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Breast Cancer: A New Guide on Family History

Hereditary breast cancer is rare. However, women with a family history of breast cancer can be at higher risk of developing the disease.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer has developed a new guide for people with a family history of breast cancer. It sets out what a family history is and how your risk is assessed, including genetic testing options. It explains what breast screening is available to people at higher risk of breast cancer and ways to manage risk.

This new guide is based on the latest available evidence, together with the experiences of women with breast cancer.

Hereditary breast cancer is associated with patterns of cancer in families. Defining a family history of breast cancer is quite complex. Breakthrough Breast Cancer defines a person’s family history as having an unusually high number of close relatives with breast cancer, often at a younger age than would normally be expected. So, having one relative diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 50 or older usually would not mean that you have a family history. Other factors that can contribute to a family history are cases of male breast cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer in both breasts, or having Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

A family history can be classed as moderate or strong, based on the number of family members on the same side of your family with the breast cancer, how closely related they are to you, and the age they were diagnosed with the disease.

If you are concerned about any history of cancer in your family, speak with your doctor.

For more information on the free version of Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s guide on family history please visit



Calling attention to a disease that kills one American every hour. Melanoma however, if detected early, can often be successfully treated.

NYU Langone’s ABCDEs of Melanoma Still a Critical Detection Guide

Over 25 years ago, NYU Langone Medical Center developed the ABCDEs – a melanoma detection guide that provides criteria for diagnosing skin cancer including melanoma. Created by dermatologists at NYU Langone, the ABCDEs are a quick and simple guide for self examination of the skin in order to detect moles that could be cancerous. The ABCDEs for melanoma detection are:

A is for Asymmetry where one-half of the mole is unlike the other.

B is for Border where the mole is irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined.

C is for Color which varies from one area to another or has different shades of tan, brown, black, and sometimes white, red, or blue.

D is for Diameter of a mole when it is bigger than the size of a pencil eraser.

E is for Evolving or changing in size, shape, or color.

Skin Cancer Checks Important for Everyone: Including African-Americans

While uncommon, skin cancer can occur in African-Americans. African-American’s typically do not worry about skin cancer and as a result do not have regular skin cancer screenings. However, dermatologists recommend that African-Americans get annual skin cancer exams and use sunscreen diligently because when skin cancer does occurs within this population the mortality tends to be high due to late detection. Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer in African-Americans while basal cell carcinoma is the rarest. Malignant melanoma, the most deadly of the skin cancers, occurs in African-Americans most often on the palms or the soles of the feet. The incidence of melanoma is about 1.1 cases a year for every 100,000 African-Americans.

UVA Radiation Damages DNA in Human Melanocyte Skin Cells – Causing Mutations that Can Lead to Melanoma

A study by researchers at NYU School of Medicine found that UVA radiation damages the DNA in human melanocyte cells, causing mutations that can lead to melanoma. Melanocytes, which contain a substance called melanin that darkens the skin to protect it from the ultraviolet rays of the sun, are more vulnerable to UVA radiation than normal skin cells because they are unable to repair themselves as efficiently.

This is the first time, UVA rays have been shown to cause significant damage to the DNA of human melanocyte skin cells and because melanocytes have a reduced capacity to repair DNA damage from UVA radiation, they mutate more frequently, potentially leading to the development of melanoma. This finding that helps identify the underlying cause of melanoma may allow researchers to develop new ways to assess a person’s risk of melanoma, prevent the disease, and aid in the design of more effective treatments.

NYU Langone Study Investigates Genetic Factorsof Melanoma

NYU Langone is conducting a new study designed to investigate the genetic factors that may predispose patients to develop melanoma. Enrollment in the study includes a short questionnaire, a photograph of their back to assess the number of moles and sun damage to their skin, and a sample of their saliva to collect their DNA. Once enough study samples are collected the DNA of melanoma patients will be compared with the DNA of non-melanoma patients to identify any gene variations.

High Risk for Melanoma: Do You Have a Skin History?

Are you high risk for melanoma? Do you have a significant amount of moles, especially some that are atypical? If so, a new total body photography and mole-mapping tool called MoleSafe may be the best way to be screened fully for melanoma. The technology creates a digital, baseline skin history and allows dermatologists to track any suspicious moles or future changes in your skin over time. NYU Langone was the first academic medical center in the U.S. to use this tool – combining full body photography with the skills of highly qualified dermatologists to diagnose melanoma at the earliest possible stage.

For more information, visit www.nyulmc.org.

Copyright© NYU Langone Medical Center

How to Significantly Improve Skin Affected by Acne and Rosacea?

Patients with acne and rosacea are often confused about selecting appropriate skin care products, cosmeceuticals, and cosmetics to add into their daily routine. While they want to continue to see results with the treatment regimen from their dermatologist, they also want to be comfortable using products that address other skin issues, such as wrinkles or that protect their skin, such as sunscreens. They also may want to select skin care products that can help improve the overall appearance and health of the skin during treatment, especially if their medications have left their skin with redness, dryness,
or inflammation.

At the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), dermatologist Diane S. Berson, M.D., FAAD, discussed how proper skin care and using some of the newly formulated cosmeceuticals can improve the skin of acne and rosacea patients, as well as helping them comply with their treatment regimen.

Cleansing 101: Gentle, Gentle, Gentle

When it comes to cleansing the skin, Berson recommends gentle cleaning and cleansers for skin prone to acne and rosacea. Scrubbing the skin will actually worsen acne, as it can remove skin lipids and can increase irritation. Instead, Berson recommends gently washing with a non-irritating, pH balanced cleanser to decrease inflammation. She also recommends the use of body washes, which contain moisturizers that can deposit moisture back into the skin.

Moisturizers: Good for All

It is a common myth that patients with acne should not use moisturizers, but Berson explains that this is simply not true. If patients do not use a daily moisturizer, their skin can become red and peel easily due to the drying effect of their acne medications. By using a moisturizer, patients counter the effects of these medications by adding moisture back into the skin. For patients with rosacea, Berson notes that their skin is more sensitive and likely to react to ingredients in both prescription medications and skin care products. Moisturizers containing lipids, such as ceramides, are usually well tolerated and improve the barrier that is often compromised in patients with this condition.

New Technologies Improving Sunscreen Formulations

While the health consequences of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight and artificial light sources are well known, some acne and rosacea patients might not be aware that sunlight can also further aggravate their condition. Berson recommends the daily use of broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB light.

Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals Offer Many Skin Benefits

Manufacturers of cosmetics and cosmeceuticals are continually improving their products by adding ingredients that offer many benefits to the skin, including skin affected by acne or rosacea. Many nonprescription acne products now contain salicylic acid to reduce inflammation and help exfoliate in and around the pores.

In conclusion, according to Berson, when the skin is stripped of lipids, which are part of its protective outer layer, the skin barrier is compromised and can worsen acne and rosacea, by keeping the skin well hydrated with the proper skin care products, the barrier will stay intact, allowing patients to better tolerate their medications.

Copyright© American Academy of Dermatology; www.aad.org

Professional Beauty Association Release FAQs on Keratin Hair Smoothing Products

The wide use of professional-use hair smoothing products containing keratin has sparked varying concerns regarding ingredients and questions around potential safety issues. In response to this industry-wide issue and to help educate and inform the industry, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) has released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document, which is the industry's most current, comprehensive, and objective report on the keratin smoothing product category. In addition to the FAQs, PBA formally requested that the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) take up a re-examination of the use of formaldehyde-releasers in cosmetics, and initiate a formal examination of methylene glycol in personal care and beauty products.

The PBA would like to reiterate the need for manufacturers and distributors of these products to provide stylists and other industry professionals with up-to-date information, training, and education about how to safely apply and handle keratin products.

Some of the FAQs Addressed in the Report Include:

  • The presence of formaldehyde in professional-use keratin smoothing systems. Government agencies responsible for regulating salon safety.
  • What authority the FDA has over personal care products.
  • How OSHA regulates formaldehyde in the workplace. Review of the State of Oregon's OSHA examination of formaldehyde levels in salons they tested.
  • Advice on how to report adverse experiences related to cosmetic and beauty products.

To review the full FAQ, Professional Keratin Hair Smoothing Products, please visit: www.probeauty.org/keratin. This document is intended only to provide interested parties with helpful information on professional smoothing services only. It is not a substitute for comprehensive training requirements, or to prescribe rules or standards, or to define or create legal rights or obligations. PBA advises confirming with product manufacturers and distributors regarding individual products.

Professional Beauty Association Release FAQs on Keratin Hair Smoothing Products


The Power of Lavender

Out of all the plants in Mother Nature's garden, lavender is the crown jewel. It is one of the safest and most widely used of them all – a modern day multi-tasker. It is fragrant, colorful, edible while at the same time both stimulating and soothing. Its therapeutic benefits are well documented. Every home and spa should keep a bottle of lavender within reach. 

Lavender oil's treasure chest of antiseptic and therapeutic properties comes from its natural alcohol linalool, ketones, esters, and aldehydes content; which exceptionally complement one another. Linalool kills bacteria and viruses as well as helps to heal skin irritations including burns, wounds, acne, and sores. The aldehydes in lavender are responsible for its distinct aroma and soothing properties. The ketones in lavender effectively reduce pain and inflammation and help induce sleep. The esters in lavender reduce soreness and swelling, fight fungal infections, and prevent scarring.

Medicinal Uses: Lavender is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, sedative, and detoxifier which promotes healing and prevents scarring while it also stimulates the immune system and contributes to the healing process by stimulating the cells of a wound to regenerate more quickly. Almost all parts of the plant have a medicinal value which makes it a truly indispensable oil.

Some Quick Home Remedies:

Mix ten drops of lavender oil to four ounces of water into a spray bottle, lightly spray your pillow and let dry.

Minor skin irritations
Mix three drops of lavender oil with one quart of distilled water and dab on affected area daily.

Cosmetic Uses:
Its versatility makes it suitable for all skin types, including a couperose complexion. Lavender oil is a cell regenerator that helps prevent scarring and stretch marks, it has a reputation for slowing down the appearance of wrinkles. It can be used on sun-damaged skin, wounds, rashes, skin infections, varicose veins, and anything swollen. There is no better remedy for burns than lavender. This is one of the few oils that can be used undiluted to stop the itching of insect bites and on small, first-degree burns several times during the day for treatment.

Emotional Benefits:
Lavender has a balancing effect on the emotions, it both relaxes and stimulates, depending on the dosage. Quite a few studies on lavender have shown that the scent alone helps counter insomnia, depression, mental stress, anger, anxiety, improves concentration levels, one's mood, and memory.

Quick tip
Anytime you are feeling a little overwhelmed or stressed simply add a few drops of lavender oil to a cotton square or piece of gauze and hold it close to your nose and take several deep inhalations. Store it in a plastic bag to use again later.

For a wonderful, relaxing massage oil simply add 10 drops of lavender oil per one ounce of almond, coconut, or jojoba oil.

Culinary Uses:
Using lavender in foods may seem odd when one first thinks about it, but it is not much different than adding mint or rosemary to other recipes. Lavender adds a little delicate surprise that makes your palate sit up and pay attention. All lavenders are edible, though the nuances of flavor vary widely.

As you can see there is no limit to the myriad uses of lavender. Okay, maybe it cannot do everything on your wish list, but it can do quite a bit. From medicine cabinet to the kitchen cabinet the power of lavender truly makes it a "miracle herb." There are few plants in the world that are as naturally powerful and beneficial as the lavender plant. These plants and their wonderful blossoms have healed many for centuries. Its popularity continues to grow and likely will for generations to come.

What Are the Top 5 Vegetables?

We all know we need to eat our veggies, especially with the new wave of processed food companies touting how their sauces and canned pastas now contain a full day’s allotment of vegetables.

It is a tricky definition of terms. It is really not as healthy to eat processed foods to begin with, but for them to say that using vegetables as fillers somehow makes processed foods healthy is disingenuous, at best. It is like saying “Don’t pay attention to all the chemicals, dyes, and sodium we put in the can – there is vegetables in there, too, so that makes it all okay!” We need to eat actual vegetables if we want to have a real healthy diet, and there are five key veggies at the top of this list that are the healthiest, they include:

Spinach – Popeye was right. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, and vitamin B6. It is also a good source of fiber, copper, protein, phosphorous, zinc, vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids, niacin, and antioxidants.


Lettuce (greenleaf, red leaf, romaine) – Lettuce is a low calorie fiber food that is also a great place to find vitamin A, folic acid, lactucarium (which helps enhance calmness and pain relief), as well as the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. Lettuce also contains a good amount of anti-cancer properties.


Broccoli – Besides having great flavor and texture, Broccoli contains copious amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, and vitamin K. The minerals in broccoli include calcium, potassium, iron, and folate. A great source of fiber, broccoli also provides lots of bioflavonoids, which is an antioxidant that helps protect against cancer and heart disease.


Brussel sprouts – A staple in the diets of Asian cultures, who are among the longest lived people in the world, the crunchy garnish contains lots of potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A, beta carotene, and vitamin K. This is also another great anti-cancer vegetable.


Cabbage – Although best known as the partner of corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day, cabbage is a great low calorie food that contains a good amount of fiber, calcium, and vitamin C. Cabbage is incredibly packed with substantial anti-cancer agents.


When picking vegetables, fresh and frozen vegetables are better than canned vegetables, because they have less added salt. If you have to buy canned vegetables, I recommend draining the water they are packed in before preparing them to remove a good amount of the added sodium, or simply buy those veggies labeled as having low sodium. 

Broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts also contain glucosinolates, which are known for their chemoprotective agents against chemically-induced carcinogens by blocking the initiation of tumors in the liver, colon, breasts, and pancreas. These anti-cancer compounds are released more effectively when you chop those vegetables before serving, and serving them raw increases the anti-cancer benefits even more.

With all this said, I believe that it is important to note that through research I have found that the vitamin numbers go up when vegetables are cooked, but the anti-cancer compounds go down. So, I suggest that you steam or roast your vegetables in a pan for no more than seven minutes, which has proven to be a good way to keep the anti-cancer compounds and make it more edible.

Phones Not for Talking Anymore!

phoneRemember the olden days when you mostly talked on phones? The phone was always plugged into your business or home wall and it was used only for conversation. Those days are long gone. Seems like more and more people use their phone, or nowadays it is called a “mobile device,” for many things - except talking! Many medical spa employees and owners find that their mobile devices are useful for a lot of things:


  • Surf the web – Most mobile devices can have Internet access - You can check out your vendors latest anti-aging products or look at “before” and “after” pictures from the most innovative technique.
  • Do e-mail – You can easily send and receive emails on your mobile device. While waiting in line at the grocery store or waiting for a doctor’s appointment; you can save a lot of time by doing e-mails anywhere.
  • Take pictures – Most phones come with a built-in camera. You can take pictures of clients and save for future reference.
  • Remote access – If you have Internet access on your mobile device and you have a scheduling software program you can access your schedule and appointments right from your phone.
  • Apps – If you have an iPhone, you can even get thousands of useful apps to help you run your business better.

A Breakthrough in Visible Redness

SkinMedica, Inc., has announced that it is introducing a new, fast-acting anti-redness product, Redness Relief CalmPlex™.

This formula contains, CalmPlex™, a patented, nature-inspired ingredient that treats the underlying causes of redness by inhibiting the release of a key natural vasodilator as well as niacinamide which helps to strengthen the skin by supporting the barrier function. Ideal for sensitive skin types, this non-comedogenic formula contains no added fragrance and offers relief and results to improve overall skin appearance by neutralizing unwanted redness.

In multiple clinical studies, Redness Relief CalmPlex™ demonstrated efficacy in relieving visible redness and improving overall skin tone. It demonstrated a 40 percent reduction in UV-induced redness in as early as three days, as well as providing significant reductions in chronic redness after one week with continued improvement through week twelve.

Physicians assessing the clinical study reported the following results after only four weeks:

  • 43% reduction in appearance of visible redness
  • 51% improvement in evenness of skin tone
  • 49% improvement in overall severity

Participants in the study reported the following results at Week four:

  • 78% of subjects reported an improvement in overall condition
  • 72% of subjects reported a reduction in visible redness
  • High patient satisfaction; 100% of subjects liked the product

For more information, visit www.skinmedica.com

Smoldering & Smokey Mossy-Green Eyes from Make-Up Designory (MUD)

Re-create this Spring’s must-have look – sultry, smokey, mossy-green eyes. Nothing says “hello” better than a glance from a pair of sexy eyes and all it takes are these three simple elements – boldly lined eyes, colorful smokey lids, and voluminous lashes:

  1. Smudge black eyeliner along the entire upper lash line; creating a dramatic look.
  2. For the perfect smokey look it is all about layering three eye shadows in three different shades that compliment one another. For this season’s Mossy-Green look start with a rich, deep metallic green and apply across your entire lid from lash line to crease, as well as underneath the bottom lash line. Follow that with the medium toned khaki-green for your creases and finish up by highlighting the brow line with a highly iridescent, pale gold eyeshadow.
  3. To complete the look, apply volumizing mascara in black. The rich, lush pigment lengthens and plumps lashes, inten-sifying your look, and leaving you with glamorous eyes.

Why Don’t Men Use Sunscreen?

MenScience Androceuticals published proprietary research that shows men often choose vanity over the health of their skin. MenScience conducted a poll of 167 men, ages 20 to 55, and asked them about their sunscreen usage. While most men agreed that sunscreen was necessary (90 percent of respondents) and regret not using it in the past (57 percent of respondents), less than half of the men polled actually used a sunscreen daily. One-third of men did not use a sunscreen because they preferred to look tan, even if it caused skin problems later on in life. Almost half of the men did not wear sunscreen because they did not like the way it felt.


Expert Tips on How to Best Care for Rosacea

In honor of April’s Rosacea Awareness Month, Dr. Michael Gold, board certified dermatologist/dermasurgeon, shares some expert tips on how to best care for this condition that affects over 14 million people.

  • People with rosacea need to be aware of and avoid the known triggers – alcohol, caffeine, spicy food, chocolates, as well as being careful in the sun.
  • Patients needing medical therapy have several options including the newer anti-inflammatory pill called Oracea – it is theoretically not an antibiotic because of its dosage and is the only FDA approved pill for rosacea. Other tetracycline medications, including minocycline (Soladyn, Minocin), work well as does the doxycycline medicines (Doryx, Monodox, Adoxa). Topically, prescription strength Metrogel and Finacea (azaleic acid) are the most common topically prescribed medicines.
  • In addition to medicines – various lasers and light sources can be used to treat the red of rosacea. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) devices can be used to treat the blood vessels – as can the pulsed
    dye lasers.

Blueberry Facts

Did you know... that early American colonists made grey paint by boiling blueberries in milk?

  • If all the blueberries grown in North America in one year were spread out in a single layer, they would cover a four-lane highway that stretched from New York to Chicago.
  • Blueberries have been commercially cultivated only since the early 20th century, when the USDA helped develop new improved varieties.
  • The blueberry is the second most popular berry in the U.S., the strawberry is number one. Over 200 million pounds of blueberries are grown commercially each year.
  • Blueberries contain significant quantities of both anti-bacterial and anti-viral compounds, and have a reputation in northern Europe of fighting infections. They may also help protect against heart disease.
  • The North American blueberry industry ships more than 100 metric tons of fresh blueberries each year to Iceland, and more than 500 metric tons to Japan. (2005)
  • North America produces nearly 90 percent of world blueberry production (2005).
  • Maine produces about 25 percent of all the blueberries grown in North America.
  • Blueberries are deep in color, ranging from blue, maroon, and purple. There are around 30 different species of blueberries.
  • Blueberries are rich in potassium with a good amount of phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium. It also has a small amount of iron, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.
  • Blueberries are rich in vitamin C and choline with a good amount of vitamin A and small amount of vitamin E, K, B6, thiamin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, and betaine.
  • Calorie Content of Blueberry: 100g of blueberries have 57 calories. Calories from fat are 3.
  • Blueberries contain antioxidants that help slow the ageing process, reduce the risk of cancer, reduce eyestrain, prevent urinary tract infections, treat coughs, and offer protection against macular degeneration. Blueberries can also lower cholesterol, help relieve both diarrhea and constipation, and act as astringents in the digestive system to reduce inflammation.

    Picking Blueberries

    If there was ever a fruit to stand the test of trends, blueberries could be considered a perennial classic. Most of us will have a story about picking blueberries in the field with friends or digging into a piece of homemade pie. Since the time of the early American settlers, blueberries have played a part in summer memories and comfort food. Plus, year after year, a super fruit is chosen from the crop as the new must-have in nutrition and skin care, but the wholesome blueberry always retains its ‘it-berry’ status. No doubt this is due to the fact that the petit sweet fruits, genus Vaccinium, family Ericaceae, are proven to be one of the most active sources of antioxidants you can find in nature.
    Antioxidants are the first defense in fighting against free radicals. Acting like sponges, they absorb and neutralize the damaging unstable molecules which are linked to the development of a number of diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's. Plus, free radicals are thought to be one of the most significant causes of the visible signs of aging. Blueberries can help you find the fountain of youth. They are extremely high in phytonutrients, plant-based antioxidants, and nutrients found in pigments that fight against free radicals. The active ingredients in blueberries are anthocyanins, antioxidant compounds that give them their luscious deep blue hue. Plus, they are a rich source of vitamin C and E which are natural antioxidants. To further fight cell damage blueberries also contain ellagic acid, another plant chemical responsible for fighting free radicals. According to the USDA database of the antioxidant activity of over 100 selected foods (ORAC values), blueberries rank among the highest on a per serving basis.
    The list of nutritional benefits in a serving of blueberries on your granola in the morning, or, yes, even baked into a pie, is lengthy. Packed with so much vitamin C, blueberries provide almost 25 percent of your daily requirement. Vitamin C is needed for the formation of collagen, aids in iron absorption, and promotes a healthy immune system. Blueberries are also a great source of dietary fiber which aids in digestion and contributes to heart health. We can also thank them for providing manganese which plays an important role in the development of bones and metabolizing carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Blueberries have a long history of traditional therapeutic use in Europe and in aboriginal cultures in North America, for their physiological and cosmetic benefits – including their anti-inflammatory properties. With all these active components, it is no wonder the little blueberry is such a powerhouse. Just imagine what one serving of blueberries could do for your skin.
    In skin care, the active antioxidant properties and nutritional benefits of blueberries can offer a visible difference. Phytonutrients stabilize the collagen matrix while preventing free radical damage which combats the signs of aging and helps to smooth and firm the skin. Vitamin C is important for building and maintaining that collagen matrix which is key to the skin’s youthful appearance and glow. Incorporating this super fruit into your diet and the skin care products you use is bound to offer a double whammy antioxidant effect, from the inside out.
    So be sure to add a few berries to your breakfast routine and your skin care regimen. The blueberry never goes out of style.

