A lot is news this week in health-and the Team is here even if you are traveling, on holiday or at the beach!Read More
A lot is news this week in health-and the Team is here even if you are traveling, on holiday or at the beach!Read More
When the Team heard that TV news was covering surgical doctors leaving their patients before surgery ended, this week, we were pleased as we had brought you this in our What’s News Blog, months ago! That is who we are—reporters on all that is known in health and as soon as we can get the word out to you!
Here is what is news in health now:
Technology is such that studies are coming out many times per day so there is so much for the Team to post and highlight each week. Here is trending health information for this week!:
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In this political year, where there is talk of rights for all, what about mothers' rights?
There are still no real breast feeding places!
Bathrooms, lounges, etc., regardless of what gender adult they attract are not intended for nursing. All the who-ha about bathrooms in the news this past year, brings to mind a friend who was trying to nurse (mid 1990’s) and it was very difficult for her to find a place in which to do it. This has not changed 21 years later!
Not a place for breast feeding in public yet! In a country where everything is possible!
Back then, the rest rooms or lounges were not quiet safe spaces to nurse. That meant women had to pump into a bottle and feed- or run home and nurse.
Today there is not quite the nursing stigma that there was twenty years back--and mothers can legally breastfeed in public in every state. Still woman turn to formula for convenience despite that the American Association of Pediatrics recommends breast feeding for at least the first six months of life as best practice.
Where would mothers nurse if they could? Do we want babies to eat in the bathroom? Really?!
Despite this, there are no real designated spaces, for nursing a baby:
Another article[ii] (2010, from Australia), showed that the longer the duration of breastfeeding a baby, the greater the self-confidence in the practice of nursing, the better the self-esteem and coping capacity as well as stronger social participation for the mother.
Lower levels of anxiety and other post partum depression symptoms, were associated with longer length of nursing times too.
A more recent study[iii] looked at depression, finding that the longer time spent breast feeding infants-four versus one month, the less depressed the mothers were. Yet another study from Hawaii [iv]looked further at nursing and postpartum depression. The participants in the study that did not breastfeed over the six months-- said that they were concerned about low milk supply, lack of support for lactation information, medical issues and pain.
What support for nursing a baby is necessary?
This is a multifacited endeavor for todays' mothers.
It takes something for a modern women to breast feed:
There is room to foster more breast feeding activities if there is education and support!
Breastfeeding saves $300 billion dollars per year in the U.S.[vi].
Benefits for nursed babies:
Benefits for nursing mothers:
Despite these facts, breastfeeding rates vary widely. Women turn to formula when breast feeding is uncomfortable, inconvenient or when they lack lactation support.
The Affordable Care Act in the U.S provides for nursing breaks and insurance for pumps and this may increase the breast feeding practice by 25%. There is much more needed from governments and health representatives to facilitate and support every women in this practice, for her own health and the health of her baby. And for public health and prevention of disease!
Where should women go to nurse?
There needs to be safe, clean and calming nursing stations set up in public places.
Should babies nurse in bathrooms?
The Team does not think so because we would not eat in a bathroom!
Should we speak up and tell politicians what is important to us and what the value is to our families and society?
Should the U.S. invest in the proliferation of breast feeding education through public relations campaigns and support for developing lactation specialists? What do you think? We think yes!
We can choose for our babies and our health!
Choose to win!
More news is posted about this mosquito-borne virus which is linked to brain damage in infants and paralysis to adults! The virus has infected more than a million people and about 5,000 babies have been born with a brain condition called microencephaly-unusually small heads—1,500 from El Salvador a nation of 6 million in the last month alone. As of July 2016 the CDC posts the following statistics:
*Sexually transmitted cases are not reported for areas with local mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus because it is not possible to determine whether infection occurred due to mosquito-borne or sexual transmission.
In El Salvador are trying to fumigate and treat the water supplies against the Aedes mosquito which also carries other horrible diseases like dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya. Gang violence in the country make it harder to combat and intervene in disease control and health support. The vice minister of health there is suggesting a secondary strategy to not have babies for two years—and some say it is really for population control.
