Archive for June, 2011

Posted on 30 Jun 2011
Diabetes

Diabetic Patients Are More Likely to Develop Periodontal Disease

Diabetes affects 18 million individuals in the United States and 171 million individuals worldwide and has reached epidemic status. The disease is characterized by an increased susceptibility to infection, poor wound healing, and increased morbidity.

Diabetes is a complex disease with both vascular and metabolic components. People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease than people without diabetes, because diabetics are more susceptible to contracting infections. In fact, periodontal disease is often considered the sixth complication of diabetes. Those people who don’t have their diabetes under control are especially at risk and must understand that it can kill you.

Diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal disease, which in turn can increase blood sugar and their diabetic complications can be worse. A closed loop exists between diabetic control and oral infections. When periodontal infection is diagnosed, metabolic control of diabetes is worsened. Treatment of periodontal disease improves the glycemic control of diabetics.

Research has emerged that suggests the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes goes both ways – periodontal disease makes it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar. This is because they are both inflammatory diseases.

Severe periodontal disease can increase blood sugar, contributing to increased periods of time when the body functions with a high blood sugar. This puts diabetics at increased risk for complications. Thus, it is critical of you are diagnosed with Diabetes that you visit your dentist immediately.

There are phases of gum disease that do not hurt so therefore, the person with diabetes is unaware that there is anything wrong. Also, there are physicians that are not advising their patients to visit a dentist so their blood levels become erratic and they wonder why if they are taking medicines prescribed and they are checking their blood daily with a meter.

Since there has been many studies confirming the link between diabetes and periodontal disease the medical community is understanding how important it is to have a team approach. There is still a lot of improvements to be made in regards to the relationships between physicians and dentist. It is slowly changing because diabetes is a disease with multiple complications and one of them in periodontal disease. Only dentist are trained to treat this. Sometimes it is so severe that it has to be treated by a periodontist. This is a dentist with special training that only treats disease of the gums and bone.

It is also an advantage to go to a dentist for diabetics who is certified to treat persons with diabetes.

They know how important it is to treat patients with these two disease and what needs to be done to help control them both.

Posted on 30 Jun 2011
Autism

Top 10 Myths About People With Autism

Myth #1. Autism is the parents’ fault: Theories of what actually causes autism abound these days. Everything from mercury in vaccinations to food allergies to genetics are all theories of how autism came about. No one seems to really know why autism exists. One thing I can tell you is that it is NOT the parent’s fault. There was a time, not so long ago that doctors blamed the mother for a child being autistic. The doctors believed that an autistic child had “withdrawn inside himself” due to a lack of affection given by the mother. The mothers used to be deemed “Refrigerator Mothers” because it was believed they were cold and un-affectionate. Now, we know that this is just not true! Many scientists think that autism is a genetic problem but even so, no one can seem to find a cure for it.

Myth #2. Autism is caused by a lack of discipline or spoiling: Lots of unknowing people, mostly passers by and looky-loo’s are under the impression that kids with autism are just spoiled brats who scream because they don’t get their way. Parents are offered lots of advice about how to discipline and set down rules for their child by people who have no idea what it’s like to raise someone who is autistic.

Let me set the record straight. If you are in a department store and see a child screaming and squirming against their parents, please don’t assume that this child is being a brat. Autistic kids can have some major sensory issues. Common, everyday sounds can literally cause physical pain to some autistic people. The buzzing and flickering of a florescent light can literally drive them insane, and all the distractions and people at a public place like that can scare them because they have no idea what to expect from a stranger. If you want to help, just approach the parent and ask kindly, “I see that you’re struggling, what can I do to help you?” You will be most appreciated! There may be nothing you can do, but your kindness will be noted!

Myth #3. People with Autism are mentally retarded: Some of them are, but not all. Autistic people are usually not just autistic. More often than not, they are autistic and have another issue like ADHD, OCD, Mental Retardation, Dyslexia or sensory issues. Some can’t even speak, some are deaf, some are blind, but this is true with all people in general. This in no way means that ALL autistic people are mentally retarded. A lot of autistic people have average or above average intelligence. It’s just that they may have no way to communicate that intelligence sometimes and once they find a way, they are much better and their intelligence is completely evident.