    Truths and Myths About Breast Cancer

    breast-cancerEvery day, science gives us new tips to help navigate our personal health journeys. With such a plethora of information available at the click of the mouse, that gold mine of knowledge can quickly feel like a maze of confusing advice.
    University of Cincinnati Health’s Mahmoud Charif, M.D. and Neetu Radhakrishnan, M.D., say when it comes to breast cancer there are several key messages that every woman – regardless of age or ethnicity – should absorb in regard to understanding and managing her risk. Here, they debunk some of the most common myths about breast cancer:

    MYTH: Most women who develop breast cancer are genetically predisposed, so I cannot do anything to manage my risk.
    According to Charif, most women who develop breast cancer actually do not have a family history of the disease or a genetic mutation linked to breast cancer (such as BCRA1 or BCRA2). Breast cancer risk, he says, is affected by a combination of both lifestyle choices and environmental exposures.
    "Statistics tell us that one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime – and that risk goes up significantly with age and genetic predisposition,” says Charif, a UC Health medical oncologist and assistant professor at the UC College of Medicine. "The good news is that there are many proactive lifestyle choices every woman can make to reduce her risk.”
    Those choices include: Avoiding alcohol consumption; eating a healthful diet with emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; regular exercise; and maintaining a healthy weight.

    MYTH: Certain foods – like red meat – increase your risk for cancer.
    Scientific studies have not linked any specific foods to an increased breast cancer risk. What has been shown to increase that risk is regular consumption of alcohol – even in moderation.
    "I tell my patients to abstain from alcohol entirely. Consuming one drink per day increases the average woman’s breast risk by approximately 10 percent,” adds Charif. "Alcohol intake also has been linked to several other cancers, including oral, throat, esophagus, and liver.”
    Studies on eating and drinking soy have been inconclusive with no clear evidence of benefit or harm, "The best advice is to eat a healthy, balanced diet and discuss any radical diet changes – including the addition of supplements or multivitamins – with your physician,” adds Radhakrishnan, a UC Health medical oncologist and assistant professor at the College of Medicine. "When it comes to soy specifically, since no study has shown harm, it is probably safe for a healthy woman to consume soy in amounts common to Asian diets.”

    MYTH: Lumps or pain in the breast are always cancer.
    Breast tissue changes frequently due to varying hormone levels in the body – for example, during a woman’s menstrual cycle or lactation. Lumps can be benign overgrowths of breast tissue; however, any palpable lump should be examined by a medical professional immediately. Mammograms, breast biopsies, and other tests can aid in diagnosis.

    MYTH: Hormone replacement therapy is harmless.
    Studies have shown that combination hormone replacement therapy (estrogen/progesterone) – used frequently in the 1990s to treat symptoms of menopause – actually increases the risk of breast cancer. Charif cautions women dealing with menopausal symptoms to avoid combination HRT entirely if possible; estrogen-only HRT slightly increases the risk for breast cancer if used for five years of less.
    "Breast cancer risk is associated with lifetime exposure to the female hormone, estrogen. This is why women who have had children or have breast fed for an extended period are thought to be at modestly reduced risk for breast cancer – both those activities reduce a woman’s lifetime exposure to ovulation and therefore estrogen,” explains Charif.
    "Early menstruation and late menopause are also associated with an increased risk for breast cancer for the same reason,” adds Radhakrishnan.

    MYTH: I have to be an avid exerciser for it to reduce my breast cancer risk.
    Even moderate exercise – like brisk walking three or four times a week – can have an impact on breast cancer risk in addition to improving cardiovascular health. The important thing is to keep moving. Studies show that regular exercise can help reduce the risk of breast cancer in women by anywhere from 20 to 50 percent.

    Permeation Enhancement Technology – P.E.T.™


    Popular skin care penetration technology gets N.I.H. Grant and teams up with Harvard Medical School, the University of California – Irvine, Baylor College, and Conrex Pharmaceutical Corp.

    Permeation Enhancement Technology or P.E.T.™, the proprietary penetration enhancement additive used in SESHA Skin Therapy skin care products and developed by Dr. Dean Hsieh from Conrex Pharmaceutical Corporation, was recently used in an important study of the treatment of port wine stain birthmarks (PWSB) or naevus flammeus. PWSB occur in approximately three out of 1,000 infants most often occurring on the face sometimes with enormous impact on the self image of the sufferer.

    For additional information contact:
    www.conrexpharm.com or

    Alchimie Forever Announces its Eco-Week Sustainability Outreach Programs - March 2011

    Alchimie Forever Announces its Eco-Week Sustainability Outreach Programs

    Alchimie Forever is committed to making the world a more beautiful place, not only through physical beauty, but also through beauty of our surroundings. In that vein, the company is promoting various programs to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle its carbon footprint and packaging.

    Ada Polla, president and CEO of Alchimie Forever explains, “Nature has always been a foundation of our brand: We go back to nature to extract the most powerful plant antioxidants and incorporate them into our formula. Trees, specifically, are a recurring theme in our brand’s heritage. We use trees in our products and in our spa design in Geneva, Switzerland, and our showroom in Washington, DC, as well as on our packaging. Building on this legacy, we have recently intensified our actions on behalf of the environment by partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation and are strengthening our environmental commitment to sustainability. Specifically, we are proposing a week of sustainable initiatives between Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 29), 2011. Welcome to Alchimie Forever’s Eco-Week!”

    During Eco-Week, to reduce our carbon footprint and further support the Arbor Day Foundation, we will plant one tree for every product sold on our website. In the same vein, we pledge to save 2,500 square feet of rainforest for every wholesale order we receive during the week, also through our collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation.

    We will hold a week-long Facebook contest promoting the reuse of our empty Alchimie Forever jars. Our Facebook fans will be asked to submit photographs illustrating how they reuse our jars. The winner of this reuse contest will receive a $500 gift certificate towards future purchases of Alchimie Forever products.
    Furthermore, throughout the week we encourage our customers to stop by our Washington, DC showroom with empty or somewhat empty jars. Through our Refill & Reuse Deal we will refill your jar with the appropriate product.

    To facilitate the recycling of our packaging, we ask that our customers bring their empty Alchimie Forever jars, tubes, boxes to our Georgetown showroom. One packaging item will yield a 10 percent discount on a purchase; two will yield a 15 percent discount, three a 20 percent discount, four or more a 25 percent discount.

    American Academy of Dermatology Issues Updated Position Statement on Vitamin D- March 2011

    American Academy of Dermatology Issues Updated Position Statement on Vitamin D

    The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) has updated its position statement on vitamin D based on the results of a review of the increasing body of scientific literature on this vitamin and its importance for optimal health recently conducted by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine (IOM).
    The Academy continues to recommend that the public obtain vitamin D from a healthy diet that includes food naturally rich in vitamin D, foods and beverages fortified with vitamin D, and/or dietary supplements. The Academy reaffirmed its position that vitamin D should not be obtained from unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or indoor tanning devices, as UV radiation is a known risk factor for the development of skin cancer.
    The IOM reviewed the scientific literature examining the possible relationship between vitamin D and certain types of cancers, neurologic disease, infectious disease, autoimmune disease, and cardiovascular disease. Based on a review of more than 1,000 studies and expert and stakeholder testimony, the IOM concluded that while the evidence for associating vitamin D levels with bone health was strong, the evidence for other conditions was inconsistent, inconclusive, and insufficient to inform nutritional requirements.
    The Academy's position statement reflects the IOM's findings, including the vitamin D blood level deemed adequate and safe for the human body (20 ng/ml), and the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for calcium, and vitamin D intake to support skeletal health. The Academy noted that the RDAs for vitamin D reflect an assumption of minimal sun exposure.
    The Academy's updated position statement also asserts that there is no scientifically proven, safe threshold of sun or indoor tanning device exposure that allows for maximum vitamin D synthesis in the skin without increasing the risk of skin cancer.
    The Academy encourages those with concerns about their levels of vitamin D to discuss options for obtaining sufficient dietary or supplementary sources of vitamin D with their physician. It also continues to recommend that individuals protect themselves from UV exposure when outdoors, such as seeking shade whenever possible, wearing sunscreen, and covering up with a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves, pants, and sunglasses. In addition, the Academy urges the public to avoid tanning beds.
    Source: American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

    Can Eggs Help Your Psoriasis? - March 2011

    Can Eggs Help Your Psoriasis?

    L’Avenir Skin Care introduces a new product line for psoriasis formulated using eggs as a natural source for vitamins, minerals, and proteins. The company calls this scientific breakthrough Ovasome Technology.
    Psoriasis is a very common skin condition which does not have a cure. The goal for anyone suffering with this disease is to lessen outbreak severity and frequency. Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease that causes skin cells to grow too quickly. The body does not shed the skin cells fast enough, so they build up on the surface. This can cause scaling, flaking, itching, and redness on the body. Psoriasis most often occurs on the body, but in more than 50 percent of the cases the individual will also have it on their scalp. Scalp conditions such as psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, and even dandruff can be extremely embarrassing. Over seven million people in the U.S. suffer from psoriasis, and over 200,000 new cases worldwide are diagnosed each year. When you add in the people who are walking around with dry flaky patches that have yet to be diagnosed the extent of this skin condition is quite significant.
    The FDA recognizes salicylic acid and tar as active ingredients that can be used to treat psoriasis in topical skin preparations. However, the main goal of these ingredients is to help the body more rapidly exfoliate the skin cells. “In addition to these ingredients you need moisture and nourishment” said Mike Marenick, president of L’Avenir Skin Care. “The egg contains every vitamin, mineral, and protein necessary for life. When given the right nourishment your skin can start to look normal again.”

    Here Are Some Benefits of Using Chamomile Oil - February 2011

    Here Are Some Benefits of Using Chamomile Oil:

    Chamomile Oil Benefits for Hair – Chamomile is used in many cosmetic products such as conditioners and shampoos due to its capability to cure hair problems. It can cure oily scalp which further causes dandruff. It revitalizes the hair and strengthens its roots naturally.

    Chamomile Oil Benefits for Aromatherapy – It is used in aromatherapy due to its fruity, sweet smell which freshens, relaxes, and rejuvenates your mind. It is one of the few oils which provide benefits both ways, internally as well as externally. It is helpful for people who have arthritis and joint pain problems. Mix this oil in water while taking a bath; it will give relief from muscle pain. It can also reduce depression and migraines.

    Chamomile Oil Benefits for Skin – It is mostly used in sun screen lotions and makeup removers. It can help treat wrinkles, and it has been said to treat skin diseases as well; in addition to helping with the treatment of boils, ulcers, wounds, rashes, et cetera.

    *Do not use this essential oil in large quantities! Although side effects of this essential oil are very rare, however, it is recommended to avoid its use during pregnancy as it can trigger contraction of the uterus.
    Copyright© www.healthproductreviewers.com

    Some Interesting Facts About Chamomile - February 2011

    Some Interesting Facts
    About Chamomile…

    Azulene: Extracted from the chamomile flower, this oil is naturally dark blue; it is added to cosmetics as a natural colorant and for its soothing and calming properties. Chamomile is beneficial for insomnia, allergies, PMS, and menopause symptoms. Chamomile flowers can be sewn into a bag and used as a dream pillow, as the aroma is deeply relaxing and can help provide more restful and deeper sleep.

    Chamomile is one of the oldest of all herbs, dating back to ancient Egyptians. It is both a pretty flower and an ancient healer.
    This delicate flower is dried and drank as tea – or used as an extract topically.
    Many drink the herb tea because it is said to have anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties that help reduce cramping
    and indigestion.
    This versatile herb is also recognized as a natural healing treatment that helps rejuvenate the skin.
    Copyright© eHow.com

    Chamomile: The Plant Doctor - February 2011

    Chamomile: The Plant Doctor
    by Rhonda Allison

    Chamomile, much like a melodic lullaby spoken to a restless child, is known for its calming and soothing abilities. It is of course widely popular in tea, aromatherapy, and has even replaced grass in many gardens, including the lawns of Buckingham Palace in London.
    So what does this wonderfully fragrant perennial do for the skin? Well its aesthetic benefits closely mirror that of herbal teas or aromatherapy formulas – it delivers soothing, anti-inflammatory healing and antioxidant benefits to the skin.

    The Plant Doctor
    The word chamomile (earth apple) originates from the Greek words chamai (on the ground) and melon (apple). Its fragrance is sweet, crisp, fruity, and herbaceous – much like an apple – and it is part of the Asteraceae family of vascular plants, of which there are several different species. The two most commonly used are the Matricaria recutita (German chamomile) and Anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile).
    Chamomile, native to Europe, parts of Asia, and Africa is the national flower of Russia. It is also one of the most widely used botanicals. More specifically, it is the daisy-like, white flower portion of the herbaceous plant that is used medicinally and in herbal teas to relax, treat stomach problems, and improve sleep. Medicinal uses of chamomile are said to have originated with the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks.
    Chamomile has also been referred to as "the plant doctor," because it is believed to help neighboring plants grow and maintain health, especially those that produce essential oils, as it increases the production of the oils.


    The Skin Whisperer
    Chamomile offers one of the most versatile essential oils, which lends the ingredient to many cosmeceuticals uses. This powerful plant heals and soothes, and works as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. It has also been noted for its age-reversal properties, and the treatment of various skin challenges.
    The essential oil in chamomile contains flavonoids, lipophilic and phenolic compounds, and bisabolo, making it effective in treating a range of issues including rashes, acne, hypersensitivity, inflammation, allergic reactions, and eczema; among others. These properties also give chamomile its healing powers and the ability to enhance percutaneous absorption of other ingredients.
    The phenolic compounds in chamomile have also been shown to reduce oxidative damage by acting as a free-radical scavenger. These derivatives also deliver antiseptic and emollient properties, which soften and assist in decongesting the skin.
    Meanwhile, the flavonoids along with the lipophilic (ability to attach to lipids) compounds help enhance microcirculation and capillary function, which strengthens skin cells, and thus supports a youthful appearance.
    Look for various ways to incorporate chamomile into your treatment room – perhaps with a therapeutic mist over fresh linens, in your skin care regimens and products you use, or with a cup of soothing tea following a treatment. Your clients are sure to leave relaxed and stress free.

    Rhonda Allison, a pioneer in the skin care industry, is the Founder and CEO of Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals, as well as an author and internationally known speaker with more than 30 years of
    aesthetic experience.


    Air Pollution and Asthma - A Link Considered - February 2011

    Air Pollution and Asthma - A Link Considered

    The Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) has published on their new website, a statement on the question:

    “Does Outdoor Air Pollution Cause Asthma?”

    The statement, with its supporting papers, considers the suggestion that exposure to outdoor air pollutants might be a primary cause of asthma. COMEAP, in an earlier report, published in 1995,1 concluded that exposure to outdoor air pollutants may play a part in triggering asthma attacks in people who already have the condition. The recent statement released updates this earlier work and also looks at whether air pollution contributes to the development of asthma in people who have previously not suffered from the disease. It concludes that it is unlikely that exposure to outdoor air pollutants causes asthma in the general population. However, it is possible that in a small group of those who suffer from asthma, who also live near busy roads, and are exposed to traffic generated air pollutants, largely from trucks, outdoor air polutants may have played a small part in causing their disease.
    There remains a need for further research, particularly epidemiological (human) studies, to understand why air pollutants might play a part in causing asthma in some individuals in the population but not in others.

    1 Department of Health. (1995) Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants. Air Pollution and Asthma. London: HMSO. Air Pollution and Asthma. London: HMSO.

    The Healing Power of Water - February 2011

    The Healing Power of Water
    by Dr. Reinhard R. Bergel

    Sebastian Kneipp, who used water treatment as a means of curing illness, was a German priest who lived from 1827 – 1897 A.D. As a young priest, the doctors pronounced him terminally ill with a lung disease. But he would not accept their prognosis. Kneipp wanted to live, and when he found, by chance, a booklet in the Munich library called Cold Water Treatments by Sigmund Hahn, he decided to try it.
    The treatments worked. His health stabilized. He got well, well enough that he in turn cured other people. When Father Kneipp first started giving his treatments at the monastery in Woerishofen (near Munich), the town was no more than a sleepy village. Over the years it grew into a world famous spa city, Bad Woerishofen.
    Eventually, Father Kneipp expanded on the original work of Sigmund Hahn; to it he added his vast knowledge of herbs and natural foods and an entire system of water treatments, baths, steam baths, and wrappings were developed.
    Today, Father Kneipp's water cure is respected and used by the medical profession in Europe. In fact, the German medical care program will even pay for the Kneipp Cure when it is medically prescribed. The philosophy is that water treatment acts as prevention and reduces health costs in the long run.
    To pass on his knowledge he wrote several books, My Water Cure, That's How They Shall Live, and My Testament and Codicil are the most well known of these. The man who was supposed to die at an early age lived to a very fruitful 70 years old.

    Let’s Meet, I mean… ‘Tweet-Up’ - February 2011

    Let’s Meet, I mean… ‘Tweet-Up’
    by Laura Carson Miller

    A great idea is to have a 'tweet-up' one evening at your salon/spa and invite all your clients who 'follow' you on twitter. They will bring their friends and it is a wonderful opportunity to offer mini facials, blowouts, scalp massages, polish changes, et cetera. Give out a card or some sort of token at your 'tweet-up' that clients can bring in on their next visit for half off a retail product or a discount on a new service you are offering.

    Laura Carson Miller is a freelance lifestyle writer specializing in beauty and health/wellness. Her many years in the salon and spa business bring true life experience to all her beauty stories. She currently writes for the web, including her beauty and health blog laurasbeautybounty, and for magazines including various lifestyle and salon/spa industry publications.

    Garlic Could Protect Against Hip Osteoarthritis - February 2011

    Garlic Could Protect Against Hip Osteoarthritis


    Researchers at King’s College London and the University of East Anglia have discovered that women who consume a diet high in allium vegetables, such as garlic, onions, and leeks, have lower levels of hip osteoarthritis. The findings, published in the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders journal, not only highlight the possible effects of diet in protecting against osteoarthritis, but also show the potential for using compounds found in garlic to develop treatments for the condition. A relationship between body weight and osteoarthritis was previously recognized, although it is not yet completely understood. This study is the first of its kind to delve deeper into the dietary patterns and influences that could impact on development and prevention of the condition.
    Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in adults, affecting around eight million people in the U.K., and women are more likely to develop it than men. It causes pain and disability by affecting the hip, knees, and spine in the middle-aged and elderly population. Currently there is no effective treatment other than pain relief and, ultimately, joint replacement.
    The study, funded by Arthritis Research U.K., the Wellcome Trust, and Dunhill Medical Trust, looked at over 1,000 healthy female twins, many of whom had no symptoms of arthritis. The team carried out a detailed assessment of the diet patterns of the twins and analyzed these alongside x-ray images, which captured the extent of early osteoarthritis in the participants’ hips, knees, and spine.
    They found that in those who consumed a healthy diet with a high intake of fruit and vegetables, particularly alliums such as garlic, there was less evidence of early osteoarthritis in the hip joint.
    To investigate the potential protective effect of alliums further, researchers studied the compounds found in garlic. They found that a compound called diallyl disulphide limits the amount of cartilage-damaging enzymes when introduced to a human cartilage cell-line in the laboratory.

    Dr. Frances Williams, lead author from the Department of Twin Research at King’s College London, says, “While we don't yet know if eating garlic will lead to high levels of this component in the joint, these findings may point the way towards future treatments and prevention of hip osteoarthritis.”
    “It has been known for a long time that there is a link between body weight and osteoarthritis. Many researchers have tried to find dietary components influencing the condition, but this is the first large scale study of diet in twins. If our results are confirmed by follow-up studies, this will point the way towards dietary intervention or targeted drug therapy for people with osteoarthritis.”
    Professor Ian Clark of the University of East Anglia said, “Osteoarthritis is a major health issue and this exciting study shows the potential for diet to influence the course of the disease. With further work to confirm and extend these early findings, this may open up the possibility of using diet or dietary supplements in the future treatment osteoarthritis.”
    Copyright© 2010 King's College London

    Bullying Linked to Psoriasis - February 2011

    Bullying Linked to Psoriasis

    Almost half of children with psoriasis surveyed by the National Psoriasis Foundation report being bullied at least once in the six months this study was conducted. The Psoriasis Foundation surveyed parents of kids with psoriatic disease and found that 44 percent of children have been bullied by their peers, and 38 percent of kids say the abuse was a direct result of their disease.
    The survey found the most common forms of bullying endured by these children are teasing, being excluded by classmates, and name calling. According to the survey, the emotional impact of this abuse on children was great:

    • More than 60 percent of those bullied say it causes anxiety
    • Nearly half (47 percent) of those bullied report crying
    • Nearly one-quarter (23.5 percent) of those bullied had a decrease in academic performance
    • Nearly one-quarter (23.5 percent) of those bullied had difficulty sleeping
    One parent reports that because of the teasing her daughter “locks herself in her bedroom and refuses to socialize with other kids.” Another child’s parents say their son was forced to switch schools after the abuse became physical. The survey findings reveal that other children experience panic attacks, low self-esteem, and bouts of depression.
    Psoriasis, a chronic, noncontagious disease of the immune system that appears on the skin, is the most common autoimmune disease in the country – affecting as many as seven and a half million Americans and an estimated 500,000 children. Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, a related joint condition. Nearly one-third of people develop psoriasis before age 20, yet this youth population is often underserved.
    To combat bullying, many survey respondents say they have spoken to their child’s teachers and school staff about psoriasis. They also have educated their child’s classmates about the disease and spoken directly with parents of their child’s friends.
    For more information about the survey on childhood bullying and psoriasis, visit www.psoriasis.org/wpd.

