Friday, 22 June 2018

Natural Rose Fertilizer

Natural Rose Fertilizer


How To Fertilize Roses: 10 Natural Ways

Let’s be honest! When it’s time to fertilize roses, for many home gardeners, purchasing of a bag of rose fertilizer is a purchase of mystery.

This need not be; with a little knowledge anyone can select a fertilizer to fit any particular need. You can buy with the assurance that you’ve obtained the proper ingredients for maximum results assured each bag.
fertilize roses
By law, all fertilizers carry numbers of the guaranteed plant food such as 10-6-4 or 7-8-5.
The three numbers always indicate the number of units of:
  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphate
  • Potash
Fertilizers for roses, and for all plants, have always been and always will be in this order.
Thus a formula or n-p-k ratio of 20-10-5 means:
  • 20 units of nitrogen which produces top growth
  • 10 units of phosphate which furnishes color and strength
  • 5 units of potash which provides strong root growth
While high nitrogen fertilizers tend to give a showy display of top growth, this by itself is not sufficient to assure healthy plant growth.

In fact, an imbalance of nitrogen can give the false sense of security that plants or a lawn are developing beautifully, when in fact the root systems are being starved.

For this reason, it is essential to feed each type of plant the precise, carefully balanced diet which brings maximum beauty and health to the entire plant. For roses, one of the best diet formulas is 7-8-5.

Unfortunately, most packages of rose fertilizers do not give much additional information about the contents. The reason is that individual states have different rules as to “how to express the contents” of-a-package and what can and cannot be listed.

Inasmuch as the fertilizer manufacturer cannot afford to print, fill and inventory different packages for every state, they omit much data and lists only the information and terminology agreed upon by all states where it is sold.

Thus a rule to follow is always ask to see the manufacturer’s literature before you buy.
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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Childhood Obesity: Insights on Risk Factors and Prevention

Childhood Obesity: Insights on Risk Factors and Prevention:

 The factors that contribute to overweight and obesity are complex, but one pattern is clear: having obesity during childhood increases the likelihood of having obesity as an adult. The Nutrition 2018 meeting will feature new research on factors that may contribute to childhood obesity, as well as factors that can help kids maintain a healthy weight.



