Before penicillin, there was bloodletting. Before asthma inhalers, there were potent morphine syrups for coughing children. Well-meaning doctors have always followed the most current medical guidelines and knowledge available to them. But sadly, their practices have not always stood the test of time. Being a patient, it seems, has always been a risky business.
“B12 injections given here!” Doctor’s offices, chiropractic centers and other wellness-focused operations love to advertise B12. And why not? It’s profitable, and patients swear it gives them an “energy boost.” But while a “quick fix” for irritability or fatigue might be tempting, the notion of B12 as a cure-all, and a fast one at that, has a shaky foundation.
Many of us are old enough to remember mercury thermometers. The silvery liquid slid beguilingly up and down the thermometer, telling mom whether you were faking your sudden test-day illness or not. But mercury thermometers soon disappeared from existence — the incidents of broken glass and exposure to a toxic metal made their use too dangerous. However, mercury is still all around us and in our bodies, and it’s not a good thing.
Extracellular water is body water that is not inside the cells. Water found inside the cells is called “intracellular water.” Add the water inside the cells and the water outside the cells, and you get your “total body water.”
Aloe vera. It’s a quirky beverage choice and a kind savior in the hours after a bad sunburn. It’s been used for healing the skin for thousands of years, and has long been a home remedy for constipation. But our reliable summer standby might well be good for even more.
Did you know that about 1 in 3 U.S. adults has high blood pressure? It often goes undetected for years, presenting no signs or symptoms. But even without symptoms, high blood pressure can damage your heart, blood vessels and kidneys, to name a few. So how do you know if you’re at risk? Where does high blood pressure come from? And what can you do? Find the answers to these critical questions here.
More and more women are having babies later in their reproductive years. Though many women are trying to make sure they are fully prepared to take on parenthood, waiting can sometimes lead to fertility issues. To help you make informed health decisions, here are some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about fertility, followed by some practical tips you can begin using right away.
For people who suffer from allergies, spring means bulk purchases of Kleenex and sniffling trips to the medicine cabinet. But while nasal steroids and decongestants might make you feel good temporarily, they have side effects as well. And while allergies might seem inevitable, a healthy dose of prevention may well keep you away from your usual medicines.
“Take some vitamin C.” You’ve probably heard it since you can remember, since your very first cold. As a kid, you probably downed glasses of orange juice at the first sign of the sniffles under your mother’s watchful eye. Later, you graduated to those popular powdered vitamin C drinks, hoping a sudden assault of extra vitamin C would make viruses retreat. But does it work?
At professional football games across America, sports drinks flow like champagne.They remind us that hydration and electrolytes are a natural and necessary finale to vigorous exercise. But what are electrolytes, exactly? Which ones do we need? And is all that sugar in sports drinks really in our best interest?
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