Health Questions, is Botox Safe?
There are a number of misconceptions about Botox, how it works and where it comes from. In a recent blog post by a Chicago dermatologist some of those misconceptions are addressed. One of the biggest rumors out there on the internet, according to the dermatologist in Chicago is that the treatment causes botulism. That is completely false. The botox that is used in treating wrinkles is injected into facial muscles. You cannot contract botulism in this manner.
Botox is used every day in the offices of dermatologists around the country. The treatments have proven not only to be safe, but also incredibly effective in the treatment of wrinkled skin. The one safety issue that does occur with botox is when the injection treatments are not handled by a trained dermatologist. There have been a number of reports that spas that claim to have dermatologists on site, actually perform the injections without the dermatologist being there. This can be very dangerous for the patient.
If you insist on going to someone other than a dermatologist for botox injections, make sure that they are qualified or under the supervision of a dermatologist.
SWSD stands for shift work sleep disorder and it is in fact a real sleep disorder that generally affects those that have to alter their sleep schedules around rotating working hours. Most often, this happens when people have to work at night forcing the worker to be thrown off the bodies natural sleep rhythm.
SWSD most often presents as excessive sleepiness and or insomnia with a number of symptoms such as headaches, lack of energy and a difficulty in concentrating also occurring.
Dealing with SWSD
Dealing with SWSD is often a matter of retraining your body. This can be done by preparing yourself for sleep with a routine before going to sleep that your body and mind will eventually recognize. There are prescription aides that you can ask your doctor about as well, but the healthiest way to handle the issue is by getting enough sleep.
A great resource to find out more about shift work sleep disorder can be found here:
http://my.clevelandclinic.org / disorders/sleep_disorders/hic_shift_work_sleep_disorder.aspx
A: Cobra stands for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). It is a law that Congress passed in 1986 that guarantees the availability of group health insurance during a time period in which benefits may normally have been unavailable. Such situations include leaving an employer, getting a divorce in which the health benefits were held by the spouse, retirees and dependent children. The individual must pay for the health benefits on a monthly basis but the cost is substantially less than finding privately paid health insurance. The typical time frame of availability is 18-24 months. For more information visit the US Department of Labor website at www.dol.gov and search for COBRA.
Q: The New Face of Bipolar II, why is seeking treatment for mental health disorders uncommon?
A: The National Alliance on Mental Illness has applauded Catherine Zeta Jones for not only coming forth on the truth about her diagnosis of bipolar II disorder, but also extends that to the fact that she came sought treatment in the first place. It is estimated that one in four adults suffers from some type of mental health challenge such as OCD, depression, anxiety or even bipolar I or II or schizophrenia.
The estimated number of people who seek treatment is one out of the four. This is, in part, due to the stigma attached to being a person with a mental health disorder. By coming forward with her diagnosis and treatment, Ms. Zeta Jones has helped shed light on mental illness and hopefully has encouraged others to seek help, knowing that there is no need to suffer in silence.
Lung disease has recently become a larger problem for women across America. The three types that are usually found in women patients are asthma, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Asthma is a common lung problem that affects the bronchial tubes.
The condition causes these tubes, which carry air into the lungs, to become swollen and inflamed making it hard to get a good breath. These problems could be increased by air irritants like smoke and air pollution. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is related to emphysema and bronchitis.
Both of these problems make breathing harder to do by constant inflammation in the bronchial tubes. This then produces more mucus which is the start of excessive coughing. In emphysema patients, there is not enough oxygen being transferred into the blood stream causing shortness of breath.
Diabetes is a disease where the glucose in the blood is far above the necessary level. There are three main type of diabetes that people suffer from. The types are Gestational diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes.
The type of diabetes that is most commonly diagnosed is type 2 diabetes. This type is diagnosed in ninety percent of diabetes patients. This type of diabetes can start at any age and is caused when insulin cannot properly function, leaving glucose out of the blood.
Type 1 diabetes is a condition that last through one’s life and is usually found as a child or young adult. It occurs when the body doesn’t make insulin, so it has to be added to ones diet through shots or insulin pumps. Gestational diabetes happens during the pregnancy period and only happens to 5 percent of pregnant women. It is caused when the hormones emitted prohibit insulin from performing its normal functions.
Anemia can be caused by a variety of factors all of which result in a low count of red blood cells. The first cause of this could be that the body cannot produce the correct number of red blood cells the body needs to function properly. Another reason for the lack of red blood cells could be related to cells that fail at a rate faster than the body can replace them.
Iron deficiency is often considered the most common type when it comes to anemia. This happens when the body does not have enough iron and results in a insufficient amount of hemoglobin. Women are likely to lose iron and red blood cell through childbirth a well as prolonged period or heavy bleeding. Vitamin deficiency is another common form of anemia.
Anemia can also be found in hereditary causes. It can be from a blood disease that is common among family members such as sickle cell anemia. Signs of anemia include fatigue, weakness, headache, and rapid or irregular heartbeat.
One of the common ways doctors recommend patients to avoid heart disease and improve heart health is through a healthy diet. It is a easy way to decrease blood pressure as well as avoid heart attacks and strokes. Eating a lot bad fats, which include trans and saturated fat, can lead to plaque buildup in arteries.