Newswise — The factors that contribute to overweight and obesity are complex, but one pattern is clear: having obesity during childhood increases the likelihood of having obesity as an adult. The Nutrition 2018 meeting will feature new research on factors that may contribute to childhood obesity, as well as factors that can help kids maintain a healthy weight.
Nutrition 2018 is the inaugural flagship meeting of the American Society for Nutrition held June 9-12, 2018 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Contact the media team for abstracts, images and interviews, or to obtain a free press pass to attend the meeting.
Trends in obesity prevalence
Latest stats show continued increase in obesity rates
While obesity has been on the rise for decades in the US, the proportion of Americans who are obese appeared to have reached a plateau more recently. A new analysis suggests that this leveling off was temporary, lasting from 2009-2012, and indicates that obesity rates have since continued to climb in both children and adults. If current trends continue, researchers project that by 2030, one-third of America’s children age 6-11 and half of adolescents age 12-19 will be overweight or obese. Youfa Wang, Ball State University, will present this research on Monday, June 11, from 4:15-4:30 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center, Room 311 (abstract).
New insights on risk factors
Mounting evidence that sugar-sweetened beverages are a risk factor for childhood obesity
A study that tracked more than 700 kids from the toddler to teen years finds intake of sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with a significantly higher body mass index (BMI) throughout childhood, while intake of milk, 100% juice and water-based sugar-free beverages was not associated with any difference in BMI. As one of the first longitudinal studies to examine children’s beverage consumption over time, the study bolsters the evidence that sugar-sweetened beverages are an important risk factor for obesity. Teresa A. Marshall, College of Dentistry, University of Iowa, will present this research on Saturday, June 9, from 2-2:15 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center, Room 309 (abstract).
Promoting healthy weight
Characteristics of successful programs to promote healthy weight among middle schoolers
Many programs and policies have been implemented to curb overweight and obesity rates in children and teens. New research takes a broad look at the outcomes of such programs to understand which factors seem to be associated with greatest success. Examples of impactful interventions include the use of scratch cooking for preparing school meals, not using physical activity for discipline at school and promoting drinking water at school. Lorrene D. Ritchie, Nutrition Policy Institute, University of California, will present this research on Monday, June 11, from 10:30-10:45 a.m. in the Hynes Convention Center, Room 306 (abstract).
Eating breakfast can help kids meet dietary recommendations
Kids in America eat a wide variety of morning foods, from cereal and milk to pancakes and pastries to eggs and fruit. In a new study funded by the Kellogg Company, kids who ate breakfast generally showed higher daily consumption of recommended nutrients including fiber, calcium, vitamin D and potassium, as well as greater whole grain and lower added sugar intake compared to those who did not eat in the morning. In particular, consuming grain-based foods with milk for breakfast was linked with several health benefits. Yanni Papanikolaou, Nutritional Strategies, will present this research on Sunday, June 10, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D (poster 800) (abstract).
Please note that abstracts presented at Nutrition 2018 were evaluated and selected by a committee of experts but have not generally undergone the same peer review process required for publication in a scientific journal. As such, the findings presented should be considered preliminary until a peer-reviewed publication is available.
About Nutrition 2018
Nutrition 2018 is the inaugural flagship meeting of the American Society for Nutrition held June 9-12, 2018 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. It is the national venue for more than 3,000 top researchers, practitioners and other professionals to announce exciting research findings and explore their implications for practice and policy. Scientific symposia address the latest advances in cellular and physiological nutrition and metabolism, clinical and translational nutrition, global and public health, population science, and food science and systems. www.nutrition.org/N18 #Nutrition2018
About the American Society for Nutrition (ASN)
ASN is the preeminent professional organization for nutrition research scientists and clinicians around the world. Founded in 1928, the society brings together the top nutrition researchers, medical practitioners, policy makers and industry leaders to advance our knowledge and application of nutrition. ASN publishes four peer-reviewed journals and provides education and professional development opportunities to advance nutrition research, practice and education. www.nutrition.org

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Brain Regeneration: Why It's Real & How To Do It

Brain Regeneration


This is so important!

Brain Regeneration: Why It's Real & How To Do It
Have you ever wished you could regenerate those brain cells you sacrificed in college? Do you fear that your aging brain is in a perpetual state of decline? Medical science is being rewritten to show that we CAN improve the health of our brain, and that repairing damage is not only possible, it’s something anyone can do.
It is a commonly held misconception that the brain is beyond repair. Even the medical establishment has asserted that once we kill brain cells, they are gone forever. The fact is, the brain can repair itself, and as science is now proving, there is real benefit to simple practices that can help keep our brains sharp and elastic throughout our lifetime.

Rewriting the Story of Brain Health

The field of cognitive neuroscience is relatively new - only around one hundred years old - so it’s no surprise that we are constantly arriving at a newer and better understanding of how the neural circuitry of the human brain supports overall brain functioning.
For most of those one hundred years, it was believed that once damaged, the brain could not regenerate. Brain cells were finite, and any loss or injury would be suffered as a deficiency for the rest of that person’s life. This created a false belief that the brain is essentially in a perpetual state of decline.
Although compelling evidence to the contrary was presented as early as 1960, medical dogma was (and is) slow to change. It wasn’t until the 1980’s when Fernando Nottebohm’s research at Rockefeller University clearly indicated that neurogenesis - production of new nerve cells, aka neurons - was taking place in the adult vertebrate brain.
The next big step in this scientific evolution would take more than thirty years. However, the pace of our understanding of how the brain is wired was about to take a quantum leap.

