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What Every Runner Should Know


As a runner we continually stress our muscles often causing Micro- tears within the muscle fibers as well as a buildup of Lactic acid / waste products. Your Muscles need oxygen to function properly and efficiently, nutrients such as amino acids to repair damaged muscle fibers and lymphatic fluid carry waste away from the muscles. Oxygen, nutrients and lymphatic fluid are transported through your body via the bloodstream. I also so recommend having the 5 one hour treatments of Lymphatic Drainage with the Lymphstar Pro Machine which is amazing! Please call for information on this treatment.

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Massage Therapy markedly increases your body’s recovery rate by increasing blood flow within your circulatory system so Oxygen arrives faster to the area in need. Amino acids are delivered quickly and the waste products get moved rapidly away from the muscles.


Runner’s muscles are contracted in a relatively shortened range of motion for long periods of time. These tight muscles cause extra strain to be placed on tendons and may result in common injuries like Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Iliotibial Band Syndrome and Shine Splints. Adhesion’s that form within the fascial connective tissue surrounding muscle fibers can also cause tightness.


Massage breaks up adhesion’s as well as broadens and lengthens muscle fibers. Freeing up fascia in and around muscles and creating length within muscles which helps prevent injury because it reduces the strain placed on the tendons. Staying healthy and preventing injury threw Massage lead to improved athletic performance increasing range of motion in the hip, knee and ankle joints by releasing and lengthening leg muscles through Massage can increase stride length, which will, in- turn increase running speed and thus improve performance. Weather you run for stress relief, pure enjoyment or in competition, Massage Therapy can be extremely beneficial and will improve athletic performance.


Plantar Fasciitis pain, occurs on the bottom of the foot because of tight fascia. A sharp pain occurs at the base of the heal and sometimes the arch. Place both golf ball and or frozen water bottle on the floor and roll the bottom side of your foot back and forth over your Massage tool. Go easy at first and realize this will feel uncomfortable at first because you are breaking up adhesions, so be patient and go easy.


What I highly recommend is finding out if you have flat feet. I was shocked to find out how many of my clients did not know that they have flat feet. I always recommend going to The Princeton Running Company, Princeton NJ. They are the only running shoe store that know that know shoes and what shoe is best for your feet, size, build, size and  if you feet pronate or supinate. The right shoe is so, so important. The other thing that is a must is foam rolling. I recommend TRIGGERPOINT Performance Therapy products, the only foam rollers, trigger point balls and thigh and calf rollers I will sell.  Why foam roll? Here is the best reason, if you don’t you will eventually hurt yourself pretty bad I can promise you this if you are a serious runner. I don’t care what stretching you do. If you are a very serious yoga practitioner you’ll be okay but, getting to that iliotibial band is very, very important and foam rolling is the best way to stretch it out correctly.

also recommend getting a foot wheel and using a golf ball barefoot  only use static pressure, do not roll the ball and yes it hurts and yes the bottom of your feet even have trigger points. Try one foot first and then stand back and you will feel such a difference in the foot that you painfully applied pressure all over the bottom of your feet.


 Learn Self Applied Balls In Sock Massage Technique



  • Learn self applied massage,balls in sock technique to release trigger points. Trigger points are areas of pain throughout the body they can often be felt as a lump or can cause a twitch. To see if you have a trigger point push on the suspected spot.  A trigger point is more than a tender nodule. It affects not only the muscle where the trigger point is located, but also causes “referred pain” in tissues supplied by nerves. Trigger points are located in a taut band of muscles fibers. The trigger point is the most tender point in the band. If it is a trigger point it will be more tender or sting & the referred pain will increase. When you locate and deactivate them using using my balls in a sock self applied technique and massage therapy.


  •   There is nothing worse than trigger points they can cause gluteal pain,  pain in your mid scapula/shoulder blade, mid and lower back and hip pain.  I have had clients with knots that they thought might have been tumors. Trigger points can occur from improper breathing, stress and repetitive sports and motion. What seems to be knots occur and they can cause debilitating pain. I always suggest to people the strong need with the stresses of today to get a massage therapy once a month. These so called knots can be prevented if we do not wait until we reach a chronic stage. The self applied techniques with  balls in a sock can help you to help yourself.
  •   This is how to get to  those hard to reach areas that need to to have pressure point release/ trigger point release.  Take a tennis ball/golf ball/ Lacrosse ball-( remember the amount of  pain you can tolerate! ) Always using static pressure, which means direct pressure not rolling around on the balls. This is not going to feel joyful it will hurt but, it should be a good hurt and DO NOT put the balls on your spine. If you are having mid back pain have the balls on either side of the spine.
  • Setting up: Put the balls in the sock on a hardwood floor or very low pile carpet. Then you have to situate the balls onto the point of pain and you will know this because it will hurt there. If you move an inch up you might not feel any pain, that is letting you know you are off the trigger point that you need to have the ball/balls on. Once you are on that spot lower your body gradually allowing more and more pressure and remember to breath. Stay there statically as long as the pain persists. It can take up to 30 second to a minute for the trigger point to release and sometimes the relief is amazing! Your balls in a sock self applied massage can go anywhere with you too.
  • You can also do this while you are sitting in a hard chair and yes… sit on it!  There are a lot of Trigger Points that you can release so experiment. When you go directly into the pain with a tennis ball, golf ball, elbow or Massage tool they release after a short period of time, which is called Trigger Point Therapy. I use this method in your Massage treatment) You can position the ball (Tennis or Golf) against the back of your chair by your shoulder blades and lean into the ball.
  • The Glutes are an area of high tightness. Yes we are all a bunch of tight asses! This is either from sitting to much or it can be from sports too. Get out your  yoga mat and use on of the balls in you set and again with static pressure apply to the area’s from the hip and follow the top of your sacrum and then directly into the sides of your glutes/butt. This does hurt but it certainly can help from getting sciatica to major low back pain. It will help you trust me here.

 How to make this contraption:

  • Take two balls Tennis, Golf  or lacrosse balls  put one ball into the toe of the stocking and I tie three knots. then you put the other same type of ball in  and tie the end close to the ball in another knot and cut the rest of the stocking off. . Remember to pull the balls close enough together to fit your back so that the balls are on either side of the spine. NOT ON THE SPINE. Locate the area of pain and fix the balls so they are directly on the painful spot and allow your body weight to push into the Trigger Point for relief. It is always good to have a helper but learning these self applied massage  techniques to help yourself, with balls in a sock.
  • Please click on the bodies below to enlarge to see where trigger points are located:

  • This was the outcome for me, but it was a hell of a lot more than four sessions in a hell of a lot of money. I have been a massage therapist/body worker for 18 years. I would say close to half of my clients came to me after having no results from physical therapists, and I was there last resort and for a good percentage of the time, I know I helped them more than these PT’s did. Believe me, I know how frustrating that is. It is time consuming, it costs a lot of money, it also wastes insurance money.
  • Here is my advice to you: If you want to get better get massage and go to the The Neurac Institute in Princeton, NJ 800 Bunn Drive Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 683-1010. One more location in New Jersey is in Hopewell, NJ 83 Princeton Avenue Hopewell, NJ 08525 (609) 466-9004. I have never missed a therapy session without hearing another patient saying how quickly they got to the issue and how much improvement was made!
  • I am more impressed each time I go not only by the technique but, the incredible staff with their kindness, and most importantly, their ability to communicate effectively, and the knowledge. Thank you Neurac Institute for the first time since 2007 I feel like I might be able to soon be an athlete again!
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    Neurac is an abbreviation of Neuromuscular Activation and consists of therapeutic exercises in Redcord slings. The aim of the Neurac Method is to restore pain free movement patterns and improve function. Neurac Treatment challenges the interplay between muscles and is focusing on what is causing the problem – not only the symptoms.Science shows that pain and/or inactivity can disturb signals sent to the muscles from the brain. This disturbance can lead to impaired muscle interaction causing some muscles to be overloaded and painful. The method includes testing procedures, called Neurac Testing, to identify dysfunctions and muscular imbalances. Neurac Testing is systematically examining the body to identify weaknesses in the muscle chains. If a weakness is identified it is called a Weak Link. Neurac Treatment focuses on correcting the Weak Links thereby reducing the strain on the overloaded muscles. Often immediate pain relief and/or improved function can be achieved.
  • Neurac is performed with the Redcord Workstation Professional, ant the treatment consists of especially tailored exercises and techniques. To enhance treatment outcomes vibration can be applied with the patentedRedcord Stimula. Many patients experience additional pain relief when the vibration stimulus is applied. Read more about Neurac treatment – Step by step.Neurac Treatment aims to be pain free and without negative side effects. The treatment requires motivation and concentration from you as a patient. The exercises can be both hard and challenging but should always be performed controlled and with good movement quality. To obtain long term treatment effects individual exercise for maintenance is recommended. Read more about follow-up here.


  • Neurac treatment is indicated for musculoskeletal ailments such as:Low back pain and pelvic girdle pain
    Neck pain and neck pain with headache
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    Princeton, NJ 08540
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My Homeless lady of Windsor Green:

This is a letter to all the wonderful people in Princeton and surrounding areas who helped our little homeless lady, Ms. H. (U.S. 1, September 28, 2011 archives). For those of you who are reading this for the first time,


Ms. H. is a 72-year-old homeless woman who has lived outside until late December when it was too cold to stay outside. She did this for more than 13 years. For the past seven years she has been assisted by the lovely woman who remains anonymous, who paid for her stay in the winter months at the Sleepy Hollow Motel. They charged over $1,000 a month. I would pay each month along with the help of wonderful people who offered to help.


