By Natural Advocate | February 26, 2010 - 10:12 pm - Posted in General Health Updates

I have had asthma since I was about eight years old.  I remember very clearly my first asthma attack, because it was such an unexpected experience for me, and I had no idea what was happening to my body.  I think that the panic I felt at not being able to fully breathe correctly only added to the severity of the attack.

I also remember being on and off some medications and inhalers for my asthma, which I regret now because I know the harm that these inhalers can do to your lungs, and also to your heart if you use them often since most of them speed up your heart rate in one way or another.  I really wish I had known about some of the great herbal asthma remedies we have available to us today.

One thing that always used to really get my asthma going was when I did anything outdoors in the winter time that took physical exertion. We all had cross country skis when I was younger, because we lived out in the country and we had a campground right next to us that was deserted in the winter, and grape vines and an apple orchard, it was the perfect place to cross country ski.

Some people actually only get asthma when they exercise, and I’m not sure if that’s termed a different type of ashthma or if they’re all the same, but for me, I could be standing still and get an asthma attack.  I have outgrown it quite a bit now, and only have an occasional mild attack. It’s usually stress related for me, so I’m convinced there is a huge phsychological aspect to this condition.

One thing about winter sports that really aggravates asthma is that the air is cold, and this makes it even harder for your lungs to process the air that is coming into them. Because of this, your bronchial passages constrict even more, and your body sort of seizes up more, making your back more rigid, which is common with asthma attack, you actually will get a sore back many times after a long asthma attack because of all the straining you have to do to breathe right.

You can help to minimize winter sports induced asthma by putting a scarf around your face to warm the air that you are breathing, this at least makes the air a little easier to breathe.  Not only does COLD air aggravate asthma, but because winter air is always minimally humid (moist) and is very dry, this also makes it harder for your lungs to process the oxygen coming in, so wearing something over your face may help this way as well, making the air more moist from the condensation of your breath.

By MA Greenery | February 24, 2010 - 12:10 pm - Posted in Hair Loss Treatments
Hair Revive Review

Hair Revive - Review

I’ve tried quite a few hair growth vitamins and products, it’s kind of part of my job to experiment with various formulas, and I always like to be taking some sort of hair growth supplement to enhance my hair’s natural growth speed and also to enhance the look of my hair as far as sheen, thickness, resillience and that coveted healthy look goes.

As a vitamin supplement to strictly enhance the appearance and growth rate of my hair, since I don’t really have issue with hair loss per se, but I did notice that the fronts of my hair, where my “widow’s peak” I suppose would be considered, was thinning a bit a few months ago, so I am using a vitamin supplement now really to enhance the appearance of my hair.

I came across one online called Hair Revive. Although it had a somewhat cheesy label that looked like it should be from the seventies, I decided to give it a try since it had several of the ingredients I was looking for, including horsetail (silica) and biotin and a ton of chinese herbs and regular vitamins that are supposed to help with your hair health and growth.

It also was fairly well reviewed by it’s users. Of course there were a few mixed reviews, but that’s to be expected with most products of this nature since they work so differently depending on a person’s existing health, diet and lifestyle and their individual chemical makeup.  Anyways, I bought a couple bottles, which I figured would last me around two months since you had to take a whopping 4 pills a day, and they’re not small as I found out when I got them and opened my first bottle.

It’s been over two months, and I’ve been taking about two to four a day, depending on how I remember to take them that day, and I’m not sure I’m overly impressed yet. I don’t know if I should have taken four consistently every single day, but with the vitamin count percentages in them I almost worried that I would be overloading my body on some of the vitamins, so I took four only on some days.

I think that it has helped with my hair turnover a bit, as I notice that less of my hair falls out when I was it, and it may have improved my hair’s strength as well, as I notice it doesn’t break off or snap as easily when I’m brushing it.  I do notice a bit more sheen as well, but I still have days where my hair looks like a dry haystack, and I was kind of hoping this would be a little miracle in a bottle for that purpose.  Overall, they’re not bad, but I’m going to continue experimenting. They do have some great ingredients in them, definitely, and they are ingredients that are supposed to benefit your hair.