Our Elastic Brain

The growth of new neurons in an adult, mammalian brain was first seen in 1992, when scientists isolated neural stem cells from mice in a Petri dish. This regeneration was then replicated thousands of times in a variety of published studies over the next twenty-five years.
It is now accepted in the medical scientific community that the adult brain is capable of growing new neurons and glial cells, something previously disbelieved by the medical establishment. The brain is now considered to be resilient, pliable - plastic.
The term neuroplasticity refers to the ability of the brain to “rewire” itself through practice of a desired skill. It is the combination of new cells and new learning that creates this magic. When fresh nerve cells are well-stimulated (i.e., trained through specific learning exercises) they make new connections. In other words, they become healthy brain cells that contribute to learning and the development of new skills.
Just like the muscles of the body, when the brain is well-nourished and stimulated through proper exercise, it heals and grows. And with proper care and feeding, this amazing brain regeneration can occur throughout life.
To help make this a “no-brainer”, GreenMedInfo has compiled a simple list of ways you can safeguard brain health, stimulate new brain cell growth, and even heal the brain.

1.  Get Lots of Physical Exercise

When you hear the phrase “train your brain”, you probably don’t think of lifting weights. Turns out, physical exercise is one of the best things you can do for your body, and your brain.
The brain benefits of exercise are two-fold. First, the brain is a voracious consumer of glucose and oxygen, with no ability to store excess for later use. A continual supply of these nutrients is needed to maintain optimal functioning.
Physical exercise increases the blood flow to the brain, delivering a boost of fresh oxygen and glucose to hungry brain cells. A 2014 study showed that just 30 minutes of moderate cardio was enough to boost cognitive functioning in adult brains of all ages.
But the benefits don’t stop there. Exercise is believed to stimulate hippocampal neurogenesis: new cell growth in the region of the brain associated with long-term memory and emotions. Healthy cell growth in this region is important to the aging brain, and believed to help prevent cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

2.  Use Stress Reduction Techniques

Our modern world runs on stress, so the need to unwind is easy to understand. What you might not be aware of, is just how damaging continual immersion in the fight or flight hormones of stress can be to your brain.
Stress is one of the top factors in age-related cognitive decline. This makes engaging in regularly scheduled leisure activities not just a fun thing to do, but an important step towards ensuring optimal brain health.
You don’t need to look far to find ways to de-stress. Let your interests guide you. The key to picking brain-healthy pastimes is to avoid passive activities like watching TV, and instead choose stimulating hobbies that engage the brain through patterns, puzzles, and problem-solving.
A 2011 study published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry found that activities such as playing games, reading books, and crafts like quilting and knitting reduced rates of cognitive impairment by up to 50 percent.
Engaging with art also ranks high on the list of brain-healthy hobbies. Studies prove that once again, it’s not enough to be a passive observer. To get the brain-boost, we must engage.
In a German study reported in the journal PLOS One, researchers studied two groups: a group who observed art, and a group that produced art. The study concluded that compared to those who observed art, the art producers demonstrated increased interactivity between the frontal and parietal cortices of the brain. This increased brain connectivity translates to enhanced psychological resilience in the group of art producers. In other words, their ability to resist the negative effects of stress improved.
Looking for a more low-key way to unwind? How about playing beautiful music or sitting in quiet contemplation? Meditation has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and even build resistance to feelings of anxiety and depression. And while listening to music may seem like a passive activity, research suggests that the act of listening to musical patterns facilitates brain neurogenesis.
Both meditation and listening to music affect the secretion of key hormones which enhance brain plasticity, thus changing the very way we respond to stress. Talk about good medicine!

