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Treating Pink Eye

Though some types of pink eye (conjunctivitis) can be extremely harmful to your eyes, the treatment for all 3 types is relatively simple (but different). What’s that? You didn’t know there was more than one type! Well read on because you know that, chances are, your kid’s going to bring at least one of them home from school this school year. There is in fact a better chance of your kid bringing home an infection than there is of them bringing home their necessary homework.


3 different Types, 3 Different Sets of Symptoms


Here are the 3 types and symptoms of pink eye: 1) allergic-- an allergic reaction (which may be seasonal) to things like pet dander, dust, pollen and the like; 2) bacterial-- can end up causing severe damage to your eye(s); and 3) viral—this is the really contagious type. In all cases the inner eyelid becomes inflamed as does the white part of the eye’s natural clear covering. The pinkish color is not actually the disease itself, but your blood vessels’ reaction to the inflammation. The pinkish coloring is caused by the dilation of those irritated vessels. Heck, I’d be irritated, too.


What Can You Do?


Now that you know about the different types of pink eye and their symptoms, how do you go about treating it? In truth, only the bacterial type needs an actual Rx from your doctor. He or she should prescribe either an antibiotic eye ointment or drops. The allergic type of pink eye is as easy to deal with as hay fever. With all of the allergy meds on the shelves these days you simply have to decide which one works best for you. And as contagious as the viral type of pink eye is there is really not much that you can do in the way of treatment for the actual disease. A cold washcloth over your eyes will make them feel better and somewhat discourage the phlegm like secretions, but other than that you pretty much just have to let it run its course.


Make absolutely sure however that you do NOT share the washcloth that you use (or the towel for that matter).

Planning for a Healthy Pregnancy

Consider this: young couples that are healthy have approximately a 20% chance of actually getting pregnant when they’re abstaining from birth control. Now consider that the window of opportunity (ovulation—when there is a viable egg) lasts as long as 24 hours or as little as 12 hours. Talk about your planning for a pregnancy! That’s where an ovulation predictor kit comes in mighty handy. But how does a couple plan for a healthy pregnancy. Ideally, that’s all there ever should be. Unfortunately, it’s far too easy to throw a wrench into the entire works.

There Are Definite Do’s and Don’ts When it Comes to a Healthy Pregnancy/Baby

You’ve heard most of these over and over: Don’t smoke before, during and (if breast feeding) after pregnancy; don’t drink alcohol during and (if breast feeding) after pregnancy; no illicit drugs; blah, blah, blah. But are there more ways to attempt the best possible outcome of your pregnancy? Yes. Try not to gain an adverse amount of weight during pregnancy; however, don’t start any low-carb or fad diets either. Also on the ‘don’t list’ are consumption of soft cheeses, teas, colas and coffee. And while omega-3’s are good, the mercury in seafood is bad. Check with your doctor regarding safe sources of omega-3’s.

Preparing Your Body For Pregnancy

Visiting your doctor, even before trying to conceive, is recommended. Ask then about supplements and medications you may be taking. And find out from them as well if any pre-existing conditions will affect your pregnancy (i.e. elevated blood pressure, asthma, diabetes…etc.). Also find out if all of your vaccines are up to date. Any needed vaccines should occur 1 month prior to attempts at conception. Trying to conceive two weeks after stopping birth control pills gives your body a chance to ovulate again, though it isn’t necessary to take a long break before trying to conceive. A good rule of thumb is to allow your body one natural menstrual cycle. Be sure that you do not have or are exposed to the possibility of STD’s.

But as hard as some couples try and as healthy as some people try to stay, fate has a way of intervening. Fate, God…who or whatever you want to blame…sometimes these kinds of things are simply out of our hands and beyond our control.



Avoid Post Surgery Mishaps

It seems to be happening quite frequently these days that after heart surgery, patients are making mistakes with their medications, and some of these mistakes can be quite harmful. They will either take the wrong dose, or the wrong medication at the wrong time. There has been a study done at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where the results showed that half of all heart patients went home and made errors with their prescriptions, and some of these errors were due to side effects and other factors beyond their control, but some problems were due to fault of their own.

