“I don’t buy it.”

Hype. Garbage. Baloney, malarkey, rubbish, snake oil, hocus pocus, fads, processed crap. Whatever you want to call it, most commonly known as…

B u | | $ # ! T.

We can “buy” (literally and figuratively) into the most diverse market Earth has ever seen.

My work falls into categories of beauty, anti-aging, wellness, alternatives and spa. I consider supplements a branch of that conglomeration, and they all stem from “The Wellness Industry”.

According to the Global Wellness Institute, the most recent revenue statistics for this industry total $4.2 trillion annually! (Projected to grow!) Peep this graph guaranteed to raise your brow. I don’t know product versus service dollars, but I’m willing to bet both are excessive.

People are “buying” into a lot. [Undeniably the de$ired objective.]

THE POINT:

Purchase equates support!

Let me not tangent into how pharmaceutical, agricultural and petroleum fit into the purchase = support model.

Marketing is relentless. Play and prey on image, strength, weakness, sickness, health, insecurity, vulnerability, emotion, loss, animals, children, you know… They want to get you[r money] any way they can.

Buzzwords on everything, an aim to sway your vote (with your dollar). We spend higher, expecting and believing in better performance, healthier alternatives, higher quality, but it’s just another sales pitch, adding to a LITTLE problem called “green washing“.

Unfortunately due to current affairs, this purchasing model is literally raking in your cash. They use fear driven marketing with emphasis on scarcity to drive your (over) consumption of hot commodity products. You automatically want more because supply is low and demand is high. Seeing it on the shelf and saying to yourself, that’s hard to come by, I should get another just in case. *cough cough, paper products, non-perishable provisions and purell.*

Next comes government mandated closures to the entire beauty industry, deemed non essential. As a skin person, let me remind all those who are reading: healthy skin with an intact barrier – functions in immunity and is THE VERY FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT LINE OF DEFENSE FOR THE BODY when it comes to pathogenic invasion of any kind. All of this hyper cleansing and disinfecting is seriously detrimental to the skin’s health.

All feelings aside, most of this industry has resorted to online sales and consults, which when it comes to skin, in my humble opinion, has a much higher margin for errors, not to mention some of these at-home facial kits I’ve seen can produce somewhat scary results in a pair of idle hands. Did I mention less is more? Professional services with professional grade products are designed to be done in a professional environment, under professional supervision. Just like we are all getting a “mandatory time out from mother nature”, it is good to give your skin a break from all of the stuff we do to it as well. Let me not get into over cleansing, over exfoliating and stripping the microbiomes etc. That’s another conversation altogether.

I know we are all missing our specialists, but when it comes to personal care, more specifically OTC products at major retailers, if you think you are buying something better just because of the brand-name, you are likely mistaken. Most are all the same, and their ingredient list will prove it.

Meet the family! This is an older graphic and I’m sure there are changes not accounted for.

The FDA does NOT have appropriate guidelines for cosmetic & skincare formulations (or dietary supplements); some are unregulated altogether! You can pretty much consider buzzwords advertisements. If FDA does make revisions, it will only be because Congress demands it. If and when, and starting small.

Let me put it this way, EVERYTHING HAS CHEMICALS, and as of right now we’re nearly a century (1938) behind updated ingredient safety screenings.

As a professional service provider with a very low tolerance for toxic $#!t, I have a huge problem with that! Then again, this mindset is still a minority. How is that possible when this topic is getting more attention now than ever before?? Even the New York Times was talking about it.

Food too. But again, another conversation. All else aside, it drives me MAD to see how many individuals are STILL heavily reliant on and recommending πŸ˜‘ box store beauty. Please, I am begging at this point, chuck all your big-store bought stuff into the bin immediately. There is a reason states mandate professional licensure for skin and hair care. There is a reason professional grade products exist. But still, learn to read ingredients! I cannot stress how important this is becoming. You cant take any body or box’s word for it. Even the professional and medical grade stuff still hide their bullshit in the small print.

Do your due diligence as a consumer and educate yourself, or at the very least, seek out a professional who will educate you.

Education is not only for rich and privileged anymore. We all walk around with tiny computers in our pockets; Public (and private) information everywhere about every thing (if you care to find it) — some in our faces whether we want to learn or not.

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Information Age or Misinformation Age? Fact check everything and hope for a reputable source.

To sum this all up, I’ll leave you with a radical POV for this industry.

Stop buying it!

All of it.

Why?

