Editor's Note. The staff at Total Health magazine realize the importance of sourcing high quality and highly efficacious products. There are many imitators when it comes to vitamins, supplements, herbs, and spices. We make sure the products recommended by our staff have been personally tested, lab tested where possible, and background checked.

Environmental Health

If you're a regular reader of TotalHealth magazine I think it's safe to say you are taking charge of your own health care. Supplements, diet, lifestyle choices etc. are very important but so is the environment within which you live. Many millions of homes are affected by Toxic Building Syndrome. The air inside your home or office can have more than 900 harmful chemicals and organisms in it.

These chemicals can contribute to heart disease, cancer, and much more. So what can you do about it? This bit of advice concerns toxic aerosol products like WD-40®, Kroil®, PB B'laster®, Liquid Wrench®, Trizol®, Bronze Lube, Tapmatic®, and others. Imagine the amount of toxic exposure to you and the environment when you use these products. Think of the millions of empty (hopefully empty) cans disposed of every day in landfills. But more importantly if you use these products in your home or garage think of the chemical exposure. Well, now there is a far better alternative.

PlanetSafe Lubricants are environmentally safe, non-flammable, and non-toxic with proven superior performance to the toxic alternatives

Real Technologies LLC mission is to manufacture and develop safe and effective PlanetSafe Lubricants. All PlanetSafe Lubricants use their proprietary, next generation, biosynthetic cleaning, penetrating lubricant and corrosion preventing technology to ionically bond to surfaces for superior lasting performance even in extreme conditions.
  • Works in extreme environments (-40°F to +450°F, microdust, submerged in ocean, high friction)
  • Ultra-strong ionic bonding providing protection and lubrication with only a few drops
  • Non-toxic, non-hazardous, environmentally safe with virtually no odor
  • Bio-synthetic nanotechnology reduces friction and heat to provide higher quality and faster production with less cost, even with titanium
  • Does not attract dirt, dust or lint
  • Eliminates rust and corrosion while providing corrosion protection
  • Penetrates quickly through rust and carbon deposits for easy removal of frozen stuck parts

PlanetSafe Lubricants has spent 17 years developing a nano-particle technology that is far superior in application, length of results, and safety. AIM Lube is non-toxic, non-hazardous, and has virtually no smell. It works faster, lasts longer, is impervious to extreme temperatures, takes rust off of everything, and even works under water as evidenced by Hobie Cat who has licensed the technology to provide their kayak owners a solution with very little impact on the environment when they maintain their kayak drive trains.

AIM Lube has thousands of uses from doors, locks, windows, tools, bicycles, sewing machines, drilling, cutting, threading, tapping, cnc machines, band-saws, rusted bolts, exhaust systems (AIM loves heat), manifold repairs, boat repair and maintenance, and so much more.

In California Amtrak has been using AIM for over 3 years. The first thing they saved was about $4,000 every quarter because they no longer had to pay to dispose of toxic aerosol cans. Originally used to maintain doors and moving parts on passenger trains AIM was so successful they brought it into their other departments and machine shops. AIM has replaced the whole category of aerosol products while saving Amtrak a small fortune in California. The employees absolutely love AIM because they can use it all day with no health impact and not go home smelling like a chemical factory.

The pros in the San Diego Marine Industry use and recommend AIM for lubrication and corrosion protection at San Diego Marine Exchange, Pacific Offshore Rigging, Rigworks, Point Loma Sportfishing, and Downwind Marine. They keep finding new uses of AIM for fishing gear, downhauls, windlass, winches, tuna towers, trailer wheel bearings, propeller shaft packing nuts, and much more.

San Diego's Dynamic Marine Machining uses AIM Cutting Fluid in CNC, lathe, and other operations fabricating flawless stainless steel propeller shafts and custom components because AIM quickly produces superior products with greatly reduced galling, spalling and pitting. EHMKE Sheet Metal, San Diego Hydraulics, and Cogswell Marine & Racing use AIM to improve quality, speed up production, and reduce costs. AIM solves the titanium fabrication nightmare.

In Washington County in Utah AIM has become the go-to solution for almost all levels of government from parks and rec, to building maintenance, school bus fleets, and Purgatory Prison.

In Coronado, CA, AIM is the go-to product for the city's vehicle fleet repair and maintenance.

Billabong Sector 9 Skateboards has licensed the technology and markets Bearing Butter to millions of skateboarders. They found AIM was the only product that could stand up to the pressure and heat on long boards travelling 60+ mph. And they love the fact it has no smell, no environmental impact, and no health impact on their customers.

Say goodbye to the toxic products you are currently using and switch to the #1 environmentally and health-safe lubricant for chores around the home and shop.

PlanetSafe AIM Lubricant has a great introductory offer on: Newegg.com

PlanetSafe AIM website: www.aimlube.com for more information on how you can contribute to a safer home and work environment while saving money.

MagSRT is available on Amazon.com

Why we like MagSRT:

Clinically shown to:

  • Increase Serum Magnesium (+22%)
  • Increase RBC Magnesium (+30%)
  • Reduce Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms (-63%)
  • Well-tolerated at high dosages (91%)
Read the peer-reviewed study

Active Ingredients: Magnesium (as dimagnesium malate), Vitamin C (as ascorbyl palmitate), Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxal-5-phosphate), Folate (as Quatrefolic® 5MTHF), Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin), Malic Acid (as dimagnesium malate).

The malate form of magnesium is 85% absorbable.

Jigsaw MagSRT™ Contains:
  • No artificial colors or dyes
  • No yeast
  • No preservatives
  • No carnauba wax
  • Vegan safe
  • No Gluten
  • No Soy
What Is "SRT" And Why Is It So Important?

The "SRT" in Jigsaw MagSRT™ stands for Sustained Release Technology, often referred to as "time-release", and it's the major difference that gives this product its superior effectiveness.

Instead of the magnesium being dumped into your system all at once, SRT slows down the release of magnesium so it's spread out over 8 hours, which allows your body to absorb the maximum it needs to start feeling your best... avoiding the dreaded digestive discomfort that high doses of most magnesium supplements can cause.*

Why Do We Need To Supplement With Magnesium?

