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      A Better Body Lotion

      A Better Body Lotion

      Many of our customers who use our Thera Wise Natural Skin Healing/Wound Care Ointment to help manage inflammatory skin conditions would often ask us what kind of moisturizer we would recommend. 

      Although there are many choices on the market, we wanted to offer a complimentary body lotion that would embody the philosophy and treatment principle of the Thera Wise Therapeutic Ointments. For those with sensitive skin, we developed a body lotion that addressed the below main functions;

      + Protection and maintenance of the skins natural microbiome
      + Retaining and balancing skin hydration
      + Improving skin barrier function
      + Rejuvenating skin cellular functions
      + Improving skin elasticity and surface smoothness

      It is my belief that if you are going to make a new product it should be something that will be better than what is currently available, with this comes one of the biggest challenges in keeping our price to the consumer within an affordable margin. I have heard the saying 'good health decisions are rarely good business decisions', and with this comes the reason our Thera Wise products are always cost a bit more.  Although our lotion may cost a bit more than the other brands, your skin will thank you for making a truly healthy and functional choice.

      Some key initiative to our Body Lotion was a desire to source science-backed bioactive plant extracts grown closer to home (in North America).  I believe the nature that surrounds us has a better bio-affinity with our bodies. What we are more recently learning is that these Northern plants contain previously unknown unique and rare properties that enable them to survive and thrive, can also protect, rejuvenate and benefit sensitive and delicate skin. 

      Another important consideration was to source raw material that reduces the impact on the earth's resources. Many of our plant extracts are grown without agricultural inputs such as our Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Daikon Radish Seed Oil, grown in Oregon under a local farming cooperative without water (apart from natural rainfall) soil additives, herbicides or pesticides.  

      Our Canadian Willowherb is another botanical extract that is ethically wild-harvested and supports a rural Northern economy extracted without petrochemicals. Our Algae Extract is grown in a remote area of the Canadian Northern Atlantic Ocean and is extracted and preserved using a biotechnological cold water fractionation process.  On the other side of the continent in the Canadian Pacific ocean, we use Glacial Ocean mineral water rich in over 60 beneficial minerals that help cleanse and nourish the skin. 

      At Thera Wise we have always recognized the importance of the skin's natural microbiome in the pursuit of better dermatological health, We add prebiotics that promotes the proliferation of beneficial bacteria (and reduce the bad bacteria), thus strengthening the skin barrier function and helping protect and rejuvenate delicate skin.

      Although not grown in North America our lovely combination of Mimosa Flower and Yuzu Citrus Peel Essential Oils add a subtle, gentle touch of elegance, tenderness and warm healing energy to complete an experience of a body lotion you cannot live without.

      Since the introduction of our new Body Lotion, we have been received rave reviews . We hope you can experience this luxurious body lotion as well, you deserve it. 


        

      Senior Oral Care - Medications and Dry Mouth

      Senior Oral Care - Medications and Dry Mouth

      Many seniors citizens suffer from dry mouth and the negative effects of having reduced saliva in the mouth such as less effective digestive processes, increased tooth decay, and oral infections. The primary cause of dry mouth with seniors is pointing at prescription medication. Other culprits include diabetes, Sjogren’s syndrome, chemotherapy, radiation, and nerve damage.

      As we head into our mid-sixties,  our saliva production overall is reduced, however we now understand that around 400 prescribed medications (some sources suggest an estimated 60% of all prescriptions) and to a lesser extent over the counter drugs cause a large majority of the problems associated with dry mouth syndrome (also called xerostomia).

