The Angry Guy on the Phone…

Health problems Caused by Anger:

The constant flood of stress chemicals and associated metabolic changes that accompany recurrent unmanaged anger can eventually cause harm to many different systems of the body. Some of the short and long term health problems that have been linked to unmanaged anger include:


Digestion problems, such as abdominal pain


Increased anxiety


High blood pressure

Skin problems, such as eczema

Heart attack


Anger just isn’t worth the effort.

Let me explain…

The guy on the other end of the phone was having a terrible day.

He was angry with a capital A.

Apparently, someone had failed to meet him for a pre-arranged appointment and he was on the telephone, letting me have it with both barrels.

I listened.

Tried to get a word in edgeways.


Waited whilst he raved on about “the importance of sticking to appointments”

Then I said something that stopped him dead in his tracks.

“My name is Chris. Not Dave.”

“You have the wrong number.”

After he hung up the phone (Just in case you are wondering, no – his didn’t apologise) I went into the kitchen and put the kettle on for a cup of coffee.

And I thought; I wonder if, after he calmed down, he would have realized how utterly pointless his anger was and how in the big scheme of things it wasn’t worth it.

You see, somewhere in this world a child is dying of cancer.

Somewhere a baby is taking his or her first breath.

Somewhere a man is sat by the bedside of his wife of 50 years, watching her fade away.

Somewhere, a teenager is falling in love for the very first time.

A couple are getting married.

Another are being torn apart by the pain of divorce.

A kid is learning to ride a bike.

A refugee is hiding in a ditch with soldiers searching for her, ready to shoot to kill.

When you compare THOSE things with the fact that some guy missed an appointment – our angry friend really has nothing much to worry about now does he?

What about YOU?

Are you getting stressed out over the little things?

Things that in the scheme of things really don’t matter.

Next time you feel like getting angry – stop and make sure that it is something worth getting angry about.

9 times out of 10 you’ll see that it isn’t.

Use your energy for better things.

Go outside and look up at the stars and stand amazed at the beauty of God’s creation.

Let go of your anger. The proverb says “Anger rests in the bosom of fools”

100 years from now all that will matter is how you have lived your life.

Choose the path that says; “I’m not going to give in to anger. I’m going to see things in perspective. I’m going to ‘let it go’ and choose to be calm.

You Probably Will not Believe This

It happened last Wednesday. And like every Wednesday when I am living at my house in Boulder, I drve to my 8 am manicure & pedicure appointment. As always, my sweet nail tech, Nancy had the hot water all ready to dip my feet into. As I slid into the massage chair and submersed my feet into the tad-too-hot water, I thought about how fortified I am.

I slid my rings off my fingers and held them for Nancy to put on the manicure table as she usually does. But instead of taking the rings she picks up my bag and hands places it on my lap, the little side pocket facing towards me. She has seen me place my rings in here once before, and I suspect she thinks they will be safer here and she will not have to worry about me leaving them behind.

But a funny thing happens.

I hear a little voice, "Do not do it. They will not be safe."

But I am thinking about the too-hot-water and Nancy's comfort level and although I hesitate, I drop all three of my rings into the side pocket of the bag.

As I was driving to my next appointment, I remembered the rings. A bit of panic comes over me that I did not remember them while still in the salon. The side pocket of my bag is where I keep my keys (a set of keys to both of my homes in each of the 2 side pockets) and there is a chance I thread my rings onto the keys I dropped out to start the car.

As I was driving, I reached into the side pocket and breathe a sign of relief as my fingers come upon the Tiffany diamond that was my engagement ring. By far the most valuable, I am filled with joy as I place it on my finger.

Reaching back in to retrieve my wedding band and the ruby ​​and diamond ring I wear on my right hand, I can not immediately find them. Reaching deeper and digging into the corners of the pocket, I hope and begin to pray, yet find nothing.

It is clear to me what happened. I thread the rings in top of the keys in the narrow pocket of my bag, and when I pocked my keys out the rings came out with them, falling to the ground somewhere in the salon or the parking lot.

I pull the car over and phone the salon, pleading with them not to sweep up the floors until they've looked for the rings. I turn the car around and head back to the salon, hoping against hope I will find my rings.

Married just last June, the wedding band is of course near and dear to my heart, but because of the obstacles my husband and I had overcome to wed, it also symbolizes a sense of triumph. The ruby ​​my husband had designed for me when I expressed a love for the stone, and it was given to me as a Christmas gift. I loved these rings. I did not want to let them go. However, I would be willing to.

A paradox, for sure. But I fully know the universe does not make mistakes. And not that this was for 'my higher good' and I was being punished in some way, but I know that to get hung up on form serves no one, not even oneself.

And if the rings were gone, then they were gone, and I would find rings I loved even more, and the whole experience would make the connection between my husband and I even stronger. And yet, I would like them not to be gone. (I told you it was a paradox.)

When I come back at the salon, I park in exactly the same spot, and scan every square inch of the parking lot as I retrace my footsteps back to the salon. Although the salon staff had been looking for them since my call, no one had come up with anything.

By now I was late for my next appointment and feeling fairly discouraged. As I drove away, I was thinking about why I might have created this. (We do, of course, create it all , consciously or not. And there are no accidents.)

I thought about what these rings symbolized and wondered if they could be representing something going on in my marriage. No, not likely. Things were amazing beautiful in that arena. So what was it?

Ahhh … I remembered. I had not followed my 'inner knowing'. I had received a message that the rings would not be safe and I had ignored it.

Meanwhile, the more logical side of me was thinking about exactly how this could have happened. I remembered unlocking my car from the curve, so I must have pushed the keys out when I exited the salon.

I get on the phone with the salon again, and beg them to check the front door and the adjacent businesses, speculating that maybe the rings hit the sidewalk and roled to one side or another. She stays on the phone with me as she inspects the sidewalks, to no avail. Promising to call if they found anything she hangs up.

I guess I need to resign myself to living without these rings. I imagine telling my husband. I imagine ordering another wedding band. It just seems so needless. And yet, this is the way it is.

I check that same side pocket for the thirteenth time. I'm not sure what I am planning to find, but I check it all the same.

I check the floor of the car, thinking maybe the rings stuck to the keys and then dropped to the floor?

I check the seat the bag was sitting on … over and over and over again.

Nothing. "They are gone, Boni. Get used to it."

"But what if," I thought, "I could have them back to me?"

"What if, I could reach into another section of the bag, one that had not been checked, and found them there?"

"Impossible," my logical side replied. "It simply would have been impossible to find them there."

But before I could talk myself out of it, I reached my hand into the main compartment of the bag, and illustrated, imagining my fingers around my small, antique looking wedding band, feeling the rough edges between my fingers. And then I reach in to my messy, crowded, fairly large bag, and circle my fingers around my ruby ​​ring.

