Unite for Human Rights

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As the all natural me dot com blogger, I wanted to show some support for Bloggers Unite, a social awareness campaign which encourages bloggers to use their blog space to make the world a better place. Hey, we like that.  A lot.

Bloggers worldwide are blogging today to spread the word about human rights. Some popular topics will be human rights in China, illegal detentions at Guantanamo Bay, and the crisis in Darfur.

Visit unite.blogcatalog.com for links to related petitions and how you can help.

You can also visit the Amnesty International human rights priorities page for more topics on human rights issues.  Please spread the word about causes that you feel are important.

SMARxT Disposal of Your Meds

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Please don’t think All Natural Me is becoming a pill pusher. If you can get on without a prescription, hooray for you! Occasionally for me, certain circumstances demand conventional meds. Like a few months ago when my son got a hook worm in his arm, I felt the need to nuke his little body with some anti-parasitic medicine pronto! And last year when I had this reoccurring yeast infection, I finally said F – it, and went with the amazing, pop one pill prescription and then I was all done with the itchy coochie just like that. So quick and so simple, that I wondered to myself, why in the world had I suffered for a week trying to use that homeopathic crap?

Anyways, there’s always the chance that you may not end up using all your prescriptions and then need to dispose of them. Do not flush medicine down the toilet! Or the drain. The best way to get rid of it is the trash but first put the meds in a plastic bag, crush, add water to dissolve and then add kitty litter, sawdust or coffee grounds. This is to protect animals or children who may be rummaging in the trash. It also discourages your crack head neighbor from ingesting your left overs.

More info: smarxtdisposal.net

You Can Help End Food Crisis

Care2.com has a petition website. I’m on their email list and almost everyday, there’s something that you can sign your John Hancock to support – wolves, seals, elephants, politics, coffee farmers, trees, you name it. It can be a bit overwhelming at times.

Well, today’s petition was about something truly overwhelming.

Hunger.

Now we’re not talking how “starving” you are 20 minutes before dinner. We all say that, and none of us will ever even know what starvation feels like. Even on our hungriest days, we will never know painful hunger like people of impoverished nations know on a daily basis.

I have two simple things you can do today to help world hunger. One is to sign a political petition for a Farm Bill that is coming up and the other, if you are financially able, is to donate to the victims of the Cyclone Nargis who will be in desperate need of food until next harvest in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma).

Signing the Farm Bill Petition will tell Congress to take the money that they usually give to the huge farm corporations and instead, do our part to help end world hunger and use that money to help feed the hungry. Very good cause, especially if you are familiar with the huge Agro-monster Monsanto. Do the rich really need to get even richer while parts are the world are too poor to even afford their genetically modified Round-Up Ready Soybeans?

Congress needs to stop helping themselves, stop catering to big business and start listening to what the American people want.

After you sign the petition, if you would like to support the relief efforts for the 630,000 people in need of food and water in Myanmar, I suggest donating directly to World Food Programme or one of their supporting organizations, such as The Prem Rawat Foundation, which I highly recommend as a secure way to donate.

When I think back of all the different foods I have eaten, just today, I feel very blessed indeed.

Birthday Girl

Hey Friend!

Happy May to you! So far, this month has been huge as this years birthday officially took me out of my twenties. Now that I’ve hit the big 3-0, some people may expect me to finally grow up and stop wasting my time being fanatical about green issues and natural living.

Well, I assure you, that will never happen. I bet that even when I turn the big 9-0, I’ll still make the effort to point my cane in the air and shout “Buy organic or die!” to all my friends in grown-up diapers.

Keep eating organic and you may be around to find out for yourself!
Visit the blog this week for these fascinating posts:

* Burt’s Bees is 98% Natural and 2% Bleach
* Litter Break Down – How long does it take trash to decompose?
* What is Acupuncture?
* And a New Comic – Medication Side Effects

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Your comments are always most welcome. Our Top Commentator winner from April is Sam! We’re sending her an upcycled tote bag filled with eco-friendly goodies like a reuseable shopping bag, All Natural Me’s Recycled Confetti, Environmental Working Groups pesticide and cosmetic info cards, a set of free Karma Kards and a Plastic Bags Blow Sticker. Wooo hooo! And there’s lots of fun stuff lined up for the May winner so be sure to come and hang out with All Natural Me.

