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General Rules
When selecting oils for injuries, think through the cause and type of injury and select oils for each segment.  For instance, whiplash could encompass
muscle damage, nerve damage, ligament or tendon damage, circulation, inflammation, bone injury, and possibly emotions.  Select oils for each perceived problem and apply.
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  sulfurzyme powder
How MSM Works to Control Pain:
When fluid pressure inside cells is higher than outside, pain is experienced. 
The MSM found inSulfurzymeequalizes fluid pressure inside the cells by
affecting the protein envelope of the cell so that water transfers freely in and out.
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 mega Cal mineral essence
For Tired, Fatigued Muscles 

 
Tired muscles may be lacking in minerals such as calcium and magnesium. 
Mega Cal andMineral Essenceare excellent source of both trace and macro
minerals and good for all muscles conditions.
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Nerve Disorders
Nerve disorders usually involve peripheral or surface nerves and include
neuritis, neuropathy, neuralgia, Bell’s palsy, and  carpal tunnel syndrome. 
In contrast, neurological diseases are usually associated with deep
neurological disturbances in the brain, and these conditions include ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) MS, and Parkinson’s Disease.
mega Cal omega blue glass 
Mega Cal used with Omega Bluehelps provide calcium, magnesium
and natural lipids necessary to maintain nerve signal transmissions
along neurological pathways. Sulfur deficiency is often present in
nerve problems.  Sulfur requires calcium and vitamins B and C for the body to metabolize.  Super B, Super C, andSulfurzyme workwell together to help repair nerve damage and the myelin sheath.
CAUTION:  Never use hot packs for neurological problems. 
Always use cold packs  to reduce pain and inflammation. 
In other words, reduce the temperature of the damage site.
Other oils to use for nerve damage are:
 Nerve Formula
10 drops Juniper
10 drops peppermint
10 drops Helichrysum
1/2 oz of V-6
 copabia and plant
Copaiba would be great to reduce the inflammation and magnify the action of the other oils 4 times stronger.
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 NR and glass
 By adding NingXia Red along with using the  “blend” above,  it will help  normalized blood pressure.
What to do to Eliminate Pain
Young Living Products that support the body when experiencing pain !

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How to Use Essential Oil for Pain Control:
PanAway or M-Grain are powerful for pain reduction.  When applied on location or to the Vita Flex points on the feet, it can act within seconds.  Alternate with Relieve It.  These  blends are powerful combinations for deep-tissue pain as well bone-related pain.
          deep relief gre...needlePanaway clove nlj smallerRelieve It Ortho Sport massage oil
Connective Tissue Trauma:

Deep Relief 
Formulated for the convenient relief of muscle soreness and  tension.  Soothes sore joints, tendons and ligaments, helps calm stress nerves and reduces inflammation.  This powerful blend contains 9 essential oils, most of which are used for their anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving characteristics.
     mega CalBLM 1  sulfurzyme caps...
 

 Mega Cal and BLM provide critical nutrients forconnective tissue repair.  Sulfurzyme, an outstanding source of organic sulfurequalizes water pressure inside the cells and reduces pain.  PanAway reduces pain andlemongrass promotes the repair of connective tissue. Lavender with lemongrass, & marjoram with lemongrasswork well together for inflamed tendons.  Deep Relief is a convenient way to apply a blend of oils for both pain and inflammatory. 

  
When selecting oils for this type of injury select the appropriate  oils.  For instance, tendonitis could encompass muscle damage,  nerve damage, tendon/ligament strain/tear, inflammation, infection, andpossibly an emotion component.Therefore make your product selections to cover each potential cause and apply in rotation .  The emotional distress may be anger or guilt. The oils in Ortho Sport and Ortho Ease Massage oils reduce pain and promote healing.
 
 
 PanAway contains wintergreen , clove , helichrysum, & peppermint. which aids the body’s natural response to irritation and injury, minimizes bruising and relieves muscle tension.
 

M-Grain helps relieve pain, is anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic.

 
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 Relieve It is a comforting blend of pure spruce & black pepper , spruce, hyssop, and peppermint which soothes muscle and joint discomfort.
 

 

Trauma Life:  You can be pretty sure that wherever there’s pain, there’s trauma of some sort.  The emotional trauma from accidents, death of loved ones, assault, abuse, etc., can implant its devastation deep within the hidden recesses of the mind and muscular tissue, causing life-long problems that seem endless. 
 

