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Sunlight Chronicle
Volume II Issue 5
May 2013

Sunlight Natural Health
6302 Falls Road, Suite C

Welcome to the May Edition of the Sunlight Chronicle!

May is National Mental Health Month!

I am excited to share with you what we are doing to bring you the best in thoughtful and thorough health care with only the safest and highest quality supplements and herbs to support your progress!
With spring here and warmer weather on the way it's time to clean house inside and out.  Have you ever wondered if what is in your cleaning products could be hurting you?  Many household cleaners contain toxic chemicals associated with a number of serious health problems like asthma, cancer, hormonal disruptors, skin and lung irritation, mental health and more. What is shocking is that for most cleaning products there is no federal law to make sure the labels tell you what's in them! So you often have no way to find out if your cleaners have harmful ingredients. The law doesn’t require most types of cleaners even to disclose what chemicals are in them.
The EPA only regulates cleaners that contain registered pesticides such as disinfectants with "active ingredients".  Instead, many companies use vague terms such as “surfactant” or “preservative” to describe their ingredients.  The good news is there are plenty of products that will get the job done without exposing you and your family to these hazardous substances. 
For practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from exposure to potentially harmful chemicals go to The Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning EWG's staff scientists have evaluated the ingredients listed on cleaning product labels, websites and worker safety documents based on information available in top government, industry and academic toxicity databases and in the scientific literature on potential health and environmental problems. 
10 Things to Know When Decoding Labels...
Green Seal / EcoLogo
Green Seal and EcoLogo are organizations that provide independent, third party certification of environmentally friendly cleaners and authorize approved products to bear their seals of approval.  Both programs restrict certain toxic chemicals.  Both require manufacturers to submit data showing that their products are effective and to undergo regular audits to make sure they meet current green standards.  Currently, both seals of approval are found more often on commercial cleaners than on household products.  Use these third-party certified products when you can – their standards are the best out there today.
Fragrance or scent vs. free & clear/free of perfumes and dyes
Many cleaning companies market their products’ scents – or the absence of added scent. Added fragrances are unnecessary and can provoke allergic reactions.  The term “fragrance” on an ingredient list means the product contains a chemical cocktail that may consist of dozens of substances for which there is limited safety data.  EWG recommends that you choose products free of unnecessary, undisclosed ingredients such as fragrance and dye.  Products labeled “Free & Clear” are better bets, though a few may contain a scent to mask the smell of other ingredients. 
This term often refers to the non-pesticide ingredients in antibacterial cleaning supplies.  There is no requirement to list them on the product label – only pesticides must be listed.  â€œInert” does not mean safe.  Inert substances can include petroleum-derived solvents, preservatives or fragrances. In some cases these ingredients are irritating to the skin and respiratory system or can cause long-term adverse health effects such as neurological damage.  Choose products that list all ingredients whenever possible.  That way you’ll know what “inert” ingredients are in the product. 
On a cleaning product, the word “natural” can mean anything or nothing at all – there is no regulation of the word’s use.  Some manufacturers use the term to mean that some or all of the ingredients come from plants or minerals rather than petroleum, but they rarely disclose how much or little of those ingredients is present.  The term “natural” can mislead consumers to think that a product is safer or more environmentally friendly than it actually is.  Take this claim with a grain of salt, “Natural” is not the same as “organic.”
This common marketing term implies that the ingredient or product will not harm human health or the environment.  There is no standard definition in the cleaning products industry, so this term is no help in choosing the safest cleaners.
Optical brightener
An optical brightener, found in some laundry detergents, makes fabrics appear brighter.  It coats clothing in the washing machine and sticks to fabric even after rinsing.  Optical brighteners can cause skin irritation.  Some, like triazine-stilbenes, do not break down easily and can accumulate in the environment, where they can be toxic to aquatic life.  These chemicals are not allowed in some third-party certification standards for green cleaners. Avoid them when you can.
The word “organic” can mean anything on a cleaner – or nothing at all. There are no legal constraints on the word’s use.  Organic implies that ingredients are from plants grown without use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, but only products bearing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Certified Organic” logo are legally bound to comply with that claim.  Some manufacturers mislead consumers by using the term as a chemist would, to mean ingredients made mostly of carbon atoms (petroleum-based ingredients can fall in this category).  Take this claim with a grain of salt.  If you don’t see the USDA Organic logo, look for a full ingredient list in EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning.
A solvent is a liquid that keeps other ingredients mixed in a solution.  Solvents can also be used as specialized cleaners for tough soils and stains.  Water is a non-toxic solvent, but many other solvents are flammable and release volatile organic compounds into the air.  When inhaled, solvents can cause respiratory impairment, neurological damage, reproductive and developmental harm and cancer. 
Surfactants are chemicals that loosen dirt and grease from surfaces so that they can be washed away.  They are essential for cleaning, but some are safer than others. Some, like nonylphenol ethoxylates, are toxic to aquatic life and decompose very slowly.  Find products with safer surfactants in EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning.
Volatile organic compounds
Often abbreviated “VOCs,” volatile organic compounds are air contaminants that form smog.  Some chemicals in this general category are linked to more severe health effects.  The state of California places strict limits on VOC emissions from cleaners.  Use no- or low-VOC cleaning supplies whenever possible.

