December 2013 Issue


Fitness Article:

Dysfunction in Your Kinetic Chain.
by: Ryan Krane, MS, CPT, PES, CES ( The Krane Training Method ™)

If one part of the kinetic chain is not functioning properly, dysfunction occurs throughout the body. Although parts of the kinetic chain may seem separate each system and its various components must collaborate and work together (Clark and Lucett, 2011). For example, when a dysfunction, such as flat feet occurs in the foot/ankle complex it affects all parts of the kinetic chain. As this individual attempts to perform a functional activity, such as an overhead squat their dysfunctions will have a direct impact on the knees, LPHC, and low back. As this individual repeatedly performs their overhead squat with poor technique they are susceptible to various injuries that include: plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinopathy, medial tibial stress syndrome, ankle sprains, and patellar tendinopathy (Clark and Lucett, 2011).

Over time this individual may complain of knee and/or low back pain, but often times their pain is a direct result of moving inefficiently. To reduce the likelihood of this individual experiencing any pain or moving improperly one will need to be on a structured corrective exercise program to optimize performance and decrease the risk of injuries.

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Clark and Lucett 2011. NASM Essentials of Corrective Exercise Training. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2011.lso,

Health Article:

Healthy Living Through the Holidays
by: Alison Kreideweis, Co-Founder & Coach of the Empire Tri Club

Holidays are a time for family and friends to get together and celebrate. But they can also wreak havoc on your attempt to stay healthy and fit.

Holiday parties, happy hours, sweets around the office, and elaborate holiday meals may add up to more calories than you think. Here are some tips to fight the holiday bulge, and keep your mind, body and wallet in a better place to start the new year…

1. They’re called HoliDAYS, not HoliMONTHS for a reason...,” says Laura Geraty, founder of What We Eat. Try limiting your indulgences to the actual holiday to minimize the effects on your waistline. Indulge in your holiday favorites, but try and avoid having unhealthy leftovers for the rest of the week. If you’re hosting the party, try donating leftovers to a nearby food shelter, offering guests to take doggie bags, or bringing leftovers to the office so they’re not sitting around your house.

2. Lighten up your favorite holiday recipes. Often times your favorite dish can be just as good without a full stick of butter or extra heavy cream. When possible, choose lighter options for less calories (like swapping plain Greek yogurt for sour cream in your favorite spinach artichoke dip). A great place to find healthy recipes is

3. Don’t skimp on exercise! While holiday parties may take up your evening gym time, try and set your alarm an hour earlier and hit the gym before work. It will give you a healthy start to the day and actually boost energy while increasing your metabolism for hours after your sweat session, helping you burn more calories throughout the day. If you find it hard to get up on your own, get your partner to hit the gym with you, book a session with a personal trainer or sign up for an exercise class - you’ll be less likely to hit snooze!

4. Planning a holiday vacation? Hit the slopes. It’s a great way to spend time with friends and family, while doing something active. Skiing can burn up to 400 calories an hour! Can’t take time off? Go ice skating for a day, or sign up for a fun, holiday-inspired event like the NYRR Jingle Bell Jog and the Empire Tri Club’s Giro di Santa.

5. Does hosting holiday parties bring on unwanted stress? Is your grocery bill adding up? Ask friends to bring a dish or bottle of wine. Don’t have time to cook? Pick up a few pre-made treats on your way home from work or opt for super simple recipes (or no-bake recipes) to minimize the prep, cook time and clean up!

6. Eat small meals throughout the day! Even if you know you’re going to be eating a large holiday dinner, it’s still important to eat small healthy meals throughout the day. People who eat a healthy breakfast, end up eating less calories throughout the day than those who skip breakfast!

7. It’s OK to pass on the booze! You don’t have to drink at EVERY holiday party. Opt for a soda water with a splash of cranberry instead. If anyone gives you a hard time about why you’re not drinking, a simple answer like “I’m working on a big project and can’t afford to be hung over tomorrow” is perfectly fine! If there is a bartender, ask them to pour your diet coke in a “cocktail glass” and no one will question that it’s not a Cuba Libre!

8. Holiday drinks can add lots of unwanted calories to the menu (and no, we’re not just talking about booze!) The No. 1 holiday drink at Starbucks in November and December is the peppermint mocha. A regular 16-ounce serving with all the trimmings comes to 470 calories and 22 grams of fat. But make it a 12-ounce peppermint mocha and order it with nonfat milk and no whipped cream, and you're down to 220 calories and 2 grams of fat. -Alisa Martinez, communications manager for Starbucks Coffee Co., Web MD.

