Monday, August 13, 2012

Whey/Soy Protein Vs Arbonne Vegetable Protein

Is Your Protein Helping or Hurting You?

Truth About Whey According to a Pharmacist 

" It is impossible to do a detox clean eating plan with a whey protein shake - I don't care if they get the milk from the purest cows on an isolated island fed the purest grass and given the
 cleanest water...whey is a byproduct of cheese manufacturing. Historically, whey was a throw away product or it was used to feed it to pigs as it was not suitable for human consumption - till someone figured out they could make money by selling it as a protein drink (tastes awful so they have to load it with tons of sugar or artificial sweeteners). Whey is extremely acidic and is infamous for causing intestinal toxemia, sub clinical inflammation (lactoglobulin) and if Splenda is added then 50% of the intestinal flora is killed - combining all factors gives a very unhealthy gut...80% of our immunity is found in the intestines. Then there is the biological fluid issue - same as blood or breast milk - must be treated at high enough temps to kill bacteria, which in turn renders the protein itself damaged. Also, the whey protein is absorbed too quickly into the blood stream that it overwhelms the vital organs....especially harmful to the kidneys - by introducing such a high protein load to the kidneys it is known to decrease kidney function. As a result very high blood levels of protein - azotemia...geez on my iPhone so I will get off my soap box now....can u tell - not a fan of whey protein."

Truth About Soy According to a Pharmacist 

While soy may be beneficial to women in a variety of ways, research in monkeys suggests that it could have an adverse effect on the behavior of men, according to researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Reporting in the current issue of the scientific journal Hormones and Behavior, the researchers found that in male monkeys, "long-term consumption of a diet rich in soy isoflavones can have marked influences on patterns of aggression and social behavior." Isoflavones are a naturally occurring plant estrogen in soy protein.

"Although considerable attention has been directed at the potentially beneficial effects of isoflavones in reducing the risk of various cancersosteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and postmenopausal symptoms, less effort has been invested in characterizing neurobehavioral effects," according to the study.

People have the concept that soy is only beneficial, said Jay R. Kaplan, Ph.D., professor of comparative medicine and anthropology, one of the investigators. "There is the thought that what is good for some is good for all and more is better."

But this research points out that not only does the dose make a difference, but so does the sex of the consumer, Kaplan said, adding that the study is consistent with emerging literature showing that soy can have a negative impact on the behavior of male rodents. Previous studies have shown no difference in aggression in females given large doses of soy, Kaplan said.

The study was done over 15 months with adult male monkeys who were divided into three groups and fed different amounts and types of protein. One group had about 125 mg of isoflavones a day. The second group had half that amount, and the third group's protein came from milk and animal sources.

"In the monkeys fed the higher amounts of isoflavones, frequencies of intense aggressive and submissive behavior were elevated," according to the study. "In addition, the proportion of time spent by these monkeys in physical contact with other monkeys was reduced by 68 percent, time spent in proximity to other monkeys was reduced 50 percent and time spent alone was increased 30 percent."

Isoflavone levels of 125 mg per day are higher than amounts consumed by many Asians, who typically eat more soy than other populations. But, the isoflavone levels are comparable to levels found in many dietary supplements sold in the United States.

The FDA approved a statement in 1999 that said, "25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease." Soy sales have grown from $940 million in 1990 to a projected $4 billion this year. Kaplan said that soy is the most widely used botanical by pre- and postmenopausal women.

"To the best of our knowledge, the present study may be the first to demonstrate that long-term consumption of isoflavones can alter patterns of agonistic and social behavior in primates," the researchers reported. "The present findings suggest that careful attention will be required to balance beneficial and potentially adverse effects."

Other researchers in the study included Michael R. Adams, D.V.M., professor of pathology, and Thomas C. Register, Ph.D., associate professor of pathology, at Wake Forest Baptist, as well as two researchers from Lehigh University's Department of Biological Sciences.

The research was funded by NIH grants and a grant from the HF Guggenheim Foundation.

About Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: Wake Forest Baptist is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University School of Medicine. It is licensed to operate 1,282 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report. 

The Arbonne Difference

A matchless proprietary fusion of the finest raw plant-based proteins

What makes Arbonne Essentials so spectacular? Each ingredient is exceptional alone, but when selectively combined in a revolutionary new proprietary formula, Arbonne Essential Protein is overwhelmingly superior to any of its single components. This dynamic fusion creates a unique, raw, plant-based protein with a complete amino acid profile, exceptionally high in Glutamine, Arginine, Lysine, Luecine, and branch chain amino acids. Arbonne has the next generation raw, plant-based protein - an easily-digestible, nutrient- dense superfood, perfect for those who want to be ultra-healthy and fit. Best of all - It tastes phenomenal!

