10 Toxic Food Ingredients You May be Ingesting Everyday

In the food processing industry, most manufacturers manage to sneak in less natural ingredients and more chemically modified items to either increase production or to enhance flavouring and taste. This chemically modified ingredients may sound normal (who puts harmful ingredients names in packets anyway) disguised in highfalutin, scientific sounding names but reality is, it has been beating the nutrition out of the otherwise labelled as healthy foods.

Currently, there are 14, 000 man made preservatives that are added to food consumables. This is called as the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) additives by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although most of these have been recognized as safe, some controversy has existed over the cause and effect relationship between the additives and some medical conditions.

Having been used for a thousand of years, these additives are substances that aim to improve food tastes. They are generally classified as dye, antioxidants, emulsifiers, flavourings and preservatives. On record, these additives are listed in their Chemical Abstract Services numbers and in return, these numbers are the one listed in the food packets.

Natural vs. Artificial

Natural seems a better option in everything but then there can be certain natural additives that aren’t necessarily safe. These natural additives may also cause certain allergic type reactions from other people.

Food additive allergy may occur after eating certain foods especially in pre-packaged foods although each symptom may vary from person to person. Majority of which aren’t really allergic reactions but are just intolerances.

Some food additives though may not be listed in the food packets that we often bought.

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The 10 Offenders

Note: Although the products listed are in general, it does not mean that the whole line in the supermarket contains the toxic ingredient.When choosing products, its best to check labels first.

BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)

Found in: Chewing gum, cereal, butter, chips, vegetable oil, sausages

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BHT is used as an additive to prevent oxidation. It can be found in your chewing gum, butter, cereal, snack foods and beer. BHT is also used for food packaging, cosmetics and petroleum product. In large quantities, it can impair blood clotting and can promote tumour growth. This additive is banned already in countries like England, Japan, and other European countries. IT has been declared by theWorld Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer as a possible human carcinogen.

 High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

Found in: Root beer, Juice drinks, corn flakes, cereals, Coca cola, Pepsi, Rice Kris pies, breakfast pastries, processed fruit and vegetable products

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 These additives may lead to obesity, diabetes and heart diseases. HFCS is made out of modified corn and processed with genetically modified enzymes. Some HFCS samples were even tested to have contained mercury. HFCS is found in soft drinks, salad dressings, processed snacks and breakfast bars. For more reason why HFCS is a bad additive, you may read HuffPosts article on Why You Should Never Eat High Fructose Corn Soup.

Yellow 5 or Tartrazine

Found in: jam, ice cream, sauce, custard powder, cake mix, orange coloured cheese, candy, coloured marshmallows, popsicles

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Yellow 5 is a synthetic lemon yellow dye. It is used to colour food and is known as E102. It is derived from coal tar and contains lead and arsenic. Most coal tar colours are potentially known to cause cancer. One of the most notable products that use yellow no. 5 is Mountain Dew. Back in 2013, Kraft, a known food company, decided to ditch the yellow dye used in its Mac and Cheese after a petition has been launched in petition and had gathered 348, 000 signatures.

Propylene glycol alginate (E405)

Found in: fruit juices, beer, dairy products, yogurt, jelly, jams, ice cream, salad dressing

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E405 is a known food thickener emulsifier and stabilizer. IT is derived from alginic acid which is esterified and combined with the propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is also used on runway de-icers and automotive antifreezes. It acts as preservative and lengthen shelf life. It has negative side effects according to report such as nausea and stomach problems. Sometimes it can cause hair loss, rashes and eye irritations. E405 is found in salad dressings, ice cream products and candies.

Polysorbate 60

Found in: dill pickles, baked goods, frozen desserts, snack cakes

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Widely used as emulsifier, Polysorbate 60is consists of corn, palm oil and petroleum. This additive is used to replace the dairy products in baked goods and other liquid products.

1-Mehtylcyclopropene

Found in: apples, bananas

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1-Mehtylcyclopropene is a gas that is often pumped into apple crates to prevent it from ripening. This gas can preserve fruits, apples and bananas, for up to a month. Although it won’t cause severe adverse effects among humans, eye irritation can happen once the 1 MCP isn’t handled rightly. Some evidences though say that it can be harmful if swallowed inhaled and absorbed through skin. Try to imagine that every time you eat fruits that are out of the season, you’ll be ingesting this.

Aspartame

Found in: diet soda, yogurt, chewing gum, Crisp, Drink powders, Flavoured water, Sugar free products, cereals, cooking sauces

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Aspartame is a sugar substitute. It has been sold as Equal and as NutraSweet. This same additive though has caused inability to metabolize phenylalanine in 1 out of 20, 000 babies. Phenylalanine is one of the two amino acids in the Aspartame. This product is banned among pregnant women.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Fund in: fast foods (McDonalds, KFC, Taco Bell, and Burger King), chips, sauces and seasonings, fermented packaged foods

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MSG is a flavour enhancer that can be found in processed foods. It is often used in salad dressings. Condiments, seasonings, and snack chips. Its common ill health effects includes headaches, burning sensations in neck and forearms as well as chest tightening.

Potassium Bromate

 Found in: white breads, rolls, buns. Fast food and dough based desserts

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Potassium bromate is used by many manufacturers to increase the volume in flour, breads and rolls. Bromate is often used to lower cost of baking. It hasn’t been banned yet in the US, but it is banned from the UK and the Canada. Contact with bromate may cause skin and eye irritation and burning. It can induce coughing and wheezing once inhaled and can affect the nervous system causing headache, irritability and impaired thinking.

Olestra

Found in: barbecue sauce, potato chips, corn chips, oatmeal to go bars

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Olestra is used as a fat substitute, has no calories and cannot be absorbed by the digestive system. It often cause negative things on the digestive system, causing digestive troubles.

Other toxic ingredients includes

  • L-Cysteine – extends shelf life but is derived from human hair,
  • Castoreum – Vanilla flavoured ice cream has this and it’s made from a goo excreted by a beaver from its anus
  • Dimethylpolysiloxane – Anti caking ingredient used in coffees, chocolates and soft drinks but used in silly putty, caulk and industrial oils
  • Carmine – found mostly in red sodas, red candy, red yogurt and more, this additive is taken from the shells of parasitic insect that lives off from cacti
  • Shellac – used to make candies, fruits to look appetizingly shiny but has been common among furniture polish and in preserving cadaver
  • Tert-Butylhydroquinone – found in gums, crackers. Beverage whiteners and processed meats but mainly used for biodiesel fuels and nail polish.

