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Skipping Or Stopping Pills Could Be Risky Business

In today’s world, a visit to the doctor can be more complicated than a simple checkup.
Patients often leave the doctor’s office with a laundry list of information, medications and unanswered questions.

It can be confusing to understand how and why to take your medications.

Sometimes people do not take their medicine as directed by their doctor, or fail to keep taking it for as long as they should. This is called “nonadherence”-and it may negatively affect your health.

Studies have shown that not taking medicines as prescribed can result in more hospital visits, failure to recover from disease, or even death. Whereas patients who take their medication as directed could have lower disease-related medical costs.

Today’s medicines can help people live longer, healthier lives.

For example, cholesterol-lowering medicines that help control the risk factors for heart disease have made great strides in lowering the risk of heart attack or stroke. You can’t always see or feel the symptoms of heart disease. For that reason, it’s important to take your medicines as directed by your doctor, even if you may not feel yourself getting better.

For example, only about half of patients on a cholesterol-lowering drug are still taking it six months later. And after 12 months, only 30 to 40 percent of patients take their medicine at all. Adherence, or taking your medicine as directed, is key.

If you stop taking medication regularly, your cholesterol may go back up to where it was before you started taking medicine.

If you have questions about your medication, talk with your doctor and stay on the medicines your doctor prescribes.

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The Maker’s Diet or The Faker’s Diet?

The Maker’s Diet or The Faker’s Diet?

The Maker’s Diet – hum, interesting title. But should Jordan Rubin’s book really be called “The Faker’s Diet?” And what about his Garden of Life products? Would “Garden of Lies” be more appropriate? Let’s do some digging to unearth the truth.
Rubin’s first book, Patient Heal Thyself (another good title – but appearances can deceive), was removed from the market by the FDA for making unsubstantiated medical claims and false advertising. Does that mean Rubin, his books and his products are bad? Not necessarily, but let’s dig deeper.
If you’re not familiar with Rubin’s “miracle” ingredient, “soil organisms,” let’s bring the little buggers up into the light of day. First off, he tries to make us believe the Bible and various researchers recommend eating dirt for the soil organisms. Is this true? Of course not. But, by starting with basic facts and adding a whirlwind of fast talk, Rubin concludes 1 + 1 = 3, when it doesn’t. That’s how the art of con works.
Who is this Jordan Rubin anyway? After all, he’s got a slew of important looking academic letters after his name – Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy), N.M.D (Naturopathic Medical Doctor) and C.N.C. (Certified Nutritional Consultant). But are they for real? Let’s use a roto-rooter on this one, because all these so-called degrees come from unaccredited “pay a fee/buy a degree” diploma mills.
Rubin’s Ph.D. “school,” The Academy of Natural Therapies (ANT – another underground critter), was even shut down by the Office of Consumer Protection in a major fraud lawsuit against its founder Steven Byrnes. By the way, Byrnes was a big promoter of highly saturated (97%) coconut oil – another of Rubin’s product ingredients. Research shows consumption of saturated fats like coconut oil greatly contributes to both stroke and heart disease. Interestingly enough, Steven Byrnes died last year of a stroke – at age 40.
Finally, if this isn’t enough, Rubin claims the “research” which backs up his scandalous books and products was (and I quote) “published in the highly respected peer-reviewed journal Progress in Nutrition.” Ever heard of it? Me neither. Tunneling deeper proved that Progress in Nutrition is NOT “highly respected,” NOT “peer-reviewed” and NOT listed as a journal – anywhere! Apparently only one “Special Issue” was ever printed and that was sponsored (which means paid advertising) by (you guessed it) Jordan Rubin and Garden of Lies (excuse me, I mean “life.”)
And speaking of “life,” your life is dependent on nutrition, so it’s essential to be careful about what you put into your body. Life expectancy is much longer than it was even a hundred years ago. Sanitation is far better and medical practices have vastly improved, but the main reason people live longer is because far fewer die of infectious diseases. And, infectious diseases come from bacteria, viruses, parasites and numerous “organisms” in dirt!
Bottom line? Avoid soil organisms, Faker’s Diets, coconut oil, the Garden Of Lies and all other dirty little scams!

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Stop Smoking, Regain Your Health

No one would say that it is easy to stop smoking. But

since millions of people have successfully quit

smoking, it simply means that kicking the tobacco

habit is not impossible. Quitting smoking does not

only make one feel better, it also entails making

drastic yet positive changes in one’s life. Putting

an end to one’s nicotine addiction will enable a

person to have better health, gain savings by no

longer spending on cigarettes, enhance social

acceptance, and set a good example for the younger

generation to follow.

Taking care of one’s health is the most obvious and

equally the most important reason why a person should

stop smoking. Almost everyone knows that smoking can

cause lung cancer, but only a few know that smoking

also increases the risk for other types of cancer,

lung diseases, heart attacks, stroke, and peripheral

vascular disease. The said habit also causes

premature wrinkling of the skin, bad breath, yellow

fingernails, pregnancy problems (miscarriage or low

birth weight), and higher risks of heart attacks,

stroke, and clot formation for women who uses oral

contraceptives. It really does not matter how long

one smoked, but as long as one stops smoking, this

will definitely bring benefits to one’s health. In

fact, those who stopped smoking before 35 avoid 90

percent of the health risks associated with nicotine

and tobacco.

The next thing to consider would be the actual

financial cost of smoking. Smoking is expensive, and

the economic cost of smoking is estimated to be about

$4,000 a year for an average smoker. Figure out how

much a person spends on smoking by multiplying how

much money is spent for tobacco each day by 365. Now

multiply this by the number of years that a smoker

used tobacco. This equals to how much one spends on

smoking. Another way would be multiplying the amount

spent per year by 10. This will be the cost if one

keeps smoking for another ten years. Think of other

ways to spend that kind of money. This computation

does not even include higher costs of health and life

insurance, and the medical costs due to

tobacco-related conditions.

