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Sea Buckthorn Soothes Psoriasis

A growing number of people are turning to complementary and alternative treatments for their psoriasis, a common inflammatory skin condition that causes itchy and sometimes painful scaly patches. A new placebo-controlled study suggests that one natural remedy, topical sea buckthorn extract, may provide an effective and low-risk alternative to traditional

1. Sleep Is Our Body’s Chance for Routine Maintenance

Although our conscious mind is closed to the outside world when we sleep, the rest of our body is not at rest. If you think of the body as a machine, sleep puts it in “idle” mode so that repairs can be made. Hundreds of biological processes continue: The heart

4. Noncancerous Skin Conditions

Among the infinite number of conditions that could do harm to your skin are the 30+ discussed in this chapter. They range (alphabetically) from athlete’s foot to wrinkles.
Athlete’s Foot
Bacterial and fungal infections (including athlete’s foot) develop because feet spend a lot of time in the perfect breeding ground of warm,

Strategies for Soothing Irritated Skin

Even if you never had skin problems in your youth, it’s common to suffer from rashes in your later years. Age-related changes in the skin are a common cause: the tiny sebaceous glands that secrete lubricating sebum into the hair follicles produce less sebum as you get older, and your

3. Other Skin Conditions

Imagine that you have been offered a promotion. You work for a company that manufactures one of the most complex, sophisticated products known to man. The product weighs about six pounds and covers 20 square feet. It has multiple functions, millions of moving parts, can easily be damaged, and has

FROM THE EDITOR: Take Depression Seriously

As the Summer takes hold, people often find their mood improves, particularly if they suffer from depression. In fact, one type of depression—seasonal affective disorder (SAD)—is believed to be triggered by Winter weather. It’s thought that reduced sunlight may decrease the production of serotonin (a neurotransmitter that has a soothing

Light Therapy Can Help to Brighten Your Health in Winter

The winter months bring shorter daylight hours and more time spent indoors, both of which restrict your exposure to light. This loss can trigger a condition called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of seasonal depression caused by deficient light exposure. “Older adults need to be mindful about SAD as

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