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I don’t like hand sanitizer. I see them everywhere. I see them at grocery stores. I see moms whipping them out of their handbags and rubbing their babies’ hands with them. Teachers hand them out to kids in the classroom. I hate it.
It’s one of those things no one ever needed until just recently. The human race has evolved for centuries, and all of a sudden we’re afraid of a little bacteria. Well, I’m not afraid of a little bacteria. Exposure to a little bit of bacteria here and there helps the immune system develop. I’m a lot more afraid of the chemicals in those hand sanitizers.
Have you seen the list of ingredients? Isopropanol, propylene glycol, and other variations of these petrochemical solvents. The root prop in the chemical name is a telltale sign that it’s derived from petroleum, carcinogenic and causes a whole slew of diseases. Terrifying. You wouldn’t wash your hands in gasoline, much less wash your baby’s hands with it, would you?
Triclosan, another one of those horrifying ingredients in hand sanitizers, even creates mutant germs that are resistant to hand sanitizers. Phthalates attacks male fertility and the immune system. Mutant germs, infertility and cancer, anyone?
An old-fashioned handwash with old-fashioned water is still the best way to keep hands clean. In cases when I’m out and about, and water is far away, I carry an HDPE Spray Bottle of Vodka Sanitizer.
I buy the biggest cheapest vodka I can find in the grocery store. If the cashier gives you a dirty look, just say you’re throwing a big party then invite her over. Fill an HDPE Spray Bottle with vodka and it’s ready to go with you in your handbag, or under the sink in the kitchen or bathroom.
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is the densest and most stable of all plastic materials. It will keep its chemical composition without reacting to its contents. That’s why milk jugs are made from this translucent milky plastic. The best water containers are made from HDPE.
I use Vodka Sanitizer to disinfect toilet seats, surfaces and hands. It is food grade alcohol, made from grain, so the human liver can process it better than a synthesized petrochemical.
I would still use it sparingly on hands, only when absolutely necessary. Keep it away from little children and alcoholic friends. Promise yourself to never ever use commercial hand sanitizers again.
I’ve been reading about toxic ingredients in cosmetics and body products since 1997 when I first read Dr. Hulda Clark‘s book, “The Cure For All Cancers.” Back then I was a toxic cocktail of body products, and it showed on my acne-ridden face. I was stuck on a vicious cycle of covering up my acne with toxic cosmetics, thus causing more breakouts to cover up. I had to go cold turkey, through herbal cleanses and zapping sessions, and endure the many months of my body detoxing from the abuse I had heaped upon it for years. It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t instant. It took at least a year, if I remember correctly. There were many times when I questioned what I was doing, and was tempted to fall back to my old habits. Whenever my courage flagged, I read more and more books about the subject matter. Natural Organic Hair and Skin Care by Aubrey Hampton comes to mind, in addition to other titles by Hulda Clark.
When my skin finally cleared, my mind cleared as well. I became well-versed in body product ingredients. I could quickly pick out ingredients to avoid: anything with the syllable prop in it, such as isopropyl alcohol and propylene glycol, sodium laurel sulfate, anything with the syllable benz in it, such as benzoyl peroxide. These big ones alone are difficult to avoid. It doesn’t matter if the bottle says “All Natural” or “Organic” on it. Almost every product on the store shelf has at least one of these chemicals in it. They are petroleum-derived and toxic. Do Not Want.
I became known among my family and friends as an all-natural girl. It’s tough when my mom proudly shows me a new body product she’s using with the words “All Natural” in big letters on the bottle, and then when I turn to read the label the first ingredient on it is propylene glycol. Why must I always be the bearer of bad news? Help me out here. Let’s all get educated on the ingredients of the products we rub on our selves and our children. Read those labels and learn to discern between a healthy product and a toxic one.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has made it easier for us by compiling a list of companies who are committed to producing only products that are safe and nontoxic. See if your favorite products made the list. Let your dollars vote on the products that are safe and nontoxic to us and the environment. You and your family are worth the effort.
The avocado is one of my favorite fruits. Avocado is packed with nutrients such as folate, potassium, vitamin E and lutein. When in season during the summer months, avocados are always on my weekly grocery list.
People seem to think of guacamole everytime an avocado is mentioned. It’s an easy recipe: mash a whole avocado, add a diced tomato, minced small onion, chopped cilantro, squeeze half a lime, salt, pepper and ground cumin. It’s a delicious dip for corn tortillas or served on the side of homemade enchilladas.
