Discovery Health tells us that about 25% of women and 10% of men will be affected by varicose veins. Veins pump blood against the force of gravity from our feet to our heart. If a person has defective one-way valves in the lower extremities, blood can pool into bumpy, knot-like enlarged veins. Varicose veins can be more than a cosmetic problem. They can cause pain, swelling, itchiness, and heaviness in the lower legs. Immediate medical attention is needed if open ulcers or blood clots develop. Hemorrhoids are also a type of varicose vein.
Foods rich in flavonoids are recommended for their ability to keep blood vessels healthy. Flavonoids are found in colorful fruits and vegetables such as cherries, berries, blueberries, and grapes. Ginger, bromelain, garlic, onions, and cayenne pepper are also recommended.
There are more than 100 autoimmune diseases, diseases that occur when the immune system somehow gets confused and attacks its own cells. Some autoimmune diseases and symptoms can be mild; others can be very disabling and are a leading cause of death. It is not uncommon for someone to have more than one autoimmune disease.
Why does a previously healthy body get confused and go on attack? Studies conclude that an inherited predisposition accounts for about thirty percent of all autoimmune diseases. Our environment, our diet, infections, and the condition of our gut immune system appear to account for the rest of the causes.
A favorite personal care product is most likely one we use frequently. Products we use on a daily basis should not only be effective, but also safe and non-toxic. Although we probably take it for granted, most of us are particular about the type of soap we use.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us that one of the most pampering events of life is taking a hot bath. It is very relaxing to simply soak for 10 minutes or so in a warm bath. Choosing the Gold Bar or any of the other Melaleuca bath bars can make a bath feel like moments at a spa.
For several years The Melaleuca Wellness Guide and this newsletter have warned that many store-brand cleaners contain chemicals that are dangerous. Some household chemicals cause disruptions of our endocrine system, a hormone system that is involved in so many of our body's functions. Endocrine disruptions can cause cancers, birth defects, developmental disorders and so much more.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us that home is where we are most likely to be exposed to toxic chemicals. After all we spend 80 to 90% of our time indoors, most of that at home. Tightly sealed energy efficient homes, along with keeping windows and doors tightly closed during cold weather, can increase the concentration of toxic chemicals and may make the air inside our homes more toxic than outside air.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide has over 45 pages about conditions that affect cats, dog, horses, cows, chickens, goats, pigs, hogs, sheep, and turkeys. The remedies are recommended by veterinarians and pet lovers. Here are some tips:
Never use undiluted T36-C5 on your cat. If possible a cat will lick and groom an injured area. Using undiluted tea tree oil, applying it over a large area, or using it for a long period of time could cause an adverse reaction. Never use T36-C5 on a cat with impaired liver or kidney function, or on young kittens without the guidance of a vet. Light-haired cats and pedigree cats may be more sensitive. That said, your adult cat can benefit greatly by using diluted T36-C5 for minor first aid applications. A tiny bit of T36-C5 goes a long way. For adult cats mix 2 drops of T36-C5 in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil or olive oil. Apply twice a day to the immediate area until healed. Do not saturate the skin more than necessary.