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Study Reveals How Much Cellphone Radiation You’re Getting

Study Reveals How Much Cellphone Radiation You’re Getting
By Priya Ganapati September 9, 2009

Researchers are divided on whether radiation from cellphones pose health risks or not. Now, one nonprofit organization adds some hard data to the argument: the radiation emission profiles of more than 1,200 cell phone models. The data won’t resolve the debate, but does give concrete information to consumers to help them make their buying decisions.

American cellphone radiation standards don’t make enough of an allowance for safety and ignore the impact of electromagnetic radiation on children, says the Environmental Working Group, which analyzed the radiation emissions from 1,268 cellphones. The group also looked at a number of recent research studies and supporting documentation from the handset makers to arrive at its conclusions.

“We think that based on current standards there’s increased risk of developing brain tumors in long term users — people who have used cellphones for more than 10 years — from radiation in cellphones,” says Olga Naidenko, a senior scientist at EWG, who worked on the report for about 10 months.

The group has created a database of feature phones and smartphones that lists the maximum radiation each of the devices emits. (You can look up your phone’s radiation level using the form embedded in this story, below.)

“We want consumers to take steps they can take to minimize potential risks,” says Naidenko.

About 4 billion people worldwide use cellphones. Researchers have been debating for years on whether the radiation from cellphone use leads to health hazards such as cancer and other illnesses. Perhaps, in no greater proof of how hot the debate is, infomercial peddlers such as Kevin Trudeau and television doctors such as Andrew Weil have declared that cellphone use are one of the risk factors for brain cancer.

More scientific studies have tried to assess both short term and long term impact of cellphone usage. Yet there has been no conclusive evidence so far. That’s because earlier research studies didn’t have a pool of users available who had been on their cellphones long enough, says Naidenko.

“A lot of the studies that came out in 2000 and 2001 only looked at short term exposure, which is about four to five years and they didn’t see any risks from radiation,” she says. “But now that we see results from long term studies, we are seeing more evidence to the contrary.”

Still Naidenko says the EWG’s data doesn’t conclusively prove a link between cellphone radiation and health risks.

Henry Lai, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington who has researched the issue in the past, reviewed EWG’s report and says the group is on the right track.

“There’s no solid conclusion right now on whether cellphone use leads to increased health risk,” he says. “But all the data shows cause of concern, and that’s very well brought out in the report.”

Cellphone radiation is transmitted by the antenna and the circuitry inside the handset by sending out electromagnetic waves (radio frequency radiation) to transmit their signal. The radiation emitted by the antenna is not directional, which means that it propagates in all directions more or less equally. Factors such as the type of digital signal coding in the network, the antenna design and its position relative to the head determine how much radiation is absorbed by a user, says EWG.

Other household appliances, such as microwave ovens, emit radiation, but no other device is in such close contact with the human body as a cellphone. “You don’t put your head inside the microwave,” says Lai. “And unless you are standing very, very close to it, the radiation from microwaves is very low.”

The Federal Communications Commission sets the acceptable U.S. radiation standards for cellphones. The effects of the radiation depend on the rate at which energy is absorbed by a mass of tissue. This is called as the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) and measured in watts per kilogram (W/kg). Most handset makers use private certification companies to test the SAR on their devices.

Based on a recommendation from industry group, IEEE, the FCC limits SAR levels for partial-body exposure (including head) to up to 1.6 W/kg, and whole body exposure to up to 0.08 W/kg. For hands, wrists, feet, and ankles, the limit is up to 4 W/kg, averaged over 10 grams of tissue.

In general, the lower the SAR the better the phone, from a potential health hazard point of view. For instance, Apple’s iPhone 3G has a maximum SAR of 1.39 W/kg when held at the ear. Compare that to the 1.19 W/kg SAR for the iPhone 3G S.

The best phone on EWG’s list, the Samsung Impression, has a maximum radiation of just 0.35 W/kg.

But FCC’s current standards are inadequate, says EWG. FCC standards allow 20 times more radiation to reach the head than the rest of the body, says an EWG representative, and they don’t provide an adequate margin of safety for cell phone radiation exposure.

“The FCC limit for the head (SAR of 1.6 W/kg) is just two-and-a-half times lower than the level that caused behavioral changes in animals (SAR of 4 W/kg),” says the representative. “Thus, the brain receives a high exposure, even though the brain may well be one of the most sensitive parts of human body … and should have more protection.”

There’s also just one one standard for “general population exposure” which is same for adults and children. The FCC also does not have strict enforcement against violators, alleges EWG.

“The U.S. government is not paying enough attention to this health problem,” agrees Lai.

But policy makers in Washington D.C. are starting to take notice. Experts will present evidence at a conference in mid-September, arguing for and against the impact of radiation from cellphones on health, and its implications for public policy. But no cellphone companies or handset makers are expected to be present. Independent of the conference, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pennsylvania) is expected to chair a Sept. 14 congressional hearing on cellphones.

Still EWG’s research is just the beginning, says Lai. “It is a not a scientific paper and there are mistakes with over-interpretation and bias in use of some of the literature to support their conclusions,” he says. “But it does serve the purpose of raising awareness of the problems stemming from cellphone use.”


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How to Make Hair Look Thicker

How to Make Hair Look Thicker
By an eHow Contributor
updated February 06, 2011


* 1

Choose the right hairstyle. A bob style with bangs will make your hair look thicker. Ask your hair dresser to cut your hair into a bob style with long layers. This will make your hair appear thicker and fuller.
* 2

Use a volumizing shampoo. Many manufacturers offer shampoos that will add volume and make your hair appear thicker. You do not need to spend a fortune on these shampoos; many can be purchased at the grocery or drug store.
* 3

Blow dry your hair upside down. Standing up, lean your head forward and blow dry your hair from the roots to the ends. Run your fingers through your hair as you are blow drying. When your hair is dry, flip your hair back as you lift your head. Do not brush your hair–just use your fingers to style. Blow dry your bangs using a round brush, if necessary.
* 4

Get a body wave. If your hair is especially thin and limp, consider getting a body wave permanent to your hair. Most salons can give you a body wave, and the results last 6 to 8 weeks.
* 5

Change your hair color. Dyeing your hair a darker color or adding low-lights will add body to your hair and make it appear thicker.

CANCER: Why Nutrition Can Help

CANCER: Why Nutrition Can Help

It is common sense to take a method and try it.
If it fails, admit it frankly and try another.
But above all, try something.

