Tips For Conquering Peripheral Neuropathy With Functional Medicine

The vast majority of Earth’s population does not deal with any chronic medical conditions that severely curtail their ability to function on a daily basis, but those who do deal with such conditions can attest to the fact the rest of the population is not missing out on much – and when it comes to conditions that can curtail one’s quality of life, there are few that rival peripheral neuropathy; if you deal with peripheral neuropathy, you know that you can deal with everything from decreased motor and sensory abilities to numbness, tingling, and pain in the nerves to constipation and incontinence – and one of the most frustrating things of all about this condition is that, in spite of the great medical advancements of the last couple hundred years, the common “solution” to this problem is to treat the symptoms, while leaving the root of the problem alone.

If peripheral neuropathy is something that you deal with, and you have had to live with the frustration of the lack of effectiveness of modern medicine, you are not alone, as just about every serious medical affliction that people sometimes deal with has only medicine available for it that treats the symptoms and does nothing to cure the illness itself; a great example of this that is easy for many people to understand is insomnia, as insomnia is not an illness in and of itself, but is instead a symptom – yet in spite of this fact, most doctors only look to “cure” the insomnia without looking to cure whatever it is that is causing the insomnia to occur, and this misplaced approach to medicine is exactly what takes place with peripheral neuropathy.

If you suffer from peripheral neuropathy, one thing that you should know is that an upsurge has occurred lately in a form of “medicine” known as functional medicine – and while the branding of this approach to medicine (complete with a label) is fairly new, it is actually an approach to medicine that harkens back to the ancient, fundamentally sound concept of curing the root of the problem instead of trying to cure the symptoms; basically, functional medicine takes the positive knowledge we have gained from modern medicine, and it uses this knowledge to figure out how to cure the problems that cause such uncomfortable symptoms to occur.

As far as peripheral neuropathy treatment goes, this is quite a shift in thinking, as this approach to curing the disease puts patients in a position where they can actually start to get better, instead of simply putting them in a position where they can sometimes “feel” better – which, of course, makes a big difference in the long run!

You may actually have heard of the idea of a peripheral neuropathy diet, or of peripheral neuropathy supplementation, and basically, each of these two things falls under the category of functional medicine – which is something that has been picking up a lot of momentum lately in pockets of the medical community, and is something you should start paying attention to yourself if you want to find a way to improve your quality of life!

HACCP Food Safety

For those working in the food industry the acronym “HACCP” has become well known, if not widely understood. HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points and dates from the development of manned space flight in the 1960’s.

NASA was concerned about the risk of food poisoning to astronauts travelling to the Moon, and developed the HACCP Food Safety system in conjunction with the food manufacturing giant Pilsbury.

Before the introduction of the HACCP Food Safety system, post-production sampling ensured the quality and safety of manufactured food. A certain (small) percentage of the food produced was submitted for microbiological examination, if this proved satisfactory the batch was then released for sale. By definition sampling could not guarantee the safety of the whole batch, only the portion that had been sampled.
The use of HACCP Food Safety procedures was intended to ensure that all the food produced was safe to eat. HACCP Food Safety achieves this by identifying the stages in food production that are critical for food safety. The critical points are those where, if something goes wrong in the process, consumers may become ill if they eat the food produced.

An example of a “Critical Point” might be the baking stage in the production of meat pies. The raw meat may contain food poisoning bacteria, which will only be destroyed if a sufficiently high temperature is reached. In a HACCP Food Safety system the temperature of the pies would be routinely monitored and if it fell below that required to kill dangerous bacteria further baking would then take place. The monitoring of the temperatures would be recorded in writing.

It was quickly realised that HACCP Food Safety was a far better way of ensuring the production of safe food than the old system of post-production food sampling. So its use spread rapidly to large food manufacturers, firstly in the USA and then across the world.

In recent years there have been attempts to introduce HACCP Food Safety procedures into smaller businesses such as caterers and retail outlets. Such food business often lack the staff experienced in the introduction of formalised food safety procedures and the initials HACCP has sometimes been thought to stand for “Have a Cup of Coffee and Panic.”

Despite the reluctance of many small businesses to embrace HACCP Food Safety it has now become a requirement in most food businesses across the European Union. To aid smaller businesses to meet their legal obligations simplified HACCP Food Safety systems such as “Assured Safe Catering”, “Safer Food Better Business” and in Scotland “Cook Safe” and “Retail Safe” have been developed.

There can be little doubt that one of the unexpected results of man landing on the Moon, HACCP Food Safety systems, has made a major contribution to food safety and will need to become embedded in the way all food businesses are run, if food poisoning cases are to be reduced.

Hair Removal 101 – Pros and Cons of Shaving Your Underarms

Shaving is the easiest and the most commonly used method to remove unwanted hair. It helps get rid of unwanted hair by simply cutting the hair off at skin level using a shaver or a razor. Every woman wants to have flawless and hairless underarms that is why most women resort to shaving because it’s fast, relatively painless and could be used anytime. However, shaving also has it own share of disadvantages that’s why other people favor other hair removal techniques. With this, let me share to you some of the pros and cons of shaving your underarms. Here are some of them.

PROS

1. It is very accessible. You can shave at home or pretty much anywhere as long as you have a razor with you. You can shave anywhere and anytime you wish.

2. It is inexpensive. You actually don’t need anything else apart from a razor and a foamy body wash. Razors are fairly inexpensive and are available in almost every convenience store.

3. It is not painful. Unlike waxing, shaving won’t cause pain because you’re not removing hair from the root. You are just removing hair at the skin level so it is definitely pain free.

4. It is not messy. Again, as opposed to waxing, shaving won’t leave any sticky spots on your hands. You also don’t have to spend extra time cleaning off any mess because it’s practically mess free. Just hop into the shower or your bath tub and let

CONS

1. Its results last only for a couple of days. It only gives short term results. Hair is being cut only at the surface of the skin and the root is still left behind underneath which makes the hair continue to grow. You need to constantly shave to achieve hairless underarms.

2. It can darken your underarms. Constant shaving can cause abrasion to the skin which accumulates into dark skin. It can also cause 5 o’clock shadows on your underarm area which are very unsightly.

