About Shawna Page

Shawna Page is the founder and CEO of femMED. Following a 20-year career in the investment banking industry, Shawna was ready to settle down and take on a new challenge: early retirement and being a full-time mother to her three children. Little did she realize she would be back in the saddle after only 3 weeks. Living a healthy lifestyle has always been a top priority, and over the years Shawna had gained a tremendous amount of knowledge in the natural health world, but more importantly, she became very aware of the consumer pitfalls as well. Searching the store aisles for the right supplement was frustrating and confusing. There was no trusted brand just for women. That, combined with the lack of natural options available to women, gave birth to her desire to simplify things and she created femMED, the first ever consumer friendly all-natural solution to women’s most common health concerns.

Home Remedies for Acne

I picked up this article from the Alternative Medicine Zone and thought it was worth sharing.

Women love to stay beautiful not just to please their lover but to attain the self-confidence that they need to boost their ego.

However, it is not easy to remain on top shape, particularly because the trouble caused by annoying acne is something that normally gets on one’s way.

The sad thing is treatment for acne can hurt one’s budget especially since it is not easy to hire a good dermatologist as of these days.

Well in case you are broke but still would like to get rid of a bunch of red acne on your face, you don’t have to fret because home remediesfor acne are what you can use.

Actually, there are different remedies that you can use and the most amazing thing of all is the fact that home remedy for acne are rocking the world of people who would wish to stay beautiful because of the good result that a person can recognize from the use of these natural remedies.

Now in case you are excited to learn about home remedies for acne that you can personally use, get ready to discover your options below:

Orange Power

Grab some oranges, peel off the skin. You will need the skin for this method. Pound them into pieces with a good mortar and pestle.

When you are done, you can apply the result to the affected acne areas. This is a good method to try among home remedies for acne. Plus, you will get the chance to eat the fruit itself.

Sea Salt to Shine

Start the process of this home remedy for acne by boiling half cup water, then carefully add 2 teaspoons of sea salt. Allow the cup to sit still until warm.

When you see that the mixture is warm enough, take cotton ball and submerge it into the mixture. Rub all over your face. Wait for 5 minutes or until the time when the mixture dries up on face before rinsing. This is one of the cheapest among the home remedies for acne.

Herbs are not just for the Stomach

To do this home remedy for acne, grab a handful of basil leaves which you can get from most grocery stores.

Allow these leaves to simmer in 2 cups of water then get the mixture and place it inside a refrigerator to chill. When ready, apply the mixture on the problem area. In using basil for this home remedy for acne,be sure to use the fresh version.

Toothpaste Rules

The easiest among home remedies for acne is to simply apply toothpaste directly to the spot, then wait for about 25 minutes. When toothpaste is applied, expect to feel the burning sensation but this should not cause a worry because it is normal.

Be reminded that these home remedies for acne should be used only after consulting the go signal of a professional. It is worth remembering as well never to touch your face all the time, do not pick on your pimples, and always keep hair away from the face.

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The Dirty Dozen & The Clean 15

The Environmental Working Group has come out with the latest and greatest list for making healthy produce choices.  It’s called the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides which includes the “Dirty Dozen” —a list of the 12 fruits and vegetables highest in pesticide residue — so buy organic if you can,  and the “Clean 15″ -the produce lowest in pesticide residues.  It’s very interesting to compare this year’s list with last year’s.  Celery, which formerly was the fourth filthiest produce pick, is now top of the heap. Pears and lettuce dropped off the Dirty Dozen list this year (though they’re still not the cleanest). And blueberries and kale got the honor of joining the list this round—blueberries rank fifth for pesticide residue and kale ranks ninth.


1. Celery

2. Peaches

3. Strawberries

4. Apples

5. Blueberries

6.  Nectarines

7. Bell Peppers

8. Spinach

9. Kales

10. Cherries

11. Potatoes

12. Grapes (Imported)


1. Onion

2. Avocado

3. Sweet Corn

4. Pineapple

5. Mango

6. Sweet Peas

7. Asparagus

8. Kiwi

9. Cabbage

10. Eggplant

11. Cantaloupe

12. Watermelon

13. Grapefruit

14. Sweet Potato

15. Honeydew Melon

Here’s a link to a printer-friendly version.   Happy Shopping!