Finally, after endless attempts of trying to get her help in finding a place to live, Patrolman Pete Hanna didn’t just drop her off at the horrible Trenton crack shelter all by herself after she was asked to leave for good from Windsor Green for good. He stayed and met with her social worker and made sure that she was taken care of.


Miss H. is an intelligent, kind wonderful woman whom I feel blessed to have in my life, but she is mildly schizophrenic, and it is not okay by any means, for any of our elderly people in Princeton to be living on the streets at the age of 72.  The most important thing is that, Ms. H. is safe, warm, and looked after, like each and every one of us wants for the ones we love. Her social worker, Renee Swain (after me being a very persistent pain in the ass.) has found her a permanent residence, an apartment in Trenton.


The Happy, Happy Update:


I want all the kind people who I know care deeply for Miss H. that she is okay. She loves her new apartment. Although it is not in a good neighborhood, so I pray a lot! The three of us and some wonderful people helped furnish it. She is cooking, has a nice new bed, a bath tub. She is just all smiles. We are still going to have to fund raise a wonderful man from Merrill Lynch is helping thru his church and himself. I thank GOD for Ed!


What I would like to ask of you is to write her a letter and tell her about you. She likes to help people with problems, so ask her for your prayers or anything you would like to write to her about just don’t tell her we are paying. She is very proud and has issues with the government and charity.


Please send prayers and your letters to  I will take them to her when I visit her. I am sure your letters will mean a lot to her as your visits did when she was sitting outside on those terribly hot days and cold nights. Remember she is very isolated.

Thank you so very much again for all your help, Suzanne Newman

It is thought by many cultures that the process of breathing is the essence of being. A rhythmic process of expansion and contraction, breathing is one example of the consistent polarity we see in nature such as night and day, wake and sleep, seasonal growth and decay and ultimately life and death. In yoga, the breath is known as prana or a universal energy that can be used to find a balance between the body-mind, the conscious – unconscious, and the sympathetic-parasympathetic nervous system. Unlike other bodily functions, the breath is easily used to communicate between these systems, which give us an excellent tool to help facilitate positive change. It is the only bodily function that we do both voluntarily and involuntarily. We can consciously use breathing to influence the involuntary (sympathetic nervous system) that regulates blood pressure, heart rate, circulation, digestion and many other bodily functions. Pranayama is a yoga practice that literally means the control of life or energy. It uses breathing techniques to change subtle energies within the body for health and well-being. Breathing exercises can act as a bridge into those functions of the body of which we generally do not have conscious control.

An example of how life affects physiology:

  During times of emotional stress our sympathetic nervous system is stimulated and affects a number of physical responses. Our heart rate rises, we perspire, our muscles tense and our breathing become rapid and shallow. If this process happens over a long period of time, the sympatric nervous system becomes over stimulated leading to an imbalance that can affect our physical health resulting in inflammation, high blood pressure and muscle pain to name a few. Consciously slowing our heart rate, decreasing perspiration and relaxing muscles are more difficult than simply slowing and deepening breathing. The breath can be used to directly influence these stressful changes causing a direct stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system resulting in relaxation and a reversal of the changes seen with the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. We can see how our bodies know to do this naturally when we take a deep breath or sigh when a stress is relieved.


The breathing process can be trained:

  Breathing can be trained for both positive and negative influences on health. Chronic stress can lead to a restriction of the connective and muscular tissue in the chest resulting in a decrease range of motion of the chest wall. Due to rapid more shallow breathing, the chest does not expand as much as it would with slower deeper breaths and much of the air exchange occurs at the top of the lung tissue towards the head. This results in “chest” breathing. You can see if you are a chest breather by placing your right hand on your chest and your left hand on your abdomen. As you breathe, see which hand raises more. If your right hand raises more, you are a chest breather. If your left hand raises more, you are an abdomen breather.

Chest breathing is inefficient because the greatest amount of blood flow occurs in the lower lobes of the lungs, areas that have limited air expansion in chest breathers. This kind of chest breathing which is rapid, shallow, results in less oxygen transfer to the blood and subsequent poor delivery of nutrients to the tissues. The good news is that similar to learning to play an instrument or riding a bike, you can train the body to improve its breathing technique. With regular practice you will breathe from the abdomen most of the time, even while asleep.

Note: Using and learning proper breathing techniques is one of the most beneficial things that can be done for both short and long term physical and emotional health.


The benefits of abdominal breathing:

  Abdominal breathing is also known as diaphragmatic breathing. The diaphragm is a large muscle located between the chest and the abdomen. When it contracts it is forced downward causing the abdomen to expand. This causes a negative pressure within the chest forcing air into the lungs. The negative pressure also pulls blood into the chest improving the venous return to the heart. This leads to improved stamina in both disease and athletic activity. Like blood, the flow of lymph, which is rich in immune cells, is also improved. By expanding the lung’s air pockets and improving the flow of blood and lymph, abdominal breathing also helps prevent infection of the lung and other tissues. But most of all it is an excellent tool to stimulate the relaxation response that results in less tension and an overall sense of well-being.


Abdominal Breathing Technique:

  Breathing exercises such as this one should be done twice a day or whenever you find your mind dwelling on upsetting thoughts or when you are experiencing pain.

* Place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. When you take a deep breath in, the hand on the abdomen should rise higher than the one on the chest. This insures that the diaphragm is pulling air into the bases of the lungs.

* After exhaling through the mouth, take a slow deep breath in through your nose imagining that you are sucking in all the air in the room and hold it for a count of 7 (or as long as you are able, not exceeding 7)

* Slowly exhale through your mouth for a count of 8. As all the air is released with relaxation, gently contract your abdominal muscles to completely evacuate the remaining air from the lungs. It is important to remember that we deepen respirations not by inhaling more air but through completely exhaling it.

* Repeat the cycle four more times for a total of 5 deep breaths and try to breathe at a rate of one breath every 10 seconds (or 6 breaths per minute). At this rate our heart rate variability increases which has a positive effect on cardiac health.


Once you feel comfortable with the above technique, you may want to incorporate words that can enhance the exercise. Examples would be to say to yourself the word, relaxation (with inhalation) and stress or anger (with exhalation). The idea being to bring in the feeling/emotion you want with inhalation and release those you don’t want with exhalation.

In general, exhalation should be twice as long as inhalation. The use of the hands on the chest and abdomen are only needed to help you train your breathing. Once you feel comfortable with your ability to breathe into the abdomen, they are no longer needed.

Abdominal breathing is just one of many breathing exercises. But it is the most important one to learn before exploring other techniques. The more it is practiced, the more natural it will become improving the body’s internal rhythm.


Using breathing exercises to increase energy:

  If practiced over time, the abdominal breathing exercise can result in improved energy throughout the day, but sometimes we are in need of a quick “pick-up.” The Bellows breathing exercise (also called, the stimulating breath) can be used during times of fatigue that may result from driving over distances or when you need to be revitalized at work. It should not be used in place of abdominal breathing but in addition as a tool to increase energy when needed. This breathing exercise is opposite that of abdominal breathing. Short, fast rhythmic breaths are used to increase energy, which are similar to the “chest” breathing we do when under stress. The bellows breath recreates the adrenal stimulation that occurs with stress and results in the release of energizing chemicals such as epinephrine. Like most bodily functions this serves an active purpose, but overuse results in adverse effects as discussed above.


The Bellows Breathing Technique (The Stimulating Breath):

This yogic technique can be used to help stimulate energy when needed. It is a good thing to use before reaching for a cup of coffee.

* Sit in a comfortable up-right position with your spine straight.

* With your mouth gently closed breathe in and out of your nose as fast as possible. To give an idea of how this is done, think of someone using a bicycle pump (a bellows) to quickly pump up a tire. The upstroke is inspiration and the down stroke is exhalation and both are equal in length.

* The rate of breathing is rapid with as many as 2-3 cycles of inspiration/expiration per second.

* While doing the exercise, you should feel effort at the base of the neck, chest and abdomen. The muscles in these areas will increase in strength the more this technique is practiced. This is truly an exercise.

* Do this for no longer than 15 seconds when first starting. With practice, slowly increase the length of the exercise by 5 seconds each time. Do it as long as you are comfortably able, not exceeding one full minute.

* There is a risk for hyperventilation that can result in loss of consciousness if this exercise is done too much in the beginning. For this reason, it should be practiced in a safe place such as a bed or chair.

This exercise can be used each morning upon awakening or when needed for an energy boost.

I think experiencing tragedy, abuse and pain are the greatest gifts we are given. Letting go of the victim role, I believe opens up infinite possibilities of healing and growth.  I truly believe that nothing happens without there being a higher purpose behind that incident, especially the incidences that cause the most pain. We learn to lead by example when we stop following the flock and walk the journey with trust from within and stop relying on others opinion’s, admiration or disproval. We learn to stop caring how other people view us. My favorite self-quote is, “feel free to project your intentions on me but, remember they have nothing to do with me”.


