Chronic diseases and pregnancy

Speaking about health before pregnancy, we mean way of life, nutrition, physical activity, habits, and also possible chronic diseases, such as heightened blood pressure or diabetes. If you have such diseases, then you just have to visit a doctor beforehand. You know, this may complicate pregnancy, bring harm to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor which medicinal preparations and in which doses you take. Doctor will recommend you tests and observations you should pass, for example, X-ray photography. Try to discuss all questions you have for the moment.

It is much simpler to think over a strategy of treatment before pregnancy and then worrying about complications.

Diabetes Diabetes – it is a disease, appearing as a result of lack of insulin in organism, this hormone is produced by pancreas. If you have diabetes, it will be more difficult for you to become pregnant. Moreover, diabetes can influence passing of pregnancy seriously. First of all, it can become a reason of miscarriage or giving birth to a dead baby. Secondly, women suffering from diabetes can give birth to babies with inborn defects. You can reduce risk of such complications due to constant control of sugar content in blood during pregnancy. If you don’t care of your state, then diabetes while pregnancy may turn out to be dangerous both for you and your future baby. Majority of complications, connected with diabetes, are displayed during first trimester, i.e. during first 13 weeks of pregnancy.

Pregnancy may cause complications of state while diabetes, what will require increase of insulin doses. This can be easily determined with help of test on sugar content in blood. Majority of doctors recommend taking a special care of this disease development during at least 2-3 months before conception. This will help to reduce probability of risk of miscarriage or other problems. Probably, you will have to pass tests on sugar content in blood several times per day, to control disease completely and avoid possible complications. Past experience shows that women, suffering from diabetes, had serious problems with conception and passing of pregnancy. But die to complete and constant control even women-diabetics can count on successful result of pregnancy and delivery.

If in your family there were cases of diabetes or you have slightest suspicions as for your own health, pass tests before pregnancy surely.

Asthma About 1% of pregnant women suffer from asthma. It is impossible to predict influence of pregnancy on asthma. Half of women, suffering from this disease, notice no changes during pregnancy, about 25% feel even slight improvement, and the rest (25%) observe worsening of state.

Majority of anti-asthma remedies are safe for pregnant, but it is still better to consult a doctor as for preparation to take. Almost all who suffer from asthma know what may become a reason of fit, so avoid contact with allergens before getting pregnant and during whole pregnancy. Try to control your state yet before pregnancy.

Hypertension Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can cause complication both of mother’s and unborn baby’s health. For women it is connected with risk of refusal of kidneys work, probability of hypertensic crisis or headache. Increase of a future mother’s blood pressure may become a reason for decrease of blood inflow to placenta, what will lead to delays of fetus development, i.e. a baby will weigh less, than normal while birth.

If you had high blood pressure before pregnancy, then you just have to take care of it during all 9 months. Probably, gynaecologist will send you to therapeutist’s or family doctor’s observation with this purpose. Before making a decision to become pregnant, women, suffering from hypertension, should consult a doctor. Some remedies against high blood pressure are safe for pregnant, some are not. On no account quit taking pills and reduce dose without a doctor’s prescription! This can be dangerous. If you plan giving birth to a baby, ask you doctor about remedies you are taking against high blood pressure, and about safety of taking these medicines during pregnancy.

Heart diseases During pregnancy load on heart increases about 50%. If you have sick heart, it is necessary for your doctor to know about it before you become pregnant.

Some heart diseases, such as mitral valve prolapse, can seriously complicate passing of pregnancy. Probably, you will even have to take antibiotics before delivery. Other heart diseases, such as inborn heart disease, may seriously influence state of health. In this case pregnancy and delivery are sometimes contra-indicated.

Consult your doctor as for heart diseases before you become pregnant.

Kidneys and urinary bladder diseases Infections of urinary system, in particular urinary bladder, often appear during pregnancy. If you don’t cure disease in time, infection may pass to kidneys, causing pyelonephritis.

Infections of urinary bladder and pyelonephritis may lead to premature birth. If you ever suffered from pyelonephritis or repeating infections of urinary system, this should be determined before pregnancy.

Stones in kidneys also may complicate passing pf pregnancy. This disease is accompanied by severe pains in lower part of belly, so it is quite difficult to diagnose it during pregnancy. Moreover, stones in kidneys may become a reason of appearance of infections of urinary system and pyelonephritis.

If you ever had some only infection of urinary bladder, you should not worry a lot. But you still should inform your doctor about it. He will decide whether you need to pass more careful observation before pregnancy.

Thyroid gland diseases Thyroid gland diseases may appear both because of excess or lack of thyroid hormone. Excess of hormone is called thyrotoxicosis. In this case metabolism in human organism is speeded up. This may be caused by Graves’ disease. Thyrotoxicosis is usually cured with help of operation of medicinal remedies, reducing content of thyroid hormone in organism. If you don’t cure this disease, there’s rather high level of risk premature birth and giving birth to a baby with low weight.

You can carry our treatment during pregnancy too: there’re quite safe preparations, which pregnant women may take.

Lack of thyroid hormone – hypothyroidism – is usually caused by disease of autoimmune origin. In this case thyroid gland is damaged by anti-bodies, which are produced by your organism. While hypothyroidism taking of thyroid hormones is prescribed. Not cured hypothyroidism threatens with sterility or habitual noncarrying of pregnancy.

If you have thyrotoxicosis or hypothyroidism, you need to pass through observation before pregnancy, to determine doses of medicinal remedies, necessary for treatment. In the process of pregnancy your necessity in preparations may change, and then you will have to pass another observation.

Anemia Anemia means that there’s lack of haemoglobin in your organism. There’re several reasons and in connection with this several kinds of anemia. Symptoms of anemia are weakness, giddiness, lack of air and pale skin. During pregnancy necessity of organism in iron and iron-containing substances increases. If in the beginning of pregnancy you suffer from lack of iron in blood, anemia increases this lack. So you need to take vitamins and preparations, containing full choice of microelements, necessary for organism.

