Why Women Will Not Build Large Muscles From Weight Training


Many women confess that they have stayed away from weights and resistance training because of their fear of building a large amount of muscle, resulting in body definition like that of a body builder. However, there are a few aspects that play a role in how your body will react to this type of exercise, which, normally, do not allow women to “bulk up”.

In comparison to men, women are generally weaker because their bodies carry a lesser amount of muscle, but the muscles themselves are just as strong and are comprised of the same physiological qualities. Even though the muscle composition is the same, hormone levels and genetic makeup differ between men and women. Men have much higher testosterone levels which allow men to develop larger muscles. Because women have about 1/10 of the amount of testosterone found in men, their muscles tend to grow on a much smaller scale.

Women that do develop significantly larger muscles usually participate in a very intense strength training program, which is not necessary or required for the average woman to become stronger and improve health. The genetic makeup of these women influences muscle growth as well. Typically, those with shorter limbs are able to lift heavier weight because of the smaller distance between the weight and the joint being used. Also, longer muscles have a greater potential for larger development, and individuals with a higher number of fast twitch muscle fibers are more likely to be increase strength and muscle size.

Each individual is different and some women do have the genetic and biomechanical factors to build large muscles. However, without a vigorous resistance training program or abnormally high levels of testosterone, this is not likely to happen.

Along with becoming physically stronger, there are many health benefits from performing strength training exercises, including body fat loss, increased metabolism, and the prevention of osteoporosis, which are extremely important to women as they age. A resistance training program is essential and should be established as a part of a healthy lifestyle.

Your Fingernails May Reveal Diseases in Your Body

It is important to examine our nails regularly and check for any discolorations and changes in nail shape and structure. Our nails are seldom the first clues to disease, but it is nevertheless valuable to know that certain diseases manifest in our nails. Being able to discern between the serious and less serious signs in our nails will enable us to know when to seek advice and when we can take measures to resolve the problem ourselves. Overall, nail health remains an important part of a healthy body.

In order to notice abnormalities, we must first be acquainted with what a normal nail should look like. A healthy nail is semi-transparent, light pink and intact on the nail bed. The white half moon (or lunula) is visible just above the cuticle. Examining the nails may not provide an absolute diagnostic tool, but if the changes below are noticed and you have any concerns about them, speak to your doctor.

What Do Changes In Nail Color Reveal?

    • Yellow Nail Syndrome is a yellow discoloration of the fingernails and may indicate respiratory conditions and lymphatic conditions. Other characteristics of yellow nail syndrome include thickening of the nails, stunted new growth and there may even be detachment from the nail bed in some instances.


    • Terry’s Nails manifest in opaque-looking nails with a dark band at the tip of the nail. Although the condition may just be due to aging, it may also indicate more serious conditions e.g. congestive heart failure, diabetes, liver disease or malnutrition.


    • Dark spots on the nail may indicate something as serious as skin cancer (melanoma). Get medical advice on this condition as soon as possible.


    • Deep blue nail beds or pale blueish nails may be indicative of asthma, emphysema or anemia as it points to a decrease in oxygen supply


    • Green nails may point to a fungal infection


    • White spots on the nails do not point to zinc or calcium deficiency, but rather to injury. As the spots show up to 5 weeks following the injury, it may be hard to recall the incident causing the injury. The injury can be minor trauma such as excessive pressure on the nail or it may even indicate an allergic reaction to certain nail products, for example nail polish or hardeners. The white spots eventually grow out and in about 7 months they may disappear.


  • White nail color can possibly reveal liver or kidney disorders. However, by the time these symptoms show up in the nails, there may have been other symptoms you may have noticed.

What Do Changes in Nail Structure Reveal?

    • Pitting nails have small depressions in the nail and is common in psoriasis which is a skin condition causing scaly patches. Therefore, symptoms will have been seen in the skin as well. Nail injuries may also cause pitting and the condition may sometimes cause the nails to crumble. It is generally associated with conditions that damage the cuticle such as chronic dermatitis of the fingers or an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.


    • Nail clubbing is characterized by enlargement of the tips of the fingers and the nails curving around the fingertips. It results from a decrease in oxygen levels in the blood and could be a sign of lung disease. It has also been associated with inflammatory bowel disease, cardiovascular disease and liver disease.


    • In spoon nails the nails are soft and appear scooped out. The depression in the nail is usually large enough to hold a drop of liquid. This condition points to iron-deficiency anemia.