We remain stuck when we don’t look for the solution to the situation at hand. There are a million reasons we can come up with just like our ways of avoiding moving through issues or letting go of/ moving on from a situation. We drink way too much, smoke, over eat, over spend, become caretakers, create crisis, surround ourselves with crisis, become a victim, think we are helpless, make ourselves feel lesser than. We stay in dysfunctional relationships, re-create childhood dysfunction, make excuses, don’t ask for help, and the list goes on. God, for me my childhood and early adulthood was a living hell. Christ, I went through holly hell ½ of my life. First, I had to feel and understand what I went through as a child and that is the hardest to let go of. It is unjust as a child to go through horrible trauma, abuse and neglect. If we look at those demons and get the pain out, we are at the beginning steps to our healing. Then looking at the traits we took on to survive that childhood we can see those traits no longer serve us as an adult. Shedding that dysfunctional skin is a slow and steady process. Then for me, it was cleaning up my thinking. That meant becoming a more positive person, not focusing on the negative bullshit that I had no control over, like others drama. I believe I deserve all good things and that my thoughts create my reality.


Courage is the biggest key. I believe that the harder our fall is the higher we bounce and the taller we grow. When we can look at adversity with solutions in mind, then I believe we are on the right track. When we can walk away from relationships that are hurting us and wish the other person who is still prepared to stab us in the back, a prayer of healing, Cheers… Walking on a path alone can be difficult but, I have found when I have let go of things, people or places a higher level replaces what I have let go of or the exact same replica will replace what which I let go of if I did not finish my business with the situation.


I think once you truly know yourself, the darkness of you, the greatness of you and why you do what you do and humble yourself to pray, you are on your way. I truly never believed I could ask for anything, not on damned thing. That to me is truly sad but, once I realized and began to wake up I am learning to ask and although it is painful for me at times because of illusions of the past. The good news is with courage and strength the illusions fade to almost not being there anymore.


The clearer I become and the more I clean up my own back yard the better healer I become. I am much more present to be there for myself, to lead by example and help others. After all isn’t that why we are all here? I also now know that I owe no one a thing and I sleep without guilt. I do what I do because it makes me feel good/God inside.


Thank you for this day!

I would like to tell you about an incredible pelvic floor physical therapist, Dr. Kathleen Sumner. Kathleen is located at Penns Court, South Main Street, Doylestown, Pennsylvania. I went to her after having to have a hysterectomy. I was having some problems with bladder leakage due to having a hypertonic pelvic floor,  after three sessions  with Dr. Sumner  the problem was gone.  I don’t think most people realize how simple this is to cure for the most part. Dr. Kathleen Sumner’s contact is 1.215.348.3260. Her website is  I cannot thank her enough!


Statistics state that as many as 1 in 5 Americans of every age suffer from some type of pelvic floor dysfunction during their life time (Stein 2010).  When counseling a client with chronic, non-specific low back pain, groin pain, hip/pelvic pain after injury, surgery or athletic participation practitioners address the spine, hips and surrounding musculature omitting the base of support for all these structures – the pelvic floor.  It’s proximity to the sex organs and impact on bodily functions makes it embarrassing for clients to discuss.  However, it’s location in the lower bowl of the abdomen makes it an essential member of the core stabilizing lumbopelvic cylinder.  Failure to address pelvic floor dysfunction after injury, surgery or repetitive athletic participation can result in continued spine and hip instability causing chronic back and pelvic pain and predisposition to additional spine, hip, neck, shoulder and lower limb injuries as well as impaired breathing and disruption of organ function.

The anatomy of the lumbopelvic cylinder consists of muscles and bones. It begins just below the lungs with the diaphragm.  It descends along the front and side of the torso with the transversus abdominis supported by segmental attachments to the psoas and abdominal muscles.  It descends along the back of the torso with the spinal column supported by the segmental attachments of the lumbar multifidus.  It ends in the bowl of the pelvis with the pelvic floor (Chaitow & Lovegrove 2012).

Abnormal pelvic floor function negatively impacts spinal stability, intra-abdominal pressure, respiration, sexual function, continence and pelvic organ support (Chaitow & Lovegrove 2012) resulting in global instability, chronic joint pain and predisposition to injury.  The pelvic floor as the most essential arch in the body providing the base of stability for all lower limb and foot joints (Dalcourt 2012).  Integrity of the trunk is essential to maintain joint position, respond to perturbations, avoid low back pain/injury, insure proper proprioception, and develop power and strength (Landow 2010).

Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) occurs after injury, sports participation or surgery.  Examples of injury include a hard fall or blow to the sacrum or tail bone as in falling on ice or off a horse or telescoping femoral injuries when landing on the feet after a long fall as in sky diving.  Sports associated with PFD also report frequent groin injuries from kicking, quick multi-directional lateral changes or pelvic rotation during axial loading as in soccer, running, golf, ice hockey, figure skating, football, baseball, ballet, martial arts and gymnastics (Chaitow & Jones 2012).  The reported incidence of groin pain and injury as a result of sports participation is as follows:  cycling – 22 to 91%, running – 70%, football – 22% and ice hockey 13 to 30% (Chaitow 2012).  Any lower abdominal surgery may result in the abnormal pinning of deep fascia to muscle (Dalton & Hedley 2012) causing PFD.

Additional causes of PFD include hernia, infection, cancer or sexually transmitted disease.  Special considerations for women include endometriosis, pregnancy (large baby, twins), difficult delivery or cesarean and multiple pregnancies.  Sexual violence is another cause with greater physical and psychological implications.  Treatment of the victims of sexual violence should include other medical professionals to ensure a successful outcome.

The pelvic floor identifies a consortium of muscles.  The deepest muscle, the levator ani, is often referred to as the pelvic diaphragm and is divided into two parts – the pubovisceral and iliococcygeal muscles.  The superficial muscle, the pereneal membrane or urogenital diaphragm, sits above the levator ani (Chaitow & Jones 2012). These muscles consist of both smooth and striated muscles of which approximately two thirds are type 1 and innervated by the pudenal nerve through direct branches from sacral nerves S3-S4.  The pelvic floor contracts or relaxes as a whole but may also contract or relax in segments (Chaithow & Jones 2012).

The pelvic floor, like all muscles, can become hypotonic or hypertonic after injury, sports participation or child birth.  Corrective exercises specific to strengthening a hypotonic pelvic floor include Kegels (pelvic contractions stopping and restarting urination).  Kegel exercises, in the absence of proper breathing and appropriate deep abdominal wall activation and strength, cannot resolve lumbopelvic cylinder dysfunction, gait abnormalities and trunk instability.  To ensure a full recovery from a hypotonic pelvic floor the practitioner should evaluate the strength and function of the entire lumbopelvic cylinder and instruct the client in proper breathing techniques and appropriate core/limb coordination exercise.

A hypertonic pelvic floor restricts the ability of the diaphragm to expand and transversus abdominis to contract during respiration.  This leads to hyperventilation syndrome (HS) and altered breathing pattern disorders (BPD) (Chaitow 2004). Over time HS and BPD alters mood (constant fight/flight breathing), changes body chemistry (respiratory alkalosis), and hypercapnoea (increased levels of CO2) which compromises key core stabilizer by reducing or eliminating the postural (tonic) and phasic contractions of muscles necessary for spinal stability (Chaitow, Breathing Pattern Disorders, motor control and low back pain, Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 2004; 7(1): 34-41).

The hypertonic pelvic floor does not respond to Kegel exercises but does respond to trigger point therapy.  In a study of 56 continent physiotherapists (51 women and 5 men age 23 to 56) all tested positive for a hypertonic pelvic floor with some of the cases demonstrating clear differences in tonicity from one side to the other.  Trigger point therapy was administered and tonicity returned and pain resolved after approximately two to five breaths (Carrire & Feldt 2006).

Individuals can administer their own trigger point therapy by sitting on a tennis ball placed between the coccyx and vaginal opening or just inside the coccyx and breathing deeply (Chaitow 2008).  More sensitive or difficult cases may require clinical instruction on Thiele Massage.  Again, to ensure a full recovery from a hypertonic pelvic floor the practitioner should evaluate the strength and function of the entire lumbopelvic cylinder and instruct the client in proper breathing techniques and appropriate core/limb coordination exercise.

Chronic PFD as a result of injury, sports participation or child birth may result in the presence of altered concomitant muscle contractions and scar tissue extending from the pelvic floor to other pelvic muscles.  The opposite also holds true and an injury to another pelvic muscle may result in scar tissue that extends to and entraps the pelvic floor.  Susceptible muscles include but are not limited to: psoas major, iliacus, tensor fasciae latae, pectinius, gracilis, and adductor magnus, brevis, longus (Chaitow 2012).  Symptoms of this disordered relationship include repeat groin strains, non-specific hip or pelvic pain, lower limb and low back pain that does not respond to traditional manual therapies, stretching of the susceptible muscles or core conditioning.  Normal hip and spine range of motion may exist despite this disordered relationship.

Susceptible muscles resulting in posterior pelvic tilt attach to the sacrum and coccyx pulling it forward (Weiss 2012).  These muscles include piriformis, quadrates femoris,  and gluteus maximus. Symptoms of this disordered relationship include restricted sacral counternutation, chronic L5/S1 strain, deep pelvic and sacral pain, lower limb and low back pain that does not respond to traditional manual therapies, stretching of the susceptible muscles or core conditioning.  Abnormal hip and spine range of motion usually accompanies this disordered relationship.

