August 21, 2004
Q: I have several scars from old injuries and acne. Is there anything that will remove them? - Layperson
A: First, it is best to control the cause to prevent further damage. Avoiding injuries goes without saying. With acne, eat your regular diet and make a diary, noting when your acne is worst, rating the acne episode from 1-10, best-worst scale. Also, for women, note any physiological changes (i.e.-that time of the month) as acne often gets worse then. Do this for at least two weeks, preferably a month. If this is not done, at least recall what was eaten within the last two days before the acne outburst. The diet diary will aid in helping to eliminate offending drinks and foods. An old home remedy that often eliminates outbursts is lard, cheap and effective, and can be bought at most grocery stores. Lard has the consistency of really hard butter. Cut a little off and heat in a container in a microwave or in a container placed in a pan of boiling water on the stove. Heat only until the lard melts. When the lard is sufficiently cooled, apply it to the face like a cream. Blot up any excess. To keep the lard soft, the lard can be melted in heated olive oil and thoroughly mixed. To remove old scars, even keloids (thick surface scars, looking much like caterpillars, and occurring with increasing frequency with increasing color), mix equal parts of castor oil, cocoa butter, olive oil, peanut oil, and liquid lanolin, then take this mix of oil and mix it half and half with spirits of camphor (camphor dissolved in alcohol). All of these ingredients can be gotten from local grocery stores and pharmacies. DO NOT use internally. Thoroughly shake this mix before use. Dab enough on your fingers to rub over and around old scars twice a day. With new scars, either wait until the redness goes away, or rub around the scar edges. If used persistently, most scars will disappear, even keloids-much time must be given for keloid removal.
Q: I am dieting. How many calories do I need? - Layperson
A: First, it must be determined how many calories are needed to maintain a particular weight. As a general rule, for the following metabolic rates for calories per pound of body weight, the following apply: slow-10, moderate(average)-15, fast-20. The metabolic calorie usage can be determined by keeping count of your calorie intake over a two week period. This entails maintaining a drink and food calorie diet. Any number of books can be purchased, showing the calories in drinks and foods if not listed on the labels. A scale would be handy to have for this purpose. Total up all the calories used-leave out nothing, and divide by 14. This gives a daily average. Let's say the average is 1,875 calories and you weigh 125 pounds. Divide 1,875 calories by 125 pounds. This gives 15 calories per pound of body weight, which is moderate. If this is an ideal weight, 1,875 calories per day, will maintain 125 pounds. Say you want to lose 6 pounds-one should not lose more than 2 pounds a week, except in the first two weeks of dieting, a large percentage of which is water, 3,500 calories equals 1 pound. The daily bare maintenance calorie intake is 1,200 calories per day. Subtract 1,200 calories from 1,875 calories, which gives you 675 calories per day to lose. Multiply 3,500 by 6 pounds which gives you 21,000 calories. Divide 21,000 calories by 675 per day which gives you roughly 31 days or about one month to lose 6 pounds. The best way to do this, is, to exercise, first, then diet and exercise, then diet.
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