    • Beau’s Lines are horizontal indentations which may appear when growth under the cuticle is interrupted either by injury or diseases such as uncontrolled diabetes, circulatory diseases, pneumonia or other illnesses associated with high fever, or malnutrition. Nail growth may be interrupted by other factors too such as the weather, pregnancy, age and stress. Infections of the digestive tract may also affect nail growth. In rare cases the lines may point to poisoning.


    • In onycholysis the nail separates from the underlying nail bed. May be caused by injury, thyroid disease, reactions to drugs or nail products. The condition has also been associated with psoriasis.


    • Vertical ridges on fingernails can be both superficial or deep. The superficial ridges may simply be due to a lack of moisture or due to the normal aging process. The deeper ridges may indicate arthritis or decreased circulation to the base of the nail.


  • Split finger nails that are dry and brittle have been linked to thyroid diseases. If also combined with a yellowish color, it may be due to a fungal infection. Exposure to harsh detergents may also cause the nails to split.

Interesting Facts about Your Fingernails:

  • They grow four times faster than toenails.
  • Your middle finger nail grows the fastest while the thumbnail grows the slowest
  • Your fingernails grow at a rate of about 3 mm (1/8 inch) per month
  • Nails grow faster during pregnancy
  • Nails on your dominant hand (the writing hand) grow faster since writing stimulates blood flow
  • Nails grow faster in warmer climates
  • Men have faster growing fingernails than women

To see how pictures on how these changes in nail color and structure look, click here.

Boost Your Immune System Naturally With Garlic, AKA the Stinking Rose!

Boost your Immune System!

Our Immune System – What is it really?

It’s a fantastic mechanism working within us, protecting us against disease by identifying and killing pathogens (infectious agents) and tumor cells. Our immune system identifies a range of nasty agents from viruses to parasitic worms and needs to set these apart from our own body’s healthy cells and tissues so that the healthy cells and tissues can function correctly.

Detection can be complex for the immune system as infectious agents can adapt and evolve to successfully infect us. To endure this challenge, the immune system endevours to develop mechanics to help recognize and neutralize these agents. So let’s give our immune system a helping hand by eating healthily!

“Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” – Hippocrates, AD 390

“You cannot achieve environmental security and human development without addressing the basic issues of health and nutrition.” – Gro H. Brundtland

“Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dine like a pauper.” – Ancient proverb

“You are what you eat.” – Ancient proverb

Garlic (Allium Sativum) – The Super Food Germ Buster!

A.k.a. “the stinking rose”, this bulbous perennial grows up to one metre high, with light pink or green-white flowers. Native to Asia, garlic is now grown Worldwide. It is in the plant’s bulb (cloves) that has the antioxidant & medicinal properties.

Constituents:Nutrients: vitamins A, B, C, & E, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, & other minerals. Phyto-chemicals: allicin, alliin (potent sulphur amino acids), beta-carotene, & more!

Garlic’s Key Actions

– antioxidant, antibiotic, anti-viral, antiseptic, anti-parasitic, antispasmodic, diuretic, antihypertensive, fungicide, expectorant

Garlic’s Key Actions

– antioxidant, antibiotic, anti-viral, antiseptic, anti-parasitic, antispasmodic, diuretic, fungicide, expectorant


Garlic provides an excellent defense for our immune system and in turn our lymphatic system (major part of the immune system). It also provides help with other bodily systems, and therefore is a good all rounder for wellbeing.

Respiratory: Garlic has a long and established reputation for helping the immune system especially with sinusitis, asthma, colds, flu, bronchitis and catarrh of the stomach.

Circulatory: Research has shown that garlic can help to protect the cardiovascular system, reducing the risk of blood clotting, heart disease and other related conditions.

Other: Garlic was used to dress wounds during the First World War! It also helps to get rid of intestinal worms, stimulates bile for digestion of fats and helps reduce the occurrence of cancer.

Caution / Concern

Seek medical advice if taking blood thinning medication. Smaller consumption for children under the age of 12. Garlic is considered as a safe herb but as Lucretius said “What is food to one man may be fierce poison to others”. Also, too much of a good thing results in a bad thing. Moderation is usually key! Consider a clove or capsule equivalent for an easy guide to your daily dose for general well being.

