Thursday, October 31, 2013

See what a well known Heart Surgeon says about diet and skin care

Let us see what an experienced physician (heart surgeon) has to say on skin-care and beauty. We quote his remarks : 
(By way of introduction: Dr. Oz, a Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and television personality, professor at the department of Surgery at Columbia University since 2001, directs Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital,  co-authored over 400 research papers, book chapters and books. Esquire magazine placed him on its list of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century. He was called a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum and one of “The Harvard 100 Most Influential Alumni”.)

I don't want to have flab. I don't want to get winded. What can I do?
Without question: Walk more. It's simple, you won't get hurt, and it's the foundation of every other physical program. But it has to be automatic — you can't have to think about it every day. So just pick one simple thing — I'm not using the elevator anymore, or I'm not going to drive to our local store — that from now on you're going to do to be more physically active. It'll add up. The Amish walk more than 14,000 steps a day, and they have an obesity rate under 5 percent.

Is antibacterial soap bullshit?
It is bullshit.

If I exercise for an hour every that as good as twenty minutes three times a week?
Is it better to brush your teeth every day or for a long time on Sundays only?

Carrots: honestly good for the eyes or old wives' tale?
Lutein is the best for eyes — and it's in leafy, green vegetables. The carrot rumor was started during the Second World War. The Nazis realized that the British were getting a lot of lucky shots on their aircraft, and so the British started the rumor that their pilots were being given carrots to improve their eyesight. Which was hogwash. What they really did was discover radar.

My dermatologist asked me how many sunburns I got before I was 18......Is that when I screwed myself with the melanoma?
We used to think you got most of your UV exposure before age 18. Now we know it's more like 25 percent. But even if you burn once, you increase the chance of developing melanoma. But we're talking about blistering burns, like inThe Heartbreak Kid. Not just a little redness.

When it comes to exercising outdoors, how cold is too cold?
Zero and below, or a windchill of minus 20 or more. This is frostbite territory. If it’s warmer than that, you’re fine. Just don’t overdo it.

What's the best way to wash my face?
Unless you work under a car, you don't have to wash your face with some harsh astringent that smells like kerosene. Harsh soaps strip off what's called the acid mantle, a layer of oil that you're supposed to have — it's like protective cellophane. Plus, 7 percent of men are allergic to the artificial scents and chemicals in soaps.

Why should I moisturize?
In the morning, a lot of men splash on alcohol-based astringents, colognes, and aftershaves. This is okay and gives you a nice, bracing sting, but there's no health benefit, and they can dry your face out. I use a cream-based moisturizer that contains the most important ingredient in any unguent: sunblock. Then at night, smear on a moisturizer that contains antioxidants, which actually rejuvenate your skin while you sleep.

And how do I choose the right moisturizer?
How to choose a moisturizer: Start by asking a woman what she uses. For a long time women have been doing things to their faces that men are just waking up to. There are products being made now that are designed for a male audience; one of the fastest growing segments of the cosmetics industry is men's products. The major difference between men's and women's products is the smells they put into them — our products are simply packaged differently. But skin is skin is skin.

Why should I exfoliate?
Women do this, yes. But do you really think that only women have dry, dead skin on their faces that needs scrubbing off? That's all exfoliating means. Do it once or twice a week using a cleanser that says "exfoliant" on the label. A generation ago, people used natural chemicals like apple-cider vinegar; crushed apricot pits are a common ingredient in today's exfoliants. In a pinch, drying with a rough towel after a wash will do the trick. Your face will actually appear fresher and younger.

What's the best time of day to exercise?
Morning. It focuses your mind, you won't blow it off later in the day, and it won't keep you up at night with pounding adrenaline surges because you just benched your all-time high.

What do I need to know about my heart at age 25, 35, 45, and 55?
You need to know this — and doctors learned it only recently: The heart muscle actually regenerates throughout your life. We used to think it stopped after you were grown. But your heart willstopregenerating if you don't keep challenging it. So exercise. At every age.

You're given the power to remove one unhealthy part of American life. What's your pick?
Sugar. White sugar and corn syrup. They're empty calories, they become almost addictive, they contribute to obesity and therefore to a whole range of related problems (hypertension and depression to name two), they're a major cause of type-2 diabetes.

We see the physician’s advice to use natural products for cleansing, moisturizing and exfoliating facial skin.  He says there is no health benefit by using alcohol-based astringents, colognes, etc. which create dryness on face and speed up aging process. The safer way would therefore be to follow natural organic skin care for both and face.

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