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Local Remedies For Coronavirus According To Research | Health – Peace FM Online

The novel coronavirus has been promoted as a dangerous virus with no cure, but other doctors and scientist have a different view. In the discourse of the coronavirus, like other novel diseases, there is divided agreement on basic treatment formulas, especially as there are deep rooted interests in conventional, pharmaceutically produced vaccines and medications which cost millions of dollars and come with their own health problems according to research.

For example, polio vaccines administered for the first time in Africa left thousands of children paralysed I addition to other serious health implications. Similar administrations of vaccines have also been linked with the spread of serious viruses, such as the HIV virus recorded in Africa for the first time after the administration of the polio vaccine.

Similar studies in the united states have underscored the danger of vaccines, as some experts have linked major vaccinations to weakened immunity and contraction of the virus for which one is being vaccinated against.

All these incidents have been documented by independent researchers, but of course debunked by other researchers who are affiliated with big pharmaceutical companies producing these vaccines and more. However, one looks at the discourse, vaccines must be looked at more sceptically than currently been viewed.

Scientists and doctors have raced to recommend the following proven methods which can be used to treat and even get rid of the coronavirus. Since ancient times, herbs have been used as natural treatments for various illnesses, including viral infections. Due to their concentration of potent plant compounds, many herbs help fight viruses and are favoured by practitioners of natural medicine.

This research article presents some effective local remedies which can be used to fight the coronavirus due to their anti-viral and immune boosting properties.

1. GARLIC

Garlic is a popular natural remedy for a wide array of conditions, including viral infections. In a study in 23 adults with warts caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), applying garlic extract to affected areas twice daily eliminated the warts in all of them after 12 weeks (16, 17Trusted Source).

Additionally, older test-tube studies note that garlic may have antiviral activity against influenza A and B, HIV, HSV-1, viral pneumonia, and rhinovirus, which causes the common cold. Animal and test-tube studies indicate that garlic enhances immune system response by stimulating protective immune cells, which may safeguard against viral infections (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103721/)

2.GINGER

Ginger products, such as elixirs, teas, and lozenges, are popular natural remedies and for good reason. Ginger has been shown to have impressive antiviral activity thanks to its high concentration of potent plant compounds. Test-tube research demonstrates that ginger extract has antiviral effects against avian influenza, RSV, and feline calicivirus (FCV), which is comparable to human norovirus.

Additionally, specific compounds in ginger, such as gingerols and zingerone, have been found to inhibit viral replication and prevent viruses from entering host cells (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29039335)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10793599)

3. DANDELION

Dandelions are widely regarded as weeds but have been studied for multiple medicinal properties, including potential antiviral effects.

Test-tube research indicates that dandelion may combat hepatitis B, HIV, and influenza.

Moreover, one test-tube study noted that dandelion extract inhibited the replication of dengue, a mosquito-borne virus that causes dengue fever. This disease, which can be fatal, triggers symptoms like high fever, vomiting, and muscle pain (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22168277).

4.VITAMIN C

Vitamin C plays an important role in your body and has many health benefits. Along with limes, oranges, grapefruits, leafy greens, and other fruits and vegetables, lemons are a good source of vitamin C. Adding fresh lemon juice to hot tea with honey may reduce phlegm when one is sick. Drinking hot or cold lemonade(lemon juice and water) may also help.

While these drinks may not clear up your cold entirely, they can help you get the vitamin C that your immune system needs. Getting enough vitamin C can relieve upper respiratory tract infections and other illnesses (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16373990)

5.NEEM TREE THERAPY

Neem is best known for its anti-aging properties. Due to its antioxidant properties, neem protects the skin from harmful UV rays, pollution and other environmental factors. The vitamins and fatty acids in neem improve and maintain the elasticity of the skin, reduce wrinkles and fine lines. This make you and your skin look rejuvenated and youthful.

Neem is also beneficial in fighting against fungal infection. Its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties keep the harmful bacteria and fungi at bay. Thus, it protects the skin and keeps the skin related diseases away.

A new report from BioMed Centrals Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a peer-reviewed research journal, shows a compound in neem leaf could disable the virus from replicating and causing infections. The ideal flu protection targets the flu virus directly by disabling a critical part of the virusa part that does not change over time, and that the virus needs for its survival. And that is what the neem compound hyperoside, contained in neem leaves, has the potential to accomplish.

Also, vaporisation neem tree leaves and inhaling the steam has been proven to help fight upper respiratory infections and disarm viruses due to its anti/viral properties and accompanying heat.

(https://bmccomplementmedtherapies.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12906-016-1469-2)

6.Sobolo-Hebiscus leaves (Ghanaian local drink)

Hibiscus contains high levels of vitamin C along with anti-bacterial properties. These elements combine to provide a strong foundation and boost to your immune in order to protect you from catching the flu or a cold. If you already have the flu, hibiscus can help fight your symptoms and provide you with needed relief acting as a natural source of hydration while your body fights off the virus. In one study, hibiscus leaves were reported to have high anti-viral properties which fight flu causing viruses and also prevents flu and flu-like symptoms of which the coronavirus is part. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5059367/)

In our attempt to control and contain the coronavirus, we must not lose sight of our local remedies used over the years to fight and prevent disseated remedies described above have been scientifically proven and have been used widely as alternative medicine to fight complications.

Recent research and widely documented and peer reviewed journals also support the use of these recommendations. For example, in one research paper, coronavirus patients were successfully treated with Chinese herbal medicines including the use of hibiscus leaves and other roots (Yang et al 2020, https://www.ijbs.com/v16p1708.htm).

The writer of this article is a journalist and researcher. He is currently a masters degree student at the Ghana Institute of Journalism(Masters in Development studies) and NLA University College, Norway (Global Journalism).

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7 Bad Habits That Are Even Worse in the Age of Coronavirus – Best Life

Everyone's got a few bad habits they'd rather not share with the worldwhether it's not flossing as frequently as you should, or easing your nerves by biting your fingernails. However, in the age of coronavirus, many behaviors that may have once seemed relatively innocuous could now pose an even more serious risk to your health. So, if you want to protect your well-beingand ensure the safety of those around youthese are the bad habits you need to kick during the coronavirus outbreak, according to medical experts.

There's never been a better time to invest in a bottle of no-bite nail polish.

"The space under the tips of your nails is a cozy place for all sorts of germs," explains dental surgeon Mike Golpa, chief executive officer of G4 by Golpa. "Putting unwashed hands straight into your mouth is a highway for bacteria."

Sure, you can't run out to Sephora or the spa when your skin is looking worse for wear these days, but that doesn't mean you should take matters into your own hands.

