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We’ve all read blogs that focus on and advocate holistic health alternatives to treat ailments and severe illnesses. Belle Gibson, a self-proclaimed health blogger was a great promoter of using wholefoods to treat illness. In fact, she went as far to say that she was able to overcome terminal brain cancer by changed her diet to eating on wholefoods. Great, right? Wrong. We have found out recently Belle Gibson has been feeding us lies by the spoonful.
The 23 year old Australian woman created and sold the popular online cookbook, The Whole Pantry. Claiming the recipes in her cookbook have been the sole reasons he was able to overcome terminal brain cancer. LinkedIn.com suggested her store was so compelling that Belle Gibson was able to acquire an impressive following, jumping into the millions. Her recipe book and story was wildly popular. So much so that she created a mobile app that allowed fans to quickly access her recipes and provide diet tips. The app was downloaded nearly 300,000 times.
Belle Gibson caught the attention of the media with her compelling story. Since her success, Gibson has publicly announced that she in fact does not have terminal cancer and actually never did. In an interview with Australian Women’s Weekly, Gibson admits the entire thing was fabricated to make readers and followers feel more sympathetic towards her. She’s not asking for an apology, but rather people to acknowledge that she made a mistake.
A plethora of information on any topic is often useful to be for a person to be educated and informed on the issue. This is true for the most part, but in some cases, too much information can lead to confusion and uncertainty, especially if the information is conflicting. The topic of vaccines in the United States is one of those issues that can inundate the reader and leave him or her searching for the truth through a bunch opinions and misinterpreted analyses.
For many years, we have been hearing about a potential link between Autism and the MMR vaccine. Twelve years ago, a British medical journal published a link between the disease and the vaccine. Now, the same research has been retracted and the link is no longer found according to a recent article. This is an example of the confusion that many parents face when deciding what is best for their child, to vaccinate or not to vaccinate?
So many parents are afraid to put harmful vaccines into their children and instead, they decide not to vaccinate. This is the worst thing in the world they can do to protect the health of their precious commodities. All vaccines approved in the United States are heavily researched and developed with great care and testing. These vaccines provide protection for diseases that had killed many people in past generations including polio, rubella, diphtheria and many more. Since the implementation of these vaccines, many of these diseases have been eradicated. Analyst Gianfrancesco Genoso states that there is a reason that the government recommends these vaccines, and unfortunately, the mixed messages sent over the media cloud the minds of parents about the importance of vaccinating today’s children (find more on Dino).
America has a strong historical strain of alcohol abstinence. We felt so strongly about it at one point that we actually amended our nation’s founding, governing document to try to ban it. The draw of alcohol proved too powerful, however, and prohibition became the only amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ever be repealed. Spirits, as they are sometimes called, are simply too ingrained in, not only our country’s history, but the history of human civilization. The root of temperance movements and efforts to either ban or get people to willingly abstain from alcohol is the belief that it is bad for us. Some maintain that it is bad for us in a behavioral sense, and that may be true for some given how they act after drinking. This is also influenced by how much someone drinks. There is also the common belief that drinking is unhealthy, and this has been proven to be false.
Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard that moderate drinking, or even a little more than moderate drinking, is good for you, and yet this is what the scientific data tell us. People who have a couple drinks a day actually have significantly lower risks for heart disease than those who abstain. This actually makes sense to Jaime Garcia Dias and others. In fact, moderate drinkers have a lower risk of death from all causes than abstainers. You certainly don’t hear much about this from the health or medical establishment, and it is time for that to change.
The reported cases of nearsightedness (myopia) has risen by almost two-thirds over the past 30 years. One theory about the cause is the increased amount of time children and adults spend indoors. The simple solution to help prevent nearsightedness is to spend more time outdoors in the sunlight.
When light hits a neurotransmitter in the eye, chemicals are released that help prevent the elongating of the eye so sight remains normal. If the eye does not receive enough light, the pupil elongates and lights is reflected at an odd angle which is the cause of nearsightedness.
