Archive for June, 2012

Here are five natural, relatively inexpensive options to improve the health of your skin:
1. Acidophilus…I like DDS Plus from UAS Laboratories. Acidophilus is AWESOME for acne. Acidophilus improves your digestion; your skin is a big elimination organ, and so if your digestion is screwed up, the toxins tend to come through your skin in the form of acne.
2. Aloe vera plant…Yes, you can buy aloe vera gel in bottles, but it’s much better to use it fresh from the plant. Just cut off a leaf, cut it open length-wise, and spread it on your skin. Aloe vera will help heal nearly any type of skin condition, from sunburn to cuts.
3. Coconut oil…It comes in a jar and appears to be really solid, but if you spoon out a chunk and hold that piece in your hands for a few seconds, it warms up and melts down. Spread it on your skin and let it dry a few minutes before putting clothing on over it. Coconut oil is really good for dry skin and can also be used for skin rashes.
4. Colloidal silver water or gel…You can buy both at health food stores. The colloidal silver gel just spreads on like lotion; with the colloidal silver water, you would need to dab it on the affected area with cotton balls. Colloidal silver water and gel are two things that are good for nearly every type of skin condition. I’ve personally used them on cuts and food allergy rashes.
5. Vitamin E oil…Like many of the products previously mentioned, spread it on nearly any type of skin problem. My mom, for example, regularly spread it all across her stomach while she was pregnant with me to prevent getting stretch marks, and it must have worked, because she doesn’t have any stretch marks.

There are, of course, many other natural remedies for skin problems, but I cannot possibly list them all in one post. Feel free to comment regarding natural remedies you’ve tried for your skin! I would love to hear about them.

Reminder: This is the last week to sign up for the drawing to win a copy of Dr. Colbert’s book Eat This and Live! If you haven’t signed up yet, click here to go to my website. Make sure you also sign up for the drawing for my book, Illegally Innocent, which will be out this fall!

***I am not a doctor. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying any health advice I offer on my blog, especially if you are nursing or pregnant.***


As stated in yesterday’s post, this past weekend I attended the Health Freedom Expo in Chicago for the first time and it was FANTASTIC! Here are just a few things I learned from some of the seminars I attended.

1.  From Dr. William Walsh’s lecture “Drug-Free Nutrient Therapy to Heal Brain Imbalances”:

His research institute, which helps people with various mental problems including autism, ADHD, depression, and schizophrenia, has found that there are five main causes of schizophrenia:

          A.  Overmethylation (42% of schizophrenia cases)

          B.  Undermethylation (28%)

          C.  Pyrrole Disorder (20%)

          D.  Gluten Intolerance (4%)

          E.  Other causes (6%)

Here are a few nutrient deficiencies that can impair brain function in anyone:

          A.  Zinc

          B.  Methionine

          C.  Folic Acid

          D.  Vitamins B6 and B12

          E.  Niacin, Niacinamide

          F.  DHA, EPA, AA (essential fatty acids)

Click here to visit Dr. Walsh’s website.

2.  From Patricia Bragg’s lecture “Bragg Healthy Lifestyle to Stay Healthy, Fit and Enjoy Longevity”:

To help get rid of dandruff, put some apple cider vinegar in a saucer and dab it onto your scalp with cotton balls. Leave it on for one to two hours before shampooing.

Click here to visit Patricia Bragg’s website.

3.  From Shelley Redford Young’s lecture “Where the Science of Food Meets the Taste of Health”:

She spoke about the importance of eating enough alkaline foods in order to prevent your body from becoming too acidic (alkaline foods tend to be fruits and vegetables; different ones have different pH levels). Here are the seven stages of acidity:

          A.  Enervation–loss of energy, fatigue

          B.  Irritation–sensitivities, allergies, headaches

          C.  Congestion–mucus, colds, flu, sinusitis

          D.  Inflammation–bursitis, arthritis, tendonitis

          E.  Induration–hardening of soft tissue plaque, fibromyalgia, hardening of arteries

          F.  Ulceration–ulcers, Crohn’s disease, polyps

          G.  Degeneration–cancer, heart disease, stroke, MS, diabetes, etc.

Cabbage is the single most important food in reducing the risk of stomach cancer (Young said this cabbage statement came from Newsweek).

