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I work really hard to help my kids stay active and eat right. Now one has a diagnosis of depression. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect overall health?
I work really hard to help my kids stay active and eat right. Now one has a diagnosis of cavernous sinus tumor. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect overall health?
Healthy nutrition: The typical american diet is inflammatory. Scientist are beginning to study the original human diet which consists of lean meats, fish, vegetables, nuts and berries. Called the ancestral diet, this diet is non-inflammatory and is being shown to be healthy. Although it is tricky to manage our children's diets, there is now a book that may be of help called paleo pals. ...Read more
I work really hard to help my kids stay active and eat right. Now one has a diagnosis of lung abscess. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect overall health?
Antibiotics: The first line therapy for a lung abcess is antibiotics. ...Read more
Prescribed vs abuse: It depends. If it is as a prescribed control substance for the treatment of pain, such as morphine, your docotr will take care to deal with side effects, ie sedation or constipation. If the person is addicted to, say heroin or synthetic opiods like oxycontin, then the problems of tolerance and drug dependence then the person might need detox and sometimes maintenance with ie naltrexone or other. ...Read more
Well,: A person can lead an active, normal life with only one kidney. One kidney is sufficient to keep the body healthy. After recovering from surgery, a donor can work, drive, exercise and participate in sports, though contact sports are not recommended. A donor can continue in all types of occupations, including military duty. ...Read more
It controls health: Nervous system controls your healths in many aspects. ...Read more
Dirt: Bugs get in food and water and you get sick. ...Read more
Up to you: Caregiving can be very rewarding and can enhance your overall health when you come from a place of love. Caring for a newborn can be tiring but is an amazing experience. Caring for an aging ill parent can be very stressful and the opposite kind of experience. Know your limits. Ask for help. Be sure you take care of yourself so you have the energy to provide care. Eat well, drink plenty of fluids. ...Read more
Progressive: Osteopenia is a slight decrease in bone mass. This can progress to osteoporosis if not prevented early. Osteoporosis is significant bone mass decrease and is associated with an increase in fracture risk, such as the spine or the hip. Preventive measures should be embraced, such as adequate calcium and vitamin E intake, weight bearing exercise, and hormone therapy such as estrogen and testosteron. ...Read more
See pulmonologist: That's a lung specialist who will check your labs, x-rays, and other studies to see cause and extent of your disease. Only then can he tell you your prognosis. ...Read more
Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how chemical irritants will affect my overall health.?
In many ways: Chemicals can cause surface allergy or toxicity to the skin and mucus membranes. If ingested they can damage the function of internal organs. While most irritants, like household chemicals do not do permanent harm, it is always possible to abuse them and find yourself having more serious harm. If in doubt, contact your local poison control center for a discussion. ...Read more
I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of brucellosis. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?
Be sure of dx: I am going to assume that the diagnosis has been made by a real culture and/or rising IgM titers, and not by a charlatan's phony laboratory (there are a few of these). City folk get brucellosis from "healthy unpasteurized" dairy products. Try to figure out how you got it and who else might be at risk. ...Read more
I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of dysthymic disorder. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?
Improve dysthymia: You might look at seligman's book learned optimism, to identify ways of changing your thinking that would improve your baseline moods. A psychotherapist can also help you with that. Psychologists, social workers, masters' level nurses, licensed professional counselors and pastoral counselors do this as well as psychiatrists. ...Read more
Greatly: A positive outlook and a feeling of wellness will help you feel well, whereas a negative attitude and increased anxiety can adversely effect your overall wellbeing. Try to be happy and have a positive attitude, and you will generally feel better, giving your body a better chance to have overall "better health." Stay well. ...Read more
Overwork: You may die of early heart disease. ...Read more
Dementia: All types of dementia have memory loss in common. Said memory loss endangers one's health via number of issues. Forgetting to take medications. Forgetting to eat. Getting lost. Leaving burners on. Walking into traffic. All this leads to premature death. Not to mention financial & legal problems from inappropriate decisions, again b/c memory loss. Check out www. Alz. Org. ...Read more
Yes: Your mind and body are connected. In addition, you treat yourself better or worse depending on how you perceive yourself. ...Read more
Profound Effects: Domestic violence has extremely negative effects on the person being abused, the family, and even the abuser. At the first sign of violence, intervention needs to be done. You and other members of the household must vacate the home (to stop any further abuse, report to a shelter for families, and notify police. This kind of abuse should never happen twice. ...Read more
Concussion: Concussion is usually a result of a blow to the head, which causes swelling of the underlying area of the brain, which causes, usually temporary, malfunction of that part of the brain. Usually symptoms resolve completely in 2-6 weeks. In some cases a long-term seizure disorder can result and you may not know for months to years. ...Read more
I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of neuropathy. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?
Many things: Maintain ideal body weight (bmi 18-24), avoid alcohol, treat any underlying condition that is causing the neuropathy (diabetes, thyroid condition, rheumatoid arthritis, emphysema/copd, sleep apnea), take a b complex vitamin once daily, and check your feet daily for sores. Neuropathy may cause pain, numbness, tingling, imbalance, & weakness; only rare & severe types of neuropathy cause disability. ...Read more
Worsen phys health: Depression can worsen many aspects of physical health. Outcomes in other conditions (incl heart disease, diabetes, inflammatory disorders, obesity, some cancers) may be impacted by depression, yet co-occurring depression is often unrecognized and under- or untreated. Since treatments can work well, it's important to pursue treatment for depression (psychotherapy, meds, or something else) ...Read more
All over the map!: Some can kill you, like HIV, hepatitis B, or syphilis if not treated. Others have little or no health impact and usually are only minor inconveniences (genital warts, for example). And everything in between. Infertility from gonorrhea or chlamydia. Cancers from HPV. Psychological stress from herpes. For more info, google each of the main STDs: gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, HIV, etc. ...Read more
One could get: An infection from it, one could have itching from it. It can spread to other body parts or another person. It may cause feet to smell. ...Read more
I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of arrhythmia. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?
Depends: It would be important to know what type of arrhythmia you have. Some arrhythmia have nothing to do with lifestyle, while others do. A heart monitor can define arrhythmia. ...Read more
I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of ileal cancer. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?
Remove the cancer: It is an unusual diagnosis, but if you have cancer in the intestine it needs to be surgically removed. Depending on the type, other treatment such as chemotherapy or immunetherapy might be required. Continuing to stay healthy by working out and eating well will help you recover, but they will not substitute for actual removal of the cancer. ...Read more
I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of blocked arteries. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?
I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of myasthenia gravis. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?
See a physican:
With treatment, most myastenics do well and have normal lives.
The medicine needs to be taken several times a day. ...Read more