How to Have Healthy Hair and Slow Down Hair Loss

First impressions are very important and include the look and health of the hair. While most people who are over the age of 40 concentrate on anti-aging skincare regimen keeping your hair healthy and soft will also help you look younger and help the hair maintains strength. Some coloring products help to moisturize and condition the hair to improve its strength in appearance.

If you choose to color do not go more than two shades darker or lighter. Going lighter can damage the hair and going darker may emphasize your complexion and make you appear older.There is really nothing more beautiful than a full head of healthy, gray hair.

Manufacturers have specially formulated shampoos and conditioners specific to the challenges of individuals who are older. Deep conditioning the hair once a week and using a hydrating moisturizing conditioner every time you wash is essential to keeping gray hair soft and supple.

Concern about photoaging and damage from the sun is usually limited to the skin. However, protection from the sun for the hair it also important. Some shampoos have been developed with sunscreens specifically for use on the hair. Others sunscreen products are spray on and help to protect gray hair from the damaging UVA and UVB rays.

Many manufacturing companies are racing to find sun protection and anti-aging treatments for haircare because of the impact that damaged hair has on the appearance of an individual. Some manufacturing companies are also adding ingredients to their current products claiming to fight the visible signs of aging hair.

In Europe, not currently approved by the Food Drug Administration, are products which claim to fight the visible signs of aging incorporating vitamins, essential oils and micro-silicones to protect and nourish mature hair.

But if you don’t live in Europe, it isn’t necessary to move there in order to take care of your hair appropriately. By incorporating deep moisturizing treatments once a week, improving your overall nutrition to feed the hair follicles appropriately and using shampoos specifically designed for aging hair you can improve your overall youthful appearance.

Why Eat Healthy Foods? Your Help is Needed

When I’m asked “Why eat healthy foods?” I have to reply, “We need to save this planet.” The oxygen level on our planet is decreasing while toxic chemical air increases.

When you select organic or sustainably grown foods, you are helping to create a healthier planet and you may become healthier as well.

How Sustainable Farming Provides more Oxygen

We have a valid exchange between plants and animals – man included. Plants provide oxygen and require carbon dioxide to survive. We provide carbon dioxide and require oxygen to live.

If you have ever been close to an aerial spraying of pesticides designed to kill insects, you will have a good idea how it decreases the oxygen content in the air and kills life. There have been such spraying in California over the last 20 years for one reason or another. People have gotten sick from them.

“Over 98% of sprayed insecticides and 95% of herbicides reach a destination other than their target species, including nontarget species, air, water, bottom sediments, and food.” Reference: wikipedia.com “Miller GT (2004), Sustaining the Earth, 6th edition.”

Hazards of Altered Food Products

Today we have genetically modified foods that are hidden from the consumers. I just read today in my World-Wire Newsletter that a petition has been filed requesting the FDA to take specific actions and ban hormonal meats:

“Of particular concern are the increased risks of hormonal cancers since 1975: breast by 23%, prostate by 60%, and testes by 60%,”

You can read the full story at world-wire.com:

“A Ban on Hormonal Meat is Three Decades Overdue””CHICAGO, IL, February 2, 2010 –/WORLD-WIRE/– On January 29, 2010, with three other scientific experts, Samuel S. Epstein, MD, Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, filed a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Petition seeking an urgent ban on hormonal meat, as it poses unrecognized risks of hormonal cancers.”

I usually do not focus my articles on such negative information but I see that this information has been hidden for 30 years and I feel it is something you need to be aware of.

We are now struggling to hold onto our basic farming principles. Our small farmers need all the support they can get. If you have a local farmers market, make a weekly visit for your share of truly wholesome foods.

Points to Consider When Buying Food

How is the food grown – avoid synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers. These do not promote a healthy living environment. Instead they pollute the air and water reducing healthy life on our planet. As an alternative, locate sustainably or organically grown foods and support healthy microorganisms in the soil, cleaner air and water.

Selecting animal foods – avoid factory farm raised animals. These farms raise and slaughter animals in an inhumane way. When you ignore their procedures and eat their meats anyway, you are supporting them and they will not change. Instead, they grow and we become as unhealthy as their ill treated animals.

A better way… look for free-range animals that are allowed to live normal lives. One example of such a farm is the Lindner Bison Ranch in California. I am inspired by their love for their animals while they provide an ethical example for other food animal farms.