9. When possible choose soymilk, almond milk or non-fat dairy milk over whole milk, cream or half and half. Choose sweeteners like Truvia, made from the Stevia plant, which is derived from real sugar (not chemicals) without the calories.

10. If you can’t imagine Christmas time without your favorite indulgences, don’t give them up! Just don’t opt for them every day (Hit up Starbucks for your holiday favorite only on Fridays- On other days opt for lighter options)!

Holiday drinks with the most calories:
Egg Nog ~400 Calories
Hot Buttered Rum ~420 Calories
Starbucks Peppermint white hot chocolate ~730 Calories
Starbucks Eggnog Latte ~630 Calories
Caramel Brulee Crème ~600 Calories
(It’s not just the calories that add up - some of these drinks can pack 15 grams of fat or more per serving, and loads of sugar!)

Lighter options:
Champagne ~100 Calories
Wine ~125 calories
Starbucks Skinny Vanilla Latte ~90 Calories
Starbucks Nonfat Caramel Machiato ~140 Calories
Starbucks Nonfat Cappuccino ~60 Calories
Vodka Soda ~100 Calories

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Professional of the Month:

Dan M Ritchie, PhD, CSCS, HFS-ACSM
(President of Functional Aging Institute & PFP Trainer of the Year 2014!)

Dan Ritchie, has a broad background in the fitness industry including training and management in commercial and university/hospital-based fitness, for-profit, not-for-profit and educational facilities. His primary areas of expertise are in personal training for special populations (pregnant women, those with chronic disease and/or disorders such as Parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Fibromyalgia and Alzheimers, etc.). He has participated in state funded research on exercise for Alzheimer type severe dementia and regularly presents at national and regional conferences. He is a past Board member of the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine and was nominated for the ACSM National College Board of Trustees in 2008. He has been the Enhance Fitness Master Trainer for the State of Indiana since 2007. While at Purdue, he received a Lynn Fellowship and a National Strength and Conditioning Association research grant, and in 2009 his Ph.D. in Health and Kinesiology, with a minor in Gerontology.
His experience also includes:

• FallProof Instructor Certified, from California State, Fullerton, 2006-present
• 2005 Thesis of the Year Award from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
• 2004 Graduate Student of the Year, American College of Sports Medicine, Midwest Chapter
• 2005-2007 Student Affairs Committee, ACSM
2005-2007 Board Member Midwest American College of Sports Medicine,
2008 Nominated for ACSM Board of Trustees
• Enhance Fitness Master Trainer for State of Indiana 2007-current

Presented at Amercian College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning annual meetings, Athletic Business Conference, National Council on Aging annual meeting, World Congress on Physical Activity and Aging

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and
Conditioning Association, 1998-present.
Health Fitness Instructor from American College of Sports Medicine, 2004-present.
FallProof Instructor Certified, from California State, Fullerton, 2006.
Enhance Fitness Master Trainer for the State of Indiana. 2007-present

Health and Kinesiology Departmental Travel Grant award for presenting at the National Council on Aging/American Society on Aging joint Conference, 2006, $200.
Student Research Grant Award from National Strength and Conditioning Association, $2,074 for dissertation research, 2005-2006
Lynn Fellowship, Purdue University (2003-2004).
Midwest American College of Sports Medicine Outstanding Graduate Student (2004). $500
Thesis of the Year, Univ. Wis-Whitewater (2002-2003).
Governor Scholarship (Southeast MO, 1993-1997).
Scholar Athlete (High School, 1993),
Illinois State Scholar (High School 1993)

Visit Dan's Website: Miracles Fitness

Workout of the Month:

Spartan 300 Rep Workout in Real Time - No Gym Required

By Sean Vigue


Sean Vigue is a certified Pilates, Yoga, Spinning, Nutrition, and Personal Training instructor (over 5000 classes taught), winner 'Best Male Workout' (Pilates for Men) by Pilates Style magazine, Master Core Specialist, TV and Film star, and professional singer/actor having appeared in over 70 opera, musical theater, and non-musical productions.


Kids Health & Fitness:

Contact Lenses: Great for Athletes but Care is Needed
by: Niki A Silverstein, M.D.

In addition to giving you a glasses-free look, contacts have the added advantage in that they have made participating in some sports much easier. They are very popular with athletes as glasses can get thrown off, feel uncomfortable during the activity and don't provide as much clear peripheral vision. However, choosing to wear contacts is a personal decision and you should do what suits you best for your activity.