3. Take Strategic Supplements

Turmeric

You probably know at least one person who raves about the health benefits of turmeric. This deep, orange root has been used as a panacea for everything from soothing joint pain and calming inflammation, to lowering the risk of heart disease. And our awareness of the benefits of this ancient medicinal herb continues to grow.
Turmeric is an example of a remyelinating compound, which denotes a substance with proven nerve-regenerative effects.
Remyelinating compounds work to repair the protective sheath around the nerve bundle known as myelin, an area often damaged in autoimmune and vaccine-induced disorders. Research shows that even small doses of these restorative substances can produce significant nerve regeneration.
The Western model of pharmaceutical intervention has created a culture that seeks to identify and isolate the “active ingredient” of an organic substance. What this fails to account for is that organic compounds often work in concert: isolates by themselves may lack a critical key that another plant element provides.
Cucurmin is the isolated active ingredient in turmeric, however, new research shows that another element found in turmeric has magical properties of its own.
In an exciting study published in the journal Stem Cell Research & Therapy, researchers found that a little-known component within turmeric, Ar-tumerone, may make "a promising candidate to support regeneration in neurologic disease."
The study found that when brain cells were exposed to ar-tumerone, neural stem cells increased in number and complexity, indicating a healing effect was taking place. This effect was replicated in rats, who when exposed to ar-tumerone saw increased neural stem cell production and the generation of healthy new brain cells.

Green Tea

A 2014 paper studying the active compounds in green tea (known as catechins, a main class of micronutrient), determined that green tea catechins are not only antioxidant and neuroprotective, they actually stimulate the brain to produce more neurons.
Because of this therapeutic effect on damaged regions of the brain, green tea has been shown to have exciting implications in the treatment of 'incurable' neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's disease. This prompted researchers to declare green tea catechins  "...a highly useful complementary approach.." in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
Further investigation of green tea examined a combination of blueberry, green tea and carnosine, and found it to promote growth of new neurons and brain stem cells, in an animal model of neurodegenerative disease.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba is considered a powerhouse in the herbal medicine pharmacopoeia, and its implications for brain health are equally potent. Ginkgo has demonstrated at least 50 distinct health benefits, and its medicinal value is documented in the treatment of more than 100 different diseases.
There are numerous studies on Ginkgo's ability to stimulate levels of a critical brain protein called BDNF: brain-derived neurotrophic factor. This protein affects healing in damaged regions of the brain and is essential in the regulation, growth and survival of brain cells, making it especially important for long-term memory.
Ginkgo is so effective that a 2006 paper published in the European Journal of Neurology found it to be as useful in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease as the blockbuster drug, Donepezil.
Recently, a new mechanism behind Ginkgo biloba's brain healing properties came to light with the publication of an article in Cell and Molecular Neurobiology. Researchers determined that Ginkgo is effective, in part, due to its ability to modulate neural stem cells (NSC’s) into the type of cell that is necessary in the specific region of the brain where the BDNF proteins are active.
NSC’s are multipotent cells; they have the amazing ability to shapeshift into any of the many different phenotypes of cells that make up the brain. Ginkgo stimulates the growth of the right cell phenotype for the affected region of the brain, giving our brain exactly what’s needed, where it’s needed. Now that’s intelligent medicine!

4. Eat Your Veggies

Want to stimulate brain cell regrowth while you’re having lunch? Add some freshly steamed broccoli to your plate!
Science has added a substance called sulforaphane, found in sulfur-rich vegetables such as broccoli, to the growing list of neuritogenic substances that have been documented to stimulate nerve growth in the brain.
The study, published in the journal Genesis, reveals that sulforaphane, in addition to stimulating new nerve growth, has demonstrated significant healing properties as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, as well as preventing disease and death of healthy neurons.
Adding to the excitement surrounding these findings, researchers observed the beneficial effect on neural stem cells that results in their differentiation to specific, useful types of neurons, lending powerful support to the hypothesis that sulforaphane stimulates brain repair.
Vegetables containing sulforaphane include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, mustard leaves, radish, turnips, watercress, and bok choy. For therapeutic benefit, try to consume at least 3 cups per day, raw or cooked.

