Archive for the ‘General health’ Category

posted by admin on Sep 23

Homemade yogurt
Take a bottle of skim milk and heat it almost to boiling, then cool to room temperature. Add two to three tablespoons of yogurt, which can be bought in a grocery store or health shop. Stir well. Pour into a wide-mouthed thermos bottle. Cover and let it stand overnight. In five to eight hours it will be solid and ready to serve. If you do not have a thermos jar, use an ordinary glass jar, and place it in a pan of warm water over an electric burner switched on “warm” for four to five hours, then switch off until milk is solid.
Use two to three spoonfuls of your fresh, homemade yogurt as a culture for the next batch.
Homemade kefir
To make your own kefir, you will need kefir grains. There is a mail order company, R. A. J. Biological Laboratory, 35 Park Ave., Blue Point, Long Island, New York, which sells kefir grains by mail directly to customers. The kefir grains will last indefinitely; there is never any need to reorder. Merely follow the instructions which will come with each order.
Place 1 tbsp. of kefir grains in a glass of milk, stir and allow to stand at room temperature overnight. When the milk coagulates, it is ready for eating. Strain and save the grains for the next batch. Kefir is a true “elixir of youth”, used by centenarians in Bulgaria, Russia and Caucasus as an essential part of their daily diet.
Homemade cottage cheese (kvark)
Take homemade soured milk and warm it to about 110° F, by placing the container in warm water. When the milk has curdled, place a clean linen canvas or cheese cloth over a deep strainer and pour the curdled milk over it. Wait until all liquid whey has seeped through the strainer. What remains in the strainer is fresh, wholesome and delicious homemade cottage cheese. If the cheese is too hard, add a little sweet or sour cream, and stir. The higher the temperature, the harder the cheese, and vice versa. Raw homemade cottage cheese (kvark) can be made by straining soured milk through a fine cheese cloth, without warming it up first.
By the way, don’t throw the whey away – it is an exceptionally nutritious and rejuvenating drink.
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posted by admin on Sep 23

First, make sure that the seeds or grains you buy for sprouting are packaged for food. Under no circumstances use seeds that are sold for planting; they more likely than not contain mercury compounds or other toxic chemicals. Play it safe and buy your seeds and sprouting grains at your health food store.
The seeds most commonly used for sprouting are: alfalfa, mung beans, soybeans and wheat. . There are many different methods of sprouting seeds. Slow germinating seeds, such as wheat or soybeans, can be soaked in water, for two days (changing water twice a day) then spread thinly on a plate or paper towel for two or three days, rinsing them under running water three times a day to prevent molding.
Here’s my own way of sprouting seeds: Place two tablespoons of alfalfa seeds in a quart size jar and fill with water. Let soak overnight. Rinse seeds well the following morning and place them back in the glass jar without water, covering the jar with a cheese cloth held on by a rubber band. Keep rinsing the seeds three or four times a day. In two or three days, alfalfa sprouts are ready for eating. When seeds are fully sprouted, that is, the sprouts are one to two inches long, place the top on the jar and keep them in the refrigerator if they are not eaten right away. Sprouts can be eaten as they are or mixed with salads or other foods. They can be also ground up in a drink, preferably with vegetable juices.
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posted by admin on May 21

• if wheezing, cough or shortness of breath persist or become worse despite medication;

• if inhalations are needed more often than every 3 or 4 hours, or one or two inhalations do not immediately make the child better;

• if the child is unable to exercise or play normally, or cannot keep up with other children;

• if sleep is disturbed because of coughing or wheezing;

• if medication is needed immediately upon waking in the morning or cannot wait until after breakfast;

• if you do not have a clear asthma management plan for the child.

Remember that most children with asthma can lead perfectly normal lives. The aim of treatment is to prevent attacks from occurring in the first place, and if they do occur, to treat them aggressively. If you have any questions about your child’s asthma, make sure you ask his doctor.

