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Puritan's Pride Vitamin D3 5000 IU-200 Softgels
Puritan's Pride Vitamin D3 5000 IU-200 Softgels
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Price: $3.30
6 used & new from $3.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent brand of D3, November 21, 2015
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The only form of Vitamin D recommended these days is D3. This particular brand came highly recommended to me by a naturopathic doctor, and fortunately it is one of the more cost effective brands.

D3 is especially important for healthy bones and teeth, and supplementing with D3 can help prevent colds and flu because it strengthens the immune system. It can be obtained naturally by 20-30 minutes in the sun daily, but in wintertime in northern climes, sun is not readily available so supplementation becomes important.

Herb Pharm Certified Organic Arnica Oil - 1 Ounce
Herb Pharm Certified Organic Arnica Oil - 1 Ounce
Offered by Hardin's Natural Foods
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29 used & new from $8.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent remedy for muscle pain, November 21, 2015
Arnica oil is extremely helpful in healing muscle pain. It is especially potent when combining 2 drops of arnica oil with 2 drops of DMSO and applying them to trigger points for sore muscles.

DMSO is a carrier agent which helps healing remedies soak deeper into tissues, and in and of itself is very helpful for pain. I have used arnica oil and DMSO both alone and together with great success for muscle pain.

Liph Solutions Ultimate pH Balance - 2.0 oz. Alkaline Liquid Silica Mineral Super Concentrate. (Makes 1 gallon of finished product)
Liph Solutions Ultimate pH Balance - 2.0 oz. Alkaline Liquid Silica Mineral Super Concentrate. (Makes 1 gallon of finished product)
Offered by Liph
Price: $27.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Potent anti-microbial, November 21, 2015
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This is about a month's supply of LIPH. It is very expensive, but comes highly recommended to prevent or help heal cancer by helping kill microbes inside cancer cells, which some research indicates can cause cancer cells to revert to normal cells. There is also evidence it can help cure MRSA, which antibiotics increasingly cannot cure.

LIPH is highly concentrated and this 2 ounces are diluted in 1 gallon of purified water. The result is very bitter in taste but bearable.

Ayush Herbs Cocurcumin Herbal Supplement, 5.2 Ounce
Ayush Herbs Cocurcumin Herbal Supplement, 5.2 Ounce
Offered by E Brands Mart
Price: $32.24
14 used & new from $32.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful form of curcumin, November 21, 2015
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This is a very high-quality supplement that was recommended to me by an alternative doctor. This is a particularly potent form of curcumin, which is extracted from the herb/spice turmeric. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory that is helpful in preventing cancer. It is a bit bitter in taste. I mix it in with my morning smoothie to disguise the taste.

Fantasea Fine Mist Spray Bottle, 2.5 Ounce (Pack of 4)
Fantasea Fine Mist Spray Bottle, 2.5 Ounce (Pack of 4)
Offered by Masingo(from HK)
Price: $3.01
7 used & new from $3.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, travel-size, small spray bottles, November 21, 2015
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These little bottles ship all the way from China, so they take a while to arrive, but they are good quality and just what I needed. I would definitely order them again.

Lord Perfect: Carsington Family Series
Lord Perfect: Carsington Family Series
Offered by Audible, Inc. (US)

5.0 out of 5 stars Review of audiobook--wonderful romance and great narrator!, November 18, 2015
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Benedict Carsington, Viscount Rathbourne, is the eldest son and heir of the politically powerful Earl of Hargate. He has four younger brothers, none of whom have ever been expected to shoulder remotely the number of responsibilities he has. He is currently 37 years old, and he has been groomed since childhood to be, at all times, perfectly bred, perfectly groomed, and perfectly responsible. Because he has lived a life of blameless rectitude since his teens, his nickname in the ton is “Lord Perfect.”

Also in keeping with perfectly fulfilling his assigned role in life, in his 20’s, Benedict made a marriage of convenience to a fellow aristocrat in which he and his wife were polite strangers, he filling his life with politics and she filling hers with a religious fervor for good works which ultimately killed her when she contracted a fatal fever in a back slum three years ago. His loveless marriage produced no children, and he has continued in the years since working for socially progressive legislation in the House of Lords and helping his father oversee the vast wealth, extensive properties, and endless employees connected to the earldom of Hargate.

Exquisitely beautiful Bathsheba Wingate is a member of the aristocratic DeLucey family, and technically is the social equal of Benedict. Unfortunately, there are two branches of the DeLucey family, and Bathsheba hails from the corrupt side, notorious throughout the ton for several generations because this branch has had no inherited wealth and has been forced to rely on their physical beauty and charisma to support themselves by cheating others. Bathsheba’s feckless parents were among the worst of the bad DeLuceys, but from early childhood her greatest desire has been to achieve a life of respectability.