One of specific types of anemia – sicle-cell disease, which is passed genetically: it is mainly spread among black population. If you suffer from sicle-cell disease, your organism is deprived of oxygen. Passing of this kind of anemia can be very painful, and it also may serve as a reason for other diseases and complications during pregnancy. Sicle-cell disease cannot be cured and may be passed to your baby. Women, suffering from sicle-cell disease, have very high percent of miscarriages and infections of urinary system. They also may suffer from high blood pressure and painful hypertension strokes.

Another kind of anemia – thalassanemia is also passed genetically. If some of your relatives suffers from thalassanemia or you suppose you can have it, check it before pregnancy.

Lupus Lupus is a vascular disease of autoimmune origin. This means your organism produces anti-bodies that may destroy your organs or influence functions of these organs negatively. Lupus can affect different organs, including joints, kidneys, lungs and heart.

This disease is hard to diagnose. One woman of 700 in the age from 15 to 64 years suffers from lupus. Among black women it is met more often, in one case of 254. As a rule, lupus more often strikes women, than men, especially women of genital age, i.e. from 20 to 40 years.

Lupus treatment is highly individual and usually means taking if steroids. It is better not to become pregnant during fit of this disease, as miscarriages are extremely often among women suffering from lupus. Risk of giving birth to a dead baby also increases.

Babies, born from mothers, suffering from lupus, can have rash. They also can have different heart diseases. Premature birth and delay of pre-natal development of fetus are also quite possible. If you suffer from lupus, consult your doctor before pregnancy definitely.

Epilepsy and epileptic seizures Epilepsy – is a chronic disease, characterized by different kinds of seizures (fits). Most often epilepsy is displayed by big and small epileptic seizures. Chance of giving birth to a baby with epileptic disease can be 1 of 30 for women, suffering from epilepsy. Such babies have risk of in-born diseases, probably, connected with medicines, which a future mother took during pregnancy.

If you take medicines against epilepsy, it is very important to consult your doctor before pregnancy. Discuss doses and type of medicines, which you take, as many preparations, relieving seizures of epilepsy, cause in-born diseases in babies. However, there are safe remedies for fetus, for example, Phenobarbital.

Seizures can be dangerous both for mother and fetus. So it is especially important to take remedies precisely according to a doctor’s prescription during pregnancy. On no account reduce dose or quit taking medicine yourself, without a doctor!

Migraine About 15-20% of all pregnant women suffer from migraine. Many women notice improvement of health during pregnancy. If you are going to take pills against headache during pregnancy, check with your doctor how much they are safe for you and future baby.

Cancerous growths A question of probability of cancer’s influence on pregnancy depends on the fact which organ it stroke and how wide is growth. Breast cancer is most often form of cancer, met among women. If you had breast cancer, this will not influence pregnancy anyway, and pregnancy, in its turn, will not cause breast cancer. Many doctors advice to wait 2-3 years with childbirth after breast cancer treatment. It is very important to discuss case history and method of treatment with your doctor yet before pregnancy. Situation may become quite complicated, if you are pregnant and pass treatment at the same time. Many medicines and remedies against cancer are not safe for future mother and baby.

Other diseases We examined only some chronic diseases. However, any disease can be dangerous for future baby. So if you suffer from some chronic disease or have to take medicines constantly, discuss it with your doctor. General rule is following: it is better not to take medicines or pass any medical treatment at the moment of conception and on early stages of pregnancy. Laying of all organs and tissues of a baby takes place during 1st trimester of pregnancy, and during this period you need to protect a future baby from harmful influences of medicines or observations. You will feel better and calmer, if you solve all these problems before pregnancy.

After a Car Accident or Whiplash Injury: Symptoms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI)

We have all had this happen, or know someone this has happened to. Suddenly, someone crashes into the back end of your car and you feel your head extend back over the headrest and then rebound forwards, almost hitting the steering wheel with your forehead. When the police arrive and start asking questions about what had happened, you try to piece together what happened but you’re not quite sure of the sequence of events. Your memory just isn’t that clear. Within the first few days, in addition to significant neck and headache pain, you notice your memory seems fuzzy, and you easily lose your train of thought.

Although whiplash injuries are quite common, research is only beginning to describe the diverse symptoms that can develop when the neck has been traumatized. Because whiplash symptoms are often subtle and non-specific, it’s quite normal for patients not to complain about them. In fact, we almost always have to describe the symptoms and ask if any of these symptoms sound familiar to the patient.

As pointed out above, patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) don’t mention any of the previously described symptoms and in fact, may be embarrassed to discuss these symptoms with their Las Vegas chiropractor when they first present after a car crash. This is because the symptoms are vague and hard to describe and, many feel the symptoms are caused by simply being tired or perhaps upset about the accident. When directly asked if any of these symptoms exist, the patient is often surprised there is an actual reason for feeling this way.

The cause of MTBI is due to the brain actually bouncing or rebounding off the inner walls of the bony skull during the whiplash process, when the head is forced back and forth after the impact. During that process, the brain which is suspended inside our skull, is forced forwards and literally ricochets off the skull and damages some of the nerve cells most commonly associated with either the brain stem (the part connected to the spinal cord), the frontal lobe (the part behind the forehead) and/or the temporal lobe (the part of the brain located on the side of the head). Depending on the direction and degree of force generated by the collision (front end, side impact or rear end collision), the area of the brain that may be damaged varies because it could be the area closest to initial impact or, the area on the opposite side, due to the rebound effect. Depending on which part of the brain is injured, the physical findings may include problems with walking, balance, coordination, strength, as well as difficulties with communicating, processing information, memory, and altered psychological functions.

The good news is that most of these whiplash injuries will recover within 3-12 months but unfortunately, not all do and in these cases, the term, post-concussive syndrome is sometimes used.

We realize you have a choice in medical providers for spine injuries. If you, a friend or family member requires care for whiplash, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our expertise and look forward in serving you and your family presently and,anytime in the future.

