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ZZZZZZZ What's the BUZZ about the BEES? ZZZZZZZ

The other day Mamma was talking with some beekeepers about local honey production for a new product based with honey.  After discussing the benefits of local raw honey vs. mass produced honey,  the conversation changed to how the beekeepers were concerned with the dwindling bee population .

For years the population of bees has been declining. There have been many theories for habitat loss including forestry practices, cell phone frequencies and pesticides.  How do you know? Can it be a combination of many things ?  Sometimes it's hard to know.   One theory is the overuse of a toxic chemical by the name of Glyphosate.  Here is a current study to ponder, http://www.glyphosate.news/2016-06-27-study-shows-honeybees-are-starving-because-of-roundup.html.  The concern in the study shows that the glyphosate in RoundUp affected the ability of the bees to track and find food as well as Colony Disorder, which inhibits the bees memory to return to the hive.  When bees are unable to return to the hive they die. 
So, what can you do?  How can you stay informed?   Mamma likes an  informative  website that can show you pesticides detected in hives  and colony loss results by state. The link is    https://beeinformed.org/

Remember it's always smart to be your own best advocate and to do your homework!  Mamma wants you to feel good!


 

Should we "pick on" alcohol?

Mamma was helping her friend who had a child with a terrible skin rash.   The child was itching terribly and the mother was at her wits end.  She was buying lotions and scrubs to help with the continuous irritation.   Possibly thinking there was an exczema problem? ~  I suggested  testing the diet and also what was coming in contact with the child's skin.  After alot of trial and error it became apparent that the child was using a topical skin lotion that contained alcohol.  
For the sake of argument, there are different types of alcohol in skincare products.  There is the cetyl, cetearyl and behenyl alcohol . These are the more fatty alcohols which moisturize the skin.  The alcohol that irritated my friends' child was ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL.   Isopropyl alcohol is very drying to skin.  It actually abrades the skin and creates a pathway to the body.  My friends' child was having a reaction to a drying product in their skincare lotion, isopropyl alcohol.  
Should you use isopropyl alcohol?  If your doctor or holistic practitioner prescribes it , then by all means use it.  If it's an over the counter product such as lotion or some other topical cream, maybe think about it.  Skin has a ph of 6 and isopropyl alcohol exceeds this.  Perhaps this is why isopropyl alcohol is used to swab skin prior to healthcare shots.  Click the link below to read more about the different types of alcohol.  Remember , Mamma's products are alcohol -free.  Mamma wants you to feel good! 

https://intothegloss.com/2015/04/is-alcohol-in-skin-care-bad/

Paraben 'Sh-meraben!!???

Today as Mamma was doing a demo at a store, she was chatting with a woman who had developed a very sever reaction to a paraben that was in a topical product she had used on her skin.  Her reaction had been so bad that she had been hospitalized.   It took many weeks for her to clear up the reaction to the paraben.  The woman was shopping for all products that were "paraben-free".  
As many of you know, a paraben is a preservative that is used in many different products that we buy.  Its purpose is  to inhibit the growth of bacteria.  The most common parabens used are methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben.   It is common to have problem skin reactions to parabens ,preservatives, synthetic fragrance or a combination of these.   Remember to check your labels and remember that the highest concentration of anything in any product  is within the first few items in the  ingredients listing.  Click the link below to read more about parabens:  

**Remember Mamma's products are paraben-free, synthetic fragrance-free and alcohol-free!  Mamma wants you to feel good! **

http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductsIngredients/Ingredients/ucm128042.htm#What_are_parabens

Earthbound or GMO-bound?

Mamma follows Dr. Janet Starr Hull, PhD,CN.  Her website www.sweetpoison.com helped me some years ago to detox from Aspartame, using a clay from "French Clay For All".    She is very knowledgeable and has shared some views from www.eatlocalgrown.com, on the Earthbound  Organics sale to WhiteWave.  Click the link below to read about the sale:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/09/us-whitewavefoods-acquisition-idUSBRE9B80DQ20131209
If you are concerned, read the eatlocalgrown.com article.  It is very thought provoking.  Click the link below to read the article:
http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/12448-largest-organic-producer-in-u-s-earthbound-farms-bought-by-company-with-strong-ties-to-pro-gmo-dean-foods.html?c=tca
What do you think?  Let me know your thoughts!   Talk to Mamma~ and remember " Mamma wants you to feel good!"


