Synthetic HGH Under Review

What many people don’t know is that HGH, the synthetic form that mimics the human form which is responsible for the “youth” benefits it offers to people when they are very young and still growing, is actually used medically for a variety of conditions and diseases.

It is used in children with growth deficiencies for example. Because some children have rare disorders where they do not grow like they should be growing when they are younger and should be having natural growth spurts, they are put on medically prescribed HGH.

This helps the bones to be able to growth longer, which encourage height growth in these children. It can also be used in adults who have not achieved height with age.

It is also used to treat chronic renal deficiency in adults and children.  When some numbers were crunched and it was found that children on HGH actually had a slightly higher death rate than children who were not on this form of HGH, a study was commissioned to look at whether this higher death rate was something to worry about.

Sometimes, things like this don’t show a statistically significant enough risk, and the benefits of a medication outweigh the risks.

The research did not show a large enough danger. Still, for any adults doing medical HGH for it’s anti aging benefits should probably think twice about it, as there are really no long term studies that show it is safe for this type of long term, therapeutic use.

There are some excellent alternative supplements that increase HGH out there though. These natural HGH supplements actually help coax the body into making more of it’s own precious HGH (Human Growth Hormone) instead of relying on the actual synthetic hormone to be injected and potentially putting one’s health at risk.


Puerto Rican Children Have Much Higher Asthma Rates

Asthma is a fairly common breathing condition where one feels like they are having a hard time breathing. It is due to the constriction of the bronchial tubes, and it has a lot to do with psychological influences as well as physical influences such as exertion and allergies to certain things in the air or that you eat.

Puerto Rican children actually suffer from asthma more than other nationalities, and it is not known exactly why this is yet. The theory of the children who actually live in Puerto Rico having much higher rates of asthma this year at least is that there were a lot of heavy rains.

These heavy rains theoretically caused more mold spores, and mold is a common trigger of asthma for a lot of people.  But what of the Puerto Rican children here in the US that also have higher rates on any given day than non Hispanic children?  And why do they not respond as well to common medical asthma treatments like albuterol?

We know we have some excellent asthma remedies at our fingertips these days, but what of the child who needs instant relief fast or else they could be in serious trouble?  Drugs like Albuterol are needed for emergency situations, and these children do not react well to this drug.

Drug companies are of course working to come up with something, but it is baffling he medical community as to why this particular demographic is having so many more problems with this disorder.

What are some of the common triggers of asthma in kids and adults?  Well, they can vary greatly from person to person. I like to think that asthma is a very individual health issue, and that individuals usually have different triggers.

Lots of people with asthma get attacks when exposed to allergens, such as dust mites, mold, any kind of food they may be allergic to, and more. And many more people, like myself, get asthma more easily when they eat more sugar in their diet, and when they are under a lot of stress of going through a period of heavy anxiety in their lives.

Herbal remedies for asthma really focus on relaxing the mood, and relaxing and helping to open the bronchial passages that get so restricted when we have an attack and make us feel as if we have a giant rubber band around our lungs, or like someone is standing on our chest.


What Can Cause Heart Palpitations?

Heart palpitations can happen to just about anyone. However, there is a point that you must know it is an issue that you have to seek professional help and advice about if it’s happening to you often.

Heart palpitations can really just be an annoying, and somewhat alarming, biproduct of taking certain drugs, eating certain food, and even a biproduct of simple anxiety, or anxiety combined with depression.

Whatever the reason, it’s important to look at the patterns you are seeing, and observe what it is that you are doing or experiencing at the time that might be causing these blips in your heart rhythm.  One thing that can commonly cause heart palpitations is too much caffeine.

“Too much” really depends on how much you can personally take of this stimulant.  Some people can drink coffee and tea all day long and not get heart palpitations, while others, like myself, may experience them after one strong cup o’ joe.

If you see this pattern, try to cut down on the amount of caffeine you are drinking.  Another stimulating “drug” is drugs like certain cold and allergy medicines with pseudoephedrine, a serious stimulant which can easily cause rapid heart  beat and potentially palpitations as well.

