Healthy Hair

There are many women trying to figure out ways to make their hair grow more quickly. Today I’m going to share with you some products and supplements I use to promote quicker hair growth as well as maintain healthy hair. In order to have healthy hair you must have a healthy scalp. This can be achieved by having a balanced and healthy daily diet. Protein, green leafy vegetables, fruits, and water will definitely improve the scalp’s health.

Moisture is also important to avoid dandruff and dryness. A light oil or serum should be applied to the scalp, but sparingly to avoid clogging the pores. Morrocanoil and dermOrganic products are wonderful products to use to achieve and maintain hair and scalp health ; "the shampoos and conditioners are very moisturizing and will not strip the hair which will cause damage."

Mia is a cosmotologist specializing in healthy beautiful hair.

These products are sulfate, phosphate, and paraben free. These particular chemicals are very harsh to the hair. Also in these two lines of   products, there is a light oil that can be used for the hair and scalp. Argan oil is the key ingredient used in these products to saturate the hair with moisture and shine. To promote faster hair growth, a great hair vitamin should be taken daily.

I’m a cosmetologist, not a doctor. So the supplements that are mentioned should be further researched by the individual to avoid any harsh reactions. Good hair vitamins will contain the following: Niacin, biotin, MSM, l-cysteine, choline and inositol. Niacin increases blood flow to the surface of the skin. Biotin is vital for hair health. Hair will grow more quickly if it’s healthy. MSM which stands for methylsulfonylmethane.

The hair goes through three different phases which are anagen (growing), catagen (resting), and telogen (shedding). This particular ingredient will increase the hair’s anagen or growing phase. L-cysteine is an amino acid that will build strength in the hair. Although amino acids aren’t required for hair growth, it’s essential to keeping the hair strong. Lastly, choline and inositol also promote hair growth and can prevent baldness. As mentioned earlier, you should further research these ingredients to avoid any negative reactions. Some of these supplements can’t be taken if you have certain health problems. I hope this information can help you in starting your journey to healthy hair.

The Princess and The Frog Review

I am a mother of 3 biological children and the spiritual mother of hundreds. When this movie came out I didn’t rush to the theaters to see it. Many people were just buzzing about finally Disney is doing a movie featuring an African American princess! This is our first black princess and we are finally getting our moment to shine! This is all I had been hearing and reading. This past Friday my sons and I were at Blockbuster so they could rent some games for the Wii. I decided well let me rent this movie and see what its all about.

I sat down after dinner with my husband and children to view this movie. About 10 minutes into it I was disappointed. Now I have read several reviews about how people were disappointed that she was a frog for the majority of the movie. How they wanted to see the beautiful African American princess so that their daughters could see “themselves” on the screen. Not knocking any of those statements but what saddened me was the stereotyping of African Americans in the movie. Tiana’s mother was working for a rich Caucasian family. Tiana grew up and started working in a restaurant saving her tips to fulfill her dream. Then the other characters the firefly who had all of 3 teeth is in his mouth! The witchcraft and voodoo. The old woman who had no teeth in her mouth at all! Then Tiana is saved by a Caucasian man to fulfill her dream nullifying the advice her father gave her about hard work. Then to add insult to injury it was in New Orleans!

Are we as a people so hell bent on being FIRST that we are willing to allow people to depict us as they see us opposed to who we really are. The creators of this movie knew that we would run to the theaters and spend millions of dollars simply because they advertised an African American princess. We need to wake up and see that racism is still very prudent in this country and we need to get over this mess about the white man owing us!

The bible says that we were created in HIS image and in HIS likeness. It also says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made! It is not Disney job or any other entertainment venue to make you or your daughters feel like a princess. We are joint heirs with Christ. Furthermore outside the spiritual aspect of it, take the time to do your daughters, dress her like a lady, teach her to act like a lady, tell her she is beautiful. Tell her that she is a princess!

"I deal with children everyday and they don't want stuff they want you and your love!"

Respectfully submitted,

Prophetess Alicia Lee

Deuteronomy 11:19-21  (KJV)

18Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.

19And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

20And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:

21That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.

My Practice & The Practice of Prayer

Studying for a exhausting week of exams.

I was blessed to provide physical therapy for a man in a nursing home a few months ago.   He suffered a stroke that affected the part of his brain that allows for production of language.   As a result, he could not formulate words.   He also lost complete use of his right arm, and had some right leg weakness.

I worked with him everyday for 6.5 weeks, re-teaching him how to walk, get in and out of bed, and even how to stand up from a chair.   Research says that the brain has plasticity, which means that it can be damaged but over time can revert back to some of its normal functioning.

In patients with stroke, they say the optimal time to intervene is during the first 3 months, when the brain’s plasticity is the highest.   Keeping this in mind, I was very determined to push this patient so that he could re-gain those neural connections that he’d lost within this optimal time frame.

Along with his physical therapy, I prayed for him.   He did not have good family support, and he began to experience depression, so I prayed for his recovery, his mind, and his soul.   He was making great improvements while I was there, but my rotation ended at that facility and I had to leave.   I have spoken with the therapist who is now working with him, and she has expressed that he has plateaued, and is in some ways digressing.   She is far more experienced than I, so i know that he has not digressed because of a decreased quality of therapy.   If anything, he has gotten better physical care from her than me due to her being more experienced than I.

I believe he has digressed because no one is there to pray for him anymore.   Please pray for this man today.   Pray for healing of his mind, body, and soul in Jesus’ name!   Science puts a time on recovery, but God does not, so it is NEVER too late!

Working In the ICU

"Tiffany recently completed a clinical at High Point Regional Hospital and tells us about her experience..."
"Tiffany recently completed a clinical at High Point Regional Hospital and tells us about her experience..."

Being in the ICU everyday has a way of hardening the hearts of many health care providers. As a student working daily with patients who are very sick, some of who do not get better, I found myself becoming saddened by their individual situations and how many of them were discouraged.

Day after day, I interacted with patients who were very sad, and even some who ended up passing away during their stay. Walking into the ICU seemed like walking into a dense fog some mornings. By the end of each day, I was extremely tired, and I began to wonder why it was taking such a toll on me. Then one day I realized that I was perceiving the ICU to mean the Intensive Care Unit, as it does in all hospitals, instead of making the ICU mean the “I Care Unit”. By perceiving it as the former only, the patients and their situations were becoming burdensome, and weighing me down by the end of the day.

When I began to look at it as the “I Care Unit”, I realized that I could be a light for these patients and leave something with them that might brighten their days in some way. As a Christian, I believe that I should “Let my light shine for the world to see.” It’s easy to get bogged down with daily challenges and forget this at times, but even a smile can make a person’s day change for the better. By showing that I care, I might provide that mustard seed of hope for patients.

When I realized this, the fog of the ICU started to become more clear day by day, and I was able to provide a better quality of care for these patients. This experience changed me so much as a person and a therapist. It has helped me to look at the ICU as a “bus stop” and not a “final destination.” This will be something that I will take with me to my next clinical, as well as to whatever setting I practice in. If we’d all look at the ICU as the “I Care Unit” with emphasis on the “I”, there would be greater patient satisfaction, as well as greater satisfaction within ourselves.