(Franklin Delano Roosevelt)

When Anthony J. Sattilaro, MD, picked up two hippie hitchhikers one day, they told him that “Cancer isn’t all that hard to cure.” Ridiculous though the statement would seem to a hospital president such as Dr. Sattilaro, the issue was awfully close to home. Dr. Sattilaro, still in his forties, had terminal cancer. The doctor had already received the worst possible news: cancer had spread throughout his body. It was inoperable and untreatable. He was going to die.

If hunger is the best condiment, then desperation must surely be the most teachable moment. The seemingly inane remarks by his counterculture passengers prompted Sattilaro to try a rigid meatless macrobiotic diet, high in whole grains, beans and vegetables. Astonishingly, it worked. In a matter of months, his physicians could not find any trace of cancer in his body.

You don’t believe this. I didn’t believe it either. I am as skeptical as the day is long. In any business telephone call, I document the date, time and name of the person I speak with. Always. Lots of people do that, yes? OK, try this one: every time I take my car into the service garage to get the oil changed, I check the oil before I leave. I am far, far more careful about what I accept as medical fact.

Throughout this book I’ve been asking the rhetorical question, “Who are the quacks?” I’ve strongly implied, to say the least, that they are the conventional, tunnel-visioned, sycophantic yes-persons of the medical, dietetic and pharmaceutical professions. Not alone in this criticism, I quote endocrinologist Deepak Chopra, MD, author of many best-selling books: “More people live off cancer than die from it.” There is no profit in prevention, but plenty of money in disease. Like the “firemen” in Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, medical science encourages fires and then glamorizes their bungled attempts to put them out. By ignoring the evidence (and saying it is anecdotal or non-scientific), doctors and dietitians have closed the mausoleum door on millions.

A bizarre scenario indeed is our “war on cancer.”

Laetrile is a good case in point. Laetrile is a very controversial anti-cancer agent, from almonds and apricot pits. It has erroneously been called “Vitamin B-17” but it is not a vitamin. Rather, laetrile is amygdalin, a cyanide-containing substance. The cyanide is the active ingredient, so to speak, that somewhat selectively kills the cancer cells. It is much like cytotoxic pharmaceutical chemotherapy (which explains both the need for caution and also the stringent rejection it has received from the medical powers that be.) The imperious medical monarchy, which includes the AMA, FDA, and their ensuing laws, make laetrile therapy strikingly difficult to obtain legally inside United States borders.

Chapters 8 and 9 of Ralph Moss’ The Cancer Syndrome (1980) disclose nitty-gritty details of some tantalizingly successful laetrile research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. It seems that experienced cancer researcher Dr. Kanematsu Sugiura repeatedly obtained lengthened survival time in mice with spontaneous mammary tumors. He also prevented tumors spreading to the lungs, and obtained temporary stoppage of small tumor growth. Problem is, he did all of this using laetrile.

Dr. Sugiura’s work constitutes limited, but nonetheless significant, findings. Sloan-Kettering’s brass wanted him to shut up about the whole thing, and declared in press conferences that laetrile had no value in cancer treatment. Once, Dr. Sugiura was personally addressed by a reporter, and he most expressly contradicted his bosses. How did author Ralph Moss know about all this? He was the number-two Sloan-Kettering PR man, that’s how.

My personal view is that laetrile is probably a palliative treatment. Still, the fact that so many orthodox cancer foundations want it kept quiet is in itself sufficient reason to look into it more. Harold Manner, PhD’s article in The Mother Earth News (November/December 1978, pages 17-24) is an excellent resource for more information.

So there most certainly is a wider range of cancer treatment alternatives than conventional medical sources will allow. Worthy adjuncts and alternatives to chemotherapy, radiation, and surgical treatments are unpopular with organized medicine, yet are employed by far-thinking physicians and self-reliant persons around the world. Why is this? Because all possibilities need to be considered in undertaking the treatment of such a serious disease for which there are far too few survivors.

Vitamin C

It is once again Nobel-prize winning Linus Pauling, PhD with Ewan Cameron, MD, a Scottish cancer surgeon, who have demonstrated the effectiveness of ten grams (10,000 mg) of vitamin C a day in reversing terminal cancer in thirteen out of 100 patients. These patients were given up as lost by medical authorities. Thirteen out of 100 may not seem like a high percentage of success, but keep in mind that those thirteen are free of the disease as far as can be determined. None were expected to live. Thirteen is infinitely greater than zero. All the vitamin C treated patients have lived, on average, five times as long as controls who did not receive the 10 grams of C. Do not be misled by false media hype against Vitamin C. A pair of politically-motivated Mayo Clinic studies condemning the vitamin are seriously faulted. You will want to refer to Drs. Cameron and Pauling’s book, Cancer and Vitamin C, revised edition (1993) for the full story. There is no substitute for the truth.

Of course 10,000 milligrams of vitamin C a day is greatly more than what the federal government maintains that an average person needs. A reading of The Healing Factor by biochemist Irwin Stone (1979) will explain to you why we need so very much vitamin C, why it should indeed be normal to consume many grams of the vitamin a day, and why the lack of C is responsible for our human race’s present state of illness. Irwin Stone, by the way, is the person who first got Dr. Pauling interested in vitamin C in the first place. For improved quality and length of life, the key is sufficient quantity of C. More orange juice just won’t do it.

Opponents of vitamin C therapy would do well to acknowledge that Pauling and Cameron’s work has been confirmed, first at Japan’s Saga University by Murata and others (Murata, A., Morishige, F. and Yamaguchi, H. (1982) Prolongation of survival times of terminal cancer patients by administration of large doses of ascorbate. International Journal of Vitamin and Nutrition Research Suppl., 23, 1982, p. 103-113. Also in Hanck, A., ed. (1982) Vitamin C: New Clinical Applications. Bern: Huber, 103-113). Dr. Murata employed over 30,000 mg per day and had even better results with terminally ill cancer patients. In the words of Dr. Louis Lasagna (1981) of the University of Rochester Medical School, “It seems indefensible not to at least try substantial doses of vitamin C in these patients.”

Intravenous vitamin C works better still: Padayatty et al. Intravenously administered vitamin C as cancer therapy: three cases. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2006. 174(7), March 28, p 937-942.

