A Health Guide to Using Aerosol Sprays

Aerosol sprays have developed an image problem and concerns about their adverse effects on health have mounted: they harm the environment and they contain CFCs, which destroy the ozone layer. Health advocates suggest avoiding aerosols at all costs. But are all these concerns true? Experts say that in the past, yes. Today, no.

For years, aerosol products contained chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, which were used as spray propellants. In the 1970s, CFCs were found to damage the ozone layer, and in 1978 the United States banned their use in commercial products; other countries (Canada, Norway, and Sweden) shortly followed suit. Records show that by 1996, CFCs were almost entirely phased out. They are currently used only in certain industrial machines (recycled in refrigerators and air conditioners) and medical products (inhalers).

Experts warn, however, that even the new generation of aerosols presents potential health hazards. Many of them contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a group of propellants and solvents that are highly flammable and contribute to smog. The most common VOCs are combinations of propane and butane. VOCs are found not only in aerosols but also in many fast-drying products, including pump sprays, perfumes, and hair gels.

The biggest danger of using an aerosol is inhaling the chemical spray. The spray’s fine particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and are easily absorbed by the bloodstream, possibly causing a variety of health problems.

A growing number of teenagers inhale vapors from aerosol cans in search of a cheap high. The practice, called “huffing,” deprives the lungs and brain of oxygen and can cause brain damage or death. Parents should be aware of the signs of aerosol abuse: changes in a child’s appetite or sleep patterns, a rash or blisters around the mouth, mood swings, and a chemical smell on the breath.

If you must use an aerosol spray, follow these precautions:

– The first basic rule is to be sure to read – and heed – the label.

– Always use aerosols in a well-ventilated area and do not inhale the vapors. The chemicals in the vapor can be absorbed by the lungs and the bloodstream, potentially causing headaches, dizziness, nausea, and respiratory problems.

– Avoid misdirected spray; it can harm the eyes and skin.

– Keep aerosol cans away from heat and flame. Even the heat of a nearby furnace can cause a can’s pressurized contents to expand and explode.

– Dispose of the cans in your regular trash. Even though many of them are now made of recyclable materials, recycling centers do not usually accept them because they may explode. Never disassemble, puncture, or incinerate an aerosol can.

Your Child’s Dental Health Guide

The teeth begin to appear when a child is six or seven months old, and at two and a half years it should have all twenty temporary teeth. When the child reaches the age of six, the permanent teeth begin to appear. The teeth of small children should be cared for and kept clean. They should last until the time comes for the permanent teeth to take their place.

It will be observed that the time of shedding begins when a child is about six years of age and continues until the eleventh year. It will also be observed that the eruption of the first permanent incisors coincides with the eruption of the first permanent molars, taking place immediately after the shedding of the first deciduous teeth at the age of 6 or 7 years.

Parents who are not aware of this coincidence are likely to consider the first permanent molars to be deciduous. This misapprehension may lead them to neglect these molars in case of decay, thinking that they like the deciduous teeth will be replaced soon with new ones. Such a mistake will result in permanent loss, for if cavities are not filled, these molars will be lost with no hope of replacement. This will lead to malalignment of the remaining teeth on that side and will interfere with mastication (grinding) of food for the rest of the individual life.

The work of the teeth is to masticate food; that is, grind it into fine particles, mix it with saliva and so begin its digestion. The teeth also aid in speaking; for when they are lost certain syllables cannot be pronounced clearly. The use of the teeth is important and their condition has an important bearing upon health.

Wine and Health Guide

“Is wine good for you?” – perhaps one of the top 10 most regularly asked questions in our wine tasting events. It’s always interested me that this question is at the forefront of many wine drinker’s minds, and it’s clear this is linked to the increasing interest in what goes into wine, and how it is produced.

It’s regularly notedthat wines (particularly reds), when consumed in moderation help combat cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and even Alzheimers. Epidemiologists for instance have consistently shown that the moderate consumption of alcohol and wine helps lower cardiovascular events such as heart failure. Why? Well although alcohol is a toxic substance, in moderation amongst other things, it is an anticoagulant (which in turn prevents blood clots).

