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Healing and Wellness – The Medicine Wheel Way

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Native Americans have an approach to health and wellness that stems from the belief that illness is related to more than the body. We believe that sickness is related to imbalance. Imbalance is not limited to the physical body but rather it is an extension of all the bodies – physical, spiritual, mental and emotional. In this article, I will introduce you to the Medicine Wheel and share with you my understanding of this as it relates to our health and well being. We will then go into depth on each of the bodies and you will learn to use and apply the Medicine Wheel in your life to create harmony and balance.

The Medicine Wheel is both a tool and a guide that was given to us by the Creator and used by Indian people for many things, including healing and wellness. In general terms, illness is the physical manifestation of spiritual, mental and/or emotional imbalance. It has been known for some time that stress and anxiety are linked to health. Our happiness and attitudes are an important part of healing when we do get sick. In the Great Wheel, everything is connected; all things are related. The approach to wellness is more holistic – one that looks at a larger picture for possible causes and solutions.

The physical, spiritual, mental and emotional bodies are represented in the four quadrants of the equilateral cross found in the center of a circle. This cross and circle are the symbols for the Medicine Wheel. The circle and/or glyph is symbolic of many things, in fact ALL things. The circle is perfection, balance, life, the Universe, infinite potential; the glyph is neither plus nor minus. All things are in and a part of this circle.

As a tool and a guide we can think of the Medicine Wheel like a map. Like a conventional map, there are reference points that serve as navigational landmarks or may be symbolic starting points that we know as the four cardinal directions – east, west, north and south. (There are actually six directions in the Wheel because there is also “above” and “below” sometimes referred to by Indian people as the “above world” and the “below world”, or Father Sky and Mother Earth.) Each of the four bodies corresponds with the four directions.

The east corresponds with the physical, the south with emotional, the west with the spiritual and the north with the mental. An easy way to remember the way the four bodies relate to the four directions is to think of the Medicine Wheel like a human body. The head or mind (mental) is in the North just as north is always “up” on a conventional map. The heart (emotional) is in the south just as the heart is lower in the human body. To remember the east (physical) and the west (spiritual), just remember that we depend on the sun for our literal physical existence. We need its light, its warmth and its energy to physically survive. Just as the sun rises in the east to provide for our physical needs and then turns into twilight as it slips into the west, so, too, can you think and be reminded of the spiritual connection to the west. You may have heard reference to the “twilight years” or maybe you have heard the term “the sun setting on your life”. Indians believe that when the spirit leaves the body that it goes into the west. The spirit returns to the spiritual realm.

All things are related and all things work together. Such is our health – physical, spiritual, mental and emotional. When you work with this knowledge and place your footsteps in harmony with this ancient wisdom, you will find power!

Our focus will be on the four bodies and their interconnectedness to health. We will also discuss the two other directions – above and below. These represent the social and occupational aspects of our well-being.

THE EAST – the Physical

The sun is a life-giving source that is central to all life on the earth. The importance given to the sun by Indian people is marked by the reverence they show it. The sun is our father in the same way that the earth is our mother. Like a father, the sun provides for us and gives us heat and light – and works with mother to provide food for us. Just as the sun rises in the east signaling the beginning of a new day, of new life, or of a new cycle – so, too, do we put “new beginnings” in the east on the Medicine Wheel. When a child is born, he enters the first of four phases in the growth cycle: infant, child, adult and elder. Because this new life is a beginning, the earthly journey has its start in the east.

First, there is the need to feed and nourish the body so that it has everything it needs to perform at its optimum capacity. Diet and nutrition are an important element. We want to put good things into our bodies while protecting it from the things that can harm it. Our body does a good job of filtering and voiding itself of toxins but when we consume quantities of toxin-like substances, such as those found in drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, the body has to fight hard to restore and maintain balance. Abuse of any of these things generally signals that something is unbalanced in one or more of the other bodies – spiritual, mental and emotional – all of which makes us more susceptible to illness.

In addition to diet and nutrition and the avoidance of toxins, the body need exercise. Exercise should come in two forms – strength or resistance training (weight lifting) and cardiovascular exercise (such as bike riding, swimming, stair climbing or walking). Anything that is aerobic works to elevate the heart rate. With exercise, the body’s immune system is strengthened and its ability to use and assimilate nutrients is enhanced. The body needs blood and oxygen and exercise increases the flow of both.

As with everything balance is the key. The body needs rest in the same way that it needs exercise. Each person is different in their need for sleep just as they are in their need for exercise. Rest is a necessary component to a healthy regime. A balanced portion of each day should be dedicated to proper exercise, good nutrition and rest to keep the physical body in balance and functioning at its optimum level.

THE SOUTH – the Emotional

As the sun travels in a clockwise direction around the earth, so we will honor this by traveling in the same direction around the Medicine Wheel. With that, we enter the south and the emotional body. Our emotional body has both an inner and an outer aspect to it. Emotional health is the awareness of not only our own feelings, but also how we connect to others.

