Thursday, December 31, 2009

Enagic E-Cleaner Simplified Directions


If you haven't purchased your SD-501 unit yet, then you need to add this to your goals for 2010.  The gift of health is truly a blessing for all of us, and to those that already know about Kangen Water, we appreciate knowing this water is a tool that is helping our bodies to correct issues as they occur.

If you have an SD-501 you know the importance of keeping this unit up of minerals on the plates can cause the unit to not be as effective.  Plus, by cleaning it regularly it'll last much longer with higher quality water!

The e-Cleaner that comes with the unit has directions that make the cleaning of this unit look painstakingly difficult.  However, it is really very easy.  The directions were re-written so you can clean your unit easily every 2 weeks!  It is not complicated and I guarantee that if you follow these directions a couple of times you won't even need them after that...because they are so easy!

Here are the directions!

Now go clean your unit and have a healthier day!

Deborah Mumm
The Allergy Queen

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What is in Your Tap Water?

What is in that tap water you are drinking?  And if you don't think you are drinking it, then are you washing your foods with it?  Are you cooking with it?  If so, then you are ingesting it.
I was surprised to see that the tap water in my town has twice the number of chemicals than the average tap water.  Hmm....
Maybe you should check out your tap water and see what's in it---
A wonderful resource is: . This group has investigated tap water all over the country. You can put in your zip code and find out exactly what contaminants are in your water and what are over not only legal limit, but over health guidelines as well.

If you want to make healthy alkaline water out of your existing tap water then choose the highest quality unit on the market...the Enagic unit that creates Kangen Water.

Kangen Water

Have a healthy day....
Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What Types of Water are There?

What Types of Water are There?

Types of Water

We often call the earth "The Planet of Water".

Roughly 70% of its surface is covered with water. All living things

on the planet rely on water for survival. We need to drink lots of

water, but unfortunately most of the drinking water available to

us is simply not healthy anymore. In some cases, our drinking

water is dangerous to our health.

Tap Water

How do you feel about drinking 8 glasses of tap water each day?

Chlorination makes tap water safe to drink but it can also react

with organic compounds inside your body to produce toxic

substances, especially in your colon. Small amounts of chlorine

are added to our public drinking water supply to kill bacteria and

other microorganisms. This amount of chlorine is small enough

for us to drink but it can still kill bacteria and enzymes in our

body essential to digestion.

During a shower, our bodies absorb roughly 2 glasses of this

chlorinated water through our skin. We also inhale the mist and

steam of this water while we shower. Nearly all tap water supplies

contain large amounts of active oxygen (oxidants) and high

positive ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential) values. Having a

high POSITIVE ORP means that tap water can be very oxidizing,

or destructive to your body.

Purified Water Distilled Water and Reverse


Distilled water and water purified by reverse osmosis may not

have most pollutants and additives found in tap water, but it also

lacks any minerals naturally found earth's water that are

essential to our well being. These processes remove

EVERYTHING from the water, including helpful minerals.

Since this water contains no minerals or life whatsoever, it

leaches vital minerals and alkaline buffers from our bodies.

Distilled water and reverse osmosis water have no energy or

vitality at all and can contribute to an acidic state in our bodies.

Bottled Water (Including "Mineral Water")

You might think that bottled water is healthier than tap water. But

in a four-year scientific study, The NRDC (Natural Resources

Defense Council) tested more than 1,000 bottles of 103 brands,

a third of them were found to contain contaminants such as

arsenic and carcinogens.

Recently, another shocking study showed that over time cancer-

causing toxins such as dioxin leach into the water from the

plastic bottle. Actually, a lot of the bottled "spring" waters are just

filtered tap water put in a plastic bottle. These bottles often

remain on store and factory shelves, unopened for months or

even years.

Bottled water is essentially dead water. If you choose your water

based on the package or the brand, you should know that some

95% of the price you are paying for that bottled water is covering

other costs, such as packaging, advertising, distribution costs,

rather than the water itself.

Yet, bottled water is so popular and available almost

everywhere. As a result, the bottled water industry enjoys annual

sales of more than $3.5 billion worldwide. 15 years ago people

wouldn't spend $3-$5 per day on bottled water; these days they


Alkaline Ionized Water

Alkaline ionized water is by far the healthiest water available

today. Decades of scientific and medical research have gone

into its developement. It is produced by an in-home machine that

first filters and then ionizes tap water. This process splits the

water into its alkaline and acidic parts. The alkaline water is used

for drinking. It has tremendous hydrating and antioxidant

qualities, due in part to its smaller water clusters and abundance

of extra electrons created by the ionization process.

Kangen™ Water - The Highest Grade of Alkaline

Ionized Water

Kangen™ water has the strongest antioxidant power of any

alkaline ionized water. The Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP)

of Kangen™ water can reach up to -500mV, where most

average ionized water reaches only around -150mV.

The difference is significant. As a matter of fact, regular Alkaline

Ionized Water units are classified as "home health appliance,"

while Kangen™ Water units are in the "medical device"

classification by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Japan,

which is equivalent to the FDA in the U.S. Currently, out of 44

companies manufacturing ionized water generators, Only 6 of

them make units certified as Kangen™ Water grade.

Enagic ONLY manufactures certified Kangen™ Water units. And

its quality is considered by many as the best of the best in the


The word "Kangen™" "return to origin" in Japanese. A more

general meanings would be "renewing" or "restoring". Drinking

Kangen™ Water can help "renew" and "restore" a healthy

balance in your life.

