Tips on How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Tips on How to Get a Good Night’s SleepTips on How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

(NewsUSA) – According to the National Sleep Foundation, if you have trouble falling and staying asleep at night, or you wake up feeling unrefreshed in the morning, you may be suffering from insomnia.
Almost everyone has trouble sleeping every so ofte…

Natural Snacks Make Nutritious Meals

Natural Snacks Make Nutritious MealsNatural Snacks Make Nutritious Meals

(NewsUSA) – Three square meals a day are a thing of the past. Busy schedules, diverse dietary preferences and the flow of modern life necessitate more flexible and convenient meals. Luckily, snacking is in the midst of a revolution. Traditional snacks …

Sweat For It: Can Antiperspirant Be Safe + Still Effective?

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Hidden Dangers: We grab our antiperspirant stick and glide it on without knowing what we’re applying to our skin. Antiperspirants are designed to stop the sweating process, blocking the pores with aluminum. And while controversial, there are studies suggesting that the aluminum-based compounds may play a role in the development of breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, antiperspirants are made with countless chemicals that are believed to cause a range of health complications from birth defects and hormone imbalance to cancer.

What you should avoid: The first thing to steer clear of is aluminum-based compounds – the active ingredients in antiperspirants. These include compounds such as aluminum chlorohydrate, ammonium aluminum sulfate, potassium aluminum sulfate, and the most common one, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex glycine. Some research studies have suggested that these compounds may be absorbed through the skin, acting as estrogen mimickers. It is proposed that this can cause changes in estrogen receptors of breast cells, which may lead to the development of breast cancer. In addition, aluminum compounds are believed to cause nerve-cell damage, which is thought to play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. Another potential side effect is kidney damage. Aluminum, like other heavy metals, is eliminated through the urine. This process can stress the kidneys, leading to kidney-related conditions.

Other ingredients to avoid are talc and cyclopentasiloxane – potential carcinogens – and triclosan, an antibacterial agent that may cause endocrine disruption. TEA (triethanolamine) is also an ingredient to do without. Clinical tests show that high doses of triethanolamine can cause liver, bladder and testicular cancer in laboratory animals. Finally, avoid fragrance. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies and dermatitis, and have potential effects on the reproductive system.

Avoid: Aluminum compounds, talc, triclosan, fragrance and TEA

Here’s what to do: First off, don’t fret – you’re not being committed to a life of musty smells and hippie communes. Since antiperspirants are an issue in and of themselves, we recommend using deodorant instead. And thanks to the burgeoning natural products market, finding a non-toxic option isn’t difficult. From personal experience, we’ve found that not all natural deodorants work – but through our own trial and error, we’ve come to rely on Naturally Betsy’s Be Fresh, Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant – Lavender + SageAgent Nateur and our own DIY version. Try one of our favorites, or look for a deodorant that is made with aluminum-free baking soda, essential oils and a natural oil base like shea, almond or coconut.

TCM Top Picks:  Agent Nateur, Naturally Betsy’s Be Fresh, Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant – Lavender + Sage, and our own DIY version

7 Spring Beauty Breakthroughs To Give Your Skin The Glow

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Winter is over – has your skin not heard? If everything’s coming up roses but your complexion, we’ve got a couple of ideas for you. We’ve gathered up a collection of natural wonders that help get your skin up to speed, among them, Tata Harper’s Elixir Vitae whose results we saw with ..Continue Reading

2014 “Clean 15” Foods that are Safer to Eat Non-Organically

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From Helen Chin Lui’s book “Digestive Health Secrets: Deactivate You Sick Genes NOW! Coming out in 2015. From my research I learned that the Environmental Working Group (EWG) develops an annual list of the dirty dozen foods and “Clearn 15” foods that are safer to eat non-organically.  The group analyzes ..Continue Reading

Proper Oral Hygiene for Better Health

Proper Oral Hygiene for Better HealthProper Oral Hygiene for Better Health

(NewsUSA) – Most of us know that oral hygiene is critical to healthy teeth, white smiles and first impressions. But not nearly as many are familiar with the extreme consequences of what can happen if you don’t take care of your mouth.
Most individual…

Transforming Health Research on the High Plains

Transforming Health Research on the High PlainsTransforming Health Research on the High Plains

(NewsUSA) – Ned Norman is a rancher. Maret Felzien is an English professor. And conventional wisdom says neither is likely to help healthcare research become more meaningful to patients and caregivers.
But Norman and Felzien, and their rural communit…

Ward Off Health Problems With Proper Oral Hygiene

Ward Off Health Problems With Proper Oral HygieneWard Off Health Problems With Proper Oral Hygiene

(NewsUSA) – Most of us know that oral hygiene is critical to healthy teeth, white smiles and first impressions. But not nearly as many are familiar with the extreme consequences of what can happen if you don’t take care of your mouth.
Most individual…