The Italian Job by Michele Maes

Here’s a really tasty Italian, healthy food snack, or starter:

Toast a slice of bread, rub a glove of raw garlic (without the skin) onto the toast. Then rub half a sliced tomato on top of the garlic, & add some roughly chopped fresh basil. Drizzle a little amount of good quality virgin pressed olive oil over the toast and then lay very thin slices of Parmesan cheese on top. Delicious & healthy!

Immune Booster Juice

Tomatoes and carrots help contribute to your needed daily intake amount of vitamin C, ideal for maintaining a healthy body. Garlic, ginger and horseradish contain potent antioxidants and antiflammatory properties. All of these ingredients combined create a mighty anti-mucus punch!

The Hot Stuff Juice Mix, by miracle juicesTM


300 g tomatoes, 100 g celery, 2.5cm fresh root ginger, roughly chopped, 1 garlic clove, 2 cm fresh horseradish, 175 g carrots, 2 ice cubes, celery slivers to decorate on top (optional). Juice all the ingredients (you need a juice extracting machine for this), mix the juice in blender or food processor with the ice cubes and serve. Decorate with celery slivers, if liked. Makes 150ml (1/2 pint).

Some of the Nutritional Values: calories: 189, Vitamin A: 51253 iu, Vitamin C: 87mg, Zinc: 5-52mg

NB: The contents of these articles are for information purposes only. The reader is recommended to think carefully about any difficulties he or she is having with their own health and to consult their doctor if uncertain as to its cause or nature.

Sarcoidosis Holistic Treatment – Breakthrough in Research

Holistic approach to treating sarcoidosis is based on re-balancing your body energetic and chemical disturbances on several different levels.

All the approaches are based on natural substances and looking at your body as a whole rather then parts of ill or healthy organs.

Melatonin use in holistic treatment of sarcoidosis

Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally produced within our bodies and is primarily aimed at regulating sleep. A study on its use that was conducted in Italy reported back a significant improvement in almost all patients after the 2 years of the study.

What is the role of melatonin in holistic treatment of sarcoidosis?

As far as the research show melatonin helps the body of a sarcoid sufferer on several levels:

  • It scavenges the free radicals
  • Inhibits cytokine production and thus reduces inflammation
  • regulates hormone production through regulating the sleep mechanism

Controversy over the Safety of Melatonin in Autoimmune Diseases

This controversy is due to the fact that Melatonin actually, in its nature, boosts the immune system. Many researches are underway to look into whether it’s completely safe to use Melatonin in autoimmune disease.

Nutrition guidelines in holistic treatment of sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis and vitamin D

The most important nutrition guideline that finds its way to all the holistic protocols of treating sarcoidosis is avoidance of Vitamin D since it is common for sarcoidosis patients to develop oversensitivity to this vitamin. When designing a holistic approach to sarcoidosis treatment it is important to know whether you are hypersensitive to vitamin D.

What are symptoms of vitamin D hypersensitivity?

If you are hypersensitive to vitamin D, you might experience some or all of these symptoms: nausea, thirst, declining general health, kidney failure and kidney stone.

Special Cleansing diets in holistic treatment of sarcoidosis

Cleansing diets are designed as a part of the holistic approach of sarcoidosis treatment. These include various forms of detoxification and purification of the body. Also, herbal remedies are included. Most common herbs to be used in the holistic treatment of sarcoidosis are:

  1. Echinacea
  2. Aloe Vera
  3. Ginseng

Discussion is ongoing about the possible side effects since these herbs have also an immune boosting effect.

Breakthrough in sarcoidosis research

The problem with sarcoidosis is the lack of knowledge in modern medicine on the causes of the disease. But, lately, some exciting news has been reported on the discoveries of underlying chemical imbalance and causes. Based on this, a new new treatment protocol is fashioned with amazing reported success rate.

Muscle Loss With Aging (Sarcopenia) Treatment, Recommendations, and Market Size


After a person reaches age thirty, he or she can expect gradual muscle tissue loss called sarcopenia to slowly set in. The term “sarcopenia,” which derives from the Latin roots “sarco” for muscle and “penia” for wasting, is the natural and progressive loss of muscle fiber due to aging. Every person aged thirty and above has sarcopenia to some degree.

Sarcopenia and osteoporosis are related and often occur simultaneously, because use of the body’s muscles provides the mechanical stress needed to put pressure on the skeletal structure and maintain bone mass. Inactivity leads to loss of both muscle mass and bone mass and can put older adults on a downward health spiral that is exacerbated by surgery, traumatic accidents, or even illnesses that cause prolonged rest.

