"Your donation can help in Haiti"

Help Haiti:

January 12, 2010:  Around 5 p.m. on Tuesday a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti just outside the capital Port-au-Prince.  Information is still being reported, but we know that the damage is extensive. Homes, businesses, roads and a major hospital have been affected.  This is the worst earthquake the country has seen in its history.

Help Haiti

You can help today
Needed Supplies
First AID: Antibiotic ointments, antiseptic wipes, bleach in tablet form, Band-Aids, gauze+tape, first aid kits, gloves. Pain relievers, tummy aids, antibiotic creams/ointments, liquid bandage,
Flashlights, DRY goods (beans/rice), infant/powder milk, Ensure, gently used or new blankets.
Personal items: toothpaste and toothbrushes, nail clippers, wash/face cloths, non-alcohol or baby shampoos, bar soaps like Ivory
In Tucson , AZ supplies can be taken to
World Care
3538 East Ellington Place
Tucson, AZ 85713-4214
514-1588
www.worldcare.org

Other Options
or in any area supplies can be taken to your local Red Cross or Crusa Roja.

Text:   HAITI to 90999 to Help Haiti.

"Rock Rock Rock and your bowels function may improve"

Bowel dysfunction after abdominal surgery is normal, but returns to normal functioning can be faster if you spend time rocking in a rocking chair.

Constipation after surgery can last as long as three to five days. Dr. Massey had observed that patients who rocked in rocking chairs experienced an earlier return of bowel function than those who did not rock. In women recovering from C-section and abdominal hysterectomy, research has  shown

rocking chairs aid surgery recovery

that women who rocked in a rocking chair  recover normal functioning of bowels faster.. Dr. Massey used rocking chair intervention in both male and female abdominal cancer patients recovering from surgeries as well as those patients recovering from gastric, colon, small bowel, pancreatic or liver surgeries.

Patients were instructed to rock for periods of between 10 to 20 minutes for a total of at least one hour a day, and also to walk, adding more time each day as tolerated. They were compared with 32 others who did not rock (but who did walk) who served as a control group.

The results: Those in the rocking group rocked  passed gas (a post-op healing benchmark) 16.8 hours earlier on average than the other group. Postoperative nausea, vomiting, abdominal distention and inability to eatare side effects that can also effect recovery and a patient’s quality of life much later

Seems that rocking stimulates the vestibular nerves in the ear that, in turn, send signals to the reticular activating system (RAS). The ascending reticular activating system connects to areas in the thalamus, hypothalamus, and cortex, while the descending reticular activating system connects to the cerebellum and sensory nerves. The bowel dysfunction associated with abdominal surgery is thought to be a response to the stress of surgery.  Before surgery the the extra drugs given to the patient causes the liver to be over taxed with toxins and the anesthesia used during surgery brings the functioning of the brain and nervous system to such a low function that it is hard for the body to rid itself of its effects.motor nerve functioning and balance.

RAS helps controls motor nerve functioning and balance

Rocking stimulate the activity of the brain and nerves to get back to work. This response thenn mobilizes the nerves of the digestive system and the rocking allows the body to naturally relax and increase its level of endorphins that will maike you feel better and recover quicker.

Other ways rocking helps

1. After knee surgery.

2. Alzheimer’s and dementia, ADHD, autism and sensory disorders.

releive the blues with rocking

3.  Rocking may help relieve arthritis and has been found helpful for varicose veins.

Try rocking first instead of using drugs to relax or to relieve constipation

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  DailyHealthNews@dhn.bottomlinesecrets.com

Image 1. courtesy of   http://www.garyweeks.com/walnut_rocking_chair.html

Image 2. courtesy of  http://3dnews.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/rocking-chair.jpg

Image 3. courtesy of   http://3.bp.blogspot.com/ReticularActivatingSystem1.JPG

"Camp Lejeune sees rise in male and female breast cancer"

Cover up by Marine Corp toxic dump
The Marine Corps still hasn’t notified everyone who drank tainted water at Camp Lejeune of the health risks like many kinds of cancer including male breast cancer, birth defects and miscarriages all coming from their own drinking water.malebreastcancer

Seems that dry cleaning chemicals were dumped into at least two water distribution systems at Camp Lejeune. Many Marines, sailors, their families and civilian employees have been affected by the contamination. This water tested positive for tetrachloroethylene, vinyl chloride, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene. These chemicals are commonly used in dry cleaning.
Marine Corps had known about these chemicals in the base water supply since 1980. Mike parents were consuming the contaminated water in 1967, when they were expecting him. He was a small baby, born with a persistent skin rash, and developed other health problems as he grew up. His parents, along with many other base residents, have developed more than the average number of health problems. Camp LeJeune’s water supply was contaminated for 30 years. This preventable water problem and the resulting health disaster may have affected an estimated 800,000 to 1 million former Marines and their families.
This total disregard for human life is appalling.
Seems Congress will have to demand that all the old records be handed over and the problem be responsibly addressed. Since the Marine Corps had their own hazardous material regulations and potable water standards in place dating back to 1963, but chose not to follow them. IF found guilty must be help responsible for the care of all these victims. This type of dumping is preventable.