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Myth #4. People with Autism will never contribute to society: While it may be true that an autistic person may need a mentor or some job coach training, the truth is that with a little help, ANY autistic person can find a way to contribute to society.

Myth #5. All Autistic people are like “Rainman”: Rainman was a really cool character. When I first found out that my son had autism, I watched Rainman again after not having watched it for about 12 years. I had to giggle at the similarities between my son and the character portrayed on T.V. The mannerisms were almost exactly the same! This myth was true in my case, but what most people don’t seem to want to understand is that autistic people are each individuals. Autism is not a cookie-cutter diagnosis. That is why they call it a Spectrum Disorder, because there are so many different symptom and each symptom has varying levels of degree.

Myth #6. Autistic people do not have feelings: I cannot speak for all autistic people really because I am not autistic. I know from knowing my son, however, that at least he does have feelings. He feels happy when he is bike riding with me in the evenings and he feels sad after having to leave his grandma and come back home when he takes a trip to go see her. He feels angry when one of his siblings takes a toy away from him and at times he just wants to be alone. I can tell that he definitely has feelings. He also shows affection. He kisses, hugs, and comforts people just like any non-autistic person. Some autistic people don’t display emotion much, but it’s not a blanket statement that is true of ALL autistic people.

Myth #7. People can outgrow Autism: The treatments for autism are getting better and better everyday. Mostly, the parents of autistic people are the ones working for a cure and not so much the doctors and the scientists. Sometimes it’s the autistic people themselves who are working to find a cure. But there is really no true “Cure” for autism that has been officially found. The mainstream treatment for autism seems to be ABA therapy or Applied Behavior Analysis. It’s kind of a reward program that gives the autistic person what they want if they behave in a certain manner first. I’m not sure how I feel about this therapy. To me, it seems like the therapists are only trying to teach the person with autism how to sit down and shut up, which is not what they need. But there are other treatments out there such as the Son-Rise Program by The Autistic Treatment Center of America that I like. The bottom line is that the symptoms of autism can be diminished, almost to the point of being invisible, but autism is a life-long disorder and people don’t grow out of it.

Myth #8. All autistics are geniuses: Just like in the statement about autistics being mentally retarded, some are geniuses, and some aren’t. Sometimes you will meet a person who is an Autistic Savant. Lots of autistic people have this trait. This is when the person may be a little slow or seemingly unintelligent in some area but their intelligence and comprehension seem to spike in reference to something that they are very interested in or sometimes this happens with one of their 5 senses. Temple Grandin is an example of this with her vision. She has a 3-D photographic memory and is able to move and shift the pictures around in her mind to look at them from different angles like a computer program. She’s been able to do this long before computer programs like that even existed! This is not the exception to the rule though, there are many different levels of intelligence in the autistic community.

Myth #9. Autistic adults will never be able to live on their own: Again, this is not a blanket statement for autistics as a whole. Autistic kids will always grow up to be autistic adults, but with proper training and a little bit of help from programs and the community, it is entirely possible for an autistic adult to live on their own. Symptoms of autism are many different levels of degree. Some function almost “normally” and can do most tasks all on their own with little help from anyone else. Some just need help with things like money management and social situations, and some may be so severe that they may always live in a place like a group home with other autistic people. It just depends on the person.

Myth#10. Autism is a mental illness: Autism is a developmental disability, not a mental illness. There is a difference between a mental illness and a developmental disability. A person with a mental illness is usually very competent and able to care for themselves, but sometimes they have flaws, such as depression or moodiness, that vary from rational to irrational. A person with a developmental disability normally has trouble in areas of life, like self-sufficiency and self-care and may only function up to a certain age level that may be considered far younger than his or her chronological age. A person with a developmental disability may also have a mental illness in addition to their disability but a person with a mental illness does not necessarily have a disability. Another difference between the two is that a developmental disability is permanent whereas a mental illness is treatable.

I hope this has helped to clear up some of the questions people have about autism. I think that the general public really misunderstands autism but with the rising number of people being diagnosed, it seems like there will be more and more encounters with autistic people in the near future. With this in mind, it is good to try to understand this disability as much as possible.

Posted on 30 Jun 2011
Hypertension

Hypertension: Women With High Blood Pressure

In the public perception, hypertension is a condition associated with overweight middle-aged men. In many cases, the primary cause of their high blood pressure is their sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, excessive drinking and smoking. Perhaps because of stereotyping, these lifestyle choices are not traditionally seen as characteristic of women. Times have changed. Women are now just as at risk of developing the condition as men.

