I always love to hear from those that use Primal Life Organics Skin-Food. I want to know how my creations change their skin and their life. Whenever I get a letter that mentions children, I always take a deep breath- and then I read! As adults, we know that “natural” doesn’t always mean “tasty” and when it comes to oral hygiene products it is important that the products be palatable as well as effective. As adults, we can make ourselves tolerate a “different” taste as long as we feel the product is worth it. Children do not do this! Children are my most challenging critiques! Children will not use a product that they do not like. They use words like “spicy” and “yucky” or “hot” and it will not matter that the product is “good” for them. I have three little critiques at home. A 4 1/2 year old and two 2 1/2 year olds. Any children’s product must pass their approval before I continue with it.
I recently received two letters from frustrated moms. The first was a letter from Amy expressing her need to re-order. She stated that one of the products she had to re-order was the toothpowder because her son had taken possession of hers! I needed to know more. In conversing with her, she stated that her son suffers from a Sensory Processing Disorder and he has never been able to brush his teeth with regular toothpaste. Her story is amazing and I will let her tell it as she lives it. I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to learn about SPD and be able to help a young child overcome one of life’s many obstacles!
The second is from Beth, a dear friend of mine for 17 years. Beth and I recently had breakfast together and I was telling her about my new creations. I mentioned Amy ‘s story about her son and their success with Dirty Mouth Primal Toothpowder. Instantly, Beth related a similar story about her 10-year-old son. I sent Beth home with some Natural Dirty Mouth Toothpowder- hoping her story would end the same as Amy’s. Here are their stories. I hope this reaches other mom’s who struggle with their children to brush their teeth- I also posted a few tips below on how to transition kids to the toothpowder- because it will be an adjustment for them!
My son is now 11 years old and has outgrown a lot of it…or rather it’s become more manageable. He was diagnosed with a Sensory Processing Disorder or Sensory Integration Dysfunction when he was 5 years old. His kindergarten teacher noticed that he had trouble gripping his pencil and wasn’t favoring one hand over another. Although we noticed other signs of SPD even as a baby, we didn’t know what they meant and had never even heard of SPD or sensory related issues or what caused it. Aaron (my son) was born 5 weeks premature and had to spend almost 2 weeks in NICU. When we brought him home we began noticing little things like uneasiness to sounds, sometimes to the point of being unable to console him and I sometimes had a hard time feeding him a bottle. As he got older we noticed more sensitivities to loud noises- to the point that it would cause him trauma and pain. Then we noticed certain foods and their textures he would not eat. He was/is a very cautious child and when learning to ride a bike, fell off once and has never gotten back on in spite of our prodding and helping. As a baby he was actually very good and could be content with one toy, but as a toddler he began to line up his toys and would get highly frustrated if things were out of place. We took him to a neurologist to be tested for autism (although I had my doubts that this was what it was since I have two nephews with Asperger’s) and we were told that he was too sociable and did not have autism.
Back to kindergarten….. the school recommended Occupational Therapy and this is where we were given a “label”, if you will, for some of his behaviors. One such behavior was resistance to brushing his teeth! When it came time for this, he would push my hand away or clench his mouth closed. Getting him to brush on his own was impossible and short of holding him down to brush them myself, I could not seem to win this battle…it seemed to just bring him too much discomfort to brush his teeth! As a result he had to have his 12 yr. molar extracted (due to it rotting) when he was about 6-7 yrs. old. I felt like the worse mother on the planet!!! I bought special toothbrushes, kiddie toothpastes, stickers, you name it…I tried it!!!
It wasn’t until just a year ago at age 10 (standing over him once again to brush his teeth and pleading with him to brush) that he finally…finally verbalized the reason for not wanting to brush!
“The toothpaste burns my mouth, mommy.”
