Identifying Strep Throat Symptoms

Strep throat symptoms are usually easy to spot. Strep throat is a local bacterial infection with group A streptococcus bacteria. Strep throat needs specific medical treatment that consists of antibiotics and analgesics. Unlike the symptoms of sore throat, strep throat symptoms are more intense and often include fever, headaches, inflammation of the tonsils and swelling of the lymph nodes. Sore throat is caused by viral infections and in most cases doesn’t need special medical care. On the other hand, strep throat is considered to be a serious illness that can lead to complications. (sinusitis, tonsillitis) and therefore needs appropriate treatment and special medical care.

The bacteria responsible for causing strep throat are very contagious and they can be contracted by sneezing, coughing or physical contact. A person infected with group A streptococcus bacteria can easily contaminate other persons simply by breathing close to them. The bacteria responsible for strep throat are airborne and even an impeccable personal hygiene can’t prevent the infection from occurring.

Anyone can get strep throat, especially accompanied by a cold or flu. Although strep throat mostly occurs in children and teenagers, adults can get strep throat just as well. The first strep throat symptoms resemble those of sore throat: throat pain and discomfort, inflammation of the tonsils, nausea, fatigue and poor appetite. However, strep throat symptoms are more intense and in many cases include: high fever, throat swelling and inflammation, difficulties in swallowing, swelling and inflammation of the tonsils (sometimes the tonsils may be covered in pus), swelling and tenderness of lymph nodes (the glands in the upper region of the neck), the presence of white patches in the throat, rash, abdominal pain and discomfort, vomiting and diarrhea. Most strep throat symptoms aren’t very serious and if an appropriate treatment is prescribed in time, they ameliorate within the first days of treatment.

Strep throat symptoms that are considered to be medical emergencies are: high fever, severe dehydration, pronounced difficulty in swallowing, difficulty in breathing, pronounced swelling of the neck, throat bleeding. It is very important to quickly seek medical help when you reveal the presence of these strep throat symptoms. Even if the strep throat symptoms aren’t very serious, it is advised to maintain permanent connection with your physician and inform him about the progression of the illness. With appropriate antibiotic treatment, strep throat symptoms should be considerably diminished after the first 3-4 days. If the illness persists and strep throat symptoms don’t seem to ameliorate, the doctor might consider changing the treatment.

Pay careful attention to strep throat symptoms and make sure you follow the doctor’s exact indications. Also, don’t interrupt the treatment unless your physician tells you to do so. Strep throat needs at least ten days of continuous treatment with antibiotics in order to heal properly.

Ring Larnder and the Black Sox Scandal of 1919

Chicago “Black Sox Scandal” of 1919 shook baseball to its core and almost ruined the game. Sportswriter Ring Lardner was at the heart of the story and reported regularly on the subsequent trial and banning of the eight players involved. The case shook Lardner’s belief in the game and robbed baseball of one of its greatest early writers.

Adapting from Eliot Asinof baseball classic 8 men out, director John Sayles put Lardner back into the baseball and literary spotlight during the 1988 hollywood film Eight Men Out. The movie included some big name talent, including John Cusack and John Mahoney (of many films and later Frasier fame). Sayles, himself an actor, played Lardner, who quickly figured out something was amiss behind the scenes of the Chicago White Sox. Strong reviews from strong media outlets and critics such as the New York Times Janet Maslin (“story of boyish enthusiam gone bad in an all too grown-up world, Eight Men Out represents a home run.”) gave this movie its preverbal legs and is now considered a classic amongst baseball film buffs.

Ring began his sports writing career in South Bend, writing for both the South Bend Tribune & the South Bend Times. He moved to Chicago and wrote for the Chicago Inter-Ocean, the Chicago Examiner and finally the Chicago Examiner. After bouncing around for a few years, including taking time off to work on the fictional book You Know Me Al, Larnder returned to Chicago and resumed writing for the Tribune.

This leads us into the scandal itself. The official story goes like this: Many players within the Chicago White Sox organization were upset with the pay and negotiation tactics of the Sox owner, Charles Comiskey. When Joseph Sullivan approached White Sox first baseman Arnold Gandil on the behalf of New York mobster Arnold Rothstein the timing was right. Gandil was able to gather seven other players (thus brining to the total to eight) to throw games vs the Cinncinati Reds in the 1919 World Series. For this the players were promised $100,000 total.

Ring Lardner wrote pieces for the Tribune after the series hinting and reporting the rumors floating around the majors at the time, that the players may have been “on the take”. He continued with his stories and eventually major league baseball began to look into these assertions. After the owners appointed a new commissioner in Judge Kenesaw Mountin Landis the case was tried in a court of law. After a trial that was riddled with news coverage and most likely affected by public opinion, the players were acquitted. Judge Landis saw things another way however, as he proceeded to ban all eight players that were involved in the scandal.

After the scandal of the 1919 Black Sox played itself out, Lardner continued to cover baseball until he retired from the Tribune. According to biographies, while Ring did cover the sport, he did begin subtly questioning the happenings and outcomes of games. Ring Lardner passed at the age of 48 due to complications from tuberculosis in 1933.

The New Year Brings New Gardening Opportunities in Southern California

While January and winter weather means an end to gardening activities in many parts of the United States, it is prime time to plant in southern California.

