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Living with Kidney Disease: 5 Tips for a Good Life

The greatest concerns healthy folks deal with on a daily basis cannot compare to a basic checklist of anyone living with a chronic illness – sometimes the wrong ingredient in the food can cause severe health consequences, while disturbing your routine for a single day can result in a chaotic week ahead. It’s no different for those who live with kidney disease and need regular dialysis as well as strict dietary guidelines, medical checkups, and specific lifestyle adaptations. However, even if you’re dealing with a chronic illness of this nature, there is still so much you can do to preserve and increase your quality of life, enjoy every moment of it, and make sure you’re in good health as much as possible. To a great extent, you have ample control over your situation, and in that case, you can infuse your life with joy, excitement, and thorough planning to support...
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Breathe Freely: Importance of Decluttering Your Living Space

Clutter is one of the main reasons why some homes look unsightly. An old stack of magazines here, an empty bottle of perfume there, and before you know it, you’re settled in a messy living space. However, the moment you start being surrounded by a pile of unnecessary stuff, you’ll feel cramped and it’ll affect your way of life as well. Therefore, it’s time to turn your cluttered home into a neat and tidy place, where you’ll feel amazing. Stop producing clutter It’s always better to prevent the problem in the first place than to work on solving it. Therefore, if you wish to have a clutter-free home, stop creating clutter. Hoarding is a sneaky and horrible habit, but also it is often a sign of depression. Storing unnecessary magazine issues, old perfume bottles, or piling up on figurines will only turn your home into an unpleasant living space. So,...
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Jan
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Ways You Can Reduce Light Pollution

The new comprehensive World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness has revealed that an increasing portion of our sky is being polluted by the artificial sky glow – atmospheric light scatter reflected from the electric lighting below. Apart from Milky Way being no longer visible to one-third of the population, the problem with light pollution goes much further than stargazing. Epidemiologists who have taken interest in the problem say that numerous conditions may derive from the disrupted circadian rhythms – our inner day/night clocks, while ecologists point out the adverse effects of artificial light to migratory birds and mammals. But what can we as individuals do to reduce it? Is there anyone in the room? The simplest, cheapest, and the most obvious way of fighting light pollution is to start turning lights off when no one needs them. While outdoor lighting has its time and place, illuminating dark areas like...
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Dec
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Overcoming Alcohol Addiction: What Are Your Best Options?

If you're an individual who's recovering from alcohol abuse, you know that managing alcohol cravings can be a struggle. The first step in the road to recovery is admitting that you have a problem. However, confronting the situation head-on isn't always as easy as it appears to be. Excessive drinking can have a negative impact on your life in the long term. If you've lost the ability to control your alcohol intake, then you've probably developed alcoholism or alcohol dependence.   There will always come a time wherein cutting back isn't enough. You need treatment options and other ways wherein you can make a change and give up alcohol entirely. Detox Baltimore is one of those options.   Start with your doctor Alcoholism, or alcohol dependence, is a type of alcohol use disorder. One of the very first steps that you need to take is to consult with your doctor,...
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5 Ways to Help Your Friends and Family Get Over their Firearm Phobia

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Fears are something that every person has. Some people are afraid of spiders, others fear heights, and so on. However, there are people who are afraid of firearms, and many would say rightly so, but if they are your friends or family members who you wish to protect, you can do something to help them. Although it seems simple, it can be tough seeing someone crawl into a dark corner when you’re cleaning your unloaded gun. If you try to reassure them that everything is fine, the chances are that they won’t listen and will come with a reason for their fear. Still, it can be important to help them so they are not affected by these anxieties. The debate of gun control will always rage in the US but many people see them as essential self-defense. If you are one who holds this view, here are some suggestions that could...
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How Should Veterans Deal With Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome

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Being a veteran can be very tough, and it can leave unseen marks on anyone who goes through such experience. Many veterans suffer from symptoms of PTSD once they return from the military, and this could seriously impact their lives subsequently. If you or someone you know has been a veteran and you have constant feelings of disconnection, numbness or panic, then it’s important to know how to cope with them. You are not the only one experiencing this, as there are many other veterans who are striving to live a normal life. The following paragraphs can teach you how to deal with every symptom that tries you after such a traumatic experience. Causes Veterans often experience PTSD due to events that happened while they were in the military. Basically, it’s known as combat stress, and it happens after you are going through life-threatening events, something that is very possible...
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Health Impact of Noise at Work

Workplace-related hearing loss is one of the most common industrial health issues. Workers can be exposed to dangerously high noise levels in environments such as construction sites, foundries or textile mills. The most publicized effect of noise at work is the loss of hearing, a medical problem observed among coppersmiths as early as 1731. Short-term exposure to excessive noise can cause temporary hearing loss, with the duration from a few seconds to a few days, while longer exposure can cause permanent hearing loss. Hearing loss that occurs over time is not always easy to identify, with workers themselves not realizing their hearing is becoming impaired. Apart from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), work-related noise has other negative health effects.  Noise-induced hearing loss As the most common occupational disease in the developed world, NIHL accounts for about one-third of all work-related diseases, even ahead of skin and respiratory problems. It’s usually caused...
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Cannabidiol Oil for Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a chronic ailment which directly affects the brain activity. In this disorder, a person gets attacks where brain cells start working hyper-actively. When a person gets an attack of epilepsy, then it can be mentally as well as physically harmful. CBD Oil is considered one of the best oils to control the effects of epilepsy seizures. Let’s find out how CBD oil works for epilepsy and what are its benefits? CBD oil is considered as wondrous oil because of its medicinal properties. This oil contains 0.3% of THC which balances the endocannabinoid system of the body. Using CBD oil regularly stabilises the cannabinoids which reduce the time and effects of seizures. Benefits of CBD oil for Epilepsy ·         Develop Alertness ·         Increases Appetite ·         Controls mood swings and relaxes the mind ·         Promotes sound sleep ·         Improves Social Interaction   Epilepsy is a life-threatening and dangerous disease which...
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Jun
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Little-Known Tips for Sleeping With Chronic Pain

Little-Known Tips for Sleeping With Chronic Pain
Good sleep is absolutely necessary for proper functioning during the day. Moreover, lack of sleep will not only make you feel tired, but moody as well. Also, this can be linked to weight gain as well. Now, if you suffer from chronic pain, it’s time to try out some little-known tips, as lack of sleep can actually worsen your chronic pain, which is not the cycle you want to be stuck in. Don’t force yourself to sleep In case you don’t feel sleepy once it’s bedtime, there’s no reason to stress over it or force yourself to sleep. If anything, doing this will only make you more anxious and aggravated, and then you definitely won’t be able to fall asleep. So, when something like this happens, simply try to engage in a soothing activity such as reading a book or something else that you find relaxing. Do this until you...
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Health Benefits of Emotional Support Animals for People Under Depression

According to a statistic by the ASPCA, Americans own a staggering total of 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats. Those numbers don't include other categories like birds, fish, and other reptiles. It's obvious that animals play an important role in our lives and even made them part of the family.   For people struggling with depression, pets can even play a more crucial role. They can become a source of companionship and comfort, leading to a positive outcome in our lives and improving our overall well-being. An Emotional Support Animal or ESA offers unwavering companionship to their owners helping them deal with mental and emotional difficulties.   Here are the top health benefits of emotional support animals for people suffering from depression:   Benefit #1 - Emotional Support When you're suffering the effects of depression, you may, from time to time, experience bouts of loneliness. You feel isolated from the...
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Apr
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What makes FUT a most popular hair transplant method in the United States of America?

The FUT or Follicular Unit Transplant is a hair restoration technique that has gained a tremendous the United States of America. The FUT hair restoration treatment is a one-day procedure and is known for its efficacy to promote a maximum coverage to the affected area. It involves removal of healthy hair follicles from the safe donor area in the sides or back of the head and then implanting them into a bald patch or at the recipient site on the scalp. In this article, we are compiling a complete information about the hair restoration in usa by using Follicular Unit Transplant technique. In recent times, the FUT treatments have widely gained a wide recognition due to the non-scarring in the safe donor area. In this treatment, a thin and long strip of tissue containing hair follicles in extracted from the safe donor area. The strip of skin is then sent...
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Apr
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Ways to Easily Boost Your Metabolism

Metabolism is the term that is used to describe the set of chemical processes that happen in your body to keep it alive and functioning. Nevertheless, this term is often used to refer to metabolic rate, a term that describes the amount of calories you burn. Basically, the higher your metabolic rate is, the more calories you will burn. It’s worth mentioning that having a high metabolism will make you more energized and boost your mood. Because of this, it’s a good idea to do everything that you can to increase your metabolism. Thankfully, there are some great and easy ways to do this. Do Some Weight Lifting By experiencing muscle loss, your metabolism will start slowing down. This is why it’s a good idea to do weight lifting a few times each week. Keep in mind that you will start losing muscle mass each year as you get older....
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How Your Mental Health Impacts Your Overall Health

People often try to make a distinction between the mind and the body. But even though some think of them as separate entities, they actually go hand in hand. Poor physical health can increase your risk of developing mental health problems. Similarly, if you’re suffering from mental health problems, you’re more likely to experience issues with your physical health. The one thing that’s we know for sure about mental health is that it can affect anyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re from a long and supportive family with a lot of money and you have a job, you can still experience issues with your mental health. Unfortunately, a lot of people choose to ignore their mental health problems. However, if you do this, your condition will only get worse. That’s why it’s important to completely understand what you’re suffering from and know what to do to get better. The Most...
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Mar
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Is Cannabis Better For Chronic Pain Than Opioids?