The World Health Organization produced a global report on intake levels of magnesium. It found in the US less than 60% of men and women meet adequate levels of magnesium intake. Large corporate farms have depleted the soil of the rich minerals, added toxic pesticides and herbicides, and GMO crops. Drinking filtered water also reduces your magnesium intake.

Here are 15 signs of magnesium deficiency:
  • Anxiety
  • Calcium deficiency
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Poor heart health
  • Poor memory
  • Respiratory issues
  • Tremors
  • Type II diabetes
  • Weakness

If you would like to get your magnesium supplement from food:

  • Almonds
  • Black beans
  • Cashews
  • Okra
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Soybeans
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Sunflower seeds

The worst forms of magnesium

Magnesium oxide—Magnesium oxide is the most common form of magnesium sold in pharmacies. It's non-chelated and possesses a poor absorption rate.

Magnesium sulfate—Magnesium sulfate, also called Epsom salt, is a fantastic constipation aid but an unsafe source of dietary magnesium, since overdosing on it is easy.

Magnesium glutamate and aspartate—Avoid these two forms of magnesium completely. Glutamic acid and aspartic acid are components of the dangerous artificial sweetener aspartame, and both of them become neurotoxic when unbound to other amino acids.

Drugs That Deplete Magnesium (so far)

Suzie Cohen, RPh, author of Drug Muggers has compiled a detailed list of drugs that deplete your magnesium levels even farther. If you are on any kind of medication this is a must read article. Here's the link to the excerpt from her book on the MagSRT manufacturer's website:

14 Drugs That Deplete Magnesium by Suzie Cohen

MagSRT is available on Amazon.com

SilverBiotics Oral Care, Tooth Gel, Glacial Mint, 4oz

Tooth Gel Is Hands Down The Best Toothpaste We've Reviewed

This is an amazing tooth gel (toothpaste). The staff at TotalHealth magazine definitely favor this product. We like the two-step process. Brush your teeth like normal and rinse. Then load up the toothbrush again and brush again but this time just spit out the excess and DO NOT rinse again. The antibacterial and antimicrobial action of the Silver Biotics Tooth Gel will keep your mouth amazingly clean. When you wake up in the morning you will often forget to brush first thing because your mouth feels so clean.

The Importance of Killing Bad Bacteria in the Mouth

Esophageal cancer starts in the cells of the esophagus, the tube of muscular tissue that moves food from the mouth to the stomach via the gullet.

Annually almost 17,000 people find out that they have the disease and of those almost 16,000 die from it. Interestingly the cancer is more common in men than in women.

In a study published in Cancer Research1 researchers found bacteria may play a role in esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) and esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). They found the periodontal pathogen Tannerella forsythia to be associated with higher risk of EAC. Furthermore, they found that depletion of the commensal genus Neisseria and the species Streptococcus pneumoniae was associated with lower EAC risk. the abundance of the periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis trended with higher risk of ESCC. Overall, their findings have potential implications for the early detection and prevention of EAC and ESCC.

The human oral cavity contains a number of different habitats, including the teeth, gingival sulcus, tongue, cheeks, hard and soft palates, and tonsils, which are colonized by bacteria. The oral microbiome is comprised of over 600 prevalent taxa at the species level, with distinct subsets predominating at different habitats.2

Maintaining a Healthy Oral Microbiome

Start using the best antimicrobial and antibacterial tooth gel on the market today!

  • Squeaky clean – that's what your teeth will feel like after using Silver Biotics Tooth Gel. That refreshing feeling doesn't leave as soon as you eat or drink something after brushing, but stays for hours.
  • With all the benefits of Silver Biotics Silver Technology built right into the gel, you'll feel the difference.
  • Natural glacial blue color with a refreshing mint flavor is exactly what you’ll get with Silver Sol Tooth Gel.
  • Unlike other common tooth gels or toothpastes, they've gotten rid of all the bad and kept only the good.
  • Xylitol is a naturally occurring substance found in most plant material, including many fruits and vegetables. It is extracted from birch wood.

MONEY BACK Guarantee. If you're not happy with the product ABL will give you a 100% refund.

SilverBiotics Oral Care, Tooth Gel, Glacial Mint, 4oz is available on Amazon.com

References:

  1. http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/77/23/6777
  2. http://jb.asm.org/content/192/19/5002

Silver Biotics Armor Gel 1.5oz should be the first thing you stock your first aid kit with.

As a cyclist one thing you need to keep handy is a first aid cream for road rash, a polite way of saying, oh wow I just lost a lot skin on that crash...

My first encounter with a Silver Biotics Gel application was on my return from a month long trip. I couldn't wait to get out on the bike path for a ride out to Coronado and back. About 15 minutes into my ride I wasn't paying attention and hit the side of the trail, lost control, and went down hard on my left side. I lost a lot of skin but the scariest part was the silver dollar sized hole on my elbow that exposed the bone. Sorry to be so graphic but it is what it is. I had a serious accident in Mexico City a few years ago where my right side was devastated including a broken clavicle. So I've seen this show before. A couple of passers-by helped me with my bike and drove me home. I did was cleaned the wounds and start applying the Gel. The first thing I noticed was how incredibly soothing it felt. No stinging. I changed my dressing every day. I was really worried about the hole in my elbow though. Over time my wounds healed and my elbow was left with a very, very small scar. Had I not use the gel I am sure I would have had a big ugly scar on my elbow.

I can't recommend this product enough.

Armor Gel™ is the wound dressing gel for all of your family's first aid needs. It is built to protect your wounds so you can stay focused on your families adventures, it’s the all in one first aid kit to help you get back on your feet. Family activities that are perfect for Armor Gel include, but are not limited to: biking, hiking, running, rock climbing, skateboarding, and so much more!