First we must understand and manage our own feelings and sense of well-being. When a person is in a state of balance, there is a general feeling of positivity and even enthusiasm about life. The difference between life and living is the difference between existence and thriving.

There are only a few emotions but a wide variety of feelings that stem from them. Fear, anger, happiness, sadness/grief and love are the base emotions. Emotional maturity comes as we learn to effectively manage and cope with these emotions, as well as related ancillary feelings. In the same way that we must find and dedicate time each day to building and maintaining the physical body, so too must we make time for the care and growth of our emotional body. The daily practice of meditation is a benefit. Take time out of each day to find things that you are happy about and thankful for. Send that gratitude in the form of prayer as it will help you become more aware. Awareness is crucial to growth and development in our emotional health. Focusing on and making time for the positive relationships in our lives is also necessary. When our relationships are stable and healthy, they add to our state of well-being. We can exist without other people, but we can’t thrive. To put it simply, we were created a herd animal and as such, we are meant to work together for the good of the herd. Our relationships are the outward aspect of our emotional body, just as self-awareness is the inner.

You may have noticed that there are different kinds of emotions. I am reluctant to use the terms “positive” and “negative” when speaking of emotions since there can be learning and growth from pain… ultimately making it a positive event in our lives. Fear is a great teacher especially when we work to control and evolve from it. Feelings are clues that we need so we can make adjustments in our lives. When we feel good, we go for more of the same. When we feel bad, we make corrections to feel better. All of this needs to be tempered with good judgment and balance. There are many things that can make us feel good that, in excess, can be negative. Some emotions make us feel good and some make us feel bad, but all are necessary to our emotional state of mind and our learning.

THE WEST – the Spiritual

Why are we here? What is our reason for being? Are we part of something greater than ourselves? What is this greater thing? These are some of the questions asked (and sometimes ignored) by people. We largely accept the need for food, clothing and shelter (our physical needs) and recognize that we feel and are sentient beings (emotional), and that we possess the power of thought (mental) but spirituality is the one thing that people can somehow deny. For those who do recognize and accept that we are spiritual creatures, they also know that there is a need to feed and nourish the spirit just as we need to care for our physical, emotional and mental bodies.

One of the ways we do this is through prayer and meditation. Every thought that comes from our mind and every word that comes from our mouth is a prayer. When we think, we send though energy out into the world and universe. This is why we should be careful with our thoughts. Whether we know it or not, our thoughts are intentions that go out from us even if we are not conscious of it. Our words bring into the physical realm that which we think. Awareness that our thoughts and our words are forms of prayer should have you asking “to what, and for what, do I pray?”

Our spirit is our essence – what we are at our core. To be spiritual is to raise our essence to the highest level possible. We do this through our thoughts, words and deed AND constant awareness! Feed the body, mind and heart good things and you nourish the spirit. Seek understanding and truth and dedicate a portion of each day to prayer and meditation and your spirit will be strong. Another thing that is important to the spirit is the attitude of gratitude. Our thanks is the one thing that we can give to the Creator that isn’t already His. Whatever it is that you are thankful for when you dwell upon it in your mind, we give back to a generous universe from the heart. The spirit is nourished through this.

THE NORTH – the Mental

We have the capacity for endless learning. The brain continues to grow throughout our lives but like our body, heart and spirit, we must feed it good things.

The mental aspect of our being is important because the thought is the start of what we work to create. Change your thinking and you change your beliefs. Change your beliefs and you change your actions. Change your actions and you change your character. Change your character and you change your destiny. It all begins with the thought. This is our opportunity to create, through our intention, the life that we want for ourselves. When you focus on the positive things in life, positive is the outcome. To become aware of thoughts that might need adjustment or change, meditation is central.

In addition to meditation, we want to stimulate and challenge the brain and dedicate a portion of each day to intellectual pursuits and growth. Puzzles, learning a new language, playing a musical instrument, anything that causes the brain to work can be germane to growth.

I can’t stress enough the power of being positive and keeping your focus on the good in life. The term “we reap what we sow” is true. When you send good things out to the universe, you get good things back. The seeds that you sow today are the garden from which you will eat tomorrow.

MOTHER – the Social

I hesitate to assign a direction to this aspect because of the negative connotation association with “down” so I use “Mother” because Mother energy flows upward with Father energy spirals downward. To remember this you can think of “Mother Earth” and “Father Sun”. Together they form a twin helix that spirals through all things. In people this energy travels through the natural channel in our spine.

