Monday, December 27, 2010

Looking Green for 2011 the Vehicle that could steal your Heart.

Looking towards the new year I've decided it's time to start focusing on finding a better fuel efficient vehicle. I hadn't really looked into hybrids, living on a farm I always felt I needed a vehicle with power enough to be suitable for hauling supplies. My current vehicle is a 4WD Jeep Liberty even though it's not a "big" vehicle the back seats lay down and it can hold a substantial amount of feed and supplies.

I discovered this site on how Hybrid Vehicles Work: I was amazed how many of the vehicles had better fuel mileage in the city than on the highway. Most of my drive time is on the highway so I should weigh my options before purchasing.

One of the benefits of a Shaklee Distributor is qualifying for a new vehicle paid for by Shaklee and since they offer more money for hybrids it just makes sense to shop Hybrid.

Here is the run down on what Shaklee Pays it's distributors for car payments

After a quick search on google. I found one of the top rated SUV Hybrids was the new Ford Escape. I remember looking at them when I purchased my Jeep, back then they just didn't seem as durable as the Jeep. You may know I'm a complete techie at heart and I just can't help but be drawn to Ford's "sync" technology. Even more amazing is Active Park Assist technology available on 2010 Ford Escape. Take a quick look..

How cool is this!!!

I've gotta say I'm close to being hooked and I haven't even kicked the tires yet.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Poison Control told us the BEST thing on the label was SHAKLEE

The following story is shared by Ann Cristie:

“I’m writing to share my story so that the many homes in North America can be safer for our precious children. As a mother of 3 active children (6, 4 and 10 months) I have used Shaklee for its economy, strength and safety. But on Friday evening, I was thankful I used Shaklee for another reason... my 10-month old
daughter, Jordan, ate the Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste Cleanser! I was out of the house and dad was keeping an eye on the children. Jordan found the jar and stuck those fat little fingers in the pink stuff and yummy, yummy for about 2 minutes. She then threw up and began to cry. I walked into the house as this chaotic event was occurring.

My first thought was to panic and get help NOW! We called poison control and informed them of our misadventure. The FIRST thing the kind woman said was this ...

Well, the best thing on the label is Shaklee."

You won’t have any major problems. The agents in their products are safe. She went on to explain the nature of the cleaners and what symptoms we mightexpect. “A little stomach distress, some vomiting, some gas, etc. BUT, no hospital, no burning of the esophagus, no stomach lining problems, no lung stress, no mouth irritation.” I didn’t realize what we had averted until I spoke about this at a Shaklee meeting on Monday. Then it hit me; anything else could have killed or seriously injured her! I will tell this happy ending to anyone who will listen. I encourage you to share my story with your friends to get our safe products into their homes!"

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Simple way to Get Gum out of Fabric

To show how our products are SAFE FOR CHILDREN.

I use well chewed bubble gum- smash it into my shirt.
Show them it's really in the fabric.
Place a few drops of Basic-H on the gum "rub around" show them gum is still stuck
Add water and rub a little "pick gum away from fabric" then put gum back into your mouth and begin chewing. THIS ONE GETS THEM EVERYTIME!!

Tell them the ingredients that make this product work so well comes from corn and cocoa nuts... safe for us and safe for the environment. Just don't put in your eyes.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Abilene Reflector-Chronicle - Anita Hummel of Hope is an all around good cook

Congrats to my Aunt Anita! Here is a link to our local newspaper article. Love the recipe's included in the article... I remember making some of them for the harvest crew many years ago.

Abilene Reflector-Chronicle - Anita Hummel of Hope is an all around good cook

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Franchise Business on Healthy Aging

This is a testimony from Jan C.
My husband Jim called today after meeting with his lipid specialist in Minneapolis. Once again his cholesterol numbers have significantly dropped! At the time of his cardiac arrest 20 years ago, his cholesterol was over 400. For years the number gradually went down. Two years ago it was 179 and last year, after a year of being on Vivix, it was 138. That's when his statins were cut in half. Today Jim's total cholesterol is 97.

