Integrative Medicine San Francisco
My Chi News: June 2006 www.chifountain.com
With summer solstice approaching, the days are getting longer and our rainy days seemed to have gone away (for now). Many Chi Fountain community members have done cleanses (internal GI spring cleaning) and have been following thru with their 2006 health resolutions; we’re happy that you are all keeping yourself educated and working hard at achieving your goals. In this issue, we bring to you the 411 on cosmetics, along with a page of web resources you can bookmark so that you can do your own health research.
I. Healthy Update: Cosmetics
The edited text below comes directly from WomensHealth.gov
Fragrances and preservatives are the main ingredients in cosmetics. Fragrances are the most common cause of skin problems. More than 5,000 different kinds are used in products. Products marked “fragrance-free” or “without perfume” means that no fragrances have been added to make the product smell good.
Preservatives in cosmetics are the second most common cause of skin problems. They prevent bacteria and fungus from growing in the product and protect products from damage caused by air or light. But preservatives can also cause the skin to become irritated and infected. Some examples of preservatives are: paraben, imidazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, phenoxyethanol, formaldehyde
Are cosmetics safe? Yes, for the most part. But sometimes problems can happen. The most common injury from cosmetics is from scratching the eye with a mascara wand. Eye infections can result if the scratches go untreated. These infections can lead to ulcers on the cornea (clear covering of the eye), loss of lashes, or even blindness. [To read more, go to WomensHealth.gov].
Chi Fountain note: Your skin is the largest organ of you body which absorbs elements from your surrounding atmosphere, and that includes your make-up. Since many chronic allergy patients we see have multiple issues before they become symptomatic, we advise you to take a look at daily rituals which may be contributing factors. Through nutrition, facial acupuncture, chi nei tsang, naturopathic medicine, and other CAM services, Chi Fountain practitioners can help your skin reflect your organs and can help you shine from the inside out.
II. Featured Practitioner: Martin – Integrative Chiropractor
Dr. Martin is not just any old chiropractor. He is a chiropractor and naturopath, with more than 14 years medical experience in acupuncture, nutrition, bodywork, energy medicine, and emotional/spiritual healing. With his holistic approach to healing, he combines various modalities into one session,
including Ayurvedic Medicine, Pranic Healing, kinesiology, and nutrition. Dr. Martin integrates his various training (naturopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition) and also does muscle testing to help people target their specific issues. Those with GI imbalances, emotional anxiety, and chronic pains, have gotten great results with Martin, who practices up in Sausilito. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
III. Curious about your own body?
We hope so! Your body is the vehicle you will be traveling around in for the rest of your life. We are constantly encouraging our patients to do research and ask questions. We’ve provided a list of resources for you at http://www.chifountain.com/resources.html which includes patient information on women’s health, herbs, ethnic medicines, and allopathic care.
IV. Cooking Classes
You are what you eat. If you want to learn how to cook healthy, please come by and join Darshana at her healthy and fun cooking classes! Cooking class schedule: http://www.chifountain.com/cookingclass.html Inquiries: email@example.com
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