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Be part of creating a healthy planet: enjoy the vitality & youthfulness you deserve

Be a steward of our planet

    • Recycle, Reuse, Reduce
    • Read your labels for toxic chemical – they are in our personal care, skin care and cosmetics, as well as, in our cleaners, laundry and dish care
    • Choose safer, non-toxic home care and personal care products – We recommend Shaklee
    • Use your favorite cups and stainless lined water bottles instead of plastic
    • Learn about organic gardening and go for it!
    • Support local grocers/farms

Take your body’s wellness seriously

With the threat of serious pandemic, studies showing increase in respiratory illnesses, allergies, heart disease, cancer and more, we need to rethink what we are doing – most of these diseases can be mitigated by better food choices, exercise, and supplementation.

    • Avoid sugar and white flour products – they suppress the immune system and create inflammation
    • Eat your fruits and veggies!
    • Exercise at least 30 minutes 3 times a week
    • Consider a supplemental nutrition program
      • Do some detoxification
      • Build a strong foundation of protein, vitamin/mineral supplements plus essential fatty acids, antioxidants and Probiotics. A guaranteed supply of essential nutrients can make up for what we have missed in our daily foods.
      • Build immune system support with quality antioxidants and nutrients that invigorate the immune function.
      • We recommend Shaklee products for their potency, purity and performance. Talk with us about what could work for you.

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~ Mahatma Gandhi



My Philosophy

Greetings from Joan...

Health and wellness have a huge interest and passion of mine for most of my adult life. However, prior to discovering more natural approaches to health I was headed down a bad path… I had digestive problems, allergies, thyroid and female problems, was falling asleep at work and gaining weight. Need I say more? I was a MESS! I didn’t like this direction and wanted to find answers. I was very blessed to have my carpool companion introduce me to a neighbor who knew a lot about building health and shared a more natural approach to improving my health. To make a long story a little shorter… After 37 years I am in great shape and not asleep, chubby, and miserable!

I discovered early on, the best way to introduce others to this exciting world of wellness, was through the stories of other folks. The success that others found made a greater impact and was far more encouraging than all the technical and scientific information. The average person just wants to know “what works” … they want simple and direct solutions that will not give them bad “side effects.” Is that you?

Speaking of side effects… can you believe the drug commercial and the litany of “side effects” that they verbalize after their promotions for the products? We all know that drugs can be life saving, BUT often times people are taking drugs when simple, non-toxic answers are out there.

My goal is to share other possibilities and give you and your friends non-toxic, health building possibilities to reach more optimum healthy outcomes. Every Monday I will share someone’s story.

If you find these valuable, would you pay it forward by sharing these stories with a friend?

Thank you for taking the time to read this and may 2020 overflow with health and happiness for you and your loved ones.




Keeping Our Kids’ Immune Systems Strong

“There is only one cause of Disease…Malfunctioning Cells
There are only two causes of Malfunctioning Cells…
Exposure to Toxins & Lack of Nutrients”
                                                 ~Raymond Francis “Never Be Sick Again”~

We are all concerned about Covid-19 and now, with this new different effect on children, we have added another stress to our concerns.

One topic rarely heard on all of the news programs and from our government is what we can do to create a preventive strategy by strengthening our immune systems?

What does this look like?  First, let me stress that this blog is meant to give insight into rebuilding and strengthening our immune systems, not cure or prescribe.  Imagine, however, if you knew what nutrients and other purchase choices could help build a healthy body vs. what choices could damage your body, would that make a difference for you?

Let’s take a look at our current situations:
Are your kids getting too much sugar in their diet?
1. Causes glucose levels to spike and plummet, causing mood swings, fatigue, headaches and increased cravings.
2.  Increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.  Possible connections with cancer.
3.  Can interfere with how your body fights disease because bacteria and yeast feed on sugar anda result, their colonies grow.
4.  Can lead to chromium deficiency which helps regulate blood sugar.  90% of Americans are deficient.
5.  Increases stress by effecting hormonal responses.
6.  Causes tooth decay by fueling plaque and bacteria.
7.  Can cause gum disease which can lead to heart disease and other inflammatory concerns.
8.   Affects cognition in children (shown in tests in NYC school lunches)
B.  How much processed foods is your family eating?  The nutrient value is low and it fills up children so they don’t want other, healthier choices.

