Vertigo: The inner ear’s roller coaster effect

Vertigo: The inner ear’s roller coaster effect

Vertigo is an off balanced sensation that makes a person feel like they are spinning and dizzy. There are a number of reasons one might experience this. It is most commonly associated with inner ear problems because the inner ear sends signals to the brain about movement. Other causes include Meniere’s disease, which is the buildup of fluid that causes pressure in the ear. Meniere’s can also cause ringing in the ears as well as hearing loss. Another cause of vertigo is associated with BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) which is when tiny calcium particles clump up in the canals. An infection called vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis can cause inflammation in the inner ear. Other causes include migraines, stroke, tumors, medications, or head or neck injuries.

Vertigo can be triggered by changing the position of the head
that causes a spinning, swaying, or unbalanced sensation. This can lead to
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Top Foods to Avoid: High Fructose Corn Syrup

Top Foods to Avoid: High Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup is a man-made product that is produced by
using enzymes to extract sugar from stocks of corn. This sweetener
should be avoided as it has been linked to a variety of maladies
including obesity, cardiovascular disease, blood sugar imbalances,
diabetes, fatty liver, liver failure, leaky gut syndrome, decaying
teeth, hypertension, elevated LDL / bad cholesterol levels, immune
suppression, dementia and cancer. Not to mention it can actually
damage DNA.

Big Food loves high fructose corn syrup because it is both cheaper
and sweeter than cane sugar. Highly refined cane sugar is bad enough
but high fructose corn syrup delivers a fix that rapidly enters the
blood stream causing blood sugar spikes and the quick release of
insulin. This in turn causes an increase in appetite and a trend
toward weight gain and obesity over time.

The common sugar that sits in the pantry at home is … Read the rest

Garlic: Worth the bad breath

Garlic: Worth the bad breath

Garlic comes from Central Asia and northeastern Iran.
However, it is a seasoning that is used all over the world. This spice is a
relative to onion, leek, chives, and shallots. It is readily used for cooking
and sautéing. The perks of garlic are many, and the health benefits have made
many people fans.

  1. The
    most popular benefit of garlic is its ability to boost the immune system with
    its powerful ability to fight infection. Garlic contains antibacterial,
    anti-fungal, and antiviral properties. Garlic in raw form, can be rubbed on
    skin conditions that are fungi, virus, or bacterial related. One of the
    components called, ajoene, can help fight yeast infections.
  2. Garlic
    can also boost immunity. This spice is absolutely loaded with vitamin C. It
    also contains a high amount of potassium which means it helps with the
    absorption of other nutrients. The smell clears up lunge and throat problems.
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Top Foods to Avoid: Aspartame

Top Foods to Avoid: Aspartame

Aspartame (the full name is aspartylphenylalanine) is a synthetic sweeter that is marketed as a low calorie product and is often used ostensibly in conjunction with diabetes management and weight loss. The controversial sugar substitute is sold as NutriSweet, Equal and Aminosweet and is an ingredient in thousands of food and beverage products worldwide.

Aspartame contains only 4 calories per gram and is 180 to 200 times sweeter than sucrose (common table sugar). The artificial sweetener is highly touted by big food as ‘safe for human consumption’ and is commonly found in foods and drinks like diet sodas, chewing gum, sugar-free ice cream, reduced-calorie fruit juice (like Tropicana), yogurt, and sugarless candy.

The sweetener was discovered by chance when two substances were mixed together and inadvertently ingested. It is a synthetic compound of phenylalanine and aspartic acid and 10 percent of its molecular structure is methanol (methyl alcohol or wood … Read the rest

Contacts: Wear them with caution

Contacts: Wear them with caution

Wearing contacts is a convenient correction to vision that
eliminates the extra pair of glasses. However, according to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, at least 41 million contact lens wearers in the
U.S. are practicing at least one behavior that can cause risk for eye
infection. Wearing contacts also puts a person at risk for eye infections and
corneal ulcers. It is important to make sure to avoid the following common
mistakes when it comes to wearing contacts.

