches, one of your friends who is looking for natural baby care products, etc. You introduce them to the Shaklee products that could address their needs and have them sign up as members under your Shaklee ID – this becomes your group.
– Every time one of your members (or a new member) buys product, you earn the difference between the member price and the distributor price (if you are sharing the products you have to become a distributor).
– In addition, Shaklee offers a range of bonus targets which include incentives on specific product PV (PV is product volume, and each product is assigned PV – for example a vitamin has higher PV then a house hold cleaning product) and milestones you meet building your group. One month I earned $200 just from bonuses!
– To earn a check each month, you must have personal product use of 100 PV (PV stands for product volume, 100 PV is around $140 a month) and your group must buy around 250 PV a month. What that means is that you use the products each month, share the products each month and then you earn a check. For example, Tim and I each take the Vitalizer strips, so we order 2 boxes of those which meets our minimum each month (and keeps us feeling great and from getting sick :-), we share the products to get new customers and work with people who want to reorder each month.
– The products are 100% money back guarantee which means people can return at anytime if they don’t like. The thing is, people LOVE the products because they work so well so I’ve never had anyone return the products!
– One of the amazing things about Shaklee is that people order online (I can explain that more) which means you never have to take money or have product on hand. It’s all done online and then ships directly to the customer!
Anyone wake up this morning wishing they had more money?

If you don’t feed me, I might rip your head off!

There are many words (*per my husband) to describe what happens to me if I don’t eat regularly and let my blood sugar drop below a certain point.  I try hard to avoid this – I like my husband and want to stay married – but on occasion it happens. I was doing some reading on the subject a few weeks back and found a great newsletter put out by another Shaklee distributor (attached) that shared the benefits of using Shaklee Glucose Regulation Complex to help with my low blood sugar ‘sympotoms’.

I decided to give it a try – I’m on day three of taking it so I’ll do an update to this post at the end of the month to let you know my results. I’m actually pretty excited about my little experiment as it’s something I didn’t know I had any control over. It’s funny how things can be like that in life. I had just accepted that I freak out when my blood sugar gets too low and the idea of changing that behavior seemed foreign. Now, it’s like I suddenly found my power!


*insane, nuts, crazy, head spinning around, angry…you get the idea