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Fluoride Poisoning

Medical Info & Conspiracy Theories: Fluoride Poisoning

There seems to be a certain group of people in the United States who just love conspiracy theories. I have to wonder if all of the conspiracy theorists hang out together and have conspiracy theory conventions once a year. But then I realize that they’d probably convince themselves that the convention is just a government conspiracy to get them all in the same place at the same time, and they wouldn’t go. The reason that I’ve been thinking about conspiracy theories is that I recently became aware of the fluoride poisoning conspiracy in America. If you haven’t heard about this, you can read extensively about it on Wikipedia, but here’s the gist:

  • In the 1940s the U.S. Government started putting fluoride in the public water supply as a means of reducing tooth decay.
  • In high amounts fluoride is poisonous and has been linked to cancer.
  • Conspiracy theories have arisen as to why the government would poison its own people.

The conspiracy theorists argue that fluoride is a by-product of nuclear weapons production, and that it needed to be dumped somewhere, so the government put it in our drinking water. Some will argue that the slow dosing over time is making people complacent and easier to control—the same argument was made during the Red Scare when conspiracy theorists blamed the Communist government for trying to control the American populace.  Most, however, will cite major industry as the biggest cause of fluoride poisoning, hearkening back to the production of the A-Bomb.

Why is this so hard for me to believe? Because the government could easily dump fluoride anywhere else. You don’t see them putting nuclear waste in our water… what reason would they have to kill all of us with disease and cancer? There are much easier ways for them to do this. On top of that there is no definitive research showing that the amounts of fluoride in the water can cause the diseases that conspiracy theorists claim they do.

I will say that it has been shown that fluoride’s health benefits are extremely minimal, if there at all. I don’t see any need for it to be in our water anymore, and most European countries stopped putting it in their water in the 1970s. So maybe I am wrong. Maybe there is a conspiracy going on here. But I’ll leave that for the masses to decide.

What do you think?

Clinical Trials

Why Participate in a Medical Trial?

Medical trials – also known as clinical trials or drug trials – are part of the process every new medicine goes through before it is licensed and supplied to hospitals and family doctors. It’s a process required by law and there is a great deal of legislation to protect those who participate, both as sponsors of a trial and as participants in a trial. They are vastly expensive and employ experienced professionals to run them.

How to Apply for Medical Trials

The process of applying is fairly simple. Applicants are given a health questionnaire asking them to declare every illness they have ever had. This is important because there are some circumstances under which an applicant cannot be accepted as a healthy volunteer. It’s better to learn this at the application stage than on the ward.

Once an applicant’s medical history has been assessed, they are invited to a medical screening, in which their general health will be assessed. They will also be tested for any underlying conditions that they may not be aware of and any sexually transmitted infections. The one advantage of this is that the UK National Health Service rarely offers such a thorough assessment to its populace.

Once an applicant has passed the physical screening, they are accepted onto the healthy volunteer panel and are eligible to apply for the various trials currently being planned. Those who are interested must register on the volunteer panel with the central clinic and they will be invited for a second screening.

This second physical screening will measure the volunteer’s blood in relation to the parameters of the trial. Not every volunteer on the panel will be eligible for every trial companies like GSK are conducting. If they were, results would almost certainly be skewed, leading to a limited picture from the raw data generated in these trials. Drugs undergoing a trial process must be put through as many trials as possible to ensure their safety and efficacy.

Informed Consent

Once the volunteer sample group has been selected, they are invited to a consent talk. Attendance is mandatory because it’s here that volunteers will learn about the trial drug, the protocols they will go through and any restrictions they must adhere to, not to mention, of course, any side effects they could experience. They must sign to say they willingly give their consent to participate. If they choose not to consent, they may withdraw and there will be no effect on future participation.

Benefits of Participating in Clinical Trials

People from all walks of life participate in medical trials, from manual workers, to medical students, to company executives. Many are interested in observing science at work; while others are contended knowing they are participating in the creation of the medicines of the future. Healthy volunteers are paid an honorarium for their time and commitment. This usually starts at £50, going up according to the amount of time required. Participants are free to leave a trial early, if they wish, but it will affect their honorarium.

Diet Plans

The Basics of Setting Up a Nutrition Plan

Proper nutrition should be an essential part of your diet every day. Setting up a nutrition plan is important and will help you to making sure that you are eating healthy, are able to maintain your ideal weight, feel energized and look good as well.

Individual choices

People are often afraid to set up eating plans for themselves. You can often feel overwhelmed by all the information available on correct eating habits, which types of foods are good to eat and which are bad. The Eating healthy and setting up a plan is far easier them most people realize. It can help you plan your meals, create regular eating habits and make sure that you eat the right types of food, without being overly complicated or difficult to follow (ref 1).

