Eric and Melissa Smith

Helena, Alabama


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

SMICA XC

This fall, our girls ran on the SMICA XC Team, otherwise known as the Cross-Country team of our homeschool association, Shades Mountain Independendent Church Academy. XC was a great experience for our whole family. Last night, we went to the end-of-the-season dinner and enjoyed some great fellowship, good food, and fun pictures and videos. Every student athlete received a special award, and it was a very encouraging evening.

We're thankful for Coach Ande and Mrs. Paula Underwood for their work with the team this year and for the very special evening they planned for everyone last night. Coach Ande prepared a video capturing some of the highlights of the season. Thanks again, Ande and Paula!


Note:  Other video selections will pop up at the end of this one.  We have no control over which video selections are included by youtube.
Please be aware that these are not Smith Family Resources' recommendations.  Thank you!

To see more pics and race results from the season, click on the links below:

Monday, December 5, 2011

Skin Care Gift Sets

Large Gift Set - $22.00
Small Gift Set - $10.00

I'm excited to be able to tell you about more new products that I've discovered!
These beautiful gift sets are available from Generation Cedar.


The Large Gift Set (left) includes Lotion (8 oz.), Shea Body Butter (4 oz.), Brown Sugar Scrub (4 oz.), and a Soap and Loofah Sponge in a sinamay drawstring bag.

The Small Gift Set (right) includes Lotion Spray (5 oz.), Lip Balm and Soap in a small sinamay drawstring bag.

Both gift sets are available in several fragrances: plumeria, citrus splash, brown sugar and fig, pomegranate, mint creme, and white chocolate raspberry. Don't those sound delicious?!

To order yours, click on either picture above (or the Homemade Skin Care button on my right sidebar). This will take you to the Generation Cedar home page. Click on "Our Products" at the top of the page and then scroll down to see all their wonderful skin care products.


2014 Update:  These products are no longer available from Generation Cedar.
However, a gift set of Pure Olive Oil Soap (4 oz.) and Paraben-Free Moisturizer (3 oz.)
is available from Smith Family Resources.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Nurtured by Nature



I recently discovered a wonderful soap!

It's not made by Beeyoutiful, and it's not available from Smith Family Resources, but it IS wonderful!

It's called Nurtured by Nature Pure & Gentle Handmade Soap. The Olive Oil bar smells good and leaves skin clean and moisturized without oily residue. It's also available in Honey and Oatmeal.

Click on the picture above or the Homemade Skin Care button on my sidebar.  That will take you to the home page of Generation Cedar.  At the top of the page, click on "Our Products" and scroll down to "Homemade Skin Products." I hope you'll enjoy all the great handmade skin care products you'll find there!


Update!
Generation Cedar's skin product business closed in February,
but the same soap-maker is now providing this great soap
for Smith Family Resources!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Answers to Thanksgiving Quiz

We hope you had a thankful day Thursday! Did you take our quiz? If not, click here to take the quiz before you look at the answers below.

1.  Thanksgiving as a national holiday began with the Pilgrims.  True or False

False. The national holiday did not begin with the Pilgrims. In 1777 the Continental Congress declared the first national day of Thanksgiving, following the American victory at Saratoga.

2.  The Pilgrims observed an annual Thanksgiving feast beginning in 1621.  True or False

False. According to most historians, the pilgrims never observed an annual Thanksgiving feast in autumn. In the year 1621, they did celebrate a feast near Plymouth, Massachusetts, following their first harvest. But this feast most people refer to as the first Thanksgiving was never repeated.

3.  Abraham Lincoln was the first U. S. President to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday.  True or False

False. George Washington became the first president to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday, when in 1789 he set aside November 26, a Tuesday, as a day of thanksgiving for adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

4.  Who started a campaign in 1846 to make Thanksgiving a holiday celebrating harvests going back to the Pilgrims' feast?

Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of a popular 19th century woman’s magazine called Godey’s Lady’s Book.

5.  Which U. S. President named the last Thursday in November as the day to celebrate Thanksgiving?

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on Nov. 26, a Thursday that year. In his proclamation, Lincoln named the last Thursday in the month as the day to celebrate.

6.  Which U. S. President thought the last Thursday was too close to Christmas and mandated the third Thursday in November as the day to celebrate Thanksgiving?

With a few exceptions, Lincoln’s precedent was followed by every subsequent president – until 1939. That year Franklin D. Roosevelt, who thought the last Thursday was too close to Christmas, mandated the third Thursday in November instead.

7.  What country celebrates Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October?

Canada

8.  Who said this?  "Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their Joint Committee requested me 'to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.'”

George Washington said this in his Thanksgiving Proclamation on October 3, 1789. Read the entire proclamation here.

9.  Who said this?  "Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people."

Ronald Reagan said this in his Thanksgiving Proclamation on November 12, 1981.

10. Who said this?  "First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.  This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior."

Paul said this in his letter to Timothy. See 1 Timothy 2:1-3.

Sources for this quiz:
http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/10-surprising-thanksgiving-facts/
http://christianity.about.com/od/holidaytips/a/thanksgivingtra.htm
http://www.ashbrook.org/articles/washington.html

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Give thanks!

Here's a Thanksgiving quiz for you.  See if you can answer all ten correctly.  Check back later to see how well you did.

1.  Thanksgiving as a national holiday began with the Pilgrims.  True or False

2.  The Pilgrims observed an annual Thanksgiving feast beginning in 1621.  True or False

3.  Abraham Lincoln was the first U. S. President to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday.  True or False

4.  Who started a campaign in 1846 to make Thanksgiving a holiday celebrating harvests going back to the Pilgrims' feast?

5.  Which U. S. President named the last Thursday in November as the day to celebrate Thanksgiving?

6.  Which U. S. President thought the last Thursday was too close to Christmas and mandated the third Thursday in November as the day to celebrate Thanksgiving?

7.  What country celebrates Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October?

8.  Who said this?  "Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their Joint Committee requested me 'to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.'”

9.  Who said this?  "Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people."

10. Who said this?  "First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.  This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior."

Happy Thanksgiving from Smith Family Resources!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Congratulations, Emily!


Emily Smith's comment on the Giveaway post was entered into our recent drawing. Emily will be receiving a FREE Milk and Honey Facial Bar. Congratulations, Emily!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

SMICA at ACEAA XC State Meet

The 2011 ACEAA Cross Country Championship (State Meet) took place at Conecuh Springs Christian School in Union Springs, AL, Monday, November 14, 2011.

