How Do You “See” Good Health?

The good news is that there are no alien babies.

How can you measure good health when you can’t see what is going on inside you?

It started with an ultrasound due to a clumsy yoga incident where I believed to have pulled a muscle in my abdomen. However, because I couldn’t be sure, and I have a history of digestive issues, I wanted to make sure an organ didn’t go rogue on me.

Ultrasound done. Check.

A few days later I got an email from the doctor saying my organs in that region looked fine, however, the ultrasound captured a part of my heart and it looks like I might have fluid surrounding it. The email then stated that this disease is called periocardimencephasnufalufagus and I need to get an echocardiogram.

So what is one to do when this kind of news comes via email? Yep, Dr. Google it! So I looked up periocardimencephasnufalufagus (OK, so it is really not called that, but something just as scary sounding).

During my Dr. Google research I discovered:

 

  1. symptoms include dizziness, shortness of breath, and sometimes death
  2. some people don’t even realize that they have this condition because they have no symptoms, and discover it “too late”

 

I fell into the no-symptom group, and then also fell into the trap of over-analyzing every single cough and “possible” dizzy spell. Did I only think I felt OK?

Echocardiogram done. Check.

The good news is that I don’t have alien babies growing inside of me, nor do I have fluid around the heart. My heart looked fine. It must have been a shadow or blip on the ultrasound scan.

This experience got me thinking. How can we really know if we are healthy when we can’t see what is going on the inside? What if I really had periocardimencephasnufalufagus and didn’t even know it until it was a major problem?

Unless you have external or obvious symptoms of inflammation in the body such as…

 

  • acne, rosacea, or other skin conditions
  • hair loss
  • swollen glands (goiter)
  • infertility issues (you can’t see your ovaries, but you sure do know you aren’t getting pregnant!)
  • irritable bowels

 

… you really don’t know.

So what is the magic answer?

Prevention.

Prevention doesn’t guarantee 100% good health, but you sure do have a much better shot of keeping internal inflammation at bay by creating a supportive lifestyle.

 

  1. Eat REAL food, and foods that are high in vitamins and minerals in their whole form. Sorry, fortified, boxed mac-n-cheese does not count.
  2. Eat healthy and REAL fats. Hello avocado, nuts, seeds, and olives. You need these fats to successfully absorb the nutrients from the REAL food you will be eating.
  3. Manage your stress. Get help if needed with any emotional baggage that you are carrying around.
  4. Get the sugar out of your diet! Sugar is the #1 culprit that leads to chronic disease, weight gain, heart disease, and brain-based issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and Autism. Start by reading labels on everything you buy.
  5. And good golly, reduce the amount of “whole grains” (that really aren’t that nutritious) you eat. Toast for breakfast. Sandwich for lunch. Pasta for dinner. Um, where’s the REAL food?

 

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Ebola – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Ebola is a contagious viral disease that attacks the digestive system from the mouth to anus, the kidneys, the circulatory system, the liver and in less severe degree the skin, eyes, nose and ears, resulting in multiple organ failure.

The disease is 40-60% lethal with treatment and near 100% lethal without treatment. It appears to be a new disease, at least among humans, discovered first in areas of Zaire in 1976. Up to now there has been several outbreaks of the disease, most of them in restricted areas in Western Africa. Around 1850 persons have been attacked by mid 2014, of which 1200 died.

The disease is caused by a group of several similar viruses, called Ebolavirus, in the family Filoviridae of the order Mononegavirales. The viruses are shaped like tubes, sometimes branched tubes, and use single-stranded RNA as material for genetic coding. Therefore the infected cells are commanded to make a corresponding DNA copy by means of the enzyme reverse transcriptase. The DNA copy is used by the infected cell for the production of viral protein and new viral RNA.

The virus spreads from person to person by exchange of blood, corporeal fluids and other materials from the body. It can also spread with animals that transmit body material through biting, for example by fruit bats. The virus does not spread easily through air at a long distance from one human to another. It is however very contagious by close human contact, and medical personal will be in great danger without using unpermeable clothes and filtration of the air they breath.

An epidemic usually begins when a human comes in touch with body fluids, body parts or body products like feces or urine from an infected animal, or is bitten by an infected animal, most commonly a monkey, a chimp, a pig or a fruit bat. The disease seems to be permanently present in populations of these animals without making the animals severely ill.

During epidemies in 2014 the disease has spread more rapidly out of traditional restricted zones to wider areas in Western Africa. This might indicate new strains of the virus capable of more rapid transmission or a spread of animals that carry the virus.

The incubation period varies from two days to three weeks. In that period the disease is little contagious. The disease then suddenly begins with high fever, sore throat, lethargy, muscle and joint ache and severe headache.

Later there will be nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, swallowing problems and elevated rashes. The function of the liver, kidneys and circulatory system can suffer gravely due to tissue death, inner bleeding, blood coagulation, and disturbances in the distribution of body fluids. The blood pressure can fall dangerously. Patient will often bleed from the eyes. Also tissue destruction and bleeding inside the skin can occur.

