Three Essential Skin Care Steps

Did you know the key to glowing skin starts with proper cleansing? Yes, cleansing. This is the most overlooked component in the skin care market today. Prepping your face with the right products and preferred techniques will deliver real results in renewing a more youthful appearance. Even though the trend in skin care is focused on the super-serums as the answer to achieving “glass” skin, using serums in the hopes of achieving radiant skin won’t deliver the maximum results without proper cleansing. Skin serums deliver active ingredients in order to…

No Increase In Death Rate By COVID-19 In The United States

The following is adapted and printed with permission by Dr. Genevieve Briand from her working paper “COVID-19 Deaths A Look at U.S. Data FEB 2021”  The objective of this analysis is not to produce an “excess deaths number estimate”, but to assess whether the total deaths number the U.S. experienced in 2020 was unexpected or alarming. The data presented in this paper are not estimates—they are records of past deaths, maintained and made publicly available by the CDC. They have not been produced, adjusted, nor tampered with, in any way,…

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

It’s time for everyone to be as informed as possible about the new COVID-19 vaccines. In February 2021, the FDA issued an “emergency use authorization” (not FDA approval) for the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson for individuals 18 years old and older. Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, which consist of a series of two injections, the Janssen Vaccine is only one shot. It also works using a slightly different mechanism — spike protein DNA instead of mRNA. The DNA for the spike protein of COVID-19 is…

The Wellness Corner: Smile More

Gardening may be good for the soul, but it can also be an intimidating task with so many things to consider before even getting started. However, with the right information, new gardeners can start planting some happiness gardens.  California’s Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters allows so many different plants to grow and thrive.  By considering the following factors before planting a garden, gardeners and their plants will be well on the way to gardening success. The first thing to consider is the garden’s style. Similar…

Plant Some Happiness This Month With Your Own Garden

Gardening may be good for the soul, but it can also be an intimidating task with so many things to consider before even getting started. However, with the right information, new gardeners can start planting some happiness gardens.  California’s Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters allows so many different plants to grow and thrive.  By considering the following factors before planting a garden, gardeners and their plants will be well on the way to gardening success. The first thing to consider is the garden’s style. Similar…

Boost Your Immunity in 2021

As we look back on the health crisis of 2020 and forward to a positive, healthy 2021, many New Year’s resolutions are geared toward a healthier lifestyle.   A healthy lifestyle includes exercise, good sleep habits, and a proper diet.  This not only keeps us healthy, but can help boost our immune system and prevent illnesses.   The best way to get our daily dose of vitamins and minerals is through a healthy and well-balanced diet.  However, this is often difficult to achieve, which is why vitamin supplements are often recommended.  The…

Experts Disagree with Lockdowns: The Great Barrington Declaration

On October 4, 2020, the Great Barrington Declaration was authored and signed by three world-renowned physicians and scientists, Dr. Martin Kulldorff, Dr. Sunetra Gupta, and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya.   This declaration has since been signed by nearly 40,000 medical practitioners, and an additional 13,000 medical and public-health scientists.  It outlines their grave concerns about the side-effects of the lockdowns.  These lockdowns  are having an alarming effect on short- and long-term public health, including “lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings, and deteriorating mental health.”  There has been…

How to Avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Have you noticed feeling more tired or sluggish, losing or gaining weight, feeling more depressed, or losing interest in normal activities?  (This is, of course, in addition to all the other feelings you might have right now regarding the pandemic and the lockdown.) Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression usually seen in late fall or early winter due to shortened days and lack of sunlight, can affect your mood and energy.  It’s similar to wanting to hibernate: oversleeping, overeating, and avoiding other people. Researchers don’t know exactly what…