Why Steroids Are Best Avoided

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  • Steroids can be administered either topically through a cream or ointment, orally or by injection. Steroids work by inhibiting the production of inflammatory chemicals, thereby reducing symptoms associated with inflammation
  • Three of the most common side effects, even from short term use, are osteoporosis (reduced bone density), cataracts and an increased risk of diabetes. However, more serious effects such as life-threatening sepsis have also been reported
  • In one 2019 study, 8% of patients with osteoarthritis of the hip or knees who received one to three steroid injections ended up worse. Adverse effects were observed in 10% of those with OA in the hip and in 4% of those with OA in the knees
  • In another study, intra-articular corticosteroid injections more than doubled the cartilage volume loss compared to placebo (−0.21 millimeters versus −0.10 mm), while having no impact on knee pain at two-year follow-up
  • When using steroids for an extended period of time, abruptly stopping the drug can trigger adverse and potentially even lethal effects, depending on how long you’ve been taking the medication

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Blue Light Accelerates Aging

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  • Exposure to blue light is pervasive as it’s emitted from commonly used LED lighting and all electronic and digital equipment unless software is used to block it. Researchers have found these high energy light waves are responsible for neurodegeneration in organisms that share cellular and developmental mechanisms with animals and humans
  • Past studies have also linked exposure to blue light with damage to the retina and photoreceptor cells, potentially leading to macular degeneration and blindness; damaging blue light also leads to sleep disruption and poor-quality sleep
  • In turn, poor sleep may lead to significant health problems, including high blood pressure, insulin resistance, obesity, heart disease and accelerated heart aging
  • You may have a significant positive effect on your sleep patterns and reduce your potential eye damage by reducing light emitting devices in your bedroom during sleep, replacing LED lighting with incandescent bulbs and employing other strategies

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Poison Found in 95% of Baby Food

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  • A national investigation found 95% of baby foods tested contained the heavy metals lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury. Some also contained the rocket fuel component perchlorate
  • Apple and grape juice, oat ring cereal, macaroni and cheese, puff snacks and rice-based foods had the highest levels of heavy metals
  • Heavy metals are developmental neurotoxins that can harm a baby’s developing brain and nervous system
  • Organic food may still contain heavy metals due to the presence of heavy metals in soil
  • There are several ways parents can safeguard their infant’s food, including making their own or using organic or biodynamically-grown vegetables

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Marketing Telemedicine to Hispanics with Telenovelas

Marketing Telemedicine to Hispanics with Telenovelas

Latinos are hooked on Telenovelas. These soap operas have captured the imaginations of millions of Latinos throughout the Americas with its inherent drama and intrigue. Now it is now used to introduce a new avenue of healthcare for that infatuated population.

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Eastern Medicine cures and hidden treatments that REVERSE disease now revealed in docu-series launching November 13 – details here

Coming docu-series launch: With all the chaos in our world and sky-high health care costs for treatments that largely don’t work, who has the real answers to treating, preventing and even reversing chronic degenerative disease? Continue reading

Do Sunglasses Protect or Harm Your Eye Health?

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  • Ultraviolet radiation from the sun can damage proteins in your eyes, over time raising your risk for cataracts
  • In one study, people with the highest UV exposure levels over the previous 65 years had a 53% increased risk for cataracts and 59% higher odds for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) compared to those with intermediate exposure
  • Subjects with the lowest UV exposure levels had an even greater risk for AMD — 69% — compared to those in the intermediate exposure group. This and other findings suggest the impact of sunlight on eye health is not all cut and dry
  • Other research found late AMD onset was not associated with any particular light variable, while people “exposed to high ambient solar radiation and those with frequent leisure exposure to sunlight” had a 27% reduced risk of early signs of AMD
  • A 2017 study found spending more time outside in bright sunlight early in life, especially in your teens and early adulthood, lowers your risk of nearsightedness

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Elmiron: This Common Bladder Pill Is Causing Blindness

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  • Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is a chronic bladder condition that may trigger scarring and stiffening of the bladder walls. After decades of use, new information demonstrates a long-term medication, Elmiron, may cause retinal damage mimicking age-related macular degeneration or pattern dystrophy, resulting in blindness
  • Researchers are hopeful that if identified early, the damage may be mitigated; how the damage is triggered is unclear
  • IC causes a frequent urge to urinate, sometimes up to 60 times in a 24-hour period. It also causes pain and pressure in the bladder. Those with IC may also have migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and/or allergies. Those with pelvic floor dysfunction may find relief with physical therapy
  • Certain foods trigger symptoms in the bladder, as do stress and anxiety since it increases muscle tension. One study found symptom relief with melatonin and another with quercetin; consider using emotional freedom techniques to help reduce stress and muscle tension and to experience pain relief

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Assyrian Tablets Contain Earliest Written Record of Aurora’s Sky Glow

Ancient Assyrian stone tablets represent the oldest known reports of auroras, dating to more than 2,500 years ago. Continue reading