Vitiligo, a condition in which the skin turns white due to the loss of melanocytes. These cells produce melanin, the pigment that gives the skin its characteristic color. (Melanocytes also impart color to the retina of the eye and the mucous membrane tissues lining the inside of the mouth, nose, genital and rectal areas). In vitiligo, the Melanocytes some are self-destroyed in different parts of body, the result is white patches on these parts. The hair that grows in areas affected by vitiligo may also turn white. It is a well known fact that there is no treatment that will completely eradicate the disease from body. When one says treating vitiligo, it is meant bringing skin color back weather root cause is addressed or not. One oldest known way is use of Psoralen. Psoralen is capable of high UV (Ultraviolet) absorbance. It is the UV part of sun light that does the tanning magic. Psoralens are being produced in laboratories since 1970, but before that only source of Psoralens was nature. Psoralen is the parent compound in a family of natural products known as furocoumarins. Psoralen is found in the seeds of Psoralea corylifolia, common Fig, celery, parsley and West Indian satinwood. Oral Psoralen therapy:An oral intake of Psoralea corylifolia (in powder form) along with sun exposure can help in gaining the pigment back, with the disadvantage of (a) Large no. of people will not tolerate it. Some patients experience nausea and itching after ingesting the psoralen compound.(2) It will tend to tan the whole body. And if vitiligo effected areas are not responding, the contrast ratio of these parts with normal skin will increase making the situation worse. The therapy should hence be started with only a small intakes, and with very little sun, on limited body parts only.Topical psoalen theapy:In topical psoralen therapy, psoralen is applied to vitiligo affected areas, then UVA/ SUN light is applied to gain the pigmentation.Oil extracted from Psoralean corylifolia is perhaps the oldest natural topical therapy used for this purpose. The natural psoralen in this magic herb acts and absorbs the UV portion of sunlight resulting in re-pigmentation of the skin. The disadvantage again being the non tolerance of many patients. A low dosage should be tried for this purpose. Anti-Vitiligo, a well known topical Anti-Vitiligo contains Psoralean Corylifolia in 8% weight to weight ratio with other natural herbs. Remember that sun/ UVA is must for any therapy using psoralen. No UVA - No pigmentation. Since artificial UVA sources some times are 5 times stronger than the normal sun, so UVA/ Sun burns can happen very fast. It is highly recommended that atrtificial UVA should only be used under medical supervision.
Because online drugstores abound on the World Wide Web, it makes distinguishing the safe websites from the scam sites more difficult especially since more and more online pharmacies are setting up shop everyday. And recent news of drug counterfeiting does not help boost the peoples trust on the Internet pharmacy business.But how can consumers tell if theyre buying from a legitimate site? And how can they tell if they were sold fake medicines? Here are some tips to help you make sure that you only buy safe medicine online:Scan for web-based drugstores whose head offices are located within the United States. In most states, it is still illegal to import prescription drugs from foreign countries. You put yourself at a higher risk of getting ripped off when buying medications from websites whose companies are based outside the United States.Verify the online pharmacys license. Go to your local pharmacy boards official website and look for the updated list of accredited web-based pharmacies licensed by the pharmacy board to operate in and dispense medicine to your state.Visit the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) website to check the list of certified Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS). Being in this list assures you that the online pharmacy you plan to buy from has passed strict standards set by the NABP in coordination with the local pharmacy board.Buy medicines only from online drugstores that require a valid prescription note from their customers before filling the order. Or look for a Internet pharmacy that offers online consultation if they dont need a prescription. The prescription note serves as a written confirmation that you have sought the consult of a licensed doctor and have had a physical examination.Know your prescription medication what the box looks like outside, what the product looks like once you take it out of the product wrapper, the exact dose you are supposed to be taking, and the key ingredients in your prescription so that youll be able to notice if youve been sent the wrong drug or if youve been given one with the wrong dose.Check product boxes for any signs of tampering. An opened, torn, or deformed box or faded labels may be an indication of a tampered product. Tampered products may be a sign of drug counterfeiting which is fast becoming a serious concern. Counterfeit prescription medications may have hidden ingredients used as fillers that can start a fatal drug interaction or trigger an intense allergic reaction.Look for online pharmacies that sell medications at an average price. There are websites on the Internet that has a feature that calculates an acceptable price for web-based drugstores to sell the prescription drugs. Anything lower than the average price can be considered suspicious.Internet-based drugstores may offer a convenient solution to the problem of obtaining prescription medications at a lower cost, but it doesnt guarantee the quality that comes with more expensive prescription drugs. The next time youre going to buy prescription drugs, think twice if you value the money you can save more than your health.
