Headlice…….what are they and where did they come from?

WHAT ARE HEAD LICE?

“A louse that infests the scalp and hair of the human head” and is especially common among schoolchildren. This little creature has 6 legs and can move very fast but cannot jump

Adult head lice can measure about 2-3 millimeters about the size of a sesame seed. Lice are very small but it can still be detected by the human eye.

The color of adult lice varies from sort of tan to gray/white color. Most are extremely contagious but are quite harmless.
Some species do in fact carry disease and can be harmful.

They are parasites and depend on human blood for their survival, which they get from your scalp.

WHERE DO THEY COME FROM

Head lice originated in North American but have migrated all over the world. In some of the farthest regions of the earth, head lice are there.

Head lice are thought to have separated from body lice, a similar yet distinct species, many thousand years ago. Head lice are transmitted from one host to another host through close contact.

For example this implies that a person who has not been infected would have to be up close and personal with an infected person by wearing the clothing, hat, comb or brush can speed the spreading of this animal.

Interestingly though, the louse could not survive more than twenty-four hours without the nourishment it gets from a human host.

GET INFECTED

A common misconception about head lice is that it is a sign of poor hygiene. It is also said that lice affect only poor people that live in sort of impoverished conditions.

This could not be further from the truth, it matters not what a person economic condition is, his or her race or gender, lice can attack anyone and are not selective at all who they are.

HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF

Although head lice can be annoying, proper treatment can get rid of the infestation easily and very quickly and without any pain at all.

Head lice have been around basically as long as humans have and the reality is there is not a chance they’ll ever go away.

As a preventive measure don’t share hats or any headgear, hair accessories, combs with others, especially if they are infected with lice. Don’t share beds, towels or bedding with anyone that is infected.

HOW TO TREAT AN INFECTION

Medicated shampoos are designed to kill adult lice. A doctor can also prescribe medicated shampoos, that will eliminate your problem also.

A word of caution, never use these powerful shampoos on children, you’ll need to consult your doctor on the proper way of addressing them if they should get infected.

Vacuum your carpets and wash all your bedding, dry the sheets and other bedding at a high temperature for at least a half hour to insure that all the lice are dead.

HOME REMEDIES

One old fashioned way is to try and smother the lice using butter, vaseline or olive oil. Wet combing your hair is another effective way of removing lice.
Wet your hair and use a fine toothed comb to remove the majority of the lice out of your hair.

Getting rid of lice can be time consuming but with patience you can remove each and everyone of them in time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sugar: the good-the bad-the ugly

SUGAR WHAT’S THE ATTRACTION

We all know how difficult it can be to turn down that extra candy or an extra large slice of cake, knowing fool well that we really don’t need that extra sugar in our system.

But why on earth are we so addicted to candy, cake, pie or anything that has sugar in it?

When we eat food, the simple sugar glucose is absorbed from the intestines in our blood and distributed to all the cells of our body.

The reason for the sugar addiction may be because of glucose. Our bodies’ use of glucose is of great importance to the brain as it provides fuel to the billions of nerve cells inside us.

SUGAR: HOW DO WE TREAT IT?

Needless to say we have a somewhat strange relationship with sugar, as we are born with a taste for the things in life that are sweet.

It appears that kids have a preference for sweets far more than adults do, along with the sugary treats, youngsters also have a yen for high calorie foods as well.

Many kids and teens need high calorie diets to help with weight gain and growth. High caloric intake for kids and teen are beneficial to help with recovery from illness.

But a serious issue has arrived as of late, problems with obesity in children has sky-rocketed because refined sugar is much too readily available and parents are not always aware of what their kids may eating and can’t monitor their diets, as well as they, would like.

THE NEGATIVES ABOUT SUGAR INTAKE

Consuming too much sugar can lead to unhealthy eating patterns. Sugar can make a person feel “high” with the release of serotonin in our blood streams.

Getting the feeling of being high from sugar is why a lot of us turn to sweets to get energy or when we want to feel rewarded.

