Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Is Your Night Time Moisturizer Made From Puppy Remains?

By Dr. Grace Angel

No probably not but, night time creams and moisturizers have in the last few years exploded on the market purporting to be the new fountain of youth and many contain ingredients of dubious usefulness. While millions of dollars of product sells every year, many doctors believe that some products might not be worth price. "Some night creams are extremely pricey but do not deliver any bang for the buck," says Dr. P.K. Farris, a Louisiana dermatologist.

Night Cream Producers Blatantly Overstate Benefits

Makers exaggerate the individual results that most women see after using a night time moisturizer. These companies are out to sell a product and, of course, try to portray it in the best light possible. However some doctors believe that the companies behind the products go too far. "These companies make outrageous statements, claiming that the skin undergoes all sorts of strange processes at night that it doesn't during the day. This is patently wrong and without proof," according to Dr. Les Baumann, professor of dermatology at the University of Miami.

Dermatologists Do Agree That Some Ingredients Have Proven Anti-Aging Effect

Retinol, Vitamin C, and certain Peptides (proteins) have been proven anti-aging compounds. "Night time moisturizers should contain retinol because sunlight renders retinol inactive," according to Dr. Baumann. Dermatologists unanimously agree that a good night cream should contain Peptides and Vitamin C because they boost collagen production. Doing so reduces wrinkles and helps increase skin firmness.

To be effective a night time moisturizer must (a) contain the right ingredients (retinol, vitamin C, and peptides) in the right concentration and (b) be used for a long enough period of time to activate and work. Typically for at least five hours a night for eight weeks. If the creams are used inconsistently, the desired results will not be achieved. According to Seattle, Washington dermatologist Dr. Sandy Read, "A moisturizer will not do any good unless it is given enough time to penetrate the skin."

The Ultimate Conclusion

Price does not necessarily indicate the quality of a night time moisturizer. Before you purchase though, look for those that contain proven anti-aging products like retinol, vitamin C, and peptides. A resource that I recommend is http://www.nighttimemoisturizers.com. This site focuses exclusively on night creams and night time moisturizers. This online portal contains a wealth of information regarding the use and efficacy of night time moisturizers and research on the subject. Do not succumb to the unwarranted claims and do not purchase products that don't contain the right compounds in the proper concentrations. A good night time moisturizer will help soothe the skin, increase collagen production and fight the effects of aging.

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