Category Archives: Skin Disorders

Cold Sores Linked to Alzheimers Disease: Tea Tree Oil Natural Remedy

April 6, 2011 – Cold sores have recently been linked to Alzheimers disease, though scientist aren’t sure just how much they play a role or how long it takes for the virus to negatively affect the brain.

What is known is that the virus enters the nerve that travels toward the brain. It is recommended to treat cold sores as quickly as possible to reduce the time of how long the cold sore herpes virus is active.

Read the article to learn more about the Alzheimer’s study and how you can treat cold sores naturally..….Natural e GREEN: Natural Health and Wellness: Alzheimer Connection: Using Tea Tree Oil to Help Heal Cold Sores Naturally.Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex type 1 virus


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Natural e GREEN: Natural Health and Wellness: Natural Eczema Remedy: Organic Unrefined Shea Butter

Help heal painful eczema and dry skin with organic and unrefined shea butter. Shea butter must be unrefined in order to work properly. Learn how to tell the difference between unrefined and refined shea butters so you don’t get ripped off!


Natural e GREEN: Natural Health and Wellness: Natural Eczema Remedy: Organic Unrefined Shea Butter.


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Piggy Paint Contains MIT Chemical: Natural e GREEN Says No

April 5, 2011 – The company, Piggy Paint, has recently changed its non-toxic nail polish formula and will now contain a chemical called ‘methylisothiazolinone’, otherwise known as MI or MIT. MIT is a chemical preservative and this changed has prompted Natural e GREEN to discontinue future orders of Piggy Paint for their store.

Natural e GREEN Not Selling Piggy Paint Nail Polish

natural e greenNatural e GREEN is a store dedicated to offering the safest products on the market and offering products that do not contain the common chemicals found in everyday products.They have provided Piggy Paint nail polish to their customers for over two years now, but effective immediately, they will not bring in any new formulas of the ‘non-toxic’ nail polish.

Natural e GREEN learned about the new formula when they had brought in some new stock just a couple of weeks ago. When reading the labels of the new colors, the owner discovered the chemical ingredient, methylisothiazolinone, and immediately contacted Piggy Paint. After being told that the MIT was added to ensure no harmful bacteria was allowed to grow in the polish, Natural e GREEN returned the bottles that contained the MIT and made the decision to sell off their current stock and switch to another water-based nail polish company.

What Is Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) and What Are The Health Effects?MIT Chemical

Methylisothiazolinone is a chemical preservative that is added to many cosmetic and personal care products. It is also commonly used to replace parabens. MIT is restricted for use in Canada and Japan restricts its use when used in combination with other ingredients.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), rates MIT as a ‘6’ on their toxicity scale (1-10 with 10 being highest in toxicity). It is known to cause skin sensitivities and be an immune system sensitizer. In-vitro tests showed neurotoxic effects on mammalian cells.

While the government allows MIT to be in Canadian products up to concentrations of 100ppm (parts per million), there is not enough human evidence to prove that MIT is, indeed, safe for long-term use. The health effects are virtually unknown and untested, like so many other chemicals that the governments allows in consumer products.

Why Piggy Paint is Adding the Chemical Methylisothiazolinone to Their Nail Polish

non toxic piggy paint nail polishMIT is used as a preservative and because Piggy Paint is a water-based nail polish, it is susceptible to bacteria growth when the brush applicator is put in and out of the bottle. MIT prevents growth of bacteria. The limit for MIT in products in 100ppm and Piggy Paint is well below that limit, using 50ppm. While there are other options for chemical preservatives, MIT can inhibit bacteria growth in small concentrations.

Piggy Paint calls its nail polish ‘non-toxic’ and as of this post, their website has not updated the ingredients to contain the methylisothiazolinone ingredient.