And reaching down once more, directly beneath my fingers – my wedding band.

Part of me is stupefied. Part of me is not surprised at all. " Wow. If I am this powerful … why is it I do not use this more?"

"Thank you," I whisper.

And then the self-doubting me takes over. "Silly woman. You simply pushed the keys out and they fell into this section of the bag. God you are a dreamer."

Feeling stupid, my excitation drains. I continue driving to my appointment and am glad I have not told anyone about this.

I pull into the parking space at my next appointment. I pick up my bag and take a good look at it. It is as plain as day.

For the rings to have 'fallen' into the other compartment they would have needed to defy gravity, risen into the air, made a semi-circle mid-air, then jumped into the compartment I found them in.

Silly woman indeed.


For Indians, the Road Is a Playground

In the year 2005 or so, a young couple living in Vasant Kunj, a tiny locality in India's capital city of New Delhi, were blessed with their first child. The young parents, both doctors, were elated by the new addition to their family. Even before the child could complete one year, they decided to travel outside Delhi by road. While the man strove the car, his wife sat beside him in the front seat holding the baby. Both did not wear their seat belts as the car sped towards its destination.

Somewhere along the drive, while avoiding a cyclist, the car swerved violently and crashed against a tree. Because of the massive impact, the baby was flung from its mother's protective hands and to turn through the windscreen, crashing against a tree. The baby died instantly while the parents miraculously survived with major bruises.

Such scenes do not evoke any major awareness in India. Safety is a dirty word among Indian drivers. Or so it sees. India has among the highest number of fatalities in the world when it comes to road accidents. Is it in their genes to disobey traffic rules? Or is the law so lax that one can get away with road indiscipline in India?

One needs to take a close look at two wheeler riders and four wheeler drivers in New Delhi to realize how traffic norms are tossed out of the window so brazenly. Although it is mandatory for car drivers and their co passenger in the front to wear seat belts, very few adhere to this rule. A random observation will prove beyond doubt that three among each five drivers wear seat belts on the roads of Delhi. As for the co-passenger sitting beside the driver, it is perhaps one in every five. That's among the common people.

What about the law enforcers and others driving government vehicles? Almost none of the drivers driving a police vehicle wears a seat belt. As for the policemen sitting near the driver, they too do not wear a seat belt. The same goes for those driving vehicles belonging to the armed forces, ambulances and the fire engine. The law of the land does not seem to apply to them.

It's time for the Indians to take the law a bit more seriously. Without, of course, they want to continue crashing into trees and poles and dying an untimely death!

Pet Insurance – Suss Out the Answers to 10 Key Questions

If your joints and bones are flexible and strong, they move freely. And that means life can be fun and appreciated to its’ full. But for one in seven people, movement is hindered by a musculoskeletal problem – back pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, fracture, or sports trauma. Faced with such pain you may be delighted to pay £4,000 for orthopaedic surgery to get those painful joints flexible again. But would you be so willing to spend the same money on your pet Basset Hound?

Veterinary care has moved quickly over the last ten years and as pets get older they are increasingly liable to suffer illness that can be expensive and lengthy to treat. Take diabetes for example. Diabetes is relatively common in dogs and whilst it can be successfully treated, the management of the condition is ongoing and expensive – one vet estimated that typically, treatment cost around £2,500 per year. Eczema is yet another of many conditions that require an extended period of treatment.

But as with humans, your pet can need emergency treatment at any time. According to research company Mintel, one in three pets make an unplanned visit to the vet every year. Boxers and Spaniels are susceptible to dodgy hearts, Labradors and Golden Retrievers are prone to progressive retinal atrophy, Setters’ can get canine leucocyte adhesion deficiency and Alsations, hip dysplasia. And then there are always scrapes in which our pets are so likely to become involved. Your cat may have nine lives but you may well land yourself with nine vets’ bills! With a series of x-rays costing £400 and an MRI scan putting you back £1,500 the case for insurance cover becomes convincing.

Against this backdrop, pet insurance is now the fastest growing form of insurance in the UK. Petwise, Petplan, Pet Protect, PDSA, E&L, Animal Friends, and Marks and Spencer are all names in the market. Indeed, competition for your business is fierce with over 60 insurers offering over 220 different policies. With so much choice, the task of choosing a policy becomes somewhat complicated.

So lets try and keep things simple. Pet insurance falls into three basic groups. The first and usually the cheapest form, limits the claim to per condition per 12 months – suitable for one-off emergencies but not too good for diabetes! The second limits the total paid annually whilst the third limits the amount paid per condition.

Faced with all this choice what features do you need to look out for? Here are 10 key questions to ask:

o Are claims subject to a maximum annual limit or on a “per condition” basis?

o If the insurance is limited “per condition”, what is the time limit?

o What is the excess per claim? Sometimes the excess will be a set sum, sometimes a percentage of the cost and more often, a combination of both.

o Is there a limit on vets’ fees? If so, what is it?

o Find out if your pet is prone to any hereditary conditions and whether the plan will cover those. For cats you’ll find information about hereditary conditions at and for dogs you’ll get the answers at

o Is your dog covered for third party liability? Remember, if your dog causes injury or damage you could be liable for damages.

o Does the pet insurance cover the cost of advertising and a finders’ reward if you pet is lost or stolen?

o If you pet undergoes urgent surgery shortly before you’re due to go on holiday, will your pet insurance meet the holiday cancellation costs?

o If you go in hospital, does the policy cover kennel or cattery fees? Some policies will payout after the owner has been in hospital for a certain number of days.

o Does the plan make a payout when your pet dies? If so, how much?

How can you get answers to all these questions? Surprisingly, vets are not particularly well clued up. They normally have details of one or two plans in their waiting rooms but are rarely up to date with what else is available in the market. Perhaps not surprising with all the developments in veterinary care to keep abreast of!

No, you’ve already found the best source of information – the Internet! Search for pet, dog or cat insurance and you’ll find all the information you’ll ever need. It might take you an hour to complete your research, and remember to make notes, but it will be worth it in the end.

Is it Okay to Exercise During Menstruation?

A common question among women’s fitness groups is whether or not it is healthy to exercise during menstruation. While many fears and beliefs about our monthly cycle have changed over the years, whether or not strenuous activity is right for every woman is probably best determined on a case by case basis.

Each woman is different both physically and mentally. Women who have a heavy flow may find that increased activity causes them to bleed even more. Other women have reported a decrease in the length of their cycle and an alleviation of cramps by exercising straight through their monthly period.

While it is never good to bleed too heavily, foregoing a whole week of exercise is unacceptable to most women who have grown accustomed to a women’s workout routine. As a personal trainer, I have found that by having some light exercises to offer to the ladies gives them an alternative to just sitting out the entire week. Instead of running, a brisk walk will keep your body stay active, without jostling your uterus and aggravating your symptoms. Strength training exercises are fine and you can lessen the amount of weights, squats or other exercises that might increase your blood flow.