If you have been looking for permanent hair removal, laser hair removal may sound very enticing. However, although you've probably seen this technology heavily advertised, little is known about how it works. Here are some things you should know before you decide whether or not "laser hair removal" is right for you. 1. What is laser hair removal?Laser hair removal is a procedure in which hair is removed from the body using a long pulse laser. Light at a specified wavelength is delivered from a handpiece into the skin. The laser targets dark material, which is usually the pigment in the hair. The laser then disables hairs that are in their growth cycle at the time of treatment. Because other hairs will enter their growth cycle at different times, several treatments are necessary for optimal results. 2. What are the benefits of laser hair removal?Many patients have experienced long-lasting hair removal or permanent hair reduction due to their treatments. Although laser hair removal can be very effective, you should expect some re-growth. However, many patients have indicated that hair regrowth is often lighter in color or finer in texture. 3. Who is a candidate for laser hair removal?Not everyone is an ideal candidate for laser hair removal. It works best on people with light skin and dark, coarse hair. However, if you do not have this exact skin type, don't give up hope. Visit a couple of clinics and see what they have to say. Technology is quickly advancing and many lasers are now able to work with a variety of skin types. For example, the Alexandrite long pulse and diode types of lasers work best on light-colored skin, while ND:YAG long pulse lasers work better on darker skin. It is best to consult a certified laser hair removal technician to see what options are available to you. 4. Is laser hair removal permanent?Many people think that lazer hair removal is a permanent solution. However, this simply isn't true. Some re-growth is natural and expected. You shouldn't expect "lazer hair removal" to remove every single hair from an area. However, it can make significant reductions.A set of at least 6-8 treatments is often necessary to achieve significant hair removal. Many factors come into play here, including the size of the area being treated, the texture of the hair, skin type, and the frequency of treatments. After your treatments, you will probably also want to do some touch-up treatments to maintain smooth skin. 5. Are the treatments painful?You will often find claims that lazer hair removal is painless but this is not true. Laser hair removal is very tolerable, but not painless. Many people compare it to being snapped with a rubber band. Everyone has different pain tolerance, but generally lazer hair removal is not much more painful than waxing. Its just different. 6. I s lazer hair removal right for me?In order to make the best decision for you, it is important to get multiple opinions. Find a reputable clinic with a doctor that is experienced. Laser hair removal treatments must be individualized for each person. Because of this, you will need to find a clinic that is professional and has a trained, caring staff that is dedicated to getting you optimal results.
There seems to be much confusion amongst trainers and trainees as to whether squats should be performed all the way down or just half way. In most gyms today, a common instruction during squats, deadlifts, and lunges (as taught by many personal training organizations) is not to allow the knees to travel beyond the toes. Doing so will ultimately cause the destruction of your knees! I do not agree. There are certain instances where partial range of motion (ROM) is indicated, but for the most part, I teach people the full squat for the following reasons:* It is the most primitive movement pattern known to man; our ancestors used to perform many daily functions (i.e. harvesting, gathering, hunting, cooking, eating, etc.) in a full squat position.* Also, in case anyone hasn't noticed, we spend 40 weeks in the fetal position (which is basically a full squat) prior to entering this world - do we come out with bad knees?* We should strive to train in full ROM for each and every exercise. The squat is no exception.* Every exercise produces stress around a joint - the body then adapts to this stress.* Cocontraction of the quadriceps, hamstrings and gastrocnemius maintains integrity around the knee joint.* Sheering and compressive forces do occur around the knee joint (as opposed to only sheering forces that occur in some open kinetic chain lower body exercises, such as the leg extension); however, the large contact area of the patella with the femoral groove (as knee flexion increases during the full squat) helps to dissipate compressive forces.* Therefore, not only is the squat - as a closed chain exercise - considered a natural movement pattern with high functional carryover, but it is also a safe exercise if performed correctly (and that includes full ROM!)* Drawer tests are performed at a knee angle of 90 degrees because there is a greater amount of laxity in the knee joint at that specific angle. So, does it make sense to only go down half way where you are most vulnerable especially when greater loads can be used (because you are much stronger in this partial ROM?)* According to Ironman contributor, George Turner, the fulcrum moves to the knee joint in a parallel squat as opposed to the muscle belly of the quadriceps in a full squat.