Monthly Archive: May 2010

Cystic Fibrosis After The Diagnosis 0

Cystic Fibrosis After The Diagnosis

Cystic Fibrosis After The Diagnosis It is devastating to a parent when their child is diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. They may feel guilt because this disease is an inherited medical condition. A parent may not know they are a CF gene carrier. If both parents are carriers there is a 25 percent chance one of their children will be born with cystic fibrosis. There is a 50 percent chance one or more of their children will be carriers, and a 25 percent chance the child will not be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.   Cystic fibrosis affects over 30,000 children and adults in the United States. Many people are carriers and may not know it. The disease affects the mucus producing glands of the body. Cystic fibrosis also affects the respiratory, digestive, and reproductive organs as well as the sweat glands in the body. The normal, thin, liquid lining the passageways to the digestive and respiratory areas of the body becomes blocked when that normal lining turns thick and begins to block the passageways to these parts of the body.   Cystic fibrosis is the most common hereditary disease in Caucasians in the United States. Nearly ten million Caucasians in America...

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What is Tinnitus

What is Tinnitus So, what is tinnitus? In simple terms, tinnitus is a sound no one else hears, except the one who has it. Tinnitus is the medical or scientific term used to describe the hearing or experience of sound in one or both ears or in the head when no outside sound is present. These sounds do not come from outside the head, but they may seem as if they do. It is commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears.” That is in spite of some people hearing hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping, or clicking, instead of ringing. Some patients even hear insect sounds like the sound of crickets or locusts. Tinnitus can be irregular or constant-with single to numerous and simple to complex tones and their perceived degree can range from subtle to shattering in volume. In some persons, the intensity of tinnitus changes by the movements of their shoulders, head, tongue, jaw, or eyes. Tinnitus is not classified as a disease but rather a sign or symptom of a primary cause or illness such as ear infection, unwanted object in the ear or wax-build-up due to nose allergies. It can also be because of aging that can...

Going Veggie Abroad Will it Prevent Food Poisoning? 0

Going Veggie Abroad Will it Prevent Food Poisoning?

Going Veggie Abroad Will it Prevent Food Poisoning? Traveling to a foreign country is a lot of fun. You can learn enormously interesting things about another culture by first hand experience. Learning another language can broaden your horizons and the sights, sounds, smells and tastes will influence you for the rest of your life. The tastes are especially interesting. A new culture offers all kinds of new foods to try. Depending on where you go, you may even add a little food poisoning to your experience. That takes the romanticism right out of the vacation, doesn’t it? The answer that may jump to your mind is vegetarianism. Will you be able to avoid food poisoning in a third world country, or anywhere for that matter, by sticking to a vegetarian diet? Eating Fresh Your chances of becoming sick by eating the fresh tropical fruits that are available in many vacation destinations are very low. While bugs may be high in number, they can physically be avoided. Just inspect your produce carefully. Fresh fruits are safe because you will often remove the peel and not eat it. Any bacteria that have collected on the outside of the fruit will be discarded....

The Benefits of Reflexology for Babies 0

The Benefits of Reflexology for Babies

The Benefits of Reflexology for Babies Reflexology is a form of treatment started by the ancient Chinese in centuries past.  It was found that by stimulating specific reflexes of the feet and hands, you could not only bring healing to the body, but could cleanse the body of common toxic substances and even parasites.  Reflexology was brought to the West in the early 1900’s and has been proven to be a very successful therapy for most sicknesses and diseases. So why is this technique so beneficial on babies and children?  The biggest reason that reflexology is so beneficial to children is that they do not have years of toxic buildup in their systems.  Furthermore, they have not yet been “programmed” to societies way of handling sickness.  When the mind is more receptive and does not contain the boundaries that many adults have, it is understood that the body works more effectively and efficiently.  Moreover, practicing reflexology on your baby is a great way to bond, stimulate and provide the tender touch that actually promotes health. If you are curious as to what types of problems reflexology can alleviate in babies and children, here is a list I have compiled.  Keep...

Green Tea Linked to Good Prostate Health 0

Green Tea Linked to Good Prostate Health

Green Tea Linked to Good Prostate Health Phytochemicals found in green tea, known as polyphenols, are linked to preventing the spread of prostate cancer. A research study found out that the polyphenols attack growth factors and proteins that cause prostate cancer growth and interrupts the growth processes of the tumor. Earlier studies have gathered evidences that green tea also prevents the occurrence of prostate cancer. However, the researchers said that they need to do more studies to prove the effectiveness of green tea in fighting cancer.   The Research Study The study used mice which were induced with an advanced form of prostate cancer. Researchers found out that green tea decreased metastasis or spread of the cancer cells to bone, liver and other parts of the body. They also found out that green tea prevented dormant prostate cancer cells from developing among men who are in their 70’s and 80’s. The phytochemicals in green tea were also found out to stop early prostate cancer development, which helps in converting carcinogens to dormant and harmless cells.   Six cups of green tea in a day would give the necessary polyphenols to fight prostate cancer cells. Black tea has also shown the...