Want more info on Kangen Water?  Go to The Wetter Water !

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen
Healthy Environments, Inc.

© Kangen Water USA. All Rights Reserved

Monday, December 14, 2009

Thriving Through the Holidays

I have copied this article by Jim Rohn, one of my favorite motivational speakers, who passed away last week.  He was wonderful and I totally encourage you to read his books and listen to his CD's.  He was one of the most grounded and thoughtful thinking men of our times.

The holidays can be stressful and they really don't have to be.  Here are Jim's words on keeping the holiday a time of celebration.

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen---

Thriving Through the Holidays by Jim Rohn

The holidays are upon us; a time of celebration and joy. I love the last days of November through the beginning of the New Year. The pure magic of the holidays is something that I anticipate and enjoy each and every year.

For some though, the holidays have lost the joy and excitement they at other times have had. The pace of life has grown so fast—much faster than those first holidays I remember in my life—that some people don’t enjoy the times they get to spend with their family and friends during what is supposed to be days filled with joy and peace.

Why is that? Probably a lot can be laid at the feet of how fast-paced our times are, but that isn’t all.

I believe our holiday times should be wonderful and filled with lasting and enjoyable moments and memories. So how can we ensure that we come out of the holidays in January with great memories of the past month? Here are six thoughts that will help you experience the holidays the way they were intended to be experienced:

Be Temperate

Holidays can be days of excess for many—too much food, too many cookies and treats. Too much chocolate, schedules that are too busy. One thing that will help you enjoy the holidays is to be temperate. Enjoy the food. Enjoy the treats. Enjoy the busy schedule of activities and parties. But also be disciplined enough to know when to hold back, when to say, “No.” When we go overboard we regret it and lose the opportunity to fully experience that moment. But when we enjoy a little and refrain from going too far, then we can enjoy all that little piece of time has to offer.

Lower Your Expectations

Much of the frustration people experience from the holidays is from setting their expectations too high. They expect too much from friends or family, and when they don’t get what they want, they get frustrated. They expect presents to be perfect and when they aren’t, they get frustrated or disappointed. Instead of having huge expectations this holiday season, just take it as it comes and enjoy what you can. And this brings me to my next point.

Enjoy What You Can and Ignore the Rest

This holiday season, go with an attitude of knowing that things will be what they will be. You can’t control other people or their actions. If a family member pushes the limits of your patience, ignore that and instead focus on how much you can enjoy the time you have with other family members. If things don’t go perfectly—which they won’t—then enjoy what you can and let the rest slide. You will feel a lot better about life if you can take all things a little easier.

Stay Out of Debt

Debt is a killer. It will steal your enjoyment of life. Be sure to stay within your financial boundaries this holiday season. The last thing you want is to start the New Year with a deeper burden financially. Know where you are financially and stay within those limits. You don’t have to impress anyone, just buy gifts that you can afford and express your feelings in the giving of the gift.

Take Time for Yourself

Be sure that, no matter how busy you get, you take time for yourself. Take time to read. Take a long bath if that relaxes you. Take a walk. Spend some time of quiet in front of a fire. Don’t rush through the holidays and sap all of your energy. Your mind and body need to be reenergized, so be sure to take time to do so.

Focus on Your Spiritual Life

Ultimately, no matter what tradition you come from, the holidays are historically days in which we focus on the spiritual. Men and women are created with a natural draw toward spiritual life. However, our culture today tends to stay away from a focus on the spiritual, and that has even crept into our holidays. Be sure to place an emphasis on building your spiritual life and growing in that area. This will help keep you grounded and able to deal with anything that may come your way.

Friends, this time of year is another chance to remember the important truths of life and to enjoy time with dear friends and family.

May you experience the very best this holiday season and move into January better than ever!

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

Feeling safe and comfortable in your home?

Well, don't! You're living in a toxic wasteland, a poisonous stew of chemicals and air pollution.

OK, OK, let's start over without the drama.

True, people are becoming increasingly concerned with the health and safety of their homes, from the air quality to the water. And some profiteers have turned this trend into scare messages, complete with close-ups of dust mites lurking in your pillow and killer mold poised to attack your family.

What are some of the real causes of Indoor Air Pollutions?  These may surprise you.....

Are there some that I missed?  Let me know....

Otherwise, I hope you are having a Healthy Day...or making changes towards this goal.

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen
Healthy Environments, Inc.

7 Quick Stress Busters

7 Quick Stress Busters

Does holiday time get you stressed?  For most people it does.  There seems to be a lot to do and not very much time to get it all done.  Then with this economy there is less money to spend on gifts, food, entertainment and more.  This all leads to MORE stress...

I have found these Stress Busters to be an effective way to maintain some control with your life & health.  Go here to see these 7 Quick Stress Busters.

If you have any other effective Stress Busters I should know about, please let me know!

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Alkaline or Die!


One of the least understood concepts of nutrition is understanding acid and alkaline balance.  The cells of the body rely on acid-alkaline balance. If the body fluids are abnormal, digestive enzymes are rendered inactive. Food will then not digest properly and allergic reactions can result.

Optimally, we want the fluids in our body to have a 7.0 - 7.2 pH level. If pH levels are too acidic or too alkaline, then the cells will get poisoned from their own waste and die. Total healing of chronic illness only takes place when, and if, the blood is restored to a normal, slightly alkaline pH.