This is the same nasty chemical that has been limited for purchase because of meth makers using it as a vital ingredient to make methamphetamines, a lethal street drug that is highly toxic to the human body. Doesn’t sound like something you want to put in your body, does it!?

Steroids can cause heart palpitations as well. Prednisone and other steroidal medications fit this bill.

Lack of sleep can actually cause heart palpitations as well, so make sure you are getting adequate sleep. If you are not, try a natural sleep aid to get your zzzz’s.  Sleep is absolutely vital to heart and body health, and must not be ignored if you are having trouble getting consistently good, high quality sleep.

Some people are also very sensitive to high amounts of sugar. They may experience heart palpitations if they eat too many foods high in sugar in a compressed period of time.  Or likewise, they may be very sensitive to high amounts of sodium and experience the same problem with sodium.

Alternative Medications in Kids: Treat with Care

Alternative medicines are gaining in popularity. One thing people tend to forget though, is that while many alternative treatments and remedies for various annoying health issues are traditionally much milder than their pharmaceutical counterparts and therefore most likely cause much less or no side effects, they are nonetheless still chemically active within the body.

They still cause the body to react a certain way, and they must be treated with care. You also must make sure you are not mixing them with other medications that can have bad interactions with eachother.

For example, the natural antidepressant St. John’s Wort should never be taken with traditional antidepressants, specifically with SSRI reuptake inhibitors because of the negative side effects the two can cause together.  That’s just one example, there are many others.

Now, when it comes to children and using natural remedies, one must exercise the same caution, but use even more due diligence since children have smaller, more susceptible bodies.  Anything used on children can have a much broader effect, and this includes both traditional western medicines and alternative medicines, mind you.

Learn the recognize the usefulness of natural remedies, and when a traditional western medicine or treatment must be used. For example, if a child is experiencing something serious, traditional osteopathy must be consulted.


What about Echinacea?

For parents and for professionals who are around children all the time, this is a go-to for an immune system boost, but what is the echinacea plant?  Echinacea is a beautiful purple coneflower, a perennial, that is lovely to look at.  Not only is echinacea  visually a treat to see, but it also may be useful in boosting our immune system and shortening the duration and severity of the common cold.

The herbal medicines derived from echinacea are prepared from the above ground parts of the plant and sometimes the root.  Echinacea is herbally thought of as nature’s antibiotic and is believed to increase resistance to not only colds but also flu and ather infections.  Scientific studies on echinacea vary widely on results of the infection fighting ability of this herb.

The studies seem to lack consistency.  More clinical studies using the same species and dosage of echinacea at the first onset of symptoms consistently should be done to attain more clear cut conclusions.

Echinacea is commonly available at drugstores and health food stores.  Sales of echinacea remain brisk for treatment of upper respiratory infections.  As with any herbal product, there are warnings not to take this product if you are allergic to plants of the asteraceae or compasitae family such as ragweed, marigolds or daisies.   Use of echinacea is not recommended for people with immune system conditions such as HIV or multiple sclerosis.   Pregnant or breastfeeding women are also advised not to take echinacea.

Echinacea is available for use in the form of capsules, juice, extract, tincture or tea.  As a topical treatment, echinacea is available in a semisolid preparaton for use to treat wounds or skin ulcers.  Besides also taking an excellent Omega 3 Fatty Acid supplement, echinacea is probably a good idea to help boost immunity, especially in the winter months when germs seem to spread and people are more susceptible to actually contracting bugs and flus.


Fight PMS with These Natural Habits

PMS can be a real drag for us women, especially those of us who experience it much more profoundly than others.  Some women really don’t have PMS symptoms, but the majority of us do, the estimate today being about 98% of women reporting some sort of varying degrees of PMS symptoms before or during their period.