Our patented, cold extrusion process is free of solvents, GMOs, radiation, artificial colors, and preservatives, flavors, herbicides, and pesticides. Arbonne products contain absolutely no animal products or Bi-products, dairy, egg, gluten, soy, added sugar, wheat, or yeast.

Arbonne Essentials is the perfect protein combination for building muscle, managing weight, curbing appetite, raising metabolism and blowing the roof off your energy levels!! All while improving your overall health.

Arbonne Essentials is green, plastic-free, hypo-allergenic, and suitable for any diet or lifestyle (NOT JUST FOR VEGANS)! Arbonne's  key ingredients Pea Protein, Cranberry Protein and Rice Protein

Pea Protein

A high fiber, low calorie, nutrient dense vegetarian SUPERFOOD, Peas are also a remarkable source of plant-based proteins and amino acids! Protein from peas satisfies all FAO essential amino acid requirements. The amino acids found in peas include Lysine, Arginine, Glutamine, Leucine, Isoleucine & Valine (Branched Chain Amino Acids - BCAAs)

  • Aid muscle tissue maintenance
  • Comparable to egg and milk proteins
  • BCAAs are higher in pea protein than any other vegetable protein
  • Helps restore nitrogen balance after intense physiological stress
  • Increases muscle mass while reducing body fat during intense exercise
  • Improves vasodilation and promotes a healthy heart
  • Assists in maintaining lean body mass
  • Facilitates calcium absorption (promoting healthy bone development in children)
  • Boosts the immune system: producing antibodies, hormones, enzymes, collagen, and tissue-repair
  • Low in sulfur proteins (sulfur proteins speed up the aging process)
  • Increases metabolism and satiety (helping you to feel "full")
  • Natural tonic for preventing and treating high blood pressure
  • Promotes healthy kidney function

*The proteins naturally present in peas exist in an inactive state and must be activated by special enzymes to become bio-available. Simply consuming peas will not provide the same health benefits as using our purified pea protein extract.

Cranberry Protein

Cranberry protein is unique in that it is the only 100% plant protein that contains 25% complete protein including all essential amino acids. Cranberry protein is extracted using cold-pressing technology preserving natural balances and naturally occurring fatty acids, which increases the absorption of the other nutrients.

  • Powerful detoxifier and diuretic (flushes out the kidneys)
  • Treats bladder, kidney and urinary problems
  • Boosts immune system, protecting against influenza and the common cold
  • Increases "good" cholesterol (HDL), and reduces "bad" cholesterol (LDL)
  • Improves circulation and reduces risk of heart disease
  • Helps to relieve stress & depression
  • Treats skin conditions such as: acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, burns & wounds
  • Also considered one of the best remedies for REDUCING CELLULITE!

Rice Protein

Rice protein is whole grain. Whole grain and foods made from them contain all the essential parts and natural-occuring nutrients of the entire grain seed. Source: Whole Grains Council Whole grains are great for you and contain good fiber.

Rice protein is organic. You are getting the protein from natural, clean sources. It is excellent for your heart health according the food and drug administration. It is allergen free, soy free and gluten free. This is good for people that are either on a gluten free diet or someone who has Celiac Disease.

The supplement is all raw. None of the ingredients are cooked or heated. When ingredients are cooked or heated the nutrient content is damaged or even lost. What you see is what you get, all raw ingredients, that contain their true nutritional content. This protein is perfect for vegans on a raw diet.

           Why Arbonne Essential Products Are Good For YouGrowing Naturals Products
Growing Naturals products are organicGrowing Naturals products are veganGrowing Naturals products are whole grainGrowing Naturals products are rawGrowing Naturals products are allergen freeGrowing Naturals products are gluten freeGrowing Naturals products are 100% natural

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Change Your Brand & Change Your Life

                                        Cancer Causing Chemicals in Personal Care Products 

Arbonne does not contain any of the toxic ingredients that are in these products. PLEASE do not use harmful products on yourself or your children. PLEASE let me show you how easy it is to get pure, safe and beneficial personal care products for less. CHANGE YOUR BRAND & CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Almost all companies that sell personal care products have potentially harmful ingredients in them, and say it isn't so (a lie)-- but we have proof in this documented FREE Report below!

Back in 1938, when the U.S. Government formed the FDA, it was believed that our skin was the perfect barrier to protect us from potentially harmful chemicals. So the chemicals then in use were "Grandfathered in" as safe and legal to use in products that were to be in contact with human skin. Now we know our skin is much more of a dry sponge and we absorb most things that come in contact with our skin. ( Prove this to yourself. Remove one shoe and sock, put a 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder in the shoe, put the shoe back on, {no sock for this test}. Ten minutes later kiss your spouse. They will tell you about your breath.)

