Is the Paleo Diet All It Promises?

What is the Paleo diet?

The Paleo diet is loosely based on the diet consumed by humans 10,000 years ago before the advent of modern agriculture and grain centered eating. Modern paleo eating consists of:  fish, grass-fed meats, eggs, unlimited vegetables and fruit, most nuts, and some oils (avocado, flaxseed, coconut). For grain sensitive people, it’s both gluten-free, and grain-free. Paleo excludes: grains, dairy, beans and other legumes (including peanuts), fruit juices, potatoes, refined sugar, salt, and refined oils.

Positive Praise for Paleo…

Paleo offers abundant fresh foods. For people who have relied too much on refined carbohydrates and processed foods, Paleo offers a chance to restart your diet with more fresh foods, fruit and vegetables, and healthier meats.

Paleo recommends grass fed meats and many organic foods. Paleo promotes organic animal foods that have been raised more humanely. Grass fed meats are notably higher in healthy essential fats, and lower in saturated fat than commercial meats. Grass fed meats also contain more vitamins E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Organic meats also avoid antibiotic and hormone loading notorious in factory farm animals. (Antibiotics and hormones in your food mean antibiotics and hormones in your body.)

Paleo gets the junk out. There is no more fast food or eating out of a box with Paleo. Paleo dieters shop the perimeter of the grocery store where the real food is. Most Paleo meals are prepared at home, a bonus for more control of portions and healthy ingredients. In many ways, Paleo is moving in the right direction for health, but there are drawbacks.

Paleo eating can produce weight loss for a time. Most people I’ve spoken with initially lose 10 pounds or so before they hit both an energy and weight loss plateau on Paleo. Unfortunately, most people find it difficult to stick to Paleo eating (like most diets), or they eventually overeat fat and meat to make up for a lack of complex carbohydrates.

Problems with Paleo

The “Paleo” diet isn’t really Paleolithic. Evidence suggests ancient humans were opportunistic omnivores, scavenging tubers, twigs, animal foods and just about anything they could hunt or find. Paleolithic man’s diet relied much more on nuts, fruits and leaves, than meat. Meat was only occasionally eaten after a successful hunt or was scavenged from a carcass time to time.

Modern Paleo relies too heavily on meat and contains too much saturated fat. A high meat diet doesn’t work well for weight loss over the long-term, and is linked to cardiovascular disease, and many cancers. Further, raising food animals is very resource demanding. Plant-based diets are clearly more Earth friendly, sparing more water and land, and producing less pollution. And while organic meats are healthier than commercial meats, they are too costly for most people for every day eating. A plant-based diet is still the best for health, and the most cost and resource effective.

A Paleolithic diet may not be as health protective as you think. Some evidence suggests that Paleolithic man was as prone to clogged arteries as modern man. Additionally, although refined carbohydrates offer few benefits, bacteria in modern man’s gut has evolved to be able to digest healthy whole grains and other high fiber foods easily.

High protein diets can be taxing to the kidneys and may not provide enough energizing nutrients for people who engage in sports or intensive exercise.

High protein diets like the Paleo diet are notorious for causing fatigue, especially for people who engage in sports or intensive exercise. A lack of complex carbohydrates can leave the body drained with few reserves for sustained energy throughout the day. For people who work out intensely, a Paleo diet also may leave nutritional gaps or even slow down weight loss.

A Plant Based Diet Is Better for Weight Loss and Health

While refined grains have been hybridized and genetically altered to the point where they can no longer be considered part of a healthy diet, whole grains contain a wealth of nutrients, high fiber and complex carbohydrates to include in a healthy, plant based diet. Today Lotus Food, Rice Select, Vita Spelt, Simply Balanced and Eden Foods all offer an excellent selection of non-GMO verified whole grains.

Can Vegetarians Go Low Carb?

While it’s not easy, even vegans and vegetarians can go low carb to accelerate weight loss temporarily. For people stuck on weight loss plateau, it’s a great way to jumpstart weight loss because your body shifts into burning fats for fuel instead of carbohydrates.

To minimize fatigue and low carb burn out, try reducing the amount of grains you’re using gradually rather than all of a sudden. One option is to cut out high carb foods after lunch. This especially helps reduce excess fat and sugar storage in the evening when you are less active.

 For a low carb, plant based diet, include high protein/ fiber foods like: quinoa, chia seed, flax seed, hemp protein, spirulina and other blue-green algaes, beans (all kinds), and eggs (if not vegan). You need to become creative for this type of diet to work, but today there is an abundance of good tips online and in vegetarian cook books.

For people who want try a modified Paleo diet, whole 30 is a good choice, and is only a month’s commitment.




The Demodex Connection to Rosacea Outbreaks


Research suggests human demodex, a microscopic mite, is potential contributor to rosacea. Numerous studies have found it appears in higher numbers on the skin of people with rosacea, particularly on rosacea bumps and pimples (papulopustular rosacea).

For some time, it has not been clear whether the mites actually cause the rosacea or whether a person with rosacea's immune system reacts sensitively to them. However, a new study suggests altered immune response may be involved. A new study from the National University of Ireland-Maynooth found bacteria present on the mite (Bacillus oleronius) caused an immune response in rosacea patients.

Typically, treatment to reduce the mites/bacteria (Metronidazole) reduces skin inflammation and relieves rosacea. In the herb world, we use herbs like cat's claw, pau d'arco, and goldenseal infused in a topical aloe vera gel (Immune Support gel) to keep skin balanced, cool and calm.


Rosacea Relief

Rosacea is a skin disorder related to adult acne occurring mainly in middle-aged people of Celtic descent, and menopausal women. There is no known cure for acne rosacea. Doctors treat it in much the same way as other forms of acne, with oral and topical antibiotics. It has clear food and environmental triggers like: tomatoes, red spices, chocolate, meat marinades, hot drinks, citrus fruits, vinegar, both white and red wine, and red meats. Hot weather and stress aggravate rosacea. Some evidence suggest it is caused by a parasitic mite, human demodex.

Signs That You May Have Rosacea

•Flushing and redness of the cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead
•Acne-like bumps and pimples; small, hard bumps on both eyelids
•Dilated blood vessels on the face
•A red, bumpy nose; bloodshot eyes or gritty feeling in eyes

Effective natural therapies:  • Stay well hydrated. Drink plenty of quality water and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid excess alcohol and smoking which contribute to dehydration.

Add plenty of • EFAs to your diet - Evening Primrose Oil 2000mg daily, or Total EFA, or add Omega-3 rich flax or perilla oil in your salad dressings.

 Add • seaweeds to your diet 2 tbsp. daily, or take •  Ocean Minerals with sea veggies. Applications • Fruit Enzyme Mist and apply Yoanna Cucumber Pearl Moisturizer to nourish and reduce redness.

Herbal First Aid for Kids


The Following Teas Are Effective For Many Childhood Illnesses
• Elder flowers, boneset (bitter), yarrow with peppermint to induce a cleansing sweat
• Catnip/chamomile/rosemary tea to reduce a rash
• Mullein/lobelia, chamomile, or scullcap to relax
• Catnip, fennel, ginger, chamomile and peppermint for upset stomachs
• Elderberry syrup for sore throats and for interrupted sleep caused by coughing
• Dilute Crystal Star D-Congest spray to help clear chest congestion
• A catnip/lemon balm/cinnamon combo tea for warming against chills
• Echinacea drops in water every 4 hours to clear lymph glands and release infection.

