Thursday, November 13, 2014

Non-Toxic Gift Guide #Spa Her

As the savvy consumer become more and more aware of what's in our food and products, gift giving and receiving can be a dilemma! Here are some suggestions from TheOliveParent Organics shop for dilemma free and thoughtful gifts. It it truly vital to consider toxic-free skin care! What is put on our skin can be readily absorbed directly into the bloodstream without filtering. Our skin is a living organ! Read: What You Thought You Knew About The Cosmetic Industry... 

For more **details about products, shipping and discounts, please visit the Non-Toxic Holiday Gift Guide home page.

Gift suggestion... make a Spa gift certificate for that special lady (person) in your life, for a free foot and back rub along with the following organic items....

Inland salt blended with organic coconut oil, orange essential oil, lime, cinnamon, clove, rosemary and jojoba, is sure to create that at home spa environment. Your loved one can use this in the shower or bath
**Retail Price: $45.05

This seasonal, holiday-themed massage oil blends sunflower seed oil, jojoba and avocado fruit oils with clove, lime, cinnamon, sweet orange and rosemary for a rejuvenating, relaxation massage.
**Retail Price: $26.60

While she (or he) is enjoying her foot rub, a mineral mask a favored spa ritual! Sun-dried Kaolinite Clay (white clay) with hops, nettle, horsetail and more make for a gentle, but effective mask. The Rejuvenating Mineral Mask works in conjunction with the Rejuvenating skin type (dry/mature).
**Retail Price: $28.65

For your free product consultation please use the contact form on the sidebar. Gift certificates are available to purchase at the shop.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Remembering Our Veterans This Holiday Season

November 11th is Veteran's Day!

If you're a fan of Nordic Naturals' high quality fish oils, you can support our heros by purchasing one of the following:

***All bottle sizes of Baby’s DHA, Children’s DHA™, Nordic Berries™, Omega-3, Complete Omega™, Ultimate Omega®, Pet Cod Liver Oil, and Omega-3 Pet™ ***

Until December 31st, your purchase will support monthly donations of Nordic Naturals omega oils to veterans and their service dogs via the program, Paws for Veterans.

Learn more by visiting and watching this heart warming video.

Disclosure: This promotional article is sponsored by Nordic Naturals. TheOliveParent received compensation in the form of products for this promotion.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Keeping #Ebola Concerns in Perspective - Dr. Elaine Addresses Your Questions

It is difficult not to be confused about Ebola. Moms and dads, primary caregivers of their families' health have rightful concerns about this viral infection. As a mom of seven children, I too want to ensure my family is safe and well. Unfortunately, information regarding Ebola has been conflicting, confusing, overwhelming and exploited as a marketing tactic.

I am blessed to have a friend in Dr. Elaine Ferguson, the author of Superhealing. She was able to expound to me personally and on her blog just exactly how the Ebola virus works. Not only that, she highlights very common sense information.

*Much of what is being reported is media-based fear and will pass. To keep things in perspective, Dr. Elaine invites us to recall our own history of pandemic reporting,

  • SARS
  • Bird Flu
  • Y2K
  • H1N1
  • MERS
  • Anthrax
*The five Americans that contracted the virus in Africa were successfully treated, as noted by President Obama.

*Ebola is NOT an airborne virus, despite conflicting reports. She points out that viruses do not change their vector of transmission (mode of transmission). For example, HIV has always been 
transmitted via blood or bodily fluids.

*We need to consider the general malnourished state of African countries.

If you're concerned, worried or even fearful of contracting the virus, I highly encourage you to read Dr. Elaine's articles found below. 

As parents and stewards of our family's health, we should focus on what we should always be doing...protecting and developing our immune & gut systems with nutrient-rich diets, exercise and fresh air. With 80% of packaged American foods banned in many other countries due to its chemical content, the chances ofAmericans developing a chronic disease is possibly higher, than the chance of catching Ebola.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

What You Thought You Knew About The Cosmetic Industry, but Didn’t

Beauty sleep can only do so much! We use at least nine products for maintenance and upkeep daily. Soaps, lotions, toothpastes, shampoos, conditioners and more. For women we use a heck of a lot more. Think hair style, makeup, skin care…the products I use are literally falling off the shelf, while my husband’s cabinet has plenty of space. Smile

What about product safety? Many of us take for granted that the products we use on a daily basis are safe simply because they for sale in a store somewhere.

“Consumers believe that ‘if it's on the market, it can't hurt me.’ And this belief is sometimes wrong.” – Director of FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors (FDA 1998)

Despite the fact that its explained as clear as day on, many of us are unaware that the cosmetic industry is self-regulated…

“FDA does not have the legal authority to approve cosmetic products and ingredients (other than color additives) before they go on the market. We also do not have a list of tests required for any particular cosmetic product or ingredient.”