5. Employ Continuous Learning

Aging is often associated with cognitive decline, both in research and anecdotal evidence. However, a growing body of literature shows that retaining a sharp, lucid brain means never retiring our critical thinking skills.
The need to continually challenge and expand our thinking was demonstrated in the aforementioned 2011 study published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry. In this study, the leisure time activities of a group of older adults (ages 70-89) were monitored for effect on mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
The study determined that the level of complexity of the activity was key to its effectiveness at preventing MCI. Working with computers, reading books, and activities associated with patterns and problem-solving contributed to a significant decrease in the odds of developing of MCI. Less stimulating activities showed no statistical effect. This stresses the importance of feeling challenged and stimulated by the activities we pursue as we age.
These findings were reinforced by a 2014 study of nearly 3,000 volunteers, spanning more than a decade. This study examined the potential long-term benefit of cognitive training in older adults. Results showed that participants demonstrated enhanced brain processing speed and reasoning skills for up to ten years after the training was completed.
These tangible brain benefits spilled over into daily life and were measured in the participant’s ability to complete normal daily tasks, such as personal finances, meal preparation, and personal care routines. Said of the study, “The idea is, the more stimulating your environment, the more you’re increasing the complexity of your brain.”
For more information on ways to keep your brain healthy, visit GreenMedInfo’s brain health research database.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Frozen Lemons

Frozen Lemons


Genius

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, USE FROZEN LEMONS AND SAY GOODBYE TO DIABETES, TUMORS, OVERWEIGHT

Lemons contain antioxidants which can help in treating many ailments. However, juicing the lemon will not provide the maximum of its benefits, and for that reason it would be better to freeze them as the peel contains the good stuff. It has the power to boost the immune system, normalize the cholesterol levels, and prevent cancer development. Moreover, the peel provides anti-microbial effects and prevents infections caused by fungi and bacteria as well as remove internal worms and parasites.


Health benefits of lemon:
  • Prevents asthma symptoms;
  • Boosts immunity;
  • Treats inflammation;
  • Reduces he risks of strokes;
  • Prevents cancer;
  • Cleans kidneys and liver;
  • Prevents and treats stress and depression;
  • Highly effective against bacteria.
Lemons vs. cancer
According to the latest research lemon peels provide great nutrients and have a great potential in destroying and removing toxic waste from the body. For this reason lemons are recommended in the treatment against cancer. Many studies confirmed this.



There have been done more than 20 lab tests during the 70s and experts showed that frozen lemons can destroy malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including pancreas, lung, prostate, breast, and colon. Frozen lemons are even more potent than chemotherapy in destroying cancer, and they are much healthier and safer solutions than chemo. Lemons leave the healthy cells intact, while chemo destroys them.
Get the most of the lemons
The peel contains 5-10 times more vitamins than the juice. According to a nutritionist and expert in women’s health, Dr. Marilyn Glenville, the comb of healthy peels can do good for the overall health as most of the antioxidants in it are included in the peel or the pith, rather than the pulp. One could better make a smoothie, than a juice as in this way the while fruit will be consumed and any single nutrient won’t be thrown away.
The bitter taste of citrus fruit makes people not that keen on them. However, here is a recipe which will pull the maximum of the lemons without tasting their bitter flavor.
Wash and disinfect the lemons with baking soda or apple cider vinegar;
Rinse them with water and [at them with a dry towel;
Place them in the freezer and let them stay overnight;
When they are completely frozen, grate the whole lemon along with the seeds, pulp, and peel;
Place the grated lemon into ice cube trays and store them in a freezer. Use the cubes whenever you want.
They will give a stronger taste to your dishes. You can add them into your soups, salads, yoghurts, pasta sauces, smoothie, juice, tea, baked goods, and homemade ice cream.
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Monday, 18 June 2018

Magnesium Chloride

Magnesium Chloride

This article shows how important Magnesium is for our health!

Half a Cup Of This In The Morning and Goodbye Bone Pain, Diabetes, Nerves, Anxiety, Depression and Heaviness

If there is something that really works for the benefit of our health is this ingredient. It serves a lot to maintain youth and vitality, in addition to curing and strengthening our body making it resistant to infections.

