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Hazardous Beauty
How Antioxidents Help the Body
Protecting Organic's Integrity
Annual Herb & Food Fair
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Dear Friend,

Caretaker, listener, chauffuer, peace keeper, chef, commrade, cheerleader, manager... the list of roles mothers play goes on and on.  

While looking forward to Mothers Day on May 11th, don't you agree that mothers need to be recognized for all that they do throughout the year?

Give back to your mother, step-mother, grandmother, friend, wife or partner with a gift that shows your love for her.  Another kitchen appliance will not suffice.  She deserves to be pampered with a customized facial applied with luscious layers of aromatic herbal concoctions.  Check out an Eminence Mother's Day Special or let Mom select her own favorite.  A gentle message with these organic compounds will restore her skin and revitalize the superwoman in your life.

Let Amy's Skin Care gift certificates be your mother's day gift solution.  Save with a
facial series of three for $195, or select any amount that is right for your budget.  Whatever you choose, the mother in your life will be delighted.
In this month's Skinformation links, we take a look at chemical cosmetics; Have you "signed up for hazardous beauty?"  Mother Nature ingeniously created an instant free-radical fix, and the link takes you to a resource on whole foods and their healthly properties. I have also included the story of one small company's legal victory in an effort to make certain that the personal care products labeled labeled "organic" really are.  
Amy's Skin Care is once again participating in the 10th Annual Food & Herb Festival at Bastyr University on from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday May 31st.   It's a fun, FREE and educational event.  I hope to see you there.  


Amy Lamb
Amy's Skin Care
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Have You Signed up for Hazardous Beauty?
 Levels permitted in Cosmetics are considered Toxic in Food

LipsLipstick tainted with lead. Mascara that contains mercury. A hair-straightening treatment that slicks your tresses with protein...and formaldehyde? As three recent controversies show, sometimes the world of beauty can be downright ugly.

Take the lipstick debate. Last fall, a study gave women reason to worry about their war paint:

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 33 lipsticks for lead, from Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer to L'Oreal Colour Riche. They found that 61 percent of the lipsticks tested contained a detectable amount of the contaminant.
Even a minuscule amount of lead is a big problem, says Campaign for Safe Cosmetics spokeswoman Stacy Malkan. "What the companies will often say is, 'There's a little toxin in one product and you can't say it causes harm,' " she says. "But none of us uses just one product." Lead is a neurotoxin that accumulates in the body over time, which is why tiny amounts ingested regularly (or in the case of lipstick, multiple times per day) could be hazardous.
In eye-area cosmetics, the FDA allows mercury if no other effective preservative is available. The concentration can be up to 65 parts per million. That may not sound like much, but the presence of mercury in any amount worries some people. This month, Minnesota imposed a ban on many products containing the substance, including thermostats, medical devices and, yes, mascara.

"It's a potent neurotoxin that can cause brain damage in developing fetuses," Malkan says. "Many women get mercury from fish and other sources. We don't need any more."

How Antioxidents Help the Body 
Rose hips
Rosehip Tonique
Rosehip and Maize Exfoliating Masque

Rosehip Whip Moisturizer

With a wide variety of health impacts and more news becoming available on them everyday, antioxidants are an important part of today's health. Find out their background and what makes them worth learning about.

Hardly a week goes by without news of antioxidants' health-promoting benefits. Experts believe these nutritional substances may help prevent heart disease, fight certain cancers, ward off dementia, and even slow certain aging processes.

There are thousands of antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, meats, poultry, and fish. Even foods once not known for being especially healthful, such as chocolate, coffee, and red wine, are now recognized as potent delivery systems for beneficial antioxidants....

Rose hips

We need oxygen to live. It travels from the lungs to every corner of the body, helping cells metabolize food into energy. But oxygen has a downside. Normally, the molecules in our cells have a full set of electrons, which keep them stable--think of them as a fortress surrounding a castle. But when these molecules come into contact with oxygen (i.e., they are "oxidized") they lose an electron, converting to an unstable type of molecule known as a free radical.

