Brain Food: Five Things You Can Consume To Help Fend Off Mental and Neurologic Illness

16 Apr 2012
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What we consume daily can have a significant implication on how our brain functions and what mental illnesses we may acquire. An unhealthy diet may increase your risk for psychiatric and neurologic conditions such as depression and dementia. Healthy diets may be protective. Here are five dietary items to keep your brain on the right track: Fish oil is loaded with DHA and EPA two polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega 3 fatty acids) that can decrease psychosis and depression. Berries have polyphenols which reduce the oxidative stress of free radicals in the bloodstream and slow cognitive decline. Alcohol, always in moderation (one drink per day for women and two drinks per.

Adult Acne?! Here Are Some Myths And Facts About Adult Acne!

09 Apr 2012
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New research has shown late-onset or adult-onset acne is becoming increasingly common in women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and even 50s. Acne affects over 50 percent of women between the ages of 20-29 and over 25 percent of women between the ages of 40-49. This same research also found that women are more affected by adult acne than men. Here are ten myths and then the facts about adult acne: Adults don’t get acne. Not true and it may look different, more like reddish nodules around your mouth and jaw. Eating chocolate and drinking soda gives you acne. The idea that chocolate and caffeine cause acne has never panned.

My Sinus Infection Does Not Need An Antibiotic?

02 Apr 2012
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We’ve all suffered at one time or another from what is called a sinus infection. Our first reaction is usually to call our Doctor’s office to request an antibiotic to get rid of it. New guidelines from our infectious disease experts now state that most people who have a sinus infection should NOT be treated with antibiotics because the drugs are unlikely to help. Although sinus infections are the fifth-leading reason for antibiotic prescriptions, 90-98 percent of cases are caused by viruses, which are not affected by antibiotics. Prescribing antibiotics for a viral sinus infection does not change the course of the infection and instead can spur the development of.

What you put in your mouth may affect your prescription medications. Avoiding drug interactions

26 Mar 2012
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Two out every three patients who visit a Doctor leave with at least one prescription medication. Almost 40% of the US population receive prescriptions for four or more medications. Consequences of drug interactions with food and beverages are more common the more prescription medications a person takes. Examples of drug interactions with food and beverages: Grapefruit juice can cause an increased level of certain blood pressure medications, anti-anxiety medication Buspar and the insomnia medication Halcion. Licorice can increase the level of the heart medication digoxin and reduce the effects of the blood pressure medications hydrochlorothiazide and spironolactone. Chocolate can potentiate the class of antidepressants called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) and.

Estrogen Can Lower The Risk Of Breast Cancer And Heart Attack In Some Women!

19 Mar 2012
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A woman’s menstrual cycle is controlled by the hormones estrogen and progesterone circulating in their bloodstream. As women enter into their 40s and 50s these levels start to decline and she begins to develop the symptoms of peri-menopause or menopause. These symptoms include hot flashes (flushing), insomnia, bone changes, a lack of a menstrual period and unwanted aging. Hormone replacement therapy, most commonly done with synthetic estrogen and progesterone, is the most effective treatment for vasomotor symptoms (flushing) and other symptoms of menopause. However, there are important distinctions that must be made between taking estrogen plus progestin and estrogen alone in terms of benefits and risks. Conventional wisdom prior to.