Sun-damage, do we need to wear sunblock inside?

Most of my patients feel like they aged exponentially in 2020.  They feel obligated to smile with their “eyes” while wearing the mask so people don’t think they are unfriendly or mad.  Lots of Botox this year to fight crows feet.  However, that is not the main reason … most people would never suspect the artificial light in their house or office as a culprit for creating sun-damage.  

People spent an extraordinary amount of time inside, in front of their computers, phones, tablets etc. Women said they haven’t put on makeup in almost a year because they rarely leave the house.  

Blue light, the kind emitted from screens, is a type of high energy visible light, or HEV. While blue light is strongest from environmental sources like the sun, electronic screens can have similar effects.  Blue light can increase signs of aging and sun-damage such as hyperpigmentation, collagen breakdown, redness, inflammation, swelling/edema and oxidative stress in the form of free radicals. Sleep-disrupting qualities from watching TV and using our phones at night results in a lack of sleep which causes hormone fluctuations that can flare skin conditions and can accelerate aging.

Even exposure time as short as an hour can cause oxidative stress in skin cells that leads to aging and sun-damage.  

Blue light used as LED therapy to help decrease inflammation and bacteria in acne is a single wave length.  The blue light that we are exposed to in the environment has a broader spectrum. This full range of high-energy visible light is the cause of accelerated photo-aging and skin concerns.  It is more pronounced in sunlight and fluorescent light than in incandescent light.  However, the brilliant white LED bulbs that are so popular are an increased risk for sun-damage.

While it can feel pointless to put on sunscreen for days spent inside staring at computer screens or scrolling through phones, don’t forget to protect your skin from blue light. 

Sunblock vs Sunscreen – Sunscreen does not protect against the UVC rays that are coming from the blue light devices.  To fully protect yourself, use sunblock specifically formulated to block blue light. Physical blocks with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide help reflect light rays to offer broad protection against UV. The newest sunsblocks protect skin without the heavy, white cast of zinc oxide.  They come with a sheer tint which adds another layer of protection as well as making them more cosmetically appealing. 

My favorite sunblocks:



Nerium Review – Scam or Legit? Read This Before Joining…

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Nerium reviews are popping up all the time. Some people swear by Nerium, and others call it the “Nerium Scam.”

Is this Nerium business and Nerium skincare a scam or legit?

They make some pretty bold claims.

Here’s my take on it…

Nerium Reviews – Poisonous Plant Ingredients?!

When an ingredient is listed as a “patented ingredient” and it contains a poisonous plant I am concerned. They won’t disclose exactly how much poison and what else is in there. Their eye cream, touted as a 5 minute miracle does indeed flatten out under eye bags. 

However, at what cost to your skin?

Several eye creams can shrink under eye puffiness by the use of caffeine and even have the ingredient that is a component of super glue (acrylate), that just flattens the puffiness for 6-8 hours. 

The thought of combining super glue and a highly poisonous plant extract is very unappealing to me. 

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Have you ever wondered why they tell you to put the face moisturizer on wet skin? To seal in the moisture with the glue LOL. The premise is the same with any kind of occulusion, there are girls who sleep with scotch tape on the wrinkles between the eyes, their forehead and their crows feet. 

Occlusion gives the appearance of less wrinkles because it is kept moist.

Nerium Oleander Leaf  Extract has been reported to create a chronic low level inflammation within the skin.

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When you think of inflammation, you think of red, scaly, irritated skin. However, it can also be invisible showing no overt physical signs of the inflammation.

Their ‘claims’ of instant age reversal are due to low levels of inflammation in the skin which can create a plumper appearance. They look in the mirror after 2 weeks of using Nerium and thinking “Look! My fine lines ARE gone.”

No, your skin is swollen from inflammation that can certainly make your lines look better.  Have you ever had a bad sunburn and your face got all plump? That is a great example of inflammation.

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Nerium Skin Care Reviews – Is it Worth the Money?

The problem with Nerium is that it does not penetrate deep enough to ACTUALLY reverse damage. The effect you see is temporary. As in a procedure with a controlled injury, short term inflammation can be healthy and promote healing. However, long term chronic inflammation can lead to serious side effects.  Even with short term use when the inflammation subsides….well, so do those ‘miraculous’ results.

What I hear from the people who have used it is that NeriumAD doesn’t make enough difference in their skin for the price. People say they see a difference at first, but the improvement doesn’t last long.

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Nerium Skin Care Reviews…is their product a scam?

I won’t venture that far, but I do think it is harmful. The other downside is that the reps are annoyingly persistent. After the first one gave me a set to try for a week (even though I was concerned about the elusive ingredients and the fact that the bottles were previously used) I tried it on my lower thigh just above the knee and on my shoulders. 

There was no way was I going to risk putting that on my face. 

I developed a nasty rash. 

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She explained it away as a temporary detox. 

Of course I know better because of my profession, but the average innocent customer might believe it and continue use. 

Also, lets talk about the sampling system. 

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Using a set of full size products to loan to various people is risky. How do they know what the previous prospect did to the product. It could have been left in a hot car, the person could have a contagious disease or infection and contaminated the opening to the dispenser and worse yet they could have injected something to sabotage the product. 

You never know with complete strangers you have prospected off of social media or cornered in a public setting.

The raised, red bumps lasted for approximately 2 years and left scars. Thankfully I own an office full of lasers so it is mostly ok in the end, but I still struggle with the bumps on my shoulders.  Imagine if that had been my face. Imagine a person that was so distraught they sued the distributor and the company. Well, that happens.