Contacts have come a long way since they came into regular use in the 1970's. There are a myriad of choices depending on your eye health, shape and vision. Most people have a choice of several different kinds of lenses to wear. These choices may be based on convenience and price as well. When prescribed properly, used as directed and taken care of appropriately, they will provide you with great vision and give you the glasses-free look and glasses-free freedom you may desire.

If you are interested in getting contact lenses, see a qualified professional to get fitted for your contacts. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has furthered his/her education after medical school specializing in ophthalmology. An optometrist graduated from an optometry program, but both are well-suited to prescribe contact lenses. However, any pathology of the eye should be looked at by an ophthalmologist, who is a medical doctor.

Here are some rules of thumb of contact lens wearers:

1. Handle with Care and Clean

Handle your lenses with care. Contact lenses are an investment. They are also delicate. Make sure your hands are clean and lint-free before inserting or removing lenses. If you are at a gym, wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly before removing or inserting your lenses. Clean your lenses according to what your doctor tells you. Follow the appropriate cleaning instructions and use quality solutions. Do not touch the tip of your eye care solution bottle. This can contaminate the whole solution. Keep the bottle closed after using it. The solution is in direct contact with your eye sand it should be sterile.

2. Beware of Eye Irritants

There are always things that can fly into your eye or that are present in the air in some places that can irritate your eyes. Allergy sufferers will find their eyes often irritated or itchy when in the presence of allergens. Be careful not to rub your eyes with contacts in them. If your eye is irritated, it may be something on the lens itself so remove the lens first whenever possible. Be especially careful during allergy season. For this reason and in general always keep an extra pair of lenses or a pair of glasses with you at all times. If something happens to one or both of your lenses you always need to have the ability to see perfectly, especially if you drive or are at a game or activity.

3. Don't Share Contacts

Never wear someone else's contacts. If they have been in someone else's eyes, they can carry bacteria and other particles that can spread disease or cause harm to your eye. Even if they are fresh out of the box, contact lenses are prescribed uniquely to your eyes and even the slightest variation may mean you cannot see your best out of them. Also, never try on over-the-counter decorative lenses, no matter how tempting it may be to see how you look in them unless they are being dispensed in the office of a licensed eye care professional.

4. Keep your Prescription Current

Get your eyes examined every year. Prescriptions change. Don't assume your eyes are the same and order more even though you may be able to. You wouldn't want to spend all that money on new lenses and then be stuck with lenses can't see your best out of. Also, don't ignore symptoms and problems. If your lenses are bothering you or are uncomfortable, you can't see well, or your eyes are tearing, red, itchy, or burning, please call your doctor.

Niki A Silverstein, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist with over 25 years experience. She is renowned for her surgical expertise and state-of-the-art treatments for eye diseases and conditions. Located at 408 Main Street in Chester, her patients cover NY-NJ-CT- PA area.Visit her website at, Like her on Facebook at Silverstein Eye or call 908-879-7297 for more information. If you have a question you would like answered in this column please send it to:

Recipe of the Month:

Cajun Red Beans and Rice

(Yield: 24 Portions / Watch the Video Demo of this Recipe)

(Recipe provided by The Culinary Institute of America)


Light red kidney beans 2 lb.
Cold water 4 qt.
Bacon, small dice 6 oz.
Yellow onion, ½" dice 2 cup
Green bell pepper, large, ½" dice 2 cup
Celery, ½" dice 1 cup
Garlic, minced 2 tsp.
Ham hock, smoked 1 ea.
Chicken stock 6 qt.
Bay leaf 6 ea.
Thyme, dried 1 tsp.
Salt & pepper to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste

Scallions, cut ¼" 1 cup
Andouille sausage, per person 6 oz.
White rice, cooked, per person 3 oz.

1. Soak beans in cold water overnight. Drain the soaked beans in a colander, discarding the soaking water.
2. In a suitable stock pot, render diced bacon until crisp. Remove until later in the recipe. Sweat vegetables in the rendered fat until tender but not browned. Add the drained beans, ham hock, chicken stock, bay and thyme, and bring to a gentle simmer.
3. Stirring frequently, simmer gently for approximately 2 hours, or until the beans are falling apart and the liquid in the pot has begun to thicken. DO NOT mash the beans to achieve the proper texture. Add water and continue cooking if beans are still mealy.
4. Season well with salt, fresh ground black pepper and cayenne. The heat for both the black and red pepper should register as a tingle on the back of the tongue, rather than a burn in the front of the mouth.
5. Remove the ham hock and pull the meat from the bone and discarding the skin. Shred the meat for garnish.
6. Cut the green onion ¼" for garnish. Split the sausage lengthwise, and grill or sear on both sides.
7. For each person fill a large soup bowl halfway with the cooked beans. Top with a mound of rice. Garnish with two pieces of grilled sausage and shredded ham hock. Sprinkle with the cut scallions.