Fat storage also plays a role in sarcopenia and thus osteoporosis as well. If muscle tissue is marbled with fat, it will be less strong than lean muscle tissue. Muscle function is inversely related to increases in intermuscular adipose tissue (IMAT), which may be just as insidious as visceral fat, the abdominal “spare tire” that increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and early death. Excessive fat storage in muscles can be a sign of systemic inflammation. Researchers at the University of Utah’s Health Sciences Center’s Skeletal Muscle Exercise Research Facility are trying to find the connection between sarcopenia and chronic systemic inflammation, which is increasingly recognized as the root cause of all degenerative diseases.

Aging translates into a loss of muscle mass, loss of muscle function, and possible infiltration of fat into the muscle tissue. Yet the University of Utah researchers now have evidence that what we have long attributed to aging may be due to inactivity. That possibility raises interesting questions such as “is the loss of muscle mass preventable with more activity?,” and “is the loss of muscle mass reversible with more activity?” Intermuscular fat no doubt reduces strength as the fat literally gets in the way of blood vessel and nerve functions in the muscle tissue. But researchers are continuing to see if some inflammatory factor also connects IMAT and sarcopenia.

To combat the effects of sarcopenia, middle-aged adults will benefit most from a workout that emphasizes strength building and weight-bearing exercises. To combat the overall loss of energy effects with aging, adults need exercise routines that build endurance, instead of those requiring quick bursts of energy. Combining these elements would yield an exercise routine that incorporates, e.g., walking long distances (one mile or more) or using the treadmill and also some days set aside for lifting weights. Walking can maintain one’s fitness level, but walking will not enable a person to recover muscle mass from a prolonged absence of exercise due to illness or inactivity. Developing strength requires resistance training and weight-bearing exercise — not just the physical activity of walking. Strength reserves need to be built in a wellness environment.

Around age forty-five, most people first experience the onset of aging: energy levels go down, it takes more effort to do physically demanding work, and it takes longer to recover from sickness. As a whole the older population tends to neglect their bodies. It is difficult to instill a health and fitness ethic in older adults if they have not developed life-long habits of daily exercise. The best regimens will strike a balance between exercises in cardio-respiratory, endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. The more a person ages, the more his or her body needs exercise.

The resistance exercises should target the primary muscles of the legs, trunk, and arms. Initial sessions should start out at a moderately low level of effort, with progressive increases in weight loads and difficulty over time. For those without fitness center memberships, these exercises need not require large and expensive machines as body weight, stretch cords, and dumbbells will generally suffice. Performing push ups on (carpeted) stairs at home is an excellent way to build or maintain pectoral, bicep, tricep, and shoulder muscles as well as tighten the abdominal core.

Yet despite these home conveniences, Americans do not get enough exercise and instead have a sedentary lifestyle, which is often the first step in a vicious cycle. Unless people stay active, particularly senior citizens, their joints, which already are losing their density and becoming more vulnerable to breakage over time, will grow stiffer, making movement even more difficult. Prolonged rest will also lead to a decline in aerobic capacity, and thus people become easily fatigued. People usually experience a rapid deterioration in muscle mass and energy levels in their mid-sixties.

Muscle protein production begins to slow down naturally in people when they age. Both the age at onset for muscle protein production decline as well as the rate of decline will depend on genetics as well as the level of physical activity. We know muscle fibers decline with age and that fewer muscle fibers translate into reduced muscle capacity. Thus the stage is set for muscles to become fatigued more easily and for sarcopenia.

While weight-bearing exercise is the most important treatment for sarcopenia, a recent study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition shows that the amino acid leucine may improve muscle protein synthesis and combat the onset of sarcopenia. I personally consume 4 or 5 glasses of whey protein isolate shakes (combined with water, not milk), and each 25 g scoop of whey protein isolate powder contains 2200 mg of Leucine. Drinking whey protein isolate is an effective of way of obtaining the body’s daily need for Leucine.

A 2004 study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society looked at sarcopenia in the United States and determined the estimated direct healthcare cost attributable to sarcopenia in the United States in 2000 was $18.5 billion ($10.8 billion in men, $7.7 billion in women). The excess healthcare expenditures were $860 for every sarcopenic man and $933 for every sarcopenic woman. The study suggested a 10% reduction in sarcopenia prevalence would result in savings of $1.1 billion (dollars adjusted to 2000 rate) per year in healthcare costs. Therefore, aging adults have both health reasons and financial reasons to take steps now to combat sarcopenia.

