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Want to LOSE WEIGHT? Boost Your Metabolism, here’s how…

What if you want to lose weight, but CAN’T?

It may be as simple as learning your body’s needs, and a new perspective. Some people try starving themselves, resistance, punishing themselves, or fad diets, yet all have the same results–failure. So if you’re starting to think you just can’t lose weight, maybe it’s not your body that’s the problem at all, and the fix might even be very simple.

You’ve heard it from us before, what you put IN your body, ON your body, and IN your mind can make or break you. When you look at your body through a new lens, not as the “enemy” but as an incredible divine creation that cares for you constantly, with every single breath, it’s easier to see your body as your valued friend. When we see our body through appreciation and gratitude, we naturally want to care for it, rather than to punish it, and that emotional transition can be essential in helping us to truly “care” for our body in a whole new way.

A grateful

heart

is a magnet

for miracles

As for what we put IN our bodies, did you know that:

if you want to lose weight, one of the best things you can do is to boost your metabolism, it can make all the difference in the world.

Here’s why:

Your body’s metabolism controls how fast and efficiently the calories you eat are burned. Increasing your metabolism, even just a little, can help you burn calories even at rest.

Here are the food & ingredient super stars that can boost your metabolism:

  1. Add catechins. Hmph, what are THOSE? They are ingredients that will fire up your metabolism quickly. Catechins are helpful molecules that have been shown to aid in body fat reduction and metabolism increases. The best sources of catechins are Green tea (warm, not hot or cold) Black tea (but not quite as many as found in green tea), blackberries AND dark chocolate. It also contains some caffeine, which has thermogenic properties-which helps increase the heat inside your body’s metabolic systems, making it easier to ignite more calories. While it’s not a good idea to go wild with candy bars for this small boost, you may want to use a small piece of dark chocolate for a dessert instead of something else.
  2. Fiber – Adding fiber to your diet is another way you can get your metabolism back on track. Fiber helps speed up the digestion process, which may give your calorie burning a little more oomph. You can get your daily fiber intake from adding sorghum, quinoa, flax, and barley. Here’s a super yummy one you may want to do–here’s one you’ll love, try making some sorghum flour based cookies with Just Cookie Dough from hamptoncreek. Mmmm.
  3. Water. We all know this, but it really is important to constantly drink water throughout your day. Cold water especially has been linked to a slight increase in your body’s ability to burn extra calories. Essentially, your body needs to work to regulate the temperature of the water so that it matches your body’s core temperature. If you drink plenty of water throughout the day, and especially right before meals, this can help shave off a few more calories.
  4. Calcium – Some studies have found evidence showing that people who aren’t getting enough calcium in their diet have slower metabolisms. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough of this essential nutrient. Try more green leafy vegetables, including spring greens, cabbage, swede, rocket, watercress, kale, broccoli and parsley.
  5. Vitamin D – for another small boost in your calorie burning, try foods that are rich in vitamin D. One natural sources of Vitamin D are fatty fish (like tuna, mackerel, and wild salmon–which we favor the most as it is so rich in Omega 3 fatty acids as well ). Other great natural sources of Vit D include orange juice, and organic beef liver and organic egg yolks.  Vitamin D helps keep your muscles strong and healthy, which is a key factor in burning calories more efficiently. It has also been shown to help keep your immune system at its peak, which may prevent or reduce your frequency of getting sick, and has even been shown to be effective in fighting depression.
  6. Grilled Organic Chicken – Eating plenty of protein has also been shown to help keep your metabolism working at its best. Protein is able to fuel your muscle fibers and contributes to the amount of lean mass you have. With more lean mass as part of your body’s composition, you are able to maximize your calorie burning. Protein sources like skinless grilled chicken breast are a great way to feel satisfied without adding too many calories to your plate.
  7. Spinach – it’s also important to make sure you get enough iron in your diet in order to help your muscles be more efficient. Iron contributes to the delivery of oxygen to your muscles. This process is essential if you want to burn fat when you’re cutting back on your calories. One of the tastiest sources of iron is spinach. A mixed salad that swaps spinach for lettuce can be an easy way to add this nutrient to your plate.

