Eating Trans-fat has been Linked to Depression

It seems like everywhere you turn, there is somebody somewhere who is cranky or saying that they are depressed-it might even be you making the claim. In fact, depression is so common now that even children are moodier than they were a generation ago.  Even in the happy land of social media sites like Facebook, you are apt to view a post streaming through your rss feed, proclaiming depression. However, before you seek therapy or play doctor and prescribe Prozac, you might want to check out your diet.

It turns out that a study done by the universities of Nacarra and Las Palmas de Gran Canria in Spain showed that depression is also linked to a diet high in trans-fat.  Unfortunately, consuming trans-fat is very common in conventional foods. Conventional foods are processed foods-or foods that have been alterned from their natural state.  They are usually found in the inner aisles at grocery stores or at restaurants (especially fast food restaurants). However, don’t despair-you don’t have to resign yourself to a life of depression.  While consuming trans-fats is highly common, it can be avoided by making the following changes:

(1).    Increase your intake of omega 3 fatty acids, which can be found in fish oil, cod liver oil, flax seed oil and/or flax seed. Everyone should be consuming these even if they’re not depressed; and

(2).   Read your labels.  Don’t take the claim of “zero trans-fat” that’s found on the front of the package as the gospel. The FDA allows companies to put “zero trans-fat” on their packaging if one serving of food has less than 0.5 g of trans-fat.

(3).  Go the extra step and turn to the back of the package where the ingredients list is, and, allow me to quote the late William Faulkner, “read, read, read.” If the ingredients list has the words partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, that’s a trans- fat.  You might be saying that you are only going to eat one of those cookies. But let’s not fool ourselves; many of us always eat more than one serving of food, especially when we are snacking.  And if that’s not reason enough, the FDA says that there are no safe amounts of trans-fat so that means none should be consumed.

Now you see that avoiding trans-fat is quite simple and moreover, being happy really can be a choice. If you fuel your body with the right whole foods, you’ll be amazed at how wonderfully happy you can be. Before you know, the whole world could truly be happy-Now imagine that!

See California Bans Trans-fat video




Vitamin D is What Your Body Needs!

One of the biggest health epidemics today is vitamin D deficiency; therefore, everyone should get their vitamin D levels checked during their annual physical. Moreover, you should request that your doctor give you the more accurate 25(OH)D blood test for the best results. What exactly is vitamin D and why is it so important?

Technically, vitamin D is not a vitamin, but rather a metabolic product called calcitriol. Calcitriol is a secosteroid hormone, which means that it is similar to a steroid and has an endocrine mechanism of action. Over 2000 of the genes in your body are regulated by vitamin D. Therefore a deficiency in this hormone has a tremendous impact on your health and has been linked to several diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis, and birth defects. In addition researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas say that there is a correlation between low serum levels of vitamin D and lupus. If you are deficient in vitamin D, let’s examine how you can restore your levels safely?

If it is summer time, good old fashion sunlight is the ideal way to obtain vitamin D. If you have pale skin, you only need about 10-50 minutes in the sun with 40% of your body exposed. If you have dark skin, you will need to stay in the sun significantly longer. Also, note that sun bathing for 30 minutes during the summer, produces about 20,000 IUs of vitamin D. During the winter, you can use safe tanning beds such as The Vitality Home Tanning Bed (for body tanning) or the D Lite tanning system, which produces vitamin D in your body; however, your body doesn’t tan. If you’re one of those people who are afraid to catch some ultraviolet B rays, you can always take an oral vitamin D supplement or you can buy a vitamin D spray.  Do not take the synthetic vitamin D2 supplement that your doctor might recommend. Instead, take a vitamin D3 supplement for optimum absorption. Adults can safely take up to 5,000 units per day (children should take half of that amount). Make sure that your progress is being monitored monthly by your doctor because over dosing on this vitamin can be fatal. Your vitamin D levels should be at least in the 50-60 ng/ml range for optimal health. If you have cancer, your levels should be in the 60-90 ng/ml range to aid in restoring your health.

Here what Dr. Oz  has to say.

CUSH/Nappturalite Radio Show Recap: Transitioning from Permed to Natural Hair: The Dos and Don’ts for Preventing Dry Hair

This is the recap of our guest appearance on the Nappturalite Radio Show. The show was about transitioning from permed hair to natural hair and the gist of the discussion was on how to prevent dryness and retain moisture. Here is the recap:

 The Dont’s

  • Do not use petrolatum-it blocks the absorption of moisture
  • Do not use mineral oil-it blocks the absorption of moisture
  • Do not over use silicone (in shampoos, conditioners, or styling products) -it blocks the absorption of moisture. Only use them for special occasions.
  • Do not use SLS-it is the same detergent used to wash cars at the car was, and it dries the hairout by stripping out your natural sebum (oil). Instead, use CUSH’s no-poo-Hydratation Supreme Conditioning Shampoo
  • Do not use Betaine-it dries the hair
  • Do not use alcohol based gels-these are very drying and damaging (SD alcohol, SD alcohol 40, Alcohol denat, Propanol, Propyl alcohol and Isopropyl alcohol)


The Dos

  • Do pre-shampoo your hair with oils that penetrate the hair shaft like avocado oil, argan oil, and coconut oil, etc… These oils have a small molecular structure that can penetrate the hair shaft.
  • Do use a shampoo that is hydrating and is a “no poo.”  These shampoos are very gentle on the hair and do not strip away the natural sebum.
  • Do use a deep conditioner-preferably a leave-in. Again, moisture, moisture, moisture. Try to get it from everywhere. CUSH’s Huile Supreme Styling Cream is  a great choice.
  • Do use a reconstructor once a month to add structure back into the hair.
  • Do Use a moisturizing sprit as needed.
  • Do use a clarifying shampoo if you have applied silicone to you hair.

If you don’t have a regimen or your current regimen is not adequately performing-check out CUSH’s Moisturize and Repair Hair Regimen:

The Beautitudes of Loving And Accepting Naturally Textured Hair





  • I give thanks and praise to my Father/Mother (Universe) from whom all blessing flow for my (fill in your hair texture) hair.
  • I accept the God-given texture I was born with and I promise myself that I will do all that I can to maintain and keep my hair healthy and strong.
  • Accept the joy of your natural hair. Bask in the light. Share and don’t steal the beauty.
  • The beauty of my texture allows me to create any and all styles. I have infinite possibilities and options.
  • I love all that I am and all that my hair is, be it short or long.
  • I will feed my hair from the inside out through proper nutrition, exercise, and daily maintenance.


  • I forgive myself for abusing my hair and I will do all that I can to nourish it back to a healthy state.
  • I will massage my scalp every night to provide blood circulation and promote growth.
  • I am giving loving, tender care to my special areas and I see progress each and every day.


  • Yes, I am beautiful.  I am made in the likeness of a perfect divine me.
  • God’s got me in the palm of His hand and I walk in the light, shining radiantly with my textured tresses moving fluently and freely.
  • Now that I know and understand all about my natural texture, I am among the cognoscenti, those who know.