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Product Review: Dragonfly Effect Naturals – Detox Toothpaste 

   
   
This has got to be the nastiest shit I have ever put in my mouth! 

It has diatomaceous earth in it! That’s the white shit you put in your pool filter! Crazy!! 

It also has bentonite clay! 

It was disgusting tasting! I taste no cinnamon! All I taste is sea salt! And it has a horrible texture. 

Ok all that being said. How does it work? 

FUCKING AMAZING!  Yes; I am cursing a lot this post, but it is purely for effect! This stuff is amazing! Once you get past the gross factor; it actually makes your teeth and mouth feel cleaner than it’s ever been! 

Furthermore; I have problems with keeping my teeth white as I brush too hard and always make my gums bleed and that stains my teeth yellow. 3-4 times brushing with this and my teeth are several shades whiter! 

I can’t believe it! This stuff is amazing on so many levels! Next time I will definitely get the spearmint or wintergreen flavor!

Each ingredient has a specific purpose for

HOLISTIC DENTAL CARE

Xylitol not a sugar at all although it tastes and behaves like one. It is a wood alcohol that is low in glycemic index. It also has incredible antibacterial, antivral, and antifungal properties. Xylitol is a great sugar alternative because it only feeds probiotics and not candida.

Essential Oils are extracts from fruit, leaves, stems, flowers, roots, and bark. Each essential oils serves a unique purpose, from antibacterial to antiviral, or to energize, calm, detoxify, or aid in body processes. They also smell and taste great!

Sea Salt adds grit to an otherwise smooth consistency and contributes a fair amount of trace minerals.

Baking soda is a perfect ingredient for mouth cleaning. It alkalinizes mouth acidity and combats fungal growth. It removes plaque and has anti-cavity properties.

Diatomaceous Earth is the fossilized remains of microscopic shells, otherwise called silica. Silica helps with calcium absorbtion, cleansing parasites and heavy metals, and more.

Bentonite Clay is usually derived from volcanic ash that has fallen into prehistoric bodies of water that eventually dried up, leaving behind mineral rich deposits. Bentonite is extremely efficient at removing toxins, heavy metals, and radiation from the body.

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Product Review: Mira Dynamics Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy Do’s and Don’ts
There are many uses for Cupping Therapy and we learn everyday on how we can educate you to live a healthy and happy lifestyle. A lot of the uses on Cupping Therapy are easy-to-apply benefits/remedies that can be used in the comfort of your home by following guidelines. These general uses include therapy/ treatments for headaches & migraines, cellulite reduction, improve digestive function, improve blood circulation, more energy flow, pain relief, stress removal, muscle spasms and more. We cover every section as thoroughly as possible and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

For more severe conditions and their treatments we would always recommend to seek advise from a Professional Therapist or Doctor FIRST (Toxin retention, Rheumatism, Infertility, Sports Therapy, Insomnia, Fibromyalgia, Sciatica and more). It is best that a Therapist apply these kind of treatments to ensure that these treatments are effective as possible.

With no further ado, here are the Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to Cupping Therapy (please revert back frequently as we will keep updating this section)…

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Do’s
donts

Do:
1. Use circular, zig/zag, up/down motions

Don’t:
1. Do not rush the application process or treatment

Do:
2. Target persistent problem areas for 5 to 8 minutes

Don’t:
2. Do not leave cup stationery for longer than 8 minutes. When leaving the cup stationery, after 2 minutes bruising will occur. This is NORMAL. Please see warning at the bottom of this page.

Do:
3. Always start treatment with the softer (green) cup

Don’t:
3. This is not a must, but you would want to make your skin gradually used to the treatment

Do:
4. For home benefits and treatments like headaches & migraines, cellulite reduction, improve digestive function, improve blood circulation, more energy flow, pain relief, stress removal, muscle spasms, varicose veins: ALWAYS FOLLOW GUIDELINES. See the How to Use section.

Don’t:
4. For severe conditions like Infertility, Fluid and Toxin retention, Rheumatism, Fibromyalgia, Sciatica: Do not use treatment without consulting with a Professional Therapist or Doctor.

Do:
5. Always use some kind of lubricant (water/oil) that compliments the desired treatment. For example: if you want to treat migraine, use an oil that contains mainly Eucalyptus and Lavender essential oils (along with the guidelines on where to place the cups).

Don’t:
5. Do not over-lubricate the area of treatment, as the cup will not be manageable and easily slip from your hands.