Plant fruit trees: A variety of bare root fruit trees are at nurseries ready to be planted in January. Varieties include apricot, blueberries, plum, apple, pear, peach and raspberries trees. Give the trees a boost by adding organic compost planting mix to the soil to increase soil aeration and to keep in moisture.

Add Artichokes: Add artichoke plants to your garden. Plant them 4 feet apart. They start their growing process in winter and begin sprouting artichoke heads in spring. These hardy, perennial vegetables can produce artichokes year after year.

Plant Garlic Cloves: Separate cloves from a garlic bulb. Plant them with the pointy part up the clove up-and about 7 to 8 inches deep. Garlic plants will soon poke their heads from the soil and grow during winter. They can easily withstand cold winter nights. The new garlic bulbs with their juicy cloves will be ready for harvest in late spring or early summer.

Keep Applying Mulch To Cut Down On Weeds: Every rainfall (no matter how infrequent) means more weeds in the garden. Weeds seem to go more quickly than any vegetable or flower plant. To keep weeds under control, make sure you have a several-inch layer of mulch wherever weeds may appear. If weeds are already taking root, remove them before covering the area with mulch.

Plant Wildflowers From Seed: First, rake the flowerbed area. Sprinkle California poppy and other wild flowers and cover gently with soil. Sow more seeds just before a rain to encourage continued flower production in spring.

Move Living Christmas Trees Outside: Living Christmas trees should stay indoors for as little time as possible. Once planted outdoors, pine trees can easily grow 40 to 50 feet tall. Their strong root system, over time, will spread and can easily crack concrete walkways that stand in their way. Make sure you plant your tree in a location that can accommodate such a large tree.

Extending the Life of Poinsettias: Poinsettia flowers will usually remain healthy into March. After March, cut back the stems to no more than eight inches tall. By June, new growth will begin. Keep the plant in indirect, natural sunlight and the soil moderately moist. When the weather warms, bring the plant outside and transplant into a bigger pot. Prune as needed so the plant is bushy. Flowers will begin to grow in October and reach their peak of beauty in November and December.

Purchase A Rain Barrel: Don’t let rainwater roof runoff go to waste. Many cities and counties offer rebates when purchasing rain barrels. These barrels can typically hold 50 gallons of water– water that can be used to irrigate your garden.

Sulfur Foods Do Make You Stink

Menstruation does aggravate the already malodorous state of TMAU let alone sulfur-rich foods. You may find yourself nauseating off of your own body odor when it becomes sulfur-like smell. This metallic odor may be caused by too much sulfur, phosphorus, and nitrogen that accumulated in your body over the days when you were on a wrong diet.

If you can’t afford to have yourself tested at Monell in the USA and are unsure you have a full-blown Trimethylaminuria (TMAU) – a metabolic disorder due to impaired metabolism of choline in foods as well all variations of sulfur, phosphorus, and nitrogen, you may want to try the Elimination Diet.

What you need to do with the Elimination Diet is you simply take out all the sulfur-rich foods from all your meals at least for a week. If the odor gets better, then you know it’s the sulfur that is the culprit. If the result is otherwise, you may have to experiment more with additional exclusion of phosphorus and nitrogen-rich foods. If this restricted diet fails, then you may have an undiagnosed nutrition deficiency and/or other serious autoimmune diseases like thyroid problems and infections.

You may also have to take note of your monthly period regularity. If your menstrual cycle veers from its normal frequency, then this could mean you’re deficient in proper nutrition. Usually, women with irregular menstruation or long overdue menstrual periods are iron-deficient after following a strict diet devoid of the aforementioned minerals among other essential minerals and vitamins found in the foods that trigger the sulfur odor.

The strong metallic/rubber/sulfur odor that emanates from your pores days prior to your first menstruating day may be a symptom of TMAU. The odor will pervade throughout the entire duration of your “bleeding days” if you mess up with your diet.

Foods like onion, garlic, meat, fish, egg, sweet potato, tomato, orange, wheat, dairy, banana, cruciferous vegetables, legumes, grains, and all the chemical-laden processed foods are notoriously high in the odorous components of sulfur, phosphorus, nitrogen, and choline, which cannot be digested but rather gets deposited in the blood until they find their way out through your pores as evident by your bad breath, sulfur burp, and stinky sweat all over. If you overindulge on these bad boys, you will find yourself stinking for long.

Interestingly, women with TMAU may notice that they smell of fish during their period, and sometimes it alternates with the rubber and chemical odors. However, when all these instances do not point to TMAU after having been examined by a professional, please do not rule out hormonal imbalance yet. An endocrinologist as well as a certified nutritionist/dietician may help you identify the missing link to this whole malodorous plight.

The key here is not to ever give up. Give the Elimination Diet a go and make sure your body stays hydrated and well-fed with alkaline foods. You may have to cheat once in a while once the odors improved. Additionally, supplements are widely available to fix your nutrition deficiency in the course of your anti-odor diet.     

The Verju Green Laser: Non-Invasive Cellulite and Fat Reduction!

Is it even possible – a true reduction in cellulite, and a true reduction in troublesome fat deposits with measurable losses of inches, via a simple, completely non-invasive, 100% painless, convenient office treatment? The short answer is yes! The long answer should start with a very brief review of how this all came about.

