What’s Shakin’ Your Bacon?

What So Bad About Bacon?

untitled9As many know by its name given to it for unique taste, has been around for hundreds of years.

People have eaten it as far back during the Ancient Roman time period, back then it took on another name known as petaso (in Greece the word  referred to a type of hat worn by people). Petaco was boiled pig meat prepared with figs, then browned and seasoned with a pepper sauce giving it an exquisite taste.

In the middle ages, it was viewed as an inexpensive food source given to the lesser residents known as common peasants. The real quality of bacon was said to be ‘smoked’, this gave the meat a much more “zest” to its taste which satisfied important public figures heads such as Kings & Queens.

Before the turned the of the 18th century, bacon production went viral which lead to the opening of an industrial business in the 1770’s. Bacon quickly becomes one of the standard food delicacies in Wiltshire, England serving as the “capital” manufacturer in its production.

Oscar Mayer jumped aboard in the 1920’s with it vastly popular “pre-sliced bacon”, these are referred to as bacon strips that remained top of the list of bacon food brands until the 90’s where bacon makes a change adding various food combinations such as the ever-so-popular “Chicken-Fried Bacon”.

imagesWE24OG3F2Today, Bacon has really taken the media airwaves by storm Just about every food has a bacon combination to it, people choose to eat it in the morning more than ever, I even saw a few days ago this commercial with Santa Claus asking for his very own Christmas present, for his present he wanted the kids to buy him bacon instead of leaving the classic glass milk next to the good ol’ tray of cookies (I think he likes the Keebler brand cookies, you know the one made by the Keebler elves not the North pole elves they just usually order out all the time).

Bacon is a popular anytime food many enjoy, but there is a dark side to this edible delight that will not go over well with bacon lovers.

What Is It A Trans Fat Food & What Is It Made Of?

imagesVHQBQ2CSI know this is going to be hard to swallow (bacon + downside of eating it), but bacon is classified along with junk foods only if you prepare it in the frying pan.

Bacon is just the opposite if you cut down the grease content, greasy foods are classified as “Trans fats”.

Bacon can be a real risk factor whenever you fry it, but if you grill it then it is classified as a non-trans fatty food. Now this doesn’t mean that it cannot harm you after hearing that, so don’t get your hopes up going out buying packs of bacon to munch down like it’s no tomorrow LOL. Keep in mind that eating the proportionate amount is always “key”.

Bacon itself comes from a pig of course as you should know LOL, it is cured which means that certain meats are flavored, preserved, and additives such as salt or sugar can be added to the meat for additional flavor. Another popular process of curing procedures involve smoking, cooking, and added spices to the meat.

Additives are looked upon as health-risk agents to food, for years hot dogs usually caught the rap for it’s complete unhealthy make-up. Bacon is not too far on the list, especially considering the fact of what it takes to make it.

It’s no surprise that food additives are not good for you, the issue worsens when they’re used in (or) on your favorite foods you’ve loved for years. So here’s the list for bacon.

Bacon Downside List:

  • Bacon is linked to colon cancer *study from the worldhealthorganization.com
  • Non-true beef products such as hot dogs, sandwich meats, processed meats that have being chemically treated
  • The chemicals are the active ingredient that raises the risk for colon cancer disease, this is what puts bacon on the list when antimicrobial interventions are used on beef products to ward off pathogenic bacteria and airborne diseases. 

Chemicals such as tartrazine is a food colorant that can cause cancer and hyperactivity in people (particularly children), (BHA) or Butylated hydroxyanisole is a chemical agent used in preserving certain cereals, potato chips, & chewing gum. But it can also be used as a preserving agent for rubber, food packaging, petroleum, medicines such as isotretinoin, lovastatin, simvastatin, and cosmetic products.

