Healthy Kids -Keeping Kids Kicking When It’s Cold

It takes a lot to keep kids kicking when it’s cold outside.

This time of year is tough on kids, parents, teachers, grandparents, doctors, everybody!

This is the time of year when little ones seem to have chronically runny noses, earaches, and lingering coughs. No matter what medicine the doctor prescribes, it seems there is always “something.”

Unfortunately, the “something” tends to go through the entire household not just once, but two or three times, right?

It may be a runny nose and stubborn postnasal drip that starts with “allergies” and just does not stop. Then there’s the sinus infection that turns into an earache.

Then along comes a “stomach bug” with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It usually is only a matter of hours before all of the sheets, pillowcases, towels, and washclothes all have to be washed, because they have had to be changed out so many times.

By the time the last one standing is struck down, the first one has begun to recover a bit…we hope!

By the time the entire family is eating normally again, someone has a headache, someone else has a backache from shoveling snow, and now there’s a sprained ankle from slipping and falling on the ice, right?

Does this sound familiar to you?

Do you wonder if there is anything you can do differently to try to keep your little ones well?

There may be.

Read on.

It all starts with how healthy their nutrition was before they were even born.

The most important two years in the life of a child that will determine the child’s long-term health are the two years prior to birth.  This is based on the life-style, habits, nutrition, and health of BOTH parents.

The next most important two years are the first two years of life after birth.

Wow!  Who knew?

Let’s talk about why that is.

When a baby girl develops  in the uterus and is born at full term, she already has all the eggs existing in her ovaries that she will ever have…which is a bit mind-boggling to me.  That means that when my daughter was born, my nutrition during my pregnancy was already having an effect on the health of my grandchildren!!!

Amazing, isn’t it?

The health of the egg and the sperm at the time of conception is crucial to starting the baby out healthy. If there are things in the bloodstream of the father that could have a deleterious effect on the developing sperm, that effect may also have a bad outcome for baby…and men make sperm throughout life after puberty.

Anything the creates a hostile environment in the mother’s uterus or either parent’s bloodstream can also contribute to a less than stellar outcome.

Okay. That sounds impressive, but what are we really referring to?

The list is pretty long…and probably not all inclusive.  Here goes:

  • smoking cigarettes, cigars, “wacky tobacky”
  • chewing tobacco
  • medicines- both over-the-counter and prescription (Ever heard of the thalidomide babies?)
  • drugs – recreational, street drugs, all/any of them
  • caffeine (that includes all forms, not just coffee. i.e. chocolate, energy drinks, colas, most teas, etc.)
  • artificial flavors
  • artificial sweeteners
  • food coloring
  • elevated body temperature at the wrong time and/or for too long, i.e. hot tub or sauna use or fever
  • viruses (Most kinds will cross the placental membrane. Some that cause the mother little or no symptoms can have very severe effects on the developing baby, i. e. cytomegalovirus, rubella, herpes.)
  • vitamin deficiencies (Folic acid deficiency is widely recognized as the cause of spinal cord deformities.)
  • lack of adequate nutrition has been found to cause profound developmental delays both physically and mentally.  The studies on thees effects coming out of war-torn countries and concentration camps were overwhelmingly sad.
  • water contaminants (including chlorine and fluoride – which are known poisons — as well as organic contaminants and other waste that seeps into the water supply)
  • stress experienced by the expectant mother (good or bad stress)
  • teratogenic substances that reach the mother’s bloodstream and cross the placental membrane (toxic fumes [gasoline, household cleaners, chlorine], products applied to the skin that are absorbed by the skin and into the blood [i.e. make up, face and body cream, deodorant, perfume/cologne, laundry products, etc.]
  • emotions that the mother feels during pregnancy can also have either positive or negative effects on the developing baby, too.

It pretty much boils down to every thing in the lives of the parents prior to the birth of baby has the potential to effect the baby either positively or negatively!

With all that to consider, is there any way a parent can make up for all that may have not been perfect before birth — after the baby is born?

Good News!  There are some things a parent can do to try to offset some of the negative influences that may have occurred prior to birth.

Excellent nutrition in the form of breastfeeding is an excellent choice for most babies and their parents.  The nutrition found in mother’s milk generally is best suited to the nutritional needs of her newborn baby.  For the first six months of life, baby will likely thrive on breastmilk alone…as long as the mother eats an excellent diet!  There may still be a couple of nutrients that baby would benefit from obtaining through supplements, i.e. iron and vitamin D.