Diabetes and Eyes, What Your Vision is Trying to Tell You

Diabetes and Eyes, What Your Vision is Trying to Tell YouDiabetes and Eyes, What Your Vision is Trying to Tell You

(NewsUSA) – Diabetes is a serious disease that can affect many aspects of the body — the heart and kidneys, blood circulation and even the eyes. In fact, diabetic eye disease increased in prevalence by 89 percent between 2000 and 2010 and is a leading…

3 Ways to Reduce Exposure to Cell Phone Radiation

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(NewsUSA) – The debate about radiation exposure from cell phone use still doesn’t have a conclusive answer, but the World Health Organization (WHO) classified cell phone radiation as a “potential carcinogen” alongside other hazards like lead, engine ex…

Dentist-Approved Ortho Care Designed for Braces

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(NewsUSA) – Although braces are essential to correcting a variety of dental issues, cleaning braces with a standard toothbrush is as difficult as trying to floss with a jump-rope.
The interweaving of wires and brackets traps all kinds of bacteria and…

Meningitis Scare Prompts Back Pain Sufferers to Explore Chiropractic Care

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(NewsUSA) – Even as outrage over the national fungal meningitis outbreak continues to mount, cooler heads are asking questions that could have long-term ramifications for the way we treat back pain.
Almost all of the hundreds of people who’ve died or …

Advice for Men Struggling With Infertility

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(NewsUSA) – While women are often the first to undergo a battery of tests when conception is slow to happen, almost half of all infertility problems are directly attributed to the male. Low sperm count is the most common culprit, so analyzing sperm cou…

Family Caregivers Facing Pain Challenges

Family Caregivers Facing Pain ChallengesFamily Caregivers Facing Pain Challenges

(NewsUSA) – Every day, many Americans find themselves in an unexpected new role. They become a family caregiver for a loved one suffering from chronic pain.
Experts estimate that chronic pain affects millions of Americans. Pain can interfere with dail…

Conquer Healthy Goals in 4 Steps

Conquer Healthy Goals in 4 StepsConquer Healthy Goals in 4 Steps

(NewsUSA) – Setting healthy goals is a great way to promote your own well-being by lowering your risk of conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and more. But that’s sometimes easier said than done.
After all, have you ever caught yo…

Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse

Preventing Prescription Drug AbusePreventing Prescription Drug Abuse

(NewsUSA) – For teens, peer pressure or wanting to escape emotional stress can often lead to prescription drug experimentation, which in turn can lead to abuse, addiction and sometimes a drug overdose.According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 70 percent of children age 12 and older say they got prescription drugs, not from a drug dealer, but from a friend or relative.”Each day, more than 2,000 teens begin abusing prescription medications, believing that doctor-prescribed medicine is safer to experiment with than illegal drugs,” says Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. “Parents and grandparents take great pains to prevent poisoning in young children by keeping household chemicals out of the reach,” according to Pasierb. “The same approach needs to be taken to safeguard medications in the home.”The first step is to get informed about the dangers and knowhow to intervene. The website www.RxSafetyMatters.org provides information to parents and community groups on how to prevent prescription drug abuse.Tips for parents include:* Learn to recognize the signs of abuse. Warning signs include sudden mood swings, changes in social circles, secretive behavior, excessive sleeping and a loss of interest in appearance or hobbies. Symptoms often occur in clusters.* Monitor your medications. Keep a detailed record of which prescription drugs you have in your home and the remaining number of pills. Store your medications in a secure location. If you have medications that you no longer need or have expired, dispose of them properly.* Educate others. Talk to your relatives, neighbors and other parents in households where your children spend time. Grandparents’ homes are frequently a source of pills, simply because older people take more medications. Talk to the PTA at your teen’s school, and encourage others to take preventive steps to prevent prescription drug abuse.* Talk to your children, and listen for clues. Make sure your children understand the dangers of misusing prescription medications — but avoid providing information about which drugs are popular to abuse. Listen to your kids, and always ask these questions: “Who are they meeting, what will they be doing, and where will they be?”To learn more about how to prevent prescription drug abuse, download the free “Parents Guide to Understanding Prescription Drug Abuse” at www.RxSafetyMatters.org. Purdue Pharma L.P. developed www.RxSafetyMatters.org as a public service to help combat prescription drug abuse.

Tips to Help You Get More Sleep

Tips to Help You Get More SleepTips to Help You Get More Sleep

(NewsUSA) – One of the simplest things you can do for your health is to get enough sleep, say experts. Unfortunately, many Americans have difficulty sleeping, making this seem like a simple task, but it can be anything but simple.
According to the Nat…

Heart Attack Risks Higher in Women With PAD

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(NewsUSA) – Women with peripheral artery disease (PAD) are in danger of a heart attack and becoming one of the 500,000 women who die from them each year.
“Women who have PAD can have significant coronary disease,” said Katherine Gallagher, MD, a membe…