Archive for February, 2014

What You Need to Know About Colon Cleansing

ID-100230388What is colon cleansing and do we need colon cleansing?

Before deciding if we need colon cleansing or not, it is important to know what colon cleansing is? Colon cleansing is basically part of alternative medicine (not the mainstream medicine or commonly known as allopathic medicine or Western medicine). Colon cleansing is removal of fecal waste materials, toxins (most of which are not identified), from colon and gastrointestinal tract. Colon cleansing may be done by taking medication or colon cleansing agents orally or by using colonic irrigation in the form of enema.

Oral colon cleansing agents use generally herbal products like dietary fibers, laxatives or some food supplements, whereas colonic irrigation technique use enemas. The enema for colon cleansing generally contain herbal products which is claimed to help in the cleansing act.

The practitioners of colon cleansing and other alternative medicine believe that the gastrointestinal tract is a harbor of pathogens and parasites, especially in the walls of intestine (mainly colon) and in the feces and due to this dirt many non specific symptoms develop and cause the individual’s general ill health. This dirt may also contain toxins which may harm the general well being or health of people. If oral preparation is taken it may interfere with absorption of certain drugs taken for some other illness. Read more…

Posted by - February 27, 2014 at 1:22 pm

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Hidden Health Dangers For People 50+

ID-10040940It’s clear that an individual’s health becomes even more fragile over the age of 50 and requires a greater degree of care. Regular check-ups and screening tests are vital to sustain a healthy lifestyle as well as protecting yourself, both mentally and physically. Obviously it differs between men and women but recognising the signs and symptoms of any illness should become an absolute necessity.

Key Tests
There are a collection of key tests that, if you’re over the age of 50, you should be having when your visit your doctor. Blood pressure and cholesterol levels will routinely be checked as poor levels are major factors in eventual heart disease which is one of the leading killers, prompting its importance.

For both men and women, diabetes can be a silent killer and can certainly lead to significant health problems, including cancer, so needs to be examined thoroughly. Blood sugar levels are what is important here and patients will needs to ask their doctor all about this.

Mental Health
As you get older, conditions such as Alzheimer’s can present themselves so it’s important to keep the mental health in check as well as the physical. As an individual ages, it’s likely, and natural, that there will be some lapses in memory but it’s vital to differentiate between Alzheimer’s and slight dementia. As exercising the heart can keep it healthy, many experts suggest keeping the brain warm and loose and certain elements, such as refraining from smoking, eating wisely and drinking plenty of water, has been suggested as a possible aid. Read more…

Posted by - February 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm

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What Is The Western Blot Test For HIV?

ID-10015423Latest medical advances have made testing for HIV an easy and simple process. To test for HIV, antibodies to the virus or genetic material of the virus itself are searched for.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Western blot test, a laboratory test that detects antibodies specific for components of the HIV virus, is chiefly used to confirm the presence of HIV antibodies in specimens found reactive using a screening test such as the EIA (Enzyme Immunosorbent Assay). The Western blot test searches for these antibodies and is usually used as a follow-up, confirmatory test for HIV. To take the test a small blood sample is needed.

HIV Antibody Test

There are several primary tests for HIV that are confirmed with a Western blot test. For instance, an HIV Antibody test screens the blood for antibodies to the virus. On average it takes a person 25 days to develop antibodies, but sometimes it can take up to 6-12 weeks. Upon a positive HIV Antibody test diagnosis, a Western blot is conducted to confirm the presence of HIV antibodies.

ELISA Test

Although ELISA (Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay) tests are sensitive, they can produce false-positive results. They are designed to look for reactivity to the virus rather than for antibodies making them highly unreliable for early HIV diagnosis. Therefore a positive ELISA test is often confirmed with a Western blot to eliminate any false diagnosis.

HIV RNA Early Detection Test

The HIV RNA Test or HIV early detection test does not use antibodies to detect HIV. This test directly screens the blood for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). As a result, this test can be taken as early as 9-11 days after exposure to the virus. With this test there are no possibilities of receiving a false-negative result because it searches for the virus itself. If you test positive, HIV is present in your blood. If you test negative, no HIV was found.

Unlike other HIV Early Detection tests that are DNA-based, this test is RNA-based and has been FDA-approved. The RNA-based HIV Early Detection test is currently the fastest, most reliable test available for HIV in the market.

It is important to note that if you are at risk for HIV, you are also at risk of contracting other STDs. Any STD, if left untreated can lead to serious health complications. Most STDs, including HIV, are asymptomatic, meaning that they do not show symptoms and the person infected is usually unaware of their STD status. The only way a person can know if they have an STD is by getting tested.

If you have recently been exposed to blood or have had unprotected intercourse, consider getting tested for most common STDs.

 

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Posted by toni - February 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm

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Should You Use Phentermine For Weight Loss

ID-100112607Phentermine is popularly used for reducing weight by obese individuals. It acts by reducing appetite and as a result food consumption (calorie consumption to be precise) is reduced by obese individuals, as the most important cause of obesity is consumption of food more than required by our body to sustain its physiological needs. If extra calorie is consumed every day the extra calorie is deposited in the body as fats in adipose tissues. And over a period of many years or many months it accumulates to cause obesity. Here Phentermine comes to play its role for reducing body weight. Phentermine causes reduction in appetite by secreting chemical messenger known as neurotransmitter which inhibits the feeding center in the hypothalamus where feeding center is located.

But to be better effective in reducing body weight while taking Phentermine, other measures like regular exercise and dieting should also be done. The success rate of weight loss by Phentermine may be less if regular physical exercise and dieting is not combined with it.

While taking Phentermine one should keep in mind the side effects and contraindications of Phentermine. If any side effects develop which has become bothersome to you while taking Phentermine, it should be stopped and doctor consulted. Read more…

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Posted by - February 11, 2014 at 1:29 pm

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