Sunday, December 13, 2015

What the Heck is Brain Food, Anyway?

Eat for your brain - a proven idea that never caught on.  Controversial, too!

By Marilyn Sidwell, Nutrition Pure and Simple
with oversight by John W Jones, MD, MPH
Reviewed July 2016

I have always stood in awe of creative genius.  Just how does a sculptor ‘release’ a statue from a stone?  How did the architect ‘imagine’ that awesome cathedral?  Can a great composer really ‘hear’ the melody - as well as the contribution of each musical instrument?  There is no doubt in my mind: their brains work differently from mine.

A little biochemical history   

When you think about it, human beings are really unique.  Since we have so much in common with the other animals that inhabit our planet, just what is it that sets us apart from them?  I have heard us described as being ‘self aware’.  Human Beings universally hold a belief in a ‘being’ outside ourselves, such as God, who provides counsel in how we can live our lives in such a way that we can advance to a higher plane or level of being.   Where does this concept come from?

Many researchers point to specific biochemical activities in our brains that differentiate us from other animals. The human brain not only is comprised of a large percentage of fat, but uniquely the fat is almost exclusively the preformed LCPUFAs, and those are predominantly AA, DTA and DHA; but not the parent oils LA and ALA from plants.  The brains of herbivores, or plant-eating animals, are rich in LA and ALA, but not the LCPUFAs.  We can convert LA and ALA into the longer FA chains, but this conversion is slow and unreliable.  So LA and ALA cannot account for our unique brain capabilities.

Researchers have noted that without exception all land locked species lost the ability to accumulate DHA in the brain.   As a result they never attained our kind of brain capacity and function.  Today their brains are very different from ours.  So, way, way back in time something happened that affected the brain of pre-hominids.  What could have happened?

Around 5 million years ago a mutation occurred that allowed fat to be taken up more efficiently by pre-man’s brain, subcutaneous and breast tissue.  Further, it is probable that when the last marine mammals vacated the land/water cusp, a species of ‘clever ape’ took up residence.  Their brains were nourished in this super nutrient-rich animal food chain; they did not eat plants exclusively.  These ‘riverine’ areas provided food such as fish, molluscs, insects, reptile eggs, larvae and crustaceans that are particularly rich in the preformed LCPUFAs necessary for optimal brain functioning.  In addition, when hunted animals were eaten they donated the lifetime benefits of that animal’s biochemistry.  Nutritional intake for these hominids was rich in many ways:  preformed LCPUFAs, iodine, protein, vitamins and all the nutrients so often low or missing from the typical American diet.

What about the animals with whom we feel the closest kinship?  I believe you might be able teach a monkey to drive a car.  Who has not seen one drive a kid’s toy car?.  What you cannot do is teach the monkey how to drive safely - in freeway traffic, for instance.  Apes have been seen to pick up a stick and strike with it.  Have you ever seen one sharpen a stick and use it to stab?  Can you imagine the brain power it would take for one to invent an ax?  Early man had the brain power to creat a number of ‘tools’.

So the continuing question is - what makes us different?  

According to David Horrobin, further mutations occurred related to an enzyme that directly affects brain function.  It is called phospholipase A2.  Today people who have trouble with this enzyme are diagnosed as having schizophrenia or one of the other related behavioral neurological conditions.

It seems that this particular genetic mutation has proved apt to fuel human language, religion, creativity, symbolism and art, charismatic religious leaders, pastoralism and agriculture.  Ultimately this change led to the industrial Revolution with its unique diet. 

A no-so-good effect: the over-activity of the phospholipase A2 enzyme has been associated with psychoses, single-mindedness, cruelty, ethnic differentiations and hatred, as well as our constant need for novelty and our curiosity.  To quote Dr Horrobin “In fact our whole fractured humanity.”  The gene for Schizophrenia affects a small percentage of the population.  What makes it unique is that it has that same distribution world wide and race wide.  It is also possible that over the centuries the genetic distribution has spread and been diluted so that many people have at least a little effect from it. 

