Taking a Break!

The Swiss Alps relax me, their awe inspiring greatness, beauty and majesty. This photo is from Pinterest where I enjoy the splendor of the alps as part of my pre-sleep routine. From time to time, life gives you the unexpected, and sometimes we need to take a thing or two off our plate until all is calm and settled into their rightful places, be they new or old places.

Interlaken, Switzerland

It’s been just about 8 years I’ve been writing posts here every week for your enjoyment. I’ve loved every minute of researching things which may be of interest to you, and also writing about things which were on my heart. As I approach another season of teaching along with my regular work, I think this year I will take a break from writing and give us all a little rest. So, I wish you all good health, and many blessings in the coming weeks until I write again!

xo Candy

Does Your Doctor Listen with Stethoscope Over Your Clothes?

Does your doctor or nurse listen to your lungs, heart or abdomen by placing their stethoscope over 1, 2 or more layers of clothes?

This is a pet peeve of mine, because I know I don’t hear as clearly when my patients have even a light weight t-shirt on. It bothers me so much, that I always pull up my top or remove clothing over the area they are about to listen to. And yes, the doctor/nurse almost always smiles in a smirky sort of way, or tells me that’s not necessary. (BTW I’ve never seen a physician or nurse cleanse the bell of their stethoscope before or after using, either.)

I know I want my health care provider to have the best chance at making an accurate assessment when I seek care. With accurate assessment, comes accurate findings to put together into the correct treatment plan. Right?

While we’re on the subject of accurate assessment, have you had someone take your blood pressure manually, done so quickly that it was off from your normal range? This has happened numerous times to me. My blood pressure is usually on the low side, but if the taker opens the valve a little too much, causing the air to be released too quickly, they will gather an inaccurate measurement. I always can tell, because it’s usually found to be 10 – 15 points higher than normal. I will ask for them to repeat it “because I’m usually not that high”. The second reading is most often found to be more accurate because they’ve released the air more slowly, and can hear the exact time when the sound of your pulse can be heard (systolic blood pressure) and when it disappears on the lower end (diastolic blood pressure).

Both, listening to your chest and abdomen and blood pressure measurements, are values that may change with sickness or age. It’s important to make sure they are done accurately. If you see the same practitioner consistently, they will be able to note changes and trends over time, which could allow for early interventions.

Thoughts or experiences?

Season 2 of The Crown

Bemoaning the absence of Downtown Abby from our lives, one of my friends mentioned she found an “almost as good” replacement to satisfy our itch for something British in our lives. Enter “The Crown”, a historically accurate (I’m told) biography of the current Queen Elizabeth, beginning in her childhood in Season 1. The locations are amazing, costumes just as splendid as Downtown Abby’s, and lessons in history if you are a visual person who enjoys being immersed in the reality of the time.

For me, Winston Churchill came to life. Claire Foy is remarkable as Elizabeth and the rest of the cast are amazing as well.

If you subscribe to Netflix, you have time to catch up on Season 1 before Season 2 arrives in December, 2017. Here’s the trailer for Season 2 to pique your interest:

What do our Skin Pores do?

What do our skin pores do? Some people have large pores and search for skin care products to reduce their size. Others have non-visible pores, their skin always looks smooth and soft. Then there are those whose pores, for a multitude of reasons, become blocked, fill with dirt, oil and “sludge”, and are visibly darker or infected.

If you want to truly learn how to care for you skin, you need to start with your pores. What exactly are they and what do they do?

There are 2 kinds of pores, or tiny openings in matrix fashion, all over the skin of your body. The first is a sweat gland, which makes sweat, allowing you to regulate your body’s temperature and attract the opposite sex. The second is an oil gland, which produces oil to naturally maintain your skin’s surface protective barrier and keep it soft.

Your pores also absorb the ingredients of your skin care products, or not – if your pores are blocked with old skin, oil and dirt. A good foundational understanding of the anatomy and function of the magnificent skin pore will hopefully help us care for our skin more intentionally.

On the PersonalCareTruth.com website, I came along a wonderful post written by Amanda Foxon-Hill titled “What are pores?” Just click on the <- this title and jump over to her excellent description of pores, a wonderful graphic of the anatomy, and discussion of their functions. Thank you Amanda for such a great post! I really enjoyed it and am sharing it with my readers today.

Give One to You, Give One to Me…Makes You Happier!

Shopping for a gift just got a whole lot easier and much more enjoyable for the giver! New research shows liking a gift you are giving someone enough to purchase one for yourself is viewed very positively by the receiver and makes the giver happier. Who knew!