Keep a List

After a patient has had vascular surgery, it is important for them to keep track of their medications, and how to take them. They should get specific instructions from their doctor, and then keep a list with them at all times about their prescriptions, when to take them, and how much to take. They should also use a pill box and a chart whenever possible to keep track of their medications as well. The transition from the hospital to home can be challenging, and the patient should discuss with their doctor everything that is needed to make that transition a pleasant one. Some medications can be harmful if they are taken in the wrong dose, while others are dangerous if they forget to take them altogether, so the patient needs clear, written and verbal instructions, as well as a follow up call from their doctor if possible.

Post-surgery transition can be difficult, but a vascular surgery patient should never have a hard time with their medication. The hospital should follow up with the patient, and the patient should also go home with tools to help figure out how to take all their medications.

Heading to the Islands for Your Health

Hot and humid or warm and dry? Which does your doctor prefer that you live in? And are they going to pay your airfare and moving expenses? That’s what I thought.

Try It Out Before You Move

Pick one week out of the year to travel to the tropics and see if it isn’t the land of your dreams. Check out, as an example.  A friend of mine lives near Maldives and he says that it’s about the best place on the face of the earth. He can live like a king on the money that I make here in America; and trust me when I say that I do not live like a king. That right there is good for my health, how about you? And they have the best of both worlds there as well. While I’m freezing my tush off and trying to dig my way out of 6 feet of snow in January; he’s running around in shorts and a T shirt in weather that usually peaks around the upper eighties with very little rain. Summer is an entirely different matter however; temperatures are usually in the low nineties and because of the extra rain it can be exceedingly humid. It’s the tropics-- what did you expect? If you want ridiculously hot and crazy dry there’s always Arizona. Have fun with those scorpions and snakes; I’ll send you a coconut from the islands.

Mother Nature… You Done Good!

With crystal clear waters and seemingly endless flowing, sandy beaches—what on earth could possibly matter? Soak up the sun or go snorkeling and scuba diving; and for goodness sakes don’t forget your sunscreen. It sort of defeats the purpose of moving there for your health if you end up with a severe sunburn or skin cancer now doesn’t it? The views from some of the private villas and resorts are amazingly breathtaking; there is no bad view from any of the beachside, air conditioned residences. Much of the land in these areas remains virtually untouched. It’s almost like having your own little private island.

Knowing full well that frame of mind is a big part of your health; how could there be a care in the world living on any of the fantasy islands in this pristine area of the globe?

Protecting Players From On the Field Injuries will tell fans that understanding injuries is the key to making care free NFL picks. Technology is helping to create more ways to protect players from injuries on the field. However, it’s not all about using technology. There has to be legislation and contracts in place as well. Injuries and health is becoming a growing concern in labor contracts and negotiated CBAs for the NFL. The current bounty scandal with the Saints underscores the growing concern for injuries in the game.


Protecting the Shield

The NFL is trying to get ahead of potential lawsuits by going after the Satins but it may be too little too late. On the aggregate, it’s all about the front office, coaches and players getting smarter and more responsible about their health and long-term outlook. The days of walking it off, or being tough are age=old and somewhat prehistoric. These days, it pays to be smarter. More players are taking their time in getting back to the field as more players are being smarter by retiring or quitting while they are ahead. The early retirement of Tomlinson and Ricky Williams highlight this evolving mentality.



Players have to begin to protect themselves on the field before expecting anyone else to do so. The coaches and front office of teams are becoming more liable for sending hurt players back on the field as well. The backlash the Browns received for sending Colt McCoy back on the field in 2011 after the James Harrison hit emphasize this evolving mentality as well.


Protecting the players on the field is becoming more important in protecting the interests of the sport for the long-term. The trouble facing the NFL is comparable to the problems boxing has had surviving in this contemporary era. Parents are less likely to send their children into a sport where the hits and impact of the sport will shortchange the long-term outlook of their personal growth in life.

Is There Anything That DOESN’T Elevate Your Risk?

