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10 hard facts about diabetes.

November 10, 2013

10 hard facts about diabetes.sugar

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the world, and sadly, there is no cure for this chronic and often deadly disease.

 1  Eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes

Eating too much sugar is unlikely to cause diabetes. A person develops diabetes due to a number of factors, such as:

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas completely stops making any insulin (a hormone that helps the body process glucose in foods for energy).

Type 2 diabetes is caused when the body doesn’t produce sufficient insulin and/or is unable to use insulin properly. This form of diabetes usually happens in people over 40 years of age, overweight, and has a history of diabetes in their family.

2 You cannot catch diabetes from someone else

You cannot catch diabetes from someone else like a cold or flu; it is not an infectious or contagious disease. Although scientists are not entirely sure what causes diabetes, there appears to be a genetic link with the disorder. This means that if diabetes runs in your family, you may have a higher chance of getting the disease.

3 Fat people do not always develop diabetes

Being overweight or obese does increase the risk of developing but it does not mean that an obese person will definitely become diabetic. And there are still many diabetics who were never overweight.

4 Diabetes can kill you

Diabetes is one of the top causes of death in Malaysia. A 2008 survey on the causes of deaths in Malaysia ranked diabetes fifth place in the top 10 causes of death in Malaysia.

5  Not only old people get diabetes

There is a growing number of children and teenagers who are developing type 2 diabetes. Experts suspect that this trend is linked to the increase in childhood obesity rates, poor diet, and lack of exercise.

6 Children cannot outgrow diabetes

Nearly all children who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 1, which is when the pancreas completely stops making any insulin. This deficiency is permanent and the ability for the body to produce insulin will never come back. Hence, children with type 1 diabetes will need to take insulin for the rest of their lives until a cure is found.

7  People with diabetes don’t need to eat special diabetic foods

Diabetics are recommended to follow a healthy diet, but it’s pretty much the same diet plan like anybody else. That means having a meal plan that consists of whole-grain foods, lean protein, vegetables, and fruit. A diet low in fat and moderate in both salt and sugar is also suggested. These so-called diabetic foods offer no special benefit, so it is best to give a pass on this rather costly label.

8 Diabetics can eat sweets or desserts

Being diabetic doesn’t mean that you have to completely cut out sweet things from your diet. As long as sweets and desserts are eaten in moderation and part of a healthy meal plan, diabetics can still enjoy their sweet treats. Being diabetic doesn’t mean that you have to completely cut out sweet things from your diet. As long as sweets and desserts are eaten in moderation and part of a healthy meal plan, diabetics can still enjoy their sweet treats from time to time. Diabetics should still cut down on sugar intake, but the key is to have a very small portion of sweet foods and save them for special occasions.

9 Taking insulin doesn’t mean that your diabetes is more severe

Taking insulin does not mean that your diabetes is more severe or that you have failed, rather, it actually helps you to manage your diabetes better which will help you lower your risk of potential complications. Diabetes change over time and people who start out with oral medication at first will most probably move on to insulin injections to provide better diabetes control.

10 Injecting insulin is not painful

Taking insulin injections should not hurt at all with practising good injection technique. Most insulin pen needles are also short and thin which help to minimise discomfort.

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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

July 7, 2010

High Blood Pressure

(Hypertension)

What is high blood pressure?

Blood pressure is a measure of how hard the blood pushes against the walls of your arteries as it moves through your body. It’s normal for blood pressure to go up and down throughout the day, but if it stays up, you have high blood pressure. Another name for high blood pressure is hypertension.
When blood pressure is high, it starts to damage the blood vessels, heart, and kidneys. This can lead to heart attack, stroke, and other problems. High blood pressure is called a “silent killer,” because it doesn’t usually cause symptoms while it is causing this damage.
 
Your blood pressure consists of two numbers: systolic and diastolic. Someone with a systolic pressure of 120 and a diastolic pressure of 80 has a blood pressure of 120/80, or “120 over 80.”

  • The systolic number shows how hard the blood pushes when the heart is pumping.

  • The diastolic number shows how hard the blood pushes between heartbeats, when the heart is relaxed and filling with blood.

 
Adults should have a blood pressure of less than 120/80. High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. Many people fall into the category in between, called prehypertension. People with prehypertension need to make lifestyle changes to bring the blood pressure down and help prevent or delay high blood pressure.
 

What causes high blood pressure?

In most cases, doctors can’t point to the exact cause. But several things are known to raise blood pressure, including being very overweight, drinking too much alcohol, having a family history of high blood pressure, eating too much salt, and getting older. Your blood pressure may also rise if you are not very active, you don’t eat enough potassium and calcium.

