TEEN'S HEALTH

More Health News This Week

The holidays are in full swing and we still want to keep you ahead of the curve in what is news in health.  So the Team like Santa's elves, have been busy assembling this information for you and your family!

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More In Health News This Week

What is in the health news this week?

 

There are many new things that the Team has researched and is able to serve up for you! Things that are in the news to professionals only at this point, most likely!

Here we go! 

  • Lack of sleep is costing the United States some $411 billion each year or more than 2% of the countries gross domestic product
  • If you have insomnia, you have twice the risk for getting depression
  • Type 2 Diabetes is more prevalent in women who have difficulty falling asleep
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) can also result in pain relief, not just depression relief
  • ECT for the elderly who are depressed is still important in preventing relapse
  • The Surgeon General is making a case that opiod addiction is not just caused by doctors prescribing it but because there are risk factors such as being a young adult and being susceptible to addiction, etc..
  • Women who have optimism, have a significantly lowered risk of death from most illnesses including: heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory illness, infection—demonstrated over an 8 year study
  • There are more people who have serious mental illness in correctional facilities than in all state hospitals and also since there are fewer women correctional facilities, women have to be far away from their families which causes more mental issues
  • An area of counseling that is needed is for young people –and adolescent cancer survivers
  • A new area to help athletes succeed is called sports psychiatry-it is facilitating scientific information to be communicated about the brain and behavior
  • Lowering LDL levels with statins and lowering blood pressure in 70 and 80 year olds does not make a dent in cognitive decline for them
  • Kids whose mothers took 2 scripts of antidepressants (SSRI’s) during pregnancy have   a 35% increase of a speech and language issues for their offspring than those kids whose moms who were depressed and took nothing
  • Depression in mothers who are in their second trimester it turns out in addition to post-partum depression shows evidence of altering children’s brains making them susceptible to depression and anxiety themselves later in life
  • Fathers who were involved in their babies first year of life-- psychologically and emotionally, had the best effect on their child’s later behavior at ages 9-11—the fathers who were engaged in child care and domestic tasks—it did not make the difference.  Also the paternal involvement early could alleviate the maternal depression issues which can also affect kids being at risk for behavioral issues
  • People who have psychosis for the first time and are given longer term medication do worse than if they are weaned off meds and not given them—it yields a higher rate of recovery to be off the meds.
  • A newer solution for chronic pain can be through something called neurofeedback where people use a computer to modulate their neuron movements/alpha activity
  • Low intensity lifetime smoking is associated with a significantly higher risk of all cause death from lung cancer and heart disease –And former smokers who consistently used one to ten cigarettes a day but had quit had lower health risks depending on how young they were when they stopped smoking

Lots of great information here and all current!  

We can use data and new information to make intelligent and informed choices with our health.

We can choose to win!

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News In Health This Week

This week we are sharing about what is in current research but not out there for the public perhaps, yet! 

It is our offer that we have a team to share this information with you so that you and your friends and families can be empowered with regard to your knowledge about health.

Many studies are coming out daily and we are providing a summary of just the data that is published to professionals at this point, so you might not find this stuff in the news perhaps.

Here we go for the medical information which is out there this past week;  

  • Worldwide as of 2015, over one billion pe 
    ople have high blood pressure and they are living in predominantly low and middle income countries. The amount of people with high blood pressure has almost doubled in the past 40 years.  Many of these people are living in Asia where over 50% of high blood pressure victims live.  Countries with lowest blood pressure include the U. S., Canada, and South Korea.
  • If you have cognitive impairment after a traumatic brain injury, it is found that cognitive behavioral therapy specifically-- Memory and Attention Adaptation Training (MAAT) combined with methylphenidate can improve “attention, working memory, and episodic memory”.   

     

