Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Is there any chemical hair straightener that’s safe to use?

From The FAQs...For more  See the link http://www.ewg.org/hair-straighteners/our-report/faqs-7/

Is there any chemical hair straightener that’s safe to use?
EWG hasn’t found a chemical hair straightener that we can recommend. Some brands claim to use chemicals that are less toxic than formaldehyde and less prone to cause allergic reactions. But these may require you to leave the product on for a day or two before rinsing, so you’re exposed to more of the chemical – you’re breathing more vapors, and more is soaking through your skin over time. Some “formaldehyde-free” products contain “formaldehyde releasers” that expose you to the chemical anyway. Most of the products we’ve reviewed don’t list their active ingredients, but almost all unlabeled products that have been tested have been found to contain substantial amounts of formaldehyde.

What other hair-care products should I avoid?
Perms and straighteners rely on chemicals to break the hair’s bonds, after which it reforms to a desired shape. You should avoid or be a very careful consumer of both perms and straighteners. We assess many of these products for safety and explain our concerns here: [For more information, click here.]. Minimize your use of dark hair dyes; many contain coal tar ingredients that have been linked to cancer in some studies. “Cold” permanent waves based on chemicals, not heated rollers, rely on some of the same chemicals used to straighten hair.

Brazilian-style straightening treatments: Adverse reactions and injuries

Over the past two years, the Food and Drug Administration has received 47 complaints of adverse reactions and injuries from salon workers and clients who used Brazilian-style straightening treatments, according to FDA records obtained by the Environmental Working Group through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Reported injuries:
  • “Within five days of the treatment I began losing large amounts of hair… I have experienced about a 40% volume loss in my hair and it continues to fall out at the same alarming pace.”
  • “Hair continued to fall off as she continued to rinse. Blisters also discovered on the back of head… Complainant developed severe stability problems (severe dizziness)… Physician examined and noted hair loss, blisters on scalp and ulcer formation in her mouth.”
  • “I immediately experienced burning eyes, burning and running nose and a burning throat… I was in agony during and after the appointment.”
  • “flu-like symptoms emerged, including headaches, vomiting… Clusters of her hair were also falling off. Complainant contacted salon owners to obtain BB [Brazilian Blowout] ingredients but was denied. Complainant’s condition continued to deteriorate – persistent vomiting, difficulty breathing, chest, eye and nose irritation developed…Complainant was admitted to [redacted facility name] for respiratory distress… severe stability problems, persistent vomiting… Physician called poison control and was told that BB [Brazilian Blowout] did not contain any “harmful” chemicals.”
  • “Severe neck rashes, itching, welting, redness, eventually also rash appeared on sides of face… Severe eye burning reaction, also slight bleeding in right nostril two days later.”
Health agencies in six countries — Australia, Ireland, Canada, France, Germany and Cyprus — have announced recalls of formaldehyde-based hair straighteners. Yet FDA has adopted a “wait-and-see” approach. According to its website the agency says it is “working… to determine whether the products or ingredients would be likely to cause health problems under the intended conditions of use… FDA will continue to monitor this problem and will report on any new developments” (FDA 2010A).
FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System is voluntary and likely underplays the actual number of complaints. In 1995, John E. Bailey, Ph.D., director of FDA’s Office of Colors and Cosmetics, estimated that the agency received one of every 50 reports of adverse reactions received by industry (Stehlin 1991). (More recent estimates are not available.) Under a voluntary system companies have no incentive to report their customers’ injuries and every reason to soft-pedal possible dangers. Consumers rarely report injuries to FDA on their own.
FDA injury reports obtained by EWG are excerpted below and available in full. [6 MB PDF file]

Brands that hide formaldehyde

The chemical name game

EWG has investigated 16 companies brands that make hair-straightening products with high formaldehyde content. All exceed safety limits set by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, an industry safety panel. Which hair straighteners come clean about their formaldehyde content?  None, in EWG’s review.
15 of 16 brands admit to little to no formaldehyde. Tests show their products contain substantial amounts.
Companies whose claims and tests do not match include Brazilian Blowout, Keratin Express, KeraGreen, Tahe and R&L. The 16th company, Goleshlee, admits on its website that its product contains formaldehyde but omits the toxic chemical from its online ingredient list.
Can hair straighteners get away with the claim “formaldehyde free?”

Name games

Leading hair straighteners, including Brazilian Blowout, claim that formaldehyde mixed with water creates a new chemical, methylene glycol.  That is like saying that sweet tea does not contain sugar. In fact, when you purchase straight formaldehyde from a chemical company, you are actually buying a formaldehyde-water mixture. Over time, if exposed to air, the formaldehyde will off-gas, in other words, reverting to a gas, its natural state at room temperature.
When its scientists conduct risk assessments, the Environmental Protection Agency calls this formaldehyde/water mixture a “pool of free formaldehyde” (EPA 2010B). The American Chemistry Council says the scientific community widely considers methylene glycol to be “formaldehyde in solution” for the purpose of determining a product’s formaldehyde content (ACC 2010). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s formaldehyde regulations cover formaldehyde gas and “its solutions, and materials that release formaldehdye” (OSHA 1992).
Some makers of hair straighteners  - Brazilian Blowout, Cadiveu, Global Keratin and Marcia Teixeira – make the misleading claim that methylene glycol is not formaldehyde.  Altogether, four companies list “methylene glycol” on their websites or worker safety materials.

Misleading tests

Cadiveu and Brazilian Blowout bolster their low-formaldehyde claims by analyzing only the tiny amounts of formaldehyde gas in their products.  They ignore the products’ formaldehyde-water solution, even though some of it is transformed to gas when hair coated with the product is heated by a straightening iron.  That explains why Cadiveu reports formaldehyde levels of 0.0002 percent, when Heath Canada found it to contain 7 percent formaldehyde (Cadiveu 2011, Health Canada 2010C).

Other names

At least two companies disguise formaldehyde with obscure names known only to chemists – and not many of them.  For example, Keratin Express  says its hair straighteners “contain an aldehyde” (Keratin Expres 2011).  Tests show up to 1.2 percent formaldehyde in its products. Bravo Biocare’s product, Organic Thermo Fusion – Brazilian Keratin Treatment, describes formaldehyde as “morbicid acid” (Bravo Biocare 2011).

Formaldehyde releasers

Some companies use chemicals that are not, strictly speaking, formaldehyde but that break down to formaldehyde and release the chemical into the air when they are heated. Coppola says its hair straightener contains a “bonded aldehyde” that, when heated, decomposes and binds to the hair (Copolla 2010).   Hot vapors steaming off  heated hair as the chemical coating breaks apart would test positive for formaldehyde.  Trichovedic, an Australian company that markets HydroSpa products, sidestepped regulations and reformulated to a formaldehyde-free product that now uses formaldehyde-releasing chemicals after product testing found formaldehyde.


IBS Beauty and Spazzola are mum about their use of formaldehyde. EWG researchers found no formaldehyde claims one way or the other, on either company’s website or media reports.
The vast majority of products surveyed by EWG – 64 of 95 – have not been tested for formaldehyde.  Most companies that manufacture keratin hair straighteners – 43 of 46 – do not disclose they have used this hazardous chemical.
Government and indepedent laboratories have detected formaldehyde above industry-recommended safe limits in 28 of 31 products tested. So if you are wondering about a brand that has not been tested, odds are formaldehyde is in that bottle.
It is not just customers who are being hoodwinked. Misleading claims help manufacturers and salons avoid OSHA regulations that require employers to list formaldehyde on worker safety materials (technically called material safety data sheets or MSDS) when their employees handle solutions containing more than 0.1 percent formaldehyde.