3. It can cause ingrown hairs. Often called razor bumps, ingrown hairs happens when the tip of the hair curls back or grows in a different direction inside the skin. It can cause redness, irritation, pain, severe itching and even scarring.

4. It thickens the hair. When you shave your underarms, hair can look darker and coarser because it has been cut straight across exposing the thicker part of the hair shaft.

These 11 Chigger Bite Treatments Can Get You in Trouble

If you are an old hand with your favorite chigger bite treatment that you swear by or a tenderfoot looking for a chigger bite treatment, you have either ran into or will run into some chigger treatments that are sworn to work. Some of these chigger treatments can be not only completely worthless, but also very devastating to your health.  

In my search for what appears, to many, to be the illusive chigger bite treatment that will work, I ran into a whole lot of stuff that does not work. So I am going to cut your search short by telling you about some of those things that not do not work, but they can be detrimental to your health as well.

Chlorine Bleach  

Some folks swear by this one. These folks don’t believe in just a “little dab will do ya”. They tell you to put a few cup fulls of it in a tub of water and bath in it.   For those of you who do not know, chlorine was used to KILL people in wars. Now how healthy can chlorine be in your bath water or your wash water. This stuff is bad news. DO NOT USE chlorine for a chigger bite treatment.  

Finger Nail Polish  

There are some fight to death defenders of this myth as well. This stuff may not be exactly unhealthy. The idea here is to suffocate the chigger to death. For those of you who do not know, chiggers do not live in your skin.   They do no bore holes in you and live in the hole. They are clingers. Like all clinging things they can be knocked off and often are long before you even know they have been along for the ride.   It takes several hours for the itch to begin after a chigger has gotten hold of you. By then he is long gone or you have scratched him off when the itching began. Now tell me, can nail polish suffocate something no longer there? The best you can hope for is it may keep you from scratching and that is good.  

Anti Itch Creams  

The name identifies what these guys are for. And they do work, for a minute or three. Two points, one already made. They do not last much longer than it takes to apply them. The next point is whatever you put on the skin may as well be put in the mouth. Have you ever read what the ingredients are in that stuff? These creams can be and probably are very destructive the liver if not other body parts. OK, one more point. They are expensive.  

Antihistamines  

These bad boys or designed to stop you from sneezing your head off and other allergy related type symptoms. Once again the same issues apply here as in the anti itch cream crop. I would not use them and do not recommend their use for any one.  

Kerosene, Alcohol, Gasoline, Ether, Turpentine, Paint Thinner  

It goes without saying, or should, these items are not made for human consumption or use on the human body. They are TOXIC to your body. And more over, they are the not only toxic and damaging to the liver they are dangerous in the extreme. Some of them are highly flammable. These substances should only be used for what they were created. And that is not to be used for any kind of chigger bite treatment.  

Ice Picks

These not only will not work because you cannot see what you are attacking, but they are dangerous in case you miss the intended target. Trust me. Where chiggers like to hang out is not where you want to attack them using this tool for a chigger treatment.   There are other chigger treatments being kicked around but these are the most frequently promoted chigger bite treatments to be found and recommended.

You do not have to be swift with oars to know or should know, these chigger treatments are not worth the breath it takes to suggest them, much less your time to try them.   No matter how adamantly someone tries to sell you on these worthless chigger treatments don’t use them. Don’t walk, run from them. It is your health at issue here.

Recommended Diets for Peptic Ulcer Patients

Peptic ulcer affects the stomach and the duodenum, giving symptoms like burning and pain in the upper abdomen frequently after one or two hours after eating was done. This discomfort is relieved after taking antacid drugs and food.

Keeping a diet is very important in treating ulcer. A few years ago it was thought that food can cause ulcer but now it has been proven that certain aliments can only aggravate the symptoms of ulcer and delay healing.

Some tips you must follow in order to prevent or heal faster the ulcer are:

1. Try to avoid the following aliments because they only injure your stomach line: pepper, chilly, peppermint, citrus fruits, cocoa, chocolate, cola, and fried fatty foods. This list can be adjusted according to your tolerances but the doctors should be consulted about it too.
2. When eating try to eat slowly, chewing well the aliments in a non-stressful atmosphere.
3. Try to take your meals two hours before bedtime.
4. If you smoke, you should quit because smoking only delays ulcer healing.
5. Pay attention to the foods that cause you pain and burnings and try not to eat them any more.
6. If you caught a cold do not use aspirin because the substances it contains are harmful to your stomach and will delay ulcer healing.
7. Do not skip taking the drugs the doctor recommended: antacids, antibiotics.

Here is a scheme of a diet you can follow, approved by the National Research Council’s Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA):

At breakfast, eat one toast with margarine and jelly; drink half a cup of apple juice, skim milk-one cup; you are allowed one teaspoon of sugar and a quarter of a teaspoon of salt.

At lunch, you can have a cream of potato soup with broiled chicken patty and tossed salad, one teaspoon of mustard, and a quarter of salt. If you want you can have peaches after.

At dinner: baked fish with mashed potatoes and one slice of bread; half a cup of apricot nectar and vanilla pudding. Margarine is admitted in one teaspoon.

This type of diet can also be followed by those who suffer of non-ulcer dyspepsia. This affection is similar to the peptic ulcer but the differences are that non-ulcer dyspepsia does not give an ulcer, a lesion on the stomach or duodenum; it only gives the same symptoms as peptic ulcer.

For more resources about Ulcer or especially about Duodenal Ulcer please click this link http://www.ulcer-center.com/Duodenal-Ulcer.htm

Boosting Your Brain Power

The old theory that DNA could not be changed and that you would be stuck with what you were born with has now been disproved. Researchers found that your DNA actually changes continuously based on your experiences, emotions, and environment.

Our views of the brain have also altered in a similar way as our views of DNA. Science has now provided more and more evidence that your brain is malleable and adapts continuously in response to your lifestyle, physiology, and environment. This concept is called neuroplasticity or brain plasticity, meaning you are literally reforming your brain with each passing day. Your brain possesses the remarkable ability to reorganize pathways, create new connections, as well as neurons (nerve cells) throughout your entire lifetime.

