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Healthy You

Human beings in their quest to be whole must address physical, mental and spiritual dimensions. The physical aspect implies the body, that is, taking care of health and beauty. On the mental plane there is the pursuit of knowledge and vocational training. On the other hand, the spiritual quest involves morality, ethics and for many the search for God. On this site you will find topics that deal with all this.

Respect and Charity

by Columba White

Respect has to do with charity.  When we respect others, we feel worthy and as consequence we treat others with equality and dignity. When we treat others properly then justice prevails and a nice and friendly atmosphere exists. This is what charity is all about.

In a place where there are taunts and slurs there is a lack of respect. Many times this can be illustrated in some work environments where people are treated like slaves and not as human beings. I don’t mean that authority shouldn’t be exercised. I agree that in any family environment, classroom, or business, authority with respect is paramount; of course, this requires that children, students, employees, and subordinates must act with discipline and obedience. What I mean is that lack of respect occurs if you have power and abuse it, or if you are a subordinate and rebel.

Respect doesn’t mean letting others do what they please. There are things that should be prohibited, and issues that must be addressed. I think respect relies on the charity that is required at the moment of correcting others. Nevertheless, you can show lack of respect if you correct others with bad manners.

Many say, “I respect others so others respect me.” Usually, what they mean is “let them with their problems and me with mine.” Actually it's more indifference rather than respect. We treat others with respect and dignity when we get interested in their feelings and care for them.

Every person has dignity and everyone deserves respect just because of the simple fact that we are humans. This should be simple and basic. We should treat others with dignity and respect. We have duty to respect their feelings, reputation, privacy, property… We have to respect each other. We have to take care of each other.

Care means, protection, concern, love, to look after, to watch over, to be alert… That’s what charity is all about.


"God bless you and make His face shine upon you.
 God grant you what you ask, turn His face upon you;
and give you peace."

From Numbers 6:24

Are your Cosmetics Safe? 

Information by Yelimar Becerra
Orlando , Fl

The government agency Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for regulating and monitoring food, medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Its main goal is to promote public health. This agency has strict requirements for foods, pharmaceuticals and medical products. But not for our cosmetics and personal hygiene products, such as creams, lipstick, shampoo, hair dyes, deodorants, etc.

Cosmetics companies are allowed to use almost any chemical ingredient they want, almost without any kind of regulation. In reality our government doesn’t demand any kind of industry studies before they launch their products to the market. Researchers have found that in 30 years, the CIR (The Cosmetics Ingredient Review) has only reviewed 13% of the ingredients used in the manufacture of cosmetics. This means that almost 90% of these ingredients have not been evaluated.

Human skin is the largest organ of the body. It is clear that it can absorb many chemicals.  Considering that a person can apply an average of 126 daily chemical ingredients from cosmetics it seems surprising that this industry is not regulated more strictly.

Fortunately, there are organizations such as the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group fighting to protect the consumers’ health. Such organizations demand the removal of hazardous industrial chemicals, many of them are carcinogenic, to be replaced by safer chemicals.

We suggest that you visit cosmeticsdatabase.com. It is a database where you look for if your products are safe. Just write the product's name in the search box and get a result that is based on a color code:

  • Green (0 – 2 )-->  Low hazard
  • Yellow (3-6) -->  Moderate hazard
  • Red (7-10)    -->  High hazard

And don’t trust if you are using products that called themselves neutral or organic. You will be surprised to find out that even baby products fall into the red category.