Rash is linked to using wet wipes


In the Medscape news January 13, 2014, an online case report published in the journal, Pediatrics, reports that the preservative methylisothiazolinone (MI) in wet wipes leads to severe allergic contact dermatitis that may be mistaken for impetigo, eczema, or other skin disorders.

Larry Hand from Medscape writes, “Mary Wu Chang, MD, from the Department of Dermatology and the Department of Pediatrics, and medical student Radhika Nakrani, BS, from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, report that 6 children have presented with “chronic, recalcitrant perianal and/or facial dermatitis” after the use of 2 brands (Cottonelle and Huggie) of wet wipes. The problems resolved quickly and completely after use of the wipes stopped.”  The authors of the study state, “As wet wipes are being increasingly marketed as personal care products for all ages, MI exposure and contact sensitization will likely increase.  Dermatitis of the perianal, facial, and hand areas with a history of wet wipe use should raise suspicion of [allergic contact dermatitis ] to MI and prompt appropriate patch testing.”  In all the cases studied, the authors confirmed that a standard patch testing was performed resulting in low MI concentrations.

According to the Environmental Working Group, this preservative is most irritating to the skin, eyes, and lungs as well as neurotoxic.  The best way to keep germs away is washing with soap and water, and avoiding wet wipes.  While you’re at it, avoid skin products with triclosan (hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial soap) to promote wellness as it is linked to liver and respiratory toxicity.  The EWG reports that “even low levels of triclosan may disrupt thyroid function. Further, the American Medical Association recommends that triclosan not be used in the home, as it may encourage bacterial resistance to antibiotics.”



4 ayurvedic secrets for better digestion

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Self care and digestion from Mararishi Ayurveda

The ayurvedic approach is considered the world’s oldest healing science and offers some simple solutions to avoid common digestive problems like gas, bloating, stomach pain, constipation, heartburn, and fatigue after eating.

The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians recommends:

1.     Eat sitting down, in a settled environment, without the TV on.

“Our bodies need an uplifting and settled environment in order to process and absorb the nutrients from our meals. If that is not available then we should at least be sitting down to eat — not standing, walking, or driving our way through a meal.  The act of eating is life-giving. The process of eating, according to ayurveda, is something reverent and important for the development of consciousness as well as our physical health. When we sit down to eat our stomach is in a relaxed posture and our awareness is on the taste, texture, and smell of the food. This will greatly improve the digestion.”

2.     Eat a fresh piece of ginger and lemon before a full meal.

“This starts to activate the salivary glands, producing the necessary enzymes so that the nutrients in the food are easily absorbed by the body.  If, however you suffer from too much internal heat and acid, then pomegranate chutney may be more suitable for you.”

3.     Avoid ice cold drinks and food.

“Ayurveda recommends avoiding cold drinks at meals and ice cold foods in general. This is like putting cold water on the burning logs. Iced water, normally served at restaurants, extinguishes the digestive fire. Even juice or milk right out of the refrigerator is too cold for the digestion. Juice should be taken at room temperature and water without ice. Once you get into this habit of drinking beverages at room temperature you will notice a dramatic improvement in your digestion and the way your body feels while eating and after the meal. Cold drinks and foods mixed with warm cooked foods can cause stomach cramps, bloating and general discomfort in the stomach area.”

4.     Lunch should be the biggest meal of the day. Dinner should be lighter and eaten before 8: 00 p.m.

“When the sun is strongest between 12 and 2 p.m. is when the digestive fire is also strongest. Agni is associated with the Sun. This is one of the ways ayurveda seeks to connect our mind and body with the environment.  Ayurveda recommends that lunch be the largest meal of the day since that is the time the digestive agni is working at its maximum potency. As the sun goes down so does our agni.” “Dinner should be lighter than lunch and should ideally be eaten before 8: 00 p.m. Late night meals interfere with sleep and after 10: 00 p.m. the body is working to burn off toxins and continue to digest food from the day. If you eat after 10: 00 p.m., the food may cause toxins to accumulate in the system, and as a result the next day you wake up tired. If you are not able to wake up fresh and clear, then it is important to analyze the quantity of food and the time of night you are eating dinner.”

Adrenal fatigue signs and remedies

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Treating adrenal fatigue naturally by foodmatters.tv

Chronic stress makes the aging process go wild and wreaks havoc on your skin.  Acupuncturist and naturopathic practicioner, Carina Harkin, states that high stress hormones at night not only impedes restorative sleep, but also prevents the skin from regenerating.

According to Todd B. Nippoldt, M.D. on the Mayo Clinic website, adrenal fatigue is brought on by constant stress, “perpetual fight-or-flight arousal” of the adrenal glands which are unable to produce enough hormones (adrenaline and cortisol), resulting in feeling constantly worn out.  Although not recognized by allopathic medicine as a legit diagnosis, complementary approaches do regard it as a something not to be ignored.

Take a quiz to see where you stand – adrenally.

  1. Do you feel tired for no reason.
  2. Are you having trouble getting up in the morning, even when you go to bed at a reasonable hour.
  3. Do you feel rundown or overwhelmed.
  4. Do you have difficulty bouncing back from stress or illness.
  5. Are you craving salty and sweet snacks.
  6. Do you feel more awake, alert and energetic after 6PM than you do all day.

Fortunately, the treatment for adrenal fatigue is a common-sense approach.  It boils down to self care basics – sleep, eat, breathe.

Sleep well by maintaining a sleep schedule.  Go to bed at the same time every night, preferably before 10:30.  Exposure to darkness and keeping a regular bedtime maintains melatonin production.  According to Harkin, “melatonin is secreted by the pineal gland and functions to regulate circadian rhythm and induce sleep.  Melatonin circadian secretion in patients with adrenal-dependent Cushing’s syndrome was shown to be significantly lower compared to healthy control groups.”

Eat well by cutting out processed foods, refined sugar, and caffeine since they can stress adrenals to work harder, further depleting hormones.  Harkin states, “An excessive ratio of carbohydrates to protein results in excess secretion of insulin, which often leads to intervals of hypoglycemia.  Sugar and simple carbohydrates put stress on the adrenal glands due to rapidly shifting blood sugar levels.”  Think vegetables and high quality proteins.  Make it easy on yourself by having it delivered to your house from Johnson’s Backyard Garden or Farmhouse Delivery.

Live well by caring for yourself.  Carina’s advice for stress reduction include calming exercise (yoga, tai chi, walking), aromatherapy, and massage therapy to relieve muscle tension.  I also advocate scheduling a regular blow-out, facial, mani/pedi, or lash session!