If you are worried about the messiness of a heavy flow, you might want to wear a tampon when you exercise during your period. Just remember to keep it changed regularly to control bacterial infection. You might want to wear a pair of bike shorts under a pair of loose fitting shorts for protection against spills.

Women have come a long way from the times of our ancestors, when women were cordoned off during their time of the month. However, we still have the blessing of a body that is engineered for childbirth and therefore from the time of puberty until menopause a woman’s body will automatically ready itself for the possibility of pregnancy. Although month after month it’s hard to think of this time as something wonderful, without it, we wouldn’t be much different than our male counterparts.

Keeping your body hydrated is very important to your women’s fitness program but even more so during your period. A healthy diet that is low in sodium is also a must before and during your cycle. Salt tends to intensify bloating and inflammation, which trigger cramps and back pain that will make you feel worse. Exercise, especially walking helps to decrease inflammation and relieve bloating.

Intense exercise, such as those performed by professional or extreme athletes, may cause amenorrhea or the termination of your menstrual period. This is generally temporary and reverses naturally when the exercise regimen is moderated. Since there are many reasons for amenorrhea, consult your doctor if your period becomes irregular, to make sure there are not some other underlying health problems that you need to be aware of.

The important thing is to listen to your body and get to know it. If you feel you need to take it easy, then do so. Don’t let your period be an excuse to get out of exercise, but don’t push yourself to do something that your body is telling you not to. It’s your body and your right to exercise, go out for a walk and if you feel like a slow jog, go for it.

However, if you feel you need to take a day off and rest, then by all means allow your body that time for rejuvenation. The following day, you’ll probably feel better and will be ready to increase your women’s workout routine.

Understanding The Stages of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer, also known as exocrine cancer, is a disease where malignant (cancer) cells appear in the tissues of the pancreas.

Uncontrolled multiplication of cells in the pancreas leads to pancreatic cancer. Explanations as to how one develops pancreatic cancer remain unexplained. However, it is not contagious. Over 29,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with the pancreatic cancer every year. Pancreatic cancer is treatable when caught early; but vast majority of cases are not diagnosed until too late. Five-year survival rates display 40 percent survival if the cancers are surgically removed while they have not grown in size and spread to the lymph nodes. What is stage IV cancer of the pancreas survival rate?

General research show that patients diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer survive within a median of 6.8 months to a year upon diagnosis.

Peggy Kesler was told that she has two months to live when she was diagnosed in July 2001. Symptoms that occurred to her were jaundice. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer with metastasis in the liver and was informed that it was inoperable and incurable. Upon second opinion, the doctors explained a very aggressive treatment plan. She spent 26 days in the hospital fighting an infection and a collapsed lung. During her stay in the hospital, she felt surrounded by friends and people who really cared and who gave hope. She had to come back after five months to go through another series of treatment. Now, she is proud of being well and travels and sets goals for longer life.

Roger stump was 52 at the time of stage IV pancreatic cancer diagnosis with metastasis to the liver. It was August 2004. He had no symptoms from the disease and had not been sick in twenty years. After treatment, he survived the cancer. He had a cancer checkup in October 2007 and the tumor residue could no longer be seen on the CT scan. In May 2008, I had a PET scan and am still cancer free.

Do Royal Jelly Pregnancy Benefits or Side Effects Exist?

Have you heard about royal jelly pregnancy benefits or side effects? There are two ways to approach this topic. First, a woman can take royal jelly (bee’s milk) to improve her chances of conceiving. Secondly, she can consume royal jelly during her pregnancy to cope with morning sickness and improve health.

Do you have difficulties conceiving?

Conclusions of past studies show that bee’s milk boosts the rate of getting pregnant. This is particularly true if a combination of royal jelly paste and progesterone cream are administered intramuscularly. R J cream could also be consumed orally in its natural form. If a woman is fertile enough to conceive, she may fail because of her man’s reproductive issues. Research shows that men can take bee’s milk to increase their sperm count and level of testosterone.

It can heal or improve men’s infertility and impotence issues. Both men and women are known to take this substance to increase their libido. If a man and woman are fertile, having a baby is easy. Women infertility that is not inborn occurs because of underlying diseases and disorders that affect their reproductive system. For instance, ladies who have polycystic ovaries are unable to conceive without medical assistance. This is because these women lack normal hormonal fluctuations every month.

As a result, their ovaries can or cannot produce mature eggs that can be fertilized by a male sperm. Besides using birth control pills to regulate their period, women who have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome take natural medicines like royal jelly. They are also advised to change their lifestyle so as to avoid getting overweight. Royal jelly’s main use in solving menstrual problems is to balance and regulate hormones. Because of menstrual disorders, some women develop cysts, fibroids and other tumors in their reproductive systems.

These growths trigger irregular period, painful period, pelvic pains, heavy bleeding and pre-menopausal signs. They may also occupy or block the uterus. Although royal jelly does not heal all these problems, doctors are convinced that it plays a positive role. If you are trying to get pregnant or get a woman pregnant, you might want to try bee’s milk. Seeing a doctor before use for more information is much recommended.

Are you pregnant already and wants to feel healthier and happier?

It is clear that royal jelly affects how female reproduction hormones like estrogen and progesterone work. What doctors have not proven yet is how it impacts pregnancy. Bee’s milk is not in the American Pregnancy Association’s list of natural medicines that are proven to endanger pregnancies. This association has not included bee’s milk in the list of safe natural medicines for expectant women either. As you can see, medical researchers have not approved or disapproved royal jelly.

So if a pregnant woman consumes it, she would not know what results to expect. Going by the nutritional profile of this milky substance, an expectant woman stands to gain a lot in terms of health benefits. It consists of proteins, lipids, amino acids, iron, vitamins D and E and calcium. All these are needed by a growing fetus and mother. However, doctors have no answer as to whether royal jelly pregnancy benefits or side effects exist.

Breast Actives Cream

Breasts Actives cream is a cream which can be bought that is designed to make your breasts bigger and perkier. It is supposed to be applied every day to the breasts. Not only is it fitted to make your breasts bigger and perkier it also makes your breasts smoother and more attractive.

It is used as a natural way to get breasts bigger and more eye-catching which for most women who have skinny boyish frames is really appealing. It boasts to be a much better alternative to surgery because there are so many risks involved going down that route.

Breasts Actives is a program that as well as using cream also comes with pills, both products work together to make hormones in the body such as estrogen to react. By doing this it makes women's bodies react to the hormones that causes the breasts to react by getting bigger.

