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The website of Author/Writer and Psychic Medium Astrid Brown. Making the most of 'YOU' i.e. how to achieve well-being and beauty from within ourselves. A truly holistic blog providing information on all aspects of psychic mediumship, spiritualism, philosophy, holistic therapies, nutrition, health, stress, mental health and beauty with a little bit of Wicca for good measure. Feeling and looking good is as much a part of how we feel inside as the outside.



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I am a great believer in Karma, but just what is it? Karma comes from the Sanskrit and ancient Indian Language with the underlying principal that every deed in our lives will affect our future life. For example, if we treat others badly during our lifetime we will have negative experiences later on in that lifetime or in future lifetimes. Likewise, if we treat others well we will be rewarded by positive experiences.

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Sunday, 11 December 2011


Now I have talked many a time on here what Smoking does to the lungs and the cardiovascular system and talked also about what it does to the appearance of the skin, causing premature ageing, this is due to the fact nicotine has a vaso-constricting effect, it narrows the blood vessels therefore impairing nourishment and oxygen to it. In fact smoking is linked to many cancers and diseases. About 90 per cent of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking. The habit is also thought to contribute to a wide range of other cancers, including those of the mouth, gullet, pancreas, stomach, bladder and kidney and now we have squamous cell carcinoma a type of skin cancer. A study found that women tended to be younger than men when they developed the disease, despite, on average, smoking much less than men. Findings suggest that women may have an increased susceptibility to tobacco carcinogens.

Squamous cell skin cancer usually occurs on the face, ears, neck, hands, or arm. It may occur on other areas. The main symptom is a growing bump that may have a rough, scaly surface and flat reddish patches. The earliest form appears as a scaly, crusted, and large reddish patch (often larger than 1 inch). A sore that does not heal can be a sign of squamous cell cancer.

OK this is very advanced but do you really want to take the risk?

Article from the Daily Mail below.

Women who smoke for 20 years are twice as likely to develop disfiguring form of skin cancer

Women who smoke raise their risk of the skin cancer squamous cell carcinoma
Women who smoke raise their risk of the skin cancer squamous cell carcinoma
Women who smoke are more likely to suffer from skin cancer, scientists say.
Females are at greater risk than men of being diagnosed with a form of the disease that can spread to other organs.
And women who have smoked for 20 years or more are twice as likely to get the disease.
A team investigated the relationship between smoking and non-melanoma skin cancers - in the outer part of the skin - including squamous cell carcinomas (SCC).
SCC has a substantial risk of spreading from one organ to another. Developing on the face around the ears or lips, it can erode and completely destroy the nose or ear if left untreated. However, this is uncommon in the early stages and most are treated before any spread occurs.
In the study, smoking histories were assessed and compared between patients diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancers, and a group of  patients who didn't have skin cancer or any history of the condition.
The 698 participants were asked about their smoking behaviours in terms of years smoked, how many cigarettes per day they smoked and when those who once smoked quit smoking.
The results showed that the risk increased with numbers of cigarettes per day and total years of smoking although most of the associations were not statistically significant.
However, SCC was found to be two times as likely in women who had smoked for 20 years or more compared to controls.
Lead author Dr Dana Rollison at the Moffitt Cancer Centre in Tampa, Florida, said: 'Highly statistically significant associations were observed with SCC.'

More... She said it was not clear why women smokers should be more likely than men to be diagnosed with SCC, but noted women have more active ‘CYP enzyme’ activity in the lung - which metabolises most of the nicotine.
She said: 'Observations from the lung cancer literature may provide possible explanations for why smoking was a higher risk for SCC in women.'
She said women smokers had a higher lung cancer risk than men, which may be because they have more enzyme activity that is associated with breaking down nicotine in the organ.
Women have also been shown to have higher levels of a piece of DNA bonded to a cancer-causing chemical, which could be the start of a cancerous cell, as well as lower levels of DNA repair - where enzymes repair mutations in the DNA - in the lung compared to men, she said.
She added: 'Further study is needed to shed more light on the sex-based differences and the role of smoking in non-melanoma skin cancers.'
The results are published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control.

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I am often asked various questions pertaining to the spirit world and various aspects of the psychic, here are some of them: I will in time feature more questions and answers as this webpage evolves

Q. Is a psychic or medium a fortune teller?
A. It may surprise you to know psychics and mediums are not fortune tellers
Q. Is it possible to forecast the future?
A.Well not 100% and this is because of free will.
Q. What is free will?
A. Free will is YOUR right to decide what you want to do about a situation, it is a choice
Q. How does free will affect a situation?
A. Well before we incarnate as Spirit in a human body, we decide on what experiences and challenges that will benefit our spiritual growth. However we are given the choice (free will) as to whether we go through with the experience or challenge. In effect we are allowed to change or mind.
Q. So are you saying we all know what lies before us?
A. Well in a way we all do. Remember we are 'Spirit' in a human body and your spirit does retain a memory but it is deep in our subconscious. This memory is retained deeply for a reason to help us fulfill our experiences and challenges we ourselves chose. However it is also at this deep level so we are not so aware. If you knew what lay before you would you go through with it? Probably not but we still retain this memory deeply and this reflects in our Aura.
Q. So what is the Aura?
A.The aura is The Aura is an electromagnetic field that surrounds living bodies, this includes people, animals, plants and crystals and is composed of several layers that are constantly moving. The Aura links us to whats known as Universal energy i.e. that is all the knowledge in the Universe past, present and future. It is on this aura that psychics are able to tap into and access your past, whats going on in the present and the possible future and I say possible specifically if your goal or desire is dependent on other people, for remember every person involved in a situation has free will.


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