Garlic and onion against resistant staph bacteria

The antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal activity of garlic and onion has been proved many times by contemporary scientific research. A new study held at the University of Nottingham indicates that even MRSA, one of the most antibiotic-resistant bugs can be killed by a mixture containing garlic and onion.
What is MRSA? According to Mayo Clinic "Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus infection is caused by a type of staph bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotics. At-risk populations include people who have been in hospitals, other health care settings or live in crowded conditions.Children and adults who come in contact with day-care centers, playgrounds, camps, classrooms, gyms and workout facilities are also at higher risk of getting MRSA. MRSA can spread easily through cuts and abrasions and skin-to-skin contact. Usually the bacteria are generally harmless and even if they enter the body they usually cause only minor skin problems in healthy people. However MRSA infections can resist the effects of many common antibiotics, so the infections may spread and become life-threatening affecting the bloodstream, lungs, heart valves, bones and joints."
It seems though that the resistant staph bacteria can be treated - at least in the laboratory - with a 10th century topical solution for eye infections which contains garlic, onion or leek, wine and oxgal. Scientists at the University of Nottingham say the medieval remedy has remarkable effects on MRSA.

Safe tanning

As summer holidays are approaching many people are thinking to visit indoor tanning salons just before exposing their bodies to the sun and the critical eyes of other bathers. But what amount of indoor tanning is safe? According to a recent article published in the latest issue of JAMA Pediatrics, none!
The author Megan A. Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH explains: "since the intensity of the UV radiation produced by indoor tanning devices may be 10 to 15 times higher than the midday sun, in 2009, the World Health Organization classified UV radiation-emitting tanning devices such as tanning beds and tanning booths as Class I carcinogens—substances and behaviors that are most concerning for developing cancer. Other risks of indoor tanning include aging of the skin, with loss of skin smoothness, uniform color, and elasticity."
It was long believed that tanning before going to the beach offers a protection against sunburn and that indoor tanning is a healthy way to get vitamin D. However these are only myths and many organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Dermatology, and World Health Organization, recommend that children and adolescents younger than 18 years should never be allowed to use indoor tanning devices. 
So the summer is here and you want to enjoy it! You don't need to be tanned to feel nice! Just take your hat, sunscreen and umbrella and lie down under the sun, always following the appropriate safety guidelines!

Good childhood for better adult health

Adult and child holding hands
According to an article published in the latest issue of JAMA, by promoting behavioral health in children can lead to improved lifetime health. Author Thomas F. Boat, MD notes:
"evidence from developmental neuroscience indicates that the first 3 to 5 years of life are key to later life health and successes. Unrelenting, early life stress as the result of adverse childhood experiences (exposure to violence, physical and sexual abuse, neglect and substance abuse) is a major contributor to behavioral disorders of children and has been linked to poor health outcomes across a broad spectrum of disorders, as well as premature mortality, in adults. For instance, providing an enriched environment for disadvantaged children from the first year of life until kindergarten has been associated with a reduced risk of hypertension and metabolic syndrome in the fourth decade of life".

Lavera award

The new mousse make-up of Lavera was rated as "very good" in the "vegan and certified organic cosmetics" category by the independent German magazine OKO-TEST. Enriched with organic sunflower oil and organic butter shea, it is absorbed by the skin and offers moderate coverage without blocking skin breathing.
About 90% of all Lavera makeup products are vegan and are registered with the Vegan Society in London.
You can find the unique Lavera products here.

Anticancer diet

David Khayat led France's war against cancer and has been in the medical trenches for thirty years. In this international bestseller, he shares his knowledge on the role of diet and lifestyle in getting different types of cancer and how to bolster the body against those risks. Bringing together his own cross-national studies with those of other top cancer experts, Khayat empowers readers with the latest nutritional knowledge. He displays the correct anticancer diet through a range of products and dietary habits to be avoided. A detailed list of dangerous or beneficial foods and tips for a healthy lifestyle are included.
Unlike books based on personal experience with cancer, this edition combines the wisdom of the rules set by the researcher for thirty years, both in the laboratory and with patients, in France and the USA.
The book has been published in Greek, "Η σωστή αντικαρκινική διατροφή", Νταβίντ Καγιάτ, 2013 and in English, "The Anticancer Diet", David Khayat, 2015.

Essential oils for better digestion

High quality essential oils are a great option when you are trying to get relief from digestive discomfort. Massage is the most effective way to getting these oils into your body. So the next time you feel discomfort after a hearty meal, use one of the following blends rubbing with gently, circular movements on your stomach and belly area:

20 ml almond oil
5 drops e.o. basil
5 drops e.o. peppermint
2 drops e.o. roman chamomile

30 ml almond oil
7 drops e.o. roman chamomile
7 drops e.o. marjoram
4 drops e.o. anise

Infant gastrointestinal symptoms and autism

According to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, maternally reported Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are more common and more often persistent during the first 3 years of life in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than in children with typical development (TD) or developmental delay (DD).
During a 10-year period (January 1, 1999, through December 31, 2008), women throughout Norway were recruited at the first prenatal ultrasonographic visit (approximately 18 weeks’ gestation). The study enrolled 95,278 mothers, 75,248 fathers, and 114,516 children. Three groups of children were defined: children with ASD (n = 195), children with DD and delayed language and/or motor development (n = 4636), and children with TD (n = 40 295).
The GI symptoms were based on maternal report of constipation, diarrhea, and food allergy/intolerance.

Family peace

What kinds of verbal responses do you use when your children come to you with feelings or problems? According to Dr. Thomas Gordon, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and author of the best seller book "Parent Effectiveness Training: The Proven Program for Raising Responsible Children", most parents  are sending to their children one single message: "I don't trust you to select your solution" ! Usually, when a parent is telling his/her child precisely what to do - thus offering his/her solution to a problem - the possible effects are:
  • resistance,
  • disobedience,
  • frustration,
  • lies,
  • anger,
  • fights.
Think of the last time you had a discussion with your child about an issue. Did your reaction belong to one of the following categories:
  • telling the child to do something, giving him an order or a command,
  • telling the child what consequences will occur if he does something,
  • telling the child what he should or ought to do,
  • telling the child how to solve a problem, giving him advice or suggestions, providing answers or solutions for him,
  • trying to influence the child with facts, counterarguments, logic, information, or your own opinions,
  • making a negative judgement or evaluation of the child,
  • making the child feel foolish, putting the child into a category, shaming him,
  • communicating that you have him figured out or have him diagnosed,
  • trying to make the child feel better, talking him out of his feelings, denying the strength of his feelings,
  • trying to find reasons, motives, causes,
  • distracting the child, pushing the problem aside.
If your answer is yes you belong to the majority of parents who are trying in a wrong way to communicate with their children and understand their needs. You are struggling hard and lovingly, yet your house is full with anger, fighting, tantrums, punishment and lies. Whether you have a toddler striking out for independence or a teenager who has already started rebelling, Parent Effectiveness Training is your solution! A compassionate, effective way to instill responsibility and create a nurturing family environment in which your children will thrive.