Have you ever considered chucking your shampoo and never looking back? To many of us, the very idea of doing this is met with a confused ‘why?’ But to a growing number of people, it is essential to healthy hair, as well as a healthy environment.

Shampoo has only been around for about a hundred years, so how did people clean their hair before then? The answer may surprise you. For one, they didn’t bathe nearly as often as we do today. Bathing once a week or even less often was deemed perfectly acceptable. When they did wash their hair, the most common method was with soap. While this may horrify some contemporary people, it is important to note that Victorian era people used castile soap, which was milder than the mainstream soaps of today. Other common household hair cleansers were vinegar, egg yolks, rosemary, and rum.World's Longest Hair (7)1

The modern anti-shampoo movement, or ‘no poo,’ as it has come to be called, believes that shampoo strips away the naturally occurring oil in the hair, calledsebum. This results in an increase in oil production by sebaceous glands in the scalp, perpetuating a cycle in which shampoo becomes necessary to properly clean the hair.

No poo predominantly champions the use of vinegar and baking soda, although there are a host of methods used to replace traditional shampoo. Whatever method is used, the first few weeks of the transition are difficult for most, but the hair tends to adjust after this period. Advocate Assya Barrette blogged about her own transition, which is a nice testimonial because it describes failures before eventual success. She wrote:

“For the first month or so after giving up shampoo, your hair is supposed to be super greasy as it readjusts to no shampoo. Then, it bounces back and looks better than ever before.”

Healthier hair is not the only reason people quit shampoo, however. One can save quite a bit of money in the process as well. For women, hair products are often the most expensive part of their personal care arsenal. A study by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs recently found that women’s shampoo and conditioner on average cost nearly twice that of men’s hair care products.

Finally, no poo advocates also stump for the environmental benefits of quitting shampoo and conditioner. A typical bottle contains many un-pronounceable additives, which range in effects from being a simple irritant to potential carcinogens.

This growing movement is therefore intriguing for many reasons. Have you or would you quit shampoo? Share your reasons below!

(Special thanks to: attn:, Green Living Tips, and Our Heritage of Health for their research on this subject.)


Three-week Diet-Exercise Study Shows 50 Percent Reversal In Metabolic Syndrome, Type 2 Diabetes

January 16, 2006
American Physiological Society
A UCLA study found the Pritikin diet and daily exercise reverses metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes in 50 percent of those with either condition, even without major weight loss. All participants showed significant health benefits after 21 days on the high-fiber, low-fat diet and 45-60 minutes of daily exercise. The results challenge the commonly held belief that individuals must normalize their weight before achieving health benefits.
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Obese and overweight individuals suffering metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes showed significant health improvements after only three weeks of diet and moderate exercise even though the participants remained overweight.

“The study shows, contrary to common belief, that Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome can be reversed solely through lifestyle changes,” according to lead researcher Christian Roberts of University of California, Los Angeles.

“This regimen reversed a clinical diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome in about half the participants who had either of those conditions. However, the regimen may not have reversed damage such as plaque development in the arteries,” Roberts said. “However, if Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome continue to be controlled, further damage would likely be minimized and it’s plausible that continuing to follow the program long-term may result in reversal of atherosclerosis.”

“The results are all the more interesting because the changes occurred in the absence of major weight loss, challenging the commonly held belief that individuals must normalize their weight before achieving health benefits,” Roberts said. Participants did lose two to three pounds per week, but they were still obese after the 3-week study.

The study, “Effect of a diet and exercise intervention on oxidative stress, inflammation, MMP-9, and monocyte chemotactic activity in men with metabolic syndrome factors,” is in the online edition of the Journal of Applied Physiology published by the American Physiological Society. Researchers were Christian K. Roberts, Dean Won, Sandeep Pruthi, Silvia Kurtovic, and R. James Barnard, all of UCLA; Ram K. Sindhu of Charles R. Drew University, Los Angeles; and Nosratola D. Vaziri of University of California, Irvine.

The study involved 31 men who ate a high-fiber, low-fat diet with no limit to the number of calories they could consume. The participants also did 45-60 minutes of aerobic exercise per day on a treadmill.

Fifteen of the men had metabolic syndrome, a condition that is characterized by excessive abdominal fat, insulin resistance, and blood fat disorders such as high levels of triglycerides (fat in the blood) or low levels of HDL (high density lipoprotein, or “good” cholesterol). Thirteen of the participants had Type 2 diabetes. There was also some overlap between the two groups and some participants who had neither metabolic syndrome nor Type 2 diabetes, but were overweight or obese.

“The diet, combined with moderate exercise, improved many factors that contribute to heart disease and that are indirect measures of plaque progression in the arteries, including insulin resistance, high cholesterol, and markers of developing atherosclerosis,” Roberts said. “The approach used in this experiment of combining exercise with a diet of unlimited calories is unusual.”