WARNING:
The main side effects from cupping therapy are its marks, swelling and bruising along the back. These marks should fade after a few hours, although they may take longer. Aside, there are no known severe side effects that are associated with cupping. Some people who have their first cupping therapy may feel some discomfort as they become used to the sucking pressure of the cups.

Cupping is an ancient Chinese practice that has grown increasingly popular in the west. While its medical benefits are not yet proven, many find cupping deeply relaxing, and find that it stimulates blood flow and good energy. Cupping operates on the same principles as qi (chi) and acupuncture, which has a number of scientific studies to support certain health benefits, such as easing headaches, stress, anxiety, allergies, fatigue, asthma, digestion problems, skin conditions such as eczema, and psoriasis, and others.

History of Cupping Therapy
The history of Cupping Therapy developed over time from the original use of the hollowed animal horns to drain toxins out of snakebites and skin lesions. Horns evolved into bamboo cups, which were eventually replaced by glass. Therapeutic applications evolved with the refinement of the cup itself, and with the cultures that employed cupping as a health care technique. The true origin of cupping therapy remains in obscurity.

The Chinese expanded the utilization to include use in surgery to divert blood flow from the surgery site. Cupping eventually developed into a separate therapy, with healers treating a variety of conditions. Early written records date from 28 AD, and a traditional Chinese saying indicated “acupuncture and cupping, more than half the ills cured”. Chinese medicine observes that cupping dispels stagnation of Blood and Chi, along with external pathogenic factors that invade a weakened constitution. A depleted constitution is often a result of depleted “Jing Chi” or original essence. This will usually progress to a weakened “Wei Chi”, or defense (immune system).

The Egyptians produced a text on ancient medicine that discussed the use of cupping for conditions such as fever, pain, vertigo, menstruation imbalances, weakened appetite and accelerating the “healing crisis” of disease. From the Egyptians, cupping was introduced to the Greeks and eventually spread to ancient cultures in many countries of Europe and even the Americas.

In recent history, European and American doctors widely used cupping in practice into the 1800′s. Research papers were written in the 19th century, and a collaborative effort between the former Soviet Union and China confirmed the clinical efficacy of cupping therapy. It became an official therapy to be found in all Chinese hospitals.

Breast cupping became common for inflamed breasts and lactation dysfunctions and the familiar breast pump evolved from this use. The 20th century brought about a decline in interest as new technology, drugs, and machines came into use. New cupping sets were introduced using mechanical pumps to create the vacuum, and these sets were carried by medical supply companies well into the 1940′s.
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I always wanted to try this! But didn’t want to try the heated glass method! Enter Mira Dynamics!

All tests were done at the beginner 5 minute mark.

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I did all around my surgically repaired shoulder and no effect was seen at all except the round suction ring that faded fast. I also did my knee with little to no effect. The knee above is my wife’s and the mid back is mine.

Nothing is like the extreme stagnant results such as the picture (that’s what I was expecting to see, but was disappointed lol). I wonder how long the pictures subject applied the cups for?


Product Review: Kinoki Detox Foot Patches

Coming soon!

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Helps cleanse and energize body
May aid in dispelling toxins
Encourages muscle and tendon relaxation
Helps absorb odor
Can be applied overnight

Can Foot Pads ‘Absorb Toxic Materials’?

By JOHN STOSSEL Apr 12, 2008,

Did you know that your body may be crawling with poisons and toxins? Heavy metals like arsenic and mercury? Parasites, metabolic wastes, even cellulite? Maybe that’s why you’re tired or stressed out or your back hurts. Well, someone has a cure for you.

“Kinoki foot pads, the incredible detox system that naturally captures toxins from your body while you sleep!” That’s what the TV ads blare, and they’re persuasive. After all, we’ve been told that poisons are everywhere.

“Are you poisoning yourself with unavoidable toxins from the food, water and air we breathe?” the spokeswoman asks. The foot pads, they say, will drain toxins right out of you. “Kinoki foot pads collect heavy metals, metabolic wastes, toxins, parasites, cellulite and more, giving you back your vitality and health.”

How do they work? The pad is an adhesive patch with a small bag of ingredients that include things like wood vinegar. You apply this to your foot like a Band-Aid. Supposedly, the pad then drains the toxins out while you sleep.
The “after” pad shown in the ad is covered with what you’d expect toxins to look like — brown, muddy, kind of a mini-Superfund site. But don’t despair.

“Use a fresh pad each night until the pad becomes lighter and lighter,” the ads claim. It’s supposed to get lighter because after several days’ use, you have fewer toxins in your body.

