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How To Choose The Correct Sunblock

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 @ 12:52 PM

Tags: sunblock, suncare, sunscreen

Protecting our skin from the sun’s harsh UV rays is absolutely necessary in the prevention of premature aging, sun damage, and disease. The application of sunblock and/or sunscreen every day greatly reduces these effects on our skin by creating a barrier against the sun. It should be repeated that sunblock is crucial during all seasons, sunny or overcast, during all times of daylight. Even if you are aware of all this already, you may be confused as to just what kind of sunblock or sunscreen to use and when to use it.  
     In this article, we discuss the how to choose the best sunblock for your needs.   Sunblock, Sunscreen, or Sun Tan Lotion - With all the sun products out there, it can be a little confusing as to what is what. You have three basic options when it comes to being out in the sun: sunblock, sunscreen, and sun tan lotion. Sunblock is the most potent of sun products in blocking the sun’s harmful rays from damaging your skin. It comes in a variety of spfs and is necessary for protecting your skin during the summer and for extended periods of time spent outdoors. Sunscreen is a lighter alternative to sunblock and lets a little sun in to help you get a tan or perhaps for daily use when you spend limited time in the sun. Sun tan lotion, lastly, is quickly becoming a less popular item as it offers absolutely no protection against the sun. Though it professes to help you get a tan, most sun tan lotions will also let in harmful UV rays-so that you receive the damaging skin effects as well.       

UVA and UVB -UVA and UVB are the two kinds of ultraviolet sun rays that-if not blocked-will damage your skin. Though it is good to block one of the two, it is necessary to look for sunblock and sunscreen that will block both. Both UVA and UVB are equally as damaging and will lead to premature aging, cancer, and other serious skin conditions if not properly protected against.

SPFs -SPF is used to measure the amount of protection you will receive with any given sun care product. The most commonly used-though lower and higher spfs are used- spfs are 15, 30, and 45. SPF 15 is what you will typically find in face lotion and/or makeup and can be used daily for limited time in the sun, year round. SPF 30 is for extended periods of time in the sun. Lastly, SPF 45 or higher is used most commonly for high intensity sun-i.e. while hiking or at the beach on a hot, sunny day. Most people use all for year round use-and it is recommended to do so.

Waterproof/Sweatproof -It is almost always useful to have a sunblock or sunscreen that is waterproof or sweatproof. It may be a bit more thick than a normal sunblock or sunscreen, but is absolutely necessary on hot days or when you may be swimming as it doesn’t wash off and leave your skin once again vulnerable. It is necessary to note, however, that waterproof and sweatproof formulas are not infallible and should be reapplied after sweating or swimming, as some of the product will wash and wear off. 

Homeopathy May Ease Cancer Therapies

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Fri, Apr 17, 2009 @ 05:30 PM

Tags: Homeopathy Cancer Therapies

  A new study by the Cochrane collaborative shows the homeopathy may ease radiotherapy and chemotherapy when used.  Eight studies with a total of 664 participants were included in the studies.  Three studies were deemed high quality by the researchers. 

  Studies were used  by researchers to evaluate whether homeopathy eases cancer therapies.  Calendula ointment was found to reduce dermatitis in people going under radiotherapy.  Traumeel S was used effectively as a mouthwash to reduce painful mouth sores in patients receiving chemotherapy.  Researchers also found that the homeopathy remedies do not interfere with cancer treatment at all.  Some homeopathic treatments showed no different than a placebo in treating menopausal symptoms brought on by cancer treatment.     

  The cochrane collaborative acknowledges that these trials are small and vary in quality.  More testing is necessary to verify these claims.   Most studies analyzed were not of high quality.

   The studies that show promise are not highly diluted homeopathic remedies.  These remedies are less diluted than many homeopathic remedies commonly used in practice. 

  Are lower dilution homeopathy medicine more effective than higher potency remedies?   Do you see any of these homeopathy remedies will be used in mainstream medicine if they continue to test effectively?

Homeopathic Remedies For Insomnia

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Fri, Apr 10, 2009 @ 02:23 PM

Tags: homeopathic remedies for insomnia

  Insomnia effects many people.  Causes of insomnia are many.  Some of the causes are stress, drugs such as caffeine and poor sleep environment such as a noisy area.   Lack of sleep effects your job performance, increases stress, leads to moody behavior and decreases your overall general health. 

  There are many types of homeopathic single remedies to treat insomnia and other sleeping disorders.  This article will review the most popular homeopathic remedies to help someone get a good nights rest.  It will also give you some guidelines on which medications to take for your condition.

  Coffea Crudea is used to treat insomnia for people that can not relax.  The person has so many worries that they can not fall asleep.  This remedy is also used to help people that drink too much caffeine before bedtime.  The coffea crudea 6X should be taken to treat this type of sleep disorder.

  Cocculus is used to help people get back to sleep after a disturbance.  This disturbance may be a crying infant, crazy work schedule and travel or jet lag.

  Lycopodium is a remedy to help people that have no memories of sleeping or dreaming.  They really do not even remember falling asleep.  They feel like they have not slept for days.  

  Nux Vomica is a remedy for people that fall asleep pretty easily but they wake up in the middle of the night and can not get back to sleep.  Causes of this type of sleep issues are working too much and experiencing too much stress.  Nux Vomica 6X should be the treatment for this type of insomnia.

  Aconite is used to treat insomnia with great fear.  This person has nightmares.  The person may be in shock or in fear of someone.  Aconite 6X should be taken to remedy this condition.

  Ignatia is used to help the person that is continually tired but can not get to sleep.  Rapid changes in behavior due to lack of sleep.  Causes of this include emotional stress or grief.  Ignatia 6X is needed to relieve this condition.

   Using the following homeopathic remedies should help with a good nights sleep.  The homeopathic medication may need to be taken over several days before you see some benefits.  Once you are getting a good nights sleep, continue taking the remedies for several more days.  You can discontinue the remedies after getting at least 5 days of good sleep.

References

Complete Guide To Homeopathy Dr. Andrew Lockie and Dr. Nicola Geddes. 

Homeopathy Links Of The Week April 3th, 2009

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Fri, Apr 03, 2009 @ 02:16 PM

Tags: homeopathy links April 3th, 2009

 New links have been add to our link grader.  Vote for your favorite link on homeopathy or alternative medicine.

Why science doesn't make sense Talks about many things that do not make sense. It references homeopathy and placebo specifically. 

The Future of Alternative Medicine The articles talks about alternative medicine going mainstream. More people will have access to these type of medicines than ever before. The article includes video commentary from Deepak Chopra. 

Homeopathy: Another Medical Treatment Against Infertility in Cuba  Clinical trials done in Cuba with a homeopathic infertility treatment. The treatment was 90% effective with couples having issues with fertility. 

Social affairs in Switzerland- swissinfo This article talks about the Swiss national health care plan including alternative type medicines such as homeopathy, herbs and Chinese medicines.  

Natrum Muriaticum and Its Homeopathic Role in Treating Depression | How To Treat Depression Homeopathically —  This news piece talks abou the homeopathic remedy Natrum Muriaticum helping treating depression.