Causes of Hypertension

There are two main types of high blood pressure: essential and secondary hypertension. In essential hypertension, it is not possible to determine the direct cause of the condition. It is sometimes attributed to a genetic predisposition where there is a history of the condition within the immediate family. Notwithstanding that the cause cannot be identified, being overweight, having a poor diet, smoking, heavy drinking, and having a sedentary lifestyle are also risk factors for essential hypertension.

Secondary hypertensioncan be caused by and traced to variety of factors such as medication, kidney problems, being overweight, having a poor diet, lifestyle choices and pregnancy. High blood pressure can cause complications during pregnancy.

Hypertension in Women

It is a widely held misconception that women develop high blood pressure as a symptom of their menstrual period. What is clear though is that just like in the case of men, lifestyle choices contribute to a woman developing hypertension.

Over the last few decades women’s lifestyles, in general, have become more sedentary. A generation ago, a woman, who is now termed a “stay at home mom”, would have had a physically active lifestyle. That has gradually changed as labour saving devices have lifted much of the physical burden and whereas previously, she would have walked or cycled to do the daily shopping, she now drives to the supermarket once a week or even once a month. Even that is gradually dying out with online shopping and home delivery. Shopping has become a leisure activity.

Many working women have office based jobs that have become more sedentary in nature with the introduction of Information Technology.

A generation ago, it was not socially acceptable for a woman to be a heavy drinker or to smoke as heavily as men did. Over the last 20 years or so, there has been a sharp rise in the number of women who smoke and or drink heavily.

Because the risks of a woman developing high blood pressure are now broadly the same as a man, and more so during pregnancy, women should take the following measures to reduce the risk:

Have a healthy balanced diet that is low in fat and sodium and moderate in sugar. Traditionally, women’s diets were considered to be healthier than men’s, but the rise in popularity of fast foods and snacks that have a high salt and fat content means that view is less valid than it used to be.

Reduce the amount of coffee and sodas you drink. Try to drink about 2 litres of water each day.

Lose excess weight.

Become more physically active. Engage in aerobic exercises such as brisk walking, cycling or swimming.

Reduce alcohol consumption.

Quit smoking.

Learn to relax

There is no cure for hypertension. It can only be managed. If the guidance given in this article is followed, over time, a woman’s high blood pressure can be lowered to normal levels.

Posted on 29 Jun 2011
Quit Smoking

How To Cleanse Your Lungs

The lungs are an important organ of the body that enables us to breathe (a vital organ you might say!). It is also considered one of the most abused because of the damage being done to it from our environment and smoking. Having respiratory problems is a great burden as it restricts your breathing and complicated problems could cause death. It is necessary to take care of your lungs because once it is fully damaged, you can never restore it. Cleansing the lungs can be done to counter the effects of smoking or air pollution and will enable better breathing, more oxygen, and healthier blood flow making you healthy and feeling good. How to cleanse your lungs is easy with simply tips.

Importance of Cleansing Your Lungs

Cleansing the lungs can ease difficult breathing and help you prevent deadly diseases like chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma and stroke. When your lungs are filled irritants and pollutants possibly from smoking, you are prone to infection from these foreign materials which can also restrict the function of the lungs. One mechanism of the body to expel these substances is to cough. Of course, no one wants to cough. Coughing is very bothersome and annoying. When diseases aren’t managed well, they can lead to serious complications and even death.

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Main Cause of Unhealthy Lungs

Smoking is the number one culprit that damages the lungs. There are hundreds of toxins found in a single cigarette. One of the harmful substances that destroy the lungs is tar. It is a black mixture of smoke, ash, and toxins that readily sticks to the surface of your lungs. It even destroys the cilia that maintain the cleanliness of your airway. Given more time smoking, a build up of tar and other harmful toxins would fully damage the lungs causing chronic, severe infections and lung cancer.

Ways to Cleanse Lungs

If you have been a chronic smoker or have worked in polluted areas, it’s not late to cleanse your lungs. You still have time to rescue the remaining function of your lungs in order to live a better and healthier life.

• If you have been smoking, STOP! Quitting smoking has immediate and long term effects that are very beneficial to the body.

