Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Chronic Groin, Low Back and Lower Limb Pain. By Elizabeth Kais, M.Ed., CSCS, CHEK

Statistics state that as many as 1 in 5 Americans of every age suffer from some type of pelvic floor dysfunction during their life time (Stein 2010).  When counseling a client with chronic, non-specific low back pain, groin pain, hip/pelvic pain after injury, surgery or athletic participation practitioners address the spine, hips and surrounding musculature omitting the base of support for all these structures – the pelvic floor.  It’s proximity to the sex organs and impact on bodily functions makes it embarrassing for clients to discuss.  However, it’s location in the lower bowl of the abdomen makes it an essential member of the core stabilizing lumbopelvic cylinder.  Failure to address pelvic floor dysfunction after injury, surgery or repetitive athletic participation can result in continued spine and hip instability causing chronic back and pelvic pain and predisposition to additional spine, hip, neck, shoulder and lower limb injuries as well as impaired breathing and disruption of organ function.

The anatomy of the lumbopelvic cylinder consists of muscles and bones. It begins just below the lungs with the diaphragm.  It descends along the front and side of the torso with the transversus abdominis supported by segmental attachments to the psoas and abdominal muscles.  It descends along the back of the torso with the spinal column supported by the segmental attachments of the lumbar multifidus.  It ends in the bowl of the pelvis with the pelvic floor (Chaitow & Lovegrove 2012).

Abnormal pelvic floor function negatively impacts spinal stability, intra-abdominal pressure, respiration, sexual function, continence and pelvic organ support (Chaitow & Lovegrove 2012) resulting in global instability, chronic joint pain and predisposition to injury.  The pelvic floor as the most essential arch in the body providing the base of stability for all lower limb and foot joints (Dalcourt 2012).  Integrity of the trunk is essential to maintain joint position, respond to perturbations, avoid low back pain/injury, insure proper proprioception, and develop power and strength (Landow 2010).

Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) occurs after injury, sports participation or surgery.  Examples of injury include a hard fall or blow to the sacrum or tail bone as in falling on ice or off a horse or telescoping femoral injuries when landing on the feet after a long fall as in sky diving.  Sports associated with PFD also report frequent groin injuries from kicking, quick multi-directional lateral changes or pelvic rotation during axial loading as in soccer, running, golf, ice hockey, figure skating, football, baseball, ballet, martial arts and gymnastics (Chaitow & Jones 2012).  The reported incidence of groin pain and injury as a result of sports participation is as follows:  cycling – 22 to 91%, running – 70%, football – 22% and ice hockey 13 to 30% (Chaitow 2012).  Any lower abdominal surgery may result in the abnormal pinning of deep fascia to muscle (Dalton & Hedley 2012) causing PFD.

Additional causes of PFD include hernia, infection, cancer or sexually transmitted disease.  Special considerations for women include endometriosis, pregnancy (large baby, twins), difficult delivery or cesarean and multiple pregnancies.  Sexual violence is another cause with greater physical and psychological implications.  Treatment of the victims of sexual violence should include other medical professionals to ensure a successful outcome.

The pelvic floor identifies a consortium of muscles.  The deepest muscle, the levator ani, is often referred to as the pelvic diaphragm and is divided into two parts – the pubovisceral and iliococcygeal muscles.  The superficial muscle, the pereneal membrane or urogenital diaphragm, sits above the levator ani (Chaitow & Jones 2012). These muscles consist of both smooth and striated muscles of which approximately two thirds are type 1 and innervated by the pudenal nerve through direct branches from sacral nerves S3-S4.  The pelvic floor contracts or relaxes as a whole but may also contract or relax in segments (Chaithow & Jones 2012).

The pelvic floor, like all muscles, can become hypotonic or hypertonic after injury, sports participation or child birth.  Corrective exercises specific to strengthening a hypotonic pelvic floor include Kegels (pelvic contractions stopping and restarting urination).  Kegel exercises, in the absence of proper breathing and appropriate deep abdominal wall activation and strength, cannot resolve lumbopelvic cylinder dysfunction, gait abnormalities and trunk instability.  To ensure a full recovery from a hypotonic pelvic floor the practitioner should evaluate the strength and function of the entire lumbopelvic cylinder and instruct the client in proper breathing techniques and appropriate core/limb coordination exercise.

A hypertonic pelvic floor restricts the ability of the diaphragm to expand and transversus abdominis to contract during respiration.  This leads to hyperventilation syndrome (HS) and altered breathing pattern disorders (BPD) (Chaitow 2004). Over time HS and BPD alters mood (constant fight/flight breathing), changes body chemistry (respiratory alkalosis), and hypercapnoea (increased levels of CO2) which compromises key core stabilizer by reducing or eliminating the postural (tonic) and phasic contractions of muscles necessary for spinal stability (Chaitow, Breathing Pattern Disorders, motor control and low back pain, Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 2004; 7(1): 34-41).

The hypertonic pelvic floor does not respond to Kegel exercises but does respond to trigger point therapy.  In a study of 56 continent physiotherapists (51 women and 5 men age 23 to 56) all tested positive for a hypertonic pelvic floor with some of the cases demonstrating clear differences in tonicity from one side to the other.  Trigger point therapy was administered and tonicity returned and pain resolved after approximately two to five breaths (Carrire & Feldt 2006).

Individuals can administer their own trigger point therapy by sitting on a tennis ball placed between the coccyx and vaginal opening or just inside the coccyx and breathing deeply (Chaitow 2008).  More sensitive or difficult cases may require clinical instruction on Thiele Massage.  Again, to ensure a full recovery from a hypertonic pelvic floor the practitioner should evaluate the strength and function of the entire lumbopelvic cylinder and instruct the client in proper breathing techniques and appropriate core/limb coordination exercise.

Chronic PFD as a result of injury, sports participation or child birth may result in the presence of altered concomitant muscle contractions and scar tissue extending from the pelvic floor to other pelvic muscles.  The opposite also holds true and an injury to another pelvic muscle may result in scar tissue that extends to and entraps the pelvic floor.  Susceptible muscles include but are not limited to: psoas major, iliacus, tensor fasciae latae, pectinius, gracilis, and adductor magnus, brevis, longus (Chaitow 2012).  Symptoms of this disordered relationship include repeat groin strains, non-specific hip or pelvic pain, lower limb and low back pain that does not respond to traditional manual therapies, stretching of the susceptible muscles or core conditioning.  Normal hip and spine range of motion may exist despite this disordered relationship.

Susceptible muscles resulting in posterior pelvic tilt attach to the sacrum and coccyx pulling it forward (Weiss 2012).  These muscles include piriformis, quadrates femoris,  and gluteus maximus. Symptoms of this disordered relationship include restricted sacral counternutation, chronic L5/S1 strain, deep pelvic and sacral pain, lower limb and low back pain that does not respond to traditional manual therapies, stretching of the susceptible muscles or core conditioning.  Abnormal hip and spine range of motion usually accompanies this disordered relationship.

Chronic PFD, groin strains and low back pain does not respond to traditional manual therapies for a variety of reasons. Therapists specializing in PFD only treat the pelvic floor and frequently do not address the disordered breathing or lack of core conditioning and faulty muscle patterns.  For manual therapists and exercise specialists the pelvic floor sits in the industry ‘no fly’ zone where touch is forbidden at best and a law suit at worst.  Additionally, the client may be reluctant to discuss the other symptoms of PFD including urinary incontinence, drip or leakage after urination, genital pain, pain during and after sex, pain during orgasm, complete avoidance of sex, hemorrhoids and bowel incontinence.  The client also might not connect these symptoms to their injury and PFD.

In the case of chronic PFD as a result of a hypertonic pelvic floor the client demonstrates core development to a point and no further or returns to instability randomly despite lengthy and otherwise proper training.  A hypertonic floor increases the pressure in the lumbopelvic cylinder which then increases the pressure on the internal organs.  The body resists any further organ compression by reducing the range of motion in the diaphragm and transversus abdominis.  When contracting a fully functioning diaphragm and transversus abdominis the body responds by destabilizing or moving the spine, intermittently shutting down the transversus abdominis, and reducing or eliminating the breath.