The hormones that are reacted only make the woman's breasts to get bigger leaving the rest of their body unaffected so if the women who decide to use this product are skinny and flat chested they will still stay skinny but have a more enhanced set of breasts.

The Breast Actives cream can make your breasts look so much more eye-catching and appealing. One applied to the breasts the results are noticeable in days as the breasts will feel less rough and smoother and the cream also acts as a kind of moisturizer. This is good value for your money as not only does it create bigger breasts it also makes them more appealing to the touch which will make putting on the cream so much more beneficial.

On the website for Breast Actives cream and supplements it lists all the ingredients in the cream which are: Aloe Vera Concentrate in Purified Water, Lanolin, Montanov, Lecithin, Butea Supera Extract, Avena Setiva Extract, Fenugreek Extract, Saw Palmetto Extract, Red Clover Extract, Wild Yam Extract, Damiana Extract, and Muria Puama Extract, Shea Butter, Sepiliftiiii Sodium Hyaluronate Acid, Borage Oil, Sepigel, Retinol-A, Vitamin E & Germall.

It is important that if you are allergic to any of these ingredients then you should not use the cream and that if you are pregnant, nursing, or already taking any medication, consult with a physician prior to use.

Congestive Heart Failure And The Risks To You

Congestive heart failure is a dramatic and potentially deadly occurrence. It is a contributing factor is the deaths of 300,000 more individuals each year. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood efficiently to all tissues. Congestive heart failure is the most common cause of hospitalization for people over 65 years of age. Congestive heart failure is easily confused with breathing difficulties, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, emphysema, and asthma.

The human body is a fantastic machine that works in harmony with nature. The machinery needs proper care and sometimes parts replaced on occasion. Likewise the heart also needs help to prevent failure. It may not pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs, which can lead into congestive heart failure. Many other underlying conditions can also cause congestive heart failure.

Over time and with the wear and tear of the body the heart can develop such things as coronary artery disease or high blood pressure, which can lead to congestive heart failure. These things sap your strength leaving the heart with the inability to pump efficiently causing a very dangerous break down. It is very important that you take care of yourself because these things while not reversible are quite preventable.

There are many medicines and proceedures that can treat the conditions you have to improve your survival rate. These medications if taken properly can help control your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and other things that might be adversely affecting your heart. The field of medicine has come a very long way in recent years providing medicines to prevent congestive heart failure.

The cardiologist who is a heart specialist can inform you about surgical techniques such as by-pass surgery or stents to help open up the flow of your blood through your veins. Many things are possible to help prolong your life. You need only ask your doctor for advice as to what you need. It is quite possible for you to do things for yourself that will help a heart in good health.

Congestive heart failure may be prevented by making changes to your lifestyle. This does not always need to be a big change but some things in your life are controllable. Firstly look at your diet. Eating a heart healthy diet is very important for your heart. Watch out for excessive salt intake, fatty foods, and sweet indulgences as these can cause congestive heart failure. The problem of being over weight can lead to other problems such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. These conditions need to be kept under control in order to prevent congestive heart failure. In today’s world it is increasingly important to know how to manage stress, overcome depression and simply improve the quality of our life.

Managing stress can become a stressful problem in itself for many people. Many people enjoy the benefit of belonging to a gym or owning equipment that they use in their homes. Some of us do not have the time, money, or space to afford such items. A person who sits daily in his office may feel the tensions building up to the point of no relief and even go into a depressive condition. This is very bad for the your heart. Our hearst feels our emotions like love, sadness, hate, excitement along with stress and depression. Congestive heart failure is the number one killer of men and women can be easily be prevented. Prevention begins at home with you learning to take care of your needs.

Please remember that if you are not taking care to prevent congestive heart failure you will be missing all those extra years with your loved ones and friends. My grandmother died before the birth of my children and I have always regretted that she didn’t get to meet them. She was a very heavy smoker for many years and it seriously impacted on her health. Even what might be considered small steps will help to ensure that you don’t become a victim of congestive heart failure.

The Tibetan and Chinese Health Secret: If You Read One Health Report a Year, This Should Be It!

It sees as if the health of America is failing. One million Americans will die of circulatory disease this year. Six hundred thousand lives will be cut short by cancer as well. How did we get in such a mess? I'm not sure. But there is a way out that is starting to generate a real buzz! Since CNN and the gang will not talk about it I decided to write is article.

Dear readers, I want to introduce you to the most nutrient dessert food on the earth; Wolfberries, or more specifically Lycium Barbarum.

The western scientific community have verified what Chinese and Tibetan health practitioners have known for thousands of years. Wolfberries are the healthiest known food on our planet.

In this report I will be talking specifically about wolfberries. In my research on the subject I found that not all wolberries are created equal. The three most potent berries in the wolfberry family are Tibetan Goji berries, Chinese Xinjiang wolfberries and Chinese Ningxia wolfberries which all belong to the Lycium genus.

Wolfberries, a national treasure in China, have been used in traditional Chinese folk medicine for over 5,000 years. Ancient Chinese medical texts celebrated wolfberries for their wide range of health benefits including strengthening the 'chi' or life force of the body. The people who consumed this fruit allegedly lived free of common diseases like arthritis, cancer and diabetes. Has reached over 100 years!

In 1988, the Beijing Nutrition Research Institute produced detailed chemical analysis and nutritional composition studies of the dried wolfberry fruit. Hold on to your socks, this is what they discovered. In addition to being packed with vitamins B1 and B6 (which is needed by the body to convert food into energy), and vitamin E (which has never been found in fruit before), wolfberries contain more protein then whole wheat, 18 amino acids ( 8 of them essential for life), 21 trace minerals (including significant amounts of zinc, iron, copper, calcium, selenium, phosphorus and germanium; a very rare anti-cancer agent almost never found in food), more beta carotene than carrots, 500 times more vitamin C by weight than oranges, essential fatty acids (required for the production of hormones and smooth functioning of the brain and nervous system) and is the richest source of carotenoids (natural fat-soluble pigments that play a critical role in vitamin A activity in humans) of any food on the planet. That's not all.

Here is a short list of other health promoting compounds found in Lycium Barbarum:

Beta Sitosterol: An anti-inflammatory agent found to lower cholesterol, and used to treat sexual impotence and prostrate enlargement.

Zeaxanthin and Lutine: Valued for their role in protecting the eyes.

Betaine: Used by the liver to produce Choline which assists detoxification reactions in the liver. Betaine is known to protect DNA, enhance memory, promote muscle growth and protect us from fatty liver disease.

Cyperone: A sesquiterpene used in treatment of cervical cancer. It is also known to benefit heart and blood pressure problems as well as menstruation problems.

Solavetivone: A powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent.

Physalin: A natural compound that boosts the immune system. Found to be effective in treating leukemia, hepatitis B and cancer.