For example, your brain has the ability to move functions from a damaged area to undamaged areas. It also has the ability to change its physical structure as a result of learning. When you acquire a new skill, the more you focus and practice it, the better you become. This is the result of new neural pathways that form in response to your learning efforts.

In the meantime, your brain also undergoes “synaptic pruning”, the elimination of pathways that you no longer use. This phenomenon even applies to emotional states. For instance, if you have a history of anxiety, your neural pathways will become wired for anxiety. However, if you develop tools to feel calm, relaxed, and peaceful, those anxiety pathways will be pruned away from lack of activity.

Consequently, you can see that your brain’s plasticity is highly affected by your way of life. The foods you eat, how much physical activity you have, your emotional states, and sleep patterns all have an influence over how your brain functions. Therefore, there is much that you can do to preserve or even boost your brain power. The following are key factors that will greatly affect your brain’s performance:

1. Link Between Gut Inflammation And Brain Inflammation

The fundamental mechanism that underlies chronic diseases, including the ones related to the brain like autism, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, depression, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s, is the process of inflammation. Current science is strongly supporting that this process of inflammation actually begins in the gastrointestinal tract, which subsequently spreads to affect the brain.

What are the instigators behind gut inflammation? To the surprise of many, it is predominantly dietary –

  • The mistake of eating too many carbs resulting in chronic high blood sugar levels. Blood sugar elevation raises the binding of glucose to protein. This process, known as glycation profoundly increases the amount of inflammation in the body.
  • Opting for a low-fat diet, eating the wrong types of processed, rancid fats, or too few healthy fats.
  • Insufficient intake of antioxidants, which are mostly found in fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
  • Consuming too much foods loaded with irritants and toxins, such as chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, GMOs, and heavy metals.
  • Having undiagnosed sensitivity to gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley) and other foods such as dairy, eggs, and corn.
  • Candida yeast overgrowth, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and intestinal parasites all trigger the immune response and lead to gut inflammation.

Inflammation is the body’s natural defense against something it believes to be potentially harmful. For instance, if you sprain your ankle, the body will sense some kind of stress going on. The natural response is to create swelling and pain to reduce movement and promote healing. These are the hallmarks of the inflammatory process; in small doses, it is not a negative thing.

It only turns bad when inflammation gets out of control and becomes chronic. Chronic inflammation is typically low-grade, silent, and produce no symptoms. When the body is constantly under assault, the inflammation response stays on and it spreads to every part of the body through the bloodstream. The brain is particularly susceptible as it is also connected to the gut via the vagus nerve.

Unchecked inflammation results in the production of a variety of inflammatory chemicals called cytokines which are toxic to the cells. The cytokines travel throughout the body causing oxidative stress, leading to a reduction of cellular function and even cellular destruction, and resulting in actual loss of function in the body. Studies using new imaging technology showed dramatic elevation of inflammatory cytokines in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients and individuals with other brain disorders. Hence, to prevent brain inflammation, the foremost is to maintain a healthy gut.

2. Foods That Feed The Gut And The Brain

The reason why inflammation is so rampant in western civilization is the modern diet. It is high in foods that provoke inflammation, such as refined flour, excess sugar, oxidized or rancid fats, trans fats, plus a wide range of chemicals and preservatives. And it is low in foods that reduce inflammation, like long-chain omega-3 fats, fermented foods, and fermentable fiber.

The following are some foods that are particularly beneficial to the gut and the brain:

  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Bone broth (used for healing the gut lining damaged by inflammation)
  • Broccoli
  • Coconut oil (used as an alternative fuel for the brain, other than glucose)
  • Celery
  • Chocolate, dark only
  • Egg Yolks
  • Fermented foods (rich in beneficial bacteria to keep the gut healthy, e.g. kimchee, sauerkraut, pickled vegetables, yogurt, and fermented drinks like kefir and kombucha)
  • Fermentable fiber (used as food for the good gut bacteria, e.g. asparagus, artichokes, garlic, jicama leeks, and onions)
  • Olive oil, extra virgin
  • Green, leafy vegetables
  • Rosemary (anti-inflammatory)
  • Wild caught Alaskan salmon
  • Sardines
  • Turmeric (anti-inflammatory)

3. Exercise To Reduce Inflammation

While bouts of exercise tend to promote acute inflammation, when done regularly over the long term, it actually decreases chronic inflammation. The oxidative stress from the exercise forces your body to build up your antioxidant defenses. This is indicated in studies showing extended exercise programs help reduce inflammatory markers, such as insulin resistance (a risk factor for diabetes) and high sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (an indicator of cardiovascular disease).

However, some people tend to over exercise and it is extremely important to allow for sufficient recovery, especially when doing High Intensity Interval Training (repeated sprints interspersed by recovery). If you over-train, as in marathons, you may do more harm than good since your body needs to recuperate from the damage (acute inflammation) incurred during your workout.

The average American adult spends about 10 hours each day sitting. Research shows that this level of inactivity cannot even be counteracted with a 60-minute workout at the end of each day. So, what do you do if you have a desk job?

  • Know that the body needs near-continuous movement throughout the day. At the bare minimum, you should get out of the chair every 50 minutes or so and walk around.
  • One way to increase activity is to simply walk more. It is recommended that you aim for 7,000 to 10,000 steps a day. A fitness tracker will be a useful tool to help you meet your daily goal.

4. Lack Of Sleep Impairs Brain Function

Sleep deprivation is really bad for brain function. Many studies show that sleep loss impairs various cognitive functions and behavior, including arousal, attention, cognitive speed, memory, emotional intelligence, and decision making.

Using brain imaging technology, like functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), scientists compared the brain of someone who was sleep-deprived to the brain of someone who had slept normally. They found reduced metabolism and blood flow in multiple brain regions which indicated impaired cognitive function and behavior.

Several nights of poor sleep or one night of no sleep will start to disrupt your hormonal balance. According to a study from Stanford University, your body’s ghrelin levels, which stimulate feelings of hunger, can jump nearly 15 percent. It also lowers your levels of leptin, a hormone that regulates energy balance, which explains why you tend to feel sluggish when you are sleep-deprived.

Your brain also struggles to curate and sort new memories. You are able to absorb new information but your brain has problems accessing that information and putting it to good use. You may feel distracted, while your reaction time plummets. This makes tasks like driving more difficult and dangerous.