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MERS Virus

Identified as a life threatening virus, MERS Corona have left the world struggling as to how it can be quarantined and be stopped from spreading.

First identified in the year 2012, MERS corona virus or the Middle Eastern Respiratory Corona virus causes acute respiratory illness, severe kidney failure and shortness of breath among the persons it affect. Medical experts identified the virus to be related to the once worldwide scare, SARS virus.

MERS in Numbers

Since its identification, the MERS corona virus has been reported to have caused deaths worldwide. Its origin is from the Middle Eastern countries which include Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

In the statistics of the World Health Organization and current risk assessment, there have been 401 people in 12 countries who were affected of the virus and 93 of whom have been reported to die from the said respiratory problem. The largest outbreak of the said virus has been noted in Saudi Arabia with 23 confirmed cases last April-May 2013 period.

In the past two weeks, heightened alert over the virus infection and spread has been given since cases have already been confirmed in countries like Greece, Malaysia, Jordan and the Philippines. And by May 3, the United States Health officials have confirmed that the virus has entered the states through a US citizen who went back to the country after living in Saudi Arabia. Tunisia, France and Italy have also been added to the list after cases have been identified in said countries.

The MERS virus has been feared to pose an outbreak panic like the SARS virus had in the year 2003 which has killed almost 800 people from around the globe. A person to person spread seems to be the most notable reason of the current outbreak although MERS can’t be easily spread, unlike SARS.

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The MERS CorVir under the microscope. Photo from NIAID Flickr.

Cause of MERS Virus

The first MERS virus has been identified back in April 2012 wherein it recorded its first death in November of the same year. For about some time, the virus’ origin has been a mystery, until some research has put a light to it. The possible cause —camels.

Researchers from the Colombia University, EcoHealth Alliance and the King Saud University has isolated MERS virus, live, from two single humped camels. These camels are known as the dromedaries. The virus from the said camels have substrains that matched those virus isolated from the humans affected of the MERS coronavirus.

This new findings has lead to various questions as to how much more of the animal kingdom is affected and will the strain be ever stopped? (More frequently asked questions for the virus can be found in CDC or the US’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, click here) . As we can remember, the SARS virus back in 2003 has been found in and spread by bats, as such, it has been feared that there can be possibilities that the MERS virus may also be carried by other animals. Further studies though has been undergoing. A few puzzles though has been posted for this side of the issue since many of the patients diagnosed with the virus has no contact with camels which lead to the circle that, yes, the virus may have been from another person or the camel may not be the only one carrying this virus that thrives in surfaces.

But until then, camel milk and food have been advised to be forgone or be properly washed and processed, peeled and cooked before one eats it.

MERS Virus Symptoms

Several symptoms may vary from one person to another. But here are some of the most common and most noted symptoms of the newly evolved virus.

  1. Shortness of breath.
  2. Fever.
  3. Cough.
  4. Pneumonia
  5. Diarrhea
  6. Kidney Failure

The Business Insider Australia has outlined the virus’s journey during its course of infections in the body. Jennifer Welsh, the writer, summarized it into 8 points as it is currently understood:

  • First Contact
  • Incubation
  • symptoms Appear
  • Symptoms worsen
  • Pneumonia
  • Respiratory condition worsens, intubation is required
  • Multiple organ dysfunction
  • death

5 Things you Need to Know

Knowledge of the virus is still the best key in preventing the condition. Although it is expected that MERS may undergo still some genetic changes, several health experts and facilities all over the world have been collaborating to find some possible cure.

The NBC news through Maggie Fox has listed five things you need to remember about the virus.

    • It’s new.
    • It’s deadly.
    • It doesn’t spread easily.
    • It has no treatment (yet)
    • No one knows its exact origin.

To discuss above things in our point of view, it must first be remembered that MERS virus is still undergoing some changes and some genetic change.

Since it’s relatively new, a lot of health care professionals and scientist are still grappling at the idea of the virus. But one thing though has been sure, it is deadly. Although it might be a little assurance, its condition of being not able to be spread easily can help a lot in slowing down its effect. Unlike SARS, as we mentioned above, MERS virus may take time to be spread although a person to person contact is the best possible way to have it in your system.

Different studies on how to cure the virus have been vastly widespread all over the world. The study of which has been joined in by Hong Kong and Chinese experts who were trying to subdue the condition and help in the outbreak control. While two antibodies have been isolated and deemed to help the quest for anti-dote as found by researchers based in Harvard and China, nothing’s been confirmed yet.

Although it is said that camels might be its possible carrier, experts are still trying to fathom its origin and how it evolve into something like the corona virus.

Another thing though pointed out in a CNN article by Ashley Hayes, officials have noted that the virus may be a “spring thing” since similar increase of cases have been noted last spring in 2013. Seasonal patterns have been looked into as to why the virus has been easily transmissible during a certain season.

How to Prevent and Avoid MERS Virus Infection

Although one can’t really tell whether the person next to you has it, there can be precautionary measures you can do to strengthen your immunity and to prevent its spread in case you are suspected of having it.

    1. Cover mouth when sneezing. Make sure you dispose your tissues properly. And have your nose covered when in public places wherein you will be meeting persons from different countries like in airports.
    2. Wash hands frequently. Use soap and water. Have your alcohol or sanitizer ready in hand.
    3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    4. Avoid meats that are undercooked or uncooked since they might be affected. Unwashed fruits and vegetables as well as drinks that aren’t possibly safe should be forgone. Eat only at restaurants that you trust especially if you are abroad.
    5. When you have traveled abroad and have exhibit symptoms after, seek medical advice. Some common symptom you should be alert to is fever, sore throat and runny nose. Diarrhea too can be a possible signal.
    6. Wear surgical masks if you are already exhibiting symptoms.
    7. Avoid public gatherings if it is unnecessary.
    8. If the symptoms has all been there and have been heightened, go to the nearest medical facility, seek for medical attention and inform your doctor especially if you have been travelling within 14 days of acquiring the symptoms.
    9. Prior to these all, strengthen your immune system by eating the right food, getting fit through exercise, and getting the right supplement. Although it can’t altogether push away the virus, but in case you get in contact to it, your immunity against it may save you and may give you some time until you get medical help.