Jim has struggled with the LDL (bad cholesterol) the most. He has a genetic condition that causes his body to produce too much of it. Originally the LDL was 240. For years he worked to get it to 140 and then to 120. It needed to be less than 100. After a year and a half on Vivix, it dropped to 90. Today it was 58 !!!!!

Jim's doctor made this comment: Nobody wants to deal with the problem. They just want to take a pill to have it go away. When that doesn't happen they get upset." He and his office staff consider Jim their poster child. Jim complies and does what's needed to be healthy, and we support him.

What Jim does each day:

1. Takes Vitalizer, Vivix, Nutriferon, CoQHeart, Liver DTX Complex, and Joint Health Complex (had me order the new Cholesterol Reduction Complex right away, too!)

2. Runs 5 miles (has never missed a day of running in 20 years)

3. Drinks tea instead of coffee (Was addicted to coffee but switched to tea several years ago and dropped 30 points off his cholesterol total)

4. Is his own boss - so he can run and rest as needed (Quit a 20 year corporate job at time of cardiac arrest 20 years ago and located his office at home)

5. Makes decisions that eliminate as much stress as possible from his day.

Our youngest son Matt was 2 when Jim had the cardiac arrest. He got married on June 11 this summer. Twenty years ago, I never imagined that with 3 arteries 100% blocked and the 4th blocked 70%, that Jim would even live to see his youngest son grow up. It's good to note, too, that our three sons and I have supported all of Jim's efforts, and as a result we are healthier ourselves. Our family experience is proof that great health is primarily in the hands of the individual and the choices he or she makes. We've always chosen Shaklee nutrition, for example, and that has paid off royally for us. ~Jan

Prescription For A Healthier Life

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Spray Cleaners Pose Poison Hazard to Toddlers

Liz Szabo
Spray cleaners send thousands of babies and toddlers to the emergency room each year, a new study shows.

Nearly 12,000 children under age 5 go to the emergency room each year because of injuries caused by household cleaning products, according to a study in today's Pediatrics. About 40% of those injuries - or nearly 4,800 cases - are caused by spray bottles, which typically don't have child-resistant caps, according to the study of 267,269 children

Although some spray nozzles can be turned to an "off" position, parents often leave them in spraying mode, says study author Lara McKenzie of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. And nimble children can turn the nozzles themselves.

Spray cleaners can contain a range of hazardous chemicals, from ammonia to bleach, McKenzie says. More than 740 of all small children injured by cleaning supplies in 2006 had symptoms that were life-threatening or caused long-term disabilities, the study says.

"People don't realize that the handle can be activated by a small child," says pediatrician Carl Baum of Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. "Kids will put their mouths on the nozzle and drink it in." McKenzie says spray bottles naturally attract children.

They usually have bright packaging, with fruity or flowery scents and bright colors, and the spray handles make them feel like squirt guns, she says. Given that toddlers' curiosity and climbing skills usually outstrip their judgment, McKenzie says, it's easy to see why children younger than 5 account for more than half of all poisonings a year.

Poison control centers handle calls about 1 million children under 6 each year, says pediatrician Jamie Freishtat, a spokeswoman for Safe Kids USA, an advocacy group, who wasn't involved in the new study.

Although she's concerned about the risk from spray bottles, Freishtat says she's encouraged that other safety improvements - such as less hazardous ingredients - have helped to cut the overall number of children who are injured by cleaning products by 46% since 1990.

Tamara Ensign says it took only a few moments for her 1½-year-old son, Keegan, to get into some dish soap while the two were outside "playing carwash" with his toys.

When her back was turned, "he let out a wail that I had never heard from him before," says Ensign, 29, who lives near Columbus. "Whenever he cried and tried to talk, his voice was raspy and he let bubbles out."

Ensign got no answer from the emergency number listed on the detergent bottle but did reach a poison control center. She decided to take Keegan to an urgent-care clinic, where a doctor examined him and sent him home.

