Skin care: red algae, Vitamin E, macadamia oil, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, fruit enzymes

Nourish your skin with proper hydration. Drink lots of fluids, exercise and eat whole foods. Supplement with Vitamin E/Omega 3, Vitamin D, Vitamin B complex, melatonin, and Vitamin A rich foods. Eat hormone free eggs and good fats such as avocado, walnuts and coconut.

Apply the oil in your body just after your shower. Protect your skin from the sun with SPF 15 or higher sun block from natural food stores.

How do you hydrate your skin? Sea vegetables such as red algae is hydrating.

Anti-stress Vitamin B complex helps reduce the aging process. Eat fruits such as organic apple (with skin), yellow colored fruits and kiwi.

Use left over tea bags, red wine, lemon and plum juices to wash your skin.

Get sufficient sleep. I take calcium, magnesium, melatonin, Omega 3 and Vitamin B complex to help me sleep and keep a younger looking skin.

I spend 30 min cross fit training with a coach to keep me motivated in my 30 min of cross fit training.

Add music in your life. Deal with stress in a positive way. Help more people to give you a good feeling of service and gratitude.

Favorite whole foods body products: Weleda, Juice Beauty and Andalou.

Connie’s comments: I use Vitamin E rich lotion and massage oil to heal the skin of my 91 yr old client and instructed my caregiver to do the same. In her drinking water, I added a pinch of lemon and maply syrup. I ordered beef broth soup with carrots and celery and brought apple and orange juice (with less sugar). I ensured she has fiber rich veggies such as cabbage and asparagus.

Her foot soak includes essential oil of eucalyptus, hydrogen peroxide and EPSOM salts.

Food: Soft boiled eggs, salmon, grass fed butter, sesame oil, avocado, walnuts and lean meats with fiber rich veggies (pickles), yogurt, citrus foods, yams, onions/garlic

Exercise: Walking and stretching on bed and on the chair.

Music: Happy music

Companion: Motherhealth caring caregivers trained by Connie

Other tips: Protect your liver to have a beautiful skin.

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Care for your wrinkles and aging skin

Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Concentrated Tea Blend Extract

“Hyaluronic acid is a water-binding substance that absorbs water from surrounding tissue and holds the skin structure, making wrinkles look less defined,” explains Dr. Goldfaden. “The Cosmesis product called Fine Lineless helps in this area as well.”

Dark circles under the eyes, commonly referred to as “allergic shiners,” often have little to do with allergies, says Dr. Goldfaden. They can be caused by inadequate blood drainage from the superficial vessels under the eyes. Blood backs up into the lymphatic system, releases enzymes into the skin, and starts breaking down the tissue. Broken red blood cells under the skin cause the dark appearance.

“Cosmesis Under Eye Refining Serum and Under Eye Rescue Cream target the cause of swelling and dark circles,” he explains. “Both contain a combination of soy and rice bran peptides that reduce venous blood clotting and can increase blood supply to superficial tissues, increasing the natural firmness of the skin. An antioxidant tea blend diminishes free radicals, reducing inflammation to minimize puffiness and wrinkling around the eyes.”


Hyperpigmentation is one of the most common problems that bring patients to Dr. Goldfaden’s office. Patches of skin become darker in color due to excessive melanin, the pigment that produces skin color. Types of hyperpigmentation include sun spots, which result from cumulative sun exposure; melasma, which arises primarily in women due to hormonal causes; and post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, which arises from an injury or insult to the skin. While these conditions are conventionally treated with toxic topical agents such as hydroquinone, natural agents may also be helpful in managing them.

“Plant-derived agents such as alpha arbutin and kojic acid have been found to be beneficial in lightening skin and evening its coloration,” says Dr. Goldfaden. “Cosmesis Pigment Correcting Cream, which combines alpha arbutin and concentrated tea antioxidants, has been beneficial for many forms of increased pigmentation, especially those affecting larger areas of skin. For smaller areas, Cosmesis Skin Lightening Serum can be used. Use of sunscreens is also essential to prevent repigmentation.”

Other conditions, such as rosacea and acne, can also benefit from topical nutrients, says Dr. Goldfaden.

Email for more info.  Add these nutrients in your diet for healthy skin: Vitamin C, A, B, D3 and E.  Have quality sleep, take deep breaths and exercise daily. Stress less and eat whole foods rich in good fats (more than 50% of your diet, carbs of 25% and protein of 25%) like walnuts, goat’s milk and avocado (in portion control) 4 hrs before bedtime. Add lemon in your water.

Depression Affects the Stomach and Anxiety Affects the Skin in Young People

Summary: Researchers have identified that some physical diseases tend to occur more frequently in young people who have previously suffered from certain mental disorders.