TABLE: 15 of 16 companies claim little to no formaldehyde when tests show their products contain substantial amounts See Linkhttp://www.ewg.org/hair-straighteners/our-report/hair-straighteners-that-hide-formaldehyde/

Who says formaldehyde is in the bottle

Many experts debunk hair straightener makers’ claims that the formaldehyde-water solution “methylene glycol”  is not formaldehyde:
American Chemistry Council
The chemical industry trade group’s formaldehyde panel, which represents the “producers, users, and suppliers of formaldehyde and formaldehyde products,” takes the position that “the scientific community widely considers methylene glycol as ‘formaldehyde in solution.’ Thus, both formaldehyde gas and formaldehyde reacted in water determine the formaldehyde content of a product” (ACC 2010).
Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This Oregon state agency asserts that “a hyper-technical argument over appropriate chemical nomenclature does not alter the applicable workplace health and safety requirements, nor should it be allowed to disguise the risks” (Oregon OSHA, 2010B).
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA’s workplace safety standards for formaldehyde cover “all occupational exposures to formaldehyde, i.e. from formaldehyde gas, its solutions, and materials that release formaldehyde” (OSHA 1992).
Environmental Protection Agency
In the EPA draft risk assessment for formaldehyde, the agency describes the mechanism by which formaldehyde solutions result in free formaldehyde exposures. It says that in a living organism, free formaldehyde leaves the water solution and binds with serum proteins and cellular components” (EPA 2010B).
EPA uses the term “formaldehyde” to cover both free formaldehyde gas and methylene glycol, or formaldehyde solution, on its inventory of chemicals manufactured or imported into the U.S. (EPA 2010A).
Dr. Alan Schusterman, a chemistry professor at Reed College, writes, “if I am exposed to methylene glycol, will I be exposed to formaldehyde? The answer to this is unequivocally YES. [The] equilibrium, Formaldehyde + Water = Methylene Glycol, is completely reversible at room temperature and methylene glycol spontaneously decomposes to make formaldehyde + water.  I can think of no simpler way to expose a person to formaldehyde than to expose [him] to a methylene glycol solution” (Shusterman 2010).
Health agencies
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, Health Canada, Irish Medicines Board, French Agency for the Safety of Health Products, and agencies in Germany and Cyprus have collectively recalled 22 products (ACCC 2010, AFSSAPS 2010, Health Canada 2010B, Health Canada 2010C, IMB 2010A, IMB 2010B, Irish NCA 2010, RAPEX 2010).
Cosmetics industry
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), an industry-funded and self-policing body, originally assessed the safety of formaldehyde in 1984 and re-reviewed its safety in 2003. Its current recommendation is that use should be “limited to 0.2% as free formaldehyde but [kept] to a minimum; and should not be used in products intended to be aerosolized” (CIR 2010A). In 2010 the international nomenclature committee of the Personal Care Products Council added methylene glycol to a list of cosmetic ingredients separate from formaldehyde (PCPC et al. 2010).
The panel reached tentative conclusions in its March 2011 meeting. The chemical name “formaldehyde” was replaced with “formaldehyde/methylene glycol.” The CIR also determined that formaldehyde should not be used in products intended to be aerosolized to include products that would produce formaldehyde/methylene glycol vapor or gas under conditions of use. This conclusion would effectively prohibit the use of these ingredients in hair-straightening products at any level (CIR 2011B).

Name games: What is methylene glycol? Understanding the chemistry

A little background on the chemistry of formaldehyde goes a long way in understanding the fallacy of hair-straighteners’ “formaldehyde-free” boasts.
Formaldehyde is a gas at room temperature (NIST, 2008).  To make handling easier it is usually mixed with water and sold as a liquid labeled “formalin” or “formaldehyde solution.”  A molecule of water reacts with a molecule of formaldehyde to form methylene glycol (also referred to as methanediol, formaldehyde monohydrate, or formaldehyde in water). Very little free formaldehyde remains as a gas in solution, but the reaction is fast and completely reversible.  For every molecule of free formaldehyde that remains in the solution, there will be 1,820 molecules of methylene glycol (Dasgupta 1986).  If an analyst measures only the gaseous formaldehyde in solution the result will be 1,820 lower than the actual amount of available formaldehyde, because methylene glycol reverts to free formaldehyde almost immediately upon contact with air or skin.
When free formaldehyde evaporates from solution or reacts with skin,  the remaining methylene glycol solution will release more free formaldehyde gas nearly instantaneously.  This process will repeat until the methylene glycol is completely gone.  Heat from hair driers and flat irons speeds the reaction.  A hair-straightening session will release significant amounts of formaldehyde gas.

Flat-Out Risky: Hair straighteners Makers and Salons Cover Up Dangers

An EWG (Enviromental Working Group) Investigation

Obama administration moves to curb toxic hair straighteners

Authors: David Andrews, Ph.D, Senior Scientist; Jane Houlihan, MSCE, Senior Vice President for Research; Thomas Cluderay, Staff Attorney and Stabile Law Fellow; Elaine Shannon, Editor-in-Chief

April 12, 2011. For the past four years, some celebrities and fashionistas with $250 to $600 to drop at a hair salon have raved about “Brazilian-style keratin” hair straighteners purported to transform frizzy, unmanageable hair into flat, silky-smooth locks.
In fact, those chemical concoctions are loaded with formaldehyde, which numerous prestigious health bodies, most recently, a National Academy of Sciences panel, have labeled a human carcinogen. Formaldehyde is also a potent allergen. It is especially hazardous when it reverts to its natural state, a gas, and is inhaled. Formaldehyde-based hair straighteners present a particular danger to salon workers who apply blow driers and 450-degree flatirons to chemical-coated hair.
Some salon clients and personnel have suffered severe allergic reactions, massive hair loss, neck and face rashes, blistered scalps and other serious health problems, according to an Environmental Working Group review of 47 previously unpublished “adverse event” reports filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
EWG’s comprehensive survey of 45 manufacturers of hair-straightening products has found that:

  • 15 of 16 companies claim little to no formaldehyde but tests show their products contain substantial amounts – These include Brazilian Blowout, Cadiveu and other top brands. The hair straightener company Goleshlee admits on its website that its product contains formaldehyde but omits the toxic chemical from its online ingredient list.

  • Fumes in salon air – Tests of salon air conducted in 2010 found powerful formaldehyde fumes. Other tests have found that hair straighteners contain up to 11.8 percent formaldehyde. When vapors reach significant levels, and when products contain a formaldehyde solution of more than 1 percent, federal law requires salons to provide medical monitoring for workers with symptoms, quick-drench showers for immediate use if solution touches skin and emergency eyewash stations.

  • Most top salons deny risks – Only three of Elle magazine’s 41 top-rated salons surveyed by EWG do not offer hair-straightening services because of health dangers. Nine salons claimed they used products free or nearly free of toxic chemicals. Yet test results compiled by EWG show the products are laden with formaldehyde. The salons’ claims usually echoed the manufacturers’ own misstatements about the chemistry and safety of the products. Among salons offering formaldehyde hair straighteners are the Andy Lecompte salon in Los Angeles, Whittenmore House Salon in New York and Metodo Rossano Ferretti Hair & Spa in Miami.