Note: Use probiotics for children's health. Acidophilus makes a big difference in both recovery time and immune response. Acidophilus keeps friendly bacteria in the G.I. tract, especially if the child has taken a course of antibiotics. Use ¼ tsp. at a time in water or juice 3 to 4 times daily.


Dealing with Allergies to Makeup and Personal Care Products

    Multiple chemical sensitivities and allergic contaminant reactions are multiplying in every area of our lives today. An abundance of the chemicals that generate allergies and sensitivities are in cosmetics and beauty products. Heredity plays a role in our potential to cosmetic sensitivities, but the daily onslaught from environmental toxins, and free radical damage from chemicals and the aging process impact cosmetic beauty far more. If you’re someone with sensitive skin, or whose system can’t tolerate this chemical overload, all-natural, non-chemical body care and beauty products may be for you.  

Can you really make your own herbal cosmetics?
    Yes, you can .... and it’s easy!

    If you experience redness, itchiness or breakouts to drugstore or department store cosmetics, you may be reacting to their chemical irritants
When you make your own herbal cosmetics, you’re in control. You know everything they contain, you know each ingredient is pure and natural and if it’s something good for your body. You can personalize your cosmetic recipes for your own needs.

Making your own cosmetics is like trying a new recipe; these are essentially “kitchen cosmetics.” You can make herbal compounds for your eyes, nails, skin, hair, smile and feet. You’ll need a little patience and a little trial and error as you get the hang of it. Their simplicity is part of their charm. There are no harsh chemicals to irritate your body or the environment, and their subtle effects can bring out a more naturally beautiful you!   
It’s wonderful to be able to use freshly picked herbs in your cosmetics. You might even want to plant a small herb garden as your own personal beauty aid! However, the herbal compounds in this section can be made with both dried or fresh herbs. Dried herbs equal about one-half the volume of fresh herbs. One cup fresh equals 1/4 to 1/2 cup dry. Try to use distilled water or purified water rather than highly fluoridated tap water.

Here are some of the tools and supplies you’ll need.
    enamel pots and bowls
    measuring cups, spoons
    clean glass jars
    clean glass or plastic containers for creams and liquids
    wire sieve
    small food scale
    apple cider vinegar
    witch hazel
    eggs, wire whip or egg beater
    tincture of benzoin (purchase from the drug store)
    wooden spoon
    herbs from a garden or the health food store

A few of my recipes:

Lips and smile beauty tip.....
        1:  Make your own natural, moisturizing lip gloss. Gently heat 6 tablespoons sweet almond or sesame oil with 1 tablespoon beeswax til just melted. Remove from heat and whisk in 2 teaspoons honey, and 12 drops of your favorite essential oil for flavor (cinnamon, peppermint or anise oil are good choices). I use this gloss without color as a good lip conditioner under my lipstick, or as a moisturizing finisher on top of lipstick. For a colored gloss, blend in about 1/2 tube of your favorite all natural, lipstick from the health food store, or add a few drops of beet juice while gloss is still hot. Whisk until cool to prevent separation. Add flavor oil after gloss has cooled.
        2:  Use the same method to make a healing lip balm for dry, chapped lips. Reduce the amount of almond or sesame oil to 5 tablespoons, and add healing agents of 11/2 teaspoons each St. John’s wort oil and calendula oil, and 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel. I like essential oil of vanilla for flavor.

Herbs that intensify and enhance hair color:
        1:  To add sheen to dark hair, rinse your hair with sage or rosemary tea after shampooing.
        2:  To add golden highlights to mousy, brown hair, rinse with chamomile/lemon tea.
        3:  Rinse hair after shampooing with nettles tea to darken and shine brown hair.
        4:  Is your dark hair starting to gray but you don’t want to use chemical hair color? If your hair hasn’t been chemically treated try a natural darkener: to 2 qts. boiling water add one handful each -  dry sage, dry nettles, dry rosemary, cut black walnut hulls, chopped dry dulse and cut black tea (any kind). Immediately remove from heat, cover and let steep for 4 hours. Add 1 tablespoon wheat germ oil. Refrigerate for three weeks. Strain and put liquid into bottles. Work a generous amount into hair after shampooing, leave on 10 minutes and rinse out.
        5:  Is your blonde hair fading, but chemical hair color isn’t for you? Try my marigold/lemon rinse for summer blonde highlights.I have used this rinse for many years; it looks best (blonde, not brassy) on non-chemically treated hair. Mix 1 cup of dry marigold flowers, 1 cup dry chamomile flowers, 1/2 cup lemon peel, 1/2 cup cut burdock root. Heat two quarts apple cider vinegar (for body and shine) and pour over herbs in a gallon jar. Store in a cool garage or basement, shaking every 24 hours for 7 days. Place a double piece of cheesecloth on top of the jar and strain off vinegar. Put liquid in bottles, and use 2 to 3 tablespoons in a cup of warm water as a hair rinse several times a week during the summer. Leave on 2 minutes, then rinse.

    What about henna? Is it a good choice for hair coloring?
        1:  Henna is a natural non-carcinogenic plant used for centuries for nail, body and hair coloring. It offers hair extra body while it colors - often dramatically. Henna works best on thin, light porous hair.
        2:  To add gold highlights to darker hair, add chamomile powder to henna hair color.

These are just a few examples of what you can do at home for non-toxic personal care and cosmetics. There are also many fine paraben-free, natural personal care products and cosmetics at your local health food store.

Interested in learning more? Here are a few excellent resources:

Jeanne Rose, Herbal Body Book, March 2000

Yoanna Kanalakis, Secrets to Looking Young Naturally, 2014

Zia Welsey Hosford, Face Value for Women over 35, 1990



Herbal Preparation & Delivery Methods

    Today, herbs are available at all quality levels. Today, we are able to simultaneously obtain and use herbs from different countries and different harvests, an advantage ages past did not enjoy. However, because of the natural variety of soils, seeds, and weather, every crop of botanicals is unique. Every batch of a truly natural herbal formula is slightly different, and offers its own unique benefits and experience.
    There must be a firm commitment to excellence from growers and suppliers everywhere, because herbal combinations are products for problems. For therapeutic success, herbs must be BIO-ACTIVE and BIO-AVAILABLE. If you decide to make your own herbal preparations, buy the finest quality herbs you can find. There is a world of disparity between fairly good herbs and the best. Superior stock must go into a medicinal formula so that the herbal product can do its job correctly. Superior plants cost far more than standard stock, but their worth in healing activity is a true value for the health care customer. Third party certifications like NSF, Non-GMO Project, Certified Organic and stringent in house quality control testing on herbs can help provide assurance that the herbs you are purchasing have been held to rigorous industry standards for quality and efficacy. Herbal suppliers will give you plenty of good information on their commitment to quality before you buy.
    Which type of herbal preparation should you choose?


