December 2011 - Page 2 of 6 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

How to protect yourself from a common (and grueling) bacterial infection

If you should get sick, the last place you want to be is a hospital. Hospitals are teeming with the most vile bacteria on earth. All it takes is a couple of doctors or nurses in a hurry to skip washing their hands, and it’s curtains.

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Fair warning -- the holidays can be very hard on our hearts

Before the EMS team finished up and left, I overheard one of them say, “I can’t believe it wasn’t a heart attack.” She followed this comment with something about “heart attack season.” When I got home I went online and looked it up, and she was right, of course. Ask any EMS personnel — there’s a significant spike in heart attacks around Christmas and New Years. But lives can be saved with some quick CPR. And the good news is that you can administer CPR without training, and you don’t have to give mouth-to-mouth.

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Make your brain happy -- give it the vitamin it craves

Your brain has a powerful craving. So go ahead — indulge. A review of vitamin D research reveals two reasons why the vitamin is so important to brain health…

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Think "safety first" when choosing a psoriasis treatment

The narrator was a middle-aged woman, forced indoors, away from her friends, due to “embarrassing, flaky, painful, red patches” caused by plaque psoriasis. Then the tone turned upbeat again after she began using Humira, an injectable drug that treats psoriasis lesions. And the only thing that spoiled this happy scene was a sudden switch to a new narrator who explained…”Humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. Serious sometimes fatal events can occur, such as…” What’s stupefying is that the FDA allows billions of dollars worth of Humira and other drugs in this class of TNF-alpha blockers (Enbrel, Remicade) to be sold every year while safe alternative methods are available.

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What's the best time of day to get a colonoscopy?

It doesn’t sound like something you want to do first thing in the morning, but it turns out it is. Make sure you schedule your colonoscopy early.

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Save lives! Take this vitamin every day!

Increase your vitamin C, lower your risk of heart failure.

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When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it responds with immediate protection

A doctor once advised me to put on sunscreen every time I go outside. Yikes — talk about overkill! Even though that was years ago (before it was widely understood how important sunlight exposure is in producing vitamin D) I had a strong suspicion that this fear-the-sun recommendation was way over the top.

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