Friday, March 15, 2013

Hydroquinone Alternatives

hydroquinone alternatives

As I mentioned before, hydroquinone is really effective but also dangerous to your body. Scientists is continuing their research for skin whitening products. According to current research, there are some substances can be used as safer alternatives to hydroquinone, even tough they are not as effective.

  1. Alpha Arbutin: This kind of substances is the most effective substitute to hydroquinone nowadays. It's biosynthetic and water soluble. There are no known dangerous effect of alpha arbutin. It works by inhibit the melanin growth in human skin, so it's effective to lighten dark spots or patches in human skin.
  2. Azelaic Acid: Azelaic acid found on wheat, rye, and barley. Besides the skin lightening effect, azelaic acid also helps reduce acnes and some other kind of skin inflammation. This substances best for acne prone skin, because it reduce skin redness caused by inflammation. But azelaic acid is not really effective for dark spots.
  3. Kojic Acid: Kojic Acid is extracted from Aspergillus, Acetobacter, and Penicillium. There are no reports of carcinogenic effect of Kojic Acid, but some experience iritation. This substance suitable for lightening dark spots. 
  4. Malic Acid: Malic Acid is generated during fruit metabolism and occurs naturally in all fruits and many vegetables. Malic acid is best for skin redness and improving skin conditions.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Natural Food Preservatives

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In the modern days, when everything mobile, instant foods become efficient choices since peoples no longer have times to cooks from the very beginning, and also doesn't have times to shop groceries every morning or plant them in the backyard. But instant foods never leaves the synthetic preservatives behind. They're going together most of the times, and leave their effects to our body. The effects are mostly negative, such as cancer. Scientist actually suggests that if a substance can kills bacteria, it's also can kills you.
Preservative extends the shelf life of both raw and cooked food for a longer period compared to their natural shelf life. Most of food industries use synthetic material such as Natrium Benzoat. But some of them are evil and use the cheap formaldehyde that actually is used to preserve dead bodies.
There are actually some substances that can preserve foods without damaging our body. Natural food preservatives are natural substances that can create a hostile environment for microorganism. Therefore, the foods will be fresh for longer times. The following is a list of natural food preservatives:

  1. Salt: Salt dehydrates microbes through the process of known as osmosis. Thus, the microbes cannot lives. Salted meats sometimes can last for many years. The use of salt may not suitable for people who don't like salty foods or not allowed to eat salt for certain reason.
  2. Sugar: Sugar can preserve foods using the osmosis strategy as salt do. It mostly used to preserve fruits.
  3. Vinegar: Vinegar is acidic, and can inhibit the growth of bacteria. There are many kinds of homemade vinegar in your local grocery stores. 
  4. Antioxidant: Antioxidant is a kind of substances that can counter the effects of oxidation. Vitamin E and citric acid are the common antioxidant to preserve. Rosemary extract is also included on this list.
Apparently natural preservatives list above can change the taste of the foods. This makes people prefer to use synthetic preservatives. But actually there is a way to preserve foods in a natural way without changing the taste, such as ultra high temperature cooking.
Friday, March 1, 2013

Balanced Diet

Balanced diet means getting the right amount and composition of foods and beverages according to your condition. Different people might need different amount and composition of foods. For a standard, a healthy adult usually need 2000 calorie per day. If you work harder than average person, you need more calorie.
Basically, our need of food can be represented as the following pyramid:

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According to the pyramid, foods are divided into four major groups:

Monday, February 25, 2013

Natural Food Coloring

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Do you know? that even the most safe synthetic food coloring is not safe!! Synthetic food coloring can never be made without carcinogenic substances. One or two drops might not be dangerous, but one or two drops every week for like 15 years can lead to cancer risk. They say, "your are what you eat". And they are right!! You eat carcinogenic things, you become cancer. I mean, your cells become cancer.
Nature actually give everything we need. It even provide us natural color pigments which are safe for foods. Look around!! Nature is colorful!!
Well, let's see how we can make natural food colorings.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

How To Prevent Diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is first world health care problem. Why? Simply because they eat too much   foods, especially the sweets desserts. People who have diabetes. have high sugar (glucose level) on their blood. It's because the inadequate of insulin, or the body does not respond properly to insulin, or both. Fat peoples are more exposed to diabetes. Severe diabetes triggers other disease, mostly called complication.
Patients with diabetes often experience more frequent urination and sudden weight loss. They will also become increasingly hungry or thirsty. Detailed symptoms can be viewed on the following image (taken from wikipedia):

