( CNN) Todd Vance was serving in the US Army when the September 11 assaults passed.
( CNN) Todd Vance was serving in the US Army when the September 11 assaults passed.
Highly Respected Chiropractor, Waleed Hawa, DC, is to be Recognized as a 2017 Top Doctor in Alexandria, Virginia
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Waleed Hawa, DC, Chiropractor at Riverside Chiropractic, has been named a 2017 Top Doctor in Alexandria, Virginia. Top Doctor Awards is dedicated to selecting and honoring those healthcare practitioners who have demonstrated clinical excellence while …
Thinking of going on a teatox? Or how about a master cleanse to flush out all those toxins you accumulated over the festive period? Well, you might want to think again. Physicians have warned that New Year “detoxes” can have some very serious, and potentially life-threatening consequences.
Reported in the latest BMJ Case Reports, physicians at Milton Keynes hospital have been treating a 47 -year-old woman who was admitted to intensive care after she took herbal remedies and drank excessive amounts of water to detox her system.
She was determined to have taken a cocktail of herbal remedies, including milk thistle, molkosan, l-theanine, glutamine, vitamin B compound, vervain, sage tea, green tea, and valerian root, in addition to excessive water. This lead to her suffering a brief period of disarray before she collapsed and had a seizure. After being admitted to intensive care, she was treated with ahypertonic saline solution and calcium chloride, after which she made a full recovery.
Despite marketing indicating otherwise, all-natural products are not without side effect, ” write the doctors. “It is important that we as healthcare professionals look for their use in our patients and are aware of those side effects as well as interactions with prescription medications.
They state that more caution should be taken as more people embark on these kinds of “quick-fix” detoxes and that medical practitioners should be more aware of the consequences.
“The complementary medication market is very popular in the UK and the concept of the new-year “detox” with all-natural products is appealing to those less concerned with evidence-based medication, ” they warn.
The woman was actually treated for hyponatremia, which is caused by dangerously low sodium levels in the blood. It is effectively caused by having too diluted blood, meaning that water starts to enter cells causing them to swell perilously. While in many parts of the body this may not be too much of a threat, if the cells in the nervous system or brain balloon, it can cause very serious damage and can even lead to death.
The same condition was reported late last year from physicians in London, who had treated a59-year-old patient who had taken the standard recommendation to drink more water when ill a little too literally. In that same report, they also mentioned another male patient who drank copious amounts of water when diagnosed with gastroenteritis, and eventually succumbed as a result.
“There are no pills or specific drinks, patches or lotions that can do a sorcery chore, ” theBritish Dietetic Association told the BBC. “The body has numerous organs, such as the scalp, gut, liver and kidney, that constantly ‘detoxify’ the body from head to toe.”
“It sounds predictable, ” they added “but for the vast majority of people, a sensible diet and regular physical activity really are the only ways to properly preserve and maximise your health.”
A High Street health food chain says it has had to order extra stocks of rosemary after research claimed the smell of the herb could improve the memory of students revising for exams.
Holland& Barrett says there has been a 187% increased number of sale of rosemary essential oil compared with last year.
A Northumbria University study showed pupils in a room scented with rosemary performed better in memory tests.
It supported the traditional links between rosemary and memory.
A spokeswoman for Holland& Barrett said that after the research about rosemary was published “we assured a sharp rise in customer demand”.
“As the quiz season continues, we have increased provision in store to meet demand, ” she said.
The rush for rosemary see almost a doubling in sales compared with the same period last year and a trebling compared with the previous week.
Hundreds of thousands of pupils are rewriting and taking GCSEs and -Alevels – with the suggestion that the spike in rosemary sales has been driving in anxious parents trying to find a way to help their children.
The research from Northumbria University, presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual seminar, backed up historical associations between rosemary and memory.
It suggested that pupils who worked in a classroom with the perfume of rosemary petroleum attained 5% to 7% better results in memory tests.
Researcher Mark Moss said the human sense of smell was highly sensitive and sent messages to the brain, defining off reactions and responses.
“It could be that aromas affect electrical activity in the brain or that pharmacologically active compounds can be absorbed, ” he said.
Rosemary has been connected with memory for centuries.
In ancient Greece, students wore garlands of rosemary in quizs and in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia says: “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.”
The plight of a four-year-old boy who virtually succumbed after his mothers devoted him 12 alternative medicines has inspired physicians to warn against the treatments.
Doctors at Newham Hospital in east London said the mothers were “devastated” that their good intentions had built him so unwell.
The boy took a dozen supplements supposedly to help treat his autism.
The National Autistic Society said it was crucial for doctors to talk through health risks of alternative therapies.
The boy developed a potentially life-threatening condition after taking supplements from a naturopath( natural health practitioner) for a number of months, which included vitamin D, camel’s milk, silver and Epsom bath salts.
He was admitted to A& E after losing 6.5 lbs( 3kg) over three weeks, suffering from symptoms including vomiting and extreme thirst.
Dr Catriona Boyd and Dr Abdul Moodambail, writing in the British Medical Journal Case Reports , said it was not until the boy had been at Newham Hospital, which is part of St Bart’s Health Trust, for several days that his mother told them about the holistic supplements.
Dr Moodambail told the BBC: “This happens on many occasions with other patients as well.
“Often the mothers think that these supplements are natural, safe and do not cause any side effect or adverse effects, but this is not true in many cases like this.”
He added: “The situation was stark because the child developed vitamin D toxicity leading to very high calcium levels, inducing the child quite unwell and this can even be fatal as well.”
The boy made a full recovery in 2 week after being treated with hyperhydration and drugs to reduce his calcium level.