A laboratory procedure was recently developed to measure the amount of antioxidants the foods we eat contain. The procedure known as ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) was developed by Dr. Guohua Cao at USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, USA. ORAC is one of the most sensitive and reliable methods for measuring the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals. It is the only test to combine both time and degree of inhibition of free radicals.

According to Tufts University, the average person needs approximately 3,000 to 5,000 ORAC units per day to have a significant impact on plasma and tissue antioxidant capacity. Three servings of fruits and vegetables per day provide approximately 1200 ORAC units. This means the average person is short by up to 3800 ORAC units each day, depending on the fruits and vegetables they are choosing and their body's requirements. To make up the difference, experts recommend supplementing our diet with high ORAC foods to become and stay healthy and slow down the aging process caused by free radical damage.

Lycium Barbarum was rated the food with the highest antioxidant ability coming in at an amazing 3,472 ORAC units per fluid oz. Some of the other notable notifications are vitamin E at 3,309, pomegranates at 3,037, blueberries 2,400, raspberries 1,220.

Wolfberries have been found to have extremely high levels of immune-stimulating polysaccharides. What are polysaccharides? Polysaccharides are very large, long-chain sugar molecules that are nourishment for macrophages (large white blood cells) in the gut wall. The macrophages are then transported to other immune cells, setting off a chain of defensive events in our bodies.

Several years ago German researchers isolated polysaccharides from Echinacea purpurea (often used in medicinal formulas) and mixed them with macrophages in test tubes. They found that the polysaccharides significantly activated the macrophages, stimulating them to effectively kill tumor cells! Also it found macrophages increased their production of interleukin, a chemical which spurs the immune system to greater activity, and the polysaccharides also enhanced the activity of B lymphocytes, immune-system cells which fight bacterial infections.

Below are the results of a 2002 study on the effects of a Ningxia wolfberry product on phagocytes. First, why should we care about phagocytes? Phagocytes are a critical component of the immune system and are found in the spleen. They digest foreign substances that invade the body including bacteria and other disease causing organizations. Having large numbers of phagocytes in the spleen will enable the body to more quickly eliminate foreign substances and thus prevent the development of potential illness. The effects were astounding. Spleenic phagocyte cell counts (immune cells) increased by 81% and the ORAC (antioxidant capacity) the subjects' whole blood increased as well. Essentially, you could say the subjects' blood became younger.

The conclusion I have come to after doing this research is: I believe this little fruit can change the health of the world.

Thank you for spending the time to read my article. My hope is that you have learned something useful and will put that knowledge to use for your own sake and the ones you love.

Paul Brelin

Minerals That Give You Super Health

You are a mineral body

Every part of you is made from minerals – your bones, cell structure, lymph liquid, arteries, organs, tissue, muscle, hair, and so on. You can not live without minerals. Your body does not produce minerals.

Where do you get your minerals? You get them from vegetables and fruits and good supplements. Since only 10% of the people eat enough fruits and vegetables, the rest of you are deficient in minerals.

If we eat enough vegetables and fruits, why do we have to take a mineral supplement?

Long time ago when the soil was rich in minerals, vegetables and fruits were jammed pack with minerals. Fruits and vegetables were not picked early, frozen, waxed, radiated, or stored in argon gas. Those who ate these vegetables and fruits obtained an adequate supply of minerals and seldom has a deficiency.

Today the opposite is true. You and I can not get enough minerals from eating fruits and vegetables. Now we eat more cooked vegetables, more vegetables in packages, fruits and vegetables that are waxed, and vegetables from other countries not processed properly.

Today, we need to supplement our eating habits with a live mineral liquid to make up for the lack of minerals in the good food and junk food we eat.

Here is a partial list of illnesses and their related mineral deficiencies and below each mineral is the food that is highest in that mineral.

* Calcium – receding gums, PMS, panic attacks, muscle cramps, lungs weak, low back pain, kidney stones, insomnia, bone weakness, bone spurs, calcium deposits.

** Foods – cheeses, cottage cheeses, dulse, greens, kelp, goat milk, sesame seeds, unrefined Cereal grains, seeds and almonds.

* Sodium – restless nerves, poor eyesight, mental confusion, lack of saliva, frontal headache, white coated tongue, cracking joints, fatigue, offensive breath, stiff tendons, stiff joints

** Foods – goat milk, goat whey, black mission figs, apples, apricots, kale, kelp, prunes, raisins, strawberries, sunflower seeds, black olives, celery, dulse, asparagus, greens

* Potassium – fearfulness, mental illness, low energy, pains and aches, body acidity, tendency toward violence, suspiciousness, loss of ambition, nervousness, negativity

* Foods – black olives, dulse, potato peeling broth, bitter greens, kelp, Irish moss, various seeds and nuts, apple cider vinegar, soy milk, spinach, goat milk, grapes, apples, bananas, cheese, cucumbers, fish, dale , Lettuce

* Magnesium – ADD, anorexia, arterial calcification, low calcium absorption, convulsions, depression, gastrointestinal disturbances, growth failure, menstrual migraines, osteoporosis, tremors, hot temper, fainting

** Foods – seeds and nuts, yellow cornmeal, rice polishes, wheat germ, avocados, coconuts, spinach, goat milk, grapes, honey, whole wheat

* Phosphorus – constant weakness, neuralgia, numbness, lack of confidence, slow oxygenation, sensitive to noise or criticism, fatigue

* Foods – meat, egg yolk, dairy products, fish, almonds, rice bran, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, lentils, sunflower seeds, almonds, various types of beans, carrots, pecans, lentils, cage

* Manganese – ADD, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, convulsions, loss of libido, miscarriage, retarded growth rate, stillbirth, TMJ, nightmares

** Foods – black walnuts, and other nuts and seeds, pineapple, parsley, leaf lettuce, celery, blueberries, black eyed peas, apricots

* Copper – ADD, anemia, arthritis, behavior-violent, cerebral palsy, high cholesterol, eyelids sagging, gray or white hair, hernia, liver cirrhosis, learning disabilities, low blood sugar, slow healer, high risk of strokes

** Foods – liver, sea foods, almonds, greens, leafy vegetables, whole grain cereals

* Selenium – age spots, aging skin, Alzheimer's, cancer, cystic fibrosis, fatigue, heart palpitations, HIV, hypothyroidism, liver damage, muscular weakness, scoliosis

** Foods – wheat germ, bran, whole grains, onions, broccoli, eggs, seafood's, milk products, meat, asparagus, tomatoes, mushrooms, nuts

* Iodine – goiter, menstrual difficulties, thinking confused, heart and lung problems

** Foods – kelp, fish, dulse, sea plants, watermelon, okra, mustard greens, green peppers, eggplant, brussels sprouts, carrots chives, artichokes, agar

* Iron – fatigue, low auto-immunity, anemia, depression, low blood pressure, slow speech, poor memory, susceptibly to colds

** Foods – greens, unsulphured dried fruits, dulse, kelp, Irish moss, black cherries, black berries, liquid chlorophyll, strawberries, celery, spinach, rice polishes sunflower seeds, blackstrap molasses, eggs, goat milk, pinto beans

* Zinc – ADD, hair loss, congenital birth defects, body odor, brain defects, diarrhea, slow healer, heart defects, hernia, impotence, lung defects, prostate enlargement, loss of sense of smell, short stature, webbed toes

* Foods – goat milk, brewer's yeast, pumpkin seeds, wheat germ, wheat bran, high protein foods, cow's milk

* Chromium – ADD, unexpected weight loss, low sperm count, pre diabetes, manic depression, learning disabilities, impaired growth, hyperactivity, coronary blood vessel disease, cataracts, low blood sugar

* Foods – brewer yeast, whole grain cereals, clams, meat, cloves and spices, corn oil.