    Topaz Pharmaceuticals - February 2011

    Topaz Pharmaceuticals

    Announces Completion of Pivotal Phase 3 Trials of Ivermectin Topical Cream

    Topaz Pharmaceuticals Inc., a privately held specialty pharmaceutical company, announces the completion of two Phase 3 clinical trials that studied the use of ivermectin topical cream as a potential treatment for head lice. These trials were conducted according to a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
    “Parents and caregivers are looking for safe and effective treatments for head lice,” said Thomas Beck, M.D., chief medical officer at Topaz. “Current treatment options are limited by safety, efficacy, and convenience issues. We believe there is an unmet need to provide a new option for the more than six million people, mostly school aged children who are impacted by lice each year in the U.S. The completion of our two Phase 3 clinical trials is a critical milestone in our development of ivermectin topical cream as a potential head lice treatment and for Topaz, as we continue to move closer to realizing our vision of being a commercial-stage company.”

    More than 600 patients participated in the two randomized Phase 3 ivermectin topical cream studies sponsored by Topaz. These studies compared 0.5% ivermectin cream with a vehicle control (placebo). Either ivermectin topical cream or placebo was dispensed to clinical trial participants six months of age and older for application to dry hair and scalp. The primary efficacy endpoint for these studies was achieving “lice free” status within approximately 24 hours of application and maintaining this status for at least 14 days after application. Patients were also evaluated for safety and local tolerability. These studies were conducted in follow-up to favorable Phase 2 clinical studies that were presented by researchers in July 2010 at the Society for Pediatric Dermatology annual meeting.

    The Healing Properties of a Eucalyptus Oil Bath - January 2011

    The Healing Properties of a Eucalyptus Oil Bath
    by Dr. Reinhard R. Bergel

    Eucalyptus oil has many healing properties and there are many benefits of a eucalyptus oil bath. It can provide soothing relief from common ailments or it can simply make you feel clean and invigorated.
    The benefits of eucalyptus oil baths come from the healing properties of the essential oil. Eucalyptus essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree. For its ability to reduce fevers, the tree, and the healing oil made from the leaves, are sometimes referred to as the "fever tree" and "fever oil."
    Eucalyptus oil has a distinctly clean, fresh, menthol aroma, which is refreshing and fragrant at the same time. Its healing properties are due to its unique, natural blend of volatile oils, including eucalyptol, pinene, and camphene. Eucalyptus essential oil is made up of as much as eighty percent eucalyptol, also known as cineole. It carries an array of beneficial properties:

    • analgesic • expectorant
    • anti-inflammatory • decongestant
    • antiseptic • fever reducer
    • antibacterial • disinfectant
    • antispasmodic • stimulating

    A eucalyptus oil bath is ideal for a number of common pain related ailments. Chronic issues such as rheumatism and back pain, as well as minor sports injuries and fatigued muscles all benefit from a twenty minute therapeutic bath. Eucalyptus essential oil helps to reduce swelling and inflammation, the central cause of pain from arthritis and joint problems as well as injuries. As an analgesic, it has a mild pain-reducing effect. Eucalyptus oil also has antispasmodic properties, helping to quell muscle aches, pulled muscles, and cramping.
    A eucalyptus oil bath is also an effective and safe natural treatment for common respiratory ailments. Simply relaxing in a soothing bath made from eucalyptus essential oil will help to clear congestion, cool fevers, and protect the body from harmful microbes.
    Eucalyptus acts as both a decongestant and an expectorant, encouraging the release of mucous from the respiratory system and helping to clear sinuses. Eucalyptus essential oil or the primary active ingredient, cineole, are in fact often used as ingredients in chest rubs and natural cold medicines. Cineole has been found to both reduce inflammation and mucous production in people dealing with serious asthma.

    Health Benefits of Eucalyptus Essential Oil - January 2011

    Health Benefits of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

    The health benefits of eucalyptus oil can be attributed to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, and other medicinal properties. Eucalyptus essential oil is colorless and has a distinct taste and odor.
    Due to the medicinal uses of eucalyptus oil and the compound eucalyptol present in it, it is used in a variety of over the counter drugs including rubs, inhalers, liniments, rash creams, and mouthwashes. The health benefits of eucalyptus oil include the following:

    • Respiratory Problems: Eucalyptus essential oil is effective for treating a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, running nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis, and sinusitis. Eucalyptus oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and decongestant in nature which makes it a good ingredient for many medicines for treating respiratory problems.
    • Wounds: Eucalyptus essential oil is a good antiseptic owing to its germicidal properties. On its exposure to air, ozone is formed which is a well-known antiseptic. Hence eucalyptus oil is used for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions, and sores. It is also effective on insect bites and stings.
    • Muscle Pain: During muscle and joint pains, massaging eucalyptus oil on the skin surface helps in getting relief from the pain. The volatile eucalyptus oil is analgesic and anti-inflammatory in nature. Therefore, it is often recommended to patients suffering from rheumatism, lumbago, sprained ligaments and tendons, stiff muscles, aches, fibrosis, and even nerve pain. The oil should be massaged in a circular motion onto the affected areas.
    • Mental Exhaustion: An important reason why people like using eucalyptus oil is that it provides a cooling and refreshing effect. Normally people suffering from any disorder are down. Eucalyptus oil, which is stimulating, removes exhaustion and mental sluggishness and rejuvenates the spirits of the sick. It is also effective in treating stress and mental disorders.
    • Dental Care: Eucalyptus essential oil is very effective against cavities, dental plaques, gingivitis, and other dental infections due to its germicidal properties.

    • Other benefits of eucalyptus oil include the following:
      • Room Freshener: The antiseptic and deodorant nature of eucalyptus oil makes it a perfect room freshener for hospitals and sick-bed atmosphere. It also kills bacteria and germs in the air and hence keeps the room environment clean.
      • Soaps: Eucalyptus oil has applications in soaps, detergents, and household cleaners as well.
      • Mouth Wash: As mentioned above, the oil is a prime ingredient in many mouthwashes and toothpastes.
      • Sauna: Many people add eucalyptus oil to baths, spas, and saunas due to its refreshing and antiseptic effect.

      Usage of eucalyptus oil in aromatherapy is increasing gradually as it also blends well with many other essential oils including thyme essential oil, rosemary essential oil, marjoram essential oil, lavender essential oil, cedarwood essential oil, frankincense essential oil, et cetera.

      *Please Be Advised*
      One should take care while using eucalyptus oil. If taken in large quantities, eucalyptus oil is toxic. It may also interfere with homeopathic treatments.
      Copyright© Organicfacts.net

    Acne Doubles Suicide Risk in Teens - January 2011

    Acne Doubles Suicide Risk in Teens

    Arecent study funded by the Norwegian Institute for Public Health found that teens, who have severe acne, are twice as likely to commit suicide as their peers who do not have acne. There is still some question as to whether or not certain acne medications may play a role in the alarming statistic.
    Nearly 25 percent of the teens with "very much" acne said they have had thoughts of suicide, compared with 11 percent of the study participants overall.
    Copyright© HOLMES WORLD MEDIA, INC. `

    Skin Studio Becomes the First Micro-Relaxation Spa in San Francisco - January 2011

    Skin Studio Becomes the First Micro-Relaxation Spa
    in San Francisco

    BellaPellé Skin Studio, a premiere skin care studio in downtown San Francisco, has become the first micro-relaxation spa in San Francisco. BellaPellé caters to the hardworking and hard playing lifestyles of people who live, work, and play in the San Francisco Bay Area by offering premium skin care and beauty services that accommodate their schedules and busy lives. They focus on creating a studio environment that allows their clients to sit back, kick off their heels, and rejuvenate for a few minutes; while taking care of their skin and beauty needs, but without having to completely disconnect from their busy day. BellaPellé Skin Studio micro-relaxation offerings include:

    • Being conveniently located.
    • Early and late appointments.
    • A bright, open lounge with magazines, featured art, and comfy seating.
    • Free wifi plus a computer for clients to use.
    • Delicious BellaTinis, complimentary to all 21+ clients.

    A no “shhhhh” policy, so clients are welcome to use their phone, chat with their skin care specialist, or other clients.
    “Our clients really take to our cheery environment and love being able to finish a business call, chat with a friend, or laugh with their skin care specialist while they get their legs waxed or a facial,” said Shelley Costantini, renowned skin care expert, waxing artist, and founder of BellaPellé Skin Studio. “And many of our clients just want to unwind, sip a BellaTini, and surf the web or listen to their iPod. Even though we encourage clients to speak freely we’ve never had an issue with it being too noisy.”

    Clinical Aesthetician Contributes in Haiti - January 2011

    Clinical Aesthetician Contributes in Haiti
    by Anna D. Rinehart

    During my recent trip to Port Au Prince, the capital of Haiti, I found great depths of physical despair and emotional deprivation. At first glance, it seemed as though no one would be concerned about their skin care appearance. However, when people asked what I do and I replied, “Medical Aesthetics Clinical Skin Care,” I was met with great enthusiasm.
    Adventist de Haiti Hospital located in Port-Au-Prince provides tremendous support to facilitate healing of the people. The physicians and nurses who were there provide much needed help in various medical situations.
    The group I was traveling with had 11 volunteers from all aspects of Metroplex Health System from Killeen, Texas and a registered nurse from Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. Each physician, nurse, and clinical aesthetician provided their broad nursing and aesthetic experiences to help the people of Haiti.
    As a clinical aesthetician I was able to evaluate various skin conditions for both the patients and nursing staff. Questions were asked about how to best care for their skin in regards to dry, oily, and acne prone skin conditions. Because we did not have clinical skin care products available we used basic over-the-counter products to deliver skin treatments. Few of the facial treatments were of great technical skill but they were of tremendous psychological value and temporary
    physical relief.
    Aestheticians have a great sense of compassion and skillful touch of the hands. Those that have gained a broad medical and aesthetic education can be of a great benefit to the people of Haiti. If you are interested in contributing to future Haiti trips please contact Anna D. Rinehart at 888-769-3223.

    Congratulations, Judy Morgan! - January 2011

    Congratulations, Judy Morgan!

    The American Electrology Association (AEA) and American Institute of Education (AIE) has awarded the first award for their annual scholarship program to Judy Morgan of Laguna Hills, Calif.
    As a single mother, Morgan always made her children’s education the priority, not her own. At over 50 years old and with her youngest off to college, Morgan sought to improve her situation. She soon discovered that, in the current economic climate, potential employers consider her “unemployable,” a label that Morgan refused to accept. She knew that, with traditional employment closed to her, she would have to make her own way. In considering her options, Morgan looked for how other women her age were managing. One person who stood out as having a successful, independent position was her electrologist. Over the years, Morgan and her electrologist had become friends, and now, her friend had an idea. Morgan should train as an electrologist herself and take over the practice, allowing her friend to retire. Morgan loved the idea, but the expense of getting the training and equipment to get started in a new field seemed insurmountable – until she found out about a brand new scholarship program.
    Realizing that the obstacle presented by the costs of training and startup equipment for a new electrology career was simply too much for many people to overcome, Ron Davis, director of the American Institute of Education, approached the American Electrology Association, and proposed that, together, they create a scholarship program. AEA enthusiastically agreed.
    As the winner for 2010, Morgan will receive a scholarship covering her AIE tuition. Upon graduation and fulfillment of her state licensing requirements, she will also receive a one-year membership to AEA and an Apilus Senior II epilator machine donated by Aesthetics Systems USA, Inc.
    In a letter, Morgan thanks AEA and AIE for helping her take advantage of an opportunity that would otherwise have been out of reach. “Without the scholarship I would not have been able to enroll in the training needed to become an electrologist,” she writes. “I now have hope, less stress, and a much better outlook on life. Thank you again for making the electrology career possible for me.” Morgan expects to graduate and become licensed in 2011.

    11 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Healthier

    11 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Healthier

    1. Take off your shoes. Reduce the amount of dust, pollen, and pesticides in your home by having a ‘no shoe’ policy in your house.
    2. Switch to all natural household cleaners. From dish soap to floor polish, natural foods stores offer a great selection of non-toxic cleaning products for your home and your clothing.
    3. Choose Energy Star. This government backed program has created standards for energy efficiency. Selecting Energy Star rated products means you are saving money on your electric bills, reducing greenhouse emissions, and using less water.
    4. Insulate your water heater. For less than $30, you can purchase an insulated blanket from your local home improvement store and insulate your water heater. This allows you to turn down the temperature which results in you saving money and energy with every hot shower.
    5. Change your light bulbs. By replacing standard bulbs with compact fluorescents, you will have to replace bulbs less frequently while saving on energy.
    6. Redecorate with low or no-VOC paints. Water based paints and stains come in a lovely variety of colors and are non-toxic.
    7. Upgrade your HVAC filters. High performance and HEPA rated filters are available for your return vents, helping reduce indoor pollutants by filtering dust, pollen, and other undesirables from the air… thus, keeping your heating and cooling system cleaner.
    8. Avoid plastics. By banning vinyl and other PVCs, you will keep dioxins out of the air and plastics out of the landfill. In addition, you will reduce your family’s exposure to the toxic substances known to leach from these substances.
    9. Seal air leaks. Check door frames, window frames, and duct work for leaks. Replace worn out weather stripping and patch and insulate duct work in the attic and basement (where energy loss is most likely to occur).
    10. Buy a programmable thermostat. These handy devices allow you to set temperatures to increase and decrease as appropriate during certain times of the day.
    11. Go solar. You do not have to be an environmental renegade to incorporate solar power as a home energy source. Start simple and small – purchase enough photo-voltaics to run your refrigerator, heat your water, or light your home. The initial expense pays for itself in a matter of years, and you will be sparing the earth the pollutants and by-products of traditional energy
      production immediately.


    Attitudes Evolve as Men's Grooming Market Explodes! - January 2011

    Attitudes Evolve as Men's Grooming Market Explodes!
    by Michael Bruggeman

    The days of targeting marginalized stereotypes is over as marketers of men's grooming items ignite a race to capture the attention of 130 million product-curious men.
    In 1994, the word “Metrosexual,” catches on as a term describing the all-new, progressive, fashion-conscious metropolitan heterosexual. A word so powerful, it shaped consumerism for over a decade, and blurred lines between what was thought to be “manly” versus “gay.”
    In 2007, Euromonitor International predicts the emergence of the “Übersesxual,” projecting an 18 percent global growth potential, roughly $26 billion in sales by 2011. That premonition proved to be true when the May 19, 2009 edition of the Sun Sentinel hit the streets, splashing the headline: “Men’s Skincare Goes Übersexual and Guy-liner goes mainstream.” Author Rod Hagwood described this newest male archetype as more confident, stylish, competitive, and yes, decidedly more masculine than his predecessor.
    Über is ünter (under) in short notice as 2010 ushers in the newest generation of buying-age men, the “Retrosexual.” Retrosexuals hearken values from the days of Hollywood’s late 1940s male legends. It is a typical night at the Caliente Tropics Resort in Palm Springs. The Rat Pack is lighting up the town. This group of suave, courageous, debonair men never shied away from looking good. When it comes to grooming, however, these guys prefer good old fashioned barber shops. Retrosexuals too prefer dedicated shops and environments where products and services are discreetly male. Spa directors and retail merchandisers understanding these drivers of the new retro generation stand to ride the men’s grooming wave, and reap the benefits of this burgeoning new business opportunity. L’Oreal’s UK Men’s Grooming Report, 2010, states that 72 percent of the overall men surveyed, and 84 percent of 18 to 29 year-olds, felt that being well-groomed made them feel more confident. The report went on to say that men were feeling, “worn down by the recession,” and actively sought ways to look less tired.

    Feeling the impacts of the recession is not a UK exclusive phenomenon. Workaholic “Baby Boomers” represent 72.8 million of the world’s most ardent consumers. These men and women are shoppers of the highest order. Boomers have been watching and learning. According to Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star, worldwide sales of male-targeted skin care, hair care, bath and shower products hovered around $20 billion last year, up more than 40 percent over a five year period. Men are discovering there is no stigma to healthy, younger looking skin, fueling the trend of new male grooming product
    introductions, worldwide.
    To date, the solution has been to cautiously add a few skin care products to an existing shaving line, or repackage a few women’s line SKUs in bold masculine colors to test the waters in this vast new territory. The short-term success is undeniable. Yet, as male consumers continue to learn and understand the skins in which they live, the differences between male and female skin, and skin type, will become increasingly apparent.

    Port Wine Stain Birthmarks - January 2011

    Port Wine Stain Birthmarks

    Port Wine Stain Birthmarks (PWSB), or naevus flammeus, occurs in approximately three out of 1,000 infants most often occurring on the face sometimes with enormous impact on the self image of the sufferer. Patient satisfaction with available treatments for PWSB is rarely achieved often due to revascularization of the blood vessels by angiogenesis from our natural wound healing process.
    Several departments at the University of California, Irvine have teamed up with Harvard Medical School, Baylor College of Texas, and Conrex Pharmaceutical Corporation with grants from the National Institutes of Health and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (and others) to determine if a combination of laser surgery and a Permeation Enhancement Technology (P.E.T.™) enhanced topical application of the drug Rapamycin (an anti-angiogenic agent) could improve overall treatment results versus laser surgery alone.
    The result comparison was very significant. In the laser-only treatment group 96 percent of participants experienced reperfusion of blood vessels after five to 14 days compared with only 36 percent of the P.E.T.™ enhanced topical drug and laser surgery treatment group. Though more study is needed, it seems clear that combined photo and enhanced topical anti-angiogenic therapy may significantly improve the efficacy of PWSB treatment. This is good news for PWSB sufferers potentially improving patient satisfaction with treatment and, perhaps, overall quality of life.

    Natural Uses for Aloe - December 2010

    Natural Uses for Aloe

    • Abrasions
    • Acne
    • Arthritis
    • Boils
    • Bruises
    • Burns
    • Dandruff
    • Dermatitis
    • Edema
    • Infections
    • Insect bites
    • Psoriasis
    • Radiation dermatitis
    • Stings
    • Sunburns
    • Ulcerations
    • Ulcers
    • Viral infections
    • Varicose veins
    • Warts
    • … and more!


    How to Use Aloe Vera for Skin Care - December 2010

    How to Use Aloe Vera for Skin Care

    To use aloe to sooth dry skin, itch, or sunburn cut off a small leaf of the aloe vera plant about as long as your index finger. Make a slice length wise down the leaf to expose the aloe and apply to the skin. If you are using the aloe for a wound you can cover the wound with gauze
    and tape.


    • When cutting a leaf from the aloe vera plant pick one that is closer to the base of the plant. This will help with the yield of the plant and the aloe is much better from the mature part of the plant.
    • You must use aloe vera right away… do not cut a leaf off until you need it!
    • If you want to save a piece simply wrap it in plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator; it will keep for a few days.
    • For serious burns and wounds always seek professional help first.
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    The Silent Healer - December 2010

    The Silent Healer

    by Rhonda Allison

    It has been called the “miracle plant” and the “silent healer,” and it has been used throughout history to heal bodily ailments as well as repair damaged cells. What is this magical plant? Aloe Barbadensis, or aloe vera as it is commonly known. Part of the lily family, aloe is actually a succulent, though it is commonly thought of as a cactus, because of the thorny ridges that surround its soft leaf. Its gel is also so much more than just a burn soother. In fact, it plays a very important role in skin care.

    A History of Aloe

    Aloe has quite a storied history. Research has linked it to ancient Egyptians who used it as a preservative for embalming mummies, but also as an herbal remedy for preventing tuberculosis and other respiratory infections. Pharmacological usage dates back to ancient Samaria when in approximately 1750 B.C. it was used to treat stomach irritations and nausea. Nearly one thousand years later Europeans began using it in their herbal-based medicines
    as well.
    In terms of skin care, the Egyptians and Chinese used aloe vera to treat burns and heal wounds. Native Americans revered it as "The Wand of Heaven,” believing anyone touched by aloe would be cured of any skin disorders. Ancient legend also links aloe to Cleopatra, who used it as part of her regimen for beautiful skin.
    "In our part of the world, aloe was introduced in the late 1500's by Spanish padres when the missions were established in Texas and California," said Ivan E. Danhof, Ph.D., M.D. "In Mexico, aloe has been used for a variety of skin and internal problems for over 500 years. Evidence continues to be accrued confirming the safety and efficacy of properly produced aloe products."