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Natural Remedy Eczema & Acne, Consumer Recall

Using Natural Oil Treatment for Baby Eczema

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that often begins in early childhood and can last into adulthood. In infants, it is called infantile eczema and often it will resolve by age two. It can also continue into childhood and turn into childhood eczema. Ten to 20 percent of all children suffer from eczema, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Symptoms of Baby Eczema: Infantile Eczema

Baby eczema is often noticeable on the upper portion of their body including:

  • Scalp
  • Forehead
  • Face, especially on the cheeks

The rash may be in all or only one of those locations and is often red and itchy. Continue Reading… Baby Eczema Natural Oil Treatment: Essential Oil Remedy

Health Canada Recalls Breastlight Product

November 12, 2010 – Health Canada issued a recall for the device “Breastlight”. Breastlight is manufactured by PWB Health Ltd., and Health Canada is asking pharmacies and distributors to immediately cease selling this product. Statistics show that 25 % of women who have breast cancer will die from the disease. Prevention and early detection can help lower these numbers and improve success rates.

About the Breastlight and How It Was Claimed to Detect Breast Cancer

The Breastlight was developed to shine light into the breast tissue, allowing women to perform a simple at-home test. The light was expected to show any dark mass of tissue that might indicate possible tumors and breast cancer.

However, Health Canada has come forth stating that there is no clinical evidence that this device works and fears many women have relied on this product for diagnosis. It can pose a very severe risk to women who may have breast cancer, as the Breastlight may not detect it and it will go untreated. Continue Reading… Health Canada Recall Breastlight: Breast Cancer Signs & Detection


Eczema Caused by Yeast Food Allergy

Over 30 million people suffer from eczema, according to the Nation Eczema Association. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin disorder that commonly affects children and can continue into adulthood. Often, it will diminish with age, but not always. Certain factors do aggravate eczema and cause flare-ups. Allergies, such as a yeast allergy, are suspected to increase the chances of an eczema flare-up.

The Common Symptoms of Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis

Everyone reacts to eczema is different ways and is able to manage it differently as well. Eczema can show up anywhere one the body including:

  • Inside the elbows
  • Backs of knees
  • Face
  • Chest or Back
  • Legs or Arms
  • Hands or Feet
  • Scalp or Ears

The rash is often red or pink and can be dry in appearance. The skin may even be cracked or bleeding depending on the severity of the condition. You may even have tiny blisters and if the eczema is around your eye area, you may have bald patches on your eyelashes or eyebrows. Continue Reading… Eczema Symptoms, Causes and Treatments from Yeast Food Allergy


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Natural Remedies Cold & Flu, Snoring and ADHD

Natural Herbal Remedy for Cold and Flu

Every year, most people catch a couple of colds or even the flu. They are inevitable most of the time and there really aren’t any medications to prevent or help cure your cold or flu. According to the Nutrition Business Journal, $1.5 billion dollars were spent on cold and flu supplements and the market is growing at twice the rate than over-the-counter remedies are.

Echinacea Natural Herbal Remedy for Cold and Flu

Also known as Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea is widely promoted for its ability to boost your immune system and help you to fight colds and the flu. Studies have mixed results as to how effective Echinacea is, and it all depends on how it is prepared. Mixed in a juice or in powder form, Echinacea was not found to be very effective according to the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NCCAM. But, in a tincture form, Dr. David Leopold says it is more powerful than in pill form. Continue Reading… Natural Herbal Remedies and Treatments to Fight the Cold and Flu

Snoring: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

The National Sleep Foundation reports that about 90 million American adults suffer from a snoring disorder. 37 million of those adults snore regularly. Men who are overweight are commonly afflicted by snoring disorders, but snoring can affect non-overweight males and females as well.

Snoring affects you and, most likely, your partner. It can interfere with a good night’s sleep and increase your chances of daytime dysfunction as well as increase your risk for cardiovascular disease.

What Causes Snoring and Symptoms of Snoring

When you are sleeping, your tongue moves to the back of your throat and the throat muscles relax. A vibration results when you breathe in and out. Typically, this vibration is louder upon inhale but it is often present when exhaling as well. Continue Reading…. Snoring Sleep Disorder: Symptoms, Causes and Exercises to Help

Medicating Hyperactive Kids: Good or Bad Idea?

Hyperactivity is a condition that affects most children at some point in their lives. Defined as “a higher than normal level of activity”, hyperactivity will often be treated when it begins interfering with a child’s ability to perform daily tasks. A diagnosis is done by a medical professional and will often be termed as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

How Hyperactivity in Kids is Diagnosed and When to Treat it

The Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM, is a guideline that medical professionals use to diagnose many mental illnesses and disorders. It has undergone four revisions in its 50-year history, with the last update being in 1994.