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Chronic pain can be a condition which can be devastating for many. Many people are constantly suffering from chronic pain which is leaving them in an oppressive condition and affecting many parts of their lives. Chronic pain has the potential to impact the health of the individual along with his or her mood and create several other programs. Medications are certainly available to deal with chronic pain. However, the medications are generally not effective in relieving the pain efficiently. The problem worsens when it becomes evident that the medications prescribed are also addictive along with being toxic. America is dealing with an opioid epidemic which has claimed 28,000 lives in 2014 alone. This is perhaps one of the reasons why a large number of Americans estimated to be around 20% and suffering from chronic pain are choosing cannabis as an alternative.   Quite a few people believe that cannabis is...
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Exercise and Tools For Sciatica Pain Relief

Exercise and Tools For Sciatica Pain Relief
The Sciatica pain is a problem that millions of people deal with every day. There are many reasons why a person might be suffering from this condition and the way to deal with it importantly depends on the cause of the problem.   Most Sciatica pains are treated with the medications and heat rubs, but the solution is only temporary. The Sciatica pain can be back to haunt you a day or two after if you do not comprehend the cause of it. Unless there are specific spinal injuries and disc problems, you can be applying some Sciatica Pain treatment yourself easily.   It’s imperative to recollect that regardless of the possibility that you have a “plate issue” there are many individuals that don’t feel torment by any stretch of the imagination.   Our experience tells us, with the help free standing pull up bar, you can cure sciatica and...
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Dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Helpful Guide

Traumatic experiences and events often leave a lasting impression. Nowhere is this more true than in the case of army veterans who have seen the battlefield first hand and often have difficulties coming back from those experiences. What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a mental health disorder that some people develop after experiencing a traumatic or tragic event. The severity of the trauma experienced which caused sufferers to be emotionally unsteady is the lead cause for the disorder’s development. Most people associate the disorder with wars and violent crimes (such as rape or attempted murder) - supported by the fact that the biggest number of male sufferers are former soldiers. Historical Overview The negative effects of military combat on the mental health of individuals fighting front line are in no way news. The US Department of Veteran Affairs offers thorough history of PTSD. The medical field’s attempt...
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Why Paying for Cancer Treatment is as Painful as the Treatment Itself

Cancer strikes to anyone regardless of the age, popularity, religion, ethnicity, and culture, lifestyle, or financial situation. It’s an illness that doesn’t discriminate. Even the wealthiest ones like Steve Jobs wasn’t spared from this sickness. It only shows that cancer doesn’t care if you’re a rich or poor. And this is the odd part, what’s more than being broke and then gets diagnosed with this disease. Yes, there are health insurances available but this may not be enough to pay for your treatment. Moreover, since health insurances are usually provided at work, you may not be in the position to take long absences from work to focus on fighting your disease. Your money may not be sufficient to try hospitals who specializes in cancer treatments especially on what stricken you. Even with an insurance, it's not 100% guaranteed that it won’t drain your bank account. A cancer diagnosis carries with...
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7 Surprising Things at Your Work That Might Cause Allergies

7 Surprising Things at Your Work That Might Cause Allergies You’ve probably got all of your allergens under control at home, because you know anything and everything that goes on in your living quarters. If you’re beginning to notice your allergies picking up at work, the culprit could be something lurking in the building that you may not have known about.     1. Old Carpet   Just vacuuming isn’t enough, especially if your office has old carpeting. Trace amounts of pet hair your coworkers have tracked in over the years, combined with dust and dust mites lurking deep in the carpet, can trigger allergies in people who aren’t even especially sensitive – it’s the slow buildup that leads to high levels over time that creates a problem before anyone can see it coming.   2. Neglected Air Filters   Air filters are really easy to forget about, particularly because...
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Aging Parent with Dementia - How to Provide Proper Care

Coping with aging parents can be challenging, particularly if your parent is suffering with dementia. Both you and they will be upset by a diagnosis and will need to develop strategies for coping with their changing behaviour.   Here are a few tips on how to provide proper care for your aging parent with dementia:   Make Practical Changes A parent with dementia may struggle to do things that they did previously. You can help them to adapt to their new ability level. Leave notes and prompts around the house to make daily tasks that bit easier. Make changes around the home to improve safety. When it comes to completing tasks, break them down into more manageable steps. And perhaps focus on the process rather than the completion of a task. This makes things less distressing for your parent when things don’t go to plan.   Adapt Your Speech Communication...
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Nov
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Just saying Hi

I just wanted to say "Hi" to all the users of Ei-Resource. My name is Sarah, and I am deeply interested in all aspects of health, fitness and medicine. Above all however, I have been struggling with a chronic Sciatica for many years now. Here to find some people to share my ideas with and to learn something new. Thank you! Sarah.  ...
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Baby Proofing 101: Tips on How to Keep Your Child Safe from SIDS

SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. It is also known as crib death because the babies often die in their cribs. Researchers have discovered some factors that might put babies at extra risk. They've also identified measures you can take to help protect your child from SIDS. Parents commonly fear endlessly about how to protect their children from stranger kidnapping and violence, but many overlook one of the biggest threats to their children's safety and welfare — their own home. Yes, your children have the highest risk of being injured at home because that's where they spend most of their time. As a matter of fact, accidental injury is the leading cause of death in children up to 14 years old and more than a third of these injuries happen at home.   Thus, childproofing...
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Why Alzheimer Patients Need a Memory Box

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder that prevents the proper storing process of new information in the brain resulting in patient’s loss of memories and cognition decline. It is a type of dementia where the brain is progressively losing its natural structure to due to the continuous death of brain cells that leads to function loss. This disease usually starts out to be mild and then gets gradually worse. There is no happy ending with this disease. You just have to fight for quality of life and controlling symptoms.   Taking care or dealing with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease is a very challenging one. Imagine your loved one who was so sweet and very affectionate towards you just yesterday and the next morning, he/she doesn’t know who you are and what you were. However, if you love someone with this disease, you know that the position can also bring joy...
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How to Stay Safe and Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

  Traveling is one of the best things you can do. Giving you a chance to travel, see, and experience things, and letting yourself venture into the great penetralia of the earth! Now, doesn’t it sound like a good idea? But you should always set your mind that it is not only about doing the undone things, it is also making sure that you stay safe while traveling.   Traveling can be thrilling and daunting at the same time. Since it is all about getting out of one’s comfort zone, you’ll be doing things you never thought you will be able to. To have a successful trip, your safety must be your priority. It is important to keep yourself safe and healthy while traveling. And since it is not avoidable to try the local’s food, well just make sure that won’t trigger something in your stomach. Prevention is always better...
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Silent Symptoms: Simplifying Self Care for Chronic Immune Disease Sufferers

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For those coping with chronic neuroimmune disease, everyday tasks can be much more difficult and exhausting. Not only do these diseases cause painful, irritating symptoms, but having to explain and excuse them can take an emotional toll. If you’re someone who is dealing with a chronic immune deficiency or disease, making sure that you’re prepared to deal with flare-ups and awkward situations is a critical part of living your life. While it’s not always convenient, taking little steps to prepare for flare ups can soothe your symptoms, social life, and any anxiety that comes with coping.   Building a Toolkit   Immune diseases can manifest themselves in a broad variety of ways, and symptoms look different for every person. If you’ve been living with a disease for a longer period of time, you’re probably aware of the triggers that can cause issues for you, and knowing is half the battle....
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8 Ways to Reduce Stress and to Be a Super Productive Student

College years are amazing - but they can be very stressful too. A number of projects and writing assignments might seem overwhelming to many students, especially if they didn’t have such workload at school. Add spending time with friends, taking care of various daily tasks, and even working sometimes - and you wouldn’t be surprised that some students find it incredibly hard to get through their college years without having their grades dropped. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Successfully combining college, personal life, and even work is totally possible if you learn how to organize your time right. So here are some tips that will help you become a more productive student.   1. Learn where does your time go.   First, spend some time analyzing your daily routines and studying. Try to find out how much time it takes for you to write a definition essay,...
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5 Steps for DIY Home Mold Removal

There are more than 100,000 unique types of shape, and form remediation contractual workers take after a basic procedure to expel shape securely.  Since setting up regulation is an exceptionally complex process, take after these means to evacuate territories of noticeable form under 10 ceaseless square feet. This data will spare a ready and fastidious property holder thousands, and it's a similar procedure we use in many homes a year.  Materials and Equipment Needed for Mold Removal  • Dehumidifier  • HEPA air scrubber that procedures no less than 500 cubic feet for every moment  • Poly Plastic sheeting (6 mil)  • Duct tape  • Trash packs (6 mil)  • Wire brush  • Wet/dry vacuum with a HEPA air channel  • Dawn dish cleanser  • Small container  • Box cutter  • Small crowbar  • N95 respirator  • Latex gloves  • Eye assurance  • Rag towels  1. Stop the Source of Moisture ...
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Six Ways to Avoid Social Isolation

Unfortunately, a lot of us feel socially isolated. Much of this is due to our technologically-driven time. We prefer to text and connect with people that way instead of face-to-face communication. However, social bonds are crucial to our health and social contact, especially if pleasant, has all kinds of benefits. Let's imagine what happens in our brains when we are about to get together with people we like. Well for one thing, before we even meet the person, we will probably look forward to the event and will be excited about it. We may recall previous happy times that we shared in the past. Then when we first see the person, our brain centers will be activated and we will feel good and reap all kinds of benefits. So, we need others to feel healthy and happy. Here are a few ways to avoid social isolation so that we can...
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Jun
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10 Best Acupressure Points to Relieve Anxiety, Palpitations, and Nervousness

Almost all of us must have experienced a terrifying feeling when out of nowhere your heart starts palpitating and beating out of the chest as if it’s going to crash any moment, and you panic whether you are having a heart attack. This precise feeling is known as heart palpitation or a rapidly beating heart, but in most cases it is always completely harmless in itself. But recurring palpitations can be a sign of heart health problem that is triggered by anxiety, and it is more prevalent among people who suffer from nervousness and anxiety attacks. Heart palpitations can also be caused by skipped beats. Palpitations are confusing and distressing for most people, but this problem can be successfully controlled and treated with acupressure therapy that works by relaxing the entire body and increasing circulation throughout the body. As tension is released, you start to feel better physically and emotionally and...
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Why Naturopathic Treatment is the Best Way of Promoting Good Health?