Our SMICA XC Team not only ran well, but they also encouraged each other throughout the day. It was a great day of fun and fellowship for all!

Junior High Boys - 2 mile
D. J. Leipert took the Gold Medal with a time of 12:35, setting a new state record!
Noah Underwood won the Silver Medal with a time of 12:46, also beating the previous state record!

Senior High Boys - 5K
Our Senior High Boys took all three medals!
Gold - Nathan Pass -18:28
Silver - Fisher Watkins - 18:49
Bronze - Tyler Horton - 19:26

Senior High Girls - 5K
Ruth Terry won the Gold Medal with a time of 23:09, setting a new state record!  (Incidentally, Ruth set the previous state record last year!)
Rebekah Horton won the Silver Medal with a time of 23:35.

Other medals were given to 4th through 10th place runners, and several SMICA students were among those receiving medals. (If I can find a list of our medal-winners, I'll add them later.)

Team Competition Results

SMICA - State Champions!

 
SMICA Junior High Girls' Team - 2nd place

SMICA Senior High Boys' Team - 1st place

SMICA Senior High Girls' Team - 1st place

Monday, November 7, 2011

Healthy AND Yummy?

Doesn't it seem that the yummiest recipes have lots of butter, sugar, and/or cream cheese?? Now, I have nothing against butter, sugar and cream cheese, but I'm interested in learning some new recipes that might be a little better for us! Do you have a good recipe for something that's healthy AND yummy? Please let me hear from you!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

"Put a Damper on Bedwetting" by Nancy Webster

This post is excerpted from an article of the same title which appears in Beeyoutiful's Fall/Winter 2012 "cata-zine." Nancy Webster is one of Beeyoutiful's regular researchers and writers, a homeschool mother of eight, and leader of the Southern Middle Tennessee chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation. She is the moderator of Beeyoutiful's health forum, www.MerryHeartMedicine.com, where you can ask questions and learn from others about this topic and many more.

"I'm so glad we've never lived in a place where laundry lines are visible or prohibited, because for 21 years, ours were crowded with more sheets and blankets than clothes. All eight of our children were bedwetters. One child wet the bed until age fourteen, and the youngest age a Webster child got dry was six. I remember being shocked to learn that most children get dry at night about the same time they get dry in the daytime.

"Our child who took the longest to get dry at night also suffered from polyuria (excessive urination) during the daytime. Sometimes he had to pee every 15 minutes. The pediatric urologist had no clue why this happened.

"Then, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, creator of the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet, taught me they why I'd sought for so long. She contends that enuresis and polyuria are the result of abnormal gut flora. These flora produce a variety of toxins, many of which are excreted via the urine. Toxic urine irritates and inflames the lining of the bladder and urethra, making the bladder unable to hold much.

"This problem sometimes results in chronic urinary tract infections and cystitis if the gut dysbiosis is not addressed. Antibiotics to treat the infections only exacerbate the problem in the long run, even if they ease symptoms for a while, because the antibiotics destroy good bacteria in the digestive system.

"For the sleeping child (or even teen or adult), the irritated bladder may empty without waking the person, because the bladder was never full and so never produced the sensation of needing to urinate. If a gut healing program like the GAPS Diet is instigated, bedwetting will likely worsen (or start) in the first stages as die-off of bad bacteria increases toxin levels in the body making the urine even more problematic for the already irritated bladder. This is why it is important to control die-off using a slow build-up of probiotics and various foods as they are reintroduced on the GAPS Introducion Diet. The GAPS Diet can ultimtely bring complete relif from enuresis polyuria, and chronic urinay tract infections.

"Meanwhile, Dr. McBride recommends the use of alarms, drinking a comfortable amount of water, and temporarily avoiding foods high in salicylates and oxalates, which won't be hard when following the GAPS Intro Diet. She also says to take cranberry supplements to reduce inflammation in the bladder.

"This is where Beeyoutiful's easy-to-swallow Cranberry Power Cleanse vegcaps come to the rescue. They're a combination of cranberry extract with uva ursi. The cranberries contain powerful compounds called proanthocyanidins, which discourage harmful bacteria from clinging to the lining of the urinary tract. The herb uva ursi has long been used for its healing power over urinary tract infections, cystitis, and even kidney stones."

To read more about the GAPS Diet, read this article also by Nancy Webster, or visit GAPS.me.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cranberry Power Cleanse

Beeyoutiful's combination of cranberry extract with uva ursi creates one of the most potent aids for the urinary tract. Cranberries contain powerful compounds called proanthocyanidins (PACs) which discourage harmful bacteria from clinging to the lining of the urinary tract. Cranberry Power Cleanse also contains the herb uva ursi, long used for its healing powers over UTI's, cystitis, and kidney stones.

Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins that can prevent the adhesion of certain bacteria (including E coli) associated with urinary tract infections to the urinary tract wall. The anti-adhesion properties of cranberry may also inhibit the bacteria associated with gum disease and stomach ulcers.

Cranberry extract has become an essential element in the promotion of sound urinary tract health. Beeyoutiful's maximum-potency standardized cranberry extract is naturally rich in powerful compounds called proanthocyanidins (OPCs). These OPCs discourage harmful bacteria from clinging to the lining of the urinary tract. If ignored, these bacteria can lead to the formation of a hostile environment prone to infection and unhealthy bacterial growth.

Cranberry with Uva Ursi - 90 VCaps®

Nutrition Facts Serving Size: 3 VCaps®

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

Calories 6

Total Carbohydrates 1.5 g <1%*

Dietary Fiber 0.5 g 2%

Sugars 0.5 g †

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) (Fruit) 1.0 g (1,000) mg †

(Standardized to min. 6% Quinic Acid and min. 7% OPC's)

Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) (Leaf) 300 mg †

(Standardized to min. 20% Arbutin)

Grape Seed (Vitis vinifera) 45 mg †

(Standardized to min. 90% Total Polyphenols)

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.

† Daily Value not established.

Suggested Use: As an herbal dietary supplement, take 3 Vcaps® daily.

Other Ingredients: Cellulose (capsule), Maltodextrin (potato), Silica, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source) and Cellulose. A Vegetarian Formula.