At age 16, due to her mother’s machinations, Bathsheba came to the attention of young Jack Wingate, the eldest son and heir of the Earl of Fosbury. He fell madly in love with Bathsheba and, vehemently returning his affection, she blissfully accepted his marriage proposal. However, she would have given him up for his own sake, over her mother’s strenuous objections, because his family viciously lined up against her, insisting that she was ruining Jack’s life and assuring her that he would be cut off without a penny if he married her. Jack refused to allow her to nobly give him up, however, declaring that his life would not be worth living without her, and convinced her that nothing mattered more to him in life than her.

As promised, after their marriage, he was disowned by his family, but Jack seemed far more content living the roaming, gypsy lifestyle of the disreputable side of the DeLucey family than Bathsheba. He loved the freedom of their untamed lifestyle abroad, and he ultimately died as he had lived, thrown from a too-wild horse that Bathsheba had begged him to avoid for his own survival. He left behind the grieving and completely impoverished Bathsheba and their 9-year-old daughter Olivia. Three years later, at age 32, Bathsheba has still not recovered fully from losing him, and has returned to England from living abroad the past 16 years, hoping to somehow create opportunities for a better life for Olivia, who is now 12.

Bathsheba is an extremely talented artist and, unlike her family, she ekes out an honest living selling her watercolors and giving drawing lessons to the daughters of wealthy bourgeoisie who desire to instill gentility in their offspring. Her highest goal is to make at least enough money to move to a better area of London than the dangerous area where she and Olivia now live, and to hire a dragon of a governess such as her mother provided for her in order to improve Olivia’s manners. Bathsheba desperately wants to raise Olivia as a lady so she can make a decent marriage to a good man, not necessarily of the aristocratic class, even though Olivia’s parents are both aristocrats by birth—but at the least a lawyer, merchant or banker so that Olivia can enjoy comfort and security.

Olivia is a great worry to her mother, however, because she is a DeLucey in the worst way, gifted with good looks and filled with the fatal DeLucey charisma and acting ability, which together allow her to, chameleon-like, fit into any social situation and convince any person she meets of anything which will serve her own ends. Like all the best DeLucey pathological liars, she is easy to believe, even for those who are not particularly gullible, because she spins tales so believable, she often falls for her own lies.

The worlds of Bathsheba and Benedict collide at an art museum in London when Olivia strikes up a conversation with Benedict’s 13-year-old nephew-by-marriage, Peregrine, the eldest son of a Marquis, when Olivia negatively comments on a drawing he is making. The conversation soon shifts to the fact that Peregrine is determined to be an adventurer in Egypt when he is grown, and Olivia is determined to be a knight errant when she is grown. They nearly come to blows while criticizing each other’s dreams, and Benedict and Bathsheba, who have been bowled over by each other at first sight, receive an informal introduction to each other as they separate their quarreling children.

Afterwards, Benedict keeps finding ways, against his better judgment, to run into Bathsheba, and it takes all her willpower to resist this gorgeous, intelligent, obviously kind man, whose witty repartee is a strong complement to hers. She is well aware that a man like him, unlike her poor dead Jack, is not going to marry her, be ostracized by his family and society as a result, and run off to the continent with her. No, Benedict is much older and wiser than the dearly departed Jack was, and the only thing he might offer her is the unsavory role as his mistress, which she would never agree to, because it would defeat her need to establish Olivia well in a good marriage.

In spite of his better judgment, Benedict grants Peregrine’s vociferous wish to take drawing lessons from Bathsheba, as excellent drawing skills will be vital to him in his Egyptian-adventurer life of the future. These lessons inevitably throw the two adults together, increasing their longing for each other. Unknown to them, however, Olivia has begun a secret correspondence with Peregrine, which culminates in her confiding to him that she is determined to solve her mother’s financial woes by setting off on a knight-errant quest to recover the buried treasure of a disreputable DeLucey ancestor, at a crypt on the estate of the head of the socially upright branch of the DeLucey family, hundreds of miles away.

When they discover the children have vanished, neither Benedict nor Bathsheba will allow the other to pursue their young charges and be left behind, but their mad dash to avoid Olivia setting off a scandal may very well ignite a far bigger scandal if Lord Perfect is revealed to the ton to have fallen off his social pedestal into the arms of the notorious Bathsheba Wingate.

I have read and appreciated very much the first two books in the Carsington Family Series, but so far I’ve appreciated this book the most. The romantic conflict in the book comes from my very favorite source: both protagonists are highly honorable people whose principles create seemingly insurmountable obstacles between them.

