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May 11, 2007 RELEASED EVERY FRIDAYIssue No. 67

bath time Hello, Vibrant Reader!

After digging in the flower beds, cleaning the gutters, and mowing the lawn, I began to meditate on the power of SOAP... It wasn't 12 hours before I received an e-newsletter from Pangea Organics about the punk rock band fiasco. Seems that the band managed to get their van and themselves searched by police, who ended up busting them because a "smelling" device called NarcoPouch 928 gave a positive read for GHB (the date rape drug) in the Dr. Bronner's soap the band was carrying. Gives a whole new meaning to "cleaning up this town."

Anyway, apparently the device will always give a positive read for GHB on any truly natural soap. And as the case unfolded, the band showed the Dr. Bronner's Company a whole lot more about their competition. Don Bolles, drummer for the punk rock band, The Germs, ended up having to hire a lawyer to help him and his bandmates out of the legal mess they were in. In attempting to make their case, they tested several natural soaps to show that the NarcoPouch 928 would test incorrectly for GHB. Well, it turns out that the purported "natural" soaps, were not soaps at all--some were detergents, some were out and out chemical solvents, and so, tested negative.

"Our testing shows that real soaps which are made using the ecological time-honored process of saponification of vegetable oil will always test positive for GHB, while complicated synthetic detergent-based so-called 'liquid soaps' test negative," said David Bronner. "The NarcoPouch® 928 is a great test for determining if a product labeled 'Soap' actually contains real soap or not. It's ironic that the flawed GHB field test used by cops shows in a graphic, immediate way, true versus fake soaps. Fortunately for Don Bolles, the much more accurate confirmation drug-testing by the Orange County crime lab proved our soap did not contain the drug GHB."

Detergents in fake soap products are usually made in part or even entirely from petroleum along with vegetable feedstocks. For instance, Olefin Sulfonate, the main ingredient in both Nature's Gate ORGANICS "Soap" and Kiss My Face Obsessively Organic "Soap," is made entirely from petroleum.

Bronner laments: "Companies mislead consumers in conflating their detergent-based products with ecological biodegradable soaps, even calling these synthetic detergent products 'organic.'"

You can read the entire article here, which includes a fascinating video featuring the band.

Meanwhile, we're sticking with our favorites, Venables Valley Soaps--handmade from a family in Canada, who uses essential oils and vegetable fats to create these wonderfully aromatic soaps.

Also, we recommend, Sunfood's Tea Tree Soap, and of course, Dr. Bronner's Liquid Soap Almond Castile

So, stay clean until next week...

In vibrant health,

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Shay Arave
President
Pure Energy Rx

 

Wacky Workouts: Summer's Hottest Ways to Get Fit
Workout Class Since the transformation of strip aerobics from a bicoastal anomaly to a workout staple, themed workout classes have expanded beyond pole dancing into even more outlandish themes of aspiration. Forget strippers; be an action hero.

"The reason you're seeing those out-of-the-box classes, I think people are always looking for a way to make the activity more engaging and stimulating," said Cedric Bryant, the chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise. "One of the challenges that you face is that if the activity becomes somewhat boring," people stop exercising.

The trend in fitness these days is fantasy, according to Crunch spokeswoman Amy Strathern. "By day you're an investment banker, and at night you're an action movie hero."

On the West Coast, Achinta McDaniel has latched on to the recent stateside popularity of India's Bollywood movies to launch her Bollywood bhangra Beats class at Swerve, which pioneered its own fitness trend a few years ago--Yoga Booty Ballet. >>> MORE

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The Art of Letting Go While Maximizing Productivity
Charly Emery Our resident Life Coach and Synergy Specialist, Charly Emery, dives into the question of how to let go while taking the actions necessary to achieve our goals. "After the goal is identified, it's time to consider what actions will yield the desired results and go for it, right? Sure. But, letting go is the invaluable part of this course of action, which fits smack dab in the middle of the process between your visualization and your action," writes Charly. She compares molding our lives to the pottery maker molding clay on a pottery wheel--too much force and all is lost, too little, and nothing happens... >>>> MORE

Body, mind, spirit news...

  • Why is Every Other American Chronically Ill?
    Each year the average American consumes 150 lbs of sugar and 566 cans of soft drinks. That is equal to 52 teaspoonfuls of added sugars per person per day. Junk food consumption has increased drastically in the last few decades--up 143%...
  • Stanford scientists make major breakthrough in regenerative medicine
    Findings described in a new study by Stanford scientists may be the first step toward a major revolution in human regenerative medicine -- a future where advanced organ damage can be repaired by the body itself...
  • The future is female, British Telecom predicts
    We have had the industrial age, we have had the information economy. But now for something different: "the care economy", predicts BT's Ian Pearson. And, he insists, women are instinctively good at this...
  • Estrogen May Help Fight Disease
    Researchers determined that males and post-menopausal females are more likely to suffer damaged arteries linked to diesel exhaust than women of childbearing age. That coincides with a major national study released earlier this year showing older women are at significantly higher risk for heart problems caused by air pollution than other people....
  • New Fears Over Additives in Children's Food
    Researchers at Southampton University have tested combinations of synthetic colourings and preservative that an average child might consume in a day to measure what effect they had on behaviour. Their results supported findings first made seven years ago that linked the additives to temper tantrums, poor concentration and hyperactivity...
  • Clothing Created to Block Flu, Colds
    Would you like a coat that can snatch viruses out of the air before they can give you a cold? How about a shirt that eats smog, letting you breathe clean air? Or a dress that destroys harmful bacteria and even protects you from toxic gases? ...
  • Weight Grade on Report Cards Angers Parents
    Four times during the school year in Campbell County, Wyo., the school sends report cards home. Anxious parents and worried students are provided with the typical grading categories -- academic performance, attendance and a work ethic score, and now, Body Mass Index...

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