Much love to you!

Sadie from allnaturalme.com
ps – Thanks for all the wonderful birthday wishes! I am truly surrounded by amazing people.

[ picture of me & my top friends ]

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Medication Side Effects

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Meds.
You’re either on them or will find yourself needing them one day.

Sometimes it seems like in order to fix what’s ailing you, you have to trade in one problem for an even bigger one, just so you don’t have to sneeze again.

Are the side effects worth it?

Burt’s Bees is 98% Natural

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And 2% Bleach!

Isn’t one of the signs the world is coming to an end when Burt’s Bees sells out to Clorox?

I know this is sorta old news, but because I live under a rock without a television or any interest in current events, it’s pretty new to me.

What a drag. Even though it is a natural part of business evolution for a small company to grow big and then hand off the hard work to hit the jackpot, knowing that Burt’s Bees is now owned by a huge unethical corporate monster, will make it very hard to scrub up with the Garden Carrot Complexion Soap and pretty up with the… (wow. it just hit me.)

Oh no, the Lip Shimmer!!!

Ahh…. mourning the loss of you, my sweet Lip Shimmer. When I finish this tube, I’m so done with you. Guess it’s time to renew my moral contract and seek out the small guys again for my lip shimmering needs.

Handmade really is the way to go!

Litter Break Down

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Great motivation to reduce the amount of stuff we consume, recycle everything we do use and pick up trash and put it in it’s place… like up the can of the a-hole who was rude enough to litter.

No, no silly.  I really mean, put the litter in the trash can, so it can go to the landfill and sit and sit and sit and sit and sit and sit and sit…for a really long time.

What is Acupuncture?

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Acupuncture originated in China more than 3,000 years ago and is used to treat illness, prevent disease, and improve total well-being. By inserting sterile, disposable needles in designated points in the body, the practitioner stimulates and balances the flow of Qi (“chee”), which is the body’s natural energy.  Acupuncture not only helps correct chronic conditions, but it also helps prevent disease by strengthening the natural immune system.

Over 20 million Americans turned to Acupuncture in 2007. How can such an “ancient” medicine be at the forefront of the new millennium? Simple, Acupuncture works.

Acupuncture can be used to alleviate muscular and internal issues. It is also effective as preventive maintenance. In other words, it is an exceptional way to correct current ailments and maintain balanced health.

How does Acupuncture work?

If a person has any imbalance in the body, symptoms may manifest as headaches, fatigue, constipation, PMS, insomnia, depression, pain, etc. Each symptom correlates to its own meridian or Qi pathway. Acupuncture is used to stimulate the Qi in the meridian connected to the imbalance, helping achieve alleviation of the symptom by removing blockages and encouraging the free flow of energy.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Most people feel nothing when the needle is inserted. Acupuncture needles are solid and as thin as a human hair. In Acupuncture, we administer needles with caution, avoiding arteries and nerves. Thus, the treatment is mostly painless, but, since stimulation needs to be achieved, you may feel a heaviness or warm sensation around the needle or traveling up and down the meridian. Any kind of discomfort from the stimulation of the needle disappears in seconds.

What conditions can be treated with Acupuncture?

-Addiction
-Anxiety*
-Arthritis
-Asthma
-Bronchitis
-Carpal tunnel syndrome
-Colitis
-Common cold
-Constipation
-Depression
-Diarrhea
-Digestive trouble*
-Dizziness*
-Emotional duress*
-Eye problems
-Facial palsy
-Fatigue*
-Fibromyalgia
-Gingivitis
-Headache*
-Incontinence
-Indigestion*
-Infertility
-Insomnia*
-Irritable bowel syndrome
-Joint pain*
-Low back pain*
-Menopause
-Menstrual irregularities
-Migraine
-Morning sickness*
-Nausea*
-Osteoarthritis
-PMS
-Pneumonia
-Sciatica
-Shoulder pain*
-Sinusitis
-Sore throat*
-Stress*
-Tennis elbow
-Tooth pain*
-Urinary tract infections

* Marks all the conditions that Sadie would like addressed in her next appointment.

