August 28, 2012
I have a real issue with doctors and medical personnel today…
Most lack common sense, the right training, the dedication for caring, the thirst to know, the desire in caring people get well!
Doctors take an oath to 1st do no harm then to prevent disease where they can… The oath has been changed three times over the years, seems to their benefit… But 1st do no harm is still listed!
Doctors: (most doctors)
~ not being properly tested on the human body functioning as a whole…
~ not completing their internships…
~ not treating the cause just caring to treat symptoms… (new symptom = another drug, etc…)
~ not looking outside the listed treatments for new and alternative ways…
Drug companies know there will be more over medication, misdiagnosed, not diagnosed and malpractice going on due to doctors not completing their internships cause of demand today!
~ Malpractice attorneys are real busy and winning today!
~ Those firms are seeking physicians and physician assistants to be expert witnesses, etc… (Current and retired)
All your symptoms count… your medical history counts! Having a doctor that knows and actually cares are crucial in getting a proper diagnosis… “YOU” have the right to a second opinion! Your insurance should cover this for you…
Many doctors today are not considering all your symptoms!
~ Write your symptoms down…
~ Keep track of when they start, how long, what happens, what triggered them, etc…
~ RESEARCH your symptoms online… Sites, blogs, forums, research documents, etc…
~ Educate yourself on your medical issue(s) and condition(s)…
TOP 100+ MISDIAGNOSED DISEASES
There are numerous medical conditions that are known to be overlooked in diagnosis, misdiagnosed as another disease, or diagnosed too often.
~ ADHD in Adults
~ Hypertension (High blood pressure)
~ High cholesterol
~ Lung cancer
~ Breast cancer
~ Colon cancer
~ Bipolar disorder
~ Crohn’s Disease
~ Ulcerative colitis
~ Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
~ Irritable bowel disease (IBS)
~ Celiac disease
~ Metabolic syndrome
~ Heart disease
~ Heart attack
~ Chronic pain syndromes
~ Barrett’s esophagitis
~ Rheumatoid arthritis
~ Lyme Disease
~ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
~ Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
~ Von Willebrand’s disease
~ Wilson’s disease
~ Type 1 Diabetes
~ Ankylosing spondylitis
~ Thyroid disorders
~ Graves disease
~ Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
~ Cirrhosis of the liver
~ Heart failure
~ Prostate cancer
~ Benign prostate enlargement
~ Ovarian cancer
~ Inflammatory breast cancer
~ Overactive bladder syndrome
~ Interstitial cystitis
~ Gestational hypertension
~ Eclampsia and Pre-eclampsia
~ Alzheimer’s disease
~ Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT)
~ Myelodysplastic syndromes (pre-leukemia)
~ Lactose intolerance
~ Metabolic syndrome
~ Obstructive sleep apnea
~ Parkinson’s disease
~ Reactive hypoglycemia
~ Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
~ Chronic bronchitis
~ Age-related macular degeneration
~ Abdominal aortic aneurysm
~ Middle ear infection
~ Salmonella food poisoning
~ Peripheral Neuropathy
~ Rectal cancer
~ Cushing’s syndrome
~ Addison’s disease
~ Carbon monoxide poisoning
~ Deep vein thrombosis
~ Pulmonary embolism
~ Meningococcal disease
~ Diabetic gastroparesis
~ Diabetic diarrhea
~ Infectious diarrhea
~ Multiple sclerosis (MS)
~ Genital herpes
~ Chronic kidney disease
~ Brain tumor
~ Long QT Syndrome
~ Temporal lobe epilepsy
~ Muscular dystrophy
~ Asperger syndrome
~ Vitamin B12 deficiency
~ Prevent Disease … The 7 Most Prescribed Drugs In The World And Their Natural Counterparts …
July 25, 2012
TOP TEN REASONS to AVOID YOUR DOCTOR
July 25 2012… By Dr Mercola
By Dr. Mercola
I’ve long said that the best strategy for achieving health is avoiding a visit to your doctor in the first place. Why? Because in many cases you will simply leave the office with a prescription or two, which will rarely solve your health problem. Most doctor visits result in “solutions” that only suppress your symptoms, often causing other side effects and problems.
Rather than advise patients about the true underlying conditions and real solutions that lead to health, they are left putting toxic Band-Aids on gaping wounds. As shown in the slideshow above, and as I detail in depth below, there are actually many reasons why avoiding your doctor may be in the best interest of your health …
1. Annual Pap Smears
Many physicians still advise women to receive yearly pap smears, but the newest guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force specifically recommend against this. The new recommendations call for women to undergo PAP screening only once every three years, beginning at age 21 and ending around age 65.