Individuals can administer their own trigger point therapy using a tennis ball or OPTP “little pinky” ball in the bikini or ‘tighty whitey’ area.  This region encompasses the lower abdomen, gluteals, intersection of the ilotibial band/TFL/Glute med-min and the pelvic floor – basically any area a bikini bottom or brief underwear covers.  Place special emphasis on incision scars and take care to avoid sensitive nerves.  The femoral nerve sits outside the bikini area and should be avoided.  Pressure should be tolerable, mildly uncomfortable, and held until the trigger point becomes comfortable (approximately 2 to 5 relaxing breaths) before moving on to the next trigger point.  Breathing should remain consistent and relatively deep throughout.  Rib or shallow breathing, as in mild hyperventilation, indicate the pressure is too deep and should be adjusted downward until breathing returns to normal.

Individuals unable to perform the trigger point release may relax the pelvic muscles by lying face down on a rolled bath towel.  Place the towel on the lower abdomen below the navel, above the pubic bone and inside the hips.  The towel should be a comfortable height and allow deep and relaxing breathing.  Place the head/neck in a comfortable position as well.  Remain until fully relaxed and then roll off the side of the towel and onto the back.

Successful stretching for PFD occurs along the deep front line (Myers, p. 192) in a closed chain and includes the torso muscles.  Lateral lunges with opposite arm reach over head and multidirectional lunges with opposite arm reach over head stretch this line as an entire, functional complex (aka the “Saturday Night Fever” stretch).  Minimal discomfort should occur as the client holds the stretch for 2 to 5 easy breaths. Again, breathing should remain consistent and relatively deep throughout.  Rib or shallow breathing, as in mild hyperventilation, indicate the stretch is too deep and the range of motion should be adjusted downward until breathing returns to normal.

Returning to optimal performance begins with the health of the lumbopelvic cylinder and the pelvic floor.  Its location in the ‘no fly’ zone and embarrassing symptoms make it difficult to discuss and treat.  Its contribution to chronic groin, low back and lower limb injuries make it essential to address.  Kegel exercises strengthen a hypotonic pelvic floor while trigger point therapy and deep front line stretching releases a hypertonic floor.  Successful results occur in the presence of a normal breathing pattern and fully functioning transversus abdominis.  Strength, power and performance improve only when the lumbopelvic cylinder functions.

 Beth Kais is by far “THE BEST” Personal Trainer I have worked with.  She is the only trainer who does muscle testing in order to know what muscles you need to strengthen. There is no way anyone knows what type of work out to do unless they know where they are weak. Her work out is incredible and you get better in just about any issue you have. She is by far the most intelligent women I have met with knowledge of balance of the body. There are far to many ” personal trainer’s, who for most part do not know what they are doing. Please contact me for Beth’s contact number. I promise you will thank you me as my Princeton University Athlete’s have!

Thank you Beth for all your help!

Suzanne Newman

References:

Stein, Amy, MPT.  Pelvic Floor Dysfunction & Pelvic Pain, 2010, www.beyondbasicphysicaltherapy.com

Chaitow, Leon and Jones, Ruth Lovegrove  2012. Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction. England, Churchill Livingstone, p. 34.

Chaitow, L. and Jones, R. L.  2012. Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction. England, Churchill Livingstone, p. 33.

Dalcourt, Michol, 2012. Footwear and Function – Views on Barefoot Training, 1/11/12, NSCA webinar.

Landow, Loren 2010. Trunk Training for Performance.  9/15/10, NSCA webinar.

Chaitow, L. and Jones, R. L.  2012. Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction. England, Churchill Livingstone, p. 101.

Chaitow, L. and Jones, R. L.  2012. Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction. England, Churchill Livingstone, p. 115-120.

Dalton, Eric et al 2012.  Dynamic Body.  USA, Freedom From Pain Institute, p. 69.

Chaitow, L. and Jones, R. L.  2012. Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction. England, Churchill Livingstone, p. 34.

Chaitow, L. and Jones, R. L.  2012. Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction. England, Churchill Livingstone, p. 41.

Chaitow, L. 2004.  Breathing pattern disorders, motor control, and low back pain.  Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 2004; 7(1): 34-41, p. 36.

Carriere, Beate, Feldt, Cynthia Markel 2006.  The Pelvic Floor.  New York, Thieme, p. 107.

Chaitow, L. 2008. The Pelvic Floor Paradox.  Naturpathy Digest.  www.naturpathydigest.com.

Chaitow, L. and Jones, R. L.  2012. Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction. England, Churchill Livingstone, p. 102.

Weiss, David 2012.  Prostatitis or Pelvic Myoneuropathy.  http://www.chronicprostatitis.com.

www.chronicprostatitis.com/myoneuropathy.html

I Am Reaching Out To Princeton To Solve A Simple Problem!

This is my article that was printed in The Princeton, NJ US1 Newspaper on September 28, 2011. The name of my article, “When Home Falls Between the Cracks”. Please click on the line below to view my article.

http://princetoninfo.com/index.php?option=com_us1more&Itemid=6&key=9-28-11housing

The newest article is my letter to the Editor: Called, Homeless Update:

http://princetoninfo.com/index.php?option=com_us1more&Itemid=6&key=11-30-11btl

I met Miss H.  four years ago. She lives outside at a location I will not disclose. She lives there from spring until winter, for the past 20 years she has lived outside. She is around 68 years old.  She is mildly Schizophrenic. She will not take medication, period. Her family wants nothing to do with her. Please know about Schizophrenic people before you say what she should do or anything for that matter. This is the facts, she is homeless and frankly better off on the streets of Princeton, NJ than Trenton, NJ where the junkies and people who would harm her at the shelters there. The only other place they would put her is a mental institution. Have any of you been there or saw one???? We are working with what works for her, not forcing our will on her because that will not work.

I have cared for her along with a husband and wife and another single women like myself. I have a failed fusion in my neck  from a  2008 car accident,  being in pain now since 2007 has been a night mare for me and helping Miss H. takes me out of my self.  If I can do this along with all the other things I have to do, you can help too. I am asking people to do a some fund-raising for me or contribute to my fund raiser on face book or send a check to the Post Box mentioned on the video and in the Route 1 News article.

The women who has been paying for Miss H. (my little homeless lady) will not be paying for her hotels anymore in the coming winters. I can’t blame her she has done a lot for 5 years or more, it looks like it is my turn now and my hopes your as well.  Please set up a collection box in your office you can copy and paste her picture from here or ask me for a copy.  She feels safe in hotels as long as there is an out side entrance and it is near Princeton, NJ, she feels safe here.

 I need to raise at least $3,000.00 by December. That would be rent for December Thru  April/May. The hotel she did stay in was flooded so, I have to start looking now. I am in hopes that they have every thing up and running so she can go back there. I will pay what ever is not donated. I will not have her outside in the bitter cold. Please, I need all of your help. Miss H. worked hard for many, many years and was not always ill.  She deserves help, love, compassion and kindness as we all do. Please help me to help her!

Thank you, Suzanne Newman

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My Route 1 News Paper Article, For My Dear, Homeless Friend Has Raised $3,250.00 Toward Her Shelter For This Winter!

This is my article that was printed in The Princeton, NJ US1 Newspaper on September 28, 2011. The name of my article, “When Home Falls Between the Cracks”. Please click on the line below to view my article.

http://princetoninfo.com/index.php?option=com_us1more&Itemid=6&key=9-28-11housing

The newest article is my letter to the Editor: Called, Homeless Update:

http://princetoninfo.com/index.php?option=com_us1more&Itemid=6&key=11-30-11btl

I met Miss H.  four years ago. She lives outside at a location I will not disclose. She lives there from spring until winter, for the past 20 years she has lived outside. She is around 68 years old.  She is mildly Schizophrenic. She will not take medication, period. Her family wants nothing to do with her. Please know about Schizophrenic people before you say what she should do or anything for that matter. This is the facts, she is homeless and frankly better off on the streets of Princeton, NJ than Trenton, NJ where the junkies and people who would harm her at the shelters there. The only other place they would put her is a mental institution. Have any of you been there or saw one???? We are working with what works for her, not forcing our will on her because that will not work.