Friday, February 22, 2013

Natural Oily Skin Care

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Oily skin is like one of the big problems for both men and women. It makes us feel dirty, greasy, and uncomfortable. Some people really lose their confidence because of oily skin.
Using over-the-counter medications usually work, but believe me, those cosmetics are just have temporary effects on your skin. Their company income will stop if no oily skin. So, natural skin care is way more effective and safe to use.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Gold is Not Healthy for Men


According to Islam, men are prohibited from wearing gold in any form, while women are not. Muslims are familiar with this prohibition. But actually there are some science facts that prove this prohibition is reasonable. Aside from all wisdom about men not allowed to wear golds, some physicist found out that gold atom can actually migrate to the inside of our body, mixing with our blood. This migrations tends to give a high level of metal to men's blood. This high level of metal in blood stream can leads to alzheimer later on the man's life.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Hirsutism - When women grow hair like men do


Few decades ago, bearded lady was a subject to be applaud of on the circus. But nowadays, medical experts are more concerned about the danger of hirsutism.

Hirsutism or excess hair growth on women may indicate serious health problem. It's sometimes accompanied by acne and greasy skin. Women who have excess androgen or free testosterone level  may suffer hirsutism. Excess androgen combined with diabetes and obesity may lead to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) which is the main cause of infertility. Therefore, the treatment have to be not only cosmetical, hormonal as well. Estrogen and progesterone combination often work best, as long as the patient reduce their body weight through exercise and lower the sugar level.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Top 10 Causes of Death

Disease can lead to death. Even as simple as influenza can lead you to severe respiratory disease that can kill you. These are the top ten causes of death reviewed by World's Health Organization (WHO). (Click the table to enlarge)

Cervical Cancer Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

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Cervical cancer is becoming more common nowadays. It has become one of the main cause of death recently. Cervical cancer is an abnormal growth and or behavior of cervix cells.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

How To Prevent Cancer

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Cancer is modern disease that has becomes so popular nowadays. Cancer is not caused by virus or bacteria, it is caused by the human itself. Bad habits physically or mentally in long period of time can cause cancer. Since cancer is not easy to be healed by medication, preventing cancer from happening is the very best way for those who have risk of cancer. But I assure you, everybody is in a risk of cancer.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Simple Detoxification You Can do By Yourself


Pollution, junk foods, stress, and other unhealthy life-style gives a lot of toxin to your body. Within several years, or sometimes months, it will turn against your body to mess up your health. Look for these signs to make sure you don't have too much toxin :

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Endometrial Hyperplasia

endometrial hyperplasia

Endometrial hyperplasia is a bad news for those who have obesity, diabetes, PCOS, or having estrogen replacement therapy. Endometrial hyperplasia is an over thickening of uterus lining. The lining is called endometrium.

Why Afraid of Dark Skin? Special for Asian Women

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Skin whitening products becoming a must to almost all Asian Women. Especially in Indonesia, India, Malaysia, and Arabs. They think that white skin is more beautiful thank dark skin. It brings luck to many skin care company that sell skin whitening products. But do you know? Our skin gets darker when it exposed to sunshine because of it's natural action to protect our skin. Melanin increase as a response of UV exposure and protect our body from the bad thing caused by UV rays. Of course the increase of melanin will darken the skin. But it does protect you. Darker skin protect you more, so you doesn't need to spend more money on skin care product. As long as you're healthy, you are beautiful :)
Sunday, January 27, 2013

How to Deal with Acne Vulgaris a.k.a Pimples

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Almost all people experience acne vulgaris in their life. It sometimes so disturbing...