Lighten Your Toxic Load!

Mamma was shopping at her neighborhood grocery store the other day for some new shampoo.  Since I have always been sensitive to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) , I was concerned that there were no shampoos available without this ingredient.  

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a surfactant, emulsifier and solvent used in many cosmetics and personal skin care products.  It can be very irritating to many people.  In fact, it's considered a standard comparison substance for measuring skin irritancy of other ingredients.   Many studies have been done to correlate SLS to cancer, and have been inconclusive.  Does SLS mainly cause skin irritation or something much worse?  Is it even needed in personal care products?   Click the link below to view what Dr. Mercola says about Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.   

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/07/13/sodium-lauryl-sulfate.aspx  

Remember that Mamma's products are SLS free!  Mamma wants you to feel good!

Pesticide Drift

Mamma was watching her favorite show , Dr. Oz, yesterday.  Dr. Oz had a segment regarding new pesticides and pesticide "drift".  As many of us know, GMO's such as corn and soybeans, are engineered to resist many of the pesticides used during most farming practices.  Dr. Oz outlined the new pesticides farmers are using and discusses the "drift range" of pesticides and how that can be harmful.  
Click the link below to watch the segment~~ 

http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/new-gmo-pesticide-doctors-are-warning-against

Mamma wants you to feel good!!

One Product, Many Uses!

Mamma was talking to a customer at a store promotion the other day and she shared how much she enjoys Mamma's Aloe Jelly Jiggle.

She is a mother, and likes the light moisturizing effect of Aloe Jelly during the summer.  She explained that her daughter was away at summer camp, and got a sunburn.  The camp counselors used their sunburn care product on her, but it burned because it had alcohol in it.  Luckily, it was Parent Night that night, so she brought along her Aloe Jelly Jiggle.  She said that her daughter noticed a big difference when it was applied, no burning and a nice cooling sensation.  She left the jar at camp with her daughter.  Happy ending!

Mamma loves the versatility of Aloe Jelly Jiggle ~ not only as a moisturizer and sunburn reliever, it is great for shaving and Mamma's children love to use it for mosquito bites to relieve the itch.  

Mamma invites you to try her line of high quality, more natural skin care products.  As always, they are alcohol free, paraben free, synthetic fragrance free, and sodium lauryl sulfate free, because Mamma wants you to feel good!




For those living in the Kansas City area, Mamma's products can be purchased here or order online here.




(This is a picture of a display of Mamma's skin care products available at the Overland Park HyVee store at 95th and Antioch in Overland Park, KS)

Parabens in body care products

Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in body care products.  A preservative is used in many instances when a product has water as an ingredient.  When there is water in a product there is a higher chance for bacteria to breed.  Parabens are typically inexpensive and were a replacement for formaldehyde years ago.  Parabens are long words and hard to pronounce, such as ethylparaben and methylparaben. 
So what are you to do when buying your body care products?  Remember to ALWAYS READ THE LABEL!!  There have been studies with some correlating evidence to indicate that parabens cause cancer.   Remember to always do your homework about the products you put on your body.  The skin is the largest organ and can absorb a great deal.  Remember Mamma's products are paraben free! And Mamma wants you to feel good!  Click the link below to read more about parabens from Best Health Magazine.
http://www.besthealthmag.ca/look-great/beauty/parabens-what-are-they-and-are-they-really-that-bad 

Can you identify genetically modified produce?

Mamma was shopping at her favorite grocery store the other day and was asked by a young mother about how to identify genetically modified produce.  It can be confusing at times to know exactly what you are buying.  

Produce is labeled in grocery stores  with 4 digit (PLU's) or Price Lookup Codes.  Supposedly conventionally grown produce is 4 digit, genetically modified produce is pre-fixed with an 8, and organically grown produce pre-fixed with a 9.  So if a banana  has a PLU label of 3444 for conventionally grown, that same genetically modified banana would be labeled 83444 and for an organically grown banana the PLU would be 93444. 

While this is a widely held belief for PLU labeling, not all grocers have adhered to this labeling method.  Some do and some do not.  So what is a consumer to do?  A better indicator to shop by is a certified organic label .  If something is certified organic it would exclude genetically engineered foods.  

Check out the article below from Organic Authority.  Mamma wants you to feel good!
http://www.organicauthority.com/foodie-buzz/plu-codes-and-genetically-modified-engineered-foods.html

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