As it is a compound that actually works and has numerous advantages for people of all ages, we are talking about the well-known magnesium chloride. Our body receives excess uric acid, this causes calcifications in the joints; When magnesium chloride is consumed regularly these excesses of acid can be expelled.

This rejuvenating remedies based on magnesium chloride and water will be very useful to look many younger and in addition to a radiant form; economical and easy to do at home.
But, do you know what magnesium chloride is and is useful for?

It is responsible for placing solid calcium in the bone pain and normalizes blood flow, thus stabilizing blood pressure, causing the nervous system is completely calm.

Magnesium chloride produces mineral balance, revives the glands, activates the kidneys to eliminate uric acid. In arthritis, it decalcifies the thinnest membrane of the joints and attacks calcified sclerosis to prevent heart attacks; purifies the blood, vitalizes the brain and helps preserve youth.

Of all minerals, magnesium is the most essential after age 40, when the body begins to absorb less and less magnesium from the diet, thus causing old age and diseases.

Magnesium does not create habit, but when you stop using it, you lose your protection. A person does not escape from all his affections by the fact of consuming it, but doing so will make his whole body healthier. Magnesium is not a magic remedy, but it is a food without any counter-indication and perfectly compatible with any medication that is taken simultaneously.

The lack of magnesium can cause diabetes, nervous disorders, anxiety, different types of cancer, general weakness, heaviness, tuberculosis, migraine, restless legs syndrome, urinary incontinence, weak bones and anemia.

It is very cheap since 100 grams have a cost of less than 3 dollars. Its flavor is not exactly very rich, but other allopathic and homeopathic medicines are not either.
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Sunday, 17 June 2018

The Only Dandruff Cure You’ll Ever Need

Dandruff

The causes of Dandruff.


Have you ever looked down at your clothes and noticed the embarrassing, tell-tale signs of a flaking scalp? If so, you’re not alone—dandruff affects one in five people in the United States. But it’s important to understand the reason for those flakes: It could be a sign of normal dryness, a pesky fungal infection, or a serious autoimmune condition

Almost everyone will experience, especially during the dryer winter months, those bothersome white flakes that land on the shoulders, ruining the crisp appearance of clean, dark clothes. But do you know what’s behind those flakes? Understanding the root cause of dandruff is critical to knowing the best way to respond. The good news is, there are proven natural remedies that can reverse the cause, regardless of whether it’s seasonal dryness, or something more deeply rooted.

A Case of Seasonal Dryness
When dandruff flakes are produced by dry scalp, it is considered a normal condition, albeit an annoying one. Seasonal changes brought on by decreased humidity and the use of forced-air heat can zap moisture from the scalp and cause itching, especially in people who shampoo frequently, use heated styling tools, or have a build-up of styling product on the hair. Seasonal flakes are often met with harsh dandruff treatments, many of which can further irritate the scalp. The active ingredient in most OTC dandruff shampoos, zinc pyrithione—a potent antibacterial and antifungal—is the dry scalp treatment equivalent to swatting a fly with a sledgehammer! In rare cases, it can even bring about allergic reactions for some individuals.[1]
If you’re affected by occasional dry scalp, skip the harsh medicated treatments and try a simple, natural remedy to hydrate the scalp. Consider treating yourself to once-weekly scalp massages with warmed oil, an ancient Ayurvedic practice that calls exclusively for the use of food-grade oils such as coconut or organic sesame. Naturally healing, a warm coconut oil massage nourishes and moisturizes the skin, while deep-conditioning the hair. Adding a few drops of a favorite essential oil (such as lavender or bergamot) will provide a better side-effect than anything the doctor could order—deep relaxation and stress-relief.

