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Why SURVIVE when you can THRIVE?

Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)
The RDA is defined as, “the daily dietary intake level of a nutrient considered sufficient to meet the requirements of nearly all (97–98%) healthy individuals in each life-stage and gender group.” So in plain english, this is the amount of nutrients any healthy person requires, on a daily basis, to survive. NOTE: HEALTHY PERSON

Optimal Daily Intake (ODI)
This is a level of intake that takes into consideration a person’s genetic background, their environment – both in their home and their place of employment (or where they spend the majority of the day) – as well as their daily habits such as smoking, drinking, stress levels, prescription medications, and other factors unique to them.
In considering all of these factors, the ODI would reveal an optimal level of intake for an individual. Each person has individual optimal requirements which depend on his or her unique biological makeup and living situation. Because of the uniqueness in requirements among people, establishing an average intake level can be very difficult. It thus becomes more useful for individuals rather than for the general population. So, this is the amount of nutrients, an individual with unique circumstances and health issues, requires to survive . . . . and in turn, thrive!


For example: the RDA for vitamin B6 is 2mg. Vitamin B6 is used for a number of functions in the body and the general population will survive on that RDA.
Now take a person who works in a stressful environment, possibly drinks a bit too much and tends towards depression due to the stress. 2mg is never going to be enough to help the body cope with stress, let alone cope with the depression, drinking and other ailments that WILL eventually crop up. The ODI of 10-25mg would be more appropriate to help the person and their body cope with their lifestyle and instead of just surviving, they’ll correct the deficiency and begin to thrive.


Fact or Fiction? Myth or Truth?


MYTH : An apple a day = no doctor
TRUTH : Although an apple a day is a good health practice and apples may prevent dementia, lower cholesterol, reduce your risk of lung, prostate and colon cancer, benefit bones and protect against asthma, control your weight and detoxify the liver, it would take a lot more than one apple a day to achieve the above benefits and keep you out of the doctors rooms.

MYTH : Tulsi leaf a day = no cancer (Tulsi leaf = basil leaf)
TRUTH : Although basil is a great herb to add to food and it may soothe coughs and sore throats, help with fever and common colds, lower blood cholesterol, help with mouth infections, prevent skin disorders, soothe headaches and reduce stress, the chances of it preventing cancer don’t come close to the benefits of Turmeric or Graviola for cancer prevention.

MYTH : 1 lemon a day = no fat
TRUTH : Although lemon in warm water is a fantastic way to start your day and lemon may aid digestion, detoxify the liver, “flush” the kidneys, boost your immune system, cleanse the blood, balance the bodies pH and help with weight loss, 1 lemon a day will not necessarily banish fat. Only a good diet, exercise and healthy living could do that and even then – if you’re “blessed” with the adipose gene, it will definitely take more than 1 lemon to keep that adipose tissue under control.

MYTH : 1 cup milk a day = no bone problems
TRUTH : Pasteurised milk today contains more than just calcium – growth hormones, bacteria, GMO’s, antibiotics and chemical pesticides – which can all be detrimental to our health. Better sources of calcium which could prevent osteoporosis and other bone problems are Sesame seeds, Chai seeds, almonds, tofu, bok choy, figs and herring to mention a few.

MYTH : 3 litres of water per day = no disease
TRUTH : Unless you are drinking purified or pure spring water, chances are you’ll be getting more than diseases if you’re drinking 3 litres of tap or bottled water a day. 3 litres of water would also put a lot of strain on the kidneys especially in someone who is diabetic not to mention the dangers of lead, copper, mercury, dioxins, bacteria and other “gremlins” in the water! 3 litres of LIQUID a day from water, food and other sources such as tea and coffee may keep you healthier but it’s not going to prevent diseases!

Corsets, Good, Bad, Healthy or Ugly?

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A corset is a garment worn to hold and shape the torso into a desired shape for aesthetic or medical purposes (either for the duration of wearing this item, or with a more lasting effect). Both men and women are known to wear corsets, though women are more common wearers.

In recent years, the term “corset” has also been borrowed by the fashion industry to refer to tops which, to varying degrees, mimic the look of traditional corsets without actually acting as one. While these modern corsets and corset tops often feature lacing or boning and generally mimic a historical style of corsets, they have very little if any effect on the shape of the wearer’s body. Genuine corsets are usually made by a corsetmaker and should be fitted to the individual wearer.

The word corset is derived from the Old French word corps and the diminutive of body, which itself derives from corpus—Latin for body. The craft of corset construction is known as corsetry, as is the general wearing of them. (The word corsetry is sometimes also used as a collective plural form of corset.) Someone who makes corsets is a corsetier or corsetière (French terms for a man and for a woman, respectively), or sometimes simply a corsetmaker.

The word corset came into general use in the English language in 1828. The word was used in The Ladies Magazine to describe a “quilted waistcoat” called un corset by the French. The word was used to differentiate the lighter corset from the heavier stays of the period.


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Extreme Corsets:

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Male Corsets:

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Neck Corsets:

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Stages of Tight Lacing:





Reflexology is a therapeutic method of relieving pain by stimulating predefined pressure points on the feet and hands. These pressure points are reputed to connect directly through the nervous system and affect the bodily organs and glands. This controlled pressure alleviates the source of the discomfort. In the absence of any particular malady or abnormality, reflexology may be as effective for promoting good health and for preventing illness as it may be for relieving symptoms of stress, injury, and illness.

The reflexologist manipulates the pressure points according to specific techniques of reflexology therapy. By means of this touching therapy, any part of the body that is the source of pain, illness, or potential debility can be strengthened through the application of pressure at the respective foot or hand location.