Illustration: Raphael UrwillerBy Harriet Brown
The woman in the ICU bed was almost unrecognizable. Her chest rose and fell mechanically, her eyes screwed shut in something between sleep and death. Her arms were puffy from fluid that her kidneys would normally carry away but that instead leaked from her cells and accumulated under her skin. Her beautiful straight nose, the one I wish I'd inherited, was mashed to one side by the tape holding the tube in her mouth, which connected to the ventilator breathing for her.
It was my 76-year-old mother in the bed, and she was dying of sepsis, a disease I'd never heard of--a disease she may not even have had when she came to the hospital six days earlier, complaining of abdominal pain.
Each year more than one million Americans develop sepsis, a systemic response to even the tiniest infection in which a devastating cascade of inflammation races through the body, potentially leading to organ failure. It tends to strike those over 65 and people with weakened immune systems.
- Oprah.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 31, 2012 3:24 PM EDT
Illustration: Raphael UrwillerBy Harriet BrownRead More »from A Leading Cause of Death You Don't Even Know About
Do you consult your pediatrician about food? Nutrition evaluation is part of what doctors are supposed to cover in well-child visits, and I'm sure many pediatricians are asked for advice concerning food choices in general, and organic foods in particular.
To that end, the American Academy of Pediatrics gathered the relevant research comparing organic foods to conventionally produced ones, and prepared a report that's published in the November issue of Pediatrics. There's no new research here; the report analyses existing studies (many of which have been widely reported), weighs the evidence, and concludes with some advice.
I was glad to see that this report included environmental impacts in its analysis. Not only are environmental issues important in and of themselves, but also we're kidding ourselves if we think that impacts on the environment will not end up affecting our health. There might be a long delay in that effect, but no insult on the environment goesRead More »from Pediatricians Advise on Organic Food
Older people suffer from depression
Nearly 25 % or more people older than 65 suffer from one or more of the 5 Ds. These are disability, decline, diminished quality of life, demand on caregivers and dementia. More than 50% of doctor visits by older people are to complain about being depressed. Around 20% of suicides are committed by people belonging to this age group and depression is cited as the main reason for deteriorating health amongst older people.
Read more from BetterHealthBlog:Read More »from 7 Ways Seniors Can Get Out of Depression
Sardines – A Mix of Health Benefits and Risks! Introduction
Sardines, a type of fish, are believed to be some of the healthiest foods to eat. They are full of EPA, omega-3 fatty acids, and DHA that helps in reducing cholesterol and are good for the health of the heart.
However, by having too much fish you'll end up having excessive mercury that is present in ocean fishes. Although, lower volumes of mercury will not cause any harm to your health, consuming too much fish containing more than the usual level of mercury may cause harmful health conditions.
Luckily, sardines generally possess no risks to the health and have minimum volumes of mercury.
Mercury is a natural mineral. It is constantly released into the air by means of industrial pollution. When the mercury drops into the sea from the air, it converts into methyl mercury.
Fishes that live in the sea and ocean end up consuming this substance which makes themRead More »from Sardines – a Mix of Health Benefits and Risks!
- Driscolls Berries | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 31, 2012 9:23 AM EDT
Berries make for the ideal snack for all those times you crave to munch on something in between meals. Juicy, tangy and sweet all at once, berry health benefits are insurmountable especially because of their properties which allow them to combine energy and sugars with minerals and vitamins. The water content in berries such as raspberries, blueberries and even strawberries make them ideal 'survival fruits' on event of dehydration.
With a number of delicious recipes that can incorporate the use of berries, it is extremely simple to add the power of fresh berries into your daily diet. Simply bake yourself a batch of healthy blueberry muffins, or pour a bit of Raspberry sauce over your acorn roasted squash to add a punch of essential vitamins and minerals into your daily diet.
Berry Health Benefits
- 1. Low Calorie Content - The low calorie content in most berries gives you the freedom to eat as many of these scrumptious delights as you want. With a high nutritional value in
The first time my clothes shrunk I shrugged it off as a learning process. I was in college and (finally) decided I should do laundry. The sweatpants and t-shirt I'd been wearing were covered with food stains, so I washed the mountain of dirty clothes on my floor.
Afterward, nothing fit me.
I called my mom to tell her. She mentioned not overeating and told me to wash in cold water. Lesson learned.
The second time it happened was after I'd moved in with my fiancé. I'd taken a week off to fix up our house, spent the time wearing sweat pants and a t-shirt and eating everything.
That weekend she did the laundry… and nothing fit.
She mentioned that maybe the clothes didn't shrink-maybe I was getting bigger. She was right: I'd packed on a few extra pounds. But I wasn't fat… I was just short.
I'd always been a little husky because of my height. I'm 5'8". In high school, I weighed about what my friends weighed, so I wasn't fat. I shouldn't be punished or consideredRead More »from I’m Not Overweight, I’m Just 10 Inches Too Short
The field of dental education is huge and varied. It covers a lot of different jobs. People can train as general dentists, as specialists, as dental hygienists, dental assistants and also as dental laboratory technicians. The length of time each group has to spend in school varies tremendously.
Dentists obviously have to spend many years training, and will have to do further courses if they then choose to specialize in a particular field such as orthodontics. The training for dental assistants and hygienists is generally only a couple of years. Dental technicians can spend between two and four years doing their initial training. The length of training for all groups may vary from country to country.
Once a dental health professional has qualified they cannot just rest on their laurels. The world of dentistry is fast changing as new technology is being brought in all the time. It is vitally important that everyone keeps up to date, and is able to use the latest techniques andRead More »from Why Continuing Dental Education is Important
Find out: Do toilet seat covers really work?
By Robin Miller, MD
My husband runs every day with a jogging group. Often in the course of their runs they have a need for a Porta Potty. One day the guys in the group were laughing about how one of the female joggers used the outdoor facility and they could hear her putting down the paper toilet seat cover. They thought that was hilarious. That made me wonder, do paper toilet seat covers actually protect us from anything?
When I looked at the research that's out there, I found that there is nothing to protect against: Toilet seats are relatively safe. When it comes to public bathrooms, the places that have the most bacteria include the floor, the faucet handles and the toilet handle. Interestingly, the hot air hand dryers use bathroom air to blow your hands dry. The air contains bathroom bacteria.
If you're worried and wondering how to stay relatively germ-free in a public restroom, do this: Wash your hands well, use a paper towel toRead More »from Toilet Seat Covers: Should You Bother?
- Intent.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Oct 30, 2012 1:15 PM EDT
This week's episode of URBAN YOGIS gives us a rare look at the inside of a youth detention facility, where one dedicated yoga instructor is busy changing the lives of teenagers within its walls. Leslie Booker began her career in the fashion industry and would have never guessed she'd one day exchange the runway for a juvenile detention center in the Bronx. But then again, Leslie certainly wouldn't be the first to see her life transformed by the practice of yoga.
Leslie teaches yoga and meditation practices to youth in detention facilities in New York City through Lineage Project. Lineage places yoga instructors in prisons, public schools and other community sites where young people can most benefit from the calming and therapeutic techniques of the practice. In their own words, Lineage's mission is to "use mindfulness practices to break the cycle of poverty, violence and incarceration in New York City." Their students range from ages ten to 24 andRead More »from Yoga Behind Bars: Teaching Mindfulness in a Juvenile Detention Center
All physical activities place your body under stress. Usually, it's desirable and your body responds to these activities by becoming physically fit.
Other times, your body breaks down and you're lying their asking, "Oh God! Why me?"
The degree of physical exertion depends on how much your body can handle. The key is to avoid injuries.
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