The ads boast that an “independent study proves Kinoki foot pads absorb toxic materials from your body. Isn’t that amazing?”
Yes, and maybe that’s why the Internet is buzzing about Kinoki, with bloggers wondering if they really work. At TheMockDock.com (their motto: “Unloading a fresh load of scoff, daily!”) a blogger videotaped her test of Kinoki pads.

On the first night, she applied a pad to her foot, “and went to bed hoping for the best, wanting to see what happens in the morning and whether or not the pad was going to be as disgusting as the commercial promised and sure enough when I turned on the light and took this pad off… it was every bit as heinous as the commercials promised.”

‘Do They Work or Don’t They’?

We were curious too, so we ordered some Kinoki pads and similar ones made by Avon called “detoxifying patches,” and ran an ad asking for people who wanted to try them. We put together a group of people who had heard of detox foot pads — some had even tried them — and were willing to participate.

Lou Gregory had a professional interest in the pads. “I’m a chiropractor, and I have patients that ask me all the time about them,” he said. “So I wanted to know, do they work or don’t they?”

Veronica James is an actress who’d tried Kinoki pads before and hoped they would boost her immune system. Veronica thought the pads might have prevented a cold.

“I have not had a cold in a few months now, which is good, but I don’t know if it’s because I’m taking better vitamins or because of this.”

After trying the Avon pads, Kelly Dye, an administrative assistant, thought maybe she had more energy.

“I actually woke up and I have energy ’cause usually I wake up and I snooze like 10 times and I thought, OK, maybe this will be good for me,” she said. “I can get to work earlier … but no.”

Most of our volunteers, like boxing trainer Ricky Ray Taylor, observed no benefits.

“I’m on a relentless pursuit for more energy,” he said. “I got nothin’.”

Katie Sweeney, who used Avon pads on both feet for three days, said, “I had a headache and I felt dehydrated.”

The Placebo Effect

But what about all of those toxins that were supposedly pulled out of their feet? The ad promised, “Just like a tree draws energy in and toxins down its trunk,Kinoki foot pads work the same way.”

Dr. George Friedman-Jimenez, the director of the Bellevue / New York University Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic in New York City, said “I don’t think that they act by removing toxins from the body.”

A specialist in environmental medicine, Friedman-Jiminez fears that sick people will put off getting real treatment because they think detox pads will work.

I asked Friedman-Jiminez if it’s possible that the placebo effect caused people to think that they felt better after wearing the pads overnight.

“I think what we’re seeing with treatments like Kinoki footpads is that people are expecting them to help, and expecting to feel better, and some people feel better just by chance, and some people feel better because of the expectation,” he said. “The placebo effect contributes to the improvement in the symptoms.”

Avon doesn’t make the same extreme claims as Kinoki, but it does call its product “detoxifying patches,” containing “ingredients known for their detoxifying properties.”

“The idea that they’re drawing toxins through the skin out of the body in any significant amount, I think is just wrong,” said Friedman-Jimenez.

He said you cannot pull toxins out of the body through the feet — “not in any significant amount.”

Our volunteers also found that their pads didn’t get lighter with repeated use like the ads promised. “They just stayed dark every day,” said James.

The Smell and the Science

And one feature of the pads that the ads don’t tell you about but that our testers complained about was the smell.

“It smelled like a barbecue pit when I woke up,” said Dye.

Grad school student Sara Mascola said, “It smells like bacon and then it leaves this film on your foot.”

J Vanburen, a voiceover artist, said the pad smelled even worse than that. “Eeew. No, it didn’t smell like any bacon I’ve ever smelled. … I want to know what they found in the pad.”

The Kinoki ads’ claim that we’re brimming with things like heavy metals, toxins and parasites scares people. “20/20” asked NMS Labs, a national laboratory in Willow Grove, Pa., that performs toxicology testing, to analyze the used Kinoki and Avon pads from eight of our group to see what we could find on the pads.

The lab tested for a lot of things, including heavy metals like arsenic and mercury and 23 solvents, including benzene, tolulene and styrene and found none of these on the used pads.

“I feel like it’s a scam,” said Sweeney. “It’s just the moisture in your feet that are darkening the pad.”

Bingo. There’s no evidence that it’s toxins. When I dropped distilled water on the pad, it turns dark in seconds.

I wish TV and radio stations would be more responsible about running these kinds of ads. Alan Handleman, a North Carolina radio host, says that when Kinoki proposed advertising on his program, he asked for samples of the pads. He eventually decided the company seemed “sleazy” and he turned the money down. But that’s unusual, I fear. Many in the media just take the money.

