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Kids Sea Shell Crafts
Yes: Think of it.The sea is filled with living things that dump their waste products directly into the water. Sea traffic with boats/ships/barges etc. all dump their waste directly into the water. Much of this waste is contaminated with germs like e.coli and others that have potential to cause disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No and Yes: Sea water is essentially, truly just salt and water. Other things like magnesium, etc are there too. But true sea water is salt water. However, just about anything can be found in sea water, so if someone is having a problem with a reaction to it, then its likely to be some contaminant in that local source. Something dumped or leached into the system is the likely culprit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would moving from sea level to 4,700ft affect kidney function Long term in a child with only one kidney. His only kidney is damaged from PUV at birth?
Peds Nephrologist: should be consulted and a new one established at your new residence ...Read more
Should pregnant women not eat fish or sea food? I heard it can harm the child. But I am 12 weeks pregnant and I have consumed various fish
The risk of mercury : Ingestion is the ? Answered by the mayo clinic. See guidelines at http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/pregnancy-and-fish/pr00158. Fyi, it's best to get a flu vaccine & start a 400?g/day folate (folic acid) supplement at least 3 mos. Prior to conception. I'm sure you're on pnv's & folate (folic acid) now. You can get a flu shot 2nd trimester. Use the free "my pregnancy today" app from the baby center for more info & tips. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It is a colloquial: Term to describe decompression illness when a diver ignores mandatory decompression stops upon rising. Gases that have gone into solution (plasma) while under pressure come out of solution too fast, like opening a can of soda. The mechanism of pain generation is too detailed so suffice it to say the gas bubbles are where they shouldn't be. Google boyle's law for the physics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Motion sickness: One theory is that it functions as defense mechanism against neurotoxins. The area postrema in the brain is responsible for inducing vomiting when poisons are detected, & for resolving conflict between vision & balance. When feeling motion but not seeing it, the inner ear transmits to the brain that it senses motion, but the eyes tell the brain that everything is still, hence brain responds by vo. ...Read more
Endocrinologist: Do you have a specific thyroid problem? If so, i would address this with your endocrinologist. When it comes to endocrinologic health problems i think it is definately better to take medications which have been standardized and researched adequately. ...Read more
Dubious supplement: Sea kelp is a widely-promoted "natural" source of iodine; unless you live in a part of the world where iodized salt is unavailable, there's no reason to supplement. The kelp concentrates environmental arsenic heavily but there's no reports of anybody becoming acutely ill. Taking lots of iodine can unmask hyperthyroidism. Talk with your physician. ...Read more
BP and altitude: No but eating more or less salt will. ISBN 9780743410076 Get this book and read to get healthy BP. ...Read more
Prob safe: it seems unlikely that you'd absorb much salt. i'd say its fine to soak. ...Read more
My family and i just moved from sea level to the top of arizona mountain. Every morning my family and i wake up with major stuffy noises.
Going to tahoe for 2 nights, roughly 7k ft elevation. I am accustomed to living close to sea level. Any steps I should take before/during/after trip?
Probably not: That is a change in altitude, though keeping yourself hydrated will often relieve any problems with altitude. That is not high enough to cause altitude sickness. ...Read more
Balance confusion: Your sense of balance depends on your vision, your inner ear, and sensation in your feet. Sea sickness is caused when the brain gets conflicting signals from the eye and the inner ear. It eventually adjusts ("getting your sea legs"), but you can then have similar symptoms once back on dry land! your doctor can help you manage these symptoms. ...Read more
Antihistamines : For sea sickness: dramamine (dimenhydrinate ) is the most commonly used one. Other are Diphenhydramine (benadryl) and meclizine. In order to prevent sea sickness you need to take them before you start feeling sick, preferably before you get on a boat. Meclizine has less of a drowsiness effect, the rest may make you drowsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Poison control :
Kelp: Regrettably Yes and No! As far as I can gather no immediate harm would happen to your thyroid in the short term - provided of course that your thyroid is working properly. If you a taking any form of a thyroid med - for either under-active or over-active thyroid activity I would recommend you stay away from synthroid (thyroxine). It is worth spending some time at the library or on the web to get more info. ...Read more
Ask your doctor: While some people are able to find adequate relief with ginger (chewing the root, ginger candy, etc.), most find medications to be more effective. Meclizine (bonine, antivert, (meclizine) dramamine) is available in both over the counter and prescription strength pills, and scopolamine comes in patch form. Both are effective and well tolerated in most cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer