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Week 42 – Vinegar and Toothpicks: Practical tips to make life better.


I’ve scheduled two new telegatherings – one for October 26th (Tuesday at 9pm ET) with Janice Anderson, a holistic nurse and clinical thermographer.  Janice and I will discuss the use of thermography as a breast screening method to support breast health.  The second telegathering is scheduled for November 29th at 9pm ET with Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way and her newest book, The Creative Life.  Please mark your calendars and watch this newsletter for more info as the dates get closer.

I’ll be live on the radio this week (10/18 at 5pm ET/2pm PT) and you can listen by visiting  You can also call for coaching at (866) 254-1579. 

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Topic of the Week

Vinegar and Toothpicks

For some time now I’ve wanted to share a couple of practical self-care tips that have improved my life in simple, yet important ways.  After sharing them with a few friends this weekend who were excited to give them a try, I decided to forgo the usual topics to write about toothpicks and vinegar ☺.

I’ve always been a fan of white vinegar.  We use it in our home to clean everything from countertops and windows to hardwood floors and toilets. White vinegar kills 99% of bacteria and more than 80% of mold and germs that cause viruses.  And the best part is it’s cheap and toxin-free.  It’s an earth friendly household cleaner that performs miracles.

Recently, I discovered another use for vinegar.  I poured it into my glass teapot and watched as it instantly began to eliminate the mineral buildup on the heating element.  Within no time it was sparkling clean.  Then, after seeing how well it tackled that annoying problem, I took a glass cake pan and filled it with three inches of vinegar.  I unscrewed the showerheads and the ends of the faucets in each bathroom as well as the faucet in the kitchen, and placed them all face down in the vinegar.  I left it to soak for an hour and when I returned, the hard water build up had completely vanished. Effortless and effective – gotta love that!

The next self-care tip has eliminated my need to floss.  Yes, you read that right.  A year ago, while getting my teeth cleaned, I was introduced to rubber-tipped Gum toothpicks by my dental hygienist (thanks Eldeen!).  I put some in my car, in my handbag, and in my luggage.  I used them everyday and when I showed up for my next cleaning, my teeth were in better shape than when I flossed.  They’re gentle on the gums, easy to get in between tight spaces, and so simple to use that you’re sure to clean your teeth more often.   While I know Eldeen would tell you to floss and use the toothpicks, I know you’ll definitely be able to take better care of your teeth and gums in a lot less time.

Ok, that’s my “queen of clean” advice for this week.  If you haven’t heard of one or both of these tips, I hope they make you as happy as they’ve made me ☺.

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