We’ll discuss this more and continue sharing more tips, but our goal is to help you celebrate the beauty of that miraculous body that you have. Embrace how wonderful it is and care for it because you are grateful, and watch how much better you can start to feel right away.

In that mindset, we challenge you to add these metabolism boosting foods and ingredients to your diet immediately and at the same time, watch and celebrate the changes you will start to see. Improving your body’s ability to burn fat is a successful way to lose weight in the right way.

Probably the greatest thing about changing your perspective is that you’ll naturally want to change your diet, and will quickly see that you don’t have to work as hard to get the results you’d like.

Let us know your thoughts, victories, realizations, and how grateful you are for that spectacular gift (your body) that you have been blessed with. We love you and are cheering you on all the way.

We honor the Divinity within you and wish you the very best in this and every endeavor in your life!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

Paleo Sandwich – Grilled Salmon & Avocado

It was cute little 7 year old Cayden that I should name this Paleo sandwich after.

It all started with lunch, while he was visiting, over the Holidays.

I asked Cayden what he’d like for lunch. He thought a grilled sandwich sounded good, but quickly added that he didn’t like cheese. So I looked through the pantry, and saw a stack of cans of wild Alaskan salmon. I looked at it as though it might tell me what to do, and of course, it didn’t.

So I pulled out a can, and glanced into the fridge, trying to figure out what to put with it. Back in the day, I would’ve used mayo or miracle whip, but I don’t keep that around anymore. And then, it hit.

Avocado!

The best part of happiness

is making

someone else happy

and realizing that

is what really makes

you the happiest!

I started to get a little excited, that would add a healthy fat to the protein, and would fill the salmon in the same way mayo would.

Paleo sandwich grilled salmon

So here is what I did:

Paleo Sandwich – Grilled Salmon & Avocado

  1. Drain salmon and place in a bowl
  2. Dump avocado meat over the salmon
  3. Pour pickle juice over the avocado
  4. Mash the avocado and salmon together
  5. Add pickles (either to the mixture now (minced) or to the paleo bread before cooking
  6. Spread filling meat mixture onto bread.
  7. Coat heated skillet with avocado oil, and fry both sides til golden brown.

Paleo sandwich grilled salmon

That’s it. Super simple, and very yummy! AND if you want to make them even easier, don’t even stop to grill them, lol! They are still delicious and will hold onto even more nutrients. So yeah, either way it’s a win win!

If you don’t have a good paleo bread , we do 🙂

And that’s all there is to it (yes you may even feel a little guilty making it because it is so simple–yes, no kneading required.

Enjoy, and thank Cayden for inspiring this delicious and easy paleo meal!

Now go have a wonderful day, we love you guys!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

 

Vision Board – free download!

 Uh oh….I’ve been thinking… 🙂

Oh gosh. I can’t even tell you how THRILLED I am to be able to post again. We had a crazy glitch with our site and it wouldn’t let us post. Not even once, for 3 whole weeks!

I’ve decided that maybe we need to learn PATIENCE?!! Lol, between you and me, I think it just may be true. And I’m actually really grateful for that. AND that I was cut off from posting for a while. No, not for the obvious reasons you might be thinking, like getting some time off or something crazy fun, but in fact, quite the opposite, as it’s given me time to really contemplate what we need to talk about.

And maybe missing New Years with you was actually the perfect time to miss. As I saw the whole world posting about New Years Resolutions, I realized how this is something we can do on an ongoing basis, and practically eliminate a chance for failure. I’ve thought about how to not just encourage you to set those goals, but how to find the ones that will best define YOU, so you can have a positive experience all the way around.

As we’ve been on our own journey, we’ve come to really understand that it’s not touching the heart, but changing the heart that will ultimately have the greatest impact on our health and well being.  It’s like completely re-setting that inner compass and making changes flow almost subconsciously rather than fighting ourselves to make things happen.