If you have health problems, then you are acidic.Unless your body is slightly alkaline, then it cannot heal itself.  You can try to eat a more alkaline diet, but to do so all day long is very difficult.  Our polluted air is acidic, stress makes us acidic and foods like meats, dairy and breads are acidic.  So, the easiest way to maintain alkalinity all day is to drink alkaline water throughout the day.

Kangen water is the premium alkaline water since the unit it comes from is a medical device in Japan and all its components are medical grade.  No other unit can compare to the units made by Enagic.

Check it out at TheWetterWater.  Watch the videos...get informed!
If you'd like a FREE DVD that shows how this water works to create a healthier body, please let me know and I'll pop one in the mail to you today.

Deborah Mumm
The Allergy Queen

Monday, November 09, 2009

What are Symptoms of Swine Flu?


People are acting crazy about Swine Flu yet are still misinformed about what it is...and what the true symptoms are.  Here is a nice chart that describes the difference between a bad cold and the Swine Flu.

Know the Difference between a Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms


Fever is rare with a cold.

Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the H1N1 flu


A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold..

A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the H1N1 flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).


Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.

Severe aches and pains are common with the H1N1 flu.

Stuffy Nose:

Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.

Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.

Chills :

Chills are uncommon with a cold.

60% of people who have the H1N1 flu experience chills.


Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.

Tiredness is moderate to severe with the H1N1 flu.

Sneezing :

Sneezing is commonly present with a cold..

Sneezing is not common with the H1N1 flu.


Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.

The H1N1 flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.


A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold..

A headache is very common with the H1N1 flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

Sore Throat:

Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.

Sore throat is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.

Chest Discomfort :

Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.

Chest discomfort is often severe with the H1N1 flu.

The only way to stop the spread of the epidemic is to spread the awareness.

Deborah Mumm
The Allergy Queen
Healthy Environments, Inc.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

10 Safe & Not so Spooky Halloween Activities

Halloween Greetings!

Here is a terrific article that offers 10 Safe and Fun Halloween Activities for the whole family. As a mom of 5 kids I have always looked for simple ways to make Halloween fun and not just a 'Sugar-loaded Holiday'.


 Too Cute To Spook: 10 Not So Scary Halloween Activities
by Dr. Caron B Goode, NCC

For many young children, this Halloween will be the first time they see a tombstone on a lawn, a skeleton hanging from a tree, and people they are familiar with, appearing to be someone they are not.

Young children have a difficult time distinguishing between what’s real and what’s not. In fact, until children reach the age of 5, the boundaries between reality and fantasy often remain blurred. They may believe the ghosts and ghouls are going to “get them” or that the walking mummy wondering around the neighborhood is “real.” It’s this reason that some children, especially sensitive ones, may find October 31 to be scarier than it is fun.

If you’re a parent of a child pre-school aged child or younger, consider shifting to a not so scary celebration this Halloween. From less spooky costumes to kid friendly arts and crafts, the little ones can have Halloween fun, without the fright.

Try incorporating some of these 10 Not So Scary Halloween activities into your holiday celebration. They’re guaranteed to rate high on fun and low on fright.

1. Donuts on a String. Hang small, powdered donuts from a piece of heavy string. Fasten each strung donut to a long line of string. Have an adult hold each end of the line level with the children’s mouths. Encourage the children to try to eat the donut using no hands. Older children may enjoy this activity while wearing a blindfold. If children become frustrated, the donut can be moved to a plate to make eating it hands free easier.

2. Pin the nose on the pumpkin. Create a large pumpkin from orange poster board. Add the eyes and mouth using a black marker. Cut out triangles from black poster board, place double sided tape on the back and hand them out to the children. Let each child have a turn sticking the nose on the pumpkin. While younger children may simply enjoy adding the missing piece to the pumpkins face, older children may enjoy this activity while wearing a blindfold.

3. Decorate Halloween cookies. Bake sugar cookies in the shape of pumpkins. Provide frosting and sprinkles for the children to decorate their own cookie. This is a fun project that doubles as a festive treat. Children can decorate additional cookies, place them in a cellophane bag, tie them closed with ribbon and give them out as special gifts to family and friends.

4. Visit a farm. Consider incorporating the fall harvest theme into your not so scary celebration. Many farms have pumpkin patches for children to select their own pumpkins. Some even have petting zoos, hay rides, train rides and more. The natural and often colorful scenery at most farms makes the perfect backdrop for fall family photos.

5. Decorate pumpkins. While younger children may be too young to carve a pumpkin, they can certainly color, paint and add embellishments like stickers and sparkles. Yarn can be glued on for hair and felt can be used to create hats or other accessories.

6. Host a not so scary Halloween party. Incorporate games like Duck, Duck Pumpkin, read age appropriate Halloween themed books and decorate and snack on pumpkin shaped sugar cookies. Make costumes optional.

7. Hide the pumpkins. Cut out small pumpkins from orange poster board and decorate with black marker. Hide the pumpkins outdoors. Give each child a small bucket to collect all the pumpkins she can find. Give each child a turn at hiding the pumpkins.

8. Attend an alternate Halloween event. Many churches and community centers host free harvest celebrations geared towards the families in their communities. They often have games, activities, food and candy for kids of all ages to enjoy.

9. Organize a neighborhood trunk or treat. Create a theme and invite people you know to decorate their car trunks. Invite everyone over at a set time to park their cars in your driveway. Have the children go from trunk to trunk to collect individually wrapped candy. This allows you to have control over who your child collects candy from and what type of Halloween d├ęcor your child is exposed to. Another creative spin on this is to have family members decorate their bedroom doors and hand out candy to each other.

