Archive for October, 2012

Study Highlights Health Importance of Sleep

While much attention has been given to the importance of physical activity and nutrition, especially in light of the recent reforms which saw many a household making a health insurance comparison to find the best available deal, very little has been said about the importance of sleep. Meanwhile, not neglecting sleep is also essential. We all know it’s good for us and most of us feel better after it but how much do we need and does it really have that much of an impact on our bodies? A new report in circulation has indicated that it’s probably more important than you realise and, if you want to know why you are feeling under the weather so often these days, getting a few extra hours of shut eye a night could be the answer you’ve been looking for.

A survey conducted on a national level has found that nearly one in three Australians is not getting enough sleep for optimal physical and mental health and performance. The survey found that people who get less than six hours of sleep a night have a much lower sense of wellbeing and a lower standard of living.

The survey was conducted across a sample of 2,000 people and found that people who got between seven and nine hours of sleep a night (roughly 65% of respondents) demonstrated higher scores when it came to lifestyle satisfaction especially in areas such as personal relationships, general health and quality of life. The other 35% revealed significantly lower levels of satisfaction and lower wellness scores, according to the survey’s index, and highlighted that the less sleep a person gets, the lower their standard of health was likely to be. A similar study run by HelpMeChoose, found similar results.

Respondents who reported nine hours of sleep a night reflected a self-assessed wellness score of 78.4% while those receiving at least seven hours a night had a 76.2% wellness score on the survey index. 22% of respondents got six hours of sleep and reported a 73% wellness score while the 6.5% of people sleeping for five hours a night reported only a 71% satisfaction rating. While there were only 2.8% getting four hours a night, the scores plunged to only 65.7% wellness satisfaction. The results of the survey proved to be consistent across all age groups. Interestingly the survey also found that people who slept for more than nine hours a night had lower standards of health compared to those getting seven to nine hours. Read more…

Posted by - October 31, 2012 at 11:31 am

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Electronic Cigarettes – the Help You Need to Stop Smoking

The war on smoking has begun a while back and it started in print and TV advertisements and it’s still being fought. In the beginning, companies weren’t allowed to show people smoking or holding a cigarette. Now, it appears that smoking is so ostracized by our society, that it is OK to stop a man on the street and ask them: “Why are you doing this to yourself? Do you want to die?” Cigarettes are bad for you – that’s a no brainer and it can be so easy to quit – we’ve done it so many times! How about if we had some real help, this time? No teas, no gum, no drops or what not. But real help – we have it. This help comes in the form of electronic cigarettes. If you’re ready to purchase yours, you can claim yours using the V2 cigs coupon code 20.

If you need more arguments, read on. If you also want to know more about quitting other forms of addiction, tips for quitting safely can be found here.

These cigarettes are an electronic device made of four parts: (1) an LED light to make the cigarette look like it is lit, (2) a rechargeable battery, (3) an atomizer and (4) mouthpiece. Just go to ‘sparks ecigs website‘ and check the video to check how all it works. So, here’s how it works: the mouthpiece contains a fluid also called e-juice that is made of nicotine and various flavors and liquids that pose no threat to the health of the individual (vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol are used in products such as toothpaste, all the time). The atomizer then turns the liquid into a type of mist that resembles smoke and nicotine gets delivered in your system. And all this through a device that looks exactly like a cigarette. Read more…

Posted by - October 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

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How Thyroid Screening Can Help You to Manage Thyroid Disease

There are three or four readings that are assessed when you have a thyroid health screening test: TSH, TT4, FT4, and sometimes TT3. Alternatively, you can also get a combination of Thyroid Panel and TSH. In both cases, your results are assessed in the context of a range of results so you can get a good idea of how your results compare to those in the average range.

The TSH test tests of thyroid stimulating hormone, which is produced by the pituitary gland to stimulate the thyroid to create more hormones. TSH levels usually rise when the thyroid is battling to produce hormones—if your TSH levels are high, this means that your thyroid is not acting the way it should, or producing as much thyroid hormone as your bod would require in order to function properly. The average range for the test is usually between 0.3 and 3.0, and was altered from 0.5 to 5.0, which had been upheld as normal until 2002.This change evidently meant that many people in America who had believed they were in the normal range (those scoring above 3.0 but below 5.0) would now receive a hypothyroidism diagnosis. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists refers to those to whom this applies as suffering “from a mild thyroid disorder.”