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Nerium Reviews – My Experience with a Distributor

Like I said, a lot of their distributors are relentless, it is exactly why MLM’s get a bad name. It reaches a point that people start avoiding them because they are worn out with the pushy, high pressure sales pitch. 

I told the distributor that over 30% of people have a reaction to the products, and that is too high of a risk for me to promote to my loyal clients that trust me. The others that don’t have an outward reaction still have the chronic inflammation that is harmful to their skin and maybe their whole system. 

Who knows what daily application of a poison can do to your immune system long term. 

Aside from the fact that I won’t risk harming anyone intentionally, I don’t believe their product is beneficial long term to anyone. Inspite telling her over and over that I wasn’t interested in a product with a toxic active ingredient that causes cell death and inflammation, she still persisted. 

She stalked the girls who worked for me.  She was determined I could be her “unicorn”. 

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She insisted, “There are 2 different types of oleander, one is toxic, the other is not. We use the non toxic one.”

There isn’t a non-toxic one. 

Poison ivy is also natural but I’m not going to recommend it for your skin. It is sad that some of the distributors blindly trust the company and take everything they are told as the absolute truth. Their “truth” is not relevant, just because you believe the earth is flat doesn’t make it so.  You can believe something with all your heart but it can still be a lie. You don’t have to believe in gravity for it to apply to you.   

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Nerium Reviews – Shady Behavior

They refuse to reveal exactly what concentration of nerium oleander is in their products. The FDA has both types of oleander listed in the Poisonous Plant Database and has denied applications of companies trying to use oleander as herbal and dietary supplements.

The company diligently pushes down true Nerium Skin care reviews with a media team so I feel compelled to share my opinion. As a business owner it is always in my best interest not to stir up controversy. 

I don’t express political opinions, I don’t talk trash about competitors, etc. 

Sometimes you have to do the right thing even if it is not in your best interest.

I do feel a need to protect people from unethical, or dangerous situations. I don’t have a problem with companies that don’t have a study on their product. However, it is because I can check their ingredients and those should have studies. Nor do they need to reveal their specific formula. You can tell the ingredients concentration by the order in which they are listed.

At a training session for Nerium’s multi-level marketers the trainers spell it out: “If people are going on the internet to look up negative stuff on Nerium, our positive stuff is going to get pushed down. We want to dominate the first three pages.” – Source

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Nerium Reviews – Aloe Barbadensis Leaf

The second ingredient on the list is Aloe Barbadensis Leaf. I like aloe it is very hydrating and soothing for the skin. Aloe leaves contain a clear gel that can be used on the skin. It has a slippery feel and creates a tightening feeling on the skin as it dries. It makes the skin look plumper and healthier.

Aloe was used 6000 years ago by the Egyptians.

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It has been used for years topically and orally as a folk and traditional remedy for a variety of ailments including:

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Dry skin
  • Dandruff
  • Indigestion and other stomach issues
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Burns
  • Sunburn


It has anti bacterial, anti viral, anti fungal and anti inflammatory properties. It has not classified as an active anti aging ingredient, though.

It may cause irritation in some people. Some people can be allergic to it since it is a plant extract, but that doesn’t make it a bad ingredient. People who are allergic to garlic, onions and tulips are more likely to be allergic to aloe.

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Nerium Reviews – Other Ingredients

The third ingredient, Proprietary Protein, is another mystery. Again, I tried to find out the exact protein source and percentages, but no one will say. There are a variety of emollient and humectant ingredients on the list that are good for conditioning and hydrating the skin.

They are not necessarily active anti aging ingredients but the will make the skin look plumper and moister. 

The last ingredient, Vitamin E, is an active anti aging ingredient, but it is last on the list which tells us there isn’t much in there. Plus, it is the cheaper version which is tocopherol not the tocotrienol.

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Nerium Reviews – Before and After Photos

My pet peeves are Before and After photos that are inaccurate or manipulated. Nerium, the company, doesn’t distribute before and after photos. However, they encourage their Brand Partners to take before and after photos of themselves.

This means zero quality control over the accuracy of these photos.

In the digital age, anyone can use Photoshop, lighting, and makeup to create the effect of fewer wrinkles easily. Nerium reps rely heavily on these dramatic before and after photos to make their sales.

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A real before and after photo has the exact same setting, lighting, camera, angles, pose, facial expression, and focus, with no other treatments or products. Most of the pictures are obviously altered, the resolution is lower so it’s impossible to see if the color change is due to lighting, Photoshop or just a layer of makeup. 

Notice that their eye and lip color is washed out, even their hair is blurred, showing that the photo is washed out, giving the appearance of fewer spots.

Seriously, they insist they pictures are not altered… who has blurry hair and eye balls??

The really crazy ones are the change in grey hair.  In some cases clearly the same person is several years older in the “before” picture than the ‘after’ photo. Nerium doesn’t turn eyebrow hair back to brown, despite the lack of grey hairs in the after photo, “four days later”.

Here is a great article on photo manipulation:

Nerium Reviews – “Brain Pill”

The main active ingredient used in Nerium EHT is a bioactive molecule that has been isolated from coffee using a patented method. Marketing supplements as having the ability to treat, cure, alleviate the symptoms of, or prevent developing diseases is simply not permitted by law. 