10. Create your own costumes. With a little non-toxic face paint, a bin of dress up clothes and a lot of creativity, you children can create a costume that perfectly suits their personality and level of spookiness they’re comfortable with. Have a parade and award prizes for different costumes. You can give prizes for the most colorful costume, the costume with the most sparkle and more to be sure that all children are recognized for the hard work they put into their costume selection and design.

With some careful thought, a little creativity and advance planning, you can create an age-appropriate Halloween celebration that your child can truly enjoy.

Dr. Caron Goode is a well-respected leader in the parent coaching industry as the founder of the Academy for Coaching Parents International ( that trains students in the empowerment model of parent coaching, Dr. Goode has shared her holistic approach to achieving parenting success and managing family relationships in magazines, newspapers and radio. Her most recent books include The Art and Science of Coaching Parents and award-winning Raising Intuitive Children. ( )

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen
Healthy Environments, Inc.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Energy Drinks--- Good or Bad?

You pop open your favorite Energy drink and pound it down. A few minutes later you are 10 feet tall and bulletproof and on top of the world, you feel invincible. An hour later you feel overwhelmed and depressed, your officemates stepping over your now crashed and energy depleted body. You drag yourself to the nearest Energy drink and the vicious cycle starts all over again. How did this happen? Where did it all start?

The soft drink market is a 56 BILLION dollar a year industry. A rising part of this industry falls under the category of Energy drinks. Some of the largest beverage manufactures in the world are scrambling to get a piece of this Energy drink market. Companies such as Anheuser-Busch Co., PepsiCo, Coca-Cola Co. and Hansen Natural Corp. are just a few of the big name companies cashing in on the Energy drink phenomenon.

Red Bull, an Austrian company that introduced its trademark brand to Europe in 1987, created the energy drink category. That year, the company sold 1 million cans. The brand came to the United States in 1997, and last year Red Bull sold 1 billion cans worldwide. Red Bull continues to dominate with 51.4% of the market.

In 2002 Energy drink sales totaled nearly 300 million dollars, nearly double from 2000. In 2005 the Energy drink market reported 3 BILLION dollars in sales. However, all these profits come with a price…your health.

Most Energy drinks contain these 4 main ingredients: caffeine, taurine, sugar and guarana. (some energy drinks are now sugar free but be wary of what they substitute the sugar with. Aspartame is linked to many health issues).

All of these ingredients are stimulants, which squeeze or stimulate our adrenal glands to produce additional adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol, which are stress hormones that give us that boost of energy. Unfortunately this continual squeeze on our adrenals can eventually exhaust and burn them out. The continual over-stimulation of our adrenal glands leads to adrenal fatigue and exhaustion. This is becoming a common and underlying cause for many of the health challenges we face today.

Our adrenal glands play a critical role in our survival. Yes they make our stress hormone cortisol, which is catching a lot of attention because of their association with weight loss. But they are also intimately involved in stabilizing our blood sugar. Insulin Resistance and diabetes is increasing. Many of these problems are attributable to over-stimulation of our adrenal glands, which leads to adrenal burnout.

The adrenals also make our sex hormones. This is critical for both women and men, because if the body is constantly having to make stress hormones, it will have to steal progesterone, which in turn effects the balance of estrogen and testosterone. Is there any wonder why so many people are suffering from hot flashes, PMS, loss of libido and depression?


The answer is: YES!

Water...or better yet,  Kangen Water….  – the truly amazing ionized alkaline WATER that hydrates to the cellular level.

It's time to say NO to Energy Drinks that are slowly destroying health.  Take a stand today against Junk Drinks.

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen

What's in that Banana?


After Reading this, you will NEVER look at a banana in the same way again!

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.


According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel better.


Forget the pills -- eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.


High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure:

This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect way to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power:

200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex, England ) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.


High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.


One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system...


Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness:

Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness

Mosquito bites:

Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.


Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work?

Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.


The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control:

Many other cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):

Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.


Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6 and B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.


Potassium is a vital mineral which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.


According to research in 'The New England Journal of Medicine,' eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death from strokes by as much as 40%!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around.. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, 'A banana a day keeps the doctor away!'


If your roses are covered with Aphids, drape banana skins over the branches, it’s amazing, but in a day or less, they are GONE!

I've tried it, and I couldn't believe it, no more aphids, as long as I save my banana skins for the rose bushes!

Impressed? Well then, PASS IT ON TO YOUR FRIENDS!

Unzip a BANANA today!

Deborah Mumm
The Allergy Queen
Healthy Environments, Inc.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Trick or Treat Hours for Grayslake & Gurnee, IL 2009

Grayslake, IL 2009 Trick or Treating Times

The Village of Grayslake has a specific time for Trick or Treating on Halloween, October 31, 2009. The Village Board designates the time for Halloween Trick or Treating within the Grayslake Village limits.

This year’s “Trick or Treating” will take place on p.Saturday, October 31st from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For questions about Grayslake's “Trick or Treating”, please contact the Request for Service System at (847) 223-8515.

Additionally, the Grayslake Police Department offers the following safety tips for Halloween Trick or Treating:

1. Only “Trick or Treat” in neighborhoods and at houses that you are familiar with.

2. “Trick or Treat” in groups or with parents/guardians.

