Choosing Disease For…Beauty?

Did you know that the choices you make for the sake of your beauty may be driving you toward disease? According to recent studies, darker hair color and chemical hair relaxers have been linked to an increased risk for developing breast cancer.

It was noted that those with the most risk were women who regularly used both dark hair color and compound relaxers. According to Adana Llanos, a disease transmission specialist at Rutgers School of Public Health, the best thing to reduce the risk of such disease is, “…we should be more mindful of the sorts of exposures [we have] in the items we utilize.”

Why is it that using these chemicals like these on our skin increases the risk of cancerous disease? It is commonly known that the skin is the human body’s largest organ, responsible for protecting us from the environment, while also helping to rid the body of toxins when the liver and kidneys are not effectively handling the job.

That said, the skin is also porous, and according to several studies, many of the chemicals that we put on our skin are absorbed into our blood stream. In fact, one study looked at the chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborns, and found more than 400 chemicals and 287 toxins present in these babies.

We live in a very chemical laden world, and it may be impossible to protect ourselves from these chemicals entirely. However, by following Llanos’ advice, and becoming more aware of what we are voluntarily exposing ourselves to, we can begin to reduce the risk and make better choices.

Can Meditation Help With Anxiety And Depression?

A reader of the Huffington Post asked if meditation can help them deal with anxiety and depression. Huffington Post writer, Allison Fox did some research and wrote an article in response to this reader’s question. Here is what she wrote and discovered.

Meditation can indeed help people cope with depression and anxiety. One of the ways that meditation fights these symptoms is by reducing stress. Interestingly, meditation has been shown to reduce biological markers such as stress hormones in the body when practiced over a long period of time. This shows that not only can meditation make you feel better and more relaxed, but it can also have an impact on the cellular and biological level.

Past studies done into meditation and stress, depression and anxiety have all been positive when it came to the effects of meditation. There has been an issue raised with expectancy. That is people expected to feel better and less stressful after mediation and thus reported this during the research trails.

New studies have avoided mentioning that the study is about measuring the effects of meditation or impact on stress levels and anxiety. This is to get a more accurate readings and to confirm that the benefits do indeed come from meditation and not from something else. The new studies have also confirmed what the previous studies have. Meditation reduces stress and helps people with anxiety and depression cope with their problems.

Mental health experts say that meditation can be a great additional tool to fight against depression and anxiety. When combined with therapy and medicine, it can help patients get out of their depression or overcome their mental health issues. The best part of meditation is how easy it is to do. All one needs is some spare time and a quite room or place to just think.