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Piercing a 500-Year Veil

January 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Nutrition

I steered my little Nissan rental car higher… deeper into Jamaica’s John Crow Mountains. S-curves and switchbacks emerged suddenly out of the sheets of blinding rain.

As the storm finally began to clear, I spotted a cluster of tin-roofed houses and tiny shops. I had reached my destination: the home of Jamaica’s last living Maroon healer, Ivelyn Harris.

For centuries, the Maroons have been among the world’s most skilled herbalists. With just the plants growing in their mountain home, their healers may have already conquered problems that still challenge modern medicine. For example, I’d heard stories that…

Is Your Skin Starving?

January 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Skincare

Here’s something you won’t hear from your dermatologist. If you want the best-looking skin possible, you need to make sure you get enough of one overlooked nutrient. It’s the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).

Unfortunately for us, we can’t make GLA in our bodies. We have to get it from outside sources. And it’s not called “essential” for nothing. Your body has to have it to help maintain your largest organ – your skin.

Younger – Looking Skin in One Easy Step

January 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Anti-Aging

In our culture, youth is prized. And for women, having great-looking skin means one thing.

It looks young.

But if you’re like many of my patients, it’s tough to find a skincare product to help you appear like you turned back the clock.

You can spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on the latest skincare products that promise you the moon. But they’re often the ones loaded with chemicals like parabens, carcinogens and gasoline distillates that can harm your skin and your health.

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Al Sears, M.D., is a practicing physician with extensive experience in the fields of complementary and natural healthcare. The recommendation and materials on this site represent his opinion based on his years of practicing medicine. Any recommendations are not intended to replace the advice of your physician. You are encouraged to seek advice from a competent medical professional regarding the applicability of any recommendations with regard to your symptoms or condition. It is important that you do not reduce, change or discontinue any medication or treatment without consulting your physician first.