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
headache, … 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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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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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

How to Use Honey for Beauty and Wellness

How to Use Honey for Beauty and Wellness

Honey is a superfood in every way, deserving high honors and praise. Besides being an exquisite-tasting natural alternative for sugar, honey offers incredible wellness support, emergency care and should be an integral part of anyone’s beauty regimen.

Nutrition

Research has shown that honey contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. Flavonoids and phenolic acids, which act as antioxidants, are found in honey. The amount and type of these compounds depends largely on the floral source.

Wellness

When it comes to healthcare, nobody enjoys having a sore or ticklish throat. Honey offers soothing, effective results.

A study by a Penn State College of Medicine research team found that
honey may offer parents an effective and safe alternative. The study
found that a small dose of buckwheat honey given before bedtime provided
better relief of nighttime cough and sleep difficulty in children than
no treatment or dextromethorphan (DM), … Read the rest

Heat or Ice? Which remedy to use

Heat or Ice? Which remedy to use

Heat and ice are natural at home remedies for many aches and
pains. However, depending on your particular problem, there is a preferential
treatment for alleviation. In general, heat increases blood flow which helps
tight muscles to relax and helps stiff joints to loosen up. Ice works by
constricting blood flow which numbs pain, reduces inflammation, and helps
prevent bruising.

HEAT

In general heat is used for chronic long-term injuries. The
increased temperature makes the area feel better. In doing so, flexibility is
increased. Again, bouts of 20 minutes should be performed whenever pain is
felt. For arthritis, heat will help loosen up stiff joints. Heat can help
reduce the severity of headaches. When applied to the neck area, heat will
relax the throbbing head and tension of the neck muscles. Heat can also reduce
the stiffness of muscle sprains, especially those that have lasted longer than
6 weeks. It … Read the rest

Cigars vs Cigarettes: The lesser of two cancer causing evils

Cigars vs Cigarettes: The lesser of two cancer causing evils

While both cigars and cigarettes contain tobacco, there are
some differences between these two forms of smoking. The obvious, visible
difference is that a cigar is wrapped in leaf tobacco, while a cigarette is
wrapped in paper that does not contain tobacco. In general, cigars are bigger,
more expensive, last longer and thicker, and have more tobacco.

Regardless, both types can cause cancer.

One cigar can contain as much tobacco as one pack of cigarettes,
which is close to 200 mg of nicotine. Cigarettes contain about 10 mg of
nicotine. Therefore, cigars are typically saved for special occasions and
events. Cigar smoking is often considered more sophisticated. They’re more
popular in the U.S. then other places in the world, and more popular among men
than women. Cigars have a masculine appeal and are associated with capitalism. Statistics
show that 21% of adults smoke cigarettes, while 2.2% of adults smoke cigars.… Read the rest