Sun damaged skin – zinc oxide cream from Connie

Sunlight stimulates vitamin D production, helps control some chronic skin diseases (such as psoriasis), and causes a sense of well-being. Yet sunlight can also cause damage to the skin.

Damage includes not only a painful sunburn but also wrinkling and other changes associated with aging skin, precancerous skin growthsskin cancers, and even allergic reactions and worsening of some skin diseases (see Photosensitivity Reactions). The skin shields the rest of the body from the sun’s rays.

Email Connie at for a special zinc oxide cream to heal your sun damage skin. 20% of the profit goes to college scholarship fund. Price to be determined soon.

Ultraviolet light

Ultraviolet (UV) light, although invisible to the human eye, is the component of sunlight that has the most effect on skin. UV light is classified into three types, depending on its wavelength:


UV light (all types) damages deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA—the body’s genetic material), which can ultimately lead to cancer. UV light also has damaging effects such as premature skin aging and wrinkling. Sunburn can also result from UV light, primarily UVB. There is no safe level of UV light.


The amount of UV light reaching the earth’s surface is increasing, especially in the northern latitudes. This increase is caused by depletion of the protective ozone layer high in the atmosphere. Ozone, a naturally occurring chemical, blocks much UV light from reaching the surface of the earth. Chemical reactions between ozone and chlorofluorocarbons (chemicals in refrigerants and spray can propellants) are depleting the amount of ozone in the protective ozone layer.

The amount of UV light reaching the earth’s surface also varies depending on other factors. UV light is more intense between 10 am and 3 pm, in the summer, and at high altitudes and low latitudes (such as at the equator). Glass, heavy clouds, smoke, and smog filter out much UV light, but UV rays may pass through light clouds, fog, and about 1 foot of clear water, potentially causing severe burns.

Natural protection

The skin undergoes certain changes when exposed to UV light, to protect against damage. The epidermis (the skin’s uppermost layer) thickens, blocking UV light. The melanocytes (pigment-producing skin cells) make increased amounts of melanin, which darkens the skin, resulting in a tan. Tanning provides some natural protection against future exposure to UV radiation because melanin absorbs the energy of UV light and helps prevent the light from damaging skin cells and penetrating deeper into the tissues but otherwise has no health benefits. Tanning for the sake of being tanned is hazardous to health (see Are Tans Healthy?).

Sensitivity to sunlight varies according to the amount of melanin in the skin. Darker-skinned people have more melanin and therefore greater built-in protection against the sun’s harmful effects. However, darker-skinned people are still vulnerable to sun damage and the long-term effects of exposure to UV light.

The amount of melanin present in a person’s skin depends on heredity as well as on the amount of recent sun exposure. Some people are able to produce large amounts of melanin in response to UV light, whereas others produce very little. People with blonde or red hair are especially susceptible to the short-term and long-term effects of UV radiation, because they are not able to produce enough melanin. The melanin in their skin can also become distributed unevenly, resulting in freckling. People with vitiligo have patchy areas of skin that have no pigment. People with albinism have little or no melanin at all.

Sunlight and skin damage

Exposure to sunlight prematurely ages the skin. Damage to the skin caused by prolonged exposure to sunlight is known as photoaging. Exposure to UV light causes fine and coarse wrinkles, irregular pigmentation, large frecklelike spots called lentigines, a yellowish complexion, and a leathery, rough skin texture. Although fair-skinned people are most vulnerable, anyone’s skin will change with enough exposure.




Image provided by Barbara A. Gilchrest, MD.

The more sun exposure people have, the higher their risk of precancerous growths and skin cancers, including squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma. Skin cancer is especially common among people who were extensively exposed to sunlight as children and adolescents and among those who are continuously exposed to the sun as part of their profession or recreational activities (such as athletes, farmers, ranchers, sailors, and frequent sunbathers). In addition, UV exposure in tanning salons increases the risk of skin cancer and skin damage.


To minimize the damaging effects of the sun, it is particularly important to avoid further sun exposure and tanning beds, wear protective clothing, and apply sunscreens (see Sunburn : Prevention of Sunburn). Damage that is already done is difficult to reverse. Moisturizing creams temporarily plump up wrinkles, and makeup helps hide imperfections in skin color (such as freckles, sun spots, and lentigines) and some fine wrinkles. Treatments such as chemical peels, alpha-hydroxy acids, tretinoin creams, and laser skin resurfacing may improve the appearance of thin wrinkles and irregular pigmentation. Deep wrinkles and substantial skin damage, however, require significant treatment to be reversed.

