Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Latest on Skin Cancer (melanoma) and Sunscreens


I will be adding to this post

"Interview on the latest melanoma treatments - Melanoma Institute Australia", 2015
Watch the 9 minute video! 
My late uncle died years ago from metastasized melanoma. It eventually went to his brain. The fact modern medicine can now target the melanoma itself is awesome!

"What you need to know about sunscreen (but were too afraid to ask) - Melanoma Institute Australia", December 2014
Watch the webinar!
"Are nanoparticles safe?" From the webinar: Answer YES and MORE efficient for additive protection (e.g. zink)! Also from the webinar: NO association of sunscreen use and lowered levels of Vitamin D - that is from research. And you need a broad spectrum 30 SPF approved sunscreen! For a day at the beach? Sunscreen SPF 50+ which under new regulations is actually at "least SPF 60" - that surprised me but it is maximum protection. What also surprised me? Don't rub sunscreen into skin. I've done that, even if it looks white. It will disappear - reason - you need a "uniform layer" on your skin.

"In vitro sun protection factor determination of herbal oils used in cosmetics", 2010 
Highest in vitro (lab) 8

"Red Raspberry Seed Oil"
"Oomah study ... indicates red raspberry seed oil may have the potential to act as a broad-spectrum UV-A and UV-B shield ... it should, by no means, be relied upon without further independent testing. ... We do not endorse or recommend ... Red Raspberry Seed Oil be combined with Coconut Oil and Carrot Seed Oil as a DIY sunscreen. Without testing, it is impossible to know the SPF of such a combination and the use of untested sunscreen products can result in severe burns!"
RESPONSIBLE and honest! Kudos! (the study, dated 2000 is linked) 

"EWG 2014 Sunscreen Report - The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Response -"
"The EWG’s conclusions about various brands are based on product label information ... analyzed by people who are not experts in the field. The EWG’s Sunscreen Report uses scare tactics that only serve to confuse the public and potentially deter them from using the quality sunscreen products that are readily accessible."
Related
"Discredited by Scientists, Ignored by Media - It's Time for EWG to Retire Decades Old "List" ", 2015 
"Until 2010, EWG’s list had become one of the main sources of misinformation about produce safety targeted toward consumers – until the Alliance for Food and Farming's (AFF) Management Board said “no more” to disparaging these safe and healthy products and launched the Safe Fruits and Veggies initiative ... To date, no group, including the EWG, has questioned any of the information found at safefruitsandveggies.com, which underscores the quality of the science." 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Various Email Questions I Ask, and Pertinent Only Sections of the Replies, from Sources


I will be adding to this post.

Email: I asked Health Canada via email (an online report - you check for privacy, hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/compli), if glutathione is approved in Canada for injections. I had read this article, sciencebasedmedicine.org/are-skin-light. I sent them the article, and the second of the four links below: two, three and four, I found through research.
Reply: This is what Health Canada replied in their email to me. All bolding is by me.
"To date, Health Canada has not approved any Glutathione IV products nor have authorised its sale in Canada."
More details from the email
"Ingredient Glutathione is classified as a natural health product (NHP) under Schedule 1, item 2 (an isolate) of the Natural Health Products Regulations. According to the definition of NHP, under Schedule 2, item 5 (A substance that is administered by puncturing the dermis), substances which are administered intravenously are excluded natural health product substances and would be regulated under the Food and Drug Regulations as drugs."
Which means: (not a quote from the email reply) The advertising used some of the regulations but not the CORRECT one. That appears to me to be - VERY MISLEADING!
See Also 
Philippines
2011
"DOH-FDA Advisory No. 2011-004 || Safety on the Off-Label Use of Glutathione Solution for Injection (IV) ...
Warning to the Public:"
And 2014
"FDA Advisory No. 2014-022 || Consumer Information - Findings on Health Products Used by Spas and Beauty, Skin or Wellness Clinics"
"The use of glutathione as systematic skin whitening agent has no approval from the FDA"
And 2014
"FDA Advisory No. 2014-045 || Public Warning against Advertisement, Promotion, Offer for Sale and Use of “LUXXE WHITENING, ENHANCED GLUTATHIONE”"
http://www.fda.gov.ph/advisories/163488-fda-advisory-no-2014-045

And 2013
U.S. FDA
"Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations"
http://www.fda.gov/iceci/enforcementactions/warningletters/2013/ucm354493.htm
"Your products identified above are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above-referenced uses and, therefore, the products are “new drugs” ... New drugs may not be legally marketed in the U.S. without prior approval from FDA ... FDA approves a new drug on the basis of scientific data submitted by a drug sponsor to demonstrate that the drug is safe and effective. Furthermore, your ... products are offered for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners. Therefore, adequate directions for use cannot be written so that a layperson can use these drugs safely for their intended purposes. ... these products are misbranded ... in that the labeling for these drugs fails to bear adequate directions for their intended uses."

