Month: May 2015

Should You Vaccinate Your Child?

Mother and DaughterAfter the recent Disneyland measles outbreak, many people have been asking: should I vaccinate my child? There is a lot of controversy and pseudo-science out there arguing against it. However, it’s important to remember that the pros of vaccination far outweigh the cons.

What Makes Up a Vaccine?

A vaccine is essentially a small dose of the disease. Weakened or killed versions of the virus or bacteria are injected into the body in order to help the body prepare against the disease. As your body learns as it goes, fighting against a dead, and therefore false, infection, will help your or your child’s immune system develop antibodies that fight against the disease. This way, if the body ever encounters the real infection later on, it will be prepared, and you will not get sick.

Why Do People Dislike Vaccines?

Many people think that vaccines cause autism in children, but this has since been proved to be based on a falsified study. Also, even if this were true, most people and doctors would agree that a child living with autism is better than a child paralyzed from polio or dead from the measles.

A more logical concern that many parents have is that their child will actually become seriously ill with this disease from the vaccine. After all, the virus or bacteria is entering the body. But you must remember, it is severely weakened or even dead. It is not whole, and therefore while there may be some reactions, it is very unlikely that your child will become gravely ill.

There are certain cases where people with already-weak immune systems cannot receive vaccines. This is all the more reason for you to vaccinate your child, as those who are unvaccinated (including babies who are too young) are protected when everyone else is vaccinated. Because of this, most schools require that your child receives certain vaccinations before enrolling, with a few exceptions based on health or religions reasons.

The Pros

There have been many diseases that have been completely eradicated in the United States thanks to vaccines, including polio. Measles was almost eradicated; this last outbreak has consisted of as many cases in about a month as there have been yearly for the past few decades.

Overall, the risks of vaccinations pale in comparison when you consider them alongside the risks of the diseases they prevent. The are made to keep you and your family healthy, and they succeed if they are used.

Microdermabrasion: a Facelift Without the Surgery

Beautiful asian womanDo you want tighter, smoother skin without needing to go under the knife? Do you dislike the idea of treating your skin with burning chemicals or injections? Microdermabrasion might be right for you.

What Is It

Let’s look at the root words. Micro obviously means “small or tiny.” Derm has to do with the skin; think of words like “dermatologist.” The last suffix is abrasion. This is the really important part. Think of the word “abrasive.” You probably picture sandpaper or your really strict and mean 5th grade teacher. Abrasion is something that is rough and rubs and scrapes away at something.

If we put it all together, microdermabrasion is the miniature scraping away of the skin. And that is exactly what happens. In a spa or clinic, your face will be covered with small, rough grains that are then rubbed across your face to buff your skin. This erases the top layer of old dead skin, uncovering a smooth, beautiful, and less-damaged layer of skin undernearth. This works because your body recognizes the damage done to the top layer of skin, so it essentially goes into overtime to work to quickly replace the lost skin cells. As these cells are literally brand new, they are much healthier and look a lot better.

There is no need to worry about these granules getting under your skin or of your lower skin layers being damaged. Microdermabrasion only affects the uppermost skin layer.

The Multiple Benefits

The benefits of microdermabrasion are very similar to those of chemical peels. It removes much of the discoloration present in your skin, as well as many signs of sun damage. Your skin will look and feel smoother and softer. All of the skin products you use, such as moisturizers or medicinal creams, will be more effective, as there is one less layer of skin, and the skin is newer and more receptive to outside influences.

While the most effective microdermabrasion is done in-office, there are also many at-home kits available. Whatever choice you make, make sure to consult with your dermatologist and wait for your skin to regenerate and heal before going through the process again.