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Campus Corner:

Why Setting A New Year’s Resolution Often Just Mean’s A To-Do List For January.
By Taryn Perry

With the New Year quickly approaching, many of you may have started to set some New Year’s Resolutions that you’re trying to follow and keep. The problem is, you know how these Resolutions often end up. Here and gone.

In fact, I don't even like using the term "Resolution", and here's why – it's such an over sensationalized term that is more used as a marketing strategy, than an actual commitment to ones self to make the planned change.

You start off strong during the first couple of weeks in January, but by the time Valentine’s day rolls around, you hardly remember what that resolution was.

Ring a bell? If so, let's assess why this is happening and what you can do about it so that next time around, things are different.

Here's a few thoughts to consider:

Set Your Sights Long-Term
The very first problem that causes some people to abandon their Resolutions prematurely is the fact that they haven’t considered the long-term. They set their Resolutions based on a short term outcome vs an actual change in their long term behavior.

This is such a critical part in establishing your long term health goal. A few years back, I read Chalene Johnson's book, PUSH, which breaks down step-by-step, how to establish that LONG TERM goal, and further, how to specifically reach it, through smaller goals and steps. I didn't read it to establish a New Year's Resolution, but more of a Resolution on how to be a better Coach & Business Owner, based on my personal goals. I found it applicable to any circumstance. It's such a great easy ready and almost paint-by-numbers, on how to set and reach your long term goals. Love her.

Sadly, many believe that if they get to the start of their Resolution, they’ll see results in a few week’s time. Then when those weeks pass and they realize that results aren’t coming as easily, they give up and throw in the towel. That's YOU, isn't it? BUSTED!!!
You need to stay realistic in your Resolutions. Remember that you didn’t gain all your weight overnight and you aren’t going to lose it overnight either. Sorry to be the Debbie Downer of this reality.

Unless you set your Resolution with a long-term frame in mind – at least 3-4 months in most cases, you’re already setting yourself up to fail. This is truly the only way a Resolution can be met. Actually changing an action or behavior for the long-term vs the short term for quick fix.
When you start dreaming up your Resolution to set, start thinking about it taking effect in a few months. By visualizing it occurring at this point, you’ll be keeping things realistic.

Develop A Game Plan

Make sure you develop a good game plan. Again, I'll reference Chalene, as I love how she guides you that in order to set that ultimate goal, you have to establish a strategy on how you can reach that goal, as it won't happen over night. Baby steps right? Don’t set out on your Resolution with no direction or you’ll be wandering around in the dark before not too long.

This is why my Beachbody Challenge groups and One-on-One Coaching have been so wildly successful! Each member or client is given small measureable goals, with a game plan and strategy to reach their ultimate goal. Develop a game plan and stick to it. Map out what you’ll be doing each week to help keep yourself focused on the end goal and accountable. .

If you don’t do this, then your Resolution does just become an item on your to-do list because after those first few workouts you have planned are completed, you move on to other things.

What is a Resolution?

Finally, the last thing that you must do if you want this year to be the year that your Resolutions finally stick is to identify what a Resolution is. Most people simply get caught up in the New Year’s element of the resolution. They feel empowered that just because it’s a New Year, change is more possible. It's like the same idea as "I'll start my new diet on Monday!". That's you, isn't it??!

The truth of the matter is that unless you have some degree of inner motivation beyond the fact that it’s January 1st, you aren’t going to be sticking with that Resolution any better than you would stick to the idea that you’ll start your diet next Monday.

Remember, January 1st is just another day of the year. It doesn’t have any special powers that make it easier to stick to your goal than any other day, so don’t let yourself get caught up in the hype. Instead, focus on getting caught up in techniques you can use to maintain your motivation. And find a measure of accountability!

I hope you found these tips to setting yourself up for success for YOUR Resolution. It's never too late, but why not start NOW? Set your goals properly with the right frame of mind and you will be making some positive changes in the year ahead.