Neurologic problems are on the rise in recent years.  

It is probable that in the early years of the mutation frank psychosis was avoided by the water-based ‘riverine’ diet which was a rich source of preformed essential fatty acids that nourished the brain.  Dr Horrobin published a book called ‘The Madness of Adam and Eve: How Schizophrenia Shaped Humanity.”   In support of this theory, written history shows us that some of the greatest leaders, musicians and thinkers were part of a family which had a known schizophrenic member.

Unfortunately, the agricultural revolution began the move away from a diet containing food from the ocean and riverines: where fish, crustaceans, and kelp were central.  Modern diets are full of fats that are wrong for our brains - a particular problem for those with the gene.  Without the proper preformed LCPUFAs the phospholipase A2 enzyme becomes overactive and begins to displace all the preformed and essential LCPUFAs (AA, DHA, EPA and DGLA) from the Sn2 position of membrane phospholipids. 

Many good studies have proven that this loss can be controlled by providing the preformed LCPUFAs which quench the over activity of this enzyme.   I know: that is too simple to be true.   And truth be told, it is a remedy ignored by most doctors.   How can it be possible to change a very dysfunctional person with the overactive enzyme into a responsible husband or wife, teen or non-criminal?  It just works!  Read Dr Jones' Nutritional Recommendations.

What is most amazing is that the resulting creativity (and often brilliance) can be exhibited - minus the terrible personality complications.  Schizophrenics, those with dyslexia and autism often display mental talents denied to so-called ‘normal’ individuals.  What a benefit to humanity if they can begin to express the full nature of the function of their brains.

In the 1970's the ‘Fat is Bad for You” myth began to spread.  Coincidentally so did the rise in obesity with an increase in Diabetes.  Heart disease and Cancer are among the list of problems arising out of the typical American diet.  Besides feeding our brains the wrong foods with the wrong fats we are also wreaking havoc with the rest of our bodies. 

When you look at what foods are recommended for modern ‘healthy diets’, they are high in carbohydrates (plants) and low in foods that provide LCPUFAs and quality proteins and iodine.  No wonder the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has a list of hundreds (maybe thousands, I did not count them) of neurological disorders. 

Elsewhere we have written about problems with the typical American diet.  Besides choosing foods that are high in carbohydrates and which provide the wrong fats, we eat too many processed foods, get WAY too much sugar and eat foods that are high in Arachidonic acid - a major source of inflammatory diseases like arthritis and cancer.

What we do know is that the way you think, and the way your brain works is dependent on the presence of LCPUFAs.  We also know that AA, an essential EFA,  must be in balance with the other LCPUFAs.  It is known that various LCPUFAs affect intelligence, behavior and mood.  For instance, clinically depressed people have a much lower level of DHA.  It should be noted that DHA raises serotonin and alleviates stress.

In order to promote a healthy brain and body we highly recommend

1.    Ultra Omega-Linic, which supplies the PRE FORMED Essential Fatty Acids GLA, EPA and DHA so important to the brain.  The usual fish oil products provide the EPA and DHA, but not the GLA, which is likely to be in short supply because the typical American diet prevents it from being converted from its parent oil LA.
2.    Ultra Vites, which supplies the necessary vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are necessary to fuel this marvelous biochemical factory that we call our body and brain - including iodine, necessary for thyroid support.  Brain function seems particularly in need of the B vitamins, especially B12 and folic acid, both of which are very low in plant food.
3.    And the Low Carbohydrate lifestyle with its emphasis on low carbohydrate fresh fruits and vegetables, quality protein, and lots of fish, especially deep water, cold water, oily fish.  In recent years we also put more emphasis on organic foods (avoid GMO)

Notes re: the low carbohydrate lifestyle modification

•    There is NO limit on the amount of protein and fat.  Carbohydrate is the enemy of body and brain health.
•    The KIND of protein matters!  If ONE essential amino acid is missing, all protein synthesis is compromised.  The same is true if you cannot synthesize a conditionally essential one fast enough to meet your current biochemical needs.
•    The KIND of carbohydrate matters!  While the low glycemic index carbohydrate foods are preferred, the total amount of carbohydrate daily matters more.  The optimal level of carbohydrate intake is 40-65 grams.  A lower level is necessary if weight-loss is a goal.
•    But most of all, the KIND of Fats and Fatty Acids matter!  In order to keep your brain operating at peak performance you MUST have the preformed GLA, EPA and DHA. AA is an essential Fatty Acid that in the typical Amer diet is in over- abundance and your food choices must necessarilry counteract its effects.

