Girls’ Online Sex Experience May Spur Risk Offline

By Serena Gordon

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The types of sexual experiences girls have on the internet can help predict the kinds of risk they face offline, including HIV infections, physically violent relationships and sexual assault, new research suggests.

“Girls are under immense pressure to prove themselves to be sexually ‘hot’ or attractive online,” said the study’s lead author, Megan Maas. She is an assistant professor of human development and family studies at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

And that pressure can lead girls into potentially dangerous situations, Maas noted.

The study looked at almost 300 girls, aged 14 through 16, over a five-year period. About half had previously experienced neglect, physical abuse or sexual abuse. Forty-six percent were white, 44% were black, and the rest were bi-racial, Hispanic or Native American.

Based on the girls’ self-reported experiences, the investigators found that they fell into one of four online sexual experience groups:

  • Online inclusive: These girls are likely involved in different types of online sexual experiences. They may look at internet pornography, talk to strangers about sex, post sexy pictures on social media and send nude photos. They’re also likely to get requests for sexy pictures, sexual comments on their pictures and requests to have sex.
  • Seekers: These girls might view porn, chat with others about sex and post provocative photos, yet they deliberately don’t have sexy profile pictures.
  • Attractors: While they may not actively seek attention, these girls often get it. They may post a provocative profile picture and get comments from strangers about how sexy they are, as well as offers for offline sex or requests for nude photos.
  • Online abstinent: Though these girls may have spent time online, they didn’t appear to have significant online sexual experiences.

Just over half of the girls fell into the online abstinent group. About 20% were online inclusive, 15% were attractors and 13% were seekers, the findings showed.

Girls in the attractor category were more likely than seekers to be sexually assaulted. Maas said it’s not clear why, but it’s possible that attractors may be more naive and vulnerable.


Seekers were more apt to have a physically violent boyfriend. Maas said researchers couldn’t tell if the online sexual experiences of seekers were consensual or not. It’s possible girls may have been coerced to send nude images or view pornography.

The online inclusive group was more likely than others to report HIV risk behaviors, such as having sex without a condom or using intravenous drugs, the findings showed.

In addition, girls who had been mistreated prior to the study were more likely to experience physical violence and HIV risk.

Maas said it’s not reasonable to think that parents can just get kids to stay offline. But she suggested getting children involved in other activities from an early age.

“For girls, in particular, if they’re less invested in getting attention on social media, they’re way better off. Emphasize those experiences and achievements that aren’t based on looks. When girls are focused on basketball, horseback riding or art or whatever else, they may not be as vulnerable,” she explained.

And, Maas said, kids need to be educated so they can navigate these situations.

“Predators will promise the world to get you to meet them offline. You need to prepare kids for that. And, with peer on peer. Boys need to know if someone has a sexy social media profile or is flirting, it doesn’t mean that’s a guarantee for a sexual experience. There has to be a conversation about consent. We have to hold boys and men accountable for their behavior, too,” she said.

Maas also recommended that parents take away kids’ phones, tablets and other devices at night for sleep and for social protections. She suggested having times during the day — for an hour or two in the evening, for example — where everyone in the family shuts down their devices.

Frederick Scholl, associate teaching professor of cybersecurity at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., reviewed the study. He noted that this study included a significant number of girls who were probably at increased risk because they had been mistreated.

But Scholl agreed with Maas that parents need to set limits.


“Instead of just saying no to being online, you have to insist that kids get involved in other activities,” he said. “I am concerned that kids are generally online so much of the time.”

Scholl also recommended that everyone upgrade their home technology security. If parents upgrade their internet security, they can set restrictions (such as blocking sites) to limit what kids can do online, he noted.

“Families will spend hundreds of dollars on having good locks on their front door. We also need to spend money to protect our families against the billions of people online,” Scholl said.

In the end, however, no technology can substitute for good parental oversight, he explained.

The study was recently published online in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

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SOURCES: Megan Maas, Ph.D., M.S., assistant professor of human development and family studies, Michigan State University, East Lansing; Frederick Scholl, Ph.D., associate teaching professor of cybersecurity and director, graduate cybersecurity program, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn.; Feb. 18, 2019,Journal of Youth and Adolescence, online

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Listeria Outbreak Linked to Deli Meats in 4 States

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A listeria outbreak that has sickened eight, including one death, has now been linked to deli meats and cheeses sold at stores in four states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

The illnesses in the outbreak, which first began more than two years ago, have been reported in Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. All eight people were hospitalized, including a patient in Michigan who died, the CDC said in a news release.

“Infection with listeria is an important public health problem in the U.S.,” said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine doctor at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

“In general, the disease mainly affects older persons, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems,” Glatter added. “Pregnant women are also at risk and could suffer stillbirths and miscarriages. Pregnant women are about 10 times more likely than the general population to develop an infection with listeria.”

But he noted that people who are otherwise healthy rarely get sick from the bacteria.

The outbreak strain of listeria was detected in samples taken from meat sliced at a deli and from deli counters in multiple stores. A single, common supplier of deli products linked with the outbreak has not yet been identified, the CDC said.

In the outbreak, two cases of illness were reported in early 2019, and the other six were reported between November 2016 and February 2018.

An initial investigation of three cases of illness in March 2017 did not yield enough information to pinpoint the source of the outbreak, the CDC explained.

The link between the outbreak and deli-sliced products was made with information from the two more recent cases, the agency said.

At this time, the CDC is not advising consumers to avoid eating products prepared at delis, or for stores to stop selling deli-sliced products.

But consumers should clean refrigerators, kitchen countertops, utensils and other surfaces that come into contact with deli-sliced products, the agency said.

Symptoms of listeria infection include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions, in addition to fever and muscle aches. Symptoms typically begin one to four weeks after eating contaminated food. Antibiotics are used to treat the infection.

Pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to get sick with listeria infection, the CDC said.

