Healthy living – Heart, atrial fibrillation

AS A SENIOR I HAVE DEFINATELY NOTICED THAT MOST PEOPLE CARE TO READ UP ON HEALTH CARE ONLY WHEN THEY ARE REALLY SICK.. AND NOT BEFORE… NOW THAT IS REALLY SAD. MOST PEOPLE ALSO MAKE A SERIOUS ASSUMPTION THAT DOCTORS CAN FULLY TREAT PATIENTS WITH HEART PROBLEMS, AND THE PROBLEM CAN BE REVERSED.. DREAM ON.. ONCE YOU HAVE HEART PROBLEMS YOU TEND TO STILL HAVE THE MANY NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS THAT CAN BE PARTIALLY MANAGED BUT NOT ELIMINATED.. YOU WILL NEVER AGAIN LIVE A HEALTHY NORMAL LIFE AS YOU DID BEFORE YOUR HEART PROBLEMS.. YOU HAVE NOW A STILL BROKEN TRANSMISSION SYSTEM.

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Many Canadians pose severe health risks  Edmonton Sun –    OTTAWA — Ninety per cent of Canadians over the age of 20 have at least one “risk factor” associated with heart disease and stroke, the Public Health Agency of Canada warns in a comprehensive study of cardiovascular illness.

The document, which distils data from several scientific sources about all areas of heart and stroke illness, says that in terms of risky behaviour:

– more than 56% of adults don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables;

– almost 50% don’t get enough exercise;

– almost one-quarter feel high stress levels;

– more than 15% are daily smokers;

– between 60% and 85% eat too much sodium (salt).

High percentages of adults also have underlying health conditions that add to their risk, including high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.

Irregular heartbeat quintuples stroke risk CTV.ca

Study Shows Prevalence Of Dangerous Irregular Heartbeats In Canadians CityNews

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A new report out from the Heart and Stroke Foundation says a quarter million Canadians have a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. They’re also concerned that not enough patients are getting the right care, and may be at risk of dying. The foundation says doctors also need to be aware of the increased stroke risk linked to atrial fibrillation and ensure patients are properly treated.  “Most patients with atrial fibrillation are treated with medications to either slow down the heartbeat or to stop the irregular beat from happening, or with a procedure called ablation,” notes Dr. paul Dorian of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  “As a separate matter, most patients with atrial fibrillation are at some risk for stroke and need a blood thinner of some type to reduce the risk of stroke…”HEALTHY LIVING  Canadians who have an irregular heartbeat problem called atrial fibrillation are at least five times more likely to have a stroke, and twice as likely to die from one — and most don’t realize it, reports the Heart and Stroke

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Just a quivering heartbeat away from stroke

When walking up the stairs at home to get ready to go run some errands, Gordon MacKay noticed he was out of breath and a little weak, which was unusual for the healthy 54-year old. Then, just as he was pulling on his boots to go out the door, the strength drained right out of him − so much so that he could barely sit up. He felt his heart beating out of control. “It was very scary,” Gordon says. His wife Claudette called an ambulance.

At the hospital, doctors diagnosed Gordon with atrial fibrillation, a condition involving an irregular heartbeat, also known as arrhythmia. Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of arrhythmia, affecting approximately 250,000 Canadians. While it is rare in people under 40, its prevalence increases with age. About 3% of the population over the age of 45 and 6% over age 65 have atrial fibrillation.

During atrial fibrillation, the upper chambers of the heart known as the atria contract chaotically and in a disorganized manner. Instead of beating normally and efficiently, the atria quiver. Because the atria can’t move blood properly, blood pools and gets stuck in the grooves of the heart. Clots can form in this pooled blood, which may get pumped up to the brain and cause a stroke.

It is estimated that up to 15% of all strokes are due to atrial fibrillation (AF). This risk increases with age, so that after age 60, one-third of 50,000 strokes that occur in Canada are due to AF.

Gordon has been lucky that his condition has not led to a stroke. Foundation researcher, Dr. Michael Gollob, says that this is partially because Gordon was able to recognize something was wrong before the problem got worse. “Some people with AF never notice any symptoms. Sometimes the heartbeat is irregular, but not excessively fast. People who get a more rapid heart rate are more likely to notice symptoms and get help. But whether or not that person notices the symptoms, the risk of stroke is always there,” says Dr. Gollob. The good news is that once it is diagnosed, there are treatments that can help.

The shortness of breath and weakness some people experience are usually caused by a racing heartbeat (also called tachycardia) that occurs in some people with AF, he says. Also, that kind of heartbeat feels different:  “Usually, the elevated heart rate is very noticeable,” Dr. Gollob says. It’s not like what happens after drinking too much coffee or during stressful periods, he explains. “ It’s quite rapid and the symptoms occur at rest when they haven’t been exerting themselves very much, if at all.” However, in some people, heart rate may fall within normal range. It may even be slower than normal.

For some, there are no symptoms. But others with AF may experience:

  • irregular and fast heartbeat
  • heart palpitations or a rapid thumping in the chest
  • chest discomfort, chest pain or pressure
  • shortness of breath, particularly with exertion, or anxiety
  • fatigue
  • dizziness, sweating, nausea
  • lightheadedness or fainting

Once a diagnosis of AF has been made, there are ways to control the condition and reduce the risk of stroke. Medication is usually the first approach. In Gordon’s case, he was immediately put on a drug in hospital to try to slow his heartbeat, but it didn’t have the desired effect.  So, the doctors performed a cardioversion procedure, in which the heart is shocked back into its normal rhythm. “When it was over,” says Gordon, “I felt right as rain and I walked out of the hospital, happy to see the blue sky again.”

Eight years later, Gordon continues to take medication to control his heart’s rhythm and a blood thinner to prevent blood clots. “My physician is very aware that my mother had a stroke and has helped me manage the atrial fibrillation between visits to my heart specialist.” Gordon has also made some healthy changes to his lifestyle to manage his atrial fibrillation as well, including taking his dog Maggie for long walks twice a day. “I am extremely grateful for our health-care system. I have an enormous appreciation for all that the doctors and nurses did to save my life.”

Dr. Gollob says that although some people don’t notice any symptoms, regular visits to the doctor can help in identifying the condition to avoid a stroke. “This is just one of many reasons why it is so important to get regular check-ups at the doctor – even when you feel fine. For some people who have no symptoms, the doctor will be able to listen for irregular heartbeats with a stethoscope and then can do other tests to confirm the cause and help get you treatment early on.”

Read more about atrial fibrillation.

Heart disease – atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a condition involving an irregular heart rhythm, known as an arrhythmia. It is the most common type of arrhythmia, affecting approximately 250,000 Canadians. While it is rare in people under 40, its prevalence increases with age. About 3% of the population over the age of 45 and 6% over age 65 have atrial fibrillation. After the age of 55, the incidence of AF doubles with each decade of life.

Generally the risk of developing AF increases with age and with other risk factors such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and underlying heart disease. One of the main complications of atrial fibrillation is that it may result in a stroke. Individuals with atrial fibrillation have 3 to 5 times greater risk for stroke than those without AF.

Atrial fibrillation and stroke

AF increases your risk of stroke and it is estimated that up to 15% of all strokes are due to atrial fibrillation. This risk increases with age, so that after age 60, one-third of strokes are due to AF. It is estimated that individuals with atrial fibrillation have 3 to 5 times greater risk for ischemic stroke (see here for more information).

Here’s what can happen: Normally the heart receives electrical signals from the brain via the sinoatrial (SA) node, which regulates heart rhythm. The SA node sends impulses through the atria to tell them to beat. The impulses then makes their  way to the lower chambers of the heart, the ventricles, which pump blood to the rest of the body. During atrial fibrillation, the atria contract chaotically and in a disorganized manner. Instead of beating normally and efficiently, the atria quiver. Because the atria don’t move blood properly, blood pools and gets stuck in the grooves of the heart. Clots can form from this pooled blood, which may finally get pumped up to the brain and result in a stroke. An ischemic stroke is caused when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a clot in one of the blood vessels leading to or in the brain. Studies show that long-term use of the blood thinner warfarin in patients with AF can reduce the risk of stroke by 70% to 80%

Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition involving an irregular heart rhythm, known as an arrhythmia. It is the most common type of arrhythmia, affecting approximately 250,000 Canadians. While it is rare in people under 40, its prevalence increases with age. About 3% of the population over the age of 45 and 6% over age 65 have atrial fibrillation. After the age of 55, the incidence of AF doubles with each decade of life.

Generally, the risk of developing AF increases with age and with other risk factors such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and underlying heart disease. One of the main complications of atrial fibrillation is that it may result in a stroke. Individuals with atrial fibrillation have 3 to 5 times greater risk for stroke than those without AF.

What is atrial fibrillation?

It is called “atrial” fibrillation because the irregularity originates in the atria, the top two chambers of the heart. Atrial fibrillation falls under a larger category of illnesses called arrhythmias, which are electrical disturbances of the heart. Arrhythmias can also occur in the ventricles, the two chambers below the atria, and these tend to be more serious than arrhythmias affecting the atria.

Through regular electrical signals, the atria (the heart’s “collecting chambers”) are designed to send blood efficiently and rhythmically into the ventricles (the “pumping chambers”), and from there blood is pumped to the rest of the body. But in atrial fibrillation, the electrical signals are rapid, irregular and disorganized and the heart may not pump as efficiently.

Atrial fibrillation can cause the heart to beat very fast, sometimes more than 150 beats per minute. When the heart beats faster than normal, it is called tachycardia.

Read more about the anatomy of the heart.

Although untreated atrial fibrillation can cause considerable impairment of quality of life, the majority of patients with AF lead active, normal lives with treatment. Be sure to consult your doctor if you have atrial fibrillation but continue to feel unwell.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) has different forms:

Paroxysmal: Paroxysmal AF is a temporary, sometimes recurrent condition. It can start suddenly and then the heart returns to a normal beat on its own, usually within 24 hours, without medical assistance.

Persistent: If you have had atrial fibrillation for more than seven days, this is considered persistent AF. With this type of AF, the heart continues to beat irregularly, and will require either medical or electrical intervention to return the heart to a normal rhythm.

Permanent: In permanent AF, the irregular beating of the heart lasts for more than a year when medications and other treatments have failed. Some patients with permanent AF do not feel any symptoms nor do they require any medications.

What causes atrial fibrillation?

Quite often, the cause of atrial fibrillation is not known. Here are a few conditions that might lead to AF:

  • high blood pressure, the most common cause
  • abnormal structure of the heart
  • infection or inflammation of the heart (myocarditis or pericarditis)
  • diseases that damage the valves of the heart
  • overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
  • a blood clot in the lung (pulmonary embolism)
  • congenital heart disease
  • excessive use of alcohol

How do I know if I have atrial fibrillation?

Some people with atrial fibrillation may feel perfectly fine, and not know that they have the condition until they have a routine test called an electrocardiogram (described below). Others with atrial fibrillation may experience various symptoms including:

  • irregular and fast heartbeat
  • heart palpitations or a rapid thumping in the chest
  • chest discomfort, chest pain or pressure
  • shortness of breath, particularly with exertion, or anxiety
  • fatigue
  • dizziness, sweating, nausea
  • lightheadedness or fainting

How is atrial fibrillation diagnosed?

If your pulse is fast and your heartbeat is irregular, your doctor may have you checked for atrial fibrillation. First, your doctor will take your medical history. Your doctor will ask you details about your condition and risk factors: How long have you had it? What does it feel like? Does it come and go? Do you have other medical conditions? How much alcohol do you drink? Your doctor will also ask you whether anyone in your family has atrial fibrillation, if you have heart disease or a thyroid condition. Your age is also a factor to take into consideration, as AF is much more common in older people.

Stethoscope: Using a stethoscope, your doctor will listen for fast, irregular beats. Your doctor will also check your pulse and assess the regularity of it.

To hear what atrial fibrillation sounds like, listen to this sound file.

Electrocardiogram: The main diagnostic test is an electrocardiogram (ECG), which is a painless procedure done in a clinic setting. Small electrodes are attached to your arms, legs, and chest, and the machine charts the electrical activity of your heart. Your doctor can tell from the printout what type of arrhythmia is causing the irregular beats. Read more about electrocardiogram.

Echocardiogram: A painless procedure, an echocardiogram uses sound waves to make a picture of your heart. Read more about echocardiogram.

Holter monitor: To test the rhythm of your heart while you do regular daily activities, you may be asked to wear a Holter monitor for 24 hours. This is a small, portable device that is strapped to your body. It records the electrical activity of your heart at rest and during activity.

Event monitor: This electrical device, which is strapped to your body, monitors your heartbeat only when you turn it on to record your symptoms. It is generally worn for one or two weeks at a time.

Read more about holter and event monitoring.

Blood tests: Your doctor may also order blood tests to rule out thyroid disease or other blood chemistry abnormalities. Read more about blood tests.

Treatments for atrial fibrillation

Your physician will help decide what is the best approach to treat your atrial fibrillation. Your doctor will customize the treatment to your needs, based upon your risks, medical profile and how much the symptoms are interfering with your quality of life.

Most patients with atrial fibrillation will likely need to be on some form of blood thinner in order to reduce the risk of stroke. The risk of stroke depends on several other risk factors, including the presence of heart muscle weakness, having high blood pressure or diabetes, being over 75 years of age, or having had a previous stroke or a mini stroke (TIA). Accordingly, your doctor may prescribe blood thinners such as an antiplatelet like ASA (Aspirin®) or an anticoagulant such as warfarin (Coumadin) so that clots won’t form in the heart and travel to the brain.