Smoking is less socially acceptable now that it was

in the past. In fact, employers nowadays prefer to

hire nonsmokers. Some workplaces even restrict

smoking. The reason for this is probably because past

studies reveal that smoking employees cost businesses

more because they are “out sick” more frequently.

Smoking in a building also increases the maintenance

costs of keeping cleanliness and odors at an

acceptable level. Landlords, too, may choose not to

rent to smokers since maintenance costs and insurance

rates may rise when smokers occupy buildings. Friends

may ask you not to smoke in their houses or cars.

Public buildings, concerts, and even sporting events

are largely smoke-free. And more and more communities

are restricting smoking in all public places,

including restaurants and bars. In fact, finding a

place to smoke nowadays can be quite a hassle. It can

be frustrating but that’s only because smoking is an

inconvenient habit. It is really much easier to stop

smoking than try to change or adapt the

circumstances, things, and people around you to

accept smoking.

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Want to Feel Better? Go Stroke Your Cat!

Want to Feel Better? Go Stroke Your Cat!

Stroking your cat can be good for your health!
It has long been known that pet ownership is good for you, we all need someone or something to love. It is also believed that stroking a pet, such as a cat, reduces stress levels and helps you to have a more positive perspective on life.
Stroking a cat, and listening to the sound of its contented purring, reduces tension and lowers your blood pressure it is believed.
A study was made of a group of people before and after they acquired a pet, the majority reported that their health had improved in as little as three to nine months. The people who owned dogs reported the greatest health benefits, because of the exercise involved in walking the dog, but cat owners too said that they felt a lot better even though they were not so active.
Many senior citizens homes have “residential” cats, and staff report these pets as being of great benefit to the residents, helping them feel more comfortable and to remind them of normal home life. The physical contact with the pet can be therapeutic, and the activity needed to care for the cat gives the residences a sense of purpose. The need for medications falls quite substantially in nursing homes where there is a cat available for stroking, and the act of stroking can help recovery after an illness.
Of course, it is not only seniors that benefit from the company of a cat. Whatever your age sharing your home with a cat means that you will need the services of your doctor less often and be less likely to feel isolated or lonely. Children also benefit from having pets in the home. Studies have shown that many children believe that their cat helps them with their relationships with other family members and friends.
The American Journal of Cardiology published an article in 1995 attesting that those of us that own pets are more likely to make a recovery from a heart attack than non pet owners. One of the explanations for this was that stroking a pet releases endorphins into the brain calming the nervous system, and therefore lowering your heart rate.
So, if you want to feel better, forget about your favorite tipple, forget about chocolate, simply go stroke your cat.

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Why Does My Cat Bite My Hand When I Stroke Her?

Why Does My Cat Bite My Hand When I Stroke Her?

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You have settled into your favorite armchair, perhaps reading the final chapters of a gripping novel. Suddenly you are aware of the imploring stare of your cat sitting at your feet. You invite her onto your lap. Gently you begin to stroke her and your cat signals her appreciation with an audible purr.

One hand holding your book the other hand continuing to pet your mouser, you again get lost in your novel. All is well in the world with you and with your cat.

Suddenly your cat bites your hand!

Why did kitty do that? Why did she bite the hand that strokes her?

The experts don’t agree on exactly why it is that some cats enjoy being petted, but end up biting. One thing that they do agree on is that when kitty bites at you, it’s a sure sign that she has decided that she’s had enough stroking.

Cats differ in the amount of petting they will accept, and not all cats respond by biting when they have had enough. Some cats simply jump from your lap and saunter off to investigate interests anew. But many cats will nip you and your animal is one of them.

Could you have known that a bite was on its way? Yes, there are often signs that cats give before biting. And, if you had not been so wrapped up in reading your novel, you may have paid heed to your little pets warning.

If kitty’s tail begins to twitch, in a rolling flick, watch out! She’s getting ready to chomp at your hand.

If your cats ears start turning towards the back of her head, or flatten against her head, that’s a warning a bite is coming.

If your cat suddenly becomes restless, or stiffens and stares at your hand, she could be about to nip you.

If you noticed any of these signals, simply stop stroking your cat. Your pet will either stay on your lap or jump down and walk off, whichever happens you don’t get bitten.

What you should not do is punish your cat for biting your hand. That simply does not work. Cats are more likely to identify the punishment with you rather than with their bad cat behavior. If you miss a warning sign and kitty manages to get her jaws around your hand, try to resist the temptation to pull your hand away or push your cat away. Simply freeze. Chances are that your cat will not sink her teeth in, she has got her message across, and you have stopped petting her.

If you try and push your cat away it is likely that she will fight with your hand resulting in skin punctures for you. (An animal bite can become infected quite easily, if your cat does draw blood clean up the wound scrupulously and seek the advice of your doctor.)

Why do some cats behave in this aggressive way? The degree of tolerance to petting may be genetic, or it may be learned behavior. If when your cat was a kitten you allowed her to chew on your hand in play, she learned that biting human hands was an OK thing to do. So, when she feels that she has had enough stroking (she’s the boss remember,) she will bite at your hand to let you know – if you ignore her warning signals.

Some experts recommend the use of healthy tidbits, as a reward, in order to increase the time your cat will tolerate stroking. At the first warning signal offer kitty a treat, continue to stroke your cat gently for a time and offer her another reward. It is said that your cat will learn to connect petting with the tidbits and may, with patience, allow you to pet her for longer periods.