Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Research on Hair Restoration or Growth

I will be adding to this post - See also http://ktanihairsense.blogspot.ca/2013/12/new-research-on-hair-restoration-or.html

"Using stem cells to grow new hair"
The research is linked in the article. Still early days, also only on mice so far but promising.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Various Email Questions and Replies

I will be adding to this post. 

Email ?: lemon oil 4 cleaning?
"essential oil do not always possess in-vitro antimicrobial activity against different ... bacterial strains."
In vitro is in the lab under controlled conditions - means in vivo outside the lab - less so.
From same source
"Almost similar antimicrobial results were obtained from both essential oils of lemon samples by other reported results"
Reason ?
"variation of percentage of active ... ingredients depends on the extraction process, samples process and environmental conditions"

Email Reply: You create your own reality?
So everything that happens to you is your fault. Good news 4 ISIS/Boko Haram, etc. Quacks love it!
Quacks? That means they have nothing to prove like evidence the products they are shilling actually work/that they are not committing fraud. Oh and you are to blame for natural disasters too - shame on you!
Adults are responsible 4 their actions. Villains rarely see themselves as such because it requires a conscience, ethics most don't possess.

Email Reply: Quacks quoting love, forgiveness platitudes
Seen that 2. 1st is a universal ploy, everyone needs love. 2nd hedging their bets.
"hedge your bets" ... to reduce or mitigate your risk." 
Source: http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/42054/the-meaning-and-origin-of-hedge-your-bets

Email Reply: Naturopath testing for food "sensitivity"/intolerance/allergies
G(IgG) testing offered is not supported period. Text bold added by me.
"There is no body of research that supports the use of this test ... person with a true immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated food allergy ... at significant risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis, may ... not have elevated levels of specific IgG to their particular allergen ... may be inappropriately advised to reintroduce this potentially deadly item into their diet. ... CSACI ... formal statement supporting opinions ... by the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology ... and by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology ... warn about the inappropriate measurement of food-specific IgG or IgG4 to suggest the presence or potential of adverse reactions to food. ... blood testing of any kind cannot substitute for consultation with a trained and accredited medical professional such as an Allergist/Immunologist for the diagnosis and management of adverse reactions to food."
Source: 2012 - http://www.aacijournal.com/content/8/1/12

Email Reply: Quinoa and celiac disease
“further studies are needed to determine the long-term effects of quinoa consumption.”
This is the full text of the 2012 study, referred to in the link above, that also discusses celiac disease and oats. Just Control f, and type oats.
And there are other issues regarding quinoa reported online on several websites, not about just one brand.
It is wise if you have a strong negative reaction to any food, to have a consultation with a qualified medical specialist. See the email reply above this one. 

Email Reply: Flower waters and food
For food use, all I have seen are preserved with a dated shelf life (which is for unopened bottles only). Opened bottled water has a shelf life of 2 weeks or so, if kept refrigerated. They are regulated under food safety laws, e.g. http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/non-federally-registered/safe-food-production/guide/eng/1352824546303/1352824822033#s1-1-4
Flower waters and cosmetics? 
They are not regulated under food safety laws. Preservation is also necessary despite claims to the contrary. They cannot replace medicine!
Source: 2006 - http://www.naturalingredient.org/hydrosol_martin_watt.html#safety
See Also 2006 - Scroll down text to read "Possible microbiological dangers of hydrolysates or hydrolysats"
Bottom line: Do hydrosols for cosmetic use present contamination risks? Yes! Ask for microbiological purity testing evidence, and proceed with caution if you buy them.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Known Allergens in Cosmetics

Awareness of known allergens means easier identification of one in a product, and testing you for it, if a reaction occurs.

"Contact reactions to lipsticks and other lipcare products"

alba cera (Cera alba) = beeswax

Interactions and cautions are included below.

Natural Standard: Propolis
Grade C - "C (Unclear or Conflicting  Scientific Evidence)" = unproven effectiveness

Natural Standard: Beeswax
Grade C - "C (Unclear or Conflicting  Scientific Evidence)" = unproven effectiveness

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Toxicity of Herbs and Oils: Pets - A Departure from My Usual Posts for Those Who Have Pets

Neem oil: animals
I knew toxicity existed for neem (margosa) oil and mice from the research I had previously done for the post below this one. However, it is not the only one, and mice are not the only animals affected.

Bold added to text by me.