Indications For Use

  • For Topical Management of:
  • Minor Cuts
  • Lacerations
  • Abrasions
  • 1st and 2nd Degree Burns
  • Skin Irritations

Silver Biotics Armor Gel™ has been evaluated in standard tests that show it can reduce the levels of common microorganisms including:

  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Escherichia coli
  • MRSA and VRE
  • as well as fungi such as Candida albicans and Aspergillus niger

Our favorite women's health author Dr. Sherrill Sellman has a lot to say about the tremendous benefits of Silver Biotics Silver Gel and the silver line of products.

Here's an interview with Dr. Sellman on women's health and the benefits of Silver Biotics Silver Gel Protect, Heal, and Restore Vaginal Health

What's in your first aid kit?

American Biotech Labs Armor Gel 1.5oz is available on Amazon.com

  • Aged Garlic Extract [300 mg] (per tablet/capsule).
  • KYOLIC® Aged Garlic Extract begins with 100% organically† grown garlic bulbs. They are then aged to perfection in a unique extraction process to eliminate odor and create beneficial compounds found only in Kyolic.
  • This formula supports and strengthens your cardiovascular system by reducing the major risk factors and promoting overall heart health.*
  • Take the best-KYOLIC® Aged Garlic Extract, the most scientifically researched, highest quality and best-selling odorless Sociable Garlic®.
SUGGESTED USE: Take two tablets/capsules with a meal twice daily.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size 2 tablets/capsules
Amount per serving % Daily Value
Aged Garlic Extract†† Powder (bulb) 600 mg **
**Daily Value not established
††Special Garlic Preparation

OTHER TABLET INGREDIENTS:
Whey (dairy), Alginic Acid (seaweed), Silica, Cellulose and Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source).

OTHER CAPSULE INGREDIENTS:
Gelatin, Whey (dairy) and Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source).

Whey derived from milk.
FREE OF: Sodium, Yeast, Preservatives, Sugar, Gluten, Artificial Colors or Flavors.
Store in a cool, dry place with cap tight. Keep out of reach of children.
(in compliance with the California Certified Organic Farmers).

American Biotech Labs Silver Gel 4oz is available on Amazon.com

One of our favorite applications for Silver Biotics Silver Gel is to use it on our hands when we are at busy shows shaking hands. Silver Gel offers hours of protection from constant hand grasping. It's also fantastic for sun burns as we discovered last winter in Costa Rica. See Dr. Sherrill Sellman's interview below to learn a lot more about the benefits of Silver Biotics technology for women's health.

It should also be in the kit of every cyclist. If you've ever had road rash you know why you need something that offers strong anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties to avoid infection. As a cyclist who has recovered from a serious loss of skin from a bike accident using Silver Biotics products I can't say enough positive things about them. Silver Gel and Armor Gel are the best.

SilverBiotics™ Silver Gel is formulated using a unique and patented 20 ppm SilverSol® Technology solution. This silver gel is the ideal choice for almost any cosmetic use. With it's powerful 20 ppm SilverSol® gel formula, your skin will immediately benefit from its many unique properties. Not only does it help hydrate and rejuvenate the skin, but more importantly, it helps to promote natural healing. Your skin is exposed to more damage than you may realize, and sadly, much of it is unavoidable. Use SilverBiotics™ Silver Gel everyday to give your skin the upper hand, and join the thousands of individuals who have already come to love the rejuvenating benefits of SilverBiotics™ Silver Gel.

The product is currently being used by thousands of men and women to help soothe and renew skin all over the body. It has become a necessary ingredient for daily skin care routines, as it helps naturally make the skin feel noticeably softer. The simple fact that this product works is why it is becoming a top choice in skin care worldwide.

Our favorite women's health author Dr. Sherrill Sellman has a lot to say about the tremendous benefits of Silver Biotics Silver Gel and the silver line of products.

Here's an interview with Dr. Sellman on women's health and the benefits of Silver Biotics Silver Gel Protect, Heal, and Restore Vaginal Health

American Biotech Labs Silver Gel 4oz is available on Amazon.com

Silver Biotics Silver Gel is now available in most Rite Aid pharmacies.

A Hard-Working Multivitamin

Arlington Heights, Ill. (April 2016) Although we try to get all of the vitamins and minerals we need from the foods we eat, maintaining a healthy diet can be a challenge due to work, social, and at-home demands. Men’s Omega Multi is specially designed for men who want to fill these nutritional gaps and achieve optimal wellness. Men’s Omega Multi provides 13 vitamins, nine minerals, the omega-3s EPA and DHA, and six other ingredients scientifically shown to support heart, brain, vision, joint, muscle, bone, colon, prostate, and immune system health.

“This unique formula is specially designed for men and offers all of the important vitamins and minerals they need, plus omega-3s,” says Carlson Labs President Carilyn Anderson.

Men’s Omega Multi can be found at www.carlsonlabs.com or at a nearby health food store. For a hard-working multivitamin, choose Men’s Omega Multi.

About Carlson Labs
Since 1965, Carlson Labs has produced the freshest, purest, award-winning vitamins, minerals, fish oils, and other nutritional supplements. They launched at the forefront of the industry, offering the most complete line of natural-source vitamin E products in the world. They then paved the way for bringing fish oil and cod liver oil to the U.S. Market. In 2009, they launched calamari marine oil, and today, they’re proud to bring you a product line of more than 200 innovative formulas designed with your family’s unique nutritional needs in mind. For more information, call (888) 234-5656, check out their website at www.carlsonlabs.com, or visit your local natural food store. J.R. Carlson Laboratories, Inc. is located at 600 W. University Dr., Arlington Heights, IL 60004.

Naturepedic Trio Organic Pillows are available on Amazon.com

Editor's (John's) Note. I'm fully aware of the toxic material being used in the manufacturing of bedding, mattresses, pillows, and other household items. Especially given a past history of asthma and allergies I felt it time to try improving some of my environmental exposure and reducing my overall toxic load even more. Most of us don't really think about how toxic our pillows are. We probably don't ever think of our pillows unless we wake up with sore necks and other discomforts or see an ad on TV for the latest memory foam or another type of pillow craze. The truth of the matter is most pillows are toxic dumps. And we are sleeping on them for up to a third of our life. Foam pillow chemicals can include toluene diisocyanate and formaldehyde. Antimicrobial is a hot seller too. Can't let those little critters get to us but hey let's suck up a chemical bath of polyester, acetate and antimicrobial compounds such as Microbian or Allerban.