There are more minerals than the ones listed above. This is just a start, so that you can see why minerals are so important. A consistent lack of a specific mineral can lead to a serious illness.

Developing and Symptoms of Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an acute lung infection caused by a microorganism. The microorganisms that cause pneumonia are multiple and vary greatly with the age of the child. Generally it is difficult to accurately determine the causative agent of a pneumonia, particularly when caused by bacteria. In the newborn, pneumonia is usually caused by microorganisms acquired from the mother at birth (Streptococo group B, Escherichia coli, etc.).. After this period, viruses are the most frequent agents, especially respiratory syncytial virus, parainfluenza virus but also, influenza and adenovirus.

Chlamydia trachomatis is a microorganism acquired from the mother at birth, which can cause pneumonia up to 4 months. Pneumococcus is a bacterium most often implicated in the origin of pneumonia in all ages. At school age, viral pneumonia are common mainly due to influenza virus, with increasing importance of emerging infections caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Chlamydia pneumoniae.

What are the symptoms of pneumonia?

Symptoms vary not only with the age of the child, but also with the microorganism causador.A most viral pneumonias has a gradual onset in 2-4 days. Often a family member has respiratory symptoms. The child gets a cold with nasal obstruction, with progressive cough and fever (usually below 39). In younger people it is common to have rapid breathing (tachypnea) and sometimes shortness of breath and wheezing. Bacterial pneumonia is more common that the beginning is abrupt with high fever (above 39). The cough may not exist at first, but gradually emerges, first dry becoming productive with yellowish or greenish sputum. Often the child is vomiting, may have diarrhea and abdominal pain. In some cases has frankly aspect patient.

How is it diagnosed pneumonia?

A child with fever, cough and rapid breathing, particularly if you have signs of respiratory distress or ill appearance, should be observed by the attending physician. This observation and in particular auscultation can diagnose pneumonia. Where there is need, the diagnosis can be confirmed with a chest radiograph. Sometimes, depending on the clinical condition of the child, it may be useful to analysis to evaluate the possible cause of pneumonia and the impact on the overall state.

As if pneumonia develops?

Under normal circumstances, our upper airways are inhabited by numerous bacteria living there without causing disease. Rather, the lower respiratory tract – ie, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles and alveoli – is sterile, i.e., is free of microorganisms through the system’s defenses respiratory tract. When these defenses are overcome, the microorganisms can reach the lungs causing pneumonia. Generally the microorganisms reach the lung by inhalation. More rarely can reach the lung in other ways, including by circulation.


Much of the time the pneumonia can treat yourself without hospitalization of the child. In some cases, it is necessary to hospitalize treatment intravenously at least until stabilization. This happens in young children, the spewing, have great shortness of breath or look gravely ill. Also those with lung diseases, cardiac, neuromuscular disorders, immunodeficiency diseases, among others, it must be treated in hospital.

In viral pneumonia, symptomatic treatment is: paracetamol (to control fever), nasal obstruction, fluid intake and aerosols with saline (useful for maintaining the fluid secretions). Usually, the fever disappears until the fourth day, difficulty breathing and coughing progressively improves rarely persists beyond one or two weeks.

Bacterial pneumonia in addition to symptomatic measures described above, it is necessary to antibiotic treatment. This varies with age, clinical status and presumed cause of pneumonia. With proper treatment, it is expected that the fever goes away in 48-72 hours, progressively improving symptoms remaining.

Possible Complications of Pneumonia

Viral pneumonia usually have a good outcome and fewer complications. Sometimes after pneumonia caused by respiratory syncytial virus, the child may have more frequent respiratory symptoms, especially cough and wheezing for 2 or 3 years. Some rare pneumonia caused by adenovirus may be severe with prolonged evolution and leaving sequelae (bronchiolitis obliterans). Bacterial pneumonia with proper treatment usually not complicated. In some cases can arise pleural effusion (fluid in the pleura), pleural empyema (infection with pus in the pleura) or lung abscess (pus-filled cavity within the lung). These complications require more intensive medical care and often prolonged treatment. Nevertheless, currently most cases recovers slowly being uncommon sequelae important.

A Digital Brave New World That Needs a Dose of Romeo and Juliet

Aldous Huxley wrote a treatise in 1958 that explicated how his dystopian vision in Brave New World was coming true. If Huxley felt like that then, imagine what he would say about the world now. The hyper-mediation of computer technology has led to a digitized existence; IPads and iPhones have taken over communication, resulting in much less face-to-face interaction. In most cases, digital media is a huge blessing, as exemplified by educational websites like Shmoop, but there are dangers of where it could lead. While the digital revolution has not led to the extreme mechanization of society that Huxley envisioned, it certainly raises fears of artificial intelligence and impersonal interaction. Huxley's fictional world in which human beings are genetically manufactured and soma users, a drug that transports them to a trippy universe removed from reality, could easily be compared to post-millennium existence, in which cyborgs and virtual reality have infiltrated society (think of the More and more real possibility of The Matrix).

In Huxley's world and sometimes in our own, the antidote is Shakespeare. Looking to classic literature that explores the depths of human nature strictly counteracts technology overload. So next time you want to turn on an episode of Bachelor Pad, try picking up Romeo and Juliet. While both do not exactly depict reality, since neither scheming singles in a far-from-reality TV show, nor star-crossed lovers who fall in love at first sight are perfectly viable scenarios, at least the latter poetically explores the essence of human Nature.