Once baby is old enough to begin eating food, food choices need to include a variety of vegetables introduced one at a time to make detecting any allergies or sensitivities easier. Next come fruits, then pureed meats, and finally fish. After the baby turns 12 months or later, some parents will introduce dairy products.  However, the later the better for most dairy products.  It may be better to use soy milk or other milk substitute if there is any hint of milk allergy in your child.

You may notice that I did not list any grains or desserts.  I did that on purpose.

In most diets, there are way too many grain-based foods and most are extensively processed.  Think of typical toddler snack foods. Crackers and cookies pop to the top of my list. How about yours?  Is there any nutritional value to either crackers or cookies?  Not much….mostly empty calories.  Cheerios and other cereals that make for finger food as well as entertainment….the most redeeming thing about those are the sanity break it give the caregiver while fixing the real food to feed the little one, right?

What about rice cereal and oatmeal and cream of wheat?  Highly processed…all three.  There are better options.

When both parents work and baby is in daycare, how can we keep baby healthy?  Baby has to eat what day care gives him, right?

That is usually the case.

So what’s a parent to do to try to keep baby healthy?

What about school age kids who come home sick with the latest virus going around that classroom?  Is there any hope of stopping that?

The best a parent can do in either case is to keep the baby as healthy as possible by filling in the nutritional gaps with awesome quality nutritional supplements and boosting the immune system to help your little one fight off any stray virus that may try to move in and set up housekeeping.

Now, as a parent, you want your baby to have the best, right?

You don’t want to waste your hard-earned money on supplements that just pass through the gut without delivering the vitamins and minerals to the bloodstream where they can travel to the areas of the body that need them, do you?

Keep in mind that all vitamins are not created equal.

I very distinctly recall the day that I found this out.

I was sitting in my childbirth class and the instructor was talking about nutrition.  She asked the mothers-to-be in the class to raise their hand if they were taking a prenatal vitamin recommended by their doctor/midwife.  Every woman in the room raised her hand.

The instructor then asked, ” where do the raw materials for those vitamins come from?”

The room was silent until I finally ventured a guess, “from food?”

I almost dropped my jaw onto my rapidly expanding belly when I heard the following explanation.

Most commercial vitamins — the ones you would recognize the brand names of — the ones you see on television — are made from petroleum.

It goes something like this…when the barrels of crude oil are processed, the oil apparently separates into layers.  The lightest layer floats to the top and is siphoned off to make gasoline for your car.  There are couple of other layers siphoned off to make other petroleum products.  Finally there is a thick, gooey tar-like substance in the bottom of the barrel called “coal tar”.  It is from the coal tar the synthetic vitamins are manufactured.

“Even prenatal vitamins?” I asked incredulously.

Yes. even prenatals.  On top of that, when I checked the ingredient list of my prenatals and really looked at them, I realized that the hot pink color on the outside was artificial color.  Then it hit me! Hot pink does not occur much in nature.

That’s the night I flushed the rest of my prenatals down the toilet!

I knew my diet was not perfect, but at least I wasn’t putting artificial colors into my unborn baby!

It was then that I went looking for food supplements made from food.

Novel concept, I know!

Back then there was no internet.  There was the library.  And friends.  And friends of friends.

After some digging, asking questions of friends, and debating the whole thing with my husband, we (actually he) discovered Shaklee vitamins.  They were made from whole foods picked at the peak of ripeness.  Then, using a room temperature process, the water and fiber was extracted.  The remaining nutrients (vitamins and minerals and enzymes) were then formed into easy to swallow capsules for adults and chewables for children.  They even had a liquid version for people who can’t/won’t swallow pills.

Thus, began my educational journey into the world of nutrition.

I will be sharing more about this journey in future webinars and blog posts.

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Living Healthy – Online!

Living Healthy in Today’s World is getting tougher and tougher.

Living healthy online is just as important as it is in the real world.

Many of us grew up long before computers were part of everyday life.  Our idea of high tech was that new color television that we only had the opportunity to watch at our grandmother’s house. And no one had more than one television in their home!

Why, that was just a silly thought.  Who would even imagine such a thing?

Thing have changed immensely.

Now, our young people can hardly carry on a conversation in person. They prefer to text each other rather than to talk face to face…even when they are sitting at the same table in a restaurant or cafeteria at school.

We so seldom get “real mail” that is not a bill or an advertisement that when it does arrive on our birthday, it is worthy of a huge “thank you” to the sender.  Probably appreciated as much as any other “real” gift.