But that hasn’t stopped a multitude of Nerium distributors from claiming that its products can treat a host of diseases including:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s
  • Psoriasis has amassed a database of well over 200 instances of inappropriate health claims.

The other main issue with their ingredients blend is that even if all of these ingredients are safe, the effects that they have demonstrated are not in line with what most consumers expect from a nootropic product. Generally, it is though that a nootropic supplement should be able to raise the baseline mental performance levels of normal, healthy adults.

Preventing cognitive decline is important and will inevitably be beneficial for mental performance years down the line, however there will never be any perceptible boost to the users’ current cognitive capacity. This limits the effectiveness of Nerium EHT as a study aid or work performance enhancer.

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The customer reactions to Nerium EHT were not encouraging. Here is a sample of their responses taken from reviews of Nerium EHT found on third-party distributors’ websites:

“I tried taking it every morning with food, like they say, but then by the afternoon I’d start getting woozy and light-headed. Stopped taking it after passing out in a parking lot walking to my car.”

“Caused a reaction in my thyroid that made me feel like I was choking. Didn’t notice any benefits.”

“I guess I was allergic to it or something. After I took it for a couple days my body started getting really sore and my migraines came back with a vengeance. I quit taking it before I noticed any benefits, but the symptoms went away.

Nerium Reviews – Is Nerium a Scam? 

Not the MLM platform that they use to promote it. There are MLM companies that change their comp plan and don’t pay out what is promised, or the owners keep the money and close the company, as well as so many other scenarios. However, it is not a pyramid scheme, those are illegal and you don’t get anything for your investment. 

Here is Nerium’s hard-to-find, U.S. 2013 Income Declaration Almost no distributor actually makes it to a level of true “financial freedom.”

According to Nerium’s own statement, 43 percent of active “brand partners” earned zero commissions, and when you factor in the required purchases to remain eligible for all commissions and bonus it appears that at least 88 percent of distributors are making little to no money on average. The lawsuits within the company framework should be of concern to the consultants. 

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Will the company make it?

Although I don’t use their products, Mary Kay Ash built an empire on that platform. Not just an empire for her family but she empowered millions of women. Mary Kay Ash believed in the courage of each woman to set a goal and achieve it. At the age of 45, she made a list of everything she thought companies she’d worked for had done well, and everything they’d done badly.

She resolved to do everything on the first list, and nothing on the second. 

Thus Mary Kay cosmetics was born. The notion was that women would buy cosmetics wholesale from the company, then set up parties where they’d encourage their friends to buy products or become representatives for the company themselves (if their friends became salespeople, the recruiter made a percentage off that friend’s sales.) 

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She claimed that, “Our company was begun with only one objective: that of giving women the chance to succeed, an opportunity that simply did not exist in the early ’60s… I just couldn’t believe that a woman’s brain was worth 50 cents on the dollar. With all my heart I wanted to change that.”

Nerium Lawsuits

While Nerium has only been in business since 2011, it’s already been involved in at least 20 lawsuits, and in many of those lawsuits Nerium CEO Jeff Olsen is also a party. The allegations in the 20 cases range from product liability, defamation, employment discrimination, trademark infringement to fraud allegations. 

Olsen’s business partner of more than 25 years brought a $21 million lawsuite against Olsen and Nerium alleging breach of contract, copyright infringement, and fraud, among other things.

In 2016, a user of Nerium AD, which is marketed as an age-defying night cream, brought a product liability suite against Nerium alleging that the night cream was unsafe, unreasonably dangerous and/or defective.

The lawsuit claims that Nerium should have provided adequate warnings of the possible health consequences of the cream and instructed users to spot test the product before applying it to their face and neck. The case is currently pending in Missouri federal court.

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Nerium Ingredients

Proprietary Protein (Collagen, Elastin, Glycosaminoglycans)- Collagen and Elastin are derived animal tissue frequently bovine sources. It is not shown to have an effect on producing or building collagen or elastin within skin when applied topically. The protein molecules are too big to penetrate the skin but are good water binders. Nerium International will not tell you the source of their protein.

Here are the Nerium Skin Care Ingredients:

  • Glycosaminoglycans are mucopolysaccharides that are unable to penetrate the stratum corneum when topically applied. Hyaluronic acid is part of this ingredient group. Used as moisturizers.
  • Oryza Sativa Bran Oil – Rice oil- An emollient
  • Stearic Acid – A commonly used emollient that occurs naturally in butter acids, cascarilla bark, and other animal fats and oils.
  • Cetearyl Glucoside and Cetearyl Alcohol – Fatty Alcohols used as emollients, emulsifiers, thickeners and carruing agents. Made synthecically or can be naturally derived as in coconut fatty alcohol.
  • Glycerin – A humectant, it draws water to the skin.
  • C14-22 Alcohol and C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside – Long chain alcohol emollients.
  • Glyceryl Stearate – A  widely used emulsifying ingredient.
  • Ricinus Communis Seed Oil – Castor oil.
  • Cetyl Alcohol – An emulsifier and emollient.
  • Olus Oil – A vegetable oil.
  • Chondrus Crispus Powder – Carrageenan. A red algae. Used as a thickener.
  • Sodium Borate – A pH adjuster. Can be irritating.
  • Dicaprylyl Ether – An emollient.
  • Hydrolyzed Quinoa – A protein. Binds moisture to the skin. It is a film forming agent.
  • Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate – Emulsifier
  • Dimethicone – Silicone. Great as a primer to fill in wrinkles.
  • Sodium PCA – A water binding agent.
  • Proprietary Blend (Caprylyl Glycol – A skin conditioning agent, Glycerin– a humectant,
  • Glyceryl Caprylate – Wetting, fatting, moisturizing agent,
  • Phenylpropanol – Solvent
  • Parfum – Fragrance
  • Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate – A preservative
  • Tocopherol – Vitamin E


How I Operate

I don’t pressure clients to buy anything, procedures or products. My clients know if I recommend products, it is based on their wants and needs, not because I have a minimum sales quota I’m desperately trying to reach.