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A tsp of apple cider vinegar in your drinking water for colon cleanse

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Eating foods rich in nutrients with apple cider vinegar facilitates in the absorption of these nutrients in your body. Aloe Vera and Coconut water are alkaline drinks and negates the acidity that comes with eating meat. Eating not so ripe fruits (plums,pineapple,papaya) helps in elimination.

I would drink water with tsp of apple cider vinegar before going to bed and in the morning warm water with lemon juice, aloe and coconut water, sweetened with apple juice or home made plum juice.


From wiki:

Colon cleansing (also known as colon therapy) encompasses a number of alternative medical therapies claimed to remove nonspecific toxins from the colon and intestinal tract by removing any accumulations of feces. Colon cleansing may be branded colon hydrotherapy, a colonic or colonic irrigation. During the 2000s internet marketing and infomercials of oral supplements supposedly for colon cleansing increased.[1]

Some forms of colon hydrotherapy use tubes to inject water, sometimes mixed with herbs or with other liquids, into the colon via the rectum using special equipment. Oral cleaning regimens use dietary fiber, herbs, dietary supplements, or laxatives. People who practice colon cleansing believe that accumulations of putrefied feces line the walls of the large intestine and that these accumulations harbor parasites or pathogenic gut flora, causing nonspecific symptoms and general ill-health. This “auto-intoxication” hypothesis is based on medical beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks and was discredited in the early 20th century.[2]

No scientific evidence supports the alleged benefits of colon cleansing.[2] Certain enema preparations have been associated with heart attacks and electrolyte imbalances, and improperly prepared or used equipment can cause infection or damage to the bowel. Frequent colon cleansing can lead to dependence on enemas to defecate and some herbs may reduce the effectiveness of or increase the risks associated with the use of prescription drugs.

from Dr Mercola

Detoxification is growing increasingly popular. The basic premise is that your body accumulates more toxins in the modern world than its natural detoxification system (your liver, kidneys and lungs) can get rid of. Proponents say that chemicals from pesticides, chlorine, bleach and ammonia, and carbon monoxide build up over time and cause disease.

Dr. Tanya Edwards, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine, often starts patients out with a change in diet. Because Americans tend to have diets that lead to constipation, a change in diet can accomplish the same thing as many herbal detoxification products that are really just laxatives.

People are ideally supposed to have one or two bowel movements a day, but many people go two or three days between eliminations. The normal pathway for toxins to move out of the body is through the liver, which converts harmful chemicals into water-soluble molecules that can be flushed out in the urine or feces. If there’s a delay in elimination, however, those toxins remain in your system longer.

Tamara MacDonald, a naturopathic physician, uses detox techniques because some people aren’t able to detoxify chemicals naturally — their systems aren’t working well for one reason or another. But MacDonald is wary of poorly researched techniques like foot baths and colonics, and thinks that people should steer clear of fasting techniques like the “Master Cleanse,” a 10-day detox plan that consists of nothing but lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper.

“One of the worst things that you can do for your body in terms of detoxification is doing a fast,” she says. “That was the idea about 20 or 30 years ago, but we know now that your body actually needs specific nutrients to be able to perform its job of detoxification.”

Late last year, I participated in a three day think-tank outside of Los Angeles with some of the top experts in autism detoxification. We explored some of the major modalities that are available. I will be presenting this information in Chicago this weekend at the Chicago Autism One Conference.

The group came up with the following consensus and priority for achieving optimal health:

  1. Healthy Living
  2. Avoiding Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)
  3. Clean Water
  4. Healthy Food
  5. Healthy Movement
  6. Emotions & Relationships
  7. Tests
  8. Organ Support
  9. Supplements
  10. Detox Tools

As you can see detoxification is an important tool, but it is not at the top of the priority list — especially if you are sick. Unfortunately, a lot of people first consider detoxing when they’re not feeling well.

It’s important to realize that if you fail to follow an orderly process and begin detoxification processes prematurely, it can deteriorate your health even further, making you very sick.

