Argentine Beauticians Give Chemo Patients A Reason To Look In The Mirror

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For cancer patients dealing with the physical and psychological trauma of the disease, even looking in the mirror can be difficult. When chemotherapy robs your hair, it’s common to feel that a part of your identity goes missing as well.

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in Argentina, after heart disease, and the country’s cancer mortality rate is the third highest in Latin America after Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago.

“Look Good Feel Better” is a program that offers free lessons in makeup and skin care, with tips on covering heads gone bald and using eye-liner to replace fallen eyebrows.

It’s an opportunity for beauticians to share their skills, for companies to donate products and for people with cancer to find some hope.

The idea began 25 years ago in the U.S., where more than 700,000 women have participated, and it has spread to Argentina and 23 other countries where chemotherapy is increasingly common. Argentina was the first Latin American nation to launch it, in 1999, and it has since grown to 100 sites across the country.

For Mariela Steinberg, 38, it has made all the difference. She’s had multiple surgeries in a yearlong fight with uterine and cervical cancer, and was shocked at first to look in the mirror.

“You see a face but you don’t recognize it as your own. But now I can say, little by little, I am beginning to adapt,” she said during a two-hour class. “All of a sudden I begin to recognize myself. I am made-up, beautified.”

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in Argentina, after heart disease, and the country’s cancer mortality rate is the third highest in Latin America after Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago, the Pan American Health Organization says.

Staying optimistic is known to increase the odds of survival, and appearance can have an outsized impact. Thus the program’s theme, “Hope is beautiful.”

Daiana Castro, a 23-year-old hairstylist with ovarian cancer, was traumatized at first. “I had red hair, beautiful and long, and when it fell out I didn’t leave the house for a week.”

Then she sought out one of the classes at Hospital San Martin. “If you have makeup on, you feel better. It helps you not to feel down,” Castro said.

Makeup tips include techniques for covering extremely dark circles, creating the impression of eyelashes, drawing on eyebrows where none remain, and wrapping headscarves so they won’t slip off smooth skin.

Psychiatric oncologist Gabriela Ozco says the program is a key part of holistic treatments.

“At first, they don’t want to look in the mirror,” she said. “It’s one of the first symptoms that we’ve noticed with patients. And the fact is that in such workshops one of the first things they do is get them looking in the mirror. So they are faced with, ‘This is who I am,’ and from there on, it’s all about getting better.”


A Little Bit Of Wine Never Hurt

Benefits of red wine

Red Wine

French paradox
The “French paradox” is the observation that the French experience low levels of coronary heart disease despite a high-saturated fat diet. Many nutritionists have speculated that the consumption of red wine as a prominent component to French culinary culture may explain this apparent paradox.

Physician Julie B. Damp reported, “There are multiple observational studies suggesting moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with decreased incidence of cardiovascular disease, including lower risk of heart attacks.” Moderate means one 5-ounce glass for women per day and one to two 5-ounce glasses for men per day.

Other alcohol
Other sources of alcohol share some of the positive effects of red wine. According to registered dietician Amanda Bontempo, all sources of alcohol can increase the cardio-protective blood marker, HDL-cholesterol.

Furthermore, registered dietician Alison Massey suggested that the ethanol may be responsible for the benefits to counter atherosclerosis, — a condition characterized by a thickening of the artery wall.

Resveratrol is found in red grape skins and appears to be the source of red wine’s health benefits. It may prevent fat accumulation and reduce insulin resistance, which lowers the risk of diabetes.

Resveratrol also prevents blood clotting and plaque formation in arteries while improving vascular function. Bontempo explained, “The bio-active chemicals found only in red wine are flavanoids, polyphenols and specifically resveratrol which act as anti-inflammatories and antioxidants to prevent harmful cellular damage.”

Anti-cancer activity
But that’s not all resveratrol has done. Studies have shown this molecule can reduce tumor incidence by targeting different stages in cancer development.

“It may prove anti-carcinogenic by inhibiting certain enzymes, promoting cancer cell death, and preventing the development of blood vessels needed to feed a tumor,” Bontempo said. Interestingly, grapes grown in cool climates have higher concentrations of resveratrol.

Keep in mind that you can get the same health benefits elsewhere. Flavonoids, for instance, are found in other foods (fruits and vegetables), cocoa and some juices. Grapes and red grape juice also have many of the same components as red wine.

People with high triglyceride levels — which is associated with heart disease and diabetes — should limit alcohol consumption because this can raise those levels even higher.

Wine also contains empty calories, which can lead to weight gain.

“Drinking greater amounts of alcohol is associated with negative health effects such as increased cancer risk, liver disease, high blood pressure, heart failure and addiction,” Damp said.

