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Care For the Skin

The skin is the largest organ of the body. There are 3 types of skin; Dry, Oily and Normal skin. Care for the skin will be discussed under three categories.

-care for dry skin.
-reducing/removal of stretch marks
-removal of wrinkles

Care for dry skin.
Dry skin results from lack sebum or oil production. Sebum is an oily material made within the skin cells and is vital to having healthy, elastic skin. Dry skin does not make enough oil. The issue must addressed both internally and externally.

Addressing the external issue is finding a moisturizing cream that is rich and not overly heavy. Creams that contain soothing ingredients like aloe vera and chamomile.

Addressing the internal issue requires you looking into your diet. Consume balanced diet and use supplements like vitamin E which also enhances fertility so caution is required, complex B vitamin

Removal/reduction of stretch marks.
Stretch mark is simply a mark you get if you lose weight or gain weight. If you are a woman who has given birth, or even a woman who has dieted and lost a noticeable amount of weight, you may have ended up with some stretch marks. Apply olive oil with a few minutes of massage to reduce stretch marks. Do this therapy religiously everyday and the stretch marks will eventually disappear.

Reducing/removal Wrinkles.
Castor oil is a cheap and effective eye cream that allows the skin to retain necessary oils for a smooth complexion. Massage it around the eye area before bedtime for a powerful boost to the skin around your eyes. For another wrinkle buster for the eyes, soak two cotton pads in orange juice and lay one pad on each eye. Relax for about ten minutes. Orange juice tones and tightens skin to make fine lines and wrinkles disappear. It can also be used in wrinkle-fighting mask: beat one egg white together with two teaspoons of orange juice, one-half teaspoon of lemon juice and a few drops of sweet almond oil. Mix these ingredients thoroughly and apply to your face. Let it dry for thirty minutes and then rinse.

Undoubtedly one of the cheapest and best ways to prevent wrinkles is through your diet.Make sure your daily meals are full of antioxidants and vitamins(especially Vit A-E) to assist your skin in fighting off free radicals and loss of elasticity.

Gout: No Need to Ever Suffer in Silence or Use Potentially Harmful Drugs!

As a sufferer of gout I am all too aware of the problems. When Gout attacks it can come during the night so you have no warning until you wake up in great pain and you can’t even leave a sheet covering your foot!

So what is gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that affects the joints. A disturbance in protein metabolism in which production of uric acid is increased, resulting in crystals of uric acid being deposited around the joints. In many people it affects the big toe. Uric acid is a break down product of nucelic acid and found in all cells in the body.

If left untreated gout can cause severe disfiguration as seen in the photo above. Fortunately we have ways to control gout. Strong anti inflammatory pills can help control the severe pain of gout. And we have medication like Allopurinol that can lessen the amount of uric acid your body produces, and therefore makes gout attacks less likely, although when you first start taking medication, you may suffer more attacks initially.

The problem is, medication MAY cause side effects. Some side effects can be serious. Dr’s in today’s world are far too eager to hand out prescriptions for drugs. That’s my opinion. The thing is, it is far easier to do this than to sit down with each patient and explain what they need to change with their diets. Dr’s in big cities especially are over worked and have too little time allocated to each patient. Add this to the fact that when they train, Dr’s spend very little time being taught about real nutrition. Its all about what medication (pharma drugs) treat what condition. This makes little sense.

The old saying “you are what you eat” holds true. The foods we put into our body effect every single cell we are made of. There are reports of people taking gout medication for many years being more susceptible to heart problems, muscle loss and more. I think these are unacceptable for most people, when some simple diet and lifestyle changes can prevent the need for this.

For acute attacks, pain relief is needed ASAP and if I were to have a full blown attack I would still reach for the indometicin. These affect me in negative ways but after weighing up the pro’s and cons, the side effects are worth it. I hope however never to have another attack! Below are some ideas for you to try to keep gout attacks at bay. I was told to start taking 300mg of allopurinol every day for the rest of my life, which I have not done and I believe some of the things below have helped me stay away from these.

WATER – I drink lots and lots of water. Distilled, fresh spring. Toxic free if you can, but water is a must. The last two attacks of gout I suffered were after I was sick with some form of bug / food poisoning and could not eat or drink for a couple of days. The more water you drink the more you pee and the more likely you are to excrete uric acid. I believe drinking two to three litres a day is a must.

JUICING – I try to Juice every day. I started juicing for other reasons but I noticed that a pleasant side effect was that pain in my big toe joint disappeared, and stayed away even though I eat allot of the high purine foods that I should not. I also drink more beer than I should! Try to juice fresh organic fruits and veg. The base of most of my juices are cucumber, celery and carrots. I juice a whole cucumber, a whole bunch of celery and 4 or 5 carrots normally post work out.

FISH OILS – I used to think fish oils tablets were THE reason that my gout was staying away at one point. Omega 3 fatty acids have an anti inflammatory effect in the body. I feel that fish oils are the easiest way to get good quality Omega 3 fats. Flax can be good too but I have read too many articles that say allot of flaxseed products are rancid before they reach the buyer. I will look into this in more detail at some point, but for now I stick mostly with fish oils.

VITAMIN C – There have been a few studies that have shown that 500mg to 1000mg and more per day may lower gout attacks by 45% in men. If you are going to take 1000mg + per day I have to tell you to talk this over with your GP. Men suffer with gout more than women. Vit C helps prevent gout by assisting the body in excreting Uric acid so that it doesn’t build up to high levels in the blood. It is also though that Vitamin C has an anti inflammatory effect.

FOLIC ACID- It is thought that folic acid will neutralize an enzyme called xanthine oxidase. This encourages the production of uric acid in the body. If that enzyme is blocked to any degree, it might halt some of the excess uric acid from being produced and stored within your body. Of course, with less uric acid comes less pain, and less frequent gout flare-ups

PANTOTHEINC ACID – VIT B5 – 500 mg of pantothenic acid (B5) in divided doses to assist the body’s conversion of uric acid into harmless compounds.