The Weston A. Price diet recommendations — which were written in 1920 and still, like all truths, hold true today — includes these timeless guidelines:

  • Eat foods that are natural, unprocessed, and organic (and contain no sugar except for the occasional bit of honey or maple syrup).
  • Eat foods that grow in your native environment. In other words, eat locally grown, seasonal foods.
  • Eat unpasteurized dairy products (such as raw milk) and fermented foods.
  • Eat at least one-third of your food raw.
  • Make sure you eat enough healthy fats, including those from animal sources like omega-3 fat, and reduce your intake of omega-6 from vegetable oils.

Additionally, it’s important to understand that if you’re deficient in essential metals, your body will actually use toxic heavy metals as “stand-ins” instead.

For example:

  • Calcium is replaced by lead, which deposits primarily in bone, and disrupts the formation of red blood cells. Lead contributes to poor bone health such as osteopenia and osteoporosis.
  • Zinc is replaced by cadmium, which tends to accumulate heavily in your kidneys. Cadmium overload is associated with peripheral neuropathy.
  • Magnesium is replaced by aluminum, which, among other things, induces neurochemical changes and has been identified as a contributing factor to developing Alzheimer’s.
  • Manganese is replaced by nickel, which is carcinogenic.

So not only do you need to make sure you’re getting vital nutrients in order to avoid this toxic metal replacement process, you also need nutrients to aid your body’s natural detoxification process.

Toxins are naturally eliminated from your body through your liver. It converts many (but not all) of the harmful chemicals you ingest or absorb into water-soluble molecules that are flushed out in your urine or feces.

Remember, Your Skin Eliminates Toxins Too

One beneficial detox method is using an infra-red sauna, particularly for slow metabolizers. It heats your tissues several inches deep, which can enhance your natural metabolic processes. It also enhances circulation and helps oxygenate your tissues.

Your skin is another major organ of elimination, but many people do not sweat on a regular basis. This may be due to wearing synthetic or tight clothing that does not breathe. Sedentary living and sun damage also inactivate your skin. Repeated use of the sauna slowly restores skin elimination, which can help reduce your toxic load quite significantly. Steam baths, sweat lodges, vigorous exercise and hot tubs are other options, but not as effective.

Your results will be best when saunas are part of an integrated program as described above. You may want to add some natural, unprocessed salt to your diet to replace minerals lost through sweating.

Cautionary Notes


Please remember that you should avoid starting any detox regimen when you are sick.

You need to establish a healthy lifestyle and dietary habits FIRST, so you have a reserve that your body can draw on to allow your liver to do its job properly.

If you fail to do this you can easily overwhelm your liver’s ability to process the toxic substances that are being eliminated and you will become very sick, wishing you had never done the detox in the first place. I have seen this happen many times, so please use caution and evaluate your current state of health before embarking on any kind of detoxification program.

Hair growth in 90 yr old taking Angelica, astralagus and aloe vera


Taking care of my senior clients in the bay area have  taught me a lot of lessons. One client of mine had been giving her 90 yr old husband suffering from gout with a combo of Angelica (dried), Astralagus (dried) and Alove vera (fresh added in drinks). After many months, her hubby is now growing hair.

The immune boosting herbs, Angelica and Astralagus, reduce sinility or reverses the aging process, enhances the immune system and promote Bone Marrow Stromal Cell growth. Aloe vera helps in maintaining the alkalinity of the blood/body.

The following are  three scientific studies about these herbs:

  1. Angelica and Astragalus, Chinese herbal medicine, are used as immunostimulants for enriching the blood, anti-tumor and antioxidation effects. However, the synergistic mechanisms of antioxidant effect have long been the object of intensive study. We investigated the deferring senile effect of AAP on aging mice by determination of the contents of monoamine oxidase (MAO) in brain, hydroxyproline (Hyp) in skin, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in serum, glutathione peroxidase (GSH-PX) and xanthine oxidase (XOD) in liver tissue and immunity organs index.
    The obtained results showed that AAP decreased significantly the content of MAO and H2O2, and enhanced the concentrations of Hyp, GSH-PX and XOD in vivo. No significant differences were found when compared with those of vitamin E. Additionally, AAP could increase immunity organs index. These results demonstrated that AAP had significant deferring senile effect on the aging mice. These changes may be the important mechanisms to prevent mice from aging [Human Health and Biomedical Engineering (HHBE), 2011 International Conference].
  2. Astragalus with Angelica or used separately could promote BMSC proliferation. The mechanism might induce the VEGF protein expression in BMSC. And the independent use of Angelica has no above effect [PubMed].
  3. Combined extract of Astragalus membranaceus and Angelica sinensis (A&A) is a traditional antifibrotic agent in China. The present investigation aimed to determine whether an ACEi (Enalapril) and A&A together have a better antifibrotic effect in unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) than monotherapy with either agent. Transforming growth factor-beta1, fibroblast activation, collagen deposition, macrophage accumulation and tubular cell apoptosis were all decreased.
    The combination of the two drugs was significantly more effective than Enalapril alone in reducing tumor necrosis factor-alpha, collagen accumulation, activation of fibroblasts, and tubular cell apoptosis. In conclusion, Enalapril with A&A significantly decreased tubulointerstitial fibrosis to a greater extent than treatment with Enalapril alone.

