Use a topical application by soaking bandages, a washcloth or rags in apple cider vinegar. Place the bandages, washcloth or rags on the affected area. Rub the affected area vigorously upward, toward your heart. Lie down with feet propped up about a foot higher than your chest.
Apply a topical application without soaking bandages as an alternative. Fill a cupped hand with apple cider vinegar. Splash on the affected area. Rub or massage vigorously toward the heart with your hand. Repeat the topical application both at morning and night.
Take apple cider vinegar orally for another option. Mix a glass of water with 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar. Stir in honey or sugar as desired; generally, 1 to 2 tbsp. is enough. Sweetener is just for taste---all that is required is vinegar and water. Drink at least one glass a day.
Tips & Warnings
For best results, drink apple cider vinegar, use topically and massage spider veins daily.
If the affected area is more than cosmetic---if it is painful, aches or this is your first time getting spider veins---go to a doctor to ensure you have a proper diagnosis before self-treating.
Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. It's imperative that you keep your body hydrated to prevent and treat stretch marks. The moisture and hydration provided by drinking plenty of water keeps skin soft and supple and less likely to develop stretch marks.
Eat foods rich in vitamins and nutrients such as carrots, oranges and grapefruits, milk, eggs, nuts and fish for every meal at home. Avoid greasy foods and junk food like chips and soda. Stretch marks are more likely to occur in people suffering from nutritional deficiency. Any foods that are rich in vitamins E and C, which promote skin health, will make it less likely to develop stretch marks. These foods will also help to fade away existing stretch marks by providing skin cells with the necessary vitamins to repair themselves.
Use castor oil on the stretch marks. Rub the oil into the stretch marks or stretch mark prone areas (tummy and thighs) several times a day to lighten and fade the marks. This is a home remedy recommended by dermatologists for people who cannot afford more expensive treatment creams or laser procedures.
Use any moisturizing lotion rich in vitamin E on the stretch marks. Rub the lotion into the stretch marks deeply and thoroughly to help get rid of them. Apply the lotion at least twice a day, in the morning and at night. Dermatologists like Howard Murad, M.D. and Lisa Airan, M.D. recommend the usage of vitamin E as a time-honored remedy against stretch marks and other types of scars.
Use Palmer's Cocoa Butter on the stretch marks daily. Massage the lotion into the stretch mark site at least twice a day until the marks are deeply faded or completely gone. Any type of lotion that contains cocoa butter as an ingredient will also do the trick because cocoa butter is the active ingredient that heals damaged skin cells to remove stretch marks. This is also a great preventative treatment as recommended by Dr. Brian Zelickson of the University of Minnesota Dermatology Department.
NOTE: THIS IS AN OLD ARTICLE I PUBLISHED AND POSTED ON AUGUST 25, 2013. THERE ARE CASES THAT CAN RE-OCCUR AT DIFFERENT TIME AND PLACE/COUNTRY. THAT IS WHY I RE-POST THIS AGAIN.
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A new strain of bird flu that can infect and kill animals has been discovered in chickens in poultry markets in China, according to a new study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature.
Having studied samples from birds for the H7N9 virus, researchers at the University of Hong Kong said genetic tests suggested the virus entered domestic ducks from wild birds and then infected chickens, which are probably the origin of infection to humans.
The research team also discovered a new virus called H7N7 in chickens. Lab tests showed H7N7 was also able to cause severe pneumonia in ferrets, which are usually used as proxies for humans in flu research.
Zhu Huachen, one of the leading authors of the paper, told Xinhua that H7 viruses probably transferred from ducks to chickens on at least two independent occasions and that reassortment with H9N2 viruses generated the H7N9 outbreak lineage.
Although the H7N7 viruses carry only some of the molecular markers present in the human H7N9 isolates, the authors suggested the current pandemic threat could extend beyond H7N9 viruses, and that long-term influenza surveillance was essential for early warning of new viruses and interspecies transmission events.
H7N9 bird flu has killed 45 people on the Chinese mainland since the first human infection was confirmed in late March, a health official said last week..
Health- Seasonal Influenza(H7N9), Influenza Type A Viruses and Subtypes and People Should Get or Not Receive The Flu Shot(TIV)
Background: Human Cases of H7N7 Infection in The Netherlands
Since the end of February 2003, the Netherlands has been reporting outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza A (H7N7) in poultry on several farms. More recently, there have been reports of H7N7 infections among pigs and humans in the Netherlands, and among birds in Belgium and Germany. While it is unusual for people to get influenza infections directly from animals, sporadic human infections and limited outbreaks caused by avian influenza A viruses, including H7N7, have been reported. When such infections are identified, public health authorities monitor the situation closely. Because influenza H7N7 viruses do not commonly infect humans, there is little or no antibody protection against these viruses in the human population. If an avian or other animal influenza virus is able to infect people, cause illness, and spread efficiently from person to person, an influenza pandemic could begin. Additional information on human infections with avian influenza viruses can be found here.