Damp suggested that some of the associated benefits of alcohol consumption may be, in part, related to healthy lifestyle choices — such as nutritious diets and physically active schedules — on the part of moderate consumers. One should never overlook physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight when trying to improve overall health.



Getting Your Septum, Lip & Belly Button Pierced

Recently I got my septum pierced . That’s the one that is in the middle of your nose . People refer to it as the “bull” piercing . As a Tattooed parent with piercings I decided to post a blog about taking care of your septum piercing , belly button piercing & lip piercing .

Now I know most people believe people with piercings are rebels or outlaws. From my opinion “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” Some of the greatest people from the 21st century (and wayyyyy before) had piercings . Even curtain cultures believe in piercings and what people call “weird” rituals. Feel free to voice your opinions .





  1. Clean the septum twice a day. Soak a cotton wool bud or Q-Tip in a salt water or a saline solution. Gently move your piercing to ensure that the solution gets inside the wound. Be sure to remove all crusting—if it is not removed it will harden around the ring and tear the inside of your piercing when the ring moves. Crusting also promotes bacteria growth, and thus infection.
    • Pull the tips of the septum keeper down when you clean your piercing.
    • Do not pick at any crusting or scabbing with your fingers, as this will lead to excessive scar tissue and infection.
    • Avoid turning and playing with the ring for the first 4 weeks. When cleaning, you should move it very gently, and only enough to thoroughly clean the piercing.
  2. Dry the piercing completely after cleaning. This should be done by patting (not rubbing) it with a paper tissue. Don’t use a towel—they can harbor bacteria.
  3. Use essential lavender oil to help speed up healing. Apply 1-2 drops after cleaning every other day. Remove any excess with a tissue. Be sure not to overuse this, though, as too much lavender oil will cause skin irritation.
  4. Do not remove your ring for any reason during the first 8-10 weeks. Also avoid wearing any sort of sleeper for the first few months, as the sharp hinges can cause tearing and infection in the wound.




  • Taking care of your navel piercing : Wash with antibacterial soap once or twice a day. First, wash your hands and remove any crust on the piercing with a cotton swab or Q-Tip. Then, gently clean the site with antibacterial soap and water.[1] Avoid tugging on the piercing, which will be painful and slow the healing.
    • Make sure the soap suds get in the holes. The easiest, gentlest way to do this is to half-fill a cup with soapy water, gently place it over the piercing, and lightly swish it around. It may hurt a little if the piercing is fairly new, but the pain will wear off in a few days.
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    Don’t apply alcohol or peroxide. Both will dry out the skin.[1] In fact, hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizing agent that can have corrosive effects on your skin and disrupt wound repair.[2]

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    Don’t apply ointment. This will prevent oxygen, which is essential to the healing process, from reaching the piercing.[1]

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    Don’t swim. Whether it’s a chlorinated pool, a hot tub with bromine, or a natural river, it’s best to avoid getting anything besides soapy water in your piercing.[1]

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    Don’t touch the piercing during the healing process. The only time you should touch your belly button ring is when cleaning it.Always remember to wash your hands beforehand.

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    Don’t remove the jewelry during the healing process. Though many piercings heal within six weeks, others can take months.[1] Check with your piercing artist (or read the paperwork you should have gotten with the piercing) for an exact timeline.

    • If you want a new look, and your piercing does not hurt when you touch it, you may unscrew the balls from the barbel and change them, but leave the barbel in place at all times. Changing it will irritate the piercing and may introduce bacteria to the wound. You may also choose to decorate the piercing using a
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    Keep an eye out for infection. If there is clear or semi-white liquid, it means it’s healing. If it’s yellow, green, or smelly it may be infected. In this case, go to a doctor,[1] or visit your piercer and discuss the proper care.

