What is Usnea, the antibacterial lichen in some natural deodorants? You may be surprised.

If you have ever come across pale grayish-green fungus growing in a coral-like shrubby structure on barks or twigs of trees, you were most probably looking at usnea lichen. Lichen is an organism when a fungus and an alga fused and grow together for mutual benefit.

Usnea lichen is also known as “beard lichen” or “old man’s beard” because of its bushy, hairy appearance. Usnea may be reddish, whitish or black and grow in colourful, flat patches.

Beneficial facts

Usnea has proven medicinal uses. Since time immemorial all over the world, it has been added to herbal formulas for its healing power and ability to fight germs off. Even today usnic acid, an active ingredient of usnea is widely used in deodorants, toothpaste, soaps, lotions, mouthwashes for its purported benefits.

The potential health benefits of usnea include:

  • Usnea is claimed to possess antibacterial properties. It is very effective against gram-positive bacteria found in digestive tracts (such as Streptococcus). Also, it is found that usnea does not kill some bacteria useful to the digestive system.
  • Another medical advantage of usnea is that it helps to get rid of a wide range of viruses. It kills lung and bronchial area viruses. Also, a study reveals using usnic acid and a specific product of zinc sulphate helps patients with HPV heal after their surgical sore removals and reduces the chances of recurrence.
  • Usnea is found to be beneficial in treating a number of fungal infections, including Candida species. Depending on favorability and availability, this herb can be used topically and internally.  
  • Being a potent antimicrobial herb, usnea has a great healing effect on wounds. It treats and prevents infection.  Also, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it alleviates the wound and accelerates the healing process.
  • Usnea also has a traditional reputation for fighting cold. It is used for treating sore throats.  
  • It is used in deodorants and talcum powders, because of its effectiveness against germs causing body odor.

Usnea, however, could possess the risk of toxicity when being used in high concentrations.

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Reference:

https://wellandgood.com/good-advice/usnea-benefits/
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-694/usnea
https://urbol.com/usnea-lichen/
https://paulhaider.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/health-benefits-of-usnea-or-old-mans-beard/

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One woman’s story: Mother shrinks tumors using cannabis and Manuka honey

one womans story

51 years old, Berkshire resident Susan Dhillon has reportedly been able to shrink cancerous tumours using cannabis and Manuka honey.

After noticing holes in her mouth and food coming out of her nose after eating, Mrs. Dhillon visited doctors in May last year and two weeks later, in June she was diagnosed with advanced 4th stage sinonasal carcinoma involving the mouth, nose and lower skull.

Her condition was inoperable and she was told that she could die in weeks unless she goes through chemotherapy and risky facial surgery or palliative radiotherapy.  The surgery was critical and involved significant morbidity. Radiotherapy was not very advantageous either as it can’t stop the tumours from growing eventually and thus can’t cure this rare form of nasal cavity cancer.

However, because of the serious side effects of it, Susan did not feel it was the right thing for her to do and chose not to undergo chemo treatment despite having tumours with an increasingly high growth rate (5 percent a month). 

Mrs. Dhillon, mother-of-three and grandmother-of-one started to search for alternative treatments and found out advantages of using cannabis oil. She started using cannabis oil in the form of pills that she got from one of her old school friends who was preparing tablets from one type of Cannabis oil called Rick Simpson Oil.

She started taking these pills in July shortly after she was diagnosed and after taking a tablet a day for five months, the result she got was “an absolute miracle” said Mrs. Dhillon.

Doctors were stunned to find out that some tumours disappeared and the rest shrunk or stopped growing.

A scan was carried 9monhs hence her diagnosis and it revealed optimistic results that her ailment was “completely stable” without any sign of further progression.

Her consultant in a letter admitted that Mrs. Dhillon gained overwhelming benefits from the Cannabis oil and Manuka Honey treatment.

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Reference: 
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Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Reposted with permission from Bob Pritchard

Today it seems lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride are attributes. The capitalist dream of being able to make money in exchange for doing as little as possible is now a fervent passion.  One that rarely makes the list but has been responsible for decades of self-delusion and misplaced optimism has been the pernicious rise of the motivational speaker. To walk in the footsteps of one of these charlatans is to take a trip down the boulevard of broken dreams. These snake-oil salesmen have been elevated into high priests.

There are so many people selling “niche” solutions that the word niche itself has now become obsolete. I feel that the motivational speaking sector and business leader industry should be much more stringently regulated. We simply can’t have these sharp-suited hucksters running around willy nilly, telling people that if they get up at 5 am, drink a Kale smoothie every morning and chant “I am great” that they’ll succeed beyond their wildest dreams and be buying their own Lamborghini and yacht in no time.