Whether you are hoping to lose weight, get more fit, eat more healthy, get ripped, become more grateful, or whatever it is, just get it on your Vision Board asap.

Because you, my friend, are divine.

Divinity lies within you,

and we want to help you

see and celebrate that.

Tiff explains our perspective in this video….

Once upon a time, I wasn’t so sure about making a vision board…but now, I’m convinced they are incredible.

I admit it, I had actually heard that I should make a Vision Board before, but had no interest. Yikes, did I really just say that?! Ok, yeah, I really had zero interest.

And it wasn’t until I worked on a TV Pilot that I actually finally got the vision.

One of the show’s Hosts was a business woman, who had sold her first business for $500,000,000.00. Yes, this is that part where you can gulp really big. I did.

So I worked with her for a few days in the studio, then again, at her home (I guess you could call it that) which was about as breathtaking and enormous as it could possibly be. And that’s just the description of her closet, jk, ok, well maybe kinda, lol.

This woman told me how, as a young mother she ended up divorced, with very little money. Her dad had taught her to make vision boards, and had turned her into a firm believer. He also told her to figure out how to support herself, so she put it on her VB.

Before long, she set up a business, then grew it every day. She put goal after goal on her VB, and met those goals in spite of every obstacle along the way.

In time, she was able to sell her business, and now runs a business that helps startups, and one of the 1st things she teaches those business owners is to make VB’s.

She also said that every item she had ever placed on her vision board materialized. She said there was only one item still on her board, but she knew it would materialize.

And you know what it was? It was a Jet. Lol. Yep, a real, live Jet. 🙂

By now, she very likely has her jet, but if not, I have no doubt that she will have it soon.

She was passionate about the power those boards have.

But even more than the message she shared of her vision board, I was deeply touched by how quickly she turned all of her thanks to God, who had always carried her, every step of the way. That was awesome, and I was very inspired to say the least.

So I’ve made my own, and they are awesome tools. That’s why I want to share this with you.

1. What IS a Vision Board?

Here is mine…Yours will look much like this when it’s filled in.

FREE Vision Board Download from Nature's Knockout!

2. What do I put on my Vision Board?

It’s really up to you. What would you like to add to your life?

Rather than looking at what you don’t like about you or your life, just look at adding the things that can enhance it. Maybe you’re hoping to feel better, look your best, think better, maybe you have qualities, or maybe even a few things you’d like to add. It’s really up to you…

You are the author

of your own destiny

As you can see, on my board above, I want to make other’s smile every day, to do humanitarian missions, to replace our very ancient cars with something more reliable, to go on a trip to Disneyland with the entire family, to go on a cruise with my husband, to feed my spirit daily, and to exercise daily.

2. How do I start one? 

Download our free copy by subscribing below.

We recommend that you download it, pray about what you’re going to place on it, and fill it with what inspires you. It can be things, places you’d like to go, things you’d like to do, but hopefully it will include some behavioral changes you want to embrace as well, as that’s where the greatest successes start to happen.

Place it on your wall, on your bed post, by your computer screen, on your mirror…wherever you want–any of those places or ALL of them. Just make sure you place it where you’ll see it.

And start watching things happen. It’s awesome!

Have any of you ever done a VB before? If so, please share how it worked for you, and any tips you may have..

But whether you have or not, please comment below, we’d LOVE to hear what you’re cooking up out there! Let us know where you are hanging your vision board, share what you’ve put on it if you’d like, whatever you feel like sharing. We can’t wait to hear from you.

We love you guys…we honor the divinity within you!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

McDonald’s Hamburger nearly 6 years old

This is a pretty random post, but have you had a McDonald’s Hamburger lately? If so, you may want to keep on reading.

AND weird, I don’t know why the photo won’t straighten out–I’ve turned it and saved it but it keeps wanting to be sideways. Hmm, ok, so maybe our website is pretty freaked out about this hamburger too, lol! 🙂 Ok, we’ll just go with it.