If that’s not surprising enough…

“FDA encourages cosmetic firms to report product formulations through the VCRP (Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program). The VCRP database provides important information on these cosmetics. However, the companies are not legally required to tell FDA about their products and safety data.” -

That’s right folks, although companies are “responsible” for ensuring their products are safe, they do not have to provide any safety data showing this. Where does that leave the rest of us? Wading through a wide array of products laded with chemicals that are largely untested for safety and there’s even less information on how they interact with each other.

Nearly one-third of all products on the market contain one or more ingredients classified as possible human carcinogens, And 70% of all products on the market contain ingredients that can be contaminated with impurities linked to cancer and other health problems. (Richard DeAndrea – Holistic Living Guide)

Transforming your mindset with this new knowledge must be taken in conjunction by linking wellness with skin care. Skin isn’t just skin as many would love to believe. Our skin is our body’s largest organ, taking up 11 to 17 percent of our body’s weight. The skin has six functions, but the one function that must be considered is absorption. Skin care is absolutely linked to wellness, if you don’t believe this, think about the birth control or nicotine patch that can control your ability to have children and your desires for a cigarette.

Are Cosmetic Products More Important Than Food?

Whatever we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream without the detoxification support of our digestive system. This should give anyone serious pause before lathering on their favorite lotion. Dr. Joseph Mercola decrees that putting chemicals on your skin is actually worse than ingesting them…

“Putting chemicals on your skin or scalp, such as getting a hair dye, may actually be worse than eating them...when you put these chemicals on your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, going directly to your delicate organs.” - Dr, Joesph Mercola -

It would be simpler and more sensible to view our skin as a LIVING organ…like our lungs, heart, kidney and treat it as such. In this perception the best rule to follow in choosing products with safe ingredients is not to put anything on our skin that we wouldn’t eat.

Choose Certified Organic When Possible

According to the Sins of Greenwashing report, the number one greenwashing offense is “No Proof”. Whenever possible, choose certified organic products, especially when selecting products for use when pregnant or caring for young children. Why? Since companies are not legally required to provide safety data to the FDA, we should hold them accountable to prove safety to US, the consumer. A way to do that is an independent third party certification that shows a guarantee of an “organic” claim. Companies that are certified organic or sell certified organic products must comply with stringent international standards, showing and proving an organic audit trail from seed, growing, harvesting, storage, transporting and processing right through to the finished product. Even then, a certified organic certification should be carefully considered. Not all certifying agencies are created equal, however, that is a topic for another article, which you’ll find here: What you should know is that there are two kinds of organic certification; cosmetic and food. Cosmetic standards do allow for some synthetic ingredients, while food grade is much more stricter.

Read “Levels of Organic Certification” for more information

Miessence is the world’s first certified organic skin & body care range, certified to international FOOD grade standards! Learn more here:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

True #Nutrition–Nature-Made vs. Manmade


Supplementing your diet with added nutrients has become mandatory to not only reach optimum health, but to simply maintain health.


Ignoring the fact the average American diet is largely processed and loaded with synthetic flavors and colors. Today’s average vegetable found in today’s supermarket has anywhere from 5% to 40% less minerals than those harvested 50 years ago.

“...more than three billion people around the world suffer from malnourishment and yet, ironically, efforts to increase food production have actually produced food that is less nourishing.” - Eating Your Veggies: Not As Good For You? - TIME

Monoculture farming is the practice of growing a single crop over a large area for a number of years. It allows for larger harvests with minimal labor. The issues that arises with monoculture farming are many. The lack of biodiversity depletes the nutrients in the soil and the use of chemical fertilizers can interfere with the plant’s ability to absorb nutrients.

“The growing use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, today’s crops are being harvested faster than ever before. Quick, early harvests mean the produce has less time to absorb nutrients either from synthesis or the soil, and minerals like potassium (the "K" in N-P-K fertilizers) often interfere with a plant's ability to take up nutrients. Monoculture farming practice have also led to soil-mineral depletion, which, in turn, affects the nutrient content of crops.” - TIME Health & Family Website

Adding to the conundrum…artificial food ripening, which can lead to potential health hazards and may decrease nutrient content as well.

“Ethylene is the major ripening agent produced naturally within the fruits which initiates the process of ripening [15]. There are multifarious uses of many ripening agents to release ethylene in order to speed up the ripening process. Chemicals like ethanol, methanol, ethylene glycol, Ethephon, calcium carbide are used to ripen fruits and vegetables artificially [13, 15, 23]. The use of calcium carbide is much widespread in many regions of south Asia including India, Bangladesh, Nepal and so forth for its cheaper market price despite its ban due to its harmful feats [4, 9, 20, 21, 24].” – A Critical Analysis of Artificial Fruit Ripening

For many of us, commercial multivitamin supplements is the answer to the lack of nutrients in our daily diets. For a very long time, I believed this route to be the best way to health and looked for quality multivitamin supplements.  Recently, I’ve become enlightened and renewed by transforming information and research in regards to commercialized multivitamins. I no longer support, encourage or promote multivitamin products that are:

  1. Synthetic – Sourced from toxins, inorganic material and genetically modified organisms.
  2. Isolated – Compounds existing alone without co-enzymes, and factors needed to for completeness and effectiveness.
  3. “Sourced from” – Natural vitamins/minerals “sourced from” organic, natural-occurring vegetation (taken out of it’s native environment) and “plant-based” in an non-native environment
  4. Tableted multivitamins with excipients.