C.  How many fruits and vegetables do your kids eat a day?  What do you buy – organic vs. commercial?   Learn new healthy recipes and give fresh fruits and veggies for snacks.   Connect with me for my “Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 ” to know what to buy organic. [Or go to]

D.  Do your children take a multi-vitamin/mineral daily?  How much sugar is in them and are they synthetic?   Make sure what you are buying is low in sugar, well researched and has purity testing.

E.  Have your children been on antibiotics or steroids?  This, as well as, stress can kill the good bacteria in your gut and create yeast overgrowth which effects children’s health and immunity.  Daily probiotics help this.

F.  How much exercise do your children get daily?

G.  How much screen time do your children use daily?  Do you have protective glasses for them (and you) from the radiation that comes off of the screens?  Do you put electronics in another room at bedtime?

H.  What does your children’s general health look like?

I.  What cleaning, laundry and dish detergents are you using?  Toxic chemicals in the home effect breathing, are absorbed by the skin and about 60% end up in the blood stream.  Choose natural non-toxic cleaners and personal care products.

With that in mind, what does it take to build a child’s immune system?
The only things that build cells are nutrients – vitamins, minerals, proteins, water, oxygen, essential fats.  The higher quality choices, the higher quality cells.  The body always chooses what is best when given the chance.  For example, if you give a dog a choice between pure water and tap water, it will instinctively go to the pure water.  Our instinctive choices (vs. our conscious choices) are the same.

Over 40% (some say much higher) of our immune system is in our gut.   Our microbiome, the trillions of microorganisms in our body, especially the intestinal tract, is made up of good and bad bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses.  When in balance, the body operates well.  When out of balance with more pathogens than helpful bacteria, our system will malfunction.

What kills those helpful bacteria?  Antibiotics, steroids and stress are the biggest culprits.  These probiotics or good bacteria need replacing daily.

Look at your child’s digestive health
Building a healthy immune system for both adults and kids means keeping the gut healthy.  I always consider, as a result, the daily addition of probiotics (the good bacteria) and using natural remedies, if possible, before considering antibiotics or steroids.  Our bodies have great natural healing abilities.  For example, when a child has a fever, it is the body using its defenses to fight off whatever the problem is.  Does that mean you don’t call a doctor when it spikes to 104 or 105 degrees?  Absolutely not!  But allowing the body to do its own work, with the help of some extra herbs or nutrients at lower levels allows the body the time to do its work.

1. Do they defecate daily?  How many times?  The purpose of this is to eliminate toxins and substances the body no longer needs.  This is critical in overall health.  If a child is not going 1-2 times daily, increase their fiber and water and make sure they are on a probiotic to help crowd out unwanted or excess yeast and bacteria.  A mild herbal laxative may also be necessary if that doesn’t work.  Talk with your doctor and ask for natural means before drugs.

2. Does your child react to certain foods that create gas and belching?  Make sure they are chewing thoroughly so food will be properly digested.  Also be sure they are drinking enough water.  Often fresh lemon squeezed into the water is helpful. See what foods they respond to poorly so you can target any sensitivities or allergies.  Sometimes digestive enzymes may be necessary as you work with changes in diet in your search for what are the best food choices.  Your pediatrician can help with this, as well.

Medicine Cabinet Nutrients
All medicines have some negative effects so striving for a natural way to build your child’s immunity is always the best first step.  Here are what I have chosen for myself and my children over the years.

1.  Vitamin C – a homeopathic MD told me years ago to have my children on 500mg a day for prevention and 1000 mg for adults.  When my 1 year old son had tonsillitis and bronchitis with 103 temperature, she had me give him chewable C at a much higher rate.  With C and a homeopathic remedy, he was fine in 24 hours.

2. Herbs – Elderberry, larch tree, echinacea, oregano oil, garlic – all are amazing in stopping or minimizing colds and flu.  With Echinacea I have been told by naturopaths that it should be used no more than  5-7 (varying opinions) days and then take a 3-5 day break.  It is not meant to be used continuously.