Resources
Excerpts courtesy of http://breastcancer.about.com/b/2009/09/21/cnn-camp-lejeune-mbc.htm
Excerpts courtesy of
http://toxlaw.com/chatboards/epa-cdc/topic3/10.12.07.15.41.28.html
Image
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"Women develop lower viral levels than men following acute HIV-1 infection"

HIV and Women

growth of HIV virus
growth of HIV virus

Women usually develop lower viral levels than men following acute HIV-1 infection.

Women with similar viral loads. will develop AIDS faster. Why?

Research team based at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), MIT and Harvard has found that a receptor molecule involved in the first-line recognition of HIV-1 responds to the virus differently in women, leading to subsequent differences in chronic T cell activation, a known predictor of disease progression. Their paper, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Nature Medicine.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of LabSpace.net labspaces.net/98592/StudymayexplainwhyHIVprogressesfasterinwomenthaninmen

Image courtesy of   Wikimedia.com  wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1a/HIV-budding-Color.jpg

Clues to preventing cancers

For many years Integrated Medicine has known that many factors play into creating cancerous conditions in the body. Some of

Vitamin D3
Vitamin D3

these include, but are not limited to eating foods that create an acidic condition in the body like meats, milk products, processed foods and sugar. Anything that changes the pH to acidic from the normal alkaline can create a breeding grounds for cell/DNA changes including long lasting deep seated repressed emotions.

Now Cedric Garland, DrPH, professor of family and preventive medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, and his research team explain that with enough vitamin D and calcium present, cells adhere to one another in tissue and act as normal, mature epithelial cells. If there is a deficiency of vitamin D, cells can lose their sticking ability as well as their identity as differentiated cells. When this happens, they may revert to a dangerous stem cell-like state and become cancerous.

In 2008, Dr. Garland and his colleagues found an association between a lack of sunlight exposure, low vitamin D and breast cancer. In earlier work, they showed linkages between increased levels of vitamin D3 or markers of vitamin D and a lower risk for breast, colon, ovarian and kidney cancers, too

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of Naturalnews.com/026447_Vitamin_D_cancer_NaturalNews

Image courtesy of  Wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/Cholecalciferol

Silver hair and health

Watch what you affirm.

Some say things like you are a pain in the neck when they are mad at some one. Then often times end up with a stiff neck or some discomfort in their neck .grey-hair585_204681a

Science now has found another link between the graying of one’s hair and stress. Now “genotoxic stress,” or stress from the toxic effects of chemicals or energy in our environment can damage DNA, like ultraviolet light. The researchers found that this cellular stress diminishes the supply of melanocyte stem cells (MSC) – cells in hair follicles that are responsible for making the pigment-producing cells that give hair its color.not necessarily age related and the stresses in one’s life.

melanin storage in melanocyte
melanin storage in melanocyte

Integrated medicine has known about this connection for year and routinely treat and help poeple destress. Applied kinesiology and homeopathy hves perfected the art of relieving the stress from physical, memory, emotional, and situational stres.
Melanocyte stem cells are so-called “adult stem cells.” They are not mature hair cells and they can continuously divide and supply our hair with the pigment producing cells it needs to have color. When a melanocyte stem cell matures into a pigment producing cell, or melanocyte, it is called differentiation.

For more information on ways to decreases stress in your life.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/rootsofgrayhairfoundincellularstress
Excerpts courtesy of livescience.com/health/080115-stress

Image 1. courtesy of  cdn-write.demandstudios.com/

Image 2. courtesy of    scf-online.com/issue22/images22/IllustrationMelanin22

Runnig across America to inspire others

Inspiring herself and others to follow their dreams and stay healthy, Katie Visco is running across America. She will be the youngest women to travel this distance when she completes the run in December ’09. She is 23 years old.

Katie running across America
Katie running across America

Katie is not running nonstop, but will travel in her running shoes to various places across America she has wanted to see and visit a bit. this is a dream she has had since she was a teen.
In the course of the trip she will need to stay well hydrated and have good nutritionally supportive food. During the run she estimates that she will run through 200 to 300 pairs of running sneakers.
Katie welcomes all to join her along her route for a short or long run with her.
Good running Katie!

Help yourself and American stay healthy and follow your dreams today.
Thanks Katie for helping us see another way People are helping other people.

Create a plan to embrace your dream, and run towards it fully!


She needs your help. Please make a donation now. Donations will go towards run costs and all net proceeds to her charity, Girls on the Run
.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of paveyourlane.com

Worms spread by not washing your hands

tapeworm

Do you or someone you love need another reason for good hands hygiene?

Watch the video below; then read the rest of this post.

http://media2.foxnews.com/112008/worm_tumor_700.wmv

Trichinosis is a parasitic disease caused by eating raw or undercooked pork and wild game infected with the larvae of a species of roundworm Trichinella spiralis, commonly called the trichina worm. The few cases in the United States are mostly the result of eating undercooked game, bear meat, or home reared pigs. It is most common in the developing world and where pigs are commonly fed raw garbage.