  • Inexplicably, government officials charged with protecting public health and worker safety have been slow to move against risky hair straighteners.
    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has belatedly issued a “hazard alert” to salon workers and owners, urging them to stop using formaldehyde-based hair straighteners. If they persisted in selling the service, the agency said, they must take extensive precautions, including air monitoring, installing ventilation, training workers and providing protective equipment such as gloves, chemical splash goggles, face shields and chemical resistant aprons. The agency disclosed that it is investigating a number of salons, importers, distributors and manufacturers of these products and already has issued some citations. “Workers have the right to know the risks associated with the chemicals with which they work, and how to protect themselves,” OSHA chief David Michaels said on April 11, 2011, as he announced the agency’s salon crack-down. “Employers need to know these risks in order to ensure the safety and health of their employees.”
    The California Attorney General’s office has filed suit against the Los Angeles-based maker of Brazilian Blowout for deceptive advertising for claiming that its “Acai Professional Smoothing Solution” is “formaldehyde free,” when lab tests show it contains the carcinogenic chemical and releases it as gas during salon processes. Oregon, Washington state, Connecticut and California officials responsible for worker safety have issued warnings. According to OSHA officials, many other states are conducting investigations of salon workers’ exposure to dangerous formaldehyde fumes.
    But far more aggressive actions by federal and state agencies are needed to protect unwitting consumers. Because of formaldehyde’s long-recognized dangers, most hair straighteners that rely on this chemical disguise it under other names or deny its presence.
    The FDA, responsible for cosmetic safety, does not limit amounts of formaldehyde in hair-straightening products and has not taken action against companies using formaldehyde. Hair straighteners based on formaldehyde have been recalled in six countries — Australia, Ireland, Canada, France, Germany and Cyprus — but are still widely used in American salons.
    EWG has filed a citizen petition that asks FDA to draft regulations regarding formaldehyde in hair straighteners, to protect the health of salon workers and clients.
    Petition to FDA
    Exhibits filed with Petition
    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, whose mission is to protect the public from false and misleading advertising, has failed to take action against hair straightener companies that cover up their products’ high formaldehyde content.
    The American Chemistry Council, the leading U.S. chemical industry trade group, has taken the unusual step of aligning itself with government regulators and health advocates like Environmental Working Group in pressing for safety restrictions on formaldehyde-based hair straighteners. Last year, the ACC sided with the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration and against the Brazilian Blowout maker, which was denying the state agency’s tests that detected significant levels of formaldehyde in its products. The industry group effectively demolished Brazilian Blowout’s legal argument – that its product’s active ingredient, methylene glycol, a formaldehyde-water solution, was “completely different” from pure formaldehyde, a gas. The ACC said that the two chemicals were the same and “should be accounted for when measuring the formaldehyde content of a product.” With the chemical industry, worker safety and public health communities arrayed against it, Brazilian Blowout’s maker dropped its lawsuit against Oregon OSHA in late February.
    The controversy over formaldehyde in hair straighteners and other beauty products is likely to escalate if, as reported, the Obama administration will soon designate formaldehyde a “known human carcinogen.”
    The FDA’s website says it is “working… to determine whether the products or ingredients would be likely to cause health problems under the intended conditions of use.” Meanwhile consumer complaints filed with FDA are mounting. For instance, in November 2010, a customer reported that after a Brazilian Blowout, “hair continued to fall off as she continued to rinse. Blisters also discovered on the back of head… Complainant developed severe stability problems (severe dizziness)… Physician examined and noted hair loss, blisters on scalp and ulcer formation in her mouth.”
    Our conclusion: if you opt for hair straighteners labeled “keratin” or a hair-smoothing session that promises to last longer than eight weeks, chances are you will be exposed to significant amounts of formaldehyde.
    EWG’s recommendations:
    • FDA should prohibit the use of formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing chemicals in hair straighteners.
    • The Federal Trade Commission should take action against companies engaged in false and misleading marketing about their products’ formaldehyde content.
    • Consumers should avoid chemical hair straightening.
    • Salons should cease offering formaldehyde-based hair-straightening treatments.
    • Salons workers should report to FDA all adverse reactions to salon products and should notify OSHA of suspected violations of worker safety standards.
    • Companies should voluntarily recall their straightening products (FDA does not have this authority).
    • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration should enforce formaldehyde workplace standards in salons.
    • Congress should require labeling of ingredients on professional-use products and reform cosmetic law to ensure that consumers and salons alike can be assured that all personal-care products are safe.

    Thursday, June 23, 2011

    Why it is important to understand what Acid and Alkaline will do for you?

    When they are metabolized, carbohydrates, proteins and fats produce inorganic and organic acids. These acids are all poisonous. We have to eliminate them from our bodies as quickly as possible. However, if these acids substances were eliminated through the kidneys and large intestines those organs would suffer damage from the acid.  The good part is that God created our bodies with the capacity to neutralize those acids by mineral compounds. Together, the mineral compounds and acids produce substances which are not longer poisonous to us and which can be safely eliminated.
    The family of mineral compounds, which neutralizes acids, is carbonic salts. When carbonic salts meet strong acids such as sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid (from Proteins), acetic acid and lactic acid, (from Carbohydrates and fats) the alkaline minerals making up the carbonic salt leave the salt and combine with the acids to make new salts.
    In short, the acids which are the end product of metabolism can be eliminated only after they are changed to neutral salts. Then they are not longer harmful to the kidney and to the wall of the intestine.
    The result of this change from acid to neutral salt reduces the concentration of alkaline elements in the blood and then in the extracellular fluid. It is this lowered concentration of alkaline elements that is referred to as the acidic condition of the body fluid.
    Since in order for us to be healthy our body fluid mist be kept at an alkaline level (PH 7.4), we must re-supply the lost alkaline elements through the foods we eat.
    One of the important causes of cancer and other degenerative diseases is the cumulative effect of the acidic condition of body fluid.  I believe we can prevent almost all sicknesses, including cancer, if diets are changed considering the acid and alkaline effects of food in our bodies.
    Cancer develops in the following stages:
    1.      Ingestion of many acid forming foods, fatty foods, protein rich foods, refined foods,  carcinogenic substances such as nitrites, and chemically treated foods in general. X-ray scans contribute even at this stage.
    2.      Increased constipation.
    3.      Increase acidity in the blood.  This causes an increase of white cells and a decrease of red cells,   which is the beginning of leukemia.
    4.      Increase of acidity in the extracellular fluids.
    5.      Increase of acidity in the intracellular fluids.
    6.      Birth of malignant cells. This is the stage of cancer initiation.
    7.      The further consumption of many acid forming foods. Receiving high levels of radiation, chemical, and drug treatment. This is the stage of cancer called promotion.
    It is my prayer this information will open the eyes of the readers. I was able to understand more why people are choosing to have a vegetarian diet and why the theory of Yin and Yang on foods.  The principles are the same and God had revealed to us with the Bible.

    While I believe God allows afflictions for a reason, I also believe that He gave us the resources and instructions and commanded us to take care of our bodies. Ironically, we believe we know more than our ancestors did, but is this true? Or we have just bitten the apple and believe in the deceitful enemy? Are we really full of knowledge because now we have a drug for every illness and a vaccine for every disease?

    I came across this part of the book from David C Pack that I want to add:

    There are two opposing concept of treating a disease. The traditional concept of disease is not much different than voodoo. The only difference is that “evil spirits” have been replaced by evil germs, bacteria or viruses. The traditional concept is that disease unpredictably strikes unsuspecting victims -these things people “catch”. The job of modern “medicine man” is to rescue the victim by killing or driving out the evil intruders (the germ or virus) with “magic” medical power from his arsenal of needles and prescriptions.

    The newer Biological concept takes exception to traditional symptomatic drug therapy in treating disease. It is based upon irrefutable proof that invading bacteria or viruses are not the primary cause of disease. Rather, it is a weakened resistance, brought about by health-destroying lifestyles. Bacteria enter the picture only in the larger stages. They help terminate organisms lacking a strong defense against them. Strong immunity is common to all healthy organisms.
    Rather than treating the symptoms with drugs, the biological concept emphasizes finding and correcting the cause of the disease. The results are sometimes realized quickly. Other times, results take longer to appear. In a nutshell, the cause-and-effect approach has been far more successful that treating the symptoms.