The CDC has issued guidelines for pregnant women during a Zika Virus Outbreak in the US. In it there are recommendations for travelers returning to the U.S. to screen, test and manage. Pregnant women have been advised to postpone travel to areas:
Testing is being done when there has been travel to a Zika-affected area during or within two weeks of being ill in a pregnant woman: who also has fevers, rash, headache, bloodshot eyes or aches and pains that are unexplained--or if their pelvic ultrasound shows brain issues for the fetus resembling Zika.
Testing for others who are not pregnant is available too such as those with Guillain-Barre Syndrome and a history of having traveled to Zika-prominent areas. Check with your doctor.
Research is being done now but because mice don’t get Zika, it is not easy or simple to study. They do have a lab to study monkeys at Colorado State.
It had been warned that Zika virus is likely to spread to every country in the Americas except Canada and Chile-Pan American Health Organization. In the United States they say that there will be “limited outbreaks in hot, wet regions including Florida and other states along the Gulf Coast and Hawaii, where the yellow fever mosquito is common” and that hopefully aggressive mosquito control will stem the tide. Sexually transmitted Zika virus is growing. That is an issue that had also not been well prepared for and as such will be ubiquitous.
Choose to keep up to the minute information so to protect yourself and your loved ones!
*CDC Zika up to the minute informationRead More
We know that within our aging population, our skin loses collagen and it thins, rendering us more aware of the dark circles under our eyes.
The Team[i] does not recall a time that our friends or colleagues did not use concealer under the eyes.
Causes for dark circles:
Blue circles can appear and may be related to blood that is pooling below the thin skin under the eyes. This is more noticeable in the morning when we have been horizontal. Perhaps elevating ones head at night can help with this.
Some other over-the-counter/home-remedy/antidotes for under eye issues include:
More seriously speaking, dark circles/bags under the eyes[iv] can reflect kidney disease, liver disease and even heart failure.
If you are worried, consult your doctor.
Other recent research:
You might try the easy things over-the-counter/
If you are concerned that your circles have a more serious cause, see your doctor!
We can choose!
Choose to win!
[iv]Jewish World Review Ask the Harvard Experrts: The dangers that bags under your eyes can reveal by Robert Schmerling MD
[v] J Cosmet Dermatol 2007 Sept;6(3):211-5 What causes dark circles under the eyes? Freitag FM, et al
[vi] An Bras Dermatol. 2015 Jul-aug;90(4):494-503. Doi: 10.1590/abd180-6-4841.20153520. Physiological and lifestyle factors contributing to risk and severity of peri-orbital dark circles in the Brazilian population Matsui MS, et al.
[vii] J Drugs Dermatol. 2014 Apr;13(4):472-82 Periorbital hypermentation:review of etiology, medical evaluation and aesthetic treatment. Robers WE.
[viii] Clin Plast Surg. 2015 Jan;42(1)33-50. Doi: 10.1016/j.cps.2014.08.007 Dark circles: etiology and management options. Friedmann DP, et al.Read More
Blinking, winking are all part of the allure of beauty, and as fashion has it..
"we bat our eyes..we need our lashes".
At a brunch with 50 somethings, the discussion wound up being about eyelash loss if it is related to getting older. We wondered if aging is the cause.
Citing Mercola[i] we see that as of 2010 women spent well over $537 million dollars on mascara. Add artificial lashes to this, another $44 million. And then of course..there is lash extension work.
Our tear duct system is supposed to protect our eyes. Our eyelashes protect our eyes as well as well—keeping particles out and allowing us to blink and clear our eyes.
Eyes can get various infections and inflammation[ii] and one study shows that steroids and antibiotics can help if you contract one of the most common disorders of the eye called blepharitis. Blepharitis symptoms are eyelid inflammation, and this is commonly seen by eye doctors in 37-47% of their patients[iii], more common in Asian people and more common in women. It occurs mainly during middle age, but can begin in childhood and is associated with dry eye as well---underscoring how very important tearing is in altering resistance to bacteria in the eye. Things that make blepharitis worse include smoke, wind, contact lenses, low humidity, diet and alcohol, etc..