A CDC survey shows that half of Americans (48%) do not get enough sleep. So if you want your brain to stay at tip-top shape, you need to place sleep high on your priority list. In the event that you just cannot get enough nocturnal sleep, a 30-minute nap at lunch time is still helpful although it cannot fully eliminate the negative consequences of sleep deprivation.

5. Vitamin D May Save Your Brain

Much has been learned about the health benefits of vitamin D over the past decade. While it has long been recognized that vitamin D supports strong and healthy bones, its role in brain-related disorders is becoming increasingly evident.

A new study that collaborated multiple highly respected institutions around the world found a profound correlation of low vitamin D level and increased risk of developing dementia. Even having a moderate deficiency of vitamin D was associated with a 53% increased risk of dementia. Those who were severely deficient had a 122% increased risk!

Many people are not aware that vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased inflammation. There are about 30,000 genes in the body, and vitamin D affects nearly 3,000 of them. Your brain has vitamin D receptors too. Therefore, unless you get 20 minutes of sun exposure daily (without using sunscreen on face, arms, and legs), you may want to consider supplementation.

Most people need around 5,000 I.U. a day to reach the optimal level of 50-70 ng/ml as determined by a blood test. If you supplement, opt for vitamin D3, which is the natural form, and take it with vitamin K2, with at least 100 mcg of menaquinone-7 (MK-7). The combination of D3 and K2 will make sure that calcium is deposited in the bones instead of the arteries.

6. Think Positive And Stimulate Your Brain

Stress and anxiety kill existing brain neurons and stop new neurons from being created. Research has shown that positive thinking speeds up the formation of cells and dramatically reduces stress and anxiety. Hence, catch yourself when your negative thoughts surface, discard them, and replace them with positive ones.

When you learn or do new things, new neural pathways are developed. As a result, you want to stimulate your brain on a continuous basis. Remember the phrase – use it or lose it?

Hemorrhoids Under Pressure – How High Intra-Abdominal Pressure Causes Hemorrhoids

Did you know that an increase in intra-abdominal pressure can cause or aggravate hemorrhoids? The anus is part of the abdominal cavity. High pressure compresses anal veins, which react by swelling. A swollen vein cannot return blood to the heart efficiently. Here is a list of activities and conditions that cause high intra-abdominal pressure, and ways you can avoid getting hemorrhoids.

Weightlifting using poor technique is the cause of many sudden hemorrhoids. Be sure to exhale fully on the lift: never hold your breath. Every couple of hours, do ten sets of Kegels. Focus on holding each squeeze for at least six seconds, working up to ten. Pilates pelvic floor exercises also strengthen the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor, helping you lift without straining.

If you already have a hemorrhoid caused by exertion, try an ointment containing the herb arnica montana, which is proven to heal inflammation and broken blood vessels. Don’t use raw arnica, as it may be toxic.

Prolonged constipation is another cause of high intra-abdominal pressure. Hardened feces pressing down on the rectum can lead to enlarged anal veins. Swollen veins are more easily bruised and torn during bowel movements. To overcome constipation, eat more fruits and green leafy vegetables, drink at least one cup of water per hour, and add a cup of oatmeal or other whole grain to your daily diet.

If you still need extra help moving your bowels, try a teaspoon of psyllium husk or flaxseed at night with two glasses of water.

Severe diarrhea can also cause high anal pressure due to cramping and expulsion of liquid. People with irritable bowel disorder, who experience alternating constipation and diarrhea, typically get hemorrhoids and anal fissures (tears in the anal membrane). To ease a bout of diarrhea, add banana, potatoes and rice to your diet.

Consult a doctor to help manage chronic diarrhea caused by other conditions such as gallstones, Crohn’s, and diverticulosis. Dietary supplements may be useful in helping to control your condition. Soothing ointments can give your tissues protection they need to heal.

Portal hypertension, which often results from a large blood clot or liver disease, can also raise abdominal pressure by accumulating fluid in the abdominal cavity. The underlying disease must be treated in order to relieve hemorrhoids. For hemorrhoids caused by portal hypertension, avoid herbal dietary supplements unless your doctor approves.

High intra-abdominal pressure can lead to hemorrhoids. Keep these tips in mind and prevent hemorrhoid flare-ups.

Diabetes Q&A

A strength examine in the order of urine?
i had to give a urine sample to the lab , my urine be very clear it looked like watered down white grape juice, is that a correct sign , that my kidneys are working well, i am diabetic so i was just curious – Glad you’re…

A type 1 diabetic is at risk for hypo or hyperglycemia during exercise?
And why? Pathophysiology please. – hyperglycemia occur due to release of stress hormones like glucagon.adrenaline.cortisone which motivation gluconeogensis or increase of glucose in blood by its liberation from liver to blood . – People get hypos when they exercise because they are burning extra carbs that would…

A1c is 7.2 is it devout or bleak?
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A1C number? Whats the scale? Highest and lowest?
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A1C Reli On theory test..correspondence contained by…are they accurate…?
took one in Nov 08 was 5.3 another mail in A1C test it come back today 6.2 I believe when doing the test I couldnt get adjectives the blood out I had to squeeze and smear it on the paper where it go…I just cant believe it would be this…

A1c results confusing?
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A1c testing for diabetes?
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About 1/2 hour after drinking sugar, i become so tired that i cant function, could this be diabetes?
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About diabetes mellitus?
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About diabetes.. Please Help.?
I came to know that I am diabetes type 1. Doctors advised me to be in diet control and physical exercise. And I am cured immediately. My sugar levels are normal. My question is can I live long? Can I give somebody a lift a sugar products lightly? Can I become a father? Will it affect my…

About diabetic formication and total reversibility (cure)?
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About Glucose 3 hour conducting tests?
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About hypoclycemia diet for child?
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About PKU and the deffrent level?
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About traditional tablets surrounded by diabetes? its ineffectiveness within dignified risk diabetes?
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About vigour, can anyone report to me whats regular for sugar count, if one have +1, found surrounded by the urinalysis which me?
means, sugar count is high, what does it mean/ please help now.. thank yu very much in advance to those who wil answer. – Normal sugar count is 80-120. If it is high than that see a…