OH!!!!! Relief!!! It wasn’t the actual brushing, but the strong flavor; especially the mint based toothpastes, were just too much for his sensitive little mouth. We tried all sorts of flavors, but most of them were still just too strong for him. The baking soda based toothpastes seemed to work the best but he still wasn’t brushing as he should and would brush for a few seconds, then immediately spit. After my mother passed away of cancer, I began a mission to find safer household/cosmetic products and when it came to the toothpaste, I still hadn’t found one myself (other than baking soda alone) to be as “clean/safe” as I wanted it to be and still be effective enough to clean my teeth. As a result of the many life-changes we were instituting, including cleaner eating with the Paleo diet due to multiple food allergies, I stumbled upon an add for Primal Life Organics. I decided to purchase the skin care products as well as the toothpowder for myself to try.
To make a very long story short….. my son observed me brushing my teeth one morning with the Dirty Mouth Primal Toothpowder and asked if he could try it! He immediately LOVED it and exclaimed that it didn’t burn his mouth, it STAYED on his toothbrush, made his breath smell good and that he liked that it made his teeth white (something that he is becoming self conscious about now that he is older). I haven’t seen that little tin since! Now needing to place another order for my OWN toothpowder….thankfully!! Can’t thank you enough, Trina for creating such a wonderful product! Little did you know when you made it just HOW MUCH it would help one such little person! Thank you!
I just wanted to let you know just how much we are loving your products!!! Aaron LOVES his orange toothpowder and comes running to me every morning all smiles and showing me his pearly white teeth !! I LOVE it!!
For years I have struggled with my now ten-year-old son, Ben to use toothpaste. Morning and night I would stand over him putting toothpaste on his brush only to have him rinse it off! Ben has always hated the taste and texture of toothpaste and has fought using it. I thought maybe he was just being stubborn or going thru a “stage”. Well, it’s been going on for almost ten years now and I’m sure it’s not a “stage”! It must be a sensory issue because he literally cannot stand the taste of toothpaste. I can’t even count how many types of toothpaste he has tried in order to find the “right” one! I can’t begin to tell you the aggravation this has caused Ben and me as well.
A couple weeks ago after telling Trina about Ben’s toothpaste issue, she suggested he try her Dirty Mouth Primal toothpowder in Natural flavor.
I really didn’t think Ben would try it let alone like it but I thought what the heck, couldn’t hurt to try! So, I offered him an extra half hour of playing time on his Xbox in exchange for just one try. (Sometimes you have to do what you have to do!)
I couldn’t believe it….! He actually liked it!!!! I was blown away! Here’s a kid who had refused ALL other toothpastes and FINALLY we found one!!! Sounds a bit dramatic but its life changing! No more fights about brushing. It makes mornings and bedtime so much more enjoyable!!
I am also now hooked on Dirty Mouth Primal Toothpowder myself. I use the spearmint and LOVE it! I will never use regular toothpaste again. I love how smooth and clean my teeth feel after using it and my teeth look whiter after just a few times!
I am truly excited about this product and would definitely recommend this to everyone, especially if you have a child, like mine, who has difficulty with tooth brushing! Thank you Trina for sharing this product with me and I will be ordering lots more for Ben and me as well as the rest of my family!!
Try Dirty Mouth Primal Toothpowder and receive 10% off with coupon code “dirty mouth” good thru May 16th. Discount good on Dirty Mouth Primal Toothpowder, Dirty Mouth Boost Primal Gum Serum and Dirty Mouth Primal Package.
Primal Life Organics suggests either the Natural or Cool Orange flavor for children. The easiest way to get young children to make the switch is to start by applying a small amount of the toothpowder to their brush, then applying their toothpaste on top of it. Gradually decrease the amount of toothpaste over the next 2-3 weeks until none is needed.
For older kids, it is best to let them watch you brush your teeth with your “cool new toothpowder” and let their interest get the best of them.
For all kids- it is fun to show them the color of the toothpowder before they brush (beige) and when they spit- they literally spit mud- showing how “dirty” their teeth really were. Works like a charm. They are amazed that their teeth were indeed that dirty. Maybe mom does know what she is talking about after all!
The toothpowder from Primal Life Organics (Dirty Mouth Primal Toothpowder) is made from direct-from-the-earth ingredients, no laboratory required. Our toothpowder provides protection from plaque and cavities, delivers nutrients for healthy gums and teeth, and can be used without fear of the ingestion of toxins. This toothpowder provides essential minerals that can be absorbed through gum tissue and porous teeth. It whitens and cleans with gently abrasive earthen clays, and leaves the delicate oral tissues feeling fresh.