Matching Gifts!

“Research published this month in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin by Evan Polman, marketing professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Sam Maglio, marketing professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough, shows that gift recipients are happier with a present when the giver got themselves the same present.”

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7 Tips for Writing a Letter of Recommendation

I’m receiving all kinds of requests for letters of recommendation these days as my students have just graduated, and I’ve referred colleagues for positions they would be great in. After receiving a request from one of my former students for a “strong” letter of recommendation, repeating the word “strong” in her email request multiple times, I thought it would be great to share a few pointers I use when writing a letter of recommendation.

  1. If you cannot provide a “strong” recommendation of the individual, do not proceed. Let the individual know the reason(s), such as you haven’t observed them interacting with clients, known them long enough, or viewed any creative works they’ve developed in order to recommend them, or any of a number of other reasons that they shouldn’t take personally. [Read more…]

My Thoughtful Place to Ponder Things

My Thoughtful Place

Do you have a thoughtful place, somewhere to spend a few moments pondering things? From my workplace at home this is what I see, only in a dynamic form.

Large branches sway back and forth in the wind. Leaves dance about ever so quickly as they are pulled along. The movement mesmerizes my mind, pulling it into a creative state where I can find just the right words to write, gain clarity on situations I’ve been mulling over, gain some inspiration, and contemplate the passages of life.

As I look up past the tree tops, into the sky, I have conversations with the Lord. Many conversations. Telling Him what’s troubling me, pouring out my heart, thanking Him for so many, many blessings – and even thanking Him for the difficulties that seem to come more often than I’d like.

I find peace in the pouring out, rest in the thankfulness, and joy in creative inspirations.

If you don’t have a quiet place to go and think, I hope you can find one. I highly recommend it.

And when you do find one, I hope you visit it often!

 

 

 

 

Looking Fabulous While Flying in Turbulence

You hear the pilot overhead saying “please return to your seats and fashion your seatbelts, we are about to enter some “chop””, also know as turbulence. He might as well said to me “get out your “E” ticket, your going for a roller coast ride”!

Fastne Seatbelts!

Photo by Chris Pond, from Flickr

Flight turbulence really puts me into panic mode because it’s not like being in a car where you can pull over on the side of the road if things get too rough, but you just keep flying on. Much of my anxiety comes from some very bumpy flight experiences. So, when I saw this article about the realities of flight turbulence and how very few people are actually injured in it every year, I thought to share with you. After all, staying calm, cool and collected helps to keep us looking fabulous, right?

“While turbulence can feel scary, airplanes are designed to withstand massive amounts of it. “A plane cannot be flipped upside-down, thrown into a tailspin, or otherwise flung from the sky by even the mightiest gust or air pocket,” wrote pilot Patrick Smith on his site, AskThePilot.com. “Conditions might be annoying and uncomfortable, but the plane is not going to crash.”

To read the full article, with loads more very useful – and very calming – information, I invite you to click on over to Travel and Leisure where Melissa Locker has written a superb article for nervous fliers!

Melissa really knows how to calm the nervous traveler, and give assurance to the most anxious!

Why Use a Clay Mask / Masque on Your Skin?

Detox Clay Mask / Masque

Detox 3 Clay Mask / Masque

#1:  Clay Masques absorb a lot of surface oil. You might associate oily skin with younger skin, but that is not always the case. A little oil in the skin is a good thing because it keeps it smooth and soft, but too much oil leaves your skin shiny and greasy. Using a clay masque will help absorb the oil without leaving the skin dry and tight.

#2:  Clay Masques are effective for all skin types.  Clay masques treat all skin types safely. They work wonders with younger skin that may be prone to acne, and they boost elasticity and minimize signs of aging.

#3:  Clay Masques eliminate toxins and dirt in the skin. You would be surprised at how many environmental impurities your face can accumulate throughout the day. When you mix impurities and toxins with excess oil, you promote acne and other skin damage. Clay masques can rid the skin of toxins and impurities.

#4:  Clay Masques remove dead skin cells. Dead skin cells make the skin look ruddy and dull. The problem with aging is a slowing down in naturally sloughing off  dead cells on the skin’s surface. Clay masques do an excellent job of moving along dead skin cells to help your skin look fresh and bright.

Try using Celloxylin Pure Detox, Purifying Masque twice a week to achieve vibrant skin. Apply generously to cleansed skin (massaging in circular motions), avoiding eye areas. Relax and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Remove thoroughly with warm water. Can also be used as a spot treatment; dab and rinse once dry. Recommended for all skin types.

