Something is really bothering me. I don't think there is a clear answer or grand solution. However, I wouldn't even bring it up if I didn't have part of a solution.
So here goes.....
There is so much talk about today what is in our food and how bad some of it really is.
We have been learning for several years now that food ingredient lists need to be payed close attention.
Overall, I think people that care about their health have gotten this message and are really trying to do better.
So my rant is toward the supplements side of things.
Many of the people that aren't shy about shouting warnings about ingredients in our food that are potentially harmful (alternative doctors, health advocates and bloggers), are some of the same people creating and promoting supplements and protein-powder products that are full of questionable, even knowingly harmful ingredients.
What is the disconnect?
I get that I was unaware of some of these harmful ingredients myself.
I think the first ingredient that I learned to look for and avoid was magnesium stearate. This ingredient has nothing to do with true magnesium. It is a chemical used to coat pills so that they will run through machinery without clogging up, Yes small amounts are used, but small amounts add up. And this is not food and doesn't belong in my body!
I then learned about a HUGE list of TOXIC ingredients that are in ALMOST ALL supplements available.
Even the really good, expensive, and so-called pure, natural and whole food ones.
Ingredients like: ascorbic acid, cholacalciferol, riboflavin, pryidoxine hydrochloride (HCL), cyanocobalamin, and many, many more.
These are things cooked up in labs using petroleum extracts, coal tar derivatives, acetone, formaldehyde, irradiated lamb's wool, fermented GMO corn, and lots more!
These things are NOT food at all, but chemicals, isolates, and toxic things that have no business being in our bodies!
I am talking about people that should know better. I am gonna name some names and see if my husband edits them out ;)
People like Dr. Mercola, Dr. Pompa, Dr. Carlson; companies like Mannatech and Herbalife; and most popular supplement companies like Standard Process and Kirkland.
Even the company that produced the movie Unacceptable Levels has a company of natural skin care products and recently added supplements to their line that have this bad stuff in them!
When confronted about this, which I have done, some of the responses are, “we don't have time to research everything and we stand behind our product choices,” or, “there are such small amounts of toxins, it really doesn't matter.”
Maybe it doesn't matter to them, but it matters to ME! Does it matter to YOU?
Oh, and doctors, health advocates and bloggers aren't the only ones!
I am absolutely blown away when I go into health food stores and/or healthy grocery stores.
Stores like Whole Foods, New Seasons, Natural Choice, Mother's, Chuck's, and many others across the country.
Each and every one of them has a supplement section, and usually a very large section at that.
98% (I want to say 99.9%, but I better be conservative) of the products in these sections are full of the toxins I mentioned above.
I just don't get it!!
Do they not know, or do they not care?
I was outraged - and continue to be - when I found out about all of this.
But, like I said in the beginning, I wouldn't bring it up if I didn't believe I had at least part of a solution.
And we do!
We found a company that is honestly and fully committed to this statement: “Purity is Possible!!”
One purpose of this blog post today is to encourage you to find out the truth about what you are allowing into your body through the supplements you are taking, even while trying to do the right thing for your health and the health of those you care about.
My husband and I know that while we were spending many, many dollars on products with these scary ingredients in them, I was getting sicker and sicker without knowing why.
You may not be feeling any direct effects of these ingredients yourself yet, but we believe you need to at least know the truth so you can make an informed choice.
If you want to learn about truly non-GMO, organic, raw whole-food supplements for cellular health & nutrition, with absolutely nothing questionable in them, please don't hesitate to ask. We would be thrilled to share what we have found!!
Have a happy and health-filled day
Even though we have learned over the years that keeping medicine and/or supplements in our medicine cabinets isn't the best thing to do because of temperature changes and humidity, the question is still a valid one.
What's in your medicine cabinet?
Is it filled with things to treat symptoms of disease, or is it filled with things to support wellness?