Additional vitamin C vs. cancer references are available through your local library. Request assistance in locating William McCormick’s papers, especially the blandly-titled but excellent “Have We Forgotten the Lesson of Scurvy” and “Ascorbic Acid as a Chemotherapeutic Agent.” Dr. McCormick shows that cancer symptoms and vitamin C deficiency symptoms overlap. Scurvy, which is obvious vitamin C deficiency, is traced to medical writings as far back as1609. The similarity between scurvy and cancer is so great that it is incredible that billions of dollars of cancer research in the United States has consistently missed it.

Residential treatment for cancer by nutritional means is readily available in Mexico, just south of the US border in Tijuana. Odd, isn’t it, that Americans have to flee the land of the free and home of the brave to get freedom of choice in cancer therapy? That’s free trade for you. American medical doctor and nutrition PhD, Frank Watts, MD, is one of a number of nonconformist physicians who have employed a therapeutic program which includes 20,000 mg of vitamin C daily plus laetrile, vitamin A, vitamin B-complex, and strict vegetarian diet, among other things. His experience has revealed that about 70% of 600 terminal cancer patients have responded in some definite way to the treatment.

There are precious few hospital based megavitamin programs available anywhere in the United States. Government and AMA pressure on doctors who advocate Laetrile and vitamin therapy is high, research evidence notwithstanding. This will change, however, if citizens voice their views to the Food and Drug Administration, the American Medical Association, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, their lawmakers in Congress and State capitols, and their own family doctors, and insist on unrestricted freedom of access to all options, including the unorthodox therapies, for cancer patients in this country.

While I’m at it, a caution. Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing: hospitals and other providers that offer so-called “holistic,” “nutrition-based,” “integrated,” or “comprehensive” therapeutic programs. The majority of them are only paying lip-service to consumers’ requests for alternative cancer treatments, just to get them in the door. Their main approaches tend to be chemo, radiation and surgery. As a benchmark, first ask them if they give intravenous vitamin C, 30,000 to 60,000 mg daily. That’ll settle out the mud in a hurry.

Other Vitamins Against Cancer

B-complex vitamins individually and collectively appear to be useful against cancer, in prevention as well as treatment. B-complex vitamins (and vitamin C) are water-soluble, easily-lost-under-stress vitamins. There is ever growing evidence that stress itself is a major factor in cancer, and it makes sense, as stress depletes the body of B-vitamins and C. Only in theory does the “balanced diet” that all of us are supposed to be getting every day supply “ample” quantities of these and all other vitamins. But no realistic allowance is made for the very real psychological and physiological demands that each person is daily subjected to. This is all the more true for a cancer patient.

In America, vitamin deficiency is the rule, not the exception. This has been the case throughout our youth, since our birth, and even during gestation. According to Nutrition Action Healthletter, November 1993, researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that the mothers of children with cancer were less likely to have eaten fruits and vegetables, and were less likely to have taken multivitamins during the first six weeks of their pregnancy than mothers of healthy children. This resulting insufficient intake of folate, one of the B-vitamins, appears to be a major cause of what are called primitive neuroectodermal tumors.

Vitamin B6 has been found to be as effective, at least, as the drug usually used to treat recurrent bladder cancer, says American Family Physician (17:3, p. 293). It was found that many bladder patients were deficient in B6. No big surprise there, as the 1975 MRCA survey showed that, of adults 19 and over, 99% got less than the US RDA of B6.

William McCormick, mentioned earlier, cites researchers who found that all cancer patients they tested were deficient in vitamin C by approximately 4,500 mg. When the US Recommended Dietary Allowance for “C” is 60 mg, how can one miss the need for megavitamin dosages? The US Food and Nutrition Board manages to just fine. Item: they raised the vitamin C RDA for smokers to a whopping, astronomical, all-time soaring high… of 100 milligrams.

It would be a tragic mistake to center any discussion of cancer on a single vitamin. Research will continue to confirm that all nutrients, and most certainly all the vitamins are required to prevent and to stop cancer. After all, which wheel on your car can you afford to do without? Which wing on your airplane can we leave off next time you fly?

It is our population-wide but medically disavowed vitamin deficiency that is almost certainly the single most overlooked predisposing cause of cancer. We can either decrease stress or increase our vitamin supplementation, or preferably do both.

Transcendental Meditation (TM) has been demonstrated to be clinically effective in both stress reduction and disease prevention. Research by Dr. David Orme-Johnson has shown that hospital admissions for benign and malignant tumors are less than half as common for long-time meditators. (Psychosomatic Medicine, 49:5). If there were a drug that reduced tumors by 50%, you would have heard it proclaimed from the rooftops. Simple and natural tools are greatly underrated.

Non-Vitamin Factors against Cancer:

Chlorophyll, the substance in plants that makes them green, helps “inhibit cell mutations and therefore could help control cancer,” said a Food Watch article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Sprouts and the live food factors within them such as enzymes (and chlorophyll) have been extensively used in nutritional programs to shrink or reduce tumors directed by Dr. Ann Wigmore. She was probably the world’s most foremost authority on sprouts, wheat grass juice, fasting and raw foods against malignancy. Her lessons on the subject began with her Latvian grandmother, and culminated with Dr. Wigmore’s self-cure of colon cancer using living foods. Her books include Why Suffer, Be Your Own Doctor, and Recipes for Longer Life, among others.

Certain minerals an showing up as essential in prevention and treatment of certain forms of cancer. Zinc is one of them. A study at the Massachusetts Institute of technology showed that animals fed a low zinc diet are more likely to get cancer than those with normal diets. Characteristically, the majority of Americans do not get adequate zinc in their diets, either.

Even Family Circle reported on research done by Dr. Raymond Shamberger of the Cleveland Clinic back in its August 5, 1980 issue. It indicated that there is a relation between selenium intake and cancer. Parts of the country with selenium-rich soils have less cancer than selenium-poor soil populations.

If it seems to you that we need change a national malnutrition to prevent and holistically treat cancer, you are right. It’s the over-cooked, sugar-laden, meat-heavy diet we eat that got us into trouble in the first place. These “foods,” and other processed, worthless stomach fillers are not good sources of what we need to live in health. Our national cancer epidemic is not an accident. It is not necessary for you to just wait in line for a terminal disease with your name on it. There is much more to cancer prevention and therapy than the “food groups” and chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. As much as these may help, there is at least as much good scientific evidence that nutritional alternative approaches to cancer work just as well or better. The essential cause of cancer most likely is many years of deficient diets lacking what is now suddenly appearing in the literature as “new factors against cancer.” These factors are not new. They’ve been there, or in the case of most patients, not been there, all along.

