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Natural Products for Your Skin

Many of the natural beauty products that we use are far from living up to their name. Companies can slap the word “natural” on their product because the word is not regulated in its advertising use. When we apply things to our skin we must take notice to the ingredients in those products. Our skin is our largest organ and it is permeable. Some things just evaporate or wash off the skin but other things can absorb into the skin and then others can even get into your bloodstream. The ingredients that are controversial and found in many beauty products are added in small amounts and will not cause immediate harm in most people, but the issue for us to be concerned about is what are these ingredients doing to us over time. You must beware and check out the ingredients even on the products that claim to be natural.

In our quest for beauty we exercise, we use makeup, soaps, oils, lotions, colorants, deodorants, polishes, sprays, fragrance, special cleansers and hair removers. We are fueling a multi billion dollar industry. We would probably all be a little richer and a little healthier if we started going by the ‘less is more’ trend.

Let’s talk about makeup. Have you ever seen someone who was attractive but had on entirely too much makeup? If we could all just embrace what we have naturally and just give it a tiny kick of makeup to enhance it, we would save in many ways and look better too. There are an array of cosmetic lines that are safer to use on your skin. One that I really like that is just becoming big right now is mineral makeup, but you still have to read the ingredients because some brands add more than needed.

Soap has taken many different forms. You have bar soap, body wash and liquid soap. Many people don’t like bar soaps because they contain animal fats and lard that have been said can clog the pores. The body washes are nice but they tend to be loaded with lots of extra ingredients (chemicals) that you might not want to be rubbing on your skin. The liquid soaps are nice because because they don’t contain animal fats or lard and most are made from healthy natural ingredients. Which ever soap you try, make sure it agrees with your skin type. If you have any kind of reaction to the soap, stop using it immediately and try something else. Shampoo and conditioners are soaps as well and if your think about it, when you are rinsing these out of your hair they are running down your skin. So if you are having any skin irritations don’t forget to consider it may be from your shampoo or conditioner.

Advantages of Regular Exercise

Exercise is often looked over as a piece of the puzzle in beauty. Exercise is so good for you in so many different ways. The most obvious reason exercise is good for you is to help you maintain a healthy weight and physique.

Some people get depressed at the thought of exercising but in reality, exercise actually reduces depression, anxiety and stress while improving your mood and the way you feel about yourself.

Doing weight-bearing exercise promotes bone formation and may prevent many forms of bone loss like osteoporosis. Daily physical activity can help prevent heart disease and stroke by strengthening your heart muscle, lowering blood pressure, raising high-density lipoprotein (HDL, good cholesterol) and lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL, bad cholesterol) and improving blood flow. Exercise promotes better sleep too.

Exercise doesn’t have to suck up all your time either. Most people use the excuse that they just don’t have time to exercise and with the speed of todays society, I’m sure they have a valid point. But if you could find an exercise program that fit into your schedule because it was quick and very effective, there is no reason left not to exercise.

Essential Oil Safety

Essential oils are diluted in a natural base oil. It is important to avoid highly refined oils because they have been extracted by high pressure, intense heat and petroleum solvents. Also you shouldn’t make use of oils that have been bleached, deodorized or artificially colored. While these refined oils do not harm the skin, they are completely void of any vitamins and nutrients. Unrefined base oils are health treatments in themselves, containing naturally occurring nutrients such as vitamins D and E, essential fatty acids and trace minerals such as calcium and magnesium, all of which are highly beneficial to the skin.

Mineral oil, popularly known as ‘baby oil’ should never be used as a base for essential oils, to say nothing of using it on babies! Mineral oil is derived from petroleum, not only does it lack the health giving properties of unrefined vegetable oils but makes fat-soluble nutrients leach from the body. It also tends to clog the pores of the skin, contributing to the development of blackheads and pimples. Also, if used as a base for essential oils, it hinders their absorption through the skin. Above all, the use of synthetic oil of any nature runs counter to the philosophy of aromatherapy.