3. Zinc – crucial for normal development and function of immune cells.  It also contributes to stopping inflammation, a major precursor to disease.

4. Probiotics – These good bacteria help crowd out pathogens and excess yeast which can lower the immune system.  Should be taken daily.

5. Foundational nutrients – High quality protein supplements and multi vitamin/mineral

Buyer beware:
Does the company do clinical testing on their products?  Do they have peer-review published articles on their research?  Are their raw materials tests for contaminants?  Are they food based?  These are criteria for all supplements.

Eliminating Toxic Chemicals in Home Care and Personal Care Products
Over 80,000 new chemicals have been introduced in the last 50 years.
Few have been tested for toxicity.

What are the effects of these toxins have on our children?  They are lowering the immune system, effecting their lungs and potentially causing cancer.  We are breathing these products and/or absorbing them through our skin.

Here are some of the concerns:
287 Industrial Chemicals
—Found in a test of the umbilical cord blood of 10 newborns: consumer-product ingredients, banned industrial chemicals, and pesticides
1,4-Dioxane and Formaldehyde—Found in 61% of  28 children’s bath soaps, shampoos, lotions, and  other personal care products tested; considered probable carcinogens by the EPA
Phthalates—Fragrance can contain phthalates—known endocrine disrupters—which are also known to   be skin irritants with potentially negative impacts on the respiratory system, liver, and kidneys
Bisphenol-A—Found in polycarbonate plastic containers, baby bottles, and toys—is an endocrine  disrupter; newborns and infants may have up to 11X more in their bodies than adults.

In closing, I know our children are the most vulnerable because of size and that they have not fully developed.  I ask that we all consider the best choices in what foods we give them and what products we choose for our homes and personal care in order to protect our precious children (and ourselves) and help them build strong bodies and minds.

For more information, please contact me at




Are Household Cleaning Products Dangerous?

I saw this story and thought, “No wonder people are not worried that they may have toxic chemicals all over their homes.”

Household cleaning products may [?] be dangerous
Reported by Monica Robins
CLEVELAND — A local woman was surprised to find out that what was making her young son sick was common household cleaners.

At first, Karen Brown couldn’t understand what was making Mitchell sick.

“He started with congestion, a runny nose,” said Brown. “And when he was sleeping at night, he was really congested and we’d hear labored breathing.”

Repeated visits to the pediatrician couldn’t find a cause. Finally, the pediatrician told Brown to pay attention to cleaning around the house. That’s when she noticed Mitchell’s symptoms worsened.

“I was actually using a window cleaner, just spraying it on the front window, and I turned around and he started coughing,” Brown said.

She thought he might have just been allergic or sensitive. She looked down at the bottle to see what was in it, but no ingredients were listed. Some cleaning products list hazards, but not contents.


That’s when Brown started doing some research on the Internet. She went to Ohio State University’s website and got material safety data sheets with a lot of frightening information relating to chemicals in common cleaners that can cause reproductive disorders, blood and bone marrow damage, and can affect the central nervous system, the blood, kidneys and liver.

“I was upset because I was getting all my information from the commercials and I thought that if I bought it from the grocery store and it smelled good that it was okay to use,” Brown said.

Dr. Michael Reed, co-director of the Greater Cleveland Poison Control Center says he has the ingredients of every household cleanser at his fingertips. He says the danger is dependent on long term repeated exposure and improper use.

“It may smell bad, it may cause irritation,” said Reed. “That does not mean it’s getting into our body and rarely, if ever, does it.”  WHAT????  ABOUT 60% OF WHAT TOUCHES OUR SKIN GOES INTO OUR BODIES AND OUR BLOOD STREAM!!  I wonder who he is working for???

Reed says follow label directions and do not mix products. Also be sure to use them in a well ventilated area and wear protection, like gloves or a mask, if needed.  WHAT???  That already implies DANGER!  Why not go to natural products, like Shaklee’s Get Clean line and then you won’t have to worry!  [And they work]

“The real important issue here is following the instructions that are on these products,” said Reed. “These products, when used properly and as labeled, are safe.”  NO – Look up the chemicals and see what the effects of toxicity are – OR message me and I will share.  Some of the chemicals:  Hydrochloric Acid, Sulfamic Acid, Lye (Potassium Hydroxide),  Butyl Cellosolve, Sodium Hydroxide – you will be shocked when you see where you will find them!