With respect to specific treatment for atrial fibrillation, there are two general strategies – one is called rhythm control and the other is rate control. Your doctor will decide which strategy is best for you based on your symptoms and other factors.

Rate control: Almost every patient with atrial fibrillation will be prescribed a medication that is designed to slow the heart rate during atrial fibrillation. For some, this type of medication is enough to control the symptoms related to atrial fibrillation.

Rhythm control: These treatments attempt to prevent the irregularity of the heartbeat in an effort to restore and maintain a normal, regular heartbeat. Generally, the first approach to rhythm control involves taking medications that will attempt to prevent the atrial fibrillation from occurring. Occasionally, some patients will require a controlled electric shock to the heart (called electrical cardioversion) to restore a normal rhythm. In some cases, if medications fail, or are not well tolerated, your doctor may refer you to a specialist for consideration of an electrophysiologic study (see below).

When taking medications of any type, it is important to follow your doctor’s or pharmacist’s instructions. Establish a routine for taking your pills, and keep to the daily schedule. Don’t share medications with others. Don’t stop taking your medications without consulting your doctor. Report any side effects to your doctor, who may decide to change the dosage or type of medication to make it work better for you.

Electrophysiology Studies (EPS) and Catheter Ablation: Very rarely, some patients with atrial fibrillation may be candidates for an EPS in order to try to stop atrial fibrillation from recurring, especially when medications and electric cardioversion have not helped to keep atrial fibrillation under control. The objective of EPS testing is to locate the problem that is causing the electrical impulses in the heart to be irregular. Catheter ablation can then be done at the same time to destroy, through tiny burns, the electrically chaotic tissue in the heart.  During EPS and catheter ablation, thin wires (or catheters) are introduced to the heart through veins in the leg and neck. Radiofrequency energy is sent through the catheters to the parts of the heart where the electrical impulses are thought to be malfunctioning. Ablation essentially creates scars in the heart that stabilize the electrical short circuits.

Read more about electrophysiology studies.

Read more about heart treatments.

Atrial fibrillation in people under 60

If you develop atrial fibrillation and do not have any structural heart disease, this is considered idiopathic (or lone) AF. This usually occurs before the age of 60. Researchers have so far identified a handful of genes that predispose families to atrial fibrillation. Once all the genes are identified, researchers may be able to begin to develop new treatments.

Those who have the genetic predisposition may develop the disease in their 30s and 40s. It is also possible for young people who do not have AF in their family to develop the disease.

What can you do?

Healthy lifestyle change is always a good idea. Your risk for many different diseases is reduced if you eat nutritious food that is lower in saturated and trans fats and includes plenty of vegetables and fruit, fibre and lean protein. In study after study, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol intake and reducing stress as much as possible have been shown to increase good health. Any lifestyle changes that lower blood pressure (such as maintaining a normal weight) are likely to reduce the chances of developing AF.

It may be possible to prevent atrial fibrillation by staying physically active. A large study of people over the age of 65 found that participating in light- to moderate-physical activities, particularlyleisure-time activity such as gardening and walking, were associated with significantlylower AF incidence. Doctors say that even if you have AF, physical activity is probably good for you because it increases overall health. Again, each case is different. Consult your doctor before becoming physically active.

Visit your doctor regularly. Your physician is the best person to monitor your atrial fibrillation. You may notice international websites selling high-tech, expensive equipment to monitor your own heart rhythm. Doctors don’t recommend this because it may unnecessarily elevate stress.

If you have high blood pressure, ask your doctor how to monitor your own blood pressure at home.

Atrial fibrillation and stroke

AF increases your risk of stroke and it is estimated that up to 15% of all strokes are due to atrial fibrillation. This risk increases with age, so that after age 60, one-third of strokes are due to AF. It is estimated that individuals with atrial fibrillation have 3 to 5 times greater risk for ischemic stroke.

Here’s what can happen: Normally the heart receives electrical signals from the brain via the sinoatrial (SA) node, which regulates heart rhythm. The SA node sends impulses through the atria to tell them to beat. The impulses then makes their way to the lower chambers of the heart, the ventricles, which pump blood to the rest of the body. During atrial fibrillation, the atria contract chaotically and in a disorganized manner. Instead of beating normally and efficiently, the atria quiver. Because the atria don’t move blood properly, blood pools and gets stuck in the grooves of the heart. Clots can form from this pooled blood, which may finally get pumped up to the brain and result in an ischemic stroke. An ischemic stroke is caused when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a clot in one of the blood vessels leading to or in the brain. Studies show that long-term use of the blood thinner warfarin in patients with AF can reduce the risk of stroke by 70% to 80%.

Learn about the warning signs of stroke.

Watch an animated illustration on how the heart works.

Posted: June 2009

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US States with the highest diabetes prevalence in the analysis also have the highest levels of blood pressure and cardiovascular disease risk, cancer risk, and none of this surprising since diabetes is   often related to the type of food they eat too.. and poorer people tend to eat junkier foods..   U.S. scientists also say they’ve found that in human breast cancer cell tumors in mice, a diabetes drug worked better than chemotherapy in prolonging remission. It is interesting that diabetes medicine already has also been found to help 30 percent of heart patients get better too. The drug, metformin, appears to selectively kill cancer stem cells in culture dishes and in mice. Health Ministers and Health Canada should seriously be looking into this too

Dealing with a Cold or flu

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Many people perish because   of lack of knowledge, because of their ignorance..
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First Know the Difference Between Cold and Flu Symptoms and how next to deal with them.
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 Ironically some of the cold medications available can help, or instead seriously lead to heart problems.
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One of the most common recommendations on dealing with flu  is to drink plenty of fluids.. and precisely here is where many people do err, and do make themselves sicker..
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 For example taking orange or other related juices with your medications can nullify the positive effect of the medications?
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Now many people also wrongfully believe that drinking more tea, soft drinks, Coca-Cola, Pepsi is a  help here as well..  but it clearly is not.. these products contain caffeine, and caffeine helps to dehydrate you, to reduce the water, juices need to help your stomach to dissolve the food you eat, causing thus an increased stress on the both the stomach and next on the heart as well, leading to their increase  breathing difficulties problems next too. The quick and popular remedy — usually in the form of cola, ginger ale or clear sodas — is said to help settle the stomach with its slight fizz and replenish fluids and glucose lost by vomiting and diarrhea.
 
* Seniors especially need to take more care, precautions because they have a degenerated immune system that does not effectively protect them now from cold and flus, and on top of that they tend to reinfect themselves by not washing their own hands often enough, and not washing the areas they often come into contact such as door  knobs, handles, light switches, canes. A essential uncostly need, solution  is to buy a spray can of alcoholic disinfectant and to spray these places, even the whole room when you have had a flu to try to prevent it from coming back.
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A  flu shot! drink the pickle juice!

DRINK THE (fermented) PICKLE JUICE. Or the fermented sauerkraut juice. Fermented pickles and other “FERMENTS’ are packed full of good bacteria–lactobacilli–the ones that keep you well . Japanese scientists report that feeding a pickle microbe to mice infected with the flu alleviates the rodents’ symptoms.

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Your throat is so sore you can barely take a drink let alone talk to anyone and you pretty well exhausted all of the common remedies last time you had a sore throat, so what can you do to treat this sore throat and fast? Pickle juice – that’s right, gargle pickle juice for immediate, lasting relief. As unusual as it sounds, pickle juice is an effective remedy for sore throats and can actually help you heal!  Pickle juice contains two main ingredients that make it an effective treatment for sore throats – vinegar and salt. These ingredients function to cleanse the throat, fight infection, and reduce inflammation. Vinegar even helps balance out the body’s pH to establish a more controlled level of health and wellness.  The pickle juice helped tremendously!!! I used 3 tablespoons of pickle juice ….warmed it … then drank automatically it cleared my sinuses.  DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS PICKLE JUICE REMEDY WITHOUT FOOD IN YOUR STOMACH!
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I also tried the apple cider vinegar, honey and hot water for my sore throat and the pain went away almost immediately after the first sip. The honey & apple cider vinegar relieved the  pain.
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A bout of flu typically lasts one to two weeks, with severe symptoms subsiding in two to three days. However, weakness, fatigue, dry cough, and a reduced ability to exercise can linger for three to seven days.
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Best Foods for Cold-Like Symptoms

Broth-Based Soup.  . Now this one isn’t just an old wives’ tale—chicken noodle soup actually can help soothe a cold. …

Rice , bland foods that are easy on the stomach. … eggs,

Spicy and Acidic Foods.

Raw Tomatoes. …
Raw Citrus Fruits. …
Raw Garlic. …
Raw Ginger. …
Raw Avocado.
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When you have a fever, drink fluids to avoid dehydration.  Drink at least 2 liters each day of liquids With a fever, appetite is low (or gone), and most important is to remain hydrated.  Water, soup, fruit juice, and hot tea with lemon are all good choices. If fever is uncomfortable, sponge your body with lukewarm water to reduce fever. Do not use cold water or ice. Lowering the fever will not make your symptoms go away faster, but it may make you more comfortable Sip clear drinks to keep your fluids up , juices, sports drinks, ginger ale, clear broths, gelatin, and ice pops. Start with small amounts, like 4 to 8 ounces at a time for adults and 1 ounce or less at a time for children. Only use clear liquids (clear broth, juice, lemon-lime soda).
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Take a Steamy Shower  Steamy showers moisturize your nasal passages and relax you. If you’re dizzy from the flu, run a steamy shower while you sit on a chair nearby and take a sponge bath.

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Sleep With an Extra Pillow Under Your Head This will help with the drainage of nasal passages.

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Menthol Menthol products, Vaseline, tiger balm,  have a strong smell that can cut through blocked noses. A small dab of cream or gel under the nose can help open up blocked nasal passages and may sooth skin under the nose that may have become tender from a lot of nose blowing.

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What causes colds and the flu?

Viruses. Over 100 different viruses can cause colds. There aren’t as many viruses that cause the flu. That’s why there’s a shot for the flu and not for colds.

What can you do to feel better?

There’s no cure for a cold or the flu. Antibiotics don’t work against viruses. All you can do to feel better is treat your symptoms while your body fights off the virus (see below).

Ways to treat your cold/flu symptoms

  • Stay home and rest, especially while you have a fever.
  • Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke, which can make cold symptoms worse.
  • Drink plenty of fluids like water, fruit juices and clear soups. Fluids help loosen mucus. Fluids are also important if you have a fever because fever can dry up your body’s fluids, which can lead to dehydration.
  • Don’t drink alcohol.
  • Gargle with warm salt water a few times a day to relieve a sore throat. Throat sprays or lozenges may also help relieve the pain.
  • Use saline (salt water) nose drops to help loosen mucus and moisten the tender skin in your nose.

Should you take medicine for a cold or the flu?

No medicine can cure a cold or the flu. Medicine can, however, help relieve some of your cold or flu symptoms. Check with your doctor before giving any medicine to children.

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  Notice the importance of washing hands, since some viruses seem able to live up to 3 weeks on door knobs, etc., and hands are a common method of spreading a virus to your moth and next to the rest of your body
  
Symptom Cold Flu
Fever Fever is rare with a cold. Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.
Coughing A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold. A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).
Aches Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold. Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.
Stuffy Nose Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week. Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.
Chills Chills are uncommon with a cold. 60% of people who have the flu experience chills.
Tiredness Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold. Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.
Sneezing Sneezing is commonly present with a cold. Sneezing is not common with the flu.
Sudden Symptoms Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days. The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.
Headache A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold. A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.
Sore Throat Sore throat is commonly present with a cold. Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.
Chest Discomfort Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold. Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.
 
How do I treat a cold?
  • There is no cure for the common cold. You  can simply ease the symptoms while you have a cold.
  • Get plenty of rest and fluids

Take an Over the Counter medication to make yourself more comfortable by easing symptoms.

How do I treat the flu?
  • Like  the cold, there is no single “cure” for the flu. Look to ease symptoms while you have the flu.
  • Because the symptoms are similar, many of the treatments that work to ease cold symptoms also ease flu symptoms.
  • See a doctor if your symptoms include trouble breathing, faintness or very high fever.
How do I prevent colds and flus?
  • A good, healthy lifestyle including adequate sleep, moderate exercise and a balanced diet will help keep you and your immune system strong.
  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your mouth and nose with your hands.
  • Avoid crowded places during the peak of cold and flu season.
What should I know about the flu vaccine?
  • The flu vaccine comes in two forms: injection and nasal mist.
  • The vaccine is not 100 percent effective in preventing the flu, but is generally believed to be about 70 to 90 percent effective.
  • Because the flu virus is constantly changing, you must get the flu vaccine every year, preferably at the beginning of flu season, in order for it to be most effective.

How can you tell if you have a cold or the flu?

A cold and the flu cause many of the same symptoms. But a cold is generally mild, while the flu tends to be more severe.

