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Possibly: Muktuk, or the skin and blubber of whale or narwhals, is high in Vitamin C, D, and A. Large ingestions over a period of time can lead to hypervitaminosis A, a serious, but treatable, affliction. Nowadays, however, fairly high level of PCBs have been found in muktuk. All things in moderation, but I'll take the sushmi... ...Read more
More specifics please:
What are you referring to when you write "sick" & "sprinkles"?
Are you referring to having cold or flu symptoms? Do these symptoms only arise with rain or if the temperature decreases?
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Uncomfortable: Jet lag is the mismatch between your internal biologic clock and the external world. You will feel sleepy and have poor appetite for a day or so. Additionally your memory and analytical skills will be reduced until you have adapted. Exposure to sunlight, both morning and evening and using your body's natual sleep hormone-melatoinin prior to sleep you can hasten your adaptaion. ...Read more
Yes in severe cases: Sunburn if severe can cause a systemic reaction which can lead to an acute illness such as feverish feeling, dehydration, and fainting. It is important to stay well hydrated, treat the skin blisters if any and the burn on the skin. Visit a doctor or emergency room if you begin to feel light-headed, nauseated, or begin having severe chills. ...Read more
Cough: Cough happens when you are sick as a result of irritation of cough receptors that exist in the lining of the upper and lower respiratory tracts, as well as to a small degree in the ear, diaphragm, esophagus, pericardium and stomach. These receptors, when stimulated, transfer their stimulation to centers in the brain by way of the vagus nerve. Then you cough! ...Read more
Not healthy: You won't get sick immediately from eating old cooking oil, but having oil that has been sitting around for a while means the oil has very likely gone rancid. When that happens, trans fats develop and those are very unhealthy for us. So it is generally wise to use fresh oil for cooking and eating. ...Read more
Not related: Hydrocephalus is an increase in the water in the brain. Usually there is associated pressure that can cause headache and vomiting. Once the pressure is reduced, there should be full recovery - unless some other condition is present. Many patients with well controlled hydrocephalus do suffer migraines. Some have other medical problems such as asthma, diabetes, immune disorders, etc. ...Read more
Yes: It should not be the only source of diet from more than 48 hours. As long as other foods are added it can be continued a little longer. It only contains a small amount of sugar, electrolytes and water. It is not a complete food source and would lead to malnutrition if continued too long, or not used along with other foods and milk. ...Read more
Unlikely: Not much different than walking around the mall. You will be exposed to many with divergent exposures and backgrounds and might pick up a respiratory infection more likely but this could happen anywhere. If working in a soup kitchen, you are doing a good thing and this is helpful to your psyche and to society. ...Read more
Bugs...?: It is not likely that you will become ill, but why would you want to eat cereal that has bugs in it!? Make sure your food storage area is clean and do not keep food past the expiration date to be less likely to develop a infestation problem. ...Read more
Depends: Most spider bite are like other insect bites and may hurt at first but afterward, like with any break in the skin, infection needs to be watched for. So cleaning is best. Some are dangerous like the well known widow and recluse bites in the usa, but there are other less known species that can cause problems like the recluse too. Generally, watch the bite and if concerned, see a physician. ...Read more
Hormones good & bad:
Stress can be good in small doses: The hormone adrenaline helps in the fight or flight response and may motivate preparation for an important event, etc.
Chronic high levels of stress however, can be deleterious to hormonal balance, affecting both the brain and the rest of the body (via cortisol and other hormones) negatively altering sleep, lipid metabolism, mood, blood pressure & immune function ...Read more
Neither: In the world of 3rd-party medical payers (managed care & insurance companies) payment is more for procedures than for discussing things with patients, period. Consider surgeries, stent placements, radiological procedures, diagnostic tests like colonoscopies, etc. Comparatively insurance companies don't value the time physicians spend counseling you about medicines & their alternatives. ...Read more
Always feeling sick?:
i often hear this complaint from relatively healthy people.
First and foremost is getting good nutrition and enough sleep.
Avoiding alcohol, cigarettes and obesity can help.
If you truly are always sick a good extensive physical with labwork and then consultation with a trusted medical advisor is wise. ...Read more
Perhaps: There are many reasons for a cough. Coughing from a person with an infection (virus or bacteria) who is contagious can lead to a person getting ill after an incubation period. However, a cough can also come from a person with asthma, allergies, stomach acid reflux, etc in which case, there is no concern for risk of contagious infectious illness being spread. ...Read more
Possibly: This depends on the size of the asd, age of the patient, and whether the ASD has been repaired. Small asds may have no effect while a large ASD that has been left untreated for a long time (e.g. 4o years etc) can certainly lead to more illnesses. ...Read more
Nope. That would be a false myth.
Now, there is a well known phenomenon that marijuana can successfully be used to stimulate appetite or to calm nausea in the chronically ill or terminally ill.
But, in general any mind altering substance can cause anxiety, depression, paranoia and other physical reactions that are unpleasant. ...Read more
Sure.: Was the food cooked well enough? We're the coals or gas hot enough to cook the food all the way through? Was the grill cleaned from the last use? Was the food to close to charcoal briquettes allowing for some residue to get onto the food? Did the food sit out for a long time after it was cooked on the grill? ...Read more