 

What are the symptoms?

High blood pressure doesn’t usually cause symptoms. Most people don’t know they have it until they go to the doctor for some other reason.
Without treatment, high blood pressure can damage the heart, brain, kidneys, or eyes. This damage causes problems like coronary artery disease, stroke, and kidney failure.
Very high blood pressure can cause headaches, vision problems, nausea, and vomiting. These symptoms can also be caused by dangerously high blood pressure called malignant high blood pressure. It may also be called a hypertensive crisis or hypertensive emergency. Malignant high blood pressure is a medical emergency.

 

How is high blood pressure diagnosed?

Most people find out they have high blood pressure during a routine doctor visit. For your doctor to confirm that you have high blood pressure, your blood pressure must be at least 140/90 on three or more separate occasions. It is usually measured 1 to 2 weeks apart.
 
You may have to check your blood pressure at home if there is reason to think the readings in the doctor’s office aren’t accurate. You may have what is called white-coat hypertension, which is blood pressure that goes up just because you’re at the doctor’s office. Even routine activities, such as attending a meeting, can raise your blood pressure. So can commuting to work or smoking a cigarette.
 

How is it treated?

Treatment depends on how high your blood pressure is, whether you have other health problems such as diabetes, and whether any organs have already been damaged. Your doctor will also consider how likely you are to develop other diseases, especially heart disease.
 
You can help lower your blood pressure by making healthy changes in your lifestyle. If those lifestyle changes don’t work, you may also need to take pills. Either way, you will need to control your high blood pressure throughout your life.

  • If you have prehypertension, your doctor will likely recommend lifestyle changes. These may include losing extra weight, exercising, limiting alcohol, cutting back on salt, quitting smoking, and eating a low-fat diet that includes more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods.

  • If you have high blood pressure without any organ damage or other risk factors for heart disease, your doctor may recommend that you take medicine in addition to making lifestyle changes.

  • If you have high blood pressure and have some organ damage or other risk factors for heart disease, you may need to try various combinations of medicines in addition to making big lifestyle changes.

 
Most people take more than one pill for high blood pressure. Work with your doctor to find the right pill or combination of pills that will cause the fewest side effects.
It can be hard to remember to take pills when you have no symptoms. But your blood pressure will go back up if you don’t take your medicine. Make your pill schedule as simple as you can. Plan times to take them when you are doing other things, like eating a meal or getting ready for bed.
 

What can you do to prevent high blood pressure?

There are six lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent high blood pressure:

  • Lose extra weight.

  • Eat less salt.

  • Exercise.

  • Limit alcohol to 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women and lighter-weight men.

  • Get 3,500 mg of potassium in your diet every day. Fresh, unprocessed whole foods have the most potassium. These foods include meat, fish, nonfat and low-fat dairy products, and many fruits and vegetables.

  • Follow a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products and is low in fat.

 

High Blood Pressure and Heart diseases can be prevented and treated the Holistic way.

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HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK

July 5, 2010

Valuable Piece of information  
 

HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE

Let’s say it’s 6.15p m and you’re going home (alone of
course), after an unusually hard day on the job.

You’re really tired, upset and frustrated…

Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your 

chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up 

into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the 

hospital nearest your home. Unfortunately you don’t 

know if you’ll be able to make it that far. You have 

been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the

course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.

HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE

Since many people are alone when they suffer a hear

attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating

improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only

about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.

However, these victims can help themselves by coughing 

repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should 

be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep

and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. 

A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two 

seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until

the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing 

movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood 

circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also

 helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart 

attack victims can get to a hospital. Tell as many

other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!!

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people;

you can bet that we’ll save at least one life.

Rather sending jokes pls contribute by forwarding this mail
which can save a person’s life….

 

 

 

 

Indian spices for all diseases

June 16, 2010

Indian spices for all diseases

COLDS

Mix a gram of dalchini/cinnamon powder with a teaspoon of honey to
cure cold. Prepare a cup of tea to which you should add ginger, clove, bay
leaf and black pepper.. This should be consumed twice a day. Reduce the
intake as the cold disappears.

GINGER FOR COLDS.

Ginger tea is very good to cure cold. Preparation of tea: cut ginger
into small pieces and boil it with water, boil it a few times and then
add sugar to sweeten and milk to taste, and drink it hot.

DRY COUGHS.

Add a gram of turmeric (haldi) powder to a teaspoon of honey for
curing dry cough. Also chew a cardamom for a long time.

BLOCKED NOSE.