This is a picture of a medicine cabinet filled with empty Touchstone Essentials bottles because we store our actual supplements in a cabinet in the kitchen - after all, THEY ARE FOOD!!
However, it is a representation of the stand we are making to treat our bodies with food and whole food supplements instead of trying to treat our symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs, chemicals and toxins.
Won't you join us in this fight to turn things around in our world?
There are amazing healing properties in organic, non-GMO, whole foods - our bodies were designed to be self-healing when provided with the nutrition they need (read more here).
AL degenerative disease is rooted in cellular inflammation caused by cellular toxicity.
So, you can get started today on a return to healthy in yours and your family's life, and we will help you. Read some of the articles on my website, watch a video, contact me via email.
Let's do this together!
Have a happy and health-filled day!
This is a common question, and one we all usually assume the answer to is "Yes." We found out that isn't always the case.
Several days ago, one of our team members pointed out a very interesting fact about the cost and value of Touchstone Essentials supplements.
We looked closely at the "Essentials" product in particular. Here is what we found:
Touchstone Essentials' anti-aging formula of Essentials provides 33 servings of organic, non-GMO raw whole-food nutrition in each 3-capsule serving.
With each bottle containing 30 servings, that equals the nutritional content of 990 servings of organic food.
This amazing whole-food formula retails for $59.95 (wholesale is even less).
Are you ready for this???? That makes each serving about 6 cents apiece!!! (Again, wholesale is even less!!)
Yes, we also need to eat food. Supplements are just that, supplements to what we eat.
However, it is getting harder and harder to find truly nutritious food. That is why we believe we need a base of nutrition that comes from these high quality whole-food supplements.
We really believe we can now worry less about nourishing our bodies they way they need to be nourished, and are seeing the results in powerful ways.
The next obvious question was, "How can Touchstone Essentials possibly provide this level of nutritionally sound supplements for that low a cost?"
The answer to this question is really a pretty big deal.
Touchstone Essentials has made a commitment to purity in each and every product they produce.
The Founder and CEO, Eddie Stone, carries this commitment into all areas of his mission and vision.
He truly is figuring out how to create and maintain a high level of quality while also minimizing the impact of producing products that don't leave a heavy foot print.
Sustainable farming, organic practices, and high-integrity cGMP manufacturing really can be done affordably, if done right.
While we do not know all of the practices in place, we were thoroughly impressed when we learned about just one of these very important practices in place at Touchstone Essentials.
That one practice is field-side drying. This one process makes the produce needing to be shipped significantly lighter and far less bulky than the raw materials, and therefore extremely cheaper to ship!
So, when it comes to our health and the health of those we love and care about, less than 6 cents a serving is not simply affordable, but a true bargain!! Don't ya think??
Order your Touchstone Essentials today and start building the base of cellular health and nutrition you really need for a healthy and vibrant life.
Go to www.TruthMatters.MyTouchstoneEssentials.com and see for yourself just how easy and affordable it really is to take care of yourself and your loved ones!!
Have a health-filled and happy day!!
I haven't written in awhile. Life is busy, huh? Non-stop, sometimes -- mostly good, but MAN, OH, MAN busy!!
The other day I put a little blurb about Vitamin-D on Facebook and I just want to revisit it today. It really is a huge problem. Doctors know this but what they do to address it is far from the answer.
Several years ago my doctor told me that me Vitamin-D level was rock bottom, his exact words! I knew I didn't feel good. I lacked energy, had lots of headaches, aches and pains, and bone pain that was unbearable!! He assured me that taking a Vitamin-D supplement would make me feel better in no time!
So, being the dutiful patient that I was (was, am no longer) I got my prescription Vitamin-D at the pharmacy and started taking the recommended dose each and every day. The doc said we should recheck my blood in 3 months...
3 months later, I had a new series of blood work done, and low and behold, my Vitamin-D level was right where it should be. “Perfect”, he said!!
Then he asked if I felt better - and I DID NOT!!!