Umm… Make that appointments, with her good friends at Simple Balance.

Funky Feet

Nice weather is here and everyone wants to ditch the socks.

Good – air those piggies out, I know mine are begging for attention. Make time to pretty up those gators who’ve been neglected all winter and do some maintenance like cutting back your claws, sanding down your inch thick callouses and digging out the funky goop hiding under your nails. Your sandals will appreciate it.

Then grab a friend for some deluxe funky feet pampering!

D.I.Y. Minty Lime Pedicure – Soak & Scrub

Soak Recipe

Add the following to a basin filled with warm water:

* 1/2 cup sea salts
* 3 slices lime
* 5-10 fresh mint leaves
* 5 drops of essential oil of Lime

Scrub Recipe

3 limes – quarter them and pulse pieces to a chunky pulp in a blender
Place lime pulp into a small bowl and add:

* 2-3 Tablespoons of white sugar
* 1 Tablespoon of sweet almond oil
* 13 fresh mint leaves (chopped)
* 5 drops of essential oil of Lime

Minty Lime Pedicure Directions

1. Soak each foot for 5-10 minutes in the basin.
2. Apply scrub with circular movements around your foot, ankle & calf.
3. Rinse scrub and remove with a cloth.
4. Dry with a towel and apply your favorite all natural lotion.

All done.  Wiggle your pretty piggies and sing this little piggy went to market… You are ready to run around barefoot.

Make Every Day Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day!

We’ve been living eco-friendly every day since last year – how about you?

Hey, I have a great idea! Since I’ve been busting my green ass for 365 days in a row, I think I’m going to take one off. Now that sounds like a REAL holiday!

But the question is, could I get through one day without picking up trash, stirring my compost and condemning folks for not living naturally? Hmmm… On second thought, I guess I won’t be taking a day off after all.

And you know what – I wouldn’t want to anyways!

Celebrate Green and Have a Great Earth Day!

Online Resources for Earth Day

Too Tired to Save The World

With Earth Day right around the corner, you’d think I would be on a manic hippie high just waiting for my turn to hug a tree. But I have to confess that all the commercial hoopla and green bandwagon jumping has me a little zapped. Don’t get me wrong, the more green folks, the better. I just wish it was more participating quality and not just mindless quantity.

There are so many people that desperately need to get a clue about green issues and natural living that I shouldn’t complain about how hypocritical Walmart’s green initiatives are or whine about how shopping in general can’t truly help support the environment. I should just be thankful that eco-issues are kinda being presented to our country of Wal-tards and hope that green inspiration grabs hold of them and not just their checkbooks.

Is Earth Day the New Christmas?

It wouldn’t be a bad idea if we were all giving each other gifts of dandelion necklaces and sweet Earth Day caroling. Unfortunately, most supporting “green” business owners just want you to buy – buy – buy! And are even ready to plant a f’n tree just as soon as you purchase their new blah – blah – blah. It’s almost too silly. And just for fair warning, only click the f’n tree link if you are very brave and have a strong stomach for naughty words.

So what do you do when green exhaustion strikes you?

Really, I would love to know! Personally, I just lumber along and keep doing all the green things that are always on auto pilot for me until I can purge myself of my sourness. Usually one or two abusive blog posts will do it. Then it’s time for re-inspiration and there’s nothing better then hanging out with the wild bunch in the All Natural Me Myspace group.

If that disappoints, then I’ll read my favorite email that I got from The Universe this week.

Rainbows and butterflies, cattails and dandelions, waterfalls and rainforests, puppy dogs and dragonflies, sea foam and orcas, sunshine and comets, snowflakes and ice cycles, wildflowers and Sadie Cherico….

Did I think of everything, or what?

Crazy, sexy, cool,
The Universe

Nothing like some Unconditional Love from The Universe to remind you how wonderfully important you are. Then abracadabra! I’m ready to save the world again.