  1. When you first get home, do NOT touch or move your piercing at all. It may still be a little sore because your body is getting used to the metal object in your skin. Just leave it under your top.
  2. ‘Steam clean’ your belly button. After a few hours of having it done, you can get some salt (sea salt is best) and boiling water in a small glass. Allow the water to cool slightly and then lean forward and put the glass on your stomach, then lean back. If you do it right, you will get a seal between your skin and the cup so nothing will leak. It can be tricky at first but after a while you will get the hang of it. Now with it on, wait 10 to 15 minutes, and the salt will clean it. (CLEANING WITH JUST A Q-TIP AND WATER IS FINE TOO)
  3. After you have cleaned it with the salty water, rinse it off with running water from the tap. afterwards you need to dry it. Don’t use a towel or dish cloth because these carry lots of bactreria. Instead use a clean paper towel and gently dry it. You must do this for about 3 – 4 months until it has healed completely.
  4. Bathing / showering. It is best if you take a shower, because it’s a stream of clean water constantly. However if you must bathe, do not put any bubble-mixture, strong bath oils, or soap in the water because this will irritate it. Instead have the water clean, and bathe as you would usually. Do not wash your hair in the water (because your hair carries a lot of germs too) and do NOT shave any part of your body while in the bath, because the small hairs may get caught in your piercing. Instead, shave and wash your hair after, without getting your piercing wet.
  5. Be careful how you sleep. If, like many people, you find yourself sleeping on your stomach (which is a problem) you can try this trick I used. If your bed is a single bed – Grab some spare pillows, and pile them up on one side. You can do this better if you lie on the bed. Put enough space for you to lie on your back, and then put the pillows on the remaining space. Now in your sleep, if you try and roll over you will be stopped by the pillows, or you will stay on your side. You have to try it a few times to get it right for your body shape, but it’s a good trick.
  6. Clothing – Most clothing will be fine, but stay away from tight, restricting clothes. Big belts are bad, because your body needs to get air, and the belt will not only put pressure on your piercing, it will limit the fresh air getting to it. Try and wear cotton or other soft fabrics, because these will irritate your skin less. If you know you are going to have to wear some kind of itchy clothing (P.E uniforms for school can sometimes be irritating to your skin) you can buy an eye-patch and put it over the piercing and then take it off after you have gotten changed.


  • Taking Care Of Your Lip Piercing :
  1. Before you get your lip pierced, think about “Is it worth it?” and “Do I have time to clean it?
  2. The day you get it pierced it usually won’t bleed and if it does it’s a very tiny amount.
  3.  You have your lip pierced! After you get it pierced you should go buy a bottle of Mouthwash that DOES NOT CONTAIN ALCOHOL (i.e: Biotene), Q-tips, and sea salt. Mix the sea salt and the warm water together to clean your piercing.. (If you don’t have any available)
    4. The piercing should heal in 6 to 8 weeks. After that time period you don’t have to clean it that often. Your lip will get swollen but that’s normal.
    5. Clean your lip after every meal and make sure you brush your teeth also. Grab a Q-Tip and soak one end in a warm water/sea salt mixture and gently rub around the piercing in your inner and outer lip. Then use a small amount of the nonalcoholic mouthwash normally. Your lip will get crusted blood on it just make sure you wash it all off.

What They Call “Conception” !


Pregnancy may be an ordinary occurrence to some people. We see women with bulging bellies, hardly able to walk straight, almost everywhere, on a daily basis. Most often, pregnancy is viewed as a consequence rather than a gift.

Few people realize what a miracle transpires once a woman becomes pregnant. Science can explain what the mechanics are, but if fully grasped, no amount of scientific explanation can entirely illuminate the real marvel of this experience.

As the girl’s body matures, her reproductive organ initiates a process called ovulation. This is when her ovaries start to release egg that is waiting to be fertilized. On most women, this happens on a monthly basis. During sexual intercourse and upon ejaculation by a man, millions of spermatozoa are released through the penis and finally to the female’s vagina where the egg sit silently, waiting to be fertilized.

Once these sperms are released, only the strongest and the fastest will be able to reach the egg; the first to reach the egg becomes the sole survivor. This sperm will enter an opening and penetrates the egg. Once it enters the egg, the sperm will lose its tail and its head will enlarge, the egg will start to enlarge as well. As this meeting happens, conception begins. The egg is now ready. It will implant itself to the uterus and if all goes well–a new being is going to happen.

As tedious as it may seem, this process roughly takes only 5-10 minutes—that is when it becomes a wonder. A most complex being, humans that is—only takes 10 minutes to generate. Cooking rice and washing dishes seems to take longer. And the best part is, as it happens, it never really occurred to anyone that it is happening. The process is so muted that even the bodies involved are not aware that a creation is about to begin or is already happening. Only when symptoms and pregnancy signs begins (usually after a month or so), that they realized they have finally conceived.

Magic Mouth Wash


1 Part Milk of Magnesia (2 tsp – for her weight and age. She could have swallowed up to 1 tablespoon of this, but to create the mixture we only needed 2 teaspoons.)

1 Part Children’s Benedryl (2 tsp – for her weight and age. This was the maximum dosage she could have swallowed if she hadn’t taken a Zyrtec.)

1 Part (or a little less) of water (1.5 tsp – to make it easier to stir and mix)

I think having your sore throat eased really is magic.These over the counter remedies are always around in my house. Now that we know how to make it, we’ll be saving ourselves a lot of money on throat spray and cough drops.

Note: I’m not a doctor and you should always check with your physician or pharmacist before taking any medication or giving it to your children. Please be careful!


Things They Don’t Tell You Post-Partum

Inlisted in this blog is a few of the many things that the doctors DON’T tell you postpartum. These things have not only happened to me but many other mother’s also. Solutions are provided and hopefully can be helpful! Enjoy.