    Whichever herbal preparation form you choose, it is generally better to take greater amounts at the beginning of your program, to build a good internal healing base, and to stimulate your body’s vital balancing force more quickly. As the therapeutic agents establish and build, and you begin to notice good response, reduce your dose gradually, finally reducing to long range preventive amounts.
    Herbs can be applied to almost any necessity of life. It’s simply a matter of knowing their properties, how they work together and how to use them correctly. Herbs are foods, and your body knows how to use them. Give them time. Give yourself a good diet, some rest and relaxation for the best results.
    …Herbal teas are the most basic of all healing mediums — easily absorbed by the body as hot liquid. They are the least concentrated of all herbal forms, but many herbs are optimally effective when steeped in hot water. The hot brewing water releases herbal potency and provides a flushing action that is ideal for removing toxic, loosened wastes. Although teas have milder, more subtle effects than capsules or extracts, they are sometimes the only way for a weakened system to accept therapeutic support, and often work synergistically with stronger medicinal forms to boost their value.
    Note 1: Volatile essential oils are lost during cutting of herbs for tea bags. For best results, buy cut herbs or crumble leaves and flowers, and break roots and barks into pieces before steeping for best results.
    Note 2: Medicinal teas may have bitter tasting properties. Where taste is unpleasant, I add mint, lemon peel, spices, or stevia (sweet herb) to improve taste without harming therapeutic qualities.

    Tips on taking herbal teas:
        1: Use 1 packed small teaball to 3 cups of water for medicinal-strength tea. Use distilled water or pure spring water for increased herbal strength and effectiveness.
        2:  Bring water to a boil, remove from heat, add herbs and steep covered off heat; 10 to 15 minutes for a leaf-flower tea; 15 to 25 minutes for a root-bark tea. Keep lid down during steeping so volatile oils don’t escape.
        3:  Use a teapot of glass, ceramic or earthenware, not aluminum. Aluminum can negate the effect of the herbs as the metal dissolves into the hot liquid and gets into the body.
        4:  Drink medicinal teas in small sips throughout the day rather than all at once. One-half to 1 cup, taken 3 or 4 times over a day allows absorption of the tea, without passing before it has a chance to work.

    …An infusion is a tea made from fresh, dried or powdered herbs. Use directions above, or pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of fresh herb, 1 teaspoon of dried herb, or 4 opened capsules of powdered herbs. Cover and let steep 10 to 15 minutes. Never boil. A cold infusion can be made by simply allowing the herbs, especially powders, to stand in cool water for an hour or more.
    …A decoction is a tea made from roots and barks. Use directions above, or put 2 tablespoons of cut herb pieces into 1 cup cold water. Bring to a light boil, cover, and simmer gently for 20 to 30 minutes. Strain. For best results, repeat the same process with the same herbs. Strain again and mix both batches.
    …Sun tea is an infusion where herbs are put in a covered jar and allowed to stand in the sun.
    …Herbal broths, rich in minerals and enzymes, are made by grinding dry ingredients in a blender. Simply mix 2 TBS. of dry mix to 2 cups hot water. Let flavors bloom for 5 minutes. Add 1 tsp. Bragg’s liquid aminos to each broth for a flavor-nutrient boost if desired. Sip over a half-hour period for best assimilation.
    …Herbal capsules are generally four times stronger than teas, more concentrated, yet bypass any herbal bitterness and are convenient to take. Capsules make both oil and water soluble herbs available through stomach acid and enzyme alteration. Freeze-dried powdered herbs, with all the moisture removed, are also available in capsules, and are four times more concentrated than regular ground herbs. As noted with herbal teas above, grinding herbs into powders creates facets on the whole herb structure causing potential loss of volatile oils. Effective potency for powdered herbs is six months to 2 years.
    …Herbal extracts are 4 to 8 times stronger than capsules. They are effective used as a spray where all the mouth receptors can be brought into play, or as drops held under the tongue, bypassing the digestive system’s acid-alkaline breakdown. Their strength and ready availability make extracts reliable emergency measures. Small doses may be used repeatedly over a period of time to help build a strong base for restoring body balance. Alcohol based herbal extractions can last for up to 5 years if stored correctly.
   ....Herbal gels allow absorption of herbs through the skin. We use aloe vera as a conduit in our gels to deliver the extracted herbs quickly to the target area. Use gels topically as needed for problems like cut, scrapes, scars and more.

Do You Need A Gallstone Cleanse?

In the United States, high bile cholesterol levels are the main cause of gallstones (bile cholesterol levels do not necessarily correlate with blood cholesterol levels). Gallstones form when bile liquid (made in the liver, then stored in the gallbladder to help the body digest fats) hardens into bits of stone-like material. A stone may grow for 6 to 8 years before symptoms occur. Since continued formation of gallstones is dependent on either an increased accumulation of cholesterol or reduced levels of bile acids or lecithin, it’s easy to see that anywhere along the way, diet improvement will deter, even arrest, stone development.

Important note: Although I have personally seen several gallstone sufferers use the 9 day program. I recommend it only under the supervision of a qualified health professional. The liver and gallbladder are interconnecting, interworking organs. Problems with either affect both. Before undertaking a Gallstone Flush to pass gallstones, have an ultrasound test to determine the size of the stones. If they are too large to pass through the urethral ducts, other methods must be used.

The Nine-Day Gallstone Flush Plan

Note: If olive oil is hard for you to take straight, sip it through a straw.
3 Day Olive Oil And Juice Flush
On rising: take 2 tbsp. olive oil and juice of 1 lemon in water. Sip through a straw if desired.
Breakfast: have a glass of organic apple juice.
Mid-morning: have 2 cups of chamomile or cascara tea.
Lunch: take another glass of lemon juice and olive oil in water; and a glass of fresh apple juice.
Mid-afternoon: have 2 cups of chamomile or cascara tea.
Dinner: have a glass of carrot/beet/cucumber juice; or a potassium juice or broth.
Before bed: take another cup of chamomile tea.
Follow With A 5 Day Alkalizing Diet
On rising: take 2 tbsp. cider vinegar in water with 1 tsp. honey; or a glass of grapefruit juice.
Breakfast: have a glass of carrot/beet/cucumber juice, or a potassium broth or juice.
Mid-morning: have 2 cups of chamomile tea, and a glass of organic apple juice.
Lunch: a vegetable drink with Pure Planet Chlorella, or Crystal Star Energy Green drink, a green salad with lemon-olive oil dressing and a cup of dandelion tea.   
Mid-afternoon: have 2 cups of chamomile tea, and another glass of apple juice.
Dinner: have a small green salad with lemon-oil dressing, add daikon radish shreds as a gentle diuretic flusher; and another glass of apple juice.
Before bed: 1 cup chamomile or dandelion tea.
End With A 1 Day Olive Oil Flush
At 7 p.m. on the evening of the 5th day of the alkalizing diet, mix 1 pint olive oil and 10 juiced lemons; take ¼ cup every 15 minutes until used. Lie on right side for best assimilation.
Prevent Gallstones From Forming
Increase your fresh fruit and vegetable intake for more fiber. It keeps bad cholesterol deposits from forming and keeps food moving naturally through your system instead of developing deposits which turn into stones. Vegetable proteins from foods like soy, oat bran and sea veggies help prevent gallstone formation. Reduce your animal protein intake, especially dairy foods (casein in dairy foods increases gallstone formation). Avoid fried foods, fast foods and sugary foods altogether if you are at risk for gallstones.