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Emergency Cold/Flu Symptoms:

In children:

  • High (above 102 F) or prolonged fever
  • A cold that lasts for more than 10 days
  • Trouble breathing, fast breathing or wheezing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Earache or drainage from the ear
  • Changes in mental state (such as not waking up, irritability or seizures)
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve, but return with a fever and a worse cough
  • Worsening of chronic medical condition (such as diabetes or heart disease)

In adults:

  • High (above 102 F) or prolonged fever
  • A cold that lasts for more than 10 days
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest
  • Fainting or feeling like you are about to faint
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Severe pain in your face or forehead
  • Hoarseness, sore throat or a cough that won’t go away

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Sleepless nights equal more colds in US study
Reuters –  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – People who sleep less than seven hours a night are three times as likely to catch a cold as their more well-rested friends and neighbours, US researchers reported on Monday.
Good night’s sleep may prevent a cold, study finds Boston Globe
7 Tips on Fighting Off a Cold U.S. News & World Report
Washington Post – Minneapolis Star Tribune – WebMD – AHN
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All the adds, promises, health claims, advice on the net are to be   taken   with a grain of salt ? “(With) a grain of salt”, (or “a pinch of salt”) is an idiom of the English language, which means to view something with skepticism or not to interpret something literally. Meaning to take something lightly. In Latin the word for salt is the same as the word for wisdom One should to take into consideration the source of the information as possibly unreliable or prone to exaggeration and therefore the information itself should be “seasoned” to adjust for that bias.

One needs to be cautious about believing the information he has received.

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The important issue of our personal health..

This is not medical advice you need to reject.. but it may help you discuss your problems with your Doctor who seem too often to need a light into the right direction.. 1hrtbig

To Help with many person’s medical symptoms of their diseases often we may still  have to deal with the root causes of their sicknesses too.. including their stress, anxieties, their wrong doings too. Hypertension is another  main, leading personal cause of heart attacks, strokes and other major medical problems. For most North Americans even if you don’t have high blood pressure now, you need to make a serious lifestyle, food  adjustments now to avoid personal health problems, especially Cancer and Heart diseases next in one’s future. A person is considered hypertensive with a blood-pressure reading of 140/90 millimetres of mercury (mmHg) or higher. Healthy adults should have a blood pressure in the range of 120/80 mmHg, although that target varies with age and other health conditions. There are many DIFFERENT factors that contribute to high blood pressure, including first the type of one’s food consumption, too much read meat, not enough fruit and vegetables,  being overweight, a lack of physical activity, excessive sodium consumption and aging. Hypertension, while it has few obvious symptoms, is a leading risk factor for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. God is a God of love and he really does not want us to suffer needlessly so he is willing to help us if we meet his conditions as defined also  in the Bible. (1 Cor 10:21 KJV)  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

Did you know that a threat of public exposure, a threat of a lawsuit, is still the biggest motivator for the medical personnel as well, so as ” a good rule” never go to see a doctor alone, do see two at least, and always try to take a loud mouthed wittness as well with you.. for you will likley next get better care.. http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/quebec-doctors-want-a-legal-pardon-for-their-murders-of-citizens-patients/

With the comfort we receive we tend to comfort other… but not always??? I know that Doctors and nurses, dieticians could do a lot better job at it.. For sure! Now also unacceptably we all next sadly we tend to find out how good good the medical system is in reality when we really need it and next much too late now too, and why too?

The still unacceptable waiting in the local emergency ward, doctor’s office.. Most sick People generally still do have to go to the emergency department over any where else cause that is the only place where they can do a decent medical test more quickly too.. and that is if you can get in pass the medical security gaurd, the head triage nurse..

May I also remind you that even a dozen hired nurses do not compensate for one medical doctor still too..

The other day AT THE LaSalle ANGRIGNON what should have taken 15 minutes a piece for 5 OR ABOUT 1.5 HOURS , RATHER it took 3 hours TOGETHER firstly and it took 2 nurses, one doctor, and 1.5 receptionists to do it..

Not because I want to but because I have a need to do so, I have to spend a lot of time, hours often in hospitals, emergency wards, doctors office, so I can sit and observe what I have noticed the last many years.. too often in too many places still too we have the big or small hospitals, with plenty of workers, loads of walking the halls, yes walking the halls often.. non supervised hospital employees not doing their jobs, not at their job spots, desks but them walking from one office to another talking to their friends.. they are not very well supervised..

YES TOO MANY OF OUR CIVIL AN PUBLIC SERVANTS, OUR EMPLOYEES STILL WANTING TO BE PAID FOR NOT DOING TOO MUCH, FOR THEIR NOT DOING ANYTHING, FOR THEIR NOT DOING THEIR JOBS PROPERLY

THE VERY SAD THING IS I CAN often SEE THE VERY SAME THING IN MUNICIPAL CITY HALLS.. empty desks and chairs because they employees is visiting a colleagues in another department, walking the halls, taking a coffee, smoke break..

Now in the real world they all would have been fired long time ago for doing this, so why do we allow any of the civil, public servants, medical personnel do it still too?

The still unacceptable waiting in the local emergency ward..

Isn’t it nice that some things do not change, they are so dependable, such as the inefficient usage of the local Hospital facilities, and medical personnel , staff as well/ Wrong! Some things are never acceptable.

I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SIT FOR A FEW HOURS WITH MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR AT THE LOCAL EMERGENCY WARD IN THE LASALLE ANGRIGNON-MONTREAL HOSPITAL, AGAIN.

So I had to hear all the complaining firsthand from the sick patients about the poor services again too. If the Health Minister was not such a pretender, coward too, now he would try that himself. And learn a few things. Such as having only one medical doctor on duty is guarantee way to insure major unacceptable slow down in the emergency department. On top of that as I know first hand and often, the quality of services you get THERE TOO depends on the quality of the doctor himself, and half of them, the clearly really poor ones should be employed for a start elsewhere, and have half of their salary cut as well next rightfully too.

Now from years of experience I do also next a Hospital tour. I walk around the hospitals and observe how many hospital employees I can see talking in a group, or just floor walking, and the medical personnel not at their desks, offices, and I had now clearly observed firstly that this hospital was not even being utilized to a 50 percent capacity, never mind now 75 percent. Clearly bad hospital mangers are responsible for this and there is a significant room for improvement. Being nice to even one bad person is still a major waste of time, and most Hospital managers, employees REALLY STILL do not care at all about the patient’s good welfare, sickness, problems, BUT ONLY THEIR OWN GOOD WELFARE, for all they staff care about is keeping their own jobs, getting a raise, promotion and doing the minimum amount of work possible too, because only the fear of firing can cause any hospital employee to do a better job.. So start by firing the bad Hospital managers. Bad School mangers, etc.. Health and education Ministers firstly as well.

Some things seem to never change, such as cold calloused, pretentious Ministers, Health Ministers included who really do not care if the others live or die, as long as they alone survive it seems still too. I could not help but notice and read the great newspaper articles about heart care tips.. but what about all of those people where these tips are too late and the mostly pretentious health care is not there for them.. face it to get get real health care you have to get the attention of the emergency department, triage care givers, that is if you can get past those preeminent security guards there, too often pretentious triage nurses, who screen all the patients firstly. and if you still are not dumb to recognize that now hiring 12 nurses who get the same pay as one doctor cannot, do not make up, compose one qualified medical doctor firstly as well. Nurses have 2 years of training while doctors have at least a decade, so they the real doctors do have both a deeper and wider applicable knowledge base too.

Secondly most of the initial doctor prescribed medical test for potentially serious heart problems are really pretentious, cheap, ineffective, basically all useless, and are mostly now used because the real valid medical tests such as the Echocardiogram are mostly unavailable and too costly to be used immediately too, for most people who really do need them.

“Some noninvasive Heart tests, and not all of them are fully effective even.. most tests still do require professional diagnostic experiences solely by qualified cardiologists.
-Resting electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
-Signal-averaged electrocardiogram (SAECG)
-Chest X-ray
-Holter monitor (ambulatory electrocardiogram)
these above are pretentious heart tests that make money for the doctor but are not good enough,,

More suitable heart tests
-Echocardiogram
-Exercise stress test
-Computed tomography (CT) scan
-Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
-Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA
-The echocardiogram is a test in which ultrasound is used to examine the heart. The equipment is far superior to that used by fishermen. In addition to providing single-dimension images, known as M-mode echo that allows accurate measurement of the heart chambers, the echocardiogram also offers far more sophisticated and advanced imaging. The first test that should be done for most people with potential heart problems often seems rather firstly reserved for the pregnant mothers rather still too.” http://www.heartsite.com/html/echocardiogram.html

Based on that above facts alone a triage Medical doctor said today to me that he would love to hire me to help out in his emergency clinic, since few people do now even have that essential medical heart problem grasp, and what about you?

Or are you another one of those people who will let most of the really sick and needy heart patients die next needlessly too by doing nothing good about it too?
http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/10/27/the-important-issue-of-our-personal-health/

Despite political focus post-SARS, hospital infection rates … The Canadian Press – TORONTO – Toronto’s SARS crisis and Quebec’s C. difficile nightmare drew political attention – and additional funding – to the problem of hospital-acquired infections.
Canada’s hospitals not doing enough to fight infections: Report Calgary Herald
Report: Hospital infections on the rise Globe and Mail
Science Daily (press release)
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“CP Despite political focus post-SARS, hospital infection rates continued to rise TORONTO — Toronto’s SARS crisis and Quebec’s C. difficile nightmare drew political attention – and additional funding – to the problem of hospital-acquired infections. But despite that, rates of these infections continued to rise in the years immediately following the outbreaks, a new study reveals. Rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus – known as MRSA – more than doubled in the period from 1999 to 2005, said the study, which was based on a survey of Canadian hospitals with more 80 or more patient beds. Clostridium difficile infections ( shit disease ) also rose over that period and the number of hospitals reporting new cases of infection with vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus climbed 77 per cent over the period. “Despite the two major communicable diseases – SARS and C. difficile – despite the emphasis by the Canadian Public Safety Institute on safer health care, despite all those things, our institutional approaches to infection control have changed remarkably little,” said Dr. Andrew Simor, head of microbiology at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Simor was not involved in the study. “And the outcomes, as a result, have gone in the wrong direction.” The survey was conducted in 2006 by researchers from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and was a follow-up to an earlier survey conducted in 1999. Both were funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The results, which will be published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, showed that while hospitals reported an increase in staff devoted to infection control, increasing numbers of patients fell prey to hospital-acquired infections. There were 5.2 cases of MRSA per 1,000 hospital admissions in 2005, up from two per 1,000 in 1999. There was also an upward trend in C. difficile infections, and the number of hospitals reporting new cases of infection with VRE soared. “We have to roll up our sleeves,” said lead author Dr. Dick Zoutman, head of infection control at Kingston General Hospital. But while the numbers don’t look good, the director of infectious disease prevention and control with Ontario’s public health agency raised a couple of important caveats. Dr. Michael Gardam suggested hiring new infection control staff is only one step in improving a hospital’s infection control performance. Real improvement requires a commitment and effort from all those involved in patient care in an institution, he said – and that takes time. “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” Gardam said. “You need to have more infection control practitioners. And you need to bring about culture change. And just doing the resources side of things I don’t believe will actually get you there.” Gardam also suggested the numbers might have been worse but for the injection of resources that followed the 2003 SARS outbreak and the C. difficile crisis, which first came to light in 2004. “Probably we are having an impact, we are slowing the increase,” said Gardam, who was not involved in the study. “But we’re not actually achieving a real steady state and we’re not actually seeing a decrease.” That’s especially worrying given the current state of the economy, said both Zoutman and Simor, who noted that infection control efforts are an easy target when hospitals are trying to cut costs. “I’m concerned now that it’s more challenging economic times … that we don’t lose (sight of) this,” said Zoutman. “Because it’s a false economy. It’s penny wise, pound foolish.” ”

And Melamine is sometimes illegally added to food products in order to increase the apparent protein content. Manufacturers knowingly and intentionally mix Melamine, which has some rather nasty ingredients, in our milk. To mix this product, they needed the use of formaldehyde, which is a very toxic and nasty ingredient in itself. Where has the integrity of our products gone? It seems like in the venture of profit many companies will trick and deceive customers into believing whatever they are ingesting is good for them. One important matter though is that, it is not only China who is doing such acts. Many companies everywhere are also putting toxic ingredients in our food and beverages without exactly telling us about it. http://augustafreepress.com/2008/10/13/haresh-daswani-watching-what-you-eat/

What a real crummy, still bad, unacceptable health care system we have in Canada these days too

Now rightfully all of you fix the problem and immediately too.

AND SADLY MANY TIMES BEFORE IN THE LAST 2 DECADES I have written this to you before.. that all this too is still too common

The important issue of our heart health too.. I firstly still do prefer to use the analytical, scientific, engineering study approach,


Now I know that many of us will have cancer, diabetes, heart problems and at last 50 percent of that will be for sure food related, meaning we are a product of what we all do eat.

Following my heart attacks, heart failures, diabetes, next I have regularly for the last 15 years contacted my many medical experts, and asked them approaches questions. Such questions as to why I became sick, when the false traditional answer of me smoking or dinking, does , did not apply for I have been an abstainer all of my life, from smoking, alcohol, bad drugs, or whatever.. and answers like bad food, unresolved stress, dental- teeth issues. lack of exercise being more appropriate too.

Of significance to note that while I changed my eating habits to reduce my glucose sugar levels and bad Cholesterols following many dietician’s advice at the Hospitals
– My first shock was how regularly, undeniably the diabetes meters of wrong, much too often by 30 to 300 percent
– My first shock was how regularly, undeniably the new change of eating habits was not always a positive venture, but rather even a negative venture, where to Doctor next seriously told me to go back my old eating habits those I had at home with may parents till left home at the age of 25 when I got married.. and next started to get sick..

so our past original cultural food, the food we are used to eat at home, and the deviation plays a significant part in the possible sickness of ours now too when we start eating the new foods.. why?

