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HOME BUSINESS OFFERS REFUGE FROM RECESSION Local Entrepreneur Enjoys Flexibility and Financial Stability

Tinley Park, IL. – July 1, 2009 – The latest economic indicators for May bring some hopeful tidings, but also some significant concerns. The U.S. unemployment rate is as high as it has been in 25 years, and there is continued concern about sizable job losses to come. The recession has been a source of severe stress for many throughout the country.

According to the recent Multi-Sponsor Surveys’ 2009 Economic Impact Market Segmentation Study, 49% of employed adults expressed worry about potential job loss, while 32% admitted to “significant” financial troubles.

But amid numerous reports of havoc and despair created by the current economic climate, Lisa Hummitsch, a local small-business entrepreneur here in Tinley Park, reports a very different experience during this recession.

“If it weren’t for the additional income my health-and-wellness business generates, I think my family would probably be in a very different place,” says Hummitsch, who operates a Shaklee business out of her home.

“My business helps us not only continue to pay the bills on time, but it also generates additional income which we save to have on hand for unexpected situations, or use when we want to do something special, like take a trip, buy a new car, or remodel the kitchen—things that would otherwise be outside of our budget.”

Hummitsch credits her home business for helping to alleviate much of her family’s stress and says her business has eased financial concerns while providing flexibility—qualities that can insulate a family from the changing tides of the economy. Most people who run a business from home work only part time, so there’s freedom to plan business activities around the busy schedule of a young family.

“When I began my business,” says Hummitsch, “it was on a very part-time basis.  Since I started, I’ve increased the amount of time I spend working with it. Using the Internet and communicating my business online makes my work much more efficient and flexible at the same time, making it possible for me to work on my business pretty much whenever I have downtime from my other responsibilities.  Plus, it was easy and inexpensive to get started, and there’s no need to make space in our home for any inventory since the company ships directly to my customers.”

Home businesses have drawn considerable interest from people who may be having a difficult time finding employment and from those looking for an income opportunity that also resonates with their personal beliefs—characteristics that most jobs likely do not offer.

“Because I recommend products that help people to be healthier, that help our environment to be cleaner, and for homes to be safer, I feel good about what I do. And because I also offer the chance for other people to do what I’m doing—to achieve independence in a way they may not have thought possible—there’s an incredible feeling of satisfaction in knowing that I can help make a real difference for people looking for extra income right now.”

According to the 2009 Economic Impact Market Segmentation Study, 60% of adults are now interested in operating a home business in response to the economic downturn.

“To me, there’s a great sense of security knowing that my business is backed by a company that has a proven track record and more than 50 years of experience giving people the means to thrive, even during the most difficult economic times,” says Hummitsch. “Shaklee has grown during each of the prior recessions since it was founded in 1956.”

For more information about Shaklee, please visit www. Shaklee.net/HealthByNature.

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About Shaklee Corporation

Founded more than 50 years ago, Shaklee has been a leading provider of premium-quality natural nutrition products, personal care products, and environmentally friendly home care products. In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net-zero impact on the environment. Through Social Marketing™, Shaklee offers an economic opportunity to anyone regardless of background or experience, and has paid more than $4 billion in commissions to its independent distributors worldwide. With a robust product portfolio, including over 50 patents and patents pending, Shaklee has more than 750,000 Members and Distributors around the globe and operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China. For information about Shaklee, visit www.Shaklee.com.

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Eco-Eggs to Dye For
April 2, 2009, 6:46 am
Filed under: environment, green, kids, natural | Tags:

When it comes time to dye Easter eggs, go green.  Create brightly colored eggs by using natural ingredients from your fridge and pantry.  Stay away from those egg-dyeing kits sold in craft stores and supermarkets—they contain coal tar and other petroleum-based products.  Plus, studies have linked certain food dyes to health problems like allergies, chromosome damage, and cancer.

 

YELLOW DYE: Mix 2 tsp. of ground turmeric powder with 2/3 cup of boiling water and 1 tsp. white vinegar.  Let the mixture cool before coloring your Easter eggs.