It’s not only alcohol however – phenolic compounds present in wine are also known to be beneficial. One of these, Resveratrol (seemingly the wonder compound) seems to have an extraordinary breadth of benefits, from attacking cancer cells, protecting the heart and brain from damage, reducing inflammation, and lowering the instances of diabetes. Resveratrol has even been credited with reducing age related illnesses. Interestingly, 100 times more resveratrol is absorbed by the mouth than by the stomach. Because of this, it’s recommended you sip wine, rather than knock it back.

On this point, it’s not just how much you drink, but how you drink that matters. A further study (in Italy) has shown that consuming wines with a meal significantly reduces the risk of a heart attack.

THE FRENCH PARADOX

The perceived benefits of wine drinking are not new however. The well known French Paradox (essentially the observation that the French have a relatively low incidence of coronary disease, despite having a diet rich in fat) was first brought to light by an Irish doctor by the name of Samuel Black in 1819.

This phenomenon was revisited in 1991 on 60 Minutes, a CBS news program in USA, with the suggestion that red wine decreases the incidence of cardiac arrests. The follow-on? A 44% increase in red wine consumption, with US based wineries lobbying for the right to label their wines as “health foods.” The reaction from the American public was so great that wine brand Gallo had to put their Hearty Burgundy wine on allocation.

Inevitability, there have been dissenting voices, not least the statistics collected between 1990-2000 by The World Health Organisation who have shown coronary disease in the French may have been underestimated, and may be similar to those of neighbouring countries in Europe.

Despite all the research, as usual it’s all about moderation. Moderate drinkers have been defined by some as those who consume two 5 ounce glasses of wine a day, although sex, age, build, and general health all make generialisations risky. We know where the limits are – go overboard and all the adverse effects of excessive drinking are yours for the taking (liver disease, pancreatitis, cardiovascular disease..).

Musculoskeletal Health Guide

Good posture is an essential and integral part of a person’s overall health. In fact, a person is not on top of their game if they do not observe correct posture. This is because improper posture can compromise one’s health and prevent them from functioning 100%.

Causes of Bad Posture

Most people are unaware that they are slipping into bad habits and would only realize it when their health is already compromised. This can be seen while watching TV for prolonged periods of time, doing sedentary work such as desk jobs and wearing of restrictive clothes or shoes which can result to injuries or accidents. Lack of exercise also contributes to weight gain, weak muscle as well as lack of sleep due to poor sleeping supports.

Bad posture can lead to a person experiencing fatigue, aching muscles as well as pain. Lack of exercise compounds the problem and limits the muscle’s mobility. A person may also develop imbalance which makes them susceptible to accidents and degeneration of other body parts compromising the musculoskeletal health. Not only does poor posture affect the musculoskeletal system, it also creates havoc in the body’s other systems such as in the respiratory system where prolonged periods of sitting can cause shortened front muscle that leads to difficulty of breathing. It can also cause poor blood circulation, indigestion and back and neck problems. Poor posture can happen in three areas of the body – lower leg area, lumbar area and the upper extremities of the body.

Correct Body Posture

Good posture happens when the whole body is in perfect alignment meaning that the joints are aligned and are properly supported by their own support network and balance is created. To be able to correct one’s posture, it is first important to determine and assess one’s body position. This way one would be able to remind oneself if they fall into the incorrect posture. There are simple to advanced exercises that one can follow to improve their posture including stretching and yoga poses. Although improper posture can be self-corrected, it takes a great sense of dedication and repetitive action to develop the habit.

Taking a picture of the correct sitting position and sticking it to the place where you work can help prompt you to prevent slouching and remind you of the correct way of sitting. When you are sleeping, it is important to level your head with your spine; one can do this by using a small pillow below their head. Do sleep on your side to keep your spine aligned. For bending motions, it is best to bend your knees and keep your back straight before lifting or reaching.