Only about 1 in 8 women whose breast cancer was identified during a routine mammogram actually had their lives “saved” by the screening, a recent analysis estimated2 – and this does not accurately account for how many women will fall victim to mammogram-induced breast cancer.
Using breast cancer data from The National Cancer Institute and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers calculated a 50-year-old woman’s likelihood of developing breast cancer in the next 10 years, the odds the cancer would be detected by mammography, and her risk of dying from the cancer over 20 years.
They found that a mammogram has, at best, only a 13 percent probability of saving her life, and that the probability may actually be as low as 3 percent. No matter what analyses they used, including considering women of different ages, the probability of a mammogram saving a life remained below 25 percent.
3. Cold and Flu
Think it’s wise to go to a conventional physician for these? Think again. Thanks to routine over-prescription of antibiotics, and the prescription of inappropriate antibiotics, you’re likely to walk away after being told to take a drug you don’t actually need.
Antibiotics do NOT work against viruses, hence they are useless against colds and flu’s. Unfortunately antibiotics are vastly over-prescribed for this purpose. If you have a cold or flu, remember that unless you have a serious secondary bacterial pneumonia, an antibiotic will likely do far more harm than good, because whenever you use an antibiotic, you’re increasing your susceptibility to developing infections with resistance to that antibiotic — and you can become the carrier of this resistant bug, and can spread it to others.
The first thing you want to do when you feel yourself coming down with a cold or flu is to avoid ALL sugars, artificial sweeteners, and processed foods. Sugar is particularly damaging to your immune system — which needs to be ramped up, not suppressed, in order to combat an emerging infection. This includes fructose from fruit juice, and all types of grains (as they break down into sugar (glucose) in your body).
Many doctors are unaware that a high-fat diet is NOT the cause of heart disease. They are fooled into believing that total cholesterol is an accurate predictor of heart disease. If you visit your physician and you have high cholesterol, you’re likely to be told two things:
Take a statin cholesterol-lowering drug and
Don’t eat saturated fat.
While statin drugs do lower cholesterol very effectively, cholesterol is not the culprit in heart disease. Plus a report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology claims that no study has ever proven that statins improve all-cause mortality3 — in other words, they don’t prolong your life any longer than if you’d not taken them at all. And rather than improving your life, they actually contribute to a deterioration in the quality of your life, destroying muscles and endangering liver, kidney and even heart function. The best ways to optimize your cholesterol levels and your heart health have to do with lifestyle measures, including eating healthy minimally processed fats and avoid highly processed vegetable fats and oils that are loaded with toxic omega-6 fats.
Once again, you’re more likely to leave the doctor’s office with a prescription for a drug that could be more dangerous than the problem itself. Every year, 230 million prescriptions for antidepressants are filled, making them one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States. The psychiatric industry itself is a $330 billion industry—not bad for an enterprise that offers little in the way of cures.
Despite all of these prescriptions, more than one in 20 Americans are depressed.4 Of those depressed Americans, 80 percent say they have some level of functional impairment, and 27 percent say their condition makes it extremely difficult to do everyday tasks like work, activities of daily living, and getting along with others.
The use of antidepressant drugs—medicine’s answer for depression—doubled in just one decade, from 13.3 million in 1996 to 27 million in 2005.
6. High Blood Pressure
The definition of what constitutes high blood pressure expanded greatly in 2003, so that drug companies could sell drugs loaded with side effects to 45 million extra people. Because the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (rife with drug industry conflicts of interest) decided that what were in actuality relatively low blood pressure readings were a risk for heart disease, millions more over the years, were suddenly labeled abnormal, and in need of “treatment” for a condition that didn’t exist in medical literature until that panel met.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a very serious health concern that can lead to heart disease and increase your risk of having a stroke. The good news though is that following a healthy nutrition plan, along with exercising and implementing effective stress reduction techniques will normalize blood pressure in most people.
7. PSA Tests for Prostate Cancer
See my Prostate Cancer post or go to the site above for complete article…
8. Inappropriate and Unwise Dietary Advice
Most doctors are clueless about what constitutes a healthy diet. As such, they will recommend health catastrophes like artificial sweeteners, vegetable oils in lieu of butter, and fat-free pasteurized dairy products. Most will also neglect to tell you about the foods you could be eating more of to optimize your health, like fermented vegetables, raw dairy products, healthy fats (like saturated and animal-based omega-3s), grass-fed beef and more.