• Water is a good detoxifier. The body needs water and it enables to flush out the toxins that have accumulated. Drinks lots of water because it can also loosen up lung secretion. You will easily cough it out.

• Exercise can greatly help your lungs. Start from low intensity exercises if you have never been physically active for a long time and then gradually increase your activity. Exercise helps the lungs to expand enabling it to accommodate more oxygen. It helps removed the stagnant and unhealthy carbon dioxide to be expelled.

• Stay away from food which has lots of preservatives. Eating up healthy foods can also be good for your lungs.

• Vitamins and supplements can also help making the lungs healthy. Supplements improve the body’s immune system to fight disease and help repair damaged tissues.

How to cleanse your lungs isn’t difficult as it is. These easy and healthy ways don’t only make your lungs healthy but you totally. The body is dependent on the lungs for oxygen; any defect to this organ can affect the other parts of the body. Cleanse your lungs with these steps and live a happy and healthy life.

Posted on 29 Jun 2011
Back Pain

Nubax Trio Review

The Nubax Trio is a back decompression “machine.”

If you’ve got back pain due to disc problems, decompression is the way to find relief…often immediately. but there CAN be problems…

Imagine setting up a full inversion table in your office…

You’ve been chained to your desk all morning and your back is really feeling it, so you decide to try to get some back relief on your lunch break…there you are, hanging upside down from your inversion table (with your dress down around your ears, ladies) and in walks one of your bosses – or even worse, one of your best clients!

Let’s face it, not all of us can (or want to) use a full inversion table. Particularly for the office, they are impractical and inconvenient to say the least.

The Nubax Trio is a terrific option.

Picture that same office setting…There is a small – 16 pound – device sitting there that you sort of lean on and stretch…no need to change clothes, no need to worry about being embarrassed by someone walking in and if you want to hide it away, it’s small enough to store in the office closet when not in use.

You probably won’t want to hide it away…once the word gets out, you will probably have a line of co-workers outside your door begging to use your Nubax Trio.

Now, we get the benefits of a good stretch without the drawbacks of an inversion table – and since it only takes a few minutes (3 to 6), we can stretch throughout the day, whenever we feel the need. We don’t have to suffer until we get home – or to the doctor.

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That’s why I’m writing this next review in my series of Back Pain Relief Product Reviews…if you are able to handle your back problems as they arise rather than waiting, your life is SOOOO much better! Your “achin’ back” problems could be a thing of the past.

Here is how and why it works…

Between the vertebra in our backs, we have discs. These discs are full of fluid and are used to cushion as well as separate the vertebra in our backs. Think of the disc as being like a sponge.

As the day wears on, gravity squeezes the fluid out of the discs and they literally get smaller. That’s why you can lose as much as 3/4″ in height during the day! (Now you know why you have to adjust the rear view mirror when you get in the car at night. – you are literally shorter.)

As we age, wear and tear as well as gravity is a problem, and we have less fluid to start with, and less ability to replace it.

When we decompress, we are actually increasing the space between the vertebra.

This creates more room for our discs to reabsorb the fluids. BTW – we naturally do this at night when we are asleep. If you are dehydrated or don’t get enough sleep, you don’t reabsorb enough of the fluids and you are in for some pain the next day.

I’m sure you know what I mean.

As we decompress, the increased space creates a negative vacuum and literally sucks the cushioning fluids back into the discs.

Here’s some boring terminology – A bulging disc is when the fluid inside the disc is trying to get out through a weak point, but hasn’t ruptured the disc wall. A herniated disc is when it HAS ruptured the wall and is leaking. Imagine stepping on one side of a jelly filled donut.

A scientific study (American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in 1999) has shown that traction therapy, which is the practice of stretching and lengthening the spine (AKA – Spinal Decompression), has been proven to help reduce or even eliminate back pain. They found an 81% success rate for eliminating pain.

Here are a few of the Nubax Trio features…

It’s lightweight – 16 pounds.

Small enough to not be in the way, but easy to store if you want to…

Overall Dimension – 24″ x 41″ x 17″

Frame – 22.5″ Wide x 31.5″ Tall x 17″ Deep

Height in use – 19″ to 33″

Fast – 3-6 minutes per day.

About 90% cheaper than going to the Chiropractor.

Easy set-up out of the box – about 10 minutes – all tools and hardware are included.