People who are in higher risk for the condition include those who have diabetes, chronic lung disease, those who have prior kidney failure or those who have low immune system. Countries all over the world has been doing some medical response to lower the effects of the virus and to prevent its spread while the anti-dote has yet to be developed. The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health had put up efforts to combat the MERS virus, outlined data is found here.

Government Warnings on MERS Virus

Health advice has already been issued by countries all over the world to help travelers avoid contact of the virus. The UK has travel advice especially to its citizens who will be participating in the incoming Hajj and Umrah, find the advice here. The Australian government’s health department too has put a heightened alert and seeks awareness among its traveling citizens in accordance to the WHO’s travel restriction advice. Australian government has special info and factsheet for advice for those who will travel as pilgrims for the Hajj and Umrah in the Saudi Arabia. Singapore has called for heightened vigilance against MERS while the Philippine government urged its citizen to get clearance from Middle Eastern countries where they came from before going back to the Philippines.

The Saudi Government on the other hand has issued advice for the incoming Hajj and Umrah wherein pilgrims who are at higher risk of contracting the virus are asked to take more precautionary measures or are discouraged from going, some would have their visa denied. This has been applied to those who are 65 years and older, children under 15 years old, those with the kidney, heart diseases and those who have low immune system. Pregnant women too are in the list of those who will get no visa as a precaution.

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Beating Summer Temp, Surviving Heat Stroke

The sun used to be a getaway from usual school, work and home routine. It put summer as the most anticipated season for vacations. But due to some climate changes, summer sun isn’t up for a half day lounge in the beach nor a sand castle play for kids, at times, it presents threat to health once it becomes unbearable.

Heat Stroke or Heat Stress

As said, it’s one thing to be hot, but it’s another thing to get sick from too much heat. Heat Stroke or Health Stress is a medical condition caused by unbearable warmth from the sun.

In January 2014, the world has experienced intense heat waves which are the 4th warmest on the world’s record. In Australia, the heat wave did not only last for a day but has covered five consecutive days breaking the country’s temperature records. This phenomenon has been first time to happen since the country’s recording of temperature begun in 1910. January 7 specifically is Australia’s hottest day recorded, averaged over the entire country.

These happening have given rise to the abovementioned medical condition that has affected many, many of whom often are unaware of the sun’s repercussion. Minor symptoms can include heat rash while worst case scenario may result to death. There can be ways to prevent these from happening though. First, being aware that that simple dizziness isn’t just a normal day spell but rather a start of something serious might save you from further demise. See heat stress symptoms below.

Heat Stroke Symptoms

Heat stroke symptoms may be experienced by both young and old people alike. Young kids though may start their heat agitations by showing irritability, restlessness. Older people may have fainting spells, or may start feeling confused and feeling weak.

Back in 2009, when heat wave lashed in Australia, 374 people are recorded to die from heat related causes aside from those affected by bush fires. Here are the known symptoms of heat stroke which at times are mistaken for a heart attack.

    • One may experience nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Headache
    • Muscle aches
    • Weakening
    • Dizziness
    • High body temperature
    • Lack of sweat and skin flushing
    • Breathing difficulty
    • Rapid pulse
    • Hallucinations
    • Confusion, agitation, disorientation
    • Seizure
    • Coma
    • Death

Heat exposure may not only result to heat stroke; rather, it can result to other condition such as heat edema, rashes, cramps, exhaustion and syncope.

At Risk of Heat Stroke

Everybody who gets to be exposed under the sun can be at risk of heat stroke, but there are just those who have higher risk for it. Those who are deemed to be more susceptible include infants and kids, elderly with prior ill health condition, athletes who train under the sun and individuals who work outside a shelter.

Workers who lack proper hydration in workplaces such as construction sites, farms, food canneries, mining pits, etc also gets to have a high likelihood of heat stress. These people usually are in hot, cramped spaces, workplace which have little air circulation, and workers are even exerting more effort due to manual labor which induces exhaustion.

Workers in these kind of workplaces who are 65 years and older may have even higher peril. One’s medication may also have some effect on certain person under the heat exposure. For example, people who are under medication for mental illness may have higher chances of having the condition. Pregnant and nursing mothers should also watch for the sun since they are at the top of those who are at risk.

Reducing Heat Stress Risk

Reduction and prevention of heat stress among those who are at risk is necessary to save lives and avoid health complications. Now what do you have to do about it?

Employers and employees both have the accountability in this kind of situation. Some companies offer preventive measures through training of workers for them to understand heat stress which includes its definition, proper understanding, and health and safety measures as well as how it can be prevented.

For better measure, here are more tips to prevent it or what first aid to administer in case it happens.

    • Avoid dehydration. Drink water from time to time especially if you are under the sun. Fruit juices can be good as well. IF it isn’t work related, avoid physical activities which may lead to exhaustion.
    • When performing physical activities avoid caffeinated drinks such as coffee and soft drinks. Stay away from alcohol. These may lead to dehydration. Instead, have some more water.
    • Replenish on electrolytes since it usually is lost when one sweats excessively.
    • Use sunscreen and slip on some sunglasses.
    • Avoid hot foods, instead eat cool foods.
    • Use fans for cooling.
    • Wear light clothes, protect self with hats or umbrellas, and keep your outfit loose.
    • For workers, taking a break, fanning yourself a little while replenishing fluids can be few simple tips.
    • Never leave infants on locked cars. And when about to use a car, make sure the heat has been let out before you get inside it.
    • Shorten periods of time under the sun.
    • In case of heat exhaustion, fan patient and wet skin his or her skin while calling emergency number.
    • Icepack on a patient’s groin, neck, back and armpits can lower temperature and cool down the body.
    • Bath the person and immerse them in an ice bath.
    • Call the hospital for additional instruction if help has not yet arrived.
    • For the patient, after recovery, avoid any sun and vigorous activities until advised otherwise.

Heat stroke is a deadly hazard for summer, the right and proper action to combat it is needed to avoid its repercussions. Death and permanent disability can be avoided as long as one is attuned to one’s own body, tracking any feeling of discomfort which starts to arise during a hot day.

And in case emergency arises, always ask and call for help. And with unpredictable weather changes, the advent of crazy heat waves, there comes the difference between enjoying the sun and getting yourself victimized by its heat.