Nutrition Food Pyramid

The Food Pyramid has been used for decades to show people what type (and how much) of individual foods they should eat every day for optimal health. Redesigned in 2005, the new pyramid sports a rainbow of colored, vertical stripes that represent the five major food groups, plus fats and oils.

Not sure what the colors stand for? Here’s a quick reference:

Orange – grains.

Green – vegetables.

Red – fruits.

Yellow – fats and oils.

Blue – milk and dairy products.

Purple – meat, beans, fish, and nuts.

The food pyramid is a used to illustrate the variety of foods people need to eat to stay healthy. The skinnier the band of color, the less foods you need to consumer in that category, and vice versa. As you will notice, eating a variety of healthy foods is best. The goal is to eat foods from each color band each and every day.

As you’ll notice when reviewing the new pyramid, some bands are fat on the bottom and get thinner as they reach the top. Why? Because foods are not created equal. While apple pie contains apples, it is not as good for you as a freshly picked apple straight form the tree! The same is true for a tomato vs. ketchup. The less nutritious variety of the food is depicted at the top thinner part of the pyramid, with the more nutritious item featured on the bottom.

One of the most important aspects of the food pyramid is the way it explains how many servings of individual categories a person should eat every day. This includes:

Grains:

It’s important for children to eat 4-6 ounces of grains every day, depending on their age, while adults need more than 6 ounces to meet their daily requirements. Remember, whole grains are best.

Vegetables:

Vegetables are especially important to a healthy diet. Children should eat ½ to 2 cups per day with adults consuming 2 ½ cups or more.

Fruits:

Fresh fruit is a very important nutrient for a well balanced diet. Keep in mind that while fruit juices and packaged fruit count on the slimmer part of the pyramid, fresh fruit is always best. So, how much fruit should you eat every day? Children need 1-½ cups per day, and adult 2 or more.

Milk and Other Calcium-Rich Foods:

Calcium builds strong teeth and bones and should be consumed on a daily basis. Children need a minimum of 1-2 cups of milk (0r other calcium rich food) every day, while adult (especially women) should be consuming 3 or more cups of dairy a day.

Health Guide to Safe Colon Cleansing

There are some key points you should be looking for when searching for a safe and effective colon cleanser. Below is your guide to safe colon cleansing for overall health and long-term effectiveness. Be sure to follow these guidelines to protect yourself.

If you’re considering using a colon cleansing, you’ll want to make sure that the colon cleanser you’re using is safe and healthy for your system. There are some things one should consider when making a colon cleansing purchase.

One thing consumers should be aware of is that colon cleansing systems can rid the body of necessary bacteria, which means you may need to ingest a supplement to put the bacteria back into your system.

These supplements are called Probiotics and are often available from the same sites and resources you might make your colon cleansing purchase from and can be used in conjunction with which colon cleansing system you choose.

Other benefits of colon cleansing can be clearer skin and experiencing more energy, however there are some side effects which consumers complain of that are not good benefits. Rather than experiencing clearer skin, some people have the opposite effect and find that they excess acne and many report feelings of extreme fatigue and in many cases, constipation.

Enemas and colonics can be painful and cause extreme discomfort. In many cases, the patient or consumer may want to go with a supplement or herbal liquid mixture. Beware of herbal recipes, especially if you’re unable to purchase the herbs locally. Even if you can’t purchase the herbs needed for the colon cleansing drinks locally, you may want to speak to your local health food store representative regarding the herbs needed. Not only they often order them for you, but they should be able to give you helpful information regarding the safety and effectiveness of the herbs individually and mixed with one another.

Be careful of homemade products and if you’re planning on ordering online, make sure you do your research, check consumer guides and do a manufacturer check. Also make sure you are aware of the product guarantee. Sometimes sites will claim they offer a money-back guarantee, but when you check other consumer reporting sites, you’ll find that many people have tried the product with little to no results and were unable to get their money refunded even under the terms listed in the return policy and guarantee.

