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September 16, 2015

Never Suffer From Magnesium Deficiency Again

Magnesium supplement pills

Magnesium deficiency can actually be pretty serious despite what people may believe. Low magnesium is often referred to as the “silent epidemic” in the medical community. And the thing is that many of the symptoms associated with magnesium deficiency can be difficult to spot. For this reason, it goes unnoticed and the problems become worse.

Symptoms and Signs of Magnesium Deficiency

So, what are the symptoms and signs of magnesium deficiency? They are as followed:

• Neurological Based: Seizures, anxiety, lethargy, vomiting, and even loss of appetite.
• Metabolic Based: Hyperglycemia, potassium deficiency, and sometimes increases intracellular calcium.
• Muscular Based: Tics, weakness, muscle spasms, muscle cramps, and even impaired muscle coordination.

In children, severe magnesium deficiency can result in stunted growth. As you can see, the symptoms and signs of magnesium can be quite serious. Some conditions associated with this deficiency include ADHD, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, epilepsy, migraine, osteoporosis, chest pain, cluster headaches, and even hypertension.

Getting Diagnosed and What You Can Do About It

How do you get diagnosed officially with magnesium deficiency? The most common way to do it is through a blood test. If there is low magnesium levels in the blood, then you’ll know that it has become a problem.
Once you become diagnosed, you’ll be encouraged to start magnesium therapy. This will include taking magnesium supplements as soon as you can for up to a month (sometimes more and sometimes less depending on the severity of your condition). In most cases, this is a problem that can easily be solved once you start the recovery regiment.

Always Be Aware Of the “Silent Epidemic”

It’s estimated that about 75% of the population doesn’t get enough magnesium in their diet. That’s a considerable amount. And the difficult part is that the symptoms are so general that it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause without getting the blood test. However, not that you know that magnesium deficiency is such a huge problem in the United States, now you can go about getting diagnosed and starting your recovery regimen. In some cases, you may need to be on this regiment indefinitely. This depends on whether or not you get enough magnesium in your diet, and also depends on your physiology.


September 3, 2015

Throw Away Your Favourite Sweetener (It May Be Killing You)

Sweetner For Tea

Could there be a link between breast cancer and artificial sweeteners? For years, manufacturers and the FDA reassured the public that they’re completely safe. Are they? Today, let’s look at the relationship between breast cancer and artificial sweeteners, including how they work to cause cancer.

There are different types of artificial sweeteners out there, like saccharin, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium. For the sake of discussion, I’m going to focus on the most popular type, aspartame.

Aspartame is a “first generation” artificial sweetener. It’s 200 times sweeter than regular sugar, so it’s a favorite ingredient in many food and beverage products. You may know it as NutraSweet, Spoonful, and Equal.

At first, the FDA didn’t approve of this as a sugar substitute. Through dirty political and regulatory tactics, G.D. Searle & Company finally got the go signal to sell it as an artificial sweetener in dry goods on 1981.

Since artificial sweeteners are FDA-approved, they must be 100% safe, right?

Aspartame Approval – FDA’s Fatal Mistake

For decades, health advocates have been asking the FDA to re-evaluate their decision about artificial sweeteners because of a possible breast cancer link.

Well, health groups aren’t really happy and want the FDA to re-evaluate their decision because artificial sweeteners may play a role in the incidence of breast cancer. For instance, there are higher incidence of breast and prostate cancers in North America and Europe compared to Asia and Africa, which have lower consumption of NutraSweet.

Inside the body, aspartame is broken down into methanol (10 percent), aspartic acid (40 percent), and phenylalanine (50 percent).Experts say these compounds are highly safe because fresh fruits and veggies have them.

Here’s where it gets ugly.

Once taken, the body converts aspartame into methanol within minutes. The next step is converting methanol into formaldehyde, a compound linked to cancer in humans. In his study, Dr. Monte reaffirmed this fact and added that it’s not only the liver that metabolizes this compound.

Aside from the liver, one of the few richest sources of Alcohol Dehydrogenase Enzyme (ADH) in the body is human breasts, specifically the mammary endothelial cells. Most cases of human breast cancers normally start in the mammary epithelial cells.

Artificial Sweeteners Do More Harm Than Good

Not everyone who uses artificial sweeteners is bound to get sick. True, but…

We can’t simply ignore population studies and clinical trials that suggest that artificial sweeteners, like aspartame, may contain certain ingredients that could put a person at risk for different types of illnesses, like diabetes and cancer. The result of one animal study even suggests that exposure to aspartame in the womb could cause blood and breast cancers.

So, what are your thoughts on the issue about breast cancer linked to using artificial sweeteners?


