Skin Cancer And The Health Benefits Of Nutrition Supplements

The three most common types of skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Each are named after the type of skin cell from which it arises. Basal and squamous cell carcinoma are the two most common and curable types of skin cancer. Melanoma is less common, but the most serious, and is responsible for 75% of all skin cancer related deaths.

Skin cancers are most often caused by overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. These UV rays destroy the genetic material (DNA) in the skin cells, causing severe tissue damage and cancer.

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common of the three forms of skin cancer. Overexposure to strong sunlight is the major factor. It rarely spreads elsewhere in the body or kills. Although, it is still considered malignant because it can cause substantial disfigurement and destruction by invading surrounding tissue.

The first sign of basal cell carcinoma is a large pearly looking lump usually occurring on the face near the eyes or nose. The lump then becomes an ulcer with a raw, moist center and a hard border that may bleed. Scabs continually form over the ulcer. The scabs come off, but the ulcer never heals.

In squamous cell carcinoma, the underlying skin cells are damaged. This leads to the development of a tumor or lump under the skin. The ears, face, hands and lower lip are affected in most cases. The lump may resemble a wart or an ulceration that never heals. Detected early enough, treatment is effective.

Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It can be cured if discovered and treated early. With this form of skin cancer, a tumor occurs from the pigment producing cells of the deeper layers of the skin. It often begins as a lesion that looks like a mole.

Most moles appear early in life, so be aware of new moles that appear after the age of 40. Also be aware of any mole that appears unusual; changes in size, color or texture. They should be looked at right away by a dermatologist.

Warning Signs Of Skin Cancer

1. A skin growth that increases in size and/or appears pearly, translucent, brown, tan, black or multicolored.

2. A mole, birthmark or beauty mark that changes color, grows in size or thickness, changes in texture or becomes irregular in outline.

3. A spot or growth that hurts, itches, crusts, scabs over, erodes or bleeds.

Nutrition Supplements

Manufacturers are now incorporating vitamins A, C, D and E in sunscreen to help protect the skin. Many nutritionists and holistic doctors recommend oral supplements of all the antioxidants to neutralize the free radicals created by ultraviolet radiation; as well as by oxidation within the body, that can harm DNA and both internal and external cells.

Coenzyme Q10 improves cellular oxygenation. Take 100 milligrams daily.

Evening primrose oil for cellular protection. Take 2 capsules before meals.

Selenium is a powerful free radical scavenger. Take 50 – 200 micrograms daily.

Vitamin A in the form of beta carotene. Take 25,000 – 50,000 IU daily. Taking an extra vitamin A before an expected outing helps prevent the temporary night blindness that often follows exposure to extremely bright lights.

Vitamin B complex – the B vitamins are necessary for normal cell division and function. Take 100 milligrams daily.

Vitamin C plus bioflavonoids is powerful anti-cancer agent. Take 1,5000 – 5,000 milligrams daily in divided doses to help prevent pigment clumping and skin sags by strengthening the supportive collagen.

Vitamin D. Sunscreens as low as SPF 8 block the body’s formation of natural vitamin D from sunlight on the bare skin. Take 400 IU daily, if not provided by fortified milk or a daily multivitamin.

Vitamin E. In a study, participants taking 200 IU of vitamin E each day for a year reduced their free radical level by 26 percent.

Herbal Nutrition Supplements

Gotu kola contains compounds which have an excellent reputation in supporting skin health, increasing the concentration of antioxidants and maintaining healthy blood supply to the affected area. Available in capsule form, follow packaging directions.

Marigold (Calendula officinalis) is one of the best and most well known herbs for skin health. It helps to maintain healthy skin and tissue health. It is available as a cream to be applied topically. Follow packaging directions.

Chaparral is a bitter herb that acts as a free radical scavenger and protects the skin from the harmful effects of radiation and sun exposure. Available in capsule form, follow packaging directions.

Using A Massage Chair While Pregnant

When I was a full-time chiropractor, I would get asked all the time by my patients if chiropractic and massage (which we used in our clinic all the time) was safe to use on a pregnant lady. The answer is a resounding “Yes.”

I have treated many, many women over the years who were expecting, whether in their first or last trimester. Of course, when someone is 8-9 months along, the style of treatment may need to be catered to their body morphology. But, I never met a pregnant woman who couldn’t be benefited by manual therapy.

Well, now that I am in the massage chair industry, I also get asked quite often if massage chairs are OK for pregnant women to use. Again, the answer is a resounding “Yes.”

Before I go into the reasons and physiology of this therapy, I should issue this disclaimer: If you are concerned about the health of you or the baby or if you have extenuating circumstances with your health, by all means visit your primary care physician and get some peace of mind before hopping onto massage chairs.

The benefits of massage therapy during pregnancy apply to manual, hands-on massage as well as robotic massage chair therapy. The principles and benefits are the same regardless of mode of application of massage.

Pregnant women tend to endure some, if not all, of the following health issues: swelling, muscle spasm and pain, postural stress, insomnia, breathing difficulty, lack of mobility, poor circulation, back pain, neck pain and headaches. Of course, you may be suffering from many other things, but this is a pretty comprehensive list to start with.