Taken from the latest DSM-IV manual, diagnosing hyperactivity is done when:

Six (or more) of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have persisted for at least six months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level;    Continue Reading…Medications for Hyperactive Kids: A Good or Bad Solution?

Flaxseed Oil as Anti-Wrinkle Agent?

A normal part of aging is developing wrinkled skin. Not everyone develops it as quickly and other factors play a role in how quickly and how much your skin wrinkles. Over-the-counter products claim to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, though very little proof exists to back up these claims. The Mayo Clinic indicates that some factors that cause wrinkles are uncontrollable.

In the cosmetic industry, flaxseed oil is considered to be able to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It may help your skin to look younger, according to Dr. Benabio, owner of the Dermatology Blog. Flaxseed oil is high in essential fatty acids, which are beneficial for healthy skin appearance.

Properties of Flaxseed Oil and How it Can Minimize Appearance of Wrinkles

Flaxseed is one of the best natural sources of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), according to It comes from the plant Linum usitatissimum and the ALA is an omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 fatty acids play a vital role in maintaining skin and body functions. Continue Reading… Using Flaxseed Oil to Minimize the Appearance of Wrinkles


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Diet, Skin Health, Food Guides

Alkaline Diet to Help With Weight Loss

2008 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 73 million adults were obese in that year. This trend appears to be slowing down but the high numbers are still a concern.

Diets rich in alkaline foods and low in acidic foods require consuming whole foods that are unprocessed. You must also reduce sugary and fatty foods from your diet. Alkaline-rich diets contain fewer calories than acidic diets and will allow your body to burn off more of the calories you consume. Alkaline diets can help you attain your weight loss goals.

The power of hydrogen, otherwise known as pH, is your body’s internal scale of measurement. The scale measures how much hydrogen is in your body and will range from acidic to alkaline. A neutral pH is 7.0, but Peter Shepherd, author of Transforming the Mind, indicates you should keep pH slightly higher at 7.35 – 7.45. Read full article here: How an Alkaline Diet Can Help You With Your Weight Loss Goals

Coconut Oil For Healthier Skin

Your body needs essential fatty acids for optimal health and healthy skin. Your skin has plump, water-filled cells that give your skin a healthy and full appearance. As you age, those cells hold less water and your skin will begin showing wrinkles and sunken features. Essential fatty acids help bring that moisture back into the cells and provide healthier skin. Among other properties, coconut oil contains essential fatty acids that can be easily absorbed into your skin.

Coconut was called “coco” by early Spanish explorers due to it’s appearance. “Coco” means “monkey-face” and the coconut resembled a monkey-face because of the three holes in its face. The scientific name for coconut is Cocos nucifera.

The oil of coconut is moisturizing and is also an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. It can penetrate your skin deeply and provides protection from ultraviolet light, according to the Coconut Research Center. Read full article here: Using Coconut Oil As Natural Treatment For Skin Care Benefits

Health Canada and New Food Labeling Initiative

When you go to the grocery store you have the ability to read the labels to determine the nutritional value of the product you are buying. Many consumers do not understand how to read the labels and take that information to make healthy and informed choices.

Health Canada has launched an initiative to aid consumers in better understanding what the Nutrition Facts table is and how the % of Daily Value works. This initiative is designed to allow you to make better food choices for you and your family.

Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, indicates that consumers do use the nutrition facts tables on labels to make their purchasing decisions. By helping Canadians to understand how the nutrition table works, Canadians can make better and informed choices for themselves and their families. Read full article here:Health Canada Launches New Food Nutrition Labeling Initiative

Fire and Water Damage

Fire and water damage can be emotionally hard to deal with, as well a financially and physically. If you are affected by this damage, understand the process and how you can let the professional assist you in making this difficult time a little easier. By understanding the risk factors, you can also help to prevent fire and water damage in the future.

Fire and water damage to your home, office space or vehicle are often the result of a fire being put out by firemen or automatic sprinklers. The combination of the fire damage mixed in with the large amounts of water may make your home unlivable and dangerous to be in. Fires can be set on purpose, be the result of faulty electrical wiring or be accidental. Some accidental causes for fires are improper use of cigarettes, lighters or matches, not monitoring activities like cooking or baking, combustible liquids not stored properly and use of candles.