Healthy Cardiac Diet

Cardiac diets are extensively used and prescribed in most hospitals for patients with heart disease, hypertension, myocardial infarction, hyperlipidemia, and dyslipidemia.  A cardiac diet may be employed as a part of a health regimen to either treat or prevent cardiovascular disease.  It will generallyinclude foods that are classified as healthy because of their extensive nutritional benefits.
A cardiac diet will basically aim to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fibre while lowering the consumption of fats and sodium which have both been prominently associated with the development of heart disease. This health plan is often modified in the long-term based on the goals of the diet or the patient’s diagnosis. After a patient has been treated using this diet recommendation he or she will normally be referred to a dietician who will help him or her to maintain this diet.  
Normally a cardiac or “heart healthy” diet as it has been deemed may be administered with the objective of restricting the intake of fat, cholesterol, sodium, and sometimes caffeine. In most instances, it will follow the guidelines of the National Cholesterol Education Program which has issued the following recommendations:
Fiber 20-30 grams per day.  
Trans fat “kept at a low intake.”
Carbohydrates 50-60% of daily calories.
Total fat 25-35% of daily calories.  
Saturated fat less than 7% of daily calories.  
Monounsaturated fats up to 20% of daily calories.  
Polyunsaturated fats up to 10% of daily calories.  
Cholesterol less than 200 milligrams per day.  

Dietary fats, specifically saturated and trans fats, may actually contribute to elevating an individual’s overall cholesterol levels, low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and triglycerides which can encourage the development and accumulation of plaque within the blood vessel walls. This build-up of plaque will ultimately lead to a reduction in the size of the blood vessel lumen. Saturated fats are predominantly found in animal products. This kind of fat has been linked to an increase of low-density lipoprotein levels (LDL), which are strongly correlated with a heightened risk of heart disease. Unsaturated fats differ from saturated fats because they have double bonds. They can be substituted in place of saturated fats and are preferred because they help lower the LDL levels. Cardiac diets are also low sodium diets.  Sodium has been found to elevate blood pressure, and has an additional negative effect on the diuretic properties of certain medications. Sodium is generally restricted to 2,000-4,000 mg per day, in relation to the patients diagnosis and medical regimen. Many cardiac diets do not only inhibit sodium and fats but also caffeine. This is enacted because caffeine is a stimulant and may affect the deteriorated condition of the heart.  
Basically a cardiac diet considers both the advantages of restricting certain types of foods as well as increasing the consumption of healthy foods and nutrients.

How Does DCFS Handle Reported Cases Of Child Abuse And Neglect?

If the Department Of Child And Family Services (DCFS) could have one wish granted, it would be that they would never again have to investigate a case of child abuse or neglect.

This is unfortunately an unrealistic desire; and making it even more unfortunate is the fact that this department of the government is so inundated with investigation requests to help stop child abuse that it often takes a longer time than not to get to the bottom of the issue. And with over 100,000 child abuse cases brought to the department on a yearly basis, it is no wonder that time is of the essence when it comes to providing families with the relief they seek.

Signs of child abuse are fairly overt when an adolescent is sporting bruises, black eyes, broken bones, or other types of scars related to being physically assaulted by an individual over the age of eighteen.

But, recognizing the signs of child neglect are often not as easy to spot, much of the time because any outsiders to the situation don’t know exactly what types of adult behaviors fall into the “neglect” category.

Child neglect transpires when the adult who is responsible for a minor child denies him or her adequate food, water, shelter, clothing, and appropriate supervision during everyday activities. A prime example that often causes neighbors or others close in proximity to participate in reporting child neglect is when a child is found outside playing in or around the street without a parent or other guardian to watch over his games while ensuring his safety at the same time.

Is there a guideline to understanding child abuse and neglect that determines whether to initiate a claim with the Department Of Child And Family Services?

The answer is “yes.”

Said guideline states that if the person reporting child abuse and neglect has actually seen an injurious act committed towards a child (such as the child being hit with a foreign object by an adult), or heard about it from the child that he has been harmed by a grown up in some way, then a call to the DCFS offices is warranted by the witness.

Then there are those events that most would believe qualify for a report to DCFS when in reality another government agency would be better suited to handle the problem on behalf of the minor children.

An example of such an issue is as follows: a child may live in a household where he has to listen to his parents argue nonstop, an event which causes him undue stress. Another adult may also hear the intense fighting, especially in an apartment situation where two homes often share common walls. And although the secondary adult may feel that the stress of the child justifies a call to DCFS to file a report, the instance of two parents yelling at one another does not define an act of emotional child abuse towards the youngster. Hence, the details of this event would be better shared with a community service organization such as one that provides counseling to the affected parties.

When a call does come in to its offices, what are the details of the process carried out by DCFS to investigate a reported allegation?

An intake specialist who answers the call has his pen in hand, ready to log all the information on the concerns the reporting party has about the minor children who are at the center of the matter.

The particulars discussed during such a conversation include what the person has witnessed that created the need to make the call in the first place – and it is from this information that the case worker then makes the educated decision about whether or not it is necessary to continue to the next step in the procedure.

If the given information is about something serious such as a food-starved child or the observance of the child being hit (and on more than one occasion), an investigator will be put on the case in twenty-four hours, and sometimes in even less time if the situation is serious enough to require it.

And if the intake specialist decides that there is not enough information to open an investigation, the person making the call can still get any of his or her questions answered regarding what was observed or what to do if a similar event is witnessed in the future.

Those individuals who do opt to speak with a case worker at DCFS can rest assured that their names will be kept confidential, and that the family in question will never know at any time thereon who it was that initiated the impending investigation. However there is one exception to this rule – if the reported case ever winds up at court in front of a judge, that judge may ask to speak with the person who got the ball rolling in order to gather additional information or confirm already established facts.

The Department of Child And Family Services takes on cases involving child assault or other types of abuse, but what else does this organization do on a daily basis to help families and their youngsters get along in the world?

Placing foster children in good homes with loving families is one of the highest priority items on the task list of services. In addition, adoptions are arranged for children who are in need of a nurturing place to lay down roots.

Whether it is a parent, teacher, baby-sitter, or other adult who is creating an abusive situation for a child, DCFS is on the case and out to provide relief once an issue has been documented.

Symptoms and Pains – Endometriosis Versus Ovarian Cancer

The symptoms of endometriosis and ovarian cancer symptoms have some overlap, which is why some women with endometriosis worry about the risk of developing ovarian cancer. But before you jump to conclusions lets take a look at the symptoms of endometriosis versus ovarian cancer.