We should care for our social/communal environment like a mother who cares for her child. In Native culture, there is a strong sense of community because we recognize that “It takes a village”. All that we are as individuals affects the whole, which affects us in return. We need to care about the whole just as we care about the self and all of the dimensions that make up that being. We rely on others for many things. We rely on the creatures and other beings on this earth for our very survival. We are a herd animal and, as such, we were meant to know our place in the great circle of life. We are meant to know how we relate to all others – and how they relate to us. Each person contributes either positively or negatively to his or her environment and community so it is in everyone’s’ best interest to strive for a healthy relationship with the world and all of the creatures in it.

Relating this to the four stages of the growth cycle, when a baby is born everything is done for the baby. He is clothed, fed, cleaned and tended to by someone else. In a sense, the world (at least as the baby knows it), revolves around him. As he grows and his awareness increases, he sees a bigger world and it is a natural inclination to try and master that world so he becomes more independent – going further and doing more for himself. Eventually in his learning, he discovers that the world becomes less about him and more about the whole. If his learning is in balance, he knows the importance of serving the whole because he knows that serving the whole is, in essence, serving the self.

A portion of our living should be dedicated to community service on some level. At the root of this is learning to live in harmony with our environment and the community – receiving from them and giving to them.

FATHER – the Occupational

Occupational is more than what we do to earn a living. It is how we “work” to enrich our lives and how we contribute to the whole of society. It rises above simply performing a task to doing so with a positive attitude.

In our occupation, we can acquire new skills, discover new ideas, all of which can feed our physical, spiritual, emotional and mental bodies. Understanding how work contributes to our own life, our families, our community and our world can elevate a task-oriented position to something more meaningful and fulfilling.

A key to finding this fulfillment is finding something that you like to do… finding something that is in line with your values, morals and beliefs. Barring that, it is about having the right attitude, working with your heart, and finding joy in the achievement and the doing because you know what you do is important on so many levels. Do it like you mean it!

SUMMARY

Energy is all around us. We are created from energy. There are many different forms of energy: heat, light, male, female, positive, negative and so on. There is also a Universal Energy – a divine energy – that when we tap into it and align ourselves with its flow, is life changing.

To align ourselves with this flow we must bring all of the bodies mentioned above into harmony. When all of the bodies are in harmony and balance, it is like all of the planets aligning for us and our good.

Energy is about vibration and vibrational levels. If we are to resonate with those things on a higher vibrational level, we must first raise our own. We enter this higher stream by making better choices that affect all levels and all bodies. These choices come from positive thoughts and actions. Our quest for good health and well-being has, at its heart, the quest for a good life. Being well is living well.

In the traditional way, I place this information at your feet. If you should find something good in it, pick it up and walk with it because it now belongs to you. We do this with gifts of this nature because we understand that each person has their own free will. With that free will comes a responsibility for this gift of life that is ours. Each person must take the initiative and be an active participant to his or her well-being. The symbolic “laying at your feet” shows that you have to take it upon yourself to pick up and use this information. Like any other medication, this only work if you take it.

My prayer is that each person will find balance through this awareness which will then spread into the whole of our world and mend the Sacred Hoop of Life that has been broken for too long.

In Spirit,

Ralph P. Brown (Tawennihake)

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Why Do Some Women Show More Scalp In Their Part Line?

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I recently heard from a woman who told me that over the last couple of years, she had noticed her hair’s part line widening. In fact, she said that if she compared photos of herself from a few years ago with photos today, her scalp showing through her part line was much more noticeable in the recent photos. She asked: “now that I suspect there’s an issue with my part, I’m starting to notice that some women just show more scalp in their part line. Why does this happen? Is it normal? Should I worry about it? I don’t like how it looks and I worry that it will be very noticeable in the future.” I’ll try to address these concerns in the following article.

Some Women Naturally Have A Wider Part Line: Your part line is that area in your hair right on top of your head where your hair parts and falls on both sides. This doesn’t happen if you pull your hair straight back or put it in a ponytail, but most people see their part line unless they purposely style their hair in a different way. If your hair is thicker and you have more of it, your part line will often be quite thin or barely noticeable because there are a lot of strands pushing up on both sides. But, if your hair is thinner or more sparse, you may well have a wider line because there is less hair on both sides.

Some women just normally have finer textured hair or less strands and this has always been true for them. In fact, many women can look at photos of themselves when they were a child and will notice that their part looks similar then to the way it does now. In this case, you may not be talking about a hair loss, hair thinning, or androgenic issue because the part that you see now is the one that you have always had and this is what is normal for you.

Sometimes, Your Part Line Is Showing More Scalp Because Or Hair Loss Or Hair Thinning Issues: It can be normal for hair to thin out about as we age. Few of us have the same head of hair that we had in our teens. But people without noticeable hair loss issues generally have enough hair to adequately cover all areas of their scalp, including their part.

And sometimes, when this is no longer happening, you’ll want to explore whether you have a hair loss, hair thinning, or an androgenic issue happening. Probably the most common cause of seeing more scalp is the hair thinning condition of androgenic alopecia (or AGA.) With this condition, not only does more hair fall out (because it is adversely affected by androgens) but the hair that grows back because more fine and miniaturized as it regrows, which means that it takes more hair to provide the same coverage.