It’s not about the money for true professionals, it’s about client comfort, satisfaction, and results. If I need to recommend a home remedy because a client isn’t able to purchase their ideal skin care regimen, I will.

If they can only afford drug store products I help them find the best that is available for the money. I’ve also recommended specific products from lines I don’t sell if that specific product will work better than something I have on the shelf.

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Nerium Reviews – Conclusion

Some people swear by Nerium, and others have really bad reactions to the Nerium skin care products. Some distributors do well and make money, but most make nothing or close to it.

And with all the lawsuits the company has been up against in such a short amount of time, it’s more than enough to make you think…hmmm.

Mix all of this with adding poisonous ingredients into the stuff, and you can see where I stand with Nerium.

If you have any comments or questions on other Nerium Reviews, please post them in the comment box below.

Tocotrienol Supplements – What are the Benefits of Tocotrienols?

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In this article, I’m going to teach you everything you need to know about tocotrienol supplements.

Numerous studies over the past two decades have clearly proven that the tocotrienol form of vitamin E is a top choice for:

  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Cardiovascular Protection
  • Heart Health
  • Bone Health
  • Blood Sugar Metabolism
  • Brain Health
  • Cancer
  • Healthy Hair
  • Supports Inflammatory Response
  • Promotes Healthy Immune Response


It is worthwhile understanding more about them and how they can improve your health and your skin.

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Tocotrienol Supplements – What’s the Difference?

The vitamin E family consists of four tocotrienols and four tocopherols. D alpha tocopherol is the commonly understood form of vitamin E and has been extensively researched and has its own value to human health.

The difference between tocotrienols and tocopherols is the “tail” on the vitamin E molecule.

Tocopherols have a long saturated tail.

Tocotrienols have a short unsaturated tail.

The unique structure of tocotrienols enables them to do many things that tocopherols cannot do.

This includes:

  • Easier access to cells
  • Better antioxidant function in cells
  • Better ability to move around in cells
  • Activation of a wide variety of gene signals


Tocotrienol Supplements – Where Are They Derived From?

Tocotrienols are derived from 3 main sources, palm oil, rice bran oil and Annatto. Annatto is the only source that does not contain tochopherol. While alpha tocopherol is found in most multi-vitamins and supplemented in food research says this popular vitamin E interferes with the uptake and function of Tocotrienols.

While tocotrienols made their claim to fame for cardiovascular and nervous system support, their list of benefits keeps growing.

They now join a number of other nutrients as tools to assist in the healthy function of blood sugar and insulin, while also supporting kidney health.

Tocotrienols have immunostimulatory effects and clinical benefits to enhance immune response.

Tocotrienols are a powerfully versatile nutrient.

Your brain has amazing abilities and can heal itself.

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Tocotrienol Supplements – Brain Health

That’s not something you’re likely to hear from mainstream medicine — especially if you or a loved one suffer from the effects of stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or another form of dementia.

Sadly most people with brain damage have been deemed “hopeless” by so-called medical experts.

There is nothing hopeless about dementia — no matter what its cause.

With the right nutrients, there are times when brain damage can be reversed.

Tocotrienols significantly reduce the formation of scar tissue in your brain — called white matter lesions- found in stroke, Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients. This scar tissue is what blocks brain-signal traffic.

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Tocotrienol Supplements – Cancer and Anti-aging

Traditional medical establishment was interested only in tocopherols but now they realize that the real anti-aging strength of vitamin E lies in the power of its tocotrienols. They can even cross the protective blood-brain barrier to do their jobs.

These powerful antioxidants also mop up free radicals — biochemical molecules which are linked to cancer and aging.

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When “old” cells stop dividing, they stop creating new cells. These obsolete cells also lose the ability to die off, a condition called cellular senescence. Senescent cells then accumulate in the body, emitting pro-inflammatory chemicals – promoting aging and increasing risk of cancer.

By clearing away senile cells and inducing aging in malignant cells, tocotrienols could stop tumors from growing.

Tocotrienols have also been proven to safeguard against eyesight degeneration and even reverse obesity. Studies show that tocotrienols also help prevent weight gain from high insulin levels.

Tocotrienols are an important anti-aging nutrient because they protect and lengthen your telomeres, the caps at the ends of chromosomes that determine each cell’s biological age.

Longer telomeres signify more youthful health.

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Shorter ones signal faster aging and mean that you’re the more prone to chronic diseases and reduced life expectancy.

Tocotrienol Supplements – More Benefits

Tocotrienols also preserve telomerase activity in cells, the enzyme that rebuilds the telomere.   There is now enough scientific evidence to contend that baldness can be at least partly reversed naturally.

Natural strategies for premature baldness or hair loss are not magic bullets.

Rather, they help the body help itself.

In the case of hair loss, nutrition strategies can assist the health of our hair follicles which can affect hormone and enzyme changes that change the dynamic of the hair follicles.