I have cared for her along with a husband and wife and another single women like myself. I have a failed fusion in my neck  from a  2008 car accident,  being in pain now since 2007 has been a night mare for me and helping Miss H. takes me out of my self.  If I can do this along with all the other things I have to do, you can help too. I am asking people to do a some fund-raising for me or contribute to my fund raiser on face book or send a check to the Post Box mentioned on the video and in the Route 1 News article.

The women who has been paying for Miss H. (my little homeless lady) will not be paying for her hotels anymore in the coming winters. I can’t blame her she has done a lot for 5 years or more, it looks like it is my turn now and my hopes your as well.  Please set up a collection box in your office you can copy and paste her picture from here or ask me for a copy.  She feels safe in hotels as long as there is an out side entrance and it is near Princeton, NJ, she feels safe here.

 I need to raise at least $3,000.00 by December. That would be rent for December Thru  April/May. The hotel she did stay in was flooded so, I have to start looking now. I am in hopes that they have every thing up and running so she can go back there. I will pay what ever is not donated. I will not have her outside in the bitter cold. Please, I need all of your help. Miss H. worked hard for many, many years and was not always ill.  She deserves help, love, compassion and kindness as we all do. Please help me to help her!

Thank you, Suzanne Newman

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Homemade & Handy and save money too!

~~ Homemade & Handy ~~

Thank you! Homemade & Handy!

This section is devoted to concoctions that make your life easier without costing a lot of money. Commercial products are on the market for a lot of these things, but I don’t like to use weird-sounding chemicals in my house. I think the homemade items are better for my pocket, the environment, and me.

 Copper Pots:

To clean copper-bottomed pots and pans sprinkle table salt on them and then scrub with a rag soaked in some vinegar. The job is made even easier if you run hot water over the bottom of the pan first. The heat seems to help the salt and vinegar do       their job.

 Copper Pots:

Apply Worcestershire sauce to the bottom, let it set with lowest heat setting  for 2 hours or so and then wash with warm water.

All Purpose Cleaner:

1 tablespoon baking soda

1/2 of a  lemon juice

1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid

4 heaping tablespoons borax

1 gallon warm water

Pour everything together in a quart pitcher, add enough water to start mixing and then pour it into a recycled, cleaned out milk jug.  Add the rest of the water  and shake before each use and  fill up reusable spray bottles

Sink & Tub Scrub:

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup borax

Dish soap

Combine the baking soda and the borax.  Add enough dish soap, a little at a time, until you get a smooth paste. Dip a cleaning rag into the mixture and clean.

Window Wash:

1 pint rubbing alcohol (70%)

1-2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid

1/2 cup Vinegar

water to make 1 gallon of cleaner

Put alcohol, dish soap, and vinegar in a recycled gallon jug and add water, shake to mix well.

Kitchen Gadget Cleaner:

Recycle that fuzzed-out toothbrush. Keep it in the kitchen drawer to clean the gunk out of the cheese grater, garlic press, food choppers, and other handy kitchen helpers that are hard to clean. If you are like me, if it’s hard to maintain, it goes back on the shelf and doesn’t get used.

Gum Remover:

Bubble gum, or any other kind for that matter, can be removed from hair with peanut butter. Moosh it around with your fingers. The peanut butter will cause the gum to break up into little balls and it comes right off of the hair. A quick shampoo and all is well…sure beats a haircut.

Ink Remover:

Rub ink stain with petroleum jelly and let it set, then work in some liquid detergent or dish soap and wash as usual.

Fireplace Freshener:

This spring when you clean out your fireplace or wood stove for the last time, sprinke some plain baking soda in the empty fire box.  The soda will absorb any stale or off smells during the summer and is easily swept away before starting a new fire.

 CRITTER COMFORTING:

My grandmother told me to put wood ashes in my garden (just a sprinkling) and the bugs wouldn’t chew on my plants… I’ve used this hint for years and it seems to work because I’m seldom bothered by any kind of “critters.”

Disinfecting sponges and dishrags:

1 quart water

1 cup  household vinegar

To keep those kitchen sponges and dishrags safe and sanitary, just put 1/2 cup of household vinegar and add 1 quart of water. Put in the sponges or dishrags, and let them soak for 10 minutes. This will kill all the germs and keep your sponges and dishrags clean.

Disposable non-toxic bug trap:

4 banana skins

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 vinegar

1-gallon or ½-gallon plastic milk jugs, juice jugs, or 2-liter bottles

Use a pair of scissors to cut 4 to 6 holes around the top of the jug. If you are going to hang it, you will need a piece of fish line or a lightweight piece of rope.

Chop up 2 or 3 banana skins and mix them with 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of vinegar or 1 cup of sweet pickle juice. Dump this into the bottle or jug and fill it half-full of plain tap water.

Set the jugs outside AWAY from the doors and windows of the house.

This stuff will ferment after a few days and attract wasps, flies, and other assorted pesky bugs who are drawn to the scent of the sweet, sticky juice. They crawl into the jug and drown. When the jug gets to looking gross, toss the whole works away and start another jug.

There is a commercial version of these that cost about $10. These are virtually free.

Homemade Hopper Gitter:

1 pouch chewing tobacco

One 1-quart jar, fill with very hot water

1 cup dish soap

Put 1/3 of the pouch of tobacco in the hot water and let it steep for 2 or 3 days, longer if you can, as it gets stronger with age.

When you are ready to spray:

Strain out 2 cups of the “tobacco tea,” and mix with 1 cup dish soap in a hose end sprayer. Set it for 10 gallons. Wet the weeds down around your garden real early in the morning for good bug control.

The tobacco tea contains nicotine, a poison to the bugs. It will kill the hoppers in a day or so if they are small. It is a contact spray so you need to hit them with the stuff. I DO NOT spray in my garden. Tobacco affects the members of the nightshade family, namely potatoes, tomatoes, all sorts of peppers, etc.

To mix a smaller amount in a bucket:

Use 1 cup tobacco tea and 1/2 cup of dish soap in a 5 gallon bucket of water. Use your garden sprinkler can and douse the flowers & weeds.

I have this brew for many years and it seems to work fairly well as long as you start when the bugs/hoppers are small.

Gardening Tip:

A subscriber shared her way of sheltering tender plants from late frosts using milk jugs filled with water to form a mini-solar heater/greenhouse.  She sets 3-gallon milk jugs to form a triangle around the freshly set plant. The jugs are then filled with water and capped. The sun heats the water during the day and releases the heat during the night. If it’s going to get really cold, then you may need to take a shopping bag or a clear garbage bag and pull it over the filled jugs to keep any frost out.  When the weather warms past frost danger, remove 2 of the jugs, leaving the 3rd jug near the plant. You will need to dig it down into the ground about half-way and before you put it in the hole, put about 4 nail holes in the bottom. This jug then becomes a water source for just that plant. Filled with a hose, the plant gets 1 gallon of water a day and they grow like crazy, soon concealing the jug from view. I have put a little fertilizer in the jug if needed and I know it goes right to the roots instead of all over the garden.

This is a super cheap way of keeping tomato and pepper plants from a late frost and you get the jump on those fresh ripe tomatoes with no expense.

