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Chinese Herbs Offer New, Natural and Effective Solution to Springtime Allergy Flare-Ups

Thirteen-herb blend Rootology: Breathe Free combats allergy symptoms for free-breathing in 20 minutes for most users, says herbalist Lexi Hagenson

Spring is here, and in many parts of the nation pollen counts are soaring, making life miserable for millions of allergy sufferers.

To combat annoying symptoms like runny nose, congestion, and itchy eyes, most allergy sufferers typically reach for the battery of drugs available over-the-counter. But according to a leading herbalist, a new, all-natural formulation based on Chinese Herbology, called Rootology: Breathe Free, can quiet springtime allergy symptoms in a way most Americans have not experienced.

“Rootology is a blend of 13 concentrated herbal extracts that works to immediately support nasal and sinus health against environmental allergens, like pollen, pet dander, dust, mold, chemicals and even wild fire smoke,” says nationally certified herbalist Lexi Hagenson, herbalist for Rootology. “Every one of the 13 herbs has a function, and they’re even more powerful in synergy, working together to support against congestion, sneezing, itchy watery eyes, sinus pressure and headache.”

Hagenson says that Xanthium fruit, one of Rootology’s main components, has been used by Eastern herbalists for thousands of years as an effective natural remedy for opening clogged nasal passages. Angelica root is a well-established remedy for relieving headache and sinus pain, and Ledebouriella root is an age-old treatment for itchy eyes.

“Rootology contains these three proven allergen fighters, plus 10 additional powerful immune-boosting extracts,” says Hagenson.

Hagenson says Rootology begins working in 20 minutes, to restore free breathing and stop itchy eyes and other annoying allergy symptoms. The herbal formulation can be taken as often as needed, and most users report no side-effects.

“After trying Rootology, consumers are starting to give both expected and unexpected feedback via reviews on our website, email, Twitter, and on our Facebook page,” says Rootology founder Simar Singh.

Singh says they heard from a personal fitness trainer who used Rootology as a performance enhancer, because, it opened up his air passages and enhanced his breathing and oxygen intake. The trainer said, he now recommends the product to all his fitness clients.

“We have quite a few people telling us they use Rootology when traveling, or when allergies or sinuses flare up in a new locale,” says Singh. “You never know what’s going to hit you when you travel to someplace new, so it’s always smart to keep some Rootology in your flight bag. Why let a little pollen, smog, or smoke from distant wild-fires ruin your business trip or vacation?”

Parents are advised to consult with a physician before giving Rootology to children under 12 years old.

Lexi Hagenson is a Nationally Certified Herbalist, Holistic Nutritional Counselor, and Licensed Acupuncturist practicing in Chicago, Illinois. She worked to perfect the formula that is Rootology.

Simar Singh is the Founder and CEO of Rootology. Introduced to ancient Chinese herbal formulations by his father, he had been benefitting for years before realizing that all Americans should also benefit, founding Rootology to ensure just that.Facebook: www.facebook.com/Rootology. Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rootology.

Earth-friendly Pool Maintenance

Contributed by Pool Services Technologies (www.poolservicestech.com) and Weber Pools (www.weberpools.com)

Summer is near and that means it’s time to make sure the backyard pool is in tip-top shape. Pools can be greatwhen it comes to keeping the family cool and happy, but we all know they require maintenance or they’ll quickly become a nightmare to return to safe levels. In addition, many homeowners have concerns when it comes to eco-friendly ways to maintain their pools.

For the eco-conscious pool owner, here are some of our top green tips for pool maintenance:

  • When feasible, use solar covers on pools and spas to cut down on evaporation and chemical use.
  • Shut off waterfalls and other water features when no one is home. This cuts down on evaporation and electric consumption.
  • When possible, run your pool pump at night when energy costs are typically lower.
  • If you’re located in the San Diego or Dallas areas, consider the Puripool Process, a mobile filtration unit and removes the hard water, acids, calcium build up, etc. while rebalancing the good chemicals and conserving nearly 85% of the existing water. (Visit www.poolservicestech.com or www.weberpools.com for more info).

In addition to these eco-friendly tips, it’s imperative that pool owners practice basic pool maintenance. Here are some basic pool care pointers to ensure safe swimming water:

  • Be sure your filter is clean and operating correctly. Clear any toys or leaves that may have accidentally made their way into the skimmer basket, which can also affect flow.
  • Set your pump to operate a minimum of six hours each day so the water turns over regularly.
  • Do a complete test of the water chemistry and correct any deficiencies.

You’d also be wise to hire a reputable pool company to do a thorough inspection of your pool at the start of each summer. Always be sure the following steps are included:

  • Check the pool for leaks. This is of particular importance if you live in an area where drought is a concern.
  • Check all equipment and plumbing for leaks. Minor leaks may seem inconsequential but can have severe effects down the road.
  • Check all filters, pumps, and motors for proper performance.
  • Optimize the levels of chlorine, pH, calcium hardness and conditioner.

Weekly professional servicing of your pool and having an eco-conscious mindset when it comes to pool maintenance will do nothing but make your pool owning experience all the more enjoyable.

More info: Pool Services Technologies (www.poolservicestech.com), based out of San Diego, California, and Weber Pools (www.weberpools.com), based out of Dallas, Texas, both offer the innovative Puripool Process—an ecofriendly water filtration method that helps home owners maintain eco-friendly pools.


