November 2, 2012

8 Out of 10 American Kids’ Lives Expected To Be 17 Years Shorter Than Their Parents

by healthybydesignblog

Boo! This Is Frightening!!

When I heard this statistic, I only heard the first part, “8 out of 10 kids today will live shorter lives than their parents.” I thought that was shocking enough, in America? Today? But even so, I assumed maybe they meant by a shorter life span, they meant shorter by six months, maybe two to five years at the most. Then while listening to a recent Shaklee audio file from Jude Peskuski, the originator of Shaklee’s Project MAHMA (Mom’s At Home Making A Difference), I was informed for the first time that our kids’ life spans are expected to be 17 YEARS SHORTER THAN THEIR PARENTS. My jaw just dropped and I stared at my computer in disbelief. (If you would like a copy of that audio file, email me and I will forward it to you.)

Their Daily Diet Is Killing Our Kids Slowly, But Surely

I used the bucket of Halloween candy as a visual, because of the time of year, not because candy is the primary culprit. The culprit is their daily diet! Things like processed chicken patties and “nuggets”, sandwich meats, microwave and toaster oven meals. Processed meats, genetically modified (GMO) wheat and corn products, preservatives, food additives, food colorings, antibiotics, steroids, growth hormones, high fructose corn syrup, and the list goes on and on.

Many kids start their day with things like cereal or pop tarts, toaster pastries, etc. If it’s not labelled as non-GMO, then what you’re feeding them is genetically modified wheat or corn. Not to mention the food colorings, sugar, and preservatives. Food allergies are a main concern in everything from ADD/ADHD to bed wetting.

Everyday we put stuff in front of our kids that may look like food, but has little or no nutritional value. And our kids are overfed and overweight, but under-nourished. The closest some kids get to vegetables are french fries and tatertots with ketchup. I took a couple of my daughter’s friends to a restaurant once, and one of them had NEVER HAD A SALAD IN HER LIFE. Oh-my-Lord!

Starting Early Is Best! But It’s Never Too Late To Get Started!

It’s just too easy to start kids out with the pre-packaged, cutesy boxed kid food when they’re babies and toddlers. We’re too tired to cook after working all day! Busy working moms have a challenge in front of them. I’m a single working mom, so I know first hand. But if you start them out eating veggies, rather than crackers and Ramen noodles, they will learn to eat that way. If you didn’t get off to such a good start, your kids won’t be thrilled about it, but you can begin introducing new things into their diet, and start taking some things out. Start with soda. Get the stuff outta your house!!! It’s the number one contributor to obesity, contributes to a fertile environment for cancer growth, and weakens teeth and bones. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Diet sodas are EVEN WORSE! The artificial sweeteners in diet soda are carcinogenic! They can cause symptoms similar to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)! And as I am learning more all the time from friends who are hooked on them, they are extremely addicting.  When I was growing up, I thought the only people who drank water were the ones who couldn’t afford soda. Boy did I have a lot to learn!

Before my daughter’s diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which makes her pre-diabetic, I was tremendously overweight and figured I’d be that way the rest of my life. Skinny people made me sick. I thought I had just lost the skinny lottery, you know, and my poor kid, well she’d just inherited my bad genes. I have since learned that only between 10-20% of our health has to do with inherited traits, and that a whopping 60% is directly related to diet and lifestyle. Whoa! I had to take some responsibility for my daughter’s future health! Not only could our unhealthy lifestyle cause her to struggle with weight as I had most of my life, but she could end up with a long list of health problems if she were to ever develop full blown Type 2 diabetes. By the way, Type 2 Diabetes used to be called Adult Onset Diabetes, but they can’t call it that any longer, because so many of our kids who were not born  with Type 1, are getting Type 2 because of their diets. Most people born with Type 1 never reach the age of 50. I wonder if the increase of Type 2 diabetes is a big chunk of that shortened lifespan?

Also, with my daughter’s condition, her diet could impact whether she could have kids later in life or not. How I feed her today may determine whether I ever have any grandchildren! But even in general, scientists are learning more all the time that even what the grandparents have eaten can affect the health of their grandchildren. The drugs and pharmaceuticals that the grandparents took when they were younger, can impact the health and development of their grandchildren. You may say, “Well, I turned out alright!” But your children’s generation is different. Our food supply has never been so contaminated and tainted and processed. Fast food consumption has increased over 2000% since your childhood. Just think about it. How often did you get to go to McDonalds as a kid? How often do you take your kids today? If you’re like me, there’s a huge difference in how many hamburgers and chicken mcnuggets I consumed, and how many my daughter has. Less than 2% of people get the nutrients they need for basic good health today.