Awareness is important

Different nutrition plans and advice continues to evolve and modern living continues to change. In order to truly take advantage of eating healthy and creating a nutrition plan, you need to be aware of the fact that everything you eat influences your health. Selecting the right food and adopting the correct eating habits is essential to creating a basic plan and does not need to be complicated. Avoiding unhealthy food and applying the correct eating habits is essential, as well as being aware that most convenient food, such as fast food and readymade meals should be avoided (ref 1).

Basic restrictions

When creating a nutrition plan, cutting out harmful and very fatty food is important and there is a large variety of food that should be consumed only in small amounts or entirely avoided. These include salt, processed sugar, and saturated fat. Your plan should include a large variety of different fruit and vegetables, plenty of sea food, low-fat dairy, whole grains and nuts that contain good fats and essential nutrients and vitamins that your body needs daily. It is best to eat small meals on average 5 times a day instead of three large meals. You should also drink plenty of water and including basic exercise to your plan is also a good idea (ref 2).

Benefits of a nutrition plan

A nutrition plan has many benefits and can help you both feel and look healthy while maintaining your ideal weight. Eating healthy and many small meals a day boosts your metabolism, this allows you to burn fat and increases you energy levels. Eating correctly also lowers your cholesterol, reduces cravings, provides your body with essential nutrients, reduces blood pressure and reduces your risk of heart disease and even from some cancers (ref 2).

[box type=”note”]About the Author: Tom White is an experienced wellness coach, owner of a popular cleansing website and an Independent Associate with Isagenix International. Visit Tom's website to learn more about the Isagenix diet, take the “Are You Toxic” quiz and get advice on creating a clean, lean and healthy body[/box]

 

Taking Medicines Properly

How Important is it to Take Your Medicine?

Is it necessary to take medicines when suffering from some health disorder?

Response to this question may vary from one person to another. Observing the present day economy, the price of medicines have grown up higher. It has become difficult for normal people to purchase medicines on a regular basis. Also, intake of medicines for a prolonged period can also result in some side effects.

But, wait!

Will the health condition improve without proper treatment? And medicine intake is a part of almost every treatment. Without proper medicine courses, health improvement will never take place. Yes, surely too much intake of medicinal drugs may have some adverse effects on the body. But, ignore those as there is no better substitute available to medicine intake.

Yes, taking medicine as prescribed by a physician for the required time limit is necessary and a must-follow. Only then can the patient experience positive improvements to his/her health. Otherwise, deterioration is bound to take place at some point.

According to a recent US health survey, taking medicine (pharmaceutical drugs) without being prescribed by a physician can be be extremely harmful. It leads to frequent hospitalization, death, and higher suffering. However, if medicines are taken as prescribed by physician, then chances of such negative consequences are very minimal.

It is very important to take medicine properly but only as prescribed by a reputed practitioner. Proper medicine intake can do wonders in improving the health of patients. And yes, it's a proven fact.

But why do People neglect taking Medicines properly?

There are a whole lot of reasons that can be put forward. Most commonly, a lot of people forget to take their medicines on time. People who have to take some three to four medicines on a daily basis often forget to keep track. At times,skipping a medicine might become a daily routine. But the consequences can be very deadly. Both, skipping as well overdosing of medicine can lead to negative side effects. So, it is always necessary to create a schedule for the medicines to be taken.

So, What's the Solution?

These days, there are several strategies and devices available that help the seniors to keep track of the medications properly. Some gadgets are quite inexpensive and can be easily found at the local drug stores. Some of the reputed drug manufacturing companies are setting up free awareness programs related to proper intake of medicines. Specially-trained nurses visit the patient's residence and educate them about proper intake of medicines.

Nurses or other medical representatives teach them about the negative effects of improper drug dosage. In fact, lots of medical awareness camps are held everywhere to spread the importance of taking medicines properly.

Importance of taking medicines properly should never be overemphasized. It is because the consequences that follow when a senior citizen fails to take medicines properly can be grave. There is also the risk of death if medication dosage does not match with the requirements. Not only overdose but skipping a medicine for even a single day can prove to be fatal.

[box type=”note”]About the author: Margaret is a blogger by profession. She loves writing, reading and travelling. Beside this she is fond of luxury cars and wishes to own one day Lexus LS 600h.[/box]

TMJ and Women

Women Suffer From TMJ More Often Than Men

If you are suffering from recurring headaches and ear pain, it could indicate you have TMJ disorder. TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint that connects the lower part of the jaw to the skull. Some people suffering from TMJ experience neck pain. Others report their jaw locks up or catches. When there is a problem with this joint, it can result in chewing troubles as well as pain.