3. Do not wear any costumes that may obstruct your vision or are tripping hazards.

4. Only cross the street at intersections and be watchful of road traffic.

5. Do not enter a home to receive a treat.

6. Accept only wrapped or sealed homemade snacks from strangers.

7. Bring a flashlight and wear reflective tape if it will be getting dark.

8. Only go to homes that looks like someone is home. (front light on, door ajar, etc.)

2009 Trick or Treating Times for Gurnee, IL

The Village of Gurnee Police Department requests that all trick-or-treaters limit haunting to the hours of 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2009. The Village also asks that you be respectful of your neighbors while trick-or-treating. Only go to homes of people you know. If you have questions regarding trick-or-treating hours, please contact the Village of Gurnee Police Department at (847) 599-7000.

Have a Safe, Spooky and Happy Halloween!
For more tips on how to stay healthy after eating all that candy...

Halloween Pet Dangers


I wanted to share this article with you about Pet Safety at Halloween time. Enjoy!

Halloween Pet Dangers
By Melissa Breyer

It’s easy to want to involve our pets in all of the action and excitement of our lives; but it’s not always so great for our pets. Consider Halloween. Consider it from a pet’s perspective, to be specific–the doorbell ringing over and over, a parade of yelling sugar-fueled “creatures” behind the door, chocolate to find, decorations to get tangled up in, and how about the dreaded pet costume?! (I know some pets don’t mind costumes, but I just keep thinking of my daughters’ dog Winkie and his look of misery when the doggie witch costume first appeared.) It’s important to keep your pets safe this Halloween by thinking around the holiday excitement, and being aware of the little catastrophes lurking in the evening. Here’s a round-up of tips from animal protection groups compiled by

>Don’t give Halloween candy to dogs and cats. Candy can be harmful to pets and chocolate is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets. Candies that have the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs–even small amounts can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and lead to depression, lack of coordination and seizures. Symptoms of chocolate ingestion can include vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, and increased thirst, urination and heart rate, and even seizures.

>Avoid putting costumes on pets. Many dogs and cats don’t like costumes, and some can confine or restrict their movements. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume doesn’t impair their movement, hearing, sight or ability to breathe or bark. Also check the costume for any choking hazards. A safer alternative is a simple Halloween bandanna.

>Keep pets inside and away from the front door and trick-or-treaters. “Halloween brings a flurry of activity with visitors constantly arriving at the door, and pets may escape the safety of their home, said Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of the ASPCA Pet Adoption Center in Manhattan. “Be sure that your pet has identification tags should he or she accidentally get loose.” And remember cats–especially black ones–often fall victim to pranksters.

>Keep candy wrappers away from pets. Cats love to play with candy wrappers, animal experts say–and many cats love to eat strange things. But if cats ingest aluminum foil or cellophane it can cause intestinal blockage and induce vomiting.

>Keep Halloween decorations away from pets. Dogs and cats can easily knock over a jack-o’-lanterns and start a fire. And curious kittens are particularly at risk of getting burned by candle flames. Keep dangling decorations in high places to avoid choking hazards. Wires and cords from holiday decorations also pose a danger to pets. If chewed, a wire can damage your pet’s mouth from shards of glass or plastic or give them a potentially lethal electrical shock.

>Use fake cobwebs sparingly on trees and bushes. They can pose a risk to pets and small birds can easily become entangled in the webbing.

Have a safe and healthy Halloween!

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen

10 Tips for Fall Cleaning & Better Breathing!

(I wanted to share this article with you...)

10 Tips for Fall Cleaning a Healthy Home

By Annie B. Bond

It’s that time again–windows close with a thump, the furnace clicks on, and next thing you know, you’re living in a hotbed of pollution that could rival the smog in L.A.

Here are 10 easy, simple things you can do to keep the air quality pure and safe in your house this autumn.

1. Empty your refrigerator tray. It can start looking pretty swampy in there, and the ‘fridge fan blows that moldy yucky air right into your home.
2. Dust your heaters. When the heat comes on, it isn’t good to smell fried dust.
3. Check for foreign objects in your heating elements. Anyone with small children knows that plastic objects can find their way into the heating units and next thing you know, everyone is sniffing and wondering, “Why does it smell like burning plastic in here?” Toxic!
4. Clean your oil burner. A dirty furnace doesn’t function as well and can emit more harmful carbon monoxide and other undesirable compounds.
5. Clean chimneys. Prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide buildup in your home.
6. Devise a compost system. When the windows stay closed, molds in the air from fermenting compost can become a problem. Be sure to empty your kitchen compost every day.
7. Be alert to outgassing. New products and activities like painting will have more of an effect on your indoor air quality now that the windows are closed. You may want to air new carpets or upholstered furniture before putting them in your house. If you’re painting, be sure to provide plenty of ventilation, and choose non-toxic paints.
8. Steam-clean your carpets. Get rid of dust, dust-mites and other noxious things so you won’t be inhaling them with every step you take.
9. Choose your candles wisely. Petroleum-based and lead-wick candles contribute significantly to dangerous levels of indoor air pollution. Buy (or make) candles made from beeswax, soy, or vegetable oils, lead-free wicks, and pure essential-oil fragrances.
10. NO kerosene space heaters, ever! They are lethal. If you need extra heat in a room, consider one of the free-standing electric heaters filled with oil that radiate clean heat.

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen
Healthy Environments

Saturday, October 17, 2009

What to Look for in a Water Ionizer?


