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Top 10 Reasons to Go Organic

Choosing fresh foods can help you feel better and preserve the environment

Regardless of diet, organic foods are a smart priority. Opting for organic foods is an effectual choice for personal and planetary health. Buying organically grown food—free of harmful chemicals, bursting with more nutrition, taste, and sustainable sustenance—is a direct vote for immediate health and the hopeful future of generations to come.

Here are the top 10 reasons to choose organic foods today:

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[sidebar]1. Avoid chemicals
Eating organically grown foods is the only way to avoid the cocktail of chemical poisons present in commercially grown food. More than 600 active chemicals are registered for agricultural use in America, to the tune of billions of pounds annually. The average application equates to about 16 pounds of chemical pesticides per person every year. Many of these chemicals were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before extensive diet testing.

The National Academy of Sciences reports that 90% of the chemicals applied to foods have not been tested for long-term health effects before being deemed “safe.” Further, the FDA tests only 1% of foods for pesticide residue. The most dangerous and toxic pesticides require special testing methods, which are rarely if ever employed by the FDA.

2. Benefit from more nutrients
Organically grown foods have more nutrients—vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients—than commercially grown foods because the soil is managed and nourished with sustainable practices by responsible standards. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine conducted a review of 41 published studies comparing the nutritional value of organically grown and conventionally grown fruits, vegetables, and grains and concluded that there are significantly more of several nutrients in organic foods crops.

Further, the study verifies that five servings of organically grown vegetables (such as lettuce, spinach, carrots, potatoes, and cabbage) provide an adequate allowance of vitamin C, whereas the same number of servings of conventionally grown vegetables do not.

On average, organically grown foods provide: 21.1% more iron (than their conventional counterparts); 27% more vitamin C; 29.3% more magnesium; 13.6% more phosphorus

3. Enjoy better taste
Try it! Organically grown foods generally taste better because nourished, well balanced soil produces healthy, strong plants. This is especially true with heirloom varieties, which are cultivated for taste over appearance.

4. Avoid GMO
Genetically engineered (GE) food and genetically modified organisms (GMO) are contaminating our food supply at an alarming rate, with repercussions beyond understanding. GMO foods do not have to be labeled in America. Because organically grown food cannot be genetically modified in any way, choosing organic is the only way to be sure that foods that have been genetically engineered stay out of your diet. (Here’s what you need to know about GMO foods.)[pagebreak]

5. Avoid hormones, antibiotics and drugs in animal products
Conventional meat and dairy are the highest risk foods for contamination by harmful substances. More than 90% of the pesticides Americans consume are found in the fat and tissue of meat and dairy products.

The EPA reports that a majority of pesticide intake comes from meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products because these foods are all high on the food chain. For instance, a large fish that eats a smaller fish that eats even smaller fish accumulates all of the toxins of the chain, especially in fatty tissue. Cows, chickens, and pigs are fed animal parts, by-products, fish meal, and grains that are heavily and collectively laden with toxins and chemicals. Lower-fat animal products are less dangerous, as toxins and chemicals are accumulated and concentrated in fatty tissue.

Antibiotics, drugs, and growth hormones are also directly passed into meat and dairy products. Tens of millions of pounds of antibiotics are used in animal feed every year. The union of concerned scientists estimates that roughly 70% of antibiotics produced in the United States are fed to animals for nontherapeutic purposes.[pagebreak]US farmers have been giving sex hormones and growth hormones to cattle to artificially increase the amount of meat and milk the cattle produce without requiring extra feed. The hormones fed to cows cannot be broken down, even at high temperatures. Therefore they remain in complete form and pass directly into the consumer’s diet when meat is eaten.

Hormone supplementation is the biggest concern with beef, dairy products, and farmed fish. In the United States, the jury is still out. However, Europe’s scientific community agrees that there is no acceptably safe level for daily intake of any of the hormones currently used in the United States and has subsequently banned all growth hormones.

The major concerns for US consumers include the early onset of puberty, growth of tumors, heightened cancer risks, and genetic problems. Growth hormones in milk (rBGH or rBST) are genetically modified and have been directly linked to cancer, especially in women.

Many scientists and experts warn that rampant use of antibiotics in animal feed, like penicillin and tetracycline, will breed an epidemic that medicine has no defense against. Karim Ahmed, PhD, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) states that it “is perhaps one of the most serious public health problems the country faces. We’re talking about rendering many of the most important antibiotics ineffective.”