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Looking Good During Pregnancy

Looking Good During Pregnancy
When a woman goes through pregnancy, it would be clear that there would be many physical and mental changes taking place. When these changes are taking place, certain women tend to take it as a negative sign. However, it should be known that this is nothing negative. You would be giving birth in a matter of few months or weeks and you would be receiving the much respected title of motherhood. It is an occurrence that you should be happy about; while it is possible for your life to undergo certain changes that would be much different from the life that you may have been used to. It should be understood that these changes should be accepted in a positive way and matters should be handled in such way where you would be able to be satisfied with the life that you lead during pregnancy. Here, attention should be directed...
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How to Protect Your Eyes and Maintain Good Sight

How to Protect Your Eyes and Maintain Good Sight
Eyes are one of the organs we are naturally inclined to protect. Eye is extremely important for everyone. Even a small eye issue, if left untreated, could lead to more serious issues like permanent vision loss. So, follow the below health tips for maintaining good eye health:   Image Source:pexels Wear Sunglasses In harsh sunlight, do wear protective eyewear like sunglasses. It’s useful to keep protective eyewear like goggles and safety shields around the house just in case. Wear protective eyewear when engaging in activities that require them. If you are undertaking DIY projects or are handling chemicals at home, protective eyewear is a must. You can buy protective eyewear over the counter from pharmacies, sporting goods or convenience stores.  Visit an Eye Doctor or an Optometrist  An optometrist is not a medical doctor. But these are professionals who can conduct comprehensive eye examinations and diagnose conditions such as myopia...
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Mar
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The Eye Mask Saves Your Sleep

There are so many sleep benefits that people never think about. People most times will go without good sleep. Others want to have a good sleep but have many problems staying asleep or falling. This is reason one why people use masks when they want to enjoy a deep sleep. There are a lot of reasons why you need good deep sleep. The body most times reveals the tension and stress it is under through pain in the forehead and in the section around the eyes. Eye soreness and stress headaches are like modern plagues following you around wherever you go and making you feel miserable. The hot eyes steam mask is a product that in its efficiency and simplicity can offer true relief from this sort of nagging pain and unrelenting suffering. Made to be worn over the eyes, the eye mask can be applied to apply cold or...
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How to Adjust To Being Pregnant

How to Adjust To Being Pregnant
Along with the bundle of joy comes a lot of pain and discomfort, when you’re expecting. There will be instances where you will be twisting and turning in bed trying to find yourself a comfortable position and not succeed no matter how hard you try. Along with the bundle of joy comes a lot of pain and discomfort. Here are a few tips in adjusting yourself to being pregnant. Image Source: Pexels Body Pillow If you have issues with your hips and back, it is necessary to purchase a body pillow, it may seem costly but trust me it’s worth it! The body will help you get to a comfy position as it has five pillows, where one supports your back, two to support your head, one to keep in between your knees and one to support your belly. Now you may consider purchasing separate pillows to give you the same effect...
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Preventing mold growth and potential health problems after a water leak

Damp floor and walls after a pipe burst
Being a homeowner is never easy, especially when you're dealing with chronic illness, and the last thing you need are major unexpected problems. Unfortunately, that's exactly what my wife and I suffered recently when a central heating pipe burst and flooded our main living room. Aside from the immediate inconvenience of moving bulky furniture and fixing the leak, I soon began to worry about other consequences, particularly the possibility of persistent mold growth and the potential consequences for our health. Mold and its spores are nothing to be sniffed at - excuse the pun! As a study published in the journal Environment International explains, exposure to these mycotoxins has been linked to cancer, kidney disease, liver disease and immunosuppression. The last of these includes illnesses such as chronic sinusitis, which my wife suffers from (and is currently treating with the Breathe Easy Kit), and possibly chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) which I have lived with for 25 years; in...
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Mold as a Possible Cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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As regular readers will be aware, I was unlucky enough to be struck down with a chronic illness as severe and life-changing as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) at the age of just 11 years old. But was it really just "bad luck" or did environmental factors - specifically toxic mold exposure - play a role? This is something I've been considering carefully lately and wish to share with you.  Being just a child at the time, I obviously wasn't concerned with the "hows and whys" of what caused this annoying and frustrating illness, or the ramifications it would ultimately have for me and my family. All I wanted was my family doctor to give me some medicine to cure whatever was wrong. He had of course done so many times before for the recurrent ear, nose and throat infections I'd experienced growing up (mold-related themselves perhaps?). Surely I'd be back riding my BMX on the...
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Athlete's Guide: Ways To Prevent And To Get Rid Of Jock Itch

Jock itch is one of the most common fungal infection of the skin often caused by the same fungus that results in athlete's foot. Though, technically you don't need to be an athlete to get a jock itch, but they are most common among athletes because of one simple reason, sweat! Athletes sweat a lot and often wear those sweaty clothes for a long period of time, which acts as a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that cause jock itch.  So, let us get into the depth of jock itch and know all about it such as: What is Jock Itch! Medically, jock itch is known as Tinea cruris or ringworm of the groin. It is caused by fungi called dermatophytes that live naturally on the skin. Typically, they are harmless, but under warm and moist conditions they multiply quickly and cause the infection. This is the reason why...
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Ways in which you can contribute to the wellbeing of the earth

A majority of the humans does the opposite of contributing to the wellbeing of the earth. However, it doesn’t mean that you have to go with the flow. You can start to make a change, you can save the earth for the future generations. Not everyone contributes to the destruction of the earth unknowingly, sometimes, the day to day actions that we involve in will pollute the environment. It is always best find ways in which we can get all our work done without causing any damage. Most of the damage which leads pollution is done by large scale companies. These companies tend to release toxic chemicals into the nature, releases harmful gases in to air and the nature is affected in so many ways. This is not doing anything for the earth and in fact, it reduces the lifespan of the life on earth. A lot of pollution is...
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How To Get Rid Of Annoying Staph Infection To Stop Ruining Your Life

Chances are that you have heard about staph infections, but not all of you would be able to explain much about it. Well, we'll solve the problem for you. Staph infection is a skin infection caused by a bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. The bacteria is a normal inhabitant of the skin and lives there without causing any harm, but when the bacteria find a skin breach, they enter it and cause an infection. Now, depending on the conditions, the type of infection may differ. Here are a few explained with their signs and symptoms: MRSA What is it? It stands for Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus auerus. It is a skin infection caused by the same culprit. It appeared in the hospitals first, but then made its inroads into the community. Initially, it was treated with the antibiotic methicillin, but soon developed resistance due to overuse of the drug leading to bacterial resistance. ...
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Aug
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Sinful Habits You Should Give Up To Get Flawless Skin

Follow regular and reliable beauty regimens to keep your skin healthy and happy. We all have heard that! But somehow our lifestyle and other habits born out of lethargy, carelessness can deteriorate the quality of our skin. We all are aware of these skin care tips, frequent moisturizing, exfoliation and wearing sunscreen. I mean, we all know common and old skin care rules. In this article, I am going to reveal some skin care sins, which you committ on a daily basis and make your skin terrible. Let's know about 5 not so known sinful habits which are taking away your glow: Consuming Dairy And Other Inflammatory Foods: It is not about how healthy you eat, it is about how skin friendly you eat. Yes, there are certain foods which are healthy for your body, but not good for your skin. No doubt milk is an important source of calcium...
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Overview of A Contagious Jock Itch

Introduction Jock Itch usually begins with a mild itching in the groin and it can get worse and, sometimes, even become more unbearable in some cases. Usually, the rash is seen on both sides of the groin. The rash may become too dry, rough and bumpy. Jock Itch is a fungal infection that mostly affects the skin of your genitals, buttocks and inner thighs. Men may develop this infection on the head of the penis, especially if they are not circumcised. And, on the other hand, women may develop a vaginal white discharge and yeast infection. It is most often seen in men and adolescent boys. Besides, many homeless individuals too tend to develop Jock Itch as they do not wash with anti-fungal soap and clean water in the groin and armpit areas regularly.  Symptoms of Jock Itch A few of the most common symptoms of Jock Itch include: Change...
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How to Prevent Ringworm Infection: In 5 Steps

Worldwide, there is a strong belief that sweat is the main cause behind ringworm and avoiding it can save us from ringworm. But if that was the truth, then almost everyone would have fallen prey to this fungal infection. But since it is not so, it proves that sweat is not the reason, so lets establish the reasons which are the main causes of ringworm infection. Know Why it Happens One can get infected by ringworm via skin-to-skin contact or by using infected equipments on bare, compromised skin. So you can get infected from ringworm of the – scalp, body, face, nails, hands, groin, hands or feet. Wanna ditch it, read on... 1. Say Noo to Scratching When one is having ringworm of the scalp, it may inadverdently spread to the other parts of the body if you keep scratching your head. It transfers fungus to your nails and then...
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May
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Treatment Of Runner's Toenail Infection Naturally

