HomeLogic: natural cleaning products (giveaway)

Product was received from Natural HomeLogic to facilitate this review of natural cleaning products. All opinions are my own.I think my husband and I have always been environmentally conscious—his civil engineering degree is with a specialty in environmental and one of my BS degrees is in environmental science—but never so much as when we had kids. It’s just something about being solely responsible for the well-being of a helpless, tiny human being! We made a lot of changes, but one that was a priority was making sure anything that went on their skin was safe and natural. This includes skincare products like soaps and shampoos and cleaning supplies (that are inhaled or end up on their skin as they move around the house—and then possibly …

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Banana bread is a classic and a great way to use over-ripe bananas.However, most banana bread recipes call for white flour, a fair amount of sugar and lack much nutrition other than ALL the carbs!But, banana bread is delicious, so what’s a girl or guy to do when they have brown banana’s and a hankering for delicious banana bread?THIS!Instead of a traditional recipe, why not make this delicious, protein packed, whole wheat version of the bread that’s really a dessert staple.Here’s What You’ll Need(For Bread)1 1/2 scoops chocolate protein powder 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 ripe bananas, mashed 2 egg whites 2 tbsp vanilla greek yogurt 1/3 cup oats Optional: 1/3 cup chocolate chips (if you want it really chocolatey – I …

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New approach to treating venomous snakebites could reduce global fatalities

July 30, 2013 — A team of researchers led by Dr. Matt Lewin of the California Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with the Department of Anesthesia at the University of California, San Francisco, has pioneered a novel approach to treating venomous snakebites — administering antiparalytics topically via a nasal spray. This new, needle-free treatment may dramatically reduce the number of global snakebite fatalities, currently estimated to be as high as 125,000 per year.The team demonstrated the success of the new treatment during a recent experiment conducted at UCSF; their results have been published in the medical journal Clinical Case Reports.Snakebite is one of the most neglected of tropical diseases — the number of fatalities is comparable to that of AIDS in some developing countries. It has been estimated that 75% of snakebite victims who die do so before they ever reach the hospital, predominantly because there is no easy way to treat them in the field. Antivenoms provide an imperfect solution for a number of reasons — even if the snake has been identified and the corresponding antivenom exists, venomous bites often occur in remote locations far from population centers, and antivenoms are expensive, require refrigeration, and demand significant expertise to administer and manage.”In addition to being an occupational hazard for field scientists, snakebite is a leading cause of accidental death in the developing world, especially among otherwise healthy young people,” says Lewin, the Director of the Center for Exploration and Travel Health at the California Academy of Sciences. “We are trying to change the way people think about this ancient scourge and persistent modern tragedy by developing an inexpensive, heat-stable, easy-to-use treatment that will at least buy people enough time to get to the hospital for further treatment.”In his role as Director of the Academy’s Center for Exploration and Travel Health, Lewin prepares field medicine kits for the museum’s scientific expeditions around the world and often accompanies scientists as the expedition doctor. In 2011, Lewin put together snakebite treatment kits for the Academy’s Hearst Philippine Biodiversity Expedition, which would have required scientists to inject themselves if they needed treatment. When he saw their apprehension about the protocol, Lewin began to wonder if there might be an easier way to treat snakebite in the field.In some fatal snakebites, victims are paralyzed by the snake’s neurotoxins, resulting in death by respiratory failure. A group of common drugs called anticholinesterases have been used for decades to reverse chemically-induced paralysis in operating rooms and, in intravenous form, to treat snakebite when antivenoms are not available or not effective. However, it is difficult to administer intravenous drugs to treat snakebite outside of a hospital, so Lewin began to explore the idea of a different delivery vehicle for these antiparalytics — a nasal spray.In early April of 2013, Lewin and a team of anesthesiologists, led by Dr. …

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