    Herman Aihara- Acid & Alkaline
    Carrel, Alexis- Man, The Unknown
    Guyton, Arthur, M.D- Funtion of the Human Body
    U.S Department of Agriculture-Composition of Foods
    Chart information: http://www.rosacea-ltd.com/LacticAcid.php3

    Tuesday, June 21, 2011

    2011 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce

    Alkaline - Acid Foods

    Dont miss the link to the chart at the botton on the page...

    “To maintain total body and brain health almost all your body cells, including skin cells, should be alkaline. When the human blood is alkaline (and normally between the pH range of 7.35 and 7.42) your body can regenerate new cells for all body organs, including the skin. Red wine, pizza, and coffee can cause your face to turn red because they are acidic. A build up of lactic acid from over-exercising, or adrenaline from stress or anxiety can also cause the facial flushing to occur because they too are acidic. When the blood is too acidic it is a condition known as "metabolic acidosis." Just as police officers have warning lights on their cars to alert the driver that has too much red wine or other alcohol with a high blood alcohol content (metabolic intoxication) - these signs are just warning lights that other organs are also being affected by the overly acidic blood, When you are physically tired from work, exercise, etc. your brain does not function normally. Our objective is to keep both the brain and body healthy by keeping them alkaline so body and brain cells can regenerate. The best way of doing this is to drink plenty of water, stay away from acidic foods and drinks, and find a way to relax!”
    “The accumulation of acids have different names depending on the location where it is noticed. When we intake acidic or party foods and drinks, we flush and call it rosacea on our face. With more accumulation and less exercise to burn the acids, the acids accumulate on the stomach or backside (buns) and we call it body fat or maybe fat and cellulite and purchase bigger clothes over the years. When acids accumulate on the teeth, we call it tooth plaque which breaks down the tooth enamel resulting in a tooth cavity. When acids build up in the arteries, we again call it artery plaque or cholesterol which can lead to artery blockages and heart attacks. All these words have a common meaning of Metabolic Acidosis which is the accumulation of lactic acid from exercising, prescription drugs or non-prescription drugs or street drugs and all food and beverage triggers. The process of better skin and likewise having all better organs is doing the opposite by neutralizing or buffering the acids by alkalizing the acids by the use of antioxidants.”http://www.rosacea-ltd.com/aboutrosacealtd.php3
    See the chart click on this link:

    Monday, June 20, 2011

    Yes, you can improve rosacea as well as diabetes with the intake of the proper foods and drinks.

    Rosacea - Cause/Etiology & Cure

    Many rosacea patients and medical researchers have been baffled as to why some people have rosacea and others do not. Or why rosacea often appears as a hereditary trait. There is a very good explanation as you will learn below. And now some are beginning to learn that rosacea is more than a red face as patients often have allergy and sinus problems, fibromyalgia, digestive system disorders, and in later years osteoporosis and arthritis - rheumatism presents itself along with other body disorders. As you will read our below, you will find that rosacea is just one symptom of a 'metabolic acidosis disorder' that lowers the total immune system.

    As we all noticed while growing up, everyone's face is different with very few looking exactly alike in the same family. Even identical twins are slightly different with their parents being able to tell them apart with small differences developing over the years. Later in life we learn that everyone's finger prints are different. So, just as our faces and finger prints are different, all internal organs are different from those of other people. Our brains are likewise wired different as identical twins rarely have the same religious, political, vocational, or other interest even when born and raised by the same parents.
    Likewise, all body organs are different. Our stomach, gall bladder, pancreas, and kidneys are just as different from other people as our faces and finger prints. Yes, family members are more likely to have rosacea if their parents had rosacea as these are inherited genes that made the rosacea sufferer somewhat like their relatives, yet distinctly different than other people as 'we are all different'. Also, family members often have 'learned patterns of food and beverage choices' that are often good but sometimes not so good for their skin and overall health. So here is where the different digestive systems interact with rosacea. Please see the picture below:  See link: http://www.rosacea-ltd.com/aboutrosacealtd.php3