The time to turn it all around is now, whether a person has cancer or not. There is no need to wait for AMA, FDA, New York Times, American Cancer Society or anyone else’s approval. The safety margin with nutrients is enormous. It is deficiency that is dangerous. A determined patient, some good references and reading, an open-minded doctor and the megavitamin-nutritional facts can do wonders. You may experience some difficulty in coming up with the open-minded doctor, but the rest is completely within your power.

For more alternatives, spoken for by people who’ve had occasion to try them, it is well worth contacting The International Association of Cancer Victims and Friends (IACVF) through your nearest chapter, or the Cancer Control Society. Your library and an internet search will provide you with up-to-date addresses and phone numbers.

Nutritional Support for Cancer Patients: A Typical Alternative Protocol

(Again I state two things: 1. this is just anecdotal information and 2. if you take any of this seriously, consult your health care provider before proceeding with this or any program.)

A. Digestive enzyme tablets
Two or more multiple digestive enzyme tablets per meal. The theory is that in cancer patients, the liver produces insufficient enzymes. Cancer patients eat and eat and eat but don’t get the good of their food. They are starving to death. Therefore, they need more nutrients than usual. Enzymes break down food so you can get the nourishment in the food. A “multiple digestive enzyme” preparation is most efficient.

B. Kelp
5-8 kelp tablets per day. Kelp tablets are an iodine supplement. They have been reported to help resist healthy cell damage from radiation treatments.

C. Carrot Juice
Drink at least one pint (two glasses) of carrot juice per day. Goal: up to two quarts (eight glasses). Drink lots of fresh, raw juices. Raw food has lots of enzymes, and carrots are loaded with anti-cancer alpha- and beta-carotenes. About two pounds of carrots makes one pint of juice. Buy 25 pound bags because they keep fairly well. By good tasting produce to get good tasting juice. Yellow sprouts on carrots means they are old. Brush or scrape the carrots to clean them; no need to peel.

D. Green Drink
Drink one glass (8 oz.) green drink per day. Green drink is any green vegetable, e.g., celery, cucumber (peel to remove wax), green peppers, lettuce (leaf, like Romaine). Green drink is raw liquid chlorophyll. Both chlorophyll and hemoglobin have remarkably similar structures. For green drink do not use limas, spinach, rhubarb or asparagus. The last three contain oxalic acid.

E. B-12
Take one of the following, in order of preference:
1. The ideal: intra-nasal B-12 gel or spray
2. Injections of 1000 mcg. per week. Ask for a prescription.
3. Sublingual B-12. 1,000 mcg per day.
4. B-12 supplement: 1,000 mcg or more per day.

F. Potassium
Potassium is in most fruits and vegetables. Read the potassium chart (“K” stands for potassium) in A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases. Eat no salt and no canned foods; they contain lots of salt. Cancerous cells love sodium, says Max Gerson, M.D.

G. Protein
Meat: Avoid it. Try to become a vegetarian. Fish is an excellent complete protein. Broil, bake, or poach in half an inch of apple juice, simmering 6 minutes each side.

Tofu: Soy products in general contain anti-cancer substances. Cut up tofu into small pieces and throw it into whatever you are making. It will take on the flavor of the recipe.

Cheese: Natural, with no coloring added. Eat cheese if it will keep you off meat.

Yogurt: Low fat, plain. Sweeten it yourself with a little fruit or honey.

Nut butters: Delicious and easy to digest. Buy them fresh and keep in the fridge.
Almond butter – may inhibit the growth of tumors.
Cashew butter – high in the amino acid tryptophan which helps you sleep.
Peanut butter – select the fresh, natural variety without added fat or sugar.

Milk: There is nothing like high-quality raw milk. Speaking as a former dairyman, I raised a family on it from infancy. Certified raw milk is inspected daily. Try to find it in a health food store or from a farmer. If not available, sweet acidophilus milk or watered-down yogurt digests better than pasteurized milk.

Sprouts: Eat two jars full per day. Sprouts are a complete protein, a complete food. A person could survive on a variety of sprouts and nothing else. Buy untreated seed. Alfalfa is a good one to start with, but include wheat, lentil, mung bean, clover, cabbage and radish. Each day start two more jars. Harvest alfalfa at the end of 4-7 days; the others may be ready sooner. Eat them in a sandwich or as the base of a salad. Dressings and garnishes are okay. Collect 12-15 wide-mouth quart jars and start farming. Ann Wigmore’s books will tell you how to sprout, and why.

H. Fruits
Eat as many as you wish, any kind, any time.

I. Grains
Whole grain breads, namely100% whole wheat; brown rice; whole wheat pasta.

J. Special Vegetables:
Eat all the cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale and broccoli that you can. Research confirms that these “cruciform vegetables” are naturally rich in several phytochemicals that are like “plant chemotherapy.” They fight tumors.

The other exceptionally fine food class is the legumes: peas, beans and lentils. They are loaded with fiber, protein, minerals, and complex carbohydrates. And, they are really cheap. Eat lots.

K. Good Snacks
Popcorn, fresh, unsalted popcorn. On it put 2 tsp. nutritional yeast flakes which give the popcorn a cheesy taste and additional B-vitamins, chromium and selenium.

Raw Veggies. Keep a tray of all your favorites in the center of your fridge, where you can reach it 24 hours per day. Celery, carrots, peppers, broccoli, black olives, tomatoes, snap peas, etc.

L. Beverages
Vegetable juices, fresh and raw. (Whenever you cook, or bottle, or can anything, you destroy its natural food enzymes.)
Fruit juices, fresh
Spring water or mineral water
Herbal teas
Green tea or decaf black tea

M. Vitamins
Vitamins are food supplements or food concentrates. They are not drugs, so the margin for safety is excellent.

Vitamin E
Begin with 200 IU of natural mixed tocopherols and gradually work up to about 1,000 IU daily. If you are on an anticoagulant drug (such as Coumadin), or if you are on medication for high blood pressure, it is likely that your vitamin and drug doses will need to be tailored over a period of weeks. You can quite easily monitor your blood pressure at home, and your doctor can and should check your prothrombin time for you. Occasionally blood pressure goes up slightly in folks not used to vitamin E. Know that it is usually temporary. Reduce the vitamin E for a while, then resume a leisurely increase. If your protime gets too long, have your doctor reduce the drug dose, not the vitamin. Vitamin E greatly reduces the side effects of radiation therapy. Vitamin E is the body’s number one antioxidant, very valuable in slowing tumor growth and slowing the spread of malignancies. You will very much want to read Vitamin E for Ailing and Healthy Hearts, by Wilfrid Shute, M.D., or any other book by him or his physician brother, Evan. They will walk you through the whole process.