Choosing organic animal products is unyieldingly important, especially for children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers.

6. Preserve our ecosystems
Organic farming supports eco-sustenance, or farming in harmony with nature.

Preservation of soil and crop rotation keep farmland healthy, and chemical abstinence preserves the ecosystem. Wildlife, insects, frogs, birds, and soil organisms are able to play their roles in the tapestry of ecology, and we are able to play ours, without interference or compromise.

7. Reduce pollution and protect water and soil
Agricultural chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers are contaminating our environment, poisoning our precious water supplies, and destroying the value of fertile farmland. Certified organic standards do not permit the use of toxic chemicals in farming and require responsible management of healthy soil and biodiversity.

According to Cornell entomologist David Pimentel, it is estimated that only 0.1% of applied pesticides reach the target pests. The bulk of pesticides (99.%) is left to impact the environment.

8. Preserve agricultural diversity
The rampant loss of species occurring today is a major environmental concern. It is estimated that 75% of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops has been lost in the last century. Leaning heavily on one or two varieties of a given food is a formula for devastation. For instance, consider that only a handful of varieties of potatoes dominate the current marketplace, whereas thousands of varieties were once available.

Now, dig back to recent history’s potato famine in Ireland, where a blight knocked out the whole crop, which consisted of just a few varieties, and millions of people died of starvation. Today, most industrial farms also grow just one crop rather than an array of crops on one piece of land. Ignorance is bliss? Or amnesia is disastrous? Crop rotation is a simple and effective technique used in organic agriculture to reduce the need for pesticides and improve soil fertility.

Most conventional food is also extremely hybridized to produce large, attractive specimens, rather than a variety of indigenous strains that are tolerant to regional conditions such as droughts and pests. Many organic farms grow an assorted range of food, taking natural elements and time-tested tradition into account. Diversity is critical to survival.

9. Support farming directly
Buying organic food is an investment in a cost-effective future. Commercial and conventional farming is heavily subsidized with tax dollars in America. A study at Cornell University determined the cost of a head of commercial iceberg lettuce, typically purchased at 49 cents a head, to be more than $3.00 a head when hidden costs were revealed. The study factored in the hidden costs of federal subsidies, pesticide regulation and testing, and hazardous waste and cleanup.

Every year, American tax dollars subsidize billions of dollars for a farm bill that heavily favors commercial agribusiness. Peeling back another layer of the modern farming onion reveals a price tag that cannot be accurately measured but certainly includes other detrimental associated costs such as health problems, environmental damage, and the loss and extinction of wildlife and ecology.

10. Keep our children and future safe
Putting our money where our mouths are is a powerful position to take in the $1 trillion food industry market in America. Spending dollars in the organic sector is a direct vote for a sustainable future for the many generations to come.

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    Evo Fabuloso Pro: Non-toxic, Semi-permanent Color

    What is in Fabuloso Pro?

    evo is sulfate-free, paraben, propylene glycol, DEA and TEA free. Fabuloso Pro is direct deposit, ammonia-free and peroxide-free, so very gentle and safe to use. It’s a true semi-permanent color range. It’s meant to add new salon services into your menu. So it’s not meant to take away from your permanents and your demi-permanents. With semi-permanent color, you’re just deposit only, so it’s meant to complement what you’re already doing with your color business.

    How does Fabuloso Pro work?

    The way that Fabuloso Pro works is with a cationic pigment delivery system and what that means is they’re positively charged pigments. So it seeks out all the negatively charged ions in the hair, all the rips and tears and holes. So actually, the more porous the hair is, the better Fabuloso Pro works.

    A short processing time?

    The processing time with Fabuloso Pro is from 5 to 15 minutes, so it’s a really quick express service. A really big element to that, for me, has been color-filling. A lot of times in the salon, this is a lengthy process that can take an hour up to 2 hours sometimes. You can never really charge enough in the salon for it. With Fabuloso Pro, you’re able to color-fill in 15 minutes. So it cuts the time that the client is in the chair and it’s also a less expensive option. Using your pigments versus using a demi or a permanent color to color-fill.

    How long does Fabuloso Pro last?

    You’re going to get 8 to 16 washes depending on how much direct pigments you use. So if I’ve diluted my pigments into a nice soft pastel shade, I would get closer to the 8 to 10 wash range. But I’ve done direct pigment on the hair in the salon, I’ll get 16 washes out of it. Then you can take that a step further by creating your client customized retail. The client can then take that home and have that tone in their hair from the time they leave the chair until the time they come back.

