Is Alcohol Destroying Your Brain? Check Your Genes

Everybody should know by now that chronic excessive alcohol use leads to a plethora of health problems, including but not limited to, liver disease, pancreatitis, various cancers, gastrointestinal issues, decreased immune system function, malnutrition, osteoporosis, and of course brain damage, or “drain bamage”, as it’s cheekily referred to as. (1-8)

The real question is: can moderate, or even light alcohol Continue reading

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Is Your Skincare Secretly Aging You? (Methylparaben)

Parabens … the word itself evokes controversy, and for multiple reasons. Parabens have been implicated in the development of cancer (new data suggest that contrary to previous studies, clinically relevant concentrations of parabens can too, stimulate the growth of cancer when combined with natural growth hormones in breast tissues (1)), skin allergies (a small but real occurrence, ranging from 0-4.2% in populations (2)), and skin aging. The focus of this article will deal with skin aging and involves methylparaben Continue reading

A New Kind of Tanning Product

Gone are the days when sun-seekers need to spend countless hours in the scorching sunlight or in tanning beds to achieve the coveted golden glow. Nowadays, even those with type I skin can acquire a darker skin tone by the use of self-tanners. Of course, the “glow” acquired by these self-tanners is faux and not protective against UV light. It also can turn into a weekly messy hassle can that sometimes result in uneven, orange-looking skin.

If you read my previous article on self-tanners: Do Self-Tanners Age Skin? , you would also know that the DHA and erythrulose in self-tanners significantly exacerbate the Continue reading

Osteoporosis: Beyond Diet and Lifestyle

In the first volume of Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis: The Complete Guide, I extensively discussed multiple dietary and lifestyle factors that impact the disease and how to modify these factors accordingly to significantly help prevent or reverse the condition. For most, this would be sufficient, but for many others, this will not be enough.

The body must be viewed as an interconnected unit. In other words, treating a bone disease does not stop at supporting the bones in isolation. Several other organs such as, but not limited to, the thyroid gland,  parathyroid glands, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and gastrointestinal tract majorly impact the state of the skeleton. Dysfunction in any Continue reading

Anti-Aging Supplements for Skin (“Internal Skincare”) Part II

Since the interest in improving skin appearance and preserving youth is increasing exponentially, and in line with the creation of new cosmetic treatments and topical formulations, it is as good a time as ever to highlight the internal means by which this can be achieved.Internal agents are woefully underwritten in skincare when in fact, unlike nearly all of topical agents, these agents are capable of acting on skin through the dermis after they are digested and taken into the bloodstream. Topical skin creams and such do not Continue reading

Before Money, Invest in your Bones

What is money without health? At present, even an unlimited supply of money cannot cure osteoporosis as there is no single and instant cure for the condition. Then, what good is wealth when you cannot live life to the fullest because you’re too fragile and constantly in pain? Then there is the chance that your life may be tragically cut short due to complications following fractures. Sure, there can be a cure in the future, but osteoporosis is a complex condition, and it also doesn’t just describe one condition. Osteoporosis may occur Continue reading

What are the Best Sunscreens to Protect Against Skin Aging?

First and foremost, forget about SPF when it comes to UV-induced skin aging. SPF, or sun protection factor, is simply a measure of how well a sunscreen can protect against UVB-induced sunburn. (1) While UVB does play a role in skin damage, it is not what is primarily responsible for the aging of skin. In other words, high SPF is not synonymous with high protection from photodamage. If a sunscreen prevents a sunburn yet allows for a “nice tan” (like many high SPF sunscreens), then said sunscreen is still allowing Continue reading