If your physician says you need iron, take ferrous gluconate or ferrous fumarate iron tablets, which would replace your current prescription of harder-to-handle ferrous sulfate. Chelated iron tablets are better absorbed, therefore, better utilized by the body. Iron is best absorbed if taken with vitamin C but not at the same time as Vitamin E.

Vitamin C
Begin with 1,000 mg a meal for a total of 3,000 mg per day. Your goal is bowel tolerance, which may be anywhere between 20,000 to 100,000 mg per day or even higher. It would be ideal to take some vitamin C every half hour you are awake, which is a real nuisance. Do the best you can to divide the dose for maximum absorption. For maximum stomach comfort, I strongly recommend a “buffered” vitamin C supplement for persons taking a lot. Instead of tablets, try vitamin C powder for economy and a “fewer pills to take” feeling. Mix the powder in a sweet beverage such as fruit juice. Take the amount of vitamin C needed to feel better, to show improved lab tests, and to get well. Patients in remission should continue taking it for life. There are two meanings to that statement. Do not be put off this valuable adjunctive therapy by unscientific scare tactics. Please be certain to read Cancer and Vitamin C by Ewan Cameron and Linus Pauling.

The Carotenes and Lycopene
Until you can get a juicer, eat lots of yams, sweet potatoes and winter squash. These are all very high in all the natural carotenes, not just the best known beta- form. Tomatoes, preferably uncooked, are loaded with lycopene, which is even more valuable than carotene. Studies in Italy (of course) showed that men that ate five or ten fresh tomatoes daily had almost no prostate cancer. Red or purple grapes (and fruits and vegetables in general) are high in many other cancer-fighting antioxidants related to the carotenes. Enjoy!

Only a minuscule amount is needed, generally around 300 micrograms. A microgram is a millionth of a gram. Selenium works closely with vitamin E. Avoid excesses; more is not better in this case.

The zinc in your multivitamin (perhaps 15 mg?) is low. Take 50 mg of zinc gluconate or preferably zinc monomethionine. Work up to a goal of perhaps 100 mg per day. Zinc reduces postsurgical healing time and profoundly strengthens the immune system.

Calcium and Magnesium
Tablets can be used to conveniently buffer between-meal vitamin C doses. 1,500 mg of calcium and 500 mg of magnesium is a good target amount. Divide the doses as much as humanly possible, including snacktime and bedtime. Your body will absorb it much more efficiently that way.

Vitamin B Complex
Take one balanced B-50 tablet with each meal, at least. If you are on intense drug therapy or are very fatigued, you can take additional Bs between meals. Patients on chemotherapy report greatly reduced nausea and much less hair loss when they take their B-vitamins (and C). You have to try this to believe it.

If you get diarrhea, ease up on the vitamin C or the vegetable juices. If not sure which, decrease one, then the other, to confirm which you actually need to reduce. Bear in mind that diarrhea may be due to radiation or chemotherapy treatments. Cheese tends to help stop simple diarrhea. Chronic diarrhea requires medical attention.

If you need to sweeten something, try a little honey, sweet molasses or pure maple syrup.

Give this protocol a full four months trial, with your 100% effort, before giving it your final evaluation.

Don’t eat anything without reading the label. Don’t eat anything unless you know what it is. If you cannot pronounce it, don’t eat it.

If your medical doctor is not familiar with orthomolecular (megavitamin) nutrition, hand him or her books, with the bookmarks stuck throughout, and ask, “Have you read what we’ve read?” Let Dr. Pauling and Dr. Hoffer and Dr. Williams and Dr. Gerson and Dr. Cameron do the talking. When you go to battle, don’t go without your best soldiers. If you are still unfamiliar with these physicians and their work, you are not ready to fight.

Avoid sugar
Do not smoke. Stop, or at least cut down, immediately.
Avoid alcoholic beverages (However, organically-produced red wine in moderation is a reasonable compromise. It is best to dilute it with two parts water before drinking. Grape juice is good, too!)
Eat no artificial colorings.
Avoid any food with preservatives.
Do not consume aspartame (“NutraSweet”).
Never eat any product containing saccharine, which has been found to cause cancer in laboratory animals.

Who gets the credit (or blame?) for this therapy? Certainly not me, although I’d love to take the bow. But no, this is the collected, derivative work of many researchers. I’m not smart enough to come up with all this. I am just barely smart enough to find out who is getting good results… and suggest you copy them.

A Case In Point

The results never cease to impress me. Take Joe, for instance. Joe had terminal lung cancer, and no mistake. He was so constantly coughing up blood that he had a mostly red handkerchief in his hand all the while I talked with him in the living room of his small suburban home. Joe was too sick to come in to my office. In fact, he was too sick to get out of his recliner. It was in this chair that his life was played out, day and night. He could not walk. He was in too much pain to even lie down. He spent the night in his chair. He did not want to eat. Oddly enough, he did still want to live, and he was willing to try even vitamins if they would help him feel any better.

It was October and the leaves, orange and bright yellow, were falling outside the picture window as we talked. The TV was on, and some of the family was visiting. It is never easy to work with the dying. As a student, 20 years ago, I’d seen enough of them at the Brigham Hospital in Boston. Then, I had listened and watched. Now, I listened and watched and suggested vitamin C.

“How much?” Joe croaked.

“As much as humanly possible under the circumstances,” I replied. I explained bowel tolerance to him, and answered the usual questions from the family. Most centered on how well would it work. Some were understandably skeptical; some were in overly-optimistic denial.

“If I had the sure cure for cancer, I’d be on the cover of Time magazine,” I cautioned them gently. “Vitamin C is very much worth using, with due consideration of how sick Joe really is.”

All agreed that Joe had nothing to lose.

Here is what happened.

Within days, Joe stopped coughing up the blood. If the C had done nothing else, this alone would have been more than enough benefit. But there was more good news within the week.

“Joe’s appetite is back,” said his wife. “And he is able to lie down in the bed now. He says he is sleeping much better and in much less pain.”

Wonderful news, especially if you were Joe. Over and over I have seen profound pain relief and dramatic improvement in sleeping in terminal patients that take huge doses of C. Again, if the C did nothing else, these benefits would be indisputable arguments for using it.

A week or so later, I heard still more news.

“Joe is able to walk around the house with a cane. He’s even walking around the yard!”