One site I found had several consumers who not only could not get their money back, but also had extra charges on their credit cards and were having great difficulty getting the charges removed from their credit card accounts. The bottom line is that you need to do your research to make sure the product you’re spending your money on will be safe and effective and that the manufacturer is backing their product up with their return policy and guarantee.

Prostate Health Guide

The prostate is a gland that surrounds the urinary passage at the end of the bladder of males. Typically small among babies, this gland grows as the child goes through the process of puberty as a response to the production of more testosterone, the male hormone. This said gland functions primarily to produce secretions that add up to the total amount of seminal fluid, promoting healthier sperm cells by protecting them from the acidic environment of the vagina. Additionally, the prostate gland also secretes an enzyme called prostatic specific antigen (PSA), where an elevation in the said enzyme might indicate some prostatic problems such as benign enlargement of the prostate and prostate cancer.

As more males indulge into unhealthy lifestyles and vices such as cigarette smoking and excessive alcohol drinking, the homeostasis of the body gets compromised, and that certain disorders involving the various parts of the body becomes more prevalent. Prostatitis, the inflammation of the prostate gland and the most common disorder among young males, would be one of the prevailing disorders of the prostate these days, and this said disease is often associated to bacterial infections and other underlying health conditions. Benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer, on the other hand, are often related to the inevitable process of aging, as a result of free radical accumulation from food and cell destruction from the wear-and-tear process of the body.

As the male ages, his prostate gland, goes through an unavoidable degenerative process. As such, the gland loses its integrity; thus the start of some prostatic disorders, which are often classified into three common types. First in line would be prostatitis. As the term suggests, this problem is often associated to bacterial infection or sometimes, to an underlying or pre-existing health condition. On the contrary, benign prostatic hyperplasia and the dreaded prostate cancer are age-related by nature. Alongside with unhealthy lifestyle and vices like cigarette smoking, these disorders are basically attributed to the long-term effects of aging and cellular damage. On this note, it is therefore advised that males, especially for those whose ages would be from 40 and above, to go through a diagnostic procedure called digital rectal examination (DRE) to assess impending abnormal tissue growth that might indicate prostate problems.

Since diet, along with stress, participates as one of the chief reasons for prostate problems like prostate cancer, it is crucial that males become aware of the foods that are encouraged to be taken and advised to be avoided. Among the various recommended foods that should be taken would include natural food sources like fruits and vegetables. Additionally, fresh fish that are enriched with fatty acids are also very helpful. On the other hand, meat products that are rich in fats and salty foods are two of the foods that you should eliminate in your diet. The foods rich in hydrogenated oils such as donuts, cakes, cookies and margarine, and other processed foods are among the additional things you should also consider removing from your diet list to help promote a healthy prostate gland.

The treatment of prostate cancer will basically be based on certain factors such as age, the total health status of the person and the extent of tumor. For tumors that are found inside the prostate gland, radiation therapy and the use of radical prostatectomy are two of the most common alternative treatments. Additionally, a treatment called “watchful waiting”, where no treatment is introduced until the tumor enlarges, is another option. This said approach is considered by many as the best choice especially for older men, since they have a greater risk of dying from something else other than the cancer of the prostate itself. Hormone therapy is a yet another option for treating prostate cancer.

The Sexual Health Guide Recommended

When Doctor Penis suggests that it’s time to engage in sexual activity, most men would do well to heed the call. After all, Doctor Penis is not only, well, a penis, but he also understands that indoor sports offer some unique sexual health benefits. Even if most men already find sex to be intensely enjoyable, it’s encouraging to know that proper penis care and usage can be a great long-term health investment: one that will outlast the pleasure of an orgasm.

So what are some of these benefits, Doctor Penis?

A Fitter Body.

Having regular sex can be a fantastic full body workout for any man. Plenty of guys will work themselves into a healthy sweat with all the vigorous thrusting that accompanies sex, increasing their heart rates, and burning some spare calories in the process. Granted, sexual exercise alone will only burn about five calories per minute, but depending on the amount of sexual activity that any given man enjoys in his day-to-day routine, those calories can add up quickly. Plus, maintaining all those positions will often strengthen various muscles groups – including some that most men don’t even think to train at the gym.