I don't wanna write much, but here are the points:

Monday, January 21, 2013

Hydroquinone Side Effects to Our Body

Hydroquinone is a chemical substance found in many skin whitening product, especially in Asia and Africa. I'm not going to talk about the molecular or chemical things about it because you can read the whole thing on wikipedia. What I'm trying to explain is that hydroquinone actually never do any good to you.
You might think that hydroquinone save your look as it wipe out your dark spot. But do you know, that hydroquinone do its favor to whiten your skin by decreasing the production of melanin. Hydroquinone change the nature of our skin because it breaks melanocytes that produces melanin. Therefore, our skin is more exposed to ultra violet that can cause skin cancer.
Hydroquinone is also considered as carcinogenic substance. Study suggest that applying 4% hydroquinone or larger amount for a long time can increase the risk of cancer. It has a mutagenic effect that can makes our body cells to become malignant.
The use of hydroquinone is banned in Europe as well as India. In many other countries, hydroquinone is only allowed in skin care product as long as they maintain the dosage to be under 2%.
Saturday, January 19, 2013

Sitting Too Long Can Kill You

Sitting is form of resting. It's good for your body, but only in a certain condition. As reported by, sitting can be more harm than smoking.

"Going to work could be more harmful than smoking, a new study shows. That is if your job involves sitting around for long periods of time. Research carried out by the American College of Cardiology shows that prolonged sitting is linked to increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and even early death and could be just as dangerous, if not more so, than smoking. Cardiologist Dr David Coven said: ‘Smoking certainly is a major cardiovascular risk factor and sitting can be equivalent in many cases. The fact of being sedentary causes factors to happen in the body that are very detrimental.’ He told CBS that when you sit for long periods of time your body goes into storage mode and stops working as effectively as it should. And just like smoking, the more you do it, the greater the likelihood of developing one or more of the diseases.  Paul Golin told CBS he was sitting up to eight hours a day until he had a health scare which he believes was largely brought on by sitting down all day. "

Our body is just not meant to sit all day. We need to move to help circulating our blood and exercising our bones. The most common disease caused by too much sitting is anus muscle inflammation. The symptoms includes pain in the anus that makes you can't sit well. Scientists also suggest that sitting for long period can increase the chance of having diabetes.

Islam and Health: Predawn Prayer (Tahajud)

In a Hadits quoted by Tirmidzi, Rasulullah Muhammad (PBUH) said that predawn prayer (tahajud) can wash away sins, bring tranquility, and help avoid disease. Tahajud is praying (salat) at around 2PM untill 3.30PM. Those time is a golden time, where our body system doing a reset. The move of salat help the blood circulate better. And tahajud also prevent us from having nightmares.
This Hadits is proven by Hj Illiza Sa’aduddin Djamal, mayor of Nangroe Aceh Darussalaam (a district in Indonesia). She held a training and research with 250 participants to regularly do tahajud everyday. After a few weeks, participants reported that they easily reduce stress resulting in improvement of body endurance. According to fact, tranquility can improve immunological endurance, reduce heart cancer risks, and makes a person live longer.


Pregnancy and Health

Since the ancient times here in Indonesia, marriage consider to be a way to accomplish healthy life. The more kids you have, the healthier you are.
This folk is finally proven in the modern medical science where hormonal imbalance is becoming a main cause of reproduction system cancer (uterine cancer, breast cancer, servical cancer, etc).
When a woman is pregnant, her hormonal system maintain it's stability. Therefore, no period occur during pregnancy. The absence of period gives a 9 month rest to our hormonal system. It's like resetting after years full of fluctuation.
Your doctor may suggest TTC if you are diagnosed with hormonal imbalance, especially when you don't want to have a synthetic hormone therapy. Pregnancy is a natural way to help balancing your hormone.
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Rasulullah is My Doctor : A Book Review

The man behind this book is Jerry D. Gray. He converted to Islam after he saw the truth of Islam when he was in the U.S. Air Force. He learned that Muhammad (Peace be upon Him), have a very healthy lifestyle that prevent Him from being sick. Muhammad (PBUH) is the first man telling us that there 360 joints in our body, not 340 as the scientist said until 1996.
Rasulullah reveals the benefit of honey to every disease. Also the benefit of brushing tooth, eating dates, fasting, sitting while drinking, not to blow food if they're too hot, etc.
Rasulullah really gave detailed information, and whoever follow Him, will be healthy inside and outside.
More about the content of this book can be read on
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Have A Good Heart With Crabs :)

According to crabs is really good for healthy diet, since its low on fat and good for your health. These are some quotation of their explanation:

What are the Health Benefits of Crab?