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Health & Fitness Business:

How to Make Your Business More Appealing?
by: Frank Rotella

Consider these great tips for improving your Health & Wellness Business

Whether you have an actual “brick and mortar” business or a website, your storefront should be as appealing as possible. Awnings and large signs that light up draw attention to “brick and mortar” businesses. Decorative store window are also critical for drawing in traffic. When designing a store window consider seasonal & holiday themes and don’t forget to at least offer some kind of SALE.

Store/Business Layout
• Make sure your customers have a great experience. The layout is critical in the sales process. A proper layout will draw traffic to certain areas of your store and potentially increase sales.
• Selling Space should not be cluttered. This is the space where transactions occur (registers, traffic, merchandise)
• Storage Space is dedicated to your inventory and can be either in a back room or in the selling space.
• Personnel Space is the space for your employees (ie break room), and should be separate from the selling space.
• Customer Space is the area in your business where customers can relax, have a snack, or a cup of coffee/other beverage.

Interior Displays
Displays draw attention to specific items in your store that you would like clients to purchase.
• Open Displays are great for items that customers can see, touch, and inspect before purchasing, like clothing or food items.
• Closed Displays are useful for valuable or fragile items like heart rate monitors. These items require a salesperson to work with a customer directly.
• Point-of-Purchase Displays (POPs) are ideal for gyms and fitness centers at the check in counter. These are items like protein bars, smoothies, or other shakes.
• Store Decorations are great for every business because they draw attention to certain products or services

Store Interior
The store interior is associated with the overall shopping experience. Within your business you want to make sure your customers feel comfortable in your facility or while waiting in your facility. The lighting should be soothing and the seating should be comfortable. Areas of your facility should be distinctly identified by colorful signs. Another great tip would be to decorate your facility for the seasons or holidays.

Contact Frank Rotella ( if you have questions about the items discussed in this article.

Did You Know?

Helpful Hints for Breast Cancer Survivors - An Occupational Therapist's Perspective
by: Naomi Aaronson

Occupational Therapists are trained to help people with illness or disability learn how to maintain their daily lifestyle. These daily routines help us feel in control of our lives, and illness forces us to change and become more dependent on others. There are ways to modify and adapt so that we can regain a greater sense of mastery over our lives even while undergoing treatment. Remember to first check with your physician to make sure that you receive medical clearance to engage in the following activities.

Here are some suggestions:
1. Take care of yourself by balancing work, rest, play and treatment. You may need to shift priorities and delegate responsibilities to others if able. It's OK if the house is a little dirty.

2. Fatigue is the greatest side effects suffered after cancer treatment. However, research has found that exercise during treatment can actually counter the fatigue. Exercise improves quality of life, enhances function, and gives one a sense of control. Even starting with 5 minutes of exercise a day can be beneficial. The less you do, the more fatigue you will feel.

3. If you have received a TRAM FLAP reconstruction, putting on shoes and socks may be difficult. Assistive devices such as long shoe horns or stocking aides may make the process easier.

4. Peripheral neuropathy is another side effect of chemotherapy regimens. Loss of balance and loss of sensation in the hands and feet is a concern. Take measures to reduce risk of falls by removing area rugs, clear and place non-skid mats in the bathtub, and use nightlights. Larger pens with a wider circumference or with grippers can help to hold a pen when hands are weak.

5. Calm your nerves by using techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga which assists with lymphatic flow, pain, and are great stress relievers.

6. Conserve your energy by using carts to carry items instead of making several trips to the refrigerator when cooking. Use frozen vegetables instead of fresh to avoid the work of chopping. Sit while you perform tasks. Store items that you need regularly nearby.

7. Try to use both hands as a team rather than relying just on the unaffected arm for daily tasks such as bed making, dishwashing or lifting. If you recently received surgery, it is better to slide objects if possible rather than lifting them.

8. Finger fitness is important if chemotherapy has caused weakness. Special exercises can help you to maintain or improve the dexterity and strength in your hands.

9. Short rest breaks of 5-10 minutes during every 30-40 minutes of task can help to conserve energy for more enjoyable activities.

10. Velcro is one of the greatest inventions. Find shoes that use Velcro if unable to tie shoelaces.

Naomi Aaronson is an occupational therapist and fitness instructor who specializes in breast cancer recovery and rehabilitation. Naomi believes that exercise is essential in recovery. Her mission statement includes the following, "take back your body and improve your physical and emotional health." Visit Naomi's web site at to learn more!