Hair Loss/Weight Loss, herbs for allergies, drug side-effects, herbs with caution, chemo Q&A

Stress, drug toxicity, allergies, fungus, bacteria, disease, genes and many other factors contribute to hair loss. Nutrients for hair include Aloe Vera, biotin, Vit C, B, A, D, and E.

Aloe vera has a long history of popular and traditional use. It is used in traditional Indian medicine for constipation, colic, skin diseases, worm infestation, and infections (Heber 2007). It is also used in Trinidad and Tobago for hypertension (Lans 2006) and among Mexican Americans for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM; Coronado et al. 2004). In Chinese medicine, it is often recommended in the treatment of fungal diseases (Heber 2007). In Western society, Aloe vera is one of the few herbal medicines in common usage, and it has found widespread use in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and food industries. In the case of health, the therapeutic claims for the topical and oral application of Aloe vera cover a wide range of conditions, but few claims have been the subject of robust clinical investigation. The conditions for which clinical trials of Aloe vera have been conducted include skin conditions, management of burn and wound healing, constipation, DM, and gastrointestinal disorders.

I heard some herbal formulas can be used to treat the side effects of chemotherapy. Is that true?
Herbs like Astragalus have immunomodulating effects. They have been studied in humans and have been shown to help reduce some of the adverse reactions induced by chemotherapy. However, they are not appropriate for all patients and larger clinical trials are needed to confirm their safety and efficacy.

I have peripheral neuropathy following chemotherapy. Is there a natural treatment to relieve my symptoms?
Several nutritional supplements, such as glutamine, glutathione, vitamin Bs, vitamin E and alpha-lipoic acid, have been tested as treatments for peripheral neuropathy. Early clinical trials indicate that glutamine may reduce the incidence and severity of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Preliminary studies show that acupuncture can reduce pain and improve nerve function and sensation, and can help relieve peripheral neuropathy associated with chemotherapy. But larger studies are needed to confirm these effects.

Are there any herbs that can help my hair grow back?
Hair loss is a common adverse effect from chemotherapy. Most patients’ hair will grow back after discontinuing treatment. Currently, there is no evidence that herbs can help regrow hair.
What is good for “dry mouth”?Many patients may experience xerostomia (dry mouth) after surgery or radiation therapy for head and neck cancer. Prescription drugs can be used to help relieve this symptom but they are often associated with other side effects. Currently, there is convincing evidence that acupuncture can be used to address this symptom safely and effectively. Patients can consult with a qualified practitioner for more information.
What are phytoestrogens?

