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Tahitian Noni Juice: It's Amazing Stuff!

Tahitian Noni Juice
It's Amazing Stuff!
by Pat Fridgen

For over three years a Hagerstown woman has been running a business that matches the values she holds in life. Through research and experience, she has come to the conclusion that natural is the way to go, as far as products for personal use and in the home. Vicki Moore is the proprietor of Southern Sun Studio at 71 Eastern Boulevard. The variety of services and merchandise she offers are carefully thought out and geared toward healthy living. Moore is a walking testament to the philosophy behind her business.
She is enthusiastic about her line of work, but ask about Tahitian Noni Juice and Moore bubbles over. "It's amazing stuff."
Sports fans may recall the brouhaha concerning Terrell Owens prior to the 2005 Super Bowl. Owens broke a leg and sprained an ankle December 19. He underwent surgery but never received clearance from his physician to resume play. The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver put himself back in the game, crediting an underwater treadmill, God, and noni juice with his recovery. "It's weird tasting, but it's supposed to make you heal," he said. "I don't know where the juice came from."
Noni comes from the French Polynesian Islands in the South Pacific. Morinda Citrifolia is a green, knotty tropical fruit the size of a potato. The fruit, leaves and seeds have been valued by that culture for two thousand years. It was used to sustain life and restore lost balance. In 1990 a food scientist visited Tahiti to research this fruit he had heard about. He discovered it was high in antioxidants. He and a few others spent three years developing a juice product.
Word has spread about the benefits of the juice. Like most people, Moore used to be a skeptic. "If people have heard about it, they don't believe it. I started taking it and didn't tell anyone. I expected the worst." Eventually, a permanent shoulder injury healed. She felt better physically and mentally. "It blows your mind," she said.
It is recommended healthy people take one ounce a day, but Moore has increased her dosage. "I take four ounces once a day, with a lot of water," she said. She says new users may feel nauseous about the third or fourth day, and to just drink more water to help flush the toxins out of the body.
Moore's family now also drinks Tahitian Noni Juice. Her mother was a brittle diabetic for 32 years and suffered high blood pressure. She is now off much of her medication. Moore's husband and children have realized benefits as well.
Employee Karey Lucas, R.M.P., is also a convert. "I looked at it as kind of a preventative healthcare thing. I take an average of two ounces a day." Lucas noted that her allergies are gone. She has not had to take any prescription or over-the-counter medicine for symptoms this year. She also says the juice has regulated her body systems and mood.
Detractors of noni juice claim there is no proof it or other herbal supplements are effective. Supporters point out that natural remedies have been used for centuries, and even pharmaceutical companies used to use herbs in their pills. The tide changed after World War Two with the creation of synthetic pills. But in the 1960s the popularity of alternative remedies surged.
Tahitian Noni International, the product developer, recommends people consult with their health care professional before taking any nutritional supplement. Based in Provo, Utah, the company stresses its product is 100% natural and supports the immune, digestive, metabolic and circulatory systems, and benefits skin and hair.
And proponents have found that the juice is not only good for humans, but for four-legged friends as well. Leeray Downs says Tahitian Noni Juice saved her dog's life.
Gold, her Doberman Pinscher, "went off his food and I knew something was wrong." She took him to the veterinarian and found his liver enzymes had skyrocketed. After two days of IV treatments, the dog was failing rapidly. Downs made an appointment to have him euthanized the next afternoon. A friend intervened and convinced her to give Gold noni juice.
"By the next day he was like a different dog," she said. Gold is now on a low-dose maintenance of the juice and his enzymes are back to normal. Downs and her business partner Cindy Karn now sell noni juice at their Hagerstown store, Unique Petique. She says both people and pets use it.
Moore's diversified Southern Sun Studio sells other natural products, too. She is proud of her natural soy candles. As she rubbed the melted liquid into her skin, she stated, "The wax from paraffin candles is petroleum. Eleven toxins enter the air when they burn." The soy candles are pure and safe.
She uses Melaleuca, Nicole Miller, and Arbonne as sources for cosmetics; skin care products, vitamins, and home cleaning supplies. All are friendly to the environment and geared to wellness.
Even the tanning portion of the business is done conscientiously. Moore's tanning products are animal-friendly tested. She knows the ingredients of every bottle of lotion. "There is an art and a trick to tanning," she said. Clients may choose the tanning bed to ease the symptoms of arthritis, to treat skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, or acne, to beat the winter blues, or simply as a regular routine to keep a golden hue. Others like the airbrush method. A spray on the skin turns brown over the next eight-12 hours and lasts for up to a week. This is popular for special events like weddings and proms, and even with people who just choose to stay out of the sun.
Lucas is a Registered Massage Practitioner at the business. She uses Swedish techniques and will customize a massage to fit the needs of the client. The Hot Stone massage uses basalt lava rocks found in riverbeds near volcanoes. A Hot Towel facial massage is similar to what barbers used to do. All of the skin care products she uses are natural. They cleanse and moisturize while the massage relieves stress and tension.
A visit to the Southern Sun Studio will be a natural experience, no doubt about it.

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