June 12, 2008 · 11:58 am
I recently referred to my Natural Healing book (about the size of an encyclopedia volume) concerning anti-aging vitamins and nutrients for skin. Among the suggestions was something called DMAE. After visiting the Vitamin Shoppe and buying a laundry list of vitamins, I began daily taking the supplements.
I also began applying freshly cut lemon to my skin and left it there during the day and at night while asleep. I began to notice my pores were getting cleaner, but my face seemed to be growing like Barry Bonds head on steroids. Not my desired look.
I stopped the lemon thinking it may be the culprit and began using Witch Hazel and a toner I bought while on a cruise. The swelling seemed to still be there. Then I investigated DMAE online and found the excerpt from the article below, the key points underlined for emphasis. If anybody has any experience with DMAE (and getting off it to reduce the swelling of the face), please let me know. I am taking 130mg capsule (which I will probably discontinue to see how this may reduce swelling of the skin).
Vacuolization is the development or formation of vacuoles (small cavities or space in the skin tissue) containing air or fluid. It’s kind of like when a guy uses steroids for muscular development or takes creatine, you retain water and blow up. Not a nice look in the face by any means.
DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) is a skin care ingredient enthusiastically touted by many skin care vendors. One of the reasons for its popularity is that it is one of the very few agents (perhaps even the only one) shown to produce some skin tightening and modestly reduce facial sag.
However, a 2007 study published in the British Journal of Dermatology raised safety concerns regarding topical DMAE. Dr. Morissette and colleagues, from the University of Quebec, studied the effect of DMAE in human skin cell cultures and rabbit skin.
The researchers found that adding DMAE to the cultures of fibroblasts (key type of skin cells) produced the effect known as vacuolization. Vacuolization is often observed in cells after various types of damage as cells try to encapsulate and excrete foreign agents and/or their own damaged components. Hence the researches concluded that the vacuolization induced by DMAE was suggestive of cell damage. They also observed that DMAE impaired the ability of fibroblasts to divide. Notably, the above adverse effects reversed after DMAE had been washed out of the culture following a short-term exposure. (Long-term exposure has not been studied.)
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May 21, 2008 · 1:41 pm
Last night while walking to the pharmacy and Blockbuster a white expedition driving out of control nearly ran us and an Orlando police officer over. After filling out a report on the incident, I learned from the local police officers that the fleeing owner of the vehicle had just buglarized and robbed someone in my neighborhood. Yet the police had been ordered by Lt. Peterson to not pursue.
I later learned about the “no pursuit policy” which over the last 2 years has led to a remarkable increase in crime across Orlando as criminals can drive away from the scene of a crime knowing full well that OPD has a “no pursuit policy”. To make matters worse local news channels report such policies and alert criminals to their ability to flee and escape without repercussions.
The policy was originally created in the interest of other innocent pedestrians and drivers on the road to prevent them from dying or being hurt during police chases. Yet there surely must be some middle ground whereby law enforcement can pursue criminals but not endanger the general public. To withdraw from pursuing a criminal is equally jeopardizing to the safety of the general public and society.
If criminals are not punished they will keep committing crime.
Paul F Davis – international speaker, transformation coach, and author
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May 19, 2008 · 8:56 pm
I noticed Senator John McCain recently spoke to the NRA (National Rifle Association) expressing his support of the 2nd Amendment’s rights to bear arms.
Good or bad for America? Certainly we as a country have seen more killings and incarcerations than any nation on earth. Something NOT to be proud about.
Yet taking away good peoples guns maybe isn’t the answer either. If only the bad guys have guns and some local cops call in sick and the police force is understaffed, where does that leave we the people? If you’re living out in the country and need to protect yourself against wild animals, shouldn’t you be allowed to have a gun?
On the other hand it’s organizations like the NRA that enable guns to be sold and freely in circulation for purchase in the first place. If guns weren’t able to be so easily bought, high school murders and college rage shootings wouldn’t be happening. Moreover the bad guys wouldn’t be able to get their hands on “a piece” as easily.
I’m very undecided on the matter frankly, but I do realize and know something has got to be done and quick.
Your thoughts on the matter?
Paul F Davis – author of United States of Arrogance
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