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Metabolic Syndrome - Small Lifestyle Changes, Big Results

Metabolic Syndrome

It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to put two and two together, and we all know when we’re not doing the right things to stay healthy. It’s not always easy but making small changes can make a big difference in health. If not you may eventually have one or more of the signs of metabolic syndrome and experience the associated complications including diabetes, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease and an increased risk not only for stroke but cancer.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol, Excedrin) #8 on the Top 10 Most Dangerous Drugs List

Acetaminophen, Tylenol, Panadol, Excedrin

Acetaminophen is marketed as an effective painkiller that is safer than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen, which are associated with more complaints of stomach discomfort or bleeding. However, because acetaminophen and products containing that drug are available over-the-counter, a common misconception is that they are not dangerous. For some people, even going slightly over the recommended amount can cause acute liver failure or kidney failure - conditions that can have deadly consequences.

Anticholinergics, Such as Excedrin PM and Tylenol PM, #7 on the List of Top 10 Most Dangerous Drugs

Anticholinergics

Plants of the Solanaceae family contain various anticholinergic tropane alkaloids such as scopolamine, atropine, and hyoscyamine that have been used in both prescription and over the counter drugs. Anticholinergic drugs block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter that is involved in memory and learning. Older adults commonly use over-the-counter drugs with anticholinergic effects as sleep aids and to relieve bladder leakage. This class of drugs is frequently prescribed for many chronic diseases including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

FDA Shoots Down AstraZeneca Diabetes Compound Drug on the Heels of Cancer Combo

AstraZeneca Diabetes Drug Declined by FDA

When the Food and Drug Administration says “NO” to a drug maker, there has to be a very good reason. On October 9, London based AstraZeneca announced it would halt two clinical trials on a combination cancer drug used to treat lung cancer due to evidence of increased lung disease.

Managing Dementia Behaviors Is Easier Than You Think

Alzheimer's disease patient

Medical students are often taught, “When you hear hoofs, think horses, not zebras”. Zebra is a metaphor for symptoms, a condition, illness or disease that may be obscure, rare, scary or difficult to manage. The way to identify the sound of the hoof beats is to rule out the zebra. Maybe managing a dementia patient’s behavior is as easy as riding a horse as oppose to a riding a wild zebra.

Low workplace air quality and your health: Why ventilation matters

Workplace air quality

As more people are spending more time indoors, the impact of air quality on their health is growing. In the workplace, low air quality can have a negative impact on both health and productivity. Whether you work in a factory setting or an office building, poor air quality can be an issue. Prolonged exposure to poor quality air can lead to both acute illnesses and chronic health conditions, and this is why it is important to learn about your rights regarding the air you breathe at work.

NSAIDS Number 5 on the List of Top 10 Most Dangerous Drugs

NSAIDS drug risks and side effects

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) - Motrin, Bextra, Naproxen, Celebrex aspirin, Voltaren, Lodine, Indocin, Orudis, Toradol, Relafen, Daypro, Clinoril, Aleve or Naprosyn and others, are the most widely used drugs in the world. Most people experiencing mild to moderate pain, inflammation, cold and flu symptoms, menstrual pain or fever take NSAIDS and do so without really thinking of any dangers since most are available over the counter (OTC). The perception [4] is that they are innocuous, but that would be very far from the truth.

New Viral Therapy Cancer Treatment Improves Survival Rates and Makes Everyone Smile

Cancer Treatment RIGVIR

A diagnosis of cancer can instill fear, anxiety and a sense of helplessness and hopelessness in those affected including friends and family. It’s a diagnosis that can take one’s breath away. I remember hearing the news that my grandmother who raised me, had cancer. The initial reaction was mind-numbing terror, shock, and simply wanting to flee. All I knew at the time was that cancer was a death sentence.

Why Statin Drugs Are an Epic Fail and on The List of Top 10 Most Dangerous Drugs

Statin Drugs

Cholesterol has been demonized and statin drugs (Zocor, Crestor, Lipitor, Baycol, Mevacor or Altocor, Pravachol, Lescol, Livalo) have been touted as miracle drugs for lowering cholesterol, yet as we’ve seen use of statins increase we’ve seen heart disease as well as diabetes increase. Obviously, something’s wrong with the theory that statins are beneficial.