Cancer is a scary word. Even if you don’t have the disease, you probably fear it. And, sadly, the list of carcinogens is growing. This leaves many without hope, worrying that there is nothing they can do to combat the disease. Fortunately, there is some good news. The following items will not increase your risk of developing cancer. And they are even good for Someone With Breast Cancer Store.


The first item to look towards in terms of cancer prevention is antioxidants. These foods can be extremely helpful for your body. They protect it from harmful elements and free radicals that destroy your body and increase the risk of cancer. Even better, many of these foods can be purchased locally at the grocery store. Look for blueberries and acai berries. They are the best source of health for you body.


Furthermore, exercise is a great anti-cancer activity. Many people think that exposure to machines can cause cancer. Therefore, you may prefer to exercise outside. This way your exercise is completely natural. And, unless there is an excess of pollution, a little bit of fresh air is always good for your body. Make exercise a habit. Try to at least walk for an extended period of time everyday. This way your heart and body stays fit and healthy. You need good organs to fight off disease.


Furthermore, there are certain foods to add to your diet in addition to the must have antioxidants. Fiber, in particular, is one of the best anti-cancer foods. It helps regulate your digestive system. And it could help you get the nutrients your body needs to fight off disease. Fiber is a great food to prevent cancer. And it is also a great food for cancer patients. Make it a habit to consume fiber. Add this important aspect of your nutrition naturally each day for the best results.


Finally, sleep is always good for the body. It is important to get enough sleep at all stages of your life. When you have enough sleep, you are able to perform better during the day. Although tiredness could indicate problems with your health, there is nothing wrong with getting adequate sleep. In fact, a good sleep every night will keep you happy and healthy. It is a top prevention method to remember.

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Take care of your body and prevent cancer with antioxidants, exercise, fiber, and sleep.

Healthy Food Can Taste Good, Too

Just because food is considered good for you, it doesn't mean it has to taste awful. In fact, some of the most delicious food in the world is actually really good for you.  Whether you're roasting vegetables or getting creative with pickling, healthy food doesn't mean flavorless food.  Here are some of the tastiest foods that also happen to be good for you. Time to celebrate.


Roast your veggies for surprising deliciousness


One of the easiest ways to make food taste delicious, especially vegetables, is to roast them.  Roasting vegetables requires an oven on low heat for at least an hour (or longer if you have the time).  You can roast any vegetable too as long as you drizzle it in olive oil and the appropriate spices for the vegetable you're using.  For example you can roast beets and carrots by using rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper, combined with olive oil and any other spices that you like (don't forgot to purchase spices online save money), and you’ll create one of the most delicious vegetable side dishes you've ever had.  Roasted cauliflower is also just as delicious, especially when topped with yellow curry, lemon juice, salt and pepper and a dash parmesan cheese at the end.


Spice rubs bring meat to new places


In Indian cuisine, making a spice rub is one of the most popular ways to enhance the flavor of meat and can make it taste absolutely delicious.  You can make your spice blend ahead of time as well as toast the spices to bring out the flavor (this doesn't take too long).  Jerk chicken is a great example of spice rubs and how they can take a simple piece of poultry in turn into something amazing.  A good spice rub for salmon includes paprika, pepper, cumin and oregano. Garlic and onions also go great with pork, and cumin, coriander and cilantro are great on chicken and carrots. Fennel seeds also make a great spice crust for seared tuna.


By roasting dishes and adding the right spices, you won't be thinking your food is “boringly” healthy for much longer.

How Much Is Enough When It Comes to Sunblock?

Knowing how much sunblock to use can be a little confusing. The numbers range from 15 all the way up to 45 and beyond; what do they mean, and how do you know you’re getting enough protection? Before you head out to the beach or the pool, you will want to make sure that you have the right SPF for your skin and your skin color. You will also want to decide if you need waterproof (which is often sold in Sport formulas), and if you want scented, unscented, sensitive skin, or kid’s formulas.  That can be a lot to chew on when all you want to do is protect your skin from the sun, but it really does make a difference in how you will be covered and how your skin reacts to the lotion, fragrance, and the formula.