Acceptable Hb a1c for type 2 diabetic…?
I am 42 and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 4 years ago. I read everything I could just about the disease…seems as though I got lazy and stout! argh! Anyhow, I had been on insulin for the past 2 years and finally fixed to make a change a the…

Acceptable to check for ketones surrounded by a diabetic taking sulfa drugs?
said patient is needle dependent diabetic bmi over 30r – Ketones are substances produced when fat cell break down in the blood. A serum ketone test is a measurement of how various ketones are in the blood. ref=”http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003585.htm” rel=”nofollow”>http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketone#Bioc… – Yes, why wouldn’t it…

Accidentally give myself an insulin shot?
Drink a soft drink, non diet, or some orange liquid. I doubt you got anything out of the needle, because you pumped it all into the dog, right? – Mabye have some coke and relax for a while im sure nearby wasant enough to cause any harm bcause you pumped most of the insulin into…

According to the guidelines of NPAGFA, what is the difference between maintain current vigour level and im?
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Accucheck for hypoglycemia?
If you have hypogylcemia, is an accucheck machine nessecary? – Unless your insurance company will pay for the test strips a glucometer will be really expensive. The testing strips run about $1 each. – If you are diabetic you should enjoy a meter to check your blood sugars frequently. If you are just hypoglycemic for everyone I…

Accu-chek aviva experiment strips?
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Tips on Regal Angelfish Care

Regal (aka royal) angelfish or Pygoplites diacanthus are members ofthe family Pomacanthidae. There are 86 known species of marine angelfish belonging to 7 different genera. This species is native to the tropical regions of the Red Sea and Indo-Pacific. Large populations of these shallow to mid-water dwellers exist off the cost of Guam. They are one of the most prominent angelfish on the Great Barrier Reef.

These angelfish received their names from the alternating royal colored striping pattern on their body. Although coloration varies, they are generally within the same spectrum. Their heads are predominately yellow with a subtle splash of orange for accent. Their bodies are yellow or orange with light blue or lavender vertical stripes outlined in darker variations of the same color. Their posterior fins are usually blue and purple or yellow and purple with a solid color caudal fin. What ever the variation, their colors emulate the look of European royalty from days gone by.

Regal angelfish will reach an approximate adult length of 10 inches. This is a semi-aggressive fish. It is far less aggressive than many large angelfish. It will not tend to bully its tank mates. It will in fact fare better with smaller and more docile tank mates then it will with larger and more aggressive species. Even though they are classified as a large angel fish, they mix better with dwarf angelfish than angels of their own size. Keep this in mind when thinking about getting one for your community tank. Whether or not they are suitable for a marine reef aquarium depends on its inhabitants. It will nibble on stony coral with large polyps, soft coral and clam mantles. It can however be housed with stony corals of the small-polyped variety and the more noxious soft coral species. Regals will exhibit territorial aggression toward members of their own kind but can be kept as a mated pair. A minimum tank size of 100 gallons is recommended.

This species requires an expert aquarist care level in order to insure its survival. Large angelfish are notorious for their mortality rate in home aquariums. Reports and fish forums indicate that regal angelfish from the Red Sea have a higher survivability rate than those than those captured in Indonesia and the Philippines. This is most likely due to techniques utilized in the capture of these fish and improper shipping and handling methods. Even the hardiest of large angelfish have trouble acclimating to a life of confinement. Most large angels, as is the case with regals, are not covered under “arrive alive” guarantees by many online retailers. Any species that can not be guaranteed to arrive alive should be purchased locally.

This is an omnivorous species with definite carnivorous leanings. In nature their diet consists largely of sponges and tunicates. Their high mortality rates are directly related to their reluctance to feed in captivity. It is highly recommended that you ask your local retailer to watch this fish eat before making a purchase. A fish that you know is already accustomed to feeding in captivity is much more likely to do so for you.

Once you bring your specimen home it may not readily acclimate to its new surroundings. An abundance of well establishes live rock as a food source and plenty of other hiding places will aid in the acclimation process. As is to be expected with royalty, these are infamously finicky eaters. If your fish shows a reluctance to feed try tempting it with live brine shrimp. If this proves successful begin mixing flake or freeze dried food with the brines to begin introducing it to non-live fare. Food preparations specially formulated for marine angelfish will make sure your new arrival gets an adequate supply of sponge matter in its diet. A varied diet will insure fit and vigor and help guard against nutritional deficiencies. Fresh spinach mixed with finely chopped seafood makes for a healthy well rounded meal.

Brown Rice And Yeast Infections – 3 Questions That You Asked!

OK, so let’s get to it. There are a lot of questions surrounding the connection between brown and yeast infections. And as promised, I will answer those questions here. So let’s get to it!

Question #1 – Is eating brown rice better for you than white rice? The answer to that question is a loud, resounding YES! Brown rice has so many more nutrients in it than white rice. White rice is essentially brown rice stripped of all of it’s nutrients! Before the refining process that makes it white rice, it contained nutrients like: Manganese, Iron, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Selenium and other disease fighting nutrients.

Question # 2 Can brown rice help you in the fight against yeast infections? So let’s get to the meat of why you’re here in the first place! The answer to that question is YES! Why? Because of brown rice’s lower glycemic index, it’s a better choice when it comes to maintaining any diet. Particularly a “Yeast infection” type diet. Why? What is the glycemic index?

Glycemic index is a measure of how fast a particular food raises sugar levels in the blood. And since when on a yeast-free diet you want to stay away from sugar as much as possible. The darker rice is your best bet.

Question # 3 What other ways can this rice help me in the fight against yeast infections? Well my friend, in addition to having a lower glycemic index that will help your body to keep its sugar level down. It will also help you by keeping you fuller for longer periods of time. That in turn helps you to control your blood sugar longer. Which helps you to control the growth of yeast in your body.

I’m sure that you have read by now that yeast feeds on sugar. So in order to keep that feeding to a minimum, all of the “yeast infection” diets out there advise you to cut your sugar intake.

So if brown rice has all of the vitamins and nutrients that you need, what good is white rice? White rice has one benefit over brown rice. It lasts longer in storage. That’s it. Brown rice is full of essential oils that will go bad after about 6 months. After it is stripped and processed to make white rice, it no longer has these oils and is able to last longer in storage.