Water damage may occur when a fire is being put out. It can also occur due to flooding. Flooding may occur when sewers back up, from natural disasters including too much rain or ice melting and even from leaving a tap running and sinks or bathtubs overflowing. Read full article here: Fire Water Damage: Assessing, Cleaning and Preventing More Damage


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Natural Acne and Eczema Treatments

Acne Natural Treatment: Camphor

Each year, over 85 percent of U.S teenagers will suffer from acne, indicates the American Academy of Dermatology. This skin condition is quite common, and affects anywhere between 40 million and 50 million people. Acne often affects teenagers but it can also affect adults. Camphor is said to be able to treat acne and pain. Some over-the-counter acne products contain camphor as an ingredient.

Over 85 percent of U.S teenagers will have acne each year, reports the American Academy of Dermatology. Roughly 40 million to 50 million Americans are afflicted with acne, a skin condition that is quite common.

Camphor comes from the cinnamomum camphora tree that is native to Vietnam, Japan and China. The tree also appears throughout the world. It has been used for a long time in treating many disorders ranging from skin problems to internal congestion. It also has disinfectant properties and acts as an anti-inflammatory.

If products do not exceed a camphor concentration of 11 percent, they are legally allowed, according to the U.S Food and Drug Administration. Read full article here: Natural Acne Treatment: Camphor

Eczema Natural Treatment: Camphor

Eczema affects over 30 million people, as indicated by the National Eczema Association. Eczema is also referred to as atopic dermatitis and usually appears in early childhood. It often fades as you get older, though some people suffer from it all of their lives.

Camphor reduces inflammation and pain and is found in many eczema lotions and ointment treatments. It claims to be able to treat eczema symptoms, though clinical data on this claim is lacking.

Symptoms of eczema vary but common symptoms are red rashes that are dry and itchy. The rash may even flake off and form tiny bumps that blister.

The cinnamomum camphora tree is where camphor originates from. This tree is native to Vietnam, Japan and China, but is also found in other countries. For generations, camphor has been used to treat many skin problems that caused itching, like eczema and psoriasis.

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (the FDA) allows camphor in products as long as a product does not have a concentration of camphor higher than 11 percent. Read full article here: Camphor Remedy as a Natural Treatment for Eczema Skin Problems

Acne Natural Treatment: Borage Oil

Between 40 million and 50 million people have acne, as reported by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Teenagers are most often affected by acne, though adults can get it as well. Over 85 percent of all teenagers suffer from acne. Medical intervention is not always necessary and often, a good hygiene routine will help clear up acne problems. Natural products like borage oil claim to be able to treat acne, though there is not enough medical evidence to prove this theory.

When pores become blocked with excess oil and dirt, acne can develop. Sometimes the acne is small and flat, and other times it can form tiny to large bumps that may be filled with pus. The deeper the inflammation, the more intense the acne is.

You can get acne anywhere on your body, but it most often appears on the face.

Coming from the borage plant, borage oil is also known as borago officinalis. It also goes by the names of:

  • bee bread
  • borage seed oil
  • bee plant
  • ox’s tongue
  • starflower oil

There isn’t much clinical data to prove borage oil has health benefits, but it does contain gamma-linoleic acid, GLA. GLA is known to have health benefits. Read full article here: Using Borage Oil as a Natural Treatment Remedy for Acne Problems

Eczema Natural Treatment: Borage Oil

Over 30 million American suffer from eczema, according to the National Eczema Association. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a condition of the skin that often shows up in early childhood. While eczema tends to go away as you get older, you may have eczema all of your life. Treating eczema with borage oil, was considered a possible eczema treatment. A study done at the George Eliot Hospital, in the United Kingdom, concluded that borage oil does not treat atopic dermatitis.

Eczema often appears as a red rash with dry patches of skin that may or may not be itchy. You may see eczema on the inside of your elbows, on the backside of your knees and on your face and neck. The rash may also produce small bumps that blister.

You may suffer from eczema all the time or experience flare-ups occasionally. Heat and excess moisture often trigger eczema rashes, as can allergies. Read full article here: Treat Eczema Problems Naturally With Borage Oil Remedy – Possibly