According to the medical experts many people die needlessly, even heart attacks and strokes are highly preventable. In fact, seven of ten Americans who die each year, die of a preventable chronic disease such as heart disease and diabetes While 95 percent of the health care dollars in the US are spent on treating disease, little attention is paid to preventing disease, which should be a national priority ‘

Here Just for a start Most of us are doing some very wrong things…

-We Smoke, Take bad drugs, Consume alcohol
The risk of dying of a heart attack is four times higher in people who smoke than in those who don’t smoke. Many of us are under the impression that the major danger from smoking is cancer but that’s not quite true; smoking is the major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. In fact, about 40 percent of deaths caused by cardiovascular disease are due to smoking. Bad drugs can cause cardiac arrest, heart attacks, and alcohol causes permanent brain cell damages . Avoid alcohol consumption. 5 to 7 percent of the hypertension we see in people is due to high alcohol intake. The World Health Organization estimates that almost 2/3 of strokes and 50 percent of heart attacks are caused by high blood pressure.

-We Don’t Walk enough
Over the past 50 years, health professionals have examined the association between physical activity and the risk for heart disease. The findings consistently reveal that people who are physically active have half the risk for heart attacks than people who are not active. Those studies show also that at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, on most days of the week, is sufficient to reduce the risk of heart attack

-We Eat Too Much Saturated Fat
There’s a reason why health authorities advise us to limit the consumption of saturated fat:
Saturated fat is the most rigid of all fats and is solid at room temperature. Solid fats are hard to dissolve and can easily get stuck in your arteries.
When you eat too much saturated fat, your liver keeps producing cholesterol and you end up with much more cholesterol than you need.
Limit saturated fat consumption to less than 10 percent of the total calories ingested per day.

We Ingest Too Many Foods Containing Hydrogenated Oils or Trans Fats
Hydrogenated oils or trans fats as they are usually called, are produced artificially by injecting molecules of hydrogen in vegetable oils, a process called hydrogenation. Through this process, the oil, which is liquid at room temperature, changes its original form and becomes solid. In other words, it becomes saturated fat. In addition, the unnatural shapes of trans fats cause our cells to become malformed and to malfunction. And that includes the cells of the heart and the arteries. Read the food label and avoid products which contain trans fats or hydrogenated fats.

-We Don’t Eat Enough Fruits and Vegetables
We know that people who consume plant foods regularly have a lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t include them in their diet.
Fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals, nonnutritive chemicals found in plant foods that protect their host plants from infections and microbial invasions. However, phytochemicals are also crucial in protecting humans against many diseases, including heart disease.

-We Have Too Much personal Stress and we have not learned how to diffuse it, how to properly handle it, even to walk away from it,
Eighty percent of the population suffers from some kind of symptoms caused by stress which many times end up in illnesses such as high blood pressure—a risk factor for heart attack. One of the reasons why you succumb to disease easily is because tension reduces your body’s capacity to adapt to today’s changing environment.

and there is more..

Now we should already all should know that unresolved stress, smoking, alcohol, bad drugs, inadequate physical exercises, lack of proper sleep, bad teeth, over weight, and poor eating habits do cause heart attacks that kill people..

http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/publichealthpriorities.html
http://www.tobaccofreeutah.org/finalpressrelease.doc

Diabetes – Heart Health Oct 28, ‘08 9:12 AM
by just for everyone

The INTERHEART study, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, shows that the risk of heart attack crosses geographic boundaries and correlates strongly to the so-called Western diet that favors salty snacks and fried foods, and to a lesser extent, meat. The risk, spread over five continents, is 30% higher for those who eat a Western diet, the study shows, than for those who adhere to a “prudent diet,” or one rich in fruits and vegetables. An Oriental diet, which is high in tofu and other soy products, doesn’t seem to lower or raise heart attack risk overall, according to the study. Researchers out of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, examined dietary trends among more than 16,000 participants in 52 countries who were recruited between 1999 and 2003. One-third of the participants, or 5,761 people, were interviewed after having a single heart attack; the remaining 10,646 had no known heart disease, including angina, and did not suffer from diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol. The mean age of participants was between 53 and 57 years old. The study categorized eating patterns as Western, Oriental, and prudent. Participants answered written questions and were interviewed by medical personnel about their consumption of 19 food categories, including leafy greens, pickled foods, dairy products, and desserts. All answers were scored according to dietary risk. The study accounted for other risk factors like smoking, body mass index, age, physical activity, sex, and geographical region in assessing overall heart attack risk. It did not track long-term changes in regional eating habits and their link with health problems. Researchers concluded that the higher the regular intake of fried and salty foods, the higher the risk of heart attack regardless of which region of the world one resides in; prudent dietary habits carried the lowest risk. An Oriental diet seemed to be protective against heart attack in some regions of the world, but was not the best hedge overall, perhaps because of the high salt content of soy and other sauces common in the dining choices. “The objective of this study was to understand the modifiable risk factors of heart attacks at a global level,” says Salim Yusuf, DPhil, the study’s senior author. “This study indicates that the same relationships that are observed in Western countries exist in different regions of the world.” Yusuf is a professor of medicine at McMaster University and is director of the Population Health Research Institute at Hamilton Health Sciences in Ontario, Canada. The study acknowledges that serving sizes and preparation technique (the type of fat used in cooking, for example) could play a role in increasing heart attack risk in participants adhering to a Western diet. http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20081020/western-diet-is-a-global-heart-risk

Oct. 27, 2008 — A review of 40 clinical drug trials failed to produce reliable conclusions about the effects of oral diabetes medicines on cardiovascular health, despite controversy over the drug Avandia. However, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health did find that metformin seemed to be associated with a decrease in heart disease and heart-related deaths Despite a finding that the drug trials, most of them short-term, were not comprehensive enough to yield the best data, researchers point to metformin as a drug that is “moderately protective” and Avandia as “possibly harmful.” The earlier analysis of the effect of diabetes drugs on cardiovascular health, reported in TheNew England Journal of Medicine in 2007, showed that Avandia, which works well to reduce blood sugar, was associated with a higher risk of heart attack. However, researchers in that case also acknowledged that their conclusions were limited by a lack of access to original clinical data. http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20081027/do-diabetes-drugs-affect-heart-health
– It may be possible for people with type 2 diabetes to reverse a heart threat without surgery, a new study shows. The study included 358 people with type 2 diabetes who took stress tests to check their heart’s health. The stress tests showed that a fifth of the patients had silent myocardial ischemia. Translation: Those patients had no heart disease symptoms, but their heart muscle didn’t get enough oxygen during the stress test. Heart muscle needs oxygen, which it gets from blood. Blood flow to the heart muscle suffers if the coronary arteries narrow. Ischemia (and possibly a heart attack) can be the result. The patients and their doctors were free to pick any ischemia treatment. None of the patients got surgery, but they tended to start taking at least one of the following medications:

Aspirin
Statin drugs, which lower LDL (”bad”) cholesterol
ACE inhibitors, which lower blood pressure

Three years after their initial stress test, the patients repeated the stress test. The researchers expected that the patients’ ischemia would have worsened. But they were wrong. Of the 71 patients who had ischemia at the study’s start, 56 patients (79%) no longer had ischemia three years later. That finding was “striking and unexpected,” write Yale University’s Frans Wackers, MD, and colleagues. The researchers aren’t sure that the medications reversed ischemia. For instance, the study doesn’t show whether the patients also got serious about their diet and exercise after learning they had silent cardiac ischemia, or which medications helped most. The surprising results deserve further research, Wackers and colleagues conclude.
http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20071026/diabetes-heart-help-without-surgery

Potassium and Your Heart

Potassium is a simple mineral with a crucial job: helping your heart beat. A hundred thousand times a day, potassium helps trigger your heart’s squeeze of blood through your body. If you have high blood pressure, heart failure, or heart rhythm problems, getting enough potassium is especially important. And although potassium and cholesterol aren’t directly related, eating a potassium-rich diet just might lower your cholesterol, too.

Potassium: Abundant and invisible
Potassium exists in abundance in soil and seawater. A healthy amount of potassium is essential to all plant and animal life. A critical electrolyte, potassium allows our muscles to move, our nerves to fire and our kidneys to filter blood. The right balance of potassium literally allows the heart to beat. Most people get plenty of potassium just by eating a normal American diet. The main source of potassium in our food is fruits and vegetables. Dairy products, whole grains, meat, and fish also provide potassium.

Excellent sources of potassium include:

potatoes
tomatoes
avocados
fresh fruits (bananas, oranges, and strawberries)
orange juice
dried fruits (raisins, apricots, prunes, and dates)
spinach
beans and peas
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is the best way to get enough potassium. You’ll also get the other benefits of a high fruits-and-veggies diet. Those include:

reduction of heart disease risk
lower cancer risk
lower risk for obesity
Potassium and your heart
In healthy amounts, potassium is a heart-friendly mineral. Potassium doesn’t treat or prevent heart disease. Numerous studies show, though, that getting enough potassium has heart-healthy benefits in several important ways.

Potassium and high blood pressure

In one major study of people with high blood pressure, taking potassium supplements reduced systolic blood pressure (the top number) by about 8 points. But you don’t have to pop potassium pills to get the heart-healthy benefits. A diet high in fruits and vegetables (good sources of potassium) and fat-free or low-fat dairy foods can help lower systolic blood pressure by more than 10 points in people with hypertension.

Potassium and high cholesterol

A direct link between potassium and cholesterol hasn’t been established. But it’s interesting that many diets proven to lower cholesterol are also high in potassium. If you have abnormal cholesterol levels, you’re at higher than average risk for heart disease. The same goes for anyone with any of the other risk factors for atherosclerosis:

smoking
high blood pressure
age over 55 for men or 65 for women
lack of exercise
obesity

Taking potassium isn’t known to reduce the risk of heart attacks. But by making sure you’re taking in enough potassium, you’ll probably end up eating more fruits and vegetables. A healthy diet — high in fruits and veggies and low in saturated fat and cholesterol — can help cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease

Potassium and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias)

For people with abnormal heart rhythms, potassium may be even more important. Potassium is hiding inside every heartbeat. Each heart muscle needs just the right potassium balance in order to contract in a coordinated fashion.

People who’ve had abnormal heart rhythms — arrhythmias or dysrhythmias — are at risk for an uncoordinated heart rhythm. Some abnormal heart rhythms include:

atrial fibrillation
atrial flutter
ventricular tachycardia
ventricular fibrillation
supraventricular tachycardia
Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome
People with a history of arrhythmias should see a doctor on a regular basis. A periodic potassium check might be part of your routine doctor’s visits.

Potassium and heart failure

For many people with heart failure (also called congestive heart failure), getting enough potassium is especially important. Some diuretics — water pills — for heart failure can cause you to lose potassium in the urine. Potassium supplements or a potassium-rich diet can put it back. Ask your doctor before starting a potassium supplement on your own because it may not be necessary.

Potassium: How much?
When it comes to potassium, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Healthy people shouldn’t have any problems from eating a high-potassium diet or taking potassium supplements as directed. But people with kidney problems or certain other conditions such as the following need to be cautious about potassium intake:

acute renal failure
chronic kidney disease or dialysis dependence
use of medications that increase potassium levels, including spironolactone (Aldactone), triamterene, or trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim)
How much potassium should you be eating? The easiest thing to do is to increase the amount of high-potassium fruits and vegetables in your diet. You’ll be getting plenty of potassium — with no calculator required.

If you really feel like counting, the USDA recommends 4,700 milligrams of potassium per day. You can find the potassium content in foods on their package labels or from the USDA Web site: http://www.nal.usda.gov.

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/potassium-and-your-heart

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Short sleep tied to heart disease risk National Post – NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People with high blood pressure who get less than the standard amount of sleep may face an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, researchers reported Monday.
Sleeping too little may raise risk of heart disease Reuters
Lack of sleep linked to heart disease AFP
Forbes – Telegraph.co.uk – The Press Association – Insidermedicine
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Third of heart risk down to food BBC News – Swapping fried and salty foods for salads could cut the global incidence of heart attacks by a third, a study of eating habits suggests.
Western Diet Boosts Global Heart Attack Risk 30% U.S. News & World Report
‘Western’ Diet Is a Global Heart Risk WebMD
KVEO-TV – AFP – CTV.ca – SmartAboutHealth
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Western diet to blame for 35% of heart attacks, global study suggests
CBC.ca – A Western diet rich in fried foods, salt and meat accounts for 35 per cent of heart attacks worldwide, researchers say. The findings support evidence that animal fat and junk food can lead to heart attacks.
In any diet, fried food, meat raise heart-attack risk: Study Canada.com
Western diet causes 30 per cent of all heart attacks CTV.ca
BBC News – Los Angeles Times – E Canada Now – The Canadian Press
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Diets worldwide that are rich in fried and salty foods increase heart attack risk, while eating lots of fruit, leafy greens and other vegetables reduces that risk, a groundbreaking study showed.

The study, called INTERHEART, looked at 16,000 heart attack patients and controls between 1999 and 2003 in countries on every continent, marking a shift from previous studies which have focussed on the developed world… The researchers found that people who eat a diet high in fried foods, salty snacks, eggs and meat — the “Western Diet” — had a 35 percent greater risk of having a heart attack than people who consumed little or no fried foods or meat, regardless of where they live.

Most people also do not even know how to eat proper foods, even professionals included.. thus next a lot of people do have related health problems..

I made a study for years of the reasons many people get heart attacks .. it is often a family disease, meaning related family bad habits.. such as the lack of physical exercise, how one handles the stressful situations, how well you sleep included.. and the type of food eaten and how it is prepared… steamed food is advisable and often thus too.. The quality of sleep is more important than the Quantity too. Heart stress and food digestion are also related, related even to cancer, having heart attacks now as well. Jesus will do his part, heal us after we do our part first.