Of course, any issue that causes reasonably dramatic hair loss can cause changes in the coverage that you have on your scalp. If you have less hair (for whatever reason) then you are going to have less coverage to work with. But, the top of the scalp is a common area where you see typically see androgenic issues, although the presence of a wide part line doesn’t always mean that AGA is present. There are many possibilities. Sometimes, the coverage is what is normal for the person. And other times, a hair loss or thinning issue is taking place and still needs to be identified.

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Bread and Butter Basics – Hair Health With Homeopathy

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No one wants to lose their hair. Whether it’s a result of middle age for men, the aftermath of menopause for women or after a fever, the loss of hair can be a trying event. Hair loss can also be attributable to drug use, prescribed or not. Even hereditary hair loss can sometimes be halted with the correct natural care. This is where homeopathy and simple kitchen methods can be employed.

Homeopathy is a medical discipline that has been shown to halt the loss of hair and put the sufferer in order. Because the word homeopathy includes the word “home”, many assume it means home remedies. Home remedies can indeed be useful in regaining and maintaining our health, but, homeopathy is actually a form of medicine with a record that dates back to the late 1700’s and has been accepted throughout the world ever since. Unfortunately, this has not been the case in the United States since modern medicine was so enamored with antibiotics that it no longer considered homeopathy of value. This is changing and rapidly so. The premise of homeopathy is that the body has the ability to bring itself to health when given the correct stimulus. Well chosen homeopathic remedies offer that stimulus.

So how can homeopathy help with hair loss? If the loss is fairly recent and hair is still falling, then homeopathy has been shown to more likely aid the situation. There are many remedies that can cover the issue of hair loss, but before contacting a professional homeopath, it certainly would be prudent to give the following remedies a try.

The first remedy to consider is Calc phos 6x. This is particularly useful for hair loss due to a fever; however, it can also restore hair without that symptom. It should be given three times each day for several weeks. In the old homeopathy books written by homeopathic doctors in the United Kingdom, Silica 6x and Calc fluor 6x are also consdered good choices for the loss of hair and it is suggested that they be alternated so that one day three doses of Silica can be taken, while on the alternate day, Calc fluor 6x will replace Silica.

Although not considered homeopathy, diet can be a substantial contributor to either the loss of hair or the gaining of lustrous hair. A diet rich in animal and tropical fats is of the greatest value. That is, butter, coconut oil and palm kernel oil. Making a habit of consuming these oils rich in vitamins required for healthy hair and skin can insure no further loss of hair and may reinstitute the growth. In fact, it is likely that if these quality foods have been missing in the diet, that it might be the cause of the problem in the first place. Additionally, any of these natural oils applied to the scalp can invigorate hair health.

If these simple ideas find you without results, consider consulting with a homeopath who can take the situation to a more personal level. The combination of homeopathy and natural diet change is natural and rational. It is not capricious like its modern medicine counterpart. Homeopathy and a high quality diet are true medicines for people who want to empower themselves. Good bread and butter common sense for intelligent action.

The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The reader is encouraged to make independent inquires and to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare provider.

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Will My Hair Grow Back If I Have CTE (Chronic Telogen Effluvium)? My Opinion Based on Experience

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I get a lot of questions about hair regrowth from people who have hair loss or shedding from conditions like telogen effluvium, chronic telogen effluvium, androgenic alopecia, or medical / autoimmune hair loss. Of all of these questions, the folks who have CTE seem to be the most upset because they’ve dealt with this shedding for quite a long time. By the time that they write me, usually the loss has been going on for such a long time that the effects have started to become noticeable. Of course, they want reassurance that once they are able to get the shedding to stop, they will regrow their hair and move on with their life. I will discuss this more in the following article.

The Clinical Definition Of CTE And Why You Must Stop It: You may well already know this, but technically chronic telogen effluvium means that you have been shedding over 10% of your hair volume (which works out to over 100 hair per day for most people) for longer than six months. Obviously then, shedding this much for this long is going to eventually show up and become noticeable both in terms of a loss of volume and perhaps some noticeably thinning areas on some parts of your scalp.

It’s quite likely that you are regrowing hair while this process is going on, but because you are losing it so rapidly you can not make any real gains. In other words, your scalp is kicking these hairs out before they can contribute to any real improvements. So, it’s vital that you are able to stop this cycle as soon as you can.

Now, chronic telogen effluvium is commonly caused by a trigger that you either can not find or can not seem to fix and this is what makes treating it so difficult. It’s sometimes a process of trial and error, and of slowly trying and evaluating different things until something finally works. And sometimes, unfortunately, the treatments will change our hormones even more or kick off another trigger that only perpetuates the problem. This is why you have to move as slowly as you can when trying out these treatments and why you should only introduce one thing at the time.