Anti-aging and functional medicine physician, Yeral Patel, MD, cautions against picking at your skin during the pandemic, noting that doing so could put your health in jeopardy. "Touching surfaces with the virus and then touching your face allows for easy access into the body via the mouth, eyes, or nose," she says.

The hairdresser tasked with taming those broken strands and split ends isn't the only person who wishes you'd stop idly twirling your hair around your fingers.

"Hair, if it has touched a dirty surfaceespecially long haircan then transmit the virus to the mouth, nose, or eyes via hand transmission," explains Patel.

Since the virus can live on some surfaces for up to a few days, it's important to increase the regularity with which you wash anything that comes into direct contact with your bodyand that's especially true when it comes to your bedsheets.

"People who do laundry every 1-2 weeks for sheets and towels should try to wash at least 2-3 times a week," Patel says.

Your toothbrush may be getting those pearly whites clean, but if you're not careful, it could be making you sick, too.

"Toothbrushes may have saliva or blood on them and have been shown to transmit viruses," says Henry Hackney, DMD, director of content at Authority Dental, who notes that the virus can live on certain surfaces for up to three days. To protect yourself, he recommends storing your toothbrush upright instead of flat against a sink or countertop, and keeping it at least a few inches from those belonging to your family members or roommates.

As tempting as it may be to get that piece of spinach out of your teeth immediately, your health may benefit from your decision to wait.

"You may have a virus and other germs on your hands," says Hackney, who recommends waiting to attend to those dental issues at home after washing your handsand preferably with floss or a toothbrush, not your fingers.

Save those romantic meals for when the pandemic has subsided, as the virus can be easily transmitted from dishes and eating utensils.

"Don't share food, drinks, eating utensils, drinking containers, dishes, glasses, cups, cutlery, [or] straws," advises Hackney.

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Erwachen helps combat repair, rejuvenation and anti-ageing – Cosmetics Business

27-Mar-2020

Ingredients | Skin Care

Ultimate Beauty Revealing Oil is exceptional innovated for combing seven ultimate carrier oils into one solution - Centella Asiatica (Centella) Leaf Oil, Rose rubiginosa (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Seed Oil.

All of the seven ultimate carrier oils are 100% natural that makes users completely immersed in the sensation and feels the energy from those purecarrier oils. It soothes fatigue skin and restores youth, moreover, it also nourishes deeply, hydrates intensively and makes the skin tremendously radiant.

Ultimate Beauty Revealing Oil gave velvety and exquisite touch that can be used for any skin types including sensitive skin, and also pregnant ladies, babies to children. It is favored by women as skin care product from body to face during their pregnancy to prevent stretch marks and fine line wrinkles.

Our Centella Leaf Oil originated from France, also called as Pennywort Herb. It has been a long history to be used as herb medicine in traditional Mandarin therapy for calming down and purifying, and renowned for its effect on skin beauty and restoration.

It is obviously a good remedy for anti-aging, firmness, renewal, and reducing blemishes to maintain skin vitality. Rose hip fruit oil, a must-have skin beauty promoters, is from CO2 Supercritical Fluid Extraction in Germany, reserved the highest possible extraction yield, and associated bioactivity and vitamin C to nourish, soften and repair the skin.

The ingredient has effects on whitening, reducing imperfections and strengthening against harms and blemishes. Sea buckthorn fruit oil is from CO2 Supercritical Fluid Extraction in Germany, and reserved the highest possible extraction yield, associated bioactivity and fruity aroma.

The bright color of yellow-orange oil contains over 190 different types of plant nutrition, including vitamin A, vitamin E and large amount of SOD and the rare omega-7 fatty acid.

Those nutrition benefit skin restoration and protection to keep the skin to be bright, moisture, smooth and away from rough and aging.

Calendula oil originated from Germany are made of the legendary sunny herb calendula and then soak them into the cold pressed sunflower oil. That process brought the oil with plenty of vitamin E, a variety of essential oils, vitamins, flavonoids, and -carotene that comfort and soothe the skin, prevent skin from aging, and reduce fine lines.

Our cold pressed sweet almond oil are from Germany too, and good for all types of skin. This ingredient is used as the key material for skin care cream among ancient European nobles, and has a light texture and nice ductility that makes it the best oil for massaging, especially for babies and expecting mothers.

Jojoba seed oil originated from Israel, is often known as "liquid gold", guarding skin as a barrier moisturised and hydrated. Liquid wax is stable and not easily oxidised, therefore, it is nice to be used for mixture of other carrier oils and blended essential oil with longer and betterpreservation of its bioactivity.

Hazelnut Seed Oil originated from France contains abundant nutrition, which was also honored by ancient Celtic and called Fruit of wisdom". It is even graceful and charming for both decent taste and touch, just like those nuts for desserts.

The above seven premium natural carrier oils achieved this unique ultimate beauty revealing oil, features high level actives with sweet fragrance of fruit scent. It has carried a complete and powerful plant energy that help skin improving the ability of protecting and rejuvenating.

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Antiaging Products and Services Market 2020 Shows Strong Growth by 2025. Top Growing Companies are Elizabeth Arden Inc, Johnson & Johnson, Orlane…

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Some of the major players operating in the globalantiaging products and services marketareChanel SA, GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Allergan Inc, Neutrogena Corporation, Procter & Gamble, Elizabeth Arden Inc, Johnson & Johnson, Orlane SA, Revlon Inc, Novartis International AG, Unilever PLC, Avon Products Inc, Woodridge Labs Inc, Beiersdorf, LOral SA, Merck & Company Inc, Christian Dior, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, NeoStrata Company Inc, Bayer Schering Pharma AG, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd among others.

Market Definition:Global Antiaging Products and Services Market

As the skin ages, it loses its natural elasticity and becomes thinner, more fragile and laxer, taking on a wrinkled appearance. In modern society, there is a great increase in the search for eternal youth and an insatiable appetite for methods which could turn back the clock. This has triggered an explosion in the antiaging industry. In addition, technological advances in medicine for the prevention and treatment of deadly diseases help to increase life expectancy.

The aging process of the skin generally has two kinds of forms: natural aging and light aging. There are various factors which directly affect intrinsic aging such as ethnicity, anatomic variations, hormonal changes, extrinsic aging, drugs, smoking and sunlight exposure. These aging conditions can be treated by the antiaging products such as UV absorbers, anti-wrinkle products, anti-stretch products, others and services and therapies. For anti-aging, the cosmetics are commercially available products that can be used to improve the appearance of the skin. People are constantly demanding for more effective products that can essentially beautify the appearance and has resulted in augmented basic science research and product development in the cosmetics industry.