So today, without follow up research to prove their safety, potentially harmful ingredients are in everyday personal care products. Have you ever read the labels on your deodorant, shaving cream, children's bubble bath, mouthwash and toothpaste?

Product warning labels are shown for a reason. It is a fact that many manufacturers use certain harmful chemical ingredients mainly because they're CHEAP, and give the ILLUSION of working properly But more importantly for the manufacturer, they cost very little to fill the bottle, so it is a bigger profit margin for them. But residues of more than 400 toxic chemicals have been found in human blood and fat tissue.

From 1950 to 1989, the overall incidence of cancer in the U.S. has risen by 54% (smoking related incidences account for less than 25% of the increase). Childhood cancer is up 50%. Today, cancer is the leading cause of death for women aged 35-74. Some researchers believe that many types of cancer starts 20 years before they are diagnosed. Baby Boomers have three times the cancer rate of their grandparents.

In 1901 cancer was considered a rare disease. Statistics show that 1 out of 8000 persons had cancer. Today, according to the American Cancer Society, 1 out of 3 people have cancer. By the year 2015, 1 out of 2 persons will be touched by cancer. (It is a multi, multi-billion dollar business at cancer hospitals. We are robbed of health and wealth)

How much cancer, and other illnesses, are linked to chemical exposure? Sometimes it depends on which "expert" you listen to but even OSHA admits there are at least 880 variations of compounds of chemicals ( that are harmful to your nervous system) and are used in personal care products, cosmetics, and perfumes.

DID YOU KNOW... There is a proven significant trend towards the incidence of ALZHEIMER'S disease among long term users of ALUMINUM based anti-perspirants? They are even linking ALUMINUM to breast cancer, which is the leading killer for women under 40. But almost all store brands use aluminum. Arbonne deodorant does not. Tests from scientists and doctors show that ALUMINUM goes right to the brain. Parkinson's disease also has been linked to ALUMINUM in the brain.

DID YOU KNOW... That three of the most popular shaving creams combine two chemicals which together form a likely cancer causing agent? They're even listed right on the label. But how many people would know this? The manufacturers are betting "not many"... Arbonne Products DO NOT have these ingredients. But another product that does is a popular KID'S SHAMPOO!

Sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate (SLS) and propylene glycol are two of the most common ingredients found in many personal care products. Others: Petrolatum, Glycerine, Collagen, Kaoloin or Bentonite & Mineral Oil. Sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate is a top favorite ingredient listing in kids shampoo & toothpaste.

DID YOU KNOW... Propylene Glycol has over 14 legal synonyms? WHY??? Sodium Lauryl Sulfate has over 90 Legal synonyms? WHY???

DID YOU KNOW... That the journal of the American College of Toxicology reports that (SLS) is easily absorbed into your skin and builds up in your heart, liver, lungs, and brain... even if you wash it right off after using it!

The Medical College of Georgia has done testing showing that SLS forms dangerous levels of cancer-causing nitrosamines when combined with several other common ingredients found in many personal care products.

Your skin is the largest breathing organ of your body, and many chemicals can be absorbed through it. Nicotine and medicine skin patches wouldn't work if the skin couldn't absorb. Yet palmost ALL shampoos contain SLS.

DID YOU KNOW... That propylene glycol, used in many facial moisturizer and hand/body lotions, has been found to cause kidney damage and liver abnormalities in scientific and animal testing? Propylene glycol may damage cell membranes causing rashes, dry skin, and surface damage to the skin. Sierra brand anti-freeze for your car is mostly propylene glycol (read it right off the label). Most auto anti-freezeswill switch to propylene glycol (from ethylene glycol) in the near future. Is this the best thing to be putting on your skin? At Arbonne we don't think so, so we don't use it! Ethylene glycol is first ingredient listed on the antifreeze jug.

DID YOU KNOW... That KIDS' bubble baths have warning labels on them? Why? It is because the sodium lauryl sulfate in them eats away at the mucous lining of the skin and causes urinary tract infections. Bad for little girls of any age. Arbonne has a much better product that is safe to use, with NO WARNING LABELS or animal testing needed!!

Such as: WARNING LABELS: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. Do not swallow. ... In case of accidental ingestion, seek professional assistance or contact a poison control center IMMEDIATELY.

If you are still not convinced, just read the WARNING LABELS on your child's bubble bath... Bad for little girls of any age!! A world-renowned expert, toxicologist, Chairman of the nationwide Cancer Prevention Coalition, and co-author of Safe Shopper's Bible, Dr.. Samuel Epstein has said that, "Lifelong use of these products... clearly poses major avoidable cancer risks to the great majority of the U.S. consumers, particularly in infants and young children."

