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  • Do you just use water? Or some rinse like ophy is using?
    Its just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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    • I found a non-aluminium deoderant in the supermarket, so I'm using that these days. Since I have enough alzheimers/battiness running in the family. I also don't sweat so much what with the 50lbs I dropped, so it all works out well what with not having the anti-persp part.

      I'm also very intrigued by the no shampoo thing - I frequently get druff issues, when my hair gets long (I think my scalp gets tired holding all the hair on since I have a LOT of hair), so I might give this a go. Hmm...

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      • When I first started doing it, I would just rinse it out with some conditioner, or use a special "no poo" cleanser. But now I mostly just rinse it out with water, and some apple cider vinegar a few times a week. It feels so different not having all that stuff in my hair.

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        • This amused me: Oprah getting slammed by Newsweek

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          • So I'm a month into no 'poo and things are still going well. I'm definitely going through an adjustment period though . . . I'm still having to wash more often than I wanted to by this point, but I guess it just takes time to get less greasy from day to day. I've added a tea rinse to my list (black tea, chamomile and peppermint), which is adding shine and keeping me from smelling at all vinegar-y.

            Mr.o has decided to throw all of his soaps and shampoos away and use my mixes, so I have a convert. Which is nice, but it means I'm mixing stuff up pretty often. We're making our own body wash from a teeny bit of Dr.Bronner's Magic Soap and a couple cups of water. It works really well - I got the Almond scent and I lurves it. I'm using it as hand soap in the bathrooms, and as dish soap in the kitchen. Such a cheap solution! I can't believe the amount of money we used to throw away on soap before.

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            • Well, PAMBIC two months later.

              I'm off the baking soda. I got a big lecture from my hair stylist about what it was doing to my ends. She is water only (hasn't used shampoo in 10 years), so she didn't recommend that I go back to regular 'poo, but she was unhappy about the damage. So I'm using Burt's Bees, which is SLS, paraben and pthalate free.

              Happy with it so far. My hair still doesn't feel like it used to, with SLS 'poo, but it is a ton more shiny and un-split on the Burt's Bees. I'm still using Dr. Bronner's for everything else, and a SLS free toothpaste.

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              • Wait - remind me... what is SLS?

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                • Sodium Laureth Sulfate.

                  My question on the whole thing is, your hair can't really absorb and put anything into your system, except for right at the actual root and even then, virtually zilch. Plus, it's not on your scalp for but a few minutes. I'm not sure I buy the idea that shampoo will kill you. Maybe soap and bubble bath...
                  "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.---Kanye

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                  • I use BBs!!! I LOVE it.

                    I'm currently having a crisis over the Whole Foods' CEO's libertarianism. I detest it/him.
                    Its just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                    • We don't have a Whole Foods! So I am conveniently not having to make any decisions in that area. We have a Greenlife, and an EarthFare instead.

                      I know you probably don't absorb all that much of the chemicals through your scalp - but apparently I shower with my mouth open, because I'm constantly spitting out my shampoo. So I was more concerned about what I was swallowing. That sounded almost dity. Ahem.

                      So this doesn't totally belong in a beauty thread, but I just had my fourth acupuncture treatment (mostly for my stupid food intolerance). Anyone else tried acupuncture? Trying to get an idea of how successful it has been for other people.

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                      • I was just teasing you about the SLS, ophy!

                        I'm seriously thinking about acupuncture. Possibly next month. I've gotten quite a food intolerance, too, in the past two years. Your body really DOES go to hell after 30.
                        "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.---Kanye

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                        • Yeah, my whole digestive system went to hell after I came back from China with giardia. It was annoying. Now I test as having intolerance to 16 foods (they only tested me on 20). The hardest ones to eliminate from my diet are tomatoes, cane sugar, and dairy. Cane sugar is in everything! Or labels just don't mark what kind of sugar is used so I have to avoid it anyway. I'm not supposed to eat much gluten either, and that's a bitch to reduce. But I have lost 15 lbs since Christmas without a lick of exercise! I now weigh less than I did on my wedding day, and I had worked my butt off (literally) for that day.

                          So far I *think* the acupuncture is helping. I have a bunch more sessions to do, though. It doesn't really hurt, except for a bit of a prick, and a bit more of "pain-like" sensation if they go in near bone. The first time I was so crazy loopy afterwards that my parents and husband thought I was high. I was groovin' for over a day. It was awesome.

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                          • So I was wondering around downtown Chicago yesterday during the hottest part of the day. We had some family in from Michigan and we took them to the fun waterfront crap in the city.

                            I was fine and dandy in the sun with no sunscreen except on my face. I actually though to myself, "Hunh, normally I would be red-faced and burning by now!"

                            So two hours after we get home my arms turn red and a heat rash develops. The bottom half of my legs also are rashy.

                            I do some googling and talk to my doc this morning and I have a case of polymorphous light eruption. Apparently, some women develop this in their 30s. It's like an allergy to the sun. Aces.

                            Anyway, it could be this one time or it could become an issue whenever I'm out in mid-day sun.

                            It's a big barrel of itchy red no fun.
                            Its just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                            • I think I've developed a caffeine allergy.
                              I think I need to go live in a bubble now. How do I exist in this world NOW?!
                              "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.---Kanye

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                              • I kinda love that the beauty advice thread has turn into more of a body-falling-apart ranty thread. I guess it's 'cause we ain't spring chickens no more.

                                And so speaking of . . . I'm living totally different than I was a couple of years ago. I eat almost no refined sugars or processed foods or fast foods or high fructose corn syrup or caffeine or gluten or dairy, and focus a lot on nuts and berries and lean meats. I even eat veggies occasionally! (which I never did before). I have cut out all sodium laurel sulfates, pthalates, and parabens. I use organic natural fluoride-free toothpaste, and I have started flossing. I use almost no chemicals on my face anymore. I get regular acupuncture. My skin and hair have never looked better, I sleep really well without any meds (finally!), and I am holding steady at 102 lbs (perfectly healthy for my height) without feeling like I'm starving all day. I take all of the vitamin D my doctor wants me to, and almost no other meds except for the occasional ibuprofen and allergy nose spray.

                                So . . . . why the frak don't I feel any better? I totally thought that if I did all of the above I would have energy to spare, but I'm just as tired all the time as I used to be. I don't get it. What more can I give up, for Beek's sake?

                                And don't say I need to exercise. I *really* don't want to start exercising.

                                Oh crap, I have to start exercising, don't I?

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