Health Digest #1

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Note: Since this digests is about health matters, which are not always pleasant to explore, I thought I would punctuate the digest with flower pictures that I took this morning, just after the sun came up and the light was directly on the flowers.

In an interesting article in this month’s AARP Magazine, there is an article entitled: “What to Do When Your Doctor Doesn’t Know” by Mary A. Fisher. The author explains that “Medical experts agree that diagnostics is a weak link in medicine.” (p. 54). The article also lists seven ways to manage symptoms: pain medication, physical therapy, stress relief, diet, exercise, acupuncture and massage.

I like the fact the Fisher includes some alternative techniques such as acupuncture. I personally like acupuncture and usually go at least once per month to get checked for any imbalances in my meridians.

The author also makes a list of what you can do: keep detailed records of your symptoms, come prepared to ask the right questions at your appointments, be assertive, be honest, explore new avenues (such as acupuncture), trust your gut, and in the absence of a diagnosis, treat your symptoms.

This informative article ends with a list of the most commonly misdiagnosed illnesses: lupus, Parkinson’s disease, celiac disease, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and lyme disease. One reason for misdiagnoses is that there are no diagnostic lab tests for some of these. Also from what I have read about some of these illnesses, the symptoms are similar to other commonly known illnesses and diagnosis is delayed, because the person is treated for something s/he doesn’t have!

If you have a health problem without answers, you might want to look for a doctor who thinks out of the box!

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This article is from a back issue of Body & Soul, but  the date was not on the pages I ripped from the magazine.

In an article by Cynthia Ramnarace, Vitamin K is the focus, a vitamin we don’t hear a great deal about. I am not sure why, since as the author notes, without Vitamin K, our blood will not clot properly, a serious condition for anyone.

Now, as the author explains, since research has shown that Vitamin K can help with conditions such as osteoporosis and heart disease, more attention is being paid to this vitamin. To be honest, though, Vitamin K is a latecomer in the field of vitamins, not showing promise for health reasons until 1929 (compared with Vitamin C’s benefits discovered in the 1700s.)

The K from the Danish researcher, Henrik Dam, who named it after koagulation (German & Danish word for blood clotting.)


The article continues to explore this vitamin and points out that  in one study, women who ate more Vitamin K foods increased their bone density and lowered their risk of hip fractures. There is also research to indicate that Vitamin K may help prevent heart disease, although a cause & effect relationship has not yet been demonstrated. However, the author does note that in a recent animal study, this vitamin did block the calcification of arteries in animals.

Foods that are good sources of Vitamin K include kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, spinach, watercress, leaf lettuce, olive oil, miso, nettle tea and canola oil. (I would avoid canola oil because of the negative information I have been reading about this oil.  More when I explore oils in a special report.)

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In this same issue of Body & Soul there is a little blurb on non-toxic nails. Some women avoid commercial nail polish. For these women, they can try No Miss Nail Polish (www.nomiss.com).  There are 150 long-wearing colors to choose from.  There is also another brand called Shades by barielle (www.barielle.com). The three main chemicals to avoid are: dibutlyphthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, and toluene.


That’s all for now. More in a week or so….Stay healthy!


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