Check out the short list of other dangerous chemical agents used on processed foods

  1. Propyl gallate
  2. Sodium nitrite
  3. TBHQ (tert-Butylhydroquinone)
  4. Silicon dioxide
  5. Triacetin (glycerol triacetate)

Some Americans disagree believing that harmful chemicals as the blame for health issues such as colon cancer, but compared to other countries that have more of a fiber / plant based environment, or low meat consumption, then the risk for colon cancer will drop significantly in that part of the region (think of that like a realtor that always thinking those three magic words location, location, location).

That’s part of the problem, the other part comes down to the individual’s dietary habits, and disciplines when curving how much meat to consume in a timely fashion (daily or every other day in modified proportions) when it relates to their diet regime.

You can still eat meat, but I just mentioned the magic word in the paragraph above this one…

imagesSH2LE8TS“Modified Proportions”.

So basically know your limit!

That goes for any type of meat you like including good ol’ bacon!


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Santa & Rudolph wants some bacon for Christmas dang-nabit!


Your Foot VS Diabetes

When Diabetes Strike 

IMG_0002[1]Diabetes is a very deadly disease that can strike anybody at anytime in their life, and it can hit any part of the body with adverse effects. So how about the foot? Many people don’t think too much about the foot being a prime target for the deadly disease that has claim countless lives over the last decade.

Your foot is very delicate and they are used everyday for getting around, you first learn to crawl from when you were a baby to learning as a toddler on how to walk. As you get older you will go through your life depending on your feet constantly, from that point on you should know that you need to keep them healthy at all costs to continue to stay mobile.

How Do You Know You Have Diabetes In Your Foot?

You have to look for “symptoms” that serve as an indicator on what is taking place in your foot. If you notice anything like your feet feeling usually cold, even when you have thick pairs of socks on them that is a signal right there. Diabetes itself can restrict the flow of blood to an infected area in the body, so in the case of your feet feeling cold (peripheral neuropathy) that identifies closely with that statement.

Another thing to look for is if you get a cut on your foot, and it has not started to heal properly given within a time frame that too can indicate that you might have diabetes. When the arteries to both the brain & heart become clogged, as a result oxygen is then blocked off which can lead to peripheral artery disease or (PAD) that can then progress to the legs & feet resulting in pain and discomfort.

What Other Symptoms Of Diabetes (Foot / Body) To Be Aware Of?

There are still other things that you might not know that can tell you whether or not you have diabetes, Gangrene which I’m sure most people know about is a direct result from having diabetes. That means any part of the body that literally appears to be turning a greenish color, is a red flag for Gangrene. Gangrene can settle into an area in the body (limbs), and if it is not caught in time you could lose a limb (such as a foot) as a direct result.

That is why urgency is the life-saver here if you suspect that you have Gangrene that is setting into a limb, then it is imperative that you seek professional medical help immediately.

Other things to look for is…

  • Cracked and damaged skin on feet & heels
  • Bending of toes (Hammertoes)
  • Corns & Calluses that can develop on the feet (caused by abnormal alignment of feet)
  • Athlete’s foot (Tinea pedias)  skin fungus
  • Discoloration of nails, thickening of the nails, & brittle nails can indicate fungal infection.
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Bunions (big toe on slanted angle toward the second toe), indicates irritation & redness 

Daily Foot Inspection & Care

You need to make sure that you check your feet everyday, early detection can alert you ahead of time which can help you to come to a conclusion rather fast if you need to seek professional medical help don’t hesitate!

You can do a routine check on your feet by taking the following steps. The first thing to do is check the area of your feet, look between the toes, look on the sides of your feet, check the heel, and check for any bruises, cuts, blisters, or redness in any areas of the foot.

After inspecting your feet properly, then comes the process of cleaning them. Washing is the thing to do to your feet, and when doing so DO NOT wash them in hot water use warm water instead so that you do not damage your feet. Also check the water temperature by feeling it with your fingers, the reason for that is because it can be hard to determine how hot is may be due to damage done to neuro-sensors in the feet from the devastating effects of diabetes.