    The liver, gall bladder, kidneys , and pancreas functioning at their optimum level in all of us would be ideal. However, we will only discuss the key organ affecting rosacea which is the pancreas. The pancreas has two functions: 1.To produce a bile containing sodium bicarbonate with a very high pH to be added to the food after it passes out of the stomach into the small intestines just as the very acidic enzyme was added in the stomach to assist in digestion or the break down of the foods consumed.To begin the proper digestive process, thoroughly chew food, letting it mix with the saliva in your mouth until it turns into a soup (no more wolfing down food.) Now, you can enjoy the food that you have worked for more as well as a friends, family member, nature, or reading the paper while chewing properly, which is the first step of the digestive process. The pancreatic bile containing sodium bicarbonate enters the intestines via a duct just below the stomach to neutralizes the acidic foods and beverages from the stomach to keep the intestines from having some problems such as: irritated bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, necrotizing intestines ,psoriasis, eczema and cancer. The second function of the pancreas is to produce insulin. Please note that both enzymes or biles produced by the pancreas are alkaline with a high pH and are very much needed for rosacea skin health and likewise for overall good body health. Yes, you can improve rosacea as well as diabetes with the intake of the proper foods and drinks.
    As we can not change our height, we can not change our pancreas which is less effective in some people. The situation is similar to some people having eyes that need assistance thus we gain glasses. The pancreas works better in producing more concentrated alkaline bile if it has alkaline foods and drinks to extract it from. The pancreas is not as effective with acidic foods and drinks such as alcohol, coffee, pizza or the other trigger foods that you have noticed causing a redness soon after digestion.
    To maintain total body and brain health almost all your body cells, including skin cells, should be alkaline. When the human blood is alkaline (and normally between the pH range of 7.35 and 7.42) your body can regenerate new cells for all body organs, including the skin. Red wine, pizza, and coffee can cause your face to turn red because they are acidic. A build up of lactic acid from over-exercising, or adrenaline from stress or anxiety can also cause the facial flushing to occur because they too are acidic. When the blood is too acidic it is a condition known as "metabolic acidosis." Just as police officers have warning lights on their cars to alert the driver that has too much red wine or other alcohol with a high blood alcohol content (metabolic intoxication) - these facial signs of rosacea are just warning lights that other organs are also being affected by the overly acidic blood, When you are physically tired from work, exercise, etc. your brain does not function normally. Our objective is to keep both the brain and body healthy by keeping them alkaline so body and brain cells can regenerate. The best way of doing this is to drink plenty of water, stay away from acidic foods and drinks, and find a way to relax!
    It has been said that rosacea is more than a red face. In fact it is a complex system of action and reaction. Rosacea partially results from an overly acidic body and skin. The pH (potential of hydrogen) as you remember from your high school general science or chemistry class, ranges from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. As you think of your past rosacea history, you will see that all the rosacea triggers have come from 'acidic triggers' regardless of whether they are 'foods, drinks, stress, or lack of breath due to not enough oxygen' (oxygen is an alkaline) and inability to exhaust enough carbon dioxide (carbon dioxide is acidic'. We all know that if we hold our breath for 30 seconds or 60 seconds, we will all notice that our face turns pink or red. We all know, but hardly think that the cause is a build up of carbon dioxide which is an "acidic" gas and we have a shortage of oxygen. Very similarly, when we exercise for too long and become aerobic, we have a build up of lactic acid which is burned muscle and fat tissue (and obviously acidic) which results in more rosacea redness.
    Red man syndrome is a reaction to the most powerful acidic antibiotic, Vancomycin, used as a last resort when the bacteria, that is progressing in strength and abundance, becomes resistant to all other antibiotics normally used. This is further evidence that things that are acidic turn one red, but things that are extremely acidic such as Vancomycin causes much of the body to turn red due to the acidic nature of the most powerful class of antibiotics being used to save a life. Likewise, rosacea is caused by an series of prolonged stress factors, medications that are almost acidic in nature and foods and drinks with a low pH, and infections of the body. We hope that you have an interest in learning more about rosacea and red man syndrome as a reaction to the highly acidic antibiotic vancomycin as further evidence that rosacea is caused by an acidic body.
    Your drinking water should be alkaline and drinking more alkaline water with a pH of about 7.3 is the best and easiest way to neutralize, buffer, or balance our rosacea pH bank account. Bottled water is "acidic" to keep it from 'going flat' or growing bacteria during the bottling process, storage in warehouses, and distribution to stores. Here are some ways to increase the pH of your drinking water. We also strongly recommend drinking water to stay hydrated on commercial airline flights where pressurized aircraft cabins are notorious for their low humidity or moisture content with passengers competing in close quarters for moisture. As air is wicked out of the passengers bodies, any moisture is breathed internally including that of other passengers viral and bacterial disorders. So be well hydrated before the flight and drink water during the flight to keep your body moist help to prevent dehydration and to prevent virus and bacterial invasions in close proximity to others.
    Likewise, those with rosacea need to be very concerned about the build up of acids in the blood stream due to the foods and beverages that we consume. We all know of our triggers such as alcohol, coffee, various medications, etc. which all have a pH below 7.0 or are termed acidic. Our objective therefore should be to balance, buffer, or neutralize the acids with alkaline. Always remember that rosacea is more than a red face as it affects the entire body from the brain to the intestines, and from your muscles and skin to your tongue. For a educational trial, the next time that you are very red faced, simply look into a mirror and stick out your tongue and you will quickly see that this internal muscle is more red also. You will quickly recognize that rosacea is beyond the skin, eyes, and tongue. Please do all you can do to help "combat rosacea".
    Acidity is measured as a pH of 1 to 7. Alkalinity is 7 to 14.The numbers refer to how many hydrogen atoms are present compared to an ideal or standard solution. Normally, blood is slightly alkaline, at 7.35 to 7.45; urine pH is the best and easiest way to check on the proper foods and drinks being eaten. Try to keep the pH in the 6.8 to 7.00 range for optimal functioning of the body and brain. If we are excessively alkaline, we don't have the mental and physical 'go' so we need our energy, brain, and muscle foods and drinks during the day and very alkaline foods at night to calm the body and brain (parasympathetic system).
    Water is alkaline with a pH of about 7.3, and likewise more alkaline foods such as more "fresh vegetables" and fruits are needed which are alkaline (higher pH than 7.0). Acidic foods and drinks are the problem with a pH of below 7.0 such as coffee at 2.2. To improve your total body and skin condition, eat and drink 90% of the alkaline foods with 10% meats while avoiding breads, pastas, sugars, desserts, etc.
    The body has several different ways to ensure that the pH balance stays in the normal range of 7.35 to 7.42. These are referred to as buffer systems. Through normal day-to-day activity in the body, acids are formed as waste products that need to be neutralized, alkalized, or buffered and eliminated. Some of the acids are released with CO2 from exhaling; others are excreted via the kidneys. With acidic foods and drinks, there is always more carbon dioxide (acidic) while alkaline foods produce much more oxygen (think of your high school classes of the tree, grass, and plants giving off oxygen). These systems work together in the healthy human body to keep the pH level within normal ranges. Sometimes with extreme intake of acidic foods and drinks, the normal system cannot compensate and the body becomes even more stressed resulting in more stress hormones, which are also acidic in nature causing more of a blush/flush. Likewise, simple illnesses such as influenza, minor surgery, or emotional and mental stress continue to lower the pH of the body resulting in more skin blushing and flushing. Almost all medications are acidic except anti-acid medications such as Zantac, Milk of Magnesium, etc.
    The adrenal cortex secretes cortisol, a natural body hormone of about 10 mg of cortisol daily, with peak cortisol levels occurring early in the morning and therefore the acne flushing and papules will look best in early mornings after this natural anti-inflammatory drug. The hormone will report back to the brain center, with information from other body organs to tell it to stop the whole cycle. Since cortisol is a potent hormone, the prolonged secretion of it will lead to health problems such as the break down of cardiovascular system, digestive system, immune system, musculoskeletal system with resulting osteoporosis and arthritis - rheumatism. You may not even realize that you have any of the above listed diseases or other disorders not listed during your early years of rosacea. Also when the organism does not have a chance for recovery, it will lead to both catecholamine and cortisol depletion. The whole idea is "not to keep" the body in a 'fight or flight' system with any stress, stimulation or food/drinks
    Likewise more alkaline foods such as vegetables and fruits, are needed to offset the lactic acid of even mild body use at the office (and even more in strenuous labor jobs), carbon dioxide, adrenaline stress hormones, etc. Or, to keep the "rosacea bank account" balanced, the rosacea sufferer may simply exercise and try to minimize the acidic foods and drinks they consume.
    The biggest offenders always seem to be alcohol, coffee, pastries, donuts, pizza, etc. and most of these are avoided easily. However, understanding alcohol is slightly more difficult. Beer has an average pH between 2.0 to 2.5 while wines are around 3.0, while whiskey, gin, and vodka are 'most interesting' with a pH of about 4.0 straight from the bottle. So if one wants to "stay sober and really drink to his or her health," they should drink small portions of gin, vodka or whisky and optionally mix the alcoholic beverage with "water or fruit juice", which are alkaline or neutral. Do not forget that party foods are very acidic and cause fat to accumulate on the body. Having more alkaline foods and drinks presents a very easy way to lose weight without trying and at the same time, reduce cellulite and bags under the eyes.
