Who is seducing you right now?

Seduction is wonderful – except when it messes up your health and your skin – in which case a meaningful long term relationship is highly recommended… Seductive marketing hype (aka lies) makes you believe that…you are going to look 20 years younger, you are going to be slender, you are going to replace flab with toned muscle And all in a very short period of time?

The seduction of new weigh-loss diets and miraculous antiaging creams (some even by money grabbing doctors) costs millions of people a lot of money, and may even cause health problems. I highly recommend the documentary ‘Hungry for change‘. You can watch the complete film, free, online if you register, or you can stream it on Netflix etc. I liked it because they are common sense people who are dedicated to good nutrition and nutrition advice. Some of them blatantly call out the marketing lies in the food industry (I like it when they do that) :-)

Dr Christiane Northrop is a wonderfully pragmatic medical doctor….and the nutritionist in the film have had some pretty serious issues with their own weight and health. I particularly liked the practical approach suggested to enable changing the way you eat…simply add in healthy fruit and vegetables and they will naturally crowd-out the junk food…and it’s definitely more effective than shock-therapy-type-diets that cause withdrawal discomfort…and reduces your will power to stick with the diet.

The big problem with nutrition information is how the food industry tries to distort the facts by claiming that ‘scientists have proven that their processed food is safe and nutritious’… REALLY. And then the media regurgitates this garbage information as if it is fact! They do it all the time, like Coke paying nutrition ‘experts’ to say coke is a nutritious snack…. Like the GMO industry paying scientists to say genetically modified food is as good for you as natural or organic food… Like the tobacco industry paying experts to say that smoking tobacco (or even ecigarettes) are not bad for you…. Like politicians paying scientists to claim that there is no such thing as Global Warming and Climate Change…. Money can turn any smart scientist or nutritionist into a prostitute! So just be wise, and moderate your acceptance of industry BS and lies….because money making industry marketers are just like politicians – they lie all the time!

Unfortunately the movie also has these nutritionists making statements about what you put on your skin…the over-hyped claim that everything you put on your skin is absorbed into the blood shows that these people should concentrate on nutrition and not skin care. Check out the video ‘How The Skin Works‘ for more information and to understand the way we are made (which is NOT in the image of the marketers).

Essentially, YOU can be the proof that the skin does NOT absorb everything you put on it…

For example: Will you put all your food in a blender and then smear it over your skin rather than eat it – and yet your body will be as fit and healthy? Will you suggest to your doctor that you crush your anti-depressant/anti anxiety/blood pressure/acid reflux pills etc into your moisturizer and smear it all over the face/body? Based on this hypothesis that your skin absorbs everything, then motor mechanics should die at a very young age – with petroleum and synthetic (toxic?) products all over their hands/arms every day? The list of potential toxins is endless – and fatal if they enter the body in large quantities – but the net outcome is that our bodies are designed with a skin that can keep most stuff out! If all the skin care products that claim to take you back 20 years really worked because ‘the skin absorbs everything’, there would only be a few products on the market – but there are hundreds of thousands making those claims….and we are all still looking for the magical 20 year reversal cream…

The best approach to skin care is to keep your skin strong and balanced, treat it sensitively, and it will work wonderfully well and look naturally younger because it is strong and balanced. It is difficult to create products that can be absorbed by the skin – and usually only small amounts of well formulated products are absorbed. Medically this is well known, otherwise they could make every drug into an easy to use cosmetic cream… Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder – so behold your own natural beauty and not the fake beauty created by marketers and the celebrity machine…

So, how do you look at information concerning what you put in your mouth (and what you put on your skin)?

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Using Vitamin C and Decircle + Firm to rejuvenate the skin on your hands

Hands show ones age. They have sun and age spots. The skin begins looking thin and transparent. Don’t despair, it is possible to do a renovation job on your hands (and arms and chest and neck etc) using the amazing 17.5% esterized version of Vitamin C as found in C + Renew Serum from Sensitive Skin Clinic plus the peptides and decircling ingredients in Decircle + Firm Eyes from Sensitive Skin Clinic.

Every night before bed, apply 1 pump of C + Renew Serum on the back of each hand and smooth it over the skin. Then apply 2 pumps of Decircle + Firm Eyes and smooth over the vitamin C. The esterized Vitamin C (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) is able to penetrate the lipid barrier of the skin and stimulate collagen development, act as an antioxidant, as well as support the reduction of sun spots. In Decircle + Firm Eyes there is the amazing antiaging ingredient ergothioneine from mushrooms, as well as peptides and hydroxysuccinamide that help break down oxidized elements stuck in the skin (age spots), and ‘flush’ them into the lymph system to be ‘trashed’. These two products work so well together. Use the same technique on other areas of the body that look older and ‘weathered’.

After 1 month you will notice the lightening of dark spots on your hands, and after 2 – 3 months you will be amazed at how much ‘younger’ and more attractive they look.

It’s still important to add moisturizer if you have dry skin on your hands, and always apply a mineral sunscreen every day (reapply after washing your hands).