Your Hair Has Probably Been Regrowing All Along, But It Can’t Catch Up: What is happening right now is that you’re in the middle of a cycle in which your hairs keep going into the resting phase and then shedding out once again. This really doesn’t have much to do with your regrowth process. It’s actually happening but it just can’t keep up. You have probably been regrowing hair all along, only to shed it out again. If your loss was due to androgens or DHT, then this cycle would be a bit different. You’d have AGA instead, and AGA does commonly affect both the quality or quantity of your regrowth, but chronic telogen effluvium generally does not (unless it has gone on for so long that it has kicked off AGA or has started to affect or thwart your follicles.)

In some cases, losing this much hair this fast will cause some inflammation of the scalp which can affect your follicles and your regrowth. If this is the case, there is a lot that you can do to soothe and to heal the scalp. Still, this alone is not going to help as much as it should if you can’t stop this cycle from continuing to repeat itself. Your first priority should be to find your trigger and then to treat it once and for all, with an eye toward prevention from recurrence. Once you’ve back to stable levels of hair loss, then you can address stimulating your scalp and reducing any inflammation so that your regrowth will be quick, vigorous, healthy, and thick.

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Wind-Kissed Skin: Tips on Avoiding Windburn on a Ski Vacation

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Aside from the possibility of getting caught in the middle of an avalanche and getting a frostbite during your ski vacation, here’s another threat that you should avoid: windburn. So what exactly is a windburn?

Windburn is the redness of the skin caused by long exposure to strong and cold winds for extended period of time. The cold air allows the wind to easily break down the fat molecules (oil) that maintain the normal moisture in your skin. As a result, the skin turns dry and irritated. Skin also becomes more sensitive to products. It commonly occurs on the face but it can happen to any exposed part of your body.

Signs and Symptoms

Windburn is characterized by the irritation of the skin manifested in the redness of the face and other parts of the body such as neck and hands. It can look and feel like sunburn. Sometimes, the skin can seem swollen and feel very itchy and/or sore. It usually last for a few days because it causes much less skin damage.

However, if the irritation lasts longer, consult your doctor to avoid another skin condition such as rosacea. Rosacea is a skin disease that can mimic windburn and characterized by various forms of facial redness due to the enlargement and widening of blood vessels beneath the surface of the skin.

Who might be the victims of sunburn?

Those who are involved in winter sports such as skiers, snowboarders, and ice skaters are most likely to experience windburn. Being exposed to cold, dry, brisk wind at high altitudes increases the possibility of severe windburn.

People who live in warm climates don’t usually experience windburn, however sudden exposure to cold dry winds on vacations or during a sudden weather change may increase the odds.

What are the ways to prevent it?

First, keep your skin covered. Wear a scarf or neck warmers for your neck and chin, mittens to protect your hands, a hat or headband for your ears and a face mask for your nose cheeks, and forehead.

Second, if you plan to go out for a long time, wear some moisturizing sunblock to protect you from both sun and windburn. Don’t forget to moisten your lips too, with an SPF lip moisturizer. Apply sunscreen to your skin and lips every two hours.

Third, check weather reports and know the wind-chill factor before going out. If the weather is extremely cold, then don’t stay outside far too long.

Fourth, if it happens, apply lotion about four times a day. Make sure those lotions are without fragrance or acidic ingredients to avoid further irritation. If your skin begins to peel, resist the urge to pick at your skin and continue to moisturize. In cleaning the affected area, choose a mild cleanser to keep the natural moisture in your skin. If your condition is not getting any better, best to consult your doctor.

Are you ready for your ski vacation? With these helpful tips, your vacation will surely be windburn-free.

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Anti-Aging Skin Care Facial Toner Benefits

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The importance of facial toner in an anti aging skin care regimen:

Using a facial toner is a necessary part in one’s daily anti aging skin care routine, the important step between cleansing and moisturizing.

The most common method for applying a toner is to dab some on a cotton ball and apply it to your face and neck after cleansing. Some products come in a variety of spritzing sprays and pre-soaked pads.

Face skin care -Purpose of a toner

The purpose of using a toner is first to remove any cleansing residue, dirt, excess oil, make-up, dead skin cells, and any debris that the cleanser did not take away.

Toner also restores the skin’s PH balance and helps prep your skin to accept moisturizers and any other serum or anti age treatment.

Facial skin care -benefits of facial toners

In addition, many facial toners will tighten your pores while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

A quality toner will also unclog pores, improve the over-all skin tone, increase circulation, and hydrate your skin promoting a healthy glowing skin.

Toner Tips

  • Very beneficial for oily skin and acne -controls oil and removes unwanted shine.
  • Look for toners that are alcohol- free, as alcohol is ultra drying and harsh to the skin.
  • Toners come in many blends-Some include beneficial essential oils and herbal extracts.