This paper is based on writings by David Horrobin, MD, He has a doctorate in neurophysiology and neuroendocrinology and has written extensively about EFAs.  For this article I drew on his article “A Speculative Overview: The Relationship between phospholipid spectrum disorders and human evolution” that appears in Phospholipid spectrum disorders in psychiatry and neurology, 2nd edition, Marius Press 2003.

The other author is Michael A. Crawford.  In particular I draw upon Dr Crawford’s  After-Dinner talk for the Am Heart Assn conference on W-3 FA in Nutrition, Vascular Biology and Medicine Houston, TX 1994. 

Additionally, John W Jones, MD, MPH has been studying the role of EFAs in Health since the mid 1980s, and I draw heavily upon his knowledge.

Visit the website of John W Jones, MD, MPH for Articles, Nutritional Recommendations for various health conditions, white papers for our Nutritionals and some recipes - a valuable resource

Additional Reading
Carbs as Brain Fuel Myth

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Link between Parkinson's disease and Probiotics

 Reviewed July 2014

You can't prove what did not happen.   Suppose you learn that certain nutritional remedies have the potential of preventing problems from developing.  If you never have the problem how do you PROVE that you prevented it?

The references at the bottom of this article may lead you to further research.

Take Parkinson's disease for example.  By the time the disease shows up, major neurologic damage has already been done.  PS - Alzheimer's and Parkinson's have a very close relationship.. They are the first and 2nd most common neurolocal problems of aging.

Are we implying that it is possible to apply a nutritional remedy that will have the potential of preventing Parkinson's disease from developing?  Yes - because there appears to be a very strong link between  Dysbiosis in the GI tract and Parkinson's disease.

Dysbiosis is defined as an unhealthy change in the normal bacterial ecology of the intestines.  The definition includes the condition that results when the natural flora of the gut are thrown out of balance.

Common conditions which may cause Dysbiosis:

    Antibiotic treatment  -
            including the use of multiple antibiotics
            especially when probiotics are not used,
            and especially when treatment is long term:
    Diarrhea or vomiting
    Drug treatments - especially those which cause constipation or diarrhea
    GERDS (acid reflux)
    GMO foods (consequences of glyphosate)
    Food Allergies
    Inflammatory Bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's)
    Leaky Gut
    Typical Western diet - high in sugar and processed foods which are low in nutritive value
    Unexplained or an undiagnosed cause of abdominal pain

Which products are most likely to be beneficial?
Ultra 4x6 Probiotic - provides 6 probiotic strains that colonize the gi tract from the lower small bowel to the rectum.  The effect is to restore normal flora.
Ultra Omega-Linic - provides GLA, EPA and DHA, the essential fatty acids required to balance the excess Arachidonic Acid prevalant in the typical Western diet.  This is important because the brain is mostly made up of fatty acids.  These long chain, polyunsaturated fatty acids (LPUFAs) have been shown to be important to both brain structure and brain function.  Ultra Omega-Linic is also     important to proper function of the GI tract.  In fact these LCPUFAs are important to all body structure and functions.
Ultra Vites - high in essential nutrients - and especially high in B Vitamins - Folacin and B12.  B Vitamins support neurological function and. all of the metabolic processes.  Ultra Vites supplies the basic nutrients needed by the body (this marvelous biochemical factory we walk around in).
Enzymes Plus - support complete digestion of food.  It provides Gastro-Active and Entero-Active activity to help break food into small enough molecules for absorption .
Argiletz French Green Illite Clay - restore mineral balance, eliminate toxic agents & bacteria - used often to stop diarrhea

