Summer Skincare Tips

30 Mar

The summer is right around the corner. That means longer days and more time spent outside. Summer is indeed a lot of fun, but people should make sure that they take the steps necessary to protect their skin from the harsh summer sun.

Below are five of the most important summer skin care tips, courtesy of my local skin care center:

Avoid sun during its peak hours

Many people enjoy spending time outside, but the harsh ultraviolet rays from the sun can do serious damage to the skin. People who spend too much time in the sun also have a tendency to age more quickly. Studies have also shown that exposure to ultraviolet rays can also make a person more susceptible to developing skin cancer. The sun is at its peak during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sun exposure should be limited during those times.

Put on sunscreen

It is not possible to completely avoid the sun during the wintertime. However, people should always make sure that they apply sunscreen when they go outside. This includes the times before 10 A.M. and after 4 P.M. Sunscreen helps protect the skin from the harsh ultraviolet rays.

Cleanse the skin

This may seem like a given, but it is one of the most important things that people can do to keep their skin healthy during any season. Washing helps remove the toxins that can build up and rob the skin of its beauty. However, people should not bathe or shower more than twice per day. Over washing the skin removes many of its protective oils.

Drink plenty of water

Water also helps flush out toxins in the body and helps keep the complexion smooth and radiant. Drinking water also helps prevent dehydration, which is very common during the hotter months. People should carry a water bottle with them at all times to make sure that they are drinking enough water.

Eat a healthy diet

Eating diet that is filled with fruits and vegetables will allow a person to get plenty of antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients that help keep the skin looking youthful. People should also make sure that they get plenty of whole grains and lean protein.

Limiting sun exposure, applying sunscreen, cleansing the skin, drinking water and eating a healthy diet are the keys to keeping the skin healthy during the summer.

Low-Dose Chemo: Insulin Potentiation Therapy

19 Jul

Alternative cancer treatment centers are now utilizing a complementary treatment to assist with chemotherapy, called insulin potentiation therapy (IPT).

Cancer cells are very similar to the body’s natural cells, but differ in that they use glucose almost exclusively for energy, whereas the body’s cells use a combination of glucose and fats. Almost all cells, including cancerous ones, require insulin to allow glucose to enter the cell. Because cancer cells require more glucose, they have approximately six to fifteen times more insulin receptors around their membranes as normal cells. This allows them to take up more glucose than a normal body cell, allowing them to thrive.

While this physiological difference has proven useful for cancer cell survival, it gives scientists a means to effectively attack them while doing less damage to the body’s own cells. As well as allowing glucose to enter cells, insulin also makes the cell membrane more permeable, and thereby vulnerable, to chemotherapeutic drugs. Since cancer cells have such a dense quantity of insulin receptors, IPT allows the chemo drugs to enter the cancer cells with much greater effectiveness, and relatively little damage done to normal cells. A study at Georgetown University Medical School concluded that cancer cells treated with insulin accepted methotrexate, a chemotherapeutic drug, at a rate 10,000 times greater than cells not prepared with insulin.

Insulin also encourages cancer cells to divide, at which phase their reproductive systems are most susceptible to chemo treatment. In this way, IPT works by opening the cancer cell membrane to attack and causing the cells to enter a phase where the structures used to reproduce are most vulnerable.

At alternative cancer treatment centers, doctors trained in this field are able to use 5-10% of typical chemotherapy treatments in their patients to achieve cancer cell death. Low-dose chemotherapy exposes the patient to fewer toxins during treatment, allowing their minds and bodies to remain as healthy as possible to fight. Cancers of the colon, breast, pancreas, ovaries, prostate, lymphatic system, and lungs have all been treated using these methods.

It’s important to keep in mind that while IPT cancer treatment remains on the forefront of cancer treatment options, it is still a new science that is not widely accepted. All patients undergoing this course are closely monitored to keep track of the disease’s progression and the effectiveness of the treatment on different types of cancers.

