Thursday, November 06, 2014

Product Review: Hip Baby Wrap Nursing Ponchos

Nursing Mothers, Say Goodbye to Boring Color and Cutesy Baby Prints!
Get the Nursing Poncho that’s Functional and Fashionable with Hip Baby Wrap—Amazingly stylish nursing ponchos that are breathable, soft and beautiful!
Nursing is an important mother-baby bonding experience, but you shouldn’t feel trapped in boring, colorless or cutesy nursing ponchos day after day.  Connect with baby and rock amazing personal style with Hip Baby Wrap Nursing Ponchos.

Hip Baby Wrap Nursing Ponchos are beautifully woven, light weight ponchos that provide breathable and soft comfort for both baby and parent. Individually handmade of 100% cotton and non-toxic dyes, these wonderfully vibrant and stylish ponchos provide quality strength and durability, but with more air flow, more stunning color and less bulk than other ponchos or covers on the market.  Plus, with a variety of color options to choose from, and a reasonable price point, stylish moms can look and feel beautiful with a poncho to coordinate with every outfit.

Product details: Offering comfort, style and privacy while on-the-go with baby, Hip Baby Wrap’s chic nursing poncho is the ultimate necessity for any fashionable, nursing mother. Featuring six fun and modern color options, amazingly soft woven cotton, and light-weight breathability, this stylish poncho not only brings a stunning pop of color, but keeps mom and baby cool and comfy.  And because it slips over the head and rests on the shoulders like a poncho, there’s no fumbling around or shifting to ensure adequate privacy.
With a strong belief in the benefits of babywearing, raising happy, connected babies is the Hip Baby Wrap goal.  Both the wraps and ponchos are easy to use, fashionable and extremely comfortable while helping promote positive physical, mental and emotional development for baby.  

A busy mother herself, founder Jeannie Levedahl knows how convenient and meaningful a baby wrap can be.  However, constantly wearing the same wrap left her searching for beautiful and more affordable wraps without success.  Loving to coordinate her baby wrap with her outfits, Jeannie began making her own and soon received requests for orders—Hip Baby Wrap was born.  Now parents and caregivers can enjoy beautiful, fashionable, fun and quality woven wraps at an affordable price.

Product review: Pura Naturals household, personal, and baby products

BeBetterFoam Sponge
By Angelene 

With the holidays coming and with family and friends celebrating with us we many times forget about how much preparation and cleaning has to take place.. Pura Naturals, a new, California-based company, offers an earth-friendly alternative: plant-based sponges featuring the same durable and absorbing technology used to clean up sensitive waterways. Is this something you would be interested in trying?

Pura Naturals has created a new line of personal care and household cleaning products.  Pura Naturals has products for all of your every day needs.   The company makes personal care products for your face, body and when active. Products for babies are infused with natural lavender to help promote sleep.  

Pura Naturals has harnessed the cleaning power of BeBetterFoam™, an innovation that was first invented to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf. The unique foam is oleophilic and hydrophobic, meaning it lifts oil, grease and grime like a magnet while resisting water, naturally inhibiting bacteria growth, odor and other issues often associated with household sponges.

What’s more, the sponges are made with a scrubber pad crafted from walnut shells and recycled materials, ideal for difficult counter-top stains while safe on appliances prone to scratches. Each sponge available in the household line is free of petroleum by-products, parabens and synthetic ingredients.  Not only are Pura Naturals products better for you and your family but they are better for the enviroment.   The BeBetterFoams helps wipe and clean up things up easily but absorbing oil, fats, fuels and other contaminents.  It can also be used again and again with out breaking down.   There is a 30 day gaurantee on their products.  

All of Pura Naturals products are infused with Level Naturals milled soap.  Every bar is 100% vegan, gluten-free.  All of Pura Naturals products are made in the USA. 

Pura Naturals cleaning products are made for the entire home.  They have a kitchen line of scrubbers and sponges that work for cleaning every part of the kitchen including hard baked food on your dishes.

Pura Naturals household and personal care products will change the way you clean. They’ll help you to “live better and be better™." These pads are like no other sponges you have ever used. They are highly effective at absorbing oils, fuels, fats, and a wealth of other contaminants.

The Science Behind Pure Naturals 

Pura Naturals™ products are made from BeBetterFoam™, which was created by Advanced Innovative Recovery Technology, Inc. (AIRTech). AIRTech was created in response to the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April of 2010 — one of the worst oil disasters in history. The immediate impact on the environment and wildlife was devastating; to make matters worse, many of the conventional cleanup methods were also damaging to the ecosystem.