DID YOU KNOW... That the Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc. reports that sodium lauryl sulfate builds up in the eye tissue and may be a cause of eyesight problems in many children? You will find sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate in most shampoos. ARBONNE does NOT contain potentially harmful ingredients in their shampoos!

DID YOU KNOW... That many children are rushed to the emergency rooms each year due to alcohol poisoning from drinking mouthwash? One of the most popular brands of mouthwash is 26.9% alcohol. In adults, high alcohol mouthwash increases the risk of oral cancer by as much as 60%.

Arbonne Mouthwash uses no alcohol and it works great, with over 30 uses such as a bacteria killer, foot odor, Poison Ivy and Poison Oak, etc.

Last September, the Boston Globe quoted Senators Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch as saying That "the Government Accounting Office has identified 125 cosmetic ingredients suspected of causing cancer. Other ingredients may cause birth defects."

DID YOU KNOW... Recently a thousand people had to be evacuated from their homes, By order of OSHA because a factory near there homes had a one gallon spill of a hazadorous chemical. This ingredient is used in hair shampoo!!!!

All these harmful chemicals found in our everyday products, combined with the pollution of our air and water, has created an environment that is no longer "user friendly." However, there are safe alternatives that we can use-- Arbonne !!

The Industrial World USES Propylene Glycol: Industrial Antifreeze, Brake/Hydraulic Fluid, Paint, Airplane De-Icer. These have chemicals have been found to cause adverse health effects : contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities; Inhibit skin cell growth in human tests; Damage cell membranes causing rashes, dry skin and surface damage to the skin.

Sodium Lauryl (or Laureth) Sulfate: Engine Degreaser, Garage/Concrete Floor Cleaner, Car Wash Soap; Surrounds hair follicle in shampoo to keep it from growing, causes hair to fall out; keeps children's eyes from developing properly, causes cataracts in older people; In Toothpaste: Weakens enamel on teeth to cause cavities: SLS is very abrasive and may burn the skin, mouth, Canker sores, or scalp.

Cocamide, Lauramide DEA (diethanolamine): is readily absorbed through the skin, is a potentially cancer causing ingredient found in many mainstream cosmetics and toiletries. Reacts with nitrates in cosmetics to form another potential carcinogen/DEA. Your blood cells immediately take it through your skin to the body.

Switch to Arbonne products, You'll thank me later 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Celebrities Love Arbonne

Former Chicago Blackhawks Pro Hockey Player, Hugo Belanger- now an Arbonne Independent Consultant. That's him above modeling for the RE9 Advance Men's product line. RE9 For Men is an advanced line of grooming products that address the specific skincare needs of men. Skin-soothing botanicals comfort skin and soothe razor burns for the ultimate comfortable shave. Clinically proven ingredients start working immediately to minimize the signs of aging smoothing fine lines and improving over all skin texture.
KEY INGREDIENTS: Chickpea, Sea Buckthorn, Kudzu, Mallow Flower extract, Red Seaweed.

Tony Shaloub (Monk, Wings) taking home the gift of Arbonne

Susie Abromeit (Battle: Los Angeles) taking home the gift of Arbonne

Jane Lynch (Glee), with a member of Arbonne's corporate staff!!

William Shatner (Star Trek, T.J. Hooker, Boston Legal) taking home the gift of Arbonne

Wes Ramsey (CSI: Miami) taking home the gift of Arbonne

Tim Daly (Private Practice, The Fugitive, Wings), with members of Arbonne's corporate staff

Sheryl Lee Ralph (Moesha, Designing Women) taking home the gift of Arbonne

Shelby Young (The Social Network) taking home the gift of Arbonne

Shaun Toub (The Last Airbender, Iron Man) taking home the gift of Arbonne

Roma Maffia (Nip/Tuck, Boston Legal) taking home the gift of Arbonne

If you'd like to know more about Arbonne, Take a look at MY SITE

Friday, April 20, 2012

Age Spot and Sun Damage Eraser

Finally A Product that Erases The Spots On My Face

For those of you that know me, you've seen my skin and all the issues I've had starting when I hit puberty and now. After years of using Proactiv I developed sun spots all over my upper lip and near my eyes. I was beyond upset, I had no clue the product would do so much damage to my face. Thank God for Arbonne's Revelâge! I am so thankful that they have a product like this. It has reversed the age and sun spots on my face. I couldn't be happier!

Check out the Testimonial's (Before and After)

About Arbonne's Revelâge 

We all long for the perfect complexion—brightened, flawless, even-toned. Exclusive to Arbonne, Revelâge is a new, high performance, state-of-the-art product assortment of anti-aging, brightening treatments. It’s formulated with Arbonne’s proprietary Revelâge Complex for dark spot intervention, to reduce the appearance of uneven pigmentation, freckles and dark spots and help prevent them from forming.

