Common Chronic Medical Conditions

What you put on your plate is as important as breathing.

What you put on your plate is as important as breathing.

Studies indicate that asthma and allergies are second only to lower back pain in the United States of America.  There are many symptoms, but they are only outward manifestations of something much more serious and internal.  Mostly people are concerned with the discomforts that these symptoms cause.

Having an allergy is one of the major signs of toxic build-up in your Immune system.  So the focus ought to be balancing the Immune System.

What most people do not understand is this:  Digestion is absolutely at the foundation of your health

Keeping your Immune system healthy and strong is vital for your protection from disease.

To strengthen Your Immune System:

1.  Have a Positive Attitude

2.  Eat a diet that consists of fresh raw fruits and vegetables as well as fiber for roughage, for example, wheat bran

3.  Avoid simple carbohydrates–foods processed with refined ingredients such as in pre-packaged foods

4.  Ample Sleep and Relaxation

5.  Moderate Exercise to combat fatigue and stress

The Gut is the Key to Overall Health

Certain medications can irritate or damage the lining of your intestines causing a serious problem such as Leaky Gut:

Antibiotics are one of the biggest offenders and can annihilate your friendly gut flora.

Radiation, chemotherapy steroid drugs, aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and other NSAIDs can increase intestinal permeability.

Other health issues besides Leaky gut that may show up are:  Parasites, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome–these all are traced to food intolerance.

For information on Wholistic Ways to Prevent Allergies, please contact Healthy Life Institute at 801-358-4777.

You might also be interested in Sarica Cernohous’ 7-week on-line course at

Sarica will teach you simple tried and true methods of preparing healthy food for your family without staying in the kitchen for endless hours.  It is a wise investment you ought to take advantage of.  Tell her you were invited by Healthy Life Institute in Orem UT — thanks, G & C Larsen


Awareness of Toxic Beauty


Your fingernails can tell a lot about the health of your liver.

Toxic beauty not only affects the outside of your body, but the inside as well!  There is information out there on this subject matter, which is of great concern to us at Healthy Life Institute.  There are healthier products to use on your face, hair, nails, skin and even your laundry.

One example:  I came across a world-renowned celebrity green nail stylist, Jenna Hipp, from an article I read.  I really haven’t been to keen on putting toxic chemicals on my nails except in rare cases like my wedding, or the like.  Jenna Hipp was experiencing negative side effects when she applied nail polish to her clients, and would end up bleeding all over their hands–not good for business–but more important, not good for her own health.

Jenny Hipp uses her exclusive “Five Free Formulas” in her nail enamel products:  Contains No Dibutyl Phthalate; Contains No Formaldehyde Resin; Contains No Formaldehyde; Contains No Toluene; and Contains No Camphor.

I’ve tried those nail polishes and love them, not only for the fact that they do not contain the above toxins, but for their long-lasting beauty.

Go to this  website for more information:


Visit the site below to check your beauty products.  LEASE NOTE: You want your product to score 0-2 and ALWAYS look at the product detailed page. The detailed page should display all the ingredients in your product and is basing the score of all (not just 1) ingredient!

Some Examples Below:

Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion, Fragrance Free (moisturizer)      Score is a 2 = Fair

Hazard score key:

Low hazard Moderate hazard High hazard

Data score key:

Data: None
Data availability rating: the scope of ingredient safety data contained in Skin Deep®, and the number of studies available in the open scientific literature
Data: Limited
Data: Fair
Data: Good
Data: Robust

dermalogica daily microfoliant

See all:

International Dermal Institute, Inc., The
exfoliant / scrub
EWG scientists reviewed dermalogica daily microfoliant for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG’s rating for dermalogica daily microfoliant is 4.
Ingredient Concerns:

Overall Hazard
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
Allergies & immunotoxicity
Use restrictions
Ingredient Concerns

Ingredient Concerns Score
LIMONENE Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
METHYLPARABEN Biochemical or cellular level changes, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions
Data: Limited
SALICYLIC ACID Enhanced skin absorption, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
PAPAIN Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Data: Fair
TITANIUM DIOXIDE Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards
Data: Fair
TALC Contamination concerns (ASBESTIFORM FIBERS), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
Data: Limited
PCA Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES-in the presence of nitrosating agents), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
Contamination concerns (PESTICIDES)
Data: Fair
Data: Fair
Contamination concerns (PESTICIDES), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN Allergies/immunotoxicity
Data: Limited
CYCLODEXTRIN Multiple, additive exposure sources
Data: Fair
Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity
Data: Limited
Data: Limited
Data: Limited
Data: None
GINKGO BILOBA None Identified
Data: Fair
None Identified
Data: Limited
Data: None
Data: Fair
ALLANTOIN None Identified
Data: Fair
Data: Robust

About the ratings — Total Score:  4 for this product.