Clearly, things are changing. I know you all can see it. The metaphors of the problems we face revolve around excess. Too much, too many. It’s time to simplify things and make them more sustainable. I know I’m not the only one who thinks it. And it goes way beyond our skin and beauty and personal care products.

Do you really want to support the gigantic companies that poison the well with not-so hidden toxins in their formulations, food or otherwise (just to increase the shelf life aka profit margin)? Read the label, you can very clearly see which, if any of it, does your skin/body any good.

My rule I share is simple:

if you wouldn’t eat it, your skin shouldn’t either.

That list of ingredients is what you’re feeding your skin.

The flip side can be organic, all natural, hand made, small batch etc., and of course that would be the preferred alternative to commercial crap as I call it, but that comes with pros and cons too. Higher price points for sure (because high quality ingredients are not cheap), perhaps stronger more potent effects, but much less stable shelf lives with a larger margin for oxidation, susceptibility to bacterial growth, and other chemical reactions which will change the products efficacy and performance over time.

The truth is

less is more.

The only things that truly nourish your skin are Blood, Water, Oxygen, and Oils.

How convenient that our body provides all that for us so we don’t have to buy it at a store!!

I do promise these magical ingredients will be the most result-oriented and yield an amazing glow that no filter or cosmetic can mimic.

If you’re so tired of buying and trying all the things, this is exactly the change you’re looking for. I know it seems crazy to think you don’t need all the things you’re used to using. I know some people will read this and think I’m crazy, too. But to those of you who have yet to try it, you don’t know what you haven’t experienced! It does take some time to get used to it, and we have plenty right now.

I’m here if you have questions. Xoxo

Love always,

Your Mad Aesthetician,

Madeleine

The MAD (???) Aesthetic

What does that mean?

The way I think about it, Aesthetics is a DEEP field. It’s more than cosmetics, beauty, skincare. It’s personal; EVERYTHING pertaining to your senses.

Sight || Touch || Taste || Smell || Sound

…and it’s NOT just for women! Most importantly, it will evolve! Mine is still evolving.

I went from Mad About Makeup to Mad About Mediums, and finally to The Mad Aesthetic.

I haven’t always been “wholistic”. I went from 2007 to 2017 before I officially made the switch.

Innovations soared. Something for everything! My work turned clinical. I cut out “fluff”. “Results” became about getting as deep into the skin as possible! Massage was exchanged for machines.

Meanwhile, a struggle being comfortable with my own bare face.

Do you ever just suddenly realize something, and afterwards you can never go back?

I remember how certain things would dawn on me about my habits. (I stopped polishing my nails when products I used were eating away the lacquer.) Was there logic in wearing gloves to protect my nail polish and cuticles from whatever I was putting on people’s faces?

My habits changed. I steered my clientele toward better beauty practices and “safer skincare”, but learning the language of ingredient labels changes everything.

What is 100% safe? I’m still searching and learning about alternatives for basically everything.

In 2012 I stopped wearing coverage cosmetics altogether, my biggest insecurity! My skin probably just needed to BREATHE! [I was right.] I was bothered by all the men and women who shared dissatisfactions about their appearances. [I’m not sure if this has gotten better or worse for our society since then.]

Fast forward through some major eye-opening experiences that started my deeper understandings in toxicology and the FDA’s regulations in health and beauty products. I had enough and I almost quit my industry altogether.

In 2014 I went back to school to study alternative medicine, thinking about everything in terms of skin! This was my introduction to herbology, vibration and other energies as therapy. It was my reminder of how interconnected all our body’s systems are.

Turns out the history of “medicine” has a lot of spa culture to it. Many old-school spa therapies used in conjuction with different herbs and minerals were considered primary care before “modern medicine”.

Also turns out the “fluff” I cut from treatments is where real therapeautic action comes from. Manual manipulation means circulation, which means lymph movement & oxygen and blood flow to tissues. That means filtration, release of blockages, nourishment, and repair for all cells, tissues, organs, and systems.

Obviously I have come back to this work. Placing my frustrations with beauty and personal care industries as motivators, I opened my studio in June 2017.

I want to make something clear. I share this history to illustrate how personal my work is. The only reason I can still do this work at all is because I wholeheartedly believe in it. My practice doesn’t make me “better”; different for sure, but I learned I am NOT alone. Advertisting this work, I discovered a whole culture of practitioners who call themselves radical and botanical facialists. Everything about this style of practice resonates with my senses, my perceptions. Finally, a fit for my aesthetic.