August 15, 2015

7 Foods To Reduce In Your Diet For Better Health

Filed under: daily diet,food addiction,Nutrition — Tags: , , — crobinson @ 9:00 am

food pyramid pie chart

When people think of addiction they usually think of drugs such as opioids and marijuana. However, it is worthy of note that there are 7 foods that can be as addictive as opioids and marijuana. By cutting back on the consumption of these 7 foods many have found a myriad of health benefits and also lost excess weight.

Understanding that ‘exorphins’, a chemical in foods, can act as a drug in your body and thus fuel addiction can help many patients to better monitor their weight and to successfully fight off those late night eating binges and their excessive cravings.

Here are the 7 foods that can be as addictive to drugs and how to cope with such addictions:


The protein in your dairy foods is called casein. This casein is very addictive and interestingly the same medications that are administered in an emergency room for a drug overdose can eliminate the craving for dairy. This gives you an idea of just how very powerful the craving for casein is in your body.


Many people crave meat however, what they are really craving is the albumin as well as the hemoglobin and gamma globulin that are in the meat. These specific chemicals are well known for their ability to activate the opioid receptors in the brain. If these patients are treated with medications that block opiate receptors their craving drops dramatically.


Sugar, especially when combined with fats, act as an opiate. In fact, when treated with opiate blockers the person will stop craving the combination very quickly. Sugar and fats are responsible for obesity in many patients.


Combine fats with sugar and you have an epidemic of obesity. Many people think that if they just eat donut holes in lieu of the actual donut that they are okay. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The combination of sugars and fats work together to act as opioids on the system.


If you suffer from high blood pressure one of the first things you’re advised to do is take the salt shaker off of the table and stop using salt with your cooking. Salt forces the body to retain fluids and thus increases the blood pressure. Sadly many of us learn to crave salt from a young age. This salt craving is very difficult to break but well worth the effort if you, like many of us, are suffering from high blood pressure.

Rice And Wheat

A protein in wheat and rice called gliadin acts as an opiate on your system. Again, your body begins to crave its ‘drug’ and you crave more and more bread when you’re dining. The more bread you eat the more you’re feeding the addiction. The same goes with the rice. If you’re craving more than a normal serving you may need to wean yourself off of bread and rice.

If you’re struggling with any of the above food addictions there is hope. Cut back on the amounts of the above mentioned foods and make sure you’re only eating normal sized portions. Stock your kitchen, pantry and work desk with healthy snacks such as fresh fruits, nuts and whole grains. Eat only healthy serving sizes when you do snack.


August 1, 2015

10 Reasons How Stress Can Ruin Your Life

Filed under: stress pain,stress toxins — Tags: , , , — pdhillon @ 8:00 am


Your body faces toxins each and every day. One of these toxins is stress. Stress can greatly affect your health and it can be very detrimental. It can cause high blood pressure, it can cause heart conditions and it can cause you to feel miserable. Stress can even make you physically ill if you allow it to.

Everyone has had a situation that literally made them feel physically ill. This is usually brought on by stress and finding a way to reduce it can be very beneficial to your health. Here are 10 major stressors that can affect your overall well-being:

1.  Stress can cause fat storage

When you’re stressed your body stops producing some of the important genes that can stop fat storage. You begin to store fat to deal with the stress only it becomes a vicious circle and your body stores more and more fat causing you to become overweight.

2.  Your childhood experience

Your childhood can greatly impact your body’s ability to deal with stress and produce corticotropin which is a hormone that is released when you’re stressed. If you’ve had any stressful events in your childhood, your adrenal glands are set to over produce certain hormones causing you to be overweight and deal with stress differently.

3.  Brain damage

If your stress levels remain high you can suffer from serious burn out. Long turn stress can become chronic and affect your memory and your ability to fight off infections and other conditions.

4.  Immune system

Too much stress can shut down your immune system and create inflammation in your body. It can affect your joints and other areas of the body. Consider how many people suffer from cold sores when they become stressed for a prime example.

5.  Energy zapper

Dealing with stress is an energy zapper. The more stressed you are the less energy you have to use. This is because the stress levels in your body are using up your energy resources. As you reduce your stress your energy will be restored.

6.  Your body stores toxins

When you’re stressed your body isn’t able to metabolize medications and toxins that you’re exposed to on a daily basis. You begin to crave foods that aren’t healthy for you and you aren’t able to fight off your cravings.

7.  Heart problems

If you’ve ever experienced a rapid heart rate or high blood pressure stress may well be a contributing factor to your condition. Reducing stress can greatly benefit your health.

8.  Affect your sex drive

Chronic stress can change your hormones in your body and affect your sex drive. Reducing stress can improve this condition.