Diabetics have malfunctioning insulin; the longer their blood sugar remains elevated the more likely they are to experience deteriorating kidneys. Diabetics need kidney support and it appears that tocotrienols can help.

Tocotrienols also improved blood glucose utilization and insulin sensitivity.

These are important aspects of metabolism to support optimal blood sugar metabolism.

Tocotrienols offer a safe and effective way to help achieve or maintain healthy cholesterol, while simultaneously protecting your arteries.

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Tocotrienol Supplements – Effects on Cholesterol

As research has progressed, scientists showed that tocotrienols were reducing the same enzyme that statins in high doses take a sledgehammer to, essentially clogging up its receptors so that no communication can get through.

By comparison, tocotrienols work more on a consulting basis, gently down-regulating the enzyme as part of a communication strategy.

Of course, tocotrienols have none of the toxic side effects that statins have.  

Scientists from the University of Missouri report that Tocotrienol doses ranging with the optimum dose of 250 mg decreases total cholesterol by 15%, LDL by 18%, and tryglycerides by 14% after only 4 weeks.

While your liver uses this melvalonate pathway to produce LDL cholesterol for your entire body, every cell in your body also uses the same pathway to produce small pieces of cholesterol that are vital for maintaining the health and survival of any cell. In cancer situations, this pathway is hijacked and used by cancer cells to foster their own survival at the expense of your body.

Tocotrienols had a unique ability to differentiate between healthy cells and cancer cells and in the case of cancer they could cripple a primary defense system of the cancer. Statins can also kill cancer in a test tube but the dose required to kill cancer in humans kills the human first.

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On the other hand, tocotrienols have demonstrated excellent tumor killing ability, even helping chemo drugs work much better  on resistant forms of cancer. Tocotrienols do not injure the human body. In addition to the cholesterol-lowering properties of tocotrienols scientists were becoming interested in the ability of tocotrienols to positively benefit the health of arteries.

In this case the focus turned primarily to alpha tocotrienol, which demonstrated a high level of antioxidant function. It was first recognized that alpha tocotrienol could prevent free radical damage to LDL cholesterol in humans with high cholesterol. Only damaged (oxidized LDL) can form plaque in the arteries.

Scientists then tested tocotrienols in those who were genetically programmed to develop high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries when eating a high fat diet. When given tocotrienols and a high fat diet they did not develop high cholesterol and the hardening of their arteries was almost completely stopped (98 percent reduction).

Free radical damage in the blood was significantly reduced they had much less thickening of their arteries as well as retaining more elastic properties in their arteries. In order for damaged cholesterol to stick to the lining of your arteries it is engulfed by macrophages (immune cells) that then stick to the endothelial cells that line your arteries.

When endothelial cells become inflamed they project a Velcro-like piece of fly paper on the surface of their cells (adhesion molecules) which then enable the cholesterol-laden macrophages to lock on and start the plaque-forming process.

A study with inflamed human endothelial cells shows that alpha tocotrienol powerfully inhibits this sticking process, turning off the sticky adhesion molecules by turning down the inflammatory gene regulator within the endothelial cell (NF-kappaB). The ability of alpha tocotrienol to regulate the core inflammatory gene signal is highly relevant to human health, since it is now recognized that chronic low-grade activation of NF-kappaB is a primary factor in nearly every disease of aging.

Indeed, researchers soon discovered that alpha tocotrienol, but not d alpha tocopherol, could completely inhibit exitotoxic injury to brain cells (a key feature to most aspects of cognitive decline and memory loss). Numerous review articles tout the broad range of benefits, including the prevention of disease.

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My Favorite Tocotrienol Supplement

Supplement companies are notoriously unethical and I only deal with a few.  You would be shocked to find out whats actually in most supplements.  Its usually not the ingredient on the label and it’s full of useless, sometimes harmful fillers.  A tocotrienol supplement called Sunset provides you and your family with the perfect combination of the highest quality Omega-3s, along with powerful vitamin E -Tocotrienols.

It’s a duo that is unmatched in nutrition.  

Unmatched in quality.

This Superfood is well on its way to becoming a known powerhouse in the health industry today.

Experience a better sleep than ever before.

Experience a better mind.

Once you try Sunset, you’ll never be satisfied with anything less.

Feel the difference, feel the wellness, experience more!

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We have known for years that an adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA, is important for expectant mothers. Researchers presenting at the 2017 Experimental Biology meeting recently shared data regarding the typical DHA and EPA intake of pregnant women in their diet.

A study of pregnant women revealed that on average they were consuming 30 mg of EPA and 59 mg of DHA naturally in their diet, which falls short of the recommendation listed in the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Sunset includes 500 mg of total omega-3s per serving.

You can learn more about Sunset by clicking here.

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Benefits of Taking Sunset

Sunset was designed to contain only lipid-soluble elements, maximizing the bio-availability of these nutrients for absorption.

Sunset is a proprietary combination of:

  • Tocotrienols (the most potent form of vitamin E)
  • Omega-3s derived from Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon (the purest source in the world)
  • Beta Carotene (a natural source of Vitamin A)
  • The Essential Vitamin D


The health benefits of tocotrienols, Omega-3, Beta Carotene, and Vitamin D are well documented by medical professionals and researchers. Sunset offers unparalleled nutritional support to the body’s vital systems including cell health and support for the cardiovascular and immune systems.

Comprised of only lipid-soluble nutrients, Sunset is intended for evening use when the body’s lipid activities are at their peak.

