Sunday, October 19, 2014

Just in time for Fall!!

Just in time for fall! elaa's Pumpkin Sugar Scrub Exfoliating Body Dessert paired with Pumpkin Radiance Renewing Enzyme Mask. 

Here's some the details - 

pumpkin radiance - renewing enzyme mask

Renew and reveal a radiant glow with this festive mask made with one of nature's most wondrous skin treats, pumpkin. elaa organic skin care Renewing Pumpkin Enzyme Mask gently removes dead skin cells, promotes cellular renewal, and deep cleans pores, and stimulates circulation. Rich in Antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Zinc, this delicious mask will refine and refresh skin,  minimize fine lines, firm, and  reduce hyperpigmentation. 

Product Use:
Renew face, hands, feet, and body! Smooth a layer over clean skin. Leave for 10-20 minutes. Rinse with luke warm water. Slight redness or tingling is normal. Allow time for any redness cause by increased circulation to dissipate - night application is ideal. Avoid eye area. Test on small area before use first use. For best results, use Cleanser prior to Mask. Apply Toner, Serum, and Moisturizer after washing off mask.

pumpkin pie sugar scrub - exfoliating body dessert

Get soft, supple, sparkling skin with this delicious organic body scrub. Pumpkin Pie is my all-time favorite dessert and many of its ingredients are a true treat for skin. This scrub made with raw, enzyme active pumpkin, is so yummy, you'll want to eat it. This scrumptious natural body scrub increases skin circulation, polishes, exfoliates, and infuses skin with antioxidants, minerals, and nourishing oils. This renewing Pumpkin Brown Sugar Scrub is anti-inflammatory, healing, and anti-aging. Reveal fresh, silky skin that will stay moisturized the whole day.

Product Use: 
Massage over body prior to bathing or while in shower. Scrub more vigorously over dry spots, areas of cellulite, and feet. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Stay Away from Farm Raised Salmon - Here's Why!

Dr. Walter Crinnion (Linked here) discusses the difference between wild caught salmon and farmed salmon. Think you're getting health benefits just by eating salmon? You need to know where it came from, otherwise you could be wasting your money, or worse!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Coming to a Yoga Center Near You - qi gong

Dr. Judith Boice discusses the discipline known as qi gong. She describes what it is in a simple form. She mentions the growth of the practice and how it may be on the cusp of becoming very popular in this country.

Digital Meters.... and Agenda 21

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What are the types of Heat Therapy?

The most effective heat therapy products are the ones that can maintain their heat at the proper temperature. "Warm" is the proper temperature. Patients should not have their heat source be hot to the point of burning the skin. The desired effect is for the heat to penetrate down into the muscles. Simply increasing the temperature of the skin will do little to decrease discomfort.

In many instances, the longer the heat is applied, the better. The duration that one needs to apply the heat, though, is based on the type of and/or magnitude of the injury. For very minor back tension, short amounts of heat therapy may be sufficient (such as 15 to 20 minutes). For more intense injuries, longer sessions of heat may be more beneficial (such as 30 minutes to 2 hours, or more).

Types of Heat Therapy

Two options for heat therapy include moist heat and dry heat.

Dry heat, such as electric heating pads and saunas, draw out moisture from the body and may leave the skin dehydrated. However, some people feel that dry heat is the easiest to apply and feels the best.

Moist heat, such as hot baths, steamed towels or moist heating packs can aid in the heat’s penetration into the muscles, and some people feel that moist heat provides better pain relief.

A specific type of heat therapy may feel better for one person than for another, and it may require some experimentation to figure out which one works best. There are many different manners for heat to be applied to the lower back. Some common options include:

  • Hot water bottle - tends to stay warm for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Electric heating pad - maintains a constant level of heat as long as it is plugged in.
  • Heated gel packs - may be microwaved, or sometimes heated in water, and tend to say warm for about 30 minutes. Certain types of gel packs provide moist heat, which some people prefer.
  • Heat wraps - wraps around the lower back and waist and may be worn against the skin under clothing, providing convenience and several hours of low level of heat application.
  • Hot bath, hot tub, sauna, steam bath - tend to stimulate general feelings of comfort and relaxation that may help reduce muscle spasm and pain. A whirlpool jet directed at the lower back may provide the added benefit of a light massage.

Finally, it is important to use enough insulation between the heat source and the skin to avoid overheating or burning the skin.

When Heat Therapy Is Not an Option

Please note that heat should not be used in certain circumstances. For example, if the lower back is swollen or bruised, heat should not be used. Patients should consult doctors if they have heart disease or hypertension. Heat application is also not suitable in the following cases:

  • Dermatitis
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Open wound
  • Severe cognitive impairment

In general, if the injured area is swollen or bruised it is better to apply ice or a cold pack to reduce the swelling.

In summary, heat therapy is an easy and inexpensive option to provide relief from many forms of lower back pain. It may be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies. Because it is so simple, it is often overlooked and physicians may forget to mention it, but heat therapy used in the right way can be a valuable part of many lower back pain treatment programs.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Aluminum in Vaccines: A Parent's Q&A

Aluminum is present in several vaccines to improve the immune response. Some parents are concerned that aluminum in vaccines might be harmful to babies. However, healthy babies quickly eliminate aluminum from their bodies without harmful effect.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center has issued a 2 page report intended to reassure parents that the use of aluminum in certain vaccines is safe and that spacing out vaccines to reduce exposure to aluminum is senseless. The report notes:

  • Aluminum salts such as aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate and aluminum potassium sulfate have been used to improve the immune response to vaccines for more than 70 years.
  • The amount used is far less than the amount required to cause harm.
  • Given that aluminum is common in food and water, delaying vaccines will not significantly lessen exposure to aluminum but will increase the child's chance of suffering a severe and potentially fatal infection.