Needless to say sugar can almost be compared a drug, when the high is over, we crave more of it to get back that good feeling that we had before.

Thus setting wheels in motion for an accident that’s bound to happen.

Our minds aren’t can’t seem “stop” when we’ve had enough of sugar.

It’s almost as if there is no built in warning system to help us put the brakes on we’ve had enough, so we just don’t a clue when enough is enough.

All kinds of sugars are broken down by the body. Sugars are changed into glycogen or fat for storage. So the amount you eat is what makes the difference.

Sugar should only make up a small percentage of the energy you get from the food you eat or what you drink each day.

WHAT HEALTH ISSUE CAN ARISE FROM EATING TOO MUCH SUGAR?

One of the health issues bought on by eating too much sugar is weight gain.

Excessive weight gain increases the risk of major health problems in your body including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.

WHY USE LESS SUGAR

Sugar doesn’t have any vitamins or minerals, plain and simple sugar is just plain empty calories.

Most high-sugar foods contains very little essential nutrients. People who prefer to eat sweets will most likely become lacking in necessary nutrients that help their body.

Sugar without a doubt is one of the most addictive substances that we could ever eat. Because we get pleasure frome eating sugar, our body continuously asks for more.

Be aware to totally stop using sugar also has its side effects. The lack of sugar in our diet can cause one to have a lack of energy, mood swings and even depression.

All things considered sugar intake should be done in moderation. Too much of anything is not good for you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Diet and Kidney Disease……….The verdict is in!

TO EAT OR NOT TO EAT

The restriction of protein intake has long been proposed as protection against kidney ailments.

Making healthy food choices is important to us all, but it is even more important if you have a kidney issue.

Eating the proper foods gives us energy to do our daily tasks, it prevents infections, builds our muscles, strengthens our bones and can actually help the issue you have with our kidneys from worsening.

You however can maintain a vegetarian diet after being diagnosed with kidney disease.

Planning your vegetarian diet is not only a safe thing to but offers benefits in dealing with kidney disease.

A careful thought out plan give you the proper balance of the vitamins and minerals that it takes for our body to function properly.

Healthy eating is essential even for people that have no health issues at all.

Protein is a very necessary and important nutrient. Our body depends on protein to help build muscle, repair tissue and help fight infection.

Being a kidney patient, you have to be very careful and monitor closely the intake of protein you eat daily.

Protein can can build of waste in the blood and this is not a good thing.

WATCH THE SODIUM INTAKE

Even though protein is good for your body it can sometime have a lot of sodium.

Use as many fresh foods as possible and stay away from these foods as much as you can.

Processed dairy cheese, frozen meals, canned soups, packaged vegetable broths, spices that contain the word’s sodium or salt.

POTASSIUM

Potassium does not need to be restricted unless the levels in the blood are found to be high.

Blood testing is the best way to be sure that your potassium requirements are actually fine.

Fruits and vegetable produce nearly three fourth of a person’s potassium.

Perhaps your level of potassium is elevated, try to minimize fruit and vegetable selections to four servings per day.

If you use a lot of beans or textured vegetable protein, alternative protein foods may need to be selected in an effort to keep your levels of potassium from getting to high.

PHOSPHORUS

Phosphorus is contained in Dairy products, dark colas and processed foods, even vegetarian processed foods, can be a source of phosphorus.

Keeping your phosphorous in a healthy range involves the following, avoid dark colas, and processed foods containing phosphate additives.

GRAINS, BREAD AND CEREAL

Whole grains are ways to fill out your diet with healthy nutrients and fiber.

Whole grains are higher in phosphorous than white breads and grains.

This is because of a substance in whole grains that keep the phosphorus from being absorbed by the body.

Good selections are whole grain pastas, brown rice, barley, quinoa, millet, and couscous.

VITAMINS AND MINERALS

Almost all vitamins and minerals come from the foods you eat. Your body does not make these.

Understand that the vegetarian diet may not supply the necessary vitamins and minerals that a person with a kidney problem may need for functioning properly.

It is necessary to take some vitamins and minerals to help supplement your diet.