It is also now very undeniable we are all also a by product as well as what we eat.. and even a Potassium deficiency.. causes of which are many.. including a medicinal side effect, and the consumption of salt, soft drinks..

If Mother Nature was to deprive you of potassium completely, hard scientific evidence proves you would be dead in less than three weeks. Some Symptoms of Potassium Deficiency: Bad circulation, bluish tint to skin, Chronic-Fatigue Syndrome, diabetes, earaches, edema, headaches, heart palpitations, hypertension, insomnia, intestinal pain, muscle weakness, oppressive breathing, pain in the eyes, prolapsed uterus, swollen glands, tissue anemia, and water retention. http://www.infoforyourhealth.com/Heart%20Conditions/Congestive%20Heart%20Failure.htm

Risks of heart attack the number one killer of persons can also be directly related to bacteria in gum plaque and not merely to one’s smoking or drinking alcohol habits for a start.. This Bacteria that live in the sub-gingival plaques can increase the risk of heart attack for all people.

A recent Medical study describes the association between heart disease and gum disease to be at least as strong as the linkage of heart disease to cholesterol, body weight, or smoking. In fact, research suggests that gum disease may be a more serious risk factor for heart disease than hypertension, smoking, cholesterol, gender and age. So Good dental hygiene could save your life save you from a heart attack . Science has recently found a direct connection between gum disease and inflammation of the arteries, blood clots, hemorrhages, strokes and heart attacks. Add to this that over half of all American men have some form of gum disease and you have the ingredients for an epidemic. Despite this connection, conventional medicine has completely ignored oral health in their heart recommendations. Reference: American Academy of Periodontology, News release, June 2005 http://www.medindia.net/News/view_news_main.asp?x=3802&t=gn

Healthy Teeth Can Reduce Heart Attack Risk- Healthy teeth could help to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, current studies show.Experts say there is increasing evidence of a link between gum disease and heart disease. Experts say “If you have a healthy mouth you are less likely to get coronary heart disease.” After reviewing all of the studies comparing the two disorders, Dental Journals say that periodontal disease could be as significant a risk factor for heart disease as smoking and a high cholesterol diet. “Evidence is now emerging that dental health, in particular periodontal disease, may also be a significant risk for the development of coronary heart disease,” experts claim. “In general the most important studies are large and the quality of epidemiology has been good. There is probably now enough evidence to suggest that there is a relationship in which we, as dentists, should begin to be interested.” There are studies dating back to 1965, examining the link between the two diseases. In two of the larger studies done is the United States the evidence was striking. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Study in 1993, which included nearly 10,000 people aged 25-74, showed that patients with periodontal disease had a 25 percent increased risk of coronary heart disease compared to people without gum problems. A more recent study that involved 1,147 men found “the incidence of coronary heart disease, fatal coronary heart disease and stroke were all significantly related to the baseline periodontal status,” the study said. Smoking, diabetes and low socio-economic status have been implicated in both coronary heart disease and periodontal disease. Sugar and fluoride intake are also related to tooth decay and gum disease, and could be a contributing factor to heart attacks and strokes. Experts say one of the likely causes for the association between the two diseases is bacteria. “An interaction between specific bacteria in dental plaque (the soft layer of mainly bacteria that forms on the teeth) and platelets (components of blood involved in clotting) has also been suggested as contributing towards the association between periodontal disease and coronary heart disease.” Periodontitis is an infection of the gums which causes a natural defence mechanism in the body. The interaction is localised in the gums but it could also trigger reactions elsewhere in the body. “There is a lot of evidence now saying that chronic infections may be an important trigger for atheroma formation (degenerative changes in the arteries). We must consider periodontal disease as a similar chronic infection,” they say. The link appeared to be most obvious in men aged 40-50 years old but the majority of the analysis concerned men. Coronary heart disease is much more prevalent in males. Although women can also be affected by both diseases, they were generally not included in the studies. The present consensus is that Dentists should continue to emphasise that improving dental health generally — and gum health in particular — helps to maintain natural teeth and may also help to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. http://dentistcom.wordpress.com/2008/01/10/healthy-teeth-can-reduce-heart-attack-risk/

There have been many other similar collaborating medical studies too.. and why the poor people suffer the most.. it is they cannot afford regular dental cleaning and the costs of dentists.

“Heart attacks linked to nine risk factors: study – Washington, August 31 A large international study led by a Canadian has linked more than 90 per cent of heart attacks to nine easy-to-measure risk factors common to essentially every region and every ethnic group in the world, a media report has said. The study conducted under Salim Yusuf, Director of the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada) found that leading risk factors for heart attack were abnormal cholesterol, current smoking, abdominal obesity, depression and stress, high blood pressure and diabetes. According to the study preventive factors were eating fruits and vegetables daily, regular exercise and moderate alcohol consumption. “The risk factors are the same all over the planet,” said Jean-Pierre Bassand, President of the European Society of Cardiology. “Political action is desperately needed” in all countries to devise plans geared towards prevention, he said. The findings, said The Wall Street Journal, add to the evidence of the rising global burden of cardiovascular disease, particularly in developing countries, where it is supplanting infectious diseases as the most important cause of death. -Depression and stress, which were determined from several different questionnaires used in the study of 15,152 patients from 52 countries, accounted for a 2.5-fold risk in a person’s risk of a heart attack. – Regular consumption of fruits and vegetables was associated with a 30 per cent reduction of an individual’s risk of a heart attack while regular exercise lowered risk by 14 per cent.”

Why is the Latinos, Blacks, Natives, poor people subject so much to sickness.. they cannot afford the good food? or also do not know what good food is?

Researchers at Scotland’s University of Dundee administered aspirin, an antioxidant or a placebo to 1,276 adult diabetics with no initial symptoms of heart disease, and monitored their health for eight years. Neither the aspirin nor the antioxidant did any better than the placebo in reducing the incidence of heart attack or stroke.

Studies have shown that among people who have previously suffered a heart attack or stroke, aspirin reduces the risk of subsequent events by 25%. “The key message is to keep taking your aspirin if you’ve had a heart attack or stroke,”

Compared to the general population, diabetics are up to five times more likely to suffer from heart disease, and approximately 80% of people with the condition die from heart attack or stroke. But how much of this is still related to foods, stress, proper exercise, rest..

Did you know some medications, for even colds, flu, can increase your risk to a heart attack too?

Unfortunately it seems we still only get good, technical, medical advice after it is too late, the damage is done, but better late than never too?

Once your transmission on your car is broken you can forget driving it like before. And it is often too late to do exercise to try to fix the damaged heart too.. only the valid surgery and medication can basically help you.  

Take the time to read all of  the pages here, it will help you or someone else. Life requires our personal positive continual adaptation to the ongoing, changing events that surround our life. 

 

 
PS:
Study: Smoke-free laws may cut heart attack hospitalizations
CNN – 14 hours ago
By Miriam Falco ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — Implementing smoke-free policies can lead to a fewer hospitalizations resulting from heart attacks, according to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Study links smoking bans, heart attack rate Greeley Tribune
Our View: Smoking ban, one year later Northwest Herald
KKTV 11 News – The Associated Press – KDRV – Norman Transcript
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Let’s first be fair to ourselves and others and note that no one thing specifically causes all the cancers, diabetic sick persons, heart problems in the world, rather it is a combination of several different factors starting worth our personal ignorance, and the false neglect of the our Bodies. 
 
Baking soda .. When you get older you tend to find out easily that unresolved stress kills, but it tends to produce also ulcers,  acid reflux, other health common medical problems,
 
Baking soda can clean your teeth, clear your complexion and act as a natural antacid for heartburn.  With all of the instigates of heartburn, the thing that instigates the burning is forever the same. Acid from the stomach has squirted up through the lesser esophageal sphincter (LES) and attacked the throat. There are a lot of reasons that can occur. You can take the time to find out why it occurs to you and then try to dodge it. Or, if the occurrence is infrequent, you can just compact with the frequent tricky: acid. The reverse of acid is antacid or alkaline. That’s what baking soda is; which is why minimally with a little baking soda for heartburn is so efficient.
 
Also Eat alkaline foods from green fruits and vegetables.
ALKALINIZING RAW FOODS DEGREE OF ALKALINITY: HIGHEST TO LOWEST
45-30
figs, dried
apricot, dried
lima beans, dried

30-15
raisin
prune
swiss chard
dandelion greens
spinach
taro corms & tubers
soybean sprouts

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brussels sprouts
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horseradish, raw
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cauliflower
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peas, fresh green

Eat less more often rather then more less often. Eat smaller meals, and don’t eat close to bedtime.

(NaturalNews) Many components of the modern western diet – meats, fish, dairy products, most grains, sugars, alcohol and caffeinated drinks (in fact, almost everything except vegetables, millet, most fruits and, as we have just seen, apple cider vinegar) – contribute to one’s body becoming too acidic. This in turn can open the door to a variety of problems, some of them (including arthritic complaints) potentially serious if this acidic condition persists for many years.

This is because your body will attempt to compensate by retaining alkaline salts in the bloodstream to offset the increase of tissue acidity. Since your body can only tolerate a small imbalance in blood pH (the acid-alkali balance), it will rob alkaline components from other places – including your body’s precious alkaline reserves – in an effort to restore proper pH equilibrium. This can result in heartburn, digestive distress, stomach upset, fatigue and a multitude of other symptoms. Simple, inexpensive kitchen baking soda can fix this.
Very useful in keeping the body healthily alkalized is half to one teaspoon a day of baking soda in water. Don’t take it with or within an hour of meals, though, as the stomach needs to retain its acidity in order to perform its digestive functions effectively. A great deal of tap water (or even store-bought spring water) is surprisingly acidic; filtration will remove toxins but will not affect the pH balance of the water. (Baking soda can be used to reduce the corrosion of acidic drinking water in municipal water supplies, therefore reducing the toxicity of the lead and copper, which are dissolved from the pipes.) You can purchase a pH testing kit for home use very cheaply, and if the water you usually drink is acidic (i.e. with a pH of less than 7.0) you could remedy this cheaply and easily by adding a pinch of baking soda to all the water you consume.

Baking soda is also effective for polishing teeth (without scratching the tooth surface) and fighting bad breath (sprinkle a little on the toothbrush bristles). It can even be tried for exfoliating skin when acne is a problem (add a little to a facial cleanser in place of using a commercial facial scrub).

When baking soda is added to bath water, sunburn sufferers often experience a notable reduction in pain. Place a cup (8 ounces) of baking soda under the running bath tap so it dissolves completely, and soak in a lukewarm tub for about half an hour. Such a bath will soothe the pain – and you won’t have to endure the stinging sensation of a shower. Adding baking soda to a hot bath at any time also helps wash acid wastes out of the body.

In addition, baking soda can be used in cool (but not cold) bath water to soothe other skin irritations and alleviate itching from prickly heat, bee stings, insect bites, and other minor skin ailments. A paste (made with just enough water to get the desired sticky consistency) placed on an insect bite or sting and allowed to dry is a time-tested approach for drawing out and neutralizing poisons.
People with skin allergies who tend to react to commercial laundry detergents might find that washing their clothing and bedding in baking soda is less irritating.
Simple baking soda may also weaken the desire for a cigarette as well as reduce the desire for sugar and sweets. It’s used in kidney dialysis to reduce the level of acids in the bloodstream, and acts to prevent bacterial growth in food products. For general purposes of alkalinizing the body, quarter to half a teaspoon twice a day in water is usually enough.

The medicinal and self-care uses of baking soda were recognized by the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) more than 150 years ago. For years, baking soda has been recommended because of its antacid effects, mainly to neutralize stomach acids that can cause heartburn, acid indigestion and related discomforts.

As it mixes with the hydrochloric acid in the stomach, baking soda triggers a chemical reaction, and its end products are salt (NaCl, or sodium chloride), carbon dioxide (CO2) and water. The water is harmless, and the carbon dioxide gets released as a gas, producing a familiar burp once the acid is neutralized.

However, commercial antacid products only lessen symptoms of over-acidity by blocking the production of acid and can often produce unwanted side effects. They alter your body’s ability to absorb protein and calcium, which can then create the need for a calcium supplements to compensate.

If it were not for the presence of sodium – which makes the tissue in the stomach highly alkaline – the lining would be destroyed by the hydrochloric acid in the stomach. The stomach, intestines, joints and ligaments are in constant need of natural food-source sodium. Naturally occurring sodium is not to be confused with the sodium from common commercial table salt, which is processed with extreme heat using many chemical and bleaching agents.

Potassium neutralizes acid wastes, and in combination with sodium, maintains a healthy acid/alkaline balance. Potassium and sodium are nearly always found together in the body and perform many of the same functions. Second only to breathing and maintaining a heartbeat the most important metabolic function our body performs is to maintain a balanced pH. Baking soda, in small amounts, performs this function.

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Snack ideas

Snacks play a very important role in the daily life of a person with diabetes, particularly those with type 1 diabetes and insulin-requiring type 2 diabetes. For these people between-meal and bedtime snacks are essential to keep blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible and to help prevent low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).

Wherever you go you should always carry a supply of snacks to eat in case of low blood sugar — we keep snacks in our purse or briefcase, in the glove compartment of our car, in our office desk drawer, and in the sports bag that we carry to the exercise gym.