Why Should You Care About Pesticides?
The growing consensus among scientists is that small doses of
pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human
health, especially during fetal development and early childhood.
Scientists now know enough about the long-term consequences of
ingesting these powerful chemicals to advise that we minimize our
consumption of pesticides.
What’s the Difference?
EWG research has found that people who eat five fruits and
vegetables a day from the Dirty Dozen list consume an average of
10 pesticides a day. Those who eat from the 15 least contaminated
conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables ingest fewer than 2
pesticides daily. The Guide helps consumers make informed choices
to lower their dietary pesticide load.
Will Washing and Peeling Help?
The data used to create these lists is based on produce tested as
it is typically eaten (meaning washed, rinsed or peeled, depending
on the type of produce). Rinsing reduces but does not eliminate
pesticides. Peeling helps, but valuable nutrients often go down the
drain with the skin. The best approach: eat a varied diet, rinse all
produce and buy organic when pos
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There’s Something Fishy Going On.

We all know how important eating fish is… primarily for the Omega 3′s we get. And most of us even know that a single 150 gram serving of fish or other seafood provides 50%-60% of our daily protein needs and is low in fat, generally less than 5%.  And still some of us even know that the majority of fish types are low in cholesterol with the exception of prawns, squid and fish roe, however the higher amounts of cholesterol in these foods is offset by the higher levels of beneficial EPA and DHA omega 3 oils that they contain.

BUT, I would bet dollars to donuts that only a very small fraction of us know that more than 80% of the seafood sold today is imported, much of it from Third World nations such as China, Vietnam and the Philippines, none of which are known for their food safety standards.  Canada, for example, has “strict” importation regulations on fish and seafood, however did you know that for a product to boast a claim of “Made in Canada” it can do so as long as 51% of the COSTS are spent on Canadian soil… in other words, the actual FISH is likely imported from somewhere halfway across the world!!!

The seafood industry is being flooded with products imported from developing countries, much of which have proven to be contaminated with banned chemicals, poisons, carcinogens and high levels of antibiotics, according to a report by ABC News.

And here’s what Dr. Joseph Mercola, a very trusted source, had to say on the subject:

Farmed Fish May Be Worst of All

Farmed fish, in particular, should be avoided if you treasure your health. (It’s also one of the most unsustainable approaches to farmingthere is, and has a significant, detrimental impact on the environment.)

All farm-raised fish are fed a concoction of vitamins, antibiotics, and depending on the fish, synthetic pigments, to make up for the lack of natural flesh coloration due to the altered diet. Without it, the flesh of caged salmon, for example, would be an unappetizing, pale gray.

Pesticides are oftentimes also fed to the fish, and toxic copper sulfate is frequently used to keep nets free of algae.

Fish waste and uneaten feed litter the sea floor beneath these farms, generating bacteria that consume oxygen vital to shellfish and other bottom-dwelling sea creatures.

The inevitable result of these modern fish farming practices is an evil circle of disease, antibiotic use, followed by the emergence of antibiotic resistant strains. Disease and parasites, which would normally exist in relatively low levels in fish scattered around the oceans, can run rampant in densely packed fish farms.

Studies have also consistently found levels of PCBs, dioxins, toxaphene and dieldrin, as well as mercury, to be higher in farm-raised fish than wild fish.

So What are Your Options?

Sadly, contamination of our oceans and waterways is so great that toxic pollutants are found in ever increasing amounts in wild fish as well.

Dr. Mercola recommends getting your omega-3′s from high quality supplements…. I would tend to agree (unless you can verify the source of the fish.)

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Broccoli Juice vs. Sunscreen – Really?

This was some of the most welcomed news for me!  I am so anti sunscreen.  If you ever stop to read the list of ingredients on the back of a sunscreen bottle you’ll know why.  Laden with harmful chemicals that have been linked to cancer has scared me from the day I first researched a label.  Even the “natural” kind is not great.   And if that’s not bad enough… it blocks the natural vitamin D that we get from the sun…. and 20 minutes in the natural sunshine will do a body good!

(NaturalNews) An extract made from broccoli sprouts boosts the body’s natural ability to defend against the ultraviolet solar rays that cause skin cancer, reveals a study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. If a product could be developed from the extract, it could even provide key advantages over typical sunscreens lotions, which contain numerous carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemicals.
“If you apply an extract of broccoli sprouts that contains high levels of sulforaphane to regions of human skin, you can protect them very substantially,” said study co-leader Paul Talalay. “We believe, to the best of our knowledge, that this is the first demonstration of protection against a known humancarcinogen in humans.”