CELERY SEEDS – These seeds are quite effective in relieving gout by eliminating uric acid from the body. According to James Duke, Ph.D., a medical botanist formerly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, celery seeds contain about twenty different anti-inflammatory agents.

BROMELAIN – 500 mg twice daily acts as an anti-inflammatory.

DARK CHERRY – I have used this only during an attack along with other remedies so I’m not sure how well this works exactly but there is some good info about it online. Doctors and scientists believe that the anthocyanins contained in cherries are what causes a decrease in blood urates and what makes cherry juice a good gout relief. Now there are lots more ideas on web sites, I’ll put a couple of links below but the ideas above are ones I have used. I think drinking plenty of water, taking Vitamin C, fish oil tablets regularly and juicing are most beneficial. You may find only one things works well for you or a combination of things but be prepared to give it a go. At least all of the items above have other positive effect within the body when consumed where as prescription medication can cause severe harm.

Whilst writing this article I felt the pang of pain in my joint on my right foot. I laughed at the irony and then upped my Vitamin C intake throughout the day and my water. A day later on the Thursday it was a little worse and I found myself limping a little when I had my work shoes on, on the friday I put some soft shoes that i have on and I was fine. Friday night I let my girlfriend talk me in to using a foot spar in the evening, after I had been to the gym and used the leg press machine (stupid idea don’t try this) and by night time i thought I had a full blown attack. I had to leave my foot elevated on a pillow all night and out of the bed sheets.

By this time I had a couple of anti inflammatory pills, I don’t like to take them but some times you have to. Now Friday before bed I took 5 Serrapeptase tablets. Saturday morning i was struggling a little with walking but not too bad with the soft shoes on. Later I was supposed to be going out for a birthday drink / meal.

Now, I have been playing about with some concoctions and I finished off a two week old batch of a drink I had made. Before I went out Saturday night at 7pm, I had actually ‘felt’ my foot get batter! I was like a miracle. I walked to the pub where we were meeting, I was originally going to get a cab as even Saturday morning, the 20 minute walk seemed far too much. My foot seemed amazingly better.

In my humble opinion this is what people should try the following things when an attack hits –

Serrapeptase, Fish Oils, Vitamin C, lots of water, and My pineapple mixture that I actually stole from Mr Pantalleresco. See his video on the fermented papaya link on my site which is listed in the resource box. Watch the Papaya video and simply swap the papaya for pineapple. I believe this drink will help you out LOADS!!!

How to Start Eating Healthy

Start Eating Healthy

To be able to eat healthy, you need to understand what the body needs to stay healthy and functional. Your body needs food for three main reasons. Firstly as fuel, to keep us warm and supply the energy we need to stay alive and to move about and work. Secondly, food supplies the necessary materials for growth and to repair worn tissues. Thirdly we need vitamins, minerals and other substances that are necessary for the chemical processes that take place inside our bodies.

The energy supplied by food is measured as kilojoules. Two-thirds of this energy is used to maintain our normal body temperature, the normal tone of our muscles and to keep our heart and other vital organs functional and healthy. Even when we stay in bed all day we will still need about two-thirds of our normal food intake to maintain our metabolic systems. Normal activities such as getting dressed, eating, walking, working and playing requires about 3350 kilojoules. A housewife uses about 9200 kilojoules to perform her basic household tasks.

The harder we work and the more we move about the more kilojoules we use up. Whatever kilojoules we use up in our daily activities, is supplied by food, but if we consume more kilojoules / food than the body needs you will gain mass. The aim of Eating Healthy is to get the balance right.

If you are NOT currently eating healthy, it can be difficult to start such a plan. IF you truly want to live the best lifestyle possible, then it is important for you to follow these tips to start eating more healthy. Firstly, rid your home of all foods that do not fall into the healthy categories. Keep junk foods and beverages out of your house, so that you will not be tempted. Keep healthy snacks like carrot sticks, yogurt, fresh fruit, or whole-wheat crackers on hand. In case you cannot bear to toss out the sweets, try keeping something on hand, like chocolate chips. Eating a few of these won’t ruin your diet but also will give you that little sugary fix you rave.

Secondly, take a few moments to learn about what foods are the healthiest for you and how they work in the body. Most people understand what fruits, vegetables, and low-fat means and that dairy products are good for you, but few people understand why.

What Does Vitamins and Nutrients Mean?

Vitamins and Nutrients nourishes the body. They consist of micro- and macro-nutrients which is essential for good health and is consumed in small amounts. These are absorbed by the body unchanged and have catalytic functions. Vitamins are classified as fat-soluble (A, D, E and K) or water-soluble (B and C). The former and vit. B12 tend to be stored in the body. Many elements present in food are essential for health such as calcium, phosphorus and potassium. Others termed trace-elements are iron, zinc and iodine.

Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are macro-nutrients and when digested turns into glucose, fatty acids, peptides and amino acids. Macro-nutrients are interchangeable sources of energy. If sufficient non-protein calories are not available, the body cannot produce proteins for tissue maintenance. Tissue replacements and growth does not occur and considerable more dietary proteins is required for positive nitrogen balance. The polyunsaturated fatty acids are termed essential fatty acids (EFA) and must be included in your diet. The EFA and B6 is crucial in the functions of the metabolism.

Fiber mainly a complex mixture of indigestible carbohydrate material is a natural and much neglected component of the normal diet. Fiber components act in various ways for instance, prevention of constipation. Many intestinal diseases ie: colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, obesity, varicose veins and hemorrhoids are associated with the lack of fiber in the diet. Fruit and vegetables rich in pectins reduce plasma cholesterol by enhancing hepatic cholesterol, to bile acids and reduces the forming of gallstones. Fiber is the most important part of any diet.

Five Basic Groups of Nutrients

The key is learning about nutrients. When you understand how specific nutrients work in the body, you will be more likely to make healthy choices.

No single food is essential to our diet. What is important is to eat a variety of foods, there are five basic groups:

Proteins for building up the body. Throughout life there is a continuous breakdown and loss of body tissues. If a person does not get enough protein to make up for this loss, some of the less vital protein tissues in the body, such as muscles are broken down to maintain vital organs like the heart and kidneys. Illnesses cause a considerable loss of protein like infections, burns, broken bones and the stress after surgery.