Note that the skin on the hands can be sensitive…they are exposed to sunlight every day and they are frequently washed with water and soap that is way more alkaline than the skin…so they may not be strong and balanced. If you experience any sensitive reactions utilizing this hand care regimen, reduce the application to just 3 nights per week (like Mon/Wed/Fri), and once the hands are stronger and not reactive, increase the nightly application to 5 nights (Sun/Mon, Wed/Thu/Fri), and then increase it to 7 nights a week when you feel comfortable doing so.

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Food Babe, Science Babe, Angry Babes dueling blogs, who’s right or wrong?

Recently a friend introduced me to an online blogging war between the Food Babe and the Science Babe…each have their supporters and detractors…. This is the latest attack from Science Babe on Food Babe, and another from Bad Science Debunked – they are funny and sad all rolled into one…

The Food Babe is not a scientist, and tends to act like a politician – sowing seeds of fear, uncertainty and doubt. Everything she can’t pronounce is classified as a ‘toxin’ or a ‘chemical’. The Science Babe is just that – a scientist who looks at everything on a molecular level and rules out the emotional BS of fear uncertainty and doubt. Seeing as everything on this planet is a chemical except light and electricity, she tends to know more of what is indeed a toxin versus the incorrect and wholesale use of the words ‘toxic’ and ‘chemical’ used by Food Babe for maximum marketing effect.

It appears they are both claiming to be babes – so it seems good looking or sexy sells! Well, it’s worked since modern advertising got under way in the mid 1900’s!! Anyone older or less attractive just doesn’t get the attention of the media or the population in general. So that’s why I don’t have an ‘army’ of followers as the Food Babe and Science babe have!!! :-)

There’s a lot I agree with from both blogs. The Food Babe only likes natural, organic food, and hates GMO anything. However, natural and organic does not necessarily mean good, wholesome and non toxic. A natural, organic poison mushroom will still kill you…and faster than a non-organic mushroom! However, she claims that any ingredient she cannot pronounce is thus bad…well, we need to be a little more educated than that. So, according to her, ergothioneine would be bad….but it is a wonderful molecule found in mushrooms (and some other plants) that will energize cell communication in your body and it’s amazing antioxidant properties may slow down the aging process…so being child-like in your decisions on your health and safety is not a good response to the complexities of modern day life.

The Science Babe can pronounce ergothioneine, understands what it is, and is OK with it in her body. However, the Science Babe doesn’t have a problem with GMO stuff… She feels that genetically modified organisms still contain a ‘natural’ biological identity that makes them totally edible… I’m not so sure. Basically, if anything ‘natural’ is manufactured by a for-profit organization, I’m skeptical of their marketing hype. All politicians lie, and marketers are a very close second.

By the by, ergothioneine can also be found in topical skin care products like Stress Recovery Complex, SSC Decircle + Firm Eyes, and Cell Youth Actif.

As far as I’m concerned, the best source of food is from two non-profit entities…one is called Mother Nature, and the other is called God. You should only purchase food from 1 of these 2 – which ever one gives you the best service :-) However, it’s still Caveat Emptor/Buyer Beware! Not everything they sell is good for you…peanuts will kill some people, as will shrimp. Wheat and soy could make other people very ill. And poison ivy will always be poison ivy for everyone on this planet….

I always try and keep things simple…eat 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings everyday! If I was slapped each time I said that I’d be black and blue by now :-) I prefer making organic fruit and vegetables my priority…it’s worth the extra cost. That’s why I don’t have all the latest technology gadgets, I ride a motor bike and not an SUV, and I tend to eat at home most of the time rather than trying every restaurant in the city. That’s my priority based on my income level, and you have yours. When it comes to healthy body and healthy skin, I always hope that people will give that a higher priority than technology and fancy cars…

Nutrition is critical for skin care…I say that often and have blogged about it almost as often. I think the Food Babe and others like Kimberly Snyder (she’s good looking but doesn’t call herself a babe), do a good job of getting their followers to focus on the important aspect of being mindful that what you put in your mouth is definitely going to affect every part of your being (mental and physical). I just have a problem with their claim that skin care should be considered the same as food. You should be eating real food, not processed creams that may have some food related ingredients added at time of formulation. I do NOT want to eat moisturizer!

The over-hyped claim that everything you put on your skin is absorbed into the blood is just more fear, uncertainty and doubt from the less-than-science-smart marketers. Check out the video ‘How The Skin Works‘ for more information.

You can be the essential proof that the skin does NOT absorb everything you put on it…

For example: Will you put all your food in a blender and then smear it over your skin rather than eat it – and yet your body will be as fit and healthy? Will you suggest to your doctor that you crush your anti-depressant/anti anxiety/blood pressure/acid reflux pills etc into your moisturizer and smear it all over the face/body? Based on this hypothesis that your skin absorbs everything, then motor mechanics should die at a very young age – with petroleum and synthetic (toxic?) products all over their hands/arms every day? The list of potential toxins is endless – and fatal if they enter the body in large quantities – but the net outcome is that our bodies are designed with a skin that can keep most stuff out! If all the skin care products that claim to take you back 20 years really worked, there would only be a few products on the market – but there are hundreds of thousands making those claims….and we are all still looking for the magical 20 year reversal cream…

The best approach to skin care is to keep your skin strong and balanced, treat it sensitively, and it will work wonderfully well and look naturally younger because it is strong and balanced. Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder – so behold your own natural beauty and not the fake beauty created by marketers and the celebrity machine…

So, how do you look at information concerning what you put in your mouth (and what you put on your skin)?

