Featured post

Health News

I’ve been browsing the internet for news and information concerning health and pharmaceutical news and there are a few interesting headlines that caught my attention.

The first one was a headline about a major break through in the development of new cancer drugs. The headline said “Capturing leukemic stem cells”.

This one caught my attention because who is not interested in Cancer research these days? Cancer is one of the diseases that I think everyone fears. This is natural because there are so many forms of cancer and the reasons for getting cancer are so unknown.

Though most research is conclusive that it has much to do with our modern diet and that poor diet and exercise has much to contribute. Still a cure to any cancer, or a step toward a cure is always a head line that catches my interest.

Here is a quote from this news article:

“In a recent study published in Nature Methods, the scientists involved describe how they succeeded in identifying two new chemical compounds that allow to maintain leukemic stem cells in culture when these are grown outside the body.

This important advance opens the way to the identification of new cancer drugs to fight acute myeloid leukemia, one of the most aggressive forms of blood cancer.

The ability to grow leukemic stem cells in culture is a major breakthrough. The next step is to study the molecular mechanisms that regulate the survival and proliferation of leukemic cells as well as the resistance to cancer drugs.”

I think this is great. We can learn so much more about cancer and how it grows, what environment it thrives under and what can kill it will help advance a cure to this kind of cancer.

The rest of the article can be accessed here.

Another headline that caught my attention today stated that “Honey is a New Approach to Fighting Antibiotic Resistance”. I am a lover if fighting disease as naturally as possible, and only turning to drugs and pharmaceuticals as a last resort so this naturally caught my attention.

Here is an interesting quote from the article:

“The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance,” said study leader Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D. That is, it uses a combination of weapons, including hydrogen peroxide, acidity, osmotic effect, high sugar concentration and polyphenols – all of which actively kill bacterial cells, she explained. The osmotic effect, which is the result of the high sugar concentration in honey, draws water from the bacterial cells, dehydrating and killing them.

In addition, several studies have shown that honey inhibits the formation of biofilms, or communities of slimy disease-causing bacteria, she said. “Honey may also disrupt quorum sensing, which weakens bacterial virulence, rendering the bacteria more susceptible to conventional antibiotics,” Meschwitz said. Quorum sensing is the way bacteria communicate with one another, and may be involved in the formation of biofilms. In certain bacteria, this communication system also controls the release of toxins, which affects the bacteria’s pathogenicity, or their ability to cause disease.”

I think this is great information that leads to the conclusion that prevention is the best medicine to any disease of illness. Read the rest of the article here.

Well that’s it for today. Hope you stop by again soon.

A Look at Cellulite and it’s Cause

It is a pretty great day for me today what with the weather getting warmer. Before I know it summer will be here and it will be time to head for the beach, which brings me to today’s topic. Something that many women have to deal with when it comes time to put on the bathing suit and head for the swim pool –  cellulite.

Oh that ugly and dreaded dimpley and lumpy stuff. Well today I am going to dig into the cause of cellulite and what I and perhaps you also can do to target those trouble spots before the day I have to put on the bathing suit and face the mirror comes. So here goes.

First lst’s start with what cellulite is. The opinion s on this vary. Most women think it is a skin issue and this menatlity is what motivates so many of us to buy cellulite creams and lotions. but one man, a Women’s Body Enhancement Specialist named Joey Atlas says it’s actually a muscle issue.

Joey has put together a work out program called SYMULAST that is targeted to cellulite issues of the hips, thighs, and butt. Thousands of women all over the world have seen results in the improvement of their cellulite with Joey’s program.

But can skin creams and lotions help at all? I was searching around today for other things that could help and I found a product with rave reviews on amazon, it is called NuElle Triple Action Anti Cellulite Concentrate.

There were amazing reviews and many 5 star reviews on this product which really surprised me because I have never found a cellulite creme with these kinds of reviews before. Most reviews I have read on these types of cremes say things like “don’t waste your money” and a 5 star review is the exception not the rule.

This caught my attention of course and so I will include a little description of the product here. This is what Amazon has to say;

Our fabulous creation NuElle contains a cocktail of 25 well known flub busters that assist in weight loss and cellulite reduction, like caffeine, L’Carnitine, Butcher’s Broom, Bladderwrack, Ivy and many others. Formulated to work both on the surface and in depth, this revolutionary treatment has multiple performance that can be seen with the naked eye within 2-3 weeks. Firming on the surface, detoxifying on the inside, reducing water retention and fat cell clusters, while improving circulation and overall appearance of the skin. Directions: Apply in circular motions twice a day, on all affected areas, specially on thighs, buttocks, stomach – to help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. (Preferably two hours after eating or one hour before meal. Your body will only burn fat when it has none in the bloodstream.) This product creates slight “sauna” effect that may cause you to sweat more on the areas where the product was applied. Warning: Use only as directed. Do not ingest. Keep out of reach of children. Due to diuretic effect this product may cause, we do not recommend this product for use while pregnant. For best resits we suggest to use it with our L’or de la Mer Organic Anti Cellulite Body Blaster Scrub with Seaweed and Phat QR Body Massager.