Make Yearly appointments with a NHS Podiatrist (Foot specialist)

IMG_0003[1]You should arrange to see a NHS podiatrist annually –eligibility could apply to the person seeking out a NHS podiatrist especially if you have a long-standing health issue like diabetes–.

[ And no she doesn’t really have high-heeled feet come on guys it’s just to make you bust out a couple of laughs 🙂 ]

If you do not qualify for NHS treatments, then you might have to pay to see a podiatrist instead. The treatments rendered by them can vary depending on where they are located in your area, and the level of experience that they have in their field of expertise will determine the costs for their services (private fees).

If you also have experienced any pain when walking (mobility), that can qualify you to see a NHS Podiatrist. If you have verrucas (warts) that appear around your toes, but it does not hurt to walk then that can make you ineligible to see a NHS Podiatrist. So it comes down to the extreme nature of your situation.

You can also have a NHS Podiatrist to come to you (home visit) if you are not able to walk due to pain & discomfort, you can do that by contacting a General Practitioner or (GP) for short. They can assist you helping to find a suitable NHS Podiatrist that is right for you.


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Proper Technique: Blood Pressure Measure

Understanding Your Blood Pressure

IMG_0001[1]A lot of things that people know about blood pressure is at a minimum, the reason for this would be the time that we live in now. The world is a very busy place then it was back then, technology has taken over so much of our lives that people fail to realize other things that could be just as important and this is where your blood pressure comes in at.

So what are the first things that comes to mind when you think about blood pressure, well going to tell you now which shouldn’t be a big surprise to you and billions of others on this planet. Stress is a common everyday thing that involves itself in our lives whether we like it or not, and it is a dangerous thing to mix with emotions or physical activity. If you are stressed out dealing with a complicated moment in your life you will feel the tension, this can affect your nerves, your physical well-being, but most of all this can also affect your blood pressure.

Hypertension (especially during pregnancy) is the thing that many doctors will bring up when discussing the elevation of blood to their patients, and of course while the patient is paying the good doctor a visit he will bring out his trusty Stethoscope which is of course what he or she will use to check your blood by listening to your heartbeat over the course of 60 seconds (if you multiply the number of seconds times 2 you will get your heartbeat rate so 120 beats per minute would be your answer if it’s 60 seconds).

Now I’m willing to bet your bottom dollar a lot of people might not have known that when properly monitoring their blood rate, I’m equally sure are others that check their blood rate probably after a walk after dinner or after they come to the end of a jogging session. So knowing about your blood pressure is a must, and many might find this to be a shock but sometimes when you have a blood pressure checkup done by a professional like a doctor you might have to double-check behind them…

Got your mind churning right? LOL that’s the point, because some health professionals don’t practice the full protocol procedure when it comes to monitoring your heart. So that’s why I’m doing this article to give you more awareness about this subject matter, and if you have more knowledge about this particular procedure you can let the doctor know that they are only doing a 50% job effort (you’re basically policing them making sure they practice the proper blood monitoring procedures).

Blood Pressure Hike: The Cause

IMG_0002[1]Actually the term of the word in a way speaks for itself, but for further insight we need to focus on the blood vessels because they after all are the ones that help carry blood throughout your body. Now think about this the blood that flows through your veins has to do so freely, if it is restricted (prevention of blood travelling throughout the body will cause for pressure to build up). The heart does it’s job by constantly pumping blood through your arteries or a.k.a “blood vessels”, if the arteries are affected in some perversed way one example is the disease known as atherosclerosis (the hardening or arteries) from the build up of plague.

And we talked about hypertension a moment ago in this post, but you have to factor in that with atherosclerosis this is what leads a lot of people to heart failure. Your heart has to be strong when it pumps blood efficiently though the body, hypertension puts unneeded stress factors on your heart and if your arteries are already in bad shape (hardened arteries) then you could be facing serious possible complications involving your health as well your heart’s health as well.

