It is cold out there! So, what can you do to warm up and avoid the huge heating bill at the same time?! There are things you can do to keep warm besides blasting the heater or wearing wool from head to toe.
How to Stay Warm During the Cold Season
Poor circulation may be one reason why hands and feet get cold, however, it could also be caused by thyroid activity level, kidney and heart disease, anemia, hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking, and poor diet. See your doctor to be sure you do not have a medical condition. Then, try some of these ways to increase your circulation and to stay warm:
- Eat warming foods such as miso soup, red meat, whole grains, root vegetables, cayenne pepper and ginger; not ice cream or soft drinks.
- Indulge in heavier foods. Use more oils when sautéing, or dribble some ghee onto your rice or vegetables. Eat cooked rather than raw vegetables and fruit.
- Drink hot teas containing spices such as cinnamon, ginger, pepper and cardamom.
- Take hot baths, which are soothing and warm the body through and through.
- Try acupuncture, which increases circulation by stimulating nerves that relay information to the brain.
- Practice your favorite stress-reduction technique – meditation, yoga, therapy, laughter, and sex….
- Keep moving; your body generates heat as a byproduct when it moves. Get your heart rate up with brisk walks, bicycling or other forms of exercise.
- Use a rebounder or inversion machine to get the blood moving throughout your body. Much of your body heat is circulated via the blood stream, so wiggle those toes and fingers.
- Open blinds on south-facing windows during the day to let in the sun. Bask in it.
- Remember the old water bottle? Pour some boiling water into it, wrap it, and sleep with it at night to stay cozy. For extra warmth, try placing the bottle under your armpits or on the inside of your upper thighs. Your arteries are close to the surface of your skin there, and your blood can gain a little extra heat to circulate.
- Surprise, surprise – drink plenty of water to keep your machine “well-oiled.” It’s important to keep hydrated, and to use good moisturizing skin products during the cold season as well as the heat of summer.
- Mix raw, organic honey with some soothing cardamom pods into a cup of hot, boiled milk; light some lovely, natural scented candles; relax and enjoy the warmth.
- Flannel sheets and a thick down comforter make night time extra warm and inviting to snuggle into on even the coldest of nights!
If your house is just too cold, there are new space heating technologies such as convection heat and radiant heat that are worth looking into. A portable radiator-type oil heater uses a lot of power, but not nearly as much as a furnace. Tightening up the house by stopping air leaks, having insulated interior coverings on all windows, putting plastic up on the outside of windows, and putting a “jacket” on the hot water heater, all help. Close the heater vents and shut the doors to unused rooms in your home. Warning: electrical emissions from electric blankets and similar warming devices may be hazardous to your health.
January 20, 2012
By Anna Yukhananov
“Way to go FDA. Just what we need – more approved pharmaceuticals.” –KTRN
U.S. health regulators gave the nod on Tuesday to a drug from British specialty drugmaker BTG Plc that helps cancer patients get rid of toxic levels of a chemotherapy treatment.
The drug, called Voraxaze, helps eliminate methotrexate in patients whose kidney function has been compromised by treatment with high doses of the chemotherapy agent. Methotrexate is normally eliminated from the body by the kidneys, but prolonged high doses of the drug used to treat cancer can result in kidney failure.
BTG’s injectable treatment can quickly break down the chemotherapy medicine and allow the body to expel it.
The Food and Drug Administration granted Voraxaze orphan drug status, meant for rare diseases or conditions that affect a very small portion of the population. As incentive for companies to develop such drugs, the orphan designation comes with seven years of marketing exclusivity before a rival medicine could be approved.
December 14, 2011
By Kim Palmer
“Everyone knows there are risks to surgery, but nobody ever imagines that a bunch of clowns will leave towels in your gut. This man should have been given a lot more than $275,000.” –KTRN
The federal government has agreed to pay an Ohio U.S. Army veteran $275,000 to settle his lawsuit after surgeons left two towels in his body following a kidney surgery at a Veterans Affairs hospital.
Robert Sanner, 47, was readmitted twice to Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center with abdominal pain and discomfort following the kidney surgery in May 2008 before doctors performed a scan and found two 11 by 14 inch towels.
The towels were removed in a second surgery in August 2008, a day after the tests showed the towels were still inside Sanner 3-1/2 months after his initial kidney surgery.
A third surgery was performed to repair a hernia, a common need after multiple abdominal surgeries, Sanner’s attorney, R. Craig McLaughlin said on Wednesday in an interview.
Sanner, a truck driver from New Philadelphia, Ohio, was unable to work for nearly a year due to the health problems, McLaughlin said.
