Wednesday, 3 January 2007

The web is full of weird and dumb advice, here is a the best top 5 bad tips for beautiful skin... Oh my lord:
1- To remove eye wrinkles:"take 2 sardines and place under each eye and leave for 10-15 minutes or longer, you can place them on the eye lids to reduce the wrinkles and tighten skin."... yuck!
2- For Baggy eyes: "Got baggy eyes? Dab some Preparation H hemorrhoid cream on the bags and watch them shrink". I would love to know what the longer term effects and health consequences on your skin are?!?
3- Smooth skin: "This lady discovered that Hellmans Mayonnaise works great for facials when applied every night for 30 minutes before washing face". How a bout Miracle Whip? BLT anyone?
4- For silky smooth hands: "Pour a spoonful of homey into the palm of your hand and add a spoon of sugar now massage the mixture in your hands for 10 minutes. Rinse. Sounds weird but it works, then add lotion to your hands...". Seriously, is it the honey or the freekin' lotion you add at the end?
5- Beauty skin bath: "The best treatment is to sit in a goat's milk bath for 30 minutes and not rinse afterwards". Ok then, where did I leave those goats?... "here little goaty goaty..."
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Tuesday, 2 January 2007

If you type "Hoodia pill" in Google you will get an endless list of online stores that sell this miracle online diet pill that "Naturally curbs your hunger". A dieters dream come true. With 66% of the American population overweight and 50% of the UK population borderline Obese this is a God send.
So what is Hoodia? Well why don't you go to Wikipedia and take look... I'm not going to paraphrase them, but basically it is a South American cactus who's natural effects include natural hunger suppression.
Back to our online example. The words "all natural" product, are consistently thrown as arguments for purchase. If you look at the advertised dosages it goes from 250mg to 10,000mg! Any alarm bells going off yet? Ask yourself, why hasn't the FDA approved this yet? Why do doctors not recommend this drug? Why can't you get this as a prescription drug even?
Surely if this was a drug with only positive effects, tested and proven for human consumption, the greedy pharmaceutical companies would be pimping this at every corner shop.

But it is Not, is it?

"But its natural!!!" So are Coca leaves chewed by Coca growers in Latin America... Do you know what Coca leaves do? They boost your metabolism, provide you with energy and.... wait for it.... suppress your hunger.... Oh and for all the people that are missing the point, Coca leaves are used to make cocaine. I lived and worked in Latin America for 9 years. Never heard of Hoodia then, did chew on Coca leaves... A bit bitter... did stop hunger... am not ordering them online though.

There isn't a single major pharmaceutical that is producing Hoodia either naturally or using its active molecules. Remember 80% of the worlds drugs come from molecules first discovered in plants, notably from rain forests.

Don't listen to all the advice you hear about natural products, especially those not endorsed and researched by doctors, government health agencies and the worlds pharmaceutical industry.

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