*From CA NOW: The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics first broke the story about lead in lipstick back in 2007 when they released a report labeled “A Poison Kiss.” Now, over years later, a new report by the FDA indicates that the problem of poison kisses is worse than first thought. FDA’s new study found lead in 400 lipsticks tested, with higher lead levels than ever reported in some of the most popular brands. The worst offender was L’Oreal USA, whose Maybelline Color Sensation and L’Oreal Color Riche lipsticks were #1 and #2 on the list. In fact, L’Oreal USA makes five of the 10 most contaminated brands in the FDA study.
*The Institute of Heart Math (www.heartmath.org/free-services/tools-for-well-being/tools-for-well-being-home.html) developed stress-reduction techniques. The institute does scientific studies about the heart, showing it’s much more than a pump. Its powerful electromagnetic field influences the brain and people around us. HeartMath studies prove the effectiveness of their technique called “Freeze Frame” in making the heartbeat more coherent and peaceful.
Freeze Frame to Reduce Stress
1. Freeze frame the stressful feeling, as you would put a video on pause.
2. Shift your focus to your heart by imagining you’re breathing deeply through it, for at least 10 seconds. Keep your awareness here rather than on the problem.
3. Remember a positive time, as when you felt deep love, caring, forgiveness or appreciation, and experience that feeling. Don’t visualize, as this takes you to your head, just sense and feel. This memory causes the heart rate to move to a coherent rhythm.
4.Using your intuition and common sense, ask your heart what would be a more effective response to the situation that would reduce stress? Listen to the answer and be patient.