AIRTech's solution, BeBetterFoam™, is a non-toxic plant-based foam that repels water while absorbing oil and silicone.  In fact, BeBetterFoam™ will pick up virtually all hydrocarbons, making it a unique and ultra-effective material for cleanup. It’s also EPA-approved for use in all waterways, including rivers, lakes, and oceans. In addition to being highly absorbent, it is so resilient that it can be used again and again without breaking down.

Scientific Highlights

Pura Naturals’™ personal care and kitchen products are:

  • Oleophilic
  • Absorb oil, grease, and grime
  • Clean deeply to lift oil and grease from pots and pans
  • Cleanse skin gently and thoroughly (removing makeup)
  • Hydrophobic
  • Resist and do not support bacteria
  • Have a long-lasting, fresh scent
  • Environmentally safe
  • Made from plant-based/renewable resources
  • Carbon-negative footprint (removes more carbon than is created)
  • Free from petroleum by-products, adhesives, and glues
  • Nontoxic
  • Made with revolutionary 3P Technology™
  • Created with a unique, proprietary polymer process technology that is protected by a trade secret, owned by AIRTech, and incapable of being reverse engineered
  • Super durable: up to 25 times stronger than the leading household sponge brand (UL Testing)
  • Highly chemical resistant (won’t break down when absorbing other chemicals)
  • Latex-free

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Nonobstructive Coronary Artery Disease Associated With Increased Risk of Heart Attack, Death

In a study that included nearly 38,000 patients, those diagnosed with nonobstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) had a significantly increased risk of heart attack or death one year after diagnosis, according to a study in the November 5 issue of JAMA.

Nonobstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) is atherosclerotic plaque that would not be expected to obstruct blood flow or result in anginal symptoms (such as chest pain). Although such lesions are relatively common, occurring in 10 percent to 25 percent of patients undergoing coronary angiography, their presence has been characterized as “insignificant” or “no significant CAD" in the medical literature. However, this perception of nonobstructive CAD may be incorrect, because prior studies have noted that the majority of plaque ruptures and resultant myocardial infarctions (MIs; heart attacks) arise from nonobstructive plaques. Despite the prevalence of nonobstructive CAD identified by coronary angiography, little is known about its risk of adverse outcomes, according to background information in the article.

Thomas M. Maddox, M.D., M.Sc., of the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver, and colleagues compared heart attack and mortality rates among patients with nonobstructive CAD, obstructive CAD, and no apparent CAD. The patients included in the study were all U.S. veterans who underwent elective coronary angiography for CAD between October 2007 and September 2012 in the Veterans Affairs health care system. Patients with prior CAD events were excluded. CAD extent was defined by degree of vessel narrowing and distribution (1, 2, or 3 vessel).

During the study period, 37,674 patients underwent elective coronary angiography for indications related to CAD; of those, 22.3 percent had nonobstructive CAD and 55.4 percent had obstructive CAD. Within 1 year, 845 patients died and 385 were rehospitalized for MI. The researchers found that the 1-year MI risk progressively increased by the extent of CAD, rather than abruptly increasing between nonobstructive and obstructive CAD. Patients with nonobstructive CAD had an associated risk of MI that was 2-to 4.5-fold greater than among those with no apparent CAD. Similar observations were seen with 1-year mortality and the combined outcome of 1-year MI and death.

“These findings highlight a need to recognize that nonobstructive CAD is associated with significantly increased risk for MI, consistent with prior biologic studies indicating that a majority of MIs are related to nonobstructive stenosis [narrowing of an artery]. Correspondingly, these results reveal the limitations of a dichotomous [divided into two parts] characterization of angiographic CAD into ‘obstructive’ and ‘nonobstructive’ to predict MI and highlight the importance of preventive strategies such as pharmacotherapy treatments and lifestyle modifications to mitigate these risks,” the authors write.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dealing with Difficult People at Family Holiday Gatherings

By Terry Barnett-Martin, LMFT

The table is set with your holiday dishes and best silver, and the smell of the cooking turkey is wafting throughout the house. Fresh pine garland is draped just so over the hutch and bookcases, the Christmas tree is dripping with twinkling lights and memento ornaments, while packages are strewn under the tree waiting to be opened. You look around one more time checking to make sure everything is set, and then the doorbell rings. The first of many family members has arrived. Within minutes the house is bubbling with conversations mixed with familiar holiday music. You’re crossing your fingers that all stays well. “So far, so good. “ you whisper to yourself.  You spoke too soon…

 “Nice decorations, where’d you get them? You know, you should have checked with me first. I know where to get the best ones. Oh, and I wouldn’t have draped the garland like that, I would have done it this way,” says Bossy McBoss as she moves the garland you took the time to get just right. As she rearranges it, a few specially placed decorations fall to the ground with a crash. She continues, “ I wouldn’t have put those there either, see what can happen?” Your mouth is open and nothing is coming out.