During your monthly period, your uterine wall is shed, and appears as bloody discharge. This is actually a remnant of the endometrium, a layer of muscle and blood designed to support an embryo. If the egg your body releases every month is not fertilized, hormones signal your uterus to shed the uterine lining.

For endometriosis sufferers, endometrial tissue similar to the uterus lining is found in areas outside of the uterus. This migrating endometrial tissue adheres to surrounding organs, causing inflammation and scar tissue to form, resulting in you feeling severe pain, usually at the same time as your menstrual cycle.

This rogue endometrial tissue not only effects the organs found in the pelvic cavity, but also can migrate and attach itself to the bladder, bowel, intestines and colon. In rare cases endometrial lesions have been found in the lungs, spine, and brain and on the skin.

Endometriosis, however, is not cancer.

Ovarian cancer, on the other hand, entails the formation of cysts on your ovaries. These cysts are often benign, and can be removed by surgery if they are detected early.

However, if they start moving to other parts of the body, ovarian cancer can become malignant.

Fluctuations or abnormalities in hormonal levels in your body most likely cause both endometriosis and ovarian cancer. According to studies, women with endometriosis are also more likely to develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime.

So, what are the symptoms of endometriosis?

Severe, disabling pain in the abdominal area that gets worse over time can be the first sign of endometriosis.

Other symptoms will include, but are not limited to:

Vomiting

Nausea

abnormal or irregular menstrual cycles, including bleeding or spotting in between periods

painful urination

painful bowel movements

painful sexual intercourse

heavy menstrual periods

back pain during menstruation

infertility or difficulty conceiving.

Compare these to the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Like endometriosis, women with ovarian cancer will experience pain, although this will manifest at first as a sense of heaviness in the pelvic area.

Other signs of ovarian cancer will include:

vaginal bleeding

abnormal or irregular menstrual cycles

progressive but unexplainable back pain

increased weight gain around the abdomen

inexplicable weight gain or loss

vomiting

nausea

bloody stool

loss of appetite

increased urination

excessive or increased hair growth

increased fluids lining the lungs

sometimes even positive readings on pregnancy tests even if the affected woman is not pregnant.

Because the two illnesses are closely linked, the symptoms of endometriosis versus ovarian cancer can overlap. If you suspect that you have endometriosis or ovarian cancer, consult with your physician immediately. Read as much as you can, and do research on your condition, so that you are better informed on the therapy options available to you.

Brushing Prevents Heart Attacks

What’s the simplest way to prevent a heart attack? Just keep your mouth clean by means of brushing and flossing. Experts say this simple act could save your life.

Doctors have long suspected that there may be a link between oral health and heart disease. That link became clearer after a recent study showed that those with blocked arteries had a severe case of gum disease.

At the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology in Vienna, Austria, French researcher Dr. Nicolas Amabile said that patients with artery disease often had bad teeth caused by periodontitis or periodontal disease.

In this condition, the gums become swollen due to the accumulation of plaque around the teeth. As the gums become irritated, they recede and there is pain when eating hot, cold or sweet foods. Untreated, teeth loosen and fall out. This can be prevented with good oral hygiene in the form of brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist.

“Your mouth is normally teeming with bacteria. Usually you can keep these bacteria under control with good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing. Saliva is also a key defense against bacteria and viruses. It contains enzymes that destroy bacteria in different ways. But harmful bacteria can sometimes grow out of control and lead to periodontitis, a serious gum infection,” warned Mayo Clinic doctors.

Amabile found that the more severe periodontitis is, the greater the risk of heart disease. He arrived at this conclusion after he and his team of French dentists and cardiologists studied 131 patients who were referred to their hospital in Marseille, France.

"The most severe teeth disease was associated with the most widespread arterial lesions. Since periodontitis is easily accessible to treatment with antibiotics and dental care, one might think its treatment could also be beneficial for coronary artery disease. This has to be confirmed with larger studies but may represent a new original approach to handle heart disease in the future." he told Jenny Hope of the Daily Mail.

Researchers have yet to discover how gum disease triggers heart disease but they suspect that bacteria from infected gums are the answer. They believe that bacteria from gum disease can enter the bloodstream and travel through the arteries to the heart, posing a risk to cardiovascular health.

“When your gums are healthy, bacteria in your mouth usually don’t enter your bloodstream. However, gum disease may provide bacteria a port of entry into your bloodstream. Sometimes invasive dental treatments can also allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream. And medications or treatments that reduce saliva flow or disrupt the normal balance of bacteria in your mouth may also lead to oral changes, making it easier for bacteria to enter your bloodstream. Some researchers believe that these bacteria and inflammation from your mouth are linked to other health problems in the rest of your body,” said Mayo Clinic doctors.

To preserve your good health, don’t forget to brush daily, especially after meals. Make it a daily habit to save your heart.

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The Difference Between Angular Cheilitis & a Cold Sore

It is easy for people to mistake cheilitis for a cold sore. These two conditions are different though so it is important to be able to distinguish them from one another. It is the purpose of this article to allow people to be able to do this.

What is a cold sore?

A cold sore is known in the medical world as herpes labialis. As the name suggests it is caused by the herpes virus. A cold sore appears on the lips as a blister or sore which is on or around the mouth area. A cold sore can be quite painful and is quite noticeable on the face. This blister usually bursts and a scab develops. A cold sore will usually disappear after about ten days.

What is cheilitis?

Cheilitis refers to inflammation of the lips (many people refer to it as chapped lips) and the most common form of this condition is angular cheilitis. This is inflammation at the corner of the mouth which commonly manifests as a sore or split. Experts are not completely sure about how this condition is caused but it is believed to be connected too much saliva on the area or from mechanical causes such as poorly fitting dentures. It is quite a common condition and in most instances will only last a few days. There is believed to be a link between this sore and vitamin deficiencies. More than half of these irritating openings will have a bacterial or fungal infection, and it can sometimes also lead to the development of oral thrush.

When chapped lips appears away from the corner of the mouth the usual cause is cold weather, dehydration, high fevers or a side-effect from certain drugs. It can also be caused by people licking their lips too frequently.