But companiesandmarkets.com estimated the market size of sarcopenic drug therapies to be just $10 million. The low valuation of the potential drug market comes from the fact that drug therapy is not recommended as a first-line treatment for sarcopenia. At present, no drug has been approved for treating sarcopenia. The current competitive environment comprises only generic and off-label drugs such as testosterone, estrogen, and growth hormones. There are no promising drugs in the late stages of any pharmaceutical firm’s pipeline for treatment of sarcopenia. Thus, we would not expect new drugs for sarcopenia to reach the market until after 2018. Instead, the market value for this therapeutic area will remain low due to competition from generic forms of hormones that cost as little as $20 for a monthly supply.

Yet despite that low market assessment, the pharmaceutical industry is slowly developing therapies for sarcopenia. GlaxoSmithKline, GTx, Inc., Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc., are all focused on developing selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs), a new class of drugs with the potential to prevent and treat muscle wasting in patients with cancer, and other musculoskeletal wasting or muscle loss conditions, including chronic sarcopenia (age related muscle loss). In fact, GSK and Five Prime Therapeutics have a collaboration agreement. Similarly, Radius Health, Inc., received a patent on its SARM candidate drug. But I am most interested in Betagenon AB and Baltic Bio AB collaboration to produce a new pipeline drug (currently named “0304”) that activates AMPK, metabolizes fat as heat energy rather than storing it, and has been shown to reverse sarcopenia in lab rat experiments.

Which Multi-Vitamin Should I Buy?

This is a question I get almost daily. The answer isn’t quite as simple as you may think as there are many variables to consider including price, ingredients and dietary needs.

A once daily multi-vitamin is the most important nutritional product that one can use and I can not stress that enough. Everyone, regardless of age, should be taking a vitamin supplement daily. The average person does not get the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals in their diet. Most people have diets consisting of overly processed foods and/or “fast foods” that have very minimal nutritional value. The body is being robbed of essential vitamins necessary to function properly. Even if you do have a proper diet, you may still not be getting everything you need through food and a multi-vitamin is a simple way to supplement.

There are a wide variety of multi-vitamins available in the marketplace and it can be confusing. Most important is that the supplement is a “once daily” muti-vitamin. That means the product has everything necessary included in one dose. Some brand names (Centrum) will add other herbs, vitamins, etc. and market the vitamin as a “specialty’ vitamin, ex. Centrum Silver, Centrum Performance, Centrum Men, Centrum Women, etc. These additional vitamins, herbs, etc. are usually un-necessary for the average person and serve no real purpose. No need to spend the extra money. I also highly recommend vitamins for children as, again, their diets may not be sufficient for proper health. However, parents need to be aware that vitamins are not candy and that children are especially susceptible to vitamin overdose. Many children’s vitamins come as gummies or chewables and kids may want more than the recommended dose. Keep them away from the kids and dose them as detailed on the label.

Another issue to consider is quality and price. Many people are not aware that there are grades of vitamins that vary in quality. The FDA does not regulate “nutritional supplements” i.e, vitamins, herbs, etc. and these products can vary greatly in the amount of active ingredients and the quality of the ingredients. “Pharmaceutical grade” (A grade) vitamins will be the most expensive but the most beneficial and are usually not available in the general marketplace. They will be manufactured under strict guidelines and use higher quality ingredients. Other vitamins (B, C, D, F grade) will decrease in price and quality accordingly, however, the majority of what you will find on the shelves of your local pharmacy are safe and effective. Liquid vitamins are widely considered to be “better” because of quicker and more complete absorption but there is limited research to actually prove this to be true 100% of the time. Furthermore, adult liquid vitamins (Geritol, Centrum, etc.) can be extremely unpleasant to the taste buds. Capsules incorporate the best of both worlds as they are easy to swallow and may have better and quicker absorption than hard-pressed tablets.

Still another consideration is one’s dietary and health needs. Some people may find themselves lacking in certain vitamins and/or minerals because of a poor diet or medical condition. Iron is frequently added to vitamins for those who may be lacking as well as folic acid which is important for pregnant woman. Fluoride is a common additive, along with iron, to children’s vitamins to promote healthy tooth enamel. One must be aware that you can overdose on vitamins although it is extremely rare and improbable. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble vitamins meaning that your body holds them in fat cells where they can build up to toxic levels over time, while the other common vitamins, (the multiple B vits., C, etc.) and trace minerals are water soluble and excreted through urine, sweat, and feces. One cannot overdose on water soluble vitamins. Therefor, you must be aware of any medical issues that may limit the body’s need for certain vitamins as well as being aware of the amount of individual vitamins (vit. D is a good example as many people take high, once weekly doses) that you may be using.