EWG provides information on personal care product ingredients from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. The ratings below indicate the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product – not the product itself – compared to other product formulations. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any.Learn more | Legal Disclaimer

Other dermalogica products:

dermalogica multivitamin power firm (anti-aging)
Data: Limited
dermalogica multivitamin power recovery masque (mask)
Data: Limited


Abba Pure Performance Hair Care products:

Abba Finish Gel styling gel/lotion


The above are just a few examples of beauty products commonly used.

Below are Five most commonly used ingredients in the majority of beauty products:

1.  Diethanolamine (DEA) is found in over 600 home and personal care products such as soaps, lotions, cosmetics, bubble baths, laundry and dishwashing detergents and more.  DEA is used to provide a rich lather in shampoos and keeps a good consistency in lotions and creams.

2.  Propylene Glycol is a substance used in antifreeze solutions and hydraulic fluids as a powerful solvent.  Ironically enough, it is also found in childhood vaccinations, cosmetics, toothpastes, shampoos, deodorants, lotions, and even processed foods (including pet foods).  Propylene Glycol helps products retain moisture, and when used on your skin, helps it stay soft and moist.  That’s why it is found in most baby wipes and skin lotions.

3.  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is perhaps the most common of the three chemicals and by no means any less toxic.  SLS is used as a surfactant to break down the surface tension of water.  Therefore it will break up grease and is used in concrete floor cleaners, engine degreasers, and carwash detergents.  Unfortunately the same degreaser is being used in practically every soap, shampoo and toothpaste on the market today.

4. Phthalates are dangerous chemicals found in plastics that cause endocrine disruption and cancer. Phthalates are also found in baby care products. A study testing the urine of 163 infants between two and twenty five months of age found 80% of the infants had at least 7 phthalate metabolites in their urine. All infants in the study had detectable levels of at least one phthalate metabolite. Almost all of the mothers had used baby wipes and over half of the mothers had used baby shampoo on their infants within 24 hours of the urine collection.

5. Nanotechnology is an emerging technology that involves manipulation of materials at the scale of atoms and molecules. To give you an idea of how small a nanometer is, a human hair is 80,000 nanometers in diameter. This technology is entirely unregulated and almost no testing has been done for its health effects. Nanotechnology is of a concern because it is now being used in virtually all personal care products from make-up to toothpaste and perfume. Unless you call the companies that manufacture your personal care products and ask if they use nanotechnology, there is no way of knowing if those products contain nanoparticles. Companies are not required to test nanoparticles or label them.


Look for safer products/resources!

Aubrey Organics –  (They are fairly affordable skin care)

Lavera –  (All natural and organic–more pricey skin care) (Their Mascara and Eye Liner are the best.  They also have Soap Nuts–berries that naturally contain soap for your laundry, even HE washing machines–great for the environment, too!)

Healthy Life Institute offers free, educational workshops which are starting back up in the Fall 2014.

Overcome Fibromyalgia Naturally


If you have or seem to think you have fibromyalgia, either by a doctor or yourself, one of the root causes might be a metabolic or cellular problem.  Symptoms for fibromyalgia might overlap with other disorders such as hypothyroidismchronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and interstitial cystitis (IC) or more.  

Some healthcare professionals chalk up fibromyalgia to an energy crisis in the body’s cell; others might determine its mixed messaging between the muscles and the brain.  It is known, however, that fibromyalgia patients experience chronic pain in both the upper and lower, left and right parts of their body, and that it involves a physical response to stress.  There is also a physiologic difference in how these patients process pain in their brains.

Did you know that the FDA approved medications for fibromyalgia patients (Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Savella)?  Many patients are thrilled that the medical pharma is finally recognizing their struggle.  Thankfully, there are a few healthcare professional who think that women deserve more than a prescription for their pain and suffering.  The initial FDA reviewers of Lyrica felt its effects were unimpressive when they first examined it for treatment of diabetic nerve pain.  Some of the side effects include weight gain, swelling, dizziness, and drowsiness–which is what fibromyalgia patients don’t need.

Surprisingly, there are a lot of patients who either recover from fibromyalgia or who improve tremendously.  How do they do it?  They might be able to do it by learning to nurture their bodies from the inside–on the cellular level.  There can be many underlying issues that need to be uncovered, such as sleep deprivation, diet, or infections from viruses and bacteria (Lyme Disease), to how a patient thinks and feels.  This road to travel can be a difficult journey, however, you can learn better habits or routines in your lifestyle.