This story also achieves the highest goal of a truly outstanding romance novel: The author makes an utterly convincing case that the lives of these two wonderful people will be blighted forever if they cannot end up with each other.

In short, this book has everything a jaded romance reader could want: witty banter, emotional intensity, highly romantic and passionate sexual encounters, and extremely admirable and sympathetic, romantic protagonists.

I experienced this story as an audiobook, narrated by Kate Reading. She does an outstanding job in every way, particularly her ability to deliver male voices.

Another point I would like to make is this: In my experience of listening to audio versions of books, very few of them can stand up to the intense focus of being read aloud, which is much slower than reading silently to oneself. This relative snail's pace acts to draw attention to every problem of dialogue, pacing and plot. I am happy to report that under that intense spotlight, I experienced not a single flaw in this book.

On a final note, I’d like to mention that while experiencing the highly entertaining subplot of the two children, I conceived a tremendous desire for the author to dedicate a book to their love story as adults. I was therefore delighted to find out, soon after I finished this book, that this book indeed exists as the fifth book in this delightful series. It is called, Last Night's Scandal.

I rate this book as follows:

Heroine: 5 stars
Hero: 5 stars
Subcharacters: 5 stars
Romance Plot: 5 stars
Writing: 5 stars
Narrator for audiobook: 5 stars
Overall: 5 stars

SanDisk 8GB Clip Jam MP3 Player (Pink)
SanDisk 8GB Clip Jam MP3 Player (Pink)
Price: $29.99
90 used & new from $23.24

5.0 out of 5 stars I love this little device, November 8, 2015
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This is the third SanDisk MP3 player I've owned over the past five years. The first was 1GB, the second 4GB, and now this 8GB player.

At first I struggled a bit with the changes in interface, but ultimately I decided they were useful upgrades.

The sound quality is as good or better than the previous models. The color is very attractive, and the device charges quite rapidly.

All in all, I remain a big fan of the SanDisk MP3, and I will continue to buy them, even though they only last about two years before they burn out.

Food To Live ® Organic Almonds (Raw, No Shell, Unpasteurized) (2 Pounds)
Food To Live ® Organic Almonds (Raw, No Shell, Unpasteurized) (2 Pounds)
Offered by Food To Live ®
Price: $23.99
2 used & new from $22.73

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, organic almonds, November 8, 2015
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This vendor's nuts are all of high quality and delicious, but I much prefer their organic ones, such as these almonds.

If you want to really augment the taste of the almonds, and lower the phytic acid content, it is very easy to roast them. I did it in this manner:

I have a small, square, Pyrex glass baking dish that fits perfectly into my toaster oven. I set the toaster oven for 350 degrees and turned to the Bake setting. I then spread a thin layer of nuts in the bottom of the ungreased baking dish. I place it in the toaster oven, and set a timer for 5 minutes. When it goes off, I remove the baking dish with a hot pad, shake the dish to resettle and redistribute the nuts, place the dish back in the toaster oven, and set a timer for another 5 minutes. At the end of this time, the almonds are deliciously toasted.

Cancer-Free: Your Guide to Gentle, Non-toxic Healing (Fourth Edition)
Cancer-Free: Your Guide to Gentle, Non-toxic Healing (Fourth Edition)
Price: $26.99

5.0 out of 5 stars If you can buy only one book on alternative healing for cancer, I'd recommend this one, November 8, 2015
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This is a well-written book, thought the formatting is not always very good.

The Bill Henderson cancer protocol is very famous, and it is a simple, cost-effective, home-treatment plan that is extremely healing, not just for cancer, but for any chronic, debilitating illness. One of the features it incorporates is the Budwig diet, created by a famous scientist who won the Nobel Peace Prize.

I have read many books on alternative healing for cancer, and if you can buy only one book, I would recommend this one as the very best of the lot.

GT 6" Cotton Elastic Bandage with Velcro Closure on both ends, 6 inches wide x (13 to 15 ft. when stretched), 2 Pack
GT 6" Cotton Elastic Bandage with Velcro Closure on both ends, 6 inches wide x (13 to 15 ft. when stretched), 2 Pack
Offered by Golden Touch LLC.
Price: $10.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Terric product, November 8, 2015
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I was so happy to find this bandage here on Amazon. I tried to purchase something similar at my local big-box store, and there was no comparison in the quality for the price. There are two bandages to this set.

I use this to hold a microwave-heated, micro-bead hot pad to different parts of my body, as needed. It works outstandingly well for that purpose.

The material is very soft and comfortable. The Velcro holds really well, and this product is machine washable.

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