Your cart
Close Alternative Icon

News

Common Herbicide 2, 4-D A Possible Carcinogen

The International Cancer Agency, from the World Health Organization, considers 2,4 D broad leaf herbicide a possible carcinogen because it causes oxidative stress. This can lead to chronic inflammation and cancer in humans. 2,4- D is the most commonly used pesticide in the world, marketed as Weed B gone, Tri Kill, Killex, Weedaway Trillion and Par 3 to name a few. Last year, it was marketed as Enlist Duo, combined with glyphosphate by Dow AgroSciences. It is part of Agent Orange, mixed with dioxin. Alone, it has been used since World War Two. Previous concern is it causes cirrhosis of the liver, especially in golfers.Chemical manufacturers are disputing the classification of a possible carcinogen from previous studies. In other words, it may not cause cancer in everyone exposed to eating food grown during its use. Environmental agencies, such as the Natural Resources Defense Council are filing lawsuits to discontinue its use. What are you spraying on your lawn and garden? Continue reading

E.P.A. Moves to Restrict Fracking Wastewater

The E.P.A. proposed a rule to prevent sending fracking waste water to public sewage plants. Some oil and gas extraction facilities have previously sent waste water to publicly owned facilities. In fact, we are drinking it. 

During fracking, millions of gallons daily of this water is sent underground. Most of the water returns to the surface containing various metals, salts, radioactive material and organic matter we don't want to drink. Public treatment sewage plants are not able to remove these materials. This polluted sewage is also apparent in some well water.

Let your city leaders know we expect the clean water we pay for.

Chemical& Engineering News, April 15, 2015

Continue reading

Respite for the Bees

U.S. beekeepers lost 42% of their honeybees from April 2014 to 2015.This is the second highest loss ever recorded. Although Congress is frustrated with the conflicting research, it has asked President Obama to release a strategy to protect our pollinators within the next 2 weeks.

Although the U.S.D.A. finds no reason to restrict soybean seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides, the E.P.A. has recently restricted any new use of these pesticides accused by consumer groups for decimating the bee and pollinator population. This includes aerial spraying or any different application until all data is evaluated.

On April 2,a letter to chemical companies indicated any new  use of clothian,dinotefuran, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam will not be approved any time soon. The manufacturers are asked to withdraw them from production or delete them from outdoor use. The E.P.A. admitted lack of sufficient data to determine the outcome of usage on bees and  pollinators. Peter Jenkins, Center for Food Safety, says under federal regulation (F.IF.R.A), the E.P.A. should suspend existing use of these pesticides, pending a thorough investigation of impact of these pesticides on the environment. The outcry and demands from the public have retailers removing neonicotinoids from their shelves and have forced the E.P.A. and government agencies to seriously reconsider use in the future. Until the E.P.A. can prove these pesticides are safe for pollinators and the public, further use may be restricted all together.

Sources: Chemical and Engineering News, May 11 and May 16, 2015.

Continue reading

The first G MO Apple

The Arctic, non browning apple is the first G MO apple approved by the USDA. This new variety will be  available in markets in 2016, labeled Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny. Non browning is achieved by gene silencing, reducing the amounts of poly-phenol oxidase that causes browning. Okanagan Specialty Fruits, who parented this apple, says the nutritional value is comparable to other apples.

In fact, a 2003 survey proved wild apples to have 475 times more phytonutrients than commercially produced apples. The least nutritious varieties include Empire, Ginger Gold, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady and Fuji. Other commercial varieties and wild apples contain as much as 80 times more cancer compounds than the ones previously listed .Fuji, the most popular apple today, contains almost no phytonutrients to fight cancer and is also at the top of the list of the least nutritious apples. 

The most nutritious apple originates from New Zealand, Called Monty's Surprise.This variety produces the most phytonutrients that reduce or destroy most cancer cells, especially colon cancer. New Zealanders call it the Full Monty. Hopefully, these apples will be available by the time Arctic apples appear in 2016.

 

Sources: Chemical and Engineering News: Coming Soon: Non browning Apples, Britt Erikson, Feb 23, 2015

Eating On the Wild Side, Jo Robinson, 2014.

Continue reading

Pain relief/ Free teleconference

The news this morning quoted studies of Americans using pain drugs at the cost of 600 million dollars yearly. The effect for chronic pain is temporary. The brain can go into a dependent cycle, causing more need for medication. Pain is related to inflammatory markers in the brain cells. Aromatherapy can bypass the blood brain barrier within seconds and work through the skin as an immune enhancer.

Most pain responds well to my Stop Hurting lotion, especially if it is muscular/skeletal or arthritis. Swelling and edema responds to Lymph Flow lotion. Circulation Booster increases circulation to the site and cardiovascular system to reduce pain and facial tightness. Relax the Shoulders is great for neck and shoulder pain and tension. It also helps relieve depression. The lotions work on site and through the brain to change the cellular memory. Over time the aromatic lotions and blends can help heal damaged tissue as well.

Pain is experienced individually. Some people are more sensitive and usually experience more pain. Stop Suffering is an essence blend I use often in hospitals to relieve the psycho emotional effects and causes of pain. It also helps reduce dependency, even allowing medications to have the best effect.

I am beginning a free aromatherapy and healing plant teleconference tonight, 8 pm central time. I will teach and answer questions for 1 hour. The recording will be available for 6 months online. Please join us using any phone..

Dial 1 302 2021106 Follow the prompt to type in this access code 824648.

The next class will be February 11, same time.

