Archive for the ‘General health’ Category

PLANNING FOR GOOD NUTRITION: SAFEGUARDING FOOD SUPPLY

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
Food is the nation’s biggest business. Each American consumes about 1400 pounds of food in a year. Considering the number of people involved in growing, processing, and selling this large amount of food, the record of safety is excellent. In fact, the food supply is as safe, wholesome, and nutritious as any in the world. This is so because of many interrelated factors: (1) an agriculture dependent upon scientific methods and controls; (2) a system of rapid transport to market under controlled conditions of temperature and sanitation; (3) a highly developed food technology that enables processing of food under high standards of quality control; (4) a rapid turnover in the market place; and (5) intelligent handling by the consumer whether in the home or institution. Each step in the chain from farm to consumer is protected by legislation to ensure compliance to high standards.
Although the overall record is excellent, there is no room for careless handling of the food supply. Death from botulin poisoning is rare, but its dramatic occurrence provides headlines in the news. Milder illness from food poisoning occurs to millions every year, but for the most part such illness goes unnoticed and unreported. Only when such illness strikes infants or an institution where many elderly people are living is there concern; these people may, in fact, die from the infections that would be only mild to healthy adults.
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GENERAL HEALTH

AIROLA DIET: PRACTICE SYSTEMATIC UNDEREATING

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
Systematic under-eating is the number one health and longevity secret. Overeating, on the other hand, even of health foods, is one of the main causes of disease and premature aging.
Studies of centenarians around the world show that all of them are moderate eaters throughout their lives. You never see an obese centenarian.
Scientific studies made in Russia and the United States show that overeating is one of the prime causes of most degenerative diseases. Food eaten in excess of actual body needs acts in the system as a poison. It interferes with proper digestion, causes internal sluggishness, gas, incomplete assimilation of nutrients (thus even nutritional deficiencies), putrefaction in bowels, and actually poisons the whole system. Overindulgence in protein is particularly harmful. Overeating is especially dangerous for older people, who are less active and have a slowed down metabolism.
The unbelievable truth is that the less you eat the less hungry you feel, because the food will be more efficiently digested and better utilized.
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GENERAL HEALTH

CHILD’S HEALTH/SKIN DISORDERS: FROSTBITE

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Frostbite is the name for the condition of the skin when it has been exposed to extreme cold, and has turned white and cold.

Cause

Direct exposure to extreme cold freezes the tissues in the area temporarily. Clinical features

The most commonly affected parts of the body are the fingers and toes, although other extremities such as the nose and earlobes can also be affected. The skin is white and cold, and your child may complain of tingling and numbness in the affected area. Frostbite may occur after a child has played in the snow without wearing adequate clothing such as waterproof gloves and shoes. It may also occur in an instant if your child touches very cold metal.

Treatment

The quicker the frostbitten area is warmed up, the better. The quickest way to do this is with a warm bath, but make sure you do not make the water so hot that it will scald your child. The rewarming process may take up to half an hour, and your child may start to complain of pain as the frostbite reverses. A pinkish-red colour should return to the affected area if rewarming has been successful. Be very careful to rewarm the area slowly and gently. Do not place the frostbitten part directly in front of a heater, as the skin is very sensitive and can readily burn.

When to see your doctor

• if blisters appear in the frostbitten area;

• if the above measures are not effective;

• if your child is drowsy, shivering;

• if your child was exposed to extreme conditions of cold.

Prevention

Frostbite can be avoided by ensuring that your child is dressed warmly, including hat, gloves and warm socks and shoes. When you go to the snow, make sure that your child has waterproof clothing.

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THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF HEALTH CARE FOR YOUR CHILD: SECOND OPINIONS

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Sometimes parents will not be entirely happy with the diagnosis, treatment or advice offered by a doctor. This is perfectly natural, and does not necessarily mean that the doctor is wrong. It is important to be open and frank and discuss your uncertainties with him. If you still do not feel completely comfortable or satisfied, you should consider obtaining a second opinion, from another general practitioner, a paediatrician or other medical specialist, or at the children’s hospital. You may particularly want to do this if you are worried about the condition of your child, or if the doctor has recommended hospitalisation, special tests or a costly or complicated course of treatment.

