Archive for February, 2012
Beauty is very important for women. They will do anything to make themselves more beautiful. In addition, women tend to get skin problems associated with aging much easier than men. Wrinkles for example, is one of the most annoying problems associated with aging for women, and there are a lot of ways and method that women use to get rid of wrinkles. Using some kind of anti wrinkle skin care is one of the best things they can do to prevent and get rid of wrinkles from their skin.
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In 1998 one of the most well respected medical journals, The Lancet, published a research article by Dr. Andrew Wakefield. The article, which linked the development of autism with certain childhood vaccines, has since been retracted by the journal. The study has been deemed by leaders within the international medical community as a fraud. Unfortunately, the false findings that were reported in the study have perpetuated a myth about the development of autism. This has left many children across the country and in several developed nations around the world without protection to serious childhood diseases.
One of the vaccines targeted by Dr. Wakefield and his small band of supporters is one of the most common childhood vaccines, the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccine, or MMR. After the release of his study, many concerned parents who feared a life of autism for their children, made the choice not to vaccinate. This choice left their children vulnerable to potentially deadly, albeit entirely preventable, common childhood diseases. Regrettably, Dr. Wakefield’s paper did a lot of damage.
Studies that have been conducted since the flawed 1998 study have debunked and disproved any link between childhood vaccines and autism. Some parents believe that, although not the root cause of autism, vaccines can act as triggers that can encourage the development of autism in genetically predisposed children. However, medical research since 1998 has found no evidence to support this belief.
While it is understandable for parents to be concerned about the substances put in their children’s bodies, they must also weigh the benefits of potentially lifesaving vaccines. Parents who support the anti-vaccination movement often only hear the arguments of parents with autistic children who blame vaccines for their child’s condition, ignoring the experiences of parents who have lost children to childhood diseases that were entirely preventable.
One common argument from anti-vaccination parents is that a child who has never been vaccinated against disease does not need additional defenses when all of the other children they come in contact with have been vaccinated. In theory, this idea makes sense; unfortunately, it just doesn’t work on a practical level. Children come into contact with much more than just their school peers. Peers who have been vaccinated from disease cannot protect unvaccinated children from the spread of diseases from other sources, like germ carrying animals, rusty metal objects, as well as other children whose parents also do not believe in vaccinations. Moreover, many unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children leave the potential for outbreaks of disease. Read the rest of this entry »
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. To date, modern medicine is still taking the invasive approach to preventing the disease. Prevention should be built around understanding the disease including such things as; knowing the risk factors and lifestyle changes (including my 4-Pillars of Great Health).
Please don’t take me the wrong way, I believe there is a time and place for modern medicine. The modern medical world does-in most cases-have our best interest at heart. My regret is that too often it (modern medicine) looks at the surface of health instead of the root of the problem. There should be more focus on education about lifestyle changes and less spent on potentially bogus research.
Who gets Breast Cancer?
Remarkably, some women who have one or more risk factors never get breast cancer. And most women who do get breast cancer don’t have any risk factors at all. The crazy fact is-about 70% of women with breast cancer have no known risk factors. This is even more reason to live a healthier lifestyle. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
Things you can’t change
* Age (risk rises as you get older)
* Sex (100 times more common in women)
* Race (Whites more than African-American, Asian, Hispanic and American Indian)
* Menstrual Periods (women who begin before 12 or end after the age(s) of 55)
* Breast lesions (previous breast biopsy with abnormal cells)
Things you can change (if it isn’t too late)
* Child Birth (Either not having a child or having one after the age of 30)
* Birth Control Pill use
* Hormone Therapy
* Not breast-feeding (breast-feeding lowers the risk)
* Alcohol Use (especially 2 or more drinks per day)
* Being Overweight
* Exercise (increased activity decreases your risk)
Remember, risk factors are just that-having one or more of these will increase the possibility of developing the condition. Having any one of these isn’t necessarily a sentence of doom, but should be treated as a wake-up call to take better care of you.
The following is based on “what would the Herbal Pharmacist do if he had this condition?” I choose to start with the following comments:
1. The majority of women with breast cancer have no known risk factors
2. No matter where the condition is-breast, colon, lung, etc.-CANCER can be life threatening.
3. Modern medicine does acknowledge that lifestyle choices (being overweight, smoking, eating habits, not enough exercise, etc.) increase your risk of developing cancer. Read the rest of this entry »
Bipolar Disorder, also called manic-depression, is one of the major mental illnesses described in the DSM-IV-TR. It is characterized by episodes of depression and mania. The first article in this series, Understanding Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, defined these episodes and discussed the different types of Bipolar Disorders. This article will inform you of some of the treatment options.
Typically, a person with Bipolar Disorder will need a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Many people see a practitioner for medication and think that it will be enough to cope with the symptoms of the disorder. In order to really understand the disorder, therapy is pertinent. Medication can help manage, but not cure, the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder. Most people are left experiencing continued symptoms, even when taking medication. It is for that reason that I strongly advocate that a person attend therapy.
A trained therapist can help you identify behavioral methods to manage symptoms of depression and mania. A common type of therapy used with Bipolar Disorder is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is a type of therapy that teaches a person to understand the thinking that is behind some irrational emotions and behaviors. It can also teach a person to change behaviors in order to positively affect thoughts and feelings.
Another important technique for managing Bipolar Disorder is relaxation exercises. A therapist will teach you to relax in order to manage some of the anxiety and physical discomfort that can accompany the disorder. Breathing exercises, visualizations, and progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) are common relaxation exercises that will improve your ability to manage symptoms.
Mindfulness is another way to manage some of the negative emotions you may experience. Mindfulness is a technique that teaches you to recognize and be present with your emotions without over/under reacting to them. It is very useful to those experiencing depression or hypomania.
Supportive therapy is often needed as well, particularly when the diagnosis is first made. My motto is, “smart people have therapists.” It is wise to have an objective, knowledgeable person to talk to as you learn how Bipolar Disorder affects your life. A therapist can help you process the emotions you are experiencing and come to accept the diagnosis. Supportive therapy can also help with important things such as establishing a healthy routine to help manage symptoms. Read the rest of this entry »