The things that we used to take for granted about what and who and where was safe are being shattered left and right.  For example, let’s look at a few of the events in the news recently.

1.  Churches have been considered sacred and safe for centuries. During many wars, the churches were spared the ravages of war, because both sides of the war agreed that they were off limits.  This week, in the news, an absolutly awful event happened after the perpetrator had spent about an hour in Bible study inside a church with his eventual nine victims.  This event has shaken the very foundation of the idea of what is “safe” in our world any more.

2. The red cross has been the symbol of hospitals for many decades, if not centuries.  In wartime, the red cross on the top of a tent (or on the side of a vehicle) meant that there were wounded and health care providers there and that it was not a fair target. Of course, more than once, the enemy has decided to take advantage of that to demoralize the troops on the other side by attacking the weak and wounded at their most vulnerable.  After all, if there is no one available to patch you up and give you morphine, how willing will you be to take the risks inherent in an encounter with the enemy, right?

I am a Registered Nurse and have worked in health care for about four decades.  It was very sobering — after all that time — to have to read and sign that I had read it — a policy and procedure for what to do in case a gunman should happen into my work place.  While it had occurred to me that perhaps someone might come looking for the drugs I had access to while at work, I never really considered all the other dangers that lurked — just waiting for the moment to present themselves.

When I was in the US Army Nurse Corps, we did train to be ready to carry weapons if we were in a field hospital and needed to defend our patients.  However, it never occurred to me that the same situation might ever arise when not on the battle field.  Maybe I should start wearing a flak jacket to work, eh?

3.  Then comes the topic of today’s post, online safety. As we have become more and more used to “being connected” via the internet, the wireless/mobile phone network, instant messaging, face time, Skype, email, Facebook, Instagram, etc. we must become more diligent in keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe and secure.

For starters, are you aware that for each photo that you post to Instagram, the date, time, and location that the photo was taken can be retrieved online by anyone who happens to know where to look?  (It really is not that hard!)  So when you take those pics of your adorable children and post them online for all the world to see, what information are you giving to the pediphile that lives just outside the legal distance from a school, nursey school, or childcare center and happens to live two doors down and across the back yard from you?  When you post the departure pics of your trip or your departure or arrival at your destination when you leave on a vacation or business trip, what info have you just supplied to that burglar that was planning his/her next hit?

What about that young pre/teen who spends so much time alone in his/her room talking to friends online?  How are those conversations going anyway?  Are these friendly conversations about school and making plans to go the mall after school?  Or is there harsh teasing that turns into harassment?  That eventually leads to depression, anger, and suicide/homocide?

Perhaps you think that I am being overly dramatic.  Or an alarmist. Or a “glass half empty” kind of person.

However, if you think back over the last several years, we have witnessed — if not in person, at least via the news media — the senseless killing of students and teachers in elementary and high school — by fellow or former classmates/students who had been harassed by other students and/or authority figures in their lives.  Schools were once considered a place to learn and to make lifelong friends.  Now they are simply a place to survive.  If you happen to learn something, all the better.  But getting out alive at the end of each day is considered success in more schools than we would care to admit.

When you are online — or teaching your children, parents, grandparents to navigate the internet, it is very important to relay the following tips to stay safe and healthy online:

1.  Never give information online that you would not give to a complete stranger in person.

2. Never say anything online that you would not want your mother/father/pastor/priest/favorite teacher to know you said.

3.  Always remember that there is a live person on the other side of that screen reading/hearing only your words.  They have no non-verbal communication to clue them in to the more subtle aspects of communication such as tone of voice, body language, facial expressions, and more. Be sure to read through your message before you send it looking for ways to “soften” the language. Feeling are a lot easier to hurt than they are to repair.

4.  Look out for each other online. Be aware of what others may be saying about your friends and defend them if they need someone to stand up for them. Support them when someone decides to “beat them up” online…or threatens to do so in the physical sense. Make the adults aware and call the police if necessary to keep everyone safe in the situation.

5.  While this next one is a common practice online, please protect yourself and DON’T do it!  Never pretend to be someone you are not.  If you are 13 years old, don’t pretend to be 21 so you can talk to the older guys/gals.  Such practices tend to lead down dangerous roads from which you may or may not return.

6.  Never agree to meet someone alone in real life that you met online…even if you have chatted with them for months.  If you buy something on a local yard sale site, take someone with you to complete the transaction and arrange to meet in a highly populated public place (restaurant, school, etc.) where there is security highly visible.