Christmas Tree Freshener/Saver:

2 gallons very hot water

2 cups Karo syrup (corn syrup)

2 ounces of liquid bleach

2 2-finger pinches of Epsom salts

1/2 cup of Borax (20 Mule Team is what I find)

1 teaspoon chelated iron

Mix this solution in a bucket. Make a fresh cut across the bottom of the tree trunk and stand it up in this solution until it comes into the house. Use this solution to fill the well in the tree stand (it’s also a good idea to make another fresh cut across the bottom of the trunk, just before you put the tree into the stand.) Fill it with the solution right away so the pores in the trunk don’t seal. This works well because the syrup provides sugar and it is only when sugar is present that trees will take in lots of water. The borax contains boron which helps the water get all the way through the tree. The Epsom salts and iron assist in the process of keeping needles green and fresh and the bleach stops the mold from forming when sugar and water are combined. A fresh tree will drink several GALLONS of water over the usual 2-week period they are up in your home. You will need to check the water level several times a day to start with and always make sure there is water in the tree stand reservoir.

Always be sure to keep your tree away from heating stoves and even the television because the heat dries out the tree. Don’t let tinsel get tangled in the light sockets. Check the tree lights before you put them up and discard any that are questionable. Lights are cheap and it is not PennyWise to save $5 on a string of lights and burn the house down!

Water Savers:

There is a product on the market that is new to me, and it is a wonderful help for those of us who garden.  Polymer crystals (found in garden centers and some variety stores) are a tiny crystal that expands in water to hold up to 200 times its weight in stored water.  These are sold to use in centerpieces and also to be mixed in potting soil to help hold water during the long hot summer days when one cannot be available to water the plants.

They work great! A special help for those who do container gardening.

 Window Queen’s Window Wash:

Makes 1 gallon

1/2 cup household ammonia

1/2 cup white vinegar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Add mixture to 1 gallon of warm water and stir well.

Use old rags to wash windows. Clean out corner crud with old toothbrush.

Dry windows to shine with pieces of old black and white newspaper.

Scented Bath Salts:

1 cup Epsom salts or 1 cup Kosher salt, or 1 cup sea salt or other coarse salt

1 cup baking soda

6 to 8 drops essential oil of choice (find at craft stores, discount stores, etc.)

2 tablespoons glycerin

Make sure to do a 2 cup Braggs Vinager bath too!

Mix the salt and soda together in a glass bowl. Add the essential oil just 1 drop at a time and stir well, then add the glycerin a drop or two at a time. (Most directions tell you to use a spoon to mix, but if you use your hands, you can work out the lumps with your fingers.) You can also add color to the salts. The color makes the salts more attractive and tells someone that this is not edible.

Put the salts in a wide-mouth jar(use canning jars — they are inexpensive and can be found almost everywhere). Tie on a tag with a decorative ribbon and give with pride.

To use, add anywhere from 2 tablespoons to 1/2 cup under running water; depends on how full the tub will be. Light a candle, relax and enjoy.

Make-It-Yourself ‘Spots Away’ for Dishwashers:

1 cup Borax

1/2 cup Baking Soda

Mix together: 1 cup Borax 1/2 cup Baking Soda

Put in a pint jar along side the dish soap and add just 1 teaspoon everytime you run the machine.

CUSHION KEEPER:

Nothing is more frustrating than a couch or chair that puts the cushions on the floor when someone sits on them! I have such a couch and it drives me nuts! However, I think I have found an inexpensive solution.

While looking through one of those mail-order sewing catalogs one afternoon, I found some rubbery stuff that said it would hold the cushions on the couch or chair without damaging the piece of furniture.  But, the roll cost $27!!! Upon closer observation, it reminded me of the rubbery shelf liner I had in my kitchen cupboards…so I tried that.

I had a roll of the 20-inch wide shelf liner that was 12 feet long…I didn’t need nearly that much, so I just cut it to size.  I took the cushions off the couch, laid the liner stuff in place and re-positioned the cushions.  They haven’t moved since except when I move them to vacuum.  A roll of shelf liner costs $4.  The difference between the two is $23 and I have better places to spend $23….

HOMEMADE MOTH BAGS:

1/2 cup of whole cloves

4 cinnamon sticks, broken

1/2 cup whole black peppercorns

Combine the ingredients and mix well. Put 1 Tablespoon of the mixture into a square of muslin or colored cloth, tie up with a ribbon, dental floss, grocery string, yarn or what ever else you have on hand.  Hang the bag in the closet from a thumbtack or pushpin to keep the bugs away and out of your clothing.

Do not put the bag right next to any piece of clothing as the cloves and cinnamon contain oils that could stain the garment.

SNOW BOOT DRYER:

Kids and snow go together like cake and ice cream. Kids + Snow = wet boots = frustrated kids and Moms!

A really neat and cheap boot dryer can be concocted by using a pair of those nice heavy wire paper towel holders you can get at any discount/dollar store for 99 cents each.  Make sure they have the nice wide base so the boots won’t tip the thing over easily.

Just put a boot over each holder and set the holder/boot over your furnace vent…it won’t take long to dry those boots and the kids can be back outdoors and sledding once more.

  HOMEMADE HAIR GEL:

1-2 teaspoon plain gelatin

1 cup warm water

Add a few drops of Aroma Therapy oils

To make the homemade version of the old sticky hair gel that makes it spikey … just dissolve 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of plain gelatin in the 1 cup of warm water. Mix it very well and then keep it in the refrigerator in a small closed container. To use, just smear it in your hair and then use your hands to get the look you want. The gelatin will not hurt your hair; it’s pure protein and washes out easily.

SUPER WINDOW WASH:

1 teaspoon Washing Soda (found in detergent aisle in the supermarket)

1/2 cup of hot water

1/4 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent

2 cups club soda

The reader who sent this in says:  “This removed all of the old crud on my windows. I have an old house with very old glass in the window frames. This recipe worked real well and my windows are clean!!”

STAIN REMOVER:

1 cup vinegar (I use white, but if you have the apple cider vinegar, it works too)

1 cup Whisk laundry detergent

1 cup household ammonia

1 cup tap water

Mix well; pour into a 1-quart spray bottle. Squirt on the stains (you may need to scrub the mixture into the cloth with your hands a bit) and wash immediately. Do not let this set on the clothing!! It will remove the color just when you don’t want it to …. (voice of experience).

MAKE-IT-YOURSELF CARPET CLEANERS:

There are 2 versions of this and both work extremely well in the carpet machines.

The first one is:

1/2 cup powdered borax

1/2 cup rubbing alcohol

1/2 vinegar

Mix the Borax (20 Mule Team is what I have) and the 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol  OR  the 1/8 cup of Whisk liquid laundry detergent with the warm water. Pour into the reservoir of your machine and follow the directions for use. Use the vacuum part to suck up the excess water and dirt.

Then, when the carpet is nice and clean, follow with a rinse of 1/4 cup white vinegar in 4 gallons of fresh warm water, following the machine use directions.  The vinegar rinse will pick up any residual dirt and also remove any soap scum from the carpet. Since the sticky soap film is gone, the carpet will stay clean much longer.

(This recipe is used by a friend of mine who cleans rental housing units for a living. She says it works better than any commercial stuff she ever tried, and there are no dangerous chemical fumes to hurt her lungs!! AND it’s saving her a ton of money!!

MAKE-IT-YOURSELF FIRE RETARDANT MIXTURE:

7 ounces of Household Borax (sold in grocery stores around here as 20 Mule-Team Borax)

3 ounces of Boric Acid Powder (found in the pharmacy section of your local drugstore)

2 quarts of warm water

Mix  the 7 ounces of Household Borax, 3 ounces of Boric Acid Powder, and 2 quarts of warm water and stir to dissolve the powders completely.

Either dip the fabric in the mixture or spray it on to thoroughly saturate the fabric until it drips. Hang to dry.

This product will wash right out without damage to the fabrics so if you have to use bedsheets for stage curtains, it won’t damage them for home use later on.

HOMEMADE DEHYDRATION REMEDY:

This is a homemade version of a commercial product used for diarrhea and upset stomach due to flue and colds. It is pediatrician tested and okayed)

2 cups hot water

5 teaspoons powdered flavored gelatin

1/2 teaspoon salt ( you can use No-Salt, as it contains the necessary potassium

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Mix very well, let cool, and give to the sick person. If the illness persists over 24 hours, it’s time to head for the doctor’s office.