I for one feel as if I’m going crazy about one week prior to my period sometimes, and then after a two day period of extreme moodiness and emotional roller coastering, I’m ok for the few days actually leading up to my period. It’s a little odd probably, as most women experience it right before they start to menstruate, but every women is a little different when it comes to the hormones that control the monthly cycle.

Some doctors have poo poo’d the idea of PMS, saying that there is no real scientific proof that it should be happening. Hence, my distrust in much of the medical data that comes out these days.

Any woman who experience PMS will tell you it is as real as you can get, not imagined, and not psychosomatic, but a genuine, tangible change in how they feel, emotionally and physically.

Some women may get headaches or migraines before their period, others experience bloating and weight gain, cramping, moodiness, and hot flashes even.  Some may experience anxiety or depression (see herbal remedies) ranging from mild to extreme, depending on the individual.

And within that individual’s life, their symptoms may even range from mild to severe as well.  One month my symptoms may be severe, and the next they may be next to nothing – usually when that happens my actual flow is not much either.

Some of the things you can do to counter the many faces of PMS are the following. You can cut down on your sodium intake a few days before your period. This will help to relieve the bloating.  You should probably try to cut down on caffeine, as caffeine can contribute to feelings of anxiety and moodiness.

Also, go easy on the sugar, as your blood sugar spikes and lows can contribute greatly to moodiness and being overly emotional.  One thing that I’ve found helps me immensely during these few crucial days is doing yoga and working out.  Yoga is notorious for helping to balance hormones, and being healthy for the endocrine system.

It helps relieve stress and also may help ease aches and pains associated with PMS, like back pain and cramping.  Try taking an herbal mood enhancer as well, this can help lift any mild depression or moodiness you may be experiencing.

Parabens, Lead, Other Bad Stuff in Cosmetics

It’s important when picking out not only your cosmetic and beauty products if you’re a woman, but even your personal care stuff like body lotions, which most people use on either parts of their body or their entire body, fairly often, and things like deodorant, and sunscreens, to be aware of the lurking chemicals and contaminants that can be found in them.

These chemicals are not just something that sits on the skin and doesn’t cause any harm because you don’t ingest it orally. No, it actually STILL enters the blood stream, it’s just not as direct a route. In fact, if it’s something you use allover your body, once or twice every day, that just makes it all that much more important that it not have these chemicals in it.

Chemicals like parabens, aluminum, and even lead can be found in personal care and cosmetic items. Lead is particularly concerning since it is a known toxic heavy metal and has been pretty much banned from personal care products because it can cause poisoning of the system. It can build up in our bodies over time and cause health issues.

Aluminum is one that worries me, because it has been linked to everything from Alzheimers to breast cancer, and therefore, I have been using a natural, aluminum and triclosan free deodorant for years now.  Any metal does not belong on the body, no matter what it is being used for – if you see any metal ingredients in a personal care product, run the other way.

Triclosan is a worrisome product additive as well, and it is found in a TON of antibacterial soaps and gels that are used to help keep germs off the hands.  It has been linked to several illnesses, including a variety of cancers.  The FDA is currently reviewing it’s safety in human use, but if I were you, I’d just throw any soaps or hand washes you have with this ingredient away in favor of a more chemical free formula.

You may think that you need chemicals to get clean, but you really don’t. I’ve been using natural soaps without sodium lauryl sulfate or any other harsh chemicals in them now for years, and my skin has never felt better. I also feel good about what I’m using, and don’t feel like I’m exposing my body to constant chemical overload.

Like almost anything, there are individual differences in how people react to different chemicals. Specific health conditions may expand the list of cosmetic products you may want to avoid or take advantage of.

PRP Therapy for Hair Loss

Hair loss can be very upsetting and damaging to the self esteem for both men and women.   One of the more innovative treatments for regrowth of hair is platelet rich plasma cell therapy.  Be sure to check out two of our recommendations for hair loss which are very affordable, Profollica and Provillus as well.

This is a therapy using the body’s own stem cells and, from the article I read, is in an experimental stage as it was presented as a clinical study.