Regardless, Brown says she switched to natural cleaning products and her son hasn’t sniffled since.  YES – YOU GO GIRL!!

Want to begin a toxic free home?

Check out our April special – the Shaklee Get Clean Kit

Insider Secrets to a Healthy 2018 with The Sassy Sage

Ready for an Incredibly Healthy 2018?

Join nutrition and health expert, Joan Lubar, for Insider Secrets to a Healthy 2018.

  • Discover simple ways to assess your current health situation
  • Receive personal recommendations from Joan on how to improve your energy, focus, and vibrancy to live fully
  • Learn how to feel better than ever before with easy to apply insights
  • Make this your best year ever… regardless of your age

This is a great learning opportunity while you enjoy fun networking and a light meal.

Very limited seating. You must RSVP

The event takes place at a location in Happy Valley, Oregon.

Upon registering you will receive address and directions.

RSVP at 971-717-5409.

More information, click HERE.




You’re Invited to The Myth of “SuperMom”


The Myth of “SuperMom”


▪ Trying to be “SuperMom” and feeling exhausted and overwhelmed?

▪ Struggling with mommy guilt or feeling not 
good enough as a mom?

▪ Feeding you and your family too much 
fast food?

▪ Concerned about your kids getting sick 
too often?

Joan Lubar, The Sassy Sage, nutrition advisor and author of “Rock and Roll at any Age”, and Dr. Raquel Muller, therapist, mentor and coach to working moms, bring you this information-packed workshop where you will:

▪ DISCOVER: Simple changes to be more present and effective as a parent

▪ LEARN: Strategies to deal with daily stress and boost your energy

▪ FIND OUT: Ways to build a healthy and active family


The Myth of “SuperMom”




Preventing the Causes of Aging and Protecting our Cells

Q: What are some key causes of aging and what you can tell us about YOUTH Skin Care and how it helps?

What comes to mind is the science behind YOUTH; one of the key aspects is that it’s formulated to address the key causes of aging. Our skin is constantly under assault from the environment, and free radical damage accelerates aging of our skin. So to be effective you have to have a technology that protects the skin against those assaults. But in addition, a lot of the latest anti-aging science revolves around the skin’s regenerative processes. When you look deeper, our skin produces collagen and elastin; these are proteins in the skin that keep our skin supple, keep it firm, and prevent wrinkles from forming. But after the age of 20 our skin produces less collagen and elastin every year, and over the course of a lifetime that has a dramatic impact on our skin. Up to 80 percent of the thickness of our skin is lost as we age. So if there is a way to intervene in that loss as we age, we have a really effective scientific approach—and we did just that.

The YOUTH System

 A first-to-market aspect of our YOUTH science is that it targets the key youth proteins in the skin, only recently discovered in the world of anti-aging research, that help signal cells to keep producing more collagen and elastin. The Lotus Japonicus extract, a key botanical ingredient in our Youth Complex, is a first-to-market technology from the standpoint that it targets those key proteins. That helps signal the cells to keep producing more collagen and elastin, and that’s a key first with our science.

Another breakthrough aspect of YOUTH is on the protection side. People who are familiar with Vivix® know that one of the key ingredients is the muscadine grape, which works at the cellular level in our body to help prevent cellular aging. So we adapted the muscadine grape extract for its use in skin care applications. What our testing showed was that it also works in our skin cells to protect cells at the DNA level which is so critical because the DNA is like the control center of the cell. If your DNA is damaged it doesn’t function properly, and you start to see signs of aging. If you can protect that DNA from damage from the environment, that’s the best protection you can give your skin, and our muscadine grape polyphenol blend helps do just that in skin cells.

~ Chris Kyrou is the Vice President of Research & Development at Shaklee Corporation

The Throwaway Culture

I am not sure when this dilemma began, but there has been a growing disregard for those of us who are over 60 and considered outdated, often useless and even unwanted as we age. We, as senior citizens, have even bought into this cultural phenomenon!