Source: University of Basel.

Mental disorders and physical diseases frequently go hand in hand. For the first time, psychologists at the University of Basel and Ruhr University Bochum have identified temporal patterns in young people: arthritis and diseases of the digestive system are more common after depression, while anxiety disorders tend to be followed by skin diseases.

Physical diseases and mental disorders affect a person’s quality of life and present a huge challenge for the healthcare system. If physical and mental disorders systematically co-occur from an early age, there is a risk that the sick child or adolescent will suffer from untoward developments.

Data from 6,500 teenagers

In a project financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation, a research group led by PD Dr. Marion Tegethoff in collaboration with Professor Gunther Meinlschmidt from the University of Basel’s Faculty of Psychology has now examined the temporal pattern and relationship between physical diseases and mental disorders in children and young people. In the journal PLOS ONE, they analyzed data from a representative sample of 6,483 teenagers from the US aged between 13 and 18.

The researchers noted that some physical diseases tend to occur more frequently in children and adolescents if they have previously suffered from certain mental disorders. Likewise, certain mental disorders tend to occur more frequently after the onset of particular physical diseases. Affective disorders such as depression were frequently followed by arthritis and diseases of the digestive system, while the same relationship existed between anxiety disorders and skin diseases. Anxiety disorders were more common if the person had already suffered from heart disease. A close association was also established for the first time between epileptic disorders and subsequent eating disorders.

Epilepsy and eating disorders

The results offer important insights into the causal relationship between mental disorders and physical diseases. The newly identified temporal associations draw attention to processes that could be relevant both to the origins of physical diseases and mental disorders and to their treatment. In an earlier study, the same authors had already provided evidence for the relationship between mental disorders and physical diseases in young people.

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“For the first time, we have established that epilepsy is followed by an increased risk of eating disorders – a phenomenon, that had previously been described only in single case reports. This suggests that approaches to epilepsy treatment could also have potential in the context of eating disorders,” explains Marion Tegethoff, the study’s lead author. From a health policy perspective, the findings underscore that the treatment of mental disorders and physical diseases should be closely interlinked from an early age on.


Source: Marion Tegethoff – University of Basel
Image Source: image is in the public domain.
Original Research: Full open access research for “Chronology of Onset of Mental Disorders and Physical Diseases in Mental-Physical Comorbidity – A National Representative Survey of Adolescents” by Marion Tegethoff, Esther Stalujanis, Angelo Belardi, and Gunther Meinlschmidt in PLOS ONE. Published online October 21 2016 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0165196

University of Basel “Depression Affects the Stomach and Anxiety Affects the Skin in Young People.” NeuroscienceNews. NeuroscienceNews, 25 November 2016.


Chronology of Onset of Mental Disorders and Physical Diseases in Mental-Physical Comorbidity – A National Representative Survey of Adolescents


The objective was to estimate temporal associations between mental disorders and physical diseases in adolescents with mental-physical comorbidities.


This article bases upon weighted data (N = 6483) from the National Comorbidity Survey Adolescent Supplement (participant age: 13–18 years), a nationally representative United States cohort. Onset of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition lifetime mental disorders was assessed with the fully structured World Health Organization Composite International Diagnostic Interview, complemented by parent report. Onset of lifetime medical conditions and doctor-diagnosed diseases was assessed by self-report.


The most substantial temporal associations with onset of mental disorders preceding onset of physical diseases included those between affective disorders and arthritis (hazard ratio (HR) = 3.36, 95%-confidence interval (CI) = 1.95 to 5.77) and diseases of the digestive system (HR = 3.39, CI = 2.30 to 5.00), between anxiety disorders and skin diseases (HR = 1.53, CI = 1.21 to 1.94), and between substance use disorders and seasonal allergies (HR = 0.33, CI = 0.17 to 0.63). The most substantial temporal associations with physical diseases preceding mental disorders included those between heart diseases and anxiety disorders (HR = 1.89, CI = 1.41 to 2.52), epilepsy and eating disorders (HR = 6.27, CI = 1.58 to 24.96), and heart diseases and any mental disorder (HR = 1.39, CI = 1.11 to 1.74).


Findings suggest that mental disorders are antecedent risk factors of certain physical diseases in early life, but also vice versa. Our results expand the relevance of mental disorders beyond mental to physical health care, and vice versa, supporting the concept of a more integrated mental-physical health care approach, and open new starting points for early disease prevention and better treatments, with relevance for various medical disciplines.