Best Regards,
Dr. Janene Martin
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Featured Products for May
MRM Attention!
Designed to meet the needs of children who exhibit attention and behavioral problems, Attention! is a kid-friendly formula that    includes essential fatty (DHA), phospholipids such as phosphatidylserine, vitamins,         minerals, herbs and other nutrients. Research has shown these nutrients to enhance the    neurological function and learning capabilities of children by addressing common problematic nutritional deficiencies.
Apex Brain-E DHA
Brain-E DHA is a unique essential fatty acid formula with a 14:1 ratio of DHA to EPA.  Essential fatty acids are known to support brain health, but recent research points to DHA as the component that best serves the brain.  Brain-E DHA is available in two flavors and can be used by all ages. It’s liquid form and bioavailability makes it especially useful for those who have difficulty digesting supplements, such as children and senior citizens.

Apex Neruotrans Active
This specially designed homeopathic formula was designed to support key neurotransmitters in the brain. Homeopathic preparations of GABA, Dopamine, Serotonin, Epinephrine, Norepinephrine and Acetylcholine work  synergistically to balance symptoms such as fatigue, lack of focus, sadness, irritability, mood swings and headaches.
Disconnected Kids
Written by childhood neurological researcher Dr. Robert Melillo, Disconnected Kids describes the Brain Balance Program. This program allows parents and caregivers to understand and address the potential causes and symptoms of their child’s autism, ADHD, dyslexia or other childhood neurological disconnects using simple physical and sensory exercises in the comfort of home.
Featured Recipe
Chocolate Avocado Pudding

By Karolina Tittel (TLS Coach)

1 Ripe Avocado
1 cup fresh coconut water or bottled from Taste Nirvana (9.5 fl.oz.)
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract (without alcohol
4 Dates
2-3 Tablespoons Dark Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Maca Powder (optional)

Blend all ingredients and serve with fresh berries or thawed raspberries in a small pot with 1Tablespoon water and 1 teaspoon maple syrup.

Note:  If you have no dates, use fresh or frozen banana or maple syrup.  If you have no coconut water, use either filtered water or nut milk.
MD ND Legislation Update

The MDANP is proud to announce that, although we did not secure passage of a bill that would license NDs in Maryland this year, we encountered great success along the way, educated many of our states legislators, and built alliances that will aid us in the future. On the Senate side, our bill passed out of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee (EHEA) with an overwhelming majority, and was the subject of an impassioned defense when it was introduced in front of the full Senate. On the House side, our bill was the subject of much debate in the Health and Government Operations Committee (HGO), and the tireless efforts of naturopathic doctors and our beloved patients saw many delegates who were initially skeptical become supportive. Though the bill was not ultimately passed, we believe that we are in good standing to secure a licensure law very soon.
We are grateful for the overwhelming display of support from our naturopathic and allopathic colleagues, friends and family members who supported the cause, and most importantly our patients who shared their healing stories with legislators and gave true testament to the power of naturopathic medicine. Our bill sponsors Senator Catherine Pugh and Delegate Nathaniel Oaks also went above and beyond to bring strong attention to our bill throughout the session.
Chairman Hammen from the House HGO Committee has offered to oversee a summer work group that will bring all interested parties together to discuss bill language that will help ensure passage in 2013. We look forward to achieving licensure for NDs in Maryland with the continued support of our community and all of the lives who have been touched by this medicine.
In Wellness,
Emily Telfair, ND
Maryland Association of Naturopathic Physicians