What Can We Do?

Buy food in it’s simplest, most unprocessed form. For example, don’t buy instant potatoes, buy a bag of potatoes and peel the darned things. Although, I don’t really recommend potatoes that much anyway. Buy frozen veggies instead of canned veggies. Make a pot of soup instead of buying canned soup. Want to make a turkey sandwich, buy a free-range turkey breast, bake it and slice it for sandwiches rather than buy processed turkey loaf. Avoid fast food as much as you can! My friend Lynn has a hamburger she bought over ten years ago from a fast food restaurant, and she just put it on a plate and left it out. The bugs haven’t eaten it. The mice haven’t eaten it. Mold and fungus won’t grow on it. You know why? Preservatives. Yep, that’s what we’re giving our kids.

One Step At A Time

You are not going to change every bad habit over night. I didn’t either. Start with adding one good thing and taking away one bad thing. One good thing I’d like to suggest to add, as a passionate Shaklee mom, is the Shaklee Incredivites and the Mighty Smarts. The Incredivites are a basic chewable children’s multi-vitamin, and the Might Smarts are Omega-3s in a citrus chew that kids love. However, I give my daughter the regular OmegaGuard, which is the adult Omega-3 fish oil capsules and the adult multi-vitamin Vita Lea. The OmegaGuard costs half what the Mighty Smarts cost and she gets a larger dose of the Omegas. It’s the same issue with the Vita Lea, she gets more for less, and due to her PCOS diagnosis, her endocrinologist wanted her to have more of the nutrients than the children’s vitamins contained. However, as a friend of mine was just telling me yesterday, some kids have trouble swallowing pills, so the kid friendly versions are a good choice.

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August 25, 2012

ADD/ADHD: What you don’t know may surprise you.

by healthybydesignblog

One of the most fascinating things I have learned since my involvement with Shaklee is in regards to this thing called ADD or ADHD. First of all, if you are a parent of a kid who has had this label put on them, let me tell you that this kid is most likely very bright, and highly intelligent. In fact, the analogy has been made to me, that their brains are like high performance race car engines. So what’s the problem then? Nutrition! When we feed these high performance engines sugary cereals and soda, processed meats, etc., it’s like putting gasoline that has water in it, in one of these race car engines. What will happen? Major behavioral problems.

So what does the medical community want to do, but put your kids on Ritalin. Most people, including me, thought that these drugs slowed kids down, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Ritalin is nothing but amphetamines, that’s right, it’s SPEED. I was so shocked. Why does it work? It works because that high powered engine of a mind, whose intellectual capacity is up there, has just had his physical capacity sped up by the amphetamine. So now, the physical and the intellectual are on the same plane, so to speak.

The good news, is that you can accomplish the exact same thing with nutrition. That means cutting out the junk, and putting in fruits and vegetables, and vitamin supplementation. In fact, one of the most common comments I get from new adult customers who begin taking the multi-vitamin is that they’ve never had so much energy. Now don’t freak out, if your kid is already a handful in regards to physical activity. Really and truly, it’s mental clarity as much as anything, more so than physical energy. When your mind is clear, it’s easier to get motivated, to get things done.

So what happens when you put “the good gas”, not the cheap gas, in the high performance engine? You win! Ditch the hot dogs, the chicken nuggets, the frozen food, and replace with fruits, vegetables and Shaklee Incredavites multi-vitamins for kids, and prepare to be amazed.

Now, do plan to give this a little bit of time. Don’t expect change to be over night, and don’t try to accomplish all these goals in a few days. You and your family have developed eating habits over a period of many years, and it will take some time not only to change your kid’s habits, but your own as well. Try limiting or cutting out soda first and encourage them to drink water. Are YOU drinking water? Step by step, one day at at a time, work towards your goal of healthier eating for your family.

By the way, nutrition has also been shown to help children with Austism as well! There is an amazing connection between your intestinal tract and your mind.