There are a number of websites on the web in regards to alkaline water or Kangen water™. Many of these websites tend to misguide or mislead when it comes to Enagic and the ionizers they produce. Many of these claims are simply not true or are deceptive by design in an attempt to drive the market to buy their products.

In an attempt to justify of why I believe the SD501 is the best residential water ionizer on the market, I have placed the facts regarding this product as well as the company on this page. The reason I choose to lay out the facts regarding this ionizer, was my attempt to justify the relatively high price of $3,980 (USD) as well as to address some of the attacks coming from other dealers who represent other ionizers.

Click below to see some bullet point truths about Enagic and The SD-501.

We love our Enagic unit and enjoy our healthy Kangen Water every day!

Deborah Mumm

The Allergy Queen

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Bottled Water Dilemma


Hopefully if you’re at this site and reading this you are well aware of the alternatives to using disposable bottles and recycle the ones you do. The advent of bottled water sent our already wasteful consumer culture into pollution overdrive and it’s a tremendous task to put the brakes on the momentum of this waste. Here is a list of plastic bottle fun facts that put the magnitude of this pollution into scope.

* Plastic bottles take 700 years to begin composting
* 90% of the cost of bottled water is due to the bottle itself
* 80% of plastic bottles are not recycled
* 38 million plastic bottles go to the dump per year in America from bottled water (not including soda)
* 24 million gallons of oil are needed to produce a billion plastic bottles
* The average American consumes 167 bottles of water a year
* Bottling and shipping water is the least energy efficient method ever used to supply water
* Bottled water is the second most popular beverage in the United States

Although it can be easy and convenient to pick up bottle beverage products the end cost to the environment is staggering. So be mindful when you drink…and remember, friends don’t let friends drink from disposables!

The Healthy Water you make from your Tap

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen

Monday, September 14, 2009

Do You Know the 10 Worst Foods to Eat?


I found this video to be quite interesting and thought I'd share it with you. When we go out to eat, it might be nice to know which foods are the worst for you so you can avoid them.

Check it out!

10 Worst Foods to Eat

Pass it onto your friends...they'll thank you!

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen
Healthy Environments

Sunday, September 06, 2009

What is the Quality of your Favorite Water?


Drink plenty of water, but avoid bottled water when you can. It pollutes the environment and is often bottled from tap water. When you must, choose from brands with clear labeling and advanced treatment.

Only 2 bottled waters disclose water sources and treatment methods on their labels and offer a recent water quality test report on their websites. None of the top 10 U.S. domestic bottled water brands label specific water sources and treatment methods for all their products.

One of my favorite brands in the past had been Ice Mountain. After scoring it with this scorecard system I found it is not purified and uses no advanced treatments for cleaning or safety. It's overall score was a D. Not good...not good at all!

Go to this webpage and check out your favorite water brands. Find out if it is truly just another tap water in a plastic bottle or if it is really treated and purified like it should be.

Bottled Water Scorecard

So...Have a healthy day! I hope you learned something about bottled water today!

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen.....
Healthy Environments

Monday, August 24, 2009

Allergy Proof your House

Allergy-Proof Your Home

From bathroom to kitchen to bedroom, here are some simple steps to rid your home of the stuff that makes you sick.

Whole Home Tips....
1) Adjust the humidity in your home to around 30-40%. You can get a humidity gauge at home-improvement stores.
2) Change your furnace filter every month to help keep the air moving cleanly in your home.
3) Invest in a quality air purfier that will help reduce particulates in the air.

Bedroom Tips....
1) Wash you bedding weekly in hot least 130 degrees. Turn up the water heater for the job and then back down when finished.
2) Mattress and pillow covers will help reduce dust mite waste, which is a major cause of allergies and asthma flare-ups.

Living Room Tips....
1) Vacuum regularly, especially with a model with a Hepa filter or double-layer bag.
2) Keep pets off the furniture as much as possible. Try to wash pets weekly if possible.

Bathroom Tips....
1) Scrub the corners of your shower or tub weekly. No need to use bleach or other toxic chemicals. Many environmentally safe cleaners will kill bacteria and viruses.
Check out these at
2) Easy to clean bathroom floors are the best. Clean mats in hot water weekly and make sure they dry out between uses.

Kitchen Tips....
1) Clean and sweep around the stove, refrigerator and toaster, where crumbs tend to gather. Don't leave dishes in the sink. Keep all food sealed tight.
2) Caulk areas where pests can come in walls, windows and floor cracks. Bugs and cockroaches can add to poor air quality.

These are just a few steps towards a healthier environment. To receive a FREE report on the First 7 Steps Towards an Allergy-Free Home at- .
Deborah Mumm has been an Indoor Air Specialist since 1996.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

4 Organic Food Labels you should Know!

There are 4 organic food labels you should know when you buy 'organic'.

This the most important label you should see when you get organic foods.
The USDA Organic seal is your best assurance of organic quality, and it's the international gold standard for organic personal care. Where personal care products are concerned, if you don’t see the USDA Certified Organic seal, the word “organic” doesn’t mean a thing. It must specify USDA to be meaningful. The ingredients in USDA certified beauty products are certified organic for food, adhering to much stricter standards as they are intended specifically for human consumption.

Growers and manufacturers of organic products bearing the USDA seal have to meet the strictest standards of any of the currently available organic labels.

There are 3 other organic labels in which it shows the food is at least 95% pure. Be sure and take a look at them here... Organic Labels time you are at the store to buy Organic Foods, check the labels! Maybe now you know what they mean.