With great joy and gratitude, I am pleased to announce that the MDANP was awarded one of four grants generously offered by Emerson Ecologics to support the advancement of the naturopathic profession in this country. Thanks to the very hard work of Dr. Angela Diop who wrote and submitted the proposal for the MDANP and those who worked tirelessly on the legislative campaign, the efforts of the MDANP have been recognized and supported by the natural health community. A grant of $7,000 was gifted to the MDANP specifically for our licensure efforts and it was the largest of the four grants awarded to a naturopathic association by Emerson. This gift represents the great faith that our peers have in our ability to succeed with licensing NDs in Maryland, and we will honor this faith with continued perseverance and ultimate success! The MDANP especially thanks Dr. Lise Alschuler and Dr. Jaclyn Chasse at Emerson Ecologics who advocate on behalf of  our profession and encourage Emerson to support vital efforts that will increase access to naturopathic care for all.  

Want to Stay in the Legislative Loop?
Mark Your Calendar and Come to a Meeting:

Saturday, June 2nd                                             
Time: 10-11:30a.m. EST                                      
Location: Conference Call                                   
(712) 432-1620  Code: 430328#                                                                    
Saturday, September 15th
10a.m.-12p.m. EST
Location: Bodhi Clinic, Millersville, MD
Saturday, December 10th
10a.m.-12p.m. EST
Location: Bodhi Clinic, Millersville, MD

*Regular conference call meetings will be taking place this summer to continue progress with licensure efforts before the next legislative session in January 2013. If you are interested in participating, please contact me directly
About Us

At Sunlight Natural Health you will find a team of licensed professionals who approach your health care from varied holistic modalities.  This gives you the control over the health care decisions that are right for you.
Sunlight Natural Health is located on Falls Road in the Bare Hills Business district just 1 mile North of Whole Foods grocery and serves the Greater Baltimore, Maryland / Washington DC, and Southern Pennsylvania area. We provide health care for all ages addressing chronic, acute, and preventative health care needs.
Jump start your health! The Sunlight Natural Pharmacy offers a selection of the highest quality vitamins, herbs, and nutritional supplements to support your health needs.  Find all of your vitamins and supplements at Sunlight Natural Health.  Whether you’re looking for immune or adrenal support, digestive enzymes, or natural allergy relief, we can help you find the products you’re looking for.

We treat you, not your disease!
Our Licensed Practitioners

Dr. Janene Martin, N.D., is a licensed naturopathic physician whose practice includes functional medical assessments, lifestyle and nutritional counseling, homeopathy, herbal and nutritional supplementation, and hydrotherapy.
Gina Corso, M.Ac., L.Ac., Chinese Herbalist, is a licensed acupuncturist and certified Chinese Herbalist who offers a balance of traditional and contemporary healing modalities focusing on women's health.
Amy Joyce, M.Ac., L.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist who combines classical acupuncture, practical body wisdom, and meditation to facilitate mindful healing.
Jessica Luty Kabrhel, LCSW-C, is a licensed psychotherapist assisting adolescents and adults with personal growth, recovery, and healing.
Anita Wilson, LMT
, is a licensed massage therapist who offers custom massages utilizing Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, reflexology, sports massage, and myofascial release to help reduce stress, promote relaxation and relieve muscular pain.
Kasia Kines, M.S., LDN, CNS, CN, is a licensed nutritionist who focuses on the environmental aspects of nutrition and offers a holistic nutrition program that includes a detoxification protocol for a wide variety of conditions.
Wendy Kurtz, M.S., B.S., B.A., is a certified colon hydrotherapist trained in the SLO-FIL technique and a health coach who focuses on treating the whole person.
Heather Lindh-Payne, LCSW-C, is a licensed psychotherapist using a psychodynamic and holistic framework to help adults, adolescents, and families.
Karolina J. Tittel is a wellness consultant & TLS Weight Solution coach who coaches groups and individuals in healthy lifestyle behaviors using the Transitions Lifestyle System.
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