A Must-Read Book: Toxin Toxout

TOXIN TOXOUT: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World (St. Martin’s, May 6) by Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith, which Booklist called “a book no one in the industrialized world has the luxury of ignoring

Every day, our bodies encounter countless toxins hiding in ordinary household products like makeup, toothpaste, soap and food (there are over 80,000 in commerce!). Exposure to these harmful chemicals can lead to conditions like heart disease, infertility and cancer and the problem has never been more urgent.

This book is easy to read and understand, but also has loads of data and explanations.  Somehow the authors maintained their sense of humor, so even with the bad news, they give CONCRETE ways to clean up your body, life, house and more! Well Done.  — the editor

In their bestselling book, Slow Death by Rubber Duck, Lourie and Smith explored  ways to minimize exposure to harmful everyday chemicals. But what about the toxins you can’t avoid—how do we get this stuff OUT of our bodies once it gets in?  Through outrageous self-experimentation and interviews, Lourie and Smith provide a fascinating appraisal of the confusing world of detox. They investigate the truth behind organic foods, confusing product  labels and explain which detox methods work and why trendy cleanses don’t. A prescriptive and accessible guide to reducing  our toxic burden, the result is nothing short of a prescription for a healthier life

“Scrupulously researched and sourced with thorough chapter notes, Toxin Toxout is remarkable both for its content and appealing narrative voice. Simply put, this is a book no one in the industrialized world has the luxury of ignoring.”

Booklist Starred Review


Toxin Toxout admirably demonstrates how important our everyday product choices are—from the food we buy to the cars we drive. It provides us with a much-needed guide on how to live—and maintain—a toxin-free lifestyle.”

Dr. Natasha Turner, author of The Hormone Diet and The Supercharged Hormone Diet


BRUCE LOURIE is a leading environmental thinker, writer and speaker. He is President of the Ivey Foundation and is a director of several organizations in Canada and the United States.

RICK SMITH is a prominent Canadian author and environmentalist. He is executive director of the Broadbent Institute and was the executive director of Environmental Defence for almost 10 years.

Documentary Film, Unacceptable Levels, Debuts

‘Unacceptable Levels’, a film by first-time documentarian Ed Brown, will kick off its summer theater tour with a bicoastal premiere.  On the West Coast, a gala event will take place at the New People Cinema 1746 Post St. San Francisco, CA 94115 at 3:00pm on Sunday June 2, 2013

A gala event will take place at the Historic Balboa Theatre 3630Balboa Street San Francisco, CA 94121 at7:00pm and 9:00pm on Wednesday July 10, 2013.  A gala event will take place at the Clay Theater 2261 Fillmore Street San Francisco, CA 94115 at 7:30pm on Thursday July 11, 201

On the East Coast, a gala event will take place at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at 144 W. 65th St. New York, New York 10023 at 6:30pm on Friday May 31, 2013 

and 3:30pm on Tuesday June 4, 2013.

Sponsored by Healthy Child Healthy World, it will shine the spotlight on a film whose themes are of vital importance. The same night, Clean Water Action Connecticut leads a coalition in sponsoring Unacceptable Levels on the East Coast.

This innovative documentary brings knowledge of daily chemical risks to the public, examining separate avenues of exposure as well as chronicling the history of industrial chemicals and their regulation in the United States. Shot and edited almost entirely by Brown, it is the result of three years of arduous travel­ and research. Over 40 luminaries in environmental advocacy, science, and law participated in the creation of the film, granting interviews to the maverick director. Uniting the testimonies of experts across disciplines and areas of focus, ‘Unacceptable Levels’ is comprehensive in scope.

I made this movie because I couldn’t ignore the effects of chemicals on my family. I had to find out more.  — Ed Brown
 The director’s inspiration is indeed apparent in the work, in which his children and wife appear periodically. The interplay of facts and personal history is central to the success of ‘Unacceptable Levels’ as a film and an educational tool, combining the weight of expert interviewees with the universality of family.
On the heels of winning the 30th International Environmental Film Festival, Health and Environment Film Prize, ‘Unacceptable Levels’ was chosen by Lincoln Center Film Society to open its Green Screens environmental film series. It was also selected for the San Francisco Green Film Festival occurring days later. Los Angeles and Connecticut represent the first in a series of theater screenings throughout the summer, including premieres in Austin, Boulder, Chicago, and Washington, DC.
The release of ‘Unacceptable Levels’ comes at a time of growing awareness of chemicals on human and environmental health. Consumers are increasingly demanding safer products, and state and local legislative efforts are gaining traction, approving regulations on things from baby bottles to thermal receipts. On the federal level, the Safe Chemicals Act was reintroduced to the Senate in 2013, as was the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act. These would patch gaping regulatory holes in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the 1976 law governing the introduction of chemicals into our system of commerce. Unacceptable Levels demonstrates the limitations of TSCA and profiles the effects of the outdated policy on daily life.

Investigating Beauty

I have been on a campaign against parabens for 10 years.  Since I am not a chemist and most people didn’t understand what I was talking about and/or my explanation was lacking, voicing my concerns was not easy.  Suddenly, consumers understand and are carefully reading the mouseprint ingredient labels. EO is a local Marin County company that believes in pure products, and www.safecosmetics.org is a GREAT resource to help you stay away from the bad Stuff — a partial list to AVOID:

  • Paraben, methyl paraben propyl paraben [a preservative]
  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • Petrolatum
  • Phthalates
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Lauryl / Laureth Sulfate
  • Stearalkonium Chloride
  • Colors / Dyes / Fragrances from synthetics
  • Triethanolamine

 Look for words like certified organic manufacturer and pure plant based ingredients to help you make your purchases.