To determine where the joint is, place your fingers right in front of your ears. Open your mouth. You will feel the rounded ends of the lower part of the jaw gliding along the joint socket of the temporal bone.

What Prompts TMJ?

Why does TMJ occur? No one knows for sure. It could be the result of trauma to the jaw, clenching or grinding of teeth (bruxism) or whiplash. It is believed arthritis may be the culprit at times although those without arthritis are not immune from TMJ.

When this problem is present, an individual may hear his jaw snap and pop. Other indicators TMJ is present include swelling in the side of the face, pain in the face and jaw joints, shoulders or neck; muscle spasms; headaches; ringing in the ears; vertigo; popping sounds emanating from the jaw and difficulty opening or closing the jaw or lock jaw.

When portions of the TMJ system including tissues, muscles, bones and ligaments either become inflamed or dislocated the disorder appears. This problem can crop up at any age, but it mostly strikes those who are young and female.

Women and TMJ

The reason women are afflicted with TMJ more so than men may be due to stress. Additionally, those women with arthritis or fibromyalgia are at higher risk of acquiring this disorder. Hormones are believed to play a part. Those females taking hormone-replacement therapy (HRT) and oral contraceptives are more likely to experience jaw pain than those who don’t. It was discovered estrogen receptors are present in the temporomandibular joints of female baboons but not were discovered in males. Estrogen is a female hormone.

Vitamin Deficiencies

The menstrual cycle can contribute to vitamin deficiencies, including an insufficiency of magnesium. This may explain in part why women during their childbearing years are at risk of developing TMJ. Women suffering from TMJ often have a magnesium dearth.

Collagen, which is a fibrous protein found in skin, bone, and other connective tissues, that holds the disk in position between the joint’s ball, and the socket is different in women from the collagen found in this same joint in men, which may lead to dislocated disks, prompting TMJ.

Stress

When a person is undergoing stress, he may grind his teeth at night while sleeping. This can lead to jaw problems as well as damage teeth and prompt headaches. When teeth are ground together this puts force on the muscles and tissues in the mouth as well as the jaw. If you suspect you are grinding teeth, tell your dentist. You need to wear a bruxism guard in your mouth when sleeping.

Misalignment and Lock Jaw

When there is misalignment of the bones in the tempore-mandibular joint, biting and chewing causes more tension on the joint and this can lead to lock jaw. When lock jaw occurs, the lower jaw can’t be moved, and the individual suffers a great deal of pain. The misalignment occurs due to grinding teeth, extreme chewing or teeth that are skewed. Yawning or opening one’s mouth too wide can lead to lock jaw. Older people are at higher risk than younger people for experiencing this condition.

A dentist can determine if you have TMJ. In the meantime, put warm compresses on your jaw and do jaw exercises that relax this area of your face. Do not eat tacky or rigid foods.

[box type=”note”]About the Author: Lesley Inglin writes widely about issues surrounding dental health.  She feels that Dr. Chet Hawkins sets the gold standard for dentists in Texas.[/box]

Back Pain

The Best Weight Loss Exercises for People with Back Pain

People with back pains are sometimes wary of exercising because of the fear that their back pain could get exacerbated. If you are one of these people, here’s the good news: you can now exercise to lose weight, even with your back pain. There are exercises that could cure your back pain, and simultaneously, help you lose weight.

What are the best weight loss exercises for you? Read on.

The first thing that you should remember is that any type of exercise would burn your calories; hence, would lead to weight loss. You have, though, to select your exercises carefully, because some exercises are dangerous for your back pain.

Listed below are some of the best weight loss exercises:

Core Back Exercises

These exercises aim to strengthen the muscles at the back and allow you to lose weight simultaneously. You can use a floor mat for a more comfortable workout.

1. The Bridge

  1. Lie supine on a flat surface.
  2. Bend your knees with your feet firmly planted on the floor.
  3. Raise your buttocks and hold the position for 5-10 seconds. Your knees should be in line with your shoulders, and bent at a 90-degree angle.
  4. Lower your buttocks to the original position.
  5. Do the exercise at least 10 times.

2. Pelvic Tilt

  1. Lie in a supine position.
  2. Bend your knees with your feet planted firmly on the floor.
  3. Flatten and support your back on the floor, while tightening your abdominal area.
  4. Hold for 5-10 seconds and then relax.
  5. Do this at least 10 times.
  6. Increase the number as you get comfortable with it.