Comes with a users guide and instructional CD.

Full money back guarantee.

Nubex Trio Pros…

It’s fast – 3 to 6 minutes a day.

It’s gentle – no stress or strain on the joints. (Inversion tables can put strain on the joints.)

Saves time (1 – 2 hours) AND money (possibly $ thousands) on Chiropractor visits.

Safe for those of us with high blood pressure and diabetes.

Small enough to hide away and light enough so ANYONE CAN!

Both short term and long term benefits…

Clinically proven.

There’s a lot more but I don’t want to write a sales page, just a review.

Nubax Trio Cons…

Particularly tall people may not get as much stretch as they would like.

Restricted to those of us that are under 300 pounds.

Those of us that are under 18 years of age should consult a doctor before using. (Actually, that’s a good idea for all of us!)

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If you have any of the following conditions, definitely consult your physician…

Bone weakness

Recent fractures

If you know you can not get off the floor

Pregnancy

Skeletal implants

Some types of Joint Replacements

In summation…

I really like how fast and easy it is to use and the fact that it can be used in the office. I know that by stretching once or twice during the day rather than just suffering in silence, is enough to give me severe back pain relief…it makes my day better and more productive.

Plus once I get home at night, I feel much more refreshed and far more likely to feel “up to” doing something fun, rather than just planting myself in front of the TV.

I don’t want this to be TOO long, but this review is just skimming the surface of the Nubax Trio. To find out more, can’t hurt… but it CAN hurt if you don’t!

What if you just can’t get rid of your lower back pain?

Posted on 29 Jun 2011
Diabetes

Diabetes Is on the Rise

Diabetes is on the rise. Whereas a few decades ago diabetes was relatively unknown, the incidence of this nasty disease has increased dramatically over the last 3 decades and more. It is now estimated by the National Diabetes Information Clearing House that almost 26 million people in the US, over 8 percent of the population, are affected by diabetes.

This is made up of almost 19 million people who are diagnosed with the disease and 7 million people who are as yet undiagnosed but who have it. It’s a major health concern and the incidence of this pernicious disease is on the rise.

There’s a number of risk factors for diabetes, and a range of treatments. One of the treatments in the future may well be increasing the sufferers intake of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids.

Obesity is the single most important risk factors for diabetes. Fat in the body interferes with the ability of the body to use insulin properly, and this can lead to the rise of diabetes. Obesity is on the rise in the US, including amongst children, and the number of children diagnosed with diabetes has risen dramatically over the last decade or 2.

There’s a range of other risk factors, but all of them tend to go together and come down to an unhealthy lifestyle. Lack of exercise, a poor diet including too many carbohydrates and too much fat and sugar are risk factors for both diabetes and obesity.

Poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle can also lead to high blood pressure and high cholesterol and these as well can increase the risk of the disease.

However lifestyle factors are not the only risk. There appears to be a genetic predisposition as well.

To date the disease cannot be cured, but it can be managed, and proper management, including some serious changes in lifestyle habits, can lead to a remission.

Sufferers are advised to seriously inspect their lifestyle habits including sugar intake, diet and address the need for more exercise. All of these will help, and if sufficient adjustments are made can lead to a remission.

There’s a range of different drugs designed to manage diabetes. These drugs help to lower blood sugar, though it is usually not sufficient to take the drugs on their own without addressing other issues.

There is promising work being done on the impact of increasing the amount of the Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet to control diabetes. 2 studies published in 2011 have shown that people with a high level of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids DHA and EPA in the blood have a lower risk of diabetes.

This doesn’t prove that more Omega 3 in your diet will reduce your risk of diabetes, however there is a strong inference that this is the case sufficient to suggest that this should be studied in more detail.

And it is also clear that there are a wide range of other health conditions which are well-known to improve or which can even be prevented from an adequate intake of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids in the diet.

Diabetes is primarily a lifestyle disease. An unhealthy lifestyle, often leading to obesity, is usually the cause, and addressing this is the best solution. Addressing these factors, as it now seems more likely, may well include increasing your intake of the essential fatty acids known as the Omega 3 fats.

Posted on 29 Jun 2011
Diseases

Kidney Stones – Common Symptoms

It may be that you are feeling something in your abdomen area and are skeptical about kidney stones. In such a case you must clear out your doubt as soon as possible. Following are some signs and symptoms that tell about the presence of kidney stones. So, before going to a doctor and spending money on tests find out yourself whether you need treatment or not.