This one benefit is good for those countries where rice is their main source of food. In addition to that if you have a weak digestive tract and cannot take a high fiber diet then white rice is better for you.

Alternative Health Tips

Alternative Health Tips

Naturopathy is Swasha Vritha or the prophylactic or preventive aspect. Ayurveda is the Athura Vritha or Therapy. Both are related sciences.
Daily Routines or Dinacharya, according to Ayurveda
The ideal time to get up is 04.30 AM. This is known as Brahma Muhurtha or the Time of Brahman, the Absolute.After getting up, one should know the condition of the body. Then one should brush one’s teeth and go to toilet for bowel movement. One should brush teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.

Then one should go in for an Oil Bath. Oil, preferably coconut oil should be used. This oil should be pasted all over the body and one should wait for at least 30 minutes and then take a bath. Cold bath is ideal but for those suffering from diseases hot water bath is good.

Oil bath gives you good sleep. Weakness of the body will disappear. Your body will grow in strength. Your eyes will sparkle. ” Abhyangam Achareth Nithyam ” says Ayurveda ( Daily you should go in for Oil Bath ). But those suffering from indigestion and excess Kapha should not go in for Oil Bath.

Pathya – Diet Control
When Ayurvedic medicines are taken, one should observe Pathya or Diet Control.

The Six Tastes of Ayurveda are – Sweet, bitter, astringent, sour, pungent and salty. Those suffering from Hyperacidity or Ulcer should not take in foods that are Sour or Pungent. This is known as Pathya.For every disease, there are foods that should not be taken in. For people suffering from heart trouble, cholesterol containing eggs, meat, beef etc should not be taken in. This is Pathya.

Now there is a saying in Ayurveda that for one observing Pathya, there is no need for medicine, as negative food is phased out and Spontaneous Cure takes place. Also for one not observing Pathya, as intake of medicines become useless, as negative food devastates his disease.Pathya means the Way to Health. Apathya means taking in the negative food which foster the disease.

Banana – Nature’s Tonic

The Banana is full of vitamins and minerals. It contains iron, phosphorus and vitamins like Niacin and Riboflavin. A big banana can confer more than 200 calories.

The fructose contained in banana turns to energy after intake. Along with protein and starch, it contains minerals like sulphur, iron, magnesium, copper & calcium. There is less fat content in bananas.Bananas will reduce the acidity in blood. It contains Vitamins C, A, B, D & E.

Along with bananas, warm milk should be taken. This is the ideal food for growing children. But then the obese should not take milk along with bananas.As Bananas have Rasayana properties, use of it will keep you young. You can live for months only on bananas.Bananas can be used as medicine for patients with liver complaints and for digestive tract disorders. Also it can be taken by those suffering from Malnutrition and Scurvy. Also for patients suffering from eye and dental diseases. ( as it contains Vitamin A & Cacium ).

Continence or Brahmacharya

By Continence or Brahmacharya, we mean the control of libidinal life. Both Ojas ( Light ) and Veerya ( Virility ) are based on the Seventh Tissue Element, Semen. Avoid the misuse of this great Dhathu, says Ayurveda. Too much indulgence in sex makes you lose this Seventh Tissue Element and this will result in weakness of body. Body ache, headache etc will be the result. Loss of semen adversely affects reversely the other Six Tisssue Elements.

If you observe Brahmacharya ( practise Continence ), improved memory, grapsing power, physical strength, discriminative intellect, mental happiness, increase of Ojas or effulgence on the face etc will be the result. In order to have good health, you have to control sex. But then as pure Brahmacharya is impossible for married men, controlled Brahmacharya or celibacy is advocated.
Insomnia
Lack of sleep is due to many factors – Anxiety, mental tension, over exercise, emotional suffering etc. When Anger and enmity are suppressed, sleeplessness is the result. Constipation, digestive tract disorders, coffee, tea etc will destroy sleep. Thoughts about sleeplessness will only compound the problem. Use of sleeling pills is not ideal. You may have to depend on such pills. And increasing the quantity is asking for trouble. If Alcohol is taken along with pills, there will repercussions.

Avoid beverages like Cola, tea and coffee. And take in less fatty foods. Avoid fried foods. Take only small quantity of food at night. If you have warm milk before going to sleep, if you keep the mind tranquil, you will doze off to slumberland. You should take food 3 hours before going to bed. It will be better if you can hear peaceful music. Reading is also a good habit which will take you to slumberland. You should walk at least half an hour before going to sleep. It will help to digest the food taken. Meditation will give you good sleep.
Constipation
The modern fast food culture is responsible for Constipation. Anxiety, fear, mental tension – all these create Constipation. Naturopaths averr that Constipation is the root cause of all diseases.Some antacids also create Constipation. In certain conditions, water will be absorbed in the Colon and faecal matter may solidify. Such hard stools are difficult to dislodge.Lack of proper timing of food, anxiety, mental problems etc all cause Constipation. Constipation will create back pain, weight in the stomach, headache, loss of appetite etc.

Intake of fruits and vegetables organically grown, 12 glasses of water daily, ensure mental peace, correct bowel movements – all these will cure Constipation
Gas Trouble or Hyperacidity
This is a very common disease. In India, there are very few homes without antacid tablets ! On one side, we take a lot of antacids and on the other take in acidic foods ! Amongst the Six Tastes, that which is Sour, Pungent and Salty foster Hyperacidity.

Fried foods, foods containing Masala, very cold drinks,potato, plantains – all these foster Gas Trouble. Lack of exercise is one of the causative factors. Also working seated for long hours.Mental tensions also foster this disease. It is not what you eat, but it is what eats you that is the cause of this common disease.

Mental pain, thoughts of revenge, fear – all these pave the way for this malady. There is an Emotional Center in the brain. When we have mental upsets, this Emotional Center stimulates the oxintic cells in our stomach to secrete Hyrochloric Acid.Lots of gas going from the rectal tract, indigestion – all these are the symptoms of gas trouble. Naturopaths averr that Constipation is the cause of this disease, nay, for all diseases !

