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Diet and Diabetes – Gary Ferone

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As food is digested, it is broken down into glucose which is also known as sugar which provides energy and powers our cells. Insulin which is a hormone made in the pancreas moves the glucose from the blood to the cells. If there is not enough insulin or the insulin is not working properly, then the glucose stays in the blood as well as causes blood sugar levels to rise. There are three main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Type 1 is caused from the pancreas no longer being able to make insulin and is usually found in children, teens and young adults.

Gestational diabetes can also occur near the end of a woman’s pregnancy and usually disappears after the baby’s birth. When poorly controlled diabetes causes blood glucose levels that are too high or too low, one may not feel well and diabetes that is poorly controlled over time can lead to complications that affect the body from head to toe. Issues can also occur with everything from one’s eyes, kidneys and nerves to reproductive organs, blood vessels and gums. Processed foods as well as items high in fat or sugar not only can disrupt the balance between glucose and insulin which results in inflammation.

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Pericarditis – Gary Ferone

Pericarditis is a type of an inflammation of the pericardium which is the sac that surrounds and holds the heart in place and the condition may be acute which is also known as short term is or chronic which is also known as long term. A sharp and stabbing chest pain which may feel like heart attack pain is the most common symptom of pericarditis and it is very unclear just how common pericarditis is in the general population. It may be responsible for around five percent of all non-heart attack and chest pain cases that end up in accident as well as emergency departments.

Evidence of pericarditis has also been found in about one percent of autopsy studies which suggest that the inflammation might frequently be present in the people without causing noticeable symptoms. In many cases, it is unknown what causes a person to develop acute or chronic pericarditis and however, viral infections such as from coxsackie viruses, influenza and HIV are the most common and identifiable causes of pericarditis. Infections caused from bacteria, fungi, parasites and other organisms such as tuberculosis which can also cause pericarditis. Scientists believe that chronic pericarditis is most often caused by autoimmune disorders like lupus, scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis and it may also may develop after a heart attack.

Complementary or Alternative Medicine

They are a category of medicine which includes a variety of treatment approaches which fall outside the realm of the conventional medicine. It is important to understand the difference between complementary medicine as well as alternative medicine and both the approaches are often lumped together but are distinct. Complementary medicine defines healing practices as well as products that work in conjunction with traditional medicine. There is a third category which also often gets lumped in with conventional and alternative medicine which is integrative medicine. Integrative medicine defines from both complementary medicine and alternative medicine and also combines these with traditional western therapies.

Mind body medicine: It includes treatments which focuses on how our mental as well as emotional status interacts and affects the body’s ability to function.

Whole medical systems: This category refers to the complete systems of medical theory and practice and many of which go back thousands of years and have roots in non-western cultures.

Manipulative and body based practices: Always relying on the physical manipulation of the body and this practice is intended to improve specific symptoms as well as overall health.

Biologically based practices: Since the focus is on herbs, nutrition or vitamins, dietary supplements and herbal medicine are perhaps the most common forms of biologically based on complementary and alternative medicine.

Advantages of Water – Gary Ferone

Water helps in many different types such as helps the body in removing all types of waste, prevents the body from becoming dehydrated, aids in digestion, helps in protecting the joints, tissues as well as spinal cords, etc. Water also keeps the tissues inside the body moist other than regulating the body’s temperature as well as quenching the thirst and one’s body retains the optimum levels of moisture in bones, brain, blood as well as sensitive areas by keeping the body hydrated.

Water acts as a lubricant as well as cushion for the joints and it also helps in protecting the spinal cord and the adequate amount of water helps the body to excrete through urination, defecation as well as perspiration. The intestines, liver as well as kidneys uses the water to help flush out the waste from the body and it also helps in moving the food that have been eaten through the intestinal tract as well as softening the stools and it also keeps the body from getting constipated. Digestion relies on some of the enzymes which are found in the saliva which helps in breaking down the liquid as well as the food and to dissolve other nutrients as well as minerals.