His wife was quite emotional as she spoke. She knew, at some level, as we all did, that Joe was not likely to survive such severe cancer. And in the end, he didn’t. But he added to his length of life, and the quality of that life was extraordinarily enhanced by the vitamin C. He never did all the stuff I enumerated earlier in this chapter; he couldn’t. But he was determined to manage taking the C, and he did.

Oh, yes: how much did he take? About 4,000 milligrams every half hour he was awake, day or night. That is approaching 100,000 mg a day. He had a big jug of water, a big spoon, a big glass, and a big bottle of vitamin C crystals on the table right next to his recliner.

Joe never got diarrhea.

For further reading:

Gonzalez M, Miranda-Massari J, Saul AW. I Have Cancer: What Should I Do? Your Orthomolecular Guide for Cancer Management. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Publications, November, 2009. Reviews at

Asian ginseng

Asian ginseng

The ginseng has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. The name “ginseng” refers to both American (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng), which have a somewhat similar chemical makeup. Siberian ginseng or Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus), on the other hand, is an entirely different plant and does not contain the same active ingredients. Both Asian and American ginseng contain ginsenosides, which researchers think are the active ingredients.

Like American ginseng, Asian ginseng is a light tan, gnarled root that often looks like a human body with stringy shoots for arms and legs. Traditionally, herbalists thought that because of the way ginseng looks it could treat many different kinds of ailments, from fatigue and stress to asthma and cancer. In traditional Chinese medicine, ginseng was often combined with other herbs. It was frequently used to bring long life, strength, and wisdom to those who took it.

Ginseng is sometimes called an “adaptogen,” a substance that is supposed to help the body better cope with stress, either mental or physical. There is no scientific evidence of adaptogens, but ginseng has been studied for several conditions, and it is one of the most popular herbs in the United States. Many of the studies of Asian or Korean ginseng have used combinations of herbs, so it’s not always possible to say whether ginseng alone did any good. Research on Asian ginseng has included the following:

Immune system health

Asian ginseng is believed to boost the immune system, possibly helping the body fight off infection and disease. Several clinical studies report that Asian ginseng can improve the function of the immune system. Studies have found that ginseng seems to increase the number of immune cells in the blood, and improve the immune system’s response to a flu vaccine. In one study, 227 participants received either ginseng or placebo for 12 weeks, with a flu vaccine given after 4 weeks. The number of colds and flu were two-thirds lower in the group that took ginseng.

Heart health

Asian ginseng seems to be an antioxidant. Antioxidants help rid the body of free radicals, substances which can damage DNA and are thought to contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions. Preliminary studies suggest Asian ginseng may improve the symptoms of heart disease in humans. It also may decrease “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and raise “good” HDL cholesterol.

Its effect on blood pressure is more complicated. Some studies have found it seems to lower blood pressure, while others find it causes blood pressure to rise. That had led some people to wonder if ginseng may increase blood pressure at usual doses but lower it when doses are higher. Until researchers know for sure, you should not take ginseng if you have high blood pressure unless your doctor tells you it’s OK.

Type 2 diabetes

Although American ginseng has been studied more for diabetes, both types of Panax ginsengs may lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. However, in a few studies it looked like Asian or Korean ginseng raised blood sugar levels. Some people think that the ginsenosides in American ginseng might lower blood sugar while different ginsenosides in Asian ginseng could raise blood sugar levels. Until more is known, you should not take ginseng if you have diabetes without your doctor’s strict supervision and monitoring.

Mental performance

People who take ginseng often say they feel more alert. Several studies report that Asian ginseng may slightly improve thinking or learning. Early research shows that Asian ginseng may improve performance on such things as mental arithmetic, concentration, memory, and other measures. Some studies have also found a positive effect with the combination of Asian ginseng and Ginkgo biloba.

Most of the studies have found that ginseng does improve mental performance, but they have measured different kinds of mental function, making it hard to know exactly what the effects of ginseng are. For example, one study found that people who took ginseng increased their ability for abstract thought, but didn’ t have any changes in their reaction time or concentration levels.

Physical endurance

There have been a number of studies using Asian ginseng for athletic performance in humans and laboratory animals. Results have been mixed, with some studies showing increased strength and endurance, others showing improved agility or reaction time, and others showing no effect at all. Even so, athletes often take Asian ginseng to boost both endurance and strength. Asian ginseng was also found to reduce fatigue in a study of 332 people.

Stress and well-being

Asian ginseng is sometimes called an “adaptogen,” something that helps the body deal with stress, whether physical or mental. While that can be difficult to study, there is some evidence that ginseng (both Asian and American types) can improve quality of life — although quality of life can be hard to measure, too.

A study of 501 men and women living in Mexico City found improvements in quality of life measures (energy, sleep, sex life, personal satisfaction, well-being) in those taking Asian ginseng. Another well-designed study found that people who took a nutritional supplement with ginseng said they had better quality of life than those taking the same supplement without ginseng.

Fertility/erectile dysfunction

Asian ginseng is widely believed to boost sexual performance, but there aren’t many studies to back this up. In animal studies, Asian ginseng has increased sperm production, sexual activity, and sexual performance. A study of 46 men has also shown an increase in sperm count as well as motility. Another study in 60 men found that Asian ginseng increased sex drive and decreased erection problems.

Alzheimer’s disease

Individual reports and animal studies indicate that Asian ginseng may slow down the rate at which Alzheimer’s gets worse, and improve memory and behavior. Studies of large groups of people are needed.


Several studies suggest that Asian ginseng may reduce the risk of some types of cancers. In one observational study, researchers followed 4,634 people for 5 years and found that those who took ginseng had lower risk of lung, liver, pancreatic, ovarian, and stomach cancer. But the study could not say for sure that other factors — including healthy eating habits – weren’ t responsible for the lower risk of cancer. And it found that taking ginseng as few as 3 times a year led to a dramatic reduction in cancer risk, which is hard to believe.

A number of studies have found that Asian ginseng seems to slow down or stop the growth of tumors, although researchers aren’t yet sure how it might work in humans. More research is needed.