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The best example of professional predisposition to toenail infection can be seen in runners. Training or participation in big events – both can lead to fungal infection which is most commonly known as toenail infection. The causative agent as we all know is a fungus, namely, dermatophytes. We thought you may be interested in knowing, so... Why are toenail more susceptible than fingernails? Bloodflow to our toes is less than our fingers, which makes difficult for our immune system to detect and cure the infection. Toenails remian inside the shoes for a long time hence provide an apt environment for the fungus to grow. The two reasons runners get this infection include excessive sweat and occluding footwear. Now, coming to its cure... One must remember that before treating the toenail fungus with any topical ointment or homne remedy, it is important to remove the thick layer of fungal biofilm. Only...
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May
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Acquire the Best One-Arm Push-Up Skills from Online

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The importance of physical fitness cannot be overlooked. In today's society, which is moving towards a more deskbound lifestyle, there is a greater need for regularly exercising to maintain body weight and cardiovascular fitness. Regular exercising or workout can benefit you in several ways. It helps decrease your risk of cancer, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure. Exercising is something that gives you pleasure and contentment, as well as relief from stress, depression and anxiety. De facto, no matter how fit you think you are;   One-arm push-up  can prove to be one of the greatest exercises for developing reasonable upper body strength. Though one-arm push up is damn hard to learn and practice, yet it greatly helps in strengthening your muscles and making them stronger. It builds strength in your shoulders, chest, triceps and core muscles. Requiring a huge amount of practice and serious efforts, One-arm push up is...
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Luscious Lips for Every Occasion

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When it comes to make-up looks, the eyes and lips are the most important elements. There are a million different how-to videos out there that demonstrate complex ways to maximize these areas. What all this tells us is that it has to be complicated to get the look of large and luscious lips and bright and sexy eyes. This is so far from the truth. There are very simple and easy to do methods to achieving the perfect natural glamour look and it wont take you half an hour to accomplish, rather just a few minutes can get you to this goal.  There are two things that are essential to quick and easy application that ends in natural glamour results. The first is the quality of the application brushes you choose. Like an artist working with a canvas, the brushes create the texture and subtlety of the look, if you...
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May
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Best Remedies for Morning Sickness

The joy of finding out you are pregnant can quickly be overshadowed by the debilitating effects of severe morning sickness. Some women are really lucky and never experience the overwhelming nausea and frequent vomiting that can accompany the creation of a new life. Others suffer only for a few hours a day, while the worst cases can be ill from morning to night and often wonder why it is called morning sickness. There are many traditional methods for dealing with these symptoms, and modern pharmaceuticals have come up with a few great additions as well.  •    Saltines and ginger ale, though this is an old one, it is often one of the few things that can be kept down during these difficult times. No matter what other remedies you choose to add to the mix, having these on hand is a great idea.  •    Try Elevit morning sickness relief tabs,...
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Electronic Cigarettes & the Vaping 'Trend’: Does Science Support Health Benefits?

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It wasn’t a 100% victory and there’s still a long way to go, but Public Health England dropped a bombshell in August. Seemingly out of nowhere, one of the most important health bodies in the country declared that not only are e-cigarettes 95% less harmful than tobacco, but could also become an important weapon in fighting smoking by being dispensed as a licensed medicine. Veteran vapers enjoyed a wry smile and carried on – because it was not really news to them. Anti-tobacco campaigners, cancer sufferers, health practitioners and e-cigarettes traders and scientists have long held the belief that replacing a stick that contains several thousand toxins with one that contains far fewer can only be a healthier option. Surely? What the PHE statement did do was bring vaping back into the public consciousness, or introduce some people to it in the first place. BBC Radio 5 live ran a...
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Laser Eye Surgery and its Effects on Astigmatism

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Laser eye surgery is also referred to as laser corneal sculpting. It’s actually a medical procedure that normally makes use of a laser in order to reshape the surface of the eye. The main aim of undertaking this kind of surgery is to improve or actually correct hypermetropia (long sightedness), myopia (short-sightedness) and astigmatism (uneven curvature of the eye’s surface). Those individuals who undergo laser eye surgery still need to wear glasses or contact glasses regardless of the fact that their natural eye sight will have improved to greater extent. Laser corneal sculpting procedures were for the first time performed over 30 years ago. The cornea is basically the transparent tissue that cover the front of the eye. It aids in control focusing. During this surgery, a computer-controlled excimer laser is normally used to remove microscopic amounts of tissue from the cornea. The ultimate aim of this is to restore...
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Jul
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5 Great Tips on Getting the Most out of Your Air Purifier

Air purifiers are tremendously helpful when it comes to preventing allergy attacks and respiratory illnesses. Not only do they purify the air by eliminating mold, pet dander, dust mites, dirt, and other allergens, they also help keep your home free of odors of all kinds. Air purifiers keep the indoor air fresh and as such, are great even for people who don't have allergies and respiratory problems! But not all air purifiers are right for everyone and you can't just purchase a purifier and sit back expecting it to work its magic! If you're willing to learn how to get the most out of your air purifiers, read on. Purchase the Right Air Purifier If you haven't already got an air purifier or are planning to buy another one, it will do you good to choose one that's just right. You need to consider how big the area you want...
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The Prenatal Ecosystem And Factors That Affect Its Functionality

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To state that the womb in which a woman carries her baby is yet another ecosystem may sound like an awkward metaphor, but it is actually quite true. In fact it is by far one of the most beautiful ecosystems ever; not only is it responsible for sustaining human life, but is also responsible for bringing one into the global ecosystem. Thus providing a growing fetus with the right environmental essentials is of utmost importance for its proper growth, development and nourishment. And naturally, as every ecosystem is affected by its environment, there are of course three key factors that affect a prenatal ecosystem; a woman’s diet, the state of her health and disease and the effects of drugs. The importance of a healthy diet They say when a woman sets on to her journey of becoming two – or more, she needs to begin eating for two as well....
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May
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The Puzzle of H. pylori: The Environmental Illness Connection

Herbal Remedies for H. pylori Infection
So here we are folks with the third and final part of my 3-part blog series about my journey linking Helicobactor pylori (H. pylori) infection to my environmental illness. To get up to speed please take a look at Part I (The Science) and Part II (My Personal Pylori Project).   H. pylori and EI The general theme of bad bug overgrowth wasn't new to me – I'd already been dealing with Candida and SIBO issues. Obviously, it won't be new to most people with EI either. It seems that lurking infections of all kinds – Lyme, EBV, herpes, strep, pylori, candida and many others – can often be 'the elephant in the room' that we need to address to fully recover. Maybe sometimes when we work on resolving some of these other infections, we make progress with any lurking pylori issues too, as many herbs and probiotics are effective...
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The Puzzle of H. pylori: My Personal Pylori Project

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Hi again! In Part 1 (The Puzzle of H. pylori: The Science) I explained what Helicobacter pylori is, how it invades the body, the symptoms it causes - basically, all the science stuff. Here in Part 2 of my trilogy of posts on my H. pylori experience I'm going to talk about my own personal H. pylori project i.e. my experiments with various foods and herbal remedies in my efforts to come up with my own treatment and eradicate the little pest from my body!   My personal pylori project The core of my plan has been the rather fantastic mastic gum, a herbal remedy from a Greek pistachio tree with potent anti-pylori activity. A little goes a long way – my pot of 13g lasted me 3 weeks. I'd just like to run through some more of the details of my plan, to give you an idea of the...
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Mar
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The Puzzle of H. pylori: The Science

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Hi there! I'd like to share my recent experiences with a new healing venture – a plan for dealing with H. pylori. I started this little experiment in November and it's proved to be one of the best health improvement projects for me so far. Believe me, I have done a lot of different initiatives over the past 8 years and this one has produced improvements with quite remarkable speed. OK, don't let's get too carried away now, I'm not 'normal' yet, but when you've been pretty incapacitated, any improvement is cause for celebration! This is a fairly long story folks, but if you're not in the mood to sit through the full details, maybe flip through to The bottom line, where I've provided a summary (Part 3). So what's the problem with H. pylori? Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is an intriguing beast – of the large proportion of people who play host to this bacteria, only some notice any unpleasant...
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Mar
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Biomarker Discovery: Possible Testing, Diagnosis & Treatment

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Anyone who suffers from myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) will have been delighted to see news last week that reliable biomarkers for the disease had finally been found. Essentially, researchers at Columbia University have pinpointed changes in immune function that go a long way to proving once and for all that the illness once dismissively dubbed 'Yuppie Flu' is most certainly a physical, biological illness rather than a psychological disorder. Something any sufferer knows to be the case all too well from the moment it cruelly turns their lives upside down. The key point that makes this study so important is that it was conducted on a large scale with 298 ME/CFS patients involved. In medical science this gives the findings a huge amount of credibility and reliability. It means the findings cannot be ignored and should lead to greater funding from both governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and charities for future research and education....
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Feb
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The Environmental Illness Resource Needs Your Help!

