You Look Fine

"You look absolutely fine to me!" beamed the Community Healthcare assessor.
 
It's not the diagnosis but the symptoms that seems to be accountable. So if you are diagnosed with something like life limiting systemic scleroderma and severe Raynaud's, where you have peripheral shut down several times a day...it doesn't count.

For the less medically inclined, Raynaud's is a circulatory auto immune condition where upon blood vessels spasm in the body, cutting off circulation to limbs and internal organs (in my case) as a result of response to stress, temp change, virus, medication, physical stress....and just about whatever it likes!

Diffuse systemic scleroderma with heart/lung involvent means my immune system is shutting down my vital organs. In effect, my immune s..

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Super Foods

My friend was telling me how "superfoods" will cure cancer and nearly all other ailments. She came over to my house with a box full of "superfoods" which included cranberry juice, pomegranite juice, lots of different fresh berries and some packets of things I had never heard of, let alone able to pronounce.

For many years now we have seen the trend in eating superfoods. Super fruits, super vegetables, super supplements etc.. .. If it's labelled or advertised as a Super food then we feel it's good for us. Specially if we have conditions such as cancer or some auto immune condition that drains us  of energy.

What does it mean? Is it truly a super food capable of miracles or just a fad. Actually, it's a very clever marketing tool many companies use to increase sale of ne..

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Testosterone and Stress

In our bodies, we have both types of male and female hormones in different quantities. Testosterone, for example, is the name given to the male hormone which is an androgen. This hormone is required in the female body to be converted to oestrogens, female hormones!

One of the correlations, which we probably don't readily associate with each other, is the one between raised levels of androgens and stress.*

When we are stressed, in either physical or emotional ways, through strenuous activity, infection, or injury even,   our cortisol levels rise which trigger insulin resistance to insulin to use sugar from other sources. The quick  increase in blood sugar levels and increased cravings for carbohydrates and sweets is the consequence. So we get cravings for swe..

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Triggers of Eczema and it's rising incidence

Chiswick resident and organic natural skincare product pioneer Asal Shirazi looks at the triggers of eczema and it's rising incidence.


According to the British Skin Foundation...

"There are 1 million people in the UK who suffer from psoriasis. 40,000 new cases of skin cancer are reported each year. 20% of all children have eczema."

It seems these statistics increase daily and there is still not enough awareness out there to help educate the sufferers. I would like to focus on eczema as I am a sufferer myself. The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it's thought to be linked to an overactive response by the body's immune system to an irritant.

The irritant can vary from stress, sweat, food allergies, detergents, pets or a mixture of al..

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Don't let them get under your skin!

Chiswick resident and organic skin product pioneer Asal Shirazi looks at the importance of checking out what goes into off the shelf skin products.

The skin provides:

Protection, water preservation, shock absorption, tactile sensation, calorie reservation, vitamin D synthesis, temperature control and lubrication and waterproofing.

One of the physical characteristics of skin is that it is porous. Dermal absorption has..

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