Glaucoma Finally Explained

Having glaucoma means that the fibers of your optic nerve are beginning to die off, most likely due to excessive fluid pressure inside your eye. This problem, called intraocular pressure (IOP), is caused by a watery fluid (aqueous humor), which normally fills your eyeball and produces IOP in the same way


Understanding Gallstones

Think of your gallbladder as a way station, a place where bile (a thick greenish-yellow digestive juice) from your liver is stored. When your body needs bile to help it absorb fat, the gallbladder propels it into your intestines. Bile contains a mix of cholesterol, calcium, and a waste product from old blood cells called bilirubin. If too much of one of these builds up, a crystals form, clump together, and enlarge into gallstones. A stone can be as tiny as a grain of sand or as big as a golf ball.

Understanding Acne

Acne occurs when the oil (or sebaceous) glands under hair follicles, often on your face, neck, chest, or back, get plugged up, inflamed, or infected. Frequently the glands simply secrete too much of a thick waxy lubricant called sebum that keeps your skin healthy. This blocks the pores and creates a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Follicles then get red and inflamed.

Reading Into Research

Modern Health care is based on the belief that the scientific method – that is, objective, measurable research – holds the answers to curing disease. When students go to college to become doctors, they learn about the chemistry of the body, and how certain medicines can alter that chemistry for the better. They learn about the physiology of the body, and how surgical procedures can fix flaws and repair damage. They learn that certain measurements – blood pressure, cholesterol counts, heart rate, blood sugar levels – are strong indicators of health and disease. It is a rational, thoughtful, rigorous mind-set. In most cases, it is quite accurate and effective.

How Changes In Eating Effect Your Health

Eating very quickly means large quantities of calories can be gulped down before the body even gets a chance to turn its satiety signals on. Even though we may not all be fast eaters, we can all recall having at least once hungrily and quickly gulped down a meal in 10 to 15 minutes, only to suddenly feel uncomfortably stuffed five to 10 minutes later (as the body’s satiety mechanisms caught up with us).

Dried Fruits and Sulfur Dioxide

Like many elements on the FDA’s GRAS list (Generally Regarded As Safe), the actual safety of the element for human consumption is debatable and the FDA has asked for further studies. At the same time, the FDA has no regulating figure on the maximum amount of sulfur dioxide that can be used.

About Protein

While getting an adequate amount of protein is important, daily requirement amounts can be misleading. As with other nutrients, the amount needed depends a great deal on body size, how active the person is, how much stress the body is under and other variables. In general, it’s safe to say that anyone eating a diet consisting of a wide variety of whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits doesn’t need to give extra thought to whether they’re getting enough protein (unless they’re body builders, do some heavy physical labor, or are pregnant or nursing).

Learning From Different Cultures

The tribes of centenarians (people who live to the age of 100 or more) inhabiting there have been the subject of many studies. These studies have shown that these mentally alert, sprightly, and generally very slim centenarians eat an average 1,700 to 1,900 calories a day, and that the younger adults eat 2,500 to 3,000 calories a day.

How Amalgam Fillings Effect Health

This low-level (but continuous) mercury exposure may contribute to a variety of health problems if the immune system is compromised. Studies have shown decreased kidney function and an increase in antibiotic – resistant bacteria in the intestines.

Food Sensitivities

No discussion of diet would be complete without addressing food sensitivities. Most people think that runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing are the only symptoms of food sensitivities, but reactions could also include headache, back and joint aches, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. Food sensitivities are often the result of eating too much of our favorite foods, the ones we consume on a frequent or daily basis. True food allergy, however, causes an immediate reaction, such as swelling of the throat and tongue after eating strawberries, shellfish, or peanuts, which can result in anaphylactic shock. This is a true medical emergency; therefore, these substances must always be avoided at all costs by susceptible individuals.