    The Healing Power of Aloe

    Dr. Danhof, also known as “The Father of Aloe,” has conducted extensive research on this amazing plant and its ability to remedy countless bodily ailments. He has noted aloe for its ability to reduce the effects of diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, osteoarthritis, various digestive problems, and ulcers, as well as reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and increase circulation.
    Topically, aloe has proven useful in alleviating burns, sunburns, certain allergic reactions, and dry skin. This is mainly because the pH of aloe closely mirrors that of the human skin. Since aloe has anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to its glycoprotein content, it is also effective in treating poison ivy and similar reactions.

    When it comes to wound healing, aloe helps accelerate the process by stimulating fibroblasts and epidermal cells for growth and repair via the growth factors found in its mucilage. The healing process is also aided by the fact that aloe gel works almost like “crazy glue,” sealing the wound to retain moisture. With all of these benefits, think how powerful it is in the treatment room.

    Aloe and Skin Care

    Aloe vera has been used as an ingredient in skin care for ages. It is most commonly known for its soothing and moisturizing properties, but is also a promising age-reversal agent and protector against ultraviolet damage. Through testing, we have discovered that while aloe is effective on its own, when combined with other active ingredients like bisabolol (L-Alpha) or humectants like sodium hyaluronate, moisture barrier, nutrient absorption into the skin, and elasticity is proliferated.
    Aloe can be used in the treatment room to quickly calm inflamed, irritated skin. It is highly beneficial following peel treatments, waxing procedures, AHA exfoliations, and any other treatments that induce sensitivities or unexpected allergic reactions. It also has a natural ability to protect against trans-epidermal water loss.
    As an age-reversal ingredient, the mucilage in aloe, which contains growth factors, works to stimulate fibroblasts, and the synthesis of collagen and elastin fibers. It has also been shown to inhibit tyrosinase activity which reduces and prevents melanin, or aging spots. This process is slow, however, when aloe is used alone. Combined with other age-inhibiting and age-reversal ingredients, results will be seen more rapidly.
    Aloe truly is a “miracle plant” with centuries of proven results to back it up. How are you integrating this powerful ingredient into your treatment room?

    Rhonda Allison, a pioneer in the skin care industry, is the founder and CEO of Rhonda Allison Clinical Enterprises, as well as an author and internationally known speaker with more than 30 years aesthetic experience.

    Cancer Survival Stories 3 - December 2010

    How to Do a Facial With Chemo Induced Neuropathy

    by Shelley Hess

    I have chosen to share what I just recently learned after speaking with two other aestheticians that are dealing with similar issues. They told me that they had not yet found a solution to the problem. It occurred to me that there would be other readers that could benefit from the solutions that I happen to find to help myself.

    As the title implies I am now dealing with having cancer. Stage 3 metastic to lymph nodes to be exact… nothing I would ever have thought I would have had to be struggling through in my lifetime. But alas, we all have to deal with the hand we are dealt. My clients need to feel the same love and dedication through my hands as they had before I started my chemo. If any of you are experiencing these challenges, then perhaps my solutions might be helpful to you.

    From the first infusion, neuropathy set in. I was warned it would come about and it would affect the ends of the fingertips, toes, and even my throat. My oncologist and I never expected it to start with the first treatment. Neuropathy is a condition that often is permanent. It takes on many different forms.

    To properly work within the limitations of neuropathy, you have to plan on setting up your treatment station differently than before having the condition. Since you cannot touch anything even slightly cold without experiencing serious pain and subsequent dropping of the object out of your grasp, certain things will contribute to setting off what I have come to call “a neuropathy zinger.” Switching to all non-metallic materials is extremely important. However, there are items that cannot be changed. Comedone extractors, the arm of a steamer, or dermascope lamp is made of metal. None of them can be changed. We all wear latex or vinyl gloves, but I had learned they won’t shield you from all the temperature changes. I developed gauze wraps that could slide on and off so that I could just reach up and touch the gauze wrapped areas. I had to make several of the wraps in advance so that they were readily available for each client’s session.

    I decided not to hide what was going on with me, but I also was careful to downplay it. After all, as aestheticians we are suppose to be “all about the clients’ needs and wants.” Even though cancer is not contagious, it is inevitable that there will be a person that does not want to be around anyone that has cancer. This can be disastrous to your client base.

    I found that it was necessary to book my appointments with breaks in between them. My energy level waned far more easily on the week that I had to be infused. And the daily nausea also made it harder to keep on track. I chose to give myself fifteen minutes between every facial appointment. And I decided that all mask applications were going to take no less than ten minutes. Following this protocol, I was able to give myself a total of eight, 25 minute rests throughout an eight-hour shift.

    Another change in my work was keeping the facial room’s temperature warmer. Not easy during the summer when the salon air conditioner was running more and harder. Neuropathy plays havoc with your body temperature. Anything colder than “tepid” causes intense pain. It is like every nerve cell decides to scream at you all at the same moment… take it from me, it is not a fun experience. Once you have to live through one session, you will use a great deal of effort to make sure you do not have a repeat performance. One solution I found was to close off the vents but to add a small six-inch fan that could be clipped onto the counter. I needed the air to circulate gently over my client and me. But the air cannot be “cold.”

    I am known for my extensive aromatherapy treatments. But while on chemo, aromatherapy can be very difficult to handle. The nausea alone makes all smells more powerful. I have to admit this one was really hard to solve. But after several facial sessions filled with “tossing my cookies” during the treatments I did come up with some good choices. Before chemo, I could have used four different forms of aromatherapy per facial, and I do eight facials a day. That means my system easily encountered thirty-two essential oils a day. And for years that was no problem. Here is my aromatherapy chemo solution. I have to tell you, it takes a great deal of planning to make it work. However it is successful.

    I chose five essential oils that can be very effective for my clientele. The five are chamomile, lemon, lavender, neroli, and sandalwood. I plan my clients’ appointments to use these as concurrently as possible. For eight facials in one day – I try to use two or three aromatherapy oils for the whole day.

    Lavender and sandalwood can be used for anyone. Neroli and lemon are perfect for oily or acne skin. Chamomile is ideal for dry, sensitive skin. My chemo will only last six months. Then I will return to my normal methods. So far it is only been two months with chemo. And my clients have not complained about any of the changes.

    Cancer Survival Stories 2 - December 2010

    Debra Garrison

    After a routine mammogram in December 2004, Debra Garrison recalls what she describes as “an out of body experience.” She sat in silence as her doctor described in detail over the telephone that the calcifications found within Debra’s breast tissue were in fact suspicious and her biopsy had come back positive for breast cancer. “At this point I was scared, but I was also ready for it all,” says Debra. Shortly after, Debra underwent a lumpectomy and mammosite radiation therapy. She stayed strong throughout her therapy and pushed through her diagnosis by focusing on finishing her bachelor’s in marketing degree.

    Now cancer free, Debra has completed her bachelor’s, advanced in her career, and is now a sales representative at Clarisonic, a company she’s “proud to work for because of their dedication to helping women with cancer.” Clarisonic has an on-going partnership with Look Good… Feel Better (LGFB) – an organization that helps individuals with cancer improve self-esteem and manage treatment and recovery with added confidence.

    A LGFB participant herself, Debra found solace in the uplifting workshops put on by the organization. “Look Good… Feel Better workshops allow you to interact with others who are going through the same thing you are," Debra said. "Women talk about their fears and their battles with cancer, but then you see them laughing and you start to see smiles. It really is a sisterhood." But most importantly, LGFB offers an avenue of discussion. “When I was first diagnosed I did not speak out much about my cancer,” she confesses. “My advice to other women facing cancer would be: Do not be afraid to speak out.”

    Cancer Survival Stories - December 2010

    Cancer Survival Stories

    Carol Cole

    October 31, 1997: The phone rang at 7:30 in the morning and my doctor gave me the diagnosis of my biopsy, which came back positive. She told me I had stage 3 breast cancer. This was shocking news to me because I lived a lifestyle that people change “to” when they are diagnosed with cancer in terms of diet and health consciousness. My first thoughts were, “I’m not going anywhere… I haven’t done what I came here to do!”

    December 19, 1997: I had a complete mastectomy on my right breast. I remember before surgery my surgeon came in and explained the procedure. I will always remember his comforting words that he was going to pray for me, which gave me the faith to endure the road ahead.

    I was so fortunate to have wonderful doctors that gave me the best care and strength to do what I needed to do. Following the surgery I asked myself, “What do I need to do now to regain my health?” I visualized a picture of my front yard with green healthy grass. I knew if I had a bad spot in the lawn I would remove it, fertilize, and water it to strengthen the lawn so it could repair itself. I needed to apply the same thought pattern for myself.

    Through my research I learned that cancer can grow when your body is too acidic, so I concentrated on eating food that kept my body alkalinized. I went to the Optimal Health Institute for seven days to do a cleanse, which involved drinking lots of water and wheat grass. Exercising daily was also very important part of my recovery because it keeps the lymph system moving. I learned the value of raw food and how it helps the body heal itself. I also discovered the importance of raising your glutathione (GSH) levels to boost your immune system.

    During this period of time I felt compelled to help others in their journey with breast cancer. I became enlightened about the body-mind-connection and realized the importance a positive attitude can be in recovery. I discovered what I came here to do, which was to help people look and feel better. Therefore, I invented the NuFace, a handheld device that is FDA cleared to stimulate and tone your facial muscles. Making a visible difference in the way people look is so rewarding, giving to them as well as to me a sense of well being.

    After going through breast cancer I wanted to concentrate on helping and supporting other women who may have been going through a similar experience. I discovered an organization named “Look Good… Feel Better” that provides support and assistance to women during their time of healing. I loved the fact that they had makeup classes, provided wigs, and support groups to attend. In concert with the spirit of giving back, I wanted to be able to touch the lives that needed practical “hands on” help in the area of personal appearance. It was also important to me that I donated a portion from the sales of the Pink NuFace devices in honor of women supporting each other.

    It has now been 13 years that I have been in remission. I know it is important that I take care of myself first and continue to supply my body with what is necessary to stay healthy because I choose to live and help others look and feel better.

    How Probiotics Can Boost Your Overall Health Regime - December 2010

    How Probiotics Can Boost Your Overall Health Regime

    by Michael Shahani

    Probiotics, sometimes called “friendly bacteria,” are beneficial microorganisms that naturally inhabit the human digestive system. You already have billions of bacteria living in your gut. Some are harmful (pathogenic), but many are beneficial. Keeping a balance between the good and the bad bacterial is critical to maintaining good health. The right probiotic will go to work directly in your intestines to help digest your food and purge wastes from the body. Probiotics help keep bad bacteria and yeast from growing in your intestinal tract, and confer many other proven benefits to you, including vitamin production and keeping your immune system healthy.

    Without realizing it, every day you eat processed, over-refined, or sterilized foods that destroy the natural balance of healthy flora in your intestines. Even when eating a so-called healthy diet, your body’s flora is bombarded with chemicals, pesticides, and antibiotics that further endanger this delicate balance of friendly bacteria. In addition, most of us do not eat enough, if any, of the traditional, naturally fermented foods that contain these bacteria. Probiotics are a great way to help improve your overall health and are becoming one of today’s hottest health trends.

    Daily Dose

    Every human can benefit from a daily regime of probiotics. Taking a daily supplement* (be sure to consult an expert and/or your doctor) can have positive lifelong effects. Most of our daily lifestyle contains stress, alcohol, caffeine, and medications, which kill your body’s supply of friendly bacteria. As our bodies get older they become less efficient at digesting food and maintaining high levels of probiotics in the intestines. Taking a probiotic supplement can provide your intestines with the vital bacteria it is missing as well as help your body produce its own brand of B vitamins to combat stress and disease.
    Probiotics play a vital role in the healthy operation of many of our body’s daily functions. Here are some of the most common and well-researched problems that can be improved with probiotic supplementation (without side effects):
    • Control Digestive Problems - helps to build up a healthy supply of good bacteria in the intestine and can be an alternative to over-the-counter remedies.
    • Enhances Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance Programs - maintaining ideal body weight to make sure that your digestive system is functioning properly. A healthy digestive system increases energy and improves your metabolism.
    • Inhibit Tumors and Carcinogenesis - in clinical studies, Dr. Khem Shahani’s discovery of L. Acidophilus DDS-1 and L. bulgaricus has been shown to inhibit tumor growth and block the formation of carcinogenic compounds in the colon.
    • Fight Yeast and Fungal Infections - probiotics stimulate the production of white blood cells in the body that combat candida yeast and fungal infections.
    • Enhance Calcium Metabolism - increase the body’s ability to absorb and metabolize calcium.
    • Improve Immune Function - maintain intestinal health and enhance natural immune system response by stimulating the body’s production of NK- and T-cells.
    • Reduce Cholesterol in the Blood - in the digesting of fats that contribute to the levels of LDL and HDL cholesterol in the blood.
    • Produce B Vitamins Naturally - increase the rate of metabolism, help maintain healthy skin and muscle tone, and enhance nervous system function.
    • Reduces Skin Problems - help alleviate skin problems such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
    • Help With Liver Function - detoxify the blood to help the liver to perform more efficiently and with less strain.

    *NOTE: Information in this article, including comments on medical treatments, is not intended as medical advice. It should be evaluated critically and should not take the place of medical advice from a licensed healthcare professional.

    The Impact of Psoriasis on Personal Relationships Survey Fact Sheet - December 2010

    Managing Psoriasis

    • When asked how important it would be to keep psoriasis under control, 86.6 percent of respondents said very important.i
    • Hypothetically, 38.6 percent of respondents said they would pay $10,000 or more to get rid of their psoriasis forever.ii
    • Of the 620 people that answered the question, 58.9 percent of respondents said that successful treatment of their psoriasis has had a positive impact on their relationships.iii Surprisingly, over 1,000 people did not put themselves in a category of being successfully treated.
    • Of those, 60 percent said they are more confident when they meet new people, 56.6 percent are less concerned with what other people think of them, 45.9 percent participate in more activities, and 27.1 percent are more sexually active.iv

    iSurvey Monkey. “The Impact of Psoriasis on Personal Relationship”. Question 36.
    iiSurvey Monkey. “The Impact of Psoriasis on Personal Relationship”. Question 38.
    iiiSurvey Monkey.“The Impact of Psoriasis on Personal Relationship”. Question 39.
    ivSurvey Monkey. “The Impact of Psoriasis on Personal Relationship”.
    Question 40.

    Sun Protection November 2010

    by Jaskiran Brar

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    Melanin is the pigment that makes skin brown. People with more melanin have darker skin. Melanin absorbs UV and is thus a natural sunscreen, and is probably the reason that dark skinned people have a lower skin cancer rate than fairer folks. Apart from cancer, sun exposure will also cause someone to wrinkle. This wrinkling is called "premature aging," which is where the skin becomes thick, wrinkled, ashy(dark circles), and leathery.

    Most of our cumulative sun damage occurs from occasional, non-deliberate exposure, which is referred to as causal exposure. This is sun exposure that we get from
    walking the dog, going to the mailbox, walking to work, or even sitting by a window – because UVA rays cut right through glass.

    Your chances of developing a sunburn are greatest between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are strongest. It is easier to burn on a hot day, because heat increases the effects of UV rays, but you can also get a sunburn on overcast days as well.

    Sun protection is also important in the winter. Snow reflects up to 80 percent of the sun's rays, causing sunburn and damage to uncovered skin. Winter sports in the
    mountains increase the risk of sunburn because there is less atmosphere at high altitudes to block the sun's rays. Most of our sun damage occurs before we turn 18 years old. This is why it is so important to protect children from sun exposure and to teach them to apply sunscreen every single day. Sun damage that causes what we think of as premature aging occurs over a lifetime and we must use sunscreens every single day to prevent damage. For someone who is already sun damaged, it may be too late to prevent what has already happened, but it is never too late to start preventing further damage.

    Tips for Sun Protection:

    Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 on all exposed skin, including the lips, even on cloudy days.
    If exposed to water, either through swimming or sweating, a water-resistant sunscreen should be used.
    Reapply sunscreen frequently.
    Wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
    Sit in the shade whenever possible.
    Wear protective, tightly-woven clothing.
    Plan outdoor activities early or late in the day to avoid peak sunlight hours between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Everyone should be able to enjoy sunny days. By using a little common sense, as well as the guidelines developed by the American Academy of Dermatology, you can safely work and play outdoors without worrying too much about skin cancer or wrinkles. But if either should occur, your dermatologist or licensed aesthetician has specific expertise in treatment options.

    Impact of Psoriasis November 2010

    The Impact of Psoriasis on Personal Relationships Survey Fact Sheet

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    This survey was created in partnership with the National Psoriasis Foundation and Galderma Laboratories, L.P.

    Within the October 2010 issue of DERMASCOPE Magazine we focused on the findings from this survey and the effects that Psoriasis has on social relationships. Within this section we will be highlighting effects that Psoriasis has on romantic relationships and the intimacy level within said relationships.

    Romantic Relationships and Intimacy

    • More than half of question respondents who are not in a relationship (51.8%) feel that psoriasis is one of the reasons they are not in a serious relationship or have trouble maintaining relationships, and 14.7 percent of respondents feel that a romantic relationship has ended because of their psoriasis.i
    • Of the survey respondents not in a committed relationship, nearly 80 percent (79.7%) feel that they date less than their peers because of their psoriasis. Of those, 57.5 percent feel it is because they are less physically attractive to the opposite sex, and 52 percent say it is because they shy away from intimacy due to psoriasis. Around 41 percent worry that psoriasis will impact their dates' first impressions of them.ii
    • Many respondents (61.2 %) worry that their partner will be turned off from physical intimacy by their psoriasisiii, and 65.3 percent feel less desirable to their partner because of the conditioniv. In addition, 62.8 percent feel uncomfortable exposing their body to their partner when having a psoriasis flare-up.v

    When asked how often they decline or avoid physical intimacy because of their psoriasis, more than half (52.2%) said that they decline intimacy sometimesvi, most of the time, or all the time; and 46.2 percent say they do not feel "in the mood" when having a psoriasis flare-up.vii

    i Survey Monkey. "The Impact of Psoriasis on Personal Relationship". Question 17.
    ii Survey Monkey. "The Impact of Psoriasis on Personal Relationship". Question 23.
    iii Survey Monkey. "The Impact of Psoriasis on Personal Relationship". Question 30.
    iv Survey Monkey. "The Impact of Psoriasis on Personal Relationship". Question 20.
    v Survey Monkey. "The Impact of Psoriasis on Personal Relationship". Question 32.
    vi Survey Monkey. "The Impact of Psoriasis on Personal Relationship". Question 28.
    vii Survey Monkey. "The Impact of Psoriasis on Personal Relationship". Question 29.

    Cranberry Juice November 2010

    Research Shows How Cranberry Juice Fights Bacteria at the Molecular Level

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    Revealing the science behind the homespun advice, a team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has identified and measured the molecular forces that enable cranberry juice to fight off urinary tract infections in people.

    The data is reported in the paper "Direct adhesion force measurements between E. coli and human uroepithelial cells in cranberry juice cocktail," which was published on-line, ahead of print, by the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. The research illuminates the basic mechanics of E. coli infections, which has implications for developing new antibiotic drugs and infection-resistant materials for invasive medical devices.

    The research team led by Terri Camesano, professor of chemical engineering at WPI, focuses on the virulent form of E. coli bacteria that is the primary cause of most urinary tract infections. This strain of E. coli is covered with small hair-like projections known as fimbriae which act like hooks and latch onto cells that line the urinary tract. When enough of the virulent E. coli adheres to cells in this way, they cause an infection. Previous work by Camesano has shown that exposure to cranberry juice causes the fimbriae on E. coli to curl up, reducing their ability to attach to urinary tract cells. In the new study, Camesano's team presents the first specific measurements of the mechanical forces involved in the attachment of the virulent E. coli to human urinary tract cells. The study also documents how the force of attachment is reduced in the presence of cranberry juice cocktail. "This is not a clinical study - it is a mechanical study that shows us the direct forces that can lead to infection," Camesano said.

    The experiment was repeated numerous times with solutions containing human cells and various concentrations of commercially available cranberry juice cocktail. The data showed that the attachment force of the virulent E. coli weakened as the amount of cranberry juice cocktail increased. The study also showed that a strain of E. coli without fimbriae did not bind well to the human urinary tract cells, regardless of the concentration of cranberry juice cocktail, providing further evidence that fimbriae are essential for infection.

    Furthermore, they found that in the absence of cranberry juice, the strength of the virulent E. coli's bond to the human cells was so strong that it could not be broken by the typical force of urine flowing through a person's urinary tract. However, as the cranberry juice concentration increased, the bond weakened to the point where the E.coli could be stripped away by the force of flowing urine. "The shear force created by flowing urine is a defense mechanism against urinary tract infection," Camesano said.

    Since bacterial adhesion is required for infection, Camesano said understanding the specific mechanisms and forces involved will help direct future studies aimed at
    identifying potential drug targets for new antibiotics. The data may also be useful in studies aimed at engineering the surfaces of invasive medical devices like catheters to make them more resistant to bacterial adhesion.

    The research detailed in the current study was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Cranberry Institute, and the Wisconsin Cranberry Board.
    Source: Michael Cohen, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Copyright© Medical News Today

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    For a great "green clean" beauty makeup remover, try keeping baking soda in a salt shaker in your bathroom. Shake some baking soda in your hand, lather, and scrub your face. The gentle exfoliation mixed with natural soap removes dirt and makeup; giving your skin a healthy glow.

    MILK November 2010


    Most historians believe that using milk as a beverage began about 10,000 years ago, when animals were first domesticated. Although it is nearly impossible to pinpoint, evidence suggests that this early domestication appeared first in Afghanistan and Iran, then later in Turkey and some areas in Africa. Plymouth Rock colonists brought cattle to America in the 1600s and within 200 years dairies produced large quantities of milk for market in large cities. The 20th century brought new technologies to milk production resulting in safer dairy products worldwide.