Platelet rich plasma cell therapy is called PRP cell therapy and in this instance, your own stem cells are used for the purpose of regrowth of hair. The benefits of PRP cell therapy are that it is drug free, safe and is done as an outpatient procedure.

The process of PRP cell therapy starts by putting the consumer on oral support for stem cells so they can elevate the number of stem cells in the patient’s bloodstream.

Next, blood is drawn and then is separated to obtain the stem cells and growth factors that will cause cell proliferation.  Then, a topical anesthetic is used to numb the patient’s scalp and the growth formula is injected into their scalp.

The procedure takes about an hour.  Within three months, hair growth is seen in balding and thinning spots.   After the hair growth has started, a low level laser therapy is applied to optimize results.

Follow up exams are done at three months, six months, nine months and twelve months to monitor progress.  At the follow up exams, the physicians measure hair count and hair diameter and take photographs.

After treatment, therapy is lasting instead of temporary.  Therefore there is no need to repeat any procedures or for hair transplants or wigs.  Stem cells have many potential uses in the medical field and the use of it for regeneration of hair growth is fascinating.  The cost of this kind of treatment would be high, however if the hair loss is traumatic , it would be worth the price.

Stem cells occur naturally in our bodies and have the purpose of fighting disease and repairing damage.  They originate in the bone marrow and then can be found circulating in the bloodstream for injury or when new cells are needed.

Medical technology is just starting to discover the many uses of stem cells for present and future purposes in regenerative and aesthetic medicine.  Particularly important in relation to the study of stem cell use is the many applications for fighting diseases and the prolonging of the human life and functionality.

For those that want to regrow hair, there are a variety of viable herbal supplements for hair growth that make quite a difference in your hair regrowth and the health and resilience of the hair you have on your head.


Happiness Is Good For Your Health

Happiness is an elusive quality to quantify and look at from a strictly scientific point of view.  The definition of happiness according to the dictionary is “a state of well being and contentment ; joy”.

When looking at surrounding circumstances that we equate with happiness, we think of wealth, health and youth.  Yet, none of these factors equate into happiness.

So, what does bring joy and happiness into most people’s lives?  A social network of family ties and long lasting quality friendships is one key ingredient to happiness and also key to avoiding depression.

An attitude of gratitude is always consistent with a more fulfilling joyful life.  The old adage of counting your blessings every day really does make you feel more contented and helps you find pleasure in the simpler little joys of life.

Always longing for more material possessions will leave you feeling short changed in life and will lead to envy and resentment towards those that possess more than you do.  Money, by itself, does not lead to happiness.

As long as your basic needs are met, such as food, shelter and clothing, any added material goods or wealth will not add to your level of happiness.  Generally speaking, people who volunteer and use their talents for the greater good of their community will tend to be happier types of people.

An effort to be kind in your words and deeds will pave the way to feelings of contentment and peace.  Stress is a constant factor in all of our lives and none of us can escape this fact of life whether we are a happy or a gloomy type of a person.

Finding creative ways of dealing with stress through spirituality, exercise, yoga, hobbies and even humor can help to keep you more positive and cope better.Happiness does go hand in hand with a stronger immune system and a longer life expectancy.

A lot of the reasoning scientifically for this fact is that happy people tend to have better health habits and take better care of themselves.  A happy person is more likely to exercise and less likely to engage in habits such as smoking or drinking excessively.

Emphasizing positive social interactions can help to keep a person happy.  Learning to forgive quickly and easily will help you to better cope with anger and to move on with your life.  Holding grudges and hanging on to your anger will only make you an unhappy person.

Spending as much time as possible with family and friends is mentally beneficial for your happiness.  Making it a point to thank people for any help or kindness will make your life more pleasant.  Bad things do occur in everyone’s life at some time.

The loss of a loved one or any major setback emotionally or financially will cause anyone to be unhappy for some time.  However, if you are an optimistic happier type of person, you will be more likely to move through these rough patches in life with better coping skills in place.