Carbohydrates provide energy. Carbohydrates is a collective term for sugars, starches and cellulose. Most sugars are eaten in the form of sweets, jams, biscuits, cakes and drinks. A small amount is from fruit. Starches are found in potatoes, rice, pastas, wheat and maize. When we eat starches it gets broken down to glucose which is absorbed into the blood stream as a form of sugar. Cellulose is not a source of energy but it is needed in the diet, because of it’s major source of fibre or roughage. It stays undigested in the intestines to promote regular bowel movements.

Fats provide energy and flavour. Fat is contained in milk products like cheese, cream, butter and meat (visible around tjops or hidden in the fibres), fatty fish like pilchards, kabeljou and eggs. Fats have several roles in the diet directly because of its nutritional value and indirectly in improving foods and making them easier to chew and swallow. Vitamins like A,D,E and K are found in these fatty foods and following a low fat diet you need to supplement these shortfalls. Fats are very important because of the energy it provides, it is twice as much as carbohydrates or protein. Fatty foods remain longer in the stomach than low-fat foods, so they provide a greater feeling of fullness.

Natural or Organic?

The term “Health Foods” include natural and organic grown fruit and vegetables, various pills and herbs. Some of these foods are nutritionally good and some such as herbs and ginseng are unproven. The term “Health Food” is very misleading since it implies that all other foods are unhealthy.

Vegetarianism: There is nothing nutritionally wrong with being a vegetarian, in fact most nutritionist recommend this type of diet because it is high in diet fibre, low in fats, more fruit and vegetables. Many vegetarians eat eggs and drink milk, on the other hand some don’t use animal products at all and are as far as known very healthy.

Whole Foods: Whole foods are better than refined foods. This means that wholewheat bread and flour are healthier than white bread and flour. Choosing unrefined rice and maize rather than refined. Brown sugar is very little different from white sugar.

Organic Grown Foods: Most farmers and gardeners fertilize their soil with sulfate of ammonia, potash and phosphate ect. They also add manure and compost as much as they can find. Advocates of organic farming claims that the use of chemicals is artificial and that foods that are grown naturally are more superior. In fact there is no difference between them. Organic farmers avoid the use of chemicals, weed killers and pesticides. A few tasting trials that were carried out, could not distinguish which are organically grown and inorganically fertilized foods. Nutritionally they are the same.

Sea salt: Most salt comes from underground mines and is highly purified. It usually have some magnesium carbonate (a harmless mineral salt) added to make it flow freely. Sea salt contains natural Iodine.

Honey: Honey is simply sugar and water with very small traces of several vitamins and mineral salts. The food value of a teaspoon of honey is the same as a ¾ teaspoon of ordinary table sugar.

Cider Vinegar, Kelp, “Live” Yogurt and Ginseng: Cider vinegar is made of re-fermented cider, meaning, it is made in a similar way as wine vinegar. Nutritionally it provides a few calories and nothing else.

Kelp is a seaweed and a source of iodine which is an essential nutrient with a few mineral salts of lessor importance. It has no special food value.

“Live” Yogurt contains the bacteria which turned the milk into yogurt, whereas ordinary yogurt has usually the bacteria killed by pasteurisation. If it was made of full cream milk instead of skim milk powder, it would have tasted better and of nutritional value, not because of the bacteria that are still alive. The bacteria do not survive inside the human intestines and do not provide any benefits.

Ginseng is the root of a bush that grows in China and Korea. A vast range of magical properties is attributed to it, again no evidence or truth that it works has ever been found.

Balanced Vitamins: Most health shops sell tablets of balanced vitamins that have been extracted from wheat, yeast or liver instead of being synthesised in a factory. They were balanced so far as the wheat plant or the yeast or the animal’s liver were concerned BUT they are not balanced for Human needs. Wheat contains very little B2. Vit B1 in yeast extract steadily falls while it sits on the shelf. The B vitamins in the liver extract will depend on how the animal was fed.

Herbs: Herbs have a mystical appeal since they were used as medicines for centuries. Some of them have no effect, some contains poison like Comfrey and Rhubarb and some contain small amounts of drugs like Fennel. Some modern medicines are extracted from herbs, quinine was originally extracted from tree bark. Pleasant drinks can be made from some herbs, leaves and petals but they have no beneficial effects.

Healthy Eating at a Restaurant: Is it Possible?

If you and your family love to eat out, you may think that this lifestyle is not good for a healthy diet. In many cases, you would be correct. You can still enjoy eating out at restaurants and maintain your healthy diet. It’s all about making good food choices, which starts with learning about the nutritional value of the food you eat and what your body needs to stay physically healthy, mentally stable, and active.

When you pick up the menu, start by skipping over the alcoholic drinks section. Although you may be tempted to enjoy a beer or mixed beverage with your dinner, these usually have many “bad” calories, which is not good for your body. The exception to this rule is when it comes to wine, especially red wine, which can be fine if you have a single glass.

Skip the appetizer menu, unless it’s a salad. The appetizers at restaurants are usually high-fat foods that are not meant to fill you up and can in fact make you crave for more. Examples of these are mozzarella sticks, potato skins, and chicken wings. Simply focus on the main course or if you must indulge, share a single serving with someone at your table.

Choosing the main dish is very important. Look at the ingredients of the dish. Anything with cream sauces or high-fat meats should be avoided and pass the potatoes and onion rings. Instead order side dishes like green salad and vegetables or ask for just the main course when possible.

Remember that portions is everything. Try to order from the lunch menu whenever you can, and ask for a doggie-bag right away. Split your meal in half from the start, so that you are not tempted to eat the entire plate, which is usually enough for two or three portions.

SKIP the desert menu, just like you did with the appetizers. If you have to have desert share or split your portion in half. Many fancy desserts at restaurants have more calories than your entire meal, so keep this in mind before you flag down the waitress to put in an order! Of course, on special occasions, it’s alright to cheat a little, but overall healthy eating requires lots of resisting temptations around you.

