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What To Do If You Are Plagued By Eczema

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

If you or your loved ones are troubled by eczema, below are some natural remedies you could try out. These remedies originated from a natural health practitioner who specializes in energy healing, flower essences and essential oils.

Topical relief for eczema

On days when the pain or itch simply drives you crazy, take a warm bath with a cup of Epsom salts added to the water. The salts can help you relax your body, relieve pain, as well as eliminate toxins from your body. Allow yourself to soak in the warm and soothing bath warm for not more than 20 minutes, after which towel dry and apply a moisturizer to your wet skin and allow it to dry naturally. You could use jojoba oil, almond oil or grapeseed oil as a form of natural moisturizer.

If you need to be up and about, you can also obtain relieve from the itch and pain on your skin by using aloe vera gel. It can help soothe your inflamed skin and facilitate its healing. My family uses the brand Lily Of The Dessert and we get it from here. It does not contain any parabens, artificial colors or fragrances. The gel is refreshing to the skin, and does not leave behind any sticky feeling.

Reduce your use of soap, especially on areas where your skin is dry. Use natural soaps that do not contain harmful chemicals that are too harsh on your skin.

Eczema is a problem that is beyond the skin

While eczema affects mainly your skin, it is a health problem that actually originates from inside your body. This is because your skin is actually a major organ for eliminating toxins from your body. When your body is filled with toxins (brought about by everyday pollution, unhealthy foods, stress, etc), it is not surprising that your skin gets badly affected too.

So it is not enough just to seek out topical relief if you want to get rid of your eczema for good. You need to clean up your insides as well.

Some important things you would need to do include the following.

Drink lots of water (at least 8 glasses) to help your body flush out the toxins within.

Take aloe vera juice per day, so that your skin can be nourished from inside.

Take vitamin E supplements to enhance tissue repair in your skin.

Practice meditation, breathing exercises, or any other stress-relieving techniques, especially if your eczema outbreaks are triggered by stress. Ultimately, you may need to address the source of your chronic stress.

Try eliminating foods like dairy, wheat and peanuts from your diet for a few weeks, to see if your symptoms improve. These foods are known food allergens, and they trigger eczema outbreaks in some who are allergic to them.

Ensure a nutritious diet, not just a tasty one, or one that merely gets you past the day.

Essential oils for healing

Essential oils, a form of concentrated plant-based medicine, can be used for reducing the inflammation and infection on your skin, as well as promote its healing.

The following hand-blend of essential oils has been used by the above-mentioned natural health practitioner to significantly reduce the frequency and intensity of flare-ups in eczema patients.

  • oil of almond, jojoba or grapeseed (in a glass bottle)

  • 6 drops of Eucalyptus
  • 6 drops of Geranium
  • 4 drops of Juniper
  • 8 drops of Lavender
  • 4 drops of Patchouli
  • 4 drops of Rosewood

For the best results, use a therapeutic-grade organic or wild-crafted essential oil. The blend is to be used externally on the skin (it should never be consumed), on a consistent basis.

References
[1] http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/epsom-uses-benefits.asp
[2] http://www.insights-on-health.com/natural-remedies-for-healing-eczema/


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

Cellulite is a bigger health problem than you think

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Cellulite is not just a matter of ugly fats – its appearance actually signal a bigger overall health problem in your body. And this sign should not be taken lightly.

Cellulite often results from the buildup of toxins (including waste, toxic substances, pathogens, and other unwanted debris) in your body, particularly your fat cells. If you have cellulite, it may be your body’s way of telling you that your detoxification system needs help.

The accumulation of toxins in your body, brought about or made worse by poor bodily circulation, can actually make you very sick. For example, you could develop chronic health problems, or even succumb to life-threatening illnesses like cancer.

This means that having cellulite is not the worst that can happen to you with what is happening in your body. In fact, the appearance of cellulite is really just a tip-of-the-ice-berg manifestation of the problems that are building up within.