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Making something good out of a bad Yelp review

On April 12, 2013 at 2pm, Gianna Leandro came in for a facial and consultation at Blue Turtle Spa. Her skin looked great after the $80 facial. She felt the same way and voluntarily selected to leave a 20% ($16) tip. Tip’s are never expected – but appreciated if the client feels I did a great job on their skin. We then discussed the skin care ingredients that would be best for her skin and her skin care goals. As usual, I never try and sell products. It’s the client’s choice as to what they want to do with their skin. All my skin care information resources are available through my public website. My website clearly states that I’m about scientific skin care that is animal cruelty free. I’m open and honest about my approach to skin care.

Fast forward 2 years and Gianna Leandro launches a vitriolic attack on me through a Yelp review. Naturally, I wonder why she tipped me if she hated every moment of her time with me? No tipping is totally an option with the Square Payment system on my iPad. I’m also left pondering what psychological issue precipitated this Yelp attack 2 years later, seeing as she has written numerous Yelp reviews over that 2 year period.

Needless to say, I am totally uncomfortable benefiting financially from such a negative situation, so I immediately donated that $96 to the Humane Society of the US. At least there is somewhat of a happy ending to Gianna’s very unhappy state of mind :-)

Here is Ms Gianna Leandro’s Yelp

Your ethics affect your choice of job and skin care products, or vice versa?

How easy is it to associate ones ethical beliefs with one’s work situation? Could you work for the tobacco industry knowing that there is a super strong connection between smoking and cancer? Or a GMO seed and pesticide manufacturer? Or a major polluter of our air/rivers/sea? Can someone who is strictly vegan sell hamburgers? ETC ETC.

I am truly lucky to be able to choose a job that meets my vegan and cruelty free requirements. However, if I am committed to cruelty free skin care, it has to incorporate more than just what I put on my skin right??? Otherwise I would be a major hypocrite (like politicians), and I couldn’t live with myself nor anyone else like that. I certainly couldn’t promote something that is cruel and inhumane. So, for me, cruelty free also involves what I eat. Therefore I am visibly upset by the weekly email from Yelp that is all about San Francisco foie gras restaurants!!!!

I mentioned my horror to someone whom I thought shared my views, and was given a response “it is what it is”… WHAT? Imagine if people said that about apartheid in South Africa, or Nazi concentration camps, slavery or ISIS etc??? If everyone used this very comfortable ‘cop-out’ phrase, there would have been no women’s suffrage, no civil rights, no gay rights etc. There would be no environment to speak of. No wildlife preserves, sanctuaries and pristine landscapes etc…

NO! Inhumane force feeding of geese to make their livers painfully swollen to enable the production of foie gras is so NOT OK! It should not be what it is!!! It’s up there on my list with clubbing baby harp seals to death for their pelts, all fur products, shark finning live sharks and leaving them to drown, killing rhinos and elephants for their horn and ivory.  Just because I don’t wear fur doesn’t mean I’m OK buying non fur products from a store that sells fur products. Just because I don’t eat foie gras doesn’t mean the rest of the food at the restaurant is OK – nope – I spend not a cent at such establishments. There are plenty other restaurants out there that are ethical and worthy of support. So if you want to know which San Francisco restaurants NOT to support because of their penchant to make money out of inhumane foie gras, check out the Yelp list..and there are many others not listed…call and ask directly before you make plans… We managed to get Foie Gras banned in California in 2012, just to have the restaurant and food industry get it legally overturned last year.

On a similar ethical note,  if you want cruelty free skin care, is it OK to go with FDA approved medical treatments and products knowing they are all tested on animals? And those same medical-grade topical skin care products are all preserved with parabens (potential carcinogens) – yet non medical-grade products are prohibited from using parabens as preservatives (in CA). If you like natural products, does that automatically rule out medical-grade (non-natural) products? Is there anything really natural about a highly processed and expensive cream you’re using as a moisturizer after all? If you are concerned about the environment, then would you still use anti bacterial products (with triclosan for example) that you rinse down the drain into the water system and that have a ripple effect of environmental damage? And what about those little plastic beads in so many facial scrubs that are now being found in fish and other water animals? Seeing as no pollution generating energy is required when cool water is used… is it not a good time to start using cool water only on your face and no warm or hot water? And, by the by, that just happens to be just 1 of the 8 important things you should be doing for your skin anyway

Everything we do has a consequence, and it’s impossible to be perfect, but I urge you to start setting higher standards and help your family and friends to reset theirs. All together, we can make a difference :-)