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Epigenetics on Blogtalk Radio

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Epigenetics is a word that describes the way the genes in your

DNA are expressed.  This expression can be influenced by multiple factors.

On today I discuss Epigenetics.  Prior to the show

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Epigenetics and You a PDF just for you to use when you listen to

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Ticks, Lyme Disease and Prevention

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Lonestar Tick - courtesy of the CDC

Lonestar Tick - courtesy of the CDC

Ticks can bite you virtually any time and season but the peak season for larvae and nymph bites is May through August each year.  These ticks are extremely small and difficult to identify.  Larvae only have 6 legs, where nymphs have 8 like an adult.

Use of DEET repellent on your skin and Permethrine products on your clothes (they last for multiple washings) helps reduce bites from not only ticks, but chiggers and mosquitoes also.

Most tick borne diseases present quickly and can be suspected from screening blood tests.  Lyme disease is a big exception.  If you don’t get a rash (it does not have to be around the bite) or miss it because it is on your back, or think it is bacterial, or fungal because it is in your groin or under your arm, then the evidence may disappear and testing is sketchy.

If you live in an area where many of the ticks are infected with Lyme disease causing bacteria, then your doctor will likely have a suspicion but in other areas of the country that may not happen so readily.  Often bites from larvae and nymphs go undetected or are misinterpreted as caused by other things.

Every tick bite will have a reaction, but every tick bite does not have to be treated with antibiotics.  If you are bitten and able to remove the tick, use clear tape and tape it to a plain white index card. Date the card and indicate where you were bitten ( what place on your body and the location geographically). Keep these in an envelope by year.  It will help to have a record if needed in future investigations.

If you want to be tested for Lyme disease, early testing is of no use.  If you have the characteristic rash, no testing is required.  If you never had or saw the rash, but suspect a tick bite and have symptoms, then an ELISA screening can be done and if negative followed by a Western Blot test. Neither of these is perfect, but are the best tests available now.  There are several other associated and secondary infections you can acquire from ticks, so don’t get blinders on if you have an illness you think was caused by a tick bite.

Here is a PDF from the CDC A handbook on Ticks (Contains Great Photos)

Now here are 3 videos that display pictures of the most dangerous ticks and give information about Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and STARI. They also mention Permethrine, how to remove ticks safely and where you are at greatest risk for which disease.
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Thanks for coming here to get your copy of the Self Talk and Your Goals recording.  You can listen here or right click on the link choose save as and download it to your computer. You can access this recording by downloading our 30 Tips Booklet

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Skin – Wrinkles, Skin Cancer and proper Skin Care

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Dr. Sue Ellen Cox

Dr. Sue Ellen Cox

Dr. Sue Ellen Cox, pictured to the left, is a board certified Dermatologist practicing dermatology in Chapel Hill, NC.  She is one of the founding partners of Aesthetic Solutions and contines to be a managing partner in that practice.  She is also an Associate-Professor of Dermatology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Medical Center. Drl Cox was interviewed in her home and some family interaction is evident during the interview.

During her talk with Anne Vaillancourt PAC, she discusses the following topics:

Adult Acne, Dry Skin, Winter Itch, Eczema, Nummular Eczema, Hand dermatitis, Thyroid disorder as a cause of itching, Vitamin D, Wrinkles fine lines and the causes of them, Treatments for aging skin, Rosacea, skin cancer, basal cell, melanoma


Drugs she discusses are:

Spironolactone for adult acne

Atopiclair for eczema and very dry skin

Mimyx cream for eczema and very dry skin


Retinoids – Retin-A


Glycolics    AHA and Lactic acid

UVA and UVB sunscreen – pay attention to her explanation of SPF as applicable to UVB only – UVA rays do the damage so pay attention there.

Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Mexoryl,

Metrogel topical cream (not to be confused with the vaginal variety)

Revale, Aczone, Finacia all mentioned along with Pulsed dye laser all for Rosacea

for skin cancer PDT or photo dynamic therapy, immune modulators like Aldara, Mohs micrographic surgery,


When New Years resolutions are busted

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Remember the excitement you felt and the resolve?

You were going to make 2010 the best year yet.

It was so important you made the resolution of resolutions. No way you were gonna fail! Do or be Busted!

Oh! Busted you say. No way! How? Why?

Here in two parts is Coach Bruce Bair’s monthly session about what to do when your new years resolutions are busted.Bruce L Bair, PAC, "the Mid-Life Mentor"[display_podcast]

Bruce L Bair, PAC, “the Mid-Life Mentor”

If you have a busted resolution, ask yourself these questions and rank your self 1, 2,3, 4 or 5 on your motivation:

1. How satisfied are you with this area of your life right now? 1=satisfied 5=dissatisfied

2. Do the Pros outweigh the Cons at this time? 1=cons out weigh, 5=Pros out weigh

3. How much are your dreams or desires motivating you to take action in the area of your life now? 1=none 5=high motivation

4. Rate your current (emotional or physical) pain or stress level with this area of your life right now. 1=no or low pain/stress, 5=high pain/stress

5. Rate your current (or foreseeable future) amount of crisis/loss (that may motivate you for immediate change) 1=little or none, 5=high loss/crisis

6. Is now a good time for focusing on this area of your life? 1=poor time, 5=very good time

7. How much of this change is being done for you (as opposed to doing it for someone else)? 1=for someone else, 5=Totally for me

8. Are you prepared to move forward with this change, regardless of the possible responses (disapproval, fear,control, insecurity, resistance, etc…) of significant people in your life?  1=Not Prepared, 5= Very prepared

9. How “in place” or ready are the resources and support systems needed to help you make and sustain this change? 1=not in place, 5= Very “in place”

Total your score

if total is:            1-15  Red light , Not Ready

”   ”        “:              16-30 Yellow light – Maybe your are ready for change

if total is:             31-45  Green Light – You are Ready for change

There are many questions to ask yourself about resolutions an goals which are covered on the recordings.

The above 9 “readiness for change” questions are taken from the Circle of Life Coaching Materials via Rebecca McClean

What has been your experience? Did you find this post and recordings helpful or do you think I don’t know what I am talking about?
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Breast Cancer, Soybeans and You

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Breast cancer is highly searched for on the web and a hot topic.  I follow the term via Google alerts and receive 100-250 alerts on it per day.  In the last 30 days Anne Vaillancourtthere have been 3 studies released about the role of soybeans and specifically the effect of food made from those beans on breast cancer.

It seems that they may be beneficial.  But in the study done in China, if you ate 11 grams (354 grams per pound, 30 grams per ounce) per day of fermented soy, and you got breast cancer it improved your survival.  They process their own soy products in China and it is a 30 day job to take beans to either miso or tempeh or other fermented soy dishes.  Studies in the USA looked, of course, at soy isoflavone supplements.  These are thought to be the beneficial portion of soy in breast cancer in the USA, not so in China.  Dr. Shu, head of the Shanghai Breast Cancer Study says it is too early to say what the beneficial effect was related to,  but the death rate of those with breast cancer in China was 3% less after 4 years than those who ate less soy.

Anne will discuss these studies and their findings and most importantly extrapolate the meaning for you to apply in your own life. Anne also discusses the use of drugs for osteoporosis to prevent spread of cancer (metastasis) from the breast to the bone.

Anne and I discuss how to talk to your oncologist and how to prepare for a visit with one.  These are principles that apply to any medical visit for a serious condition.  Enjoy the podcast.

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