Staying safe is part of Living Healthy.  Safety online is part of Living Healthy, too!

Take what you have learned today and keep living healthy online!

Until next time,


Stress Management Tips and Techniques to De-Stress

Stress Management Tips and Techniques to De-Stress

Stress management is something that everyone needs on an everyday basis. We all get stressed.

The common tips and techniques recommended to de-stress are:

  • prayer
  • meditation
  • deep breathing
  • relaxation
  • watching the sunset (sunrise)
  • taking time to smell the roses
  • enjoying a hobby
  • exercise

Something that may help with stress management is something old that has been used for centuries in Asia. Something that is worth giving it a try.  There are no side effects to worry about. It is non-addicting (at least in the physical sense of the word).  And who knows?  It just may be the missing tool in your stress management toolbox.

So what is it?

The Chakra 7 Tower of Power

The Chakra 7 Tower of Power
The Chakra 7 Tower of Power

The Chakra 7 Tower of Power is made of  Orgonite.

Dr. Wilhem Reich, who rediscovered orgonite early in the 20th century, claimed that orgonite was an ancient “cosmic energy.” The term “orgone” has been used interchangably with vril, prana, frequencies, chi,  love, mana, light, magic, and true source energy. He claimed that it effected everything from life in the known universe to the color of the sky and even gravity. In a sense, it is part of the energy life force that connects everything and everyone.

Follow Dr. Reich’s rediscovery, a movement of other Orgone students and creators began and grew.

Orgonite devices are created with the intent to emit an Orgone Field that will absorb and change bad and negative energies in to good and positive energies.  Intent for the use of Orgonite plays a role in how it works.  Jewelry may be worn to shield the wearer from negative Orgone. However, at the same time, it is claimed to boost its wearer’s inner Chi to a level of higher vibration, love and inner energy.

The powerful effects of Orgonite that have been recorded to include:

  • calmer home and work area
  • increased blood circulation
  • turns negative energy into positive energy
  • helps plants to grow better
  • mental clarity
  • improved sleep
  • helps control mood swings
  • detoxifies water
  • deepens meditation
  • slows aging
  • re-aligns Chakras
  • protects against EMF, EMR and EMP
  • empowers prayer
  • stabilizes concentration
  • improves focus

Knowing all the potential benefits, creators have been producing a variety of items claiming orgonite benefits including bracelets, necklaces with pendants, wands for use by reiki practitioners, charms, keychains, and earrings.  More elaborate, more inclusive items utilize multiple elements that may contribute to the beneficial effects.

The Chakra 7 Tower of Power is made of three (3) different levels of density in the mineral/metal matrix’s. Each matrix is made up of a combination of forty-five (45) minerals and six (6)  metals. The outer layer has stone layers and copper layers you can see in the pic.

What makes the Chakra 7 Tower of Power unique is its core.

As seen in the pic it is a seven (7) Chakra Stone Core as to meet each individual Chakra’s vibration and tune them all together for perfect resonance. It is approximately 9 inches tall and 2.75 inches wide at its base. A total of 12 hours of Chakra Binaural Beats and over 24 hours of Reiki Work have gone into this piece. Keep it in a work place or close to your mediation/sleep area for best effect.

From the above description, can you see how you could benefit from the Chakra 7 Tower of Power for stress management?

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5 Horrifying Hazards of Normal Jobs

Humor website recently listed 5 Horrifying Hazards of Normal Jobs.
Did you know…

1. Hat makers used to get tremors, lose teeth, hallucinate, and lose their temper because of mercury poisoning? Hence the term, “mad as a hatter.”
2. Several DOZEN farmers die each year from grain bin entrapment?
3. Construction workers get serious skin burns from a very common cement?
4. In just 20 years, 500 men in the textile industry died of “Mule spinner’s cancer” a euphemism for scrotum cancer.
5. About 5 people per year die from DUST explosions. In 2008 a cloud of SUGAR blew up, killing 11 people.

What does this have to do with your online success?

Well, hopefully your job doesn’t have any of these nasty “side-effects” but unless you’re financially free and living the dream…you’re probably working a job that has less-than-desirable attributes.

Long hours?
Low pay?
Stupid boss?
Endless bureaucracy?
Incompetent co-workers?
Irritating commute?
Florescent lights?
Mindless work?
Road Rage over parking spaces?

Whatever it is that makes your job “hazardous to your health”, use it as motivation to finally pursue your dreams of freedom.

