Aug 212017
 

Mosquito repellent / insect repellent

For decades, DEET has been the most popular active ingredient in insect repellents. This article from Scientific American offers some interesting insights into reasons why you may want to look for some alternatives.

Fully 25% of the subjects tested experienced negative health effects that have been linked to the use of DEET (diethyltoluamide). It goes on to suggest that DEET can cause diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes in adults.

It can also cause rashes and skin irritation, numb or burning lips, nausea, dizziness and difficulties with concentration. So the ingredient that scares off mosquitoes should scare off humans, as well. There are some new alternatives that are virtually risk-free.

The risks to children, as you might imagine, are even greater.

Quantum Health tells us here to be wary of using DEET on children and NEVER use it on infants. Children are more susceptible to subtle brain changes because their skin is more absorbent and their developing nervous systems have a higher potential for harm.

 

Did you hear the story of a group of young teenage friends driving around looking for Volkswagen “bugs” and spraying them with repellent? Just good fun, huh? Not so fast. As a result of inhaling the repellent, one of the backseat passengers was vomiting for nearly a week and eventually had to be taken to the emergency room for treatment. So avoiding use AND any access is the best precautions you can take.

There are, as I said, new alternatives to DEET that have been proven highly effective. My Company has developed and manufactures a completely natural insect repellent using essential oils. The dangers of DEET exist whether absorbed through the skin or through inhalation. When there are effective alternatives available, does it really make sense to expose yourself and your family to the dangers that DEET threatens?

Jul 292017
 

Over the last decade or so, the terms teamwork, team, and coach have proliferated in business discussions. This article explains more about the anatomy of teams and teamwork. I think you will find it insightful and quite detailed.

It explains the team and its dynamics (many members change over time) and how individual and team goals change over time. Team diversity is an important factor in interpreting team goals and context.  If your team is geographically diverse, as well, differences in the availability of certain resources can be challenging.



The need for a system, goal articulation (why), a shared mindset and strong leadership (coaching) are all important elements in the success of your business team. I am associated with a company that has understood the concept of team work for over 30 years. It has made my activities more effective and much more profitable.

For Moms (or Grandmas and Memes) who want to work from the luxury of their own homes so they can be there more for their children, grandchildren and families, this might be something worth a peek.

teamwork concept chart with business elements

Nov 292016
 

Although this article is a few years old, I felt it was worth sharing.  mlr

 

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Personal care products, especially those used by baby, should be chosen with caution. You would think we could trust the safety of products labeled for baby-use, but alas, that is not the case. The New York Times recently covered the announcement by Johnson & Johnson to remove potentially harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, from their baby products by the end of next year.

 

Another group of scary chemicals that have been found in baby products are phthalates. Scientists are making connections between exposure to phthalates and hormone related diseases, such as diabetes and thyroid disease. Medical News Today published an article about a study by US researchers that found phthalates in the urine of babies that used baby shampoo, baby powder, and baby lotion.

 

Phthalates are hormone disrupters and seem to especially affect male development. Products that contain phthalates are not easy to identify. They are often added as a component of fragrance, or added to plastics to make them more flexible. Therefore, they are not required to be listed on ingredient labels.

 

A PubMed study found emerging evidence that phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA), another man-made chemical, may also have thyroid disrupting properties.

 

Even though phthalates may not be listed on labels, products with phthalates are commonly found in a variety of personal care products.Prevention Magazine describes how easy it is to be exposed to phthalates.

This article was published with permission.

If you would like help in finding non-toxic products for your baby, contact me, Martha L. Robards, at marthapmintl@gmail.com, or call me at 505-750-7847, or private message me on my Facebook business page, RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com.

Nov 262015
 

QUOTES AND POSTS FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 23, 2015

“Put blinders on those things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your own head.”  — Meryl Streep

Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening.  — Lisa M. Hayes

“Most people don’t listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” — Stephen R. Covey

Listen with both ears. Many people with be around work mates, team members, friends and family members in the next few weeks that they don’t see every day. Listen with both ears.    mlr

“Albert grunted. “Do you know what happens to lads who ask too many questions?”
Mort thought for a moment.
“No,” he said eventually, “what?”
There was silence.
Then Albert straightened up and said, “Damned if I know. Probably they get answers, and serve ‘em right.”
― Terry Pratchett, Mort

from goodreads.com

 

What you allow is what will continue.