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October 20th, 2010
By: Mike Adams
Three patients walk into a bar after recovering from foot amputation surgery due to diabetes. The first patient says, “My doctor did a great job with my amputation, but he left a little scarring that looks pretty ugly.” The second patient says, “That’s nothing. My doctor did a fantastic job with the amputation, but it was the wrong foot.” The third patient shakes his head and blurts out, “You got off easy! My doctor amputated my foot with the skill of a master surgeon, but I’m not even diabetic and was only there for a prostate exam!”
It’s all too common these days, it seems: Doctors are performing surgeries on the wrong organs and even on the wrong people. All it takes is a little paperwork mix-up — a process at which hospitals seem to excel — and you could wake up missing a perfectly good kidney, lung or foot. You might even end up having the wrong organ irradiated as a “cancer therapy.”
It happens so often that the current phenomenon of surgical mishaps has been called “catastrophic” by surgeons themselves. Catastrophic surgical errors are “a lot more common than the public thinks,” says Dr Martin Makary a professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote an editorial alongside the study that’s now shedding light on the seriousness of this problem. The study, led by Dr Philip Stahel, was published in the October issue of the Archives of Surgery.
The data used in the study were gleaned from a review of the database records of a medical malpractice company that insures doctors and surgeons. These records revealed that patients sometimes had entire organs removed (such as the prostate gland) after medical personnel mixed up biopsy samples and diagnosed a perfectly healthy male patient as having prostate cancer.
Catastrophic medical errors were surprisingly common, and one-third of them led to patient harm, the study authors found. Only about twenty percent resulted in malpractice claims or lawsuits, however, meaning that in about 80 percent of the cases, patients just suffered the consequences with no compensation.
This is yet another good reason, by the way, that holistic medicine is so much better for you. Even if a holistic naturopathic physician treats the wrong part of your body, the treatments are supportive, natural and non-invasive, so there’s no harm done. Given that the first principle of medicine is supposed to be “do no harm,” it’s astonishing that conventional doctors and surgeons end up harming so many people.
How to protect yourself from medical numbskulls
So how can you protect yourself from overzealous surgeons who want to start cutting into you immediately upon diagnosing you with some disease you might not even have? (I’ve heard stories of cancer surgeons scaring people into undergoing radical procedures on a same-day basis…)
First of all, don’t believe any diagnosis without a second opinion. Doctors are wrong all the time. Labs mix up results all the time. Paperwork gets shuffled around, data entry errors take place, and overworked medical staff make regrettable errors with astonishing frequency. Never take a single medical opinion as medical fact. You may find that your first doctor is full of bunk (or even that they’re all full of bunk if you’re in a cancer clinic).
Secondly, before your next surgical procedure (should you for some reason choose to undergo one), use a magic marker to write, in big letters, “WRONG LEG” on the leg your doctors shouldn’t amputate (for example). You literally need to spell it out for these people because they’re only going on what the computer records tell them, and those records might be wrong. Because you’re already unconscious under anesthesia by the time they start cutting, you have no way to tell them to stop, and a few hours later you might wake up to discover that they removed your one good kidney while leaving behind your diseased one.
Thirdly, try not to have surgery in the first place! Most conventional surgeries are medically unnecessary. From hysterectomies and tonsillectomies to mastectomies and coronary bypass surgery, most of these medical procedures are based on nothing more than pure quackery backed by no real science. They make millions of dollars for surgeons and hospitals, but scientifically speaking they offer no real benefit to patients. Most (but not all) surgical procedures can be either prevented or entirely avoided with more natural approaches to health.
The bottom line to all this is to be careful when choosing surgery because surgical mistakes are a lot more common than you might suspect. In fact, they are apparently more common than most doctors would even suspect. As Dr Makary wrote in his editorial, “Each hospital, whether they publicly admit it or not, and whether or not it’s discoverable in a lawsuit, has an episode of wrong-site or wrong-patient surgery either every year or once every few years.”
Don’t let that catastrophic mistake happen to you.
August 26, 2010
Most people are not aware that the “B” vitamins are your best insurance policy against diseases like heart attack and stroke. And, they’re more powerful than any drugs for the same conditions.
“B” vitamins are water soluble – you’ll find them in meat of animal protein, instead of the unhealthy patty parts. Some of the “Bs” are also found in fruits and vegetables, but your best source is found in red meat – for “B12” red meat is the ONLY source…click to continue reading..
According to an impressive 14-year study conducted in Japan, the following are the health benefits of specific “B” vitamins that you should know about:
- When folate is high:
- A man’s chance of a heart attack is cut in half.
- A woman’s risk of heart attack drops by 43%.
- A woman’s risk of stroke drops by more than a third.