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

2015
"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 Reply: Salt lamps

Encore (I had Tweeted it a while back), and the links are great!
"Check out this article: Himalayan Salt Lamps Are A Hoax -"
and
"Pass the Salt (But Not That Pink Himalayan Stuff)", 2014
"Even if this analysis is accurate, it is meaningless for health ... NO evidence published in peer-reviewed journals that replacing white salt with pink salt makes a ... difference or leads to any improvement in health. ... it includes a number of radioactive substances like radium, uranium, and polonium. It also includes substances that act as poisons, like thallium. I wouldn’t be worried, since the amounts are so small; but if anyone believes the trace amounts of “good” minerals in Himalayan sea salt are good for you, why would they not believe the trace amounts of poisons and radioactive substances are bad for you? ... claim that it “promotes health and wellness” is false until proven otherwise by legitimate clinical studies. ... I’d just as soon my salt didn’t contain uranium."
and
Analysis of Himalayan pink salt from SBM link above - trace minerals
"Uranium ... Plutonium"  - may be harmless but no thanks too! 
Proponents of pink salt often attack lead in conventional lipstick
but are oddly silent about lead in Himalayan pink salt. Here is the link again for quick reference.
atthemeadow.com/resources-and-
"The analysis you see here is from a work entitled Water & Salt: The Essence of Life, by Peter Ferreira and Dr. Barbara Hendel, M.D. It’s consistent with our own analysis as well." Mark Bitterman
http://www.saltnews.com/chemical-analysis-natural-himalayan-pink-salt/

Email Reply: Hair models
Hair models usually have naturally thick hair. Hair extensions are also used in advertising.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1230008/Its-bad-hair-day-LOreal-model-Cheryl-Cole-accused-misleading-fans.html
I have seen pictures of hair models when they were younger. Some had long hair - that actually looked healthier than it looks in the ads!
"Gimpsuited greenscreen fluffer flicks shampoo model's hair"
http://boingboing.net/2014/06/26/gimpsuited-greenscreen-fluffer.html
"How 'greenscreen fluffers' create windswept effects in ads and movies"
Watch the video.

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.
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/96/2/337.full
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"
books.google.ca/books?id=rGQps
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.

2014
"Contact reactions to lipsticks and other lipcare products"
http://dermnetnz.org/reactions/lipstick-reaction.html

alba cera (Cera alba) = beeswax

Interactions and cautions are included below.

2013
Natural Standard: Propolis
Grade C - "C (Unclear or Conflicting  Scientific Evidence)" = unproven effectiveness

2013
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.

2014
"ESSENTIAL, 'HERBAL', OIL POISONING"
"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"
http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/essential-oil-and-liquid-potpourri-toxicity-in-dogs-and-cats/7071
"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!
2013
"Hidden Dangers in the Kitchen: Common Foods Toxic to Dogs and Cats"
https://www.vetlearn.com/_preview?_cms.fe.previewId=88ca0770-ed59-11e2-8f1a-005056ad4734&ArticleURL=https://www.vetlearn.com/compendium/hidden-dangers-in-the-kitchen-common-foods-toxic-to-dogs-and-cats#top 
"Most cases of toxicosis are attributed to a single episode of accidental ingestion of raw onion or feeding of foods containing onions or garlic."

2001
"Herbal and Other Natural Products Pose Intoxication Risks to Pets"

Email Reply: Reports online neem oil, pets
I found this when I decided to research neem oil and pets, among others. amazon.com/review/RFWWC4I

Monday, November 24, 2014

Neem Oil (Margosa Oil) Safety and Uses


2014
"Neem Oil Poisoning as a Cause of Toxic Encephalopathy in an Infant"
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12098-013-1327-x/fulltext.html
"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.

2014

"A rare case of toxic optic neuropathy secondary to consumption of neem oil", Full text
http://www.ijo.in/article.asp?issn=0301-4738;year=2014;volume=62;issue=3;spage=337;epage=339;aulast=Suresha

2013

"Neem oil poisoning: Case report of an adult with toxic encephalopathy", Full text
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3841499/

2013

Neem oil
"Herbal remedy is natural and safe"--truth or myth?"
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24974507
MYTH!

2012

"MARGOSA (NEEM) OIL POISONING"
"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!

2008

"Neem Oil Poisoning" - reference #6 in above link and heartbreaking!, Full text
http://medind.nic.in/ibv/t08/i1/ibvt08i1p56.pdf
"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!

2011 
http://www.davidsnaturalmarket.com/ns/DisplayMonograph.asp?storeID=cf1d83c59a914deeb1f49f78c9be5747&DocID=bottomline-neem#EVIDENCETABLE