How To Fight Invisible Acne

You know what it’s like to suddenly have that ugly red pimple pop up, and like it or not, it didn’t come out of nowhere. The reality is that when you battle one pimple, it has been hiding, growing, developing, and you don’t see it until it’s too late, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be at the mercy of your acne.

According to Beverly Hills dermatologist Lisa Chipps, it could actually be the same pimple popping up over and over, because you are never able to fully address it. Unfortunately, that unseen, invisible pimple can develop under your skin without you knowing it (or maybe you start to feel the pain without being able to see or address that) for up to 10 weeks.

Chipps explains, Unseen acne is the bacteria that is living in the comedones (debris filled pores). When you have buildup in those pores from oil and dead skin cells – that bacteria likes to grow in there. That forms the comedone that is the precursor to a pimple. Chipps suggests using topical retinol creams, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide, all common acne treatments, to clean out your pores. Some naturalists who don’t like chemicals would suggest something like tea tree oil. Chipps offers hope saying, A lot of times, when you clean out the pores, they turn over rapidly enough that you won’t get the pimple.

Keep in mind that, especially for those who have more sensitive skin, it can be painful, even damaging and aging your skin. The ideal would of course be to get rid of it without all the redness, swelling, dryness, and other side effects popular acne treatments are famous for, but it’s an imperfect process.

Are Parents Causing Obesity?

Forget blaming schools, obsessing and fighting over healthier school lunches, or blaming the media or fast food joints. Forget suing McDonald’s for making you fat. It’s time for parents to take responsibility for raising their children, and yes, I am talking about in general. More and more, parents are pushing parenting off on schools, the media, video games, and other outlets, and then complaining that those outlets (and even other children) aren’t doing a good job of raising their kids. Really?

A PSA from the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta looks at mom, finally driving the point home without any apologies or reservations. It’s a 2 minute shot with a 5’9 foot, 300 pound man named Jim. He’s going to the emergency room, and they work frantically to save his life. Of course, with the weight and his young age, you wonder how that happened, and yes, one could blame the American obesity epidemic, which has spread even among children.

The flashback they then move onto shows poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and a mother who caters to this. The mother seems caring of course, even giving him an at-home treadmill. However, if you go back further, you see her encouraging him to be unhealthy, giving him unhealthy food, buying him candy, letting him eat sugary cereals, and giving him plenty of French fries. I’m not saying you can’t give your kids these types of foods at all, but they shouldn’t be major staples. When they’re cutting away his shirt for open heart surgery, it then ends with Your child’s future doesn’t have to look like this. I could see this as them blatantly saying moms, you’re killing your kids, stop it. The hospital has released a statement to verify:

If you’ve never regretted a parenting decision, stop reading this. Now the rest of you, gather ‘round. As parents (and humans), we’ve all made decisions that didn’t look too good in hindsight. But today, right now, we have an opportunity for a life changing do-over. It’s true. We can rewind the future by doing something differently today, and literally change our story’s ending. Of course, we’re talking about making sure our kids are as healthy as they can be. And especially if your children are still children, it’s not too late. If we make the decision to guide them in a healthier direction right now, they’ll live to be healthier, happier adults—and thank us for it.

They are telling parents they’re wrong and it’s time to change, because the way you raise your children is your fault. However, the main idea they want people to get is not it’s all your fault. It’s let’s change this so that it doesn’t continue to happen. Pediatrician Robert Pretlow MD says, Food addiction tends to start early in children because parents give food to soothe the child, ie, ‘Give him the bottle if he cries.’ Parents also give food as love to make a child happy, and they give food to obtain love back from the child. And parents give food as a reward, ie, ‘If you are good, I will get you some candy. There are plenty of factors, naturally, but these are some of the major ones.

Yes, there are fat genes, and they can affect the way you are able to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Some people do have to be stricter with themselves or work harder, but these fat genes don’t make or break you. They don’t actually make the kind of impact, leading to obesity, that people like to think. Even if you are one of the people who does have them, healthy diet and exercise can overcome (unless you have a serious medical issue). If you have certain serious medical issues, weight gain will be the least of your concerns.