    Lactic Acid and Skin Care

    Lactic acid is a colorless natural substance, discovered over 200 years ago in fermented milk. It is an alpha hydroxy acid used in rejuvenation products, it is considered to be a gentle yet very effective anti-aging treatment, and it is also known for its ability to exfoliate dead skin cells without provoking skin irritation. For these reasons, and countless others, lactic acid has become a standard ingredient in natural skin care recipes – giving it one of the oldest histories as a skin care treatment that literally spans centuries.

    Sharing the similar skin rejuvenation traits of glycolic acid, lactic acid skin care is known for: Diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing the appearance of age
    spots, reducing hyperpigmentation, improving skin texture, stimulating collagen production, and it is also provides the added benefit of skin softening.

    It is not surprising that lactic acid has become a very popular ingredient in both over-the-counter skin care products as well as in homemade natural skin care recipes. In the skin care industry alone lactic acid is used in: shampoos, shower gels, hand creams, facial soaps, moisturizers, anti-wrinkle products, skin disorder formulations, et cetera. In addition, this alpha hydroxy acid is used in many skin care formulations because it is a great humectant and helps the skin to retain water.

    Who Should Avoid Using Lactic Acid?

    by Cait Johnson

    As long as it is used properly, lactic acid is appropriate for all skin types, but those with extremely sensitive skin should be cautious of higher strength lactic acid products, just like they should be wary of all concentrated skin care products. You will also want to avoid these higher strength products if you are using retinol.

    Women, who plan to become pregnant, who are pregnant, or nursing should discuss the benefits and risks of using lactic acid with their doctor, because it is unclear whether lactic acid is passed on through breast milk.

    Cleopatra's Milk Bath

    Cleopatra was famous for her beautiful skin. She knew about the beautifying properties of milk; she took baths in it. Skin-softening, moisturizing, and filled with nutrients, milk has been a favorite beauty aid for a millennia.

    This secret beauty formula could not be simpler. Add two to four cups of fresh milk or buttermilk to the bathwater as the tub is filling. Soak for a good 20 minutes. Gently rub your skin with a washcloth or loofah to slough off the dead skin. Rinse your body thoroughly after soaking. Caution: Very hot baths are not good for those with high blood pressure, and they can be draining for anyone. Skip this bath if you are allergic to milk or are lactose intolerant.
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    Delicious Recipes November 2010

    Here are Some Delicious Recipes Using Milk:

    *Use organic milk if at all possible.

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    Makeup Remover
    Add a few drops of sweet almond oil to a tablespoon of whole milk in a small bowl. Using sterile cotton, gently dab milk and oil mixture onto face, then remove with a fresh piece of sterile cotton. Then be sure to rinse thoroughly, removing all traces of the milk to prevent bacteria growth.

    Gentle Facial Scrub for Oily Skin
    Mix one teaspoon powdered skim milk with one teaspoon honey. Add a few drops of fresh lemon juice, and gently massage face with this mixture. Rinse thoroughly.

    Gentle Facial Scrub for Normal, Dry, or Mature Skin
    Mix one teaspoon powdered whole milk with one teaspoon honey; gently massage the face with mixture. Rinse thoroughly with plenty of water.

    Milk Mask for Normal, Dry, or Mature Skin
    Mix a tablespoon of liquid whole milk with 1/4 teaspoon almond oil. Apply a thin layer of this mixture to a clean face and allow to dry. Apply a second layer and allow to dry. Apply a third layer and allow to dry. Finally, apply a fourth layer and allow to dry. Once mask is hard and dry, wash off with a washcloth and lots of warm water.

    Milk and Honey Bath
    A favorite skin-soother. To a warm bath, add two drops lavender oil, one tablespoon honey, and two tablespoons whole milk powder (or one cup liquid whole milk). Soak as long as you like, then shower to remove all traces of milk and honey.
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    Media Information Gap November 2010

    Media Information Gap Puts Outdoor Workers at Higher Risk

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    A significant gap in media coverage of outdoor workers' sun exposure risks could increase the likelihood they
    will contract skin cancer because of a lack of
    available information about sun protection, according to a survey by SunAWARE, a Minneapolis non-profit sun protection education organization.

    The survey analyzed a total of 143 media stories about
    "heat stress," "sun protection," "skin cancer," and "outdoor workers" during a two week period. Of the 143 stories analyzed, only two stories provided sun protection advice specifically
    for outdoor workers.

    SunAWARE researchers reviewed the front page of Google News to identify stories in media outlets in 36 states including community-based newspapers and television stations, wire services, magazines, radio, and 12 large Internet news sites. Duplicates, irrelevant stories, and international stories were not included in the survey analysis.

    Major Findings:

    • Story Topics: The largest number of stories, 55 stories, or 38 percent of the total, addressed the topic of "skin cancer." Of these 27 provided general sun protection advice. Other subjects included tanning beds, skin cancer treatments, suspicious moles, and skin cancer risk factors. Some 33 stories about "heat stress" accounted for 23 percent of the total; 36 "sun protection" stories were 25 percent of the total. "Outdoor Workers" were a subject of 19 stories or 13 percent of the total.
    • Outdoor Workers: Only 19 stories in the two-week period, or 13 percent of the total, focused on outdoor workers. Of these, six were newspaper stories. The rest were television stories, typically man-on-the-street interviews with workers during a period of extreme heat. Of these, only one mentioned sun protection advice specifically for outdoor workers. The balance focused primarily on avoiding heat stress. Of the television stories analyzed, only two provided expert advice on heat stress for outdoor workers.
    • Media Research: Of the 143 stories, 22 (15 percent of the total) were guest columns or reprints. The other stories cited a total of 269 sources, or an average of over two sourced per story. "This average doesn't reflect the number of stories where five, six, or seven sources were citied," Mary Mills Barrow, SunAWARE executive director, said. "There is no doubt the media work hard to provide important sun related information to their communities."
    • Expert Sources: 60 percent of the sources cited in these stories are experts, either from national organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control, or at the local level such as community doctors, health departments, or other agencies. Other sources are man-on-the-street, cancer survivors, local parents, or coaches. A small number of academic sources are quoted as well.
    • Inaccurate Information: In almost one-quarter of skin cancer and sun protection stories (33 stories or 23 percent of the total) information was out of date, inaccurate, or incomplete. A major omission was the focus of sunscreen as the primary defense against UVR without any mention of sun protective clothing which the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Pediatrics says is the first and best line of defense against UVR.

    The Oil for Skin November 2010

    In honor of Pomegranate Awareness Month:

    The Oil for Skin – Pomegranates and Omega5

    by Tzeira Sofer

    The Pomegranate is a tree/shrub valued around the world for its potent antioxidant properties. Though highly popularized in the media and consumer culture over the last few years, pomegranates were actually known to have many different uses throughout ancient cultures: mentioned in the Bible, popular in Roman culture, and used as food in Asia, India, Pakistan, Armenia, and Turkey.

    Over 1,000 species of pomegranate have been identified, and most of the significant research on the plant was carried out in Soviet Russia, where they devoted much attention to the medicinal benefits of the pomegranate. The tree thrives close to the equator in a moderate climate and is not a very demanding plant. It does not even need to be treated for pests. The Biblical myth of Adam and Eve's "forbidden fruit" is widely believed to feature the pomegranate, and not an apple, as many modern stories suggest. In short, the pomegranate is a culturally rich and romantic fruit, known to be one of the most potent antioxidants throughout time.

    Ancient medicine has claimed that every part of the pomegranate could be utilized to our benefit – nothing goes to waste. Today, our main focus is on the oil, and not because of its taste or smell, but because of its molecular structure. It is an enigma in the eyes of scientists due to the fact that it is a CLNA (conjugated linolenic acid), purely botanical, containing Omega5 (punicic acid) – which is typical to the pomegranate only. No other seeds contain this variety of oil.

    Needless to say, the juice of the pomegranate has been very commercialized over the last several years. The juice contains ellagic acid, which is very important, but it contains a significant amount of fructose as well. Therefore, it may be wise to consume it in small amounts, or in dilution with water. The seeds of the pomegranate contain the unique Omega5 oil (punicic acid). In order to obtain 1 cup of pomegranate juice, you need 5 pomegranates, whereas in order to produce 1 cup of oil, you need 500 pomegranates: this vital comparison reveals just how precious the seed oil of the pomegranate remains.

    The Omega 5 fatty acid molecule is extremely vulnerable to oxidation, and as a result, it is been very challenging to learn how to stabilize and work with this ingredient. It is a very potent, dry oil that leaves no greasy residue. As much as possible, it needs to be kept cold and isolated, up to the last minute before it is incorporated into products. When it is used in products, it requires protection from oxidation, which compromises the potency of the Omega5. Like most botanicals, the fresher it is, the better. The oil will alter scent and odor if stored above 80 degrees for over a week. These are some of the perpetual challenges that go along with creating a category that is using a different skin technology and a very different focus on ingredients and formulation

    Micropigmentation Procedure October 2010

    Micropigmentation Procedure Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Regain Self-Esteem & Confidence!

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    According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), it is estimated that in 2009 there were 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed among women, and approximately 1,910 new cases in men. For the many men and women who have been, and will be diagnosed this year, the battle to get through treatment and surgery is only the beginning of the journey to survive. Although the feeling of survival is unsurpassed, the physical scars at times may leave some survivors anxious with their new appearance. Ruth Swissa has taken her passion and artistic expertise in the permanent makeup industry to provide areola pigmentation for breast cancer patients post reconstruction to help renew self-confidence and boost self-esteem.

    "Many of my patients have said that waking up every morning, and looking in the mirror is a constant reminder of their battle, which although comes with a sense of pride, it also at times causes insecurities because they don't feel like themselves," says Swissa.

    Micropigmentation is an alternative method of creating a realistic nipple and areola after a mastectomy, to achieve a more symmetrical shape and even coloring using artistic light and shade effects. Swissa works closely with her patients in order to achieve the desired coloring and size to create a natural looking effect. This procedure takes less than an hour and is usually painless.

    Ruth uses a customized medical tattooing technique for applying permanent makeup for areola pigmentation. This unique method proves to be more exact, very gentle, and less invasive than traditional cosmetic tattooing. The results look more natural and subtle in appearance.

    Five Ways to Find Safe and Natural Relief from Osteoarthritis October 2010

    Five Ways to Find Safe and Natural Relief from Osteoarthritis

    by Deirdre Shevlin Bell

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    The search for safe and effective relief from osteoarthritis (OA), a condition that occurs when joint cartilage wears down over time, can feel like an uphill battle. Certain natural remedies can bring lasting relief from OA according to the Arthritis Research Council (ARC) study and other experts. That is good news, since the pain, stiffness, and loss of flexibility from arthritis makes it the nation's most common cause of disability.

    One massage, and call me in the morning
    Spa-lovers with osteoarthritis will be pleased to learn that all those massages that leave you feeling loose and limber are doing more than just helping you relax. According to a 2006 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, Swedish massage improves flexibility, decreases pain, and increases range of motion in individuals with osteoarthritis of the knee.

    Low-impact exercise
    "When people start to hurt, they tend to cut back on exercise," notes Michele Olson, Ph.D., professor of exercise physiology at Auburn University Montgomery and Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. But that is a mistake, as inactivity can make pain and stiffness even worse. Olson recommends Pilates and swimming or doing aqua-aerobics, but she emphasizes the importance of choosing gentle, weight-bearing exercise. Michael Murray, N.D. suggests that a person should find something they love, and find a way to continue doing it: If walking on concrete sidewalks is too hard on the joints, walk on the golf course.

    Spice rub
    Using a gel containing capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili, is very effective at providing temporary relief from osteoarthritis pain. Studies have found that capsaicin can deplete the substance that acts to transmit pain signals from nerve endings to the brain and cause inflammation in the joints.

    Healing herbs
    An ARC study evaluated several herbs and herbal combinations and found that one stood above the rest. Phytodolor, a branded combination of three herbs – aspen (Populus tremula), common ash bark (Franxinus excelsior), and golden rob herb (Solidago vigaurea) effectively manages the pain and inflammation associated with OA. Some studies have shown that aspen contains a substance that when ingested inhibits the production of certain prostaglandins in the nerves, resulting in pain relief. Common ash bark and golden rob herb also have pain-relieving properties, and common ash bark is an antioxidant – meaning it may reduce oxidative damage in the joint. The combination of the three herbs has been shown in animal studies to reduce inflammation. No major adverse effects have been reported, though some people do experience diarrhea, stomach upset, or skin reactions.

    The SAMe Game
    First discovered in 1952 and widely investigated for its usefulness in treating depression, S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) is now showing promise as a treatment for OA. SAMe is a chemical compound that occurs naturally in the body, where it contributes to the synthesis of hormones and neurotransmitters. Studies suggest that when taken as a supplement, SAMe reduces pain and also stimulates the synthesis of collagen and proteoglycans, which are the major components of joint cartilage. Adverse effects are infrequent and mild, but can include nausea, restlessness, headache, dry mouth, and stomach upset. People with depression should consult with a healthcare provider before taking SAMe, as some incidences of anxiety and mania have been reported.

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    The Impact of Psoriasis on Personal Relationships October 2010

    The Impact of Psoriasis on Personal Relationships Survey Fact Sheet

    This survey was created in partnership with the National Psoriasis Foundation and Galderma Laboratories, L.P.

    Within this issue, as well as our November and December 2010 issues, we will be printing important findings revealed from the recent survey, "The Impact of Psoriasis on Personal Relationships." This survey, sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, was distributed to the National Psoriasis Foundation membership database via Survey Monkey. The survey was completed by approx 1,520 people; statistics below represent the percentage of people who answered a specific question (not always all 1,520 respondents). Statistics are rounded to nearest percentage point and percentages may not add up to 100 percent depending on the structure of the question. Not every respondent answered every question.i Below is a list of findings relating to psoriasis and its impact of social relationships.

    Nearly 80 percent (78.7%) of question respondents feel that psoriasis has had a negative impact on their personal relationships.ii

    Social Relationships

    • When having a psoriasis flare-up, 63.3 percent of respondents are less likely to go out socially iii and 53.6 percent have declined social invitations or cancelled plans because of a flare-up.iv Nearly 70 percent (69.6%) feel that psoriasis has impacted their social relationships.v
    • When meeting someone new, 74.3 percent of question respondents worry that the person will notice their psoriasis,vi and 72.1 percent of respondents are concerned that people that notice will think of them less favorably.vii
    • When going out for social occasions, 79.5 percent of respondents usually only wear outfits that cover up
      their psoriasis.viii

    Pomegranate the Ancient Red Goddess October 2010

    Pomegranate the Ancient Red Goddess!

    by Natalie Pergar

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    Known not only as part of the elite group of super fruits, the all mighty pomegranate, English word comes from the Latin words for apple; "pomum" (apple) and "granatus" (seeded), has been dated as far back as 1,000 BC and was introduced to North America by Spanish settlers in 1769. This red beauty represents global symbolism and history ranging from righteousness, prosperity, and fertility.

    With over 760 varieties of pomegranate it is one of the oldest known medicines to man. Ancient Greek healers would use pomegranate juice to manage health problems similar to arthritis, circulation problems, digestive disorders, and infections. And to add to the wonders of the pomegranate, the fruit was also involved in ancient beauty concoctions. Today with our growing beauty culture and desire to turn back the clock, we find ourselves revisiting what our ancient friends already knew with the help of modern science and research.

    Pomegranates are packed with phytonutrients, vitamin B, and an abundance of vitamin C. They contain red arils, tiny edible seeds that are loaded with juice and provide valuable fiber. They are delicious and fantastic to eat - though I would not recommend eating the white membrane that surrounds the arils as it is quite bitter and the consensus is that it is not recommended. And for those of us that count calories, a 1/2 cup of raw pomegranate has 80 calories and 0 grams of fat!

    According to the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), pomegranate fruit extract contains several polyphenols and anthocyanidins (pigment that gives certain fruits their dark red colors). Its antioxidant activity is higher than that of red wine and green tea and research suggests that pomegranate extract may have significant clinical benefits in decreasing risk for skin cancer.

    By taking pomegranate extract capsules, one could reduce or reverse the signs of aging by promoting cell turnover and creating new, healthy skin. But that is not all! Evidence shows that including it in your skin care regime can provide wonderful results too. Rich in ellagic acid to manage free radicals, pomegranate oil contains punicic acid, an omega 5 conjugated fatty acid effective in aiding cell regeneration and proliferation. Pomegranate also carries beneficial phytoestrogen and a rare plant-based source of conjugated linoleic acids (CLA), an anti-carcinogen.

    So I salute you, oh red goddess of history. Bring me health and wellness with all your super fruit power!

    Pomegranate, Almond Oil, and Honey Mask

    ½ pomegranate
    2 tsp almond oil
    ½ tbsp organic honey

    Warm up the honey until it becomes liquid (not too hot!) by putting it in a small glass or metal bowl which is immersed in hot water. Peel the pomegranate half, cut the fruit in pieces, and put these in a bowl or food processor. Add the honey and almond oil. Blend it all into a smooth and uniform paste. Spread this gently and equally with your fingertips on your clean face and neck: keep the eye area clear. Now lie down, relax, and leave the mask on for 20 minutes. Then, wash it off with lukewarm water and end with a splash of cold water; pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Finally, apply a moisturizer, this way you "seal" your skin to keep the water inside. (For all skin types). *This fruit mask recipe peels your skin and we do not recommend using it on acne skin.

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    Pomegranate Oat Bran Scrub

    2 ounces pomegranate juice
    2 ounces orange juice
    2 tbsp honey
    2 tbsp sea salt
    3 to 4 ounces oat bran

    1. In a container large enough to hold two cups, combine pomegranate and orange juices. To this add the honey and mix together well.
    2. Now add sea salt and oat bran. Mix together and allow the oat bran to soak up the liquids, about 10 to 20 minutes.
    3. Make sure to apply to a clean face. Probably the easiest way is to apply in the shower after you clean your face and allow it to set while you do other things. The steam from the shower helps allow the ingredients to penetrate your skin. Then, gently scrub off as you shower.

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    Pomegranates May Fight Breast Cancer October 2010

    Pomegranates May Fight Breast Cancer

    by Jennifer Warner, reviewed by Louise Chang, M.D.

    Eating pomegranates or drinking pomegranate juice may help prevent and slow the growth of some types of breast cancer. A new study shows a group of phytochemicals called ellagitannins found in abundance in pomegranates inhibited the growth of estrogen-responsive breast cancer in laboratory tests.

    "Phytochemicals suppress estrogen production that prevents the proliferation of breast cancer cells and the growth of estrogen-responsive tumors," researcher Shiuan Chen, Ph.D., director of the Division of Tumor Cell Biology and co-leader of the Breast Cancer Research Program at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., says in a news release.

    Researchers say the ellagitannins in pomegranates work by inhibiting aromatase, which is a key enzyme used by the body to make estrogen and plays a key role in breast cancer growth.

    "We were surprised by our findings," Chen says. "We previously found other fruits, such as grapes, to be capable of the inhibition of aromatase. But the phytochemicals in pomegranates and in grapes are different."

    Researchers say pomegranates have recently been hailed for their potential anti-cancer and heart healthy benefits thanks to their high antioxidant content. But they say this is the first study to look at their effects on aromatase and breast cancer growth.

    In the study, published in Cancer Prevention Research, researchers examined the impact of 10 ellagitannin-derived compounds from pomegranates on aromatase activity and breast cancer cell growth in laboratory tests.

    The results showed that of those 10 compounds, urolithin B most significantly inhibited breast cancer cell growth. Experts say further studies will be needed to determine whether eating or drinking pomegranate-derived products will have the same effect in humans, but these results are promising.

    Until then, researchers say people may consider eating more pomegranates to protect against cancer in the breast and perhaps other tissues and organs.

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    Step 3: How to Treat Dandruff? October 2010

    Step 3: How to Treat Dandruff?

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    Two factors should be considered when you treat dandruff: Your age and the severity of your dandruff. Your aim will be to stop the dandruff by slowing down the reproduction of skin cells, and/or counteract the yeast production that might be the cause.

    Shampoos and Scalp Preparations

    Shampoos and products for the scalp are available over-the-counter (OTC) at most supermarkets, pharmacies, and many corner shops. It is important to remember that seborrheic dermatitis can be controlled, but not cured with these products.

    Before using an anti-fungal shampoo see if you can remove any scaly or crusty patches on your scalp - do this with care. If you manage to remove them the shampoo will be
    more effective.

    If you have dandruff on your beard you can use dandruff shampoo on it. Most anti-dandruff or anti-fungal shampoos contain at least one of the following active ingredients:

    • Zinc pyrithione - an ingredient which slows down the production of yeast.
    • Selenium sulphide - this reduces the production of natural oils your scalp glands produce.
    • Coal tar - this has a natural anti-fungal agent. If your hair is dyed or treated remember that long-term coal tar usage can stain the hair.
    • Ketoconazole - a very effective anti-fungal. Most people who use this are pleased with the results. Experts say shampoos with this ingredient can be used with young and elderly people.
    • Salicylic acids - these help your scalp get rid of skin cells. It does not slow down the reproduction of skin cells. Many "scalp scrubs" contain salicylic acids. Some people find salicylic acid treatments leave their scalps dry and eventually make the flaking of the skin worse.
    • Tea-tree oil - this oil comes from the Australian Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia). A growing number of shampoos now include tea-tree oil as an ingredient. It has been used for centuries as an anti-fungal, antibiotic, and an antiseptic. However, some people are allergic to it.
    • Green tea potential - researchers from the Medical College of Georgia, U.S. found that green tea may have potential for the treatment of dandruff and psoriasis.