Going back to Aesthetics in general, I said it’s personal.

Certain things appeal and others don’t.

Each person has their own preferences. Whatever it is that pertains to your senses will undoubtedly catch your attention.

You may identify with The Mad Aesthetic if :

  • You want simple and safe skincare.
  • You try everything and have unresolved skin problems.
  • Your face burns, stings, itches, peels, or is chronically red.
  • You have other skin besides the face that needs attention.
  • You want to detoxify your body.
  • You have interest in treatments performed with Cannabis or Gemstones.
  • You don’t want skincare to be a luxury.
  • You feel uncomfortable with imposed beauty standards in today’s culture.
  • You want to age gracefully, without invasive procedures.
  • You battle with skin-related side effects from chemotherapy / radiation.
  • You believe in OR want to experience the healing properties of plants, oils, vitamins, minerals, salts, clays, color, light, heat, electricity, vibration.
  • You get MAD at the FDA and think it’s crazy they haven’t made any new laws governing cosmetics in 80 years!
  • You want to learn how to read labels.

IF you answer yes to any of the above, please reach out.

Free consultations always. <3

List of Treatments here.

 

“Skin deep” // new meaning

Gotta have “thick skin” in this world.

I find meaning behind that coined phrase…in more ways than one.

How thick is skin exactly? [Keep reading and you’ll get a visual.]

Answering that question depends who we examine; Age, gender, ethnicity, lifestyle, and area of examination will influence results. Licensed for professional skincare since 2008, I think it’s fair to say I’ve examined a lot of skin, and the results definitely do vary across the body, eyelids being the thinnest. Reports state skin is only 0.3 millimeters thick on your elbows and the back of your knees, and up to 4 millimeters thick on other parts of your body such as the soles of your feet and palms of your hands. Compare that to the neck, chest and face. Men’s skin is thicker, presumably why they don’t age as rapidly compared to women. That and hormones. To quote a moment of Science, “all skin is either classified as thick or thin…Thick skin is adapted to activities such as gripping, and the wear and tear that goes with that. Thus, it’s void of hair, and it’s thicker.”

Now, I dont want to get too technical with anatomy and physiology. I only want you to better understand this very deliberate design.

A quick outline of the skin’s layout: Two main layers; The outer (epidermis) and inner layer (dermis). The epidermis is (or what SHOULD BE) a more resilient defense against environmental aggressors, made up of 5 layers. Within the inner (two) layers are the living tissues responsible for the functions carried out by this specialized organ. If all those living structures were on the exterior and not protected by the epidermis, you can imagine how vulnerable they would be. To recap, that is 7 total layers. If you want a more specific outline and visual representation, click here.

When trauma occurs to the skin (and I’ll use that word loosely for now), the barrier may become blistered, broken, burned, cracked, cut, scraped etc. Anyone’s experience can attest to the fact that it will heal on its own from the inside out. This is pretty miraculous, considering we dont NEED to be a participant in this action. It surely helps to facilitate the healing, but it’s not required.

Depending how deep the trauma goes, those 7 layers will rebuild the best they can, one by one from the bottom up. The skin cells start out round, full, plump, cushioned, full of water, in perfect health. As they ascend they flatten, losing their water and hardening until they become the perfect protective coverings, our outermost layer; a shield, also known the “Stratum Corneum”. This is the layer targeted by our environment, pollution, OTC & Rx products, and professional facial services & at home remedies (performed in good faith). Thankfully, skin cells can withstand damage throughout the whole life cycle. There is quite a long list of influences to their developments.

Any esthetician can tell you average cell turnover rates are about 28 days, touting the necessity and benefits of exfoliation. While that turnover statistic is factual information, it does slow as we age. Is it truth that we must be such avid exfoliators, to combat this biological process? Check out this anti-exfoliation article from another skin therapist whose view on the matter aligns with my own. Of course, exfoliation does have its place, but doing too regularly and aggresively can cause its own set of problems. Another thing to consider: How many layers do we really get down to using products and procedures? Do you doubt that certain “chemicals” don’t make it all the way to the bloodstream via the skin?

Fast forward to Summer 2013. I was letting my dog pull me longboard skate boarding. Add in a speed wobble downfall. Extending my palm to brace the fall, I slid across the asphalt, losing what appeared to be a significant amount of skin. Between assuring a neighbor I was fine and getting home to pick the gravel out (yes, ouch), the bleeding subsided and already the healing process began.

