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Breville Juice Fountain Elite Review

Breville Juice Fountain Elite Review

Breville The Juice Fountain Elite Review Name: Breville Website: https://www.brevilleusa.com/products/the-juice-fountain-elite?variant=33785526417 Price: $299.99 Owners: Bill O’Brien and Harry Norville Overall Rank: 77 out of 100 Breville Juice Fountain Elite Overview This 17.2 pound juicer is an excellent machine that will provide you with pulp free juice in seconds.  The Breville Juice […]

Managing Your Health At Work

Managing Your Health At Work

  As we all know it can be difficult to stay on track at work and here’s a few tips on managing your health at work.  Stress causes us to eat things that aren’t good for us but convenient.   You don’t always have time to […]

What Are Guillain-Barre Symptoms?

What Are Guillain-Barre Symptoms?

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Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. This disorder can happen to anyone at anytime, one sex is not more prone than the other, although people over 55 are more at risk. It is not hereditary according to research. Studies show the stomach flu is linked to GBS (Guillain-Barre Syndrome). Some triggers of this condition are vaccines, pregnancy, minor surgery or have no reason what so ever. If you are thinking of getting the flu shot or the H1N1, do your research, there are links between the vaccinations and Guillain-Barre Syndrome. In a pubmed.gov article, 25 out of 83 patients reported symptoms and were diagnosed to have GBS also received the H1N1 shot in 2009. It is unlikely for a pregnant woman to get GBS but a few cases have been reported. Case reports show a small percentage of Guillain-Barre being triggered after surgery.

Guillain-Barre Symptoms

The CDC says this is a rare disease affecting 1-2 in every 100,000 persons. There is also no known way to prevent it since it’s cause is unknown. Symptoms of GBS include tingling, weakness in the extremities, and paralysis of the face, legs, arms, and breathing muscles. Your immune system which is programmed to attack foreign bacterial cells are attacking your nerves instead and depleting the myelin sheath.

Think of it this way, you take an electrical wire and strip the insulation off, the wires are now exposed and will not conduct electricity. Your nerves can not send messages properly and interfere with the motor functions. You will feel the tingles and problems breathing as a result. Only in severe cases is a patient hospitalized. A severe case would be total paralyzation, which is life threatening. The nerves in the spinal cord are rarely attacked for whatever reason. It can take time to diagnose a patient due to the similarity in symptoms shown in various other conditions. A physician can take a fluid sample from your spine using a needle after a physical examination of your body. Doctors can also use electromyography and nerve conduction tests.

The time-frame for symptoms to show themselves varies from hours to weeks in some cases. It doesn’t seem to be set and like most conditions, and there is no known cure. It can take months or years for people to fully get over this condition. Typically, the symptoms will show a few days after a viral infection. The longer a person waits to be diagnosed the more severe the condition will become. Within a month from the first symptoms, patients are at their weakest. Most patients seem to recover even though they may still have residual weakness.

Traditional Western Treatment-AKA Allopathic Medicine

Allopathic treatments of GBS are plasma exchange, steroid treatments, and high dose immunoglobulin therapy.  The use of ventilator machines and heart monitors are two of the machines currently used to assist treatments.  Plasma exchange, as called plasmapheresis, is where they would filter the blood to separate white blood cells and red blood cells from the plasma for processing, then return the blood cells into the blood stream.    The amount of plasma they extract is enough that if your body didn’t replenish it that you would go into shock.  For an adult weighing 154lbs, this treatment costs around $3,980.00.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a quote online with my insurance for this procedure.    Coverage will depend on the type of medical insurance and the physician.  It is actually more expensive to get the high dose immunoglobulin therapy, which costs approximately $10,305.00.

This therapy uses intravenous injections of the proteins that the immune system uses naturally to fight invaders.  The proteins come from a pool of healthy donors.  The clinical trials show steroid hormone treatments to be ineffective.  This doesn’t take into account the hospital stay, whether you have insurance or not, the blood work, the tests etc.  You can also include in your cost the fact that you would have to be out of work and if you have a job that doesn’t pay you if you are out then it costs more.  You lose pay and get behind in bills and have now a medical bill so this can be time consuming and costly.  In an article I found on pubmed.gov the median hospital stay ranged from 21.3 days to 47.4 days in a total of 69 patients.  It seems the earlier the patients report the symptoms to the physician the sooner they will get treatment and be out of the hospital.