Sorting Through The Numbers and Formulas

Basically, SPF which stands for Sun Protection Formula, has different levels of protection for different people. If you are fair-skinned, you’ll want a higher number like 45 or higher. Waterproof is good if you are going to be playing beach volleyball, or if you are wearing the protection while running, cycling, or doing other activities outdoors and sweating. The Waterproof formula won’t run in your eyes while you sweat, and it will keep you protected while outdoors. For sensitive skin, there are unscented or natural formulas like Alba sun block. It is luxurious sun protection.

The Cost of Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea, the condition where individuals snore loudly due to the muscles in the back of their throats relaxing while they're sleeping (and can sometimes cause dangerously low blood oxygen levels, not to mention restless sleep), is becoming one of the most common health conditions diagnosed today.  This could be related to ear, nose and throat  problems. Thanks to an increase in accurate testing and treatments that work, people who have Sleep Apnea are finding out they have it earlier in life no longer having to silently suffer with poor sleep for their entire lives.  But the costs associated with Sleep Apnea can be quite hefty, starting with the diagnosis to the treatment.  Here's a look at the two biggest costs of Sleep Apnea.


Snore loudly? Time to get tested


While those who are overweight and older tend to be the ones who are more often diagnosed with a Sleep Apnea, anyone with chronic snoring problems should consider getting a Sleep Apnea test. The problem however is that not everyone with the condition can afford such a test, with the prescribed sleep test called a polysomngraphy that can cost upwards of $1999 dollars (despite pop-up sleep apnea clinics and testing facilities becoming more and more common).  The test usually involves an overnight monitoring of the person’s brain waves, muscle tension, eye movement, respiration and oxygen level in the blood (Sleep Apnea has been known to cause an increase in heart disease, stroke and dementia those who have the condition).


Treatment costs not cheap


Once you've been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, you'll have to go through another test (usually an overnight test) to try out a C-Pap machine, the breathing machine used to regulate breathing when you sleep night (most people with Sleep Apnea need to have one whenever they sleep).  A C-Pap machine of course is not cheap, but fortunately many insurance plans will cover this cost (much to the insurance companies dismay; Medicare spent $62 million last year on the condition).  And if you believe a home sleep test may work for you, ask your doctor if that's a possibility (since doing so will help with managing money).


Sleep Apnea is without question a growing condition. They say over 12,000,000 people in this country have a Sleep Apnea, and it is only growing, But with the right treatment (and doing so smartly) you'll be able to treat your condition and save your money all at once.

Bargain Hunting For Your Health

We all know that stress is bad for our bodies.  It can cause emotional and physical damage.   Therefore, it becomes important to manage our stress.  In doing so, we prevent future problems.  This is particularly helpful when it comes to the stress money causes.  Much of this stress can be prevented when we become smarter financially.  Consider bargain hunting for your health.


Save Money and Decrease Your Stress


Any good licensed money lender will tell you that saving money reduces stress.  This stress can be minimized when we are shopping for a car, purchasing prescriptions to prevent illness, looking for clothes for a new job, or determining what personal loan is the best.  Overpaying will only cause you added stress.  And there are simple and effective ways to save money on everything you buy regularly.


Don’t Let Bargain Hunting Stress You Out


However, when it comes to bargain hunting, the worry is that it will add to your stress.  How?  It can be exhausting and time consuming to search for the best deal.  Fortunately there are easy non-stressful ways to save.  These suggestions will benefit you and your overall health.  First, use your eyes.  This is particularly helpful when you are shopping.  Always check the price and compare options.  This can help you narrow down your decisions.  When in doubt, always choose the better price.  Next, pick your battles.  There are some areas where bargain hunting makes sense.  However, when it comes to gas prices, it may be ineffective to drive to a gas station across town to save an extra dollar.


Do Something Productive


Furthermore, one reason why bargaining is healthy is because it helps individuals to find something they can control.  Take ownership of your shopping.  Find ways to save daily.  Rejoice in these savings.  This little effort is good for your soul and your health.  You will be proud of your efforts and have the motivation to keep going.


When it comes to your stress financially, saving money is the easiest way to calm your fears.  So implement bargaining tactics today that can help you save on the things you buy the most.


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