in Your Kinetic Chain. by: Ryan Krane, MS, CPT, PES, CES ( The
Krane Training Method ™)
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).
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
Clark and Lucett 2011. NASM Essentials of Corrective Exercise
Training. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2011.lso,
Living Through the Holidays
by: Alison Kreideweis, Co-Founder & Coach of the Empire Tri
are a time for family and friends to get together and celebrate.
But they can also wreak havoc on your attempt to stay healthy
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 cookinglight.com.
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
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
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
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
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
Dan M Ritchie, PhD,
CSCS, HFS-ACSM (President of Functional Aging Institute
& PFP Trainer of the Year 2014!)
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
Conditioning Association, 1998-present.
Health Fitness Instructor from American College of Sports Medicine,
FallProof Instructor Certified, from California State, Fullerton,
Enhance Fitness Master Trainer for the State of Indiana. 2007-present
AWARDS and HONORS
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)
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.
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
http://www.silversteineye.com, 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: Suzannecurry@hotmail.com
(Recipe provided by The Culinary Institute
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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the world's best professional culinary education. Excellence,
leadership, professionalism, ethics, and respect for diversity
are the core values that guide our efforts. We teach our students
the general knowledge and specific skills necessary to live successful
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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
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
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.
to Make Your Business More Appealing?
by: Frank Rotella
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.
• 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
• 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.
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
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
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
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
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 http://www.recovercisesforwellness.com
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 http://www.FitnessLearningSystems.com
QUESTION & ANSWER:
QUESTION & ANSWER:
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
• 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
• 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