Avocado can be mashed and applied on the skin as a moisturizing mask. Many spas offer this treatment for facials, body rubs and foot massages. Before applying avocado on your face and body, test it first on a small patch on your arm to make sure you are not allergic.
First Solid Food for Baby
Avocado was the first choice as soon as my baby started craving solid food. It is easily gummed by my toothless tot, and there is hardly any preparation involved. Just cut the fruit in half, remove the pit and spoon it into baby’s eager mouth.
My eight-month old loves avocado so much, she can eat a half of it in one sitting. I keep the other half refrigerated in a resealable container, ready for the next time my baby wants some more. Remember that avocado turns dark if left out, so if you’re not sure whether your baby can finish a half of an avocado, scrape a smaller portion into a bowl and keep the rest refrigerated.
Egg and Avocado Sandwich
aka Green Egg Sandwich
1 hardboiled egg, diced
half an avocado, mashed
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste
Combine ingredients above and serve in between toasted bread for a nutritious and delicious lunch. This recipe makes one sandwich.
Planting the Avocado Seed
I immerse the flat half of the avocado seed in water, pointed end upwards, and set it on a sunny spot in the kitchen. I’ve made the mistake once of setting it outdoors and the squirrels ate it! Change the water every couple of days, and you may be surprised with some sprouts! When the sprouts are well formed, plant in potting soil with the tip of the seed peeking above the soil surface. Put the plant out on a sunny area, perhaps on a spot the squirrels can’t dig up. Keep the soil fairly moist and with good drainage.
Avocado Arts and Crafts
After you’ve mashed, eaten or applied the avocado on your skin, there is one more thing you can do. Turn your avocado skins into shrunken heads!
First scrub and wash the inside of the avocado skin until it is clean. Working on a chopping block with the inside of the avocado skin facing you, cut out a couple of eyes, a nose and a mouth. Keep it simple or get creative. Don’t expect it to look like much at first, because the avocado skin needs to dry in the sun for a few days before it shrivels and curls into the gnarly shape of a shrunken head.
If you eat as much avocado as my family does, you’ll have quite a collection of shrunken heads by the end of the summer… just in time for Halloween!
excerpt from The Cure For All Diseases
© 1995 by Hulda Regehr Clark, Ph.D. N.D.
“You can use just borax (like 20 Mule Team Borax TM) and washing soda (like Arm and Hammer Super Washing SodaTM for all types of cleaning including your body, laundry, dishes and your house! You don’t need all of those products you see in commercials for each special task!
Even if you have dry skin, difficult hair or some other unique requirement, just pure borax will satisfy these needs. A part of every skin problem is due to the toxic elements found in the soaps themselves. For instance aluminum is commonly added as a “skin moisturizer.” It does this by impregnating the skin and attracting water, giving the illusion of moist skin. In fact you simply have moist aluminum stuck in your skin which your immune system must remove. While borax won’t directly heal your skin or complexion, it does replace the agents that are causing damage, so that healing can occur.
Borax Liquid Soap
Funnel the borax into the jug, fill with cold tap water. Shake a few times. Let settle. In a few minutes you can pour off the clear part into dispenser bottles. This is the soap!
Easier way: use any bottle, pour borax powder to a depth of a 1/2 inch or so. Add water. Shake. When you have used it down to the undissolved granules, add more water and shake again. Add more borax when the undissolved granules get low.
Keep a dispenser by the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and shower. It does not contain aluminum as regular detergents and soaps do, and which probably contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. It does not contain PCBs as many commercial and health food varieties do. It does not contain cobalt (the blue or green granules) which causes heart disease and draws cancer parasites to the skin. Commercial detergents and non-soaps are simply not safe. Switch to homemade bar soap and borax for all your tasks! Borax inhibits the bacterial enzyme urease and is therefore antibacterial. It may even clear your skin of blemishes and stop your scalp from itching.
