Monday, January 30, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Prescripton Drug Deaths Exceed Motor Vehicle Deaths In The U.S.A.

On September 17, 2011 the Los Angele's Times reported that prescription drugs deaths in the United States exceeded motor vehicle accident deaths in 2009, killing at least 37,485 people.

Public health experts have used the comparison to draw attention to the nation's growing prescription drug problem, which they characterize as an epidemic. This is the first time that drugs have accounted for more fatalities than traffic accidents since the government started tracking drug-induced deaths in 1979.

Fueling the surge in deaths are prescription pain and anxiety drugs that are potent, highly addictive and especially dangerous when combined with one another or with other drugs or alcohol. Among the most commonly abused are OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma. One relative newcomer to the scene is Fentanyl, a painkiller that comes in the form of patches and lollipops and is 100 times more powerful than morphine.

Such drugs now cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined."The problem is right here under our noses in our medicine cabinets," said Laz Salinas, a sheriff's commander in Santa Barbara, which has seen a dramatic rise in prescription drug deaths in recent years.

Overdose victims range in age and circumstance from teenagers who pop pills to get a heroin-like high to middle-aged working men and women who take medications prescribed for strained backs and bum knees and become addicted.

The seeds of the problem were planted more than a decade ago by well-meaning efforts by doctors to mitigate suffering, as well as aggressive sales campaigns by pharmaceutical manufacturers. In hindsight, the liberalized prescription of pain drugs "may in fact be the cause of the epidemic we're now facing," said Linda Rosenstock, dean of the UCLA School of Pubic Health.


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Source:

Los Angeles Times, September 17, 2011 http://articles.latimes.com/2011/sep/17/local/la-me-drugs-epidemic-20110918


Friday, January 27, 2012

.: Good Dental Health Makes You Younger

.: Good Dental Health Makes You Younger: In his book "Real Age", Michael Roizen M.D., tells how simple habits like brushing and flossing regularly not only makes you look and feel y...

Good Dental Health Makes You Younger

In his book "Real Age", Michael Roizen M.D., tells how simple habits like brushing and flossing regularly not only makes you look and feel younger, but can actually make you younger. In fact, keeping your teeth and gums healthy can make you 6.4 years younger in "Real Age" than chronological age. How is that? Better oral health leads to better total health.

Three out of four adults experience gum disease at some time in their life.
 
Gum disease - both gingivitis ( an early stage involving the gums ) and periodontitis ( an advanced stage causing damage to both the gums and bone in the mouth ) is caused by bacteria that proliferate in the mouth.

In people with severe gum disease, those bacteria may enter the bloodstream and may lead to problems elsewhere in the body. Research is beginning to connect severe gum disease and serious illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes complications and even pregnancy outcomes such as preterm, low birth weight infants to the bacteria in question.

The Life Choice brand believes that good oral health can lead to improved total health. In addition, to regular dental check ups, flossing and brushing, Life Choice, "A leader in Natural Supplements and Natural Health Products", offers two natural health products: Colloidal Silver and Opti Cal/Mag that can help you and your family maintain their good oral health. You can check out "Colloidal Silver" and "Opti Cal/Mag at the Life Choice website www.life-choice.net/  

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The Life Choice Brand of Natural Supplements And Natural Products.
Life Choice "Healing the Nation One Person At A Time www.life-choice.net

Sources

Real Age 1999, Michael Roizen MD Cliff Street Books, Harper Collins
ADA News Release, American Dental Association September 2000





 




Saturday, January 21, 2012

.: Staying Healthy With Strawberries

.: Staying Healthy With Strawberries: Strawberries contain more than 75% water. This means that by eating strawberries, you feel fuller on a smaller amount of calories than...

Staying Healthy With Strawberries


Strawberries contain more than 75% water. This means that by eating strawberries, you feel fuller on a smaller amount of calories than foods with less water. Strawberries, therefore, are an excellent food for losing weight or maintaining your current weight.