How to treat a cold sore

Cold sores will usually heal by themselves but there are also creams that people use to speed the process along. Aciclovir or acyclovir is an anti-viral cream that is frequently used to treat cold sores and has been proven to increase healing time. Cold sores are very contagious so people should avoid touching them or kissing other people while they have the problem.

How to treat cheilitis

The method used for treating angular cheilitis will very much depend on its cause. It is usually advisable to go and see a doctor because if the sore is infected then not taking the proper medication can slow down the healing process. Most doctors will prescribe a steroidal cream or an anti-fungal topical cream. One thing that may concern the doctor is the reason why the individual is having a problem with these types of sores as it can be the sign of poor eating habits. They may question the patient and make recommendations about possible improvements in nutrition. The condition can also be associated with other conditions such as diabetes and HIV.

Fast Food and Traditional Food

The term “cooking” includes a wide range of methods, tools and combination of ingredients to create the flavor and digestibility of food. Cooking technique, known as culinary art, generally requires the selection, measurement and combining of ingredients in a controlled procedure in an effort to achieve the desired result. Constraints on success include the variability of ingredients, ambient conditions, tools, and the skill of the individual cooking. The diversity of cooking worldwide is a reflection of many nutritional, artistic, agricultural, economic, cultural and religious considerations that impact upon it. Cooking requires applying heat to a food which usually chemically transforms it and changing its flavor, texture, appearance, and nutritional properties. There is archaeological evidence that the primitive human being used to cook their food with fire that was the most important thing discovered by the primitive human being. Cooking food and cuisine culture vary from country to country and from one culture to another and each cuisine has its specific particularity. Nowadays, because of the modern life that changes everything around us and influence our life style and eating habits, people are less preparing their own food. Eating habits tend to unify people from different society. The food production and the process of eating obtain new characteristics. Food available around us seems to be very different from the one that we used to eat.

Eating habits and modern life

Everything is running in high speed, people do not have time for cooking, don`t has the desire and patience to stay longer in the kitchen, and they don`t have the willing to prepare their own food. Old generation still prefer to cook their own food unlike young people who prefer to eat fast food because they don’t want to spend long time cooking and the desire for the cooking. The modern life shapes our eating habits and makes us like slave following its speed. It`s not hard to find fast food restaurant they are everywhere and every corner. Fast food consumption cause damages to the social and economic life of the country and leads to many health problems such as obesity and heart diseases according to many studies. Also, many nutrition experts from different countries have already declared the epidemic character of fast food. The rapid process of globalization and modern life influence our eating’s habits and gives opportunity to fast food restaurants to grow and flourish. Fast food seems to become very common everywhere, though some positive aspect of the fast food in easy to prepare, available in many places, and it is a substantial meal. But in other hand, we can estimate that its negative aspects are more important and bigger. I think it is easy to understand that fast food is one of phenomenon that is going to be accepted by people. We are going to see the process of disappearance of the traditional culture with the development of fast food restaurants in all countries all over the world.

How to fight fast food addiction

The best example of the fast food success to change the modern life is the invasion of the world’s food market by the giant fast food company such as McDonald, KFC and others. According to McDonald`s web site, McDonald has about 29.000 restaurants in 120 countries all over the world, and serves nearly 54 million customers each day. As well as it indicates the fact of such changing in eating preferences and even in the way of life itself. There is no doubt that right now fast food changes the face of many nations and eating habits around the world. To sum up, unfortunately, it is hard to prevent these global changes that traditional food is going to be replaced by new foods that common for all people in all countries all over the world. But the good news is that, recently there are some people and some movements which try to contrast the process of modern life and ask people to go back to their traditional food. To solve this problem we need restaurants that offers traditional food, and able to attract large amount of faithful customers. Also parents must teach their children how to prepare and cook the traditional food. Many People figure out that traditional food is much better for our health, so they want to preserve and keep the cooking tradition from evaporating. There is enormous hope of people to preserve their food preparation customs and tradition. The major obstacles are the modern life style. Some people might say that it is difficult to preserve our traditional food because it takes a long time to prepare and people today can not spend a long time in cooking. Other people, especially older people might say that, it is unfortunate to destroy culture and tradition. Those people might be right.

Conclusion

In these days, people have more health problems that are related with the new eating habits and fast food consumption. Despite some advantages of fast food the harm caused by fast food does not outweigh its benefit. I think that people should consider the negative fact of fast food consumption and the benefits of preparing their own food at home. It`s unfair that the traditional food which arrive to us from generation to generation we are going to replace it with junk food that will harm us more than benefit us. It`s unfortunate to lose the cooking tradition and eating homemade food prepared by our mothers together around the table. I am sure that all of us must think over this problem and try to find the appropriate solution to save our cultures, our traditional foods, and more importantly our health. So we should take action immediately to preserve traditional food and encourage people to prepare their own dishes, so they can stay healthy and live longer. Even though fast food is cheap, convenient, yummy and available in every corner in our cities, but that does not mean that our health is cheaper than the fast food that we eat.

The Four Stages of Congestive Heart Failure

The heart is no doubt one of the most important parts of the body. Its job is to pump blood into the lungs where it is oxygenated, retrieve the oxygenated blood, and redistribute it to the other parts of our body. When a condition arises wherein the heart is no longer able to pump blood effectively, congestive heart failure happens.

Congestive heart failure or CHF, though not considered by doctors as a disease, is still a chronic condition that can lead to a patient’s death within just 5 years of being diagnosed if proper medications or surgeries are not taken or performed.

The best course of therapy a patient has to undergo is usually determined by a heart failure cardiologist through assessing which stage of CHF a patient is at.  There are four known stages of congestive heart failure, each identified by the patients’ quality of life as well as the symptoms they are experiencing.

The four known stages of CHF are as follows:

Stage 1 – Mild CHF

Although the individual may feel mildly weak at times, the common symptoms of CHF, such as palpitation, fatigue, and shortness of breath, may not be evident.  Individual with mild symptoms of CHF are still able to go about their daily activities, including light to moderate exercise, without experiencing breathing difficulties.

Stage 2 – Mild CHF

At this stage, persons with congestive heart failure may find that their usual day-to-day chores now seem a bit strenuous and not easy to bear. They feel fine when at rest, but when they start to engage in ordinary activities, they experience fatigue and minor chest pains.