Our Small Farmers Need Support

As profits became more important than health of the consumers, we began losing our foothold on good farming practices. The chemical industries saw opportunity in agricultural and began selling their wares to farmers here in the United States at the end of World War II. Those that bought, changed their ethical farming practices and provided less than wholesome foods.

America’s Great Pharmacy Seduction: Fundamentals of Prescription Drug Addiction

Is your town like mine? Pharmacy chain stores like Walgreens are springing up everywhere, and doing so like there is no tomorrow. The demand for one drug niche market, the prescription drug addiction market, is especially booming and unrelenting.

Consumers are asking their doctors for prescriptions to drugs they have seen advertised on television and in magazines, and more often than not the doctors oblige them. People just can’t seem to get enough of these magic pills.1

What has happened to our culture that turns otherwise sane, drug-free consumers into willing, life-long prescription drug addicts? We are being seduced and here’s how:

A cute, animated ball is shown in a TV commercial, sadly bouncing around until taking a “feel better” magic pill. Presto chango; in the blink of the eye the once sad ball is now happy and joyful. So goes the storyline used to sell American consumers on a powerful antidepressant drug called Zoloft. The message? Life is better with Zoloft.

Another commercial shows an older woman working in her flowerbed. The scene shifts to an elderly man building sand castles with his grandson on the beach, then shifts again to another older man playing soccer with a young boy. As these themes are playing, the words “For Everyday Victories” fades in and out on the screen. Then a voice is heard, “Imagine planning your day around your life instead of your osteoarthritis pain. Vioxx can provide 24-hour relief of osteoarthritis pain to help you enjoy everyday things again.” The ad leaves viewers with a sense of relief.

Welcome to the fallacious prescription drug addiction game of the pharmacy world. The pharmaceutical cartel wants life-long customers, and this is how they get them. Television and magazine ads are used to seduce consumers by creating the illusion that drugs are safe and make us feel better.2

The drug industry knows consumers do not want to be physically addicted to drugs. But they also know if consumers believe a pill can make them feel better, without physical addiction; they can make new customers for life. Clever, huh?

Make no mistake: Some drugs are physically addictive. However, the drug cartel also knows drug ads “pre-condition” addiction (establish need) by making consumers believe living with pills makes their life better. In other words the addiction is mental, not physical. So what’s wrong with this picture?

Playing Russian Roulette With Pharmacy Pills:

Playing this prescription drug game carries sudden and severe consequences. The millions of people who are seduced into playing it pay with their lives. This is literally Russian roulette played with pills, and your corner pharmacy knows it! In the case of the Zoloft users, the risk of committing suicide and violence is increased fourfold.

Remember the twelve year-old boy, Christopher Pittman, who killed his grand parents with a shotgun? Three weeks before the killing, the lad was put on Zoloft. Two days before the slayings, doctors doubled the drug’s dosage. Joe Pittman, the boy’s father, believes his son killed because the drug clouded his sense of right and wrong. A clinical psychologist assigned to the case believes the same.

Since the Vioxx ad first appeared on television, about 20 million people in the United States started using Vioxx. The advertising campaign was a great success. People went to their doctors asking for a Vioxx prescription, and 70% of the time doctors obliged them.3 But something terrible happened few people know about.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as many as 27,000 heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths resulted from people prescribed Vioxx by their doctors. On September 30, 2004, Merck, the maker of Vioxx, recalled Vioxx from the market, and the Vioxx television ads disappeared.

Prescription Drug Addiction is a Scam:

Drug ads, like those above and dozens more like them, are appearing more and more on television. These ads are designed to seduce for one reason. The pharmaceutical apparatus, the medical system and pharmacy world that promotes drug usage is a scam, a hoax: A multi-trillion dollar International fraud that preys on ignorance and trusting nature of human beings. Why else would

they hide behind lies and government sanctioned laws designed to protect their industry? The entire drug industry is fraudulent. Matthias Rath, MD, founder of the Dr. Rath Health Foundation, says, “The pharmaceutical industry offers “health” to millions of patients – but does not deliver the goods. Instead it delivers products that merely alleviate symptoms while promoting the underlying disease as a precondition for its future business. To cover the fraud, this industry spends twice the amount of money in covering it up than it spends on research on future therapies.”4

Pharmaceutical companies and the pharmacy trade, especially, know people would never buy their product if the truth were widely known. Long-term usage of any prescription or over-the-counter drug is always dangerous to ones health and is oftentimes lethal.