Our exclusive, time-release Revelâge Complex for dark spot intervention targets and precisely delivers a blend of proven antioxidants and brightening ingredients to skin for maximum, all-day performance. All four products contain our proprietary blend and work together to improve the appearance of dull complexions by promoting clarity and brightness for a more luminous, even-toned appearance.

Revelâge consumer study reveals the following initial visible results!

Within 2 weeks
93% of participants reported an improvement in skin brightness and luminosity.
87% reported an improvement in the overall appearance of the skin.

*Based on an 8-week Consumer Study

High-performance overnight skin brightening serum helps correct the appearance of dark spots and uneven pigmentation. Scientifically studied ingredients immediately improve the appearance of dull complexions by promoting clarity and brightness. Dark spots fade with continued use.

Vitamins C and E, SymWhite®*, licorice extract, retinyl palmitate, acetyl glucosamine, hyaluronic acid


30 mL, #4559; $75

Lightweight, protective daytime moisturizer ensures bright, comfortable skin with a beautiful luminous finish all day. Shields skin from harmful UV rays with SPF 30 to help prevent further signs of premature skin aging, dark spots and skin discolouration. 

Licorice extract, SymWhite®*, vitamins C 
and E, retinyl palmitate, ferula foetida extract, hyaluronic acid 


30 mL, #4555; $69

A convenient, highly concentrated formula for brighter, clearer skin. Helps skin become more even-toned while delivering powerful antioxidant and brightening ingredients to diminish the appearance of dark spots and skin discolouration. 

Licorice extract, SymWhite®*, vitamins C
and E, retinyl palmitate, acetyl glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid 


15 mL, #4560; $57

This rich protection hand cream shields skin against UV damage with SPF 30 to help prevent further signs of aging, skin discolouration and dark spots. Leaves hands feeling smooth and looking more youthful.

SymWhite®*, retinol palmitate, vitamin E, Phytomoist Complex


74 mL, #4556; $46

Save 10% when you purchase the Intensive Nighttime Brightening Serum, plus Brightening Moisture Face Cream with SPF 30, in this exclusive duo.

A $144 value, for $129.60. #4565 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Are You Poisoning Your Pets?!

Pets Are People Too

If you are a health conscious individual, why not treat your animals the same way! There  are so many TOXIC products on the market that we are unknowingly using (Shampoo's) and giving (Dog/Cat food) to our animals. If you are the type to look at your labels before considering a product for your own consumption, why not do the same for your pets?

"A product may look and seem cheaper on the shelf but do you want to kill your loved one over a few extra dollars or better yet lose them and end up with an 500.00 dollar vet to go with the suffering."

Dangerous Lurking In Pet Shampoo's

Countless pets are poisoned each year, either suffering a sudden illness or death or encountering toxins on a daily basis that erode their health slowly and shorten their lifespan. Health Hazards from Chemical Flea and Tick Products    Each year, Americans purchase and apply to their pets a vast array of toxic chemicals intended to kill fleas and ticks. These include collars, sprays, dusts and more. Other pet owners take their pets to veterinarians to be dipped in chemicals. Many consumers probably assume that the products they and their vets use have been subjected to rigorous testing, and must, by virtue of their very ubiquity, be safe. After all, how could the government let deadly poisons be sold on grocery store shelves without applying stringent standards? 

 Spot-On Pesticides such as Frontline, Zodiac, Defend, Bio Spot, Adams and Advantagetrigger adverse reactions in dogs and cats, shorten life spans, cause terminal illness, and premature death. The active ingredients in these solutions include chemicals such as imidacloprid, fipronil, permethrin, methoprene, and pyriproxyfen, all of which have caused serious health problems in animals in laboratories. Even some of the inert ingredients can be hazardous to your animal companion’s health. Other forms of flea control—powders, collars, and sprays—are no less dangerous to you or your companion animals. 

Labels may warn not to get these substances on your skin, to wash your hands after applying it, and to keep it away from children, yet these chemicals are absorbed by your animal’s skin. Immediate effects of pesticide overdose include vomiting, diarrhea, trembling, seizures, and respiratory problems. If your dog or cat shows any of these symptoms after the application of a pesticide, immediately wash the product off and seek veterinary care.

Here is a site for the Victims that have lost their animals from using HARTZ listed Flea and Tick shampoo (  We need to help make people aware of this deadly product! No one is stopping the products from being put on the shelves and from being freely sold to pet owners who buy PET PRODUCTS that KILL PETS! It's outrageous. Here is the video that was on the KNBC News:

A Safe Alternative for flea and tick Shampoo- Arbonne's ABC Baby Line. That's what I use on my Animals. Arbonne is (Vegan Certified, Gluten-Free, Botanically Based and Natural)

Dangers in the HOUSEHOLD

Rodent killers are also toxic to dogs and cats, especially if your pet has been exposed on more than one occasion. Pets who eat rats and mice who have ingested rodenticide can also be affected. Symptoms may develop 1 to 5 days after ingestion and include weakness, weak pulse and internal bleeding.