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Dear Friends, Over the past 10 years I have grown used to writing for The Environmental Illness Resource with the aim of helping all of you out there, who like me, have had your lives turned upside down by environmental and invisible illnesses. Today I must take my turn and ask you for your help.  For those who might be unaware, I (Matthew "maff" Hogg) have designed, built, maintained and written the majority of the thousands of pages of content on the site entirely by myself. People often email me saying they thought the site was run by a group of volunteers or a company, but no, it's just me! With over 3000 people having registered on the site and a database of over 8000 pages you can imagine that it's a lot for one guy with ME / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (and the rest!) to handle alone. I can "get by" with the technical side of the site but I...
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Jan
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Coca-Cola Life: Not The Healthy Choice It Appears To Be

Coca Cola Life
When I started to see the supermarket shelves stocked full with new green Coca-Cola bottles branded with the name 'Life' towards the end of last year, and moreover seeing that it used the natural plant-based sweetener stevia (steviol glycosides), I was all set to heap praise on The Coca-Cola Company. I even purchased a few of the products right there and then with this positive intent and planned try to this new "healthy" Coke for myself. Sadly when I got home and actually read the label, there was a nasty surprise. Admittedly, as a health conscious consumer I should have checked the label before making the purchase; perhaps I was in shock that a major producer of traditionally highly sugary drinks was even aware of stevia! In any case, my impulse buy led me to the discovery that rather than being a cola drink sweetened purely by natural means - the misleadingly named Coca-Cola...
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Five New Year's Resolutions That May Do More Harm Than Good

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With us now a couple of weeks into another year I'm sure many of you have made New Year's resolutions and begun putting them into action. While some of you will no doubt have given up already, right? You won't be alone! But I digress. I thought today I'd draw your attention to the fact that while resolutions are always made with the best of intentions some may actually do more harm than good in terms of those relating to health. Since the most popular New Year's resolutions tend to focus on health and lifestyle changes such as losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising more and eating a more healthy diet (Time Magazine) - it's a good idea to make sure what you're doing (or planning on doing) is actually going to achieve your goals in a safe and healthy way. So let's look at five of the most common resolutions and how...
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Christmas & The Holidays: Reasons to be Cheerful Despite Chronic Illness

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As most people are looking forward to Christmas and the Holiday period with the promise of plenty of festive cheer with family and friends, the mere thought of it can send those of us affected by chronic illness into a panic. As a child and teenager suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) I still throughly enjoyed Christmas and New year's celebrations, after all what kid doesn't love opening gifts and gobbling down festive feasts? As an adult things are rather different and dealing with the fatigue, pain and other symptoms of chronic illness during the Holidays can cause a lot of stress and really get you down...if you let it. This year however, I am determined to find as many reasons as possible to be cheerful and to enjoy the next few weeks to the fullest! I know everyone has different health concerns and different circumstances but I hope you can all...
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Dec
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EiR Founder Announces Exciting Things To Come In 2015!

EiR Founder - Matthew Hogg BSc (Hons) DipBCNH
There's almost a month to go until 2015 but I'm so excited about what I have planned for next year, both here at The Environmental Illness Resource (EiR) and a major new project, that I couldn't wait to tell you all about it! Firstly, it's been a while since I've had the chance to write for EiR other than the odd forum post or comment here and there that I'm just happy to be back doing so. Other things have been occupying me over the past year, not least purchasing my first house with my partner and more recently getting engaged. Not that I am blaming my fiancee for keeping me away of course, that would just land me in trouble... I also spent a large part of 2014 being what I can only describe as "messed around" by various international media organisations - but I won't go into the details...
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Vital Roles Of Vitamins In Our Body

Vitamins are very much essential for health. They help to prevent a variety of diseases like heart disease, high cholesterol, eye disorders, skin disorders and many more.  There are many types of vitamins, all of which are vital for the health of the body: Vitamin A or Retinol for avoiding Eye disorders, acne, skin disorders, infections. Vitamin B1 for avoiding Beriberi, heart diseases, indigestion, body metabolism, blood circulation. Vitamin B2 for avoiding Cataract, skin disorders, body metabolism, immunity, nervous system, anemia. Vitamin B3 for avoiding Weakness, digestion, nervous system, skin disorders, migraine, heart disorders, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, diarrhea. Vitamin B5 for avoiding Stress, arthritis, infections, skin disorders, graying of hair, high cholesterol. Vitamin B6 for avoiding Diabetes, piles, convulsions, excessive menstrual bleeding, stress, insomnia, morning sickness, travel sickness. Vitamin B7 for avoiding Skin disorders, body metabolism, hair care. Vitamin B9 for avoiding Anemia, digestion, sprue, pregnancy, brain growth, skin disorders, gout, red...
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Significance and Reasons to Consider Blood Test

Blood is an important life-maintaining fluid and blood circulation takes place through your arteries, veins, heart and capillaries. As the blood performs several complex functions in your body, there are several disorders that are related to blood which require clinical care by certified healthcare professional or physician.   It is very important to undergo same day blood tests at regular intervals of time as ignoring it may simply lead to health risks, which you might be unaware of. Some of the common blood disorders include sepsis, iron deficiency anaemia, leukaemia, etc. Such tests are carried out on blood sample taken out from a vein in the arm with a fingerprick/needle. Let us refer to some of the examples of blood tests used to diagnose cancer that includes: 1.CBC (Complete blood count) – It is common test which is carried out to measure the amount of various types of blood cells...
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nystatin and probiotics

I am working on getting a doctor to prescribe Nystatin for a possible yeast overgrowth.  What is the best protocol for taking probiotics concurrently?  Timing?  I have tried natural antifungals with and without probiotics, but not getting much progress.  I am getting frustrated as I now have multiple food sensitivites.   I just want to get the prescription  for at least a 3 month trial,  but feel I should do the probiotics as well. Sheri...
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Natural Home Remedies For Taking Care Of Your Skin

It's spring, finally--Goodbye icy mornings and hello sunshine! Spring though may not sound all that fun when your skin is dull, dry or, breaking out from the frost.  Skin problems in spring get worse because many of us falsely believe that exfoliation must be generally avoided during the winter months.  The result: a build up of rough, flaky skin.  Don't get into hydration immediately.  Go through the entire process of exfoliating, cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. Follow these simple steps to whip up your own homemade skin care potions and you'll be surprised soon enough to find out you're blooming in your own skin---and you need not withdraw money from your hard earned savings to get a lovely look that matches the perfect blooms of spring! Step 1: Exfoliate.  You can't  possibly grow soft, young-looking skin when old skin cells are still sticking out and holding on to your skin.  Slough...
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Aug
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Can You Reduce Wrinkles With Food?

Introduction Wrinkles are developments that occur in men and women as they age and they are inevitable. This is usually caused by a decrease in the production of collagen and this causes the skin to lose the firmness. Wrinkles may also be caused by lifestyle factors like stress and exposure to harmful rays of the sun. There are different foods that can be taken and they can help to reduce wrinkles and fine lines that appear on the skin. The Rumor: Certain foods can help you stay young There is a rumor that the foods that are ingested will help one to stay young. This should not be taken as a rumor because it is true. The truth is that the foods that are taken will determine the overall quality of the skin. Some foods really will help you turn back time. There are foods that will provide the body...
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Fecal-transplant startup Rebiotix closes on $25M for trials

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Biotech startup Rebiotix has raised $25 million in capital to fund clinical trials of its fecal-transplant technology. The Roseville-based company raised the funding from individual investors, CEO Lee Jones said. Rebiotix transplants bacteria from healthy stool into patients suffering from C. difficile, a bacterial infection that’s typically acquired during hospital stays. In addition to clinical trials, the recent round of funding will go toward research and development and working capital, Rebiotixsaid. The company will present results from an earlier clinical trial in October. Last year, the Food and Drug Administration accepted Rebiotix’s productinto its fast-track program, which could expedite the technology’s approval for sale. Rebiotix has now raised $30 million since launching in 2011.Katharine Grayson covers med tech, clean tech, technology, health care and venture capital.   Read More: http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/blog/in_private/2014/08/fecal-transplant-startup-rebiotix-clinical-trials.html?s=image_gallery      

 

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Fecal transplants let packrats eat poison

Fecal transplants let packrats eat poison
Fecal transplants let packrats eat poison Jul 21, 2014   A captive desert woodrat, also known as a packrat, stands on a rock near branches from a toxic creosote bush. Credit: Kevin Kohl, University of Utah.                                                           ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Woodrats lost their ability to eat toxic creosote bushes after antibiotics killed their gut microbes. Woodrats that never ate the plants were able to do so after receiving fecal transplants with microbes from creosote-eaters, University of Utah biologists found.   The new study confirms what biologists long have suspected: bacteria in the gut – and not just liver enzymes – are "crucial in allowing herbivores to feed on toxic plants," says biologist Kevin Kohl, a postdoctoral researcher and first author of the paper published...
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Could taking a vitamin D pill help ease the pain of an irritable bowel?

Life-changing: Taking vitamin D3 cured Vicky of her IBS symptoms
(by the way....i'm not ordinarily a Daily Mail reader :-)))      Vicky Grant was in a work meeting when once again she was gripped by painful stomach cramps.       'I didn't know whether to make a dash to the bathroom or just sit it out and hope it would pass,' recalls Vicky, 43, a medical librarian, who is divorced and lives in Sheffield. 'I was coping with up to seven bouts of diarrhoea a day and it was really taking its toll on me. 'I decided to risk it and stay put, but I was concentrating so hard on staying in control that everything being said in the meeting passed over my head.   'I felt bloated, tired and fatigued. My weight was below 7st (I'm 5ft 3in). I'd lost so much weight and looked terrible - I'm sure people thought I had anorexia. It was also...
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Vitamin D still making winter less SAD

I have posted on the benefits of high dose vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) with regard to reducing the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) before. Those of us living at high northern latitudes as I do in the UK, or indeed in lower southern latitudes, are particularly susceptible to SAD. This is not simply do to a lack of natural light but also it seems as a result of insufficient vitamin D which plays a key role in many important metabolic pathways throughout the body, including regulating the production of serotonin, melatonin and many other neurotransmitters and hormones that are vital for positive and stable moods.