Do you have Gallbladder problems?

Do You Have Gallbladder Problems? You may not think it’s serious, that it’s just heartburn or indigestion, but if it’s chronic, it could be serious.
•Do you have intense pain in the upper right abdomen during an attack, sometimes accompanied by fever and nausea? (it may be gallstones)
•Do you have periods of nausea, vomiting, fever and intense abdominal pain that radiates to the upper back? (it may be cholecystitis, gallbladder inflammation)
•Do you have recurring abdominal pain, bloating and gas after you eat a heavy meal? along with headaches, sluggishness or nervousness? (it may be gallstones or Crohn’s disease)

Do You Have Gallstones?
In the United States, high bile cholesterol levels are the main cause of gallstones, with most stones (80%) composed of cholesterol and varying amounts of bile salts, bile pigments and inorganic calcium salts. When bile in the gallbladder becomes supersaturated with cholesterol, it combines with other sediment matter present and begins to form a stone. Dietary factors like high blood sugar, high calorie and saturated fat intake that lead to obesity are also involved. A stone may grow for 6 to 8 years before symptoms occur. Continued formation of gallstones is dependent on either increased accumulation of cholesterol or reduced levels of bile acids or lecithin. It’s easy to see that diet improvement will deter, even arrest, gallstones.

Gallstones Can Be Serious
Ninety-five percent of people suffering from cholecystitis have gallstones. If these symptoms sound like you, pay close attention and seek medical help immediately. An ultrasound test provides a definitive diagnosis.

Can You Prevent Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones have long afflicted mankind. Evidence of kidney stones has recently been found in a 7,000 year-old Egyptian mummy! Still, in every decade since World War II,  the U.S. has seen a steady rise in kidney stone cases. Today 10% of American men and 5% of American women have a kidney stone by the time they’re seventy. Kidney stones are a diet-related illness. They are directly linked to dehydration, low dietary fiber, high fats from large amounts of animal protein, sugary foods, and too much alcohol and salt. Notable amounts of unabsorbed calcium (usually from dairy sources or antacids), also play a part.

The above symptoms parallel the rise of the Standard American Diet, full of fat, fried foods, rich dairy products and sugar. Excessive use of antacids and adrenal exhaustion also contribute to kidney stones. Kidney stones form when minerals that normally float free in kidney fluids combine into crystals. When inorganic mineral waste overloads and the body has too little fluid, kidney stones form. There are three types of kidney stones: those composed of calcium salts, the most common type (75-85%), struvite, or non-calcium-containing crystals (10-15%), and uric acid crystals, at about 5-8% occurrence. It takes from 5 to 15 hours of vigorous, urgent treatment to dissolve and pass even small stones.

Kidney Stone Prevention Tips
A vegetarian diet, low in proteins and starches, that emphasizes fresh fruits, vegetables and cultured foods to alkalize the system, is the key to avoiding kidney stone formation. This type of diet is high in fiber to reduce urinary calcium waste. Eliminate caffeine foods, salty, sugary and fried foods and soft drinks that inhibit kidney filtering. Avoid clogging, mucous-forming foods like dairy foods, heavy grains, starches and fats, to relieve irritation and inhibit sediment formation. 


All about Gallbladder Disease

Gallstones, Cholecystitis
The gallbladder helps digest fats by producing bile (a compound of cholesterol, bile pigments and salts). But if you eat a lot of fatty and fried foods, gallbladder bile fluids often become saturated with cholesterol, the cholesterol precipitates into solid crystals, then accumulates into stones. The stones enlarge, the gallbladder becomes inflamed, and severe pain that feels like a heart attack ensues. It can be life threatening if left untreated. Stones may also block the bile passage, causing pain and digestive harm. About 20 million Americans have gallstones, and gallbladder cholecystitis (acute gallbladder inflammation); three fourths of them are women.

High risk factors for gallbladder disease include a poor diet with high cholesterol and low bile acids, chronic indigestion and gas from too much dairy and refined sugars, obesity, and Crohn’s disease. Research shows that even birth control pills or HRT, hormone replacement drugs, which change estrogen balance, increase cholesterol production by the liver. Yo-yo dieting increases risk of gallstones. (I personally knew a 64-year-old woman who died from her gallstones that became severe through twenty-five years of yo-yo dieting.)

Gallstones are far easier to prevent than to reverse. Research shows eating just one large orange a day may reduce gallstone risk. The sharp rise of three conditions in America affect our ability to digest cleanly… 1) food allergies - because they affect the ability to digest (eliminate the offending food to stop attacks),  2) parasite infections - because they can lead to calcium composition stones, 3) lack of regular exercise which stagnates digestive activity. 


The Kidney Stone Cleanse

Important Note: Drink plenty of water, 8-10 glasses of bottled water each day of your cleanse so that waste and excess minerals are continuously flushed and urine flow does not stagnate. Dehydration is a key factor in kidney stone formation… causing a reduction in urine volume and increasing excretion of stone constituents.
The night before your kidney stone cleanse…Take a cup of chamomile tea. The next day…Take 2 tbsp. olive oil through a straw every 4 hours to help dissolve stones.
On rising: take cranberry juice (from concentrate) in water with 1 tsp. maple syrup; or 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar in water with 1 tsp. honey; and a cup of chamomile tea.
Breakfast: have a glass of cranberry juice, fresh unsweetened lemonade or fresh watermelon juice, or watermelon chunks, or Crystal Star Green Tea Cleanser.
Mid-morning: 1 cup watermelon seed tea (grind seeds, steep in hot water 30 minutes, add honey); or dandelion tea, or Crystal Star Bladder Comfort tea.
Lunch: have a carrot/beet/cucumber juice, and a green leafy salad with cucumbers and sprouts.
Mid-afternoon: have a cup of chamomile tea; and asparagus stalks and carrot sticks with kefir cheese; or fresh apples with kefir or yogurt dip.
Dinner: have brown rice with steamed veggies or steamed asparagus with miso soup and chopped, dry sea veggies; or a baked potato with kefir cheese and a green leafy salad.
Before Bed: take a glass of aloe vera juice and another cup of chamomile tea; or miso with sea veggies chopped on top.
After your cleanse: As you return to solid foods, make sure you eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Even meat eaters have a lower incidence of stones when they add extra fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep salt and protein low for at least 3 weeks. Establish a diet with plenty of fiber. Vitamin K plays a key role in your body’s natural inhibition of kidney stone formation. Make sure you add plenty of green leafy vegetables, sprouts and sea veggies, high in vitamin K.


Role of Blood Tests in Diagnosing Cancer by guest blogger Daniel Clarke

Role of Blood Tests in Diagnosing Cancer

If in case, a patient is suspected of having cancer, then the doctor may advise the patient for cancer blood tests or other types of lab tests. Blood tests in no way can tell the doctor about whether the person is suffering from cancer or not, but yes they can give some clues pertaining to it.

Blood tests prove helpful for doctors to diagnose cancer and to monitor how a patient is responding to the treatment. Private blood tests have great significance for diagnosing cancer and further help in better management of health. Your healthcare professional will examine the blood samples to get a fair idea about your general health.