Contains NO sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives

Manufactured in the USA.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

SMICA XC at the Firemen's 5K for MDA


The SMICA Cross Country Team participated in the Firemen's 5K for MDA
today at Liberty Park Elementary School in Vestavia.

Fisher Watkins (18:48) placed 2nd overall.
Tyler Horton (19:21) placed 3rd overall.




Male 10-19
 
1st place Fisher Watkins
2nd place Tyler Horton
3rd place Edward Downey

Female 10-19

1st place Bekah Horton
2nd place Katrina Chapman
3rd place Evie Nichols

Evie Nichols and Bekah Horton
     

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Aloe Vera: Good for You--Inside and Out!

Aloe vera has been revered since the days of ancient Egypt for its remarkable anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, as well as for how it helps to reduce inflammation and regenerate cells.

Beeyoutiful's Aloe Vera softgels are freeze-dried, concentrated, and then reconstituted to preserve just the right strength for daily use. Brimming with vitamins, amino acids, and sugars essential to good health, aloe activates your white blood cells to fight viral and bacterial infections and has even been said to combat the invasion of cancer cells.

The primary internal benefit is the way aloe soothes and helps reduce irritation in digestive tracts -- from irritable bowel syndrome to colitis to constipation -- making food and other supplements more bio-available to your body. Aloe also has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics by as much as 48%.

The external advantages? Simply break open one of these convenient aloe vera gel caps and spread it on minor burns and sunburns. Apply to Athlete's foot, acne, warts, and cracked, dry skin. Apply to poison ivy, blisters and any other skin or scalp irritation to help reduce the risk of infection and scarring. Aloe Vera Softgels are effective because they stimulate the production of collagen, the substance essential for restoring skin cells. That means aloe even helps smooth out wrinkles!

Aloe Vera
5000 mg. Dietary Supplement - 100 Softgels

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 3 Softgels
Servings Per Container: 33

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

Calories 20

Calories from Fat 15

Total Fat 1.5 g 2%

Trans Fat 0 g

Protein <1 g 1%

Aloe Vera Extract (200:1 Concentrate)** 75 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.

Suggested Use: As an herbal dietary supplement, take 3 softgels 2 to 3 times daily, on an empty stomach.

Other Ingredients: Rice bran oil, Softgel capsules (gelatin, glycerin, water), beeswax, and silica.

Contains NO Sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives.

Caution: If pregnant or nursing, check with your healthcare provider before taking this product. This product may indirectly cause dehydration.

Manufactured in the USA

Aloe Vera, 100 Softgels

Monday, October 24, 2011

Giveaway!

Our newest Blog Giveaway is a Milk and Honey Facial Bar! No purchase is necessary to win, and you may enter as many times as you like.

Here are the ways to enter:

1. Leave a comment on any post on this blog.
2. Tell your friends about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post to tell us what you did.
3. Write a post about this giveaway on your blog, and send us the link in a comment on this post.

Each comment is a separate entry.

BONUS: When you also make a purchase between now and November 15, your entries will be doubled!!

The winner will be selected by a random drawing on Thursday, November 17.  Be sure to check back then to see if you're a winner!

(A general note about commenting... Your comment will appear exactly as you type it.  If you don't want your email address to be posted along with your comment, please don't include it.  If you comment as "Anonymous" and you want us to know who you are, email us at smithfamresources@att.net and identify yourself!  Thanks!)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Vitex with Dong Quai

Vitex is known for its ability to nourish and support the female endocrine system as it regulates estrogen and progesterone levels.

PMS and menstrual problems are all eased by this wonderful herb. Because Vitex helps regulate cycles, you can more accurately calculate the start of your next period. Enhanced with Dong Quai, a Chinese herb known for relieving menopausal symptoms, Beeyoutiful's Vitex addresses these mid-life problems.

Vitex is a vital aid to help re-balance your hormones so you can feel "normal" again. Be sure to give your body a minimum of three cycles and up to a year to soak in and respond to the hormone stabilizing work of Vitex. Because it is safe for long-term use, many women take Vitex for several years in a row if necessary. Caution: Not for women who are pregnant or nursing.

Vitex with Dong Quai
300 mg - 90 Vcaps®

Nutrition Facts Serving Size 1 Vcap®

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

Chaste Berry Tree (Vitex) Extract (Fruit) (Vitex agnus castus) 300 mg*

(Standardized to min. 0.5% Agnusides)

Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) (Root) 150 mg*

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.

Suggested Use: As an herbal dietary supplement, take 1 Vcap® 2 to 3 times daily with water or meals.

Other Ingredients: Cellulose (capsule), Maltodextrin, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source) and Silica. A Vegetarian Formula.

Contains NO Sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg or preservatives.

Manufactured in the USA

WARNING: Do NOT take this product while pregnant or nursing.
Although Vitex by itself is generally recognized as being safe and even helpful for pregnancy and nursing, Beeyoutiful's Vitex also contains Dong Quai Root. Dong Quai is great for balancing hormones, but not as much is known about this herb's safety during pregnancy and nursing. Therefore, we strongly advise NOT taking this product if you are pregnant or nursing. This product primarily addresses hormone issues for menopausal women.

Vitex with Dong Quai, 90 VCaps
Click here to order.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pony Express 5K














benefitting the
Saturday, October 1, 2011


The SMICA Cross Country Team enjoyed a great run in the Crestline Village area of Mountain Brook this past Saturday morning. 

Click here for complete results of the race. 
Click here for overall results and here for results by age group.

Three of our students placed in their age categories:


Male 11-19 category:

1st place -
FISHER WATKINS 00:19:03

2nd place - NATHAN PASS 00:19:04



Fisher and Nathan placed 2nd and 3rd overall!!




Female 11-19 category:

1st place -
BEKAH HORTON
00:23:54




Here are the results for the Cross Country team.  This list also includes other SMICA students and parents.  Number indicates overall place.  The race was chip-timed, and these are the posted times.