Anyway, to the point of this post! In previous years I have taken vitamin D3 (the form produced in the skin during sun exposure) in a single high weekly dose of 25,000IU. I found however that this produced peaks and troughs in my mood with an initial significant brightening followed by a noticeable tailing off after 3-4 days.

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Chemotherapy: When Intestinal Bacteria Provide Reinforcement

Nov. 22, 2013 — Research jointly conducted by investigators at Institut Gustave Roussy, Inserm, Institut Pasteur and INRA (French National Agronomic Research Institute) has led to a rather surprising discovery on the manner in which cancer chemotherapy treatments act more effectively with the help of the intestinal flora (also known as the intestinal microbiota). Indeed, the researchers have just shown that the efficacy of one of the molecules most often used in chemotherapy relies to an extent on its capacity to mobilize certain bacteria from the intestinal flora toward the bloodstream and lymph nodes. Once inside the lymph nodes, these bacteria stimulate fresh immune defenses which then enhance the body's ability to fight the malignant tumor.   Results of this work are published in the journal Science on 22 November 2013. The intestinal microbiota is made up of 100,000 billion bacteria. It is a genuine organ, since the bacterial species that comprise it...
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Intestinal bacteria influence food transit through the gut

21.11.2013 - (idw) University of Gothenburg Food transit through the small intestine affects the body's absorption of nutrients and, consequently, our health. The discovery that food transit time is regulated by a hormone indicates new ways to increase the intestinal absorption of nutrients, and thus potentially treat malnutrition. One of the tasks of the gut microbiota is to break down essential nutrients from our diet to provide a usable energy source in the colon. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, have now shown that lack of energy in the colon leads to increased release of a hormone primarily associated with appetite control and insulin secretion, GLP-1. Importantly, they also showed that the released GLP-1 regulates how quickly food passes through the small intestine. These findings may open up new possibilities to treat malnutrition and malnutrition-related diseases. Food transit through the small intestine is a complex balancing act, in...
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How Wellness Initiatives Can Improve Your Corporate Environment

Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that 90% of employers offered some sort of wellness incentive. Though the actual pay-offs of these plans and programs remains somewhat disputed, there are still some considerable benefits when it comes to revamping the corporate environment. Here are some great ways to create a more positive company culture through a health and wellness program. 1. Make a Social Goal The most effective wellness initiatives happen when the leadership engages as well. This is a great way to support by example and encourage employees to get totally on board. It is perhaps more effective than simply throwing out incentives, although that is also a useful tool. Leading with the higher-ups demonstrates that the whole company is going to act as a social unit towards a goal of improved health and wellness. 2. Shoot for Happiness and Health It is not enough to focus on weight...
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'Poop Pills' May Halt Gut Infections

Bacteria extracted from human poop are the main ingredients of a new pill that may help treat patients who have difficult-to-cure intestinal infections, according to a new study from Canada. The study involved 32 patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile, a bacterial infection that causessevere diarrhea and can be life-threatening. The infection can occur after people take antibiotics, which often wipe out "good" bacteria and leave the door open for harmful bacteria like C. difficile to flourish in the gut. Some patients, like those in the study, become trapped in a cycle of antibiotic treatment and recurrent C. difficile infection,said study researcher Dr. Thomas Louie, professor of medicine at the University of Calgary in Alberta. Study participants had suffered at least four bouts of C. difficile prior to the study. But after taking the pills — which repopulate the gut with "good" bacteria — nearly all participants were free of C. difficile infection, and have not had another infection since then,...
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Crohns: RedHill Biopharma's RHB-104 Achieves 80% Remission in Independent Pediatric Crohn's Study

  TEL-AVIV, Israel, Oct 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- -- The retrospective study, presented at the 2013 American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Annual Scientific Meeting, demonstrated strong results with a high remission rate of 80%   -- RedHill's RHB-104 is a new and improved proprietary single-pill formulation of the combination of active ingredients used in the retrospective pediatric study         -- The independent, single-site, retrospective pediatric study was conducted in Australia by Prof. Thomas Borody, MD, a member of RedHill's Advisory Board, a renowned researcher in gastrointestinal diseases and the developer of RHB-104   -- RedHill has recently initiated a Phase III study in the U.S. with RHB-104 for the treatment of Crohn's disease in adult patients and plans to initiate a second Phase III in Europe by mid-2014     RedHill Biopharma Ltd. RDHL +2.00% (tase:RDHL) (the "Company" or "RedHill"), an emerging Israeli biopharmaceutical company focused primarily...
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Fecal transplant pill may stop recurrent C. difficile infection

Taking pills containing a concentration of fecal bacteria may knock out recurrent bouts of Clostridium difficile infection by rebalancing gut bacteria, according to a study presented on Friday at IDWeek 2013. Fecal transplantation uses the feces from healthy donors to treat patients with an imbalance of bacteria in their gastrointestinal system, such as in patients infected with C. difficile. According to published reports, fecal transplantation is effective in nine out of 10 patients. The treatment is typically delivered by enema, colonoscopy or nose tube. The new research suggests a less-invasive pill approach could be an effective and viable delivery method. “Recurrent C. diff infection is such a miserable experience and patients are so distraught that many ask for fecal transplantation because they’ve heard of its success,” Thomas Louie, the lead author of the study, said. “Many people might find the idea of fecal transplantation off-putting, but those with recurrent infection are thankful to have a...
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Superfruits: Fighting Everything from Alzheimer's to Age Spots

Superfruits: Fighting Everything from Alzheimer's to Age Spots
  Since when did a strawberry become a superhero? Well fruit just might be the star of the next comic book and the backer of your health care plan as more and more people are beginning to realize the benefits of taking advantage of the super heroes in their own refrigerator.    Some of these Superfoods, including a number of so called Superfruits, are bursting with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. And what do these do that make them so super? Nutritionists believe that these could be the keys to helping you live longer, look younger and avoid diseases.    Antioxidants Antioxidants, for all the hype, few people may actually know what they do. Antioxidants are molecules that stop the transfer of electrons or hydrogen. This helps to inhibit free radicals which are often to blame for chain reactions in cells that can cause damage or death to the cell,...
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Articles linking Instestinal Bacterial Flora & Fauna to all sorts of illnesses..

The Xenex system at work. Because of risk to people, the camera was left inside.
I've been keep a note of articles I read relating to intestinal bacterial Flora & Fauna and thought i'd share some of the links with you all:    Clostridium Difficile- Treatment and Trials with FT: Duodenal Infusion of Donor Feces for Recurrent Clostridium difficile (January 2013)  http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1205037    Hope floats: Fecal transplants cure >90% of recurrent C. difficile http://pulmccm.org/2013/randomized-controlled-trials/hope-floats-fecal-milkshakes-cure-recurrent-c-difficile-rct-nejm/  U.S. Company uses feces to treat infection (June 2013) http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/print-edition/2012/06/29/startup-fecal-matter-treat-infection.html?page=all  Medical team uses fecal transplants to cure tough GI infections (May 2013)  http://www.leadertelegram.com/features/health/article_a259ee58-cd99-571e-b08d-4fafda3b8432.html  FMT Clinical Study Results - New England Journal of Medicine (January 16, 2013) Duodenal Infusion of Donor Feces for Recurrent Clostridium difficile http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1205037    Fecal Transplant Beats Vancomycin For C. difficile (March 2013) http://www.idse.net/ViewArticle.aspx?d=Bacterial+Infections+/+MRSA&d_id=211&i=March+2013&i_id=941&a_id=22831    Colitis- Treatment and Trials with FT: Children with ulcerative colitis benefited from fecal transplants (May 2013)  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23272525/  Microscopic colitis and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth--diagnosis behind the irritable bowel syndrome? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23272525/   A Spectrum...
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    I'm just reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma. It's a real eye opener about the food industry in the States....it's very scary how much
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    All agreed. So how do we feel about GM foods which insert pesticides into the food..?
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Check out the poor cow!! (in this video explaining Fecal Transplants)

http://www.voanews.com/content/fecal-transplants-used-to-cure-intestinal-disorders/1723974.html
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Where Do You Turn With Spine Issues?

