Antibiotics for Teen Acne? No Thanks!
This is a subject close to me heart and let’s face it, it’s the main topic of this website.
Acne is one of those modern conditions that seems to get worse on the daily basis instead of better.
Just like a pimply teenager the medical profession keeps picking at it and squeezing it and endlessly fiddling with it and just like that teenager, it keeps getting worse!
The basic problem here is that acne in most cases is not a medical condition.
It is a health condition that has a cause or at least a list of causes.
The problem with Doctors is that they never allow themselves the luxury of just shrugging their shoulders and saying, “Look! We really don’t know why it happens.”
Or, if they were more honest, “Look! We know it is basically a hormonal reaction probably caused by a combination of things including diet, pre-existing hormonal conditions and general health but! You people keep expecting us to have the answer to everything so here, take these pills. I actually know they probably won’t do much and if I was being totally honest I would tell you they are probably dangerous but what the hell, take it anyway.”
Secret Trade Agreements – You Really Need to Find out!
If you haven’t already heard of the TPP, the Trans Pacific Pact or the NTA the North American Trade Agreement then you really need to get up to pace.
Let’s not dilly dally about with the health threats that these strange and secretive agreement represent… even though that’s a horror story unto itself.
It’s time for you to get to know exactly what these agreements are.
They are the final push for your country to be restricted by big business in determining what you can and cannot do when it comes to running your country.
It is your final loss of control over your own country’s governance.
It allows big business to take your country (you) to a secret court and sue your country (you) in the event that the business in question feels that your government (you) passed a law that restricted their business or cost them profits.
If your government (you) decides that fracking represents an intolerable risk to your environment or water resources then any business who had plans to frack can then take your government (you) to a secret court to receive compensation.
If your country is suffering a drought and your government halts the supply of water to a Nestle plant because there is insufficient water for the population, they can take you (your government) to court and sue for damages.
Sound like the worst of big brother?
It is and you need to find out about it and act on it fast!
You Want Chemicals With that? Never Mind You are Getting it Anyway!
OK I think many of us are also guilty of absolutely insisting that some of these items were completely necessary for our survival at school.
I know my mom was pretty good at keeping a lot of it out but there were certainly days when she was just not up to the fight anymore!
Read the article below and prepare to be horrified!
As usual it is a another toxic food additive that serves absolutely no purpose and is included for no reason in particular!
Doh! Chocolate Doesn’t Help You Lose Weight… why!
On the surface of it you could look at the post referenced below and think of it as a kind of funny episode in which those dopey journalists go fooled again.
But the subtext of it is far more sinister.
One of the downsides to to peer reviewed studies is that they are reviewed by ones peers!
Some guy does a “study.”
He publishes the results and draws conclusions.
His peers then review the study, the way in which it was conducted and the conclusions drawn and then they publish their own responses to that original study.
It is through this process that we are supposed to arrive at logical and scientific conclusions as well as map out future action.
The elephant in the room here is that oftentimes those “peers” are already in a position whereby they agree to certain things assumed in the original study.
It’s a sort of “well everybody knows that” mentality that may apply to all or part of the premise or findings of the study.
One of the last stop gaps in this field has always been the press, the media.
Journalists doing due diligence on these kinds of things with a critical eye and no preconceived ideas have long served as a voice of reason to keep the boffins under control.
Sadly it seems this era too has passed.
Lazy journalism seems to be the order of the day and as long as it promises a good headline whether controversial, titillating or appealing to the lowest common denominator it makes for a “story.”
Staying Healthy in the Office
There has been a good deal of research over the past few years in the field of heart disease for a number of reasons.
Probably the main one is that just about all the main causes of heart disease having been uncovered and addressed widely have not really resulted in any significant drop in the rate of heart disease in the general population… go figure!
You know maybe they got it all wrong.
One such long term study was done at an Australian health facility and what they were looking at was something based on common sense… what a surprise!
They figured that the human body developed over time under certain conditions that didn’t change all that much despite a host of other variable environmental factors.
What they boiled everything down to was movement, not exercise or anything like that… just movement.
They undertook a long term study into people who, according to the current data, were likely to suffer from heart problems.
They changed nothing regarding diet and any other specific practices the subjects were engaging in.
All they did was introduce movement into the daily lives of those people.
That only meant they were not permitted to sit for any longer than a specified period of time.
Every twenty minutes or so they were told to stand up and move around, nothing more.
Some were given light exercise as the movement, some walking and some just standing and moving their bodies on the spot.
What they found was that in all of the cases studied the most dramatic effect occurred in those that moved around (not exercised) by walking and that 20 minute total walking per day resulted in dramatic changes in the bodies of the subjects.
Lowered blood pressure, lowered cholesterol levels and general health improvements across the board.
Following up on last weeks blurb regarding Magnesium in general this week I have an article covering the use of magnesium in a topical sense.
One of the biggest difficulties presented by our current food eco system is that our bodies have descended slowly into a state of imbalance with regards to all manner of things.
Adding a few supplements here and there and correcting our diets sounds like a pretty good strategy for getting things all back in balance.
After all the truth is that the body is a finely tuned organic machine designed to achieve a balance.
Unfortunately due to the complex nature of the body, rebalancing can often be very, very slow and in some cases almost impossible once it has reached a sort of “point of no return.”
The complex interdependence of a multitude of substances means that even though you may restore one thing to your body may not be able to benefit from that without having an abundance of some other thing.
And in turn that other thing depends on the presence of yet another and on and on it goes.
As I said in last week’s blog, you can’t absorb vitamin C without a ready supply of calcium and you can’t regulate calcium in any effective way without magnesium and you can’t… and on it goes!
One effective way of breaking this cycle is by enforcing a key mineral or vitamin on to the body in heavy doses to get the ball rolling.
This is usually done in the form of nutritional supplements but even then the amount of absorption you are getting can still be quite low.
Topical supplements can be an effective way of increasing the absorption rate of some nutrients and a way of bypassing an already compromised digestive system to kick start the rebalancing process.
Magnesium is one mineral that that seems to lend itself to topical application in the form of sprays and may be worth taking a look at.