There is no doubt that arthritis is a highly painful and even debilitating joint problem and it usually occurs to people as they age. Hence it would be interesting to learn how to treat this problem naturally.
Patrick B. Massey, MD, PH.D., medical director for complementary and alternative medicine at Alexian Brothers Hospital Network and president of ALT-MED Medical and Physical Therapy, 1544 Nerge Road, Elk Grove Village wrote for the Daily Herald Newspaper that over the past two decades there has been a lot of research on the role that specific fats have on the risk of developing various chronic diseases especially heart disease, diabetes and recently Alzheimer’s disease.
The results are far from definitive and it seems that the more research is produced, the cloudier the answers become.
A recent medical study took a different approach. They tried to determine whether specific types of fats increase the absorption of one specific highly inflammatory and toxic compound lipopolysaccharide (LPS), found in the walls of some bowel bacteria.
There are three basic classifications of fats: saturated fats which are solid at room temperature like butter, lard and coconut oil; unsaturated fats which are liquid at room temperature like olive oil; trans fats that are not found in great quantity in nature and never belong in your diet.
Unsaturated fats are divided again into two classes, omega-3 and omega-6. These fats are further divided into monounsaturated (olive oil) and polyunsaturated (corn oil) fats.
In general, saturated fats increase inflammation and unsaturated fats reduce inflammation. However, not all unsaturated fats may reduce inflammation.
Dr. Harry Cohen, who has practiced cardiology and internal medicine for 30 years and has served as a medical educator, researcher, lecturer and presenter at numerous conferences and symposia throughout his professional career shared with the Dail Herald Newspaper that the biggest snowstorm of the year is bearing down on the Chicago area and while outside may look like a winter wonderland, it could be creating a perfect storm for cardiac arrest. Shoveling can be a dangerous activity, causing approximately 100 deaths each winter.
“Most people underestimate how much shoveling can strain the heart,” says cardiologist Dr. Harry Cohen of CardioMedical Associates, Ltd in Chicago. “it can be especially dangerous for those who have or are at risk for heart disease.” Shoveling, or pushing a heavy snow blower, can cause a sudden increase in blood pressure and heart rate while the cold air constricts blood vessels and decreases the flow of oxygen to the heart. Together, these two factors can trigger a potentially fatal heart attack. Those who have suffered a prior heart attack, smoke, lead a sedentary lifestyle or have a heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol have an increased risk.
Dr. Cohen advises against shoveling if you have a history of heart disease and advises everyone to be aware of the dangers of shoveling. “Enjoy your day off and stay indoors instead of shoveling,” Dr. Cohen says. If you must shovel, check out these tips from the National Safety Council for safe, heart healthy shoveling. Read more
CDC’s DentalCheck app helps dental health care personnel evaluate their office policies and patient-care practices, ensuring a safe dental visit for all. DentalCheck is available for iOS and Android devices. Download your free app today!
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.
An important part of a successful dental visit is a safe environment for dental care. CDC makes adherence to infection prevention and control recommendations easier than ever with their new mobile app, CDC DentalCheck.
CDC DentalCheck is a free mobile application for dental health care personnel. Download it free today for iOS and Android devices!
Dental health care personnel can use this app to periodically assess infection prevention and control practices in their facility and ensure they are meeting the minimum expectations for safe care. The infection prevention coordinator and other staff are encouraged to use this app at least annually to review policies and observe patient-care practices. DentalCheck is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices.
CDC’s DentalCheck app is developed directly from the Infection Prevention Checklist for Dental Settings[884 KB]. Users can:
- Check Yes/No to acknowledge adherence to office policies or observed practices.
- Review basic infection prevention principles and link to full recommendations and source documents for dental health care settings.
- Export or save results and notes for records management.
Helping your young kids adopt a healthy lifestyle may not seem as urgent as telling them to wear bike helmets or to stay near the lifeguard at the beach, but it can be life-saving. By laying this groundwork you’re arming them for a lifetime of reduced risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in adults.
As a personal trainer, Mary Bielawski is well versed in what’s needed for a healthy lifestyle — especially the right exercise and good nutrition. She shares this information with her clients at Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness and uses it to create a way of life for her children, 6-year-old Ethan and 3-year-old Evelyn.
Bielawski suggests these strategies for helping your family stay heart healthy:
No couch potatoes: 5 tips for keeping your family on the move
- Children 6 and older need at least an hour a day of physical activity, according to Health & Human Services guidelines. School kids often need some down time, too. Let them recharge for their active time by playing with toys, reading a book or just relaxing. Limit time spent online, watching TV or playing video games.
- If your young child regularly pushes back about playing outside, give them choices. For example, offer to take them for a walk or to the park, or they can play in the yard. “Often, when my son gets back from the activity he chose he says, ‘That was fun Mom, I’m glad I went,’” says Bielawski.