This blend combats stress and uproots trauma that may cause insomnia, anger, restlessness, and a weakened immune response.

 

We HIGHLY recommend it for any type of trauma. Use it with any other pain formulas listed here.

 
 

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Ortho Sport Massage Oil provides soothing relief for tired, over-worked muscles after exercising and sports.  This blend combines pure vegetable oils with therapeutic-grade essential oils such as wintergreen peppermint, thyme and oregano, eucalyptus (E. globulus), lemongrass,  elemi, and vetiver
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This is the blend That Dr, Young gives his patients and it really works great for pain. 
 
Pain Formula
 
10 drops Vetiver
10 drops Valerian
5 drops Helichrysum
5 drops clove
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20 valerian
10 helichrysum
3 clove
3 peppermint
 
      Gary mentioned that by taking 20 drops of helichrysum and 20 drops of cistus before surgery, it curbed/stopped blood loss.
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 Testimonials
 
The pain formula above really works and I would like to share my testimony with you on how
well it worked for me.   I had to have a wisdom tooth pulled because the nerve was exposed and
was causing pain when I drank something hot or cold or chewed food on that side.  Because I hate needles and knowing how much pain I would be in, I made the pain formula #1 up for myself.
 
I took it an hour before the procedure and then again 1/2 hour before I saw the dentist .  I took the whole amount each time in water just enough to chug-a-lug and I had NingXia Red for a chaser, because it doesn’t  taste good. 
 
The Dr. had to work on my front first tooth because an old filling fell out caused by wear and tear he said. 
When he gave me the injection I barely felt the needle.  After he finished he said that to numb the area
in the back where the tooth was to be pulled would really hurt when he gave me the injection.  Wow, I did
not feel it.! Then he said, “Now I have to give you another one in the roof of your mouth.  I am sorry but this will hurt like the dickens and I have to push hard”.  I did not even flinch at all because I it did not I feel a thing! He was very surprised and said, “I don’t know if we can pull the tooth as it is so large and the root is deep. We may have to cut it in half.”  So I prayed and it came right out. 
 
The doctor said he’d give me a prescription for pain and I told him I wouldn’t use it.  He insisted, giving me a prescription for 12 pills, saying that they were safe.  I asked him if there was much bleeding and he said there was hardly any at all.  So again it showed me why Gary used this formula on his patients in Ecuador.  When I
got home I took the pain formula again which was at 1:00 pm.  Did not feel anything until 6:00 when  it started
to hurt a little.  So I just gargled with the Fresh Essence Mouth Wash and the pain stopped immediately. I was really amazed.  It never bothered me until 2:00 am in the morning. I just gargled with the Mouth Wash again and went back to sleep.  I never had to use that prescription nor did I have any excruciating pain like I did when I had to have a back wisdom tooth pulled years ago. Even the next day there was no pain.
 
I gargle throughout the day with Thieves Mouth Wash and used Exodus II so there would avoid infection. 
 
Thank you Gary Young for your blessed oils so I can be pain free.  It’s been two weeks now and the hole
is closing in.  The Doc said it would take 2 months to close and 18 months to completely heal internally. 
WOW!!   What more can a person ask for.   
Nancy Sanderson

 
My daughter just had surgery. Her dog jumped on her stomach and she thought that she would never move again.  I made up the second recipe and she drank it and in 15 minutes her pain  decreased and later went away completely. God Bless, Nancy
 
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pain word orangealkaLime   One of the main causes of pain is acid in the blood.  Acid accumulates during the night causing more pain.  So take one level teaspoon of  AlkaLime before going to bed to  help neutralize the acid in the blood. You should be able to a enjoy a great night’s sleep with less pain.
So, if you are using an essential oil to reduce the pain and you don’t get the results you are expecting, then  your body is telling you that you are probably too acidic.
I hope this helps people understand why you may still experience pain when you apply an oil and the pain is continues.  It may be that your pH is out of balance  that needs to be addressed also.

God Bless, and Have a Great Day,
Nancy Sanderson

 
Don’t expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils and supplements. Also, each person is different. What works for one may not work as well for another. So try another oil or supplement that might be better suited  for your body chemistry.

 

Essential oil testimonials are an effective way to learn and sharing. With this knowledge, we can gain confidence and take better control of our personal health. However, we are required to state: 
 

“These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent

any disease.”  
Information provided here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice.

