Recreating eyebrows with make-up video

Here’s another awesome tutorial from EyelinHer blog uploaded to Youtube on May 23, 2011 about “how to use cosmetics to recreate eyebrows lost to alopecia or chemo (or even just over-zealous plucking…)”


The foolproof guide to liquid eyeliner

There is definitely a trick to applying liquid eyeliner and practice makes perfect, so check out this video tutorial about it, “dedicated to…those without lashes and also those with them!”


Green juice vs smoothie

TA Liquid Program 2014

Tracey Anderson joins the juicing masses in 2014 with her Liquid Program

My friends from NY don’t get it, but sometimes I’m too hot and lazy to chew food.  I briefly sojourned into juicing but found it too be too time consuming.  Plus, I like consuming the fiber with the juice because it’s how fruits and vegetables are found in nature and it’s more filling.

Nutritionist, Kimberly Snyder writes that “fiber is critical for ongoing cleansing by sweeping out toxins on a regular basis, helping to keep your digestive tract and body clean, and also keeping you more full so that you tend to eat less heavier and/or acidic foods throughout the day.”

It seems like in Austin, doing some sort of cleanse, especially the Master Cleanse or a juice cleanse has become really trendy for weight management.  My interest was sparked when I read that Tracey Anderson is launching a new juice line because she has been vocally opposed to cleanses as a form of weight loss.  She tells LA Confidential magazine that, “juice cleanses are something I am not an advocate of because they actually stop one’s digestive system, which is not something that we want to be doing often. It can actually destroy the way our metabolic rate functions”.  Janet Brill, R.D. agrees, stating that juice cleansing slows down fat burning processes, the body goes into “starvation mode”, and is prompted to rob muscle mass for fuel.

Slowing down your metabolism is counter-productive if your goal is weight management, so her concerns make sense to me.  Also, buying organic isn’t convenient or cost effective all the time, so keeping in mind the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list of the plants most heavily contaminated with pesticides will help in knowing when organic is preferred:

#1 apples; #2 celery; #3 cherry tomatoes; #4 cucumbers; #5 grapes; #6 hot peppers; #6 Imported nectarines; #6 peaches; #7 potatoes; #8 spinach; #9 strawberries; #10 sweet bell peppers; #11 kale/collard greens; #12 summer squash

Antioxidants and Cancer: A Complex Process

© Dave Bredeson |

© Dave Bredeson |

A big story in oncology medical news this year came from Nobel laureate James Watson, PhD.  His findings showed that levels of antioxidants in metastatic cancer cells are responsible for resistance to treatment.  As cancer cells evolve, they produce antioxidant proteins such as glutathione, superoxide dismutase, catalase, and thioredoxin that prevent cell death caused by treatments.  He theorizes that metastatic cancer in the late stages may be untreatable due to the high levels of these antioxidants in the cancer cells.  He warns that consuming antioxidants in the diet may “more likely cause than prevent cancer”.  His  theory was published online January 8 in Open Biology.

Maurie Markman, MD, national director for medical oncology at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, who writes the Medscape Markman on Oncology blog, commented on the theory.

“The importance of the critical relationship between oxidating activity and antioxidants in the normal functioning of cells has been recognized by many investigators, and it is not surprising that this process would be quite relevant in cancer. However, it must be emphasized that this is a very complex process and the balance between these powerful influences at the cellular level is certain to be very carefully controlled. Further, it should be noted that antioxidants are components of our normal diets. Finally, while a provocative concept, it is most unlikely that a simple approach to somehow removing antioxidants from the body will be a useful strategy in cancer management,” he explained.

Parabens explained

This video was published on Oct 28, 2013 by First Coast Oncology.  Scot Ackerman, M.D. discusses what you need to know to keep yourself as chemical free as possible. Follow Dr. Ackerman on Twitter:

According to the Breast Cancer Action website, “Parabens are chemical preservatives that have been identified as estrogenic and disruptive of normal hormone function. Estrogenic chemicals mimic the function of the naturally occurring hormone estrogen, and exposure to external estrogens has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer.”  The FDA deems both BPA and parabens safe in small amounts, but according to Dr. Ackerman, ongoing studies are finding more links with breast cancer.  You can find paraben free products online, at natural grocery stores, or even at Target.  The Breast Cancer Action website has a list of brands that carry paraben-free products.