      The senior population is often, unfortunately, the recipients of chronic over medicating, while doctors with the best of intentions chase an ever-increasing list of health symptoms.  A patient would come in with a common complaint of edema (fluid retention) in the legs, next they have a prescription for a diuretic (a drug/substance that increases the excretion of water) then they are battling an unfortunate series of oral health challenges living with the uncomfortable feeling of dry mouth.  A diuretic prescription is a good example of all the drug types listed above, the class known as diuretics is the most commonly linked to xerostomia. Medications that are the most common cause of dry mouth include painkillers, diuretics, blood pressure medicine,  antidepressants, antihistamines, asthma drugs, and muscle relaxants.  In my practice (Acupuncture &Herbology) I was somewhat surprised by the list of medications that seniors were taking. Many of these were not reviewed often enough and in my opinion, many were completely unnecessary or useless. I remember treating several patients who were taking Vioxx at the time and thinking to myself something just does not seems right. Vioxx was the arthritis drug that caused approximately 140,000 heart attacks resulting in an estimated 60,000 deaths.

      Saliva helps remove unhealthy bacteria from the gums, and therefore without enough saliva, the mouth becomes dry, and can over time weaken teeth.  By salivating, your mouth helps you taste and digest what you eat and drink. Food particles get flushed from your teeth and acid is washed away as well, which helps prevent tooth decay (cavities).  Continual decay interferes with the production of saliva in the mouth, causing a chronic condition that becomes a cycle: decay reduces saliva, the lack of which allows bacteria to remain in the mouth, exacerbating decay.

      So why do medications cause dry mouth? 
      There does not seem to be a clear understanding of why this happens, especially as each drug would have a different metabolic pathway leading to differing hypotheses.  Possibly we can get an idea if we look at the cannabis ‘cotton mouth’ sensation. THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, binds to receptors in the salivary glands causing them to be less active. The Thera Wise Adult toothbrush is the first toothbrush that can offer assistance to help improve dry mouth symptoms due to medical treatments and medications due to a compromised oral microbiome. By selectively being able to reduce the number of ‘bad’ bacteria in the mouth (like Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli (E-coli), Pseudomonas aeruginosa) through it’s naturally antibacterial properties, the Thera Wise Adult brush can be an effective tool in assisting those struggling with the negative effects of reduced saliva in the mouth. Our Adult customers of all ages love the feeling this brush leaves in the mouth and its ability to reduce bacteria that cause bad breath.

      Thera Wise Adult Antibacterial Toothbrush
      Due to Thera Wise Adult Toothbrush not needing toothpaste for efficacy, this brush can also be very helpful for adults with cognitive impairments where brushing with toothpaste and properly rinsing may be challenging. Within this group, toothpaste texture and ability to rinse toothpaste from the mouth is often problematic.

      One of our other important considerations when designing this brush was the egonomics capabilities of all adult ages.  Much thought went into the brush handle and neck design. Thera Wise Adult Brush is easily suited for adults with less manual dexterity with the easy hold rubber grip and balance that allows more fluid fine movements. The flexible neck provides an additional safety feature as does the ultra-soft bristles ensuring comfort and functionality for those dealing with sensitive teeth and gums.

      What About Fluoride?

      What About Fluoride?

      Offering functionally advanced toothbrushes for children that do not need toothpaste, we often get asked the question "what about fluoride?"  

      Some parents are concerned that kids not using toothpaste with fluoride will develop unnecessary cavities.

      Our Thera Wise Childrens toothbrushes are designed for young children who may not be able to properly rinse toothpaste or are potentially eating toothpaste, this can be a problem especially depending on the brand of toothpaste used. As you may know, there’s some debate over the safety of sodium fluoride and sodium monofluorophospate, added to water and dental products. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend using fluoride toothpaste until at least the age of two or before a child is able to effectively spit toothpaste along with proper swallowing reflexes (which is usually closer to the age of three). It also discourages the use of fluoride rinses in children due to the associated risks. 

      For some time now we have knowns that fluoridation of water and through dental use during pregnancy can be a concern.  Studies have shown that fluoride crosses the placenta and that it accumulates in brain regions involved in learning and memory by altering proteins and neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. Lab studies suggest that this fluoride accumulation results in lasting memory impairment.