Crab is an excellent addition to a healthy eating plan. It is low in calories with only around 85-90 per 100g (depending on crab type). It does contain some fat, but it is generally unsaturated fat which is considered heart healthy. Crab is also a natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help to improve memory, decrease the chances of having a heart attack, decrease risk of cancer, and possibly help to improve depression and anxiety.
Crab is a low risk seafood for mercury. Many fish, particularly at the higher end of the food chain, contain dangerous amounts of mercury and are not recommended as frequently eaten foods. Crab contains many of the benefits of other seafood, but without the risk of mercury poisoning.
Crab is also a good source of vitamins A, C and the B vitamins including B12, and minerals like zinc and copper. It is a source of selenium, which may be a means of preventing cancer. Crab also has some chromium, which is considered a useful mineral if you have insulin resistance, as it may improve blood sugar metabolism.

Cautions About Crab

If you have an allergy to crab meat you should be careful not to eat it or dishes that may contain crab. If you are allergic to crab, you may also be allergic to other types of shellfish, including lobster and prawns. The symptoms of a crab allergy can be as minor as a skin rash or as dangerous as anaphylaxis, which can lead to death if not treated promptly. Crab also contains moderately large amounts of purines, which are necessary for the healthy functioning of the body, but in some individuals can cause gout.
Crab may also easily cause food poisoning if it is not treated and prepared correctly. Crab must be fresh, without a strong odor and should be kept cold or frozen if it is not eaten immediately.

Crab is an excellent addition to most diets, being low in fat and calories, but high in protien and nutrients. Crab can be prepared in many different ways which makes it easy to include in regular meals.

Finding the Right Doctor

When you sick, the value of your doctor is more than a medical care person, but you'll think that he/she will be your savior. So, finding the right doctor is so important, not only for your physical health, but mentally as well.

But how to make sure that you find the right doctor? Consider the following steps:

  1. A good doctor, is one who have so many visitors. This is just so obvious. 
  2. Ask the medical informant to find a right specialist according to your symptoms.
  3. A good doctor will always encourage their patients to survive the sickness, they will be kind and friendly and willing to answer many of your questions
  4. A good doctor will consider to have a lab check (blood, USG, urine test, etc) before deciding anything.
  5. A good doctor will give logical medication, not easily give high dosage to quickly relieve your symptoms

Good luck :)
Monday, January 14, 2013

Isoflavone for your health

Isoflavone is a substance that can help balance your hormonal system. Study suggest that eating 2-3 portion of soya products reduce the risk of cancer. Soya beans is rich of isoflavone, as rich as clover and mungbeans. For women who have polycystic ovary sindrome (PCOS), eating isoflavone-rich food can help to lower androgen level, because isoflavone act as phytoestrogens. It means that it can mimic the function of estrogen in our body, therefore they can help to balance estrogen level.
For best results, eat soya beans from the fifth days of your period to help maturing your egg. Continue daily untill 14 days before your next period. Because 14 last days of your period, estrogen level have to be lowered to induce menstruation.

Predicting Ovulation

Ovulation is an important to most of woman, especially those who are trying to conceive. Since ovulation only occur in a particular time in your periods, predicting ovulation is necessary so that you can know the best time to "do it".
There are several ways to predict ovulation. The most accurate way is to have ovulation test packs. Go to your local drugstore to purchase some of those test packs in a reachable price. The other ways that you can do are:

  1. Inspect your cervical mucus. Cervical mucus is normal for women, as long as it's not smelly or make you feel itchy or pain. When the ovulation time occurs, your cervical mucus will be clear and stringy. You can stretch the mucus for 5 inch without breaking it. Sometimes a little pinky blood appear.
  2. Chart your body basal temperature. Ovulation makes your body temperature rise sligthly betwen 0.5-1 celcius. It's better that you record you temperature daily every morning right after you wake up, before you even get out of your bed. It's the most accurate way to measure basal body temperature.
  3. Numerical Analysis. If you have regular periods, you may do simple math to predict your ovulation. Your ovulation time is 14 days before your next period.
  4. Ask medical expert to do ultrasound check. Transvaginal ultrasound can accurately check whether you have a mature egg or not. This is an accurate but not convenience way.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Mid-Cycle Bleeding

Some women (including me) experience mid-cycle bleeding or bleeding between her periods. The bleeding usually light to moderate. If you experience this, consider the following:

  1. Check if there any other symptoms, such as pain, cramps, nausea, dizziness, or any feeling that disturb your daily activities. If one or some of those symptoms occur, you need to see your doctor immediately.
  2. If only light bleeding occurs, but no other symptoms detected, usually you just have to reduce stress, take a good rest, and eat nutritious foods. It's usually caused by hormonal imbalance due to bad daily routine. But if the bleeding continues for the next 2 months, you need to go to doctor to have complete examination of your hormone level.

