Let Your Light Shine!

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As we roll into another year, I’m furthering my journey of Self-Care. Most of us were taught to think of others first, right? What I’ve learned is that my health, all the aspects of it, function more optimally when I’m not trying to “fix and control” with me being at the bottom of the list. I’ve learned to bring awareness to how I’m feeling.

The body doesn’t lie. We’re all in the same boat, bailing water with information overload and excess ...

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Self-Care Specials

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Christy Begien | Christy's Non Toxic LifestyleI’m sure you, my dear readers, are doing your share of gifting others as we enter the Christmas holiday week. So much of what I try to share with you all is the importance of self-care. That being said, I’d like to encourage you to take a moment and check out these two favorite personal care collections. I love them because they both adhere to organic ...

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Let’s Talk – BBC and KISS!

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Nope, not referring to the British Broadcasting Corporation. Try this one on – “Before Breast Cancer!” Let’s get serious about PREVENTION!

Okay, we’re all seeing it –“Breast Cancer Awareness” month. Awareness is a good thing, but as a breast cancer survivor it bothers me that PREVENTION isn’t at the top of the list. Research and shopping to support research for a cure is a noble idea but how can we personally empower ourselves to minimize getting a breast cancer diagnosis to ...

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Heal Yourself – Pain Management that Works!

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What would you say if you knew that a pain management program had a remarkably high success rate? And what if the program could treat you without drugs or surgery? What if it’s also simple and involves no heavy equipment?  I’d say, “tell me more!”

While training for a summer week-long bike ride a few months ago, I injured my back. I was in major pain a mere month out from our trip. The fact that I have a childhood scoliosis ...

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Spring Allergy and Asthma Relief!

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Itchy eyes, sneezing, runny noses… It’s springtime, and the allergies are in full swing. According to Dr. Mercola (mercola.com), “airborne pollen is the most common cause of seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis. Add to that you may be an asthma sufferer whose symptoms are even worse during allergy season, even life threatening.”

Dr. Mercola also reports that allergy-driven asthma affects 10 million Americans, rates that have doubled since 1980.

Climate changes are being linked to longer and ...

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Rhymes with “Ooh-gah”

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I was going to write about salt this week but it’ll just have to wait until next month. Be patient my dear readers! 🙂

I’ve been sitting with this notion of “sanctuary” for many months now. For many of us it means a place of refuge or safety. Other thoughts come to mind too – haven, oasis, shelter and retreat. Is “sanctuary” a physical place (snuggled under a favorite blanket) or can it be an activity or even people? I’m writing ...

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Cosmetic Facelifts with Acupuncture, You Say?

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“Botox is so passé. Cosmetic acupuncture is where it’s at,” says a woman interviewed three years ago in the Daily Mail. What? Apparently it’s the latest weapon in anti-aging with several A-list stars, including Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth and Angelina. Like them or not, these women look great.  This growing movement is the result of women being afraid of fillers and Botox, according

to facial acupuncturist, Samara Reid, who’s been in the business for 20 years. This non-painful, non-toxic technique takes roughly ...

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The Allure of Botox

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Botox, dubbed as “the little neurotoxin that could,” by USA Today. It’s a household name now, isn’t it? Have you tried it? Is it safe? Several friends I know use it to calm forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet and lines around the face. I have to admit they look dang good! I’ve been offered the opportunity to try it. Most of you know I’m about living naturally and cleanly. I am not a fan of putting foreign substances, especially known toxins, ...

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Why are Autoimmune Disorders Rising for Women?

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Did you know that 80% of people with autoimmune disorders are female? Did you know that digestive issues, headaches, low energy and even eczema can be early signs of an autoimmune disorder? What’s that, you say?

According to Dr. Robin Berzin, an autoimmune disease is “when the immune system, which is supposed to attack outside invaders, starts attacking the cells in your body.” She also notes that autoimmune disorders are on the rise at an “alarming rate.”

Some of these disorders you ...

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What’s Robbing YOUR Immune System?

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Is it possible that we can be exercising, taking supplements, eating pretty healthy, constantly washing our hands and STILL getting sick? All around me people are sick. I hear people asking “How is it that I’m doing all the right things and I’m still getting sick?” What’s up with that?

We depend on our immune systems to keep us healthy. But then, maybe we’re doing (or not doing) things that make our immune systems struggle to keep us healthy.  Our choices ...

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