Where Do You Turn With Spine Issues?
  As anyone who has ever had spine problems can tell you, it is one of the least favorite medical problems to have. Issues with the back, neck and spine can be some of the most painful moments in one’s life. What may not be painful for one individual can be excruciatingly painful for another. The bottom line, not everyone handles pain the same way, hence it is important whenever you first begin suffering from any such areas of pain to seek medical assistance.  So just what can be the causes of some of the worst spinal pain that one can endure?  Although spinal diseases can certainly be the culprit, many people oftentimes end up with spinal discomfort due to their own actions. Being overweight, not sitting properly during the day or sleeping at night, even improperly exercising can be harbingers of bad things to come.  Whether you end up...
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Recovering From Teenage Acne

Recovering From Teenage Acne
  While most teenagers experience acne after reaching puberty, some acne cases are worse than over. There are a number of different types of teenage acne, and it can be caused by a variety of different factors. It can be difficult to successfully treat, and in the process, it can cause severe self-esteem and body image issues for the sufferer, as well as potentially leaving lasting scars. In order to recover from teenage acne, you need to treat the source as well as the effects. Acne Treatment First things first, consult with your doctor and get a referral to a skin specialist if your acne is still active. There are a variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications and cleansers that can be used to treat the many different forms of acne. What works for one person many not work for someone else. Be diligent in your efforts, don’t give up...
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Healthy Reasons to Sleep Au Natural

Healthy Reasons to Sleep Au Natural
Did you know that sleeping naked is actually good for your health? That's right, it's time to take off those clothes and slip into your bed in your birthday suit! Here's why: Slows Aging -- At night, your body produces the hormone melatonin to help you sleep. As you are sleeping, the Human Growth Hormone responsible for cellular growth is produced. Both of these hormones are responsible for preventing aging, but are only produced as you sleep deeply. If you are too hot -thanks to those pajamas - you'll have a hard time sleeping, meaning less of the anti-aging hormones are produced.  Better Sleep -- Did you know that your insomnia may be caused by your body's inability to regulate your body temperature at night? Those with a lower skin temperature are able to sleep better, so take off those clothes and let your body cool off for a better...
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    You are clearly a bit more than obsessed with this topic. All of your so-called reasons rest on the argument that one will be "too
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Why You Shouldn't Wait to Have Children

Why You Shouldn't Wait to Have Children
  Recent studies and news indicate that women after age thirty five have more difficulty conceiving children. Once they start to grow older their eggs and overall fertility weakens. They are more likely to have a miscarriage.  A growing number of women won’t be able to conceive on their own. Woman will need help from other medical treatments and fertility assistance to increase the probability of pregnancy.   Women tend to wait until their mid to late thirties to have children. They want to establish their careers and financial stability. They leave little room for children until the time is attractive. Choosing the Right Time Women may want to focus on establishing their careers first before having children, but they shouldn’t wait too long. Male and females are having more trouble with fertility.  When is the right time to have a child? There is no right or wrong time for children....
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Bacterial molecules may prevent inflammatory bowel disease

  July 9, 2013 Common molecules made by bacteria in the gut may act as chill pills for the immune system. Molecules secreted by intestinal bacteria work to prevent misplaced immune attacks in inflammatory bowel diseases like colitis, a new study finds. “It is a huge advance,” says Sarkis Mazmanian of Caltech. “This opens up the notion that a very easy and potentially very safe therapy for inflammatory bowel disease could exist.” Decades of research have hinted that microbes play a role in immune-related diseases such as obesity, allergy, inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer. But scientists have had difficulty pinpointing direct links between the bacteria in the gut and the army of immune cells that live there.   Some researchers have focused on individual microbial species among the gut’s teeming hordes to see how they affect the immune system. But Wendy Garrett’s team at Harvard University decided to look instead...
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Five Tips for Eating Healthy

Five Tips for Eating Healthy
No matter how far I run, fruit smoothies I drink, or fast food restaurants I avoid, the struggle to fight daily food cravings and splurge like an emotional eater haunts me. At least once a week I have to stop myself from sitting down to watch a movie with a gallon of chocolate chip cookie dough. Exercise is half the battle of staying healthy. When coupled with eating right, we have the chance to transform our lives. I'm not a crazy "cut everything bad out of my diet" person in my nutritional approach. I believe in the simple and balanced habits that promote a healthy life overall. Denying the strawberry cake craving will drive a person mad. Learn to indulge in a healthy way.  Here are five tips that helped me eat healthier. 1. Stay Hydrated Instead of feasting on carbs and questionable snacks, drink water! Water hydrates you, gives...
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FDA Fast Tracks Fecal Transplant Product Intended to Treat Clostridium Difficile Infections

  Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quietly announced it would be backing off a previous proposal to require fecal microbiota transplants to be conducted under either an approved biologics license application (BLA) or investigational new drug (IND) application. Now, however, it has announced the approval of fast track designation for an investigational product sponsored by Minnesota-based Rebiotix, potentially one of the first – if not the first – products to seek formal approval as an FMT product. Background An FMT is a transplant of carefully-selected bacteria found in ones' colon to another person to fight Clostridium Diffiicile (C. Diff), a notoriously hardy strain of bacteria that kills an estimated 14,000 people each year. Various published research has identified the FMT procedure as being one that can fight off C. diff infections by introducing so-called "good bacteria" back into a person's body. The idea is to overload the gastrointestinal tract...
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Regulatory Approach for Fecal Transplant Product Finalized in Abrupt Guidance Document

  Posted: 17 July 2013  After deciding in June 2013 to begin fast-tracking fecal transplant procedures by scrapping an earlier requirement that would have mandated an approved Investigational New Drug (IND) application, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had just released a new guidance document clarifying the enforcement approach it informally announced in June. Background Fecal transplants are a relatively new innovation involving the transfer of either fecal matter or the bacteria found within fecal matter from a healthy patient to a sick one. Various published research has identified the procedure as being one that can fight off Clostridium difficile infections by introducing so-called "good bacteria" back into a person's body. The idea is to overload the gastrointestinal tract with enough of the good bacteria to overwhelm the C. diff, thereby ending the infection. One device, known affectionately as either the "RoboGut" or the "RePoopulation Station," is essentially a small manufacturing facility...
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RePOOPulate: How Fake Poop Can Cure Patients’ Stomach Ailments

How Fake Poop Can Cure Patients’ Stomach Ailments     RePOOPulate: How Fake Poop Can Cure Patients’ Stomach Ailments Using something called a "robo-gut," scientists have made ersatz fecal matter to help fix stomach ailments. It’s not the most glamorous invention, but if it works…    Fake poop: It’s not just something that elementary school kids love to play with. It can also keep people healthy. Emma Allen-Vercoe, a microbiologist at the University of Guelph in Ontario, revealed in early January that her synthetic poop, dubbed rePOOPulate, can cure gastrointestinal infections caused by a bacterium called Clostridium difficile (CDI) that can trigger severe diarrhea. Usually antibiotics can wipe out CDI, but in particularly bad cases, they don’t work. Allen-Vercoe’s artificial stool study, published in a new peer-reviewed journal called Microbiome, comes after years of the microbiologist’s work on a “robo-gut," a glass and stainless steel system that mimics the large...
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Fecal microbial transplantation found to be possible treatment

  The phase I clinical trial of the procedure was conducted by members of the Pediatric Specialty Department of the Spectrum Health Medical Group at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, the first in the country to study FMT in children. FMT is a process that involves infusion of human stool from a healthy donor into the intestine of the patient in an attempt to restore healthy microbial flora in the intestines of the patient. When used to treat a disease, human stool constitutes a drug and a biologic. Therefore, an investigational new drug approval was obtained from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to utilize FMT for treating ulcerative colitis in this trial. The study results have been published online by the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition and will be featured in the June print edition. "FMT has been proposed as a promising new treatment option for recurrent...
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Poor Results Achieved With Fecal Transplantation for Ulcerative Colitis

  Only one of five patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis (UC) who were treated with fecal transplantation (FT) experienced clinical and endoscopic improvements following the procedure, according to an abstract presented at the 2012 United European Gastroenterology Week (abstract P374). Lead investigator Walter Reinisch, MD, associate professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, conducted the procedure in two women and three men with moderate to severe UC who were resistant to previous other treatments. All participants were undergoing immunosuppressant therapy before FT and discontinued treatment before transplantation. All patients received antibiotics and probiotics for five to 10 days before the procedure and underwent a single bowel lavage immediately before transplantation. Healthy adult fecal donors were screened for enteric pathogens and viral diseases. Dr. Reinisch simultaneously administered a saline-diluted fecal solution via a nasojejunal tube (median 23.8 g) and an enema...
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Why some people get spots and others don't: Scientists discover the 'bad' bacteria that gives us blemishes

Even celebrities cannot escape the acne-causing bacteria: Cameron Diaz succumbs to an outbreak of spots
  Everyone's skin carries acne-causing bacteria, of which there are 'good' and 'bad' strains Having too much 'bad' bacteria is what causes acne Findings could pave the way for new treatments     Even celebrities cannot escape the acne-causing bacteria: Cameron Diaz succumbs to an outbreak of spots     But the days of spots may now be numbered after scientists discovered why some people are more prone to them than others.    The researchers, from UCLA, have discovered more about the bacteria that live on the skin and cause acne.   They have found that this bacteria contains ‘bad’ strains which cause pimples and ‘good’ ones that may protect the skin.   Having too much 'bad' bacteria is what causes spots, they say.   This is rather like an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut causing digestive issues.  It is not yet clear why some people have...
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Nimodipine: Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Other Environmental Illnesses

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I first read about the drug nimodipine (Nimotop) being used in very small dosages to treat chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and related 'environmental', or 'invisible' illnesses (e.g. fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity) over a decade ago. Looking back I am not sure what prompted me to cast it aside so easily as a treatment option but this is what I did. I think perhaps I was more focused on resolving my gut dysbiosis issues which I saw (and still see) as the main driver of my ill-health. I also was more averse to opting for pharmaceutical interventions than I am now. Regardless, after reading of the recoveries of Dr. Mason-Brown MD and psychologist Dr. Kristina Downing-Orr in the latter's book Beating Chronic Fatigue using nimodopine as the basis, I have decided it is time to give it a shot. In the intervening period since reading about nimodipine use in ME/CFS I...
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    Dr Cheney recommends Nasal VIP.
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    Dr Cheney has found that the reason for toxin build up in the brain ("which will devasate you") is due to BLOOD FLOW REVERSAL and
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Bacteriotherapy Achieves 70% Success Rate in CFS Patients