That is rather what is missing in the imagined dystopia in Brave New World. Genetic engineering and the mechanization of mass production have eliminated individuality and emotion. Naming his dystopian society the World State, Huxley intuitively prophesized globalization, which has been rapidly amplified by the World Wide Web. The World State is maintained by the application of science and math to social control. In other words, do not underestimate the importance of AP Calculus. Applied Calculus is the basis of mechanics. For example, the Physics equation Force = Mass x Acceleration isoted in Calculus. In addition, it is used in computer technology: digital imagery is composed of discrete values, usually integers, which are stored as a bitmap (pixel grids), making the image directly subject to computational manipulation. Images are no longer just captured, but also controlled. The next time that you think Calculus has no application to the real world, think again. A group of mad scientists, as demonstrated in Brave New World, could certainly use it to take over the world. Huxley is not necessarily condemning the advancement of science and technology, but warning against its negative power when used towards extinguishing humanity in the name of efficiency and control.

Much like Tobey Maguire convinces the citizens of Pleasantville in the film of the same name that real emotions are worth the pain, John, an outsider from the Reservation, introductions Shakespeare to the mind-controlled citizens in the World State. Helmholtz, a citizen who desires to regain his individuality, is particularly mesmerized by the beautiful lyricism of the plays, yet since he has been under the mind control of the world state his whole life, has difficulty understanding their meaning. When John introduces him to Romeo and Juliet, he can not wrap his head around why Juliet would not just tell her family outright about her affair with Romeo. In a society with complete sexual freedom and no emotions, Helmholtz guffaws at the complexity of family rivalry and forbidden love. In the world he knows, intense passions such as these do not exist. Unfortunately John's passion is too intense for the apathetic "brave new world," and just as Juliet, he meets a mortal end. However, he would rather be dead than much worse fate: to live a flatlining existence.

If you happen to be in a dark room all day playing too much World of Warcraft, and look a little pale and feel slightly dead inside, it would be helpful to review Romeo and Juliet quotes to renew your vitality. Juliet eloquently asserts, "Conceit, more rich in matter than in words, brags of his substance, not of ornament: they are but beggars that can count their worth; but my true love is grown to such excess I can not sum up sum of half My wealth "(2.6.2). In other words, love and ornament, aka passion and art, are much more valuable than conceit and wealth. In relation to Brave New World, just as the World State is obsessed with the output and consumption of products, meaning that the individual is subservient to the conceit of the state, Juliet is victim of her family's conceit. The Montagues and Capulets are so obsessed with the reputations of their families, that they too have forgotten about what really matters: love, family, and community. Maybe Juliet's passionate words will inspire you to approach your crush at school. Wealth, reputation, nor virtual reality can substitute for the spine tingling, heart stopping ecstasy of love.

Breast Cancer: Battleground Stories

A slip of paper with the information below was handed to me by one of the brave women I had the pleasure of knowing during the meeting of a local support group. She said, "Whatever you do, make sure at least one person reads it."

"Of all the cancer related deaths, breast cancer is the second cause of death after lung cancer among women. This disease strikes the male population as well. An estimated 40,200 women will die of breast cancer this year, but many may be spared by early Detection. Some medical providers may be offering low or no cost mammograms.
Some referrals for information:
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization 1 800 221 2141
National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations 1 888 806 2226
National Cancer Institute 1 800 422 6237
Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 1 800 462 9273 or 1 800 IM AWARE
American Cancer Society 1 800 227 2345 "

I had asked a friend to ask the group to let me sit in one of the survivor meetings. When the group accepted my presence, we met in a comfortable lounge with five wonderfully vibrant women and two robust men, all ranging in ages from twenty-eight to sixty-four who had come together to talk about their battles of survival and their innermost feelings . They told me that they were twenty-two people but a few could not make it to this session. Having two men in a group like this was unusual because men refused to tell their problems in a group setting, especially about a disease like breast cancer that is known to be a women's malady.

Celia, the first one who spoke, was twenty-four when her cancer was detected. Now, she is forty. She said, her cancer comes back uninvited every few years. She is currently under treatment again. There were times when she wanted to do away with herself to save her parents the heartache and trouble. She still has awful nightmares. The night before she had a hippopotamus chasing her into a lake filled with milk. Celia is a very bright woman. She does not easily give in to depression and has an indomitable spirit. She said what she tells here to the group, she'd never tell her family or to her doctors. The group has always understood and respected each other's confidence.

During her first round of treatments, Celia got to know one of the male social workers. It was the best time in her life, although she looked awful with no hair and an uncontrollable nausea. He became her lover while she was in treatment. She said, he held her while she vomited, took off from his work to be with her on her bad days, and waited for her at the door while she was going through chemotherapy. As soon as she was given a clean bill of health, he left her; She was devastated.

"Why is it," she asked the group, "Some men love women only when they are in despair?" Then she answered her own question, "Saving the damsel in distress syndrome! It inflates the male ego."

I could not help but reflect that this affair had hurt Celia more than the illness. Still, she tried to have a positive attitude and considered herself a survivor, even though her cancer had returned again.

Eileen, the bubbliest in the group, was forty-one when the cancer was discovered. There was no breast cancer in her family. She was an athlete who ran every day and played singles tennis twice a week. She ate a low-fat diet with practically no red meat. Moreover she had a mammogram done when she was thirty-five and then another one when she turned forty. Both those mammograms' reports were clean. Fortunately she examined herself repeatedly. Several months after her last mammogram she discovered a lump in her right breast. Three months later she went in for a follow up and had a biopsy. The diagnosis was benign but the doctor called her back in three months.

When she went back, the same spot showed some scar tissue. She was not afraid because she was trusted in her first biopsy. She said, at the time, she had a 'this can not happen to me' attitude.

This time, however, things were very different. The breast cancer was in her body, but Eileen was not going to give up. She obtained all the information she could get her hands on.

She says she went through a wide range of feelings. The strongest emotion she felt was anger. She went around the house kicking in the doors.

Eileen is one of the lucky ones. She is healthy at the moment and has finished her last reconstructive surgery. "Thanks to advances in medicine, my figure looks better than ever," she said jokingly.

Martha has raised two children to adulthood after her cancer was discovered fourteen years ago. She has a wonderful, supportive, sunshiny attitude and she is a joy to be with. She has just retired from a twenty-five year teaching career.

Martha says she was not always like this. She went through all the emotions and then some. Now, she is learning to play the guitar, something she warned for all her life. She is also very active in the affairs of her church. She prefers to believe that she is living with the cancer with gusto and in spite of it. She has done a lot to bring about cancer awareness nationwide. She has even attended fancy parties without a wig. "I try to make at least one person aware per day," she said.

The oldest one in the group that day was Paul. Paul was already suffering from skin cancer when the breast cancer was discovered four years ago. He went to see a surgeon in another state because this surgeon was one of the few doctors around who specialized in male breast cancer. Paul has a wry sense of humor. He described with motives the funny incidents of himself getting a mammogram and of being filled like taffy when almost nothing was there to pull. He said all the bad feelings he had experienced were already finished with "the other C", referring to his skin cancer. So there was nothing left for this one. As he put it, he has been through the "four horsemen": Mastectomy, Chemotherapy, Radiation, Tamoxifen. He felt bad only when he discovered his wife weeping secretly before the mastectomy. He did not let her know he saw her. One person in the group suggested that maybe he should. He said he can not handle that.
Paul still cuts his own lawn and fixes things around the house but talking to the family about fears – his or hiss – is not his thing.

