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DIY Organic Deoderant

DeoderantThe Nickel Pincher: Make Your Own Organic Deodorant and Skin-Care Products
By Jean Nick

A lot of toxic ingredients lurk in personal-care products, and you can avoid them all by making your own.

Still, you don’t have to buy a ready-made product. Here are a couple of simple recipes that work well.

Deodorant Powder

1 part baking soda
6 parts organic corn starch OR arrowroot powder
A few drops of tea tree oil or your favorite essential oil (optional)

Combine well and store in an airtight glass jar. Dust your underarms sparingly.

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Drugs Allergies

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By Dr Adrian Morris

About 15 per cent of the UK population report adverse reactions to medication, but only five per cent are truly allergic reactions. Adverse reactions usually involve the immune system. Of these less than one per cent are fatal.

Reactions can be divided into three groups:

  • Those not related to the drug but coincidental and due to factors other than the drug. For example, rashes or nausea associated with the disease and not the medication.
  • Toxic effects from taking an overdose: those due to known side effects; and those due to interactions with other medication taken at the same time.
  • Then there are allergic reactions and these adverse reactions usually involve the immune system.

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Eye Allergies

Eye allergies
By Dr Adrian Morris

Eye allergies can vary from mild irritation of the conjunctiva – the membrane that covers the eyeball and extends to the inside of the eyelids – to severe conjunctival inflammation with corneal scarring. Typical allergens cause this reaction.

Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis is the eye equivalent of hay fever and affects up to 25 per cent of the general population. The eyes become itchy, watery and red in the summer pollen season – usually from exposure to grass and tree pollen.

A more severe form of this disease seen in children is vernal conjunctivitis where the symptoms are more intense. The eyes are very sticky with a stringy discharge and pain occurs especially when opening the eyes on Read more…

Adverse Food Reactions

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By Dr Adrian Morris

Food allergy is a complex area of medicine. Up to 20 per cent of the population have adverse reactions to food and claim to be food allergic. But on testing, around one per cent of adults and four per cent of children are found to be truly food allergic.

Food allergy

What are the causes? In children, common allergy provoking foods include cows milk protein, hens egg white, wheat, soya bean, codfish and peanuts. In adults, nuts (including brazilnuts, almond, hazelnut, peanut and walnut), fruits (such as peach, apple, strawberry and citrus fruit), and vegetables (such as celery, tomato, onion, garlic and parsley) are common allergens. Seafood such as fish, mussels, crab, prawn, shrimp and squid may also cause allergic reactions. Read more…

Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Groups At Risk

Vitamin B12 SupplementThe main causes of vitamin B12 deficiency include vitamin B12 malabsorption from food, pernicious anemia, postsurgical malabsorption, and dietary deficiency. However, in many cases, the cause of vitamin B12 deficiency is unknown. The following groups are among those most likely to be vitamin B12 deficient.

Older adults
Atrophic gastritis, a condition affecting 10%–30% of older adults, decreases secretion of Read more…

Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Risks

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptoms NetCardiovascular disease
Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in industrialized countries, such as the United States, and is on the rise in developing countries. Risk factors for cardiovascular disease include elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels, high blood pressure, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels, obesity, and diabetes. Read more…

Schizophrenia Story – 3

Image result for schizophrenia peopleLiving with paranoid schizophrenia
From Reach Out

Our Stories are written by young people for young people.

My story of overcoming bullying and mental illness

When I was in school, I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. It all started when the bullying did. I never used to get on well in school. In fact, I was held back a year, as I couldn’t keep up with the [class]. But, when I was in art, I kinda let my passion and feelings flow freely into my work, the same with my music lessons.

I used to really struggle at math, to the extent that I had to have a teaching assistant help me because the teacher couldn’t keep stopping teaching to help me with simple things. None of my peers liked her, she used to tell them off if they misbehaved in class. Outside of class, the same group of boys would come up to me and Read more…