3. Spine Twist

  1. Lie in a supine position.
  2. Bend your knees together.
  3. Bring both knees to your right side, while maintaining the straight position of your spine.
  4. Bring both knees to your left, while maintaining the straight position of your spine
  5. Rock your knees back and forth to each of your sides for at least 10 times.
  6. Increase the number as you get comfortable with the exercise.

Low Impact Aerobic Exercises

To lose weight, you have to work out a sweat. Performing low impact aerobic exercise can do the trick. Weight loss systems are only effective if you follow instructions properly, and you do the exercises regularly.

  1. Walking
  2. Swimming
    1. Wear proper swimming gear.
    2. Start with freestyle or butterfly strokes.
    3. Do several laps for 15 minutes.
    4. Rest and do another.
    5. You can proceed with the other swimming styles that do not apply so much pressure on your back.
  3. Wear proper walking shoes.
  4. Do stretching exercises first to warm up by flexing your legs 10-20 times.
  5. Start walking briskly. Avoid walking slowly or quickly.
  6. Maintain your pace for about 15 to 30 minutes.
  7. Allow some cooling down process before finally stopping.

Balance Exercises: One Leg Balance

  1. Stand with your back and your shoulders straight.
  2. Raise your right foot, with your hands akimbo.
  3. Twist your upper body to the right.
  4. Do this at least 10 times.
  5. Twist your upper body to the left, and do the same.
  6. Raise the opposite foot and repeat the exercises.

[box type=”info”]Tips to get the maximum benefit from your exercises

  • Consult your doctor first before starting your exercises.
  • Remember to warm up before exercising by doing some stretches.
  • Don’t overdo your exercises. Allow your body to adjust.
  • Do the exercises at least 10 to 20 times for optimum effectiveness.
  • Exercise regularly to achieve maximum weight loss effect.
  • Increase the duration of the exercises as you get used to it.
  • Keep a record of your weight during the program.
  • Couple your exercise with a proper weight loss diet.
  • Live a healthy life to stay fit and trim.[/box] 

In conclusion, the crucial thing for you to remember is that your exercises should not exert excessive pressure on your back. You can lose weight even with your back pain, but you have to select your exercises carefully.

Come to think of it; you can shoot two birds with one stone by adapting these exercises, which do not only help you lose weight, but could also act as a therapeutic workout for your back pains.

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Skin Care

Top Three Things Your Skin Doesn’t Want

Despite our usual routines and checks, our skin is often left to its own devices. You may think that this is fine, but what about all of the elements that it is up against every day?

Following are three of the top ones to watch out for.

1) Nature’s Elements

Wind, temperature and UV rays are the key three to be aware of. Strong wind is most common by the coast, so when you’re on holiday, take note! The wind can deplete the skin of moisture and give it a tight feeling. Soreness and cracking can sometimes follow. Making sure that sensitive areas are covered up and extra rich moisturiser is applied after. This can be the case in both hot and cold conditions.

The sun’s rays are dangerous to both your skin and your health. A suitable factor sunscreen is always advised. Regardless of skin colour, it’s always best to use factor thirty or above. Always make sure to apply your sun cream prior to sun exposure and top up throughout the day. It’s also best to stay out of direct sunlight around midday. Burning can happen in minutes, last for months and the markings can stay for years – never mind the unseen permanent damage you may cause.

It’s also a good idea to buy a chap-stick with added SPF, as the lips are often overlooked when it comes to sun protection and they can just as easily be burned.

 2) Picking and Pinching Your Skin

We all do it. A little picking or squeezing over your black heads and zits is nothing new. But if you truly want clear skin, it’s time to leave it alone. Irritating your spots transfers bacteria around the face, which can lead more infected pores and even more spots! Whatever it takes, leaving your skin alone will let it do its job.

 3) Smoking

It’s no secret that smoking is not good for your health, but it’s also not good for your skin. Cigarettes contain over four thousand chemicals, which deprive your skin of both oxygen and nutrients. In turn these chemicals trigger the destruction of collagen and elastin which keep your skin in shape and looking youthful. In fact, studies show that smoking can add up to twenty years of aging onto your skin!

Even being around second hand smoke can cause damage to your skin. Deeper wrinkles and sagging skin lie ahead should you choose not to quit.

Overall it’s a good idea to invest in trusted and certified natural skin care and to ensure that you’re prepared for battle against all of the elements before you go out. Quitting the cigarettes it a must too.

Do you have any skin loving tips?

[box type=”note”]Gavin Harvey is an avid blogger and currently writes for Salcura.[/box]