Below will be a diagram that will state the tolerance range for your heart’s health:

  • Normal – 120 / 80
  • Prehypertension – 120 to 139 / 80 to 89
  • Stage one (HBP) – 140 to 159 / 90 to 99
  • Stage two (HBP) – 160 / 100

For people who are older (50 & up) that deal with high-blood pressure, should consult their doctor on ways to lower it.

Solutions For It High Blood Pressure

So you know what will be said next, and many do know of certain steps they could take to lower it but the problem is that they are so busy and wrapped up in what goes on in their lives. So right there you have a stress issue that needs to be curved, but there are still other factors that cause problems as well and they are:

  • Lack of physical activities
  • Genetics
  • Excessive Alcohol Intake 
  • Old Age
  • Excessive salt usage
  • Hereditary (traits inherited from parents)
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Thyroid / Adrenal disorders

There are techniques that can be applied to find out your blood pressure level, one you saw above in this post earlier which was measuring your heartbeat in a timely fashion in the period of a minute then multiplying that by to come out with your answer. There is yet a few other things that you can apply to measure it accurately, these applied intervals come with timing meaning when to take your measurements like a pro (Doctor) does.

So follow the suggested steps below this line:

  1. Measure your blood before using any blood pressure medications
  2. Take a measure of it between 40 – 60 minutes after during either of the follow 3 activities: SmokingConsuming Caffeine, & Exercising.
  3. In an Examination Room (ER), give yourself time to adjust to the room temperature when taking your pulse.

Now this method that should be considered a “trick” of some sorts (magician rolling up his sleeves), that being said even the magician would have to follow this technique closely to pull it off so here it goes without further adieu.

Cuff Size Blood Measurement (Arm)

IMG_0003[1]This technique my seem a little complicated but not so (if you have the cuff to use in the first place that is, plus doing it and it has to be the precise size )… You first need to be measured according to your height & weight, and to do that the doctor, nurse, or examiner will have to give you the proper size cuff in order for the reading to be “on the money” in terms of accuracy.

The cuff measuring device comes in different sizes for people who are either small or large plus you have the in-betweeneers or middle. Check out the different arm sizes that will have to be applied for precise measurement of the individual’s heartbeat.

  • Circumference of Arm (22 – 26 cm) = Small Adult cuff size (12 X 22 cm)
  • Circumference of Arm (27 – 34 cm) = Adult cuff size (16 X 30 cm)
  • Circumference of Arm (35 – 44 cm) = Large Adult cuff size (16 X 36 cm)
  • Circumference of Arm (45 – 52 cm) = Adult Thigh cuff size (16 X 42cm)

The next part to all of this is get comfortable, sounds a little weird to use this term when going though the procedure of checking your blood but yes this is part of the process. The person should be seated sitting in a relaxed position (the arm must be relaxed very important!) The arm should be uncovered and should be raised at the level of the heart, and the blood pressure cuff should be fastened at heart level as well (do not fastened the cuff to cover the arm completely) the doctor will recommend you to assume a reclined position or standing up on your feet to measure your heart rate.

Taking one blood pressure reading will not be enough, doctors will take more than one to confirm the accurate readings even though the results can differ from multiple readings taken. You will have to make visits back to your doctor so that more readings can be taken which will happen over the course of time, and multiple readings will be needed to get the most accurate result. Psychosis may play it’s part when going to the doctor’s office to take the readings, so don’t be surprised if your first reading is slightly higher than the second.

Lastly, if you notice anything that the doctor, nurse, or physician, that are NOT performing the proper protocol procedure or making mistakes for monitoring your heart beat during  a scheduled session, then you are entitled to ask why. Also when the procedure is in session it should be discussed by the specialists that is conducting it on you (doctor, nurse, etc), they should be able to walk you through the procedure by word of mouth.