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Changing your Body Can Be Ease, Joy, and Glory with the Tools of Right Body for You with Gary Douglas

 

With so-called factual information about the latest optimal diets for health and weight loss changing as fast as the flavors at your favorite ice cream store, how can you know what’s really going to work for you?

The key to knowing what’s right for your body is just that, says Access consciousness Founder Gary Douglas – YOUR BODY!

Doctors with whom Douglas works point out that our bodies are more different on the inside than they are on the outside. This uniqueness, so often overlooked by the medical profession and science, goes a long way towards explaining why no one diet works for everyone.

Douglas has a unique solution to knowing what will work for your body. This solution is to simply ask your own body. It’s a health care provider that’s always with you, its prices are reasonable, and you don’t have to mess with billing your insurance.

Sounds good, you may say, but how do you do that? Some people who are trained in kinesiology can use muscle testing, but Douglas has not found this works very well for him. He uses a method of testing which involves his whole body. He holds a particular food he has a question about in front of his solar plexus, puts his heels and toes together, and asks if his body would like the ingest the substance that he’s holding.

If your body leans forward, that’s a yes; backwards, that’s a no; and sideways means you’re not asking exactly the right question. If you’re not asking exactly the right question, a small adjustment in your wording may be all that’s needed. You could change it to, “Body, would you like to ingest this sometime today or in the next 24 hours or this week?”

This may not sound like the health advice you’re used to getting, but it can have results which are surprising. One 70 year old man who has worked with Douglas was prescribed a medication for low blood pressure. He decided to use Douglas’s method and ask his body if it really required the prescription. The result was a backwards force so strong it nearly threw him against the wall behind him.

When he asked Douglas what to do with this result, Douglas recommended he get a second medical opinion. The second doctor identified a heart defect and need for an immediate quadruple bypass. If he had taken the medicine prescribed by the first medical doctor, it would have killed him, according to the second doctor. The man had the operation recommended by the second doctor and remains alive and well.

Another way of communicating with your body, if you’re eating in a restaurant, is to let your body show you by noticing what your eyes land on first on the menu. Whatever you notice first, can read clearly first, is usually the item your body would most like to eat, so you order that. It will likely NOT be what you are most used to eating – but you might be surprised at how great it tastes. What tastes wonderful is exactly what your body would really like to eat, even if it something you never would consider normally.

When you give your body what it really requires, the result is food that can taste orgasmic on every taste bud. This usually lasts for 3-9 bites. As soon as the next bite tastes like cardboard, that’s your body’s way of telling you it’s done.

One of the medical conditions which has responded well to Douglas’s methods is that American disease of epidemic proportions, obesity. An Australian woman, Audrey Lynette, heard a simple tool of his, applied it to her body, and lost 200 pounds – 100 of it in 9 months – living on a diet which included more junk food than few people reading this would even consider. She decreased her body size by two full dress sizes in a 3 day period between two of Douglas’s workshops.

One major tool she used was, “If it’s light, it’s right; if it’s heavy, it’s a lie.”

Douglas teaches the use of this tool to determine what is true for you, and what is not – regardless of the authority with which it’s spoken. Audrey Lynette applied this tool to food. If the food felt light to her, she ate it, and if it didn’t, she didn’t. She ignored any conventional nutritional recommendations and simply ate what her body told her was light for it.

In this same 9 month time period, Lynette went from being wheel-chair bound to running and dancing. She attributes her success to using tools presented by Douglas. In addition to “if it’s light, it’s right; if it’s heavy, it’s a lie,” Lynette used a second tool, the question “Who does this belong to?”

She asked that question about every thought, feeling, emotion, and body pain she experienced. When she knew it wasn’t hers, she sent it back to its creator. Using this question enabled her to see different possibilities and to get out of being at the effect of everybody else’s answers.

“They told me I wouldn’t be able to do all these things,” she recalls. “Even now, 6 years later, I catch myself doing something they told me I’d never be able to do, and I start laughing.” Even pain which was diagnosed as “hereditary” and arthritis disappeared for Lynette though use of this tool.

Using the methods Douglas teaches in Right Body For You, she found, “For the first time in my life I realized I didn’t have to have pain!”

A radio show host in Utah, Donnielle Carter, went from a size 16 to a size 6 using Douglas’s tools, in the space of 4 months.

Like Audrey Lynette, she used some of the hands on body processes of Access Consciousness, which are taught by facilitators world-wide. Her process consisted primarily of asking herself questions, being vulnerable and honest with herself, and destroying the lies she’d bought that were keeping her heavy.

