... Before getting into potential methods of treating and/or preventing excess skin after weight loss, let's explore the phenomenon itself. What exactly is loose, or excess skin?
Most cases of loose skin are actually just cases of excess subcutaneous body fat covered by skin. And because subcutaneous fat is "soft" fat, it is looser and easier to confuse with skin. It droops and jiggles and the skin that surrounds it conforms to its shape. That's not to suggest that legitimately loose skin isn't a real problem, because it is. But I would wager that many if not most cases of loose skin can be explained by overly stubborn deposits of subcutaneous fat. Read more
Monday, March 26, 2012
Is loose skin after weight loss a myth? According to Mark Sisson, most "loose skin" is actually stubborn fat..
Saturday, March 24, 2012
From acupuncture to biofeedback, Cracked.com reveals six alternative cures that even skeptics have to admit work.
Let's face it: If alternative medicine worked, it wouldn't be called "alternative." It's no shock to find out that remedies involving magic and ghosts don't really make your pain go away. It would be more of a surprise to learn that they do.
Well, surprise! They do! Sort of! Read more
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Dr. Mark Sircus discusses supplementation with magnesium oil, a natural wonder drug.
Magnesium supplementation is actually crucial for everyone today but we have to pay special attention to the method of supplementation because this is critical in terms of effective body utilization. “Magnesium is poorly absorbed orally. That is why I start off with injections. By injecting magnesium I can guarantee 100% to bring the levels up. I cannot guarantee to do this with oral magnesium,” says Dr. Sarah Myhill. Dr. Garry Gordon could not agree with her more. What Dr. Myhill did not know when she said this was the discovery of a natural form of magnesium chloride that comes from sea water.
Called Magnesium Oil, it is a natural substance that can be applied to the skin or poured into ones’ bath like Epsom salts. Magnesium chloride, applied transdermally is the ideal magnesium delivery system with medical benefits unequalled in the entire world of medicine. Yet one does not need a doctor to prescribe or administer it. One can relax in a medicinal bath, without a doctor’s prescription or simply put it on the skin and have someone massage you for sublime effect. Read more
Monday, March 19, 2012
The top ten most prescribed drugs in the U.S. have science-backed alternative .
Are we an over-medicated nation? Let’s look at the numbers: Americans spent more than $300 billion on prescription drugs last year; nearly half of all adults have taken at least one prescription drug in the last month; nearly a third regularly use two or more; and women are more likely than men to use prescription drugs, according to the CDC.
Drugs can undoubtedly save lives, but our penchant for prescriptions can sometimes mean treating or masking symptoms—without fixing the root cause of the health. Read more
Friday, March 16, 2012
Detoxifying your body is more important than ever, says Edward Group.
Cleansing diets, herbs, and fasting programs may seem like a modern health trend but societies have used natural cleansing methods to detoxify the body for hundreds of years. Many religions actually encourage people to fast as a means of cleansing both the body and the mind for spiritual practices. Toxic and polluted food systems, air and water, and environment make cleansing the colon, liver and other organs more important now than ever. The burden of over-pollution may be responsible for deleterious effects on the immune system, a scenario which makes us highly susceptible to chronic degenerative diseases such as some forms of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and more.
This article will break down several of the current methods and foods that assist the body, naturally, achieve a detoxified state. Make sure to always avoid refined foods, sugars, MSG, yeast, dairy products, caffeine and chocolate, soy, peanuts, alcohol and non-whole-grain starches while doing any type of cleanse or fast. Read more
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Cancer cells slurp up fructose, a new U.S. study found.
Pancreatic tumor cells use fructose to divide and proliferate, U.S. researchers said on Monday in a study that challenges the common wisdom that all sugars are the same.
Tumor cells fed both glucose and fructose used the two sugars in two different ways, the team at the University of California Los Angeles found. Read more
Monday, March 12, 2012
New research shows that just 20 minutes of regular exercise can dramatically change a person's DNA. However, walking or other gentle exercise won't do it. Intensity is the key.
A series of experiments have revealed that just a few minutes of relatively strenuous exercise can dramatically change a person’s DNA.
The changes are not to the code of life itself, but to its ‘punctuation’. These chemicals activate, silence and crank up genes and their actions.
In the case of muscle, exercise appears to crank up the genes needed to burn fat and sugar and support the body. Read more
Friday, March 9, 2012
Statins make you sicker, says David Brownstein, MD. Sometimes, much sicker.
The FDA added two new warnings to statin drugs this week. These warnings include an increased risk of diabetes and mental confusion among statin users. The FDA report said that all statin labeling must carry warnings about increased risk of elevated blood sugar and transient memory loss and cognitive problems. Read more
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The government food pyramid is a radical departure from the diets of healthy, indigenous cultures. Weston A. Price Chapter Leader Sarah Pope, the Healthy Home Economist, overviews the importance of traditional eating to health and vitality.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Is eight consecutive hours of sleep a night necessary for good health? It may not only be unnecessary, but it may also be abnormal.
In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month.
It took some time for their sleep to regulate but by the fourth week the subjects had settled into a very distinct sleeping pattern. They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep.
Though sleep scientists were impressed by the study, among the general public the idea that we must sleep for eight consecutive hours persists.
In 2001, historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Tech published a seminal paper, drawn from 16 years of research, revealing a wealth of historical evidence that humans used to sleep in two distinct chunks. Read more
Friday, March 2, 2012
Lobelia, aka Indian tobacco, can help smokers kick the habit and repair their lungs, says Paul Fassa.
Before the American Indian culture was shattered, the Indians used an unprocessed tobacco in pipes ceremoniously and for healing. Yes, healing lung disorders.
Indian tobacco is known as Lobelia inflate or lobelia, which some herbalists, unafraid of being politically incorrect for using an herb once banned by the FDA, use medicinally today. Not necessarily to smoke, but dispensed as tinctures or tablets.
Lobelia for asthma and other lung/bronchia disorders was a topic of another article from this author. This article will focus on lobelia as the most effective smoking cessation agent without side effects today. Read more