We all have skin moles as many as 40 or more. They are not simply all ‘dark spots’. Learn about the different types, treatment and much more from Doc Handal when you listen to her podcast.
Sleep deprivation has been shown in numerous studies to be associated with weight gain. In a recent study early data strongly hints that thin persons eating meals late in the day or at night are at greater risk of gaining weight. This no matter how much sleep you get. Interestingly ‘not sleep deprived’ was 7 hours sleep for this experiment.
The premise for results is the negative effects of fuel oxidation, energy metabolism, and hormone flux (all measured). Insulin and cholesterol levels also were increased and during the noon to 11 p.m. eating period. No late night dinner dates!
On the topic of healthy eating, let me remind you of the well recognized and researched Mediterranean diet. I wrote a short blog on it’s importance but a well done treatise on it is available at ‘jenreviews’ -worth the read!
Fact: 80% of antibiotics in US are used by the food industry. We are probably all aware that the meats and poultry we eat can have had antibiotic treatment, but new evidence* uncovers produce and dairy contains bacteria that are resistant to common and some resistant to very ‘big gun’ antibiotics. Beyond scary, this study checked organic and conventional markets in CA for the presence of bacteria on their produce and dairy. Given the fact that there is no ‘kill’ step like boiling for ready to eat produce and diary. Produce was found in this study to have 10,000 times higher resistant bacteria than diary. While antibiotics are not used in the produce industry the resistant bacteria it is surmised came from the soil. Even yogurt samples had drug resistant bacteria present.
Yes everything we put in our mouths has some degree of contamination and mostly it does not amount to an illness. We now know more about the ‘bugs’ around us.
States are passing laws to allow children at school to self apply sunscreen, you may wonder what? The FDA considers sunscreen a medication and not to be allowed to be ‘self medicated’ while attending school. If a child needs his/her inhaler they need to go to the school nurse to get it. New laws would permit children to use sunscreen without ‘special permission in the office’, from a parent or doctor, while at school. After all an application of sunscreen lasts only a few hours.
Labeling Update – FDA has banned the use of codeine and tramadol (Ultram®) for children under age 12, citing resulting breathing issues. These are narcotic-opioid type medications that are known to depress even totally suppress breathing.
Teen web addicts are increasing and with all the classic addiction signs: overindulgence, obsessive behavior, isolation, depression, and in suing insomnia. Yes if they are sneaking alcohol or abusing drugs the same symptomatology will be seen. The Internet is an easy venue to vices and after all there is no real foolproof way to control how it is used. So please a word of caution watch out for -be vigilant, there is a reason there are rehab camps in South Korea for children to detox from the Internet.
Young females are suffering from a new form of heart attack – women who are otherwise healthy. Scary but for a yet unknown reason women (average age 52) have had sudden rupture of their coronary arteries (vessels that supply the heart muscle). One or more of the inner layers of the vessels just blows out! Seen rarely in men, this condition accounts for over 1,000 heart attacks in UK (350 in Canada) at present. It is only just now beginning to be recognized and counted. Emotional and hormonal factors have been implicated but not confirmed. So please think that your chest pain could be serious – especially if you engage in extreme physical exercise or stress, and be extra vigilant if you are pregnant.
Remember having cardiac disease risk factors (such as obesity, high blood pressure, Diabetes, smoking) is not a prerequiste. You can be completely healthy and out of the blue – suddenly comes a heart attack.
DocHandal shares what we know and do not know about Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) this very common form of dementia. On average a 2 year delay in diagnosing is common, and 20% of folks with AD do not even know they have it! So listen up
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Energy drinks with herbal or chemical ingredients along with a high content of caffeine can have different effects on the electrical functioning of your heart than plain caffeinated beverages do. A study on energy drinks involving healthy military personnel measuring blood pressure and doing ECGs showed changes in heart function starting 2 hours after consumption.
The electrical time it takes to for the lower chambers of the heart to recharge after each beat in order to beat again is called the “QT interval”. The study originally published in medical journal*, showed a delay of 10 milliseconds occurring in personnel who consumed energy drinks. (The FDA labels drugs causing a 6msec QT interval delay with a warning.) The effects were short term, but are they cumulative?
Please do not assume herbal/natural preparations are automatically safe. Our bodies are unique; therefore what is good or safe for someone may not be for you.
DocHandal shares risks, diagnosis and treatments for this tick acquired disease.Learn from her how to protect yourself from a chronic debilitating disease.