Stage 3 – Moderate CHF

Patients with a moderate case of CHF will find that they have to significantly limit physical activity to avoid recurring bouts of weakness and chest pains. As their condition progresses, the heart is no longer able to provide the adequate amount of oxygen the body needs to perform ordinary, day-to-day tasks. At Stage 3 of CHF, exercise may cause patients to experience excessive fatigue and palpitations.

Stage 4 – Severe CHF

Severe CHF conditions will render patients discomfort even while at rest as the heart’s ability to pump blood has been badly impaired. Even walking will cause patients extreme discomfort. It is at this stage that the obvious signs of CHF such as fatigue, swelling of the hands and feet caused by abnormal fluid retention, persistent cough, and shortness of breath, will begin to show.

Knowing and being able to identify the four congestive heart failure stages are essential in keeping the devastating effects of CHF at bay. Cardiologists advise everyone experiencing symptoms of congestive heart failure to seek the help of a medical professional at once. Patients will be provided treatment options like lifestyle change, medications, and surgeries that will prevent this chronic condition from progressing further. Though there is no known cure for this condition, its life-threatening consequences can be prevented or delayed as much as possible, if it is diagnosed and treated at its earliest stages.

What Are Enzyme-Based Cleaners?

Several stain- and odor-removing cleaning products are available today that are advertised as “enzyme-based”. They are considered some of the most effective products for the removal of stains and odors caused by organic material, such as urine, grass, blood, or the like. However, many consumers are skeptical of such claims. How can a single solution remove so many different kinds of stains? The answer lies in the nature of enzymes. Most people are only vaguely familiar with the concept of an enzyme. Here is a short explanation of what an enzyme is, and how they work to remove stains and odors.

An enzyme is simply a protein molecule that, in the presence of other chemicals, “catalyzes” (speeds up) chemical reactions. By lowering the “activation energy” required for a reaction to take place, in many cases to millions of times lower than normal, chemical processes that would normally happen too slowly to be of value are able to take place very quickly. A useful way to think about this idea is to compare it to how water boils at a lower temperature at higher altitudes. At sea level, you have to heat water to 100 degrees Celsius to make it boil- but in Denver, Colorado, the lower air pressure decreases the boiling point of water to 95 degrees. There is less “resistance” to the reaction- the change from liquid to gas- because of the lower air pressure. Enzymes work similarly, changing the conditions around the chemicals to reduce the amount of energy needed for a reaction to take place.

This is important for living things, including humans. Most of the chemical processes that our bodies need to survive would normally take much too long to be useful to us. It’s only because of enzymes that we are able to digest our food in a matter of hours, rather than months or years. In fact, people who are lactose intolerance are actually suffering from a shortage of lactase- the enzyme that breaks down the lactose protein found in milk. Enzymes are also necessary for the chemical reaction that turns stored energy in our bodies into the muscle contractions that let us move around. Our bodies contain thousands of different kinds of enzymes, each of which influences a different chemical reaction.

“This is all fascinating”, you say, “but what does this have to do with getting wine stains out of my carpet?” The answer is that breaking up a stain is a chemical process, just like digesting milk. Regular cleaning products such as dish soap are “surfactants”, meaning that they allow water and oils to mix. This allows grease to dissolve into water, and wash away. Unfortunately, this is useless for removing many types of unwanted material- especially uric acid crystals. These tiny crystals, found in urine, are the reason pet urine stains carpets and retain their unpleasant smell. Surfactant cleaners are unable to break the chemical bonds that bind such crystals to the stained surface. Enzymatic cleaners, on the other hand, jumpstart the breaking down process of the chemical bonds in the stain. It’s as if time were sped up many thousands or millions of times over for the stain, causing it to degrade “naturally” in a matter of minutes or hours.

Enzyme-based cleaners are not suitable for all purposes, however. They are only recommended for use on organic stains. For our purposes, that simply means a stain caused by some natural, biological material- if it came out of an animal or plant, it’s organic. This would include feces, urine, blood, vomit, chocolate, coffee, even cigarette smoke. Stains from engine oil, though, would benefit more from the use of a surfactant- like laundry detergent- than from an enzyme-based cleaner.

Apart from concerns of effectiveness, many consumers prefer enzyme-based cleaners because they have a much lower environmental impact as compared to typical cleaning products. Conventional cleaners contain bleach, ammonia, hydrochloric acid, and other extremely toxic, corrosive chemicals. These artificially-created chemicals tend not to break down on their own, and hang around in our environment- or your home- long after you use them. Although they are widely sold and used, there is growing evidence that the high amounts of these chemicals have serious impacts on our health, and the quality of our water and air. The enzymes found in cleaners, on the other hand, have no notable impact on living beings and do not accumulate in our air and waterways. There is no need to keep children or pets away from areas that have been treated with enzymatic cleaners, as one would with a corrosive chemical cleaner, making them safer and more convenient for many users.

So, now that you know the science behind enzyme-based cleaners, you may decide to try one out for yourself. Many consumers have had very positive results from such cleaners in removing stains from pets, beverage spills, and other messes. Despite the complex chemistry behind such products, they are actually quite idiot-proof, as they simply need to be poured onto the stain and left to do their work. We encourage you to try out this safe, ecologically sound, and effective stain and odor treatment for yourself.

Isoniazid Toxicity Treatment Information

Isonicotinic acid hydrazide, commonly called isoniazid (INH), is an antimicrobial agent that was used to treat tuberculosis (TB). The toxic response of the body to the substance, perhaps by allergic reaction or overdose. Inuits and American Indians are at increased risk of tuberculosis and, subsequently, INH toxicity. Acute toxicity can occur in all age groups. Contributing factors of isoniazid toxicity HIV / AIDS epidemic, alcoholism and homelessness. The symptoms of toxicity include isoniazid, slurred speech, mtabolic acidosis, weakness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, hyperglycemia and respiratory distress.

The treatment is mostly supportive, which includes airway, breathing and circulation. Sevral benzodiazepines and barbiturates can be used to potentiate the effect of pyridoxine anticonvulsant. Use with caution because phenytoin INH inhibits metabolism of phenytoin. Pyridoxine is the drug of choice for INH-induced seizure or coma. If pyridoxine is not available, lorazepam or phenobarbital may be administered on a temporary basis, measures to control the seizure in expectation of pyridoxine administration. Vitamins are organic substances required by the body in small amounts for various metabolic processes.