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posted by admin on May 19

As I said earlier, the HTLV-IH virus is related to, but does not cause, AIDS, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and the related disease ARC, AIDS-Related Complex. Both involve the weakening of our immune system. There is still no cure. It is the moral responsibility of anyone who has sexual contact with persons at risk of carrying the AIDS virus to be tested for the AIDS antibody. Persons who are immunopositive, who are tested carefully and with verification, should not exchange bodily fluids during sex until such time as they are proven to be no longer infectious. There is no safe way to have sex and exchange bodily fluids with an infected person. There are, as you have read, many ways to be intimate, to be sexual, including touching, holding, caressing, rubbing, self- and partner masturbation, and sharing of fantasy and sexual imagery. AIDS can be deadly, but it is still relatively hard to catch.

AIDS cases have increased 59 percent in 1986. Cases could increase tenfold in the next five years. I believe that enhancement of our natural immunity, emphasis on sexual intimacy and commitment over time, the use of condoms when sexually active with a new partner or partner who may have been exposed to the AIDS virus, and support, help, and understanding for AIDS patients are all important elements in the battle to survive this health crisis.

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posted by admin on May 18

I wish it could feel as good as it does when I am going to come, after I come, but the better it is, the shorter it is. By the time 1 get to feeling really good, there’s not much time to enjoy it.

HUSBAND

“I know when he says he’s coming, that’s about the time he’ll be going.

The wife continued, gaining momentum from her newfound freedom to express her concerns openly. “He seems to be trying to get something accomplished. I call him pelvically hyperactive. When they talk about going all the way, I’d really love to, but it’s just that I don’t think he can last long enough to go even halfway.”

The husband laughed at his wife’s sarcasm, but his smile masked the pain evident in his clenched fist. He shuffled his feet on the floor, much as a little boy caught stealing cookies once too often. He smiled at me awkwardly, as if appealing for some form of universal male empathy for our failure to explain to the opposite gender the nature of our sexual enigma. Why does it seem that the better it feels, the sooner it’s over? If we are not coming too soon, we are having trouble coming at all. Why does it seem that we enjoy so little of what we talk about so much? When we come, it sometimes feels that we haven’t been very far at all, not really been anywhere.

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posted by admin on May 18

Apart from friendly bacteria, there are other “friends” which live happily in our bodies. Medical science calls them parasites. Their activity in a healthy body is limited to the intestines, which is, strictly speaking, outside the body proper.

In particular, humans are hosts to the “human intestinal fluke” (fasciolopsis buskii). Fluke means “flat” , because it belongs to a family of flatworms. If you eat meat and other animal products, you could have many more parasites like for example Eurytrema, the pancreatic parasite of cattle.

These parasites have to go through certain stages to multiply. A pure and healthy body can predict these stages, expel the eggs before they have time to hatch, and therefore we could live in symbiosis with our “friends”, because their population is limited.

However, very special processes occur if we have certain toxins in our body, called solvents. Examples of solvents are: benzene, all types of alcohol (propyl, wood alcohol), toluene, xylene etc..

The liver, kidneys, and other blood purifying organs in our body are overloaded with requests to process the above solvents, together with other toxins you take with your food, and they are unable to detect and kill tiny little stages of parasites, thereby allowing them to circulate around the body with the bloodstream. In addition, the existence of solvents forces thousands of parasite eggs to hatch prematurely. Flukes in various stages grow and multiply everywhere around the body, attaching themselves to any organ where favourable conditions exist.