Speak to your kidney doctor or dietitian. They can help you learn about the vitamins and minerals that are right for you to be using if you are suffering from kidney disease.

If you need help to plan meals, a registered dietitian with special training in kidney disease will also be able to help you select the type of supplements that will benefit you as you go the process of kidney disease.

A dietitian can help you choose foods that will give you the right nutrients in the right amounts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Abortion how does it effect you………what’s your take on it?

WHAT DOES ABORTION MEAN?

Abortion means ending a pregnancy before the fetus (unborn child) can live independently outside the mother.

If It takes place spontaneously before 24 weeks of pregnancy, it is called a miscarriage.

Done deliberately to end the pregnancy of a woman it’s called a therapeutic abortion.

HOW DOES ONE DECIDE TO DO IT?

Making a decision to have a pregnancy aborted is very personal and feelings about doing it varies a lot from person to person.

The religious views of a person may come into play when they consider having an abortion and even how one’s health is may be a determining factor when making a decision to abort a pregnancy.

Each person may have a plethora of thoughts running through their minds as the time gets closer to actually having it performed.

But making a decision is a must!

Don’t start beating yourself up, be rational, you’re a very intelligent individual, seek counseling if you must and don’t start playing the blame game, remember it took two people to accomplish this pregnancy and you did realize the sex was unprotected.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED NOW

Opinions of others are important but ultimately the decision is up to you.

Consider where you are right now and how you’re gonna deal with this.

What about your future how do you visualize yourself next month or next year.

Perhaps the thought of keeping the baby crossed your mind.

Another thought may have been of putting the baby up for adoption.

Whatever your thoughts, you need to discuss it with your doctor, the father of the baby, your priest or parents.

Time doesn’t wait and it’ll soon be time to make a decision concerning your pregnancy.

WHAT ABOUT SIDE EFFECTS OF THE ABORTION

Some women have mild to severe emotional side effects after having an abortion, some are overwhelmed and some show relief.

The emotional side effects of having an abortion seem to far outweigh the physical side effects of the procedure.

Remember that the emotional side effects are equal to the physical effects.

It is important to discuss these risks with a trained professional or someone you really trust in these matters that you can ask questions to and have any issues resolved.

How you feel about what it is you’re carrying inside of you can make all the difference.

Maybe you have reached the conclusion that this not a real baby until it is born.

You may be worrying right now about how your chances for getting pregnant in the future are affected by having an abortion.

People who have this kind of mentality seem to deal with the process of having an abortion much better that people that feel different from that.

Shame, sadness, loneliness, depression, nightmares and anger can all be a part of the side effects that a woman feels after having aborted a baby.

You may be deeply concerned about how your chances of getting pregnant in the future are affected by having an abortion right now.

Rest assured that having an abortion is very unlikely to affect your chances of becoming pregnant again.

Having an abortion does not make you an evil woman. There is no reason for you to feel that way because regardless of what you might be thinking now, you are not alone, many just like you have gone through this and are doing great.

Making the choice to have an abortion is totally up to the people involved.

Surround yourself with people who completely understand what it is you are dealing with.

Don’t feel pressure by anyone to make a decision that is not right for you.

Do not isolate yourselt during this time, you are not going to become “the wicked witch of the west” because of the decision you made today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Polio……a look at a once horrible disease!

WHAT IS POLIO

Polio, short for Poliomyelitis, Polio is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. Younger children seem to be targeted more than other group of people.

A once rampant disease now has been eliminated in many countries in the world, thanks to a miraculous drug that was discovered in 1953.

It has been eliminated in nearly every country in the world but there are still several countries in the world where the disease still exist.

Many victims of the virus show no symptom at all but can still spread the disease and cause others to catch it.

Some signs of non-paralytic polio can be headache, fever, sore throat, vomiting and fatigue.

About 1 percent of polio cases can develop into paralytic polio. Paralytic polio leads to paralysis in the back or spinal column,

Some symptoms of the paralytic type of polio include loss of reflexes, severe spasms, muscle pain, floppy limbs, one side of the body, sudden paralysis, deformed limbs especially the hips, ankles, and feet.

