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Is it Food Poisoning or is it the Flu?
We all get confused about this and often what we think is the flu is actually food poisoning, usually picked up in our own kitchen.
Food Poisoning Symptoms: May include cramping, diarrhea, headache, low fever, nausea, gas and vomiting. Sounds like the flu.
Flu: All of the above plus body aches, chills, dizziness, flushed face, lethargy, and a fever.
Is it a Cold or the Flu?
Colds start from the neck up with sneezing, sore throat and runny nose.
Flu starts with body aches, chills and fever along with the above symptoms kicking in.
Either way- get lots of hydration, rest, and vitamin C. If you drink orange juice, make sure its 100% orange juice, not concentrated. Try Zinc to speed up the duration of a cold.
Are Your Drugs Safe and Effective?
Commercials on television and ads in magazines make medications seem like magic. They are supposed to solve problems like overactive bladder, elevated cholesterol and erectile dysfunction. Smiling faces and cheerful music emphasize the benefits of pricey prescriptions. Most people tune out the long list of serious side effects that seems nearly endless and irrelevant.
Promotional campaigns work. Perhaps that's because many consumers don't understand what FDA drug approval really means, according to a new study about public perception of prescription drug pros and cons. Read more . . .
Find out things like if your body metabolizes caffeine quickly, or if you're at a higher risk for diabetes. The more you know about your DNA, the more you know about yourself.
Understand your genetic health risks. Change what you can, manage what you can't. Arm your doctor with information on how you might respond to certain medications.
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FDA Adds Warning Label On Popular Antibiotic Zithromax Regarding Heart Risks
The FDA announced yesterday that it’s telling doctors and patients that Pfizer’s popular antibiotic — prescribed to 40 million people in 2011 — could be troublesome for some who take it, especially if they’re already at a risk for heart issues, reports the Associated Press.
Instead, the agency says, doctors should think about prescribing other antibiotics to any patients with existing heart problems like irregular heartbeats or low levels of potassium or magnesium in their blood. Zithromax also comes in generic form as well.
The new label comes after a Vanderbilt University study released last May that showed a slightly higher chance for deadly heart problems for patients taking Zithromax. The results indicated that there could be about 47 extra heart-related deaths per million courses of treatment than there would be for the same amount of amoxicillin courses.
The downside for users who don’t like being on meds for long is that taking amoxicillin or other antibiotics involves a 10 day commitment, as opposed to Z-Pak’s five or so days.
Do they interfere with blood pressure drugs?
Yes. In large amounts, calcium supplements may interact with some blood pressure medications. Interactions may occur with: Read more
Check Both Arms!
Ask your doctor to check the pressure in both arms. A large difference (say 15 points or more) in blood pressure measurement between your arms could signal a health problem, such as:
- Blocked arteries in your arms (peripheral artery disease)
- Kidney disease
- Heart defects
Celery For High Blood Pressure
Although Hippocrates (a Greek physician considered the Father of Medicine, c. 460 BC - c. 377 BC) prescribed the juice of this leafy-topped stalk to patients suffering from nervous tension and although Chinese medicine has long recognized celery juice to reduce high blood pressure, only recently has it been studied in the Western world. The University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) is credited with one of the first studies of celery's effects on blood pressure. In one instance, the father of a scientist at UCMC experienced a drop in his blood pressure from 158/96 to 118/82 after just one week of eating about four stalks a day. But eating 4 stalks a day isn't always easy. See our favorite Juicer on Beauty Bloomer's Healthy Eating page.
Wish I would have,
When I could have ...
You must be
Only you know when something's not right. If you are not satisfied with your doctor's diagnosis, keep pushing until you have all the answers. With so information now available at our fingertips, it's not hard to learn what tests you may need and what questions you should ask . Your doctor is not a mind-reader, so go in fully prepared to get the most thorough diagnosis possible. Bring notes and questions. If your phone calls are not returned in a reasonable time - call again. And if you continue to have problems with the same health issue, get a second opinion. And if you are not satisfied with the diagnosis ... get a second opinion! Patient Advocate Foundation
Stop A Bloody Nose
To stop a nosebleed quickly, use a nasal spray that contains oxymetazoline (Afrin). After sraying up nose, apply pressure for 10 minutes.
Do You Suffer
Constant Bladder Infections?
Rethink the Thong!
If you're a thong wear and suffer from one bladder infection after another, it's time to get rid of your very unsanitary thong. Fecal matter is easily transfered to your urethra tube which is attached to your bladder, resulting in miserable bladder infections.
How to make a mammogram, colonoscopy, endoscopy or MRI less scary and more comfortable.
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