The Myth that Salt Causes High Blood Pressure

By now you have been scared straight by your doctor or friends into eating a low sodium diet. You no longer eat seasoned foods because you are afraid that “ your blood pressure” will go up. Someone has to remind you of the last time you ate a meal that you enjoyed. Why? All because you have heard that salt causes high blood pressure. Yet, salt is an essential nutrient that contains sodium and chloride? The sodium helps the body with regulating nerves and muscle functions. Chloride is a chemical the human body needs for metabolism (a process where food is transformed into energy). It also helps keep the body’s acid base balance. So far it does not sound like salt is as big a monster as people have made it out to be.

One common instrument that farmers put out for their cows are salt licks. They are very important in providing nutrients in the growth of the cow, and cows or other animals don’t tend to struggle with high blood pressure. The reason is that the cow will take from the salt lick until it feels that it is satisfied and has had enough. Much of the time, this same principle can be applied by humans. Moreover, you can salt your food to taste and nothing will happen to you because high blood pressure is not caused by salt intake. It is rather a deficiency in a certain mineral. Japanese people who live years longer than Americans and have half the cancer rate and heart diseases, eat 12 grams of salt daily which is three times the amount of Americans.

The reality is that table salt is the big issue NOT natural sea salt. When you are told that salt causes high blood pressure they really mean that table salt causes the ailment. Sea salt is very natural and contains essential nutrients necessary for the body. Table salt is a mixture of several different caking agents and unhealthy ingredients.

The Journal of American Medical Association has yet more concrete information that salt is not the causer of high blood pressure. A cardiology study showed that if you have high blood pressure and restrict salt, you will not see any real benefit. Only two to five percent of those that restricted the salt seen any benefit. He went on to say that there is no need to get paranoid about salt because there is no proof that it causes blood pressure problems. Researchers believe that problem is that the government makes general recommendations to the entire country when the information is more than likely applicable to a select few. Several doctors have stated that the underlying cause of high blood pressure is the lack of the nutrient calcium and eating bad foods, whether processed or fried.

The Importance of Antioxidants

I feel like maybe I take too many supplements. And I don’t even take a whole lot.  I know some people take ten or more a day, and that may seem excessive. My paltry 3-4 a day probably pale in comparison.  Over half the US population takes supplements according to an earlier story we reported on, so either it’s mass hysteria, or supplements really do improve our lives.

But I do notice that when I stop taking certain supplements, such as vitamin C or my antioxidant blends of astaxanthin or other antioxidant vitamin blends, I either get sick or I start to notice my skin doesn’t look so great or that I’m just feeling as healthy as I normally do.  This shows me that supplements really do make a difference.

No one can tell me that my vitamin D supplement doesn’t boost my immunity in an extreme way when a cold or flu is going around the office and somehow I miss it for the tenth time. Vitamin D is also used for cancer prevention.  Or when I do finally get a bug, the strain is so muted and not even that serious that I barely notice I’m sick before I’m getting over it.

How about vitamin C supplements like chewable vitamin C tablets or even products like Emergen-C? Lots of people swear by this vitamin to help get them through the winter cold and flu season around here in Ohio where I live since this season tends to be long as the winters are.

Other antioxidants are things like acai berry extract, cranberry extract, garlic, vitamin e, vitamin k, and folate.  Many women take these to help get them through pregnancy, and men take them to boost immunity and overall health, brain and body function, and even to boost their appearance to a healthy, vibrant one and increase longevity.

There all kinds of ways of adding antioxidants to your diet. Lemon water drinkers swear that they see a new clarity to their skin, and this may be due to the high vitamin and antioxidant value of lemon juice that is fresh squeezed. White tea is another great option.

Even though some in the medical establishment would poo-poo many supplements, there still is the question “why would so many people be totally deluded that a supplement helps them so much? There’s a difference between widespread delusion and downright physical evidence, which I feel has displayed itself over and over with the way people feel about their supplements.