There are some cancer tests for diagnosing cancer which are imaging, genetic testing, blood tests, endoscopic examination and urinalysis. Accurate blood tests are very crucial to provide the best patient care. You can reduce your anxiety by learning how cancer blood tests are carried out, why they are carried out and how they can be helpful to save a person’s life.

Types of Blood Tests for Diagnosing Cancer:

1.    CBC (Complete Blood Count) It is a common laboratory blood test basically used to detect cancer and monitor the response of patient to cancer treatment. This test can prove very useful to detect various health conditions including anaemia, infection, etc.

2.    Tumour Mark TestsFor carrying out this type of test, a surgical specimen and a biopsy sample to carry out test for tumour markers. Blood samples are then sent to a lab and the tumour marker is analysed by making use of special machines.

3.    Blood Protein Testing Protein testing is carried out to examine different types of blood cells present in the blood sample. The abnormality is measured in terms of either too many or few cells of a specific or abnormal cells. Further, a bone marrow biopsy would also be required for the confirmation of a suspected diagnosis.

Significance of Cancer Screening Tests

It is very essential that you should follow cancer screening test schedule so as to prevent detection of cancer in your body at a later or final stage. People would be aware of the fact that chances of treating cancer are much easier at an early stage. For this reason, it is advisable to avoid procrastinating cancer tests. Tests carried out on a timely basis will prove very helpful in saving your life.

Types of Diagnostic Tests

There are numerous methods for diagnosing cancer and advanced tools are also being developed to diagnose cancer. The common diagnostic methods include:

§  BiopsyIn this method, a small tissue sample is surgically examined/removed under a microscope so as to test the presence of cancer cells in it.

§  Endoscopy To carry out this test, a flexible plastic tube with a tiny camera is inserted into body cavities/organs. This allows your physician to view the suspicious area carefully.

§  Diagnostic ImagingIn this type of method, numerous techniques are carried out to produce an internal image of the body and its structure. These techniques are CAT scan, ultrasound, X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), etc.

Thus, it is advisable to get tested at an earlier stage and to take certain precautions against cancer.

Author Bio

Daniel Clark is a renowned healthcare specialist and owns a clinic. He often shares healthcare tips with her readers for their well being. Here, in this post he explains the significance of private blood tests and why such tests are required.

Bladder/Kidney Detox Plan

The urinary system is part of a complex process that maintains your body’s fluid stability. Urinary controls are involved with the brain, hormones, and receptors all over the body. They are smart controls that register what your body needs for fluids. Sometimes, they remove very little salt or water; at other times, they remove a lot. By the way… dehydration is the most common stress on the kidneys. Natural medicine emphasizes the importance of ample, high-quality water for kidney health.

Signs you could benefit from a bladder/kidney detox


Do you have chronic lower back pain, irritated urination, frequent unexplained chills, fever, or nausea or fluid retention? A gentle, natural, 3 to 5 day cleanse may be just the thing to keep you from getting a full-blown, painful bladder infection.

Bladder Kidney Detox Plan

Start with this 3-day nutrition plan
Water is the key. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day. Bladder and kidneys operate efficiently only if there is sufficient water volume flowing through them to carry away wastes. Avoid dietary irritants on the kidneys, such as coffee, alcohol, and excessive protein.
Note: Avoid commercial antacids during healing. Some NSAID drugs are implicated in kidney failure cases.
The night before your bladder cleanse…
—One cup of bladder cleansing herb tea, like Crystal Star Bladder Comfort tea; Renee Ponder Diuret Herbal tea or uva ursi tea. Add ¼ tsp. non-acidic C crystals.
The next 3 days…
On rising: take 1 lemon squeezed in a glass of water, with 1 tsp. acidophilus liquid; or 3 tsp. cranberry concentrate in a small glass of water, add ¼ tsp. non-acidic vit. C crystals. (Cranberry juice reduces ionized calcium in the urine by over 50% to create an unfavorable environment for urinary tract infections.)
Breakfast: have a glass of watermelon juice or cranberry juice, or Crystal Star Bladder Comfort tea, with ¼ tsp. non-acidic vitamin C crystals or a glass of organic apple juice with ¼ tsp. acidophilus powder.
Mid-morning: take 1 cup watermelon seed tea (grind seeds, steep in hot water 30 minutes, add honey); or a potassium broth with 2 tsp. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos; or an herbal bladder cleansing tea.
Lunch: have a carrot-beet-cucumber juice, or a chlorophyll-rich drink, or a glass of carrot juice.
Mid-afternoon: a cup of bladder herb tea, (parsley/oatstraw, plantain, watermelon seed tea or cornsilk).
Dinner: have carrot juice, add 1 tsp. spirulina powder; or have a cranberry juice, add ¼ tsp. ascorbate vitamin C crystals.
Before Bed: take a glass of papaya or apple juice with ¼ tsp. acidophilus powder.

Improvement Signs That Your Body Is Responding To The Cleanse
•    The flow of urine is increased.
•    Bladder infections and/or irritated urination abate.
•     You’ll feel lighter and cleaner as your kidneys detoxifies free of congestion.

3 Day Spring Cleanse Program

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A “Spring Cleanse” Is A Breath Of Fresh Air For Your Body After A Long Winter.
A mild spring cleanse is an important, vitality technique even if you are healthy. Even if you exercise during the winter to keep trim, most people still feel at an energy low during the cold, dark months. That’s because our bodies still reflect the ancient seasonal need to harbor more fat for warmth and survival. In a time when people were closer to Nature than we are today, the great majority farmed the land from spring to fall, and lived lives of demanding physical labor. Winter was a time of inactivity, with a natural tendency towards rest. Foods harvested and stored in the autumn lost much of their nutrition value through the winter, so people had to eat denser foods, and more of them, to receive the same nutrition. Even in modern times, winter’s shorter days, often without any sunshine and vitamin D mean that our bodies are less able to use nutrients efficiently.

Cold weather prompts people to eat heavier, fattier, comfort foods, too. Mankind’s ancient winter “hibernation” patterns also mean that our metabolism slows, sometimes by as much as 10%. So, much to the dismay of many of us, fall and winter are the most difficult times of the year to control body weight.

Nature has designed the perfect time for a spring cleanse. Winter weather illnesses like colds, bronchitis and flu leave our bodies with accumulated toxins. Heavy winter clothing, especially thick waterproof coats, hinders normal breathing and perspiration of our skin. When spring finally arrives, new green, leafy, high-chlorophyll vegetables boost our blood and liven up our metabolism. Cleansing, antioxidant-rich herbs promote a feeling of new life and restoration of well-being. Nature starts chuckling in the spring. (Laughter is a good cleanser for people, too. It boosts our beta endorphins for a sense of well-being.) Warmer weather lowers our appetite needs (we tend to shed pounds along with congestion), prompts more activity and movement, and stimulates cleansing.

A “spring cleanse” is actually a very light diet. It focuses on digestion, elimination of accumulated wastes, and improving body functions. Try a spring or summer cleanse over a long weekend. That’s enough time to fit comfortably into most people’s lives, and it doesn’t become too stressful on the body. The best way is to start on Friday night with a pre-cleansing salad, then follow with a cleansing diet like the one in this book, and end with a light Monday morning fruit bowl. Amplify the purifying effects with a stimulating, circulation bath or sauna.