These are herbs that have estrogen-like activities. A few popular examples include soy, red clover, flaxseed, and dong quai.
I have estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer. Can I take soy products?
The use of soy products by patients with hormone sensitive cancer remains controversial.
Animal studies show that constituents in soy may stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells and increase risk of metastasis. They can also work against tamoxifen, a drug used for estrogen-dependent breast cancer. However, epidemiological data suggest that soy foods help reduce breast cancer risk and have a positive effect on breast cancer survivors. Soy foods also have other health benefits as they are naturally rich in protein and low in fat. Until more is known, many experts agree that moderate consumption of soy foods is acceptable but concentrated soy supplements should be avoided.
Herb-drug Interactions
Do botanicals interfere with the metabolism of drugs?
Yes, many botanicals interfere with the way a drug is processed in the body: Increased metabolism of a drug reduces its concentration in the blood and may reduce its effectiveness; decreased metabolism of a drug increases its concentration in the blood and can lead to toxicity or increased side effects.
I am taking an anticoagulant drug. Why are there so many dietary restrictions?
Anticoagulant drugs, such as warfarin, have a very narrow therapeutic range. They can cause adverse effects and are prone to interact with other drugs and dietary supplements. Herbs like ginger, garlic, turmeric can interfere with anticoagulants increasing the risk of bleeding. Certain vegetables rich in vitamin K can decrease the therapeutic effects of warfarin.
What Natural Allergy Remedies Work?
Allergies are caused by the immune system’s overreaction to a harmless substance, such as animal dander or pollen. Like allergy medication, some supplements can help by blocking the chemical reactions that result in allergy symptoms.
Most natural allergy supplements come in capsules, tablets, or liquids, and are available in drugstores or health food stores. A few may be more difficult to find. If you’re in an urban area, you might try a naturopathic physician, an herbalist, or other expert in integrative health. Otherwise, your best bet may be stores on the Internet.
Here’s the rundown.
Butterbur. “Butterbur is the Singulair of the herbal world,” says Rakel. “I think of all the allergy supplements, it has the best evidence behind it.” The herb appears to work as a leukotriene inhibitor, which blocks some chemicals that trigger swelling in the nasal passages.
Some research shows that an extract of butterbur root (Ze 339) are just as effective at relieving nasal symptoms as antihistamines like Zyrtec and Allegra. Butterbur has the advantage of not causing sleepiness, a common side effect of antihistamines, even some so-called “non-sedating antihistamines.” “For someone who is driving a car or flying a plane and really needs to avoid the sedative effects of an allergy medication, butterbur is a good alternative,” Rakel says.
You should not eat raw, unprocessed butterbur root, which is dangerous. Look for brands of specialized butterbur supplements that are labeled UPA-free; a certain percentage or milligrams of the helpful compound petasin may also be mentioned. Keep in mind that experts aren’t sure about the safety of using any butterbur supplements in the long term.
Quercetin. Found in wine and many fruits and vegetables, quercetin may work as a mast cell stabilizer. It helps block the release of histamine that causes inflammation. “Quercetin is sort of the herbal equivalent to cromolyn sodium [in the over-the-counter spray NasalCrom],” Rakel tells WebMD. “The evidence is promising.”
I think quercetin is pretty effective and well tolerated,” says Leopold. “It seems to work well for prevention.” However, while lab tests of quercetin are intriguing, we don’t yet have good research for how well it works as a treatment in people. Some experts doubt that enough quercetin is absorbed during digestion to have much of an effect.
• Stinging Nettle. Often used as an allergy treatment, this botanical contains carotene, vitamin K, and quercetin. There’s some evidence that using stinging nettle after the first sign of allergic symptoms can help a bit. Be sure to choose extracts of stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) leaf, not the root, which is used to treat prostate troubles. Despite its common use, however, there’s not much research backing up stinging nettle’s effectiveness as an allergy remedy.
• Bromelain. Some studies have found that bromelain is helpful in reducing nasal swelling and thinning mucus, making it easier for people to breathe. It may be particularly useful when added to drug treatment for sinus infections.
• Phleum pratense. A few studies have found that a sublingual tablet made from pollen extracts from Phleum Phleum pratense can reduce some pollen allergy symptoms, such as eye irritation, in people with asthma, as well as help decrease symptoms in people suffering from hay fever. It also allowed people to reduce the dose of their allergy medicine.
• Tinospora cordifolia. Based on one research study, there’s some indication that Tinospora cordifolia, an herbal tablet from India, can reduce allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and nasal discharge. Again, the evidence is only preliminary and its long-term safety is unclear. Though it appeared safe during the 8-week research study, more research needs to be done.
• Combination allergy supplements. A number of natural allergy remedies contain a blend of botanicals. Leopold singles out Sinupret, a combination of European elderflower, sorrel, cowslip, verbena, and gentian root. “It’s seems to be effective and well tolerated,” he tells WebMD, “especially for conditions like chronic sinusitis, which can result from allergies.” It’s been long used in Europe, and there’s some evidence that it helps treat the symptoms of bronchitis and acute sinusitis.

• Other allergy supplements. People use many other supplements to treat allergies, including echinacea, grape seed extract, pycnogenol (pine bark extract), vitamin C, EPA, honey, cat’s claw, albizzia (Albizzia lebbeck), baical skullcup (Scutellaria baicalensis),goldenseal, and spirulina. However, research hasn’t found good evidence that they help. “These supplements might have other benefits,” says Rakel. “But if you’re trying to treat allergies, go with something else.”
Be particularly wary of bitter orange (also called Citrus aurantium), which is sometimes sold as a decongestant. It has compounds similar to those in ephedra and, as a result, may have serious side effects. They include an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart problems, and stroke.