So even if you do not mind having ugly dimpled skin on your butt, lower limbs or abdomen, you should still not ignore the warning signals that your body is sending you about your declining health. Do something about it before it is too late.


Where it starts

A major circulatory system that is involved in your body’s detoxification process is your lymphatic system.

It is responsible for the removal of waste and toxic materials from your cells and tissues, so that the toxic substances can then be flushed out of your body by organs of detoxification and elimination, such as by your liver, kidney, skin and lungs.

However, unlike your blood, which is moved along by the pumping of your heart, the fluid in your lymphatic system (known as lymph) is only moved along when YOU move. This means that if you tend to be sedentary and don’t move much, it also means that your lymph does not move much either.
That’s when problems arise.


When your lymphatic flow becomes sluggish

When your lymph stops flowing smoothly, toxins begin building up in your cells and tissues. The effect on your fat cells is more pronounced, as fat cells can accumulate 500 to 1,000 times more toxins than your normal cells and tissue. Over time, your fat cells start to swell, leading to the appearance of cellulite.

But as I’ve mentioned, having cellulite is not the main problem. Neither is obesity, which can also result from excessive toxin buildup in your body.

The problem is when your body spends most of its resources coping with the destructive effects of toxicity in your body, and you begin to feel chronically fatigued. Then health problems begin to appear as the harmful substances in your body take their toil on your bodily functions. Eventually as the accumulation of toxins prove too much for your body to bear, your body will simply collapse and succumb to serious illnesses.

So do not ignore your cellulite, even if you have no cares about how your skin looks. For the root cause of your cellulite can actually bring you more troubles than you are prepared to handle.


References
[1] http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2014/06/13/cellulite-removal-power-plate.aspx
[2] http://basichealthybalance.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/how-the-overload-of-toxins-in-your-body-can-make-you-sick-2/


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

6 Early Signs Of Cancer You Cannot Ignore

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Cancer is an illness with poor outcomes and high death rates. So any early signs that one’s body might be coming down with this life-threatening disease would be greatly valuable. The following are some important warning signs of cancer that you should never ignore.


Painless lumps along your lymphatic track

If you find lumps appearing on your neck, underarm or groin, it is possible that they are swollen lymph nodes. Enlarged lymph nodes that are painless are actually a sign of changes in your lymphatic system, which is in turn a warning sign of cancer.


Changes in your nipple and breast

One of the most common changes reported by women with breast cancer is a nipple that appears flattened, inverted or turned sideways. Besides changes to the nipple, the appearance of dimpled skin (that looks like the peel of an orange) on the breast is also an important warning sign not to be ignored.


Blood in your poo and urine

Blood in the stools and urine are important signals that something in your body is seriously out of whack. If your anal bleeding is accompanied by poop that appears flattened, or the blood in your urine is NOT accompanied by pain when urinating, you have more cause for concern with regards to cancer. Regardless, blood in your poo or urine is a serious matter, so you should seek treatment for your condition, whether or not it is caused by cancer.


Pain in your pelvic or abdomen

There are many possible reasons for pelvic or abdominal pain in women. But if your abdominal or pelvic pain is accompanied by abdominal bloating as well as menstrual abnormalities (such as unusually heavy flows, painful periods, or bleeding in between periods), you should be especially concerned. Check with your doctor to rule out the various possibilities.


Fatigue and weakness

Chronic fatigue and weakness are common symptoms of many illnesses, one of which is cancer. It is especially crucial that you seek help if you find yourself chronically exhausted for no apparent reasons, and neither resting nor sleeping does much to help you in relieving the fatigue.


Other signs and symptoms

Other than paying attention to the above signs and symptoms, you should also take special care if you experience symptoms of discomfort that seem to appear out of the blues, such as unexplained difficulty in swallowing (such as in esophageal or throat cancer), weight loss, frequent fevers (such as in leukemia), as well as chronic cough (such as in lung cancer and leukemia).