"You think you're as prepared as you can be as a parent," says Ensign, whose son had no lasting problems related to the scare. "You don't realize how scary a situation it can be, even with just dish soap."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Shaklee Introduces Get Clean Water Filter

PLEASANTON, CA -- Shaklee Corporation, a leading provider of natural nutrition, personal care and environmentally friendly home care products, announced today the release of Get Clean® Water, a revolutionary new water filtration pitcher system certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) to reduce up to 99 percent of lead, as well as more than 50 contaminants that may cause health problems.*

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, lead is a toxic metal now known to be harmful to human health if ingested. Lead is often present in drinking water due to the corrosion of household plumbing and is estimated to contribute up to 20 percent of lead exposure in young children. Chronic lead exposure can result in lowered IQ, behavioral problems and learning disabilities.

Multi-patented Get Clean Water uses a solid block of carbon to filter and clean water. Each Get Clean Water filter is certified to reduce contaminants from 80 gallons of water, twice as much as Brita® and PUR® pitcher filters, and each filter is made from sustainable coconut shell carbon using a zero-emission process. As the first pitcher with a refillable carbon-block filter system, Get Clean Water also reduces landfill waste.

"A study has shown a total of more than 300 agricultural and industrial pollutants in the tap water of 45 states with more than half of those pollutants having no drinking water safety standards," said Dr. Jamie McManus, Chairman of Medical Affairs, Health Sciences and Education at Shaklee. "Get Clean Water is certified by the Water Quality Association to reduce over 50 contaminants, and each filter has double the filtration capacity of Brita and PUR pitcher filters. These benefits make Get Clean Water an ideal solution for consumers interested in a fresh take on clean water."

To try Get Clean Water from Shaklee, visit

*Contaminants reduced not in all users' water. See product performance data sheet for complete contaminant reductions.

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About Shaklee
Founded in 1956, Shaklee Corporation is the number one natural nutrition company in the United States. A leading provider of premium-quality natural nutrition products, personal care products, and environmentally friendly home care products, Shaklee has more than 50 patents and patents pending worldwide. With more than 1.2 million members and distributors around the globe, Shaklee currently operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China. 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.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Do cleaning products cause breast cancer?

Women who report greater use of cleaning products may be at higher breast cancer risk than those who say they use them sparingly. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Environmental Health asked more than 1500 women about their cleaning product usage and found that women who reported using more air fresheners and products for mold and mildew control had a higher incidence of breast cancer.

Julia Brody, from the Silent Spring Institute, USA, worked with a team of researchers to carry out telephone interviews with 787 women diagnosed with breast cancer and 721 comparison women. She said, "Women who reported the highest combined cleaning product use had a doubled risk of breast cancer compared to those with the lowest reported use. Use of air fresheners and products for mold and mildew control were associated with increased risk. To our knowledge, this is the first published report on cleaning product use and risk of breast cancer."

The researchers questioned women on product use, beliefs about breast cancer causes, and established and suspected risk factors. They found that cleaning products, air fresheners, and insect repellents were associated with breast cancer, but little association was observed with overall pesticide use.

Women with breast cancer who believed that chemicals and pollutants contribute 'a lot' to the risk of developing the condition were more likely to report high product usage. Speaking about this potential bias to the study, Brody said, "When women are diagnosed with breast cancer, they often think about what happened in the past that might have contributed to the disease.

As a result, it may be women with breast cancer more accurately recall their past product use or even over-estimate it. Or, it could also be experience with breast cancerinfluences beliefs about its causes. For example, women diagnosed with breast cancer are less likely to believe heredity contributes 'a lot', because most are the first in their family to get the disease."

In order to avoid possible recall bias, the researchers recommend further study of cleaning products and breast cancer using prospective self-reports and measurements in environmental and biological media.

Reference: Journal article abstract and full pdf article:

How much do you spend on cleaning products per year? If it's more than 24 to 50 bucks a year you might want to rethink what products your using. Shaklee Get Green Cleaners are safe, always work, 100% guaranteed. Dust, mop, scour, clean fruits and veggies, wash the dog/car/kids,… and more…. all for $25-$50 for the year. Laundry for only 20 cents per load – and so safe, if children ingest it… no worries.

Did you know? Shaklee's Basic H2 was chosen by "Real Simple Magazine" as the "longest lasting concentrate" on the market.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Announcing: New Get Clean Water

It's New, It's Clean, and It's Green... The new Get Clean Water filter is certified to remove up to 99% of lead--compare that to the competition! It's refillable solid carbon block filter (a first in a water pitcher) is made from sustainable material using a zero-emissions process, and it handles the equivalent of 600 bottles (16.9 oz.) of water. It's clean, it's green, and it's only at Shaklee.