  • Loneliness has been associated with cortical amyloid burden in cognitively normal older adults. Loneliness is being seen as a neuropsychiatric symptom relevant to preclinical Alzheimer disease (AD). We think of the song—if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you are with! Put yourself out there and participate! Neither age, sex, APOEε4, socioeconomic status, depression, anxiety, nor social network were related--rather higher amyloid burden was significantly associated with greater loneliness.  People in the amyloid-positive group, were in fact 7.5 times more likely to be classified as being lonely over being non-lonely. 
  • Cancer patients are skipping recommended treatments at a 20% rate because of the higher out of pocket costs for care and almost half of them indicated costs were higher than expected. 
  • Cancer drugs in the U.S. are sometimes approved quickly and often stay approved even if later studies show them to be worse than other choices or far worse than doing nothing. Researchers evaluated studies of 18 cancer drugs approved between 2008 and 2012 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). None of the drugs had been found to prolong life, and only one had enough evidence to say it improved quality of life. Yet, all but one retained its’ approval status. "We were shocked to find that these drugs don’t save lives and don’t improve quality of lives," said lead author Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Health Research and the Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund in Washington, D.C.
  • Sleep deprivation in teens is a concerning health issue around the world. Newer data shows the benefits of delaying school start time. For example, even a short delay of 15 minutes in the school start time showed that it could result with benefits “across sleep, mood, and behavior and school attendance among adolescents”. Our team agrees that this is a small step to put forward for health for teens. Be in action with your kids' schools.
  • A team of researchers looked at holiday ‘indulgences’ globally that were associated with weight gain. They studied people celebrating: Thanksgiving in the United States, Easter in Germany, Golden Week (April 29 to May 5) in Japan, as well as Christmas in all three countries. Within all three countries, participants' weights were about 0.5% higher 10 days after Christmas than they were 10 days before. People gained an average of 0.2% to 
    0.3% over the other holidays. It was concluded that people retain about half of their holiday weight gain so even if it is small, (a pound or two for this study)—the weight can accumulate over the years. 
  • Busy people may have improved memory. A study concludes that it is possible that ‘people with higher mental function lead busier lives, but staying busy and active may be a proxy for mental stimulation, which leads to intellectual growth".
  • Migraine and headache intensity play a key role in muscle soreness or pain 
    in patients with major depressive disorder. Central sensitization from chronic migraine may put patients with depression at risk for hypersensitivity to other pain stimuli. Migraine was associated with muscle soreness and pain so that if you have depression, you should not neglect your head ache. And conversely, treating depression and headache might improve soreness and pain! 

NOW YOU ARE WAY EMPOWERED WITH INFORMATION! MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES!

YOU CAN CHOOSE! CHOOSE TO WIN! 

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Enjoying Happy Holidays While Limiting Misunderstandings

 

The holidays are upon us and it can be a time when people are a bit extra-sensitive.  

Seemingly innocent comments that are made in passing that can occur as criticism, an invitation that did not happen can be devastating, a request that you made that went unheard can feel like total rejection, a thwarted expectation or disappointment or being at the effect of another’s constraints can make you feel so small and diminished that you shrug it off and just stop caring or worse even, reject the other! 

All of these can be misunderstandings that get blown out of proportion, waste time and love and cause us pain during the holidays, especially. Holidays are a particularly sensitive time about what is expected from others: in viewing others’ families as being perfect, in tuning into TV and seeing beautiful and idealized family and friendship-styled shows of how life is ‘supposed to’ be, we wanted to support people in having the best holiday season they could create!

Here is our “How-To Guide for Enjoying the Holidays" and feeling most alive and satisfied in the process.