The Zerona is a medical device that came into public use about 5 years ago. It is a low level laser therapy (LLLT) device which uses a familiar red colored (635 nm) surface laser – a so-called “cold” laser – that generates no heat and no burning as it shines on the skin’s surface (i.e., completely non-invasive and completely painless). Yet, the laser light energy passes harmlessly through the skin and is absorbed by the fat cells just underneath, “tricking” them into melting themselves! Based on over 15+ years of research and 20+ peer reviewed medical journal articles demonstrating its validity, the Zerona received FDA 510(k) clearances between 2010 and 2013 for the “non-invasive reduction of arms, waist, hips, and thigh circumference” via fat reduction. Follow-up studies have replicated significant circumference reductions (such as a 3.5 total inch loss vs. 0.6 inches for placebo!) resulting from a full course of treatments (typically a series of 5 – 6 treatment sessions) and with the results documented as persisting out long term for at least one year! This is not a temporary fat “redistribution” or a temporary decrease in tissue fluids. Studies were done with participants agreeing to NO CHANGE in diet, NO CHANGE in level of activity or exercise, and NO adjunctive therapies on board in order to be able to see what the true results due to the Zerona LLLT treatments alone would be. Results were often noted to be visible in as little as 2 weeks! Consider that the loss of 3.5 total inches seen in the research subjects corresponds to a loss of approximately 12,600 calories! That’s the equivalent of 42 cheeseburgers or 72 cartons of ice cream! 12,600 calories represents a loss of about 2000cc’s (that’s 4 – 5 pounds!) of pure fat! If one were exercising in an attempt to burn this number of calories it would take 40 hours of swimming, 18 hours of jogging, or some 21 hours of tennis!

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) causes transitory, lipid draining pores to open in the fat (adipose) cells just under the skin – there is no necrosis, no thermal damage, no cellular disruption, destruction or lysis. Lipid liquefaction is stimulated and the stored fat slowly but surely leaks its way out. All the affected cells are drained of their fat and as they become more and more empty, the fat cells begin to collapse and shrink. These laser stimulated leaky pores stay open for about 48 hours or more leading to more and more fat cell emptying and shrinking for some 2 – 3 days after treatment. A well-known natural enzymatic-like compound of the body – cyclic AMP – is the key in all this. The laser light absorption flips this enzyme switch on, causing something called cytochrome C oxidase activation which then directly opens all the pores. This is the same exact mechanism triggered by aggressive dieting or exercise! After treatment, microscope histology studies actually show the pores opening! Thereafter, we can actually see and track the fat cells – hundreds of thousands of them – all collapsing and shrinking as their lipids are released, followed by a 25% decrease in the subcutaneous fat layer thickness. Dr. Rodrigo Neira’s research showed that the pores open and the fat cells begin to empty themselves after just 18 minutes of the skin being exposed to LLLT! He also showed that although the fat cells empty their contents, the cells still remain viable and undamaged. Fat cells are involved in hormone production/regulation and many other key body functions. We don’t want them killed or gone, we just want them to be as small and as emptied of their fat stores as possible! Dr. Neira’s results have been independently confirmed by other researchers. MRI’s have demonstrated fat emulsification (fat melting/draining) as deep as 5.0 cm (2- 3 inches) under the skin.

You’ve heard of the Marvel superhero “The Green Lantern”? Well we’ve dubbed the Verjú device our superhero “Green Laser”, because Verjú is the next step in the evolution of this amazing breakthrough non-invasive fat melting technology! The Verjú Green Laser uses a unique green (532nm) low level (16mW) diode laser light that generates about as much discomfort on your skin as would shining a flashlight upon it ( i.e. none!). Verjú delivers about 25% more pore opening, fat melting energy to the fat cells than any red laser (even the Zerona). This translates into a decrease in the total therapy time needed over Zerona to achieve the results. In a 2014 study reported in the prestigious American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, 4 total inches in circumference reduction were seen in just 2 weeks! Studies have also shown a 0.25 inch to one inch reduction with just one treatment session! Only patients with significant, advanced cellulite (Nurnburger-Muller Scale cellulite classification stages 2 or 3) participated in the cellulite part of this study. These patients demonstrated that at 2 weeks 65% had significant improvement in their cellulite (vs. 3% improvement in placebo group!) At 4 weeks there was an 89% satisfaction rate (vs. 26% satisfaction rate in placebo group). There are no known side effects with Verjú. The Verjú Green Laser does not damage any tissue whatsoever. Patients can continue all their typical daily activities without interruption i.e. there is no down time or recovery period of any kind!

How does the Verjú Green Laser work? As you relax, lying on a comfortable table/bed checking your email or watching a movie, 5 green laser light patterns controlled by a computer dance their way harmlessly across your skin, absorbing into the fat and cellulite underneath. Your waist, abdomen, hips and thighs start to shrink as fat is melted and cellulite is diminished. Total treatment time is about 30 minutes. Read, sleep, talk on your iPhone – you can do whatever you like while you lie there as it works. Galvanic lymphatic massage of each area is done afterwards to assist in the absorption and processing of the dissolved lipids and fat. These lipids are processed the same way as all lipids are normally processed by your body’s lymphatics and delivered to the liver – eventually burned off as carbon dioxide. That’s right, you will literally be breathing your fat away! No pain, no heat, no freezing, no discomfort, no needles, no injections, no incisions. Zero pain, Zero surgery, Zero downtime. Continue your daily routine immediately following a treatment session. Although no changes in your diet or exercise are required, for best results and maximum benefit it is highly recommended that you optimize these as well. Where can Verjú go to work for you on improving cellulite and reducing fat? The stomach(abdomen), the back/flanks, the hips, the thighs, the buttocks, the love handles, hips, arms and cellulite pretty much anywhere!