According to news provided by Stempeutics Research Pvt. Ltd., in July 2015, Cipla (India) launched a new anti-aging product which uses human bio-active factors. The product was launched with a brand name Cutisera, developed by Stempeutics. This product will be used for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, lightening dark spots, evening skin tone, improving skin firmness and improving skin hydration.

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Market Segmentation:Global Antiaging Products and Services Market

The global antiaging products and services market is segmented based on product, therapies and services and geographical segments.

Based on product, the market is segmented into UV absorbers, anti-wrinkle products, anti-stretch products and others.

Based on therapies and services, the market is segmented into eye-lid surgery, abdominoplasty, hormone replacement therapy, breast augmentation, liposuction, gene therapy, injectable skin, botox, telomere based therapy, rejuvenation and dermal fillers, sclerotherapy, anti-pigmentation therapy, hair restoration services and chemical peels.

Based on geography, the market report covers data points for 28 countries across multiple geographies namely North America & South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and, Middle East & Africa. Some of the major countries covered in this report are U.S., Canada, Germany, France, U.K., Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia, China, India, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and, Brazil among others.

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The global antiaging products and services market is highly fragmented and the major players have used various strategies such as new product launches, expansions, agreements, joint ventures, partnerships, acquisitions, and others to increase their footprints in this market. The report includes market shares of antiaging products and services market for global, Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and South America.

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Living with COVID-19 – The Phuket News

There is nowhere you can go in Phuket without the COVID-19 coronavirus determining every aspect of your life, other than staying at home hoping not to become infected. Here is a reality check on what COVID-19 means in Phuket.

Dr Thomas Lodi is a wellness expert who has been practicing medicine for over 30 years. He now heads The LifeCo wellness centre located between Nai Thon and Nai Yang beaches, just south of Phuket International Airport.

For the first 10 years of his medical career, Dr Lodi worked in conventional settings as an internal medicine specialist, urgent care physician and as an intensivist in ICU and CCU departments of various hospitals throughout the US.

Subsequently, Dr Lodi continued his search for more effective and less toxic therapies by training with alternative health experts in Japan, Europe, Mexico and the US. He is licensed as a Homeopathic Medical Doctor MD (H) in Arizona and as an Allopathic Medical Doctor in the State of New York.

In 2018, Dr Lodi was featured in the acclaimed docu-series The Truth about Cancer and recently hosted seminars at the H.E.A.T Anti-Aging conference in Bangkok. He is the Founder and Medical Director of Integrative Oncology and Internal Medicine at An Oasis of Healing Center in Arizona. He is also the Founder and Chief Medical Consultant for the Institute of Integrative Oncology, Singapore and Director of Integrative Oncology and Integrative Medicine at The Lifeco Wellness Center, Phuket.

Here we ask Dr Lodi the simple, but most pressing, questions about living with the threat of COVID-19 in Phuket.

What are the real dangers of COVID-19, the best we know right now?

Respiratory failure and cytokine storm (excessive immune responses that damage lungs). The two cell types to which this virus attaches are mucus cells and cilia cells in the lungs. These cells together keep the lungs clean mucus is secreted to trap particulate matter and the cilia beat rhythmically outward towards the mouth like a conveyor belt. With these cells non-functional, the lungs will accumulate everything from microorganisms, waste products, toxins from the environment and so on. Also, the immune system gets turned on full blast and causes system wide inflammation.

Who is primarily at risk?

The elderly over 65 and those with chronic illnesses and compromised immune systems.

What are the symptoms and how bad are they for most people?

The symptoms are a dry cough, shortness of breath, aches and pains, weakness, no appetite and, of course, fever.

Most people will not know they have it: 81% of cases symptoms are mild (lungs); 14% become severely ill; 4.7% become critically ill; and the fatality rate is 3.4 %. Of course these figures may change as we learn more about the virus.

How is COVID-19 contracted?

Fifty percent of infections are hand to face (mouth, nose, eyes). Also, the virus can be airborne in droplets from sneezing and coughing.

Phuket seems to be the only place where people who come into frequent contact with strangers are the only ones wearing face masks. Everyday people going about their daily lives do not. Should people wear face masks? Who should? Why?

If you are not sick or around people, there is no need to wear a mask. Here are the WHO recommendations:

If you are being self-isolated due to one of the following circumstances:

You have travelled from high risk areas within the past 14 days; or

You have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus;

then, you should use a surgical mask in the following circumstances:

You need to leave your home for any reason and be in public areas;

You are visiting a medical facility; or

You have symptoms and other people are present in the same room as you.

N95 masks filter out about 95% of all liquid or airborne particles.

People have expressed sincere concern about the fingerprint-scanning device at Immigration at the airport. Should people be concerned about this? What should people do about this, if anything?

They have hand sanitiser bottles next to the fingerprinting device. Use it twice: once before and once after.

People have also expressed their opinion that the normal everyday temperature in Phuket and elsewhere in Thailand has helped to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country. One senior health official has even said he expects COVID-19 to disappear as Thailand enters its annual hot season. Is there any merit in this understanding?

Not enough is known about this variant of coronavirus because it is new. The standard coronavirus that causes upper respiratory illnesses remains intact in cold weather and dies quickly at 58C.

Are the precautions the Thai government is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 reasonable? Or is it lacking? Or even an overreaction? Or a bit of both? Any there any examples that highlight your opinion on this?

The Thai government will do what all governments are doing Each government has had an initial different response, but now that the pandemic is without doubt, all governments will be requiring the same regarding social distancing and quarantines.

Now that COVID-19 has already reached around the world, do you believe travel bans should still be in place? Should people still travel?

Traveling makes no sense now since most countries are locked down, and it is safer not to travel at this point to keep the virus contained.

What can people do to help protect themselves against being infected with COVID-19?

Viruses are not really alive so they cannot be killed. Ultimately, it is our immune systems that develop an adaptive response to recognise any cell infected with the virus and eliminate it. Everything we that we need to do to avoid becoming ill must be geared towards strengthening our immunesystems.

Sleep early and at least seven hours.

Eat no more than two healthy meals per day with 18 hours between your last and first meals. During the window of time when the body is not digesting food, it has time to focus much more energy to the immune system.

Eat plant-based, whole foods rather than processed foods.

Eat at least 70% of your food uncooked and organic.

Meditate at least twice per day.