Fiber In Your Diet And Diverticulitis

Diverticulosis or Diverticulitis? You can hope that these are two things that you only read about. The first is relatively benign, and the large intestine develops small pouches along the inner walls. It’s still something that you don’t need, and a lot of people actually have it without even knowing about it. When things get stuck in these pouches, it can cause infections, causing pain and requiring infections. When things get caught, you get Diverticulitis. There is good news.

A Low Fiber Diet Can Help To Heal Diverticulitis

when you first experience Diverticulitis, experts recommend a low fiber or low residue diet. This can help you to reduce inflammation and irritation in the intestines, allowing it to heal, especially with the help of antibiotics. In severe cases when you have to be hospitalized, you may also be on an IV to give your intestines a rest.

A High Fiber Can Help To Prevent Diverticulitis

Once the infection has cleared up, it goes the opposite way. A high fiber diet can help you to prevent future issues. When you find that your intestines are healed, gradually increase your fiber intake of both soluble and insoluble fiber. These can help you to maintain healthy bowel function in general, and many sources of fiber like fruits and vegetables also have other healthy and essential nutrients your body needs.

Why Do The Parents Of College Grads Live Longer?

Want to live longer? Send your kids to college came from a recent headline in the Washington Post’s Wonkblog. The Wall Street Journal also published a blog titled Send Your Kids To College To Live Longer, Paper Argues.

Could it be true? Could the simple secret to living longer be to have kids who are more educated? Granted, it’s not a cheap process, but while exciting, this may not necessarily be as true as we are led to believe. The research is advertised as having causality involved when in fact, especially with limited studies. If you were to run the same kind of study, you might conclude that oranges cure cancer, peanut butter prevents it, and anti-bullying programs in fact cause more bullying.

The reports come from the study The Schooling of Offspring and the Survival of Parents. This was published in the August issue of the journal Demography, and it was introduced by social scientists from the RAND corp and UCLA. Researchers started with a large and rich dataset of annual survey results going back to 1992. They got responses from 26,000 elderly Americans, and then they included a database from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that keeps track of all the death records in the United States.

The authors ran statistical analyses, and they wanted to explain the elderly study subjects’ lifespan and death rates. Compared to those who died, results showed that the elderly who survived were 6% more likely to have children who had gone to college.

The authors looked at their lifespans controlling for the parents’ own levels of education and income. Those who had children with a college degree had an average lifespan of 71 years. Those with children who dropped out of high school, a stark difference, lived an average of 69. The Washington Post wrote, While sending your kids to college adds two years to your life relative to letting them flunk out of high school, getting a college degree yourself only adds 1.7 years to your life compared to not having a high school degree.

Frankly, 2 years doesn’t seem like much to me, and when running statistical analyses, I wonder if they had compared the two groups, would it actually be a significant difference, or would the difference be basically the same? Why would your kids getting a college education be more effective than getting a college education yourself?

They imply causality, but there are a lot of broken links. They say that educated children may directly improve their parents’ health by convincing them to change their health behaviors. As of right now, the evidence is simply not strong enough to suggest that this is anything more than speculation. They have not conducted studies that would randomly assign children to different levels of education to test this out, meaning we can only look based on somewhat biased numbers.

You may have heard of double blind, placebo controlled, randomized studies. Unfortunately, this kind of study simply doesn’t meet that standard.

A Major Heart Condition Affecting Women

Listen up and listen good ladies. Women are at the greatest risk of heart disease these days, and moreover, we’re at risk of something called postural tachycardia syndrome. Never heard of it? You’re definitely not alone. Known as PoTS, this is a byproduct of orthostatic intolerance, which is an autonomic nervous system disorder. In short, the circulatory and nervous system responses your body needs to handle stress just don’t work the way they’re supposed to. This causes a rapid heartbeat and dizziness upon standing.

Researchers surveyed 136 PoTS sufferers in a support group founded in the United Kingdom. The majority of those involved were women between 30 and 33, and many had a degree or postgraduate degree. Researchers believe that PoTS affects only about 170 per 100,000 people in the US, and 1/4 are unable to work. Some may even be unable to work and could experience issues with routine daily activities.