We’ve provided 37 snack recipes in our James Beard Cookbook Award-Winning Joslin Diabetes Gourmet Cookbook (Bantam Books) which you can purchase in our bookstore or borrow from most any library. The recipes run the gamut from Bruschetta to Stuffed Bread Slices, Zesty Corn Chips, Quick Passaladière, Dilled Potato-Cheese Soup, and Soft Pretzels. We also offer creative ways to combine “free foods” for when you are especially hungry and don’t want to use your carbo exchanges.

Here’s a list of snacks that can be purchased at most supermarkets calculated to supply 12 to 15 grams of carbohydrate or 1 carbohydrate (1 bread/starch) exchange:

1 small apple
8 animal crackers
4 medium fresh apricots or 7 dried halves
1/2 of a banana rolled with 2 tablespoons Grape Nuts cereal
1 cup cubed cantaloupe
12 Bing cherries
2 chocolate mousse bars (Weight Watchers)
1/2 cup chow mein noodles
3 dried dates
2 small dried figs
2 sugar-free fudgesickles
3 gingersnaps
36 Goldfish (adds 1 fat exchange)
3 graham crackers (2 1/2-inch square)
1/2 low-fat granola bar
15 grapes
5 kumquats
3 Lorna Doones (adds 1 fat exchange)
12 loquats
5 slices melba toast
1 small nectarine
1 cup skim milk
3 thin sliced Norwegian Kavli flatbread (2 thick sliced)
1 small orange
1 small peach
3 peanut butter sandwich crackers (adds 1 fat exchange)
1 small pear
16 Mr. Phipps Tater Crisps (adds 1 fat exchange)
2 small plums
24 oyster crackers
3 cups popcorn (popped by hot air, or low-fat microwave)
3 dried pitted prunes
15 fat-free potato or tortilla chips
3/4 ounce pretzels
2 tablespoons raisins
2 rice cakes (4″ diameter)
7 Ritz crackers (adds 1 fat exchange)
6 saltine crackers
2 Stella d’Oro Sesame Breadsticks (adds 1 fat exchange)
1 tangerine
15 Teddy Grahams (adds 1 fat exchange)
5 reduced-fat Triscuits
6 Vanilla Wafers (adds 1 fat exchange)
6 Waverly Wafers (adds 1 fat exchange)
12 Original Wheat Thins (adds 1 fat exchange)
13 Reduced-fat Wheat Thins (adds 1/2 fat exchange)
1 cup nonfat fruit-flavored yogurt (sweetened with sugar substitute)
1/2 cup of either I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt or TCBY frozen yogurt or Baskin Robbins, Sugar-Free Ice Cream
               
Microwave cooking

 The Good Health Microwave Cookbook (Bantam Books), Carl Jerome says “by its very nature the microwave encourages its user to prepare healthful food. It cooks without the need of added fat…the microwave enhances flavors, in large part, because it cooks foods without the need for added water — which drains food of its flavor — thus minimizing the need for salt.”

We agree! The microwave cooks fresh vegetables wonderfully (and makes frozen vegetables seem almost fresh). It cooks cereals, grains, beans, and peas perfectly. Fish cooked in the microwave is marvelous, and the microwave does an excellent job with poultry and game. Fruit is better when cooked in the microwave than on top of the stove or in the oven.

“The microwave is basically a giant steamer, ” says Lori Longbotham, author of Better by Microwave (Dutton Books). That’s probably why most people don’t care for microwave baked potatoes. The potato is cooked in about 7 minutes, but it’s actually been steamed and lacks the crunchy outside skin that makes a baked potato so wonderful. So, microwave the potatoes while you’re preheating the regular oven to 450°F (230°C). Finish the potatoes in the hot oven so they can develop a crisp skin.

Have you ever tried cooking artichokes in the microwave? Four artichokes, arranged in a shallow dish and sealed airtight with a double covering of plastic wrap, cook perfectly in less than 15 minutes, in about a quarter of the top-of-the-stove cooking time and without all the fuss. Fat spears of asparagus cook in 5 minutes, retaining their emerald green color and fresh-picked flavor. Brussels sprouts do an amazing thing when you cook them in a microwave. The leaves actually separate as the sprouts cook in about 7 minutes to a delicate flavor and leafy texture. A small head of cauliflower, cored and cut into flowerets, cooks in just 6 minutes with its natural, delicate cabbage flavor and flowery aroma intensified.

No need to husk your fresh corn before cooking, just arrange the corn still in its husks like spokes of a wheel on the floor of the microwave oven with the small ends in the center. Four ears of corn will take 10 minutes on HIGH. Using an oven mitt, remove the corn from the oven and carefully pull off the husks and silks (they will separate easily from the corn). Be careful as the corn will be cooked all the way through the cob. As the Persians do, dip the cooked corn on the cob briefly in a pot of lightly salted water and offer wedges of fresh lime to squeeze on the corn just before eating. You won’t miss the butter!

Food cooks (and reheats) better in round dishes in a microwave.  

Salt attracts microwaves. Add it after the cooking, not before.

Not all china, glass, plastic, and paper dishes are microwave-safe as we specify for in all of our recipes. To determine if a particular dish is usable, we like the test suggested in Microwave Cooking Handbook by the International Microwave Power Institute of Clifton, Virginia:

“Place a glass measuring cup with 1/2 cup water in the microwave oven. Set the dish to be tested near the measuring cup, but not touching. Microwave on HIGH (100 percent) power for one minute. If the dish is cool or slightly warm to the touch, the dish is acceptable for microwave cooking. The water (in the measuring cup) should be quite warm or hot. If the dish is hot, do not use it in a microwave.”

Cooking with a Microwave   One of the main reasons that we like microwave cooking is that we can cook delicious meals with little or no fat. A 4-ounce (120 g) boneless, skinless chicken breast half cooks to juicy perfection in 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Before cooking, rinse the chicken, blot with paper towels, sprinkle the chicken lightly with mixed Italian herbs and wrap in microwave-safe plastic wrap.

At the same time, you can cook a mix of thinly sliced onion and a few julienne strips of red and green bell peppers plus a quartered small red potato in 5 minutes. Add about 5 minutes for the pre-microwaving preparation time, and you have dinner done in 10 minutes — all on the same plate, if you like. (If cooking on one plate, start the vegetables and potato first and add the chicken after 2 1/2 minutes. Instant portion control with no tempting leftovers and only a plate, a chopping board, a sharp knife, and eating utensils to wash! Exchanges equal 4 very lean meat, 1 carbohydrate (1 bread/starch), and 1 vegetable.

Another time, you can do an instant “taco” salad dinner that makes 4 servings. First, crumble 1 pound (480 g) ground turkey in a microwave-safe colander set over a casserole dish. Microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes. Discard fat drippings and wipe out the casserole. Turn the cooked turkey into the casserole and stir in 1/2 cup (80 g) chopped onion, 1 cup (130 g) chopped zucchini, 1/2 tablespoon (7.5 ml) Mexican seasoning (if not available at your market, you can substitute 1 1/4 teaspoons (6.25 ml) chili powder and a 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) ground cumin), 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon (1.25) freshly ground pepper, and 1/2 cup (120 ml) purchased taco sauce. Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes. Spread 4 cups (224 g) shredded iceberg lettuce on a platter. Spoon hot turkey-vegetable mixture over the lettuce and sprinkle with 3 tablespoons (21 g) low-fat sharp cheddar cheese. Exchanges per serving will equal 3 very lean meat and 1 vegetable. 

Microwave Tips

  1. Keep in mind, that as in any type of cooking, top quality ingredients will always produce superior results. Make sure you shop carefully, choosing the best and freshest ingredients available and that you can afford.
  2. Since there is little evaporation in microwave cooking, food cooks in very little water — only a tablespoon or two is needed for vegetables.
  3. Food continues to cook after the microwave turns off whether it’s left in the oven or removed. Let the cooked food stand for about 1/3 of the original cooking time before serving.
  4. Rotate the dish midway during the cooking time if your oven doesn’t have a turntable. Even if it does, stir the food and rearrange it, turning large food items over. This helps the food to cook evenly.
  5. Arrange food so that the thinnest part of the food (i.e. chicken breast, fish fillets) is in the center and the thickest part toward the outside. Fold under the thin edges of fish fillets and other tapered food to cook more evenly.
  6. Salt on the surface of food attracts microwaves, drying out the surface. If using, either stir it in or better yet (we’re all watching our salt, anyway), sprinkle with a salt substitute after cooking.
  7. The recipes were tested on HIGH or full power at 650 to 700 watts in a carousel microwave using microwave-safe containers. Since microwave ovens vary significantly by manufacturer and model, you’ll need to determine the power of your own oven from the manufacturer’s instruction manual. If your microwave is less or more powerful (the newer models are 800 to 900 watts), add or deduct 15 seconds per minute per 100 watts of power difference. Watch the dish carefully, and be sure to rotate the dish occasionally while cooking, if your oven does not have a carousel.
  8. Not all china, glass, plastic, and paper products are microwave-safe as we specify for in all of our recipes. Only use paper plates and towels and plastic wraps and bags that say microwave-safe. Never use a brown paper bag or newspaper in a microwave. It may catch on fire. To determine if a particular dish is usable, we like the test suggested in Microwave Cooking Handbook by the International Microwave Power Institute of Clifton, Virginia:
    “Place a glass measuring cup with 1/2 cup water in the microwave oven. Set the dish to be tested near the measuring cup, but not touching. Microwave on HIGH (100 percent) power for one minute. If the dish is cool or slightly warm to the touch, the dish is acceptable for microwave cooking. The water (in the measuring cup) should be quite warm or hot. If the dish is hot, do not use it in a microwave.”
  9. Never operate an empty microwave oven.
  10. A microwave oven must be kept clean for best efficiency. If something splatters, clean the microwave before using. Refer to your owner’s operation manual as to how to best clean your microwave.
  11. When reheating something liquid such as soup, stir before, during, and after reheating.
  12. Be careful to not overcook. Check food at the minimum time, then cook more if necessary. You can always add more cooking time, but like a food processor, once you pass the optimum time, you can’t take the time away.

now it’s time to share some quick cooking tips.

  1. If you like the firmer skin of an oven-baked potato, shorten the baking time by piercing the potato with a fork and microwaving them for 10 minutes before finishing them off in the oven.
  2. If you’re baking a whole chicken, shorten the baking time by asking your butcher to butterfly the chicken for you.
  3. Turkey will roast more quickly if it’s not stuffed. Bake the stuffing alongside in a casserole during the last hour, adding a little more low-fat, low-sodium stock or broth to keep the stuffing moist.
  4. If wanting browned onions or other root vegetables, don’t add any salt until after they are nicely browned and caramelized. Salt slows down the caramelization process.
  5. Buy legumes such as beans, lentils, chickpeas, and split peas when you know that you’ll be needing them soon – the longer the storage time, the longer the cooking time.
  6. If you like to bake pizza at home, invest in a pizza stone and preheat it in the oven before you start the pizza baking. It takes less time to bake on a hot stone.
  7. Like to make soup? Buy frozen stocks from your supermarket or professional-quality stock made from concentrated pastes that are diabetic-friendly – very low-sodium or low-sodium — from our diabetic supply store. Heat up the stock, adding small pieces of meat, poultry, vegetables, grains, pasta, etc. Add fresh or dried herbs and you have soup in minutes instead of hours.
  8. Freeze any leftover soup in individual microwavable plastic containers. Pop into the microwave to reheat.
  9. Always bring meat or poultry to room temperature before cooking (please, don’t leave it on the counter for hours – it only takes a few minutes). It’ll bake, grill, or cook on the stove top quicker and more evenly.
  10. When making mashed potatoes or turnips, the smaller the pieces, the quicker they’ll cook.
  11. Like hash browns with your Saturday or Sunday morning egg substitute or egg white omelet? Buy frozen hash browns at the supermarket or microwave a baking potato (following your oven’s instructions) and dice. Cook the hash browns in a hot cast iron skillet that has been lightly spritzed with refrigerated butter-flavored cooking spray. You’ll have delicious fat-free hash browns in minutes.
  12. When removing fat from hot stock, soup, or sauce, pop it into the freezer if there’s time, or lay a piece of paper towel on the surface. When you remove the paper towel, much of the fat will be gone. Repeat as needed.
  13. Make use of your microwave to quick cook vegetables, reheat foods, make sauces, and poach chicken and fish. Read the guide to your microwave so you have the times and instructions for its use firmly in your mind.
  14. Beans and grains cook more quickly in a microwave and keep their distinctive characteristics and proper consistency (not all mushy). Consult your oven pamphlet for exact times for your microwave oven.
  15. To quickly toast nuts and seeds without your constant attention, place 1/4 cup of nuts or seeds in a microwave dish and add 1 teaspoon of margarine. Microwave on HIGH for about 5 minutes, stirring once after 2 minutes. While the nuts or seeds are toasting, you can be doing something else.
  16. Bake meat loafs, casseroles, soufflés, etc. in individual dishes to cut down on the baking time.
  17. If baking a low-sugar or sugar-free cake, bake the batter in muffin cups instead of a cake pan to cut down on the baking time.
  18. When sautéing mushrooms, don’t crowd the skillet. They need room so the liquid they give off will evaporate quickly so they can brown.
  19. When making a dish, double or triple the recipe, freezing the extra batches in one or two microwavable plastic containers. Your next meal(s) will be ready in minutes.
  20. Make use of the defrost feature of your microwave oven to quickly thaw chicken or meat before you start cooking.
  21. Do you own a pressure cooker – a three-pound pot roast will cook in under an hour in a pressure cooker.
  22. Bonnie makes use of her bamboo steamers to prepare an entire meal in minutes. Layer the ingredients according to their cooking time, the foods that take more time at the bottom of the stack and the ones that take the least time on the top.
  23. When steaming vegetables, a wet kitchen towel between the pot and the lid will keep the steam in the pot, reducing the cooking time.
  24. Use a large skillet when reducing liquids before making a sauce. The larger the surface area, the quicker the time it takes for the liquid to evaporate.
  25. Finally, read through the recipe and make sure you have all of the ingredients pre-prepped and assembled BEFORE you start cooking. A lot of precious time can be wasted hunting through the pantry, cupboard, or fridge for missing ingredients.