Laser Tattoo Removal and You

18 Apr

Tattoos can be beautiful and exciting pieces of art that can be proudly worn and shown for a lifetime. Other times, we make a hasty decision, our lives or tastes change, or we simply get bored with a tattoo, and buyer’s remorse sets in. Suddenly, you hate your tattoo. That’s when a process called laser tattoo removal might be right for you.

Laser tattoo removal involves using a special laser, called a Q-switched laser, to target the pigments in the tattoo. Various wavelengths of laser energy are used depending on the colors in the tattoo, and generally speaking dark colors are a bit easier to remove than lighter colors. Over the course of several treatments, the laser acts on the pigment and breaks it down where the body can absorb the pigment.

The number of treatments required for laser tattoo removal can vary due to numerous factors and can differ significantly from one individual to another. Things like skin tone, where the tattoo is located, and how much ink was used to create the tattoo will influence how many treatments are needed. Treatments will usually be spaced about six weeks apart. Remember, the the laser doesn’t actually remove the ink it only breaks up the pigment. Time will be needed for your immune system to get rid of the ink. If your immune system is compromised in some way, you may not be a good candidate for laser tattoo removal. Folks with diabetes or HIV may not be able to undergo laser treatments, and people that are taking medication that makes them sensitive to light may not be good candidates either. Talk to your doctor before you have laser tattoo removal performed, and be sure to let the technician preforming the procedure know of any medical conditions you may have.

Barring any unusual health conditions, you will be ready for laser tattoo removal after a thorough talk with your doctor. Usually, a topical anesthetic will be applied about a half hour before the treatment begins, although sometimes a local anesthetic is injected. It’s not unheard of for some patients to choose to use no anesthetic at all, but most are happy to have some numbness in the area being treated. The laser itself is used for quite a short time during a treatment, something like 30 seconds to a minute is all that is required during a single procedure.

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The Best Options to Remove Unwanted Body Hair

28 Feb

There are many women and men who are insecure about unwanted hair. No one should be embarrassed to be close with someone because they are afraid that the other person might notice their stray hairs. At the same time, no one should have to toil with heavy makeup that can potentially clog the pores of someone’s skin and cause blemishes. Makeup is no solution. Any heavy makeup product will cause skin problems, look unnatural, and the hair will still be noticeable anyway. Luckily, there are several solutions to the problem for varying budgets.

The least expensive option is to use a hair removal cream or foam. These work by killing the root of the hair, causing it to fall out. These are available at most drug stores at a low ticket price. There are, of course, some drawbacks to this method. If you have sensitive skin, you might develop red bumps on the area the cream or foam was applied, or even a mild rash. This should fade or completely disappear within 24 hours. If it doesn’t, you should contact a dermatologist because you might have had an allergic reaction. The hair will grow back in 1-3 weeks depending on your personal hair growth rate, and you will have to reapply the treatment.

Another option is waxing the hair. You can either buy a home kit at a pharmacy or go into a salon to have it done professionally. To remove the hair, you need to heat up the wax, apply it to the area of your body with unwanted hair, place a cloth strip on the wax, and pull the strip off in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Because this method feels slightly more painful than ripping a bandage off, you might want to consider taking care of it at a salon. A professional has a more practiced hand in this technique. With this method, you might also deal with bumps, and of course you will have to deal with hair regrowth.

Laser hair removal is the most expensive option, but it may be the cheapest in the long term. For this method, you would need to make an appointment with an office that performs this procedure. It should be observed if not performed by a doctor. Removing hair by laser works by killing the entire hair follicle so that it won’t grow back. It can also be painful and cause redness and bumps at first, but you will never deal with that unwanted hair again.