9.  Tolerance for pain

Stress can greatly affect your ability to deal with pain. If you lower your stress you may have less pain and be better able to deal with any pain you do have.

10. Upset your digestion

Stress can cause a myriad of digestive issues including irritable bowel and the overgrowth of bacteria that can negatively affect your digestion.

As doctors are discovering more ways that stress can negatively impact the body, they are helping patients see how stress reduction methods can greatly improve health. When stress is reduced, many patients are finding relief for previously long term health conditions and they are finding this relief without the aid of medications.

July 15, 2015

What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a progressive lung disease that makes it hard to breathe.  COPD occurs when the passages to the lungs are obstructed, lose their elasticity or become thick and inflamed.


Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD, and most people with COPD either smoke or used to smoke.  Other causes include long-term exposure to pollutants, chemical fumes and dust. 


The term “COPD” refers to two basic types.  Emphysema occurs when the walls of the air sacs in the lungs are damaged.  The sacs become floppy, and the exchange of gases in the lungs is reduced.

People who have chronic bronchitis find that their airways are constantly irritated and inflamed.  This causes the lining of the airway to thicken, and leads to the production of excess mucus, making it difficult to breathe. 

Most people who have COPD have both Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis, so the term “COPD” is used universally.


The symptoms of COPD come on gradually, and eventually become so severe that they limit daily activities.  Some of the more common symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wet cough, with excess mucus
  • Frequent lung infections that are difficult to treat
  • Wheezing
  • Fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss


Although there is no cure for COPD and doctors have not yet figured out how to reverse the damage, the symptoms can be managed.  Lifestyle changes coupled with treatment allow most people to live a productive life.  Treatment options include:

Bronchodilators—Short acting Beta 2 agonists:  These are fast-acting inhalers that open up the air passages and make breathing easier.  They are designed for “instant relief” but the effects are short-lived.  Side effects include headache, muscle cramps, shakiness, rapid heartbeat, insomnia and irritability.

Bronchodilators—Long acting Beta 2 agonists:  These inhalers work the same way as short acting agonists, but the effects are more long reaching.  Rather than being an “emergency” medicine, these are maintenance medications designed to control the symptoms of COPD.  The side effects are the same as the short acting inhalers.

Bronchodilators—Anticholinergics:  These are also inhalers, but are designed for long term usage at all stages of COPD.

  • Oral medications
  • Oxygen therapy

COPD cannot be cured or reversed, but it can be prevented.  If you are a smoker, stopping now will help to decrease your chances of getting COPD, and if you already have it, stopping smoking will help to lessen your symptoms and increase the chances of successful treatment.

July 1, 2015

Endometrial Cancer: Risks, Symptoms and Treatment

Uterus Cancer Endometrial cancer refers to cancer that starts at the endometrium, which is the inner lining of the uterus, and is the most common type of uterine cancer. Its exact cause is unknown, but increased levels of estrogen in the body may play a role. This is because estrogen has been seen to stimulate lining in the uterus, which may eventually lead to endometrium overgrowth and cancer.

What increases the risk of cancer?

These are some factors that may increase the risk of endometrial cancer:

  • Early menstruation (starting before age 12)
  • Early menopause (before age 50)
  • Endometrial polyps
  • Estrogen replacement therapy
  • Irregular periods
  • Never being pregnant
  • Obesity
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Tamoxifen use (a drug for breast cancer treatment)

Aside from these factors, some health conditions also increase the risk of developing cancer, and these conditions include breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, gallbladder disease and high blood pressure.

Diagnosing endometrial cancer

Endometrial cancer is usually detected at very early stages, because it produces abnormal vaginal bleeding. This symptom urges women to see their doctors. When the condition is diagnosed early on, surgery can be performed to remove the uterus, which successfully cures the condition. Other signs and symptoms of endometrial cancer include:

  • Abnormal blood tinged discharge from the vagina
  • Bleeding in between periods
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Pain in the pelvis
  • Vaginal bleeding after menopause

Seeing a doctor and seeking treatment

It’s important to see a doctor right away whenever you experience any of these symptoms. While they may be signs for a completely different condition, it’s still essential to get checked right away to ensure that the condition is ruled out. The following courses of action are recommended for treatment:

  • Surgery – surgery is done to remove the uterus, and oftentimes, the fallopian tubes and ovaries, too. This is usually done for early stages of the cancer, when the problem is still contained inside the uterus.
  • Radiation – this treatment makes use of powerful energy beams to kill cancer cells. In some cases, radiation may also be done prior to doing surgery, as it shrinks tumors and make them easier to remove.
  • Hormone therapy – it involves the intake of medication, which in turn affects the hormone levels in the body. This is usually done for those with advanced endometrial cancer, especially that which has already spread outside the uterus.
  • Chemotherapy – one of the most common cancer treatments, chemotherapy uses chemicals to kill cancer cells and is also recommended for women with advanced levels of endometrial cancer.