  1. Don’t wear your contacts for too long: This can
    cause scarring and loss of vision. Because contacts sit on top of the cornea, they
    are actually blocking oxygen supply to this area. Letting the cornea have
    oxygen from time to time is recommended. The longer worn, the higher the risk
    for germ accumulation.
  2. Wearing contacts in water: They should not be
    worn in swimming pools or hot tubs. Water has
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Blood Pressure 101

Blood Pressure 101

A yearly physical or even just a normal visit to the doctor
can involve having your blood pressure checked. Not everyone understands why or
how important this information can be. Understanding the basics about blood
pressure can lead to making better health decisions. This first piece of
information to learn is that the top number is called systolic pressure and the
bottom number is called diastolic pressure.

When having blood pressure checked, the doctor will put an
inflatable cuff around the upper arm. Then they will use a stethoscope to
listen to the blood moving through the arteries. The doctor will inflate the
cuff which will cause it to tighten around the arm. As the cuff becomes deflated,
the doctor will listen through the stethoscope to determine systolic blood
pressure. When the noise that goes away from the deflation stops, the doctor
can then take the diastolic reading.

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What You Need to Know About Scott Eastwood’s New Made Here Collection

What You Need to Know About Scott Eastwood’s New Made Here Collection

Scott Eastwood is stepping into some new territory. After starring in big films like Pacific Rim: Uprising and The Fate of the Furious over the last couple years, the actor is launching a new style collection, Made Here, which will have products that are inspired by the American worker.

So what exactly is Made Here about? While you’ll have to wait to see, the upcoming new line will include shirts, boxers, socks, hats and other accessories for both men and women. The idea behind the brand is that everything will be made in the United States and also will “celebrate the American worker” through its designs. Eastwood has partnered with entrepreneur Dane Chapin for the new collection.

“For hundreds of years, ‘American-made’ has been synonymous with high quality,” said Eastwood in a press release. “It’s all … Read the rest

Wine vs Beer: Alcohol and your diet plan

Wine vs Beer: Alcohol and your diet plan

Did you know that the FDA doesn’t require nutrition facts
for alcoholic beverages?? Does this mean that innocence is bliss when it comes
to alcohol and your diet plan?? What you don’t know doesn’t count or doesn’t
hurt you?? Well, the waistline seems to respond regardless of the data. Wine
has been called the “nectar of the gods” and beer has developed into a brewery
on every corner. Alcohol is a pleasurable beverage many people enjoy; which
type is a matter of personal preference, availability, and sometimes culture.

A bottle of wine has about 750 calories compared to a six
pack of beer that has about 900 calories. This means that if you had a standard
glass of wine every night (6oz), that’s 1260 calories added up for the week. Having
a standard pint of beer (14oz) each night would be 1500 calories for the week. For
these terms, one … Read the rest

Healing the Gut–will new AI technology make your MD obsolete?

Healing the Gut–will new AI technology make your MD obsolete?

“So, I want to give you a sense of the
amount of data that you can get from a single sample, right? If I get stool
sample and go through the lab process and generate the data that corresponds to
that one sample, it’s several gigabytes of data. In fact, if you think about it
as the number of books that you might want to read or something, in one sample
there’s the equivalent of a public library’s worth of books.” Guru Banavar from
the Interconnected series

Imagine a world where
everything you need to know about yourself was as close as your bathroom.  Years ago, stool specimens were mostly used
for detecting occult blood, bacteria or parasites.  Artificial Intelligence data can now give you
an entire library of information about your gut microbiome from one stool
specimen—the deficiencies in nutrients, and toxicities that are causing
inflammation.

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Hand Sanitizer: Does it work??

Hand Sanitizer: Does it work??

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs. When this gel first hit the market, we were prone to believe it would stop all germs in their tracks.  However, in certain situations, soap and water are not available. When this occurs, according to the CDC, using alcohol -based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be effective. Alcohol concentration between 60-90% can successfully help kill germs. When correctly used, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can kill many types of microbes, understand that soap and water are most effective at killing more strains of germs. Application must involve spreading the sanitizer over the entire hand. However, when the hands are too greasy or soiled, sanitizer will not be as effective. They also do not remove harmful chemicals such as pesticides.

Hand sanitizers are now found everywhere. They’re in
hospitals, bathrooms, restaurants, and in … Read the rest