Monthly Archives: September 2013

Root chakras and deodorant.

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I just got back from traveling around Oregon and down to UC Santa Barbara. It seems like I have been gone for way longer than a few weeks. I am now back in Berkeley and find myself overwhelmed. The vibes in Bezerkeley are so different than anywhere else I have been. Up in Oregon I felt the need to eat and sleep a lot which are root chakra activities. In Santa Barbara I felt like I wanted to party every night and go to the beach and be a social butterfly.
In both of those places I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do. In Santa Barbara especially I felt very in touch with my heart, and I wanted to talk to people with out putting up a facade. 
Since I got back home two nights ago I have been feeling so out of it. Ungrounded is a tricky thing to define, but more or less the characteristics of an grounded person are that they are focused, practical, organized, and present. An ungrounded person is more of a space case, they tend to float through life, and are often distracted or “not all there.”
This is more or less how I have been feeling. Last night I ripped my favorite shorts on a chair, dropped my laptop off of my bed, and stubbed my toe all in a span of about 5 minutes. I’m not sure if it’s a result of my environment, or if I just feel overwhelmed because it is time for me to get a job and start applying for school, but I feel as if I am being pulled in three different directions, and I cannot stay on the path that I want to be on. But at the same time, whatever path I am on is exactly the path I am supposed to be on. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I was on a very specific train of thought in my time in Oregon and especially Santa Barbara, and now that I’m back home I feel like this train has turned into water and it is slipping through my fingers.

It’s a confusing time ladies and gentlemen.
Do you ever feel like this? What would you do in this situation?

Here are 5 things I did (and plan to do) today to help me get grounded
1. Listened to Muse
2. Took a deep breath. Took another one.
3. Ate a salad
4. Went on a walk
5. Wrote this blog post

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I also bought some amazing-smelling deodorant.This is totally off topic and completely reaffirms everything I just said, but I feel like telling the world. I stopped using popular brands of deodorant because they use aluminum to clog the pores under the arm. I’ve tried a few brands such as Tom’s and this other water roll on stick thing, but they just didn’t work for me. The one I bought today is tea tree lavender scented by earth science. It smells like faeries. 

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Water Fluoridation and Toothpaste

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In case you didn’t already know, the US fluoridates its drinking water. For a more in depth look at this practice you can go to this website, or this one, or read this Harvard University study that concludes that children in communities with fluoridated water have lower IQ scores.
I have two beefs with the government putting a toxic chemical in my water.

1. They’re putting a toxic chemical in my water. This is the water I drink, bath in, wash my face with, cook my pasta, water my herbs, etc. I have absolutely no say in the matter even though it is my body they are poisoning.

2. They are disguising it as a mega health benefit, as if they are doing me the favor even though
a) The “benefits” of fluoride can only come from topical use
b) It is illegal to administer a drug to a patient without their consent. Yes, fluoride is considered a drug by the FDA. Yes, you can buy it in pill form at the pharmacy.
c) The fluoride that has been recognized for it’s health benefits is Calcium Fluoride, a natural occurring element in some spring water. The crap they are putting in my water is Sodium Fluoride, a byproduct of the fertilizer industry (how convenient) also used in rat poisoning and shown to be 85 times more toxic than Calcium Fluoride.

Fluoride also has a nasty little habit of accumulating on the pineal gland. The pineal gland (also known as the “Third Eye,” referred to by Descartes as “The principal seat of the soul”) is critical in producing melatonin (The stuff that regulates sleeping patterns and sexual development) as well as a slew of other super important functions. Even more creepy than this is that fluoride used to be prescribed as a drug to combat patients with an over-active thyroid, and it worked. The best part is that the amount that was prescribed was pretty low- about 2-5 milligrams per day over several months- which is well within the range of the amount ingested by people in fluoridated communities. Wow, and I didn’t even need a prescription! Thanks but no thanks, the last I remember my thyroid does not need to be suppressed. An under-active thyroid can lead to a whole bunch of junk including fatigue, muscle/joint pain, depression, weight gain, menstrual disturbances, impaired fertility, impaired memory, and inability to concentrate. Hmmm… sounds familiar.

And on top of everything else fluoride is found in extremely concentrated amounts in… where else but the stuff I use to brush my teeth. Obviously toothpaste is not meant to be ingested, but let’s be honest it’s nearly impossible to not swallow just a teeny bit. But in that teeny bit is probably more than I would get drinking tap water all day. Here are a few of the things that I do in order to squelch my fluoride intake:

1. I buy non-fluoridated toothpaste. I stopped using any fluoridated toothpaste about a year ago and I will never go back. It was weird at first because it’s not the chemical laden crap I was used to, but recently I used some crest at a friends house and I was so surprised at how awful it tasted. My favorite brand is Jason’s non fluoridated line. There are quite a few other brands that make natural toothpaste (Tom’s does and I’ve seen a few at Trader Joe’s) but Jason’s Sea Fresh is the best toothpaste I have ever tried. It is so fresh and pleasant and it gets all foamy, which aside from it being non toxic is probably my favorite part.

2. I don’t drink tap water because I know that my community fluoridates its water (I found out by going here and selecting my state). The thing about tap water is that fluoride is not the freakiest thing in there by far cough* Chloramine cough*. A friend of mine is currently in the process of building a distiller for me (so pumped!) Other ways of getting access to non toxic water include reverse osmosis (I really have no clue what that is), buying spring water (be weary of plastic though, there are water stores and machines where you can bring your own container), having a well, trading a kidney on the black market, and living on an iceberg.

3. Processed foods and beverages more often than not contain fluoride if water is a main ingredient (grape juice, soda, gusher’s, whatever)

I’ve spoken my piece about fluoride. I would love to hear your opinion on the matter.

A New Direction

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I’ve decided to start taking this blog in a new direction. A bit more focused than just the daily ramblings of my life. I want to blog about something that I am passionate about and that other people might be interested in reading. I have been searching for a good blog that can give me reliable information and advice about living naturally. While there are some great blogs out there I face a few encounters in my search to live a natural and healthy life.

1. I am a girl. Most natural living blogs don’t take into account the fact that I like wearing makeup and deodorant, and I’m not gung  ho on giving that up completely.

2. I don’t have endless amounts of money in my disposal. While that would be great to be able to throw away hundreds of dollars on the most eco friendly fair trade yerba matte cacao infusion body butter, I simply don’t have those resources. I usually find that 9 times out of 10, the simplest answer is also the cheapest.

3. I want a blog that will incorporate all aspects of natural living, not just food, or makeup, or giving the DL on the nitty gritty stuff that Monsanto doesn’t want you to know. I’m talking product reviews, tips, tricks, recipes, research, and basically anything and everything that will make my quality of life healthier and happier.

So since I cannot find a blog that incorporates everything I need, I am going to attempt to create it myself. A trendy girl’s approach to living naturally. I deem it The Naturalista.

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