More and more exciting news about the Verjú Green Laser is emerging these days. Leptin is a hormone released by fat cells. Leptin stimulates hunger and increases appetite. Preliminary studies of leptin levels after Verjú Green Laser fat cell shrinking have indicated a reduction in these leptin levels! Other ongoing studies suggest that there are real and measurable decreases happening in cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL levels after a series of Verjú Green Laser treatments! And what news could be more intriguing for diabetics to hear than better Hgb A1-C levels, and better glucose levels were seen following Verjú Green Laser treatments for cellulite and fat reduction!

The Verjú Green Laser was 510(k) FDA cleared in January 2014 for non-invasive cellulite reduction as well as for non-invasive fat reduction body contouring for the waist, hips, and thighs. The Verjú Green Laser was featured on “The Doctors” TV show in May 2014. To date, Verjú is the only non -invasive FDA cleared device for treating cellulite. The Verjú Green Laser harmlessly and elegantly seems to be a great and completely non-invasive way to reduce excess body fat and reduce the appearance of cellulite!

Grief is Grief, No Matter How Small

Your pain from a grief experience is similar no matter what the cause. I learned this firsthand. Grief and sorrow can overwhelm your heart from different causes, and yet entirely unrelated events incite the same painful internal feelings. I hope my short story encourages you to have compassion on yourself and others if a loss triggers what seems like unwarranted sorrow in you when the triggering event was small you thought.

Local news stations report tragic situations every day; A house burns down and leaves a family in grief; a son is killed at war; an auto accident leaves someone paralyzed for life. Grief is truly a part of life, not an experience which is surprisingly foreign. It affects each one of us at some time. Anytime something or someone we are attached to is snatched away, anytime we have a disappointment or lose a loved one, we feel grief. Grief & Loss go together.

I have learned from my own personal experience the nuances of grief feelings which you can’t get from a book or lecture alone.

An adversity does not have to be grossly tragic in the eyes of others to create immense pain. Your emotional response depends upon your life situation at the moment. If you’ve had a tragic loss that is not yet healed, it doesn’t take much to throw you into feeling grief again. The more grief you endure which has not been healed, the easier it can be to be thrust back into the raw state of your suffering when a new tragedy strikes.

My heart was very tender after my wife was killed in a head-on car wreck the day after we were married, and I went through immense spouse-grief. About two years later I had a little puppy named Apollo. He was a small German shepherd and I grew deeply attached to him. I lived on a busy street near Eugene, Oregon. One Sunday afternoon a friend stopped by and I was out. Apollo slipped out the door when my friend peeked in, and the puppy began to follow the friend. He wandered onto the road, was run over, and killed. Needless to say, I went though pet-loss grief.

I was devastated. I was grieving a dog, but the pain in my mid-section was similar to what I had felt when Nancy was killed. I cried over the loss of Apollo. In my mind it seemed ridiculous. What I learned in later reflection and healing was that my grief over the little dog was igniting the latent grief I still had over the death of my bride.

Our feelings of grief depend upon who we are at the moment. What other grief and sorrow still needs some work for healing? What subtle memories of the past erupt again? These are signals that there may be residual grief, unhealed, which complicates our current pain, regardless of cause.

I am hoping this insight gives you the chance to be compassionate with yourself when the smallest thing can trigger extreme sad feelings. When someone at work or a friend announces to you, “Just get over it,” you know enough to back away and not just stuff your feeling.. I also hope it inspires you to accelerate your healing process.

Abating grief is important. If you don’t, the next situation will pile heavier pain upon the burden you already carry. In my book, At Least We Were Married, which recounts the story of my young bride’s death and my pain in losing her, I go into more detail about how I got through my suffering and grief pain, which is more than I can in this small space. What I can tell you is that IT IS POSSIBLE to heal your grief.

Diabetes Symptoms: Learn to Spot the Symptoms of Diabetes Early

If you pay attention to your body, you can spot diabetes symptoms early and have a far better chance to reverse the disease before it becomes severe. Remember that Type 2 diabetes mellitus is practically always a preventable disease. You never have to experience the symptoms of diabetes type 2 – if you are willing and ready to make a firm commitment to healthy living today.

Diabetes Types:

There are several types of diabetes and most are preventable. Type 1 diabetes mellitus has no definitively-known causes and/or cures. This is also called insulin-dependent diabetes and is characterized by a complete lack of pancreatic function.

Type 2 diabetes mellitus, the most common type, is almost always able to be prevented through modifications in eating habits and exercise levels. Type 2 diabetes accounts for over 90% of all diabetes mellitus cases.

Gestational diabetes mellitus is the diabetes type that women develop during the later stages of pregnancy. The label is reserved for women who have never before exhibited any diabetes symptoms. It almost always regresses completely after delivery and is very manageable during pregnancy – again with healthful dietary standards and daily exercise.