So yeah. We have a McDonald’s Hamburger that’s nearly 6 years old.

Why? I got it on July 15, 2010, just out of curiosity.

I stuck it in my pantry in the original wrapper and bag. I never opened it, but I’m guessing it had mustard and ketchup and a pickle on it once upon a time.

You know how food rots? Well, I’m not going to draw any conclusions, but what I will say is that it never smelt up my pantry at all. And it sat there for a few years.

Then one day, Tiffany and I were hosting a live BlogTV, when I mentioned it and our viewers wanted to see it. So I thought why not? And I grabbed it from the pantry, and slowly opened the bag. Then, I pulled out the burger and unwrapped the wrapper. I don’t know if our viewers eyes were as big as ours, but we were truly stunned. It looked identical to any McDonald’s Hamburger you could buy today. Sigh.

Since then, I’ve taken it along to several of the Expo’s that we’ve spoken at, but for some reason, I can’t figure out why no one wants to eat it?! Lol.

Ok, so here is a photo I just shot today…

mcdonald's hamburger 6 years old

You can see the bag was dated April 22, 2010.

I heard today on Good Things Utah that someone else shared a McDonald’s hamburger online that was about as old as ours. He put his burger in a glass container. According to the news report, McDonald’s responded saying, “Guess what. In order to decompose you need certain conditions, like moisture, he didn’t add moisture under the glass, therefore decomposition is unlikely. It’s not our fault, it’s moisture.”

Well I guess I have something to say about that.

So guess what McDonald’s, our burger was in the actual protection you put it in ever since it was first made by YOU. It has been exposed to the same identical air that my fruits, vegetables, and other foods have been exposed to. The funny thing is my real foods have rotted, molded, and done just exactly what real foods do…but hmmm, we can’t quite figure out what’s happened with you?

And I don’t think I need to say one more word.

Please feel free to share your your thoughts though, we love hearing from you!

To your health–we love you guys!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

Keeping Halloween SAFE, Costumes & all!

WHEE it’s almost here! 

I love Summertime and if it wasn’t for Fall, we might not be able to bear watching it go away. Do you ever feel that way? 

But yeah, Fall is pretty cozy, isn’t it? And it’s exciting to see the holidays start rolling in. I love it! In fact, just cozy up to a warm cup of Cinnamon Tea, and let’s get back to talking about ghosts, goblins, and Halloween.

safe halloween costumes

It’s so fun to think of fun ideas for dressing up, in fact, what you’re going to be for Halloween this year? And the kids??  Comment below, we love to hear!

And of course, as always, we want to share some tips on how YOU and your cute family can have an even better Halloween than you may have thought…

Look for safe, non-toxic costume materials

Of course, one of the first things on our list is to make sure it’s safe. Have you thought about looking at the list of materials in costumes before you buy? As you browse through costume sites like Funidelia or hit up the local thrift store, look for natural materials like cotton and silk. Avoid plastics like vinyl or PVC.  Just like we always say about foods and cosmetics…if you can’t pronounce the material or ingredient and don’t know what it is, it’s best to avoid it. This goes for accessories as well – avoid synthetic hair sprays and opt for natural fibred wigs or hats instead. Masks are often made out of plasticized rubber or PVC, so try making your own instead out of paper mache or cardboard.

Breathe new life into old costumes

If your family is like most, you probably have an old box of dress-up clothes and discarded Halloween costumes sitting around in the basement, attic, or closet. These could be perfect for festivals and costume parties this autumn, with a little bit of extra TLC! See what could be altered, patched up, or otherwise remedied to give it a new lease on life. You can also use recyclable materials to create harvest festival decorations, including dried leaves, pumpkins, and wicker baskets.

halloween costumes

Arrange a neighbourhood costume swap

Efforts like “National Costume Swap Day” at GreenHalloween.org recommend arranging a costume swap with friends and family ahead of Halloween, but you can do this at any time of year. As the leaves start to change, it’s a good time to clear out the closet and arrange a clothing/costume swap with your community, so that kids and adults alike are able to find new costumes for all of their festive needs.

Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Read the ingredients on any makeup or face paint before you buy!

So you’ve browsed through the Corpse Bride costume ideas at Funidelia and found the perfect outfit for an upcoming theme party – but when it comes to the face paint, you need to be careful! Many conventional face paint includes materials like lead that you definitely don’t want anywhere near your face, let alone your child’s. Use clean, organic makeup or natural materials like berry juice to stain lips and cheeks. Fragranced products often contain nasties like phthalates, while nail polish can even include formaldehyde. Use stickers as nail art instead for your costume, and you’ll avoid these toxic chemicals.

So before we scare you, YES, you can find green-friendly and safe costumes. They exist and we LOVE that they do! You may pay a bit more for a natural fibre costume than you would for a cheapie plastic version, but it’s so worth it. You’ll actually get more for your money and most likely have a product that you can reuse in the future.

AND of course, if you want some fun DIY costume ideas, we’ve got a bunch right here, on our blog. 

K, please let us know your thoughts, and what you and your kids are going to be!!

And in the mean time, stay SAFE!

xoxo

Laurie & Tiffany

Is Botox TOXIC?

do you remember the movie “death becomes her”? For some crazy reason, that’s what this whole thing reminds me of….just how willing are we to make a pact with the devil? That’s kind of what my experience felt like, lol! k, here goes….

is botox safe or toxic

So the other day, I went to a spa with a good friend, to get some facials.

When they took me in for my appointment, the Esthetician told me that the spa was running a great deal on all kinds of injections. I said I wasn’t interested and they seemed surprised, then said, “There’s nothing wrong with a little Botox” I paused, then said, “Actually, I think there could be a lot wrong with it.”

She seemed stunned and asked why I would think that way.

I said “Because I’ve read the warning labels and side effects, and oh, I don’t know, maybe because botulism is one of the most toxic elements on this planet.”

She laughed and said, I’ll get you to try it, just wait.

And maybe I’m the one getting the last laugh, because she won’t get me to try it.

So why do I feel the way I do about Botox and all of it’s toxic relatives? I wrote a post on Is Botox Dangerous or Safe? before, but this time, I think I’ll let you decide for yourself. I’m just going to post the actual warnings that they are required by law (not by choice) to share. Yet I really wonder if most of the people getting (or even doing) injections have ever really looked through the product warnings?

Anyway, read on, and I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts on this, because I know you have them!!

Here goes:

BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA) Important Information

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

BOTOX® may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of these problems any time (hours to weeks) after injection of BOTOX®:

  • Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months.
  • Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice (dysphonia), trouble saying words clearly (dysarthria), loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.

Do not take BOTOX® if you: are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® (see Medication Guide for ingredients); had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA); have a skin infection at the planned injection site.

Due to the risk of urinary retention (not being able to empty the bladder), only patients who are willing and able to initiate catheterization post-treatment, if required, should be considered for treatment.

Patients with diabetes mellitus treated with BOTOX® were more likely to develop urinary retention than non-diabetics.

Patients treated for overactive bladder due to neurologic disease

In clinical trials, 30.6% of patients (33/108) who were not using clean intermittent catheterization (CIC) prior to injection, required catheterization for urinary retention following treatment with BOTOX® 200 Units as compared to 6.7% of patients (7/104) treated with placebo. The median duration of post-injection catheterization for these patients treated with BOTOX® 200 Units (n=33) was 289 days (minimum 1 day to maximum 530 days) as compared to a median duration 358 days (minimum 2 days to maximum 379 days) for patients receiving placebo (n=7).

Among patients not using CIC at baseline, those with MS were more likely to require CIC post-injection than those with SCI.

The dose of BOTOX® is not the same as, or comparable to, another botulinum toxin product.