If you’ve ever had an injury like this, then you know the clotting and yellowish crusting that builds on the surface of your fresh abrasion. This is the start of a scab, otherwise known as a hard, protective coating; shield. See where I’m going here? It’s a necessity.

July 26th, 2013: freshly skinned, cleaned, and covered with a protective, antibacterial barrier. If this was only several years later I would have been using EuFLoria Healing’s Callaway Cure Cream. the all natural alternative to what we all know as neosporin or vaseline.
July 28th, 2013. Two days later. Black and white showcases the layering. Original photo caption was “My lines run deep”. They definitely do. Literally and figuratively.
July 29th, 2013: another 24 hour period, with the introduction of LED therapy to speed healing.
Somewhere between. Building back the barrier. Showcasing the layers, and start of keratinization. My sister’s hand to the right,
August 5th, 2013: 2 light therapy sessions and 7 days since last photo. Keratinization. The barrier is rebuilding. 10 days from injury. This was the last photo I took of the healing process.

At the time of that event, I was also treating a friend’s arm skin for a radiation burn due to cancer treatment. The radiation literally cooked his skin tissue down to open flesh. That was my introduction in oncology Esthetics. Looking back, it was the start of my deeper understanding in skin regeneration and all the factors that can influence the process, positively and negatively.

I’ll be 100% honest and say that I did not take proper precautions with this compromised skin. Being a professional, I knew better, but I remember impressive healing; this process was moving along quickly with additions of light therapy and various professional product topicals. Then, I had to forgo bandages when I realized I forgot to pack them and there was NOT enough time to run to the store. More negligence at the beach and not worrying too much about it because the salt water was “good for it”. I grew up on the seashore, salt water is good for EVERYTHING. What I didn’t realize at the time was how much environmental exposure would influence this fresh new skin’s development over the time to come. That area was sensitive to the heat of my shower for more than a year; 5 years later I can still see the outline and texture change around the borders of the exact spot.

My point in sharing these photos and that (perhaps irrelevant) story, is to illustrate the necessity of thick skin in a literal sense. This world is tough. We are bombarded by antibacterial handsoaps, dishsoaps, shower products, cleaning products, labor; Our bodies and faces too. We are under the impression that a “good” skincare routine must consist of many products with active and performance ingredients that boast resurfacing, renewing, reviving…

The truth is that we USE and DO too much, and many of these ingredients are known to be aggressive and disruptive of the barrier. Peeling, blading, abrading, needling, lasering, and whatever else-ing the skin down to it’s now unprotected layers is not advisable for age prevention.

I say it a lot, and I’ll say it again; Less is More. Keep in touch. <3

“Eyelash Dysmorphia”

A fun fact for anyone reading this- the skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on the whole body, ranging in depth from 0.0-0.05 mm. Get your rulers out people, that is barely measureable! You can now begin to understand how and why eyes age so rapidly.

I noticed that thin skin around my eyes beginning to change. It was getting crepey, dehydrated, starting to lose elasticity. I felt like I always had dark circles. Falling asleep with mascara would cause me to wake up with racoon eyes every time. Also, my lashes were shedding in the shower when I washed my face; undoubtedly an unfortunate side effect of scrubbing too hard to remove the residue that mixed with oils and dead cells and embedded into my skin. But, but (insert insecurity here)…. I felt like I NEEDED it – I looked too young without it, I felt naked, I had places to go. Always an excuse to put my mascara back on!

People asked me if my lashes were real all the time. I respond humbly yes, and thank you, but they’re nothing special without mascara! They always ask me what kind I use.

Over the years, my brand loyalty has changed. As I become more enlightened about ingredients, I give up a lot of products. My most current use has been Physician’s Formula. That one is the cleanest I have found to date, but it still presents some problems. The wax content is what makes it migrate so easily. But then again, it’s more natural. Only the crazy chemical cocktails of ‘waterproof’ and ‘long wear’ are designed to withstand the armageddon. If anyone reading this has better/cleaner mascara options please share; my search continues.

I got compliments on my lashes all the time, so often that it became one of my identifying characteristics, hence such a key product in my routine. Recently, some fellow estheticians in a group were discussing lash extensions and how women are ruining their natural lashes by going to people who don’t understand proper application protocols. This is where that word Dysmorphia came in. We’ll talk more about that in a minute.

A quick important tangent thought: Make sure your lash professional is properly trained and licensed, but please know, there has to be a break. A rest phase. And I’m talking about 90 days or more considering the lifespan of hair growth from start to finish is 14 weeks, and even longer for eyelashes. If your Aesthetician is not advocating for that break, beware!