Celebs Fave Ways to Get in Shape for the Red Carpet

16 Feb

As red carpet season approaches, celebrities start to clear their calendars so they can begin to book appointments for cosmetic procedures before they are seen up close and personal by millions of scrutinizing fans around the world. Although, as every personal assistant can attest, every celebrity’s personal choice of cosmetic procedures is different. But there are some common ones that celebrities tend to favor.

The first appointment that many famous actresses and singers make is at their favorite vein treatment center, since preferred consultants and choice times fill up quick. These appointments, to get rid of spider veins, are considered a must have for the “beautiful people” before they don the fabulous gowns (almost all of which feature a thigh high slit) at the season’s awards shows. Although the awards shows are ostensibly to honor films and actors and actresses for their performances, the statuettes have become secondary to the “best dressed” or “worst dressed” proclamations on magazine covers and newspapers the following day.

In addition to concerns about being considered poorly dressed if they wear dresses that reveal spider veins, actresses and other celebrities, also are perennially worried about appearing older than they are. In their youth obsessed line of work, many actresses are afraid of even appearing the age that they actually are. Spider veins make them look older than they want, so they must go prior to appearing on the red carpet.

Actresses and other celebrities appearing at awards shows also take special care to ensure that their skin looks as young and tight as possible. For an older celebrity, this usually means a stop at her favorite dermatologist’s office or arranging to have a dermatologist make an at home visit to administer the wrinkle stopping Botox injections. A younger actress, however, may be more concerned about her acne spots grabbing the headlines. A favorite star spot treatment is to get a cortisone shot between 12 and 24 hours prior to the awards show. The shot deflates the zit without causing an unsightly mess and leaves the starlet bump free when she hits the red carpet later that night.

Many actresses find themselves undergoing more extensive procedures prior to awards show season. If they were already contemplating cosmetic surgery, such as implants, nips, tucks, and other means of making themselves appear more svelte and young, then they will go ahead and plan to have the procedure done and their body recovered prior to the awards show season.

Tools for Effective Navigation: The World of International Drug Registration

24 Jan

There are many challenges in the world of international drug registration. Oftentimes, ineffective national drug registration systems lead to shortages in some countries of essential drugs manufactured abroad. Different regulations throughout the world can help to ensure that a drug is safe and is of proper quality; however, these same regulations can also act as a hindrance to providing a country’s population with critically needed medicines. Therefore it is imperative to stay up to date on international drug registration policies in different regions throughout the world and have access to ever-evolving resources that illuminate policies as they change in different countries and eventually provide greater medicinal access worldwide

Drug registration is the process by which a national or regional regulatory authority approves the use of a medicine in a particular country, having considered evidence of the medicine’s efficacy, quality and safety. However, there are substantial roadblocks to accessing international markets, particularly in some countries such as China, and therefore it is imperative to find information about changing policies abroad. These policies are continually evolving and can eventually provide better market access; however, there are still a number of obstacles. Because of this, it is essential to stay regularly informed on changing policies as they occur and there are several resources available to help.

One of the most informative resources is available via the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO has promoted the idea that access to medicines, whether in developed or developing countries, depends upon effective regulatory bodies that ensure medicinal quality. However, many regulatory processes throughout the world are cumbersome and oftentimes delay entry of needed medicines, and usually in countries that have the greatest need. For example, China drug registration can be very complex since the Chinese pharmaceutical authorities control this process through extensive regulations. Market entry can thus be a challenge, and resource guides available through different private market research firms and international governmental bodies such as the WHO and the World Bank become essential in effectively navigating the China drug registration process, and in other equally challenging markets throughout the world.

Drug registration in different international markets can be a challenge today, but with access to the right resources that are becoming increasingly available, policy trends can be recognized and capitalized upon to ensure the continued broadening of markets worldwide.

The Global Standardization of Pharmaceutical Registration

16 Dec

The standardization of international pharmaceutical requirements started in the 1970’s as the European Community, now known as the EU, moved towards a single regulatory standard and market. At the same time, Europe, the United States and Japan discussed harmonizing the data requirements for registering pharmaceuticals.