And don’t forget to call and tell your doctor whether or not that you have taken any type of medication, eating anything within the last past hour, exercised, or smoked before your visit, that could affect accurately blood pressure readings. I will leave a link below if you would like to learn more… Thank-you and have a great day!


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How Epilepsy Affects Your Health…

Epilepsy: The Cause

IMG_0014[2]A lot of people who do not live with epilepsy cannot fathom (imagine) what it would be like for someone who does, you see the average person gets up out of bed after a long night’s rest and jumps right into their daily routine with out a worry or care in the world feeling healthy and fine. For someone who has epilepsy it is a different route that they face every single day, at one point they might feel just like the next average person not thinking about too much proceeding through their day.

They decide to walk down a short flight of stairs leading to the living room and trip hitting against the railing on the staircase, they fall to the floor and start to shake uncontrollably at this point they are experiencing a seizure and it was triggered by the short fall off of the staircase. That was just an example of how a seizure can occur when a person suffers from it, and how seizures are brought on can happen in different ways whether it happens during an accident involving the individual or stress factors, even bullying someone who deals with epilepsy can trigger a seizure.

These are called “triggers” that can bring about a seizure depending upon the circumstances that the individual faces, keep in mind that other factors can also cause seizures such as a woman who is going through a pregnancy can suddenly have a seizure attack come out of nowhere. The list below will point out more triggers that can cause this neurological disorder to happen.

  • Car Accidents / Severe Physical Injury
  • Stress
  • Frustration / Embarrassment
  • Depression
  • Caffeine 
  • Malnutrition
  • Flashing Lights (Signals)
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Heavy Drug Usage
  • Alcohol (varies depending on blood alcohol content level if it drops)
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Incorrect Dosage of Anticonvulsant (“Missed Dose”)
  • Pregnancy

There are many other things that can cause seizures, that was just a few listed above some more than other cause that can be more serious that can lead to worse complications.

Epilesy: How can it affect someone’s health

IMG_0012[1]Epilepsy can do a lot of damage to the body both mentally and physically, it can leave a person in a great deal of pain from either standpoint. When it comes to the physical side of epilepsy it can cause serve muscle spasms to the point where the person will eventually lose control of motor functions such as , bowel movement, bladder functions, the clenching of teeth (sometimes the person might wind up biting into their tongue with great force as a result), and they also will have aching pain all over their body and the arms and legs become weak and unsteady.

The mental side of it can be even more dramatic for the individual, what happens is that the brain’s hemispheres (two sides) are affected in both the non-dominant hemisphere and the dominant hemisphere as a result the person may then lose long-term memory (temporarily), not to mention visual data through eyesight can be affected causing difficulty for the person to read and processing images. It’s really bad for children and infants; what the effects of epilepsy can do to them, toddlers who have it can wind up being diagnosed with autism or hyperactivity  both are classified as emotional disorders.

Epilepsy: The Hereditary Factor of it

IMG_0015[2]Yes epilepsy can be passed down to the offspring from the parents, so if either or both of your parents who live with epilepsy has a high-probability to pass it along to you. The reason for this is because of genetics meaning that it is written into your DNA, so traits that your parents had is based on a cellular level. DNA  is everything that makes us who we are in the basic sense, and without it we would cease to exist.

(A flashing distorted “YES” sign can be enough to trigger a seizure) 

Another thing to keep in mind is that your family’s history background can also play a factor as well, a child in the family either a brother or sister can develop the disorder but the chances of it can vary. This means that even though the parents may have it symptoms may not be present in the offspring, but the chances of it striking a child in the family is still possible so it is a 50/50% chance.

The same thing goes for the trait gene to be passed along to a child if only one parent that has epilepsy if it is the Mother that has it but not the Father, then the chances or risk of it to the offspring is in 100 chance for it to develop in the child. If it is the Father that has it but not the Mother, then the chances of it developing in the child is slightly higher. If both parents have it, then the chances of it then the probability is slightly higher. The interesting fact in this is that most children do not inherit the disorder from the parent, but the probability of inheriting some types of epilepsy still remains.