As of April 25, 2003, the National Influenza Center in The Netherlands reported that 83 confirmed cases of human H7N7 influenza virus infections had occurred among poultry workers and their families since the H7N7 outbreak began in chickens at the end of February 2003. The vast majority (79) of these people had conjunctivitis, and 6 of those with conjunctivitis also reported influenza-like illness (ILI) symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, muscle aches). One person had ILI only (no conjunctivitis) and 2 persons had mild illness that could not be classified as ILI or conjunctivitis. In addition, one individual, a 57-year-old veterinarian who visited one of the affected farms in early April, died on April 17 of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and related complications from H7N7 infection. Dutch authorities have reported evidence of possible transmission of H7N7 influenza from 2 poultry workers to 3 family members. All 3 family members had conjunctivitis and one also had ILI.
Public Health Monitoring
CDC is in communication with public health officials in the Netherlands and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the recent human cases of influenza A (H7N7) illness in the Netherlands and will continue to monitor the situation. CDC has begun production of a reagent kit that would allow laboratories to identify influenza A (H7N7) viruses. To enhance timely detection of any additional human influenza cases due to these viruses, WHO recommends that affected countries conduct enhanced surveillance for influenza among humans and animals and conduct studies to better understand possible transmission patterns. CDC and WHO have issued no restrictions on travel to the Netherlands. Additional information from WHO can be found at http://www.who.int/csr/don/2003_04_24/en/.
Influenza in the United States
Influenza activity in the United States is at low levels. Influenza A (H1N1), A (H1N2), A (H3N2), and influenza B viruses have been identified in the United States during the 2002-03 season and have been well matched by the current influenza vaccine. The current vaccine does not protect against infection with the influenza A (H7N7) virus. U.S. residents who are traveling outside the United States should consult their physician for advice about whether they should be vaccinated against influenza and about the use of influenza antiviral medications.
Clean the area where you have the spider veins with warm water, using a sponge. Pat the area dry with a clean towel.
Warm the coconut oil to a comfortable temperature, around 76 degrees Fahrenheit. The easiest way to do this is by immersing the bottle of massage oil in a pan of hot water until the bottle feels warm to the touch. Heat the water in the microwave or in a small saucepan on the stove; remove it from the heat and then add the bottle of coconut oil.
Gently massage the warm coconut oil into your skin for five to fifteen minutes, at least two times each day. Begin with a puddle of oil in your hand about the size of a quarter; add more if needed. There should not be any friction when massaging.
Tips & Warnings
Making changes to your diet, including taking dietary supplements, can also help diminish spider veins. Add 3 ½ tbsp. of coconut oil and 16 ounces of coconut water to your daily diet and increase the amount of fiber you eat. Other recommended supplements include a daily regimen of 1000 mg vitamin C, 100 mg of grape seed extract, 500 mg of magnesium and three cayenne pepper capsules.
On September 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will show off the best of the best in "no lose" matchmaking.
Really, a more perfect bout could not have been made for the benefit of all parties involved--- Mayweather, Alvarez, and even the fans (believe it or not).
For Mayweather, he gets to do his thing against an undefeated, physically huge, and supremely confident "good" guy who, most importantly, may be several developmental steps below where he needs to be to actually win. The 23-year-old Canelo is genetically hard-wired to put forth the effort, though, and that will most likely result in an entertaining tussle regardless of what the scorecards may say. Even if down by 10 points in the 11th round, Alvarez will carry the confidence of a man who believes that he can still win, that he can still score the knockout. From everything we know about the young champ from Jalisco, quiet resignation is just not part of his character.
Unlike so many of Mayweather's opponents in the past, Alvarez truly believes in himself and his ability to win. When he talks about destiny and "his time" to rule the sport, it's not just part of the pre-fight publicity. He truly believes that only Floyd Mayweatherstands between him and every one of his dreams. This earnest self-belief will make for a compelling performance and keep Mayweather from sweeping the first few rounds and then going into cruise control.
Mayweather will be pushed by his young challenger, but he should have all the tools necessary to come away with the victory. The genius for Team Mayweather comes in fighting this big-ticket young star about two years before he would've become a legitimately deadly foe. So, Mayweather should get full credit for the victory and benefit from full market value for fighting Alvarez well before Alvarez can develop the tools to actually beat him.
And if Alvarez can flip the script and do better than expected ... or even win?