Complementary and alternative medications( CAMs) are therapies that fall outside of mainstream healthcare Generally when a non-mainstream practice is used together with conventional medication, it is considered “complementary” When a non-mainstream practice is used instead of conventional medication, it is considered “alternative” Examples of CAMS include homeopathy, acupuncture, osteopathy, chiropractic and herbal medications Some complementary and alternative medications or therapies are based on principles and an proof base that are not recognised by the majority of independent scientists Others have been proven to work for a limited number of health conditions, such as osteopathy, chiropractic and acupuncture for treating lower back ache When a person uses any health treatment – including a CAM – and experiences an improvement, this may be due to the placebo consequence Osteopaths and chiropractors are regulated in the same way as mainstream medical professionals There is no statutory professional regulation of any other CAM practitioners
WASHINGTON — A new report from the American Lung Association comes with a clear alerting for the Trump administration and Congress: Continue America’s fight against pollution or imperil public health.
On Wednesday, the ALA released its 18 th annual” State of the Air ” report, which found there’s been a “major improvement” in the nation’s overall air quality, crediting it to the success of the Clean Air Act in controlling pollution. Despite continued progress, however, a number of cities insured dangerous spikes in short-term particle pollution has an impact on climate change.
Roughly 125 million Americans — virtually 4 in ten — continue to live in areas with dangerously high levels of pollution.
“This is simply unacceptable,” Harold Wimmer, ALA’s national president and CEO, said in a statement.” Everyone has a fundamental right to breathe healthy air. Our nation’s leaders must do more to protect the lives of all Americans .”
The report, which incorporates data collected from 2013 to 2015 , measures both particle pollution — the tiny solid and liquid particles found in the air — and ozone pollution, which is created when emissions from cars, power plant and other sources are exposed to sunlight. These widespread pollutants are associated with early death and a host of health problems, including cancer, asthma and developed, reproductive and cardiovascular harm.
Along with providing a comprehensive look at the air Americans exhale, the 2017 report exhorts President Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt and certain congressional lawmakers — who have acted quickly to roll back a number of key environmental protections — to support efforts to improve air quality, including fighting climate change by reducing carbon emissions from power plants.
Of course, that message may fall on deaf ears. Trump, Pruitt and many Republican lawmakers have denied the social sciences of climate change. And late last month, surrounded by coal miners, the president signed an executive order to undo much of what his predecessor had done to rein in greenhouse gas emissions.
A prosthetic leg. A scarred face. A burnt hand. When we think of the wounds our soldiers endure, we think of injuries we can see. But sometimes these meanders run unseen and, too often uncared for.
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. sprayed 80 million liters of Agent Orange, contaminating water and exposing more than two million members of the military.
After being exposed to this toxin, Vietnam vets came home with nerve, skin, digestive and respiratory ailments. By the thousands, veterans turned to hospitals for help. But it took the government years to recognize that there was a link between Agent orange and the devastating health effects on our soldiers. So, veterans had to wait to get the care they desperately needed and clearly earned.
Today we have a new Agent Orange: Burn pits.
At military sites across Iraq and Afghanistan, burn cavities are used for waste disposal. Old batteries, aerosol cans, tires, dead animals, and even human garbage are tossed into the pit and set ablaze, sometimes assisted by serious fire accelerants like jet fuel. Burn pits represent a shortcut to waste disposal in the Middle East, where lacking infrastructure means there are few alternatives for junk disposal.
The volumes and types of materials vary by site, but the Department of Defense has estimated that between 65,000 and 85,000 pounds of solid trash are burned each day at large bases. One Joint Base burned up to 147 tons of waste per day as recently as the summer of 2008. The open-air cavities would often burn 24 hours a day. Soldiers are, and have been, been exposed to them in a big route. And while they are now being replaced with incinerators and landfills, that exposure has been engaged in raising serious health concerns.
Melissa Gillett was a member of the 148 th Fighter Wing based in Duluth, Minnesota. Melissa got into the National Guard with the intent on staying in for 20 years. That changed after her deployment to Afghanistan and exposure to burn cavities. Melissa has experienced a host of negative health effects like sinus and respiratory issues. She has been diagnosed with asthma and sinusitis. Because of her breathing issues, Melissa was unable to pass her fitness exam and can no longer serves in the National Guard.
Stories like Melissas are all too common. During sustained operations overseas, many North Carolina-based service members were immediately exposed to burn cavities for extended periods of hour. Especially in the early stages of participations in Iraq and Afghanistan, forward operating bases relied heavily on burn pits, inundating Marines from Camp Lejeune and soldiers from Fort Bragg with smoke, rubble, and lingering particle dust that carried along a toxic mix from the burn pits.
When a veterans wounds arent visible, providing the proof necessary for a claim with the VA can be burdensome. But it shouldnt be weve learned that much from experience.
Cancer, reproductive effects, cardiovascular toxicity, insomnia, and respiratory diseases are just some of the health problems being named by the nearly 65,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have begun the process of filing reports with the VAs voluntary registry. Of veterans who completed the questionnaire in its entirety, 30 percentage stated that they have been diagnosed with respiratory diseases.
Our bipartisan bill, the Help Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act, would create a center of excellence at the VA to better understand and begin to address the health needs of veterans who have fallen ill after exposure to burn pits. The bill has broad support from health care organizations and nonprofits serving veterans, including the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the American Lung Association. This critical legislation will move us in the right direction by dedicating staff and resources to exploring prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of health conditions stemming from exposure to burn pits.
There was no waiting line for our men and women in uniform when they created their right hands and volunteered to serve. There shouldnt be a waiting line when they return home and require our help get the care theyve earned. We must do right by our veterans. We cant let burn pits become this generations Agent orange.
Democrat Amy Klobuchar is the senior senator from Minnesota and Republican Thom Tillis is the junior senator from North Carolina .
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