These groups of people should not eat lunch meats, cold cuts or other deli meats unless they are heated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit or until they are steaming hot just before serving.


Third Roundup-Cancer Lawsuit Exposes Cozy Relationship Between the EPA and Monsanto

By Derrick Broze

A third lawsuit related to claims that Monsanto’s Roundup causes cancer has revealed new details about the cozy relationship between the biotech giant and U.S. regulators.

On Monday, Monsanto Co. corporate spokesman William Reeves admitted the corporation has regularly communicated with U.S. regulatory agencies regarding reviews of the controversial Roundup herbicide. Reeves denied that Monsanto had given the agencies orders to follow. Reeves’ testimony came about during the latest lawsuit against biotech giant Monsanto, as Alva and Alberta Pilliod fight to prove that Roundup caused their cancer.

The Pilliods are both living with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after spraying the herbicide Roundup on their properties for nearly 30 years. The septuagenarian couple were diagnosed with the most common form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, in 2011 and 2015. Now the couple is seeking damages related to their use of Roundup after recent studies have linked the world’s most popular herbicide to cancer.

Courthouse News reported on the latest developments in the case:

The text messages show that on June 18, 2015, Monsanto scientist Eric Sachs sent a text message to former EPA toxicologist Mary Manibusan, looking for help finding a contact in the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Sachs was looking to communicate with someone in relation to the agency’s ongoing work developing a toxicological profile of glyphosate, Roundup’s main ingredient. The ATSDR had begun working on the profile after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research concluded that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

In another text, Manibusan told Dan Jenkins, Monsanto’s liaison to U.S. regulatory agencies like the EPA, that he may need help “trying to do everything we can to keep from having a domestic IARC occur with this group,” in reference to the ATSDR. By June 23, 2015, Jenkins wrote to his Monsanto colleagues alerting them that Jack Housenger, director of EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, would put a hold on the report.  “ATSDR Director and Branch Chief have promised Jack Housenger (Director of the US Office of Pesticide Programs) to put their report ‘on hold’ until after EPA releases its preliminary risk assessment (PRA) for glyphosate,” Jenkins wrote.

When questioned about these texts by the Pilliods’ lawyers, Reeves confirmed the text messages were authentic, but stated, “I never heard anyone at the EPA say they were going to tell ATSDR what to do.”

The testimony from Reeves comes a week after Dr. Dennis Weisenburger testified that years of spraying Roundup likely caused the Pilliods’ lymphoma. Dr. Weisenburger testified that Alberta used Roundup an estimated 279 times, and Al 729 times—both without wearing protective equipment.“It’s not a hard call,” Weisenburger said on the witness stand, stating that using Roundup more than two days per year doubles the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma. “It’s the intensity of exposure that’s more important than the length.”

The Pilliods’ trial is expected to wrap up in the coming weeks, with Monsanto’s lawyers beginning their cross examination next week.

The case is the third lawsuit brought against Monsanto in the last two years. In 2018, a California jury found that Monsanto’s Roundup contributed to cancer in DeWayne Johnson, a former school groundskeeper. In that case, evidence of corporate misconduct played a key role in the jury’s decision. In August 2018, Johnson was awarded $289 million after a jury found that Monsanto failed to notify him and other consumers of the dangers of Roundup. Additionally, a jury in San Francisco recently found that Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer played a significant role in contributing to 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman’s cancer. Hardeman used Roundup on his 56-acre Sonoma County property for decades before he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015. The unanimous verdict concluded a trial that may determine the future of thousands of similar lawsuits filed against biotechnology giant Monsanto.

Stay tuned to The Mind Unleashed for updates on this lawsuit against Monsanto.

Derrick is the founder of TCRN.

This article was sourced from The Mind Unleashed.


Carl’s Jr To Debut CBD-Infused Burger On 4/20 That Costs $4.20

By Amanda Froelich

Each day, more people choose to supplement with CBD. This is likely because the component of the cannabis plant (which is non-psychoactive, unlike THC) has been proven to benefit a variety of ailments — from cancer to Alzheimer’s. The problem is, CBD remains illegal in many states and countries. As a result, the use of it still holds a stigma.

The public’s perception of cannabis is rapidly changing, however. This was made evident when last week, the burger chain Carl’s Jr announced that it will be celebrating 4/20 (or the “stoner’s holiday”) by debuting a CBD-infused burger.

According to The Independent, the Rocky Mountain High: CheeseBurger Delight (CBD) features two 100 percent charbroiled beef patties, pickled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese and Crisscut fries. Reportedly, it will be topped with a special hemp-based CBD oil-infused version of Carl’s Jr signature Santa Fe Sauce.

The special will only be available at one location in Denver, Colorado. Furthermore, it will only last the day of 4/20. However, cannabis enthusiasts can visit the Carl’s Jr restaurant located at 4050 Colorado Blvd in Denver, Colorado and purchase the special for just $4.20. If it turns out to be a hit, Carl’s Jr might make it a permanent menu item.

To create the CBD sauce, the chain partnered with the local Colorado company Bluebird Botanicals for its hemp-derived oil. Consuming CBD does not result in a change to mood or perception. Its most notable benefits are relaxation and pain-relief.

“From our early introduction into plant-based options to bringing the rare indulgence of truffles to our menu with the new Bacon Truffle Angus Burger, our customers have come to expect innovative and unique menu offerings, and we’re thrilled to be the first quick service restaurant to be testing CBD infused options,” said Patty Trevino, senior vice president of brand marketing at Carl’s Jr.

What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!

Amanda Froelich — I’m an RHN, plant-based chef, freelance writer with 6+ years of experience, Reiki master therapist, world traveler and enthusiast of everything to do with animal rights, sustainability, cannabis and conscious living. I share healthy recipes at Bloom for Life and cannabis-infused treats at My Stoned Kitchen. Read More stories by Amanda Froelich


This article was sourced from Truth Theory.