Stress, Hormone Imbalance and Fibromyalgia — What is the Connection?

Your hormones are an important part to your health.  The hypothalamus is the master gland that controls your hormones.  It is located deep in your brain and sends biochemical messages to the thyroid, adrenal glands and ovaries (among others). These messages go through your pituitary gland which regulates your metabolic balance, your immune system, autonomic nervous system, etc.  The amazing tissues of your body talk back to the hypothalamus by way of chemical messaging.

Why Do Fibromyalgia patients feel more pain that others?

Recent research may give us a clue:  “The causes and effects of fibromyalgia are thought to be bidirectional.  In other words, structural imbalances can cause a tightening of muscles, while tight muscles can lead to structural imbalances.  Similarly, poor sleep can lead to tightening of muscles, and tight muscles can lead to poor sleep.”


We at Healthy Life Institute are holding an educational workshop on Thyroid Power on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 7 p.m.  We are located at 1156 S State Street, Suite 206, Orem, UT. We will be talking more in depth about making appropriate changes in proper nutrition, how to detox safely, how to exercise correctly, and how to relax (all important aspects in someone with Fibromyalgia or Hypothyroidism).   We will also share with you some new scientific findings on thyroid health.  We hope to see you there!

Ultimate Body Cleanse (Part III)

How to Detoxify?

  1. Mandatory to drink at least 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight daily.  (Coffee, Tea, Soda Pop, Flavored Water drinks, Juices don’t count)
  2. Know that the body senses when higher quality nutrition enters and symptoms may be a little uncomfortable.  (Your Body needs roughage)
  3. Symptoms appear when eliminating stimulants, i.e., headaches, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, sluggishness or depression.
  4. A letdown of energy may occur at first:
    • Your body’s energy is being used for elimination and cleansing;
    • An increase of energy and strength usually follows;
    • Ability to handle stress may improve; and
    • A feeling of well-being.
  5. Initial detoxification may last from 10 days to several weeks depending on severity.
Human Anatomy: Antererior View of the Liver

Diagram of a Healthy Liver

  1. In a healthy intestine:
    • Fewer internal poisons are formed
    • Most poisons (toxins) are excreted
  2. In a healthy liver:
    • Toxins are transformed into intermediate substances
    • Free radicals are transformed by antioxidant nutrients:
      • These nutrients are transformed into water-soluble substances:
      • Released to the kidneys
      • Excreted via the urine

Reconstruction Phase

  1. Adequate sleep is mandatory for your liver to do the job
  2. Avoid stimulants
  3. Have Patience

Retracing Process Begins

  • Your body begins to eliminate excess bile from liver and gallbladder
  • Sludge begins to move from arteries, veins and capillaries
  • Arthritic deposits in and around joints will be cleaned up
  • Toxic residue from medications or stimulants and fat will be eliminated

Retracing Process

  • Waste materials are discarded more rapidly
  • New tissue is being made from new food and nutrients are being supplied to your body
  • Weight loss may also become more apparent

Stabilization Phase Begins 

  1. The skin becomes more alive and active in throwing out poisons
  2. The symptoms may be beneficial–do not try to stop them as they are part of a healthy process
  3. Symptoms may vary according to severity of toxins being discarded by the body

Stabilization Phase

  • Symptoms experienced depend upon the state of your organs involved in the elimination process and the physical energy available
  • The more a person sleeps and rests, the more bearable the symptoms
  • Realize that your body becomes healthier every day!

Your Body is Cyclical in Nature

  1. You may continue to get a cold occasionally
  2. Your recovery may be faster and easier than it has been for years
  3. Following through to successful detoxification may be avoiding serious diseases
  4. Health typically returns gradually in cycles

Your Uniqueness

Because you are unique from everyone else, we have professional-grade herbal supplements for gently cleansing and building your body from the inside, right down through the cellular level.  Many of these supplements are self-limiting = meaning that you would use specific supplements for your particular health issue(s) for a limited number of weeks or months, depending on the severity.

Contact one of our lifestyle coaches TODAY — to guide you through the Detoxification process at 801-317-1647.  We use a safe, effective, non-invasive approach that includes a personal computerized analysis.


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Ultimate Body Cleanse (Part II)

What Organs Detoxify and What is Their Purpose ?

  • The KidneysIllu spleen.jpg
    • Form urine from bloodplasma
      • Major regulator of water, electrolytes and acid-based content in the blood
  • The Liver
    • Secrets bile
      • Bile emulsifies fats in the small intestine
    • Produces enzymes
      • Converts toxic substances into less harmful ones
  • The Spleen
    • Forms red and white blood cells
    • Filter for lymphatic system (important part of immune system)
    • Reservoir of blood in times of emergency
    • Macrophages, in a healthy spleen, remove pathogens from the circulating blood
  • The Lungs
    • Excretes toxic gases out of the body when exhaling
  • The Skin
    • Excretes toxins out of the body, sometimes forming rashes or blemishes, etc.