HOMEMADE BABY WIPES:

1 roll of very good quality microwave paper towels (Bounty is the one suggested)

2-1/4 to 2-3/4 cups water

2 Tablespoons baby shampoo or baby bath

1 Tablespoon baby oil

Used wipe container…whipped topping bowl or other plastic container

Cut the roll of paper towels in half with a serrated knife (this will take a while, so go slow). Mix the water, baby shampoo, and baby oil in a bowl or an empty baby wipe container. Place half of the roll in the container, put the lid on, and invert to let the towels soak up all of the water/oil mixture.

To use, fold the wet cardboard center in half and pull out of the middle. This will leave you with the end of the towel in your hand and you can then thread it up through the hole in the container. If the wipes dry out, just add a little more water.

The nice thing about these wipes is that they contain NO ALCOHOL that could irritate the skin.

(They call these baby wipes, but a lot of folks carry them in the car to wipe hands while traveling or to wipe your face if needed.)

HOMEMADE BATHROOM CLEANERS:

Using ingredients found in your kitchen and laundry cupboards, you can make cleaners for all parts of your bathroom that work well (with a little elbow grease), are safe to use and very inexpensive. They are safe for the fiberglass/plastic tubs and surrounds as well as the sinks and commodes. I have used all of these and find that they work well and cost very little.

#1. Mix 20 Mule Team Borax and lemon juice to a paste. Wet the surface to be cleaned and smear the paste all over. Let the mixture sit for a couple of hours, scrub well and rinse. (in the case of the commode, brush to clean and flush to rinse).

# 2. Pour 1 cup of white vinegar in the commode, let set overnight, brush, then flush to rinse. Costs 9 cents per cup!!

#3. Baking Soda and white vinegar can be made into a paste and used in the same manner as the borax and lemon juice, it may be a little cheaper because the ingredients don’t cost quite as much.

#4. 1/2 can of any cola drink can be poured into the commode, let it set for several hours and flush to rinse. (Since the main ingredient, cola syrup, can eat nails, this does not surprise me.) It also works. This treatment costs from 25 cents to 75 cents depending on the price of your soda.

MAKE-IT-YOURSELF LIQUID LAUNDRY SOAP

A REAL MONEY-SAVER!

I started making this soap after discovering a buildup of some kind of white

looking “cement” in the sewer line of my mother-in-law’s mobile home.

It is some kind of carrier from the powdered detergent she had used for years.

A subscriber shared this with me, I tried it and it worked wonderfully on the clothes.

There is no smell, dye, or perfume in this stuff. Since I line-dry everything, all I smell is sunshine!

Besides this stuff is really cheap to make.

It costs about 30 cents per gallon! The cheapest I found in the supermarket

was $5.99 per 96 ounces. Which is not even a full gallon.

And the expensive stuff is running around $10 a gallon.

HOME-MADE LAUNDRY SOAP:

1/3 bar of Fels Naptha Laundry Soap

1/2 cup of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda

1/2 cup of Borax, 20 Mule Team

Water to make the recipe

Grate the 1/3 bar of soap on an old grater. Put in a pan of 6 cups of very hot water and heat till the soap dissolves. Stir in the washing soda and borax. Stir till it thickens. This takes about 15 minutes and the mix looks sort of like honey. Take it off the heat . In a large bucket (I used a pickle pail) pour 1 quart of hot water, then stir in the soap mix you just made, and blend. Add another 5-1/2 quarts of water … this can be cold. Stir until well blended. You will have 2 gallons total.

Set aside for 24 hours. It should turn to a thick gel. I had one batch that didn’t gel, in fact it sort of separated, but I just shook the jug before I measured out the soap.

Use 1/2 cup of soap for a machine load of clothes. This soap does not have suds, so don’t panic.

I also use 1/2 cup of cider vinegar as my rinse agent instead of fabric softener. It’s cheaper and you

can’t smell it in the clothes when they are dry.

CHEAP WEED KILLER:

A subscriber wrote that she found a weed killer in a mail order catalog,

safe for the environment, biodegradable and safe for pets, for “only” $8

per quart. It was made of lemon juice and vinegar (both cheaper than $8)

so she made her own formula, tried it, and sent it to me.

I tried this and it works quite well. I called my Extension Agent and he

said that basically it is two forms of acid and perfectly safe around kids and pets.

He did caution that if you use too much, it could make the ground so that

it won’t grow anything for a few months … but that’s okay, especially

in the cracks in the sidewalks!

WEED KILLER FORMULA:

In a 1-quart spray bottle, pour 4 ounces of lemon juice concentrate (you

can get the cheap stuff … it works just as well), then fill the bottle

up with white vinegar (28 ounces). Vinegar (on sale) costs around a penny

per ounce and the lemon juice concentrate I bought was 3 cents per ounce.

For the mixture detailed above, that’s a total of 12 cents for lemon

juice and 28 cents for vinegar, which means the homemade version costs 40

cents per quart instead of $8!

INSECTICIDAL SOAP:

The commercial insecticidal soap sells for $7.98 per quart. The homemade versions cost just pennies and do the same thing.I presented two different versions on KOTA Television.    Version # 1: Mix two tablespoons of Ivory Soap Flakes powder with one quart of water. It will look a little milky. Put this in a quart spray bottle and use when you notice an infestation of white flies, mites, aphids, thrips, etc. Be sure to spray underneath the leaves too … most of these critters like to hide! Great-grandma used to pour her dishwater over plants that looked “sickly.” She was using home-made insecticidal soap.

Version # 2. Mix two tablespoons of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid with one quart of water and put in a spray bottle. Use for the same insects as the version #1 soap mixture. When I spoke with my County Extension Agent, he told me to warn folks that these are CONTACT sprays — you have to squirt them directly on the insects. He also cautioned against using these sprays OR the commercial version on a hot day, as they can damage (burn) the foliage of the plants if you get too much on the leaves. My own personal preference is the Ivory Soap spray because most dishwashing liquids are detergents and I don’t know what they do to the environment.  Use the bottom of an old plastic laundry basket as a boot tray for muddy shoes. Just cut the broken plastic top off and discard it. I used a pair of tree lopping shears to cut the ribs off mine, but a sharp knife or a good pair of scissors would do the same.

Shiny Scarecrows for Fruit Trees:

Save those throw-away disks you get in the mail for online offers. Glue them together with the silver sides out. Hang them from some fish line (I just run it through the center hole) and dangle the shiny circles from your fruit trees .. .the flashing of the silver is said to deter birds from eating the fruit. Sure worth a try to save the cherries.

“Make-It-Yourself Disinfectant Wipes and Sprays”

as seen on KOTA-TV, Rapid City, SD

The commercial disinfectant wipes and sprays are handy, with a price to match …$4.89 per container of either the wipes or spray when I checked at the supermarket. You can make them yourself for just pennies.

 You will need:

2 1/4 cups of tap water

1 1/2 teaspoons of bleach or other germicidal cleaner

1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap

Roll of paper towels … the cheap ones work just fine. Cut the roll of towels in half and take out the cardboard core. Put the half-roll in a container with a lid or an empty wipe container. Combine the liquid ingredients and pour over the towels in the container. Let the liquid soak up. To use, pull towels up from the center. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, label for use, and spray away, thus eliminating the expense of the “ready to use” product. (In this case, “ready to use” means the company has added the water!) My regular cleaner costs a little over $3 for a 48-ounce bottle, which makes 24 gallons of cleaning solution at the recommended rate of 1/4 cup per gallon! Do the math!  My cleaner, mixed according to directions, used in the sprays or wipes, figures out to $39.12 per gallon or a whopping $938.88 for the 24 gallons of cleaning mixture! This is one area where “do it yourself” really pays off.

SWEET SIMMER:

I make my own simmer mix for the stove top or simmer pot at almost no cost. I have this in a small pot at the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City every year and people will follow their noses to the scent. They are so surprised to find out the ingredients and I often hear … “I can do that!”