    The accumulation of acids have different names depending on the location where it is noticed. When we intake acidic or party foods and drinks, we flush and call it rosacea on our face. With more accumulation and less exercise to burn the acids, the acids accumulate on the stomach or backside (buns) and we call it body fat or maybe fat and cellulite and purchase bigger clothes over the years. When acids accumulate on the teeth, we call it tooth plaque which breaks down the tooth enamel resulting in a tooth cavity. When acids build up in the arteries, we again call it artery plaque or cholesterol which can lead to artery blockages and heart attacks. All these words have a common meaning of Metabolic Acidosis which is the accumulation of lactic acid from exercising, prescription drugs or non-prescription drugs or street drugs and all food and beverage triggers.The process of better skin and likewise having all better organs is doing the opposite by neutralizing or buffering the acids by alkalizing the acids by the use of antioxidants.
    Certainly acid or plaque/cholesterol accumulation makes it more difficult for the blood to move through the facial area resulting in more rosacea symptoms, thus the "Sobye Facial Massage," body stretching, and a small amount of exercise are needed for improved circulation due to the restricted vessels and arteries, as you will read on the Lifestyle Changes page.
    An accumulation of body acids affects the bones very much as our bones are the biggest sources of alkaline minerals, which are antioxidants or the opposite of acids which are oxidants. These alkaline minerals or antioxidants (such as iron, zinc, copper, iodine, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, fluoride, sodium chloride, and potassium chloride) are vital to bones, organs, brain, and skin tissue life. When the pH balance becomes more "acidic" the minerals shift by the process of osmosis from the bones to the kidney and gall bladder creating very uncomfortable kidney stones, gall stones, or "bone stones".
    Bones and teeth (which are just specialized bones), are composed of 70% hydroxyapatite, a mineral which includes calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, calcium fluoride, calcium hydroxide and citrate, while the remaining 30% are organic compounds of which 90 to 95% is collagen, the rest being non-collagenous proteins.
    Blood cells are produced by the marrow located within our bones. An average of 2.6 million red blood cells are produced each second by the bone marrow to replace the weathered red blood cells. Our bones serve as a storage area for minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. When an enough minerals with a pH high enough build up in the blood, it allows for a regeneration of the the bones. And the opposite also occurs, when the supply of these minerals within the blood is low, it will be withdrawn from the bones to replenish the needs of the body organs inclusive of the brain and the skin. Thus the visible organs of the body which are the eyes and skin and the invisible organs of the body including the brain will make a withdrawal from the body's bone account just as you would your own financial bank account. And now you will understand that our bones are an organ not only to support us but to protect the vital internal organs and also to be a storage area for building up and withdrawals of vital nutrients & minerals as well as the production of red blood cells. You can enjoy more life and you will have plenty of life to enjoy in further years with less or no rosacea if you can imagine this. Yes, there can be more happiness after you have taken the correct steps at reducing your facial problems through the best rosacea treatment.
    The acidic/alkaline scale is logarithmic; meaning that each number is ten times "stronger or more potent" than the preceding number. For example, a pH of 2 is ten times more acidic than a pH of 3 and one hundred times more acidic than a pH of 4. So you will now be able to more easily understand why a rosacea sufferer needs to minimize the acidic foods and drinks (and do it for a long time to allow damaged rosacea skin to heal) as it takes so many more alkaline foods and drinks to balance or neutralize the acids. In doing so, you will have eliminated the cause or etiology and will have found both the "cure for rosacea" and the "best rosacea treatment".
    Selecting the best foods to increase pH (primarily fruits and vegetables) is the most important part of balancing your Rosacea Flushing Bank Account to prevent overdraw or going into red or flushing. To improve your total body and skin condition, we have prepared our rosacea alkaline food page to help you select the most alkaline foods and avoid the most acidic ones. You don't have to understand the math, simply drink more alkaline water and alkaline foods from the green side of our rosacea food chart and avoid the more acid food chart foods as much as possible or enjoy them and balance them with the alkaline foods.
    Our team of Rosacea Researchers with 60 years of collective research, led by a Johns Hopkins MD, have confirmed that the cause or etiology of rosacea is an immune system disorder. The "good rosacea news" is that your "Rosacea Flushing Bank Account" can be "balanced" to prevent an overdraw or going into the "red" or "rosacea flushing". Most medical researchers are baffled as to the cause or etiology of rosacea and it remains in contention among them currently. The cause of rosacea has been a hotly debated topic with the result being "One must wonder if they don't understand the cause, then how can they effectively treat rosacea?" Okay, just continue doing the same thing with marginal or no results is not a good answer. As Dr. Albert Einstein stated, "The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same thinking that created them".
    Also, when any organ, system or body does not have a chance for recovery, it will lead to both catecholamine and cortisol depletion which results in rosacea and resulting flushing. We were very happy to see that the Rosacea.Org research study by Dr. Richard Gallio supported our research study just 8 years after our finding were reported on this page. Check to see if as a patient gain a good understanding of the 'cause of rosacea'. Our entire concept is not to keep the body in a 'fight or flight' mode with stress, stimulation from the use of 'acidic' food & drinks. The pH of foods, drinks and stress hormones affects "rosacea, the entire body and brain of the rosacea sufferer" and sometimes affects the family and co-workers and their ability to function proficiently in harmony.
    THE FIRST PLACE TO START is learning of your body pH or waste pH which is the pH of your urine. It is easy to do and only takes about 3 seconds per day once you have the pH strip in hand.
    The pH of the total intake of all foods, wines, tea, water, beer or any alcohol, cokes, etc. and of all foods, medications consumed orally, and the stress hormones is all reveled to you in the urine pH. Many companies use a urine analysis to learn of drug use for employees as it tells so very much. The rosacea patient is just trying to learn how 'acidic' they are and to remedy their food, drinks and medications to have a healthier skin, body organs and better mental skills as the brain functions much better when it is 'alkaline'. Only when we are 'hyper' from being acidic do we often feel that we are smarter or sharper just because we are in a state of 'frenzy' which does not relate to 'brilliance' but is usually the opposite.
    You can make sure that your water and foods are alkaline by purchasing pH paper at most drug stores at a cost of about $12 to measure the pH of the water, drink, or foods. If you can't locate pH test strips in your area, you can purchase them online at pHion Balance Your urine should be in the 6.6 to 6.8 pH range as the low pH will reflect the culmination of the body process of removing waste. As you can imagine, if you drink and eat many acidic foods, the result will be deterioration of the skin, body organs, and bones.
    You should consider alkaline water to be a miracle drug as it is the best "solvent" on earth as it dissolves, neutralizes, or buffers more substances than any other chemical and is most valuable in our bodies to dissolve acid build up such as cholesterol fats and other fatty acids. Also, water transports valuable minerals & vitamins as nutrients along the way that can penetrate the blood brain barrier (BBB). We think of water as 'simple' but very few scientist and medical doctors truly understand water at this time, or 'simply take water for granted'. Water is also vital for cell regeneration. H2O contains two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen. Obviously everyone knows they need oxygen but forget that the two atoms of hydrogen is the chemical element that holds every cell in the body together ranging from the skin to the brain cells. And H20 is needed for new cell regeneration.
    Please see: Drinking Water to Maintain Good Health - Water - The Beverage Your Body Needs Most
    For your convenience: 1 gallon =3.753 liter = 4 quarts = 8 pints = 128 ounces = 16 glasses of eight ounces of water. (glass or cup (8 fluid ounces) = 0.24 liter).
    Some very provocative thoughts of the Longevity of U.S. Presidents and the relationship with foods and drinks follows: While we all are familiar with former U.S. President Bill Clinton having rosacea and probably receiving the best treatment that modern health science could provide with conventional medicine, the following article will make you think of how effective medicine has been during the last 5 presidents and the last 16 presidents versus the first 5 presidents and the first 16 presidents. So you might come to a conclusion about ‘medical treatment, foods and drinks’ available in 1776 when the first President of the United States took office, versus ‘medical treatment, foods and drinks’ available today and realize we may be going backwards? Please see: Longevity of U.S. Presidents.
    We at Bass & Boney Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have admired the world renowned research scientist Dr. Sydney Brenner for years. Dr. Sydney Brenner is the distinguished professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. Dr. Brenner shared the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology with Robert Horvitz and John Sulston for their discoveries regarding the genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death. Please read about Dr. Sydney Brenner hammering 'factory science' at Vanderbilt University for using the same old thinking process instead of a solution outside of their normal 'boxed thinking' process. The very experienced Dr. Brenner encouraged medical research scientists to start their research by thinking of the patient's needs and then developing the treatment method product. It sounds so simple and workable and it is. Rather than to discover a novel product or treatment idea and then seek to find a patentable application for the new treatment product which is not always what the patient needs, it involves simply working 'from the bedside (patient's needs) to the bench'(laboratory) to create the proper needed treatment results or product. Dr. Brenner's methodology was the way we started our rosacea research & development of Rosacea-Ltd years ago which has resulted in our international success.
    The research team of Bass & Boney, Inc. is constantly researching for new insight into rosacea, it's treatment, and the components of ocular rosacea and other skin problems such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, impetigo, dermatosis, neurodermatitis, pruritus, erythema, hidradenitis suppurative and the often fatal epidermolysis bullosa skin condition. Medical patents have been received in most countries of the world are pending in other for these skin disorders. Likewise patents have been received or patent pending for HIV/Aids in all countries of the world. We have researched and will be entering the patent stage for various cancers and severe and often fatal body burns during the year 2009.
    Biblical reference to Vegetables and Water for improving the skin as an Article of the week for http://www.rosacea-ltd.com/aboutrosacealtd.php3