"Free radicals, if left unchecked, assault whatever cell constituents are nearby, including proteins, fats, and DNA," says Joe Vinson, PhD, a professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton. "Once those molecules are attacked, their structure and function are changed and they don't work as well."

Ingeniously, Mother Nature created an instant free-radical fix. Antioxidants disable free radicals by donating electrons to replace those lost during oxidation. Some antioxidants can be manufactured by your body; others must be obtained from food....


Cranberry Pomegranate Masque

Lemon Cleanser

Eminence Skin Care Products are rich in antioxidents, bioflavinoids and amino acid ingredients, to heal and support the external health of your skin while working in conjunction with what you consume internally.

Antioxidents: Carrot, Pumpkin, Rosehip, Paprika, Sour Cherry, Quince
Apple, Lemon, Oranges and Almonds

Bioflavinoids: Dark Berries, Purple Grape, Whie Peel of Lemon, Orange
or Grapefruit

Amino Acids: Alpha and Beta Hydroxyl Acids found in Apples, Grapes,
Naseberry and Tomato

Gentle Detox with BionicHydrotherapy

Are Your Personal Care Products Really Organic?
Popular body care products marketed as organic will be disappearing from the shelves at New Leaf Community Market (San Diego) for failing to meet the company's standards.

"I want really organic," Mariana Friedman, body care product coordinator for the local organic pioneer, said Monday. "The industry has really lax standards."

The products being discontinued are targets of a lawsuit filed Monday by the company that makes Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps.

The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, accused 10 companies and two industry groups of selling and promoting soaps, lotions and other products that are manufactured using conventionally grown crops or chemicals derived from petroleum.

Dr. Bronner's alleges it's unfair to label such products organic and is asking a judge to prevent Hain Celestial Group Inc., Estee Lauder Inc. and the other companies named in the lawsuit from doing so.

"There is widespread abuse of the word 'organic' throughout the industry and it's spiraling out of control," said Dr. Bronner's company president David Bronner. "It's an industry based on marketing and hype, and the organic labels are a form of corrosive marketing."

Bronner said a negotiated settlement before the lawsuit was filed broke down over some of the companies' refusal to stop the use of petrochemicals in products bearing organic labels......

Among the products that New Leaf is discontinuing: Alba Botanica Passionfruit Body Wash, Alba Replenishing Shampoo, Nutribiotic Supershower Gel Shampoo, California Baby Supersensitive Bubble Bath, Giovanni Smooth as Silk Shampoo, Healthy Times Honeysuckle Baby Bath and Healthy Times Pansyflower Baby Shampoo, Nature's Gate Awapuhi Shampoo, and Nature's Gate Fruitblend Liquid Soap....
10th Annual Herb & Food Fair
See Amy at the
Cranberry Pomegranate Masque
10th Annual Herb & Food Fair
Saturday, May 31, 2008
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bastyr University Campus Grounds

The theme for the 2008 Herb & Food Fair - FREE to the public and run entirely by Bastyr students, staff and faculty volunteers - is "Celebrating our Cultural Traditions."

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Deborah Frances, internationally renowned naturopathic physician and herbalist
  • Jennifer Hahn, adventurer, wild food harvester and author of Spirited Waters: Soloing South Through The Inside Passage
  • Sandor Ellix Katz, author of Wild Fermentation, who will be offering three workshops at the fair.

Activities available at this year's Herb & Food Fair include:

  • a variety of educational speakers and workshops
  • cooking demonstrations from nutrition and botanical medicine experts
  • live entertainment (music and dance)
  • special activities for children 
  • nutritious and delicious homemade food
  • distinctive vendors
  • acupuncture demonstrations
  • relaxing herbal foot soaks and facials
  • sampling of a variety of natural foods and herbal products
  • guided walks through the surrounding woods, teeming with native herbs

Bastyr University is located adjacent to St. Edward State Park. View a map and driving directions to campus.