2 FISHER WATKINS 00:19:03
3 NATHAN PASS 00:19:04
6 TYLER HORTON 00:19:33
9 JOSH HORTON 00:20:12
10 EDWARD DOWNEY 00:20:25
12 DJ LEIPERT 00:20:27
19 MICAH HALEY 00:21:36
23 JASON HOOSIER 00:21:55
24 NOAH UNDERWOOD 00:22:00
25 CHRISTOPHER WREN 00:22:00
30 JOSEPH HUNT 00:22:32
37 ANDERSON UNDERWOOD 00:23:52
38 MATTHEW DORTCH 00:23:53
39 REBEKAH HORTON 00:23:54
42 NATHANIEL HALEY 00:24:10
44 BRANSON HORN 00:24:24
47 DOUG PASS 00:24:47
68 AMY WATKINS 00:26:10
71 ANDE UNDERWOOD 00:26:26
84 JACKSON CLARK 00:27:14
85 EVIE NICHOLS 00:27:14
Photos by Mary Lou Davis
88 GABRIELLE DORTCH 00:27:15
98 BROOKS WERK 00:27:48
99 SARAH HILL 00:27:49
103 CRAIG HOOSIER 00:28:07
107 JOSH HUNT 00:28:09
132 JOSIAH HALEY 00:29:26
138 MARY PASS 00:29:37
140 GINA WATTS 00:29:41
143 JOHN MARK HUNT 00:30:11
146 REBEKAH SMITH 00:30:18
155 ZOE WATTS 00:31:43
156 OLIVIA SMITH 00:31:48
157 TAMMY HORTON 00:31:50
176 LAINEY DORTCH 00:33:48
180 ANNA WILSON 00:34:07
182 ANNA HILL 00:34:16
183 MEGAN SMITH 00:34:29
195 RACHEL WATTS 00:36:46
197 LEAH WATTS 00:37:04
203 LAURA SMITH 00:39:10
208 RUTH WILSON 00:41:09

Monday, October 3, 2011

Congratulations, Julie!


Congratulations, Julie! Julie bought a Beginner Basics Essential Oils Pack this month, and her name was entered into our "September Surprise" drawing 5 times--one time for each of the oils in her beginner pack. Julie will be receiving a Milk and Honey Facial Bar.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ultimate Defense

A probiotic replaces the good bacteria in the GI, repopulating the stomach, intestines, and colon with the little workers that properly break down the food you eat. Many of us require a constant influx of good bacteria to combat yeast or to constantly flush intestines in a cleanse state with good bacteria. Ultimate Defense is Beeyoutiful's finest probiotic, designed with embedded predigested food sources for the bacteria. It also contains soil-based organisms that do not necessarily colonize the GI, but help greatly in their passage through. Ultimate Defense is specifically designed to establish complete, lasting colonies of intestinal flora in a world that sterilizes, processes and denaturalizes all food sources.

Ultimate Defense is a combination of 13 different bacteria, fermented greens to feed them as colonies get established and soil based organisms to potentiate the bacterial activity in the intestines. A healthy GI bacterial flora is thought to improve overall health and immune system function.

Compare with Tummy TuneUp

Ultimate Defense
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Capsule

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

Proprietary Probiotic Defense™ Blend of: 515 mg †
Fermented Greens [Barley Grass (Hordeum vulgaris),
Oat Grass (Avena sativa), Wheat Grass (Triticum aestivum),
and Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)],
Freeze-dried Probiotic Strains (1 Billion cfu)
[Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus
brevis, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum,
Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus
paracasei, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Bifidobacterium bifidum,
Bifidobacterium brevis, Bifidobacterium longum, and
Saccharomyces boulardil],
Super Green Foods [Alfalfa Juice Concentrate,
Atlantic Kelp (Laminaria digitata), and Dulse (Palamaria
palmata)]
* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.

Suggested Use:   As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule 4 times daily with water, preferably on an empty stomach. Start with 1 capsule per day and gradually increase to 4 capsules per day.

Other Ingredients: Cellulose (capsule), Fermented Molasses, Probiotic Cultures, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source), Chicory Root Inulin/FOS (fructooligosaccharide) and Silica. Contains milk derivatives.

Contains NO Salt, starch, corn, soy, egg, shellfish or preservatives.

Manufactured in the USA.

Ultimate Defense, 90 VCaps

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Red Raspberry Leaves

For centuries, midwives have recommended red raspberry leaf tea to strengthen pelvic and uterine muscles. It's their secret for making labor and delivery more efficient and less stressful.

Now, Beeyoutiful's Red Raspberry Leaves offers all the same benefits in convenient capsules to help you feel better throughout pregnancy. And it's the only capsule form of red raspberry leaf we know of that's formulated entirely from organic components.

Red raspberry leaf is known to tone the uterus, provide an easy-to-assimilate form of calcium, improve the productivity of labor contractions, decrease anxiety and nervousness, enhance sleep, and reduce constipation.

The effectiveness of the red raspberry leaf is not limited to women who are pregnant or delivering babies. It is also great for young girls who need calcium and hormone support as their bodies change rapidly, or women who have hormone imbalances, especially during menopause and after. And at any stage, it can be used for improving the tone of the reproductive system, to support normal hormone levels or just as a good source for bio-available calcium.  The natural calcium content makes Red Raspberry Leaves a valuable supplement for all women who want to combat osteoporosis.

There is no known overuse of Red Raspberry Leaves, and a healthful program includes taking at least four capsules every day. If difficulty sleeping is one of your problems, using more capsules later in the day may help.

Important: While most obstetric health professionals agree red raspberry leaf is beneficial in all stages of pregnancy -- some even believe it reduces the likelihood of miscarriage -- it is best to consult your own midwife, herbalist, physician, or other health professional before using Red Raspberry Leaves if you're pregnant or nursing.

Red Raspberry Leaves Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2 VCaps®
Servings Per Container: 50

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

Red Raspberry Leaves 1.0 g (1000 mg)
Daily Value not established.

Suggested Use: 2 Vcaps® daily

Other Ingredients: Cellulose (capsule), Rice Flour, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source) and Silica. A Vegetarian Formula.

Contains NO Sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish and preservatives.

Manufactured in the USA.

Red Raspberry Leaves, 100 VCaps
Click here to order.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Monkey C Monkey Run

MONKEY C MONKEY RUN 5K & 1 MILE FUN RUN
 
The SMICA Cross-Country Team participated in the Monkey C Monkey Run 5K this past Saturday. The Team placed 2nd overall, and several individuals placed in their age categories.  Below are the results of all of the SMICA runners.  (SMICA Cross-Country Team members are in bold.)
Click here for all the results.