Vertigo and Dizziness making Life Unlivable ? Homeopathy has a treatment for it !

Homeopathic Remedies for Vertigo

If you experience the feeling that things around you are spinning, you may be suffering from Vertigo. It’s a condition in which a person feels that he or she is moving or the things in the surrounding are in motion when they are not so in reality. The person with Vertigo may have difficulty in maintaining balance in walking and standing. Improper imbalance can also result in falling. Nausea and vomiting may also accompany Vertigo. Homeopathy provides several remedies to treat Vertigo. With zero side effects and made of natural substances, Homeopathic remedies for vertigo can be of great help in the treatment of Vertigo.

Best Homeopathic Remedies for Vertigo

Belladonna, Gelsemium, China, Cocculus, and Bryonia are the top remedies for vertigo.

1. Belladonna: Top Remedy for Acute Vertigo

Belladonna is a leading medicine for treating Vertigo when the condition worsens with every change of position. The person may show the tendency to fall to the left side or backward. Vertigo can also be accompanied by an acute headache and the patient usually gets some relief by applying pressure or binding the head. The body may also experience excessive heat. Belladonna is extremely beneficial as a remedy in such cases.

2. Gelsemium: For Vertigo with Extreme Dizziness

Gelsemium is the top medicine for treating Vertigo when extreme dizziness is linked with dim vision and heaviness of eyelids. Vertigo may pose difficulty in walking with a loss of balance. Gelsemium is one of the best natural remedies for dizziness when the patient feels extreme vertigo with dim vision and heavy eyelids.

3. China: For Vertigo with Loss of Blood or Fluids

It may have a peculiar name, but China has a special quality, it is the best treatment for Vertigo patients after the loss of blood or after the loss of fluids as in diarrhea. Vertigo due to anemia is best treated with the use of this medicine. If you feel very weak, dizzy and walking too is proving to be very difficult, China will help in compensating the loss of body fluids and treating Vertigo. China has no side effects and is a very safe medicine.

4. Cocculus Indicus: For Vertigo with Nausea, Vomiting

Cocculus Indicus gives very good results when the Vertigo is accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Vertigo accompanied by nausea during traveling can be very effectively treated with this medicine. You can use Cocculus Indicus even if you have Vertigo with nausea resulting from Cervical Spondylosis. This medicine is of great help in the treatment of such cases.

5. Conium: For Vertigo in Older Adults

Conium is usually suitable for elderly people who experience Vertigo. The motion of the head sideways worsens the condition. The person feels as if he is moving around in a circle. Vertigo may also get aggravated from motion in bed. Conium is very beneficial as a treatment.

6. Bryonia Alba and Conium: For BPPV

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPVV refers to a condition in which Vertigo appears on the movement of the head or changing the position of the head. Vertigo due to BPPV is short-lived, varying from a few seconds to a minute. This kind of Vertigo can be very successfully treated with the use of natural medicines. Bryonia Alba and Conium are excellent medicines for BPVV. Bryonia Alba is the best medicine for persons who experience Vertigo with the slightest motion of the head in any direction. The Vertigo improves when the head is in an absolute rest position without even the slightest motion. Conium works wonders for persons complaining of Vertigo on moving the head sideways or in a backward direction. It can also be used for Vertigo resulting from a person turning in bed. Conium is also very effective in curing Vertigo experienced by elderly people with BPPV.

7. Belladonna, Gelsemium, Phosphoricum Acid: For Vertigo resulting from Cervical Spondylosis

Belladonna is very effective for Vertigo occurring in a person with Cervical Spondylosis. Belladonna is suitable for persons who experience Vertigo along with pain and stiffness in the cervical back. The Vertigo appears during any or every change in position. The person may show a tendency to fall mainly backward or on the left side. Stooping may also bring on an episode of Vertigo. Headache can also accompany it. Mostly, binding the head gives relief from the headache. Gelsemium is the next useful natural medicine on the list to treat Vertigo with cervical problems. Gelsemium is mainly prescribed when the Vertigo starts from the back of the head and then spreads all over. The heaviness of head, especially over the eyes, is a marked symptom for selecting this particular medicine. Some sort of visual disturbance like dim vision or analysing one object as two (diplopia) may accompany Vertigo. The person also complains of loss of balance while walking, resulting in staggering or a tottering gait. Phoshoricum Acid is of great help when the Vertigo is worse while walking or standing along with Cervical Spondylosis.

8. Chenopodium, ChininumSulph, Phosphorus: For Vertigo in Meniere’s Disease

Meniere’s Disease refers to a condition in which hearing loss, sounds or noises in ear (tinnitus) and Vertigo occur. Chenopodium is a natural medicine for treating Vertigo in Meniere’s Disease. This medicine is the best treatment for persons who complain of sudden episodes of Vertigo with noises in the ear. The noises are mostly buzzing in character. This is accompanied by decreased hearing power for sounds of low pitch. Chininum Sulph is of great help if you have Vertigo with horrible noises in ear. The noises can be buzzing, ringing or roaring in nature. The person has difficulty in standing and frequently falls down. Phosphorus is mainly prescribed when the Vertigo gets worse upon rising from a sitting position, rising from stooping or from the bed. The person also complains that voices re-echo in the ear with difficulty in hearing.

9. Silicea, Pulsatilla and Cocculus Indicus: For Vertigo with Ear Troubles

Silicea is the best medicine for Vertigo when an ear infection is a cause. The Vertigo is accompanied by an offensive pus-like discharge from the ear. Excessive perspiration on the head may also be present in persons requiring remedy Silicea for Vertigo. The prominent feature for using Silicea is when the Vertigo gets better by keeping the head warm by wrapping. Pulsatilla is another top natural medicine for Vertigo with ear troubles. Pulsatilla is the best remedy if you have vertigo where the ear literally loses its function. There are thick discharges from the ear. Usually, the Vertigo gets better in the open air. Cocculus Indicus works well if you have Vertigo with ear complaints, linked with extreme nausea.