Essential oils and essential oil products must always be used as directed by your professional aromatherapist. Never use any essential oils in the first trimester of pregnancy without advice form a professional aromatherapist. If you suffer from epilepsy avoid essential oils of Basil, Camphor, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Hyssop, Peppermint, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang.

If you suffer from kidney problems, low and high blood pressure,  avoid essential oil of Juniper Berry, Lavender, May Chang, Sweet Marjoram, Rosemary, and Thyme. If you have had ovarian, uterine or breast cancer AND are receiving HRT avoid using Fennel, Geranium, Rose.

Never ingest any essential oils. and don’t use them on children under six without the advice of a professional aromatherapist. Also avoid wheat or nut carrier oils with children under six.

As a common sense precaution, if you have sensitive skin, complete a patch test before using any essential oils. Rub some of the product on the inside of the wrist or the inner elbow. Leave the product on the skin overnight, if you have a reaction then avoid using that oil.

It is wise to avoid using the same essential oils everyday, give them a break occasionally. The body can build up an immunity to essential oils rendering them ineffective. It is a good idea to have a few different blends to interchange.

Ingredients to Avoid in Skincare Products

Lotions and oils are very enticing to us because we always want our skin to be smooth and soft to the touch. But what are we really putting on our skin? Is it good for us?

While inspecting the ingredient lists on the products you use, here are a few of the ones you will want to try and avoid:

Coloring agents — D&C Orange 17, D&C Red 9, D&C Red 19, D&C Red 33, FD&C Blue 1, FD&C Green 3, FD&C Red 4, FD&C Red 40, FD&C Yellow 5, FD&C Yellow 6

Phthalates — a class of chemicals commonly used in fragranced products

Aluminum chloride — irritant

Parabens — a classification of preservatives that have been found in tissue samples from human breast tumors, according to a study published in the Jan/Feb 2004 Journal of Applied Toxicology. Listed on labels as benzyl-, methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, butyl-, isobutyl- parabens

Formaldehyde — a suspected carcinogen, can be present in the preservatives DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea and quaternium-15

Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA) — can react with nitrates in products to create carcinogengic nitrosomes

Polyethylene — PEG compounds (containing polyethylene glycol) and polysorbates can become contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a suspected carcinogen

Bronopol — can contribute to the production of formaldehyde

Sodium lauryl sulfate — irritant

Amyl, butyl, ethyl acetate — these common solvents are neurotoxins

Glycol Ethers — certain forms are hazardous to male and female reproductive systems. Avoid EGPE, EGME, EGEE, DEGBE, PGME, DPGME and Ethylene Glycol Ethers

Toluene — a neurotoxin and possiblecarcinogen

Facts about Hypnosis

In order to understand why hypnosis works, we need to understand what it is. Our images of hypnosis were probably formed in our younger years watching a depiction of it’s use on television. We may have seen Count Dracula use it to overcome his victims, or a master villain, use it to force an innocent person to commit murder. Although these uses make better television, they are not factual.

Hypnosis can be traced back many centuries, and was originally thought to be associated with magnetic fields. Centuries ago, doctors used it to help with mental disorders. In the 17th century, it was used during operations to ease pain. Many of the early practitioners knew the power of suggestion was a potent force, but had a hard time defining the term “hypnosis” The Greeks were the first to place a verbal association with the hypnotic state. “Hypnosis” in Greek, means sleep.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, we continued to define hypnosis. Although many books have been written, and uses documented, we do not fully understand why we are more susceptible to suggestion under hypnosis. Perhaps because the state is similar to that in which we dream. A state half-way between consciousness and sleep, or as the books define it, an “altered state of consciousness.”

The hypnotic state is very common, and we have all experienced it. Do you remember driving down a highway, and not remembering the span of time between your departure and arrival? Have you gone to a movie, and it seemed like 5 minutes had passed, instead of 2 hours. Have you been involved in a book, picturing events and drifted off into that world of fantasy, as though you were actually there? If these things sound familiar, then you have experienced hypnosis.