Healthy Eating While Traveling

Sticking to healthy foods while traveling can be one of the most difficult things to do in your life. If you learn how to make smart choices, then healthy eating is really not that difficult. This is probably not the best time to start a healthy eating program, but if you are currently making healthy choices in your foods already, modifying your diet slightly to accommodate travel is not as it first may seem.

When you are traveling by airplane, you may have to eat airplane food which can often be of poor quality, depending on the selection. When you book your flight, ask about your food options and ask if a vegetarian dish is available. Vegetarian dishes are sometimes more nutritional in this case, but it really depends on what they will be serving. If you can eat a larger meal before your flight, you don’t have to eat the meal that is served.

When driving or taking a bus, you may be tempted to stop at fast food restaurants. Avoid this whenever possible! If you’re on vacation, you may wish to splurge a tiny bit, but having fast foods more than once during a week can really be bad for you. If you must, choose the healthiest options available chicken breasts and diet soda is good choices.

Remember that you can take your own food when traveling. Carrying a loaf of whole-wheat bread or pita wraps, some lean lunch meat, and low-fat cheese in a cooler is a great way to avoid high-fat and high-cholesterol junk food meals. These are much better choices and you’ll save a lot of money as well. Call ahead to ask if there will be a refrigerator in your hotel room.

Lastly, make smart choices when you eat out. If you choose salads or pasta get the dressing on the side and ask about low-carb options. In fact, many places print these options directly in the menu for the health conscious people. Control your portions by ordering lunch menu sizes or splitting the meal in half and don’t forget to get a doggie bag. You’ll be well on your way to healthy eating, even away from home.

Yes, eating healthy foods when you travel can be a challenge. Your health is worth it. When you eat good foods, you will also fight off illnesses that you are likely to encounter when traveling and you will be more alert so that you can enjoy your trip.

Healthy Eating and Peer Pressure

Whether you are on a diet or simply enjoying a healthy lifestyle, you probably know that peer pressure to eat foods that are not good for you, is a major part of your life. If you are concerned about the food that goes into your stomach, don’t worry, there are ways to overcome peer pressure. It simply takes a little know-how to get people off your back!

Parties are a major source of peer pressure, especially with alcohol. Alcohol contains hundreds of calories in just one drink take beer for an example: “one beer equals a loaf of bread” so when you go to a party, people might be pressuring you to have a drink and relax. It can be difficult to say no when they are constantly trying to convince you. Offer to go with to a bar instead. That way, you become the designated driver, they won’t want you to drink and drive, in fact, they will not pressurise you to drink. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Other times when you may feel under pressure to eat, is at work, when the boss orders lunch for everyone at a meeting or when you have to visit a client. Instead of giving in to temptation, simply politely decline the food by letting your boss know in advance or order a meal that is healthy and split the portion in half so you have a meal for tomorrow’s lunch as well.

Baby showers, weddings, birthday parties, and other special events can also wreak havoc on your diet, even if you are good at resisting temptation on your own. When someone hands you a piece of cake and won’t take no for an answer, it can be difficult to know what to say! Here a little white lie might be appropriate. For instance, say that your stomach was upset earlier in the day, will convince a person that you don’t want to eat at the moment or pretending to have a chocolate allergy, will get people to allow you to enjoy the party without a hassle surrounding food.

Refusing bad foods is fine, you should be eating good foods.

If you do not change your eating habits, disorders can develop, which will give your family, friends and doctor a real reason to be worried about your health. It’s ok to say no to peer pressure, but don’t say no to food in general!

Back to Fish School – Baitfish 101

Class Is In Session… Baitfish 101

Okay.

So you would think that in this information age we fishermen and fisherwomen would have all the knowledge of baitfishing at our fingertips.

Evidently, some of us have been slow to enter this information age, so as a public service I am going to pass along some rather “common sense” information that apparently isn’t being absorbed by the fishing world.

This information is being sent, with the hope that if 200 people read this article and then they tell 200 people and so on and so forth,maybe, just maybe enough people will get the message.

I have enlisted Professor R. O. Tenone, the famous expert on natural fish carnage, to explain the use of “live baitfish” and it’s effect on lakes and rivers. We join the professor midstream on his lecture…

… “Zo class, as you can zee ze Goldfish, why making a very nice pet for ze vindowzil and bringing zmiles to zee faces of zee many kids, makes a very poor choice when uzing it azz bait for catching zee big one!”

“Vy you ask?”

“Vell, if zee Goldfish zhould ezcape zee clutches of zee hook–zen der iz good chance he vill zurvive to dezzimate zee fishery he haz been released into!”

“Are zer any qvestions?”

“Yez–you zer vit zee plaid hat.”

“Professor, why are we talking about Goldfish? Are you actually telling us that people are using Goldfish as bait to catch fish?”

“Abzolutely. Goldfish, Chubbs,and Zquawfish are all ze prime examples of live baitfish that have turned vhat vas once prime trout vaters into vatery vastelands devoid of any vorthvhile fish.”

“That’s a lot of ‘V’s’ professor.

“Zat’s not zee point.”

“Zee point izz, ruining zee fishing of an entire lake just zo one individual can “hang zee big von” zeems a little zelfish–NOOO?”

“No–I mean yes–I mean is this a real problem?”

“Vell, I did not become zee expert on fish carnage vithout having first hand knowledge.”

“Oh, yeah–your the guy that has to use that natural “toxic to fish” poison that kills off all the fish in a lake so they can re-plant fish, so fishermen can fish for trout or something other than trashfish.”

“In zee matter of zpeaking.”

“I don’t conzider any fish trash, but I don’t zink it is natural to have zee giant Koi pond out in zee vild either.”

“Vhat–I mean What can we do?”

Vell, first ve must educate zee fisherman zat zees fish are no good to use azz bait. Zpread zee vord in all zee fishing circles you know, vorms are o.k., Rapalas vork well, and of course zee flys, but no Goldfish!”

