Even so-called “natural cleaners” may contain dangerous chemicals. A big part of the problem is that companies are not required to label cleaning products ingredients. And sources of dangerous chemicals can be hidden in different terms such as “fragrance”. Your best bet? Make your own! There are many simple and effective options. For example, this article recommends adding baking soda to liquid soap for a bathroom scrub. Here is another link to some great ideas! You can even use just baking soda to clean toilets, etc. And guess what works best on windows and mirrors? water and a flour-sack cotton cloth. Use caution with essential oils as well. Many companies use solvents to extract the essential oil and then dangerous residues can be present in the final product. And PLEASE avoid triclosan which is in many anti-bacterial soaps and toothpastes! The FDA has even put a ban on triclosan but it isn’t in effect until September 2017. To your health!!
Archive Category: Men’s Health
October 21st, 2016
October 11th, 2016
In the hustle and bustle of our lives, I hope you can enjoy some peace today. Our health requires it. Take deep breaths, enjoy the sunshine, go for a walk, and plan on quiet time.
October 11th, 2016
The article summarizes findings comparing the popular Mediterranean diet to the increasingly popular Paleo (or pre-agrarian) diet. The findings suggest improved weight loss and especially improved reduction of waistlines. And those in the study ate until they were full. Schedule an appointment to see if the diet is right for you, and for clarity amongst all the internet hype!
October 6th, 2016
Osteoporosis is admittedly more prevalent in women, but can occur in men as well. After 70 years of age, men should consider getting a DEXA (bone density scan), as early as 50 years of age if other risk factors are present. Weight bearing exercise as well as adequate calcium and Vitamin D can support bone health. Read more here.
July 6th, 2015
I sure wish it were different, but so many so-called “safe” products are actually potent endocrine disruptors. What that means is that these products adversely effect our thyroid and sex hormones. They can cause such problems as hypothyroid symptoms, weight gain, and infertility, among many others. PLEASE read the attached article. EWG has a top 12 list of dangers as well. Bottom line, avoid artificial fragrances (perfumes, air fresheners, dryer sheets, hair care products, lotions, soaps, detergents, etc.). Check out EWG‘s site for safer alternatives.
September 9th, 2014
This is an interesting article debating the use of testosterone in men. It is become more frequently prescribed for men suffering from fatigue, depression, and low libido. Often however it will aggravate the problem. In my practice, most men with low testosterone are actually over-converting their testosterone to estrogen. As a result, if they are supplemented testosterone, they may notice a brief improvement then aggravation or worsening of their symptoms. This is because, with more testosterone they are now creating even more estrogen. These men may also then develop abdominal weight gain, increased breast tissue, and even mood swings. Please be sure your doctor checks your estrogen levels as well as your testosterone levels before you start testosterone treatment! There are options, too–call for an appointment!