Vitamin C not only can treat active infection but can protect from getting infected. Vitamin C actually prevents viruses from entering cells. Take from eight to 15 grammes per day orally, depending on bowel tolerance, body size and stress levels

Vitamin A: 30,000-50,000 units per day with food until vitamin A levels in the blood are over 300 iu/dL

Vitamin D: 30,000 iu/day to keep levels in blood above 70, which contributes to enhancing immune response.

Zinc: 90mg per day

Selenium: 400ug per day.

Magnesium: 1,000mg per day. Best used as a transdermal spray applied directly to the body

Green tea: drink several cups of fresh-brewed green tea per day.

Keep your bowels clean with probiotic enemas and colon hydrotherapy and healthy food. Up to 60% of the immune system exists in the gut.

What else should people know about COVID-19 that has not been given enough attention in the media?

If it is not covered in the media, we probably should not discuss it.

In summary, how should people go about their daily lives now that COVID-19 has spread around the world and is now part of our daily lives?

For now, hang out with friends and family and avoid crowds and follow the rules above. Most will not get sick from this virus but you do not want to be the one who spreads it to someone who does not have the health you have and may become critically ill or die.

Dr Lodi and the team at The LifeCo Wellness Center located near Phuket International Airport have created basic and comprehensive immune boosting packages which are certainly appreciated at this time. Learn more at http://www.thelifeco.com/en/viral-infection-prevention-program/

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NAD IV Therapy: What Is This Trendy New Treatment & Is It Safe? – mindbodygreen.com

First up: Any IV treatment also carries a small risk of bleeding and infection at the site where the needle is placed in the skin or getting too much fluid infused. IV infusions may be a common medical procedure, but they are still a medical procedure.

The second safety concern is where you are getting it, notes functional and integrative medicine practitioner Roxanna Namavar, M.D., board-certified psychiatrist and fellow in the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, who uses it at her own practice."No matter what IV therapy you are getting, you want to make sure your practitioner knows where the ingredient is sourced, and how it is compounded. They should also tailor your infusion treatments to you: It shouldn't feel like you're picking things off a menu. Your practitioner should look at your lab work, symptoms, and goals and create a protocol that is specific to your needs."

This concern comes to light most notably with the large amounts of IV bars that have popped up lately, most without much regulation. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission recently took action against an IV drip bar for making unsupported health claims about their ability to treat serious illnesses such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, or congestive heart failure.

If done under the supervision of a responsible health care practitioner, however, Namavar says there are no significant safety concerns. She notes that some patients may be sensitive to IV NAD+ therapy, specifically, and experience discomfort such as warming of the chest and nausea. Wally Taylor, M.D., a functional medicine physician with Texas Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas, notes similarly, "One of the things about NAD+ is that you can't infuse it too quickly without it being pretty uncomfortable." He says some of his patients, "say they feel like they're having symptoms of a heart attack, but when we look at their heart monitor, we don't see any evidence of that." He has found that breathing high-concentration oxygen during the infusion can reduce some of these side effects.

"Any time you're giving treatments intravenously, there could be problems of one sort or another," says Taylor. "So it's useful to have the direct oversight of a health care provider who has experience with NAD+." He says complications are more likely to arise in people with a chronic illness, but it's not impossible for healthy people to have a bad reaction.

Cost is another issue. A single IV NAD+ therapy ranges from several hundred dollars to $1,000 or more. You also have to factor in travel time to the clinic and the wait timeinfusions generally take two or more hours, and some people may need infusions several days in a row.

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The Best 40th Birthday Gifts, According to People Whove Reached (or Are About to Reach) 40 – New York Magazine

26 items in this article 6 items on sale!

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If you have a friend or a loved one about to turn 40, its likely that theyre currently taking stock of all theyve accomplished so far, while in the back of their mind gearing up for a whole new batch of anxieties. Its a birthday that can feel like a whirlwind, according to Christopher Choa, the director of cities and urban development at engineering firm AECOM. Youve mastered what you need to do for family and work, he told us, but youre anxious about having to deal with so many responsibilities on your own.

It would make sense, then, that such a transitional moment might call for a gift that seems a step up from the types of things you might give on any other birthday. According to Choa and the seven other cool people we spoke to all of whom have either marched over the hill or are about to turn 40 the best 40th-birthday gifts can be things to help one stay calm and relaxed or allow for a bit of self-pampering, items that let the recipient further indulge in a favorite pastime (like a nice cutting board for the home chef), or special pieces that the recipient could have for the next 40 years. (After all, by 40, youve learned to take care of your favorite things, says Scott Schuman, the founder of the Sartorialist.) Below, our eight cool people share 26 ideas from a sleek hairbrush to an anti-aging moisturizer to a statement pair of socks to the aforementioned cutting board that they say will help anyone entering their fifth decade do so in style.

Marie du Petit Thouars, the founder of cult-y candle and fragrance brand Maison Louie Marie, says that at 40, a person might find themselves with the time and space in their home to develop new skills. Thats precisely why she recommends gifting this pasta-making machine (that a professional pasta-maker has also recommended to us). Its something youd never buy yourself, du Petit Thouars says, but thats what makes it a wonderful addition to any foodie friends kitchen.

By the time youre 40, you might want even the most functional objects in your home to reflect your aesthetic and taste, according to du Petit Thouars, who says that this French press which weve also written about before manages to be both functional, unique, and calming. Its simple, the ceramic is unusual, and its elegant, she says all things that make it sound like a pretty great gift.

Fashion blogger and flight attendant Tenille Murphy told us that this Stagg kettle (that weve called the most stylish electric kettle there is) was a spot on gift from her husband. She adds: My first thought was how pretty, dare I say, sexy, it was, before noting that its as functional as it is stylish. As Murphy explains, the Stagg kettle has a digital readout enabling you to heat water to a precise temperature, which is one reason why she says it would make a great gift for any full-time tea drinker. And the kettles sleek, matte-black finish begs to be on prominent display in any kitchen, she says.

Another 40th-worthy kitchen tool, according to Murphy, is a high-end knife, like this Japanese chefs knife that she owns and loves. Japanese knives are lighter, typically hand honed, and, in my opinion, prettier, she told us. Murphy says if you really want to impress your recipient, you could gift the knife with one of Sur La Tables knife-skills classes. She took one and called it a game-changer that taught her how to best use her new knife for chopping, paring, slicing, and cutting like a professional chef. If youre interested in giving a knife but want to shop around, check out our everything guide to knives.

Should your recipient be all set with knives, Murphy says that an equally thoughtful gift would be a high-quality cutting board they can use with them. You cant just cut on any old surface once you have good knives, Murphy explains. According to her, these Epicurean cutting boards dont damage blades, stack nicely in drawers, come in a variety of sizes, and best of all, are very affordable.