A fresh take on healthier water, Get Clean Water is a new multipatented water filtration system. Unlike other water pitchers, Get Clean Water uses a solid block of carbon to clean your water, reducing some pretty nasty contaminants—including up to 99 percent of lead.1

Get Clean Water is the first pitcher to use a refillable carbon-block filter system so there's less plastic to throw away. And it filters 80 gallons of water per filter—twice as much as Brita® and PUR®.2
Cleaner, healthier water and a cleaner, healthier planet?

We can all drink to that..

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

How NOT to be a mosquito-magnet

Nontoxic remedy to keep em away!

Shaklee's all purpose cleaner Basic H makes your grass greener while conserving water. It also wipes away pesticide residue on your summer fruits and veggies.

And, it keeps away those pesky critters far from your skin.

Apply a ¼ tsp. of Shaklee’s Basic H into a spray bottle and dilute with water. Spray Basic H on areas of your skin where you do not wish to receive bug bites.*(keep away from eyes)

While you may doubt how well a “nontoxic” insect repellent works, first consider what a more conventional repellent may be doing to yours and your family’s health.

Though the EPA states that DEET (the active ingredient in conventional insect repellents, developed for the army in the 1940s) is safe when used according to the label’s instructions, other studies suggest it may have some toxic effects.

According to a study completed last year by BioMed Central (BMC) Biology, DEET slows or even stops the body’s production of the acetylcholinesterase enzyme.

Without this enzyme, side effects include: headache, exhaustion and mental confusion with blurred vision, salivation, chest tightness, muscle twitching and abdominal cramps.

Children and pregnant women are especially at risk.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry shares that the cases reported in which pregnant women used DEET during their pregnancies resulted in multiple birth defects including heart problems, with one case being congestive heart failure.

And in 1995 alone, the National Poison Control Center received over 6,700 reports of repellent exposure. Two-thirds of those reports were children under the age of 6 (source: Quantum Health).

Shaklee’s nontoxic Basic H formula is an insect-repelling alternative for anyone wary of applying chemicals to their skin or their children’s. It also relieves the itch or sting from bites as well.*

* Disclaimer: The mixtures and usages are from folks just like you and me and are not from the Shaklee Corporation. Follow all product directions. No product claims or guarantees... just what many Shaklee folks have experienced for over 50 years.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Washing your Fruits and Vegetables

Here’s how to get them at their organic cleanest.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that over one billion tons of pesticides are used annually in our country. While the EPA states these chemicals have passed tests in which they do not a pose an “unreasonable health risk” to humans, any risk should be enough to avoid them all together.
Jay Feldman, director of the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides, states, “Not only is American produce sprayed with a combination of pesticides, much of the fertilizer plowed into the fields is toxic. Our food is often sprayed again on its way to market and once again at the market. Because the current research points to and suspects pesticide poisoning as being carcinogenic and hormone-disruptive, the American public is being forced to think about other ways of doing things.”
Children are at greater risk.
Since they are of a smaller body weight, chemicals have a more magnifying impact on their bodies. The EPA acknowledges that adult bodies are four times more effective at detoxifying insecticides or pesticides than children.
A simple solution to reducing your contact and children’s contact with chemicals is to buy organic and wash your food, especially fruits and vegetables.
Here’s how you can wash them better and maintain their 100% organic seal:
With Shaklee's Basic H2®!
The Veggie & Fruit Wash recipe:
  • Apply ¼ tsp of Basic H2® to 4 cups of cold water.
  • Stir thoroughly.
  • For firm fruits and veggies, use a brush for cleaning. For softer fruits, dip them in the solution and then rinse with water in a colander.
  • Not only does it remove any bacteria and pesticides, it also removes dirt easily.
The Center for Disease Control recommends that all fruits and vegetables be washed even those with a thick peel. While you may feel washing an orange is a bit overzealous, bacteria and chemicals can come in contact with the edible part of the fruit when it is being peeled. It’s better to take an extra step and be thorough when it comes to your food’s cleanliness.
Also, to see if you’re eating enough fruits and veggies based on your age, gender, and activity level, you can find out with the Center of Disease Control’s “Fruit and Veggie Calculator”:

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

What sets Shaklee apart from other Natural Product Companies?