“Well”, he said, “for lots of people it just takes longer.” So, once again being the dutiful patient that I was (was, am no longer), I continued to take the prescribed dose of 5 to 10K IU per day.
After yet another 3 months I had my blood checked again. I was told that everything was fine and should seriously consider taking some anti-depressants, because something else must be going on! After almost a full year of this kind of treatment I felt worse! Not at all better!!
This is when I began to really look at all of the supplements I was taking, and it was a large shoe box full! What I came to know about supplements and the supplement industry truly did turn my world upside down.
The reason my blood work showed an increased Vitamin-D level is simply because the Vitamin-D I was taking was made from irradiated lamb's wool (cholecalciferol) and that has the ability to mimic Vitamin-D in the blood but not the way the body is created to metabolize it. Which is why my body did not get the message to feel better!
Cholecalciferol is not food and we were created to function on food and nothing else!!
I did research on all of the other supplements I was taking and was horrified by what I discovered! No wonder I wasn't feeling better! I was filling my system with synthetics, chemicals and they are all toxic to our bodies!!
You cannot buy supplements simply based on what the front of the label says. Just like our food labels, we must read the back and learn what the ingredients really are.
I stated several times above that I am no longer a dutiful patient. I just want to be clear. I do think doctors and medicine have there place in our world and in our lives, sometimes!! But, we cannot depend on them for our overall health. Most honest doctors will admit that they don't really know a lot about nutrition. If you have one that does, hang on and don't let go, but remember they don't care about you the way you and only you can and need to!!
My hope is that through all of my ranting and raving you can hear my heart. I am not just simply trying to sell you a product. I want to sell you your health back!!
Through our "Healthy Cells, Healthy You" Free Workshops, my 8-week "Health and Wellness" courses, and yes, with the addition of Touchstone Essentials supplements, my hope is to teach you a better way to bridge the gap between what you eat and what you truly need.
So, please do something today to move toward a healthier you!
Maybe it's learning about one ingredient to remove from your food source. Maybe it's watching a compelling movie like, "Forks over Knives". Maybe it is taking a look at Touchstone Essentials as a vital part of maintaining or repairing your health. Either way, please make a choice to do SOMETHING new today! Only you can make the difference for YOU!!
Blessings till next time...
Have a health-filled day!
Did you know?
Monsanto's Roundup Ready® seeds are genetically engineered to be resistant to Monsanto’s top selling weed killer Roundup, which is made up of Glyphosate and a trademarked formula of component chemicals. In 2007, more than 185 million pounds of Glyphosate were sprayed on America's soils and crops and that amount has only continued to rise as more weeds develop resistance to Glyphosate.
A growing body of scientific evidence has shown that the overuse of Roundup and Glyphosate has created severe micronutrient deficiencies in the soil and plants causing an epidemic of diseases, such as Goss's Wilt on Roundup Ready® corn and Sudden Death Syndrome in Roundup Ready® soybeans.
Recently a team of top U.S. scientists discovered an organism associated with this rise in plant diseases in Roundup Ready® corn and soybeans which form the foundation for animal livestock feed in the U.S. The organism is observable only by an electron microscope, and was previously unknown to science.
For more information and to sign a petition to get this stopped, go to this website: Food Democracy Now
Contact Coach Connie to find out how you can take charge of your own health & wellness and STOP being a science project for Big Pharma and Mega Farms!
February 15, 2014
I have been studying and researching things to do with health and wellness for more than 30 years now. The other day I was feeling a little overwhelmed with all that goes on in my head!! I have made myself a guinea pig for everything that seems to make sense and learned much from that type of practical application, however I also think I have done more damage than good.
Fat free, gluten free, low carb, no carbs, eat more, eat less, fasting, detoxing, hcg, Jenny Craig, Paleo, Adkins, Weight Watchers, South Beach, Cellular Healing Diet, diet, diet and more diets!!!