10. Cocculus Indicus and Petroleum: For Vertigo with Nausea and Vomiting

Both Cocculus Indicus and Petroleum are wonderful medicines for curing Vertigo that is accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Cocculus Indicus is given when the Vertigo worsens on rising from bed or from sitting, accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Cocculus Indicus also proves to be very useful as a treatment for Vertigo with nausea during traveling. Like Cocculus Indicus, Petroleum is also used when the Vertigo is accompanied by nausea and vomiting, or the person complains of worsening of Vertigo upon rising. The difference between the two remedies is that Petroleum suits well when the Vertigo is felt in the back of the head.

11. Cyclamen and  Gelsemium: For Vertigo with Visual Disturbance

Visual disturbance accompanying Vertigo can be in various forms like double vision, dim vision or loss of vision, or light flashes before eyes. Cyclamen is an excellent medicine for Vertigo treatment with vision troubles. Cyclamen can be used when a person feels spots of varying colors floating before the eyes, dimness of vision or double vision with Vertigo. The person feels as if the surrounding objects are revolving in a circular manner. Most of the time, the patient complains of worsening of symptoms in the open air and comparatively feels better in a room. Gelsemium is the best choice when Vertigo is accompanied with heaviness above eyes and dim or blurred vision.

12. China, Arnica and Phosphorus: For Vertigo due to Trauma

The best natural medicines for dealing with Vertigo cases due to loss of blood are China, Arnica and Phosphorus. They are very efficient and safe medicines to control Vertigo without any side effect.

13. Gelsemium: For Vertigo with Loss of Balance while Walking

Gelsemium ranks at the top for treatment of cases of Vertigo with loss of balance while walking. The patient staggers while walking and experiences extreme dizziness. The patient may also complain of dim vision with Vertigo. Heaviness above eyes with Vertigo is a very significant feature for selecting this medicine.

14. Bryonia alba, Cyclamen, and Pulsatilla: For Vertigo with Sensation of objects turning in a Circle

Bryonia Alba is the best treatment when a person feels as if the objects are turning in a circle during the slightest motion. Cyclamen and Pulsatilla too are equally good for the treatment of vertigo with a sensation of objects revolving in a circle. Cyclamen gives best results when this sensation is worse in the open air and better in a room. Pulsatilla suits persons with exactly the opposite condition —worsening of symptoms in a room and relief in the open air.


8 Homeopathic Medicines for Numbness in Hands and Fingers

Numbness of the hands and fingers mainly arises from irritation, compression or damage to the nerves that supply the hands and fingers. It can be one-sided or both sided and can arise due to various reasons. The main causes of numbness in hands and fingers include carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), cervical spondylosis/radiculopathy, cubital tunnel syndrome, brachial plexus injury, peripheral neuropathy and ganglion cyst that may press upon the nerve. Homeopathic medicines for numbness in hands and fingers help treat the problem from the root.

Other reasons include Vitamin B12 deficiency, long-standing/uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, multiple sclerosis, Raynaud’s disease, Lyme disease, alcohol use disorder, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and spinal cord injury.

Symptoms of Numbness

Numbness in hands and fingers can by other symptoms like tingling, pricking, pin-needle sensation or burning in hands and fingers. Clumsiness or lack of strength/weakness may also be felt in the arm, hand or fingers along with above-mentioned symptoms.

Homeopathic Medicines for Numbness in Hands and Fingers

There are excellent medicines in homeopathy to treat numbness of hands and fingers in an effective manner. These medicines are selected individually for every case of numbness in hands/fingers. The reason behind numbness and attending symptoms like tingling, pin needle sensation, pricking, and weak muscles are taken into consideration to finalize the prescription. The top remedies for treating numbness in hands and fingers include Causticum, Hypericum, Kali Phos, Paris Quadrifolia and Phosphorus.

1. Causticum – Top Grade Medicine for Numbness

Causticum is a top-listed medicine for treating numbness in hand and fingers. Excessive weakness and a paralytic feeling in hand is prominently present with numbness. Hands and fingers feel icy cold. Sweat on the hands may also be present. In some cases drawing pains in the hands attend. Pain in the thumb and index finger is also there. Causticum is one of the leading medicines to treat numbness in the fingers arising in cases of carpal tunnel syndrome (due to pinching of the median nerve).

2. Hypericum – For Numbness in Hands/Fingers from Nerve Injury

Hypericum is prepared from a plant Hypericum Perforatum commonly known by the name of St. John’s Wort. The natural order of this plant is Hypericaceae. It is highly useful in cases of numbness of hands/fingers arising from nerve damage or injury. Along with numbness complaint of tingling and crawling sensation in hands/fingers may be present. A burning sensation may also be complained of in hands and fingers.

3. Kali Phos – Indicated for Numbness in Fingertips

Kali Phos is a remedy of great value to treat a number of nervous complaints. It is well indicated for treating cases where numbness in the fingertips is prominent. Prickling in hands is also noted in cases needing Kali Phos. General debility and weakness is present mostly with the above complaints. Persons requiring Kali Phos often have a nervous and sensitive constitution. Neuralgic pains that are better by gentle exercise also point towards its use.

4. Paris Quadrifolia – For Numbness in Fingers in Cervical Spondylosis

Paris Quadrifolia is prepared from a plant named One-berry. This plant belongs to natural order Trilliaceae. Paris Quadrifolia is highly beneficial to treat numbness in fingers in cases of cervical spondylosis. Fingers feel and cold alternately with numbness. Tearing, drawing or shooting pain in fingers assist sometimes. Along with this pain in nape of neck and shoulders is marked. The pain from the neck often radiates down to the fingers. Exertion worsens the pain. Weight and weariness in the nape of the neck is also felt. The neck is tensed and stiff. Swelling of the neck may also accompany the above symptoms.