Chronic PFD, groin strains and low back pain does not respond to traditional manual therapies for a variety of reasons. Therapists specializing in PFD only treat the pelvic floor and frequently do not address the disordered breathing or lack of core conditioning and faulty muscle patterns.  For manual therapists and exercise specialists the pelvic floor sits in the industry ‘no fly’ zone where touch is forbidden at best and a law suit at worst.  Additionally, the client may be reluctant to discuss the other symptoms of PFD including urinary incontinence, drip or leakage after urination, genital pain, pain during and after sex, pain during orgasm, complete avoidance of sex, hemorrhoids and bowel incontinence.  The client also might not connect these symptoms to their injury and PFD.

In the case of chronic PFD as a result of a hypertonic pelvic floor the client demonstrates core development to a point and no further or returns to instability randomly despite lengthy and otherwise proper training.  A hypertonic floor increases the pressure in the lumbopelvic cylinder which then increases the pressure on the internal organs.  The body resists any further organ compression by reducing the range of motion in the diaphragm and transversus abdominis.  When contracting a fully functioning diaphragm and transversus abdominis the body responds by destabilizing or moving the spine, intermittently shutting down the transversus abdominis, and reducing or eliminating the breath.

Individuals can administer their own trigger point therapy using a tennis ball or OPTP “little pinky” ball in the bikini or ‘tighty whitey’ area.  This region encompasses the lower abdomen, gluteals, intersection of the ilotibial band/TFL/Glute med-min and the pelvic floor – basically any area a bikini bottom or brief underwear covers.  Place special emphasis on incision scars and take care to avoid sensitive nerves.  The femoral nerve sits outside the bikini area and should be avoided.  Pressure should be tolerable, mildly uncomfortable, and held until the trigger point becomes comfortable (approximately 2 to 5 relaxing breaths) before moving on to the next trigger point.  Breathing should remain consistent and relatively deep throughout.  Rib or shallow breathing, as in mild hyperventilation, indicate the pressure is too deep and should be adjusted downward until breathing returns to normal.

Individuals unable to perform the trigger point release may relax the pelvic muscles by lying face down on a rolled bath towel.  Place the towel on the lower abdomen below the navel, above the pubic bone and inside the hips.  The towel should be a comfortable height and allow deep and relaxing breathing.  Place the head/neck in a comfortable position as well.  Remain until fully relaxed and then roll off the side of the towel and onto the back.

Successful stretching for PFD occurs along the deep front line (Myers, p. 192) in a closed chain and includes the torso muscles.  Lateral lunges with opposite arm reach over head and multidirectional lunges with opposite arm reach over head stretch this line as an entire, functional complex (aka the “Saturday Night Fever” stretch).  Minimal discomfort should occur as the client holds the stretch for 2 to 5 easy breaths. Again, breathing should remain consistent and relatively deep throughout.  Rib or shallow breathing, as in mild hyperventilation, indicate the stretch is too deep and the range of motion should be adjusted downward until breathing returns to normal.

Returning to optimal performance begins with the health of the lumbopelvic cylinder and the pelvic floor.  Its location in the ‘no fly’ zone and embarrassing symptoms make it difficult to discuss and treat.  Its contribution to chronic groin, low back and lower limb injuries make it essential to address.  Kegel exercises strengthen a hypotonic pelvic floor while trigger point therapy and deep front line stretching releases a hypertonic floor.  Successful results occur in the presence of a normal breathing pattern and fully functioning transversus abdominis.  Strength, power and performance improve only when the lumbopelvic cylinder functions.

 Beth Kais is by far “THE BEST” Personal Trainer I have worked with.  She is the only trainer who does muscle testing in order to know what muscles you need to strengthen. There is no way anyone knows what type of work out to do unless they know where they are weak. Her work out is incredible and you get better in just about any issue you have. She is by far the most intelligent women I have met with knowledge of balance of the body. There are far to many ” personal trainer’s, who for most part do not know what they are doing. Please contact me for Beth’s contact number. I promise you will thank you me as my Princeton University Athlete’s have!

Thank you Beth for all your help!

Suzanne Newman






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This is my article that was printed in The Princeton, 

The name of my article, NJ US1 Newspaper on September 28, 2011.                                                                                         

 The name of my article, “When Home Falls Between the Cracks”.

Please read on…

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The newest article is my letter to the Editor:

Called, Homeless Update:


I met Miss H.  four years ago. She lives outside at a location I will not disclose. She lives there from spring until winter, for the past 20 years she has lived outside. She is around 68 years old.  She is mildly Schizophrenic. She will not take medication, period. Her family wants nothing to do with her. Please know about Schizophrenic people before you say what she should do or anything for that matter. This is the facts, she is homeless and frankly better off on the streets of Princeton, NJ than Trenton, NJ where the junkies and people who would harm her at the shelters there. The only other place they would put her is a mental institution. Have any of you been there or saw one???? We are working with what works for her, not forcing our will on her because that will not work.

I have cared for her along with a husband and wife and another single women like myself. I have a failed fusion in my neck  from a  2008 car accident,  being in pain now since 2007 has been a night mare for me and helping Miss H. takes me out of my self.  If I can do this along with all the other things I have to do, you can help too. I am asking people to do a some fund-raising for me or contribute to my fund raiser on face book or send a check to the Post Box mentioned on the video and in the Route 1 News article.

The women who has been paying for Miss H. (my little homeless lady) will not be paying for her hotels anymore in the coming winters. I can’t blame her she has done a lot for 5 years or more, it looks like it is my turn now and my hopes your as well.  Please set up a collection box in your office you can copy and paste her picture from here or ask me for a copy.  She feels safe in hotels as long as there is an out side entrance and it is near Princeton, NJ, she feels safe here.

 I need to raise at least $3,000.00 by December. That would be rent for December Thru  April/May. The hotel she did stay in was flooded so, I have to start looking now. I am in hopes that they have every thing up and running so she can go back there. I will pay what ever is not donated. I will not have her outside in the bitter cold. Please, I need all of your help. Miss H. worked hard for many, many years and was not always ill.  She deserves help, love, compassion and kindness as we all do. Please help me to help her!

Thank you, Suzanne Newman

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~~ Homemade & Handy ~~

Thank you! Homemade & Handy!

This section is devoted to concoctions that make your life easier without costing a lot of money. Commercial products are on the market for a lot of these things, but I don’t like to use weird-sounding chemicals in my house. I think the homemade items are better for my pocket, the environment, and me.

 Copper Pots:

To clean copper-bottomed pots and pans sprinkle table salt on them and then scrub with a rag soaked in some vinegar. The job is made even easier if you run hot water over the bottom of the pan first. The heat seems to help the salt and vinegar do       their job.

 Copper Pots:

Apply Worcestershire sauce to the bottom, let it set with lowest heat setting  for 2 hours or so and then wash with warm water.

All Purpose Cleaner:

1 tablespoon baking soda

1/2 of a  lemon juice

1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid

4 heaping tablespoons borax

1 gallon warm water

Pour everything together in a quart pitcher, add enough water to start mixing and then pour it into a recycled, cleaned out milk jug.  Add the rest of the water  and shake before each use and  fill up reusable spray bottles

Sink & Tub Scrub:

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup borax

Dish soap

Combine the baking soda and the borax.  Add enough dish soap, a little at a time, until you get a smooth paste. Dip a cleaning rag into the mixture and clean.

Window Wash:

1 pint rubbing alcohol (70%)

1-2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid

1/2 cup Vinegar

water to make 1 gallon of cleaner

Put alcohol, dish soap, and vinegar in a recycled gallon jug and add water, shake to mix well.

Kitchen Gadget Cleaner:

Recycle that fuzzed-out toothbrush. Keep it in the kitchen drawer to clean the gunk out of the cheese grater, garlic press, food choppers, and other handy kitchen helpers that are hard to clean. If you are like me, if it’s hard to maintain, it goes back on the shelf and doesn’t get used.

Gum Remover:

Bubble gum, or any other kind for that matter, can be removed from hair with peanut butter. Moosh it around with your fingers. The peanut butter will cause the gum to break up into little balls and it comes right off of the hair. A quick shampoo and all is well…sure beats a haircut.

Ink Remover:

Rub ink stain with petroleum jelly and let it set, then work in some liquid detergent or dish soap and wash as usual.

Fireplace Freshener:

This spring when you clean out your fireplace or wood stove for the last time, sprinke some plain baking soda in the empty fire box.  The soda will absorb any stale or off smells during the summer and is easily swept away before starting a new fire.


My grandmother told me to put wood ashes in my garden (just a sprinkling) and the bugs wouldn’t chew on my plants… I’ve used this hint for years and it seems to work because I’m seldom bothered by any kind of “critters.”

Disinfecting sponges and dishrags:

1 quart water

1 cup  household vinegar

To keep those kitchen sponges and dishrags safe and sanitary, just put 1/2 cup of household vinegar and add 1 quart of water. Put in the sponges or dishrags, and let them soak for 10 minutes. This will kill all the germs and keep your sponges and dishrags clean.

Disposable non-toxic bug trap:

4 banana skins

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 vinegar

1-gallon or ½-gallon plastic milk jugs, juice jugs, or 2-liter bottles

Use a pair of scissors to cut 4 to 6 holes around the top of the jug. If you are going to hang it, you will need a piece of fish line or a lightweight piece of rope.

Chop up 2 or 3 banana skins and mix them with 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of vinegar or 1 cup of sweet pickle juice. Dump this into the bottle or jug and fill it half-full of plain tap water.