“I don’t know professor, seems like a pretty daunting task.”

“Fine, azz long azz you feel comfortable looking at zee grown men ztanding on zee cover of zee magazine holding zee mighty Goldfish–zen it iz o.k. vit me.”

“I guess that isn’t very impressive.”

“In zee conclusion, I am going to give zee link to zee story I read zat made me give zis class”

“Remember class, if zey have to call me–zen it is too late, and you know who pays ven Professor R.O. Tenone has to show up?”

“Uhhh,… let me see… uhhh… the taxpayers?”

“Class dizmizzed.”

My Friend Asked About Magical Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

About a month ago, a friend approached me to ask if I had heard about a particular range of skin care ‘anti-aging’ products.

These products were being sold by an acquaintance of us both and were marketed as superior products containing ‘botanicals’.

My friend had been given samples of the products, and while she was suspicious of the long, chemical sounding name of some if the ingredients (I have drilled her well!) she admitted that the creams she trialed seemed to have softened out some fine lines around her eyes and smoothed her skin generally.

My friend was interested to know if I could investigate the ingredients to try to ascertain what the magic formula could be and if there were any problems with using the products on a long term basis.

It didn’t take me very long to compile a 3 page report on the main ingredients in these products, as many of the same substances are generally used in most of the products on the market.

While we are on the subject of ‘marketing’… it has been reported in the Guardian newspaper “cosmetic companies request Laboratories to design a test that will allow them to make particular claims and with no regulatory bodies controlling the scientific studies conducted within the lab.”

Cosmetic companies regularly trade mark their ‘secret’ ingredients to avoid peer review or criticism. This also means the consumer is unable to find information on what they are using! The ‘botanicals’ are often synthetically derived from natural substances using chemicals. This process can remove the ‘life force’ and beneficial properties from the once natural substance as well as leaving toxic residues.

Two of the most common ingredients in a moisturiser or eye cream are mineral oil and glycerin:

Mineral oil will coat the skin like a plastic wrap, while it may make the skin feel soft and smooth it doesn’t allow the skin to breath or release toxins.

Glycerin is a cheap humectant (draws moisture from the atmosphere) in humidity above 65%. In humidity below that, in a dry environment for example, whether natural or air-conditioned, the glycerin will actually draw moisture from inside the skin and hold it on the surface, making the skin feel smoother, but drying the skin from the inside, out, causing dehydration.

As these 2 ingredients were on the label, it can be assumed that is how my friend’s fine lines were softened and her skin smoothed.

Peptides are another popular ingredient of anti-aging products. In simple terms they are five amino acids linked in a chain. The overall term for linked amino acid chains is peptides. If there are two amino acids they are called dipeptides, if it is three – tripeptide etc. Peptides have numerous useful functions within the body but most studies on the skin benefits of peptides have been conducted in cell cultures not on human beings.

A study conducted by Proctor & Gamble on human test subjects does little to support any anti-aging claims. According to the ASA the majority of test subjects in the paper published by P&G in the peer reviewed International Journal of Cosmetic Science (2005), reported no effect.

Peptides cannot usually penetrate the skin and maintain stability due to their hydrophilic (water-loving) nature. In addition, when they are able to penetrate the skin enzymes can break them down, dramatically inhibiting their effects.

AHAs…It has been suggested that AHAs may cause the skin to age more rapidly and elevate the risk of skin cancer, due to their ability to remove the outer layer of skin which can elevate sensitivity to sunlight, thereby increasing photo-aging. In one study the AHA glycolic acid elevated the sensitivity of human skin to sunburn by as much as 50 per cent in some individuals(1)

Research carried out on guinea pigs found that the AHA glycolic acid caused skin damage, with higher doses altering the structure of the skin and destroying some parts of the epidermal layer, as well as increasing UVB-induced skin damage, to a far greater degree than either glycolic acid or UVB in isolation.

Paraben preservatives: Any ingredient containing ethyl, methyl, butyl, propyl are Paraben preservatives and have been found in the tumor tissue of women with breast cancer. These chemicals are very controversial, with industry claims that they are safe, even though there is mounting evidence that they may be absorbed into organs. So great has been consumer suspicion and back lash, many manufactures are claiming ‘Paraben free’ products.

Many manufactures will use ‘penetration enhancers’ to help their active ingredients to go deeper into the skin. The problem here could be that toxins can also penetrate deep into the skin and into the blood stream (think HRT & nicotine patches)

One of these substances is Disodium EDTA. This chemical irritates skin, eyes and respiratory tract. Animal studies show: seizers, gastrointestinal problems, liver, kidney and endocrine system effects and reproduction abnormalities. It is also a weak mutagen in microbial systems. In a number of studies on mammalian cells in vitro, inhibits DNA synthesis.

Nanoparticles are increasingly being added to cosmetic products despite a lack of information about their safety. For example, nano-sized titanium dioxide and zinc oxide particles are used in sunscreens to protect against UV radiation without leaving a white tinge on the skin.

Toothpastes contain biocomposites to promote tooth repair. Nanocapsules are used to transport active ingredients deeper into the skin (which is of concern because if the nanoparticles are absorbed into the bloodstream they may be transported around the body and cause damage to DNA).

Fullerenes (football shaped molecules consisting of carbon atoms) are used for this purpose, but have been found to cause DNA damage and cell death in human tissues and brain damage in fish exposed to modest concentrations. Carbon nanotubes have been found to cause the same type of damage as asbestos.

There are antioxidants and vitamins added to cosmetics but there quantities may be too small to be of consequence. Retinyl Palminate vitamin A derivative is shown to improve tiny wrinkles – unfortunately, it decomposes under UVA into chemicals shown to cause mutations in mouse lymphoma cells. Is photo toxic- will cause skin ageing, educed DNA damage. This chemical is restricted in Canada.

Another popular vitamin is – Vitamin C topically applied Vit.C improves sun damage and enhances production of collagen and elastin – commercially available products contain low concentrations that are not easily absorbed into the skin and are unstable when exposed to oxygen – oxidization may actually promote production of free radicals.