Epilepsy: Treatment Options

IMG_0010[1]The treatment process of epilepsy may not come as a surprise to you, medication would be the best path to deal with the disorder but there are other factors to consider about treatment options. For one you have to look at the person age which will play it’s role in this matter, anticonvulsant is such a medicine that doctor can use for treatment purpose but they will caution for it’s use on an epileptic patient and for good reason.

The thing that doctors fear about anticonvulsant (the medication is very potent and dangerous, caution in use is imperative when administered) is it’s effectiveness over the individual’s brain functions, it can lead to very dangerous results when using anticonvulsant drugs / medication especially when used to help treat epilepsy symptoms so check out the list below to see what anti medication drugs (side effects) can do to the user:

  • Can cause vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling Constipated
  • Drowsiness

The other downside to anticonvulsant medications is that they are NOT 100% guaranteed to work for the patient, so it is like a see-saw type of deal (dosage amount of the drug) with this type of medication meaning that it could work for the patient or make the patient worse off than they were before. One example of that is problems with vision which is a side effect of the drug, diplopia which is better known as “double vision” is very serious side effect that needs immediate attention from a doctor. Blurry vision may occur when using anticonvulsants, but is considered a temporary side effect.

Epilepsy is a very serious neurological disorder that can strike at anytime to anyone who suffers from it, and it is considered very deadly if treatment is not administered. If you know anyone like a family member or friend that suffers from it, then the first thing to do is find out any information that can help them to fully understand the severity of it as well as treatment options.


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Bacterial Staph Infection Affecting Your Health?

Staph Infection: The Cause

So have you ever wondered what exactly is a Staph Infection? Or a better question would be how can affect someone’s well-being in terms of their health, the one thing that crosses anyone’s mind right off is if they have any type of infection what symptoms would manifest as a result from the disease itself. Before you know what type of symptoms you are having to indicate the affliction that is affecting your life, you need to understand it first to the fullest.

(Staphylococcus pneumonia pictured right)

You can’t fight against anything if you don’t know what it is that you are fighting against, recognizing the symptoms can give you most of the answers (sometimes all) however it would be wise to check with your primary doctor to confirm any symptoms that you are experiencing. The doctor can then tell you what the indications could be from the symptoms that are present, with a staph infection one of the symptoms that appear as swollen reddish areas on the body that can serve as an indicator.

Another set of symptoms could be:

  • Bump in an infected area on the body
  • Swelling painful (bump), when touch it feels warm and full of pus
  • Fever can result from the symptoms mentioned as well

IMG_0007[1]Staphylococcus aureus is the proper term for it, others may refer to it as the “super-bug” can cause many different diseases besides that symptoms just mention in the bulletin line-up you just read. The disease itself appears in the form of grapes (grape-like structure pictured left), this is how they appear under a microscope when grouped together. These are a very dangerous type of infection, and in some cases it can lead to death making it “fatal” if treatment is ignored.

Some cases the disease is not treatable due to the complexity of it, and it can be caught also from the foods that we eat! Yes you just heard that right, so preparing your food properly is a must ( also store your food properly in the freezer!).

The vaginal cavity can house many diseases if proper hygiene is neglected, staph infections thieves on different regions of the body so the disease itself is very indiscriminate in it’s aggression to spread and grow. It was reported that “Tampons” that women would use was causing symptoms of staphylococcus aureus to manifest, this was confirmed in a report study done back in the 80’s.

This disease is very ‘potent’ meaning that it can survive in open areas such as surfaces (walls, countertops, doorknobs, to name a few), if anyone comes in contact with surfaces where it is present can result in exposure to the person. The way that it can be transferred is through the skin, anyone that has the disease can give it to someone else that way.