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Black Market Shots: Risks of Unqualified Surgery

Every year, countless surgeries go awry due to some different unprecedented reasons. For practiced and skilled cosmetic surgeons, these problems might be minor or can be solved by revision surgeries. For legal invasive and non-invasive surgeries, hope for revisions are available, but how about illegal silicone shots, surgeries done in beauty parlors, massage spas or even at the patient’s own homes administered by unqualified persons? What could be the repercussions?

Governmental organizations would often issue out different warnings to stop the spread of illegal cosmetic procedures and yet there will also be deaf ears turned against it for the sake of a cheap beauty choice albeit very dangerous and insurance less venture.

In the US alone, according to the data gathered by ASPS, 13 million cosmetic related procedures have been performed in 2013. In UK, the number is up to 50, 000. Add up more procedures performed in cosmetic surgery center countries like Australia, South Korea and Brazil, and the number seemed too huge to fathom. But come to think of it, if this is the number of legal procedures, how huge would be the market for illegal surgeries? Sadly, authorities can’t be able to keep track of these happenings. And this adds to the concern.

In 2006, according to the Radiological Society of North America, 11 transsexuals had pulmonary embolism after a black market liquid silicone injection . The study had 44 people studied in the course of 15 year period. This example though is just a speck in the universal spread of illegal cosmetic procedures performed  in all genders.

Black Market Cosmetic Procedures

Black market procedures often include all things offered in legal clinics, only you’ll have it half the price. The perpetrators of such businesses often perform procedure in all setting one can imagine except in licensed clinics. After the surgery, these people may dock authorities in case something happens or they may continue and go on with business in case the patient is lucky enough not to get infections.

Many of the major places that get to witness these procedures includes beauty parlors or spas all over the world. The problem here is, if it isn’t about the materials used (silicone, injections and other substances needed), then the issue could steam from the unsterilized environment. In another scenario, the environment and the materials used might be good but the expertise who administers the procedure is highly questionable. The probability of botching up everything is more than high.

People who patronize the black market shots and procedures are often those who can’t afford legal procedures (black market surgeries and shots are 50% or more, lower in price), those that are trying to scrape off a savings instead or those that has been hearing a successful surgery from a friend and has been convinced.

Different Procedure Offered

In the news (we will review some of those recently covered later), the various consequences of these black market medical malpractice has been due to procedures targeting certain body parts for operations.

The chart topper though includes those procedures that may only need a syringe and a shot of be it a filler, fat transfer or Botox. These procedures are often easiest to administer but has one of the highest possibility to fail.

Butt enhancement and breast enhancement are two of the most requested procedures in the underworld. These would often require a silicone shot or if one is brave enough, some filler operation using silicone implants. Although some of the black market offerers may use the real silicone used for cosmetic procedures, some may swindle patients with industrial silicone not meant for the body and can be bought on industrial stores which is proven to be fatal.

Other operations performed in the black market include Botox, silicone shot for the face for volumization, rhinoplasty and other surgeries.

Many who fall for these kind of procedures though aren’t just attracted by the cheap cost, they are often convinced by the black market’s no question asked policy wherein they can have every request they want which most legal practitioners may decline. Often promises were made and in the patient’s case, they have higher expectations too.

Aside from the industrial grade silicone, other substances present in the black market cosmetic procedures are:

    1. Paraffin wax
    2. Oils, cooking oils
    3. Glues
    4. Brake fluid
    5. Bathroom caulking
    6. Hydrogel
    7. Liquid silicone injected directly (permitted silicone are often encased)
    8. Paraffin
    9. Petroleum jelly
    10. Saline
    11. Tire sealant

These substances are often injected in a patient’s body masked as the real substance used in most surgeries. And the consequence? Irreparable damage to the body tissues or at times, death.

Tales of Consequences

Various negative effects of such foreign and unregulated substances to the body include:

    1. Skin infection
    2. Abscesses
    3. Tissue death
    4. Migration of substance to ones lungs and lead to death (pulmonary embolism)
    5. Kidney and internal organ damages
    6. Pain
    7. Substances turning to rock hard nodules in the face
    8. Amputation
    9. Blood clots
    10. Inflammation

Specific person who has been victims to these practice has either come out or hide altogether. Some has been highly publicized too. Back in 2010, six women in New Jersey develop complications after undergoing black market butt enhancement procedures.

Another example is the case of Renee Talley who had her bum injected illegally that later on it became lumpy and the injected material unnaturally gathered. In Thailand, another example of these practice has been done on a man wherein he took risks and had his penis injected with olive oil to enhance the size. This drastic move had resulted to penile cancer.

Claudia Aderotimi is another example whose botched butt enhancing procedure has lead to the leaking of the silicone filler into her bloodstream killing her.

In Florida, a woman named Lee Howard made news and has met death after getting a liposuction procedure from an unlicensed doctor. Howard has been found to have excessive lidocaine in her body the mixed with other drugs prescribed to her.

The License and Expertise is Worth the Price

Although black market procedures were as tempting as a pie, still the drastic and permanent damages it can incur aren’t worth its price. The risk is greater and every promises is too good to be true. The above cosmetic procedures gone awry should serve as a warning against black market shots one is planning to have.

Black market surgeons may do the task without asking, but licensed and ethical surgeons may have to go with you all the process including all precautionary measures plus all the possible consequences to help limit the possible risks.

For a successful surgery, not only will a high grade and medically approved substances should be used, it should also be administered by a licensed cosmetic surgeon who has the expertise,  skill and the training.

Government Moves Over Black Market Procedures

Although the rules are still lax in this issue, several governments all over the world has already been campaigning and is doing moves to prevent further demise in the cosmetic surgery field. These has include tighter rules on cosmetic procedure and getting to those who are doing the illegal practices.

The UK has issued a review on the regulation of cosmetic interventions while the US has been cracking down on illegal practitioners and distributors of cosmetic surgery related substances. Australia on the other hand imposed stricter law on cosmetic procedures which involved limits of procedures among teens and children and prompting the review and strengthening of implementation of their framework on cosmetic medical and surgical procedures.

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SPF and Skin Health

There are over 3.5 million skin cancers occurring in over two million people annually in the US. Since it is the most common form of cancer in the States, it has become the another major health concern of the government.