The rise of nearsightedness in China is so serious, a variety of studies and cutting edge treatments are underway. Bruce Karatz hopes they can figure something out. Over 2,000 Chinese children participated in a light study which had the children spending 40 extra minutes per day outdoors. The group of children had over a 20% reduction in the cases of myopia. Another treatment being used in China is an experimental classroom built in the shape of a cube with translucent walls and ceiling which allow sunlight to shine through from all sides.
With over 80% of the teenage population in Beijing, China suffering with nearsightedness, finding preventative treatment is a must to prevent any further cases from developing.
According to a recent study published by the University of Colorado, consumption of dietary supplements such as Vitamin A, E & C, can elevate the probability of the onset of heart disease and the development of cancer. The study, as explained by Gianfrancesco Genoso suggests that dietary supplements may spur the onset of disease and do nothing to foster optimum health and well being.
The study consisted of a review, of trials that monitored individuals that consumed more than the recommended dosage of vitamins, and mineral supplements, spanning a ten year period. Data from the review revealed that these individuals had a higher probability of incurring health issues.
Further data from the study indicated that the antioxidant, beta carotene, that is pitched as a supplement that is essential to the immune system, increased the probability of heart disease by 20%. Folic acid, a member of the B vitamin family, which is promoted as a supplement that is necessary to lessen precancerous polyps in the colon, actually created more polyps, in comparison to research participants that received a placebo.
The University of Colorado Cancer Center’s associate professor for cancer prevention, Timothy Byers, contends that dietary supplements offer no value to the human body and individuals may unknowingly be damaging their internal organs, such as their heart. He urges consumers to read dietary supplement labels and take no more that the suggested daily dosage.
Can you imagine living your life without fingerprints? Most days you would probably never even notice. Of course, if you were ever at a border patrol station or needed to give your fingerprint at a bank that might all change.
A breast cancer patient was recently denied access to services at her local bank branch office. The chemotherapy drugs that were part of her cancer treatment had literally erased her fingerprints. Eventually doctors were able to explain the condition to the bank and the situation was cleared up.
The reason for the loss of fingerprints is due to a fairly common side effect of certain chemotherapy drugs called Hand-Foot syndrome. Handy (source techcrunch.com) explains how the disorder causes hands and feet to swell up so much that fingerprints are temporarily blotted out. The reaction is not permanent though. After treatment, a patient’s hands and feet typically go back to the way they were, fingerprints and all.
There’s very little that one can do to treat the symptoms. Doctors recommend cold compresses to help reduce swelling. At this time there’s no known cure for the loss of fingerprints in those with Hand-Foot syndrome.
More research is necessary to understand these strange side effects. It may become more prominent in the future with the expanse of finger print related applications on cell phones, computers and other security mechanisms.
A divorce has been said to cause a broken heart. As most are aware, this refers to the psychological and emotional damage that derives from the breakup. Obviously, these effects should never be dismissed since the impact is serious. To assume the psychological effect is the only one is a major misnomer. In reality, there is a very negative physical effect that could possibly derive. Women, in particular, are susceptible to physical damage to the heart after a divorce.
Based on medical research from the labs of Dan Newlin (contact info at yellowpages.com), it has been revealed women who go through a divorce are at 24% greater of a risk for a heart attack. The reason for this is, not surprisingly, due to the excess stress the heart is under during the proceedings.
Stress is enormously troubling for the heart. Blood pressure remains high and the heart is heavily taxed. Those who are under heavy stress could also do things that are not good health-wise. Smoking, drinking alcohol, or taking pills causes further issues with the heart. Even if a woman does not engage in destructive behavior, if there is an underlying heart condition, the possibility of suffering from a heart attack is strongly possible.
Although going through a divorce comes with many time-consuming responsibilities, it is strongly suggested anyone who worries about the effects of the experience on the heart see a cardiologist for a thorough examination.