What to do if you find yourself with the above symptoms

Many of the symptoms of cancer can also be seen in other less serious illnesses. Rather than get yourself paranoid about having cancer every time you observe such symptoms in yourself, you can consider the symptoms to be your body’s signal to you that your bodily system(s) is in need of care or treatment. So do give it the attention and care it needs.

Ensuring that your body is constantly kept in tip top condition through holistic healing and good health habits are definitely your best bet against cancer.


References
[1] http://www.caring.com/articles/cancer-symptoms-in-women
[2] http://www.caring.com/articles/cancer-symptoms-in-men
[3] http://www.insights-on-health.com/early-signs-of-cancer-you-should-not-ignore/


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

Are Mammograms Doing You More Harm Than Good?

posted by Cindy L. Tjol

Mammograms have conventionally been touted as an effective means of detecting breast cancer. But some research and health experts are suggesting that mammograms may not be as useful as many think. In fact, they could bring you more harm than good.

Here are some reasons why.

Mammograms actually increase your risk of cancer

We know that radiation is a cause of cancer. And women are exposed to radiation when they undergo mammograms.

According to oncologist, brain surgeon and neuroscientist, Dr Russell Blaylock, the annual mammogram can increase breast cancer risk by 1 to 3% per year.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in July 2006 involving 1,600 women subjects found that the risk of breast cancer was increased by 54% in women who underwent mammograms, as compared to those who did not.

Mammograms can trigger spread of cancer, if you actually have them

During mammograms, the breast is literally compressed and flattened between two plates. This is done in order to obtain clearer images of the breast tissues.

Not only is this a painful exercise (ask the ladies who have gone through such a scan). If tumors are indeed present, such physical manipulation of the breast can actually promote the break away of tumors cells from the primary growth, promoting the spread of cancer if the tumor cells are malignant.

You could lose your breast for nothing

Many doctors have pointed out that mammograms are not that accurate when it comes to flagging out breast tumors. In fact, this method of screening and diagnosis has very high false positive rates.

For example, a Swedish study on 60,000 women that was published in the British Medical Journal found that the rate of mammogram-detected-tumor false positives was as high as 7 out of every 10 tumors “discovered” by mammogram.

This means that many women are putting themselves through unnecessary emotional turmoil, financial drain, as well as tormenting biopsies and cancer treatment (including mastectomies, chemotherapy and radiation) for Nothing.

After all that, mammograms still doesn’t lower death rate from breast cancer

Anyone would have thought that after all the trouble you have gone through to have a mammogram, it could help reduce your chance of dying from breast cancer.

Well, it seems research suggest otherwise. For example, a large Canadian study that followed 90,000 women for 25 years found that mammograms did not lower the overall death rate from breast cancer. While mammograms might have benefited and saved some women, it is probably harming many others.

Now what?

A more accurate, safer and less expensive alternative to mammograms is thermography, which has been used by progressive physicians in Europe and US since 1962. It seems that this method of detection can flag out breast cancer many years earlier than physical examinations or mammograms.

Unfortunately, it is hard for such a relatively cheap alternative to replace costly mammograms in becoming the mainstream diagnostic tool.

For one very good reason as pointed out by Dr. James Howenstine – a “This (mammography) industry supports radiologists, x-ray technicians, surgeons, nurses, manufacturers of x-ray equipment, hospitals, etc, and will not be allowed to disappear by curing and preventing breast cancer.”

References
[1] http://www.cancerresearchinformation.com/tag/mammograms/
[2] Blaylock, Russell L, MD. Natural Strategies For Cancer Patients. New York, NY: Kensington Publishing, 2003. Print.
[3] Somers, Suzanne. Knockout: Interviews With Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer And How To Prevent Getting It In The First Place. NY, USA: Three Rivers Press, 2009. Print.
[4] Bollinger, Ty. Cancer: Step Outside The Box. 5th ed. USA: Infinity 510 510 Partners, 2011. Print.


Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.

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