Foods that should be included in a heart healthy diet are vast and each category should be included. When it comes to dairy products it is important to choose low fat or completely fat free milk, cheese and yogurts. Another good option is non-dairy options such as soy milk or almond milk.
When it comes to grains, one should aim to have all whole grains, but no less than half of all grains should be whole. Fruits and vegetables should also be a mainstay along with fish and lean protein. Sodium should be avoided when possible.
Doctors and experts have long said that a glass of red wine a night is good for one’s heart. A new study shows that this might not be the only alcoholic beverage that can be beneficial. The American Dietetic Association has recently said that beer also has beneficial attributes that will help hearth health.
It has been shown that drinking a occasional beer can help reduce the amound of LDL cholesterol while increasing the amount of HDL cholesterol. It also has been shown to have a decreasing effect on blood clots, the risk gallstones and the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Before going out and binging on beer remember that they recommend a moderate amount. This is considered to be one beer a day that is around 12 ounces. It has also been found that darker beers have more fiber with around 3 grams. So if red wine doesn’t suit you, grab a brew.
A recent study done by the University of Pittsburgh found that snoring sleepers are at higher risk for metabolic syndrome. The study looked at over 800 participants with ages varying between 45 and 74. In a three year time span those who slept poorly were more likely to have a number of risk factors
Some of these risk factors included high blood sugar, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, excess belly fat and high triglycerides. Many people across America consider themselves to have sleep problems, frequently waking feeling un-refreshed. This is not the first study that has showed similar results.
The importance of getting enough quality sleep can have a big impact on one’s general health. Sleep deprivation and sleep problems have been found to directly link to increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. One’s mattress and sleeping arrangements can have an impact on getting a good night’s sleep.
A good hug always makes one feel a little happier, but it was recently found that it might do even more than that. It has been found that all sorts of touching may lead to lower blood pressure, pain relief, and even increased immune function. From a massage, to just a hand hold, touching has more benefits then we thought.
Massages have been known to relax and rejuvenate but they can also help the heart conscious. The process relaxes muscles which can help to slow heart rates, decrease blood pressure and decrease stress. All of these factors help lead to a healthier and stronger immune system.
Hugs always make us feel good, and it is in part because they help release oxytocin which induces trust and reduces stress. Even simply holding hands has great benefits. Studies have showed holding hands will reduce stress activity in the brain, especially when it is with a significant other.
Not all people are focused on losing weight when they start a diet. For others the diet is more to produce a healthier body. If this is the case, it is important to focus on the quality of food one is consuming, rather than the quantity.
The Mediterranean diet is a good choice if improved health is the main goal, rather than increased weight loss. The people of the Mediterranean are well known for having less heart health problems than those in western culture. This is supposedly because of the low amount of saturated fat in their diets.
The diet plan urges the user to consume a large amount of fruits and vegetables as well as a couple of glasses of red wine a day with meals. It also highlights the use of olive oil instead of butter when sautéing and cooking. Having a high amount of fish, which has Omega-3 fatty acids, is another large part of the diet.
There are many cases of weight loss in which diet and exercise just don’t make enough of a difference. This could be because the dieter is not sticking to a solid diet plan or weight loss exercise plan, or it could be because of the way their specific body reacts to certain foods and exercise.
If this is the case it is good to look into purchasing a weight loss supplement that may help jump start the diet and increase metabolism along with weight loss.
Recently many people have been turning to the well-known super fruit, the acai berry. Researchers claim this fruit will increase not only weight loss and metabolism rates, but also cardiovascular health and increased energy. Many Americans have used these products and have been immensely satisfied with the results. Although the fruit alone will not produce weight loss when used with a diet and exercise plan it is known to speed the loss up.
A great way to kick off a weight loss and diet plan is with a healthy body cleanse. These cleanses are used to get rid of the toxins that slowly build up and are stored in one’s bodies. Toxins can come from food, drinks, or even just the air we breathe. A body cleanse is a good way to get rid of the toxins and start a diet and weight loss plan on a fresh slate.
They are available at any nutrition or vitamin store, and come in a variety of forms. It is important that users consider how healthy these cleanses are for their bodies, by doing research into each one. Some cleanses, although “proven” to work, are actually unhealthier to take despite the results.
Many cleanses require users not to eat during the duration of the cleanse, or to simply each a very restricted diet. There are different cleanses that are used specifically for weight loss, and others that are used to improve skin and digestive health.
Many Americans who are looking to lose weight rely on fad diet plans that claim ‘miracle weight loss. These people should know that any significant weight loss comes from hard work and a good diet, not from a little pill. Although many supplements, such as acai berry, can help people reach their weight loss goals, there is no pill that will automatically make them skinny and healthy.
Proper exercise, focusing on cardio, as well as a healthy diet full of nutrients and with a low carbohydrate and fat count is more likely to help shed the pounds. Exercise and diet plans should be stuck with, and made a part of everyday life. After meeting the weight loss goal, dieters should not stop exercising, but rather rework the daily exercise plan to maintain the optimal weight they are looking for. It is good to talk to a personal nutritionist or trainer when creating a exercise and diet plan.