The Diabetes Epidemic

dreamstime_m_8976126-Diabetes worldwide is becoming a major issue with large numbers of individuals being diagnosed yearly and many living in a pre-diabetic state. In the US alone 28.5 million people are living with diabetes, that is a shocking 8.3% of the population and in addition there are 1.9 million new cases diagnosed every year and at least 7 million un-diagnosed with another 79 million being pre-diabetic. [Read more…]

Super Bugs Cause Thousands of Deaths

So-called Super Bugs cause thousands of deaths and disfigurements every year. Public health officials are alarmed and in recent years MRSA alone was responsible for half of all skin infections treated in the North American emergency rooms.

In normal situations, like a cut finger or a scraped knee, the wound will heal on its own, but sometimes wounds become infected with bacteria causing more tissue damage.

Though the practice is uncommon in the United States, honey is successfully used elsewhere on wounds and burns that are [Read more…]

Fake Foods and Empty Calories

How much of the food we eat on a regular basis is real and how much is fake? Are we consuming real, wholesome grains, fruits and vegetables or some look-alike, taste-alike substitutes?

Are the hormone and anti-biotic added animal products and the farm-raised fish offerings the same as the free range and organically raised live stock? [Read more…]

Seasonal Affective Disorder

dreamstime_m_35188315-Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD primarily affects people during the fall and winter season. It is a form of depression, with periods of being sad, angry or irritable and may leave you feeling more tired than usual.

The shorter days and the lack of sun light, especially in areas located far from the equator can disturb your internal clock and you may feel the need to sleep more than usual. [Read more…]

If You Have A Heart Attack – Insist On This

dreamstime_m_21122666-If you end up in the emergency room with a heart attack, make sure you insist on a 2 cc injection of magnesium sulfate.

In double-blind, placebo-controlled scientific study, they looked at 273 patients who were admitted to the hospital for a heart attack. The study published in one of the most prestigious medical journals revealed that after 4 weeks, the people who received the magnesium, [Read more…]

Is Raw Milk Healthy?

Milk straight from the cow to the calf is similar to breast-feeding a baby. Raw milk has ingredients from the pasture and the environment the cow is raised in to protect its off-spring from possible diseases and health conditions the calf may encounter after birth.

This heathy bacteria is the base of the early immune system and serves to protect the growing calf until its own immune system can take over. [Read more…]

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 [Read more…]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

carpal tunnelCarpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve in between the tendons and the forearm muscles. This compressed nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move. [Read more…]

Gluten Sensitivity

Symptoms of gluten sensitivity include bloating, abdominal discomfort, pain, diarrhea, or it may present a variety of extra-intestinal symptoms including headaches and migraines, lethargy and tiredness, attention-deficit disorder, hyperactivity, autism, schizophrenia, muscular disturbances as well as bone and joint pain. [Read more…]

Pet Allergies

pet allergiesAllergies to pets with fur or feathers are common, especially among people who have other allergies or asthma..It is estimated that 15 to 30 percent of people with allergies have allergic reactions to cats, dogs, dust mites and dander.

Some of these people with may be allergic to all dogs or to only some breeds. [Read more…]

Fingernails – An Indicator of Health

fingernail=1Your fingernails can provide clues to your overall health — but do you know how to read the signs? Nail pitting are small depressions in the nails. Nail pitting is most common in people who have psoriasis — a condition characterized by scaly patches on the skin. Nail pitting can also be related to connective tissue disorders and hair loss. [Read more…]

The Gut – Brain Connection

Increasing evidence shows that our digestive systems play a significant role in our overall health, both physical and mental.There is evidence of a connection between hormones, the intestinal bacteria, probiotics and mental functions. An imbalance in bowel flora may lead to depression, anxiety and mental illness. [Read more…]

Living with Parkenson’s Disease

Parkinson’s is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. The motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease result from the death of dopamine-generating cells in a region of the mid-brain.  The cause of this cell death is unknown. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty walking.  [Read more…]

Food Allergies – often overlooked contributors to chronic disease

No one wants to be sick, but where does disease really begin? Food allergies are often not included in a Medical Doctor’s assessment of one’s problem.

Food allergies or sensitivities are caused by a reaction of the immune system to specific proteins in a food. According to Health Canada, [Read more…]

Athlete’s Foot

dreamstime_s_24941517Athlete’s foot causes scaling, flaking, and itching of the effected area. Blisters and cracked skin may also occur, leading to exposed raw tissue, pain, swelling and inflammation. The infection can spread to other parts of the body, such as the groin, but is mostly manifested between the toes, with the space between the fourth and the fifth digits is most commonly afflicted. [Read more…]

Bulimia Anorexia

Bulimia is the secret practice of eating, usually to excess and then either vomiting or taking bowel purging substances to ensure evacuation the next day or sooner. Bulimics tend to believe they are in control of their body and follow strict rituals of elimination.

The bulimic may be well informed and know the fat, sugar, salt content and calories in an amazing amount of foods. They may use all kinds of vitamins and supplements and are often experts on metabolism, [Read more…]

Are we missing something in asthma treatment?

More than 15 million American suffer from asthma, with more than 5000 deaths annually from severe asthma attacks. With all the advancements in medical knowledge and technology, are we missing something in asthma treatment?

There are a number of triggers that can bring on an asthma attack, which is characterized by wheezing and a shortness of breath, or coughing and chest tightness. [Read more…]

How to silence hypertension

As a leading cause of cardiovascular problems, hypertension has been called the “Silent Killer”. Elevated blood pressure can cause all types of medical issues and more than 95% of cases may have unknown causes. Learning how to silence hypertension may involve dietary and lifestyle changes. [Read more…]

Solving the migraine headache puzzle

To sufferers of painful headaches, which may be disabling or severely painful, solving the migraine headache puzzle is foremost on their mind. Understanding the difference between tension headaches and migraine headaches, along with their causes, can be the first place to start, when it comes to relieving them. [Read more…]