Continue reading

Regulating Strontium in Drinking Water

Strontium is detected in 99% of U.S. drinking water. The present amounts raise concern in at least 7% of public drinking water. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires the E.P.A. to check unregulated contaminants of concern in drinking water every 5 years. The E.P.A. will make a decision about regulating Strontium levels in drinking water in 2015.

Strontium is a trace element that can replace calcium in the bones. It especially affects children, infants and adolescents. I am concerned for pregnant and lactating women also. Small levels of Strontium could affect mother's milk. Also the skeletal formation of fetus may also be adversely affected by Strontium levels. 

Recently, the E.P.A. has decided not to regulate 2 organophosphates in drinking water. They originate from pesticides. The E.P.A. estimates up to 10% of pesticides drift from their target during application. These and other pollutants of similar nature could easily land in our sources of drinking water. The E.P.A. has no regulatory government agency to over rule its decisions. Only the court system can over rule an E.P.A. mandate.

Concerned about contaminates in our drinking water? Contact an environmental agency lobbying the E.P.A. . They often collect funds to take the E.P.A. to court on our behalf. Or, you can always contact your state and national representatives who have contacts in Washington. Let them know your concerns. 

Questions? email Judy Griffin, PhD. at petitefl@aromahealthtexas.com

Concerned about Strontium in your bones? Contact Judy Griffin about a trace mineral analysis consultation at 1800 4962125/ 817 293 5410

Source: Chemical and Engineering News: October 27 2014. 

Continue reading

Update on Honeybees

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics will be collecting more data on what is killing our honeybees. We all know pesticides are a culprit, but mites and lack of habitat will also be included. The new surveys will look at small bee keepers with less than 5 hives. The goal is to document colony movement, stress to the hives and losses. This seems to be necessary to provide funding to help the bees and legislation to remove toxic pesticides from the market. We hope.

The good news is the USDA will provide 4 million dollars to farmers and ranchers to use conservation and provide cover crops that provide food for the bees. This is a small amount, but it is a start.

The reason the USDA is beginning to move to help the bees is because of environmental groups protesting toxic pesticides.  Also,folks  are willing to contact their congress men and women to aid in the honeybee dilemma. We need research and answers to allow the colonies to grow and pollinate our food. Yes, I'm petitioning each of you to let state and national legislators know this is important. I'm also asking you to plant flowering herbs and plants that attract and feed bees every year. Whether you grow in pots or gardens doesn't matter. If you have questions about easy plants to grow, please contact me or the county agricultural department or local nurseryman. If you live in the area, I may have some cuttings or extra plants you can have for the asking.

We started the organic movement 50+ years ago, one gardener at a time. We can do the same to save bees. Keep the faith.

Continue reading

Is Lavender Essential Oil Dangerous?

The European Chemical Agency intends to label Lavender essential oil dangerous because it has the capability of causing an allergic reaction. To date, by 2018, all lavender essential oil products will carry a health warning. The label may read " May be fatal if inhaled or swallowed ".This is the same labeling on lye, bleach and many poisonous household products. Lavender has been universally used for centuries as a fragrant,skincare product. The main properties are linalool, a terpene alcohol, and linalyl acetate, an ester of linalool.

Every natural or man made product can cause an allergic reaction or sensitivity. In 40 years of hospital, clinical and private practice, I have never experienced any fatality from lavender oil. I have environmental clients who react to a photocopy, patients allergic to olive oil and toothpaste, but these are not considered harmful or fatal by the ECHA.

The European Chemical Agency was created to restrict pollution from synthetic pollution. When my clients ask my opinion about targeting lavender essential oil as harmful, my response is, it is an agricultural product and should be labeled accordingly. My thought is: " It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature".  Expect a showdown.

 

Continue reading

Essential Oils for Ebola Virus

 Essential oils can help prevent and treat the outbreak of Ebola Virus. Ebola virus cannot  thrive in the presence of Cinnamon leaf and Oregano essential oils. Use the inhaler/diffuser, sold on my website at www.aromahealthtexas.com. Add undiluted essential oils to the inhaler and breathe in the scents several times daily.Mist or bathe the skin in  diluted Oregano and Cinnamon oils: 2-3 drops of each in 1 cup of water. Avoid the eyes. Keep any open wounds or areas covered at all times.

To reduce fever, combine 2 drops of each : Eucalyptus citriadora, Fennel and Lemon essential oils in 1 cup of water. Mist the body several times. Other good essential oils for reducing fever is Spearmint and Lime. Same dilution and procedure.

Use Thyme , Rosemary and Coriander essential oils to build immunity as a dilution. In 1 cup of water, add 2 drops of each oil. Mist or apply to the body. This dilution can be applied to the skin in a carrier oil, such as Marula or Red Raspberry in the same proportions instead of water. Massage a few drops of the dilution to the chest 2-3 x daily.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at petitefl@aromahealthtexas.com or AromaHealthTexas on facebook or aromahealthtexas.com

 

 

Sources include: David Williams:The Chemistry of Essential Oils, Micelle Press, England, 1997.

Jean Valnet: The Practice of Aromatherapy, Healing arts Press,1980.

David Wilmont, Aromatherapy with Chinese Medicine, Wilmountain Press, Ma, USA,,2003.

Judy Griffin, Mother Nature's Herbal, Llewllyn, Mn, U.S.A.,1997.

 

Continue reading

Testimonial for Lighten up from friends in the U.K.

I use the Lighten up spray in my private yoga sessions and workshops and I have found that there is a significant difference when I use it-the students feel happier and more relaxed.

As A kinesiologist, I tend to use the spray with clients who are quite tense, before I start the session. Very few people seem to have any knowledge of what Kinesiology is and how it works, so clients can be apprehensive before the first session

Continue reading