 

PURPLE DYE: A cup of frozen grape juice from concentrate and a tsp. of vinegar creates a beautiful purple hue.  Let the mixture sit overnight before dyeing.

 

RED DYE: Use 4 Tbsp. of freshly grated beets, 2/3 cup boiling water and 1 tsp. white vinegar for a vibrant red color.  Mix the ingredients together and begin dunking eggs immediately.

 

Quick tip: Make your egg-decorating party even more eco-friendly by using organic, free-range eggs and composting leftover materials when you’re done.

 

Adapted from The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do To Make a Big Difference by Jodi Helmer (Alpha Books, 2008)



Back from Hiatus, and Anti-Aging Breakthrough!
August 14, 2008, 8:28 am
Filed under: green, natural, nutrition, Shaklee, wellness

After a seemingly long summer hiatus from blogging, Health By Nature is back to bring you the latest info pertaining to the world of wellness and natural solutions. While we were away from blogging, this did NOT mean we weren’t hard at work helping others lead healthier lives! We’ve been hosting in-person wellness forums and seminars, training new distributors, and spreading the word about green living and healthy lifestyles through fairs and fests.

But the biggest and most exciting news we have to share is the introduction to a revolutionary breakthrough in the fight against cellular aging. After years of research and clinical studies, this patent-pending anti-aging tonic has been made available to impact the 4 key mechanisms of cellular aging. Just one serving delivers the amount of resveratrol in 100 glasses of wine! No other product on the market has such benefits.

Numerous studies have been conducted on the possible health benefits of resveratrol. From
them, researchers have demonstrated that:

• Adding resveratrol to the diet of yeast, fruit flies, worms, and a species of fish increased
their life spans up to 70%, 29%, 24%, & 50% respectively.

• Resveratrol made fat related deaths drop 31% in obese mice. The resveratrol fed obese mice also performed much better in movement and agility tests than obese mice not fed resveratrol.

• Mice fed resveratrol had 100% more endurance than mice not fed resveratrol (i.e. they were able to run twice as far on a treadmill).

• Resveratrol inhibits blood platelet aggregation that can lead to dangerous clots that can cause heart attacks and strokes.

• Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that can help prevent cell damage caused by free radicals (free radicals are unstable atoms caused in part by pollution, sunlight, and our bodies natural burning of fat that can lead to cancer, aging, and brain degeneration)

• Resveratrol has been proven to fight cancer in vitro at all three stages; (1) initiation, (2) promotion, & progression.*

* 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.

To learn more about our latest anti-aging treatment, view a short video here.



Gen X Moms

Women want the chance to live a healthier life, to give that gift to others, with an income opportunity that offers freedom, more time to spend with family, extra income and the possibility to qualify for luxurious trips to fabulous destinations, all while making a positive difference in the world! Shaklee offers women (and men) the chance to take charge of their lives!

Did you know that for Generation X Moms:

* “Balance” is the Holy Grail: Generation X Moms will sacrifice a career and money for more time with their children
* 33% of Generation X was from a broken home
* No more “Soccer Mom”: Generation X Moms are rejecting the idea of an overworked mom
* More than 50% of Generation X women have a 2-4 year college degree and 10% have a graduate degree
* 25% of Generation X Moms spend 12+ hours a day childrearing
* Fathers are more involved: 48% of fathers spend 3-6 hours a week childrearing
* Generation X debt levels are 78% higher than Boomers

The ideal situation for a Generation X Mom is to have a flexible career.  More and more moms are learning to work from home and telecommute.  Although their children are the main focus, they do not want to be “June Cleaver.” They still want to keep the “non-mom” sides of their lives intact and alive. As a result, they seek support from their peers in the form of groups, either online or face to face.

Shaklee is the perfect solution for this younger demographic of moms!

To learn more about starting your own flexible career and start earning the income you choose, visit my website:
http://www.shaklee.net/healthbynature/distMain



What’s NOT in Organic?

Certified organic production prohibits:

• persistent, toxic herbicides and pesticides, increasingly linked to birth defects, cncer and other health problems

• genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which have not yet been tested for their impact on the environment or human health

• ionizing radiation

• sewage sludge- a source of asbestos, bacteria, fungi, heavy metals and industrial solvents

• antibiotics, which contribute to drug-resistant bacteria, and growth hormones

SOURCE: The National Organic Program, www.ams.usda.gov/nop, 1/07



Are We Making Our Children Sick?