Set the jugs outside AWAY from the doors and windows of the house.

This stuff will ferment after a few days and attract wasps, flies, and other assorted pesky bugs who are drawn to the scent of the sweet, sticky juice. They crawl into the jug and drown. When the jug gets to looking gross, toss the whole works away and start another jug.

There is a commercial version of these that cost about $10. These are virtually free.

Homemade Hopper Gitter:

1 pouch chewing tobacco

One 1-quart jar, fill with very hot water

1 cup dish soap

Put 1/3 of the pouch of tobacco in the hot water and let it steep for 2 or 3 days, longer if you can, as it gets stronger with age.

When you are ready to spray:

Strain out 2 cups of the “tobacco tea,” and mix with 1 cup dish soap in a hose end sprayer. Set it for 10 gallons. Wet the weeds down around your garden real early in the morning for good bug control.

The tobacco tea contains nicotine, a poison to the bugs. It will kill the hoppers in a day or so if they are small. It is a contact spray so you need to hit them with the stuff. I DO NOT spray in my garden. Tobacco affects the members of the nightshade family, namely potatoes, tomatoes, all sorts of peppers, etc.

To mix a smaller amount in a bucket:

Use 1 cup tobacco tea and 1/2 cup of dish soap in a 5 gallon bucket of water. Use your garden sprinkler can and douse the flowers & weeds.

I have this brew for many years and it seems to work fairly well as long as you start when the bugs/hoppers are small.

Gardening Tip:

A subscriber shared her way of sheltering tender plants from late frosts using milk jugs filled with water to form a mini-solar heater/greenhouse.  She sets 3-gallon milk jugs to form a triangle around the freshly set plant. The jugs are then filled with water and capped. The sun heats the water during the day and releases the heat during the night. If it’s going to get really cold, then you may need to take a shopping bag or a clear garbage bag and pull it over the filled jugs to keep any frost out.  When the weather warms past frost danger, remove 2 of the jugs, leaving the 3rd jug near the plant. You will need to dig it down into the ground about half-way and before you put it in the hole, put about 4 nail holes in the bottom. This jug then becomes a water source for just that plant. Filled with a hose, the plant gets 1 gallon of water a day and they grow like crazy, soon concealing the jug from view. I have put a little fertilizer in the jug if needed and I know it goes right to the roots instead of all over the garden.

This is a super cheap way of keeping tomato and pepper plants from a late frost and you get the jump on those fresh ripe tomatoes with no expense.

Christmas Tree Freshener/Saver:

2 gallons very hot water

2 cups Karo syrup (corn syrup)

2 ounces of liquid bleach

2 2-finger pinches of Epsom salts

1/2 cup of Borax (20 Mule Team is what I find)

1 teaspoon chelated iron

Mix this solution in a bucket. Make a fresh cut across the bottom of the tree trunk and stand it up in this solution until it comes into the house. Use this solution to fill the well in the tree stand (it’s also a good idea to make another fresh cut across the bottom of the trunk, just before you put the tree into the stand.) Fill it with the solution right away so the pores in the trunk don’t seal. This works well because the syrup provides sugar and it is only when sugar is present that trees will take in lots of water. The borax contains boron which helps the water get all the way through the tree. The Epsom salts and iron assist in the process of keeping needles green and fresh and the bleach stops the mold from forming when sugar and water are combined. A fresh tree will drink several GALLONS of water over the usual 2-week period they are up in your home. You will need to check the water level several times a day to start with and always make sure there is water in the tree stand reservoir.

Always be sure to keep your tree away from heating stoves and even the television because the heat dries out the tree. Don’t let tinsel get tangled in the light sockets. Check the tree lights before you put them up and discard any that are questionable. Lights are cheap and it is not PennyWise to save $5 on a string of lights and burn the house down!

Water Savers:

There is a product on the market that is new to me, and it is a wonderful help for those of us who garden.  Polymer crystals (found in garden centers and some variety stores) are a tiny crystal that expands in water to hold up to 200 times its weight in stored water.  These are sold to use in centerpieces and also to be mixed in potting soil to help hold water during the long hot summer days when one cannot be available to water the plants.

They work great! A special help for those who do container gardening.

 Window Queen’s Window Wash:

Makes 1 gallon

1/2 cup household ammonia

1/2 cup white vinegar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Add mixture to 1 gallon of warm water and stir well.

Use old rags to wash windows. Clean out corner crud with old toothbrush.

Dry windows to shine with pieces of old black and white newspaper.

Scented Bath Salts:

1 cup Epsom salts or 1 cup Kosher salt, or 1 cup sea salt or other coarse salt

1 cup baking soda

6 to 8 drops essential oil of choice (find at craft stores, discount stores, etc.)

2 tablespoons glycerin

Make sure to do a 2 cup Braggs Vinager bath too!

Mix the salt and soda together in a glass bowl. Add the essential oil just 1 drop at a time and stir well, then add the glycerin a drop or two at a time. (Most directions tell you to use a spoon to mix, but if you use your hands, you can work out the lumps with your fingers.) You can also add color to the salts. The color makes the salts more attractive and tells someone that this is not edible.

Put the salts in a wide-mouth jar(use canning jars — they are inexpensive and can be found almost everywhere). Tie on a tag with a decorative ribbon and give with pride.

To use, add anywhere from 2 tablespoons to 1/2 cup under running water; depends on how full the tub will be. Light a candle, relax and enjoy.

Make-It-Yourself ‘Spots Away’ for Dishwashers:

1 cup Borax

1/2 cup Baking Soda

Mix together: 1 cup Borax 1/2 cup Baking Soda

Put in a pint jar along side the dish soap and add just 1 teaspoon everytime you run the machine.


Nothing is more frustrating than a couch or chair that puts the cushions on the floor when someone sits on them! I have such a couch and it drives me nuts! However, I think I have found an inexpensive solution.

While looking through one of those mail-order sewing catalogs one afternoon, I found some rubbery stuff that said it would hold the cushions on the couch or chair without damaging the piece of furniture.  But, the roll cost $27!!! Upon closer observation, it reminded me of the rubbery shelf liner I had in my kitchen cupboards…so I tried that.

I had a roll of the 20-inch wide shelf liner that was 12 feet long…I didn’t need nearly that much, so I just cut it to size.  I took the cushions off the couch, laid the liner stuff in place and re-positioned the cushions.  They haven’t moved since except when I move them to vacuum.  A roll of shelf liner costs $4.  The difference between the two is $23 and I have better places to spend $23….


1/2 cup of whole cloves

4 cinnamon sticks, broken

1/2 cup whole black peppercorns

Combine the ingredients and mix well. Put 1 Tablespoon of the mixture into a square of muslin or colored cloth, tie up with a ribbon, dental floss, grocery string, yarn or what ever else you have on hand.  Hang the bag in the closet from a thumbtack or pushpin to keep the bugs away and out of your clothing.

Do not put the bag right next to any piece of clothing as the cloves and cinnamon contain oils that could stain the garment.


Kids and snow go together like cake and ice cream. Kids + Snow = wet boots = frustrated kids and Moms!

A really neat and cheap boot dryer can be concocted by using a pair of those nice heavy wire paper towel holders you can get at any discount/dollar store for 99 cents each.  Make sure they have the nice wide base so the boots won’t tip the thing over easily.

Just put a boot over each holder and set the holder/boot over your furnace vent…it won’t take long to dry those boots and the kids can be back outdoors and sledding once more.


1-2 teaspoon plain gelatin

1 cup warm water

Add a few drops of Aroma Therapy oils

To make the homemade version of the old sticky hair gel that makes it spikey … just dissolve 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of plain gelatin in the 1 cup of warm water. Mix it very well and then keep it in the refrigerator in a small closed container. To use, just smear it in your hair and then use your hands to get the look you want. The gelatin will not hurt your hair; it’s pure protein and washes out easily.


1 teaspoon Washing Soda (found in detergent aisle in the supermarket)

1/2 cup of hot water

1/4 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent

2 cups club soda

The reader who sent this in says:  “This removed all of the old crud on my windows. I have an old house with very old glass in the window frames. This recipe worked real well and my windows are clean!!”


1 cup vinegar (I use white, but if you have the apple cider vinegar, it works too)

1 cup Whisk laundry detergent

1 cup household ammonia

1 cup tap water

Mix well; pour into a 1-quart spray bottle. Squirt on the stains (you may need to scrub the mixture into the cloth with your hands a bit) and wash immediately. Do not let this set on the clothing!! It will remove the color just when you don’t want it to …. (voice of experience).


There are 2 versions of this and both work extremely well in the carpet machines.

The first one is:

1/2 cup powdered borax

1/2 cup rubbing alcohol

1/2 vinegar

Mix the Borax (20 Mule Team is what I have) and the 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol  OR  the 1/8 cup of Whisk liquid laundry detergent with the warm water. Pour into the reservoir of your machine and follow the directions for use. Use the vacuum part to suck up the excess water and dirt.

Then, when the carpet is nice and clean, follow with a rinse of 1/4 cup white vinegar in 4 gallons of fresh warm water, following the machine use directions.  The vinegar rinse will pick up any residual dirt and also remove any soap scum from the carpet. Since the sticky soap film is gone, the carpet will stay clean much longer.