Do This With Your Cell Phone if You Want Focused Thinking

To be able to retain and process information optimally, keep your cell phone far away from you. Recent research shows this to be true through studies done on almost 800 smart phone users.

“Your cognitive capacity is significantly reduced when your smartphone is within reach — even if it’s off. That’s the takeaway finding from a new study from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

The findings suggest that the mere presence of one’s smartphone reduces available cognitive capacity and impairs cognitive functioning, even though people feel they’re giving their full attention and focus to the task at hand. “We see a linear trend that suggests that as the smartphone becomes more noticeable, participants’ available cognitive capacity decreases,” Ward said. “Your conscious mind isn’t thinking about your smartphone, but that process — the process of requiring yourself to not think about something — uses up some of your limited cognitive resources. It’s a brain drain.””

Put Your Cell Away to Focus and be Present

How funny that those tested exerted so much energy on trying not to pay attention to their cell phones that it significantly decreased their ability to focus and concentrate. It’s kind of like “Pavlov’s Dog” with the dog anticipating the bell ringing, and can’t think of any thing else but that the bell will ring soon and they certainly don’t want to miss it. This could add to the existing body of knowledge that shows cell phone addiction, don’t you think? I guess my “note to self” from this study is to turn off and put my phone out of sight in order to be fully present in relating to others and focusing on tasks at hand!


Story Source:

Materials provided by University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

Citations from ScienceDaily.com


Journal Reference:

  1. Adrian F. Ward, Kristen Duke, Ayelet Gneezy, Maarten W. Bos. Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity. Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, 2017; 2 (2): 140 DOI: 10.1086/691462

Exactly How Does Our Skin Age?

Do you know how your skin ages from the inside out? We commonly take for granted that our skin as a protective external envelope, without fully considering the numerous, essential functions it provides. Skin is our largest organ, providing an interface between our internal physiological systems and the external world; it protects us from harm due to pathogens, solar radiation, pollutants, and also acts as effective barrier against water loss, ensuring essential nutrients remain in our systems. As we age, skin becomes thinner, drier, and less capable of healing itself . . .

When considering the aging process and skin, there are two major types of aging to consider:

  1. Intrinsic Aging – also known as chronological or natural aging – is caused by changes in the structure and function of skin that occur as we age naturally. Beginning around out mid-20s, physiological changes cause collagen production to slow and skin to loose its elasticity. Dead skin cells do not shed as quickly, and the turnover of new cells begins to slow. Additionally, changes in hormone levels reduce the amount of oil produced, resulting in dry, akey skin.
  2.  Extrinsic Aging – results when exposure to external factors prematurely ages our skin. Numerous factors can negatively affect the skin, the most common of which is sun exposure (extrinsic aging is, therefore, often referred to as photoaging). Other factors include pollution, poor diet, cigarette smoke, stress, and gravity. Exposure results in skin with age spots, blotchy pigmentation, deep wrinkles, and a rough, leathery appearance.

Extrinsic Aging accounts for 90% of the visible signs of aging!

As natural and external processes take their toll, our systems experience oxidative stress, hormone fluctuations, decreases in metabolic activity, and declines in the length of cell life. The effects of both intrinsic aging and extrinsic are visibly seen in the skin: collagen production diminishes and elastin becomes less springy, resulting in less voluminous and elastic skin that sags and wrinkles easily. Skin becomes less moisturized naturally, and exposure to the elements causes hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and reduces the skin’s ability to hold in moisture. Intrinsic and extrinsic processes are linked; as natural changes take place, our ability to fight the deleterious effects of environmental exposure decreases.

  • Between ages 20 and 80 our collagen production declines by 65%

Skin thins at a rate of 6% per 10 years

“We cannot stop ourselves from aging, we can age gracefully by caring for our skin and reducing our exposure to the harmful factors that cause aging”

While intrinsic processes mean we cannot stop ourselves from aging, we can age gracefully by caring for our skin and reducing our exposure to the harmful factors that cause aging. Be- cause the skin is an organ, it can benefit from products that protect skin and encourage skin regeneration topically, and well as ingested supplements that help maintain healthy system function.

Apriori BeautyTM has taken advantage of this concept by creating an internal and external system enhanced with the patent pending Nutrient ReservoirTM, which delivers essential ingredients to protect and prolong the life of every skin cell while combating the damage we’ve already done, effectively reducing the visible signs of aging. These ingredients protect from the 4 Core Influences of Aging, providing:

  1. Antioxidants to reduce the effects of oxidative stress
  2. Endocrine system modulators to mediate hormone fluctuations
  3. Energy Activators to help promote mitochondrial and metabolic efficiency
  4. Longevity Gene Supporters to extend the life of healthy cells

To learn more about Apriori Beauty’s Internal and External Products go here:  www.AprioriBeauty.com/FIC/Candace

The above information has been provided to Apriori Beauty Consultants to use in sharing the difference between Apriori Beauty’s Internal + External Approach to Antiaging and other products on the market today!

