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Being a Mama — With an Eating Disorder

Beginning at the age of 17, Judy Tsuei developed an eating disorder. The disorder didn’t leave as quickly as it came; it lasted for 15 years. It took a lot of intentionality and a desire to be better to face off with this thing that had plagued her for so long. Finally, she did it! She was on her way to a bright and healthy future. She wrote a book, met her husband in a bold move to the island of Kauai, and got pregnant. The pregnancy didn’t turn out how she expected and she became extremely sick. What should have been a joyful time, transported her back to the 15 year struggle she wrestled with earlier in her life. She was facing off, once again, with her demons. Although, this time was different. She took what she had learned and used it to combat those thoughts, urges, and feelings. She made it through her pregnancy and had a beautiful daughter and now empowers women with beautiful truths. Her body that she had put through so much torture in her past was now able to give nourishment and life to another.

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The Medical Explanation for Your Most Common Anorexia Symptoms

Eating disorders are difficult to diagnose primarily because patients usually keep the disease’s signs and symptoms secret. There are, however, some common signs and symptoms that can aid in the diagnosis. Primarily, an eating disorder results in malnutrition and starvation, which in turn causes gastrointestinal issues. Physically a patient will complain of feeling full early, bloating, nausea, acid reflux, abdominal pain, and constipation. People with an eating disorder also often experience fatigue, lack of energy, dizziness, near fainting, and feeling cold. They also can exhibit dry yellowish skin, brittle nails, thinning fine hair on the scalp, furry hair on face, neck, arms, back and legs, as well as purplish-blue hands and feet. The more symptoms a patient exhibits the more a physician should consider an eating disorder as the underlying problem. People suffering from an eating disorder should feel better once proper nutrition and hydration leads to a proper weight.

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Lowering Cholesterol May Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s

While cholesterol is a crucial substance for human bodies and not altogether deserving of its presumed bad rap, most of us realize that an excess can damage the cardiovascular system, specifically the heart and blood vessels. What all of us may not realize is that due to the interdependent nature of our bodily systems, the brain’s activity is also highly impacted by cholesterol. And, in fact, studies suggest that cholesterol in excess can be a contributing factor in Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. One specific study tracked over two thousand individuals of varying ages over a course of over a decade. These individuals displayed no signs, or symptoms of dementia, or Alzheimer’s. Follow-up autopsies of those tracked indicated that about a third of those tracked had developed Alzheimer’s. Plaques and tangles that are considered signature markings of brain diseases, like dementia and Alzheimer’s, were viewed in the autopsy findings of the significant third of those tracked. Most significant was the finding that almost ninety percent of those showing brain damage, of the sort associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia, also had high cholesterol. Meanwhile, only about sixty percent had these sorts of plaques and tangles, while concurrently showing low levels of cholesterol.

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Sexual Problems Sometimes Irreversible Side Effect of Hair Loss Drug Propecia

Propecia can be taken as a prescription medicine after a hair replacement surgery. Somehow, though, the drug resulted in horrible depression in a patient to which it was suggested. He also suffered from a number of sexual problems, as well. No antidepressants helped either. was able to provide a wake-up call for him. He quit taking the medication, but his endocrine system crashed and his hormones became greatly unbalanced, resulting in erratic behavior and feelings. He developed anger management problems, hurting those closest to him. The FDA has been logging complaints from people taking Propecia. 421 cases of sexual dysfunction cases have been reviewed by the FDA, and ultimately this resulted in the requirement of more explicit side-effect labels for the drug. These side effects became known as Post-Finasteride Syndrome (PFS). Many man never know whether they will recover their sexual function or not, which is rather damaging and terrifying considering the drug was supposed to improve their self image by aiding recovery of hair. Sexual therapists and researchers think this drug changes brain chemistry, but numerous health care providers didn’t realize the damage this drug could cause. Thus, patients are rarely warned of the side effects of the drug. To some men, the drug was also ineffective in reducing hair loss.