When you use oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes etc., save the peelings. Dry them on a paper towel on top of the refrigerator or on a window sill. When dry and crisp, break into small pieces. Mix with a handful of whole spices…broken bits of cinnamon stick, whole cloves, whole allspice berries, star anise etc. (I mix this when I clean my spice cabinet and get rid of the old stuff) Store this conglomeration in a recycled glass jar.

When you need a lift, or when company is coming, put a small amount in some water on the back of the stove and turn it on low … the whole house smells wonderful and the cost is practically nothing.

ELECTROLYTE MIX:

For baby lambs, calves, goats, etc.

This formula is to be used if the animal has an upset stomach and diarrhea.

In light of new government regulations regarding beef products fed to livestock, the following

has been changed to use CHICKEN broth or CHICKEN bouillon instead of beef products.

1 package fruit pectin (Sure-Jell or Pen-Jell)

2 teaspoons Baking Soda

1 10-ounce can Chicken Broth

or….

10 ounces of warm water mixed with either 4 chicken bouillon cubes or

4 teaspoons of powdered bouillon

1 teaspoon plain salt

Mix well. It foams up a lot so you need to use a big bowl. Let the foam go down a bit and then add 2 quarts (8 cups) of warm water.

Administer WITHOUT milk for at least 3 days…then gradually introduce the milk again.

Baby lambs or goats get 8 to 16 ounces per feeding 3 times a day. Baby calves get 1 quart (32 ounces) 2 or 3 times a day.

This is a time-tested, tried-and-true recipe used by many rural farmers/ranchers/homesteaders etc. It’s cheaper than any of the commercial mixes I’ve found and works just as well.

It goes without saying that if the animal doesn’t show some improvement within 24-36 hours, it means a trip to the vet.

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Hit the second-hand stores this spring and look for an old mesh-sided playpen. These work really great to confine the baby animals when you have to bring them in the house to warm up. The animal is up off the floor and any “accidents” are confined to one spot for easy clean-up. Anyone who raises stock will tell you that critters in the house are as much a part of spring as the mud!

EMERGENCY HEATER:

Here I go again…it’s winter and time once again for me to get on my soapbox

and preach that everyone needs to carry an Emergency Heater in their

vehicles. This 40 year old Extension Service idea will never go out of style.

It’s cheap and easy enough for kids to make.

You will need the following:

– A 1-gallon tin can (such as a 3# coffee can…with the paper label removed)

– 1 roll of toilet tissue (cardboard center removed) this is vital…you cannot leave the cardboard center in the middle of the roll.

– 1-16 ounce bottle of 70% rubbing alcohol

– 2 or 3 books of matches

– A doubled over piece of heavy duty aluminum foil, larger than the top of the can so it can hang over the sides some.

– The plastic lid for the can.

Put the toilet tissue roll, alcohol, matches, foil and the lid in the can and put it behind the seat in the pickup or on the floor in the back seat of the car/van? Do not leave home without it.

 If you get stranded in a snowstorm out on the road….

Unpack the heater kit.

Put the toilet tissue roll in the can, pour the whole bottle of alcohol over the tissue and let it soak up completely, about 10 minutes. Now you can light the heater. This does have an open flame so you need to set it where coats, caps and kids can’t catch fire. Only the top 1/3 of the can will get hot so it can sit on the car/truck seat, but a magazine wrapped in foil or even a small board could also be carried to set the heater on. Only the alcohol fumes will burn. The toilet tissue is simply the wick.

When the vehicle gets warm — it only takes about 10 minutes for this heater to warm a car up to 65 degrees — use the doubled-over foil to put out the fire. Let the can cool completely and then remove the foil and put the plastic lid on the can. You want to keep those alcohol fumes from evaporating in case you need to relight the heater.

This heater will burn about 9 hours continuously and from 18 to 24 hours on and off. Because you are only burning alcohol fumes, this produces NO carbon monoxide, but you still need to put a window down just a crack on the downwind side. This is an open flame and does use oxygen.

I also recommend that these heaters be put in the tractors of farmer/ranchers who need to travel several miles away from home to feed livestock or to check on ewes or cows that are about to give birth about the time of year when the snow squalls come through and it’s easy to lose your way.

The heaters will also work for temporary heat when the power is off in your home. Mobile homes especially cool off fast when the power is out. The heater can be taken into a small room and used to heat it. Set it on a table and light it. You will have a fair amount of heat and some light.

The heater will also work to melt snow for water and to heat up soup. You have to hold a saucepan over one side of the flames and it takes a while, but it sure beats nothing.

Please folks, if you don’t have a genuine emergency…stay home!! (I personally do not consider running out of cigarettes, coffee or pop an emergency. Now having a baby…that’s another story!) Before you turn a wheel, check the weather conditions on the local radio or TV station. Every year one reads horror stories of people with small children out on the road in a storm and nobody in the vehicle even has a warm coat with them. If you do have to get out on the road….make sure your gas tank is FULL and that someone knows where you are going, by what route, what time you are expected to arrive and who to call if you don’t. And above all….carry that heater with you.

A cell phone is a handy gadget, but during a blizzard no one can get to you anyway.

FLEAS B-GONE:

If you have pets in the house, namely dogs and cats, it’s a given that at some time or another you will be blessed with fleas. They get into the carpets and the fibers of your furniture and they hurt when they bite.

You can buy expensive sprays and flea bombs that do work fairly well, but I don’t like to use that kind of chemicals in my home. The following solution is much cheaper…and it works quite well.

Mix together:

1 cupful of plain Borax (usually sold as 20 Mule Team borax in the stores here)

1 cupful of plain Table Salt

1 cupful of plain Baking Soda

Stir these three ingredients together really well and then sprinkle this over the carpets and furniture before you go to bed at night. Next morning, you can just vacuum it up.

Repeat every couple of weeks until you are sure all of the flea eggs have hatched (they lay them in the fibers and it takes several weeks for all of them to hatch out) and you have sprinkled them.

This mix works by drying up the body fluids of the fleas. I used this when my kids were quite small. I didn’t feel I had to worry about the babies getting something in their mouth or on their hands that was harmful.

“PASTE” POT SCRUB:

1/2 cup Cream of  Tartar

1/2 cup Baking Soda

1/2 cup White Vinegar

1/2 cup Soap Flakes (example: Ivory Snow)

Combine the cream of tartar and soda, add the vinegar and mix very well. Add the soap flakes and stir to make a soft paste. Apply to a stained aluminum pan and scour with very fine (400-grade) steel wool, rinse well. Keep the remainder of the paste in a small jar with a tight fitting lid. This will remain useable for 1 to 2 years.

(I mixed this up using just tablespoons of the cream of tartar, soda, and vinegar and used a scant 1 1/2 teaspoons of the soap. It worked really well and I was quite pleased with the results. I didn’t want to mix up a whole big batch…cream of tartar is sort of expensive and I hesitated to make that much for starters.)

HOMEMADE STICKER STUFF:

The grade school crowd is into stickers of all kinds. They collect them and want to stick them everywhere. Mom can go into sticker shock when she sees the price of just a few of the things. You can make your own quite easily. Enlist the help of the kids with the picture cutting part. That way, they get what they want and you save the $$ for the things they need.

Mix together 2 parts white glue and 1 part vinegar. Paint the mixture on the backs of pretty pictures cut from magazines, seed catalogs, etc. Let them dry completely. Package them in recycled envelopes for the kids. They can lick and stick to their hearts content and it costs just pennies.

MAKE-IT-YOURSELF PRODUCE WASH:

2 cups plain tap water

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon citric acid powder

1 teaspoon lemon extract

Few drops grapefruit oil

Plantar Fasciitis Sling Strengthener (via Suzanne Newman’s Massage Therapy, Whole Health and Animal Awareness Blog)

This is a must read for every runner.  I am now carrying Foot Wheels and Foam Rollers, a must have for every runner!