Pomegranates are Good for Your Skin!

 Our skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside our body, so it only makes sense to nourish and protect our skin by taking in foods that soothe and calm our inflammation. Pomegranate fruit is one such food that has a great effect on the inside of our body, and can help our skin become more beautiful as well!

Pomegranate!

Pomegranate fruit is rich in two types of polyphenolic compounds, anthocyanins and hydrolysable tannins, and is known for its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have demonstrated the potential for clinical use of pomegranate in the prevention and treatment of cancer (1), and its anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for addressing other diseases where chronic inflammation plays a critical role (2). It is also known to promote cardiovascular health by preventing low-density lipoprotein oxidation, reducing blood pressure and slowing the development of atherosclerosis (3).

REFERENCES:
Afaq F, Saleen M, et al. Anthocyanin- and Hydrolyzable Tannin-Rich Pomegranate Fruit Extract Modulates MAPK and NF-kappaB Pathways and Inhibits Skin Tumorigenesis in CD-1 Mice. Int. J. Cancer 2005; 113(3): 423-433.

Aviram M, Rosenblat M, Gaitini D, et al. Pomegranate juice consumption for 3 years by patients with carotid artery stenosis reduces common carotid intima-media thickness, blood pressure and LDL oxidation. Clin Nutr 2004; 23(3): 423-33.

Rasheed Z, Akhtar N, et al. Polyphenol-rich pomegranate fruit extract (POMx) suppresses PMACI-induced expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines by inhibiting the activation of MAP Kinases and NF-κB in human KU812 cells. Journal of Inflammation 2009; 6(1)

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Lifeoxylin Cellular Defense Elixir by Apriori Beauty!

Lifeoxylin Cellular Defense Elixir

 

Are Your Hair Care Products Free of Sulfates?

It’s really important to use skin and hair products that are as free from known toxins as possible. Our health is a gift and we need to make good choices to protect and nurture our health throughout our life. One ingredient you don’t want in your personal care products is sulfate.

Sulfate Free. We see it highlighted on shampoo bottles like it’s a big deal, but what does this really mean? Why is it important for us to use sulfate free shampoos and conditioners?  Here’s the short + sweet + simple answer.

Sulfate is an inexpensive chemical used by companies to provide cleaning power and bubbly lather in our shampoos (and some conditioners).

It cuts through grease and provides the bubbles that we love, so what’s the problem? The concern is that sulfates can cause skin irritations, worsen skin problems and can even be linked to hair loss! Sulfates are cheap and effective as a detergent, but our delicate scalp, hair, and hair follicles aren’t able to handle the harsh chemical- especially as we age.

The harsh sulfates may be causing you more harm than good.

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Eating Chocolate a New Way to Treat A-Fib?

“A-Fib”, or atrial fibrillation, is a heart arrhythmia more common in older adults. It can be very frightening to experience, and needs treatment quickly in order for your heart to continue pumping effectively. A new study is showing the possibility of another positive side effect of eating chocolate which is to potentially calm the frequency of A-Fib episodes. I now love chocolate even more!

Dark Chocolate

“Regular chocolate consumption may be linked to a lower risk of developing the heart rhythm irregularity atrial fibrillation, also known as heart flutter, finds research published on-line in the journal Heart.

The associations seemed to be strongest for 1 weekly serving for women and between 2 and 6 weekly servings for men, the findings suggest.”

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Pippa’s Wedding Day

Brides are simply beautiful, wedding days a joyous occasion to our delight. Everyone wants to see the bride’s dress, and how overcome with love the groom becomes when he catches the first glimpse of his bride as she begins her walk down the aisle to meet him. Celebrating Pippa Middleton’s wedding, I share a few sources of stunning photos capturing the beauty, love and delight of this special day.

This photo is shared from the story covered in the HuffingtonPost – Click the link <- or the photo to read the story of the day’s festivities and see many more gorgeous photos:

ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Pippa Middleton arrives at the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Pippa Middleton arrives at the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark’s Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Then stroll over to the What Kate Wore Facebook Page, and Telegraph News for links to additional photos and coverage of this beautiful day and the details of Pippa’s dress. Enjoy!

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