Okay, I think that is a pretty good description, so what do the users of the product have to say. Here is one satisfied customer review:

I have been using this product for a year and a half and IT WORKS!!! I have tried EVERYTHING for cellulite – this stuff works – and very well. I use it every morning after my shower. I also use the scrub in the shower. It is super refreshing and smells great. I bought the roller as well – it feels great at the end of the day and I use it on my outter thighs at nioght while watching tv. I have ordered the lotion 3 times now and will continue to do so!! Thanks!!!

Well, there are many more reviews like this one for this product so I think I willk be combining the creme with the Naked Beauty SYMULAST program for best results. What are your thoughts and experience with cellulite?

A Healthy Singing Voice Begins with the Basics

I like to listen to a great singer, and today I was browsing around looking for health related facts that might give a clue about what makes a great singer able to sing high notes, as well as how they can hold out a note at the end of a phrase or song.

I uncovered some interesting facts that I am going to post here.

Firstly I found  this review of a program called Singing Success by a vocal coach to the stars; Brett Manning. This caught my attention and I went over to watch his video about what he had to say about the health and sustainability of the voice.

I found out some interesting stuff. According to Brett, the ability to sing high notes as well as to sustain those notes can be learned. This is great news because so many people think that the ability to sing well is based solely on ones genetics. According to Brett however, this is not so.

Brett talks about how his own voice used to be weak and fairly difficult for him to sing as he would have liked to until he took voice lessons.

As he was able to successfully train his voice, over time he became a vocal coach himself. He has expanded his range to include an impressive 5 range of octaves. Brett has trained thousands of expert singers and even grammy award winners how to expand their range and how to sing over their bridges without an audible break in their voice.

If you are interested in learning how to sing, or looking for ways to improve your singing voice then I would highly recommend that you check out Brett Manning’s singing success course.

I found out singing the wrong way, or putting strain on the voice can actually damage the vocal chords and ruin your voice. Yikes! I have been interested in singing for a long time and to know this is very helpful because I do not want to damage my singing voice. I sing in the choir at my church.

Anyway, coming from such a renowned trainer to the stars I found this to be fascinating and useful information.

I also found a youtube video about voice health that I want to post here as I found it to be very interesting;

Hope this helps anyone who may be interested or who is looking for more information about the health of the voice. Have a great day and I will post again soon.

Health and Beauty News and Headlines

Today I have been browsing around the internet again and as usual it always catches my interest to find interesting articles in the health and science niche, but as a woman who is also health conscious I am always looking for great ways to improve in the beauty and fitness department as well.

So I ran across some headlines and web sites with information that I thought might be of value to my readers. I love to share new and interesting information here that may be of use to you on your journey to a healthy and successful life. So without much more adu, her are a few headlines of interest:

There is news today about some items that will be presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, One in particular caught my attention, it said:

“Comparison of the Efficacy of a Cosmetic Exfoliation System with Professional Microdermabrasion”…

This caught my attention because I frequently do my own at home TCA chemical peeling and skin resurfacing in general is very effective, and because I like to do it myself as opposed to paying a doctor more than I feel I should then I found it very interesting. Here is an excerpt from the article;

“In this randomized, double-blinded, split-face study, researchers compared the Pro-X Olay Microdermabrasion (MDA) system with a professional MDA treatment in 41 female subjects between the ages of 35 and 65. Participants treated one side of their face twice a week with the Pro-X Olay MDA system at home. The opposite side of the face was treated with a professional MDA regimen at a dermatologist’s office.

At days 7 and 14 post-treatment, skin hydration and barrier function were measured; facial images were taken for physician’s assessment of visual changes. Self-evaluations were also given via questionnaires. Results indicated that the Pro-X Olay MDA system exfoliated as effectively as a professional MDA treatment after seven days of use. Additionally, consumers noted their appreciation of the flexibility and convenience of using the treatment at home.”

One more excerpt that caught my attention from this article:

Improvement in Facial Skin Appearance by a Cosmetic Treatment Regimen with Skin Energizing Technology: A Full Face Clinical Study (Poster #8248)

The article went on to explain;

“The objective of this study was to demonstrate improvements in skin appearance after the use of a three-product cosmetic anti-aging skin care regimen containing broad-spectrum sunscreen, niacinamide, olive oil derivative, pal-KTTKS and dill extract. In a six-week randomized, double-blind, vehicle-controlled, full-face study, the authors measured UV exposure time in 150 Chinese females ranging from 20 to 60 years old. Subjects were separated based on age and pre-study UV exposure time (low, medium, and high).

Participants in the control group were non-sunscreen users and used a cleanser only. Individuals in the treated group used the three product cosmetic anti-aging skin care regimen. Measurements were taken at weeks three and six. Full face images were captured, followed by assessment of TEWL and hydration on the cheek and upper inner arm.

Women in the treated group demonstrated significantly improved skin hydration after three and six weeks. The product regimen also dramatically reduced spot and melanin area fraction and increased skin color evenness after three and six weeks.”

I use sunscreen and moisturizer and this is great information about using olive oil (though I prefer SeaBuchthorn) and interesting information about using Dill extract, something I have never considered before.

There were other items discussed as well and if you would like to read the entire article here is the link.

Have a great day and I will be posting soon!