And should your recipient be all set with knives and cutting boards, Murphy recommends giving them this tray that she calls a safe place to store their beauties without damaging their sharp edges. Because it can fit inside a drawer, the tray helps to keep countertops clutter free, and unlike wood blocks that sit on counters, it doesnt matter which slot I lay my knives in.

Fancy olive oil is another thing someone rarely buys for themselves, but that most home cooks really appreciate. While weve written about many chef-approved olive oils, this high-quality bottle du Petit Thouars recommends is new to us. She found it at a small store near her home in L.A. that she says only sells the most amazing Italian goods. For more olive oils to choose from, check out our list of the best olive oils, according to chefs.

Du Petit Thouars adds that shed love anyone who gave her this healthy dark chocolate. Its from Belgium, where I grew up, and I always come back to it. If you choose to go the dark-chocolate route, consider gifting this with writer and cook Skye McAlpines treasured dark-chocolate tip that she shared with our friends at Strategist UK: My secret obsession is four chunks of chocolate on hot toast with a sprinkling of salt and a drizzle of olive oil. I cant tell you how unbelievably good it is.

Im turning 40 in April, and with every passing year, my interest in motivating myself to go out at night has dwindled, Brett Heyman, the founder of accessories brands Edie Parker and Flower by Edie Parker, told us. However, my interest in having friends over for a cocktail and a truffle goat cheese or soft ewes milk on a cracker has skyrocketed. Thats why she recommends sending your new 40-year-old a cheese-of-the-monthmembership, like this one from Murrays Cheese, which will ensure them a delivery of the latest and greatest fromages for as many months or years as you choose. In Heymans words, its the most thoughtful way to say I see you, and I love you.

For the big 4-0, I dont want to give a practical gift that will be swept up in the tide of daily life and forgotten, says writer Amanda Fortini, but rather a beautiful, not-so-useful object that you will treasure and would probably never buy for yourself. Thats why she chose to give her husband this set of tarot cards from Taschen, which is based on Salvador Dals cards commissioned for the James Bond film Live and Let Die. In addition to being a full deck you can use for a reading, the cards, which Fortini says are equal parts trippy and spooky and come in a purple felt box, would make for an eye-catching coffee-table accessory.

Perhaps your recipient is a sucker for the latest Scandinavian dramas or lives for MSNBCs nightly lineup? If so, you might want to get them something theyll really, really use. Yes, $1,500 can seem like an insane amount of money to spend on a TV, says Strategist senior editor Peter Martin, but OLED, the LED alternative thats been top of the television market in recent years, really does feel like 3-D. Martin says that this LG television specifically is worthy of the big spend you might be planning if this birthday gift is going to a significant other or an old friend, noting that they can enjoy it for decades to come. If youre looking to spend less than $1,000 on a good TV, check out these expert-recommended models.

Entering any new decade brings the stress of change, but your fifth decade can prove to be a particularly unsettling one, according to the folks we spoke to. Du Petit Thouars told us her go-to gift for someone anxious about their birthday is this solid brass incense burner that she calls an elevated way to burn incense (and looks good whether in use or not). The vessel burns the incense horizontally and has a curved catch-all brass tray underneath, minimizing mess and making it easy to clean, too.

According to Athena Hewett, the founder of skin-care studio Monastery, stylish candles that dont look millennial are increasingly hard to find. Thats why, for a 40th birthday, she recommends going for something more unexpected and sophisticated, like one of these sculptural candles from Carl Durkow. The unscented beeswax designs come in fun shapes that Hewett says are perfect for any mantel or shelf, and will draw attention whether lit or not.

If youd rather give a sophisticated candle that also smells nice, Fortini told us these candles from the cult perfumer Regime des Fleurs that she loves to give her friends would make for a great 40th-birthday gift. They come in a lovely porcelain vessel that looks like an antiquity unearthed, she explains, adding that recipients can use the vessel to hold pens or makeup or change after the wax burns down. And they smell divine, she promises.

At 40, life is complicated enough as it is, Choa told us. To simplify it somewhat, he recommends giving several pairs of these Albert Kreuz socks in the striking red color. With matching socks, he says, your recipient will never need to sort after laundering ever again, and their socks also wont look like anyone elses. And once they start wearing them, Choa says from experience that others will notice and, soon enough, the recipient will be set up in perpetuity for recurring supply.

For the well-coiffed woman or man who might want to start their new decade with a quality hairbrush, Hewett says this Yves Durif comb-and-brush set that she keeps spotting feels like the Mason Pearson for our generation. A well-made brush like this one, she says, offers a more luxurious massage for your scalp, is better at detangling, and stimulates the oil in the follicles to smooth and shine your hair. (Hewett notes that this one is the perfect size for throwing in your bag, too.)And like any good quality tool, its excellent craftsmanship is just obvious to an adult, she adds.

Heyman told us that jewelry is one of two gifts (along with that cheese) that would assuage her slight dread, because its personal, meaningful, and, if chosen well, cool as hell. If youre looking for inspiration, she says one of the best pieces of jewelry she ever received is an ID bracelet with I Love You in her daughters handwriting engraved onto it. While Heymans style from the ultra-high-end jeweler Sidney Garber is no longer available, this 14-karat Mejuri bracelet, while still expensive, costs a fraction of Garbers pieces and comes with the option to engrave for no extra cost. Mejuri, we should note, is fast becoming a Strategist favorite for special jewelry, with some of its hoops making an appearance in our list of 130 gifts you can buy for less than $104 (all of which were recommended by people with exacting taste). The brand is also one of nine that our own staffers recently tested jewelry from, with our tester concluding that Merjuri uses quality materials for less [money] than what youd typically pay at a traditional retailer.

According to Hewett, just because youre turning 40 doesnt mean youre unable to keep up with fashion trends you might just want a more elevated way to do so. One such trend she is keeping up with are scrunchies, noting that the 90s hair accessory is having an extended moment and not just among VSCO girls and other teens. For an age-appropriate twist on the scrunchie, she pointed us to this nice and classic satin-silk option from Sophie Buhai a designer whose scrunchies weve written about before with a name that kind of says it all.

If the trend catching your recipients eye is tie-dye, a 40th-birthday-appropriate option that will help them to fit in at Grateful Dead shows and the school playground alike, according to Hewett, is this refined spin on the tie-dye tee from designer John Elliot.