    Low Carbohydrate lifestyle modification with emphasis on high fiber foods
    A Basic Package with Ultra 4x6 Probiotic (Ultra Omega Linic, Ultra Vites & Ultra 4x6 Probiotic) 
    A GI Support Package (Argiletz French Green Illite Clay *, Enzymes Plus and Ultra 4x6 Probiotic)    * this clay is especially important for constipation or diarrhea

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Links (Leonard Smith, MD)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

All Natural Treats for your Feet

Windrose Aromatics
from Nutrition Pure and Simple with Information from Windrose Aromatics

Reviewed July 2016
All day you've been on your feet.  You're tired, hot and bothered - or cold and weary.   You get home and want to just sit.  But there remain important things you want to do: greet the kids, pet the dog, pay some bills, cuddle up with your spouse - well, you get the idea...

And you just don't feel like it.

Hold on!  Before you give up on the day, why not give Essential Oils a chance?  Just a few minutes soaking your feet in nature's magical, calming, refreshing oils can relax you and redeem the evening.

You deserve it.

Here are the easy basics:
You need a small tub, large enough for your feet, filled with water.  Stir in essential oils.  Place the tub on the floor, just in front of your favorite couch or chair.  Put your feet in the tub, sit down, lean back, close your eyes and relax.

After soaking wrap your feet in a large towel.  Relax for another 5 or 10 minutes.

Three Foot Soak ideas:
  1. For a soothing, stress-release foot bath, use very warm to hot water.  Add to the water: 12 drops marjoram, 2 drops lemongrass, 6 drops cedarwood.  Soak your feet for 20 minutes.
  2.  For a reviving, fortifying foot bath use very cold to icy water.  Add to the water: 10 drops pine, 5 drops peppermint, 5 drops rosemary.  Soak  feet for 5 minutes.
  3.  For a healing cleansing foot bath use tepid to warm water.  Add to the water: 8 drops lemon, 8 drops eucalyptus, 8 drops tea tree.  Soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes
Use Essential Oils for tired feet to perk up a tired you.  You will be refreshed and ready to enjoy the rest of the day.

Aromatherapy Companion Pack
Hint:  the Aromatherapy Companion Pack has Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Rosemary and Eucalyptus in a travel bag ready for you - including more ways to use these 100% pure and Genuine Essential Oils.

And you will love the smells too!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Another way the Elderly are at risk

Support your Brain!

Reviewed July 2016

Dr Jones has often recommended Ultra Monolaurin for the elderly because it benefits the brain - especially when Type III diabetes, or the inability of the brain to use glucose, is a possibility.  Compromised use of glucose has been suggested in Alzheimers and Senile dementia.

Do Infections lead to falls?

A recent study suggested that infections may be a cause for the elderly falling down.  Falls often lead to a doctor or hospital visit due to the seriousness of the resultant injury.  Worse luck for the patient, the original problem often goes undiagnosed.

For years doctors have recommended monolaurin for viral and bacterial infections.  With this information there is an additional reason to take some Ultra Monolaurin daily - to prevent common infections.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Elderly Abuse

One of Dr Jones' medical journals had a recent article titled: The biggest risk to the elderly 

... is us.

Reviewed July 2016

The article was addressing the fact that there is a threat to the elderly posed by medical treatments.   The patients were plagued by known common adverse reactions to drugs.  The problems came from the treatments themselves, not treatment error or negligence.  The most problematic drugs are antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications.   While the report refers to conditions in New Zealand, a comment by an MD associated with the American Academy of Family Physicians indicated that the report pretty accurately reflects conditions here in our current medical system.

In addition, both reports mention the fact that many elderly people are taking multiple prescription medications which easily leads to drug-drug interactions. 

The frustrating part of this report is that there are natural nutritional alternatives to antibiotics and anti inflammatory medications.  Ultra Monolaurin is well known for its anti viral and anti bacterial benefits while antibiotics have been shown to be ineffective against viral infections - such as those causing most upper respiratory infections.   As you can see, it is super easy to protect yourself from colds and flu without antibiotics.

