Isolation and Special Care

dreamstime_m_41414453-When someone is known to be infected with a contagious disease, they are placed in isolation and special care with precautions taken to protect the uninfected.

The practice of isolation or quarantine – the separation of the diseased from the healthy – has been around for a long time. Quarantine periods can vary in length and can be very short, such as in the case of a suspected anthrax attack, in which persons are allowed to leave as soon as they shed their potentially contaminated garments and undergo a contamination shower or can last for extended periods.

Anti-biotic resistant bacteria such as the intestinal infection called C.difficile is considered to be a problem in many hospitals and some of the isolation rooms are occupied by patients harboring these germs.

People can be infected with dangerous diseases in numerous ways. Some germs are passed from animals or insects to humans, others are carried to people from contaminated food or water and still others are transferred directly from person to person.

Quarantine applies to those who have been exposed to  a contagious disease and may or may not become ill, whereas isolation applies to persons who are known to be infected with a contagious disease.

 

 

Dimples – A Mark of Beauty

hDimples are considered a mark of beauty and loveliness. They are most prominent during wide smiles showing small folds or indentations in the fleshy part of the cheek. The truth is that dimples are actually genetic defects and are caused by shortened facial muscles.

When some people smile, they have dimples in one or both cheeks. Dimples most often occur on both the cheeks and are rarely one sided.This adorable facial feature is usually a genetically-inherited trait that is passed from one generation to the next.

Dimples are also linked with youth. Some children and youngsters show dimples at a tender age, but their dimples disappear when they grow up.Transfer of dimples from parents to children occurs due to just one gene. Each parent provides one of these genes to the child.  So, if both the parents have dimples, the children have a 50-100% chance of inheriting dimple genes.

If, however, only one parent has dimple genes, the chances of the children inheriting the genes are only 50%. If neither of the parents has the dimple genes, their children will not have dimples. Dimples can be passed through multiple generations. The frequency with which a heritable trait is carried forth through genes is called penetrance.

But let’s face it – dimples are adorable!

Born With A Silver Spoon

Most people know the saying “Born with a silver spoon”. This means that the child would never want for anything. Since the 17th century the silver spoon symbolizes great fortune and privilege and prosperous individuals would present them to newborns.

The ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome have known for thousands of years that silver had anti-bacterial properties and used silver to control bodily infections and prevent food spoilage. Early American settlers dropped silver coins into their milk to kill bacteria and to keep it fresh until use.

Throughout the “Middle Ages” in Europe, it had been noticed that royalty, who consumed most of their food and drink from silver tableware, utensils and cups, tended to develop a bluish skin tone (Blue bloods). That was due to the silver that entered their bodies during consumption.

Furthermore the lower rate of plague related deaths among royalty led to the inference that silver has protective properties.

The Four Basic Female Body Shapes

The female figure is a combination of a woman’s skeletal structure and the quantity and distribution of muscle and fat. A woman’s body type is often expressed by bust, waist and hip measurements.

Estrogen level have a significant impact on a female’s body shape, especially during the productive years. Besides other functions, estrogen promotes the development of female secondary sexual characteristics, such as breasts and the widening of the hips.

Height will also affect the appearance of the figure and a taller woman with similar measurements to a shorter counterpart will look slimmer and less curvaceous since the distance between the measuring points is at greater distance.

Independent of fat composition, weight and height, female bodies are categorized into four elementary geometric shapes with a wide variety of actual sizes within each shape.

Rectangular – if the waist measurement is less than 9 inches smaller than the hips and bust measurement with body fat being distributed in the abdominal area, the buttocks, chest and face, creating a typical rectangular shape.

Apple Shape – these women have broader shoulders compared to narrower hips and slim thighs with fat distribution in the abdominal area, the chest and the face.

Triangle Shape – the hip measurement is greater than the bust measurement and the fat deposits tend to go to the buttocks, hips and thighs. This body type supports a larger rear end, thicker thighs and a smaller chest.

Hourglass – the hips and bust measurements are almost equal with a narrow waist. Body fat distribution tends to be around both, the upper and lower body. This body type enlarges the arms, chest, hips and rear before the waist and the upper abdominal area.

A study conducted in 2005 found that 46% of females were rectangular shaped, about 20% were tringle shaped, 14 % were triangle shaped and only 8% fell into the category of hourglass shaped and the rest was a combination of shapes.

 

 

The Amazing Benefits of Oil Pulling

Astonishing results have been accomplished by practicing the age old Ayurvedic tradition of oil pulling. The exciting factor of this healing method is its simplicity. All it takes is a tablespoon of cold pressed sesame, sunflower or unrefined coconut oil to get to some of the root causes of chronic conditions and health problems.

It is most beneficial to practice oil pulling in the morning before brushing your teeth, before breakfast – on an empty stomach. The art of slowly swishing the oil around the inside of the mouth and by sucking and pulling the oil between the teeth for five to twenty minutes, mixing it with your saliva, creates an interaction to activate enzymes needed to draw toxins from your body.

As the oil is being swished back and forth mixed with saliva, it becomes more watery and white and very toxic and under no condition should it be swallowed. Once the process is completed, remove the oil by spitting and thoroughly rinse your mouth afterwards to eliminate any trace of it. Normal activities can be resumed at this point.

For chronic conditions the oil pulling process can be repeated one or two more times during the day, but always on an empty stomach and before meals and always with proper rinsing afterwards.