Some of what she discovered, using processes like those that will be taught in Douglas’s Right Body For You workshop in Corte Madera in January, went back 20 years and more. At 5’2”, Carter is the tallest woman in her family. She was called “the big one,” a label that was represented in her size as well as her height. Unraveling this and the assumptions that accompanied it using the Access Consciousness tools taught by Douglas went a long way to unraveling the source of her excess weight and undoing it.

One evening while she was making the bed, she ended up following a line of questioning and processing herself until 4 in the morning. She discovered she had made a decision about not wanting to be seen that linked back to an argument with a friend in high school almost 20 years earlier.

Ironically, she worked in the media business where she was asked to introduce concerts and other large events. Being seen was so terrifying to her that she hired others to do this job. The day after she did this processing, the high school friend contacted her on Facebook for the first time in 17 years. There can be magic in these methods!

The methods developed by Douglas apply not only to obesity, but to all other body conditions that you have not been able to change, including pain, disease, allergies, self-image, shape, and aging.

Douglas, understandably, is in demand world-wide, so the number of his presentations in the Bay Area are limited. He will be presenting his course which teaches all of the methods discussed here and dozens more, live, in the Bay Area January 27-29. This is the first presentation in the US, and the only one scheduled in 2011 anywhere in the world.

You can register online at Douglas’s website, www.accessconsciousness.com, or call Dr. Kacie Crisp at 415 302-0163 or Glenna Rice at 415 235-2807.

Facilitators world-wide are trained in the methods Gary Douglas used to create the miracles with the people described above and more. They can be found on his website, www.accessconsciousness.com.

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What Makes Access Different?

by Access Administrator on January 22, 2014

By Marilyn Bradford, MSSW, MEd, CFMW

Are you a seeker?  Have you always known there had to be more?   I tried lots of different modalities before finding Access Consciousness®.

Over the years I’ve done Eastern and Western religions, followed a guru in India, was a very good astrologer, practiced every major form of meditation, and spent many years in 12 steps. In addition, I’ve been a psychotherapist for over 22 years and had done countless types of therapy and training.

Access Consciousness is not like anything I have ever done.  It is in a class by itself. It is not “spiritual” or metaphysical, or a religious. Why? -because it does not have a structure or dogma or set of beliefs that you must accept or fit yourself into.  It took me awhile to register the impact of that.  We all look for similarities between the new and that which is familiar to us.  You can’t do that with Access Consciousness. It is unlike anything else out there!

Everything I’ve ever tried or heard of is based on some set of beliefs – in the stars, in gods, in a theory of human behavior, not to mention assumed truths about man, this reality, and what was possible and not possible. Each modality was essentially an answer – a fixed set of conclusions that you were supposed to accept as the basis for making decisions and knowing who you were, what was possible and not possible, how to act and what to do and not do. Each modality gave a person some definition of themselves to work from.  There was nowhere to go except within the confines of the given paradigm.  It was a box, and you had to stay in the box or suffer the consequences of the group.

Access has no dogma, no belief system and no paradigm for you to believe in or accept as truth.  No boundaries or limits are put on you. This is one of the first qualities that makes it so very different.  Think about it – have you ever known or been involved with anything that did not start with some definition of you and a basket of “truths”? Access Consciousness is about empowering each person to know what they know. Not in a context or set structure, but as an infinite being who is capable of knowing everything.  Access is about facilitating you to be your own expert, rather than rely on someone else’s “truths”. Access will never define you or in any way limit what you can be or do or create or generate. Wow!  I’ve never known anything to be so liberating, if a bit scary at first!

There are many other ways that set Access apart. While it was not obvious to me at first, I soon realized that every other modality I had tried was based on judgment. There was always a given about what was right, what was wrong, what was good and what was bad.  These judgments were assumed to be truths, rather than what they were – someone’s arbitrary point of view. Not only that, but anything based on judgment sticks us in polarity.  It’s essentially a binary system that can’t be overcome. Access operates from a space of no judgment.  It’s about consciousness.

I’ve noticed that in the past few years, many of the popular self help and spiritual gurus are now talking about consciousness instead of love.  It’s the current “in thing”.  Gary Douglas, the founder of Access Consciousness, has been talking about consciousness for over 25 years, and as far as I know he is the only one who actually gives a definition for it. In his words : “Consciousness includes everything and judges nothing.”  How different would your life be without judgment?  What if you didn’t have to be ruled from some fixed external set of what’s right and what’s wrong for you.  What if you had the tools to learn to not judge yourself?  Might your life open up in almost unimaginable ways?  Mine certainly did!

