Papaya, Seeds and Leaf

Papaya is an excellent fruit to have as well as take for your health. This includes the fruit itself, its seeds and leaf &/or leaves.

Now, let’s go into this a little further . . .

Papaya has quite a different taste. It has has many benefits, including reduced risk of heath disease, diabetes and cancer. It is also contributing to the age-related macular generation in eye health.

Eating a daily amount of papaya can improve your calcium absorption. Having more calcium help to strengthen and rebuild bones.

Papaya has a high fibre and water content combined which helps prevent constipation. This in turn helps being regular.

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Choline which is a nutrient found in papayas. It helps our bodies in sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. Choline itself helps maintain the structure of cellular membranes. Also in transmission of nerve impulses.

Papaya seeds are edible as well as having a high nutrition. This translates to and including polyphenols and flavonoids which promote better health.

The papaya seeds themselves are also rich in antioxidants. This helps to block oxidative damage to the cells as well as protecting kidney health.
Black Papaya seeds were effective in decreasing growth of prostate cancer cells. More testing needs to be undertaken to check if cancer growth can &/or does occur humans.

Another test is how papaya seeds may affect fertility.

There are many super healthy foods out there. But, it’s also important to keep in mind that having more or in larger quantities is not always better. In other words, good in moderation but harmful in larger amounts.

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A safer option is to have a cup of tea. How do you do this?

* Boil the Papaya leaf until the water’s boiled and bubbling;
* Drain water into another cup, not including the leaf/leaves itself;
* How you like your tea will determine how many Papaya leaves you boil ie: strong, weak etc.

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Medical Skin Conditions

Seborrheic Dermatitis and Psoriasis are very similar and can sometimes be misdiagnosed. If caught early enough, the long term outcome may be very successful and go into remission.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis Vulgaris appears more profound at the ages of around 18-20yo and 58-60yo. Having hair on your head only adds to your psoriasis problem. I will point out that this is not in all cases but in around 50-60%. To soften these marks/crusts, you can use an over-the-counter shampoo &/or soap. Products containing salicylic acid ingredients will be useful. Speak to your Pharmacist to discuss this further.

Once the crusts/scales soften, it will be easier to either peel off and/or brush out using a fine-toothed comb.

Its common knowledge that psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body. The most common areas are on the knees, elbows and scalp.

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Another key point is to keep skin moisturised rather than it being dry. Speak with your Doctor/GP or Dermatologist if over-the-counter products do not help. Having a bath and adding a bath oil such as QV helps, following up with a QV moisturiser. Again, you may also need a prescription medication if you are struggling with this.

Being outside and in the sun will definitely help your psoriasis a lot. This helps by leaving your lesions exposed. Having head full of hair will not help either but depending on its severity, you may look at getting it very short. With that in mind, a new hairstyle and new look will be a new you!

It is a slow process treating psoriasis and although chronic, doesn’t mean it cannot you can’t deal with it. You are still able to live in harmony with the condition. Despite the looks of aghast and stares, keep you head and chin help up high. Try to ignore it until its treatment phase is over. You will learn to manage this a lot better.

What is Mahonia Aquifolium (Oregon Grape)?

It’s has an ability to treat a wide range of health disorders. Some are as follows: tuberculosis, periodontitis, dysentery, eczema, wounds and pharyngolaryngitis. (Note: pharyngitis is inflammation of the pharynx, which is in the back of the throat).

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Types of Skin Conditions

Seborrheic Dermatitis or Atopic Eczema are the same. In what way do you ask? Well, the cause a persons skin to become red, itchy and inflammed. It is also a subset of a types of skin condition(s).

Using emollients are moisturising treatments applied to the skin. Some of the ones which I have used in the past are:

  • Aloe Vera cream/gel;
  • QV wash/oil;
  • Aveeno;

These helps making the skin not as dry and having a mild anti-inflammatory to reduce flare ups.

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Although not contagious, it can cause your skin to become rough and scaly or crusting and oozing. The patches often appear around the neck, knees, elbows, face and or wrists.

Seborrheic Dermatitis can appear swollen. It can also appear raised with a yellowish or white crust forming on its surface. It is a very common occurrence in babies as young as 4-6 months old.

It is more common that people call it Cradle Cap but will disappear after a few months.

Known to develop in, around or behind your ears. It could appear on top of your scalp/head area, or in and around your groin/private parts.

Flare ups of this type are due to extreme changes in temperatures. Others affected, can be by detergents, fragrances and sometimes clothing such as synthetics. Another common flare up is when there are changes in your hormones.

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Scratching these patches worsen the itching which makes the skin ooze clear fluid. In turn, this actually spreads the rash even further.

Another form of Atopic Dermatitis is Dyshidrotic Eczema. It tends to be more common people who develop fungal infections. It usually appears as small blisters filled with water and are at times, very itchy. Within a few weeks, the skin will become dry and may crack.

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Arthritis Affecting Me?

As we become older and aging and like most medical conditions, we cannot cure. What we can do is improve your quality of living and your life as well as living.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (or a common disease of Arthritis). It’s a chronic systemic inflammatory disease affecting bones. Its these bones that move against each other such as the shoulder, hip, elbow and knees that we call joints. The technical or medical name is a synovial joint.