Another health benefit to strawberries’ high water content is that they help keep your skin hydrated, which leads to healthy, glowing skin. Hydration can also help you stay energized and satisfied throughout the day.
 
The soluble fiber in strawberries is also part of an ideal diet for people worried about type 2 diabetes. Since being overweight is a leading cause of type 2 diabetes, the water and soluble fiber in strawberries can greatly benefit people concerned with this condition. An additional health benefit of strawberries’ high fiber content: strawberries can help people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive problems. Eating straw berries is an excellent way to ease digestion and sooth stomach upset, constipation, diarrhea, and other painful symptoms.

People can also gain health benefits from the high amount of folate in strawberries. Folate is a B vitamin that contributes to strong, healthy hair and vibrant skin. Folate can help prevent osteoporosis. Research shows that folate is an important nutrient for developing and maintaining strong, healthy bones and teeth. 

Strawberries can also boost your mood, another healthy benefit to eating this fruit.

Additionally, strawberries are full of potent antixoidants, vitamin C and anthocyanins, which can help with arthritis and other joint-related diseases or pain. Antioxidants also offer another health benefit: they help fight age-related memory loss, cataracts and other eyesight problems – all common complaints of people 65 and over. Age-related macular degeneration is a problem for many adults; they can benefit from the powerful antioxidants in strawberries and other health-boosting fruits.

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Sources.

The Health Benefits of the Strawberry http://chetday.com/benefitofstrawberry.htm


Thursday, January 12, 2012

.: How To Deal And Cope With Cold Sores This Winter S...

.: How To Deal And Cope With Cold Sores This Winter S...: During this winter season it seems that everyone your talk to has a cold sore. They seem to appear out of nowhere, and then reappear aga...

How To Deal And Cope With Cold Sores This Winter Season


During this winter season it seems that everyone your talk to has a cold sore. They seem to appear out of nowhere, and then reappear again and again. Today, we discuss cold sores, we ask the question(s):”What is a cold sore? How do they originate? And how do you treat them?

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex1 virus (HSV-1).  They can appear as a single blister or cluster of them, often recurring in the same location, including on and around your lips, nose, chin or cheeks. Cold sores are very common and quite contagious.

An estimated 1 in 5 Canadians is affected by cold sores each year, and on average people experience 2 to 3 outbreaks per year. We are usually infected by the virus when we are children, and once the virus enters our bodies it never leaves. Most of the time the virus quietly hides or sleeps in our central nervous system, but certain triggers cause it to "wake up" and cause cold sores. Common triggers include stress, menstruation, sunlight, fever, dry chapped lips, or local skin trauma.

Many people who suffer from cold sores know when one is coming by the distinctive (and often dreaded) tingling or burning, redness, itching or pain they feel around their lips or mouth. This first stage can happen very quickly - from a few hours to a day or two. You might even go to bed without any symptoms and wake up to find you have a cold sore!

The next stage of a cold sore is the formation of one or more blisters. After the blister(s) has developed, it breaks and an unsightly yellow crust forms. Within a few days this crust falls off and leaves behind a pinkish skin that heals without a scar. The entire process usually takes between 8 to 10 days.

It is important to remember that cold sores are contagious. The virus can be passed from person to person and from one area of your body to another through skin-to-skin contact - even when blisters are not present. The virus is often transferred by kissing, as well as by hands or fingers that have touched a cold sore. The virus can even be passed by sharing cups, cans, glasses, eating utensils, towels and food items such as sandwiches.