The emphasis on effective tools and techniques is another thing that sets Access apart.  While some modalities offer a few techniques, there is nothing out there that I’ve seen that has so many powerful and effective tools and techniques.   These are not given with any specific expectations of what one is supposed to achieve by using them.  There is just the awareness that the tools will assist people in clearing away what has been limiting them. Each person is encouraged to use the ones that work for them best, and to create the targets that resonate with what they would like to achieve.

In Access, question and choice replace answer and prescribed ways of acting and interpreting the world. I never realized the power of asking and being in the question until I began using it everywhere in my life.  Instead of  “ Wow I’m sad”, (and “I’m sad” is a conclusion – a form of judgment), I can ask:  What’s going on here? And: Who’s sadness am I picking up? And: What can I be or do that would shift this? And a thousand other questions that take me out of judgment and into possibilities. This alone has created huge changes in my psychotherapy practice.  Because of question, which means that nothing is taken at face value, my clients have many more options and possibilities available to them. Also – we’re not trying to solve a “problem” that may not be what it seems to be, or may not even belong to the client in the first place! Asking questions also allows for the client to begin to trust in themselves – to know that they know what’s true for them.  It’s very different from having the therapist  telling them what’s going on with them, as in – “Of course you’re sad – you just got a divorce”.  Questions empower while answers disempower, and reinforce the “power and authority” of the so called expert.

Choice is a concept I didn’t really understand until I began using the Access tools and techniques.   I always thought that choice was something like I got to choose between chocolate or vanilla ice cream, or I could make a choice to date an Aries, but because my birth sign is Cancer, I knew it wouldn’t work out, or could choose to have sex with two different people within a week, but I would have to know that I was morally wrong and would either go to hell, or at least know that I had done something bad.  Real choice has nothing to do with that kind of limited menu that’s based on judgment.  Real choice is unlimited choice without judgment.  It’s also about awareness, because, in the words of Dr. Dain Heer – “Choice creates awareness, awareness doesn’t create choice.”  I used to try to make the “right” choice by carefully figuring everything out, and then think I had to stick with that choice.  (Have you ever chosen a job or a relationship that you knew from the first day wasn’t going to work out but you stayed with it anyway because you had made “your choice”?) Now I know that I can choose, and choose again, and each choice will generate more awareness to the extent that I am open to it.  Every choice creates more possibilities for me to choose and ask questions about and explore!

I also appreciate that Gary Douglas and his business partner, Dr. Dain Heer, have no interest in setting themselves up as gurus or experts who want followers.  There is no hierarchy in Access Consciousness, in fact you can’t even join it!  I recently texted a thank you to Dain for some facilitation and he responded with: “I’m so happy for you to have more of you!”  Never, in my life before Access, has anyone been truly happy for me to have more of me!  Why?  It might interfere with who they want me to be for them or what plans they have for me, or it might contradict the rules and beliefs of their particular paradigm.  Access is about being more and about creating a life that is ever expanding.  In order to conform to the beliefs of other modalities I tried, I always had to contract myself and be less.

Access is the only thing I know that encourages and facilitates you to go beyond all contexts in creating who you are. That’ right – creating – not finding.  As infinite beings, we can be and do and choose to be and do anything.  Not as a democrat or a Buddhist or a scientist or a husband or a female, but as one beyond definition.  Yes, you may choose to play a certain role, but there is an awareness that the role is not you, it’s just something you’re choosing for the moment. I’ve often met people who believe that they are empowered by a paradigm or a role.

“Now that I know I’m an alcoholic and that God has removed my addiction, I’m free to be me.” Actually – no you are not! (Been there, done that one).  What I mistook for freedom was actually defining myself by the paradigm’s, myths, beliefs and definitions of someone else. None of that had anything to do with the infinite beings that we all are! Access has shown me what true freedom is!

With the Access Consciousness, I’ve learned to function from being rather than doing, which is where most people in this reality function from.  What’s the difference?  Functioning from being brings an awareness of the energy I am being in any moment and how that  plays a huge part in what shows up, and what I can create in my life.  Functioning from being opens up choices and possibilities, while functioning from doing is always about some solidified decision I’ve made. I used to try to “do” all of the right things so that I could be successful, (according to someone else’s standards), or prove that I was a “good” person, (notice the judgment).  It was doing in order to prove that I was being something.  Now I don’t need to prove anything!  How does it get any better than that?