Diabetes Symptoms:

Look out for the following symptoms of diabetes and consult with your physician if you believe yourself to be at risk:

  • Frequent urination;
  • Insatiable thirst;
  • Excessive hunger;
  • Weight loss;
  • Slow-healing wounds;
  • Drowsiness, difficulty waking up;
  • Fatigue, weakness;
  • Irritability;
  • Dry, itchy skin;
  • Velvety skin on neck or underarms;
  • More…

What causes diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is caused in the majority of cases by improper food choices, improper eating habits and sedentary living. We have to eat nutritious foods in a healthy manner and we have to exercise daily if we wish to avoid the development and onset of diabetes symptoms. There is simply no other way. Teaching yourself new ways to perceive the foods that you consume and being physically active bring new meaning to your life. Your days become far more enjoyable and you significantly decrease your propensity to develop all diseases – not just type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Current diabetes research shows that there are over 57 million people in the US alone that have pre diabetes. These are the people at the highest risks for developing Type II diabetes. If you are amongst them, then you need to take immediate action and redefine your habits concerning your diet and exercise programs. Remember that the symptoms of diabetes can very likely be reversed.

Preventing Type 2 diabetes:

You can prevent type 2 diabetes mellitus by committing to the following positive lifestyle changes:

  • Start concentrating on eating foods that are mainly water like fruits, vegetables and legumes;
  • Eat 5 or 6 small meals on a given day instead of just 1 or 2 large meals;
  • Eat your meals at the same times every day;
  • Shun fast foods and processed foods from your life. Also, no bleached foods, microwave foods or high-fat foods;
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption;
  • Avoid high-sodium foods;
  • Turn and run from Trans fats;
  • Drink a lot of water every day;
  • Exercise for at least 20 to 30 minutes every day;

Avoid the development of diabetes symptoms beginning today by committing to a healthy lifestyle. You and your loved ones will be so much happier for it.

Eight Foods That Lower Blood Sugar Levels

The prime aim for the treatment of diabetes is to control your blood sugar levels and to keep it within normal limits. As a diabetic’s body does not produce enough insulin to control the blood sugar levels, he/she can control it through a strict diet, which should be rich in fibers and low in fats. Instead of large mills, a diabetic patient should have a number of small meals throughout the day. A fiber rich diet will help the pancreas to produce more insulin which will control blood sugar levels naturally. The diet should also contain foods which are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Diabetic patients should also avoid processed foods as much as possible as they may contain preservatives and other chemicals and most of them are high in calories. They should also decrease the intake of alcohol, fried foods and sweets. Instead of fried foods, they may go for grilled, roasted, baked or steamed food. Diabetics should also avoid drinking soft drinks or sodas as these drinks contain a lot of glucose and other chemicals which are harmful to the body.

The following is a list of some foods which are helpful in lowering your blood sugar levels:–

(a) Nuts: Though nuts contain a high fat content, these fats are healthier fats which help to reduce insulin resistance and lower blood sugar levels. Some of the healthy nuts which should be included in your diet are Peanuts, Cashew, Brazil nuts, Almonds and Walnuts.

(b) Oatmeal: Oatmeal is high in dietary fiber. This is an excellent breakfast for diabetics. It helps to reduce cholesterol and blood glucose levels.

(c) Beans: Beans like kidney beans, dry beans, black beans, soy beans etc. also help to reduce cholesterol and blood glucose levels.

(d) Vegetables: Vegetables are very important for a diabetic diet. Green leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli, bitter gourd, cucumber etc. are very useful in controlling Diabetes. Other vegetables like carrot, radish, lime, onions, ginger, garlic, tomato, lettuce etc. should be included in the diet for diabetic patients. These vegetables are high in antioxidants, lower cholesterol and reduce blood glucose levels.

(e) Fruits: Diabetics should eat fruits like oranges, apple, papaya and guava. But they should avoid eating fruits like strawberry, mango and banana.

(f) Avocado: Avocado is also a fruit which is high in dietary fiber and increases insulin sensitivity and controls blood glucose levels.

(g) Barley: Barley is also a very good food for diabetics. It can be used as a substitute for rice and other high carbohydrate foods. It is similar to oats and reduces both cholesterol and blood sugar.

(h) Flax seed: Flax seeds contain magnesium and other chemicals which are helpful in controlling diabetes. It is also a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Is the Fast Food Industry Killing Us With Cholesterol?

In the last twenty years, two very alarming statistics have become prevalent in American society. One, more people are getting less exercise than twenty years ago, and two; we are consuming more calories than in the past. This is a formula for a very unhealthy America.

Society on the run

Today, as a society we are spending more time away from the family dinner table and on the go. This has led to eating more fast food than ever. In addition, whether it’s grabbing junk food when we fill up for gas, or stopping at the fast food restaurant to grab a speedy lunch, two things are happening. We are consuming more low quality foods at a greater rate than in the past. Secondly, what we eat contains more saturated fat than in the past. Consider the average fast food restaurant, much of what is on the menu is animal fat cooked in oil. Burritos, French fries, fried zucchini, double cheese burgers, and always the super size soda. With less emphasis on vegetables, fruit, and more emphasis on fried foods and large portions, America is getting heavy, very heavy.

A heavy society equals an unhealthy society

According to the American Heart Association, calculating calorie consumption on a daily basis, between 1971 and the year 2000, the average adult is consuming between two hundred and fifty and three hundred more calories every day. Throw into the equation, kids starting these bad habits at an early age. Statistics show that adolescents have a much greater risk of turning into obese adults the younger they become conditioned in these bad eating habits.