“I have great results with Plantar Fasciitis with all most 90% cure rate with special Massage Techniques.” Anchor an exercise band in a loop on a desk chair leg. Put the arch of your foot in the loop/sling working against the resistance pull the exercise band toward your body 10 times. Relax and repeat the exercise 10-15 times. I also do Kinesio tapping which works great too. Arch Strengthener I highly suggest buying Foot Savers sold on http://www.yamunRead More

via Suzanne Newman’s Massage Therapy, Whole Health and Animal Awareness Blog

Stop The Insanity Now, Don’t Buy From These Companies!

It wasn’t very long ago that I thought becoming a vegan was tree hugging, extremists. That’s all changed, I am almost a complete vegan except for fish and that is for now. I think I will give up eating fish at some point. There will be people again I say, what does this have to do with massage therapy. My massage practice is about letting people know all information that can improve their health, their attitude and our planet.

I have some very important books that I so very strongly suggest everyone reads. These books can be bought used on eBay or at your local bookstore. The first is, The Face On Your Plate, The Truth About Food, The Pig Who Sang To The Moon, The Emotional World Of Farm Animals and When Elephants Weep, The Emotional Lives Of Animals. All these books are written by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson. I promise you if you read these books it will be life altering for you. I honestly believe we must read these books!

The treatment of animals is beyond anything I could imagine. It is barbaric, it is inhumane and it is not necessary whatsoever. The consumption of meat, pork and poultry will destroy this planet alone, if we keep up what we’re doing. If you turn a blind eye to this you are responsible for the children that will die, deadly pandemics and illnesses that can be prevented by simply reading these books. It also about taking action and responsibility for your family and it’s as simple as that. You can read this and ignore it, or you can read this and make a difference, starting now.
It is wonderful to know that by reading three books that can be life altering and it will cost you maybe $15 for all three books on eBay.

It is time for all of us to wake up, wake up! The future generations as well as our own are at risk right now. If you can’t believe the extreme immediacy that we must change the treatment of farm animals, you will be shocked when you read The Face On Your Plate. The Truth About Food. How this change comes about is being intelligent, putting your foot down and changing. Fast food has to be eliminated if you can read this page then you have enough intelligence to never eat at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s or what ever. I never realized how very easy it is to eliminate meat of all kinds from my diet, not only will my health be better, what is most important to me is the life of animals and how they are treated on this planet.

I was absolutely shocked to find out all the companies that abuse, torture, inhumanely kill testing products that most of you use every day. It’s hard to believe isn’t it? Animals are tortured by the companies I list below.

COMPANIES THAT DO TEST ON ANIMALS.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why are these companies included on the ‘Do Test’ list?
The following companies manufacture products that ARE tested on animals. Those marked with a ? are currently observing a moratorium (i.e., current suspension of) on animal testing. Please encourage them to announce a permanent ban. Listed in parentheses are examples of products manufactured by either the company listed or, if applicable, its parent company. For a complete listing of products manufactured by a company on this list, please visit the company’s Web site or contact the company directly for more information. Companies on this list may manufacture individual lines of products without animal testing (e.g., Clairol claims that its Herbal Essences line is not animal-tested). They have not, however, eliminated animal testing from their entire line of cosmetics and household products.

Similarly, companies on this list may make some products, such as pharmaceuticals, that are required by law to be tested on animals. However, the reason for these companies’ inclusion on the list is not the animal testing that they conduct that is required by law,
but rather the animal testing (of personal-care and household products) that is not
required by law.

What can be done about animal tests required by law?
Although animal testing of pharmaceuticals and certain chemicals is still mandated by law, the arguments against using animals in cosmetics testing are still valid when applied to the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. These industries are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, respectively, and it is the responsibility of the companies that kill animals in order to bring their products to market to convince the regulatory agencies that there is a better way to determine product safety. PETA is actively working on this front by funding the development and validation of non-animal test methods and providing input through our involvement on government advisory committees at both the national and international levels. Companies often resist progress and, instead of using human-relevant non-animal tests, choose to use animal tests because their results can be manipulated. Let companies know how you feel about this.

Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight), P.O. Box 1625, Horsham, PA 19044-6625; 609-683-5900; 800-524-1328; http://www.armhammer.com

?Bic Corporation, 1 Bic Way, Ste.1, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-783-2000; http://www.bicworld.com

Church & Dwight (Aim, Arm & Hammer, Arrid, Brillo, Close-up, Kaboom, Lady’s Choice, Mentadent, Nair, Orange Glo International, Oxi Clean, Pearl Drops), P.O. Box 1625, Horsham, PA 19044-6625; 609-683-5900; 800-524-1328; http://www.churchdwight.com

Clairol (Aussie, Daily Defense, Herbal Essences, Infusium 23, Procter & Gamble), 1 Blachley Rd., Stamford, CT 06922; 800-252-4765; http://www.clairol.com

Clorox (ArmorAll, Formula 409, Fresh Step, Glad, Liquid Plumber, Pine-Sol, Soft Scrub, S.O.S., Tilex), 1221 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612; 510-271-7000; 800-227-1860; http://www.clorox.com

Dial Corporation (Dry Idea, Purex, Renuzit, Right Guard, Soft & Dri), 15101 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 5028, Scottsdale, AZ 85254-2199; 800-528-0849; http://www.dialcorp.com

Johnson & Johnson (Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Listerine, Lubriderm, Neutrogena, Rembrandt, ROC), 1 Johnson & Johnson Plz., New Brunswick, NJ 08933; 732-524-0400; 800-526-3967; http://www.jnj.com

L’Oréal (Biotherm, Cacharel, Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Helena Rubinstein, Lancôme, Matrix Essentials, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Redken, Soft Sheen, Vichy), 575 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10017; 212-818-1500; http://www.loreal.com

Max Factor (Procter & Gamble), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-983-1100; 800-543-1745; http://www.maxfactor.com
Mead, 10 W. Second St., #1, Dayton, OH 45402; 937-495-6323; http://www.meadweb.com
Melaleuca, 3910 S. Yellowstone Hwy., Idaho Falls, ID 83402-6003; 208-522-0700; http://www.melaleuca.com

New Dana Perfumes, 470 Oakhill Rd., Crestwood Industrial Park, Mountaintop, PA 18707; 800-822-8547
Olay (Procter & Gamble), P.O. Box 599, Cincinnati, OH 45201; 800-543-1745; http://www.oilofolay.com

Pantene (Procter & Gamble), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 800-945-7768; http://www.pantene.com

Physique (Procter & Gamble), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 800-214-8957; http://www.physique.com

Ponds (Unilever), 800 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; 800-909-9493; http://www.ponds.com

Procter & Gamble Co. (Clairol, Crest, Gillette, Giorgio, Iams, Max Factor, Physique, Tide), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-983-1100; 800-543-1745; http://www.pg.com
Reckitt Benckiser (Easy Off, Lysol, Mop & Glo, Old English, Resolve, Spray ‘N Wash, Veet, Woolite), 399 Interpace Pkwy., Parsippany, NJ 07054; 973-633-3600; 800-333-3899; http://www.reckittbenckiser.com

Shiseido Cosmetics, 5-5, Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-k, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan; 212-805-2300; http://www.shiseido.com

Schering-Plough (Bain de Soleil, Coppertone, Dr. Scholl’s), 2000 Galloping Hill Rd., Kenilworth, NJ 07033-0530; 800-842-4090; http://www.sch-plough.com

S.C. Johnson (Drano, Edge, Fantastik, Glade, OFF!, Oust, Pledge, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout, Skintimate, Windex, Ziploc), 1525 Howe St., Racine, WI 53403; 800-494-4855; http://www.scjohnson.com

Suave (Unilever), 800 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; 212-888-1260; 800-782-8301; http://www.suave.com

Unilever (Axe, Dove, Lever Bros., Suave, Sunsilk), 800 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; 212-888-1260; 800-598-1223; http://www.unilever.com

Vicks (Procter & Gamble), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-983-1100; 800-543-1745; http://www.pg.com