A Stronger Immune System.

Studies have shown that people who have sex regularly take fewer sick days, suggesting that healthy sexual activity can do wonders for the average man’s immune system. Of course, sex should be supplemented with eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of sleep, and using proper protection when engaging in erotic play. But rest assured, all those orgasms could offer extra protection come cold season.

Decreased Blood Pressure and Heart Attack Risk.

Sexual intercourse can have a positive effect on a person’s blood pressure, leading to a lower systolic reading -the reading that measures the pressure in the arteries as the heart beats.

By reducing blood pressure and boosting the heart rate, an active sex life can also lessen the risk of suffering a heart attack. This is especially true for men. Sexual activity increases the production of testosterone, which plays an important role in keeping the heart healthy and decreasing the risk of osteoporosis.

Lowered Prostate Cancer Risk.

The Journal of the American Medical Association published a report which argued that men who ejaculate 21 times or more each month have a substantially lower risk of developing prostate cancer. The type of sexual activity that precedes these ejaculations doesn’t matter: intercourse, oral sex, masturbation, and even wet dreams qualify. The bottom line is, keeping those pipes clean may be the key to maintaining a healthy prostate.

Improved Outlook and Mood.

Stress and tension are among the most serious health problems faced by men of modern society. Sex, especially sex that builds to an orgasm, can be an effective release valve for stress and tension. It can also help many men sleep better at night by releasing a soothing hormone called prolactin into the body. That’s why squeezing in some great sexual play – with or without a partner – the night before a big presentation at work or a long trip can put many men on pathways to success.

Holiday Health Guide

Most of us don’t worry about our holiday health until we come down with something while we’re away – cue the dash to the local pharmacy to try and explain our symptoms in sign language.A little forward planning can make this panic unnecessary. The most common summer problems – sunburn, upset tummies, travel sickness, insect bites – are all preventable or quickly treatable with a little know-how.

Traveller’s tummy –

Food poisoning can happen when you eat food or drink that are contaminated due to poor sanitation or preparation. There’s also a risk if there are pesticides on fruit and veg, or food is stored at the wrong temperature. Research has found that 60 per cent of visitors to Africa and India get stomach upset, while in medium-risk destination like the Mediterranean and Caribbean, where water quality and food hygiene may be better, 15 to 20 per cent people had problems.

Prevent it – Avoid drinking water from unsealed bottles, ice (which may have been made from unfiltered tap water), and unpeeled fruits. It’s also advisable to steer clear of raw or undercooked meat or fish, as bacteria won’t have been destroyed in the cooking process.
Look after your digestive system with a probiotic supplements that can help maintain your gut health.

Treat it – Most cases of traveller’s tummy last three to five hours. It’s often best to let it take its course, as diarrhoea is your body’s way of getting the bug out of your system.
Keep fluids up by sipping water and consider replacing lost electrolytes with rehydration salts (available at pharmacy).

Travel sickness –

It can happen while you’re in a car, plane, boat or even on a fairground ride. You feel sick because, although sitting still, your body will see and feel that you’re moving, and this confusion can cause nausea.

Prevent it – Choose your seat carefully. You’ll feel less sick in the front or the middle back seat of a car (as you can see the road) or at the front of a coach. Travel sickness tablets will also help, and generally work best if taken at least two hours before the journey.

Treat it – If you feel sick, breathe slowly and deeply. This can help stop nausea. One possible reason for this, according to motion sickness experts is that it’s impossible to vomit and breathe at the same time – so, by focusing on the latter, you avoid the former.

Insect bites –

Each year, 2,000 Brits are bitten by mosquito and contract malaria.But this is tiny compared to the huge numbers who suffer less serious bites that itch like mad.

Prevent it – No one knows exactly why some people get bitten more than others. Experts believe it’s something you excrete in sweet that attracts the insects, but no one has isolated what that is yet. what we do know is how to stop them. The most powerful contain a chemical called DEET – and these should be first choice if you’re travelling to a malarial area (it is not suitable for pregnant women or children).