The Dance of Minerals, Vitamins and Co-Enzymes

You’ve heard the debates…studies for and against multivitamins. Many have taken a position on either side. As mentioned earlier, I was solely pro-multivitamins, after all, there is an obvious, serious lack in nutrients in our diets. With so many of us overweight, yet malnourished, the answer seems obvious…supplement with multivitamins and refrain from consuming artificial & processed foods.

I did not understand important concepts that would soon change my entire outlook on the multivitamin industry. One…how vitamins and minerals behaved. Two…how and where they are sourced, and three…high quality nutrition will never come from lab, but from by the provision of nature herself.

Understanding how vitamins and minerals exist naturally was the catalyst that changed perception of multivitamins and nutrition.

Vitamins do not exist as a single component or molecule that act on their own.


Allow me to repeat, there is no such thing as a single component or molecule that makes up most vitamins. True food vitamins exist in groups or clusters that are chemically related. These vitamins are made up of trace minerals, enzymes, co-enzymes, factors, co-factors and anti-oxidants that work together to produce an intended biological function.

Let’s take a popular vitamin found in many commercial multivitamin supplements as an example…the very lovely and essential vitamin C. Often, you will see “vitamin C” listed on your multivitamin label as Ascorbic Acid or Ascorbate. Ascorbic Acid is in fact, not the Vitamin C complex as a whole, but rather the hull that contains the group of chemically related components that make up the entire vitamin c complex. In other words, Ascorbic Acid is much like the egg shell that holds the yolk and whites.


It is NOT vitamin C. Unfortunately, the words ascorbic acid and vitamin C are terms used interchangeably as if the same. You’ll even find the two terms referenced as one in Wikipedia. In comparison, they are not structurally similar, nor is ascorbic acid found isolated in nature. The vitamin C complex, as shown in the graphic above, has P,J & K factors along with Bioflavonoids, Tyrosinase and of course ascorbic acid as an antioxidant…but that is ascorbic acid in natural existence as a part of the team.

Commercial ascorbic acid is produced synthetically in a laboratory in a process that involves refined corn and a fermentation process. The corn used to produced synthetic ascorbic acid is potentially genetically modified, if manufactured in the USA. Over 80 percent of US corn crops are genetically modified. It is a good idea to avoid synthetic ascorbic acid. Why? Ascorbic acid cannot produce vitamin activity outside of it teammates. Our bodies are truly intelligent. They do not recognize synthetic ascorbic acid and may treat it like a toxin. Alternately, they may see that this “egg shell” is missing parts of itself and seek to deplete trace minerals from tissue to complete the package, despite the fact that our bodies cannot manufacture vitamin C complex on it’s own…how intelligent is that?!? That aside, it is a taxing process. If other components cannot be found to complete the package, the “vitamin” goes out the wash and so does the $15.99 you spent on that bottle of chewable vitamin C. Further more, caution needs to be considered if you have allergies associated with corn.

Dr. Tim O’Shea from sums up Ascorbic Acid/Vitamin C marketing deception very nicely with this paragraph:

“The ascorbic acid you buy at the grocery store every few weeks, thinking you are buying Vitamin C, is just a chemical copy of naturally occurring ascorbic acid, which itself is still only a fraction of the actual Vitamin C. Real vitamin C is part of something living, and as such, can impart life. Your synthetic, fractionated chemical ascorbic acid never grew in the ground, never saw the light of day, never was alive or part of anything alive. It’s a chemical, a cornstarch derivative, a sulfuric acid by-product. In your body it’s just another drug.”

Generally speaking, multivitamins often list synthetic (fractionated) vitamins on the label. However, many of us tend to trust the “explanation” in the brackets, which leads me to a vital label-reading tip…beware of bracketed information on ingredient labels. Here’s an example…

Riboflavin (vitamin B-2) ………………………………5mg………………………….294% (Children’s multivitamin)

Riboflavin is synthetic and considered a week base. Other synthetic vitamins are listed as follows…

Thiamine (Marketed as Vitamin B1)

Niacin (Marketed as Vitamin B3)

Pantothenic Acid (Marketed as Vitamin B5)

Pyridoxine (Marketed as Vitamin B6)

Biotin (Marketed as Vitamin B7)

Folate (Marketed as Vitamin B9)

Cobalamin or Cyanocobalamin (Marketed as Vitamin B12)

Plant-based & Naturally Derived Vitamins Are Not Much Better Than Synthetic Counterparts