Prescription drug addiction (long-term use of drugs) kills 100,000 Americans each year and injures or maims another two million, according to the American Medical Association (AMA). This AMA figure does not include some 40,000 deaths each year caused by over-the-counter pain medications.

What’s Happening Here?

Let’s begin with a simple, truthful premise. Good medicine heals and never harms. Bad medicine never heals, and can only cause harm and death. Isn’t this just common sense? It should be!

Look at it this way. If prescription drugs are suppose to be good for people, where are all the healthy drug consumers? Do you know of anyone taking drugs long-term say they are feeling healthy? To compare: Ask the healthiest people you know if they take drugs. They’ll stare back at you as if to say, “What do you mean? I don’t do drugs of any kind!”

Statistically speaking, there is no such thing as a “safe” drug.5 All drugs carry the risk of harmful side effects, including damage to vital organs and death. The risk increases exponentially with long-term usage. Your life is worth much more then the risk of injury or death from chemical drugs. There are much safer and better answers to health issues than long-term use of drugs (prescription drug addiction).

Note: The short-term (temporary) use of drugs during medical emergencies is certainly legitimate and is an altogether different issue. In a medical emergency, patients and administered drugs are carefully monitored every moment. In this environment drugs can save lives. Albeit, all drugs remain dangerous which is why they should not be taken long-term.

Exploiting Human Nature:

Television ads like the Zoloft and Vioxx ads are purposely designed to seduce and tempt us for a reason. The pharmaceutical cartel knows our human nature is tempted to take the easy way out of conflict. For example: It’s an easier choice to live on Prilosec to manage stomach ulcers than it is to make healthy life-style and diet changes that would heal ulcers. It’s easier to pop a pill to sleep all night than it is to make changes in our life that would allow us to fall sleep naturally without a pill.

Truth is; it is much wiser to “just say no” to drugs, and instead make diet changes and exercise to stay healthy and physically fit. Diet and exercise can not only prevent, but also literally reverse disease like diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, clinical depression, osteoporosis, irritable bowel syndrome, and many others.

The smart thing to do would be to tell the pharmaceutical cartel to go to Hell, but, hey, they are already there: And that raises still another issue. There is a huge spiritual consideration toward prescription drug addiction many Christians do not see or understand.

Drugs Versus God:

The modern English word, pharmacy, is derived from the ancient Greek word “pharmakeia,” pronounced “far-mak-i’-ah.” The root word of pharmakeia is pharmakeus, which means: “a drug, spell-giving potion, druggist, poisoner, a magician or sorcerer.”6 The word “pharmakeia” transliterated means “medicine from a pharmacy.” 7

There are three verses of Scripture in the Bible’s New Testament that condemns “medicine from a pharmacy.” They are Galatians 5:20: Revelations 9:21 and Revelations 18:23. However, before you go pick up your Bible, realize whatever translation you read is just that, a translation from an ancient text. You will not find the original word “pharmakeia” or “medicine from a pharmacy” in those verses. What you will find are the words “witchcraft, magic spell and sorcery.”

In choosing the words witchcraft, magic spell, and sorcery over the more accurately defined meaning for pharmakeia, “pharmacy,” modern day Bible translators (either by neglect or design) effectively obliterated any spiritual connection to taking medicine from a pharmacy. Now who do you suppose benefits the most from this tidbit of information?

Why God Condemns Medicine From a Pharmacy:

Pharmakeia is listed as a work of the flesh in Scripture (Galatians 5:20), because those who turn to drugs as a way of life (and those who encourage their use) place dependency on a false reality (an illusion) instead of in God’s provision. Pharmakeia is an insidious scheme, one that keeps millions of people from knowing the power of natural healing afforded to them by God’s creation..

Conclusion:

The price human beings have paid and continue to pay for prescription and over-the-counter drugs is staggering. Education and common sense is the best defense against this unholy onslaught on humanity.

The pharmaceutical cartel thrives by seducing people to ask their doctors to prescribe them dangerous drugs for the rest of their lives, then hides and denies any responsibility.

Our body was created with the natural ability to maintain life-long health, given half the chance to do so. It is human nature to avoid healthy life-style changes that can bring our body back into a natural balance of health and well-being. Drugs are not the easy answer.

For every medically named disease, there is a safe, natural remedy available. It is our responsibility to seek out that remedy, and live a life-style that promotes healthy living.