Now, I’ll discuss how massage chairs address each of these complaints:

1.Swelling/Poor Circulation – massage chairs that have calf and foot massagers can provide a successive compression of the legs to enhance circulation of blood and lymph. This may not only reduce swelling (edema), but also help the body remove unwanted toxins that are in your system. Those toxins may also be contributing to your muscle pain.

2.Muscle Spasm, Aches, and Pains – muscles may already be compromised by the toxins that I mentioned in #1 above. The massage chair will help flush those toxins out. However, the strain on your body muscles that comes from the change in shape of a growing baby inside you can cause muscle aches and pains everywhere. Massage is the perfect therapy for relaxing those muscles and ridding you of that annoying muscle pain. It can even reduce muscle spasm, let alone muscle pain. Massage chairs also contribute to the release of endorphins into your blood stream. For your information, endorphins are the body’s natural pain killer.

3.Postural Stress – anyone who has been pregnant or has seen someone who is pregnant will understand this complaint immediately. Without a 40 pound mass protruding from your midsection, most people have a poor posture to begin with. Adding a baby to the picture doesn’t help at all and, in fact, makes the posture worse. Strained posture leads to strained muscles which, as mentioned in #2 above, can lead to muscle aches and pains. Most people feel like they are standing taller and straighter after a massage chair session. That is because the chair actually works on those postural issues.

4.Lack of Mobility – range of motion is compromised by the addition of the 40 pound baby and accompanying tissue and fluids. The joints don’t move as easily as they would without. Massage chairs add a lovely passive motion to your joints which will keep the discs and joints healthy. You could check how far you can turn your body before sitting in the chair and then check again after a session. You will be surprised at how much more you can turn.

5.Back Pain, Neck Pain, Headaches – the benefits that apply to muscles pain, joint mobility, and postural strain will ultimately reduce any body pain that you have, be it low back, mid back, neck, and/or headache pain.

6.Difficulty Breathing – it’s kind of hard to take a deep breath when you are pregnant, isn’t it ladies? Well, much of that disability comes from the slouching posture you develop with the addition of the 40 pound bundle of joy you are carrying in your front side. When you can have the rollers of the massage chair repeatedly roll over your mid back, you will find that your posture will be straighter and your ability to take in deep breathes will increase noticeably. This can also lead to sleeping better.

7.Sleeping Problems (Insomnia) – I can’t even begin to count the number of people, men and women alike, who told me that the biggest surprise they got with their new massage chair was how well they slept at night. Massage just tends to relax everything, like muscles and joints and posture, but also your “nerves.” I can almost assure you that you will enjoy a better night’s sleep after having a massage chair session. Now, I totally understand that sleeping with 8 months of pregnancy behind you is no easy task no matter what therapy you try. But, just maybe you’ll enjoy a little bit better sleep after you sit in your new massage chair.

Well, that just about does it for pregnancy and massage chairs. I hope this puts your mind to rest about it. The risks are extremely small, if at all.

Herbal Health Supplements For Athletes

Herbal health supplements have numerous benefits especially to an athlete who needs more energy than a common person. Today, we want to be more energetic and we want to do more our daily life. Athletes require more energy. They want to run faster, jump higher, throw longer, play better and win their sporting event.

It is a well proven fact that the steroids involve the risk of health dangers. Athletes were looking for supplements that are safe and are effective in enhancing endurance. Herbal supplements suffice the requirement as they are safe and have very few or no side effects. They reduce the risks manifold that the manufactured steroids and drugs generate. Herbal supplements are an excellent source of energy and strength for an athlete. For example, Ginko Biloba is an herb which can increase an individual’s mental power, it helps in increasing energy levels too. The herb is a safe nutrition supplement for athletes when taken under strict medical supervision.

Common herbs like turmeric and ginger help athletes by boosting their energy levels. Though they are not regarded as energy producing herbs but they help in easy and better digestion of good. As better digestion means more release of energy, these herbs help trigger the release of energy and increase overall energy levels in an athlete. An herb named Gotu Kola was used by Indian Americans as an energy giving tonic. It is believed that this herb facilitates clear thinking in the brain. It also boosts the flow of blood through blood vessels. Another herb named Siberian Ginseng is an herbal supplement for athletes. Athletes from Russia as well as all over the world used to take Ginseng regularly to increase their stamina and reduce their stress. Licorice, is an herb that increases energy levels in an athlete. It arouses the adrenal secretions and reduces the symptoms of allergies.

The best herbal supplements for everyone, including athletes, are manufactured from standardized herbal extracts. This means that they are the finest ingredients available. Look for the herbs that you are interested in at local health food stores. Here are some worth mentioning:
Eleuthero: Helps in increasing oxygenation of body cells. It boosts the enduring power.
Fo-ti- : It provides strength and improves cardiovascular system.
Codonopsis : It is a mild substitute of Ginseng. It strengthens muscles while reducing weakness and stress. It also enhances digestive power and thereby increasing energy levels.
Nettles : They are highly nutritious and are a good source of protein. They counteract fatigue and help in building blood cells.
Dandelion root : This herb helps in improving liver functions. It helps sportspersons to pull through quickly after exercise.
Dipsacus : This herb is known to stimulate metabolism while developing ligaments and bones too. In China, this herb is used for discomfort in lower back and knees.
Cayenne : This natural herb removes toxin in blood. It stimulates entire body.

Herbal supplements for athletes are unique in their own way and are finding their use in all the sporting events in modern times.