Even though much time and money has been wasted on all of this, I can honestly say that through it all I have learned some very important things. I am thankful for the fact that I am fairly healthy in spite of all of this!! Healthy enough to share what I have learned with YOU!!
So after all is said and done, this is what I know for sure,
Check out the link below and simply start looking at what you eat a little more honestly and seriously. The list is not the complete list of toxins in our supplements and food, but the most common ones. It's a good place to start. If it's not food, we shouldn't be putting in our body!!
I am happy to end up with this simple truth!! After all of my studying and learning this is the summary we all need!! It's as simple as food! Food and nothing but food!! Supplements that are food, are the only real way to bridge the gap between what we get from our food and what we need nutritionally.
Until we understand and believe our inability to get all we need from the food we eat, we will not be able to understand and believe the importance of supplements! And until we understand and believe that most supplements are not food, we will not accept Touchstone Essentials as the real deal!!
Please do what you must to understand what you need to do to protect yourself and your health! Something I strongly believe is that we are in a war! The battle is raging between chemical and pharmaceutical companies that have gotten into the food business. They have no business making and selling food!! However, they have made soooooo much money creating food products, (not real food) and they are going to fight hard to keep it! Our health is the collateral damage in this war!
I think we need to be prepared to supplement our diets with 100% organic, non GMO, raw, whole food supplements for the next 5 to 10 years, because it could likely take that long to turn this big ugly machine around!!
The good news is that Touchstone Essentials are just such supplements. Actually, they are the purest ones we have found! So, we proudly and unashamedly want to share them with you.
February 12, 2014
Healing Testimony from Touchstone Essentials Pure Body Extra Strength
Most of you know that my husband, Warren, is a pastor and a Biblical counselor. We do some co-counseling and we had an appointment two weeks ago that I participated in that I would like to share with you.
We met with a couple that is in their 70's. He has been on a very long list of very strong psychotropic drugs. These drugs have wreaked havoc, not only on him personally but on his wife as well.
For several years now he has had night terrors, hallucinations, panic attacks and uncontrolled outbursts. His overall health has been very compromised and so has his wife's. She has been unable to sleep because she must watch him closely. He has wandered out at night and gotten lost, he would wake many time through ut the night in a panic, and she has even been woken up by him attacking her!!
These are two people that have been married for over 50 years and love each other very much! There life together has been absolutely devastated by their trauma and the presence of these horrible drugs in his poor body!!
As we sat with them our hearts simply broke! However, the more we learned about their story the stronger sense we got of a possible help for them. Of course we knew they needed some emotional, mental, and spiritual help, which is my husband's area of expertise, but we also knew they needed some physical help.
We recommended they try Touchstone Essentials Pure Body Extra Strength zeolite detox product. We did so because we know that the drugs he has been on do a great deal of damage, including creating a build-up of plague on the brain. My husband knows that this is very often a reason for cognitive decline and the other degeneration this man has experienced. This is a man that was a CPA and board member of a very large and well known seminary! Reduced to disorientation, night terrors and an overall blank stare!!
Well, they accepted our recommendation and left our house with a bottle of Pure Body Extra Strength. We saw them yesterday, just two weeks later, and their report of the last two weeks is nothing short of miraculous!!!
He only had one episode following our meeting and not another one since!! This after numerous, daily and nightly episodes!! Needless to say, they are more encouraged about their future than they have been for years!! They ordered enough Pure Body and Pure Body Extra strength to last for the next 3 months because they are committed to this process!!
We feel so blessed just knowing we have been introduced to products through Touchstone Essentials that truly are what they say they are!! They are 100% whole food, organic, raw, non GMO supplements that simply and completely supply the body what it needs to do the healing it was created to do!
Touchstone is right when they say, “Purity is Possible” and that everyone deserves “The Good Inside”!!
Please go to www.TruthMatters.MyTouchstoneEssentials.com and see why we are so encouraged!