  Editor’s Comment: This study builds on previous research demonstrating abnormal bacterial gut flora in ME/CFS patients. In addition to causing numerous gastrointestinal symptoms, prior studies have found that abnormal gut flora in ME/CFS patients is linked to cognitive dysfunction (Maes and De Meirleir). This is the first study to demonstrate a complete remission of symptoms in a significant percentage of ME/CFS patients after the normalization of gut flora. The GI microbiome and its role in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:  A summary of bacteriotherapy By Thomas Borody et al ~Source: Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, December 2012 Abstract Introduction: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has a complex and multifactorial etiology making treatment and definitive diagnosis, currently made through exclusion, difficult. Current therapies, such as cognitive behavior therapy and graded exercises, are inadequate and targeted to address symptoms, rather than the underlying disease pathology. Increasing evidence implicates the microbiota of the...
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    Many thanks for sharing this abstract Bushi. As you know I'm very nterested in trying to recover from ME/CFS myself by correcting
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Good Bacteria May Expunge Vancomycin-Resistant Bacteria from Your Gut

  Too much antibiotic can decimate the normal intestinal microbiota, which may never recover its former diversity. That, in turn, renders the GI tract vulnerable to being colonized by pathogens. Now researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, and Centro Superior de Investigación en Salud Pública, Valencia, Spain, show that reintroducing normal microbial diversity largely eliminated vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) from the intestinal tracts of mice. The investigators showed further that the findings may apply to humans.   The research is published in the March 2013 issue of the journal Infection and Immunity. The reduced diversity of microbiota wrought by antibiotics "allow[s] VRE to invade and thrive in the intestine, suggesting that bacterial species that are wiped out by antibiotics are key to preventing colonization by VRE," says first author Carles Ubeda of the Centro Superior de Investigacion en Salud Publica, Valencia, Spain. "We hypothesized that repopulating the mice'...
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Could An Antibiotic From Human Sweat Fight Hospital Superbugs And TB?

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An antibiotic created from human sweat might fight off hospital superbugs and deadly strains of tuberculosis, scientists reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers, from Scotland, Germany, France and Spain explained that a protein found on human skin - Dermcidin - is activated in sweat (slightly acidic and salty environments) and kills harmful microbes by perforating their cell membranes. Dermcidin is a natural protein, part of our natural defences, that is present on our skin when we sweat. The authors wrote thatunderstanding how these natural defences work could help researchers design effective alternatives to conventional antibiotic medications. Until now, the scientific community could not fully explain how proteins produced by animals and plants have been fending off harmful bacteria, viruses and funguses for millions of years. If we can eventually unravel how proteins such as dermcidin work, we may be better equipped to fight off infections which...
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Scientists find key to growth of 'bad' bacteria in inflammatory bowel disease

  Scientists have long puzzled over why "bad" bacteria such as E. coli can thrive in the guts of those with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), causing serious diarrhea. Now UC Davis researchers have discovered the answer—one that may be the first step toward finding new and better treatments for IBD. The researchers discovered a biological mechanism by which harmful bacteria grow, edge out beneficial bacteria and damage the gut in IBD. This new understanding, published in the Feb. 8 issue of Science, may help researchers develop new treatments for IBD with fewer side effects than current therapies. IBD begins when "good" bacteria are mistakenly killed by the immune system, while harmful bacteria multiply — resulting in inflammation and damage to the intestines, and chronic episodes of abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea and other changes in bowel habits. It's estimated that IBD, which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, affects 1.4 million people in the...
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X-ray device traps airborne pathogens and neutralizes them

  Help may be on the way for people with compromised immune systems, severe allergies, or who otherwise have to be wary of airborne nasties. A team of scientists have created something known as a soft x-ray electrostatic precipitator, or an SXC ESP for short. It filters all manner of bacteria, allergens, viruses, and ultrafine particles from the air – plus, it kills everything it catches. Electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) already exist, and work by applying an electrical charge to airborne particles, which are subsequently drawn to an oppositely-charged metallic collection plate. According to the researchers, however, ESPs aren’t very efficient at trapping smaller particles – specifically in the submicrometer and nanometer size range. HEPA filters are also very commonly used, although they require relatively frequent cleaning, and become energy-inefficient if those cleanings are missed. To create the SXC ESP, the scientists added a shielded soft x-ray emitter to an ESP....
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SCIENTISTS HOME IN ON KILLER BUG

  UK scientists have discovered a secret ‘Sat Nav’ that enables them to identify and zap a potential killer bug in the body’s system. Researchers at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) on the Norwich Research Park have uncovered how the food-borne bacterial pathogen Campylobacter jejuni can change its swimming behaviour to find a location with more food. Just as a rumbling tummy is a human body tells us it's time for lunch, so bacteria need to know when it's time to eat. Campylobacter is the most common cause of bacterial food-borne illness in the UK, with more than 371,000 cases annually. When people get infected, the bacteria need to find their way from the source of contamination, most often undercooked poultry, to the cells lining the gut, passing through thick layers of mucus. In these different locations, Campylobacter must find enough food to sustain itself as well as a...
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IBM says it has tool to kill deadly drug-resistant superbugs

IBM says it has tool to kill deadly drug-resistant superbugs
  Working with the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Big Blue has come up with a "hydrogel" that can beat back the bacteria that cause many deadly infections.       A new antimicrobial hydrogel created by IBM Research and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology is meant to attack and kill drug-resistant superbugs like MRSA. This is a look at MRSA 'biofilm' before and after being hit with the hydrogel.   (Credit: IBM Research)   Hospital-acquired infections have become a major killer in the United States, mainly because the drug-resistant "superbugs" that cause them have proven nearly impossible to stop. But now IBM and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology say they have come up with what they're calling an antimicrobial hydrogel that can successfully fight the superbugs that are behind killers like MRSA. In an announcement today, IBM Research and its partner on the project said that their antimicrobial hydrogel was designed to...
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    A highly effective and non-toxic antimicrobial as described would be something truly special. Let's hope it turns out to be as goo
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World’s first probiotic coffee offers ten times the cultures of probiotic yogurt

Tipton Mills probiotic coffee
  It's probably rubbish.....but i thought i would let you all read this..........   If you lead a generally healthy lifestyle, or regularly experience less-than-ideal stomach issues, you’re probably well aware of probiotics. For the unaware, they are “good bacteria” — live microorganisms that reduce the amount of “bad bacteria” found inside the stomach. By reducing the amount of bad bacteria, they create a healthier stomach, and thus can reduce the frequency of general stomachaches, and can prevent acid reflux or digestive tract infections. As everyone who consumes probiotics knows, they’re usually found in yogurt, mainly because probiotics need to be kept cool to survive, and yogurt is a relatively hassle-free way to take them. If you don’t like yogurt though, you’ve generally had a tougher time taking probiotics. Thankfully, company Tipton Mills claims to have figured out a way to make probiotics survive in hotter temperatures, and has been able...
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How Military Research On Anthrax Could Lead To A Weapon Against Gluten

Students at the University of Washington used a protein-folding program initially funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to come up with a treatment for celiac disease.
  Why would the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — the people who helped bring the world stealth fighters and GPS — fund research into man-made proteins that could make it easier for some Americans to eat pizza?   That's what we wondered when we read that the Pentagon's gee-whiz research arm provided support for work on a drug to treat celiac disease, a condition that interferes with the digestion of gluten in wheat and other foods. So we asked. Mil Donlon, a DARPA program manager, told Shots the agency has no interest in developing a treatment for celiac disease. But in a strange twist of scientific fate, student researchers tried to crack the celiac puzzle with tools developed with DARPA funding. How did it happen? Between 2005 and 2009, DARPA invested in computerized methods to find medical defenses for chemical and biological warfare threats likeSarin nerve gas and anthrax. Shots -...
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“Robogut” helps Guelph microbiologist hunts for links between the digestive tract and disease

Gut Microbes
  The framework of glass, steel and plastic tubing doesn’t look much like a human gut. Its soft clicks and grinding noises don’t sound like one either. But there’s one thing this state-of-the art equipment and spotless laboratory cannot disguise: the unmistakable odour. It’s the first clue to what microbiologist Emma Allen-Vercoe is brewing in her “RePoopulation Station” at the University of Guelph. This is the home of the Robogut, a unique system of flasks, tubes and high-tech monitors that simulates the lower intestinal tract and, more importantly, cultivates the trillion microbes that inhabit it. That means the smell is a small price to pay. As the Robogut mimics the human distal gut by taking in food components and breaking them down, it also produces waste full of microbes never before grown in a lab. The end result is in demand around the world, from Harvard University to researchers in...
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Another Reason Why Pandas Rock: Their Blood May Save Your Life

  Pandas have made the leap—from purveyors of cuddly viral YouTube videos to potential life-saving creatures. Turns out the blood of these fuzzy, enigmatic bears may be the key to a potent new antibiotic for humans. As outlined in a recently published paper, Dr. Xiuwen Yan of the Life Science College of Nanjing Agricultural University found that panda blood contains a peptide with strong antimicrobial qualities—so much so that that plasman killed Gram-negative bacteria, which are notoriously difficult to exterminate.  The blood was also effective against drug resistant bacteria strains. Not only did it kill previously infallible bacterium, but it was very fast acting as well. Yan and his team of researchers reported that the panda peptide killed Staphylococcus bacteria in one hour—this is compared to the six hours it takes the standard staph antibiotic.  MORE: Climate Change Fallout: Genetically Inferior Hybrid Grizzly-Polar Bears Given that only 1,600 pandas are left in the wild, the notion of mining pandas for their blood...
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