1. According to researches kidney stones are hereditary and there are higher chances of you suffering from it if any member of your family has suffered from this problem. So, first of all you should revise the medical history of your family.

2. It is found that men are more susceptible to kidney stones than women are. It is not only about stones but there are many kidney problems that men are susceptible to. This statement however does not make women completely safe from this problem. They too have a risk.

3. Have you ever controlled the urge of urinating for hours at a stretch? If you are living with this habit and have practiced it many a times then you have a higher chance of having it. In fact, you may be suffering from this problem.

4. If you experience pain in the pelvic region or lower back it is better to check with a doctor. The pain may be continues or even intermittent.

5. Another symptom of kidney stones is a feverish feeling even when there is no fever. This feeling may be accompanied with lower back or pelvic pain. You will feel pain in the joints or muscle as a result of which there will be problem in bending or moving sideways. At this time you may also feel weak and lifeless.

6. You may find the color of your urine unusual or dark. This may also be accompanied with traces of blood in the urine and pain at the time of urination. When you experience these symptoms do not delay a moment to consult a doctor as there is a serious problem of kidney stones.

7. This is an extreme symptom of kidney stone- You might feel extreme pain in the lower abdomen region as if someone is stabbing you. This symptom has been described as the worst among all. This means that the problem of kidney stones has reached a later stage and an operation is required to cure it.

You must not delay to detect the later stages of these symptoms and must consult a doctor as soon as you have a doubt. Changing the lifestyle for the better is very important and will help you to ward away the extreme pain that is caused. If you have experienced or are experiencing any of such signs and symptoms then you must not delay and see a doctor to take proper medication.

Posted on 24 Jun 2011
Heart Disease

Preparing for Heart Surgery

Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide. This includes people with congenital diseases or defects such as pulmonary atresia as well as people who develop heart disease because of their lifestyle choices. Depending on the disease or disorder, treatment can consist of medication, nutrition and physical therapy, and surgery. If your health care provider has determined that surgical intervention is needed to correct or improve your heart condition, then you must make sure you are fully prepared when it is time to go under the knife. This includes asking plenty of questions about your condition, what heart surgery hopes to correct, and the risks involved.

Once you feel comfortable with having the surgery, it is usually scheduled out a few weeks in advanced so you can make the appropriate preparations. During this time it is a good idea to quit smoking as it can impair your ability to heal. Additionally, it puts you at a greater risk of developing pneumonia and heart related complications after heart surgery. It is recommended that you quick smoking a minimum of three weeks prior. Alcohol consumption should also be discontinued at least two days before your scheduled surgery. It is also a good idea to maintain a balanced heart healthy diet. However, you should not eat or drink anything past midnight the day of your surgery.

You should also stop taking blood thinners, like Coumadin or aspirin, about 4-5 days before your scheduled surgery. It is best to consult with your doctor about other medications you may be taking especially if you are diabetic. Be certain to get plenty of rest. If you develop a cold, fever, infection, or type of illness contact your physician as soon as possible to determine how this will affect your heart surgery. Avoid taking over the counter medications until your doctor instructs you to do so.

If your insurance company requires it get your heart surgery and hospital stay pre-certified. The last thing you want is to wake up to an enormous hospital bill. Although most surgeries are conducted with minimal problems it is still a good idea to make sure your will is up to date. You should also have a living will, or health care proxy, established and provide medical facility with a copy of the relevant paperwork. Additionally, be certain the hospital has the name and number of a reliable emergency contact they call if anything goes wrong.

Posted on 23 Jun 2011
Depression

The Effect of Watching TV on Your Brain

Scientists know that there is a definite link between watching TV and depression, but how TV is actually affecting our minds?

When you switch on TV your brain enters a highly suggestible hypnotic state. Left side of the brain responsible for logical thinking stops working and instead you absorb all the information with your right side of the brain responsible for emotions.

In such state your brain activity consists mainly of alpha waves, which is what we get relaxing or meditating.

However, if you stimulate alpha wave activity by watching TV which among frequent viewers happens within 30 seconds, and among infrequent – within 3 minutes, your brain believes that everything it sees is actually happening.