For blocked nose or to relieve congestion, take a table spoon of
crushed carom seeds (ajwain) and tie it in a cloth and inhale it.

SORE THROAT.

Add a tea spoon of cumin seeds (jeera) and a few small pieces of dry
ginger to a glass of boiling water. Simmer it for a few minutes, and
then let it cool. Drink it twice daily. This will cure cold as well as
sore throat.

AJWAIN/AJMO FOR ASTHMA.
Boil ajwain in water and inhale the steam.

CURE FOR BACKACHE..

Rub ginger paste on the backache to get relief.

GARLIC FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.

Have 1-2 pod garlic (lasan) first thing in the morning with water

HONEY AND GINGER FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.

Mix 1 table spoon and 1 table spoon ginger (adrak) juice, 1 table
spoon of crushed cumin seeds (jeera), and have it twice daily.

 


MIGRAINE.

For the cure of migraine or acute cold in the head; boil a tablespoon
of pepper powder, and a pinch of turmeric in a cup of milk, and have it
daily for a few couple of days.

BITTER GOURD/KARELA IS GOOD..

A tablespoon of amla juice mixed with a cup of fresh bitter gourd
(karela) juice and taken daily for 2 months reduces blood sugar.

TURMERIC/ ARAD CURE FOR INJURIES

For any cut or wound, apply turmeric powder to the injured portion to
stop the bleeding. It also works as an antiseptic. You can tie a
bandage after applying haldi/turmeric.

CRAMPS

You must do a self-massage using mustard oil every morning. Just take
a little oil between your palms and rub it all over your body. Then take
a shower. This is especially beneficial during winter. You could also
mix a little mustard powder with water to make a paste and apply this on
your palms and soles of your feet.

HEADACHES.

If you have a regular migraine problem, include five almonds along
with hot milk in your daily diet. You could also have a gram of black
pepper along with honey or milk, twice or thrice a day. Make an almond paste
by rubbing wet almonds against a stone. This can be applied to forehead.

Eat an apple with a little salt on an empty stomach everyday and see
its wonderful effects. OR When headache is caused by cold winds, cinnamon
works best in curing headache. Make a paste of cinnamon by mixing in
water and apply it all over your forehead

TURMERIC

FOR ARTHRITIS.

Turmeric can be used in treating arthritis due to its
anti-inflammatory property. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes
to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per
cup of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local
action.

GOOD FOR THE HEART

Turmeric lower cholesterol and by preventing the formation of the
internal blood clots improves circulation and prevents heart disease
and stroke. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes
to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per cup
of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local action.

GOOD FOR INDIGESTION

Turmeric can be used to relieve digestive problems like ulcers,
dysentery. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to
dishes to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per
cup of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local
action.

HONEY IS A GOOD CURE FOR ALL DISEASES

Mix 1 teaspoon honey with 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder and have at night.

HICCUPS

Take a warm slice of lemon and sprinkle salt, sugar and black pepper
on it.. The lemon should be eaten until the hiccups stop.

HIGH BLOOD CHOLESTEROL

In 1 glass of water, add 2 tbsps of coriander/dhania seeds and bring
to a boil. Let the decoction cool for some time and then strain. Drink
this mixture two times in a day. OR Sunflower seeds are extremely
beneficial, as they contain linoleic acid that helps in reducing the cholesterol
deposits on the walls of arteries.

PILES

Radish juice should be taken twice a day, once in the morning and
then later in the night. Initially drink about ? cup of radish juice and
then gradually increase it to ? cup. OR Soak 3-4 figs in a glass of water
Keep it overnight. Consume the figs on an empty stomach, the next day
in the morning

VOMITING  

Take 2 cardamoms/elachi and roast them on a dry pan (tava). Powder the
cardamoms and thereafter add a tsp of honey in it. Consume it
frequently. It serves as a fabulous home remedy for vomiting. OR In
the mixture of 1 tsp of mint juice and 1 tsp limejuice, add ? tsp of
ginger juice and 1 tsp honey. Drink this mixture to prevent vomiting. OR
Limejuice is an effective remedy for vomiting. Take a glass of chilled
limejuice and sip slowly. To prevent vomiting, drink ginger tea. OR In
1 glass water, add some honey and drink sip by sip.

WARTS

Apply castor oil daily over the problematic area. Continue for
several months. OR Apply milky juice of fresh and barely-ripe figs a number of
times a day. Continue for two weeks. OR Rub cut raw potatoes on the
affected area several times daily. Continue for at least two weeks. OR
Rub cut onions on the warts to stimulate the circulation of blood.. OR
Apply milk from the cut end of dandelion over the warts 2-3 times a
day. OR Apply oil extracted from the shell of the cashew nut over the
warts. OR Apply Papaya juice OR Apply Pineapple juice.