Sun and the Skin

The sun with all its glory can wreak havoc in the skin. It can burn out the outer layer of the skin, dry it out and even cause a few reddening problem. Sunburn can be the start of everything harmful, and some of this harm isn’t just skin deep. Although tanning has become a widely acceptable practice, it can also lead to some people’s demise.

Sun related skin problems can be minor once it includes only little sun burns. But once prolonged exposure results to other problems such as getting higher risk for cancer, then the sun may not be your friendly tanning companion anymore.

People who are near the equator and those that are in the dessert areas may tend to adapt more with the sun rage. But once you are fair skinned and sudden and prolonged exposure has happened, then there are various scenarios that can play a role in it.

Sunscreen Hype

To ward off sun’s rays and its effect, people developed certain ways to be able to avoid it or shield themselves. One of the things that are used includes shields from the heat and the sun in forms of parasols, umbrellas, caps, hats, visors and wearing clothing that can cover exposed skin.

Due to this concern, bigger companies marketed sunscreen creams and lotions. These products aim to cover the skin as much as possible and ward off the harmful effects of the sun.

The sunscreen has become hype since most people now are well aware of the sun’s harmful effects. But it is one hype that never gone out of fad. These sunscreens only just got better and better, SPF protection got higher and higher.

SPF and Numbers

The SPF rating of sunscreen usually makes it sell. SPF means the Sunburn Protection Factor. It argues the product’s effectiveness against sunburn causing UV rays. For people who are exposed or are doing some outdoor activities an SPF 30 or higher is recommended.

Broad spectrum is also recommended foremost sunscreen labels when you choose one. And sweat or water resistant sunscreen is usually recommended since they can last a bit longer when exposed to sweat or any water forms. Water resistant sunscreens though doesn’t mean it can stay in your skin for the whole day, it can last from 40 to 80 minutes after a soak in the pool or in the beach.

Other types of sunscreen involve the mineral and the chemical based. The chemical based sunscreen absorbs UV rays then releases it as small amount of heat while mineral based sunscreen reflects UV rays. The latter can be chosen by people who are with sensitive skin.

For additional protection, FDA approved components include the Avobenzone and zinc oxide mineral.

 Debunking Sunscreen Myths

There is different sunscreen myths which many people still believes. Here are some.

    1. Sunscreen can cause Vitamin D deficiency. It can’t be that possible since vitamin D can also be taken from other foods and dietary supplements.
    2. You don’t need sunscreen in cloudy weather. Even if the clouds are on, still 40%of UV rays reach the earth. So don’t get surprised when you get sunburned after staying outdoor even in a cloudy day.
    3. 80% of sun exposure is during childhood. The idea that you can’t undo sun exposure problems since you had everything during childhood isn’t true.  People who are over 40 are more likely to have higher dose of UV rays since they spend more time outdoors.

SPF Protection and Government Advices

An SPF of 100 doesn’t mean to have twice the protection of SPF50.  Proper and repeated application is more likely to help in the protection. This health concerns has even prompted several educational institutions to provide sun creams to their pupils.

In England, a health charity is urging the government to provide schools more information and advices so that kids will be able to know and be aware of sun and its effects as well as the sue of sun creams and sunscreens as sun protection. England also provides occasional sun advice from its Public Health.

Today, sunscreens are properly labeled since consumers are more vigilant with their product choices. Australia has been one of the countries to have more vigilant sun fighting information drives. Lately, SPF50+ has been made popular and available in the country which has high melanoma rates even decades back.

Taking an Action

One of the biggest problems why sun fighting isn’t successful is laziness. Slathering on sunscreen seemed a hard work to do for some. But realizing that the sun can wreak havoc quietly can change that. Next time you go outside, pick up that sun cream, provide attention to thin skinned part of the body like in the face and put the right amount of it.

And next time you decided on a tanning bed, try to think twice or thrice. And Umbrellas, hats and protective clothing even at a balmy weather is very important.

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Disease Fighting Superfoods

Every year, an estimated 50 million and more people die from diseases worldwide. These according to the data of the World Health Organization can be blamed with cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases. Of which cardiovascular diseases that has been a result of s many other factors has topped them all resulting to 3 in every 10 deaths.

A big factor among these heightened killing of these mentioned diseases came from the condition of obesity, inactivity, and bad eating habits.

Healthy Eating

Over the course of years, several things have been done by most governments all over the world. They campaigned, they put awareness, and they launched programs. But obesity and the mentioned diseases continues to plague the population. Australia’s health council has come out with a healthy eating guide while denouncing some discretionary food and drink choices.

In the US, the department of health has even released its 2015 dietary guidelines. These mentioned guidelines have already been put into awareness of many. The UK government even put it into adverts pushing for food swaps for good health.

These national government campaigns all include the options of calling for more natural foods in the table while banking on those foods that may offer more than health benefits such that they can fight diseases.

Superfood – Healthy Food Swaps

Superfood, a group of food categorized to contain certain benefits more than the other foods, are known in the nutrition world to pack a heap of health giving benefits, fight off diseases and cleanse the body for better system functioning.

Superfoods can range from simple seeds and nuts to fruits and veggies, into specific lean meat and of course fatty fish.

Precautionary measures though for consumers should be practiced first before they trust products claiming to have superfoods. Since its boom, superfoods benefits can’t only be present in natural foods but in selected products as well. FDA approved Superfood though can only be few.

Superfoods to Fight Diseases

Kale. Kale is known to contain sulphoraphane, a compound that may help ward off certain cancers. It contains beta carotene, Vitamin K and Vitamin C.

Spinach. Like Kale, spinach contains beta carotene, vitamin K and Vitamin C but in a different level of course. IT also contains iron and vitamin B6.  Spinach ahs the glycoglycerolipids that inhibits the DNA polymerase activates in the solid tumor growth. It also has a capacity to fight cancer. It also contains folate which is good for the brain.

Chia. Chia is plant source of the famed omega-3 fatty cuds. It contains protein, vitamins and minerals all in its tiny seed. Chia also ash the capacity to stabilize sugar, lower cholesterol and boost energy.

Salmon. Salmon is considered to be one of the best Superfoods there is. Although you have to trust a wild salmon at that. Wild salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids which is beneficial for cardiovascular disease and can fight diabetes.  Salmon is one of the fish in the oily category such as trout, halibut, herring and mackerel.