“I think it’s a scam, and I think they purposely put it on late at night for drunk, vulnerable people,” said Dye. ” You won’t even remember you ordered it until it comes in the mail.”

I agree.

Now of course our informal study was not definitive. In one later test we did found a trace of lead on five pads but Friedman-Jimenez believes it didn’t come from people.

“It could’ve been in the packaging of the pad, it could’ve been a contamination from dust on the floors. Many apartments that have lead paint have trace amounts of lead in the dust and if someone is walking around barefoot,” the doctor said, it could have gotten on our testers’ feet. “But the lead is not toxin that’s being drawn from the person’s body.”

Buyer Beware

We asked Avon and Kinoki for tests that would show that their products really work, but they offered no valid scientific studies to back up their detoxification claims. Nor would either company agree to a TV interview.

I think it’s revealing that Kinoki’s parent company, Xacta 3000 of Lakewood, N.J., also sells the Wrinkle Terminator, which makes wrinkles “disappear.”

Does this make you mad?

Thirty years ago, when I began consumer reporting, such scams used to enrage me.

I’d go to politicians demanding to know why they didn’t take action to protect consumers. I’d go to lawyers asking why they didn’t sue the cheaters out of business and get compensation for victims.

Now I know better.

I’ve learned that governments’ attempts to stifle consumer fraud usually lead to more paperwork, higher taxes, barriers to entry for new business, and the frauds continue anyway. Or new versions of them did.

The lawyers’ suing led to a few consumers getting some compensation, but higher costs for all consumers, more paperwork to fill out, long delays for everything, and fewer choices.

Today I think it’s sad, but there will always be consumer scams; some people will endlessly fall for pitches for breast and penis enlargers, hair growers, “natural” remedies and so on. It’s the media’s job to report on them to warn you, but to not call for government or legal intervention. Such intervention almost always makes things worse.

After all, the losses are usually not that severe. Eventually the public wises up, and the scam fades away. I assume that will happen with detox foot pads.

The money must pour in, after all, the ads keep running, telling us “Don’t delay, order Kinoki foot pads today!”

But our blogger won’t do that again. After six nights trying the Kinoki pads, she gave up.

“Did I feel better? No. Did I sleep better? Not really. Did I have more energy? No. The only thing I felt was hostility toward these pads. The bed smelled, my hands smelled after using them… So I’m left feeling duped by Mr. Kinoki.”

ABC News Producer Frank Mastropolo contributed to this report.
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Supplement Review: Teatox Challenge Part One: Mate Fit *

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MateFit 14 days Mini Teatox (14 day cleanse) combines the powers of MateFit Metabolic Boost herbal tea and MateFit Detox herbal tea . It comes with 120 grams of MateFit Metabolic Boost and 35 grams of MateFit Detox. With this teatox you can promote your body’s metabolism with twice the force. You can consume MateFit Metabolic Boost daily twice, but you have to consume MateFit Detox every other day.

Flush away unwanted pounds and boost your metabolism
Reduce puffiness and bloating and enjoy a flatter abdomen, fast
Increase energy levels with the Metabolic Boost
Use both products together to maximize weight loss results
Directions for MateFit Metabolic Boost:

Drink in the morning and noon
Pour hot water (around 195 F) in a 8 Oz glass
Add a tablespoon of MateFit Metabolic Boost into the teabag that comes with your purchase
Let it steep in hot water for 4-5 minutes (If you want to make it stronger and more effective, steep it up to 5-7 minutes)
Drink it when you feel comfortable with the temperature
We recommend you add lemon and honey to make it sweeter.
Ingredients: (Organic Yerba Mate, Sechung Oolong Tea, Pinhead Gunpowder Tea, Angelica Root Powder, Guarana Seed Powder, Alfalfa Leaf Cut and Licorice Root cut)

Directions for MateFit Detox:

Use every other night
Drink after eating dinner
Add a tablespoon of Detox blend into the teabag that comes with your purchase.
Pour hot water (around 195 F)
Let it steep in hot water for 4-5 minutes (If you want to make it stronger and more effective, steep it up to 8-10 minutes)
Drink it when you feel comfortable with the temperature
Ingredients: (Organic Dandelion Root, Peppermint Loose Leaf Tea, Organic Rosemary Leaf, Organic Senna Leaf Powder, Organic Motherworth Herb, Organic Cinnamon Powder, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Ginger Root, Organic Hibiscus Flower Powder, Organic Nettle Leaf Cut, Organic Rhubarb Root Powder, Organic Blessed Thistle Herb, Organic Lemongrass Leaf and Organic Grapefruit Peel)
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Ok lets start off with what’s in the package. It comes with 2 bags of loose leaf metabolic boost and 1 bag of loose leaf detox tea. It also comes with big goofy extra large obscenely sized tea bags that you can fill with the loose leaf tea. It also comes with a large quick direction card with ingredients