I’m grateful everyday, for the tools and techniques and information I’ve received and continue to receive, (Access is always changing, as each person who participates in classes contributes their unique gifts), from Access Consciousness.  If you are interested in a more expansive life, in being empowered to create the life you’ve always desired, without following anyone else’s path, this may be for you. 

You can find out more about Marilyn at marilynbradford.accessconsciousness.comMarilyn Bradford is an Access Consciousness certified facilitator and co-founder of Right Recovery for You

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Use Duct Tape To Cure Warts

The most common medical wart treatment is cryotherapy (a.k.a. freezing) with liquid nitrogen, which can hurt. But in a study 2 reported in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, duct tape actually worked better.

The duct tape therapy was also less expensive, caused fewer side effects and can be done by patients from home.

Experts don’t know exactly why the cure works. Theories vary from depriving the wart of oxygen, to removing infected tissue to stimulating the immune system and beyond.

If you want to try it: Apply a piece of good ol’ silver duct tape (the one with the rubber-based adhesive – another study 3 found no benefit over moleskin with transparent duct tape, which has an acrylic-based adhesive) about the size of the wart and leave it on for six days, reapplying if it falls off.

Then pull it off, wash the area with soap and water, file down dead skin with an emery board or pumice stone. Leave the tape off overnight, and repeat the routine until the wart is gone—usually about 28 days.

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Use Cetaphil For Lice

What parent hasn’t had that call? “You need to pick Johnny up from school. He has head lice.” Yuck! If you’re anything like me, you don’t want your child exposed to chemicals. Try Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser™, which may get rid of the pesky parasites. Essentially this method suffocates the lice.

If you’re unlucky enough to get the call, apply the cleanser to your child’s dry hair, comb out the excess, then blow dry, allowing the lotion to dry on the scalp in a shrink-wrap-like layer. Leave the lotion on overnight (for at least eight hours). In the morning, shower out with regular shampoo. Do this once a week for three weeks.

Do you know of any weird and wacky cures that actually work? Share them here!

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Most diet experts say losing weight is simply a matter of taking in fewer calories than you burn. End of story. In this scenario, all calories are created equal.
However, I’ve just read some interesting new research that suggests another factor may be at play. It seems a calorie may be less fattening if it’s eaten at the right time of day. And more fattening if it’s eaten at the wrong time of day.
If you are like me, you guessed that… eating most of your calories at breakfast is the way to go.
If you did, you would also be incorrect.
So what’s the meal that’s most important to time right? You’ll find out in a minute….
When to Eat Your Biggest Meal
Let’s take a look at the study. Over a five-month period, Harvard researchers followed 420 middle-aged overweight dieters. The dieters were simply encouraged to follow a traditional Mediterranean diet, which includes plenty of fish, olive oil, vegetables and whole grains.
The diet also emphasized lunch as the main meal. Why is this important? Because it was this meal that demonstrated that a calorie might not just be a calorie.
It turns out that those who ate this main meal before 3:00 pm lost significantly more weight, and at a faster rate than those who ate a later lunch.1 And, the early lunch eaters also had significantly better insulin sensitivity than the late lunch eaters.
I was more than a little surprised to see these results. Especially when you consider that the participants consumed the same number of calories per day, the same type of calories per day, and had similar amounts of activity levels.
What is also surprising is that timing of breakfast and dinner did NOT have an effect. Only the timing of the main meal of the day made a difference… I find this remarkable.
Why Did Early Lunch Eaters Lose More?
So why did the early-lunch eaters lose more weight than those who ate it later? The research isn’t clear, but one theory is that sugar may be processed differently depending on the time of day. Remember, the early lunch eaters had better insulin sensitivity than late lunch eaters.
And why should that matter, you ask?
Here’s why: After you eat, the pancreas pumps out insulin to shuttle the sugar out of your bloodstream and into your cells. Once inside the cells, the sugar is either used for energy, or converted into fat. When insulin is working in top form (aka better insulin sensitivity), it’s more easily able to get the sugar into the cells for energy and less is stored in your body as fat.
Again, we’re not sure this is the answer. However the fact that early lunch eaters had better insulin sensitivity than late lunch eaters makes it a good guess.
What are some diet truths you’re sure about? Tell me about them and I’ll investigate. As you can see, even the experts can be wrong sometimes.

Steven Sisskind, M.D.

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