Medical Articles

Thyroid Disease 8 Risks And 8 Causes

The thyroid, a butterfly shaped gland wrapped around the windpipe, is located in the neck behind and below the Adams apple. It is labelled as the “master” gland because of its many functions in the body such as producing key hormones, regulating body temperature, and managing metabolism. This gland has the only cells in the…

Basic Metabolic Panel – Potassium

Part 2 of a closer look at the Basic Metabolic Panel or BMP that most people have run every time they go to the doctor. Today’s focus is potassium. Range: The normal range is 3.5-5.0 mEq/L or that is the normal range for 95% of the population, so you may fall outside of that range…

Childhood Obesity on the Rise

Results of a recent National Health and Nutrition Survey on 12,384 youths, ages 2 to 19 years indicate that severe  obesity  among children increased almost 400% between the periods 1976=1980 and 1999-2004. This equates to an estimate of approximately 2.7 million children in the U. S. who are severely obese. Additionally, a third of severely…

What Causes Cold Sores in Your Mouth?

Cold  sores  are a very common infection and it has been estimated that 80% percent of the United States population has been exposed to herpes simplex virus, the virus which causes cold  sores . An interesting fact to note – even if a person has been infected with the herpes virus, they may not always experience…

Peanut Allergy

Peanut  allergy  is very frustrating when it strikes in your family. Ask parents who have kids with peanuts  allergy . The worry is not only of making sure that you do not provide your child with peanuts, but to also make sure that when you are not with them, they are aware that they should not…

My Depression Story

I was diagnosed with severe and clinical depression in 1991 and prescribed the antidepressant medication, Imipramine. Imipramine is a tricyclic which is a selectivenorepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SSNI) and, to a lesser extent, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). The theory is that a major cause of clinical depression is an insufficient amount of one or…

How to Stop Phobias From Ruining Your Life

A  phobia  is a mental disorder characterized by a strong fear of something that is not really dangerous or feared by most people. Today’s scientific criteria about this mysterious mental disorder are based on suppositions. Nobody can really explain why someone fears an object, an animal, or a certain situation. Fortunately, the scientific method of…

Secrets in Managing Anxiety

 Anxiety  can take many forms and all of them are worrying and stressful to say the least. Coping with the unannounced  anxiety  or panic attack, constant worry and tension, social  anxiety , being plagued with irrational fears and being unable to carry out your daily routine are all part of this unpleasant syndrome. But managing  anxiety …

Getting Enough Sleep at Night

Sleeping is essential to the human body because, while we sleep, our cells regenerate and that is why we feel refreshed when we wake up in the morning. Inadequate sleep can lead to severe harmful effects on your health. Recent studies have proven that sleep is vital for a healthy immune system function, thus maintaining…

Professional Paraffin Pedicure At Home

Here’s all you need to know to give yourself a professional paraffin wax pedicure in the comfort of your own home. A paraffin pedicure is the perfect way to give yourself and your feet the break you deserve. So take some time out, relax, and melt into heavenly bliss. Some of the tips that you’ll…