I could not finish this article without the inclusion of a sunscreen ingredient as this is one of the biggest marketing ploys by manufactures. The sun causes more skin damage than almost any thing else, except for cigarette smoking

But there are some chemicals that should be avoided, such as Oxybenzone – this chemical claims the most common causes of photo contact allergy. Immediate and delayed hypersensitivity, it has been detected in human urine and milk. Potentially damages DNA under UV light. It is a skin sensitizer and a penetration enhancer. Used in many sunscreens!

(1)’NICNAS: Priority Existing Chemical Assessment Report,’ Australian Government, Department of Health and Aging, National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), Marrickville, NSW, 2000 (12): 128;

(2)Park, K.S. et al, Effect of Glycolic Acid on UVB-Induced Skin Damage and Inflammation in Guinea Pigs, Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, July-August, 2002: 15 (4): 236-245.

Healthy Kids Lunch Boxes

Now that the first mid term break is behind us, you might be running out of ideas for the school lunch boxes. Kids need a nutritious lunch box but finding inspiration and healthy ingredients to ring the changes can be a challenge. I have compiled a few healthy tips and suggestions that may help to provide that inspiration:

When making up your children’s lunchbox. Try to include a portion from each of the food groups; Carbohydrates: whole meal bread or grains – Protein, fruit & veg and added calcium, important for growing bones!

1 portion from each of the groups is:

 

  • Bread/grains: 2 slices of whole meal bread. 1 medium whole meal bread roll. 1 pitta bread. 4 tbsp. cooked brown rice/ whole grain pasta/ quinoa.
  • Protein: 2 slices lean cooked meat; turkey, chicken, unsmoked ham, small can of tuna, sardines, salmon or mackerel. 1 or 2 hardboiled eggs. 2 slices of unprocessed cheese. Hummus.
  • Fruit & veg: 1 medium apple/ orange/ banana/ pear. 2 satsumas. Fruit smoothie. 80g raw carrot sticks or red pepper slices, or a small bowl of homemade veg soup.
  • Calcium: small pot of yoghurt, small carton of milk, match box size of cheese, sardines, small tinned wild salmon, not forgetting plant based sources of calcium, such as: green leafy veg, quinoa, almonds, hummus, tahini.
  • Whole grains provide a sustained energy release, vital for keeping your kids energy levels balanced and avoiding mid day slumps.
  • Always try to combine protein with carbohydrate (bread/grains) to further help with sustained energy release.
  • Buy a lunch box with different compartments in one box, Kids like finger food and mixing and matching foods from the different compartments.
  • Make eating lunch as easy as possible for smaller kids: Break oranges/satsumas/clementines into segments. Cut apples into slices and sprinkle with lemon juice to avoid browning and to add extra vit C? take grapes off bunch and just include individually. I know these sound like small things, but you will notice, they do make a difference to a lunch eaten or not!
  • Use little cookie cutters to shape sandwiches, or just cut sandwiches into little squares. As above, kids like smaller bites and novel shapes have better appeal.
  • For snacks/sweet things: you can buy fruit rolls which are healthy little snacks and look like sweets to kids, but in fact are one of your 5 a day! They are pure fruit, lightly cooked and compressed into rolls. Or try baking your own healthy flapjacks or muffins.
  • Always choose filtered or bottled water as a drink. You can lightly flavour with any fresh fruit juice if preferred.

 

RECIPE SUGGESTIONS:

Pitta parcels:

Whole meal mini pitta bread, filled with finely diced chicken breast mixed with finely chopped spring onion, shredded lettuce and diced red pepper and bound with mayonnaise or salad cream. You can make up enough of this mixture for a few days lunches and keep refrigerated. You can use left over roast chicken for this or cook a chicken specifically for lunch fillings. Great source of protein, veg and whole grains in one! Switch Pitta bread for wholegrain sliced bread or wraps for a change.

Mackerel/wild salmon/sardine pate:

Mash up the cooked/tinned fish with some finely chopped spring onion and very finely shredded raw spinach leaves, season with a little sea salt and pepper and bind together with mayonnaise of salad cream. Can be used as pitta filling or served with crackers or carrot sticks to dip.

Quinoa salad:

Quinoa is a super grain and contains all 8 essential amino acids so is a great source of protein as well as a rich source of calcium. It’s a favourite with all the family and perfect for lunch boxes.

Place 1 cup of quinoa in a saucepan with 1.5 cups of water, crumble in 1 veg stock cube and add 1 tsp turmeric and 1tsp mild curry powder. Bring to the boil and simmer till liquid is absorbed and quinoa is cooked and fluffy. For those not familiar with quinoa, it looks very similar to Couscous. When cooked and still warm, add 80g of raisins/sultanas, 1 clove of garlic finely chopped, some pine nuts and some chopped coriander. The resulting taste is a sweet and savoury flavour, which kids love. Make enough for a few lunch boxes.

These recipes are great for adult lunch boxes too!

Heal Dental Caries Naturally – Part 2

Oral hygiene, remineralization toothpastes and alkaline nutrition can save your teeth. The following ten steps may not only save one’s teeth and gums, but also one’s life. Why? Because many underlying causes of disease are affected as well.

1) Save your teeth with raw greens: There might be other options besides the “Factor X” butter oil to help maintain healthy teeth and heal dental problems. My theory is that if “Factor X” comes only from those cows lucky enough to be grazing in green grasses all day long, then why not simply add more greens to one’s diet? It has been assumed by raw foodists for a long time that raw greens (high in vitamin K, chlorophyll and magnesium) such as lettuce and wheat grass juice can rebuild damaged teeth. There are also plenty of chlorophyll potions and supplements available in every health food store that might be of some benefit to tooth enamel.

2) Live mainly on a raw food, alkaline diet: Live mainly on a raw organic diet of fresh alkaline forming fruits, vegetables and greens high in chlorophyll (spring greens, lettuce, wheat grass juice, kale, collards, etc.) in the diet as well. It would make a lot of sense to learn all one can about how to identify and remove most acid-forming food from one’s diet and learn how to live on a more alkaline-forming diet. One does not need to remove all acidic food from one’s diet, as some are essential in small amounts. One needs to however be able to distinguish which are which so one can always benefit mainly from an alkaline forming diet which profoundly affects every aspect of the body, not just bones, teeth, saliva, and gums.

