Essential Oils and Pregnancy

By , August 16, 2010 8:58 pm

The skin becomes more permeable and sensitive during pregnancy. During the therapeutic application of blended essential oils, tiny molecules of essential oil permeate the skin thus allowing essential oils into the blood stream and other tissue fluids, consequently essential oils are able to cross the placental barrier. It should be pointed out that there is no evidence to suggest that unborn babies have been harmed as a result of their mothers using essential oils during pregnancy.

Nevertheless there are a number of essential oils that stimulate menstruation during the first trimester. In reality a woman would need to apply a very high concentration of essential oils to cause miscarriage or toxicity, certainly far more than is used in the therapeutic application of blended essential oils. However it is always best to err on the side of caution. If you are at all concerned about using essential oils or have a history of miscarriage it is best to avoid using essential oils during the first trimester of pregnancy.

As skin sensitivity is increased during pregnancy it is advisable to complete a skin test before using any product containing essential oils. Let us know if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant as we recommend using a lower dilution of essential oils in therapeutic application and will blend products accordingly. There are several essential oils that can help with itchy skin, restless legs and prevent stretch marks, all of which are common during pregnancy.

LIST A – Oils to use with safety during the whole pregnancy:

Bitter Orange
Black Pepper
Rose geranium
Rose Otto
Sweet Orange
Tea Tree
Ylang Ylang

LIST B – Oils which have very mild diuretic or emmenagoguic properties but are never the less considered safe to use during the whole pregnancy dependant upon client history:

Chamomile German
Chamomile Moroccan
Chamomile Roman
Marjoram Sweet
Marjoram (Spanish)
Thyme Sweet
True Melissa

LIST C – Oils which are safe to use during the second half of the pregnancy:

Clary Sage

Unless recommended by an aromatherapist, it is best during pregnancy not to use any unknown oils or any not mentioned in lists A, B and C.

LIST D. Oils contain ketones or phenols and, although they have not been proved to be dangerous at the low levels always recommended for aromatherapy, they are best used only by therapists at this time. They should be treated with the greatest respect at all times.

Fennel (Sweet)
Thyme (Red)

Osteoporosis in Modern World

By , August 14, 2010 8:54 pm

Osteoporosis is a serious worldwide disease. In America it is pestilent, threatening more than forty-four million people. Ten million American citizens suffer from it and women tend to be affected 4 times more than men. The growth in osteoporotic fractures in the modern society occurs because of an increase in the aged people.

There’s little arguing about the active treatment of osteoporosis. Now the focus is laid on preventing osteoporosis-related fractures and the attendant hurting and handicap. Persons at increased risk for fracture can be described by a thorough history. For women, risk factors such as a former history of breakability fracture, family history of osteoporosis, and long calcium lack are particularly significant.

Bone densities in proximal femoris bones from a time period of more than two hundred years were compared and the results showed that women lose more bone nowadays, maybe because of little physical activity and lower parity. Other adding factors include a dietary reduction of calcium and an earlier bone loss due to the affect of smoking.

As a matter of fact, our Stone Age predecessors consumed a diet high in calcium, generally from vegetable sources. Even so, the affect of the enormous increase in the aged population throughout the world should not be underestimated. Due to this demographic change, the number of coxa fractures happening in the world annually will increase about 6-fold from 1990 to 2050, and the balance in Europe and North America will change from 50% to 25% as the numbers of aged people in developing countries grow.

HT Therapy for Relief

By , August 13, 2010 8:29 pm

This study, which reports increased tumor size and lymph node spread in patients using E+P, adds to the evidence against the use of long-term HT therapy in asymptomatic older women. For symptomatic women who are younger (ages 45 to 55 years) and at less risk for breast cancer as a function of age, HT can still be considered for relief of moderate-to-severe menopausal symptoms after full discussion of the risks and benefits and consideration of other alternatives. This study should increase our caution in using HT, and stresses the need for individual discussions and use of the lowest effective dose of both estrogen and progestin for the shortest duration.

Research is needed regarding the safety and efficacy of lower doses of estrogen alone, more creative progestin dosing for uterine protection such as menopausal progesterone intrauterine devices (IUDs), and additional options for vasomotor relief such as the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).

The question then remains as to whether all patients who have had breast cancer should be denied the benefits of estrogen replacement therapy. This is particularly relevant in the patient who has serious quality of life issues before her. At present, therapy with ERT/HRT is indicated in the management of quality of life issues, using lowest possible dose of hormone for shortest duration of time possible. Is it appropriate to deny a woman the option of taking replacement therapy for relief of her symptoms when there is no clinical evidence that it adversely affects outcome?

Disclosing Atkins Diet

By , August 10, 2010 8:11 pm

Medical studies have shown and nutritionist have long known that a high protein diet which includes fruit and green vegetables but has low amounts of starchy carbohydrates will lower cholesterol and triglycerides, improves heart disease and, more importantly,helps prevent the conditions that lead to diabetes and Hyperinsulemia (a most destructive condition to the human body).

It is no coincidence that this baseless low carb debate has begun again on the eve of an American Bread Summit. This summit convened earlier this year to address the loss of wheat sales due to people trying to lose weight by cutting starchy carbohydrates. Is it also a coincidence that we witness the recent attempt by the cereal, cookie, cake and candy industry to modify recipes for fear of massive class action lawsuits against their poisoning of America? Such a lawsuit would be full of merit.

In my opinion and experience, Hyperinsulemia and Diabetes II are more eating disorders than medical disorders. They come from years of pushing the body into over-producing insulin in an effort to process the excess pounds of sugar and flour found in the Standard American Diet (SAD). Diabetes II is not a genetic given. If those in your family have it then you can assume you could receive the same health results if you eat the same foods they do. Watch what they eat and choose to not eat those foods. Often one will get their family’s health problems if one eats as they do. Don’t do what they do to avoid what they have. If you do what they do you’ll get what they got and look how they look. The same goes for Arthritis and many conditions often blamed on genetics.

I have and I will continue to praise eating high protein and low amounts of starchy carbohydrates all chosen within your blood type list. With over thirty years of good experience with the Atkins diet, I have found it to be the best way of eating for health and longevity. If one reads Atkins’ books they will see that Atkins does not recommend going on his or any diet without nutritional supplementation. Those who do are asking for trouble. He also recommends eating fresh greens and taking fiber supplements. Those who do not head these directions are the ones who do not receive good results and give low carb diets a bad rap.

If on Atkins, I recommend you also combine it with the Blood Type diet. Contrary to the way the Atkins Diet is portrayed by the media, one is not encouraged to consume every fatty food in sight. Those purveyors of slander owe a large slice of their commercial air time to the medical, pharmaceutical and food industries who all have a lot to lose if Americans get healthy without drugs, sugars and grains.

I have personally lived the Atkins lifestyle for over 15 years. As it is written, it is the best way to eat for those with Blood Type O. However, other blood types may need more direction. If one eats the wrong source of protein for their type then negative results could crop up down the road. Example: Blood type A will gain weight and their cholesterol could go up if they eat beef. Plus they will not feel very well to boot . Blood Type AB and B can have several meats but should avoid chicken.

Eating the Atkins way should not be regarded as a temporary weight loss diet but as a way of healthy eating for life as Atkins intended. It is difficult for the paid medical lackeys to speak against the diet with any creditability as the nation is filled with millions of slim and healthy walking Atkins billboards. You can’t miss an Atkins body, it sticks out among the obese and diabetic like a polished thumb.

The combination of high protein with limited amounts of low glycemic carbohydrates chosen from those listed for your blood type will result in the best healthy diet available.