Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tips for Dry Skin

Dry skin has numerous causes. Some people are born with it and it persists throughout life. It can be uncomfortable, incessantly irritable and desire to scratch is always present. The more it is scratched, the greater becomes the irritation and desire to repeat the process. It gives no lasting reliefs.

Aging people normally tend to have increasingly less secretions of tiny oil producing glands of the skin (Sebaceous glands). Therefore, there is a tendency for their skin to dry out, becoming irritable and uncomfortable. Besides it tend to lose elasticity can evoke considerable discomfort.

Some environments can predispose to a drying out of the skin. Also, certain illness can cause the skin to become abnormally dry. Any persisting dry skin should receive proper investigation by the physician.

1. Care in washing
- Avoid excessive washing- This tends to further dry out the already dry skin.
- Avoid the use of soaps as much as possible. These are generally alkaline and are quite harsh to the sensitive skin, tending to make it dryer than ever.
- Avoid undue drying medication.
- Avoid excessively hot or dry climates if possible.

2. Application
- Fat-Based applications to the skin often assist.
- Apply when is still moist. Lanoline is excellent.
- Coconut butter, liquid paraffin, petrolatum and other simple ointment are helpful.

3. Thick, dry, cracked skin
Sometime the skin in certain areas become hard, thick and dry and may be cracked. A common site is the heel. The fingers in aged persons may also be similarly affected, becoming quite painful and bleeding.

Vitamin A in a suitable ointment applied liberally and often, frequently produces excellent results after it has been used for some time. It must be preserved with in conjunction with the other general measures noted earlier. If an effective result does not occur within several weeks it is worth having a medical check from the physician. Sometimes chemical toxins can cause skin thickening. These need medical examination and tests.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Big Brother All Stars: 100 Percent United Against Malaria!

Malaria has been a burden for many African countries for the past couple of decades. According to statistics, one child dies every thirty seconds from the disease, which also happens to be the largest killer of pregnant women.

Bracelets:United Against Malaria

This week, the Housemates are to align themselves with the fight against Malaria and will be expected to wear their yellow malaria t-shirts as well as wear their Unite Against Malaria bracelets.

Over the course of the week, the Housemates will participate in various Tasks that will educate, entertain and inform Africa about the Malaria scourge.

Beads that Save Lives

Hundreds of years ago, African people fell in love with beads. Beads of all colour and made of glass, seeds and stone and hand-woven into colourful headbands, intricate bangles and earrings, medicine horns and love tokens, are part of Africa’s past – and its future.

A simple string of beads makes up the United Against Malaria bracelet – but the symbol of being part of the effort against malaria in Africa was not always a beaded bracelet.

Initially, it was a blue strip cut from the material which is used for malaria nets and which is also used to pack the nets into bundles of 20. Malaria warriors – the men and women who travel from one African community to the next distributing malaria nets and educating people about malaria prevention and treatment – tied the blue strips around their wrists and those of the people they met as a sign of belonging to a common cause.

Today, by buying the UAM bracelet, individuals and organisations are actually purchasing mosquito nets for millions of people across Africa who cannot afford to buy their own nets.

Mosquito Net

The Mosquito Net, one of the most powerful tools in the prevention of Malaria will be used during various sporting activities.

The Housemates will play a basketball game, treat a Mosquito Net, submit a video clip in which they relate their personal experience with malaria.

The Task will close off with an intelligent discussion themed "The Economic Effects of Malaria."

The Housemates did not hesitate to Wager 100 percent on what looks to be a challenging, but worthwhile Task!
Good luck to the All Stars!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Breast Cancer Survivor Story: To Blessed to be Stressed!

I was diagnosed with breast cancer June 2007. Today, I am grateful that I was diagnosed early. My decision to have a mastectomy validated when I met with my oncology surgeon. He told me my decision to remove the entire breast was a good one because the pathology report reflected that cancer cells were found throughout the entire breast. God help me make that decision. After pulling myself together with the grace of God 5 months later I was diagnosed with cancer on my left side. I underwent surgery and had a mastectomy on my left breast. After going thru a second mastectomy I knew I had to lean on the Lord up above. I was treated like family from all the hospital that took care of me. They all were a tremendous assistance to my well being. They were friendly, sincere and compassionate everywhere I went. Miami Valley Hospital, Kettering Medical Center, Grandview Hospital, South view Hospital. I just like to say thank to them all.

To my family, friends and coworkers thanks for all of your support and prayers. I'm truly grateful for all the thoughtful and kind things that you all did for me. I am so grateful to have each of you in my life. I was raised on faith and I have always lived my life by faith. I believe that God speaks to all of us. God has guided my steps and decisions since day one. Healing is a package deal on your mind, body and soul and I'm so grateful. I wanted to live to see my kids and grandchild grow up. That's what gave me the drive to fight cancer. You can't fight cancer if you don't have hope and faith. God is good!

Cynthia Johnson

Source: www.thebreastcancersite.com

My Observations:
- Early Diagnosis is important.
- It is not an easy decision to remove your breast as a result of cancer {mastectomy}
- It is important to depend on your GOD
- Support from family, friends and colleagues is equally important.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


1. No Breakfast!!
People who do not take breakfast have low blood sugar. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.

2. Overeating
It causes hardening of the brain arteries leading to decrease in mental functioning.

3. Smoking

It causes multiple brain damage and may cause Alzheimer's disease.

4. High Sugar Consumption
Too much sugar will hinder the absorption of protein and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.

5. Air Pollution
The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.

6. Sleep Deprivation
Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long sleep deprivation will accelerate the death of brain cells.

7. Covering head while asleep
Sleeping with the head covered increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease the concentration of oxygen which may lead to brain damaging effects.

8. Working your brain during illness

Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to decrease in the effectiveness of the brain as well as damage to the brain.

9. Lacking in stimulating thoughts
Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lack of brain stimulating thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.

10. Talking Rarely
Intellectual conversations will promote brain efficiency.