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Sunscreen Prevents Melanoma?

Melanoma is the most serious of skin cancers, so much so that prevention is key. We know to use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, reduce sun exposure during sun intense times of the day, and if you’re fair skinned, stay out of the sun as much as humanly possible. Up until now, there was no research that proved sunscreen prevented melanoma. We’ve known sunburn can lead to melanoma, and sunscreen prevents sunburn, but not a direct correlation that sunscreen prevents melanoma. Enter the mouse model, a little 30 SPF sunscreen and UVB light which is the ultraviolet light that burns the skin.

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Day Defense Plus 25 SPF Sunscreen by Apriori Beauty

A study done by Cristin Burd, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics at The OSUCCC — James, showed that “application of sun protection factor 30 (SPF30) sunscreen prior to exposure to ultraviolet-B (UVB) light delayed melanoma onset in a mouse model.” [Read more…]

Like Feeling Full?

When it comes to feeling full, not all foods are created equal. Did you know there are foods that fill you up in a way that satisfies hunger and keeps you feeling full longer?

As I was browsing Dr. David B Samadi’s blog today, I enjoyed his recently published blog post titled 7 foods filling you up without weighing you down.

http://samadimd.com/food-and-diet/2016/4/14/7-foods-filling-you-up-without-weighing-you-down

“7 Foods Helping to Fill You Up Without Weighing You Down!” By Dr. David B. Samadi

It was such a great read, I’m sending you all over there today, and please let us know which foods you like, and how they work for you as far as fullness and satisfying hunger goes.

My favorite is #7 which I enjoy just about every morning!

 

Blueberries May Help Relieve Depression

Depression is becoming more and more common, at younger ages. You don’t have to have been in combat to experience it. Many young people have faced traumatic life situations from family stress, bullying, to unexpected crises in health or relationships, and more. The skills and support needed for young persons to successfully cope with post traumatic stress, as well as for any one at any age, can be difficult to acquire. Pharmacological treatments have side effects, which can add to difficulty in coping and optimizing one out of depression.

http://worldtruth.tv/eat-blueberries-to-live-a-longer-life/

Beautiful, Healthy Blueberries!

Enter blueberries.

“For many people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), available medical treatments offer only limited relief. In a series of studies conducted in rats, researchers have found that eating blueberries could help to reduce the genetic and biochemical drivers behind depression and suicidal tendencies associated with the disorder.” [Read more…]

Cleansing to Nourish and Protect Your Skin

Cleansing helps remove dirt, oil, and other impurities from the skin’s surface and in pores. It is the first step in improving skin appearance, preventing blemishes, discoloration, inflammation, and general dullness. It is also the first step in nourishing skin and protecting the delicate structure that keeps skin functioning in a healthful manner!

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When cleansing, it is essential that you choose a product that is gentle, natural, and devoid of harsh, irritating ingredients. Unfortunately, many cleansing products are designed with soaps and surfactants that can actually strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it tight, dry, and susceptible to irritation. If you’ve ever washed your skin and feel it pull tight against your face afterwards, it’s likely that you have disrupted the natural layer that protects skin against bacteria and moisture loss. [Read more…]

Tiny House Anyone?

Tiny Houses and Granny Pods seem to becoming more and more popular. When you look at the affordability, simplicity, and cuteness factors, you’ll want to take a second look. There’s even a show on HDTV called “Tiny House Hunters” where you can browse, along with a soon-to-be Tiny House owner, at several options in size, price and location. It leaves you thinking, “Hmmmm, how easy life would be” — and think of all the money you’d save and all the places to which you could travel ….with all the money you would save!

Here’s a sneak peek at a number of Tiny Houses in a variety of locations, courtesy of “Country Living”. While I’m a country cottage kind of gal, you will find log cabins, houseboats, covered wagons, A-frames and more while you click through 52 Tiny Houses they share. Click on this link to see them all: Country Living! Thank you, Country Living, for giving us such a great tour of Tiny Houses all across the world!

