Is coconut oil a superfood?

Monday, February 28th, 2011

It’s all the buzz…coconut oil. One of the latest “superfoods” which fans claim can do it all, from lowering your cholesterol to boosting your immune system.

I hadn’t realized that it was all the buzz, but it doesn’t surprise me at all. Coconut oil’s benefits, for both health and beauty, are extensive. It is good to see people catching on to the value of this terrific oil. I use it in my products, and I cook with it exclusively.

Can You Erase Stretch Marks? « Askanesthetician’s Blog

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Here is the bad news, or depending on your perspective, the good news.  Stretch marks are ultimately genetic.  Yes, rapid weight loss and gain along with pregnancy are contributing factors for stretch mark formation but even if you are thin you can get stretch marks if you have a genetic predisposition for them. 

AskAnEsthetician is a blog containing well-researched information; it’s not about selling you their product line, and so forth, so I’d pay it particular mind. Check out the post to see what you can do to minimize the effect of stretch marks.

The influence of advertising on drug recommendations

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Our study shows that the tendency to positively recommend the use of a drug depends on the source of a journal’s funding,” writes Dr. Annette Becker, University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany,

Lame “science” is everywhere. Even medical journals slant their drug recommendations based on who is paying their bills. (Who would have thought?)

How to Make Pores Smaller

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Women have long struggled in front of the mirror with the predicament of large pores. It’s challenging to achieve a flawless look when skin looks like and orange peel. Enlarged pores not only seem to swallow makeup, but allow skin oils to surface throughout the day ruining whatever is left. The good news is that making pores smaller is doable.

Ideas in this post for making the pores smaller. I find a good hydrosol toner is the best way to go. Look for one with witch hazel, rose water, and apple cider vinegar. It’s important to avoid toners that contain alcohol – some witch hazel extract is 14% alcohol – it’s drying to the skin. Not so bad if you have oily skin, but I’d avoid it anyway.

Canada Declares BPA a Health Risk

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

By invoking the precautionary principle, Health Canada has both the power and responsibility to restrict human exposure to bisphenol A; in taking the action to label bisphenol A a toxic chemical, Health Canada now must follow through with strong legislation that will protect the people of Canada from continued exposure

It’s a very common chemical, found in the water bottles most of us use, for instance. Canadians have lower levels of exposure than Americans to BPA, about half as much. It may be accounted for by differences in food packaging and thermal receipt labels. If you work in a store with thermal receipt printers, it would be wise to wear gloves!

Fashion, Beauty and Happiness

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Kiki Kendrick: What I saw when I was in advertising was that if you tell a woman she’s old, fat and ugly she’ll spend a fortune making herself young, thin and beautiful. Tell a woman she’s absolutely fine and she won’t spend a penny.

Check out this article in the Guardian. How much attention do you pay to the images that are put out about how we are supposed to look? Difficult to resist, isn’t it. I am convinced that all it takes to have great skin is simple skin care, not loads of products, serums and creams. Fashion is a whole further extension of the drive to make us consume by making us feel sad about ourselves.

Prevent yeast infection naturally with Candida fighting foods like coconut oil

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

If you’re looking for ways to prevent or even cure Candida overgrowth, coconut oil is probably the best plant-based fat you can add into your diet. It containscaprylic acid, a powerful antifungal agent that directly kills the Candida yeast. Coconut oil is heat stable, which makes it perfect for cooking. You may eat up to three tablespoons per day.

Coconut oil is ideal to cook with. Coconut oil’s benefits are extensive – good for the skin, antibacterial and antiviral, as well as helping to deal with fungi and candida. Plus cooking with coconut oil can help you to lose weight.

Dermatologist’s Complete Guide To Dry Skin Care

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

The overriding concept is that you have to retain skin moisture in the outer layers of your skin and you do this with your skin care.

Good advice from Dr. Bailey about caring for winter dry skin. The post covers the basics of how to support your skin so that it retains moisture, plus it has links out to specific topics, like chapped hands, or brittle fingernails, all organized for easy access.

USDA Approved Monsanto Alfalfa Despite Warnings of New Pathogen

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

For the past 40 years, I have been a scientist in the professional and military agencies that evaluate and prepare for natural and manmade biological threats, including germ warfare and disease outbreaks,” Huber wrote in his January 16 letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Based on this experience, I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of a high risk status. In layman’s terms, it should be treated as an emergency.

The author of the above words, Dr. Don Huber, is a plant biologist and retired Purdue University professor. How come Monsanto is getting away with this?

8 Cooking Oil Facts Everyone Must Be Aware Of | Small Bites

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

A lot of commercial plant-based oils (mainly corn, sunflower, and safflower) undergo a heavy amount of processing, including deodorizing (to provide a neutral smell), bleaching, and anti-foaming agent treatment. For optimal health, these oils are better off consumed in an unrefined state.  Keep in mind, though, that in an unrefined state, these oils can withstand much lower exposure to heat, and should be stored in the refrigerator. 

This is a good post about cooking oils. I’ve quoted fact #7 in the extract above. I recommend going to the link and reading the whole post. Eating the right fats is totally key to good health and beautiful skin.