(This recipe is used by a friend of mine who cleans rental housing units for a living. She says it works better than any commercial stuff she ever tried, and there are no dangerous chemical fumes to hurt her lungs!! AND it’s saving her a ton of money!!


7 ounces of Household Borax (sold in grocery stores around here as 20 Mule-Team Borax)

3 ounces of Boric Acid Powder (found in the pharmacy section of your local drugstore)

2 quarts of warm water

Mix  the 7 ounces of Household Borax, 3 ounces of Boric Acid Powder, and 2 quarts of warm water and stir to dissolve the powders completely.

Either dip the fabric in the mixture or spray it on to thoroughly saturate the fabric until it drips. Hang to dry.

This product will wash right out without damage to the fabrics so if you have to use bedsheets for stage curtains, it won’t damage them for home use later on.


This is a homemade version of a commercial product used for diarrhea and upset stomach due to flue and colds. It is pediatrician tested and okayed)

2 cups hot water

5 teaspoons powdered flavored gelatin

1/2 teaspoon salt ( you can use No-Salt, as it contains the necessary potassium

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Mix very well, let cool, and give to the sick person. If the illness persists over 24 hours, it’s time to head for the doctor’s office.


1 roll of very good quality microwave paper towels (Bounty is the one suggested)

2-1/4 to 2-3/4 cups water

2 Tablespoons baby shampoo or baby bath

1 Tablespoon baby oil

Used wipe container…whipped topping bowl or other plastic container

Cut the roll of paper towels in half with a serrated knife (this will take a while, so go slow). Mix the water, baby shampoo, and baby oil in a bowl or an empty baby wipe container. Place half of the roll in the container, put the lid on, and invert to let the towels soak up all of the water/oil mixture.

To use, fold the wet cardboard center in half and pull out of the middle. This will leave you with the end of the towel in your hand and you can then thread it up through the hole in the container. If the wipes dry out, just add a little more water.

The nice thing about these wipes is that they contain NO ALCOHOL that could irritate the skin.

(They call these baby wipes, but a lot of folks carry them in the car to wipe hands while traveling or to wipe your face if needed.)


Using ingredients found in your kitchen and laundry cupboards, you can make cleaners for all parts of your bathroom that work well (with a little elbow grease), are safe to use and very inexpensive. They are safe for the fiberglass/plastic tubs and surrounds as well as the sinks and commodes. I have used all of these and find that they work well and cost very little.

#1. Mix 20 Mule Team Borax and lemon juice to a paste. Wet the surface to be cleaned and smear the paste all over. Let the mixture sit for a couple of hours, scrub well and rinse. (in the case of the commode, brush to clean and flush to rinse).

# 2. Pour 1 cup of white vinegar in the commode, let set overnight, brush, then flush to rinse. Costs 9 cents per cup!!

#3. Baking Soda and white vinegar can be made into a paste and used in the same manner as the borax and lemon juice, it may be a little cheaper because the ingredients don’t cost quite as much.

#4. 1/2 can of any cola drink can be poured into the commode, let it set for several hours and flush to rinse. (Since the main ingredient, cola syrup, can eat nails, this does not surprise me.) It also works. This treatment costs from 25 cents to 75 cents depending on the price of your soda.



I started making this soap after discovering a buildup of some kind of white

looking “cement” in the sewer line of my mother-in-law’s mobile home.

It is some kind of carrier from the powdered detergent she had used for years.

A subscriber shared this with me, I tried it and it worked wonderfully on the clothes.

There is no smell, dye, or perfume in this stuff. Since I line-dry everything, all I smell is sunshine!

Besides this stuff is really cheap to make.

It costs about 30 cents per gallon! The cheapest I found in the supermarket

was $5.99 per 96 ounces. Which is not even a full gallon.

And the expensive stuff is running around $10 a gallon.


1/3 bar of Fels Naptha Laundry Soap

1/2 cup of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda

1/2 cup of Borax, 20 Mule Team

Water to make the recipe

Grate the 1/3 bar of soap on an old grater. Put in a pan of 6 cups of very hot water and heat till the soap dissolves. Stir in the washing soda and borax. Stir till it thickens. This takes about 15 minutes and the mix looks sort of like honey. Take it off the heat . In a large bucket (I used a pickle pail) pour 1 quart of hot water, then stir in the soap mix you just made, and blend. Add another 5-1/2 quarts of water … this can be cold. Stir until well blended. You will have 2 gallons total.

Set aside for 24 hours. It should turn to a thick gel. I had one batch that didn’t gel, in fact it sort of separated, but I just shook the jug before I measured out the soap.

Use 1/2 cup of soap for a machine load of clothes. This soap does not have suds, so don’t panic.

I also use 1/2 cup of cider vinegar as my rinse agent instead of fabric softener. It’s cheaper and you

can’t smell it in the clothes when they are dry.


A subscriber wrote that she found a weed killer in a mail order catalog,

safe for the environment, biodegradable and safe for pets, for “only” $8

per quart. It was made of lemon juice and vinegar (both cheaper than $8)

so she made her own formula, tried it, and sent it to me.

I tried this and it works quite well. I called my Extension Agent and he

said that basically it is two forms of acid and perfectly safe around kids and pets.

He did caution that if you use too much, it could make the ground so that

it won’t grow anything for a few months … but that’s okay, especially

in the cracks in the sidewalks!


In a 1-quart spray bottle, pour 4 ounces of lemon juice concentrate (you

can get the cheap stuff … it works just as well), then fill the bottle

up with white vinegar (28 ounces). Vinegar (on sale) costs around a penny

per ounce and the lemon juice concentrate I bought was 3 cents per ounce.

For the mixture detailed above, that’s a total of 12 cents for lemon

juice and 28 cents for vinegar, which means the homemade version costs 40

cents per quart instead of $8!


The commercial insecticidal soap sells for $7.98 per quart. The homemade versions cost just pennies and do the same thing.I presented two different versions on KOTA Television.    Version # 1: Mix two tablespoons of Ivory Soap Flakes powder with one quart of water. It will look a little milky. Put this in a quart spray bottle and use when you notice an infestation of white flies, mites, aphids, thrips, etc. Be sure to spray underneath the leaves too … most of these critters like to hide! Great-grandma used to pour her dishwater over plants that looked “sickly.” She was using home-made insecticidal soap.

Version # 2. Mix two tablespoons of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid with one quart of water and put in a spray bottle. Use for the same insects as the version #1 soap mixture. When I spoke with my County Extension Agent, he told me to warn folks that these are CONTACT sprays — you have to squirt them directly on the insects. He also cautioned against using these sprays OR the commercial version on a hot day, as they can damage (burn) the foliage of the plants if you get too much on the leaves. My own personal preference is the Ivory Soap spray because most dishwashing liquids are detergents and I don’t know what they do to the environment.  Use the bottom of an old plastic laundry basket as a boot tray for muddy shoes. Just cut the broken plastic top off and discard it. I used a pair of tree lopping shears to cut the ribs off mine, but a sharp knife or a good pair of scissors would do the same.

Shiny Scarecrows for Fruit Trees:

Save those throw-away disks you get in the mail for online offers. Glue them together with the silver sides out. Hang them from some fish line (I just run it through the center hole) and dangle the shiny circles from your fruit trees .. .the flashing of the silver is said to deter birds from eating the fruit. Sure worth a try to save the cherries.

“Make-It-Yourself Disinfectant Wipes and Sprays”

as seen on KOTA-TV, Rapid City, SD

The commercial disinfectant wipes and sprays are handy, with a price to match …$4.89 per container of either the wipes or spray when I checked at the supermarket. You can make them yourself for just pennies.

 You will need:

2 1/4 cups of tap water

1 1/2 teaspoons of bleach or other germicidal cleaner

1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap

Roll of paper towels … the cheap ones work just fine. Cut the roll of towels in half and take out the cardboard core. Put the half-roll in a container with a lid or an empty wipe container. Combine the liquid ingredients and pour over the towels in the container. Let the liquid soak up. To use, pull towels up from the center. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, label for use, and spray away, thus eliminating the expense of the “ready to use” product. (In this case, “ready to use” means the company has added the water!) My regular cleaner costs a little over $3 for a 48-ounce bottle, which makes 24 gallons of cleaning solution at the recommended rate of 1/4 cup per gallon! Do the math!  My cleaner, mixed according to directions, used in the sprays or wipes, figures out to $39.12 per gallon or a whopping $938.88 for the 24 gallons of cleaning mixture! This is one area where “do it yourself” really pays off.


I make my own simmer mix for the stove top or simmer pot at almost no cost. I have this in a small pot at the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City every year and people will follow their noses to the scent. They are so surprised to find out the ingredients and I often hear … “I can do that!”

When you use oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes etc., save the peelings. Dry them on a paper towel on top of the refrigerator or on a window sill. When dry and crisp, break into small pieces. Mix with a handful of whole spices…broken bits of cinnamon stick, whole cloves, whole allspice berries, star anise etc. (I mix this when I clean my spice cabinet and get rid of the old stuff) Store this conglomeration in a recycled glass jar.

When you need a lift, or when company is coming, put a small amount in some water on the back of the stove and turn it on low … the whole house smells wonderful and the cost is practically nothing.


For baby lambs, calves, goats, etc.

This formula is to be used if the animal has an upset stomach and diarrhea.

In light of new government regulations regarding beef products fed to livestock, the following

has been changed to use CHICKEN broth or CHICKEN bouillon instead of beef products.

