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  • Controlling vomiting
    By Health Blog on May 2, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Vomiting is one of the most common health problems that we face. They are usually a result of a contagious infection of the stomach or intestines (gastroenterity or stomach flu). They can sometimes come from eating contaminated food. Cramps, fever and a bloated stomach may also be present with these illnesses. Stomach pain that is constant, severe or worsening may be a sign of a more serious illness. You should visit a doctor if this occurs.

    Dehydration problem: The most important danger from vomiting and diarrhea is dehydration or loss of fluids and minerals from the body. This can occur in adults but is more common in children and infants. Treatment of vomiting and diarrhea is directed at replacing lost fluids. Sometimes this requires the use of intravenous fluids in the hospital, but most can be treated by taking liquids by mouth.

    Vomiting

    Vomiting

    Solution to dehydration: The best liquids to use in infants and small children are human milk for breast-fed babies and the prepared solutions Pedialyte, Ricelyte, Resol, and Rehydralyte. Children over age two can also be offered Gatorade. These can be bought at most supermarkets or drugstores for a small cost. “Rice water” or “suero” can be used, but the commercial fluids have exactly the right combination of sugar and electrolytes to replace the fluids lost in vomiting and diarrhea. For that reason, it is best to avoid boiled milk, fruit juices, soda, and Kool-Aid.

    The secret to success in keeping fluids down is to take small amount frequently. Try to give one teaspoon of liquid every 5 minutes, even when the child is vomiting. A teaspoon of liquid every 5 minutes will give 2 ounces each hour. Often vomiting will persist for the first 4 to 6 hours despite any treatment. When the child stops vomiting and keeps down the small amounts for an hour, you can try 1to 2 ounces every one half to one hour. If no further vomiting occurs for 2 hours, the child can be allowed to drink as much as they wish.

    No feeding during vomiting: Do not feed the child any food for the first 12 to 24 hours of a vomiting illness. If the illness consists of diarrhea without vomiting, the child should be given the liquids described above for the first 24 hours, then the foods described below for the next 24 hours. When the child has not vomited for 3 to 6 hours and is feeling hungry, begin small frequent feedings of foods such as rice, potatoes, noodles, crackers, toast, cereals, soups, cooked vegetables, and bananas. Avoid fatty foods and butter. After 24 to 48 hours of clear liquids and tolerating foods, the child can begin to drink milk again, in small servings of 2 ounces.

    In infants, change diapers frequently, wash your hands frequently (to prevent spread of the infection), and apply lotion such as Vaseline or A&D Ointment to the diaper area. Prescribed medicines are only rarely used in treating these problems. Pepto Bismol often reduces diarrhea in children or adults, but should not be used in children less than one year old. See bottle instructions for the amount to take. Antibiotics are helpful in certain types of infection.

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  • Avoid Insomnia by avoiding drinking
    By Health Blog on April 30, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    After a rather fun celebrating party in which you’ve partaken in a few cocktails, you might find it difficult to fall asleep. Even though the alcohol has made you a bit tipsy and consequently a little tired, you toss and turn in bed, sleep eluding you.

    The reason behind this type of insomnia is that when we consume alcohol in the hours before bed we may be setting ourselves up for a horrible night’s sleep. The alcohol works as a stimulant and regardless of how tight we close or eyes or how deeply we long for sleep, it doesn’t happen.

    quit drinking alcohol

    quit drinking alcohol

    The cure might not be in cutting out the alcohol completely. It might however be in the type of alcohol and also in when and how much you’re drinking.

    If you’ve tied one on right before you need to go to bed, the alcohol might still be strongly in your system. It’s still keeping you awake by stimulating you. If you do fall asleep, often what happens is that you don’t sleep soundly. The effects of the alcohol won’t allow your body to drift into deep sleep, so the result might be that you sleep fitfully, turning and tossing or waking frequently. You wake up in the morning feeling exhausted.

    One of the best ways to avoid alcohol induced insomnia is to either not drink in the evening or choose a drink that works to relax you instead of stimulate you. For some people that might be red or white wine. A glass of wine with dinner is said to relax the body and aid in sleep.

    If you do think that alcohol might be playing a part in your insomnia, keep track of what and when you consume. Once you have that information you can adjust what you are drinking so that you are able to get the best sleep you can, free from insomnia.

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  • Signs of depression
    By Health Blog on April 29, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    There are so many different signs of depression which means it sometimes continues until the indications form a pattern. But the sooner you recognize depression in yourself or someone else, the sooner you can get treatment. Depression needs to be treated whether it’s mild or severe or anything in between the extremes. Depression doesn’t disappear on its own and will only get worse.

    depression

    depression

    There are some basic and common signs of depression. They include the following.

