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To Bleach or Not to Bleach

Loreal denies digital lightening of Beyonce Knowles

So now all heads turn to Beyonce Knowles, as allegations of the R&B spokesperson of L’oreal was said to be digitally bleached in an advertising campaign by the cosmetic giant.

We say…

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You be the judge.

For more on Skin Bleaching check out my other popular post:
Fair and Lovely ..Heavy cost of Light Skin.

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My Summer Smoothie Recipe!

 As the summer weather creeps in I have a recipe for a smoothie that I think everyone can enjoy! It’s refreshing, but not for those who are afraid of a little spice! It includes cantaloupe, honey, milk, yogurt, and cardamom.

I’m sure most readers of my blog are familiar with heyl (cardomom), for those of you who aren’t it’s a seed that most Arabs, East and North Africans, and South Asians use with tea or coffee and sometimes dessert!

For this smoothie depending on your taste you can grind the cardamom seeds for more impact or just drop in the seeds. Mind you, might get seeds in your drink that way. For someone who has never had cardamom seeds it might be a bit overwhelming.

Blend cantaloupe, cardamom, honey, milk, and yogurt for about 3 minutes and voila you have a tasty treat!

Be sure to take seeds out of the cantaloupe when cut into. And you can save whatever you don’t use in your fridge.

Enjoy!

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I got a cold, ugh!

I’ve been sick almost the whole weekend and last night I came to an all time low looking for ways to get rid of cold fast…lol

I got some of the best advice that people tend to overlook…

Read for yourself below…

by Frederic Patenaude

Everyone wants to know what’s the best way to get rid of a cold, and it seems everybody has her own remedy for it. In this article, you will learn how to eliminate a nasty cold the PURE HEALTH way, which is Nature’s Way.

I probably won’t be very popular for saying this, but the truth is that “there is no cure for the common cold.” That’s right. Even modern medicine is aware of this.

All of the remedies sold, at the drugstore or from your health food store, only alleviate the symptoms of a problem that shouldn’t be stopped in the first place!

Let Your Body Heal

Here’s a little known truth: all attempts to “cure” the common cold are completely futile, since the cold isn’t something that should be fought or stopped in the first place. The common cold is a *symptom* that the body is undergoing a healing crisis. The body is trying to get well!

Whether you can “catch” a cold is another subject of controversy, but without even going into that, only the body’s own powers are able to take this healing crisis to a favorable conclusion.

The common cold is believed to be viral in nature, and there is no treatment that directly fights the virus. In fact, there are hundreds of those viruses, with new ones being discovered all the time!

The more you interfere in the process, either by taking a drug or making some sort of herbal concoction, the more you add on to the body’s stress of dealing with the situation. You might be able to get rid of the symptoms, but the root problem is still there. Is that what you want?

Instead, get rid of a cold the Pure Health Way, in 2 easy steps:

Sleep It Off

The main problem people have when they get a cold is that it interferes with their already busy life. How are you supposed to work if you feel like crap? So you take drugs or even just herbal medicines to alleviate the symptoms, and you continue working like crazing, staying up late, going out, eating out, and *never giving your body the chance to heal.*

When you get a cold, you should do this opposite. Think to yourself, “Great! A cold! That’s my opportunity to catch up on the rest I desperately need, and my chance to let my body heal itself!”

What you’ll need to do is start spending long hours in bed. Rest as much as possible. Cancel those appointments that are not urgent, those nights out, and other activities. Stop your exercise program for a few days, and rest as much as possible.

If that’s not possible, at least take it really easy, and go to bed super-early. Give your body a chance to heal and it will do an amazing job at it, I promise.

Eat Properly

95% of people I’ve met still think that there’s some kind of food they should eat that could “increase their immunity” or “boost their metabolism” and help them “fight” the cold better.

They still haven’t realized that *the common cold isn’t something that should be fought or stopped!*

Here is however a few recommendations that will definitely help you recover from a cold in the shortest time possible.

- Eat only fruits and vegetables. Those are the easiest foods to digest. Avoid protein foods or fat, or starch.
- Drink plenty of warm water.
- Eat a very simple diet. Smoothies, fresh juices, raw fruits in vegetables. No cooked foods except at the most, steamed vegetables.
- Eat according to hunger and if not hungry skip a few meals. There’s no harm and only good in doing that.

Eating a simple raw food diet (such as the one I described in my book “The Raw Secrets”) when you have a cold will help you recover in the shortest time possible, without doing any harm to the body. A short fast is also advisable (2-3 days max).

Combine that with plenty of rest, and you’ll have a winning formula to getting rid of that nasty cold.

By learning proper nutrition habits, you’ll also make sure that you stay healthy all the time and never have to go through that again!

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Early Puberty Puts Girls At Risk

Medical problems include increased chance of breast cancer

By DORSEY GRIFFITH – McClatchy Newspapers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — American girls are entering puberty at earlier ages, putting them at far greater risk for breast cancer later in life and for all sorts of social and emotional problems well before they reach adulthood.