“Chronology of Onset of Mental Disorders and Physical Diseases in Mental-Physical Comorbidity – A National Representative Survey of Adolescents” by Marion Tegethoff, Esther Stalujanis, Angelo Belardi, and Gunther Meinlschmidt in PLOS ONE. Published online October 21 2016 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0165196

Potential Link Between Throat Microbiomes and Schizophrenia

Studying microbiomes in throat may help identify causes and treatments of brain disorder.

In the most comprehensive study to date, researchers at the George Washington University have identified a potential link between microbes (viruses, bacteria and fungi) in the throat and schizophrenia. This link may offer a way to identify causes and develop treatments of the disease and lead to new diagnostic tests.

“The oropharynx of schizophrenics seems to harbor different proportions of oral bacteria than healthy individuals,” said Eduardo Castro-Nallar, a Ph.D. candidate at GW’s Computational Biology Institute (CBI) and lead author of the study. “Specifically, our analyses revealed an association between microbes such as lactic-acid bacteria and schizophrenics.”

Recent studies have shown that microbiomes–the communities of microbes living within our bodies–can affect the immune system and may be connected to mental health. Research linking immune disorders and schizophrenia has also been published, and this study furthers the possibility that shifts in oral communities are associated with schizophrenia.

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Mr. Castro-Nallar’s research sought to identify microbes associated with schizophrenia, as well as components that may be associated with or contribute to changes in the immune state of the person. In this study, the group found a significant difference in the microbiomes of healthy and schizophrenic patients.

“Our results suggesting a link between microbiome diversity and schizophrenia require replication and expansion to a broader number of individuals for further validation,” said Keith Crandall, director of the CBI and contributing author of the study. “But the results are quite intriguing and suggest potential applications of biomarkers for diagnosis of schizophrenia and important metabolic pathways associated with the disease.”

The study helps to identify possible contributing factors to schizophrenia. With additional studies, researchers may be able to determine if microbiome changes are a contributing factor to schizophrenia, are a result of schizophrenia or do not have a connection to the disorder.


Source: Emily Grebenstein – George Washington University
Image Source: The image is credited to Marco Castellani and is licensed CC BY-SA 2.0
Original Research: Full open access research for “Composition, taxonomy and functional diversity of the oropharynx microbiome in individuals with schizophrenia and controls” by Eduardo Castro-Nallar, Matthew L. Bendall, Marcos Pérez-Losada, Sarven Sabuncyan, Emily G. Severance, Faith B. Dickerson, Jennifer R. Schroeder, Robert H. Yolken, and Keith A. Crandall in PeerJ. Published online August 25 2015 doi:10.7717/peerj.1140


Composition, taxonomy and functional diversity of the oropharynx microbiome in individuals with schizophrenia and controls

The role of the human microbiome in schizophrenia remains largely unexplored. The microbiome has been shown to alter brain development and modulate behavior and cognition in animals through gut-brain connections, and research in humans suggests that it may be a modulating factor in many disorders.

This study reports findings from a shotgun metagenomic analysis of the oropharyngeal microbiome in 16 individuals with schizophrenia and 16 controls. High-level differences were evident at both the phylum and genus levels, with Proteobacteria, Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, and Actinobacteria dominating both schizophrenia patients and controls, and Ascomycota being more abundant in schizophrenia patients than controls. Controls were richer in species but less even in their distributions, i.e., dominated by fewer species, as opposed to schizophrenia patients.

Lactic acid bacteria were relatively more abundant in schizophrenia, including species of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacterium, which have been shown to modulate chronic inflammation. We also found Eubacterium halii, a lactate-utilizing species.

Functionally, the microbiome of schizophrenia patients was characterized by an increased number of metabolic pathways related to metabolite transport systems including siderophores, glutamate, and vitamin B12.

In contrast, carbohydrate and lipid pathways and energy metabolism were abundant in controls.

These findings suggest that the oropharyngeal microbiome in individuals with schizophrenia is significantly different compared to controls, and that particular microbial species and metabolic pathways differentiate both groups. Confirmation of these findings in larger and more diverse samples, e.g., gut microbiome, will contribute to elucidating potential links between schizophrenia and the human microbiota.

“Composition, taxonomy and functional diversity of the oropharynx microbiome in individuals with schizophrenia and controls” by Eduardo Castro-Nallar, Matthew L. Bendall, Marcos Pérez-Losada, Sarven Sabuncyan, Emily G. Severance, Faith B. Dickerson, Jennifer R. Schroeder, Robert H. Yolken, and Keith A. Crandall in PeerJ. Published online August 25 2015 doi:10.7717/peerj.1140

Why does our skin causing us to age?