TEAM RESULTS
Micah Haley, Fisher Watkins, Tyler Horton, Nathan Pass
2ND PLACE - SMICA
Total time: 1:41:53
Average time of top five: 20:23

Top 7 runners:
Fisher Watkins (19:08)
Nathan Pass (19:27)
Tyler Horton (19:43)
Josh Horton (20:01)
Micah Haley (23:41)
Bekah Horton (23:51)




back: Mary Pass, Olivia Smith, Evie Nichols,
Anna Hill, Rebekah Smith, Anna Wilson;
front: Katrina Chapman and Cami Nichols

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

FEMALE AGE GROUP AGE: 1 - 14
Katrina Chapman (24:11) 7th place; 125th overall
Mary Pass (28:49) 17th place; 339th overall
Zoe Watts (29:28) 19th place; 377th overall
Camilla Nichols (29:39) 20th place; 386th overall
Rebekah Smith (29:40) 21st place; 387th overall
Olivia Smith (32:26) 27th place; 481st overall
Anna Hill (33:30) 33rd place; 511st overall
Leah Watts (36:44) 37th place; 595th overall

 

 
Josh Horton and DJ Leipert


MALE AGE GROUP AGE: 1 - 14
Josh Horton (20:01)  1st place; 24th overall
DJ Leipert (20:49) 3rd place; 35th overall
Jason Hoosier (23:34) 8th place; 97th overall
Noah Underwood (23:35) 9th place; 100th overall
Nathaniel Haley (23:54) 10th place; 113th overall
Logan Lockridge (23:54) 11th place; 114th overall
Josiah Haley (29:16) 22nd place; 364th overall



Bekah Horton, Megan Smith,
Mary Pass, Evie Nichols


FEMALE AGE GROUP AGE: 15 - 19
Rebekah Horton (23:51) 1st place;  112th overall
Evie Nichols (28:31) 9th place; 328th overall
Anna Wilson (32:25) 12th place; 480th overall
Megan Smith (34:48) 16th place; 552nd overall
Laura Smith (38:59) 21st place; 626th overall




MALE AGE GROUP AGE: 15 - 19
Fisher Watkins (19:08) 1st place; 12th overall
Nathan Pass (19:27) 2nd place; 16th overall
Tyler Horton (19:43) 4th place; 20th overall
Micah Haley (23:41) 7th place; 107th overall
Branson Horn (26:45) 9th place; 235th overall

 


Coach Ande Underwood



Ande Underwood (26:45)  17th place in category; 234th overall
Craig Hoosier (28:10) 16th place in category; 314th overall
Robert Horton (29:24) 19th place in category; 374th overall


   


Laura Smith, Mary Pass, Anna Hill,
Bekah Horton, Rebekah Smith, and Megan Smith





Matthew, Eric and
Melissa Smith











 

Thanks to Paula Underwood and Susan Pass for sharing their pictures!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Relief is just around the bend...

If your knees, hips, or other joints are starting to feel a bit of age, you can lessen the pain and increase mobility by taking Beeyoutiful’s vegetarian capsules of Glucosamine with MSM.

Glucosamine is a simple molecule of glucose and glutamine—an amino acid—which contributes to making cartilage, the shock-absorbing gel in joints. As we age (and if we eat a lot of processed foods), our bodies slow down the production of this important substance, resulting in joint soreness.

While commonly prescribed pain killers such as ibuprofen and specific arthritis pain inhibitors can mask the ache of joints rubbing together, they don’t promote healing and can have unwanted side effects, especially with regular use. On the other hand, glucosamine relieves discomfort while it helps to restore—by building, repairing, and maintaining cartilage, tendons and other connective tissues in the body.

For even more significant relief, Beeyoutiful’s supplement adds MSM, a natural sulfur compound, to aid in pain reduction. MSM blocks the transmission of pain signal impulses in nerve fibers, and it alters cross-linked collagen, resulting in less scar tissue and diminished degeneration of the joints. While sulfur is a critical component in maintaining normal bodily functions, most Americans are somewhat deficient in it.

Most supplements of glucosamine are made from shellfish—which can be bad news for folks with seafood allergies. But Beeyoutiful’s is made from fermented, non-genetically modified corn, and it provides superior performance.

No matter what glucosamine supplement you take, make sure it uses Glucosamine Hydrochloride instead of Glucosamine Sulfate. REGENASURE® Glucosamine HCl—the type in Beeyoutiful’s version—contains less salt than some formulations since a number of manufacturers add salt in the form of sodium sulfate or potassium sulfate. That means 83% of Glucosamine HCl is actual glucosamine, compared to only 65% in Glucosamine Sulfate.

For best results, glucosamine should be taken for a longer period of time, not for a “quick fix.” Studies indicate a cumulative effectiveness over a 30-day period. Generally, taking glucosamine does not offer instant relief like that from prescription pain killers because the restorative properties of glucosamine must be given time to work. While each person’s response to supplements is different, it has been shown that 12 weeks of 1000 mg./day of glucosamine can result in joint pain improvement lasting from 6 to 12 weeks, even if glucosamine is discontinued. Such a regimen is viable because glucosamine is considered safe for long-term use.

Glucosamine/MSM 120 VCaps

Nutrition Facts Serving Size: 2 Vcaps®
Servings Per Container: 60

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

GreenGrown® Glucosamine HCl (Vegetarian Source) 1.0 g (1,000 mg) †

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) 1.0 g (1,000 mg) †

† Daily Value not established.

Suggested Use:  As a dietary supplement, take 2 Vcaps® daily with meals or on an empty stomach.

Other Ingredients: Cellulose (capsule), Stearic Acid (vegetable source), Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source) and Silica. A Vegetarian Formula.

Contains NO sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk egg or preservatives.

Manufactured in the USA

Glucosamine with MSM, 120 VCaps

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Never fear the flu

Never fear the flu when you keep Berry Well on hand. Each ingredient in this pleasantly fruity syrup holds its own against flu, colds, and a swarm of bacterial and viral infections. This organic Elderberry Syrup contains Propolis, Raw Honey, and Echinacea.

Berry Well is a practically miraculous combination of the following:

Luscious, organic purple elderberries (first used long ago by Native Americans) that provide anthocyanins. The anti-viral powers of these immune system enhancers attack many strains of influenza A and B -- without the side effects or complications of a flu shot.