1 package fruit pectin (Sure-Jell or Pen-Jell)

2 teaspoons Baking Soda

1 10-ounce can Chicken Broth


10 ounces of warm water mixed with either 4 chicken bouillon cubes or

4 teaspoons of powdered bouillon

1 teaspoon plain salt

Mix well. It foams up a lot so you need to use a big bowl. Let the foam go down a bit and then add 2 quarts (8 cups) of warm water.

Administer WITHOUT milk for at least 3 days…then gradually introduce the milk again.

Baby lambs or goats get 8 to 16 ounces per feeding 3 times a day. Baby calves get 1 quart (32 ounces) 2 or 3 times a day.

This is a time-tested, tried-and-true recipe used by many rural farmers/ranchers/homesteaders etc. It’s cheaper than any of the commercial mixes I’ve found and works just as well.

It goes without saying that if the animal doesn’t show some improvement within 24-36 hours, it means a trip to the vet.


Hit the second-hand stores this spring and look for an old mesh-sided playpen. These work really great to confine the baby animals when you have to bring them in the house to warm up. The animal is up off the floor and any “accidents” are confined to one spot for easy clean-up. Anyone who raises stock will tell you that critters in the house are as much a part of spring as the mud!


Here I go again…it’s winter and time once again for me to get on my soapbox

and preach that everyone needs to carry an Emergency Heater in their

vehicles. This 40 year old Extension Service idea will never go out of style.

It’s cheap and easy enough for kids to make.

You will need the following:

– A 1-gallon tin can (such as a 3# coffee can…with the paper label removed)

– 1 roll of toilet tissue (cardboard center removed) this is vital…you cannot leave the cardboard center in the middle of the roll.

– 1-16 ounce bottle of 70% rubbing alcohol

– 2 or 3 books of matches

– A doubled over piece of heavy duty aluminum foil, larger than the top of the can so it can hang over the sides some.

– The plastic lid for the can.

Put the toilet tissue roll, alcohol, matches, foil and the lid in the can and put it behind the seat in the pickup or on the floor in the back seat of the car/van? Do not leave home without it.

 If you get stranded in a snowstorm out on the road….

Unpack the heater kit.

Put the toilet tissue roll in the can, pour the whole bottle of alcohol over the tissue and let it soak up completely, about 10 minutes. Now you can light the heater. This does have an open flame so you need to set it where coats, caps and kids can’t catch fire. Only the top 1/3 of the can will get hot so it can sit on the car/truck seat, but a magazine wrapped in foil or even a small board could also be carried to set the heater on. Only the alcohol fumes will burn. The toilet tissue is simply the wick.

When the vehicle gets warm — it only takes about 10 minutes for this heater to warm a car up to 65 degrees — use the doubled-over foil to put out the fire. Let the can cool completely and then remove the foil and put the plastic lid on the can. You want to keep those alcohol fumes from evaporating in case you need to relight the heater.

This heater will burn about 9 hours continuously and from 18 to 24 hours on and off. Because you are only burning alcohol fumes, this produces NO carbon monoxide, but you still need to put a window down just a crack on the downwind side. This is an open flame and does use oxygen.

I also recommend that these heaters be put in the tractors of farmer/ranchers who need to travel several miles away from home to feed livestock or to check on ewes or cows that are about to give birth about the time of year when the snow squalls come through and it’s easy to lose your way.

The heaters will also work for temporary heat when the power is off in your home. Mobile homes especially cool off fast when the power is out. The heater can be taken into a small room and used to heat it. Set it on a table and light it. You will have a fair amount of heat and some light.

The heater will also work to melt snow for water and to heat up soup. You have to hold a saucepan over one side of the flames and it takes a while, but it sure beats nothing.

Please folks, if you don’t have a genuine emergency…stay home!! (I personally do not consider running out of cigarettes, coffee or pop an emergency. Now having a baby…that’s another story!) Before you turn a wheel, check the weather conditions on the local radio or TV station. Every year one reads horror stories of people with small children out on the road in a storm and nobody in the vehicle even has a warm coat with them. If you do have to get out on the road….make sure your gas tank is FULL and that someone knows where you are going, by what route, what time you are expected to arrive and who to call if you don’t. And above all….carry that heater with you.

A cell phone is a handy gadget, but during a blizzard no one can get to you anyway.


If you have pets in the house, namely dogs and cats, it’s a given that at some time or another you will be blessed with fleas. They get into the carpets and the fibers of your furniture and they hurt when they bite.

You can buy expensive sprays and flea bombs that do work fairly well, but I don’t like to use that kind of chemicals in my home. The following solution is much cheaper…and it works quite well.

Mix together:

1 cupful of plain Borax (usually sold as 20 Mule Team borax in the stores here)

1 cupful of plain Table Salt

1 cupful of plain Baking Soda

Stir these three ingredients together really well and then sprinkle this over the carpets and furniture before you go to bed at night. Next morning, you can just vacuum it up.

Repeat every couple of weeks until you are sure all of the flea eggs have hatched (they lay them in the fibers and it takes several weeks for all of them to hatch out) and you have sprinkled them.

This mix works by drying up the body fluids of the fleas. I used this when my kids were quite small. I didn’t feel I had to worry about the babies getting something in their mouth or on their hands that was harmful.


1/2 cup Cream of  Tartar

1/2 cup Baking Soda

1/2 cup White Vinegar

1/2 cup Soap Flakes (example: Ivory Snow)

Combine the cream of tartar and soda, add the vinegar and mix very well. Add the soap flakes and stir to make a soft paste. Apply to a stained aluminum pan and scour with very fine (400-grade) steel wool, rinse well. Keep the remainder of the paste in a small jar with a tight fitting lid. This will remain useable for 1 to 2 years.

(I mixed this up using just tablespoons of the cream of tartar, soda, and vinegar and used a scant 1 1/2 teaspoons of the soap. It worked really well and I was quite pleased with the results. I didn’t want to mix up a whole big batch…cream of tartar is sort of expensive and I hesitated to make that much for starters.)


The grade school crowd is into stickers of all kinds. They collect them and want to stick them everywhere. Mom can go into sticker shock when she sees the price of just a few of the things. You can make your own quite easily. Enlist the help of the kids with the picture cutting part. That way, they get what they want and you save the $$ for the things they need.

Mix together 2 parts white glue and 1 part vinegar. Paint the mixture on the backs of pretty pictures cut from magazines, seed catalogs, etc. Let them dry completely. Package them in recycled envelopes for the kids. They can lick and stick to their hearts content and it costs just pennies.


2 cups plain tap water

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon citric acid powder

1 teaspoon lemon extract

Few drops grapefruit oil

It wasn’t very long ago that I thought becoming a vegan was tree hugging, extremists. That’s all changed, I am almost a complete vegan except for fish and that is for now. I think I will give up eating fish at some point. There will be people again I say, what does this have to do with massage therapy. My massage practice is about letting people know all information that can improve their health, their attitude and our planet.

I have some very important books that I so very strongly suggest everyone reads. These books can be bought used on eBay or at your local bookstore. The first is, The Face On Your Plate, The Truth About Food, The Pig Who Sang To The Moon, The Emotional World Of Farm Animals and When Elephants Weep, The Emotional Lives Of Animals. All these books are written by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson. I promise you if you read these books it will be life altering for you. I honestly believe we must read these books!

The treatment of animals is beyond anything I could imagine. It is barbaric, it is inhumane and it is not necessary whatsoever. The consumption of meat, pork and poultry will destroy this planet alone, if we keep up what we’re doing. If you turn a blind eye to this you are responsible for the children that will die, deadly pandemics and illnesses that can be prevented by simply reading these books. It also about taking action and responsibility for your family and it’s as simple as that. You can read this and ignore it, or you can read this and make a difference, starting now.
It is wonderful to know that by reading three books that can be life altering and it will cost you maybe $15 for all three books on eBay.

It is time for all of us to wake up, wake up! The future generations as well as our own are at risk right now. If you can’t believe the extreme immediacy that we must change the treatment of farm animals, you will be shocked when you read The Face On Your Plate. The Truth About Food. How this change comes about is being intelligent, putting your foot down and changing. Fast food has to be eliminated if you can read this page then you have enough intelligence to never eat at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s or what ever. I never realized how very easy it is to eliminate meat of all kinds from my diet, not only will my health be better, what is most important to me is the life of animals and how they are treated on this planet.

I was absolutely shocked to find out all the companies that abuse, torture, inhumanely kill testing products that most of you use every day. It’s hard to believe isn’t it? Animals are tortured by the companies I list below.


Frequently Asked Questions
Why are these companies included on the ‘Do Test’ list?
The following companies manufacture products that ARE tested on animals. Those marked with a ? are currently observing a moratorium (i.e., current suspension of) on animal testing. Please encourage them to announce a permanent ban. Listed in parentheses are examples of products manufactured by either the company listed or, if applicable, its parent company. For a complete listing of products manufactured by a company on this list, please visit the company’s Web site or contact the company directly for more information. Companies on this list may manufacture individual lines of products without animal testing (e.g., Clairol claims that its Herbal Essences line is not animal-tested). They have not, however, eliminated animal testing from their entire line of cosmetics and household products.

Similarly, companies on this list may make some products, such as pharmaceuticals, that are required by law to be tested on animals. However, the reason for these companies’ inclusion on the list is not the animal testing that they conduct that is required by law,
but rather the animal testing (of personal-care and household products) that is not
required by law.