We “Throwaways” have been pushed out of jobs, often in the name of cost cutting, and left companies devoid of experience and the wisdom that has come with it. The average CEO in the US is just over 45 with only 3 years at a given company – do you think they are missing out on valuable expertise that comes with historical knowledge? In European countries, on the other hand, the average CEO’s is over 50 and has been with their company over 30 years.

This blog is to remind us all that we not only have tremendous value but also that our younger generations are missing out on years of experience, development of wisdom and differing views. This does not mean that we have all of the right answers. What we provide is another perspective that can help our younger community in their decision making.

This perspective is why I wrote my book Rock & Roll at Any Age (  I believe that we seniors can change these opinions if we are healthy and then able to participate more in our communities.

Joan-bookcoverI personally love these “elder” years because I see things in a different light, a calmer, more peaceful and often more focused light than I did when I was younger. I could lament that I wasn’t the best mother or I could use what I have learned to be the best grandmother and, if asked, be a counselor to those now parenting.

In addition, as a business owner for 30 years, I can share some of the pitfalls and ways to avoid them with younger, newer entrepreneurs.   In both areas, people have asked and had many conversations with me that I have been told have enhanced their lives and businesses.

More ideas to come in my next blog.

A Special Olympics Universal Message

I watched the opening ceremony to the Special Olympics and my eyes swelled with tears. As the Olympians and the police volunteers, who have collected funds around the world for the Special Olympics, wound their way down a ski slope at night each holding a lighted torch to bring in the flame of hope to the center stage, I was moved by the harmonious music, softness of the flow and quiet awe of the crowd. I was struck by the beauty of the mix of nations participating as friends, co-contestants and examples of what could be in creating unity and peace among people.

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The celebration showed people of all nations singing, dancing and laughing joyfully together. You could not tell the difference in cultures, just one huge group of people, covered with rain gear, smiling and cheering.

Can we all give pause and realize the beauty of these moments? Can we not find a way to create this harmony among people, communities and nations? This is such a stark difference from the incessant flow of ugly remarks, bigotry, and nastiness that have become the norm.

To quote Jason Mrasz’s song that he sang as part of the end of the ceremonies:

I Won’t Give Up
When I look into your eyes
It’s like watching the night sky
Or a beautiful sunrise
There’s so much they hold
And just like them old stars
I see that you’ve come so far
To be right where you are
How old is your soul?

Well I won’t give up on us, even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love, I’m still looking up

And when you’re needing your space, to do some navigating
I’ll be here patiently waiting, to see what you find

‘Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We’ve got a lot to learn
God knows we’re worth it
No, I won’t give up

I don’t wanna be someone who walks away so easily
I’m here to stay and make the difference that I can make
Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use
The tools and gifts we got yeah, we got a lot at stake
And in the end, you’re still my friend at least we did intend
For us to work we didn’t break, we didn’t burn
We had to learn how to bend without the world caving in
I had to learn what I’ve got, and what I’m not and who I am

I won’t give up on us, even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up, still looking up.

I won’t give up on us (no I’m not giving up)
God knows I’m tough enough (I am tough, I am loved)
We’ve got a lot to learn (we’re alive, we are loved)
God knows we’re worth it (and we’re worth it)

I won’t give up on us, even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love, I’m still looking up”

Songwriters: Michael Lee Natter / Jason Mraz
I Won’t Give Up lyrics © Goo Eyed Music

May we all keep our hope and choose to include these amazing universal ideas into our lives.
These wonderful contestants show us that

Bill’s Gazpacho – the most delicious ever!!

Thank you Bill McBurney and Nedra Sahr for sharing

This has to be the BEST Gaspacho ever plus it makes a great, nutritious lunch for cleansing


About 12 egg sized plum tomatoes
1 red pepper (organic)
1 English cucumber (better organic)
1 Organic apple
1 Tbsp crushed garlic (organic)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp. olive oil
Dash of hot sauce
Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon


Put all in Cuisinart or blender and pulse to consistency you like (I like chunky)
All done – can be warmed if you like

Sorry I didn’t take a picture – that’s for next time!