So what is a person to do? Go ORGANIC. Yes, I know, it costs more. As the saying goes...pay me now or copay later...and that is if you are lucky enough to have health insurance. But is health insurance a better option than being healthy in the first place?

So I set out to try some organic options. As you can see on this post I have found what I think to be the ultimate pillow. I have been using the Trio pillows now for about 3 months. I LOVE this pillow. I can say without question it is the most comfortable pillow I have ever slept on. And, when my wife is away, her pillow is my spooning partner.

If you are looking for a great investment in a better, non-toxic, night's sleep I highly recommend the Naturepedic Trio Pillow. I really do not think you will be anything but happy at the decision.

Naturepedic Trio Pillow Features and Benefits

Introducing the Naturepedic Trio Organic Pillow System, an innovative and customizable pillow designed to address this inherent duality. Featuring dual action compression, the quilted outer encasement offers a fluffy cloud-like feeling, while the shredded latex core provides comfortable balanced support. You can even machine wash and dry the quilted encasement! No flame retardants for a healthier non-toxic design.



INNER PILLOW (CORE):
Organic cotton sateen fabric
Organic shredded latex fill
Easy access zipper for adjusting the amount of fill



QUILTED ENCASEMENT:
Two layers of organic cotton stretch knit fabric
PLA filling for resiliency and washability
Inner-quilted to reduce shifting of fiber
Machine wash & dry (shrinks to fit)



OUTER PILLOWCASE:
Luxurious organic cotton sateen fabric
Machine wash & dry

Available Options:
LS56: Standard Size (20" x 26")
LQ56: Queen Size (20" x 30")
LK56: King Size (20" x 36")


Website: www.naturepedic.com

Naturepedic Trio Organic Pillows are available on Amazon.com

Hempanol is the highest grade whole food, organic hemp extract available. This is the CO2 extract of hemp, which means it is 100% raw. The CO2 extract captures all the key ingredients, including the full spectrum of cannabinoids and the all-important, super-potent terpene beta caryophyllene.

It is beta caryophyllene which is nature’s most potent activator of key cellular receptors known as CB2 receptors. The CB2 receptors are essential for activating a wide range of body functions. Their actions are critical for overall wellness and optimal health. The receptors are located strategically in key organ systems, including the brain, spinal cord, thyroid gland, adrenal glands, ovaries, testes, heart, spleen, intestines, and lymphatic cells. Upon activation, the receptors aid the body in a vast number of ways, modulating inflammation, boosting immune function, enhancing circulation, stimulating digestion, and improving neurological function. Support your health in every way possible through this potent formula. Feel the benefits of Hempanol to activate body functions where they are needed the most.

A true whole food substance, beta caryophyllene is the most potent natural CB2 receptor activator known. It is found in rich amounts in the two ingredients of this formula, CO2 hemp and CO2 wild oregano. The wild oregano P73 helps activate and synergize the hemp, which is the richest food source of beta caryophyllene known. Both wild oregano and hemp contain unique forms of caryophyllene molecules. Other key ingredients are the cannabinoids, wild carvacrol, wild thymol, and wild aromatic esters. It’s P73-fortified. That’s what makes Methanol unique. Hempanol is a CBD-rich, crude, whole food, raw, unaltered form of hemp oil, with the full cannabinoid complex.

Take Hempanol as a daily supplement;
use it to support the body’s needs. It’s natural, organic, wild, and raw. What could be more powerful than that?

Directions: Take 5 or more drops under the tongue or in juice/water once or twice daily.

Website: www.oreganol.com

Hempanol with P73

Oreganol P-73 oregano oil is available on Amazon.com

As someone who travels a lot the first thing I now pack in my travel bag is Oreganol P-73. Let me explain why.

The health benefits of oregano essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, digestive, emmenagogue, and an anti-allergenic substance.

I recall the first time I traveled to Mexico on vacation. I was with a group of people in Puerto Vallarta. We were out on the town and stopped for tacos one afternoon. That night everybody was sick. As soon as I felt my stomach churning I immediately took about 10 drops of oregano oil. Same thing the next morning and afternoon. While my friends became quite ill and spent the next few days within darting distance of a toilet I was perfectly fine. I offered the oil to everyone but none of them would take it because they didn't like the strong taste. Lead a horse to water....Over the years, and several trips to Mexico and other countries, I always brought my oregano oil and took a daily dose. I have never been sick as a result. On another trip to Mexico we were visiting friends. They had a beautiful St. Bernard and a little really yappy, shrill, small dog that wouldn't stop barking. It actually incited the St. Bernard to bite me. I pulled my arm away but not before it ripped a small tear in my bicep. I washed it immediately and we headed home. Back at the house I could see my arm was already quite inflamed as infection was setting in. I applied a generous dose of oregano oil to the would and bandaged it up. My wife was insisting I go to the hospital but I felt otherwise. I told her if there was any sign of infection in the morning I would head to the hospital. Next day...clean as a whistle. Nice and white and healing. Oregano oil saved the day. Over the years I searched for the best Oil of Oregano. I am happy to say after my research I cannot recommend North American Herb and Spice enough. Have Oreganol P-73, will travel.

Best Oregano Oil Product

North American Herb & Spice was the first company to introduce edible oil of oregano to the North American market. They are the oregano experts! This is the result of extensive research and the personal experiences of the company’s founders. To be edible, this essential oil must be made only from wild, mountain-grown Mediterranean oregano, free of all chemicals and pesticides. It also must be emulsified in carrier oil such as extra virgin olive oil, which we use in our oil of oregano. The only oregano they use is the real, 100%-wild Mediterranean oregano, guaranteed to be handpicked in pristine and untarnished remote mountains. A conservation program was implemented to limit excessive picking, which preserves and protects the plants and land. Their oil is produced by old-fashioned steam distillation, using deep spring water also known for its high mineral content. No chemicals or solvents are used in the extraction process.

