One in eight women will battle breast cancer in her lifetime, a statistic that has not changed significantly for a few years. The good news is that the odds of surviving breast cancer continue to improve every year. Approximately 2.4 million breast cancer survivors are living today, most of those now cancer-free. Continue reading “What you must know about Breast Cancer now” »
Bladder infections are no fun. Ordinary urine contains the waste products, fluid, and salts that are body needs to expel. When bacteria is found in the urine it can cause a bacterial infection in the urinary tract, pain, stiffening of the bladder, and could lead to bleeding. Continue reading “Urinary Concern – Bladder Infection” »
A formal Crohn’s diet doesn’t exist per se. Foods that aggravate the condition in one person may have no effect on another. Learning which foods can or cannot be eaten takes time and is a matter of trial and error. A dietician can help develop a diet that is customized to help keep inflammation to a minimum. Continue reading “Crohn’s Disease Diet and the Risk of Dehydration” »
Health Benefits of Red Wines: One to Two Glasses a Day. Plato may have been wiser than he knew when he said, “Nothing more excellent or valuable than wine was ever granted by the Gods to man.” Those of us who have come to enjoy the variety and tastes that wine have to offer can now look to red wines for greater health benefits. Continue reading “Red Wine Has a Positive Effect on Health” »
If It Ain’t Broke; Don’t Fix It! The credence of most men, when it comes to their health, is, “if it ain’t broke; don’t fix it!” It is usually the nagging wife or mother that pushes them through the doorway of their doctor’s office, or undeniable and painful or incapacitating symptoms. Continue reading “Health Tips For Men” »
Sodas are very popular among children, teenagers, young adults, and even older adults too. Clinically, it is known that carbonated beverages affect your metabolism (not in a good way) and are partially responsible for the obesity in America. Continue reading “Should You Eliminate Carbonated Beverages?” »
Whether you prefer Starbucks, Barney’s or Joffrey’s, have your morning cup of java guilt-free. The latest research has indicated that there are positive health benefits regarding coffee consumption and the prevention of numerous health concerns, including but not limited to chronic degenerative diseases, which are unfortunately on the rise in the United States. Continue reading “Coffee’s Antioxidant Powers” »
One way of revitalizing yourself is to start a detox program. The whole idea is to remove the toxins from your body caused by substances such as alcohol, tobacco and food consumed during the festive period. Continue reading “Which Is The Best Way To Detox?” »
Everything’s pretty in spring except for how allergy sufferers feel… sneezing, runny noses, scratchy eyes…and if those are your only symptoms, you’re lucky! Millions of people have major sinus attacks with headache and facial pain, total nasal blockage and sinus pressure.
Too often and too quickly, seasonal allergies are confused with acute “rhinitis” and “sinusitis”. We run for medications which often complicate a problem that could have been resolved naturally and with a little patience, or prevented altogether.
What’s the difference – and is there actually a solution?
“Rhinitis” is inflammation of the nasal passages with sneezing and a runny or dry, stuffy red nose. Seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly known as “hay fever”, is generally caused by outdoor allergies to things like fresh-cut grass or plant pollen.
Rhinitis can result from the release of “histamines”, the neurotransmitter that causes symptoms of these allergies – but could also result from long-time dependence on nasal sprays. Pharmaceutical decongestants lose effectiveness over time, so we use more and more to find relief. This wears down the natural defenses in nasal tissues and thickens nasal mucus, inviting bacteria and fungus that can lead to sinusitis.
“Sinusitis” (referring to actual sinus infection) stems from virus, fungus or bacteria. At this time of year, sinusitis kicks up due to morning and twilight dampness in the air causing mold and mildew spores, which are attracted to mucus and can start fungal growth. We feel miserable, run to the doctor for antibiotics, but antibiotics work only on bacteria, not mold or fungus.
- Avoid foods which cause thicker mucus and slower digestion: all cow’s milk products, sugary baked goods, and starchy wheat (pastas, biscuits, etc.) are known culprits. Thin mucus flows properly to eliminate bacteria and fungus, and good waste elimination makes us less prone to allergies and infections.
- Guard against allergies by eating papaya, garlic, blueberries, raspberries.
- Take the digestive enzymes papain and bromelain, both known for prohibiting allergies.
Strengthen your immune system against allergies with extra antioxidant vitamins A, E, C, minerals Zinc and Selenium. Antioxidants keep “free radicals” from reaching our cells and damaging natural immunities.
Treatment for seasonal allergies:
- Begin above dietary rules immediately.
- Drink a glass of warm water in the morning to release toxins.
- Take the Aller-Sine and antioxidants. Get congestion relief with this natural steam formula:
- Garlic – 1/2 clove or 500 mg capsule
- Eucalyptus (found in vapor rub products) – ¼ teaspoon
- Tea tree oil – 2 drops
- Pau d’arco (a South American herb) – 2 drops or half of one 500 mg capsule (Get these last two at natural health outlets).
Dissolve ingredients into 2 cups of boiling, steaming water. Inhale deeply for 2-3 minutes twice daily until mucus loosens and expels.
If you’ve had longtime sinusitis or rhinitis, it will take some time to experience lasting freedom. Be persistent. You may just avoid fall’s seasonal allergies!
Are You Ready for Summer Fun? You may say, “You bet! Vacation, here I come!” But apart from thinking about where to go and what to pack, things happen in summertime that we don’t otherwise consider. Here are some Summer Health Safety Tips. Continue reading “Staying Hydrated in Summer” »