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What Is News In Health Week of October 2, 2017

The largest shooting in history. We don't know the motive yet.  And if the shooter is 64, can this be mental illness? And what of taking action on gun control? 

It takes one person to change the world. 

Regardless of what is occurring in the world, the Team is committed to sharing what is news in health with you.

This week we are reading that:

There is a higher suicide risk in young adults, ages 18-39, with chronic illnesses especially at the very time when the young person is diagnosed. Something to be aware of.  

  • Studies show that a history where your mother has depression has a greater impact on childhood health and related quality of life than if there was mistreatment of the child.
  • And we did not know that men can have post-partum depression too. And nine months after the babys' birth if dads have lower testosterone levels- it is linked to this depression.
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease. 85 million Americans have high blood pressure and 1 in 6 people are not aware that they do. South Asian people account for more than 60% of cardiovascular disease globally and in the U. S. and they have the highest death rate from disease compared to other ethnic groups. Men tend to know about hypertension less than women as young women especially have more health care visits.
  • If you have heart palpitations and you notice the palpitations more when you have caffeine and if the palpitations are daily-- you need to see your doctor. And, if there is a rapid heartbeat that lasts, get yourself to an emergency room!
  • We read that 25 million global unsafe abortions are performed annually by someone not competent or someone using antiquated means of abortion.
  • Among kids with autism, drowning is the most common fatal injury—and these children are 160 times more likely to die than someone without autism.
  • If you have been told you need an MRI-learn about imaging with contrast dyes, if that is what’s recommended for you. They are finding that dyes leave metal deposits in organs and tissues like the brain and there is current uncertainty about the harm that it causes.
  • For older adults, Tai Chi reduces the risk of falls by 13-43% including the types of falls causing injury.
  • Newer evidence is showing that a malfunction in the immune system is contributing to Parkinson’s disease and that white blood or T cells rush to kill a particular protein sensing that it is a virus or bacteria. The implications for this are that immunotherapy can be used to increase the immune systems tolerance for this protein which could help Parkinson’s patients.
  • A ten year study showed that taking aspirin and blood thinners after one has survived a heart attack does not pose a health risk. We recommend that you check with your health care provider for your individual risk.  There is also evidence that going off baby aspirin after using it for a period of years is not good for you --so check that too.  Finally, the use of baby aspirin after age 75 is not good either. Check with your doctor or health care provider as to what the current research shows and for what is best for you, individually.  
  • Dogs can have separation anxiety and it is best and very logical to start with momentary absence and return and then be away for slightly longer periods so the dog can build up tolerance. Don’t come back if the dog is barking or you could reinforce this behavior. This would impact your neighbors should this occur when you are not home.
  • Chronic fatigue has symptoms including significant trouble concentrating, joint pain, headaches, difficulty sleeping, feeling worn out and overthinking. If these persist for more than 6 months, see your doctor.
  • There have been 79 studies showing that there are no significant disadvantages or psychosocial effects of being raised by lesbian or gay parents.
  • Choose to be informed and to win for health! You can choose!
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Topics: womens health, senior health, mens health, childrens health, pets

How Can You Prevent Lyme Disease?

Are we really going to Connecticut this weekend?  It’s Labor Day and friends have been asking..The thing is if there is Lyme Disease and we are also bringing the family pet, is this something we should be doing?

The CDC says that 300,000 Americans are diagnosed every year with this disease. It is increasing and prevalent in more areas (high risk counties appear in 17 states including CT, MS, NH, VT, PA, VT, NY, IO, MI, MN) in the and some of this is due to rodent-spread of the disease due to urban sprawl, increases in hunting and climate change.  

Ticks pick up the bacteria when feeding on a host and mice infect the great majority of ticks (75-95%) compared to deer (1%). [i] And other insects spread the disease too including mosquitoes, spiders, fleas and mites.

  

Lyme Disease is transferred by insects and the bacterial infection is a cousin to that which causes syphilis.  Side effects are a round rash (bull’s eye rash in 50% of cases), pain, fever, inflammation, fatigue, migraines, and achy muscles—even recently noted as a cause of stroke.  The disease has to be treated or there can be significant issues of motor coordination and movement and heart problems and meningitis. Treatment is difficult because of the cellular involvement and the interactions with antibiotics which don’t always cure the disease.  Under Our Skin is a film that you can watch to learn more about this issue.       

Sometimes the disease can present itself and look like fibromyalgia, MS, arthritis, chronic fatigue, ADHD, ALS, etc.. and sometimes treatment is necessary before it will show up on a blood test.    

Mercola recommends natural supplements for Lyme Disease including probiotics, curcumin, whey protein, krill oil, CoQ10, cilantro, grapefruit seed, resveratrol, etc..

 Prevention for Lyme Disease

Best thing to do is to prevent this and avoid piles of leaves in the woods, no being in long grass nor sitting on tree stumps. Check yourself after and have a friend check you—for several days including where you sleep.  Wear long pants and long sleeves.  Tuck it all in so that your skin is not exposed.  Ticks need 24 hours to infect the bacteria into your system. Fewer than half of people infected, ever notice they got the bite. 

There is reported incidence of toxicity of regular tick and mosquito sprays and chemicals in the medical literature. And the CDC endorsed DEET, though we have read to the contrary. They also recommend showers, tumbling dry your clothes on high heat for ten minutes-high heat not cold will be effective. 

It is recommended to look in hard to reach places around ears, back of knees, hair, any place that is not usually visible.  Then remove the tick with tweezers pulling it straight out.  

Preventing ticks on pets is very important too. There are collars and shampoos etc., but then they all contain chemicals.  

 

Organic Life[ii] mentions some alternative ways to prevent ticks in the yard: keeping the lawn short and clear out the leaves,  line the paths in your yard with gravel or chips of wood. 

 

 

Be mindful of wooded areas that are moist as that is where ticks love to go, plant berry bushes because they can help deter ticks and if you are really hen-terprising you can raise chickens because they peck away at ticks.            

Robins do this too!

There is no current vaccine available.

 

You can choose where you go and how you protect yourself.

Choose to Win!   

 

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Topics: womens health, mens health, pets