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Online shopping is here to stay. The National Australia Bank Online retail sales index estimates that the online retail market was worth $19.1 billion in the 12 months to December 2015. And that is just in one country. But what are we buying online? Some order their groceries online every week, whilst others resolutely continue to prefer the in-store grocery shopping experience. Meanwhile, those who say they would never switch to online grocery shopping, do buy light-fixtures online. And so on. It seems to be a different preference for everyone. Whilst I won't buy dresses or shoes online to avoid the hassle of having to return them (I find it really hard to get the sizing perfect for these types of items), I do find it very convenient to buy vitamins and wellness products online.

This comparison of online versus in-store shopping for natural health and wellbeing products highlights some of the reasons why I now purchase almost all of these types of products online:

- The wellness products websites that I use have simple interfaces enabling me to start an order and slowly finish it over a few days during my commute to work (so that I am sure I have everything I need, and that I have stuck to my monthly budget). Now I mainly order using Apps downloaded onto my iPhone, which is even easier.

- The wellness products websites that I subscribe to provide so much information and have connected me to such a large community of like-minded people interested in health and wellness that I learned how to use natural products to sleep 8 hours again, and other noticeable health improvements, over quite a short period of time.

- After a bit of experience with online shopping, I have settled on wellness product websites that use Australia post for shipping. This means that I don't have to organise re-delivery of packages that arrive whilst I am at work; I just walk to my local post office for collection.

-I am able to order unique natural products and natural remedies that I have been unable to find in my local shops.

- By subscribing to special deals, or joining loyalty reward programs, I save money compared to shopping in-store. Wellness products websites often offer either free shipping or reimburse the full shipping-fee with store-credits.

Conclusion
Online wellness products websites can be really convenient, and the types of products rarely require returning. Whilst prices for many products tend to be cheaper than comparable products in the shops, shipping needs to be factored in. This can eat up any savings, but many wellness products websites offer spectacular deals and/or loyalty rewards programs that provide a lot of savings. They may also offer unique products that are not available, or hard to find, in shops.

For more information and to get my free e-book on "Simple Strategies to Support Your Health and Vitality with Natural Products" (including more tips on wellness products websites), click here.

This is a reprint of my article published at http://ezineArticles.com/expert/DeeSchaffer/21435
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Most people heal pretty quickly from cuts and bruises. And many have heard about the B-cells, T-cells and the lymphatic system cells that our own bodies produce to fight off illnesses. So the belief in our own innate healing potential is a hopeful and familiar place to revert to, when at times our health issues defy Western medicine.... 
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Preventing cancer is a topic of interest to many people. I am a big advocate of trial and error in healthcare, because what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another person, and there are so many ideas, products and healthcare theories that it is impossible to test all of them rigorously. Affordable ideas that make sense are often worth trying.

When it comes to cancer, many people are looking for natural cancer prevention, because they don’t want to take medicines or chemicals that could have side effects. A health-conscious person may not want to risk side effects from a preventative treatment for a health problem that they don’t even have yet.   

The problem with trial and error of natural cancer prevention products is that there is no way to accurately measure if the product is working for you personally. If you are trying a natural product for sinusitis, you can feel if it is working within a short period of time (if not, stop using it). When trying lifestyle changes or natural supplements for cancer prevention, you may feel more energised or healthier, but that does not provide meaningful information about whether the risk of cancer is reduced. So reviewing the scientific evidence that exists from larger studies of healthy people over several years can provide some worthwhile insights especially in this area. Clinical science isn’t perfect, but it is a good starting point on this topic.

When I accessed The Cochrane Library (http://www.cochranelibrary.com/) on 1 February 2016, there were 653 systematic reviews under the topic “Complementary and Alternative Medicine”. Of these, 34 were for treatments related to cancer. Of these, 8 covered cancer-prevention products: 
  • vitamin D, 
  • selenium, 
  • supplements for preventing lung cancer in healthy people, 
  • lycopene for preventing prostate cancer, 
  • green tea, 
  • antioxidant supplements (beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium for preventing gastrointestinal cancers, 
  • dietary calcium supplementation to prevent colorectal cancer, and  
  • dietary fibre for the prevention of colorectal carcinomas.
Many randomised trials have been undertaken for some of the above products, which was an interesting realisation. There were also many nonrandomised and low quality studies. The reviews are worth reading for anyone interested in natural cancer prevention. Overall the most significant findings showed potentially a small to moderate protective effect of some of the natural cancer prevention products:
  • Selenium seemed to show significant beneficial effect on gastrointestinal cancer occurrence , but not for other cancers. There were some risks observed with long-term selenium supplementation such as non-melanoma skin cancer and type 2 diabetes. In observational studies, higher body levels of selenium were associated with lower risk of cancers, however these studies do not prove a causal effect. These studies however measured selenium levels from all sources, mainly foods. Selenium has possibly not been studied sufficiently to determine if increasing intake of Brazil nuts and other food sources may be protective.
  • Patients with previous colorectal adenomas may have a moderate protective effect of daily intake of 1,200 g of dietary calcium, from developing recurring adenomas. This finding was based on randomised controlled trials, the highest quality clinical study design. Whether this translates into a lower risk of colorectal cancer is not known as the trials would have to be much larger. In contrast, there is currently no evidence from randomised trials to suggest that increased dietary fibre intake will reduce the recurrence of colorectal adenomatous polyps I (studies were only out to 2 or 4 years). 
  • There was limited to moderate evidence that the consumption of green tea reduced the risk of lung cancer.
    In prostate cancer, observational studies with higher methodological quality and the only included RCT suggested a decreased risk in men consuming higher quantities green tea or green tea extracts.
  • Anti-oxidants did not show any noteworthy protective effect for cancer. There were some risks observed, ranging from yellowing of the skin and belching, to an increased risk of non-melanoma skin cancer and type 2 diabetes.
  • There was more scientific data than I had expected on natural cancer prevention. There is a general consensus that lifestyle and diet are environmental factors that influence the incidence of cancer. It is uncertain whether any one component plays a dominant role, however the scientific findings that are available in the literature now may help you decide what to spend your money on, if anything, for natural cancer prevention.



 

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