February 8, 2014 (Read to the bottom for a Bonus!)
The other day, I mentioned a few tasks I needed to accomplish. They weren't things I really wanted to do, simply things I needed to do. One of those tasks was re-filling my hummingbird feeder. The attached video will show you why this is so important!!
I marvel at these tiny creatures!! They are small and seemingly vulnerable but man oh man are they ever strong and resilient!! They nest in the giant evergreen trees that are all around our property. They protect themselves from predators mostly with their speed. They fly into the wind and often against the wind. They know where to go to get what they need. They really inspire me!!!
I guess my message from the hummingbirds is, do I know how to rest properly? Do I know how to protect myself from predators? Do I know how to fly into the wind and against it when necessary? Do I know where to go to get what I need? And, do you?
Rest and restoration are vital to our health and well being. My greatest predator is myself. Flying with the wind gives me strength for the time I need to fly against it. If I pay attention God always shows me where to go to get what I need.
I know that the place for me to be my best is in the Health and Wellness world! My passion is to help others navigate through this sometimes harsh and scary world, where lies seem more available than truth!
Let's be like the hummingbirds above and go for what we need!!!!
Have a wonderful and health-filled day!!
Truly-Healthy Parmesan Artichoke Dip
1 can of artichoke hearts-drained and chopped
¼ cup Parmesan cheese (see below for dairy free sub)
¼ cup Veganaise mayo
dash of salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients and bake in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes
¼ cup raw almonds
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
Pulse till crumbly
Store in spice type container in fridge for up to 6 months
February 5, 2014
Yesterday I was asked by a “professional” in the Health and Wellness world why Touchstone Essential products do no display the certified USDA Organic and Non GMO verified labels. I didn't know how to honestly answer this question so I said I would find out.
I contacted the home office and got this immediate reply:
Our harvesting and bottling facilities are all cGMP, certified as following Current Good Manufacturing Practices in everything from how ingredients are received from growers, to how each is tested for potency and purity, to how the blending of ingredients is verified and standardized for quality assurance.
This response has always been enough for me, but I realized that people that don't have the trust and faith in Touchstone and it's leadership like we do, might still have questions. So, as I pondered this I decided to check my email and what I got re-confirmed the “gut” feeling I have had about Touchstone Essentials from the beginning.
As I said on Facebook, I am connected to several watch-dog groups that search and research products, ideas and companies to make sure we are using and supporting truly clean and honorable products. I got an email from The Future of Health Now regarding a product that I have used over the years and currently have in my pantry. I have also recommended this product to many others!
This is a product that bears both the USDA Organic label and the NON GMO Verified label!! Please read the following article from The Future of Health Now, so you don't just think it's me being crazy again!
Garden of Life RAW Protein found to contain heavy metals tungsten, lead and cadmium
Seriously!!?? We are putting all of our faith in these two labels and this is still going on!!!???
Organic and non GMO is very important but we must remember that it is also big business!! If you have been around me at all, you have heard me say, “You must know the source of where your stuff comes from and not simply trust the labels”. These two labels can be bought for a price do not always mean what they are supposed to mean. Once again, we have been duped!!!
I am angry! Aren't you?!! So angry that I have actually been crying about this today! I know that I cannot simply curl up in my warm bed and cry! That's why I am YELLING this to you!!
The article ends by saying there is hope if you have consumed this product. The answer is zeolite. I do not know the brand they mention, but I do know Touchstone Essentials Pure Body and Pure Body Extra Strength!!!
Many sources of zeolite are contaminated because of the contaminated sources that it is retrieved from. Touchstone Essentials is pure, clean and the only one we will recommended! You can go to our website and message us to get the “white paper” on our zeolite.
It is time for us to take charge and responsibility for our own health!! We are passionate about helping you know the truth and encouraging you to walk in that truth!
Have a wonderful health-filled day
Everyone deserves "the Good Inside," and, yes, "Purity is Possible."