Urgent – H.R. 1599 Deny Americans the Right to Know – Labels

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This is the “Mother of All Monsanto Protection Acts” which represents an outright attack on consumers rights, and on state governments that have historically held the right to pass food labeling laws.  H.R. 1599 makes no sense—unless you are Monsanto or one of many giant food corporations. This bill does everything to protect corporations, and nothing to protect consumers or public health.

The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to pass H.R. 1599, a deceitful, anti-consumer, anti-Democracy bill, on Thursday, July 23.

Our last hope of stopping this bill is to flood Congress with phone calls today and tomorrow. We need the phones ringing off the hook in the offices of every single member of the House. Please dial 1-202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your U.S. Representative TODAY. If the line is busy you can look up your Representative’s phone number here. Once you’re connected, ask your Representative to vote NO on H.R. 1599.

When you call, be sure to explain that you are a constituent, and that you want your Representative to OPPOSE H.R. 1599 because the bill falsely claims to provide a “science-based labeling standard,” when what it really does is give corporations the permanent right to deceive consumers about the ingredients in their food.

You can also tell your Representative that the recent declaration by the World Health Organization that glyphosate, the herbicide used on nearly 90 percent of GMO crops, is a human carcinogen makes it all the more critical that consumers be able to avoid foods containing GMOs if they so choose—and that a government-run voluntary labeling program just doesn’t cut it.

Please dial 1-202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your U.S. Representative TODAY. If the line is busy you can look up your Representative’s phone number here. Once you’re connected, ask your Representative to vote NO on H.R. 1599.”

Please call your Representative TODAY. Thank you!

 

Charity & Fundraising Fraud Alert

FundraisingAll of us have seen commercials that  tell a sad story and then request us to help.  Nightly we see animals suffering or small children with no food.  Many if not all of us have received a telephone call on behalf of this charity or that.  This telephone fraud is successful maybe 6 percent of the time which is relatively low.

Why is this so important?  Charities on average receive approximately 40 percent of there donations in the last few weeks of the year.  Online charity scams have surpassed telephone scams.  In 2011 a report on charitable giving found that 90 percent of donors said a nonprofit’s performance was important to them, but only 30 percent actually researched charities.  With the information age here, your computer or tablet or smart phone can help you get the full story, there really is no excuse to let this form of fraud happen. 

Two organizations: the Wise Giving Alliance and Charity Navigator provide online information about charities, including whether they meet certain standards and how efficiently they spend their money.

Protect yourself from scams.  If a charity only gives 5% to victims obviously this may not be a charity that you want to support.  Be informed and it is probably wise give to charities with a proven track record.  It’s best to verify and it’s simple.  Enjoy the Holidays and the Season of Giving.

 

Do You Need A Health Coach?

If you haven’t heard the term “health coach” yet, it’s just a matter of time before you do.  You might be thinking, “what in the world is a health coach, and why would I need one?”

I’m glad you asked.  When’s the last time you made a goal for your health and stuck with it?   Chances are you’re like millions of other people who have good intentions but can’t quite seem to commit.  You’re busy with other more pressing things like an overloaded work schedule, managing a household, taking care of your kids – bringing them here, there and everywhere – and if there’s any time left over you might kick back and watch a little television to help you unwind before bed.  Then you get up the next day and do it all over again.  Sound familiar?

Our lives have been reduced to a state of constant crisis management, and it’s wreaking havoc on our health. Little nagging aches and pains, if left unattended, can and will turn into chronic, long-term problems.  Stress has a way of eroding the foundation of our health like an ocean battering the coastline – you can’t really see it, but you know it’s happening.  It’s insidious, residing at a low level hum that seems innocuous but in reality is a tsunami in the making.

How can a health coach help stop a perfect storm from brewing?  By guiding and supporting you to make better choices.  It’s a holistic approach to wellness that looks at all the different areas that make up your life: relationships, finances, career, education, food, physical activity, spirituality and home environment to name a few.  Sounds like a tall order, but it’s not.

When you hire a health coach, you’re investing in yourself.  What you’ll get is:

  • More energy that’s not artificially infused
  • dietary plan that fits your lifestyle
  • Sustainable weight loss
  • Control over cravings
  • More time for yourself
  • Peace of mind
  • A good night’s sleep

Most health coaches offer 3, 6, 9 or 12 month programs specifically tailored for you and your life.    This isn’t some flash in the pan diet.  It’s lifestyle management.  The cost, while not overly expensive, is out of pocket.  But it will be well worth it when you compare it to the new initiatives being implemented under Obamacare where poor health will not be rewarded.  And the good news is, it’s meant to last so you won’t be going back to the well over and over again like you do with a monthly prescription drug order.