What can be done about animal tests required by law?
Although animal testing of pharmaceuticals and certain chemicals is still mandated by law, the arguments against using animals in cosmetics testing are still valid when applied to the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. These industries are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, respectively, and it is the responsibility of the companies that kill animals in order to bring their products to market to convince the regulatory agencies that there is a better way to determine product safety. PETA is actively working on this front by funding the development and validation of non-animal test methods and providing input through our involvement on government advisory committees at both the national and international levels. Companies often resist progress and, instead of using human-relevant non-animal tests, choose to use animal tests because their results can be manipulated. Let companies know how you feel about this.

Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight), P.O. Box 1625, Horsham, PA 19044-6625; 609-683-5900; 800-524-1328;

?Bic Corporation, 1 Bic Way, Ste.1, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-783-2000;

Church & Dwight (Aim, Arm & Hammer, Arrid, Brillo, Close-up, Kaboom, Lady’s Choice, Mentadent, Nair, Orange Glo International, Oxi Clean, Pearl Drops), P.O. Box 1625, Horsham, PA 19044-6625; 609-683-5900; 800-524-1328;

Clairol (Aussie, Daily Defense, Herbal Essences, Infusium 23, Procter & Gamble), 1 Blachley Rd., Stamford, CT 06922; 800-252-4765;

Clorox (ArmorAll, Formula 409, Fresh Step, Glad, Liquid Plumber, Pine-Sol, Soft Scrub, S.O.S., Tilex), 1221 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612; 510-271-7000; 800-227-1860;

Dial Corporation (Dry Idea, Purex, Renuzit, Right Guard, Soft & Dri), 15101 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 5028, Scottsdale, AZ 85254-2199; 800-528-0849;

Johnson & Johnson (Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Listerine, Lubriderm, Neutrogena, Rembrandt, ROC), 1 Johnson & Johnson Plz., New Brunswick, NJ 08933; 732-524-0400; 800-526-3967;

L’Oréal (Biotherm, Cacharel, Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Helena Rubinstein, Lancôme, Matrix Essentials, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Redken, Soft Sheen, Vichy), 575 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10017; 212-818-1500;

Max Factor (Procter & Gamble), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-983-1100; 800-543-1745;
Mead, 10 W. Second St., #1, Dayton, OH 45402; 937-495-6323;
Melaleuca, 3910 S. Yellowstone Hwy., Idaho Falls, ID 83402-6003; 208-522-0700;

New Dana Perfumes, 470 Oakhill Rd., Crestwood Industrial Park, Mountaintop, PA 18707; 800-822-8547
Olay (Procter & Gamble), P.O. Box 599, Cincinnati, OH 45201; 800-543-1745;

Pantene (Procter & Gamble), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 800-945-7768;

Physique (Procter & Gamble), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 800-214-8957;

Ponds (Unilever), 800 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; 800-909-9493;

Procter & Gamble Co. (Clairol, Crest, Gillette, Giorgio, Iams, Max Factor, Physique, Tide), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-983-1100; 800-543-1745;
Reckitt Benckiser (Easy Off, Lysol, Mop & Glo, Old English, Resolve, Spray ‘N Wash, Veet, Woolite), 399 Interpace Pkwy., Parsippany, NJ 07054; 973-633-3600; 800-333-3899;

Shiseido Cosmetics, 5-5, Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-k, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan; 212-805-2300;

Schering-Plough (Bain de Soleil, Coppertone, Dr. Scholl’s), 2000 Galloping Hill Rd., Kenilworth, NJ 07033-0530; 800-842-4090;

S.C. Johnson (Drano, Edge, Fantastik, Glade, OFF!, Oust, Pledge, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout, Skintimate, Windex, Ziploc), 1525 Howe St., Racine, WI 53403; 800-494-4855;

Suave (Unilever), 800 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; 212-888-1260; 800-782-8301;

Unilever (Axe, Dove, Lever Bros., Suave, Sunsilk), 800 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; 212-888-1260; 800-598-1223;

Vicks (Procter & Gamble), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-983-1100; 800-543-1745;

Aim (Church & Dwight), Always (Procter & Gamble), Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight), Armor All (Clorox), Arrid (Church & Dwight), Aussie (Procter & Gamble), Joy (Procter & Gamble), Kaboom (Church & Dwight), L’Oreal USA, Lancôme (L’Oreal), Liquid Plumr (Clorox) Listerine (Johnson & Johnson), Lubriderm (Johnson & Johnson), Lux (Unilever), Lysol (Reckitt Benckiser), Aveeno (Johnson & Johnson), Axe (Unilever), Bain de Soleil (Schering-Plough), Bic Corporation, Biotherm (L’Oreal), Cacharel (L’Oreal), Church & Dwight (Arm & Hammer), Clairol (Procter & Gamble), Clean & Clear (Johnson & Johnson), Clorox, Close-up (Church & Dwight), Coppertone (Schering-Plough), Crest (Procter & Gamble), Dial, Kaboom (Church & Dwight), L’Oreal USA, Lancôme (L’Oreal), Liquid Plumr (Clorox), Listerine (Johnson & Johnson), Lubriderm (Johnson & Johnson), Lux (Unilever), Lysol (Reckitt Benckiser,Matrix Essentials (L’Oreal), Max Factor (Procter & Gamble), Maybelline (L’Oreal), Mead, Melaleuca, Mentadent (Church & Dwight), Mr. Clean (Procter & Gamble), Nair (Church & Dwight), Neutrogena (Johnson & Johnson), New Dana Perfumes, Off (S.C.Johnson), Olay (Procter & Gamble), Old English (Reckitt Benckiser), Old Spice (Procter & Gamble), OxiClean (Church & Dwight), Pampers (Procter & Gamble), Pantene (Procter & Gamble), Pearl Drops (Church & Dwight), Physique (Procter & Gamble), Pine-Sol (Clorox), Pledge (S.C. Johnson), Ponds (Unilever), Procter & Gamble, Puffs (Procter & Gamble), Purex (Dial), Raid (S.C. Johnson), Ralph Lauren Fragrances (L’oreal), Reckitt Benckiser, Redken (L’Oreal), Rembrandt (Johnson & Johnson), Renuzit (Dial), Resolve (Reckitt Benckiser), Right Guard (Dial), ROC (Johnson & Johnson), S.C.Johnson,S.O.S, (Clorox), Scope (Procter & Gamble), Scrubbing Bubbles (S.C. Johnson), Secret (Procter & Gamble), Shiseido Cosmeitcs, Shout (S.C. Johnson), Signal (Unilever), Soft & Dri (Dial), Soft Scrub (Dial), SoftSheen (L’Oreal), Spray ’N Wash, (Reckitt Benckiser), Suave (Unilever), Sunsilk (Unilever), Swiffer (Procter & Gamble), Tide (Procter & Gamble), Tilex (Clorox), Unilever, Vaseline (Unilever), Veet (Reckitt Benckiser), Vichy (L’Oreal), Vicks (Procter & Gamble), Windex (S.C. Johnson), Woolite (Reckitt Benckiser) ,Zest (Procter & Gamble), Dry Idea (Dial), Easy-Off (Reckitt Benckiser), Fantastik (S.C. Johnson), Febreze (Procter & Gamble), Formula 409 (Clorox), Fresh Step (Clorox), Garnier (L’Oreal), Gillette Co.(Procter & Gamble), Giorgio Armani (L’Oreal), Glad (Clorox), Glade (S.C. Johnson), Head & Shoulders (Procter & Gamble), Helena Rubinstein (L’Oreal), Iams (Procter & Gamble), Ivory (Procter & Gamble).
This is absolutely insane, unbelievable and I thank God I don’t use any of these products!

These are products that DO NOT use animals to experiment on.

Acquarella, Adorned With Grace Minerals, AG Hair Cosmetics, AHAVA, Akasha, Alba, Alexandra de Markoff (some products), Alice Cosmetics, Alima Pure Cosmetics, Alison Raffaele Cosmetics, Almay, Aloette, Alvera, Amala Beauty, Amazing Cosmetics, Amazon Organics, American Beauty, AminoGenesis ?, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Anise Cosmetics, Anne Marie Borlind,, Aquage Hydrating Shampoo, Arbonne, A Different Daisy, Peta Mall Link, A Perfume Organic, A Wild Soap Bar, ABBA Pure & Natural Hair Care, he Abercrombie & Fitch, Abra Therapeutics, Absolute Miracle, Acquarella Polish, Adorn Mineral Cosmetics, Advanage Wonder Cleaner, Advanced Beauty Tools, Advanced Botanical Research, Affordable Mineral Makeup, Afrumos, After Inked, LLC, Afterglow Cosmetics, AG Hair Cosmetics, Agape by DK, Ageless Fantasy, Ainterol Natural Products, D & M D, Adair Cosmetics, Daisy Blue Naturals, DaLish Cosmetics, Dallas Manufacturing Company, Damp Rid, Inc., Dancing Dingo Darla Makeup, David Babaii for Wild Aid, De La Terre Cosmetics, Decleor USA, DeeDa Notions, Dena Corporation, Deodorant Stones of America, derma-e Natural Bodycare, DERmagic, Dermalogica, Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories, Desert Essence,

Here is a wonderful and informative web-site that show all companies Good and Evil!