This is a little known fact about the disease, even if a victim of polio has recovered, the disease can return even after many years.

Some signs of the return of the disease are muscle and joint weakness, easily to become exhausted or fatigued, having problems breathing and swallowing,
trouble with concentration and memory.

HOW CAN SOME BECOME INFECTED

Polio is a very highly contagious virus, polio transmits through contact with feces.

Children toys that have come near infected feces, or bathroom cleaning tools can also transmit the virus.

Transmission can occur through a sneeze or a cough, as the virus lives in the throat and intestines.

People living in areas with no access to running water or toilets can contract the virus from drinking water that contaminated by animal waste.

Taking a trip to an area where the disease still is active should be of a great concern to you if you’ve not been vaccinated. Have visitors from an area where polio still active.

HOW CAN POLIO BE MEDICALLY TREATED

Doctors can only treat polio while the infection is actively running its course.

Although the best way is to get a vaccination against it, after the disease has begun the doctor may or bed rest, medications for pain, drugs to relax muscles, drugs for urinary tract infections, ventilators to help with breathing, physical therapy.

Polio is a highly contagious virus that can result in spinal cord and brain stem paralysis.

It would be wise that every country that doesn’t have a campaign against the horrid disease start one immediately so that all child would be immunized by their second month after birth.

The vaccination of young children in every part of the world could mean world free of the disease and no more suffering due to contracting it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Building your body after 60…….get yours now!

WHAT ARE SOME ADVANTAGES OF BODY BUILDING?

First of all let’s discuss what body building really consist of. Bodybuilding, the act of lifting weights to make your muscles larger and stronger. You can have a strong body after 60.
You’re a woman over 60, weight training exercises can help you to regain lost muscle and look and feel years younger.

Let’s face it ladies, you do need to take your age, physical condition and any health concerns into consideration when you decide that you want to do some strength training.

Doing squats may be considered a basic bodybuilding exercise that target your quads and also your gluts and hamstrings.

You can do these alone or add a little weight like a barbell. Be Always aware of your posture when lifting, damage can occur if you’re not careful when lifting weights.
A word of caution, before beginning any exercise, consult your doctor and allow him or her to advise you on the amount of exercise you should consider or if you should place a limit on the kind of training is proper for you.
It is well-known that women who incorporate weight training into their exercise regimen see increases in muscular strength endurance and body tone just the same as men.
Lifting is of great importance to women, however, because of its positive effect on bone density, which naturally decreases in women with as they grow older.

So you’re a newbie and just starting out, there’s great benefits to weight training and no need to be afraid to jump right in there and give it go.

Weight training can be modified depending on your strength and training levels.
Start out by lifting one or two days per week. You want to allow your muscles plenty time to adapt to the new stress that has been put on them.

After you’ve been lifting for several weeks, increase your workout frequency to an extra day or two per week if you feel strong enough to handle it, remember be careful not to overdo it.

Never start a work-out with cold muscles, do a five to ten minute warm up first to prevent injury or worse.

Do seven or eight repetitions to start with and after your muscles have acclimated themselves, do an extra repetition.

Don’t hurry, I realize that you’re anxious to get your body in shape but this is a process and it takes time.
Want to target your shoulders? Do shoulder presses and lateral raises.

Both these exercises are perfect using a pair of weights while standing or if you don’t have weights, use a couple of large cans of vegetables.

With the weights at your shoulder level, push the weights over your head, then lower the weights back to your shoulders.

Do as many repetitions as you’re comfortable with but don’t over-do it.
Want to work the biceps? Hold the weights that are comfortable to you at your side, lift the weights in your hands to shoulder height and then lower the weight back to your side.

Remember to do a little each day until you have reached a level that is comfortable to you, as time progresses you can add extra weight to stress the muscles even more to get better results. Building a strong body takes time.

Important keyword to remember is “Caution” injury will negate any progress that you’ve made. Please be careful.

You can build a strong body after age 60 good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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