Another study[iv] indicated that a mainstay of treatment for eyelid inflammation is a careful eyelid hygiene regimen—usually including warm water washcloth applications for five minutes followed by a gentle scrub of the eyelashes to keep the inflammation at bay.
Without our lashes, there would be more harm to the eye. Naturally we can grow lashes when exposed to allergens at a 10% or longer rate. And unnaturally, a medicine that is used for glaucoma, actually can thicken, lengthen and darken our lashes[v] though using this has to be ongoing and it is not without risk of infection, hair growth on your skin too, and browning of your eye pigment.
Lashes should be about one-third the length of the eye. If using artificial lashes that are longer, they can do harm by drying out the eyes.
There are also risks of toxic chemicals in false eyelashes like glue or remover. These can thin out or damage your own lashes. Mascara can be toxic too containing metals that have no business being near your eyes including lead, beryllium, thallium, etc. and preservatives like parabens, phthalates, etc. that can disrupt your hormone release, leaving you with cancer and organ damage. Of course it is farly easy to contaminate the wand, giving you bacteria you don’t want and making your eyes a breeding ground for infection. Perhaps changing your wand four times a year will help prevent a problem.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology indicates that eyelash extensions too, can result in infection, swelling and loss of lashes.
Mercola says that healthy diet is essential for thick long lashes. Bone broth, biotin, vitamin C are very helpful and applying olive or coconut oil to your lashes at bed can help with strength and thickness, though we have not tried this nor have we spoken to anyone who has.
What you do for your eye health matters. Choose wisely!
Inflammation makes us fat, sick and causes death.
We have been living a FAT myth for decades-that saturated fats are bad for us and that polyunsaturated fats are good for us.
New research shows us differently!
We have been 'fed' the myth. Now enough is enough now.
Truth is: saturated fats are stable and they are good for us and unsaturated fats are unstable and they are bad for us.
PUFAs are polyunsaturated fats. PUFAs are found in some Omega-3 fats and primarily in Omega-6 fats. We consume too much of the latter.
We need to eat more saturated and monounsaturated fats, as this is what is in our body.
We need less polyunsaturated fats--PUFAs in our diets!
We do need some PUFAs, the right ones-the EFA's Essential Fatty Acids!
PUFA’s are not stable and can cause fragility in our cells which can then become susceptible to being oxidized which then lead to inflammation and disease.
This inflammation leads to: heart disease, obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, irritable bowel and inflammatory bowel disease, macular degeneration, R-A, asthma, cancer, psychiatric disorders, autoimmune disease.
Use only some Omega-6 Fats:
Use Omega-3 Fats which are both plant and animal based.
We need The Anti-Inflammatory Fats DHA and EPA most.
DHA and EPA are anti-inflammatory and provide many health benefits: protection for brain and eyes, brain development in babies, reduced risk for: Alzheimers, peripheral artery disease, postpartum depression, premature birth, Parkinson's disease, asthma, gallstones, lupis and other autoimmune disorders, vascular complications from diabetes Type Two.
Also they are effective for: combating cancer,, mood regulation, healthier bones, rheumatoid arthritis flexibility, ulcerative colitis and death from all causes.
Told for years to use vegetable oils-- they increase your risk of cancer and may also heart disease! No, atherosclerosis plaque is not from too much LDL and cholesterol.
Atherosclerosis is due to oxidation, from weak cell membranes as a result of PUFAs in your diet and too low saturated fats!
Having too many PUFA’s, contributes to chronic inflammation and this is at the root of every chronic disease.
The ratio we could be living well with is 1:1 Omega-3 fat to Omega-6 fat, But we are eating at a ratio of 1:20 or 1:50.[i] Far too many polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs)!
A Look At Fatty Acids
Fats vary in length of (carbon) chains as well as their saturation which relate to their melting.
Longer chains are what is best. They melt more slowly like butter and coconut oil. If it is shorter chained, it melts faster.
Special thanks to Dr. Mercola's articles which have been ahead of their time and which we used to extrapolate and present this information to our readers.
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