Over-the-counter drugs also pose a threat to your pet. The painkiller acetaminophen, to which cats are especially sensitive, can cause liver failure within 1 to 3 days. A toxic reaction to the anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen can cause vomiting and loss of muscle coordination. High doses can be fatal. And aspirin can be dangerous if ingested, depending on the dosage and your pet's species.

Do not keep plants in your home that could be poisonous to your pet. English ivy, for example, may cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity and coma. After ingesting just a nibble of a tiger lily, a pet can start vomiting within minutes. If not treated, kidney damage can occur in 12 hours. Many other plants can cause harm to your animal companion if eaten. Toxicity varies between species, so check with your veterinarian if you are not sure if a particular plant is safe or not.

Certain human foods can also be toxic to dogs and cats if eaten in large quantities. Chocolate, for example, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors and seizure-like activity within one to four hours of eating. Onions can cause toxic reactions, too.

In most cases of household poisoning, early detection and treatment increase the chances of complete recovery. If you think your pet may have been poisoned, note what he has eaten and how much, the estimated time of ingestion and any problems he is experiencing. Immediately call your veterinarian.

Dangers Lurking In Pets Food

Tainted Wheat Gluten Suspected in Pet Deaths 04/05/2007 - Recent news indicates that wheat gluten tainted with melamine, a chemical found in Asian fertilizers, and forbidden in American pet foods, has been implicated in the sickness of as many as 8,800 pets, including the deaths of up to 2,797 animals, mostly cats. Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDAs Center for Veterinary Medicine, stated that: The association between the melamine in the kidneys and urine of cats that died and the melamine in the food they consumed is undeniable," though he stopped short of placing blame for the animal deaths conclusively on the melamine-tainted wheat gluten. Sundlof did go on to say that melamine, in any amount, is not permitted in pet foods sold in the U.S.

Wheat Gluten is Not Part of Your Pet's Natural Diet

These stories invite a deeper consideration about the role that non-tainted wheat gluten may play in chronic illness and degenerative diseases in our beloved cats and dogs. The simple truth is that cats and dogs are, by nature, primarily meat eaters. Dogs are historically scavengers, whose natural diets, according to a recent study by biologists Ray and Lorna Coppinger, consisted of "bones, pieces of carcass, rotten greens and fruit, fish guts, discarded seeds and grains, animal guts and heads, some discarded human food and wastes"3. In the wild, a dogs diet included only the smallest amounts of grains, while cats are almost totally carnivorous, and subsist in the wild on a diet made up almost exclusively of small rodents. The natural diets of both cats and dogs provide large amounts of animal protein and fats, water, and little in the way of carbohydrates.

Dogs and Cats Should Avoid Grains and Carbohydrates

Most veterinary textbooks agree that both cats and dogs need almost no carbohydrates, yet the so called recommended diet of dry pet foods, which is a major component of most pets diets, contradicts both their natural diets and the veterinary literature. Many of these dry pet foods are high in carbohydrates, low in animal protein and fats, and contain almost no water. This fact is largely ignored by major pet food producers, which is also noted in the book Canine and Feline Nutrition, which states that "the nutrient content of most commercial foods includes carbohydrates"4.

Many pet owners who feed canned, moist food to their cats and dogs do so believing that they are providing much-needed meat and moisture to their animals. This is largely true, but what is also true, as came to light in the recent spate of illnesses and deaths from tainted wet formula pet foods, is that wheat gluten is a significant ingredient in such foods. The problem is that the digestive systems of dogs and cats have not evolved to digest plant proteins like gluten—they are designed to digest animal protein, and gluten is not the same—and feeding these animals foods that contain gluten can result in many of the same problems that afflict their human counterparts who are sensitive to gluten.

Toxic Effects of Wheat Gluten and Other Proteins in Pets...and Humans

According to veterinarian John B. Symes (Dogtor J), gluten and other proteins that are added to dog and cat foods are causing many of the same diseases that they cause in their human counterparts. Dogs and cats that have suffered and died from consuming tainted pet food belie the fact that even untainted gluten can cause many of these same problems and more. In human celiacs and gluten-sensitive individuals, untainted gluten can induce both chronic and acute kidney failure. This form of kidney failure is typically called an IgA nephropathy, in which antibodies and immune complexes formed against gluten are deposited in the kidneys, which leads to damage and ultimately failure. Again, this can be chronic leading to persistent blood (microscopic) and protein in the urine or it can be acute.