A multi-vitamin is of the utmost importance for a healthy lifestyle. Choose a quality product at a comfortable price point while taking into account your nutritional needs.

Yeast Infection During Pregnancy and How to Treat It Naturally

Yeast naturally exists in the vagina and our intestinal tract and occurs when you have an overgrowth and ultimately the yeast takes over causing an imbalance which then results in yeast infection. Pregnant women are even more prone to this because their bodies are producing extra estrogen and other hormonal changes are taking place. If you have diabetes or high blood sugar or if you have taken antibiotics, then that exasperates the situation even more.

Please do not take any oral anti fungal medications over the counter or prescribed. They are generally not safe for pregnant women. Consult your doctor on what is safe and use some tips below to help treat it naturally.

Ways you can treat yeast infections during pregnancy naturally.

1. Wear only cotton underwear, avoid taking baths, only use natural unscented personal care products, and avoid sugars and refined foods.

2. Eat foods rich in Lactobacillus acidophilus, a friendly bacteria that exists naturally in our body and helps fight excess yeast among other benefits. L. Acidophillus boosts the immune system, provides the correct balance in your gastrointestinal tract, helps with urinary tract infections, reduces chances of ulcers, and helps balance cholesterol. It is a great supplement to take even if you are not pregnant. Foods rich in this friendly bacteria are yogurt, fermented pickles like sauerkraut and kimchi, miso soup, tempeh, kefir, and fermented cheese. Kefir, traditionally popular in certain regions of Europe is quickly gaining popularity in the US. It is basically fermented milk and has stronger beneficial bacteria then yogurt. You can also make or buy kefir made from coconut water or juice.

3. In addition to eating foods rich in L. Acidophillus, taking a probiotic supplement is very beneficial especially if you have been on antibiotics. You can also use a liquid form of a probiotic and use it as a suppository to naturally help treat vaginal yeast. Saturate a light tampon with the liquid probiotic, insert and leave it in for 2-3 hours. This is completely safe for pregnant women as a means to treat vaginal yeast during pregnancy. I do not recommend douching with commercial products but you can do a douche with dissolving powder form of probiotic in water.

4. Using anti-fungal extracts and oils to use as natural suppositories can also be very helpful. Tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract are powerful and effective. Make sure you do dilute it in water. You can add about 10-20 drops of oil/extract to 2 cups of water.

5. One midwife has treated many of her pregnant patients with hydrogen peroxide. It safely kills the pathogenic organisms that exists in the vagina. You can buy 3% hydrogen peroxide at any drug store, it comes in a dark brown bottle. Place small quantity in a small cup and fill a syringe with it. You can dilute the hydrogen peroxide with 1 or 2 parts water if you are experiencing extreme irritation, otherwise no need to dilute. In a shower or over the toilet, take your time slowly and gently to insert the hydrogen peroxide into the vagina. You can do this safely once a day for a week.

If some of the natural therapies are not working for you (some women have deep rooted issues like diabetes and other health problems where recurrence continues despite many natural effective therapies), then i highly recommend working with a naturopathic doctor to come up with a natural solution.

If you found this article helpful or have something to add, please take a moment to leave some comments and suggestions.

How To Lighten Your Skin Fast

Many people now want to covet a fair and rosy skin. Unfortunately, the sun can make our skin dark, dry and ugly. Prolonged sun exposure can significantly darken our skin and can also make us more susceptible to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The good news is, there are a lot of treatments that can quickly lighten your skin and give you the fair skin that you have always wanted. Let me tell you some of the best ones:

1. Mix alum powder and honey. Use this as a mask. Apply it on your skin liberally and let it sit there for an hour before washing it off. Alum crystals can be bought from the drug store or from a health and wellness store. Pound the crystals until they turn into powder. Mix it up with honey.

Alum can help lighten the skin. Honey also has bleaching properties so it can improve the color of your dermis. Use this treatment every night until you achieve the results you want.