In the arena of anti inflammatory medications, there is a growing body of knowledge about the anti inflammatory benefits of fish oil - and new warnings about the side effects of NSAIDs.   Ultra Omega-Linic tops the list of fish oil products.   We provide extra anti inflammatory action with the addition of GLA from Black Currant seed oil that we have added to Wild Alaskan Salmon.

For more immediate pain relief Dr Jones recommends Opti-MSM Lotion Plus.  It works well for wrist, knee and back pain.  An added benefit is included -  the easing of skin irritations common to aging skin.

Another very effective pain-reliever is Yucca.  Dr Jones recommends 2 capsules be taken 3 or 4 times per day as necessary for pain.   A great thing about Yucca is that you can avoid the side effects of NSAIDs and other over the counter pain relief medications.  Yucca is also being used for hyper-lipidemia conditions - and it is a great antioxidant.

Another tidbit of information came from Consumer Reports.  They tested a number of ground beef samples for contaminants.  Samples included what they termed 'conventionally raised beef ' (those given antibiotics and handled in a conventional manner) and those more 'sustainably produced'.  These included cattle that are grass-fed, those who received no antibiotics or were fit to be called 'organic'.    Ground beef from the more naturally produced cattle had a much lower incidence of salmonella and other pathogenic organisms.

If you are inclined to buy beef that is 'sustainably produced', beware the term 'natural'.  That term is not defined by the government.  Look for PCL certified or certifications of 100% grass fed, or Animal Welfare approved, or similar labels.

Along with these thoughts, be aware that as we age we are less likely to produce stomach acid.  We are also likely to have had a course of antibiotic treatment which may have eliminated the good bacteria from our intestinal defense system.  Adding a good digestive enzyme along with replenishing the GI tract with probiotics can help in the event of exposure to tainted meat.  You may not be able to avoid exposure to salmonella - but you may be able to defend against consequences of the contamination.
by Marilyn Sidwell with oversight by John W Jones, MD
Visit Dr Jones' website:

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.   Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Stretch Marks, Scars and Sunburn

Are you looking for products to improve your skin?

Opti-MSM Lotion Plus is just what you have been looking for!

Reviewed June 2016
  • Stretch Marks and Scars fade, becoming less noticeable - sometimes they go away completely.
  • Experience quick pain relief.  Promote rapid healing of Burns: Kitchen, Sunburn, or Windburn: 
  • Stop the pain, itching and swelling from Bug Bites and rashes, Speed the healing from Poison Ivy.  Speed healing of bites and rashes without further infection from scratching
  • Minimize scarring from Scraps and Bumps.
  • Repel bugs - naturally!
  • Soothe chapped lips and hands;  Smooth dry, scaly, rough feet
  • Wrinkled or sagging skin?  Make it taut again
  • Build collagen
  • Help for Acne problems

Opti-MSM Lotion Plus
MSM Lotion was developed years ago, and was used to effectively relieve joint and back pain.    This more recent formulation, Opti-MSM Lotion Plus, contains ingredients that have known benefits to beautify skin and resolve many skin care concerns.  Key Ingredients work together with results better than any one of them used by itself.

     - MSM, Arnica,  Coconut oil, Eucalyptus oil,  Natural Vitamin E oil.  
     - 100% Pure and Genuine Essential Oils: Boswellia (Frankincense), Monoi de Tahita (Gardenia Tahitensis Flowers),Tangerine and Peppermint.
      - Pure Amino Acids: Arginine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Iosleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Do you have Pain? Do you know someone who has pain?

Be a hero to family & friends - you will love this all natural, powerful penetrating pain relief lotion.
Reviewed June 2016

We realize that nothing is more important to you than your family.   Imagine being able to provide them with effective, immediate pain relief - because we all get in trouble and need help.  No matter what lotion you use, you have the right to expect beneficial, immediate results.

