Does Preparation H reduce the Puffiness in the eyes?

I didn’t make up this question.

I came across this draft in my other blog and had a chance to review the video again before posting it here.

A viewer of Dr. Izzy’s Sunday Housecall program had emailed and asked Dr. Izzy, does the preparation H reduce the puffiness in the eyes?

The first part of this 8:28 minutes video on Swine Flu is a kind of outdated info. You will find Dr. Izzy’s answer to this Preparation H and the puffiness in the eyes’ question somewhere down the 4:30 minutes mark. Finally Dr. Izzy also answered the question, “Should Kids Stay in Hospital Long After the Tonsils are Out?” and other tonsil related questions, as well as the self-live of TammyFlu. Here we go:

BTW, talking about hemorrhoid, I remember someone asked me last year in one of the mailing lists I subscribed, what did I do with the complaint of hemorrhoids?

I told him that it has never happened again since I started taking Isotonix OPC-3 religiously, but of course, there is no study to proof that the OPC-3 has anything to do with hemorrhoids when I told him that. However, out of curiosity while typing this post, I went to pubmed site and put in the search words, ‘pycnogenol hemorrhoid’. Voila! Here comes this abstract listed in Pubmed site:

Phytother Res. 2010 Mar;24(3):438-44.

Pycnogenol treatment of acute hemorrhoidal episodes.
Belcaro G, Cesarone MR, Errichi B, Di Renzo A, Grossi MG, Ricci A, Dugall M, Cornelli U, Cacchio M, Rohdewald P.

Irvine2 Vascular Labs & Microcirculation, Physiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences, G D’Annunzio University, General Surgery, Guardiagrele (Ch)-Ortona (Pe) Pescara, San Valentino Vascular Screening Project, Italy.

We investigated the efficacy of orally and topically applied Pycnogenol for the management of acute hemorrhoidal attacks in a controlled, randomized study with 84 subjects. Within less than 48 h of onset of an acute attack, patients were enrolled and signs and symptoms were scored. This evaluation was repeated after seven days’ treatment and again seven days following treatment cessation. The decrease in scores was significantly more pronounced in the Pycnogenol-treated groups than in the control group given placebo (p < 0.05), showing the efficacy of Pycnogenol for relieving signs and symptoms of acute external hemorrhoids. In a group of patients given topical (0.5%) Pycnogenol in addition to oral Pycnogenol the improvement in symptoms set in significantly faster and was more pronounced. The most prominent symptom, hemorrhoidal bleeding, was completely absent in all patients treated with Pycnogenol for seven days and also at the 14 days follow-up. .... PMID: 20041428 [PubMed - in process]

For those who want to read more, you can download the full article from Wiley Interscience site or get the full list of the latest research papers on pycnogenol in this pubmed page. You can find the full abstract of this article by clicking the first article on that list.

As someone who can’t live without Isotonix OPC-3, I’m really glad to see a report like this. May be now, I can refer people with questions on hemorrhoids to this study, then let them talk to their doctor. As for puffiness and hemorrhoid, I just wonder, if your doctor suggests it to you, would you try the method mentioned in the video to tighten your skin around your eyes with Preparation H? πŸ™‚

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Noli Me Tangere — Touch Me Not

Did you know that in the United States alone, 30 – 45 million women suffered from low sexual drive?

At first I thought this number comes from the number of menopausal women. According to Wikipedia there are some 76 millions of baby boomers in the United States. Thus if half of them are women, then the numbers just fall right around the middle of the boomers’ number.

A good friend of mine, Joe Setyawan even has a name to describe the sleeping position of a menopausal wife. Most of the time the wife would go to bed earlier than the husband, then she would sleep in a ‘noli me tangere,’ the Latin for “touch me not” position. Of course this has nothing to do with Dr. Jose Rizal’s novel or the Gospel of John. When the husband comes in later, what he finds is his wife that is sleeping in a very protective position leaving only her back which is continuously broadcasting the ‘noli me tangere’ signal.

That’s why I was a bit surprised to hear Juliet Huddy said in this video — it is estimated that around 20% of young women have a persistently low interest in sex — as she introduces this topic and asks the question to Dr. Rosenfeld. Please listen to their exchanges below:



After watching this, the first question that came to mind was, “does ‘noli me tangere’ story also common in young couples’ life?” Unfortunately, other sources confirmed that there is a real problem with young women too. For example, Mary Shomon – known for her works on thyroid problems wrote in Dr. Hotze’s website the following:

Many women consider loss of sex drive as an unavoidable part of getting older, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Low β€” or no β€” sex drive may actually be a sign of undiagnosed, untreated hypothyroidism in some women. If you have a problem with your libido, any medical workup your doctor does to evaluate you should also include a complete thyroid examination, to rule out low thyroid as a potential cause.

A quick search from the Internet show that these 2 sites offer some good info on low sexual drive and its causes. Both give evidences that support Dr. Izzy and Mary Shomon’s explanations above:

  • Mayo Clinic listed the following 4 problem areas and any problem in these areas would affect the libido in women:

    • Physical causes
    • Hormone changes
    • Psychological causes
    • Relationship issues

  • Dr. Hotze’s website provides answers to question: What causes low libido in women?

If Dr. Izzy jokingly said, he has never met one of these young women with low interest in sex, I will say the same thing too. The privacy and the sensitivity of the problem prevent it to become a topic that anyone would share with other beside their love one. But after listening to Dr. Izzy’s video and going through these references myself, now, I am also curious. What is really happened in the real world?

For me, recognizing that there is a problem is the first step toward finding a solution. Since most of the visitors to my site are not in baby boomers age group like me, I have listed the following questions for you:

  • Do you happen to know any young woman who is struggling with this problem out there? (no I didn’t ask who is she? πŸ™‚ )
  • Do you know how did she overcome this problem?
  • Did she go to see a doctor and get a specific treatment?
  • Did she take any specific medications such as what Dr. Izzy mentioned in this video?
  • Did she go for some alternative treatments such as acupuncture, yoga or taking the supplements to overcome the problem?
  • Last but not least, did you ever come across any personal story on the web from how did they overcome these problems in their lives?

Hopefully, with some added references, we may encourage those young women who are suffering out there to go and seek medical help, to enjoy or re-enjoy a healthy sexual life (again). I hope!

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Welcome to My Wellness Blog

For those of you who has landed on this page by accident, please check my post in A Tanone Dot Net for the reasons why I have created this new blog so I don’t need to repeat the story here.

Today, while I was wondering what to post as my first entry, I went to check the Alexa site to look at the historical data from my old blog there. While the Alexa Ranking is not in the position I’d like it to be, I’m sure it will come down as I put more attention to blogging and reinstall my Alexa Toolbar. But the result below is what I would like to see:


As you can see from this Top Queries result, for the Wellness Topic, Resveratrol related postings received the most visits outside WordPress topics, even though the share percentage is low. Unfortunately, the Resveratrol related posts were the victims of last October purge, and the new queries after October would not be able to find them so I guess this data has not been updated since then. That was why instead of writing a new post, I just went back to edit those private posts and make them public again. Here are the first 4 posts that I would like to share with y’all here:

This is my opening entry and together with the information provided in the ‘About’ page, you may guess what is the direction I’m going to or what are you going to find in this new blog. Note that the tagline, “Sharing Wellnes Info One Story At A Time” from my old blog has also been transfered to this blog. I know you may ask, why do we have 4 links instead of one story in this post? πŸ™‚ The answer is, they all share the same mission. Inform the visitors of the need of taking the supplements.

Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions that would make this blog a gateway to find more Wellness info in this cyber jungle.

Thanks for your visit!

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