Raw honey sweetens the mixture with more than just good taste. It delivers a rich supply of live enzymes required to help body systems fight colds and respiratory infections of all kinds.

Bee propolis and Organic Echinacea root extract -- both considered powerful, natural antibiotics.

Raw apple cider vinegar, a folk remedy celebrated for its use against a long list of ailments, increases your body's alkalinity. (Although today's diets tend to make us more acidic, an alkaline body is safer from cancer and other diseases.) And the potassium in raw vinegar helps cells fight bacteria and viruses.

Take it regularly or when you first feel sick, and stay well with Berry Well.

Berry Well
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon
Servings Per Container: 16

Apitherapy Proprietary Blend 18g 

Daily Value not established.

Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, Adults take 1 tbsp every three hours as needed. Children 6-12 years old take 2 tsp every three hours as needed. Children 1-5 years old take 1 tsp every three hours as needed.

Other Ingredients: Raw honey, organic elderberries, organic echinacea root extract, organic apple cider vinegar, propolis extract, 2% pure grain alcohol (There are certain properties of herbs like echinacea which are only drawn out in the presence of alcohol. Alcohol content for one dosage of Berry Well is less than an 8 oz. glass of Coke, and less than one would get by rinsing with many popular mouthwashes.)

Contains NO Wheat, gluten, soy, shellfish,

IMPORTANT: Do not use if you have bee product allergies.

WARNING: Do not give to children under 1 year old.

Manufactured in the USA

Friday, September 9, 2011

Welcome back, bacteria

Acidophilus Blast is a combination of acidophilus and bifidus, another crucial good bacteria which enhances the yeast-inhibiting qualities of acidophilus. The "blast" comes from 8 billion live cultures in every capsules.

Antibiotics are a wonderful, life-saving tool. However, they are indiscriminate killers of both bacteria that cause painful and/or life-threatening conditions and good bacteria that populate our gut, aid in food digestion and form the foundation of our immune system. In the wake of this devastation, yeast tends to re-grow very quickly, and the once-happy gut becomes a home for these sugar-eating, hormone-secreting organisms. The standard American diet of processed foods and sugars fuel these interlopers in their quest for domination. Weaning ourselves from the hyper-processed American diet can be difficult.

Many of us have this yeast overgrowth in the GI tract, resulting in intense sugar cravings and many other yeast-related symptoms that require long-term probiotic therapy. However, taking probiotics long-term on a budget can be difficult. For this reason, we have developed the Acidophilus Blast supplement.

A probiotic supplement sends good bacteria into the GI tract, through the stomach, intestines, and colon, billions of little workers that properly break down the food you eat. Many of us require a constant influx of good bacteria because the ones supposed to be in the GI have been displaced or to constantly flush the intestines during a cleanse. Acidophilus has been shown to retard the reproduction of yeast, allowing the body a fighting chance of beating it back and repopulating the GI tract with its natural caretakers. Acidophilus Blast is not the Marines of probiotics like Tummy Tuneup. Instead it is a relatively inexpensive mix of the most important bacteria for GI support.

Acidophilus Blast
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 Vcap®
Servings Per Container: 120

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

Stability tested to guarantee the following minimum potencies through expiration date.

Lactobacillus acidophilus 4.0 billion 50%*

Bifidobacterium lactis 3.2 billion 40%*

Bifidobacterium longum 0.8 billion 10%*

Total Minimum Microorganisms 8.0 billion 100%*

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.

Suggested Use:  As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule 1 to 4 times daily, between meals or on an empty stomach.

Other Ingredients: Potato Starch, Cellulose (capsule), Cellulose, Silica and Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source). Contains milk derivatives.

Contains NO sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, egg or preservatives.

Caution: Refrigerate to maintain high potency.

Manufactured in the USA.

Note for those highly sensitive to milk protein: This product may contain minute amounts of casein.

Acidophilus Blast, 120 VCaps
AcidophilusBlast

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Bee products meet goat's milk...

Milk and Honey Facial Bar

Two natural treasures in one bar to heal, soothe, and balance your skin. Bee products—honey, propolis, pollen, and wax—meet goat milk to clean up the toughest skin problems you can muster.

Honey cleanses dirt and impurities while smoothing wrinkles by increasing your skin’s elasticity.

Propolis—a mixture of the essential oils, pollen, and wax bees harvest from plants—nourishes dry, itchy skin.

Pollen, rich in enzymes and vitamins, contains the complete family of amino acids. It promotes new skin cell growth while scrubbing away built-up dead cells without stripping the skin of its natural protection.

Milk & Honey’s beeswax base is the all-natural “carrier” for other ingredients that leaves your skin feeling soft and clean.

Raw goat milk is rich in enzymes beneficial to your skin, and five natural, skin-replenishing oils balance and moisturize. This abundance of revitalizing components is topped off with a touch of sweet orange essential oil for an agreeable, bright aroma.

Beeyoutiful’s Milk & Honey Facial Bar is 4.25 oz--great for a bath or shower.

Ingredients: Raw Goat Milk, Distilled Water, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Vegetable Oil, Sodium Hydroxide (lye), Raw Honey, Bee Pollen, Bee Propolis, Beeswax, Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Beeyoutiful Milk and Honey Facial Bar, 4.25 oz.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Announcing Our Winners!

Announcing the winners of our very first blog giveaway! 

The first comment selected was by kmaine  who commented on Vaughn Williams Decorative Painting and Finishes.  Congratulations, kmaine !  Send us your shipping information, and you will receive a free 2 oz. container of Miracle Skin Salve!

The second comment selected was--you won't believe it--kmaine  again, who also commented on Our First GiveawayKmaine  will also receive an e-coupon for 10% off her next order from Smith Family Resources.

We wanted to be able to make TWO people happy, so we drew one more name--KristiKristi 's comment on Our First Giveaway was "We love Miracle Salve :)"  We love it, too, Kristi !  Send us your e-mail address so we can send you an e-coupon for 10% off your next order from Smith Family Resources.

Congratulations to kmaine  and Kristi !  Thank you for your comments!

Vitamin K

Want to take a single supplement that can potentially impact your teeth, cardiovascular health, bones, and brain? Ever thought of taking Vitamin K? The importance of Vitamin K, and especially the Vitamin K2 form, has become more well known over the past few years. In several countries, Vitamin K is even used to treat osteoporosis before prescription drugs.