Low-calorie foods

The participants in the current study, who ranged in age from 46 to 76 years old, took part in a 21-day residential program at the Pritikin Longevity Center, formerly in Santa Monica, combining the Pritikin diet and exercise program. The daily diet was low fat (12-15% of calories), moderate protein (15-20% of calories), and high in unrefined carbohydrates (65-70% of calories) and fiber (more than 40 grams).

Natural foods — whole grains (five or more servings daily), vegetables (four or more servings), and fruits (three or more servings) — were the main source of daily carbohydrates. The sources of protein were plants (such as soy, beans, and nuts), nonfat dairy (up to two servings daily), and fish and poultry (3.5-ounce portion once a week and in soups and casseroles twice a week). The remainder of the calories came from fat with a polyunsaturated-to-saturated fatty acid ratio of 2.4 to 1.

“Aside from meat and dairy, the study participants could eat as much as they wanted,” Roberts said. “Because the food was not as high calorie as a typical American diet, the participants ate less before feeling full. This is a departure from most diets, which usually leave the dieter feeling hungry,” he said.

The men also exercised daily on a treadmill, including level and graded walking, for 45-60 minutes. The exercise program was tailored to ensure each individual reached 70-85% of maximum heart rate.

Next steps

Trials outside the laboratory environment are needed to test the regimen in the general population. “The findings are likely generalizable, although the magnitude of change is proportional to the degree of abnormality when the person begins the regimen,” Roberts added.

Scientists also need to determine whether long-term lifestyle change can prevent or reverse end-organ damage noted in those with metabolic syndrome or Type 2 diabetes, Roberts said. These changes may be difficult to make but the payoff for individuals and society could be enormous.

Further studies are also needed in those who are at risk for metabolic syndrome or Type 2 diabetes. Individuals should still be tested to see if Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome can be prevented in the first place. Individuals may be considered healthy before developing metabolic syndrome but looking healthy does not necessarily mean being healthy, he noted.


Source and funding

“Effect of a diet and exercise intervention on oxidative stress, inflammation, MMP-9, and monocyte chemotactic activity in men with metabolic syndrome factors,” by Christian K. Roberts, Dean Won, Sandeep Pruthi, Silvia Kurtovic, and R. James Barnard, of the Department of Physiological Science at UCLA; Ram K. Sindhu of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Molecular Medicine at Charles R. Drew University, Los Angeles; and Nosratola D. Vaziri of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Department of Medicine at University of California, Irvine is in the online issue of the Journal of Applied Physiology published by the American Physiological Society.

Research was supported by a grant from the LB Research and Education Foundation, an independent foundation in California and a National Research Scholarship Award postdoctoral fellowship from the NIH.


The American Physiological Society was founded in 1887 to foster basic and applied bioscience. The Bethesda, Maryland-based society has more than 10,000 members and publishes 14 peer-reviewed journals containing almost 4,000 articles annually.

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Here Is What Says About You, These Two Holes On The Back…



Venus holes are the small circles, which are formed on the lower back at both, men and women. When it comes to men, those holes are called Apollo holes. To be more precise, they are located in a place where two bones connect the pelvis. As experts explain, they can be seen only in people who have this genetic predisposition or appropriate size ligaments. So, you cannot choose whether you have them or not, because it is simple the genetics.

It is interesting that those circles are sign of good circulation and a healthy body, and great circulation is an important prerequisite for easier to achieve orgasm. It is fact that Venus holes are located in a place where there is no muscle and it is impossible to create them with some exercises. Still, in case if you are working on the process of elimination of excess fat, those holes may become visible.

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Stop Supporting Child Slavery By Avoiding These 7 Companies


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Who doesn’t love chocolate? Americans sure do. In fact, the average American citizen eats over 11 pounds of chocolate each year. But there’s a downside to this sweet treat beyond simply questionable ingredients.

Many of us purchase our chocolate without thinking about who made it, and that’s a problem, since a variety of large corporations have been accused of using child slavery to give you your chocolate fix.

Last September, a lawsuit was filed against a list of companies that includes Hershey, Mars, and Nestle, claiming that the companies were tricking their consumers into funding the child slave labor trade in West Africa.

It’s been a cause for concern in the chocolate industry for the past 15 years. Cocoa is the main ingredient in chocolate, and most of it is grown in West Africa, with the two biggest producers being the Ivory Coast and Ghana, which account for about 60 percent of the global cocoa supply.

Many companies within the chocolate industry rely almost exclusively on West Africa for their cocoa supply, but most of the cocoa is produced on small farms by farmers suffering from severe poverty. These extremes often result in child labor. Back in 2001, the chocolate industry pledged to end the practices in Ivory Coast and Ghana by 2005, but this deadline has repeatedly been pushed back. Now, the hope is to fully eliminate it by 2020.