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Stacy's Skintervention and Primal Life Organics Review -
Stacy, from Paleo Parents, just posted her take on The Skintervention Guide (by the amazing Liz Wolfe) and her experience with some Primal Life Organics skin-food:
The upcoming Episode 34 of The Paleo View all about teeth & skin guest stars Liz of Cave Girl Eats, the genius behind The Skintervention Guide, and Trina, creator and owner of Primal Life Organics, Paleo Skincare (PLO). And when we recorded that show I said I’d been sitting on a draft post of the before and after results from using the Skintervention guidance and PLO for weeks.
Click the link to read more- and don’t miss the podcast interview (The Paleo View) with hosts Stacy and Sarah and guests, Liz Wolfe and myself (Trina Felber)
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We have all heard the word detox; a scary word associated mostly with abuse or over consumption of drugs or alcohol. In reality, it is a natural a bodily function that occurs whenever a substance (good or bad) enters the body. The longer the exposure to a substance, the longer the detox timeframe. A short exposure also can lead to detox, but the timeframe may be shortened and the “effects” not as severe.
I will give an example from my background in anesthesia. I witness “detox” every day I practice. If you have experienced anesthesia, you will relate. It is actually a very good example because while under anesthesia, you are given large doses of medication so that a procedure can be performed without you being aware. Anesthesia is a foreign substance in your body- an alteration to your “normal” if you will. Once anesthesia is stopped, you slowly return to a conscious state. Physiologically, the drugs are metabolized and the concentration decreases. Most drugs and chemicals are lipophilic- they love fat. Drugs tend to like to accumulate in adipose (fat) tissue and just hang out there. The longer the drug exposure (anesthesia), the higher the levels of the drug in the adipose tissue. Equilibration occurs when the level in the blood stream is equal to the level in the adipose tissue.
Ok, the procedure is over, the drug is shut off or discontinued. You wake up slowly, and feel groggy. Why?? FAT and body tissues- the more fat- the more drug that can distribute there. The drug will “redistribute” over a period of time back into the bloodstream, to be metabolized and eliminated. This process can take 30 minutes or it can take hours. This is an example of the detox period- the period of time it takes for the body to remove the drug (or substance) and normalize. Everyone reacts differently during the detox period.
Now, lets talk about every day life. Daily, we are exposed to numerous toxins- some we can control, others we cannot. Environmental toxins are out of our immediate control (pollution, pollen). Controllable toxins include the food we eat and the things that come directly in contact with our skin. Food is easy- organic is best. Anything in a box probably contains preservatives (neuro-toxins), gluten and sugar (yes- for all intents and purposes, sugar is a toxin. It causes chemical reactions that produce free radicals that cause cell death). Now, consider these every day products: shampoo, soap, toothpaste, shaving cream/lotion, after shave, make up, conditioner, styling agents, deodorant, body lotions… Even our water is not pure unless it is ultra purified.
Now consider the fact that most people use most of these products daily- even twice a day. THAT is a lot of chemical exposure. Click here (part one) and here (part two) to read my articles about losing five pounds instantly by ditching chemical laden skincare. Where do all of these chemicals go?? With repeat exposure, blood levels increase, natural redistribution occurs (remember that adipose tissue- Chemical housing!), equilibration occurs.
“Considering that pesticides are a pervasive pollutant found in your food and drinking water, natural methods that may assist your body in their detoxification are important. These man-made neurotoxic chemicals bioaccumulate in your body, as they resist breaking down in water and also accumulate and store in body fat, where they can remain for long periods of time.
In short, this means your body has a very hard time getting rid of them once they enter it, and once enough of these toxic chemicals get into a cell, they disrupt its function. For instance, Chlorpyrifos can cause cholinesterase inhibition in humans, which means it overstimulates your nervous system leading to potential symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, confusion, muscular tremors, and even difficulty breathing and death.