Sheila now believes that breast cancer is not a death sentence, even though her cousin, who was also her best friend, was diagnosed with this terrible disease around the same time as Sheila was diagnosed. Her cousin is no longer alive. "She always surprised what we did wrong," she remembered. She felt, when her cousin died in a year and a half, her life had to come to a stop also. She went under intensive counseling because of it, and she discovered that her family, her children, and her life were the most important things.

Nowadays, Sheila sees her battle as a blessing. She believes her cousin would be living now if her cancer had been done ahead of time. She volunteers at the clinic in her free time, especially counseling the newcomers.

When he too was diagnosed, Jonathan, the other man in the group, had already lost a sister and a cousin to this "woman's disease". He was furious. He blamed the medical profession, God, his mother, his wife, his co-workers, the government, and everyone in existence. After the surgery, he picked a fight with the doctors accusing them of not paying enough attention to him.
Jonathan still felt that people were more compassionate to women with breast cancer. He said he did not blame them because of the losses in his family but nobody knew how to give support to frightened men. "I am not afraid of showing my feelings on the subject but the medical profession is not ready for men with emotions," he said.

According to him the best way is what they have now, the support group of survivors receiving encouragement from each other. He said, "There would be more men here if we could only get them to agree to talk about it."

The last one of the group and the youngest, Karen, found a lump while she was in the shower. She immediately went to her doctor and asked for a mammogram and an ultrasound. The results were normal. They showed nothing nasty. Both the doctor and the radiologist thought that the lump was fibrocystic.

After a few months, Karen still had the lump. So Karen went to see a surgeon on her own. The surgeon also thought that the lump was fibrocystic. After two more months when she found few more limbs near the original lump, she forced the surgeon to remove them. On the surgeon's recommendation, she went to have a needle biopsy one early morning. Later that day the pathologist called to inform her that she had breast cancer.

At first Karen paid. She fought until she had no more will or strength to even stand up. Then she called her mother. Not wanting to face reality, her mother said, "At your age? What are you trying to pull?" Karen banged the phone down. That is when her anger surfaced and she promised herself that she would fight this tooth and nail. She told us that she owed her life to her mother for making her angry enough.

Later, it was found out that Karen's cancer was the aggressive kind. She had to go through mastectomy plus chemotherapy.

Karen's doctors are very cautious now. She is scheduled for a bone scan in a few days. Karen has read practically all the literature on the disease. She believes in her chances of survival greatly because of the recent advances in medicine. At the end, Karen recited a quote from her notebook, "The journey back is no longer or farther than the forward run." She did not know who said it, but they all agreed it could have been any one of them.

I can not help but admire the bravery of these men and women, and not only of these seven but of every everywhere, fighting with this dreadful disease. The seven I met were radiant, hopeful, and with spirit. Their courage will always be an inspiration.

Using Antibiotics to Treat Acute Bronchitis

Around twenty million prescriptions for infections of the respiratory tract are written every year. The common diagnoses include URIs, otitis media, pharyngitis, sinusitis, and acute bronchitis; and take note, this is happening in the US alone. If you try to combine all prescriptions around the world, perhaps it can reach to billions.

Studies have shown that around 70% of adults and children diagnosed with acute bronchitis receive unnecessary antibiotics. Some clinical studies were documented showing primary care physicians prescribing antibiotics though literature suggests non-prescription of antibiotics in the case of acute bronchitis.

At present, there are a growing number of patients developing antibiotic resistance. Experts in the field of infectious disease claim that the scenario is rapidly increasing and that it is because of the unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions made by the physicians. If this kind of approach is duplicated over and over again, the entire world will be gravely affected.

Adult patients with acute bronchitis but with no underlying pathology are very much different from patients having COPD. The latter is usually treated with antibiotics. Since most cases of acute bronchitis are caused by viral infections, antibiotic therapy is not recommended. Viral bronchitis is characterized by purulent sputum which definitely indicates that there is no bacterial infection. With the right supportive care, acute bronchitis will disappear in a maximum period of seven days. If symptoms worsen after seven days, this is still considered as a non-viral course of action, but the patient can already use antibiotics.

Most patients with acute bronchitis complain about their non-productive and annoying cough. Physicians usually give aerosolized bronchodilators to reduce coughing. Normal patients are allowed to use bronchodilators for a couple of days.

Not all patients need antibiotics, especially in the case of bronchitis. There are however, certain exceptions to the use of antibiotics. Here are some of the situations:

1.    Ten days of protracted cough – only a small number of patients having viral bronchitis develop protracted cough; and if a 48 hour trial using bronchodilator does not show cough relief, the prescription of an antibiotic is quite reasonable. The pathogens causing the protracted cough can include mycoplasma pneumoniae, bordetella pertussis, and Chlamydia pneumoniae. The pathogens mentioned are vulnerable to antibiotics such as macrolide. The most commonly prescribed antibiotic is azithromycin because it only has few side effects compared to erythromycin. You will be prescribed to continue with azithromycin for at least five days which can cost around $38.

2.    Bronchitis patients with aggravating symptoms. If this is the case, the patient must be re-evaluated for possible bacterial infection. Remember that acute bronchitis is a viral infection that disappears after five to seven days; and if you observe that the symptoms are getting worse, you must tell your doctor immediately.

3.    Patients with underlying cystic fibrosis and COPD. Patients having cystic fibrosis tend to have staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as gram-negative infections.  Patients with COPD often need antibiotic to treat haemophilus influenzae and streptococcus pneumoniae.

4.    A viral influenza outbreak can complicate how acute bronchitis is treated. This is important when the flu season begins. During this season, bacterial complications are common among adults. And if your acute bronchitis worsens after seven to ten days, you might be given an antibiotic.

These are four special cases when acute bronchitis can be given antibiotics, but under normal conditions, the prescription of these drugs must not be made.

Educating the patient is a very important matter. They often have misconceptions as to the use of antibiotics. Physicians and doctors should show their expertise and since they are the ones equipped with the right knowledge, they must educate their patients in the proper use of antibiotics. Try to tell them that not all illnesses or diseases require the use of antibiotics. Once your patients are aware of this important fact, they may not ask for any antibiotic, not unless the situation calls for its use.

As patients, you should not expect an antibiotic prescription every time you visit the doctor. Be thankful if antibiotics are not required because you can cut your medicine costs. Instead, you can use the money to buy vitamins that will make your body strong and healthy to avoid diseases such as acute bronchitis.