3) Supplement with extra calcium, minerals, A, D, E, K, antioxidants, etc: Supplementing the diet with coral calcium, one teaspoon of dolomite per 1.5 liters of ionized water (also add to juice, and make sure to have at least four grams calcium, two grams magnesium per day which is provided by 6 grams dolomite), liquid or granular lecithin(contains phosphorous in the form of phospholipids), raw greens (high in magnesium and vitamin K), kelp, a complete mineral supplement, and vitamin antioxidants such as vitamin A, C, bioflavonoids, vitamin D, E, the herb turmeric, circulation enhancing herbs such as cayenne and ginger, and especially large quantities of CQ10 and green tea will help maintain healthy teeth and protect the gums. Large amounts (more than 300 mg. a day) of the CQ10 might even help reverse gum loss. Gum disease can increase the presence of CRP (C-reactive protein) in the blood which is known to increase blood clotting, heart attacks and strokes. So for one’s health, well being and longevity, one needs to have as little to do with gum disease as possible.

4) Avoid sodas, colas, beer and other acidic drinks: Of course avoid all beverages such as sodas, colas, beer, coffee, alcoholic/sugary beverages, and “foods” such as sweets, dried fruit, refined carbohydrates, cakes, cookies, and all other such nutritional catastrophes widely and sadly mistaken for nourishment or food. If one has to have something, it would be far better to enjoy a refreshing non-sweetened herbal tea such as green tea. Avoid the modern American diet (MAD) as much as possible! The common American habit of eating pizzas, hamburgers, and chips, while drinking beer, colas and pasteurized milk is spiritually, morally and physically disastrous. Instead please follow the nutritional guidelines discussed on this page and other articles on sound nutrition. Please also be aware that even the most healthy food and substances such as citrus fruit, lemons, lemon juice, sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, acidophilus (essential for healthy digestion), vit. C crystals, and kombucha (recommended on other parts of my website) contain concentrated acidic substances that can remove tooth enamel if too much is consumed, too often. Never have snacks containing these substances, and never snack anyway, period. Have the kombucha, sauerkraut, etc. only as a small, but essential part of a main meal for flavor and better health, which should only be of benefit when part of a complete meal.

5) Use toothpastes containing only simple, healthy ingredients: After every meal, brush and soak teeth in a toothpaste containing CQ10, grapefruit seed extract, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), green tea, and calcium powder. “Periobrite” by “Nature’s Answer” contains most of the above ingredients. This one and similar brands of toothpaste should be available in any health food store. However, avoid those products which contain fluoride which is a highly controversial substance. Fluoride only temporarily hardens enamel yet makes it even more susceptible to tooth decay later on and can be very toxic/fatal in large doses. Carefully brushing teeth, gums (and maybe tongue as well) after every meal is extremely important because brushing is essential for oral hygiene, brushing helps keep breath fresh, brushing prevents the build-up of unsightly stains, brushing helps to keep saliva more alkaline, and brushing removes particles of food that would otherwise quickly leave damaging acidic residue on teeth.

6) Remineralize your teeth with “NovaMin” (calcium sodium phosphosilicate): Thank God for calcium phosphate remineralization – For those who are seriously interested in rebuilding damaged and/or painful tooth surfaces there is a product called “Dr. Collins Restore Remineralizing Toothpaste” (contains NO fluoride) helps to rebuild tooth enamel by an ionic release of minerals essential for healthy teeth such as calcium, phosphorous, sodium and silica. NovaMin (Calcium Sodium Phosphosilicate) releases fully active calcium and phosphorus ions when in contact with water. NovaMin provides a higher concentration of the same ions that are naturally found in saliva. After brushing, NovaMin particles adhere to the tooth surface and continues to release ions for hours afterward. This process ensures and enhances the natural self-repair of your tooth surface. It works for me and I am very happy with it. It is a surprisingly inexpensive product for what it claims to do, so no reason not to give it a try.

7) Take a nap to brush your teeth: Lying down on one’s back while brushing after every meal allows one to spend much more time and causes one to be much more thorough. While brushing always brush away from the gums (never toward them!) and also try “vibrating” the toothbrush while directly pointing it at the teeth (especially tops of molars) to loosen the tartar that often builds up on teeth and to go deeper into the cracks between molars. After brushing (hopefully for several minutes) remove the toothbrush (which should always be soft, fine bristled, and as new as possible) and if you have some spare time, allow the remineralizing product to soak in the mouth for 15 to 30 minutes. Brush after every meal and not only that, brush thoroughly to remove all acidic forming residue, tartar and ugly looking stains.

5) Drink alkalizing water (“mineral milk”) instead of snacking: In addition to carefully brushing with the above remineralizing toothpaste(s), drinking a mixture of one teaspoon of dolomite for every 1.5 liters of alkaline (negatively ionized) water between every meal instead of snacking should also be a great help because its high pH (power of hydrogen) balance of alkaline minerals and negatively ionized water temporarily neutralizes the acidic residues and byproducts from acidic foods and acid producing bacteria on teeth which are the main cause of dental caries. The habit of snacking between meals is the worse thing for teeth, especially when it is the usual sugary junk food and phosphoric/citric/carbonic acid sodas so often consumed. However if one “snacked” instead on alkaline water and minerals between meals, one’s saliva is bound to become more alkaline. Also one may not tend to feel as hungry because of the neutralizing effect alkaline minerals and ionized water has on hunger.