Serious and/or immediate allergic reactions have been reported. These reactions include itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you experience any such symptoms; further injection of BOTOX® should be discontinued.

Tell your doctor about all your muscle or nerve conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome, as you may be at increased risk of serious side effects including severe dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and respiratory compromise (difficulty breathing) from typical doses of BOTOX®.

Tell your doctor if you have any breathing-related problems. Your doctor will want to monitor you for any breathing problems during your treatment with BOTOX® for detrusor overactivity associated with a neurologic condition. The risk of pulmonary effects in patients with compromised respiratory status is increased in patients receiving BOTOX®.

Autonomic dysreflexia in patients treated for overactive bladder due to neurologic disease

Autonomic dysreflexia associated with intradetrusor injections of BOTOX® could occur in patients treated for detrusor overactivity associated with a neurologic condition and may require prompt medical therapy. In clinical trials, the incidence of autonomic dysreflexia was greater in patients treated with BOTOX® 200 Units compared with placebo (1.5% versus 0.4%, respectively).

Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you: have or have had bleeding problems; have plans to have surgery; had surgery on your face; weakness of forehead muscles, such as trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; any other abnormal facial change; have symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) and are being treated for urinary incontinence (symptoms of a urinary tract infection may include pain or burning with urination, frequent urination, or fever); have problems emptying your bladder on your own and are being treated for urinary incontinence; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if BOTOX® can harm your unborn baby); are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed (it is not known if BOTOX® passes into breast milk).

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Using BOTOX® with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received BOTOX® in the past.

Especially tell your doctor if you: have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last 4 months; have received injections of botulinum toxin such as Myobloc®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® in the past (be sure your doctor knows exactly which product you received); have recently received an antibiotic by injection; take muscle relaxants; take an allergy or cold medicine; take a sleep medicine; take anti-platelets (aspirin-like products) or anti-coagulants (blood thinners).

Other side effects of BOTOX® include: dry mouth, discomfort or pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, neck pain, and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes. In people being treated for urinary incontinence other side effects include: urinary tract infection, painful urination, and/or inability to empty your bladder on your own. If you have difficulty fully emptying your bladder after receiving BOTOX®, you may need to use disposable self-catheters to empty your bladder up to a few times each day until your bladder is able to start emptying again.

For more information refer to the Medication Guide or talk with your doctor.

To report a side effect, please call Allergan at 1-800-433-8871.

WARNING: DISTANT SPREAD OF TOXIN EFFECT

See full prescribing information for complete boxed warning.

The effects of BOTOX and all botulinum toxin products may spread from the area of injection to produce symptoms consistent with botulinum toxin effects. These symptoms have been reported hours to weeks after injection. Swallowing and breathing difficulties can be life threatening and there have been reports of death. The risk of symptoms is probably greatest in children treated for spasticity but symptoms can also occur in adults, particularly in those patients who have an underlying condition that would predispose them to these symptoms. (5.2)

  1. WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS__________________________• Potency Units of BOTOX not interchangeable with other preparations of botulinum toxin products (5.1, 11)• Spread of toxin effects; swallowing and breathing difficulties can lead to death. Seek immediate medical attention if respiratory, speech or swallowing difficulties occur (5.2, 5.6)• Care should be taken when injecting in or near vulnerable anatomic structures. (5.3)• Concomitant neuromuscular disorder may exacerbate clinical effects of treatment (5.5)• Use with caution in patients with compromised respiratory function (5.6, 5.7, 5.10)• Corneal exposure and ulceration due to reduced blinking may occur with BOTOX treatment of blepharospasm (5.8)• Retrobulbar hemorrhages and compromised retinal circulation may occur with BOTOX treatment of strabismus (5.9)

    • Bronchitis and upper respiratory tract infections in patients treated for upper limb spasticity (5.10)

    • Urinary tract infections in patients treated for OAB (5.12)
    • Urinary retention: Post-void residual urine volume should be monitored

    in patients treated for OAB or detrusor overactivity associated with a neurologic condition who do not catheterize routinely, particularly patients with multiple sclerosis or diabetes mellitus. (5.13)