- When vitamin B6 is high:
- A man’s chance of heart attack is reduced by over 60%.
- A woman’s risk of heart attack drops by more than 50%.
- A woman’s risk of stroke drops by more than a third.
Yes, eating red meat will get you vitamin B12, however, for those over the age of 50, supplemental “B” supplementation is recommended.
Folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 work in synchronicity (together). They produce red blood cells, make nerves function, and reduce Homocysteine levels. Studies show that vitamin B12 deficiency leads to dangerously high Homocysteine, especially in vegetarians. Homocysteine is the amino acid that causes cardiovascular disease when levels are greatly elevated.
Additionally, when Homocysteine levels are elevated, you become a good candidate for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and a list of birth-related disorders.
Most vegetarians have very high Homocysteine levels and are a high risk for a vitamin “B” deficiency. If you take medications such as antibiotics or birth control pills, your risk of vitamin B deficiency and high Homocysteine literally skyrocket.
What EXACTLY are the Role of Bs?
The following chart should answer most of your questions regarding each vitamin B and their specific role. All of the nutrients listed are included in one tablet of a complex B supplement as indicated below:
|Circulation, nervous system, healthy skin||Lean meats, nuts, legumes and potatoes|
|Adrenal hormones, antibodies, neurotransmitters, stamina||Eggs, pork, beef, fish, milk, and most fruits/vegetables|
|Brain/immune system function, cancer immunity, mild diuretic||Chicken, fish, kidney, liver, eggs, bananas, lima beans, walnuts|
|Cell growth, metabolism of carbohydrates/fats/proteins||Liver, eggs yolks, nuts, cauliflower, milk, legumes|
|Hair growth, reduces cholesterol and plaque||Heart, fruit, milk, nuts, meat, vegetables|
|“Brain food,” energy, red blood cells, strengthens immunity||Beef, lamb, pork, chicken liver, eggs, green leafy vegetables, salmon|
|Prevent anemia/nerve damage, digestion, cellular longevity||Lamb, beef, herring, mackerel, liver, oysters, poultry, clams, eggs|
In order to protect your health from the risks listed in this article, eat foods high in folate, vitamin B6 and B12 every day. In addition, use a vitamin “B” supplement that is a balanced ratio of the entire Bs”. I use and recommend a B-100 tablet taken at least twice a day with meals for those over age 50, and a B-50 tablet taken at least twice a day for those under age 50. At times of accelerated stress, each dose listed should be increased to one tablet with each meal. Always take your “Bs” with food for better absorption.
August 23rd, 2010
By: Jerry Ulmer
Ten McMinnville High School football players remained hospitalized Saturday as they were treated for a rare soft-tissue condition after participating in an “immersion camp” at the school last week.
The players are suffering from “compartment syndrome” — soreness and swelling — that affects their triceps. They have received intravenous fluids to ward off a potential kidney disorder, according to Dr. Craig Winkler, who is treating seven of the players. Earlier Saturday, 12 players were at Willamette Valley Medical Center, but two were released by Saturday night, a spokeswoman said.
“The reason we’re treating these players so aggressively is to prevent renal disease,” Winkler said. “If it’s significant enough, it could actually end up in dialysis.”
McMinnville School District officials continue to investigate the cause of the condition. Superintendent Maryalice Russell said Friday that she didn’t believe the workout prescribed by first-year coach Jeff Kearin was excessive. The camp was in preparation for the first week of practice, which begins Monday.
Kearin has experience coaching in college, including at USC and UNLV, but a former colleague dismissed the idea that such a background could lead the Grizzlies’ coach to push high school players too far.
“He’s been an educator for a long time,” said Los Angeles Valley College coach Jim Fenwick, who worked with Kearin at Cal State Northridge. “He’s very conscientious about the high school development and the kids.”
Fenwick, formerly head coach at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, said he offered Kearin, 50, a job as an assistant this season should he decide against taking a high school coaching job.
“He works well with kids,” Fenwick said. “His personality is not a big, hard-nosed, lineman’s mentality, or a weight-room-mentality guy.”
The players are being treated for high levels of creatine kinase, a protein that can harm the kidneys.
Doctors are keeping a close watch on the CK levels of the players, some of whom entered the hospital with levels higher than 42,000, well beyond the level of 3,000 needed before they are discharged.
Winkler said that “95 percent” of the players are responding well to treatment. One player is “not responding adequately,” though, and would be treated with more fluid to flush out his kidneys faster.
Dennis Nice was among the parents waiting at the hospital for reports on the CK levels. Nice and his wife Margaret — parents of Joshua, 17, and Daniel, 16 — have been at the hospital around the clock since Wednesday.
