Monthly Archives: October 2013

Headaches: Signs of Serious Brain Problems

Some severe headaches may indicate that a serious brain problem exists.

Brain Hemorrhage Symptoms

  • sudden, severe headache
  • paralysis on one side of the body
  • nausea, vomiting, fever and delirium
  • often, seizures or loss of consciousness

When these symptoms are present, call or go to an emergency facility immediately.

Brain Tumor Symptoms

  • headache on waking that gets worse when you lie down
  • nausea and vomiting
  • double vision, dizziness and loss of memory
  • personality changes
  • head pain comes on gradually but persists and grows worse over time — often months

If these symptoms occur, call a doctor for an immediate appointment.

Don’t Spend too Much on Branded ED Meds and Use Generic

Generic medications are very much similar to branded medications because they use the same ingredients in creating a type of medication.  In the case of ED medications, say Cialis, generic manufacturers basically use the same ingredients that Eli Lilly use in creating the generic medications.  The only difference is the manufacturing process and the quality control process.  It cannot be denied that some generic medications use substandard ingredients when making their generic drugs.  However, this cannot be said of generic ED medications because the consumer will feel the difference in under just an hour.  If there is even a slight change in the effect, it is likely that the consumer will no longer buy.  This is exactly a safe bet that generic ED medications are effective and are very similar to their branded counterparts. Continue reading

Lifeblood for Many Diabetics

Every day, 10 million diabetics must inject insulin into their bodies, according to the American Diabetes Association. They have to prick their fingers again and again to monitor their blood sugar levels, and then determine exactly when they can eat and how much they can have. Their insulin shots have to be constantly adjusted, depending on things such as how stressed they have been or how much exercise they had that day.

And they have to be sure they are taking just the right kind and amount of insulin at just the right moment. If not, they could have a reaction leading to a coma, or even death. Failure to consistently regulate blood sugar levels with insulin increases the likelihood that diabetics will experience serious health problems later in life, including blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and damage to other vital organs.

That’s why insulin is the single most important factor for many diabetics — both the 1 million people with type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes and a large portion of the 15 million type-2 patients whose bodies produce some insulin, but who must supplement that insulin with an injection.

Different Insulin Types, Same Function
Insulin is a hormone found in the pancreas that is necessary to process carbohydrates, protein and fat. The goal of insulin treatment is to keep blood sugar levels as close as possible to normal levels all day long. Just how much insulin is needed a day and the type of insulin used is determined specifically for each individual based on a number of factors, including weight, how much exercise the person gets a day, what and how much they eat, and their general health.

Most of the insulin used in the in the United States is “human insulin,” according to the American Diabetes Association. Though it is synthetic, it’s “an identical copy of human islet cells,” the cells that produce insulin in the body, according to Dr. Marian Parrott, vice president of clinical affairs for the ADA.

There are also several thousand people, or about 6 percent of the U.S. population, that depend on animal insulin, according to the ADA. That insulin is made from the pancreas of pigs and cows. However, since human insulin was developed, most patients have switched to that form because it all but eliminates allergic reactions, Parrott said.

And while Parrott said that “very purified beef and pork insulins are perfectly fine,” there is simply little need for them. In fact, beef insulin is no longer being made in the United States, partly due to concerns about “mad cow disease,” and partly because the small market for this product makes it uneconomical to produce. It is uncertain how long pork insulin will remain on the market, though both beef and pork insulin can be imported from other countries with the proper authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Synthetic Insulin vs. Animal Insulin
There are those who believe human insulin doesn’t work as well as animal insulin, and can even be dangerous. Among the complaints, according to the National Association of Beef Insulin Users, is that it causes wide swings in blood sugar levels and can prevent users from sensing when their blood sugar drops dangerously.

While Parrott said, “There are no published papers, or research to prove that,” she admits that this could still be the case for some diabetics.

However, if there are such cases, Parrott feels certain the most likely explanation is that when the patient changed from animal to human insulin the proper dosage adjustments were not made and the person did not receive the proper medical help in making the switch.

“Millions of people have been switched to human insulin, and I’m not aware of any cases where someone was switched back because animal insulin was better,” she said.

The National Association of Beef Insulin Users disagrees, saying 100,000 people have tried synthetic insulin and could not control their diabetes with it.

And maybe there’s no proof, according to the Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust International, because there have never been long-term trials comparing human and animal insulins.

“The evidence from people using any drug, including ‘human’ insulin, should be valued and not dismissed lightly as ‘only anecdotal.’ Those who do this fail to realize that all post-marketing collection of adverse reactions to any new drug is always anecdotal because the adverse effects are reported to doctors by their patients. The difference in the case of ‘human’ insulin is that patients have continually reported the problems to their doctors but have largely not been believed,” the IDDTI reported on its Web site.

That doesn’t change the mind of Parrott, or the official stance of the American Diabetes Association, which recommends human insulin.

Debates aside, most experts agree that the best advice for diabetics has remained the same all along: aggressively monitor the disease.

“The biggest problem we see is that people simply don’t test enough. It hurts and it’s inconvenient, so I certainly don’t fault them. It’s tough, but it’s got to be done,” Parrott said.

 

Be Aware of Factors When You Buy Metronidazole

Metronidazole was discovered in the 1960. It is a nitroimidazole antibiotic.  Metronidazole eliminates and prevents bacteria and microorganisms that give infections of the gastrointestinal tract, reproductive system, vagina, skin, and other areas of the body. This antibiotic will not work for flu, or other viral infections.

Metronidazole is effective in fighting bacteria in the body in a way that it interferes with the DNA of the bacteria preventing it to further reproduce and multiply. Metronidazole is known to be effective in fighting and preventing bacteria and protozoa causing infections including brain abscesses, bone infections, blood poisoning, dental infections, pelvic cellulitis, gut infections, pneumonia, urinary infections, peritonitis and ulcerative gingivitis. Continue reading

Water T’ai Chi Exercises

Water t’ai chi combines the flowing movements of the ancient martial art of t’ai chi with the resistive yet relaxing properties of water. Carol Argo, creator of water t’ai chi and an AFAA-certified instructor and trainer for the Aquatic Exercise Association, has developed a water t’ai chi routine intended to improve balance, strength, agility, flexibility, coordination, posture and mental focus. Here are two of the movements, which should be performed in chest-deep water:

Chinese Torso Twists

  • Bend your knees slightly, standing with your feet firmly anchored 3 to 4 inches beyond your shoulder width.
  • Extend both arms out to the side with your elbows and wrists relaxed.
  • Rotate your upper torso while swinging your arms to the left. Keep your feet anchored and your back and head erect as you rotate back to the right.
  • Inhale and exhale with the movements while contracting your abdominal muscles. Imagine your arms as water flowing from a hose.
  • Repeat 12 times.

Side Kicks

  • Stand with your feet several inches apart and lift both arms out to your sides at shoulder level.
  • Lift your right knee while lowering your arms and bringing them across your chest.
  • Then kick your leg out to the side while extending your arms, positioning the fingertips up and keeping the elbows soft.
  • Lower your arms and leg, bend your knees slightly and repeat with your left leg.
  • Travel forward and then backward for variety, always keeping one foot anchored.
  • Repeat 15 times, alternating legs.