5. Phosphorus – For Hand Numbness in the Morning

Phosphorus is a suitable medicine to manage hand numbness arising mainly in the morning. Hands feel numb and insensible on waking in the morning. Burning sensation in the palms may be there. Hands are weak and its movements are also clumsy. The heaviness of the hands is also there. Numb, insensible fingertips accompanied with crawling sensation is another key feature to use Phosphorus.

6. Silicea – For Numbness of Hands at Night

Silicea is an excellent medicine to manage numbness of hands at night time. There is also a weakness of hands where Silicea is indicated. Hands start to feel lame after slight exertion or while writing sometimes. Tingling in fingers and burning sensation in the ends of fingers is also characteristic of using Silicea. Profuse sweat on hands is noted most times with the above symptoms. Silicea is also helpful to relieve hand numbness in case a ganglion cyst is compressing the nerve and causing numbness. In addition to the above, Silicea is useful in cases of numbness in arms. In such cases, the arms feel heavy and there may be a pricking and pin-needle sensation.

7. Calcarea Carb – For Numbness upon Grasping

Calcarea Carb is very effective to manage numbness of hand/finger while grasping anything. There is also tingling in the fingers as if they are asleep. Weakness in the fingers is present. Fingers feel heavy on movement. Hands may be cold. Excessive sweat on hands is also marked. Fingers may feel stiff in the morning. Sometimes hands feel cramped, especially in the morning. Hands may be swollen and may have nervous tingling.

8. Natrum Mur – For Numbness and Tingling in Hands/fingers

Natrum Mur is significant medicine to treat numbness attended with tingling in hands and fingers. Rubbing the hands often help to relieve numbness where Natrum Mur is indicated. Burning sensation in the hands, especially in the palms, is well noted. Cramping is also present in the hands and fingers in a few of the cases requiring this medicine.


Say “No” to Plastic Microbeads

plastic microbeads ban

Microbeads are tiny plastic particles smaller than 5mm that are frequently used in cosmetic products, such as face and body scrubs and even toothpastes, for their exfoliating qualities. They are designed to buff away dead skin cells and grime from the teeth, and are relatively gentle on the skin surface.

In one product there can be over 100,000 tiny beads, which pass down the drain, unable to be filtered, and into the ocean. This becomes micro marine litter that is impossible to remove. Micro-plastic can also be created by larger plastic items breaking into smaller pieces in the ocean. These can come from plastic bags, polystyrene, synthetic clothing, and tyres. Approximately 8 million tonnes of plastic waste enters the ocean every year.

Once in the ocean, microbeads travel large distances. Because these micro-plastics aren’t biodegradable, they accumulate in the water and are often mistaken for food by sea animals and sea birds, posing a great threat to all marine life. Fortunately, there are many options available that are environmentally friendly and great for exfoliating both the face and body, but first, we think you should know what to look out for.

Here’s What to Look Out for in Your Products

There are over 67 names for plastics used in microbeads, but some of the most common names we have listed below. Look out for these names on the ingredients panel of your product, and if one or more are there, you know it’s not an environmentally friendly option.

  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
  • Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)
  • Nylon (PA)

Look for Natural Alternatives

There are many environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic microbeads – some with more exfoliating power than others, designed for different areas of the body. The skin on the face for example, should be exfoliated regularly to assist a healthy clear complexion, but the ingredient shouldn’t be too rough. For the face, look for:

  • Jojoba ‘beads’ (don’t worry, it’s just the waxy component of Jojoba oil, known for its nourishing qualities)
  • Bentonite clay
  • Bamboo powder
  • Pumice powder

For other parts of the body needing more exfoliating power, look for:

  • Ground walnut shells
  • Coffee
  • Sea Salt
  • Sugar
  • Ground seeds

Your Good Ingredients Guide - Plastic Mircobead Free

Other Ways You Can Help Our Oceans

There are many other ways you can help to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the ocean. These include:

  • Recycle. Both hard and soft plastic can be recycled. Ask your council for more information about what can be recycled
  • Pick up rubbish when you see it, particularly on beaches or near drains
  • Reduce your purchase of plastic, and take fabric bags with you when you shop
  • Re-think craft. Glitter is microplastic too.
  • Purchase natural fibre clothing, rather than synthetic fibre.

The use of micro-plastics is coming to an end in New Zealand, thank goodness, and if you can avoid them earlier, do so. Our Good Ingredient Promise means that every product that HealthPost sells has gone through a rigorous ingredient review. We can confidently say that none of our products contain microbeads. You can shop free of worry, knowing that our exfoliants aren’t damaging aquatic life.

Check out some recommendations from our customers below:

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This beautifully effective and gentle facial exfoliator uses avocado oil and jojoba beads to lift away lifeless skin, leaving a fresh and glowing complexion.

“This is the best Exfoliater I have used love this range. I have a mature super senstive skin this product leaves skin feeling very clean and refreshed”. – Kerry

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Weleda Birch Body Scrub⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Natural plant wax pearls and pure plant oils gently massage the skin, supporting cell renewal without drying or disturbing the skins balance.

“Personally I think this is the best scrub ever, it’s creamy and not at all harsh, it really does leave your skin soft and moist. Best of all, little goes a long way.” – Leanne

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Evolu Renewing Facial Exfoliator⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Natural clarifiers of jojoba beads and papaya extract work to gentle buff away impurities and assist cell renewal.

I absolutely LOVE this Exfoliator! It leaves my skin feeling so fresh and clean, without scratching or agitating my skin. I can’t wait to use it each time, and love how soft my skin always feels after using it.” – Rachel 

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Post-Workout Support with Turmeric

Good Health Turmeric Sport Complex

For those with an active lifestyle, especially sports people, it’s important to consider post-workout recovery. Endorsed by the likes of athletes such as Richie and Gemma McCaw, turmeric is the new star of the sports world. It’s ability to support the body after a workout, soothing tired muscles and stiff joints, makes it the perfect supplement for sports people, as well as anyone who wants to maintain an active lifestyle.