    • No feelings of self worth or low self esteem

    • Doesn’t like to be around other people which can include family

    • Doesn’t anticipate doing anything including enjoyable events

    • Lack of concentration

    • Feelings of hopelessness

    • Feeling sad all the time

    • Suicidal thoughts

    • Inability to make any decisions

    A person can have one or more of these signs of depression. It’s natural to feel sad for a few days or to have stressful days. It’s normal to have some days when life may seem a little harder than you think it should be. Depression is something entirely different. It’s not natural to feel you are worthless or that people in your life wouldn’t miss you if you were to disappear. It’s not normal to be sad for longer than two weeks while continuing to experience constant fatigue and lack of interest in anything around you.

    The signs of depression can be very noticeable in many cases. Someone who is depressed may cry a lot for no apparent reason. In severe cases, a person may refuse to get out of bed. In milder cases, the person might be unable to make the simplest decision or constantly feels guilty about something. People with depression can have trouble functioning at work or at home.

    Other signs: Other signs of depression may not be severe and are harder to identify. For example, you can experience depression triggered by an event such as a death in the family or loss of a job. It can be a real shock and not everyone is able to adjust well. You might still appear to function normally but the signs of depression are there. You might cry at the most unexpected times or begin a spiral into despondency that makes you unable to function eventually.

    On the other hand, bipolar disorder has very obvious symptoms. While in a euphoric state, bizarre behavior such as making obviously foolish and harmful decision becomes apparent. While in a depressed state, the person feels hopeless and all the frenetic activity stops. This happens over and over again and can even happen within a day.

    The key to identifying if someone is depressed is to watch for patterns or continual worsening of suspect symptoms. If this goes on for longer than 2 weeks, you should get professional help for you or your friend or family member.

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  • Does bleeding Gums can lead to Heart Attacks & Strokes?
    By Health Blog on April 27, 2010 | 3 Comments3 Comments  Comments

    Think about this for a moment: You wake up in the morning, go into your bathroom and brush your teeth. After a few brush strokes, you notice in the mirror or sink, that your gums are bleeding. But, you just ignore it & keep on brushing. Would you ever ignore bleeding if it came from your eye, ear, or hand? Of course not! Once bleeding starts – it’s a sign that something is terribly wrong! It also means that your body armor (your skin, or in this case – your oral mucosa) is open & susceptible to invasion by unwanted bacteria & viruses.

    bleeding gums

    bleeding gums

    The skin of the oral cavity is known as Oral Mucosa. It is very rich with blood vessels and if outside bacteria and the toxins they produce get into the blood stream, they are off and running throughout your body. As the illustration above shows, plaque and tartar buildup destroy the health of your gums and allow the supporting bone to weaken – leading to eventual tooth loss, if not caught in time. However, what the most recent International research shows and what American Dentistry has failed to comprehend is that Sulfur Compounds produced by anaerobic bacteria are the True Villains in many oral disorders – from swollen and bleeding gums to Bad Breath. And now as groundbreaking research shows, eventually to systemic problems such s heart disease, strokes, and pneumonia.

    Anaerobic Bacteria Produce Sulfur Compounds, Which Allow Toxins to Enter Your Blood Stream through swelled Gums! These anaerobic bacteria have the ability to extract sulfur compounds from proteins produced when your gums are swollen and bleeding. Some of these sulfur compounds are classified as Thiols. These dangerous sulfur compounds have recently been found to allow Other Bacteria – and the toxins they produce – to infiltrate below the gumline. If your gums are already swollen and bleeding, these bacterial toxins may get into your bloodstream and travel throughout your body, most significantly to your brain – leading to strokes, or to the heart – leading to heart attacks!

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  • How to solve the problem of sleep deprivation?
    By Health Blog on April 25, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    If you know you are suffering from sleep deprivation, then you know that you need sleep. But, getting to sleep could be one of the largest problems that you face. The fact is though, that you have to find a way to make it happen. There are several things that you can do, along with advice from your doctor, that can help to ease you into a normal sleep pattern and therefore improve your quality of life and your safety.

    sleep deprivation

    sleep deprivation

    Consider trying any of these things to improve your sleep deprivation.

    Sleep on a schedule. You’ll want to follow a schedule, whenever possible for sleeping. When you sleep on a regular schedule, your body learns when to be tired and when it’s time to be awake.

    Get your exercise. Physical exercise helps to improve sleeping habits. You should get some physical exercise that incorporates movement at least 20 to 30 minutes per day.

    Don’t just lay there. Get up and do something, or read. If you lie in bed worrying about not being able to sleep, you won’t be able to get to sleep at all!

    Improve your diet. Reduce the amount of caffeine that you take in. Limit nicotine and alcohol as much as possible. Don’t drink or consume any of these things at least a full six hours before you go to bed.

    Don’t eat before bedtime. Eating that ends up with a heavy meal feeling in the pit of your stomach won’t make for a good nights rest. You shouldn’t eat anything for at least two hours before bed.

    Don’t watch television before bed. Television makes you think and keeps your mind working. You don’t want this when you should be trying to wind down. It’s a stimulant you don’t need.

    When you follow these tips you can improve sleep deprivation especially when you seek out your doctor’s help, too.

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