What Can You Do to Eliminate Toxins Naturally?

It is an incredible cleansing process:

  1. Divide your weight in half and drink that many ounces of pure, filtered, non-acidic water
  2. Replace lesser quality foods (recreational) with higher quality foods:
    • Decrease cooked foods to no more than 50%
    • Consume raw fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts
    • Consume naturally-processed sea salt
  3. Exercise to stimulate blood circulation which improves all organs
    • Whole Body Vibration (Go to: )
    • Ground-bearing exercises i.e. walking
    • Stretching and deep-breathing exercises (Yoga) provide great benefit for a weakened liver
  4. Cleanse the Colon to remove self-poisoning from putrid, unevacuated waste
  5. Cleanse the Liver
    • Too vital an organ to leave polluted and congested
    • Performs more than 500 functions in the body
    • After the heart and lungs, it is the most important organ
  6. Cleanse the Kidneys to remove toxins
  7. Cleanse the Skin – the largest organ of the body

What Happens When Toxins are Stored in an Unhealthy Liver?

  • Toxins remain unchanged when leaving liver
  • Toxins are stored in tissues
  • Stored toxins are re-circulated in the blood
  • Re-circulated toxins may contribute to long-term, poor health conditions

Ultimate Body Cleanse (Part 1)

Public relations of high-fructose corn syrup

Public relations of high-fructose corn syrup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Everyone needs to detoxify!

It’s the body’s way to clean house.  It removes the garbage deposited in all the tissues.

What is a Toxin?  What Causes Toxicity?

It is a poisonous substance of animal, plant or chemical origin.  Toxicity is caused from waste materials from industrial plants, smog from vehicles, and chemicals in agriculture, cleaning solvents, cosmetics and even prescription drugs.

How is it Affected?

It’s in the soil where food is grown.  It’s in the drinking water supply.  It’s in the air we breathe.  It affects the organs and tissues of your body.

What is a Filler?

It is in the food you consume, especially if it is canned, frozen, packaged, processed, gassed, irradiated, over-cooked, microwaved.

Canned and Packaged Foods contain:

Nitrates and Nitrites (cured meats) and have been found to be carcinogenic.

Sulfites* (light-colored fruits and vegetables, cookies, crackers, and cereals) to prevent discoloration. *According to FDA, one in 100 people are ‘Sulfite sensitive’.

MSG*  aka ‘hydrolyzed’ is added for palatability and to trick your taste-buds into thinking it tastes good; therefore, it must be wholesome food.  MSG is also in frozen foods; otherwise, the food would taste rather bland.  *Dangers of Food Additivies  by Mary Dallman

Soda Pop (Sugar Free) and Fast Foods contain:

Aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal) approved by FDA in 1993 for inclusion in all food stuffs with no restrictions.  This ingredient changes to formaldehyde (used to preserve dead bodies) and methanol (a deadly neurotoxin).

Caffeine (added to soft drinks) used as a stimulant

Pre-packaged or Processed Foods contain:

Olestra (fake fat) approved by FDA over objections of dozens of leading scientists.

BHA & BHT (prevents oxidation and retards rancidity)

rBGH (Recombinant Growth Hormone) injected into cow’s milk and consumed by you.

Antibiotics are injected into chickens, eggs, beef, dairy, and pork–for mass food production.  *Americans consume about 3 million pounds of antibiotics every year.  Antibiotics mutate the bad bacteria in the body which becomes more resistant to antibiotics. *Food 101, Journalist Michael Pollan, food expert featured in Food, Inc.

GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) where the DNA in food has been altered and does not occur in nature.  Here are just a few:

Fritos Corn Chips, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Total Corn Flakes, Heinz Baby Cereal, Similac Isomil Soy Formula, Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Ball Park Franks, Duncan Hines Cake Mix, Ultra Slim Fast, Quaker Yellow Corn Meal, Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix, Land O’Lakes Butter, Fleishmann’s Margarine, Gardenburgers, McDonald’s French Fries, Ovaltine Malt Powdered Mix, Coca Cola, Nestle’s Chocolate, and Karo Corn Syrup.

What Makes Your Body Toxic?

 *Each year the average American consumes 150 pounds of sugar and 566 cans of soft drinks (‘liquid candy’).  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is equal to ’52 teaspoonfuls of added sugars per person per day’.  *Dr. Scott Werner, M.D., Digestion Absorption Awakened