Almond oil by itself will not do much. To be clear, almond oil is different from essential oils, which DO have an effect on stretch marks when used properly. Essential oils are volatile molecules that you use just 1-2 drops of, vs almond oil which is something you rub/slather on or cook with. The best way is to mix them together.
For stretch marks, use a mixture of 1 teaspoon of almond oil with 1 drop of juniper essential oil, 1 drop of lemon essential oil, 1 drop of geranium essential oil, and 1 drop of grapefruit essential oil, or any combination of these that you can find. Do not use more than 4 drops total. Rub this mixture *after* your post-workout shower for best results.
You can find these essential oils at most health foods stores or online. Go with a reputable brand like Aura Cacia, Doterra, Veriditas Botanicals, Springfield, New Directions, or Young Living. Essential oils from any of these companies will work well, though they have different price points. You can also buy a pre-made product especially for pre- and post-workout circulation and skin health, like either of these that I provide at my online store: Cellulite Detox Body Oil, and Sore-No-More™. Both reduce the appearance of stretch marks very quickly when used properly.
For more on how to use essential oils, I suggest reading this: James L Poole's answer to Healthy Living: Do essential oils work?.
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Don't worry about eggs. Just avoid processed foods. These foods have high levels of unhealthy saturated fats, trans fats, and other factors that increase oxidation and acidity in the body, which is what leads to the actual problems that we think of cholesterol as causing. Note: cholesterol in itself is not a harmful thing - it is a necessary component for hormones and other body functions. Cholesterol only becomes a problem when other factors come into play, like those caused by highly processed foods.
Examples of these foods include products of meat (like bacon, pre-prepared meat products in packages, anything with nitrates in it), most commercial breakfast cereals, and most packaged and pre-made meals in general. They contain problematic chemicals, preservatives, and other additives that deplete the nutritive value of the food and can wreak havoc as the body tries (unsuccessfully) to process them.
If you're just learning how to find healthy foods that don't raise cholesterol, I'd suggest checking the ingredients list on any food item you want to buy - if there is anything you can't pronounce or that isn't clearly the food item you are intending to buy, you should probably stay away from it. If you do this you will already be ahead of most of the population.
You might also want to read the Environmental Working Group's information on Chemicals in Food.
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Herbal medicine is not unpopular. You just have to look in the right places for it. I can tell you that a medical pharmacology database will not be your best source for information on natural medicine, nor will it contain the proper references or even tell you where you can find the proper references. It has nothing to do with its popularity or lack thereof - you are searching in the wrong places.
The majority of 'drugs' are synthetic because that's what our regulatory structure currently supports. Do not underestimate the effect of the profound influence that pharmaceutical companies and health insurance companies have had on both conventional medical education and the regulatory system that approves drugs.
Be careful not to use the same standard of review for herbal medicine that is used for billion-dollar synthetic drugs and their analogues. If you use the same standard, the same thinking and the same sources, then what other choice do you have but to think herbal medicine is unpopular or somehow invalid? Does your perspective really have the breadth it needs to make a judgment in this area?
Herbal medicine and conventional medicine are slowly being integrated more and more, but the process is slow because there are a lot of competing interests at stake. For example, under the current system, most natural cures/herbal medicines do not have the same profit potential that synthetic drugs have because you can't patent something that you didn't create! (This is the basic idea. Legal patents and other intellectual property protection mechanisms are the tools that enable massive profits in this industry. They're the same tools that underlie the regulatory system.)
You said you were a pre-pharma student. Maybe look into programs of naturopathy. If you are considering conventional medical school, then do a residency in naturopathic medicine. These programs are available in many countries, and there are even introductory seminars you can take in herbal medicine that will give you the foundation you need to understand the role of herbal medicine.
In the meantime, if I were you, I would just keep in mind that pharma education can only provide its own perspective. If you want more, you need to look elsewhere. For everything you learn and everything you think, just ask yourself - is that really the whole story? It will help you find better answers.
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For anyone dealing with cancer for yourself or a loved one, or interested in preventing cancer, I highly encourage you to watch the online broadcasts for The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest. It is returning again for free this year after considerable success last year.
I agree with virtually all the information in this broadcast, and it is information that is difficult to find in such a compact, easily-viewed schedule, especially for free. The information in here is consistent with what I have seen, believe, and practice, both from personal experience and those of my clientele. Some of the information you see here will be the same as what I already have said, and it's no surprise -- this stuff is powerful and it works!
This is not about working against your doctor or limiting your options in any way. I care about empowering you with as much knowledge as possible, to maximize your options and enable you to live the life you want!
You have to sign up to watch it for free, and the easiest way from this post is by clicking this referral link. (disclosure: this link is totally optional, it was provided when I myself signed up, and it enters me to win a prize. If you are not comfortable with that, please watch the material by searching Google for The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest and signing up yourself.)
You can only watch each episode free at the times shown in the broadcast schedule below. After that, the series is only available for purchase, and I don't know the price.
So please do not pass up this great opportunity! The series starts April 12 2016 at 9pm eastern US time.
To your health & happiness,
James L Poole
I am a holistic health therapist: Emmett Technique practitioner, aromatherapist, nutritional therapist, and Reiki healer. This is my blog about natural healing. For more frequent updates, please check my Facebook group page.