The difference could be that women are more likely to look to support groups to deal with this kind of medical issue. Julia Newton, professor of Aging and Medicine at Newcastle University in England certainly thinks so saying, PoTS is probably much more common than we currently think. Up to one third of those with chronic fatigue syndrome have PoTS.

One can only imagine how many undiagnosed cases that turns out to be. PoTS can cause heart palpitations on standing. It can also cause extreme fatigue, lightheadedness, blackouts, and some simply feel as though they may blackout. Some may also notice blotchy rashes on the lower legs, nausea, or chest pain.

Why You Should Be Scared Of Mosquitos

Think Chikungunya, ya, I know, it’s complicated. This nasty virus could leave you out for days, no work, no family time, you’re really going to take it hard.

Warm weather brings more mosquitoes, and according to recent reports, more mosquitoes lead to more spread of a disease if they happen to get a little blood. If you experience Chikungunya, you will see joint pain and stiffness, which can even linger for months afterwards.

On July 8, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reported 153 cases in 30 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The largest number of cases came from Florida. If you get Chikungunya from mosquitoes, you could also experience headaches, muscle pain, and rashes that are similar to dengue, which is also spread by mosquitoes.

Make sure that you have plenty of bug spray with DEET, picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil, or IR3535 whenever you go out. Unfortunately, there is no medical treatment for Chikungunya, but the CDC has suggested that rest and fluid is one of your best options.

Foods That Can Trigger Acne

Acne is complicated. As a teenager, I was told that I needed to stay way from the fatty foods, because it made my skin more red, swollen, and acne prone. Granted, when I changed my diet at the recommendation of a doctor on a vacation, it helped, and it continues to make a difference for me, but it depends on the person. Truth be told, there is no single cause of acne. It varies, and yes, there are treatments that we have used quite successfully, but we use these only to fight current breakouts, and in some cases, they come with some seriously undesirable side effects. There are more and more people who are beginning to think that you have to work from the inside out, and maybe they’re right. This said, there are a few foods that have become known for contributing to acne breakouts:

  • Dairy

    Bad news. Dairy, despite all the commercials in the 90’s talking about how it was so necessary (and yes, there are plenty of non-dairy sources of calcium, like oranges), can contribute to your acne breakouts. Granted, it may affect someone and not someone else, but the research has shown that it’s more than just chance. The American Academy of Dermatology blames the hormone levels in dairy products according to Dr Frank Lipman who says, Dairy causes spikes in certain pimple-producing hormones. I encourage patients to have almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, or hemp milk instead of cow’s milk.

  • Sugar

    I know, it goes back and forth. This is the root of why some recommend not eating as much chocolate (along with the dairy and extra caffeine). Lipman tells us, Sugar can absolutely cause breakouts, because it’s pro-inflammatory. Considering acne is in large part inflammation, an anti-inflammatory diet may not be such a bad thing.

  • Coffee (Caffeine)

    Okay, so coffee also has some great antioxidants, which can wake up your skin and be healthy. If you use coffee grounds in a face mask, it could actually be great for your skin. Caffeine can wake you up, but it can also get your system running faster while also increasing the speed of your hormones. The stress hormone cortisol starts pumping at a higher rate, and according to Yap Tan, it can act like androgen, stimulating sebaceous glands and inflammation at the same time. If you switch to decaf, it won’t do much for you. Caffeine isn’t the only trigger in coffee.

  • Bread

    If you tend to experience more acne flare-ups, you may want to experiment with switching away from baguettes, bread, croissants, and other bread based foods. Lipman claims that Wheat causes inflammation, and to get rid of acne, you want to reduce inflammation in your body. Granted, some would argue that wheat (maybe gluten) is only really inflammatory if you have Celiac disease, but then again, bread tends to also have things like dairy, sugar, and sometimes soy.

  • Peanuts

    Peanuts have androgen, which can actually trigger your acne and increase sebum production. Yap Tan tells us, Peanuts will generally make people more oily. I’ve had clients with white pustules around the nose, and it turned out they were eating more peanut butter than usual. According to experts, almonds and other nuts may provide a safer alternative.


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