Dr. Symes claims that it is a startling but well-established fact that the lectins of gluten (wheat, barley, rye) dairy products (e.g. casein, lactalbumin) soy, and corn are all capable of inducing serious health issues in those humans who are sensitive to them. He takes this belief even further and states that such foods are actually not healthy for anyone—neither pets nor humans and they just happen to be more harmful to some individuals than others. According to him anyone who consumes or feeds these foods to their pets on a daily basis will encounter resulting health problems—it is only of matter of time.

Dr. Symes believes that the onset of a lectin-related disorder—whether it be rheumatoid arthritis, type-one diabetes, lupus, etc.—is usually preceded by another event such as viral or bacterial infection. Vaccines can act as triggers as well. The result of such secondary events is a sudden influx and attachment of these inflammatory proteins to various cells in the body, ushering in what we often refer to as autoimmune disorders. That term implies an immune system that has gone haywire, attacking the body for no reason. According to him, our immune systems, along with those of our pets, never make that kind of mistake. These conditions happen for certain reasons, and these food proteins are often the cause.

All one needs to do, according to Dr. Symes, is to study celiac disease to see how all of this works and appreciate the health implications that accompany this extremely common condition. That a similar condition does occur in dogs and cats has become painfully obvious during the past seven years that he has been studying the issue. Dr. Symes states: "The Irish Setter is a breed known to suffer from gluten intolerance, but it is clear that gluten is affecting many other breeds of dogs and cats. And why wouldnt it? It is affecting humans and we have had millennia to adapt to eating wheat. Our pets have only been eating wheat-based pet foods for about 20 years now."

According to Dr. Symes it does not matter whether they ever tell us that tainted wheat gluten caused kidney failure, or that it be proven responsible in these pet deaths. The fact is that wheat gluten, tainted or not, can, and does cause and/or contribute to these conditions. Thus, according to Dr. Symes, gluten should never end up in pet foods.

To illustrate his theory Dr. Symes points out that the average American dog lives 12 years—13 for cats, when their wild counterparts, eating a natural diet, can live to be nearly thirty and t forty years respectively. For the cause, we need look no further than what we put in their bowls. A European study shows that pets fed with table scraps lived an average of three years longer than those fed commercial diets alone. Why? The answer, at least in part, is that highly processed foods cannot possibly contain all of the essential nutrients found in fresh meats, fruits and vegetables.

Reasons for Your Pets to Avoid Gluten

For all of the reasons stated, its probably a good practice to keep wheat gluten and carbohydrates away from you pet in favor of a "natural" diet rich in animal protein and fats and low in (or free of) carbohydrates. As specialty foods can be expensive, a list of readily available pet foods that are free of wheat gluten is provided below.

Avoid senior, light and diet foods, as they contain increased fiber and carbohydrates and reduced protein and fat, compared to adult maintenance diets. This is the opposite of what they really need, and this food has no scientific foundation. Older and overweight pets usually respond well to increased protein and fats gained through a diet rich in meat, not grains.
Another benefit of this approach is that many dogs on the dangerous non-steroidal and steroid drugs so commonly prescribed for dogs may see marked improvements in their conditions and, in fact, may no longer need such drugs, which tend to shorten dogs lives. Many owners who feed their pets fewer grains see less inflammation.

Top 10 Pet Foods that are Free of Gluten and Other Potentially Harmful Proteins

The following pet foods are recommended by John B. Symes, D.M.V., and according to him, none are ideal, but each is gluten-free,wheat-free, barley-free, dairy-free and soy-free and can produce miraculous results in treating chronic diseases that are now found in many pets: IVD/Royal Canin - L.I.D.s (potato-based diets)

Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice
  • NaturalLife Lambaderm 
  • Canidae and Felidae- Dog and cat foods 
  • Dick Van Patten Natural Balance Duck and Potato, Venison and Brown Rice, and Sweet Potato and Fish Formulas 
  • Solid Gold Barking at the Moon 
  • Natura California Naturals 
  • Canine Caviar Lamb & Pearl Millet and Chicken & Pearl Millet formulas 
  • Eagle Pack Holistic Select®Duck meal & Oatmeal and Lamb Meal & 
  • Rice Formulas 
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Monday, April 2, 2012

SPF Beyond the Beach

Today, we know that a simple day cream SPF can be considered one of the best anti-aging products around. People are becoming increasingly aware that sun protection goes way beyond merely throwing a tube of sunscreen into their beach bag. Many skin care and cosmetic products — from anti-wrinkle creams to trendy cosmetics — now proudly display their sun protection factor (SPF). Why? Because shielding oneself daily from the sun's potentially damaging rays is a powerful tool in any anti-aging skin care regimen.