    Ideally, select a shampoo that has one of the above ingredients and shampoo your hair with it every day until your dandruff is under control. When that happens use them less frequently. You may find a particular shampoo stops being so effective after while, if this occurs switch to one that has another ingredient.

    Make sure the shampoo has time to stay on your scalp before you rinse it off - perhaps about five minutes. If you rinse it off too quickly the ingredient will not have enough time to work. If after several weeks of treating yourself you still have dandruff, you should consider seeing your doctor or a dermatologist (skin specialist).

    Menopause October 2010


    by Rebecca Hulem

    Menopause is a normal, natural stage of life that affects everyone differently. In the U.S., an estimated two million women enter menopause annually. Over the past five years, I have used my own menopause experiences to educate women and clinicians about the choices available for symptom treatment.

    What are Typical and Atypical Symptoms?
    Typical symptoms include: hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, irritability, sleep disturbances, confusion, decreased libido, and vaginal dryness. Atypical symptoms include heart palpitations and anxiety, but are usually not reported by most women. Two options for minimizing and managing these symptoms include hormone therapy and natural relief.

    What are the Pros and Cons of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?
    Since the release of the findings from the Women's Health Initiative study in 2002 the practice of prescribing hormones to women going through menopause has changed significantly. Prior to the study, it was widely believed in the medical community that prescribing hormones to women experiencing menopause symptoms would not only relieve these symptoms but also protect women against heart disease and osteoporosis. The new recommendations are:

    • Prescribe hormone therapy early in the menopause transition. Prescribing these hormones five to 10 years past the menopause transition can increase risk of blood clots, heart attack, and strokes. Women should also be prescribed hormone therapy for five years or less
    • No hormone regimen should be prescribed to treat or prevent heart disease
    • HRT treatment should primarily be used for vasomotor symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats, and/or treating and preventing
      vaginal atrophy

    How Do You Achieve Natural Symptom Relief?

    • Incorporating a healthy diet like an abundance of fresh vegetables, fruits, and plant-based proteins is a good first step for relieving menopause symptoms. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods to avoid triggering hot flashes. Also try to exercise daily and practice stress reducing practices like meditation, yoga, and tai chi.
    • Take all-natural supplements. Look for a product line that contains natural mood and memory herbal blends to support mental clarity, restore energy, improve cognitive function, and build a strong immune system.

    For more information on this topic, visit www.themenopauseexpert.com.

    Dealing with Teenage Acne October 2010

    Dealing with Teenage Acne

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    by Jaskiran Brar

    The teenage years are wondrous days filled with new discoveries, fun, and friends. For a number of kids, these years are also filled with acne. In addition to causing painful whiteheads, blackheads, and red lumps, acne can leave scars and affect self-esteem during those critical adolescent years.

    According to the American Academy of Dermatology, between 85 – 95 percent of American teenagers develop acne, and many of them will continue to battle the condition into their 20s and 30s.

    A number of factors such as diet, personal hygiene, genetics, and hormones seem to play into the incidence of teenage acne. During puberty, hormone levels surge, often causing a hardening of the oil in the pores of the skin, preventing sebum from naturally making its way to the surface.

    While almost all teenagers experience a few zits, the severity of the problem depends on hereditary factors. Over time, untreated acne can even leave permanent scarring, not to mention the emotional distress the teenager has to endure.

    Along with good nutrition and healthy lifestyle, regular skin treatments during adolescence can make a world of difference in a teenager's complexion. Parents need to address the condition early, and make sure their teens follow proper skin care routines at home. A diligently followed routine, along with regular acne facials, for many of these teenagers can mean the difference between smooth glowing skin and permanent scarring.

    Cranberry Facial Mask and Scrub Recipes: - September 2010

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    Cranberry Facial Mask and Scrub Recipes:

    Cranberry Sugar Oatmeal Face Scrub Recipe

    ½ cup frozen cranberries
    ¼ cup coconut oil
    ¼ cup sugar
    2 tbsp (+ more if needed) oat powder or ground oatmeal

    In a food processor, process all ingredients for 30 seconds. Apply to body with gentle circular motions. This recipe makes enough for one body scrub.
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    Cranberry Facial Mask

    ¾ cup fresh cranberries
    ¾ cup seedless grapes, green or red
    Resealable plastic container
    Stick or regular blender
    Small mixing bowl (if using a stick blender)
    3 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1 envelope plain gelatin
    1 tsp. oat or almond powder

    1. Put the cranberries and grapes in a small mixing bowl and set to puree with a stick or regular blender.
    2. Add the lemon juice, gelatin, and oat or almond powder, and continue to blend until the mixture makes a paste. If the mixture is too thick, add a few drops of water, if it is too thin add more oat or almond powder.
    3. Spoon the cranberry facial mixture into a resealable plastic container and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes, or until it thickens.
    4. Remove the facial mixture from the refrigerator and let it warm for about eight to 10 minutes before using. Apply the cranberry facial mask to clean, dry skin, with your fingertips, and let it remain on the face for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
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    The Health Benefits of Cranberries and Cranberry Juice: - September 2010

    The Health Benefits of Cranberries and Cranberry Juice:

    • Avoid Urinary Tract Infection: Cranberry juice is very effective against urinary tract infections. 100 percent cranberry juice produces hippuric acid in the urine, which acidifies the urine and prevents bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder. Drinking one glass of cranberry juice daily reduces the risk of infections and prevents cystitis. Cranberry juice also contains the chemical compounds called proanthocyanidins, a powerful antioxidant that decreases the adherence of bacteria to the bladder cells.
    • Healthy Cardiovascular System: Cranberry juice contains powerful antioxidants that help to prevent or repair the damages caused by free radicals. Drinking cranberry juice helps in the increase of good cholesterol and the reduction of bad (LDL) cholesterol. These benefits can be attributed to the presence of polyphenols in cranberry juice.
    • Prevents Tooth Decay: Strengthens Bones and Teeth: According to new researches, cranberry juice prevents cavities. The chemical contained in the juice, blocks the bacteria from sticking to the teeth. Thus, it prevents the formation of dental plaques. Although cranberry juice is also a source of calcium, many juice companies add extra calcium in the juice. Natural or otherwise, it reduces the risk of getting osteoporosis.
    • Prevents Cancer: Cranberry contains proanthocyanidins. These compounds inhibit the growth of various cancer cells. According to studies, proanthocyanidins can stop micro-tumors from developing in the blood vessels necessary for their continued growth. Regular consumption of cranberry juice prevents the rapid growth of tumors. Chemicals in cranberries also prevent multiplication of breast cancer cells.
    • Cures Cold: Fresh cranberry juice is effective at fighting against infections. It cures sore throats and colds. According to conducted studies, cranberry juice helps to inhibit certain strains of the Haemophilus influenza, which is a common cause of ear and respiratory infections in children. The juice inhibits the bacteria's hair-like structures, therefore not allowing them to be able to adhere to skin surfaces.
    • Good for Obese People: Cranberry juice is rich in organic acids. These have an emulsifying effect on the fat deposits in our body. So it is good for people who want to shed those extra pounds.
    • Prevents Formation of Kidney Stones: The high amount of acid components in cranberry juice prevents kidney stone formation.
    • Prevents Stomach Ulcers: H. pylori bacteria can cause stomach ulcers. Regular cranberry juice consumption, for months, destroys these bacteria and saves you from such stomach related troubles.

    History of Cranberries - September 2010

    History of Cranberries

    The cranberry, along with the blueberry and Concord grape, is one of North America's three native fruits that are commercially grown. Cranberries were first used by Native Americans, who discovered the wild berry's versatility as a food, fabric dye, and healing agent. Today, cranberries are commercially grown throughout the northern part of the United States and are available in both fresh and processed forms.
    The name "cranberry" derives from the Pilgrim name for the fruit, "craneberry", so called because the small, pink blossoms that appear in the spring resemble the head and bill of a Sandhill crane. European settlers adopted the Native American uses for the fruit and found the berry a valuable bartering tool.
    In 1816, Captain Henry Hall became the first to successfully cultivate cranberries. By 1871, the first association of cranberry growers in the United States had formed, and now, U.S. farmers harvest approximately 40,000 acres of cranberries each year.
    The cranberry is a relatively small, red berry which grows on low-hanging vines in temperate zones in many regions of the United States and other parts of the world. Cranberry is a member of the same family of plants as bilberry and blueberry. Cranberry can be taken as a juice, the whole berry, or from an extract.
    For maximum health benefit, cranberry juice should be unsweetened. It is a refreshing drink. Unsweetened cranberry juice tastes slightly sour but for medicinal purposes, 2 ounces of cranberry juice diluted in 8 ounces of water is recommended. It is good for your overall health.

    Survival of the Fittest - September 2010

    Survival of the Fittest

    by Christine Cowheard,
    founder/CEO of A Natural Difference Skincare

    Suppose you had to choose just one fruit for your overall health and skin care regimen.
    Would you not select the only one that could assist in
    repairing and preventing sun damage, enable moisture
    retention, improve cellulite, disable bacteria, provide a healthy scalp with shiny hair, and possibly reduce cancerous tumors? Cranberry does all of this and more.
    If you were to compare the phytonutrient values of fruits, cranberry would come out on top every time. Providing vitamins C, A, E, and K with an abundance of nutrients, minerals and amino acids, there really is only one clear choice.
    The American Cranberry (Vaccinium Macrocarpon) was revered by Native Americans for its medicinal and preservative qualities. Early settlers caught on quickly to its varied benefits and even hauled cranberries across the ocean when sailing back and forth to the New World, when they discovered that cranberry prevented scurvy, a dietary deficiency of vitamin C.
    Modern science however, is constantly calculating cranberry uses that go way beyond scurvy prevention.
    New methods of determining nutrient values and ingredient functioning have produced multiple reports on the benefits of this nutrient rich fruit. For decades western physicians have recommended cranberry juice to combat urinary tract
    problems, both as a curative and preventative. There are in vitro studies where cranberry juice has shown to interrupt the life cycle of the H. Pylori stomach bacteria. Recent strides are even pointing to the amazing ability of proanthocyanidins in cranberry to reduce cancerous tumors.
    The benefits of consuming cranberries in all available forms are well documented. These same scientific principles and applications translate into superb topical advantages when the cranberry's natural compounds are scientifically infused with other ingredients by experienced formulators.
    Cranberry is an excellent source of Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9 fatty acids which have shown to improve collagen and elastin skin fibers, plus assist in the reduction of UV and environmental damage. These balanced omegas provide the same moisture retaining properties as fish oil without the ghastly odor.
    Natural compounds called proanthocyanidins disable certain harmful bacteria while amazingly keeping the good bacteria intact. The combined antibacterial and anti-viral capabilities make cranberry an excellent ingredient for acne and psoriatic formulations.
    Cranberry's extremely high antioxidant content helps prevent and repair stress and age related degeneration while improving circulation. The cranberry's antioxidant content is higher than any of the top 20 common fruits.
    So whenever possible use cranberry in your daily diet, nutritional and skin care choices.


    Fish Oil Linked to Reduction in Breast Cancer Risk - September 2010

    Fish oil reduces the risk of breast cancerFish Oil Linked to Reduction in Breast Cancer Risk

    A recent study suggests that regular use of fish oil supplements may reduce the risk of breast cancer. These findings were published in the journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
    Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center recently evaluated what, if any, impact specialty supplements have on breast cancer risk.
    In this study, more than 35,000 post-menopausal women completed a 24-page questionnaire to evaluate their use of non-vitamin, non-mineral “specialty” supplements. The women in this study did not have a history of breast cancer and did not have breast cancer when they enrolled in the study. During six years of follow-up, 880 study participants developed breast cancer. Of the specialty supplements used by the women in this study, only fish oil was associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer. Risk of breast cancer was 32 percent lower among women who regularly used fish oil supplements.
    The results of this study will need to be confirmed by additional studies. The researchers note: “Fish oil is a potential candidate for chemo-prevention studies. Until that time, it is not recommended for individual use for breast cancer prevention.” Because the full range of effects of many dietary supplements is not well understood, patients should talk with their doctor about any dietary supplements that they are using
    or considering. 

    1 Brasky TM, Lampe JW, Potter JD et al. Specialty Supplements and Breast Cancer Risk in the VITamins And Lifestyle (VITAL) Cohort, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 2010; 19(7):1696–708.

    Copyright© Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

    Bra wearing habits - September 2010

    Bra wearing habits:

    Bra Wearing HabitsIn a study by Singer and Grismaijer in 1995, three out of four women studied who wore a bra for 24 hours a day developed breast cancer compared to one out of 168 who wore a bra rarely or never. That is a huge difference, and the implication is clear. Your first line of defense in preventing breast cancer is to severely limit how many hours a day you wear a bra. Bras do not cause the cancer initially but they restrict the flow of lymph within breast tissue, thereby hindering the normal cleansing process of the breast tissue. Many environmental toxins and pesticides that cause and promote cancer are "fat-loving" and so they tend to reside in the breast tissue. Lymph fluid carries away waste products, dead cells, and toxins.

    Copyright© 007 Breasts

    Breast Cancer and Nutrition - September 2010

    Breast Cancer and Nutrition

    Breast cancer nutrition

    Vitamin E: Women consuming other forms of vitamin E called tocotrienols have been found to have dramatically lower risk of contracting breast cancer – 50 percent less risk for women without family history of breast cancer, and as much as 90 percent for pre-menopausal women with family history.
    Copyright© 007 Breasts

    flaxsedFlaxseed: Also known as linseed, Flaxseed is an ancient grain that may have originated in Egypt. The seeds, oil, and seed meal can be used in many ways. Flaxseeds contain phytoestrogens, which may reduce your risk of breast cancer and possibly prevent a recurrence. They have two anti-cancer components: lignans and an omega-3 fat called "alphalinolenic acid" (ALA). Flaxseeds may also be helpful in reducing your risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, breast and endometrial cancers. Flaxseed oil has been used for the relief of hot flashes, breast pain, arthritis pain, and pain related to constipation. Several studies have been done to determine how the phytoestrogens in flaxseeds may help cancer. One theory compares the estrogen-receptor blocking ability of flaxseeds with estrogen-receptor modulation drugs. The weak plant-
    based estrogens block the estrogen receptors on cells within breast tissue, starving them of full-strength female estrogen, possibly stopping tumor growth and preventing cell damage. This effect may be most effective for younger, pre-menopausal women with estrogen-receptor negative cancers.
    Copyright© About.com

    soySoy: In laboratory studies, animal studies, and research looking at groups of people and what they eat, certain chemical components of soy have been linked to a lower risk of breast and prostate cancer. Most studies that have shown benefit have used whole soy protein rather than soy components and extracts. As a protein source, soybean products are promoted as a healthier alternative to meat and as an aid to weight loss. Soy products are also used to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and to relieve symptoms of menopause and osteoporosis. Soy protein in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol is also promoted as a method to help reduce the risk of heart disease. Soy can be consumed in many forms with tofu, soy milk, roasted soybeans, soy powder, and textured vegetable protein being some of the more popular. Soy protein powders and bars are available in nutrition stores and health food markets.
    Copyright© The American Cancer Society®

    omega 3Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. They are necessary for human health but the body cannot make them – you have to get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, other seafood including algae and krill, some plants, and nut oils. Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. They have also become popular because they may reduce the risk of heart disease. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Although not all experts agree, women who eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids over many years may be less likely to develop breast cancer. More research is needed to understand the effect that omega-3 fatty acids may have on the prevention of breast cancer.
    Copyright© 2010 University of Maryland Medical Center

    garlicGarlic: Garlic is a vegetable commonly used to enhance the flavor of foods. Garlic is currently under study for its ability to reduce cancer risk. However, there is not enough evidence at this time to support eating large amounts of garlic or taking garlic supplements for cancer prevention. It is reasonable to include garlic as part of a balanced diet, unless one has a particular health problem or is taking medication that has been shown to be adversely affected by garlic. Garlic and garlic supplements are sometimes promoted to prevent or treat cancer. Several compounds in garlic may have anti-cancer properties, but compounds of one type in particular – the allyl sulfur compounds – are said to play a major role. These compounds reportedly help the body get rid of cancer causing chemicals and help cause cancer cells to die naturally, a process called apoptosis. There have also been claims that garlic has immune boosting properties that may reduce
    cancer cell growth and help the body fight off diseases such as colds or the flu. These claims are currently being studied. Proponents claim garlic can be used to treat bacterial, yeast, fungal, and
    parasitic infections and can be used to treat high blood sugar levels. They also say it has properties that may help stomach and abdominal problems. Garlic has also been claimed to reduce risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, and reduce blood pressure.

    Copyright© The American Cancer Society®

    Cancer Report Card Reveals Decline in Disease and Death - September 2010

    Cancer Report Card Reveals Decline in Disease and Death

    The new Cancer Report Card offers some good news for everyone in 2010. The decade-long decline in U.S. diagnosis and death rates from breast, colon, and ovarian cancer in women continues. So does the decline in U.S. diagnosis and death rates from lung, prostate, and colon cancer in men.
    The good news related to the decline in breast cancer rates is probably the result of improved breast cancer awareness, prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment. Still, all the news is not good. Rates of some cancers are on the rise: lung and pancreatic cancer in women; kidney and esophagus cancer in men.
    When it comes to breast cancer, we can do even better. Breast cancer is still the most common cancer diagnosed in U.S. women. More than 190,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. More than 40,000 will die from breast cancer. Worldwide, more than 1 million women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and 500,000 women will die.
    Research and education are important components of the successes we have had in the battle with cancer. Research and education will continue to be key ingredients of future successes.


    The Five Steps of a Breast Self - September 2010

    The Five Steps of a Breast Self-Exam

    Breast selfexaminationStep 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. Here is what you should look for:
    • Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and color
    • Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling

    If you see any of the following changes, bring them to your doctor's attention:

  • Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin
  • A nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple (pushed inward instead of sticking out)
  • Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling

  • Step 2: Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes.

    Step 3: While you are at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood).

    Step 4: Next, feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter. Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side — from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage. Follow a pattern to be sure that you cover the whole breast. You can begin at the nipple, moving in larger and larger circles until you reach the outer edge of the breast. You can also move your fingers up and down vertically, in rows, as if you were mowing a lawn. This up-and-down approach seems to work best for most women. Be sure to feel all the tissue from the front to the back of your breasts: for the skin and tissue just beneath, use light pressure; use medium pressure for tissue in the middle of your breasts; use firm pressure for the deep tissue in the back. When you have reached the deep tissue, you should be able to feel down to your ribcage.

    Step 5: Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. Many women find that the easiest way to feel their breasts is when their skin is wet and slippery, so they like to do this step in the shower. Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements described in Step 4.

    Part 2: What Causes Dandruff? - September 2010

    Part 2: What Causes Dandruff?

    The exact cause of dandruff, also known as scurf or Pityriasis simplex capillitii is unknown. However, most experts do agree that it is not caused by poor hygiene.

    Causes may include, but are not limited to:
    • Not enough hair brushing: People who do not comb and/or brush their hair regularly have a slightly higher risk of having dandruff. This is because they are not aiding the shedding of skin that combing and/or brushing provides.
    • Yeast: People who are sensitive to yeast have a slightly higher risk of having dandruff, so it is logical to assume that yeast may play a part.
    • Dry skin: People with dry skin tend to get dandruff more often.
    • Seborrheic dermatitis (irritated, oily skin): People with seborrheic dermatitis are very prone to dandruff.
    • Not enough shampooing: Some people say that if you do not shampoo enough there can be a buildup of oil and dead skin cells, causing dandruff. However, many experts doubt this is true.
    • Certain skin conditions: People with psoriasis, eczema, and some other skin disorders tend to get dandruff much more frequently than other people.
    • Some illnesses: Adults with Parkinson's disease and some other neurological illnesses are more prone to having dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. Patients recovering from heart attacks and strokes, and some people with weak immune systems may have dandruff more often than other people.
    • Reaction to hair or skin care products: Some people react to some hair care products with a red, itchy, scaling scalp.
    • Malassezia: Malassezia is a fungus that lives on everybody's scalp. Generally, it will cause no problems at all. However, it can grow out of control. It feeds on the oils our hair follicles secrete. When this happens the scalp can become irritated and produce extra skin cells. These extra skin cells die and fall off; they mix with the oil from hair and scalp, and turn into what we see as dandruff.
    • Diet: Some experts say that people who do not consume enough foods that contain zinc, B vitamins, and some types of fats are more prone to dandruff.
    • Mental stress: Experts believe there is a link between stress and many skin problems.
    • HIV: A study found that 10.6 percent of people with HIV have seborrheic dermatitis.


    NPA Products 300 strong - September 2010

    NPA Products 300 strong

    NPA Products 300 StrongConsumers who care about the quality of their personal care products now have hundreds of reasons to look for the “certified natural” seal of approval on their purchases. The Natural Products Association (NPA) is pleased to announce that more than 300 natural personal care products have been certified through its two-year old natural standard certification program.
    Under the NPA’s program, to merit bearing the seal, products must follow strict guidelines set by the association. Products must be made up of at least 95 percent natural ingredients – coming from a renewable or plentiful
    source found in nature (flora, fauna, mineral). Non-natural ingredients are allowed only when viable natural alternative ingredients are unavailable and only when there are absolutely no suspected potential human health risks. Products cannot
    use animal testing beyond what is required by law, and must
    use a majority of bio-degradable and post-consumer recycled content in their packaging.
    NPA also certifies ingredients as natural. These 100 percent natural ingredients can be used by manufacturers to develop products that are in compliance with the natural standard. Currently, there are 100 certified natural ingredients.
    Copyright© WorldPressOnline.com

    De-Stress with Herbs - September 2010

    De-Stress with Herbs

    De-Stress with Herbs

    For physical and mental well-being, it is crucial to find ways to slow down. Herbal rituals: A teatime, a long soak in an herbal bath, and a restful slumber with an herbal pillow can help soften the pace.