Life is too short to work a job you hate.

Life is too short to shorten it further with stress and negativity.

Break free here…



Zona Taylor

Could You Be Experiencing Bad Effects of Cell Phones? Sleeplessness, Cancer, Anxiety, and More

Cell phones are all around us.
Wi-Fi is everywhere.
Cell towers are sprouting like weeds.

Have you ever wondered if there were any deleterious effects of all these waves?

I had heard some rumbling about a possible link between cell phones and brain cancer, but as a nurse had no direct information to help me resolve the conflict caused by possible health dangers and inconvenience of NOT having a cell phone.

Not long ago I met a fellow nurse who had carried her cell phone in her bra for about ten years when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was told at the nationally-recognized cancer center where she sought treatment that it was her cell phone being carried in her bra that was the most likely culprit. She had no family history of cancer. She reported being told that the cell phone should be carried at least four inches away from the body. How many of us do that?

Now I put my cell phone in my purse instead of my pocket if at all possible.


I found this documentary to be eye-opening and enlightening.  I hope you will find it useful.

It is worth the time to watch in its entirety.

Check out for more info.

To Your Health,


Healthy Laundry Choices

Part of Living Healthy in Today’s World includes taking care of our planet so it can continue to provide healthy options for us mere mortals who are along for the ride.

One of the aspects we must consider is the something we do nearly every day that can add to the pollution of our waterways.

When you think of polluted waterways, visions of oil spills and industrial waste come to mind.

However, those in the know tell us that the greatest contributors to pollution of our waterways are the many, many households using phosphate-containing detergents to wash clothes which contributes significantly to water pollution (This is an excellent article on the topic for those who want more detailed info:

So now, along comes a newly released solution that could help not only the environment, but it could help your bottom line, too! The ads says you can: “Say goodbye to chemical detergents. This is the Future of Laundry.”


Healthy Laundry
Healthy Laundry

The SmartKlean Laundry Ball is truly revolutionary. Here’s just a few of its benefits:


  • Effectively washes 365 loads of laundry without using any soap or detergents.
  • Replaces fabric softener and dryer sheets.
  • Washes all clothes effectively in cold water.

People Friendly

  • No artificial fragrances, chemicals or phosphates.
  • Ideal for sensitive skin.
  • The active components inside are derived from Earth minerals and are formulated to leave zero residues behind.
  • Safe for the whole family!

Earth Friendly

  • Eliminates the rinse cycle saving water and energy.
  • Leaves no trace in our aquatic ecosystems.
  • With its extensive lifespan, it reduces packaging waste in our landfills.
  • Biodegradable ceramics and recyclable enclosure.

What’s not to love?  If you do one load of laundry every single day, one of these SmartKlean Laundry Balls would last you an entire year!  Not too shabby, eh?

Just one SmartKlean Laundry Ball will clean up to 365 loads of laundry (18lbs. per load). It delivers a safe and effective wash in all washing machines: commercial, HE front loading and standard machines.

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Alcohol is a Huge Risk Factor for Cancer


I just read a newly released article about alcohol being a huge risk factor for various types of cancer — specifically, oral/tongue cancer, throat/larnyx cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, colon/rectal cancer. But did you know there is an increased risk of liver, pancreatic, and even female breast cancer, too?

Over the last few years, the mainstream media has made a big deal of the cardiovascular benefits of red wine with the evening meal. However, those miniscule benefits pale in comparison to the huge increase in cancer risk.

But do we read about these cancer risks in the mass media? No, we do not.

Why is that? Do you think it has anything to do with profits due to intake of alcohol?

In October of each year the entire US seems to turn pink with the Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities. However, I do not recall even once hearing that eliminating alcohol would reduce the risk. We hear all about mammograms and self-breast exam…but those are for early detection — not for prevention.

Is it true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? When it comes to cancer, this statement could be re-written to read “an ounce of prevention is worth a TON of cure.” Being cured of cancer is neither painless nor quick. Ask any cancer survivor. They will gladly share the horrors of the path they traveled.

Ask the loved ones of those who did NOT survive cancer and/or the ravages of treatment.

Neither path is one I would choose or wish on the ones I love.

Is that drink of alcohol really worth the increased risk of cancer? Really and truly? Is it worth it?

Think twice, three times, 100 times, before you say “yes” to your next glass of wine, bottle/can of beer, or shot of liquor.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Here is the source of information I used for this article:

To Your Health,

Zona Taylor, BSN, RN, MS

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