Side Effects of Chemotherapy: Cancer Doesn't Kill Most Patients

Chemotherapy and Cancer Treatment

Chemotherapy is one of the most deadly drugs on the planet. Chemotherapy ravages your body, killing healthy cells, and has horrendous side effects including death and secondary cancers. Chemotherapy has a 2.1% success rate yet along with surgery and radiation, is still a leading allopathic treatment. [1] And we all know someone, possible many people, who have gone through traditional treatment only to be told their cancer was back or has spread. Chemotherapy is not only ineffective, it’s barbaric.

Simple Plan to Follow a Low Carb Diet for Those Who Don't Know How To Get Started

Fish for low carb diet

Overeating carbohydrates, especially simple carbohydrates like sugar and flour are a contributing factor in the increase in obesity and metabolic syndrome over the last several decades. The recommended dietary allowance for total carbohydrates is 130 grams daily, or 45 to 65 percent of your total daily calories, according to the Institute of Medicine. [1] However, the average American diet consists of 600-1000 grams of carbohydrates daily which is about 5 – 8 times higher than recommended. Eating more carbs than your body can handle or not getting enough exercise to counter a diet high in carbs causes excess carbs to be stored as fat.

Why Sleeping Pills Are Considered the Number 1 Most Dangerous Drug?

Sleeping pill risks

Sleeping pills - (zolpidem (e.g., Ambien), temazepam (e.g., Restoril), eszopiclone (e.g., Lunesta), zaleplon (e.g., Sonata), other benzodiazepines such as triazolam (e.g., Halcion) and flurazepam (e.g., Dalmane), barbiturates, and sedative antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (e.g., Benadryl).

Treatment Participation, Access to Emergency Services and Choice of Plans All Part of Patient Rights

Doctor and Patient Care

You have the right to accurate and easily-understood information about your health plan, health care professionals, health care facilities and treatments. However the entire process can be daunting. If you speak another language, have a physical or mental disability, or just don’t understand something, help should be given to clarify, help you understand and make well informed health care decisions. So, what are your rights?

Surviving The Waves of Dementia Care Grief

Dementia caregiving

If you are caring for someone with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, you've certainly been sailing on a tumultuous sea of emotions. Although you may have educated yourself about the disease and what to expects as the disease progresses, we all dread the reality that our loved one will soon be gone altogether.

5 Reasons Why You Should Use An Agent To Purchase Health Insurance

Health Insurance Agent

Since the Affordable Care Act began there has not been a lot of engagement with insurance agents. When they are mentioned they are most often portrayed as commission hungry vultures looking for victims to put in any insurance plan that that will benefit them the most monetarily. While that is the opinion of many it’s not reality.

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes, The Hard Way and the Easy Way

Low Carb Diet for Reversing Diabetes

According to a story in Tuesday's New York Times bariatric surgery or a very low-calorie, starvation diet are the only cures for reversing Type 2 Diabetes. Since a 600 calorie per day diet is considered unsustainable, surgery is promoted as the preferred treatment. These horrific procedures cost many thousands of dollars and can result in death for some patients. One would think that such an extreme measure would only be used as a last resort, but that is apparently not the case.

This Common Sense Approach To Type 2 Diabetes Supported By Science

Carbs in Diabetes Management

As a family nurse practitioner, I work with patients who have Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes has been traditionally recognized as an excess of glucose in the bloodstream. However, over recent years, we have begun to realize that the elevated glucose levels are only part of the problem; insulin resistance is the other half of diabetes.

Seaweed: Health Benefits for the Body and Planet

Health Benefits of Seaweed

For thousands of years, seaweed has been used in many cultures, especially those in coastal regions, not only as a food source, but for its health benefits. Many of these areas such as Japan are considered “blue zones” where people are known to live longer and with fewer health problems. In fact, Japan has the highest number of octogenarians, people who live to be over the age of 100, in the world. Other well known “blue zones” are Sardinia, Italy, Loma Linda, California, and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.(1)

How To Curb the Chronic Pain Epidemic With Exponential Technology

Dr. Anita Gupta on Chronic Pain Treatment

As a physician anesthesiologist and pharmacist, it can be challenging to treat patients living with a chronic pain diagnosis. For most people, pain is temporary and can resolve quickly. But for more than 100 million Americans, there is no end to pain. Chronic pain can be debilitating and oftentimes varies from being broad or focused, dull or sharp, distracting or excruciating.

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