Now what are you most likely to watch everyday on TV?

Bear in mind that average viewer spends 5 to 6 hours per day in front of TV. You’ll get plenty of news covering natural disasters, wars and killing because happy news are not as interesting as unhappy ones, and Media knows it very well.

You also get reality and talk shows which expose the worst parts of human nature, and you get films full of violence and gore.

What happens after prolonged exposure to TV?

– Logical part of the brain, the one which is more likely to seek solutions to your problems atrophies. You are more passive, less willful and easily distracted and easily bored. This definitely doesn’t help you to fight your depression.

– Front head cortex responsible for analytical thinking can’t work very well because images on TV change extremely fast. In fact, compare a movie from the 1950’s and one made now, and you’ll see how frequency of the scenes changed. This is done intentionally because every time it happens our brain has to pay a lot of attention to adapt to a new environment.

– IQ levels and general intelligence drop significantly, because intelligent people use two parts of their brain equally, which doesn’t happen when you watch TV.

– Watching TV also has a huge effect on children as they are most susceptible to what they see. This is one of the reasons we have a lot of children with ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder), learning disabilities and depression disorder.

– And don’t even let me start on how Media develops our inferiority complex. After watching supermodels with size zero bodies, huge salaries and big houses, you get people suffering from bulimia and anorexia, lacking self-confidence, getting bullied because they don’t look how the Media led us to believe they suppose to look. We get higher rates of suicide and general desensitization to violence.

Plainly speaking watching TV doesn’t make us happier and doesn’t help our depression.

Reading which stimulates both parts of your brain enormously, going for walks, spending time with your family and friends, exercises are more likely to provide depression relief.

I’m looking forward to your opinions. Share what you think with us here.

Posted on 23 Jun 2011
Arthritis

Gout Prevention

Living in the 21stcentury’s modern society today takes a toll on the human physique that we are blissfully unaware of. The medical and pharmaceutical industries have exploded into a dimension of high technology that any other industry finds hard to keep up with.

Life as we knew it, even as recently as 10 years ago, will never be the same again. Looking at world news, flair-ups of diseases like bubonic fever, wild polio, and outbreaks of scarce and deadly E.coli strains, seems to indicate that part of the medical world is actually moving back in time to the 14th and 18th century.

The increase in diseases like heart disease, kidney disease, cancer and arterial diseases, to name but a few, seems to indicate that the world population is on a land slide to a bleak and unhealthy future.

As I read patients comments and cries for help on blogs and forums and if I see how many websites are discussing conditions like anxiety, panic attacks, high blood pressure, tumors, psychological disorders, physical disorders, syndromes and conditions, I cannot help but wonder what has changed.

Due to the development of the pharmaceutical and medical industries nearly every disease can be managed or cured to some degree. Especially if Gregory House is your attending physician!

The question is though, is we investigating the causes or are we only treating the symptoms as they manifest? Are we searching for answers in the right places? How many diseases and conditions are caused by “mental weakness” or “psychological unfitness”?

My question is: what about mental health? Does the brain not control the body and all of its functions? What will happen if we start investigating from a different angle? Why are all the modern day diseases so prominent now and escalating daily? What would the implications be if we rather exercise the brain and give the brain regular healthy food for thought?

Surely the brain’s ability to then manage the body will improve. The silent killers of modern society like stress, is a huge culprit. I wonder if medical science will ever be able to calculate how many diseases and conditions are actually caused by stress, directly or indirectly. If this calculation would ever be possible, I am willing to predict that a very large portion of medical conditions will become preventable.

A disease might be caused by one or two factors but may have a myriad of triggers that instigate those causes to initiate the development of the disease. One such disease is gout. True gout has only four major causes but a barrel full of triggers that can initiate those factors to cause an attack. These triggers vary from climatic conditions to diet to, yes you guessed it, stress and everything in between.

Will it not be beneficial to move the focus of personal health to the epicenter of the causes of diseases instead of continuously treating only the symptoms? Should we not stop doing crisis management and address the issue at root level?

In our day-to-day rat race everybody gets more attention than you; your boss, your colleagues, your job, your car, your bank account, your family and your friends. Time has come to look toward your own body and mind.

Diseases have more to them than just the physical evidence. The psychological health of a body is every bit as important as the physical. The one cannot operate without the other. This is where we should concentrate on balance.