Is Your Body Showing Signs That You Need A Spring Cleanse?
—Do you feel bloated, constipated and congested? (a sign that your diet is heavier and richer than usual)
—Have you gained weight even though you aren’t eating more food? (a sign of winter fat storage)
—Do you feel slow and low energy most of the time? (a sign of cold weather body slowdown)
—Has your digestion worsened? (a sign your body isn’t using its nutrients well)
—Do your lungs feel clogged and swollen? (a sign of shallower breathing, perhaps a low-grade infection)

Benefits You Can Expect From A Spring Cleanse
—Your digestive tract gets a “wash and brush” of accumulated waste.
—Your liver, kidney and blood are purified, impossible under ordinary eating patterns.
—Your mental clarity receives a boost, impossible under an overload of food chemicals.
—You’ll relieve dependency on habit-forming sugars, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol or drugs.
—Bad eating habits get a break… with a new chance to improve your diet patterns.
—Your stomach has a chance to reduce its size for weight loss and better weight control.

Spring Cleanse Detox Plan
Start With The 3-Day Nutrition Plan Below
The focus is on fresh plant foods: 1) high chlorophyll plants for enzymes; 2) fruits and vegetables for fiber; 3) cultured foods for probiotics; 4) eight glasses of water a day.
The evening before your spring cleanse…
—Have a light salad with plenty of greens. Take your choice of gentle herbal laxatives.
The next 3 days…
—On rising: take a cleansing flushing tea like Green Tea Cleanser, or 1 heaping tsp. fiber mix in juice. Add 3000mg vitamin C with bioflavs daily to raise glutathione levels, an important detox nutrient.
—Breakfast: take your choice of fruit juices, 8 oz.
—Mid-morning: take a small glass of potassium broth, or 2 tbsp. aloe juice concentrate in juice or water, or a superfood green drink; or a cup of green tea or Green Tea Cleanser.
—Lunch: fresh carrot juice; raw sauerkraut, or seaweed salad (health food or Asian food stores)
—Mid-afternoon: take a glass of fresh apple juice; or an herbal cleansing tea.
—About 5 o’ clock: take another small potassium broth, a fresh carrot or vegetable juice like Knudsen’s Very Veggie, or a superfood green drink.
—Supper: take miso soup with 2 tbsp. dried sea vegetables (dulse, nori, etc.) chopped over the top.
(Note: Finish your cleanse with a small green salad with fresh sprouts on the last night.)
—Before Bed: repeat the herbal cleansers that you took on rising, and take a cup of mint tea.

Why should you take first aid and CPR training? by guest blogger Daniel Clark

Why should you take first aid and CPR training?

Have you ever faced any situation where you see a person suffering from a sudden heart attack and you feel helpless as to what to do? Someone is losing his or her life in front of you and you are unable to provide any help. Thus, at such moments you feel that it is essential to be trained in handling first aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Many people take correct aid coaching and cardiac resuscitation coaching. However, it is not an easy task to do so. Cardiac resuscitation is for those who can handle emergencies without getting panicky. This training is for handling life and death situations in cases of emergencies.

Most first aid certification classes include CPR training and with wide use of computers, it is becoming easier to get certification online. The online training includes such CPR training for a victim who has suffered a heart attack. It is necessary, not only to learn how to give CPR, but also when to give it. You will gain the expertise after getting training and how and when to help them. The basic emergency procedures that you can learn during your first aid class will always be valuable. There are many institutes and organizations that provide first aid and CPR training. CPR training Knoxville by Prime Medical Training is also well known for giving such training sessions.

You do not need a medical background to take up first aid lessons or CPR lessons. These lessons are taken by those who have experience in teaching for first aid. The classes are intensive and informative. First aid certification, CPR certifications are valid only for 2 years. Continuous updating and training is essential in order to save lives. It is never too late or early to learn about first aid.

Benefits of getting CPR certification

If a person suffers from cardiac arrest, then your first instinct would be to call an ambulance. If ambulance takes time to come, what can you do? Well, if you have training in CPR, then you can give the victim mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or chest compressions and save life.

First aid training takes longer than CPR training because it has many types of medical emergencies. First aid emergencies may vary from dealing with simple cuts, fractures, nose bleeding, head injuries or insect bites.  For every emergency that you handle, a different treatment procedure is necessary. You cannot treat burn injury same way as that of fracture. Both procedures vary and thus first aid training takes longer than CPR training. There are many organizations which can give you first aid and CPR training. You can obtain these certifications from the fire department, Red Cross society, American heart association or any other private organizations. These organizations may charge a small amount if you wish to learn these courses and then you can enroll for free CPR online classes.

If you are well trained, then you can save someone’s precious life. It is never too late to learn first aid and CPR trainings. Many fields and organizations now require the proper training, including rescue or emergency response personnel. So, manage your panic by getting a certificate in first aid and CPR training.

Author Bio

Daniel does volunteer work and has taken CPR training from Prime Medical Training, Knoxville. In the above post he is mentioning the importance of taking first aid and CPR training to help in life saving situations. 


How Cold Sore Happens And Tips To Prevent It by guest blogger Brendon Buthello

How Cold Sore Happens And Tips To Prevent It.

Small fluid filled lesions, that generally pop up on or around your lips leave a tingling and burning sensation. Then, it starts to appear as a blister. This is what we called "Cold Sore". It is even known as fever blisters.

Cold Sore commonly occurs on the lips, chin, cheeks, inside the nostrils or even on the roof of the mouth.

Main Culprit of Cold Sore.

Herpes Simplex Virus (Type-1) is responsible for such painful blisters. How it causes a cold sore? Check the whole process:

- The virus enters your body and lives in your nerve cell.

- Then, it senses the slightest change in your temperature, ph balance, stress level and your immune strength as well.

- The change will create a favorable condition for the virus to head towards the surface along your nerve fibers.

- Eventually, it creates a new virus on the surface through its replication procedure. This new virus produces the cold sore blisters.

How HSV-1 Gets Activated?

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It is possible that the HSV-1 virus enters the body, lies around the surface and does nothing. But, it gets activated due to a number of reasons and form into a painful blister. What are those reasons?

- Mental and physical stress

- Fever or illness

- Hormone imbalance

- Weak immune system

- Menstruation cycle

- Extreme sun exposure

The virus gets activated and you will feel itching sensation on the area where the cold sore is likely to get form. After two days of tingling sensation, the tiny blisters appear. These fluid-filled blisters break, weep, crust over and gradually disappears. Cold sore takes 7-8 days to completely heal.

How to Prevent it?

You cannot prevent the outbreak of a cold sore, but can only minimize the spread of such virus. Take the immediate precautions at a time when you notice the first symptom that is the tingling sensation on the affected area. Check what you need to take care, to minimize the activation of HSV-1.

1. Avoid the preferable environment for HSV-1 virus!

HSV-1 virus gets activated faster in a warm environment. If you feel like itching, then apply ice as this will prevent the cold sore to form.

The virus even prefers the acid environment and provokes the outbreak of a cold sore. Such an environment affects your pH balance, which should be 7.4 but it drops below 7 and this gives a favorable condition for the virus. How to maintain that pH balance? Check it below:

- Avoid eating acid foods such as tomatoes, citrus, carbonated soda or any foods that contain vinegar.