In addition, most are ignorant about the importance of how to cook your food – most foods are best consumed when raw or only lightly cooked, and this includes animal proteins like eggs and meat.
9. Prescription Drugs Might Kill You and They Don’t Address the Cause of the Problem
A drug prescription is usually a Band-Aid that gets nowhere near the root cause of illness. And many drugs are dangerous. Last year an analysis of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control CDC) revealed that deaths from properly prescribed drugs now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States! And when you add in deaths attributable to other medical care modalities, like hospital admissions and surgery, the modern medical system becomes the leading cause of death and injury in the United States.
10. Your Doctor Might Not Even Tell You the Truth
A U.S. telephone survey found that 79 percent of Americans trust their doctor.6 But a recent survey of 1,900 physicians revealed that some are not always open or honest with their patients The results were less than impressive, to put it mildly:
* One-third of physicians did not completely agree with disclosing serious medical errors to patients
* One-fifth did not completely agree that physicians should never tell a patient something untrue
* Amazingly 40% believed that they should hide their financial relationships with drug and device companies to patients
* Ten percent said they had told patients something untrue in the previous year
When making health care decisions, you should certainly get your physicians’ advice — that’s what you’re paying them for, after all.
* Please read the entire post and search his numerous topics on his site to be better informed of the “TRUTHS” he has researched for all of you…. *
1 ~ Lancet. 2004 Nov 6-12;364(9446):1678-83. PMID: 15530628
2 ~ Archives of Internal Medicine October 24, 2011
3 ~ How Statins Really Work Explains Why They Don’t Really Work March 11, 2011
4 ~ NCHS Data Brief, No. 7, September 2008
5 ~ New England Journal of Medicine November 25, 2010
6 ~ Rasmussen Reports August 24, 2010
May 1, 2012
Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)
HS effects both men and women it seems… I have experienced minor bouts of this through my life… Luckily they went away… Acne, we all experience it, PCOS women usually have it start on the face, then it moves to our shoulders, etc… We get the few on our breasts and groin areas… Some women try treating acne for years with little success… You may have HS… I suggest keeping this info on hand for your doctor…
~ This can be caused by “bad” parasites as well. Best to look at the symptoms under PARASITES…
~ The Cure Zone covered HS exceptionally well!
What is hidradenitis suppurativa?
Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS), also known as ‘Acne Inversa’, is a physically, psychologically, and socially disabling disease affecting inverse areas of the body (those places where there is skin-to-skin contact – armpits, groin, breasts, etc.), and where apocrine glands and hair follicles are found. It is non-contagious and recurrent; typically manifesting as a progression from single boil-like, pus-filled abscesses, or hard sebaceous lumps, to painful, deep-seated, often inflamed clusters of lesions with chronic seepage (suppuration — hence the name) involving significant scarring.
Abscesses may be as large as baseballs in some people, are extremely painful to the touch and may persist for years with occasional to frequent periods of inflammation, culminating in drainage, often leaving open wounds that will not heal. These “flare-ups” are often triggered by stress, hormonal changes, or humid heat. Drainage of the lumps provides some relief from severe, often debilitating, pressure pain; however, pain occurs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for HS sufferers during flare-ups, and is difficult to manage.
Persistent lesions may lead to the formation of sinus tracts, or tunnels connecting the abscesses under the skin. At this stage, complete healing is usually not possible, and progression of the disease in the area is inevitable. Occurrences of bacterial infections and cellulites (deep tissue inflammation) are likely at these sites.
Because of the drainage which may have a foul odor, fever and fatigue caused by acute inflammation and the physical restrictions caused by pain and skin deformation, people often cannot work, drive, exercise or even perform day-to-day tasks, and are ashamed to go out in public. HS sufferers may go through severe bouts of depression, avoid public and inter-personal contact, become sedentary and often overweight.
HS typically goes undiagnosed for years because patients are ashamed to speak with anyone. When they do see a doctor, the disease is frequently misdiagnosed. Only relatively few physicians are able to recognize it and even when they do, suggested treatments are often ineffective, temporary and sometimes even harmful. There is no known cure nor any consistently effective treatment; what works for one person may not work for another. In advanced, chronic cases, surgery is often the choice, but recurrences of HS are not uncommon.