    Article of the week

    Biblical reference to Vegetables and Water for Facial Improvement

    Daniel chapter 1 verses 5-16

    5 The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.
    6 Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.
    7 The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.
    8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.
    9 Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel,
    10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”
    11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah,
    12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.
    13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”
    14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
    15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.
    16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.

    The Rosacea Diet

    Below you will find an explanation of the importance of acid/alkaline balance in the body and a list of acidic and alkaline foods to help you plan your rosacea diet.
    The body's blood has a healthy pH (potential of hydrogen) range of 7.35 to 7.42 so if we are not within that range, we beome ill if we are young, or age faster if we are above 35 years of age. However, the rosacea sufferer begins to have a red face with a little more blushing at times and then progresses onward to the many symptoms of rosacea. This is caused simply by the lowering of the blood pH (without the bonding of 'oxygen' to the hydrogen atom with H2O) as we all need the oxygen. Hydrogen is the lightest element. It is by far the most abundant element in the universe and makes up about 90% of the universe by weight. Hydrogen as water (H2O) is absolutely essential to life and it is present in all organic compounds.
    Everyone knows that the body needs oxygen in order to live and to stay healthy. Rosacea sufferers have less oxygen and likewise usually less hydrogen thus the redness, blushing, and other rosacea symptoms. Alkaline water is the best and highest source as well as the cheapest and most abundant way to improve the body pH.. However, foods are still very important for nutrients and proper calories to provide energy as water has no energy (0 calories,) but is the very best balancing agent and is most abundant.
    Without hydrogen to combine with oxygen we wouldn't have water. Oxygen burns hydrogen in the living system, releasing the energy that runs our bodies. Studies have shown that the human body stores hydrogen in its tissues. As we age, tissue hydrogen-depletion may lead to many of the symptoms of the aging process. This may cause sub-clinical dehydration since it appears that hydrogen may play a role in hydrating our cells.
    The more we pull down the blood pH with lower pH foods and drinks, the body has to compensate by pulling or extracting the minerals and nutrients from the bones, thus we can continue for a while but we reach limited or diminishing returns as the bones become thinner, more brittle and can not give up more minerals and nutrients. Thus rosacea, or 'metabolic acidiosis', causes a completely unbalanced body. And 'osmosis balancing' has to be made up from our foods and drinks by balancing our account or we go into the red rosacea symptoms. Thus, the rosacea diet consists of mostly alkaline foods.
    Please use the below Alkaline Food List to help improve your rosacea while reducing the intake of foods from the Acid Food List. Adjust the intake by learning of the pH of your body urine with pH paper as your urine pH changes with the foods consumed.

    To see the list, visit the link

    All you need for skin glowing with health is oil and water!

    All you need for skin glowing with health is oil and water!

    by Folium Medica on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 9:45pm
    Solutions to problematic and aging skin have always been seductively marketed with promises of scientific miracles. For so many years, we’ve been fed a beauty myth that we need to take dramatic measures to keep our skin beautiful with expensive skin-care products in order to keep it healthy, but it simply isn’t so.

    In reality, there are only two principles to create facial and body creams: either oil-in-water (O-in-W) or water-in-oil (W-in-O) formulation. Most popular creams and lotions available today are O-in-W type of formulation because of its beautiful, textured consistency. They consist of up to 95% water, are easy to apply, and feel refreshing. Unfortunately, soon after such cream is applied, water evaporates and the moisturizing effect is gone. Washing your face with water would produce same effect. The other type of formulation, W-in-O, has an excellent moisturizing effect, but it works not because it adds water to the skin but rather because oil prevents excessive evaporation.

    However, almost every facial cream today contains synthetic chemicals and artificial ingredients that can be toxic to your liver and other organs. These chemicals contribute to acne and are detrimental to your skin because they strip away not only dirt and bacteria, but the oils that your skin needs. This works against your body’s actual needs. When the skin’s natural oils are removed, the body’s reaction is to compensate by producing more oil, which causes more outbreaks and oily skin. Instead of stripping the skin of oil that provides hydration, it is better to use oil-based products to balance oil production and to moisturize the skin.

    Although it sounds too simple, oil treatments for skin are, surprisingly, the most effective way to maintain and restore healthy skin. Ordinary “fatty oils” such as almond, avocado, jojoba, olive oil, and others have been used by cultures around the world to cleanse and nourish the skin more effectively than scientifically-formulated moisturizers loaded with chemicals and preservatives.

    To further enhance the power of fatty oils, essential oils can be added to treat specific skin type or condition. Essential oils are very powerful, many times more potent than dried herbs, and therefore are used in small amounts as a complement to the base oil. They are non-greasy oils derived from plants and herbs and are used to treat many skin aliments such as acne, scars, blemishes, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, etc. They bring back life to tired, aging skin by smoothing wrinkles, minimizing age marks, and restoring health and skin tone.

    Additionally, regular use of facial oils in combination with acupressure massage will trigger a more profound form of healing achieved by stimulation of acupoints and regulating the properties of essential oils. Our simple oil preparation can be the basis for your long-term skin care!

    Thursday, June 9, 2011

    Say Goodbye to Puffy Eyes

    There are countless products out there that claim to fight those puffy spots around your eyes, but the truth is, their purported benefits are mostly just marketing hype. You don't need a special product to treat under-eye puffiness. In fact, any moisturizer or eye cream will work. The trick lies not in the product, but in the technique--the key to fighting under eye puffiness is actually at your fingertips!
    The puffy circles under your eyes are caused by a buildup of lymph (it's not dangerous, just inconvenient if you don't want to look like you've been crying). Lymph is a mostly clear fluid that removes waste from the cells and helps prevent disease and infection; it originates in the organs and tissues and circulates through the body's lymphatic system. Because lymph vessels don't have muscles, sometimes lymph can get a little stuck and start to pool up, resulting in puffiness.
    To fight puffy eyes, you need to help get the lymph moving again. To do this, apply lotion under your eyes and on your eyelids. Starting from the outer corner of the lower lid, gently massage with your fingertips toward your nose. This works because it follows the direction of the lymph vessels.
    Some savvy marketers have harnessed this technique to help sell their products. For example, many people have found Olay Eye Derma-Pod to be effective at reducing eye puffiness. I am not certain that the actual ingredients in this product are especially effective in fighting under eye puffiness; however, it works because the instructions say to use the massage technique I outlined above.
    There are several other techniques you can use to reduce under eye puffiness, including deep breathing exercises, such as yoga, and limiting salt intake. See my previous blog, 911 for Puffy Eyes, for more info. These techniques won't work on dark under eye circles--see Getting Rid of Darkness Under Your Eyes for tips on fighting those.
    Wishing you great skin!