Borax (1/2 cup per load). It is the main ingredient of non-chlorine bleach and has excellent cleaning power without fading colors. Your regular laundry soap may contain PCBs, aluminum, cobalt and other chemicals. These get rubbed into your skin constantly as you wear your clothing. For bleaching (only do this occasionally) use original chlorine bleach (not “new improved” or “with special brighteners,” and so forth). Don’t use chlorine if there is an ill person in the house. For getting out stubborn dirt at collars, scrub with homemade
bar soap first; for stains, try grain alcohol, vinegar, baking
Borax liquid is ready to use as shampoo, too. It does not lather but goes right to work removing sweat and soil without stripping your color or natural oils. It inhibits scalp bacteria and stops flaking and itching. Hair gets squeaky clean so quick;ly (just a few squirts does it) that you might think nothing has happened! You will soon be accustomed to non-lathery soap. Rinse very thoroughly because you should leave your scalp slightly acidic. Take a pint container to the shower with you. Put 1/4 tsp. citric (not ascorbic) acid crystals in it. For long hair use a quart of rinse. Only citric acid is strong enough to get the borax out, lemon juice and vinegar are not. After shampooing, fill the container with water and rinse. Rinse your whole body, too, since citric acid is also anti-bacterial. All hair shampoo penetrates the eye lids and gets into the eyes although you do not feel it. It is important to use this natural rinse to neutralize the shampoo in your eyes. (Some people have stated that citric acid makes their hair curlier or reddens it. If this is undesirable, use only half as much citric acid.) Citric acid also conditions and gives body and sheen to hair.
I don’t have a recipe that holds your hair as well as the bottle of chemicals you can buy at the store. Remarkably a little lemon juice (not from a bottle) has some holding power and no odor! Buy a 1 cup spray bottle. Squeeze part of a lemon, letting only the clear juice run into bottle. Fill with water. Keep it in the refrigerator. Make it fresh every week. Spraying with just plain water is nearly as good! For shinier hair, drop a bit of lemon peel into the bottle.
A small plastic dishpan, about 10″ x 12″
A glass or enamel 2-quart saucepan
1 can of lye (sodium hydroxide), 12 ounces
3 pounds of lard (BHT and BHA are ok here)
- Pour 3 cups of very cold water (refrigerate water overnight first) into the 2-quart saucepan.
- Slowly and carefully add the lye, a little bit at a time, stirring it with a wooden or plastic utensil. (Use plastic gloves for this; test them for holes first.) Do not breathe the vapor or lean over the container or have children nearby. Above all use no metal. The mixture will get very hot. In olden days, a sassafras branch was used to stir. imparting a fragrance and insect deterrent for mosquitos, lice, fleas, ticks.
- Let cool at least one hour in a safe place. Meanwhile, the unwrapped lard should be warming up to room temperature in the plastic dishpan.
- Slowly and carefully, pour the lye solution into the dishpan with the lard. The lard will melt. Mix thoroughly, at least 15 minutes, until it looks like thick pudding.
- Let it set until the next morning; then cut it into bars. It will get harder after a few days. Then package.
If you wish to make soap based on olive oil, use about 48 ounces. It may need to harden for a week.
Make chips from your homemade soap cake. Add enough hot water to dissolve. Add citric acid to balance the pH (7 to 8). If you do not, this soap may be too harsh for your skin.
Make up a 5 to 10% solution of food grade alcohol. Food grade alcohols are grain (ethyl) alcohol or vodka. Find a suitable dispenser bottle. Mark it with a pen at about one tenth of the way up from the bottom. Pour 95% grain alcohol (190 proof) to this mark (for the 50% grain alcohol or vodka make your mark one fifth of the way up). Add water to the top. Keep shut. You may add a chip of lemon peel for fragrance.
Use this for general sanitizing purposes: bathroom fixtures, knobs, handles, canes, walkers, and for personal cleanliness (but use chlorine bleach for the toilet bowl once a week). Always clean up after a bowel movement with wet toilet paper. This is not clean enough, though. Follow with a stronger damp paper towel. This is still not clean enough; use a final damp paper towel with skin sanitizer added. After washing hands, sanitize them too, pouring a bit on one palm and put finger tips of the other hand in it, scratch to get under nails, repeat on other hand. Rinse with water.
Do not use this recipe, nor keep any bottles of alcohol
in the house of a recovering alcoholic.
Your sweat is odorless. It is the entrenched bacteria feeding on it that makes smells. You can never completely rid yourself of these bacteria, although they may temporarily be gone after zapping. The stratagy is to control their numbers. Here are several deodorants to try. Find one that works best for you:
Vitamin C water. Mix 1/4 tsp. to a pint of water and dab it on. Then dab on cornstarch.
Citric acid water. Mix 1/4 tsp. to a pint of water and dab it on. Then dab on cornstarch.
Only a few drops of these acids under each armpit are necessary. If these acids burn the skin, dilute them more. Never apply anything to skin that has just been shaved!
Corn starch. Many people need only this. Dab it on.
Use only unpolluted cornstarch.
Baking soda has been deleted as a deodorant because benzene was found in some boxes.