If indeed you are diagnosed with endometrial cancer, you will need to undergo treatment, which will depend on the characteristics of the disease – like what stage it is, your overall health and of course, your preferences in terms of treating it.

June 15, 2015

5 Surprising Benefits Of Eating More Fat

Filed under: fat,health,Nutrition — Tags: , — Kcondon @ 8:00 am


Fat has, for years, been depicted as a big evil when it comes to our diet. It has been shown to cause obesity, heart diseases, as well as high cholesterol. However, there have been recent scientific studies that show that people should consume more fat since it does have many benefits. A doctor by the name of Perlmutter has stated that the many health conditions such as anxiety, chronic headaches, ADHD, depression, as well as Azheimer’s have been a result of the brain and bodily inflammation resulting from carbs. Here are a few benefits that fat actually provides:

Essential For Brain Health

Our brain tissue consists of as much as 60% of fat. This means that a diet low in fat will not be able to provide the brain with the essential material that it needs to keep functioning properly. Fat that you consume should not only include omega 3s, but also essential fatty acids found in avocados, nuts, and salmon. Fats should also include the natural animal fat that we have been told to avoid for years.

The essential vitamins like A, D, E, and K aren’t water soluble, and hence will require fat for them to be absorbed and transported throughout the body. These vitamins are extremely important for the vital organs including the brain.

Keeps Your Lungs Functioning Properly

A substance that is coated onto our lungs is mostly saturated fat. Premature babies who lack the substance are normally given surfactant so that their lungs can continue to function properly. If we do not consume sufficient saturated fat, then our lungs can be affected.

Boosts Your Immune System

The saturated fats that are found in coconut oil and butter are known to play an important role in boosting immune health. If the body does not have sufficient saturated fatty acids within the white blood cells, then this can hamper their overall ability of recognizing and destroying foreign invaders like bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

Keeps The Skin Healthy

Our cellular membrane consists of huge amounts of fat, and our skin consists of a huge number of cells. If we do not consume good amounts of fat, then our skin can get compromised by becoming chapped and dry. This can then result in infection.

Great For The Heart

There have been many studies conducted on the benefits of consuming saturated fats. A particular study was done on the population of the Pacific Isles where people consumed 60% of the diet in the saturated coconut oil form. Therefore, the incidence of heart disease is practically nil.

Also, fat provides a lot more energy than carbs, and therefore, will help in giving an individual sufficient energy to sustain themselves throughout the day. A person, in turn, will also eat less. However, you should not have trans-fats since they are actually harmful for the body.

So, why not enjoy more of salmon, walnuts, butter, and olive oil throughout the day to make sure you remain full of energy.

June 2, 2015

Are You Struggling To Breathe When You Sleep?

Filed under: sleep apnea,sleep cycle,sleep health — Tags: , , — Kcondon @ 3:54 pm

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is when an individual thinks that they are resting but in actuality there is a complication that is interrupting their sleep on a continuous basis throughout their bedtime hours. This in returns leaves them waking feeling really unrested and as if they need to go right back to sleep.

There are 3 different types of sleep apnea that an individual can suffer from. Those include obstructive, central and complex. Each of these types of sleep apnea varies in degree of severity and the symptoms that are felt. Most important though is what causes these types of sleep apnea and how can they be prevented.

Three Types of Sleep Apnea and Their Causes

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common. This type of sleep apnea occurs when the tissue towards the back of your throat relaxes during your sleep. This in return blocks the airways and causes you to loudly snore. This set of events is an obstructive sleep apnea episode.

Central Sleep Apnea is much less common than obstructive and it involves the central nervous system. When your brain fails to signal the muscles that control your breathing during sleep, central sleep apnea occurs. It is common that people who suffer from Central sleep apnea do not snore like those that suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.

Complex Sleep apnea is a combination of central and obstructive sleep apneas. Individuals who experience complex sleep apnea are at much higher risk of complications than those who experience just obstructive or just central sleep apnea.

Symptoms and Complications

When sleep apnea occurs your body will arouse itself to wake and reinforce oxygen through your airways. It is likely you will only feel a brief shortness of breath in which you would be able to recuperate from within a matter of 1-2 breathes later if you are even awoken from the experience.  These slight disruptions can occur from just a few times a night to a few thousands of times a night. In these situations the phases of sleep that are needed to actually provide your body with rest and relaxation is not obtained.

