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7 - Female Hormonal Balance: How It Affects the Skin and Total Well-Being

James P. Meschino Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub


Female Hormonal Balance: How It Affects the Skin and Total Well-Being

We have seen throughout this book that optimal nutritional support is a must for skin cells to develop properly. However, women often must address another factor in order to achieve healthy-looking skin. Female hormones play an important role in determining the skin’s appearance and texture, and to a significant degree, they affect a woman’s overall feeling of well-being.


Hormonal imbalance throws off the body’s ability to function normally. Tissues that rely on these hormones are affected in ways that lead to a variety of female health complaints and problem skin conditions. This imbalance of reproductive hormones causes many women to experience acne breakouts in the days leading up to their periods. Studies clearly demonstrate that hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone affect the texture and appearance of the skin, and an imbalance of these hormones results in complexion problems and aggravates skin disorders.

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CHAPTER 6: Well-Baby (and Child) Checkups

Ralph K. Campbell Basic Health Publications, Inc. ePub

There are two types of visits to the pediatrician: acute care and the well visit, and both are necessary. In the past, a checkup included a complete physical exam, evaluation of physical and neurological development, and nutrition advice. It dealt with health solutions that could not be accomplished during a sick visit and covered special interest items in the news, such as hype of low-fat diets, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and other scary things. The pediatrician could provide help to the parents of a problem child or a strong-willed child; and have age-appropriate discussions with both the patients and parent(s). These services cant be done in an acute care visit, and much of it has been subtly displaced by the current emphasis on shot clinics and parenting classes that pay little attention to personal, innate mothering. I see a distinct difference between the one-on-one (one doctorone family) visits and these newer, almost production style clinics.

From the start I want to clarify what I mean by pediatrician. The medical establishment recognizes pediatricians as only those who have gone through a two-year pediatric residency program and have passed written and oral examinations to achieve Board Certification by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This categorizes the board-certified doctor as a specialist. But any specialty is prone to become too narrow in its scope, too afraid to try methods that differ from the general protocol of fellow specialists. If we think of the concept of primary care, a pediatrician can have a large number of infants and children under his or her care. Personally, I feel that experience and openness are big qualifying factors for this profession.

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PERK #94: Living a Kick-Ass Life

Strang BA BEd MEd, Florence Basic Health Publications ePub

Perk #94

Living a Kick-Ass Life

Shortly after being diagnosed, I went to visit my cousin and lifelong friend, Lil. As she cracked open a bottle of Merlot, I proceeded to bawl my eyes out about my dismal future with cancer. Lil, being the no-nonsense person that she is, would have none of it. “Stop your whining,” she said. “You will still be hot, even with one boob. You are going to beat this thing, and then you’ll go on to live a kick-ass life. Mark my words!”

As I slowly transitioned from my cancer-fighting mode into survivor mode, I found myself fulfilling Lil’s prophecy. I am living what I consider to be a kick-ass life! If you are having visions of me zip-lining, bungee jumping, or running with the bulls, let me stop you right there. I prefer to take my adrenaline rush in smaller doses, thank you very much. Take, for example, the time I put my SUV in the garage for repairs and was delighted to discover that my loaner for the day was a white sports car, complete with a full tank of gas, the new car smell, and a rockin’ stereo! The old Flo would have been cautious about using this flashy vehicle, but kick-ass Flo said, “I’m taking this baby for a ride!”

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5 Litigating the Revolution

Jo B. Paoletti Indiana University Press ePub

Fashion has had a legal side for centuries. Powerful rulers once set limits on who could or could not wear certain finery and decreed that colors, badges, or hats be used to set certain groups of people apart as “others”—Jews, for example, who were required to wear yellow badges or pointed hats in parts of thirteenth-century Europe.1 The umbrella term for these edicts is “sumptuary laws”; one of my favorites, from medieval Spain, begins with “the king may wear anything he wishes.” Sumptuary laws reveal a great deal about a society—for example, which goods are highly valued (and therefore reserved for the élites) and also which groups may be considered a threat to the status quo. Amid the social turbulence of the Renaissance, wealthy merchants and their wives were often singled out as needing to be reminded of their inferiority to their high-born betters. Economist Thorstein Veblen observed in 1899 that in modern capitalism, wealth could be freely displayed by nearly everyone who has it, as a sign of socioeconomic superiority. But we still face restrictions in the form of dress codes, usually in schools or in the workplace, that attempt to enforce a uniform appearance or suppress potentially disruptive elements. These modern regulations have elements of social class (public schools with uniform dress codes tend to be in poorer districts), race (local ordinances against “saggy pants”), or gender (laws against cross-dressing and public indecency, dress codes that enforce gender stereotypes). Sumptuary laws don’t come from out of the blue: they are a reaction by the powerful to undesirable behavior from their “inferiors.” The rampant and dramatic changes in gender expression that emerged in the 1960s met with just such resistance, leading in some cases to the courtroom and sometimes even to prison. The litigious heat generated by long hair, short skirts, and women in pants is strong evidence that these were far from trivial issues for the parties involved. The fact that we are still arguing about the same principles, though in different clothing, is part of the ongoing legacy of the 1960s.

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9. Atherosclerosis and Arteriosclerosis

Chauchard, Dr Claude Basic Health Publications ePub


Atherosclerosis and Arteriosclerosis

JULIEN: Arteries and the cardiovascular system have been mentioned several times in our discussions, but we havent talked about them directly. Now, dont they say that you are only as old as your arteries?

DR. CHAUCHARD: Exactly. Thats a popular expression and its also a medical reality. Two aging factors are involved: atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis, which are nothing more or less than inflammatory reactions of the arterial vessels.

Arterial vessels transport the blood throughout the body. Traveling to even the tiniest corner of the body, the blood brings the nutrients we need to live and takes away the waste that we need to eliminate. The engorgement of tissue from atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis gradually brings about an asphyxia (lack of oxygen) of the entire cell system, while the sudden and brutal sealing up of the blood vessels gives rise to serious and sometimes fatal cardiovascular diseases. It is, therefore, vital that we keep our arteries healthy and thereby allow the agent that liaises between the vital functionsthe bloodto accomplish its oxygenation function.

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