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June Issue Of Natural Alternatives
June 01, 2007
Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health


June 2007

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Nature is the Physician of all Disease ~ Hippocrates
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IN THIS ISSUE:

1) TEENAGER ACNE

2) PEROXIDE USES

3) CAN CAFFEINE HELP LOSE WEIGHT?


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1) TEENAGER ACNE
By Patrick B. Massey, M.D. Ph.D

What can you do about acne for your teenager? It has been found that plasma vitamin A concentrations in patients with acne were significantly lower than those of the control group (336.5 vs. 418.1 g/L, respectively) P = 0.007.

We also found that plasma vitamin E concentrations in patients with acne were significantly lower than those of controls (5.4 vs. 5.9 mg/L) P = 0.05.

In addition, we found that there is a strong relationship between decrease in plasma vitamin A levels and increase in the severity of acne condition. Patients with severe acne had significantly lower plasma concentrations of vitamins A and E than did those with lower acne grade and the age-matched healthy controls.'

Yet again we see a link to nutrition but the mainstream medical people still thinks that we have a deficiency of generally toxic drugs! Chris Gupta An incentive for your teen to eat right Some acne might be linked to deficiencies in vitamins A and E Acne is the bane of the teenage years.

For most teenagers, it is merely bothersome, seeming to appear at the most inopportune times. For some, however, it can be severe, leaving both physical and emotional scars.

Traditional therapy for severe acne is successful, but what if a simple lifestyle change could change the severity of the disease? The answer might be vitamins or, more exactly, a deficiency of specific vitamins.

Acne is the result of the buildup of bacteria, skin cells and oils in blocked skin pores resulting in the typical pimples and deeper cysts or nodules. Acne can appear over the upper body, including face, neck, chest, back and shoulders and last for years.

The incidence of acne is surprisingly constant world wide, at about 6 to 8 percent of the population in any specific country. In the U.S., about 17 million people have acne, and 85 percent of them are between ages 12 and 24. It has been estimated that more than 40 percent of teens will seek professional medical treatment for their acne.

Although numerous medical studies have not found a strong link between specific foods, like chocolate and pizza, and acne, there might be a relationship between blood levels of the vitamins A and E and the severity of acne. A recent medical study, published in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, determined that severe acne was more common in those teenagers with lower blood levels of vitamins A and E. In this study, blood levels of both vitamins A and E were measured and compared to 100 age-matched teenagers without acne. Interestingly, those with the lowest levels of vitamins A and E had the most severe acne.

Vitamins A and E are very important for normal skin and tissue function and their absorption depends on both being present in sufficient quantity. In earlier studies, it was demonstrated that increased dietary vitamin E is needed for optimal absorption of vitamin A. With low levels of dietary vitamin E, even robust amounts of vitamins A were not absorbed.

Teenagers might be at greater risk of specific vitamin deficiency (and acne) for a variety of reasons. They simply might not eat three good meals a day and, as a result, do not get enough vitamins. In addition, the increased growth and metabolism seen in the teen years might use up vitamins faster than can be replaced by diet alone.

Although a vitamin deficiency seems to be related to severe acne, researchers do not know if severe acne can be improved with increased vitamin A and E consumption. It seems prudent, however, to have a diet that is rich in vitamins A and E. Vitamin A is in fish, liver, egg yolks, butter and green and yellow vegetables. Vitamin E is found in wheat germ, liver, eggs, Brazil nuts, seeds, olive and canola oils and leafy vegetables like spinach and kale.


2) PEROXIDE USES

Healthy, useful and cheep!

Some lady wrote:

"I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little old bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors don't tell you about peroxide, or they would lose thousands of dollars."

1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out; or for a more pleasant experience mix 50/50 with your favourite brand of mouth wash, for flavour. No more canker sores and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash. (Small print says mouth wash and gargle right on the bottle) 2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of "Peroxide" to keep them free of germs.

3. Clean your counters, table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. I had fungus on my feet for years - until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.

6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine, but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.

8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, or plugged sinuses. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes then blow your nose into a tissue.

9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly. 10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages, but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually so it's not a drastic change.

11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors with, and there is no smearing which is why I love it so much for this.

I could go on and on. It is a little brown bottle no home should be without! With prices of most necessities rising, I'm glad there's a way to save money in such a simple, healthy manner.

Sounds like some good ideas!


3) CAN CAFFEIN HELP LOSE WEIGHT?
By the mayoclinic.com staff

A few studies indicate that caffeine may slightly enhance weight loss in people who exercise and maintain a low-fat diet. But there's no evidence that increased caffeine intake results in significant or permanent weight loss.

Marketers of fad diets and weight-loss supplements often exaggerate the benefits of caffeine, claiming that caffeine will significantly curb your appetite and help you drop pounds quickly. However, clinical studies on the relationship between caffeine and weight loss don't support these claims.

Here's what researchers have found:

Caffeine may act as an appetite suppressant. However, while studies have shown that some people eat less after consuming caffeine, this effect is brief ó not long enough to lead to significant weight loss.

Caffeine may increase your body's ability to burn calories. Caffeine is thought to stimulate thermogenesis ó one way your body generates heat and energy from digesting food. However, caffeine's role in thermogenesis probably isn't enough to result in significant weight loss.

Caffeine acts as a diuretic, which means it causes an increase in the amount of urine you excrete. This water loss may temporarily decrease your body weight.

It's important to keep in mind that caffeine is a stimulant that can increase your heart rate and blood pressure, interrupt your sleep, and cause nervousness and irritability.

Also, many caffeinated beverages are high in calories, which can contribute to unwanted weight gain.


PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!


Thank you for reading.


Livia P.
www.natural-health-and-healing.com
Brampton, Ontario, Canada


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