Menopausal symptoms

There have been only a few studies of ginseng for menopausal symptoms. Two well-designed studies evaluating red Korean (Asian) ginseng suggest it may relieve some of the symptoms of menopause, improving mood — particularly feelings of depression — and sense of well-being. The ginseng was used along with a vitamin and mineral supplement. But another double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 384 women found no effect.
Plant Description:

The ginseng plant has leaves that grow in a circle around a straight stem. Yellowish-green umbrella-shaped flowers grow in the center and produce red berries. Ginseng has a taproot that looks a little like the human body, with 2 “arms” and 2 “legs.” Wrinkles around the neck of the root tell how old the plant is. Ginseng is not ready to be used as medicine until it has grown for about 6 years. Asian or Chinese and Korean ginseng are the same plants, but grown in different areas. American ginseng is a relative in the same species, native to North America.
What’s It Made Of?:

Asian ginseng supplements are made from the ginseng root, and the long, thin offshoots, called root hairs. Both Asian or Korean and American ginseng contain ginsenosides, saponins that are ginseng’s active ingredients. In addition to ginsenosides, Asian ginseng also contains glycans (panaxans), polysaccharide fraction DPG-3-2, peptides, maltol, B vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oil.
Available Forms:

White ginseng (dried, peeled) or red ginseng (unpeeled root, steamed before drying) is available in water, water-and-alcohol, or alcohol liquid extracts, and in powders or capsules. Asian ginseng root is also available for making decoctions (boiling the root in water)

Be sure to read the label carefully so that you are purchasing the type of ginseng that you want. If you are looking for Asian ginseng, make sure you buy Korean, red, or Panax ginseng. If you are looking for American ginseng, you should buy Panax quinquefolius. Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus), which is sometimes called Siberian ginseng, does not have the same active ingredients as Asian or American ginseng.
How to Take It:


Ginseng is not recommended for use in children.


Asian ginseng comes in a variety of forms and is often used in combination with other herbs or nutrients. Talk with an experienced health care practitioner to find the right dose for you.

In healthy people who want to increase physical or mental performance, to prevent illness, or to improve resistance to stress, Asian ginseng should be taken in cycles. For example, take every day for 2 – 3 weeks, then stop for 3 weeks, then start back.

The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, contain components that can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care, under the supervision of a health care provider qualified in the field of botanical medicine.

Asian ginseng may cause nervousness or sleeplessness, particularly if taken at high doses or when combined with caffeine. Other side effects are rare but may include:

High blood pressure
Breast pain
Vaginal bleeding

To avoid hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, even in people without diabetes, take Asian ginseng with food.

People with high blood pressure should not take Asian ginseng products without the close supervision of their doctor. People with low blood pressure, as well as those with an acute illness, should use caution when taking Asian ginseng.

People with bipolar disorder should not take ginseng, because it may increase the risk of mania.

People with autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Crohn’ s disease, should ask their doctors before taking Asian ginseng. Theoretically, Asian ginseng may boost an already overactive immune system.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take Asian ginseng. Asian ginseng may cause vaginal bleeding.

Women who have a history of breast cancer should not take ginseng.

Stop taking Asian ginseng at least 7 days prior to surgery. Asian ginseng may act as a blood thinner, increasing the risk of bleeding during or after a procedure.
Possible Interactions:

If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use Asian ginseng without first talking to your health care provider:

ACE inhibitors (blood pressure medications) — Asian ginseng may interact with angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors used to lower high blood pressure. These medications include:

Captopril (Capoten)
Benazepril (Lotensin)
Enalapril (Vasotec)
Lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril)
Fosinopril (Monopril)
Ramipril (Altace)
Perindopril (Aceon)
Quinapril (Accupril)
Moexipril (Univasc)
Trandolapril (Mavik)

Calcium channel blockers (heart and blood pressure medications) — Asian ginseng may change the effects of certain heart medications, including calcium channel blockers. These medications include:

Amlodipine (Norvasc)
Diltiazem (Cardizem)
Nifedipine (Procardia)

Blood-thinners (anticoagulants) — Asian ginseng may increase the risk of bleeding especially if you already take blood-thinners such as aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin), or clopidogrel (Plavix).

Caffeine — Ginseng may make the effect of caffeine stronger, possibly causing nervousness, sweating, insomnia, or irregular heartbeat.

Diabetes medications, including insulin — Ginseng may lower blood sugar levels, increasing the risk of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.

Drugs that suppress the immune system — Asian ginseng may boost the immune system and may interact with drugs taken to treat an autoimmune disease or drugs taken after organ transplant.

Stimulants — Ginseng may increase the stimulant effect and side effects of some medications take for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, including amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Adderall) and methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin).

MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) — Ginseng may increase the risk of mania when taken with MAOIs, a type of antidepressant. There have been reports of interaction between ginseng and phenelzine (Nardil) causing headaches, tremors, and mania. MAOIs include:

Isocarboxazid (Marplan)
Phenelzine (Nardil)
Tranylcypromine (Parnate)

Morphine — Asian ginseng may block the painkilling effects of morphine.

Furosemide (Lasix) — Some researchers think Asian ginseng may interfere with Lasix, a diuretic (water pill) that helps the body get rid of excess fluid.

Other medications — Asian ginseng may interact with medications that are processed by the liver. If you take any medications, ask your doctor before taking Asian ginseng.
Alternative Names:

Asiatic ginseng; Chinese ginseng; Korean red ginseng; Oriental ginseng; Panax ginseng

Reviewed last on: 1/27/2011
Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, Solutions Acupuncture, a private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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Upset stomach

Upset stomach

Reviewed by Dr Jeni Worden, GP

What are the symptoms?
Getty – upset stomach
Symptoms can include occasional heartburn, a taste of bile in the mouth and pains in the stomach.

The symptoms of an upset stomach include occasional heartburn, a taste of bile in the mouth and pains in the stomach, which can be made worse by coffee, citrus fruits, fatty foods, onions, alcohol and chocolate.

In some cases, milk can ease the pains. Other symptoms include irregular bowel movements, constipation and pain when going to the toilet.

What are the possible causes?
Reflux oesophagitis

Usually the problem is caused by reflux oesophagitis, which is brought on by stomach acid that has moved up to the gullet. This usually feels like heartburn or leaves a taste of bile or acid in the mouth.

Reflux oesophagitis can be caused by the relaxation of the muscle around the top of the stomach, which may cause a ‘hiatus hernia’ or because the stomach is being pressed on due to pregnancy or obesity.

Drinking coffee and eating citrus fruits, fatty foods, onions, alcohol and chocolate often makes the condition worse because these increase the acid in the stomach and can stimulate stomach contractions, pushing the stomach contents upwards.

Ulcers have similar symptoms and are, therefore, sometimes mistaken for reflux oesophagitis.