Aim (Church & Dwight), Always (Procter & Gamble), Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight), Armor All (Clorox), Arrid (Church & Dwight), Aussie (Procter & Gamble), Joy (Procter & Gamble), Kaboom (Church & Dwight), L’Oreal USA, Lancôme (L’Oreal), Liquid Plumr (Clorox) Listerine (Johnson & Johnson), Lubriderm (Johnson & Johnson), Lux (Unilever), Lysol (Reckitt Benckiser), Aveeno (Johnson & Johnson), Axe (Unilever), Bain de Soleil (Schering-Plough), Bic Corporation, Biotherm (L’Oreal), Cacharel (L’Oreal), Church & Dwight (Arm & Hammer), Clairol (Procter & Gamble), Clean & Clear (Johnson & Johnson), Clorox, Close-up (Church & Dwight), Coppertone (Schering-Plough), Crest (Procter & Gamble), Dial, Kaboom (Church & Dwight), L’Oreal USA, Lancôme (L’Oreal), Liquid Plumr (Clorox), Listerine (Johnson & Johnson), Lubriderm (Johnson & Johnson), Lux (Unilever), Lysol (Reckitt Benckiser,Matrix Essentials (L’Oreal), Max Factor (Procter & Gamble), Maybelline (L’Oreal), Mead, Melaleuca, Mentadent (Church & Dwight), Mr. Clean (Procter & Gamble), Nair (Church & Dwight), Neutrogena (Johnson & Johnson), New Dana Perfumes, Off (S.C.Johnson), Olay (Procter & Gamble), Old English (Reckitt Benckiser), Old Spice (Procter & Gamble), OxiClean (Church & Dwight), Pampers (Procter & Gamble), Pantene (Procter & Gamble), Pearl Drops (Church & Dwight), Physique (Procter & Gamble), Pine-Sol (Clorox), Pledge (S.C. Johnson), Ponds (Unilever), Procter & Gamble, Puffs (Procter & Gamble), Purex (Dial), Raid (S.C. Johnson), Ralph Lauren Fragrances (L’oreal), Reckitt Benckiser, Redken (L’Oreal), Rembrandt (Johnson & Johnson), Renuzit (Dial), Resolve (Reckitt Benckiser), Right Guard (Dial), ROC (Johnson & Johnson), S.C.Johnson,S.O.S, (Clorox), Scope (Procter & Gamble), Scrubbing Bubbles (S.C. Johnson), Secret (Procter & Gamble), Shiseido Cosmeitcs, Shout (S.C. Johnson), Signal (Unilever), Soft & Dri (Dial), Soft Scrub (Dial), SoftSheen (L’Oreal), Spray ’N Wash, (Reckitt Benckiser), Suave (Unilever), Sunsilk (Unilever), Swiffer (Procter & Gamble), Tide (Procter & Gamble), Tilex (Clorox), Unilever, Vaseline (Unilever), Veet (Reckitt Benckiser), Vichy (L’Oreal), Vicks (Procter & Gamble), Windex (S.C. Johnson), Woolite (Reckitt Benckiser) ,Zest (Procter & Gamble), Dry Idea (Dial), Easy-Off (Reckitt Benckiser), Fantastik (S.C. Johnson), Febreze (Procter & Gamble), Formula 409 (Clorox), Fresh Step (Clorox), Garnier (L’Oreal), Gillette Co.(Procter & Gamble), Giorgio Armani (L’Oreal), Glad (Clorox), Glade (S.C. Johnson), Head & Shoulders (Procter & Gamble), Helena Rubinstein (L’Oreal), Iams (Procter & Gamble), Ivory (Procter & Gamble).
This is absolutely insane, unbelievable and I thank God I don’t use any of these products!

These are products that DO NOT use animals to experiment on.

Acquarella, Adorned With Grace Minerals, AG Hair Cosmetics, AHAVA, Akasha, Alba, Alexandra de Markoff (some products), Alice Cosmetics, Alima Pure Cosmetics, Alison Raffaele Cosmetics, Almay, Aloette, Alvera, Amala Beauty, Amazing Cosmetics, Amazon Organics, American Beauty, AminoGenesis ?, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Anise Cosmetics, Anne Marie Borlind, apothecary-shoppe.com, Aquage Hydrating Shampoo, Arbonne, A Different Daisy, Peta Mall Link, A Perfume Organic, A Wild Soap Bar, ABBA Pure & Natural Hair Care, he Abercrombie & Fitch, Abra Therapeutics, Absolute Miracle, Acquarella Polish, Adorn Mineral Cosmetics, Advanage Wonder Cleaner, Advanced Beauty Tools, Advanced Botanical Research, Affordable Mineral Makeup, Afrumos, After Inked, LLC, Afterglow Cosmetics, AG Hair Cosmetics, Agape by DK, Ageless Fantasy, Ainterol Natural Products, D & M D, Adair Cosmetics, Daisy Blue Naturals, DaLish Cosmetics, Dallas Manufacturing Company, Damp Rid, Inc., Dancing Dingo Darla Makeup, David Babaii for Wild Aid, De La Terre Cosmetics, Decleor USA, DeeDa Notions, Dena Corporation, Deodorant Stones of America, derma-e Natural Bodycare, DERmagic, Dermalogica, Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories, Desert Essence,

Here is a wonderful and informative web-site that show all companies Good and Evil!
http://search.caringconsumer.com

The Amazing Kinesio Taping®

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 I am amazed at the results I am getting with my clients as much as they are. This is truly fascinating to be able to relieve pain and edema so quickly in most cases. The Tape is water proof so it can stay on up to 5 days. The increased lymphatic circulation in muscle and joint pain relief is astounding. There is a vast amount that can be done with taping. Please call for an appointment today 609-683-1608.

  Kinesio Taping® is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. This Kinesio Taping® exhibits its efficacy through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. This method basically stems from the science of Kinesiology. Hence the name “Kinesio” is used. Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature and much more. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms in the body.

  Consequently, so much attention was given to the importance of muscle function that the idea of treating the muscles in order to activate the body’s own healing process came about. Using an elastic tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. The use of Kinesio Taping® creates a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles and organs. The first application of Kinesio Taping® was for a patient with articular disorders.

  The first 19 years Kinesio Taping was used by Orthopedists, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists and other medical practitioners, where the main users of Kinesio Taping®. Olympic volleyball players discovered Kinesio Taping® and soon there after the word spread to other athletes. Today Kinesio Taping® is accepted by medical practitioners and athletes.

  Muscles constantly extend and contract within a normal range; however, when muscles over extend and over contract and a good example of a muscle in this condition is a person lifting an excessive amount of weight.The muscles can’t recover and becomes inflamed, the fatigue also comes from the muscle being swollen and stiff. The space between the skin and muscle is compressed, resulting in constriction to the flow of lymphatic fluid. The compression also applies pressure to the pain receptors beneath the skin, which in turn communicates,” discomfort signals” to the brain thus the person experiences muscular pain.

   Conventional athletic tape is designed to restrict muscle movement of affected muscles and joints.For this purpose, layers of tape are applied around and / or over the injury. This pressure causes a significant obstruction of natural flow of body fluid. This type of tape wrapping is applied before a sport activity and removed immediately when the sport is finished. Kinesio Taping® is based on a different philosophy that aims to give free range of motion in order to allow the body’s muscular system to heal itself bio- mechanically.

 To ensure that the muscles have free range of motion, elastic tapes with an elasticity of 130-140% of its original length are recommended for Kinesio Taping®. This specific elasticity also will not allow an over stretch of the muscles themselves. It may look like conventional athletic tape, but tape and Kinesio Taping® is fundamentally different in many ways. 

  Kinesio Taping® alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. The taped portion forms convolutions in the skin, thus increasing interstitial space. The result is that pressure and irritation are taken off the neural and sensory receptors, alleviating pain. Pressure is gradually taken off the lymphatic system, allowing it to channel more freely.

Call for an appointment to day 609-683-1608