  • Get your rest. Attempt to be in bed at the same time each night and greet the sunshine at the same time each morning.
  • Attempt at abstaining from alcohol during the holidays if it affects your sleep quality. Or if you tend to get extra sensitive or depressed when you drink. Or have your drink a little bit earlier in the evening so that you can rest more soundly.  
  • Make sure that your vitamin D level is maximized. The winter months are devoid of rendering this critical hormone through sunshine, so one usually has to take supplements. Check with your health care professional! And know that maximizing your hormone D level can stave off depression!
  • Make exercise a priority! Yes, even in between feasting! Get your endorphins performing for good mood, have your muscles firing and your body leaner—especially if you break from your diet.  Exercise will create a better feeling of health, deeper and more restorative sleep, and you may feel more enlivened just honoring your word to your body as you know that daily exercise is so good for you! 
  • Pick up a pair of compassion glasses to put on your eyes. You cannot get these through retail, etail nor mail order.  Harkening back on the holiday song—“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of The Year”..at holiday time, people sometimes get out of their comfort zone to think of those in need, to reach out to loved ones and others—it is kind of a time where we have social permission to be of ‘good cheer’ –peace on earth good will towards men, etc.. And it is great to realize that we can don these ‘compassion glasses’ any minute and any time of the year.  And once they are on our eyes, perhaps we can see that everyone of us has a story, a history, pain and loss and each one of us has adapted as best we can.   And when we can see the other as ourself—that is a big key to avoiding misunderstandings.      
  • Print out a calendar of the holiday season. Take a look at the days that you want to be with others-and reach out.  It does not matter if you have not heard from them or seen them in a while. While we are alive, it is wonderful to connect and create events and celebrate. Step out and do it!  
  • Do some good! Volunteering to raise money, feed the hungry or give gifts or toys to sick children or families in need during the holidays is a great way to do good and also avoid pain and misunderstandings. This will release healthful chemicals in your brain which will make you feel better by doing good—and you will feel more alive and less apt to misunderstand things said or not said by family and friends.
  • Do some things differently! If you always go there-invite others to come to you! Or invite a new set of people! Maybe do a Secret Santa for your office, where you raise funds for an organization that does good! One person the Team knows had gifts given to a young teen Mom with a newborn—and it was the best holiday the family of this person shared as they all felt a bond in doing good for others! Or better yet, volunteer with a group of family members or friends!  There are even holiday sing-a-longs at nursing homes. Everyone wins when you give of your time! And again you are less apt to take things the wrong way because you can be feeling happy!
  • Have gratitude for what you do have. And express it to those for whom it matters. Pretend this is your last day on earth and what would you like people to know about you and how you think and feel about others. We never know if it will be our last day or not so we invite you to express yourself today!
  • Finally, see the humor! Think of the funny side of things.  If you are late, don’t sweat it—just call and tell them!  If someone comments about you, just realize that is the way they are and see that it is from caring and that it is really funny in a way that the person always shows up for you that way.  Own how others are to you and see if you are contributing to their thinking. If so change it. If not, be compassionate and good humored.

To your holidays! Be happy! Be healthy! You can choose! Choose to win!

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Medical News This Week

The team is lucky to have access to the latest medical information which we break down and serve up for you weekly so you have what is news in medicine and health!

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Volunteer For Your Own Health

Regardless of your circumstance, regardless of your age—yes-- even if you are over 50 and perhaps even feeling depressed yourself, it may be that doing volunteer work can be a great antidote for you[i].

Recent studies show us that not only is volunteering good for your brain!

For the cognitive functioning of your brain, both with regard to planning and organizing but also with regard to delaying or reversing decline in brain functioning.  

 

As well, volunteering is good for your heart.[ii] 
Volunteering is associated with “better mental and physical outcomes” says, Eric Kim, of Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and that, volunteers were more likely to avail themselves of health services such as flu shots and cholesterol checks.  The article quotes a larger study (1992) demonstrating that people, who volunteered at least 200 hours a year on a regular basis, were less likely to develop high blood pressure over a four year period than those who did not volunteer. And the study indicated that volunteers had increased physical activity and psychological well-being.

Another older study indicated that volunteers were more active with walking, had less depression and less anger, more sense of direction and a goal to strive for.  Because negative emotions-- stress, depression and anger have negative impacts on the body with regard to heart disease, volunteers who may have optimism and satisfaction, and perhaps a sense of purpose—which is even more significantly correlated to better cardiovascular health, are a lower risk of a cardiovascular event and dying from any cause than those with a lower sense of purpose.        

[iii]Alot more has been studied about volunteering in older adults and it shows that volunteering also leads to self-confidence and sense of purpose. Increases support systems which also lower depression, increases the release of dopamine in the brain so you are happier and can thus increase longevity!

Our friend Jerry, who lost his wife, took an expansive step and volunteered this week!

A friend of someone on our Team who recently lost a loved one, volunteered at the NYC Marathon.

It took something for this to occur-for Jerry to stand with others while grieving, to be helpful to the runners and their condition of pain or suffering, to see the strength within them.

To see in them a commitment--their word to run this many miles 26.2-even when it was hot, cold, wet or when they did not feel well or did not want to. 

Jerry got a chance to help others.

He had a chance to hold the crowd back so that the runners could have space.

To give directions to people so they could reunite with their loved ones. To hug them if they needed that, to get them water, to walk them to where they needed to be and even to speak to them in broken Spanish so they felt they were home. 

His act of volunteering contributed to him much more than he could have ever given back including:

  • Well-being
  • Confidence
  • Feeling moved and inspired by others
  • Connecting with others both immediately and
  • Growing his social network based on new friendships he made there
  • Increased self-esteem.

The research bears this out.  This is what occurs for people who volunteer!

Create your own volunteer project!

Today a friend of our Team called about her mother who lost her husband.

Her mother is now depressed.  

