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  How healthy are you?
Be honest with yourself! How long is it since you have exercised, or eaten any fresh fruit or vegetables on a daily basis? Most people, if they were being honest with themselves, would probably answer by saying, “I can’t remember the last time I exercised” or “I don’t have time to cook all those complicated recipes using all fresh foods, that’s why I go for the quick easy option”. The frightening reality is that seven out of ten men and eight out of ten women have no idea how much exercise they have to do to have a positive effect on their health. However, on the other hand, if you asked people how often they drink alcohol, tea, coffee and eat convenience foods, they would probably say “very often” either because they perceive it takes less time or they convince themselves that they are not doing themselves any harm. The reality of today’s population is that we have turned into couch, or beach potatoes. Recent research has shown that if we continue as we are at the minute, 60% of British people will be classed as morbidly obese in the next ten years. One in five of British children under the age of five, are classed as being obese. This, if we continue as we are, is going to result in a huge explosion in heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Diabetes and heart disease are the fastest growing western diseases. That’s the bad news, but the good news is that it is very simple to stop this downward slide.
   
  Skin cancer
 INFORMATION FROM THE CARDIFF AND VALE NHS TRUST DEPARTMENT OF DERMATOLOGY   WHAT DOES BASAL CELL CARCINOMA [BCC] MEAN? •  Basal Cell Carcinoma [BCC] is the most common type of skin cancer.•  It never spreads to other parts of the body.•  It grows very slowly.•  ‘Rodent ulcer’ is another name for ‘Basal Cell Carcinoma’ [BCC].  WHAT DOES A BCC LOOK LIKE? •  A spot which won’t heal  - bleeds and crusts.•  Usually on the face, ear, scalp and neck; sometimes on back, shoulders arms or legs.  WHAT CAUSES BCC’s?  BCC’s are caused by sunlight over many years.  The skin damage comes from being outdoors often, even for a short time.  WHO GETS BCC’s? •  People who work outdoors.•  Fair skinned people.•  Older rather than younger people.•  People who have lived in sunny climates.   HOW ARE BCC’s TREATED?  There are many treatments.  The best for your depends on your age and health, the size , site and number of BCC’s you have.  1. Surgery  After a local anaesthetic, the BCC is painlessly cut out and stitches used to repair the skin.  This is done in the outpatient department and usually takes less than an hour.   2. Freezing [cryosurgery]  The BCC is frozen using liquid nitrogen.  This can be uncomfortable for a few days.  3. Radiotherapy  A beam of x-rays is shone at the BCC for varying lengths of time over several weeks.  4. Curettage and cautery  After a local anaesthetic injection, the BCC is painlessly scraped off and the raw skin sealed.  HOW CAN I HELP MYSELF?  BCC’s are a warning that your skin has been damaged by the sun.  The best ways to prevent further damage are:- • Avoid sun between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is strongest.• Plan outdoor activities for early morning or late afternoon.• Use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor [SPF] of 15 or more, whenever you are outdoors.• Remember your lips, nose, ears, backs of hands and scalp if balding.• Wear long sleeved tops and preferably wide brimmed hats when outside.• Once you have had a BCC removed, you are slightly more likely to get other new BCC’s in the future.  Any new spot rapidly getting bigger or lasting for more than 3 months should be seen by your GP.
   
  Health and relaxation therapy
Elisabeth Sorby, her husband and children now aged 14, 12 and 10 years of age left Norway during 2002 and headed for Torrevieja, where Elisabeth set up her own ‘ Health and Relaxation Studio’ in the Scandinavian Centre based in Calle La Loma, 37. Elisabeth is qualified in all the treatments that she administers, and is also a practising ‘Healing Medium’.
   
  Fungus Infections of the Nails and Feet
When you look at your feet you see skin peeling off in layers between your toes and the area is very itchy. On the sole of your foot you see small blisters and the skin on your heels is thickened, brownish and horny looking and tends to crack. Or perhaps your toe nails have surfaces which are yellowy-green in colour with ridges and underneath the nail is hollow and crumbly. What’s the problem? The problem is a fungal infection.
   
  Aromatherapy for Little Things That Bite
We are all too familiar here in Spain with mosquitoes, midges and sand flies etc but there are essential oils you can use to help keep them at bay and also to reduce the severity of their bites.
   
 
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