Obtaining a second opinion is standard medical practice, and while some doctors may be defensive when you raise the issue, they should agree, and even recommend someone whom you might see. In fact, it may be the doctor who raises the possibility, if he senses that you are not entirely happy. It is helpful if he writes a letter to the other doctor, or calls and arranges the appointment. Often the second doctor will wish to know details of earlier consultations, or the results of tests or X-rays. It is then customary for the second doctor to write back to your referring doctor with his opinion.

If the second opinion confirms the advice given by your usual doctor, then this should renew your confidence in your doctor. If the second opinion is different, then you will need to decide how to proceed.

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YOUR MARITAL HEALTH/FINDING OUT WHO’S THE MATTER WITH US: HOT SEXUAL PROBLEMS – PELVIC-REFLEX ADDICTION (MALADAPTIVE HYPERSEXUALITY)

Monday, May 18th, 2009

PELVIC-REFLEX ADDICTION (maladaptive hypersexuality): I can’t get enough. I can sit in my car in the shopping mall and see a good-looking woman. My hips will hump a little and I might move my hand down and rub my penis. I would screw every good-looking woman in the world if I could. I think I do in my own mind. One partner would never be enough for me. Maybe not even one at a time.

HUSBAND

The loss of intimacy in sexual interaction and the replacement of intimacy with thrusting and contractions was reported by 244 of the men. They felt that their sexual experience had become pelvic and that they were addicted to their need for pelvic release. Sex for them was not sex if there was no pelvic contraction.

I can get it done well. I am very responsive . . . hyperresponsive . . . a nymphomaniac maybe. I love to do it. I ride him fast and hard. It’s like I devour him. I’d like to get every stud I could. You know what they say. The more the better.

WIFE

One hundred and two women reported the problem of pelvic-reflex addiction. Their vocabulary revealed a genital focus, an emphasis on contractive release that distracted them not only from intimacy but sometimes from daily life activities. Whether or not men and women can truly be “addicted” to sex is not clear and is now debated in the research literature. My couples indicated that there was a habitual focus on pelvic contraction at the expense of partner or relationship focus that resembled the dibilitating life distraction of alcoholism and other substance abuse.

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THE DESEXUALIZATION OF THE AMERICAN MARRIAGE/A SEXUAL-SYSTEM EXAM: A SEXUAL “BALANCING ACT”

Monday, May 18th, 2009

I work, I wash, I clean, I cook, I parent, I give up!

WIFE

I help out around the house.    

Husband

Big deal! I’m used to dust.

SUGGESTED GRAVESTONE EPITAPH BY ERMA BOMBECK

IMBALANCE:

UNEQUAL DIVISION OF TASKS: RESPONSIBILITY FOR MARITAL SEX TO ONE PARTNER

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TENDING TOWARD    TENDING TOWARD

BALANCE    IMBALANCE

Do you feel that your marriage includes a shared approach to the problems of daily living, including the erotic life of your marriage (balance)? Or, does it seem that one of you is more responsible for things, that it is one partner’s house, one partner’s “job” to initiate sexual encounters (imbalance)?

Remember the idea of “flowing” in systems as you score your marriage on this item. All marriages must have imbalance or there could be no growth in the system. Sometimes one partner has to carry the entire burden, perhaps because of illness or work obligations on the part of the spouse. Super marriages are well enough balanced to have plenty of imbalance. As a child learning to ride a two-wheeler, eventually a safe range between imbalance and corrective balance is maintained. Some falling is needed for learning to occur.

You very seldom hear about a woman who is home “babysitting” her own children, but wives will sometimes report that their husbands are “babysitting,” as if his children were not really his but instead some type of marital obligation. It is still rare to hear a woman state, “I even did the wash” or “I cleaned up his kitchen for him.” Sex rules may be changing, but if my couples are any indication, not very quickly.