Our Team recommended that she have her mother look at what her husband stood for in life!

Then, create a project about his legacy!

This person has grandchildren too who can participate too and she has means to really do good in the world using her husbands’ contributions and legacy as something to live on now that he is gone.  So support your loved ones who have lost someone with personal volunteering!

Any type of volunteering makes a difference.

 

We can choose.

Choose to win!   

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Creativity-Declaring What is Important And Taking Action

Psychology Today[i] speaks of three types of people who procrastinate:

  1. Thrill­ seekers, who wait to the last minute for the euphoric rush.
  2. Avoiders, who may be avoiding fear of failure or even fear of success, and who are very concerned with what others think of them
  3. Decisional procrastinators, who cannot make a decision.

And while this seems logical and certainly, psychology-based, our Team thinks that procrastination is a word that is used to mis-label another process going on.

As small children, we each have big dreams about what we want to do or be some day.

We have only to look back at our own kindergarten paraphernalia showing dreams to be a fireman or a doctor or even an astronaut.

Back then in childhood, everything seemed very possible.

Then something may have occurred right in childhood—a defining moment perhaps—where our overarching job in life was to take another course or path—and all of our dreams for what could be possible were now shifted. 

Most of us live in the existence of the ordinary, growing up and doing what we do and becoming who we are with the people in our lives.

It just does not seem to change.  We accommodate to what we created and how we see ourselves in others eyes’ too and we actually live into that condition of most certainly doing that for ourselves.

The question that occurs for our Team in the face of what some call " procrastination" is:

What might be possible if I took action?

The answer could be—you would make more money, have more status in life, help others, create legacy, create opportunity for others, live life with more power and self-expression, live life with more satisfaction,  have more intimacy, improve your skills, be a leader-a bigger leader in your field and in the world, step out and risk people not liking nor approving of you because your commitment to your life dream was much bigger than any such risk.

Our Team thinks that "procrastinating" is a way of treading water in your life, and playing it safe.

We don't thing that SOMEONE CAN BE LABLED A PROCRASTINATOR!

We think that this is just not taking action--and that is all it is!

Perhaps not being in action each and every minute is a way of not declaring who you really are in the world, nor what is important to you. 

We can all gather reasons why it is not possible to create what we want in our lives: 

  • We know it is very easy to look at the glass as half empty
  • It is easy to gather agreement from friends and family that it's reasonable that we are just too old, too sick, too stressed.., etc..
  • We are too old to change careers, too busy to have a relationship, too broke to take that art class that we always wanted to take, too stressed with work and kids to find the time and energy to lose the belly fat and work out..Our lists go on.

Perhaps we are not courageously declaring what is important to us in our lives.

It is not that we are "procrastinating!" 

One neighbor we know loves animals and though she is no longer working at the ASPCA, she works with organizations local and across the nation to support animal rights—even on a grass roots level.  We know someone who had a major loss of a loved one. They are writing stories with information about health because that is what they declare that their life is about. They are forming an art project group to create art and working on a legacy project so that their loved one will be remembered.

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There is no such thing as procrastination. Procrastination is rather a notion about being resigned  to what we already know and a barrier to break through to what might be possible. 

 There is such a thing as not looking to see what you want for yourself.

  • As not taking action for what you want of for creating excuses which seem logical and other people would find reasonable.
  • Stepping out and being in action takes courage. 
  • And stepping out creates power.

We can choose the life we want to create.
We can choose to take on our dreams.

And we can choose to win!

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Fire Prevention in Dorms

 

 

Your college students' exodus has occured..but is there college dorm safety at school?  

Have you checked up on the fire prevention and safety of the school?  Has your student?

There are a thousand fires that occur each year on campus. Do you know the facts about the school your child selected? 

Steps you take now to make yourself aware of fire and prevention and safety at school--can save a life! 

Does the dorm allow candles, smoking, space heaters?

 

 

 

 

 

Cooking equipment is the leading cause of dormitory fires (75%). 

The leading cause of civilian death is (39%) on campus is smoking cigarettes.

In just three years from 2003-2006 the U.S. fire departments documented 3,570 structure fires which killed 7 per year, with 54 injured and $29.4 million in property damage. Most die from smoke or toxic gas. 

The US Fire administration notes a strong link between fire deaths and alcohol.   And with Greek house fires,  arson is being listed as the second leading cause of fatalities, peaking in Jan, May , Sept and Oct.[i]

Our team had someone affected by a college campus fire in their dorm with the semester barely off to a start. 