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen

Healthy Environments, Inc.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

August is Water Quality Month

Welcome to Water Quality Month!

We've been drinking clean or purified water for years now. I have always believed that tap water should not be considered 'clean' since there are so many chemicals added to kill the bacteria and contaminants. Chlorine is used to kill the harmful bacteria...and that's good...but I don't want to drink the chlorine! Thank you very much.
A year ago I was introduced to Kangen Water made by Enagic and I suddenly learned I didn't know as much about water as I thought I had. My purified water was clean but wasn't all that healthy for me or my family. It wasn't hydrating my body or flushing toxins from my cells. Kangen Water works at the cellular level and is considered to be the wetter water! Super hydrating. I have more energy now and just feel younger. My aches and pains have gone away, making me feel younger.
So...if you haven't tried Kangen Water, you really should.
If you haven't seen a Kangen Water Demo, you really should.
I will be having an interactive Water Demo at the Aug. 10th QBS meeting in Grayslake, IL (University Center) at 2:00 ...if you live in the area, have a business you'd like to promote to the group...then please join us and you'll get a chance to learn about this amazing water.

If you don't live in the area then please check out this site for more info on how Kangen Water can change your life for the better!
The Wetter Water

Deborah Mumm,
Healthy Environments Inc.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Rate your Bottled Water?

America drinks more bottled water than any other country in the world. Two facts arise from this statistic.
1- We create more problems with the environment with all these plastic bottles. 2- We still are the most dehydrated country in the world.

Plastic bottles take decades to decompose...definitely not 'earth-friendly.'
Most bottled waters are not healthy. They are acidic waters and not always purified as well as we think.

How do you rate your favorite bottled water?
This site analyzes hundreds of bottled waters as to whether they are purified by acceptable standards. How healthy is your water?
Check it out at... Bottled Water Standards

It is pretty interesting. Of course, if you want the healthiest water available...that you can bottle yourself from your own sink using an Enagic machine...then you want this water--- Kangen Water.

Let me know if you'd like to try Kangen Water. We have a terrific sharing program...people with Enagic units who share Kangen Water with others.

Just let me know.


Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen
Healthy Environments Inc.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Laughter is the Best Medicine


All of us experience stress...some more than others. Laughter is one way to reduce stress. If we laughed more often we'd have less health issues. As I have pointed out in earlier posts, stress causes our body to be acidic and disease loves an acidic body. Our body wants to be more alkaline...disease can't live in an alkaline state. No matter how great your diet is, if you get stressed, you become acidic.

Here is a great article on how to keep laughter in your life.
Laughter is the Best Medicine

And, now the real test...
Can you make it through this short video without laughing?

Baby Laughs (Best sound in the world!)

I hope this brightened up your day...and made you a bit more alkaline...HA!

Debbie Mumm, The Allergy Queen
(in case you don't get to laugh all day but want to become alkaline)

Friday, July 03, 2009

Choosing the Best Water Ionizer

Now that I have been promoting Kangen Water for a year, I have learned that most people who love this water wonder if they can find another unit that does the SAME thing yet cost a lot less.

My answer to this is NO.

Yes...there are other water ionizers that create alkaline water.
Yes...there are other water ionizers that are half the price of Kangen units.

The Enagic Unit is the 'Gold-Standard' of water ionizers. will have to pay more than with other units, but you are getting TOP quality and workmanship. You are getting a unit designed to last 15 yrs. or more...with the same quality water being made as the first day you got the unit. Other units do not have this workmanship and quality alkaline water will degrade with time. Not so with an Enagic unit...a 35 yr. old company!

If you want to see what to look for in a quality water ionizer then go to this site-- What is a Quality Water Ionizer?

We LOVE Kangen Water and have seen many health benefits...not just in our family, but those we have shared it with.

So, before you complain about the price, understand the real value of HEALTH with a high quality Alkaline, micro-clustered, anti-oxidant water!

Deborah Mumm
The Allergy Queen
The Wetter Water

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Allergy Queen & Setting Up Allergy-Free Home


I recently finished a little video on what the Allergy Queen does and which products are used to help create an allergy-free home.

If you have a minute to look at it...I'd appreciate hearing what you think.

The AllergyQueen & Healthy Environments

I hope you're having an Allergy-free day!

Deborah Mumm
The Allergy Queen

Friday, June 19, 2009

Comparing other Ionizers to Kangen Water--

I LOVE my Kangen Water!
However, the first thing people ask is, "How much does it cost?"
Is it expensive? Yes.
But how important is you & your families health for the next 20 years or so? This Kangen Water unit is designed to run for 15 years and can then be refurbished for another 15! Wow....
I have never seen another product that has so many health benefits and is made to last so long. When you break it down in cost, it is about 75 cents per day!
Here is a Doctor's testimonial about other Water Ionizer vs. Kangen Water Ionizers.

Why Kangen Water? Dr. Carpenter Testimonial. - Watch the best video clips here

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen
The Wetter Water

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Fight Mosquitos Naturally!

It has been raining and raining in the Chicagoland area lately. One of these days the clouds will move out and the sun will reappear. Along with the sun, mosquitos will be on the move for food...US!

DEET is a chemical that works well on repelling mosquitos. However, our skin is the largest organ we have. DEET will absorb into the skin and into our blood stream. is a very strong, dangerous chemical. So, you might want to reconsider lathering it on yourself or your loved ones.

Here are some natural ways to repell mosquitos! TIPS!! Try them and see how they work.
Let's have a healthy, safe summer...mosquitos and all!