Signs and symptoms

The great majority of trichinosis infections have either minor or no symptoms and no complications. Trichinosis initially involves the intestines. Within 1-2 days of contagion, symptoms such as nausea, heartburn, dyspepsia, and diarrhea may appear; the severity of these symptoms depends on the extent of the infection. Later on, as the worms encyst in different parts of the human body, other manifestations of the disease may appear, such as headache, fever, chills, cough, eye swelling, joint pain and muscle pain, petechiae, and itching.

Most symptoms subside within a few years. The most dangerous case is worms entering the central nervous system and the brain stem. They cannot survive there, but they may cause enough damage to produce serious neurological deficits (such as ataxia or respiratory paralysis), and even death.

Life Cycle of the worm

The worm can infect any species of mammal that consumes its encysted larval stages. When an animal eats meat that contains infective Trichinella cysts, the acid in the stomach dissolves the hard covering of the cyst and releases the worms. The worms pass into the small intestine and, in 1–2 days, become mature. After mating, adult females produce larvae, which break through the intestinal wall and travel through the lymphatic system to the circulatory system to find a suitable cell. Larvae can penetrate any cell, but can only survive in skeletal muscle. Within a muscle cell, the worms curl up and direct the cell functioning much as a virus does. The cell is now called a nurse cell. Soon, a net of blood vessels surround the nurse cell, providing added nutrition for the larva inside.

A blood test or muscle biopsy can identify trichinosis. Stool studies can identify adult worms, with females being about 3 mm long and males about half that size

Symptoms can be treated with aspirin and corticosteroids. Thiabendazole can kill adult worms in the intestine; however, there is no treatment that kills the larvae. Correct diagnosis and surgery may be needed.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichinosis

Cruise control use on dry weather only

Driving in the rain
I wonder how many people know about this ~  A 36 year old female had an
Accident several weeks ago and totaled her car.  A resident of Kilgore, Texas
She was traveling between Gladewater & Kilgore.  It was raining,
Though not excessively, when her car suddenly began to hydro-plane and
Literally flew through the air.  She was not seriously injured but very
Stunned at the sudden occurrence!

When she explained to the highway patrolman what had happened he told
Her something that every driver should know

Drive in cruise control only on dry pavement.

Maintain a safe consistent speed in the rain and all the time.
If the cruise control in the rain chances of hydro-plane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane.

She told the patrolman that was exactly what had occurred.

The patrolman said this warning should be listed, on the driver’s seat sun-visor

NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY,

Along with the airbag warning

Drive a safe speed and use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry.

The only person the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the Patrolman), was a man who had had a similar accident, totaled his car and sustained severe injuries.

NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you
To set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.

New mother feeling very light headed, tired have your heart checked

New Moms if you have any of the following reoccurring symptoms please call your doctor.

Symptoms

* Fatigue
* Feeling of racing heart or skipping beats (palpitations)New moms heart disease -Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
* Increased night-time urination (nocturia)
* Shortness of breath with activity and when laying flat
* Swelling of the ankles
Doctor’s exam may show Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

liver enlargment
neck veins swollen.
low Blood pressure worse stands up
Heart enlargement,
lungs/veins to lung congested
cardiac output/functioning decreased
heart failure

A real time case
Tanya Ginther, 26, had given birth to her second child just two months earlier, so she thought it was only natural to feel tired, and out of breath. But packing the car one day in the garage attached to her Bismarck, N.D., home, Tanya collapsed her heart had stopped without warning – a cardiac arrest.

Doctors later determined Tanya was suffering from a mysterious condition called Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PC).
PC strikes as many as 3,000 new mothers in the United States every year, is characterized by symptoms that include fatigue and shortness of breath. No one is certain of its cause or why Peripartum Cardiomyopathy develops.

“The heart muscle weakens in the last months of pregnancy,” Sharonne Hayes, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic, told ABC News. “We don’t know what causes it. It could be inflammation, or a virus, or the changes in hormones.”

At a Bismarck, N.D., hospital, Tanya Ginther’s heart stopped, again and again. Doctors, shocking her back to life each time, She needed a heart pump. In a last attempt to save her life, the Mayo Clinic dispatched one of its “air ambulances,” a Learjet equipped with the latest emergency medical equipment, to lift Tanya to its hospital in Rochester, Minn.

But at an altitude of 30,000 feet, Tanya’s heart failed yet again. Today she is fine. She and her family are grateful she is one of the fortunate ones to survive. (1)

Cardiomyopathy occurs when there is damage to the heart. As a result, the heart muscle becomes weak and cannot pump blood efficiently. Decreased heart function affects the lungs, liver, and other body systems. Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a form of dilated cardiomyopathy in which no other cause of heart dysfunction (weakened heart) can be identified.

In the United States, Peripartum Cardiomyopathy complicates 1 in every 1,300 – 4,000 deliveries. It may occur in childbearing women of any age, but it is most common after age 30.

Risk factors include obesity, having a personal history of cardiac disorders such as myocarditis, use of certain medications, smoking, alcoholism, multiple pregnancies, being African American, and being malnourished. (2)

Resources

1.Excerpts and video courtesy of ABCNews HeartHealth/story?id=6724565&page=1

2.Excerpts and Image courtesy of NIHMedline

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000188