You may not need prescription medications or over the counter pain relievers containing tylenol or NSAIDs to ease pain.   Our Opti-MSM Lotion Plus is a great lotion that effectively relieves joint pain, muscle pain, and pain from other causes - such as burns and bug bites!

Myth: all MSM Lotions are created equal.  

Not true - our unique and effective Opti-MSM Lotion Plus is a one-of-a-kind product.  It is formulated by talented, knowledgeable people.  It is enjoyed by many happy users.   Opti-MSM Lotion Plus is a luxurious lotion with many powerful healing ingredients.

Opti-MSM Lotion Plus has a long track record for its successful topical relief of pain.  It is safer than products containing medicines.  Unlike products that are made with Menthol, ours has a soothing and delightful fragrance.

Opti-MSM Lotion Plus has many uses and benefits:
  •     Chronic pain
  •     Acute pain
  •     Stiff joints
  •     Soothe the irritation and inflammation from psoriasis and eczema
  •     Calm anxiety, ease headaches, tone down tension and muscle spasm. 
  •     Relax - this massage lotion also has calming & uplifting Essential Oils, such as Tangerine
  •     Quell nerve pain from Shingles, rashes and neuropathies
  •     Get immediate relief from bug bites, burns and bruises
  •     Ease the sting of sunburn and speed healing
  •     Chapped or cracked skin can be smoothed
  •     Use it to smooth and soften scars
  •     Work miracles on aging, wrinkling, troubled skin
  •     Soothe sun and wind damaged skin
About the Arnica in Opti-MSM Lotion Plus. 
Arnica is known world-wide for it’s pain-relieving properties.  It is often used for rapid healing of bumps & bruises.   Skiers, mountain climbers and bikers (anyone who does anything physical) love it. This lotion not only has Arnica, it has many other ingredients to promote healing.

I have watched chiropractors work for over 40 years - my mom was a chiropractor - and I have received many chiropractic treatments over the same number of years from my mother and from many of the doctors I have had the pleasure of working with.

Mom actually used massage therapy as the foundation for her chiropractic treatments - helping muscles relax so bones slipped more easily back into place.  She used a previous (and very popular) version of our MSM Lotion.  This MSM Lotion was used in a hospital setting where massage therapy was used in conjunction with physical therapy to benefit injured nurses where medication was not appropriate.   And the therapists loved it because their hands didn’t hurt at the end of the day.

As a result of this exposure I have personally learned about the benefits of Opti-MSM Lotion Plus, which is formulated to target pain.  It is especially beneficial for the pain of arthritis in small joints, wrist and knees, ankles and feet.  Several people I know rely on it for relief of their neck and back pain.  Both the original MSM Lotion (with Arnica) and our prsent product were formulated by our Nutritional Consultant, John W Jones, MD, MPH.  PS- The MPH stands for Masters in Public Health.

What makes up the Plus in Opti-MSM Lotion Plus?  Well, besides the MSM and Arnica, our lotion includes 100% pure and genuine essential oils recommended by Annemarie Buhler.  Mrs. Buhler was highly respected world-wide as a pioneer in phytotherapy and aromatherapy.
  • She held a California State Board of Pharmacy Certificate
  • She was the Chairman of the Board of the first American Aromatherapy Association (AATA) founded in 1987
  • She founded the Phyto-Aromatherapy Institute in 1992,
  • and the Endobiogenic Integrative Medical Center (EIMC) in 2004. 
  • Known internationally for her skill and dedication to phyto-aromatherapy, Mrs. Buhler was selected in 1993 as the U.S. delegate to the International Conference for Phytotherapy and Aromatherapy held in Tunisia, Africa.
As a result of her contributions we have a really great topical pain relieving lotion that also happens to be a superb anti aging skin care product.

Here are just some of the properties of the 100% pure and genuine Essential Oils that are in Opti-MSM Lotion Plus.
  • Peppermint Oil - Offers pain relief better than menthol, and smells MUCH better, too.  Rub on temples to relieve a headache, rub on the neck to relieve neck pain - got other sore spots?.
  • Tangerine Oil - Calming and Uplifting.  It also kills bacteria and stimulates the building of new cells.
  • Eucalyptus Oil - Known to disinfect wounds and soothe the pain of cold sores.
  • Natural Vitamin E - is good for scars, acne, spots and other skin lesions - well, you know.