    _______________________________ ________________________________ ADVERSE REACTIONS

    The most common adverse reactions (≥5% and >placebo) are (6.1):
    • OAB: urinary tract infection, dysuria, urinary retention
    • Detrusor Overactivity associated with a neurologic condition: urinary

    tract infection, urinary retention
    • Chronic Migraine: neck pain, headache
    • Spasticity: pain in extremity
    • Cervical Dystonia: dysphagia, upper respiratory infection, neck pain,

    headache, increased cough, flu syndrome, back pain, rhinitis
    • Axillary Hyperhidrosis: injection site pain and hemorrhage, non-axillary

    sweating, pharyngitis, flu syndrome

    To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Allergan at 1-800-433-8871 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

    DRUG INTERACTIONS__________________________________

    Patients receiving concomitant treatment of BOTOX and aminoglycosides or other agents interfering with neuromuscular transmission (e.g., curare- like agents), or muscle relaxants, should be observed closely because the effect of BOTOX may be potentiated (7)

    USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS_______________________

    • Pregnancy: Based on animal data, may cause fetal harm (8.1)

• Pediatric Use: Safety and efficacy are not established in patients under

18 years of age for the prophylaxis of headaches in chronic migraine, treatment of OAB, detrusor overactivity associated with a neurologic condition, upper limb spasticity, and axillary hyperhidrosis; in patients under 16 years of age for treatment of cervical dystonia; and in patients under 12 years of age for treatment of blepharospasm and strabismus (8.4)

FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION: CONTENTS* WARNING: DISTANT SPREAD OF TOXIN EFFECT 1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE

1.1 Bladder Dysfunction 1.2 Chronic Migraine
1.3 Upper Limb Spasticity 1.4 Cervical Dystonia

1.5 Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis

1.6 Blepharospasm and Strabismus

2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

2.1 Instructions for Safe Use
2.2 Preparation and Dilution Technique 2.3 Bladder Dysfunction
2.4 Chronic Migraine
2.5 Upper Limb Spasticity
2.6 Cervical Dystonia
2.7 Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis
2.8 Blepharospasm
2.9 Strabismus

3 DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS 4 CONTRAINDICATIONS

4.1 Known Hypersensitivity to Botulinum Toxin 4.2 Infection at the Injection Site(s)
4.3 Urinary Tract Infection or Urinary Retention

5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

5.1 Lack of Interchangeability between Botulinum Toxin Products 5.2 Spread of Toxin Effect
5.3 Injections In or Near Vulnerable Anatomic Structures
5.4 Hypersensitivity Reactions

5.5 Pre-Existing Neuromuscular Disorders
5.6 Dysphagia and Breathing Difficulties in Treatment of Cervical

Dystonia
5.7 Pulmonary Effects of BOTOX in Patients with Compromised

Respiratory Status Treated for Spasticity or for Detrusor

Overactivity associated with a Neurologic Condition
5.8 Corneal Exposure and Ulceration in Patients Treated with BOTOX

for Blepharospasm
5.9 Retrobulbar Hemorrhages in Patients Treated with BOTOX for

Strabismus

5.10 Bronchitis and Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in Patients Treated for Spasticity

5.11 Autonomic Dysreflexia in Patients Treated for Detrusor Overactivity associated with a Neurologic Condition

5.12 Urinary Tract Infections in Patients with Overactive Bladder 5.13 Urinary Retention in Patients Treated for Bladder Dysfunction 5.14 Human Albumin and Transmission of Viral Diseases

6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

6.1 Clinical Trials Experience 6.2 Immunogenicity
6.3 Post-Marketing Experience

13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY

13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

13.2 Animal Toxicology

14 CLINICAL STUDIES

14.1 Overactive Bladder (OAB)
14.2 Detrusor Overactivity associated with a Neurologic Condition 14.3 Chronic Migraine
14.4 Upper Limb Spasticity
14.5 Cervical Dystonia
14.6 Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis
14.7 Blepharospasm
14.8 Strabismus

* Sections or subsections omitted from the full prescribing information are not listed.

