Each of us has to be the biggest advocate for our own healthcare. When we run out of answers for unusual symptoms and illnesses, never forget genetic and routine lab testing. There may not be a cure for some diseases but if we know what they are, they can be managed with proper care.
When young girls start to grow up and go through adolescence, they are told all about menstrual products and how to get properly fitted for a bra. They may even be told what their birth control options are and what they can expect at their first visit to the gynecologist. What they are not taught, however, is how important it is to take a ferritin test.
Recently, a 39-year-old pastor in Mozambique named Francisco Barajah died after going without food or water for 25 days! Pastor Barajah was attempting to complete the 40 day fast Jesus was said to have done, according to the Bible. Reportedly, Barajah’s digestive organs failed by the time he received medical aid. He also had acute anemia. They tried to rehydrate him, but it was just too late. He lost so much weight that he couldn’t even stand.
Reportedly, up to four to five billion people may have an iron deficiency. Furthermore, an estimated 2 million are anemic. Although not all cases of anemia are due to a lack of iron, many of them are. In fact, several credible sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO), say that iron deficiency is one of the most severe and important nutrient deficiencies worldwide.
Recent research suggests that being at the lower end of the normal hemoglobin range may have some health benefits. So, it turns out that in the case of hemoglobin, less may be good.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), lice may pose a significant health risk because they feed on human blood. And in some cases, “chronic infestation may cause significant blood loss leading to clinically significant anemia.”
Ketamine is a strong anesthetic commonly used in veterinary medicine. It is also used in human medicine to put patients asleep for surgery or for pain management.
Recently, a man’s taste buds went missing! “When a 64-year-old man stuck out his tongue for a physical exam, doctors could immediately tell something was off: Instead of a typical, textured tongue, his was smooth and shiny. It didn't take long for them to recognize why: The man's taste buds were missing,” according to one report.
A 44-year-old high school principal and father to a six-year-old recently died after donating bone marrow. His name was Derrick Nelson, and his fiancé said he suffered complications after the donation, according to this CNN report. Reportedly, in the United States each year nearly 17,500 people (between the ages of 0-74) are diagnosed with a serious disease in which a bone marrow transplant or an umbilical cord blood transplant is needed.
Who could forget Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins as the cannibal in that unforgettable movie, “Silence of the Lambs?” His calm delivery of what has been recognized as perhaps one of the most famous lines in a movie will always be cemented in my brain: "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." Prior to that movie, I don’t think many people in the US, including myself, had ever heard of fava beans even though there is evidence that it was one of the first foods cultivated by man. But it is important to know about this bean because it may be both good and dangerous for our health.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and a time to focus on the responsible use of alcohol. Drinking alcohol is a socially acceptable part of our culture, but we often forget that it is an addictive substance.
Fatigue and lack of energy are two very common complaints you may have after you engage in physical activity or have not had enough sleep. However, persistent complaints may be attributed to anemia - a very common blood disease that affects over 3 million Americans.
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