Did you know this about MSM? 

It can beautify and rejuvenate skin!   Besides its well-known pain relieving qualities, it promotes healthy-looking (and healthy) skin that is soft, well hydrated and bright (the ladies love it).

Here are more ingredients that make this lotion great for your skin:
  1. Coconut oil has many skin benefits - among them are its anti fungal, anti viral and antiBiotic properties.
  2. Monoi de Tahita (Gardenia flowers) is also known as ‘the best skin and body care oil in the world’.  Some claim that it is superior to Shea butter and Jojoba oil.
  3. Essential Amino Acids.  These, and all the healing nutrients in Opti-MSM Lotion Plus, are carried through the skin by MSM.  This produces the maximum health and healing effect in your body.
  4. Boswellia. (fabled Frankincense) was added for its pain relieving properties.  It has anti skin cancer properties.  Frankincense has been used more recently to treat basal cell carcinoma of the skin.
As a consequence of the unique ingredients in Opti-MSM Lotion Plus, we have a luscious lotion with powerful healing benefits - due in no small part to the unique aromatherapy ingredients. 

Try it the next time you reach for lotion - especially if you want drug-FREE topical .pain relief

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.   Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Beautiful Skin Care Tips and Tricks from Nature's Lab

Reviewed June 2016

Your skin is precious - keep it well and happy with this Skin Care Package!  People will notice your Soft, Beautiful skin.
Skin Soft and Beautiful

Since your Skin deserves the very best care try this package: Phyto-Derm Capsules, Body Wash Trio and Hydrating Body Lotion.
Tip 1
Using a natural foam cleanser like Elderberry Cleansing Mousse  will help your skin maintain its delicate moisture balance.

Tip 2
Comfortably warm water is sufficient to soften your skin for more thorough cleansing.  Avoid hot water which is damaging to delicate tissues.

Tip 3
Purifying toners made with natural ingredients are an important step for optimal skin care.  Ours provide purifying, anti-bacterial ingredients which destroy harmful bacteria and remove residue of chlorine and other harsh, drying chemicals found in tap water.

Vanilla Tea TonerTip 4
The natural, life-giving nutrients in our toners, nourish and help balance the acid mantle, vital to healthy skin.  Applying Vanilla-Tea Toner with a cotton ball helps to deeply clean and refine pores. The effect is soothing and hydrating.

Tip 5
Natural, nutrient-rich skin care products are best absorbed when applied to freshly cleansed, moist skin.  So, apply your cream immediately after washing while the skin is still damp.  If your skin is too wet, just lightly pat a bit dryer with a towel.  Daily Liposome Cream  helps skin that is dry or depleted to regain a soft dewy texture while fine lines softly fade.

Tip 6
Be gentle to your skin.  Lightly apply skin products without stretching the skin.  Tap on and around delicate eye area. 

Tip 7
Don’t wash your face too often.  Each time you cleanse, oil and moisture are also washed away.  Use a replenishing lotion, such as our NightTime Total Complex, to naturally restore your skin while you sleep.

Tip 8
After cleansing and toning, Renewal Anti-Wrinkle Cream delivers nutrients which easily penetrate the skin to promote the production of collagen and elastin.  This plumps the skin while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.  It is gentle enough to be used under the eye area.

We offer Natural Solutions to help replenish, repair and protect your skin.
Synthetic ingredients can be very damaging.  Do you know what is really in that night cream you use?

You may notice a dramatic difference when you switch to skin care products made with natural ingredients.  Remember, the skin is a major organ of absorption.  That means your skin can pick up whatever nutrients are in the formulation.

Reap the benefits of pure natural essential oils, amino acids and pH balanced ingredients which deliver their healing properties in pleasant-smelling and refreshing ways that leave you feeling happy – your skin will be happy too.  This is true whether you are using a cleanser or face cream, a shampoo or conditioner, or other bath and body products. 