Sunset gives the body what it needs when it needs it.

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Tocotrienol Supplements – What is the Best Way to Consume Tocotrienols?

It’s becoming more clear that, at the molecular level, tocotrienols are a much more potent and effective source of Vitamin E. The annatto bush, an oily plant that grows in South America, is the only natural compound in the world that offers pure tocotrienols without the accompanying tocopherols that may limit the benefits.

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Furthermore, annatto tocotrienol has the highest tocotrienol concentrations with 150 – 300 times fewer Tocopherols than rice and palm sources.

Only Sunset contains annatto Tocotrienols, offering the most health benefits.

Other Sunset Ingredients for Health and Wellness


Omega-3s are an essential fatty acid required for optimal health. This healthy molecule is found in every cell of the body, particularly in the brain and heart. Because the body doesn’t produce these oils on its own, they must be obtained through dietary consumption.

Delivered from Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon and other wild fish, Sunset contains extremely high levels of both EFA and DHA forms of Omega-3s.

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Studies show that Omega-3s strongly support the body’s healthy inflammation response, maintaining proper vascularization throughout the body and supporting artery and heart health.

Vitamin A (Beta-carotene)

Beta-carotene is an organic compound found abundantly in plants and vegetables. A member of the carotenoids, it can be metabolized into Vitamin A, yielding many compelling health benefits. These include heart health, cell protection, and heightened immunity.

This essential nutrient is also beneficial in sustaining optical health and brain function. Beta-carotene is lipid-soluble and acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from oxidation damage. With the addition of this powerful compound in Sunset, you’ll be giving your body more of what it needs.

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Vitamin D3

Vitamin D is one of several vitamins required for normal growth and development.This essential nutrient contributes to the absorption of calcium, which is an important process for bone development and strength.

Vitamin D promotes cellular growth, boosts the immune system, and helps support proper inflammatory response. Studies have also shown that Vitamin D assists in maintaining healthy blood pressure and sustaining cardiovascular health.

One unique aspect of Vitamin D is that it can be created by our bodies with the aid of sun exposure. However, studies show an alarming rate of Vitamin D deficiency in the USA. Since most Americans are not producing enough on their own, Vitamin D supplementation can provide the support and protection the body needs from this essential nutrient.

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Tocotrienol Supplements – Conclusion

There are a superabundance of extraordinary health benefits from taking tocotrienol supplements.

My favorite tococtrienol supplement is Sunset, which combines tocotrienols from the annatto bush with the purest omega-3’s in the world (from Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon and other Wild Alaskan Fish), beta-carotene, and the essential vitamin D.

If you have any questions on Sunset or other tocotrienol supplements, please post them in the comment box below.

Supplements For Nerve Pain – Here is the Best of the Best

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Supplements for nerve pain are widely marketed but rarely give the desired results.  For those people suffering from chronic nerve pain, life can be exhausting. Chronic pain is not like other medical issues—it cannot be seen or measured, and there is no set protocol to “make it better.”

The unique and complicated factors that characterize chronic pain make it difficult to communicate what you are going through. Unlike having cancer or being hurt in an accident, most people do not understand chronic pain and its effects. 

Even those that think they know, many are usually misinformed. 

Supplements for nerve pain or any other disorder are available everywhere. As you might have heard most of the over-the-counter supplements in retail chains don’t even contain what is on the label or even if they do it is not in the necessary concentration.  

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Chronic Pain

According to the American Academy of Pain and Medication, 116 million Americans suffers from chronic pain. Pain symptoms can be from a variety of health problems.

One thing is certain…

If you are in pain you want to get out of it!

Unfortunately, many Americans turn to dangerous prescription and non-prescription drugs to do it.

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Primary care providers’ fear of contributing to opiate addiction is a frequently discussed topic at AMA conventions. 

So what are your options? 

Finding the right natural supplement for nerve pain, or any other pain can be challenging. One natural ingredient has shown to be outstanding, and has equal efficacy with prescriptions minus the side effects.

Nitric Oxide – Supplement For Nerve Pain

Nitric Oxide has proven studies that show it is an alternative for natural pain relief. Boost your body’s own natural “pain killers” Nitric Oxide (NO). 

Nitric Oxide expert, Dr. Thomas Burke, Ph.D, says:

“Nitric Oxide (NO) offers pain relief in a number of ways. In fact, NO is the mediator of the analgesic effect of opioids such as morphine.”


Many of us have seen what morphine can do for pain. Nitric Oxide is why it works. NO also works indirectly for pain by increasing circulation to nerve endings.

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By increasing circulation you reduce pressure on nerves due to localized water accumulation.

The research has established that NO is a mediator in:

  • Inflammation
  • Rheumatism

NO helps relieve the pain, the drug morphine produces NO, which is the non-addictive but beneficial portion of the drug. As a supplement for nerve pain NO-based intervention may produce substantial pain relief without undesirable side-effects by increasing circulation, decreasing nerve irritation, and decreasing inflammation in joints. NO can bring dramatic relief to people with pain. 

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Nitric Oxide’s Popularity

The demand for a supplement for nerve pain is so high even the drug companies want in on it. There are drug companies out there trying to harness the benefits of this pain relieving “miracle molecule”. 

NicOx is a pharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and future commercialization of drug candidates. NicOx is applying its proprietary nitric oxide-donating R&D platform to develop an internal portfolio of New Molecular Entities (NMEs) for the potential treatment of inflammatory diseases.