We are writing today about fire safety, fire awareness and what each of us can do to be safe and keep others safe as well especially on campus.  

Fires can start quickly.  It is helpful to know two ways to get out of the dorm quickly!

 

When cooking, always:

  • Be mindful about not wearing long flowing garments or sleeves.
  • Don’t be intoxicated when working near flames.
  • Don’t use stoves -if are sleepy or drowsy from medicine.
  • Have a lot of salt on hand to put out a small fire.  A small, flash, grease fire can be put out this way or by smothering it with a metal pot cover.
  • Know ahead of time where the water supply or sink is.
  • Do not leave the stove at any time, unattended—not even to go to the bathroom. If you must, turn off the flames, first!
  • Know how to use a fire extinguiser!

Fires can come from various sources so make certain all of these are permitted in your dorm! Space heaters, candles, toaster ovens, overheated plug-ins, etc.. if approved use, fine.

  • IF not, DON'T use them!
  • Make sure every place you inhabit is equiped with a fire extinguisher and that everyone knows where it is and how to use it. Have it be near the kitchen if there is cooking in that dorm area.
  • Don’t pour excess grease and do clean the stove regularly for spills of grease.
  • Keep the stove and space heater areas free of papers and clutter.
  • Make sure the space heater is tip-over free.
  • Turn all appliances off when you are not near them.
  • If fire starts in microwave turn the microwave off and keep the door closed until the embers are out. Only use it as directed and stay in visible distance—even and especially if just cooking popcorn.

Don’t leave smoking butts and such unattended:

  • Make certain they are extinguished before tossing them or leaving them to burn
  • Do not smoke in bed or near inflammable items like curtains
  • Make sure of no hidden butts in furniture, etc., after a party .

Fast actions in case of fire:

  • Don’t panic, but do think fast.
  • If the fire is contained, put it out right there safely if it is not risky to you or others. You can also squelch fire by putting a metal or non-inflammable lid on it.  No oxygen, no fire.
  • Be sure to know where your exits are. And that means wherever you are and at any time, you need to know how to get out safely.
  • Call 911 if the fire is not easily containable by you.  
  • Tell others to get out if they can safely.
  • Keep low. They call this fall and crawl—it is easier to breath in a fire if you stay low while getting out. Feel the door to see if it is hot with the back of your hand if it is hot go out another way if possible.
  • Insist that your school run drills so that you know what to do ahead of time!
  • If the fire is on your clothing you then drop, stop and roll. We seem to recall a children’s book about the big red dog, touting this plan.
  • Don’t run-running makes the fire burn faster.  Call for help.
  • Remember to get yourself and your loved ones to safety!  This is your main goal.
  • Things can be replaced but human life cannot be.     

For parents and students:

  • In selecting a dorm you must make sure there is an adequate sprinkler system in place
  • Don’t choose an old dorm that is to “code” but cannot house such a system now.[ii]  You want  “fully sprinklered housing”. 
  • Make sure there are smoke alarms in each bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on each level. Such alarms should be interconnected.
  • Test the smoke alarms every month and do not remove batteries except to test these once and the same time per year during daylight savings days, for example.
  • Make sure in the dark that you know how to get to the exit. 
  • If a fire alarm goes off, get out and stay out—until the authorities tell you it is safe to go back in.  Don’t go back in for your things!  
  • Do not use a barbeque grill or hibachi unless the fire department has approved it.
  • Do not burn candles that are unattended or leave them burning if you fall asleep. They may smell nice, seem fun, create atmosphere or romance but they can turn deadly if you are not supervising these flames.
  • Do use a surge protector for your computer. Plug electronics like this right into the outlet.

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The Magic Of Olive Oil

  

Since the Mediterranean diet came on the scene, the recommended use of olive oil has been ubiquitous.

An analysis quoted (2014, Wikipedia) showed that elevated use of olive oil was associated with a reduced risk of all-cause mortality-cardiovascular events and stroke and type 2 diabetes. That olive oil use cut cancer death by 6% and that greater adherence to a Mediterranean diet is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, slower cognitive decline as well as Parkinson ’s disease.

One of the keenly cited benefits is the use of olive oil, which contains monounsaturated fats, most notably oleic acid.  And the protection of olive oil is by way of the polyphenols against the oxidation of blood lipids.  