    Herbal Tea Time
    Whether you need to relax before climbing into bed, de-stress after a busy day at work, or even get your day off on the right (calm) foot, a cup of herbal tea can help. Try different herbs that are known for their soothing properties, then pick your favorites and enjoy them solo or in combinations. As a general guideline, use about a teaspoon of herb per cup of water, and steep for about 15 to 20 minutes.

    Copyright© Frontier™ Natural Products Co-op

    Fall Tips - September 2010

    Fall Tips

    Fall Tips by Cat TatmanFall Tips

    by Cat Tatman, Director of Marketing for gloProfessional

    Make sure your clients are wearing the proper shade of foundation. During the warmer months, skin is typically a little darker; however as we move towards the cooler months complexions will get lighter, which means a slightly lighter shade of foundation is needed. This does not mean looking pale and pasty though, simply use bronzer and contour certain areas of the face for a natural glow. Apply the bronzer in the shape of a capital cursive “E” to each side of the face. These are areas where the sun naturally hits the face, by applying bronzer to these areas it will look natural and complement a lighter complexion.
    Skin can also become dehydrated and look dull when the climate is cooler. Combat lack-luster skin by keeping it properly moisturized and by selecting makeup that will help skin look more vibrant. You may consider transitioning your client from a pressed base foundation that has a matte finish to a liquid foundation or loose base that offers a more satin or dewy finish. Additionally, cream blushes are great for cooler months to keep skin looking fresh; highlighters and shimmer bricks are great to create a brighter looking complexion.
    Clients will also be in need of services and products to address their end-of-summer skin care issues such as hyperpigmentation. Offer specials on services such as brightening facials, peels like TCA’s or Jessner’s and that includes a complimentary skin care and makeover consultation. This makes it easy for your client to get their professional treatment, products, and makeup all in one stop!

    Part 1: What is Dandruff? What are the Symptoms of Dandruff? - August 2010

    DandruffPart 1: What is Dandruff? What are the Symptoms of Dandruff?

    Dandruff is: The presence, in varying amounts, of white or gray scales in the hair of the scalp, due to excessive or normal branny exfoliation of the epidermis
    -according to MediLexicon's medical dictionary

    Dandruff, also known as scurf or Pityriasis simplex capillitii, affects the scalp and causes flakes of skin to appear - it is a common condition. Our skin cells are forever renewing themselves. When the skin cells on our scalp are renewed the old ones are pushed to the surface and out of the scalp. For a person with dandruff the renewal is faster, meaning more dead skin is shed, making the dandruff more noticeable. Dandruff can also occur if the scalp is frequently exposed to extreme temperatures.
    Dandruff can be chronical (long-term) or the result of certain triggers. People with dandruff may also experience irritation and redness on the scalp. Excessive flaking may be caused by an underlying illness or condition, such as psoriasis, a fungal infection (Malassezia), seborrheic dermatitis, or even head lice. Some individuals with severe dandruff may have social or self-esteem problems. Therefore, treatment may be important for both physiological and psychological reasons.
    A significant number of people with dandruff find it improves as they get older. It is estimated that about 50 percent of people in Western Europe and North America suffer from dandruff. Dandruff is more common in men than in women, and in people with oily skin. Some studies have suggested that diets that are too salty, sugary or spicy and accompanied by excessive alcohol may exacerbate dandruff. Dandruff does not contribute to hair loss.

    Seborrheic dermatitis

    This is a skin condition in which the skin becomes inflamed or flaky. Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp is a severe form of dandruff. When it affects the scalp most people refer to it as dandruff. When babies have it, it is referred to as cradle cap. Seborrheic dermatitis causes larger, greasier flakes than most other types of dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis affects not only the scalp, but the skin in other parts of the body too.

    What are the signs and symptoms of dandruff?

    The hallmark sign of dandruff, or seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, is white flakes on the scalp and in the hair. If the person is wearing dark clothes, the flakes will be more noticeable when they fall on their shoulders. The scalp may also feel itchy, tight, or sore.

    Signs and symptoms in babies and children

    Often referred to as cradle cap, signs and symptoms may appear when the baby is between two weeks and six months of age, especially between the ages of three to eight weeks - this usually disappears after a few weeks; in some cases it may take months. Although cradle cap may be alarming to parents, it is not dangerous.

    New Survey Finds Rosacea Worsens With Exposure


    New Survey Finds Rosacea Worsens With Exposure

    While many adults still look forward to summer as eagerly as school children, new survey results show that increased exposure to sun and hot weather can wreak havoc on those with rosacea, a widespread, red-faced skin disorder now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans. The survey also found that a variety of common heat sources can affect the condition year-round.
    In a recent survey of 431 rosacea patients conducted by the National Rosacea Society (NRS), 80 percent of the respondents said they had suffered a flare-up of symptoms as a result of being out in the sun, and 80 percent said their condition was aggravated by hot weather. Excessive indoor heat was a trigger for 56 percent of those surveyed, while 55 percent said heavy exercise had set off a rosacea flare-up. Fifty-four percent said a hot bath had induced an outbreak of rosacea signs and symptoms, and 42 percent said heated beverages had done the same. Heavy clothing had triggered a flare-up for 32 percent, and 26 percent cited menopausal hot flashes.
    “Although medical therapy is available to help control this widespread and chronic disorder, it is also important for rosacea patients to identify and minimize any environmental or lifestyle factors that may trigger or aggravate their symptoms,” said Dr. Joseph Bikowski, clinical associate professor of dermatology at Ohio State University. He said he advises patients to keep a diary to determine what factors might be affecting their individual cases.
    In addition to common heat triggers, survey respondents reported a host of other sources of heat that had aggravated their individual conditions, including fireplaces and bonfires, high-intensity lamps, steam baths, saunas, and cooking over a hot stove.
    The good news is that the survey showed rosacea flare-ups can often be prevented. Nearly 84 percent of the respondents reported that avoiding sources of heat had reduced the frequency of their flare-ups. Seventy-four percent said they now bathe or shower in cooler water, and nearly 69 percent said they go outside less often in hot weather to avoid exacerbating their condition. Sixty-seven percent said they frequently or sometimes leave an overheated room to prevent an outbreak, and 55 percent said they had changed their exercise routine to avoid flare-ups.
    “Rosacea sufferers should wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 year-round, and especially in the summer, they should minimize time outdoors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when sunlight is the strongest,” Bikowski said. He noted that a fan or chewing ice chips can effectively reduce flushing from heavy exercise or excessive indoor heat.

    Did You Do Your Posture Exercise Today? – STEP 2 - August 2010

    PostureDid You Do Your Posture Exercise Today? – STEP 2

    by Renee North, Certified Posture Exercise Professional (CPEP) and personal trainer (NASM)

    The first step to strengthen your posture was discussed, in the
    July 2010 issue of DERMASCOPE Magazine.

    STEP 2: Do Posture Strengthening Exercises

    All exercise is not created equal. Exercising with poor posture can train you to stand and move poorly. Yoga, Tai-Chi, and Pilates are all great for building body awareness and control. According to Dr. Weiniger, a smart way to exercise efficiently and get the most out of any workout is with a pre-exercise "posture break" to set your internal baseline. Before taking a walk or hitting the gym Weiniger recommends these posture strengthening exercises:
    • STORK - Train yourself to stand tall while building good posture by balancing on one foot. First, stand tall with your best posture, and then keep straight as you lift your thigh so your knee is at hip height. Keep standing tall for 30 seconds on each side, focusing on keeping your body well aligned.
    • WALLSTAND - Back up to a wall so your heels, buttocks, shoulders and head all lightly touch the wall while you keep everything level, relaxed and aligned – take three slow breaths, feeling your body’s best posture. Note: If you feel any areas of stress, get your posture checked by a professional.

    Skin Exfoliation August 2010

    Skin Exfoliation

    Skin Exfoliation:

    Does Pain Equal Gain?

    The Science behind this Question:

    by Dr. Diana Howard

    Lactic acid and glycolic acid are the front-runners in the world of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) exfoliation. So, which ingredient works best to reveal a newer, fresher you? Independent research studies on AHAs have determined that:
    • Glycolic acid, the smaller molecule of the two, penetrates the skin more readily than lactic acid, and as a result is more irritating to the skin.
    • The activity of both AHAs is controlled by the pH of the solution: Optimum activity is a pH 3.0-3.2. Anything lower will damage and irritate skin.
    • Scientific studies have demonstrated that when one compares lactic acid to glycolic acid, lactic acid stimulates cell turnover and cell renewal at a higher rate than glycolic acid and with less irritation! (Stimulating cell renewal and cell turnover rates is the immediate and long term benefit of using alpha hydroxy acids.)
    • Unlike glycolic acid, lactic acid has added benefits: It hydrates the skin, increases natural barrier lipids in the epidermis and helps lighten hyperpigmentation (age spots).

    So why do professionals and consumers believe glycolic acid is the preferred AHA to user? Unfortunately, people often equate irritation with efficacy. Just because glycolic acid is more irritating does not mean it is more efficacious. In this case, pain does not equal gain.

    The Skin Care Expert’s View of the Question:

    by Annet King

    Over-exfoliation is one of the most common “skin-mishaps” professionals see among consumers today, which leads to sensitization, inflammation, accelerated aging, and an increased susceptibility to UV damage. Before you scrub, take skin condition into consideration:
    • Oily/Breakout-prone skin: Choose non-abrasive hydroxy acid exfoliants gently dissolve dead cells while delivering purifying, oil-absorbing benefits. Salicylic acid, clays, sulfur, and soothing lavender and aloe are friends to your skin. Steer clear of physical scrubs!
    • Sensitive skin: Choose gentle, superfine powders that activate with water. Key ingredients include brightening rice bran, phytic acid, and micro-exfoliating (milder, yet effective) fruit enzymes.
    • Aging, dry, lackluster skin: Choose a warming skin polisher that helps drive age-fighting ingredients into the skin. Also look for combined physical/chemical exfoliants including lactic acid and silica with skin-shielding vitamins A, C, and E, white tea, and licorice.

    Unsung Heroes of the Healthcare Industry - August 2010

    Unsung Heroes of the Healthcare Industry

    Heroes of the Healthcare Industry
    A doctor you never meet may be the one who saves your life. Pathologists, doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and classification of diseases by analyzing cells under a microscope and through medical laboratory tests, often detect a disease in its infancy.
    "Being able to treat a malignancy in its early stages increases the chance of recovery," says Dr. Hollenberg of Acupath Laboratories, a specialty medical lab based in New York. "This is when possibilities of a cure are greatest, and treatment is least costly."
    Pathologists are the unsung heroes of the healthcare industry. According to the American Society of Clinical Pathology, laboratory services may be allotted to five percent of a hospital's budget, but they leverage 60 to 70 percent of all critical decision-making, such as admittance, discharge, and medication. They generate data that physicians use to make their diagnosis on infectious diseases ranging from cancer to the H1N1 virus, which is expected to resurge this fall.
    When a pathologist examines a tissue sample, he determines whether a tumor is benign or cancerous, what type of cancer is present, how it looks (cancer grade), how far it has spread (cancer stage), and other aspects.
    According to the National Cancer Institute, pathologists are on the cutting edge of proteomics, the study of all proteins in a cell, tissue, or organism. "The proteome is much larger and more complex than the human genome," says Dr. Hollenberg. "The hope is that proteomics may revolutionize methods for the early detection, diagnosis, and prognosis of cancer."

    Facts about Honey - August 2010

    Honey Facts

    Facts About Honey

    • Natural honey has been used by mankind for the past 2,500 years, all over the world.
    • Honey contains about 69 percent glucose and fructose enabling it to be used as a sweetener.
    • Honey provides about 64 calories per tablespoon.
    • Though honey has more calories than sugar, when consumed with warm water it helps in digesting the fat stored in your body.
    • Honey and lemon juice and honey and cinnamon help in reducing weight.
    • Honey contains a variety of vitamins and minerals.
    • Compounds that have the ability to grab moisture from the environment are known as humectants… honey has this ability so it is a great moisturizer.
    • Honey also contains alpha hydroxy acids, which help to gently exfoliate the skin.
    • Honey is an ideal product for people with sensitive skin and is often used to combat the formation of pimples.
    • Honey has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties so it can be used as a natural antiseptic.
    • As a result of honey containing nutraceuticals, it is effective in removing free radicals from our body… therefore, it helps the immunity of our bodies improve.
    • Honey is a by-product of honey bees when they collect the flower nectar in their mouths; the nectar then mixes with enzymes and it is turned into honey. Raw honey is honey that has not been heated for pasteurization, filtered, or strained to remove the wax, pollen, or propolis.

    Honey Facial Mask Recipes - August 2010

    Honey Facial Mask Recipes:

    Honey has many positive skin care properties. The most prominent is that honey is a good moisturizer. Therefore, it is a wonderful ingredient to use to fight dry skin and to help rejuvenate the skin, which leads to less fine lines and fine wrinkles.
    Below are some facial mask recipes containing honey. Unless otherwise indicated, apply the facial mask to a freshly washed face and let it sit on the skin for approximately 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Pat the face dry with a clean towel. Before using the mask, for the first time, spot test on a small patch of skin to ensure the skin is not sensitive to the ingredients used. Of course, anyone with allergies to the ingredients used in the various facial masks should avoid using those facial mask recipes.

    HoneyHoney Face Mask with Oatmeal

    • 3 tbsp honey
    • ¼ cup oatmeal that is finely ground
    • 1 tbsp of bee pollen
    • 1 tbsp beaten egg, buttermilk, heavy cream, or sour cream (optional)
    Combine all of the ingredients together and mix until the mixture is smooth. Apply the honey and oatmeal face mask to the skin.
    Copyright© healthy-skincare.com

    For a beautiful complexion, combine the benefits of two of nature's best skin treatments: honey and yogurt. Honey brightens and smoothes the skin, while yogurt has properties that help reduce oiliness and refine pores.

    HoneyHoney, Yogurt, and Almond Oil Mask

    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1 tbsp honey
    • 1 tbsp yogurt
    • ½ tsp almond oil

    Mix all ingredients, stir well to combine all ingredients and break down the egg yolk. Apply the mixture with the fingers to cleansed skin on the face and neck, but avoid the area around the eyes. Leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing facial off with warm water.

    honey Honey, Yogurt, and Lime Mask

    • 2 tbsp yogurt
    • 2 tbsp honey
    • 3 tbsp lime juice
    Start with 2 tbsp. yogurt and add 2 tbsp. honey and 3 tbsp. lime juice, either fresh-squeezed or from concentrate. Blend well and apply to the face and neck after cleansing. Massage gently into the skin, keeping away from the eyes, for a couple of minutes. Rinse off with warm water or a soft wash cloth.
    Copyright© eHow.com

    Prevent Fungus - August 2010

    Prevent Fungus

    by Tammy Taylor
    Prevent FungusSome Examples:
    • Having a pedicure done with dirty implements, or a dirty spa tub.
    • Having a manicure done with dirty implements.
    • Slamming nails in a door.
    • Pulling nails backwards on car door handles.
    • Picking off artificial nails instead of soaking them off.
    • Using a drill on top of the naked natural fingernail, causing heat and friction.
    • Any puncture to the Hyponychium.
    • Wearing toenails too long and shoes too tight.
    • Cleaning out from under fingernails with a metal implement.
    • Fingernails too long for an active life style.
    • Clipping toenails too short and cutting the Hyponychium.
    • Strong cleaning chemicals.
    • Gardening without gloves.

    Some signs you might see or feel after the trauma or damage, but... before the nail fungus (Onychomycosis) starts:

    • Loosening of the fingernail plate.
    • A feeling like a little splinter is under the natural fingernail, but you cannot see it.
    • The nails feel sensitive when picking up something or hitting them against something.
    • The natural fingernail feels loose.
    • The natural fingernail looks like the white free-edge is growing down the nail-bed, and the pink nail-bed is getting shorter.

    Q: What can you do to help prevent nail fungus?
    A: Keep nails clean.
    Onycholysis (loosening of the fingernail plate) is not a fungus but it is susceptible to fungus, so natural fingernails must be kept clean.

    We love Olive Oil - August 2010

    olive oilOne reason we love olive oil is because it is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and powerful antioxidants. A diet high in olive oil is said to protect against heart disease, gallstone formation, and many forms of cancer; lower blood pressure; and ease ulcers and gastritis. Now a bumper crop of olive-lovers are bringing the benefits of the olive to skin and body care in new olive-rich salves and spa treatments. But olive oil has been used by cultures around the world for centuries, not just in the Mediterranean, due to its therapeutic value. Many civilizations use olives for curative, disinfectant, and moisturizing properties on burns, bug bites, wrinkles, stretch marks, scars, rashes, and for cosmetics, massage, and hair conditioning.
    Copyright© healinglifestyles.com

    Decade-by-Decade Plan for Women to Anticipate the Different Life Stages - August 2010

    Decade-by-Decade Plan for Women to Anticipate the Different Life Stages

    by Dr. Jennifer Wider

    '30s30s - According to the National Cancer Institute, this year approximately 12,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. The good news is that through thorough screening the disease is highly preventable. At age 30, ask your doctor to have the HPV test performed with your routine pap. The test can be performed on the same sample, so no extra time is needed and the screening efficacy is increased to nearly 100 percent.

    - We were all told growing up about giving ourselves regular breast exams, however many womenhave become relaxed when it comes to mammograms. Although not always pleasant, this remains the most effective detector for breast cancer and experts recommend adding this test to the mix for women in their 40s.

    '50s50s - Mood swings, short-term memory loss, and hot flashes are common complaints from women experiencing menopause. However, women in their 50s and above do not have to live in “hormone hell,” as there are a variety of natural supplements that can provide symptom relief.

    Did You Do Your Posture Exercise Today? – STEP 1 - July 2010

    Did You Do Your Posture Exercise Today? – STEP 1

    by Renee North, Certified Posture Exercise Professional (CPEP) and personal trainer (NASM)

    Take a look at how hours of computer hunching, slouching while cell phone texting and video-game slumping is affecting your posture. It is not just kids with backpacks or cane-carrying seniors – studies show poor posture is a major cause of back and neck pain for all ages and over time often contributes to digestive and cardiopulmonary problems. The good news: There are two easy steps people can do to strengthen posture and we are going to focus on them within the next two issues.

    STEP 1 - Take a Posture Picture
    The first step to improving posture is finding out what your posture looks like. Dr. Steven Weiniger, author of Stand Taller~Live Longer, An Anti-Aging Strategy: 10 Minutes a Day to Keep Your Body Active and Pain-Free, suggests this easy way to check your posture with any digital camera. Have a friend take three pictures of you: From the front, back, and side. Stand straight and tall when they take the picture, with what feels like good posture (No looking in a mirror to cheat). Print out the pictures, one to a sheet. Next, put a dot between your feet on the front and back view, and on your ankle on the side view, and then fold each paper in half vertically, neatly at the dot. 
    • Front and Back View: The two halves of your body should be the same. If your head and/or torso is off to one side, or your arms are hanging differently (one hand is lower or further from the body than the other), your posture is not symmetrical. 
    • Side View: The line from your ankle should pass thru your shoulder and ear. If your head is way forward of that line, you may have a posture distortion called Forward Head Posture (FHP).
    File your posture picture where you can find it. Next year take another posture picture to note any changes.
    Your posture is how the world sees you, and a bit of effort at strengthening your posture is an anti-aging habit to make you look and feel better, avoid injury, and exercise effectively to stay active and age well.
    Please look in our August 2010 issue for the second step you can take to strengthen posture.

    Key Finding in Breast Cancer Research - July 2010

    Key Finding in Breast Cancer Research

    Researchers at Drexel University College of Medicine have discovered that a certain type of sugar found naturally in the body is elevated in breast cancer cells and is critical for cancer growth and movement. When researchers reduced and normalized the levels of this sugar, they were able to slow the growth of the cancer cells and block invasion. The findings, published in the March 1 issue of Oncogene, represent a potential new therapeutic target for treating aggressive forms of breast cancer.
    Scientists have known for years that cancer cells are addicted to sugar. Compared to neighboring normal cells, cancer cells take up nearly 10 times more sugar. The cancer cells use the increased sugar levels to fuel rapid cell growth and spread. The Drexel researchers studied a particular sugar-based protein modification known as O-GlcNAc. Alterations in this modification have been linked previously to diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, but not to cancer.
    “This sugar, O-GlcNAc, is used inside cells to tag proteins and alter their function,” said lead author Mauricio J. Reginato, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Drexel University College of Medicine. “We think this is a very exciting discovery because this may be one way that cancer cells use the increased sugar to regulate key pathways that control growth and invasion.”
    Reginato and his colleagues studied established cells from patients with estrogen-independent breast cancer, the most aggressive form of the disease, which does not respond well to current treatments. The researchers found that compared to normal mammary cells, all the breast cancer cells contained elevated levels of O-GlcNAc, as well as increased levels of the enzyme responsible for adding this sugar to protein.
    When they reduced the levels of the O-GlcNAc enzyme, or blocked its activity with a drug, they reduced the growth of breast cancer and also blocked the invasion. In addition, by reducing the enzyme levels, they also reduced levels of a protein known as FoxM1, which is known to play a critical role in controlling cancer growth and spread.
    The Drexel researchers and collaborators are now working to develop more potent chemicals to target the O-GlcNAc enzyme, a potential new therapeutic target for treating breast cancer and possibly other cancers.