We think that, at the end of the day, you can largely judge a company by its people.

And every year hundreds of Shaklee distributors are interviewed, and we hear hundreds of amazing stories, sometimes unsolicited, often unexpected, and we'd like to share one of those with you.

These are the stories of cops, teachers, nurses, engineers, construction workers—all kinds of people who believed they could change their lives, using Shaklee as their vehicle.

Along the way, they touched thousands of other lives, and that's what Shaklee is truly about...

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Non-toxic methods to deter Rabbits from your Garden

Rabbits may be cute but when they start eating your fresh organic produce before it picked it's not cute at all!

There's a few things you can do to deter bunnies aside from, or in addition to, the usual rabbit's some suggestions...

Use their fear of their natural predators (cats, dogs, foxes, owls, humans) as deterrents...
~ If you have a cat or dog, brush them and spread their hair around the garden. Human hair works too. Ask your local hairdresser to save clippings.
~ Spread used kitty litter about the garden.
~ Buy fox urine at a hunting supply store and spread it around the garden (human urine works too if you have a cooperative male willing to volunteer for the job. LOL:-)
~ Place a statue of an owl in the garden.

Plant garlic bulbs close together all around the outside garden perimeter so that it forms a living 'garlic fence'.

Make up a spray using hot peppers. It's a similar concept to birdseed mixes containing hot pepper powder such as cayenne...doesn't affect the birds but deters squirrels from eating the seed.

To make the spray, in a blender, place...

~ a handful of habañero peppers or scotch bonnets (2 of the hottest peppers on the planet!)
~ a full head of garlic with cloves separated but not peeled
~ a handful of marigold leaves, if available
~ add water to top of blender jar and liquefy

Strain out solids and place liquid into a sprayer jar and spray your plants.
Throw the strained remains onto the garden as well.
 *mixture must be reapplied after every rain

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Healthy Child, Healthy World

Discover why... be Inspired ....

Small acts can MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Happy Anniversary, Shaklee Basic-H®

We're celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Basic-H® with  great promotions. Earth Day is right around the corner. Help us celebrate! Be kind to the environment. Try one of the safest, most effective cleaners available today. Shaklee Basic H

For over 50 years Shaklee has been green. Back when Basic H was first produced folks didn't realize the long term effects harsh chemicals would have on the environment. But DR Shaklee did. He was a man of vision.

Do your research. There is a wealth of information on this blog if you digg a little in the archives.

Buy one Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate (16 oz.) and get a three-pack of limited-edition spray bottles featuring the 50th Anniversary logo for 50% off.

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Potent Produce: Foods that Fight Cancer

Pistachios are high in a form of vitamin E called gamma-tocopherol that has been shown to be protective against certain types of cancer, including lung. Participants of a recent study who ate roughly two ounces of pistachios a day for four weeks showed a significant increase in gamma-tocopherol. Your best bet is to try to have a few handfuls daily.

When researchers compared the 10 vegetables that are most frequently consumed in the US, onions had the 3rd highest level of phenolic compounds, which are thought to be among the most potent anticancer substances in foods. A Finnish study of men who frequently ate onions and other foods high in phenolic compounds showed that they were 60% less likely than those who ate smaller amounts.

A recent study showed that people who drank two or more cups of either black or green tea daily reduced their risk for squamous cell carcinoma by 30%. This effect seems to grow over time, as some study participants who had drank tea daily for up to 47 years reduced their risk by 51%. It is believed that anti-oxidants in tea can counter free radicals that are triggered by sun exposure.

All varieties of winter squash are extremely high in beta-carotene. A long running Japanese study of over 57,000 people found that the participants who ate the most pumpkin had the lowest rates of gastric, breast, lung, and colorectal cancers. Alternatives to pumpkin are carrots, broccoli, and all winter squashes, including butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squash.