Some people swear by toners, but many skin care experts do not. The choice is yours – If you like the way your skin feels and looks – use it and Enjoy.

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What Does it Mean If Hair Falls Out Every Time You Brush, Wash, Or Run Your Fingers Through It?

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I often hear from folks who notice that they are losing hair every time they manipulate it. In other words, any time they are participating in normal maintenance like shampooing, brushing, combing, or just pulling their hair back or running their fingers through it, quite a bit of strands come out as the result.

The truth is, most people don’t pay all that much attention or take inventory of their hair until something changes with it. Usually, people will notice that suddenly, they’re seeing a lot of spent strands that they’ve not noticed before. It’s typically only then will they begin to ask themselves how many hairs they would typically lose. For example, if they’re seeing a bunch of fallen strands in their brush, they might wonder how many were there before. Of, if they run their fingers through their hands and come away with 4 in that same hand, they’ll wonder what their normal levels were before they saw this change.

After a while, most people realize that they’re definitely seeing is an increase in what is typical for them and they wonder what has changed to make this happen. In the following article, I’ll discuss why you might be seeing an increase of hair coming out when you manipulate it.

When You’re Loosing Hair While Manipulating It, It’s Usually Not The Manipulation That’s The Problem: Sometimes, I have people who ask me if perhaps they should change shampoos, brushes, or the method with which they put up or style their hair. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be gentle to your hair and scalp. But frankly, people who aren’t actively shedding or having hair loss don’t really have to worry about how they care for their hair because their’s isn’t coming out.

A healthy strand which is deeply embedded in your scalp and being actively nourished is not going to pull or fall out just because you comb, brush, wash, or manipulate it. Yes, the manipulation can make it come out at that time, but it’s highly likely that the same strand was either put in the shedding phase or is being negatively affected by androgens or some sort of inflammatory reaction. This means that it’s life cycle was over and it was going to come out at some point anyway. The key to stopping the excess hair loss or shedding often lies not in trying not to manipulate your hair, but in figuring out what caused this change in your hair cycle or scalp and then addressing that head on.

Reasons Why You Might Be Seeing More Hair Fall Than What You’re Used To: Seeing excess hair coming out during brushing, styling or washing often rises to the level of shedding. There are many possible reasons for this such as one of the effluviums (telogen or chronic,) autoimmune conditions, medical conditions, or reactions to medications, hormonal changes, or stress. You can also have some shedding with yeast overgrowth or scalp issues or infections. The treatments for this range from time to topicals to medical intervention. But in most cases, keeping the scalp clean and keeping inflammation down can help some.

Sometimes, a person can have aggressive AGA (androgenic alopecia) that can look like shedding or telogen effluvium but it is driven by a reaction or sensitivity to androgens. The scalp is struggling to support healthy hair so the hair cycles can shorten or change. Additionally with androgen issues and AGA, the regrowth is miniaturized so you’re often dealing with both hair loss and shedding as well as eventual compromised regrowth.

It’s normal to lose small amounts of hair when you manipulate it. Specialists will tell you that it can be normal to loose up to 100 strands per day depending on how much hair you start with and where you are in your hair cycles. But, if you’re noticing shed hairs every time you touch or manipulate it and you have the feeling that this isn’t normal, then it can make a lot of sense to have it checked out and educate yourself about hair issues. I’m certainly not a doctor or specialist, but this type of shedding could be potentially indicate that you’re dealing with a hair or medical issue that could benefit from early intervention.

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Solve Skin Sagging – Tips On How To Get Firmer Skin

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Our skin cannot remain firm and elastic forever. In fact, it can easily turn saggy because of excessive weight loss, rapid loss of collagen and the daily effects of environmental aging elements.

If you want to solve skin sagging, you should try the following tips:

1. Prevent skin dryness right away.

If you see the first signs of skin dryness, immediately whip out your moisturizer and apply some on your dermis. The skin gets damaged easily because of the loss of moisture. Supplying moisture to the dermis can also help bring back the elastic functions of your integumentary system.

Look for an anti aging moisturizer made up of CynergyTK, Phytessence Wakame and Nano Lipobelle HEQ10. CynergyTK is an ingredient that has been extracted from the wool of sheep. It is one of the best sources of keratin. Keratin is a functional protein responsible for the production of collagen. Phytessence Wakame is a sea kelp that can help preserve healthy levels of hyaluronic acid. This acid is needed to lubricate collagen. When collagen fibers are properly lubricated, they do not get damaged easily. Nano Lipobelle HEQ10 is also vital because of its ability to prevent cellular damage. This antioxidant works deeper into the skin to fight harmful free ranging radicals.

2. Try massaging your skin upward.

Since the skin tissues are already fragile, you wouldn’t want to inadvertently damage them by tugging them aggressively. Use your lightest fingers when applying your moisturizer. Apply the product using an upward motion to lift the saggy areas of your dermis.