 

Gosh, I don’t know–is it worth it? PLEASE let us know your thoughts!!!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

NATURAL PRODUCTS HAUL!!!

NATURAL PRODUCTS HAUL

Hi guys!!

Here’s a fun HAUL video we posted today on our YouTube Channel, and we’re so happy you joined us for our latest Natural Products HAUL, we’ve got lots to share! 🙂
These are the products in our HAUL!!! We will be trying, testing, checking ingredients, and will be back with a REVIEW of all of the ones we love and believe you will too!!!
Special thanks to all of the following companies for letting us try out their products!
BumbleRoot Drink Mix
Vapour Organic Beauty Eyeshadow, & Lipgloss
Coui Cleansing Oil
the emu oil well – pure Austrailian Emu Oil
Luminance Skincare: (Facial Cleanser Delicate, Facial toner rosewater, Hydration)
PureSeedOil (Anti-Aging Formula, Carrot, Pomegranate, Broccoli)
Watts Beauty – Retinol cream
Blinkee Light Up Rings
Twisted Silver Jewelry
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Laurie & Tiffany

Surprising Pepper Benefits & Don’t Try This at Home!


hOttest peppers

Last week we posted a video of Tiffany on set, choking down a drop of the hottest pepper in the world. It’s a quick fun video, and might even brighten up your day a bit. So in case you missed it, just for fun, here ya go…

That was just a fun insight into the power of peppers, but we thought it would be kind of nice to talk about their power in different ways. Like, did you know peppers have all kinds of health benefits too?  

Yep 🙂  Any guesses as t0 what they are & why they can help us? I think y0u’re g0ing t0 like this!  

(s0rry ab0ut the weird “0”s, f0r s0me reas0n, my keyb0ard just gave up the gh0st–well at least the 0’s anyway–s0 I’m having t0 use the zer0 key f0r n0w until I can get it fixed. D0nt y0u l0ve it when things like that happen? L0L, life is a very fun thing, isn’t it?! 🙂

health benefits of peppers

Benefits of peppers

WEIGHT Loss – Have you heard they can help you lose weight? That’s a “may” because they contain an ingredient called capsaicin, which is famous for giving them their kick, but it also boosts our metabolism, and may aid in burning the fat. The hotter the peppers, the greater the amount of capsaicin, so that’s great if you are a lover of hot, not so great if you’re a wimp. Hmmm, but if you’d like to fight fat in a less painful way, here is a book we think you’ll love (and it’s for a great deal too!! Fat Burning Kitchen

HEART Health – Some peppers contain lots of Vit B vitamins, folate, which are vitamins that studies have shown to lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular disease in women.

C0NTR0L Cholesterol – Hot peppers contain capsaicin, which has been shown to have the ability to protect against buildup of cholesterol in the blood. 

CANCER Fighting Properties – Do you know the difference between green peppers and red peppers? The red ones are allowed to vine ripen, so they turn red, and also contain much greater nutritional value.  Red peppers are rich in cartenoids, which have been shown to be very effective in reducing the risk of breast cancer.

DISEASE Fighting Properties – Sweet peppers contain large amounts of Vitamin C, in fact double the daily dose. Vitamin C has been shown to be highly effective in lowering inflammation in the body.

 

pepper L0vin…

S0, ahem, after all that, is any0ne craving any…um peppers? We h0pe 🙂 And just in case y0u are, head 0n 0ver t0 0ur delici0us fresh SALSA recipe

Pepper Benefits— it literally just takes 5 minutes t0 make in the blender and is amazing!  

What 0ther ways d0 y0u like t0 eat raw peppers?  Please share, we’d l0ve t0 kn0w!!  T0 y0ur health, it’s beautiful!

x0x

Laurie & Tiffany

Pepper IMAGE