What can cause mid-cycle bleeding?  

Mid-cycle bleeding
  1. Hormonal imbalances. Most cause of mid-cycle bleeding is hormonal imbalances, or your hormone level is not in the right level. In this case, the blood usually dark or brownish and the bleeding is heavier. You may feel a little pain or cramps. Your doctor usually give hormone therapy after a full blood check. Hormonal imbalance can cause serious problems (cancer, infertility, etc) if not cared well. Usually it cause small bump in uterus, like what i got  now. On the right the USG picture of my uterus, showing 0.72 cm bump (marked with small "x"). But it's not a big problem. The bump will vanish with 3 month medroxyprogeterone acetate therapy.
  2. Ovulation. The good news is: that ovulation sometimes cause a light mid-cycle bleeding occurs, and it is very normal. No worry about that. During the ovulation, the ovary follicle ruptures to release egg, and cause a very light bleeding. The blood usually pinkish and your cervical mucus will be clear and stringy.  To identify this, you have to be sure that you are ovulating when the bleeding occurs. There are numerous ovulation test pack which you can purchase on your local drugstore. 
  3. Endometriosis. Endometriosis is a gynecological medical condition in which cells from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) appear and flourish outside the uterine cavity, most commonly on the peritoneum which lines the abdominal cavity. The uterine cavity is lined with endometrial cells, which are under the influence of female hormones. Endometrial-like cells in areas outside the uterus (endometriosis) are influenced by hormonal changes and respond in a way that is similar to the cells found inside the uterus. Symptoms often worsen with the menstrual cycle. (source: wikipedia).
  4. Pregnancy or misscariage. First or second week of pregnancy can cause a light bleeding. It is normal, and considered as a sign of pregnancy. Bleeding can also be sign of misscariage if you're pregnant. 
  5. Infection. Mid-cycle bleeding usually caused by infection if you experience pain and smelly cervical mucus. 

Irregular Menstrual Cycle

What is an irregular period?

As I read on Doctor Marcelle Pick's article, I found out that women with irregular period are those whose more than 50% of their periods are not in usual length. They sometimes skip some period during the year, or experiment some mid-cycle bleeding.  Irregular periods can very annoying sometimes, and can cause frustration which wild drive more irregularity, especially for those who try to conceive.

How can I know that I have irregular periods?

The most accurate way to detect the problem is having your periods tracked. There are numerous charts, tables, and even software to help doing the tracking. Lots of them are completed with ovulation and unwanted symptoms tracker. Here are some links to download menstrual trackers:

You can ask Google to give you more trackers :)

What are the cause of irregular periods?

Most of irregularities on menstrual cycles are caused by hormonal imbalances. But the hormonal imbalances them-self are caused by and can cause a lot of things.
Things that can cause hormonal imbalances are:
  1. Genetics factor. Not much you can do to deal with this factor :(
  2. Poor nutrition, or eating too much sugar, carbohydrate, and chemical-additive-rich foods
  3. Lack of sleep, frustration, over-work
  4. Medications, especially hormonal medications (birth control pills, transgender medications, etc)
And things caused by hormonal imbalances (sex hormones) are:
  1. Irregular periods
  2. Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  3. Uterine/ovary cysts, uterine/breast cancer
  4. Abnormal hair growth (men-like hair growth)
  5. Acne and oily skin
  6. Abnormal development of sexual reproduction organs 
Hormonal system in our body is a very complex thing. Once a hormone goes wrong, other hormones tend to go wrong too.
Other cause that can drive your period to be irregular is anatomical. You may have abnormal uterine shape, abnormal blockage of cervix, etc. An ultrasound check may detect this anatomical abnormalities.

What can I do so my period get back to normal?

Reducing stress, daily exercise, and good nutrition work as a natural way to improve your cycle. These steps alone give the body a much needed boost and will support the natural hormonal balance. If they don't work, you may need to have a hormonal medication to help balancing your hormones. A full blood check usually needed before the medications are prescribed, considering the side effects of the medications. If you have history of breast or uterine cancer, your doctor may give another appropriate medication, because hormone therapy can increase the risk of cancer.