Here are a few to get you started:

Tiny House Hotel in Portland Oregon – Click the photo to learn more!

http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/g1887/tiny-house/?slide=17

Tiny House Hotel in Oregon

Then there’s the Wild West Wagon located in Cornwall, England:

http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/g1887/tiny-house/?slide=18

Wild West Wagon in Cornwall England

Here’s a darling little 260 square foot house on a Northern California Coast Dairy Farm – this one is my favorite!

http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/g1887/tiny-house/?slide=23

Northern California Diary Farm House

Can you imagine a gust of wind coming up one night? Who knows where you’d be in the morning with this one! I can hear the cows a-mooin’ and sheep a-bleatin’ and the smell?!?

http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/g1887/tiny-house/?slide=26

Wyoming Sheep Wagon

My other favorite is this darling little California Bungalow with a gorgeous garden in Redlands, California:

http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/g1887/tiny-house/?slide=50

California Bungalow

There are so many options to choose from style and location, and when you click the link, you can see many you might be interested in. There are even Tiny House communities like one in Washington, DC, as you will see.

It almost brings to mind the communities where many centurians live in small huts and all the villagers stop by during the day to visit and learn from the wisdom of the older folks. It would be a nice way to spend your retirement years!

Bacterium Decreases Food Allergy Symptoms

Do you have food allergies? The bacterium Bifidobacterium longum KACC 91563 is an intestinal bacteria that when taken as a probiotic shows promise of decreasing allergic reaction to foods in the intestine. Great news for food allergy sufferers, to be sure. Think gluten, seafood, eggs and anything else that causes mild to severe intestinal symptoms when eaten. This would be life changing for many.

Take a look at this great diagram by the Institute for Basic Science. The probiotic bacterium release extracellular vesicles which deliver a protein from the bacterium that cause the mast cells (your body’s allergic response) to self destruct. (I heart this illustration – so easy to understand!)

nstitute for Basic Science. "Protein from bacteria alleviates food allergy symptoms." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 March 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160316085011.htm>.

B. longum’s affect on mast cells produced when food allergens appear.

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Meaningful Life if You Give Out Advice?

Want to have a more meaningful life? Just start giving out advice wherever you go. Wait, what?

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Older man giving advice to a young man

You know you run in the other direction when you see that older “advice giver”, the one who’s always got their nose in your business, who enjoys telling you how to do things differently. We say in our heads “I don’t need to hear it today” because life is just plain hard enough without someone telling you how to do it better or differently.

Reminds me of my general practitioner who I went to see a couple months ago, and we were catching up on family and the holidays. She told me her parents had visited, and it was especially painful to have her father there because he silently observed her family’s daily lives, then at the end of his two week visit handed her a hand written list of everything she was doing wrong and how she could do it better. Because it wasn’t me, I laughed, but I know I wouldn’t be laughing if it was my own father.

Why I bring this up is that there is new research that shows if you’re in your 60’s and give advice more freely (meaning others enjoy receiving your advice I gather), life has much more meaning for you. I can understand this. You will feel like your contributions are wanted, you are valued and validated. The key here is sharing with those who want to receive your advice. Not too many of those kinds around, right? [Read more…]

Time Off for Your Period?

Yes. It is true. There is a British company who is providing time off for women when they have their menstrual period. Where were they when I was young, experiencing monthly pain and short tempers? How lovely for the “younger generation” who won’t have to be whispered about behind their back when they’re cranky that “it’s that time of the month for her”.

https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/what-causes-menstrual-cramps

Painful menstrual cramps

“Coexist, which employs 31 people— seven of which are men— hopes their policy can change the stigma around “women’s issues,” community director Bex Baxter told the Mirror. [Read more…]

Sugar is Out, Nuts are In

Sugar. I’m putting it aside. For now. Putting it aside versus giving it up. Someone suggested using the term “putting it aside” to trick my mind into thinking it’s not forever, and I’m in control of “not putting it aside” when I want to. Ha.

A couple years ago, I began going for a physical exam, including blood work, the first week of the new year. This year, some numbers were off a little more than I’m happy with. My diastolic blood pressure has trended upward and stayed there for the past year. My cholesterol and hemaglogin A1c, although normal, a little on the high side. Then there’s that homocysteine, increases with inflammation, potential stroke threat.

So, I made some changes. Two changes are intentional, two more were pleasant surprises.

Change 1

Sugar is out. As much as in my control, no more sugar. It causes inflammation in your body, wreaks havoc with overall health, and it really doesn’t do one thing helpful, except calm me when stressed. No more.