- Apply sun block before stepping out.

- Stress increases the acid level. Do meditation and manage your stress level.

2. Avoid high arginine food!

A protein called "Arginine" in our body, is a critical building block for creating the herpes virus. The virus needs plenty of arginine to get activated. If the virus gets to the surface and cannot find enough arginine, then it retreats. You need to stop the amount of arginine in your body cells.

How to reduce the Arginine?

Increase the amount of Lysine protein, as it replaces some of the arginine in the cells and prevent the virus. Eat high lysine food prior to or during the cold sore. Meat, cheese, milk, yogurt and other dairy products should be included in your diet. Avoid arginine food such as nuts, seeds, grains and chocolates.

3. What causes you a cold sore? Know your triggers and prevent it!

Cold Sore triggers may vary from person to person. What are your triggers? You can avoid those triggers, if you know it before.

Main trigger of such virus is the weaker immune system. How to strengthen the immune system?

a) Eat a balanced diet including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

b) Adopt a healthy lifestyle. Exercise regularly, drink enough water, limit alcohol consumption and get a plenty of sleep.

c) Do meditation and reduce your stress level.

Know your triggers well in advance and treat them. This will prevent the cold sore outbreak.

Don't allow the virus to form into a cold sore and prevent it as early as possible.

Author Bio:

Brendon Buthello writes article on preventive care for infectious diseases. In this article, he writes about how cold sore outbreak. You can also get detail and beneficial knowledge for cold sores cure and knowledge for preventive measure of cold sores.

Why Should You Visit a Skin Doctor? by guest blogger Daniel Clark

Why Should You Visit a Skin Doctor?

A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in treating skin related diseases and problems. Putting your face in the hands of someone else needs a lot of faith in that person. Hence, it is important that you choose a good dermatologist for getting the best treatment for your skin related problems. A good dermatologist will give consistent results almost every time. Many dermatology clinics in London have good reputation, work with a variety of patients, and treat them by examining tissue samples and performing many chemical and biological analyses to confirm the disease. The skin is the largest organ in our body and also the one that is the most visible. Therefore, we have a tendency to naturally take excellent care of our skin to form a positive impression on people we have to meet. A decent skin doctor is able to assist you keep your skin in a very fine condition.

Skin is the largest organ of human body and comprises 16% of the total weight of body. Having healthy skin is a sign of having healthy body. Our skin is exposed to harsh conditions every day. Skin is exposed to dust, pollution and intense sunlight during summers and dry, cold conditions in winter. Apart from skin, our hair and nails are also affected. Thanks to dermatologists that we can maintain our skin properly. There are many reasons why you must visit a dermatologist, few of which are given below.

For Cosmetic dermatology

It deals with cosmetic surgeries like Botox, laser treatments, liposuction, face-lifts, fillers etc.

For Dermopathology

Dermopathologist is one who specializes in pathology of skin.

For Immunodermatology

It involves treatment of immune related diseases like systemic erythromatosus lupus, vulgaris and many more.

Mohs surgery

This dermatology branch is named after Dr. Frederic Mohs. It involves excision of skin cancers using tissue-sparing technique.

Pediatric dermatology

This field includes complex diseases of neonates and any other complications of children.

Apart from the above mentioned reasons, you can visit dermatologists for many other reasons given below.

Ø Cosmetic dermatology is a budding field. Many of the simply invasive procedures performed by a cosmetic surgeon can be performed by a dermatologist.

Ø Liposuction-suction: It is fat removal procedure usually performed on the abdomen, buttocks, neck, backs of the arms and other problem areas.

Ø Botox Injections: It is a solution primarily for crow's feet and forehead wrinkles

Ø Wrinkle Fillers: These include collagen, hyaluronic acid, elastin, and synthetic injections to even out fine lines or wrinkles

Ø Laser hair removal: This is widely used procedure, mostly requested by women for unnecessary hair on the face or other parts of the body.

Ø Hair transplantation: This is a treatment for balding and involves removing hair follicles from one part of the head and transplanting them to fill in bald spots.

Ø Laser removal procedure: Tattoo, blemishes and birthmark removal-all done with lasers.

Ø Eczema: It is an inflammatory skin condition characterized by itching, redness and silvery plaque formations.

Ø Acne: It is one of the most common problems and thus numerous treatments are available

Ø Hair loss: Both men and women may experience hair loss either suddenly and gradually over time, all cases should be evaluated and treated accordingly.

Author Bio

Daniel, the author of this post is a skin doctor in dermatology clinic in London. Apart from his profession, he likes to provide tips and techniques through his posts. Here he is giving information about why people visit dermatologists.







Cellulite Solutions- Detox with Diet & Herbs

Cellulite is a combination of fat, water and trapped wastes beneath the skin - usually on otherwise thin women. When circulation and elimination processes become impaired, connective tissue loses its strength. Unmetabolized fats and wastes become trapped in pockets just beneath the skin instead of being expelled through normal means. Over time, the waste materials harden and form the puckering skin effect we know as cellulite. Because it is unattached material, dieting and exercise alone can’t dislodge cellulite.

An effective program for cellulite release should be in four parts: 1) Stimulate elimination functions; 2) Increase circulation and metabolism; 3) Control excess fluid and waste retention; 4) Re-establish connective tissue elasticity.

Diet Therapy (follow the diet as closely as possible for best results)

1. Add daily flushers to free trapped toxins: pineapple (bromelain), apples and berries (pectin fiber) and citrus (vitamin C). Carrot/beet/cucumber juice cleans the liver so it can metabolize fats better. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water, juices and green tea every day. Graze: eat smaller, more frequent meals, instead of 2 to 3 large ones to keep fat burning.
2. Fruits and juices each morning. Two fresh or steamed vegetables at every other meal. A fresh salad and brown rice once a day. A liver cleanse works wonders.
The cellulite blacklist: • All fried, fatty dairy foods; • High caffeine, carbonated sodas, hard liquor; • Red meats; • Extra salty foods (use herbal seasoning instead).
3. Balance estrogen: add cruciferous veggies like broccoli to keep excess estrogen flushed. Have Omega-rich fish and seafood twice a week. Have 2 tbsp. chopped dried seaweeds 3 or 4 times a week in a soup, salad or rice; or 6 pcs. sushi daily.

Herbal Therapy (Choose 2-3 supplements)

1. Detox: • Crystal Star Cellulite Tone caps with Hot Seaweed Bath to support healthy circulation and elimination.
2. Help the liver detox: • Crystal Star Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea; • Milk Thistle Seed or Artichoke leaf extract for liver congestion; • Anabol Naturals Amino Balance caps; • Milk Thistle-Yellow Dock extract.

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• Use a dry skin brush or loofah to stimulate lymph glands. A seaweed bath afterward releases trapped toxins. A spa body wrap is a rapid fluid and inch-loss treatment. Get a lymphatic massage treatment at the spa to release even more trapped fats.
• 10-minute daily cellulite exercises work. They keep a slim subcutaneous fat layer, increase circulation, maintain underlying tissue integrity. Do them all each day for 10 minutes. 1) Standing arm swings 50 count both arms. 2) 100 tummy sucks. 3) 100 torso twists. 4) Wall pushups with each arm and both arms. 5) Standing leg circles, 50 each leg. 6) Weight lifting that focuses on the lower body helps develop the muscles in the hips and thighs. 7) Deep breathing moves out lymph congestion that shows as cellulite (one reason why yoga and pilates are so effective).

