LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol is considered a “bad guy” – the cholesterol that clogs arteries. HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol is the “good guy”. It is desirable to have LDL levels below 130 mg/dl (milligrams per deciliter of blood) while HDL should be above 35 mg/dl. LDL levels of 130-159 are borderline for heart disease and 160 and above places you at high risk.
Did You Know That …..
* Garlic kills germs and can come to the aid of cold symptoms?
* Patients who sprain their necks get better and more complete recovery when bed rest is replaced by regular exercise?
* Ounce for ounce, raw green peppers have 250 times as much vitamin C as oranges?
* Exercising females who are lactating tend to have a larger volume of breast milk than those who are sedentary?
* Taking gelatin protein is no benefit in strengthening fingernails because gelatin can’t form keratin, the protein found in nails and hair?
* Nearly 90% of the finger-prick cholesterol tests give falsely high readings due to the fact that blood found in the fingers most often has naturally higher levels of cholesterol.
Prescription Drug Spending Rose 2.3% To $307.4 Billion In 2010
from Spencer’s Benefits Reports: Spending for prescription drugs in the U.S. in 2010 rose by 2.3%, the lowest rate in years, while the volume of medicines used rose by just 0.5%, a new study from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics revealed. In contrast, prescription drug spending rose 5.1% in 2009, for a total $307.4 billion (or $898 per person), the study, The Use of Medicines in the United States: Review of 2010, found.
Comment by Dr. Sultan:
Drug prices will continue to rise as long as we remain dependent on them exclusively. The solution is to look for the alternatives that improve patient’s condition and reduce dependence on medicines. True alternative we see is to treat the root cause and not blindly cover up symptoms with medicines. How it is done? You can go back to our web site and learn how people are not only improving their debilitating medical problems but also are truly cutting down on their medical expenses. I have never seen a chronically ill Patient really get better without addressing and fixing what is broke.
The Illness You Can’t Sleep Off – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The Illness You Can’t Sleep Off – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
We all get tired; most of us, at times, have felt depressed. But the enigma known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is not the ups and downs we experience in everyday life, or even the temporary persistence of such feelings in response to exceptional physical or emotional stress. The hallmark of the illness is fatigue — a fatigue that comes on suddenly and is relentless or relapsing, causing debilitating tiredness or easy fatigability in someone who has no apparent reason for feeling this way. Unlike the mind fog of a serious hangover, to which CFS has been compared, the profound weakness of CFS does not go away with a few good nights of sleep but instead, slyly steals a person’s vigor over months and years.
Psychological Aspects of CFS:
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the role of psychological factors and psychiatric diseases in causing CFS. Many of the physical symptoms of CFS — headache, muscle aches, difficulty in concentrating and sleep disorder — are also characteristic of primary mood disorders. However, other symptoms — sore throat, fever, lymph node enlargement, and joint pains — suggest an underlying physical illness. Some of the patients who suffered from CFS state that it began at points in their lives when they were under great psychological stress, suggesting that this may play a role in the illness. The majority of CFS patients describe themselves as depressed or anxious, but many say that the depression and anxiety developed after the onset of CFS and is a secondary reaction to CFS. A number of current studies are attempting to assess the importance of these factors in CFS. Fifty to 75 percent of CFS sufferers reported pre-existing inhalant or seasonal allergies. Any debilitation from CFS and its preceding infectious processes predispose you to develop new allergies. The majority of CFS sufferers are between the ages of 22 and 44, with women outnumbering men by about three to one.
The diagnosis of CFS can be detected through immunological abnormalities and clinically by history and symptoms.
In the treatment of CFS at Environmental Health & Allergy Center, we do the following: 1) prescribe antiviral medication to inhibit the growth and productivity of the virus, 2) take stress off the immune system by treating underlying sensitivities, 3) build the weakened immune system, and 4) help patients to take preventive measures to maintain good health and suppress CFS.
If you feel you may be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, please call our office for more information or to make an appointment to see Dr. Sultan and allow him the opportunity to guide you back to good health.
Exposure to Sunlight
DID YOU KNOW?
…up to 80% of lifetime sun exposure occurs before 18 years of age because children are outdoors three times more than adults?
…it can take between 10 and 20 years for the damage to your skin from childhood sunburns and suntans to develop?
…the sun’s rays can penetrate clothing, especially if it’s wet?
…up to 90% of all skin cancers are caused by the ultraviolet rays of the sun?
Be especially careful in the sun if you or your child has …
* fair skin and/or freckles
* blond, red, or light brown hair
* blue, green, or grey eyes
* a large number of moles
* a tendency to burn easily, tan little, or not at all
* a family history of skin cancer
* long periods of daily exposure or short periods of intense exposure
From a pamphlet offered as a public service by The Alliance of Children’s Hospitals, Inc.
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