Treatments and Prevention

There are some common factors that have been associated with sleep apnea, when addressed they are proven to reduce the risk of sleep apnea in the individuals. Those factors include

  • Weight Loss
  • Avoiding the use of sleeping pills or alcohol
  • Changing your sleeping position periodically to improve breathing
  • Stop smoking. When you smoke it causes swelling naturally in the airways increasing the chances and severity of sleep apnea.

In most cases of diagnoses of sleep apnea, the patient is prescribed a CPAP treatment. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure treatments allows the patient to wear a mask while sleeping over the nose and mouth that in returns delivers continuous pressure through the airways thus preventing the sleep apnea disturbances from occurring.

November 17, 2012

Preventing Adult Acne – 3 Tips For Success

Filed under: skin care — Tags: , — mjones @ 4:47 pm

girl with acneAcne is a silent attacker, waiting to break out right before some of the most important parts of your life: the prom, the first interview, the wedding. I know exactly what it’s like to have perfect skin for your whole adolescent life, and then be slapped in the face with breakouts randomly at age 18. It’s roughly similar to a truck of misfortune sideswiping you as you try to cross the street into adulthood. I have also met many people who have struggled with acne their entire life, constantly feeling embarrassment and wondering how they can get rid of this inconvenience. Acne is caused by many things, one of the main ones being dirty substances coming into contact with your face. There are many quality medical acne medications that can work; there are also (sometimes) easier solutions for how to get rid of acne.

3. Cleanliness is Next to Attractiveness

One of the best things to do to prevent acne is to always keep your face clean, even if there is no sign of a breakout. The incredibly high number of germs and bacteria that the human face comes into contact with on a daily basis is what causes acne, and keeping a clean face as often as possible is key to the prevention of this annoying skin condition. The most common way that these bacteria contact our faces is through the fingers. This means that by reducing the amount you touch your face every day can drastically reduce the risk you have for a breakout.

2. Here Comes the Sun

The sun plays a huge part in how our skin acts. The sun can cause wrinkles, sun burn, freckles, and most of all, acne! The sunblock you can find at your local convenience or grocery store isn’t just there to ensure you don’t leave the beach looking like a firetruck with a brand new paint job. It is also there to prevent the sun’s ultraviolet rays from doing significant damage to your skin in all regards. Although it’s always nice to have that nice, tan beach body, the pimples and zits you could obtain from a lack of sun block will not look good. Making sure to always put at least SPF15 sunblock on whenever you go outdoors on a sunny day is a very important part of acne prevention.

3. Stress!

Many people may ask if stress causes acne. The answer is a resounding yes! Many experts will attest that our emotional stability (or instability) is directly related to all aspects of our bodily health, and the condition of our skin is no exception. If the level of stress you experience on a daily basis is causing breakouts of acne, you definitely want to take some time out of your day to find some way to relax, whether it be a long shower, meditation, or just listening to some music.

The bottom line is this:

Many day-to-day things have a huge effect on our skin’s health, and before you go rushing to the stores to buy the newest “miracle cure”, try following a few of these simple steps in order to keep your skin looking smooth and beautiful.

April 6, 2012

Good Health Can Be As Simple As Your Relationships

Filed under: lifestyle — Tags: , — mjones @ 6:17 pm

good heath starts with good relationshipsDid you know that being married could have significant impacts on your health? Studies have found that falling in love and staying in love can have whole body impacts that will make you to feel better. What are some of the health benefits of being married and in love?

Lowers Your Blood Pressure

The social support that you get from being married or being in a stable relationship can decrease stress and can naturally lower your blood pressure. Studies have found that happily married people have lower blood pressure than those who are not in a committed relationship.

Longer Life Span

Studies have also found that a steady, committed relationship have a longer than average life span. This has been found to be more for men than women, but it is something to be considered, as everyone wants to live longer.

Lowers Risk of Disease

The risk of all kinds of disease can be significantly lowered as well. From diabetes to heart disease to lung disease and more, studies have found that people who are married or are in a steady relationship have a much lower risk of disease.

Decreased Risk of Depression

Depression is also decreased in those people who are in a committed relationship. This is most likely due to the steady support system that is found in a loving relationship. Mental health all around is more positive in people who have a steady partner.

Good for Your Sex Life

Marriage or a committed relationship also comes with another benefit-a better sex life. Studies have found that people in this type of relationship actually have more sex than people who are single. Doesn’t that make you feel good?

Being married or in a committed relationship has all sorts of health benefits, both physically and mentally. When you are in this type of loving relationship, you will be happier and feel better as well.

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