A Suspected Fungal Infection
If you’re troubled by flakes that are slightly larger, yellowish in color, and possessing an oily texture, you may be dealing with chronic dandruff, also referred to as seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis can present year-round, and is often exacerbated by warm, humid weather. Less common than dry scalp, an estimated 3 million cases of dermatitis are reported in the US each year.[2] This condition affects infants as well as the aged, with infants regarded as having “diaper rash” when dermatitis presents.
Characterized by scaly, red skin and chronic itching, researchers have not reached a consensus regarding what causes dermatitis. Considered by some to be a fungal infection, many treatments are aimed at eliminating yeast growth in and on the body. Still other treatments are aimed at reducing inflammation. Both routes are fraught with risks to overall health and vitality. Antifungals are associated with numerous health concerns, including increased estrogen levels[3] and liver toxicity.[4] Risks associated with corticosteroid use include depression,[5] hypertension,[6] ulcers and increased chance of heart disease, among other significant health risks.[7]

Fortunately, sufferers of both mild seasonal dandruff and chronic dermatitis can look to the natural world for relief that does not require a black box warning. Something as simple as diluted honey has been shown to markedly improve itching and scaling of the scalp. A 2001 study examined the antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant qualities of honey as a natural remedy for dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. Published in the European Journal of Medicine, “Therapeutic and prophylactic effects of crude honey on chronic seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff” explored the topical application of raw honey to thirty patients demonstrating chronic seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, face, and chest. The patients were comprised of twenty male subjects and ten females, between the ages of 15 and 60 years. Presenting symptoms included scaling, itching, hair loss, and lesions.
Patients were instructed to apply the honey, diluted with 10% warm water, every other day to affected areas, using a gentle rubbing motion for 2-3 minutes. After 3 hours, the honey was rinsed off using warm water. Patients were monitored for changes in symptoms during the 4-week treatment period. Researchers were amazed at the results. Steroids and antifungals often require several courses of medication to effect a change IF they work at all. But using plain, crude honey, within one week, itching was relieved, and scaling disappeared. Within two weeks, skin lesions healed and faded. Hair loss was also improved in some patients.
To test the long-term effects that patients might receive, half of patients who had benefited from treatment continued to receive honey application once per week, while the other half received no ongoing treatment. After six months, “None of the patients treated with [ongoing] honey application showed relapse...while the patients who had no prophylactic treatment with honey experienced a relapse of lesions 2-4 months after stopping treatment."  Researchers concluded that "crude honey could markedly improve seborrheic dermatitis and associated hair loss and prevent relapse when applied weekly."

Skin pathogens are anecdotally linked to seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff, perhaps explaining honey’s demonstrable therapeutic effects. Imbued with natural antifungal and antibacterial properties, honey actually destroys pathogenic bacteria, including the deadly MRSA, while fostering the growth of good bacteria. Long-considered one of nature’s greatest gifts to mankind, honey has even more amazing healing properties, including preventing weight-loss and gastric lining damage post-chemotherapy. With more than 150 different abstracts related to the health benefits of honey, it’s easy to see why the ancient Egyptians placed it in the tombs of pharaohs as a gift to the Gods![8]


A Chronic Auto-Immune Disease
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, psoriasis affects 7.5 million people in the United States.[9] A chronic disease that causes skin cells to grow quicker than they can be shed, there is no cure for psoriasis. Symptomatic episodes often flare, then abate, in a cycle that can continue throughout a person’s lifetime. The goal of Western medical treatment, as is often the case, is to merely manage symptoms. These symptoms include red, patchy skin that can be both itchy and painful. Skin can take on a dry, cracked appearance, or resemble thick, silvery scales. Skin may crack and bleed. There are several classifications of the condition, including plaque psoriasis (the most common form), and psoriatic arthritis which produces stiff, swollen joints and can lead to permanent deformities.[10]

Once again, treatments for psoriasis include the go-to pharmaceutical arsenal of steroids and immunosuppressive drugs aimed at stopping the rapid turnover of skin cells. As we have seen time and again with chemically-derived drug treatments, the effects are never limited to just “problem” cells. Side effects of these treatments can be severe, including infections and cancer, especially related to the skin.[11]