    If you have a salon question you would like answered, just go to SalonQuestionsAnswered.com and let us know. We will feature it on an upcoming episode of SalonQuestionsAnswered.com. You can also email me at

    Jeff@salonbusinesspodcast.com.

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      Creator of Phia Organic Hair Care Products – Michelle Roark

      Dressed from head to toe in ski gear, Michelle Roark enters the coffee shop and makes her way to my table. I extend my hand, then change my mind and go for a hug. Roark
      possesses the kind of friendly demeanor and exuber- ant energy that draws a person in.
      She apologizes profusely for not having had a chance to change, then unzips her black ski jacket to reveal a pink striped scarf and pink sweater under- neath. “I have to wear jackets that make me look like a boy!” she exclaims. “Where’s the sequins?”
      Coming from a figure skating background, the inner girly girl in her often butts heads with the ex- terior tomboy skier. “I always try to combine figure skating and skiing,” she says, referring to times when she’s “dressed up” her ski outfits with fur cuffs. A fan of rhinestones and anything sparkly, she wants noth- ing more than “to be on Dancing With the Stars. I want to learn to dance, and I want to wear those outfits!”
      This skater-turned-skier is a multiple World Cup champion and a silver medalist who competes for the U.S. Ski Team. Roark’s journey finally landed her in the 2006 Olympics, after she sustained multi- ple knee injuries that kept her out of the 1994 Winter Olympics, as well as out of the1998 and 2002 games. When I ask for details about her injuries, she laughs nervously and asks not to talk about them, worried that talking might bring bad luck. She then knocks on wood and asks me to do the same.
      Roark’s ski career is just one of many founda- tions she’s established for herself. A chemical en- gineer (Roark is two classes away from earning a degree from the Colorado School of Mines), she’s created her own line of perfumes, Phi-nomenal, to enhance the ski experience. “Skiing is all about be- ing in tune with all five senses, and I couldn’t find a smell I liked, so I wanted to make my own.” She stud- ied medicinal purposes of essential oils to combine them in a way that would enhance the sense of smell. No easy achievement, considering it takes her a year to develop each fragrance, but she’s up to five fra- grances for women and is working on a second one for men.
      Before I have a chance to ask how she finds time for all this, she’s already moved on to telling me about a third project—Voilà Salon/Spa and Parfumerie— that she opened just a few months ago with co-owner Nam Tran. Considering she called me from Norway to schedule an interview, and two days after we met she left for training in Japan, all I can do is stare in dis- belief and utter admiration for this superwoman.
      She’s traveled the world but says there is noth- ing like Colorado snow, claiming Winter Park is her favorite place to ski. Having been to Chile, Switzer- land and Vancouver, to name only a few, this speaks
      volumes about the respect she has for the Rockies. And, it can’t hurt that she met her husband at a gym in Winter Park.
      Roark’s been married for almost five years to a PA consultant, and when I ask what PA stands for, she lowers her voice: “I have no idea. I don’t think it stands for anything. I don’t even know if he knows,” she laughs so infectiously, I can’t help but join her. Her face lights up talking about her “honey,” as she refers to him throughout our conversation. The two constantly travel for work, with Roark in and out of the country training and competing eleven months of the year, but they keep the spark alive. “He travels to see me whenever he can. He’s so supportive,” she gushes.
      Roark is currently working on her skills for upcoming competitions, practicing a new trick— 720—that requires her to spin twice in the air and land straight. The training is rigorous, from running stairs at Red Rocks to skiing down plastic ramps and back-flipping into water. And Roark encompasses the vision of a true athlete—petite figure and power- ful mind. “I’m ageless and weightless,” she says, and it shows. Looking at her now, one would never guess that she struggled for years trying to make ends meet, living in a tent in Winter Park. It wasn’t until she decided to use all of the money she’d saved up to buy a house that she started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. She rented all the rooms in order to pay for it and eventually learned to trade up in real estate. I compliment her success, and what do we do? We knock on wood.
      Phi-nomenal.com

      Article found at http://phialab.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/303_Article.pdf

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        Davines Saved My Hair from Myself – Into the Gloss

        This story is about my undying love for Davines, the brand that has inspired everyone from my barista to my colleagues to ask me about my shiny, shiny hair. But before I sing the praises of yet another serum you should buy because it’s the best, I need to explain why it matters to me so much.