By Natural Advocate | February 22, 2010 - 6:00 pm - Posted in Alternative & Herbal Health News

So, it does pay to contact your state’s congress man or woman about issues that you feel are important. I got a request, no doubt a form letter response, from the office of Sherrod Brown, one of our state’s senators here in Ohio, and he did say that he supported the DSHEA and would oppose any intent to overrule it should it come before the senate, although he does feel that supplements should be somewhat regulated for dangerous activities.

For those of you that didn’t see it, Senator John McCain is trying to set forth a bill to be approved that would most likely severely limit your free access and free choice to the supplements and natural remedies and herbal products that you have come to know and love. It has already undergone a lot of opposition, but no doubt the pharmaceutical industry and it’s supporters are going to love if this gets passed, then they are forcing people to take more drugs instead of trying natural alternatives.

So, please do contact your state senators and let them know that you oppose this bill.  It’s bill S3002, if you would like to let them know you oppose it. After all, they are representatives of their people, and if enough people don’t agree with something, it won’t get passed, so let’s all voice our opinions on this!

By Natural Advocate | February 20, 2010 - 11:27 am - Posted in Natural Anti Aging

When I read about this link between chronic boredom and earlier death and increased incidence of life threatening disease, it really didn’t surprise me too much. It seems like people who are always bored and don’t know what to do with themselves, or are filling a lot of their time with mindless activities like watching television, don’t have as strong of a will or desire to really “live” as those who only get bored on occasion. Let’s face it, we all get bored and sort of restless from time to time, it’s just if you’re always like that, that’s what makes the difference.

The link between always being bored and death and disease was established through studies that showed the correlation. Researchers believe that it was not simply because these people were constantly bored with their lives which interfered with their potential longevity, but because the actual act of being bored leads to habits that aren’t so healthy. Things like drug abuse, excessive drinking, smoking, and hazardous lifestyles were more prevalent amongst those that reported being bored a lot of the time.

Of course, these riskier lifestyle habits lead to things like heart disease, cancer and other malfunctions of the human body.  It’s just way more likely if you have a life that doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of purpose or drive behind it.  Also, boredom is heavily tied to depression, and depression is actually pegged as one of the causes behind heart disease.

The thought is that the underlying feelings behind boredom are agression, and the chemicals that cause agression in the body actually do things like elevate the blood pressure and other dangerous levels of hormones in the body.  Doing things that you enjoy and that make you feel fulfilled can dramatically increase your likelihood for a longer, more fruitful and healthy life, so if you find yourself being bored a lot, you know it’s time to shake things up, to get excited about life again, and to start really living and experiencing things you like and that make you feel fulfilled. Those are the things that make life worth living, after all!

By Natural Advocate | February 18, 2010 - 9:09 pm - Posted in Alternative & Herbal Health News

Hey everyone, there is something really important that I’d like to draw your attention to. John McCain, whom I happen to admire for certain things, although I certanily don’t agree with everything he stands for, is trying to get a bill passed that could endanger many of your freedoms to purchase herbal and natural supplements. On it’s surface, they are trying to make this bill look like it’s simply asking supplement companies to list out their ingredients (which most of them do anyways, at least if they don’t just say “proprietary blend”).

However, when you dig deeper, this bill could threaten the open market for herbal supplements, make it illegal to possess and grow certain herbs, and also make it very hard for all but a select few herbal supplement makers to stay in the business, thereby limiting you to a specific set of supplements. Don’t stand for this!  It gives the FDA a lot more power to arbitrarily ban any supplement they’d like basically, and we all know how they let much more toxic, dangerous drugs on the market because of the power and size of the pharmaceutical industry. This is hypocrisy at it’s worst.

Can you imagine living without your favorite products, like herbal remedies for hair loss, or maybe being deprived of buying something that can help you quit smoking like an herbal smoking cessation product?  I certainly can’t fathom going without some of my most well loved and loyally used and much appreciated herbal and natural therapeutic supplements that I know have added so much to my quality of life, and you shouldn’t have to either.

Please go to your state’s website and see how you can ask your senators and state representatives to vote NO on this intrusive and useless bill. We should be wasting our time on more important issues, not herbal supplements, which benefit far more people than they harm.   Send a letter to your Senators now, urging them to reject “S. 3002, the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010″.  If we don’t all band together and do something, we just might have our herbal supplements taken away or severely restricted.

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