Treat it – When you react badly to an insect bite, you’re suffering a mild allergic reaction to the saliva the insect insert in the wound. A topical antihistamine or steroid cream is therefore the most effective treatment. Whatever you do, don’t scratch as, although it eases the itching, it can break the skin, leading to infections. Another way to ease discomfort is to use an electronic zapper, which sends a mild electrical pulse through the bite yo relieve the itch.

Foot problems –

The two biggest summer feet problems are blisters and painful condition called plantar fasciitis (PF) – an inflammation of a tendon that runs along the base of the foot. It’s commonly triggered by walking in flat shoes like flip-flops. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain as soon as you get out of bed in the morning or when you stand up after sitting down for a while.

Prevent them – Blisters form when the outer layer of the skin becomes damages where shoes rub. this creates a pocket of clear fluid, which is the body’s way of protecting the skin from further damage. Blisters occur more often if feet are dry cracked or grubby. So make sure you wash and moisturise your feet daily.

Plantar fasciitis is best prevented by not mixing flip-flops and sightseeing. In any very flat shoe, the arch of the foot flattens when you walk, which pulls on the plantar fasciia tendon. In flip-flops, people also walk with feet turned slightly outward, which further aggravates the problem.

Treat them – The worst thing that can happen to a blister is if it bursts or the top scrapes off. A blister plaster over the top will protect against further damage or infection, however.
If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, stretching is key. Sit on a chair and put your painful foot on top of your opposite knee – now gently pull back your toes toward your shin. Hold for 10 seconds, and repeat 10 times. Do this at least three times a day – particularly before you get out of bed first thing in the morning.

Holiday cystitis –

Although it can affect anyone, it’s generally woman who suffer from cystitis, and holidays can be a prime trigger. Heat, alcohol and air travel can lead to dehydration, which concentrates your urine, making it easier for the bacteria that causes cystitis to flourish. For some women, cystitis is triggered by having sex, which moves bugs into the urinary system. So if you get more frisky on holiday, you could find yourself suffering.

Prevent it – It helps to empty your bladder after sex, and make sure you wipe from front to back after you’ve been to the loo, to stop germs from spreading.

Health Guide

Snoring is a common health condition that can affect anyone. Although occasional snoring is not an indication of a serious health problem, it can disrupt your sleeping pattern as well as your bed partner. If you find that snoring seriously disrupts your sleeping, there are some devices that you can use to help you get a good night’s sleep.

What Causes Snoring?

Before purchasing a medical device, it is important to know what causes the health problem. Snoring usually occurs when there is an obstruction in the air pathway. Some obstructions can be caused by poor throat and tongue muscles (wherein the muscle collapses and the pathway is obstructed), long soft palate (the long tissue bulb that hangs at the backend of the throat), nasal polyps and even being overweight.

There are several ways that one can do to alleviate snoring and this includes the use of chin straps, CPAP machines, mouthpieces, palatial implants, mouth guards, traditional surgery and even the use of radio frequency heat for uvula removal.

What are Anti-Snore Mouth Guards?

For patients that are not habitual snorers, using a mouth guard is one of the best and cheaper alternatives to prevent sleep disruption. Mouth guards are like mouth pieces that boxers uses; the only difference with this device is that the device is designed to reduce and even stop snoring by moving the lower jaw forward and opening up the back throat for an unobstructed pathway.

How to Purchase One?

Before purchasing a mouth guard, it is important to consider not only the cost but also the features of the device. Some devices are shaped to the patient’s teeth and jaw making them comfortable to wear all night. Some are manufactured using hypoallergenic materials while other devices are customizable.

Is it Dangerous to Wear One?

Wearing a mouthpiece while one is sleeping might not sound like a good idea for some and can even be uncomfortable. However, wearing a mouthpiece is relatively safe. Patients who find themselves habitually snoring should consult a physician or their medical health provider to determine the cause of their health problem.

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