A person approaching 40 will be interested in preserving their best stuff for the next 40 years, says Schuman, who recommends giving both men and women a fashion essential that many overlook: A pair (or two or three) of shoe trees. Shoe trees are super important to maintain good shape and order for both dress shoes and expensive sneakers, he told us, adding that theyre a great way to maintain what we already own. Schuman doesnt have a favorite style: Buy the best you can afford, he told us. While there are less expensive plastic options, these shoe trees made of 100 percent cedar have a handcrafted look that makes them a bit more giftable, and are also quite functional (in addition to helping shoes keep their shape, the cedars moisture-absorbing ability will help dry them out between wears).

In kind of the same vein, du Petit Thouars says these made-in-Italy scented tablets from Santa Maria Novella are a great gift for the clotheshorse about to turn 40. My husband first gifted me these, and I now cannot live without them in my closet, she says. Rest them on any free space in your closet, and the rose-infused wax will have your clothes smelling like a summer garden (just note that the brand says not to let them touch any fabric directly).

For a practical but still luxurious gift, Murphy recommends giving this anti-aging cleanser and moisturizing face oil from True Botanicals, a brand that she describes as a beautiful, all-natural skin-care company with products that are good for the body and for the planet. According to Murphy, the moisturizing face oil fights the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (True Botanicals calls it our best-selling moisturizer), and the cleanser purifies while gently cleansing, without stripping skin. She adds that they come in amber glass bottles that would look very nice on the shelves of a medicine cabinet.

For the new 40-year-old who is also a passionate gardener (indoors or out), du Petit Thouars recommends this book on foraging and arranging. I like their approach to flower arranging with wild plants, she told us, adding that it reminds her of her summers spent flower-picking and arranging at her childhood home outside Paris.

Fortini also says the right book can make for a great 40th-birthday gift, noting that the best book to give would be one that has meant something to you personally, with a note explaining why. Didion, the collected 1960s and 1970s work of author Joan Didion, is the one shed give to anyone she knows turning 40, she says.

If the 40-year-old in your life is always jotting things down, du Petit Thouars says they might appreciate a more elevated notebook in which to do so. Everyone needs a classy notebook at 40, she says, recommending this illustrated option from Herms. It may not be cheap for a notebook, but it is cheap for Herms, and would allow you to surprise someone with something from the luxury brand without breaking the bank.

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Anti-Aging Medicine | The Center for Natural & Integrative …

Our Integrative Approach to Slowing Aging and Increasing Longevity

During your two hour visit, our physicians will get detailed history and discuss your current state of health, focusing on your concerns. A brief physical exam is performed and laboratory testing, including analysis of blood, urine, and stool samples may be recommended. Any previously diagnosed medical conditions will be considered and additional diagnostic testing may be performed. Electrocardiograms (EKG), exercise tolerance assessments, and heart stress tests may be advised if you are at risk for heart disease. Depending on your age, mammograms, bone density scans, prostate exams, colonoscopies, and ultrasounds will be recommended where appropriate. All of these physical evaluations will help determine your current physical age and help steer our treatments toward slowing the aging processes you are undergoing.

As your physicians complete the analysis of all the medical tests, they can begin to outline a personalized anti-aging program for you. The results of your blood, urine, and stool tests will help identify physiological imbalances that might be impacting the quality of your health.

Hormone replacement therapy is the essence of anti-aging medicine. By restoring your bodys levels of hormones to those of a young adult, you are taking one giant step away from the aging process. At the Center, our physicians are well-versed in the safe use of natural hormones to boost energy, vitality, and libido, as well as lower risk ofheart disease,osteoporosis, and many other degenerative diseases.Read more about the natural hormone therapies we offer, including testosterone, estrogen, DHEA, human growth hormone, and thyroid replacement. Neurotransmitter levels that affect sleep and mood are also tested for and corrected.

Dietary fat is a major source of free radicals. Many age-related and degenerative diseases, including cancer, arthritis, atherosclerosis, Parkinsons disease, and cataracts, are associated with increased intake of fat. In addition, dietary sugars chemically alter the proteins in your body, ultimately damaging your immune system and kidneys.

Following a low-fat, low-sugar diet is one of the most effective ways to slow down the aging process. More important, our practitioners will teach you how to shop for and prepare low-fat, low-sugar meals to make them part of your regular diet. High blood cholesterol, for example, can put undue pressure on the cardiovascular system, causing the heart muscles to age prematurely. By identifying this particular risk, we can increase the longevity of your heart and your life.

Depending on your case, a detoxification program may also be recommended. By reducing the toxin levels in your body, damage to your cells and stress on your cell repair systems can be minimized and ultimately slow the aging process. Carefully regimented dietary restrictions may be suggested to cleanse the body of ingested toxins it may be harboring.

Chelation therapy to specifically reduce levels of mercury, lead, and arsenic is also available. We have practitioners available to guide you through a complete detoxification program including the infrared sauna.

The path toward greater longevity requires a steadfast commitment to healthier habits beyond these specific treatments. It sounds simple, but keeping active, eating a diverse diet rich in antioxidants, and getting plenty of sleep are some of the most natural, effective anti-aging measures that one can take. As with all of our therapies, we can help devise a plan centered on achievable goals for your health that mesh well with your lifestyle and personality.

We have a variety of nutriceuticals and phytonutrients available to enhance your anti-aging therapy. These nutritional supplements are all natural and based on thousands of years of traditional herbal medicine. Your physician will work with you to incorporate these into your diet to encourage better overall health and strengthen your immunity to prevent disease. Be sure to communicate with all your doctors before incorporating any new therapies, as some of these supplements are still undergoing FDA evaluation and may also have interactions with other medications you are taking.

Many of the supplements we recommend and offer to patients as a convenience are termed medical foods and all are extremely effective in optimizing health and vitality. By helping to limit the damage done to DNA by free radicals, nutrients can help slow aging at the cellular level by reducing the strain on the DNA repair machinery and keeping our cells healthier longer.Intravenous nutrition with vitamin C and B vitamins all have anti-aging properties and provide energy to our cells. Alpha-Lipoic Acid is a universal antioxidant and is very powerful just as is glutathione. These therapies are invaluable in ensuring that we get the nutrients we need because oral supplementation may not be effective due to absorption issues.

Our brains are affected by the same processes that contribute to overall aging. How well we take care of ourselves affects not only our general health, but also our mental function. We utilize powerful herbs such asGinkgo biloba, vinpocetineand ginseng to help boost brain power and increase mental energy and stamina for overall health and well-being. Intravenous nutrition is also invaluable as is plaque therapy.

Our doctors will prescribe a preventative and comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and fits into your lifestyle. Our team at The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine will regularly monitor your progress and track the effectiveness of your program making adjustments if necessary. Our goal is to support you and advise you every step of the way. We work in conjunction with your existing doctors to ensure the best possible care.