URINARY TRACT INFECTION

In 8 oz of water, put ? tsp of baking soda and drink it. OR Drink
plenty of water, as it aids in flushing out the waste products from the body.
OR Drink Cranberry juice. You can also add some apple juice for taste.

SINUSITIS

Mango serves as an effective home remedy for preventing the frequent
attacks of sinus, as it is packed with loads of vitamin A. OR Another
beneficial remedy consists of consuming pungent foods like onion and
garlic, as a part of your daily meals. OR Fenugreek/methi leaves are
considered valua

  

White rice link to diabetes

June 16, 2010

Study links white rice

to diabetes risk

Rice loses most of its bran and germ —

its most important sources of fiber and nutrients —

when it is refined to produce the white variety.

Brown rice, which retains the bran and germ, has more fibre, minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals than white rice. It also usually does not cause blood sugar levels to spike as much as the white variety.

A US-based study linked eating white rice to higher  risk of developing type-2 diabetes, and backed long-held claims that brown rice is healthier than the white variety.

People who ate at least five servings of white rice per week had a 17 per cent greater risk of developing diabetes than those who consumed less than one serving per month.

The study also found that consuming two or more servings of brown rice per week was associated with an 11 per cent lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes than those who ate less than one serving a month.

Patients with diabetes have high blood sugar levels, which are linked to the body’s inability to produce enough insulin in order to properly break down sugars and starches into glucose for energy.

 

More about cancer

April 15, 2010

Cancer

AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY AND ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.

3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.  

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to STARVE the cancer cells by not feeding it with foods it needs to multiple.

What cancer cells feed on:  

a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Note: Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk, cancer cells will starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes t o nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells.

To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water–best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines will become putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body’s own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor.

Anger, unforgiving and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

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What is cancer?

November 20, 2009

Begins in cells, the building blocks that make up tissues. Tissues make up the organs of the body.

Normally, cells grow and divide to form new cells as the body needs them. When cells grow old, thWhat is cancer?ey die, and new cells take their place.

Sometimes this orderly process goes wrong. New cells form when the body does not need them, and old cells do not die when they should. These extra cells can form a mass of tissue called a growth or tumor.

What are benign and malignant brain tumors?

Brain tumors can be benign or malignant:

* Benign brain tumors do not contain cancer cells:

o Usually, benign tumors can be removed, and they seldom grow back.

o The border or edge of a benign brain tumor can be clearly seen. Cells from benign tumors do not invade tissues around them or spread to other parts of the body. However, benign tumors can press on sensitive areas of the brain and cause serious health problems.

o Unlike benign tumors in most other parts of the body, benign brain tumors are sometimes life threatening.

o Very rarely, a benign brain tumor may become malignant.

* Malignant brain tumors contain cancer cells:

o Malignant brain tumors are generally more serious and often are life threatening.

o They are likely to grow rapidly and crowd or invade the surrounding healthy brain tissue.

o Very rarely, cancer cells may break away from a malignant brain tumor and spread to other parts of the brain, to the spinal cord, or even to other parts of the body. The spread of cancer is called metastasis.

o Sometimes, a malignant tumor does not extend into healthy tissue. The tumor may be contained within a layer of tissue. Or the bones of the skull or another structure in the head may confine it. This kind of tumor is called encapsulated.

Tumor Grade

Doctors sometimes group brain tumors by grade – from low grade (grade I) to high grade (grade IV). The grade of a tumor refers to the way the cells look under a microscope. Cells from high-grade tumors look more abnormal and generally grow faster than cells from low-grade tumors

 

 

 

Sexually transmitted disease Just by kissing

September 16, 2009

 

 

Syphilis

 

 

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD)
and a bacterial infection.
You don’t have to have intercourse to get syphilis.
Kissing someone with an active lesion will transmit the bacteria.

Active lesions are called chancres.
The Syphilis Learning Center Media Gallery
has some very graphic images
if you are curious about what they look like –
or want to scare yourself into seeking immediate treatment.
Symptoms vary depending on the stage of the infection.
Tests will be done to verify the diagnosis.

There are three stages of syphilis infection –
early, latent and tertiary. It is important to seek prompt
medical treatment at the first sign of infection
and to inform your sexual contacts of your diagnosis
so they can get treatment.
Syphilis is a reportable disease which means
that your health care provider
is required by law to notify local health of your case.