Homemade Sunscreen for Babies, Benefits of Spirulina, and When to Try Acupuncture: News Bulletin for August 23, 2013

Natural Health News BulletinHomemade Sunscreen for Babies

I recently wrote an article published in Mother Earth News on the importance of protecting your precious baby from the sun’s UV rays. But, many commercial sunscreens contain toxic ingredients that can be dangerous for adults, much less little toddlers and babies. With this simple recipe, you can make your own sunscreen at home that is safe for the whole family!

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Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina is edible algae often found in over-the-counter supplements, powders, and energy bars. The bright colors of Spirulina capsules are attributed to a combination of natural pigments in the algae: chlorophyll (green), carotenoids (yellow and orange), and phyocoyanin (blue). It contains high concentrations of minerals and nutrients including iron, calcium, magnesium, and omega-3’s as well as the vitamins A, B, C, D and K. It is also considered a “complete protein” source as it contains all of the essential amino acids in perfect balance, which means you can take Spirulina to get the necessary intake of protein without subjecting your digestive systems to the hard work of processing animal products (especially beneficial for vegetarians).

NaturalNews.com recently reported on the many health benefits of spirulina:

  • Contains antioxidants that destroy the free radicals that damage body cells; antioxidants also protect the body from cancer, infections, diabetes and heart disease.
  • Boosts the body’s immune system.
  • Has antimicrobial properties that destroy bacteria and viruses such as HIV-1, enterovirus, cytomegalovirus, measles, mumps, influenza A, and herpes simplex.
  • Has antifungal properties that destroy pathogens such as Candida albicans (yeast infections), Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus fumigatus.

Add spirulina to your smoothies or juices to get all these amazing health benefits!

When Should You Try Acupuncture?

Many individuals are reluctant to use acupuncture as a first-line treatment for their health woes. Often, people only consider acupuncture when all other therapies have failed. But, recent research has confirmed that trying acupuncture may, indeed, be the best medicine of all.

Acupuncture for Hay Fever

A news article published in the UK’s The Upcoming stated:

“Nothing ruins summer quite like hay fever: itchy eyes, runny nose, not to mention the constant sneezing and sniffing. It can all become a little unbearable, but instead of heading to the medicine counter why not try acupuncture? Whether you are dealing with hay fever, heat rash or even hives, acupuncture can be a safe and effective treatment.”

Acupuncture for Pain, Migraines, Chronic Health Failure, and IBS

Another article published in The Hopkins Patch reports:

“Acupuncture is gaining ground as a viable referral from medical physicians, in part due to research and studies funded and conducted by respected institutions and researchers throughout the United States, Germany, Canada and the U.K.:

  • In October 2010, the medical journal Heart published results of a study which showed that acupuncture can dramatically improve exercise tolerance levels in patients suffering from chronic heart failure.
  • In December 2010, findings using functional magnetic resonance imaging were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America which clearly showed a positive change in the metabolic activity of patients’ brains receiving acupuncture treatment. Observing areas of the brain that are activated during pain perception, ‘The team found that the pain activation centers in the participants’ brains became less active and even deactivated in the presence of acupuncture treatment.’
  • In September of 2012, research financed by the National Institutes of Health found that acupuncture outperformed placebo treatments and standard medical care in those who suffered from osteoarthritis, migraines, and chronic back, neck and shoulder pain.
  • A study by the University of York Department of Health Studies in the U.K. in the fall of 2012 showed positive results in treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) using acupuncture.”

Are you ready to try acupuncture?

With such profound research verifying the many health benefits of acupuncture, why not try it first – before you reach for that over-the-counter remedy or dump money into an expensive medical treatment? What if acupuncture really is all that you need?

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Jami Cooley, RN, CNWC

Jami Cooley is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant as well as a Registered Nurse, but her interest in integrative medicine grew out of her experience in conventional medicine. Cooley … Read More

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    • ½ bunch kale – chop and remove stem

    • ½ bunch collard greens – chop and remove stem

    • 1-2 cloves of garlic diced

    • 1/8 cup diced red or yellow onion

    • 2 tbsp olive oil

    • 1/4 lemon –

    • **1 tbsp white wine


    1. Place olive oil in medium sauce pan and turn to medium heat

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