Beware of cheaper grades of oregano oil; the name oregano describes over 60 different types of plants, often having no other similarities with true oregano except taste (like Thymus Capitus from Spain or Mexican Sage). It is the chemical profile that is critical. Oreganol has the ideal profile, which is P73. Oreganol P73 is a specific blend of several high-grade medicinal wild oreganos. This P73 oregano has a high percentage of calcium, magnesium, and zinc, which are absorbed from the mineral-rich soil that it grows in. Polyphenol content is a reliable indicator of high-quality oregano oil, car vacrol being the most publicized. But car vacrol is not the only indicator of high-quality oregano, since the plant produces over 50 known-to-date substances which may work synergistically.

A low thymol content plays an enormous role in high-quality oregano oil and is often ignored as a factor. Often high car vacrol levels are accompanied by higher thymol levels. To provide our customers with the high-est quality oregano oil available, NAHS has blended several species of oregano, creating a delicate, synergistic balance of over 50 phytochemicals. While most, if not all, of their competitors will distract potential customers with claims of “High Car vacrol,” NAHS meticulously takes into account thymol content, as well as other factors, to ensure their customers receive the purest, highest quality oregano oil available.

Unless the maker can certify in writing that the oregano herb or oil is derived from pure, wild, edible oregano, avoid consuming it. To ensure that you have the best quality oregano oil, be sure to look for P73 on the label.

Oreganol P73 comes in oil and gelcap form, as well as in regular and super strength, which is three times stronger than the regular.

Directions:
  • Oil: Take two or more drops under the tongue or in juice/water once daily. Also may be used topically.
  • Gelcaps: Take one or more gelcaps as needed with or without meals.

Oreganol P-73 is available on Amazon.com

Total Health Tester Review:

"This toothbrush provides a superior brushing experience. Your mouth feels cleaner than brushing with an ordinary toothbrush. The bristles really penetrate between your teeth and provide a flossing type of result on teeth and gums."

Mouth Watchers Nano Silver Antimicrobial Adult Soft Toothbrush

The Mouth Watchers Manual Toothbrush offers a breakthrough in oral care by providing the optimal cleaning experience. The revolutionary antimicrobial* dual layer flossing bristles, reach into areas untouched by prior toothbrushes, leaving teeth and gums feeling just as clean as after a professional dental cleaning.

  • Eliminates 99.9% of bacteria that builds up on bristles in 6 hours due to our proprietary silver bristle technology.*
  • Revolutionary Flossing Bristles™ - long, soft bristles with 1 micrometer diameter tips reach areas missed by other toothbrushes. Our bristles reach deep into teeth grooves and the periodontal pockets (area between tooth and gum) for superior cleaning, while harder inner bristles ensure complete cleaning of the outer surfaces and massage the gums.
  • Comfort grip handle
  • High quality construction
  • PBT Bristle material outlasts traditional nylon used in competitive brushes

Mouthwatchers Antimicrobial Floss Bristle Silver Toothbrush, Adult, 2 Pack is available on Amazon.com

It looks like we're not the only ones who love this new supplement from Carlson Laboratories. Nutra-Support™ Stress has been recognized as the winner of the 2014 Better Nutrition Best of Supplements Award within the Stress, Anxiety and Mood category. Who doesn't have some level of stress these days. Forget keeping up with the Jones'...it's tough enough just keeping up with the demands on everyday life.

Nutra-Support Stress is a combination of several vitamins that work synergistically to support your nervous system and brain health. Each of the eight B vitamins in Nutra-Support Stress perform an intricate role in maintaining proper metabolic functioning, harvesting energy to support the body's chemical reactions, and are essential for well being. The added vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps fend off harmful free radicals.

As we get older we can experience more tiredness and hair loss which most of us will attribute to aging but it may be you’re not getting enough vitamin B. Loss of appetite, respiratory infections, and muscle cramps can also be attributed to low vitamin B. Even depression has been related to a lack of B vitamins. Vitamin B is important for maintaining skin health, and deficiencies of it can cause eczema. Many doctors are prescribing B vitamins for cancer patients to improve their overall health and strengthen the immune system, even though there is no evidence that it can help cure cancer. Do check with your doctor if you are on a drug regimen or chemotherapy to avoid possible adverse health effects.

We highly recommend Nutra-Support Stress and firmly believe this supplement should be in your top 5 supplements to be taken daily especially if you are a woman over 50.

It looks like we're not the only ones who like the new line of Probium probiotics. In 2014, the 3rd Annual SupplySide CPG Editor's Choice Awards have announced Probium Probiotics Pro-Cran Blend 6B as a finalist with the winners to be announced Oct 6th at SupplySide in Las Vegas.

Not having spoken with the SupplySide Editors I can only guess why they have chosen Probium Probiotics Pro-Cran Blend 6B as a finalist. D-mannose, an ingredient in Probium products, won the Better Nutrition 2010 award for Best of Supplements.

Probium Probiotics Pro-Cran Blend 6B is a terrific supplement for women. With the combination of the timed-release capsule, very high quality of probiotics, D-Mannose and Cranberry extracts you will love the benefits it offers your gut health, digestive system, immune system and urinary tract health.