Women's Weight Loss Over 40: Herbal Solutions to Fight Middle-Aged Spread

Nearly everyone faces a disconcerting body thickening and slow rise in weight in their 40s, even people who have always been slim, who eat a healthy diet, and who exercise regularly. In fact, body fat typically doubles between the ages of 20 and 50. Sometimes diet and exercise really isn’t enough! What’s happening to our bodies?

For women, a major calorie-burning process grinds to a halt after menopause. The metabolic rise in the last two weeks of the menstrual cycle accounts for 15,000–20,000 calories per year. Those calories really start to add up when the menstrual cycle stops. Further, women tend to develop more abdominal fat as estrogen levels are reduced. For men, lower testosterone levels caused by andropause leads to a decrease in muscle mass and an increase in fat storage.  Research shows that with age, men burn less fat during exercise, so older men actually need to work out longer to lose weight!

Healthy lifestyle changes are critical to achieve long-term weight loss goals, but it often takes more at mid life. Whole herbs are an ideal choice for weight loss after 40. They are not habit forming like stimulant anti-obesity drugs, and they support natural weight loss processes, like thermogenesis.

Thermogenesis’ Role in Weight Loss Over 40

Thermogenesis is all about fat burning. About 75% of the calories you eat work to keep you alive and support your resting metabolic rate. The balance of calories are stored as white fat, or burned up by brown adipose tissue (brown fat), your body’s premier fat burning factory. The more active your brown fat is, the more efficient your thermogenesis is, and the easier it is to maintain an optimum weight. Differences in brown fat activity explain why some people can overeat and stay slim, while others put on the pounds even though their diet and exercise plan is sound.

Starting in our early 40s, a genetic timer begins to slow down the thermogenic mechanism. Instead of calories being burned off, more of them get stored as white fat, leading to weight gain, especially around the middle. In addition, some people are simply not born with enough brown fat. These people gain more weight at middle age because the little brown fat they do have is reduced even further. Nature in her wisdom provides a solution. You can reactivate your brown fat activity after 40, and using thermogenic herbs is a key.

Fat Burning Herbs: The Good & Bad News

Most of us have heard of the herb, ephedra as a thermogenic aid to stimulate weight loss. Unfortunately, misuse and abuse of ephedra in highly concentrated, chemical ephedrine products has led to cardiovascular side effects and health risks for consumers. Today, ephedra is banned from use in dietary supplements in the U.S. But, ephedra is not the only herb that stimulates brown fat activity. Green tea, mustard seed, cinnamon and ginger are a few other thermogenic herbs that you can use without the side effects or health risks.

As a traditional herbalist, I only formulate with whole herbs, because they are much less likely to produce side effects or interactions than standardized herbs or highly concentrated herbs. Further, whole herbs in combination offer the advantage of addressing multiple body systems and needs. For “after 40” weight loss concerns, I combine thermogenic whole herbs with herbs that control appetite and sugar cravings, and herbs that relieve bloating. Whole herbs support the whole person.

Losing weight at mid life does present new challenges, but once the body adjusts to its new hormone levels, weight gain stabilizes, and becomes more manageable. Whole herbs can help you get over an “after 40” weight loss plateau, and have the added benefits of improving body chemistry and reestablishing better metabolic rates.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

A Definitive Guide for the Sciatica Treatment by guest blogger Daniel Clark

Are you going through any kind of pain in the lower back and gluteal region? If yes, then you might be suffering from Sciatica problem. In Sciatica, the pain caused in the lower back and gluteal region radiates down through one or both legs that passes through the thigh, calf, ankle and foot. In fact, the genuine sciatica occurs when the pain travels below the knee.

Causes: The main cause of sciatica problem is due to the sciatica nerve compression. The most common disorders resulting in sciatic nerve pain include lumbar spine subluxations or the misaligned vertebral bodies, tumors, the herniated or bulging discs or the slipped discs, pregnancy and childbirth as well as non-spinal disorders that include constipation, diabetes or just sitting on one’s back pocket wallet. Another common cause of sciatica is the Piriformis syndrome that is located in the lower part of the spine which connects to the thighbone while assisting in the hip rotation. Usually, the sciatic nerve runs beneath the Piriformis muscle that is susceptible to the injury from a slip and fall, hip arthritis or by the difference in leg length. These situations could cause cramping as well as spasm in developing the Piriformis muscle while pinching the sciatic nerve while causing inflammation and pain.

Treatment: There are different types of treatment to get relieved from sciatica. Let us have a look at that:

l Drugs/Medications: The severity of the pain generally determines the treatment of sciatic pain. The doctors could prescribe certain medications or the spinal injections for treating sciatica. The most possible prescriptions could be:

·      Epidural Steroid Injections: The steroids that could reduce inflammation could help ease for the sciatic pain. With the help of an epidural steroid injection, one could get a corticosteroid medicine that is injected near the spinal nerve roots that reduces the pain for several months.

·      Over-the-counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs): These could help reduce the swelling while relieving the pain; the doctors could suggest plenty of options to counter NSAID by using ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve). 

·      Prescription Medications: If one is suffering through chronic sciatica, the muscle relaxant sciatica treatment could help ease the muscle spasms. Other anti-depressant drugs can also be used among which some of them increase the body’s production of endorphins, a natural pain killer.


l Physical Therapy: The possible physical therapy treatments for sciatica are as follows:

·      Deep tissue massage: Through this technique, the chronic muscle tension is being targeted that results in pressing the sciatic nerve or its related nerve roots.

·      TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation): In this therapy, the machine stimulates the muscles through variable intensities of the electrical current. TENS ultimately helps in reducing muscle spasms while increasing the body’s production of endorphins. 

·      Hot and cold therapies: In heat therapy, the physical therapist looks for to get more blood to the targeted area as increased blood flow could bring more oxygen and nutrients to that area. On the contrary, the cold therapy slows down the circulation that helps in reducing inflammation, pain as well as muscle spasms. 

·      Ultrasound: The ultrasound sends the sound waves deep into the muscle tissues while creating a gentle heat that enhances the circulation and helps in speed healing.

l Surgical Treatment:

·      Disectomy or Microdisectomy: In this treatment, the surgeon removes all or part of a herniated disc that is pushing the sciatic nerve and causing the sciatica symptoms. 

·      Laminectomy or Laminotomy: In this treatment, the spinal cord and the part of the spine called the lamina is involved. The lamina is being removed from the body which is a bony plate that protects spinal canal. These procedures have tendency for creating extra space for the nerves by reducing the probability of the nerves to get compressed or pinched.

Other possible treatments of sciatica are through acupuncture, acupressure, biofeedback as well as yoga too. The chiropractic treatment can also be used while looking for best sciatica treatment. Thus, these were some of the causes and the related treatments of sciatica.

Daniel Clark is a medical expert and working in the medical field for several years as well as professional blogger too. He likes to share his recent researches on different medical conditions with his viewers. Here he is sharing different causes and treatments of sciatica.