    Top 10 Healthy Foods Under $3

    Eating well doesn't have to come with a hefty price tag. Your health is always a good investment and you don’t have to break the bank. Here is a top-10 list of nutrient-packed foods that both your wallet and body will love!
    Don't be tricked into purchasing that 2-for-1 sugary snack pack. Instead, stretch your dollar and invest in these heart-healthy items.
    1. Yes to Yogurt
    Cost: about $1 per 6 oz. container
    For a thicker, creamier texture, choose low-fat, unsweetened Greek yogurt. Loaded with protein, calcium, and natural probiotics, it makes for a tasty snack any time. Enjoy it with fresh or dried fruit, blend it into smoothies, or add a delicious dollop onto a baked sweet potato.
    Budget-friendly Tip: Buy larger containers for even more savings.
    2. Bonkers for Bananas
    Cost: approximately $0.40 each
    If you crave a sweet, creamy snack, this potassium-packed fruit is the perfect choice! Full of fiber and B6, bananas are the perfect addition to whole grain cereals and yogurt.
    Budget-friendly Tip: Store bananas at room temperature away from heat and sunlight. And did you know bananas last longer when you separate them from each other in the fruit bowl?
    3. Health Gains with Whole Grain Pasta
    Cost: about $2.29 per pound
    Full of fiber, whole grain pasta has a nutty, chewy texture that quickly fills you up--this means fewer bites, good news for your waistline. More magnesium and zinc make it a healthier choice than white pasta. Enjoy it hot or cold with sautéed greens and garlic.
    Budget-friendly Tip: Look for "100% whole grain" on the package when choosing your favorite brand. If you make more than you can eat in one sitting, no need to waste: cooked pasta without sauce can be frozen for up to three months.
    4. Quinoa: The Supergrain
    Cost: $1.50 - 2.00 per pound
    This ancient grain packs a protein punch, containing all nine essential amino acids--a perfect vegan option. Loaded with iron, magnesium, manganese, tryptophan, copper, and phosphorous, quinoa is a nutritious gem! Start your day with a warming bowl of cooked quinoa mixed with dried cranberries and walnuts, or add some beans and greens for a simple, healthy lunch.
    Budget-friendly Tip: Buy quinoa in bulk to get more bang for your buck!
    5. Nuts About Almonds!
    Cost: $0.33 - 1.00 per handful
    Nuts can be budget friendly, especially if you purchase them in bulk. Chock full of the antioxidant vitamin E, protein, and heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fat, almonds have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol. Enjoy a handful as a crunchy snack or toss into your favorite salad.
    Budget-friendly Tip: Store nuts in the freezer to prevent rancidity and extend shelf life. Nuts in their shell are also more cost-effective.
    Bonus Tip: In addition to a handful of nuts, consider snacking on our High Performance tablets. This combination of unique Chinese food herbs, exotic seeds and wholesome grains strengthens the digestive system and provides high quality energy to maintain an active lifestyle.
    6. Eggtastic!
    Cost: $2.00 - 3.00 per dozen
    This incredible, edible food can be enjoyed at any meal. New studies reveal that egg yolks are 64% higher in vitamin D and 14% lower in cholesterol than previously thought. An excellent protein source, it also contains lutein. This naturally occurring carotenoid protects the eye from oxidative stress. Enjoy eggs as a breakfast scramble or mix with your favorite veggies for a fun frittata.
    Budget-friendly Tip: Store eggs in their carton to prevent them from absorbing surrounding odors. Hard boil a few extra for an inexpensive satisfying grab-and-go snack.
    7. Outstanding Oats
    Cost: Approximately $0.40 per bowlful
    A heart-healthy breakfast choice, oatmeal has been shown to lower cholesterol with its high beta-glucan fiber content. Oats are also rich in selenium, manganese, and B1. Sprinkle some berries and flaxseed powder into your next morning bowl.
    Budget-friendly Tip: Purchase oats in larger containers instead of individual packets to save more. Leave the packaged oats that contain salt and sugar on the store shelf.
    8. Bountiful Beans
    Cost: $1.00 per 15.5 oz can
    Whether you pine for pinto beans or chirp for chickpeas, beans are an affordable, healthy food. Full of protein, fiber, and low in fat, they can be enjoyed pureed, steeped in soups, or tossed in salads.
    Budget-friendly Tip: Dried beans in bulk will save you more than the canned variety, but both are pocket-friendly. Always look for low sodium on the front panel when buying canned beans.
    9. Broccoli by the Bowlful
    Cost: $2.30 - 3.00 per bunch
    Bursting with vitamin C and antioxidants, broccoli is a low-calorie cruciferous rock star! One cup of steamed broccoli provides you with about 25% of the daily folate value and 45% of vitamin A. Steam, roast, or quickly sauté these green crucifers for a crunchy, heart-healthy side dish.
    Budget-friendly Tip: Keep and cook the flavorful stalks to get more for your money. Too tough? Try dicing into a smaller size or simmer in soup.
    10. Scrumptious Sweet Potatoes
    Cost: approximately $1.00 each
    You don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to enjoy this versatile vegetable! Bake or roast this fiber-packed tuber and get a delicious dose of antioxidant beta-carotene and vitamin C!
    Budget-friendly Tip: Do not refrigerate sweet potatoes. They last longer if you store them in a cool, dry area for up to 7 days.
    I hope that you will enjoy these budget-friendly healthy foods! You can find more ways to live a long and healthy life in Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100, which is now available on Kindle. You can also find top longevity food picks in The Natural Health Dictionary, a comprehensive guide that answers all your questions about natural remedies, healing herbs, healthy foods, vitamins, and supplements.
    I invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and longevity tips with me.
    May you live long, live strong, and live happy!
    —Dr. Mao
    This blog is meant to educate, but it should not be used as a substitute for personal medical

    Wednesday, June 8, 2011

    Issue 126: Toxic Overload

    Each year we’re exposed to 2.5 billion pounds of toxic material that comes from our atmosphere, soil, water and food. Since the Industrial Revolution—which alone added about 80,000 toxic chemicals—and post-World War II petrochemical revolution, toxins have accumulated in the human system faster than they can be eliminated. Hence, toxic overload.
    The fact is that our bodies carry around various industrial chemicals, pesticides, food additives, heavy metals (like lead) and anesthetics plus the residues of pharmaceuticals—to name a few. It’s no wonder, either. We’re exposed to chemicals in far greater concentrations than previous generations were. Over 69 million Americans live in areas that exceed smog standards; most drinking water contains over 700 chemicals, including excessive levels of lead; some 3,000 chemicals are added to the food supply, and as many as 10,000 chemicals in the form of solvents, emulsifiers and preservatives are used in food processing and storage. All of these can remain in the body for years.
    You don’t have to have some age on you to absorb toxins, either. Even newborns feel the effects of exposure to toxins. The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization, says that the average newborn baby has 287 known toxins in the umbilical cord blood. You can imagine what happens to the toxin levels as time goes on.
    Fortunately, our bodies have a built-in system for detoxifying through the lungs, skin, kidneys, liver and the colon. The lungs take in pounds of pollutants and eliminate toxic gases each minute. The skin is our largest eliminative organ, and every skin pore of the body is an escape route for waste material. The kidneys eliminate fluid wastes from the body and purify the bloodstream. The liver is probably the most important detoxifier of all the organs because it takes poisons, neutralizes them, and what it cannot render harmless, it stores—protecting the body from harm. Finally, the colon eliminates solid wastes and absorbs water from foods.

    This built-in detoxifying system can get bogged down, however, with the overwhelming amounts of toxins the body’s exposed to. When this happens, key detoxification organs like the intestines and liver are unable to fully detoxify themselves or the body, says William Rea, M.D., an environmental physician from Dallas, Texas. When the body can’t keep up with toxic overload, these toxins quickly move from the bloodstream and get stored in fat, the brain and other tissues—causing systemic problems.
    Realistically, it’s not possible to fully avoid toxins, but you can take some steps to fight against them. Here are some basic tips to reduce toxic load in the body:
    Eat Organic: Avoid conventional and processed foods. Organic foods are free of contaminants, synthetic pesticides and herbicides, hormones, preservatives, dyes, artificial colorings, antibiotics and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
    Drink Clean Water: Drink 8 to 10 glasses of pure water each day. Tap water is a major source of the toxic chemicals that the liver is required to process. Get a water filter for the home and office or use purified and bottled water.
    Live Clean: Remove chemical contaminants and household cleaners from your home or work environment. Use an ozone or ionizing air filter or houseplants for your home or work area.
    Bulk Up Your Diet: Eat 8 to 10 servings of organic veggies and fruits each day—especially those that are detoxifiers such as broccoli, kale, cabbage and spinach. An added bonus is that these raw veggies and fruits add bulk to keep things moving along digestion-wise.
    Exercise Regularly: Work out at least five days a week for about an hour—and work up a sweat, since sweating helps to detoxify the body.
    The good news is that you don’t have to let toxins overload your system. You can fight back!