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7 Tips for Reducing Troublesome Acne

Apple-Cider Vinegar “The high acidity of apple-cider vinegar makes skin inhospitable to blemish-causing bacteria. Place a handful of parsley (a skin-clarifying herb) into a French press and cover it with 1/2 cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, then plunge and let the liquid cool. Transfer to a spray bottle along with a splash of vinegar and four drops of tea tree oil (an antiseptic), shake well, and spritz on a freshly cleansed face. Store the spray bottle in the fridge.”- Martha Stewart 

Acne is a common skin condition that affects nearly everyone at one time or another. It starts when greasy secretions from the skin’s oil glands plug the hair follicle openings called pores. These clogs occur as whiteheads or blackheads that may develop into tender pimples or under-the-skin cysts.

Traditionally, acne affects adolescent children and teenagers. However, adult acne accounts for millions of cases, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Adolescent boys and young men tend to have the worst cases of acne. Women are (Read More....)

Must Read Article On Breast Cancer

There is a must read article that links Milk possibly to breast cancer.….

Here are some of the quotes I found most interesting

“Before I had breast cancer for the first time, I had eaten a lot of dairy produce, such as skimmed milk, low-fat cheese and yoghurt. I had used it as my main source of protein. I also ate cheap but lean minced beef, which I now realized was probably often ground-up dairy cow. ”

“Recently, I discovered that way back in 1989 yoghurt had been implicated in ovarian cancer . Dr Daniel Cramer of Harvard University studied hundreds of women with ovarian cancer, and had them record in detail what they normally ate. wish I’d been made aware of his findings when he had first discovered them.”

“Up to this point, I had been steadfastly measuring the progress of my fifth cancerous lump with callipers and plotting the results. Despite all the encouraging comments and positive feedback from my doctors and nurses, my own precise observations told me the bitter truth. My first chemotherapy (Read More....)

Why are BPA's so Bad?

BPA Overview

In recent years, there have been concerns over the amount of BPA in consumer plastics. This compound, also called Bisphenol A, was suspected to cause serious health problems. This public hysteria of BPA was fueled by studies in which researches showed adverse health problems, including cancer, in animals injected with large quantities. Since then, Wal-Mart has stopped carrying all products with BPA; Nalgene, Playtex, and other plastic makers have stopped using it in their products. Though people avoid BPA, many have little understanding of the chemical itself and how it is poisonous to the body.

Understanding BPA and Its Uses

Bisphenol A is a polar, organic molecule that has no color and is a solid at room temperature. With two phenol rings, the molecular structure contains 15 carbon atoms and 2 oxygen atoms. Chemical engineers use it as chemical reagents and building blocks to develop other complex organic products, such as polycarbonate chains. Companies have used these BPA-based polycarbonate chains to construct plastics since the 1960s, when the BPA methodology was first incorporated. BPA was a gold standard throughout the 1990s as a source to create plastic. It provided durable, high quality plastic that could be both clear and very cheap, which are qualities coveted by plastic manufacturers. The chemical is found in many household items (Read More....)

7 Home Remedies for New Moms

Rebecca Romijn

Motherhood is a wonder for most new moms. You will experience feelings and thoughts you never have before and will have a lot to learn. Raising your very own little bundle of joy will come with diaper rashes, crying, and a whole lot more. Using home remedies for your journey through motherhood will help save you some money and can be much better for your child than using store bought products full of chemicals you can’t even pronounce. Before your little one arrives, it is a good idea to have a few of the following home remedies lined up.

1. Olive Oil

Making the call to breastfeed your child is a major decision. There are things that come with breastfeeding that you don’t have to deal with if you decide to formula feed. If your nipples become dry and cracked, you will be in a good deal of pain when you are feeding and even when you’re not. If you are in need of a solution for this problem, try (Read More....)

The Hidden Health Hazards In Your Home

By now we all know to keep the medicine out of children’s reach, watch our step on the staircase and avoid mixing household chemicals like a mad scientist. But while it may be easy to avoid the obvious dangers, you might be surprised to learn about some of the hidden hazards that could be making you sick.

1. Legionella

Keeping cool on those hot summer days might be hazardous to your health. Legionella is a pneumonia-inducing bacteria that thrives in wet environments like industrial air conditioners, residential hot water systems and pipes. Legionella is a serious problem, responsible for 2 – 5 percent of the 600,000 pneumonia cases that send people to hospital in the U.S yearly.

Avoiding Legionella means turning up the heat! Run your taps at 140°F for about 10 minutes (be careful of scalding) every few months.

2. Asbestos

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5 Reasons To Not Skip Breakfast

Skipping breakfast can offer a few downsides to the immediate sense of temporary weight loss. A few scenarios are likely to happen: 1) a person becomes so hungry that by lunchtime they overeat to compensate for what was missed at breakfast; 2) unhealthy eating in a desperate attempt to replace those missed calories; 3) the body assumes “starvation mode” and any subsequent food taken in later in the day ensures weight gain; 4) the body’s metabolism slows down and 5) possible muscle loss due to the body’s need to “eat” something.

Skipping Breakfast Causes Overeating

The human body seeks balance at all times. Skipping breakfast oftentimes causes the body to eat in excess later in the day to gain calories that were missed in the morning. However, a person that normally participates in breakfast-skipping may or may not experience this urgency in recovering those calories. The human body gets use to patterns of behavior for the sake of its homeostasis.

Skipping Breakfast Causes (Read More....)