Key points:

  • Contains 6 Billion CFU per Serving of a Proprietary Blend of Lactobacillus acidophilus La14, Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04, Bifidobacterium bifidum Bb-06 and Bifidobacterium longum Bl-05 along with a Proprietary Blend of Cranberry Fruit Extract, Sunfiber®, FOS and D-Mannose which contains the Equivalent of 752mg of Fresh Cranberry Fruit per Serving
  • Other Ingredients - Sunfiber® (Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum), Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), Vegetable Powder, Silicon Dioxide and Vegetable Cellulose (Delayed Release Capsules)
  • 6 Billion Active Microflora per Serving (1 Veggie Capsule)
  • Two Year Shelf Life at Room Temperature
  • No Wheat, No Eggs, No Yeast, No Soy, No Sugar, No Salt, No Animal Derivatives, No Maltodextrin, No Magnesium Stearate, No Artificial Flavors or Preservatives
  • Gluten Free, Non-Dairy, and Non-GMO
  • Kosher Certified
  • Made in Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
  • Digestive Health**

Suggested Use

As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule per day, preferably in the morning on an empty stomach or as directed by a healthcare professional.

Complete with organic tampons, our signature case, the essential dry erase tracking chart (with pen), and the 24 page book by REALgirl® Empowerment Camp Creator, Anea Bogue. This is like no other kit you've seen. See below for more about the contents.

TotalHealth Editor's note: We love this kit. It does everything as advertised. We use it with our daughters and love the non-toxic tampons. When you consider the health benefits of chemical-free tampons this product is a no-brainer. The Essential Guide to Understanding and Loving Your Cycle is a great tool for parents. It takes all of the stress out of talking to your kids about the subject by giving you the tools and information. Actually it is a great guide for women of any age to help understand your cycle better. We rate this product at 5+ stars.

The Starter Kit contains:

TrueMoon™ Organic Tampons

16 ct. 100% organic cotton, regular absorbency tampons with cardboard applicator.

Moon Cycle Dry Erase Chart

An innovative dry erase chart with pen, to easily track the varying levels of hormones in your cycle and how they affect the way you feel mentally, physically and emotionally.

Tampon Carrying Case

Our signature case, perfect for carrying your tampons and pads in style.

The Essential Guide to Understanding and Loving Your Cycle

This isn't your typical instruction book. The 24 page guide written by REALgirl® Empowerment Program creator, Anea Bogue, is chock full of important and inspiring information that most people haven’t heard anywhere else.

First Moon Keepsake

A unique code to redeem your personalized First Moon keepsake – a beautiful piece of art to frame or keep in a scrapbook to celebrate a girl’s first period.

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For more information on how toxic conventional tampons are read this article from Alexandra Scranton, Director of Science and Research at Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE):

Toxic Chemicals in Tampons

Visit www.MyTrueMoon.com for more information or to purchase.

Why should I supplement with a superfood supplement?

It has often been said our best source of vitamins, nutrients and supplements is from the food we eat. If you are eating a properly balanced organic diet with a lot of raw fruits and vegetables then you are way ahead of the curve and probably feeling pretty healthy. But it is not always easy to get the proper nutrients we need on a daily basis for many reasons. Too busy to shop often for fresh organic fruits and vegetables, limited access to the broad range of foodstuffs we need for optimum health and many other reasons.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 11% of Americans meet the USDA’s guidelines for eating 5-9 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables daily. CDC data indicates:

  • 93% of Americans don’t enough vitamin E
  • 56% don’t get enough magnesium
  • 31% don’t get enough vitamin C
  • 12% don’t get enough zinc
  • Many seniors lack B vitamins
  • Many people are low on vitamin K, calcium, and potassium

In addition to our lack of eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables every day the same foodstuffs have been losing nutritional content over the decades.

In 2004, a University of Texas research team headed by biochemist Donald Davis, Ph.D., analyzed a USDA report on 43 common garden fruits and vegetables and found that almost half of the substances containing minerals important to good health had lost some nutritional value. Dr. Davis suggests one of the reasons for this decline is the result of the faster methods major agro-farm companies employed to grow high-yield crops to meet consumer demand.

So what is one to do?

Step 1: Go organic. One of the reasons many people do not go organic is because of price. Take bananas for example. I see non-organic bananas for sale at 79 cents per pound sitting beside organic bananas that are 99 cents per pound and most shoppers opt for the less expensive. Why? They do not realize that the organic bananas have more nutrients and significantly less pesticides as they are just looking at price. But the fact of the matter is you are getting significantly more nutrients while avoiding toxic pesticides and herbicides. And of course you are avoiding GMOs. By the way GMO bananas are currently in testing and are on their way to a supermarket near you soon. So yes organic fruits and vegetables are probably going to cost more...but you get a lot more for your money...and a lot less (pesticides).

In a report from The Organic Center organic foods have been found to have1:

  • Organic milk has 62% more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk
  • Organic crops have higher cancer-fighting antioxidant levels
  • Organic crops have 48% lower levels of the toxic metal cadmium than conventional crops
  • Pesticides are found 4 times more frequently in conventional crops than organic crops

And of course organic crops are non-GMO. The devestating health effects of GMO plants are too lengthy to go into in this piece so we recommend you do a little homework. Search for the Seralini study and health effects of Roundup for startes. Read Seeds of Destruction and bookmark Institute for Responsible Technology

Step 2: Supplement your diet with a fantastic superfood. This is where we recommend Green Vibrance from Vibrant Health.

Green Vibrance supports the 4 foundations of health. Nutrition, Digestion, Circulation & Immune System.

The Benefits
There are a lot of ingredients in Green Vibrance: 73 in all. They were put together with care, in order to maximize the synergism among nutrients. The result delivers healthful nutritional support to the 11 body systems. Enjoy:

  • More complete nutrition; a host of rare, scarce nutrients.
  • Support for digestion and gastrointestinal function*
  • Support for healthy circulation*
  • More energy*
  • Support for clearance of waste products of metabolism, detoxification*
  • Support for neurological health*
  • Support for cardiovascular function*
  • Support for normal blood sugar and cholesterol*
  • Support for immunity*
  • Resistance to oxidative changes associated with aging*
  • And some consumers swear they look younger

The ingredients in Green Vibrance were selected to support essential bodily functions without which life cannot be sustained. Cereal grass powders and juices (i.e. Certified organic barley, oat, wheat, and Kamut) deliver virtually all known nutrients and several uncharacterized co-nutrients of great value. For example, cereal grasses contain a hidden “growth factor” that causes young animals to more rapidly develop, growing larger, stronger, and healthier with robust immune systems. Those same cereal grasses allow mature animals (and undoubtedly humans) to repair bodily tissues more quickly. Organic alfalfa sprouts, organic broccoli sprouts, organic spirulina, soft-cell chlorella, stabilized rice bran, organic beet juice, organic parsley, organic spinach, organic carrot, green bean, zucchini and sea vegetables enrich the nutrient density and diversity of the primary food ingredients in Green Vibrance.