Other pesticides, such as Rotenone and Paraquat, are linked to increased risk of Parkinson’s disease, and both are lipophilic, meaning they resist breaking down in water and accumulate in your fat. Both are also known to cross your blood-brain barrier.” http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/16/this-food-helps-you-to-detox-pesticides.aspx
Today, a well know, rapidly growing group of society (primals) is questioning the consequences from mega doses of daily toxin exposure and quickly looking for natural, toxin free alternatives. What happens…..
Diet changes. We learn very quickly that what we eat is very important. Liz Wolfe, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) and author of the incredible blog Cave Girl Eats, does an amazing job in The Skintervention Guide (if you need a copy, click here…) explaining how to heal the body from inside to the outside. After prolonged exposure to the wrong types of food, the body needs to heal in order to function optimally… And optimal function is our goal! Liz describes in detail how to heal our organs- after all, our skin will NOT look its best until our insides, our core, our gut, is healthy and functioning effectively. Changing the diet can have immediate results. You can instantly feel and look better. Why?.. You are supplying your body with proper, easily digestible, nutrient dense food - in the correct form. BUT- WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING?? Why, three weeks after eating whole, organic foods does your skin look lifeless- even congested and broken out. Why did you develop that nasty rash? And what happened to your energy- you were flying high when this new lifestyle started- but now? You feel lifeless and discouraged!!!
…… HOLD ON- I THINK I CAN EXPLAIN!!! Remember all that fat??? Remember how it LOVES to hold onto things? Here is just another reason to keep fat to a normal level because the more fat you carry, the longer your detox period will take!
Psychologically, what is going on in there? Since The Skintervention Guide has been released, more and more people (yeah!) are improving their diet and utilizing the techniques Liz recommends. A few are getting discouraged around the two-four week mark because things are not what they expected. I am here to tell you- YOU ARE NORMAL AND WHAT YOU ARE EXPERIENCING IS NORMAL! Here is the psychological babble created by big pharm that you may experience:
Psychological babble #1: the quick fix!!! Everything today is ultra FAST!! Technology is FAST. Drugs work FAST. Speed is sold my the media. SPEED is worth millions. And we bought it- hook-line and sinker. That is why even processed food became the norm. It is faster to make a processed product than to grow a tomato.
Change your psychological babble: People want a quick fix- they want to “undo” years- maybe decades of bad practice in three weeks??!!! Not possible. Those that quit in three week haven’t even made it thru the detox / adjustment period. To fully detox could take six months or longer. The adjustment period could be 6-8 weeks. Combined- if you quit within four weeks-you gave up way too early. Look beyond the present.
The big pharm has made huge $$$$ creating the instant fix.
People are very brainwashed into thinking problems should be fixed now. That does not happen by mistake!! Big Pharm WANTS you to believe this!!!
When you heal from the inside out- don’t expect instant results. It won’t happen. Yes, you may “feel” instantly better from proper nutrition, however, toxins and chemicals are typically stored in adipose (fat) tissue. Laws of concentration-distribution-redistribution define exactly how long it will take for the toxins to migrate out of the fat, to the liver/kidneys and be broken down and eliminated in the urine and feces. This is actually a built-in safety mechanism from nature. If ALL the toxins immediately redistributed from the fat tissue, your blood concentration could be toxic- causing even more damage. A healthy chemical detox should occur over six months- therefore, everyone will experience results and physical adjustments differently, depending on prior practices related to nutrition and skincare as well as activity and metabolism. Yes, metabolic rate will effect detox too!
Psychological babble #2: People don’t believe in detox from skincare and food. They don’t equate the chemicals contained in them as drugs- but they are. Just like any drug detox- chemical laden food and skincare WILL result in a detox period when it is discontinued or changed.
The adjustment period is different from the detox period although they happen simultaneously and can be difficult to distinguish. As mentioned, detox can take six months (or longer). Chemicals and toxins are slowly released from adipose tissue, metabolized, and eliminated by the body. Elimination can occur thru the liver, lungs, kidneys, bowels and the skin. You may feel dehydrated (drink lots of water during detox) or your energy level may swing from high to low (eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and fermented foods-as described by Liz in The Skintervention Guide)! You may experience diarrhea or constipation as toxins are eliminated. Externally, you may experience acne- like never before! You may develop a rash, or itching, or dry skin, eczema, psoriasis or anything unusual! This occurs as the toxins are being eliminated by the skin and this is all normal! One major function of the skin is to eliminate toxins!!!! Congested skin cannot eliminate toxins as effectively.