Lemon juice. This acid is not as strong, use what you need.
Pure alcohol (never rubbing alcohol). The food grade alcohols are grain alcohol and vodka. Dab a bit under each arm and/or on your shirt or blouse, then dab on cornstarch. If the alcohol burns, dilute it with water. Be very careful not to leave the bottle where a child or alcoholic person could find it. Pour it into a different bottle!
Pure zinc oxide. You may ask your pharmacist to order this for you. She or he may wish to make it up for you too, but do not let them add anything else to it. It should be about 1 part zinc oxide powder to 3 parts water. It does not dissolve. Just shake it up to use it. After you get it home, you can add cornstarch to it to give it a creamy texture. Heat 3 tsp. cornstarch in 1 cup of water, to boiling, until dissolved and clear. Cool and add some to the zinc oxide mixture (about equal parts). Store unused starch mixture in the refrigerator. Only make up enough for a month.
Alcohol and zinc oxide. This is the most powerful deodorant. Apply alcohol first, then the zinc oxide, then dab on cornstarch.
Remember that you need to sweat! Sweating excretes toxic substances, especially from the upper body. Don’t use deodorant on weekends. Go to the sink and wipe clean the armpits like our grandparents did. Often, just plain cornstarch is enough! These homemade deodorants are not as powerful as the commercial varieties – this is to your advantage.
Buy a new toothbrush. Your old one is soaked with toxins from your old toothpaste. Use only water or chemically pure baking soda if you have any metal fillings. Put a pinch in a glass, add water to dissolve it. Use food-grade hydrogen peroxide if you have only plastic fillings. Dilute it from 35% to 17 1/2 % by adding water (equal parts). Store hydrogen peroxide only in polyethylene or the original plastic bottle. Use 4 or 5 drops on your toothbrush. It should fizz nicely as oxygen is produced in your mouth. Your teeth will whiten noticeably in 6 months. Before brushing teeth, floss with 4 or 2 pound monofilament fish line. Double it and twist for extra strength. Rinse before use. Floss and brush only once a day. If this leaves you uncomfortable, brush the extra times with plain water and a second “water-only” toothbrush. Make sure that nothing solid, like powder, is on your toothbrush; it will scour the enamel and give you sensitive teeth, especially as you get older and the enamel softens. Salt is corrosive – don’t use it for brushing metal teeth. Plain water is just as good.
A few drops of food-grade hydrogen peroxide added to a little water in a glass should be enough to make your mouth foam and cleanse. Don’t use hydrogen peroxide, though, if you have metal fillings, because they react. Don’t use regular drug store variety hydrogen peroxide because it contains toxic additives. Health food store varieties contain solvents from the bottling process. Never purchase hydrogen peroxide in a bottle with a metal cap.
For persons with metal tooth fillings, use chemically pure baking soda or just plain hot water. A healthy mouth has no odor! You shouldn’t need a mouthwash! If you have breath odor, search for a hidden tooth infection or cavitation.
Contact Lens Solution
A scant cup of cold tap water brought to a boil in a glass saucepan. After adding 1/4 tsp. aluminum-free salt and boiling again, pour into a sterile canning jar. Refrigerate. Freeze some of it.
For dry burning lips. Heat 1 level tsp. sodium alginate plus 1 cup water until dissolved. After cooling, pour it into a small bottle to carry in your purse or pocket (refrigerate the remainder). Dab it on whenever needed. If the consistency isn’t right for you, add water and boil it down further. You can make a better lip soother by adding lysine from a crushed tablet, vitamin C powder, and a vitamin E capsule to the alginate mix. If you have a persistent problem with chapped lips, try going off citrus juice.
Use a mixture of cornstarch and zinc oxide poured into a salt shaker with a lid. Add long rice grains to fight humidity. You may also try arrow root or potato starch. If you don’t have zinc oxide use plain cornstarch.
Skin Healer Moisturizer Lotion
1 tsp. sodium alginate
1 cup water
Make the base first by heating these together in a covered, non-metal pan until completely dissolved. Use low heat – it will take over an hour. Use a wooden spoon handle to stir. Set aside. Then make the following mixture.
1/4 tsp. vitamin
C (ascorbic acid) (You may crush tablets)
1/4 tsp. lysine (crush tablets)
2 tbs. pure vegetable glycerin
2 vitamin E capsules (400 units or more,)
1 tsp. apricot kernel oil (olive oil will do)
1 tbs. lemon juice from a lemon or 1/4 tsp. citric acid (this is optional)
1 cup water
Heat the water to steaming in a non-metal pan. Add vitamin C and lysine first and then everything else. Pour into a pint jar and shake to mix. Then add the sodium alginate base to the desired thickness (about equal amounts) and shake. Pour some into a small bottle to use as a lip soother. Pour some into a larger bottle to dispense on skin. Store remainder in refrigerator.