Herbs with Caution!!!
The dozen are aconite, bitter orange, chaparral, colloidal silver, coltsfoot, comfrey, country mallow, germanium, greater celandine, kava, lobelia, and yohimbe. The FDA has warned about at least eight of them, some as long ago as 1993.

Side Effects of some drugs
Common side effects of Zoloft Oral

Inability to have an Erection Severe
Sexual Problems Severe
Altered Interest in Having Sexual Intercourse Severe
Drowsiness Less Severe
Dizzy Less Severe
Chronic Trouble Sleeping Less Severe
Low Energy Less Severe
Excessive Sweating Less Severe
Involuntary Quivering Less Severe
Loss of Appetite Less Severe
Weight Loss Less Severe
Head Pain Less Severe
Feel Like Throwing Up Less Severe
Gas Less Severe
Diarrhea Less Severe
Stomach Cramps Less Severe
Feeling Weak Less Severe
Infrequent side effects of Zoloft Oral:
Feeling Restless Less Severe
Problems with Eyesight Less Severe
Indigestion Less Severe
Incomplete or Infrequent Bowel Movements Less Severe
Pain Less Severe
Temporary Redness of Face and Neck Less Severe
Increased Hunger Less Severe
Yawning Less Severe
Throwing Up Less Severe
Nervous Less Severe
Anxious Less Severe
Rare side effects of Zoloft Oral:
Extrapyramidal Reaction Severe
Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Severe
Serotonin Syndrome – Adverse Drug Interaction Severe
Cataracts Severe
Sudden Blindness and Pain Upon Moving the Eye Severe
Pancreatitis Severe
Atrioventricular Heart Block Severe
Rapid Ventricular Heartbeat Severe
Slow Heartbeat Severe
Prolonged Q-T Interval on EKG Severe
Spasms of Blood Vessels that Supply the Brain Severe
Vasculitis Severe
Hemorrhage Severe
Liver Failure Severe
Hepatitis caused by Drugs Severe
Bleeding of the Stomach or Intestines Severe
Acute Kidney Disease Severe
Discharge of Milk in Men or Women when Not Breastfeeding Severe
Inflammation of Skin caused by an Allergy Severe
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Severe
Itching Severe
Hives Severe
Lupus-Like Syndrome Severe
Fever Severe
A Feeling of Restlessness with Inability to Sit Still Severe
Rash Severe
Nosebleed Severe
Heart Throbbing or Pounding Severe
High Blood Sugar Severe
Abnormal Liver Function Tests Severe
Life Threatening Allergic Reaction Severe
Giant Hives Severe
Reaction due to an Allergy Severe
Underactive Thyroid Severe
Diabetes Severe
Low Amount of Sodium in the Blood Severe
Decreased Blood Platelets Severe
Deficiency of Granulocytes a Type of White Blood Cell Severe
Behaving with Excessive Cheerfulness and Activity Severe
Mild Degree of Mania Severe
Having Thoughts of Suicide Severe
Hemorrhage of Blood Under the Skin Less Severe
Dry Mouth Less Severe
Breast Tenderness Less Severe
Sun-Sensitive Skin Less Severe

Some hair products with the following ingredients are food for your hair.

Vitamin B6 – normalizes sebum production
Ginseng Extract – provides essential energy
Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract) – powerful free radical scavenger
Saw Palmetto Extract (Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract) – normalizes sebum production
Swertia Extract – promotes blood circulation
Tea Tree Leaf Oil – supports microbial balance and helps prevent flaking
Panthenol – strengthens hair against breakage
Superoxide Dismutase which contains essential skin minerals (Copper, Manganese, and Zinc) –
neutralizes free radicals
Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate – soothes scalp irritation
Zinc PCA – normalizes sebum production

With healthy bodies comes healthy skin:
Beauty tips: I use my DIY Vit C serum, lemon water wash, tea wash and lately, Juice Beauty products I get at Whole Foods Store.

Sleep, exercise, whole foods and be in a state of happiness always.

2 min to care for your face before a shower in the morning and same in the evening. A beautiful face is important, wear it well even when we age. Vit C, A, D and E are important for your skin.

