Phthalates: Health Risks and How to Avoid

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Tom Redmond may be best known as the former owner of Aussie, a popular brand of hair-care products. Since selling Aussie, Tom Redmond has established Onesta Hair Care. His new brand is dedicated to natural ingredients, and never uses synthetic fragrances or harmful phthalates.

Phthalates are plasticizing chemicals commonly used in household items such as cosmetics, detergents, and children’s toys. They are useful as binding agents or solvents, and can also make plastics more flexible.

These compounds are also known to have adverse effects on human health. While reports on their specific hazards vary, they are widely known to cause endocrine and reproductive problems in both humans and animals. Some studies link phthalates to ADHD, asthma, neurodevelopmental problems, and certain types of cancer.

Phthalates are notoriously difficult to avoid. To minimize your exposure, consider staying away from synthetic fragrances, and reduce your use of plastic items. If you have small children, consider avoiding soft plastic toys manufactured prior to 2009, as these are likely to contain phthalates.

Arabian Horse Care – Health Concerns to Be Aware Of

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Arabian Horse Care
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Aussie creator Tom Redmond is now the president of Onesta Hair Care and the owner of Wolf Springs Ranches in Westcliffe, Colorado. At Wolf Springs, Tom Redmond focuses on raising and showing Arabian horses.

Arabian horses are known for their beauty, stamina, and intelligence. These traits make them popular choices for both racing and pleasure riding. However, Arabian horses are particularly susceptible to several common health concerns. Any Arabian owner or caregiver should be aware of the following breed-specific problems.

Though they have dense bones and strong legs in adulthood, Arabians tend to mature more slowly than other breeds. This means it is important to avoid extremely strenuous activities, such as jumping, until the horse is five years old.

Arabians are also at risk for several genetic conditions. Some of these, like equine juvenile epilepsy, are treatable and fairly mild. Other common conditions, such as cerebellar abiotrophy and occipital atlanto-axial malformation, can be treated, but may make a horse unsuitable for serious riding.

Onesta Hair Care – Using Organic Ingredients in a Responsible Way

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With more than 20 years of experience in the hair care industry, Tom Redmond is the former owner of hair care product company Aussie. Tom Redmond leverages his experience as head of Aussie to lead Minnesota-based Onesta Hair Care, which uses natural products and strives to be environmentally responsible.

Onesta Hair Care uses the most organic ingredients possible in its wide selection of hair care products. All of the fragrances in the company’s products are certified organic botanical extracts, with no synthetic fragrances or harmful chemicals. In addition to exceeding FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulations, Onesta’s formulas remain compliant with guidelines established by the European Union.

Also an environmentally friendly company, Onesta operates its business completely on wind energy to minimize its carbon footprint. The company even uses renewable packaging consisting of post-consumer resin bottles. Consumers can also rest assured that none of Onesta’s products contain animal products, as the company’s products have received approval from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). To learn more about Onesta Hair Care and its products, visit onestahaircare.com.

Hosanna! Church – On International and Domestic Missions

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Having founded the Aussie brand of salon products, Tom Redmond now serves as president of Onesta Hair Care in Edina, Minnesota. Tom Redmond’s philanthropic activities include contributions to the ministerial activities of the Hosanna! Church in Lakeville and Shakopee, Minnesota.

These Lutheran congregations engage in a number of outreach ministries to benefit those in need locally and internationally:

Hosanna! Emergency Action Response Teams (HEART) offer assistance during times of natural disaster to those who are impacted. The church also works with outside agencies in the Twin Cities area.

The Hands of Freedom program in India assists persons who live in poverty. Local churches are empowered to be a center of spiritual, economic, and cultural redevelopment. Hands of Freedom encourages leadership skills among new pastors and members.

Training centers in Ethiopia, sponsored by the church, teach Christian values to local law enforcement and develop businesses to help those in need create income. It also finds sources to provide fresh drinking water.

The Nez Perce and the Battle of Bear Paw Mountains

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Tom Redmond, the founder of Aussie hair products, has a history of giving back to his community. In addition to supporting several local charitable organizations while running the Aussie company, he was involved in returning 19th century Nez Perce artifacts to current members of the Native American tribe. The Boston Historical Society owned the artifacts, but when the society decided to sell the collection in 1990, Tom Redmond contributed money to the effort to return these items to their rightful owners.

The Nez Perce occupied large portions of the Pacific Northwest. At the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition in the early 1800s, the Nez Perce claimed about 17 million acres covering portions of modern-day Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Members of the Nez Perce tribe engaged in battle with the United States over their refusal to leave their native land and move to a reservation. Following weeks of conflict in the fall of 1877, the tribe camped along the Snake Creek, 40 miles from the safety of the Canadian border. Scouts discovered the location of the camp, and fighting, led by Colonel Nelson Miles, resumed.

After several days, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce surrendered, stating, “Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever.”

Best Times to Visit Hawaii

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The former owner of Aussie, Tom Redmond leads salon hair care company Onesta as president and breeds Arabian and half-Arabian horses, cattle, and buffalo as the owner of Wolf Springs Ranches. In his free time, the former Aussie owner enjoys traveling around the world. Hawaii is one of Tom Redmond’s favorite destinations due to its great climate and friendly locals.

Hawaii is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations and is well-known for its agreeable year-round weather. Still, the state its high and low seasons. Summer is the peak travel season for Hawaii, with the weather at its best on most of the Hawaiian islands between June and August. Unfortunately, crowds can be extremely large during this time, and prices often skyrocket to accommodate the increased demand. Winter experiences a similar problem. Although the weather in Hawaii is slightly cooler during the winter season, it is still a popular destination for travelers looking to get away from the cold and snow of their hometowns.

Summer crowds typically begin thinning out after Labor Day, with tourism remaining relatively quiet through November. Visitors who travel to the islands during this period enjoy fewer crowds, shorter lines at attractions, and cheaper accommodations. Spring can be even less crowded, despite the blooming flowers and lush vegetation of the season. In April and May, Hawaiian establishments often offer travel discounts, making a visit to these lush islands more affordable.

Three Ways to Protect Your Hair

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Tom Redmond of Aussie Hair Care recently created Onesta Hair Care, an all-natural approach to hair products. Tom Redmond, who founded Aussie, designed this new line of products with healthy oils and natural botanical ingredients to cleanse and style hair without damaging it. Many other brands use harmful chemicals such as parabens, propylene glycol, and synthetic dyes.

Synthetic ingredients and chemicals are not the only way to damage your hair. Follow these tips to keep your hair healthy as you go about your beauty routine.

1. Be gentle with your hairbrush. Aggressive brushing can break and damage hair. When using a hairbrush, gently brush tangles out from the ends first. Wet hair is even more susceptible to damage. Instead of brushing wet hair, use a wide toothed comb to pull out tangles.

2. Avoid heat if you can. If you often use heat to style your hair, invest in good tools and use the lowest heat setting you can manage. The finer your hair is, the less heat you should be using.

3. The sun’s UV rays can damage hair just as they damage skin. Dark hair fares better than light, but it is always best to keep exposure to a minimum. If you’re going to be in the sun for a long time, it is best to wear a hat or scarf.