I personally do NOT perform eyelash extensions anymore. From a moral standpoint, I choose not to support the stigma that lashes NEED to be a certain length or volume to be beautiful and complimentary. In my opinion, the beauty industry is a little troubled nowadays. It’s laden with poor choices of unregulated products for consumers. Making people feel as if they have to appear a certain way to be considered beautiful goes against everything my aesthetic practice stands for, so you can imagine what happens in this story next!

I’ve given myself a mandatory break from my mascara. The first few days outside my comfort zone were rough. But as of today, I’m happy to report it’s been a full 2 WEEKS and I’m feeling much more comfortable in my natural state. Life is much easier when you have an itch and need to rub your eye. No smudging, smearing; if you cry or your eyes water, it’s no worries. After the first week, I felt my under eye discoloration faded and the skin looked brighter. My lashes are already looking less sparse, and I intend to keep this going. What started as an experiment turned into a lesson. If you have questions about lash regrowth, or interest in all natural deep conditioning treatments for your eye lashes, please reach out.

Dysmorphia is the skewed perception of the self; seeing fat when reality is healthy, seeing small unaccentuated, ordinary eyeballs that need extensions and color contacts to be beautiful when the truth is that each individual eye and lash is the most exquisite and uniquely fascinating feature of the body besides the fingerprint. Feel free to forget the ridiculous standards that have been placed on women via fad trending advertisiments for decades.

Remember, in a world where there is something for every damn thing, less is more. And you are perfect, just as you are.

WTF Everything has chemicals?

Everything. That’s about as all-inclusive as it gets.

I say this because chemistry teaches so… The periodic table of elements recognizes every substance known to and made by man. These substances in their purest forms can react or combine and form new substances. All in this world has a chemical formula aka recipe;Β  water, salt, the air we breathe, the vinegar I clean with, the foods we eat, trillions of cells inside our bodies also made of chemicals and endlessly enduring chemical reactions.

But — don’t we want to stay away from chemicals?Β 

“Chemophobia” is a new word that’s been circulating; fearful, phobic of chemicals, simply put. But of course, it’s more complex. As a business, one of our main offerings is help — in this context, to navigate this manufactured world. As consumers, when it comes to health and beauty, we need to learn what is in the mix of things we absorb. If that sounds slightly creepy, it is! Even more after you learn chemical nomenclature.

In language, words can have more than one meaning. On labels, ingredients have more than one name, a disguise! This is no coincidence. Take sugar for example, or the infamous MSG. Each has more than a few dozen names. If you’re not as well versed, it gets tricky. Ever tried reading and defining each term on your products? This can be difficult without a dictionary. Also, if you did not know, ingredients are ordered according to their concentrations. More of it mixed into the product will move it higher up on the list. I personally do not care for the FDA or their not-so-strict regulations. This founded our zero-tolerance policy for suspicious, synthetic, artificial, and carcinogenic ingredients, or shall I say chemicals. Those two terms are interchangeable.

Everything has ingredients // Everything has chemicals.

When I hear people say I don’t use anything with chemicals it always makes me smirk because I am thinking of it in such a literal sense – everything is chemical.Β  We all need to become ingredient analysts to a certain degree. The objective is to just learn what chemicals we need to avoid, because that list is getting longer everday.Β 

Our promise here is simple. You’ll never find a product that hasn’t already been carefully screened for purity and safety. The only chemicals in our facility are those which the body recognizes as healing and useable elements for optimizing the best version of you.

Educations is a large part of what we do. Feel free to ask us anything!

Drive You Crazy

I always loved to read. What I love more is to uncover mystery and rare facts. I remember at my grandma’s, hiding downstairs behind the sofa with the bookshelves, devouring page after page of books that came home from auctions and antiquing. So many would sit shelved, waiting for someone to open up to their knowledge. I always associated that area of the house with learning: My grandpa’s desk and his workroom filled with fix-its to everything, photo albums, the television, my first link to the concept of internet as Web-TV, and eventually a desktop computer. A lot of things I found out down there were before my time, but if it’s true that everything we learn makes us who we are, then the investigative Nancy Drew and all those old cook books really served me well. Among a lot of other things, anyway. Flash forward more than twenty years and I’m still reading, only now it’s several books at a time, and the ingredients (and/or labels) to every single thing I purchase. I can say with certainty that I’m still learning things before my time, and metaphorically, I am still in the basement sifting through all the information that’s kept discreetly. The ingredients, the inner workings, secret recipes, deepest thoughts, private records. Usually people don’t keep things like that for everyone to see or have access. It’s deep in the downstairs, the basement, in a filing cabinet, under or behind the label, in the small print. Out of the way. But, it is there. Some people get offended if they see you looking too closely.