* Think about it, if you constantly trained in a limited ROM, the likelihood of injury increases if one day you happen to squat beyond your trained ROM.* Partial squats performed on a regular basis will decrease flexibility.* There is a low incidence of lower back pain and knee injury in Aboriginal and Oriental societies which perform full squats on a regular basis.* Even Olympic weight lifters who practice full squats have quite healthy knees compared to other athletes.* Although you may find some research that indicates full squats as potentially harmful to the knees, only one study has ever proved this to be true. However, it was performed on a skeleton - the same results do not hold true with surrounding connective tissue. On the other hand, numerous studies show the benefits of full squats.Unfortunately, many personal training certification courses are teaching half squats as a safe version suitable for all individuals and this has now become written in stone. God forbid that you deviate from this golden rule to do something that our bodies are meant to do! Read this carefully: squatting should be performed in a full ROM where the hamstrings make contact with the calves (so that no light can be seen passing through your legs at the bottom position.) It is okay for your knees to travel beyond the toes (just do not relax the knees in the bottom position.) In other words, keep the legs tight and try to stay as upright as possible throughout the exercise. So, next time some fitness instructor approaches you in the gym and advises not to go deep while squatting tell him/her that they don't know squat!About the Author Keith Londrie II is a recognized expert with respect to muscle building. Please stop by his web site to learn more aboutthe subject. http://building-muscle-information.info/Keith E. Londrie IIinfoserve @ mchsi.comhttp://building-muscle-information.info/
Come on! It is just part of growing up! This is what an adult might say to a child if a child complains about being teased at school. Teasing is not usually harmful when done in a friendly and mutual way, and when both kids find it funny. However, when teasing becomes hurtful, unkind, and constant --- it already crosses the line into bullying.Bullying is a deliberate act. It is a desire to hurt or threaten or frighten someone. These usually verbal harassments can come in the form of words or actions. It can be done by one person or more, and can vary in the degree of severity. It can be an on-and-off thing, but it usually involves repeated actions by a child or a group of children. It can range from hitting, shoving, name-calling, threats, and mocking to extorting money and treasured possessions. Some kids bully by shunning others and spreading rumors about them. Others use email, chat rooms, instant messages, social networking websites, and text messages to taunt others or hurt their feelings. It can be one or a number of these, however, verbal abuse is the most common form of bullying.Being a victim of bullying can cause emotional and psychological damage. The effects of ongoing bullying can be long-term, with the harm to the health and well-being of the bullied person lasting into adult life. It damages self-esteem, increases anxiety and can cause serious depression. Bullies are more likely to continue with the aggressive behavior and engage in delinquency and violence.Research shows that bullying can have long-lasting effects, but particularly when it begins in adolescence. People subjected to either verbal or physical bullying are known to be at greater risk for developing depression, anxiety disorders or to behave violently. But not everyone reacts in this way. Children bullied for the first time before they hit puberty seem to get over it, but those who are victimized for the first time late on in puberty seem to become more aggressive or are more likely to turn to drink as a means of coping. People who were bullied revealed slightly higher levels of stress, but while those bullied earlier in life seemed to respond normally to provocation, people bullied for the first time late in puberty are more withdrawn and sensitive to violence.Bullying is a significant problem in schools and is associated with a range of problems, including poor mental health and violent behavior. Other studies have shown that bullies are more likely to engage in antisocial behavior later in life, particularly assaults and rapes. A research also shows that victims of bullying experience headaches, stomach aches and colds more often than students not involved in bullying.Research into the source of bullying from the perspective of the bully has also begun to focus on vulnerability. Many researchers have suggested that bullies are often themselves victims of bullying and that they may be repeating a pattern of the learned abuse. Equally, it has been suggested that they may be projecting dislike or anger with themselves onto others.If a child approaches an adult and talks about being bullied, focus on offering comfort and support. Children are often reluctant to tell adults about bullying. They feel embarrassed and ashamed that it's happening. They worry that their parents will be disappointed. The best solution in all cases is strong social support, whether from friends, family or school. Those with no one to share their problems with usually suffered the most. True, that bullying is part of growing up, but bullying can be as upsetting for a child and a family, however, there are a lot of people and resources that are available to help.