 

KIDS AND CHEMICALS, A SPECIAL PBS REPORT

BILL MOYERS TRACKS THE SCIENTIFIC SEARCH FOR
ANSWERS ABOUT HOW ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS AFFECT AMERICA’S CHILDREN

It is a medical mystery marked “urgent.” Across America growing numbers of children are suffering from asthma, childhood cancers like leukemia, as well as learning and behavioral disabilities. Scientists are searching for clues to the causes of these illnesses, and a growing body of research suggests that everyday environmental toxins-what kids eat, drink, and breathe-may put them at risk. Equipped with new technology and more sophisticated analysis, these scientists are asking compelling questions about the health risks to children growing up exposed to an ever-increasing number of untested chemicals in our environment.

Kids and Chemicals, a special edition of NOW with Bill Moyers that was broadcast on PBS,  features medical investigators and health officials engaged in the latest research on links between childhood illness and environmental contamination. The program looks at families around the country who are coping with the consequences to their children of potentially toxic exposures.

“The disturbing increases in childhood illness in America cannot be ignored,” says Bill Moyers. “How does the exposure affect children’s health? The new research is studying how chemicals enter the human body, and posing questions that they could never ask before: Do chemicals affect children, babies and unborn fetuses more than adults? What factors increase toxicity, and how can we protect children from harm?” Kids and Chemicals’ producers Gail Ablow and Greg Henry go to Fallon, Nevada, a small desert town that has had 15 recorded cases of childhood leukemia in just five years. A l armed, Dr. Mary Guinan, who was one of Nevada’s top health officials, called in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the potential links between this childhood cancer and the environment. Could toxic substances in water, food, air, schools, homes or the ground in Fallon be responsible for this “cancer cluster”? If so, which chemicals? Without clear evidence of a specific cause, everything-from jet fuel emissions to pesticides to naturally occuring arsenic in the water-is suspect.

As Moyers and his team learn in Fallon, research on cancer clusters once focused mainly on gathering environmental samples because investigators simply didn’t have tools sensitive enough to measure which toxins had been absorbed into people. Dr. Richard Jackson, the director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, explains how his laboratories are using the latest instruments. His research scientists are using sophisticated blood and urine analysis to test for minute traces of toxins in the bodies of the sick children and their families in Fallon.

This work is part of a larger movement in children’s environmental health unfolding nationwide. Dr. Phillip Landrigan of
the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City works with scientists around the country to understand how kids are affected by exposure to chemicals. “Of the 3000 high production volume chemicals in use in this country today, only 43% have been even minimally tested,” he tells Moyers. “Only about 10% have been thoroughly tested to examine their potential effects on children’s health and development.”

Speaking with Landrigan, Moyers learns that children are potentially more vulnerable to chemicals than adults. “First of all they’re more heavily exposed pound for pound,” says Landrigan. “They eat more food, they drink more water, they breathe more air. Then, of course, kids play on the ground. They live low, they put their hands in their mouth and so they transfer more toxic chemicals into their body than we do.”

Traveling to Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Moyers meets Dr. Linda Sheldon of the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Exposure Research Lab. Sheldon demonstrates how her team of scientists is gathering evidence of exposure to everyday chemicals in nursery schools, homes and daycare centers.

In New York City, a groundbreaking study led by Dr. Frederica Perera at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, follows more than 500 expectant mothers. These women are wearing air quality monitors in backpacks to trap the environmental toxins they breathe. As their children are born and as they grow, Dr. Perera and her team will look for links between the chemicals that the mothers were exposed to while their babies were developing in the womb and asthma, cancer risk, and learning disabilities.