As researchers plumb nature’s pharmacopeia, we are routinely rewarded by plant-based remedies that produce better results than can be obtained through pharmaceuticals, and with fewer-to-no side effects. In April 2018, a group of researchers released one such report, on the potent anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric and its therapeutic effect on psoriasis. Published in the April Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, “Turmeric tonic as a treatment in scalp psoriasis:
 A randomized placebo-control clinical trial”,[12] follows forty patients with mild-to-moderate scalp psoriasis through a 9-week intervention. Topical applications of turmeric tonic were applied twice-daily, with a control group applying a placebo in the same manner. Patients were evaluated at baseline, 3, 6, and 9 weeks, and were assessed for dermatologic quality-of-life indicators as well as psoriasis area and severity scores. Probable adverse effects were recorded and reported.

Results from this study are highly optimistic; improvements were reported across all indicators. “Compared to the placebo, turmeric tonic significantly reduced the erythema, scaling, and induration of lesions, and improved the patients' quality of life.” Patients reported no serious adverse effects. Researchers concluded that the clinical effects of turmeric tonic on scalp psoriasis were satisfactory, overall, and recommended that turmeric be considered as a treatment for scalp psoriasis.

Despite Western medicine’s knee-jerk response to most afflictions—whipping out a prescription pad—for those who wish to explore natural remedies first, you may find that you need look no further than nature to cure your dandruff condition. From wild honey to fragrant yellow turmeric, science continues to support what herbalists and natural healers have known for millennia: nothing heals better than Nature herself!
  
To learn more, explore the scientific research in GreenMedInfo’s psoriasis database. For additional findings on natural interventions for seborrheic dermatitis, visit our research page here. To find more natural cures for dandruff, peruse GreenMedInfo’s research database.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Find Your Best Sleeping Position

Best Sleeping Position


Helpful information!

Sleep is the one time your body has during the day to repair and maintain its cells and systems. It’s also essential for flushing out toxins and clearing away dead cells. Experts recommend between 7-9 hours of sleep a night.

Because sleep is so important, if there’s something that’s keeping you from getting comfortable and sleeping through the night, it helps to know what adjustments you can make to get the rest you need. Following are some recommendations to help you find the best sleeping position to deal with your common aches and pains.

Finding Your Best Sleeping Position

These sleeping positions will make you feel like a brand new person every morning!

1. Best Sleeping Position for Lower Back Painbest sleeping position

Many people suffer from back pain. It’s often difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position when your back hurts. What you may need is a little support. The best sleeping position for back pain is lying on your back. Place a pillow under your knees and a rolled-up towel at the base of your back where it curves. This will relieve pressure on your lower back while adding support (1).
For those with back pain, alignment of the ear, shoulder, and hip is the most important part of sleep posture, so make sure to keep your spine aligned.

The University of Rochester Medical Center offers the following suggestions for a solid sleep without back pain, whatever the position (2):
  1. Sleeping on your stomach can create stress on the back because the spine can be put out of position. Placing a flat pillow under the stomach and pelvis area can help to keep the spine in better alignment. If you sleep on your stomach, a pillow for your head should be flat, or sleep without a pillow.
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  3. If you sleep on your side, a firm pillow between your knees will prevent your upper leg from pulling your spine out of alignment and reduce stress on your hips and lower back. Pull your knees up slightly toward your chest. The pillow for your head should keep your spine straight. A rolled towel or small pillow under your waist may also help support your spine.
  4. Insert pillows into gaps between your body and the mattress.
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  6. When turning in bed, remember not to twist or bend at the waist but to move your entire body as one unit. Keep your belly pulled in and tightened, and bend your knees toward the chest when you roll.

2. For Shoulder Pain

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It may seem obvious but if one of your shoulders hurt, don’t add pressure by lying on it. Lie on your other side with your knees and arms bent. Place one pillow between your knees and another between your elbows so it touches your chest.
If both shoulders hurt, lie on your back with your arms by your sides.