Turmeric has well and truly earned itself an impressive reputation in recent years. It has good reason to hold a top spot as a supplement, as the many health benefits of turmeric are hard to ignore. One of turmeric’s unique qualities is its broad supporting ability to help with our overall and everyday health.  Turmeric contains the powerful antioxidant curcumin, this is the most researched and known active ingredient within turmeric.

Curcumin is largely responsible for turmeric’s ability to help support our well-being and overall health in many ways. For one, curcumin offers antioxidant protection, and has a unique ability to support muscle stiffness and body recovery.

Antioxidants such as curcumin, help us by supporting against free radical production and oxidative damage, and aid our bodies response to exercise stress and recovery. Turmeric’s vibrant orange colour helps give away its potent antioxidant ability, and in fact it is believed to have over 13 times more antioxidants than one of the most well-known superstars of the antioxidant world, blueberries.  Antioxidants can often be hard to maintain by just diet alone and there are so many other factors that contribute to free radical development in the body. Our diet, lifestyle, exercise and stress all contribute to free radical production, so finding ways to optimally support this normal process helps to further support our overall health.

As well as providing antioxidant protection, curcumin also provides immune support, encouraging a healthy immune system and immune response. Additionally, curcumin helps to support overall joint and digestive health, as well as a healthy cardiovascular and nervous system. Those with stiff and tired joints due to high impact sports, or simply the general wear and tear that comes with age, may benefit with curcumin’s extra support.

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Six Things to Consider Before Getting Botox or Dermal Fillers

When it comes to making wrinkles disappear, Botox and dermal fillers are the next step up from creams and lotions. Both are effective, plus less costly and less traumatic to the body than surgical facelifts. Nevertheless, they come at a cost. If you’re thinking of graduating from wrinkle creams, here are some things you should know:

  1. Botox and Dermal Fillers Work in Very Different Ways. At first blush, these two methods of getting rid of wrinkles look similar. Both involve simple injections to the sagging, wrinkling, or blemished areas of the face. But there are significant differences in the way these two treatments work. Botox is a form of botulinum toxin derived from bacteria.1In other words, it’s a poison—the most acutely lethal toxin known. It prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from nerve endings, thus causing paralysis. But used in tiny enough doses to not kill the patient, and when injected into a facial muscle, it temporarily paralyzes only that particular muscle causing it to no longer contract. When the muscle stops contracting, wrinkles relax. And so, Botox (and other botulinum-derived products such as Dysport and Xeomin) only work on wrinkles caused by facial movement or expression, such as lines on the forehead, between the brows, or crow’s feet around the eyes caused by smiling or concentrating. As we’ve mentioned before, Botox is extremely popular, and in fact, 64 percent of women under the age of 35 have received botulinum toxin injections, with 7.23 million procedures performed in the US in 2017.2

    Cosmetic fillers, on the other hand, are injected below the surface layer of the skin to plump it up. They temporarily add volume to wrinkled areas, smoothing them out. There are a number of different types of fillers available. One of the more common is Hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in certain body tissues and fluids. Another popular option is Calcium hydroxylapatite, naturally occurring in bones. One more option, polylactic acid, triggers the skin to produce collagen. Bellafill, a combination of bovine collagen and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres, lasts up to five years.3 Unlike most other fillers, Bellafill doesn’t break down over time, so the process isn’t reversible.

  2. You’ll Need Repeat Procedures, Ad Infinitum Botox treatments usually last only three to four months. Fillers tend to last longer—six months to five years—depending on which type of filler you use.4 The problem is that if you don’t get a repeat treatment in time, all the benefits of previous treatments disappear, and wrinkles show up fast. It’s like stopping dying your hair and letting the gray grow in.  If you’ve been a Botox girl (or boy) and then you stop, you may shock your boss or beau by aging years in a matter of days or weeks. Because of this, many who start the treatments can’t stop.
    The good news is that because Botox relaxes the muscles related to wrinkle development, your face shouldn’t develop new or deeper wrinkles (in the “Botoxed area”) while Botox is being used because you aren’t working those muscles. Your face should just revert to the state it was in before you started using Botox. In other words, use it for 10 years and stop, and you’ll get back the wrinkles you had 10 years ago, but no new ones. In contrast, if you never use Botox, at the end of 10 years you’ll have new wrinkles as well as your original ones.
    Likewise, with fillers, the youthful contours that you gained will disappear as the filler dissolves over time. Again, you’ll simply return to looking the age you did when you first got the filler treatment.
  3. Better Get Your Wallet Out.  Insurance companies generally won’t pay for cosmetic procedures unless they’re being done for medical problems. In other words, your insurance might cover a Botox injection to allay your migraines, but it won’t pay to eradicate the frown lines caused by fretting over your son’s student loan debt. You’ll be paying out of pocket.

    Botox costs average $550 per treatment, according to a survey of over 13,000 Botox patients.5 You may pay more or less depending on where you live, how much product you require, and whether you have the treatment done by a physician versus an esthetician or nurse. The bottom line is that you’ll be paying at least $1000 a year and probably more like $1500 for your Botox habit.
    The cost of dermal fillers ranges from about $680 per injection for hyaluronic acid products such as Juvederm, Restylane, or Belotero to $2000 or so for collagen. Keep in mind that multiple injections are usually needed each treatment. Given that fillers last longer than Botox, the annual costs probably are similar. It all adds up to enormous profits for the manufacturers. Botox alone netted $3.2 billion worldwide in 2017.6

  4. Procedures Gone Wrong. Yes, there are health risks associated with injectable fillers, but there are cosmetic risks as well. We recently visited a friend who answered the door with the right half of her mouth inflated and the left half looking like air let out of a balloon. We hadn’t even known she got Botox treatments, but the lopsided effect left no doubt.