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Don’t Lose Sleep Over Daylight Saving Time

The debate goes back and forth- Should we get rid of Daylight Saving Time, or do we keep it? Well, it is here to stay, and you cant do anything about it. There are certain states within the United States that do not have Daylight Savings. If you are in a state that has Daylight Savings, there are some tips and suggestions that you can try the next time Daylight Savings comes around. If Daylight Savings means that you will be loosing an hour of sleep, you better plan for it now, and go to bed early. If you go to bed early, and get your rest, you won’t be groggy in the morning. Read this article to see what things you can do to keep that precious thing called “sleep”.

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Brain Freeze: Celebs Numbly Embrace Cryotherapy , Unfounded Claims & All

The latest celebrity fad is immersing themselves into cylinders of extremely frigid air, thereby turning themselves into human icicles to supposedly relieve stress and pain and give other health benefits. Some athletes are also praising this icy treatment which consists of getting into a chamber that is often 275 degrees below zero. While it is getting popular among the famous folks, the Federal Food and Drug Administration say there is absolutely no benefits from this action. It seems that the prior fad was infrared saunas that generated a huge amount of heat which was also touted to be of great health benefit. It appears these folks can’t make up their mind if they want to be cold or hot – in fact some of them practice both activities. While this seems ludicrous, be aware that this is very dangerous and even fatal in some cases.

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Acne Facts

Acne Skin Care Mistakes You’ll Never Make Again

For the nearly 50 million Americans affected by acne, the many available medications and treatments can be confusing and overwhelming. It’s easy to make mistakes treating acne or even make it worse, despite the best intentions. Scrubbing the skin will actually worsen acne, as it can compromise the skin’s protective barrier and increase irritation. Instead, gently wash with a nonirritating, pH-balanced cleanser to lessen inflammation. It’s also important to thoroughly rinse off the cleanser, because the residue can be irritating. Popping and picking pimples prolongs healing time and raises the risk of scarring. Infected material can get pushed further into the skin, leading to more swelling and redness. People tend to groom the lesions. They examine them very closely several times a day and start imagining that there is something they can stick in the lesion or extract from the lesion. So they pick and the lesion gets worse.

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Meditation: The Art and Gift of Slowing Down

Meditation has been shown to help those with an eating disorder.  Meditation allows you to not escape thoughts, but to more so retreat to a place of peacefulness, which allows you to recognize and accept an initial thought of anxiety, and then put it aside. Learning to acknowledge these thoughts is a gift. Many who try meditation have learned, and continue to learn every day, that if you feel particularly anxious, sad, nervous, or even excited, that these feelings will pass. It is a practice that allows you to separate more and more from your former unhealthy ways of thinking. It is a practice that allows you to further separate from an eating disorder identity. For many years, remaining busy was thought to help with eating disorder struggles; when truly, this notion contributed even more so to the downward spiral of their eating disorder.

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The Spotlight: Athletes and Binge Eating Disorder

Fitness is widely viewed as a positive attribute and goal. However, it can, like many good things, have a shadow side. It’s one thing to want to look great in skinny jeans, or climb stairs without losing breathe, or even achieve a major life goal, like running a marathon. Unfortunately, though, for some athletes, the pursuit of trim can overshadow the pursuit of health. For some athletes, an unhealthy obsession with weight can lead to an eating disorder. What’s true for ordinary athletes is even more likely for high-functioning, superior athletes, as the pressure these individuals face to keep improving their fitness and to stay within a certain weight parameter can be overwhelming. Often, a difficult relationship with food is fostered, because the athlete must stick to a diet, especially during training. Also some types of physical conditioning espouse an especially lean physique, with minimal body fat, such as that found on dancers. It really is not difficult to see why eating disorders find fertile soil in the lives of some athletes.

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Sleep Disorders Can Signify Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

Neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, are heavily linked to sleep disorders. Not surprisingly, sleep quality has long been considered a contributory factor in overall health. However, specific links to degenerative diseases are also attributable to sleep specifically, as data is gathered. One such piece of data that shows a notable corollary between sleep dysfunction and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can be seen in findings that show that a large percentage of those that suffer from RBD, or rapid eye movement sleep disorder, generally go on to have Parkinson’s, or other types of neurological dysfunction, specifically types of dementia. Another study, using rodents, showed that a specific sort of plaque, found in brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, increased when the mice were deprived of appropriate levels of sleep. Worse, a vicious cycle often ensued, where the entity with the plaque had the result of further sleep dysfunction, thereby exacerbating the original problem.

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