I came across a photo of a chalkboard message outside a business, it quoted: “If you don’t recognize an ingredient, your body won’t either.” What a monumental advertisement! It really is as simple as that. We are living in a time that offers over-exposure to chemicals, having adverse effects on health and wellness- the environment too. Previously denied links between dietary lifestyles and skin health are being reconsidered. The connections between our mind and body are deepening and giving rise to other avenues of exploration, like our digestive system being an intelligent body all on its own.

In a new book discussing this very topic, author Guilia Enders shares a view that resonated deeply with one of mine: “I’m sometimes shocked by the way scientists huddle behind closed doors to discuss their important research results without informing the public about them at all. Academic caution is often preferable to premature publication, but fear can also destroy opportunity.” Enders’ acknowledges that this tactic of research has some flaws and states the motive for her book as wanting “to make new knowledge available to a broad audience and communicate the information that scientists bury in their academic publications.”

Similarly, I am an investigative practitioner with a penchant for shedding light on things that need to be exposed. [Coincidentally, I also have a passion for photography.] To read a medical publication with the intention of gaining insight is somewhat comparable to reading the ingredient labels of products marketed for consumption. They are both filled with terms that the lay-person will have trouble defining. I do not want to say deliberately, but that’s another (conspiracy) topic of discussion.

The more I learn, the more I modify certain behaviors. This is a process that probably will not cease until I stop learning. Most of these behaviors may recieve stereotypical reactions such as free-spirited, new age, hippie, weirdo, etc., but my favorite is “You’re so crazy!” Like my friend commented when I brought a colander of freshly clipped basil from my garden into the store while we ran a quick errand. Unnecessary? Perhaps to someone who didn’t think about coming back to wilting and denaturing basil from the temperature inside the car while sitting in an asphalt parking lot at the peak of a South Florida summer.

The reality of the matter is that shopping for goods and services is increasingly difficult with the amount of available competing options, and lifestyles today are not exactly exemplifying stellar health and wellness. Most products are all shockingly similar and vary in price by brand, packaging, and quality. Resources that are pure are scarce, limited, and therefore expensive considering supply vs. demand and the time it takes to cultivate. Cheaper, more plentiful, and longer-lasting is easier, more convenient and more cost effective. Words used in labeling these products can often be used in the wrong context. Especially when we have multiple names for one chemical, and words that can have more than one meaning. I like literal definitions. When I, or my actions are called crazy, I won’t go as far as to say I like it, but it reminds me that I’m on the right path. I am full of flaws, mad, out of the ordinary, unusual, distracted with desire and excitement, and I am passionately preoccupied. Let’s just call things what they are.

In high school, when I began this behavior of finding different, perhaps more effective ways to getting the desired result, my Spanish teacher was always telling me “Madelina, don’t swim against the current”. Well, lo siento SeΓ±or, pero… I know I’m not alone in my opinion of western civilization and most of its objectives being more than a little askew. And I know that by adopting this mentality and choosing unconventional practices that I am swimming against the current. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried it, but it is not impossible. Challenging, yes. Exhausting, at times. Dangerous? Potentially, but learning skills and experience change that. Powerful? You won’t realize until you try it.

Each day comes with new scenarios for reactions. Some chemical, some physical, mental and spiritual. Combinations of chemicals in our body, in our environment, our food, water, and air can influence these reactions. I use the word chemical but I could also say ingredient. Ingredients are chemicals. We have plenty of control over these substances. Like evolution teaches, the atmosphere, the Earth, our food, our water and our species has all evolved differently over time, circumstance, and the course of actions. Some could argue this has changed for the worse.

Bodies, like basements, accumulate things, and lose others. Memories, scars, fat, wrinkles, baggage that’s emotional, things that should be shared but kept concealed, processed and modified food toxins, poor quality supplements, contaminated water, harmful chemicals in our personal hygiene and household cleaning products, pollutants in the air, ultraviolet radiation.

The things we lose are often irreplaceable unless you really have some pretty strong connections, and that could be interpreted a few ways depending how you look at it.

Call me crazy, but we both know there’s a dire need to increase awareness and prevention of these things.