- Start an enjoyable, active family tradition. Bielawski hopes to start weekly hikes in the local nature preserve for her whole family. “My kids will have fun checking out the bugs and flowers,” she says. Other parents and kids might try regular bike rides, swims or bowling.
- Build activity into your daily routines. Do a few squats or other exercises while you stir the soup or wait for the laundry to dry. Park at the farthest end of the parking lot. Take the stairs or put on some music and just dance.
- Do something good for your body while doing good for others. If your kids are old enough, volunteer as a family for something physical, such as clearing brush for a conservation project or packing boxes for disaster relief.
College of DuPage Nursing Student Margaret Salerno discovered that Vitamin D is not only beneficial for health, it has been found to be associated with endothelial dysfunction and CVD according to researchers from Singapore (Rinkoo et al., 2014). A recent update in Medical News Today, (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320802.php) recently noted the benefit of Vitamin D3 in repairing damaged endothelial cells. The endothelial cells in the body are those cells that line the blood vessels and are typically found to be damaged after a heart attack or stroke.
In the last few years, the significance of Vitamin D deficiency has become increasingly common, however, Vitamin D offers protective benefits on the cardiovascular system and especially the endothelium. The specific mechanism of how Vitamin D may delay, slow or reverse the process of plaque accumulation in the blood vessels is known exactly, but the need for additional studies is warranted. Read more
Nina Lundberg, MD, is an internal medicine physician with Edward Medical Group. Her philosophy is to provide comprehensive and patient-focused medical care through open communication and a strong patient-doctor relationship. Recently she shared in Edward Elmhurst Healthy Driven blog that even if you have no idea what date it is today, you can probably tell it’s winter by the condition of your skin.
At least here, in the Midwest, where winters can be bitter cold, it’s easy to tell. As summer humidity leaves the air, skin can get dry and itchy.
Normal skin needs special care during the winter months, while those with conditions such as rosacea and eczema need even more vigilance to stay comfortable.
Cold, dry seasons can trigger or worsen eczema and rosacea. Both diseases cause skin to become very itchy and red. People with these conditions should consult a dermatologist to create a winter treatment plan that’s best for them.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention shared that when it comes to Valentine’s Day you’ve got choices: flowers or chocolate; dine in, dine out; gourmet cuisine or home cooking. Whatever you choose, make sure you celebrate love with a safe and heart healthy meal.
Table for Two
Follow these seven simple steps to keep your valentine safe and healthy while eating out.
- Assess the scene. Look for recent health inspection information and certificates that kitchen mangers are trained in food safety. Note whether the glasses, silverware, napkins, and tablecloths are clean.
- Know the facts. Look up the nutritional information in advance. Most major restaurant chains have this data online.
- Beware of sources of sodium. More than 40% of sodium we eat comes from these common foods: bread and rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, pizza, poultry, soups, sandwiches, cheese, pasta dishes, meat dishes, and snacks. Most restaurants offer lower sodium options for entrees and dressings, so check the menu or ask the staff for suggestions.
- Ask before ordering. Raw or undercooked eggs can be a hidden hazard in foods, such as Caesar salad, custards, and some sauces, unless they are commercially pasteurized.
- Order it cooked thoroughly. Remember that certain foods, including as meat, poultry, and fish, need to be cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria that may be present.
- Sharing is caring. Consider ordering one entrée to share. Many restaurant servings are enough for two.
- Get that doggie bag in the fridge—fast. If you’re not going straight home (within two hours of being served or one hour if the temperature outside is warmer than 90°F), leave the leftovers at the restaurant. Read more
College of DuPage Nursing Student Julia Lemenaite found that most of us have baking soda sitting around in a kitchen cabinet, or rotting past its expiration date in the freezer. What many of us don’t know is that this 99 cent product that is available at any grocery store, can restore our health and ultimately lengthen our lives. Don’t throw it away or just keep it around for a one time use!
One of the most popular, and beneficial uses of baking soda is for the treatment of heartburn. Since most of the foods that cause acid reflux are extremely acidic (ex. spicy and greasy foods) we need something to neutralize our blood pH to help ease indigestion. Since baking soda is one of the most alkaline food products out there, it makes for a perfect relief drink. All you need to do is dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water and drink it 2 hours after a meal! You can even jump start your mornings with this drink (even if you don’t experience indigestion) as it aids in normal digestion, and metabolism and could even help with shedding extra water weight. It is important to know that if you choose to drink this in the morning you should consume it 30 minutes before meals, since it will neutralize the stomach acid in your gut that it needed for digestion. No more Tums!
One of the most incredible treatments there is for baking soda, is helping aid in the reversal and prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases. Even with all our medical knowledge today, no one cause is associated with cancer development, nor is there one magic cure. The use of baking soda will help heal, and stabilize natural healing dynamics in our body.