Cashews and Paleonola

Change 2

Eat more nuts. Sounds silly, but I’m enjoying two nut options throughout the day. They have replaced my snacks with sugar. Cashews are lovely, and I enjoy crunching on “Paleonola” granola, apple pie flavor. Ingredients include almonds, pecans, pepitas, honey, walnuts, coconut oil, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, dried apple, dried coconut, spices and vanilla extract. Ok, so honey. [Read more…]

Get Rid of Varicose Veins with a Medical Food

Varicose veins and Spider veins starting to show up on your legs? A little ankle swelling here and there? Achy legs and feet after walking?

http://healthybodydaily.com/health/dr-oz-hesperidin-for-varicose-veins/

Varicose Veins – Spider Veins

There’s a new treatment approved by the FDA, touting great results, available by prescription now.

Vasculera is a new treatment for dietary management of Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). It is being classified as a “Medical Food”. (Is chocolate a medical food?)

First let’s talk about what your doctor needs to find out before he will write out the prescription. He/she will need to take a thorough history of how long you’ve had the veins or swelling, what makes them worse, and better and other influencing factors. If he decides the symptoms of CVI are not due to any internal condition that needs attention, you will be on to the next test.

Ultrasound – You will be scheduled for ultrasonic evaluation of the valves of your major and minor veins in your legs. They will do real time evaluation of the integrity of each valve starting at the top of your thighs to the ankles, pressing on areas lower than the valves to watch it handle a burst of blood flow. You will be asked to take a deep breath, hold it and bear down to see the competency of the valves, making sure there’s no leaking or backflow which leads to pooling, swelling and varicosities. [Read more…]

Women’s Heart Health

Because heart disease is a leading cause of death in women, I am always on the lookout for ways to connect women for prevention and support.

http://www.womenheart.org/?page=Thrive2016

Women’s Heart Health

I’ve found a great organization with excellent support in person and online:

I HAVE HEART DISEASE. . . NOW WHAT?

After being diagnosed with heart disease, many women experience feelings of isolation and depression. Talking with someone who’s been there can make a difference in emotional recovery. WomenHeart has a unique model utilizing a series of peer to peer programs specifically designed to educate and support you each step of your heart health journey.”

Please click on over to their amazing website to see if there is something you can be a part of you know someone who might also benefit from their amazing resources and connections:

~ Women Heart ~

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease

Invisalign Done!

My Invisalign journey is over! I’m in the promised land of lovely straight teeth, aligned bite and painless eating.

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Phew. I won’t say the year flew by, there were some very tough times, but all in all I’m very glad I took the challenge and am very happy with my results. (Only wish they could grow back receding gums while straightening teeth. Sigh.)

The good:

  • Watching my teeth come back into alignment while no one could really tell I was wearing the trays.
  • My jaw has expanded, and now there is no clicking or pain when I chew, no more getting locked or only being able to open my mouth a finger-breadth wide.
  • Chin wrinkles have melted into my wider jawline.
  • I am smiling more.
  • It’s over!!
  • This list is short compared to the bad, but so, so worth the struggles, and I am very, very happy I have done this, truly loving my results!

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My Morning Routine for Success

How would you like to leave your home each morning relaxed and as fully prepared as you can be for the day ahead? Yes, we all know that unexpected happens, but if you have a routine it will provide the confidence and calm to withstand almost anything that comes your way. It will give you the best chance of a day that flows as peacefully as possible.

1. Rise & Shine. Awaken before the sun rises so I can watch it fill the sky with beauty. Take slow deep breaths, express gratitude for the day ahead, my health, and my eyes which are able to take in the beauty before me.

This morning’s beautiful sunrise!

2. (Optional) Oil Pulling.  This is something I put in my routine about a year and a half ago. My teeth are whiter, gums have stopped receding and are healthier, sinuses are clearer and I’m staying very healthy. [Read more…]

Low Vitamin B12 in the Brain Affects Memory

Vitamin B12 plays a very important role in neurological function, affecting memory and balance when blood levels are low. A new study shows impressively low levels of B12 measured in the brain were related to decreased neurological function and memory impairment in the elderly, as well as those with autism and schizophrenia.