To understand why this is so important, you need to look beyond the money and beyond the chocolate. You need to become aware of what’s happening to these children. Ranging from the ages of 11-16, and sometimes even younger, the conditions of these child slaves prove grim, with children trapped in isolated farms where they work for 80 to 100 hours every single week. They are often beaten with fists, belts, and whips as well, according to freed children who spoke on the matter in the film Slavery: A Global Investigation. “The beatings were a part of my life,” explained freed slave Aly Diabate. “Anytime they loaded you with bags (of cocoa beans) and you fell while carrying them, nobody helped you. Instead they beat you and beat you until you picked it up again.”

Want to avoid supporting child slavery? Steer clear of these seven chocolate companies:

  • Hershey
  • Mars
  • Nestle
  • ADM Cocoa
  • Godiva
  • Fowler’s Chocolate
  • Kraft

“At the moment, no major chocolate company can guarantee their cocoa supply is not tainted by child labor,” explains Elizabeth Jardim, director of consumer advocacy at Green America, a non-profit that promotes ethical consumerism. “However, most have launched sustainability programs that attempt to address child labor in a variety of ways, largely thanks to consumer pressure.”

And yet, despite the constant news on the severe subject, the number of children working in the cocoa industry has increased by 51 percent from 2009 to 2014. “They enjoy something I suffered to make; I worked hard for them but saw no benefit. They are eating my flesh,” one freed boy explained.

Check out this list of more socially conscious companies who have made it a priority to steer clear of profiting off the suffering of child labor:

  • Giddy Yoyo
  • Chocosol
  • Clif Bar
  • Green and Black’s
  • Koppers Chocolate
  • L.A. Burdick Chocolates
  • Denman Island Chocolate
  • Gardners Candie
  • Montezuma’s Chocolates
  • Newman’s Own Organics
  • Kailua Candy Company
  • Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company
  • Rapunzel Pure Organics
  • The Endangered Species Chocolate Company
  • Cloud Nine

This post was republished from collective-evolution.com. You can find the original post here.

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Scientists Officially Link Processed Foods To Autoimmune Disease

The modern diet of processed foods, takeaways and microwave meals could be to blame for a sharp increase in autoimmune diseasessuch as multiple sclerosis, including alopecia, asthma and eczema.

A team of scientists from Yale University in the U.S and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, in Germany, say junk food diets could be partly to blame.

‘This study is the first to indicate that excess refined and processed salt may be one of the environmental factors driving the increased incidence of autoimmune diseases,’ they said.

Junk foods at fast food restaurants as well as processed foods at grocery retailers represent the largest sources of sodium intake from refined salts.

The Canadian Medical Association Journal sent out an international team of researchers to compare the salt content of 2,124 items from fast food establishments such as Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Subway. They found that the average salt content varied between companies and between the same products sold in different countries.

U.S. fast foods are often more than twice as salt-laden as those of other countries. While government-led public health campaigns and legislation efforts have reduced refined salt levels in many countries, the U.S. government has been reluctant to press the issue. That’s left fast-food companies free to go salt crazy, says Norm Campbell, M.D., one of the study authors and a blood-pressure specialist at the University of Calgary.

Many low-fat foods rely on salt–and lots of it–for their flavor. One packet of KFC’s Marzetti Light Italian Dressing might only have 15 calories and 0.5 grams fat, but it also has 510 mg sodium–about 1.5 times as much as one Original Recipe chicken drumstick. (Feel like you’re having too much of a good thing? You probably are.

Bread is the No. 1 source of refined salt consumption in the American diet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Just one 6-inch Roasted Garlic loaf from Subway–just the bread, no meat, no cheeses, no nothing–has 1,260 mg sodium, about as much as 14 strips of bacon. Continue reading “Scientists Officially Link Processed Foods To Autoimmune Disease”


You may already be aware that earlier in the year, Facebook released a new functionality called “Reactions”. This is a step up from the traditional “Like” button and allows users to choose from a range of emotions to express their thoughts on a post.


However now it transpires that the police are warning Facebook fans not to use the Reactions function if they wish to protect their privacy.

Although the reactions function was a really welcome feature to a lot of users, Belgian police have warned that using the feature might compromise internet user’s personal privacy as they suggest that Facebook are using the data to learn more about their fans.

They released a statement on Wednesday which accused Facebook of being a“marketing champion”.

The post read as follows: “Facebook never misses an opportunity to improve the collection of information about us and they proved it again last February.

“The icons help not only express your feelings, they also help Facebook assess the effectiveness of the ads on your profile,”

“The question that some of you have asked me was why Facebook limited them to six…

“By limiting the number of icons to six, Facebook is counting on you to express your thoughts more easily so that the algorithms that run in the background are more effective.”


The police are saying that Facebook are collecting the data on which reactions you click and are using this to market to you.

They explained: “With your clicks, it will be possible to determine the [types of] content that puts you in a good mood…

“In conclusion, it will be one more reason not to click too fast if you want to protect your privacy.”

This in turn allows Facebook to target ads to you more accurately.

Personally I am not too bothered if Facebook want to see how I react to posts in the news feed. And if by Facebook looking at my “Reactions” I am at least served ads that are relevant to me, I really don’t mind.

How do you feel about the new feature? Do you think it is a step too far into your privacy?