 

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Cystic Fibrosis Treatment – Conventional Ideas and Alternative Health Options

Today I’m going to share with you cystic fibrosis treatment involving conventional ideas with alternative medicines that can help. Humans are really survival machines, and we are built to not die. We have all these tools that help us survive such as sweat, which not only cools our body, but also helps the immune system by eliminating unwanted toxins. We also have mucus that traps harmful bacteria and viruses like a spider web traps a fly. What if these tools starts to malfunction?

This is what happens with cystic fibrosis. It affects cells that create mucus, sweat and digestive juices. This causes too much of these secreted fluids and instead of helping a person they can do things such as plug up pathways creating all kinds of problems. A person could experience trouble breathing, a persistent cough, frequent lung infections, and stuffy noses. This thick secreted fluid can also block pathways of digestive enzymes. This can result in digestive problems, such as constipation and poor weight gain.

Sadly how someone gets this ailment is through inheriting it through genetics. The good news is there are some treatments that can help. The most common type of treatment for this disease is antibiotics. The bad news with this type of medicine is that it kills off helpful bacteria in someone’s body and due to people overusing it bacteria can have a resistance to it. Another idea is that there are a ton of herbal remedies that have antibiotic abilities that don’t kill off helpful bacteria and a few ideas would be black cumin seeds, garlic and olive leaf extract.

Due to someone losing weight with this disease someone is more prone to eat a lot of unhealthy junk food. Instead of saturated fats, processed foods and too much sugar a person could consume more omega 3 fats, vegetables and fiber. Fiber helps someone’s digestion as well as probiotics and something called prebiotics that grow beneficial bacteria in the body.

Lastly, another common treatment for cystic fibrosis would be something that opens up the airways to make breathing easier. A few other suggestions that can help would be light exercise, deep breathing, the herb ginkgo biloba as well as anything that reduces inflammation.

 

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Osteoporosis Symptoms With 3 Good Tips on Preventing This Disease!

Today I’m going to share with you a few of the most common osteoporosis symptoms and how someone can prevent this disease. I’m sure you realize that without bones we would all turn into goo and melt away. Apart from supporting our structure our bones also protect our brain, store minerals, make blood cells and even store energy.

Also, just like how skin cells constantly die and get reborn, your bones do the same thing. Some bone cells dissolve and others get reborn in its place. When someone has osteoporosis they are losing more bones cells than they are replacing and this isn’t good for a number of reasons. Can you guess what the biggest danger to having fragile bones is? Getting a hip fracture is a big risk and women are much more at risk for this than guys. In fact around 1 in 6 women pass away due to a hip fracture.

Those that don’t pass away according to Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research are 5 times more likely to die within the next year due to it. This is due to the surgery, which is a risk and being bedridden increases the chance of many other health problems. More bad news is that osteoporosis is kind of a silent killer and can cause a lot of damage, before someone knows they have it.

Early on osteoporosis doesn’t carry any symptoms, but as the disease worsens a person will most likely experience pain. This pain might be the lower back as well as in the neck area. Later this pain could spread to other areas and might be worse if someone puts weight on that area. A second sign is that someone can start to get small fractures and not recall how they got those fractures.

The best way to detect this ailment is to get checkups. Not only can you catch this problem, but other problems that you may not be aware of. What do you think is the number 1 thing someone should do if they want to prevent osteoporosis? It really is to ensure a person is getting all the vitamins and minerals they need including calcium. Also vitamin D plays a critical role when it comes to bone health, as well as others such as vitamin C and even K. To get these nutrients someone really should consider a good multivitamin supplement.

 

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Does Kinesiology Treatment Work For Yeast Infections

Many women struggled with yeast infections with much pain. Some of them unexpectedly stumbled upon a terrific solution. Following the treatment using kinesiology, they never have to deal with another flare up again.

I heard a story that a woman was referred to a kinesiologist as she could not tolerate the intense itch and burning. She had the sensations stop the moment the kinesiology practitioner did the correction. Kinesiology has the remarkable power to heal all kinds of health problems.

Yeast infections is an abnormal condition when the Candida albican, a type of fungus living in our body start to multiply too fast. Since Candida exists naturally in our body, the health practitioners usually don’t take it seriously as it is not life threatening. I understand that when your body needs to break down certain substances, it requires this fungus.

However, you should be prepared to face the big problem when there is an imbalance. If the balance is upset, your body will have an overgrowth of Candida and pretty soon, you are going to have an infection.

The good bacteria in the gut usually prevent Candida from going out of control. Then again, when you use antibiotics, they will eliminate harmless bacteria. The Candida will take advantage of this situation and begins its multiplication. Other things that can cause Candida overabundance are sugary foods, yeast-based foods, birth control pills, alcoholic beverages and stress.

If you see someone who practices naturopathic medicine, you have to change your eating habits and for a certain number of months, you have to follow a stringent food program. Nevertheless, if you consume the forbidden foods, usually, you will see the symptoms returning. Kinesiology correction can deal with yeast infections. With less changes to diet, it can keep the Candida in check.

 

 

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