Trichomoniasis – Gary Ferone

It is the most common as well as curable sexually transmitted disease which is commonly found in young women and is caused by a parasite. It is caused by the protozoan parasite trichomonas vaginalis that is transmitted during a sexual contact and the parasite is passed on from a penis to a vagina or from a vagina to a penis but it can also be passed from a vagina to another vagina. The following may put anyone at greater risk for becoming infected with trichomoniasis which includes having many sexual partners, a history of other sexually transmitted diseases, having trichomoniasis in the past, etc. Some of the symptoms in women includes itching, burning, redness or soreness of the genitals, discomfort with urine, thin foul smelling discharge which can be clear, white, yellowish or greenish, unpleasant sensations while having sex, lower abdominal pain in some cases, menstruations may exacerbate symptoms, etc.

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Some of the symptoms in men includes itching as well as irritation in the penis, burning after urination or ejaculation, discharge from the penis after urination/ejaculation, unpleasant sensations during sex, etc. A healthcare provider cannot diagnose trichomoniasis based solely on the symptoms and the provider may examine him/her and order a laboratory test to diagnose the infection for both men and women. Some of the other medication side effects may include nausea, vomiting, headache, metallic taste, dizziness, etc. Pregnant women with trichomoniasis can be affected in the following ways which includes deliver prematurely, having a baby with a low birth weight, transmitting the infection to the baby as it passes through the birth canal, etc.

Leukemia – Gary Ferone

Leukemia refers to cancers of the white blood cells and normal white blood cells also known as leukocytes play a central role in fighting some of the infections. They have a very short life span and are continuously replenished in the bone marrow. The bone marrow creates some abnormal white blood cells that do not mature properly, cannot fight infection effectively and do not die like normal cells. The effects of leukemia on the body includes frequent infections from a lack of healthy white blood cells, anemia caused from a lack of healthy red blood cells, easy bruising and bleeding because of inadequate platelets, etc. Some of the risk factors for developing leukemia as an adult are being male, being white, having received chemotherapy and radiation therapy in the past, past exposure to high doses of radiation from other sources, past exposure to the high levels of solvents like benzene, having certain genetic disorders such as down syndrome, having myelodysplastic syndrome which is a type of bone marrow disorder, etc. There are mainly four types of leukemia that occur in adults are:

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia: Lymphoblast fails to mature and instead reproduce rapidly taking over the bone marrow.

Acute myeloid leukemia: It occurs when myeloid stem cells become abnormal myeloblasts that do not mature into healthy white blood cells.

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia: Abnormal B cells are produced and it is the most common type of chronic leukemia in adults.

Chronic myeloid leukemia: A genetic mutation which is also known as the philadelphia chromosome causes production of excessive numbers of myeloid cells.

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Chemical Pregnancy – Gary Ferone

A chemical pregnancy or a very early miscarriage occurs when a pregnancy is lost shortly after the implantation which also results in heavy bleeding. When a fertilized egg implants in the uterus, cells that would become the placenta begin to produce the levels of the pregnancy hormone hCG and these hCG levels are high enough that they are able to be detected on a blood or a urine test and can create a positive result on a pregnancy test. However, an ultrasound would not be able to detect a gestational sac or a placenta developing and an ultrasound could not detect a heartbeat. The fertilized egg does not complete implantation and loss of pregnancy occurs which also results in bleeding about a week after your regular period were due during a chemical pregnancy.

Because chemical pregnancy occurs early in a pregnancy, women may not even realize that they have conceived when they experience a chemical pregnancy. The following may be signs of the chemical pregnancy such as heavy bleeding, menstrual like cramps, passing clots from the vagina, etc. The reasons for the miscarriage vary but most occur because the fetus is not developing normally and errors with genes or chromosomes usually occur by chance as the embryo divides and grows. Experiencing heavy bleeding around the time of your expected period soon after receiving a positive result from a pregnancy test can be a sign that you are no longer pregnant. Other causes may include the following such as inadequate uterine lining, low hormone levels, luteal phase defect, infection, etc.