    One possible cosmetic problem is over-inflation. Too much product can puff lips or cheeks to the point of absurdity. You can also end up with the infamous Botox frozen face, surprised eyebrows, or droopy eyelids.7 And, as described above, lopsided lips or faces can and do occur. While hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvéderm, Belotero, Restylane) have an antidote called hyaluronidase that can reverse the work done, other fillers do not. Good reason to start with hyaluronic acid.

    With Botox, if you have complications (droopy eyelids and stiff upper lips for example) or aren’t happy with the results, you have to wait it out until the effect of the injection wears away.

  5. Health Risks.  While serious complications resulting from injectable fillers are rare, they do occur. The most common complaints involve swelling, nodules, and bruising. Unfortunately, though professionals are urged to report adverse events to the FDA, doing so is voluntary, so there are probably far more complications than reported.8 That said, a 10-year study out of Rutgers Medical School and Wayne State University found over 5000 reports of adverse events.9 Most common were nodules, infection, inflammation, allergic reactions, tissue death, and vascular complications. There were 62 strokes resulting from the product being inadvertently injected into a blood vessel and blocking it, as well as 47 cases of blindness, mostly the result of injections to the nose.

    The products with the worst track record for complications were Juvederm Voluma XC (hyaluronic acid), Sculptra (poly-1-lactic acid), and Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite).

  6. Botox Dulls Your Ability to Empathize with Others. Botox injections have an interesting side effect not seen with facial fillers. After having a dermal filler injection, the recipient can still smile, frown, and so on. But since Botox affects underlying facial muscles, after a Botox treatment, the recipient can’t move facial muscles in the normal way to express emotions. That’s a problem in and of itself, but the bigger problem is that in order to interpret the emotions others express, we need to mimic those emotions. The mimicry happens fast, and it’s quite unconscious — just a flicker. After mirroring the other person, your face sends a message to your brain. The brain matches the expression you’ve embodied to an associated emotion. Conversely, when you can’t mimic a perceived emotion, the brain has trouble sorting out what it is. And of course, if you can’t tell what other people are feeling, you can’t really empathize with them. Since Botox tends to keep the face stuck in neutral, it limits the emotions recipients can identify. For some people, that’s a small price to pay for looking young. But for others, it’s a big-time deal breaker.

Bottom Line, it’s essential to realize that even if all your friends are having it done, Botox injections and facial fillers aren’t to be taken lightly. If you’re going to have a procedure, it’s essential to find someone who knows what they’re doing and who has adequate training. It will cost more to go to a plastic surgeon that to an esthetician, but you might want to consider that option, and at the least, get solid recommendations before submitting to the needle.

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  • 9. Doheny, Kathleen. “Dermal Fillers: the Risks to Eliminating Wrinkles.” 22 March 2018. WebMD. 14 April 2019.


Just the Thought of Coffee Can Arouse Your Brain

You know that feeling of energy and productivity you get after finishing your morning’s first cup of coffee? It turns out you can get that without even drinking a drop, just by thinking about coffee.

The provocative finding not only highlights the power of thought but also suggests you may be able to get a boost just from thinking about your favorite brew — a habit that may benefit those who drink coffee too close to bedtime. To be clear, organic black coffee can be quite healthy, but for those looking to abstain (such as during pregnancy), your alertness needn’t suffer — just think about pouring yourself a cup.

Thinking About Coffee Arouses Your Brain

In a study involving people from both Western and Eastern cultures, researchers from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management exposed participants to coffee- and tea-related cues in a series of studies.1 Lead author Sam Maglio said in a news release:2

“People often encounter coffee-related cues, or think about coffee, without actually ingesting it … We wanted to see if there was an association between coffee and arousal such that if we simply exposed people to coffee-related cues, their physiological arousal would increase, as it would if they had actually drank coffee.”

While a lot is known about the physiological effects of coffee and caffeine on the body, the researchers explained, less is known about its psychological effects. However, it appears that many people’s brains may be primed toward arousal at the very thought of coffee, especially in Western cultures, where coffee dominates over tea.

After being exposed to coffee-related cues, such as images of coffee, the study participants perceived time as shorter and thought in more concrete, precise terms, which is suggestive of a more alert state of mind.

“People who experience physiological arousal – again, in this case as the result of priming and not drinking coffee itself — see the world in more specific, detailed terms. This has a number of implications for how people process information and make judgments and decisions,” Maglio said.3

The effects were stronger among Westerners than those in Eastern cultures, perhaps because the West maintains a stronger association between coffee and alertness. “In North America we have this image of a prototypical executive rushing off to an important meeting with a triple espresso in their hand,” Maglio continued. “There’s this connection between drinking caffeine and arousal that may not exist in other cultures.”4

Smelling Coffee Increases Alertness Too

Many people love to wake up to the scent of coffee, and it seems this, too, may be one way to jump-start your day — and your brain. Researchers had university students take GMAT algebra tests in a computer lab with an ambient coffee-like scent or no scent. Those in the coffee-scented room performed better on analytical reasoning tasks.5

The researchers also did a follow-up survey asking whether participants believed they would perform better in a room scented with coffee or flowers or no scent at all. Most believed the coffee-scented room would boost their performance, and this expectation, the researchers concluded, was partly responsible for the improved performance shown during testing.

“Our results thus demonstrate that a coffee-like scent (which actually contains no caffeine) can elicit a placebo effect,” the study noted.6 The findings lend even more support to the notion that keeping a bag of coffee beans on hand for a quick whiff could you give you a mental boost in a pinch — no coffee drinking required.