3. Try facial yoga.

Yoga is an anti aging treatment. It actually helps tone the dermis to make it less susceptible to wrinkles. In addition to that, it helps release the tension in muscles. You can also use yoga to tone your facial skin if it is starting to look saggy.

Try a few facial yoga exercises that can target the saggy areas around your eyes, cheeks and jaw.

4. Increase your intake of foods rich in amino acids.

Amino acids are the building blocks of keratin and other complex proteins. They are needed to produce more collagen in the body. One of the reasons why the amount of collagen in your body declines is because of the insufficient intake of foods rich in amino acids.

That being said, you have to make a few changes in your diet. Make sure that you eat lean meat, dairy products, vegetables and nuts daily.

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Nopal Cactus Juice Is Helping Many People Experience Better Wellness – Find Out How

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A cactus with sharp spines is helping many people experience better wellness. How could that happen?

If you have ever bumped into a cactus, you will remember it well! I am sure this would not help your health but would be a painful experience. The plant is protected by its sharp spines from the animals of the Sonoran Desert seeking it’s fruit and water sources. It seems that these cactus plants have also protected a secret. A secret discovered by ancient medicine men in the deserts of the southwest ages ago. Even though people of today seem smarter, many have been injured by these spines before discovering the secret held by the cactus. An important addition to our health has been protected by these sharp spines for so long and now is available to you.

How can this cactus help you? People are interested in natural ways to keep their body healthy. People that are interested in becoming healthier, reducing dangerous inflammation and improving their overall health should look into the secrets found in this cactus fruit.

The ingredients from the Nopal cactus fruit that benefit your body the most are called Betalains.

Betalains are what make the Nopal cactus fruit so special. These unique powerful ingredients are natures anti inflammatory ingredients. What if these powerful ingredients were combined with other natural anti inflammatory ingredients such as strawberry, kiwi, cranberry, raspberry, papaya, mango, pomegranate, pineapple, grape,and lemon?

This special cactus fruit is what seems to make a positive difference in people’s health. However, even knowing that a juice is composed with nopal cactus fruit and contains betalains may not help you to understand how this cactus fruit would be beneficial to you. To fully understand the benefits of the nopal cactus fruit you will need to know what these anti-oxidant betalains are and how these betalains can benefit your health.

Betalains are known as a type of powerful antioxidants. Betalains were first discovered for pigments,their color and dyeing properties. The beautiful bright pink color of the Nopal cactus fruit is created from these betalains. These powerful betalains work as an anti-inflammatory agent, a pain relieving agent and are also known as a powerful detoxifying antioxidant. Antioxidants are well known for their detoxification properties. These betalains that are known as a special class of antioxidants seem to be very rare in nature and other foods. These betalain antioxidants are found in the nopal cactus fruit. If you are interested in a juice that brings about several health benefits from these betalains that have been scientifically proven, please read on.

There are a number of plants that contain betalains: these are beets, swiss chard, and the Nopal cactus fruit. This cactus fruit has been tested and contains all 24 betalains that are known to man. By drinking these natural ingredients, you can acquire the betalains and nutrients your body needs quickly. When consumed in a liquid form these powerful betalain antioxidants can immediately start helping your body. Your body will get the essential nutrients and betalain antioxidants as quickly as possible. Betalains will also help your body to reduce any chronic inflammation, which can lead to disease and other major health problems. Independent research shows that Nopal cactus fruit juice can help your body to reduce the risk of blood clots, can help your body to reduce bad cholesterol, can help your body protect its cells from toxins, and can help your body protect it’s liver. Obviously there are many benefits that can come from this cactus fruit. The antioxidant betalains in the nopal cactus juice can bring you benefits that you will not get in any other way. This can help you with your important plan to keep your body healthy.

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Tips On How To Properly Exfoliate Dry And Dull Skin

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Our skin is exposed to a myriad of external aging factors. These external aging factors can make our complexion dull and sallow. In addition to that, our own body purges out dead skin cells. Cleansing alone cannot get rid of dead skin cells. They usually hold on to the wall of the pores of your skin.

If you want to solve dry and dull skin problems, you should regularly exfoliate your dermis. Let me tell you a couple of tips on how to exfoliate properly:

1. Try using exfoliating enzymes. These enzymes are usually found in yellow or orange-colored fruits and vegetables such as papaya, pumpkin and pineapple. If you have left-over ripe and mushy pumpkin at home, blend it. Add brown sugar for an extra exfoliating effect.

Exfoliating enzymes work in breaking down the component that bonds dead cells to the walls of your pores. This way, you can easily get rid of dead cells and make your skin look instantly brighter.