Across the room you hear Bigsy B. Little clear his throat as he warms up his on-stage voice while approaching your sister, Hope. “Incoming!” you whisper to yourself, wishing Hope could hear you and duck for cover. Too late! Bigsy B. Little is on the hunt. “Well, it looks like your New Years resolution didn’t quite stick. Twenty five pounds, hmm, looks like you found them rather than lost them.”  She turns beet red and is completely frozen. You rush over to feign the need for help in the kitchen and take her by the hand to lead her away.

Later as everyone is seated for dinner, Bigsy says, loud enough for all to hear, “I pray the turkey isn’t dry as a bone like it was last year.” Everyone silently turns to look at you as if watching a Ping-Pong match, and it is your turn.

Family holiday gatherings can be difficult

 The holidays, for all of their hopeful preparation and sparkle, can come apart at the seams very quickly when difficult people do what they do. We all know some variations of people like these, who can strike fear and dread into the holiday experience, but you can change that. You can have your holiday cookie and eat it too when you follow these 5 tips.

1.)  Don’t expect others to change. Our greatest power lies in creating change within ourselves. Though you could delve into the whys about difficult people, and the insight might prove interesting, the fact is, they are who they are and you cannot change them. In fact, it’s a good idea to take a personal inventory to make sure you aren’t someone else’s difficult person. If in all honesty you suspect you are, make a few minor adjustments and promise yourself you will give your best this year.

2.)  Be aware and prepare. It is crucial, when facing difficult people, to be compassionately aware of your own vulnerabilities. Knowing and owning them gives you the opportunity to decide how you want to address or deflect intentional insults. Difficult people often home in on a person’s vulnerability and go in for the kill instinctively. That’s how Bigsy B. Little managed to destroy Hope with his well-placed insult. His aim was to make her feel small so he could feel big.  If Hope had already compassionately owned that she had fallen short of her goal, she would have been comfortable in her own skin, and able to respond without feeling stung. Self-awareness and self-acceptance are the two strongest weapons against bullies like Bigsy B. Little.

3.)  Use the power of your imagination. In the best relationships and especially in the most difficult, boundaries are the key to a sense of personal well-being. But how do you create good boundaries? One highly effective exercise, called Tending Fences, uses the brilliance of your creative mind to find solutions to these difficult relationships.

For instance, let’s take the situation with Bossy McBoss…
Imagine you own a large piece of land that adjoins the property of Bossy McBoss along its border. The current fence that marks the boundary is small and broken, and Bossy often jumps the fence to snoop around on your land, leaving a mess. Because everything is possible in your imagination, you design a new fence 30 feet tall and 5 feet thick with features that allow her good qualities to come through, while a Teflon finish ensures that her bossy negativity doesn’t stick. This clear message, mostly to yourself, ensures that nothing she says or does can get to you. Use this Tending Fences exercise for each difficult person and write or draw a description of your custom built fences for future reference.

4.) Review and Resolve. For the week leading up to your holiday gathering, take a few minutes each day to review your Tending Fences work, tweaking each fence as you see fit. Know that when the offending person delivers an insult, the fence will do the work for you, keeping you safe and intact.

5.)  Trust yourself. Once you’ve done your Tending Fences work, trust yourself. It will give you a sense of well-being and confidence that will not only be a gift to yourself, but to your family and friends as well.
With these 5 tips you can relax and know that you have everything you need to survive the family holiday gathering and truly enjoy yourself.  You’ve got this!  Happy Holidays!

Terry Barnett-Martin, M.S., LMFT is a relationship counselor in private practice in Southern California. She is an openhearted, intuitive practitioner and writer who is dedicated to helping people find the purpose and path in their life and relationships.

Tending Fences: Building Safe and Healthy Relationship Boundaries; The Parables of Avery Soul can be purchased from and through major booksellers
The author is available for speaking engagements.