Archive for September, 2009

How to Use Castor Oil for Hair Loss

Hair loss is a problem that many people face as they age due to hair replacement slowing down. Castor oil has been shown to help reduce hair loss. In this video learn how to do this procedure and if it’s right for you.

Pediatric Dental Care Help baby’s teeth grow in properly learning the basic fundamentials of taking bare of infant and toddler baby teeth.

Alternative Medicine Courses

Find Alternative Medicine Courses in the United States and Canada. Students searching for unique training programs may be intrigued by one or several alternative medicine courses offered through a number of healing arts and holistic schools.

Depending on your career interest, successful completion of one or more alternative medicine courses can lead to professions in naturopathy, natural health, homeopathy, massage therapy and Oriental medicine – to list just a few. Alternative medicine courses in natural health, for example, can help students achieve required education to become natural health consultants, educators or natural health technicians. Naturopathy schools that provide alternative medicine courses are commonly comprised of comprehensive studies in naturopathy, phytotherapy, botanical and herbal medicine, aromatherapy, and other Chinese medicine subjects. In many cases, alternative medicine courses in this line of work can lead to careers as Doctors of Naturopathy, Naturopathic Health Practitioners and/or Natural health advisors.

Some alternative medicine courses, such as the ones offered through homeopathy schools can teach students necessary skills to become homeopathic practitioners and herbal medicine practitioners. Alternative medicine courses that are extended through a variety of Oriental medicine schools may include training in Tuina (Chinese Medical Massage), Oriental medicine, herbology and even acupuncture. While some alternative medicine courses result in certification or diplomas, some require licensure; as in the case of medical acupuncture.

The vast majority of healing arts schools frequently afford students with a wide assortment of alternative medicine courses in acupressure, Chinese medicine, energy healing therapies, iridology, life coaching, massage therapy, Neuro linguistic programming, osteopathy, reflexology, reiki, sports medicine, yoga and many others.

Diabetes Testing


Regular blood glucose testing by people with diabetes is important to help control it, and also prevent long-term complications. Good control of blood glucose levels can prevent or reduce serious complications.

Frequent testing can show how changes in diet, exercise, medications or weight are having an effect on a patient’s diabetes.

Close monitoring of blood glucose levels allows control and timely intervention to prevent diabetic complications.

Why is testing important for diabetic patients?

Regular monitoring of blood sugar levels (blood glucose) gives valuable information as to whether the level is within the normal range.

If kept in control, this can delay the onset or development of long term diabetic complications, which can even be life-threatening.

People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes can monitor their blood sugar themselves, by using thumb prick blood tests which are available as home kits. Self-monitoring is very important for long-term health.

What are the routine tests that are followed?

Regular self testing, recording of blood glucose levels by thumb prick blood tests, laboratory test of HbA1c (glycosylated haemoglobin) level a few times a year should be taken.

Other tests that should be performed routinely include: urine test to monitor kidney function; blood fat levels (cholesterol & triglyceride levels), and tests for kidney function.

Regular blood pressure measurement and treatment if needed.

Examination of the feet is also necessary, as the patient may not be aware of loss of sensation from early nerve damage.

Also, get eyes tested every 1 to 2 years, depending on test results.

Fighting Hair Loss with Modern Treatments

Hair loss has affected men and women for centuries – and it’s been battled in one way or another for just as long. First wigs and then surgery: with, it has to be said, limited results even in the 20th century. Until, that is, a whole new method of hair replacement was pioneered, towards the end of the 20th century – a method that, in the 21st century, has started to take hold as the great new hope for sufferers from pattern and non pattern baldness everywhere.

Though more men suffer from hair loss (which is often caused by an overloaded presence of a male hormone in the scalp, and so, obviously, more common among men), women suffer worse. That’s probably because women’s hair has been elevated, over centuries of painting, sculpture, tradition and other forms of representation, into part of the symbolic set of items representing womanhood – beauty, fertility and purity. For a woman to lose her hair, though actually no more or less serious than for a man has become seen, in the eyes of society, as an ultimate de-womanising event. An ailment, almost. Female hair loss is the cause of much pain and embarrassment – needlessly, but true nonetheless.

Previous types of hair treatment haven’t really stepped up to the mark, as far as women are concerned. Even expensive wigs right up to the end of the 20th century still looked like wigs: and actual hair replacement, even as little as 20 years ago, was so unlikely to look natural it almost wasn’t worth it. Hair replacement was, then, done by removing whole strips of skin and hair from one part of the body and grafting them onto the bald area – with a result that usually looked as though the patient was wearing a wig. Why? Because even this relatively sophisticated method of hair loss treatment (the hair, at least, was fairly likely to stay in) couldn’t, and didn’t, take into account the natural grains of hair growth – the directions in which the follicles in the bald area should naturally be pointing.