Girls as young as 8 increasingly are starting to menstruate, develop breasts and grow pubic and underarm hair — biological milestones that only decades ago typically occurred at 13 or older. African-American girls are especially prone to early puberty.

Theories abound as to what is driving the trend, but the exact cause or causes, are not known. A new report, commissioned by the San Francisco-based Breast Cancer Fund, has gathered heretofore disparate pieces of evidence to help explain the phenomenon — and spur efforts to help prevent it.

It’s a “superb” review of all the factors involved, said Dr. Marion Kavanaugh-Lynch, an oncologist and director of the California Breast Cancer Research Program in Oakland.

DRAMATIC RISKS

The stakes are high.

“The data indicates that if you get your first period before age 12, your risk of breast cancer is 50 percent higher than if you get it at age 16,” said the report’s author, biologist Sandra Steingraber, herself a cancer survivor. “For every year we could delay a girl’s first menstrual period, we could prevent thousands of breast cancers.”

Kavanaugh-Lynch said most breast cancer cells thrive on estrogen, and girls who menstruate early are exposed to more estrogen than girls maturing normally.

Steingraber’s paper, “The Falling Age of Puberty in U.S. Girls: What We Know, What We Need to Know,” examines everything from obesity and inactivity to family stress, media imagery and accidental exposures of girls to chemicals.

Steingraber concludes that early puberty could best be understood as an “ecological disorder,” resulting from a variety of environmental hits.

She also reports on links between early puberty and social and emotional problems.

THIRD-GRADERS NEEDING TAMPONS

Steingraber’s report is being released amid growing national interest in how the environment contributes to disease.

For years, parents, doctors and teachers have recognized the trend in early puberty among girls, with little information to explain it.

Dr. Charles Wibbelsman, a pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, said he now routinely sees girls as young as 8 with breast development and girls as young as 9 who have started their periods. He said the phenomenon is most striking in African-American girls.

“We don’t think of third-graders as using tampons or wearing bras,” he said. In fact, he said, pediatricians are having to adjust the way they do regular checkups.

Steingraber acknowledges that some of the shift in girls’ puberty is evolutionary, a reflection of better infectious disease control and improved nutrition, conditions that allow mammals to reproduce.

But since the mid 20th century, she said, other factors seem to have “hijacked the system” that dictates the onset of puberty.

Rising childhood obesity rates clearly play a role, she said, noting that chubbier girls tend to reach puberty earlier than thinner girls. Levels of leptin, a hormone produced by body fat, is one trigger for puberty, and leptin levels are higher in blacks than in other groups.

But obesity cannot alone be blamed for the shifts, she said. Steingraber’s paper explored many other factors that likely play a role, including exposure to common household chemicals.

“My job was to put together a huge jigsaw puzzle,” with each study a piece of it, she said.

“The world is not a good place for early maturing girls,” she said. “They are at higher risk of depression, early alcohol abuse, substance abuse, early first sexual encounter and unintended pregnancies.”

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River Blindness

As Ghana commemorates 50 years of independence this year, the fight against river blindness there also marks its half century.

This scene of blind men being led by children in Ghana in the early 1950s inspired Sir John Wilson to lead a campaign to try and eliminate this crippling disease. A survey in the early 1950s indicated that a startling 600,000 out of one million inhabitants in northern Ghana were affected by river blindness with 30,000 blind as a result.

The village of Nakong – “the country of the blind” – was to make the deepest impression on Wilson.

“Fifty people met us on the muddy bank of the swollen river. They were like specimens from a medical museum and behind them their village lay silent as a cemetery,” he said.

It is currently thought to infect 18m people with a further 125m considered at risk – all but a few in Africa.

Today the Sissili river is still a breeding ground for the small black simulium flies that transmit the parasitical worms which cause river blindness.Dependent on the river for washing, fishing and farming, the surrounding communities are at risk of infection. They call the disease the Bonkukuli or fly blindness.

Because the fly breeds in fast-flowing rivers, often whole communities have abandoned fertile lands and good fishing grounds to settle on less productive land.

For many of the older generation, it is too late to save their sight.Bawa is the Nakong chief’s elder brother. Afflicted by river blindness for many years, he had to stop working on his farm and struggled to raise his family. A typical day for Bawa starts with him sweeping the space outside his compound, sometimes he will weave grass to make ropes during the day. With limited mobility, he has become isolated and no longer attends social events.

River blindness cannot be cured but it can be prevented. If taken annually for a period of 20 years, Mectizan can stop people from becoming infected.In 1987, manufacturers Merck & Co took the decision to provide the treatment free of charge to people who needed it for as long as necessary. It is now the longest-running drugs donation programme in history and last year, Sightsavers International helped distribute it to some 12m people across West Africa.

For more information on River Blindness visit: http://www.sightsavers.org/What%20We%20Do/Eye%20Conditions/River%20Blindness/World1622.html

For more information on Onchocerciasis (parasite that causes blindness) visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_blindness

For more information on Water Sanitation visit: http://h2osanitationmagazine.blogspot.com/

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