I learned a long time ago that easy, get rich schemes or a magic bullet for success do not work. Most motivational material has lots of clichés but little or no substance. If there was a silver bullet in making money in business, or winning at craps or at the horse races we would not have to charge fees to tell people about it.  We would just do it.  The entire motivational speaker business is a fraud of the highest order. Perhaps you can inspire as a speaker, but unless the person finds their own reason why they are doing what they are doing every day, you are pushing ..it uphill.  Anyone who brands themselves as a motivational speaker is peddling fiction. You can probably get a few people to up their game, and perhaps all of them to step their activity rate for a day or two, but you will not secure lasting performance improvement with this approach.

Sales training doesn’t work either.  Perhaps a small percentage of the salespeople will take on board what you teach them to improve their performance because they have both desire and commitment. The other 90% passionately want to make more money but are not passionate or committed enough to get off their arse and change and do whatever is required to be more effective and efficient. Most poor sales achievement isn’t about technical skill gaps; it’s about the conceptual gap between knowing what to do and being willing to do it.  Salespeople who aren’t performing to their full potential are usually being poorly led and mismanaged. An hour or two in a room with a charismatic speaker isn’t going to fix them. They’ll probably have a few laughs but getting them to close more business, ask for and get higher prices, close more predictably, secure appointments with decision makers, ring fence accounts to protect them from the competition, etc. will not happen unless you put some real thought and effort into training your people systematically and well.  

All of us have 4 major internal competitors:

  • fear (too scared)
  • apathy (can’t be bothered)
  • ignorance (don’t know)
  • ego (think they know better or are entitled)

 I routinely hear from clients that I have helped them turn their lives around and turn their businesses into thriving enterprises. This is not achieved with motivating clichés and exciting hype language, it is achieved by knowledge and education. 

Why don’t you ever see Hippos hiding in trees? Because they are really bloody good at it.

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Acne can happen at any age. Here’s what to do about in your 40s

Most of us feel that we can breathe a sigh of relief when we eventually reach the age of 40. Youthful insecurities often give way to a kind acceptance and qualities that once felt like differences now feel unique and individual.

Although breakouts are stereotypically part of a teenagers experience, getting acne as a 40 year old woman is more common than you may think. The hormonal component of this shift has to do with the alternating levels of androgens in the body.

Here are some methods which can help you deal with this problem:

Start taking oral probiotics: Our digestion can be affected by stress which shifts our inner microbial system leading to inflammation. Eventually the gut becomes leaky and toxins are released into the bloodstream causing inflammation throughout the body. Oral probiotics regulate the imbalance of bacteria and reduce oil levels to treat acne.

Drink hot lemon water in the morning: Squeeze a full lemon into a mug full of hot water and drink it when you wake up. This will help to flush out toxins and purify the body internally.

Use of topical retinoids: Topical retinoids are the first step of treatment for mild to moderate retinoids. Retinoids help your skin slough off dead cells at a more normal rate so the dead skin cells don’t bind together and clog your pores.

Use benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid: Benzoyl peroxide destroys the bacteria associated with acne. Salicylic acid on the skin helps to correct the abnormal shedding of cells.

Consult your doctor: If all the above methods doesn’t seem to be working, consult with your dermatologist to seek further help.

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8 Foods that make your Urine smell (other than Asparagus)

Have you ever settled into the restroom to do your business and listen to the calming sound of your yellow stream only to notice an awful smell?! You know what your pee should smell like so, an unfamiliar scent might be a sign of having consumed these foods:

Alcohol and coffee: Both alcohol and coffee cause smelly urine because they are diuretics. Shortly after you consume coffee or alcohol, you will likely need to urinate which can lead to dehydration. The uric acid or any other chemicals or vitamins in your urine become more concentrated and create a stronger smelling urine.

Garlic: Garlic is a very pungent food. It affects the odour of your breath, and your sweat. It contains methyl mercaptan which causes a smelly urine.

A keto diet: Just as going on super low carb diet makes your breath reek, it can do the same to your pee. When you enter a state of ketosis, your body releases ketones as it burns fat for fuel. Ketones affect your urine causing a bad odour.

Banana and chicken: Foods that contain lot of Vitamin B6 can cause urine to smell strongly if you eat enough of it. Vitamins that the body processes but doesn’t consume are eliminated through the urine which results in the odour.

Broccoli: Cruciferous vegetables can cause a strong smell in urine. This is because they contain methyl mercaptan which produces a bitter odour after their consumption.

Puffed wheat: Typically eaten as a breakfast cereal, puffed wheat can cause urine that gives off an odour like malt which is similar to the way it smells in your bowl!!

Chilli peppers: The skin of chilli peppers contains a neuropeptide called capsaicin which doesn’t break down after being digested. Because of this it is eliminated from the body as odoriferous.

Salmon: Salmon contains plenty of Vitamin B6 which is terrible for urine odour. It also brightens the colour of urine.

And, of course – Asparagus!

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