Seeing the direction of global pharmaceutical registration, the pharmaceutical industry proposed a joint industry – regulatory authority initiative. By 1990, a global initiative had been set up under The International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use or as commonly called the ICH.

The ICH Harmonised Tripartite Guidelines outlines the required administrative pharmaceutical registration documentation required specific to each nation or as the ICH calls them “regions.” ICH regions include Europe, China, Japan and the United States. The agreement harmonizes the registration requirements and standardizes required information such as information required on the registration form, required drug information and labeling.

An example of the use of ICH Harmonised Tripartite Guidelines in a specific ICH region is China’s drug
approval processes. In China, new drug applicants seeking China drug approval allows companies to register for a new drug application using a governmental form based on international pharmaceutical registration standards.

China’s standardized procedures are common international drug registration processes. They include a review of the drug application by the Provincial Drug Administration Authorities, who organize and handle the formal reviews of all application materials and samples to assure compliance with China’s drug policies.

Chinese experts experienced locally and internationally in medical treatment and pharmaceutical research conduct China’s drug evaluation reviews. China drug approval reviews include reports on similar international drug reviews, toxicology reviews, statistical data reviews, labeling, clinical reviews and safety reviews.

China’s material required for submission will seem familiar to many international pharmaceutical companies since they are based upon ICH guidelines. Required forms include documents for drug market access from the country of origin, drug review documentation from other regions, confirmation of drug ownership and patent information

China’s accordance to World Trade Organization agreements means that pharmaceutical patents and intellectual properties are protected. During the China drug approval process as in other international countries, new drug applicants should submit their patent information and certificate of ownership for the drug submitted. Once Provincial Drug Administration Authorities qualify a pharmaceutical company’s drug application, the application is then sent to the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) for further review and final approval.

No Miracles Without Prior Regulatory Approval

14 Dec

The pharmaceutical industry has come a long way from the time of the corner drugstore. Instead of a friendly neighbor compounding your prescriptions from raw materials sitting on his shelf, pharmaceuticals have become a globalized industrial complex with raw material sources, production facilities, and supply chains strung all across the planet.

Compounding this problem is the brier patch of national and sometimes regional oversight agencies that produce an ever-expanding thicket of new regulations that frequently contradict those of other players in the administrative portion of the international pharmaceutical trade. Given the literal life and death nature of these products, procedural hurdles can sometimes have devastating consequences.

Countless stories have been filed about patients who have to journey to distant lands in order to receive treatments currently unapproved for use in their own countries. Large travel expenses are thus added to the costs of cutting edge medicine and further debilitate the patient’s health and ability to afford treatment.

Clearly, a single unified international pharmaceutical standard is called for. The most promising avenue of progress is probably found in the International Conference on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Registrations of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use, or ICH for short. Many nations which have previously expressed satisfaction with their insular regulatory procedures have been getting behind this effort. Japan pharmaceutical regulations have been particularly notorious for slowing down the approved use of drugs widely prescribed in the United States and Europe. Rapid progress is now taking place, particularly on the subject of generic substitutes for approved medications.

Until the day comes when one single supra-national organization oversees the entire pharmaceutical industry, companies will have to live with the way things are today. That means staying exceptionally vigilant about both published and proposed regulatory changes in a host of different venues. Certain drugs could be legal when inserted into a national supply chain yet turn out to be unapproved by the time they reach the end user. In other cases, even exactly similar drugs already approved for market may be banned based on their point-of-origin.

From a public relations standpoint, not to mention from a legal and medical one, such an inadvertent violation could prove disastrous for company shareholders and management. To a large degree, modern pharmaceutical companies have no choice except to pursue the same prescription for both their stockholders and their customers…do no harm.


14 Dec

Hi there! I’m Betsy Miller, and welcome to my blog. I will be writing about all things related to the health and medical industries, so stay tuned to read my thoughts and insights.