Some of the possible consequences are listed below:

Adult flukes occupy the liver, but eggs and other stages circulate and grow everywhere around your body, producing excessive amounts of powerful cell growth hormones, forcing your organ cells to divide. This is exactly what our Medical science calls cancer. 100% of cancer patients have propyl alcohol in their bodies.

wood alcohol (methanol) : accumulates in your pancreas and in the eyes. The favourite spot for adult flukes becomes the pancreas. Their activity causes diabetes. 100% of people with diabetes have wood alcohol in their pancreas.

benzene : this extremely toxic solvent (comparable in toxicity* to a radioactive uranium) accumulates in your thymus gland, gradually damaging it. Adult flukes colonise the thymus gland, which, by the way, produces T-cells, identified by our Medical Science to be related to the functions of our immune system. Fluke activity gradually reduces the capacity of the thymus gland to produce T-cells. When the thymus gland cannot produce enough T-cells, our immune system can fail completely. The condition of low T-cells count is what the medical profession calls AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). 100% of all AIDS patients have benzene in their thymus gland. If you have the tiniest amount of benzene accumulated in you thymus, your immune system is impaired and you get sick more frequently.

toluene and xylene: they go to your brain. Adult flukes colonise your brain and you develop Alzheimer disease.

Solvents in prostate: Adult flukes colonise the prostate and you develop chronic prostatitis. In the case of uterus: in the presence of adult flukes you develop endometriosis etc., etc..

The above are just a few examples of the many diseases caused by the existence of various toxins in our body, after our parasite friends have taken advantage of it.

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posted by admin on May 15

Any new or exotic disease is sure to catch the headlines and usually, of course, cause worry and concern.

Legionnaires’ disease is no exception. It sounds exotic and conjures up thoughts of desert sands and waving palm trees.

It is now well known in Australia because of recent publicity, yet it is rare and poses little threat to the community.

In 1976, in Philadelphia, the American Legion held a conference. This is an organisation of ex-servicemen, similar to our RSL.

Initially, the cause of their illness was obscure. Poisoning by food or some other agent, was suspected.

We now know what they had was Legionnaires’ disease, a form of pneumonia, or infection of the lung.

Of course, the American Legion is not happy with the name.

And I suppose, had this illness first occurred in Australia under similar circumstances, our ex-servicemen would not be happy if it was known as the “RSL disease.”

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posted by admin on May 15

Once the drugs were in clinical use, it was found they could lower the blood pressure in those who were suffering from hypertension or high blood pressure.

This lowering of pressure usually does not occur in those individuals whose blood pressure is normal. When used in high blood pressure, it can reduce the level to normal, yet, in bigger doses, does not drop it too low.

Beta blockers are particularly useful in sexually active men with raised blood pressure because they do not inferfere with male sexual function as do some of the other drugs.

Beta blockers are not themselves free from side-effects. They do not work in all cases of high blood pressure but neither do all other drugs. A major side-effect that limits the use of these drugs is their action on the lungs.

In asthma, there is constriction of muscle in the walls of the bronchial tubes. This bronchospasm causes the wheeze and the difficult breathing. Adrenalin and related chemicals can reverse this spasm and overcome the problem.

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posted by admin on Apr 28

Home care

A child with mono needs rest, aspirin or paracetamol, and a general diet as tolerated. Although mono is contagious, it’s not necessary to isolate the child and it’s unlikely that other family members will contract the disease. The child can return to school as soon as the weakness and fatigue disappear and the child feels well enough. If the spleen is enlarged, however, the child’s activity should be restricted. An enlarged spleen protrudes beneath the ribs, which normally protect it, and is susceptible to injury or rupture. In this situation, the child should not take part in contact sports or other energetic activity until the spleen returns to its normal size; this can take weeks or months.

Precautions

• If your child is being treated with antibiotics for a strep infection but the condition does not improve within 24 to 48 hours of starting the medication, inform your doctor.

• If the child’s spleen is enlarged, contact sports and other strenuous activity should be avoided.

Medical treatment

Your doctor will examine the child thoroughly, paying special attention to the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen. The doctor will also take a throat culture. If the throat culture reveals a strep infection, the child will be given penicillin or another antibiotic. Although most cases of mono can be treated at home with proper rest, diet, and a medication such as aspirin or paracetamol, some severe cases require hospitalization. This would be the case where the child needed to be given fluids intravenously or other types of supportive care.