Naomi Aaronson has two continuing education courses available through Fitness Learning Systems.
Breast Cancer Recovery: On Land and In Water
Return to Life: Breast Cancer Recovery Using Pilates
You can see both products at


What tea's are toxic?

Answered by: By Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh (Clean Plates Contributor)

These Teas are Toxin-Free
Could your tea be steeped in something toxic? Yes—unless you choose the right type.

There’s nothing like relaxing with a hot cup of tea in your favorite mug. And tea leaves have been shown to reduce the risks of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s; help lower cholesterol, and improve mental focus. But it turns out that some tea bags aren’t so heart-warming.

Certain ones are treated with epichlorohydrin, a plastic that helps to keep the bags from breaking. The problem is that epichlorohydrin can potentially break down in water…and be released into your drink. The EPA says drinking water with high levels of epichlorohydrin, over a long period of time, could cause stomach problems and an increased risk of cancer. For perspective: The EPA allows up to 20 parts per million in drinking water, and epichlorohydrin-containing tea bags may include 50 parts per billion. Nonetheless, the EPA’s stated current goal is zero parts. But don’t panic! Try these toxin-free teas:

Bagged organic tea. The following are all free of epichlorohydrin, as well as pesticides and artificial flavorings:
• Numi Tea. Confirms a company rep, “Our teas are pesticide-free and non-GMO verified, and our tea bags are made from manila hemp cellulose, and free of epichlorohydrin. The tags are made from 100% recycled material and soy-based inks.”
• Rishi Tea. Rishi’s certified organic teas are bagged with PLA—polylactic acid, creating “silken” bags. Unlike other “silky” bags, which can be made with PET plastic, these are corn- and potato starch-based. Adds Assistant Tea Buyer Jeff Champeau, “Our Natural Fiber Loose Leaf Tea Filters are made without glue or any other binding agent.”
• EDEN Organic. Confirms company rep Wendy Esko, “The bags are made from oxygen washed manila fibers with no polluting whiteners used. Once filled, the bags are crimped and sealed with 100% cotton string. No staples, plastics, or glue are ever used.”
• Organic Stash. “The filter paper used for Stash Tea bags is made from 100% cellulose fibers (wood) and is made to appear white by forcing air between the fibers. No bleach is used,” explains Stash’s website. “The filter paper is not coated with the compound called epichlorohydrin, and does not contain any free epichlorohydrin.”
• Choice Organic Teas. One of the company’s consumer relations experts, Nia, assured Clean Plates that all Choice Teas are not only organic but free of epichlorohydrin.
• Two Leaves organic teas. Says a company rep, “We pride ourselves on being pesticide-free as well as on having corn-based tea sachets.” The website adds, “Our sachets are made of biodegradable cornstarch based nylon, not petroleum based nylon.”
• Organic Tazo. “We’ve checked with our teabag suppliers,” says a spokesperson for Starbucks (Tazo’s owner), “and they have confirmed that the only teabags we sell (our Tazo sachets or paper filterbags) do not use epichlorohydrin.”
• Organic Traditional Medicinals. We’ve confirmed that this brand is epichlorohydrin-free. From Traditional Medicinals’ website: “Our herbal teas are put into unbleached tea bags made from abacá (Musa textilis), also sometimes known as manila hemp. The tea bags are attached with aluminum staple wire to teabag string made of raw cotton (Gossypium spp.) and a paper tea tag.”
• Organic Yogi Teas. Writes a Yogi Tea rep, “We currently use a non-heat sealable filtration paper made from a select blend of high quality manila hemp (abaca) fibers and wood pulp. The filtration paper does not contain epichlorohydrin, nor plastic or polypropylene. It is oxygen bleached using a natural process that is completely free of chemicals or toxins, including dioxin.”

Bagged conventional tea.
• Tetley Black & Green tea. Tetley’s new Black & Green (a blend of both varieties) uses Perflo paper bags, which are free of epichlorohydrin. The tea is also free of pesticides.
Loose organic tea. By straining your own instead of paying for packaging, you’ll get more cups for your bucks. A to-go tea strainer like the VALERY makes it easy.
• Teanzo 1856. “We use only natural and organic flavors and ingredients. Nothing artificial,” says founder Meena Kapur.
• California Tea House. Says co-founder Will Bailey, “All of our teas are free of pesticides and artificial flavors and organically grown, and many of our teas are USDA certified organic.”
• Upton Tea Imports. The company offers a host of high-grade, organic varieties (use the “search” box to find the organic blends).

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