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My daughter is just about to turn 15 and as any girl self concious about her body. She is a big girl and is coming to grips with that and learning to make good eating decisions and has started to lose some weight, in a healthy way. My question is she has stretch marks that she is embarraed by. Is there a natural way to get them to fade away or is there a lotion or cream you would recommend to blend these so she isn't so self concious about her shoulders and tummy.
I also have a question for the Scientists.
I have recently, over the past year and a half, dropped about 50 pounds. I am exercising almost every day. While I look a lot smaller, my skin is definitely droopier. Anything I can do to support the skin and get it to bounce back without surgery? I'm well into my 40's and hate the look of the saggy baggy skin.
I am 33 years old. For the past 6 months or more I have been spotting most days of the months. I have been off the pill for at least 5 years now. My period has changed as well. I start off like Im spotting then I am super heavy for two days (go through 2 super tampons in less then an hour) and then basically nothing. My breasts are basically sore all month long as well. I have been to the doctor and they checked my blood for numerous things such as cancer, thyroid problem, peri-menopause, pregnancy, etc. They seem to think nothing is wrong and kind of blow me off since nothing is wrong with my blood tests. Im concerned and do not think this is normal. Any other advice you can give me or reasoning as to why this is happeneing? Thanks in advance!
My feet are ridiculously calloused, cracked and they almost feel like plastic on the bottom. I give myself a pedi once a month and still. I even use a callous remover and a razor. It lasts for a few days then dry and yucky all over again. Shouldn't a pedi last a little longer?
My hair is thick, bushy and dry with no shine. It has body and waves in the back until the length pulls them out. It has always been like that. I have been using curling irons on it and have decided they are burning it up. I am going to start using rollers and blow dry with the coolest setting. I also have started using the Clear Shampoo and the L'Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner shampoo. I like them both very much. Are there any other suggestions you can give me to make my hair bouncy and shiny?
My question is this: I'm about 4 months into a not-so-harmonious divorce. My problem is waking up multiple times in the middle of the night, at which point I'm anxious and sweating like a pig. I'd like some tips or help on how to sleep throughout the night.
I should also mention I'm male (one of the few on this site?) and 45.
What I am doing already: Breathing exercises (multiple times a day), cardio (daily), yoga (daily), mindful meditation (every few days), before-sleep-ritual, relaxing activities such as playing guitar/singing and reading (daily). I also have a few very close friends that I talk with regularly.
I've also gotten sleeping pills from my doctor but they don't really help.
My sleep deprevation is causing some side effects such as loss of focus. Fortunately my work situation is such that I have good support there.
I'd really appreciate any tips that work for me. I have been reading just about any article I can find on the subject but so far they all help in making me feel better but they don't make me sleep.
I just turned 31 and have started feeling like I'm having weird hot flashes. I know it's too early for me to be going through menopause, but I have these times during the day where I get really hot and sweat for no reason. It's been happening for over month and it hasn't gotten any better. What could be causing this?
I've never been able to get an answer for this one from any medical or science person so here goes... I was born with a very noticable port wine stain on my face. In my 30's I had it removed with lazer surgery. It looked great at the time. Now that I'm 60 the skin in the area, about a 3in. in diameter, is sagging, noticably! I suspect it's because the blood flow to the area is diminished so the skin isn't getting what it needs to look healthy. I don't look my age except for that, in fact, it makes me look much older, and it's frustrating. No, I can't afford plastic sugery! Is there anything I can do to improve the appearance of my skin that won't cost a fortune? I know removing a port wine stain is becoming more popular so I'm sure others may be interested in some help.
I've noticed that a lot of women (including myself) seem to be plagued by frequent constipation and other symptoms of IBS. I know that eating too much fiber can actually make someone constipated, and drinking enough water every day is important. I try to stick to these guidelines, but I still have issues at least once a month. What could be the cause of this? Do you think it may be a result of higher susceptibility to stress? I made that hypothesis a long time ago, but haven't read much about it.
OK Dr Scientist - Fat is a reletively simple cell. Simple in that it doesn't produce a hormone or send a nerve impulse. It is just a fat cell. Why is it that the scientific community cannot come up with a pil, injection or something that can target the fat cell and kill it. We have medicines that kill cancer cells. Obesity is a national problem. People die everyday from all the diseases that are made worse by fat cells. I am 54 years old, have had breast cancer. I have RA and now ame struggling with fibromyalgia. Moving is so hard for me. I need to lose some weight but have the conundrum that others do. I can't move easily so exercise is difficult. Without exercise weight loss is nearly impossible. Can you help???
I recently visited my GYN and after having an ultra-sound, her suggestion for removing my uterine fibroids (I have had them for some time now and two of them are approximately the size of small to medium lemons) was a full hysterctomy (uterus and cervix). When I asked her about removing the fibroids, she stated that I could be at risk of bleeding out, so it would be easier to have the hysterctomy. The fibroids do not bother me other than cramping really badly when I have my cycle. After doing a little research, I have decided to KEEP my uterus and cervix and have gone to the local health food store and purchased some natural progesterone creme, with the hopes of the fibroids strinking by the time I go back in November, or by my annual appointment. I will also, monitor my intake of foods that have hormones in them. So, my question is, is there anything aside from what I am doing, that I can do and present to my doctor as an alternative to a hystercomy?
Dear YouBeauty Scientists,
I have recently been diagnosed with gluten intolerance/sensitivity. It's been difficult to cope with. I've cried, thrown tantrums, wallowed in self pity, and even denied it, telling myself there must be another explanation for my health problems. Eventually, I came to terms with my condition. My question is, what is your advice on coping with a restrictive diet and what vitamins might I be lacking?
Hi there, I have multiple scars on my body for various reasons and I was wondering if there was a way to get rid of or lighten the scars to make them less noticiable without laser surgery. I don't know if age matters in a situation like this, but I'm 16. Thanks in advance :)
I have a lot of infections on my scalp, acne type, yellowish. My whole head hurts from having them. I have usually 10-15 spreaded all over my head in my hair, hard to reach. What can I do about it? I have had this since I got 15. Sometimes I have less, sometimes I get more.
Please someone help, hurts to sleep even.
Greetings Scientests, I was recently diagnosed with Burning Mouth Syndrome, I complained to my Dentist about the agony I have with the inside of my cheeks, roof of mouth, and the worst...is my tongue. He told me about BMS and I seriously thought he was kidding, he wasn't. He sent me to an Oral Surgeon who confirmed BMS, he prescribed an oral rinse and certain B vitamins. I have done all of that and nothing is helping. I'm fine it the morning. it gets much worse during the day and the horrible agony is with me all evening. I can't eat certain foods, had to change toothpaste and mouthwash, and I am still in excruciating pain. I am wondering if you are at all familiar with this odd thing, if so how would you suggest elleviating the pain? Help...please.
I just wanted to comment to say that I don't think you're crazy or a freak. What you're going through is not uncommon. I think it's good to talk to your doctor, family or even supportive friends. And even community, like here. Don't feel embarassed or ashamed about yourself one bit! Anxiety disorder is more common than you think.
All best to you.
Hi YouBeauty Scientist,
i am 18 years old and i have extremely itchy breasts and i was wondering if thats normal or if i should go to my doctor because they itch nonstop and it gets worse if i scratch my itch.
it would really help me if you could let me know whats wrong with me =)
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