You can't cure or prevent cold sores, but you can take steps to reduce how often they occur and shorten the length of an outbreak:
  • Use a lip moisturizer regularly to prevent your lips from becoming dry or chapped.
  • Try to avoid cold sore triggers such as stress or overexposure to the sun.
  • Limit your exposure to the sun or UV lamps, and always use a sunscreen lip balm with an SPF of at least 15.
  • During times of high stress, consider trying relaxation therapy.
  • Keep your immune system strong by maintaining a healthy diet and getting enough sleep.
  • Avoid kissing and skin contact with people, especially children, while blisters are present.
  • Avoid sharing food, cups/glasses/cans, utensils and towels when blisters are present.
  • Keep your hands clean - wash them frequently to avoid passing on the virus or infecting other areas of your body.
If you do get a cold sore it is recommended that you do take the following actions:
  • Do not squeeze, pinch, bite, or pick at blisters.
  • Avoid eating acidic foods such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, pickles, or other foods such as salty snacks as they may sting and irritate the cold sore.
  • Rinse your mouth as often as necessary with a mouthwash product or a solution made by mixing one teaspoonful of salt in 500 mL of water. These remedies will help soothe cold sores and reduce irritation.
  • Gently wash the cold sore area with a mild soap-free liquid cleanser and pat dry with paper towels especially if food or dirt has contacted the cold sore
  • Remember to discard the used towels. Wash your hands carefully with a liquid cleanser and water and keep them away from cold sore lesions as much as possible.
  • Use a skin protectant or lip moisturizer to keep cold sore lesions moist and to prevent drying and cracking
  • Don't touch reusable applicators (lipsticks, lip balms, skin protectants, lip moisturizers, etc) directly to the cold sore; apply with a finger or other applicator such as a cotton swab and wash or discard immediately, as appropriate.
  • Cold sores are contagious. Avoid direct contact with other persons during the period when the blisters are developing. Try not to touch your eyes unless you have first washed your hands thoroughly.
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The Life Choice Brand, a leader in the field of natural supplements and vitamins, supports continuing research into human health and nutrition.

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

.: The Health Benefits of Eating Cranberries

.: The Health Benefits of Eating Cranberries: Cranberries are an excellent fruit. They have many chemical properties that help fight infections. They are also rich in vitamin C. ...

The Health Benefits of Eating Cranberries


Cranberries are an excellent fruit.  They have many chemical properties that help fight infections. They are also rich in vitamin C.

Most of us know that cranberries help fight urinary tract infections. This is because the juice of the cranberry reduces the number of bacteria adhering to the body’s urinary tract lining. In fact, “a recent study at Rutgers University, suggest that woman can help maintain a healthy urinary tract by drinking one glass of cranberry cocktail twice a day. The anti-adhesion benefits of drinking a glass of cranberry cocktail starts within two hours and last for up to 10 hours.”

Besides having urinary tract benefits, did you know that Cranberries have other health benefits as well?

Additional benefits of Cranberries:

Asthma Attack – To overcome an asthma attack, cranberries can be used. This is effective relief from an attack since the berries contain active ingredients similar to drugs prescribed by your doctors to control asthma

Circulatory System – Cranberries improve the body’s circulatory system

Gum Problems – Research has shown that cranberries help the body fight gum problems

Kidney Stones – Studies have shown that cranberries act as a bactericide and affect the acidity of the urine, which in effect, disrupts the development of kidney stone formation

Reduces Cholesterol – Laboratory results have also shown that cranberry extract reduces the oxidation of bad cholesterol. This helps promote healthy heart.

Prevents Ulcers – New studies have shown the ability of this fruit has the ability to prevent peptic ulcer by inhibiting the adhesion of bacteria to certain parts of the stomach.

Anti – Aging – help protect the brain from neurological damage.

So next time you are in the supermarket, do not forget to pick up some cranberry juice or better yet, some fresh cranberries in the fruit section. Your body will be glad that you did.

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The Life Choice Brand, a leader in the field of natural supplements and vitamins, supports continuing research into human health and nutrition. Life Choice supports healthy lifestyles and healthy living.

 Sources:

Canadian Living: “The Health Benefits of Cranberries”

“Learn About the Benefits of Cranberries” http://www.oohoi.com/natural%20remedy/everyday_food/Cranberries.htm