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The Case for Drinking Coffee

Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world, and it’s intriguing that the love for coffee runs so deep that it may exert effects via scent or suggestion. However, the case can be made that drinking coffee is a good habit to get into, as it’s been linked to decreased mortality from a number of diseases, including heart disease, neurological diseases, Type 2 diabetes and several types of cancer, including endometrial and liver.7

There are more than 800 volatile compounds in coffee, although caffeine and chlorogenic acids are the most common. While it was long suggested that coffee consumption could be harmful, it’s now generally believed that moderate amounts of coffee (three to four cups) have few health risks and much evidence of health benefits.8

In one review of 112 meta-analyses about coffee, this popular beverage was linked to a probable decreased risk of colorectal, colon, endometrial and prostate cancers, cardiovascular disease and mortality and Parkinson’s disease, with researchers noting, “Given the spectrum of conditions studied and the robustness of many of the results, these findings indicate that coffee can be part of a healthful diet.”9

As far as your brain is concerned, drinking coffee is known to boost alertness, well-being and concentration, along with improving mood and reducing depression. While it can potentially disrupt your sleep, particularly if you drink it at night, and may increase anxiety in certain people, coffee is linked to a host of brain benefits, including:10

  • Prevention of cognitive decline
  • Reduced risk of stroke
  • Lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Coffee May Be Even Better if You’re Over 45

The benefits of drinking coffee may only get better with age — a major positive, since for many the love for coffee is lifelong. In fact, a 10-year study presented at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona showed that people who drank four cups of coffee per day had a 64% decrease in their risk of dying from any cause.

Among those aged 45 and over, however, every two cups of daily coffee lowered the risk of dying during the study period by 30%; no such association was seen in younger adults.11

In another study, this one in individuals aged 60 years and older, drinking two or more cups of coffee a day was associated with a lower risk of impaired agility in women and in those with obesity. Consuming two or more cups of coffee a day was also associated with a lower risk of impaired mobility in women.12

Coffee may also have a protective effect as you age, including in the case of silent brain infarction (SBI), which are often found in brain scans in healthy elderly people and may be associated with dementia and cognitive decline. Compared with those who didn’t drink coffee, people who drank three or more cups of coffee a day during middle age had a lower incidence of SBI.

“Our report demonstrated that SBI was observed less frequently in middle aged Japanese who consumed 3 cups or more of coffee per day. To avoid senile dementia and/or symptomatic infarction in older age, the middle-aged individuals might have to drink more than 3 cups of coffee every day,” researchers wrote in the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases.13

Drinking two to four cups of caffeinated coffee daily has even been associated with a 50% reduced suicide risk among adults, compared to drinking one cup or less of caffeinated coffee, or decaf.14

Protect Your Heart With Coffee?

There are many heart-healthy actions you can take, from eating right to exercising — but is drinking coffee among them? It turns out that even your heart can benefit from a cup of joe.

Research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017 found, for instance, that compared to non-coffee drinkers, coffee drinkers had a 7 percent lower risk of heart failure and an 8 percent lower risk of stroke for each additional cup of coffee consumed per week.15

Drinking more than three cups of coffee a day may also lower your risk of developing atherosclerosis, also known as clogged arteries, a condition that seriously increases your heart disease risk, by 63%, particularly in people who have never smoked.

“Based on our results and prior studies, consumption of coffee could exert a potential beneficial effect against coronary calcification and cardiovascular disease risk, particularly in nonsmokers,” researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Heart Association. “It is possible that deleterious effects of smoking overwhelm the benefits of coffee intake on early cardiovascular disease injury, so this impact of coffee may occur only in people who have never smoked.”16

Coffee Contains Antioxidants

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When you think of antioxidants, you may think mostly about fruits and vegetables, but coffee is another excellent source. Further, because coffee is so widely consumed, it’s considered to be a major contributor to dietary antioxidants. With each sip, you’re gaining these beneficial compounds that can scavenge free radicals and more, as researchers explained in Molecules:17

“Brewed coffee is a complex food matrix with numerous phytochemical components that have antioxidant activity capable of scavenging free radicals, donating hydrogen and electrons, providing reducing activity and also acting as metal ion pro-oxidant chelators.

More recent studies have shown that coffee components can trigger tissue antioxidant gene expression and protect against gastrointestinal oxidative stress.”

While many of the benefits of coffee, including its cognitive ones, are often attributed to caffeine, research has shown similar benefits, including increased alertness, leading researchers to speculate that there may be other properties in coffee responsible for its psychoactive effects.18

What’s the Healthiest Type of Coffee?

If you’re not a coffee drinker, there’s no reason to feel compelled to start. There are still many other dietary additions you can make to naturally ward off disease and improve your health. However, if you enjoy coffee, there’s good reason to savor a cup — or a few — each day, though there are some caveats to consider.

Coffee, which is a heavily pesticide-sprayed crop, should always be organic, as well as shade-grown. Coffee is a shade-loving plant, but growers often strip forests to make growing and harvesting easier. This destroys the ecological habitat of many natural pest deterrents, such as birds and lizards, while the pests flourish, resulting in additional pesticide use in nonshade-grown varieties.

Drink your coffee black, skipping the added sugar and milk or cream, as the antioxidant capacity of coffee may be significantly decreased by the addition of milk.19 If you want to add something to your coffee, try coconut oil or medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, which may help you burn fat and improve mitochondrial function.

Start with a small amount, such as 1 teaspoon of MCT oil, working your way up to 1 or 2 tablespoons, to avoid gastrointestinal side effects. You can also blend in a pat of raw grass fed butter. This recipe is a favorite among those following a ketogenic diet.

Finally, while most people can safely consume coffee, if you’re pregnant you should avoid it due to the caffeine. Coffee consumption during pregnancy has been linked to low birth weight babies,20 heart problems21 and behavioral disorders in later life,22 so this is one population who can benefit instead by just thinking about, or smelling, this popular brew.