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posted by admin on Apr 23

Eczema is an itchy dermatitis that is usually allergic in origin and occurs in families. It usually starts with patches of dry, itchy skin which in babies and young children (the commonest sufferers of the condition) are behind the ears and knees, in the body creases at the elbows and the neck, on the face and on the trunk or scalp. When the eczema is bad the skin is red, raw, weeping and crusted and may become infected.

Eczema is not infectious and most babies grow out of their infantile eczema. For a few, though, allergic eczema can persist throughout life. About three children in a hundred suffer from it and many of these have a family history of eczema, asthma, hay fever or other allergies.

What causes it?

• There is no doubt that there is a familial susceptibility.

• As eczema is much more common in bottle-fed as opposed to breastfed babies there is little doubt that an allergy to cows’ milk plays a part in many children. Some children are allergic to other foods too.

• Scratching makes it worse, so it is best to avoid wool and nylon next to the skin because these make the skin hot and sweaty.

• Feathers, down and wool bedding make it worse.

• The single greatest preventive measure is undoubtedly to breastfeed a baby right from the very start and not to give him or her even one bottle of cows’ milk. This will need very careful supervision because it is still the practice in many maternity hospitals to take babies away from their mothers at night and to feed them the odd bottle of cows’ milk formula.

• The way round this is to talk to your family doctor and midwife before the baby is due to ensure that everyone knows that you have a baby that is ‘at risk’ and is to be totally breast-fed from birth. If eventually you find breastfeeding impossible (which is rare with good advice) then you will have to use a soy-based milk. There are several on the market.

Aim to feed your baby breast milk exclusively for at least four months and preferably longer. The protective effect is greater the longer you continue but after about six months you should add in other (non milk-containing) foods.

Unfortunately, even this way of feeding a baby may not prevent all eczema. This comes about for two reasons. First, the child may be allergic to some other allergen, such as the house-dust mite; and second, antigens in the mother’s diet may be transmitted to the baby via her milk. Recent research suggests that eating large quantities of certain allergens during pregnancy can sensitize a susceptible child in utero. The answer here is to take all foods in moderation during pregnancy, especially foods that are likely to induce allergies in children. These include cows’ milk and all its products, eggs, wheat, nuts, fish, tomatoes and colourings and preservatives. If you have a family history of allergy, and especially of eczema, it makes sense to avoid these foods as much as possible during pregnancy and breastfeeding, or at least certainly never to binge on them. Don’t worry about the calcium you will be missing-it can be eaten in other forms, and you can take zinc and calcium supplements (Sandocal effervescent tablets are good) which more than compensate for the calcium loss in dairy products. Start weaning your solely breast-fed baby at about 5-6 months and be sure to breastfeed after each meal until the end of the first year of life. Introduce vegetables and fruit first of all and then add milk-free margarine. Over a few weeks add in foods that are ‘safe’ (not on the above list of common culprits) and see how it goes. If ever a food seems to precipitate eczema stop giving it and don’t try it again until the child is 2. If a child is allergic to eggs he or she might also be allergic to chicken, so beware.

• Having done your best to prevent eczema at source dress your child with soft cotton next to the skin-never wool or nylon. These latter will make him or her hot and sweaty, which makes any early eczema likely to progress further than it otherwise would. Choose loose clothing styles that keep the child neither too hot nor too cold.

• Disposable nappies may irritate -use soft terry nappies. Change nappies frequently and clean the child’s bottom well. Avoid plastic pants if there is any sign of nappy rash. Never wash nappies in biological detergents because very allergic babies are allergic to the enzymes in them. Drying clothes out of doors helps destroy house-dust mites and bacteria. Avoid feather, down and wool bedding because these can irritate eczema. Use duvets filled with synthetic filler and cotton cellular blankets and cotton sheets. Change bedding twice a week at least, and damp-dust and vacuum the child’s room daily.

• Join a self-help group to help you cope with the day-to-day problems and prevent family discord. Having a baby or child with severe eczema can be exhausting for all the family and you will be grateful for tips on how to cope.

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