If symptoms include weight loss and black stools, it’s important to contact a doctor, who can determine whether or not the condition is caused by an ulcer.

Ninety five per cent of duodenal ulcers and 80 per cent of stomach (‘gastric’) ulcers are caused by a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori.

This bacteria can be treated with an antiulcer medicine and antibiotics, which also reduces the risk of contracting new ulcers.

However, it’s not recommended to treat an H pylori infection if it’s not causing symptoms, even though there is a small risk of developing stomach cancer, as we do not know if it will make any difference.

The remaining 20 per cent of gastric ulcers and 5 per cent of duodenal ulcers are caused by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as ibuprofen and diclofenac.
Irritable bowel syndrome

Another cause could be irritable bowel syndrome, which often appears as a pain that gets worse when eating, and is helped by having your bowels open. The pain can then recur sometime later.

It’s typically associated with bloating, wind and constipation alternating with diarrhoea or frequent bowel movements.

Tests are usually normal and IBS is diagnosed by excluding more serious conditions because there’s no specific investigation for it.
Other, rarer diseases

Other, rarer diseases that require a visit to a specialist include ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
What can be done to help?

Ask a pharmacist for advice about treatments that can be bought over the counter without a prescription.
If these do not help visit a doctor to establish the cause of the symptoms.
After being diagnosed, complete the prescribed treatment.
If initial treatment does not work, return to the doctor. Most cases of reflux oesophagitis and ulcers can be treated successfully with medicine for excess stomach acid and sometimes antibiotics. IBS can be difficult to treat with medication alone and often needs advice about lifestyle, relaxation techniques and diet.

What are the danger signs?

Bloody, black or tar-like stools – all of which suggest bleeding from within the digestive system.
Nausea, or vomit containing blood, or with an appearance similar to ground coffee.
Unintentional weight loss.
Paleness and fatigue.
Sudden, sharp pains.

All these symptoms require a doctor’s diagnosis, as the condition can become very dangerous.

Perils of Tight Clothes!

Perils of Tight Clothes!
By Priyanka Parab

Remember jumping up and down when you were young and got that pink frilly dress as a birthday present? Now do you remember jumping up and down every time you buy a new pair of slim fit jeans! Sadly this current jumping routine of yours cannot be attested to the fact that you are giddily happy upon buying the pair of pants, instead you are found jumping around to simply fit in those nasty straight fits!
So, how is jumping around unhealthy?

To begin with, let’s clear up the issue around jumping here! Jumping by any means is not unhealthy, in fact it is rather healthy as it involves physical activity and helps you burn a few calories too! The unhealthy aspect of jumping pops up into the picture, when you are found jumping around trying to fit into tight pants. Agreed, those tight clothes make you look slim and svelte, but wouldn’t it be much better if you just properly exercised those ungainly kilos off your waist?

My fashionable skinny jeans cannot be bad for me!

Sure! They are not bad for you. Considering you don’t mind suffering from chronic abdominal and back pain and a strong case of acid refluxes.

Of course too tight clothing is bad for you, in fact it is unhealthy! The main purpose of clothing is to cover our body from the external factors such as dirt, heat and cold. Accentuating our looks is the secondary purpose that our clothing serves, but with the advent of fashion, clothing has gone from big to small to narrow to ridiculously tight! With famous celebrities squeezing in tight clothes day in and day out, fashion has been revolutionized to some very unhealthy levels!

How are tight clothes affecting my health?

What happens when you wear the tie too tight? You can’t breathe right! That’s how the rest of your body feels when it is subjected to clothes way too small in size.

Don’t believe us?

Following are just some of the health risks that you subject your body to, by wearing tight clothing:

Acid Reflux: Many of us can be found guilty of wearing clothes that are just a little too tight around the waist. While this causes a little discomfort to us in the short run, its effect on us in the long run can be serious! Pants tight around the waist put pressure on the abdomen directly, due to which the acid is reversed into the esophagus, giving rise to acid reflux or heart burn. This occurs mostly when you are found dressed in tight clothes and end up having a large meal.

So, the next time you have a burning feeling in your throat, chest or tummy and an acidic taste in your mouth after a meal, glance at yourself, you are probably wearing clothing which is too tight!

The best way to identify whether your clothes are too tight or not, is to check if your stomach bulges out after pulling on your pants!

Back Acne: Tight clothing doesn’t necessarily end with tight pants, it also includes those figure hugging tops. Polo necks are prime examples of this fashion trend which can cause back acne, as dandruff and dead skin gets trapped on your back. Tight tops can result in the trapping of heat and moisture between the fabric and the skin, especially in hot and humid conditions of places like India. Plus, if you add dead skin cells from your own body to the mix along with excessive skin oils along with dandruff from your scalp, what you get is a potent recipe for back acne.

Yeast Infection: Wearing tight undergarments, especially under equally tight pants can give rise to yeast infections around the pubic area in women. This is because tight clothes can trap heat and this causes the area to become warm and moist. Yeast is known to thrive in warm and moist areas and after a yeast infection has set in, the skin around the vagina becomes very irritated, itchy and painful. In hot and humid conditions in places like India, wearing tight clothing can cause an immediate yeast infection to set in, despite your best efforts to keep your pubic area hygienic and dry.

To avoid a yeast infection, it would be a good idea to wear clothes that are less constricting and breathable in. For example, instead of a thong or a tight undergarment of synthetic material, opt for cotton undergarments that aren’t too tight!

Tingling Thigh: Wearing too tight jeans or pants puts pressure on the thigh region and causes nerve compression in that area, mainly to a nerve that supplies sensation to the upper part of your thigh. This causes a tingling or numbing sensation along with a burning pain on the surface of the thigh

Chronic back pain: Wearing tight clothing is harmful to your back too! Surprised? Don’t be, as research has found out that wearing too tight, low waist and hip hugging jeans causes nerve compression in your back and also restricts your hip bone movement. All of this puts pressure on your spine and that is the main reason behind your back ache.

Jock Itch: Jock itch occurs mostly in men who wear tight pants over tight undergarments. Jock itch is caused by the same bacteria or fungus that causes athletes foot! This bacteria thrives in moist and warm conditions and spreads to the skin of the inner thighs, buttocks and groin. The affected skin develops a rash and ring shaped rashes are common in people suffering from Jock Itch. This problem however affects overweight people more than others.

But these clothes are fashionable, everybody wears them!

Fashion should be your own personal style statement, something that keeps you comfortable in your own skin. Not something that causes any sort of distress to you or makes you unhealthy!