Alternative Treatments

Herbal remedies include Ginger, Winter Cherry or Country Mallow.  Ginger is an excellent anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.  Winter cherry boosts the immune system and country mallow assists with paralysis by improving blood circulation.  Turmeric is great for improving the immune system.  You can get these in tablets, capsules and powder on amazon.com or a few other sites.  Look at your local apothecary for them.  Ginger can be bought at any grocer.  These are not expensive at all.    You can probably get the country mallow seeds at your local farm stores that will sell flowers, herbs, plants, planters, grass seeds etc.  I priced them on amazon for $2.00, you can get the powder form for $35.56.  The winter cherry capsules I found are organic ashwaganda 400 mg veg capsules from India for $10.29.  Ginger root in powder forms goes for approximately $4.55.  Ayurvedic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine had been proven to effectively improve the condition known as Guillain-Barre.

Summary

In Summary, education will be your best weapon against this and many other health conditions.  There isn’t a definitive way to prevent it but you can catch it early and having a fighting chance.  Research that I have done shows that the healthiest and most cost-effective way to treat this is alternatively, especially if you don’t have health insurance.  Allopathic treatments are not a sure thing and carry side effects that would also require prescribed methods of treatments.  For a good patient point of view, check out http://trevorsammut.blogspot.com/.  Allopathic treatments can run you thousands of dollars vs less than a few hundred dollars to do this holistically.  If I had to choose, I would go with holistic even though I have good insurance, I would not have all that time to take off work to be in the hospital and the risks are too high for me.

What Are Antioxidants For?

What Are Antioxidants For?

  Antioxidants play a crucial role in the processes within the human body. Without them, disease will flourish through inflammation and oxidation of our cells. Antioxidants remove metals from our body, detoxify our system, improve the immune system, and influence certain genes. Antioxidants are chemical […]

Natural Ways To Heal Asthma

Natural Ways To Heal Asthma

Asthma is a respiratory disease where the mucous thickens in the trachea and makes it difficult to breathe.  Certain triggers include cigarette smoke, chemicals, perfumes, dyes, pet dander, outdoor allergies, over exertion, common cold and flu.  Dietary changes can make a difference in how the […]

Health Benefits to Juicing

Health Benefits to Juicing

Last year I decided it was time to invest in a quality juicer.  I have watched the documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and loved the juicer.  I bought my Breville Juice Fountain Elite over 2 years ago and it was the best purchase I made in a long time.  I highly recommend it, use the coupon as well.  If you’re like me, drinking orange juice growing up wasn’t your favorite.  The sting of the acid or the pulp in the juice grossed me out.  Well great news, juicing real oranges is a delight.  The juice is silky smooth and almost buttery.  It’s the most beneficial way to get your vitamins and minerals is to buy your organic fruits and veggies and juice them everyday.  My husband and I demonstrated this to a friend the other night and he was amazed.  Our friend is hooked and plans on buying one.

 

Organic Cameo apple juice

We juice and make protein smoothies for all of us.  You can certainly use your blender to mix in bananas with almond milk and peanut butter powder then add your juice.  Any juice that is store bought will not compare, you are getting nature in a glass.  There is no preservative, high fructose corn syrup, added vitamins or flavors.

Juicing apples

Juicing is a great way to detox your body from metals and toxins.  If you need extra fiber in your nutrition plan, get some apples and pair it with carrots and celery, juice it and drink it. We purchase our apples and some vegetables straight from local farms, it’s a lot cheaper plus you support the local economy. Warning you will need to stay home that day, it’s a cleanse combo and will clean you out.  My husband did that as a experiment and felt great hours later but he was surprised at the power of the fiber.  If you are told by your doctor that one of your vitamins is low, buy the fruit and juice daily and ask for a retest in a few months.  Also don’t forget to drink your water, fruits contain a lot of natural sugar and you want to balance this out.  I recommend drinking 2 Liters of water a day to start if you aren’t used to drinking water.

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How can you change your metabolism?

How can you change your metabolism?