Your body synthesizes Vitamin K1 and turns into Vitamin K2, the usable form of the vitamin. Therefore, Beeyoutiful's Katalyst is made of a combination of ingredients that specifically deliver a suggested dose of Vitamin K2 as well as an additional dose of Vitamin K1, which your body can turn into the bioavailable K2. This combo should provide your body with a steady appropriate dose of Vitamin K.

Dr. Weston A. Price did a tremendous amount of research during his career trying to find the key to both dental health and overall health. He isolated a nutrient that he called “Activator X,” which potentiated numerous other vitamins inside the body and allowed for increases in health and vibrancy. Although the research techniques existed during his lifetime, he was never aware that “Activator X” had been identified. It was several years later that research done decades prior in Russia was brought to the English speaking researchers and Vitamin K was identified as this elusive nutrient. It has been less than two decades that the importance of dietary Vitamin K and supplementation has been well known, the more we learn, the more we realize this isn’t just a clotting vitamin!

Vitamin K specifically works synergistically with Vitamins A and D, to help potentiate them and even allows the proteins within those vitamins come to life in a way they will not without ample Vitamin K levels. Therefore we suggest that Katalyst be taken along with a regimen of Dynamic Duo.

Health Benefits of Vitamin K

Dental Health- Vitamin K is prevalent in the salvia and salivary glands. Studies have shown that those with saliva that was sufficient in Vitamin K also had very low incidents of dental caries. Some studies also have suggested that supplementing with Vitamin K may also reverse dental caries and rebuild the actual tooth. In addition, Vitamin K may help to decrease the bacterial count within the mouth, helping to eliminate the risk for caries and other dental problems.

Bone Health- In several studies done outside the US, there have been reports that Vitamin K reduces the incidents of fractures in the elderly and helps to reverse bone loss. It is widely known that Vitamin D and A are useful in helping keep bones healthy. There is a protein, Osteocalcin, that is only produced if both Vitamins A and D are present and can only be activated in the presence of Vitamin K2. Osteocalcin is responsible for organizing the deposit of both calcium and phosphorus, both of which are vital for healthy bones.

Cardiovascular Health- If the studies done on Vitamin K and heart disease are only partially true, the results would still be so staggering that no one would go without taking their daily Vitamin K. In one study it was found that heart disease was literally cut in half in those taking Vitamin K. It appears from research that Vitamin K2 actually protects the arteries from the formation of the calcification that causes heart disease by blocking the accumulation of lipids and white blood cells and eliminating inflammation. This is a remarkable finding because it lends to the idea that heart disease is actually directly linked to a deficiency in vitamins, and specifically Vitamin K2.

Brain Health- Vitamin K2 has a very crucial role in the nervous system in production of sulfatides, which without them there are significant neural symptoms. This is especially seen in patients that suffer from Alzheimers or seizures. Sulfatides in these patients were typically a lot lower than normal levels. Treatment with Vitamin K2 often saw either dramatic improvement of symptoms or elimination of the symptoms all together. While most do not experience deficiencies that lead all the way to seizures, often fatigue and leaning difficulties can be remedied with a consistent supplement of Vitamin K2, like Beeyoutiful’s Katalyst.

Katalyst
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 Vcap®

Servings Per Container: 100

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

Vitamin K2 (as Menaquinone) 100 mcg 125%

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) 300 mg †

(Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.)

† Daily Value not established.

Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take 1 Vcap® daily with a meal.

Other Ingredients: Rice Flour, Cellulose (capsule), Maltodextrin, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source) and Silica

Contains NO sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives.

Notice: Consult your health practitioner before consumption if you are currently taking any anti-coagulant drugs (i.e. warfarin, coumadin, heparin), or if you are pregnant/lactating.

Katalyst, 100 Vcaps

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Winners Will Be Announced Tomorrow...

Our Miracle Giveaway contest is almost over!  Tomorrow we'll be drawing two names from all the comments that have been posted on our blog in the last 11 days. 

Leave a comment on ANY post on the blog before 11:59 PM, CT, tonight.

For each comment you post, your name will be entered into a drawing.  Tomorrow morning, two names will be drawn. The first person whose name is drawn will receive a 2 oz. container of Miracle. The second person whose name is drawn will receive an e-coupon for 10% off your next order from Smith Family Resources.

Winners will be announced on the blog tomorrow, Thursday, September 1. Be sure to check back then to see if you're one of the winners!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Garlic

Garlic is commonly used for flus, respiratory viral infections, and sinus infections. Garlic has also been found to contain important constituents for heart and cardiovascular support, as well as for lowering blood pressure.

Although there is no garlic supplement that can take the place of freshly crushed garlic, there are times when the odor and the inconvenience are less than optimal. For those times, we suggest Odorless Garlic, which is simply a high-potency aged garlic extract. Our Odorless Garlic is concentrated 100:1 to maximize scordinin, a bio-active component in garlic thought to be central to its immune-building properties.

Softgels are easy to swallow.  For those who have trouble swallowing pills, the softgels can be chewed.  The garlic taste is very mild and not at all unpleasant, even for small children.  It truly is odorless, too--no bad breath!

Odorless Garlic

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2 Softgels
Servings Per Container: 125

Amount Per Serving

Odorless Garlic (Allium sativum) (Bulb) 50 mg

(Concentrated Extract from Whole Clove Garlic)

Suggested Use: As an herbal dietary supplement, take 2 softgels, 1-2 times a day, preferably with meals.

Other Ingredients: Rice bran oil, Softgel Capsule (gelatin, glycerin, water), Yellow Beeswax, Silica, Soy Lecithin

Contains NO sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, milk, egg, shellfish, or preservatives.

Manufactured in the USA.

Notice: Store in cool, dry place.

Odorless Garlic, 250 Softgels
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Friday, August 26, 2011

Tummy Trouble?

Click here to read an interesting article by Dr. Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician who encourages people to take control of their health by using natural means. 

Dr. Mercola says, "Insufficient enzyme production is at the root of much 'tummy trouble' in our country. Digestive problems cost Americans $50 billion each year in both direct costs and absence from work. It is a sad fact that 90 percent of the food Americans buy is processed food. Diets heavy in cooked, processed, and sugary foods, combined with overuse of pharmaceutical drugs such as antibiotics, deplete your body's ability to make enzymes."  Dr. Mercola recommends eating food raw.  "Raw foods are enzyme-rich, and consuming them decreases your body's burden to produce its own enzymes. The more food that you can eat raw, the better. Ideally, you should get 75 percent of your digestive enzymes from your food."