Do you feel like age is catching up with you? Have you noticed wrinkles, hair loss, reduced physical energy, or diminished sex drive? Do you get sick more often than you used to?Although we typically think of the external signs of aging, with the emergence of wrinkles and graying hair, aging is also an internal process that has roots at the cellular level. All the organs of our bodies are made up of individual cells that have limited life spans. While we are young, our cells divide many times as we grow. Our cells are capable of repairing themselves, communicating with other cells, and interacting with all the physiological molecules that ultimately define our current state of health. Scientists have discovered, however, that our cells have a limited capacity to divide and repair.

Laboratory studies have shown that cell aging patterns are genetically encoded and cell death occurs along a predictable schedule of events for different cell types. Our DNA is bundled into chromosomes, each capped with repeated sequences called telomeres. During cell division, the cell attempts to make a complete copy of itself, including all of its DNA, but researchers have discovered that these telomeres shorten over successive cell divisions. The telomeres help protect the DNA from radical arrangements (that might cause cancer, for example) and they can be lengthened by an enzyme called telomerase. If the telomeres are allowed to become too short, however, the cell senses this problem and puts in motion a cascade of events that will result in its own death. This mechanism of programmed cell death, also called apoptosis, is a critical part of proper human development and a natural part of the life cycle of a cell.

A cells life also comes to a close if its DNA sustains damage more quickly than the DNA repair machinery can compensate for it. One of the major causes of DNA damage in our cells is the presence of free radicals. These highly reactive molecules can cause significant damage to both the proteins and the DNA in our cells by undergoing chemical reactions with them. The free radical theory of aging suggests that these molecules accumulate naturally over time and that our DNA repair machinery copes less and less well with the damage. Thus, our physical aging would be correlated with this decline in the health of our individual cells. Free radical damage has also been scientifically linked to many age-related medical conditions, including arthritis, Alzheimers, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Intriguingly, it has been shown that antioxidants can slow or stop the damage caused by free radicals by helping to balance the chemical reactions in the cells. Antioxidant levels can be increased by adding antioxidant rich foods to the diet or by taking nutritional supplements.

Because our cells become less resilient as we age, so do our bodies. We become more susceptible to illnesses and once we get sick, it takes longer to recover. Wounds may also take longer to heal. As some cells begin to lose function, they cease expressing hormones, further shifting our physiological balance. All of the changes to our immunity, metabolism, and body chemistry can have a huge impact on our health and well-being as we age.

Some of the signs of aging are superficial. Wrinkles develop, particularly near the eyes, mouth, and other expressive parts of the face. As the skin begins to lose its elasticity and the layer of fat beneath the skin begins to diminish, the face can take on a further wrinkled or gaunt appearance. Age-related hair loss may also occur in both men and women due to hormonal changes or genetic factors.

Our immune systems and cell repair systems gradually become less efficient as a person ages, responding less quickly and vigorously to challenges. People may become more susceptible to illnesses and, once acquired, find them harder to recover from. Wounds may heal more slowly and muscle soreness after exercise can linger longer. If cell and tissue damage accumulate more quickly than the body can make repairs, cell death will become more frequent, causing more aging related symptoms and maladies to emerge.

Significant hormonal changes also take place during aging. For women, the most radical change occurs with the onset of menopause, in which the ovaries lose function. In addition to the cessation of menstruation, there are other physiological changes that occur due to the sudden lack of estrogen production in the body. The changes in bone mineral density can lead to osteoporosis, increasing the risk of bone fractures. Sleeping patterns, libido, and mood may also be effected by menopause. In men, testosterone production continues during aging, though levels begin to decline after age forty. This reduction in testosterone can lead to hair loss, muscle mass reduction, and sexual dysfunction.

Some mental symptoms associated with aging include increased forgetfulness and difficulties learning new things. The brain becomes less pliable during the later years of life, though the chemical and structural changes that might mediate this phenomenon are unclear. The rate of cognitive decline varies from person to person and only drops steeply for some near the very end of life.

While aging is a natural phenomenon, there are also lifestyle choices and other factors that can accelerate the process and reduce a persons longevity. In other words, it is possible for people to prematurely age their bodies and shorten their lives.

Too much exposure to the sun can age a persons skin prematurely. The ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight can damage DNA, hastening skin cell death. UV overexposure can also contribute to the breakdown of the matrix of collagen and elastin that forms the fleshy layer of skin beneath the surface. As the skin weakens, it loses its spring, sags, and wrinkles begin to form. The skin can also become freckled, dry, or blotchy. DNA damage from UV light can also increase the risk of developing skin cancer.

Excessive alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine can also accelerate the aging processes through direct cell damage or complications following long term use. Nicotine, for example, both increases the heart rate and constricts blood vessels, elevating blood pressure and putting undue pressure on the cardiovascular system. The complications of hypertension, atherosclerosis, and other cardiovascular diseases can dramatically reduce both longevity and the quality of the final years of life.

Poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyle can also push the metabolic balance of the body toward a more limited life span by increasing the chances of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and many other life-shortening conditions. Perhaps ironically, nutrition and exercise are often neglected in the interest of saving time.

The accumulation of toxins in the body can contribute to premature aging by stimulating the formation of free radicals or causing other types of cell damage. While pollutants in the air and water certainly contribute to a persons toxin levels, many toxins are consumed unknowingly. Food additives and preservatives are quite common, even among superficially healthy foods. Hormones, pesticides, and industrial chemicals may also taint non-organic foods bought at the grocery store.Insufficient sleep can also contribute to aging by denying the body its much needed rest and repair. Information processing and memory formation occur as the brain progresses through the phases of sleep, sharpening the mind while it rests. Sleep can also impact hormones, metabolism, and immunity, all of which influence our states of health. Chronic sleep deprivation and the resulting sleep debt can lead to a multitude of persistent health problems, affecting a person physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Finally, stress can prematurely age the body in numerous ways. Researchers have shown that stress can increase the speed with which telomeres shorten, causing cell death to occur more rapidly. Stress can also increase blood pressure, aging the cardiovascular system, and put significant strain on the nervous system and immune system. Stress can contribute to hair loss and wrinkle formation, both which can also make a person appear older than they are.

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To Turbocharge Anti-Aging Treatment, Just Add… a Protein Found in Fruit Flies? – Singularity Hub

The hunt for the elixir of life is such a universal mythological trope that to talk about it in the context of science seems almost ridiculous. But breakthroughs in the last decade have made the impossible seem possible, and researchers are quickly converging on the consensus that aging may well be a disease that we can treat just as easily as any other.