What I love straight off, is the opportunity to drink it either way (loose leaf or in a tea bag)

I am a tea connoisseur! I love tea! Call me a tea snob if you must lol. But I only like organic tea and I like loose leaf that I can see the blend and sometimes mix the teas to make a new creation from companies like Teavana and Mighty Tea (Mighty Tea is reviewed here on this site)

The taste isn’t bad! I’m used to drinking Oolong tea that tastes like sweat socks!
Enter Wu-Long slimming tea

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Not a great taste, but you do lose a little weight.

Yerba Mate on the other hand is sweet and has a pleasant taste. It cancels out the sweat sock taste of Oolong.

Do I enjoy drinking Mate Fit? No! Do I hate dread drinking it? No! It has a neutral taste for me. Meaning I can tolerate drinking it, but in not going out of my way to happily drink it, but we are not drinking it to enjoy it, we are drinking it for its metabolic boost!

Drinking more tea is not going to hurt! So; since it is loose leaf, you can add a teaspoon if your favorite loose leaf tea to the bag since it is obscenely large!

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Something you can’t do with other repackaged tea (such as Tiny Tea). Or you can always have a second cup of tea (your favorite) after you drink the Mate Fit.

I typically drink 5 cups of tea daily when on a cutting diet.

I can’t wait to try the Detox tea tonight!!

Stay tuned for more! The most important part… Does it work?

Trying my second cup with a tsp of Mighty Leaf Coco Chai

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Much better! Tastes amazing and I get the benefit of both mixtures!

The perfect way to enjoy your Teatox without adding calories to the mix such as Honey and Lemon Juice (suggested sweetener in the directions)

It says use 1tbsp that’s an awfully large amount of tea to use per cup! My mighty leaf says use 1tsp per serving as does Teavana! What I am going to attempt is trying to make a second cup from the tea bag and I will still use 2tbsps daily as directed, but I will see if I can get 4 cups instead of 2, by drinking each tbsp twice. The 1st cup being a super powerful dose and the second being an additional stabilizing dose. That way I can have it every 2 hours till ride till lunch time.

**Update** May 12th 2014
Morning after the Detox tea first dose: wasn’t bad, I didn’t experience any harsh affects. No diarrhea, no excessive peeing. It wasn’t bad at all. My stomach does look flatter since the weekend. I also didn’t use my wheel yet (Ab Carver Pro).

**Update** May 13th 2014
Just to be clear, I add a tsp of high grade loose leaf tea to the metabolism boost (day tea) I don’t add anything to the detox (night tea)

**Update** May 15th 2014
My waist was measured today at 37″ and I’m 6′ 255lbs not bad! I want to get to 34″ and 235lbs can I do it with the the help of Mate Fit in the beginning of my cut? Will Shredz help me reach my goal? My stomach does seen flatter since using the Mate Fit! I’m liking it! Taking my 4th cup at 8pm and my nighttime cleanse at 10 or 12 depending what time I get sleepy! Will I reach my goal?

Stay tuned!

**Update** May 21st 2014
This week I am mixing it up!

It’s my belief that the directions are too excessive! Meaning you are severely wasting tea!

You can easily make this more than a 28day detox. However; you won’t have enough handy bags!

All loose leaf tea calls for 1tsp! Mate fit says 1 tbsp that’s 3 times the amount!

Today I am trying 1tsp and for my 2nd cup I will be having the Teatox challenge part 2 coming soon! One prepackaged tea bag of Tiny Tea. Then I will have my 2nd tsp of Mate fit followed by a final cup of Tiny Tea.

Lets see how this works!

2 Teatoxes blended as one, hand in hand in detox bliss 😝

Results:
One tsp had the same potency as 1tbsp! It tastes exactly the same as I suspected!

The verdict is in: do not waste your Mate Fit! Only use 1tsp and make it last 3 times as long! If you buy a 28day teatox from then use it the same way and you will have enough for 3 full 28day Teatoxes! Do not do them back to back! Follow the downtime instructions!

I tried Wu-Yi tea basically overpriced oolong tea. That’s the same thing with Wu-Long tea. They both taste like steeped sweat socks! Mate Fit contains Oolong but it also has Yerba Mate which is sweeter and other ingredients. It tastes pretty good, but remember above, I add high grade loose leaf from Mighty Tea or Teavana to spice it up!