"Essential Oils, volatile oils extracted from plants ... components of 'herbal' medicines such as flea or tick treatments or other products can be toxic in dogs and/or cats. Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil, Neem (Margosa) Oil, Pennyroyal Oil, Potpourri Oil, Pine Oil, Peppermint Oil, Cinnamon Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Clove Oil, Thyme Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Rosemary Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, and d-Limonene have been in products associated with signs of toxicity."

2012. from the link above "Retrospective study from 2006 to 2008."
"Adverse reactions from essential oil-containing natural flea products exempted from Environmental Protection Agency regulations in dogs and cats"
"Dogs and cats can experience significant adverse effects when exposed to plant-derived flea preventatives even when used according to label directions." 

"Essential Oil and Liquid Potpourri Toxicity in Dogs and Cats"
"Essential oils are the concentrated liquids (volatile organic compounds) of plants. ... use in aromatherapy ... alternative medicine ... in cleaning products, food and drink flavorings, herbal remedies, ... personal care products ... Many liquid potpourri products and essential oils, including oil of cinnamon, citrus, pennyroyal, peppermint, pine, sweet birch, tea tree (melaleuca), wintergreen, and ylang ylang, are poisonous to pets. Both ingestion and skin exposure can be toxic. ... Essential oils and liquid potpourris contain chemicals ... rapidly absorbed orally or through the skin. Many of these chemicals are metabolized through the liver. ... cats lack some of the enzymes necessary to effectively metabolize these chemicals. ... can also irritate or burn the skin and mouth. ... Only a couple of licks or a small amount on the skin could be harmful to a dog or cat."

I have seen raw garlic recommended online for flea and tic control - Toxic!
"Hidden Dangers in the Kitchen: Common Foods Toxic to Dogs and Cats"
"Most cases of toxicosis are attributed to a single episode of accidental ingestion of raw onion or feeding of foods containing onions or garlic."

"Herbal and Other Natural Products Pose Intoxication Risks to Pets"

Monday, November 24, 2014

Neem Oil (Margosa Oil) Safety and Uses

"Neem Oil Poisoning as a Cause of Toxic Encephalopathy in an Infant"
"Poisoning is usually accidental by nasal or oral administered to infants and children for cough and cold, pain abdomen, and deworming; or rarely suicidal ... Even small doses can cause toxicity include vomiting, drowsiness, generalized seizures, coma, and severe metabolic acidosis especially in infants and young children ... Prognosis is usually good, however, delayed milestones, long term neurodeficits, recurrent seizures, abnormal ... (EEG), and deaths have been observed ... Since neem oil is commonly used as traditional medicine in India, its poisoning is not uncommon. ... pediatricians should be aware of this condition and public should be educated regarding the safe use of neem oil."

The bolding of text in all quotes is by me. The information speaks for itself. These are not studies. They are case reports. The information in this post is not new in that references of other case reports go back years! The question is Why is neem oil still being promoted with no cautions as if there are none? The short answer is it is not as profitable to include them. For those who promote health fraud, the lack of cautions does not surprise me in the least. They buy fake followers, reviews, and comments to stoke their ego, and further their agenda (sales), with no regard for consumers. However, they cannot buy credibility, and it cannot be faked. Credibility comes with reputable evidence, which they cannot produce about what they promote because it does not exist.


"A rare case of toxic optic neuropathy secondary to consumption of neem oil", Full text


"Neem oil poisoning: Case report of an adult with toxic encephalopathy", Full text


Neem oil
"Herbal remedy is natural and safe"--truth or myth?"


"The easy availability of margosa oil and its promotion without proper warning of these life threatening side effects warrant legislative measures and active awareness. This is a potentially toxic chemical and should be used with vigilance." Amen to that!


"Neem Oil Poisoning" - reference #6 in above link and heartbreaking!, Full text
"Exact toxicity level doses for humans are not known."

Natural Standard - neem oil uses - All grade C: "Unclear scientific evidence for this use" = UNPROVEN EFFECTIVENESS!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Real Scoop on Ancient Cosmetics and Health

There are 0 ancient secrets for health in ancient-based "health" cosmetics or diet except in scammer spin, falsely portraying information and magic rituals from those times as truth today. 