        A few years ago, a combination of self-inflicted poor health and an underlying autoimmune disease meant that I lost a ton of my hair. Malnourished and deeply stressed out, every time I took a shower I was watching spidery clumps fall into my hands and every time I brushed it felt like the end of the world. My partner used to joke about my endless molting; my housemates were constantly frustrated about the little piles that would get swept into every corner of every room. To me, having a shiny abundance of hair was everything that being a woman was about and, with every strand that clogged up my plumbing, I lost a little more of my sense of self.

        I refused to go to the hairdresser because it felt too humiliating to imagine what would end up caught around their fingers. My hair loss felt like this giant, indelible label, telling everyone that I was fucked, that I treated my body badly, that I was helpless and didn’t know what to do about anything in my life—let alone my hair. I sort of just gave up, bought whatever shampoo was on offer and whatever was left on my head into a ponytail, hoping it would all go away.

        Then, for my birthday one year, my mother took me to the Aveda salon for a facial. When we left, she bought me these giant bottles of volumizing shampoo and conditioner that they sell there—the sort that you usually see in salons. For the next six months, I religiously used them as I started to get my shit together, and my hair started to look like that of a normal (ha!) woman.

        By no means was transferring to expensive, sulphate-free haircare the singular means to reconfiguring my sense of independence and empowerment. If products were all it took, my job and tendency to hoard anything I can find in a beauty aisle would mean that by now I’d be competing with the Dalai Lama in terms of spiritual wellness. But that $100 shampoo and conditioner stopped my hair from looking quite so lank and raggedy, and that was really what I needed to boost my confidence in getting myself sorted out.

        Now, I’m kind of OK with a lot of stuff in my life. I’ve made whatever changes I can physically make and the rest of it I have medication and regular blood tests for. I don’t look jaundiced and raggedy (I hope); I look like a proper, grown up woman who’s got it together. And now, what I do to take care of my hair is a giant part of the self-care that I spent the past few years having drummed into me. Basically, I feel like I am now pretty much the fussiest woman alive when it comes to a hair product because that stuff means more to me than the average person. While hair absolutely does not determine my sense of identity these days, its volume is inextricably intertwined with my process of recovery.

        And so, to Davines. About two years ago, someone sent me a bottle of hair lotion called MOMO that completely changed my appearance during a particularly rainy Fashion Week. I was besotted with it, and then I lost it and I couldn’t find it online because I’m an idiot and thought that MOMO was the brand name and not the product title. Then a beauty miracle happened: I borrowed a friend’s shampoo, realized Davines was the long-lost brand of my dreams and the rest is history. So, here are my top five of their products because I really do love them that much to have five favorites.

        OI/ Shampoo and Conditioner
        SLES- and paraben-free, you only need a tiny bit of both shampoo and conditioner so, if spending $15 on a shampoo feels a bit extravagant, rest assured a bottle of each lasts me three months. Three months! And I wash my hair loads! Plus, I have no idea what about it makes my hair both smooth and volume-y, but even when I’m too lazy to apply product after washing it, it looks rad.

        OI/ All In One Milk
        Before I dry my hair, I spray this through it all. Both a heat-protector and a shiny, conditioning moisturiser, it doesn’t leave me with sticky or crispy strands which are the bane of my hair-product-using life.

        MELU Mellow Split Ends Repairing Sealing Serum
        So, I now actually make it to my darling hairdresser every three months but, because I use straighteners on my hair and also it’s just a part of life, I still end up with split ends. The serum has keratin in it, which somehow disguises them, and a cellulose conditioning agent that helps avoid them.

        This Is A Relaxing Moisturizing Fluid
        My natural hair-state is curly/frizzy and I live in London, land of the constant, light spatter of rain. A tiny amount of this smoothed over and through my hair is like some sort of miracle cure for humidity and weather-related disasters. Smooth and shiny. That’s all I want.

        Oil Non Oil For Wizards
        I basically don’t do anything remotely exciting with my hair—the closest I come to a ‘do’ is slicking it back into a bun. Decent quantities of the Oil Non Oil is ideal for wet-look, Lucy-Chadwick-esque chic vibes but a little bit also adds some weight to it when it’s down.

        —Olivia J. Singer

        this article found at https://intothegloss.com/2015/01/hair-loss-davines/

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