Their industry leading dose of 25 billion friendly probiotics, balanced by a rich combination of Bifido- and Lacto- bacilli from 12 strains in each serving of Green Vibrance bolsters the one system that must function well first and foremost above all others if health is to be improved or optimized. One must be able to digest food and transport nutrients into the body from the gastrointestinal tract before health can be sustained. The 12 strains of probiotics in Green Vibrance help assure a healthy G.I. tract by building and maintaining colonies of robust intestinal flora.

Chlorophyll from the green foods in Green Vibrance further supports intestinal health. Apple fiber from our certified organic whole apple powder plus sunflower lecithin help support elimination of heavy metals, cholesterol and toxins from the intestinal tract before they can be absorbed. To a lesser degree, they can perform similar tasks in the circulating blood itself.

Over eons of time, the liver became quite adept at denaturing, destroying and getting rid of unnecessary substances in everyday foods. Keep in mind that 40% of a plain old carrot is unneeded, toxic material. Your liver has no trouble handling that. But when it comes to detoxifying some of the modern chemicals which are absorbed by, and circulate through, your body, we believe the liver needs a little help. That is why we’ve added liver support ingredients.

Human metabolism is built on oxidation, which both keeps us alive and slowly pushes us toward the grave. The quiet damage to cells caused by necessary cellular oxidation defines the degenerative changes of aging. Oxidative damage is involved, too, in the progression of every known “disease of affluence” such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes and others. Certainly one’s personal genetic code and lifestyle also contribute.

Aging and degenerative disease are ubiquitous -- we all will encounter them in time. Nutritive antioxidants may diminish the severity and slow the advance of oxidative damage and.* Each serving of Green Vibrance delivers a powerful 960 mg of herbal antioxidants in addition to the beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and other antioxidants naturally present from the other plant components of the formula. These antioxidants, plus lecithin, soluble fibers, policosanol and other ingredients help support cardiovascular health.* A strong heart and clear arteries are essential to delivering nutrients to and removing waste from every cell in the body. Ginkgo biloba extract, grape seed extract, green tea extract pomegranate extract, and Silymarin (milk thistle) extract are all known to improve peripheral circulation.

The immune support delivered by Green Vibrance is found in its content of betaglucans, ImmunEnhancer™ arabinogalactans and Astragalus extract.* But let us not loose sight of the immune enhancing effect of a healthy digestive tract. 50% of your own immune cells are found there. Well nourished, vibrant cells, amply protected by the army of antioxidants in Green Vibrance, are themselves resistant to disease.*

Green Vibrance has always supported good skeletal health, undoubtedly due to its alkalinizing nature, bioavailable boron and CalZbone®, an extract of Cissus quadrangularis that has been clinically shown to improve bone mineral density. Beginning with version 9.0, Green Vibrance added another key nutrient for bone health: Vitamin D3. The vitamin D3 in Green Vibrance is a specially made material from an actual plant source, lichen. Green Vibrance is now safe for vegans.

The entire Green Vibrance formula was designed and balanced to help establish and sustain good health.

Vibrant Health gives "going green" a whole new meaning.

Green Vibrance

References:

  1. http://organic-center.org/organic-fact-sheets/the-health-benefits-of-organic/

Editor's note: We love all things Chia. It has so many health benefits. Chia seeds are truly a superfood. We are very happy to promote one of our favorite product lines from Essential Formulas that incorporates the benefits of Chia with synergistic components like D3, CoQ10, Enzymes, and EPA and DHA.

It’s no surprise that almost half of all supplement users taking fish oil are tired of fishy aftertaste. Now there is an even BETTER Omega-3 source that addresses those concerns. Amazingly, Chia seeds may contain MORE ALA Omega-3 than any other source on the planet—surpassing fish oil! CHIA OMEGA® is the pioneering product line that stands out by combining Chia Seed Oil with synergistic ingredients for specific health goals. Providing support for cardiovascular health and healthy cognition PLUS additional benefits, CHIA OMEGA® is the plant-based alternative people are searching for!*

Join the Chia Revolution!TM
  1. No more fishy "burpback"
  2. 100% Vegan
  3. Eco friendly & sustainable
  4. Made in the U.S.A
  5. More Omega-3 than fish or flax oil!

CHIA OMEGA + D3 is one of the first products to combine cold-pressed Chia seed oil with highly bioavailable D3. Known to support both bone health and balanced mood, D3 is a synergistic addition to our Omega-3s, which also support joint comfort and mental cognition.*

  • Promote healthy absorption of dietary calcium*
  • Support a healthy immune system*
  • Maintain balanced mood*
  • Vegetarian product

Dallas-based Essential Formulas Incorporated (EFI) was established in 2000 as the sole U.S. distributor of world-renowned microbiologist Dr. Iichiroh Ohhira's award-winning probiotic dietary supplements and skin care products. A family-owned and operated business, EFI was founded on the philosophy of providing high-quality preventative, supportive and comprehensive pro-health products for the entire family. Pledging to provide premium all natural supplements and exceptional customer care, EFI continually strives to lead the industry in customer and retailer education in the use and efficacy of their innovative products, which include Dr. Ohhira's Probiotic, Dr. Ohhira's Propolis PLUS, Dr. Ohhira's Essential Living Oils (Vegan Certified), Dr. Ohhira's Probiotic Kampuku Beauty Bar and Magoroku Skin Lotion and the newly introduced CHIA OMEGA line of Omega-3 formulations. Both Dr. Ohhira's Probiotic formulations OMEGA CHIA dietary supplements are available at Peach Tree Natural Foods, Willner's Chemist, Apple Health Foods, Lassen's Natural Market, My Natural Market, and other fine health food stores across the country. For more information, visit: www.essentialformulas.com, or call 972.255.3918.