2. Papaya and lemon juice both have whitening properties. Try getting the extract of ripe papaya. You can also mash it and mix it with a cup of lemon juice. Massage the mixture all over your skin. Make sure you apply the mixture religiously so your skin can absorb the whitening agents in the ingredients. Let it sit there for an hour before washing it off.

3. It is also important to drink Vitamin C supplements. This can help inhibit the excessive production of melanin in your body. This vitamin can also make you less susceptible to sun damages.

Vitamin C can also be found in fruits and vegetables. Try drinking freshly-squeezed fruit juices to supply Vitamin C into your body.

4. Look for a whitening moisturizer that contains Extrapone Nutgrass, Phytessence Wakame and Manuka Honey.

Extrapone Nutgrass is a type of plant with root extracts that can inhibit melanin production. Studies have found out that this plant can actually make your skin whiter by up to 45% during the first two weeks of use. This is an ideal ingredient for people who are looking for fast and easy solutions.

Phytessence Wakame is not really a bleaching agent but it can make your skin less susceptible to skin damage and less susceptible to skin darkening. This sea kelp can help preserve healthy levels of hyaluronic acid. This is the acid needed to lubricate collagen fibers.

Manuka honey can even out your skin tone and reduce the appearance of spots. It also works well in locking moisture in your skin cells and tissues.

The Negative Effect Poor Personal Hygiene Has On A Person’s General Sense Of Well-Being

For several days I have tried to settle on a topic to write and have had absolutely no luck coming up with one with which I felt comfortable. While this was laying heavily on my thought I got up one morning and, as is my custom, entered the shower and began washing and soaking. The hot water was grand and I basked in complete contentment as it gently cascaded down and pummeled my body. As I applied my favorite body wash for men, using it according to direction, my thought focused on how wonderful it was that I could shower and keep clean but wondered what the negative impact would be of not being able to stay clean and practice good personal hygiene. So there you have it. I decided on using that epiphany moment of insight as my point of departure for this article. I am glad I did. It is a worthwhile topic on which to write. What then is the negative impact of a general lack of personal hygiene and an habitually dirty body, on such person’s general sense of well-being?

Where do we look for answers to this perplexing question? I decided to focus on the plight of street people as the most transparent and meaningful examples of the point I wanted to make. I want it perfectly clear that I do not see any causal relationship suggesting an inability to practice good personal hygiene as the cause of anyone having to live on the streets. But I do suggest it is axiomatic that there is a nexus establishing the need to live on the street, as a primary cause of a person’s inability to practice the requirements of good personal hygiene..

  • Problems Encountered From A Lack Of Personal Hygiene: The Effect of A Dirty Body on General Well-Being

Forced to live on the streets or some other place where a person is unable to do what is necessary for good personal hygiene has devastating effects. Here are some of them.


If such a person had employment when this problem arose, it is unlikely that he will be able to stay employed much more than a week or so following his move into the streets. For who among us will look with charity and patience on someone in the work force, perhaps in the cubicle next to us, filling the available air with body odor?

What are the employment prospects if he did not already have a job? After a week or so living on the street his chances of gaining suitable employment are next to nothing and becoming less and less with each passing day.

Social Considerations

It would be an exceptional host or hostess sponsoring a dinner party that would invite our street person to attend. Even if a close friend, I suggest that no invitation would be issued and the most that would happen is that food might be inconspicuously offered him as a way of extending charity. In the name of brotherly love, he might even be allowed to take a shower. But how many times would he be able to count on that? He would have exhausted his welcome by the end of the first week, if not before. Again, his lack of cleanliness, dirty clothes, the body odor and bad breath that exist under such circumstances are all road blocks that prevent his inclusion in the social network, if any, that he had before this disaster.

Then, too, there are people who for whatever reason are just plain careless and even unwilling to spend the time needed to be clean. This type of person almost by definition becomes a social misfit and loner. Shy and introverted he would typically spend his time alone shutting out the world and others who might normally be actively engaged in his life in some meaningful way.

Medical and Health Concerns

Finally there are any number of medical and general health conditions contracted when living on the street. Lice in the head and pubic areas acquired from the need to use poorly maintained public restrooms and having to sleep almost literally on the ground every night. Colds and the flu become common place as do a number of other medical conditions requiring treatment.

What Can Be Done To Help?

What are some of the things we must do to remedy or mitigate the effects of these life circumstances that are impairing the general sense of well-being of those encountering this problem?

    • Updated vaccinations are needed to protect the public health and wherever possible prevent the outbreak of disease.