Staphylococcus aureus also known as (MRSA) is resistant to antibiotic methicillin, this also includes other drugs that fall into this category (class). Depending on the type of Staph infection will dictate the treatment options necessary, topical, oral, & intravenous antibiotics, are treatable options that can apply to the severity of the infection.

In some cases treatment might not apply at all, but again depending on the frequency of the infection (like a mild infection), these are considered non-life threatening.  Various bacterial toxins can be spread from it at any given time, the encounter between an individual and the disease can come in different forms or even contaminated foods that are digested.

A few examples are listed below this line:

  • Boils – is a pus-filled bump (painful), they appear as cystic acne bumps; inflamed / reddened and very uncomfortable.
  • Impetigo – is recognized as a bacterial skin infection (GAS) or group “A” strep / staph. This particular form of the infection can be spread through direct contact between people as well as objects and items such as, doorknobs, cell phones, walls (example would be someone placing their hand on a wall for balance),  towels, floor mats, etc.
  • Food Poisoning – the infectious bacteria can survive on food that is either left out for some time, or can give off a bad smell can be an indicator that the food is contaminated. With staph the food may seem and normal (as if it is not contaminated), however it still can have the bacteria within it. This is known as “food poisoning” or what is known by the common terms Salmonella & Shigella Poisoning, these are two types of food contaminates are related to the bacteria itself.
  • Cellulitis – this is a bacterial infection that is resulted from “staph” itself, and this particular potential infection can carried in the nose, mouth, genitals, or even the anal region, without the person even knowing that it is there until it becomes active. Cellulitis affects the deep layers of the skin, this can be treated by the use of various antibiotics.
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) – this is the stage of staph infection that is known to be “fatal”, the infection is caused by “staph” itself (Staphylococcus aureus or group “A” Streptococcus bacteria). The infection can be caused by a bacterial toxin (or) a variety of bacterial toxins, that can manifest from an individual that suffers from a high fever (it’s origin may vary) which can also decrease the blood pressure in the body. Malasie and confusion can also result as a side-effect, other factors such as organ failure, health digression, and coma can lead to death.

Staph Infections Treatment Options

Staph infections can be very difficult to treat depending on the type that a person may come in contact with and contract, reason for this again as explained earlier in the article is the ability of the disease’s defenses to resist antibiotics this is why they coined the name “superbug” that best fits it’s description. 

So a great line of defense is a better offense wouldn’t you agree?

This means what you can do on your part is to take steps to prevent from contracting it in the first place, doing that will put you ahead of the game every time.

So check out the list below and follow the suggested steps to do just that!

  1. Always use your own personal items such a towel, wearing your own clothes (never wear somebody else’s), use your own soap, dishcloth, toothbrush etc., use alcohol for sterilization purposes as well to clean your personal items.
  2. Clean your bathroom especially items in your bathroom that have your body fluids present on them.
  3. Use your clothes dryer to properly dry clothes avoid hanging your clothes outside on a clothesline, this can avoid bacterial agents floating around in the air that might form on your clothes.
  4. Use foot powder to avoid foot infection such as Athlete’s Foot.
  5. Remember to take time when treating / covering any wounds (which should be done right away), the smallest wounds can still leave an open invite for a bacterial infection. Look for honey-colored scab(s), if you suspect any type of infection then you should seek out a health clinic right away.
  6. Make sure to buy waterproof bandages using them to cover any wounds, also ask your doctor for a “tropical cream” that is effective in the prevention of a staph infection. When using the cream make sure to use a Q-tip when applying it to the infected area, when finished throw away the used bandages and wash trash cans.
  7. Use antibacterial soap when washing your hands and body, especially make sure you wash your hands before eating any meals.

If you suspect that you have a staph infection of any kind (if you notice symptoms that identify with it) then do not hesitate to call your doctor, he or she can help assist you when prescribing the proper medication to treat it.

Remember not all cases will end with the same result for treatment, the disease is very difficult to eradicate from the body.


