Kerry Fleckenstein, Therapeutic Lifestyle Recovery Coach
6:00 am

Laundry Detergent - one of my favorite subjects!


Do you think about your laundry detergent?  What’s in it?  What makes it smell and work so good?  We all want clean clothes that smell good right?  Do you suffer from some of the following symptoms, even though you eat well?  Skin irritations, eye irritations, difficulty breathing, asthma, hormonal imbalances, dermatitis, persistent scratchy pain in your throat or nose?  Have you been diagnosed with auto-immune disease?  Many symptoms are linked to toxins, often from laundry detergent. 

All that most of the labels tell you is that they should be kept out of reach of children, contain harmful substances, and should be kept away from the eyes, not breathed in and not be ingested.

Let’s look at ingredients!

Let’s take a look at what they found inside laundry detergent and what those things do to the human body.

1.4 dioxane–a well-known cancer causing bi-product of synthetic petrochemical surfactant Ethox. This chemical is associated with respiratory disease, nervous system toxicity, brain toxicity, liver and kidney disease.

SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate) – this chemical is used to make lots of foam in your laundry. SLS is linked to cancer and causes poisoning of your entire system.

Ammonia – Ammonia is used for cutting grease. It causes serious damage to human lungs and eyes. Ammonia is linked to cataracts and corneal damage.

Bleach – Everyone is aware of its stain removal abilities. But did you know that bleach is highly corrosive and can cause serious health problems? Bleach causes skin irritations and in sensitivity. In high doses it can actually burn your skin. It is also very irritating to your eyes, lungs and soft tissues (delicate areas). Breathing in straight bleach fumes can burn your lungs and throat.

Phosphates – Phosphates help to remove tough stains, but unfortunately nothing removes phosphates, not even from water plants. That means that the phosphates in your detergent will end up in your tap water. They cause skin irritations, diarrhea and nausea.

NPE (NonylphenolEthoxylate) – This chemical is so bad for your kidneys and liver that it has been banned in Europe and Canada. Many chain stores have asked their suppliers to stop using this chemical – but it is still found in many laundry detergents because it is a cleaning agent.

Diethanolamine – Another cleaning agent.Diethanolamine is associated with liver problems, skin irritations and causing eye irritations.

polyalkylene oxide or ethylene oxide – These are stabilizers that keep the product in its intended form on the shelf. They are known to cause dermatitis, respiratory problems and eye irritations.

Naphthotriazolystilbenes and benzoxazolyl, diaminostilbenedisulfonate – These are brighteners that stay in your clothes after they are dried and actually absorb UV light to make clothes look brighter. They are linked with causing damage to your reproductive system, as well as to developmental problems in growing children.

The above is a selection of the more dangerous additives in most laundry detergents. There are many more.

Itching skin and laundry detergents

As you will see above the most common health problems caused by the toxic ingredients in laundry detergents are eye irritations, respiratory problems and… skin irritations.

The easy way to spot these ingredients (Which don’t legally have to be listed) is to look for these key words on the label: Brightener, stabilizer, softening agents, fragrance and whitening.  Also look out for the words “keep out of reach of children” and “Do not ingest.”

Alternatives to Laundry Detergent

So now that you know what’s inside those strong smelling detergents, what can you do to avoid them? Here are some alternatives and common sense measures to Laundry detergent:

Make your own detergents. You can use pure soap (without petroleum bi-products in it) to clean your clothes.
Use essential oils to make them smell nice. Make sure that you read up on your oils too. They can be used to treat skin ailments instead of causing them if you use the correct ones!
Buy a safe, health conscious brand of laundry detergent.
Use baking soda as a natural brightening agent.
Forget the fabric softeners and drier sheets. Instead think about slowly investing in cotton and natural fiber clothing that doesn’t need them.
With so many easy, cost effective ways to get your laundry clean safely can you really afford to risk your health by using shop bought, mass-produced chemical laundry detergents?

I often think….If you can’t eat it, don’t use it!  Especially if you have auto-immune disease.  The best remedy for controlling symptoms is limit your toxins, limit your ingredients in your foods (less than 5) and you will automatically start detoxing.  For more help, try my 12 DAY DETOX!  CLICK BELOW


Kerry Fleckenstein, Therapeutic Lifestyle Recovery Coach
9:15 am

9 Traits of Genuinely Happy People


1. Love Themselves

I mean this in the sense that they are comfortable in your own skin. They accept and embrace your character, your mind and your body, not needing others approval. They make the best of everything.