The mechanisms of the disease are described in this article.
from The Cure Zone site…
Historically, HS has been considered a rare disorder, because it is difficult to accurately estimate the number of HS victims; they conceal their condition, even from friends and close relatives. Estimates, however, indicate at least 1 million – potentially up to 12 million – Hidradenitis Suppurativa sufferers in the United States alone!
What’s in a name…
HS was first described in 1839 and has since been called many names. We still cannot agree on what to call it. Germans prefer Akne Inversa, the French still like to use Verneuil’s, which we’ll admit, sounds much better than Hidradenitis Suppurativa (‘oozing inflamed sweat glands’). All are equally correct and equally wrong. All but names for symptoms of an underlying disease we don’t yet know.
…”correct” names for this disease:
Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)
alt: Hidradenitis Supportiva
Acne Inversa (AI)
Pyodermia sinifica fistulans
Hidrosadénite Suppurée (fr)
Hidrosadenite Supurativa (es)
Idrosadenite suppurativa (it)
Maladie de Verneuil (fr)
Doença de Verneuil (pt)
Akne Inversa (de)
гнойного гидраденита (ru)
…has been diagnosed as, but is not:
~ Cysts (sebaceous, inclusion and subcutaneous)
~ Poor Hygiene
…is definitely not:
…often happens in conjunction with:
~ PCOS / Insulin Resistance / Androgen Dysfunction
~ Crohns and other inflammatory auto-immune conditions
~ Hyperhydrosis / hyperhidrosis
~ Acne Vulgaris / Cystic / Conglobata
~ Pilonidal cysts
Stages of the Disease
Hidradenitis typically develops slowly over time. Since there are no 100% successful treatments it will run its course. Development differs, however, from individual to individual. With some, the disease may stagnate and never develop past a mild stage, with others, it may escalate and become a debilitating disease. We do not know why.
This is how HS may progress:
~ Stage I: Solitary or multiple isolated abscess formation without scarring or sinus tracts;
~ Stage II: Recurrent abscesses, single or multiple widely separated lesions, with beginning sinus tract formation (“tunneling”) and cicatrisation (formation of scar tissue);
~ Stage III: Diffuse or broad involvement across a regional area with multiple interconnected sinus tracts, significant cicatrisation and persistent abscesses.
~ The Cure Zone … Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS), also known as ‘Acne Inversa’, is a physically, psychologically, and socially disabling disease …
~ HS pictures…
~ by Victoria Stanell of Beautylish … Get the lowdown on “pimple geography” and learn why your zits can give you clues about other issues in your body.
~ Mayo Clinic … Hidradenitis suppurativa — Comprehensive overview covers causes, symptoms and treatments, which may include surgery. Includes picture.
Symptoms – Treatments and drugs – Hidradenitis suppurativa of the … – Causes
~ Medline Plus … Jul 17, 2012 – Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic disease of a type of sweat gland. … HS usually develops in your armpits, groin and anal area.
~ Genetics Home Reference … Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic skin disease characterized by recurrent boil-like lumps (nodules) under the skin. The nodules are inflamed and painful… Wealth of info on topic, clinical trials, living with it, etc…
Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation, Inc. – A 501(c)(3) non-profit …
~ Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation, Inc. (HSF) … Mar 30, 2011 – Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation, Inc. Dedicated to improving the quality of life and quality of care for individuals and families affected by …
* While on search page then IMAGES on left side, they vary greatly!
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April 23, 2012
Years ago a woman had messaged me asking if you could have PCOS and Hashimoto’s disease… Back then (2003-2004) research had not mentioned them together… Today the two are connected… There was little online then about Hashimoto’s disease, she learned from her doctor….
Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. It also is called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (theye-royd-EYET-uhss). Hashimoto’s disease does not have unique signs and symptoms. The disease typically progresses slowly over a number of years and causes chronic thyroid damage, leading to a drop in thyroid hormone levels in your blood. The signs and symptoms are mainly those of an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).
The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary widely, depending on the severity of hormone deficiency. At first, you may barely notice any symptoms, such as fatigue and sluggishness, or you may simply attribute them to getting older. But as the disease progresses, you may develop more obvious signs and symptoms.
Signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
~ Fatigue and sluggishness
~ Increased sensitivity to cold
~ Pale, dry skin
~ A puffy face
~ Hoarse voice
~ An elevated blood cholesterol level
~ Unexplained weight gain — occurring infrequently and rarely exceeding 10 to 20 pounds, most of which is fluid
~ Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness, especially in your shoulders and hips
~ Pain and stiffness in your joints and swelling in your knees or the small joints in your hands and feet
~ Muscle weakness, especially in your lower extremities
~ Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia)
Without treatment, signs and symptoms gradually become more severe and your thyroid gland may become enlarged (goiter).
Consult your doctor if you develop these signs and symptoms:
~ Tiredness for no apparent reason
~ Dry skin
~ Pale, puffy face
~ Hoarse voice
Have periodic testing of your thyroid function if:
~ You’ve had thyroid surgery
~ You’ve had treatment with radioactive iodine or anti-thyroid medications
~ You’ve had radiation therapy to your head, neck or upper chest
~ High blood cholesterol might be caused by hypothyroidism. And if you’re receiving hormone therapy for hypothyroidism caused by
~ Hashimoto’s disease can cause hypothyroidism….
~ Mayo Clinic…
~ * Women’s Health … Fact Sheet
~ * About.com Thyroid Disease … Hashimoto’s vs. Hypothyroidism: What’s the Difference?
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April 19, 2012
Melatonin is a hormone that naturally occurs inside the body and helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle of a person. Melatonin is available in supplement form and is used to treat sleep related disorders like insomnia and jet lag. Melatonin dosage that is considered to be safe and effective is around 1mg to 5mg. The effects of overdosing on melatonin will vary depending on the dosage and also with other factors like the genetic makeup of a person and age. It is best to seek immediate medical attention if you happen to overdose on melatonin supplements.
Melatonin, i became aware of it from a friend’s autistic child who had racing thoughts 24/7… It calmed him down and he slept through the night… Dosage is by weight and takes 30 days to build up in the body…
A good friend said his mother and he could never sleep soundly their whole lives… I mentioned trying melatonin… He has and has been getting several hours of sound sleep now… He is a person that worries and frets so does have nights he is awake for periods some nights…
You can try eating 2 bananas before bedtime… They are deemed the sleeping pill in a peel!
~ Melatonin is for kids, adults and dogs…
~ Melatonin is a little known natural hormone that effects many, as you can see by the deficiency list…
~ The Deficiency Test covers all hormones… A “KEY” test to take IMO….
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Combination product examples:
Melatonex® (vitamin B6); Melatonin Forte® ( Piper methysticum , kavalactones, valeriana); Melatonin PM Complex® (vitamin B6, vitamin B2, vitamin B3); Melatonin spray® (gamma-aminobutyric acid, pyridoxal-5-phosphate); Super Snooze with Melatonin® (valerian root, hop, skullcap, chamomile, passion flower).
Common symptoms and signs of melatonin deficiency:
~ difficulty getting to sleep
~ difficulty falling back to sleep when awaken during the night
~ light sleeper/easy waking during the night
~ early morning awakening
~ un-refreshing sleep
~ lack of dreaming
~ family history of insomnia
~ personal or family history of breast cancer
~ personal or family history of prostate cancer
~ prostate enlargement
~ irregular menstrual cycle
~ unusual menstrual flow (light or heavy)
~ poor sleeping prior to menses
~ sensitivity to stress
~ neurodegerative disorder (MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS, etc)
~ elevated cholesterol
~ high blood pressure
~ blood clots
~ heart attack
~ heart arrhythmias
Books for more information about melatonin:
Melatonin: Nature’s Sleeping Pill by Ray Sahelian
Melatonin by Russel Reiter, Ph.D. and Jo Robinson
Melatonin Associated Disorders
Because melatonin has a pivotal role in regulating body temperature, the sleep/wake cycle, female reproductive hormones, and cardiovascular function, the effect of disrupted secretion rhythms is widespread, manifesting in a variety of physical and psychological disorders.
~ Anxiety, stress, depression
~ Seasonal Affective Disorder
~ Sleep Disorders
~ Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome
~ Immunological Disorders
~ Cardiovascular Disease
~ Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine
Exposing Yourself to Light at Night Shuts Down Your Melatonin and Raises Your Cancer Risk
~ Dr Mercola … Melatonin is only created at night in your pineal gland… Melatonin is highly beneficial, lack of can cause cancer in you!
~ Mayo Clinic …
~ * Melatonin Faq …
~ * The Anti Aging Doctor … Hormone Deficiency Test
~ About.com Alternative Medicine… More useful info…
~ Dr Oz … Melatonin Fact Sheet
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