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As we age, remaining physical and active may be harder as our bodies cannot move as easy as a 21yo can. Learning easier ways to manage pain such as:

* heat packs helping to ease muscle pain
* cold packs can help to reduce inflammation
* swimming /or hydro pool which helps relieve muscle tension

Walking with a pair of rocker shoes such as Skechers/Sketchers can help you to walk with a better balance and ease. These types of shoes help with taking off the added weight placed on your joints such as hips, knees and ankles. Protect your joints with proper shoes.

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Dieting, weight control and food in general do not go well when becoming older. Other medical conditions and/or medications can and do affect your weight also. Although I can suggest a few things, the best person you will need for further help is your Doctor/GP. Another person who may help is also your Pharmacist.

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Hirsutism and Hormones

Hirsutism is more common as a result from a male hormone called Androgen. Up to 20% of women suffer from a condition called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). This can create facial and body (coarse) hair more than normal and at times, be a lot darker. It is also a signal of underlying Androgens.

It’s inherited through your genes, but generally becomes a problem when reaching puberty. I say all as males get affected by this also. It is when terminal (coarse) hair growth becomes noticeable. The medical term is Andrenarche (early stages of sexual maturity) and advances after puberty.

Lowering your Androgen levels helps but unfortunately, when you become &/or are hormonal. This is when you will need medical help. Weight loss can help which you can do at home. You can also shave, wax, or use another form of hair removal which also helps clearing up your problem. But again, this solution does not help everyone.

Another common condition is due to sugar which affects your insulin levels. You are able to treat this yourself at home by following a low-carb diet or watch your food intake. Rather than dieting alone, you can add Cinnamon to foods and drinks.

Some of the treatments available are:

* hormone suppression such as the oral contraceptive pill
* peripheral androgen blockade such as Aldactone (Spironolactone)
* destruction of your hair follicle using electrolysis.

Some may even suggest Laser. Unless you treat the underlying issue and cause, I would be suggest waxing &/or epilating.

Gonadotrophin Releasing Hormone

Gonadotrophin Releasing Hormone (GnRH) may be a potential treatment for hirsutism. The most common GnRH agonists used are leuprolide acetate, buserelin and decapeptyl. GnRH are drugs that decrease ovarian steroid production. GnRH may help if ovarian hyperandrogenism (too much androgen produced by the ovaries) is a problem.

One of the common prescribed drugs for hair removal is Eflornithine (Vaniqa). It’s a topical drug prescribed to treat unwanted facial hair in women it could work in men too. The mechanism of action for eflornithine is reduction in follicular cell growth rate. Laser photoepilation heats hair and adjacent tissues to suspend growth.

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Alzheimer’s

Definition of Alzheimer’s Disease:

A degenerative brain disease of a no known cause is the most common form of dementia. It usually starts in late middle age or in old age. It results in progressive memory loss.

These include: impaired thinking, disorientation and changes in personality & mood. The historic marking are by the degeneration of brain neurons. Note: cerebral cortex & by presence of neurofibrillary tangles and plaques containing beta-amyloid.

Midlife or middle age, is a normal developmental life stage. Also refers to those aged between 40 and 65.

Later life or old age, is a normal developmental life stage. It refers to those aged 60-65 and older.

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is a generally defined as impairment in cognitive abilities greater than expected for age,which does not interfere with daily life and is not severe enough to warrant a diagnosis of dementia. Some experience increased difficulty in daily activities yet still able to function.

Some common diseases also lack adequate treatment. Alzheimer’s affects approximately 5 million people in the US and that over 320,000 Australians are living with dementia. Without a significant medical breakthrough, this is to increase to around 900,000 by 2050.

While approximately 1 in 11 people over the age of 65 have dementia, a further 1 in 5 have mild cognitive impairment. This is likely to increase the risk of progressing to dementia.

It is not yet understood and that the medicines that are available to treat Alzheimer’s are not very effective.

Arthritis, which refers to more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect the joints, affects more than 50 million people in the US. While there are many medicines approved for the treatment of arthritis, the disease continues to cause a lot of pain and disability.

Related: Dementia Australia and Alzheimer’s Association USA

Retinol (Vitamin A)

The vitamin A derivative can be effective at treating acne.

What it doesn’t mean because you are using it that you can expect lines and spot to disappear overnight. Most people do!

The long term benefit of using retinal A is a GRADUAL approach to prevent irritation and dryness. It is also more suitable for people with sensitive skin.

But first, some essential information . . .

Retinol is making its way into almost every skincare product, including makeup. Retinol is a product to use at night and NEVER during the day. This is one fact that companies fail to mention.

Tretinoin is a prescription Vitamin A derivative. Tretinoin uses:

  • decreases fine lines
  • evens skin color
  • improves texture
  • tightens pores
  • stimulates blood flow; and
  • collagen production.

There are quite a few people who CANNOT tolerate tretinoin because it can be very irritating and drying.

Retinol is milder and is an over the counter product where as Tretinoin is on prescription only.

While the results may not be as dramatic, most people tolerate it well. Like tretinoin, retinol encourages skin cell turnover. This new skin is delicate, should NOT bare sun exposure and why it is in products intended for night use only.

Another fact with retinol is in products such as cleansers that label “anti-ageing”. It is a waste of money & not on the skin long enough to work.

A good rule of thumb: never buy a product with an SPF number and retinol in its list of ingredients. The two (2) don’t make a good combination.

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