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 Take the time to read all of  the pages here, it will help you or someone else. Life requires our personal positive continual adaptation to the ongoing, changing events that surround our life.

You are also what you eat

Health & Eating tips that may save your life.

Health Facts

Most people do not know how to eat properly

Most persons should reduce the amount of meat they eat

One in ten persons, 1/10 will have diabetes that will severely affect their health.. as obesity increases so will the number of persons getting diabetes

Diabetes is a very serious disease with many negative consequences and is not to be taken lightly

Cancer and Heart attacks are also caused by what we eat..

Getting a smaller plate and smaller cup, glass will help you not to eat, drink as much.

Skipping meals, not eating regularly can be dangerous for your personal health

It is rather too late to have the dietician at the hospital tell you what you can eat or should have been eating.

Here is a great free software program that you can program to ring an alrm to make sure you do not skip a meal, forget to eat regualrly.. WinAlarm requires Windows 98/2000/Me/XP/2003. http://wa2.cba.pl/download.html

(2 Cor 1:4 KJV) Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

I made a study for years of the reasons many people get heart attacks .. it is often a family disease, meaning related family bad habits.. such as the lack of physical exercise, how one handles the stressful situations, how well you sleep included.. and the type of food eaten and how it is prepared… steamed food is advisable and often thus too.. The quality of sleep is more important than the Quantity too. Heart stress and food digestion are also related, related even to cancer, having heart attacks now as well.

Diabetes

Normally, your body changes sugars and starch into glucose (a simple sugar), which serves as fuel. When diabetes develops, the amount of glucose in the blood may become dangerously high because insulin (the substance that controls glucose levels) is in short supply. Diabetics either don’t produce enough insulin or their bodies don’t respond to the insulin as they should; that’s why they have to take insulin by injection or another medication by mouth to help the body secrete more of its own insulin. Millions of persons have diabetes, and some people do not even know it.. diabetes is not to be taken lightly for it has serious personal side effects. Diabetes is influenced by genes, food we eat, exercise as well.

To help you recognize the warning signs of diabetes, the American Diabetes Association uses the acronyms DIABETES and CAUTION.

D rowsiness

I tching

A family history of diabetes

B lurred vision

E xcessive weight

T ingling, numbness, or pain in extremities

E asy fatigue

S kin infection, slow healing of cuts and scratches, especially on the feet

Other signs are:

C onstant urination

A bnormal thirst

U nusual hunger

T he rapid loss of weight

I rritability

O bvious weakness and fatigue

N ausea and vomiting

The important explanation of one being diabetic is the reality that either the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or else it can’t employ the actual insulin in an appropriate way. The transformation of glucose into strength in the body is performed through insulin. The key conditions that can result in diabetes are short of activity, fatness, aging, improper diet and, most importantly, heredity. Weariness is the trait of diabetes for the reason that the body doesn’t attain required energy. Eyes is impaired, urination is repeated and need for water gets Unquenchable resulting from it. You are receptive to persistent contagion for example urinary tract diseases, colds and influenza if you are diabetic. Diabetes has further hint moreover like prickling or burning sensitiveness in the hands together with foot. Majority of the time diabetes goes overlooked for these traits look simple. At the time you observe any of the above declared indications get your glucose amount measured. The everlastingness of this health problem demands you perform this way. To correct diabetes you as well have to make use of perfect diet table and lifestyle changes to make your glucose levels under regulation. http://www.diabitieslife.com/diabetes/blogs/symptoms-of-diabetes.htm

Diabetes is a “silent killer” and in the early stages of the disease, patients often have no symptoms. Four of five people with diabetes will die of heart attack or stroke.

If you have diabetes, you can be almost 15 years closer to a heart attack or stroke than a person who does not have the disease.

Medical professionals are seeing these very serious health problems crop up earlier and earlier in people’s lives.

Preventing diabetes is not nearly as financially lucrative for hospitals as treating its symptoms,

Since the discovery of insulin in 1921, managing diabetes has become more effective than ever. Today, with care, most diabetics can lead productive lives.

if you take the proper steps now to avoid getting this serious disease

Did you know that processed white bread has sugar in it.. whole wheat bread is thus better for you.

Most people also do not even know how to eat proper foods, even professionals included.. thus next a lot of people do have related health problems..

Prov 16:25 KJV) There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

(2 Cor 1:4 KJV) Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

I made a study for years of the reasons many people get heart attacks .. it is often a family disease, meaning related family bad habits.. such as the lack of physical exercise, how one handles the stressful situations, how well you sleep included.. and the type of food eaten and how it is prepared… steamed food is advisable and often thus too.. The quality of sleep is more important than the Quantity too. Heart stress and food digestion are also related, related even to cancer, having heart attacks now as well. Jesus will do his part, heal us after we do our part first.

Sleep assessment should be part of medical care: Mon, 18 Sep 2006 20:08:13 EDT CBC News People should have their sleep assessed as a standard part of their medical care, doctors propose. Monday’s issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine is devoted to studies of sleep and health, such as the causes and repercussions of sleep disorders. ” Yes sleep disorder can cause heart sickness

(Eph 4:26 KJV) Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

(Eph 4:27 KJV) Neither give place to the devil. 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Scientist find link between body fat and cancer risk .. and I have told you that already, that it even causes heart attacks. “Researchers say there is “convincing” evidence that excess body fat can cause six different types of common cancers, including those affecting the breast, bowel and pancreas. The study also concluded that processed meat, including ham and bacon, was such a risk factor for bowel cancer that people should avoid it completely.Simply adding fruit and vegetables to a diet, meanwhile, does not appear to offer the degree of protection from cancer as was previously thought, the study found. The new report says there is powerful evidence that excess body fat is also a trigger for oesophagus, pancreatic, bowel, post-menopausal breast, and kidney cancers. A specific strong link is said to exist between fat around the abdomen and bowel cancer. There is also a probable connection between body fat and gall bladder cancer, and abdominal fat and pancreatic, post-menopausal breast, and endometrial cancer, the evidence suggests.Professor Sir Michael Marmot, professor of Public Health at University College London, chaired the expert panel. He said: “We are recommending that people aim to be as lean as possible within the healthy range, and that they avoid weight gain throughout adulthood.” The study found strong evidence that red meat and processed meats were a cause of bowel cancer. The panel recommended that people consume less than 500 grams, or 18 ounces, of cooked red meat per week, and avoid processed meat altogether if possible.Processed meat was defined as meat preserved by smoking, curing, salting or the addition of preservatives. Examples included ham, bacon, pastrami, salami, and frankfurters. The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) report is based on an in-depth analysis of 7,000 cancer studies from around the world dating back to the 1960s.”
Risks of heart attack the number one killer of persons can also be directly related to bacteria in gum plaque and not merely to one’s smoking or drinking alcohol habits for a start.. This Bacteria that live in the sub-gingival plaques can increase the risk of heart attack for all people.

A recent Medical study describes the association between heart disease and gum disease to be at least as strong as the linkage of heart disease to cholesterol, body weight, or smoking. In fact, research suggests that gum disease may be a more serious risk factor for heart disease than hypertension, smoking, cholesterol, gender and age. So Good dental hygiene could save your life save you from a heart attack . Science has recently found a direct connection between gum disease and inflammation of the arteries, blood clots, hemorrhages, strokes and heart attacks. Add to this that over half of all American men have some form of gum disease and you have the ingredients for an epidemic. Despite this connection, conventional medicine has completely ignored oral health in their heart recommendations. Reference: American Academy of Periodontology, News release, June 2005 http://www.medindia.net/News/view_news_main.asp?x=3802&t=gn

There have been many other similar collaborating medical studies too.. and why the poor people suffer the most.. it is they cannot afford regular dental cleaning and the costs of dentists.

“Heart attacks linked to nine risk factors: study – Washington, August 31 A large international study led by a Canadian has linked more than 90 per cent of heart attacks to nine easy-to-measure risk factors common to essentially every region and every ethnic group in the world, a media report has said. The study conducted under Salim Yusuf, Director of the Population Health Research Instiute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada) found that leading risk factors for heart attack were abnormal cholesterol, current smoking, abdominal obesity, depression and stress, high blood pressure and diabetes. According to the study preventive factors were eating fruits and vegetables daily, regular exercise and moderate alcohol consumption. “The risk factors are the same all over the planet,” said Jean-Pierre Bassand, President of the European Society of Cardiology. “Political action is desperately needed” in all countries to devise plans geared towards prevention, he said. The findings, said The Wall Street Journal, add to the evidence of the rising global burden of cardiovascular disease, particularly in developing countries, where it is supplanting infectious diseases as the most important cause of death. -Depression and stress, which were determined from several different questionnaires used in the study of 15,152 patients from 52 countries, accounted for a 2.5-fold risk in a person’s risk of a heart attack. – Regular consumption of fruits and vegetables was associated with a 30 per cent reduction of an individual’s risk of a heart attack while regular exercise lowered risk by 14 per cent.”

Now we already all should know that unresolved stress, smoking, alcohol, bad drugs, inadequate physical exercises, over weight, and poor eating habits do cause heart attacks that kill people.. the doctors are right eating not enough vegetables and too much red meat can cause a heart attack, death …
It is also now very undeniable we are all also a by product as well as what we eat.. and even a Potassium deficiency.. causes of which are many.. including a medicinal side effect, and the consumption of salt, soft drinks.. If Mother Nature was to deprive you of potassium completely, hard scientific evidence proves you would be dead in less than three weeks. Some Symptoms of Potassium Deficiency: Bad circulation, bluish tint to skin, Chronic-Fatigue Syndrome, diabetes, earaches, edema, headaches, heart palpitations, hypertension, insomnia, intestinal pain, muscle weakness, oppressive breathing, pain in the eyes, prolapsed uterus, swollen glands, tissue anemia, and water retention. http://www.infoforyourhealth.com/Heart%20Conditions/Congestive%20Heart%20Failure.htm

Even in Canada, I am amazed how many people wrongfully think they can still eat what ever they want and they will stay well and healthy as a result.. unfortunately that is not so.. many Canadians are sick eventually even because they do not know how to eat properly firstly, and secondly many poor Canadians cannot afford undeniably to eat well.

Let me also tell you that eating dehydrated foods, causes high blood pressure, but it also causes cancer.. The dehydrated foods means food that has been fried in oil and the water content removed.. that is why coke, coffee, tea can be bad for you.. they cause dehydration.. removal of water.. and that is why you should drink water with your meals and have plenty of vegetables to help digest the food and reduce heart problems.. heart stress and food digestion are related. I made a study for years of the reasons many people get heart attacks .. it is often a family diseases, meaning related family bad habits.. such as the lack of physical exercise, how one handles the stressful situations, how well you sleep included.. and the type of food eaten and how it is prepared… steamed food is advisable and often thus too..

Benefit and uses of Potato.

-Potatoes are good sources of carbohydrate (22.6 gms / 100 gm ) and only 1.6gms of protein for 100 gms.
-Potaoes is a useful source of vitamin C, It is good for high blood pressure patient and Potatoes are good for hyper acidity patient.
-Treat facial blemishes by washing you face daily with cool potato juice.
-Treat frostbite or sunburn by applying raw grated potato or potato juice to the affected area.
-Ease aches and pains by rubbing the affected area with the water potatoes have been boiled in.
-Sweet potato focus on two areas of unique health benefit. First are some unique root storage proteins in this food that have been observed to have significant antioxidant capacities.
http://www.online-family-doctor.com/vegetables/potato.html

Whether it is acid reflux, heartburn, cancer, heart attacks we are all mostly a product of what and how we eat it. But next we are also all affected by our natural body’s degeneration, resulting ailments.

It has been firstly very painfully made aware to me that in our instant fast food society most people really do not know much about the value of certain healthy foods, nor even how to properly prepare meals.. such as why it is advisable to drink plenty of water daily and to have a dessert as well.. water helps the digestive process and the natural sugar in the dessert helps to reduce the acid levels in the storage. Peppermint – is another powerful herb for stomach conditions or heartburn. It helps in digestion, stomach distension, cramps, ulcers, and gas. Healthy eating is generally a lost art these days.

As you get older, your stomach weakens in its ability to produce hydrochloric acid to digest protein. It is undigested protein that leads to acid reflux or heartburn. Eating those foods that are alkaline is the best way to avoid acid reflux and heartburn. No need to use antacids, which have unwanted side effects and contain aluminum, which has been associated with senility and Alzheimer’s disease.

If you have acid reflux or heartburn, using natural remedies to rebalance your stomach is maybe what nature intended.