During hypnosis, you are placed in an altered state of consciousness. Suggestions are then given to direct you toward a goal, feeling, or state of mind. Repeated hypnosis sessions re-enforce suggestions and allow you to focus your attention on your goals. Under hypnosis, you would act the way you normally do. You can do nothing that is against your will or principles. At this point you might say, “I have seen people cluck like chickens on a stage, under hypnosis.” I guarantee, that those people would have done the same thing awake. Hypnosis only helps you visualize you goals better. If your goal was to become a chicken on stage, then hypnosis would aide you in achieving that goal.

Other than stage hypnosis, there are many practical applications for this altered state of consciousness. Hypnosis can be used to lose weight, stop smoking, build self- confidence, improve academic performance, treat fears and phobias, stress management, sleep problems, and helping to heal physical problems.

Stanford University devised a scale of susceptibility to pinpoint those more likely to benefit for the use of hypnosis. Basically, those people were asked to sway back and forth, glue their eyelids mentally together and complete the other 8 tasks associated with this scale. Everyone is susceptible to suggestion under hypnosis. The degree and results vary, as we as individuals vary from each other. Can you become more successful in achieving your goals (weightloss, quitting smoking, etc.) under hypnosis?

From our experience with thousands of subjects, I would say your chances are very good. The fees in our clinic are considerably higher than the prices of our tapes. Now you can enjoy the same results as our other clients in the comfort of your home. Nothing changes, unless you make it change. Visualization is the first step in achieving a goal. Make a change in your life today. It will be the best investment you ever made.

Hormone Therapy Study

The Million Women Study set out to recruit a million women between 1996 and 2001 from the United Kingdom National Health Service breast-screening program, where mammograms are done every 3 years. Approximately 50% of the patients surveyed used postmenopausal hormone therapy; the data were obtained from these individuals by filling out a questionnaire before having their mammogram. The women were monitored subsequently for breast cancer occurrence and the relationship to the use of hormone therapy. As with previous studies, no increase in risk of breast cancer was noted with past usage of any hormone preparation when the period of discontinuation exceeded 1 year, regardless of the duration of previous use. The average follow-up was 2.6 years, and unlike previous studies, even those patients taking only estrogen had an increased risk ratio of 1.30. The risk ratio for estrogen-progestin users was 2.00 and for past users was 1.01. The type of paration used did not seem to make a difference. Similar results were obtained with all products used and all doses.

After analyzing this cohort study, the authors estimate that the past decade of use of hormone therapy resulted in an extra 20,000 cases of breast cancer in the United Kingdom. It is truly unclear how they arrived at this figure. In the United States, the incidence of breast cancer had increased 4% per year through the years 1980 to 1988; this was attributed to increasing detection because of the widespread use of mammography. Since 1988, the incidence rate has been very stable, with less than 1% increase per year. When breast cancer mortality was analyzed in the Million Women Study, there were no statistically significant increases, with a total of 517 deaths recorded from breast cancer. There is a trend in that current users had a risk ratio of 1.22. This trend suggests an increase in breast cancer mortality with the use of hormones, which is the opposite of more than 90% of previous cohort studies that show a decrease in breast cancer mortality with hormone use. One cannot help but wonder whether this is in some way related to the fact that mammography is done every 3 years in the United Kingdom as opposed to annually in the United States. The authors also conclude that the use of hormone therapy reduces the sensitivity of the mammogram and increases the diagnosis of interval cancers. This also is inconsistent with previous studies.

The results of the Million Women Study also disagree with the Health Initiative, which has reported that an increase in breast cancer is not associated with the estrogen-only arm of that clinical trial. This study has to be taken seriously because of its size, but most of the results are inconsistent with other, similar reports. In general, the underlying reason for disagreement among studies appears to be related to the minimal influence that hormone therapy has on the incidence of breast cancer. The increased risk, if it exists, lies too close to the baseline. Patients who are considering hormone therapy have to understand this, weigh the benefits as well as the risks, and make their decisions appropriately.