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PSYCHOSOMATIC ILLNESS – INTRODUCTION

Friday, May 15th, 2009

There are many physical illnesses which are due, not to altered structure or infection, but to alterations in the function of the body.

These are called the psychosomatic disorders and emotional stress is the prime cause.

Psyche is the mind and soma the body. Psychosomatic illness means there are physical symptoms present — real symptoms, not imaginary ones — but the underlying cause is usually unresolved anxiety or fear.

The cause may be real and appropriate, such as the fear of losing one’s job or the inability to cope with the sudden changes in society. The fear may be imaginary, such as a fear of going blind or developing cancer.

Sometimes, the anxiety is non-specific and is deep in the subconscious mind. It may come from unresolved anxiety of fear which developed in childhood or early adult life. That anxiety may be hidden or forgotten but still unresolved.

We have a primitive defence mechanism which enables us to respond rapidly to danger.

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DANDRUFF

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a common skin disorder of unknown cause but believed to be inherited.

It is common in infants and may involve most areas of the body. Cradle cap is a form of seborrhoeic dermatitis.

It is uncommon in childhood, but again makes its appearance in middle and late adolescence when there is great activity in the skin’s sebaceous or oil glands. This is also why acne is common at this age.

Dandruff is a form of this dermatitis. There is little inflammation and the skin of the scalp is rarely reddened but there is an increased turnover in the number of skin cells. More dead cells or scales are shed, flakes of dandruff may be combed or brushed out or may drop on to the shoulders and the scalp is often itchy. There are available from the chemist or even the supermarket a number of shampoos, lotions and creams which are effective in controlling many cases of dandruff.

The doctor can usually rapidly control the more severe cases by the use of cortisone applied to the scalp in the form of creams, ointments, lotions or a gel. Once the scaling is under control, a weaker cortisone or non-cortisone preparation may continue to keep it at bay.

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CONVULSIONS — FEBRILE

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Under the age of five or six, children have an immature nervous system and many of the nerves have yet to develop their fatty insulating sheaths.

The effect on the brain of a high temperature from an infection may produce a convulsion whereas in an older child or an adult it may cause delirium.

These seizures are identical with fits from epilepsy, but only 2 to 3 per cent of children with febrile convulsions go on to develop later epilepsy.

There are good reasons for putting children who have had a febrile convulsion on drugs in an effort to prevent a recurrence with the next feverish episode as 30 to 40 per cent of such children will go on to have more.

Once the nervous system is mature, the drugs can be stopped.

A convulsion in a child may be a frightening experience for the parent and many panic.

If a child convulses with no history of epilepsy, there is a good chance that it is a febrile convulsion, particularly if the child feels hot to the touch. Rapidly reducing the temperature may stop the convulsion.

One way to do this is to strip all the clothes from the child, sponge him down with tepid or lukewarm water and fan him dry.

As the water evaporates from the skin, it takes heat out of the body and so cools it. Placing the child in a cold bath may cause constriction of the blood vessels in the skin and so heat may not be lost so rapidly.

Once the temperature drops, the convulsion usually stops and medical advice can be obtained.

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CHILDREN’S SHOCK: SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS, HOME CARE AND TREATMENT

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Signs and symptoms

Signs of shock include weakness; feeling faint; rapid, weak pulse; paleness; cold, clammy skin; cold sweat; chills; dry mouth; nausea; rapid, shallow breathing; restlessness; and confusion. If these symptoms are not treated, the victim may lose consciousness.

Home care

Shock is a medical emergency requiring immediate professional attention. After giving immediate life-saving first aid – for example, taking steps to stop bleeding and making sure the child’s airway is open – you must call for professional help at once. Keep the child lying flat, with the head lower than the body (unless the head has been injured). If there is a head injury, have the child lie flat without elevating the feet. Keep the child warm. Do not give food or water.

Precaution

Shock is a very dangerous condition which is usually fatal if not treated immediately by professionals. If you suspect that the child is in shock, call at once for emergency help.

Medical treatment

Emergency medical treatment for shock will probably include administration of fluids or blood into a vein. The victim will be hospitalized.

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