References:

1. The numbers are staggering: in 2003, an estimated 3.4 billion prescriptions were filled in retail drugstores and by mail order in the United States. That averages out to 11.7 prescriptions filled for each of the 290 million people in this
country.

Ukens C. How mail order pharmacy gained in market share in 2003. Drug Topics Mar 22, 2004; 148.

2. The industry spends over $21 billion a year to promote drugs using advertising and promotional tricks that push at or through the envelope of being false and misleading. Two studies of the accuracy of ads for prescription drugs widely circulated to doctors both concluded that a substantial proportion of these ads contained information that was false or misleading and violated FDA laws and regulations concerning advertising.

Stryer D, Bero LA. Characteristics of materials distributed by drug companies: An evaluation of appropriateness. Journal of General Internal Medicine Oct 1996; 11: 575 – 583.

Wilkes MS, Doblin BH, Shapiro MF. Pharmaceutical advertisements in leading medical journals: Experts’ assessments. Annals of Internal Medicine Jun 1, 1992; 116: 912 – 919.

3. “Various studies show that between 70 to 90 percent of the time when a patient comes in to the doctor and asks for a specific drug that he saw on a commercial or in a advertisement, he walks out with a prescription for that very
drug.” Quote from Dr. Ray Strand, Author of Death By Prescription.

4. Dr. Rath Lays Charge of Genocide on Pharmavia ICC at The Hague. http://www.healingcelebrations.com/hague.htm

5. “Once the FDA approves the medication or a drug for use by the general public, they know less than half of the serious adverse drug reactions when that drug is released.” Quote from Dr. Ray Strand, Author of Death By Prescription.

6. Strong’s Concordance of the Bible: pharmakeus, Strong’s #5332; pharmakeia, Strong’s #5331

7. Vines Dictionary of the New testament

You are Not Just What You Eat: Cosmetics and the Chemical Cocktail Effect

We are all growing increasingly aware of the need to eat well, and to exercise to protect our future health and avoid illness such as cancer. However, it is not just what we eat which finds its way into our bodies. Every day we are surrounded by thousands of chemicals which we rub onto our skin, spray into the air, and soak ourselves in. We cover ourselves in chemical beauty products and keep our houses clean whilst releasing hundreds of potentially harmful chemicals into our personal environment. In order to feel tranquil we fragrance our home with products linked to cancers such as breast cancer. The range of cosmetics and beauty products on offer is now so vast, that choosing shampoo can take hours, but most of these products contain ingredients possibly harmful to health, and few chemicals are tested for the effects of long-term use. Women now use on average 20 different personal care products each day, each of which will contain 10 or more chemicals.

There is growing research to prove the potential harm of the ‘chemical cocktail effect;’ the unknown interactions which occur between chemicals used together in every-day products. It may concern you to know that unlike the food industry, the cosmetic industry is largely self-regulating; there is little control as to what goes into products. But like the food industry, we know that this multi-billion dollar industry is largely concerned with making money, and therefore cutting corners, and using cheap products which are highly-processed and chemical in origin; often byproducts of the petrochemical industry.

Just for fun, here is the list of ingredients in my popular branded ‘Revitalizing’ hand wash with natural essential oils (all of which you will find in many of your beauty products):

o Aqua: it is just water, although aqua definitely sounds more expensive.

o Sodium Laureth Sulphate: this will be in many of your beauty products, and is a foaming agent. The American Food and Drugs Administration rank it as a drug because of its effects on the human body. It is a powerful detergent, and is used by garages to clean oil off the floor; it will strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and unprotected. It is linked to eye problems, and may combine with other chemicals used in the product to produce carcinogens; cancer-causing chemicals. Due to its effect on the natural balance of the skins oils, it is best to avoid products containing this chemical if you suffer from eczema, acne, rosacea, or skin sensitivity.

o Cocamidopropyl Betaine: a thickening, emulsifying and anti-static agent, inexpensive to produce, versatile in its uses, and linked through scientific study to contact dermatitis, eczema and skin sensitivity in some people.

o Methyl Parabens: the parabens family (Methyl, Ethyl, Propyl) are found in a vast array of beauty products and are known to disrupt the natural hormone balance of the body. They are strongly linked to cancers, with a University of Reading study finding parabens present in breast tumors, and may cause problems with fertility or the development of the foetus. They are often found in baby and child products, and many skin lotions and creams. They are classified as toxic and are also known to cause skin problems such as skin sensitivity, itching, burning, blistering and rashes.