Hurry, Worry and Curry are the main causative factors for this disease. Eating food fast, overeating, foods with masala, sour, pungent, salty foods, pickles, chillies, potato, soda, cola, chilled beer, nictoine, alcohol, very hot foods, chewing gum – all these cause Hyperacidity.Prevention is better than Cure. Avoid the Apathya foods and be healthy !
Contradictory Foods
Contradictory Foods are known in Ayurveda as ” Samyoga Viruddha”. When contradictory foods are taken in, it will increase the Doshic imbalance and becomes the cause of many diseases.Shrimp and Milk, Fish and butter, Sour fruits & Milk – are some examples of Contradictory Foods. They are to be avoided at all costs.

Chicken & butter should not be taken in simultaneously. Honey and ghee in equal quantities also is prohibited in Ayurveda

Colon Hydrotherapy
Naturopathy says that diseases are caused by the accumulation of morbid matter. Natural Hygiene says the cause is Toxemia, or the infusion of toxins into the blood.

One of the methods of cleaning the Colon is Enema or Colon Hydrotherapy.I have been practising Enema for the last 18 years. In 1989, while I was participating in an Exhibition Stall in Trichur ( a 41 day affair ), the nearest stall was a Naturopathy stall and the Chief Naturopath told me that the best way to get rid of Gas trouble was to take 15 light enemas.

I bought an enema can and have been doing this when I have any rectal block. This therapy is effective as we can see putrified faecal matter going out 10 minutes after the enema is administered.This is Jalopasana or Water Therapy or Hydro Therapy. All the ancient cultures advocated Hydro Therapy, as Water has got tremendous medicinal properties. Not only faecal matter, but gas, mucous and toxins go out of the rectal tract.
Fasting Therapy
Fasting Therapy is one of the best therapies. The digestive system gets rest during fasting. ” Lankhanam Paramoushadam ” – Fasting is the best medicine. Water Fasting, Fruit Fasting, Juice fasting — there are many types of fasting. Juice Fasting is superior to Water Fasting as the body is supported nutritionally.

The basic principle of Naturopathy is that Nature has healing power and that the Five Doctors are the Elemental Five -Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. ( Annam Brahma ). By Annam is not meant Food, but the Five Doctors, the Five Elements. ” The Five Doctors are the best, as the Five Elements are prior to all “, declares the Upanishads. ( Annam hi bhoothanam jyeshtyam, thasmad Sarvoushadam Uchyathe )
Ghee – The True Rasayana
Rasayana Therapy is Rejuvenation Therapy. That which rejuvenates the body is Rasayana. Ghee is considered to be the True Rasayana. All Ayurvedic preparations are based on ghee, I mean, almost all the Rasayanas. Ghee contains Vitamins A E, K D etc. Beta Carotene and Vitamin A are anti-oxidants. Diseases are caused by the excessive production of Free Radicals and these two are antidontes to Free Radicals. The famous Chyavan Prash is based on Ghee. It is said that the Rasayanas confer beauty, longevity, intelligence, youthfulness, health etc. Ghee, taken in moderate quantities, will confer these.

Dog Labor Symptoms – 5 Ways to Know When Your Dog Will Give Birth

When you dog gives birth it can be a wonderful time, but there are also lots of worries that go with it. Many people find that one of the worst parts of a dog giving birth is unless you know what to look for, the owner has no idea when the birth will happen. In this article there are five clear ways to know when your dog will give birth.

Your dog may exhibit some or all of the following sings when in labor. Often there is a ten-fifteen minute gap between puppies being born.

  1. Temperature drop

    Your dogs temperature may drop to around 97-98 degrees approximately, around 24 hours before giving birth. This is normal, and a good sign that your dog is going into labor so you can get prepared early! If your dog does not begin labor within a day of the temperature drop, you should contact your local vet. You can check your dogs temperature using a dog thermometer.

  2. Your dog refuses to eat

    Most bitches will refuse to eat before they go into labor, which obviously isn’t normal for dogs. This can be another good early warning sign.

  3. Finding a den

    A natural reaction of most female dogs is to try and find a den or hideaway where they can give birth. A very common place is under your bed, as the dog feels safe and enclosed there. If possible, find a comfortable place beforehand where the birth can take place.

  4. Shivering and sickness

    Another dog labor symptom is when the dog begins to shiver and even vomit. This is completely normal, and the best thing you can do is make sure there is fresh water available at all times.

  5. Wanting you near

    The dog is likely to stare at you and want you near to her at all times. Like number three, this is a comfort thing.

Finally, go by your gut instinct! If your dog is acting strangely or differently, it is probably trying to tell you something.

Remember that dog pregnancies are quite short, only around 63 days, so make sure you are prepared in dog time. These are just some of the dog labor symptoms, and although common, it is not unheard of for labor to start almost unannounced.

Health Benefits of Eating Organic Food and Whether it is Really Worth the Trouble

One question that is clearly popping up in current health conversations is whether there are any health benefits of eating organic food, and if it is worth the time and the effort. Many people don’t know much about organic food and why some people chose to go completely organic. The issue has spilled over into the mainstream community in the past couple of years because multiple studies and findings have come together to reveal and tell all about the truth concerning our food and our lifestyle. Scientists and many medical doctors around the world are coming to an agreement on one thing: Chemicals are poisoning us and creating a lifestyle that does not support and maintain good health.

The average person in America living on a non organic diet is exposed to nearly 10,000 pounds of chemical additives and preservatives by the time they reach age 65. Now, most people who don’t believe in eating organic food will claim that chemicals in food are in such small amounts that they wont hurt us. Every person has a different perspective on what a ”small amount” might be, but I can hardly think that anyone would admit that 10,000 pounds is a small amount. Medical Doctor Joan Morgan points out that ”Last year each of us, on average, swallowed three pounds of flavorings, coloring, preservatives, glazes, anti spattering agents, emulsifiers, bleaches, and other additives with our food.”

Chemicals such as additives, pesticides, and preservatives are believed to interfere with healthy enzyme activity. Enzymes are molecules that are responsible for making sure cellular processes are carried out properly and effectively. Most vitamins themselves are parts of enzymes. Once the body consumes a vitamin, the vitamin usually comes together with other vitamins, minerals and molecular structures to form a fully functioning enzyme.