Other Skin Healers
Vitamin C powder (ascorbic acid, not the same as citric acid). Put a large pinch into the palm of your hand. With your other hand pick up a few drops of water from the faucet. Rub hands together until all the powder is dissolved and dispense. It may sting briefly. Do this at bedtime, especially for cracked , chapped hands. Include lips if you need it.
Vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil from Now Foods was not polluted at the time of this writing, but for the future it would be safer to rely on capsules. Snip open a capsule and rub into skin.
50% Glycerin. Dilute 100% vegetable glycerin with an equal amount of water. This is useful as an after-shave lotion.
Vitamin C liquid. Mix 1/4 tsp. vitamin C powder in one pint water (crushed tablets will do). This is useful as an after shave lotion and general skin treatment.
Apricot Kernel Oil. This is a very light oil, useful as an after-shave lotion and general skin treatment.
Cornstarch. Use on rashes, fungus, moist or irritated areas and to prevent chafe.
Combining several ones of these makes them more effective.
Dry skin has several causes: too much water contact, too much soap contact (switch to borax), low body temperature, not enough fat in the diet, or parasites.
Use olive oil. It comes in very light to heavy textures. Pick the right one for your purpose. Alginate mixtures can be used instead of, or added to, oil. Starch solutions are good, too.
Purchase PABA in 500 mg tablet form. Dissolve 1 tablet in grain alcohol or vodka. Grind the tablet first by putting it in a plastic bag and rolling over it with a glass jar. It will not completely dissolve even if you use a tablespoon of the alcohol. Pour the whole mixture into a 4 ounce bottle of homemade skin softener. Be careful not to get the lotion into your eyes when applying it. A better solution is to wear a hat or stay out of the sun. Remember to take PABA as a supplement, too (500 mg, one a day).
(When the inside of the nose is dry, cracked and bleeding.)
Pour 1/2 tsp. pure vegetable glycerin into a bottle cap. Add 1/2 tsp. of water.
Applicator: use a plastic coffee stirrer or straw; cut a slit in the end to catch some cotton wool salvaged from a vitamin bottle and twist (cotton swabs, cotton balls and wooden toothpicks are sterilized with mercury which in turn is polluted with thalium). Dip it into the glycerin mixture and apply inside the nose with a rotating motion. Do each nostril with a new applicator.
Quick Corn Starch Skin Softener
4 tsp. corn starch
1 cup water
Boil starch and water until clear, about one minute.
Cornstarch Skin Softener
1 tsp. lysine powder or 8 tablets, 500 mg each
1 tsp. vitamin C powder (ascorbic acid) or 8 tablets, 500 mg each
3 tsp. cornstarch
vitamin E, 1 capsule 400 mg
1/4 tsp. apricot kernel oil (optional)
1 cup water
Boil starch and water until clear, about one minute. Add other ingredients and stir until dissolved. Cool. Pour into dispenser bottles. Keep refrigerated when not in use. apply after washing dishes and after showering.
Vitamin C. 1/4 tsp. vitamin C powder dissolved in 1 pint of water
Apricot Kernel Oil.
Vegetable glycerin. Equal parts glycerin and water or to suit your need.
Cut paper towels in quarters and stack in a closable plastic box. Run tap water over them, drain the excess. Add 1 tsp. grain alcohol and/or borax liquid on top. Close. Put a dab of the Quick Cornstarch Softener recipe on top of each wipe as you use it.
1/4 tsp. powdered lysine (you may crush tablets)
1/4 tsp. Vitamin C powder (you may crush tablets)
1/4 cup vegetable glycerin
1 cup water
Prepare wipes by cutting paper towels in quarters. Use white, unfragranced towels that are strong enough to hold up for this use. Fold each piece in quarters again and stack in a plastic zippered baggy. Pour the fluid mixture over the stack and zip. Store a bag full in the freezer to take on car trips. If you want to keep them a month or more, add 1 tbs. grain alcohol or vodka to this recipe.
For bathroom use, dampen a roll of paper towels under the cold tap first. Then pour about 1/4 cup of the mixture over the towel roll around the middle. Store in plastic shopping bag or stand in plastic waste basket.”