Well, Mayweather has a built-in rematch clause leading to a return bout that will be significantly bigger than the first. And then, after that, a possible part three. Financially, a loss to Canelo could be the best thing to happen to "Money." With no other really huge bouts on the horizon, a three-fight series with a new boxing superstar would keep Showtime happy and keep Mayweather buried in $40-50 million paydays.
For Alvarez, the Mayweather bout is truly a win-win. Alvarez is facing the very best fighter in the world and one who looks to be unbeatable at the moment. Few expect a victory from "Canelo" at this stage of his career and anything short of a one-sided romp will be seen as a moral victory.
A hard-fought loss to the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world actually elevates Alvarez's star. He can fall back on just being a kid in the game and then take a few tuneups before reclaiming junior middleweight gold when Mayweather moves back down to the more comfortable welterweight division. Just the mere exposure of being paired with Mayweather will help the red-headed battler cross over to the mainstream while maintaining his loyal Mexican following.
A win for Alvarez, of course, will turn the sport upside down and immediately transform him into boxing's next mainstream superstar.
And the fans?
The fans will get a major spectacle on September 14, a solid undercard, and a compelling main event featuring the best fighter in the world against an earnest young star who won't stop pushing forward.
COMMENTARY | All alone, Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez would likely do huge numbers. Weak undercards have never held back pay-per-view buy rates if the card's main event was good enough -- and Mayweather-Alvarez on September 14 certainly looks like the type of headliner that could sell without much co-feature support.
However, Golden Boy and Mayweather Promotions delivered on their promise to make "The One" PPV a truly huge event by adding junior welterweight dream fight Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse. The addition of the huge co-feature inspired all sorts of rumors as to what could be in store for the remaining two slots in the show. Names like Adrien Broner, Chris Arreola, and Austin Trouttraveled through cyber-space as possible undercard talent, but nothing was finalized until late last week when Golden Boy Promotions issued an official statement to the media.
The confirmed opening bouts of "The One" have to be considered a bit of a disappointment for those looking for an All-Star affair or, at the very least, one more big-ticket thriller to be added to the show. But this may depend on a fan's personal aesthetic when it comes to the type of fight he or she likes watching.
Added to the show is the evening's third world title bout, as IBF junior middleweight titlist Ishe Smith (25-5, 11 KOs) makes the first defense of his belt against upset specialist Carlos Molina (21-5-2, 6 KOs).
On paper, Smith-Molina is a fairly important clash between two much-avoided fighters. The winner will go on to the next level against guys like Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto, and Austin Trout. In practice, though, this one could suck the life right out of the MGM Grand.
Smith, 35, is a light-hitting ring stylist with an under-appreciated sweet style that has kept him from getting the big boxing breaks until just recently when he took the IBF strap from Cornelious "K9" Bundrage via majority decision. Much to the dismay of critics, Smith's good fortune began when he officially became part of Mayweather's "Money Team."
Mexico-born, America-based 30-year-old Carlos "King" Molina is an ugly, crude spoiler who wins most of his fights with a mauling, stifling style backed up by massive amounts of true grit. Molina's no-power, all-grappling approach has done little to advance his career despite some quality names on his resume, such as Kermit Cintron and Cory Spinks, as well as some controversial non-victories against the likes of James Kirkland (DQ 10), Erislandy Lara (D 10), and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (D 6, L MD 6).
Together, Smith and Molina could very possibly produce a plodding, grappling, no-punching snoozer worthy of a trip to the concession stands or a cigarette break in the back yard if watching at home.
The opening bout of the card, though, could be a solid matchup despite lacking real star power as new signee to Mayweather Promotions Ashley Theophane (33-5-1, 10 KOs) takes on Golden Boy fall guy Pablo Cesar Cano (26-3-1, 20 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout.
The real intrigue in Theophane vs. Cano is in the fact that both are at about the same level of ring execution. The UK's Theophane has worked to perfect a slicker American style, while Mexico's Cano looks to put the pieces together to perfect the classic Mexican fighting style. Both fighters have shown flashes of success in their efforts, but neither has been able to execute consistently. This is much more of a concern for the 32-year-old Theophane than it is for the 23-year-old Cano, who has accounted well for himself in "way-too-soon" losing efforts against Erik Morales, Paulie Malignaggi, and Shane Mosley.
Overall, "The One" still compares favorably to just about any other PPV event of the last decade or so. Mayweather-Alvarez and Garcia-Matthysse are good enough bouts to make this show worth buying. And, even if Smith-Molina and Theophane-Cano require an advanced boxing palate for enjoyment, at least an honest effort was made to sign competitive bouts for the opening two slots.