Nerve Pain Supplement Nitric Oxide and Chronic Pain

The use of opioids in neuropathic pain is controversial because of their limited efficacy in this pain state as compared to other pain states.

NMDA receptor antagonists, adenosine analogues, neuronal specific Ca 2+ channel blockers and NO modulators are among the pharmacological tools that are being studied to find out new treatment strategies.

Several lines of evidence indicate that the NMDA receptor is involved in the induction and maintenance of hypersensitivity states associated with chronic pain, including neuropathic pain.

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Chemical Makeup of Nitric Oxide

Nitric Oxide is simply NO.  It is one molecule of nitrogen attached to one molecule of oxygen. Nitric Oxide is produced naturally inside the body and it is critical for optimal health. 

They have found that that nitrite readily affects cyclic GMP production, cytochrome P450 activities, and heat shock protein 70 and heme oxygenase-1 expression in a variety of tissues.

This is a substantial discovery. 

Things that change gene expression fall under the research of epigenetics.  

Epigenetics are the future of health.  

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How To Boost Nitric Oxide Naturally

There are several ways to boost your nitric oxide naturally. We all know that exercise is good for the body. 

As it turns out, exercise is also a great way to boost nitric oxide levels. 

All forms of exercise increase nitric oxide levels:

  • Walking
  • Climbing
  • Biking
  • Weightlifting
  • Running

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I’m sure you know the  importance of sunlight and your Vitamin D levels, but it is also responsible for triggering the production of Nitric Oxide. Your skin stores nitric oxide metabolites(nitrate/nitrite). 

When UV rays from the sun touch your skin they change these metabolites into the more active form – nitric oxide – which is then released into your bloodstream.

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Citrulline is an amino acid that is naturally found in watermelon. It also happens to significantly raise nitric oxide, even more so than l-arginine. L citrulline is better asbsored by the gut. Because of this fact, l-citrulline is better at raising levels of L-arginine that arginine itself.   

Supplements For Nerve Pain – What’s the Best?

In your search for a supplement for nerve pain, it is important to consider the ethics of the company manufacturing the product. 

Are they in it for the money, or do they have a true desire to help people? 

One of my favorite supplements for nerve pain is Nitro

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The founding families of the company began with small businesses that might have been easy to overlook. But with hard work and innovation, founders achieved enormous business success in a multitude of industries.

After learning how these natural sources of wellness can positively impact health, the families joined together to form the company. Today, the company’s powerful products make a difference in the lives of millions of people throughout the world.

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Nerve Pain

The disabling human syndrome of “neuropathic pain” is an intractable complication of peripheral nerve injury or degeneration. A complex interaction between injured peripheral axons, sensory neurons and central nervous system signaling is thought to account for it.

In this brief review, we present evidence that the free radical signaling molecule, nitric oxide (NO) may act at several levels of the nervous system during the development of experimental neuropathic pain.

For example, NO may directly influence injured axons in the periphery, may indirectly influence pain by its role in the process of Wallerian degeneration, and may signal in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord. While it is premature to argue for therapeutic approaches that alter NO actions, it may be an important player in the cascade of events that generate neuropathic pain.

Ginseng belongs to a powerful class of plants known as adaptogenic herbs. Ginseng directly stimulates Nitric Oxide Synthase. 

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It is believed that the ginsenosides in ginseng are responsible for increasing Nitric Oxide Synthase activity. 

Another thing I love about using the Triangle, they include the other ingredients that compliment the Nitric Acid as a supplement for nerve pain. 


The Danger of Inflammation

Inflammation is at the root of most diseases, and health conditions. Did you know that inflammation is the common link between such debilitating conditions as Alzheimers, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis and is the culprit behind the visible signs of aging? 

Inflammation is a wellness buzz-word these days, and for good reason. If you reduce inflammation in your body, you’ll not only look and feel younger, but you’ll significantly lower your risk for chronic disease and pain!  

In addition to finding a supplement for nerve pain, find out what’s causing your nerve pain and work to cure the cause.

If you have diabetes then you have to work to lowering your blood sugar levels and perhaps if you are newly diagnosed as being diabetic then perhaps you can turn it around and get things back to normal with exercise, diet, and great herbs. 

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Excessive alcohol used can start the process of nerve pain and thus cutting back or stopping the use of alcohol can stop the cycle.

Shingles can cause nerve pain and is directly associated with stress… learn to relax, meditate and take time for yourself.

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Hormones imbalances can also lead to nerve pain, make sure to have your thyroid levels checked, your thyroid could be the culprit. Even being depressed can start the cycle of stress that leads to nerve pain.

10 Steps to Reducing Nerve Pain

1. Green Juicing is very important, green juicing will stop the cycle of chronic inflammation and thus get your inflamed nerves back in shape. Juicing cucumbers, celery, kale, parsley, spinach, broccoli, and any other greens will get you back on track. Also green juicing can help you cleans your body of toxins that might be causing your nerve pain. If juicing is messy or too time consuming try a juice in a pouch. My favorite is Sunrise.  

2. Stay away from white bread, processed foods, artificial colors and flavors, sweets, corn oils, fast food, and lots of caffeine (green tea is OK). 

3. Antioxidants are important, start taking Acai Berry, Grape Seed Extract, Avocado Seed Extract, and many more great antioxidants.