Here is Dr. Mercola's recommendation for a digestive enzyme supplement:  "If you suffer from occasional bloating, minor abdominal discomfort, and occasional constipation and suspect your enzyme production is low, you might want to consider a digestive enzyme supplement in addition to eating more of your foods raw."

Beeyoutiful's Digestive Enzyme tablets contain a blend of enzymes that support healthy digestive functions. Bromelain, Ox Bile, Pancreatin and Papain have been formulated to optimize the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and protein for maximum assimilation. High quantities of Cellulase and Protease help to maximize yeast cell wall digestion.

Digestive Enzyme, 180 tablets

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Is Your Sweet Tooth Out of Control?

Is your sweet tooth out of control?
Do you find yourself forgetting things that you KNOW you should remember?
Are you tired, lethargic, just plain drained?

If you answered yes to even one of these questions, you may have a yeast problem.

Take this Yeast Connection Quiz.
This questionnaire was developed by Dr. William Crook, author of The Yeast Connection.

In Beeyoutiful's Winter 2008-2009 catalog, Nancy Webster wrote an excellent article called "Rise Up Against Yeast." Here are some excerpts from that article...

"Late one night after the children were tucked in bed, I pulled out the tin of homemade chocolate chip cookies, fresh from that morning. The first crunchy bite thrilled my taste buds as the chocolate bits melted in my mouth. For a repeat sensation, I ate another. Then another. And another. I finished the whole batch without any help from my husband.

"Disgusted with myself, I ripped off a strip of masking tape and hung yet another Bible verse about gluttony in an obvious place on the pantry shelf. Below the verse, I scribbled my vow to never eat sugar again. Then, feeling sick, I crawled into bed, glad I’d never do that again.

"The next morning, when my blood sugar had dropped to absolute zero and life with a houseful of little people was stressful again, I found myself gravitating toward the freezer, where I’d hidden a carton of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream behind several bags of frozen vegetables. I avoided eye-contact with the open pantry door, where I knew my convictions of the night before would haunt me. Once again, I gave in to my love of sugar.

"Have you ever fought this battle? Did-or do-you feel like a vile sinner, guilty, yet trapped? I’ve been so desperate for sugar at times that I’ve eaten the little colored sprinkles used to decorate cookies when all other resources were exhausted!

"Yes, there were times when willpower sustained me, but they never lasted long enough...

"Meanwhile, my arthritic knees, painful since my 30′s, starting hurting so badly I often limped. Itchy rashes broke out regularly on my torso. Eye floaters sent me to a retina specialist. And I found myself having to clear my throat like a tobacco-chewing old lady because of post nasal drip.

"When a friend suggested I check out the possibility I might have a yeast problem, her counsel turned out to be some of the most life changing advice I ever took. After learning about yeast-or candida, its scientific name-I discovered that, like most people in modern civilizations, I was inundated with yeast.

"...Candida is an invasive form of yeast that, when given opportunity, will practically take over the body. It grows root-like fingers through the intestines, into the bloodstream, and on into organs and tissues. Everyone has some candida-along with strep, E coli, and other bad guys-living in their gut. However, these foes are supposed to be kept in check by a proliferation of good bacteria, like the ones that make yogurt so famous.

"The reason most folks have a yeast problem today is because candida is an opportunist. Practically from birth we’ve taken antibiotics, which kill not only the germ causing sickness but the friendly bacteria in the intestines as well. On top of that, immunizations may also attack our good bacteria.

"Most of us have eaten our share of processed and sugary foods. Even if your mom didn’t let you eat many sweets, she probably gave you crackers and breakfast cereal, which eventually break down into sugars. Sugar is yeast’s favorite food, and when yeast takes over, it demands, through your body’s cravings, more and more sugar to satisfy its lust for the stuff . That means my-or your-lack of willpower is not the only reason it’s so hard to resist going back for more cookies and ice cream. Yeast is screaming for a meal!

"...There’s relief available in one of Beeyoutiful’s best-sellers, Yeast Assassin. I love the name, because once I discovered the source of many of my ailments and cravings, I couldn’t wait to kill it!

"Yeast Assassin is a potent combination of herbs known to be mortal enemies of candida: caprylic acid, pau d’arco, black walnut, and oregano oil. Caprylic acid is found naturally in coconut oil, palm oil, butter fat, and human breast milk. It has anti-fungal as well as some anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Pau d’arco is bark from a tropical tree known to be resistant to fungus growth. Pau d’arco has been used since the days of the Incas to build immunity. Black walnut hulls, which are especially high in organic iodine, are another known ally in the candida war (and in expelling parasites!). Oregano oil (my favorite all-purpose essential oil-also sold separately by Beeyoutiful) rounds out this awesome foursome with its anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic powers.

"If you qualify even only slightly on Dr. Crook’s candida questionnaires having a yeast problem, Yeast Assassin is a great, do-able starting point for you to fight back. Take two capsules with breakfast and two with supper. Summon your willpower to fill up with vegetables and meats while slowing your consumption of fruits, honey, and even dairy products. Skip desserts and other junk foods. Learn from Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions cookbook to make lacto-fermented sauerkraut along with other fermented vegetables and dairy products such as kefir (fermented foods greatly diminish sugar cravings). If you can hang in there for a week while Yeast Assassin hammers at the candida in your system, you’ll start to notice it’s not so hard to avoid 'bad' foods and that you will naturally start to prefer healthier alternatives..."

"At long last, there are no more vows taped to my pantry shelves. Thanks to a successful assassination attempt against yeast, I happily choose vegetables and fruits over sweets and chips-clear evidence that miracles DO happen! As a bonus, I’ve lost my excess weight, most of the pain in my knees is gone, and no more rashes, either! I credit Yeast Assassin and its accompanying supplements as the helping hands I prayed for so many, many nights after a sugarfest. May I suggest you try it, too? And start your own uprising against yeast."

Pregnant or nursing mothers will be glad to know that Beeyoutiful's Yeast Assassin Lite is available! It is made of caprylic acid without the potentially harmful-in-pregnancy extra ingredients found in regular Yeast Assassin.