“These are particularly significant findings because the differences we found in brain B12 with aging, autism and schizophrenia are not seen in the blood, which is where B12 levels are usually measured.” said Dr. Richard Deth, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) College of Pharmacy. “The large deficits of brain B12 from individuals with autism and schizophrenia could help explain why patients suffering from these disorders experience neurological and neuropsychiatric symptoms.”

http://healthxwellness.com/nutrition/supplements/vitamin-b12-sources/

Food Sources of Vitamin B12

What foods have the most Vitamin B12?

“…Meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products and wild-caught fish. Leafy green vegetables, beans and peas also provide some B vitamins, but if you eat an all vegetarian or vegan diet, vitamin B12 is one of the nutrients your body is most likely deficient in, as it is naturally present in foods that come from animals, including meat, fish, eggs, milk and milk products.” (From Dr. Mercola – his article is interesting in that he discusses in greater detail the effects of diminished B vitamins and elevated homocysteine for increased Alzheimers and brain shrinkage.) [Read more…]

Blue, Green Clays Kill Skin Bacteria

Blue and green clays have long been known, together with other clays and “muds,” to have cleansing and healing properties. The minerals within the different clays act on skin cells to pull out impurities and break down bacteria. Mud baths have a reputation for being cleansing and restorative, and now have scientific evidence to back up testimonials and claims.
Looking specifically at blue and green clays, scientists at Arizona State University have deciphered the mechanisms by which these clays break down and destroy pathogenic bacterial cells in the skin.

“Lynda Williams, a clay-mineral scientist at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE)… (explains) “One metallic element — chemically reduced iron, which in small amounts is required by a bacterial cell for nutrition — tricks the cell into opening its wall. Then another element — aluminum — props the cell wall open, allowing a flood of iron to enter the cell. This overabundance of iron then poisons the cell, killing it as the reduced iron becomes oxidized.””

Working in tandem, chemically reduced iron (Fe2+) and aluminum (Al3+) in blue clays can kill pathogenic bacteria, such as these E. coli cells. Image by ASU

Working in tandem, chemically reduced iron (Fe2+) and aluminum (Al3+) in blue clays can kill pathogenic bacteria, such as these E. coli cells. Image by ASU

Working in tandem, chemically reduced iron (Fe2+) and aluminum (Al3+) in blue clays can kill pathogenic bacteria, such as these E. coli cells.

“After testing dozens of samples, Williams and her team identified a blue-colored clay from the Oregon Cascades that proved to be highly antibacterial. The research reported in the paper shows that it works against a broad spectrum of human pathogens, including antibiotic-resistant strains such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).”

This is an incredibly useful discovery, with a vast horizon of applications. When someone is diagnosed with CAMRSA (Community Acquired Methcillian-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) or MRSA, besides treatment with the potent antibiotic Vancomycin, and the possibility of a boil or abcess requiring incision/draining and packing with antimicrobial poultices, could we now apply a blue or green clay to the wound? Can these types of clay be ingested, and if so, how will the clay know where to find the brewing infection? Will regular mud baths prohibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria on the skin’s surface, useful as a preventative treatment, especially for someone who has had MRSA in the past? Is there a possibility of increased iron levels in the blood, or iron toxicity with regular use?

I have been using a blue and green 3-clay masque twice a week on my face for over a year now. It is useful to detoxify my skin, as well as remove dead skin cells. Every week or two, it will result in the development of a deep acne cyst. This particular clay masque acts to purify the skin by pulling pollutants from it. And pull pollutants, it does.

There are three types of clay in it — Kaolin, Bentonite and French Montmorillonite clays.  Each clay is high mineral content, exfoliates, stimulates blood circulation, and removes debris from pores.

They help to chelate (attach to) heavy metals, remove toxins from the skin, and aid the skin in guarding against future oxidative environmental exposure.

There’s also the added plant based ingredients of Chamomile, Green Tea, Ivy, Goji Berry, Caffeine and Cucumber, plus hydrating Hyaluronic Acid.

It’s a lovely 3- Clay Masque call Pure Detox Masque.

Story Source:

The above quotes are from a post reprinted from materials provided by Arizona State University. The original item was written by Robert Burnham. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Keith D. Morrison, Rajeev Misra, Lynda B. Williams. Unearthing the Antibacterial Mechanism of Medicinal Clay: A Geochemical Approach to Combating Antibiotic Resistance. Scientific Reports, 2016; 6: 19043 DOI: 10.1038/srep19043

Arizona State University. “How blue and green clays kill bacteria.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 January 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160111121446.htm>.
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