The abundance of rich, active ingredients in our skin care line will help replenish, repair and protect your skin.  We offer you the highest level of active ingredients available in the industry.

Check out our complete line of Salon & Spa skin care products.

As has been said before: If you CAN choose, choose wisely.  Quality products are always less costly.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Are You Prepared for Warm Weather Outdoor Activities?

Reviewed July 2016
by John W Jones, MD
I heard on the news that someone has offered a real arm for testing to see which insect repellents were most effective against mosquitoes - to give people protection against the Zika Virus, of course.  The only Essential Oil reported to be tested was Eucalyptus - and it was as effective as Deet.  For your summertime enjoyment we offer a suite of  products that are safe for kids, pets and for you. 

Pest Away Mist

Aromatic Pest-Away Suite

It is important to Keep the insects at bay - naturally.  As you know, it is much more difficult to have a fun time if you are bedeviled by buzzing and stinging insects.  These products are safe and effective for people and pets (you thought I would forget about your dog, didn’t you ...).  The pure Essential Oils in our Pest-Away products naturally repel insects.  Besides Eucalyptus we include Lemongrass, Citronella, CedarWood and a host of other 100% Pure and Genuine Essential Oils.

You may have used a citronella candle to repel insects for your outdoor gathering.  As an alternative, the Pure Essential Oil of Citronella can also be used as a highly effective bug repellent against most all crawling and flying varieties of pests.  Used as a spritzer or diluted in lotion, it is generally safe to use on or near horses, dogs, and other domestic animals or livestock - and it is safe for human use.
Outdoor activities

Special Products help you really enjoy the outdoors

Hey - are you troubled by Wasps nesting nearby?  I found this neat trick:
Mix vinegar & water in a spray bottle - add peppermint & lemongrass + clove.  Add 1 drop dove soap.  Spray!  Check out all our Pure Essential Oils.

The Lure of the Outdoors

Your weather may be warmer than usual, or colder than usual - or your weather may be normal   But there is no doubt that we are all are thinking about spring and looking forward to summer. 

We are feeling the lure of outside activities such as fishing, camping, boating, jogging -  and the many other activities which we know and love.  Along with these wonderful pastimes we also have memories of the other things that go along with these wonderful pastimes.  Like the spill you took on your bike - or the bruises you had from falling in the stream while fly fishing.  Yes, we all remember the bumps, bruises, sprains, strains, abrasions, and burns that go along with enjoying being active after winter kept us trapped indoors.

We also remember insect bites and burns.  I am sure that those of

you who are avid fishermen have dealt with mosquitoes larger than the fly or lure you used to attract those big ones.  And who can forget the thrill of picking up a hot skillet from the campfire without thinking?   Or how about that unexpected sunburn - or windburn?  You want simple, natural remedies to deal with these minor annoyances - because you can’t let them interfere with your planned activities!

Opti-MSM Lotion Plus

MSM Lotion plus Arnica and Essential Oils is a great way to relieve the pain and discomfort of the sorts of mishaps that often occur while we are enjoying the outdoors..  It acts quickly - within a few minutes after applying the lotion your pain is gone.  This lotion has an added benefit - it promotes rapid healing, and can be reapplied as needed for prolonged relief.  It is also great for relief of strains, sprains, bruising, and abrasions.  You will want it in your pocket, hiking pack, tackle box, boat and any other place where you might be when you need it.

Yucca - a 100% Drug-FREE  herbal remedy

In the event you are hurting and might be inclined to reach for an NSAID (Motrin) or Tylenol - do hesitate.  These OTC pain medications have documented very bad side effects.  Consider Yucca instead.  Yucca has been a staple food of the southwest Indians for centuries.  It has an amazing side effect - it relieves pain as effectively as either one these drugs - with health benefits rather than adverse side effects.  Use two capsules three or four times daily (as needed) for pain.  Opti-MSM Lotion Plus and Yucca are a great team to use when minor accidents happen.  They can often save an outing.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.