[ii]Regular consumption of olive oil is associated with increased longevity and that the benefits include preventing cardiovascular risk factors including diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity as well as certain cancers including digestive and breast cancer. Though this article calls for more definitive research, this and another article says that olive oil is seen as being an:

  • Antihypertensive
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-carcinogenic
  • Anti-thromotic[iii]

Virgin olive oil is the one rich in phenolic compounds[iv] and is said that daily ingestion of this is beneficial and a key food for protection from cardiovascular issue.  And it may be that extra virgin olive oil can be problematic as well because it is extremely perishable and can easily go rancid[v]. Perhaps semi-refined oil is better since when oil is exposed to light or air it oxidizes and the chlorophyll in extra virgin olive oil accelerates this oxidation. Spoiled oil will do more harm than good (Mercola) .

So keep your olive oil in a cool dark place and close the cap immediately--plus perhaps buy small amounts at a time or transfer to smaller containers to mitigate oxidation. Heating vegetable oil and cooking with olive oil is said to change it into an oxidant because at high temperatures, it burns. It is recommended to use coconut oil to cook with.[vi]   

To tell if you have olive oil gone bad it:

  • smells like crayons or putty
  • tastes like rancid nuts and
  • has a greasy mouthfeel.   

Mercola indicates that corn, soy, safflower andcanola oil are highly damaged by heat and can clog arteries.   He further warns as well about processed foods like potato chips, pre-made cookies and microwave dinners. They use of trans-fat which raises your LDL and is linked to heart disease.

Recently[vii] a review of 23 publications was done to see if heating vegetable oil increased the risk of chronic disease. The survey concluded that the myth of frying foods associated by the risk of cardiovascular disease is not supported by the evidence. That virgin olive oil significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular clinical events and that high use of fried foods is related to higher risk of weight gain.

 

We recommend that you check with a nutritionist or do your own look up.

 

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Toxic Chemicals In Hair Care Products

So savvy today, we are about health and beauty.

Yet with all our knowledge about the best hair care products--there is the issue with toxic chemicals so the team wanted to take a look.

We cannot go to a high fashion hair salon, it seems, without toxic chemicals in our midst. 

At the organic or going green salons, we are told consistently that the color and hair care is not as good, we will pay a lot more and the color/process will not even last.  

We have also found that for African Americans, hair care products use alot of endocrine disruptive chemicals that are linked to fibroids, cancer, early puberty, and harmful effects to the brain[i].

Chris Rock, in Good Hair, speaks of a 9 billion dollar business where folks look to find what is the best relaxer for African Americans who ‘relax their hair’ or as he puts it, are on “creamy crack”.

The going green products are just organic hair care products even though they say that they are. They burn and damage the scalp, cause allergies, cellular damage, organ toxicity and damage our immune systems.

There is a change in the trend of buying these organic hair care products.  

The natural hair movement.

The products are organic balms and oils. This seemed to begin with natural styles of the 1960’s-the Afro. The power was to the people and the liberation of their hair was one sign of that. Remember HAIR the musical!   But this was not to last, unfortunately. 

A study[ii] quoted occurring in 2011 showing that African American and African Caribbean women are more likely to be toxically exposed to chemicals in personal care products. That endocrine disruptive chemicals are linked to various reproductive and birth defects, breast cancer and coronary disease. One study showed that hair relaxer increases the risk for fibroid tumors through the burning of their scalp and lesions oncurred by using these products with chemicals.

There is also early onset puberty in African American girls who use the hair products and this was significant when compared to Hispanics and Caucasians. The research shows that when girls menstruate before age ten they are more likely to get uterine fibroids.  It is racially linked.

The research shows us:

  • Personal care products use is greater among African Americans-and that hair and skin products can have EA or AEA and that these estrogenic activity chemicals can have adverse health effects and cause cancer especially in young children with low estrogen levels[iii].   
  • African Americans have a higher mortality rate due to breast cancer and it appears linked to environmental exposures to breast cancer and environmental estrogen as well as the presence of toxic chemicals in personal care products and the use of certain hair care products with breast cancer risk[iv]  
  • There are more African American and African Caribbean women likely to be exposed to hormonally-active chemicals in hair products such as hair oil and lotion, leave in conditioner, root stimulator, perms etc..[v]   

Going green and going natural is a good choice for health. No one cares what your hair looks like really.

..If your hair is trimmed, neat, clean.  Just be yourself.

Why risk your own health and your daughters, your sisters, your mothers?

                                    We can choose!

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