Is there a connection between fast food and stroke?

According to research by the American Stroke Association, there is a connection between the number of fast food restaurants in a neighborhood, and the incidence of stroke in the area population. Compound this with many schools cutting physical education programs, and you have an unhealthy population time bomb. The data shows, the younger obesity starts, the shorter the life span of the adult.

What should we be eating?

The answer to the problem is not as dire as the consequences of poor nutrition. The American Heart Association recommends in addition to increasing your physical activity to twenty to thirty minutes a day, modify your diet in the following ways. Avoid fried food; ask for grilled instead if it’s available. Eat more fish. Consume more fruit and vegetables. Forget that there is such a thing as supersize for only fifty cents more. Avoid soda completely. If possible, lessen intake of salt and sugar.

The role for Fish Oil

Dietitians as well as the medical community confirm that a diet high in Omega 3 fish oil can work many wonders. Pure fish oil is rich in DHA. This is one of the fatty acids found in cold water fish that has been proven to benefit the cardio vascular system by fighting bad cholesterol. By lowering your bad cholesterol, you relieve the pressure on your vascular system enabling your heart to pump blood more easily to your whole body including your brain. The fatty acids found in fish oil protect you against all the causes of heart disease and the contributors to stroke like high blood pressure.

Summary

The choices we make in the food we ingest, makes a tremendous difference in our quality of life. Exercise and quality nutrition balanced with a diet that includes the fatty acids found in cold water fish will go a long way to insuring a long and healthy life. Even if you are not a traditional fish eater, taking fish oil supplements will fill the gap. The better fish oil supplements don’t even leave any after taste of fish. Take care of your health with proper diet; you have a long life ahead.

Childhood Obesity – Fitness and Nutrition Facts for Child Health Promotion

The rates of childhood obesity in Canada has tripled in the last 25-30 years. Data reports from other developing countries is quite similar. Childhood obesity is becoming a worldwide epidemic.

There can be no question that the two most significant factors in the childhood obesity epidemic are diet and exercise. The abundance of nutritionally deficient foods and a sedentary lifestyle are creating a generation poised to become adults with significant morbidity.

For the first time ever experts are calling the current generation of children an energy positive generation meaning that they have more calories going in than being expended through physical exercise and the excess energy is stored in the body as fat.

Here are the fitness and nutrition facts regarding childhood obesity:

  • Childhood obesity affects children in the same ways that obesity affects adults. Children who are overweight are more likely to develop diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, lowered self esteem, and breathing disorders such as asthma and sleep apnea.
  • Conditions that were once thought to be present only in adult populations are now being diagnosed in children. This would include conditions such as high cholesterol (hyperlipedemia), type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and gall bladder disease.
  • Children who have overweight parents are more likely to be overweight
  • Inactive children are more likely to grow up to be inactive adults
  • Physical exercise is strongly influenced by family patterns. Girls with active mothers are more likely to engage in regular physical exercise and boys who are involved in community sports programs are more likely to grow up to be men who engage in regular physical exercise.
  • Lower income and education levels correlate to lower physical exercise levels in developed countries.
  • Portion sizes shown in print and television advertising are as much as three times larger than is needed to meet energy needs.
  • Obesity during adolescence has been found to increase adult mortality.
  • Childhood obesity has been linked to the consumption of soft drinks or soda pop.
  • Food and beverage companies in the US spent 1.6 million dollars (2006) marketing their products to children and adolescents. The amount of money spent to market soft drinks was 43 times the amount spent to market fruits and vegetables.
  • Families who eat their meals together are more likely to make healthier food choices that include the recommended daily allowances of all food groups.
  • A depressed mood is strongly associated with childhood obesity. Research suggests however that the depressed mood is a result of the obesity and not the cause of it.
  • Breastfeeding has been found to protect against obesity in later life.
  • Inadequate sleep has been correlated to higher obesity rates in children. Even as much as an extra hour of sleep every night can lower the risk of childhood obesity by 30%.
  • Television and computer screen time has been linked to childhood obesity. When screen time approaches 4 hours per day a child is more likely to be overweight.
  • Children view between 12 and 21 commercials daily for food and beverage products.
  • Television advertising of food and beverages directed towards children are usually for products that are high in calories, sugar, sodium, and fat.

These fitness and nutrition facts represent only a small portion of the knowledge base that is accumulating regarding the epidemic of childhood obesity. The data is clear that fitness and nutrition habits are established very early in life and are strongly influenced by marketing and the lifestyle of the family.

The best way to guard against childhood obesity is to reduce screen time, eat well, and move more. If you do these three things together as a family not only will you all become healthier, but as a result your family relationships will be strengthened.

Genital Psoriasis Treatment and Management

Genital psoriasis can emerge on the scrotum and the penis in men, and the labia in women.

Genital psoriasis is typically not flakey or scaly, but itchy and red.

Genital psoriasis treatment may comprise of moderately potent topical steroid hormones, but steroid hormones sooner or later will result in the skin to start thinning. Genital skin is thin; thus, it might be best to use non-steroidal creams for your genital psoriasis treatment, including Elidel, Protopic, and Dovonex. Another genital psoriasis treatment, which is known to work very well, is UVB phototherapy.

Using an emollient preceding sex can help to comfort the skin encircling the genitals, and to ease the itchiness for both – women and men.

