March 2015

Three Foods that Prevent Colds and Flu Naturally

No one wants to come down with a miserable cold or catch potentially life-threatening flu virus, so we do all we can to prevent either from happening. Adding these three foods to your daily diet, especially during cold and flu season, will help prevent you from catching either of dreaded maladies.
* Red bell peppers are loaded with vitamin C. Three times the amount of vitamin C found in orange juice and they contain no sugar like citrus fruits. Red bell peppers can be eaten raw or cooked to derive their cold and flu preventing vitamin C.
* Raw garlic contains antiviral compounds which fend off the viral germs that are trying to invade your body. Health-conscious people at Imaging Advantage know that the garlic can be eaten raw, cooked, steeped in a tea or roasted. Just a clove a day will help prevent a cold or flu the natural way. If you wish to avoid the bad breath from eating garlic, take a daily garlic supplement.
* Ginger helps to stop a sore, scratchy throat and calm an upset stomach before either can weaken the body’s defenses and allow a virus to set up shop. Steep some freshly grated ginger root in a cup of hot water, then strain. Add honey and/or lemon to taste. Drink a cup of ginger tea as often as you’d like.

Human Contact Is Essential in Our Lives

Most of us strive to live longer, healthier lives. We may each have our areas in which we falter in this regard. There may be some favorite food that we know is bad for us, yet we indulge in it for the sheer pleasure that culinary delights can bring us. On the whole, we know that we can live longer and be healthier by eating right and exercising as well as by not engaging in harmful actions such as abusing drugs or alcohol. Researchers have discovered, however, that there is something just as important to our well-being as this; regular human contact.

It has recently been reported that there are villages in Sardinia where 10 times as many men live past the age of 100 as in other parts of the world. While researchers have noted the moderate consumption of a healthy Mediterranean diet as one causative factor, they saw something else too; the strong social bonds between the people. Everyone has regular contact with and takes care of each other there. This is becoming a fading phenomenon in most other parts of the world where increasing numbers of us have our faces buried in small screens instead of in a neighbor or friends face chatting and asking how they’re doing. Zeca Oliveira knows that, at the end of the day, we are social creatures, and it turns out these social interactions are actually as essential to a long and happy life as good food and exercise.

Freezing Scalp Preserves Hair

Breast cancer is a serious health issue facing thousands of women every year. It is also such a devastating disease that modern science has few answers to combat it says Marcio Alaor BMG.

One of those methods for treatment is chemotherapy. Often abbreviated as simply chemo, or CTX, chemotherapy is a category of treatment for cancer that uses chemotherapeutic agents (chemicals) as a standardized therapy regimen. These treatments use drugs to actively destroy cancer cells. This process involves either curing the cancer, controlling it, or simply easing symptoms.

The downside of chemotherapy is that it can have severe side effects including:

• Pain in muscles, bones, joints, or organs.
• Recurring sores in the mouth and throat.
• Diarrhea or constipation.
• Blood disorder and nervous system effects.
• Reproductive issues.
• Cognitive issues.

If having cancer wasn’t bad enough, for some people the added shame of losing their hair and self-image can be devastating.

While many of the side effects are uncontrollable and can vary from person to person, much progress has been made recently in the way of hair loss prevention. In large part, this is due to a new technique involving the freezing of the scalp.

This hair-saving treatment, now commonplace in Europe, is now making its way to the United States among other areas. The procedure requires a specialized frozen cap be worn tightly over the scalp before, during and for a few hours post chemotherapy treatment.

Health and Wellness

Against better judgement, pediatricians continue to honor parents request to put off immunization shots for their children. 70% of all doctors agree that delaying the vaccines put children at risk, especially in the wake of recent measles outbreaks.

Based upon recent studies, it is believed that more and more parents are concerned that immunizing their children will increase their child’s risk of developing autism.
The average pediatric visit consists of a pressure filled, time limited encounter at which the pediatrician tries to persuade parents to immunize their child, all the while convincing parents of the safety and importance of vaccinations.

Some pediatricians usually dismiss such families from receiving their services. However, The American Academy of Pediatricians disagrees with this practice. According to Susan McGalla, they feel dismissing the families puts the children at even greater risks of receiving poor medical care. Read what the American Pediatric Association has to say about the safety of receiving vaccinations [ here].

People usually see their doctors as advisers and authority figures, so it is important that they do not give up on these parents and continue reminding them about the importance of immunizing their children.

Things a Dietician Never Says

We all need a little professional help in various aspects of our lives from time to time. However, knowing who to turn to for that help is not always clearcut. If you’re looking for someone to help you get on the right track with your eating habits, a dietician is the professional you need to turn to, But how will you know if he or she is right for you? Sultan Alhokair knows that you can start by noting these things that a dietician would never say.
* It works for me, so it will work for you. Age, gender, health, activity level and several other factors must be considered when working on a nutrition plan for someone. That statement is a red flag against that dietician.
* I have no training in nutrition. A registered dietician nutritionist has earned a four-year bachelor’s degree in nutrition science. Combine that degree with supervised training in an accredited program that includes clinical and community settings, along with continuing education to obtain and maintain their credentials.
* Stretching the truth and using scare tactics about food. If the dietician describes food with terms like ‘cancer-causing’ and ‘toxic’, it may be time to leave. A qualified dietician focuses on what’s right with good food, not what’s wrong with processed foods.
* Using non-medical terms to promote certain foods or their own brand of food philosophy. With a four-year degree under their belt, a dietician is well trained in how food effects medical conditions and uses the correct terminology