Prevention and Protection
"We have some amazing products that can help diminish the appearance of fine lines and other visible signs of aging, such as our RE9 Advanced® line. But the first step is always prevention, and one of your best defenses against the damaging effects of the sun's UVA and UVB rays is having broad spectrum SPF sunscreen products," says Dr. Peter Matravers, Pharm.D., Arbonne Sr. Vice President of Product Development.

As much as we all love the joy that a day in the sunshine can bring, in reality, the sun has the power to damage to our skin whether we are relaxing on the beach or driving to work. Thankfully, products containing broad spectrum SPF can do more than just prevent sunburn. They can also help to prevent the damage you can't see — damage that can lead to the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, dullness and other visible signs of aging.

The A and B of UV Rays
While UVB rays are the ones that turn sunburned skin pink, it's the UVA rays that can cause damage to the skin cells, damage that can noticeably age the skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, "UVA, which penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB, has long been known to play a major part in skin aging and wrinkling," [1] And unlike UVB rays, UVA rays can penetrate glass, which means they have the potential to cause damage even when you are indoors or in your car. "Our sun protection products are forward-looking, anticipating the 2012 FDA regulation that will require testing of SPF branded products to confirm efficacy on both the UVA and UVB level," says Matravers.

Sunscreens work by using ingredients that block or absorb UV rays, as Matravers explains. "Products with broad spectrum protection work by preventing the UVA rays from penetrating the skin and getting into the epidermis, where they can cause damage on a cellular level. UV exposure can cause collagen breakdown and overproduction of melanin, all factors that can lead to fine lines, dull, uneven skin tone and dark spots."

In short, wearing products with broad spectrum protection every day can help keep the signs of aging at bay.


Daily Defense
Wearing a day cream or moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 should become a daily habit. It helps to keep the skin hydrated while also protecting against those potentially damaging UV rays. 

A Great Foundation
Attan complexion perfection with the bonus of protection by always using makeup with SPF. Not only does it help you achieve a flawless skin tone, it helps defend the skin against sun damage that can lead to fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and dullness

Face First, Body Second
Don't stop merely at the face – if your neck and décolleté are exposed to sun, cover them in a lotion with SPF also. The delicate skin of the décolleté is particularly sensitive and just as easily damaged as the face. Also, don't forget the hands – when constantly exposed to the sun, they can be susceptible to damage such as unsightly dark spots.

Studies have proven 90% of the visible signs of aging are due to sun exposure. We all know that the glorious sun can harm skin and potentially result in disease, but there is no need to hide from it provided the correct precautions are taken.
Arbonne remains devoted to its core values of providing pure, safe, and beneficial products that enhance true beauty and well-being.

Be prepared for the sun’s golden rays this summer and don’t venture into the sun without Arbonne.

Keep skin protected for hours of fun in the sun with Arbonne’s Damage Control Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF 30 and save Face & Body Moisturizer with SPF 15. Both products contain a delicious botanical concoction of rosemary, chamomile, linden and avobenzone, ensuring silky smooth skin. The Damage Control Sunscreen SPF 30 will last for 40 minutes during water activities and the Save Face & Body Moisturizer with SPF 15 is perfect on its own or under make-up.
Price: $28.00

There is no doubt that a bronzed bod gives you an instant body image boost but traditional tanning methods expose your delicate skin to harmful UV rays posing potential health risks. So to bring back the bikini, its time to get glowing with a beautiful, safe and natural-looking tan from Arbonne.

Arbonne’s Self Tanner is suitable for all skin types and develops into a deep, natural, streak-fee tan. The formula combines avocado oil, chamomile, linden and rosemary extracts with a sunscreen to promote soft, protected skin with no tell tale signs of a fake tan!
Price: $28.00

BefoRE Sun Glow With It After Sun Lotion
This moisture-rich formula contains avocado oil that moisturizes and relieves dry skin, leaving it soft, smooth and hydrated. Contains key anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties to counteract the effects of UV exposure. Blended with plantain, arnica, chamomile, linden and rosemary extracts. It's great for all skin types. ( 8 fl. oz./237 mL )
Price: $32.00

BefoRE Sun Lip Saver Sunscreen SPF 30
Say good-bye to sun-chapped lips and hello to maximum preventative care with Lip Saver, SPF 30. It's blended with targeted antioxidant ingredients that refresh, rejuvenate and soothe as it protects and benefits all skin types. ( 0.24 oz./7 g )

Price: $8.00

To add further shimmering highlights to the skin, Arbonne’s luxurious Bronzing Powder will leave the face and body with a sun-kissed natural glow. Containing the same soothing botanicals as the self tanner, this natural looking bronzer will have you ready to face summer with glowing confidence.
Price: $34.00

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