One frightening statistic regarding kids today, is that 1 out of 3 kids today WILL NOT LIVE AS LONG AS THEIR PARENTS!!!. This is talking about AMERICAN kids! It’s because of all these hot dogs and chicken nuggets – the preservatives in them, the steroids, antibiotics, and growth hormones that are in them, and the vitamins that are NOT in them. I know we’re all busier than ever, but your child’s health, quality of life, and even lifespan are greatly affected by what you serve them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I can hear it now. “My kids won’t eat vegetables!” Your kids will eat what they’re exposed to. You keep putting vegetables in front of them, and encourage them to try it each time, they will develop a taste for them. The best thing is to start small children out on healthy food from the very beginning. This is too important to wimp out on. Suck it up, put your “big girl panties on”, do whatever it takes to get real food, not just stuff that looks like food but has no nutrient content, in your kids!!! And don’t forget the Shaklee Incredivites, or Vita Lea Ocean Wonders multi-vitamins. That’s the EASY part! There’s your big red EASY BUTTON right there. Contact me and I’ll answer any questions you may have. Our kids deserve our best efforts!

June 29, 2012

Would You Knowingly Give Your Little Princess Lead?

by healthybydesignblog

If you give your kids a multi-vitamin, chances are it has lead in it. And maybe worse!

Fact is, even PRENATAL vitamins contain lead as well. The FDA did a study on lead in children’s and prenatal vitamins, and every single product they tested had lead in it. Now lead directly affects your IQ, so how much would you consider to be a safe level for your children? And lead is not the only substance you have to worry about either. Many supplements may also contain mercury, arsenic and even PCBs. The FDA sets safety standards, but because it does not regulate vitamin / food supplements, these companies are not really being held accountable. In fact, you could pull the same product off of various store shelves, and one might be within the FDA limitations for safe amounts of lead, while others have been found to be as much as 15X the recommended limit.

But really, if you had a choice, wouldn’t you rather there be no lead at all in your kid’s multi-vitamin?

That is another reason I give my daughter (pictured here) Shaklee vitamins. I trust them. Shaklee’s standards are higher than the FDA’s. Their foundation principle is, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Awesome, right? As with all their nutritional products, Shaklee tests the raw materials coming in for over 350 known contaminants. To my knowledge, NO OTHER COMPANY DOES THIS. Then before the final product goes out to consumers, they test it again, to make sure that the products were not contaminated in any way during the maufacturing process. Again, to my knowledge, NO OTHER COMPANY DOES THIS.

Why is this important?

Much of the raw materials to make vitamins come from countries like China, and they have very different laws about these things. In fact, in the height of Ginseng popularity a few years back, China had a very wet growing season. In order to control mold and mildew on the ginseng, they sprayed it with a fungicide that is outlawed in the US. Shaklee discovered the carcinogen during routine testing. So batch after batch, Shaklee turned every load of gingseng away for TWO YEARS! The same batches that Shaklee turned away, were sold to other companies who had no issues with selling products laden with carcinogens. Again, in the height of ginseng’s popularity, Shaklee did not have a ginseng product on the market at all. They chose integrity over profit. That’s why I love ’em!

But we were specifically speaking about lead, so here’s another example.

During the production of a particular supplement, the raw materials had been tested and everything was clean. When testing the final product before releasing it to be sold to the public, they found lead. Shaklee got down to business to track down how lead had gotten into the product. They went to the company who they had sub-contracted to take the raw materials from it’s “straight from the field” state, to a laboratory ready state, and meticulously went through every inch of the process, looked at their machinery, etc. What they found was that on one particular machine, the raw materials were literally being pummeled by these heavy round balls. As it turned out, the balls were made of lead, and it was contaminating otherwise pure raw materials. Shaklee had them replace those lead balls and production resumed. However, once again, none of the other companies who use the same facility would have gone through the trouble to test for lead, much less have gone through the expense to find out where the contamination had originated.

I hope you can better understand now why I’m such a fan of Shaklee, and so loyal to both their products and to the company itself. I trust their integrity.

Recommendations:

If you’d like to find out more about Shaklee’s children’s multi-vitamin, called Incredivites, see http://tammywoolard.myshaklee.com/us/en/products.php?sku=20002.

To remove lead from drinking water, learn more about Shaklee’s Get Clean Water Pitcher. It’s the only one certified that it removes lead from water. Brita and PUR are not.

June 27, 2012

Athlete’s Vitamins Caused Her To Be Banned From Olympics

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Olympic Athletes, as you know, do not take cheap supplements. So if she was at risk, how about you? Can you trust the company that manufactures yours?

