I'm standing in my kitchen, holding a teaspoon filled with freshly-grated ambergris, wondering if I really want to go through with this. It’s mid-autumn in Michigan. Rain is falling from a low dark sky. I’ve got a bone-deep seasonal dispiritment. But I’m hoping that maybe I’ve found the cure.What is ambergris? It’s a preternaturally-hardened type of sperm whale dung. In other words, it’s shit. At some point in the unknowable past, a sickly, skinny-flanked sperm whale either died with this ambergris trapped in the loops of its hind-gut like a stubborn boulder, or jettisoned it into the ocean and survived. Afterward, the ambergris spent months—perhaps even slow, forgotten years—lost at sea, slowly transforming as it went.By the time it washes ashore on a remote shoreline, the ambergris—which is (or was, depending on who you believe) used as a fixative in high-end fragrances—is worth almost as much as gold. And I, in my … [Read more...] about ‘I Drank Whale Poop’
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Credit: iStock.com/AlexRaths What does it mean when your urine smells unusual? In any situation where the urine smells like ammonia, it is best to determine the underlying cause. Most cases are related to the consumption of certain foods and medications, whereas more serious cases may indicate a disease. We will look at the possible related health conditions and treatment options. Urine contains water, chemicals, and salt collected by the urinary system in the form of waste products. By producing and excreting urine, the body is able to maintain the proper composition and levels of nutrients in the bloodstream. Urine’s natural by-product urea is a mixture of ammonia and other elements such as carbon and hydrogen found within the body. Hence, the ammonia odor with urine output. It is when the odor is apparent that an issue may be at hand. The physical characteristics of urine often help to determine any negative influences within the body’s systems. Normal urine output … [Read more...] about Urine Smells Like Ammonia: What Does It Mean?
Swimmer's ear is a disorder of the skin that covers the outer ear canal, leading to the tympanic membrane, or eardrum. Also known as acute otitis externa, or external otitis, 98 percent of cases of swimmer's ear result from bacteria, such as streptococcus, staphylococcus, or pseudomonas. Swimmer's ear often occurs after excessive water exposure. The ear has ways of protecting itself from infection, but these work best when they are dry. Germs and bacteria can easily accumulate in pools and other areas of fresh water. When swimming, water can enter the ear and stay there for a long time, especially if it becomes trapped by wax. In this environment, bacteria can thrive, and infection can result. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), swimmer's ear is responsible for 2.4 million healthcare visits each year. Otitis externa is usually easy to treat, and early treatment can prevent complications. There are three types of external otitis, including … [Read more...] about What is Swimmer’s Ear and What Can I Do About It?
Credit: iStock.com/robeo The armpit is a sensitive area of skin that can quickly develop an underarm rash after shaving, sweating, or wearing restricting tops. A red, swollen, and itchy armpit rash can also cause a great deal of discomfort or pain. Treating underarm rash starts with detecting the underlying cause. Learn what to look for and how to get rid of armpit rash with simple home remedies. An underarm rash is a common skin condition that is typically caused by the use of irritant products, synthetic clothing, improper skin care, and hygiene practices in the region. Many cases of the inflammation and discomfort appear after the removal of hair follicles in the armpit, whether by waxing, depilatory creams, or razors. Usual signs include red patches; tiny, pimple-like bumps; a burning or itchy sensation; and sometimes cracked, dry skin. Lesions or blisters may develop with infections or aggravation of the rash. Knowing the cause will help narrow the proper … [Read more...] about Underarm Rash: Causes, Symptoms, and Home Remedies
Vaginal odor is what women cannot avoid even in normal circumstance. However, if you are completely healthy, the smell coming out of the area is just slight and barely noticed. Besides, in some cases when the smell from your vagina becomes strong and fishy, it indicates some problems that you should immediately deal with. Commonly, vaginal odor becomes a little bit stronger than usual during the menstruation or after intercourse. Additionally, you can notice the smell easily when there is an excessive sweating or poor hygiene in the vagina. Nevertheless, no need to worry since the smell, in this case, will quickly disappear if you keep the area clean and healthy. The problem gets serious when it comes to vaginal diseases such as bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniasis. Not only do you get fishy smell from vagina but you also suffer from other conditions like burning sensation, itching, irritation and discharge. For more natural treatments of vaginal problems, read also Home Remedies … [Read more...] about Home Remedies for Vaginal Odor – Top 10 Effective Remedies