Epigenetics studies genetic effects notencoded in the DNA sequence of an organism, hence the prefix epi- (Greek: επί– over, outside of, around).[1][2] Such effects on cellular and physiological phenotypic traits may result from external or environmental factors that switch genes on and off and affect how cells express genes.[3][4] These alterations may or may not be heritable, although the use of the term epigenetic to describe processes that are heritable is controversial.[5]

The term also refers to the changes themselves: functionally relevant changes to the genome that do not involve a change in the nucleotide sequence. Examples of mechanisms that produce such changes are DNA methylationand histone modification, each of which alters how genes are expressed without altering the underlying DNA sequence. Gene expression can be controlled through the action of repressor proteins that attach to silencer regions of the DNA. These epigenetic changes may last through cell divisions for the duration of the cell’s life, and may also last for multiple generations even though they do not involve changes in the underlying DNA sequence of the organism;[6] instead, non-genetic factors cause the organism’s genes to behave (or “express themselves”) differently.[7]


Connie’s skin tips: Sleep, hydrate, moisturize, use Vit C serum (DIY), wash with lemon and left over tea bags and apply sunscreen (from whole foods store).


By Dr Mercola

Natural Options for Dry, Flaky Skin and Eczema

Natural Options for Tackling Eczema, Omega 3 fats and Probiotics

Steroids are often recommended for treating the inflammation that may underlie eczema flare-ups, but omega-3 fats, can be effective in this regard without side effects. Further, the latest research suggests that limiting sugar and supplementing with fermented foods or beneficial probiotic bacteria can cut the risk of developing eczema in half.3

The beneficial bacteria in your gut has actually been found to help prevent allergies by helping your immune system to distinguish between pathogens and non-harmful antigens and respond appropriately – and this may be one reason why they also appear so beneficial for eczema.

Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of applying unnatural moisturizers that likely contain chemical ingredients that will further irritate your skin. Pure emu oil, coconut oil or our organic body butter are alternatives that can provide moisture without chemical additives. Other simple tips for helping to minimize eczema flare-ups include:

  • Minimize stress in your life, which can further promote inflammation and eczema
  • Shower shortly after heavy sweating, as sweat can trigger eczema outbreaks
  • Check for unrecognized food allergies, which can sometimes manifest as eczema
  • Avoid exposure to irritating detergents, soaps and other substances, which can cause contact eczema

Two Top Food Groups That Prematurely Age Your Skin

When talking about skin appearance, factors like excessive sun exposure, smog and cigarette smoking are often blamed, but what you eat plays a major role as well. The following foods are among the worst for your skin, and avoiding them may help you minimize wrinkles and promote youthful-looking skin.

    1. Sugar, Fructose and Grains

This is probably the single most important step you can take to improve your skin health. If you eliminate all sugars, fructose and grains from your diet for a few weeks there is a major likelihood you will notice rapid improvement in your complexion. This is largely because sugar feeds pathogenic bacteria, fungi and yeast and will disrupt your optimal gut flora, which is one of the primary keys to healthy skin.

Fructose in particular is an extremely potent pro-inflammatory agent that creates advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which are a complex group of compounds formed when sugar reacts with amino acids. It’s a fitting acronym because – along with oxidation – it’s one of the major molecular mechanisms whereby damage accrues in your body, which leads to disease, aging, and eventually, death. Sugar/fructose also increases your insulin and leptin levels and decreases receptor sensitivity for both of these vital hormones, and this is another major factor of premature aging body-wide, including of your skin.

    1. Fried, Grilled and Broiled Foods

When food is cooked at high temperatures—including when it is pasteurized or sterilized—it increases the formation of AGEs in your food. AGEs build up in your body over time leading to oxidative stress, inflammation and an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease. Eating your food raw, lightly cooked or using cooking methods that involve lots of water, such as steaming or poaching, can help reduce the AGE-creation process.

The Natural Plan to Healthier, Moisturized Skin

Eating a healthy diet as described in my nutrition plan, which focuses on whole, bioavailable organic foods, is your number one strategy for helping your body detox naturally while supplying the necessary nutrients your skin needs to thrive. That said, as mentioned some foods are particularly effective at promoting beautiful, clear, healthy skin, including:

  • Animal-based omega-3 fats
  • Vegetables: Ideally fresh, organic and locally grown. Fresh vegetable juice is also wonderful for your skin, as are carotenoids, which give red, orange and yellow fruits their color, and also occur in green vegetables. Studies have shown that eating foods with these deeply colored pigments can make your face actually look healthier than being tanned.
  • Fermented vegetables are even better as they can start with the same vegetables but are converted by bacteria to superfoods, which help promote the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria and aid in immune balance and digestion.
  • Astaxanthin—a potent antioxidant—has been found to offer effective protection against sun damage when taken as a daily supplement. Some sunscreens are also starting to use astaxanthin as an ingredient to protect your skin from damage