In 1992, Talalay and colleagues at Johns Hopkins first discovered that broccoli is rich in a naturally occurring plant compound called sulforaphane. While all cruciferous vegetables (such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, mustard, turnip, radish and watercress) contain sulforaphane to a certain degree, the concentration is highest in three-day-old sprouts of the broccoli plant. Broccoli is also known to be high in nutrients, including A, B and C vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium, dietary fiber and folic acid, and is widely accepted to have cancer-fighting benefits when consumed as part of the diet.

Sulforaphane has the effect of activating cells’ production of what are known as “phase 2 enzymes.” One such enzyme, glutathione S-transferase, has been shown to neutralize the DNA-damaging compounds produced by the skin produces when struck by ultraviolet radiation. It also appears to reduce inflammation, which can cause precancerous growths to transform into full-blown cancerous tumors. Sulforaphane also encourages the production of tumor-suppressing proteins.

Research reveals anti-cancer properties of broccoli sprouts

Talalay’s initial research led his son to become chief executive officer of Brassica Protection Products LLC (www.brassica.com), which produces a brand-name broccoli sprout health foodcalled “BroccoSprouts.”

In more recent studies, Talalay and colleagues applied broccoli-sprout extract to the skin of hairless mice and then exposed those mice to ultraviolet radiation. Mice treated with the extract developed significantly fewer skin cancer tumors than hairless mice that had not been treated. Among treated mice, even the tumors they did develop were smaller than those developed by untreated mice.

Most recently, the researchers exposed six healthy human volunteers to ultraviolet radiation in two locations on their backs. One location had been smeared with broccoli-sprout extract one to three days previously.

The areas treated with broccoli-sprout extract developed an average of 37 percent less redness and inflammation than the areas that had not been so treated. The reaction to the extract varied widely by individual, however, from a low of 8 percent less redness and inflammation to a high of 78 percent. (Both redness and inflammation are signs of skin damage, a precursor to skin cancer.)

How sulforaphane prevents skin cancer

The researchers believe that the broccoli-sprout extract provides a long-lasting effect because once the body’s cancer-fighting mechanisms are activated by sulforaphane, they remain active for days.

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The less well known vitamin K will soon become very popular.

The risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma was approximately 45 per cent lower in people with a vitamin K intake of at least 108 micrograms a day, compared with people with an intake of less than 39 micrograms per day, according to findings presented at the 101st Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

“These results are provocative, since they are the first work we have done on the connection between vitamin K and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and this is a fairly strong protective effect,” said the study’s lead investigator, James Cerhan, MD, PhD. “However, as with all new findings, this will need to be replicated in other studies.”

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer that starts in the lymphatic system and ecompasses about 29 different forms of lymphoma. According to the American Cancer Society, over 50,000 new cases are diagnosed in the US every year.

The new study – the first to report that vitamin K may lower the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma – adds to a growing body of data supporting the health benefits of the vitamin, with previous studies reporting improvements in bone, joint and skin health, cardiovascular benefits, and reduced risks of prostate cancer.

Based on a link between vitamin K and inhibition of inflammatory cytokines thought to play a role in Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the researchers Mayo researchers enrolled 603 patients who were newly diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Another 1,007 healthy control subjects with no cancer were recruited for comparison.

Using data obtained from food questionnaires, Dr Cerhan and his co-workers noted a clear trend supporting a lowering in the risk of lymphoma with increasing vitamin K intakes from the diet. NutraIngredients has not seen the full data for the study.

Interestingly, vitamin K from supplements also protected against Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, said the researchers, but reached a point where the highest intake offered no reduction in risk.

The significance of this finding is unclear, but suggests that taking high doses of supplements is unlikely to be helpful,” said Dr Cerhan.

“Whether the protective effect we observed is due to vitamin K intake, or some other dietary or lifestyle exposure, cannot be definitely assessed in this study,”he added. “But these findings add to a lot of other data that support a diet that includes plenty of green leafy vegetables in order to prevent many cancers as well as other diseases.”

The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute.

The unKnown vitamin

The vitamin is less well known than vitamins A to E. Vitamin K has long been linked to blood health because about half of the 16 known proteins that depend on the vitamin are necessary for blood coagulation.

There are two main forms of vitamin K: phylloquinone (vitamin K1) and menaquinones (vitamins K2). K1 is found in green leafy vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli and spinach, and makes up about 90 per cent of the vitamin K in a typical Western diet.

K2 makes up about 10 per cent of consumption and can also be obtained from the dietary sources like animal meat, and fermented food products like cheese, and natto. Multivitamins contain either small amounts or no vitamin K at all.

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