Click here to visit Shelley Redford Young’s website.

4.  From John Monroe’s lecture “Dr. Banker Natural Vision Improvement”:

To aid eye health, juice together apples, carrots, and ginger.

Organic blueberry tea can help improve night vision.

Click here to visit John Monroe’s website.

I learned tons of other stuff (as you can see, I only included little bits of info from four different lectures on here, but I attended thirteen lectures), but it would take up too much space. So, I hope you’ve learned something from the information I’ve chosen to put on here, and I encourage you to check out the websites for each of these speakers. Out of thirteen lectures, not a single one was boring! I learned at least one thing from each of them. If you are at all interested in nontraditional ways to improve your health, consider attending the Health Freedom Expo next year! In addition to holding an expo in Chicago, there’s one in California–which might be closer for some of you who read my blog.

***I am not a doctor. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying any health advice I offer on my blog, especially if you are nursing or pregnant.***

This past weekend I attended the Health Freedom Expo in Chicago ( for the first time. I LOVED my experience there! It is held in the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, and by attending the expo, you get a discounted rate on your hotel room. The expo runs Friday through Sunday, and there are various speakers every hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sunday’s hours are shortened). There are anywhere from three to six different seminars offered per hour on all kinds of health topics, and it was super hard to pick which ones to attend because so many sounded interesting! In addition to the classes, there are 150 vendors with booths selling various health products and books; I’m hoping to have a booth there next year for Illegally Innocent! The expo is reasonably priced, as you can get a free ticket for Friday, and then each additional day is $20. There’s even a discount if you’re attending all three days.

I was unable to stay for Sunday, but between Friday and Saturday I attended thirteen different classes and one health movie called Lunch Hour. Lunch Hour was fascinating! It was Chicago’s premier showing of the movie, and it was quite an informative film on the history of school lunches and why kids get served such nutrient-deficient food for lunch. According to the movie (I apologize to the director, James Costa, if I have skewed any facts, as I did not take notes while watching Lunch Hour and am reporting this from memory), the government reimburses schools for $2.77 per child’s meal, but only if the foods provided are from a list of 180 approved foods. On top of that, each school really only gets about 90 cents per child’s meal by the time additional costs like staff and proper food safety are added on. Interestingly enough, we spend about $5.00 per meal in nursing homes and about $7.00 per meal in soup kitchens, so why can’t we spend more on the children?! This film is not yet available for the public to watch; James Costa, who hosted the event, said it is still being decided whether Lunch Hour will be in movie theaters or will be a made-for-TV movie. Wherever it ends up, you need to watch it! You can check out the trailer for it at

In an effort to prevent this post from growing too long, I am going to break my Health Freedom Expo experience into two posts. Tomorrow I will share some random snippets of things I learned from the classes I took, so make sure you return!

This book packs in a ton of valuable information about nutrition and delivers it in a beautiful package! Colbert makes it easy for you to decipher food labels and to determine which are the most beneficial foods for you and your family to consume. Far from being a dry read, Colbert has broken up his food tips into short chapters and each page contains gorgeous pictures of food that reinforce the importance of healthy eating. He also provides a great variety of formats in his book, such as charts (for example, his charts on the “Hidden Sources of MSG” and the glycemic index value of common fruits and vegetables); mini quizzes; special “Did You Know?” facts at the bottom of several of the pages; and then, of course, standard paragraphs. He does his best to make healthy eating practical in every situation, whether you are making your weekly grocery list or eating out on a road trip. I enjoyed the entire book, but here are some of the things I found most interesting: Colbert’s list of frozen TV dinners that are acceptable options (although he recommends only consuming them once or twice a week); the practical lists of important vitamins and the fact that he included not only what those vitamins contribute to your body but also some suggestions of serving sizes of various foods that you can eat to get a proper daily intake of these vitamins; and his personal ranking system for the quality of water filters. You can visit Dr. Colbert’s website here.

I enjoyed Eat This and Live! so much that I have purchased a copy of it to offer as my first book giveaway! You can sign up for it here. I will hold the drawing for it on Monday, July 2, 2012, and will notify the winner through email.