Email Connie at for discounts from Life Extension for all your supplements needs.
For liquid iron, vegetarian with Vit C (taken in the morning as iron cancels the absorption of calcium)

Eat protein-rich food when drinking alcohol to protect your stomach

The human stomach does digest itself, but the stomach lining has evolved to regenerate itself completely every few days.

Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to a variety of stomach problems, from a night of vomiting to a serious case of gastritis. Stomach acid levels are affected by alcohol, and heavy drinking can cause discomfort or irritate conditions (such as ulcers) that you already have. If you have stomach pain, it is best to avoid drinking alcohol until you talk to your doctor. 


Alcohol consumption has many dangers and side effects, and if you are experiencing severe pain in your stomach after this, there’s plenty of cause to be concerned. This discomfort is often seen after a night of binge drinking, and is accompanied by many other symptoms as well. While you might think that you are ‘manning it out’ by overlooking the pain, the fact is, this could be something you would live to regret. Stomach pain could be your body sending out signs telling you that all is not well, and you might want to take it seriously. For some, stomach pain may be a common occurrence, simply because they have been used to consuming alcohol in copious amounts.

Why Does Alcohol Cause Stomach Ache Anyway?

Gastrointestinal (GI) tract is the first organ system that gets exposed to alcohol. Chronic alcohol consumption alters the structure as well as functions of the GI tract which leads to stomach ache, heartburn, acid reflux and abdominal discomfort. Some of the reasons for such stomach ache and other symptoms are as follows:

Alcohol is a pro-oxidant. It is rapidly metabolized, and known to generate reactive oxygen species. This causes oxidative damage to cells and tissues of the GI tract.
Acute alcoholism leads to acute gastrointestinal bleeding and diarrhea.
Alcohol causes the gastric mucosa to shrink leading to decreased gastric acid secretion.
Alcoholism has deleterious effects on ‘gut barrier’, which refers to the single layered epithelium lining the stomach. This epithelium is selectively permeable, and plays an important role in the absorption of nutrients and protection of stomach tissues from the acidic environment of the stomach. The disruption of this barrier induces autoimmunity and inflammation leading to stomach pain and cramps.
Alcohol consumption triggers inflammatory bowel disease and gastritis leading to ulceration of the epithelial lining. This also increases the chances of contracting other infections which are otherwise inhibited by the epithelial lining.
Alcoholism induces inflammation of pancreas which leads to abdominal pain accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

Drink alcohol with meals

It used to be thought that ulcers were the plight of middle-aged, overworked, stressed-out men who lived on a diet of greasy pizza and beer. Although there’s always some truth in stereotypes, women are unfortunately just as susceptible to ulcers as men, and stress and diet aren’t the only factors that can lead to an ulcer.

Ulcers are caused when the mucus membrane lining the esophagus, stomach or upper intestine becomes compromised. In order to break down food, the stomach is filled with highly acidic gastric juices. The mucus membrane normally protects the organs, but if the amount of acid in the stomach increases or the mucus membrane weakens, ulcers, commonly known as peptic ulcers, can occur.

1. Leafy greens (and cabbage!) contain high amounts of vitamin K, which can help heal damage done by ulcers. Vitamin K speeds up the healing process and aids in blood clotting. Eat several servings of vitamin K-rich foods daily.

2. Chamomile tea works two-fold to fight ulcers. First, chamomile is a soothing herb, helping to induce calm and relieve stress. Second, chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties that can help speed up the healing process and fight the H. pylori bacteria. Drink up to four cups of chamomile tea a day.

3. Probiotics help restore the balance of bacteria in the body, making them useful for fighting off the H. pylori bacteria that commonly causes ulcers. Probiotics also aid digestion, which can be helpful in bringing the stomach’s juices under control. Take a supplement with at least 4 billion active cultures twice daily, or eat probitoic-rich foods such as yogurt.

4. Aloe vera, known for its soothing properties, can help heal damaged mucus linings. Aloe’s antibacterial properties also make it useful for fighting off the H. pylori bacteria. Drink ¼ cup of aloe vera juice three time daily.

5. Oats and whole grains contain soluble fiber and zinc, which promotes tissue repair and can help heal ulcers.

Connie’s comments:  Our liver and kidneys are working so hard to process alcohol and clean our body from the toxic effects of alcohol.  Our gut, where majority of our immune system is located , will be weakened by alcohol. Our brain shrinks.  Our skin ages prematurely. So consume alcohol wisely with meals or after a meal.