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen
Repel mosquitos naturally!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Create your own Natural Cleaning Products--It's Easy!


Even though I offer some wonderful safe cleaning products on my website,,
I found a great little video that shows you how to make your own cleaners with other household ingredients. I think you'll enjoy it.
Watch it to the end for some great cleaning tips using VODKA! Pretty fun...

Here's the video>>> Natural Cleaners

If you have any safe cleaners that you create yourself and you think they work pretty well, please email me so I can share it with my readers.

Have a Healthy Day!

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen

Healthy Environments

Sunday, May 24, 2009

What's Wrong with Soda Pop?


It's Memorial Day Weekend as I write this and realize it is the unofficial first weekend of Summer! School will be ending soon, the weather will be more predictably warm and summer activities will begin. As we soon head to a family picnic I remember the days we used to fill the coolers with soda and drinks for all to enjoy. Those days have ended, at least in this house.

Since we began drinking Kangen Water(ionized, alkaline water)almost a year ago, we learned how bad Soda and Sport drinks are for your body. It takes almost 30 glasses of Kangen Water to correct the damage of the acid one glass of Soda or Gatorade. I no longer purchase these drinks and feel better about it. We made a healthy choice. If you haven't seen the videos about Kangen Water then you should be sure to look at this....

There are more reasons you should never drink soda or pop again. Here is a good article on The Dangers of Soda Pop.

Happy Memorial Day...and remember all those that fought for our country for us! Thanks!

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen

Healthy Environments Inc

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Final Days to Save on Air Purifiers---


If you ever thought of how nice it'd be to have fresh, clean air in your bedroom, your child's dorm room, or even the entire house, then you better take advantage of the 25% off all Air Oasis purifiers on sale until May 1st.

My son has one in his dorm room at Mizzou and has been healthy all year while the rest of the guys in his frat house have had the flu or mono. Plus, his room doesn't have a window so it just keeps the room smelling fresh...not always an easy task with 2 college guys sharing a room the size of a large closet. (His room is definitely NOT clean...but at least the air is!)

I still offer a 60 day you can try it and if it's not what you expected, you can return it to me. However, once you have fresh indoor air it is difficult to go back to what you used to breathe!

Go here now....enter the code word when you order...and save!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Are you a Choco-holic?

Are you a choco-holic? Do you wish you could eat chocolate every day? I actually discovered a chocolate that is HEALTHY! There are other 'healthy chocolates' on the market so I had to do some investigating into them. As you know, the Allergy Queen only picks the BEST products for her Healthy Environments site...everything for the Healthy Home.
Here are some of the benefits of TruChocolate!
  • TruChocolate is an organic sugarless, dairy-free chocolate.
  • An herbal formula adds additional health benefits..real cocoa, noni fruit, green tea extract!
  • TruChocolate is rich in antioxidants.
  • Highly effective at appetite control & stimulates fat burn.
  • Promotes healthy blood sugar levels, yet energy levels will be high.
  • Prevents tooth decay.
And BEST of all --- it is delicious!

**Let me know if you'd like to try a piece...send me your full name & address...and I'll pop one in the mail for you. Yumm......**

Life is good when you can eat healthy chocolate!

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen, & now... The Cocoa Queen

Friday, April 03, 2009

Why is the Kangen Water so much Money??

I get this question a lot. "Why does the Kangen Water unit have to be so expensive?" I do my best to explain the high quality of the unit and the healthy water it produces.
I just found a great website that does a terrific job of answering this question and many others. So...go there and read this blog. It has great info that will answer many of your questions.

Kangen Water Blog

Let me know what you think!

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen....Healthy Environments

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Jillian from 'The Biggest Loser' endorses Kangen Water


I was happy to see that Jillian, from the popular show, 'The Biggest Loser', recommends Kangen Water for better health and a fitter body.

Kangen Water does hydrate to the cellular level so for people who work out, there is a better recovery time, less muscle cramps and better hydration.

Check it out here for the rest of the story ->

Have a healthy day!!

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen --- The Wetter Water

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Earth Hour--Sat. Mar. 28 - Do it!

Hour of darkness March 28 will be 8:30 - 9:30pm Central Time

If you are interested in Earth Hour, visit
On March 28 at 8:30 p.m., if you shut off all unnecessary electrical items for one hour, you are participating in Earth Hour.
Shut off your lights, TV, computers, etc., for one hour.
It began in Sydney Australia in 2006. The entire city goes dark for one hour.
It has since spread, with encouragement, around the world.
The Web site will tell you how many cities, and where, have come onboard to officially participate.
It is affiliated with the World Wildlife Fund.
It is just one way we can all show our support for helping our Earth. It will send a strong message to young I hope you consider doing this.
We are going to light some candles and play cards with our family. It should be fun!
Spread the word...thanks!

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen....
Healthy Environments

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Dangers of Plastics

The Dangers of Plastic

This information is being circulated at Walter Reed
Army Medical Center .

*No plastic containers in the microwave.

*No water bottles in the freezer.

*No plastic wrap in the microwave.

A dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

Recently,Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital was on a TV program to explain this health hazard.

He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us.

He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers...

This especially applies to foods that contain fat.

He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastic releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body...

Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food.. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else.

Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.

He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food
restaurants moved away from the foam containers to
paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons...

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran wrap, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave.

As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead. cautious when using plastic bottles or containers with food or water. Your best solution is to use glass or metal.