4. Take supplements (vitamin deficiencies can cause nerve pain) that promote nerve regeneration such as B Vitamins (especially B-1, B-6 and B-12), Vitamins D & E, Zinc, Inositol, L-Carnitine, Lipoic Acid, N-Acetylcysteine, and GABA.

5. Drink lots of water, water is the main ingredient in your body and without water you can start the inflammation process, drink water even before you are thirsty.

6. Omega 3 oils are very important, Omega 3 oils are full of great anti-inflammatories and will help to sooth away inflammation and start the healing process. My favorite source of this is Sunset, which is also a great source for Tocotrienals.  

7. Meditate first thing in the morning and the last thing at night for 15 to 20 minutes. Meditation calms the mind/body causing inflammation to subside.

8. Walking is not only good for the body, it’s also works great for the mind. Walking gets endorphins going in your body thus generating serotonin in your brain… so slowly your aches and pains start to disappear.

9. Lose weight, being overweight can start the inflammation process and just losing a few pounds can lower pain level and get you moving.

10. Get a good night’s rest, without sleep you start the cycle of chronic inflammation, so find out what’s causing you from not sleeping well and start sleeping deeply. I know that is easier said than done, but that is another article.  

Supplements For Nerve Pain – Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed learning about nitric oxide in the treatment of nerve pain. If you have any comments or questions on the use of supplements for nerve pain, please post them in the comment box below.

Does it Really Matter What Kind of Facial Cleanser We Use?

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What is the real role a cleanser plays in our beauty routines—as in, exactly how much can you expect from a product that stays on your skin for approximately 30 -90 seconds?

The whole point of a cleanser is to gently remove dirt, makeup, and sweat, without stripping the natural oils from your skin.

It should be:

  • Relatively simple
  • Straightforward
  • Something that never stings or burns

What’s inside your cleanser is often less important than what’s not.

Look for something that’s fragrance free, and stay away from:

  • Alcohol
  • Witch hazel
  • Alpha hydroxy acids

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Cleanser Misconceptions

We’ve been brought up to think that ‘squeaky clean’ is good, but in order to do that you have to use so much soap, and really, that’s not great for your skin. Those prone to breakouts should also avoid harsh cleansers.

You’re  just drying out the surface, irritating the cells, and making more blemishes.

In recent years, cleansing oils have developed a cult following for their ability to remove makeup and dirt while leaving skin dewy and hydrated.  For anti-aging benefits it’s unrealistic to expect them from washing alone. I think it’s better to use a gentle cleanser, followed by a treatment or serum that really penetrates.

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A key requirement to a healthier, younger-looking appearance is clean skin. When dirt and environmental contaminants are stripped away, the skin surface is prepared for nourishment. 

Boosting Cleanser

There’s a new cleanser on the block that uses an extract from the Noni plant to dilate your pores. It thoroughly cleans your face without stripping the natural oils and prepares the skin to accept the serum. 

The Cleanser helps to clean and open your skin to an infusion of rich vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids that help prevent and reduce visible signs of aging. 

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How to use:

  • Apply a pearl-sized drop of the Cleanser to remove make up, wet your finger tips and massage gently.
  • Use a clean, warm , wet wash cloth to remove cleanser and make up.
  • Pat dry and apply another pro five to drop of cleanser massage into dry skin.
  • Wet your finger tips with warm water continue to massage in for two minutes or if you have a Clarisonic use it now.
  • Rinse using a clean, warm, wet wash cloth. Your skin is now prepared for the Serum.

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Your skin is now prepared for the Serum.

Contents: 90 ml

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What About Toners?

A question I hear a lot is why we don’t have toner. They say “we need toner to close our pores”. Actually toner is a rip off from companies, because they say it closes your pores.

Your skin closes its own pores.  

Your skin is a barrier function so that’s what it does every day all day. Plus it would be pointless to open your pores with the cleanser and then close them with a toner so that nothing else can get in.

So you open them with the cleanser, then you let the good ingredients in.

After you’re  through applying serum and cream, your skin balances its own pH.

All toner does is strip the natural moisture from your face. All outstanding skincare lines, that are really good for you, never have toner.

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That is part of bargain lines and lower end lines. If you will notice most medical lines do not include toner. To me it is unethical, and they take advantage of unsuspecting buyers.

Technically pores don’t have muscles so they don’t open or close. It’s a term used to help people understand  the process of emptying them so they appear smaller but having a great product to penetrate to keep them tight.

Ingredients: The “Core 4”

The key ingredients of the Skin Care System are natural botanicals extracted from the stem cells of a rare Swiss apple.

These extracts, combined with some of the same ingredients found in the company’s incredibly popular nutritional products—including blueberry, Noni, and Vitamin E Tocotrienols—act as nutritional building blocks for the skin’s own regenerative process, and leave the user with softer, brighter, more youthful looking skin.

Four products make up the Skin Care System:

  • Boosting Cleanser
  • Serum
  • Day Crème
  • Night Crème

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Each product, designed to work for any skin type, acts to hydrate and nourish the skin to prevent and reduce the visible signs of aging.

While speaking to Distributors in Ft. Worth, Kyäni Founder and Chairman, Kirk Hansen, shared the following:

“We’ve had other products proposed to us,” Hansen explained, “Even products developed. But we didn’t go with them because they just weren’t impactful enough.” Kirk goes on to say, “We had to wait for two things to be just right. The quality of the new products—and the science behind them—had to match up with the products we already have. Today the timing is right, and the products are unequaled.”

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Kirk Hansen

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