What would you be willing to give up to have a life that felt manageable rather than out of control:  Your daily latte, lottery tickets, spending money on take out or afternoon trips to the vending machine?

And let’s take it step further.  What happens if you don’t hire a health coach?  Like everything else in this world, you’re going to wear out and eventually break down.  It’s going to cost you a lot more than money to fix your problem if you let it get that far.  You’ll be spending way too much time at the doctors  who will refer you to a variety of specialists where you’ll also spend a lot of time.  Information about your condition(s) will be confusing and often conflicting from one specialist to another.  Mentally and physically you’ll be exhausted.  And if that’s not enough, eventually pain and possibly suffering will become the norm.

How important is it to you to improve your health, reduce stress, increase your happiness, and take better care of yourself and your family?  Only you can answer that.  Think of hiring a health coach the same way you would purchase insurance for your car or your home.  Only it’s a lot more enjoyable.  Life is a long time.  Make the most of it.

If you’d like to learn more, contact us.  We’ve worked with hundreds of people just like you over the phone and face to face.  Our goal is to make your goals a reality rather than something that might have been.  Be well : )

Five Tips To Cleanse Your Life

It’s that time of year again where everywhere you look there’s a new cleanse or detox tempting you to clean up and clear out your system.  With so much conflicting information available, it’s difficult to decide which plan is right for you. 

The first thing to do is try something that resonates with you.  If you see something that gives you a tight feeling in your stomach or makes you a bit queasy, don’t do it.  No matter how good the latest guru says it is.  Tune in to your internal wisdom.  The term “gut feeling” isn’t just a cute saying.  Our guts provide validation for things that will and will not work for us.  And that applies to everything – not just food.

Now that you know you have an ally in the form of an internal GPS system, how do you go about choosing a detox?  Well for one thing, food isn’t the only option when it comes to cleaning up our bodies.  Good health starts when there’s balance in all the major areas of your life – nutrition, relationships, environment, finances and career. 

Here are 5 different types of detoxes to noodle over.  Pick one and try it.  If it works – great.  If not, try something else.

Wake-Up Drink. Drinking 1 to 2 cups of hot filtered or spring water with the juice of half a lemon upon rising is an ancient Ayurvedic practice.  You can also add two pinches of cayenne pepper if you like. The lemon stimulates your digestion and prepares your stomach for food.  Cayenne is known to enhance circulation and blood flow.  Both are known for detoxifying the liver.

Contrast Shower. Try your own at-home version of an old naturopathic hydrotherapy practice. When you take a hot shower, follow it by rinsing with cold water (60 seconds). The “contrast” stimulates circulation, your immune system and your ability to detox via your skin which is considered the biggest organ of your body in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The blast of cold water will tighten your pores, and you’ll feel invigorated and ready to start your day.  This method really wakes you up on a cold winter morning!  Try it for a week or two.

Fever Baths. Add one cup of Epsom salts to your evening bath to soothe, relax, and detoxify your body. Increase the benefits of the bath by drinking 2 to 3 cups of hot tea while soaking to work up a sweat. Try this recipe: Simmer fresh ginger slices in water, and add in one tablespoon of dried yarrow flowers (used as a powerful healing herb to treat inflammation). Steep for 15 minutes, strain, and drink. Yarrow and ginger have been shown to stimulate sweating, which helps the body release toxins.

Spend Time in Nature. Take a break from your routine of being inside your home, office, or car, and venture out to your favorite place in nature or a new place you have always wanted to go. Bring a journal with you and start listening to your body. Record what it’s telling you or write down all the things that come into your head that have been bothering you.  When you return home, tear the pages into tiny shreds and recycle.  You’ll feel instantly uplifted.  Surrounding yourself with nature and all its negative ions (which act positively on your mood) will help you de-stress and tap into  the inherent wisdom of your body.

Detox Your Surroundings. De-cluttering and organizing your environment can help clear up stagnant energy and free you physically and emotionally. Let go of the mounds of paper, clothes, shoes and household items that you no longer use. This creates space and helps welcome in new energy.  Try cleaning up one room at a time to keep from getting overwhelmed.  You’ll love how it feels to walk into a space that’s physically and energetically cleared of clutter.

Cleansing your body and your environment is not only good for your health, it’s good for your soul.  You’ll have peace of mind, sleep more soundly, be more productive and your mood will improve.  And more importantly, as each of us becomes an example of good health and healthy habits, we can inspire others to make healthy choices to improve their lives.  Be well. 

Kathleen Ogar, CHC, Dipl. ABT, C.Hom. 

For more information visit: http://www.infinitehealthwellness.com/

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