Symptoms of detox may occur- then disappear- then reappear again, multiple times during the detox process. Keep in mind that new eating habits can also cause some of these same symptoms and the less toxins we carry, the better our body functions and the better it will react to new foods. Toxins can suppress our natural response and immune system. Yes, even the immune system will incur an adjustment period!
Remember- lab made chemicals can cause cell dysfunction and mutation. These cells will not function as parent cells did- and may not function at all.
What is the adjustment period???
The adjustment period is more of a physical rendition of how our SKIN reacts to new products. For instance, if you have been using products that contain water or alcohol as the first ingredients listed, and most commercial product contain both, your skin is in a constant state of dehydration and it cannot function properly. It adapts by increasing sebum production. Your skin also reacts to chemicals (preservatives, fragrance, dyes) and auto-regulates itself to protect against these harmful ingredients. These ingredients also cause cellular changes via free radical production which can lead to premature aging and cellar mutation (possibly cancer). Chemicals also cause cellular dehydration and confusion. During the adjustment period, you may experience the exact same symptoms as detox- you may develop a rash, or itching, or dry skin, eczema, psoriasis or anything unusual!
How do you know what it is? You don’t. If it occurs after eight weeks, you can assume it is related to detox. During the first eight weeks, it could be one or the other- or a combination of both. The important thing to remember is that your skin and body WILL heal, auto regulate and adjust to your new practice. By the way- the same is true if you fall off the wagon and resume a chemical laden diet and skincare- there will be an adjustment to the chemicals again.
Levels of Detox
Detox can occur at numerous levels. When a supply (drug or toxin) is completely discontinued, initial removal is great and then it tapers and the remainder of the drug or toxin is removed over time as the law of re-distribution dictates. If a drug or toxin is only decreased (not completely stopped or discontinued) in strength or amount, detox occurs until a new equilibrium is established- a new level if you will. If a drug or toxin is stopped, then a small amount (or bolus) is introduced periodically, a completely zero level may never be established. The person may live in a constant state of detox, if you will, or an intermittent detox due to fluctuating, intermittent doses.
The take home lesson is this:
If you remove ALL toxins from your life (food and skincare), you can establish a near complete detox (taking into consideration environmental factors out of our control).
THE BAD NEWS
Yes. The bad news is this: if you do not completely (or near completely- no one is perfect) remove toxins from both food and skincare, you will live in a constant state of detox. These fluctuations may result in skin conditions (acne, psoriasis, eczema, rashes, etc). Liz gives excellent guidance for both diet and skincare in The Skintervention Guide. Again, miracles do not happen over night. It took years to absorb all those toxins. Give your body a fighting chance to fully detox by incorporating both dietary and skincare options that will heal your body FROM THE INSIDE OUT.
The very good news!
To end on a positive note, there is good news to those that almost fully detox their food and skincare: an occasional ingestion, or application (food or skincare) of a chemical laden, commercial food or product will NOT kill you!! Your body is amazing. Given the healing that has occurred, your body will be performing the way it is meant to. Your liver has a function: to remove toxins from the body! It will be able to remove toxins much more effectively when toxic exposure is kept to a minimum. Let your liver, kidneys, pancreas, skin, heart, lungs and gut heal to do the job they were meant to do- effectively and efficiently.
Happy detox and amazing adjustments!!!!
All Primal Life Organics Skin-Food is chemical and toxin free! Never any man-made or lab-invented chemicals EVER! Only FOOD FOR YOUR SKIN!
Nom Nom Paleo: Paleo Eats: 11/5/12 -
I’m more than halfway through my week of night shifts, and the work’s been steady — not too crazy and not too slow. It’s been juuust right. Sipping bone broth during my 10-hour shift staved off the hunger pangs, so my leftovers stayed in my lunchbox all night.
But when I walked through the…