Calamari. Calamari is more times more potent than salmon when it comes to omega-3 talk. Calamari, for those who are not familiar with it, is a squid. It contains       omega-3 fatty acids which are polyunsaturated fats that can fight inflammation and help in arthritis pain. It has capacity to strengthen the heart as mentioned.

Oats. Oats have this heart healthy benefits that can decrease cholesterol. Oats contains fiber which also helps in managing weight. With its lignin called enterolactone, it protects against breast and other hormone dependent cancers.

Blueberries. Blueberries have manganese, fiber, vitamin K and vitamin C. Blueberries can help fight cancer while preventing heart disease. IT also has positive benefits for diabetes.

Olive oil. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fats which is equally beneficial. It helps lower heart disease by lowering ones cholesterol.  Olive oil in recipes can also reduce the upper digestive, respiratory tract, breast and colorectal cancer.

Coconut oil. Coconut oil is one of the few oils that have been included in many Superfood list. It is slow in oxidizing which make it last longer without oxidizing. It also has lauric acid that can improve lipid profile. And plus, it can also help you lose weight.

Buffalo Berries. Buffalo berries are the newest in 2014 to be added in the superfoods lists although it has still limited studies behind it. These berries contain lycopene, an anti-oxidant that protects against cell damage. It contains also phenols which are believed to have anti-inflammatory benefits.

Whole Grains. Whole grains are mostly filled with fiber. It helps lower cholesterol while containing folic acid, selenium, B vitamins and other benefits. Most important benefits of superfoods include weight control, reduction of diabetes and promotion of digestive health.

Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes contains anti-oxidants including beta carotenes, vitamin C and E, folate, calcium and potassium.

And there are More

The list above is just a speck in the whole picture of superfoods. There are more in the list and there are more in the benefits. The best way to remember it is to pack your meals with nutritional punch.  While choosing these superfoods is good, it shouldn’t replace everything that you eat. Combine it with all other menus. But once these superfoods can’t be present in your meals, try as much as possible to supplement it with supplements. There is plenty of it to choose from as long as it’s been approved for your health as well.

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Introduction to Superfoods

The word Superfood has been coined in the 1990’s and has taken a whole new look since then. It became a haven of true health benefits while becoming an escape of commercialized products to sell, creating unfounded fad and craze. So, what is it, really?

Superfoods have been coined to categorize certain foods in the health food industry. The categorization involves foods that aside from their healthy benefits for the body also have the capacity to aid and fight certain diseases. This aid stems from the superfoods unique components that can be enzymes, antioxidants, compounds or helpful oils.

Superfood as a label though has been put into scrutiny after just every food manufacturers has claimed their products to be one. For this, several food and drug bureaus as well as organizations put up regulations as well as standards to be met.

Countries that have the regulatory rules has indicated that a back up study needs to accompany a product before it can be labeled as such and be marketed to the public.

What is Superfood?

Superfoods have been a popular term. But one can distinguish these foods right away from ordinary food in the grocery stores. These foods mostly have low calories and are high in nutrients. Most superfoods are rich in anti-oxidants, differently categorized (depending on the type of the food).

IN recent standards, for a Superfood to be a Superfood, then it may need to be reaching some specifications. It should be nutrient densed; it should have a high ORAC than ordinary food produce and it should have a low calorie ration compared to its nutrients.

Types

Superfoods have different types. They can be categorized differently depending on its source or its classification in the food world. The list can be read below.

Green Superfoods

The green superfoods may include all green leafy vegetables. These veggies may come in hated by many but these foods have a high concentration of digestible nutrients. They also pack a heap of fat burning compounds while giving the body vitamins and minerals while protecting the body and healing it. Most of green superfoods have proteins, photo-chemicals, digestion friendly compounds and muscle building components. Kale, broccoli, spinach, are among the examples of green superfoods.

Marine Sourced Superfoods

Sea foods surely tease the tongue and for some it can be a rare treat. For the record though, seafood shouldn’t just become a treat, it should become a regular meal included menu due to its superpowers to fight certain diseases. Selected marine produce includes oily fish such mackerel, wild salmon, tuna and halibut and other source such as krill and calamari contains one super beneficial oil, the omega-3.

Omega-3 among its all other benefits, can help suppress impending heart diseases while helping in diabetes. It can also help fight cancer while quelling some disease’s inflammatory tendencies. Today, omega-3 has been a well studied and a phenomenal fatty component and the most consumed supplement in the US.

Fruit Superfoods

You can never go wrong with fruits. Fruit superfoods are high in anti-oxidants which help fight free radicals and prevent cellular damage in the body. Free radicals occur through our own doing though through pollution, smoking, burnt foods, deep frying foods, and radiation.

Fruits notably blueberries, lemons, grapes, kiwi, acai berry, dragon fruit, pomegranate, grapefruits, among others, are known as superfoods.

Nuts and Seeds Superfoods

Nuts such as walnuts, peanuts, almonds are known superfoods. They contain friendly fats and are good for the brain. Seeds on the other hand contain better benefit. Such is positive from the likes of Chia and flaxseed. Both contains the well revered omega-3 fatty acid and is known to be very helpful or the body.

Chia today has been taking the world by storm and has slowly been gaining some following as health boost included in meals and food menu.

Seaweed Superfoods

Seaweeds are known to be the nutritionally dense plants in the planets. This can be due to the fact that they get access from the world’s nutritionally dense ocean foods. They contain more calcium than milk and then beef. They can purify the blood system of the body since their chemical composition is close to those of human blood plasma.

Alga may be classified in this category.

Preparation

Superfoods when acquired naturally (not processed as product sold by manufacturers) may need to be prepared. Fruits though may not need preparation; they can be eaten as it is. Vegetables may be turned into salad or be included in Superfood menus you can choose from. Superfood that is often prepared though may include those of the fish or the marine sourced produce. In preparing ad cooking these, other Superfood veggies may be included.

Most Superfood fan though has the easy and the refreshing way to include Superfood into their meals, through juicing and smoothies. Just every fruit and every veggies out there can be tuned into that. Some veggies though may not palatable due to its bitter taste when eaten raw or mad into smoothie, honey can be your secret weapon in here.

You may see some recipes in this Superfood recipes link.

What not to do With Superfoods

Although superfoods are very beneficial at its best, some people have lost these benefits once preparations for these foods are altered. How? What are these sins you may commit against superfoods? Here are some.