8) Keep your saliva alkaline: I would like to mention one most important factor for keeping one’s teeth healthy is always having alkaline saliva. The alkalinity of one’s saliva can vary greatly from individual to individual and from time to time depending on one’s diet, source of drinking water, and genetic background. The continuing existence of teeth in the mouth depends largely on the chemical composition and pH of one’s saliva, which if too low (acidic) allows much more tooth decay to occur. Alkaline saliva helps to protect the tooth enamel from acidic residues and is always essential to have if one is serious about keeping one’s teeth for life! The best way to make sure one has high pH (alkaline) saliva is to always take some good mineral supplements high in calcium such as the ocean product called coral calcium which contains not only an excellent source of calcium but also all the trace minerals essential for health.

9) Make sure protein intake is high: Ramiel Nagel makes it very clear that the best results happen with high complete (usually of animal origin) protein diet, especially after using protein from raw food animal sources. Vegetarians should at least eat more legumes, sesame seed, sunflower and pumpkin seed, raw eggs and more protein powder. This information may sound contradictory to having an alkaline diet, but not all protein is acid forming, some protein is needed to regulate acid/alkaline balance and is essential in the rebuilding of any injury including damaged teeth.

10) A serious and permanent commitment is essential: Natural dental health and the successful healing of and prevention of dental caries requires a life-long commitment. Results may vary and never expect overnight miracles. Teeth need months under the right conditions to regenerate and these conditions sometimes can be tricky to maintain even with the information I am presenting here. This information is in NO way whatsoever a substitute for emergency dental and/or medical treatment. It is sincerely hoped that the reader is intelligent enough to assume all responsibility for his or her decisions especially when trying a new approach. One must also commit to this program in its entirety without ever skipping any of it.

“Can Nutrition Really Heal Serious Dental Caries?” and Other Frequently Asked Questions:

If I already have some serious dental caries, can they heal and completely recover? As long as one remains on the modern American diet (MAD) the answer is a definite NO. Once the outer tooth enamel has been lost the infection has most likely already spread deep within the tooth. It would usually be too late to avoid the drill, root canals, etc. required to stop the condition from getting far worse. However, a total and permanent commitment to an alkaline forming diet high in phosphorous, vitamin A, D, E, K, raw proteins, calcium, magnesium and other alkaline minerals, grass fed butter, Norwegian cod liver oil, lecithin, essential fatty acids, raw greens, circulation enhancing herbs, brushing with enamel building toothpaste, non-snacking, etc. may make it possible for even the worse decay to come to a halt and actually heal. The tooth won’t grow back but it is possible for it to heal and form a thin transparent shield inside the area of the cavity. There are on certain websites, more information and proof, videos by Ramiel Nagel and some actual photos taken by Dr. Weston Price of how a cavity stopped getting worse and actually healed after many months on a similar regimen as my own (except for the organ meats).

How would a vegetarian also benefit from the “Weston A. Price” research? There are many organic animal products such as organic raw milk and organic raw grass fed butter, raw eggs, raw organ meats, fermented raw fish, bone broth, and raw bone marrow products that Ramiel Nagel says are essential. I do not believe the organ meats, raw fish and bone marrow, are necessary as long as one takes plenty of complete protein from other sources such as raw eggs (or even small fish such as sardines), avoids snacking, drinks plenty of “mineral milk” (dolomite) between meals, takes coral calcium, takes some form of liquid or granular lecithin, takes plenty of vitamins A & D and mineral supplements, drinks grass fed, organic raw milk, uses only grass fed raw butter, takes cod liver oil, flax seed oil, uses mineral-building toothpastes after every meal, avoids pastry and flour products, and stays on an alkaline forming diet, etc. I don’t think it is necessary in addition to all of the above to also eat raw organ meats, bone marrow, muscles, and/or fermented fish heads! Even though I hope it is not necessary to eat anything from and by which an animal is harmed, I am nevertheless referring to Ramiel Nagel’s website and video anyway because his findings are very interesting, educational, and are a valuable contribution to 100% natural and nutritional approaches to dental rejuvenation for which there is only a scant trace of information on the internet available. Ramiel also provides much information in his e-book for those who prefer to be vegetarian.

Is flossing really necessary? It seems that nearly every oral care professional I have studied insists that flossing is essential. I suppose for those who are stuck on the modern American diet (MAD) flossing may indeed be essential! One unnatural behavior often requires another to counteract it! However, as long as one follows all the guidelines on this page and other diet sections of this website I see no reason to floss. After over 50 years of not flossing my teeth I have never had any serious problems between my gums and teeth — except when I did try to floss them for a few weeks! I never received any benefit from flossing whatsoever — only cut or sore gums and the shoving of rotten food residue even further down between the gums and teeth so that my gums would flare up severely the next day. Flossing seemed a tremendous waste of time and effort and boy did it hurt whenever I accidentally drove that razor thin, sharp strand of cotton right through one of my gums!

This information sounds too good to be true, can one actually completely do without a dentist? Why should humans who did just fine for nearly three million years suddenly start needing dentists? Something’s wrong somewhere! However, one must first carefully study and follow through with all the information on this page and on other articles I have written, and please read the book, “Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition” by Ramiel Nagel. I think it might be a good idea to continue checking in with your dentist from time to time to see if the dietary and other changes really are healing your teeth and gums. One’s approach, of course, must be individualized. For example one must decide whether a vegetarian or meat based diet will be consumed and/or to what extent if any continuing dental care and type of oral care is to be used. The vegetarian approach requires more supplements and better absorption than the meat approach, however. I am trying the heavy supplemented vegetarian approach but with plenty of Norwegian cod liver oil, occasional small fish such as sardines and salmon, chicken, raw eggs, etc.

After nine months on a heavily supplemented (mainly vegetarian) regimen using at least 6500 IU vitamin D and 6 grams of dolomite daily, and even with no butter oil(!), I am still getting amazing results even better than expected: not only has decay stopped, normal tooth color (white enamel!) is returning in areas where there was at one time only decay.

From around 2002 to 2008 I was often worried about my teeth and how I was going to afford a dentist, face up to the dreadful treatment, etc. Now I am not worried at all and am truly grateful to Ramiel Nagel and Dr. Weston A. Price for showing me that teeth can actually regenerate! Whoever said teeth cannot heal themselves know nothing of the amazing healing powers of correct eating, nutritional supplements, and of the body!