Some doctors base their thyroid diagnoses solely on this test, which they believe is the only one required to determine whether thyroid activity levels are below or above the norm. However, this attitude, too, has its opponents, since interpreting this test varies widely from one doctor to another.

TT4 or total 4 is the amount of thyroid hormone you have that is bound to proteins. TT4 levels drop when the thyroid is battling. The range for this test is between 50 and 160.
FT4 or free T4 is the amount of thyroid hormone you have in your body, not bound to proteins. The range is between 10 and 24 in a healthy person.

FT3 or free T3 is produced by TT4 which is converted by the body and is the only thyroid hormone used by the body’s cells. The range for this test spans 4 to 8.3. If your body is not converting TT4 your TT3 levels will be low and, if your receptor cells are blocked your TT3 levels will be high. Everyone’s definition is different and everyone’s bodies need different amounts of hormones to function optimally. The ranges are also quite vast and someone on either end of the scale could be classed as having a normal reading. If you are not converting TT4 to TT3 then your TSH and T4 levels could still be giving a normal result, so the TT3 test is an important one.

Another important consideration is that hypothyroid sufferers tend to have low blood volume, so any blood test taken is likely to give a high reading. It is important for people who believe they suffer from ailments of the thyroid to investigate all potential issues, since treatments with T4 alone can cause further problems and complications. For instance, T4 medication such as Synthroid can at first cause low blood pressure. This, in time, will lead to high blood pressure if left improperly treated. People with low blood pressure may have problems with their kidneys, which cannot properly filter out the waste matter in the body. In turn, this will lead to the production of angiotensin, a decisive factor in raising blood pressure. The adrenal glands can also produce increased volumes of cortisol, which will yield the same effect.

The basal temperature test is also an important one although it is not taught at UK medical school. It is an important diagnostic tool as the only other conditions that present with a low basal body temperature are alcoholism, malnutrition, hypothermia and liver failure. It seeks to identify the lowest temperature of the body during sleep and can also be used to estimate women’s ovulation dates, since the process usually provokes a significant increase in body temperature, of up to 1 degree Fahrenheit. It has also been used as a way to prevent pregnancy, although many have questioned this use, since the basal body temperature test cannot predict ovulation in advance, as would be required in order to avoid pregnancy. The basal temperature test should be performed in conjunction with other tests or on occasions where blood tests have not revealed a thyroid problem but symptoms of hypo or hyperthyroidism are present.

Recent research from the Czech Republic has found that thyroid health screening in pregnant women may give an indication as to whether they are likely to develop postpartum thyroiditis. Some women carry a marker which signifies they may be at risk of developing thyroid disease and autoimmune disorders. In the study that was performed two thirds of the women had thyroid problems within two years of giving birth.

 

Posted by - October 17, 2012 at 11:29 am

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What Can I Expect from Rehab?

The fear of the unknown can prevent people from trying new hobbies, visiting new places – and seeking help when needed. Enrolling in a rehabilitation program can help change your life forever. It can help you forge a life based on sobriety and health, instead of alcohol and substances. However, the fear of the unknown can prevent you from pursuing an extremely rewarding way of life. Learning what you can expect from rehab can help mitigate this fear, since you will have more of an idea what you will be experiencing.

Bear in mind that each rehab facility will offer different treatment programs. Your dependency on drugs or alcohol will be entirely unique, and you will receive a unique treatment plan. However, there is a general format that most rehab facilities will follow, for example drug rehab programs in San Diego, CA.

Immediate Detox and Withdrawal Therapies

An inpatient rehab facility begins by detoxifying your body and providing treatment for withdrawal symptoms. Detoxification is the process in which all toxins and substances are removed from your body. Some facilities may require you to be clean and sober before entering rehab; others will provide assistance with this difficult area. Be sure to investigate their admission standards before enrolling in a rehab program.

Detoxification by itself is not a form of treatment; it will be coupled with behavioral-based therapies and medication.  This process coincides with addressing withdrawal symptoms. There are several methods of treating withdrawal symptoms: Read more…

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Posted by - October 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm

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