2. Citrus fruits have natural exfoliating properties. Our skin is naturally acidic. That being said, acidic treatments work in correcting common dermis problems. Citric acid is a good choice because it works well in removing dead skin cells and facilitating a renewal of dermis tissues.

I highly recommend lime and lemon juice as exfoliants. Try mixing the juice of lime or lemon with honey. Apply it on your damp skin. Leave it there for 30 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

3. Milk can actually help strip away unwanted gunk and dead cells on the surface of your dermis. In fact, this can also facilitate a mild peeling action. This way, younger and healthier tissues can be pushed to the surface of the dermis. Apply milk on your clean skin. Let it sit there for about an hour before washing it off.

4. Exfoliate damp skin. Do not apply the mixture on dry skin as the abrasive particles might chafe the surface layers of the dermis. If you are applying it on dry skin, make sure that the scrub contains hydrating ingredients like olive oil or honey.

After scrubbing your dermis, immediately moisturize. Pat your skin dry and apply a hydrating moisturizer. Look for a moisturizer with CynergyTK, Phytessence Wakame and Nano Lipobelle HEQ10.

CynergyTK is an ingredient that has been taken from sheep wool. It is a good source of functional keratin. This is the protein needed by the dermis for better collagen growth. Phytessence Wakame is also essential because of its ability to prevent the loss of hyaluronic acid. This acid is vital for the lubrication of collagen fibers. Nano Lipobelle HEQ10 is an antioxidant. It can penetrate up to the deepest layer of the dermis to fight free radicals.

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Melaleuca Review – Can You Prosper With the Wellness Company?

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In this Melaleuca review we shall establish the truth of this program and whether or not you can profit using it. Melaleuca claims to be the ‘Wellness Company’, and although it claims not to be a network marketing business, you need a good downline to make reasonable income. In saying that, however, it does appear to be an honest business and not a fly-by-night ready to fold once it has our cash.

Let’s have a look at the various factors that that Melaleuca what it is:

Melaleuca Review: The Founder and the Company

You can often get a reasonable idea of the genuine worth of a business from its founder. Frank VanderSloot had been CEO of the MLM business ‘Oil of Melaleuca’ when he founded this company in 1985. Unfortunately, this company failed, but VanderSloot believed that had taught him some valuable lessons, and decided to buy the old company’s stocks.

After doing so he offered the distributors of the old business the chance to move over with him, but only around 50% took up his offer. His new business changed the way distributors were compensated to rewarding only those who performed well – as it should be. It is now a growing business and sales of its products are increasing. So what are these products?

Melaleuca Review: The Products

The products are varied and claimed to be 100% natural. They range from vitamins and supplements to beauty products, dental products, hair care and per products, each claimed to be manufactured only from natural and sustainable raw materials and containing no added chemicals. The company also offers cleaning products, breakfast cereals and over 400 others that you will use daily.

These wellness products are not luxuries, but part of your everyday shopping and less expensive than store-bought products. They are very popular with those that use them and appear to do the job they are designed to do. There are no complaints about the products, therefore, unlike many MLM programs where the product is secondary to the registration fees and downlines. Here, you must sell to add wealth to the business and to yourself.

Melaleuca Compensation Plan

To make a decent income with the Melaleuca program, you must recruit people to your downline, and continue to do so because it pays only seven deep. That of course is what network marketing is about – recruitment, and each one must learn the Melaleuca way from their video. Here comes the first problem:

You earn nothing for recruiting people! You get paid only when your recruits sell – which from the company view is reasonable enough. That is why the original program failed, and was one of the changes that Frank VanderSloot made when he took it over. In effect, this has become more genuine of an opportunity, since sales must be made before anybody can be paid. That sounds reasonable to me, if not to those more used to the type of MLM business that thrives from registration fees rather than product sales.

You get 7% of customer sales – that’s $7 for every $100 product purchased. Since customers tend to stay with the company, this is generally a recurring income. You also get paid 7% down 7 levels of your downline, so a total of 14% is paid out to members of the program. That is 7% to you and 7% to the person that recruited you. This does not reduce down the line as most MLM programs do.

You can grow as many downlines as you want, so you can build up a good income by actively marketing the network marketing program rather than direct sales. You can also earn money through a number of bonuses offered for specific customer types and how well your downline members are doing.

Melaleuca Review: Summary

Melaleuca offer genuine products with a good USP and it should not be difficult to persuade consumers to purchase their products. They also have a reasonable compensation plan to 7 levels through multiple downlines. However, there is one curious proviso to this: you cannot recruit through links or replicated websites.

You must learn the presentation and then give it your prospect on a one-to-one basis at a pre-scheduled time and date. You must therefore recruit by personal contact so you cannot enable people to join automatically online. The presentation can be online or offline, but it must be on a personal basis.

All in all the Melaleuca products are good, the compensation is reasonable and the over company is genuine with a good future. Whether you like the method of recruitment, or can make enough money to make it worthwhile is up to you.

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