    Pumpkin Facial Mask Recipes - July 2010

    Pumpkin facials

    Pumpkin Facial Mask Recipes

    If you are looking for a way to use leftover pumpkin and you do not want to make a pie, there is an option you may not have considered, making a pumpkin facial mask. Varieties of the recipe are available for regular, oily, or dry skin – all depending on the secondary ingredients that you add to the mask. Pumpkins are rich in vitamin A and C, as well as zinc, making pumpkin a good choice for promoting healing and moisture.

    General Pumpkin Facial Mask Recipe
    Ingredients Needed:
    • 2 cups fresh cooked pumpkin (pureed)
    • 4 tbsp. unflavored yogurt
    • 4 tbsp. honey
    • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

    Mix 2 cups pureed cooked, fresh pumpkin or canned pumpkin, 4 tbsp. unflavored yogurt, 4 tbsp. honey, and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice to make the mask. Spread on the face and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse off with water. This recipe is for a general facial mask, suitable for most types of skin. The finished mask has both a good taste and smells like pumpkin pie. The recipe has a high yield and leftover mask should be stored in the refrigerator.

    Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Mask Recipe
    Ingredients Needed:
    • 12 almonds (ground)
    • 1 cup fresh pumpkin (pureed)
    • ¼ cup honey
    • 1/8 tsp. olive oil
    Grind 12 almonds up into a fairly fine powder. Mix the ground almonds into 1 cup pureed pumpkin, either cooked fresh pumpkin or canned, 1/4 cup honey, and 1/8 tsp. olive oil. To use the mask, spread a thin layer on the face and allow it to sit for about five minutes. Rinse off with water. To store leftover mask… seal tightly in container and store in the refrigerator.
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    Facts about pumpkins…

    Facts about pumpkins…



    • Pumpkins contain potassium and vitamin A.
    • Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
    • A pumpkin is really a squash. It is a member of the Cucurbita family which includes squash and cucumbers.
    • Pumpkin seeds are considered a super food for the male system.
    • Pumpkin seeds are also considered a great solution to increase and re-build energy. Try eating ¼ to ½ cup daily by sprinkling on salads or soups, using in a trail mix, or as a snack by itself.
    • Pumpkin seeds when ingested help maintain prostate health and are a great zinc supplement.
    • Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine.
    • Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
    • Pumpkins are a fruit and their flowers are edible.

    Pumpkin - July 2010


    We may often take the humble pumpkin for granted, but did you know that autumn’s generous gift is a real miracle for our skin? It is an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins, and essential elements the skin needs. Pumpkin is not just for carving and eating - it makes for a wonderful facial or body mask! All parts of the pumpkin, including seeds, can be used in creating amazing skin care products. Pumpkin masks and peels are always a popular choice for many aestheticians, because of their amazing exfoliating properties and creamy pleasant texture. It is no wonder that November’s holiday treatments always include this deliciously fragrant gourd. Enzymes and alpha-hydroxy acids in pumpkin exfoliate dead skin cells while promoting skin repair and cell-turnover. A pumpkin mask or peel cleanses, conditions, and moisturizes while helping to firm the skin.
    From a nutritional standpoint, just an ounce of pumpkin seeds contain 4.2 mg iron, which helps fight lead-poisoning, and as little as a half cup of canned pumpkin is rich in potassium, vitamins C, B1, B2, B5, E, and has 953mg of vitamin A! That vitamin A comes in the form of immune-boosting beta carotene. The name beta-carotene is derived from the Latin name for carrot, and it gives yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, such as pumpkin, their rich hues. Like all other carotenoids, beta-carotene in pumpkin is an antioxidant which protects the body from damaging molecules called free radicals.
    Dermatologists use beta-carotene for its ability to increase cell turn-over and regeneration in the outer layers of the skin, making it effective for diseases and skin conditions related to epithelium damage. Research suggests that taking high doses of beta-carotene internally may decrease sun-sensitivity. People with erythropoietic protoporphyria, a rare genetic condition that causes painful sun sensitivity as well as liver problems, are often treated with beta-carotene to reduce sun sensitivity. A combination of antioxidants may help protect the skin against the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Long-term supplementation with beta-carotene may reduce UV induced skin redness, and appears to slightly reduce the risk of sunburn in individuals who are sensitive to sun exposure.
    As you see, pumpkin is an excellent choice for all skin types. It nourishes the skin, provides a non-abrasive exfoliation, and makes skin baby-smooth. So why not add a pumpkin mask to your treatment menu today? Your clients will love you for it!

    Summer Makeup Tips

    Summer Makeup Tips

    While the number one trend for summer makeup is always “less is more,” every beauty junkie wants to know the colors and trends that are new for 2010. Makeup artist Christopher Drummond has his predictions in for summer makeup:

    • Shimmer: The key is to pick an eye shadow that is good quality with finely milled mica. This means it will illuminate the skin and look sophisticated and beautiful without looking like glitter.
    • Coral Lips: The right coral looks good on every woman, and is complimentary on all skin tones.
    • Eyelashes: Long, lush lashes is one of the biggest trends for summer.
      Option 1: Extensions, which last for about a month, but take maintenance.
      Option 2: Temporary individual lashes, which are very natural looking, can last a day or two, and look great.
      Option 3: Layer a non-clumping mascara. Use three layers and focus on the outer corner of the eyes
    • Summer Makeup tipsBronzer/nude skin: Beautiful looking skin is always in. The key to faking flawless skin in summer is to dust a light-colored bronzer all over the face, then apply a highlighter on the cheeks
    • Blush: Choose a blush with some orange and/or yellow.
    • Liner on top of eyes only: A pretty, youthful, fresh look that works on anyone. Heavy mascara and liner on the top and little to no product on the bottom. This helps to open up the eyes and make you look more awake.

    Salon/Spa Performance

    Salon/Spa Performance

    Fueled by continued improvements in service and retail sales along with higher customer traffic levels, the Professional Beauty Association's (PBA) Salon/Spa Performance Index (SSPI) hit a record high in the first quarter of 2010. The SSPI stood at 103.1 in the first quarter, up 0.5 percent from its fourth quarter level.
    "Across the board – improvements were reported in the first quarter, including an increase in service and retail sales, key barometers for the industry," said Steve Sleeper, PBA's Executive Director. "The salon/spa industry continues to remain resilient and members and non-members alike remain highly optimistic for future growth."
    The SSPI is based on the responses to PBA's Salon/Spa Industry Tracking Survey which is fielded quarterly among 800 salon/spa owners nationwide on a variety of indicators. It is constructed so that the health of the salon/spa industry is measured in relation to a steady state level of 100. Index values above 100 indicate that key industry indicators are in a period of expansion, while index values below 100 represent a period of contraction. The Index consists of two components - the Current Situation Index and the Expectations Index.
    The Current Situation Index, which measures current trends in five industry indicators (service sales, retail sales, customer traffic, employees/hours, and capital expenditures), stood at 100.5 in the first quarter - up 0.6 percent from its fourth quarter level. In addition, the Current Situation Index rose above 100 for the first time in the five-quarter history of the Salon/Spa Performance Index, which represents expansion in the current situation indicators.
    The Expectations Index, which measures salon/spa owner's six month outlook, considers five industry indicators (service sales, retail sales, employees and hours, capital expenditures, and business conditions). Results of this index are encouraging and point toward broad based industry growth. Four out of five salon/spa owners expect to have higher service sales and retail sales in the months ahead. Optimism in the direction of the overall economy has prompted owner's plans to raise their number of staff and increase capital expenditures invested in either expansion or remodeling in the next six months.
    In addition, the long-term outlook for job prospects in the salon and spa industry is very positive, according to newly released projections (December 2009) by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). According to BLS projections, the number of personal appearance jobs at employment-based establishments will jump 31 percent between 2008 and 2018. Among personal appearance occupations, BLS expects the number of skin care specialists to grow by more than 50 percent between 2008 and 2018, while the number of hairdresser, hairstylist, and cosmetologist positions at employment-based establishments is expected to grow by 31 percent.Salon/Spa Performance

    Melanoma - July 2010


    is the most serious form of skin cancer. Your genes can play a major role in melanoma, but the disease may often be triggered by intense, occasional sun exposure – the kind you get, say, on a beach vacation, when you come home sunburned. If melanomas grow for too long, they can spread and become deadly. However, if a melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable.

    WARNING SIGNS: Moles, brown spots, and growths on the skin are usually harmless – but some can be dangerous. That is why it is so important to get to know your skin very well and recognize any
    changes in the moles on your body. Anyone who has more than 100 moles, or any large, unusual moles, is at greater risk for melanoma.

    Evonik launches anti-cellulite active from Indian sandalwood


    Evonik launches anti-cellulite active from Indian sandalwood

    by Katie Bird
    Evonik's extract from sandalwood seeds can help minimize the appearance of cellulite, according to the Germany-based chemicals giant. Tego Xymeninic is based on xymenininc acid, which is extracted from the seeds of the Indian sandalwood tree (Santalum album). According to Evonik, topical application of the ingredient can help boost cellular detoxification and alleviate symptoms of skin inflammation. Studies performed by the company suggest that the active can lead to a perceivable improvement in skin texture, which leads it to claim the active can help minimize the appearance of cellulite. Copyright© DecisionNewsMedia.com

    Blistering Sunburns - July 2010

    Blistering SunburnOne blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles your risk of developing melanoma later in life.

    Anti-Aging Hormones: Little or No Benefit – High Risks - July 2010

    Anti-Aging Hormones: Little or No Benefit – High Risks

    Anti-Aging Hormones : Little or No Benefit - High RisksIn the wake of the American Medical Association’s Council on Science and Public Health’s recently released report “The use of hormones for ‘anti-aging’: a review of efficacy and safety” a leading medical authority has criticized the use of anti-aging hormones.
    Dr. Thomas T. Perls, Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine has long spoken out against the promotion and distribution of growth hormone for non-medical uses such as anti-aging and sports. In an editorial appearing in the future medicine journal Aging Health, Dr. Perls applauds the courage and example displayed by the American Medical Association (AMA) in its recently published assessment of the risks and benefits of growth hormone, testosterone, estrogen, and DHEA for anti-aging.
    There have always been nostrums and potions peddled for eternal youth. Most recently these have been what some entrepreneurs call ‘bioidentical’ or ‘all-natural’ hormones. What they mean by these terms varies from substances made from vegetables – such as soy or yams (which some claim have estrogen-like effects) to more commonly, drugs that are exactly the same as hormones prescribed by endocrinologists for specific diseases. Perls remarked: “The terms bioidentical or all-natural, particularly in the case of the drugs prescribed by endocrinologists, misleadingly convey a sense of safety to the gullible customer. Arsenic is all-natural too, and it even has some medical uses, but it is anything but safe.”
    “The AMA’s review of the risks and benefits of these hormones in the setting of anti-aging and athletic enhancement is very important given its inclusion of the consensus and position statements of the key professional medical societies as well as the Federal agencies that guard public health,” states Perls. The editorial summarizes the AMA’s assessment for each of the purported anti-aging hormones and essentially the bottom line of his argument is that in terms of anti-aging, the risks of these hormones out-weigh the little or no benefit.
    Perls denounces the marketing of these hormones, particularly growth hormone and anabolic steroids (anabolic steroids are variations of testosterone), for anti-aging. He also provides guidelines for spotting ‘red flags of quackery’ and basic advice that physicians can lend to their patients in their pursuit of healthy aging.
    © Future Science Group

    Milkweed May Hold Natural Sunscreen Potential - July 2010

    Milkweed May Hold Natural Sunscreen Potential

    by Katie Bird
    Milkweed May Hold Natural Sunscreen PotentialThe modified oil of the milkweed seed may help protect the skin against UV rays, according to scientists with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
    Investigations into the commercial applications of Asclepias syriaca, native to much of North America, have always focused on the potential of the plant’s silky floss as stuffing, but now Rogers E. Harry-O-Kuru believes it might find its place in the cosmetics industry.
    Using a process that has been patented by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, Harry-O-Kuru modified the seed oil to a form that protects against UV radiation. Laboratory tests suggest that the modified oil can protect against a wide spectrum of UV rays and the researcher claims that the protection profile can also be modified.
    Milkweed May Hold Natural Sunscreen PotentialFurthermore, because the oil and the additive used to modify it are both natural the product is biodegradable; so when the material eventually washes off the body it will be broken down by micro-organisms, he explained. Harry-O-Kuru also notes that the oil is unlikely to be toxic when applied to the skin as such a small amount is needed to have a protective effect. In addition to its UV protecting potential, the oil may also find uses as a moisturizing base for skin and hair care products.
    Copyright© DecisionNewsMedia.com

    Skin Fact - July 2010

    Skin FactsThe medical term for a mole is Nevus. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the majority of moles show up during the first two decades of a person’s life while about one in every 100 babies is born with moles.

    No Matter What You have Heard, Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives - June 2010

    colon cancer
    No Matter What You have Heard,
    Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives

    by Carlisa Dorsey

    The past year has been filled with news questioning the effectiveness of cancer screenings; here is something everyone needs to know: Colon cancer screening can detect the disease early and save lives. The American Cancer Society wants to emphasize that regularly scheduled colon cancer screening starting at age 50 can save lives and help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

    Colon cancer is one of only two cancers (the other is cervical cancer) that can be prevented through screening. Precancerous cells called polyps can be removed before they turn cancerous. Screening can also improve survival rates dramatically – colon cancer’s five year survival rate is 90 percent when found early. However, because only about half of Americans get regular screening, only four in 10 cases are diagnosed at the early stage. Thanks to better screening and improvements in early detection and treatment, colon cancer death rates have declined in both men and women over the past two decades.

    A 2009 American Cancer Society study found that long term smoking (smoking for 40 or more years) increases colon cancer risk by 30 to 50 percent. But, smokers who quit smoking can begin to reduce their risk.
    The Society also recommends engaging in moderate activity for at least 30 minutes on five or more days per week, limiting consumption of red and processed meat, and following a healthy diet rich in plant sources and whole grains, including five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day can also reduce the risk for colon cancer.

    Facts about colon cancer:
    -In 2009, it was estimated that 146,970 Americans would be diagnosed with colon cancer.
    -In 2009, it was estimated that 49,920 Americans would die from colon cancer.
    -Colon cancer is the third most common cancer and cause of cancer death in the U.S. in both men and in women.
    -African Americans have the highest incidence rate and death rate from colon cancer of any racial or ethnic group in the U.S.
    -Colon cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Hispanic men and women. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic men and third leading cause among Hispanic women.

    For more information on the American Cancer Society’s recommended colon cancer screening guidelines, please visit cancer.org/colon or call 800-227-2345.

    Once Forbidden, now revered - June 2010

    Apples healthy potentialOnce forbidden, now revered

    by Rhonda Allison,
    Founder/CEO of Rhonda Allison® Clinical Research for Skin

    At one time apples were considered the forbidden fruit, but now they are relished as a healthful source of polyphenols and rich antioxidants. Research has shown apples to help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and heart disease, control cholesterol, maintain healthy weight, and deliver antioxidant compounds to the body. If apples are this good for the body, what can they do for the skin?

    Apple (Malus Domestica) in skin care is both a time-tested ingredient as well as cutting edge, because of the advancements being made with the fruit. It has long been used as a protector from oxidative stress, for skin lightening, and as a peeling agent, in the form of malic acid (L), for its exfoliation, skin smoothing, and cellular renewal properties.

    Since apple, or malic acid, is slightly gentler, it allows the aesthetician to control the level of peeling – mild to mid-depth – depending on layers and preparations used. It works by digesting surface cells to soften skin then infuses it with antioxidants and hydration, leaving the skin firmed and toned.

    Benefits at the core
    More recent advancements have turned researchers on to apple stem cells. Having used the malus extract to enhance skin care formulas for more than 20 years, I saw the potential in apple stems cells, and began watching the development unfold and incorporating the ingredient into various formulas.

    In contrast to human stem cells, plant stems cells are totipotent, which means every cell has the ability to regenerate, be it a leaf, flower, stem, or the entire plant. When a plant suffers a wound, the surrounding cells will revert back to stem cells to form callus cells. Following the healing phase, cells return to their original state and begin building new tissue. This is where the technology behind apple stems cells lies – plant cells replicate their protective and healing ability to promote longevity in human cells.

    This process is particularly beneficial to human cells as the body ages and cell proliferation slows. Human stem cells are continually making identical copies of themselves, and separating to form specialized cells, but growth slows significantly and longevity is reduced with age. The stem cells are rich in epigenetic factors and metabolites, which further promote the perpetuation and vitality of skin cells.

    An apple a day
    It is also important to note that epidermal stem cells die after a certain number of divisions, and the process of self-renewal is a slow one. This is significant because stem cell loss is more destructive to skin tissues than loss of differentiated cells, and is a major contributor to tissue aging. In studies, apple stem cells significantly reduced the visible signs of aging, shrinking wrinkle depth.

    The ingredient has now found its way into other personal care products like body lotions and hair care. Researchers recently discovered that the ingredient not only protects from UV damage, but has also shown promise in hair care. Similar to the skin, it targets the cell to delay hair follicle aging, preventing hair loss and graying.

    As research continues, uses for apple will continue to proliferate, just as the cells that make up this amazing fruit. Keep a close eye on this cutting-edge ingredient as new discoveries into its abilities and benefits continue to be revealed.

    Stretch Marks - June 2010

    Stretch MarksStretch Marks

    by Marlene Katz

    According to the book Stretch Marks, From Their Clinical Aspects to Their Treatment, written by Dr. Nina Roos and Dr. Anny Cohen-Letessier, stretch marks are extremely common and develop before the age of 50. They affect more than 40 to 50 percent of the young population, mainly Caucasians, essentially female (60 to 80 percent women compared to 10 to 30 percent men.). They mainly develop during puberty, with a variable overall incidence depending on the series: from 25 to 35 percent up to 70 percent of girls and 40 percent of boys. Concerning pregnant women, according to the authors, 50 to 90 percent of primiparae will develop stretch marks as of the 6th month of pregnancy on the stomach, the breast, or hips. Copyright© PR Newswire United Business Media

    Spa Tips to Reduce Cellulite - June 2010

    Spa Tips to Reduce Cellulite

    by Marlene Katz

    Tip 1: Bath and Shower

    Ruins of ancient beauty baths are reminiscent of the now popular healing water therapies found in spas across the world. Using water to renew the body is easy to do at home. Just fill your tub with warm to hot water, add in a cup of Epsom salts and bathe until you work up a sweat. Then jump into the shower for a cool rinse or wash your body down with a washcloth dipped in cool water from the faucet. This is what holistic therapists call “contrast therapy”. The benefit of bathing is the thermal effect, which stimulates production of the anti-stress hormone. A cold rinse after the warm bath stimulates blood flow and the lymphatic system.

    Cellulite ExfoliationTip 2: Exfoliate

    Use a towel to exfoliate dead skin cells and invigorate the skin. Take the opposite corners of a bath towel and hold firmly in your hands. Use the middle section of the towel to sweep back and forth on the skin. Work the body on the front and back beginning at the ankles up to the chest. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and helps to further enhance your circulation.

    Tip 3: Reduce Cellulite Naturally

    Your skin, the largest organ, is a reflection of how well your inner organs are functioning. Skin flare-ups like rashes, acne, and cellulite are indications of imbalances in the body. When inflammation occurs in our body it is a sign that the inner plumbing system is clogged. The kidneys and liver are the body’s filters. Too much fluid can cause swelling in the connective tissue. Toxins that normally are eliminated by our lymphatic system accumulate when the system slows down. It is not uncommon for women to see a redistribution of fatty cells that show up mainly in the abdomen, hips, and buttock area. While exercise and diet help to tone the skin, the skin needs to be stimulated from the outside to break down fatty deposits as well. You can massage the skin by using a natural bristle brush and lightly brushing dry skin from the ankles up to the abdomen and continuing on the buttocks and back area. It is also good to use a cellulite gel to massage the skin in a similar fashion as if kneading bread.

    Tip 4: Working from the Inside Out-Spa Recipes

    It is often said you are what you eat and this is absolutely true. Food offers vital nutrients that the body needs. Our choices are to fuel our body with healthy foods or fill it up with toxins. Many delicious fruits and vegetables help to purify and cleanse these vital organs. Cucumbers are great for the kidney area. Chlorophyll rich greens like dandelion and arugula are wonderful for the liver. There are many recipes that not only taste great, but help the body to function more efficiently. Eating foods that nourish the body will reduce inflammation and cellulite.

    Four Tips to Get More Skin Care Customers from Google - June 2010

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    Four Tips To Get More
    Skin Care Customers
    from Google

    by Paul Matthew

    1. Provide Google with pages of industry relevant text: If Google were a spider that crawls the Internet, then the words on your website are the strands its eight cyber-legs crawl upon and memorize. The more pages of text you provide, the more you increase the chances that someone searching on Google will be shown your website in their search.

    2. Quickly tell Google what your webpage is all about: Every webpage has a "Title Tag." One sentence of text displayed at the very top of your computer screen. An example is if you log onto WallStreetJournal.com, at the top of your screen you will see the text "Business News & Financial News - The Wall Street Journal" It is a great title tag as it answers the "what will you find on this webpage?" question. Make each of your title tags unique to their page.

    3. Exchange links with skin care related sites for higher Google ranking: This is a hard process to do. You have to find relevant websites to trade links with, then you must contact them, and then you have to put their link on your site and vice versa. It is very time consuming. Which is exactly why Google gives you a higher ranking because they know it is not easy!

    4. Tell potential customers what you want them to do on every page of your website: It is amazing how much people respond when they are told what to do. Generally for skin care practitioners, you want people to schedule an appointment. Encourage this by making sure that every single page of your web site has your contact information prominently displayed. Also, include a motivating personalized call to action on the page, like "Contact us today for beautiful skin at 555-555-5555."