  •    Frying superfoods
  •  Covering Superfood with flavoring (sugar, colored coatings)
  •  Smothering your food with sauces
  • Believing that the muffins you are eating really contains those berries so you buy it instead of doing it yourself.
  • Putting butter in your superfoods
  • Artificially flavoring your superfoods
  •  Over seasoning your Superfood meals or products

Benefits

Here are the main benefits of the superfoods to the health.

    1.  Regulates the metabolism
    2.  Burns body fat (paired with exercise and other healthy lifestyle)
    3. Lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) while increasing the HDL (good cholesterol)
    4. Reduces or prevents inflammation
    5.  Prevents heart disease
    6.  Lowers risk o cancer
    7. Promotes digestive health
    8.  Protects and detoxify organs from toxins

Warning and Safety

It is impossible to be able to just consume superfoods and avoid all other foods. They key is to consume as much superfoods as possible and portion what you eat of the remaining foods.

As the popularity of the superfoods has become a craze and has increase, variety of products and from the natural superfoods has been introduce e in the market. Other things such as supplement that can mimic the Superfood effects has also been manufactured and sold. These products may be unregulated and may need further evaluation before being taken in. Some of these products may be unhealthy, thus may warrant recall from certain food and drug bureaus.

For safety, cook or prepare your own food. Or if buying packed Superfood products, refer it and have it approved by a health care provider first.

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Cardiometabolic Risk: Intro, Evaluation and Management

The world today is diagnosed with epidemic of obesity. It affects kids and adults alike. This epidemic has resulted into far troubling health dilemma—the cardiometabolic risk.

Cardiometabolic risk is defined as the collective impact of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity and other risks put together. These common risk factors have been singled out by a study to have a significant and negative effect in the health related quality of life in the United States.

Cardiometabolic Risk in a Capsule

The CMR or the cardiometabolic risk is a construct of clustered risk factors which can be an indicator of a patient’s overall risk for type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease. These things if not detected early or evaluated at most will pose a great health risk in forms of even worse conditions.

Cardiometabolic risk has become the focus of most government funded studies today since it has affected a large part of the population. Most of the health organizations who are concerned for the condition involve services which include systematic evaluation, education, lifestyle behavioral changes, disease and condition prevention as well as treatment of the risk.

What Risk Factors Increases CMR?

    1. Obesity. Obesity is described in Wikipedia as the medical condition wherein fats gets accumulated in the body to excess that it results to some health problems. Obesity may result to adverse health effects and is the major factor in CMR. The US has recorded 33.8% of its population to be suffering from obesity. This condition resulted to heart diseases, stroke and type two diabetes. This is not only widespread among adults though but with children as well. Obesity doesn’t only affects the health but it even contributes to the world’s mortality rate. In the WHO’s statistics, at least 2.8 million people die each year due to the condition.
    2. Insulin resistance. Insulin resistance means that your body may not be using insulin effectively as it should. This is especially true in the case of the muscle and liver usage. Insulin resistance manifests when the pancreas releases more insulin than normal to help maintain the blood glucose levels. Insulin resistance and diabetes can be found in a large part of the population.
    3. High Cholesterol. The higher your cholesterol the higher you may have the risk for heart disease.
    4. Hyperglycemia. When so much glucose revolves around your body, then the hyperglycemia condition may set in. This can be a serious medical problem among people with diabetes or can be factor in developing the condition.
    5. Dyslipoproteinemia. This condition happens when the body’s lipoprotein is abnormally high. The condition increases the risk of vascular disease even though the total amount of cholesterol isn’t increased.

Other Factors worth Considering

Although the above factors are the major ones, there are still other least important factors that plays a role in CMR and shouldn’t be overlooked.

    1. Lead Exposure. Increase in lead exposure can lead to increase of CVD risk.
    2. Celiac Disease, leaky Gut. People with celiac disease or leaky gut also may have increased risk of developing CVD.
    3. Artificial sweeteners. The intake of artificial sweeteners, risk of obesity is increased as well as the risk of diabetes.
    4. Statin Drugs. Statin drugs are known for CVD prevention but it may actually increase diabetes risk among menopausal women.
    5. Altered Gut Flora.  Altered gut flora seems like farfetched risk in the CMR, there is an evidence that microbial ecosystem in the GI tract can increase CMR.

Other factors include:

    • Smoking
    • Age, race and ethnicity
    • Hypertension
    • Physical inactivity
    • Inflammation

Evaluation of CMR

CMR can be diagnosed though physical and medical evaluation. But most medical institution has problems in the diagnosis of the risk factors since there is little to no availability of evaluation initiative from patients and local health units.

Some single risk factor also cannot be discriminated between those who will develop it or who will not. This lead to broad interpretation of diabetes risk. In the CVD risk though, it can be specific since there are already proactive evaluation and treatments available.

The most involved professional for the evaluation is the primary physician of the patient. Although there is a little percentage if pre-diabetic patients who really develop the disease, still most doctors deemed it necessary to address CMR not only for Diabetes alone.

Treatment and Management of CMR

Cardio metabolic risk can be prevented and managed. The primary focus of most treatments and preventive management may include the addressing of the primary concerns which involves the dyslipoproteinemia, hypertension, and diabetes. Here are some tips for that.

    1. Measure waist circumference regularly to detect cardiometabolic risk among adults and children. That is because the abdominal fat can be the first indication of CMR. The regular measurement of waistline can help.
    2. Diet modification. Diet modification can better ones CMR and help in its prevention.
    3. Daily exercise. Daily exercise can reduce waistline and can help manage sugar levels and can benefit the heart.
    4. Treating dyslipidaemia.
    5. Antihyperglycaemic therapies
    6. Treatment of obesity through medications like orlistat or sibutramine.
    7. Medication for CMR in form of Rimonabant.

There are lots of ways to manage CMR. Treating multiple cardiometabolic risk factors is even possible.  Primary physicians may even give patients the multidisciplinary approach one can choose from. Intensive intervention ad well as consistent lifestyle change can make a vast difference in the condition.
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Omega-3 for Treatment of Crohn’s Disease

Alternative and complementary treatments have always been a choice by many to treat Crohn’s disease. Of which omega-3 fatty acids, a polyunsaturated fat, have topped these alternatives, but will it suffice together with all other medications?

The answer would be yes, according to studies.

Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids are long chained fatty acids that can’t be produced by the body but are badly needed by almost all bodily system. The cardiovascular is one of the most benefited systems of omega-3 fatty acids. The said fats can help protect the heart and even decrease risk of heart attacks.

Aside from the heart, omega-3 is said and found out to have good effects on eye health, can reduce LDL or the bad cholesterol, lessen chronic pain symptoms, help reduce menstrual symptoms and prevent certain kinds of cancer.

And now, Crohn’s disease has been added in its long list of medical condition to assist into cure.

Omega-3 and Crohn’s Disease

In my last article, Crohn’s Disease, the basics of the medical condition has already been discussed. So now we will focus on an alternative treatment – the omega-3.

There are two types of omega-3 fatty acids that are commonly known and are from marine life sources, the EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Another one is the ALA and it can be found from the plant sources. For CD, the first two fatty acids are given emphasis with.

Omega-3’s EPA and DHA have been highlighted in terms of its anti-inflammatory properties and its capacity to strengthen immune system.

Omega-3 therefore is beneficial in terms of its inflammation fighting capacity since it can soothe the guts’ swelling.  Another study had tested and proven omega-3’s benefits in terms of CD’s remission. 59% of patients with CD had maintained their remission compared to those who had been given placebo.

In another study conducted and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it has been found that 33% reduction in the CD relapse has been recorded with those who take omega-3 fatty acids.

Another evidence pointed out by experts is the diets of Eskimos. Eskimos has high consumption of oily fish, major source of omega-3 which has been the major link in the low prevalence of Crohn’s disease among them.

Omega-3 Sources

The most famous omega-3 source is fish and its oil. Known fish to have beneficial omega-3 includes mackerel, tuna, herring, salmon, tilapia and sardines. Calamari and krill though are good sources of omega-3 as well. Processed essential fatty acids from these marine produce are capsulated and distilled to be distributed as omega-3 fish oil, krill oil and calamari oil capsules for supplements.

Lesser known options of omega-3 source include flaxseed, Chia seeds and walnuts.

Although fresh and natural options for consumption is advisable, most would prefer the omega-3 in supplement form due to the rise of the mercury issues that most cold water fish are exposed to. Although of course there are a lot of exceptions since there are shores that are still free of toxic wastes and mercuric content mostly dumped by the advent of industrializations.

Conclusion

Although omega-3 fatty acids supplementation may not cure Crohn’s disease overall, it can certainly dampen its effects in terms of inflammation and in strengthening the immune system health. Higher anti-inflammatory EPA and DHA rose in key immune system cells and pro-inflammatory factors in immune system cells has been lowered as said in year 2000 research. And since there is no highly effective treatment exists for CD, the use of alternative and complementary treatments can help a lot and can ease a lot of burden among CD patient.

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Crohn’s Disease

Your gut can be the set of thousands of bacteria. Good, bad, the needed and the unneeded. And more often, the gut becomes the center of conditions that may affect your day to day living from simple constipation to diarrhea to irritable bowel to food intolerance. These digestive conditions are often ranging from mild condition into severe cases of disruptive gut problems.

One of the disruptive gut problems many can relate about is Crohn’s disease (to be referred all throughout the article as CD).

CD affects 700, 000 Americans and can be experienced by both men and women. It is more prevalent through among young adults in the age 15-35. Developed countries tend to have more CD cases, urban cities may have more cases than rural places and northern climates may have higher number than southern ones.

What is Crohn’s Disease?

CD is a condition wherein the digestive tract is inflamed. It can affect any part of the gut starting from the mouth all the way to the anus. It affects 1 in every 5, 000 people in UK and is said to be more prevalent among women.

CD is often tricky to diagnose since its symptoms can be similar to those of IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome and ulcerative colitis. Genes and heredity can play a big part in it. For that, Jewish people are known to have higher chance of developing the condition and those who have a type of inflammatory bowel disease can be a likely candidate in the future.

Causes of CD

CD’s causes can’t be pointed out but there are things that can be attributed to it and some things that can flare it up.

Researcher’s though believed that it is a result of some abnormal reaction of the body’s immune system. In normal guts, the immune system attacks bacteria to protect the body. In a person with CD, his or her immune system attacks the good bacteria, the food and the substances that could have helped the digestive process.  Due to this, the white blood cells start accumulating in the lining of the guts or the intestines which results to chronic inflammation.

After the inflammation, ulcers, sores and injury to the guts may follow.

The genes, the immune system and few of environmental factors are the main reason or cause of the condition.

What are its symptoms?

CD may make you experience several things. Here’s a list of its symptoms:

  1. Pain. Due to the inflammation, pain can be felt. It happens in the lower right side of the abdomen.
  2. Gut ulcers. Blood in the stools can be another symptom of CD. This can be due to the ulcers in that gut that bleeds.
  3. Mouth ulcers. Mouth ulcers are also fairly common.
  4. Diarrhea. Occasional diarrhea can also be common. It can range from mild to severe and can include pus, mucus and even blood.
  5. Fatigue. Fatigue, tiredness and fever are another symptom of CD.
  6. Appetite change.  Appetite of people with CD may experience the high and low. Sometimes they may feel like eating and sometimes they don’t have the stomach to swallow food.
  7. Anemia. Due to blood loss, anemia can be experienced later.
  8. Rectal bleeding. Due to anal fissures, rectal bleeding can happen. The experience can be very painful.
  9. Arthritis, skin rash, liver inflammation and eye inflammation are also possible symptoms.

Common Treatments

Most often, CD can be diagnosed through stool and blood tests. Biopsy and colonoscopy can be requested as well. Endoscopy, CT scan and barium meal x-ray are also good if its available. After it has been diagnosed, there are plenty of paths to choose from to treat it.

The treatment though may vary depending on where the inflammation is located. Here are some quick options:

    1. Anti-inflammatory medications
    2. Steroids
    3. Immunosuppressant drugs
    4. Antibiotics
    5. Infliximab
    6. Anti-diarrheal dn fluid replacement therapy
    7. Surgery
    8. Supplements such as omega-3.

Yes, you may have some medications to help but the last one option is the newest find today. Omega-3 is said to help and can address both inflammation issues and can prevent flare ups.

The benefits of omega-3 and Crohn’s disease will be discussed in the next article, Omega-3 for Treatment of Crohn’s Disease.

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