Dr. Sandra Steingraber, a biologist at Cornell University, joins Dr. Landrigan in asserting that exposure during pregnancy doesn’t, by itself, mean a child will get ill. What matters is the intensity of the exposure and when it occurs during fetal development. A chemical exposure occurring early in pregnancy might cause a miscarriage, argue the researchers. If it occurs later on, it might cause physical birth defects. Later still, it might damage brain cells. Scientists are trying to precisely identify these “windows of vulnerability.” Says Dr. Steingraber: “Maybe certain problems that we understand . . . as attention deficit disorders, hyperactivity, the inability to pay attention, aggressive and violent behaviors, might have their origins during those windows of vulnerability during pregnancy and these questions are just being asked. Data is just beginning to come in.”  Dr. Perera’s team at Columbia is also studying the way that chemicals can actually bind to human DNA in the womb and cause a mu t ation called an “adduct.” Work by Dr. Perera has shown that the greater the number of adducts, the greater the risk for cancer. “And that’s the missing link in all of this,” says Dr. Steingraber. “That’s the link we’re beginning to fill in.”

To place the current studies in a public health policy context, Moyers revisits the firestorm over lead research; recalling the revolutionary work of Dr. Herbert Needleman, who correlated low-level lead exposure to lower IQ’s in children in 1979. Twelve years later, Needleman’s work was attacked by the lead industry as it tried to protect its economic stake in lead products. Ultimately, the validity of Dr. Needleman’s work was fully vindicated, and new public policy required unleaded gasoline and restrictions on lead paint. And many scientists believe that, as a result, children’s IQ scores have risen, on average, three points. Yet, as Moyers points out, lead remains the number one environmental threat to children’s health; many old houses and even many school buildings are still testing positive for lead today.

In Herculaneum, Missouri, lead contamination is a very current issue. The community is up in arms about the astonishingly high levels of lead to which their families have been exposed because the town’s primary industry, the Doe Run lead smelter, failed to comply with EPA standards. “Doe Run played a really good game,” Robyn Warden, a
mother, tells Moyers. “They told people everything was under control and we were safe. And people weren’t educated enough to know any different. It took people actually investigating lead to figure out that we were being lied to.”

Dr. Steingraber knows the importance of informed parenting. Even in a seemingly pristine environment in rural New York, she knows there are possibilities of risk. “Just because there are no smoke stacks visible around us, just because you live a long way from the source of these chemicals, doesn’t mean that natu r e won’t bring them to you in some way,” she says. A mother who breast feeds her infant son, Dr. Steingraber also realizes that she passes toxins directly to her baby every time she nurses. “No woman has uncontaminated breast milk on this planet,” she states. Dr. Steingraber tries to reduce her children’s exposure at home by using non-toxic products. “But we can’t shop our way out of our current situation,” she warns. “We still need to take action. It’s time that our public policy takes action to get our kids out of harm’s way.”

There are unknown answers to many questions. Moyers reports on a proposed new project called “The National Children’s Study,” which will track 100,000 children from the womb to age 18 if it receives full funding from Congress. This long-term study may provide the definitive answers necessary for new regulations and laws protecting children from exposure to toxins. “Without conclusive science,” Moyers says, “it is a constant fight to protect children’s health.”



A Safe and Powerful Clean!

It’s about that time–Spring cleaning! After the holidays, my oven has seen its share of spills and splatters. Does this look familiar?

scour-off-001.jpg <~ My very dirty oven window on the inside

My natural scouring paste does the trick! It has numerous uses: bathroom tile, outdoor grills, stains in the sink, countertops, caked-on food…Someone even found success getting permanent marker off of a wooden coffee table with the scouring paste! It was powerful enough and environmentally-safe enough to be used to scrub the boat decks for Wild Dolphin Project. Jacques Cousteau has also used these environmentally cleaning products onboard the Cousteau Society’s research vessels, the Calypso and Alcyone.

scour-off-003.jpg<~With a green miracle scrubber pad, I used the paste and some water (and with my bare hands! Would you dare use a conventional oven cleaner without gloves???) You can see the left side getting considerably clean. And no fumes to choke on!

scour-off-004.jpg<~Look at the difference on the left!

Without using any toxic, corrosive chemicals, I’ve ended up with a sparkling clean oven!

scour-off2.jpg For more information on this and other non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products, visit my website at www.healthbynature.myshaklee.com.