Impressive results in animals that have had their lifespans boosted by up to 40 percenthave started making their way into humans. Some trials are more questionable than others, but most promisingly there seem to be multiple potential avenues, from cocktails of common drugs to gene therapies and stem cell treatments.

Stem cells are particularly promising, because they can be coaxed into becoming any kind of cell before being transplanted to treat damaged tissue. These therapies often fail to work well in older tissue, though, limiting their future use in older patients who could need them most. This appears to be because these tissues have significantly higher levels of inflammation that prevent stem cells from properly integrating.

Now Portuguese researcher Joana Neves has won the 2019 Sartorius & Science Prize for Regenerating Medicine & Cell Therapy for her discovery of a way to sidestep this roadblock and significantly increase the success of stem cell treatments.

Because of the central importance of tissue repair to all organisms, Neves assumed that many of the mechanisms behind it would be shared among all animals. So she started looking at proteins produced by immune cells in the well-known animal model of the fruit fly.

She discovered that a poorly-understood protein known as MANF (mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor) plays a crucial role in reducing inflammation in fruit flies. More importantly, she found that mice and humans also produce it, and its prevalence reduces in all the species as they age, suggesting it plays a key role in limiting age-related inflammation.

That prompted her to see if introducing MANF would boost the effectiveness of stem cell treatments in older animals. She used the protein in combination with a procedure that uses stem cells to replace degenerating photoreceptors in the retina of older mice and found it greatly improved the restoration of vision.

Going further, her research team then investigated whether MANFs anti-inflammatory effects could have more general age-defying benefits. Previous research had already demonstrated that infusing old mice with blood from younger ones could reduce various signs of aging, and by carrying out similar experiments the team showed that MANF is one of the factors responsible for that outcome. They even showed that directly injecting mice with MANF could have similar effects.

Translating these ideas to treat other diseases and for use in humans will take some time, but the research chimes with work on an emerging class of drugs known as senolytics. These are drugs that kill senescent cells, which are zombie cells that become more prevalent as we age and spew out harmful chemicals that result in chronic inflammation.

Senolytics are generally seen as a broad-spectrum treatment that could help stave off multiple conditions at once, but they could also be used to create a more hospitable environment for stem cell treatments just like MANF.

There are still plenty of barriers to bringing any of these treatments to the clinic, from the difficulty of producing stem cells to the challenges of regulating treatments for aging (a condition we still dont formally class as a disease), or fighting back against the huge number of bogus treatments that threaten to undermine trust in the field. But given the huge potential for near-term impact, theres growing momentum.

Weve moved from being able to extend health and lifespan of simple organisms like yeast and worms and flies to being able to do this quite easily in animals, in mice and monkeys, David Sinclair, director of the Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School, told the Harvard Gazette.

He added that instead of trying to treat one disease at a time, he believes we can develop medicines that will treat aging at its source, therefore having a much greater impact on health and lifespan than drugs that target single diseases.

The wheels are in motion for us to find out.

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Treat yourself to a healing vacation – Philippine Star

Treat yourself to a healing vacation

Boosting ones immunity is of paramount importance nowadays. Do you even know where to start?

If you are looking to escape into a peaceful retreat and at the same time learn how to change your lifestyle and improve your health, you can check out the various programs offered jointly by go2Health and Sonyas Garden. Through a healing vacation, you will learn the science of using food, sleep, exercise and nature as medicine in addressing the root cause of your disease.

One such retreat is happening on March 30 and 31 and we asked program lead Dr. Oyie Balburias about his insights into womens wellness (March being Womens Month).

The Philippine STAR: What are the most prevalent lifestyle problem of working women?

Dr. Oyie Balburias: Due to their professional duties, functions and responsibilities juggling their roles as a mother and caregiver to the family working women suffer from chronic stress that, if persistent, will result in hormone imbalances. Persistence of hormone imbalances as a result of chronic stress later on leads to several conditions and diseases affecting womens health, namely obesity, infertility, irregular and painful menstruations, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids and infertility, to name a few. Hormone imbalances will also impact on the sleep quality and quantity, which in the end will further perpetuate the imbalance.

As a lifestyle coach and medical practitioner, could you share three lifestyle hacks or adjustments women can do be healthier?

Always have me time. Always have time for relaxation and engage in de-stressing activities (meditation and meditative exercises) or self care so the stressors will not be chronic and persistent. In doing so, there will be a balance of the sympathetic nervous system (fight) and the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation response). Balance of this system will prevent the biologic response of our body to chronic stress which leads to hormone imbalances. Have a balanced and optimal nutrition. Its not the number of calories, but the composition and quality of food that you are eating that will impact on your metabolism. Foods that are whole, real and unprocessed are best. Every macronutrients (fats, proteins and carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients) are needed by our body. Eliminating one will result in the body system creating a biologic response.

Breathe. If you find yourself overwhelmed by chaos and challenges, the best way to deal with it is to breathe and practice mindfulness.

Sleep deprivation and sedentary lifestyle will further aggravate and perpetuate hormone imbalances. Chronic sleep deprivation will affect their energy level, which leads to fatigue. Chronic fatigue leads to a sedentary lifestyle, which then further contributes to fat gain and obesity. Hormone imbalances contribute to cravings for carbohydrates and simple sugars, further aggravating the condition.

Eight hours is the amount of time that our body needs in order for the different stages of sleep to occur. NREM and REM stages of sleep, the deep sleep and not so deeper part of our sleep. In each stage, different biological, biochemical and physiological process are happening in order to prepare our resiliency for the following day. Adequate sleep is required for numerous biochemical reactions in the body. It is essential for normal cellular and tissue function, because numerous restorative functions occur during sleep, especially stages 3 and 4. Optimal sleep is important for growth hormone(GH) secretion. GH is the most potent hormone for fat metabolism. If there is a dysfunction with sleep in regard to inadequate quantity or depth there can be numerous adverse effects in the body.

Botanicals for dysmenorrhea include cinnamon bark, peppermint oil and ginger root. To decrease hot flashes, you need red clover and sage. For fibroids (myoma) and endometriosis, take turmeric, rosemary leaf and milk thistle.

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Dr. Oyie is a certified Functional Medicine practitioner and is European-board certified in Nutritional Medicine, as well as in Anti-Aging Medicine. Catch more of Dr. Oyies healthful and helpful insights in the Executive Health Retreat, which is open to both male and female participants. For inquiries, call or SMS 0917-1343100.

Post me a note at mylene@goldsgym.com.ph or mylenedayrit@gmail.com.

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