Completely unrefined, virgin coconut oil.

Tropics Best Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is a completely unrefined, virgin coconut oil. Tropics Best Coconut Oil is produced in Colima, Mexico using organic coconuts. We only use the highest quality coconuts in our coconut oil, all coconuts are hand picked by our coconut harvesting experts. Our organic coconut oil comes directly from pure organic coconut milk which is ground and pressed from white organic coconut meat. Tropics Best Virgin Coconut Oil is certified organic according to strict USDA standards. Our Coconut Oil is great for all kinds of recipes and is known to improve healthy living. Don't buy just any coconut oil, make sure you get pure Organic Coconut Oil for your healthy lifestyle. Try Tropics Best Coconut Oil today and taste the difference!

Tropic Best's certified organic virgin coconut oil is available in 16oz and 32oz bottles. Our coconut oil is produced from freshly pressed coconut milk which is centrifuge processed to separate the oil from water and solids. This method prevents fermentation and does not use high heat.

Here are links to a few of our favorite coconut recipes:

Our coconut oil is:

  • Certified organic and non-GMO
  • Made from fresh coconuts from our farms( not dried copra)
  • Cold-pressed
  • Unrefined
  • Chemical-free
  • Unbleached
  • Undeodorized
  • Unhydrogenated
  • No Solvents
  • Tastes and smells like fresh cut coconut

Available in:

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For digestion, energy and detoxification.

The nation’s top-selling organic bottled tea company, has a innovative line of organic refreshment—Honest Kombucha, a fermented tea beverage with active cultures of bacteria, yeasts and sugar that feed on the caffeine and tannins from the tea. The naturally effervescent drink is believed to aid in digestion, detoxify and energize.

It comes in five invigorating varieties: Berry Hibiscus, Lemon Ginger, Peach Mango, Maqui Berry Grapefruit and Apple Jasmine.

Mission Statement

Honest Tea seeks to create and promote great-tasting, truly healthy, organic beverages. We strive to grow our business with the same honesty and integrity we use to craft our products, with sustainability great taste for all.

For more information visit honesttea.com.

Wake Up Your Immune System with Natural Vitamin C

Highest organic fruit source of natural vitamin C. The native Australian fruit is just making its way around the globe to show its stuff. Kakadoodle Dew™ combines the bush plum with other high C fruit powders in a 2 gram beverage stick.

Each stick delivers 225 mg of natural vitamin C from fruit sources only. No artificial anything! 5 calories per serving.

For more information call: 888.4.kakadu or visit www.4kakadu.com.

GLUTEN FREE ‧ VEGAN ‧ NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS NATURALLY SWEETENED ‧ SOY FREE ‧ HIGH FIBER DAIRY FREE ‧ MADE IN MICHIGAN

Pure NRG is now offering an assortment of bars that are vegan, diary-free, gluten-free and wheat-free.

Pure NRG uses 100% healthy fats and wholesome ingredients including coconut flour, brown rice, tapioca, hemp protein, chia seeds, quinoa flour and agave nectar, as well as the natural sweetener xylitol (good for teeth). They are suitable for vegans, foodies, celiacs, gourmands, diabetics, vegetarians, athletes, culinary adventurists and the carbohydrate-conscious.

For more information call 1-877-VEGENRG or visit www.purenrgbars.com

A delicious, nutritious meal-in-a-glass, for less than the price of a latte!

THINSTICK Shake is designed to be mixed with water, as a delicious, nutritious, natural meal replacement. It provides 50% RDA of vita- mins and minerals, 21 g of protein (egg and rice protein—no dairy) and only 265 calories. Stud- ies show that dieters who use meal replacement shakes for one meal per day lose more weight and are more successful at keeping it off over a period of several years. ThinStick Shake is available in a 2-lb (14-serving) jar and a small jar contains 30 servings/sticks.

Thinstick Shake can help:

  • Control appetite
  • Reduce cravings that come from dieting
  • Maintain optimum weight
  • Meet nutritional needs
  • You’ll be just as satisfied with reduced portion sizes!

Thinstick Shake is made from all-natural vegetable extracts and comes in powder form. Just blend with water, skim milk, or a non-dairy option and add fruit if you’d like.

For more information visit: www.thinstick.com.

Cardiovascular Protection, Antiaging and Inflammation Response

Scientific studies have shown that Resveratrol helps support healthy cardiovascular function. Research has also indicated that, when combined with other polyphenols, Resveratrol is known for its antiaging properties, in addition to the role it plays in supporting a healthy inflammatory response. NOW® Mega Resveratrol contains a diverse blend of potent polyphenols, including 100% all natural trans-resveratrol and proanthocyanins (OPC’s from grape seed), plus catechins (green tea extract) for powerful cardiovascular protection.

  • 200 mg
  • with Red Wine Extract
  • A Dietary Supplement
  • Vegetarian Formula

For information visit www.nowfoods.com

DiaMetrix® is a natural product that also supports cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and weight management health.

Do You Know A Diabetic?

DiaMetrix™ is the only blood sugar health supplement that works and is supported by a Gold Standard, randomized, double-blind clinical trial. An independent study shows that DiaMetrix lowers blood sugar and also supports healthy cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and weight management.

For more information visit us at: www.DiaMetrixHealth.com or call 800.892.9794

For low-carb lifestyles...

Natural Carb Intercept from Natrol, Inc. features Phase 2 Carb Controller™, with a proprietary white bean extract—a clinically tested ingredient which inhibits the enzyme that digests starch found in many carbohydrate (“carb”) rich foods (i.e., breads, cereals, rice, pasta, etc.). Each Natrol® Carb Intercept serving has 1000 mg of Phase 2 Carb Controller™ to effectively control carbs.

Contact 800.262.8765 www.natrol.com

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