"BBC News - Ancient skeleton is the earliest case of cancer yet detected"

"Mummy Has Oldest Case of Prostate Cancer in Ancient Egypt" 

"Oldest known case of metastasizing prostate carcinoma diagnosed in the skeleton of a 2,700-year-old Scythian king from Arzhan (Siberia, Russia)."
"The diagnosis mainly rests on the results of the microscopic examination of the lesions and the positive evidence of PSA, which is an important marker for the diagnosis of prostate cancer. It is remarkable that, in this ancient case, the morphological pattern at the microlevel is the same as in recent cases."

Cancer is NOT a modern disease!

"Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt"
(for grey hair) "blood of a black ox or calf was boiled in oil to transfer the blackness of the animal to the greying hair, or the black horn of a gazelle was made into an unguent with oil to prevent grey hairs from appearing." Neither remedy worked. Hair was also dyed in ancient Egypt. Animal horn continues to be used today in equally ineffective "magic" remedies. Rhino horn, bear parts or elephant tusks, there is no science in such "health" remedies, only the death of the animals and greed for money.

"Ancient Egypt’s Toxic Makeup Fought Infection, Researchers Say"
"the scientists say the makeup is not something that should be used today."

Yet toxic levels of lead are found in modern remedies mistakenly taken from ancient times, see "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention", 

"Products Kohl, Kajal, Al-Kahal, or Surma: By Any Name, Beware of Lead Poisoning"

Ancient Egyptians discarded the human brain in preparation for the afterlife.

Scammers rebuff critical thinking regarding their products and services.

Ancient dandruff remedy includes hippopotamus fat and fish oil
See also for spots on the face and wrinkles "gall of ox" and "red ochre". Red ochre was also used to color lips and cheeks - you can text search on the left, then click on found text to expand.

And through modern science?
"Breakthroughs made in ovarian cancer research," 2014

Breakthrough in acne research, full text, 2013
"As P. acnes is the major skin ... bacterium found in both acne and healthy skin, this strain-level analysis is important to help understand the role of P. acnes in acne pathogenesis and in skin health."

Facts are far more interesting than the scams used to romanticize and lie about ancient times to sell unproven treatments and preventatives.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Received via Email

Not everyone uses social media for sharing great articles but some do like sending and discussing them via email. I have been getting a few such articles lately. I will continue to Tweet them, and I will be adding specific ones relevant to this blog, to this post!

"Mineral Makeup - Fact vs Fiction"
"As you can see, deceptive marketing and carefully worded claims can lead us to believe that mineral makeup is “better”. Truth be told, while mineral makeup may sometimes have less irritating ingredients, it’s NOT automatically the best choice. ... I’m simply pointing out that modern cosmetic technology provides MANY excellent makeup formulas that offer the same safety and performance attributes that are presented in minerals makeup marketing."

"Essential oils: a perfect example of alternative medicine exaggeration"
"Treating disease by ingesting animal feces or applying it to your skin is also an ancient Egyptian remedy, in fact more common than essential oils, but I don’t see that catching on in the same way. ...The real problem I have with essential oils is the exaggeration of their effects. ... The benefits of essential oils are exaggerated because exaggeration sells. ... Trying to sell a sick person something that in the end won’t help them is at least unethical, if not criminal. ... I am not saying that essential oils have no use. Instead I am saying that their effectiveness is exaggerated."
"Not Found" pdf and text
"the extraction of bladder stones, or lithotomy as it came to be called in more modern times, was performed with surprising frequency by people in the ancient civilizations of Egypt ... Stones were well known in ancient Egypt and, indeed, the earliest urolith ever recovered was retrieved from the nasal cavity of the mummified corpse of a young Egyptian boy. This great artifact was unfortunately later destroyed during the Nazi bombing campaign over Britain. References to stone disease have been found in several Egyptian writings, and treatments seem to have usually been medical in nature, consisting of specially-designed exercises and the administration of lotions, ointments, laxatives and special diets. Fly droppings, feces, gazelle dung, crocodile excrement ... were all used!"

More from the pdf, Pg 11, and on point
"Our knowledge of the pharmacopoeia of ancient Egypt is clearly inadequate to support many sweeping generalizations about the effectiveness of the drug therapy regimens. Making actual conclusions on the efficacy of the pharmacological treatments of the swnw is difficult for a number of reasons, including the incomplete pharmacopoeia translations, difficulty in defining the conditions that treatments were suggested for and lack of information about how often a therapy was used. Further compounding this is the lack of first hand accounts of the clinical experiences and success of the swnw." Yet that is exactly what is done today by scammers, promoted as remedies and preventatives for money, based on 0 evidence from then, or test results on ancient medicines done now! It is called fraud.