The bad news is that the body doesn’t really ignore some substances and react to others. Most people think this is true but human cells don’t casually turn away and ignore chemical additives, and only become chummy with the nutrients. Non organic food has chemicals mixed into the molecular structure of the food. If chemicals weren’t distributed throughout the molecular structure there wouldn’t be any point to using them. The EU cancer prevention organization admitted in June 2009 that they were looking to prevent cancer by controlling all aspects of chemical contact with the human body. Countries such as Norway, Sweden and Germany have already banned the use of several food dyes and colorings that are still in use in the U.S. Other European countries are also cracking down and banning more and more chemical additives and preservatives.

Many people still argue that the health benefits of eating organic food don’t exist, but people seem to be ignoring those arguments because there are a lot of positives that circulate around organic food. Here are some benefits of going organic:

  1. Organic and bio dynamic farmers use methods that don’t strip the soil nearly as much as conventional methods do. Their methods differ from conventional ones because they give back to the soil nutrient quality. This is very important to keeping the soil nutrient rich, which will keep our produce nutrient rich.
  2. Little to no pesticide residue. There has been evidence linking pesticides to harmful effects on the body.
  3. Eating organic supports and maintains a healthy digestive tract because processed foods have been stripped of the natural fiber responsible for making a person have regular bowel movements.
  4. Overall better health because the previously mentioned benefits will help support and maintain good health.

So is organic food beneficial to the individual? The answer is yes. The issue of whether they are more nutritious leads to a rather nasty, heated debate most of the time, but I will say that studies conducted in the UK and several European scientific institutions did find higher amounts of nutrients in organic food than regular food. The studies were made known to the public in a Times Online UK article in 2007. But in the end it really boils down to a matter of choice when is comes to making the change.Despite the naysayers and their passionate attempts to claim that organic food is worthless, the amount of people consuming organic food and raising a family on it seems to be growing with tremendous strength and speed.

What Causes Helicobacter Pylori Infection and How to Treat it?

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is the name of a bacteria that causes low grade inflammation in the stomach and the duodenum. It resides in the stomach of human beings, where it eats away into the lining of the stomach and causes the inflammation. It is mostly associated with gastritis and gastric ulcers. In fact, it has also been found that those infected with this bacterium have a greater risk of developing stomach cancer and lymphoma.

About 50% of the world’s population is infected by this bacterium. However, 80% of those infected exhibit no symptoms at all.

Causes of Helicobacter Pylori Infection

The exact cause of H. pylori infection is not yet known. But it is believed that this bacterial infection spreads amongst human beings if a person comes in contact with contaminated saliva. Infected food handlers can spread this infection if they unknowingly handle food with their infected hands.

The h pylori bacteria can also spread if a healthy individual comes in contact with infected feces. This aptly explains the findings that this infection occurs most in the socio-economically backward countries of the world, where the poor do not have access to proper sanitation facilities, clean and safe drinking water, and there is some lack of awareness about general health and hygiene issues.

Most people carrying this bacterium in their stomach are infected in their childhood.

Treatment of Helicobacter Pylori Infection

A multi-pronged treatment methodology is followed to treat this infection. Physicians first try to remove the bacterium from the stomach by prescribing an antibiotic treatment. Usually, this treatment lasts two weeks where the patient has to take a combination of tetracycline, metronidazole, and clarithromycin group of drugs.

Along with prescribing medication that removes the bacterium, physicians also recommend drugs that reduce the levels of acid being secreted in the stomach. Proton pump inhibitors like omeprazole and lansoprazole and H2 blockers like famotidine and ranitidine are generally prescribed. However, these lines of treatment are modified on specific instances, like when the patient is allergic to penicillin.

Doctors recommend a bismuth therapy if the initial doses of antibiotics fail to produce the desired results. This is mostly the case with patients who have strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their stomach.

Doctors also recommend behavioral modification treatment measures to H. pylori infected patients. They are advised not to smoke, avoid alcohol, and take medicines like aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen only if prescribed by a physician.

Awareness about H. pylori infection helps prevent it or aid the treatment procedure.

The 3 Food Groups That Lower Cholesterol

The 3 food groups that lower cholesterol form the foundation for heart disease prevention & treatment. Relying solely on prescription drugs is a dangerous strategy that could leave you at risk. Eating the right foods is often the key step to reaching your target cholesterol level.

The 3 food groups that lower cholesterol are: binders, inhibitors, and regulators.

Binders

Binders are foods that stop the intestinal absorption of cholesterol into your body. Soluble fiber and phytosterols form large clumps of cholesterol that can’t pass through the lining of your gut and enter your bloodstream:

1. Food Sources of Soluble Fiber

-Oat/Oat bran

-Dried beans and peas

-Nuts

-Barley

-Flax seed

-Fruits such as oranges and apples

-Vegetables such as carrots

-Psyllium husk

2. Foods Rich in Phytosterols

-Sesame seeds

-Corn

-Soybeans

-Unrefined vegetable oils

-Whole grains

-Legumes (alfalfa, peas, beans, lentils)

Inhibitors

Inhibitors are foods that prevent the liver from making cholesterol. Unlike statin prescription drugs, inhibitors come from natural food sources and aren’t dangerous:

1. Foods Rich in Monacolins

-Chinese Red Yeast Rice (mostly available in supplement form)

2. Foods Rich in Flavonoids

-Grapefruit

-Lemons/Limes

-Tangerines

-Pomegranate

-All berries

Regulators

Regulators are foods that lower cholesterol by maintaining the cholesterol cycle. Cholesterol normally cycles back and forth between the liver and the rest of the body. Vitamin C and the trace mineral copper help to keep the cycle going and prevent the build-up of cholesterol:

1. Foods Rich in Vitamin C

-Sweet red pepper

-Strawberries

-Oranges

-Brussels sprouts

-Broccoli

-Collard greens

-Grapefruit

-Canteloupe

-Cabbage

-Tomato

2. Foods Rich in Copper

-Oysters

-Shellfish

-Whole grains

-Beans

-Potatoes

-Organ meats

Foods that lower cholesterol provide the foundation for heart disease prevention and treatment. If you can’t reach your target cholesterol level, you only have two choices: take more drugs or eat the right foods. What are you going to do?