Archive for January, 2009

Poor Fertility Chances (PFCs)

January 30, 2009

A study from the University of California has found that women with high levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in their blood tended to take longer to conceive than women with lower PFC levels.


PFCs are a family of fluorine-containing chemicals designed to make fabrics stain resistant and are found in food packaging, pesticides, carpets and cosmetics. There are a number of health concerns regarding two types of PFCs in particular – perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) which is used to make Teflon products and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), which was used for some time to make Scotchgard products. PFOA causes liver, pancreatic, testicular and mammary gland tumours in lab animals and is therefore a likely carcinogen for humans. PFOS causes liver & thyroid cancer in rats.


The US study showed that women exposed to PFCs may have lower fertility and irregular menstrual cycles and PFCs can also affect sperm quality in men.


PFCs can linger in our bodies for over four years and so avoidance is the best policy – steer clear of grease-proof and oiled packaging, avoid stain-resistant treatments on furniture and carpets and try to avoid toiletries containing any ingredients named ‘fluoro’ or ‘perfluoro’, common in dental floss, nail polish and eye make-up. Always go for natural alternatives where possible!



A plum in your mouth

January 30, 2009

Tests have shown that just one plum contains the same amount of antioxidants as a handful of blueberries. The same research also indicated that the phytonutrients in plums can inhibit breast cancer growth, although further research was needed into this area.

Win a place at a homeopathy workshop!

January 28, 2009

Leading homeopath Dawn Waterhouse is running a number of workshops in the coming months at the Dragonflies & Daisies Training Centre, Colchester.

The first workshop ‘The Vaccination Decision – it’s not easy is it?’ takes place on Sunday 15th March and is designed to help parents make a real decision about vaccinating your child. This 2.5hr workshop was so popular when Dawn initially ran it last year that she has decided to run it again.

‘Using homeopathy at home’ takes place on Sunday 5th April and covers a selection of popular remedies and their uses. ‘Using homeopathy to treat childhood ailments’ runs on Sunday 26th April and looks at a range of common childhood illnesses and how to treat with natural remedies.

Finally, ‘Sweet treats and healthy eats’ runs on Sunday 10th May and Dawn will share some raw nutritious alternatives to sugary foods. Copies of the recipes will be available – as will samples of the foods!

For more information and to book your place on any of these workshops, please visit

Competition! Dawn has kindly offered one place at each of these workshops completely free to Detox Your Blog readers. To enter, please email us with your name & which workshop you would like to attend. We will pick a winner for each workshop at random on Monday 16th February & announce the winning names on the blog.

Vegan environmental awards 009

January 27, 2009

The voting has begun in the 2009 vegan environmental awards and Shazzie’s Naked Chocolate’s are nominated in the best vegan chocolate category. Vote for us now!

You’re a card

January 26, 2009

If you’ve still got heaps of Christmas cards laying about your house, then there is still time to take them to one of the participating stores and get them recycled, under the Woodland Trust Christmas Card recycling scheme. The scheme runs until 31 Jan.

Rainbow Essences

January 23, 2009

Rainbow Essences

Renata Ash is a qualified therapist, healer and coach who specialises in energy medicine and the activation of a person’s own healing power. She is trained in clinical aromatherapy, cranio-sacral therapy, EMF balancing technique, biodynamic approaches to psychotherapy, PSYCH-K and various forms of energy medicine.
Renata developed Rainbow Essences, a magical set of flower and mineral essences specifically designed to help people release their resistance to change and move through life’s challenges with more grace and ease. Renata and her husband Steven, an acupuncturist and healer, founded Rainbow Medicine Circle, a community committed to personal and global peace through compassion and respect.

Renata and Steven are holding a 3 day PSYCH-K event with Lars Steinberg, an experience PSYCH-K trainer. PSYCH-K facilitates communication between the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind, increases communication between the left and right brain hemispheres and induces a ‘whole brain’ state which reduces resistance to change, especially useful when manifesting goals and dreams.

The event takes place from 13-15 March in Angmering, West Sussex. To reserve your place, please email or call 01903 787512.

Janey Lee Grace

January 23, 2009
Janey Lee Grace

Janey Lee Grace

Radio 2 holistic spokeswoman and natural living devotee  Janey Lee Grace has started on a raw food journey and is already experimenting with her new dehydrator. She is giving away two copies of Evie’s Kitchen to her readers this month – sign up to her email newsletter here.

“If you’re into raw food you’ll know of the gorgeous inspirational Shazzie. To add to her excellent catalogue, she’s now written a fabulous book, perfect for every parent.” – Janey Lee Grace

Stunningly lush and beautiful

January 22, 2009

Life coach and medical intuitive Laura Bruno has written a beautiful review of Evie’s Kitchen.

“The first thing you will notice about this book is that it is stunningly lush and beautiful. From the cover photo of Evie looking so faeriesque, to the family photos to all the gorgeous recipes: Evie’s Kitchen offers a feast for the eyes!”

Read the full review here.

Free gifts when you purchase The Live Food Factor

January 21, 2009

The Live Food Factor; The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet
, by Susan Schenck, now has a second edition with Victoria Bidwell. The first edition won the IPPY award for “Most Progressive Health Book of the Year” (2007).

This encyclopaedic book (660 pages) is a comprehensive guide to the raw food and natural hygiene movements. It includes ten reasons to stop cooking, inspirational testimonials, over 60 scientific studies that prove the superiority of a raw diet, the history of the raw food diet, a chapter on fasting, a chapter on getting kids to eat raw, how to transition, recipes, and much much more.

Susan says “Even if you think you know all there is to know about the raw diet and natural hygiene, you’ll be surprised at how much you have to learn from this book. If you have friends or loved ones who need convincing, this book makes the perfect gift to get them started on the right path. Even if they don’t adopt an all-raw diet, they will still learn how to reduce their existing health challenges and adopt new habits that will help them.”

“This 62-page tome, arguably the most comprehensive book ever written on the raw diet and lifestyle, is surely destined to become a classic.”—Get Fresh Magazine

If you buy The Live Food Factor on 21 or 22 January, you will receive fifty bonus gifts and discount coupons, worth over a thousand US dollars. These gifts include ebooks, mp3s and  recipes by noted raw foodists, health experts such as Dr. Joseph Mercola,  and self-improvement leaders such as Peggy McColl, Terri Levine  and John Assaraf.

Sanctuary EP

January 16, 2009

Sanctuary - Kirsty Hawkshaw

Sanctuary EP - Kirsty Hawkshaw

The amazing Kirsty Hawkshaw has released her new EP, Sanctuary. Available from her online store, Sanctuary features 5 tracks plus 2 bonus remixes. Kirsty is also contributing an MP3 of her song I Like Bananas to Shazzie’s 40th birthday bonanza!