Jessica Hardy is an American Olympic Swimmer, holding the world record in the 50m and 100m breaststroke. After joinging thd US Olympic Swim Team in 2008, she was not allowed to compete in the Olympics when an illegal substance was found in her system. A third party lab confirmed that the illegal substance “clenbuterol” was found in her vitamin supplements. She got her reputation back, but she missed the Olympics that year.

More Olympic Athletes
Trust Shaklee Quality

Athletes like Gary Hall, have a much different story to tell. A Type 1 diabetic, he had been told due to his health limitations, he would never be able to compete in the Olympics. BUT, he won a Gold in the 2004 Summer Olympics for the 50 meter freestyle. Gary was also 29 years old at the time, competing against much younger athletes.


Eli Bremer
is amazing. He fences, swims, rides horses, runs, and shoots. It’s hard to believe that this top-ranking pentathlete went from being an overweight kid with limited athletic ability to competing among the world’s best in the Beijing Games in 2008. For him, it’s about setting goals and having something to work toward.


Kent Bostick took up cycling in his mid 20s. More than 30 years later, he’s still pedaling strong. He placed first in the 2009 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championship, is a world-record holder, and received the 2009 Best All-Around Rider Award for the 55–59 age group. What’s it like to beat someone who’s almost half your age? “All right,” he says modestly. But for this 56-year-old, the focus isn’t so much about winning. “It’s about staying healthy and having a good workout,” he says. “Shaklee products help me achieve both.* Time Magazine includes Kent in an interesting article called  “More Than Athletes”.

To learn more about other Shaklee Athletes and Olympians, see http://athletes.shaklee.com/us/en/

To learn more about Shaklee vitamins, please visit my website: http://www.tammywoolard.myshaklee.com.

May 23, 2012

Cows & Chickens: You’re Eating Whatever They’ve Eaten

by healthybydesignblog

How are diseases like cancer actually encouraged by our modern diet?

I’m a country girl, and when I was little, my granddaddy had cows out in the pasture eating grass. Grass contains Omega 3s, which fight inflammation. Chickens, too, when allowed to do their own thing, will eat grass and bugs. That’s what is meant when you see the term “free range”.

Most of the meat we eat now, is not only full of antibiotics, chemicals, and growth hormones, which are bad for us, too – especially processed meat – but the meat (or egg) is now missing a natural balance between Omega 3s and Omega 6s. We are now eating meat with almost no Omega 3s, and very high in Omega 6. Omega 3s FIGHT inflammation, Omega 6s PROMOTE inflammation. Inflammation is the root of many diseases, particularly arthritis and cancer, etc.

After WWII, farming and agriculture methods changed and instead of cows and chickens being able to feed in lush green pastures, the demand for meat was so high, large farming organizations wanted to speed up the production. Pasture grass feeding was not a cheap way of doing things, as it takes a lot of grass to feed these large animals. The cows and chickens were moved indoors in most cases on a cement floor and fed corn. The animals grew bigger and faster as a result, and the natural balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 in our meat was never the same. (For more information on this, see the book mentioned below, Anti-cancer.)

Genetically Modified Foods (GMO)

Now, one final thing about this subject. Not only are the animals corn fed now rather than grass fed, the corn that they are being fed is genetically modified (GMO). This means that scientists have taken a plant DNA, and spliced it with DNA from BACTERIA, VIRUSES, AND ANIMALS. One result of this process, is that the bacteria in our gut becomes contaminated with this human-engineered stuff. See the plant DNA is combined with the DNA from Bacteria and Viruses, so that it will produce it’s own toxins to kill the bugs that are trying to eat it. An expert explained to us this weekend, that the bacteria in our gut splices genes, too, and we can literally begin to produce our own toxins as a result of consuming GMO foods. One of the world’s largest companies known for GMO foods was literally run out of Germany recently, and guess where they relocated? Raleigh, NC!

Guess what else is full of GMO corn, many of the cereals you and your kids are eating for breakfast. But that’s a topic for another day.

Recommendations Regarding This Topic:

  • My friends Barry and Bonnie Sadler raise grass fed beef at Sadler Farms Natural Beef. You can order it online.
  • Anti-cancer: A New Way Of Life. All of us have cancer cells in our bodies. But not all of us will develop cancer. This is a fascinating book. If you or someone you love has had a cancer diagnosis, this is a must read. Get empowered!
  • Omega3 Fish Oil is a powerful inflammation fighter, and Shaklee’s is the purest available to my knowledge