“It’s just a matter of time,” Dennis Nice said. “There’s nothing we can do about it. We’re just waiting for the numbers to drop. All the parents pretty much know each other now. We’re all supportive of each other.”
Daniel Nice was one of three players to undergo surgery to reduce swelling. His CK levels had dropped from 17,000 to 6,600 by Saturday, according to his father.
Junior Kyle Downing said he had slight swelling in his triceps Tuesday but it receded. He took a blood test as a precaution Thursday night, however, and it revealed a CK level of 18,000. It has dropped to 6,000 since he was admitted Friday.
The cause of the condition has school officials, parents and doctors puzzled. Winkler said most cases of compartment syndrome are due to trauma.
“We could only find like 10 documented cases of triceps compartment syndrome,” he said. “It’s very, very rare.”
Some have speculated that a workout that targeted the triceps, in a hot wrestling room at the school Sunday, could be the cause. But Downing, who has been lifting weights all summer, disagreed.
“It definitely wasn’t the workout. The workout was fine,” he said. “It was basically nothing. The complete triceps workout was about one minute. This is odd.”
Russell said Friday that she supports the coaching staff. Rene Downing, Kyle’s mother, said Saturday that “the kids are crazy about the coach. He’s a good coach.”
Kyle Downing said the team remains excited about the season.
“This is a speed bump for us,” he said. “This is definitely a big building block. This is adversity at its greatest. To all the teams we play, I’d have to say, ‘Watch out.’ ”
July 26, 2010
By: Jonathan Benson
Popular social networking site Facebook is apparently good for a lot more than just chatting with friends and posting pictures. A recent Fox News article explains that many people in desperate need of transplant organs are finding quick matches through their connections on Facebook.
As far-fetched as it may initially sound, finding an organ donor through Facebook is not really all that crazy of an idea. Thousands of businesses, politicians, entrepreneurs, musicians and non-profit groups, use Facebook to network and promote themselves because they recognize the incredible reach and power of the site to spread important news quickly.
According to the report, roughly 84,000 Americans are waiting to receive a kidney transplants, and many have been waiting for years. Unable to find a donor the conventional way, some patients have turned to Facebook and successfully found donors.
Sarah Taylor, a 53-year-old woman diagnosed with renal failure for eight years, decided to post a message on Facebook one night to let people know about her desperate need for a kidney. She received responses from nearly 200 people, and found a great match from a high school friend who lived just two blocks away. The transplant was successful with no complications.
A similar situation occurred when 44-year-old Carlos Sanchez posted a message on Facebook about his need for a kidney transplant due to kidney failure from type-1 diabetes. Within two minutes, the mayor of his town responded to him, saying she would be a donor. The transplant was a success.
There are many other cases of patients who have successfully found organ donors through Facebook rather than conventional waiting lists. And having a live donor is typically far more successful than getting an organ from a cadaver like many transplant patients do.
May 21, 2010
Some doses and types of statins are linked with a greater risk of adverse effects, including liver problems and kidney failure, the UK research showed.
Doctors will have access to a computer program based on the findings to help spot those most at risk.
Millions of UK adults take the drugs to reduce heart attack and stroke risk.
The researchers, from the University of Nottingham, stressed that for many people the benefits of statins outweighed any adverse effects, but the findings would help weigh up the pros and cons in each patient. There are plans to prescribe statins on the NHS in around one in four adults aged over 40.
The Department of Health had predicted prescriptions for the drugs would rise by 30% a year, as GPs find more and more people eligible.
At the moment, anyone judged to have a one in five or greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease over 10 years is advised to take a statin.
But there has been much debate over side effects and the latest research set out to confirm where the problems may lie in a “real life” population.
May 7, 2010
By S. L. Baker
Kidney stones are solid pieces of material that form in a kidney. They can stay there or they may travel down the urinary tract until they are eliminated naturally. Unfortunately, kidney stones can also get stuck in the ureter, bladder or urethra. The result can be bleeding, blockage of urine flow and excruciating pain. Thankfully, there are natural ways to greatly reduce your risk of having this most common disorder of the urinary tract, including simply drinking lemonade.
If you’ve ever experienced the agony of having kidney stones stuck in your urinary tract, you know this is no minor problem. In fact, kidney stones can lead to serious infections and major surgery.
“Back and abdominal pain, blood in the urine, and nausea or vomiting, are the three classic symptoms of kidney stones,” Roger L. Sur, MD, director of the University of California at San Diego Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center said in a press statement. “You don’t have to have all three, but any of them will come on quickly and be hard to ignore. When you have extreme pain, you should see your doctor or go to an emergency room right away, especially if a fever is present. The presence of fever indicates that you may have an infection in your blood stream which can be life threatening.”