o Sodium Chloride: salt.

o Parfum: a synthetic fragrance. These chemicals are largely derived from petrochemicals (nice) and enter the body through the skin absorption, inhalation, or ingestion. It is thought that 1/3rd of synthetic fragrances cause skin sensitivity and skin problems, and the American Food and Drugs Administration list them as the primary cause of allergic reactions to beauty products. There is no evidence of the possible long term effects of these drugs. Some synthetic fragrances such as musks can bio-accumulate in the body, and concentrate in fats (including breast milk). Most people will accumulate significant quantities of these chemicals in their bodies, which has led Germany and Japan to ban many of them from beauty products. They will be widely used in room fragrances.

o Citrus Aurantium Dulcis : Sweet Orange extract- at last something natural!

o Citrus Aurantium Amara: Bitter Orange oil.

o Cymbopogon Schoenanthus: Lemon Grass Extract.

o Olea Europaea: Despite the fancy name it is just Olive extract.

o Tetrasodium EDTA: thought to be safe when used in the small amounts present in cosmetics, it is used also in large amounts in household detergents. This chemical compound may affect the body on a cellular level allowing chemicals to more easily enter cells. It is removed quickly from the body through urination, and accumulates in the environment in groundwater, rivers and drinking water, and as such is of great concern environmentally. More studies are needed to determine any potential health effects on humans, and throughout the food chain.

o Sodium Lactate: a known irritant to the respiratory system, eyes and skin in large amounts. Is also used in the food industry.

o Polyquaternium-7: this chemical may break down into chemicals linked with cancer and other health problems. It is thought that safety tests conducted within the industry may not be sufficient to determine a true risk-factor.

o Sodium Benzoate: This chemical is only safe in small quantities, and is a classified toxin. It is suspected to have a toxic effect on the brain, skin, blood, liver, kidneys, and gastro-intestinal system. Due to concerns about toxicity it has a safe limit for addition to cosmetics, although has not been given a safe limit for products where it may be inhaled.

o Citric Acid: this ingredient has not been assessed for safety as it is thought to be entirely safe for use.

o Propylene Glycol: a by-product of the petroleum industry, also used in anti-freeze and brake fluid. It may cause skin sensitivity, and allows the skin to be more easily penetrated by other chemicals. In large quantities, this chemical must be handled only with protective clothing, gloves and goggles, and skin contact may result in liver, brain and kidney abnormalities. Luckily for you it is used is much smaller quantities in cosmetics and household products; still I think I will try and give it a miss under the circumstances. There is no data for the long term use of this chemical.

o Methylchloroisothiazolinone: sounds nasty, and it is. This one is linked to skin sensitivity, lung sensitivity and is toxic to the immune system. It has two safe limits, one for things which are washed off, and one for things which are left-on. I don’t know about you, but if it isn’t safe to be left on my skin, I am not sure that I want it there at all.

o Hexyl Cinnamal: This is registered as an allergen in America, where it must be listed on product information by law, although it is thought to be safe for cosmetic use.

o Citronellol: another fragrance linked with skin sensitivity.

o Citral: this fragrance may cause skin sensitivity, and is an irritant. It is subject to restrictions if it is not of a sufficient quality, and is also used in food products. It is a classified toxin and suspected of causing liver and immune system toxicity.

o Limonene: this fragrance is similar to the above and causes skin irritation, burning, itching and hives in susceptible individuals. It is a registered chemical hazard with handling restrictions, and is an environmental toxin, dangerous to wildlife where it contaminates the water system (i.e. when it goes down the drain).

Well after all of that I am not feeling as much revitalized as revolted. There are 21 ingredients in my hand wash, 14 of which may cause health problems ranging from dry and irritated skin to cancer. As a hand soap, I may use this product up to 10 times a day, that is 70 times a week, and yet it contains many chemicals which at best are not doing me any good, and at worst are bad for me. There are also the other products which I come into contact with throughout the day; shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, face and body moisturizer, fabric cleanser and conditioner on my clothes, washing-up liquid on my kitchen things, hair spray in the changing rooms; the list is endless. All of these chemicals have the potential to get into my body through my skin, lungs and digestive system, and there is growing evidence to suggest that this chemical cocktail may be of short and long-term harm. It is certainly true that these chemicals will have a more marked effect on children and babies. It seems that you are not just what you eat!