      More recently one of the  Journals of Medicine JAMA Pediatrics published results from a larger study group taking optimally fluoridated water.

      Funded by the Canadian government and the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Science, the new study titled "Association Between Maternal Fluoride Exposure During Pregnancy and IQ Scores in Offspring in Canada" examined the association between fluoride exposure during pregnancy and the IQ scores of the children at ages 3 and 4 years of age. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2748634 

      The study's authors concluded:
      "…maternal exposure to higher levels of fluoride during pregnancy was associated with lower IQ scores in children aged 3 to 4 years. These findings indicate the possible need to reduce fluoride intake during pregnancy."

      Armed with the above information, it is likely best to be cautious of fluoride intake during pregnancy and with infants and young children. 

      All said we are big believers in health freedom and respect the decisions of parents. We always let parents know that it is fine to use toothpaste with our no toothpaste needed toothbrushes, you will still get the same benefits.

      New Product Spotlight - Natural Bio-Active Body Wash and Shampoo

      New Product Spotlight - Natural Bio-Active Body Wash and Shampoo

      I have for some time wanted to offer our customers a gentle wash product that would compliment our skin healing therapeutic ointments. A body wash and shampoo suitable for babies, kids, adults and seniors to use and love.

      Those with troubled sensitive skin do not have many options when it comes to cleaning products as most contain strong surface acting chemicals (also called surfactants) that are designed to lift dirt and other unwanted materials off the skin surface.

      I am referring mostly to anionic surfactants that are found in laundry detergents, dish soap, shampoos and washes like Sodium Laureth Sulfate and many the ingredients that end in -eth (eg. Ceteareth, Laureth-4, Laureth-23).

      Surfactants in skin cleansers interact with the skin in several manners. In addition to the desired benefit of removing unwanted buildup on the skin, they also can remove the skin-protecting elements like lipids that help maintain a healthy skin barrier and beneficial bacteria needed for healthy immune function of the skin.

      Our new Thera Wise Natural Bio-Active Body Wash and Shampoo is perfect for those looking for a low foaming gentle wash that protects the skin as it cleans.

      I am also excited to mention our newest initiative that includes having most of our Bio-Active ingredients from Canadian sources. Modern Science is just now starting to discover the unique and multi-functional phytochemical properties of plants grown in the harsh Northern climates of North America.  These unique and rare properties that enable these plants to survive and thrive also contain special properties that can protect, rejuvenate and benefit sensitive and delicate skin.

      Key Highlights: 

      • Marine Glacial Clay Water extract from the Pacific North West (Canada) helps to nourish the skin and protect against environmental pollution
      • Canadian Willow Herb Extract help reduce redness and inflammation
      • Canadian Atlantic Seaweed Extract nourishes and protects delicate skin
      • Mild essential oils of Yuzu Citrus and Mimosa Flower delight your senses and impart a luxurious shower sensation
      • Extract from olive oil protects the skin barrier function

       

      Reasons We Love Daikon Seed Oil

      Reasons We Love Daikon Seed Oil

      Daikon Seed Oil is our new fav emollient for our Thera Wise Natural Vegan Lip Balms.

      For those unfamiliar, daikon is a large white radish consumed mostly in Asian style foods. Turns out that Daikon seed oil has some really unique and valuable skincare properties.

      Here is what we like about the Daikon Seed Oil we use in our Thera Wise Vegan Lip Balms; 

      – Grown in North America without pesticides or herbicides –  grown by a farmer cooperative in Oregon State – cool right?

       Provides non-greasy glide for that luxurious lip feel. Absorbs very quickly and locks in long-lasting moisturizing properties leaving lips feeling velvety soft all day (no need for silicones or other less desirable skincare additives).

       Gives lips that luxurious and plump fresh look as Daikon Radish Seed Oil has the capacity to reach lower skin layers deeply moisturizing from the inside out.

       Protects, moisturizes and rejuvenates naturally.