Isoniazid Toxicity Treatment and Prevention Tips

1. Vitamins are organic substances required.

2. Barbiturates is also recommended.

3. Supportive therpy includes airway, breathing and circulation are useful.

4. Benzodiazepines can be used to potentiate the anticonvulsant effect of pyridoxine.

5. Lorazepam (Ativan) ncreasing the action of GABA, which is a major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain.

Benefits Of Snakes To Mother Nature

As humans, we are naturally terrified of all snakes, the reason their bite can lead to death. Agreed, there is lot of negative stigma around them, because of various myths. Many of the human population are of the belief that all snakes are venomous and the only way to get rid of the fear is to kill these reptiles at the drop of a hat. These animals beat a hasty retreat when confronted, but become angry and can bite only when threatened. In this article of benefits of snakes to Mother Nature you will be given information on their uses and advantages.

It has been estimated there exist more than 2600 species of snakes. There are many snakes – they could be as tiny as an earthworm and can have big bodies such as Anacondas. They are found everywhere in the globe even in deserts and swamps. They cannot survive in the cold regions, and some snakes in the cold environment have changed their survival to the hibernation way. Unlike humans and other warm-blooded animals, they seldom face nutrient deficiency as they consume their prey entirely. An anaconda feeds four times a year. They cannot regulate their body temperature according to the environment as they are ectotherms.

Let us look into the anatomy of snakes. They are long and do not have hands, legs. Their body is covered with scales. They have eyes that are stagnant, has a forked tongue that can be moved. Some of the snake species are not poisonous.

For catching prey, snakes use various senses such as hearing, touch to recognize as well track their prey. There are snakes which use venom to paralyze their prey while some such as pythons use their powerful strength and long body to squeeze the life out of their victims.

Benefits of Snakes

Though there are man-designed tools for checking the number of rodents such as rat traps, poisoning food items. However, snakes are more effective as they move fast in sand, rocks, squeeze via cracks and can move inside burrows and shelters of rodents.

Benefits Of Snakes In Ecosystem

The role of snakes in the food cycle and ecosystem is unmatched as they are efficient hunters, expert predators and help to maintain the numbers of many harmful animals in check. The main food are rodents (for large snakes), insects (small snakes) and unless challenged by the reptiles, the number of these prey increases which can cause disastrous consequences in the environment. The rodents, insects and other pests can wreak havoc on crops, and when they enter people’s dwelling they can cause harm to food and companies. More so, the rodents can spread diseases like the plague. A survey points that many cause of house fires are caused by chewing of wires by rats and mice.

To a person who is interested in history, the very sight of snakes can provoke feelings of fascination and interest.

Medicinal Benefits Of Snake Venom

The snake venom is used in small doses in the treatment of body ailments such as paralysis, heart attack (blood clotting). The venom of viper is used in anti-aging medicine and in the prevention of growth of cancer cells.

Although the snakes are worshipped as Gods in Asian countries, their abodes are becoming less due to more agriculture, development of more lands for human housing and the introduction of domestic pets. These reptiles deserve to be respected and need our protection to live harmoniously.

Can PQQ Help With Depression?

From skincare products to testosterone to hair restoration treatment, the anti-aging industry continues to post record returns as consumers search for the elusive modern equivalent to the Fountain of Youth.With estimated net revenues of $122.3 billion in 2013, the massive global industry adds thousands of new products and services each year. Although financially successful, many of these anti-aging items are met with skepticism by consumers because their efficacy is unproven. But stricter regulations and more exhaustive testing have given millions hope that a handful of products can deliver on their lofty promises.

Understanding Aging

Over the course of human history, there have been countless theories to explain why our bodies break down, both internally and externally, as we age. One of the most scientifically compelling theories comes from cellular biologists, who posit that the number and functionality of mitochondria help determine a person’s lifespan. To understand why their theory may hold water, let us briefly review the basics of cellular energy.

Sometimes described as “cellular power plants,” mitochondria generate adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is used by cells as a source of chemical energy. Mitochondria are also involved in other important tasks such as cell growth as well as control of the cell cycle, including cell death. Over time, changes within our cells results in the deterioration and destruction of mitochondria – opening the door to aging and disease. How does it happen? These three processes are primarily to blame:

· Increased production of free radicals that attack mitochondria

· Decreased production of antioxidants that protect mitochondria

· Accumulated oxidative damage to mitochondria that leads to decay and eventual cell death

Although these processes are likely caused by normal aging or simple wear and tear, they have a devastating effect on the body, both inside and out. But according to the mitochondrial theory of aging, it would be possible to slow, even to halt the aging process if we could somehow protect mitochondria from free radicals and/or create new mitochondria. One popular anti-aging product that claims it can do exactly that is now available for sale worldwide.

What is PQQ?

Classified as a redox cofactor that works as a powerful antioxidant within the body, pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) plays a critical role in cellular energy metabolism, development, and function. Clinical trials have not only revealed that PQQ helps protects mitochondria from oxidative stress, but also that it is responsible for mitochondrial biogenesis, which creates new mitochondria within aging cells. These findings are significant because of the possible benefits they might have for human health and longevity. At present, PQQ is the only over-the-counter medication that stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis; although the process is also promoted by aerobic exercise and strict caloric restriction. What are the benefits?

Neuroprotection

Numerous studies have shown that PQQ can reverse cognitive impairment that is the result of chronic oxidative stress. Both animal and human subjects demonstrated improved cognition and memory when given the redox cofactor as a dietary supplement. How does it work? According to researchers, PQQ stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis within aging cells in the brain. It has also been shown to protect neurons from oxidation damage, which may be caused by organic injury. In one study, patients with Parkinson’s disease responded positively to PQQ supplementation.

Testing has also revealed that PQQ may reduce the likelihood of and damaged caused by stroke. One animal model found that administration of the supplement before stroke was induced significantly reduced the size and extent of damage to the brain. Another experimental animal model found that PQQ lowered the risk of severe stroke and brain hypoxia.