Women and men using psoriasis lotions on their genitalia should cleanse the medicine off former to sexual contact; psoriasis medicines may negatively affect your sex partner, if these creams get inside the urethra or inside vagina.

Penile psoriasis is generally the most painful and uncomfortable genital psoriasis location.

The friction that your penis naturally experiences at the time of sex may cause discomfort, pain, and also to further aggravate the state of your penile psoriasis.

How Can You Go About Sex, Masturbation and Penile Psoriasis?

One of the helpful things is wearing a condom during sexual intercourse. Furthermore, the condom will also help you with masturbating, making you feel more comfortable.

Try applying a lubricant or an emollient former applying the condom on your penis. Condom will keep your skin lubricated, stop your skin from becoming further inflamed, resulting in making sex or masturbating less painful for you.

Note: most condoms may get damaged by oily substances, such as baby oil, making the condom unreliable and unsafe. Nonetheless, many companies produce special condoms, claimed to be very safe with their use together with any oil-based substance. For example, Durex condom called Avanti may be one of your choices.

If, for whatever reason, you do not use condoms, applying an emollient or lubricant prior sexual intercourse or masturbation will also make your skin feel more comfortable, both, for women and men.

Kids and Contagious Skin Rashes: What Can They Catch

Kids can scare you when they come home from school and tell you that the kid sitting next to them had this ugly rash all over their arm and was scratching all during class. Your mind can also just envision what happens when you child shares pencils, plays during recess and crowds with other kids around the teacher.

Not every rash is contagious fortunately. Allergic rashes aren’t. Eczema is not contagious. However, there are other ones that can be communicated easily between kids. Some of these include chicken pox, measles, scabies, impetigo and roseola.

Measles ia very contagious and shows red marks on the face, a body rash, fever and possible infections of the ear. Even if your child doesn’t show symptoms within a few days, it doesn’t mean he is in the clear. He may show symptoms a week or ten days later. It can be spread by the air through coughing as well as via touch. Kids are advised to stay home during the illness and to not be near others. Fevers can get very high and vaccination is important.

Another rash that is common is called impetigo. This is often spread around camps as well as at schools. There is a bacterial problem that infects the skin. Some people will have it on their face and others can have it on the arms and other parts of the body. Kids like to peel them, but there can be pus and this may make the rash spread around one’s own body. For mild cases an antibiotic cream can work, but for other cases, an oral antibiotic is necessary. When my nephew caught impetigo at his bunk at camp he was given initially a cream antibiotic but it didn’t do the trick. They prescribed an oral antibiotic to clear it up. It’s important to teach kids to use hand sanitizers and many do better with a hand spray or gel rather than running to a sink.

Roseola is another rash kids get and it can take 2 weeks to appear. Scabies is a rash that can take four weeks to appear so it’s important to be aware that it can take a while for certain rashes to be detected. When a child gets roseola they’ll get a fever and the marks on the body can be either flat or have texture to them. Fortunately, most kids with this rash aren’t itchy. Try to keep the fever down with over the counter medications. Due to the contagious nature, it’s important to keep your child in isolation from other kids during the symptoms phase.

Rashes are complicated and can indicate a viral infection, bacterial infection, fungal issue, insect origin or be due to allergies.

White Spots From Tanning – What You Need To Know

There are many people who indulge in personal tanning for a number of reasons. This can range from helping Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), aiding in skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, or even to prepare themselves for a pending holiday vacation on a sunny beach somewhere. No matter what reason a person may have for the purpose of tanning, precautions and preventative measures should be exercised to avoid any over-exposure or abuse of a tanning bed. White spots from tanning are just one of the many results that spark questions from those who utilize tanning beds.

Skin Pigment

In some people, white spots will appear after prolonged exposure to UV rays either from the sun or from tanning beds. There can be a genetic trait in the skin that causes these white spots from tanning since these cells do not produce melanin and therefore they are unaffected by the tanning process. This idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis is a genetic disorder that disables the skin from keeping pigment. White spots show up more when tanning makes the skin around them darker. There is no cure for this form of white spots.

Medication

Some medication will make a person’s skin extremely sensitive to UV light. Birth control pills are just one of these many medications. The skin can tan very unevenly, producing what looks like white spots from tanning due to a number of medications. Before you fill any prescription at a pharmacy be sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist and let them know that you tan either occasionally or regularly so you are well aware of any side effects that you may experience.

Fungus

White spots could be the result of a skin fungus preventing the UV rays from entering into that patch of skin cells. This is a non-contagious form of fungus that is caused by the combination of sweating and heat directly on the skin. Prescription drugs, lotions or even using an anti-fungal shampoo on the skin can help eliminate the appearance of these white spots in order to try and get a more even tan.

Pressure Points

When lying down in a tanning bed there are a number of pressure points that will have a decrease in circulation due to the nature of the position of your body in the tanning bed. Locations such as the shoulder blades, hipbones, or elbows can produce white spots from tanning since they are most likely to have continuous contact with the tanning bed during your session. In order to try and eliminate the cause of these type of white spots, regular movement and switching positions in the tanning bed will help those pressure points from being focused on for the duration of your tanning session.

The most important thing to remember is that if you start to notice white spots from tanning or any other irregular skin conditions, contact your doctor immediately for examination. You do not want to self-diagnose yourself and end up deciding that your problem is not a big deal when it very well can be. Be sure to talk to a medical professional about any skin irritations or irregularities that you may have.