One of the most striking results is the fastening of lose teeth, the elimination of bleeding gums and bad breath. The benefits can be far reaching since studies show that oral health is linked to general health and well-being.

Health Benefits of Sulfur

After calcium and phosphorus, sulfur is the third most abundant mineral in the body. It is concentrated mostly in muscles tissue, skin and bones. A shortage of sulfur contributes to loss of elasticity in connective tissues and cartilage leading to stiff muscles, painful joints, sagging skin and wrinkles.

Sulfur is also needed for insulin production, detoxification on a cellular level and is part of one of the most important anti-oxidants the body produces – glutathione. Glutathione cannot work without sulfur.

Getting enough sulfur in the diet can be challenging, since there is a transition away from traditional foods such as bone broth for soups and stews from organically raised animals. A good alternate source is MSM known for reducing pain and inflammation and is widely used for arthritic conditions.

MSM is 34% sulfur by weight and is in almost all raw foods, especially in leafy green vegetables, raw milk and beer, coffee and port wines.  Due to food storage, transportation, processing, cooking, excessive washing and drying, the amount of available MSM is often reduced are lost. To get the most benefits, the foods must be raw or minimally heated and processed.

With its amazing anti-allergenic and anti-parasitic properties MSM is also a natural, safe histamine inhibitor without the negative side effects of traditional anti-histamines.

How Are Your Communication Skills?

Effective language and communication skills are tremendously important. Words have meaning and the conscious choices and phrases of verbal communication play a vital part in personal interactions. It is an asset to have an open and friendly and disposition along with a warm smile and a winning personality.

Finding the right words to express your feelings or to present an idea are skills that can be learned and can be improved with practice and adapted to different situation. These efforts will enhance your relationships, increase your market value, and build your self-esteem. Improving your verbal communication skills requires constant awareness, intentional effort, and the desire to improve

The tone often reflects the level of confidence and can be used to reinforce the degree of engagement which includes the manner and the words you choose, the tone of your voice, eye contact, and body language.

It is also important to show a sincere interest in what is being said, to ask relevant questions, listen for the message within the message, and avoid interrupting the other person. Meaningful conversation is a combination of being genuine, transparent and real. Verbal communication plays a defining role in personal and professional interactions.

 

How Long Will You Live – 3 Tests

hMost people have a desire to live life to the fullest with a combination of quantity and quality.

There are many parameters that may determine how long you live, however, this short article presents the findings of five researchers who identified three simple tests you can do at home to measure your ability to increase years to your life.

The medical paper published in the British Medical Journal in 2014 revealed a 13 year study where they took 1,355 men and 1,411 women in 1999 when they were 53 years old and then checked to see who was alive and well 13 year later in 2012.

The following are the three tests that were evaluated.

Standing on one leg with your eyes closed for 10 seconds or longer, having a strong grip, and being able to stand up and sit back down in a chair many times in a minute.

According to the researchers of this paper, these tests clearly represented tell-tale signs of longevity.

Performed well in all three tests at age 53 or so and you should be healthy and vibrant 13 years later, when you are 66.

Researcher from University College London estimate that a 53 year old who can complete these tests successfully is up to 5 times more likely to be alive and well at 66 than someone who couldn’t complete the tests or who did them poorly.

Officially the tests are called the Chair Test (Standing up and sitting down in a chair 39 times in a minute for a man, and 36 times for a woman), the balance test (standing on one leg for 10 seconds or longer with eyes closed), and the grip test (ability to apply a pressure of up to 54.5 kg)

Compliments: www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com

Allergies At An All-Time High

With allergies being at an all-time high the need for high quality products promoting the elimination of dust, mite, mold, mildew, fungus and pet dander is an essential step in keeping allergies under control.

The materials most likely causing the distress are the pillows and mattresses saturated with dust mites and other allergens after an exposure during time spent in bed. Often a runny nose, watery eyes or asthma like symptoms in the morning, are the results of a night long exposure of inhaling these particles.

Many of the pillows and mattresses in homes have been in use for periods of more than three years without proper cleaning and sanitation practices to eliminate harmful bacteria. The alternative to buying new expensive pillows and mattresses is proper care and protection.     Read more…

Tongue Diagnosis

Tongue diagnosis is an integral part of taking a medical history in Chinese medicine.

Chinese medicine practitioners believe the appearance of your tongue can reveal a lot about your health. Different areas of the tongue are believed to reflect the state of the different organ systems. If there is an unusual color, coating, and/or shape in a certain area, special attention is paid to the corresponding organ system.

In Chinese medicine, disease is explained by an imbalance of yin and yang and heat and cold in the human body. Chinese medicine believes that chronic imbalances will have a definite impact on the color and shape of the tongue body and the color and thickness of the tongue coating.

A normal tongue is described as light red in color with a thin white coating. The tongue should not be too wet and not too dry. The tongue should be without cracks or movement. It should not be too long or too short nor too stiff or too flaccid.

Tongue body color reflects the health of the internal organs. When the tongue changes from the normal pale red to very pale, dark red, purple or blue it is a clear picture of pathological changes in the body. Changes in the shape of the tongue body will indicate the severity or duration of the condition. Tongue coating can change quickly and will be a clear indication whether or not the nature of the disease is one of excess or deficiency.

Tongue diagnosis is an important part of the Chinese medical assessment, but as with any assessment method, the doctor does not rely on tongue diagnosis alone, but uses it as part to provide a complete picture of a person’s health

When the wisdom of Chinese medicine meets the technological advances of western medicine, we will all benefit.