And when you become older you can tend to become more of an expert on sicknesses you thought you would never have too such as —
– Allergies, milk, lactose intolerance.. the latter two this is likely related to a weaken heart
– Kidney stones, likely caused by too much fish with pop.. coke, for soft drinks, pop cause dehydration, makes it heart to digest foods, and it can help to produce cement stones literally.. stones can generally be dissolved by drinking water
– Heart problems- caused by lack of vegetables, too much red meat, salt, too much unresolved stress, not enough exercise for a start..
-Heartburn or gastric reflex.. associated both with eating and sleeping habits… a head raised too high during sleeping, generally do not use more than one pillow under the head .. and caused by acid imbalances, generally resolved by eating immediately green lettuce leaves or cole slaws..
– Potassium deficiency- loss of potassium by passing too much fluids.. can be associated with dielectric medicine consumption.. drink more orange Juice, natural juices , eat more fresh vegetables..
– Thyroid Gland secretion problems can really mess you up and solved by continual medication
– Headaches, migraines.. some may be caused by food poisoning, solved by drinking milk, medications.
-Calcium deficiency avoid soft drinks
I really do not believe that God said we would never be sick, or that is his will for us never to be sick, or to never take medication, or never to go to doctors.. rather God has instead said he will help us to overcome the sickness. I have said it is not always a sin to be sick, but if anyone stays sick without asking for Jesus’ help to heal them and also to deliver them from all evil I too would like to know why?

Our personal habits have a serious effect on our health too.. I have heard people say they will worry about the consequences when they come to them, and by then it is often too late to reverse the now fully developed medical problems, the cancer, diabetes and heart problems included. Most people still do not eat good healthy food too. I had a friend who died of a heart attack at the age of 21 while he was in university studying, working hard.

“people guidelines issued for high blood pressure. `High normal’ readings often turn into full-blown hypertension Canadian Press The Heart and Stroke Foundation issued updated guidelines based on new medical evidence for preventing and controlling high blood pressure, one of the leading causes of death among Canadians. Known as the “silent killer,” high blood pressure (or hypertension) presents no obvious symptoms to warn people they could be in trouble, until it’s too late. Uncontrolled, it can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and dementia – and it is far more common than many people believe. Almost a quarter of Canadian adults, or about 5 million, have hypertension – defined as having a blood pressure reading that exceeds 140/90. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 or less. The first number is systolic pressure (when the heart contracts) and the second is diastolic (when the heart relaxes). The new recommendations are aimed in particular at an estimated 2.5 million Canadians whose blood pressure falls into the “high-normal” range – 130 to 139 systolic/85 to 89 diastolic. “As the blood pressure increases and gets into the high part of the range, we call that high-normal blood pressure,” said Dr. Sheldon Tobe, a spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. “And the new information we have is that … about half of people with high-normal blood pressure will develop full-blown hypertension in four years,” said Tobe, a kidney specialist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, citing findings of a recent U.S. study. That means an estimated 1 million more Canadian adults will be living with high blood pressure and all the threats it poses to their health – unless it is diagnosed and treated either with lifestyle changes and/or medications, he said.

The new recommendations also strengthen warnings about sodium intake, advising Canadians to stop overloading meals with table salt and ingesting other “hidden” forms of sodium, which can elevate pressure by increasing blood volume. Daily intake should not exceed 2,300 milligrams, said Tobe, noting that many prepared foods are “loaded with salt.”

Even healthy foods can contain lots of salt, he said, noting that a 347-millilitre serving of V-8 juice contains 900 milligrams of sodium. The Heart and Stroke Foundation advises reading labels on prepared foods because many contain high levels of sodium. Ketchup, mustard, pickles, peanut butter and canned, bottled or packaged convenience foods are big salt offenders, as are many snack foods: think potato chips, popcorn and crackers.

The 2007 guidelines also maintain the well-known but not-always-followed mantra to get regular exercise, eat a low-fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables, achieve or maintain a healthy weight, drink alcohol in moderation, don’t smoke, reduce stress and have blood pressure checked at least once a year.

Getting the word out about the updated recommendations should make the public more aware of the need for regular blood pressure testing and for taking steps to control it, said Tobe, and it’s also critical for updating doctors on the best ways to do that. “Hypertension is the Number 1 reason for visits to primary care, so it’s very important for family docs” in managing their patients with high blood pressure, he said. And those who think hypertension is a disease only of older people should think again. “One in 10 young men aged 18 to 35 has high blood pressure,” Tobe said, quoting figures from the most recent Canadian Heart Health Survey. “Many of these young men go undiagnosed because they’re (otherwise) healthy and they often don’t see their family doctors.” “And if they do, it’s not to have their blood pressure checked.” These young men are at the highest risk for serious health conditions, he said, because “they go the longest with undiagnosed and untreated high blood pressure.” For females, hypertension tends to be a disease related to aging.

After age 65, more women than men have high blood pressure, likely as a result of losing the protective effects of estrogen and other sex hormones after menopause. “So if we can screen for hypertension in women as they’re getting older, postmenopausal, that’s where we can identify women who have high-normal blood pressure and help to get them enamoured with lifestyle interventions, and perhaps we could help prevent them from developing hypertension altogether,” Tobe said. “If they start early, perhaps they will not need medication at all or could delay the need for it by years or decades.” ”

Misleading news… because Heart surgery may still often be required for people with serious heart problems…

“Angioplasty no more effective than combo of heart drugs and exercise: study Provided by: Canadian Press Mar. 26, 2007 TORONTO (CP) – People with minor heart disease problems who are treated with a regime combining heart drugs and lifestyle changes did just as well as patients who had a common medical procedure known as angioplasty to unblock clogged arteries, a major new international study has found.
(I too have said that angioplasty is not a serious medical problem, for a definite, rigid personal change in Good eating habits, more physical exercise, and stress reduction can help one to become healthy again.. But Angioplasty is generally used mostly with one blocked heart artery, but many people can and do have 2, 3, 4 or 5/6 blocked heart arteries and angioplasty is not an effective approach for them, rather they still do, will need a major surgery, heart bypass surgery..)
The surprising results, revealed at the American Cardiology Conference in New Orleans on Monday, are likely to fuel an ongoing debate between cardiologists who stress long-term approaches to treat the underlying heart disease and cardiologists who favour inserting small metal tubes called stents into arteries to fix blockages. But over time, it will likely relegate angioplasty to the ranks of a procedure cardiologists resort to only if drugs and counselling to encourage lifestyle changes – weight loss, increased exercise, smoking cessation – don’t achieve the desired effect, some experts said.

“This is an important study that will change the way we practise cardiology,” said Dr. Beth Abramson, a Toronto cardiologist and spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. (Abramson was not involved in the study.) “This is a study that confirms that when you treat people well . . . they don’t necessarily need a fancy intervention with newer technologies.” Patients will be better off for not undergoing procedures they don’t need, said the lead Canadian researcher in the trial, which was conducted in 50 centres in the United States and Canada. “All of us try to do the best we can for our patients, without putting them at risk,” said Dr. Koon Teo, a cardiologist at Hamilton Health Sciences Centre who also teaches at McMaster University. “Angioplasty is relatively safe but still there is a risk from it. And if patients don’t have to go for angioplasty, that is good for them.”

In 2003-04, the most recent year for which there are statistics, there were 167 angioplasties performed for every 100,000 Canadians over the age of 20, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information. The study was led by Dr. William Boden at Buffalo General Hospital in New York state, with funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a variety of pharmaceutical companies. The findings will be published in the New England Journal of Medicine next month.

Boden and colleagues started the study about 10 years ago, when a range of new and effective heart medications – including cholesterol-lowering statin drugs – were coming into the cardiovascular care picture. They knew these drugs worked and wondered whether layering procedures like angioplasty – which involves threading a balloon into an artery to the site of a blockage and then inflating it – and stent insertions would result in even further improvements for their patients, Teo explained. Their hypothesis was that the combined approach would be better. “But results of the . . . trial demonstrate that two treatments are not always better than one,” Boden said in a statement. A total of 2,287 patients with existing heart disease were randomly assigned to either have angioplasty or to receive what is called optimal medical therapy. That involved prescribing for them a range of important drugs to control blood pressure, lower cholesterol and prevent clotting, as well as urging them to exercise, eat a healthy diet and quit smoking. (All the patients in the angioplasty group also received the range of heart medications.)
After following the patients for an average of 4.6 years, the researchers found that there was no real difference between the two groups in terms of the rates of deaths caused by heart disease, heart attacks or strokes. Both groups experienced a major reduction in the amount of angina – chest pain – they suffered, though the improvement was initially greater in the patients who had undergone angioplasty. By five years, however, angina rates were almost identical between the two groups. Teo said the findings should help cardiologists feel confident a longer-term approach can be just as useful for stable heart patients as a quick fix. (The findings do not apply to patients suffering a heart attack.) “There’s always this concern that if we don’t do something, something bad may happen,” he said. And Abramson said it should help get the same message across to patients who need to understand that heart disease can’t be made to disappear with the help of a single procedure. “Patients who are readers, who are often consumers, come into their physicians asking for that quick fix and asking for what they think may be the best, newest therapy,” said Abramson, who practises at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. “That newer intervention is not necessarily going to keep them alive any longer. And that’s what this study shows – that long-term medical interventions, compliance with medications and making lifestyle changes are important.” Teo insisted there will still be a role for angioplasty and stent insertions, but as a fall-back, not a first-line, treatment option. ”
Also “Young children prone to ear infections and allergies appear at a higher risk of developing reading troubles in their elementary school years, according to groundbreaking research. Left unchecked, that can lead to learning disabilities, which typically result in disadvantages throughout life, from poorer overall physical and mental health, an increased likelihood of living with parents longer as adults, and lower incomes than other Canadians. In the first ever snapshot of the impact of living with a learning disability in Canada, the study found that problems early in childhood compound as a person ages, affecting school, work, relationships and leading to depression and chronic illness. About 40 per cent of children who were identified with learning disabilities at age 7 were prone to ear infections and allergies at age 3, underscoring the need for early learning disability screening. Up to 85 per cent of learning disabled people also have a reading disability.”

What they have not already rightfully fired the poor federal and provincial health Ministers? Thousands of people now have needless died already, and the governments they wrongfully really don’t even care about it too, and the results show it to all, the hospitals themselves are poorly managed, supervised.. and it does not even to take a professional to diagnose the problems, mainly the inadequate internal hospital procedures, that allow the contamination, fetal matter- shit and urine, the contamination to spread within the hospital. I rarely do see people wash their hands, staff included within the Hospitals..or the floors also cleaned as well.

Quebec hospital bans visits over C. difficile
Canada.com, Canada – 35 minutes ago … Que., earlier this fall and a hospital in Drummondville reported three deaths last week. … out in 2003, when there were more than 7,000 cases reported in Quebec.
Health News Canada East, Canada – 12 hours ago … washing security guards are in place at all entrances of a Quebec hospital trying … Organization case count hovering near 260 human cases and 153 deaths from 10 …
Quebec hospital bans visits, puts security in place to combat C. …
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Many Canadians and Native People are needlessly dying diabetes Too while the Conservative Federal government with a big surplus says it does not have enough money to help them .. for today about one million Canadians do not even know they have diabetes because most doctors have failed to do the needed adequate medical screening.. this is still all unacceptable and really despicable that Health Ministers respect lives so little and let us Canadians die needless meanwhile. Fire them now rightfully and ASAP.

“Conservative Federal government know also that “The rate of diabetes among First Nations people is three to five times that of the general Canadian population. While “Aboriginal Canadians with diabetes may benefit from a pilot project to establish timely diabetes care, Health Minister Tony Clement announced Tuesday.The projects will provide wait time guarantees that: Adults who test positive for diabetes will have an appointment within two months for an assessment and diabetes education with a primary health-care provider on reserve. Adults who are pre-diabetic will have a chance to participate in a diabetes prevention, education and support program within three months. Adults who have a normal test result will be retested within a year. Clement announced that Health Canada is developing a pilot project for up to 10 First Nations communities that will last about two years.” The Conservative Federal government has not chosen all of the native the communities participate in the pilot projects. Clement acknowledged that the distance between some reserves and medical centers is a challenge, and it is difficult to get and keep health professionals on reserves. While the government is investing $40 million in diabetes prevention programs for aboriginals, the pilot project but it is not yet ready for national rollout, Clement said. A similar medical program is really need still even for all Canadians… ” , Clement had announced a similar pilot project to introduce wait time guarantees for prenatal care on up to 10 First Nations reserves. Earlier this week, Manitoba Premier Gary Doer said the federal Conservative government has stalled on improving the health of aboriginal people, such as ensuring safe drinking water.”

Do note that Children from a feuding home, plagued by wife beatings, also do poorly in school..

For more information, go online to heartandstroke.ca or hypertension.ca.

for more see http://pkbulow.tripod.com/HealthII.htm

Do see also

http://12diabetes.tripod.com/  

http://12diabetes.tripod.com/info.htm  

http://12diabetes.tripod.com/dessert.htm

Take the time to read all of  the pages here, it will help you or someone else. Life requires our personal positive continual adaptation to the ongoing, changing events that surround our life.

Let’s first be fair to ourselves and others and note that no one thing specifically causes all the cancers, diabetic sick persons, heart problems in the world, rather it is a combination of several different factors starting with our personal ignorance, and the false neglect of our Bodies.

Welcome

A healthy Body that goes to hell next is not too sound..

So I now also do have these alternative sites for reading, discussions as well..

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http://comeholyspirit.wordpress.com/
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http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/
http://postedat.wordpress.com/
http://thefocusonthefamily.wordpress.com/
http://witnessed.wordpress.com/
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and
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Take the time to read all of  the pages here, it will help you or someone else. Life requires our personal positive continual adaptation to the ongoing, changing events that surround our life.