*Feel free to leave comments about things that have happened to you and I will add them to the list!*

1. Your gonna bruise. Ever since I had Sophia I have noticed that I bruise easier than a banana! Bruises can hurt of course. But more than anything there just annoying imperfections on our body.

Solution : I have read that certain vitamins may help to reduce and/or get rid of bruises. Arnica cream not only prevents bruises but also can ease the pain of bruises and heal it quickly. DO NOT use it on broken skin. It is poisonous internally, but okay external. Apply cream several times daily to area. Bromelain supplements in tablet or capsule form also may help. Take 250-500 In between meals. Hydrotherapy also works in fighting bruises. Get two cloths, soak one in hot water and soak the other one in very cold water. Put the hot cloth on first for 3 minutes, remove the hot cloth, and apply the cold cloth for 30 seconds. Repeat this four times but keep soaking the cloths to keep them hot and cold.

2. Your gonna have mood swings. Your baby want be the only person crying around the house. Most women experience baby blues, Post-patrum depression and just stress crying . Trust me I know from experience that non of the above is fun!

Solution : Try to create a stress-free environment! Get someone to watch the baby while you take a relaxing bath, Read a book, or go for a walk in the park. Find your peaceful place.

3. Your peeing schedule will be off. I it sounds super funny but it’s true. Your body has to adjust to going to the bathroom regularly again.

Solutions : My doctor recommended to try and go every 2 to 3 hours until your body is healed. If you notice you don’t feel the urge to try drinking a tall glass of water every other hour to help things go along.

4. Your shoes aren’t gonna fit. (most likely) Most women don’t notice that not only do your feet become swollen they also get longer or wider than they used to be. Just think of it like this all that extra weight is pushed agaist the soles of your feet. Your feet can widen pr become longer to adjust.

Solution : Buy bigger shoes?

5. Your taste buds can change. Remember that pickle and onion sanwich with peanut butter ? Uhmmm, yeah that might not taste so good since your not pregnant any more.

Solution : If you haven’t ate a certain type of food since pregnancy try not to make a big batch just yet. What you liked then, You may not like today.

6. You may be to tired to dress up. After having a baby things can get very energy draining. Just remember to do whats comfertable for you. If pj’s and a sports bra is the most comfertable for you than go for it ! You just had a baby. Trust me you will have other times where you can dress up. But for now just relax.

Solution : Be comfertable. Just wear blush and mascara instead of eyeliner, foundation, and lip stick wich can rub off and get every where if you fall asleep.

7. You may be to tired to take a bath. Not to mention not enough time either!

Solution : Try leaning your head over the tub and washing your hair in the mornings. That way at night all you have to do is jump in and wash off.

8. You might loose your hair. This never happened to me, But quite the opposite. Don’t freak though! it’s completely normal and just try not to damage your hair as much by putting 1,000 different hair product in your hair.

Solution : A) Keep Taking your vitamins. They really are sooo good for you. If you feel weird taking prenatal vitamins when your not pregnant try finding a daily vitamin. B) Don’t brush your hair wet. C) Wear your hair down. D) Don’t avoid getting your hair cut. And E) Wash your hair daily.

9. You will have a really heavy period. No matter how you give birth you will have postpartum bleeding. This discharge is called lochia. It last about 2 to 3 weeks. Some women bleed te whole 6 weeks.

Solution : Wear bigger pads, and try not to get up to fast.

10. Breastfeeding might be difficult. If you choose to breastfeed your baby, be prepared for a little bit of work. I tried for days AFTER coming home to breastfeed Sophia and I just couln’t get her to latch on in the hospital.

Solution : Talk to your local lactation consultant. They can give you advice and some will even come to your home.

11. Your boobs may get hard. If your breastfeeding it can get even harder.

Solution : Try laying a warm wash cloth on your chest. Or wearing a bigger bra.

12. Hemmheroids. They suck. Seriously ! Some women even say that it’s worse than childbirth itself. I want lie… They can make you want to cry! Not sure how long they last because it depends on the persons body. Any where between 2 weeks – and 9 months. YIKES!

Solution : Preparation H, Suppositories or a HOT bath. (not burning hot) If all else fails try laying on your stomach. It takes the pressure off.


13. Your heads gonna hurt .
One of the side effects of a epidural and child birth itself is headaches .
Solution :
I take Tylenol or ibuprofen . Using a cold wash cloth can also help when your eyes begin to hurt!

14. Your nails can look horrible . This doesn’t happen to every women post partum but it CAN ! I know after I had Sophia my nails chipped, broke and every thing in between !
Solution : keep up your nails. Whether that means a manicure of simply buffing and clipping them.



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