Do You Have Flimsy Nostrils?

One of the most common reasons for continued nasal congestion despite allergy medications and even nasal surgery is due to flimsy nostrils. Your nose comes in various shapes and sizes, but having naturally thin nostrils or weakened nostrils after rhinoplasty can lead to flimsy nostrils that collapse during even quiet inspiration.

Unfortunately, many people undergo a number of different medical treatments using allergy sprays or even surgery before this condition is even considered.

There are three simple ways to tell if you have flimsy nostrils:

1. look in the mirror and take in a deep breath through your nose. Do the sidewalls of your nostrils cave in as you breathe in?

2. place your index finger just beside your nostrils on both sides. While pushing gently on each side, pull the cheek skin up and away from the nose, towards the outer corners of the eyes. Breathe in and see how you feel.

3. take off the cotton ends from two Q-Tips and place the thin end inside your nostril and lift up and sideways. Take a deep breathe in. Is your breathing much improved?

One very important point to make here is that how stuffy your nose is on the inside can also determine how much your nostrils will collapse. Think of sucking through a flimsy straw. If you pinch the middle slowly, the end will collapse since there’s increased airflow. The same thing happens with your nostrils. In many cases properly addressing intranasal allergies or a deviated septum and enlarged turbinates will prevent the nostrils from collapsing.

If you use over-the-counter decongestants like Afrin or Sudafed and you can breathe much better, then you need to address the inside of your nose first. But if you still have nasal congestion and it’s obvious that your nostrils are caving in, then you have flimsy nostrils, or nasal valve collapse. Lifting up your nostrils by pulling your cheeks apart or using Q-Tips is a good test to see if you have this condition.

If treating your allergies or deviated septum or enlarged turbinates don’t help, then there are two major ways of treating this problem:

1. Nasal dilator devices.

These come in two varieties: external and internal.

External devices are mainly over-the-counter adhesive strips that attach to the nostrils on the outside that pulls the nostrils apart. This works for most people, but for some people with thick or oily skin, it may not work as well.

Internal nasal dilator clips. There are a number of these devices, including Nozovent, Sinus Cones, Breathewitheez, and Brez. You can find any of these devices online.

2. Surgery

The most common way of managing this surgically is through a functional nasal reconstruction procedure, using rhinoplasty techniques. Small strips of cartilage (harvested from either the nasal septum or the ear) are placed under the skin of the nostrils and between the septum and the cartilage of the lower part of the nose. There can be a little widening of your nose due to added support structures.

A newer and easier way of addressing flimsy nostrils is to make a tiny incision under the lower eyelid and attach a thin suture the bone. The suture is then threaded under the skin towards the floppy nostril area, looped about the nostril, and tunneled back out of the eyelid incision, and tied under a mild degree of tension. This suspends the nostril so that it doesn’t fall in. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia and it literally can take about 30 minutes and recovery is very quick. Unlike the more formal procedure, your nose is less likely to widen, since you’re only suspending or “hanging” your nostrils to the bone above.

Natural Treatment Of Angular Cheilitis

Even though there is little doubt that dog walkers, winter skiers and outdoor types can suffer badly from conditions affecting the skin, even if you are outside for just a short time period, it’s easy to end up with sore, cracked, chapped lips and red skin on the edge of them. If you are wondering which types of natural treatment of angular cheilitis to use, one of several different alternatives is to make sure that you drink enough.

Throughout the cold months of winter, we often feel less dehydrated. Furthermore, we lose water simply by breathing in and out as the cold air we absorb is humidified before we inhale it out-think of the way it “steams”! As a result, drinking more will help but you must ensure that the water reaches the skin too. One treatment for cure sore lips is to find a product which helps to draw the drinking water we sip from the deeper tissues towards the skin but which will furthermore assist to lock it in there and prevent it evaporating into the air.

Test products and solutions that contain lanolin and petroleum jelly as both will offer a good water tight seal. You certainly don’t have to spend lots of money on costly lip treatments as you possibly can purchase these products in their “raw” form from the drugstore and you typically get a jumbo container for not much cost. Try gently exfoliating the lips utilizing a neat washcloth into that you apply a little petroleum jelly or lanolin and then cover the spot generously. Furthermore make sure that you moisturize the skin surrounding the lip area too.

In case you find that the skin around your lip area has cracked and doesn’t appear to be getting better right after days, it is possible that you have to take further action to heal sore lips naturally. Very often, a fungal or bacterial infection known as angular cheilitis might take hold on the area surrounding the lip area and then is extremely hard to remove. This is not just common in individuals who are outside a lot, but is common in people who lick their lips continuously, drool from the sides of their lip area and bite or suck pencils. Moreover, it can be quite normal in all those who have badly fitting dentures. A nutritional deficit (specially zinc, iron and vitamin supplements of the B group) can also make it more likely that you will get angular cheilitis.

The discomfort triggered by having these small cracks on the corner of the lip area should not be underestimated. Even basic, everyday activities such as eating, drinking and even speaking can be very painful.

The key here when learning how to use natural treatment of angular cheilitis is to apply a treatment method which will reduce either moisture or air geting to the spot. Both bacterial and fungal infection rely on the presence of both oxygen and moisture to survive so if you could avoid the two of these from reaching the affected area, you will see that the skin heals quickly.