  That’s a very good question, how can you change your metabolism? Well I’m here to help you with that question. As we get older our body changes, one of those changes is that our metabolism slows down. This doesn’t have to be the case. […]

Belly Fat

Belly Fat

As we get older and our lives get more complicated, it becomes harder to lose weight. For most of us, we gain belly fat whether it is gradual over time or more rapid in a shorter amount of time. We address how to get rid […]

Count Chemicals Not Calories

Count Chemicals Not Calories

Why do I say count chemicals not calories? I hear people on a daily basis talk about their diets and watch them eat “diet” foods. I’m sure you have either seen or tried some of these foods, the Weight Watchers, Special K, Fit & Active, Diet Soda, Fat Free, Sugar Free, etc. Microwavable dinners are convenient and quick for the busy person and yes it comes in a small portion usually but counting those calories should not be your goal for a healthy body. Processed foods are filled with preservatives, fillers, GMO’s, MSG, sugar, and chemicals that are banned in Europe but allowed here by the FDA.  The chemicals that are in the foods can cause cancer over a long period of time, now if that doesn’t bother you than it should.  Food should not be made in a lab.

Walk through your local grocery store and take a look at how much food comes in a can, box, freeze dried package or bag versus the food you can get fresh from the produce section and butcher. Read the labels! Don’t just look at the promise on it that it has less fat, less salt, less sugar etc. Big companies get paid big money for marketing products to consumers with false information. The ingredients should be less than 7. If the box lists more than 7 ingredients, put it down and walk away. If you wish to eat seafood, great but do research and ask questions about whether it is wild caught or farm raised. Whenever possible choose wild caught and research the type of fish you prefer to ensure you are not consuming more than a safe amount of mercury. You can check out this website for an idea, http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/tc/avoiding-mercury-in-fish-topic-overview.

Diets are about restricting your calories. Some give you a list of foods that you are not allowed to eat that are high in sugar, fat and carbs. Our bodies require a certain amount of calories to process our foods and distribute nutrients to our muscles, bones, and organs. The lowest body fat for women should be 25% and 20% for men. Diets don’t work, using portion sizes and consuming more vegetables and protein than starch does. There are tons of books out there on various diets that promise you will lose weight quickly. Losing too quickly can harm your body. Everything is a process and it takes time. The average is 2 pounds per week and the first couple of pounds will be water retention.

What bothers me most is the sheer fact that people truly believe they have to starve to lose weight. At one point in my life, I did stop eating 90 % of my daily food. I was heart broken and had no appetite at all, I lost a pound a day for a few weeks. I didn’t do it to lose weight but it worked at the time, I was looking good. It was not at all healthy and since then I learned how to eat right. Stress as we mention in the emotional eating post is a killer on our appetite. I have gained weight from stress and struggle more often than not but cutting our the processed foods and eating my vegetables helps a lot.

Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acid

Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acid

Recently I met a man in a cafeteria that ordered scrambled egg whites with spinach leaves and I mentioned the benefits of egg yolks as a healthy cholesterol.  The man told me that he’s a runner and is training for his next marathon.  Immediately I […]


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Recently I met a man in a cafeteria that ordered scrambled egg whites with spinach leaves and I mentioned the benefits of egg yolks as a healthy cholesterol.  The man told me that he’s a runner and is training for his next marathon.  Immediately I thought to myself, well you will need more calories than that or you will pass out.  Our bodies need a certain amount of fat for our organs to function optimally.  For women, our body fat must be at least 25%, and for men it’s 20%.  The healthy fat comes from our Omega 3 fatty acids.  The egg yolk contains the omega 3 fatty acids that are so beneficial to our hearts, bones, muscles and tissues.

Benefits of omega 3 fatty acids include cognitive response improvement, anti-depressant, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, neuropsychiatric, and inflammatory diseases, as well as for some cancer types (mainly colorectal, mammary, and prostatic cancer).  Fish are our primary sources of healthy omega 3 fatty acids.  A high level of DHA is found in wild caught Salmon, Cod and Tuna. Although we are talking about fish as a healthy meat option, we must make mention of the mercury level in fish can be toxic to us if ingested in large amounts.  My suggestion is to have this as a meal with vegetable twice a week.  If you have a fish allergy, disregard the recommendation.  Walnuts and Chia seeds not only give us energy throughout our day but it provides an excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids.  Eggs are another option, healthy for you in every way.  I eat 3 hard-boiled eggs every morning and it lowered my bad cholesterol and improved my healthy cholesterol.  Eating vegetables like Brussel sprouts and kale with your meal will increase your intake.  For those who love meat and prefer to hunt it, you have an added benefit.  Wild game meat is not only leaner and cleaner but it is higher in Omega 3 fatty acids than traditional farm meat.