    • Proper sanitation is a must.


    • The construction of low cost public housing to put a roof over the heads of homeless people and get them off the streets.


    • Those who have the means to look after themselves but don’t should be required to attend a seminar on how to keep themselves clean and healthy.


    • For a person that just won’t maintain personal cleanliness there is very little that we can do for him except to make every attempt to instill in him the need, if necessary by engaging the service of professionals in social work, psychology and other disciplines.


  • Those with other disabilities have their local public health Department and a number of social and religious entities on which to draw. The Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels and similar programs are widely available to homeless, elderly and disabled people. Depending upon one’s circumstances, education and counselling on how to properly care for one’s self might be available. The Internet, a good telephone directory and the Public Health Department are good resources for identifying locally available agencies capable of providing help to a person wanting to overcome this problem.


The failure to follow good personal hygiene practices will lead to a variety of personal, social and medical conditions that greatly impact upon a person’s sense of general well-being. They also have the potential to cause problems for the general population if allowed to get out hand. A wise person once wrote the aphorism “cleanliness is next to godliness.” By remembering this it serves as a reminder of our need to practice good personal hygiene.

© Douglas M Midgley, J.D. All Rights Reserved Worldwide

Different Health Benefits of Purple Tea


There is a rare form of tea imported from the African continent to our country. Cultivated in Kenya, it has sweet notes that present a pleasant lingering aroma. People of the country refer it as purple tea. They claim that it has similar health benefits as those given by the green tea that we have heard of. Many health experts and scientists have worked on green tea and have found many health benefits associated with it. After this new development, the focus of scholarly research looks to have shifted to a new variety of tea with loads of antioxidants. It is none other than purple tea.

Purple Tea

This rare form of tea has been found to have many medicinal properties. The people from one generation to the other have passed the information about the therapeutic effects of this tea variety. Some research has already been done on this new tea variety to bring about its other aspects. The research has found that this tea is rich in anthocyanins. This tea variety also has some measure of catechins. It has low caffeine content and since it does not have the toxicating property. It also has a high dose of antioxidants. A class of antioxidants called anthocyanins offer the color purple color to this tea variety. As a result, this beverage has more earthly, brisk and rustic flavor when compared to that of the regular black tea. It also has the ability to quench the feeling of thirst. It is known to cleanse the vascular system in the human body. This in turn reduces the risk of developing hypertension and cardiac arrests. The purple tea fetches a price that is three to four times that of black tea in the international market.

India to Grow Purple Tea

Soon this tea variety would be grown in India as well. Assam is most likely to emerge as the center for purple tea cultivation in India. A senior scientist associated with <I> Tocklai </ I> Tea Research Institute has said about this development. Currently, Kenya is producing this variety of tea in the world. According to this research institute, the clone <I> TRFK 306/1 </ i> for purple tea was originally fetched from north-eastern Indian state of Assam. The research team from this organization has also identified the wild bushes of this variety of tea in hilly forest areas of <I> Karbi Anglong </ I> and <I> Cachar </ I> districts in Assam. Here, this variant of tea can easily be grown commercially in the north-eastern state of Assam.

What to Do About Medications and Sauna Use

Saunas and medications are things that do not necessarily go well together. It will be best for one’s sauna safety to watch for one’s medications before using a sauna.

In some cases saunas and medications can cause a person to be unable to lose heat with ease. This means that the heat that a person can retain when in a sauna may not easily escape the body. Beta-blockers and diuretics are among the most common medications that can cause this to happen.

The body will end up overheating with ease if a person uses a sauna and one of these medications. This can cause a person to feel a substantial fever and to experience a rapid heart rate at a consistent level. These effects can be very dangerous to the body.

Another thing to see about some medications is that they may cause a person to become drowsy. Falling asleep in a sauna is a very dangerous and sometimes deadly thing to do. It will help for one’s sauna safety to avoid a sauna when using medications that can cause drowsiness.

Antihistamines are some of the most harmful things to see when looking into saunas and medications. Antihistamines can cause a person to be more susceptible to heat stroke. This can cause a person to easily suffer heat stroke when in a sauna.

The best thing that a person can do here is to consult one’s doctor with regards to saunas and medications. It will help to talk with a doctor about one’s medications to see if a person can use a sauna while using them. A simple talk with one’s doctor can make all the difference when it comes to sauna safety. It can be a person to see if a sauna is right for one’s needs or not.