There is also amble evidence that PQQ affects neurotransmission in the brain. In particular, the supplement protects neurons by regulating the NMDA receptor, thereby lowering excitotoxicity – a condition that is associated with a myriad of neurodegenerative issues, diseases, and seizures.

Cardioprotection

As the leading killer of men and women in America, heart disease is responsible for 1 in every 4 deaths.Those that survive a cardiac episode almost always sustain a permanent injury. PQQ supplementation has been found to reduce the size of damaged areas caused by myocardial infarction (heart attack) in numerous animal models. Moreover, researchers have found that this benefit occurs whether the chemical is administered before or after the cardiac event. In other words, those that suffer a heart attack may be able to reduce their risk of permanent damage by taking the supplement shortly after it occurs.

A recent study conducted at the University of California at San Francisco compared the effects of PQQ with the beta blocker metoprolol in patients who had recently suffered a heart attack. Both treatments were deemed effective at reducing the size of damaged areas and protecting the heart from permanent dysfunction. With PQQ supplementation, researchers observed increased mitochondrial energy-producing function, which may have helped protect the heart muscle during the cardiac event. At the end of the day, researchers concluded that PQQ was better than metoprolol at protecting mitochondria from oxidative damage brought on by a heart attack.

Depression

Up until this point, the benefits of PQQ supplementation have been fairly straightforward. Because it protects cells from the ravages of aging, it is especially helpful to our two hardest working organs – the brain and the heart. But how can a dietary supplement reduce the risk of a mental disorder like depression? Isn’t depression simply about feelings blue or down in the dumps? If so, how could a vitamin-like nutrient restore balance and get us out of the doldrums?

Although PQQ will not treat chemical imbalances in the brain that are often linked to mood disorders, such as low serotonin or dopamine levels, it can alleviate the most common symptoms of depression. As we mentioned earlier, mitochondria are responsible for producing the chemical energy our cells and bodies need. When they can no longer perform this function, energy levels start to fall and people complain of fatigue. In most cases, this decline is accepted as a natural part of the aging process. Unfortunately, the symptoms of this process can also cause disturbances that may increase the risk of depression. How do we know?

What do fatigue, decreased energy, restlessness, persistent aches and pains, and difficulty concentrating have in common? They are all symptoms of both aging and depression! It is no wonder elderly individuals (age 65 or older) are more than twice as likely to suffer from depression than the general population! How can PQQ help?

For the average person, energy and mood are inextricably linked. As a general rule, we are more likely to be in good spirits if we have the energy we need to work, play, and live our lives as we see fit. On the other hand, when our energy levels fall and fatigue limits our options, we are far more likely to be unhappy, despondent, even depressed. Since PQQ has been proven to enhance and improve energy at a cellular level, it is stands to reason that it may help treat some of the most common symptoms of depression. But don’t take our word for it… Listen to the scientists!

Recent Findings

The most comprehensive study to date on the effects of PQQ on fatigue was conducted at the Ueno Clinic in Tokyo, Japan in 2009. During the course of the 8-week study, 17 office workers with diagnosed sleep disorders were given 20 mgs per day of PQQ. Because most of the previous testing on PQQ involved cognitive and cardiac issues, researchers were surprised by what they observed. At the end of the study, they concluded that PQQ supplementation appeared to improve sleep quality and duration. Subjects also reported improved mood that was the direct result of diminished feelings of fatigue. Perhaps most importantly, no health issues or serious side effects were associated with PQQ supplementation.

Although the results of a single clinical trial are far from conclusive, the vitamin-like nutrient has been shown to improve fatigue recovery, energy, sleep quality, and some cognitive functions; all of which are linked to depression. Only time will tell of PQQ becomes a safe and reliable alternative to prescription antidepressants.

Conclusion

A powerful and industrious coenzyme, PQQ plays an important role in energy production at a cellular level. Not only does it help protect mitochondria from free radicals, it also creates new mitochondria within aging cells. The revitalizing effects PQQ has on mitochondria may slow the aging process in some users. Numerous studies have found that the popular dietary supplement reduces the risk of cognitive decline, dementia, and memory loss that are the result of chronic oxidative stress. PQQ also promotes cardiac health by protecting the vital organ from permanent injury. Last but not least, the coenzyme may help alleviate the symptoms of depression by boosting energy and fighting fatigue.

Male Pattern Baldness Treatment – Regrow Your Hair The Natural Way

Many men are experiencing hair loss these days, it’s no wonder the hunt is on for an effective thinning hair remedy. After all, as soon as you noticed your hair getting thinner, you realized the importance of finding a male pattern baldness treatment to arrest the problem.

Knowing the significance of the situation, it is vital that you first understand what male pattern baldness is. That way, you’ll be able to select the best male pattern baldness treatment available.

Male pattern baldness is actually the result of the production of the male hormone called testosterone which in turn produces DHT.  While this is useful at a very young age, it becomes harmful as the years go by since it causes adverse effects to the hair follicles.  

To those who may not know it yet, the hair follicles are the starting point of your hair’s growth.  The follicles affected by DHT will start producing less healthy and thinner hair strands.

Gradually, these strands will stop growing, making hair loss more apparent.  Eventually, unless a male pattern baldness treatment is applied, you will become entirely bald.

Since it is a lot easier to prevent this condition from worsening than surgically curing it, it is critical that it is immediately addressed.  That’s why knowing that the best male pattern baldness treatment containing the right substances will be capable of effectively combating the DHT hormone to promote new growth the natural way.

Simply make use of the thinning hair remedy which contains ingredients like Minoxidil, which is essential for blocking the DHT hormone. It also increases circulation to your scalp to stimulate the follicles and is FDA approved.

Other ingredients that help Minoxidil are herb extracts like Saw Palmetto, Nettle Root and Horsetail which help block DHT and grow new hair. There are also vitamins, zinc, magnesium and biotin which help properly maintain your new and existing hairs.

The male pattern baldness treatment isn’t an overnight cure because it takes a number of months to start showing results, but it is a natural and gradual way to regrow your hair.

Now that you know the best male pattern baldness treatment brings back the health of your hair follicles, it only allows them to start producing strong and healthy hair naturally.

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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?