2. See relationships as a part of, the whole of life

Relationships are a wonderful part of life. All kinds… parental, romantic, friendship, work. However, they cannot dictate happiness. To be dependent on a relationship to keep you happy leaves a void if something goes wrong with the relationship. Genuinely happy people are self-content and then embrace relationships as an extension to their happiness

3. Embrace Change

Life, if you don’t know by now, is inconsistent, undependable and always changing. Truly happy people (and let’s clarify here, not happy every minute of every day, but generally happy inside) are open to change, they truly listen to suggestions, respect and consider all opinions, and take criticism constructively rather than offensively.

4. Are happy for others without comparisons or jealousy

Jealousy is a dangerous emotion that causes unnecessary stress. Happy people usually see and use the accomplishments of others as motivation to achieve the same thing rather than harbor resentment. We have all been there. Life gives some people more than their fair share of hell while other seem to sail through without many scratches. Oh well…. It is what is. Use it. Get what you want instead of wishing you had what they did.  

5. Is not a victim

We’ve all been the so-called “victim.” You can be victimized by a boss, a relationship, a family situation, a crime or a serious abusive situation. It happens. Instead of dwelling on the terrible thing that happened, truly happy people tend to accept it and use it to get stronger. When people say, “Wow I don’t know how you made it” I say that I learned good lessons. I choose to look at what life brought me and turn it into a new beginning rather than a terrible loss.

6. Lives in the moment. Is Present

The past is gone and the future is not here yet. Happy people tend to realize that. Not only that, they tend to use that knowledge as motivation to make the most of each and every moment. In addition to being motivating, presence can also come in handy for truly appreciating those moments of relaxation, allowing yourself to be truly in them rather than distracted by future concerns. You don’t get where you’re going looking behind you and you won’t get there any faster than you can handle. Enjoy and accept the journey.

7. Believes Everything Happens For A Reason

This can very easily be paired with the choice to not be a victim, but happy people tend to trust the process and existence of everything in their life. They know that nothing is ever too big to handle and choose to embrace what life is currently throwing at them rather than cowering at the sight of it.

8. Understands it’s not always about the money

We all need money and need to make it. There is now running away from that. However there are choices that differentiate what we need and what we want. To make every decision in life based on money is a losing proposition. Is uncreative. A little risk might bring a great reward. For happy people money is not the ultimate dictator.

9. Look Within For Solutions

Genuinely happy people understand that change comes from the inside out. Whether you want to change your diet, your body, your mind, or your life the decisions come from within. There is no outside source to your thoughts or your happiness. If you want to lose weight, you have to understand why you gained it. If you are too stressed, ask yourself what can be different. Why is this in your life? Why is he/she in your life, why do you keep an unsatisfying job?

You have all the answers, you own the key to your happiness, peace and joy. Sometimes you just need help turning the key….

Kerry Fleckenstein, Therapeutic Lifestyle Recovery Coach
9:04 am

4 Best foods for Auto-immune Disease

1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Auto-immune disease is made more uncomfortable when your diet included many processed foods.  Substituting Extra Virgin Olive Oil is easier to digest than many shortenings, processed fats, and especially margarine.  Heck I take a shot of it a day!  I always joked with my kids about the olive oil brownies they were eating.  But seriously, delicious.  Try substituting it in one thing at a time.  Try it on a savory oatmeal.

2. Fresh Vegetables

Fresh vegetables are essential to include in your diet if you suffer from autoimmune disease. It’s important to maintain your health and nutrient level.  If you experience digestive distress try eating a lot of veggies, try them cooked.  Steamed.  You maintain the integrity of the veggie and the fiber but some of the breakdown has already happened for you.  Broccoli is super-food.  Try organic veggies as much as possible.  This limits your intake of extra toxins.

3. Whole Grains

Just as you should avoid processed fats and shortenings, you should also avoid processed carbohydrates. Instead of opting for heavily refined and processed sugars or flour, select whole grain alternatives. Locally made fresh bread is a good choice over standard loaves of bread that you can buy in the grocery store. Opt for natural sugar sources instead of refined sugar; maple syrup, molasses and honey make excellent sweeteners as alternatives to regular white sugar.  Try Oatmeal with any of the aforementioned sweeteners.  The key is to have as few ingredients as possible, especially in your grain foods.  How about Brown rice pasta?  As a general rule of thumb, go gluten free at least at first.

4. Easy to Digest Dairy

Although dairy is a potentially dangerous item to include in your diet if you suffer from autoimmune disease, it's still an important element of your diet. Choose dairy that is easier to digest, like eggs and yogurt. Kefir is a great option.  Try it plain, with honey, or in a smoothie.  Opt for low fat versions to reduce the stress on your body and to eliminate the opportunity for autoimmune episodes to develop. 
Remember.... eat as few ingredients as possible to start eliminating symptoms.