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Blurred Vision (The Reasons Why)

Blurred Vision (The Cause)

IMG_0008[2]People who experience blurred vision will undergo a lot of frustration due to the fact that it is very difficult for them to see objects either far or near, this is known as “farsighted” and the other would be “nearsighted”.

The in between area would be the idea range of sight that many people refer to as 20/20 vision, believe it or not different parts of the world have a large percentage of the combined populations of these countries (and you can throw us into the number crunch game as well right here in the U.S.) that have an issue with blurred vision.

Most just wave it off as something that comes and goes or they may think it has something to do with the weather, but it isn’t something that you should either guess about or just ignore thinking that it will just go away.

No, No, that’s the first thing that you should NOT do, that is where people get into trouble because again your body can act as an indicator when something is wrong so make it a habit to be noisy (and not afraid) to find out what the problem could be.

So a few things can contribute to blurry vision or even reduced vision, this term that deals with this very same problem is called Optic Neuritis which is the regression of vision or “reduced vision”. It can also lead to blindness if immediate care from a doctor is not administered, there are other symptoms that could be present which can worsen these conditions are:

  • Swelling of the optic nerve
  • Eye irritation
  • Pink Eye (minor symptom eye infection)
  • Herpes in the eye(s) *corneal infection*

It is often a mystery of what can bring about optic neuritis, and because it is dealing with the eye a number of disease can also be a contributing possibly for the cause. Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that can cause it, or Neuromyelitis Optica which can affect both the optic nerve and the spinal cord due to inflammation and demyelination. The immune system can also affect your sight, or exposure to any types of toxic substances that can damage the optic nerve in the eye.

Aging is the natural cause as a person gets to a certain age and can start to experience blurred vision, cataracts are known to decrease vision and is the leading cause for it in Seniors.

The clouding of vision due to opacification which takes at the back of the retina blocking light making it difficult for one to see clearly, this will eventually lead to further visual problems if either surgery to remove cataracts or cataract eye remedies that can help to relieve the issue.

Obstructed Vision is an issue with one’s vision due to “blocked view”, the term for this condition with vision problem is called Carotid Artery BlockageThis is when the carotid arteries (there are 2 on each side of the neck) become compromised with such things like plague or clots which breaks loose in the artery wall, this will lead to blockage in the carotid artery and as a result will restrict the flow of blood to a great degree causing blindness, or blurry vision in the eye(s).

Ocular Ischemic Syndrome is the result from decreased blood flow to the eye, this particular eye condition usually affects people in their 50’s and up. A high percentage rate of this eye aliment often affects one eye, vision is affected making it frustrating for the person to see clearly (or the cause of blurred vision).

Glaucoma is known as a vision disorder that can lead to blindness if it is not treated, there is damage done to the optic nerve (which can go undetected) due to the fact of increased pressure build-up (fluid in the eye accumulates). As a result sudden blurred vision can impair sight, which is known as “acute glaucoma”. Symptoms of it are:

  • Intense eye pain
  • Impaired night vision
  • Seeing halos when looking at bright lights
  • Loss of vision in both sides of the eye

Retinal Detachment is a serious eye issue that requires surgery, and it is injury to the eye that causes the displacement of the retina (becoming detached from the eye). Dark shadows can be the result from it that sits at the edge of one’s “field of vision”, the person will also experience floating tiny objects in the front of their eyes and sudden flashing lights.

Diabetic Retinopathy is a vision-loss issue that derives from diabetes, inflammation affects the retina from the inside (internal) which is a related symptom to the disease. Bleeding will occur inside of the retina, making it very difficult for the person to see causing blurred vision.

People need to be aware to that the fact that blurred vision can complicate other health factors that they probably don’t know about, did you know that blurred vision can be an indicator for a stroke? No of course you probably didn’t know that, but this is why you need to stay aware about eye related diseases that can kill you day by day without your recognition.

Alright until next time, eat smart to stay healthy.



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