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Health Concerns

  • Nutritional Supplements May Help Traumatic Brain Injuries

    by Paula Gallagher | June 8, 2016

    brainA traumatic brain injury (TBI) usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. It can also be be caused by an object penetrating the skull. Concussions are a type of TBI and are on the rise especially in children. TBIs affect how your brain works and left untreated can result in brain damage and even death.

    Although treatments have improved over the years, new and better treatments are needed. Researchers from Southern Illinois University explored the use of vitamins, minerals and nutrients as a complement to other TBI therapies. They believed that addressing the primary injury was not enough, as the secondary injury cascade causes considerable damage. They found that nutritional supplements may help traumatic brain injuries. Read more

  • Protecting Yourself Against Lyme Disease

    by Paula Gallagher | June 1, 2016

    lyme-diseaseLyme disease is caused by the bite of a tick infected with the corkscrew-shaped bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme disease is one of the fastest emerging infectious diseases in North America and unfortunately one that may be hard to diagnose.

    If you know you have been bitten by a tick, you should remove it carefully. You can pull a tick out yourself if you’re careful. Using a pair of fine-pointed tweezers and a steady hand, grasp the tick’s mouth parts, not the body, and slowly pull it straight out. Many outdoor stores also sell tick removal tools.

    Then watch for symptoms. Fifty percent of people infected with Lyme develop what's known as a bull's-eye rash. The first physical signs of Lyme disease are often flu-like symptoms such as sore throat, headaches and congestion. Other symptoms include:

    Muscle twitching, pain or cramps
    Stiff or painful neck or jaw
    Double or blurry vision
    Eye pain or swelling
    Extreme fatigue Read more

  • EWG's 2016 Guide to Sunscreens

    by Paula Gallagher | May 25, 2016

    summercottageIt's that time of year again. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has just released its 10th annual guide to sunscreens. EWG rates thousands of sunscreens from 0 to 10. This is known as the ingredient hazard score and reflects known and suspected hazards of ingredients. The safest products are rated 0 to 2 (green). Products that are rated 3 to 6 (yellow) have moderate hazards to health, and from 7 to 10 (red) are considered high hazards to health.

    In the 10 years since EWG published their first guide, there has been much progress. This year alone, there are over 200 beach and sport sunscreens with a green rating in EWG’s 2016 Sunscreen Guide. Forty-nine baby and kid sunscreens score a 1 in their database, most of those being lotions.

    Although there has been a lot of progress, there are still many concerns. One concern is the misleading high SPF values. High SPF values do not necessarily offer greater protection and may lead consumers to spend too much time in the sun. In 2007, only 10 sunscreens in the guide claimed SPF 70 and higher, but this year there are 61 products making such claims, including 15 products advertised as SPF 100 or higher. Read more

  • Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Kidney Disease

    by Paula Gallagher | May 23, 2016

    sick-manAnother reason to be wary of antacids. Research published online in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that patients who regularly use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be at increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease.

    The new study findings are based on medical records from 173,321 Veterans Affairs patients who were prescribed a PPI and 20,270 other patients prescribed a histamine H2-receptor antagonist (H2-blocker). Over 5 years of follow-up, the results showed that 15% of people using PPIs were diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, versus 11% of those on H2-blockers. After the researchers weighed other factors, PPI users still had a 28% greater risk. Read more

  • Free Seminar on Risks of EMFs – Do US Government Standards Protect Us?

    by Paula Gallagher | May 16, 2016

    cell-phone-childDid you know that governments worldwide such as the UK, India, Israel and France are recommending people – and especially children – reduce exposure to wireless radiation? And, did you know that many household electronics have electric and magnetic field (EMF) emissions that can be easily remedied?

    Learn about how governments worldwide recommend the public – and especially children – reduce exposure to wireless radiation and risks of EMFs. Learn some little-known history about how FCC regulations for wireless evolved. Get the facts on the NIH rat study and why the EPA and the CDC flip-flopped on their public statements. Read more

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