Children And Heart Disease 0

Children And Heart Disease

Children And Heart Disease The most common heart problems in childhood are congenital. That is, the problems are present at birth. Babies with severe congenital heart problems may need surgery at an early age to survive. These babies will have symptoms at birth.     More often the heart can have a small abnormality that may or may not be noticeable at birth. If there is a hole in the heart wall that lets blood go from one side to another, the baby or child may have blue lips or fingers. Sometimes these holes heal up and at other times they need to be closed with surgery.     Other problems, such as an abnormal heart valve, may allow blood to flow the wrong way, or prevent it from flowing easily. These problems will also need surgery when the child is older. Children can sometimes have abnormal heartbeats. Most of these are not serious and will not affect the child’s life span. More serious problems, however, may require immediate treatment.     Some heart diseases in children are not congenital. Strep throat infections can lead to rheumatic fever in children and young adults. Rheumatic fever can damage the heart muscle...

Introduction – Diabetes 0

Introduction – Diabetes

WHAT IS DIABETES? Diabetes is a disease that develops when the body does not make enough insulin, or cannot use the insulin it makes. A gland in the body, called the pancreas, makes insulin. The food we eat breaks down into glucose and is transported by the bloodstream. Insulin moves the glucose from the bloodstream into body cells. Glucose (also called blood sugar) provides the cells with the energy to do their jobs. Introduction – Diabetes     When the body stops making enough insulin, glucose builds up in the blood and cannot get into the body cells. People may have very high blood glucose levels when their diabetes is first diagnosed.     Signs of diabetes include:   extreme thirst and frequent urination increased hunger blurred vision tiredness or fatigue unexplained weight loss and frequent vaginal yeast infections in women The types of diabetes include Type I, Type II, or Gestational.     Type I diabetes, or juvenile-onset diabetes, occurs when the body stops making insulin. It usually occurs in children and adults less than 40 years old. It develops quickly, sometimes within days. Treatment requires daily insulin shots. Without these daily shots, the cells will starve, and the...

Benefits of Learning Reflexology 0

Benefits of Learning Reflexology

Benefits of Learning Reflexology If you are one of the millions of people that have discovered the benefits of reflexology, you may be wondering just how you go about learning the techniques for yourself.  There are indeed many benefits to learning reflexology.  Most obviously, and maybe even most importantly, it is free to treat yourself.  Reflexologists are very good at what they do, and they are gaining popularity very quickly.  The downside is that reflexologists are expensive, and their services may not be feasible to the average working man or woman.  Taking the time to learn reflexology on your own not only allows you the freedom to treat yourself, but it also allows you to effectively help your entire family without a Harvard medical degree. The following is a brief outline of some of the benefits of learning reflexology: One of the most attractive things about reflexology is that it is simple to learn.  Not to say that there isn’t a technique that should be followed, because there is.  However, of the many forms of massage and healing techniques, reflexology is probably the easiest and fastest form of therapy to learn.  Many believe it is part intuitive and part learned...

The Heart and Bones Connection 0

The Heart and Bones Connection

The Heart and Bones Connection Research over the past decade has uncovered a curious connection: Women who have coronary heart disease have more osteoporosis (loss of mineral content of the bones). Women who have osteoporosis are more likely to have coronary heart disease. Surely, two body systems couldn’t appear any farther apart. Why would two such seemingly unconnected body systems as the heart and the bones be so closely connected?   On the surface, they do share a few common features. Both conditions develop as we age. Both conditions are rare before age 30, but are common in the sixth or seventh decade of life. Both conditions don’t develop overnight, but require many years to develop. Just as osteoporosis doesn’t spring up on the eve of a hip fracture, but requires decades to develop, coronary atherosclerosis accumulates gradually over decades, starting in a person’s 20s.   But the connection goes deeper. The link between coronary disease and bone health may be due to the shared effects of several important nutrients:   Vitamin D-If vitamin D is deficient, intestinal calcium absorption from food is poor. The body then increases its output of the hormone, parathyroid hormone (PTH), that pulls calcium from...

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